Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 434 435 403
Rank change year-on-year +1 -32 -63
Contract jobs citing MCSE 418 568 585
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 0.55% 0.59%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.47% 2.96% 3.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 258 355 355
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% -1.52%
10th Percentile £130 £170 £150
90th Percentile £573 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year - +6.06% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 52 27
UK median hourly rate £23.17 £17.41 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.07% +5.52% -21.43%
10th Percentile £19.29 £15.30 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.03 £43.02 £39.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £16.20 £16.75
% change year-on-year +48.15% -3.28% -20.86%

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 16,957 19,202 18,591
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.93% 18.61% 18.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,388 11,364 11,300
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £260 £250 £225
90th Percentile £640 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £443 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +7.27% +3.13% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 837 962 896
UK median hourly rate £36.70 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.80% -9.09% -
10th Percentile £14.36 £12.64 £12.00
90th Percentile £59.91 £51.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.06 £30.00
% change year-on-year +49.64% -16.47% +9.09%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 17 October 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 -6 382 £375 +7.14% 252
UK excluding London -9 277 £350 - 207
London +38 132 £375 +3.45% 62
South East +18 106 £400 +6.67% 65
North of England +1 45 £325 - 45
South West +1 40 £413 +3.13% 25
Midlands +12 35 £308 +2.50% 42
Yorkshire +23 28 £325 - 18
Scotland +16 26 £325 -16.67% 8
West Midlands +7 24 £309 -5.00% 24
East of England +23 21 £375 +8.70% 13
North West +3 13 £295 -10.94% 21
East Midlands +27 11 £300 - 18
North East +19 4 £487 +143.25% 6
Wales +14 3 £251 -44.17% 9
Channel Islands - 1 £513 -

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 418 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 315 (75.36%) Microsoft
3 295 (70.57%) Windows
4 251 (60.05%) Active Directory
5 160 (38.28%) VMware
6 156 (37.32%) Office 365
7 145 (34.69%) Windows Server
8 137 (32.78%) MCSA
9 130 (31.10%) Azure
10 125 (29.90%) SCCM
11 123 (29.43%) ITIL
12 100 (23.92%) PowerShell
13 96 (22.97%) DNS
14 93 (22.25%) Windows Server 2012
15 91 (21.77%) VMware Infrastructure
16 90 (21.53%) Citrix
17 86 (20.57%) Cisco Certification
17 86 (20.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 85 (20.33%) Windows 10
19 83 (19.86%) Windows Server 2008
20 80 (19.14%) Security Cleared
21 75 (17.94%) SQL
22 74 (17.70%) Windows 7
23 72 (17.22%) Problem-Solving
24 71 (16.99%) Cisco
25 69 (16.51%) Hyper-V
26 66 (15.79%) CCNA
27 65 (15.55%) Microsoft Office
28 64 (15.31%) DHCP
29 62 (14.83%) Migration

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 60 (14.35%) MS Exchange
2 49 (11.72%) SharePoint
3 34 (8.13%) Skype for Business
4 27 (6.46%) Exchange Server 2010
5 23 (5.50%) Exchange Server 2013
6 14 (3.35%) Exchange Server 2007
7 11 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2003
8 10 (2.39%) IIS
9 6 (1.44%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.96%) Confluence
10 4 (0.96%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.24%) Apache
12 1 (0.24%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 1 (0.24%) SAS
12 1 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.24%) WordPress
Applications
1 65 (15.55%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (2.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.96%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.48%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.20%) assyst
1 5 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.72%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.24%) Aareon QL
3 1 (0.24%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.24%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 156 (37.32%) Office 365
