Period
to 23 April 2019

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 23 April 2019 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
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 300 331 357
Rank change year-on-year +31 +26 -60
Contract jobs citing MCSE 396 350 278
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.78% 0.66% 0.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.55% 3.18% 2.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 208 153
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £381 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.48% +17.31% -1.52%
10th Percentile £213 £212 £150
90th Percentile £577 £563 £519
UK median daily rate £413 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +17.86% +3.70% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 14 25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.51 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.25% +0.03% -12.50%
10th Percentile £14.60 £12.63 £13.95
90th Percentile £33.40 £45.38 £26.14
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.51 £18.25
% change year-on-year +14.25% -4.08% -8.75%

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 11,165 11,023 11,661
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.86% 20.85% 23.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,550 6,340 7,124
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.45% +3.13% +3.76%
10th Percentile £256 £220 £225
90th Percentile £600 £569 £552
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 648 621 784
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £29.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -16.44% -7.94%
10th Percentile £12.21 £12.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.75 £52.00
UK median hourly rate £33.40 £24.00 £29.92
% change year-on-year +39.17% -19.79% +3.17%

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 23 April 2019.

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 23 April 2019.

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 23 April 2019. 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 +23 164 £450 +12.50% 10
South West +16 64 £425 -10.53% 5
Midlands +13 63 £525 +50.00% 15
North of England +14 46 £325 -31.58% 8
West Midlands +11 44 £525 +94.44% 12
Scotland -2 27 £338 -18.67%
Yorkshire +13 21 £370 +23.33% 1
East of England +1 20 £413 +55.66%
East Midlands +4 19 £350 -6.67% 3
North West +2 18 £300 -42.86% 7
Wales +7 13 £450 +20.00%
North East +7 7 £300 -52.00%
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 23 April 2019, 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.

1 396 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 276 (69.70%) Microsoft
3 262 (66.16%) Windows
4 189 (47.73%) Active Directory
5 181 (45.71%) VMware
6 155 (39.14%) ITIL
7 152 (38.38%) Windows Server
8 148 (37.37%) MCSA
9 132 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
10 115 (29.04%) CCNA
10 115 (29.04%) VMware Infrastructure
11 113 (28.54%) Security Cleared
11 113 (28.54%) Cisco
12 101 (25.51%) Citrix
13 100 (25.25%) Office 365
14 93 (23.48%) SCCM
15 92 (23.23%) PowerShell
16 91 (22.98%) SC Cleared
17 87 (21.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 86 (21.72%) Microsoft Azure
19 84 (21.21%) DNS
19 84 (21.21%) Windows Server 2012
20 67 (16.92%) MCP
21 66 (16.67%) MS Exchange
22 65 (16.41%) DHCP
23 64 (16.16%) Firewall
23 64 (16.16%) Problem-Solving
24 61 (15.40%) Migration
24 61 (15.40%) SQL Server
25 59 (14.90%) Hyper-V

