Period
to 20 November 2019

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 20 November 2019 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
20 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 417 414 386
Rank change year-on-year -3 -28 +22
Contract jobs citing MCSE 385 532 581
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.51% 0.56% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.47% 2.97% 3.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 314 361
England median daily rate £375 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +15.38% -1.52%
10th Percentile £130 £173 £152
90th Percentile £575 £542 £500
UK median daily rate £365 £375 £326
% change year-on-year -2.67% +14.94% +0.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 64 23
England median hourly rate £21.00 £17.46 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.31% +5.79% -20.79%
10th Percentile £15.85 £15.30 £11.25
90th Percentile £39.38 £44.27 £39.55
UK median hourly rate £22.34 £18.10 £17.00
% change year-on-year +23.40% +6.47% -19.05%

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 15,557 17,909 17,807
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.42% 18.83% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,582 10,623 10,944
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £231
90th Percentile £650 £625 £606
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 728 855 821
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £25.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -0.48% -3.38%
10th Percentile £14.46 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £61.68 £51.25 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £26.25
% change year-on-year +39.33% -4.30% -0.94%

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 20 November 2019.

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 20 November 2019.

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 20 November 2019. 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 +52 128 £375 -4.76% 63
South East +27 112 £375 -7.41% 77
North of England -15 41 £325 +1.33% 49
Midlands -1 38 £313 -3.85% 33
South West -15 34 £431 +11.29% 18
East of England +34 31 £375 - 13
Yorkshire +22 25 £325 -13.33% 20
West Midlands +7 23 £315 -3.08% 18
East Midlands +22 15 £313 +2.46% 15
North West -17 12 £290 -1.94% 23
North East +20 4 £487 +143.25% 6
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 20 November 2019, 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.

1 385 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 276 (71.69%) Microsoft
2 276 (71.69%) Windows
3 241 (62.60%) Active Directory
4 155 (40.26%) VMware
5 149 (38.70%) Office 365
6 134 (34.81%) Windows Server
7 113 (29.35%) ITIL
8 112 (29.09%) Azure
9 106 (27.53%) SCCM
10 104 (27.01%) MCSA
11 103 (26.75%) DNS
12 99 (25.71%) PowerShell
13 87 (22.60%) VMware Infrastructure
14 82 (21.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 81 (21.04%) Windows Server 2012
15 81 (21.04%) Citrix
16 77 (20.00%) Windows 10
17 75 (19.48%) DHCP
18 73 (18.96%) Cisco Certification
19 70 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
20 66 (17.14%) Security Cleared
20 66 (17.14%) Windows 7
21 62 (16.10%) MS Exchange
22 60 (15.58%) Problem-Solving
23 59 (15.32%) Microsoft Office
23 59 (15.32%) Migration
24 58 (15.06%) Cisco
25 57 (14.81%) MCP
26 56 (14.55%) CCNA

