Period
to 21 February 2019

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 February 2019 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 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 183 175 180
Rank change year-on-year -8 +5 +22
Contract jobs citing MCSE 34 25 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.59% 0.46% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.17% 2.67% 2.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 20 12
North West median daily rate £275 £400 £306
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -31.25% +30.61% -21.68%
10th Percentile £152 £224 £151
90th Percentile £338 £675 £584
England median daily rate £400 £340 £340
% change year-on-year +17.65% - +4.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 6
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £11.50 £17.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +73.91% -35.50% +32.07%
10th Percentile £19.00 £11.25 £14.51
90th Percentile £31.86 £11.75 £21.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £17.13 £17.06
% change year-on-year +16.74% +0.42% -14.70%

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 1,074 937 1,128
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.71% 17.41% 19.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 600 554 681
North West median daily rate £425 £418 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.80% -4.57% +9.38%
10th Percentile £213 £200 £231
90th Percentile £613 £588 £625
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 71 80
North West median hourly rate £32.48 £35.00 £39.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.21% -11.11% +12.50%
10th Percentile £16.43 £13.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £51.13 £67.50 £53.00
England median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% -9.09% +2.32%

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 February 2019.

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 February 2019. 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 +11 27 £300 +9.09% 6
Lancashire -19 4 £275 - 1
Cheshire -11 1 - - 4
Merseyside -14 1 £175 -20.45% 1
Cumbria - 1 - -
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 2019, 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 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (85.29%) Active Directory
2 29 (85.29%) Windows
3 27 (79.41%) Microsoft
4 24 (70.59%) MCSA
5 22 (64.71%) VMware
6 20 (58.82%) ITIL
7 18 (52.94%) PowerShell
8 17 (50.00%) DNS
9 15 (44.12%) Windows Server 2012
10 13 (38.24%) Microsoft Azure
10 13 (38.24%) Migration
11 12 (35.29%) Degree
11 12 (35.29%) MCP
11 12 (35.29%) Management Information System
11 12 (35.29%) Change Control
11 12 (35.29%) Office 365
11 12 (35.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 10 (29.41%) Google Cloud Platform
12 10 (29.41%) Google
13 9 (26.47%) VMware Infrastructure
13 9 (26.47%) Informatics
14 8 (23.53%) Windows Server
14 8 (23.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 7 (20.59%) Windows 7
16 6 (17.65%) Firewall
16 6 (17.65%) HP
16 6 (17.65%) Cisco
16 6 (17.65%) SQL Server
17 5 (14.71%) Microsoft Office

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 3 (8.82%) MS Exchange
1 3 (8.82%) Skype for Business
2 2 (5.88%) Apache
2 2 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (2.94%) Office Communications Server
3 1 (2.94%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (14.71%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 13 (38.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (35.29%) Office 365
3 10 (29.41%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (2.94%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (2.94%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (2.94%) Mimecast
4 1 (2.94%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (50.00%) DNS
2 6 (17.65%) Firewall
3 4 (11.76%) DHCP
3 4 (11.76%) SAN
3 4 (11.76%) TCP/IP
3 4 (11.76%) VPN
4 3 (8.82%) Skype
5 2 (5.88%) Fibre Channel
6 1 (2.94%) Internet
6 1 (2.94%) SNMP
6 1 (2.94%) VoIP
6 1 (2.94%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (17.65%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.88%) DB2
2 2 (5.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (5.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.94%) OLTP
3 1 (2.94%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 1 (2.94%) InstallShield
1 1 (2.94%) MSI
General
1 2 (5.88%) Finance
2 1 (2.94%) Retail
2 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (29.41%) Technical Engineer
2 8 (23.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (17.65%) Active Directory Engineer
3 6 (17.65%) Support Engineer
4 4 (11.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support
5 2 (5.88%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 2 (5.88%) Developer
5 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Support
5 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) IT Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (2.94%) 1st Line Support
6 1 (2.94%) Analyst
6 1 (2.94%) Applications Packager
6 1 (2.94%) Business Developer
6 1 (2.94%) Consultant
6 1 (2.94%) Support Analyst
6 1 (2.94%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (35.29%) Management Information System
2 3 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.88%) Data Centre
3 2 (5.88%) Mobile App
3 2 (5.88%) Public Cloud
4 1 (2.94%) Client/Server
4 1 (2.94%) Driving Licence
4 1 (2.94%) User Experience
4 1 (2.94%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 29 (85.29%) Windows
2 15 (44.12%) Windows Server 2012
3 8 (23.53%) Windows Server
4 7 (20.59%) Windows 7
5 5 (14.71%) Windows 10
6 2 (5.88%) HPUX
6 2 (5.88%) Linux
6 2 (5.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (5.88%) Solaris
6 2 (5.88%) Windows 8
6 2 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (2.94%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (58.82%) ITIL
2 13 (38.24%) Migration
3 12 (35.29%) Change Control
4 9 (26.47%) Informatics
5 8 (23.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 5 (14.71%) Problem-Solving
7 3 (8.82%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (8.82%) ITSM
8 2 (5.88%) Asset Management
8 2 (5.88%) Business Intelligence
8 2 (5.88%) Dashboard Development
8 2 (5.88%) Data Analysis
8 2 (5.88%) Data Validation
8 2 (5.88%) Root Cause Analysis
8 2 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (5.88%) Technical Leadership
8 2 (5.88%) Validation
9 1 (2.94%) Application Packaging
9 1 (2.94%) ITIL V3
9 1 (2.94%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (52.94%) PowerShell
2 4 (11.76%) SQL
3 2 (5.88%) PHP
3 2 (5.88%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.94%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
4 1 (2.94%) VB
Qualifications
1 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (70.59%) MCSA
3 12 (35.29%) Degree
3 12 (35.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 12 (35.29%) MCP
4 3 (8.82%) CCNA
4 3 (8.82%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (5.88%) MCITP
5 2 (5.88%) MCTS
5 2 (5.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (2.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
6 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.76%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (85.29%) Active Directory
2 9 (26.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (14.71%) Hyper-V
4 3 (8.82%) vSphere
5 2 (5.88%) NFS
6 1 (2.94%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (2.94%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (8.82%) SCCM
2 2 (5.88%) Grafana
2 2 (5.88%) Nagios
2 2 (5.88%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 2 (5.88%) vRealize
3 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (2.94%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 27 (79.41%) Microsoft
2 22 (64.71%) VMware
3 10 (29.41%) Google
4 6 (17.65%) Cisco
4 6 (17.65%) HP
5 4 (11.76%) Citrix
6 3 (8.82%) Dell
7 2 (5.88%) Brocade
7 2 (5.88%) IBM
7 2 (5.88%) IronPort
7 2 (5.88%) Juniper
7 2 (5.88%) Oracle
7 2 (5.88%) Sun
7 2 (5.88%) Veeam
8 1 (2.94%) Altiris
8 1 (2.94%) MicroStrategy
8 1 (2.94%) Mitel
8 1 (2.94%) Novell
8 1 (2.94%) Polycom
8 1 (2.94%) Red Hat