Period
to 24 July 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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 435 346 313
Rank change year-on-year -89 -33 -4
Contract jobs citing MCSE 467 763 852
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 0.69% 0.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.52% 3.23% 3.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 474 516
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +1.56% +2.40%
10th Percentile £146 £195 £150
90th Percentile £538 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £321
% change year-on-year - +1.29% +11.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 64 78
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £21.17 £20.82
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.04% +1.64% +18.99%
10th Percentile £11.25 £9.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £24.11 £44.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £21.33 £21.35
% change year-on-year -22.64% -0.08% +35.54%

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18524 23591 22136
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.48% 21.44% 19.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 11364 14772 12871
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £225
90th Percentile £588 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 947 827 1090
UK median hourly rate £29.92 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.86% +24.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.04 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +24.44% +9.76%

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 July 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 24 July 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 24 July 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 -33 442 £350 +6.06% 107
UK excluding London -73 307 £325 - 75
London -21 152 £388 +17.42% 39
South East -28 112 £328 -6.43% 26
East of England +14 62 £363 +57.61% 8
North of England -9 49 £394 +26.40% 21
Midlands +11 46 £325 - 7
East Midlands -5 29 £288 +4.55% 2
North West +14 21 £331 +6.00% 15
South West -11 21 £350 -9.68% 6
West Midlands +14 17 £350 -4.11% 5
Yorkshire +24 14 £420 +12.00% 6
North East +1 14 £400 +29.03%
Scotland -57 9 £335 +7.63% 6
Wales -1 7 £148 -57.86% 1
Northern Ireland -46 2 £250 -

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 467 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 339 (72.59%) Windows
3 276 (59.10%) Microsoft
4 240 (51.39%) Active Directory
5 177 (37.90%) Windows Server
6 160 (34.26%) VMware
7 141 (30.19%) ITIL
7 141 (30.19%) Office 365
8 139 (29.76%) Windows Server 2012
9 122 (26.12%) Microsoft Azure
10 117 (25.05%) MS Exchange
11 109 (23.34%) Citrix
11 109 (23.34%) PowerShell
12 105 (22.48%) VMware Infrastructure
13 99 (21.20%) MCSA
14 98 (20.99%) SQL Server
15 96 (20.56%) Hyper-V
16 94 (20.13%) Windows Server 2008
17 91 (19.49%) MCP
18 90 (19.27%) MCITP
19 89 (19.06%) Cisco
20 85 (18.20%) HP
21 82 (17.56%) Cisco Certification
22 81 (17.34%) Migration
23 80 (17.13%) SQL
23 80 (17.13%) SCCM
24 78 (16.70%) Windows 10
25 76 (16.27%) Microsoft Office
26 70 (14.99%) Windows 7
27 65 (13.92%) CCNA

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
1 117 (25.05%) MS Exchange
2 55 (11.78%) Exchange Server 2010
3 50 (10.71%) Skype for Business
4 41 (8.78%) SharePoint
5 35 (7.49%) Exchange Server 2013
6 24 (5.14%) IIS
7 11 (2.36%) Apache
7 11 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (2.14%) SharePoint 2010
9 9 (1.93%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (1.50%) SharePoint Server
11 5 (1.07%) IBM Notes
11 5 (1.07%) Office Communications Server
12 4 (0.86%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.64%) CMS
13 3 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2003
13 3 (0.64%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.43%) WordPress
Applications
1 76 (16.27%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (4.71%) MS Visio
3 17 (3.64%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (1.07%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.86%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.21%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 5 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.43%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.21%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 141 (30.19%) Office 365
