Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 218 253 230
Rank change year-on-year +35 -23 -83
Contract jobs citing MCSE 164 109 171
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.97% 0.70% 0.94%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.42% 2.59% 3.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 72 91
South East median daily rate £350 £378 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.28% +9.42% +13.11%
10th Percentile £146 £169 £213
90th Percentile £513 £516 £588
England median daily rate £340 £340 £325
% change year-on-year - +4.62% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 32
South East median hourly rate £19.38 £17.28 £21.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.15% -19.72% +7.87%
10th Percentile £16.37 £15.34 £13.93
90th Percentile £38.63 £22.60 £44.50
England median hourly rate £17.13 £17.06 £20.00
% change year-on-year +0.42% -14.70% +8.11%

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 3,713 4,215 5,029
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.03% 27.15% 27.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,063 2,587 2,966
South East median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +2.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £231 £252 £256
90th Percentile £569 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £409
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.91% +2.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 194 237 264
South East median hourly rate £25.69 £25.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.75% -27.14% +100.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £10.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £53.75 £59.74
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £26.83
% change year-on-year -9.09% +2.50% +41.21%

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 21 February 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
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 21 February 2018.

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 21 February 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 -3 53 £450 +40.63% 26
Kent +15 36 £350 - 3
Surrey -31 33 £213 -50.00% 14
Hampshire +20 27 £263 -4.55% 7
Buckinghamshire -7 26 £475 -5.00% 16
Berkshire -11 24 £450 +40.63% 9
West Sussex -7 9 £356 -
Oxfordshire -15 3 £300 - 1
East Sussex - 3 £450 - 1
Sussex - 1 - -
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 21 February 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.

1 164 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 135 (82.32%) Windows
3 124 (75.61%) Active Directory
4 120 (73.17%) Microsoft
5 83 (50.61%) VMware
6 71 (43.29%) Windows Server
7 67 (40.85%) MCP
7 67 (40.85%) MCSA
8 63 (38.41%) ITIL
9 60 (36.59%) Office 365
10 58 (35.37%) Windows Server 2012
11 53 (32.32%) MS Exchange
12 44 (26.83%) MCITP
13 43 (26.22%) Windows Server 2003
14 39 (23.78%) Microsoft Azure
15 38 (23.17%) PowerShell
16 35 (21.34%) Ivanti
16 35 (21.34%) SCCM
16 35 (21.34%) SolarWinds
16 35 (21.34%) Windows 7
16 35 (21.34%) Citrix
17 34 (20.73%) Shavlik
18 31 (18.90%) Cisco Certification
18 31 (18.90%) Hyper-V
19 30 (18.29%) PRINCE2
20 28 (17.07%) HP
20 28 (17.07%) VMware Infrastructure
21 26 (15.85%) CCNA
21 26 (15.85%) LAN
21 26 (15.85%) WAN

