Period
to 20 June 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 June 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 > South East
6 months to
20 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 228 248 242
Rank change year-on-year +20 -6 -18
Contract jobs citing MCSE 138 132 114
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.94% 0.80% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.91% 3.57% 2.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 81 61
South East median daily rate £450 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +15.38% -7.14%
10th Percentile £244 £213 £145
90th Percentile £575 £513 £525
England median daily rate £425 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +17.24% +3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 1 16
South East median hourly rate £33.40 £43.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.22% +155.88% -20.30%
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +18.75% -24.99%

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 South East with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South East
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3,525 3,702 4,078
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 23.90% 22.42% 26.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,063 2,021 2,335
South East median daily rate £445 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.71% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £250
90th Percentile £588 £568 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 234 184 263
South East median hourly rate £32.25 £37.25 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.42% +86.25% -44.83%
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.08 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.35 £55.00 £52.50
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +40.00% -16.67% +7.14%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing MCSE as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the South East

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in the South East

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in the South East over the 6 months to 20 June 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in the South East

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in the South East

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in the South East over the 6 months to 20 June 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the South East

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the South East region over the 6 months to 20 June 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
Hampshire +44 67 £495 +16.47%
Thames Valley +8 31 £475 +5.56% 2
Surrey +25 24 £341 +51.67% 2
Berkshire +5 24 £475 +5.56% 1
West Sussex +9 10 £613 +104.17% 1
Buckinghamshire +4 6 £487 +8.28%
Kent -27 4 £350 -
Oxfordshire +22 1 £413 +10.00% 1
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 20 June 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 South East region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 138 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 94 (68.12%) Microsoft
3 63 (45.65%) Windows
4 57 (41.30%) ITIL
4 57 (41.30%) Active Directory
4 57 (41.30%) Microsoft Azure
5 55 (39.86%) Cisco Certification
6 53 (38.41%) VMware
7 50 (36.23%) CCNA
8 41 (29.71%) Citrix
9 39 (28.26%) Cisco
10 38 (27.54%) Security Cleared
11 37 (26.81%) Amazon AWS
12 34 (24.64%) SC Cleared
13 32 (23.19%) VMware Infrastructure
13 32 (23.19%) Office 365
14 31 (22.46%) Windows Server
14 31 (22.46%) MCSA
15 30 (21.74%) Linux
15 30 (21.74%) Server Virtualisation
16 29 (21.01%) PRINCE2
16 29 (21.01%) DNS
16 29 (21.01%) Degree
17 28 (20.29%) SQL Server
18 27 (19.57%) Migration
19 26 (18.84%) PaaS
20 24 (17.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
21 23 (16.67%) SQL
21 23 (16.67%) MS Exchange
22 22 (15.94%) Firewall

