Period
to 22 November 2017

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 22 November 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 > South East
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 242 265 193
Rank change year-on-year +23 -72 -55
Contract jobs citing MCSE 135 117 209
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.80% 0.70% 1.09%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.62% 2.71% 4.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 82 116
South East median daily rate £328 £350 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.43% -3.45% +13.28%
10th Percentile £134 £186 £190
90th Percentile £509 £469 £583
England median daily rate £326 £330 £325
% change year-on-year -1.14% +1.54% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 5 40
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £17.06 £21.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.51% -20.08% +25.06%
10th Percentile £14.60 £15.27 £14.88
90th Percentile £39.55 £22.79 £25.08
England median hourly rate £16.75 £20.83 £18.00
% change year-on-year -19.59% +15.72% -5.26%

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 3727 4319 5144
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.13% 25.83% 26.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 2122 2645 3060
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £212 £255 £258
90th Percentile £550 £550 £525
England median daily rate £426 £424 £400
% change year-on-year +0.66% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 220 217 248
South East median hourly rate £25.06 £34.00 £29.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.29% +13.52% +76.18%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.71 £11.94
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.25 £50.53
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -1.96% +6.25% +26.32%

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 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 2017. 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
Thames Valley +8 59 £450 +28.57% 6
Surrey -28 31 £169 -60.29% 2
Berkshire +16 29 £425 +21.43% 3
Hampshire +18 26 £258 -14.17% 5
Buckinghamshire -12 23 £481 +30.07% 3
West Sussex +5 13 £388 - 2
Oxfordshire +1 6 £300 -
Kent -22 2 £350 -
East Sussex - 2 £450 -
Sussex - 1 - -
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 South East region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 135 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 108 (80.00%) Windows
3 101 (74.81%) Active Directory
4 99 (73.33%) Microsoft
5 61 (45.19%) MS Exchange
6 56 (41.48%) ITIL
7 54 (40.00%) Office 365
8 50 (37.04%) VMware
9 40 (29.63%) MCP
9 40 (29.63%) Windows Server
10 39 (28.89%) Windows 7
11 38 (28.15%) Citrix
11 38 (28.15%) Windows Server 2012
12 33 (24.44%) MCSA
12 33 (24.44%) Hyper-V
12 33 (24.44%) VMware Infrastructure
12 33 (24.44%) Windows Server 2008
13 32 (23.70%) SCCM
14 31 (22.96%) Cisco Certification
14 31 (22.96%) DHCP
14 31 (22.96%) TCP/IP
15 30 (22.22%) HP
15 30 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
16 28 (20.74%) DNS
16 28 (20.74%) SQL Server
17 27 (20.00%) Linux
18 26 (19.26%) Microsoft Office
18 26 (19.26%) PRINCE2
18 26 (19.26%) Cisco
18 26 (19.26%) CCNA

