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 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
England / South East
Rank 193 167 180
Rank change year-on-year -26 +13  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 52 97 93
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.66% 1.05% 0.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.34% 3.83% 3.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 54 53
Median daily rate £313 £369 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.25% +22.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £121 £272 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £445 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £300
% change year-on-year +2.94% +13.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 12 6
Median hourly rate £17.50 £22.00 £36.58
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.45% -39.84%  
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 the South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 2221 2535 2670
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 28.30% 27.49% 27.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 1321 1561 1378
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 107 107
Median hourly rate £25.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £12.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £62.45 £50.44
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 the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 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 3 months to 25 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 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
Hampshire +7 12 £168 -58.64% 7
Berkshire 0 11 £394 +12.50% 4
Surrey -7 10 £275 -21.42% 9
Kent +12 6 £350 -9.67%
Buckinghamshire -6 5 £500 +17.64% 1
Oxfordshire -9 4 £180 -44.61% 2
Middlesex +1 2 - -
West Sussex -1 2 - -
MCSE
England

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

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 South East region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 87 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 67 (77.01%) Windows
3 51 (58.62%) Microsoft
4 43 (49.43%) Active Directory
5 41 (47.13%) VMware
6 40 (45.98%) Windows Server 2012
7 39 (44.83%) Windows Server
8 27 (31.03%) ITIL
9 24 (27.59%) MCSA
10 23 (26.44%) MCP
11 22 (25.29%) Linux
12 20 (22.99%) Windows Server 2003
12 20 (22.99%) Windows Server 2008
13 18 (20.69%) Microsoft Azure
13 18 (20.69%) Cisco Certification
14 17 (19.54%) SQL
14 17 (19.54%) VMware Infrastructure
14 17 (19.54%) PowerShell
14 17 (19.54%) Office 365
15 16 (18.39%) MCITP
15 16 (18.39%) Finance
16 14 (16.09%) CCNA
16 14 (16.09%) MS Exchange
17 13 (14.94%) Cisco
18 12 (13.79%) MS Office
19 11 (12.64%) SharePoint
19 11 (12.64%) Service Delivery
19 11 (12.64%) Nessus
19 11 (12.64%) SolarWinds
19 11 (12.64%) Amazon AWS

