Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 262 257 237
Rank change year-on-year -5 -20 -29
Contract jobs citing MCSE 117 119 139
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.71% 0.74% 0.82%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.22% 3.27% 3.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 62 93
South East median daily rate £375 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -7.14% -3.45%
10th Percentile £175 £138 £186
90th Percentile £498 £500 £464
England median daily rate £350 £328 £330
% change year-on-year +6.87% -0.76% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 16 10
South East median hourly rate £19.39 £16.75 £21.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.73% -21.47% -1.02%
10th Percentile £17.50 £14.75 £14.85
90th Percentile £21.27 £39.25 £47.40
England median hourly rate £17.41 £16.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +5.52% -21.43% -1.63%

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 3,637 3,635 4,453
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.11% 22.52% 26.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,015 2,047 2,685
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £234 £216 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £416
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.29% +3.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 218 218 209
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £23.13 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +72.97% -15.91% -
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £53.86 £48.75 £52.25
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% +7.84% +10.87%

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 15 October 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 15 October 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 -2 40 £406 -9.72% 11
Hampshire +2 36 £405 +67.01% 8
Surrey -21 25 £225 +18.42% 10
Buckinghamshire +10 20 £450 -6.49% 4
Berkshire -15 13 £363 +16.00% 2
West Sussex -2 11 £300 -20.00% 3
Oxfordshire +7 7 £394 +31.25% 5
Kent -1 2 £188 -46.43% 3
East Sussex - 2 £600 - 1
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 15 October 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.

1 117 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 80 (68.38%) Windows
3 68 (58.12%) Microsoft
4 57 (48.72%) Active Directory
5 52 (44.44%) ITIL
6 42 (35.90%) VMware
6 42 (35.90%) Office 365
7 38 (32.48%) Windows Server
8 36 (30.77%) SCCM
9 31 (26.50%) Windows 10
10 25 (21.37%) VMware Infrastructure
11 23 (19.66%) Windows 7
12 22 (18.80%) MCSA
12 22 (18.80%) Cisco
13 21 (17.95%) DNS
13 21 (17.95%) SQL Server
14 20 (17.09%) Windows Server 2012
14 20 (17.09%) Problem-Solving
15 19 (16.24%) Microsoft Azure
15 19 (16.24%) Cisco Certification
16 17 (14.53%) Citrix
16 17 (14.53%) WAN
16 17 (14.53%) Microsoft Office
16 17 (14.53%) Windows Server 2003
16 17 (14.53%) PowerShell
16 17 (14.53%) Windows Server 2008
16 17 (14.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 16 (13.68%) Finance
17 16 (13.68%) MCP
17 16 (13.68%) vSphere

