Period
to 19 October 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 19 October 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 557 422 454
Rank change year-on-year -135 +32 -9
Contract jobs citing MCSE 192 74 377
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.28% 0.28% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.52% 1.11% 2.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 140 51 239
10th Percentile £179 £163 £130
25th Percentile £222 £322 £269
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £450 £375
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +20.00% +7.14%
75th Percentile £519 £538 £475
90th Percentile £575 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £400 £450 £375
% change year-on-year -11.11% +20.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 10
10th Percentile £14.55 £16.50 £17.36
25th Percentile £15.50 £18.88 £20.00
Median hourly rate £16.00 £20.17 £23.00
Median % change year-on-year -20.66% -12.32% +32.11%
75th Percentile £18.13 £35.69 £24.50
90th Percentile £21.45 £41.38 £27.43
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £20.17 £22.34
% change year-on-year -20.66% -9.70% +28.29%

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 12,618 6,696 15,504
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.73% 24.96% 20.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,123 4,546 9,912
10th Percentile £310 £300 £263
25th Percentile £413 £393 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £483 £470
Median % change year-on-year +3.57% +2.71% +4.44%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £688 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 593 243 653
10th Percentile £12.30 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate £32.50 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +2.82% -20.98% +74.44%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.46 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £64.35 £62.27
UK median hourly rate £34.15 £31.61 £40.00
% change year-on-year +8.04% -20.98% +74.44%

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 19 October 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 19 October 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 -163 69 £400 -4.48% 36
North of England -43 42 £283 -46.19% 44
South East -79 38 £493 +9.74% 29
North West -44 22 £488 -7.14% 29
Yorkshire - 20 £200 - 12
Midlands -70 14 £164 - 17
South West -42 13 £400 -15.79% 6
East of England -44 8 £321 +15.77% 13
West Midlands -56 8 £111 - 11
East Midlands -30 6 £200 - 6
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 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.

1 192 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 135 (70.31%) Windows
3 130 (67.71%) Microsoft
4 98 (51.04%) Active Directory
5 85 (44.27%) ITIL
6 76 (39.58%) VMware
7 65 (33.85%) Windows Server
8 63 (32.81%) Microsoft 365
9 62 (32.29%) Azure
10 57 (29.69%) Cisco Certification
11 54 (28.13%) MCSA
12 51 (26.56%) CCNA
13 49 (25.52%) SCCM
13 49 (25.52%) PowerShell
14 48 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
14 48 (25.00%) Degree
14 48 (25.00%) DNS
15 46 (23.96%) Social Skills
16 43 (22.40%) Cisco
16 43 (22.40%) Citrix
17 39 (20.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 36 (18.75%) Firewall
18 36 (18.75%) MCP
18 36 (18.75%) Windows 10
19 34 (17.71%) Windows Server 2012
20 33 (17.19%) Security Cleared
20 33 (17.19%) Microsoft Office
20 33 (17.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 32 (16.67%) SQL Server
22 31 (16.15%) MS Exchange

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 31 (16.15%) MS Exchange
2 20 (10.42%) SharePoint
3 11 (5.73%) IIS
4 9 (4.69%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (4.69%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (4.17%) Skype for Business
6 4 (2.08%) Office Communications Server
7 2 (1.04%) Confluence
7 2 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.04%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.52%) Apache
8 1 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 33 (17.19%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.60%) assyst
2 1 (0.52%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 63 (32.81%) Microsoft 365
2 62 (32.29%) Azure
3 18 (9.38%) IaaS
4 17 (8.85%) Azure Active Directory
5 16 (8.33%) AWS
6 7 (3.65%) OneDrive
6 7 (3.65%) PaaS
