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 3 months to 30 March 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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 388 356 304
Rank change year-on-year -32 -52  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 220 313 377
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.58% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.33% 2.78% 3.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 177 223
Median daily rate £350 £318 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.23% +5.83%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £200 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £438 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £340 £300
% change year-on-year +1.47% +13.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 29 31
Median hourly rate £16.75 £21.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.23% +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.65 £9.40 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.76 £58.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £21.33 £17.50
% change year-on-year -21.47% +21.88%  

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 9431 11239 10753
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.71% 20.76% 20.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 6019 7043 6111
Median daily rate £420 £405 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +2.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £259 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £555 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 408 495
Median hourly rate £30.00 £36.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +60.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.30 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £39.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -23.07% +73.33%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCSE as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 30 March 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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 30 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 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England 0 212 £350 +8.52% 120
London +40 88 £375 +25.00% 40
South East -28 49 £313 -15.25% 26
City of London +16 23 £325 +10.16% 9
East of England +10 20 £363 +38.09% 10
East Midlands -6 14 £294 +11.90% 9
North West +21 13 £275 -4.34% 14
Hampshire +10 12 £168 -58.64% 6
Yorkshire +21 10 £420 +17.89% 6
Berkshire -3 9 £513 +46.42% 4
Surrey -11 9 £238 -32.14% 11
Cambridgeshire +9 7 £413 +175.00% 3
Hertfordshire +6 7 £350 -20.00% 5
South West -7 7 £352 +0.57% 3
Kent +16 6 £350 -9.67%
West Yorkshire +14 6 £420 -1.17% 3
West Midlands +15 5 £338 +11.57% 7
Manchester +13 5 £275 -17.91% 7
Basingstoke +6 5 £110 -74.11% 2
Northamptonshire +1 5 £288 +8.49% 2
Buckinghamshire -1 5 £500 +17.64% 1
Watford - 5 - - 3
Bracknell - 5 £513 -
Cambridge +10 4 £413 - 1
Bristol +8 4 £352 -9.16% 1
Oxfordshire -5 4 £180 -44.61% 2
Derbyshire -8 4 £550 +100.00% 3
North East -9 4 £290 +20.83% 3
Cumbria - 4 - -
Enfield - 4 - -

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 458 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 337 (73.58%) Windows
3 294 (64.19%) Microsoft
4 248 (54.15%) Active Directory
5 200 (43.67%) Windows Server
6 189 (41.27%) VMware
7 162 (35.37%) ITIL
8 143 (31.22%) Windows Server 2012
9 125 (27.29%) Windows Server 2008
10 107 (23.36%) MS Exchange
10 107 (23.36%) Citrix
11 106 (23.14%) Cisco Certification
11 106 (23.14%) VMware Infrastructure
12 100 (21.83%) MCP
13 97 (21.18%) MCSA
13 97 (21.18%) MS Excel
14 93 (20.31%) Cisco
15 92 (20.09%) Office 365
16 91 (19.87%) PowerShell
16 91 (19.87%) MCITP
17 89 (19.43%) Microsoft Azure
18 84 (18.34%) CCNA
19 83 (18.12%) Windows Server 2003
20 81 (17.69%) Firewall
21 79 (17.25%) Hyper-V
22 78 (17.03%) Windows 7
23 70 (15.28%) SCCM
24 69 (15.07%) SQL Server
25 68 (14.85%) WAN
26 66 (14.41%) MS Office

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
1 107 (23.36%) MS Exchange
2 56 (12.23%) Exchange Server 2010
3 54 (11.79%) Skype for Business
4 53 (11.57%) SharePoint
5 34 (7.42%) IIS
6 32 (6.99%) Exchange Server 2013
7 16 (3.49%) SharePoint 2013
8 13 (2.84%) SharePoint 2010
9 11 (2.40%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (1.75%) Apache
10 8 (1.75%) Office Communications Server
11 4 (0.87%) Tomcat
12 3 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.66%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 2 (0.44%) Confluence
13 2 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
13 2 (0.44%) MS Project Server
13 2 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
