Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 434 393 362
Rank change year-on-year -41 -31 -31
Contract jobs citing MCSE 508 546 660
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.54% 0.60% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.90% 3.17% 3.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 312 335 441
England median daily rate £350 £325 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +1.54%
10th Percentile £170 £151 £185
90th Percentile £512 £500 £488
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 25 51
England median hourly rate £17.41 £16.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.52% -21.43% -1.63%
10th Percentile £15.30 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £43.02 £39.35 £35.00
UK median hourly rate £17.41 £16.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +5.52% -21.43% -

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 17,522 17,197 20,655
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.58% 18.84% 20.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,387 10,472 12,882
England median daily rate £450 £425 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% +4.38%
10th Percentile £250 £240 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £594
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 859 811 743
England median hourly rate £25.00 £26.87 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.94% +5.35% +13.33%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £47.97
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% - +19.57%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 17 October 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 -12 165 £363 +11.54% 56
South East -9 118 £375 +15.38% 48
North of England -25 80 £325 -7.14% 52
Midlands -23 71 £300 -14.29% 27
West Midlands +3 51 £325 -18.75% 17
North West -3 41 £331 +6.00% 28
Yorkshire -5 36 £325 -1.89% 18
South West -7 35 £400 +150.00% 17
East of England -49 34 £345 +7.81% 15
East Midlands -19 20 £300 -7.69% 10
North East -21 3 £200 -45.95% 6
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 2018, 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.

1 508 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 370 (72.83%) Windows
3 343 (67.52%) Microsoft
4 249 (49.02%) Active Directory
5 210 (41.34%) VMware
6 208 (40.94%) Windows Server
7 198 (38.98%) ITIL
8 151 (29.72%) VMware Infrastructure
9 149 (29.33%) MCSA
10 145 (28.54%) Office 365
11 132 (25.98%) SCCM
12 112 (22.05%) Microsoft Azure
13 103 (20.28%) MCP
14 101 (19.88%) Data Centre
15 96 (18.90%) Windows 7
15 96 (18.90%) Cisco Certification
16 95 (18.70%) PowerShell
17 92 (18.11%) Cisco
18 87 (17.13%) Problem-Solving
19 85 (16.73%) Citrix
19 85 (16.73%) Migration
20 84 (16.54%) Windows 10
21 81 (15.94%) Windows Server 2012
21 81 (15.94%) SQL Server
22 77 (15.16%) Microsoft Office
23 75 (14.76%) Windows Server 2008
24 74 (14.57%) CCNA
24 74 (14.57%) DNS
25 70 (13.78%) Security Cleared
26 68 (13.39%) MS Exchange

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 68 (13.39%) MS Exchange
2 35 (6.89%) SharePoint
3 29 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 24 (4.72%) Skype for Business
5 13 (2.56%) Confluence
6 12 (2.36%) IIS
7 9 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2013
7 9 (1.77%) SharePoint 2013
8 7 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (1.38%) SharePoint 2010
9 6 (1.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.79%) Apache Pig
10 4 (0.79%) IBM Notes
10 4 (0.79%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.59%) CMS
11 3 (0.59%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
13 1 (0.20%) Apache Spark
13 1 (0.20%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 77 (15.16%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (2.17%) MS Visio
3 9 (1.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.20%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.20%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 5 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.39%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.20%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 145 (28.54%) Office 365
2 112 (22.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 36 (7.09%) Azure Active Directory
4 32 (6.30%) Amazon AWS
5 15 (2.95%) IaaS
6 10 (1.97%) PaaS
7 9 (1.77%) Google Cloud Platform
8 7 (1.38%) Dynamics 365
9 5 (0.98%) Mimecast