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 13 (11.11%) MS Exchange
2 10 (8.55%) SharePoint
3 8 (6.84%) IIS
3 8 (6.84%) Skype for Business
4 5 (4.27%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (3.42%) OpenStack
6 3 (2.56%) CMS
6 3 (2.56%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.71%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.71%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.85%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.85%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 17 (14.53%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (3.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.71%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.85%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 42 (35.90%) Office 365
2 19 (16.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (6.84%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (4.27%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (3.42%) Mimecast
6 3 (2.56%) IaaS
6 3 (2.56%) PaaS
7 2 (1.71%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (1.71%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.85%) Azure Machine Learning
8 1 (0.85%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 21 (17.95%) DNS
2 17 (14.53%) WAN
3 14 (11.97%) DHCP
3 14 (11.97%) Firewall
3 14 (11.97%) LAN
4 13 (11.11%) Internet
4 13 (11.11%) TCP/IP
5 12 (10.26%) VoIP
6 10 (8.55%) Network Security
7 9 (7.69%) VPN
8 8 (6.84%) iSCSI
9 7 (5.98%) SAN
9 7 (5.98%) Wireless
10 6 (5.13%) Kerberos
10 6 (5.13%) Skype
11 5 (4.27%) IP Telephony
11 5 (4.27%) X.500
12 4 (3.42%) Cisco ASA
12 4 (3.42%) Intranet
12 4 (3.42%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (17.95%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (1.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (0.85%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.85%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (0.85%) Big Data
3 1 (0.85%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.85%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.85%) HDInsight
3 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (0.85%) OLTP
3 1 (0.85%) Power BI
3 1 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 7 (5.98%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.85%) JIRA
3 1 (0.85%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.85%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 16 (13.68%) Finance
2 8 (6.84%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.42%) Marketing
3 4 (3.42%) Retail
4 3 (2.56%) Banking
5 1 (0.85%) Military
5 1 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 12 (10.26%) Analyst
2 10 (8.55%) Consultant
2 10 (8.55%) Desktop Support
2 10 (8.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (6.84%) Support Engineer
3 8 (6.84%) VMware Engineer
4 7 (5.98%) Architect
5 6 (5.13%) Desktop Engineer
5 6 (5.13%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 6 (5.13%) Developer
5 6 (5.13%) Infrastructure Manager
6 5 (4.27%) Administrator
6 5 (4.27%) IT Manager
6 5 (4.27%) Systems Engineer
7 4 (3.42%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 4 (3.42%) IT Services Manager
7 4 (3.42%) IT Support
7 4 (3.42%) Service Desk Manager
7 4 (3.42%) Service Manager
7 4 (3.42%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.84%) LDAP
2 7 (5.98%) .NET
3 4 (3.42%) ASP.NET
4 3 (2.56%) Web Services
5 2 (1.71%) CSS
5 2 (1.71%) jQuery
5 2 (1.71%) XML
5 2 (1.71%) XSLT
6 1 (0.85%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 15 (12.82%) Data Centre
2 14 (11.97%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (9.40%) Video Conferencing
4 6 (5.13%) Computer Science
4 6 (5.13%) Management Information System
4 6 (5.13%) PKI
4 6 (5.13%) Replication
5 4 (3.42%) Client/Server
5 4 (3.42%) Clustering
5 4 (3.42%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.71%) Driving Licence
6 2 (1.71%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.85%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.85%) CESG
7 1 (0.85%) CMDB
7 1 (0.85%) Internet of Things
7 1 (0.85%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.85%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.85%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.85%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 80 (68.38%) Windows
2 38 (32.48%) Windows Server
3 31 (26.50%) Windows 10
4 23 (19.66%) Windows 7
5 20 (17.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 17 (14.53%) Windows Server 2003
6 17 (14.53%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (8.55%) Linux
8 5 (4.27%) Apple iOS
8 5 (4.27%) Unix
9 4 (3.42%) Mac OS X
10 3 (2.56%) Windows 8
11 2 (1.71%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.85%) AIX
12 1 (0.85%) CentOS
12 1 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.85%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.85%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.85%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (44.44%) ITIL
2 20 (17.09%) Problem-Solving
3 15 (12.82%) Change Management
4 13 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 13 (11.11%) ITIL V3
4 13 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
5 10 (8.55%) Disaster Recovery
5 10 (8.55%) Migration
5 10 (8.55%) PRINCE2
6 9 (7.69%) High Availability
7 8 (6.84%) Identity Management
7 8 (6.84%) Performance Tuning
8 7 (5.98%) Cybersecurity
8 7 (5.98%) Mentoring
9 5 (4.27%) Change Control
9 5 (4.27%) CRM
9 5 (4.27%) Investment Management
9 5 (4.27%) Operations Management
9 5 (4.27%) Server Virtualisation
9 5 (4.27%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (14.53%) PowerShell
2 12 (10.26%) SQL
3 7 (5.98%) C#
4 6 (5.13%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.56%) VB
6 1 (0.85%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
6 1 (0.85%) Python
6 1 (0.85%) R
6 1 (0.85%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.85%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 117 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 22 (18.80%) MCSA
3 19 (16.24%) Cisco Certification
4 17 (14.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 16 (13.68%) MCP
5 16 (13.68%) Security Cleared
6 15 (12.82%) CCNP
7 13 (11.11%) SC Cleared
8 12 (10.26%) Degree
9 9 (7.69%) CCNA
9 9 (7.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 8 (6.84%) VCP6
11 7 (5.98%) MCDST
12 6 (5.13%) CISM
12 6 (5.13%) CISMP
12 6 (5.13%) CISSP
12 6 (5.13%) MCITP
13 4 (3.42%) CCIE
13 4 (3.42%) MOS
14 3 (2.56%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (9.40%) SLA
2 2 (1.71%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.71%) GDPR
3 1 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.85%) JSP 440
System Software
1 57 (48.72%) Active Directory
2 25 (21.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (13.68%) vSphere
4 12 (10.26%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (6.84%) Hyper-V
6 7 (5.98%) NFS
6 7 (5.98%) vCloud
7 5 (4.27%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 5 (4.27%) XenApp
8 4 (3.42%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (3.42%) XenDesktop
9 2 (1.71%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (1.71%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.85%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.85%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.85%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 36 (30.77%) SCCM
2 6 (5.13%) vRealize
3 4 (3.42%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (3.42%) NetBackup
4 3 (2.56%) AirWatch
4 3 (2.56%) Cisco CUCM
4 3 (2.56%) EMC NetWorker
4 3 (2.56%) Failover Clustering
4 3 (2.56%) Microsoft Clustering
4 3 (2.56%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (2.56%) WSUS
5 2 (1.71%) Backup Exec
5 2 (1.71%) Cisco UCCE
5 2 (1.71%) Cisco UCCX
6 1 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.85%) PaperCut
6 1 (0.85%) SCOM
6 1 (0.85%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.85%) SolarWinds Orion
6 1 (0.85%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 68 (58.12%) Microsoft
2 42 (35.90%) VMware
3 22 (18.80%) Cisco
4 17 (14.53%) Citrix
5 12 (10.26%) HP
6 10 (8.55%) Avaya
7 9 (7.69%) Wyse
8 7 (5.98%) Remedy
9 6 (5.13%) ServiceNow
10 5 (4.27%) Apple
10 5 (4.27%) Bloomberg
10 5 (4.27%) EMC
10 5 (4.27%) Intel
10 5 (4.27%) McAfee
10 5 (4.27%) Oracle
10 5 (4.27%) Polycom
10 5 (4.27%) Reuters
11 4 (3.42%) Dell
11 4 (3.42%) SolarWinds
12 3 (2.56%) Acme Packet