Period
to 5 March 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 5 March 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
5 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 449 389 414
Rank change year-on-year -60 +25 -24
Contract jobs citing MCSE 115 328 540
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.29% 0.54% 0.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.30% 2.47% 3.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 222 331
Median daily rate £400 £355 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.68% -13.94% +17.86%
10th Percentile £168 £135 £183
90th Percentile £570 £570 £625
UK median daily rate £413 £350 £405
% change year-on-year +17.86% -13.58% +15.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 21 67
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.16 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.93% -14.20% +24.38%
10th Percentile £14.90 £15.85 £14.76
90th Percentile £19.10 £32.00 £34.51
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £17.33 £20.00
% change year-on-year -1.90% -13.35% +23.76%

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 8,815 13,285 17,755
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.59% 21.70% 19.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,637 8,680 11,008
Median daily rate £475 £475 £454
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.63% +0.89%
10th Percentile £278 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +0.53% +5.00% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 461 496 754
Median hourly rate £39.67 £31.25 £27.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.94% +14.14% +9.51%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.33 £12.50
90th Percentile £61.25 £57.00 £52.25
Median hourly rate £40.00 £32.25 £27.50
% change year-on-year +24.03% +17.27% +10.04%

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 5 March 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 5 March 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 +6 36 £391 +7.19% 25
South East +39 30 £450 +19.21% 18
East of England +44 17 £313 -3.85% 4
Midlands +3 11 £251 -19.60% 10
North of England +49 9 £453 +13.13% 18
West Midlands +14 9 £126 -71.20% 7
South West +59 8 £413 +1.54% 14
North West +36 7 £450 +5.26% 12
East Midlands +12 2 £303 -3.20% 3
Yorkshire +45 1 - - 6
North East +29 1 £455 -6.47%
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 5 March 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.

1 115 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 86 (74.78%) Microsoft
3 72 (62.61%) Windows
4 61 (53.04%) Active Directory
5 52 (45.22%) Microsoft 365
6 48 (41.74%) VMware
7 45 (39.13%) ITIL
8 41 (35.65%) Azure
9 39 (33.91%) VMware Infrastructure
10 38 (33.04%) Security Cleared
11 36 (31.30%) Windows Server
12 35 (30.43%) SharePoint
13 33 (28.70%) MCSA
14 30 (26.09%) DNS
14 30 (26.09%) Migration
15 28 (24.35%) PowerShell
16 25 (21.74%) SC Cleared
17 23 (20.00%) Windows 10
18 22 (19.13%) Citrix
19 21 (18.26%) HP
19 21 (18.26%) SCCM
20 20 (17.39%) Cisco
21 19 (16.52%) DHCP
21 19 (16.52%) VPN
21 19 (16.52%) MS Exchange
22 18 (15.65%) Azure Active Directory
23 17 (14.78%) LAN
23 17 (14.78%) WAN
23 17 (14.78%) CCNA
23 17 (14.78%) 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 35 (30.43%) SharePoint
2 19 (16.52%) MS Exchange
3 14 (12.17%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (9.57%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (6.96%) Skype for Business
6 4 (3.48%) Confluence
6 4 (3.48%) IIS
7 3 (2.61%) CMS
7 3 (2.61%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (2.61%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (2.61%) IBM Notes
8 2 (1.74%) nginx
8 2 (1.74%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.87%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.87%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.87%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.87%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 16 (13.91%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (3.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (2.61%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.74%) InfoPath