7 6 (3.13%) Mimecast
7 6 (3.13%) Power Platform
7 6 (3.13%) SaaS
8 5 (2.60%) Azure Storage
9 4 (2.08%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 4 (2.08%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (1.56%) Google Workspace
10 3 (1.56%) IBM Cloud
11 2 (1.04%) GCP
12 1 (0.52%) Azure Stack
12 1 (0.52%) GitHub
12 1 (0.52%) Google Docs
12 1 (0.52%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 48 (25.00%) DNS
2 36 (18.75%) Firewall
3 31 (16.15%) SAN
4 30 (15.63%) DHCP
5 27 (14.06%) VPN
6 22 (11.46%) TCP/IP
7 18 (9.38%) Network Security
8 14 (7.29%) Skype
9 13 (6.77%) LAN
9 13 (6.77%) NetScaler
10 12 (6.25%) Wi-Fi
10 12 (6.25%) Wireless
11 10 (5.21%) Cisco ASA
11 10 (5.21%) Kerberos
11 10 (5.21%) WAN
12 9 (4.69%) Internet
13 8 (4.17%) Remote Desktop
14 6 (3.13%) Cisco Nexus
14 6 (3.13%) Ethernet
14 6 (3.13%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 13 (6.77%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (5.73%) SQL Server 2016
4 6 (3.13%) Power BI
4 6 (3.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (2.60%) Data Lake
5 5 (2.60%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (2.60%) QlikView
5 5 (2.60%) SQL Server 2017
5 5 (2.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 4 (2.08%) Ingres
7 3 (1.56%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (1.04%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (1.04%) MySQL
8 2 (1.04%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (0.52%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.52%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 8 (4.17%) JIRA
2 3 (1.56%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.56%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.56%) Selenium
3 2 (1.04%) MSI
4 1 (0.52%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.52%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.52%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.52%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 46 (23.96%) Social Skills
2 28 (14.58%) Public Sector
3 16 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (8.33%) Finance
4 10 (5.21%) Documentation Skills
5 9 (4.69%) Presentation Skills
6 7 (3.65%) Banking
6 7 (3.65%) Law
6 7 (3.65%) Telecoms
7 6 (3.13%) Local Government
8 4 (2.08%) Retail
9 3 (1.56%) Back Office
9 3 (1.56%) Organisational Skills
10 2 (1.04%) Electronics
10 2 (1.04%) Financial Institution
10 2 (1.04%) Investment Banking
10 2 (1.04%) Marketing
11 1 (0.52%) Automotive
11 1 (0.52%) Legal
11 1 (0.52%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 25 (13.02%) Architect
1 25 (13.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 21 (10.94%) Support Engineer
3 15 (7.81%) Analyst
4 14 (7.29%) IT Engineer
5 13 (6.77%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 8 (4.17%) Server Engineer
7 7 (3.65%) Desktop Engineer
7 7 (3.65%) Infrastructure Architect
7 7 (3.65%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 6 (3.13%) Citrix Engineer
8 6 (3.13%) Consultant
8 6 (3.13%) IT Support
8 6 (3.13%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
8 6 (3.13%) Senior Technician
8 6 (3.13%) VMware Engineer
8 6 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (2.60%) Azure Engineer
9 5 (2.60%) Cloud Engineer
9 5 (2.60%) Microsoft Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (8.33%) LDAP
2 6 (3.13%) .NET
3 5 (2.60%) HTML
3 5 (2.60%) JSON
3 5 (2.60%) Software Packaging
3 5 (2.60%) Web Services
3 5 (2.60%) XML
4 4 (2.08%) REST
5 3 (1.56%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (0.52%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.52%) ADO
6 1 (0.52%) ADO.NET
6 1 (0.52%) CSS
6 1 (0.52%) Kafka
6 1 (0.52%) ODBC
6 1 (0.52%) OLE
6 1 (0.52%) OLE DB
6 1 (0.52%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.52%) SailPoint
6 1 (0.52%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (7.29%) Replication
2 13 (6.77%) Management Information System
3 12 (6.25%) Clustering
3 12 (6.25%) Data Centre
4 9 (4.69%) NHS
5 8 (4.17%) PKI
6 7 (3.65%) Driving Licence
7 6 (3.13%) Blackberry
7 6 (3.13%) Hybrid Cloud
7 6 (3.13%) Microsoft Licensing
8 5 (2.60%) EMC VNX
9 4 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (2.08%) Fat Client
9 4 (2.08%) Thin Client
10 3 (1.56%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (1.56%) EMC VMAX
10 3 (1.56%) User Experience
10 3 (1.56%) Virtual Team
