Period
to 1 December 2021

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 1 December 2021 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
1 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 592 448 431
Rank change year-on-year -144 -17 +8
Contract jobs citing MCSE 254 116 416
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.31% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.52% 1.34% 2.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 87 258
10th Percentile £169 £226 £130
25th Percentile £203 £364 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £450 £365
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +23.29% -2.67%
75th Percentile £500 £550 £447
90th Percentile £556 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £364 £475 £350
% change year-on-year -23.42% +35.71% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 6 24
10th Percentile " £16.50 £15.85
25th Percentile £15.50 £18.88 £17.69
Median hourly rate £18.50 £20.17 £22.34
Median % change year-on-year -8.27% -9.70% +28.29%
75th Percentile £46.53 £35.69 £29.63
90th Percentile £69.05 £41.38 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £20.17 £22.34
% change year-on-year -8.27% -9.70% +31.38%

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 16,747 8,635 16,570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.75% 23.42% 20.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,877 5,792 10,595
10th Percentile £313 £288 £260
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +7.89% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £570 £563
90th Percentile £688 £645 £648
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 705 438 743
10th Percentile £13.05 £15.00 £14.09
25th Percentile £16.74 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.62 £40.00 £36.70
Median % change year-on-year -15.96% +8.99% +50.56%
75th Percentile £53.75 £53.56 £49.75
90th Percentile £66.45 £66.00 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.57 £33.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -14.72% -4.29% +40.00%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCSE.

Daily rate trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 1 December 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCSE.

Hourly rate trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 1 December 2021.

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 1 December 2021. 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 -105 218 £400 -4.76% 159
UK excluding London -73 156 £364 -23.42% 127
London -163 79 £400 -2.44% 44
North of England -36 46 £330 -34.00% 37
South East -66 37 £475 +4.86% 29
Work from Home -178 30 £463 +12.12% 31
North West -39 24 £475 -5.00% 25
South West -39 23 £425 -10.53% 18
Yorkshire - 22 £200 - 9
Scotland -84 20 £200 -61.90% 8
Midlands -56 18 £127 - 20
West Midlands -60 10 £113 - 13
East of England -57 9 £278 -7.50% 11
East Midlands -35 8 £175 - 6
Northern Ireland - 3 - - 1
Wales - 2 £256 - 3

For the 6 months to 1 December 2021, 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.

1 254 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 189 (74.41%) Microsoft
3 183 (72.05%) Windows
4 120 (47.24%) Active Directory
5 102 (40.16%) ITIL
5 102 (40.16%) VMware
6 88 (34.65%) Azure
7 83 (32.68%) Windows Server
8 79 (31.10%) MCSA
9 73 (28.74%) Microsoft 365
10 70 (27.56%) DNS
10 70 (27.56%) Cisco Certification
11 69 (27.17%) Social Skills
12 67 (26.38%) Degree
13 64 (25.20%) PowerShell
14 63 (24.80%) VMware Infrastructure
14 63 (24.80%) CCNA
15 60 (23.62%) SCCM
16 50 (19.69%) Security Cleared
16 50 (19.69%) Windows Server 2012
17 48 (18.90%) Public Sector
18 45 (17.72%) Cisco
18 45 (17.72%) Linux
19 44 (17.32%) MCP
19 44 (17.32%) Citrix
20 43 (16.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
20 43 (16.93%) Windows 10
21 42 (16.54%) Problem-Solving
22 41 (16.14%) SQL Server
22 41 (16.14%) DHCP

