Period
to 28 January 2022

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 28 January 2022 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
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 554 448 415
Rank change year-on-year -106 -33 +11
Contract jobs citing MCSE 207 104 347
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.30% 0.30% 0.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.55% 1.28% 2.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 67 234
10th Percentile £128 £178 £135
25th Percentile £200 £313 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £400 £350
Median % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.29% -12.50%
75th Percentile £495 £492 £447
90th Percentile £575 £580 £574
UK median daily rate £375 £450 £350
% change year-on-year -16.67% +28.57% -11.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 19
10th Percentile £15.26 £16.10 £15.56
25th Percentile £15.50 £18.50 £15.85
Median hourly rate £18.00 £20.34 £16.25
Median % change year-on-year -11.48% +25.14% -7.14%
75th Percentile £21.94 £40.75 £21.25
90th Percentile £69.05 £41.50 £26.40
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £20.34 £17.50
% change year-on-year -11.48% +16.20% +1.45%

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 13,388 8,108 14,056
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.17% 23.22% 21.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,664 5,297 9,123
10th Percentile £313 £275 £260
25th Percentile £413 £380 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £466
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +1.93% +3.56%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £565
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 602 406 548
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.28 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £38.15 £40.00 £31.75
Median % change year-on-year -4.63% +25.98% +19.81%
75th Percentile £53.00 £52.50 £49.50
90th Percentile £65.54 £62.88 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £39.55 £40.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year -1.13% +25.00% +20.75%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCSE in England.

Daily rate trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCSE in England over the 6 months to 28 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCSE in England.

Hourly rate trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MCSE in England over the 6 months to 28 January 2022.

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 28 January 2022. 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
Jobs
London -131 77 £400 - 32
North of England -29 35 £231 -50.27% 47
South East -59 32 £450 +6.82% 22
Midlands -51 28 £163 -24.15% 23
South West -42 23 £425 -8.11% 10
Yorkshire - 22 £231 - 12
East Midlands -16 16 £225 -28.29% 13
North West -34 13 £246 -46.93% 27
West Midlands -53 12 £111 +2.31% 10
East of England -53 8 £250 -9.91% 11
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 28 January 2022, IT contractor jobs citing MCSE also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 207 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 159 (76.81%) Microsoft
3 150 (72.46%) Windows
4 101 (48.79%) Active Directory
5 97 (46.86%) ITIL
6 77 (37.20%) VMware
7 72 (34.78%) Azure
8 69 (33.33%) Microsoft 365
9 66 (31.88%) Windows Server
10 58 (28.02%) SCCM
10 58 (28.02%) MCSA
11 57 (27.54%) DNS
12 56 (27.05%) Cisco Certification
13 53 (25.60%) PowerShell
14 51 (24.64%) Degree
15 50 (24.15%) Social Skills
16 47 (22.71%) Windows 10
17 46 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
18 45 (21.74%) Cisco
19 44 (21.26%) CCNA
20 40 (19.32%) Security Cleared
21 39 (18.84%) MCP
21 39 (18.84%) Public Sector
22 37 (17.87%) Microsoft Office
23 36 (17.39%) Citrix
24 34 (16.43%) DHCP
24 34 (16.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 32 (15.46%) Agile Software Development
25 32 (15.46%) SC Cleared
26 31 (14.98%) Firewall

