Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 248 247 267
Rank change year-on-year -1 +20 -48
Contract jobs citing MCSE 139 129 108
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.82% 0.77% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.60% 3.42% 2.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 71 76
South East median daily rate £411 £325 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.54% -8.77% -1.04%
10th Percentile £211 £130 £200
90th Percentile £625 £519 £478
England median daily rate £375 £325 £340
% change year-on-year +15.38% -4.41% +4.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 5
South East median hourly rate £24.91 £19.00 £17.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.11% +11.37% -20.08%
10th Percentile £17.50 £15.95 £15.27
90th Percentile £36.54 £39.75 £22.79
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.55 £20.33
% change year-on-year -0.30% -13.66% +7.00%

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 3,861 3,769 4,173
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.85% 22.41% 25.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,163 2,146 2,585
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £240 £214 £255
90th Percentile £588 £551 £563
England median daily rate £450 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 195 219 211
South East median hourly rate £36.50 £25.12 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.30% -8.65% -11.00%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £54.65 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £26.35 £25.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year +5.41% -1.96% +6.25%

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 14 December 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 14 December 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 14 December 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
Hampshire +1 46 £430 +120.51% 14
Thames Valley +3 38 £438 -2.78% 15
Surrey -14 32 £275 +86.44% 13
Buckinghamshire +20 19 £463 -6.28% 2
West Sussex -9 17 £550 +41.94% 1
Berkshire -33 11 £385 -9.41% 10
Oxfordshire +20 8 £413 +37.50% 3
East Sussex -11 4 £625 +38.89%
Kent +6 1 £188 -46.43% 3
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 14 December 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.

1 139 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 91 (65.47%) Windows
3 79 (56.83%) Microsoft
4 65 (46.76%) Active Directory
5 58 (41.73%) ITIL
6 52 (37.41%) Office 365
7 47 (33.81%) VMware
7 47 (33.81%) SCCM
8 41 (29.50%) Windows Server
9 37 (26.62%) DNS
10 35 (25.18%) Cisco
10 35 (25.18%) MCSA
11 32 (23.02%) WAN
11 32 (23.02%) Citrix
12 29 (20.86%) LAN
12 29 (20.86%) VMware Infrastructure
13 28 (20.14%) Microsoft Office
13 28 (20.14%) Cisco Certification
13 28 (20.14%) Windows Server 2012
14 27 (19.42%) Internet
15 26 (18.71%) DHCP
15 26 (18.71%) TCP/IP
15 26 (18.71%) Microsoft Azure
15 26 (18.71%) Windows 10
16 23 (16.55%) Windows 7
16 23 (16.55%) Analytical Skills
16 23 (16.55%) CCNA
16 23 (16.55%) MS Exchange
16 23 (16.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 22 (15.83%) Security Cleared

