Period
to 5 April 2020

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 5 April 2020 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
5 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 389 406 420
Rank change year-on-year +17 +14 +41
Contract jobs citing MCSE 319 568 556
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.59% 0.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.35% 3.01% 2.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 193 342 336
Median daily rate £350 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +21.43% +2.94%
10th Percentile £144 £175 £185
90th Percentile £538 £625 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £425 £359
% change year-on-year -11.76% +18.47% +7.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 67 15
Median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +17.65% -1.62%
10th Percentile £14.38 £14.25 £13.09
90th Percentile £35.00 £38.41 £37.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year -12.50% +23.46% -5.04%

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 13,560 18,846 19,580
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.02% 19.44% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,192 11,378 11,863
Median daily rate £475 £454 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.63% +0.89% +5.88%
10th Percentile £255 £263 £235
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 660 863 868
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +36.84% -15.18%
10th Percentile £15.50 £12.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £57.00 £52.52 £50.08
Median hourly rate £34.00 £28.98 £25.00
% change year-on-year +17.34% +15.90% -10.95%

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 5 April 2020.

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 5 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 14 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 5 April 2020. 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 +21 287 £350 -17.65% 129
UK excluding London +19 228 £375 -11.76% 109
London +91 84 £350 -14.89% 33
South East +16 81 £380 -19.32% 27
Midlands +47 44 £313 -40.48% 19
North of England +48 32 £350 +7.69% 32
West Midlands +49 29 £456 -13.10% 15
South West -6 28 £413 -2.94% 11
Scotland +25 25 £375 +11.11% 5
North West +32 23 £430 +56.36% 16
East of England +29 20 £375 -9.09% 7
East Midlands +24 15 £313 -32.43% 4
Yorkshire +39 9 £263 -29.05% 12
Work from Home 0 4 £515 +21.18% 8

For the 6 months to 5 April 2020, 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.

1 319 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 225 (70.53%) Windows
3 214 (67.08%) Microsoft
4 192 (60.19%) Active Directory
5 135 (42.32%) Office 365
6 133 (41.69%) VMware
7 120 (37.62%) Windows Server
8 102 (31.97%) MCSA
9 97 (30.41%) Azure
10 88 (27.59%) Windows 10
11 84 (26.33%) Windows Server 2012
12 83 (26.02%) SCCM
12 83 (26.02%) ITIL
13 72 (22.57%) DNS
14 70 (21.94%) VMware Infrastructure
15 69 (21.63%) Security Cleared
16 67 (21.00%) PowerShell
17 63 (19.75%) Cisco Certification
18 56 (17.55%) Microsoft Office
19 55 (17.24%) DHCP
20 53 (16.61%) Windows Server 2008
21 52 (16.30%) SC Cleared
21 52 (16.30%) MCP
21 52 (16.30%) CCNA
22 51 (15.99%) Windows 7
23 50 (15.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
23 50 (15.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 47 (14.73%) Citrix
25 45 (14.11%) Cisco
26 44 (13.79%) MS Exchange

