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 27 June 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.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
UK / England
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 385 326 289
Rank change year-on-year -59 -37  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 223 334 394
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.52% 0.67% 0.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.66% 3.12% 4.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 210 229
Median daily rate £339 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.65% +1.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £151 £190 £179
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £321 £325
% change year-on-year +1.24% -1.23%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 34 43
Median hourly rate £16.50 £21.33 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.64% -1.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.15 £10.42 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.50 £36.40 £38.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £21.33 £21.55
% change year-on-year -22.64% -1.02%  

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 8372 10714 9436
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 19.36% 21.60% 18.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5025 6772 5597
Median daily rate £436 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.00% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £255 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 443 377 473
Median hourly rate £32.00 £28.00 £22.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% +23.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

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 27 June 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 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 3 months to 27 June 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 27 June 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 -33 63 £370 -1.33% 35
South East -8 62 £330 -8.65% 23
East of England +21 42 £375 +97.36% 10
East Midlands +1 13 £288 -20.68% 2
South West -6 11 £270 -55.00% 8
North East +22 10 £375 +20.38% 3
West Midlands +12 9 £356 +23.91% 9
Yorkshire +28 7 £319 -3.77% 11
North West +15 7 £525 +138.63% 22
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 436 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 321 (73.62%) Windows
3 256 (58.72%) Microsoft
4 226 (51.83%) Active Directory
5 170 (38.99%) Windows Server
6 156 (35.78%) VMware
7 140 (32.11%) ITIL
8 129 (29.59%) Windows Server 2012
9 122 (27.98%) Office 365
10 109 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
10 109 (25.00%) MS Exchange
11 103 (23.62%) VMware Infrastructure
12 100 (22.94%) PowerShell
13 98 (22.48%) Citrix
14 94 (21.56%) Windows Server 2008
15 92 (21.10%) MCP
16 88 (20.18%) SQL Server
17 87 (19.95%) Cisco Certification
18 86 (19.72%) MCSA
19 84 (19.27%) Hyper-V
20 77 (17.66%) MCITP
21 74 (16.97%) Cisco
22 72 (16.51%) HP
23 71 (16.28%) CCNA
24 68 (15.60%) Migration
24 68 (15.60%) SCCM
25 67 (15.37%) SQL
26 64 (14.68%) Microsoft Office
27 63 (14.45%) Windows Server 2003
28 60 (13.76%) Finance

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
1 109 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 52 (11.93%) Exchange Server 2010
3 51 (11.70%) Skype for Business
4 45 (10.32%) SharePoint
5 36 (8.26%) Exchange Server 2013
6 22 (5.05%) IIS
7 13 (2.98%) SharePoint 2010
7 13 (2.98%) SharePoint 2013
8 10 (2.29%) Apache
9 9 (2.06%) Exchange Server 2007
10 7 (1.61%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (1.38%) Office Communications Server
12 4 (0.92%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.69%) CMS
13 3 (0.69%) IBM Notes
14 2 (0.46%) Confluence
14 2 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2003
14 2 (0.46%) MS Project Server
14 2 (0.46%) Tomcat
Applications
1 64 (14.68%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (4.36%) MS Visio
3 14 (3.21%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (1.15%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.46%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.46%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 122 (27.98%) Office 365
