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 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
UK
Rank 386 343 317
Rank change year-on-year -43 -26  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 224 308 352
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.58% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.41% 2.79% 3.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 170 209
Median daily rate £350 £315 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £190 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £519 £438 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £345 £300
% change year-on-year +1.44% +15.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 30 28
Median hourly rate £17.50 £21.25 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.64% +13.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.60 £9.45 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.40 £60.00 £51.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -22.09% +22.85%  

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 9304 11046 10508
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.80% 20.91% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5913 6885 5992
Median daily rate £420 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.43% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £259 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 443 403 472
Median hourly rate £29.92 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.21% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.30 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.02 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCSE as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -5 216 £350 +11.11% 120
London +24 88 £375 +25.00% 40
South East -24 52 £313 -10.71% 24
City of London +11 22 £323 +9.32% 8
East of England 0 18 £375 +42.85% 7
Yorkshire +14 15 £420 +17.89% 5
East Midlands -2 13 £300 +20.00% 9
Hampshire +3 12 £168 -58.64% 5
North West +8 11 £275 -8.33% 16
Berkshire -2 11 £394 +12.50% 5
Surrey 0 10 £275 -21.42% 11
West Yorkshire +4 9 £420 -1.17% 2
Cambridgeshire +9 8 £413 +175.00% 2
South West -6 8 £352 +0.57% 6
Kent - 6 £350 -
Manchester +16 5 £275 -17.91% 8
Cambridge +11 5 £413 - 1
Basingstoke +9 5 £110 -74.11% 1
Bristol +5 5 £352 -9.16% 1
North East -3 5 £290 +20.83% 3
Buckinghamshire -9 5 £500 +17.64% 3
Bracknell - 5 £513 -
West Midlands +9 4 £338 +11.57% 10
Leeds +3 4 £419 -1.47%
Newcastle upon Tyne 0 4 £290 +20.83% 1
Hertfordshire -2 4 - - 2
Northamptonshire -2 4 £250 -5.66% 2
Derbyshire -3 4 £550 - 1
Oxfordshire -6 4 £180 -44.61%
Tyne and Wear -10 4 £290 +20.83% 3

MCSE
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 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.

1 469 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 339 (72.28%) Windows
3 301 (64.18%) Microsoft
4 250 (53.30%) Active Directory
5 202 (43.07%) Windows Server
6 188 (40.09%) VMware
7 162 (34.54%) ITIL
8 149 (31.77%) Windows Server 2012
9 130 (27.72%) Windows Server 2008
10 116 (24.73%) Cisco Certification
11 109 (23.24%) VMware Infrastructure
12 108 (23.03%) Citrix
13 105 (22.39%) MCP
13 105 (22.39%) MS Exchange
14 101 (21.54%) MCSA
15 100 (21.32%) Cisco
16 97 (20.68%) MS Excel
17 94 (20.04%) CCNA
18 93 (19.83%) MCITP
19 89 (18.98%) PowerShell
19 89 (18.98%) Office 365
20 84 (17.91%) Windows Server 2003
20 84 (17.91%) Firewall
21 83 (17.70%) Microsoft Azure
22 82 (17.48%) Hyper-V
23 77 (16.42%) Windows 7
24 76 (16.20%) MS Office
25 74 (15.78%) WAN
26 72 (15.35%) SQL Server
27 71 (15.14%) LAN

MCSE
Top Related 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
1 105 (22.39%) MS Exchange
2 57 (12.15%) SharePoint
3 56 (11.94%) Skype for Business
4 55 (11.73%) Exchange Server 2010
5 36 (7.68%) IIS
6 32 (6.82%) Exchange Server 2013
7 16 (3.41%) SharePoint 2013
8 13 (2.77%) SharePoint 2010
9 11 (2.35%) Exchange Server 2007
10 9 (1.92%) Apache
11 8 (1.71%) Office Communications Server
12 4 (0.85%) IBM Notes
12 4 (0.85%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.43%) Confluence
14 2 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2003
14 2 (0.43%) GroupWise
14 2 (0.43%) MS Project Server
14 2 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
14 2 (0.43%) Umbraco
Applications
1 97 (20.68%) MS Excel
2 76 (16.20%) MS Office
3 13 (2.77%) MS Visio
4 8 (1.71%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.85%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.21%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.21%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.28%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.43%) Dynamics GP
3 2 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.21%) Eikon