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 61 (45.19%) MS Exchange
2 19 (14.07%) Exchange Server 2010
3 18 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2007
4 15 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2013
4 15 (11.11%) SharePoint
5 9 (6.67%) IIS
6 7 (5.19%) Skype for Business
7 3 (2.22%) Apache
7 3 (2.22%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.74%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 26 (19.26%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (4.44%) MS Visio
3 4 (2.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.96%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.74%) AutoCAD
Cloud Services
1 54 (40.00%) Office 365
2 30 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (7.41%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (7.41%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (3.70%) IaaS
5 2 (1.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 2 (1.48%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (1.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (0.74%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 31 (22.96%) DHCP
1 31 (22.96%) TCP/IP
2 28 (20.74%) DNS
3 24 (17.78%) SAN
4 23 (17.04%) LAN
4 23 (17.04%) WAN
5 17 (12.59%) Firewall
6 16 (11.85%) VoIP
7 11 (8.15%) Skype
8 8 (5.93%) IP Telephony
8 8 (5.93%) NAS
9 4 (2.96%) BIG-IP
9 4 (2.96%) VLAN
10 3 (2.22%) VPN
11 2 (1.48%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (1.48%) Remote Desktop
11 2 (1.48%) Structured Cabling
12 1 (0.74%) iSCSI
12 1 (0.74%) NetScaler
12 1 (0.74%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (20.74%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.70%) SQL Server 2016
3 3 (2.22%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.48%) Big Data
4 2 (1.48%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (2.96%) Eclipse
2 1 (0.74%) MSI
General
1 11 (8.15%) Finance
2 1 (0.74%) French Language
2 1 (0.74%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 30 (22.22%) Architect
2 15 (11.11%) Analyst
3 14 (10.37%) Technical Architect
4 13 (9.63%) Service Desk Engineer
5 12 (8.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 7 (5.19%) 2nd Line Support
6 7 (5.19%) Consultant
6 7 (5.19%) Desktop Support
6 7 (5.19%) IT Manager
6 7 (5.19%) Service Analyst
6 7 (5.19%) Service Desk Analyst
6 7 (5.19%) Service Desk Technician
6 7 (5.19%) Support Engineer
6 7 (5.19%) Wintel Architect
7 6 (4.44%) 3rd Line Support
7 6 (4.44%) Service Desk Support
7 6 (4.44%) Technical Support
8 5 (3.70%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 5 (3.70%) Server Engineer
8 5 (3.70%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.22%) JSON
2 1 (0.74%) Software Packaging
2 1 (0.74%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 18 (13.33%) Data Centre
2 12 (8.89%) Clustering
3 11 (8.15%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (7.41%) PKI
5 8 (5.93%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.96%) Blackberry
6 4 (2.96%) CMDB
6 4 (2.96%) Virtual Team
7 3 (2.22%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.48%) N-Tier
8 2 (1.48%) Smartphone
8 2 (1.48%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.74%) Cyberthreat
9 1 (0.74%) Enterprise Storage
9 1 (0.74%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.74%) FMCG
9 1 (0.74%) Replication
9 1 (0.74%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 108 (80.00%) Windows
2 40 (29.63%) Windows Server
3 39 (28.89%) Windows 7
4 38 (28.15%) Windows Server 2012
5 33 (24.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 27 (20.00%) Linux
7 17 (12.59%) Windows 10
8 16 (11.85%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (6.67%) Unix
10 7 (5.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (4.44%) Windows 8
12 5 (3.70%) Windows Vista
13 3 (2.22%) Solaris
13 3 (2.22%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.74%) Android
14 1 (0.74%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (41.48%) ITIL
2 26 (19.26%) PRINCE2
3 19 (14.07%) Change Management
4 16 (11.85%) ITIL V3
5 15 (11.11%) Migration
6 14 (10.37%) TOGAF
7 11 (8.15%) Configuration Management
7 11 (8.15%) High Availability
8 10 (7.41%) Agile Software Development
8 10 (7.41%) Presales
9 9 (6.67%) Incident Management
9 9 (6.67%) Service Delivery
9 9 (6.67%) Service Management
10 7 (5.19%) Business Continuity
10 7 (5.19%) Data Management
10 7 (5.19%) Load Balancing
10 7 (5.19%) Project Management
11 6 (4.44%) DevOps
11 6 (4.44%) Mentoring
11 6 (4.44%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 19 (14.07%) PowerShell
2 12 (8.89%) SQL
3 2 (1.48%) C
3 2 (1.48%) VBScript
4 1 (0.74%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 135 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (29.63%) MCP
3 33 (24.44%) MCSA
4 31 (22.96%) Cisco Certification
5 26 (19.26%) CCNA
6 20 (14.81%) MCDST
6 20 (14.81%) SC Cleared
6 20 (14.81%) Security Cleared
7 14 (10.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 12 (8.89%) DV Cleared
8 12 (8.89%) MCITP
9 10 (7.41%) CCNP
10 6 (4.44%) RHCE
11 5 (3.70%) CISSP
11 5 (3.70%) Degree
12 4 (2.96%) BICSI Certification
12 4 (2.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 4 (2.96%) JNCIA
12 4 (2.96%) JNCIS
12 4 (2.96%) LPIC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.67%) SLA
2 8 (5.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.74%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 101 (74.81%) Active Directory
2 33 (24.44%) Hyper-V
2 33 (24.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (17.04%) XenApp
4 15 (11.11%) vSphere
5 10 (7.41%) XenDesktop
6 8 (5.93%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (4.44%) VMware Workstation
8 4 (2.96%) Firmware
9 3 (2.22%) BitLocker
9 3 (2.22%) XenServer
10 2 (1.48%) Docker
10 2 (1.48%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (1.48%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.74%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.74%) NFS
11 1 (0.74%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 32 (23.70%) SCCM
2 10 (7.41%) Microsoft Clustering
3 8 (5.93%) Norton AntiVirus
4 3 (2.22%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (2.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 3 (2.22%) SCOM
4 3 (2.22%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 2 (1.48%) Ansible
5 2 (1.48%) OpenView
5 2 (1.48%) OVSD
5 2 (1.48%) PowerCLI
6 1 (0.74%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.74%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.74%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.74%) vRealize
6 1 (0.74%) WSUS
Vendors
1 99 (73.33%) Microsoft
2 50 (37.04%) VMware
3 38 (28.15%) Citrix
4 30 (22.22%) HP
5 26 (19.26%) Cisco
6 12 (8.89%) Symantec
7 7 (5.19%) 3PAR
7 7 (5.19%) Avaya
7 7 (5.19%) NetApp
8 6 (4.44%) Dell
9 5 (3.70%) Juniper
10 4 (2.96%) F5
10 4 (2.96%) McAfee
10 4 (2.96%) Mitel
10 4 (2.96%) ServiceNow
11 3 (2.22%) Apple
11 3 (2.22%) Lotus
11 3 (2.22%) SolarWinds
11 3 (2.22%) StorageTek
11 3 (2.22%) Veeam