Period
to 29 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 29 July 2021 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
England > London
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 474 356 465
Rank change year-on-year -118 +109 +15
Contract jobs citing MCSE 59 36 134
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.20% 0.23% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.23% 1.11% 2.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 28 79
10th Percentile £227 £175 £174
25th Percentile £363 £185 £260
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £419 £413 £375
Median % change year-on-year +1.52% +10.00% +9.09%
75th Percentile £538 £497 £498
90th Percentile £575 £541 £588
England median daily rate £450 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +9.09% +3.13% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 4
Median hourly rate - £21.00 £27.26
Median % change year-on-year - -22.95% +21.13%
England median hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £21.80
% change year-on-year -20.00% -8.24% +14.71%

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 London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 4,797 3,247 6,333
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.96% 20.46% 15.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,187 2,240 4,225
10th Percentile £350 £313 £313
25th Percentile £427 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £515
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% -2.91% +3.00%
75th Percentile £625 £588 £613
90th Percentile £713 £651 £700
England median daily rate £500 £481 £475
% change year-on-year +4.00% +1.21% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 50 97
10th Percentile £17.89 £18.25 £11.52
25th Percentile £22.60 £21.50 £18.14
Median hourly rate £36.50 £35.25 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +3.55% +41.00% +25.00%
75th Percentile £49.31 £47.81 £47.83
90th Percentile £59.98 £53.75 £53.75
England median hourly rate £32.00 £31.50 £34.25
% change year-on-year +1.59% -8.03% +52.22%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing MCSE as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in London

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCSE in London.

Daily rate trend for MCSE in London

MCSE
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCSE in London over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MCSE in London

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCSE in London.

Hourly rate trend for MCSE in London

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the London region over the 6 months to 29 July 2021. 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
Central London -21 14 £513 +13.89% 3
East London +6 2 £425 - 5
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, 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 London region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 59 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (66.10%) Active Directory
2 39 (66.10%) Windows
3 38 (64.41%) Microsoft
4 25 (42.37%) ITIL
5 24 (40.68%) Azure
6 22 (37.29%) VMware
6 22 (37.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 20 (33.90%) Social Skills
8 19 (32.20%) Windows Server
8 19 (32.20%) PowerShell
8 19 (32.20%) Microsoft 365
9 18 (30.51%) Migration
10 17 (28.81%) DNS
11 16 (27.12%) Citrix
11 16 (27.12%) MCSA
12 15 (25.42%) CCNA
12 15 (25.42%) Cisco Certification
12 15 (25.42%) Firewall
12 15 (25.42%) Problem-Solving
13 14 (23.73%) Microsoft Office
13 14 (23.73%) VMware Infrastructure
13 14 (23.73%) Degree
14 13 (22.03%) SharePoint
14 13 (22.03%) MS Exchange
14 13 (22.03%) Cisco
14 13 (22.03%) Azure Active Directory
15 12 (20.34%) SCCM
16 11 (18.64%) SCOM
16 11 (18.64%) Windows Server 2012