14 1 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 97 (21.18%) MS Excel
2 66 (14.41%) MS Office
3 13 (2.84%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.87%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.87%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.22%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.22%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
1 6 (1.31%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.44%) Dynamics GP
2 2 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.22%) Eikon
3 1 (0.22%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.22%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 92 (20.09%) Office 365
2 89 (19.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (5.90%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (4.15%) Azure Active Directory
4 19 (4.15%) IaaS
5 15 (3.28%) PaaS
6 13 (2.84%) OneDrive
7 8 (1.75%) AWS CloudFormation
7 8 (1.75%) SaaS
8 5 (1.09%) GitHub
9 4 (0.87%) Mimecast
10 3 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.44%) AWS OpsWorks
11 2 (0.44%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.22%) AWS CloudTrail
12 1 (0.22%) G Suite
12 1 (0.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 81 (17.69%) Firewall
2 68 (14.85%) WAN
3 65 (14.19%) LAN
4 61 (13.32%) SAN
5 60 (13.10%) DNS
6 53 (11.57%) DHCP
7 38 (8.30%) Skype
8 36 (7.86%) TCP/IP
9 31 (6.77%) VPN
10 28 (6.11%) Internet
11 23 (5.02%) Wireless
12 22 (4.80%) NAS
12 22 (4.80%) Remote Desktop
12 22 (4.80%) VoIP
13 16 (3.49%) Network Security
13 16 (3.49%) VLAN
14 14 (3.06%) MPLS
15 12 (2.62%) Wi-Fi
16 11 (2.40%) SSL
17 8 (1.75%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (15.07%) SQL Server
2 22 (4.80%) SQL Server 2008
2 22 (4.80%) SQL Server 2012
3 14 (3.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (2.84%) SQL Server 2014
4 13 (2.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 11 (2.40%) SQL Server 2005
6 9 (1.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 7 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (1.09%) Amazon RDS
8 5 (1.09%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (0.87%) DTS
9 4 (0.87%) MySQL
9 4 (0.87%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.66%) Oracle Database 10g
10 3 (0.66%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.66%) Oracle Database 12c
10 3 (0.66%) Oracle9i Database
10 3 (0.66%) Power BI
10 3 (0.66%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 8 (1.75%) Git (software)
2 7 (1.53%) Jenkins
2 7 (1.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (1.09%) StarTeam
4 4 (0.87%) JIRA
5 3 (0.66%) Octopus Deploy
5 3 (0.66%) TeamCity
5 3 (0.66%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.44%) CruiseControl
6 2 (0.44%) Subversion
6 2 (0.44%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.44%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.22%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.22%) MSI
7 1 (0.22%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.22%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 64 (13.97%) Finance
2 19 (4.15%) Manufacturing
2 19 (4.15%) Retail
3 16 (3.49%) Banking
4 15 (3.28%) Telecoms
5 10 (2.18%) Legal
6 9 (1.97%) Back Office
7 6 (1.31%) Local Government
8 5 (1.09%) Law
9 3 (0.66%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.44%) Advertising
10 2 (0.44%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.44%) Games
10 2 (0.44%) Military
11 1 (0.22%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 64 (13.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 54 (11.79%) Analyst
3 48 (10.48%) Support Engineer
4 46 (10.04%) Consultant
5 36 (7.86%) Architect
6 28 (6.11%) Windows Engineer
7 26 (5.68%) 2nd Line Support
7 26 (5.68%) Systems Engineer
8 25 (5.46%) Support Analyst
9 24 (5.24%) Desktop Support
10 23 (5.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 23 (5.02%) IT Engineer
11 22 (4.80%) 3rd Line Support
12 20 (4.37%) Server Engineer
13 18 (3.93%) Administrator
14 17 (3.71%) IT Support
15 16 (3.49%) Azure Consultant
16 14 (3.06%) Infrastructure Architect
16 14 (3.06%) Technical Architect
17 13 (2.84%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.18%) .NET
2 9 (1.97%) Web Services
3 7 (1.53%) WAP
4 6 (1.31%) Middleware
5 5 (1.09%) ASP.NET
6 4 (0.87%) SAML
7 3 (0.66%) HTML
7 3 (0.66%) REST
7 3 (0.66%) Software Packaging
7 3 (0.66%) WCF
8 2 (0.44%) J2EE
8 2 (0.44%) JSP
8 2 (0.44%) Servlets
8 2 (0.44%) SOAP
8 2 (0.44%) WF
9 1 (0.22%) ActiveX
9 1 (0.22%) COM
9 1 (0.22%) CSS
9 1 (0.22%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (0.22%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 49 (10.70%) Data Centre
2 46 (10.04%) Clustering
3 28 (6.11%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (5.90%) Management Information System
