Period
to 17 August 2017

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 August 2017 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 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 437 352 327
Rank change year-on-year -85 -25 -28
Contract jobs citing MCSE 484 745 830
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.68% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.62% 3.23% 3.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 274 479 493
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% - +4.00%
10th Percentile £151 £200 £163
90th Percentile £513 £455 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +3.85% - +12.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 54 82
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £21.17 £20.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.04% +2.00% +18.57%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.15 £12.48
90th Percentile £28.75 £36.40 £36.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £21.33 £21.07
% change year-on-year -22.64% +1.22% +29.68%

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18473 23037 21886
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.31% 21.18% 19.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 11197 14368 12827
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £243 £230
90th Percentile £595 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 813 1069
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.80 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.01% +17.05% +18.75%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.80
90th Percentile £51.22 £48.75 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £28.00 £24.32
% change year-on-year +8.93% +15.16% +21.58%

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 August 2017.

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 August 2017.

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 August 2017. 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 -42 455 £350 +6.06% 97
UK excluding London -51 318 £338 +3.85% 71
London -22 157 £366 +1.74% 32
South East -26 109 £330 -7.04% 21
East of England +21 61 £400 +60.00% 6
North of England -18 56 £375 +22.95% 19
Midlands +14 50 £325 -14.75% 12
East Midlands +3 29 £288 -9.80% 5
North West +13 22 £338 +22.73% 13
South West -9 22 £350 -9.68% 7
West Midlands +12 21 £369 -7.81% 7
Yorkshire +26 19 £363 - 6
North East -2 15 £402 +29.68%
Scotland -39 15 £335 +5.93% 4
Wales -5 4 £148 -57.86% 2
Northern Ireland -49 2 £250 -

For the 6 months to 17 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCSE also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MCSE.

1 484 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 355 (73.35%) Windows
3 298 (61.57%) Microsoft
4 250 (51.65%) Active Directory
5 177 (36.57%) Windows Server
6 172 (35.54%) VMware
7 159 (32.85%) ITIL
8 155 (32.02%) Office 365
9 138 (28.51%) Windows Server 2012
10 131 (27.07%) Citrix
11 126 (26.03%) Microsoft Azure
12 121 (25.00%) MCSA
13 118 (24.38%) MS Exchange
14 112 (23.14%) VMware Infrastructure
15 107 (22.11%) PowerShell
16 104 (21.49%) Cisco
17 101 (20.87%) SQL Server
18 97 (20.04%) MCP
18 97 (20.04%) Windows Server 2008
19 94 (19.42%) SCCM
20 92 (19.01%) Microsoft Office
21 91 (18.80%) HP
22 88 (18.18%) Migration
23 87 (17.98%) Windows 10
24 86 (17.77%) Windows 7
25 85 (17.56%) Cisco Certification
26 83 (17.15%) Hyper-V
27 77 (15.91%) SQL
28 72 (14.88%) DNS
29 70 (14.46%) MCITP