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 23 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 13 (9.42%) SharePoint
3 6 (4.35%) IIS
3 6 (4.35%) Skype for Business
4 5 (3.62%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (2.90%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (2.90%) OpenStack
5 4 (2.90%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (2.17%) Apache
6 3 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.45%) Confluence
8 1 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.72%) Tomcat
Applications
1 16 (11.59%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.90%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.45%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 57 (41.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 37 (26.81%) Amazon AWS
3 32 (23.19%) Office 365
4 26 (18.84%) PaaS
5 13 (9.42%) IaaS
5 13 (9.42%) SaaS
6 9 (6.52%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (3.62%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (2.90%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (2.90%) Google Analytics
8 4 (2.90%) Power Platform
9 3 (2.17%) ShareGate
10 1 (0.72%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 1 (0.72%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 29 (21.01%) DNS
2 22 (15.94%) Firewall
3 19 (13.77%) TCP/IP
4 18 (13.04%) DHCP
5 12 (8.70%) WAN
6 9 (6.52%) LAN
6 9 (6.52%) VoIP
7 8 (5.80%) Cisco ASA
7 8 (5.80%) Network Security
7 8 (5.80%) VPN
7 8 (5.80%) Wireless
8 7 (5.07%) SAN
8 7 (5.07%) VLAN
9 6 (4.35%) Internet
9 6 (4.35%) Skype
9 6 (4.35%) SSL
10 5 (3.62%) Unified Communications
10 5 (3.62%) Wi-Fi
11 4 (2.90%) iSCSI
11 4 (2.90%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (20.29%) SQL Server
2 11 (7.97%) SQL Server 2016
3 8 (5.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (5.07%) Big Data
4 7 (5.07%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (2.90%) Azure SQL Database
5 4 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (2.90%) OLAP
5 4 (2.90%) Power BI
5 4 (2.90%) SAP BW
5 4 (2.90%) SAP Data Services
5 4 (2.90%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (2.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (2.17%) Hadoop
6 3 (2.17%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (1.45%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.72%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.72%) HBase
8 1 (0.72%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.72%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 7 (5.07%) JIRA
2 3 (2.17%) Fiddler
2 3 (2.17%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (2.17%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.45%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (1.45%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.72%) Android Studio
4 1 (0.72%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.72%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.72%) MSI
General
1 10 (7.25%) Military
2 8 (5.80%) Finance
2 8 (5.80%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.90%) Retail
4 3 (2.17%) Legal
4 3 (2.17%) Marketing
5 1 (0.72%) Banking
5 1 (0.72%) Law
5 1 (0.72%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 45 (32.61%) Architect
2 18 (13.04%) Consultant
3 17 (12.32%) Technical Architect
4 16 (11.59%) Solutions Architect
5 13 (9.42%) Network Engineer
5 13 (9.42%) Senior Network Engineer
6 11 (7.97%) Infrastructure Architect
7 10 (7.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 9 (6.52%) Designer
8 9 (6.52%) Exchange Architect
8 9 (6.52%) Infrastructure Designer
9 7 (5.07%) Active Directory Architect
9 7 (5.07%) VMware Engineer
10 6 (4.35%) Infrastructure Consultant
10 6 (4.35%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
10 6 (4.35%) Support Engineer
11 5 (3.62%) Administrator
11 5 (3.62%) Developer
11 5 (3.62%) IT Support
12 4 (2.90%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.62%) .NET
2 4 (2.90%) Web Services
3 2 (1.45%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.45%) HTML
3 2 (1.45%) J2EE
3 2 (1.45%) JSON
4 1 (0.72%) COM
4 1 (0.72%) Dagger
4 1 (0.72%) LDAP
4 1 (0.72%) RESTful
4 1 (0.72%) Retrofit
4 1 (0.72%) RxJava
Miscellaneous
1 15 (10.87%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (8.70%) Data Centre
3 8 (5.80%) Public Cloud
4 6 (4.35%) PKI
4 6 (4.35%) Private Cloud
5 5 (3.62%) BYOD
5 5 (3.62%) Clustering
6 4 (2.90%) Client/Server
6 4 (2.90%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.45%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.45%) Replication
8 1 (0.72%) CESG
8 1 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.72%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.72%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.72%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 63 (45.65%) Windows
2 31 (22.46%) Windows Server
3 30 (21.74%) Linux
4 15 (10.87%) Windows Server 2012
5 11 (7.97%) Windows 10
6 10 (7.25%) Unix
6 10 (7.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (6.52%) AIX
8 8 (5.80%) Windows 7
9 5 (3.62%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (2.17%) Windows Vista
11 2 (1.45%) Android
11 2 (1.45%) Apple iOS
11 2 (1.45%) CentOS
11 2 (1.45%) Mac OS
11 2 (1.45%) Ubuntu
11 2 (1.45%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.72%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.72%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (41.30%) ITIL
2 30 (21.74%) Server Virtualisation
3 29 (21.01%) PRINCE2
4 27 (19.57%) Migration
5 20 (14.49%) TOGAF
6 19 (13.77%) Enterprise Architecture
7 16 (11.59%) ITSM
7 16 (11.59%) Service Management
8 15 (10.87%) Architectural Design
8 15 (10.87%) Desktop Virtualisation
9 14 (10.14%) Change Management
9 14 (10.14%) Incident Management
9 14 (10.14%) Risk Analysis
10 13 (9.42%) Application Performance Monitoring
10 13 (9.42%) Availability Management
10 13 (9.42%) Performance Management
10 13 (9.42%) Performance Monitoring
10 13 (9.42%) Problem Management
11 12 (8.70%) Problem-Solving
12 11 (7.97%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 23 (16.67%) SQL
2 14 (10.14%) PowerShell
3 6 (4.35%) VBScript
4 5 (3.62%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.45%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.72%) C
6 1 (0.72%) Java
6 1 (0.72%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 138 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 55 (39.86%) Cisco Certification
3 50 (36.23%) CCNA
4 38 (27.54%) Security Cleared
5 34 (24.64%) SC Cleared
6 31 (22.46%) MCSA
7 29 (21.01%) Degree
8 24 (17.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 18 (13.04%) MCP
10 17 (12.32%) TOGAF Certification
11 14 (10.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 14 (10.14%) MCITP
12 13 (9.42%) CCA
12 13 (9.42%) CCNP
12 13 (9.42%) Citrix Certification
12 13 (9.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 9 (6.52%) CCIE
14 8 (5.80%) DV Cleared
15 7 (5.07%) VCP6
16 6 (4.35%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (7.97%) SLA
2 7 (5.07%) QA
3 5 (3.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (2.17%) GDPR
5 1 (0.72%) NCSC
5 1 (0.72%) NIST
5 1 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 57 (41.30%) Active Directory
2 32 (23.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (14.49%) Hyper-V
4 9 (6.52%) vSphere
5 4 (2.90%) XenApp
6 3 (2.17%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (2.17%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.45%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (1.45%) NFS
7 2 (1.45%) vCloud
7 2 (1.45%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.72%) Docker
8 1 (0.72%) HDFS
8 1 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 22 (15.94%) SCCM
2 10 (7.25%) SCOM
3 9 (6.52%) NetBackup
4 7 (5.07%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (3.62%) Microsoft Clustering
6 4 (2.90%) Failover Clustering
6 4 (2.90%) Microsoft Intune
6 4 (2.90%) PaperCut
6 4 (2.90%) SCVMM
6 4 (2.90%) SolarWinds Orion
7 3 (2.17%) Oracle Identity Management
7 3 (2.17%) PingFederate
8 2 (1.45%) HP ALM
8 2 (1.45%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (1.45%) vCenter Server
8 2 (1.45%) vRealize
8 2 (1.45%) WSUS
9 1 (0.72%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.72%) vMotion
9 1 (0.72%) WMI
Vendors
1 94 (68.12%) Microsoft
2 53 (38.41%) VMware
3 41 (29.71%) Citrix
4 39 (28.26%) Cisco
5 17 (12.32%) HP
5 17 (12.32%) Oracle
6 11 (7.97%) Dell
7 10 (7.25%) NetApp
8 8 (5.80%) EMC
8 8 (5.80%) SolarWinds
9 5 (3.62%) CommVault
9 5 (3.62%) Dell Compellent
9 5 (3.62%) Polycom
10 4 (2.90%) Google
10 4 (2.90%) Juniper
10 4 (2.90%) SAP
10 4 (2.90%) WatchGuard
11 3 (2.17%) BMC
11 3 (2.17%) SonicWALL
11 3 (2.17%) Trend Micro