2 130 (31.10%) Azure
3 48 (11.48%) AWS
4 31 (7.42%) Azure Active Directory
5 25 (5.98%) PaaS
6 23 (5.50%) IaaS
7 18 (4.31%) SaaS
8 15 (3.59%) Power Platform
9 13 (3.11%) GitHub
10 10 (2.39%) OneDrive
11 6 (1.44%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 6 (1.44%) PowerApps
12 4 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
13 3 (0.72%) GCP
13 3 (0.72%) Mimecast
14 2 (0.48%) Azure Stack
14 2 (0.48%) Google Analytics
15 1 (0.24%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 96 (22.97%) DNS
2 64 (15.31%) DHCP
3 50 (11.96%) Firewall
4 38 (9.09%) SAN
5 34 (8.13%) TCP/IP
6 30 (7.18%) Skype
7 29 (6.94%) LAN
8 26 (6.22%) WAN
9 18 (4.31%) VPN
10 17 (4.07%) VoIP
11 15 (3.59%) Remote Desktop
12 14 (3.35%) Wireless
13 11 (2.63%) NAS
13 11 (2.63%) Network Security
14 8 (1.91%) Kerberos
14 8 (1.91%) SMTP
14 8 (1.91%) VLAN
15 7 (1.67%) Internet
16 6 (1.44%) Wi-Fi
17 5 (1.20%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (12.44%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 13 (3.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (3.11%) SQL Server 2016
4 12 (2.87%) SQL Server 2012
5 10 (2.39%) Azure SQL Database
5 10 (2.39%) Power BI
5 10 (2.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 8 (1.91%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (1.67%) Big Data
8 6 (1.44%) OLAP
8 6 (1.44%) SAP BW
8 6 (1.44%) SAP Data Services
9 4 (0.96%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.96%) SQLite
9 4 (0.96%) SSDT
10 3 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 3 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 28 (6.70%) MSI
2 26 (6.22%) InstallShield
3 23 (5.50%) JIRA
4 13 (3.11%) StarTeam
5 5 (1.20%) Git (software)
5 5 (1.20%) Visual Studio
6 4 (0.96%) Android Studio
6 4 (0.96%) WinDbg
7 3 (0.72%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (0.72%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.48%) AdminStudio
8 2 (0.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.48%) Hudson
8 2 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.24%) Firebug
General
1 44 (10.53%) Finance
2 21 (5.02%) Retail
3 20 (4.78%) Telecoms
4 16 (3.83%) Public Sector
5 12 (2.87%) Banking
6 6 (1.44%) Legal
7 5 (1.20%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.96%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.96%) Local Government
8 4 (0.96%) Marketing
9 3 (0.72%) Electronics
10 2 (0.48%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.48%) Back Office
10 2 (0.48%) French Language
10 2 (0.48%) Front Office
10 2 (0.48%) German Language
10 2 (0.48%) Hindi Language
10 2 (0.48%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.48%) Japanese Language
10 2 (0.48%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 59 (14.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 47 (11.24%) Analyst
3 41 (9.81%) Support Engineer
4 40 (9.57%) Architect
5 23 (5.50%) Consultant
6 22 (5.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 22 (5.26%) Service Analyst
7 21 (5.02%) Service Desk Analyst
8 19 (4.55%) Windows Engineer
9 18 (4.31%) 3rd Line Support
9 18 (4.31%) Desktop Support
9 18 (4.31%) Developer
10 17 (4.07%) Desktop Engineer
11 15 (3.59%) Applications Packager
12 14 (3.35%) IT Support
13 13 (3.11%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 13 (3.11%) Active Directory Engineer
13 13 (3.11%) IT Engineer
13 13 (3.11%) Wintel Engineer
14 12 (2.87%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (1.91%) Web Services
2 6 (1.44%) LDAP
3 5 (1.20%) .NET
3 5 (1.20%) HTML
3 5 (1.20%) XML
4 4 (0.96%) Dagger
4 4 (0.96%) RESTful
4 4 (0.96%) Retrofit
4 4 (0.96%) RxJava
5 3 (0.72%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.48%) CSS
6 2 (0.48%) jQuery
6 2 (0.48%) SAP Basis
7 1 (0.24%) COM
7 1 (0.24%) EDI
7 1 (0.24%) HTML5
7 1 (0.24%) J2EE
7 1 (0.24%) Middleware
7 1 (0.24%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.24%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 44 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (9.09%) Data Centre
3 23 (5.50%) Clustering
4 19 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
5 16 (3.83%) Public Cloud
6 15 (3.59%) PKI
7 9 (2.15%) Blackberry
8 8 (1.91%) Management Information System
9 7 (1.67%) NHS
10 5 (1.20%) Replication
10 5 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.96%) Client/Server
