Period
to 22 July 2019

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 22 July 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
6 months to
22 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 441 453 454
Rank change year-on-year +12 +1 -113
Contract jobs citing MCSE 464 540 468
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.52% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.65% 2.78% 2.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 353 256
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £167 £175 £146
90th Percentile £575 £525 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £325
% change year-on-year +13.33% +15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 33 36
UK median hourly rate £22.34 £19.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.55% +15.15% -22.04%
10th Percentile £14.39 £15.30 £11.25
90th Percentile £34.51 £45.20 £24.11
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.34 £17.51 £16.50
% change year-on-year +27.59% +6.09% -22.64%

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 17,519 19,410 18,923
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.98% 18.78% 19.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,615 11,524 11,623
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £263 £241 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £593
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +7.88% +3.13% +5.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 823 955 962
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £29.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -16.44% +6.86%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.75 £12.01
90th Percentile £57.50 £50.25 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year +34.62% -17.46% +12.50%

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 22 July 2019.

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 22 July 2019.

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 22 July 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
England +37 429 £400 +14.29% 286
UK excluding London -1 320 £425 +13.33% 221
London +26 136 £391 +11.79% 80
South East +32 134 £450 +13.64% 69
South West +11 60 £425 -2.86% 18
Midlands +17 55 £381 +27.08% 44
West Midlands +26 41 £525 +110.00% 23
North of England +6 34 £338 -3.57% 51
Yorkshire +19 18 £325 +8.33% 18
Scotland -20 18 £350 -15.15% 4
East Midlands +9 14 £325 -13.33% 20
North West -3 13 £360 +2.86% 30
East of England -19 12 £300 +25.00% 24
Wales +6 6 £500 +11.11% 9
North East +18 3 £425 -32.00% 3
Channel Islands - 1 £513 - 2

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 with a requirement for MCSE.

1 464 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 352 (75.86%) Microsoft
3 317 (68.32%) Windows
4 229 (49.35%) Active Directory
5 208 (44.83%) VMware
6 176 (37.93%) Windows Server
7 175 (37.72%) MCSA
8 163 (35.13%) ITIL
9 136 (29.31%) Cisco Certification
10 132 (28.45%) VMware Infrastructure
11 130 (28.02%) Microsoft Azure
12 127 (27.37%) Office 365
13 122 (26.29%) Cisco
14 119 (25.65%) CCNA
15 112 (24.14%) SCCM
16 106 (22.84%) PowerShell
17 99 (21.34%) Security Cleared
17 99 (21.34%) Problem-Solving
18 95 (20.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 94 (20.26%) Citrix
20 85 (18.32%) Windows Server 2012
21 83 (17.89%) DNS
22 82 (17.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 78 (16.81%) MCP
24 77 (16.59%) SLA
25 76 (16.38%) Hyper-V
26 72 (15.52%) Windows 10
27 68 (14.66%) SC Cleared
28 67 (14.44%) Linux
29 66 (14.22%) Data Centre