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 23 (16.55%) MS Exchange
2 13 (9.35%) SharePoint
3 10 (7.19%) IIS
4 9 (6.47%) Skype for Business
5 7 (5.04%) Exchange Server 2007
6 6 (4.32%) Confluence
6 6 (4.32%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (3.60%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (2.16%) CMS
9 2 (1.44%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (1.44%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.72%) Apache
10 1 (0.72%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.72%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (0.72%) Tomcat
Applications
1 28 (20.14%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.44%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.72%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 52 (37.41%) Office 365
2 26 (18.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (8.63%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (4.32%) Dynamics 365
4 6 (4.32%) IaaS
5 3 (2.16%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (2.16%) PaaS
6 2 (1.44%) Google Analytics
6 2 (1.44%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.72%) Azure Machine Learning
7 1 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.72%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.72%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 37 (26.62%) DNS
2 32 (23.02%) WAN
3 29 (20.86%) LAN
4 27 (19.42%) Internet
5 26 (18.71%) DHCP
5 26 (18.71%) TCP/IP
6 22 (15.83%) Firewall
7 14 (10.07%) VoIP
8 13 (9.35%) SAN
9 12 (8.63%) Network Security
10 11 (7.91%) Intranet
10 11 (7.91%) IP Telephony
11 10 (7.19%) VPN
12 9 (6.47%) iSCSI
12 9 (6.47%) Kerberos
12 9 (6.47%) Wireless
13 8 (5.76%) SSL
13 8 (5.76%) Wi-Fi
14 7 (5.04%) Skype
14 7 (5.04%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (15.83%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.72%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.72%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (0.72%) Big Data
2 1 (0.72%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.72%) Hadoop
2 1 (0.72%) HDInsight
2 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (5.76%) JIRA
1 8 (5.76%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (2.16%) Fiddler
4 2 (1.44%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.72%) MSI
5 1 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 21 (15.11%) Finance
2 7 (5.04%) Military
3 5 (3.60%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.16%) Banking
5 1 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 13 (9.35%) Analyst
2 12 (8.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 11 (7.91%) Desktop Support
3 11 (7.91%) Support Engineer
4 10 (7.19%) Consultant
4 10 (7.19%) VMware Engineer
5 9 (6.47%) Administrator
6 8 (5.76%) Architect
7 7 (5.04%) Support Analyst
7 7 (5.04%) Systems Engineer
8 6 (4.32%) Desktop Engineer
8 6 (4.32%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 6 (4.32%) Service Desk Engineer
8 6 (4.32%) Test Engineer
9 5 (3.60%) Developer
9 5 (3.60%) Network Engineer
10 4 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support
10 4 (2.88%) Server Engineer
10 4 (2.88%) Systems Administrator
10 4 (2.88%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.76%) LDAP
2 5 (3.60%) .NET
3 4 (2.88%) ASP.NET
4 3 (2.16%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.72%) Middleware
5 1 (0.72%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 23 (16.55%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (10.07%) Data Centre
2 14 (10.07%) Video Conferencing
3 13 (9.35%) PKI
4 11 (7.91%) Mobile App
5 8 (5.76%) Replication
6 7 (5.04%) Management Information System
7 6 (4.32%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.44%) BYOD
8 2 (1.44%) Clustering
8 2 (1.44%) Driving Licence
8 2 (1.44%) IBM Storwize
8 2 (1.44%) Mainframe
8 2 (1.44%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (1.44%) Smart Meter
9 1 (0.72%) CESG
9 1 (0.72%) Internet of Things
9 1 (0.72%) iPhone
9 1 (0.72%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 91 (65.47%) Windows
2 41 (29.50%) Windows Server
3 28 (20.14%) Windows Server 2012
4 26 (18.71%) Windows 10
5 23 (16.55%) Windows 7
6 19 (13.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (10.07%) Linux
8 12 (8.63%) Windows Server 2003
9 11 (7.91%) Mac OS X
10 7 (5.04%) Unix
11 3 (2.16%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (1.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (1.44%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.72%) AIX
13 1 (0.72%) Android
13 1 (0.72%) CentOS
13 1 (0.72%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.72%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.72%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.72%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (41.73%) ITIL
2 18 (12.95%) Problem-Solving
3 15 (10.79%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 14 (10.07%) Migration
5 13 (9.35%) Change Management
6 10 (7.19%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (7.19%) ITIL V3
6 10 (7.19%) Server Virtualisation
7 9 (6.47%) Critical Thinking
7 9 (6.47%) Disaster Recovery
7 9 (6.47%) Mentoring
7 9 (6.47%) Service Management
7 9 (6.47%) Stakeholder Management
8 8 (5.76%) Identity Management
9 7 (5.04%) Computer Science
9 7 (5.04%) Network Management
9 7 (5.04%) Performance Tuning
10 6 (4.32%) High Availability
10 6 (4.32%) Patch Management
10 6 (4.32%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 20 (14.39%) PowerShell
2 16 (11.51%) SQL
3 5 (3.60%) C#
4 4 (2.88%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.72%) C
5 1 (0.72%) Python
5 1 (0.72%) R
5 1 (0.72%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.72%) VB
Qualifications
1 139 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (25.18%) MCSA
3 28 (20.14%) Cisco Certification
4 23 (16.55%) CCNA
4 23 (16.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 22 (15.83%) MCP
5 22 (15.83%) Security Cleared
6 20 (14.39%) SC Cleared
7 13 (9.35%) CCNP
7 13 (9.35%) Degree
7 13 (9.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 11 (7.91%) MOS
9 9 (6.47%) VCP6
10 7 (5.04%) MCDST
11 6 (4.32%) MCITP
12 4 (2.88%) CCIE
12 4 (2.88%) DV Cleared
12 4 (2.88%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (2.16%) AWS Certification
13 3 (2.16%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.76%) SLA
2 7 (5.04%) QA
3 2 (1.44%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.44%) GDPR
4 1 (0.72%) JSP 440
System Software
1 65 (46.76%) Active Directory
2 29 (20.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (13.67%) vSphere
4 11 (7.91%) Virtual Desktop
5 10 (7.19%) XenApp
6 9 (6.47%) Hyper-V
6 9 (6.47%) XenDesktop
7 7 (5.04%) NFS
7 7 (5.04%) vCloud
7 7 (5.04%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (3.60%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 3 (2.16%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (2.16%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (1.44%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.72%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.72%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 47 (33.81%) SCCM
2 6 (4.32%) vRealize
3 5 (3.60%) Cisco CUCM
3 5 (3.60%) Cisco UCCE
4 4 (2.88%) AirWatch
4 4 (2.88%) NetBackup
4 4 (2.88%) SCOM
5 3 (2.16%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (2.16%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (1.44%) Backup Exec
6 2 (1.44%) Cisco UCCX
6 2 (1.44%) PaperCut
6 2 (1.44%) SCVMM
6 2 (1.44%) SolarWinds Orion
6 2 (1.44%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 2 (1.44%) WSUS
7 1 (0.72%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.72%) NetVault Backup
7 1 (0.72%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 79 (56.83%) Microsoft
2 47 (33.81%) VMware
3 35 (25.18%) Cisco
4 32 (23.02%) Citrix
5 16 (11.51%) Avaya
6 15 (10.79%) HP
7 13 (9.35%) Polycom
8 11 (7.91%) Apple
8 11 (7.91%) Wyse
9 6 (4.32%) EMC
9 6 (4.32%) Oracle
10 5 (3.60%) CheckPoint
10 5 (3.60%) Dell
10 5 (3.60%) NetApp
11 4 (2.88%) Dell Compellent
11 4 (2.88%) SolarWinds
11 4 (2.88%) Veeam
12 3 (2.16%) Acme Packet
12 3 (2.16%) Sonus
12 3 (2.16%) Trend Micro