Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 184 179 206
Rank change year-on-year -5 +27 -17
Contract jobs citing MCSE 27 20 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.46% 0.37% 0.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.55% 1.93% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 8 17
North West median daily rate £475 £438 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.57% +45.83% -0.27%
10th Percentile £265 £227 £150
90th Percentile £568 £615 £438
England median daily rate £350 £339 £330
% change year-on-year +3.32% +2.65% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 2
North West median hourly rate - £16.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +18.52% -40.00%
England median hourly rate £20.45 £16.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +27.81% -20.00% -

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 1,057 1,038 1,591
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.10% 18.95% 20.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 615 561 837
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +6.49%
10th Percentile £208 £245 £256
90th Percentile £575 £575 £553
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 108 82
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £41.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -3.61% +39.64%
10th Percentile £14.68 £11.31 £15.75
90th Percentile £67.50 £55.00 £57.75
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +25.00%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -16 11 £550 +4.76% 19
Lancashire +1 7 £506 +92.86% 1
Cheshire -16 3 £469 -14.77% 3
Merseyside +21 2 £213 -39.29% 2
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (48.15%) ITIL
2 13 (48.15%) Windows
2 13 (48.15%) Microsoft
3 11 (40.74%) DevOps
4 10 (37.04%) Windows Server
4 10 (37.04%) SAN
5 9 (33.33%) VMware
5 9 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
6 8 (29.63%) Problem-Solving
7 7 (25.93%) Hyper-V
7 7 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (25.93%) SC Cleared
7 7 (25.93%) Security Cleared
7 7 (25.93%) Active Directory
7 7 (25.93%) Linux
8 6 (22.22%) Cisco
8 6 (22.22%) AIX
8 6 (22.22%) NetApp
8 6 (22.22%) Project Management
8 6 (22.22%) EMC
8 6 (22.22%) SCOM
8 6 (22.22%) Scrum
9 5 (18.52%) Red Hat
9 5 (18.52%) HPUX
9 5 (18.52%) Solaris
9 5 (18.52%) Sun
9 5 (18.52%) MCSA
9 5 (18.52%) SharePoint
9 5 (18.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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 5 (18.52%) SharePoint
2 4 (14.81%) MS Exchange
2 4 (14.81%) Skype for Business
3 1 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (3.70%) IIS
3 1 (3.70%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (3.70%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1 (3.70%) InfoPath
1 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 9 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (7.41%) IaaS
2 2 (7.41%) PaaS
3 1 (3.70%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (3.70%) Office 365
3 1 (3.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (37.04%) SAN
2 4 (14.81%) Skype
2 4 (14.81%) VPN
3 3 (11.11%) DNS
4 1 (3.70%) Firewall
4 1 (3.70%) Internet
4 1 (3.70%) LAN
4 1 (3.70%) NAS
4 1 (3.70%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (14.81%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.70%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (3.70%) Big Data
2 1 (3.70%) MySQL
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (14.81%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1 (3.70%) Back Office
1 1 (3.70%) Billing
Job Titles
1 6 (22.22%) Systems Engineer
2 5 (18.52%) Consultant
3 4 (14.81%) Architect
3 4 (14.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 4 (14.81%) Infrastructure Support
4 3 (11.11%) Azure Architect
4 3 (11.11%) Infrastructure Consultant
4 3 (11.11%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
4 3 (11.11%) Support Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Azure Consultant
5 2 (7.41%) Azure Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Infrastructure Manager
5 2 (7.41%) IT Support Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Lead Systems Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Microsoft Consultant
5 2 (7.41%) Security Manager
5 2 (7.41%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Senior Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.81%) JSON
2 1 (3.70%) .NET
2 1 (3.70%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.11%) Data Centre
2 2 (7.41%) Clustering
2 2 (7.41%) Mobile App
3 1 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.70%) Data Structures
3 1 (3.70%) PKI
3 1 (3.70%) Public Cloud
3 1 (3.70%) User Experience
3 1 (3.70%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 13 (48.15%) Windows
2 10 (37.04%) Windows Server
3 7 (25.93%) Linux
4 6 (22.22%) AIX
5 5 (18.52%) HPUX
5 5 (18.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (18.52%) Solaris
6 2 (7.41%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (7.41%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (3.70%) Apple iOS
7 1 (3.70%) Mac OS X
7 1 (3.70%) Unix
7 1 (3.70%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (48.15%) ITIL
2 11 (40.74%) DevOps
3 8 (29.63%) Problem-Solving
4 7 (25.93%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (22.22%) Project Management
5 6 (22.22%) Scrum
6 3 (11.11%) Migration
7 2 (7.41%) Contract Management
7 2 (7.41%) Disaster Recovery
7 2 (7.41%) Network Monitoring
7 2 (7.41%) PRINCE
7 2 (7.41%) PRINCE2
8 1 (3.70%) Active Listening
8 1 (3.70%) Case Management
8 1 (3.70%) Data Transformation
8 1 (3.70%) Disk Encryption
8 1 (3.70%) ITIL V2
8 1 (3.70%) Patch Management
8 1 (3.70%) SOA
8 1 (3.70%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 3 (11.11%) PowerShell
1 3 (11.11%) SQL
2 1 (3.70%) C#
2 1 (3.70%) JavaScript
2 1 (3.70%) T-SQL
2 1 (3.70%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (25.93%) SC Cleared
2 7 (25.93%) Security Cleared
3 5 (18.52%) MCSA
4 4 (14.81%) CCNA
4 4 (14.81%) Cisco Certification
5 3 (11.11%) MCITP
6 2 (7.41%) CompTIA Security+
6 2 (7.41%) MCSD
6 2 (7.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (3.70%) CCA
7 1 (3.70%) CCIE
7 1 (3.70%) CCNP
7 1 (3.70%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (3.70%) Degree
7 1 (3.70%) HP ASE
7 1 (3.70%) MCDST
7 1 (3.70%) MCP
7 1 (3.70%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.41%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (25.93%) Active Directory
1 7 (25.93%) Hyper-V
2 4 (14.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (7.41%) VMware NSX
3 2 (7.41%) vSphere
4 1 (3.70%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (22.22%) SCOM
2 4 (14.81%) Microsoft Clustering
2 4 (14.81%) SCCM
2 4 (14.81%) SCVMM
2 4 (14.81%) vCenter Server
3 1 (3.70%) AirWatch
3 1 (3.70%) HP SIM
3 1 (3.70%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 13 (48.15%) Microsoft
2 9 (33.33%) VMware
3 6 (22.22%) Cisco
3 6 (22.22%) EMC
3 6 (22.22%) NetApp
4 5 (18.52%) Red Hat
4 5 (18.52%) Sun
5 3 (11.11%) Bomgar
6 2 (7.41%) HP
6 2 (7.41%) Veritas
7 1 (3.70%) Apple
7 1 (3.70%) Brocade
7 1 (3.70%) Citrix
7 1 (3.70%) IBM
7 1 (3.70%) ProCurve
7 1 (3.70%) Symantec