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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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 569 501 399
Rank change year-on-year -68 -102 +45
Contract jobs citing MCSE 205 165 173
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.29% 0.32% 0.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.42% 1.58% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 147 116 97
10th Percentile £165 £195 £185
25th Percentile £313 £344 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £460 £400
Median % change year-on-year -2.17% +15.00% -3.61%
75th Percentile £538 £538 £488
90th Percentile £619 £574 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £474 £375
% change year-on-year -5.10% +26.52% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 15
10th Percentile £14.88 - -
25th Percentile £16.09 £15.50 £15.85
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +9.38% -20.00% -
75th Percentile £26.30 £16.50 £22.38
90th Percentile £33.63 - £30.95
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £73.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -76.19% +267.50% -5.52%

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 14,450 10,414 8,823
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.16% 20.10% 24.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,751 6,676 5,799
10th Percentile £345 £306 £300
25th Percentile £426 £400 £393
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £528 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.60% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £723 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 679 534 308
10th Percentile £13.48 £13.25 £15.00
25th Percentile £19.06 £17.56 £17.94
Median hourly rate £42.50 £34.47 £27.50
Median % change year-on-year +23.29% +25.35% -15.38%
75th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £48.30
90th Percentile £70.00 £63.75 £59.83
UK median hourly rate £44.50 £33.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +34.85% +10.00% -10.18%

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 30 June 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 30 June 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 30 June 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 -53 84 £525 +10.53% 16
South East -35 35 £475 -3.06% 15
Midlands -30 25 £263 +16.67% 9
North of England -57 20 £170 -62.22% 28
South West -9 15 £375 -6.25% 8
East Midlands -1 14 £294 -2.89% 6
Yorkshire -30 12 £230 +9.52% 11
East of England -21 11 £400 -23.18% 11
West Midlands -39 11 £110 -45.00% 3
North West -39 8 £133 -73.50% 11
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 30 June 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.

1 205 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 157 (76.59%) Microsoft
3 112 (54.63%) Active Directory
4 107 (52.20%) Windows
5 96 (46.83%) ITIL
6 87 (42.44%) MCSA
7 79 (38.54%) Azure
8 73 (35.61%) SCCM
9 71 (34.63%) Microsoft 365
10 65 (31.71%) MCP
11 63 (30.73%) Cisco Certification
11 63 (30.73%) VMware
12 58 (28.29%) Degree
13 56 (27.32%) PowerShell
13 56 (27.32%) Social Skills
14 55 (26.83%) Windows 10
15 52 (25.37%) CCNA
16 51 (24.88%) Migration
16 51 (24.88%) Windows Server
17 41 (20.00%) Azure Active Directory
18 40 (19.51%) DNS
19 38 (18.54%) Public Sector
20 37 (18.05%) Cisco
21 35 (17.07%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 33 (16.10%) Problem-Solving
22 33 (16.10%) PRINCE2
22 33 (16.10%) Security Cleared
22 33 (16.10%) VMware Infrastructure
23 29 (14.15%) Linux
23 29 (14.15%) Finance

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 16 (7.80%) MS Exchange
2 14 (6.83%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (5.85%) SharePoint
4 8 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (3.41%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (1.95%) IIS
7 3 (1.46%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.98%) Confluence
8 2 (0.98%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.49%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 25 (12.20%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (3.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.46%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.98%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.49%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (1.46%) assyst
