Period
to 29 November 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 November 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 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 498 349 419
Rank change year-on-year -149 +70 +57
Contract jobs citing MCSE 81 37 130
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.22% 0.24% 0.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.42% 1.21% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 30 94
10th Percentile £185 £183 £153
25th Percentile £213 £326 £256
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £400 £375
Median % change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.25%
75th Percentile £475 £484 £484
90th Percentile £538 £539 £596
England median daily rate £400 £413 £375
% change year-on-year -3.03% +10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £46.40
England median hourly rate £16.00 £20.17 £21.00
% change year-on-year -20.66% -3.96% +20.62%

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 5,703 3,048 6,003
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.18% 19.42% 17.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,787 2,179 4,188
10th Percentile £350 £313 £305
25th Percentile £438 £413 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
75th Percentile £642 £588 £600
90th Percentile £725 £675 £694
England median daily rate £513 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +7.89% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 39 98
10th Percentile £17.11 £14.41 £12.80
25th Percentile £21.47 £22.81 £20.00
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £31.88
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% +17.65% +48.26%
75th Percentile £51.75 £46.00 £48.75
90th Percentile £63.75 £61.40 £52.50
England median hourly rate £29.40 £40.00 £36.25
% change year-on-year -26.50% +10.34% +52.68%

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 November 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 November 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 -60 9 £375 -23.08% 13
North London +4 4 £400 +25.79% 1
West London - 2 £196 - 6
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 29 November 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 81 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 64 (79.01%) Microsoft
3 62 (76.54%) Windows
4 40 (49.38%) VMware
5 36 (44.44%) Active Directory
6 35 (43.21%) Azure
7 32 (39.51%) ITIL
7 32 (39.51%) Windows Server
8 26 (32.10%) Microsoft 365
8 26 (32.10%) DNS
9 25 (30.86%) Social Skills
10 24 (29.63%) MCSA
11 21 (25.93%) Degree
12 20 (24.69%) VMware Infrastructure
12 20 (24.69%) CCNA
12 20 (24.69%) Cisco Certification
13 19 (23.46%) Citrix
13 19 (23.46%) SAN
13 19 (23.46%) Finance
13 19 (23.46%) SCCM
13 19 (23.46%) IaaS
14 18 (22.22%) Public Sector
15 17 (20.99%) Change Management
16 16 (19.75%) Cisco
16 16 (19.75%) DHCP
17 15 (18.52%) Problem-Solving
17 15 (18.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 14 (17.28%) PowerShell
19 13 (16.05%) Linux
19 13 (16.05%) Microsoft Office

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 11 (13.58%) SharePoint
2 7 (8.64%) MS Exchange
3 6 (7.41%) Skype for Business
4 5 (6.17%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (3.70%) IIS
6 2 (2.47%) Confluence
6 2 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (2.47%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (2.47%) Site Server
7 1 (1.23%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (1.23%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 13 (16.05%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.47%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 35 (43.21%) Azure
2 26 (32.10%) Microsoft 365
3 19 (23.46%) IaaS
4 10 (12.35%) Azure Active Directory
5 8 (9.88%) PaaS
6 6 (7.41%) OneDrive
7 5 (6.17%) AWS
7 5 (6.17%) SaaS
8 4 (4.94%) Azure Storage
9 3 (3.70%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 3 (3.70%) GCP
