Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 383 394 405
Rank change year-on-year +11 +11 -105
Contract jobs citing MCSE 617 569 628
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.59% 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.26% 2.86% 2.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 361 350
UK median daily rate £350 £338 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +7.14% -3.08%
10th Percentile £160 £160 £150
90th Percentile £541 £519 £476
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £323
% change year-on-year +6.06% +2.09% -0.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 31 68
UK median hourly rate £16.58 £17.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% -7.89% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.39 £13.75 £8.75
90th Percentile £24.82 £27.50 £45.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.01 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -8.54% -12.50% +4.14%

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 18,943 19,863 22,495
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.82% 20.71% 20.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,583 12,574 13,763
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 845 921 1,001
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% - +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.60 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.22 £27.50 £30.17
% change year-on-year -4.67% -8.85% +54.72%

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 24 February 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 24 February 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 24 February 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 +16 577 £346 -1.14% 266
UK excluding London +29 402 £350 +6.06% 204
London -2 210 £336 -1.10% 83
South East +37 167 £350 -7.28% 59
Midlands +38 66 £350 +6.06% 41
North of England -18 64 £350 +6.06% 50
East of England -10 55 £300 - 15
East Midlands +14 38 £350 +4.48% 27
West Midlands +20 28 £400 +21.21% 14
Yorkshire +14 28 £313 -21.88% 23
North West +5 24 £475 +55.10% 21
Scotland -49 20 £350 +17.65% 11
Wales +15 16 £375 -16.67% 8
North East +16 14 £365 +10.61% 6
South West +12 14 £475 +48.44% 18

For the 6 months to 24 February 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.

1 617 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 416 (67.42%) Windows
3 388 (62.88%) Microsoft
4 359 (58.18%) Active Directory
5 259 (41.98%) ITIL
6 238 (38.57%) VMware
7 229 (37.12%) Windows Server
8 207 (33.55%) MCSA
9 198 (32.09%) Office 365
10 149 (24.15%) Windows Server 2012
10 149 (24.15%) MCP
11 147 (23.82%) Microsoft Azure
12 143 (23.18%) MS Exchange
13 135 (21.88%) PowerShell
14 133 (21.56%) VMware Infrastructure
15 130 (21.07%) Cisco Certification
16 129 (20.91%) Citrix
17 128 (20.75%) SCCM
18 110 (17.83%) Cisco
19 109 (17.67%) DNS
20 104 (16.86%) CCNA
21 102 (16.53%) SQL
21 102 (16.53%) Windows 7
22 98 (15.88%) MCITP
23 97 (15.72%) Windows Server 2008
24 88 (14.26%) DHCP
25 86 (13.94%) WAN
25 86 (13.94%) Firewall
26 85 (13.78%) Finance
26 85 (13.78%) SQL Server