2 109 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 39 (8.94%) Amazon AWS
4 22 (5.05%) Azure Active Directory
5 17 (3.90%) IaaS
6 11 (2.52%) PaaS
7 10 (2.29%) SaaS
8 9 (2.06%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.38%) Yammer
10 4 (0.92%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.69%) GitHub
12 2 (0.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.46%) AWS OpsWorks
12 2 (0.46%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 58 (13.30%) Firewall
2 52 (11.93%) SAN
3 51 (11.70%) DNS
4 43 (9.86%) LAN
5 41 (9.40%) DHCP
5 41 (9.40%) WAN
6 37 (8.49%) Skype
7 24 (5.50%) NAS
8 23 (5.28%) VPN
9 21 (4.82%) VoIP
10 18 (4.13%) TCP/IP
11 15 (3.44%) Remote Desktop
12 14 (3.21%) Wireless
13 13 (2.98%) Network Security
14 9 (2.06%) VLAN
14 9 (2.06%) Wi-Fi
15 7 (1.61%) BIG-IP
15 7 (1.61%) Internet
15 7 (1.61%) SSL
15 7 (1.61%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (20.18%) SQL Server
2 37 (8.49%) SQL Server 2012
3 30 (6.88%) SQL Server 2008
4 18 (4.13%) SQL Server 2005
5 15 (3.44%) SQL Server 2016
6 13 (2.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 12 (2.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (1.83%) Big Data
8 8 (1.83%) Hadoop
8 8 (1.83%) SQL Server 2014
9 7 (1.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (1.38%) QlikView
11 5 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
12 4 (0.92%) Azure SQL Database
12 4 (0.92%) MySQL
13 3 (0.69%) OLAP
13 3 (0.69%) OLTP
14 2 (0.46%) DTS
14 2 (0.46%) Oracle Database 10g
14 2 (0.46%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 10 (2.29%) Team Foundation Server
1 10 (2.29%) Visual Studio
2 8 (1.83%) Octopus Deploy
3 3 (0.69%) Eclipse
3 3 (0.69%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.46%) CruiseControl
4 2 (0.46%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.46%) JIRA
4 2 (0.46%) MSI
4 2 (0.46%) Subversion
4 2 (0.46%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.46%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.23%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.23%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 60 (13.76%) Finance
2 18 (4.13%) Banking
2 18 (4.13%) Manufacturing
3 10 (2.29%) Law
3 10 (2.29%) Telecoms
4 9 (2.06%) Investment Banking
5 6 (1.38%) Retail
6 5 (1.15%) Aerospace
6 5 (1.15%) Financial Institution
6 5 (1.15%) Legal
7 4 (0.92%) Back Office
8 3 (0.69%) Local Government
9 2 (0.46%) Automotive
9 2 (0.46%) Electronics
9 2 (0.46%) French Language
9 2 (0.46%) Marketing
10 1 (0.23%) Advertising
10 1 (0.23%) Front Office
10 1 (0.23%) Games
10 1 (0.23%) Military
Job Titles
1 56 (12.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 53 (12.16%) Analyst
3 51 (11.70%) Architect
4 44 (10.09%) Support Engineer
5 40 (9.17%) Consultant
6 28 (6.42%) 2nd Line Support
6 28 (6.42%) Desktop Support
7 27 (6.19%) Support Analyst
8 26 (5.96%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 23 (5.28%) Server Engineer
10 19 (4.36%) Windows Engineer
11 18 (4.13%) Technical Architect
12 16 (3.67%) 3rd Line Support
12 16 (3.67%) Systems Engineer
13 15 (3.44%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 14 (3.21%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 13 (2.98%) Active Directory Consultant
15 13 (2.98%) Azure Consultant
15 13 (2.98%) Desktop Engineer
15 13 (2.98%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (3.67%) .NET
2 6 (1.38%) ASP.NET
2 6 (1.38%) WAP
3 5 (1.15%) CSS
3 5 (1.15%) XML
4 4 (0.92%) HTML
4 4 (0.92%) jQuery
4 4 (0.92%) SAML
4 4 (0.92%) XSLT
5 3 (0.69%) MDX
5 3 (0.69%) Software Packaging
5 3 (0.69%) WCF
6 2 (0.46%) J2EE
6 2 (0.46%) JSP
6 2 (0.46%) Middleware
6 2 (0.46%) Servlets
6 2 (0.46%) Web Services
6 2 (0.46%) WF
7 1 (0.23%) ActiveX
7 1 (0.23%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 59 (13.53%) Data Centre
2 33 (7.57%) Clustering
3 30 (6.88%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (5.28%) Management Information System
5 20 (4.59%) Blackberry
5 20 (4.59%) Computer Science
6 15 (3.44%) Private Cloud
7 14 (3.21%) Video Conferencing
8 12 (2.75%) PKI
9 11 (2.52%) Replication
10 8 (1.83%) iPad
10 8 (1.83%) Life Science
11 7 (1.61%) BYOD
12 5 (1.15%) CMDB
12 5 (1.15%) User Experience
13 4 (0.92%) EPoS
13 4 (0.92%) FlexPod
13 4 (0.92%) Public Cloud
14 3 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
