Period
to 25 May 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 25 May 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
25 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 237 260 209
Rank change year-on-year +23 -51 -11
Contract jobs citing MCSE 138 92 185
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.82% 0.60% 1.03%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.61% 2.23% 3.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 49 105
South East median daily rate £350 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14% +13.82%
10th Percentile £213 £145 £252
90th Percentile £513 £540 £445
England median daily rate £350 £340 £330
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 23
South East median hourly rate £20.66 £17.00 £21.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.50% -20.30% -1.02%
10th Percentile £17.12 £14.43 £9.20
90th Percentile £40.83 £24.11 £45.90
England median hourly rate £20.45 £16.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +27.81% -20.00% -

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 3,821 4,124 5,044
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.69% 26.92% 28.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,066 2,408 3,049
South East median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £254 £255 £253
90th Percentile £569 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 193 256 208
South East median hourly rate £31.00 £21.50 £32.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.19% -33.59% +43.89%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £10.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.50 £60.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +25.00%

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 25 May 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 25 May 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 25 May 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 0 46 £450 +2.86% 15
Kent +24 37 £350 +3.70% 4
Buckinghamshire +10 26 £450 -18.18% 3
Surrey -17 21 £225 -25.00% 8
Hampshire -6 20 £425 +65.05% 4
Berkshire -6 18 £450 +63.64% 12
West Sussex +1 10 £300 - 2
Oxfordshire -1 2 - -
East Sussex - 2 £300 - 2
MCSE
England

For the 6 months to 25 May 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.

1 138 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 111 (80.43%) Windows
3 95 (68.84%) Microsoft
4 93 (67.39%) Active Directory
5 72 (52.17%) VMware
6 70 (50.72%) MCSA
7 65 (47.10%) Windows Server
8 58 (42.03%) Windows Server 2012
9 57 (41.30%) ITIL
10 56 (40.58%) MCP
11 51 (36.96%) Windows Server 2003
12 46 (33.33%) MCITP
12 46 (33.33%) Office 365
13 38 (27.54%) SCCM
14 35 (25.36%) SolarWinds
14 35 (25.36%) Ivanti
14 35 (25.36%) Shavlik
15 33 (23.91%) PowerShell
16 32 (23.19%) Windows 7
17 31 (22.46%) Citrix
18 28 (20.29%) Microsoft Azure
19 26 (18.84%) Nessus
20 25 (18.12%) SQL
20 25 (18.12%) Problem-Solving
21 24 (17.39%) Security Cleared
22 23 (16.67%) SC Cleared
22 23 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
22 23 (16.67%) ITIL V3
22 23 (16.67%) Windows 10
23 22 (15.94%) MS Exchange

