Period
to 11 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 11 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
6 months to
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 416 392 390
Rank change year-on-year -24 -2 -27
Contract jobs citing MCSE 613 621 635
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.58% 0.60% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.05% 3.19% 2.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 369 390 438
UK median daily rate £375 £325 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -1.52% +1.54%
10th Percentile £163 £150 £173
90th Percentile £539 £500 £452
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £340 £325
% change year-on-year +10.29% +4.62% -1.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 21 39
UK median hourly rate £17.41 £19.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.37% -9.52% +5.00%
10th Percentile £15.30 £11.25 £14.25
90th Percentile £45.00 £39.75 £28.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.41 £18.55 £21.00
% change year-on-year -6.16% -11.65% +13.51%

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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 20,125 19,479 21,211
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.10% 18.86% 20.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,945 11,980 13,272
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £220 £240
90th Percentile £625 £606 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +1.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 970 887 851
UK median hourly rate £26.10 £25.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.36% -1.92% +4.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.93 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £26.87 £27.00
% change year-on-year -1.36% -0.50% +5.88%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCSE as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 11 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 11 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 16 Contract Locations

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 over the 6 months to 11 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
England -20 550 £375 +15.38% 223
UK excluding London -9 430 £375 +10.29% 167
London -17 169 £400 +23.08% 64
South East -6 141 £411 +24.15% 42
North of England -6 89 £317 -9.57% 35
Midlands -5 75 £325 -7.14% 39
West Midlands +8 57 £338 -15.63% 22
South West -11 46 £400 +150.00% 17
Yorkshire -3 43 £375 +7.14% 13
North West -7 42 £250 -20.00% 17
Scotland -10 30 £368 +8.39% 7
East of England -25 29 £400 +33.33% 26
East Midlands -17 18 £305 -6.15% 16
Wales -17 16 £438 +16.67% 1
Northern Ireland +35 5 £325 +30.00%
North East -19 4 £250 -38.12% 5

For the 6 months to 11 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 with a requirement for MCSE.

1 613 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 448 (73.08%) Windows
3 417 (68.03%) Microsoft
4 299 (48.78%) Active Directory
5 250 (40.78%) Windows Server
6 241 (39.31%) VMware
7 224 (36.54%) ITIL
8 207 (33.77%) MCSA
9 173 (28.22%) VMware Infrastructure
10 166 (27.08%) Office 365
11 165 (26.92%) SCCM
12 146 (23.82%) PowerShell
13 143 (23.33%) MCP
14 138 (22.51%) Microsoft Azure
15 127 (20.72%) Cisco
16 126 (20.55%) Windows Server 2012
17 122 (19.90%) Cisco Certification
18 118 (19.25%) Windows 7
19 117 (19.09%) Citrix
20 113 (18.43%) Security Cleared
21 105 (17.13%) DNS
21 105 (17.13%) SQL Server
22 104 (16.97%) CCNA
23 103 (16.80%) Problem-Solving
24 102 (16.64%) Migration
25 101 (16.48%) Microsoft Office
26 92 (15.01%) Data Centre
27 89 (14.52%) Windows 10
28 87 (14.19%) MS Exchange
29 84 (13.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 87 (14.19%) MS Exchange
2 56 (9.14%) SharePoint
3 36 (5.87%) Skype for Business
4 33 (5.38%) Exchange Server 2010
5 26 (4.24%) IIS
6 22 (3.59%) Confluence
7 19 (3.10%) SharePoint 2013
8 15 (2.45%) Exchange Server 2013
9 14 (2.28%) SharePoint 2010
10 13 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2007
11 12 (1.96%) SharePoint Server
12 7 (1.14%) Office Communications Server
13 6 (0.98%) Apache Pig
14 5 (0.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 5 (0.82%) OpenStack
15 4 (0.65%) IBM Notes
16 3 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
16 3 (0.49%) CMS
17 1 (0.16%) Apache
17 1 (0.16%) Site Server
Applications
1 101 (16.48%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (2.28%) MS Visio
4 11 (1.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (1.31%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.16%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.16%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.33%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.16%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 166 (27.08%) Office 365
