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 3 months to 22 March 2017 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
UK / England
Rank 360 374 303
Rank change year-on-year +14 -71  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 216 263 316
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.53% 0.54% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.55% 2.57% 3.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 142 193
Median daily rate £351 £320 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.68% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £146 £192 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £524 £437 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £345 £300
% change year-on-year +1.44% +15.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 28 25
Median hourly rate £16.00 £21.25 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.70% +21.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.30 £9.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.20 £60.00 £53.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -22.09% +22.85%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8481 10235 9545
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.69% 21.04% 20.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 5339 6454 5511
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 405 383 423
Median hourly rate £30.00 £36.52 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.85% +62.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing MCSE as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 22 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in England

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 22 March 2017.

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 3 months to 22 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +18 86 £375 +25.00% 41
South East -20 54 £313 -10.71% 24
East of England -2 18 £375 +42.85% 7
Yorkshire +20 15 £420 -1.17% 5
East Midlands -2 13 £300 +20.00% 9
North West +18 11 £275 -13.38% 15
South West -6 8 £352 +0.57% 6
North East -3 5 £290 +20.83% 3
West Midlands +15 4 £338 +11.57% 10
MCSE
UK

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 March 2017, 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.

1 442 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 321 (72.62%) Windows
3 279 (63.12%) Microsoft
4 240 (54.30%) Active Directory
5 200 (45.25%) Windows Server
6 181 (40.95%) VMware
7 160 (36.20%) ITIL
8 139 (31.45%) Windows Server 2012
9 120 (27.15%) Windows Server 2008
10 119 (26.92%) Cisco Certification
11 109 (24.66%) VMware Infrastructure
12 104 (23.53%) MCP
13 100 (22.62%) Cisco
14 99 (22.40%) MS Exchange
15 98 (22.17%) CCNA
16 94 (21.27%) MS Excel
17 91 (20.59%) MCSA
17 91 (20.59%) Citrix
18 86 (19.46%) PowerShell
19 84 (19.00%) Microsoft Azure
20 83 (18.78%) Office 365
21 82 (18.55%) MCITP
22 75 (16.97%) Hyper-V
23 73 (16.52%) Windows Server 2003
24 72 (16.29%) LAN
24 72 (16.29%) MS Office
25 71 (16.06%) Firewall
26 70 (15.84%) WAN
27 66 (14.93%) SCCM
27 66 (14.93%) Windows 7