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 13 (22.03%) MS Exchange
1 13 (22.03%) SharePoint
2 8 (13.56%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (8.47%) Skype for Business
4 3 (5.08%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (3.39%) IBM Notes
5 2 (3.39%) IIS
6 1 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 14 (23.73%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (6.78%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.69%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 24 (40.68%) Azure
2 19 (32.20%) Microsoft 365
3 13 (22.03%) Azure Active Directory
4 9 (15.25%) IaaS
5 7 (11.86%) OneDrive
6 6 (10.17%) AWS
7 3 (5.08%) GCP
7 3 (5.08%) PaaS
7 3 (5.08%) SaaS
8 2 (3.39%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 2 (3.39%) Azure Storage
8 2 (3.39%) Google Workspace
9 1 (1.69%) Azure Pipelines
9 1 (1.69%) Azure Sentinel
9 1 (1.69%) Mimecast
9 1 (1.69%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 17 (28.81%) DNS
2 15 (25.42%) Firewall
3 11 (18.64%) DHCP
4 9 (15.25%) LAN
4 9 (15.25%) SAN
4 9 (15.25%) TCP/IP
5 6 (10.17%) VPN
6 5 (8.47%) Kerberos
6 5 (8.47%) Skype
6 5 (8.47%) WAN
6 5 (8.47%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (6.78%) Internet
7 4 (6.78%) NetScaler
8 3 (5.08%) Ethernet
8 3 (5.08%) SMTP
8 3 (5.08%) Unified Communications
8 3 (5.08%) VLAN
9 2 (3.39%) Cisco Nexus
9 2 (3.39%) Network Security
9 2 (3.39%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.08%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.69%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (1.69%) Power BI
2 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 1 (1.69%) AdminStudio
1 1 (1.69%) InstallShield
1 1 (1.69%) MSI
General
1 20 (33.90%) Social Skills
2 10 (16.95%) Finance
3 9 (15.25%) Banking
4 8 (13.56%) Law
5 7 (11.86%) Public Sector
6 5 (8.47%) Documentation Skills
7 4 (6.78%) Presentation Skills
8 3 (5.08%) Legal
9 2 (3.39%) Analytical Skills
9 2 (3.39%) Investment Banking
10 1 (1.69%) Influencing Skills
10 1 (1.69%) International Banking
10 1 (1.69%) Local Government
10 1 (1.69%) Publishing
10 1 (1.69%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (23.73%) Architect
2 13 (22.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 7 (11.86%) Azure Engineer
4 6 (10.17%) Infrastructure Architect
5 5 (8.47%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (8.47%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
5 5 (8.47%) Support Engineer
6 4 (6.78%) Azure Architect
7 3 (5.08%) Active Directory Architect
7 3 (5.08%) Active Directory Specialist
7 3 (5.08%) Analyst
7 3 (5.08%) Azure Specialist
7 3 (5.08%) Citrix Engineer
7 3 (5.08%) DevOps Engineer
7 3 (5.08%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 3 (5.08%) Infrastructure Specialist
7 3 (5.08%) Messaging Engineer
7 3 (5.08%) Microsoft 365 Specialist
7 3 (5.08%) VMware Engineer
7 3 (5.08%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.08%) Software Packaging
2 2 (3.39%) .NET
2 2 (3.39%) Web Services
3 1 (1.69%) COM
3 1 (1.69%) LDAP
3 1 (1.69%) SailPoint
3 1 (1.69%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.47%) Management Information System
1 5 (8.47%) Replication
2 4 (6.78%) Blackberry
2 4 (6.78%) Data Centre
3 3 (5.08%) BYOD
3 3 (5.08%) iPad
3 3 (5.08%) iPhone
3 3 (5.08%) Microsoft Licensing
3 3 (5.08%) User Experience
4 2 (3.39%) Clustering
4 2 (3.39%) EMC VNX
4 2 (3.39%) Virtual Team
5 1 (1.69%) HP StoreVirtual
5 1 (1.69%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (1.69%) NHS
5 1 (1.69%) PKI
5 1 (1.69%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.69%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 39 (66.10%) Windows
2 19 (32.20%) Windows Server
3 11 (18.64%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (15.25%) Linux
5 7 (11.86%) Windows 10
5 7 (11.86%) Windows Server 2016
6 6 (10.17%) Android
6 6 (10.17%) Apple iOS
6 6 (10.17%) Windows 7
6 6 (10.17%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (10.17%) Windows Server 2019
7 4 (6.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (5.08%) Unix
9 1 (1.69%) Mac OS
9 1 (1.69%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.69%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (42.37%) ITIL
2 22 (37.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 18 (30.51%) Migration
4 15 (25.42%) Problem-Solving
5 10 (16.95%) Project Delivery
6 9 (15.25%) Change Management
7 7 (11.86%) Incident Management
7 7 (11.86%) Problem Management
8 6 (10.17%) Computer Science
8 6 (10.17%) Decision-Making
8 6 (10.17%) High Availability
8 6 (10.17%) Service Delivery
9 5 (8.47%) Coaching
9 5 (8.47%) Identity Management
9 5 (8.47%) Network Management
9 5 (8.47%) TOGAF
10 4 (6.78%) Analytics
10 4 (6.78%) ITIL V3
10 4 (6.78%) Line Management
10 4 (6.78%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 19 (32.20%) PowerShell
2 5 (8.47%) SQL
3 3 (5.08%) C
4 2 (3.39%) Java
4 2 (3.39%) Python
4 2 (3.39%) VBScript
5 1 (1.69%) VB
5 1 (1.69%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 59 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (27.12%) MCSA
3 15 (25.42%) CCNA
3 15 (25.42%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (23.73%) Degree
5 11 (18.64%) MCP
6 9 (15.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 6 (10.17%) CISSP
8 5 (8.47%) MCITP
8 5 (8.47%) SC Cleared
8 5 (8.47%) Security Cleared
9 4 (6.78%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (5.08%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (3.39%) DV Cleared
11 2 (3.39%) Microsoft Certified Architect
11 2 (3.39%) Microsoft Certified Master
12 1 (1.69%) ACSP
12 1 (1.69%) DBS Check
12 1 (1.69%) JNCIA
12 1 (1.69%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 4 (6.78%) SLA
2 3 (5.08%) QA
3 2 (3.39%) NIST
4 1 (1.69%) GDPR
4 1 (1.69%) ISO 22301
4 1 (1.69%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.69%) PCI DSS
4 1 (1.69%) SOC 2
System Software
1 39 (66.10%) Active Directory
2 14 (23.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (13.56%) XenApp
4 7 (11.86%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (10.17%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (10.17%) XenDesktop
6 5 (8.47%) vSphere
7 4 (6.78%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (5.08%) Hyper-V
9 2 (3.39%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 2 (3.39%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (3.39%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (1.69%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 1 (1.69%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 12 (20.34%) SCCM
2 11 (18.64%) Active Directory Federation Services
2 11 (18.64%) SCOM
3 5 (8.47%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (5.08%) DatAdvantage
4 3 (5.08%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (3.39%) NetBackup
5 2 (3.39%) PowerCLI
5 2 (3.39%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (3.39%) vCenter Server
6 1 (1.69%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.69%) CASB
6 1 (1.69%) Kubernetes
6 1 (1.69%) Oracle Identity Management
6 1 (1.69%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 1 (1.69%) Terraform
6 1 (1.69%) WSUS
6 1 (1.69%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 38 (64.41%) Microsoft
2 22 (37.29%) VMware
3 16 (27.12%) Citrix
4 13 (22.03%) Cisco
5 10 (16.95%) SolarWinds
6 8 (13.56%) HP
7 5 (8.47%) EMC
7 5 (8.47%) McAfee
8 4 (6.78%) CheckPoint
9 3 (5.08%) CommVault
9 3 (5.08%) Hitachi
9 3 (5.08%) Varonis
9 3 (5.08%) Veeam
10 2 (3.39%) 3PAR
10 2 (3.39%) Apple
10 2 (3.39%) CyberArk
10 2 (3.39%) Google
10 2 (3.39%) Juniper
10 2 (3.39%) Lotus
10 2 (3.39%) Nimble Storage