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 66 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 40 (10.10%) SharePoint
3 25 (6.31%) Skype for Business
4 20 (5.05%) Confluence
5 14 (3.54%) IIS
5 14 (3.54%) SharePoint 2013
6 12 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2010
7 11 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2007
8 9 (2.27%) SharePoint 2010
9 8 (2.02%) SharePoint Server
10 7 (1.77%) OpenStack
11 6 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
12 5 (1.26%) Apache
13 4 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.51%) Cloud Foundry
15 1 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2003
15 1 (0.25%) Office Communications Server
15 1 (0.25%) Tomcat
Applications
1 51 (12.88%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (2.02%) InfoPath
3 4 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.76%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.25%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 100 (25.25%) Office 365
2 86 (21.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 50 (12.63%) Amazon AWS
4 25 (6.31%) PaaS
5 17 (4.29%) Azure Active Directory
6 14 (3.54%) IaaS
7 13 (3.28%) SaaS
8 10 (2.53%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (1.01%) Mimecast
9 4 (1.01%) OneDrive
9 4 (1.01%) Serverless
9 4 (1.01%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (0.76%) Google Analytics
11 2 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.51%) Azure Functions
11 2 (0.51%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.51%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.51%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 84 (21.21%) DNS
2 65 (16.41%) DHCP
3 64 (16.16%) Firewall
4 44 (11.11%) LAN
4 44 (11.11%) WAN
5 43 (10.86%) TCP/IP
6 36 (9.09%) Internet
7 32 (8.08%) SAN
8 25 (6.31%) Skype
9 19 (4.80%) VPN
10 18 (4.55%) Network Security
11 15 (3.79%) VLAN
12 13 (3.28%) Unified Communications
12 13 (3.28%) VoIP
13 12 (3.03%) Wireless
14 11 (2.78%) Intranet
14 11 (2.78%) SSL
15 10 (2.53%) Cisco ASA
15 10 (2.53%) Remote Desktop
16 8 (2.02%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (15.40%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.02%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (1.77%) SQL Server 2016
4 6 (1.52%) SQL Server 2005
4 6 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
4 6 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (1.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (1.01%) Big Data
6 4 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.76%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.76%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.51%) DB2
8 2 (0.51%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.51%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.51%) Power BI
8 2 (0.51%) QlikView
8 2 (0.51%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Power View
9 1 (0.25%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 23 (5.81%) JIRA
2 19 (4.80%) Visual Studio
3 13 (3.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 13 (3.28%) Git (software)
4 11 (2.78%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (1.77%) Bitbucket
6 5 (1.26%) InstallShield
7 4 (1.01%) Fiddler
7 4 (1.01%) Jenkins
7 4 (1.01%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (0.76%) AdminStudio
8 3 (0.76%) MSI
9 2 (0.51%) Artifactory
9 2 (0.51%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.51%) Sonatype Nexus
10 1 (0.25%) Hudson
General
1 31 (7.83%) Military
2 24 (6.06%) Finance
3 16 (4.04%) Telecoms
4 10 (2.53%) Legal
5 6 (1.52%) Retail
6 5 (1.26%) Back Office
7 4 (1.01%) Law
8 3 (0.76%) Automotive
8 3 (0.76%) Banking
8 3 (0.76%) Front Office
8 3 (0.76%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.76%) Local Government
8 3 (0.76%) Marketing
9 1 (0.25%) Games
Job Titles
1 56 (14.14%) Architect
2 47 (11.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 41 (10.35%) Analyst
4 25 (6.31%) Consultant
5 24 (6.06%) Support Engineer
6 22 (5.56%) Server Engineer
7 21 (5.30%) Technical Architect
8 18 (4.55%) Network Engineer
8 18 (4.55%) Solutions Architect
9 17 (4.29%) Senior Server Engineer
10 16 (4.04%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 16 (4.04%) Automation Engineer
11 13 (3.28%) Designer
11 13 (3.28%) IT Engineer
11 13 (3.28%) Senior Network Engineer
11 13 (3.28%) Windows Engineer
12 12 (3.03%) Developer
12 12 (3.03%) PowerShell Engineer
12 12 (3.03%) Systems Engineer
13 11 (2.78%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (4.55%) .NET
2 13 (3.28%) HTML
3 10 (2.53%) REST
4 9 (2.27%) CSS
5 8 (2.02%) jQuery
5 8 (2.02%) XML
5 8 (2.02%) XSLT
6 7 (1.77%) ASP.NET
6 7 (1.77%) Web Services
7 6 (1.52%) HTML5
7 6 (1.52%) Silverlight
7 6 (1.52%) WPF
8 5 (1.26%) Software Packaging