2 138 (22.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 46 (7.50%) Amazon AWS
4 29 (4.73%) Azure Active Directory
5 27 (4.40%) IaaS
6 20 (3.26%) PaaS
7 19 (3.10%) Google Cloud Platform
8 8 (1.31%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.14%) Dynamics 365
9 7 (1.14%) OneDrive
10 6 (0.98%) SaaS
11 4 (0.65%) Serverless
11 4 (0.65%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (0.49%) AWS Lambda
12 3 (0.49%) Mimecast
12 3 (0.49%) Yammer
13 2 (0.33%) Google Analytics
14 1 (0.16%) Azure Machine Learning
14 1 (0.16%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 105 (17.13%) DNS
2 80 (13.05%) LAN
3 75 (12.23%) Firewall
3 75 (12.23%) Internet
4 73 (11.91%) TCP/IP
5 69 (11.26%) DHCP
6 67 (10.93%) WAN
7 57 (9.30%) SAN
8 45 (7.34%) VPN
9 39 (6.36%) Wireless
10 34 (5.55%) Network Security
11 27 (4.40%) Skype
12 26 (4.24%) VoIP
13 21 (3.43%) VLAN
14 15 (2.45%) Unified Communications
15 14 (2.28%) IP Telephony
15 14 (2.28%) NAS
16 13 (2.12%) SSL
17 12 (1.96%) Intranet
17 12 (1.96%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (17.13%) SQL Server
2 17 (2.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 17 (2.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 16 (2.61%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (1.31%) Big Data
5 8 (1.31%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (1.31%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 8 (1.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 7 (1.14%) Hadoop
7 6 (0.98%) Apache Hive
7 6 (0.98%) QlikView
7 6 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (0.82%) Azure SQL Database
8 5 (0.82%) MongoDB
8 5 (0.82%) MySQL
9 4 (0.65%) OLTP
9 4 (0.65%) Power BI
9 4 (0.65%) SQL Server 2014
10 3 (0.49%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 29 (4.73%) JIRA
2 23 (3.75%) Visual Studio
3 19 (3.10%) Team Foundation Server
4 16 (2.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 13 (2.12%) Git (software)
6 7 (1.14%) Jenkins
7 5 (0.82%) MSI
8 4 (0.65%) Selenium
9 3 (0.49%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.49%) CodeSonar
9 3 (0.49%) Fiddler
9 3 (0.49%) git-flow
9 3 (0.49%) InstallShield
9 3 (0.49%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (0.49%) Robot Framework
9 3 (0.49%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.33%) Hudson
10 2 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
11 1 (0.16%) Cucumber
11 1 (0.16%) JMeter
General
1 66 (10.77%) Finance
2 18 (2.94%) Military
3 17 (2.77%) Telecoms
4 15 (2.45%) Banking
5 10 (1.63%) Financial Institution
6 9 (1.47%) Back Office
6 9 (1.47%) Law
7 8 (1.31%) Automotive
8 6 (0.98%) Legal
8 6 (0.98%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.98%) Retail
9 5 (0.82%) Humanities
9 5 (0.82%) Social Science
10 3 (0.49%) Electronics
11 2 (0.33%) Billing
11 2 (0.33%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.33%) Portuguese Language
12 1 (0.16%) German Language
12 1 (0.16%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.16%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 69 (11.26%) Support Engineer
2 64 (10.44%) Analyst
3 61 (9.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 48 (7.83%) Architect
5 37 (6.04%) Desktop Support
6 34 (5.55%) Consultant
7 33 (5.38%) Administrator
8 30 (4.89%) Service Analyst
9 29 (4.73%) Service Desk Analyst
10 27 (4.40%) IT Support
11 24 (3.92%) Desktop Engineer
11 24 (3.92%) Developer
12 22 (3.59%) Support Analyst
13 21 (3.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 21 (3.43%) Windows Engineer
14 20 (3.26%) 2nd Line Support
14 20 (3.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 20 (3.26%) Solutions Architect
14 20 (3.26%) Systems Administrator
15 18 (2.94%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (4.73%) .NET
2 13 (2.12%) REST
3 10 (1.63%) LDAP
4 9 (1.47%) CSS
4 9 (1.47%) jQuery
4 9 (1.47%) XML
4 9 (1.47%) XSLT
5 7 (1.14%) ASP.NET
6 6 (0.98%) 802.1X
6 6 (0.98%) HTML
6 6 (0.98%) HTML5
6 6 (0.98%) Silverlight
6 6 (0.98%) WPF
7 4 (0.65%) Apache Axis
7 4 (0.65%) WSH
8 3 (0.49%) SAML
8 3 (0.49%) SOAP
8 3 (0.49%) Spring MVC
8 3 (0.49%) STL
8 3 (0.49%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 92 (15.01%) Data Centre
2 52 (8.48%) Analytical Skills
3 44 (7.18%) Management Information System
4 30 (4.89%) Clustering
5 26 (4.24%) PKI
6 24 (3.92%) Video Conferencing
7 18 (2.94%) Smartphone
8 16 (2.61%) Blackberry
9 15 (2.45%) Client/Server
9 15 (2.45%) Fat Client
9 15 (2.45%) Replication
9 15 (2.45%) Thin Client
10 14 (2.28%) Mobile App
11 12 (1.96%) Self-Motivation
12 11 (1.79%) Driving Licence
