Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 435 455 434
Rank change year-on-year +20 -21 -56
Contract jobs citing MCSE 426 465 440
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.51% 0.49% 0.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.66% 2.63% 2.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 300 241
England median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - +6.06%
10th Percentile £200 £170 £148
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 34 33
England median hourly rate £21.80 £19.39 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.43% +21.16% -24.40%
10th Percentile £14.57 £15.30 £11.25
90th Percentile £35.81 £45.08 £24.11
UK median hourly rate £22.34 £19.39 £16.50
% change year-on-year +15.22% +17.48% -22.04%

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 16,015 17,681 17,301
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.09% 18.77% 19.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,738 10,474 10,611
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £260
90th Percentile £650 £638 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 709 870 876
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -15.25% +7.27%
10th Percentile £12.73 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £50.25 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £29.92
% change year-on-year +40.00% -16.44% +6.86%

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 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 23 July 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 23 July 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 +24 136 £388 +10.71% 80
South East +28 134 £450 +12.50% 69
South West +15 57 £425 -2.86% 19
Midlands +12 55 £381 +27.08% 47
West Midlands +26 41 £525 +110.00% 27
North of England -1 34 £344 -1.79% 45
Yorkshire +23 19 £325 +8.33% 16
East Midlands -1 14 £325 -13.33% 19
North West +6 13 £360 +2.86% 26
East of England -9 12 £300 +25.00% 24
North East +17 2 £425 -32.00% 3
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 426 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 326 (76.53%) Microsoft
3 290 (68.08%) Windows
4 212 (49.77%) Active Directory
5 198 (46.48%) VMware
6 159 (37.32%) Windows Server
7 158 (37.09%) MCSA
8 149 (34.98%) ITIL
9 129 (30.28%) VMware Infrastructure
10 126 (29.58%) Cisco Certification
11 118 (27.70%) Microsoft Azure
12 113 (26.53%) Cisco
13 112 (26.29%) CCNA
14 111 (26.06%) Office 365
15 97 (22.77%) SCCM
16 94 (22.07%) PowerShell
16 94 (22.07%) Citrix
17 93 (21.83%) Security Cleared
18 92 (21.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 92 (21.60%) Problem-Solving
19 80 (18.78%) Windows Server 2012
20 78 (18.31%) DNS
21 74 (17.37%) SLA
21 74 (17.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 72 (16.90%) MCP
23 69 (16.20%) Hyper-V
24 63 (14.79%) SC Cleared
25 61 (14.32%) Firewall
25 61 (14.32%) Windows 10
26 60 (14.08%) 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 54 (12.68%) MS Exchange
2 28 (6.57%) Skype for Business
3 25 (5.87%) SharePoint
4 21 (4.93%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (3.52%) IIS
6 14 (3.29%) Exchange Server 2013
7 13 (3.05%) Confluence
8 5 (1.17%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (0.94%) OpenStack
10 3 (0.70%) Apache
10 3 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.47%) Cloud Foundry
11 2 (0.47%) SAS
12 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.23%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 45 (10.56%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.70%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.23%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 5 (1.17%) assyst
2 4 (0.94%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.23%) Aareon QL
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.23%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 118 (27.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 111 (26.06%) Office 365
3 53 (12.44%) Amazon AWS
4 42 (9.86%) PaaS
5 28 (6.57%) SaaS
6 26 (6.10%) Azure Active Directory
7 23 (5.40%) IaaS
8 8 (1.88%) Power Platform
9 6 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (0.94%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (0.94%) Google Analytics
10 4 (0.94%) OneDrive
11 3 (0.70%) Azure Stack
