Period
to 22 April 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 22 April 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
22 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 412 371 460
Rank change year-on-year -41 +89 +10
Contract jobs citing MCSE 34 81 149
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.15% 0.35% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.84% 1.82% 2.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 65 99
10th Percentile £297 £135 £160
25th Percentile £331 £185 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £350 £405
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% -13.58% +15.71%
75th Percentile £477 £438 £538
90th Percentile £538 £520 £655
England median daily rate £413 £350 £413
% change year-on-year +17.86% -15.15% +17.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 7
Median hourly rate - £33.70 £23.13
Median % change year-on-year - +45.69% +21.74%
England median hourly rate - £18.00 £22.22
% change year-on-year - -18.97% +26.94%

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 4,056 4,449 6,916
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 18.22% 19.25% 16.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,792 3,043 4,599
10th Percentile £325 £300 £300
25th Percentile £425 £400 £410
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £505 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +1.00% - -
75th Percentile £600 £600 £600
90th Percentile £688 £675 £688
England median daily rate £488 £475 £468
% change year-on-year +2.63% +1.51% +3.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 65 113
10th Percentile £17.50 £17.40 £13.30
25th Percentile £26.65 £21.00 £18.44
Median hourly rate £36.50 £35.00 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +4.29% +16.67% +50.00%
75th Percentile £51.56 £47.83 £47.09
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.80 £53.75
England median hourly rate £39.75 £27.00 £28.74
% change year-on-year +47.22% -6.05% +27.73%

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 22 April 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 22 April 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 +50 14 £466 +73.49% 9
East London +23 2 £425 +49.12% 4
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 22 April 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 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (79.41%) Active Directory
3 23 (67.65%) Microsoft
4 20 (58.82%) Windows
5 18 (52.94%) Microsoft 365
6 17 (50.00%) Azure
7 13 (38.24%) Windows Server
7 13 (38.24%) PowerShell
8 12 (35.29%) Migration
8 12 (35.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 11 (32.35%) VMware
9 11 (32.35%) DNS
10 10 (29.41%) SharePoint
10 10 (29.41%) ITIL
11 9 (26.47%) MCSA
11 9 (26.47%) DHCP
12 8 (23.53%) Microsoft Office
12 8 (23.53%) Problem-Solving
12 8 (23.53%) Azure Active Directory
13 7 (20.59%) Windows 10
13 7 (20.59%) Analytical Skills
13 7 (20.59%) MS Exchange
13 7 (20.59%) Finance
13 7 (20.59%) Degree
14 6 (17.65%) LAN
14 6 (17.65%) Citrix
14 6 (17.65%) VMware Infrastructure
15 5 (14.71%) Skype
15 5 (14.71%) Mobile Device Management
15 5 (14.71%) Exchange Server 2010

