Period
to 18 January 2019

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 18 January 2019 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
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 402 380 403
Rank change year-on-year -22 +23 +12
Contract jobs citing MCSE 519 584 511
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.57% 0.63% 0.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.97% 3.32% 2.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 372 331
England median daily rate £395 £331 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.25% -2.57% +4.62%
10th Percentile £175 £160 £163
90th Percentile £600 £522 £500
UK median daily rate £386 £338 £330
% change year-on-year +14.44% +2.27% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 12 27
England median hourly rate £18.10 £17.55 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.12% -7.62% -
10th Percentile £15.30 £11.25 £14.36
90th Percentile £35.49 £39.75 £27.20
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £19.38 £19.66
% change year-on-year -9.70% -1.42% -1.70%

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 17,493 17,597 18,415
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.19% 19.05% 20.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,443 10,794 11,522
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +3.91%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £250
90th Percentile £625 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 788 765 793
England median hourly rate £28.72 £23.50 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.19% -7.84% -1.92%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.09
90th Percentile £52.52 £50.00 £47.82
UK median hourly rate £28.52 £24.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year +18.81% -5.88% -7.27%

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 18 January 2019.

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 18 January 2019.

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 18 January 2019. 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 -41 157 £405 +24.62% 64
South East +9 156 £411 +17.50% 34
North of England -23 75 £300 -14.29% 35
Midlands -19 61 £380 +13.86% 29
South West -6 44 £400 -15.79% 21
West Midlands -1 41 £375 -6.25% 15
North West +3 38 £275 -15.38% 15
Yorkshire -20 33 £375 +7.14% 15
East of England -30 25 £413 +37.50% 19
East Midlands -17 20 £450 +38.46% 14
North East -19 4 £300 -18.37% 5
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, 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.

1 519 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 358 (68.98%) Microsoft
3 349 (67.24%) Windows
4 249 (47.98%) Active Directory
5 184 (35.45%) ITIL
6 181 (34.87%) VMware
7 180 (34.68%) Windows Server
8 167 (32.18%) MCSA
9 135 (26.01%) Office 365
10 128 (24.66%) SCCM
11 120 (23.12%) Cisco
12 119 (22.93%) Cisco Certification
12 119 (22.93%) VMware Infrastructure
13 118 (22.74%) MCP
13 118 (22.74%) Microsoft Azure
14 115 (22.16%) PowerShell
15 104 (20.04%) Windows Server 2012
16 102 (19.65%) Windows 7
16 102 (19.65%) DNS
16 102 (19.65%) Citrix
17 99 (19.08%) Security Cleared
18 93 (17.92%) CCNA
19 90 (17.34%) Microsoft Office
20 87 (16.76%) Problem-Solving
21 79 (15.22%) Migration
22 77 (14.84%) SC Cleared
22 77 (14.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
22 77 (14.84%) Windows 10
23 74 (14.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 73 (14.07%) Data Centre

