Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 445 428 378
Rank change year-on-year -17 -50 -63
Contract jobs citing MCSE 465 440 638
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.49% 0.50% 0.63%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.63% 2.55% 2.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 300 241 399
England median daily rate £350 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.06% +3.13%
10th Percentile £170 £148 £190
90th Percentile £538 £538 £475
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 33 58
England median hourly rate £19.39 £16.00 £21.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.16% -24.40% +1.64%
10th Percentile £15.30 £11.25 £9.00
90th Percentile £45.08 £24.11 £44.95
UK median hourly rate £19.39 £16.50 £21.17
% change year-on-year +17.48% -22.04% +0.09%

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 17,676 17,285 21,716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.77% 19.73% 21.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,470 10,599 13,747
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £402
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.85% +0.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 870 875 716
England median hourly rate £25.00 £29.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.25% +7.27% +22.22%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.21
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £28.00
% change year-on-year -16.44% +6.86% +24.44%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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 -29 162 £350 -9.68% 68
South East 0 116 £400 +22.14% 38
Midlands +9 68 £300 -7.69% 21
North of England 0 57 £350 -11.11% 35
East Midlands +11 34 £375 +30.43% 5
West Midlands -7 34 £250 -28.57% 16
East of England -35 34 £240 -33.79% 18
North West -10 33 £350 +5.66% 18
South West +3 24 £438 +25.00% 9
Yorkshire -13 21 £300 -28.57% 14
North East -7 3 £625 +56.25% 3
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 465 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 332 (71.40%) Windows
3 306 (65.81%) Microsoft
4 252 (54.19%) Active Directory
5 210 (45.16%) VMware
6 205 (44.09%) ITIL
7 193 (41.51%) Windows Server
8 155 (33.33%) MCSA
9 145 (31.18%) Office 365
10 143 (30.75%) VMware Infrastructure
11 118 (25.38%) SCCM
12 111 (23.87%) Microsoft Azure
13 96 (20.65%) Windows Server 2012
14 94 (20.22%) MCP
15 89 (19.14%) Migration
16 88 (18.92%) Cisco Certification
17 86 (18.49%) Windows 7
18 82 (17.63%) Windows Server 2008
18 82 (17.63%) Data Centre
18 82 (17.63%) Windows 10
19 79 (16.99%) Cisco
20 77 (16.56%) MCITP
21 73 (15.70%) PowerShell
21 73 (15.70%) Problem-Solving
22 72 (15.48%) Citrix
22 72 (15.48%) MS Exchange
23 70 (15.05%) Microsoft Office
24 69 (14.84%) SQL Server
25 66 (14.19%) Security Cleared
26 65 (13.98%) Hyper-V

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 72 (15.48%) MS Exchange
2 36 (7.74%) Exchange Server 2010
3 34 (7.31%) SharePoint
4 27 (5.81%) Skype for Business
5 15 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (2.58%) IIS
7 8 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.08%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (0.86%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (0.86%) OpenStack
9 4 (0.86%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.65%) Confluence
10 3 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.43%) Apache
12 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.22%) JBoss
12 1 (0.22%) nginx
12 1 (0.22%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.22%) WebSphere
Applications
1 70 (15.05%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.08%) MS Visio
3 4 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.22%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 3 (0.65%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.43%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.43%) Workfront
3 1 (0.22%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.22%) PeopleSoft HRMS
3 1 (0.22%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 145 (31.18%) Office 365
2 111 (23.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 37 (7.96%) Azure Active Directory
4 31 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (1.94%) PaaS
6 6 (1.29%) SaaS
7 4 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
7 4 (0.86%) IaaS
7 4 (0.86%) Mimecast
