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 3 months to 28 March 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
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 120 137 137
Rank change year-on-year +17 0  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 12 23 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.46% 0.60% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.53% 2.88% 2.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 9 7
Median daily rate £275 £300 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.33% -14.28%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £345 £300
% change year-on-year - +15.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 5
Median hourly rate £16.00 £13.50 £49.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.51% -72.72%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £21.42 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.28% +22.37%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 475 800 747
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.38% 20.80% 20.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 403 340
Median daily rate £423 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.04% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 49 70
Median hourly rate £42.48 £41.50 £46.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.34% -11.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £62.50 £59.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing MCSE as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +10 5 £275 -17.91% 6
Cumbria - 4 - -
Lancashire +15 2 - -
Cheshire +20 1 - - 6
MCSE
England

MCSE
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 March 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%) Windows
3 19 (65.52%) Active Directory
4 18 (62.07%) VMware
5 17 (58.62%) ITIL
5 17 (58.62%) Windows Server
6 14 (48.28%) Microsoft
7 13 (44.83%) Citrix
7 13 (44.83%) VMware Infrastructure
8 12 (41.38%) MS Exchange
9 11 (37.93%) MCP
9 11 (37.93%) Firewall
9 11 (37.93%) Windows Server 2012
10 10 (34.48%) Cisco
11 9 (31.03%) Manufacturing
11 9 (31.03%) Life Science
11 9 (31.03%) Exchange Server 2010
12 8 (27.59%) Windows 7
12 8 (27.59%) Windows Server 2008
12 8 (27.59%) MCSA
13 7 (24.14%) MS Office
13 7 (24.14%) Cisco Certification
13 7 (24.14%) CCNA
13 7 (24.14%) MCITP
13 7 (24.14%) Windows 10
14 6 (20.69%) Polycom
14 6 (20.69%) Video Conferencing
14 6 (20.69%) Backup Exec
14 6 (20.69%) HP
14 6 (20.69%) LAN

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 12 (41.38%) MS Exchange
2 9 (31.03%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (13.79%) IIS
4 1 (3.45%) Apache
4 1 (3.45%) Confluence
4 1 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (3.45%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 7 (24.14%) MS Office
2 2 (6.90%) MS Excel
3 1 (3.45%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (3.45%) MS Project
3 1 (3.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (6.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (3.45%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (3.45%) Office 365
2 1 (3.45%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 11 (37.93%) Firewall
2 6 (20.69%) DHCP
2 6 (20.69%) LAN
2 6 (20.69%) WAN
3 4 (13.79%) DNS
4 3 (10.34%) SAN
5 2 (6.90%) IP Telephony
5 2 (6.90%) NAS
5 2 (6.90%) VoIP
5 2 (6.90%) VPN
6 1 (3.45%) Internet
6 1 (3.45%) Network Security
6 1 (3.45%) VLAN
6 1 (3.45%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (13.79%) SQL Server
2 3 (10.34%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (3.45%) MySQL
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (3.45%) JIRA
General
1 9 (31.03%) Manufacturing
2 3 (10.34%) Finance
3 1 (3.45%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 10 (34.48%) Analyst
2 6 (20.69%) IT Analyst
2 6 (20.69%) Service Analyst
2 6 (20.69%) Service Desk Analyst
3 5 (17.24%) Administrator
4 4 (13.79%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
4 4 (13.79%) Support Analyst
5 3 (10.34%) 3rd Line Support
5 3 (10.34%) Backup Administrator
5 3 (10.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Architect
6 2 (6.90%) Infrastructure Architect
6 2 (6.90%) Windows Administrator
7 1 (3.45%) 2nd/3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (3.45%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (3.45%) 3rd Line Support Technician
7 1 (3.45%) Oracle SQL Server DBA
7 1 (3.45%) Service Desk Support
7 1 (3.45%) Windows Server Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.34%) Web Services
2 1 (3.45%) .NET
2 1 (3.45%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.45%) LAMP
2 1 (3.45%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (31.03%) Life Science
2 6 (20.69%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (10.34%) iPad
4 2 (6.90%) Clustering
4 2 (6.90%) Data Centre
5 1 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (3.45%) AS400
5 1 (3.45%) Management Information System
5 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Licensing
5 1 (3.45%) NHS
5 1 (3.45%) Oracle Licensing
5 1 (3.45%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 21 (72.41%) Windows
2 17 (58.62%) Windows Server
3 11 (37.93%) Windows Server 2012
4 8 (27.59%) Windows 7
4 8 (27.59%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (24.14%) Windows 10
6 2 (6.90%) Linux
7 1 (3.45%) CentOS
7 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (58.62%) ITIL
2 3 (10.34%) Service Management
3 2 (6.90%) Change Management
3 2 (6.90%) ERP
3 2 (6.90%) Release Management
3 2 (6.90%) Software Licensing
3 2 (6.90%) Time Management
3 2 (6.90%) Validation
4 1 (3.45%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (3.45%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (3.45%) Document Management
4 1 (3.45%) Infrastructure Management
4 1 (3.45%) IT Strategy
4 1 (3.45%) ITIL V3
4 1 (3.45%) Performance Monitoring
4 1 (3.45%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (3.45%) PRINCE2
4 1 (3.45%) Project Management
4 1 (3.45%) Server Monitoring
4 1 (3.45%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 5 (17.24%) SQL
2 3 (10.34%) PowerShell
3 1 (3.45%) PHP
3 1 (3.45%) PL/SQL
3 1 (3.45%) T-SQL
3 1 (3.45%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 29 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (37.93%) MCP
3 8 (27.59%) MCSA
4 7 (24.14%) CCNA
4 7 (24.14%) Cisco Certification
4 7 (24.14%) MCITP
5 4 (13.79%) Citrix Certification
6 3 (10.34%) CCA
6 3 (10.34%) MCTS
6 3 (10.34%) RHCE
6 3 (10.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (6.90%) Security Cleared
7 2 (6.90%) VCAP
8 1 (3.45%) CESG Certified Professional
8 1 (3.45%) DV Cleared
8 1 (3.45%) NCDA
8 1 (3.45%) NCIE
8 1 (3.45%) PMI Certification
8 1 (3.45%) PMP
8 1 (3.45%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.34%) SLA
2 1 (3.45%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (3.45%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (3.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 19 (65.52%) Active Directory
2 13 (44.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (10.34%) Hyper-V
3 3 (10.34%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (3.45%) MetaFrame
4 1 (3.45%) VMware ESX
4 1 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (3.45%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (20.69%) Backup Exec
2 3 (10.34%) NetBackup
2 3 (10.34%) SCCM
3 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Clustering
3 2 (6.90%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 2 (6.90%) WSUS
4 1 (3.45%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (3.45%) SCOM
Vendors
1 18 (62.07%) VMware
2 14 (48.28%) Microsoft
3 13 (44.83%) Citrix
4 10 (34.48%) Cisco
5 6 (20.69%) HP
5 6 (20.69%) Polycom
6 3 (10.34%) Oracle
6 3 (10.34%) Remedy
6 3 (10.34%) SolarWinds
6 3 (10.34%) Symantec
7 2 (6.90%) Kaseya
7 2 (6.90%) Kaspersky
7 2 (6.90%) SAP
8 1 (3.45%) Atlassian
8 1 (3.45%) Avaya
8 1 (3.45%) Dell
8 1 (3.45%) Infor
8 1 (3.45%) Intel Security
8 1 (3.45%) Lotus
8 1 (3.45%) NetApp
Warrington, Cheshire
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago