Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 323 296 283
Rank change year-on-year -27 -13 +4
Contract jobs citing MCSE 390 402 523
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.72% 0.77% 0.88%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.45% 3.74% 3.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 227 230 353
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £333 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.31% -4.06%
10th Percentile £166 £180 £187
90th Percentile £488 £500 £464
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 27 45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.20 £16.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.82% -21.43% -0.69%
10th Percentile £15.30 £12.08 £12.05
90th Percentile £44.27 £39.15 £32.60
UK median hourly rate £17.41 £16.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +5.52% -21.43% -

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 11,289 10,758 14,263
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 20.72% 20.63% 24.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,297 6,204 8,720
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26% -
10th Percentile £225 £213 £230
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 742 720 708
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +10.00%
10th Percentile £12.55 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year -9.09% +1.85% +12.50%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -14 118 £375 +15.38% 43
North of England -26 80 £325 -7.14% 49
Midlands -16 71 £305 -12.86% 25
West Midlands +2 51 £325 -18.75% 15
North West 0 41 £331 +6.00% 25
Scotland 0 38 £390 +16.42% 4
Yorkshire -13 36 £325 -1.89% 17
South West -10 35 £388 +142.19% 19
East of England -39 32 £375 +25.00% 16
East Midlands -7 20 £300 -7.69% 10
Wales -21 11 £450 +5.88% 5
Northern Ireland +39 5 £325 +30.00%
North East -19 3 £200 -45.95% 7
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 390 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 278 (71.28%) Windows
3 262 (67.18%) Microsoft
4 182 (46.67%) Active Directory
5 165 (42.31%) Windows Server
6 148 (37.95%) VMware
7 140 (35.90%) ITIL
8 123 (31.54%) MCSA
9 108 (27.69%) Office 365
10 99 (25.38%) PowerShell
11 98 (25.13%) VMware Infrastructure
12 92 (23.59%) Windows Server 2012
13 87 (22.31%) SCCM
14 81 (20.77%) Security Cleared
15 80 (20.51%) Cisco
16 78 (20.00%) SQL Server
16 78 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
17 76 (19.49%) MCP
18 75 (19.23%) Data Centre
19 73 (18.72%) Cisco Certification
19 73 (18.72%) Migration
20 72 (18.46%) Problem-Solving
21 67 (17.18%) Windows Server 2008
22 61 (15.64%) SC Cleared
22 61 (15.64%) Degree
22 61 (15.64%) MS Exchange
22 61 (15.64%) DNS
23 59 (15.13%) Windows 7
24 57 (14.62%) Hyper-V
24 57 (14.62%) CCNA

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 61 (15.64%) MS Exchange
2 50 (12.82%) SharePoint
3 34 (8.72%) Skype for Business
4 29 (7.44%) Exchange Server 2010
5 25 (6.41%) IIS
6 21 (5.38%) Exchange Server 2013
7 19 (4.87%) SharePoint 2013
8 16 (4.10%) SharePoint 2010
8 16 (4.10%) SharePoint Server
9 12 (3.08%) Office Communications Server
10 11 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2007
11 10 (2.56%) Confluence
12 9 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2003
12 9 (2.31%) OpenStack
13 4 (1.03%) Apache Pig
14 3 (0.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.77%) CMS
15 2 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
16 1 (0.26%) Apache Spark
16 1 (0.26%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 49 (12.56%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (3.08%) InfoPath
3 4 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.51%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.26%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.51%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.26%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 108 (27.69%) Office 365
2 78 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (5.13%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (4.87%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (1.79%) Google Cloud Platform
6 6 (1.54%) Dynamics 365
6 6 (1.54%) IaaS
7 5 (1.28%) Mimecast
7 5 (1.28%) PaaS
