Period
to 21 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 172 189 202
Rank change year-on-year +17 +13 -72
Contract jobs citing MCSE 29 35 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.51% 0.51% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.91% 2.78% 2.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 16 21
North West median daily rate £319 £238 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +34.21% -35.81% +21.31%
10th Percentile £214 £156 £205
90th Percentile £675 £438 £425
England median daily rate £325 £330 £325
% change year-on-year -1.52% +1.54% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 8 2
North West median hourly rate £16.00 £17.83 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.26% +13.06% -32.89%
England median hourly rate £16.75 £20.83 £18.25
% change year-on-year -19.59% +14.14% -3.86%

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 995 1260 1707
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.35% 18.48% 19.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 571 743 960
North West median daily rate £400 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.33% +5.63% +7.53%
10th Percentile £200 £226 £250
90th Percentile £550 £595 £573
England median daily rate £425 £423 £400
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 57 108
North West median hourly rate £38.75 £27.50 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.91% -9.90% +52.60%
10th Percentile £14.74 £12.13 £15.31
90th Percentile £53.40 £53.20 £55.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -1.96% +6.25% +26.32%

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 November 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 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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 +28 13 £338 +50.00% 10
Cheshire +7 12 £319 - 3
Merseyside +5 2 £220 -45.00%
Lancashire +6 1 £238 +26.77% 3
Cumbria -6 1 - -
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 29 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (72.41%) ITIL
3 18 (62.07%) MCSA
4 14 (48.28%) Microsoft
4 14 (48.28%) Active Directory
5 11 (37.93%) HP
6 9 (31.03%) VMware
6 9 (31.03%) Fortinet
7 8 (27.59%) Banking
7 8 (27.59%) HP UFT
7 8 (27.59%) MS Exchange
7 8 (27.59%) Windows
7 8 (27.59%) VMware Infrastructure
7 8 (27.59%) HP Quality Center
8 7 (24.14%) Microsoft Azure
8 7 (24.14%) Windows Server
8 7 (24.14%) DNS
9 6 (20.69%) MCP
9 6 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (20.69%) Service Management
10 5 (17.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (17.24%) ISEB
10 5 (17.24%) Citrix
10 5 (17.24%) Microsoft Office
10 5 (17.24%) Linux
10 5 (17.24%) Unix
10 5 (17.24%) WAN
10 5 (17.24%) LAN
10 5 (17.24%) Amazon AWS
10 5 (17.24%) Test Automation

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 8 (27.59%) MS Exchange
2 4 (13.79%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (3.45%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (17.24%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (24.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (17.24%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (13.79%) Office 365
4 2 (6.90%) PaaS
5 1 (3.45%) IaaS
5 1 (3.45%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (24.14%) DNS
2 5 (17.24%) LAN
2 5 (17.24%) WAN
3 4 (13.79%) DHCP
4 3 (10.34%) Firewall
4 3 (10.34%) ISDN
4 3 (10.34%) VoIP
5 2 (6.90%) Junos
5 2 (6.90%) MPLS
5 2 (6.90%) NAS
5 2 (6.90%) Network Security
5 2 (6.90%) SAN
5 2 (6.90%) SSL
5 2 (6.90%) TCP/IP
5 2 (6.90%) VLAN
5 2 (6.90%) VPN
6 1 (3.45%) Fibre Channel
6 1 (3.45%) IP Telephony
6 1 (3.45%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (13.79%) Oracle Database
2 2 (6.90%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (3.45%) Power BI
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (27.59%) HP UFT
2 4 (13.79%) JMeter
General
1 8 (27.59%) Banking
2 3 (10.34%) Finance
2 3 (10.34%) Manufacturing
3 2 (6.90%) Legal
4 1 (3.45%) Dutch Language
4 1 (3.45%) French Language
4 1 (3.45%) German Language
4 1 (3.45%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (3.45%) Spanish Language
4 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (31.03%) Analyst
2 6 (20.69%) Support Analyst
3 5 (17.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 4 (13.79%) Test Analyst
5 3 (10.34%) IT Analyst
5 3 (10.34%) IT Support
5 3 (10.34%) IT Support Analyst
5 3 (10.34%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (10.34%) Support Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Applications Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Environment Support Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Support
6 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Lead Network Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Network Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Office 365 Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Test Environment Support Analyst
7 1 (3.45%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (13.79%) .NET
2 3 (10.34%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.90%) Cyberthreat
1 2 (6.90%) Data Centre
1 2 (6.90%) Life Science
1 2 (6.90%) Mobile App
1 2 (6.90%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (3.45%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.45%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 8 (27.59%) Windows
2 7 (24.14%) Windows Server
3 5 (17.24%) Linux
3 5 (17.24%) Unix
4 3 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (10.34%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (6.90%) Windows 10
5 2 (6.90%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (72.41%) ITIL
2 6 (20.69%) Service Management
2 6 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (17.24%) Test Automation
4 4 (13.79%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (13.79%) Performance Testing
4 4 (13.79%) PRINCE2
4 4 (13.79%) System Integration Testing
4 4 (13.79%) Time Management
5 3 (10.34%) Change Management
5 3 (10.34%) Migration
5 3 (10.34%) Network Design
6 2 (6.90%) CRM
6 2 (6.90%) Cybersecurity
6 2 (6.90%) Data Management
6 2 (6.90%) Load Balancing
6 2 (6.90%) Penetration Testing
6 2 (6.90%) SIEM
6 2 (6.90%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (6.90%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 4 (13.79%) C#
1 4 (13.79%) Java
1 4 (13.79%) PowerShell
1 4 (13.79%) VB
1 4 (13.79%) VB.NET
1 4 (13.79%) VBScript
2 2 (6.90%) SQL
3 1 (3.45%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 29 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (62.07%) MCSA
3 6 (20.69%) MCP
4 5 (17.24%) ISEB
4 5 (17.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 4 (13.79%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (13.79%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (10.34%) CCNA
6 3 (10.34%) CISSP
6 3 (10.34%) MCITP
7 2 (6.90%) MCSD
8 1 (3.45%) CCDP
8 1 (3.45%) CCIE
8 1 (3.45%) CCNP
8 1 (3.45%) Chartered Engineer
8 1 (3.45%) CISM
8 1 (3.45%) Degree
8 1 (3.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (3.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (13.79%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (48.28%) Active Directory
2 8 (27.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (6.90%) ProxySG
3 2 (6.90%) XenDesktop
4 1 (3.45%) Hyper-V
4 1 (3.45%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (3.45%) Xen
4 1 (3.45%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 8 (27.59%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (10.34%) SCCM
3 2 (6.90%) WMI
4 1 (3.45%) Backup Exec
4 1 (3.45%) SCOM
4 1 (3.45%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (3.45%) WSUS
Vendors
1 14 (48.28%) Microsoft
2 11 (37.93%) HP
3 9 (31.03%) Fortinet
3 9 (31.03%) VMware
4 5 (17.24%) Citrix
5 4 (13.79%) Cisco
5 4 (13.79%) Oracle
6 3 (10.34%) Juniper
7 2 (6.90%) Blue Coat
7 2 (6.90%) CheckPoint
7 2 (6.90%) iManage
7 2 (6.90%) Palo Alto
7 2 (6.90%) Polycom
8 1 (3.45%) IronPort
8 1 (3.45%) Kaseya
8 1 (3.45%) Kaspersky
8 1 (3.45%) Nimble Storage
8 1 (3.45%) SolarWinds
8 1 (3.45%) Symantec
8 1 (3.45%) Xerox