Period
to 12 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 12 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 309 295 298
Rank change year-on-year -14 +3 +3
Contract jobs citing MCSE 428 405 448
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.76% 0.76% 0.79%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.56% 3.69% 3.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 245 248 313
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £340 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.29% +4.62% -0.76%
10th Percentile £165 £184 £185
90th Percentile £538 £500 £450
UK median daily rate £375 £326 £330
% change year-on-year +14.94% -1.14% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 19 36
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.41 £18.11 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.84% -13.79% +13.51%
10th Percentile £15.30 £11.05 £13.97
90th Percentile £44.85 £39.75 £28.50
UK median hourly rate £17.41 £18.55 £21.00
% change year-on-year -6.16% -11.65% +5.00%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 12,017 10,969 13,206
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.45% 20.45% 23.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,840 6,346 8,170
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +1.29%
10th Percentile £250 £208 £225
90th Percentile £575 £557 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 729 695 717
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £27.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.85% - +7.48%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £49.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £25.69 £26.00
% change year-on-year +3.15% -1.19% +4.00%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing MCSE as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the UK excluding London

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSE in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in the UK excluding London

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 12 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in the UK excluding London

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in the UK excluding London

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 12 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the UK excluding London

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 12 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
South East -7 138 £411 +21.85% 46
North of England -21 89 £317 -8.26% 35
Midlands -6 75 £325 -7.14% 40
West Midlands +14 57 £338 -15.63% 20
South West -3 46 £400 +45.45% 16
Yorkshire -13 43 £375 +7.14% 12
North West -4 42 £250 -20.00% 18
Scotland -4 31 £368 +8.39% 7
East of England -35 29 £400 +33.33% 24
East Midlands -15 18 £305 -6.15% 19
Wales -10 16 £438 +16.67% 1
Northern Ireland +32 5 £325 +30.00%
North East -21 4 £250 -38.12% 5
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 12 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 428 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 306 (71.50%) Windows
3 285 (66.59%) Microsoft
4 201 (46.96%) Active Directory
5 166 (38.79%) VMware
6 165 (38.55%) Windows Server
7 156 (36.45%) MCSA
8 155 (36.21%) ITIL
9 111 (25.93%) SCCM
10 110 (25.70%) VMware Infrastructure
11 105 (24.53%) Office 365
12 103 (24.07%) PowerShell
13 102 (23.83%) MCP
14 96 (22.43%) Windows Server 2012
15 92 (21.50%) Security Cleared
16 91 (21.26%) Cisco
17 86 (20.09%) Microsoft Azure
18 84 (19.63%) Cisco Certification
19 80 (18.69%) Citrix
20 79 (18.46%) DNS
21 78 (18.22%) Windows 7
22 75 (17.52%) CCNA
22 75 (17.52%) SQL Server
23 69 (16.12%) Problem-Solving
24 68 (15.89%) Microsoft Office
25 67 (15.65%) SC Cleared
26 65 (15.19%) Migration
27 61 (14.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
28 59 (13.79%) Data Centre
29 57 (13.32%) Windows 10