4 2 (1.74%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.87%) assyst
1 1 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.87%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 52 (45.22%) Microsoft 365
2 41 (35.65%) Azure
3 18 (15.65%) Azure Active Directory
4 9 (7.83%) Power Automate
5 8 (6.96%) AWS
6 4 (3.48%) PaaS
7 3 (2.61%) GCP
7 3 (2.61%) IaaS
7 3 (2.61%) OneDrive
7 3 (2.61%) Power Platform
7 3 (2.61%) PowerApps
8 2 (1.74%) Logic Apps
9 1 (0.87%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.87%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 30 (26.09%) DNS
2 19 (16.52%) DHCP
2 19 (16.52%) VPN
3 17 (14.78%) LAN
3 17 (14.78%) WAN
4 16 (13.91%) Firewall
5 11 (9.57%) Skype
6 9 (7.83%) SAN
7 7 (6.09%) Internet
7 7 (6.09%) NetScaler
7 7 (6.09%) Wi-Fi
7 7 (6.09%) X.500
8 6 (5.22%) 802.11
8 6 (5.22%) Kerberos
9 4 (3.48%) MPLS
9 4 (3.48%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (3.48%) TCP/IP
9 4 (3.48%) VLAN
10 3 (2.61%) IP Telephony
10 3 (2.61%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (12.17%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.61%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (2.61%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (2.61%) SQL Server 2014
2 3 (2.61%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (1.74%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.87%) Data Mining
4 1 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.87%) MySQL
4 1 (0.87%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.87%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 4 (3.48%) JIRA
2 2 (1.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (1.74%) Bitbucket
2 2 (1.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.87%) GitLab
3 1 (0.87%) Hudson
3 1 (0.87%) MSI
3 1 (0.87%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (6.96%) Finance
2 7 (6.09%) Public Sector
3 4 (3.48%) Legal
4 3 (2.61%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.74%) Aerospace
5 2 (1.74%) Electronics
5 2 (1.74%) Law
5 2 (1.74%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.74%) Marketing
6 1 (0.87%) Back Office
6 1 (0.87%) Banking
6 1 (0.87%) Czech Language
6 1 (0.87%) Front Office
6 1 (0.87%) German Language
6 1 (0.87%) International Banking
6 1 (0.87%) Military
6 1 (0.87%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (12.17%) Architect
2 13 (11.30%) Support Engineer
3 11 (9.57%) Analyst
3 11 (9.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 10 (8.70%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 10 (8.70%) Azure Engineer
5 9 (7.83%) IT Engineer
6 8 (6.96%) Wintel Engineer
7 7 (6.09%) IT Support
7 7 (6.09%) IT Support Engineer
8 5 (4.35%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (4.35%) Desktop Support
8 5 (4.35%) Office 365 Engineer
9 4 (3.48%) Active Directory Engineer
9 4 (3.48%) Design Engineer
9 4 (3.48%) DevOps Engineer
9 4 (3.48%) IT Analyst
9 4 (3.48%) Operations Analyst
9 4 (3.48%) Support Analyst
9 4 (3.48%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.22%) 802.1X
1 6 (5.22%) LDAP
2 2 (1.74%) .NET
2 2 (1.74%) Web Services
2 2 (1.74%) XML
2 2 (1.74%) XSLT
3 1 (0.87%) COM
3 1 (0.87%) CSS
3 1 (0.87%) jQuery
3 1 (0.87%) REST
3 1 (0.87%) SOAP
3 1 (0.87%) Spring
3 1 (0.87%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 16 (13.91%) Data Centre
2 15 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (11.30%) Management Information System
4 10 (8.70%) PKI
4 10 (8.70%) Replication
5 6 (5.22%) Video Conferencing
6 5 (4.35%) Fat Client
6 5 (4.35%) Thin Client
7 3 (2.61%) Virtual Team
8 2 (1.74%) iPad
8 2 (1.74%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.74%) NHS
8 2 (1.74%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.74%) User Experience
9 1 (0.87%) Augmented Reality
9 1 (0.87%) Blackberry
9 1 (0.87%) BYOD
9 1 (0.87%) Handset
9 1 (0.87%) iPhone