4 1 (0.21%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.21%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 89 (18.98%) Office 365
2 83 (17.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (5.97%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (4.26%) IaaS
5 18 (3.84%) Azure Active Directory
6 15 (3.20%) PaaS
7 13 (2.77%) OneDrive
8 10 (2.13%) SaaS
9 8 (1.71%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (1.07%) GitHub
11 4 (0.85%) Mimecast
12 3 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
13 2 (0.43%) AWS OpsWorks
13 2 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.21%) AWS CloudTrail
14 1 (0.21%) G Suite
14 1 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 1 (0.21%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 84 (17.91%) Firewall
2 74 (15.78%) WAN
3 71 (15.14%) LAN
4 61 (13.01%) SAN
5 58 (12.37%) DNS
6 51 (10.87%) DHCP
7 39 (8.32%) Skype
7 39 (8.32%) TCP/IP
8 35 (7.46%) Internet
9 32 (6.82%) VPN
10 25 (5.33%) Wireless
11 23 (4.90%) VoIP
12 22 (4.69%) Remote Desktop
13 21 (4.48%) NAS
14 18 (3.84%) VLAN
15 16 (3.41%) Network Security
16 15 (3.20%) MPLS
17 14 (2.99%) Wi-Fi
18 11 (2.35%) SSL
18 11 (2.35%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (15.35%) SQL Server
2 25 (5.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 23 (4.90%) SQL Server 2012
4 15 (3.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 15 (3.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (2.99%) SQL Server 2014
6 11 (2.35%) SQL Server 2005
7 9 (1.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 7 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (1.28%) Oracle Database
10 5 (1.07%) Amazon RDS
10 5 (1.07%) Azure SQL Database
10 5 (1.07%) MySQL
11 4 (0.85%) DTS
11 4 (0.85%) Oracle Database 12c
12 3 (0.64%) Oracle Database 10g
12 3 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
12 3 (0.64%) Oracle9i Database
12 3 (0.64%) Power BI
12 3 (0.64%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 8 (1.71%) Git (software)
1 8 (1.71%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (1.49%) Jenkins
2 7 (1.49%) StarTeam
3 4 (0.85%) JIRA
3 4 (0.85%) TeamCity
4 3 (0.64%) CruiseControl
4 3 (0.64%) Octopus Deploy
4 3 (0.64%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.43%) Subversion
5 2 (0.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.21%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.21%) MSI
6 1 (0.21%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.21%) Visual Studio
General
1 66 (14.07%) Finance
2 20 (4.26%) Retail
3 19 (4.05%) Manufacturing
4 16 (3.41%) Banking
4 16 (3.41%) Telecoms
5 10 (2.13%) Legal
6 9 (1.92%) Back Office
7 6 (1.28%) Local Government
8 3 (0.64%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.64%) Law
8 3 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.43%) Advertising
9 2 (0.43%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.43%) Games
9 2 (0.43%) Military
10 1 (0.21%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 65 (13.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 54 (11.51%) Analyst
3 50 (10.66%) Support Engineer
4 46 (9.81%) Consultant
5 36 (7.68%) Architect
6 28 (5.97%) Systems Engineer
6 28 (5.97%) Windows Engineer
7 26 (5.54%) 2nd Line Support
8 25 (5.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 25 (5.33%) 3rd Line Support
8 25 (5.33%) Support Analyst
9 24 (5.12%) Desktop Support
10 23 (4.90%) IT Engineer
11 21 (4.48%) Administrator
12 20 (4.26%) Server Engineer
13 19 (4.05%) IT Support
14 16 (3.41%) Azure Consultant
15 14 (2.99%) Infrastructure Architect
15 14 (2.99%) Technical Architect
16 13 (2.77%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (2.56%) .NET
2 11 (2.35%) Web Services
3 7 (1.49%) ASP.NET
3 7 (1.49%) Middleware
4 6 (1.28%) WAP
5 4 (0.85%) REST
5 4 (0.85%) SAML
5 4 (0.85%) SOAP
5 4 (0.85%) WCF
6 3 (0.64%) HTML
6 3 (0.64%) Software Packaging
6 3 (0.64%) WF
7 2 (0.43%) J2EE
7 2 (0.43%) JSP
7 2 (0.43%) Servlets
8 1 (0.21%) ActiveX
8 1 (0.21%) COM
8 1 (0.21%) CSS
8 1 (0.21%) FIX Protocol
8 1 (0.21%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 51 (10.87%) Data Centre
2 48 (10.23%) Clustering
3 33 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
4 29 (6.18%) Management Information System
5 24 (5.12%) Blackberry
6 19 (4.05%) Computer Science
6 19 (4.05%) Replication
7 18 (3.84%) NHS
8 17 (3.62%) Video Conferencing
9 12 (2.56%) iPad
10 11 (2.35%) PKI
11 8 (1.71%) Client/Server
11 8 (1.71%) Life Science
12 7 (1.49%) User Experience
13 6 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (1.28%) EPoS
13 6 (1.28%) Public Cloud
13 6 (1.28%) Smartphone
14 5 (1.07%) Fat Client
14 5 (1.07%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 339 (72.28%) Windows