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
1 143 (23.18%) MS Exchange
2 80 (12.97%) SharePoint
3 55 (8.91%) Skype for Business
4 50 (8.10%) Exchange Server 2010
5 33 (5.35%) Exchange Server 2013
6 31 (5.02%) Exchange Server 2007
7 26 (4.21%) IIS
8 25 (4.05%) SharePoint 2013
9 14 (2.27%) SharePoint 2010
10 8 (1.30%) OpenStack
11 7 (1.13%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.65%) Apache
13 3 (0.49%) IBM Domino
14 2 (0.32%) CMS
14 2 (0.32%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.32%) WebSphere
15 1 (0.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 1 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2003
15 1 (0.16%) JBoss
Applications
1 82 (13.29%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (1.94%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.62%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.16%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.16%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 3 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.49%) Eikon
2 2 (0.32%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.32%) Workfront
3 1 (0.16%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.16%) PeopleSoft HRMS
3 1 (0.16%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 198 (32.09%) Office 365
2 147 (23.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 46 (7.46%) Amazon AWS
4 33 (5.35%) Azure Active Directory
5 15 (2.43%) Mimecast
6 14 (2.27%) IaaS
7 13 (2.11%) OneDrive
7 13 (2.11%) PaaS
8 10 (1.62%) SaaS
9 6 (0.97%) G Suite
10 4 (0.65%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.65%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.65%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.16%) Akamai
12 1 (0.16%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.16%) OpenShift
12 1 (0.16%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 109 (17.67%) DNS
2 88 (14.26%) DHCP
3 86 (13.94%) Firewall
3 86 (13.94%) WAN
4 84 (13.61%) LAN
5 81 (13.13%) TCP/IP
6 76 (12.32%) SAN
7 53 (8.59%) VPN
8 46 (7.46%) Skype
9 43 (6.97%) Internet
10 35 (5.67%) VoIP
11 25 (4.05%) NAS
12 23 (3.73%) Unified Communications
13 20 (3.24%) iSCSI
13 20 (3.24%) MPLS
14 18 (2.92%) BGP
14 18 (2.92%) Cisco Nexus
15 16 (2.59%) OSPF
16 15 (2.43%) VPLS
17 14 (2.27%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (13.78%) SQL Server
2 25 (4.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 17 (2.76%) SQL Server 2008
4 14 (2.27%) SQL Server 2012
4 14 (2.27%) SQL Server 2016
5 13 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
6 9 (1.46%) QlikView
7 8 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 7 (1.13%) Power BI
9 6 (0.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 5 (0.81%) Big Data
10 5 (0.81%) MySQL
10 5 (0.81%) OLAP
11 4 (0.65%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 4 (0.65%) Oracle Database
11 4 (0.65%) SSDT
12 3 (0.49%) Hadoop
12 3 (0.49%) Relational Database
12 3 (0.49%) SQL Server 2005
12 3 (0.49%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 13 (2.11%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (1.94%) Visual Studio
3 9 (1.46%) Octopus Deploy
4 4 (0.65%) HP UFT
4 4 (0.65%) JMeter
5 3 (0.49%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.49%) MSI
5 3 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 3 (0.49%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.32%) InstallShield
6 2 (0.32%) JIRA
6 2 (0.32%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.16%) CruiseControl
General
1 85 (13.78%) Finance
2 22 (3.57%) Banking
3 15 (2.43%) Telecoms
4 13 (2.11%) Manufacturing
5 12 (1.94%) Law
6 10 (1.62%) Legal
7 8 (1.30%) Advertising
8 7 (1.13%) Marketing
9 6 (0.97%) Electronics
9 6 (0.97%) German Language
9 6 (0.97%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.81%) Local Government
11 4 (0.65%) Retail
12 3 (0.49%) Automotive
12 3 (0.49%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.49%) French Language
13 2 (0.32%) Back Office
13 2 (0.32%) Billing
13 2 (0.32%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.32%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 95 (15.40%) Architect
2 71 (11.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 67 (10.86%) Analyst
4 54 (8.75%) Consultant
5 48 (7.78%) Support Engineer
6 45 (7.29%) Desktop Support
6 45 (7.29%) Windows Engineer
7 29 (4.70%) Systems Engineer
8 27 (4.38%) 3rd Line Support
8 27 (4.38%) Developer
9 26 (4.21%) Technical Architect
10 24 (3.89%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 24 (3.89%) Support Analyst
11 23 (3.73%) Azure Consultant
12 21 (3.40%) Desktop Engineer
13 20 (3.24%) Administrator
13 20 (3.24%) Azure Architect
13 20 (3.24%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
14 17 (2.76%) Infrastructure Architect
14 17 (2.76%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (2.43%) .NET
2 10 (1.62%) Web Services
3 8 (1.30%) XML
4 7 (1.13%) LDAP
5 6 (0.97%) 802.1X
6 5 (0.81%) Software Packaging
7 4 (0.65%) JSON
8 2 (0.32%) AngularJS
