The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 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
England / North West
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 129 147 129
Rank change year-on-year +18 -18  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 7 12 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.24% 0.32% 0.63%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.33% 1.55% 3.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 6 14
Median daily rate £525 £220 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +138.63% -18.49%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £129 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £363 £402
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 4
Median hourly rate £16.00 £13.50 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.51% -14.39%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £13.25 £12.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.75 £23.11
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 the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 528 775 754
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 17.88% 20.56% 20.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 517 896 927
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £266 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £585 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 45 155
Median hourly rate £40.00 £43.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.97% +91.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £11.80 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.75 £47.39 £53.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.03% +26.66%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing MCSE as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the North West

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in the North West

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in the North West over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in the North West

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in the North West

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 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
Manchester +11 4 £525 +162.50% 12
Cheshire +11 2 £225 -6.25% 7
Cumbria - 1 - -
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 28 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 North West region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (68.42%) Active Directory
3 11 (57.89%) ITIL
3 11 (57.89%) MCP
3 11 (57.89%) Windows
3 11 (57.89%) MCSA
3 11 (57.89%) VMware
3 11 (57.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (52.63%) Windows Server
4 10 (52.63%) Citrix
5 9 (47.37%) Microsoft
6 8 (42.11%) Manufacturing
6 8 (42.11%) Life Science
7 7 (36.84%) Exchange Server 2010
7 7 (36.84%) Microsoft Office
7 7 (36.84%) MS Exchange
8 6 (31.58%) HP
8 6 (31.58%) Cisco
8 6 (31.58%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (31.58%) MCITP
9 5 (26.32%) Polycom
9 5 (26.32%) Video Conferencing
9 5 (26.32%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (26.32%) PowerShell
9 5 (26.32%) Windows 7
9 5 (26.32%) Firewall
9 5 (26.32%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (26.32%) CCNA
9 5 (26.32%) Windows 10
10 4 (21.05%) DHCP

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 7 (36.84%) Exchange Server 2010
1 7 (36.84%) MS Exchange
2 2 (10.53%) IIS
3 1 (5.26%) Confluence
3 1 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 7 (36.84%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (10.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (15.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (10.53%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (26.32%) Firewall
2 4 (21.05%) DHCP
2 4 (21.05%) DNS
3 3 (15.79%) NAS
3 3 (15.79%) SAN
4 2 (10.53%) IP Telephony
4 2 (10.53%) LAN
4 2 (10.53%) VoIP
4 2 (10.53%) WAN
5 1 (5.26%) iSCSI
5 1 (5.26%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (21.05%) SQL Server
2 2 (10.53%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (5.26%) Power BI
3 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (5.26%) HP UFT
1 1 (5.26%) JIRA
General
1 8 (42.11%) Manufacturing
2 3 (15.79%) Finance
3 1 (5.26%) Games
Job Titles
1 9 (47.37%) Analyst
2 5 (26.32%) Service Analyst
2 5 (26.32%) Service Desk Analyst
3 4 (21.05%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
3 4 (21.05%) IT Analyst
3 4 (21.05%) Support Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) 3rd Line Support
4 2 (10.53%) Applications Engineer
4 2 (10.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Environment Support Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
5 1 (5.26%) Infrastructure Support
5 1 (5.26%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Lead Solutions Architect
5 1 (5.26%) Microsoft BI Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Test Environment Support Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) VMware Specialist
5 1 (5.26%) Windows Server Administrator
5 1 (5.26%) Wintel Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (42.11%) Life Science
2 5 (26.32%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (15.79%) Clustering
3 3 (15.79%) Data Centre
3 3 (15.79%) iPad
4 1 (5.26%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 11 (57.89%) Windows
2 10 (52.63%) Windows Server
3 6 (31.58%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (26.32%) Windows 10
4 5 (26.32%) Windows 7
4 5 (26.32%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (5.26%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (57.89%) ITIL
2 3 (15.79%) Migration
3 2 (10.53%) Change Management
3 2 (10.53%) ERP
3 2 (10.53%) PRINCE
3 2 (10.53%) Release Management
3 2 (10.53%) Service Management
4 1 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (5.26%) CRM
4 1 (5.26%) Document Management
4 1 (5.26%) High Availability
4 1 (5.26%) IT Strategy
4 1 (5.26%) Load Balancing
4 1 (5.26%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (5.26%) Supplier Management
4 1 (5.26%) Task Automation
4 1 (5.26%) Time Management
4 1 (5.26%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 5 (26.32%) PowerShell
2 2 (10.53%) SQL
3 1 (5.26%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (57.89%) MCP
2 11 (57.89%) MCSA
3 6 (31.58%) MCITP
4 5 (26.32%) CCNA
4 5 (26.32%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (15.79%) MCTS
6 2 (10.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (5.26%) Degree
7 1 (5.26%) DV Cleared
7 1 (5.26%) NCDA
7 1 (5.26%) NCIE
7 1 (5.26%) SC Cleared
7 1 (5.26%) Security Cleared
7 1 (5.26%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) Cyber Essentials
1 1 (5.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (5.26%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (68.42%) Active Directory
2 11 (57.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (15.79%) Hyper-V
4 1 (5.26%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (5.26%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (10.53%) Backup Exec
1 2 (10.53%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
1 2 (10.53%) WMI
1 2 (10.53%) WSUS
2 1 (5.26%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 11 (57.89%) VMware
2 10 (52.63%) Citrix
3 9 (47.37%) Microsoft
4 6 (31.58%) Cisco
4 6 (31.58%) HP
5 5 (26.32%) Polycom
6 2 (10.53%) iManage
6 2 (10.53%) Kaseya
6 2 (10.53%) Kaspersky
6 2 (10.53%) NetApp
6 2 (10.53%) Oracle
6 2 (10.53%) SAP
6 2 (10.53%) SolarWinds
6 2 (10.53%) Symantec
7 1 (5.26%) Atlassian
7 1 (5.26%) Avaya
7 1 (5.26%) Fortinet