Period
to 19 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 383 395 351
Rank change year-on-year +12 -44 -60
Contract jobs citing MCSE 575 581 702
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.62% 0.60% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.29% 2.91% 3.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 359 391 392
England median daily rate £325 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.52% +1.54% -
10th Percentile £151 £174 £141
90th Percentile £500 £468 £475
UK median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 36 75
England median hourly rate £16.50 £20.27 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.58% +9.54% -2.54%
10th Percentile £11.25 £13.38 £12.14
90th Percentile £39.55 £28.00 £32.40
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £20.92 £18.71
% change year-on-year -18.72% +11.79% -1.44%

MCSE is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 17488 19953 20774
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.76% 20.49% 19.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 10745 12456 12655
England median daily rate £425 £422 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.83% +5.38% -
10th Percentile £231 £250 £250
90th Percentile £600 £594 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 815 772 1002
England median hourly rate £25.12 £25.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.49% +7.37% +25.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.69 £49.15
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MCSE as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSE in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in England over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in England over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the England region over the 6 months to 19 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -14 198 £325 -13.33% 24
South East +19 132 £325 -7.14% 14
North of England -5 86 £350 +6.06% 14
East of England 0 70 £300 +9.09% 4
Midlands +57 68 £350 +6.06% 12
East Midlands +33 38 £325 -7.14% 7
Yorkshire +29 36 £331 -10.17% 2
West Midlands +34 30 £400 +21.21% 5
North West +17 29 £319 +34.21% 10
North East +8 23 £400 +21.21% 2
South West 0 21 £160 -46.67% 6
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCSE also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 575 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 377 (65.57%) Windows
3 340 (59.13%) Microsoft
4 307 (53.39%) Active Directory
5 231 (40.17%) ITIL
6 193 (33.57%) VMware
6 193 (33.57%) Office 365
7 174 (30.26%) Windows Server
8 172 (29.91%) MCSA
9 158 (27.48%) Citrix
10 154 (26.78%) MS Exchange
11 146 (25.39%) Microsoft Azure
12 125 (21.74%) VMware Infrastructure
13 118 (20.52%) MCP
14 115 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
15 114 (19.83%) SCCM
16 113 (19.65%) Cisco
17 105 (18.26%) Microsoft Office
17 105 (18.26%) SQL Server
18 103 (17.91%) PowerShell
19 102 (17.74%) Cisco Certification
19 102 (17.74%) Finance
20 100 (17.39%) DNS
20 100 (17.39%) Windows 7
21 90 (15.65%) SQL
22 89 (15.48%) Windows Server 2008
23 88 (15.30%) HP
23 88 (15.30%) Migration
24 85 (14.78%) TCP/IP
25 83 (14.43%) SAN

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 154 (26.78%) MS Exchange
2 67 (11.65%) SharePoint
3 60 (10.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 53 (9.22%) Skype for Business
5 41 (7.13%) Exchange Server 2013
6 35 (6.09%) Exchange Server 2007
7 29 (5.04%) IIS
8 26 (4.52%) SharePoint 2013
9 15 (2.61%) SharePoint 2010
10 14 (2.43%) IBM Notes
11 10 (1.74%) SharePoint Server
12 8 (1.39%) Apache
12 8 (1.39%) OpenStack
13 5 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2003
14 4 (0.70%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.52%) CMS
16 2 (0.35%) Office Communications Server
16 2 (0.35%) WordPress
17 1 (0.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 1 (0.17%) SAS
Applications
1 105 (18.26%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.65%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.74%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (1.04%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.35%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.17%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (1.22%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.52%) Eikon