10 3 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.39%) Google Analytics
11 2 (0.39%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.39%) SaaS
11 2 (0.39%) Serverless
12 1 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.20%) AWS Lambda
12 1 (0.20%) Azure Machine Learning
12 1 (0.20%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 74 (14.57%) DNS
2 55 (10.83%) SAN
3 54 (10.63%) TCP/IP
4 53 (10.43%) Internet
5 52 (10.24%) DHCP
6 50 (9.84%) LAN
7 46 (9.06%) Firewall
8 40 (7.87%) WAN
9 38 (7.48%) VPN
10 30 (5.91%) Network Security
10 30 (5.91%) Wireless
11 24 (4.72%) VoIP
12 15 (2.95%) Skype
13 14 (2.76%) iSCSI
14 12 (2.36%) NAS
15 11 (2.17%) IP Telephony
16 10 (1.97%) Cisco ASA
16 10 (1.97%) Kerberos
16 10 (1.97%) VLAN
17 8 (1.57%) FCoE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (15.94%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 13 (2.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (1.97%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (1.38%) OLTP
5 7 (1.38%) Power BI
6 6 (1.18%) Big Data
7 5 (0.98%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.98%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 5 (0.98%) Relational Database
7 5 (0.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 4 (0.79%) Apache Hive
8 4 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.79%) MySQL
8 4 (0.79%) RDBMS
8 4 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
9 3 (0.59%) SQL Server 2016
10 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 20 (3.94%) JIRA
2 13 (2.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 8 (1.57%) Visual Studio
4 7 (1.38%) Git (software)
5 5 (0.98%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.79%) MSI
6 4 (0.79%) Selenium
6 4 (0.79%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (0.79%) Visual Studio Team System
7 3 (0.59%) Bitbucket
7 3 (0.59%) CodeSonar
7 3 (0.59%) git-flow
7 3 (0.59%) InstallShield
7 3 (0.59%) Robot Framework
8 2 (0.39%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.20%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.20%) Hudson
9 1 (0.20%) JMeter
9 1 (0.20%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.20%) Oracle Forms
General
1 65 (12.80%) Finance
2 23 (4.53%) Banking
3 16 (3.15%) Telecoms
4 13 (2.56%) Retail
5 9 (1.77%) Legal
6 8 (1.57%) Law
6 8 (1.57%) Military
7 7 (1.38%) Financial Institution
7 7 (1.38%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.18%) Back Office
8 6 (1.18%) Marketing
9 5 (0.98%) Humanities
9 5 (0.98%) Social Science
10 4 (0.79%) Advertising
11 2 (0.39%) Automotive
11 2 (0.39%) Electronics
11 2 (0.39%) Portuguese Language
12 1 (0.20%) German Language
12 1 (0.20%) International Banking
12 1 (0.20%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 56 (11.02%) Analyst
2 54 (10.63%) Support Engineer
3 53 (10.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 37 (7.28%) Architect
5 33 (6.50%) Consultant
6 32 (6.30%) Administrator
7 30 (5.91%) IT Support
8 28 (5.51%) Desktop Support
9 26 (5.12%) Service Analyst
10 24 (4.72%) Service Desk Analyst
11 22 (4.33%) Systems Administrator
12 17 (3.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 17 (3.35%) Windows Consultant
13 16 (3.15%) 2nd Line Support
13 16 (3.15%) 3rd Line Support
13 16 (3.15%) Solutions Architect
13 16 (3.15%) Windows Administrator
13 16 (3.15%) Windows Engineer
14 15 (2.95%) Developer
14 15 (2.95%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (2.76%) .NET
2 11 (2.17%) REST
3 8 (1.57%) LDAP
4 7 (1.38%) ASP.NET
5 6 (1.18%) Web Services
6 4 (0.79%) SAML
6 4 (0.79%) WSH
7 3 (0.59%) .NET Framework
7 3 (0.59%) 802.1X
7 3 (0.59%) Django
7 3 (0.59%) Java EE
7 3 (0.59%) JSON
7 3 (0.59%) LAMP
7 3 (0.59%) Node.js
7 3 (0.59%) OAuth
7 3 (0.59%) RabbitMQ
7 3 (0.59%) SOAP
7 3 (0.59%) Spring MVC
7 3 (0.59%) STL
8 2 (0.39%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 101 (19.88%) Data Centre
2 44 (8.66%) Analytical Skills
3 32 (6.30%) Management Information System
4 27 (5.31%) Clustering
5 21 (4.13%) Video Conferencing
6 20 (3.94%) Computer Science
7 18 (3.54%) Smartphone
8 16 (3.15%) Replication
9 15 (2.95%) Fat Client
9 15 (2.95%) Thin Client
10 14 (2.76%) Client/Server
11 12 (2.36%) Blackberry
11 12 (2.36%) PKI
12 11 (2.17%) Self-Motivation
13 10 (1.97%) Driving Licence
13 10 (1.97%) Mobile App
14 8 (1.57%) CLARiiON
15 7 (1.38%) Hybrid Cloud
16 6 (1.18%) NHS
