Period
to 19 January 2018

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 January 2018 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 374 395 405
Rank change year-on-year +21 +10 -108
Contract jobs citing MCSE 583 512 538
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.63% 0.57% 0.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.34% 2.81% 2.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 369 331 295
England median daily rate £335 £340 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.47% +4.62% -0.76%
10th Percentile £160 £163 £150
90th Percentile £523 £500 £488
UK median daily rate £338 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +2.27% +1.54% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 27 62
England median hourly rate £18.11 £19.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.71% - -
10th Percentile £11.25 £14.36 £8.78
90th Percentile £44.15 £27.20 £43.85
UK median hourly rate £20.66 £19.66 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.06% -1.70% +9.59%

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 17,458 18,204 20,296
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.92% 20.22% 20.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,710 11,392 12,406
England median daily rate £440 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +4.87% +1.31%
10th Percentile £231 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 767 792 951
England median hourly rate £23.50 £25.94 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.40% -0.24% +36.84%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.08 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.83 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £25.69 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.39% -6.59% +44.74%

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 19 January 2018.

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 19 January 2018.

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 19 January 2018. 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 -7 212 £325 -11.86% 74
South East +29 148 £350 -13.04% 51
North of England -12 77 £350 +6.06% 42
Midlands +39 68 £340 +3.03% 28
East of England +4 60 £300 +3.45% 25
East Midlands +20 39 £325 +1.56% 12
Yorkshire +21 35 £350 -6.67% 11
West Midlands +20 29 £400 +21.21% 16
North West -1 29 £325 +36.84% 27
South West -1 17 £475 +82.69% 18
North East +3 15 £368 +11.36% 4
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing MCSE also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 583 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 380 (65.18%) Windows
3 363 (62.26%) Microsoft
4 332 (56.95%) Active Directory
5 252 (43.22%) ITIL
6 211 (36.19%) VMware
7 190 (32.59%) Office 365
7 190 (32.59%) Windows Server
8 185 (31.73%) MCSA
9 154 (26.42%) Citrix
10 149 (25.56%) MS Exchange
11 136 (23.33%) Microsoft Azure
12 132 (22.64%) MCP
13 130 (22.30%) Cisco Certification
14 124 (21.27%) VMware Infrastructure
15 121 (20.75%) Windows Server 2012
16 113 (19.38%) SCCM
17 111 (19.04%) Cisco
17 111 (19.04%) PowerShell
18 110 (18.87%) Windows 7
18 110 (18.87%) DNS
19 106 (18.18%) CCNA
20 102 (17.50%) Windows Server 2008
21 98 (16.81%) Finance
22 96 (16.47%) LAN
23 94 (16.12%) TCP/IP
24 93 (15.95%) Microsoft Office
25 89 (15.27%) SQL
25 89 (15.27%) WAN
26 84 (14.41%) DHCP