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
1 118 (24.38%) MS Exchange
2 51 (10.54%) Exchange Server 2010
3 48 (9.92%) SharePoint
4 43 (8.88%) Skype for Business
5 38 (7.85%) IIS
6 27 (5.58%) Exchange Server 2013
7 19 (3.93%) SharePoint 2013
8 17 (3.51%) SharePoint Server
9 15 (3.10%) SharePoint 2010
10 14 (2.89%) Apache
11 10 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2007
11 10 (2.07%) IBM Notes
12 9 (1.86%) OpenStack
13 5 (1.03%) Tomcat
14 4 (0.83%) Office Communications Server
15 3 (0.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 3 (0.62%) CMS
15 3 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2003
16 2 (0.41%) WordPress
17 1 (0.21%) WebSphere
Applications
1 92 (19.01%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (4.13%) MS Visio
3 14 (2.89%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (1.03%) AutoCAD
5 3 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.21%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.24%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.41%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.21%) Eikon
4 1 (0.21%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 155 (32.02%) Office 365
2 126 (26.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 50 (10.33%) Amazon AWS
4 22 (4.55%) IaaS
5 19 (3.93%) Azure Active Directory
6 14 (2.89%) PaaS
7 13 (2.69%) SaaS
8 7 (1.45%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.24%) Yammer
10 4 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (0.83%) G Suite
11 3 (0.62%) GitHub
12 2 (0.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.21%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.21%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.21%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.21%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 72 (14.88%) DNS
2 65 (13.43%) Firewall
2 65 (13.43%) SAN
3 57 (11.78%) DHCP
4 45 (9.30%) TCP/IP
5 43 (8.88%) LAN
6 41 (8.47%) WAN
7 38 (7.85%) Skype
8 28 (5.79%) VPN
9 24 (4.96%) NAS
10 23 (4.75%) Wireless
11 20 (4.13%) VoIP
12 14 (2.89%) VLAN
13 13 (2.69%) Internet
13 13 (2.69%) NetScaler
13 13 (2.69%) Network Security
14 12 (2.48%) Remote Desktop
15 11 (2.27%) Unified Communications
16 7 (1.45%) Ethernet
16 7 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (20.87%) SQL Server
2 37 (7.64%) SQL Server 2012
3 25 (5.17%) SQL Server 2008
4 18 (3.72%) SQL Server 2016
5 14 (2.89%) SQL Server 2005
6 10 (2.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 10 (2.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 9 (1.86%) QlikView
8 8 (1.65%) Big Data
8 8 (1.65%) Hadoop
9 7 (1.45%) Data Warehouse
9 7 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (1.24%) OLAP
10 6 (1.24%) OLTP
10 6 (1.24%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.83%) MySQL
12 2 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (0.41%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (0.41%) MS Access
12 2 (0.41%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 20 (4.13%) Visual Studio
2 17 (3.51%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (2.07%) Octopus Deploy
4 7 (1.45%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.83%) Eclipse
5 4 (0.83%) Wise Package Studio
6 3 (0.62%) StarTeam
7 2 (0.41%) HP UFT
7 2 (0.41%) JIRA
7 2 (0.41%) MSI
7 2 (0.41%) Subversion
8 1 (0.21%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.21%) YouTrack
General
1 64 (13.22%) Finance
2 23 (4.75%) Banking
3 17 (3.51%) Law
3 17 (3.51%) Manufacturing
4 12 (2.48%) Investment Banking
5 8 (1.65%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.45%) Legal
7 6 (1.24%) Aerospace
7 6 (1.24%) Local Government
8 5 (1.03%) Automotive
8 5 (1.03%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.62%) Retail
10 2 (0.41%) Electronics
10 2 (0.41%) French Language
10 2 (0.41%) Front Office
10 2 (0.41%) Marketing
11 1 (0.21%) Advertising
11 1 (0.21%) Games
11 1 (0.21%) Military
11 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 71 (14.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 69 (14.26%) Architect
3 55 (11.36%) Analyst
4 51 (10.54%) Support Engineer
5 47 (9.71%) Desktop Support
6 30 (6.20%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 30 (6.20%) Consultant
7 28 (5.79%) Support Analyst
8 23 (4.75%) Desktop Engineer
9 22 (4.55%) Server Engineer
9 22 (4.55%) Technical Architect
10 20 (4.13%) 2nd Line Support
10 20 (4.13%) 3rd Line Support
11 19 (3.93%) Windows Engineer
12 18 (3.72%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 17 (3.51%) Administrator
14 16 (3.31%) Network Engineer
15 15 (3.10%) Active Directory Engineer
16 14 (2.89%) IT Support
17 13 (2.69%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (4.13%) .NET
2 12 (2.48%) XML
3 11 (2.27%) CSS
3 11 (2.27%) jQuery
3 11 (2.27%) XSLT
4 6 (1.24%) MDX
4 6 (1.24%) WAP
5 5 (1.03%) Middleware
6 4 (0.83%) Web Services
7 3 (0.62%) 802.1X
7 3 (0.62%) SAML