5 25 (5.46%) Blackberry
6 19 (4.15%) Computer Science
6 19 (4.15%) Replication
7 18 (3.93%) Video Conferencing
8 14 (3.06%) NHS
9 12 (2.62%) iPad
9 12 (2.62%) PKI
10 9 (1.97%) Life Science
11 7 (1.53%) User Experience
12 6 (1.31%) BYOD
12 6 (1.31%) Client/Server
12 6 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (1.31%) EPoS
12 6 (1.31%) Fat Client
12 6 (1.31%) Public Cloud
12 6 (1.31%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 337 (73.58%) Windows
2 200 (43.67%) Windows Server
3 143 (31.22%) Windows Server 2012
4 125 (27.29%) Windows Server 2008
5 83 (18.12%) Windows Server 2003
6 78 (17.03%) Windows 7
7 59 (12.88%) Linux
8 38 (8.30%) Windows 10
9 20 (4.37%) Android
9 20 (4.37%) Unix
9 20 (4.37%) Windows 8
10 19 (4.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (3.49%) Windows XP
12 14 (3.06%) Apple iOS
13 6 (1.31%) Mac OS X
13 6 (1.31%) Solaris
14 5 (1.09%) AIX
15 3 (0.66%) SUSE
15 3 (0.66%) Windows Phone
16 2 (0.44%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (35.37%) ITIL
2 49 (10.70%) Migration
3 40 (8.73%) Change Management
4 37 (8.08%) Disaster Recovery
5 28 (6.11%) ITIL V3
6 25 (5.46%) Service Delivery
6 25 (5.46%) Service Management
7 23 (5.02%) Project Management
8 21 (4.59%) DevOps
9 20 (4.37%) Mobile Device Management
9 20 (4.37%) Problem Management
10 19 (4.15%) Stakeholder Management
11 18 (3.93%) Agile Software Development
11 18 (3.93%) Time Management
12 16 (3.49%) Continuous Improvement
12 16 (3.49%) Performance Monitoring
13 15 (3.28%) High Availability
13 15 (3.28%) PRINCE2
14 14 (3.06%) Identity Management
14 14 (3.06%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 91 (19.87%) PowerShell
2 62 (13.54%) SQL
3 12 (2.62%) Python
4 11 (2.40%) Bash Shell
5 7 (1.53%) JavaScript
5 7 (1.53%) T-SQL
5 7 (1.53%) VBScript
6 6 (1.31%) C#
6 6 (1.31%) Perl
6 6 (1.31%) Ruby
7 4 (0.87%) C
8 3 (0.66%) Java
9 2 (0.44%) VB
10 1 (0.22%) C++
10 1 (0.22%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 1 (0.22%) REXX
10 1 (0.22%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.22%) Tcl
10 1 (0.22%) X++
Qualifications
1 458 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 106 (23.14%) Cisco Certification
3 100 (21.83%) MCP
4 97 (21.18%) MCSA
5 91 (19.87%) MCITP
6 84 (18.34%) CCNA
7 54 (11.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 46 (10.04%) Security Cleared
9 44 (9.61%) Degree
10 32 (6.99%) SC Cleared
11 29 (6.33%) MCTS
12 24 (5.24%) Citrix Certification
13 23 (5.02%) CCNP
14 20 (4.37%) ITIL Certification
15 16 (3.49%) CCIE
16 15 (3.28%) CCA
17 14 (3.06%) MCDST
18 11 (2.40%) MCSD
18 11 (2.40%) RHCE
19 9 (1.97%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (5.90%) SLA
2 9 (1.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.09%) PCI DSS
3 5 (1.09%) QA
4 3 (0.66%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (0.66%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.22%) GCP
6 1 (0.22%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.22%) PMO
6 1 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 248 (54.15%) Active Directory
2 106 (23.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (17.25%) Hyper-V
4 34 (7.42%) vSphere
5 22 (4.80%) XenApp
6 16 (3.49%) VMware ESXi
7 15 (3.28%) VMware ESX
8 12 (2.62%) Virtual Servers
9 9 (1.97%) Virtual Machines
9 9 (1.97%) XenDesktop
10 7 (1.53%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 6 (1.31%) Firmware
11 6 (1.31%) Microsoft App-V
11 6 (1.31%) UAG
11 6 (1.31%) VMware Server
12 5 (1.09%) Docker
12 5 (1.09%) Terminal Server
12 5 (1.09%) Terminal Services
13 4 (0.87%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 3 (0.66%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 70 (15.28%) SCCM
2 31 (6.77%) SCOM
3 30 (6.55%) NetBackup
4 18 (3.93%) Puppet
5 16 (3.49%) Microsoft Clustering
6 14 (3.06%) Backup Exec
7 11 (2.40%) Nessus
7 11 (2.40%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (2.40%) WSUS
8 10 (2.18%) AirWatch
9 9 (1.97%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 8 (1.75%) Failover Clustering
11 7 (1.53%) Ansible
11 7 (1.53%) McAfee ePO
11 7 (1.53%) vMotion
12 6 (1.31%) CA Single Sign-On
12 6 (1.31%) SCVMM
12 6 (1.31%) WMI
12 6 (1.31%) XenMobile
13 5 (1.09%) Netcool
Vendors
1 294 (64.19%) Microsoft
2 189 (41.27%) VMware
3 107 (23.36%) Citrix
4 93 (20.31%) Cisco
5 52 (11.35%) HP
6 38 (8.30%) NetApp
7 26 (5.68%) SolarWinds
8 25 (5.46%) Oracle
9 23 (5.02%) EMC
10 21 (4.59%) Apple
11 15 (3.28%) Intel Security
11 15 (3.28%) Veritas
12 14 (3.06%) Red Hat
12 14 (3.06%) Symantec
13 13 (2.84%) Sophos
14 12 (2.62%) CheckPoint
14 12 (2.62%) LANDesk
15 11 (2.40%) 3PAR
15 11 (2.40%) Palo Alto
16 9 (1.97%) AppSense
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