Period
to 23 May 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 23 May 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
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 437 447 363
Rank change year-on-year +10 -84 -33
Contract jobs citing MCSE 520 428 702
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.47% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.70% 2.34% 3.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 236 406
UK median daily rate £375 £339 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.70% +2.65% +5.60%
10th Percentile £175 £146 £198
90th Percentile £563 £538 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +15.38% -1.52% +8.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 28 64
UK median hourly rate £18.55 £16.30 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.85% -18.53% +8.96%
10th Percentile £15.93 £13.00 £9.00
90th Percentile £45.34 £24.22 £54.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.11 £16.30 £21.33
% change year-on-year +11.11% -23.61% +18.50%

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 19,231 18,317 22,716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.08% 20.30% 21.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,537 11,488 14,121
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.58% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 853 922 857
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.67% -7.69% +47.73%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.02
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.37 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.68% -13.24% +55.56%

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 23 May 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 23 May 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 23 May 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 -7 449 £350 +3.70% 192
UK excluding London +50 353 £375 +15.38% 138
London -51 160 £350 -3.45% 65
South East +23 137 £350 +7.69% 30
Scotland +7 58 £415 +38.91% 6
Midlands +3 57 £338 +7.14% 22
East of England -13 38 £300 -20.00% 13
East Midlands +16 37 £350 +16.67% 16
North of England -22 37 £369 +9.26% 53
North West -8 27 £475 +8.57% 29
West Midlands -14 20 £290 -10.77% 6
South West +14 18 £488 +38.49% 9
Yorkshire -26 9 £300 -26.83% 21
Wales -8 7 £375 - 3
North East +4 1 £625 +115.52% 3
Northern Ireland - 1 £250 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 May 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.

1 520 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 382 (73.46%) Windows
3 349 (67.12%) Microsoft
4 302 (58.08%) Active Directory
5 232 (44.62%) Windows Server
6 205 (39.42%) VMware
7 203 (39.04%) ITIL
8 184 (35.38%) Office 365
9 173 (33.27%) MCSA
10 161 (30.96%) Windows Server 2012
11 122 (23.46%) PowerShell
12 121 (23.27%) MCP
13 118 (22.69%) Microsoft Azure
14 117 (22.50%) Windows Server 2008
15 116 (22.31%) SCCM
16 112 (21.54%) VMware Infrastructure
17 105 (20.19%) Migration
18 103 (19.81%) Windows Server 2003
19 98 (18.85%) MCITP
20 96 (18.46%) Cisco Certification
21 94 (18.08%) Citrix
21 94 (18.08%) Security Cleared
22 92 (17.69%) MS Exchange
23 88 (16.92%) Windows 7
24 87 (16.73%) Windows 10
24 87 (16.73%) SQL Server
25 86 (16.54%) SC Cleared
26 84 (16.15%) Cisco
27 79 (15.19%) Degree
28 76 (14.62%) Problem-Solving

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 92 (17.69%) MS Exchange
2 68 (13.08%) SharePoint
3 41 (7.88%) IIS
3 41 (7.88%) Skype for Business
4 34 (6.54%) Exchange Server 2010
5 26 (5.00%) SharePoint 2013
5 26 (5.00%) SharePoint Server
6 24 (4.62%) Exchange Server 2013
6 24 (4.62%) SharePoint 2010
7 14 (2.69%) Exchange Server 2007
8 9 (1.73%) Office Communications Server
8 9 (1.73%) OpenStack
9 8 (1.54%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (0.77%) Apache
11 3 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.38%) WebSphere
13 1 (0.19%) IBM Domino
13 1 (0.19%) JBoss
13 1 (0.19%) nginx
13 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 72 (13.85%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (4.62%) InfoPath
3 9 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.77%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.38%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.38%) Workfront