9 3 (0.76%) 802.1X
10 2 (0.51%) .NET Core
10 2 (0.51%) AngularJS
10 2 (0.51%) Apache Axis
10 2 (0.51%) JSON
10 2 (0.51%) RxJS
11 1 (0.25%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 59 (14.90%) Data Centre
2 43 (10.86%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (5.56%) PKI
4 16 (4.04%) Video Conferencing
5 15 (3.79%) Management Information System
6 14 (3.54%) Public Cloud
7 10 (2.53%) Clustering
7 10 (2.53%) Hybrid Cloud
7 10 (2.53%) Mobile App
7 10 (2.53%) Private Cloud
7 10 (2.53%) Replication
8 8 (2.02%) CESG
8 8 (2.02%) Client/Server
9 7 (1.77%) BYOD
10 5 (1.26%) Blackberry
10 5 (1.26%) EMC VNX
10 5 (1.26%) Self-Motivation
11 4 (1.01%) Fibre Optics
11 4 (1.01%) NHS
11 4 (1.01%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 262 (66.16%) Windows
2 152 (38.38%) Windows Server
3 84 (21.21%) Windows Server 2012
4 57 (14.39%) Windows 10
5 55 (13.89%) Windows 7
6 53 (13.38%) Linux
7 44 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
8 28 (7.07%) Windows Server 2003
9 17 (4.29%) Unix
10 12 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (2.53%) Windows Vista
11 10 (2.53%) Windows XP
12 9 (2.27%) AIX
13 8 (2.02%) Mac OS X
14 6 (1.52%) Solaris
14 6 (1.52%) Windows 2000
15 5 (1.26%) Android
15 5 (1.26%) Windows 8
16 4 (1.01%) Windows 2000 Server
17 3 (0.76%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 155 (39.14%) ITIL
2 64 (16.16%) Problem-Solving
3 61 (15.40%) Migration
4 54 (13.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 52 (13.13%) Agile Software Development
6 39 (9.85%) Incident Management
6 39 (9.85%) PRINCE2
7 36 (9.09%) Service Management
8 32 (8.08%) ITSM
9 31 (7.83%) Server Virtualisation
10 30 (7.58%) Service Delivery
11 28 (7.07%) Mentoring
12 27 (6.82%) ITIL V3
13 26 (6.57%) High Availability
13 26 (6.57%) TOGAF
14 25 (6.31%) Computer Science
15 24 (6.06%) Disaster Recovery
16 23 (5.81%) Change Management
16 23 (5.81%) DevOps
17 22 (5.56%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 92 (23.23%) PowerShell
2 45 (11.36%) SQL
3 15 (3.79%) JavaScript
4 9 (2.27%) VBScript
5 8 (2.02%) C#
6 7 (1.77%) VB
7 3 (0.76%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.51%) C
8 2 (0.51%) Java
8 2 (0.51%) PHP
8 2 (0.51%) Python
8 2 (0.51%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 396 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 148 (37.37%) MCSA
3 132 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
4 115 (29.04%) CCNA
5 113 (28.54%) Security Cleared
6 91 (22.98%) SC Cleared
7 87 (21.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 67 (16.92%) MCP
9 53 (13.38%) Degree
10 37 (9.34%) MCITP
11 32 (8.08%) DV Cleared
12 26 (6.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 24 (6.06%) CCA
13 24 (6.06%) Citrix Certification
13 24 (6.06%) VCP6
14 21 (5.30%) CCNP
15 16 (4.04%) TOGAF Certification
16 15 (3.79%) MCDST
17 14 (3.54%) ITIL Certification
17 14 (3.54%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (11.87%) SLA
2 11 (2.78%) QA
3 7 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.01%) COBIT
5 3 (0.76%) GDPR
6 2 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 2 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.25%) PMO
System Software
1 189 (47.73%) Active Directory
2 115 (29.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 59 (14.90%) Hyper-V
4 36 (9.09%) VMware ESXi
5 35 (8.84%) vSphere
6 27 (6.82%) XenApp
7 18 (4.55%) Virtual Machines
8 14 (3.54%) Virtual Desktop
9 13 (3.28%) XenDesktop
10 10 (2.53%) Virtual Servers
11 8 (2.02%) Microsoft App-V
12 4 (1.01%) NFS
12 4 (1.01%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (0.76%) BitLocker
13 3 (0.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.51%) Forefront TMG
14 2 (0.51%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.51%) UAG
14 2 (0.51%) vCloud
14 2 (0.51%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 93 (23.48%) SCCM
2 31 (7.83%) SCOM
2 31 (7.83%) vCenter Server
3 21 (5.30%) PowerCLI
4 13 (3.28%) WSUS
5 12 (3.03%) Microsoft Intune
5 12 (3.03%) NetBackup
6 10 (2.53%) Norton AntiVirus
6 10 (2.53%) SCVMM
7 9 (2.27%) Microsoft Clustering
7 9 (2.27%) Single Sign-On
8 7 (1.77%) HP ALM
9 5 (1.26%) vRealize
10 4 (1.01%) Grafana
10 4 (1.01%) Nagios
10 4 (1.01%) QRadar
11 3 (0.76%) Backup Exec
11 3 (0.76%) Cisco UCCE
11 3 (0.76%) SolarWinds Orion
11 3 (0.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 276 (69.70%) Microsoft
2 181 (45.71%) VMware
3 113 (28.54%) Cisco
4 101 (25.51%) Citrix
5 37 (9.34%) HP
6 35 (8.84%) Oracle
7 24 (6.06%) NetApp
8 17 (4.29%) Red Hat
9 16 (4.04%) EMC
10 13 (3.28%) Atlassian
10 13 (3.28%) Dell
10 13 (3.28%) McAfee
10 13 (3.28%) Symantec
11 12 (3.03%) Polycom
12 11 (2.78%) Avaya
13 10 (2.53%) Apple
14 9 (2.27%) Intel
14 9 (2.27%) Wyse
15 8 (2.02%) CheckPoint
15 8 (2.02%) Sophos