The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 25 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
UK / Scotland
Rank 104 89 101
Rank change year-on-year -15 +12  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 3 41 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.17% 1.58% 0.91%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.00% 9.01% 5.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 30 11
Median daily rate £340 £310 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.67% -4.61%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £300
% change year-on-year +2.94% +13.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £29.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -22.09% +22.85%  

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 Scotland.

Academic & Professional Certification
Scotland
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 300 455 454
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 17.09% 17.58% 15.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 244 244
Median daily rate £340 £359 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.35% +2.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £255 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 30
Median hourly rate £47.23 £16.46 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +186.89% -43.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.06 £12.50 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £41.50 £59.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland 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 Scotland

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSE in Scotland.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in Scotland

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSE in Scotland.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in Scotland

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 25 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
Renfrewshire -8 2 £340 +9.67%
Edinburgh +18 1 - -
MCSE
UK

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 25 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 Scotland region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 23 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (82.61%) Microsoft
3 18 (78.26%) Windows
4 16 (69.57%) Citrix
5 15 (65.22%) Clustering
6 13 (56.52%) Veritas
6 13 (56.52%) Windows Server 2003
6 13 (56.52%) MCSA
6 13 (56.52%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (56.52%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (52.17%) Firewall
8 11 (47.83%) SQL
8 11 (47.83%) SQL Server
9 9 (39.13%) Active Directory
9 9 (39.13%) MCITP
10 8 (34.78%) Hyper-V
10 8 (34.78%) Server Virtualisation
10 8 (34.78%) VMware
11 7 (30.43%) MCTS
11 7 (30.43%) Change Management
11 7 (30.43%) SharePoint
11 7 (30.43%) Windows XP
11 7 (30.43%) AIX
11 7 (30.43%) Netcool
11 7 (30.43%) Intel Security
11 7 (30.43%) Analytical Skills
11 7 (30.43%) Office 365
11 7 (30.43%) Windows 7
11 7 (30.43%) vSphere
11 7 (30.43%) McAfee ePO

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland 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 7 (30.43%) SharePoint
2 6 (26.09%) IIS
3 4 (17.39%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (17.39%) MS Exchange
4 2 (8.70%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (26.09%) MS Office
2 1 (4.35%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 7 (30.43%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (52.17%) Firewall
2 6 (26.09%) TCP/IP
3 5 (21.74%) SAN
4 4 (17.39%) WAN
5 3 (13.04%) DHCP
5 3 (13.04%) DNS
6 2 (8.70%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (8.70%) Skype
6 2 (8.70%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (47.83%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.70%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (8.70%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (8.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (8.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (30.43%) StarTeam
General
1 3 (13.04%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.35%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (21.74%) Analyst
1 5 (21.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 5 (21.74%) Test Analyst
2 4 (17.39%) Wintel Engineer
3 2 (8.70%) Administrator
3 2 (8.70%) DBA
3 2 (8.70%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) IT Administrator
3 2 (8.70%) IT Systems Administrator
3 2 (8.70%) SCCM Administrator
3 2 (8.70%) SQL DBA
3 2 (8.70%) SQL Server DBA
3 2 (8.70%) Systems Administrator
3 2 (8.70%) Tester
3 2 (8.70%) Windows Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
4 1 (4.35%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Consultant
4 1 (4.35%) IT Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 15 (65.22%) Clustering
2 7 (30.43%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (8.70%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 18 (78.26%) Windows
2 13 (56.52%) Windows Server 2003
2 13 (56.52%) Windows Server 2008
2 13 (56.52%) Windows Server 2012
3 7 (30.43%) AIX
3 7 (30.43%) Windows 7
3 7 (30.43%) Windows XP
4 6 (26.09%) Windows 10
5 4 (17.39%) Windows Server
6 2 (8.70%) Linux
7 1 (4.35%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (34.78%) Server Virtualisation
2 7 (30.43%) Change Management
3 6 (26.09%) Change Control
3 6 (26.09%) Disaster Recovery
3 6 (26.09%) Software Testing
3 6 (26.09%) Test Scripting
3 6 (26.09%) Time Management
4 5 (21.74%) Server Building
4 5 (21.74%) Smoke Testing
5 3 (13.04%) Infrastructure Monitoring
5 3 (13.04%) Supplier Management
6 2 (8.70%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (8.70%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (4.35%) Incident Management
7 1 (4.35%) Information Security
7 1 (4.35%) ITIL
7 1 (4.35%) Problem Management
7 1 (4.35%) Project Management
7 1 (4.35%) Risk Assessment
7 1 (4.35%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 11 (47.83%) SQL
2 3 (13.04%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.35%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 23 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (56.52%) MCSA
3 9 (39.13%) MCITP
4 7 (30.43%) ISTQB
4 7 (30.43%) MCTS
5 4 (17.39%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (13.04%) SC Cleared
6 3 (13.04%) Security Cleared
7 1 (4.35%) CISM
7 1 (4.35%) CISSP
7 1 (4.35%) Degree
7 1 (4.35%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (39.13%) Active Directory
2 8 (34.78%) Hyper-V
3 7 (30.43%) vSphere
4 6 (26.09%) Veritas Volume Manager
5 3 (13.04%) XenApp
6 2 (8.70%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (4.35%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (30.43%) McAfee ePO
1 7 (30.43%) Netcool
2 6 (26.09%) Microsoft Clustering
2 6 (26.09%) NetBackup
3 3 (13.04%) SCCM
4 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 2 (8.70%) SCOM
4 2 (8.70%) SCVMM
4 2 (8.70%) SnapMirror
4 2 (8.70%) WSUS
5 1 (4.35%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 19 (82.61%) Microsoft
2 16 (69.57%) Citrix
3 13 (56.52%) Veritas
4 8 (34.78%) VMware
5 7 (30.43%) Intel Security
6 6 (26.09%) HP
7 3 (13.04%) Cisco
8 2 (8.70%) Avaya
8 2 (8.70%) Dell
8 2 (8.70%) NetApp
8 2 (8.70%) Palo Alto
8 2 (8.70%) Riverbed
8 2 (8.70%) Veeam
8 2 (8.70%) WatchGuard
9 1 (4.35%) CheckPoint
9 1 (4.35%) Red Hat