11 4 (0.96%) Handset
11 4 (0.96%) iPad
11 4 (0.96%) User Experience
12 3 (0.72%) Driving Licence
12 3 (0.72%) Mobile App
12 3 (0.72%) Reinsurance
13 2 (0.48%) Virtual Team
13 2 (0.48%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 295 (70.57%) Windows
2 145 (34.69%) Windows Server
3 93 (22.25%) Windows Server 2012
4 85 (20.33%) Windows 10
5 83 (19.86%) Windows Server 2008
6 74 (17.70%) Windows 7
7 61 (14.59%) Linux
8 30 (7.18%) Windows 8
9 28 (6.70%) Windows Server 2003
10 16 (3.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 14 (3.35%) Windows XP
12 13 (3.11%) AIX
13 10 (2.39%) CentOS
14 9 (2.15%) Mac OS
14 9 (2.15%) Unix
15 8 (1.91%) Windows 2000
16 7 (1.67%) Android
17 6 (1.44%) Apple iOS
18 4 (0.96%) Mac OS X
18 4 (0.96%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 123 (29.43%) ITIL
2 86 (20.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 72 (17.22%) Problem-Solving
4 62 (14.83%) Migration
5 38 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
5 38 (9.09%) Service Management
6 34 (8.13%) Application Packaging
7 29 (6.94%) ITIL V3
7 29 (6.94%) ITSM
7 29 (6.94%) PRINCE2
8 27 (6.46%) Server Virtualisation
9 26 (6.22%) Disaster Recovery
10 25 (5.98%) Change Management
11 22 (5.26%) Project Management
12 21 (5.02%) Performance Tuning
13 19 (4.55%) Time Management
13 19 (4.55%) Virtual Environments
14 18 (4.31%) Business Intelligence
14 18 (4.31%) Customer Requirements
15 17 (4.07%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 100 (23.92%) PowerShell
2 75 (17.94%) SQL
3 21 (5.02%) VBScript
4 12 (2.87%) T-SQL
5 6 (1.44%) Java
5 6 (1.44%) Python
6 4 (0.96%) C#
6 4 (0.96%) Kotlin
7 3 (0.72%) C++
8 2 (0.48%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.48%) C
8 2 (0.48%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.24%) PHP
9 1 (0.24%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.24%) VB
Qualifications
1 418 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 137 (32.78%) MCSA
3 86 (20.57%) Cisco Certification
4 80 (19.14%) Security Cleared
5 66 (15.79%) CCNA
6 56 (13.40%) MCP
7 54 (12.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 52 (12.44%) Degree
9 50 (11.96%) SC Cleared
10 47 (11.24%) MCITP
11 33 (7.89%) CCNP
12 29 (6.94%) DV Cleared
13 17 (4.07%) MCTS
14 16 (3.83%) ISTQB
15 13 (3.11%) CISSP
16 11 (2.63%) CCA
16 11 (2.63%) CCIE
16 11 (2.63%) Citrix Certification
16 11 (2.63%) Computer Science Degree
16 11 (2.63%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (12.20%) SLA
2 16 (3.83%) QA
3 9 (2.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.48%) GDPR
4 2 (0.48%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.24%) HL7
5 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.24%) PMO
System Software
1 251 (60.05%) Active Directory
2 91 (21.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (16.51%) Hyper-V
4 53 (12.68%) XenApp
5 46 (11.00%) VMware ESXi
6 38 (9.09%) vSphere
7 32 (7.66%) Microsoft App-V
8 30 (7.18%) XenDesktop
9 16 (3.83%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (2.15%) Virtual Desktop
11 7 (1.67%) ISA Server
11 7 (1.67%) VMware NSX
12 5 (1.20%) BitLocker
12 5 (1.20%) vCloud
13 4 (0.96%) Docker
14 2 (0.48%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.48%) VMware Workstation
15 1 (0.24%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 1 (0.24%) Firmware
15 1 (0.24%) NFS
Systems Management
1 125 (29.90%) SCCM
2 32 (7.66%) SCOM
3 29 (6.94%) Single Sign-On
4 14 (3.35%) Backup Exec
4 14 (3.35%) McAfee ePO
4 14 (3.35%) vCenter Server
5 13 (3.11%) Netcool
6 12 (2.87%) PingFederate
7 11 (2.63%) NetBackup
8 10 (2.39%) SCVMM
9 9 (2.15%) Nagios
9 9 (2.15%) WSUS
10 8 (1.91%) Microsoft Intune
10 8 (1.91%) Oracle Identity Management
11 7 (1.67%) vRealize
12 5 (1.20%) DatAdvantage
12 5 (1.20%) Kubernetes
12 5 (1.20%) Microsoft Clustering
13 4 (0.96%) Ansible
13 4 (0.96%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 315 (75.36%) Microsoft
2 160 (38.28%) VMware
3 90 (21.53%) Citrix
4 71 (16.99%) Cisco
5 43 (10.29%) HP
6 25 (5.98%) Dell
7 21 (5.02%) NetApp
7 21 (5.02%) Oracle
7 21 (5.02%) Red Hat
8 20 (4.78%) Novell
9 18 (4.31%) McAfee
10 17 (4.07%) Veritas
11 13 (3.11%) 3PAR
11 13 (3.11%) SAP
12 12 (2.87%) EMC
12 12 (2.87%) Polycom
13 10 (2.39%) BMC
14 9 (2.15%) Symantec
15 8 (1.91%) SolarWinds
15 8 (1.91%) Veeam