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 23 (11.11%) SharePoint
2 12 (5.80%) IIS
3 11 (5.31%) MS Exchange
4 10 (4.83%) Skype for Business
5 6 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (2.42%) Confluence
6 5 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.45%) Office Communications Server
8 2 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.97%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.97%) Site Server
9 1 (0.48%) Apache
9 1 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.48%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.48%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.48%) WebLogic
Applications
1 37 (17.87%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.45%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.38%) assyst
2 1 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.48%) SAP EHS
Cloud Services
1 72 (34.78%) Azure
2 69 (33.33%) Microsoft 365
3 23 (11.11%) Azure Active Directory
4 19 (9.18%) IaaS
5 15 (7.25%) AWS
6 14 (6.76%) PaaS
7 7 (3.38%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (2.90%) Power Platform
9 5 (2.42%) Azure Storage
9 5 (2.42%) GitHub
9 5 (2.42%) IBM Cloud
9 5 (2.42%) Mimecast
9 5 (2.42%) SaaS
10 4 (1.93%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 4 (1.93%) Nutanix
11 3 (1.45%) GCP
12 2 (0.97%) HP Helion
12 2 (0.97%) OneDrive
12 2 (0.97%) SoftLayer
13 1 (0.48%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 57 (27.54%) DNS
2 34 (16.43%) DHCP
3 31 (14.98%) Firewall
3 31 (14.98%) SAN
4 26 (12.56%) VPN
5 24 (11.59%) TCP/IP
6 17 (8.21%) Skype
7 12 (5.80%) Network Security
7 12 (5.80%) Remote Desktop
7 12 (5.80%) Wi-Fi
8 11 (5.31%) NetScaler
8 11 (5.31%) Wireless
9 10 (4.83%) Junos
9 10 (4.83%) WAN
10 9 (4.35%) Kerberos
10 9 (4.35%) LAN
11 8 (3.86%) SMTP
11 8 (3.86%) VLAN
12 7 (3.38%) 3G
12 7 (3.38%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (12.56%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.90%) Power BI
2 6 (2.90%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (2.90%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (2.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (2.42%) Data Lake
3 5 (2.42%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (2.42%) QlikView
3 5 (2.42%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (2.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 4 (1.93%) Ingres
5 2 (0.97%) DTS
5 2 (0.97%) MySQL
6 1 (0.48%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.48%) EDRMS
6 1 (0.48%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.48%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.48%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 15 (7.25%) JIRA
2 9 (4.35%) Git (software)
3 8 (3.86%) Jenkins
4 7 (3.38%) Selenium
5 2 (0.97%) Subversion
5 2 (0.97%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.48%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.48%) GitLab
6 1 (0.48%) Gradle
6 1 (0.48%) Maven
6 1 (0.48%) MSI
6 1 (0.48%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 50 (24.15%) Social Skills
2 39 (18.84%) Public Sector
3 24 (11.59%) Finance
4 19 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (9.18%) Telecoms
5 9 (4.35%) Documentation Skills
5 9 (4.35%) Organisational Skills
6 8 (3.86%) Electronics
6 8 (3.86%) Manufacturing
7 7 (3.38%) Marketing
8 5 (2.42%) Back Office
8 5 (2.42%) Banking
8 5 (2.42%) Presentation Skills
9 4 (1.93%) Automotive
9 4 (1.93%) Law
9 4 (1.93%) Local Government
9 4 (1.93%) Retail
10 3 (1.45%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.97%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.97%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 27 (13.04%) Analyst
2 26 (12.56%) Support Engineer
3 25 (12.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 24 (11.59%) Architect
5 17 (8.21%) IT Engineer
6 15 (7.25%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 15 (7.25%) Desktop Engineer
7 14 (6.76%) Azure Engineer
8 13 (6.28%) IT Support
9 11 (5.31%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
10 10 (4.83%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 9 (4.35%) 2nd Line Support
11 9 (4.35%) Consultant
11 9 (4.35%) Infrastructure Analyst
11 9 (4.35%) IT Analyst
12 8 (3.86%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 8 (3.86%) Cloud Engineer
12 8 (3.86%) Desktop Support
12 8 (3.86%) Server Engineer
13 7 (3.38%) Citrix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.90%) LDAP
1 6 (2.90%) REST
2 5 (2.42%) HTML
2 5 (2.42%) JSON
2 5 (2.42%) XML
3 4 (1.93%) .NET
3 4 (1.93%) Web Services
4 3 (1.45%) Oracle Fusion
5 2 (0.97%) ARM Templates
5 2 (0.97%) SAML
5 2 (0.97%) SPNEGO
6 1 (0.48%) ADO
6 1 (0.48%) ADO.NET
6 1 (0.48%) CSS
6 1 (0.48%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.48%) Kafka
6 1 (0.48%) ODBC
6 1 (0.48%) OLE
6 1 (0.48%) OLE DB
6 1 (0.48%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 26 (12.56%) Replication
2 19 (9.18%) Data Centre