2 2 (0.98%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.49%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 79 (38.54%) Azure
2 71 (34.63%) Microsoft 365
3 41 (20.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 14 (6.83%) AWS
4 14 (6.83%) IaaS
4 14 (6.83%) PaaS
5 11 (5.37%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (3.90%) OneDrive
7 7 (3.41%) IBM Cloud
8 5 (2.44%) Rubrik
9 4 (1.95%) GCP
9 4 (1.95%) SaaS
10 3 (1.46%) Azure Sentinel
10 3 (1.46%) GitHub
10 3 (1.46%) Mimecast
10 3 (1.46%) Power Platform
11 2 (0.98%) Azure Key Vault
11 2 (0.98%) Azure Monitor
11 2 (0.98%) Azure Storage
11 2 (0.98%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 40 (19.51%) DNS
2 21 (10.24%) Firewall
3 19 (9.27%) DHCP
4 14 (6.83%) VPN
5 13 (6.34%) SAN
5 13 (6.34%) TCP/IP
6 9 (4.39%) Remote Desktop
7 8 (3.90%) Kerberos
7 8 (3.90%) Wireless
7 8 (3.90%) X.500
8 7 (3.41%) IPv4
8 7 (3.41%) Network Security
9 6 (2.93%) NetScaler
9 6 (2.93%) Skype
9 6 (2.93%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (2.44%) 3G
10 5 (2.44%) Internet
10 5 (2.44%) LAN
10 5 (2.44%) WAN
11 4 (1.95%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.85%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (2.44%) MySQL
2 5 (2.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 5 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 5 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (1.46%) Biml
3 3 (1.46%) MariaDB
3 3 (1.46%) Power BI
4 2 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.98%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (0.98%) DTS
4 2 (0.98%) MongoDB
4 2 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
Development Applications
1 4 (1.95%) JIRA
2 3 (1.46%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.98%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.49%) GitLab
4 1 (0.49%) Gradle
4 1 (0.49%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.49%) Maven
4 1 (0.49%) MSI
General
1 56 (27.32%) Social Skills
2 38 (18.54%) Public Sector
3 29 (14.15%) Finance
4 17 (8.29%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (5.37%) Manufacturing
6 10 (4.88%) Telecoms
7 7 (3.41%) Documentation Skills
7 7 (3.41%) Electronics
7 7 (3.41%) Marketing
8 4 (1.95%) Automotive
9 3 (1.46%) Influencing Skills
9 3 (1.46%) Law
10 2 (0.98%) Banking
10 2 (0.98%) Organisational Skills
10 2 (0.98%) Publishing
11 1 (0.49%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.49%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 1 (0.49%) Legal
11 1 (0.49%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 53 (25.85%) Architect
2 29 (14.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 26 (12.68%) Support Engineer
4 25 (12.20%) Azure Architect
5 23 (11.22%) Analyst
6 17 (8.29%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 17 (8.29%) IT Engineer
7 12 (5.85%) Desktop Engineer
8 11 (5.37%) Consultant
8 11 (5.37%) Wintel Engineer
9 10 (4.88%) Field Engineer
10 9 (4.39%) 3rd Line Support
10 9 (4.39%) Azure Engineer
10 9 (4.39%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
11 8 (3.90%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 8 (3.90%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 8 (3.90%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 8 (3.90%) Infrastructure Architect
11 8 (3.90%) IT Analyst
11 8 (3.90%) Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (3.90%) LDAP
2 5 (2.44%) .NET
3 3 (1.46%) ASP.NET
3 3 (1.46%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (0.98%) .NET Framework
4 2 (0.98%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (0.98%) OAuth
4 2 (0.98%) SailPoint
4 2 (0.98%) SAML
4 2 (0.98%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.49%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.49%) ARM Templates
5 1 (0.49%) HTML
5 1 (0.49%) Middleware
5 1 (0.49%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 25 (12.20%) Data Centre
2 14 (6.83%) Replication
3 10 (4.88%) PKI
4 8 (3.90%) Clustering
5 6 (2.93%) BYOD
5 6 (2.93%) Driving Licence
6 5 (2.44%) Blackberry
6 5 (2.44%) iPad
6 5 (2.44%) iPhone
6 5 (2.44%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.44%) Public Cloud
7 4 (1.95%) Fat Client
7 4 (1.95%) NHS
7 4 (1.95%) Thin Client
8 3 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.98%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.98%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (0.98%) Mobile App
9 2 (0.98%) Private Cloud
9 2 (0.98%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 107 (52.20%) Windows
