Period
to 21 September 2018

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 6 months to 21 September 2018 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
6 months to
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 177 177 204
Rank change year-on-year 0 +27 -11
Contract jobs citing MCSE 41 25 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.69% 0.43% 0.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.71% 2.35% 1.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 20 15
North West median daily rate £338 £313 £240
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.00% +30.21% -21.74%
10th Percentile £175 £215 £155
90th Percentile £558 £538 £388
England median daily rate £350 £338 £340
% change year-on-year +3.70% -0.74% +4.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 5
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £16.00 £14.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +7.67% -5.77%
England median hourly rate £17.41 £16.50 £21.33
% change year-on-year +5.52% -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 contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,104 1,065 1,440
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.61% 18.27% 19.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 645 567 835
North West median daily rate £405 £405 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -1.82% +3.13%
10th Percentile £205 £219 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 92 54
North West median hourly rate £31.75 £40.00 £30.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.64% +32.23% +20.42%
10th Percentile £13.38 £15.26 £12.11
90th Percentile £64.35 £55.00 £53.35
England median hourly rate £24.00 £27.50 £25.31
% change year-on-year -12.73% +8.65% +12.49%

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 6 months to 21 September 2018.

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 6 months to 21 September 2018. 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
Manchester 0 23 £338 -6.90% 15
Lancashire -2 7 £500 +110.53% 1
Merseyside +16 5 £200 - 3
Cheshire -12 3 £356 +15.85% 3
Cumbria -5 1 £225 -
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 21 September 2018, 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 North West region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 41 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (63.41%) Windows
3 23 (56.10%) ITIL
4 22 (53.66%) Microsoft
5 18 (43.90%) Active Directory
5 18 (43.90%) VMware
6 15 (36.59%) Problem-Solving
7 14 (34.15%) Windows Server
7 14 (34.15%) SCCM
8 13 (31.71%) MCSA
9 12 (29.27%) Cisco
9 12 (29.27%) Hyper-V
10 11 (26.83%) SAN
11 9 (21.95%) Citrix
11 9 (21.95%) SLA
11 9 (21.95%) VPN
11 9 (21.95%) DNS
11 9 (21.95%) PowerShell
11 9 (21.95%) Windows 7
11 9 (21.95%) DevOps
11 9 (21.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 8 (19.51%) Office 365
12 8 (19.51%) Microsoft Azure
12 8 (19.51%) VMware Infrastructure
12 8 (19.51%) SCOM
12 8 (19.51%) MCP
13 7 (17.07%) SQL Server
13 7 (17.07%) Linux
13 7 (17.07%) Cisco Certification
13 7 (17.07%) SC Cleared