12 11 (1.79%) Hybrid Cloud
12 11 (1.79%) Public Cloud
13 9 (1.47%) CESG
14 8 (1.31%) CLARiiON
15 7 (1.14%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 448 (73.08%) Windows
2 250 (40.78%) Windows Server
3 126 (20.55%) Windows Server 2012
4 118 (19.25%) Windows 7
5 89 (14.52%) Windows 10
6 84 (13.70%) Windows Server 2008
7 54 (8.81%) Linux
8 47 (7.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 34 (5.55%) Unix
10 27 (4.40%) Windows XP
11 21 (3.43%) Android
11 21 (3.43%) Apple iOS
12 17 (2.77%) Windows 2000
13 16 (2.61%) Mac OS X
14 15 (2.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 14 (2.28%) Windows Vista
16 12 (1.96%) Windows 8
17 8 (1.31%) Mac OS
18 4 (0.65%) Ubuntu
19 3 (0.49%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 224 (36.54%) ITIL
2 103 (16.80%) Problem-Solving
3 102 (16.64%) Migration
4 80 (13.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 57 (9.30%) Agile Software Development
6 56 (9.14%) Change Management
7 35 (5.71%) Disaster Recovery
8 34 (5.55%) Computer Science
9 32 (5.22%) Service Delivery
10 31 (5.06%) Server Management
11 30 (4.89%) ITIL V3
11 30 (4.89%) Service Management
12 28 (4.57%) PRINCE2
13 27 (4.40%) Customer Requirements
14 26 (4.24%) High Availability
15 25 (4.08%) Change Control
16 24 (3.92%) ITSM
16 24 (3.92%) Root Cause Analysis
16 24 (3.92%) TOGAF
17 23 (3.75%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 146 (23.82%) PowerShell
2 64 (10.44%) SQL
3 28 (4.57%) C#
4 19 (3.10%) VB
5 17 (2.77%) JavaScript
6 15 (2.45%) Java
7 10 (1.63%) Python
7 10 (1.63%) VBScript
8 8 (1.31%) C
9 7 (1.14%) T-SQL
10 5 (0.82%) Bash Shell
10 5 (0.82%) VBA
11 4 (0.65%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 3 (0.49%) C++
12 3 (0.49%) Objective-C
12 3 (0.49%) PHP
12 3 (0.49%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.33%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.16%) Perl
14 1 (0.16%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 613 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 207 (33.77%) MCSA
3 143 (23.33%) MCP
4 122 (19.90%) Cisco Certification
5 113 (18.43%) Security Cleared
6 104 (16.97%) CCNA
7 84 (13.70%) SC Cleared
7 84 (13.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 81 (13.21%) MCITP
9 68 (11.09%) Degree
10 34 (5.55%) CCNP
11 33 (5.38%) ITIL Certification
12 31 (5.06%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 30 (4.89%) MCDST
14 28 (4.57%) MCTS
15 26 (4.24%) CISSP
16 23 (3.75%) Citrix Certification
16 23 (3.75%) DV Cleared
17 21 (3.43%) CCA
18 20 (3.26%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (8.16%) SLA
2 10 (1.63%) QA
3 7 (1.14%) JSP 440
4 4 (0.65%) Government Security Classifications
4 4 (0.65%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 4 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.49%) GDPR
6 2 (0.33%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.16%) COBIT
7 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.16%) PMO
7 1 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 299 (48.78%) Active Directory
2 173 (28.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 71 (11.58%) Hyper-V
4 68 (11.09%) vSphere
5 41 (6.69%) XenApp
6 36 (5.87%) VMware ESXi
7 28 (4.57%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (3.10%) Microsoft App-V
9 18 (2.94%) XenDesktop
10 17 (2.77%) Virtual Desktop
11 14 (2.28%) vCloud
12 13 (2.12%) VMware Workstation
13 10 (1.63%) Virtual Servers
14 8 (1.31%) IAG
14 8 (1.31%) UAG
15 7 (1.14%) NFS
15 7 (1.14%) XenServer
16 6 (0.98%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 6 (0.98%) Terminal Services
17 5 (0.82%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 165 (26.92%) SCCM
2 39 (6.36%) vCenter Server
3 38 (6.20%) SCOM
4 30 (4.89%) Microsoft Intune
5 21 (3.43%) WSUS
6 19 (3.10%) Microsoft Clustering
7 18 (2.94%) NetBackup
8 17 (2.77%) AirWatch
9 13 (2.12%) PowerCLI
9 13 (2.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 11 (1.79%) XenMobile
11 9 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
12 8 (1.31%) Backup Exec
12 8 (1.31%) Failover Clustering
12 8 (1.31%) Puppet
12 8 (1.31%) SCVMM
12 8 (1.31%) vRealize
13 7 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
13 7 (1.14%) Single Sign-On
14 5 (0.82%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 417 (68.03%) Microsoft
2 241 (39.31%) VMware
3 127 (20.72%) Cisco
4 117 (19.09%) Citrix
5 47 (7.67%) HP
6 38 (6.20%) Apple
7 37 (6.04%) Oracle
8 32 (5.22%) Google
9 29 (4.73%) EMC
10 20 (3.26%) Avaya
10 20 (3.26%) Ivanti
10 20 (3.26%) Red Hat
11 19 (3.10%) McAfee
11 19 (3.10%) Polycom
12 18 (2.94%) NetApp
13 17 (2.77%) SolarWinds
14 16 (2.61%) Atlassian
14 16 (2.61%) CheckPoint
14 16 (2.61%) Wyse
15 15 (2.45%) Veeam