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 56 (12.07%) MS Exchange
2 32 (6.90%) SharePoint
3 29 (6.25%) Skype for Business
4 21 (4.53%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (3.45%) IIS
6 14 (3.02%) Exchange Server 2013
7 13 (2.80%) Confluence
8 7 (1.51%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (1.08%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.86%) Cloud Foundry
10 4 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (0.86%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.65%) Apache
12 2 (0.43%) SAS
12 2 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
13 1 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2003
13 1 (0.22%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 1 (0.22%) Tomcat
Applications
1 47 (10.13%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.65%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.43%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.22%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 5 (1.08%) assyst
2 4 (0.86%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.22%) Aareon QL
3 1 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.22%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 130 (28.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 127 (27.37%) Office 365
3 54 (11.64%) Amazon AWS
4 43 (9.27%) PaaS
5 30 (6.47%) Azure Active Directory
6 27 (5.82%) SaaS
7 24 (5.17%) IaaS
8 13 (2.80%) Power Platform
9 8 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (1.08%) Azure Stack
10 5 (1.08%) Dynamics 365
10 5 (1.08%) Serverless
11 4 (0.86%) Azure Functions
11 4 (0.86%) GitHub
11 4 (0.86%) Google Analytics
11 4 (0.86%) Mimecast
11 4 (0.86%) OneDrive
11 4 (0.86%) OpenShift
11 4 (0.86%) PowerApps
12 3 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 83 (17.89%) DNS
2 64 (13.79%) Firewall
3 56 (12.07%) DHCP
4 47 (10.13%) TCP/IP
5 41 (8.84%) SAN
6 38 (8.19%) LAN
7 32 (6.90%) WAN
8 24 (5.17%) Skype
9 22 (4.74%) Remote Desktop
9 22 (4.74%) VPN
10 20 (4.31%) Network Security
11 17 (3.66%) Wireless
12 16 (3.45%) Internet
13 14 (3.02%) VoIP
14 13 (2.80%) Unified Communications
14 13 (2.80%) VLAN
15 12 (2.59%) NAS
16 10 (2.16%) Cisco ASA
17 9 (1.94%) Wi-Fi
18 8 (1.72%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (13.15%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.66%) SQL Server 2016
3 16 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (3.02%) SQL Server 2012
5 11 (2.37%) Big Data
5 11 (2.37%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (2.37%) SQL Server 2008
6 9 (1.94%) Azure SQL Database
6 9 (1.94%) Power BI
6 9 (1.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (1.51%) OLAP
8 6 (1.29%) SAP BW
8 6 (1.29%) SAP Data Services
9 5 (1.08%) SQL Server 2005
10 4 (0.86%) Hadoop
10 4 (0.86%) Relational Database
10 4 (0.86%) SSDT
11 3 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (0.43%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
12 2 (0.43%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 24 (5.17%) InstallShield
1 24 (5.17%) MSI
2 18 (3.88%) JIRA
3 11 (2.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 9 (1.94%) Git (software)
5 8 (1.72%) Visual Studio Team System
6 7 (1.51%) Bitbucket
6 7 (1.51%) Visual Studio
7 5 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (0.86%) Artifactory
8 4 (0.86%) Hudson
8 4 (0.86%) Jenkins
9 3 (0.65%) WinDbg
10 2 (0.43%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.43%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (0.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 2 (0.43%) TeamCity
11 1 (0.22%) AdminStudio
11 1 (0.22%) Android Studio
11 1 (0.22%) Fiddler
General
1 39 (8.41%) Finance
2 26 (5.60%) Telecoms
3 12 (2.59%) Retail
4 11 (2.37%) Military
5 10 (2.16%) Legal
6 6 (1.29%) Automotive
6 6 (1.29%) Marketing
7 4 (0.86%) Banking
7 4 (0.86%) Financial Institution
7 4 (0.86%) German Language
7 4 (0.86%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.65%) Back Office
8 3 (0.65%) Electronics
8 3 (0.65%) Front Office
8 3 (0.65%) Law
8 3 (0.65%) Local Government
9 2 (0.43%) Hindi Language
9 2 (0.43%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.43%) Italian Language
9 2 (0.43%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 64 (13.79%) Architect
1 64 (13.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 45 (9.70%) Analyst
3 39 (8.41%) Support Engineer
4 28 (6.03%) Consultant
5 24 (5.17%) Desktop Engineer
5 24 (5.17%) Desktop Support
6 22 (4.74%) Server Engineer
7 21 (4.53%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 20 (4.31%) Solutions Architect
8 20 (4.31%) Wintel Engineer
9 19 (4.09%) IT Support
10 18 (3.88%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 17 (3.66%) Technical Architect
11 17 (3.66%) Windows Engineer
12 15 (3.23%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 15 (3.23%) Developer
12 15 (3.23%) IT Engineer
12 15 (3.23%) VMware Engineer
13 14 (3.02%) Applications Packager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (1.94%) REST
1 9 (1.94%) Web Services
2 8 (1.72%) .NET
3 6 (1.29%) XML
4 3 (0.65%) CSS
4 3 (0.65%) HTML
5 2 (0.43%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.43%) J2EE
