Period
to 18 August 2018

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 18 August 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 > South East
6 months to
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 284 263 228
Rank change year-on-year -21 -35 -20
Contract jobs citing MCSE 97 109 164
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.58% 0.68% 0.90%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.56% 2.80% 3.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 51 107
South East median daily rate £397 £330 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.30% -8.33% +3.60%
10th Percentile £200 £150 £235
90th Percentile £506 £519 £450
England median daily rate £363 £350 £331
% change year-on-year +3.57% +5.66% +1.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 21 13
South East median hourly rate £19.39 £17.50 £21.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.77% -17.96% -1.02%
10th Percentile £17.50 £14.50 £10.98
90th Percentile £21.27 £38.75 £45.70
England median hourly rate £17.41 £16.50 £20.92
% change year-on-year +5.52% -21.11% -1.09%

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 3,782 3,887 4,983
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.50% 24.16% 27.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,081 2,163 3,044
South East median daily rate £425 £401 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.12% +0.13% +5.26%
10th Percentile £240 £249 £257
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 248 186
South East median hourly rate £34.50 £20.25 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +70.37% -19.00% +3.65%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £11.53
90th Percentile £52.05 £50.15 £51.75
England median hourly rate £22.50 £28.75 £26.50
% change year-on-year -21.74% +8.49% +15.22%

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 18 August 2018.

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
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 18 August 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
Thames Valley -13 36 £450 - 6
Hampshire -8 27 £415 +27.69% 9
Buckinghamshire +22 19 £450 -2.70% 3
Surrey -24 19 £225 +18.42% 6
Berkshire -25 14 £399 -6.24% 3
West Sussex 0 9 £300 - 2
Kent -3 4 £188 -44.44% 3
Oxfordshire -1 3 £375 +150.00%
East Sussex - 2 £300 - 1
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 South East region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 97 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 66 (68.04%) Windows
3 64 (65.98%) Microsoft
4 53 (54.64%) Active Directory
5 49 (50.52%) ITIL
6 34 (35.05%) VMware
7 33 (34.02%) Windows 7
8 31 (31.96%) Office 365
9 29 (29.90%) SCCM
10 28 (28.87%) Windows Server
11 25 (25.77%) Windows 10
11 25 (25.77%) MCSA
12 24 (24.74%) Security Cleared
13 23 (23.71%) Windows Server 2012
13 23 (23.71%) Problem-Solving
14 22 (22.68%) VMware Infrastructure
14 22 (22.68%) SC Cleared
15 21 (21.65%) Windows Server 2008
16 20 (20.62%) Microsoft Office
17 19 (19.59%) MCP
18 18 (18.56%) Citrix
18 18 (18.56%) ITIL V3
18 18 (18.56%) Analytical Skills
19 17 (17.53%) DNS
19 17 (17.53%) Change Management
19 17 (17.53%) Windows Server 2003
20 16 (16.49%) Cisco
20 16 (16.49%) DHCP
21 15 (15.46%) SQL
21 15 (15.46%) Cisco Certification