8 2 (0.32%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.32%) CGI
8 2 (0.32%) Node.js
8 2 (0.32%) React
8 2 (0.32%) REST
9 1 (0.16%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 1 (0.16%) WCF
9 1 (0.16%) WF
9 1 (0.16%) XMPP
9 1 (0.16%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 74 (11.99%) Analytical Skills
2 72 (11.67%) Data Centre
3 36 (5.83%) Clustering
4 29 (4.70%) Management Information System
5 23 (3.73%) Blackberry
6 21 (3.40%) Replication
7 18 (2.92%) PKI
8 16 (2.59%) Computer Science
9 15 (2.43%) NHS
10 13 (2.11%) Video Conferencing
11 11 (1.78%) Mobile App
12 10 (1.62%) Public Cloud
13 9 (1.46%) Cyberthreat
13 9 (1.46%) EMC VNX
13 9 (1.46%) Smartphone
14 7 (1.13%) Client/Server
14 7 (1.13%) Virtual Team
15 6 (0.97%) BYOD
15 6 (0.97%) Microsoft Licensing
16 5 (0.81%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 416 (67.42%) Windows
2 229 (37.12%) Windows Server
3 149 (24.15%) Windows Server 2012
4 102 (16.53%) Windows 7
5 97 (15.72%) Windows Server 2008
6 82 (13.29%) Windows 10
7 57 (9.24%) Windows Server 2003
8 46 (7.46%) Linux
9 23 (3.73%) Windows 8
10 15 (2.43%) Unix
11 10 (1.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 9 (1.46%) Windows Vista
13 7 (1.13%) Apple iOS
14 6 (0.97%) Android
14 6 (0.97%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.49%) CatOS
15 3 (0.49%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.32%) CentOS
16 2 (0.32%) Solaris
16 2 (0.32%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 259 (41.98%) ITIL
2 72 (11.67%) Migration
3 55 (8.91%) PRINCE2
4 47 (7.62%) ITIL V3
5 45 (7.29%) Change Management
6 44 (7.13%) Disaster Recovery
7 43 (6.97%) TOGAF
8 32 (5.19%) High Availability
9 31 (5.02%) Incident Management
10 30 (4.86%) Service Management
11 29 (4.70%) Agile Software Development
12 27 (4.38%) Business Intelligence
12 27 (4.38%) Problem Management
13 26 (4.21%) Load Balancing
13 26 (4.21%) Performance Tuning
14 25 (4.05%) Configuration Management
14 25 (4.05%) Service Delivery
15 21 (3.40%) Network Architecture
15 21 (3.40%) Project Management
16 20 (3.24%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 135 (21.88%) PowerShell
2 102 (16.53%) SQL
3 22 (3.57%) T-SQL
4 21 (3.40%) VBScript
5 18 (2.92%) Shell Script
6 14 (2.27%) C#
6 14 (2.27%) JavaScript
7 8 (1.30%) Java
8 7 (1.13%) VB
9 6 (0.97%) C
10 4 (0.65%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.49%) VBA
12 2 (0.32%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 2 (0.32%) Python
12 2 (0.32%) Ruby
12 2 (0.32%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 617 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 207 (33.55%) MCSA
3 149 (24.15%) MCP
4 130 (21.07%) Cisco Certification
5 104 (16.86%) CCNA
6 98 (15.88%) MCITP
7 79 (12.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 64 (10.37%) Degree
9 62 (10.05%) Security Cleared
10 50 (8.10%) SC Cleared
11 39 (6.32%) CISSP
12 36 (5.83%) MCDST
13 32 (5.19%) Citrix Certification
14 30 (4.86%) ITIL Certification
15 29 (4.70%) CCNP
16 26 (4.21%) CCA
17 25 (4.05%) CCIE
18 19 (3.08%) DV Cleared
19 14 (2.27%) MCTS
20 13 (2.11%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (8.75%) SLA
2 15 (2.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.46%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.65%) QA
5 3 (0.49%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.32%) PMBOK
6 2 (0.32%) PMO
7 1 (0.16%) GDPR
System Software
1 359 (58.18%) Active Directory
2 133 (21.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 71 (11.51%) Hyper-V
4 47 (7.62%) vSphere
5 40 (6.48%) VMware ESXi
6 34 (5.51%) XenApp
7 18 (2.92%) Terminal Services
8 14 (2.27%) Virtual Desktop
8 14 (2.27%) XenDesktop
9 13 (2.11%) Microsoft App-V
9 13 (2.11%) Virtual Machines
10 11 (1.78%) VMware Workstation
11 9 (1.46%) Docker
11 9 (1.46%) XenServer
12 8 (1.30%) Brightmail
13 6 (0.97%) NFS
13 6 (0.97%) Virtual Servers
14 5 (0.81%) DFS Replication
14 5 (0.81%) vCloud
15 4 (0.65%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 128 (20.75%) SCCM
2 47 (7.62%) SCOM
3 31 (5.02%) Microsoft Clustering
4 26 (4.21%) Backup Exec
4 26 (4.21%) Nessus
5 24 (3.89%) NetBackup
6 23 (3.73%) Norton AntiVirus
7 16 (2.59%) WSUS
8 11 (1.78%) HP Data Protector
8 11 (1.78%) vCenter Server
9 9 (1.46%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 8 (1.30%) DameWare
10 8 (1.30%) EMC NetWorker
10 8 (1.30%) McAfee ePO
10 8 (1.30%) Microsoft Intune
10 8 (1.30%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (1.13%) QRadar
12 5 (0.81%) AirWatch
12 5 (0.81%) Ansible
12 5 (0.81%) vRealize
Vendors
1 388 (62.88%) Microsoft
2 238 (38.57%) VMware
3 129 (20.91%) Citrix
4 110 (17.83%) Cisco
5 67 (10.86%) HP
6 56 (9.08%) SolarWinds
7 45 (7.29%) Ivanti
8 42 (6.81%) NetApp
9 35 (5.67%) Shavlik
9 35 (5.67%) Symantec
10 33 (5.35%) CheckPoint
11 29 (4.70%) Dell
12 26 (4.21%) Apple
13 22 (3.57%) EMC
13 22 (3.57%) McAfee
14 20 (3.24%) 3PAR
15 19 (3.08%) Fortinet
16 18 (2.92%) Avaya
16 18 (2.92%) Juniper
17 17 (2.76%) IBM