Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 371 399 392
Rank change year-on-year +28 -7 -94
Contract jobs citing MCSE 631 576 630
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.63% 0.59% 0.59%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.33% 2.90% 2.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 396 382 344
UK median daily rate £338 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +1.54% -3.70%
10th Percentile £160 £163 £150
90th Percentile £521 £488 £479
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +6.06% +1.54% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 31 67
UK median hourly rate £19.38 £19.66 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.42% -1.70% +11.11%
10th Percentile £11.25 £14.43 £8.90
90th Percentile £39.75 £28.00 £40.58
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.11 £19.66 £20.00
% change year-on-year -7.91% -1.70% +5.26%

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 18,975 19,859 21,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.92% 20.44% 20.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,645 12,427 13,248
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 829 874 1,029
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -7.27% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.47
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +41.03%

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 18 January 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 18 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 15 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 18 January 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 +26 584 £331 -2.57% 253
UK excluding London +24 413 £350 +6.06% 172
London 0 212 £325 -13.33% 90
South East +17 146 £350 -17.65% 51
North of England -8 77 £350 +6.06% 43
Midlands +40 69 £334 +1.14% 27
East of England -1 61 £300 +3.45% 21
East Midlands +25 40 £325 +1.56% 11
Yorkshire +24 35 £350 -6.67% 11
West Midlands +22 29 £400 +21.21% 16
North West +11 29 £325 +36.84% 29
Scotland -40 26 £340 +15.08% 2
South West +10 18 £475 +82.69% 21
Wales +20 16 £375 -16.67% 5
North East +3 15 £368 +11.36% 3

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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.

1 631 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 425 (67.35%) Windows
3 396 (62.76%) Microsoft
4 355 (56.26%) Active Directory
5 271 (42.95%) ITIL
6 230 (36.45%) VMware
7 223 (35.34%) Windows Server
8 209 (33.12%) Office 365
9 199 (31.54%) MCSA
10 163 (25.83%) MS Exchange
10 163 (25.83%) Citrix
11 149 (23.61%) Microsoft Azure
12 139 (22.03%) MCP
13 137 (21.71%) VMware Infrastructure
14 135 (21.39%) Cisco Certification
15 133 (21.08%) Windows Server 2012
16 131 (20.76%) PowerShell
16 131 (20.76%) SCCM
17 125 (19.81%) Windows 7
18 120 (19.02%) DNS
19 115 (18.23%) Cisco
20 108 (17.12%) CCNA
20 108 (17.12%) Windows Server 2008
21 104 (16.48%) TCP/IP
22 100 (15.85%) SQL Server
23 99 (15.69%) SQL
23 99 (15.69%) Microsoft Office
24 98 (15.53%) Finance
25 97 (15.37%) LAN
26 92 (14.58%) 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
1 163 (25.83%) MS Exchange
2 90 (14.26%) SharePoint
3 60 (9.51%) Exchange Server 2010
4 53 (8.40%) Skype for Business
5 43 (6.81%) IIS
6 37 (5.86%) SharePoint 2013
7 35 (5.55%) Exchange Server 2007
7 35 (5.55%) Exchange Server 2013
8 21 (3.33%) SharePoint 2010
9 18 (2.85%) SharePoint Server
10 13 (2.06%) OpenStack
11 12 (1.90%) IBM Notes
12 8 (1.27%) Apache
13 5 (0.79%) Tomcat
14 4 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2003
15 3 (0.48%) IBM Domino
16 2 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 2 (0.32%) CMS
16 2 (0.32%) WebSphere
17 1 (0.16%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 99 (15.69%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.90%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.58%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (1.43%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.48%) AutoCAD
5 3 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.95%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.63%) Eikon
3 2 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.16%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 209 (33.12%) Office 365