3 1 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.19%) Eikon
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.19%) PeopleSoft HRMS
Cloud Services
1 184 (35.38%) Office 365
2 118 (22.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (6.54%) Amazon AWS
4 28 (5.38%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (2.12%) PaaS
6 8 (1.54%) SaaS
7 7 (1.35%) IaaS
8 6 (1.15%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (0.77%) G Suite
10 3 (0.58%) Mimecast
10 3 (0.58%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.19%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.19%) OpenShift
12 1 (0.19%) Serverless
12 1 (0.19%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.19%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 75 (14.42%) Firewall
2 74 (14.23%) DNS
3 62 (11.92%) DHCP
4 53 (10.19%) SAN
5 48 (9.23%) LAN
5 48 (9.23%) TCP/IP
5 48 (9.23%) WAN
6 46 (8.85%) VPN
7 45 (8.65%) Internet
8 32 (6.15%) Skype
9 18 (3.46%) Cisco Nexus
9 18 (3.46%) MPLS
10 17 (3.27%) BGP
11 16 (3.08%) OSPF
11 16 (3.08%) VoIP
12 15 (2.88%) iSCSI
12 15 (2.88%) NAS
13 14 (2.69%) VPLS
14 12 (2.31%) DMZ
14 12 (2.31%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (16.73%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 14 (2.69%) SQL Server 2016
4 10 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
4 10 (1.92%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 9 (1.73%) Big Data
6 8 (1.54%) Power BI
6 8 (1.54%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (1.15%) MySQL
7 6 (1.15%) OLTP
8 5 (0.96%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 4 (0.77%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.77%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
10 3 (0.58%) Hadoop
10 3 (0.58%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (0.38%) OLAP
11 2 (0.38%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 27 (5.19%) Visual Studio
2 26 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (1.35%) HP UFT
3 7 (1.35%) TestDirector
3 7 (1.35%) WinRunner
4 6 (1.15%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (0.58%) MSI
6 2 (0.38%) JIRA
6 2 (0.38%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.19%) CruiseControl
7 1 (0.19%) Hudson
7 1 (0.19%) InstallShield
General
1 58 (11.15%) Finance
2 20 (3.85%) Telecoms
3 17 (3.27%) Retail
4 13 (2.50%) Banking
5 12 (2.31%) Legal
6 8 (1.54%) Marketing
7 7 (1.35%) Advertising
8 6 (1.15%) Law
8 6 (1.15%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.96%) Local Government
10 3 (0.58%) Back Office
10 3 (0.58%) Billing
10 3 (0.58%) Electronics
10 3 (0.58%) Military
11 1 (0.19%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.19%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 82 (15.77%) Architect
2 53 (10.19%) Analyst
3 47 (9.04%) Windows Engineer
4 45 (8.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 43 (8.27%) Support Engineer
6 42 (8.08%) Desktop Support
7 38 (7.31%) Consultant
8 26 (5.00%) Systems Engineer
9 24 (4.62%) Infrastructure Architect
10 22 (4.23%) Desktop Engineer
11 18 (3.46%) Technical Architect
12 17 (3.27%) 3rd Line Support
12 17 (3.27%) Azure Architect
12 17 (3.27%) Developer
12 17 (3.27%) Support Analyst
13 16 (3.08%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 16 (3.08%) SharePoint Engineer
14 15 (2.88%) Administrator
15 14 (2.69%) IT Engineer
15 14 (2.69%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (5.77%) .NET
2 24 (4.62%) CSS
2 24 (4.62%) jQuery
2 24 (4.62%) XML
2 24 (4.62%) XSLT
3 11 (2.12%) Web Services
4 9 (1.73%) LDAP
5 7 (1.35%) AngularJS
5 7 (1.35%) Node.js
5 7 (1.35%) React
5 7 (1.35%) REST
6 5 (0.96%) 802.1X
6 5 (0.96%) ASP.NET
6 5 (0.96%) JSON
6 5 (0.96%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.38%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.38%) WCF
8 1 (0.19%) HTML
8 1 (0.19%) WF
8 1 (0.19%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 75 (14.42%) Data Centre
2 57 (10.96%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (8.27%) Computer Science
4 29 (5.58%) Clustering
5 22 (4.23%) Management Information System
6 17 (3.27%) Mobile App
7 15 (2.88%) PKI
7 15 (2.88%) Replication
8 14 (2.69%) Self-Motivation
8 14 (2.69%) Video Conferencing
9 11 (2.12%) NHS
10 10 (1.92%) Client/Server
11 8 (1.54%) Blackberry
12 6 (1.15%) EMC VNX
