Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 393 386 359
Rank change year-on-year -7 -27 -76
Contract jobs citing MCSE 620 637 748
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.62% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.21% 3.01% 3.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 388 439 433
UK median daily rate £326 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.14% +1.54% -1.52%
10th Percentile £154 £171 £150
90th Percentile £500 £451 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £325 £328
% change year-on-year +4.62% -0.76% +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 39 69
UK median hourly rate £18.55 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.65% +5.00% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.15 £14.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £39.75 £28.20 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.11 £21.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -13.79% +13.51% -2.63%

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 19325 21182 22510
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 20.50% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 11873 13248 13640
UK median daily rate £425 £416 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.16% +4.00% +1.27%
10th Percentile £221 £239 £247
90th Percentile £603 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £388
% change year-on-year +2.56% +0.65% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 883 859 1075
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.24 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.15 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year - +7.48% +32.21%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 +9 571 £325 -5.80% 116
UK excluding London +7 405 £340 +4.62% 89
London +10 206 £325 -13.33% 32
South East +19 132 £338 -3.57% 29
North of England -2 83 £345 +4.55% 24
Midlands +56 70 £350 - 16
East of England -13 58 £300 +9.09% 7
East Midlands +25 42 £325 -18.75% 8
Yorkshire +37 38 £350 -6.67% 4
West Midlands +19 28 £400 +21.21% 8
North West +10 28 £313 +11.11% 18
Scotland -56 26 £340 +15.08% 8
South West +1 21 £275 -5.17% 6
North East +9 19 £404 +22.42% 2
Wales +16 14 £375 -
Northern Ireland -38 1 £250 +42.86%

For the 6 months to 12 December 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.

1 620 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 418 (67.42%) Windows
3 377 (60.81%) Microsoft
4 341 (55.00%) Active Directory
5 257 (41.45%) ITIL
6 218 (35.16%) VMware
7 213 (34.35%) Windows Server
8 209 (33.71%) Office 365
9 189 (30.48%) MCSA
10 171 (27.58%) MS Exchange
11 165 (26.61%) Citrix
12 152 (24.52%) Microsoft Azure
13 136 (21.94%) VMware Infrastructure
13 136 (21.94%) Windows Server 2012
14 128 (20.65%) SCCM
15 127 (20.48%) PowerShell
16 122 (19.68%) SQL Server
17 121 (19.52%) Windows 7
18 120 (19.35%) MCP
19 116 (18.71%) DNS
20 112 (18.06%) SQL
21 111 (17.90%) Windows Server 2008
22 109 (17.58%) Cisco
22 109 (17.58%) Cisco Certification
23 105 (16.94%) TCP/IP
24 104 (16.77%) Finance
25 103 (16.61%) Microsoft Office
26 96 (15.48%) Migration
27 90 (14.52%) HP
28 89 (14.35%) 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
1 171 (27.58%) MS Exchange
2 83 (13.39%) SharePoint
3 68 (10.97%) Exchange Server 2010
4 52 (8.39%) Skype for Business
5 44 (7.10%) IIS
6 42 (6.77%) Exchange Server 2013
7 37 (5.97%) Exchange Server 2007
7 37 (5.97%) SharePoint 2013
8 22 (3.55%) SharePoint 2010
9 18 (2.90%) SharePoint Server
10 14 (2.26%) IBM Notes
11 13 (2.10%) OpenStack
12 9 (1.45%) Apache
13 5 (0.81%) Tomcat
14 4 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2003
15 3 (0.48%) CMS
15 3 (0.48%) IBM Domino
16 2 (0.32%) Office Communications Server
16 2 (0.32%) WebSphere
16 2 (0.32%) WordPress
Applications
1 103 (16.61%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (2.58%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (1.29%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.65%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.16%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 7 (1.13%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.48%) Eikon
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.16%) Relativity
3 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 209 (33.71%) Office 365
2 152 (24.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 55 (8.87%) Amazon AWS