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 62 (16.10%) MS Exchange
2 38 (9.87%) SharePoint
3 35 (9.09%) Skype for Business
4 26 (6.75%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (5.19%) Exchange Server 2013
6 14 (3.64%) Exchange Server 2007
7 11 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2003
8 8 (2.08%) IIS
9 4 (1.04%) Confluence
9 4 (1.04%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 3 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.26%) Apache
12 1 (0.26%) Apache Spark
12 1 (0.26%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.26%) OpenStack
12 1 (0.26%) SAS
12 1 (0.26%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.26%) WordPress
Applications
1 59 (15.32%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.04%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (1.04%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.78%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.26%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.26%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 8 (2.08%) assyst
2 5 (1.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.78%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.26%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 149 (38.70%) Office 365
2 112 (29.09%) Azure
3 35 (9.09%) AWS
4 30 (7.79%) Azure Active Directory
5 27 (7.01%) PaaS
6 21 (5.45%) IaaS
7 19 (4.94%) SaaS
8 7 (1.82%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 7 (1.82%) Power Platform
9 6 (1.56%) Mimecast
9 6 (1.56%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.78%) PowerApps
11 2 (0.52%) Azure Stack
12 1 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.26%) Cloudflare
12 1 (0.26%) GCP
12 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Flow
12 1 (0.26%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 103 (26.75%) DNS
2 75 (19.48%) DHCP
3 41 (10.65%) SAN
4 37 (9.61%) Firewall
5 31 (8.05%) TCP/IP
6 30 (7.79%) Skype
7 25 (6.49%) LAN
8 23 (5.97%) WAN
9 18 (4.68%) VPN
10 16 (4.16%) Remote Desktop
10 16 (4.16%) VoIP
10 16 (4.16%) Wireless
11 9 (2.34%) NAS
11 9 (2.34%) VLAN
12 8 (2.08%) Kerberos
13 7 (1.82%) Network Security
13 7 (1.82%) Wi-Fi
14 6 (1.56%) SMTP
15 5 (1.30%) VSAN
16 4 (1.04%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (10.13%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.82%) Amazon RDS
2 7 (1.82%) Azure SQL Database
3 6 (1.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (1.30%) Power BI
4 5 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (1.30%) SQL Server 2016
5 4 (1.04%) Blockchain
5 4 (1.04%) Relational Database
5 4 (1.04%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (1.04%) SQLite
6 2 (0.52%) Big Data
6 2 (0.52%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.26%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.26%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.26%) HBase
7 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.26%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 26 (6.75%) MSI
2 23 (5.97%) InstallShield
3 9 (2.34%) JIRA
4 6 (1.56%) Git (software)
5 4 (1.04%) Android Studio
5 4 (1.04%) Octopus Deploy
5 4 (1.04%) TeamCity
5 4 (1.04%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.52%) WinDbg
7 1 (0.26%) AdminStudio
7 1 (0.26%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.26%) Firebug
7 1 (0.26%) git-flow
7 1 (0.26%) Hudson
7 1 (0.26%) Visual Studio
General
1 42 (10.91%) Finance
2 22 (5.71%) Telecoms
3 18 (4.68%) Retail
4 15 (3.90%) Public Sector
5 10 (2.60%) Banking
6 4 (1.04%) Local Government
6 4 (1.04%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.78%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.78%) Legal
7 3 (0.78%) Marketing
8 2 (0.52%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.52%) Electronics
8 2 (0.52%) Military
9 1 (0.26%) Back Office
9 1 (0.26%) French Language
9 1 (0.26%) Front Office
9 1 (0.26%) Games
9 1 (0.26%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (0.26%) Publishing
9 1 (0.26%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 54 (14.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 47 (12.21%) Support Engineer
3 45 (11.69%) Architect
4 37 (9.61%) Analyst
5 24 (6.23%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 23 (5.97%) Consultant
7 22 (5.71%) Service Analyst
8 21 (5.45%) Service Desk Analyst
9 19 (4.94%) 3rd Line Support
10 18 (4.68%) Desktop Engineer
10 18 (4.68%) Desktop Support
11 17 (4.42%) Wintel Engineer
12 15 (3.90%) Solutions Architect
13 14 (3.64%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
13 14 (3.64%) Applications Packager
14 13 (3.38%) Active Directory Engineer
14 13 (3.38%) Windows Engineer
15 12 (3.12%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 12 (3.12%) IT Engineer
16 11 (2.86%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.08%) Web Services
2 5 (1.30%) .NET
2 5 (1.30%) HTML
3 4 (1.04%) ASP.NET
3 4 (1.04%) Dagger
3 4 (1.04%) RESTful
3 4 (1.04%) Retrofit
3 4 (1.04%) RxJava
4 2 (0.52%) CSS
4 2 (0.52%) LDAP
4 2 (0.52%) Middleware