2 122 (26.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 46 (9.85%) Amazon AWS
4 23 (4.93%) Azure Active Directory
5 19 (4.07%) IaaS
6 11 (2.36%) PaaS
7 10 (2.14%) SaaS
8 9 (1.93%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.28%) Yammer
10 4 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (0.86%) G Suite
11 3 (0.64%) GitHub
12 2 (0.43%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.21%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.21%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.21%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.21%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 62 (13.28%) SAN
2 59 (12.63%) Firewall
3 57 (12.21%) DNS
4 48 (10.28%) DHCP
5 38 (8.14%) LAN
5 38 (8.14%) WAN
6 37 (7.92%) Skype
7 29 (6.21%) TCP/IP
8 24 (5.14%) NAS
9 23 (4.93%) VPN
10 22 (4.71%) VoIP
11 20 (4.28%) Wireless
12 16 (3.43%) Remote Desktop
13 12 (2.57%) Network Security
14 10 (2.14%) VLAN
15 8 (1.71%) Unified Communications
16 7 (1.50%) BIG-IP
16 7 (1.50%) NetScaler
16 7 (1.50%) Wi-Fi
17 5 (1.07%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (20.99%) SQL Server
2 42 (8.99%) SQL Server 2012
3 35 (7.49%) SQL Server 2008
4 21 (4.50%) SQL Server 2005
5 18 (3.85%) SQL Server 2016
6 15 (3.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 14 (3.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 9 (1.93%) QlikView
8 9 (1.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 8 (1.71%) Big Data
9 8 (1.71%) Data Warehouse
9 8 (1.71%) Hadoop
9 8 (1.71%) SQL Server 2014
10 6 (1.28%) OLAP
10 6 (1.28%) OLTP
11 4 (0.86%) MySQL
11 4 (0.86%) SQL Server 2000
12 2 (0.43%) DTS
12 2 (0.43%) MS Access
12 2 (0.43%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 14 (3.00%) Visual Studio
2 10 (2.14%) Octopus Deploy
2 10 (2.14%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.64%) Eclipse
3 3 (0.64%) StarTeam
3 3 (0.64%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.43%) CruiseControl
4 2 (0.43%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.43%) HP UFT
4 2 (0.43%) JIRA
4 2 (0.43%) MSI
4 2 (0.43%) Subversion
4 2 (0.43%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (0.43%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.21%) YouTrack
General
1 59 (12.63%) Finance
2 21 (4.50%) Banking
3 19 (4.07%) Manufacturing
4 13 (2.78%) Law
5 12 (2.57%) Investment Banking
6 9 (1.93%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.71%) Retail
8 6 (1.28%) Aerospace
9 5 (1.07%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.86%) Legal
11 3 (0.64%) Local Government
12 2 (0.43%) Automotive
12 2 (0.43%) Electronics
12 2 (0.43%) French Language
12 2 (0.43%) Marketing
13 1 (0.21%) Back Office
13 1 (0.21%) Front Office
13 1 (0.21%) Games
13 1 (0.21%) Military
Job Titles
1 64 (13.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 59 (12.63%) Architect
3 53 (11.35%) Support Engineer
4 52 (11.13%) Analyst
5 41 (8.78%) Desktop Support
6 39 (8.35%) Consultant
7 28 (6.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 28 (6.00%) Support Analyst
8 26 (5.57%) 2nd Line Support
9 23 (4.93%) Server Engineer
10 19 (4.07%) Technical Architect
11 17 (3.64%) Desktop Engineer
11 17 (3.64%) Windows Engineer
12 15 (3.21%) Active Directory Engineer
12 15 (3.21%) Administrator
12 15 (3.21%) Network Engineer
13 14 (3.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 14 (3.00%) IT Engineer
14 13 (2.78%) Service Analyst
14 13 (2.78%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (4.07%) .NET
2 7 (1.50%) WAP
3 6 (1.28%) ASP.NET
3 6 (1.28%) MDX
3 6 (1.28%) XML
4 5 (1.07%) CSS
4 5 (1.07%) jQuery
4 5 (1.07%) XSLT
5 3 (0.64%) 802.1X
5 3 (0.64%) HTML
5 3 (0.64%) Middleware
5 3 (0.64%) SAML
5 3 (0.64%) Software Packaging
5 3 (0.64%) WCF
6 2 (0.43%) J2EE
6 2 (0.43%) JSON
6 2 (0.43%) JSP
6 2 (0.43%) Servlets
6 2 (0.43%) Web Services
6 2 (0.43%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 59 (12.63%) Data Centre
2 37 (7.92%) Clustering
3 36 (7.71%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (5.35%) Computer Science
5 22 (4.71%) Management Information System
6 18 (3.85%) Blackberry
6 18 (3.85%) Private Cloud
7 16 (3.43%) Video Conferencing
8 14 (3.00%) BYOD
8 14 (3.00%) Replication
9 11 (2.36%) PKI
10 8 (1.71%) iPad
10 8 (1.71%) Life Science
11 5 (1.07%) CMDB
12 4 (0.86%) EPoS
12 4 (0.86%) HP Storage
12 4 (0.86%) NHS
12 4 (0.86%) Security Operations Centre