4 30 (4.84%) Azure Active Directory
5 17 (2.74%) IaaS
6 14 (2.26%) Mimecast
7 13 (2.10%) SaaS
8 12 (1.94%) PaaS
9 10 (1.61%) OneDrive
10 7 (1.13%) G Suite
11 5 (0.81%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 4 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (0.65%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.16%) Akamai
13 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.16%) Data Lake Analytics
13 1 (0.16%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.16%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 116 (18.71%) DNS
2 105 (16.94%) TCP/IP
3 89 (14.35%) DHCP
3 89 (14.35%) SAN
4 81 (13.06%) LAN
5 70 (11.29%) WAN
6 64 (10.32%) Firewall
7 51 (8.23%) Skype
8 31 (5.00%) Internet
9 30 (4.84%) VPN
9 30 (4.84%) Wireless
10 29 (4.68%) VoIP
11 23 (3.71%) NAS
12 21 (3.39%) Unified Communications
13 19 (3.06%) NetScaler
14 18 (2.90%) VLAN
15 17 (2.74%) Ethernet
16 13 (2.10%) IPsec
17 11 (1.77%) IP Telephony
17 11 (1.77%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (19.68%) SQL Server
2 32 (5.16%) SQL Server 2012
3 31 (5.00%) SQL Server 2008
4 29 (4.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 22 (3.55%) SQL Server 2016
6 18 (2.90%) QlikView
7 16 (2.58%) Data Warehouse
8 14 (2.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 11 (1.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 10 (1.61%) OLAP
11 7 (1.13%) SQL Server 2005
12 6 (0.97%) OLTP
12 6 (0.97%) SQL Server 2014
13 5 (0.81%) MySQL
13 5 (0.81%) Power BI
14 4 (0.65%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 4 (0.65%) Oracle Database
15 3 (0.48%) Big Data
15 3 (0.48%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
15 3 (0.48%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 24 (3.87%) Team Foundation Server
2 21 (3.39%) Visual Studio
3 18 (2.90%) Octopus Deploy
4 9 (1.45%) Git (software)
5 8 (1.29%) HP UFT
6 4 (0.65%) JMeter
7 3 (0.48%) MSI
7 3 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (0.48%) Wise Package Studio
8 2 (0.32%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.16%) InstallShield
9 1 (0.16%) JIRA
9 1 (0.16%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.16%) YouTrack
General
1 104 (16.77%) Finance
2 36 (5.81%) Banking
3 17 (2.74%) Law
4 15 (2.42%) Investment Banking
5 14 (2.26%) Manufacturing
6 10 (1.61%) Legal
7 9 (1.45%) Telecoms
8 8 (1.29%) Advertising
9 7 (1.13%) Automotive
10 6 (0.97%) Electronics
10 6 (0.97%) German Language
10 6 (0.97%) Marketing
11 3 (0.48%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.48%) French Language
11 3 (0.48%) Local Government
12 2 (0.32%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.32%) Dutch Language
12 2 (0.32%) Spanish Language
13 1 (0.16%) Publishing
13 1 (0.16%) Retail
Job Titles
1 86 (13.87%) Architect
2 79 (12.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 75 (12.10%) Analyst
4 63 (10.16%) Desktop Support
5 54 (8.71%) Support Engineer
6 48 (7.74%) Consultant
7 36 (5.81%) 3rd Line Support
8 34 (5.48%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 32 (5.16%) Developer
9 32 (5.16%) Support Analyst
10 30 (4.84%) Systems Engineer
11 28 (4.52%) Technical Architect
12 27 (4.35%) Desktop Engineer
13 26 (4.19%) Administrator
14 25 (4.03%) IT Support
15 23 (3.71%) 2nd Line Support
15 23 (3.71%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
16 20 (3.23%) Server Engineer
17 18 (2.90%) Service Desk Engineer
17 18 (2.90%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (3.87%) .NET
2 15 (2.42%) XML
3 7 (1.13%) CSS
3 7 (1.13%) jQuery
3 7 (1.13%) XSLT
4 6 (0.97%) MDX
4 6 (0.97%) Web Services
5 5 (0.81%) Software Packaging
6 4 (0.65%) 802.1X
7 3 (0.48%) JSON
7 3 (0.48%) Middleware
8 2 (0.32%) CGI
9 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET MVC 5
9 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1 (0.16%) SAP Basis
9 1 (0.16%) WAP
9 1 (0.16%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 74 (11.94%) Analytical Skills
2 69 (11.13%) Data Centre
3 42 (6.77%) Blackberry
4 35 (5.65%) Clustering
5 30 (4.84%) Management Information System
6 28 (4.52%) Computer Science
7 21 (3.39%) PKI
8 20 (3.23%) Replication
8 20 (3.23%) Video Conferencing
9 17 (2.74%) Client/Server
10 13 (2.10%) BYOD
10 13 (2.10%) Cyberthreat
10 13 (2.10%) Public Cloud
11 11 (1.77%) NHS
12 7 (1.13%) Private Cloud
12 7 (1.13%) Virtual Team
13 6 (0.97%) Hybrid Cloud
