Period
to 23 July 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 July 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 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 446 450 346
Rank change year-on-year +4 -104 -28
Contract jobs citing MCSE 541 463 762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.49% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.79% 2.47% 3.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 251 473
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% +1.56%
10th Percentile £175 £148 £195
90th Percentile £525 £538 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +15.38% - +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 36 64
UK median hourly rate £19.39 £16.50 £21.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.48% -22.04% +0.09%
10th Percentile £15.30 £11.25 £9.00
90th Percentile £44.96 £24.11 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.45 £16.50 £21.33
% change year-on-year +11.80% -22.64% -1.02%

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 19,383 18,725 23,688
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.77% 19.68% 21.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,493 11,496 14,836
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £402
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.85% +0.38%
10th Percentile £243 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £590 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £378
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.96% +0.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 958 955 827
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.44% +6.86% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.71 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.36 £31.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -18.20% +10.71% +24.44%

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 July 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 July 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 July 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 -17 465 £350 - 187
UK excluding London +18 371 £375 +15.38% 136
London -29 162 £350 -9.68% 67
South East 0 116 £400 +22.14% 37
Midlands +9 68 £300 -7.69% 21
Scotland +18 61 £413 +38.08% 7
North of England 0 57 £350 -11.11% 35
East Midlands +11 34 £375 +30.43% 5
West Midlands -7 34 £250 -28.57% 16
East of England -35 34 £240 -33.79% 18
North West -10 33 £350 +5.66% 18
South West +3 24 £438 +25.00% 9
Yorkshire -13 21 £300 -28.57% 14
Wales -10 10 £450 +205.08% 8
North East -7 3 £625 +56.25% 3
Northern Ireland +19 1 £250 -

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 541 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 400 (73.94%) Windows
3 372 (68.76%) Microsoft
4 292 (53.97%) Active Directory
5 248 (45.84%) Windows Server
6 225 (41.59%) VMware
7 218 (40.30%) ITIL
8 189 (34.94%) Office 365
9 169 (31.24%) MCSA
10 148 (27.36%) VMware Infrastructure
11 140 (25.88%) Windows Server 2012
12 132 (24.40%) Windows Server 2008
13 129 (23.84%) Migration
14 125 (23.11%) SCCM
15 120 (22.18%) PowerShell
16 116 (21.44%) Microsoft Azure
17 111 (20.52%) Security Cleared
18 106 (19.59%) SQL Server
19 101 (18.67%) SC Cleared
20 100 (18.48%) Windows 7
21 99 (18.30%) MCP
22 95 (17.56%) MS Exchange
23 93 (17.19%) Cisco Certification
24 90 (16.64%) Windows Server 2003
25 89 (16.45%) Data Centre
26 88 (16.27%) Windows 10
27 85 (15.71%) Citrix
28 84 (15.53%) MCITP
28 84 (15.53%) Hyper-V
29 83 (15.34%) Cisco

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 95 (17.56%) MS Exchange
2 73 (13.49%) SharePoint
3 50 (9.24%) Exchange Server 2010
4 42 (7.76%) IIS
5 39 (7.21%) Skype for Business
6 32 (5.91%) SharePoint 2013
7 31 (5.73%) SharePoint 2010
8 30 (5.55%) Exchange Server 2013
8 30 (5.55%) SharePoint Server
9 15 (2.77%) Exchange Server 2007
10 13 (2.40%) OpenStack
11 11 (2.03%) Office Communications Server
12 8 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2003
13 5 (0.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.55%) Confluence
15 2 (0.37%) Apache
16 1 (0.18%) IBM Domino
16 1 (0.18%) JBoss
16 1 (0.18%) nginx
16 1 (0.18%) Tomcat
Applications
1 76 (14.05%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (5.18%) InfoPath
3 5 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.92%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.37%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.37%) Workfront
3 1 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.18%) PeopleSoft HRMS