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 65 (12.52%) MS Exchange
2 36 (6.94%) SharePoint
2 36 (6.94%) Skype for Business
3 20 (3.85%) Confluence
4 14 (2.70%) IIS
5 13 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2007
6 12 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (1.93%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (1.16%) Apache Pig
8 6 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.77%) IBM Notes
9 4 (0.77%) Office Communications Server
9 4 (0.77%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.58%) Apache
10 3 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.58%) CMS
10 3 (0.58%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.19%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 90 (17.34%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (2.50%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.19%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.19%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.19%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.39%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 135 (26.01%) Office 365
2 118 (22.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 38 (7.32%) Amazon AWS
4 25 (4.82%) IaaS
5 20 (3.85%) Azure Active Directory
5 20 (3.85%) PaaS
6 19 (3.66%) Google Cloud Platform
7 10 (1.93%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (1.35%) Dynamics 365
8 7 (1.35%) SaaS
9 4 (0.77%) OneDrive
9 4 (0.77%) Serverless
10 3 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.39%) Google Analytics
11 2 (0.39%) Slack
12 1 (0.19%) Azure Machine Learning
12 1 (0.19%) iTunes
12 1 (0.19%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.19%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 102 (19.65%) DNS
2 72 (13.87%) Internet
2 72 (13.87%) LAN
3 70 (13.49%) WAN
4 65 (12.52%) Firewall
5 64 (12.33%) DHCP
6 62 (11.95%) TCP/IP
7 50 (9.63%) SAN
8 34 (6.55%) VPN
9 29 (5.59%) Wireless
10 27 (5.20%) Network Security
11 25 (4.82%) Skype
12 20 (3.85%) VoIP
13 14 (2.70%) IP Telephony
13 14 (2.70%) SSL
14 13 (2.50%) Intranet
15 11 (2.12%) iSCSI
15 11 (2.12%) Kerberos
16 10 (1.93%) Cisco ASA
16 10 (1.93%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (14.07%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 18 (3.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (1.73%) Big Data
4 8 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (1.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 8 (1.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 7 (1.35%) Hadoop
5 7 (1.35%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (1.16%) Apache Hive
6 6 (1.16%) QlikView
6 6 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (0.96%) Power BI
8 4 (0.77%) OLTP
9 3 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
9 3 (0.58%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.58%) MySQL
9 3 (0.58%) PowerPivot
9 3 (0.58%) SQL Server 2016
10 2 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 27 (5.20%) JIRA
2 15 (2.89%) Git (software)
2 15 (2.89%) Visual Studio
3 14 (2.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 11 (2.12%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (1.35%) InstallShield
6 6 (1.16%) Jenkins
6 6 (1.16%) MSI
7 5 (0.96%) Fiddler
8 4 (0.77%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (0.77%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (0.58%) AdminStudio
9 3 (0.58%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.58%) CodeSonar
9 3 (0.58%) git-flow
9 3 (0.58%) Robot Framework
9 3 (0.58%) Selenium
10 2 (0.39%) Sonatype Nexus
11 1 (0.19%) Hudson
11 1 (0.19%) TeamCity
General
1 67 (12.91%) Finance
2 27 (5.20%) Military
3 14 (2.70%) Telecoms
4 10 (1.93%) Banking
4 10 (1.93%) Financial Institution
5 7 (1.35%) Back Office
6 6 (1.16%) Legal
7 5 (0.96%) Humanities
7 5 (0.96%) Law
7 5 (0.96%) Social Science
8 4 (0.77%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.77%) Retail
9 2 (0.39%) Automotive
9 2 (0.39%) Billing
10 1 (0.19%) Electronics
10 1 (0.19%) Front Office
10 1 (0.19%) German Language
10 1 (0.19%) Local Government
10 1 (0.19%) Marketing
10 1 (0.19%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 54 (10.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 49 (9.44%) Support Engineer
3 48 (9.25%) Analyst
4 46 (8.86%) Architect
5 30 (5.78%) Administrator
5 30 (5.78%) Desktop Support
6 28 (5.39%) Consultant
7 24 (4.62%) Developer
8 23 (4.43%) Service Analyst
8 23 (4.43%) Service Desk Analyst
9 21 (4.05%) Desktop Engineer
9 21 (4.05%) Systems Administrator
9 21 (4.05%) Windows Engineer
10 20 (3.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 18 (3.47%) Server Engineer
12 17 (3.28%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 17 (3.28%) Cloud Architect
12 17 (3.28%) IT Support
12 17 (3.28%) Network Engineer
13 15 (2.89%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (4.82%) .NET
2 14 (2.70%) ASP.NET
3 13 (2.50%) HTML
4 11 (2.12%) REST
5 9 (1.73%) LDAP
6 6 (1.16%) HTML5
6 6 (1.16%) Silverlight
6 6 (1.16%) WPF
7 5 (0.96%) Web Services
8 4 (0.77%) 802.1X
8 4 (0.77%) OAuth
8 4 (0.77%) SAML