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 44 (13.79%) MS Exchange
2 32 (10.03%) SharePoint
3 16 (5.02%) Skype for Business
4 11 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (2.19%) IIS
7 5 (1.57%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (0.94%) Confluence
8 3 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.63%) Apache
9 2 (0.63%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.63%) Office Communications Server
9 2 (0.63%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.63%) Tomcat
Applications
1 56 (17.55%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.88%) MS Visio
3 5 (1.57%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
6 1 (0.31%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (0.31%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.31%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.31%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 8 (2.51%) assyst
2 4 (1.25%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.63%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.31%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 135 (42.32%) Office 365
2 97 (30.41%) Azure
3 26 (8.15%) AWS
3 26 (8.15%) Azure Active Directory
4 18 (5.64%) PaaS
5 16 (5.02%) Mimecast
6 11 (3.45%) IaaS
6 11 (3.45%) SaaS
7 5 (1.57%) OneDrive
8 4 (1.25%) Power Platform
9 3 (0.94%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.94%) GitHub
10 2 (0.63%) Cloudflare
10 2 (0.63%) GCP
10 2 (0.63%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.63%) PowerApps
11 1 (0.31%) Asana
11 1 (0.31%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 72 (22.57%) DNS
2 55 (17.24%) DHCP
3 36 (11.29%) SAN
4 31 (9.72%) Firewall
5 27 (8.46%) LAN
6 25 (7.84%) WAN
7 18 (5.64%) Skype
8 17 (5.33%) Wireless
9 16 (5.02%) TCP/IP
10 15 (4.70%) VoIP
11 11 (3.45%) Remote Desktop
11 11 (3.45%) VPN
12 10 (3.13%) Kerberos
12 10 (3.13%) VLAN
13 7 (2.19%) iSCSI
13 7 (2.19%) Network Security
14 5 (1.57%) PBX
14 5 (1.57%) SMTP
15 4 (1.25%) Wi-Fi
15 4 (1.25%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (10.03%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.13%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (1.25%) Big Data
3 4 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (0.94%) Power BI
5 2 (0.63%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (0.63%) SQLite
6 1 (0.31%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.31%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.31%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.31%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.31%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 11 (3.45%) JIRA
2 8 (2.51%) MSI
3 7 (2.19%) Git (software)
4 5 (1.57%) Android Studio
5 3 (0.94%) InstallShield
5 3 (0.94%) StarTeam
6 2 (0.63%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.63%) git-flow
6 2 (0.63%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (0.63%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.63%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.31%) Hudson
7 1 (0.31%) Visual Studio
General
1 18 (5.64%) Public Sector
2 15 (4.70%) Finance
3 12 (3.76%) Telecoms
4 8 (2.51%) Military
5 3 (0.94%) Marketing
5 3 (0.94%) Retail
6 2 (0.63%) Back Office
6 2 (0.63%) Banking
6 2 (0.63%) Law
6 2 (0.63%) Local Government
6 2 (0.63%) Mandarin Language
7 1 (0.31%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.31%) Automotive
7 1 (0.31%) French Language
7 1 (0.31%) Front Office
7 1 (0.31%) Legal
7 1 (0.31%) Police
7 1 (0.31%) Publishing
7 1 (0.31%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 54 (16.93%) Support Engineer
2 36 (11.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 27 (8.46%) Wintel Engineer
4 26 (8.15%) Windows Engineer
5 24 (7.52%) 2nd Line Support
6 23 (7.21%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 23 (7.21%) Architect
6 23 (7.21%) Consultant
7 21 (6.58%) Active Directory Engineer
8 20 (6.27%) Desktop Engineer
9 19 (5.96%) 3rd Line Support
9 19 (5.96%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 17 (5.33%) Desktop Support
10 17 (5.33%) Server Engineer
11 16 (5.02%) Analyst
11 16 (5.02%) IT Engineer
12 15 (4.70%) IT Support
13 13 (4.08%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 12 (3.76%) Citrix Engineer
14 12 (3.76%) Service Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.51%) .NET
2 7 (2.19%) ASP.NET
3 6 (1.88%) HTML
3 6 (1.88%) LDAP
4 5 (1.57%) RESTful
5 3 (0.94%) JSON
5 3 (0.94%) REST
6 2 (0.63%) AngularJS
6 2 (0.63%) Dagger
6 2 (0.63%) GraphQL
6 2 (0.63%) Kafka
6 2 (0.63%) Middleware
6 2 (0.63%) Node.js
6 2 (0.63%) React
6 2 (0.63%) Retrofit
6 2 (0.63%) RxJava
6 2 (0.63%) Spring
6 2 (0.63%) Spring MVC
6 2 (0.63%) Vue.js
