Period
to 19 February 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 19 February 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
19 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 174 183 210
Rank change year-on-year +9 +27 -47
Contract jobs citing MCSE 26 31 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.49% 0.53% 0.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.82% 2.82% 2.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 12 18
North West median daily rate £325 £306 £391
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.12% -21.68% +0.26%
10th Percentile £225 £151 £228
90th Percentile £675 £584 £438
England median daily rate £338 £345 £325
% change year-on-year -2.17% +6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 1
North West median hourly rate £11.50 £17.83 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.50% +32.07% -58.46%
10th Percentile £11.25 £14.51 £12.75
90th Percentile £11.75 £21.00 £14.25
England median hourly rate £17.13 £17.06 £20.00
% change year-on-year +0.42% -14.70% +4.14%

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 922 1,101 1,559
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.31% 18.77% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 541 660 852
North West median daily rate £413 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% +6.10%
10th Percentile £200 £225 £250
90th Percentile £588 £625 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 79 97
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £39.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.95% +13.57% +39.33%
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.00 £15.92
90th Percentile £67.50 £53.00 £50.32
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £26.93
% change year-on-year -9.09% +2.14% +41.71%

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 19 February 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 19 February 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 11 £275 -8.33% 15
Cheshire +2 11 £325 -40.91% 3
Merseyside +13 1 £220 -37.14%
Lancashire +2 1 - - 2
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 19 February 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 26 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (61.54%) Microsoft
3 14 (53.85%) MCSA
4 13 (50.00%) ITIL
5 11 (42.31%) Microsoft Azure
6 10 (38.46%) Active Directory
7 9 (34.62%) Windows
8 7 (26.92%) HP
8 7 (26.92%) HP Quality Center
8 7 (26.92%) VMware
8 7 (26.92%) Banking
8 7 (26.92%) Fortinet
8 7 (26.92%) Windows Server
9 6 (23.08%) HP UFT
9 6 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (19.23%) ISEB
10 5 (19.23%) Unix
10 5 (19.23%) Linux
10 5 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
10 5 (19.23%) VMware Infrastructure
10 5 (19.23%) Test Automation
11 4 (15.38%) Performance Testing
11 4 (15.38%) Time Management
11 4 (15.38%) PaaS
11 4 (15.38%) Office 365
11 4 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
11 4 (15.38%) MCSD
11 4 (15.38%) C#
11 4 (15.38%) Java
11 4 (15.38%) VBScript

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 (15.38%) MS Exchange
2 1 (3.85%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.85%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (3.85%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.85%) InfoPath
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (3.85%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 11 (42.31%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (19.23%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (15.38%) Office 365
3 4 (15.38%) PaaS
4 3 (11.54%) IaaS
5 2 (7.69%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (11.54%) DNS
1 3 (11.54%) SAN
2 2 (7.69%) ISDN
2 2 (7.69%) LAN
2 2 (7.69%) VoIP
2 2 (7.69%) VPN
2 2 (7.69%) WAN
3 1 (3.85%) DHCP
3 1 (3.85%) Firewall
3 1 (3.85%) NAS
3 1 (3.85%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (3.85%) Skype
3 1 (3.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (15.38%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (23.08%) HP UFT
2 4 (15.38%) JMeter
3 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (26.92%) Banking
2 1 (3.85%) Billing
2 1 (3.85%) Dutch Language
2 1 (3.85%) Finance
2 1 (3.85%) French Language
2 1 (3.85%) German Language
2 1 (3.85%) Spanish Language
2 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (15.38%) Analyst
1 4 (15.38%) Consultant
1 4 (15.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (11.54%) Infrastructure Consultant
2 3 (11.54%) Support Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) Architect
3 2 (7.69%) Cloud Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) IT Analyst
3 2 (7.69%) IT Support
3 2 (7.69%) IT Support Analyst
3 2 (7.69%) Office 365 Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) SCCM Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (7.69%) Support Analyst
3 2 (7.69%) Test Analyst
4 1 (3.85%) AWS Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Azure Architect
4 1 (3.85%) Cloud Consultant
4 1 (3.85%) Cloud Infrastructure Consultant
4 1 (3.85%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (15.38%) .NET
2 2 (7.69%) Web Services
3 1 (3.85%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.69%) Mobile App
1 2 (7.69%) Public Cloud
2 1 (3.85%) Data Centre
2 1 (3.85%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.85%) User Experience
2 1 (3.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 9 (34.62%) Windows
2 7 (26.92%) Windows Server
3 5 (19.23%) Linux
3 5 (19.23%) Unix
4 3 (11.54%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (3.85%) Apple iOS
6 1 (3.85%) Mac OS X
6 1 (3.85%) Windows 10
6 1 (3.85%) Windows 7
6 1 (3.85%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (50.00%) ITIL
2 6 (23.08%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (19.23%) Test Automation
4 4 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (15.38%) Migration
4 4 (15.38%) Performance Testing
4 4 (15.38%) System Integration Testing
4 4 (15.38%) Time Management
5 3 (11.54%) PRINCE2
5 3 (11.54%) Service Management
6 2 (7.69%) Active Listening
6 2 (7.69%) Data Management
6 2 (7.69%) DevOps
6 2 (7.69%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (7.69%) IT Strategy
6 2 (7.69%) Network Design
6 2 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (3.85%) Contract Management
7 1 (3.85%) Data Loss Prevention
7 1 (3.85%) Digital Transformation Programme
Programming Languages
1 4 (15.38%) C#
1 4 (15.38%) Java
1 4 (15.38%) VB
1 4 (15.38%) VB.NET
1 4 (15.38%) VBScript
2 3 (11.54%) PowerShell
3 1 (3.85%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 26 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (53.85%) MCSA
3 5 (19.23%) ISEB
4 4 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (15.38%) ITIL Certification
4 4 (15.38%) MCSD
5 3 (11.54%) CCNA
5 3 (11.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (7.69%) CCIE
6 2 (7.69%) Degree
6 2 (7.69%) MCP
7 1 (3.85%) A+ Certification
7 1 (3.85%) CCA
7 1 (3.85%) CCDP
7 1 (3.85%) CCNP
7 1 (3.85%) CISM
7 1 (3.85%) CISSP
7 1 (3.85%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (3.85%) MCDST
7 1 (3.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (11.54%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (38.46%) Active Directory
2 5 (19.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (3.85%) Hyper-V
3 1 (3.85%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (3.85%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (26.92%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (11.54%) SCCM
3 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Clustering
3 2 (7.69%) SCOM
3 2 (7.69%) vCenter Server
4 1 (3.85%) AirWatch
4 1 (3.85%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 16 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 7 (26.92%) Fortinet
2 7 (26.92%) HP
2 7 (26.92%) VMware
3 4 (15.38%) Oracle
4 2 (7.69%) Cisco
5 1 (3.85%) Apple
5 1 (3.85%) Citrix