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 53 (32.32%) MS Exchange
2 20 (12.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 17 (10.37%) SharePoint
4 16 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2007
5 14 (8.54%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (4.88%) Skype for Business
7 6 (3.66%) IIS
8 3 (1.83%) Apache
9 1 (0.61%) WebSphere
Applications
1 24 (14.63%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.44%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.83%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 60 (36.59%) Office 365
2 39 (23.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (10.37%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (4.88%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (2.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 4 (2.44%) Amazon EC2
5 4 (2.44%) IaaS
5 4 (2.44%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (1.22%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.61%) PaaS
7 1 (0.61%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (15.85%) DHCP
1 26 (15.85%) LAN
1 26 (15.85%) WAN
2 25 (15.24%) SAN
3 24 (14.63%) DNS
4 23 (14.02%) TCP/IP
5 17 (10.37%) VoIP
6 15 (9.15%) Firewall
7 12 (7.32%) IP Telephony
8 7 (4.27%) Skype
9 6 (3.66%) NAS
10 4 (2.44%) BIG-IP
10 4 (2.44%) Cisco IOS
11 3 (1.83%) Internet
11 3 (1.83%) Intranet
11 3 (1.83%) Structured Cabling
11 3 (1.83%) Unified Communications
11 3 (1.83%) WLAN
12 2 (1.22%) VLAN
12 2 (1.22%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (15.24%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.66%) SQL Server 2016
3 5 (3.05%) Big Data
4 4 (2.44%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (1.83%) Hadoop
5 3 (1.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.22%) Power BI
7 1 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.61%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.61%) OLAP
7 1 (0.61%) OLTP
7 1 (0.61%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.61%) SSDT
General
1 18 (10.98%) Finance
2 1 (0.61%) French Language
2 1 (0.61%) Legal
2 1 (0.61%) Manufacturing
2 1 (0.61%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 35 (21.34%) Architect
1 35 (21.34%) Windows Engineer
2 16 (9.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 16 (9.76%) Technical Architect
3 14 (8.54%) Systems Engineer
4 12 (7.32%) Analyst
5 11 (6.71%) Service Desk Engineer
5 11 (6.71%) Solutions Architect
6 9 (5.49%) Windows Systems Engineer
7 8 (4.88%) Azure Architect
8 7 (4.27%) VMware Engineer
9 6 (3.66%) Wintel Architect
10 5 (3.05%) Cloud Architect
10 5 (3.05%) Cloud Solutions Architect
10 5 (3.05%) Desktop Support
10 5 (3.05%) Server Engineer
10 5 (3.05%) Service Analyst
10 5 (3.05%) Service Desk Analyst
11 4 (2.44%) Consultant
11 4 (2.44%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.22%) AngularJS
1 2 (1.22%) JSON
1 2 (1.22%) Node.js
1 2 (1.22%) React
1 2 (1.22%) REST
2 1 (0.61%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.37%) Data Centre
2 16 (9.76%) Clustering
3 11 (6.71%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (5.49%) Management Information System
5 7 (4.27%) PKI
6 5 (3.05%) Mobile App
6 5 (3.05%) Public Cloud
7 4 (2.44%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (2.44%) Virtual Team
8 3 (1.83%) CMDB
9 2 (1.22%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.61%) Cyberthreat
10 1 (0.61%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.61%) FMCG
10 1 (0.61%) Social Media
10 1 (0.61%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 135 (82.32%) Windows
2 71 (43.29%) Windows Server
3 58 (35.37%) Windows Server 2012
4 43 (26.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 35 (21.34%) Windows 7
6 24 (14.63%) Windows Server 2008
7 19 (11.59%) Linux
8 17 (10.37%) Windows 10
9 6 (3.66%) Windows 8
10 5 (3.05%) Unix
11 4 (2.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (2.44%) Windows Vista
12 3 (1.83%) Android
12 3 (1.83%) Mac OS X
13 2 (1.22%) Solaris
14 1 (0.61%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.61%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (38.41%) ITIL
2 30 (18.29%) PRINCE2
3 22 (13.41%) TOGAF
4 21 (12.80%) Change Management
4 21 (12.80%) ITIL V3
5 13 (7.93%) Configuration Management
6 12 (7.32%) High Availability
6 12 (7.32%) Server Patching
6 12 (7.32%) Stakeholder Management
7 11 (6.71%) Agile Software Development
7 11 (6.71%) Load Balancing
7 11 (6.71%) Migration
8 9 (5.49%) Data Management
8 9 (5.49%) Mentoring
8 9 (5.49%) Service Design
9 8 (4.88%) Incident Management
9 8 (4.88%) Performance Tuning
9 8 (4.88%) Service Delivery
9 8 (4.88%) Service Management
10 7 (4.27%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 38 (23.17%) PowerShell
2 18 (10.98%) SQL
3 17 (10.37%) Shell Script
4 3 (1.83%) C
4 3 (1.83%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.22%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.22%) TypeScript
6 1 (0.61%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
6 1 (0.61%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 164 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 67 (40.85%) MCP
2 67 (40.85%) MCSA
3 44 (26.83%) MCITP
4 31 (18.90%) Cisco Certification
5 26 (15.85%) CCNA
6 21 (12.80%) SC Cleared
6 21 (12.80%) Security Cleared
7 17 (10.37%) MCDST
7 17 (10.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 9 (5.49%) DV Cleared
9 8 (4.88%) Degree
10 5 (3.05%) CCNP
10 5 (3.05%) CCSP
10 5 (3.05%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (2.44%) CISSP
11 4 (2.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 4 (2.44%) RHCE
12 3 (1.83%) Citrix Certification
12 3 (1.83%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 9 (5.49%) SLA
2 1 (0.61%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 124 (75.61%) Active Directory
2 31 (18.90%) Hyper-V
3 28 (17.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (10.37%) vSphere
4 17 (10.37%) XenApp
5 9 (5.49%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (4.88%) XenDesktop
7 6 (3.66%) VMware Workstation
8 4 (2.44%) Docker
8 4 (2.44%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (1.83%) Firmware
9 3 (1.83%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (1.22%) DFS Replication
10 2 (1.22%) NFS
10 2 (1.22%) vCloud
10 2 (1.22%) XenServer
11 1 (0.61%) KVM
11 1 (0.61%) Xen
Systems Management
1 35 (21.34%) SCCM
2 25 (15.24%) Nessus
3 16 (9.76%) Microsoft Clustering
4 8 (4.88%) SCOM
5 6 (3.66%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (2.44%) Ansible
6 4 (2.44%) EMC NetWorker
7 3 (1.83%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (1.22%) MaaS360
8 2 (1.22%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (1.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (1.22%) vCenter Server
8 2 (1.22%) vRealize
9 1 (0.61%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.61%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.61%) OVSD
9 1 (0.61%) PowerCLI
9 1 (0.61%) WSUS
Vendors
1 120 (73.17%) Microsoft
2 83 (50.61%) VMware
3 35 (21.34%) Citrix
3 35 (21.34%) Ivanti
3 35 (21.34%) SolarWinds
4 34 (20.73%) Shavlik
5 28 (17.07%) HP
6 17 (10.37%) Cisco
7 11 (6.71%) Avaya
8 9 (5.49%) Symantec
9 8 (4.88%) 3PAR
10 5 (3.05%) Apple
10 5 (3.05%) EMC
11 4 (2.44%) Dell
11 4 (2.44%) F5
11 4 (2.44%) NetApp
11 4 (2.44%) Wyse
12 3 (1.83%) Juniper
12 3 (1.83%) ServiceNow
12 3 (1.83%) Veeam