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
1 149 (25.56%) MS Exchange
2 78 (13.38%) SharePoint
3 55 (9.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 46 (7.89%) Skype for Business
5 33 (5.66%) Exchange Server 2007
6 32 (5.49%) IIS
7 31 (5.32%) Exchange Server 2013
8 30 (5.15%) SharePoint 2013
9 14 (2.40%) SharePoint 2010
10 12 (2.06%) IBM Notes
11 11 (1.89%) SharePoint Server
12 8 (1.37%) Apache
12 8 (1.37%) OpenStack
13 5 (0.86%) Tomcat
14 3 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2003
15 2 (0.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 2 (0.34%) CMS
15 2 (0.34%) WebSphere
16 1 (0.17%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 93 (15.95%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.06%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (1.54%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.03%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.69%) Eikon
3 2 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.17%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 190 (32.59%) Office 365
2 136 (23.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 48 (8.23%) Amazon AWS
4 28 (4.80%) Azure Active Directory
5 17 (2.92%) IaaS
6 14 (2.40%) PaaS
7 13 (2.23%) Mimecast
8 12 (2.06%) OneDrive
8 12 (2.06%) SaaS
9 6 (1.03%) G Suite
10 4 (0.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.17%) Akamai
12 1 (0.17%) Azure Data Factory
12 1 (0.17%) Data Lake Analytics
12 1 (0.17%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.17%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 110 (18.87%) DNS
2 96 (16.47%) LAN
3 94 (16.12%) TCP/IP
4 89 (15.27%) WAN
5 84 (14.41%) DHCP
6 77 (13.21%) SAN
7 74 (12.69%) Firewall
8 49 (8.40%) VPN
9 48 (8.23%) Internet
10 38 (6.52%) Skype
11 34 (5.83%) VoIP
12 27 (4.63%) NAS
13 25 (4.29%) Wireless
14 21 (3.60%) MPLS
15 20 (3.43%) iSCSI
15 20 (3.43%) Unified Communications
16 18 (3.09%) BGP
16 18 (3.09%) NetScaler
17 17 (2.92%) Cisco Nexus
18 16 (2.74%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (14.24%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 13 (2.23%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (2.23%) SQL Server 2016
4 12 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
5 10 (1.72%) QlikView
5 10 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 5 (0.86%) OLAP
7 5 (0.86%) Power BI
7 5 (0.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 4 (0.69%) Oracle Database
8 4 (0.69%) SQL Server 2005
9 3 (0.51%) Big Data
9 3 (0.51%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.51%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 3 (0.51%) MySQL
9 3 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
9 3 (0.51%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 16 (2.74%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (2.06%) Visual Studio
3 10 (1.72%) Octopus Deploy
4 9 (1.54%) Git (software)
5 7 (1.20%) HP UFT
6 4 (0.69%) JMeter
7 3 (0.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.34%) Wise Package Studio
9 1 (0.17%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.17%) JIRA
9 1 (0.17%) MSI
9 1 (0.17%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.17%) YouTrack
General
1 98 (16.81%) Finance
2 28 (4.80%) Banking
3 15 (2.57%) Law
4 14 (2.40%) Manufacturing
5 11 (1.89%) Legal
5 11 (1.89%) Telecoms
6 9 (1.54%) Advertising
7 7 (1.20%) Automotive
7 7 (1.20%) Investment Banking
7 7 (1.20%) Marketing
8 6 (1.03%) Electronics
8 6 (1.03%) German Language
9 3 (0.51%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.51%) French Language
9 3 (0.51%) Local Government
10 2 (0.34%) Back Office
10 2 (0.34%) Billing
10 2 (0.34%) Dutch Language
10 2 (0.34%) Retail
10 2 (0.34%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 88 (15.09%) Architect
2 72 (12.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 71 (12.18%) Analyst
4 52 (8.92%) Desktop Support
5 49 (8.40%) Consultant
6 47 (8.06%) Support Engineer
7 35 (6.00%) 3rd Line Support
8 30 (5.15%) Support Analyst
9 28 (4.80%) Systems Engineer
10 25 (4.29%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 25 (4.29%) Developer
10 25 (4.29%) Technical Architect
10 25 (4.29%) Windows Engineer
11 24 (4.12%) Administrator
11 24 (4.12%) IT Support
12 23 (3.95%) Desktop Engineer
13 18 (3.09%) 2nd Line Support
13 18 (3.09%) Service Desk Engineer
14 17 (2.92%) Network Engineer
14 17 (2.92%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (2.57%) .NET
2 9 (1.54%) Web Services
3 8 (1.37%) XML
4 7 (1.20%) LDAP
5 4 (0.69%) JSON
5 4 (0.69%) Software Packaging
6 3 (0.51%) 802.1X
6 3 (0.51%) Middleware
7 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.17%) MDX
7 1 (0.17%) WCF