2 149 (23.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 51 (8.08%) Amazon AWS
4 31 (4.91%) Azure Active Directory
5 18 (2.85%) IaaS
6 16 (2.54%) Mimecast
7 14 (2.22%) PaaS
8 12 (1.90%) OneDrive
8 12 (1.90%) SaaS
9 6 (0.95%) G Suite
10 4 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.32%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.16%) Akamai
12 1 (0.16%) Data Lake Analytics
12 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.16%) OpenShift
12 1 (0.16%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 120 (19.02%) DNS
2 104 (16.48%) TCP/IP
3 97 (15.37%) LAN
4 92 (14.58%) DHCP
5 89 (14.10%) WAN
6 84 (13.31%) SAN
7 79 (12.52%) Firewall
8 49 (7.77%) VPN
9 48 (7.61%) Skype
10 47 (7.45%) Internet
11 33 (5.23%) VoIP
12 26 (4.12%) NAS
12 26 (4.12%) Wireless
13 25 (3.96%) Unified Communications
14 20 (3.17%) MPLS
15 19 (3.01%) iSCSI
16 18 (2.85%) NetScaler
17 17 (2.69%) BGP
18 16 (2.54%) Ethernet
18 16 (2.54%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (15.85%) SQL Server
2 21 (3.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 17 (2.69%) SQL Server 2008
4 15 (2.38%) SQL Server 2012
5 13 (2.06%) SQL Server 2016
6 12 (1.90%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (1.58%) QlikView
8 6 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (0.79%) MySQL
9 5 (0.79%) OLAP
9 5 (0.79%) Power BI
9 5 (0.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 4 (0.63%) Oracle Database
10 4 (0.63%) SQL Server 2005
11 3 (0.48%) Big Data
11 3 (0.48%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 3 (0.48%) Hadoop
11 3 (0.48%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 3 (0.48%) SQL Server 2014
11 3 (0.48%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 23 (3.65%) Team Foundation Server
2 19 (3.01%) Visual Studio
3 10 (1.58%) Octopus Deploy
4 9 (1.43%) Git (software)
5 7 (1.11%) HP UFT
6 4 (0.63%) JMeter
7 3 (0.48%) MSI
7 3 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (0.32%) InstallShield
8 2 (0.32%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.32%) Wise Package Studio
9 1 (0.16%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.16%) JIRA
9 1 (0.16%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.16%) YouTrack
General
1 98 (15.53%) Finance
2 28 (4.44%) Banking
3 16 (2.54%) Law
4 14 (2.22%) Manufacturing
5 12 (1.90%) Legal
6 11 (1.74%) Telecoms
7 9 (1.43%) Advertising
8 7 (1.11%) Automotive
8 7 (1.11%) Investment Banking
8 7 (1.11%) Marketing
9 6 (0.95%) Electronics
9 6 (0.95%) German Language
10 3 (0.48%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.48%) French Language
10 3 (0.48%) Local Government
11 2 (0.32%) Back Office
11 2 (0.32%) Billing
11 2 (0.32%) Dutch Language
11 2 (0.32%) Retail
11 2 (0.32%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 97 (15.37%) Architect
2 75 (11.89%) Analyst
2 75 (11.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 60 (9.51%) Desktop Support
4 54 (8.56%) Support Engineer
5 51 (8.08%) Consultant
6 36 (5.71%) 3rd Line Support
7 31 (4.91%) Systems Engineer
8 30 (4.75%) Support Analyst
9 28 (4.44%) Desktop Engineer
9 28 (4.44%) Windows Engineer
10 27 (4.28%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 25 (3.96%) Administrator
11 25 (3.96%) Developer
11 25 (3.96%) IT Support
11 25 (3.96%) Technical Architect
12 21 (3.33%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
13 19 (3.01%) 2nd Line Support
13 19 (3.01%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 18 (2.85%) Service Desk Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.49%) .NET
2 15 (2.38%) XML
3 9 (1.43%) Web Services
4 7 (1.11%) CSS
4 7 (1.11%) jQuery
4 7 (1.11%) XSLT
5 4 (0.63%) JSON
5 4 (0.63%) Software Packaging
6 3 (0.48%) 802.1X
6 3 (0.48%) Middleware
7 2 (0.32%) CGI
8 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.16%) MDX
8 1 (0.16%) WCF
8 1 (0.16%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 77 (12.20%) Data Centre
2 71 (11.25%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (6.81%) Blackberry
4 39 (6.18%) Clustering
5 30 (4.75%) Management Information System
6 22 (3.49%) Video Conferencing
7 21 (3.33%) Computer Science
7 21 (3.33%) PKI
8 20 (3.17%) Replication
9 16 (2.54%) Client/Server
10 14 (2.22%) Public Cloud
11 13 (2.06%) Cyberthreat
12 12 (1.90%) BYOD
12 12 (1.90%) NHS
13 7 (1.11%) EMC VNX
13 7 (1.11%) Smartphone
13 7 (1.11%) Virtual Team