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 14 (14.43%) MS Exchange
2 7 (7.22%) Exchange Server 2010
2 7 (7.22%) SharePoint
3 5 (5.15%) Exchange Server 2013
3 5 (5.15%) Skype for Business
4 4 (4.12%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (4.12%) IIS
4 4 (4.12%) OpenStack
5 2 (2.06%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (2.06%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (2.06%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (1.03%) Apache Spark
6 1 (1.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 20 (20.62%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.03%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (1.03%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 31 (31.96%) Office 365
2 12 (12.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (7.22%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (4.12%) Mimecast
5 2 (2.06%) OneDrive
5 2 (2.06%) PaaS
6 1 (1.03%) Azure Machine Learning
6 1 (1.03%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (17.53%) DNS
2 16 (16.49%) DHCP
3 13 (13.40%) WAN
4 12 (12.37%) LAN
4 12 (12.37%) TCP/IP
5 11 (11.34%) Firewall
6 7 (7.22%) VPN
7 6 (6.19%) Internet
7 6 (6.19%) Network Security
7 6 (6.19%) Wireless
8 5 (5.15%) Kerberos
8 5 (5.15%) X.500
9 4 (4.12%) Skype
9 4 (4.12%) VoIP
10 3 (3.09%) IP Telephony
10 3 (3.09%) SAN
10 3 (3.09%) Wi-Fi
11 2 (2.06%) Cisco ASA
11 2 (2.06%) iSCSI
12 1 (1.03%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (14.43%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (4.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (3.09%) Big Data
4 3 (3.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (2.06%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 2 (2.06%) OLTP
5 2 (2.06%) Power BI
5 2 (2.06%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (1.03%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.03%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (1.03%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.03%) HDInsight
6 1 (1.03%) OLAP
6 1 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (1.03%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 3 (3.09%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (3.09%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (6.19%) Marketing
1 6 (6.19%) Retail
1 6 (6.19%) Telecoms
2 5 (5.15%) Finance
3 1 (1.03%) Legal
3 1 (1.03%) Military
3 1 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 15 (15.46%) Architect
2 13 (13.40%) Analyst
3 9 (9.28%) Desktop Support
4 6 (6.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 6 (6.19%) Infrastructure Manager
4 6 (6.19%) IT Manager
4 6 (6.19%) Wintel Engineer
5 5 (5.15%) IT Services Manager
5 5 (5.15%) Service Desk Manager
5 5 (5.15%) Service Manager
5 5 (5.15%) Support Engineer
6 4 (4.12%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (4.12%) Desktop Analyst
6 4 (4.12%) Solutions Architect
6 4 (4.12%) Support Analyst
6 4 (4.12%) Systems Engineer
6 4 (4.12%) Technical Architect
6 4 (4.12%) VMware Engineer
7 3 (3.09%) IT Support
7 3 (3.09%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.19%) LDAP
2 4 (4.12%) .NET
3 3 (3.09%) AngularJS
3 3 (3.09%) Node.js
3 3 (3.09%) React
3 3 (3.09%) REST
3 3 (3.09%) Web Services
4 2 (2.06%) CSS
4 2 (2.06%) jQuery
4 2 (2.06%) Software Packaging
4 2 (2.06%) XML
4 2 (2.06%) XSLT
5 1 (1.03%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.03%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.03%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (1.03%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (1.03%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 18 (18.56%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (11.34%) Data Centre
3 6 (6.19%) Management Information System
3 6 (6.19%) PKI
3 6 (6.19%) Replication
4 5 (5.15%) Client/Server
4 5 (5.15%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (4.12%) Clustering
6 3 (3.09%) Mobile App
7 2 (2.06%) Computer Science
8 1 (1.03%) Blackberry
8 1 (1.03%) CESG
8 1 (1.03%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.03%) Internet of Things
8 1 (1.03%) iSeries
8 1 (1.03%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (1.03%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 66 (68.04%) Windows
2 33 (34.02%) Windows 7
3 28 (28.87%) Windows Server
4 25 (25.77%) Windows 10
5 23 (23.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (21.65%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (17.53%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (8.25%) Linux
9 5 (5.15%) Apple iOS
10 4 (4.12%) Windows 8
11 3 (3.09%) Android
12 1 (1.03%) AIX
12 1 (1.03%) CentOS
12 1 (1.03%) Ubuntu
12 1 (1.03%) Unix
12 1 (1.03%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (50.52%) ITIL
2 23 (23.71%) Problem-Solving
3 18 (18.56%) ITIL V3
4 17 (17.53%) Change Management
5 12 (12.37%) PRINCE2
6 10 (10.31%) Migration
6 10 (10.31%) Stakeholder Management
7 9 (9.28%) Cybersecurity
7 9 (9.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 9 (9.28%) TOGAF
8 8 (8.25%) Service Delivery
9 7 (7.22%) Software Deployment
10 6 (6.19%) High Availability
10 6 (6.19%) Identity Management
10 6 (6.19%) Performance Management
11 5 (5.15%) Enterprise Architecture
11 5 (5.15%) Incident Management
11 5 (5.15%) Investment Management
11 5 (5.15%) Operations Management
11 5 (5.15%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (15.46%) SQL
2 12 (12.37%) PowerShell
3 6 (6.19%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.09%) C#
4 3 (3.09%) T-SQL
4 3 (3.09%) TypeScript
4 3 (3.09%) VB
5 2 (2.06%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
5 2 (2.06%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.03%) Python
6 1 (1.03%) R
Qualifications
1 97 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 25 (25.77%) MCSA
3 24 (24.74%) Security Cleared
4 22 (22.68%) SC Cleared
5 19 (19.59%) MCP
6 15 (15.46%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (12.37%) CCNP
8 8 (8.25%) MCDST
8 8 (8.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 7 (7.22%) Degree
9 7 (7.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 6 (6.19%) CISM
10 6 (6.19%) CISMP
10 6 (6.19%) CISSP
10 6 (6.19%) DV Cleared
10 6 (6.19%) MCITP
11 4 (4.12%) CCNA
12 3 (3.09%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
13 2 (2.06%) MCTS
13 2 (2.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (9.28%) SLA
2 4 (4.12%) QA
3 2 (2.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.03%) GDPR
4 1 (1.03%) JSP 440
System Software
1 53 (54.64%) Active Directory
2 22 (22.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (12.37%) vSphere
4 9 (9.28%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (8.25%) Hyper-V
6 6 (6.19%) XenApp
7 5 (5.15%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 5 (5.15%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (2.06%) NFS
8 2 (2.06%) vCloud
8 2 (2.06%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (1.03%) BitLocker
9 1 (1.03%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (1.03%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (1.03%) Terminal Services
9 1 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (1.03%) XenDesktop
9 1 (1.03%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 29 (29.90%) SCCM
2 5 (5.15%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (4.12%) EMC NetWorker
3 4 (4.12%) Microsoft Clustering
4 3 (3.09%) Backup Exec
4 3 (3.09%) NetBackup
4 3 (3.09%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (3.09%) WSUS
5 2 (2.06%) AirWatch
5 2 (2.06%) Nessus
5 2 (2.06%) vCenter Server
5 2 (2.06%) vRealize
6 1 (1.03%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (1.03%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (1.03%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 64 (65.98%) Microsoft
2 34 (35.05%) VMware
3 18 (18.56%) Citrix
4 16 (16.49%) Cisco
5 14 (14.43%) HP
6 9 (9.28%) McAfee
7 6 (6.19%) Remedy
7 6 (6.19%) ServiceNow
8 5 (5.15%) Bloomberg
8 5 (5.15%) EMC
8 5 (5.15%) Reuters
8 5 (5.15%) Wyse
9 4 (4.12%) Centrify
9 4 (4.12%) Ivanti
9 4 (4.12%) NetApp
9 4 (4.12%) SolarWinds
10 3 (3.09%) Nintex
10 3 (3.09%) Veeam
10 3 (3.09%) Veritas
10 3 (3.09%) Xamarin