10 3 (1.56%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 2 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 135 (70.31%) Windows
2 65 (33.85%) Windows Server
3 36 (18.75%) Windows 10
4 34 (17.71%) Windows Server 2012
5 25 (13.02%) Windows Server 2019
6 24 (12.50%) Linux
6 24 (12.50%) Windows Server 2016
7 15 (7.81%) Windows 7
8 14 (7.29%) Windows Server 2008
9 13 (6.77%) Mac OS
10 10 (5.21%) Android
10 10 (5.21%) VMS
11 9 (4.69%) Apple iOS
12 5 (2.60%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (1.56%) CentOS
14 3 (1.56%) Unix
15 2 (1.04%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.52%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.52%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (44.27%) ITIL
2 33 (17.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 29 (15.10%) Problem-Solving
4 25 (13.02%) Migration
5 22 (11.46%) Computer Science
6 20 (10.42%) Change Management
7 18 (9.38%) Project Management
8 16 (8.33%) Incident Management
8 16 (8.33%) Problem Management
9 15 (7.81%) ITIL V3
9 15 (7.81%) Project Delivery
10 14 (7.29%) High Availability
10 14 (7.29%) Network Management
11 13 (6.77%) Agile Software Development
11 13 (6.77%) TOGAF
12 12 (6.25%) PRINCE2
13 11 (5.73%) Mentoring
14 10 (5.21%) Decision-Making
14 10 (5.21%) Line Management
14 10 (5.21%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 49 (25.52%) PowerShell
2 20 (10.42%) SQL
3 7 (3.65%) Java
4 6 (3.13%) Python
4 6 (3.13%) R
5 3 (1.56%) C
6 2 (1.04%) C#
6 2 (1.04%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.04%) VBScript
7 1 (0.52%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.52%) VB
Qualifications
1 192 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 57 (29.69%) Cisco Certification
3 54 (28.13%) MCSA
4 51 (26.56%) CCNA
5 48 (25.00%) Degree
6 39 (20.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 36 (18.75%) MCP
8 33 (17.19%) Security Cleared
9 31 (16.15%) SC Cleared
10 18 (9.38%) MCITP
11 13 (6.77%) DV Cleared
12 11 (5.73%) CISSP
13 10 (5.21%) CCNP
13 10 (5.21%) Citrix Certification
13 10 (5.21%) ITIL Certification
14 7 (3.65%) Computer Science Degree
15 6 (3.13%) A+ Certification
15 6 (3.13%) MCTS
15 6 (3.13%) MOS
16 5 (2.60%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (10.42%) SLA
2 11 (5.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (5.73%) PCI DSS
3 9 (4.69%) ISO 9001
4 6 (3.13%) Data Quality
5 4 (2.08%) QA
6 3 (1.56%) GDPR
7 2 (1.04%) NIST
8 1 (0.52%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.52%) GxP
8 1 (0.52%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.52%) SOC 2
System Software
1 98 (51.04%) Active Directory
2 48 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (11.46%) vSphere
4 18 (9.38%) VMware ESXi
5 14 (7.29%) Hyper-V
5 14 (7.29%) XenApp
6 12 (6.25%) Virtual Desktop
7 9 (4.69%) XenDesktop
8 8 (4.17%) Microsoft App-V
9 6 (3.13%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 6 (3.13%) BitLocker
10 5 (2.60%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (2.60%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (1.56%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 3 (1.56%) VMware NSX
12 2 (1.04%) Docker
12 2 (1.04%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 2 (1.04%) NFS
12 2 (1.04%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.52%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 49 (25.52%) SCCM
2 26 (13.54%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 18 (9.38%) WSUS
4 13 (6.77%) Microsoft Intune
5 11 (5.73%) SCOM
6 10 (5.21%) vCenter Server
7 8 (4.17%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (2.60%) Single Sign-On
9 4 (2.08%) NetBackup
9 4 (2.08%) ZABBIX
10 3 (1.56%) DatAdvantage
10 3 (1.56%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (1.56%) PowerCLI
10 3 (1.56%) Puppet
10 3 (1.56%) Terraform
11 2 (1.04%) Backup Exec
11 2 (1.04%) Kibana
11 2 (1.04%) Kubernetes
11 2 (1.04%) Norton AntiVirus
11 2 (1.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 130 (67.71%) Microsoft
2 76 (39.58%) VMware
3 43 (22.40%) Cisco
3 43 (22.40%) Citrix
4 17 (8.85%) HP
5 15 (7.81%) Apple
6 14 (7.29%) Dell
6 14 (7.29%) Fortinet
6 14 (7.29%) ServiceNow
7 13 (6.77%) SolarWinds
8 11 (5.73%) Juniper
9 10 (5.21%) CheckPoint
9 10 (5.21%) Veeam
10 9 (4.69%) EMC
10 9 (4.69%) Oracle
11 7 (3.65%) McAfee
11 7 (3.65%) Sophos
12 6 (3.13%) IBM
13 4 (2.08%) Avaya
13 4 (2.08%) Symantec