10 2 (2.47%) Power Platform
11 1 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (1.23%) GitHub
11 1 (1.23%) Google Workspace
11 1 (1.23%) Mimecast
11 1 (1.23%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 26 (32.10%) DNS
2 19 (23.46%) SAN
3 16 (19.75%) DHCP
4 13 (16.05%) Firewall
5 11 (13.58%) TCP/IP
6 10 (12.35%) NetScaler
7 9 (11.11%) LAN
8 8 (9.88%) SMTP
8 8 (9.88%) VPN
9 7 (8.64%) Kerberos
9 7 (8.64%) Skype
10 6 (7.41%) Ethernet
10 6 (7.41%) Internet
10 6 (7.41%) Junos
10 6 (7.41%) Network Security
10 6 (7.41%) VLAN
11 5 (6.17%) FTP
11 5 (6.17%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (4.94%) WAN
13 3 (3.70%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.94%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.47%) Power BI
2 2 (2.47%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (2.47%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (2.47%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.23%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.23%) Data Lake
3 1 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.23%) Ingres
3 1 (1.23%) QlikView
3 1 (1.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (2.47%) JIRA
2 1 (1.23%) AdminStudio
2 1 (1.23%) Bitbucket
2 1 (1.23%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.23%) InstallShield
2 1 (1.23%) MSI
2 1 (1.23%) Subversion
2 1 (1.23%) TeamCity
General
1 25 (30.86%) Social Skills
2 19 (23.46%) Finance
3 18 (22.22%) Public Sector
4 9 (11.11%) Presentation Skills
4 9 (11.11%) Telecoms
5 7 (8.64%) Banking
6 6 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (7.41%) Electronics
7 5 (6.17%) Local Government
7 5 (6.17%) Manufacturing
7 5 (6.17%) Marketing
8 3 (3.70%) Law
8 3 (3.70%) Retail
9 2 (2.47%) Financial Institution
9 2 (2.47%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (1.23%) Documentation Skills
10 1 (1.23%) Influencing Skills
10 1 (1.23%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 14 (17.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 13 (16.05%) Analyst
3 11 (13.58%) Architect
3 11 (13.58%) Support Engineer
4 10 (12.35%) Azure Engineer
4 10 (12.35%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (7.41%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 6 (7.41%) IT Analyst
5 6 (7.41%) IT Engineer
5 6 (7.41%) Server Engineer
6 5 (6.17%) Cloud Engineer
6 5 (6.17%) Support Specialist
6 5 (6.17%) Systems Support
6 5 (6.17%) Technical Specialist
6 5 (6.17%) Technical Support
6 5 (6.17%) Technical Support Specialist
7 4 (4.94%) Data Centre Engineer
7 4 (4.94%) IT Operations Analyst
7 4 (4.94%) Operations Analyst
7 4 (4.94%) Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.17%) REST
1 5 (6.17%) Web Services
2 3 (3.70%) LDAP
2 3 (3.70%) SAML
2 3 (3.70%) Software Packaging
3 2 (2.47%) .NET
3 2 (2.47%) SPNEGO
4 1 (1.23%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (1.23%) HTML
4 1 (1.23%) JSON
4 1 (1.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.81%) Replication
2 9 (11.11%) Data Centre
3 4 (4.94%) Management Information System
3 4 (4.94%) Virtual Team
4 3 (3.70%) Clustering
4 3 (3.70%) Microsoft Licensing
4 3 (3.70%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (3.70%) User Experience
5 2 (2.47%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.23%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.23%) Cybercrime
6 1 (1.23%) Handset
6 1 (1.23%) HP StoreVirtual
6 1 (1.23%) NHS
6 1 (1.23%) PKI
6 1 (1.23%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 62 (76.54%) Windows
2 32 (39.51%) Windows Server
3 13 (16.05%) Linux
4 10 (12.35%) Windows 10
5 9 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (9.88%) Android
6 8 (9.88%) Apple iOS
6 8 (9.88%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (6.17%) Unix
7 5 (6.17%) Windows 7
7 5 (6.17%) Windows Server 2016
8 4 (4.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (3.70%) Mac OS
