Period
to 18 November 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 18 November 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
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 174 174 195
Rank change year-on-year 0 +21 +8
Contract jobs citing MCSE 44 29 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.75% 0.51% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.97% 2.89% 2.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 26 16
North West median daily rate £317 £319 £238
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.71% +34.21% -36.24%
10th Percentile £173 £214 £156
90th Percentile £491 £675 £438
England median daily rate £373 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +14.62% -1.52% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 9
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £16.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% - +1.46%
10th Percentile £19.00 £15.50 £13.46
90th Percentile £31.86 £16.50 £21.00
England median hourly rate £17.41 £16.50 £20.83
% change year-on-year +5.52% -20.79% +14.14%

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 1,107 1,005 1,298
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.87% 17.67% 18.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 655 578 767
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% -5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £250 £212 £232
90th Percentile £591 £550 £600
England median daily rate £450 £428 £425
% change year-on-year +5.26% +0.59% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 114 77 59
North West median hourly rate £29.00 £38.75 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.16% +40.91% -9.90%
10th Percentile £14.80 £14.49 £12.15
90th Percentile £56.05 £51.20 £54.66
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.12 £25.50
% change year-on-year -0.48% -1.49% +10.87%

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 18 November 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 18 November 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 +8 34 £325 -3.70% 12
Lancashire -14 4 £275 +15.79% 1
Merseyside -4 3 £175 -20.45% 1
Cheshire -3 2 £350 +9.80% 5
Cumbria -1 1 £225 -
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 44 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 36 (81.82%) Windows
3 31 (70.45%) Microsoft
4 30 (68.18%) Active Directory
5 28 (63.64%) ITIL
5 28 (63.64%) MCSA
6 26 (59.09%) VMware
7 23 (52.27%) PowerShell
8 20 (45.45%) DNS
9 17 (38.64%) Microsoft Azure
9 17 (38.64%) Windows Server 2012
10 13 (29.55%) Migration
11 12 (27.27%) Management Information System
11 12 (27.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 12 (27.27%) Change Control
12 11 (25.00%) Windows Server
12 11 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
12 11 (25.00%) SCCM
13 10 (22.73%) Google
13 10 (22.73%) Degree
13 10 (22.73%) MCP
13 10 (22.73%) Windows 7
13 10 (22.73%) Hyper-V
13 10 (22.73%) Google Cloud Platform
14 9 (20.45%) VMware Infrastructure
14 9 (20.45%) Office 365
14 9 (20.45%) Citrix
14 9 (20.45%) Informatics
15 8 (18.18%) Cisco
15 8 (18.18%) VPN

