Period
to 1 October 2020

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 1 October 2020 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
1 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 404 433 445
Rank change year-on-year +29 +12 -49
Contract jobs citing MCSE 67 401 488
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.50% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.00% 2.54% 2.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 255 296
Median daily rate £428 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.00% +7.14% +6.46%
10th Percentile £185 £130 £173
90th Percentile £538 £566 £509
UK median daily rate £450 £375 £355
% change year-on-year +20.00% +5.63% +8.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 53
Median hourly rate £20.17 £23.59 £17.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.51% +35.50% +5.52%
10th Percentile £16.50 £18.10 £15.30
90th Percentile £41.38 £48.08 £44.27
UK median hourly rate £20.17 £22.34 £17.41
% change year-on-year -9.70% +28.29% +3.94%

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 6,693 15,792 17,321
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 25.82% 19.72% 18.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,096 9,698 10,231
Median daily rate £480 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.21% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £255
90th Percentile £650 £644 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 322 710 858
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.95 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.64% +43.80% -13.79%
10th Percentile £17.05 £14.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £60.67 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.70 £25.00
% change year-on-year -4.63% +46.80% -15.97%

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 1 October 2020.

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 1 October 2020.

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 1 October 2020. 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 +106 29 £400 +6.67% 9
South East +96 16 £405 +1.25% 20
East of England +83 6 £300 -20.00% 5
South West +74 6 £475 +18.75% 9
Midlands +70 6 - - 16
North of England +85 4 £525 +61.54% 14
North West +76 4 £525 +55.56% 8
East Midlands +53 4 - - 5
West Midlands +53 2 - - 11
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 1 October 2020, 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 67 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (70.15%) Microsoft
3 44 (65.67%) Windows
4 38 (56.72%) Active Directory
5 27 (40.30%) VMware
6 26 (38.81%) ITIL
6 26 (38.81%) Azure
7 24 (35.82%) Windows Server
8 23 (34.33%) MCSA
9 22 (32.84%) VMware Infrastructure
9 22 (32.84%) Office 365
10 16 (23.88%) Data Centre
10 16 (23.88%) Security Cleared
10 16 (23.88%) SC Cleared
11 15 (22.39%) Windows 10
12 14 (20.90%) Problem-Solving
12 14 (20.90%) SCCM
12 14 (20.90%) MS Exchange
12 14 (20.90%) Cisco
12 14 (20.90%) DNS
13 13 (19.40%) Citrix
13 13 (19.40%) SQL Server
13 13 (19.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 13 (19.40%) Windows Server 2012
14 11 (16.42%) Skype for Business
14 11 (16.42%) LAN
14 11 (16.42%) WAN
14 11 (16.42%) DHCP
14 11 (16.42%) Finance
15 10 (14.93%) Cisco 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 14 (20.90%) MS Exchange
2 11 (16.42%) Skype for Business
3 8 (11.94%) SharePoint
4 6 (8.96%) Confluence
5 4 (5.97%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (2.99%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (2.99%) nginx
7 1 (1.49%) CMS
7 1 (1.49%) IIS
7 1 (1.49%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 5 (7.46%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (4.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (4.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (4.48%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 26 (38.81%) Azure
2 22 (32.84%) Office 365
3 9 (13.43%) AWS
4 8 (11.94%) IaaS
4 8 (11.94%) PaaS
5 4 (5.97%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (4.48%) Power Automate
7 2 (2.99%) GCP
7 2 (2.99%) Mimecast
7 2 (2.99%) Power Platform
8 1 (1.49%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (1.49%) Logic Apps
8 1 (1.49%) OneDrive
8 1 (1.49%) SaaS
8 1 (1.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 14 (20.90%) DNS
2 11 (16.42%) DHCP
2 11 (16.42%) LAN
2 11 (16.42%) WAN
3 9 (13.43%) Firewall
3 9 (13.43%) Network Security
3 9 (13.43%) Skype
4 7 (10.45%) SAN
5 6 (8.96%) VPN
6 5 (7.46%) iSCSI
6 5 (7.46%) VoIP
7 4 (5.97%) Wireless
8 3 (4.48%) MPLS
8 3 (4.48%) SSL
8 3 (4.48%) TCP/IP
9 2 (2.99%) Cisco IOS
9 2 (2.99%) Internet
9 2 (2.99%) Intranet
9 2 (2.99%) IPsec
9 2 (2.99%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (19.40%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.97%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (2.99%) MySQL
3 2 (2.99%) Power BI
3 2 (2.99%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (1.49%) Data Lake
4 1 (1.49%) OLTP
4 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 6 (8.96%) JIRA
2 5 (7.46%) Bitbucket
2 5 (7.46%) MSI
3 2 (2.99%) InstallShield
General
1 11 (16.42%) Finance