8 3 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.65%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.43%) G Suite
10 1 (0.22%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.22%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 61 (13.12%) DNS
2 54 (11.61%) DHCP
3 48 (10.32%) Firewall
4 46 (9.89%) SAN
5 42 (9.03%) LAN
6 40 (8.60%) TCP/IP
7 33 (7.10%) WAN
8 32 (6.88%) VPN
9 28 (6.02%) Internet
10 23 (4.95%) Skype
11 16 (3.44%) Network Security
11 16 (3.44%) Wireless
12 12 (2.58%) VLAN
13 11 (2.37%) VoIP
14 8 (1.72%) FCoE
14 8 (1.72%) IP Telephony
14 8 (1.72%) Kerberos
15 7 (1.51%) iSCSI
16 6 (1.29%) Remote Desktop
16 6 (1.29%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (14.84%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 13 (2.80%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (2.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (1.72%) Power BI
5 8 (1.72%) SQL Server 2016
6 7 (1.51%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.29%) Big Data
7 6 (1.29%) OLTP
7 6 (1.29%) Relational Database
8 5 (1.08%) Azure SQL Database
8 5 (1.08%) MySQL
9 4 (0.86%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
9 4 (0.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.65%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
11 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 2 (0.43%) OLAP
11 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 6 (1.29%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.08%) JIRA
2 5 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (1.08%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (0.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (0.43%) HP UFT
4 2 (0.43%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.22%) CruiseControl
5 1 (0.22%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.22%) Hudson
5 1 (0.22%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.22%) JMeter
5 1 (0.22%) MSI
5 1 (0.22%) Selenium
5 1 (0.22%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.22%) WinRunner
General
1 49 (10.54%) Finance
2 19 (4.09%) Retail
3 17 (3.66%) Banking
3 17 (3.66%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.58%) Legal
5 9 (1.94%) Law
5 9 (1.94%) Marketing
6 7 (1.51%) Advertising
7 6 (1.29%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.08%) Local Government
9 4 (0.86%) Military
10 3 (0.65%) Back Office
11 2 (0.43%) Electronics
11 2 (0.43%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.22%) Billing
12 1 (0.22%) German Language
12 1 (0.22%) International Banking
12 1 (0.22%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.22%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 65 (13.98%) Architect
2 52 (11.18%) Analyst
3 46 (9.89%) Support Engineer
4 44 (9.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 30 (6.45%) Consultant
6 29 (6.24%) Desktop Support
7 26 (5.59%) Windows Engineer
8 22 (4.73%) IT Support
9 19 (4.09%) Administrator
10 18 (3.87%) 3rd Line Support
11 17 (3.66%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 17 (3.66%) Solutions Architect
11 17 (3.66%) Support Analyst
12 16 (3.44%) Infrastructure Architect
12 16 (3.44%) Systems Engineer
13 15 (3.23%) 2nd Line Support
13 15 (3.23%) Service Analyst
13 15 (3.23%) Technical Architect
14 14 (3.01%) Azure Architect
14 14 (3.01%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.15%) .NET
1 10 (2.15%) REST
2 9 (1.94%) Web Services
3 7 (1.51%) AngularJS
3 7 (1.51%) Node.js
3 7 (1.51%) React
4 5 (1.08%) ASP.NET
4 5 (1.08%) LDAP
4 5 (1.08%) Software Packaging
5 4 (0.86%) 802.1X
5 4 (0.86%) JSON
5 4 (0.86%) WSH
6 2 (0.43%) .NET Framework
6 2 (0.43%) CSS
6 2 (0.43%) jQuery
6 2 (0.43%) WCF
6 2 (0.43%) XML
6 2 (0.43%) XSLT
7 1 (0.22%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.22%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 82 (17.63%) Data Centre
2 54 (11.61%) Analytical Skills
3 29 (6.24%) Management Information System
4 28 (6.02%) Clustering
5 17 (3.66%) Mobile App
5 17 (3.66%) Self-Motivation
6 15 (3.23%) Video Conferencing
7 13 (2.80%) Computer Science
7 13 (2.80%) Fat Client
7 13 (2.80%) Replication
7 13 (2.80%) Thin Client
8 12 (2.58%) PKI
9 9 (1.94%) Client/Server
10 8 (1.72%) CLARiiON
10 8 (1.72%) Driving Licence
10 8 (1.72%) NHS
11 7 (1.51%) Blackberry
11 7 (1.51%) Hybrid Cloud
12 6 (1.29%) Smartphone
13 5 (1.08%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 332 (71.40%) Windows
