Period
to 26 April 2018

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 26 April 2018 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
26 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 440 433 432
Rank change year-on-year -7 -1 -105
Contract jobs citing MCSE 476 407 523
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.51% 0.48% 0.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.69% 2.37% 2.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 237 296
England median daily rate £350 £344 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.74% +4.24% +8.20%
10th Percentile £170 £145 £174
90th Percentile £563 £538 £450
UK median daily rate £350 £340 £326
% change year-on-year +2.94% +4.21% +5.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 23 57
England median hourly rate £17.81 £16.09 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.67% -19.55% +11.11%
10th Percentile £15.85 £13.85 £8.75
90th Percentile £45.38 £24.11 £51.10
UK median hourly rate £17.51 £18.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year -4.05% -8.75% +14.29%

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 17,690 17,186 20,787
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.11% 20.36% 21.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,599 10,827 13,046
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 794 848 810
England median hourly rate £23.44 £30.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.88% +9.09% +37.50%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.67 £52.41 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -21.67% +3.45% +45.00%

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 26 April 2018.

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 26 April 2018.

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 26 April 2018. 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 -35 182 £338 -8.78% 63
South East +32 143 £399 +20.76% 41
Midlands +1 51 £350 +9.38% 22
North of England -23 40 £430 +32.31% 50
East of England -7 36 £233 -38.00% 19
East Midlands 0 35 £350 +9.38% 12
North West -20 25 £513 +86.36% 29
South West +10 22 £475 +34.94% 14
West Midlands -9 16 £270 -18.49% 10
Yorkshire -30 15 £300 -25.00% 19
North East +11 1 £625 +115.52% 2
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 26 April 2018, 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.

1 476 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 327 (68.70%) Windows
3 301 (63.24%) Microsoft
4 267 (56.09%) Active Directory
5 198 (41.60%) ITIL
6 190 (39.92%) VMware
7 177 (37.18%) Windows Server
8 171 (35.92%) MCSA
9 146 (30.67%) Office 365
10 136 (28.57%) MCP
11 127 (26.68%) Windows Server 2012
12 115 (24.16%) Microsoft Azure
13 109 (22.90%) Cisco Certification
14 105 (22.06%) SCCM
14 105 (22.06%) VMware Infrastructure
15 100 (21.01%) Citrix
16 92 (19.33%) MS Exchange
17 91 (19.12%) PowerShell
17 91 (19.12%) MCITP
18 90 (18.91%) CCNA
18 90 (18.91%) Cisco
19 86 (18.07%) Windows Server 2008
20 82 (17.23%) Windows 7
21 78 (16.39%) SQL
22 76 (15.97%) Windows 10
23 75 (15.76%) Microsoft Office
24 71 (14.92%) Problem-Solving
25 70 (14.71%) Firewall
26 68 (14.29%) Finance
27 65 (13.66%) Migration