14 3 (0.69%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 321 (73.62%) Windows
2 170 (38.99%) Windows Server
3 129 (29.59%) Windows Server 2012
4 94 (21.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 63 (14.45%) Windows Server 2003
6 60 (13.76%) Windows 10
6 60 (13.76%) Windows 7
7 52 (11.93%) Linux
8 21 (4.82%) Unix
9 19 (4.36%) Windows 8
10 14 (3.21%) Android
11 12 (2.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 11 (2.52%) Solaris
12 11 (2.52%) Windows Vista
13 10 (2.29%) Apple iOS
14 9 (2.06%) Windows XP
15 6 (1.38%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.92%) Mac OS
16 4 (0.92%) Windows Phone
17 3 (0.69%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (32.11%) ITIL
2 68 (15.60%) Migration
3 43 (9.86%) Change Management
4 31 (7.11%) ITIL V3
4 31 (7.11%) Project Management
5 27 (6.19%) DevOps
6 26 (5.96%) PRINCE2
6 26 (5.96%) Service Delivery
7 25 (5.73%) Disaster Recovery
7 25 (5.73%) Service Management
8 23 (5.28%) Agile Software Development
9 22 (5.05%) High Availability
10 21 (4.82%) TOGAF
11 19 (4.36%) Virtual Infrastructure
12 18 (4.13%) Virtual Environments
13 16 (3.67%) Problem Management
14 15 (3.44%) Performance Tuning
14 15 (3.44%) Stakeholder Management
15 13 (2.98%) ITSM
16 12 (2.75%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 100 (22.94%) PowerShell
2 67 (15.37%) SQL
3 9 (2.06%) C#
3 9 (2.06%) JavaScript
4 8 (1.83%) VBScript
5 7 (1.61%) Bash Shell
5 7 (1.61%) Python
5 7 (1.61%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.15%) C
6 5 (1.15%) Java
7 4 (0.92%) Perl
7 4 (0.92%) Ruby
8 3 (0.69%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 3 (0.69%) VB
9 1 (0.23%) C++
9 1 (0.23%) REXX
9 1 (0.23%) Tcl
9 1 (0.23%) X++
Qualifications
1 436 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 92 (21.10%) MCP
3 87 (19.95%) Cisco Certification
4 86 (19.72%) MCSA
5 77 (17.66%) MCITP
6 71 (16.28%) CCNA
7 58 (13.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 52 (11.93%) Security Cleared
9 40 (9.17%) SC Cleared
10 34 (7.80%) Degree
11 24 (5.50%) MCTS
12 19 (4.36%) DV Cleared
12 19 (4.36%) ITIL Certification
13 17 (3.90%) CCNP
14 16 (3.67%) Citrix Certification
15 14 (3.21%) MCDST
16 13 (2.98%) Computer Science Degree
17 12 (2.75%) CISSP
18 11 (2.52%) A+ Certification
19 10 (2.29%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (6.88%) SLA
2 11 (2.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.61%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.69%) QA
4 3 (0.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 226 (51.83%) Active Directory
2 103 (23.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (19.27%) Hyper-V
4 23 (5.28%) XenApp
5 20 (4.59%) vSphere
6 18 (4.13%) Virtual Machines
7 15 (3.44%) VMware ESXi
8 14 (3.21%) Virtual Servers
9 12 (2.75%) Microsoft App-V
10 10 (2.29%) VMware Workstation
10 10 (2.29%) XenDesktop
11 5 (1.15%) BitLocker
11 5 (1.15%) Firmware
11 5 (1.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (0.92%) UAG
13 3 (0.69%) Terminal Server
13 3 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
13 3 (0.69%) VMware Server
14 1 (0.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 1 (0.23%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 68 (15.60%) SCCM
2 44 (10.09%) SCOM
3 15 (3.44%) NetBackup
4 14 (3.21%) Microsoft Clustering
5 10 (2.29%) vCenter Server
6 9 (2.06%) AirWatch
7 7 (1.61%) Puppet
7 7 (1.61%) WSUS
8 6 (1.38%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 6 (1.38%) WMI
8 6 (1.38%) XenMobile
9 5 (1.15%) CA Single Sign-On
9 5 (1.15%) Failover Clustering
9 5 (1.15%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 5 (1.15%) vMotion
10 4 (0.92%) Backup Exec
10 4 (0.92%) Nessus
10 4 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
10 4 (0.92%) SCVMM
10 4 (0.92%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 256 (58.72%) Microsoft
2 156 (35.78%) VMware
3 98 (22.48%) Citrix
4 74 (16.97%) Cisco
5 72 (16.51%) HP
6 33 (7.57%) NetApp
7 17 (3.90%) Oracle
8 16 (3.67%) SolarWinds
9 13 (2.98%) Dell
10 12 (2.75%) Apple
10 12 (2.75%) F5
11 11 (2.52%) CheckPoint
11 11 (2.52%) EMC
11 11 (2.52%) Sun
12 10 (2.29%) 3PAR
12 10 (2.29%) AppSense
12 10 (2.29%) McAfee
12 10 (2.29%) ServiceNow
13 9 (2.06%) Red Hat
13 9 (2.06%) Symantec
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