2 193 (41.51%) Windows Server
3 96 (20.65%) Windows Server 2012
4 86 (18.49%) Windows 7
5 82 (17.63%) Windows 10
5 82 (17.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 43 (9.25%) Linux
6 43 (9.25%) Windows Server 2003
7 20 (4.30%) Unix
8 16 (3.44%) Android
9 14 (3.01%) Apple iOS
9 14 (3.01%) Windows 8
9 14 (3.01%) Windows XP
10 9 (1.94%) Mac OS
11 8 (1.72%) AIX
12 6 (1.29%) Mac OS X
12 6 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (1.29%) Windows Vista
13 5 (1.08%) HPUX
13 5 (1.08%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 205 (44.09%) ITIL
2 89 (19.14%) Migration
3 73 (15.70%) Problem-Solving
4 36 (7.74%) Change Management
5 34 (7.31%) ITIL V3
6 33 (7.10%) TOGAF
7 30 (6.45%) PRINCE2
7 30 (6.45%) Stakeholder Management
8 25 (5.38%) Customer Requirements
9 24 (5.16%) Service Delivery
10 23 (4.95%) Incident Management
11 20 (4.30%) Project Management
11 20 (4.30%) Service Management
12 19 (4.09%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (4.09%) Business Intelligence
12 19 (4.09%) Validation
13 17 (3.66%) DevOps
14 15 (3.23%) Cybersecurity
14 15 (3.23%) High Availability
14 15 (3.23%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 73 (15.70%) PowerShell
2 59 (12.69%) SQL
3 13 (2.80%) T-SQL
4 12 (2.58%) VB
5 11 (2.37%) C
5 11 (2.37%) JavaScript
5 11 (2.37%) Shell Script
6 10 (2.15%) VBScript
7 8 (1.72%) C#
8 7 (1.51%) TypeScript
9 6 (1.29%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 2 (0.43%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.43%) Perl
10 2 (0.43%) Python
10 2 (0.43%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.22%) AWK
11 1 (0.22%) Java
11 1 (0.22%) Korn
11 1 (0.22%) Ruby
11 1 (0.22%) VBA
Qualifications
1 465 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 155 (33.33%) MCSA
3 94 (20.22%) MCP
4 88 (18.92%) Cisco Certification
5 77 (16.56%) MCITP
6 66 (14.19%) Security Cleared
7 61 (13.12%) CCNA
8 59 (12.69%) SC Cleared
9 41 (8.82%) CCNP
9 41 (8.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 32 (6.88%) ITIL Certification
11 31 (6.67%) Degree
12 23 (4.95%) MCTS
13 20 (4.30%) MCDST
14 18 (3.87%) CISSP
15 14 (3.01%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 11 (2.37%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 10 (2.15%) A+ Certification
17 10 (2.15%) CCIE
17 10 (2.15%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (10.11%) SLA
2 7 (1.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.29%) QA
4 4 (0.86%) Government Security Classifications
4 4 (0.86%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 3 (0.65%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.65%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.43%) PMO
7 1 (0.22%) COBIT
7 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.22%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 252 (54.19%) Active Directory
2 143 (30.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 65 (13.98%) Hyper-V
4 41 (8.82%) vSphere
5 37 (7.96%) VMware ESXi
6 20 (4.30%) XenApp
7 15 (3.23%) Virtual Desktop
8 12 (2.58%) Virtual Machines
8 12 (2.58%) VMware Workstation
9 11 (2.37%) Terminal Services
10 9 (1.94%) Microsoft App-V
11 8 (1.72%) IAG
11 8 (1.72%) UAG
12 5 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.86%) BitLocker
13 4 (0.86%) XenDesktop
14 3 (0.65%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 3 (0.65%) NFS
14 3 (0.65%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 118 (25.38%) SCCM
2 33 (7.10%) SCOM
3 26 (5.59%) Microsoft Intune
4 25 (5.38%) Microsoft Clustering
5 22 (4.73%) NetBackup
6 19 (4.09%) AirWatch
6 19 (4.09%) WSUS
7 15 (3.23%) XenMobile
8 12 (2.58%) vCenter Server
9 10 (2.15%) Nessus
9 10 (2.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 9 (1.94%) McAfee ePO
11 8 (1.72%) Backup Exec
12 7 (1.51%) EMC NetWorker
13 6 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
14 5 (1.08%) SCVMM
14 5 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
15 4 (0.86%) Failover Clustering
15 4 (0.86%) HP SIM
15 4 (0.86%) SafeCom
Vendors
1 306 (65.81%) Microsoft
2 210 (45.16%) VMware
3 79 (16.99%) Cisco
4 72 (15.48%) Citrix
5 46 (9.89%) HP
6 40 (8.60%) EMC
7 35 (7.53%) SolarWinds
8 29 (6.24%) McAfee
9 28 (6.02%) NetApp
10 23 (4.95%) Dell
11 21 (4.52%) Apple
12 18 (3.87%) Veritas
13 17 (3.66%) Ivanti
13 17 (3.66%) Remedy
14 16 (3.44%) CheckPoint
15 15 (3.23%) Wyse
16 14 (3.01%) Reuters
16 14 (3.01%) Shavlik
16 14 (3.01%) Veeam
17 13 (2.80%) IBM