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 6 (14.63%) MS Exchange
2 4 (9.76%) SharePoint
2 4 (9.76%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (2.44%) IIS
3 1 (2.44%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 5 (12.20%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 8 (19.51%) Microsoft Azure
1 8 (19.51%) Office 365
2 1 (2.44%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 11 (26.83%) SAN
2 9 (21.95%) DNS
2 9 (21.95%) VPN
3 6 (14.63%) DHCP
4 5 (12.20%) LAN
4 5 (12.20%) TCP/IP
5 4 (9.76%) Skype
5 4 (9.76%) WAN
5 4 (9.76%) Wireless
6 2 (4.88%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (4.88%) Fibre Channel
6 2 (4.88%) Internet
6 2 (4.88%) iSCSI
6 2 (4.88%) NAS
6 2 (4.88%) VoIP
7 1 (2.44%) Firewall
7 1 (2.44%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (17.07%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (4.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.44%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (2.44%) Big Data
3 1 (2.44%) MySQL
3 1 (2.44%) OLTP
3 1 (2.44%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.44%) Power BI
3 1 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (9.76%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (2.44%) Cucumber
2 1 (2.44%) HP UFT
2 1 (2.44%) InstallShield
2 1 (2.44%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.44%) JMeter
2 1 (2.44%) MSI
2 1 (2.44%) Selenium
General
1 4 (9.76%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.44%) Back Office
2 1 (2.44%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (21.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 7 (17.07%) Support Engineer
3 6 (14.63%) IT Support
4 5 (12.20%) Systems Engineer
5 4 (9.76%) Analyst
5 4 (9.76%) Architect
5 4 (9.76%) Azure Architect
5 4 (9.76%) Infrastructure Support
6 3 (7.32%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
6 3 (7.32%) IT Engineer
6 3 (7.32%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
7 2 (4.88%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Lead Systems Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Security Manager
7 2 (4.88%) Senior Infrastructure Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Server Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Technical Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.76%) JSON
2 2 (4.88%) .NET
3 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.44%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (14.63%) Data Centre
2 4 (9.76%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (9.76%) Driving Licence
3 2 (4.88%) Clustering
3 2 (4.88%) Mobile App
3 2 (4.88%) PKI
3 2 (4.88%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (2.44%) Client/Server
4 1 (2.44%) Data Structures
4 1 (2.44%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 26 (63.41%) Windows
2 14 (34.15%) Windows Server
3 9 (21.95%) Windows 7
4 7 (17.07%) Linux
5 6 (14.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (12.20%) AIX
7 4 (9.76%) HPUX
7 4 (9.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 4 (9.76%) Solaris
7 4 (9.76%) Windows 8
7 4 (9.76%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (9.76%) Windows XP
8 2 (4.88%) Unix
8 2 (4.88%) Windows 10
8 2 (4.88%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (2.44%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (56.10%) ITIL
2 15 (36.59%) Problem-Solving
3 9 (21.95%) DevOps
3 9 (21.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 6 (14.63%) PRINCE2
5 5 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (12.20%) Project Management
5 5 (12.20%) Scrum
6 4 (9.76%) Change Management
7 3 (7.32%) Migration
8 2 (4.88%) Capacity Planning
8 2 (4.88%) Coaching
8 2 (4.88%) Continuous Improvement
8 2 (4.88%) ITSM
8 2 (4.88%) Knowledge Management
8 2 (4.88%) PRINCE
8 2 (4.88%) Root Cause Analysis
8 2 (4.88%) Service Delivery
8 2 (4.88%) Service Management
8 2 (4.88%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (21.95%) PowerShell
2 6 (14.63%) SQL
3 5 (12.20%) VB
4 2 (4.88%) C#
4 2 (4.88%) T-SQL
4 2 (4.88%) VB.NET
5 1 (2.44%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
5 1 (2.44%) Java
5 1 (2.44%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 41 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (31.71%) MCSA
3 8 (19.51%) MCP
4 7 (17.07%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (17.07%) SC Cleared
4 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
5 6 (14.63%) MCTS
5 6 (14.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 5 (12.20%) CCNA
6 5 (12.20%) MCITP
7 3 (7.32%) CCNP
8 2 (4.88%) CompTIA Security+
9 1 (2.44%) CEH
9 1 (2.44%) Degree
9 1 (2.44%) HP ASE
9 1 (2.44%) ISEB
9 1 (2.44%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (21.95%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (43.90%) Active Directory
2 12 (29.27%) Hyper-V
3 8 (19.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (4.88%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (4.88%) VMware NSX
4 2 (4.88%) vSphere
4 2 (4.88%) Xen
5 1 (2.44%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (2.44%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (2.44%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 14 (34.15%) SCCM
2 8 (19.51%) SCOM
3 4 (9.76%) SCVMM
4 2 (4.88%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (4.88%) vCenter Server
5 1 (2.44%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (2.44%) HP SIM
5 1 (2.44%) NetBackup
5 1 (2.44%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 22 (53.66%) Microsoft
2 18 (43.90%) VMware
3 12 (29.27%) Cisco
4 9 (21.95%) Citrix
5 6 (14.63%) HP
5 6 (14.63%) NetApp
6 5 (12.20%) EMC
7 4 (9.76%) Altiris
7 4 (9.76%) Red Hat
7 4 (9.76%) Sun
8 3 (7.32%) Bomgar
9 2 (4.88%) Dell
9 2 (4.88%) IronPort
9 2 (4.88%) Meraki
9 2 (4.88%) Nimble Storage
9 2 (4.88%) Polycom
9 2 (4.88%) Veritas
10 1 (2.44%) McAfee
10 1 (2.44%) Novell
10 1 (2.44%) Symantec