7 1 (0.17%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 77 (13.21%) Data Centre
2 68 (11.66%) Analytical Skills
3 39 (6.69%) Blackberry
4 35 (6.00%) Clustering
5 25 (4.29%) Management Information System
6 22 (3.77%) Video Conferencing
7 21 (3.60%) PKI
8 16 (2.74%) Client/Server
8 16 (2.74%) Replication
9 14 (2.40%) Public Cloud
10 13 (2.23%) Computer Science
10 13 (2.23%) Cyberthreat
11 12 (2.06%) NHS
12 11 (1.89%) BYOD
13 7 (1.20%) Smartphone
14 6 (1.03%) Microsoft Licensing
14 6 (1.03%) Mobile App
14 6 (1.03%) Private Cloud
14 6 (1.03%) Virtual Team
15 4 (0.69%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 380 (65.18%) Windows
2 190 (32.59%) Windows Server
3 121 (20.75%) Windows Server 2012
4 110 (18.87%) Windows 7
5 102 (17.50%) Windows Server 2008
6 73 (12.52%) Windows 10
7 53 (9.09%) Linux
8 42 (7.20%) Windows Server 2003
9 28 (4.80%) Apple iOS
10 17 (2.92%) Unix
11 15 (2.57%) Windows 8
12 14 (2.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 7 (1.20%) Android
13 7 (1.20%) Windows Vista
14 5 (0.86%) Solaris
15 4 (0.69%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.51%) Windows Phone
16 3 (0.51%) Windows XP
17 2 (0.34%) CatOS
17 2 (0.34%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 252 (43.22%) ITIL
2 69 (11.84%) Migration
3 64 (10.98%) PRINCE2
4 51 (8.75%) Change Management
5 50 (8.58%) Disaster Recovery
6 40 (6.86%) TOGAF
7 35 (6.00%) Agile Software Development
8 34 (5.83%) High Availability
9 33 (5.66%) ITIL V3
10 30 (5.15%) Load Balancing
10 30 (5.15%) Service Management
11 28 (4.80%) Incident Management
11 28 (4.80%) Performance Tuning
12 26 (4.46%) Capacity Planning
13 24 (4.12%) Problem Management
13 24 (4.12%) Project Management
14 21 (3.60%) Business Intelligence
14 21 (3.60%) Time Management
15 19 (3.26%) Configuration Management
15 19 (3.26%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 111 (19.04%) PowerShell
2 89 (15.27%) SQL
3 22 (3.77%) Java
4 21 (3.60%) VBScript
5 14 (2.40%) C#
5 14 (2.40%) T-SQL
6 11 (1.89%) JavaScript
7 9 (1.54%) VB
8 6 (1.03%) Shell Script
9 5 (0.86%) C
10 4 (0.69%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.34%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 2 (0.34%) Python
11 2 (0.34%) REXX
11 2 (0.34%) Ruby
11 2 (0.34%) Tcl
11 2 (0.34%) VBA
Qualifications
1 583 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 185 (31.73%) MCSA
3 132 (22.64%) MCP
4 130 (22.30%) Cisco Certification
5 106 (18.18%) CCNA
6 81 (13.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 69 (11.84%) MCITP
8 59 (10.12%) Degree
9 53 (9.09%) MCDST
10 48 (8.23%) Security Cleared
11 39 (6.69%) Citrix Certification
11 39 (6.69%) SC Cleared
12 35 (6.00%) CISSP
13 33 (5.66%) CCA
13 33 (5.66%) ITIL Certification
14 27 (4.63%) CCNP
15 25 (4.29%) CCIE
16 19 (3.26%) MCSM
17 17 (2.92%) CEH
18 16 (2.74%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (8.23%) SLA
2 18 (3.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.72%) PCI DSS
4 7 (1.20%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.34%) PMBOK
5 2 (0.34%) PMO
6 1 (0.17%) COBIT
6 1 (0.17%) GDPR
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 332 (56.95%) Active Directory
2 124 (21.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 71 (12.18%) Hyper-V
4 45 (7.72%) XenApp
5 43 (7.38%) vSphere
6 31 (5.32%) VMware ESXi
7 23 (3.95%) Virtual Servers
8 19 (3.26%) Virtual Desktop
9 18 (3.09%) XenDesktop
10 14 (2.40%) Virtual Machines
11 12 (2.06%) Terminal Services
12 11 (1.89%) Microsoft App-V
13 10 (1.72%) XenServer
14 8 (1.37%) Brightmail
14 8 (1.37%) Docker
15 6 (1.03%) DFS Replication
15 6 (1.03%) NFS
16 5 (0.86%) vCloud
16 5 (0.86%) VMware Workstation
17 4 (0.69%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 113 (19.38%) SCCM
2 44 (7.55%) SCOM
3 24 (4.12%) Microsoft Clustering
4 20 (3.43%) Backup Exec
5 19 (3.26%) Norton AntiVirus
6 16 (2.74%) NetBackup
7 14 (2.40%) Nessus
8 11 (1.89%) WSUS
9 10 (1.72%) HP Data Protector
10 9 (1.54%) DameWare
11 7 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (1.20%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 6 (1.03%) AirWatch
12 6 (1.03%) McAfee ePO
12 6 (1.03%) Microsoft Intune
12 6 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
12 6 (1.03%) vCenter Server
13 5 (0.86%) Ansible
13 5 (0.86%) AppDNA
13 5 (0.86%) vRealize
Vendors
1 363 (62.26%) Microsoft
2 211 (36.19%) VMware
3 154 (26.42%) Citrix
4 111 (19.04%) Cisco
5 73 (12.52%) HP
6 44 (7.55%) NetApp
7 42 (7.20%) Apple
8 37 (6.35%) SolarWinds
9 33 (5.66%) CheckPoint
9 33 (5.66%) Ivanti
10 31 (5.32%) Oracle
11 28 (4.80%) Symantec
12 25 (4.29%) Dell
13 23 (3.95%) Juniper
14 22 (3.77%) 3PAR
14 22 (3.77%) Fortinet
15 19 (3.26%) Bloomberg
16 17 (2.92%) Reuters
17 16 (2.74%) Avaya
17 16 (2.74%) CommVault