2 202 (43.07%) Windows Server
3 149 (31.77%) Windows Server 2012
4 130 (27.72%) Windows Server 2008
5 84 (17.91%) Windows Server 2003
6 77 (16.42%) Windows 7
7 61 (13.01%) Linux
8 35 (7.46%) Windows 10
9 20 (4.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 20 (4.26%) Windows 8
10 19 (4.05%) Unix
11 18 (3.84%) Android
12 17 (3.62%) Windows XP
13 16 (3.41%) Apple iOS
14 7 (1.49%) AIX
15 6 (1.28%) Mac OS X
15 6 (1.28%) Solaris
16 3 (0.64%) CentOS
16 3 (0.64%) SUSE
17 2 (0.43%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (34.54%) ITIL
2 53 (11.30%) Migration
3 42 (8.96%) Change Management
4 37 (7.89%) Disaster Recovery
5 30 (6.40%) ITIL V3
6 27 (5.76%) Project Management
7 26 (5.54%) Service Management
8 22 (4.69%) Problem Management
8 22 (4.69%) Service Delivery
9 20 (4.26%) Mobile Device Management
10 19 (4.05%) DevOps
10 19 (4.05%) Performance Monitoring
10 19 (4.05%) Time Management
11 18 (3.84%) Agile Software Development
12 16 (3.41%) Continuous Improvement
12 16 (3.41%) Identity Management
12 16 (3.41%) PRINCE2
13 15 (3.20%) Stakeholder Management
14 14 (2.99%) Configuration Management
14 14 (2.99%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 89 (18.98%) PowerShell
2 66 (14.07%) SQL
3 12 (2.56%) Python
4 11 (2.35%) Bash Shell
5 8 (1.71%) T-SQL
6 7 (1.49%) C#
6 7 (1.49%) JavaScript
7 6 (1.28%) Perl
7 6 (1.28%) Ruby
7 6 (1.28%) VBScript
8 5 (1.07%) C
9 4 (0.85%) Java
10 2 (0.43%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.21%) C++
11 1 (0.21%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 1 (0.21%) PHP
11 1 (0.21%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.21%) VB
11 1 (0.21%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.21%) X++
Qualifications
1 469 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 116 (24.73%) Cisco Certification
3 105 (22.39%) MCP
4 101 (21.54%) MCSA
5 94 (20.04%) CCNA
6 93 (19.83%) MCITP
7 52 (11.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 50 (10.66%) Security Cleared
9 47 (10.02%) Degree
10 34 (7.25%) SC Cleared
11 32 (6.82%) Citrix Certification
11 32 (6.82%) MCTS
12 24 (5.12%) CCNP
13 22 (4.69%) CCA
14 21 (4.48%) ITIL Certification
15 17 (3.62%) MCDST
16 16 (3.41%) CCIE
17 13 (2.77%) MCSD
18 11 (2.35%) RHCE
19 10 (2.13%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (5.76%) SLA
2 10 (2.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.28%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.07%) QA
5 3 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.64%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.21%) GCP
6 1 (0.21%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.21%) PMO
6 1 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 250 (53.30%) Active Directory
2 109 (23.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 82 (17.48%) Hyper-V
4 34 (7.25%) vSphere
5 22 (4.69%) XenApp
6 17 (3.62%) VMware ESXi
7 15 (3.20%) VMware ESX
8 13 (2.77%) Virtual Servers
9 9 (1.92%) Virtual Machines
9 9 (1.92%) XenDesktop
10 7 (1.49%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 6 (1.28%) Firmware
11 6 (1.28%) VMware Server
12 5 (1.07%) Docker
12 5 (1.07%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (1.07%) NDS
12 5 (1.07%) Terminal Server
12 5 (1.07%) Terminal Services
12 5 (1.07%) UAG
13 4 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 69 (14.71%) SCCM
2 30 (6.40%) NetBackup
3 29 (6.18%) SCOM
4 18 (3.84%) Puppet
5 15 (3.20%) Microsoft Clustering
6 14 (2.99%) Backup Exec
7 11 (2.35%) Nessus
7 11 (2.35%) Opscode Chef
7 11 (2.35%) WSUS
8 10 (2.13%) AirWatch
9 9 (1.92%) McAfee ePO
10 8 (1.71%) Failover Clustering
10 8 (1.71%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 7 (1.49%) Ansible
11 7 (1.49%) Netcool
11 7 (1.49%) vMotion
12 6 (1.28%) SCVMM
12 6 (1.28%) WMI
12 6 (1.28%) XenMobile
13 5 (1.07%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 301 (64.18%) Microsoft
2 188 (40.09%) VMware
3 108 (23.03%) Citrix
4 100 (21.32%) Cisco
5 50 (10.66%) HP
6 38 (8.10%) NetApp
7 28 (5.97%) Oracle
8 26 (5.54%) SolarWinds
9 23 (4.90%) EMC
10 21 (4.48%) Apple
11 17 (3.62%) Veritas
12 16 (3.41%) Intel Security
13 15 (3.20%) Red Hat
14 14 (2.99%) Symantec
15 13 (2.77%) CheckPoint
16 12 (2.56%) 3PAR
16 12 (2.56%) Sophos
17 11 (2.35%) LANDesk
17 11 (2.35%) Palo Alto
18 9 (1.92%) Dell
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Woking
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Rate: £18000 - £22000 per annum
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Rate: £420 - £480 per day
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Rate: £400 - £420 per day
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Rate: £200 - £210 per day
Posted: 14 days ago