17 5 (0.98%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 370 (72.83%) Windows
2 208 (40.94%) Windows Server
3 96 (18.90%) Windows 7
4 84 (16.54%) Windows 10
5 81 (15.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 75 (14.76%) Windows Server 2008
7 48 (9.45%) Linux
8 31 (6.10%) Unix
8 31 (6.10%) Windows Server 2003
9 22 (4.33%) Windows XP
10 21 (4.13%) Apple iOS
11 19 (3.74%) Android
12 14 (2.76%) Windows 2000
13 13 (2.56%) Mac OS
14 11 (2.17%) Windows 8
14 11 (2.17%) Windows Vista
15 10 (1.97%) Mac OS X
16 8 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 5 (0.98%) AIX
18 3 (0.59%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 198 (38.98%) ITIL
2 87 (17.13%) Problem-Solving
3 85 (16.73%) Migration
4 66 (12.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 43 (8.46%) Change Management
6 36 (7.09%) Stakeholder Management
7 34 (6.69%) Customer Requirements
8 33 (6.50%) Server Management
9 32 (6.30%) Agile Software Development
9 32 (6.30%) PRINCE2
10 27 (5.31%) ITIL V3
10 27 (5.31%) Service Delivery
11 24 (4.72%) Service Management
12 23 (4.53%) Disaster Recovery
12 23 (4.53%) Project Management
13 22 (4.33%) Identity Management
14 20 (3.94%) Change Control
14 20 (3.94%) Validation
15 18 (3.54%) Incident Management
15 18 (3.54%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 95 (18.70%) PowerShell
2 52 (10.24%) SQL
3 16 (3.15%) VB
4 14 (2.76%) C
4 14 (2.76%) C#
5 10 (1.97%) Java
5 10 (1.97%) JavaScript
6 9 (1.77%) VBScript
7 8 (1.57%) Python
8 7 (1.38%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 7 (1.38%) T-SQL
9 5 (0.98%) Bash Shell
9 5 (0.98%) VBA
10 3 (0.59%) C++
10 3 (0.59%) Objective-C
10 3 (0.59%) PHP
11 2 (0.39%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.20%) Perl
12 1 (0.20%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.20%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 508 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 149 (29.33%) MCSA
3 103 (20.28%) MCP
4 96 (18.90%) Cisco Certification
5 74 (14.57%) CCNA
6 70 (13.78%) Security Cleared
7 66 (12.99%) MCITP
8 60 (11.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 56 (11.02%) SC Cleared
10 48 (9.45%) Degree
11 36 (7.09%) CCNP
12 31 (6.10%) ITIL Certification
13 28 (5.51%) MCDST
14 26 (5.12%) CISSP
15 23 (4.53%) MCTS
16 21 (4.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 16 (3.15%) A+ Certification
17 16 (3.15%) DV Cleared
18 13 (2.56%) Oracle Certification
18 13 (2.56%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (8.86%) SLA
2 7 (1.38%) JSP 440
3 5 (0.98%) Data Quality
3 5 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.98%) QA
4 4 (0.79%) Government Security Classifications
4 4 (0.79%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (0.39%) GDPR
6 1 (0.20%) COBIT
6 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 249 (49.02%) Active Directory
2 151 (29.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (12.20%) Hyper-V
4 50 (9.84%) vSphere
5 31 (6.10%) VMware ESXi
6 26 (5.12%) XenApp
7 21 (4.13%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (3.74%) Virtual Desktop
9 16 (3.15%) Microsoft App-V
10 12 (2.36%) XenDesktop
11 9 (1.77%) vCloud
11 9 (1.77%) VMware Workstation
12 8 (1.57%) IAG
12 8 (1.57%) Terminal Services
12 8 (1.57%) UAG
13 7 (1.38%) NFS
13 7 (1.38%) Virtual Servers
14 6 (1.18%) XenServer
15 5 (0.98%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 5 (0.98%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 132 (25.98%) SCCM
2 30 (5.91%) SCOM
3 28 (5.51%) Microsoft Intune
4 24 (4.72%) vCenter Server
5 22 (4.33%) AirWatch
6 20 (3.94%) Microsoft Clustering
7 18 (3.54%) NetBackup
7 18 (3.54%) XenMobile
8 16 (3.15%) WSUS
9 13 (2.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 9 (1.77%) McAfee ePO
10 9 (1.77%) PowerCLI
11 8 (1.57%) Puppet
11 8 (1.57%) SCVMM
12 6 (1.18%) Backup Exec
12 6 (1.18%) Failover Clustering
12 6 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
12 6 (1.18%) vRealize
13 5 (0.98%) SafeCom
13 5 (0.98%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 343 (67.52%) Microsoft
2 210 (41.34%) VMware
3 92 (18.11%) Cisco
4 85 (16.73%) Citrix
5 41 (8.07%) HP
6 35 (6.89%) EMC
7 32 (6.30%) Apple
8 26 (5.12%) McAfee
9 24 (4.72%) Oracle
10 22 (4.33%) Bloomberg
10 22 (4.33%) Google
11 21 (4.13%) Dell
12 20 (3.94%) NetApp
13 17 (3.35%) Ivanti
13 17 (3.35%) SolarWinds
13 17 (3.35%) Wyse
14 16 (3.15%) Remedy
15 15 (2.95%) Reuters
16 14 (2.76%) Avaya
17 13 (2.56%) Red Hat