3 2 (0.35%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.17%) Relativity
4 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 193 (33.57%) Office 365
2 146 (25.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 54 (9.39%) Amazon AWS
4 29 (5.04%) Azure Active Directory
5 19 (3.30%) IaaS
6 13 (2.26%) PaaS
7 12 (2.09%) OneDrive
7 12 (2.09%) SaaS
8 9 (1.57%) Mimecast
9 7 (1.22%) G Suite
10 4 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.35%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.35%) Yammer
13 1 (0.17%) Akamai
13 1 (0.17%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.17%) Azure Data Factory
13 1 (0.17%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 100 (17.39%) DNS
2 85 (14.78%) TCP/IP
3 83 (14.43%) SAN
4 80 (13.91%) LAN
5 78 (13.57%) DHCP
6 67 (11.65%) WAN
7 55 (9.57%) Firewall
8 49 (8.52%) Skype
9 30 (5.22%) Wireless
10 29 (5.04%) VPN
11 27 (4.70%) Internet
11 27 (4.70%) VoIP
12 24 (4.17%) NAS
13 21 (3.65%) NetScaler
14 17 (2.96%) Ethernet
14 17 (2.96%) Unified Communications
15 12 (2.09%) IPsec
15 12 (2.09%) VLAN
16 10 (1.74%) Fibre Channel
16 10 (1.74%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (18.26%) SQL Server
2 30 (5.22%) SQL Server 2008
3 27 (4.70%) SQL Server 2012
4 21 (3.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 19 (3.30%) SQL Server 2016
6 18 (3.13%) QlikView
7 11 (1.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 9 (1.57%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (1.39%) OLAP
9 8 (1.39%) SQL Server 2005
10 7 (1.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 6 (1.04%) OLTP
12 5 (0.87%) Big Data
12 5 (0.87%) Hadoop
12 5 (0.87%) SQL Server 2014
13 4 (0.70%) Oracle Database
14 2 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
14 2 (0.35%) BusinessObjects
14 2 (0.35%) DB2
14 2 (0.35%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 18 (3.13%) Octopus Deploy
2 17 (2.96%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (2.09%) Visual Studio
4 9 (1.57%) Git (software)
5 8 (1.39%) HP UFT
6 4 (0.70%) Eclipse
6 4 (0.70%) JMeter
7 3 (0.52%) Wise Package Studio
8 1 (0.17%) JIRA
8 1 (0.17%) MSI
8 1 (0.17%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.17%) YouTrack
General
1 102 (17.74%) Finance
2 36 (6.26%) Banking
3 17 (2.96%) Manufacturing
4 16 (2.78%) Law
5 15 (2.61%) Investment Banking
6 12 (2.09%) Telecoms
7 10 (1.74%) Legal
8 8 (1.39%) Electronics
8 8 (1.39%) Marketing
9 7 (1.22%) Advertising
9 7 (1.22%) Automotive
10 6 (1.04%) German Language
11 4 (0.70%) French Language
11 4 (0.70%) Local Government
12 3 (0.52%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.35%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.35%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.35%) Spanish Language
14 1 (0.17%) Private Banking
14 1 (0.17%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 87 (15.13%) Architect
2 74 (12.87%) Analyst
3 73 (12.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 61 (10.61%) Desktop Support
5 56 (9.74%) Support Engineer
6 42 (7.30%) Consultant
7 35 (6.09%) 3rd Line Support
8 32 (5.57%) Support Analyst
9 30 (5.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 30 (5.22%) Technical Architect
10 25 (4.35%) Desktop Engineer
11 24 (4.17%) Administrator
12 23 (4.00%) Developer
12 23 (4.00%) Systems Engineer
13 22 (3.83%) 2nd Line Support
13 22 (3.83%) IT Support
14 21 (3.65%) Server Engineer
15 19 (3.30%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
16 18 (3.13%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 18 (3.13%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (2.96%) .NET
2 8 (1.39%) XML
3 6 (1.04%) MDX
3 6 (1.04%) Web Services
4 5 (0.87%) Software Packaging
5 4 (0.70%) 802.1X
5 4 (0.70%) JSON
6 3 (0.52%) Middleware
7 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.17%) SAP Basis
7 1 (0.17%) WAP
7 1 (0.17%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 72 (12.52%) Data Centre
2 69 (12.00%) Analytical Skills
3 40 (6.96%) Blackberry
4 32 (5.57%) Clustering
5 27 (4.70%) Management Information System
6 23 (4.00%) Video Conferencing
7 22 (3.83%) PKI
8 21 (3.65%) Computer Science
9 16 (2.78%) Client/Server
9 16 (2.78%) Replication
10 13 (2.26%) BYOD
10 13 (2.26%) Cyberthreat
11 11 (1.91%) NHS
12 10 (1.74%) Public Cloud
13 9 (1.57%) Private Cloud