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 4 (9.09%) MS Exchange
2 2 (4.55%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (2.27%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 6 (13.64%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 17 (38.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (22.73%) Google Cloud Platform
3 9 (20.45%) Office 365
4 1 (2.27%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 20 (45.45%) DNS
2 8 (18.18%) VPN
3 7 (15.91%) DHCP
3 7 (15.91%) SAN
4 5 (11.36%) TCP/IP
5 4 (9.09%) LAN
5 4 (9.09%) WAN
5 4 (9.09%) Wireless
6 3 (6.82%) Firewall
7 2 (4.55%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (4.55%) Fibre Channel
7 2 (4.55%) iSCSI
7 2 (4.55%) NAS
7 2 (4.55%) Skype
7 2 (4.55%) VoIP
8 1 (2.27%) Internet
8 1 (2.27%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (4.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.27%) OLTP
3 1 (2.27%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.27%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 2 (4.55%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (2.27%) Cucumber
2 1 (2.27%) HP UFT
2 1 (2.27%) InstallShield
2 1 (2.27%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.27%) JMeter
2 1 (2.27%) MSI
2 1 (2.27%) Selenium
General
1 4 (9.09%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.27%) Banking
2 1 (2.27%) Finance
2 1 (2.27%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (27.27%) Technical Engineer
2 7 (15.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (13.64%) Active Directory Engineer
3 6 (13.64%) Support Engineer
4 4 (9.09%) IT Support
5 3 (6.82%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (4.55%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
6 2 (4.55%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) 3rd Line Support
6 2 (4.55%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Azure Architect
6 2 (4.55%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 2 (4.55%) IT Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Server Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Service Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) Service Desk Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) Systems Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Technical Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.55%) JSON
2 1 (2.27%) .NET
2 1 (2.27%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (27.27%) Management Information System
2 4 (9.09%) Data Centre
2 4 (9.09%) Driving Licence
3 3 (6.82%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.55%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (2.27%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.27%) PKI
5 1 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 36 (81.82%) Windows
2 17 (38.64%) Windows Server 2012
3 11 (25.00%) Windows Server
4 10 (22.73%) Windows 7
5 6 (13.64%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (9.09%) Windows 8
6 4 (9.09%) Windows XP
7 3 (6.82%) Linux
7 3 (6.82%) Windows 10
7 3 (6.82%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (4.55%) AIX
8 2 (4.55%) HPUX
8 2 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (4.55%) Solaris
8 2 (4.55%) Unix
9 1 (2.27%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (63.64%) ITIL
2 13 (29.55%) Migration
3 12 (27.27%) Change Control
4 11 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
5 9 (20.45%) Informatics
6 7 (15.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 4 (9.09%) Change Management
7 4 (9.09%) PRINCE2
8 3 (6.82%) Customer Requirements
8 3 (6.82%) DevOps
8 3 (6.82%) ITSM
8 3 (6.82%) Root Cause Analysis
8 3 (6.82%) Stakeholder Management
9 2 (4.55%) Capacity Planning
9 2 (4.55%) Coaching
9 2 (4.55%) Dashboard Development
9 2 (4.55%) Data Validation
9 2 (4.55%) Network Virtualisation
9 2 (4.55%) Privileged Access Management
9 2 (4.55%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 23 (52.27%) PowerShell
2 5 (11.36%) VB
3 4 (9.09%) SQL
4 2 (4.55%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.27%) C#
5 1 (2.27%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
5 1 (2.27%) Java
5 1 (2.27%) VB.NET
5 1 (2.27%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 44 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (63.64%) MCSA
3 12 (27.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 10 (22.73%) Degree
4 10 (22.73%) MCP
5 7 (15.91%) MCTS
6 4 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (9.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 4 (9.09%) SC Cleared
6 4 (9.09%) Security Cleared
7 3 (6.82%) MCITP
8 2 (4.55%) CCNA
8 2 (4.55%) CCNP
9 1 (2.27%) CEH
9 1 (2.27%) ISEB
9 1 (2.27%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (15.91%) SLA
System Software
1 30 (68.18%) Active Directory
2 10 (22.73%) Hyper-V
3 9 (20.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (4.55%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (4.55%) Xen
5 1 (2.27%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (2.27%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (2.27%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (25.00%) SCCM
2 5 (11.36%) SCOM
3 2 (4.55%) SCVMM
4 1 (2.27%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (2.27%) NetBackup
4 1 (2.27%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 31 (70.45%) Microsoft
2 26 (59.09%) VMware
3 10 (22.73%) Google
4 9 (20.45%) Citrix
5 8 (18.18%) Cisco
6 4 (9.09%) Altiris
6 4 (9.09%) HP
7 3 (6.82%) IronPort
7 3 (6.82%) NetApp
8 2 (4.55%) Dell
8 2 (4.55%) EMC
8 2 (4.55%) Juniper
8 2 (4.55%) Meraki
8 2 (4.55%) Nimble Storage
8 2 (4.55%) Polycom
8 2 (4.55%) Red Hat
8 2 (4.55%) Sun
8 2 (4.55%) Veeam
9 1 (2.27%) MicroStrategy
9 1 (2.27%) Oracle