8 3 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.51%) Google Analytics
9 2 (0.51%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.26%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.26%) Azure Machine Learning
10 1 (0.26%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 61 (15.64%) DNS
2 45 (11.54%) Firewall
3 42 (10.77%) DHCP
4 41 (10.51%) SAN
5 38 (9.74%) Internet
5 38 (9.74%) TCP/IP
6 30 (7.69%) LAN
7 29 (7.44%) WAN
8 26 (6.67%) Skype
9 25 (6.41%) Network Security
10 21 (5.38%) VPN
11 19 (4.87%) VoIP
12 17 (4.36%) Wireless
13 14 (3.59%) NAS
13 14 (3.59%) VLAN
14 13 (3.33%) Unified Communications
15 12 (3.08%) iSCSI
16 8 (2.05%) Cisco ASA
16 8 (2.05%) Kerberos
17 6 (1.54%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (2.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (1.28%) Big Data
5 5 (1.28%) Hadoop
6 4 (1.03%) Apache Hive
6 4 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (1.03%) OLTP
6 4 (1.03%) Power BI
6 4 (1.03%) SQL Server 2005
6 4 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (0.77%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 3 (0.77%) QlikView
7 3 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.51%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.51%) MySQL
8 2 (0.51%) RDBMS
8 2 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 21 (5.38%) Visual Studio
2 17 (4.36%) Team Foundation Server
3 16 (4.10%) JIRA
4 13 (3.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 4 (1.03%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.77%) Selenium
7 2 (0.51%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.51%) CodeSonar
7 2 (0.51%) Fiddler
7 2 (0.51%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.51%) git-flow
7 2 (0.51%) HP UFT
7 2 (0.51%) MSI
7 2 (0.51%) Robot Framework
7 2 (0.51%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.26%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.26%) Hudson
8 1 (0.26%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.26%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.26%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 26 (6.67%) Finance
2 16 (4.10%) Telecoms
3 8 (2.05%) Retail
4 7 (1.79%) Military
5 6 (1.54%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.28%) Banking
6 5 (1.28%) Electronics
6 5 (1.28%) Humanities
6 5 (1.28%) Social Science
7 3 (0.77%) Back Office
7 3 (0.77%) Legal
7 3 (0.77%) Marketing
8 2 (0.51%) Automotive
9 1 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 48 (12.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 47 (12.05%) Analyst
3 38 (9.74%) Support Engineer
4 24 (6.15%) Consultant
5 23 (5.90%) Administrator
6 20 (5.13%) Service Analyst
6 20 (5.13%) Service Desk Analyst
7 19 (4.87%) IT Support
8 17 (4.36%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 16 (4.10%) Architect
10 15 (3.85%) Desktop Support
11 14 (3.59%) 3rd Line Support
11 14 (3.59%) Developer
11 14 (3.59%) Systems Administrator
12 12 (3.08%) PowerShell Engineer
12 12 (3.08%) Windows Administrator
13 11 (2.82%) Systems Engineer
13 11 (2.82%) Technical Engineer
13 11 (2.82%) VMware Engineer
13 11 (2.82%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (6.41%) .NET
2 14 (3.59%) CSS
2 14 (3.59%) jQuery
2 14 (3.59%) XML
2 14 (3.59%) XSLT
3 11 (2.82%) REST
4 8 (2.05%) LDAP
5 6 (1.54%) ASP.NET
6 4 (1.03%) WSH
7 3 (0.77%) 802.1X
7 3 (0.77%) JSON
7 3 (0.77%) Web Services
8 2 (0.51%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.51%) Apache Axis
8 2 (0.51%) Django
8 2 (0.51%) Java EE
8 2 (0.51%) Node.js
8 2 (0.51%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (0.51%) SOAP
8 2 (0.51%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 75 (19.23%) Data Centre
2 38 (9.74%) Computer Science
3 35 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
4 26 (6.67%) Management Information System
5 17 (4.36%) Video Conferencing
6 16 (4.10%) Clustering
7 14 (3.59%) PKI
7 14 (3.59%) Smartphone
8 11 (2.82%) Client/Server
8 11 (2.82%) Replication
9 8 (2.05%) Fat Client
9 8 (2.05%) Thin Client
10 7 (1.79%) Driving Licence
11 5 (1.28%) Blackberry
11 5 (1.28%) Public Cloud
11 5 (1.28%) Self-Motivation
12 4 (1.03%) Data Structures
12 4 (1.03%) Mobile App
12 4 (1.03%) NHS
13 3 (0.77%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 278 (71.28%) Windows