7 1 (0.31%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 34 (10.66%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (6.58%) Data Centre
3 19 (5.96%) Replication
4 12 (3.76%) Hedge funds
5 11 (3.45%) PKI
6 10 (3.13%) Fat Client
6 10 (3.13%) Management Information System
6 10 (3.13%) Thin Client
7 8 (2.51%) Self-Motivation
8 7 (2.19%) Clustering
9 5 (1.57%) Driving Licence
10 4 (1.25%) Handset
10 4 (1.25%) Private Cloud
10 4 (1.25%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.94%) Enterprise Storage
11 3 (0.94%) NHS
11 3 (0.94%) User Experience
12 2 (0.63%) Hybrid Cloud
12 2 (0.63%) Robotics
12 2 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 225 (70.53%) Windows
2 120 (37.62%) Windows Server
3 88 (27.59%) Windows 10
4 84 (26.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 53 (16.61%) Windows Server 2008
6 51 (15.99%) Windows 7
7 44 (13.79%) Windows Server 2016
8 21 (6.58%) Linux
9 19 (5.96%) Windows Server 2019
10 13 (4.08%) Windows 8
11 11 (3.45%) Apple iOS
12 10 (3.13%) Windows Server 2003
13 9 (2.82%) Android
13 9 (2.82%) Mac OS
14 4 (1.25%) Mac OS X
14 4 (1.25%) VMS
14 4 (1.25%) Windows XP
15 3 (0.94%) AIX
15 3 (0.94%) CentOS
15 3 (0.94%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (26.02%) ITIL
2 50 (15.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 44 (13.79%) Problem-Solving
4 41 (12.85%) Migration
5 28 (8.78%) Service Management
6 25 (7.84%) Agile Software Development
7 23 (7.21%) ITSM
8 19 (5.96%) TOGAF
9 17 (5.33%) Application Packaging
9 17 (5.33%) Change Management
10 16 (5.02%) ITIL V3
11 15 (4.70%) Mentoring
12 14 (4.39%) Project Delivery
12 14 (4.39%) Server Virtualisation
13 13 (4.08%) Service Delivery
14 12 (3.76%) Infrastructure Management
14 12 (3.76%) IT Strategy
14 12 (3.76%) PRINCE2
15 11 (3.45%) Cybersecurity
16 10 (3.13%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 67 (21.00%) PowerShell
2 31 (9.72%) SQL
3 11 (3.45%) Java
4 8 (2.51%) C
5 7 (2.19%) VBScript
6 6 (1.88%) C#
7 5 (1.57%) C++
7 5 (1.57%) VB
8 4 (1.25%) Bash Shell
8 4 (1.25%) Python
9 3 (0.94%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.63%) Kotlin
11 1 (0.31%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.31%) Perl
11 1 (0.31%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 319 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 102 (31.97%) MCSA
3 69 (21.63%) Security Cleared
4 63 (19.75%) Cisco Certification
5 52 (16.30%) CCNA
5 52 (16.30%) MCP
5 52 (16.30%) SC Cleared
6 50 (15.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 35 (10.97%) MCITP
8 27 (8.46%) Degree
9 18 (5.64%) A+ Certification
10 16 (5.02%) DV Cleared
11 15 (4.70%) CCA
11 15 (4.70%) CCNP
11 15 (4.70%) CISSP
11 15 (4.70%) Citrix Certification
12 12 (3.76%) MCDST
13 10 (3.13%) CCIE
14 9 (2.82%) MCTS
15 8 (2.51%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (12.85%) SLA
2 8 (2.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (2.51%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.94%) GDPR
3 3 (0.94%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.63%) QA
5 1 (0.31%) GxP
5 1 (0.31%) NIST
System Software
1 192 (60.19%) Active Directory
2 70 (21.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (10.03%) Hyper-V
4 28 (8.78%) VMware ESXi
5 23 (7.21%) vSphere
6 15 (4.70%) XenApp
7 13 (4.08%) Microsoft App-V
8 11 (3.45%) XenDesktop
9 7 (2.19%) Docker
10 6 (1.88%) NFS
10 6 (1.88%) vCloud
10 6 (1.88%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (1.57%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 5 (1.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 3 (0.94%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 3 (0.94%) Firmware
13 2 (0.63%) Samba
13 2 (0.63%) Virtual Desktop
13 2 (0.63%) VirtualBox
13 2 (0.63%) Xen
Systems Management
1 83 (26.02%) SCCM
2 14 (4.39%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (4.08%) SCOM
3 13 (4.08%) WSUS
4 8 (2.51%) Kubernetes
5 7 (2.19%) vCenter Server
6 6 (1.88%) Ansible
7 5 (1.57%) Single Sign-On
7 5 (1.57%) Terraform
8 4 (1.25%) Backup Exec
8 4 (1.25%) McAfee ePO
8 4 (1.25%) vRealize
9 3 (0.94%) Netcool
9 3 (0.94%) Puppet
10 2 (0.63%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (0.63%) Nagios
10 2 (0.63%) Nessus
10 2 (0.63%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.63%) OpenNMS
10 2 (0.63%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 214 (67.08%) Microsoft
2 133 (41.69%) VMware
3 47 (14.73%) Citrix
4 45 (14.11%) Cisco
5 34 (10.66%) HP
6 21 (6.58%) Dell
7 12 (3.76%) EMC
7 12 (3.76%) Ivanti
7 12 (3.76%) NetApp
8 8 (2.51%) Oracle
9 7 (2.19%) CheckPoint
9 7 (2.19%) Google
10 6 (1.88%) Veeam
10 6 (1.88%) Veritas
11 5 (1.57%) IBM
11 5 (1.57%) Juniper
11 5 (1.57%) McAfee
11 5 (1.57%) Remedy
12 4 (1.25%) EqualLogic
12 4 (1.25%) F5