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 31 (12.20%) MS Exchange
1 31 (12.20%) SharePoint
2 13 (5.12%) Skype for Business
3 12 (4.72%) IIS
4 11 (4.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 9 (3.54%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.18%) Confluence
7 3 (1.18%) IBM Notes
7 3 (1.18%) Office Communications Server
7 3 (1.18%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (0.79%) Site Server
9 1 (0.39%) Apache
9 1 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.39%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 40 (15.75%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.97%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.57%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.39%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.97%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 88 (34.65%) Azure
2 73 (28.74%) Microsoft 365
3 26 (10.24%) Azure Active Directory
4 25 (9.84%) IaaS
5 22 (8.66%) AWS
6 14 (5.51%) PaaS
7 7 (2.76%) Azure Storage
7 7 (2.76%) Mimecast
7 7 (2.76%) OneDrive
7 7 (2.76%) SaaS
8 6 (2.36%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 6 (2.36%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (2.36%) IBM Cloud
8 6 (2.36%) Power Platform
9 4 (1.57%) GCP
10 3 (1.18%) HP Helion
10 3 (1.18%) SoftLayer
11 2 (0.79%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.79%) GitHub
11 2 (0.79%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 70 (27.56%) DNS
2 41 (16.14%) DHCP
3 40 (15.75%) Firewall
4 36 (14.17%) SAN
5 35 (13.78%) VPN
6 24 (9.45%) Network Security
6 24 (9.45%) TCP/IP
7 20 (7.87%) Skype
8 16 (6.30%) Kerberos
9 15 (5.91%) LAN
10 14 (5.51%) NetScaler
10 14 (5.51%) Wi-Fi
11 13 (5.12%) WAN
12 10 (3.94%) Internet
12 10 (3.94%) SMTP
13 9 (3.54%) Cisco ASA
13 9 (3.54%) Wireless
13 9 (3.54%) X.500
14 8 (3.15%) Remote Desktop
14 8 (3.15%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (16.14%) SQL Server
2 15 (5.91%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (4.72%) SQL Server 2016
4 6 (2.36%) Power BI
4 6 (2.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (1.97%) Data Lake
5 5 (1.97%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (1.97%) QlikView
5 5 (1.97%) SQL Server 2017
5 5 (1.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 4 (1.57%) Ingres
6 4 (1.57%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (1.18%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (0.79%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.79%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.79%) MySQL
9 1 (0.39%) Apache Cassandra
9 1 (0.39%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 13 (5.12%) JIRA
2 8 (3.15%) Git (software)
3 7 (2.76%) Jenkins
3 7 (2.76%) Selenium
4 3 (1.18%) MSI
5 1 (0.39%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.39%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.39%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.39%) Rational Rhapsody
5 1 (0.39%) Subversion
5 1 (0.39%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.39%) Visual Studio
General
1 69 (27.17%) Social Skills
2 48 (18.90%) Public Sector
3 23 (9.06%) Finance
4 22 (8.66%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (6.69%) Telecoms
6 13 (5.12%) Documentation Skills
7 10 (3.94%) Presentation Skills
8 9 (3.54%) Banking
9 8 (3.15%) Organisational Skills
10 7 (2.76%) Electronics
10 7 (2.76%) Marketing
11 6 (2.36%) Local Government
11 6 (2.36%) Manufacturing
12 5 (1.97%) French Language
12 5 (1.97%) German Language
12 5 (1.97%) Retail
12 5 (1.97%) Russian Language
12 5 (1.97%) Spanish Language
13 4 (1.57%) Back Office
13 4 (1.57%) Law
Job Titles
1 33 (12.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 30 (11.81%) Support Engineer
3 29 (11.42%) Analyst
4 27 (10.63%) Architect
5 23 (9.06%) IT Engineer
6 21 (8.27%) IT Support
7 18 (7.09%) Azure Engineer
8 15 (5.91%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 14 (5.51%) Consultant
10 13 (5.12%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
11 11 (4.33%) IT Analyst
11 11 (4.33%) IT Support Engineer
12 10 (3.94%) Desktop Engineer
13 9 (3.54%) Cloud Engineer
13 9 (3.54%) Infrastructure Specialist
13 9 (3.54%) Server Engineer
13 9 (3.54%) Support Analyst
14 7 (2.76%) Desktop Support
14 7 (2.76%) Infrastructure Analyst
14 7 (2.76%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (9.06%) LDAP
2 6 (2.36%) Web Services
2 6 (2.36%) XML
3 5 (1.97%) .NET
3 5 (1.97%) HTML
3 5 (1.97%) JSON
3 5 (1.97%) REST
3 5 (1.97%) Software Packaging
4 3 (1.18%) Oracle Fusion
4 3 (1.18%) SAML
5 2 (0.79%) CSS
5 2 (0.79%) SPNEGO
6 1 (0.39%) ADO
6 1 (0.39%) ADO.NET
6 1 (0.39%) ARM Templates
6 1 (0.39%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.39%) jQuery
6 1 (0.39%) Kafka
6 1 (0.39%) OLE
6 1 (0.39%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 25 (9.84%) Replication
2 23 (9.06%) Management Information System