MCSE
Top Related 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 (16.09%) MS Exchange
2 11 (12.64%) SharePoint
3 8 (9.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (9.20%) Skype for Business
4 6 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (5.75%) IIS
6 3 (3.45%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (2.30%) Apache
8 1 (1.15%) Drupal
8 1 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (1.15%) WebSphere
Applications
1 12 (13.79%) MS Office
2 9 (10.34%) MS Excel
3 4 (4.60%) MS Visio
4 3 (3.45%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (2.30%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (4.60%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (2.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.30%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (1.15%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 18 (20.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (19.54%) Office 365
3 11 (12.64%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (9.20%) IaaS
5 5 (5.75%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (5.75%) PaaS
6 3 (3.45%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (2.30%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (2.30%) GitHub
7 2 (2.30%) OneDrive
7 2 (2.30%) SaaS
8 1 (1.15%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (1.15%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (1.15%) Amazon S3
8 1 (1.15%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (1.15%) CloudFront
8 1 (1.15%) G Suite
8 1 (1.15%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (1.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 9 (10.34%) Network Security
2 7 (8.05%) Firewall
2 7 (8.05%) SAN
2 7 (8.05%) VPN
3 6 (6.90%) DNS
3 6 (6.90%) LAN
3 6 (6.90%) WAN
4 5 (5.75%) DHCP
5 4 (4.60%) MPLS
5 4 (4.60%) Structured Cabling
5 4 (4.60%) VoIP
5 4 (4.60%) Wireless
6 3 (3.45%) BIG-IP
6 3 (3.45%) Remote Desktop
6 3 (3.45%) RFID
6 3 (3.45%) Skype
6 3 (3.45%) TCP/IP
7 2 (2.30%) HTTP
7 2 (2.30%) Internet
7 2 (2.30%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (10.34%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.60%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (3.45%) MySQL
3 3 (3.45%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (3.45%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (2.30%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.15%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.15%) DB2
5 1 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 5 (5.75%) Git (software)
2 2 (2.30%) Jenkins
2 2 (2.30%) JIRA
3 1 (1.15%) MSI
General
1 16 (18.39%) Finance
2 7 (8.05%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.30%) Local Government
3 2 (2.30%) Retail
4 1 (1.15%) Banking
4 1 (1.15%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.15%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 13 (14.94%) Consultant
2 12 (13.79%) Systems Engineer
3 11 (12.64%) Windows Engineer
3 11 (12.64%) Windows Systems Engineer
4 9 (10.34%) Architect
5 8 (9.20%) 2nd Line Support
5 8 (9.20%) Analyst
6 7 (8.05%) Server Engineer
7 6 (6.90%) Desktop Support
7 6 (6.90%) Infrastructure Architect
8 5 (5.75%) Cloud Specialist
8 5 (5.75%) Infrastructure Consultant
8 5 (5.75%) Support Analyst
9 4 (4.60%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
9 4 (4.60%) Administrator
9 4 (4.60%) Azure Consultant
9 4 (4.60%) IT Engineer
9 4 (4.60%) IT Support
9 4 (4.60%) Messaging Specialist
9 4 (4.60%) Windows Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.45%) .NET
2 2 (2.30%) WAP
3 1 (1.15%) ActiveX
3 1 (1.15%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.15%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (1.15%) CSS
3 1 (1.15%) CSS3
3 1 (1.15%) HTML
3 1 (1.15%) HTML5
3 1 (1.15%) REST
3 1 (1.15%) SAML
3 1 (1.15%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.34%) Data Centre
2 5 (5.75%) Clustering
2 5 (5.75%) Computer Science
3 4 (4.60%) Management Information System
3 4 (4.60%) PKI
4 3 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (3.45%) EPoS
4 3 (3.45%) User Experience
5 2 (2.30%) Blackberry
5 2 (2.30%) CCTV
5 2 (2.30%) CMDB
5 2 (2.30%) Driving Licence
5 2 (2.30%) Enterprise Cloud
5 2 (2.30%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (2.30%) iPad
5 2 (2.30%) Replication
5 2 (2.30%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (2.30%) Virtual Team
6 1 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.15%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 67 (77.01%) Windows
2 40 (45.98%) Windows Server 2012
3 39 (44.83%) Windows Server
4 22 (25.29%) Linux
5 20 (22.99%) Windows Server 2003
5 20 (22.99%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (11.49%) Windows 7
7 5 (5.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (5.75%) Unix
8 3 (3.45%) Windows 10
9 2 (2.30%) Mac OS
9 2 (2.30%) Mac OS X
9 2 (2.30%) Windows 2000
9 2 (2.30%) Windows NT
9 2 (2.30%) Windows XP
10 1 (1.15%) Amazon Linux
10 1 (1.15%) Ubuntu
10 1 (1.15%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (31.03%) ITIL
2 11 (12.64%) Service Delivery
3 10 (11.49%) ITIL V3
4 8 (9.20%) Migration
5 5 (5.75%) Server Patching
6 4 (4.60%) Change Management
6 4 (4.60%) Disaster Recovery
6 4 (4.60%) Virtual Environments
7 3 (3.45%) Configuration Management
7 3 (3.45%) Data Migration
7 3 (3.45%) DevOps
7 3 (3.45%) Infrastructure Monitoring
7 3 (3.45%) ITSM
7 3 (3.45%) Kalman Filter
7 3 (3.45%) Network Design
7 3 (3.45%) Service Management
7 3 (3.45%) Web Filtering
8 2 (2.30%) Cybersecurity
8 2 (2.30%) Data Protection
8 2 (2.30%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 17 (19.54%) PowerShell
1 17 (19.54%) SQL
2 7 (8.05%) Bash Shell
2 7 (8.05%) Python
3 6 (6.90%) JavaScript
4 5 (5.75%) Perl
4 5 (5.75%) Ruby
5 3 (3.45%) VBScript
6 2 (2.30%) C
7 1 (1.15%) VB
Qualifications
1 87 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (27.59%) MCSA
3 23 (26.44%) MCP
4 18 (20.69%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (18.39%) MCITP
6 14 (16.09%) CCNA
7 9 (10.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (8.05%) Degree
9 5 (5.75%) A+ Certification
9 5 (5.75%) Security Cleared
10 4 (4.60%) CCIE
10 4 (4.60%) RHCE
10 4 (4.60%) SC Cleared
11 3 (3.45%) CCNP
11 3 (3.45%) DV Cleared
11 3 (3.45%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (3.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (3.45%) MCSD
11 3 (3.45%) MCTS
12 2 (2.30%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (2.30%) PCI DSS
1 2 (2.30%) SLA
2 1 (1.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 43 (49.43%) Active Directory
2 17 (19.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (9.20%) Hyper-V
3 8 (9.20%) vSphere
4 3 (3.45%) Firmware
4 3 (3.45%) VMware Workstation
4 3 (3.45%) XenApp
5 2 (2.30%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (2.30%) UAG
5 2 (2.30%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (2.30%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.15%) BitLocker
6 1 (1.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (1.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (1.15%) Terminal Server
6 1 (1.15%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (1.15%) VMware ESX
6 1 (1.15%) Xen
6 1 (1.15%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 11 (12.64%) Nessus
2 8 (9.20%) Puppet
2 8 (9.20%) SCCM
3 4 (4.60%) Ansible
3 4 (4.60%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (3.45%) NetBackup
5 2 (2.30%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (2.30%) SCOM
5 2 (2.30%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 2 (2.30%) Tivoli
5 2 (2.30%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (1.15%) EdgeSight
6 1 (1.15%) EMC NetWorker
6 1 (1.15%) Nagios
Vendors
1 51 (58.62%) Microsoft
2 41 (47.13%) VMware
3 13 (14.94%) Cisco
4 11 (12.64%) LANDesk
4 11 (12.64%) SolarWinds
5 10 (11.49%) Citrix
5 10 (11.49%) HP
6 7 (8.05%) NetApp
6 7 (8.05%) Oracle
7 6 (6.90%) Apple
8 4 (4.60%) F5
9 3 (3.45%) Adobe
9 3 (3.45%) AppSense
9 3 (3.45%) Dell
9 3 (3.45%) EMC
9 3 (3.45%) Red Hat
9 3 (3.45%) ServiceNow
10 2 (2.30%) IBM
10 2 (2.30%) Juniper
10 2 (2.30%) SAP
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