MCSE
Top Related 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 99 (22.40%) MS Exchange
2 54 (12.22%) Skype for Business
3 51 (11.54%) Exchange Server 2010
4 48 (10.86%) SharePoint
5 32 (7.24%) Exchange Server 2013
5 32 (7.24%) IIS
6 15 (3.39%) SharePoint 2013
7 12 (2.71%) SharePoint 2010
8 10 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (1.81%) Apache
9 8 (1.81%) Office Communications Server
10 4 (0.90%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (0.68%) IBM Notes
12 2 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2003
12 2 (0.45%) GroupWise
12 2 (0.45%) MS Project Server
12 2 (0.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.45%) Umbraco
Applications
1 94 (21.27%) MS Excel
2 72 (16.29%) MS Office
3 14 (3.17%) MS Visio
4 10 (2.26%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (1.13%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.23%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.23%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (1.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.36%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.23%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.23%) Eikon
4 1 (0.23%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 84 (19.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 83 (18.78%) Office 365
3 29 (6.56%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (4.52%) IaaS
5 19 (4.30%) Azure Active Directory
6 14 (3.17%) PaaS
7 13 (2.94%) OneDrive
8 12 (2.71%) SaaS
9 8 (1.81%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (1.13%) GitHub
11 4 (0.90%) Mimecast
12 3 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
13 2 (0.45%) AWS OpsWorks
13 2 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
13 2 (0.45%) Yammer
14 1 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
14 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudTrail
14 1 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 72 (16.29%) LAN
2 71 (16.06%) Firewall
3 70 (15.84%) WAN
4 56 (12.67%) DNS
4 56 (12.67%) SAN
5 49 (11.09%) DHCP
6 38 (8.60%) Internet
7 37 (8.37%) Skype
8 34 (7.69%) TCP/IP
8 34 (7.69%) VPN
9 27 (6.11%) Wireless
10 21 (4.75%) NAS
10 21 (4.75%) VoIP
11 19 (4.30%) Remote Desktop
12 18 (4.07%) VLAN
13 16 (3.62%) Network Security
14 15 (3.39%) MPLS
15 14 (3.17%) Wi-Fi
16 12 (2.71%) WLAN
17 11 (2.49%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (14.25%) SQL Server
2 24 (5.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 22 (4.98%) SQL Server 2012
4 13 (2.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (2.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 12 (2.71%) SQL Server 2014
6 11 (2.49%) SQL Server 2005
7 9 (2.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 7 (1.58%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (1.36%) Oracle Database
10 5 (1.13%) Amazon RDS
10 5 (1.13%) Azure SQL Database
11 4 (0.90%) DTS
11 4 (0.90%) MySQL
11 4 (0.90%) Oracle Database 12c
11 4 (0.90%) SQL Server 2000
12 3 (0.68%) Oracle Database 10g
12 3 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
12 3 (0.68%) Oracle9i Database
12 3 (0.68%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 9 (2.04%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (1.81%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.58%) Jenkins
4 5 (1.13%) TeamCity
5 4 (0.90%) CruiseControl
5 4 (0.90%) JIRA
5 4 (0.90%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.68%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.45%) Subversion
7 2 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 1 (0.23%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.23%) MSI
8 1 (0.23%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.23%) Visual Studio
General
1 65 (14.71%) Finance
2 17 (3.85%) Retail
3 16 (3.62%) Banking
3 16 (3.62%) Manufacturing
4 12 (2.71%) Telecoms
5 11 (2.49%) Legal
6 9 (2.04%) Back Office
7 5 (1.13%) Local Government
8 3 (0.68%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.68%) Law
8 3 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.45%) Advertising
9 2 (0.45%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.45%) Games
9 2 (0.45%) Military
10 1 (0.23%) Marketing
10 1 (0.23%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 61 (13.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 50 (11.31%) Analyst
3 45 (10.18%) Consultant
4 43 (9.73%) Support Engineer
5 36 (8.14%) Architect
6 28 (6.33%) Systems Engineer
7 26 (5.88%) Support Analyst
7 26 (5.88%) Windows Engineer
8 24 (5.43%) 2nd Line Support
9 22 (4.98%) 3rd Line Support
9 22 (4.98%) Desktop Support
9 22 (4.98%) IT Engineer
10 21 (4.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 20 (4.52%) Server Engineer
12 19 (4.30%) Administrator
13 17 (3.85%) IT Support
14 16 (3.62%) Azure Consultant
15 14 (3.17%) Technical Architect
16 13 (2.94%) Infrastructure Architect
16 13 (2.94%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.94%) .NET
2 11 (2.49%) Web Services
3 9 (2.04%) ASP.NET
4 7 (1.58%) Middleware
5 5 (1.13%) WAP
5 5 (1.13%) WCF
6 4 (0.90%) REST
6 4 (0.90%) SAML
6 4 (0.90%) SOAP
6 4 (0.90%) WF
7 3 (0.68%) HTML
7 3 (0.68%) Software Packaging
8 2 (0.45%) J2EE
8 2 (0.45%) JSP
8 2 (0.45%) Servlets
9 1 (0.23%) ActiveX
9 1 (0.23%) COM
9 1 (0.23%) CSS
9 1 (0.23%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (0.23%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 50 (11.31%) Data Centre
2 33 (7.47%) Clustering
3 29 (6.56%) Management Information System