9 3 (3.70%) Mac OS X
9 3 (3.70%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (2.47%) VMS
11 1 (1.23%) CentOS
11 1 (1.23%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (39.51%) ITIL
2 17 (20.99%) Change Management
3 15 (18.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 15 (18.52%) Problem-Solving
4 11 (13.58%) Problem Management
4 11 (13.58%) Project Delivery
5 10 (12.35%) Disaster Recovery
5 10 (12.35%) Migration
6 9 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (9.88%) Network Management
8 7 (8.64%) DevOps
8 7 (8.64%) Incident Management
8 7 (8.64%) ITIL V3
8 7 (8.64%) Line Management
9 6 (7.41%) Business Intelligence
9 6 (7.41%) Decision-Making
9 6 (7.41%) Information Security
10 5 (6.17%) Infrastructure as Code
10 5 (6.17%) Infrastructure Automation
10 5 (6.17%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (17.28%) PowerShell
2 5 (6.17%) C#
3 4 (4.94%) SQL
4 3 (3.70%) C
5 2 (2.47%) Python
6 1 (1.23%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.23%) Java
6 1 (1.23%) R
6 1 (1.23%) VB
6 1 (1.23%) VBA
6 1 (1.23%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 81 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (29.63%) MCSA
3 21 (25.93%) Degree
4 20 (24.69%) CCNA
4 20 (24.69%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (13.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 9 (11.11%) MCP
6 9 (11.11%) SC Cleared
6 9 (11.11%) Security Cleared
7 6 (7.41%) JNCIA
7 6 (7.41%) MCITP
8 5 (6.17%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (6.17%) Server+ Certification
9 4 (4.94%) CCENT
9 4 (4.94%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (3.70%) ACSP
10 3 (3.70%) CCA
10 3 (3.70%) Citrix Certification
11 2 (2.47%) PMI Certification
11 2 (2.47%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.64%) SLA
2 4 (4.94%) PCI DSS
3 3 (3.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (2.47%) GxP
5 1 (1.23%) Data Quality
5 1 (1.23%) GDPR
5 1 (1.23%) ISO 22301
5 1 (1.23%) ISO 9001
5 1 (1.23%) JSP 440
5 1 (1.23%) NIST
5 1 (1.23%) QA
5 1 (1.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 36 (44.44%) Active Directory
2 20 (24.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (12.35%) XenApp
4 9 (11.11%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (9.88%) Virtual Desktop
6 6 (7.41%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (6.17%) DFS Replication
8 4 (4.94%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (4.94%) vSphere
8 4 (4.94%) XenDesktop
9 3 (3.70%) Hyper-V
9 3 (3.70%) VMware Server
9 3 (3.70%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (2.47%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 2 (2.47%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 2 (2.47%) NFS
10 2 (2.47%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (1.23%) Docker
Systems Management
1 19 (23.46%) SCCM
2 9 (11.11%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (9.88%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 6 (7.41%) ZABBIX
5 4 (4.94%) SCOM
6 3 (3.70%) DatAdvantage
6 3 (3.70%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (3.70%) PowerCLI
6 3 (3.70%) vCenter Server
7 2 (2.47%) Backup Exec
7 2 (2.47%) Nagios
7 2 (2.47%) NetBackup
7 2 (2.47%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (2.47%) Terraform
8 1 (1.23%) Ansible
8 1 (1.23%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (1.23%) Kibana
8 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (1.23%) QRadar
8 1 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 64 (79.01%) Microsoft
2 40 (49.38%) VMware
3 19 (23.46%) Citrix
4 16 (19.75%) Cisco
5 11 (13.58%) HP
6 9 (11.11%) McAfee
7 8 (9.88%) Dell
7 8 (9.88%) Veeam
8 7 (8.64%) CheckPoint
8 7 (8.64%) Juniper
8 7 (8.64%) SolarWinds
9 6 (7.41%) EMC
9 6 (7.41%) ServiceNow
10 5 (6.17%) Apple
10 5 (6.17%) SAP
11 4 (4.94%) Symantec
12 3 (3.70%) 3PAR
12 3 (3.70%) Hitachi
12 3 (3.70%) Ivanti
12 3 (3.70%) Polycom