Period
to 12 May 2021

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 12 May 2021 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
12 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 473 398 430
Rank change year-on-year -75 +32 +31
Contract jobs citing MCSE 130 227 475
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.29% 0.50% 0.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.37% 2.17% 2.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 137 297
10th Percentile £204 £153 £200
25th Percentile £313 £263 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £430 £375 £405
Median % change year-on-year +14.67% -7.41% +15.71%
75th Percentile £520 £475 £525
90th Percentile £575 £543 £588
UK median daily rate £440 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +17.33% -6.25% +11.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 20 51
Median hourly rate - £18.75 £24.91
Median % change year-on-year - -24.73% +39.88%
UK median hourly rate £73.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +320.00% -12.50% +14.22%

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 9,503 10,483 16,347
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.26% 22.88% 19.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,125 6,765 10,311
10th Percentile £300 £263 £268
25th Percentile £400 £375 £364
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.21% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £568
90th Percentile £663 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £488 £475 £465
% change year-on-year +2.63% +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 378 655
10th Percentile £14.65 £14.46 £12.50
25th Percentile £20.39 £17.50 £16.77
Median hourly rate £38.92 £27.50 £29.00
Median % change year-on-year +41.53% -5.17% +28.89%
75th Percentile £50.47 £47.99 £47.17
90th Percentile £61.25 £57.50 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £39.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +30.83% - +36.67%

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 12 May 2021.

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
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 12 May 2021. 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 -62 39 £410 +17.14% 26
South East +17 34 £460 +14.29% 21
East of England +36 22 £520 +48.57% 3
North of England +26 12 £380 +16.92% 9
Midlands -16 12 £250 -29.82% 19
West Midlands -8 10 £200 -51.52% 10
North West +4 6 £457 +4.46% 4
Yorkshire +28 5 £220 -6.38% 2
South West +18 4 £378 -11.18% 5
East Midlands +10 2 £314 +0.40% 9
North East - 1 £455 - 3
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 12 May 2021, 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.

1 130 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 81 (62.31%) Windows
3 80 (61.54%) Microsoft
4 67 (51.54%) Active Directory
5 58 (44.62%) VMware
6 54 (41.54%) Security Cleared
7 49 (37.69%) Microsoft 365
8 44 (33.85%) ITIL
9 43 (33.08%) VMware Infrastructure
10 41 (31.54%) SC Cleared
10 41 (31.54%) Migration
11 40 (30.77%) Social Skills
12 39 (30.00%) PowerShell
12 39 (30.00%) DNS
13 35 (26.92%) Citrix
13 35 (26.92%) Windows Server
14 32 (24.62%) Azure
15 30 (23.08%) Windows 10
16 29 (22.31%) MCSA
17 26 (20.00%) SharePoint
17 26 (20.00%) SCCM
17 26 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 25 (19.23%) DHCP
19 24 (18.46%) MS Exchange
20 22 (16.92%) Cisco
21 20 (15.38%) CCNA
21 20 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
21 20 (15.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
21 20 (15.38%) Problem-Solving
22 19 (14.62%) Citrix Certification