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 10 (29.41%) SharePoint
2 7 (20.59%) MS Exchange
3 5 (14.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (8.82%) Skype for Business
5 2 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (2.94%) IBM Notes
6 1 (2.94%) IIS
Applications
1 8 (23.53%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (8.82%) MS Visio
3 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 18 (52.94%) Microsoft 365
2 17 (50.00%) Azure
3 8 (23.53%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (8.82%) AWS
4 3 (8.82%) Power Platform
5 2 (5.88%) GCP
5 2 (5.88%) IaaS
5 2 (5.88%) OneDrive
5 2 (5.88%) PaaS
5 2 (5.88%) Power Automate
5 2 (5.88%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 11 (32.35%) DNS
2 9 (26.47%) DHCP
3 6 (17.65%) LAN
4 5 (14.71%) Skype
5 4 (11.76%) Firewall
5 4 (11.76%) SAN
5 4 (11.76%) TCP/IP
5 4 (11.76%) WAN
6 3 (8.82%) Internet
6 3 (8.82%) Intranet
6 3 (8.82%) Kerberos
7 2 (5.88%) IP Telephony
7 2 (5.88%) VLAN
7 2 (5.88%) VoIP
7 2 (5.88%) VPN
8 1 (2.94%) SMTP
8 1 (2.94%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.71%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.94%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (2.94%) Data Mining
2 1 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.94%) Power BI
2 1 (2.94%) SQL Server 2014
General
1 7 (20.59%) Finance
2 4 (11.76%) Banking
3 3 (8.82%) Law
4 2 (5.88%) Legal
5 1 (2.94%) International Banking
5 1 (2.94%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 5 (14.71%) Architect
1 5 (14.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 4 (11.76%) Azure Engineer
3 3 (8.82%) Desktop Support
3 3 (8.82%) Desktop Support Technician
3 3 (8.82%) Desktop Technician
3 3 (8.82%) Support Technician
4 2 (5.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 2 (5.88%) Active Directory Architect
4 2 (5.88%) Active Directory Engineer
4 2 (5.88%) Active Directory Specialist
4 2 (5.88%) Azure Architect
4 2 (5.88%) Developer
4 2 (5.88%) DevOps Engineer
4 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Specialist
4 2 (5.88%) Messaging Engineer
4 2 (5.88%) Microsoft 365 Developer
4 2 (5.88%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
4 2 (5.88%) Migration Engineer
4 2 (5.88%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) .NET
2 1 (2.94%) COM
2 1 (2.94%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.59%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (14.71%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (8.82%) Management Information System
4 2 (5.88%) Blackberry
4 2 (5.88%) BYOD
4 2 (5.88%) iPad
4 2 (5.88%) iPhone
4 2 (5.88%) Mobile App
4 2 (5.88%) Replication
5 1 (2.94%) Clustering
5 1 (2.94%) Public Cloud
5 1 (2.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 20 (58.82%) Windows
2 13 (38.24%) Windows Server
3 7 (20.59%) Windows 10
4 5 (14.71%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (11.76%) Linux
6 3 (8.82%) Apple iOS
6 3 (8.82%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (5.88%) Mac OS
8 1 (2.94%) Windows 7
8 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2016
8 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (35.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
1 12 (35.29%) Migration
2 10 (29.41%) ITIL
3 8 (23.53%) Problem-Solving
4 5 (14.71%) Computer Science
4 5 (14.71%) Mobile Device Management
4 5 (14.71%) Service Delivery
5 4 (11.76%) Service Management
6 3 (8.82%) Business Case
6 3 (8.82%) Change Management
6 3 (8.82%) Creative Thinking
6 3 (8.82%) Data Analysis
6 3 (8.82%) DevOps
6 3 (8.82%) GAP Analysis
6 3 (8.82%) High Availability
6 3 (8.82%) Incident Management
6 3 (8.82%) ITSM
6 3 (8.82%) Problem Management
6 3 (8.82%) Process Improvement
6 3 (8.82%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 13 (38.24%) PowerShell
2 2 (5.88%) JavaScript
2 2 (5.88%) Python
2 2 (5.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (26.47%) MCSA
3 7 (20.59%) Degree
4 5 (14.71%) MCP
5 3 (8.82%) MCTS
6 2 (5.88%) CCNA
6 2 (5.88%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (5.88%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (5.88%) MCITP
6 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Certified Architect
6 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Certified Master
6 2 (5.88%) MOS
6 2 (5.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (2.94%) CISSP
7 1 (2.94%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (2.94%) DBS Check
7 1 (2.94%) DV Cleared
7 1 (2.94%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
7 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (5.88%) QA
1 2 (5.88%) SLA
System Software
1 27 (79.41%) Active Directory
2 6 (17.65%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (8.82%) XenApp
4 2 (5.88%) Hyper-V
4 2 (5.88%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (5.88%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (5.88%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (5.88%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (5.88%) XenDesktop
5 1 (2.94%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (14.71%) SCCM
2 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (11.76%) SCOM
3 2 (5.88%) DatAdvantage
3 2 (5.88%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (2.94%) Backup Exec
4 1 (2.94%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (2.94%) WSUS
Vendors
1 23 (67.65%) Microsoft
2 11 (32.35%) VMware
3 6 (17.65%) Citrix
4 4 (11.76%) Cisco
4 4 (11.76%) SolarWinds
4 4 (11.76%) Varonis
5 2 (5.88%) Adobe
5 2 (5.88%) Apple
5 2 (5.88%) Avaya
5 2 (5.88%) CyberArk
5 2 (5.88%) EMC
5 2 (5.88%) Hitachi
5 2 (5.88%) HP
5 2 (5.88%) McAfee
5 2 (5.88%) Nintex
5 2 (5.88%) Polycom
5 2 (5.88%) Veeam
5 2 (5.88%) Wyse
6 1 (2.94%) CheckPoint
6 1 (2.94%) NetApp