7 3 (0.62%) Software Packaging
8 2 (0.41%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.41%) J2EE
8 2 (0.41%) JSON
8 2 (0.41%) JSP
8 2 (0.41%) Servlets
9 1 (0.21%) ActiveX
9 1 (0.21%) HTML
9 1 (0.21%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 62 (12.81%) Data Centre
2 42 (8.68%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (6.20%) Computer Science
4 28 (5.79%) Clustering
5 26 (5.37%) Video Conferencing
6 25 (5.17%) Blackberry
7 23 (4.75%) Management Information System
8 18 (3.72%) Private Cloud
9 17 (3.51%) BYOD
10 14 (2.89%) PKI
11 13 (2.69%) Replication
12 7 (1.45%) Client/Server
13 6 (1.24%) Life Science
13 6 (1.24%) Public Cloud
14 4 (0.83%) EPoS
14 4 (0.83%) Security Operations Centre
15 3 (0.62%) CMDB
15 3 (0.62%) Cyberthreat
15 3 (0.62%) Driving Licence
15 3 (0.62%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 355 (73.35%) Windows
2 177 (36.57%) Windows Server
3 138 (28.51%) Windows Server 2012
4 97 (20.04%) Windows Server 2008
5 87 (17.98%) Windows 10
6 86 (17.77%) Windows 7
7 61 (12.60%) Windows Server 2003
8 51 (10.54%) Linux
9 21 (4.34%) Unix
10 18 (3.72%) Apple iOS
10 18 (3.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 17 (3.51%) Windows 8
12 15 (3.10%) Android
13 12 (2.48%) Windows XP
14 11 (2.27%) Solaris
14 11 (2.27%) Windows Vista
15 8 (1.65%) Mac OS X
16 7 (1.45%) Windows Phone
17 6 (1.24%) VMS
18 4 (0.83%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 159 (32.85%) ITIL
2 88 (18.18%) Migration
3 45 (9.30%) Change Management
4 41 (8.47%) Project Management
5 39 (8.06%) PRINCE2
6 34 (7.02%) Disaster Recovery
7 32 (6.61%) High Availability
8 30 (6.20%) DevOps
8 30 (6.20%) TOGAF
9 29 (5.99%) Service Delivery
10 28 (5.79%) Agile Software Development
11 27 (5.58%) ITIL V3
12 26 (5.37%) Service Management
13 21 (4.34%) Virtual Infrastructure
14 16 (3.31%) Enterprise Architecture
14 16 (3.31%) Virtual Environments
15 15 (3.10%) Incident Management
15 15 (3.10%) Infrastructure Management
15 15 (3.10%) ITSM
15 15 (3.10%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 107 (22.11%) PowerShell
2 77 (15.91%) SQL
3 16 (3.31%) C#
3 16 (3.31%) JavaScript
4 13 (2.69%) VBScript
5 9 (1.86%) Java
6 8 (1.65%) VB
7 6 (1.24%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 5 (1.03%) Bash Shell
8 5 (1.03%) C
8 5 (1.03%) Python
9 4 (0.83%) Perl
9 4 (0.83%) REXX
9 4 (0.83%) Ruby
9 4 (0.83%) Tcl
10 2 (0.41%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 484 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 121 (25.00%) MCSA
3 97 (20.04%) MCP
4 85 (17.56%) Cisco Certification
5 70 (14.46%) MCITP
6 67 (13.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 63 (13.02%) CCNA
8 53 (10.95%) Degree
9 48 (9.92%) Security Cleared
10 40 (8.26%) SC Cleared
11 25 (5.17%) Computer Science Degree
12 24 (4.96%) MCDST
13 20 (4.13%) A+ Certification
13 20 (4.13%) CCNP
13 20 (4.13%) DV Cleared
14 19 (3.93%) Citrix Certification
14 19 (3.93%) ITIL Certification
14 19 (3.93%) MCTS
15 17 (3.51%) CISSP
16 14 (2.89%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (7.02%) SLA
2 15 (3.10%) PCI DSS
3 14 (2.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.62%) QA
5 2 (0.41%) COBIT
5 2 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 250 (51.65%) Active Directory
2 112 (23.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 83 (17.15%) Hyper-V
4 39 (8.06%) XenApp
5 24 (4.96%) Virtual Servers
6 23 (4.75%) vSphere
7 20 (4.13%) Virtual Machines
8 18 (3.72%) Microsoft App-V
9 17 (3.51%) VMware ESXi
10 12 (2.48%) XenDesktop
11 9 (1.86%) Virtual Desktop
12 7 (1.45%) VMware Workstation
13 5 (1.03%) BitLocker
13 5 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 3 (0.62%) Firmware
15 2 (0.41%) DFS Replication
15 2 (0.41%) ProxySG
15 2 (0.41%) UAG
15 2 (0.41%) Xen
15 2 (0.41%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 94 (19.42%) SCCM
2 49 (10.12%) SCOM
3 13 (2.69%) Microsoft Clustering
4 8 (1.65%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 8 (1.65%) WSUS
5 7 (1.45%) AirWatch
5 7 (1.45%) McAfee ePO
5 7 (1.45%) Norton AntiVirus
6 6 (1.24%) Backup Exec
6 6 (1.24%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (1.24%) vCenter Server
7 5 (1.03%) CA Single Sign-On
7 5 (1.03%) Failover Clustering
7 5 (1.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 5 (1.03%) NetBackup
7 5 (1.03%) Puppet
8 3 (0.62%) Netcool
8 3 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.62%) SCVMM
8 3 (0.62%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 298 (61.57%) Microsoft
2 172 (35.54%) VMware
3 131 (27.07%) Citrix
4 104 (21.49%) Cisco
5 91 (18.80%) HP
6 37 (7.64%) NetApp
7 25 (5.17%) Apple
8 23 (4.75%) Dell
8 23 (4.75%) Oracle
9 20 (4.13%) CheckPoint
10 17 (3.51%) AppSense
10 17 (3.51%) Sophos
11 16 (3.31%) 3PAR
11 16 (3.31%) McAfee
11 16 (3.31%) SolarWinds
12 15 (3.10%) Remedy
13 14 (2.89%) Palo Alto
14 13 (2.69%) Red Hat
15 12 (2.48%) Juniper
15 12 (2.48%) Symantec