2 165 (42.31%) Windows Server
3 92 (23.59%) Windows Server 2012
4 67 (17.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 59 (15.13%) Windows 7
6 55 (14.10%) Windows Server 2003
7 50 (12.82%) Windows 10
8 38 (9.74%) Linux
9 24 (6.15%) Unix
10 19 (4.87%) Windows XP
11 14 (3.59%) Windows 2000
12 13 (3.33%) Android
13 11 (2.82%) Windows Vista
14 8 (2.05%) Apple iOS
14 8 (2.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 7 (1.79%) Windows 8
16 6 (1.54%) AIX
16 6 (1.54%) Mac OS X
17 4 (1.03%) Ubuntu
18 3 (0.77%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (35.90%) ITIL
2 73 (18.72%) Migration
3 72 (18.46%) Problem-Solving
4 54 (13.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 33 (8.46%) Change Management
6 31 (7.95%) Agile Software Development
6 31 (7.95%) High Availability
7 27 (6.92%) ITIL V3
8 26 (6.67%) Service Delivery
9 24 (6.15%) PRINCE2
10 20 (5.13%) Disaster Recovery
10 20 (5.13%) Incident Management
11 18 (4.62%) Stakeholder Management
12 17 (4.36%) Change Control
12 17 (4.36%) Performance Tuning
13 16 (4.10%) Cybersecurity
13 16 (4.10%) Records Management
14 15 (3.85%) Customer Requirements
14 15 (3.85%) Identity Management
14 15 (3.85%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 99 (25.38%) PowerShell
2 35 (8.97%) SQL
3 24 (6.15%) C#
4 20 (5.13%) JavaScript
5 17 (4.36%) VB
6 11 (2.82%) VBScript
7 6 (1.54%) Java
8 5 (1.28%) Python
9 4 (1.03%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 4 (1.03%) T-SQL
10 3 (0.77%) Bash Shell
10 3 (0.77%) C
11 2 (0.51%) C++
11 2 (0.51%) Objective-C
11 2 (0.51%) PHP
12 1 (0.26%) LINC
12 1 (0.26%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.26%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.26%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.26%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 390 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 123 (31.54%) MCSA
3 81 (20.77%) Security Cleared
4 76 (19.49%) MCP
5 73 (18.72%) Cisco Certification
6 61 (15.64%) Degree
6 61 (15.64%) SC Cleared
7 57 (14.62%) CCNA
8 49 (12.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 40 (10.26%) MCITP
10 34 (8.72%) CCNP
11 23 (5.90%) Computer Science Degree
12 20 (5.13%) MCDST
13 19 (4.87%) CISSP
13 19 (4.87%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 17 (4.36%) HNC
15 15 (3.85%) DV Cleared
16 14 (3.59%) ITIL Certification
17 13 (3.33%) OCA
17 13 (3.33%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (6.67%) SLA
2 7 (1.79%) JSP 440
3 5 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.03%) Data Quality
4 4 (1.03%) QA
5 2 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.51%) GDPR
System Software
1 182 (46.67%) Active Directory
2 98 (25.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (14.62%) Hyper-V
4 36 (9.23%) vSphere
5 19 (4.87%) XenApp
6 16 (4.10%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (3.59%) VMware Workstation
8 13 (3.33%) Virtual Machines
9 11 (2.82%) Virtual Desktop
10 9 (2.31%) Microsoft App-V
11 8 (2.05%) Terminal Services
12 7 (1.79%) NFS
12 7 (1.79%) vCloud
13 6 (1.54%) XenDesktop
14 5 (1.28%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 5 (1.28%) Forefront TMG
14 5 (1.28%) Virtual Servers
15 4 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 3 (0.77%) VMware NSX
16 3 (0.77%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 87 (22.31%) SCCM
2 28 (7.18%) vCenter Server
3 21 (5.38%) SCOM
4 19 (4.87%) WSUS
5 12 (3.08%) Microsoft Clustering
6 11 (2.82%) Microsoft Intune
6 11 (2.82%) NetBackup
7 10 (2.56%) PowerCLI
8 8 (2.05%) AirWatch
8 8 (2.05%) Backup Exec
9 7 (1.79%) SCVMM
10 6 (1.54%) McAfee ePO
10 6 (1.54%) vRealize
11 5 (1.28%) Failover Clustering
11 5 (1.28%) SafeCom
12 4 (1.03%) XenMobile
13 3 (0.77%) Cisco CUCM
13 3 (0.77%) HP SIM
13 3 (0.77%) Puppet
13 3 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 262 (67.18%) Microsoft
2 148 (37.95%) VMware
3 80 (20.51%) Cisco
4 52 (13.33%) Citrix
5 26 (6.67%) HP
6 22 (5.64%) Oracle
7 20 (5.13%) Google
8 19 (4.87%) Apple
9 18 (4.62%) Dell
10 17 (4.36%) McAfee
11 15 (3.85%) NetApp
11 15 (3.85%) Nintex
11 15 (3.85%) Red Hat
12 13 (3.33%) Wyse
13 10 (2.56%) Atlassian
13 10 (2.56%) Avaya
14 9 (2.31%) EMC
14 9 (2.31%) SolarWinds
15 8 (2.05%) Polycom
15 8 (2.05%) Symantec