3 18 (8.70%) Clustering
4 17 (8.21%) Management Information System
5 9 (4.35%) NHS
6 8 (3.86%) Driving Licence
7 6 (2.90%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (2.90%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (1.93%) PKI
8 4 (1.93%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.45%) Blackberry
9 3 (1.45%) CMDB
9 3 (1.45%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.45%) EMC VMAX
9 3 (1.45%) EMC VNX
9 3 (1.45%) Fat Client
9 3 (1.45%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.45%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 2 (0.97%) Enterprise Storage
10 2 (0.97%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 150 (72.46%) Windows
2 66 (31.88%) Windows Server
3 47 (22.71%) Windows 10
4 30 (14.49%) Windows Server 2012
5 29 (14.01%) Linux
6 23 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
7 18 (8.70%) Windows Server 2016
8 16 (7.73%) Windows Server 2019
9 14 (6.76%) Mac OS
10 11 (5.31%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (4.83%) CentOS
12 8 (3.86%) Android
13 7 (3.38%) Apple iOS
13 7 (3.38%) VMS
13 7 (3.38%) Windows 7
14 6 (2.90%) Windows 2000 Server
15 4 (1.93%) Ubuntu
16 3 (1.45%) Mac OS X
17 2 (0.97%) Unix
17 2 (0.97%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (46.86%) ITIL
2 34 (16.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 32 (15.46%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (14.01%) Disaster Recovery
5 28 (13.53%) Problem-Solving
6 25 (12.08%) Change Management
6 25 (12.08%) Migration
7 22 (10.63%) High Availability
8 21 (10.14%) DevOps
8 21 (10.14%) Project Delivery
9 20 (9.66%) PRINCE2
9 20 (9.66%) Project Management
10 17 (8.21%) ITIL V3
11 16 (7.73%) Problem Management
12 15 (7.25%) Incident Management
12 15 (7.25%) Service Management
13 13 (6.28%) Infrastructure as Code
14 11 (5.31%) Business Intelligence
14 11 (5.31%) CI/CD
14 11 (5.31%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 53 (25.60%) PowerShell
2 20 (9.66%) SQL
3 12 (5.80%) Python
4 8 (3.86%) C#
5 6 (2.90%) R
6 5 (2.42%) Bash
6 5 (2.42%) Java
7 2 (0.97%) VBA
8 1 (0.48%) Go
8 1 (0.48%) Perl
8 1 (0.48%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.48%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 207 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 58 (28.02%) MCSA
3 56 (27.05%) Cisco Certification
4 51 (24.64%) Degree
5 44 (21.26%) CCNA
6 40 (19.32%) Security Cleared
7 39 (18.84%) MCP
8 32 (15.46%) SC Cleared
9 22 (10.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 15 (7.25%) CISSP
11 13 (6.28%) DV Cleared
12 12 (5.80%) MCITP
13 10 (4.83%) A+ Certification
13 10 (4.83%) CCNP
13 10 (4.83%) JNCIA
14 9 (4.35%) MCTS
15 8 (3.86%) CEH
16 7 (3.38%) CCA
16 7 (3.38%) Citrix Certification
16 7 (3.38%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (11.11%) SLA
2 8 (3.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (3.38%) PCI DSS
4 6 (2.90%) Data Quality
5 4 (1.93%) ISO 9001
5 4 (1.93%) JSP 440
6 3 (1.45%) GDPR
6 3 (1.45%) GxP
6 3 (1.45%) QA
7 2 (0.97%) NCSC
7 2 (0.97%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.48%) DICOM
8 1 (0.48%) GPG13
8 1 (0.48%) HL7
8 1 (0.48%) NIST
8 1 (0.48%) NIST 800
System Software
1 101 (48.79%) Active Directory
2 46 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (9.66%) Hyper-V
4 19 (9.18%) XenApp
5 17 (8.21%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (5.31%) Microsoft App-V
7 10 (4.83%) XenDesktop
8 9 (4.35%) vSphere
9 8 (3.86%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (3.86%) Virtual Machines
10 7 (3.38%) Virtual Servers
11 6 (2.90%) BitLocker
11 6 (2.90%) DFS Replication
12 5 (2.42%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 5 (2.42%) NFS
12 5 (2.42%) VMware NSX
13 4 (1.93%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 4 (1.93%) VMware Workstation
14 3 (1.45%) Docker
14 3 (1.45%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 58 (28.02%) SCCM
2 14 (6.76%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (6.28%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 13 (6.28%) Microsoft Clustering
4 12 (5.80%) vCenter Server
5 10 (4.83%) Terraform
5 10 (4.83%) WSUS
6 9 (4.35%) ZABBIX
7 8 (3.86%) Puppet
8 7 (3.38%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 6 (2.90%) Backup Exec
9 6 (2.90%) Failover Clustering
9 6 (2.90%) Single Sign-On
9 6 (2.90%) vMotion
10 5 (2.42%) NetBackup
10 5 (2.42%) SCOM
11 4 (1.93%) Ansible
11 4 (1.93%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (1.93%) VxRail
12 3 (1.45%) QRadar
Vendors
1 159 (76.81%) Microsoft
2 77 (37.20%) VMware
3 45 (21.74%) Cisco
4 36 (17.39%) Citrix
5 25 (12.08%) ServiceNow
6 20 (9.66%) HP
7 19 (9.18%) Veeam
8 18 (8.70%) Dell
9 17 (8.21%) Apple
10 13 (6.28%) IBM
10 13 (6.28%) Juniper
10 13 (6.28%) SolarWinds
11 12 (5.80%) CheckPoint
11 12 (5.80%) EMC
12 11 (5.31%) Oracle
13 9 (4.35%) McAfee
14 8 (3.86%) SAP
15 7 (3.38%) Google
15 7 (3.38%) Red Hat
16 6 (2.90%) Veritas