9 1 (0.87%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 72 (62.61%) Windows
2 36 (31.30%) Windows Server
3 23 (20.00%) Windows 10
4 12 (10.43%) Windows Server 2016
5 11 (9.57%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (8.70%) Windows 7
6 10 (8.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (7.83%) Linux
7 9 (7.83%) Mac OS
8 7 (6.09%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (4.35%) Windows Server 2019
10 4 (3.48%) Apple iOS
11 2 (1.74%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.87%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (39.13%) ITIL
2 30 (26.09%) Migration
3 16 (13.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 15 (13.04%) Problem-Solving
5 13 (11.30%) Disaster Recovery
6 12 (10.43%) ITIL V3
7 11 (9.57%) Computer Science
8 10 (8.70%) Service Management
9 9 (7.83%) DevOps
10 8 (6.96%) Content Management
10 8 (6.96%) Service Delivery
10 8 (6.96%) Virtual Environments
11 7 (6.09%) Configuration Management
11 7 (6.09%) Disk Encryption
11 7 (6.09%) Load Balancing
11 7 (6.09%) Problem Management
12 6 (5.22%) Continuous Improvement
12 6 (5.22%) Infrastructure Management
12 6 (5.22%) Process Improvement
12 6 (5.22%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (24.35%) PowerShell
2 14 (12.17%) SQL
3 3 (2.61%) JavaScript
3 3 (2.61%) Python
4 1 (0.87%) C
4 1 (0.87%) C#
4 1 (0.87%) C++
4 1 (0.87%) Java
4 1 (0.87%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 115 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (33.04%) Security Cleared
3 33 (28.70%) MCSA
4 25 (21.74%) SC Cleared
5 17 (14.78%) CCNA
5 17 (14.78%) Cisco Certification
6 14 (12.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 11 (9.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 10 (8.70%) MCP
9 9 (7.83%) Degree
10 8 (6.96%) DV Cleared
11 7 (6.09%) Citrix Certification
11 7 (6.09%) MCITP
12 5 (4.35%) CISSP
12 5 (4.35%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (3.48%) CCENT
13 4 (3.48%) CCNP
13 4 (3.48%) Computer Science Degree
14 3 (2.61%) JNCIS
14 3 (2.61%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (13.91%) SLA
2 3 (2.61%) QA
3 2 (1.74%) NCSC
4 1 (0.87%) GDPR
4 1 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 61 (53.04%) Active Directory
2 39 (33.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (13.04%) Hyper-V
4 12 (10.43%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (6.09%) XenApp
6 6 (5.22%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
6 6 (5.22%) vSphere
7 3 (2.61%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (1.74%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (1.74%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (1.74%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.87%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 1 (0.87%) Docker
9 1 (0.87%) Firmware
9 1 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.87%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.87%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.87%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 21 (18.26%) SCCM
2 12 (10.43%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (5.22%) AirWatch
4 5 (4.35%) NetBackup
5 4 (3.48%) Backup Exec
5 4 (3.48%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 4 (3.48%) Single Sign-On
5 4 (3.48%) WSUS
6 3 (2.61%) EMC VPLEX
6 3 (2.61%) Kubernetes
6 3 (2.61%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (2.61%) SCOM
6 3 (2.61%) Terraform
6 3 (2.61%) vRealize
7 2 (1.74%) HAProxy
7 2 (1.74%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.74%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.87%) Ansible
8 1 (0.87%) Kibana
8 1 (0.87%) Puppet
Vendors
1 86 (74.78%) Microsoft
2 48 (41.74%) VMware
3 22 (19.13%) Citrix
4 21 (18.26%) HP
5 20 (17.39%) Cisco
6 14 (12.17%) Veeam
7 12 (10.43%) Dell
8 10 (8.70%) Apple
9 8 (6.96%) SolarWinds
10 6 (5.22%) EMC
10 6 (5.22%) Juniper
10 6 (5.22%) Palo Alto
11 5 (4.35%) Ivanti
11 5 (4.35%) NetApp
11 5 (4.35%) SAP
12 4 (3.48%) Brocade
13 3 (2.61%) CheckPoint
13 3 (2.61%) Lotus
13 3 (2.61%) McAfee
13 3 (2.61%) Veritas