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 26 (20.00%) SharePoint
2 24 (18.46%) MS Exchange
3 18 (13.85%) Exchange Server 2010
4 16 (12.31%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (5.38%) Skype for Business
6 5 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (3.08%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (3.08%) IBM Notes
7 4 (3.08%) IIS
8 3 (2.31%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (1.54%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.77%) Confluence
10 1 (0.77%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (0.77%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.77%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 13 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.08%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.54%) InfoPath
3 2 (1.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.54%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.77%) assyst
1 1 (0.77%) Sentinel
1 1 (0.77%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 49 (37.69%) Microsoft 365
2 32 (24.62%) Azure
3 11 (8.46%) Azure Active Directory
4 8 (6.15%) AWS
5 4 (3.08%) PaaS
5 4 (3.08%) Power Platform
6 3 (2.31%) IaaS
6 3 (2.31%) OneDrive
6 3 (2.31%) PowerApps
7 2 (1.54%) GCP
7 2 (1.54%) Power Automate
8 1 (0.77%) Azure Sentinel
8 1 (0.77%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.77%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 39 (30.00%) DNS
2 25 (19.23%) DHCP
3 18 (13.85%) NetScaler
4 14 (10.77%) Firewall
5 12 (9.23%) Kerberos
5 12 (9.23%) VPN
6 11 (8.46%) LAN
6 11 (8.46%) SAN
7 10 (7.69%) WAN
8 9 (6.92%) X.500
9 7 (5.38%) Skype
10 6 (4.62%) 802.11
10 6 (4.62%) Internet
11 5 (3.85%) TCP/IP
11 5 (3.85%) VLAN
12 4 (3.08%) Remote Desktop
13 3 (2.31%) ADSL
13 3 (2.31%) Cisco ASA
13 3 (2.31%) Cisco Nexus
13 3 (2.31%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.23%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.08%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (2.31%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (2.31%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (1.54%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (1.54%) Power BI
5 1 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.77%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.77%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (1.54%) MSI
1 2 (1.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.77%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.77%) Hudson
2 1 (0.77%) JIRA
2 1 (0.77%) Visual Studio
General
1 40 (30.77%) Social Skills
2 14 (10.77%) Public Sector
3 10 (7.69%) Finance
4 9 (6.92%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (5.38%) Documentation Skills
6 6 (4.62%) Banking
7 4 (3.08%) Law
8 2 (1.54%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.54%) Legal
9 1 (0.77%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.77%) Influencing Skills
9 1 (0.77%) International Banking
9 1 (0.77%) Military
Job Titles
1 15 (11.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 13 (10.00%) Architect
3 12 (9.23%) Support Engineer
4 9 (6.92%) IT Engineer
5 8 (6.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 8 (6.15%) IT Support
5 8 (6.15%) Wintel Engineer
6 7 (5.38%) Analyst
6 7 (5.38%) IT Support Engineer
7 6 (4.62%) Active Directory Engineer
7 6 (4.62%) Azure Engineer
7 6 (4.62%) Citrix Engineer
8 4 (3.08%) Design Engineer
8 4 (3.08%) Infrastructure Architect
8 4 (3.08%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
9 3 (2.31%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 3 (2.31%) Active Directory Specialist
9 3 (2.31%) Messaging Engineer
9 3 (2.31%) Operations Analyst
9 3 (2.31%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.15%) LDAP
2 6 (4.62%) 802.1X
3 3 (2.31%) .NET
4 2 (1.54%) COM
5 1 (0.77%) CSS
5 1 (0.77%) jQuery
5 1 (0.77%) SailPoint
5 1 (0.77%) Web Services
5 1 (0.77%) XML
5 1 (0.77%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.00%) Replication
2 12 (9.23%) Data Centre
3 8 (6.15%) PKI
4 7 (5.38%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.08%) Fat Client
5 4 (3.08%) iPad
5 4 (3.08%) Thin Client
6 3 (2.31%) Blackberry
6 3 (2.31%) BYOD
6 3 (2.31%) iPhone
6 3 (2.31%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.54%) EMC VNX
7 2 (1.54%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.54%) User Experience
7 2 (1.54%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.77%) Augmented Reality
8 1 (0.77%) Cyberthreat
8 1 (0.77%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.77%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.77%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 81 (62.31%) Windows
2 35 (26.92%) Windows Server
3 30 (23.08%) Windows 10
4 17 (13.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 15 (11.54%) Windows Server 2008
6 14 (10.77%) Windows 7
7 13 (10.00%) Windows Server 2016
8 11 (8.46%) Linux
9 9 (6.92%) Mac OS
10 7 (5.38%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (5.38%) Windows Server 2019
11 3 (2.31%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.77%) Android
12 1 (0.77%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.77%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (33.85%) ITIL
2 41 (31.54%) Migration
3 26 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 20 (15.38%) Problem-Solving
5 15 (11.54%) Computer Science
6 14 (10.77%) Virtual Environments
7 12 (9.23%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 9 (6.92%) Customer Requirements
9 8 (6.15%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (6.15%) Load Balancing
10 7 (5.38%) Change Management
10 7 (5.38%) Disk Encryption
10 7 (5.38%) Identity Management
10 7 (5.38%) Problem Management
11 6 (4.62%) High Availability
11 6 (4.62%) Information Security
11 6 (4.62%) ITIL V3
11 6 (4.62%) Mentoring
11 6 (4.62%) Project Delivery
11 6 (4.62%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (30.00%) PowerShell
2 12 (9.23%) SQL
3 3 (2.31%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.54%) Java
4 2 (1.54%) Python
5 1 (0.77%) C
5 1 (0.77%) VB.NET
5 1 (0.77%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 130 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 54 (41.54%) Security Cleared
3 41 (31.54%) SC Cleared
4 29 (22.31%) MCSA
5 20 (15.38%) CCNA
5 20 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
5 20 (15.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 19 (14.62%) Citrix Certification
7 18 (13.85%) Degree
8 15 (11.54%) DV Cleared
9 13 (10.00%) MCITP
10 12 (9.23%) Computer Science Degree
11 9 (6.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 9 (6.92%) MCP
12 5 (3.85%) CISSP
13 4 (3.08%) VCP6
14 3 (2.31%) CCNP
14 3 (2.31%) HP AIS
14 3 (2.31%) ITIL Certification
14 3 (2.31%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (13.08%) SLA
2 4 (3.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.54%) GDPR
3 2 (1.54%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.54%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.54%) QA
4 1 (0.77%) NIST
4 1 (0.77%) SOC 2
System Software
1 67 (51.54%) Active Directory
2 43 (33.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (13.85%) VMware ESXi
4 16 (12.31%) Hyper-V
5 15 (11.54%) XenApp
6 8 (6.15%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
6 8 (6.15%) vSphere
7 5 (3.85%) XenDesktop
8 3 (2.31%) Firmware
8 3 (2.31%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (1.54%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 2 (1.54%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.54%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (1.54%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.77%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.77%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 26 (20.00%) SCCM
2 10 (7.69%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (6.15%) SCOM
4 7 (5.38%) NetBackup
5 6 (4.62%) AirWatch
6 4 (3.08%) Backup Exec
6 4 (3.08%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (3.08%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 4 (3.08%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (2.31%) vRealize
7 3 (2.31%) WSUS
8 2 (1.54%) DatAdvantage
8 2 (1.54%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (1.54%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.77%) Oracle Identity Management
9 1 (0.77%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 80 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 58 (44.62%) VMware
3 35 (26.92%) Citrix
4 22 (16.92%) Cisco
5 15 (11.54%) Veeam
6 14 (10.77%) HP
7 10 (7.69%) Apple
8 8 (6.15%) SolarWinds
9 6 (4.62%) Dell
9 6 (4.62%) Juniper
10 5 (3.85%) EMC
10 5 (3.85%) Ivanti
10 5 (3.85%) NetApp
11 4 (3.08%) Brocade
11 4 (3.08%) Lotus
11 4 (3.08%) McAfee
11 4 (3.08%) Oracle
11 4 (3.08%) Varonis
12 3 (2.31%) IBM
12 3 (2.31%) SAP