14 6 (1.04%) Virtual Team
15 5 (0.87%) Microsoft Licensing
15 5 (0.87%) Smartphone
16 4 (0.70%) CMDB
16 4 (0.70%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 377 (65.57%) Windows
2 174 (30.26%) Windows Server
3 115 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 100 (17.39%) Windows 7
5 89 (15.48%) Windows Server 2008
6 76 (13.22%) Windows 10
7 57 (9.91%) Linux
8 30 (5.22%) Apple iOS
9 27 (4.70%) Windows Server 2003
10 22 (3.83%) Unix
11 13 (2.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 12 (2.09%) Windows 8
13 10 (1.74%) Android
13 10 (1.74%) Solaris
13 10 (1.74%) Windows Vista
14 7 (1.22%) VMS
15 4 (0.70%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.52%) Ubuntu
16 3 (0.52%) Windows Phone
16 3 (0.52%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (40.17%) ITIL
2 88 (15.30%) Migration
3 65 (11.30%) PRINCE2
4 55 (9.57%) Change Management
5 49 (8.52%) Disaster Recovery
6 40 (6.96%) Project Management
7 39 (6.78%) TOGAF
8 35 (6.09%) High Availability
9 34 (5.91%) Agile Software Development
10 31 (5.39%) Service Management
11 30 (5.22%) ITIL V3
12 27 (4.70%) Incident Management
13 25 (4.35%) Capacity Planning
14 24 (4.17%) Performance Tuning
14 24 (4.17%) Time Management
15 22 (3.83%) Load Balancing
16 19 (3.30%) ETL
16 19 (3.30%) Validation
17 17 (2.96%) Business Intelligence
17 17 (2.96%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 103 (17.91%) PowerShell
2 90 (15.65%) SQL
3 22 (3.83%) Java
4 16 (2.78%) C#
4 16 (2.78%) VBScript
5 10 (1.74%) JavaScript
6 8 (1.39%) VB
7 6 (1.04%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 4 (0.70%) C
8 4 (0.70%) T-SQL
8 4 (0.70%) VB.NET
9 3 (0.52%) REXX
9 3 (0.52%) Tcl
10 1 (0.17%) Python
10 1 (0.17%) Ruby
10 1 (0.17%) VBA
Qualifications
1 575 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 172 (29.91%) MCSA
3 118 (20.52%) MCP
4 102 (17.74%) Cisco Certification
5 79 (13.74%) CCNA
6 73 (12.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 63 (10.96%) MCITP
8 54 (9.39%) Degree
9 53 (9.22%) MCDST
10 45 (7.83%) Security Cleared
11 39 (6.78%) SC Cleared
12 33 (5.74%) Citrix Certification
12 33 (5.74%) ITIL Certification
13 27 (4.70%) CISSP
14 24 (4.17%) A+ Certification
14 24 (4.17%) CCA
15 20 (3.48%) DV Cleared
16 19 (3.30%) CCNP
17 18 (3.13%) Computer Science Degree
17 18 (3.13%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (8.17%) SLA
2 19 (3.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (2.78%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.35%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.17%) COBIT
6 1 (0.17%) GDPR
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.17%) PMO
6 1 (0.17%) QA
System Software
1 307 (53.39%) Active Directory
2 125 (21.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (13.74%) Hyper-V
4 52 (9.04%) XenApp
5 36 (6.26%) vSphere
6 27 (4.70%) Virtual Servers
7 25 (4.35%) VMware ESXi
8 19 (3.30%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (3.30%) XenDesktop
9 18 (3.13%) Virtual Desktop
10 16 (2.78%) Microsoft App-V
11 8 (1.39%) Brightmail
11 8 (1.39%) Terminal Services
12 6 (1.04%) VMware Workstation
13 5 (0.87%) XenServer
14 4 (0.70%) BitLocker
14 4 (0.70%) Docker
14 4 (0.70%) Firmware
15 2 (0.35%) ProxySG
15 2 (0.35%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 114 (19.83%) SCCM
2 44 (7.65%) SCOM
3 19 (3.30%) Microsoft Clustering
4 17 (2.96%) Backup Exec
5 16 (2.78%) Norton AntiVirus
6 12 (2.09%) NetBackup
7 10 (1.74%) WSUS
8 9 (1.57%) Microsoft Intune
9 8 (1.39%) HP Quality Center
10 7 (1.22%) DameWare
10 7 (1.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 6 (1.04%) AppDNA
11 6 (1.04%) HP Data Protector
11 6 (1.04%) McAfee ePO
11 6 (1.04%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 5 (0.87%) vCenter Server
13 4 (0.70%) AirWatch
13 4 (0.70%) EMC NetWorker
13 4 (0.70%) Failover Clustering
14 3 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 340 (59.13%) Microsoft
2 193 (33.57%) VMware
3 158 (27.48%) Citrix
4 113 (19.65%) Cisco
5 88 (15.30%) HP
6 42 (7.30%) NetApp
7 36 (6.26%) Apple
8 32 (5.57%) Oracle
9 31 (5.39%) Dell
10 25 (4.35%) 3PAR
10 25 (4.35%) Symantec
11 21 (3.65%) SolarWinds
12 19 (3.30%) CheckPoint
12 19 (3.30%) Veeam
13 18 (3.13%) RedGate
14 17 (2.96%) Bloomberg
15 16 (2.78%) AppSense
16 15 (2.61%) Reuters
17 14 (2.43%) Lotus
17 14 (2.43%) Sophos