The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 April 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
North West / Lancashire
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 38 42
Rank change year-on-year 0 +4  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 2 9 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 0.68% 2.00% 1.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.57% 6.29% 3.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 4
Median daily rate - £175 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -41.74%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £300
% change year-on-year -1.51% +10.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £13.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £21.33 £21.55
% change year-on-year -21.47% -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 Lancashire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 127 143 154
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 43.34% 31.85% 36.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 85 69
Median daily rate £450 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £259 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £675 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.57% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 11 22
Median hourly rate £42.50 £35.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.71% -4.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £13.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £48.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +55.55%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire 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 Lancashire

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSE in Lancashire.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in Lancashire

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE in Lancashire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 3 (100.00%) IIS
1 3 (100.00%) ITIL
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (100.00%) SAN
1 3 (100.00%) Symantec
1 3 (100.00%) VMware
1 3 (100.00%) Backup Exec
1 3 (100.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 3 (100.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (66.67%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (66.67%) SolarWinds
2 2 (66.67%) Kaseya
2 2 (66.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (66.67%) PowerShell
2 2 (66.67%) Kaspersky
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (66.67%) Hyper-V
2 2 (66.67%) NAS
2 2 (66.67%) IP Telephony
2 2 (66.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
2 2 (66.67%) WSUS
2 2 (66.67%) Life Science
2 2 (66.67%) Release Management
2 2 (66.67%) Clustering
2 2 (66.67%) Manufacturing
2 2 (66.67%) Change Management
2 2 (66.67%) ERP

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 3 (100.00%) IIS
2 2 (66.67%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (66.67%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (33.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (66.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 3 (100.00%) SAN
2 2 (66.67%) DHCP
2 2 (66.67%) DNS
2 2 (66.67%) IP Telephony
2 2 (66.67%) NAS
3 1 (33.33%) LAN
3 1 (33.33%) VPN
3 1 (33.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 2 (66.67%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) 2nd/3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Administrator
1 1 (33.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Server Administrator
1 1 (33.33%) VMware Specialist
1 1 (33.33%) Windows Administrator
1 1 (33.33%) Windows Server Administrator
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Clustering
1 2 (66.67%) Life Science
2 1 (33.33%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) ITIL
2 2 (66.67%) Change Management
2 2 (66.67%) ERP
2 2 (66.67%) Release Management
3 1 (33.33%) Infrastructure Management
3 1 (33.33%) Technical Analysis
3 1 (33.33%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) PowerShell
2 1 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
3 1 (33.33%) CCNA
3 1 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 3 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (100.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (66.67%) Hyper-V
3 1 (33.33%) VMware ESX
3 1 (33.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (100.00%) Backup Exec
2 2 (66.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (66.67%) WSUS
3 1 (33.33%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (33.33%) SCCM
3 1 (33.33%) SCOM
Vendors
1 3 (100.00%) Symantec
1 3 (100.00%) VMware
2 2 (66.67%) Kaseya
2 2 (66.67%) Kaspersky
2 2 (66.67%) Oracle
2 2 (66.67%) SAP
2 2 (66.67%) SolarWinds
3 1 (33.33%) Canon
3 1 (33.33%) Cisco
3 1 (33.33%) Dell
3 1 (33.33%) EqualLogic
3 1 (33.33%) Intel Security
3 1 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (33.33%) Veeam