13 3 (0.64%) Public Cloud
13 3 (0.64%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 339 (72.59%) Windows
2 177 (37.90%) Windows Server
3 139 (29.76%) Windows Server 2012
4 94 (20.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 78 (16.70%) Windows 10
6 70 (14.99%) Windows 7
7 60 (12.85%) Windows Server 2003
8 49 (10.49%) Linux
9 22 (4.71%) Unix
10 19 (4.07%) Windows 8
11 16 (3.43%) Android
12 14 (3.00%) Windows XP
13 13 (2.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 11 (2.36%) Windows Vista
15 9 (1.93%) Solaris
16 8 (1.71%) Apple iOS
16 8 (1.71%) Mac OS X
17 6 (1.28%) VMS
17 6 (1.28%) Windows Phone
18 4 (0.86%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (30.19%) ITIL
2 81 (17.34%) Migration
3 44 (9.42%) Change Management
4 37 (7.92%) Project Management
5 30 (6.42%) PRINCE2
6 29 (6.21%) ITIL V3
7 28 (6.00%) Service Delivery
8 27 (5.78%) DevOps
8 27 (5.78%) Disaster Recovery
9 26 (5.57%) Service Management
10 24 (5.14%) TOGAF
11 23 (4.93%) Agile Software Development
12 22 (4.71%) High Availability
13 21 (4.50%) Virtual Environments
13 21 (4.50%) Virtual Infrastructure
14 15 (3.21%) Asset Management
14 15 (3.21%) ITSM
15 14 (3.00%) Data Security
15 14 (3.00%) Incident Management
15 14 (3.00%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 109 (23.34%) PowerShell
2 80 (17.13%) SQL
3 12 (2.57%) C#
4 11 (2.36%) VBScript
5 10 (2.14%) JavaScript
6 6 (1.28%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
6 6 (1.28%) T-SQL
7 5 (1.07%) Bash Shell
7 5 (1.07%) C
7 5 (1.07%) Java
7 5 (1.07%) Python
7 5 (1.07%) VB
8 4 (0.86%) Perl
8 4 (0.86%) Ruby
9 2 (0.43%) REXX
9 2 (0.43%) Tcl
10 1 (0.21%) C++
10 1 (0.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 467 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 99 (21.20%) MCSA
3 91 (19.49%) MCP
4 90 (19.27%) MCITP
5 82 (17.56%) Cisco Certification
6 65 (13.92%) CCNA
7 58 (12.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 49 (10.49%) Security Cleared
9 42 (8.99%) Degree
10 40 (8.57%) SC Cleared
11 28 (6.00%) MCTS
12 21 (4.50%) Computer Science Degree
13 20 (4.28%) DV Cleared
14 18 (3.85%) ITIL Certification
15 15 (3.21%) A+ Certification
15 15 (3.21%) CCNP
16 14 (3.00%) MCDST
17 13 (2.78%) CISSP
18 12 (2.57%) Citrix Certification
19 11 (2.36%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (6.21%) SLA
2 11 (2.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.93%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.64%) QA
4 3 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.21%) COBIT
5 1 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 240 (51.39%) Active Directory
2 105 (22.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 96 (20.56%) Hyper-V
4 28 (6.00%) XenApp
5 22 (4.71%) Virtual Machines
6 18 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
7 17 (3.64%) vSphere
8 15 (3.21%) Microsoft App-V
9 14 (3.00%) Virtual Servers
10 10 (2.14%) VMware Workstation
10 10 (2.14%) XenDesktop
11 5 (1.07%) BitLocker
11 5 (1.07%) Firmware
11 5 (1.07%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 3 (0.64%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
13 2 (0.43%) UAG
14 1 (0.21%) DFS Replication
14 1 (0.21%) Docker
14 1 (0.21%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 80 (17.13%) SCCM
2 48 (10.28%) SCOM
3 14 (3.00%) Microsoft Clustering
4 10 (2.14%) NetBackup
5 9 (1.93%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 9 (1.93%) WSUS
6 8 (1.71%) AirWatch
6 8 (1.71%) Failover Clustering
7 7 (1.50%) Backup Exec
7 7 (1.50%) vCenter Server
8 6 (1.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 5 (1.07%) CA Single Sign-On
9 5 (1.07%) Microsoft Intune
9 5 (1.07%) Puppet
9 5 (1.07%) SCVMM
9 5 (1.07%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 4 (0.86%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (0.86%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.86%) XenMobile
11 3 (0.64%) Netcool
Vendors
1 276 (59.10%) Microsoft
2 160 (34.26%) VMware
3 109 (23.34%) Citrix
4 89 (19.06%) Cisco
5 85 (18.20%) HP
6 31 (6.64%) NetApp
7 23 (4.93%) Dell
8 18 (3.85%) Oracle
9 16 (3.43%) Sophos
10 15 (3.21%) 3PAR
10 15 (3.21%) Apple
10 15 (3.21%) AppSense
10 15 (3.21%) CheckPoint
10 15 (3.21%) SolarWinds
11 13 (2.78%) McAfee
11 13 (2.78%) ServiceNow
12 12 (2.57%) Remedy
12 12 (2.57%) Symantec
13 11 (2.36%) Red Hat
13 11 (2.36%) Sun
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