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 92 (19.33%) MS Exchange
2 41 (8.61%) SharePoint
3 37 (7.77%) Skype for Business
4 32 (6.72%) Exchange Server 2010
5 17 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2013
6 16 (3.36%) IIS
7 9 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.05%) Apache
8 5 (1.05%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.63%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
10 2 (0.42%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.21%) JBoss
11 1 (0.21%) nginx
Applications
1 75 (15.76%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.47%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (1.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.26%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.21%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.42%) Elite 3E
1 2 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (0.42%) Workfront
2 1 (0.21%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.21%) Eikon
2 1 (0.21%) PeopleSoft HRMS
Cloud Services
1 146 (30.67%) Office 365
2 115 (24.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (8.40%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (3.36%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (2.31%) PaaS
6 9 (1.89%) IaaS
6 9 (1.89%) Mimecast
7 8 (1.68%) SaaS
8 5 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (1.05%) G Suite
9 4 (0.84%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 4 (0.84%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (0.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.63%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.42%) OpenShift
12 1 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.21%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.21%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.21%) Serverless
12 1 (0.21%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 70 (14.71%) Firewall
2 59 (12.39%) DNS
3 56 (11.76%) LAN
4 55 (11.55%) DHCP
4 55 (11.55%) WAN
5 53 (11.13%) TCP/IP
6 50 (10.50%) SAN
7 46 (9.66%) VPN
8 41 (8.61%) Internet
9 27 (5.67%) Skype
10 21 (4.41%) VoIP
11 18 (3.78%) Cisco Nexus
11 18 (3.78%) MPLS
11 18 (3.78%) NAS
12 17 (3.57%) BGP
12 17 (3.57%) iSCSI
13 16 (3.36%) OSPF
14 14 (2.94%) VPLS
15 12 (2.52%) SSL
16 11 (2.31%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (13.66%) SQL Server
2 26 (5.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 18 (3.78%) SQL Server 2016
4 16 (3.36%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (2.31%) SQL Server 2008
5 11 (2.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (1.89%) Big Data
6 9 (1.89%) Power BI
6 9 (1.89%) SQL Server 2012
7 8 (1.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 6 (1.26%) MySQL
8 6 (1.26%) OLAP
9 5 (1.05%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 4 (0.84%) OLTP
10 4 (0.84%) SQL Server 2014
10 4 (0.84%) SSDT
11 3 (0.63%) Azure SQL Database
11 3 (0.63%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.63%) Hadoop
11 3 (0.63%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (1.26%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.05%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (0.63%) Octopus Deploy
3 3 (0.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (0.42%) JIRA
4 2 (0.42%) MSI
4 2 (0.42%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.42%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.21%) CruiseControl
5 1 (0.21%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.21%) Hudson
5 1 (0.21%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.21%) WinRunner
General
1 68 (14.29%) Finance
2 17 (3.57%) Telecoms
3 13 (2.73%) Retail
4 9 (1.89%) Legal
5 7 (1.47%) Advertising
5 7 (1.47%) Banking
5 7 (1.47%) Manufacturing
5 7 (1.47%) Marketing
6 5 (1.05%) Law
6 5 (1.05%) Local Government
7 3 (0.63%) Back Office
7 3 (0.63%) Billing
7 3 (0.63%) Electronics
7 3 (0.63%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.42%) Military
9 1 (0.21%) Automotive
9 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.21%) German Language
9 1 (0.21%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 77 (16.18%) Architect
2 50 (10.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 49 (10.29%) Analyst
4 45 (9.45%) Desktop Support
5 44 (9.24%) Windows Engineer
6 40 (8.40%) Consultant
7 37 (7.77%) Support Engineer
8 26 (5.46%) Systems Engineer
9 25 (5.25%) Developer
10 22 (4.62%) Support Analyst
11 21 (4.41%) Infrastructure Architect
12 20 (4.20%) 3rd Line Support
12 20 (4.20%) Azure Architect
13 19 (3.99%) Desktop Engineer
13 19 (3.99%) Technical Architect
14 17 (3.57%) Solutions Architect
15 16 (3.36%) Azure Consultant
16 15 (3.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 15 (3.15%) Administrator
17 14 (2.94%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (1.89%) Web Services
2 7 (1.47%) AngularJS
2 7 (1.47%) Node.js
2 7 (1.47%) React
2 7 (1.47%) REST
3 6 (1.26%) .NET
3 6 (1.26%) 802.1X
3 6 (1.26%) Software Packaging
4 5 (1.05%) ASP.NET
4 5 (1.05%) JSON
5 4 (0.84%) LDAP
6 2 (0.42%) .NET Framework