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 22 (15.94%) MS Exchange
2 9 (6.52%) Exchange Server 2010
2 9 (6.52%) SharePoint
3 8 (5.80%) Skype for Business
4 6 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2013
4 6 (4.35%) IIS
5 4 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.45%) Apache
7 1 (0.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.72%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.72%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.72%) WebSphere
Applications
1 21 (15.22%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.45%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.45%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 46 (33.33%) Office 365
2 28 (20.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (9.42%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.45%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (1.45%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.72%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.72%) IaaS
5 1 (0.72%) PaaS
5 1 (0.72%) SaaS
5 1 (0.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 18 (13.04%) DHCP
2 17 (12.32%) Firewall
3 13 (9.42%) DNS
3 13 (9.42%) LAN
3 13 (9.42%) TCP/IP
3 13 (9.42%) WAN
4 11 (7.97%) SAN
5 7 (5.07%) Internet
5 7 (5.07%) IP Telephony
5 7 (5.07%) VPN
6 5 (3.62%) Skype
6 5 (3.62%) VoIP
7 4 (2.90%) NAS
8 3 (2.17%) Cisco IOS
8 3 (2.17%) Intranet
8 3 (2.17%) Unified Communications
8 3 (2.17%) WLAN
9 2 (1.45%) Intrusion Detection
9 2 (1.45%) Wireless
10 1 (0.72%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (11.59%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.07%) Big Data
2 7 (5.07%) SQL Server 2016
2 7 (5.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (2.90%) Power BI
3 4 (2.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (2.17%) Hadoop
4 3 (2.17%) OLTP
4 3 (2.17%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (2.17%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (2.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.45%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 2 (1.45%) OLAP
5 2 (1.45%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.72%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.72%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.72%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 1 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (0.72%) Visual Studio
General
1 15 (10.87%) Finance
2 6 (4.35%) Marketing
2 6 (4.35%) Retail
3 5 (3.62%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.45%) Legal
Job Titles
1 36 (26.09%) Windows Engineer
2 25 (18.12%) Architect
3 14 (10.14%) Analyst
4 13 (9.42%) Systems Engineer
5 10 (7.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 10 (7.25%) Technical Architect
6 9 (6.52%) Desktop Support
6 9 (6.52%) Solutions Architect
6 9 (6.52%) Windows Systems Engineer
7 7 (5.07%) Support Analyst
8 6 (4.35%) Azure Architect
8 6 (4.35%) Desktop Analyst
8 6 (4.35%) Developer
8 6 (4.35%) IT Manager
8 6 (4.35%) VMware Engineer
8 6 (4.35%) Wintel Engineer
9 5 (3.62%) IT Services Manager
9 5 (3.62%) Service Desk Manager
9 5 (3.62%) Service Manager
10 4 (2.90%) Desktop Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.62%) AngularJS
1 5 (3.62%) Node.js
1 5 (3.62%) React
1 5 (3.62%) REST
2 2 (1.45%) .NET
2 2 (1.45%) Software Packaging
2 2 (1.45%) Web Services
3 1 (0.72%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.72%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.72%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (0.72%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (0.72%) CSS
3 1 (0.72%) jQuery
3 1 (0.72%) WCF
3 1 (0.72%) XML
3 1 (0.72%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 18 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (8.70%) Data Centre
3 10 (7.25%) Clustering
4 8 (5.80%) Mobile App
5 7 (5.07%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (2.90%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.45%) CMDB
7 2 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.72%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.72%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.72%) iSeries
8 1 (0.72%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.72%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.72%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.72%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 111 (80.43%) Windows
2 65 (47.10%) Windows Server
3 58 (42.03%) Windows Server 2012
4 51 (36.96%) Windows Server 2003
5 32 (23.19%) Windows 7
6 23 (16.67%) Windows 10
6 23 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (9.42%) Linux
8 5 (3.62%) Android
9 4 (2.90%) Apple iOS
9 4 (2.90%) Windows 8
10 3 (2.17%) Mac OS X
10 3 (2.17%) Unix
10 3 (2.17%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.72%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (41.30%) ITIL
2 25 (18.12%) Problem-Solving
3 23 (16.67%) ITIL V3
4 20 (14.49%) TOGAF
5 17 (12.32%) PRINCE2
6 16 (11.59%) Change Management
7 12 (8.70%) Server Patching
8 11 (7.97%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (6.52%) Migration
10 8 (5.80%) Service Delivery
11 7 (5.07%) Agile Software Development
11 7 (5.07%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (5.07%) Enterprise Architecture
11 7 (5.07%) Performance Tuning
11 7 (5.07%) Software Deployment
12 6 (4.35%) Cybersecurity
12 6 (4.35%) Performance Management
12 6 (4.35%) Project Management
12 6 (4.35%) Service Management
12 6 (4.35%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 33 (23.91%) PowerShell
2 25 (18.12%) SQL
3 18 (13.04%) Shell Script
4 7 (5.07%) JavaScript
5 6 (4.35%) T-SQL
6 5 (3.62%) TypeScript
7 3 (2.17%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 1 (0.72%) C
8 1 (0.72%) C#
8 1 (0.72%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 138 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 70 (50.72%) MCSA
3 56 (40.58%) MCP
4 46 (33.33%) MCITP
5 24 (17.39%) Security Cleared
6 23 (16.67%) SC Cleared
7 20 (14.49%) Cisco Certification
8 15 (10.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 13 (9.42%) CCNA
10 10 (7.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 9 (6.52%) DV Cleared
12 8 (5.80%) MCDST
13 7 (5.07%) Degree
14 6 (4.35%) CCNP
15 4 (2.90%) CCSP
15 4 (2.90%) CISM
15 4 (2.90%) CISMP
15 4 (2.90%) CISSP
15 4 (2.90%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (2.90%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (9.42%) SLA
2 4 (2.90%) QA
3 2 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 93 (67.39%) Active Directory
2 19 (13.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (10.87%) Hyper-V
4 10 (7.25%) Virtual Desktop
5 9 (6.52%) vSphere
6 8 (5.80%) XenApp
7 5 (3.62%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (3.62%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (1.45%) DFS Replication
8 2 (1.45%) Firmware
8 2 (1.45%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.72%) Docker
9 1 (0.72%) KVM
9 1 (0.72%) NFS
9 1 (0.72%) vCloud
9 1 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.72%) Xen
9 1 (0.72%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 38 (27.54%) SCCM
2 26 (18.84%) Nessus
3 10 (7.25%) Microsoft Clustering
4 7 (5.07%) SCOM
5 6 (4.35%) EMC NetWorker
6 4 (2.90%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (1.45%) NetBackup
7 2 (1.45%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (1.45%) WSUS
8 1 (0.72%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.72%) Ansible
8 1 (0.72%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.72%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.72%) OVSD
8 1 (0.72%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.72%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.72%) vRealize
Vendors
1 95 (68.84%) Microsoft
2 72 (52.17%) VMware
3 35 (25.36%) Ivanti
3 35 (25.36%) Shavlik
3 35 (25.36%) SolarWinds
4 31 (22.46%) Citrix
5 17 (12.32%) Cisco
6 14 (10.14%) HP
7 7 (5.07%) EMC
7 7 (5.07%) McAfee
7 7 (5.07%) Wyse
8 6 (4.35%) NetApp
8 6 (4.35%) ServiceNow
9 5 (3.62%) Avaya
9 5 (3.62%) Centrify
9 5 (3.62%) Remedy
9 5 (3.62%) Xamarin
10 4 (2.90%) Apple
10 4 (2.90%) Bloomberg
10 4 (2.90%) Reuters