4 28 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
5 24 (5.43%) Blackberry
6 20 (4.52%) Computer Science
7 19 (4.30%) Replication
8 17 (3.85%) Video Conferencing
9 16 (3.62%) NHS
10 12 (2.71%) iPad
11 11 (2.49%) PKI
12 8 (1.81%) Client/Server
12 8 (1.81%) Enterprise Software
12 8 (1.81%) Life Science
13 7 (1.58%) User Experience
14 6 (1.36%) Public Cloud
14 6 (1.36%) Smartphone
15 5 (1.13%) Driving Licence
15 5 (1.13%) EPoS
15 5 (1.13%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 321 (72.62%) Windows
2 200 (45.25%) Windows Server
3 139 (31.45%) Windows Server 2012
4 120 (27.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 73 (16.52%) Windows Server 2003
6 66 (14.93%) Windows 7
7 60 (13.57%) Linux
8 30 (6.79%) Windows 10
9 21 (4.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 20 (4.52%) Unix
10 20 (4.52%) Windows 8
11 19 (4.30%) Android
12 17 (3.85%) Apple iOS
13 8 (1.81%) Windows XP
14 6 (1.36%) Mac OS X
14 6 (1.36%) Solaris
15 3 (0.68%) SUSE
16 2 (0.45%) CentOS
16 2 (0.45%) Windows 2000
16 2 (0.45%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (36.20%) ITIL
2 53 (11.99%) Migration
3 35 (7.92%) Change Management
4 31 (7.01%) Disaster Recovery
5 30 (6.79%) ITIL V3
6 28 (6.33%) Project Management
7 25 (5.66%) Service Management
8 23 (5.20%) Service Delivery
9 22 (4.98%) Performance Monitoring
10 20 (4.52%) Problem Management
11 19 (4.30%) Agile Software Development
11 19 (4.30%) DevOps
12 18 (4.07%) Mobile Device Management
12 18 (4.07%) PRINCE2
13 16 (3.62%) Continuous Improvement
13 16 (3.62%) Identity Management
14 14 (3.17%) ITSM
14 14 (3.17%) Time Management
14 14 (3.17%) Virtual Environments
15 13 (2.94%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 86 (19.46%) PowerShell
2 55 (12.44%) SQL
3 12 (2.71%) Python
4 11 (2.49%) Bash Shell
5 8 (1.81%) C#
5 8 (1.81%) T-SQL
6 7 (1.58%) JavaScript
7 6 (1.36%) Perl
7 6 (1.36%) Ruby
8 5 (1.13%) C
9 4 (0.90%) Java
9 4 (0.90%) VBScript
10 1 (0.23%) C++
10 1 (0.23%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 1 (0.23%) PHP
10 1 (0.23%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.23%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.23%) VB
10 1 (0.23%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.23%) X++
Qualifications
1 442 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 119 (26.92%) Cisco Certification
3 104 (23.53%) MCP
4 98 (22.17%) CCNA
5 91 (20.59%) MCSA
6 82 (18.55%) MCITP
7 52 (11.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 51 (11.54%) Degree
9 44 (9.95%) Security Cleared
10 35 (7.92%) Citrix Certification
11 28 (6.33%) SC Cleared
12 25 (5.66%) CCA
13 23 (5.20%) CCNP
14 22 (4.98%) ITIL Certification
15 21 (4.75%) MCTS
16 18 (4.07%) MCDST
17 16 (3.62%) CCIE
18 13 (2.94%) MCSD
19 11 (2.49%) MCDBA
19 11 (2.49%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (5.88%) SLA
2 10 (2.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.36%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.13%) QA
5 4 (0.90%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (0.68%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.45%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.23%) GCP
8 1 (0.23%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.23%) PMO
8 1 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 240 (54.30%) Active Directory
2 109 (24.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 75 (16.97%) Hyper-V
4 27 (6.11%) vSphere
5 19 (4.30%) XenApp
6 17 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (3.17%) VMware ESX
8 12 (2.71%) Virtual Servers
9 10 (2.26%) XenDesktop
10 9 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
11 6 (1.36%) Firmware
11 6 (1.36%) VMware Server
12 5 (1.13%) Docker
12 5 (1.13%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (1.13%) NDS
12 5 (1.13%) Terminal Server
12 5 (1.13%) Terminal Services
12 5 (1.13%) UAG
13 3 (0.68%) BitLocker
13 3 (0.68%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 66 (14.93%) SCCM
2 28 (6.33%) SCOM
3 23 (5.20%) NetBackup
4 18 (4.07%) Puppet
5 15 (3.39%) Backup Exec
6 11 (2.49%) AirWatch
6 11 (2.49%) Nessus
6 11 (2.49%) Opscode Chef
7 10 (2.26%) WSUS
8 8 (1.81%) Failover Clustering
8 8 (1.81%) Microsoft Clustering
9 7 (1.58%) Ansible
9 7 (1.58%) vMotion
10 6 (1.36%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 6 (1.36%) WMI
10 6 (1.36%) XenMobile
11 5 (1.13%) CA Single Sign-On
11 5 (1.13%) Cisco UCCX
11 5 (1.13%) Norton AntiVirus
11 5 (1.13%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 279 (63.12%) Microsoft
2 181 (40.95%) VMware
3 100 (22.62%) Cisco
4 91 (20.59%) Citrix
5 45 (10.18%) HP
6 37 (8.37%) NetApp
7 26 (5.88%) Oracle
7 26 (5.88%) SolarWinds
8 23 (5.20%) EMC
9 21 (4.75%) Apple
10 16 (3.62%) Symantec
11 15 (3.39%) Red Hat
12 14 (3.17%) CheckPoint
13 11 (2.49%) 3PAR
13 11 (2.49%) Intel Security
13 11 (2.49%) LANDesk
14 10 (2.26%) Dell
14 10 (2.26%) Sophos
15 7 (1.58%) Forcepoint
15 7 (1.58%) Novell
Warrington, Cheshire
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 hours ago
Woking
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £40000 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Nottingham
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £18000 - £22000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Amicus Recruitment Limited
Rate: £420 - £480 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Amicus Recruitment Limited
Rate: £400 - £420 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £200 - £210 per day
Posted: 14 days ago