The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 West
Rank 128 123 132
Rank change year-on-year -5 +9  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 8 16 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.31% 0.55% 0.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.99% 1.68% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 13 4
Median daily rate £352 £350 £278
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.57% +26.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £137
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 £398 £457
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £300
% change year-on-year +2.94% +13.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 West.

Academic & Professional Certification
South West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 812 954 905
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 31.27% 32.87% 29.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 533 558 552
Median daily rate £395 £388 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.93% -6.17%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £280 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 70 27
Median hourly rate £38.50 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.41% +6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £20.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £46.50
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 West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West 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 West

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSE in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in the South West

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in the South West over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in the South West

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSE in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in the South West

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West 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
Bristol +3 5 £352 -9.16%
Somerset - 1 £225 - 1
MCSE
England

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

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 West region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 20 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 11 (55.00%) Active Directory
4 9 (45.00%) ITIL
5 8 (40.00%) Windows
5 8 (40.00%) VMware
5 8 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
6 7 (35.00%) Windows Server
7 6 (30.00%) MCITP
7 6 (30.00%) Cisco
7 6 (30.00%) VoIP
7 6 (30.00%) Wi-Fi
8 5 (25.00%) HP
8 5 (25.00%) SAN
8 5 (25.00%) WAN
8 5 (25.00%) LAN
8 5 (25.00%) MS Excel
8 5 (25.00%) Linux
8 5 (25.00%) Replication
8 5 (25.00%) Security Cleared
9 4 (20.00%) FlexPod
9 4 (20.00%) MCSA
9 4 (20.00%) PRINCE2
9 4 (20.00%) CCNA
9 4 (20.00%) NetApp
9 4 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (20.00%) Project Management
9 4 (20.00%) Firewall
9 4 (20.00%) Service Management
10 3 (15.00%) Manufacturing

MCSE
Top Related IT Skills in the South West 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 3 (15.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (10.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (10.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (10.00%) MS Office
3 1 (5.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.00%) Office 365
2 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (30.00%) VoIP
1 6 (30.00%) Wi-Fi
2 5 (25.00%) LAN
2 5 (25.00%) SAN
2 5 (25.00%) WAN
3 4 (20.00%) Firewall
4 3 (15.00%) DHCP
4 3 (15.00%) MPLS
4 3 (15.00%) NAS
4 3 (15.00%) Network Security
4 3 (15.00%) VLAN
4 3 (15.00%) VPN
5 2 (10.00%) DNS
5 2 (10.00%) ISDN
5 2 (10.00%) Skype
5 2 (10.00%) Structured Cabling
5 2 (10.00%) TCP/IP
5 2 (10.00%) Unified Communications
6 1 (5.00%) PABX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (10.00%) Power BI
1 2 (10.00%) PowerPivot
1 2 (10.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (10.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 2 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 3 (15.00%) Manufacturing
2 2 (10.00%) Back Office
2 2 (10.00%) Finance
2 2 (10.00%) Military
2 2 (10.00%) Retail
2 2 (10.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 4 (20.00%) IT Manager
3 3 (15.00%) Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) Analyst Developer
4 2 (10.00%) Business Intelligence Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 2 (10.00%) Developer
4 2 (10.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
4 2 (10.00%) Network Infrastructure Specialist
4 2 (10.00%) Network Specialist
4 2 (10.00%) Senior Support Technician
4 2 (10.00%) Senior Technician
4 2 (10.00%) Server Specialist
4 2 (10.00%) Support Technician
4 2 (10.00%) Technical Specialist
5 1 (5.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Cloud Infrastructure Manager
5 1 (5.00%) IT Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Office 365 Specialist
5 1 (5.00%) Service Assurance Manager
Miscellaneous
1 5 (25.00%) Replication
2 4 (20.00%) FlexPod
3 3 (15.00%) Data Centre
4 2 (10.00%) CESG
4 2 (10.00%) Fat Client
4 2 (10.00%) Management Information System
4 2 (10.00%) Smartphone
4 2 (10.00%) Thin Client
5 1 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (5.00%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 8 (40.00%) Windows
2 7 (35.00%) Windows Server
3 5 (25.00%) Linux
4 2 (10.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (10.00%) Solaris
4 2 (10.00%) Windows 7
4 2 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (5.00%) Android
5 1 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (45.00%) ITIL
2 4 (20.00%) PRINCE2
2 4 (20.00%) Project Management
2 4 (20.00%) Service Management
3 3 (15.00%) ITIL V3
3 3 (15.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (10.00%) Capacity Management
4 2 (10.00%) Change Management
4 2 (10.00%) Data Protection
4 2 (10.00%) Dimensional Modelling
4 2 (10.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (10.00%) ETL
4 2 (10.00%) Information Governance
4 2 (10.00%) Information Security
4 2 (10.00%) ITSM
4 2 (10.00%) Network Architecture
4 2 (10.00%) Open Source
5 1 (5.00%) Customer Engagement
Programming Languages
1 2 (10.00%) PowerShell
1 2 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (30.00%) MCITP
3 5 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 4 (20.00%) CCNA
4 4 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (20.00%) MCSA
5 3 (15.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 3 (15.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (15.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (10.00%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (10.00%) CCDA
6 2 (10.00%) CNA
6 2 (10.00%) CNE
6 2 (10.00%) DV Cleared
6 2 (10.00%) MCDBA
6 2 (10.00%) MCPD
6 2 (10.00%) MCSD
6 2 (10.00%) Novell Certification
6 2 (10.00%) RHCE
7 1 (5.00%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (10.00%) JSP 440
1 2 (10.00%) QA
2 1 (5.00%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (55.00%) Active Directory
2 8 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (10.00%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (5.00%) Hyper-V
4 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (5.00%) Virtual Servers
Vendors
1 15 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (40.00%) VMware
3 6 (30.00%) Cisco
4 5 (25.00%) HP
5 4 (20.00%) NetApp
6 2 (10.00%) 3PAR
6 2 (10.00%) Novell
6 2 (10.00%) Red Hat
6 2 (10.00%) Sophos
6 2 (10.00%) Veeam