13 6 (0.97%) Microsoft Licensing
13 6 (0.97%) Smartphone
14 5 (0.81%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 418 (67.42%) Windows
2 213 (34.35%) Windows Server
3 136 (21.94%) Windows Server 2012
4 121 (19.52%) Windows 7
5 111 (17.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 89 (14.35%) Windows 10
7 61 (9.84%) Linux
8 41 (6.61%) Windows Server 2003
9 28 (4.52%) Apple iOS
10 24 (3.87%) Unix
11 20 (3.23%) Windows 8
12 18 (2.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (1.29%) Android
13 8 (1.29%) Solaris
13 8 (1.29%) Windows Vista
14 6 (0.97%) VMS
15 5 (0.81%) Windows XP
16 3 (0.48%) CentOS
16 3 (0.48%) Mac OS X
16 3 (0.48%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 257 (41.45%) ITIL
2 96 (15.48%) Migration
3 69 (11.13%) PRINCE2
4 58 (9.35%) Change Management
5 52 (8.39%) Disaster Recovery
6 44 (7.10%) High Availability
7 43 (6.94%) ITIL V3
8 38 (6.13%) Agile Software Development
8 38 (6.13%) TOGAF
9 37 (5.97%) Project Management
10 34 (5.48%) Service Management
11 33 (5.32%) Incident Management
12 30 (4.84%) Performance Tuning
13 28 (4.52%) Service Delivery
14 26 (4.19%) Capacity Planning
15 24 (3.87%) Business Intelligence
15 24 (3.87%) Time Management
16 23 (3.71%) Load Balancing
17 21 (3.39%) ETL
18 20 (3.23%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 127 (20.48%) PowerShell
2 112 (18.06%) SQL
3 23 (3.71%) C#
3 23 (3.71%) Java
4 20 (3.23%) VBScript
5 18 (2.90%) JavaScript
6 16 (2.58%) T-SQL
7 9 (1.45%) VB
8 6 (0.97%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 4 (0.65%) C
9 4 (0.65%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.48%) REXX
10 3 (0.48%) Tcl
11 2 (0.32%) Python
11 2 (0.32%) Ruby
11 2 (0.32%) VBA
12 1 (0.16%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 620 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 189 (30.48%) MCSA
3 120 (19.35%) MCP
4 109 (17.58%) Cisco Certification
5 82 (13.23%) CCNA
6 80 (12.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 73 (11.77%) Degree
8 72 (11.61%) MCITP
9 60 (9.68%) Security Cleared
10 53 (8.55%) MCDST
11 49 (7.90%) SC Cleared
12 34 (5.48%) Citrix Certification
13 33 (5.32%) ITIL Certification
14 28 (4.52%) CCA
14 28 (4.52%) CISSP
15 27 (4.35%) CCNP
16 26 (4.19%) Computer Science Degree
17 21 (3.39%) A+ Certification
18 20 (3.23%) DV Cleared
19 19 (3.06%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (8.23%) SLA
2 18 (2.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (1.94%) PCI DSS
4 9 (1.45%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.32%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.16%) COBIT
6 1 (0.16%) GDPR
6 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.16%) PMO
6 1 (0.16%) QA
System Software
1 341 (55.00%) Active Directory
2 136 (21.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (13.55%) Hyper-V
4 53 (8.55%) XenApp
5 47 (7.58%) vSphere
6 31 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
7 26 (4.19%) Virtual Servers
8 23 (3.71%) XenDesktop
9 17 (2.74%) Virtual Desktop
9 17 (2.74%) Virtual Machines
10 16 (2.58%) Microsoft App-V
11 10 (1.61%) Terminal Services
11 10 (1.61%) VMware Workstation
12 8 (1.29%) Brightmail
12 8 (1.29%) Docker
13 7 (1.13%) XenServer
14 5 (0.81%) BitLocker
15 3 (0.48%) NFS
16 2 (0.32%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 2 (0.32%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 128 (20.65%) SCCM
2 50 (8.06%) SCOM
3 28 (4.52%) Backup Exec
4 24 (3.87%) Norton AntiVirus
5 20 (3.23%) Microsoft Clustering
6 19 (3.06%) NetBackup
7 15 (2.42%) WSUS
8 11 (1.77%) McAfee ePO
9 10 (1.61%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 8 (1.29%) DameWare
10 8 (1.29%) HP Quality Center
10 8 (1.29%) Microsoft Intune
10 8 (1.29%) vCenter Server
11 7 (1.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 6 (0.97%) HP Data Protector
13 5 (0.81%) Ansible
13 5 (0.81%) AppDNA
13 5 (0.81%) Failover Clustering
14 4 (0.65%) AirWatch
14 4 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 377 (60.81%) Microsoft
2 218 (35.16%) VMware
3 165 (26.61%) Citrix
4 109 (17.58%) Cisco
5 90 (14.52%) HP
6 44 (7.10%) NetApp
7 42 (6.77%) Apple
8 37 (5.97%) Symantec
9 35 (5.65%) Oracle
10 29 (4.68%) Dell
11 24 (3.87%) 3PAR
12 23 (3.71%) Veeam
13 21 (3.39%) McAfee
14 20 (3.23%) CheckPoint
14 20 (3.23%) SolarWinds
14 20 (3.23%) Sophos
15 18 (2.90%) Bloomberg
15 18 (2.90%) RedGate
16 17 (2.74%) Lotus
17 16 (2.58%) EMC