4 2 (0.52%) REST
4 2 (0.52%) SAP Basis
5 1 (0.26%) EDI
5 1 (0.26%) HTML5
5 1 (0.26%) jQuery
5 1 (0.26%) Node.js
5 1 (0.26%) SAML
5 1 (0.26%) Spring
5 1 (0.26%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 38 (9.87%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (9.35%) Data Centre
3 20 (5.19%) Self-Motivation
4 15 (3.90%) Public Cloud
5 10 (2.60%) Clustering
6 9 (2.34%) Blackberry
6 9 (2.34%) PKI
6 9 (2.34%) Replication
7 7 (1.82%) Driving Licence
7 7 (1.82%) Management Information System
7 7 (1.82%) NHS
8 6 (1.56%) Video Conferencing
9 4 (1.04%) Private Cloud
10 3 (0.78%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.78%) Hedge funds
10 3 (0.78%) iPad
10 3 (0.78%) Robotics
10 3 (0.78%) User Experience
11 2 (0.52%) PMI
11 2 (0.52%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 276 (71.69%) Windows
2 134 (34.81%) Windows Server
3 81 (21.04%) Windows Server 2012
4 77 (20.00%) Windows 10
5 70 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 66 (17.14%) Windows 7
7 50 (12.99%) Linux
8 30 (7.79%) Windows 8
9 11 (2.86%) Mac OS
9 11 (2.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (2.86%) Windows Server 2003
10 10 (2.60%) Apple iOS
10 10 (2.60%) Unix
11 9 (2.34%) CentOS
12 8 (2.08%) Android
12 8 (2.08%) Windows 2000
13 3 (0.78%) VMS
14 2 (0.52%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.52%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.52%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (29.35%) ITIL
2 82 (21.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 60 (15.58%) Problem-Solving
4 59 (15.32%) Migration
5 44 (11.43%) Service Management
6 34 (8.83%) Application Packaging
7 30 (7.79%) ITSM
8 28 (7.27%) ITIL V3
8 28 (7.27%) PRINCE2
9 24 (6.23%) Agile Software Development
10 22 (5.71%) Disaster Recovery
10 22 (5.71%) Project Management
11 21 (5.45%) TOGAF
12 19 (4.94%) Virtual Environments
13 18 (4.68%) Customer Requirements
14 17 (4.42%) Time Management
15 16 (4.16%) Server Building
16 15 (3.90%) Performance Tuning
17 13 (3.38%) Asset Management
17 13 (3.38%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 99 (25.71%) PowerShell
2 53 (13.77%) SQL
3 15 (3.90%) VBScript
4 9 (2.34%) T-SQL
5 6 (1.56%) Java
6 4 (1.04%) C#
6 4 (1.04%) Kotlin
6 4 (1.04%) Python
6 4 (1.04%) VB
7 3 (0.78%) C
7 3 (0.78%) C++
8 2 (0.52%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.52%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.52%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.26%) PHP
Qualifications
1 385 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 104 (27.01%) MCSA
3 73 (18.96%) Cisco Certification
4 66 (17.14%) Security Cleared
5 57 (14.81%) MCP
6 56 (14.55%) CCNA
6 56 (14.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 44 (11.43%) Degree
8 40 (10.39%) SC Cleared
9 29 (7.53%) MCITP
10 27 (7.01%) CCNP
11 24 (6.23%) DV Cleared
12 16 (4.16%) CCA
12 16 (4.16%) Citrix Certification
13 12 (3.12%) TOGAF Certification
14 11 (2.86%) CCIE
15 10 (2.60%) A+ Certification
15 10 (2.60%) MCDST
16 9 (2.34%) CISSP
16 9 (2.34%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (11.69%) SLA
2 15 (3.90%) QA
3 8 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.52%) GDPR
5 1 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.26%) GxP
5 1 (0.26%) HL7
5 1 (0.26%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.26%) NIST
5 1 (0.26%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.26%) PMO
System Software
1 241 (62.60%) Active Directory
2 87 (22.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 51 (13.25%) Hyper-V
4 47 (12.21%) XenApp
5 34 (8.83%) vSphere
6 29 (7.53%) Microsoft App-V
6 29 (7.53%) VMware ESXi
7 28 (7.27%) XenDesktop
8 13 (3.38%) Virtual Machines
9 9 (2.34%) Virtual Desktop
10 7 (1.82%) Docker
10 7 (1.82%) vCloud
10 7 (1.82%) VMware NSX
11 5 (1.30%) ISA Server
12 2 (0.52%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.52%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.52%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.26%) Firmware
13 1 (0.26%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 106 (27.53%) SCCM
2 27 (7.01%) SCOM
3 26 (6.75%) Single Sign-On
4 16 (4.16%) vCenter Server
5 11 (2.86%) Backup Exec
5 11 (2.86%) Microsoft Intune
6 9 (2.34%) WSUS
7 8 (2.08%) NetBackup
8 7 (1.82%) Kubernetes
8 7 (1.82%) Nagios
8 7 (1.82%) PingFederate
8 7 (1.82%) SCVMM
8 7 (1.82%) vRealize
9 6 (1.56%) Oracle Identity Management
9 6 (1.56%) Terraform
10 5 (1.30%) DatAdvantage
10 5 (1.30%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (1.04%) Ansible
11 4 (1.04%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 4 (1.04%) vMotion
Vendors
1 276 (71.69%) Microsoft
2 155 (40.26%) VMware
3 81 (21.04%) Citrix
4 58 (15.06%) Cisco
5 47 (12.21%) HP
6 21 (5.45%) Dell
6 21 (5.45%) Oracle
7 18 (4.68%) Novell
8 17 (4.42%) NetApp
9 12 (3.12%) 3PAR
9 12 (3.12%) EMC
9 12 (3.12%) Red Hat
10 9 (2.34%) Polycom
10 9 (2.34%) Splunk
10 9 (2.34%) Veeam
11 8 (2.08%) BMC
11 8 (2.08%) Remedy
11 8 (2.08%) Symantec
12 7 (1.82%) Apple
12 7 (1.82%) McAfee