14 6 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
14 6 (0.95%) Microsoft Licensing
14 6 (0.95%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 425 (67.35%) Windows
2 223 (35.34%) Windows Server
3 133 (21.08%) Windows Server 2012
4 125 (19.81%) Windows 7
5 108 (17.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 87 (13.79%) Windows 10
7 55 (8.72%) Linux
8 49 (7.77%) Windows Server 2003
9 28 (4.44%) Apple iOS
10 20 (3.17%) Windows 8
11 17 (2.69%) Unix
12 16 (2.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (1.27%) Android
14 7 (1.11%) Windows Vista
15 5 (0.79%) Solaris
16 4 (0.63%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.63%) Windows Phone
17 3 (0.48%) CentOS
17 3 (0.48%) Windows XP
18 2 (0.32%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 271 (42.95%) ITIL
2 80 (12.68%) Migration
3 64 (10.14%) PRINCE2
4 53 (8.40%) Disaster Recovery
5 51 (8.08%) Change Management
6 46 (7.29%) High Availability
7 44 (6.97%) TOGAF
8 42 (6.66%) ITIL V3
9 36 (5.71%) Agile Software Development
10 30 (4.75%) Service Management
11 29 (4.60%) Incident Management
11 29 (4.60%) Load Balancing
12 28 (4.44%) Performance Tuning
12 28 (4.44%) Service Delivery
13 26 (4.12%) Capacity Planning
13 26 (4.12%) Project Management
14 24 (3.80%) Problem Management
15 21 (3.33%) Business Intelligence
15 21 (3.33%) Time Management
16 19 (3.01%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 131 (20.76%) PowerShell
2 99 (15.69%) SQL
3 24 (3.80%) VBScript
4 22 (3.49%) Java
5 21 (3.33%) C#
6 18 (2.85%) JavaScript
7 16 (2.54%) T-SQL
8 9 (1.43%) VB
9 6 (0.95%) Shell Script
10 5 (0.79%) C
11 4 (0.63%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.32%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 2 (0.32%) Python
12 2 (0.32%) REXX
12 2 (0.32%) Ruby
12 2 (0.32%) Tcl
12 2 (0.32%) VBA
Qualifications
1 631 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 199 (31.54%) MCSA
3 139 (22.03%) MCP
4 135 (21.39%) Cisco Certification
5 108 (17.12%) CCNA
6 86 (13.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 77 (12.20%) MCITP
8 73 (11.57%) Degree
9 65 (10.30%) Security Cleared
10 53 (8.40%) MCDST
10 53 (8.40%) SC Cleared
11 40 (6.34%) CISSP
12 39 (6.18%) Citrix Certification
13 33 (5.23%) CCA
13 33 (5.23%) ITIL Certification
14 30 (4.75%) CCNP
15 25 (3.96%) CCIE
16 19 (3.01%) Computer Science Degree
16 19 (3.01%) MCSM
17 18 (2.85%) Microsoft Certified Architect
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (7.92%) SLA
2 18 (2.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.58%) PCI DSS
4 9 (1.43%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.32%) PMBOK
5 2 (0.32%) PMO
6 1 (0.16%) COBIT
6 1 (0.16%) GDPR
6 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 355 (56.26%) Active Directory
2 137 (21.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (12.04%) Hyper-V
4 48 (7.61%) vSphere
5 46 (7.29%) XenApp
6 35 (5.55%) VMware ESXi
7 24 (3.80%) Virtual Servers
8 20 (3.17%) XenDesktop
9 19 (3.01%) Virtual Desktop
10 17 (2.69%) Microsoft App-V
11 14 (2.22%) Terminal Services
11 14 (2.22%) Virtual Machines
12 10 (1.58%) XenServer
13 9 (1.43%) VMware Workstation
14 8 (1.27%) Brightmail
14 8 (1.27%) Docker
15 6 (0.95%) NFS
16 5 (0.79%) DFS Replication
16 5 (0.79%) vCloud
17 4 (0.63%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 131 (20.76%) SCCM
2 54 (8.56%) SCOM
3 28 (4.44%) Backup Exec
4 27 (4.28%) Norton AntiVirus
5 26 (4.12%) Microsoft Clustering
6 22 (3.49%) NetBackup
7 15 (2.38%) WSUS
8 14 (2.22%) Nessus
9 10 (1.58%) HP Data Protector
9 10 (1.58%) McAfee ePO
9 10 (1.58%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 10 (1.58%) vCenter Server
10 9 (1.43%) DameWare
10 9 (1.43%) Microsoft Intune
11 7 (1.11%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (1.11%) QRadar
12 6 (0.95%) AirWatch
12 6 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
13 5 (0.79%) Ansible
13 5 (0.79%) AppDNA
Vendors
1 396 (62.76%) Microsoft
2 230 (36.45%) VMware
3 163 (25.83%) Citrix
4 115 (18.23%) Cisco
5 78 (12.36%) HP
6 46 (7.29%) NetApp
7 45 (7.13%) Apple
8 39 (6.18%) Symantec
9 37 (5.86%) SolarWinds
10 34 (5.39%) Ivanti
11 33 (5.23%) CheckPoint
11 33 (5.23%) Oracle
12 28 (4.44%) Dell
13 25 (3.96%) Juniper
14 23 (3.65%) 3PAR
15 22 (3.49%) Fortinet
16 19 (3.01%) Bloomberg
16 19 (3.01%) McAfee
17 18 (2.85%) EMC
18 17 (2.69%) Reuters