12 6 (1.15%) Public Cloud
13 5 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
13 5 (0.96%) PDA
14 4 (0.77%) Private Cloud
14 4 (0.77%) Smartcard
14 4 (0.77%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 382 (73.46%) Windows
2 232 (44.62%) Windows Server
3 161 (30.96%) Windows Server 2012
4 117 (22.50%) Windows Server 2008
5 103 (19.81%) Windows Server 2003
6 88 (16.92%) Windows 7
7 87 (16.73%) Windows 10
8 39 (7.50%) Linux
9 17 (3.27%) Unix
9 17 (3.27%) Windows 8
10 15 (2.88%) Android
11 14 (2.69%) Apple iOS
12 13 (2.50%) AIX
13 11 (2.12%) Windows XP
14 10 (1.92%) Windows Vista
15 9 (1.73%) Mac OS X
15 9 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 6 (1.15%) HPUX
16 6 (1.15%) Solaris
17 4 (0.77%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 203 (39.04%) ITIL
2 105 (20.19%) Migration
3 76 (14.62%) Problem-Solving
4 41 (7.88%) TOGAF
5 38 (7.31%) High Availability
6 37 (7.12%) Change Management
7 36 (6.92%) ITIL V3
8 26 (5.00%) Incident Management
8 26 (5.00%) Records Management
9 25 (4.81%) Business Intelligence
9 25 (4.81%) DevOps
9 25 (4.81%) Workflow
10 23 (4.42%) PRINCE2
10 23 (4.42%) Stakeholder Management
11 21 (4.04%) Validation
12 19 (3.65%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (3.65%) Network Architecture
12 19 (3.65%) Service Delivery
12 19 (3.65%) Service Management
13 18 (3.46%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 122 (23.46%) PowerShell
2 75 (14.42%) SQL
3 34 (6.54%) JavaScript
4 28 (5.38%) C#
5 20 (3.85%) T-SQL
6 19 (3.65%) Shell Script
7 11 (2.12%) C
7 11 (2.12%) VBScript
8 7 (1.35%) TypeScript
9 6 (1.15%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 5 (0.96%) VB
11 3 (0.58%) VBA
12 2 (0.38%) Python
12 2 (0.38%) Ruby
13 1 (0.19%) AWK
13 1 (0.19%) Java
13 1 (0.19%) LINC
13 1 (0.19%) Perl
13 1 (0.19%) sed
13 1 (0.19%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 520 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 173 (33.27%) MCSA
3 121 (23.27%) MCP
4 98 (18.85%) MCITP
5 96 (18.46%) Cisco Certification
6 94 (18.08%) Security Cleared
7 86 (16.54%) SC Cleared
8 79 (15.19%) Degree
9 74 (14.23%) CCNA
10 49 (9.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 33 (6.35%) Computer Science Degree
12 31 (5.96%) CCNP
13 28 (5.38%) CISSP
14 25 (4.81%) ITIL Certification
15 22 (4.23%) CCIE
15 22 (4.23%) MCTS
16 21 (4.04%) MCDST
17 14 (2.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 13 (2.50%) CCSP
18 13 (2.50%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (8.27%) SLA
2 6 (1.15%) QA
3 4 (0.77%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.58%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.58%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.58%) PMO
System Software
1 302 (58.08%) Active Directory
2 112 (21.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (13.27%) Hyper-V
4 45 (8.65%) VMware ESXi
5 29 (5.58%) vSphere
6 18 (3.46%) XenApp
7 16 (3.08%) Virtual Desktop
8 12 (2.31%) VMware Workstation
9 10 (1.92%) Terminal Services
10 8 (1.54%) Microsoft App-V
11 6 (1.15%) NFS
12 5 (0.96%) DFS Replication
12 5 (0.96%) Docker
12 5 (0.96%) XenDesktop
12 5 (0.96%) XenServer
13 4 (0.77%) vCloud
14 3 (0.58%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 3 (0.58%) Firmware
14 3 (0.58%) KVM
14 3 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 116 (22.31%) SCCM
2 32 (6.15%) SCOM
3 27 (5.19%) Nessus
4 22 (4.23%) Microsoft Clustering
5 18 (3.46%) NetBackup
6 16 (3.08%) Microsoft Intune
7 15 (2.88%) WSUS
8 14 (2.69%) McAfee ePO
9 12 (2.31%) AirWatch
9 12 (2.31%) Backup Exec
10 7 (1.35%) HP Quality Center
10 7 (1.35%) Netcool
10 7 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
10 7 (1.35%) vCenter Server
10 7 (1.35%) XenMobile
11 6 (1.15%) EMC NetWorker
11 6 (1.15%) HP Data Protector
11 6 (1.15%) Norton AntiVirus
12 5 (0.96%) QRadar
12 5 (0.96%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 349 (67.12%) Microsoft
2 205 (39.42%) VMware
3 94 (18.08%) Citrix
4 84 (16.15%) Cisco
5 49 (9.42%) SolarWinds
6 45 (8.65%) HP
7 39 (7.50%) Ivanti
8 36 (6.92%) Shavlik
9 33 (6.35%) NetApp
10 32 (6.15%) McAfee
11 28 (5.38%) Dell
11 28 (5.38%) EMC
12 27 (5.19%) CheckPoint
13 26 (5.00%) Veritas
14 24 (4.62%) Nintex
15 22 (4.23%) Apple
16 21 (4.04%) IBM
17 18 (3.46%) Juniper
18 15 (2.88%) Fortinet
19 14 (2.69%) Symantec