2 6 (8.96%) Banking
3 5 (7.46%) Public Sector
4 4 (5.97%) Telecoms
5 3 (4.48%) Retail
6 2 (2.99%) International Banking
6 2 (2.99%) Legal
6 2 (2.99%) Military
7 1 (1.49%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 11 (16.42%) Architect
2 8 (11.94%) Analyst
2 8 (11.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (8.96%) Infrastructure Architect
3 6 (8.96%) VMware Engineer
4 4 (5.97%) Applications Packager
4 4 (5.97%) Consultant
4 4 (5.97%) Infrastructure Support
5 3 (4.48%) 2nd Line Support
5 3 (4.48%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 3 (4.48%) Network Engineer
5 3 (4.48%) SC Cleared Application Packager
5 3 (4.48%) Support Analyst
5 3 (4.48%) Support Engineer
5 3 (4.48%) Wintel Engineer
6 2 (2.99%) IT Operations Analyst
6 2 (2.99%) Messaging Engineer
6 2 (2.99%) Operations Analyst
6 2 (2.99%) Security Engineer
6 2 (2.99%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.99%) Web Services
2 1 (1.49%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 16 (23.88%) Data Centre
2 6 (8.96%) PKI
3 5 (7.46%) Management Information System
3 5 (7.46%) Public Cloud
3 5 (7.46%) Replication
3 5 (7.46%) Video Conferencing
4 3 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.48%) Client/Server
4 3 (4.48%) Clustering
4 3 (4.48%) Driving Licence
4 3 (4.48%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (2.99%) Blackberry
5 2 (2.99%) BYOD
5 2 (2.99%) Hedge funds
5 2 (2.99%) iPad
5 2 (2.99%) iPhone
5 2 (2.99%) NHS
5 2 (2.99%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.49%) IBM XIV
6 1 (1.49%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 44 (65.67%) Windows
2 24 (35.82%) Windows Server
3 15 (22.39%) Windows 10
4 13 (19.40%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (11.94%) Linux
6 7 (10.45%) Windows 7
6 7 (10.45%) Windows Server 2016
7 4 (5.97%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (5.97%) Windows Server 2019
8 3 (4.48%) Windows 8
9 2 (2.99%) CentOS
9 2 (2.99%) Mac OS X
10 1 (1.49%) Apple iOS
10 1 (1.49%) Solaris
10 1 (1.49%) Unix
10 1 (1.49%) Windows 2000
10 1 (1.49%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (1.49%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (38.81%) ITIL
2 14 (20.90%) Problem-Solving
3 10 (14.93%) DevOps
4 8 (11.94%) Disaster Recovery
5 7 (10.45%) Application Packaging
5 7 (10.45%) Change Management
5 7 (10.45%) Enterprise Architecture
5 7 (10.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 6 (8.96%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (8.96%) Business Continuity
6 6 (8.96%) ITIL V3
6 6 (8.96%) Migration
6 6 (8.96%) Server Virtualisation
6 6 (8.96%) Service Management
6 6 (8.96%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (8.96%) TOGAF
7 5 (7.46%) Capacity Management
7 5 (7.46%) Performance Tuning
7 5 (7.46%) Project Delivery
8 4 (5.97%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 10 (14.93%) PowerShell
2 8 (11.94%) SQL
3 2 (2.99%) C
4 1 (1.49%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
4 1 (1.49%) Perl
4 1 (1.49%) Ruby
4 1 (1.49%) T-SQL
4 1 (1.49%) VB.NET
4 1 (1.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 67 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 23 (34.33%) MCSA
3 16 (23.88%) SC Cleared
3 16 (23.88%) Security Cleared
4 13 (19.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 10 (14.93%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (13.43%) CCNA
7 7 (10.45%) MCP
8 4 (5.97%) Degree
8 4 (5.97%) VCP6
9 3 (4.48%) CISSP
9 3 (4.48%) Citrix Certification
9 3 (4.48%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (4.48%) MCITP
9 3 (4.48%) MCTS
9 3 (4.48%) TOGAF Certification
10 2 (2.99%) CCA
10 2 (2.99%) CCNP
10 2 (2.99%) CISA
10 2 (2.99%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.99%) NCSC
2 1 (1.49%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 38 (56.72%) Active Directory
2 22 (32.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (7.46%) Microsoft App-V
3 5 (7.46%) NFS
3 5 (7.46%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (7.46%) vSphere
3 5 (7.46%) XenApp
4 4 (5.97%) XenDesktop
5 3 (4.48%) vCloud
6 2 (2.99%) Hyper-V
6 2 (2.99%) VMware NSX
7 1 (1.49%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (1.49%) ProxySG
7 1 (1.49%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 14 (20.90%) SCCM
2 5 (7.46%) Ansible
3 4 (5.97%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (5.97%) Terraform
3 4 (5.97%) vRealize
4 2 (2.99%) HAProxy
4 2 (2.99%) Puppet
4 2 (2.99%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (2.99%) vCenter Server
5 1 (1.49%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.49%) EMC VPLEX
5 1 (1.49%) Kubernetes
5 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (1.49%) SCOM
5 1 (1.49%) SCOrch
5 1 (1.49%) vMotion
5 1 (1.49%) WSUS
Vendors
1 47 (70.15%) Microsoft
2 27 (40.30%) VMware
3 14 (20.90%) Cisco
4 13 (19.40%) Citrix
5 7 (10.45%) Dell
6 6 (8.96%) HP
6 6 (8.96%) Palo Alto
7 5 (7.46%) F5
7 5 (7.46%) Veeam
8 3 (4.48%) EMC
8 3 (4.48%) Meraki
8 3 (4.48%) SolarWinds
9 2 (2.99%) Atlassian
9 2 (2.99%) Ivanti
9 2 (2.99%) Red Hat
10 1 (1.49%) Alcatel-Lucent
10 1 (1.49%) Apple
10 1 (1.49%) Blue Coat
10 1 (1.49%) Mitel
10 1 (1.49%) Splunk