11 3 (0.70%) Serverless
12 2 (0.47%) Azure Functions
12 2 (0.47%) GitHub
12 2 (0.47%) OpenShift
13 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.23%) Dropbox
13 1 (0.23%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 78 (18.31%) DNS
2 61 (14.32%) Firewall
3 52 (12.21%) DHCP
4 45 (10.56%) TCP/IP
5 39 (9.15%) SAN
6 35 (8.22%) LAN
7 30 (7.04%) WAN
8 23 (5.40%) Skype
9 22 (5.16%) VPN
10 20 (4.69%) Remote Desktop
11 18 (4.23%) Network Security
12 17 (3.99%) Wireless
13 16 (3.76%) VoIP
14 12 (2.82%) Internet
14 12 (2.82%) NAS
14 12 (2.82%) VLAN
15 11 (2.58%) Unified Communications
16 10 (2.35%) Cisco ASA
17 9 (2.11%) Wi-Fi
18 8 (1.88%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (13.15%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.99%) SQL Server 2016
3 16 (3.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (3.29%) SQL Server 2012
5 11 (2.58%) Big Data
5 11 (2.58%) SQL Server 2008
6 10 (2.35%) Data Warehouse
7 9 (2.11%) Azure SQL Database
8 8 (1.88%) Power BI
8 8 (1.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (1.64%) OLAP
10 6 (1.41%) SAP BW
10 6 (1.41%) SAP Data Services
11 5 (1.17%) SQL Server 2005
12 4 (0.94%) Hadoop
12 4 (0.94%) Relational Database
12 4 (0.94%) SSDT
13 3 (0.70%) Amazon RDS
14 2 (0.47%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
14 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 22 (5.16%) InstallShield
1 22 (5.16%) MSI
2 18 (4.23%) JIRA
3 11 (2.58%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 9 (2.11%) Git (software)
5 7 (1.64%) Bitbucket
6 6 (1.41%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (1.17%) Visual Studio
8 4 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (0.70%) Hudson
9 3 (0.70%) WinDbg
10 2 (0.47%) Artifactory
10 2 (0.47%) Jenkins
10 2 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.47%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (0.47%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (0.47%) TeamCity
11 1 (0.23%) AdminStudio
11 1 (0.23%) Android Studio
11 1 (0.23%) Fiddler
General
1 38 (8.92%) Finance
2 26 (6.10%) Telecoms
3 11 (2.58%) Military
3 11 (2.58%) Retail
4 10 (2.35%) Legal
5 6 (1.41%) Marketing
6 4 (0.94%) Automotive
6 4 (0.94%) Financial Institution
6 4 (0.94%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.70%) Back Office
7 3 (0.70%) Banking
7 3 (0.70%) Electronics
7 3 (0.70%) Front Office
7 3 (0.70%) Local Government
8 2 (0.47%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.47%) German Language
9 1 (0.23%) Games
9 1 (0.23%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.23%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.23%) Law
Job Titles
1 64 (15.02%) Architect
2 57 (13.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 45 (10.56%) Analyst
4 35 (8.22%) Support Engineer
5 28 (6.57%) Consultant
6 25 (5.87%) Desktop Support
7 22 (5.16%) Server Engineer
8 21 (4.93%) Solutions Architect
9 20 (4.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 19 (4.46%) Desktop Engineer
10 19 (4.46%) Wintel Engineer
11 17 (3.99%) Technical Architect
12 16 (3.76%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 15 (3.52%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 15 (3.52%) Developer
13 15 (3.52%) IT Support
13 15 (3.52%) VMware Engineer
13 15 (3.52%) Windows Engineer
14 14 (3.29%) Infrastructure Architect
15 12 (2.82%) Applications Packager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (2.11%) REST
2 8 (1.88%) Web Services
3 7 (1.64%) .NET
4 3 (0.70%) HTML
5 2 (0.47%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.47%) J2EE
5 2 (0.47%) JSON
5 2 (0.47%) Middleware
5 2 (0.47%) SAP Basis
6 1 (0.23%) COM
6 1 (0.23%) CSS
6 1 (0.23%) Dagger
6 1 (0.23%) LDAP
6 1 (0.23%) Node.js
6 1 (0.23%) RESTful
6 1 (0.23%) Retrofit
6 1 (0.23%) RxJava
6 1 (0.23%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 60 (14.08%) Data Centre
2 54 (12.68%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (4.23%) Public Cloud
4 15 (3.52%) Management Information System
5 14 (3.29%) Clustering
6 11 (2.58%) PKI
6 11 (2.58%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (2.11%) Video Conferencing
8 8 (1.88%) Blackberry
8 8 (1.88%) Hybrid Cloud
8 8 (1.88%) Private Cloud
8 8 (1.88%) Replication
9 6 (1.41%) NHS
10 5 (1.17%) BYOD
10 5 (1.17%) Client/Server