3 20 (7.87%) Data Centre
4 16 (6.30%) Clustering
5 11 (4.33%) NHS
6 10 (3.94%) Enterprise Software
6 10 (3.94%) PKI
7 8 (3.15%) Virtual Team
8 7 (2.76%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (2.36%) Blackberry
9 6 (2.36%) Driving Licence
9 6 (2.36%) Fat Client
9 6 (2.36%) Microsoft Licensing
9 6 (2.36%) Thin Client
10 3 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (1.18%) EMC VMAX
10 3 (1.18%) EMC VNX
10 3 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.18%) User Experience
10 3 (1.18%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 183 (72.05%) Windows
2 83 (32.68%) Windows Server
3 50 (19.69%) Windows Server 2012
4 45 (17.72%) Linux
5 43 (16.93%) Windows 10
6 29 (11.42%) Windows Server 2016
6 29 (11.42%) Windows Server 2019
7 24 (9.45%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (6.30%) Mac OS
8 16 (6.30%) VMS
9 15 (5.91%) Android
10 14 (5.51%) Apple iOS
11 13 (5.12%) Windows 7
12 11 (4.33%) Windows Server 2003
13 10 (3.94%) CentOS
14 8 (3.15%) Unix
15 4 (1.57%) Mac OS X
15 4 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (1.57%) Ubuntu
16 3 (1.18%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (40.16%) ITIL
2 42 (16.54%) Problem-Solving
3 40 (15.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 27 (10.63%) Agile Software Development
5 26 (10.24%) Computer Science
6 25 (9.84%) Change Management
6 25 (9.84%) Migration
7 24 (9.45%) Disaster Recovery
8 22 (8.66%) Project Management
9 20 (7.87%) Problem Management
10 18 (7.09%) DevOps
11 17 (6.69%) Incident Management
12 16 (6.30%) Business Intelligence
12 16 (6.30%) High Availability
12 16 (6.30%) ITIL V3
12 16 (6.30%) Mentoring
12 16 (6.30%) PRINCE2
12 16 (6.30%) Project Delivery
13 15 (5.91%) Network Management
14 14 (5.51%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 64 (25.20%) PowerShell
2 24 (9.45%) SQL
3 11 (4.33%) Python
4 7 (2.76%) C#
5 6 (2.36%) R
6 5 (1.97%) Bash Shell
6 5 (1.97%) C
6 5 (1.97%) Java
7 1 (0.39%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.39%) VB
7 1 (0.39%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.39%) VBA
7 1 (0.39%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 254 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 79 (31.10%) MCSA
3 70 (27.56%) Cisco Certification
4 67 (26.38%) Degree
5 63 (24.80%) CCNA
6 50 (19.69%) Security Cleared
7 44 (17.32%) MCP
8 43 (16.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 39 (15.35%) SC Cleared
10 20 (7.87%) DV Cleared
11 16 (6.30%) MCITP
12 11 (4.33%) CCNP
12 11 (4.33%) CISSP
12 11 (4.33%) Computer Science Degree
13 10 (3.94%) A+ Certification
14 9 (3.54%) Citrix Certification
15 8 (3.15%) CEH
15 8 (3.15%) ITIL Certification
15 8 (3.15%) MCTS
16 7 (2.76%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (8.66%) SLA
2 17 (6.69%) PCI DSS
3 16 (6.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 14 (5.51%) ISO 9001
5 6 (2.36%) Data Quality
6 4 (1.57%) QA
7 3 (1.18%) GDPR
7 3 (1.18%) GxP
7 3 (1.18%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.39%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.39%) NCSC
8 1 (0.39%) NIST
8 1 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 120 (47.24%) Active Directory
2 63 (24.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (10.24%) vSphere
4 23 (9.06%) VMware ESXi
5 17 (6.69%) Virtual Desktop
6 15 (5.91%) Hyper-V
6 15 (5.91%) XenApp
7 13 (5.12%) Microsoft App-V
8 11 (4.33%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 10 (3.94%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (3.54%) XenDesktop
11 6 (2.36%) BitLocker
11 6 (2.36%) DFS Replication
11 6 (2.36%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (1.97%) VMware Workstation
13 4 (1.57%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 4 (1.57%) NFS
14 3 (1.18%) VMware NSX
14 3 (1.18%) VMware Server
15 2 (0.79%) Docker
Systems Management
1 60 (23.62%) SCCM
2 33 (12.99%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 21 (8.27%) WSUS
4 17 (6.69%) Microsoft Intune
5 14 (5.51%) vCenter Server
6 10 (3.94%) Microsoft Clustering
6 10 (3.94%) Puppet
7 9 (3.54%) SCOM
8 6 (2.36%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (2.36%) ZABBIX
9 5 (1.97%) Backup Exec
9 5 (1.97%) Terraform
10 4 (1.57%) Ansible
10 4 (1.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 3 (1.18%) DatAdvantage
11 3 (1.18%) Failover Clustering
11 3 (1.18%) NetBackup
11 3 (1.18%) Norton AntiVirus
11 3 (1.18%) PowerCLI
11 3 (1.18%) vMotion
Vendors
1 189 (74.41%) Microsoft
2 102 (40.16%) VMware
3 45 (17.72%) Cisco
4 44 (17.32%) Citrix
5 22 (8.66%) HP
6 19 (7.48%) Dell
6 19 (7.48%) ServiceNow
7 18 (7.09%) Apple
8 17 (6.69%) Veeam
9 16 (6.30%) Fortinet
10 13 (5.12%) Juniper
11 12 (4.72%) EMC
12 11 (4.33%) CheckPoint
12 11 (4.33%) McAfee
12 11 (4.33%) SolarWinds
13 10 (3.94%) Google
13 10 (3.94%) IBM
13 10 (3.94%) Oracle
14 7 (2.76%) Red Hat
14 7 (2.76%) Sophos