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 57 (13.32%) MS Exchange
2 41 (9.58%) SharePoint
3 24 (5.61%) Skype for Business
4 23 (5.37%) IIS
5 18 (4.21%) Confluence
6 17 (3.97%) Exchange Server 2010
7 15 (3.50%) SharePoint 2013
8 11 (2.57%) SharePoint Server
9 10 (2.34%) SharePoint 2010
10 9 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2013
11 7 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2007
12 5 (1.17%) Apache Pig
13 3 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.70%) CMS
13 3 (0.70%) Office Communications Server
13 3 (0.70%) OpenStack
14 2 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 1 (0.23%) Apache
15 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
15 1 (0.23%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 68 (15.89%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.87%) InfoPath
3 6 (1.40%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.47%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.23%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.47%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.23%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 105 (24.53%) Office 365
2 86 (20.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (6.07%) Amazon AWS
4 13 (3.04%) Azure Active Directory
5 12 (2.80%) Google Cloud Platform
6 9 (2.10%) IaaS
7 7 (1.64%) Dynamics 365
8 5 (1.17%) PaaS
9 4 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.93%) OneDrive
9 4 (0.93%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.70%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (0.70%) Mimecast
10 3 (0.70%) Serverless
11 2 (0.47%) Google Analytics
11 2 (0.47%) Yammer
12 1 (0.23%) Azure Machine Learning
Communications & Networking
1 79 (18.46%) DNS
2 55 (12.85%) LAN
3 54 (12.62%) Firewall
4 53 (12.38%) Internet
4 53 (12.38%) TCP/IP
5 51 (11.92%) DHCP
6 48 (11.21%) WAN
7 38 (8.88%) SAN
8 27 (6.31%) Network Security
9 26 (6.07%) VPN
10 23 (5.37%) Wireless
11 20 (4.67%) VoIP
12 18 (4.21%) Skype
12 18 (4.21%) VLAN
13 14 (3.27%) NAS
14 12 (2.80%) SSL
15 11 (2.57%) Intranet
15 11 (2.57%) IP Telephony
15 11 (2.57%) iSCSI
15 11 (2.57%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (17.52%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.27%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (2.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 12 (2.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (1.40%) Big Data
4 6 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (1.40%) Hadoop
4 6 (1.40%) QlikView
4 6 (1.40%) SQL Server 2005
4 6 (1.40%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (1.17%) Apache Hive
6 4 (0.93%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 4 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 3 (0.70%) MongoDB
7 3 (0.70%) OLTP
7 3 (0.70%) Power BI
7 3 (0.70%) PowerPivot
7 3 (0.70%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (0.47%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 24 (5.61%) JIRA
2 22 (5.14%) Visual Studio
3 18 (4.21%) Team Foundation Server
4 15 (3.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 8 (1.87%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.70%) Fiddler
6 3 (0.70%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.70%) MSI
6 3 (0.70%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (0.70%) Selenium
6 3 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (0.47%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.47%) CodeSonar
7 2 (0.47%) git-flow
7 2 (0.47%) Robot Framework
7 2 (0.47%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.23%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.23%) Hudson
8 1 (0.23%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.23%) JMeter
General
1 35 (8.18%) Finance
2 18 (4.21%) Military
3 13 (3.04%) Telecoms
4 6 (1.40%) Back Office
4 6 (1.40%) Banking
4 6 (1.40%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.17%) Humanities
5 5 (1.17%) Social Science
6 3 (0.70%) Electronics
6 3 (0.70%) Legal
6 3 (0.70%) Retail
7 2 (0.47%) Automotive
8 1 (0.23%) Front Office
8 1 (0.23%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.23%) Law
8 1 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 51 (11.92%) Analyst
2 47 (10.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 47 (10.98%) Support Engineer
3 26 (6.07%) Service Analyst
3 26 (6.07%) Service Desk Analyst
4 25 (5.84%) Consultant
5 24 (5.61%) Administrator
6 22 (5.14%) Developer
7 20 (4.67%) Desktop Support
8 19 (4.44%) Architect
8 19 (4.44%) IT Support
9 18 (4.21%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 17 (3.97%) Support Analyst
11 16 (3.74%) PowerShell Engineer
12 15 (3.50%) 2nd Line Support
12 15 (3.50%) Windows Engineer
13 14 (3.27%) Systems Administrator
13 14 (3.27%) Systems Engineer
13 14 (3.27%) Technical Engineer
13 14 (3.27%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (6.31%) .NET
2 12 (2.80%) REST
3 8 (1.87%) CSS
3 8 (1.87%) jQuery
3 8 (1.87%) LDAP
3 8 (1.87%) XML
3 8 (1.87%) XSLT
4 6 (1.40%) 802.1X
4 6 (1.40%) ASP.NET
4 6 (1.40%) HTML
4 6 (1.40%) HTML5
4 6 (1.40%) Silverlight