3 1 (0.18%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 189 (34.94%) Office 365
2 116 (21.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 39 (7.21%) Azure Active Directory
4 33 (6.10%) Amazon AWS
5 9 (1.66%) PaaS
6 6 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (1.11%) SaaS
7 4 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
7 4 (0.74%) IaaS
7 4 (0.74%) Mimecast
7 4 (0.74%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.37%) G Suite
9 1 (0.18%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.18%) OpenShift
9 1 (0.18%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 72 (13.31%) DNS
2 62 (11.46%) DHCP
3 57 (10.54%) Firewall
4 52 (9.61%) SAN
5 43 (7.95%) LAN
6 40 (7.39%) TCP/IP
7 35 (6.47%) Skype
8 34 (6.28%) WAN
9 32 (5.91%) VPN
10 29 (5.36%) Internet
11 16 (2.96%) Network Security
11 16 (2.96%) Wireless
12 15 (2.77%) VLAN
13 12 (2.22%) VoIP
14 11 (2.03%) Kerberos
15 8 (1.48%) FCoE
15 8 (1.48%) IP Telephony
15 8 (1.48%) Unified Communications
16 7 (1.29%) iSCSI
17 6 (1.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (19.59%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (2.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 10 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (1.48%) Power BI
5 8 (1.48%) SQL Server 2016
6 7 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (1.29%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (1.11%) Big Data
7 6 (1.11%) OLTP
7 6 (1.11%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.92%) Azure SQL Database
8 5 (0.92%) MySQL
8 5 (0.92%) SQL Server 2005
9 4 (0.74%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.55%) Oracle Database
11 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 2 (0.37%) OLAP
11 2 (0.37%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 33 (6.10%) Visual Studio
2 32 (5.91%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (1.66%) HP UFT
4 8 (1.48%) TestDirector
4 8 (1.48%) WinRunner
5 5 (0.92%) JIRA
5 5 (0.92%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (0.37%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.18%) CruiseControl
8 1 (0.18%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.18%) Hudson
8 1 (0.18%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.18%) JMeter
8 1 (0.18%) MSI
8 1 (0.18%) Selenium
General
1 50 (9.24%) Finance
2 19 (3.51%) Retail
2 19 (3.51%) Telecoms
3 17 (3.14%) Banking
4 13 (2.40%) Legal
5 10 (1.85%) Law
6 9 (1.66%) Marketing
7 7 (1.29%) Advertising
8 6 (1.11%) Electronics
8 6 (1.11%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.92%) Local Government
10 4 (0.74%) Military
11 3 (0.55%) Back Office
12 2 (0.37%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.18%) Billing
13 1 (0.18%) German Language
13 1 (0.18%) International Banking
13 1 (0.18%) Italian Language
13 1 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.18%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 71 (13.12%) Architect
2 58 (10.72%) Analyst
3 54 (9.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 52 (9.61%) Support Engineer
5 37 (6.84%) Consultant
6 32 (5.91%) Desktop Support
7 27 (4.99%) Windows Engineer
8 23 (4.25%) IT Support
9 20 (3.70%) Administrator
10 19 (3.51%) 3rd Line Support
10 19 (3.51%) SharePoint Engineer
11 18 (3.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 18 (3.33%) Support Analyst
11 18 (3.33%) Systems Engineer
12 17 (3.14%) Infrastructure Architect
12 17 (3.14%) Solutions Architect
13 16 (2.96%) 2nd Line Support
13 16 (2.96%) Desktop Engineer
13 16 (2.96%) Technical Architect
14 15 (2.77%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (6.84%) .NET
2 29 (5.36%) CSS
2 29 (5.36%) jQuery
2 29 (5.36%) XML
2 29 (5.36%) XSLT
3 10 (1.85%) REST
4 9 (1.66%) Web Services
5 8 (1.48%) LDAP
6 7 (1.29%) AngularJS
6 7 (1.29%) Node.js
6 7 (1.29%) React
7 5 (0.92%) ASP.NET
7 5 (0.92%) Software Packaging
8 4 (0.74%) 802.1X
8 4 (0.74%) JSON
8 4 (0.74%) WSH
9 2 (0.37%) .NET Framework
9 2 (0.37%) Apache Axis
9 2 (0.37%) WCF
10 1 (0.18%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 89 (16.45%) Data Centre
2 58 (10.72%) Analytical Skills
3 50 (9.24%) Computer Science
4 35 (6.47%) Clustering
4 35 (6.47%) Management Information System
5 22 (4.07%) PKI
6 17 (3.14%) Mobile App
6 17 (3.14%) Self-Motivation
7 16 (2.96%) Replication
8 15 (2.77%) Video Conferencing
9 13 (2.40%) Fat Client
9 13 (2.40%) Thin Client
10 9 (1.66%) Client/Server
10 9 (1.66%) NHS
11 8 (1.48%) Blackberry
11 8 (1.48%) CLARiiON
11 8 (1.48%) Data Structures