6 2 (0.42%) WCF
7 1 (0.21%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.21%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.21%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 1 (0.21%) LAMP
7 1 (0.21%) WF
7 1 (0.21%) XMPP
7 1 (0.21%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 61 (12.82%) Analytical Skills
2 60 (12.61%) Data Centre
3 25 (5.25%) Clustering
4 18 (3.78%) Management Information System
4 18 (3.78%) Mobile App
5 15 (3.15%) Self-Motivation
6 14 (2.94%) Computer Science
7 12 (2.52%) Video Conferencing
8 11 (2.31%) PKI
9 10 (2.10%) Public Cloud
10 9 (1.89%) Blackberry
10 9 (1.89%) Replication
11 8 (1.68%) NHS
11 8 (1.68%) Smartphone
12 6 (1.26%) Client/Server
13 5 (1.05%) EMC VNX
13 5 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (1.05%) Private Cloud
14 4 (0.84%) Driving Licence
14 4 (0.84%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 327 (68.70%) Windows
2 177 (37.18%) Windows Server
3 127 (26.68%) Windows Server 2012
4 86 (18.07%) Windows Server 2008
5 82 (17.23%) Windows 7
6 76 (15.97%) Windows 10
7 64 (13.45%) Windows Server 2003
8 40 (8.40%) Linux
9 19 (3.99%) Windows 8
10 16 (3.36%) Unix
11 14 (2.94%) Android
12 11 (2.31%) Apple iOS
13 10 (2.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 10 (2.10%) Windows Vista
14 8 (1.68%) Mac OS X
15 6 (1.26%) Windows XP
16 5 (1.05%) AIX
16 5 (1.05%) Solaris
17 4 (0.84%) Mac OS
18 3 (0.63%) CatOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 198 (41.60%) ITIL
2 71 (14.92%) Problem-Solving
3 65 (13.66%) Migration
4 38 (7.98%) ITIL V3
5 36 (7.56%) TOGAF
6 35 (7.35%) Change Management
7 31 (6.51%) Business Intelligence
7 31 (6.51%) PRINCE2
8 26 (5.46%) Agile Software Development
9 25 (5.25%) Disaster Recovery
10 24 (5.04%) DevOps
11 23 (4.83%) Service Management
12 22 (4.62%) Incident Management
13 21 (4.41%) Network Architecture
13 21 (4.41%) Service Delivery
14 20 (4.20%) Project Management
15 19 (3.99%) Performance Tuning
16 18 (3.78%) Problem Management
17 16 (3.36%) Stakeholder Management
18 15 (3.15%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 91 (19.12%) PowerShell
2 78 (16.39%) SQL
3 24 (5.04%) T-SQL
4 19 (3.99%) Shell Script
5 11 (2.31%) JavaScript
6 10 (2.10%) VBScript
7 7 (1.47%) C
7 7 (1.47%) TypeScript
8 4 (0.84%) C#
8 4 (0.84%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 4 (0.84%) VB
9 3 (0.63%) VBA
10 2 (0.42%) Java
10 2 (0.42%) Python
10 2 (0.42%) Ruby
11 1 (0.21%) AWK
11 1 (0.21%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.21%) Perl
11 1 (0.21%) sed
11 1 (0.21%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 476 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 171 (35.92%) MCSA
3 136 (28.57%) MCP
4 109 (22.90%) Cisco Certification
5 91 (19.12%) MCITP
6 90 (18.91%) CCNA
7 56 (11.76%) Security Cleared
8 50 (10.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 49 (10.29%) Degree
10 47 (9.87%) SC Cleared
11 27 (5.67%) CCNP
12 26 (5.46%) ITIL Certification
12 26 (5.46%) MCDST
13 23 (4.83%) CCIE
14 21 (4.41%) CISSP
15 18 (3.78%) Citrix Certification
16 17 (3.57%) CCA
17 13 (2.73%) DV Cleared
17 13 (2.73%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 13 (2.73%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (8.82%) SLA
2 7 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.05%) QA
4 4 (0.84%) PMO
5 3 (0.63%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.21%) Data Quality
System Software
1 267 (56.09%) Active Directory
2 105 (22.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 61 (12.82%) Hyper-V
4 38 (7.98%) VMware ESXi
5 31 (6.51%) vSphere
6 26 (5.46%) XenApp
7 12 (2.52%) Virtual Desktop
8 11 (2.31%) VMware Workstation
8 11 (2.31%) XenDesktop
9 10 (2.10%) Terminal Services
10 9 (1.89%) Docker
11 7 (1.47%) NFS
12 6 (1.26%) Microsoft App-V
12 6 (1.26%) XenServer
13 5 (1.05%) DFS Replication
14 4 (0.84%) vCloud
14 4 (0.84%) Virtual Machines
15 3 (0.63%) Firmware
15 3 (0.63%) KVM
15 3 (0.63%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 105 (22.06%) SCCM
2 31 (6.51%) SCOM
3 27 (5.67%) Nessus
4 24 (5.04%) Microsoft Clustering
5 17 (3.57%) NetBackup
6 16 (3.36%) Backup Exec
7 10 (2.10%) WSUS
8 8 (1.68%) Microsoft Intune
8 8 (1.68%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 8 (1.68%) vCenter Server
9 7 (1.47%) EMC NetWorker
9 7 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
10 6 (1.26%) AirWatch
10 6 (1.26%) Ansible
10 6 (1.26%) HP Data Protector
10 6 (1.26%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.84%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.84%) QRadar
11 4 (0.84%) SCVMM
11 4 (0.84%) vRealize
Vendors
1 301 (63.24%) Microsoft
2 190 (39.92%) VMware
3 100 (21.01%) Citrix
4 90 (18.91%) Cisco
5 50 (10.50%) SolarWinds
6 49 (10.29%) HP
7 38 (7.98%) Ivanti
8 36 (7.56%) Shavlik
9 30 (6.30%) CheckPoint
10 29 (6.09%) NetApp
11 21 (4.41%) Apple
11 21 (4.41%) IBM
12 20 (4.20%) EMC
13 19 (3.99%) Dell
13 19 (3.99%) Symantec
14 17 (3.57%) Juniper
14 17 (3.57%) Veritas
15 15 (3.15%) Veeam
16 14 (2.94%) Fortinet
17 13 (2.73%) McAfee