11 4 (0.94%) User Experience
12 3 (0.70%) Enterprise Storage
12 3 (0.70%) iPad
12 3 (0.70%) Mobile App
12 3 (0.70%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 290 (68.08%) Windows
2 159 (37.32%) Windows Server
3 80 (18.78%) Windows Server 2012
4 61 (14.32%) Windows 10
5 58 (13.62%) Linux
6 55 (12.91%) Windows 7
7 50 (11.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 27 (6.34%) Windows 8
9 21 (4.93%) Windows Server 2003
10 17 (3.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 11 (2.58%) Mac OS
11 11 (2.58%) Unix
12 6 (1.41%) Mac OS X
13 5 (1.17%) Android
13 5 (1.17%) Apple iOS
13 5 (1.17%) VMS
13 5 (1.17%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.70%) CentOS
15 2 (0.47%) Solaris
15 2 (0.47%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 149 (34.98%) ITIL
2 92 (21.60%) Problem-Solving
3 74 (17.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 51 (11.97%) Migration
5 44 (10.33%) Service Management
6 43 (10.09%) ITSM
7 39 (9.15%) Agile Software Development
8 38 (8.92%) PRINCE2
9 33 (7.75%) Server Virtualisation
10 30 (7.04%) TOGAF
11 29 (6.81%) Application Packaging
11 29 (6.81%) ITIL V3
12 28 (6.57%) Incident Management
13 26 (6.10%) Service Delivery
14 25 (5.87%) Customer Requirements
15 23 (5.40%) DevOps
16 21 (4.93%) Disaster Recovery
17 19 (4.46%) Architectural Design
17 19 (4.46%) Software Engineering
17 19 (4.46%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 94 (22.07%) PowerShell
2 54 (12.68%) SQL
3 15 (3.52%) VBScript
4 11 (2.58%) T-SQL
5 9 (2.11%) Python
6 4 (0.94%) Bash Shell
7 3 (0.70%) Java
7 3 (0.70%) VB
8 2 (0.47%) C
8 2 (0.47%) C#
8 2 (0.47%) C++
8 2 (0.47%) Perl
8 2 (0.47%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.23%) Kotlin
9 1 (0.23%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 426 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 158 (37.09%) MCSA
3 126 (29.58%) Cisco Certification
4 112 (26.29%) CCNA
5 93 (21.83%) Security Cleared
6 92 (21.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 72 (16.90%) MCP
8 63 (14.79%) SC Cleared
9 47 (11.03%) Degree
10 41 (9.62%) MCITP
11 34 (7.98%) DV Cleared
12 30 (7.04%) CCNP
13 23 (5.40%) TOGAF Certification
14 21 (4.93%) VCP6
15 17 (3.99%) CISSP
16 15 (3.52%) CCIE
17 14 (3.29%) CCA
17 14 (3.29%) Citrix Certification
17 14 (3.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 13 (3.05%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (17.37%) SLA
2 17 (3.99%) QA
3 8 (1.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (1.17%) GDPR
4 5 (1.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 4 (0.94%) NIST
6 2 (0.47%) NCSC
6 2 (0.47%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.47%) PMO
7 1 (0.23%) IFRS
System Software
1 212 (49.77%) Active Directory
2 129 (30.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (16.20%) Hyper-V
4 51 (11.97%) XenApp
5 49 (11.50%) VMware ESXi
6 48 (11.27%) vSphere
7 24 (5.63%) XenDesktop
8 23 (5.40%) Microsoft App-V
9 16 (3.76%) Virtual Machines
10 13 (3.05%) Virtual Desktop
11 6 (1.41%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (1.17%) ISA Server
12 5 (1.17%) Terminal Services
13 3 (0.70%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 3 (0.70%) Docker
13 3 (0.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (0.70%) NFS
13 3 (0.70%) vCloud
14 2 (0.47%) BitLocker
14 2 (0.47%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 97 (22.77%) SCCM
2 39 (9.15%) SCOM
3 27 (6.34%) vCenter Server
4 17 (3.99%) PowerCLI
5 16 (3.76%) NetBackup
6 15 (3.52%) SCVMM
7 13 (3.05%) Single Sign-On
8 10 (2.35%) Microsoft Clustering
9 9 (2.11%) Backup Exec
9 9 (2.11%) Microsoft Intune
10 8 (1.88%) PingFederate
11 6 (1.41%) Kubernetes
12 5 (1.17%) Nagios
12 5 (1.17%) vMotion
12 5 (1.17%) vRealize
12 5 (1.17%) WSUS
13 4 (0.94%) Failover Clustering
13 4 (0.94%) PaperCut
13 4 (0.94%) SolarWinds Orion
14 3 (0.70%) Ansible
Vendors
1 326 (76.53%) Microsoft
2 198 (46.48%) VMware
3 113 (26.53%) Cisco
4 94 (22.07%) Citrix
5 47 (11.03%) HP
6 36 (8.45%) Oracle
7 32 (7.51%) NetApp
8 28 (6.57%) Dell
9 25 (5.87%) Red Hat
10 21 (4.93%) Novell
11 20 (4.69%) EMC
12 12 (2.82%) SAP
13 11 (2.58%) Atlassian
13 11 (2.58%) SolarWinds
13 11 (2.58%) Veeam
14 10 (2.35%) Polycom
14 10 (2.35%) ServiceNow
15 8 (1.88%) 3PAR
15 8 (1.88%) CommVault
15 8 (1.88%) Sonus