11 8 (1.48%) Driving Licence
12 7 (1.29%) CESG
12 7 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 400 (73.94%) Windows
2 248 (45.84%) Windows Server
3 140 (25.88%) Windows Server 2012
4 132 (24.40%) Windows Server 2008
5 100 (18.48%) Windows 7
6 90 (16.64%) Windows Server 2003
7 88 (16.27%) Windows 10
8 47 (8.69%) Linux
9 21 (3.88%) Unix
9 21 (3.88%) Windows XP
10 17 (3.14%) Android
11 15 (2.77%) AIX
11 15 (2.77%) Apple iOS
12 14 (2.59%) Windows 8
13 9 (1.66%) Mac OS
13 9 (1.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 6 (1.11%) HPUX
14 6 (1.11%) Mac OS X
14 6 (1.11%) Windows Vista
15 5 (0.92%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (40.30%) ITIL
2 129 (23.84%) Migration
3 82 (15.16%) Problem-Solving
4 45 (8.32%) Change Management
4 45 (8.32%) High Availability
5 36 (6.65%) ITIL V3
5 36 (6.65%) TOGAF
6 33 (6.10%) Records Management
7 30 (5.55%) PRINCE2
7 30 (5.55%) Stakeholder Management
7 30 (5.55%) Workflow
8 28 (5.18%) Incident Management
9 27 (4.99%) Service Delivery
10 25 (4.62%) Customer Requirements
11 21 (3.88%) Service Management
12 20 (3.70%) Capacity Planning
12 20 (3.70%) Project Management
13 19 (3.51%) Agile Software Development
13 19 (3.51%) Cybersecurity
13 19 (3.51%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 120 (22.18%) PowerShell
2 72 (13.31%) SQL
3 38 (7.02%) JavaScript
4 35 (6.47%) C#
5 16 (2.96%) VB
6 14 (2.59%) VBScript
7 13 (2.40%) T-SQL
8 11 (2.03%) C
8 11 (2.03%) Shell Script
9 7 (1.29%) TypeScript
10 6 (1.11%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 2 (0.37%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.37%) Perl
11 2 (0.37%) Python
11 2 (0.37%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.18%) AWK
12 1 (0.18%) Korn
12 1 (0.18%) Ruby
12 1 (0.18%) sed
12 1 (0.18%) VBA
Qualifications
1 541 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 169 (31.24%) MCSA
3 111 (20.52%) Security Cleared
4 101 (18.67%) SC Cleared
5 99 (18.30%) MCP
6 93 (17.19%) Cisco Certification
7 84 (15.53%) MCITP
8 72 (13.31%) Degree
9 64 (11.83%) CCNA
10 44 (8.13%) CCNP
11 43 (7.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 37 (6.84%) Computer Science Degree
13 33 (6.10%) ITIL Certification
14 31 (5.73%) MCTS
15 20 (3.70%) CISSP
15 20 (3.70%) MCDST
16 14 (2.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 11 (2.03%) DV Cleared
17 11 (2.03%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 10 (1.85%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (8.87%) SLA
2 7 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.11%) QA
4 4 (0.74%) Government Security Classifications
4 4 (0.74%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 3 (0.55%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.55%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.37%) PMO
7 1 (0.18%) COBIT
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 292 (53.97%) Active Directory
2 148 (27.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (15.53%) Hyper-V
4 45 (8.32%) vSphere
5 44 (8.13%) VMware ESXi
6 22 (4.07%) XenApp
7 17 (3.14%) VMware Workstation
8 15 (2.77%) Virtual Desktop
9 12 (2.22%) Virtual Machines
10 11 (2.03%) Terminal Services
11 9 (1.66%) Microsoft App-V
12 8 (1.48%) IAG
12 8 (1.48%) UAG
13 6 (1.11%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 5 (0.92%) Forefront TMG
14 5 (0.92%) Virtual Servers
14 5 (0.92%) XenDesktop
15 4 (0.74%) BitLocker
16 3 (0.55%) ProxySG
16 3 (0.55%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 125 (23.11%) SCCM
2 36 (6.65%) SCOM
3 27 (4.99%) Microsoft Intune
4 25 (4.62%) Microsoft Clustering
4 25 (4.62%) NetBackup
4 25 (4.62%) WSUS
5 21 (3.88%) AirWatch
6 18 (3.33%) McAfee ePO
7 16 (2.96%) XenMobile
8 15 (2.77%) vCenter Server
9 11 (2.03%) Backup Exec
10 10 (1.85%) Nessus
10 10 (1.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 9 (1.66%) HP Quality Center
12 7 (1.29%) EMC NetWorker
12 7 (1.29%) Netcool
13 6 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
14 5 (0.92%) Norton AntiVirus
14 5 (0.92%) SCVMM
14 5 (0.92%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 372 (68.76%) Microsoft
2 225 (41.59%) VMware
3 85 (15.71%) Citrix
4 83 (15.34%) Cisco
5 50 (9.24%) HP
6 43 (7.95%) McAfee
7 41 (7.58%) EMC
8 35 (6.47%) SolarWinds
9 30 (5.55%) Nintex
10 29 (5.36%) NetApp
11 25 (4.62%) Dell
11 25 (4.62%) Veritas
12 23 (4.25%) Apple
13 18 (3.33%) Ivanti
14 17 (3.14%) Remedy
15 16 (2.96%) CheckPoint
16 15 (2.77%) Wyse
17 14 (2.59%) Reuters
17 14 (2.59%) Symantec
17 14 (2.59%) Veeam