4 6 (1.40%) WPF
5 4 (0.93%) Apache Axis
5 4 (0.93%) WSH
6 3 (0.70%) .NET Core
6 3 (0.70%) AngularJS
6 3 (0.70%) RxJS
7 2 (0.47%) Django
7 2 (0.47%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 59 (13.79%) Data Centre
2 38 (8.88%) Analytical Skills
3 36 (8.41%) Management Information System
4 23 (5.37%) Video Conferencing
5 22 (5.14%) PKI
6 14 (3.27%) Clustering
6 14 (3.27%) Replication
7 13 (3.04%) Smartphone
8 12 (2.80%) Client/Server
9 11 (2.57%) Mobile App
10 9 (2.10%) Blackberry
10 9 (2.10%) Public Cloud
11 8 (1.87%) Driving Licence
11 8 (1.87%) Fat Client
11 8 (1.87%) Thin Client
12 7 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
13 6 (1.40%) Hybrid Cloud
14 5 (1.17%) CESG
15 3 (0.70%) Freedom of Information
15 3 (0.70%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 306 (71.50%) Windows
2 165 (38.55%) Windows Server
3 96 (22.43%) Windows Server 2012
4 78 (18.22%) Windows 7
5 57 (13.32%) Windows 10
6 53 (12.38%) Windows Server 2008
7 34 (7.94%) Linux
7 34 (7.94%) Windows Server 2003
8 26 (6.07%) Unix
9 23 (5.37%) Windows XP
10 17 (3.97%) Windows 2000
11 15 (3.50%) Android
12 14 (3.27%) Windows Vista
13 13 (3.04%) Mac OS X
14 9 (2.10%) Apple iOS
15 8 (1.87%) Windows 8
16 7 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 4 (0.93%) Ubuntu
18 3 (0.70%) Windows 2000 Server
19 2 (0.47%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 155 (36.21%) ITIL
2 69 (16.12%) Problem-Solving
3 65 (15.19%) Migration
4 55 (12.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 51 (11.92%) Agile Software Development
6 34 (7.94%) Change Management
7 27 (6.31%) Service Delivery
8 26 (6.07%) Computer Science
8 26 (6.07%) ITIL V3
9 24 (5.61%) High Availability
10 22 (5.14%) Change Control
11 20 (4.67%) Disaster Recovery
12 18 (4.21%) PRINCE2
12 18 (4.21%) Service Management
13 17 (3.97%) Identity Management
14 16 (3.74%) Performance Tuning
14 16 (3.74%) Stakeholder Management
15 15 (3.50%) Customer Requirements
15 15 (3.50%) Mentoring
15 15 (3.50%) Reverse Engineering
Programming Languages
1 103 (24.07%) PowerShell
2 38 (8.88%) SQL
3 25 (5.84%) C#
4 15 (3.50%) VB
5 14 (3.27%) JavaScript
6 10 (2.34%) Java
7 8 (1.87%) VBScript
8 7 (1.64%) Python
9 5 (1.17%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.93%) C
11 3 (0.70%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.70%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 3 (0.70%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.47%) C++
12 2 (0.47%) Objective-C
12 2 (0.47%) PHP
13 1 (0.23%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.23%) R
13 1 (0.23%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.23%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 428 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 156 (36.45%) MCSA
3 102 (23.83%) MCP
4 92 (21.50%) Security Cleared
5 84 (19.63%) Cisco Certification
6 75 (17.52%) CCNA
7 67 (15.65%) SC Cleared
8 61 (14.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 51 (11.92%) Degree
10 45 (10.51%) MCITP
11 30 (7.01%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 29 (6.78%) CCNP
13 26 (6.07%) MCDST
14 21 (4.91%) DV Cleared
15 20 (4.67%) HNC
16 17 (3.97%) Oracle Certification
17 16 (3.74%) ITIL Certification
17 16 (3.74%) OCA
18 15 (3.50%) A+ Certification
18 15 (3.50%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (7.48%) SLA
2 8 (1.87%) QA
3 7 (1.64%) JSP 440
4 4 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.47%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.47%) GDPR
6 1 (0.23%) PMO
System Software
1 201 (46.96%) Active Directory
2 110 (25.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (11.21%) Hyper-V
4 42 (9.81%) vSphere
5 32 (7.48%) XenApp
6 22 (5.14%) VMware ESXi
7 19 (4.44%) Virtual Machines
8 13 (3.04%) VMware Workstation
9 12 (2.80%) Virtual Desktop
9 12 (2.80%) XenDesktop
10 11 (2.57%) Microsoft App-V
11 9 (2.10%) Virtual Servers
12 7 (1.64%) NFS
12 7 (1.64%) vCloud
13 6 (1.40%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 6 (1.40%) Terminal Services
14 4 (0.93%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 3 (0.70%) VMware NSX
15 3 (0.70%) VMware Server
16 2 (0.47%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 111 (25.93%) SCCM
2 34 (7.94%) vCenter Server
3 23 (5.37%) SCOM
4 18 (4.21%) WSUS
5 14 (3.27%) Microsoft Intune
6 13 (3.04%) PowerCLI
7 10 (2.34%) Microsoft Clustering
8 9 (2.10%) AirWatch
9 7 (1.64%) Backup Exec
9 7 (1.64%) McAfee ePO
9 7 (1.64%) NetBackup
9 7 (1.64%) SCVMM
10 6 (1.40%) Norton AntiVirus
10 6 (1.40%) vRealize
11 5 (1.17%) Cisco CUCM
11 5 (1.17%) Cisco UCCE
11 5 (1.17%) SafeCom
12 4 (0.93%) Failover Clustering
12 4 (0.93%) XenMobile
13 3 (0.70%) Puppet
Vendors
1 285 (66.59%) Microsoft
2 166 (38.79%) VMware
3 91 (21.26%) Cisco
4 80 (18.69%) Citrix
5 31 (7.24%) Oracle
6 29 (6.78%) Apple
7 26 (6.07%) HP
8 25 (5.84%) Google
9 16 (3.74%) Avaya
9 16 (3.74%) Wyse
10 15 (3.50%) Polycom
11 14 (3.27%) McAfee
12 12 (2.80%) Atlassian
12 12 (2.80%) Red Hat
13 11 (2.57%) NetApp
14 10 (2.34%) Symantec
15 9 (2.10%) CheckPoint
15 9 (2.10%) Dell
15 9 (2.10%) Nintex
16 8 (1.87%) Veeam