2 55 (26.83%) Windows 10
3 51 (24.88%) Windows Server
4 29 (14.15%) Linux
5 21 (10.24%) Windows Server 2016
6 20 (9.76%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (8.78%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (5.85%) Unix
9 11 (5.37%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (4.88%) Windows 7
10 10 (4.88%) Windows Server 2019
11 6 (2.93%) Mac OS
12 3 (1.46%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.98%) CentOS
13 2 (0.98%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.98%) VMS
13 2 (0.98%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.49%) Android
14 1 (0.49%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (46.83%) ITIL
2 51 (24.88%) Migration
3 35 (17.07%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 33 (16.10%) PRINCE2
4 33 (16.10%) Problem-Solving
5 20 (9.76%) Disaster Recovery
5 20 (9.76%) ITIL V3
5 20 (9.76%) Problem Management
6 19 (9.27%) Project Delivery
7 18 (8.78%) Agile
7 18 (8.78%) High Availability
8 17 (8.29%) Change Management
9 16 (7.80%) Incident Management
10 15 (7.32%) Service Management
11 14 (6.83%) Stakeholder Management
12 13 (6.34%) Business Intelligence
12 13 (6.34%) Infrastructure as Code
12 13 (6.34%) Storage Management
13 12 (5.85%) DevOps
13 12 (5.85%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 56 (27.32%) PowerShell
2 18 (8.78%) SQL
3 3 (1.46%) C#
3 3 (1.46%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
3 3 (1.46%) T-SQL
4 2 (0.98%) Bash
4 2 (0.98%) Python
5 1 (0.49%) C
5 1 (0.49%) Go
5 1 (0.49%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.49%) Perl
5 1 (0.49%) VBA
5 1 (0.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 205 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 87 (42.44%) MCSA
3 65 (31.71%) MCP
4 63 (30.73%) Cisco Certification
5 58 (28.29%) Degree
6 52 (25.37%) CCNA
7 33 (16.10%) Security Cleared
8 25 (12.20%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 24 (11.71%) SC Cleared
10 23 (11.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 18 (8.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 14 (6.83%) A+ Certification
13 12 (5.85%) CCA
13 12 (5.85%) Citrix Certification
14 10 (4.88%) MCITP
14 10 (4.88%) MCTS
15 9 (4.39%) CCIE
15 9 (4.39%) TOGAF Certification
16 8 (3.90%) ITIL Certification
17 7 (3.41%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (12.68%) SLA
2 7 (3.41%) GDPR
2 7 (3.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.93%) COBIT
3 6 (2.93%) QA
4 4 (1.95%) ISO 9001
4 4 (1.95%) PCI DSS
5 3 (1.46%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.49%) DICOM
6 1 (0.49%) GPG13
6 1 (0.49%) HL7
6 1 (0.49%) NCSC
6 1 (0.49%) NIST
6 1 (0.49%) NIST 800
System Software
1 112 (54.63%) Active Directory
2 33 (16.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (10.24%) Hyper-V
4 17 (8.29%) XenApp
5 15 (7.32%) Microsoft App-V
6 13 (6.34%) XenDesktop
7 11 (5.37%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (4.39%) Virtual Machines
9 8 (3.90%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 8 (3.90%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 7 (3.41%) Virtual Servers
11 4 (1.95%) Virtual Desktop
11 4 (1.95%) vSphere
12 3 (1.46%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.98%) Docker
14 1 (0.49%) Firmware
14 1 (0.49%) NFS
14 1 (0.49%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.49%) VMware NSX
14 1 (0.49%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 73 (35.61%) SCCM
2 17 (8.29%) Active Directory Federation Services
2 17 (8.29%) SCOM
3 15 (7.32%) Microsoft Intune
4 13 (6.34%) Terraform
5 7 (3.41%) NetBackup
5 7 (3.41%) vRealize
6 5 (2.44%) Avamar
6 5 (2.44%) Failover Clustering
6 5 (2.44%) Single Sign-On
6 5 (2.44%) WSUS
7 4 (1.95%) SCVMM
8 3 (1.46%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (1.46%) ZABBIX
9 2 (0.98%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.98%) SCSM
9 2 (0.98%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.98%) vMotion
9 2 (0.98%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 157 (76.59%) Microsoft
2 63 (30.73%) VMware
3 37 (18.05%) Cisco
4 28 (13.66%) Citrix
5 17 (8.29%) HP
5 17 (8.29%) ServiceNow
6 11 (5.37%) IBM
7 10 (4.88%) Dell
7 10 (4.88%) Ivanti
8 8 (3.90%) Apple
9 7 (3.41%) SAP
9 7 (3.41%) Shavlik
10 6 (2.93%) EMC
10 6 (2.93%) Oracle
11 5 (2.44%) Google
11 5 (2.44%) Isilon
11 5 (2.44%) McAfee
11 5 (2.44%) SolarWinds
11 5 (2.44%) Sophos
12 4 (1.95%) Commvault