8 4 (0.77%) Software Packaging
9 3 (0.58%) .NET Core
9 3 (0.58%) AngularJS
9 3 (0.58%) Django
9 3 (0.58%) Node.js
9 3 (0.58%) RabbitMQ
9 3 (0.58%) RxJS
9 3 (0.58%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 73 (14.07%) Data Centre
2 48 (9.25%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (5.97%) Management Information System
4 23 (4.43%) PKI
5 21 (4.05%) Video Conferencing
6 15 (2.89%) Mobile App
7 13 (2.50%) Client/Server
7 13 (2.50%) Clustering
7 13 (2.50%) Replication
7 13 (2.50%) Smartphone
8 11 (2.12%) Public Cloud
9 10 (1.93%) Self-Motivation
10 9 (1.73%) Virtual Team
11 8 (1.54%) Hybrid Cloud
12 7 (1.35%) Blackberry
12 7 (1.35%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 7 (1.35%) iPhone
13 6 (1.16%) Driving Licence
14 5 (0.96%) iPad
14 5 (0.96%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 349 (67.24%) Windows
2 180 (34.68%) Windows Server
3 104 (20.04%) Windows Server 2012
4 102 (19.65%) Windows 7
5 77 (14.84%) Windows 10
6 60 (11.56%) Linux
7 52 (10.02%) Windows Server 2008
8 37 (7.13%) Unix
9 25 (4.82%) Windows Server 2003
10 20 (3.85%) Windows XP
11 16 (3.08%) Android
11 16 (3.08%) Apple iOS
11 16 (3.08%) Mac OS X
11 16 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (3.08%) Windows 2000
12 13 (2.50%) Windows Vista
13 11 (2.12%) Windows 8
14 10 (1.93%) Mac OS
15 9 (1.73%) AIX
16 3 (0.58%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 184 (35.45%) ITIL
2 87 (16.76%) Problem-Solving
3 79 (15.22%) Migration
4 74 (14.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 56 (10.79%) Agile Software Development
6 46 (8.86%) Change Management
7 34 (6.55%) Disaster Recovery
8 30 (5.78%) Service Management
9 27 (5.20%) Computer Science
10 24 (4.62%) Incident Management
10 24 (4.62%) Validation
11 23 (4.43%) DevOps
11 23 (4.43%) Project Management
11 23 (4.43%) Root Cause Analysis
12 22 (4.24%) Change Control
12 22 (4.24%) Performance Tuning
12 22 (4.24%) PRINCE2
12 22 (4.24%) Service Delivery
13 21 (4.05%) ITIL V3
13 21 (4.05%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 115 (22.16%) PowerShell
2 59 (11.37%) SQL
3 17 (3.28%) C#
4 15 (2.89%) JavaScript
5 13 (2.50%) VB
6 9 (1.73%) Java
6 9 (1.73%) Python
7 8 (1.54%) C
7 8 (1.54%) VBScript
8 7 (1.35%) T-SQL
9 6 (1.16%) Bash Shell
10 5 (0.96%) PHP
10 5 (0.96%) VBA
11 4 (0.77%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 3 (0.58%) C++
12 3 (0.58%) Objective-C
12 3 (0.58%) TypeScript
13 1 (0.19%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.19%) R
13 1 (0.19%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 519 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 167 (32.18%) MCSA
3 119 (22.93%) Cisco Certification
4 118 (22.74%) MCP
5 99 (19.08%) Security Cleared
6 93 (17.92%) CCNA
7 77 (14.84%) SC Cleared
7 77 (14.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 71 (13.68%) Degree
9 56 (10.79%) MCITP
10 35 (6.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 29 (5.59%) CISSP
12 28 (5.39%) ITIL Certification
13 26 (5.01%) DV Cleared
14 24 (4.62%) Citrix Certification
15 23 (4.43%) MCDST
16 22 (4.24%) CCA
17 19 (3.66%) VCP6
18 17 (3.28%) CCNP
18 17 (3.28%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (8.09%) SLA
2 12 (2.31%) QA
3 6 (1.16%) JSP 440
4 4 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.58%) GDPR
6 2 (0.39%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.19%) PMO
System Software
1 249 (47.98%) Active Directory
2 119 (22.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (9.06%) Hyper-V
4 46 (8.86%) vSphere
5 32 (6.17%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (5.59%) XenApp
7 21 (4.05%) Microsoft App-V
8 20 (3.85%) Virtual Machines
9 17 (3.28%) Virtual Desktop
10 16 (3.08%) XenDesktop
11 13 (2.50%) vCloud
12 9 (1.73%) NFS
13 7 (1.35%) Virtual Servers
13 7 (1.35%) VMware Workstation
14 6 (1.16%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 5 (0.96%) VMware NSX
15 5 (0.96%) XenServer
16 4 (0.77%) Docker
16 4 (0.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 4 (0.77%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 128 (24.66%) SCCM
2 28 (5.39%) vCenter Server
3 20 (3.85%) SCOM
4 18 (3.47%) Microsoft Intune
5 13 (2.50%) WSUS
6 12 (2.31%) PowerCLI
7 11 (2.12%) Puppet
7 11 (2.12%) vRealize
8 9 (1.73%) Single Sign-On
9 8 (1.54%) AirWatch
10 7 (1.35%) Failover Clustering
10 7 (1.35%) HP ALM
10 7 (1.35%) SCVMM
11 6 (1.16%) Microsoft Clustering
11 6 (1.16%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (1.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 6 (1.16%) Terraform
11 6 (1.16%) Tivoli
11 6 (1.16%) Tivoli Monitoring
12 5 (0.96%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 358 (68.98%) Microsoft
2 181 (34.87%) VMware
3 120 (23.12%) Cisco
4 102 (19.65%) Citrix
5 40 (7.71%) HP
6 31 (5.97%) Oracle
7 29 (5.59%) Google
8 26 (5.01%) Apple
9 22 (4.24%) Ivanti
9 22 (4.24%) Polycom
10 21 (4.05%) EMC
11 20 (3.85%) Avaya
12 16 (3.08%) Red Hat
13 14 (2.70%) Atlassian
13 14 (2.70%) Wyse
14 13 (2.50%) Bloomberg
14 13 (2.50%) McAfee
14 13 (2.50%) NetApp
15 12 (2.31%) CheckPoint
15 12 (2.31%) IBM