5 2 (0.43%) jQuery
5 2 (0.43%) JSON
5 2 (0.43%) Middleware
5 2 (0.43%) SAP Basis
5 2 (0.43%) Software Packaging
5 2 (0.43%) XSLT
6 1 (0.22%) COM
6 1 (0.22%) LDAP
6 1 (0.22%) Node.js
6 1 (0.22%) RESTful
6 1 (0.22%) RxJava
6 1 (0.22%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 66 (14.22%) Data Centre
2 58 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (4.53%) Public Cloud
4 19 (4.09%) Management Information System
5 14 (3.02%) Clustering
6 12 (2.59%) PKI
6 12 (2.59%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (2.16%) Hybrid Cloud
7 10 (2.16%) Private Cloud
8 9 (1.94%) Video Conferencing
9 8 (1.72%) Blackberry
9 8 (1.72%) Replication
10 7 (1.51%) NHS
11 6 (1.29%) Client/Server
12 5 (1.08%) BYOD
12 5 (1.08%) CESG
12 5 (1.08%) Mobile App
12 5 (1.08%) User Experience
13 3 (0.65%) Enterprise Storage
13 3 (0.65%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 317 (68.32%) Windows
2 176 (37.93%) Windows Server
3 85 (18.32%) Windows Server 2012
4 72 (15.52%) Windows 10
5 67 (14.44%) Linux
6 59 (12.72%) Windows 7
7 58 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
8 28 (6.03%) Windows 8
9 26 (5.60%) Windows Server 2003
10 18 (3.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 11 (2.37%) Mac OS
11 11 (2.37%) Unix
12 6 (1.29%) Mac OS X
13 5 (1.08%) Android
13 5 (1.08%) Apple iOS
13 5 (1.08%) VMS
13 5 (1.08%) Windows Vista
14 4 (0.86%) SUSE
15 3 (0.65%) CentOS
15 3 (0.65%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (35.13%) ITIL
2 99 (21.34%) Problem-Solving
3 82 (17.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 61 (13.15%) Migration
5 45 (9.70%) ITSM
6 44 (9.48%) Service Management
7 42 (9.05%) Agile Software Development
8 39 (8.41%) PRINCE2
9 36 (7.76%) ITIL V3
10 33 (7.11%) Server Virtualisation
11 31 (6.68%) Application Packaging
11 31 (6.68%) Service Delivery
12 30 (6.47%) Incident Management
13 29 (6.25%) TOGAF
14 28 (6.03%) Customer Requirements
15 27 (5.82%) DevOps
16 25 (5.39%) Disaster Recovery
17 20 (4.31%) Architectural Design
18 19 (4.09%) Software Engineering
19 18 (3.88%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 106 (22.84%) PowerShell
2 56 (12.07%) SQL
3 15 (3.23%) VBScript
4 11 (2.37%) T-SQL
5 9 (1.94%) Python
6 4 (0.86%) Bash Shell
6 4 (0.86%) VB
7 3 (0.65%) C#
7 3 (0.65%) Java
8 2 (0.43%) C
8 2 (0.43%) C++
8 2 (0.43%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.43%) Perl
8 2 (0.43%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.22%) Kotlin
9 1 (0.22%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 464 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 175 (37.72%) MCSA
3 136 (29.31%) Cisco Certification
4 119 (25.65%) CCNA
5 99 (21.34%) Security Cleared
6 95 (20.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 78 (16.81%) MCP
8 68 (14.66%) SC Cleared
9 53 (11.42%) Degree
10 44 (9.48%) MCITP
11 36 (7.76%) DV Cleared
12 32 (6.90%) CCNP
13 25 (5.39%) VCP6
14 22 (4.74%) TOGAF Certification
15 20 (4.31%) CISSP
16 15 (3.23%) CCIE
16 15 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
17 14 (3.02%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 13 (2.80%) CCA
18 13 (2.80%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (16.59%) SLA
2 17 (3.66%) QA
3 12 (2.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (1.08%) GDPR
4 5 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 4 (0.86%) NIST
6 3 (0.65%) COBIT
6 3 (0.65%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.65%) PMO
7 2 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.43%) NCSC
8 1 (0.22%) IFRS
8 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 229 (49.35%) Active Directory
2 132 (28.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (16.38%) Hyper-V
4 51 (10.99%) XenApp
5 50 (10.78%) VMware ESXi
6 48 (10.34%) vSphere
7 26 (5.60%) XenDesktop
8 23 (4.96%) Microsoft App-V
9 20 (4.31%) Virtual Machines
10 15 (3.23%) Virtual Desktop
11 7 (1.51%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (1.29%) BitLocker
13 5 (1.08%) Terminal Services
14 4 (0.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 3 (0.65%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 3 (0.65%) Docker
15 3 (0.65%) ISA Server
15 3 (0.65%) NFS
15 3 (0.65%) vCloud
16 2 (0.43%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 112 (24.14%) SCCM
2 43 (9.27%) SCOM
3 27 (5.82%) vCenter Server
4 17 (3.66%) PowerCLI
4 17 (3.66%) SCVMM
5 16 (3.45%) NetBackup
5 16 (3.45%) Single Sign-On
6 10 (2.16%) Microsoft Clustering
6 10 (2.16%) Microsoft Intune
7 8 (1.72%) Kubernetes
7 8 (1.72%) PingFederate
8 7 (1.51%) Backup Exec
9 6 (1.29%) WSUS
10 5 (1.08%) Nagios
10 5 (1.08%) vMotion
10 5 (1.08%) vRealize
11 4 (0.86%) Failover Clustering
11 4 (0.86%) Grafana
11 4 (0.86%) PaperCut
11 4 (0.86%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 352 (75.86%) Microsoft
2 208 (44.83%) VMware
3 122 (26.29%) Cisco
4 94 (20.26%) Citrix
5 48 (10.34%) HP
6 35 (7.54%) Oracle
7 32 (6.90%) NetApp
7 32 (6.90%) Red Hat
8 28 (6.03%) Dell
9 22 (4.74%) Novell
10 21 (4.53%) EMC
11 13 (2.80%) SolarWinds
12 12 (2.59%) SAP
13 11 (2.37%) Atlassian
13 11 (2.37%) Intel
13 11 (2.37%) Veeam
14 10 (2.16%) Polycom
14 10 (2.16%) ServiceNow
15 9 (1.94%) Avaya
15 9 (1.94%) Splunk