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 27 May 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
3 months to
27 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 383 299 308
Rank change year-on-year -84 +9  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 217 420 387
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.77% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.44% 3.56% 3.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 258 243
Median daily rate £338 £333 £311
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.50% +6.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £300
% change year-on-year -1.51% +10.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 29 34
Median hourly rate £16.25 £21.33 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.81% -1.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.95 £10.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.52 £43.00 £32.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £21.33 £21.55
% change year-on-year -22.64% -1.02%  

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 8884 11794 10603
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.51% 21.62% 19.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 5383 7316 6073
Median daily rate £428 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.00% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +9.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 420 541
Median hourly rate £31.50 £32.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.07% +44.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £49.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.85 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.00% +55.55%  

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 27 May 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 3 months to 27 May 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 27 May 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 -36 208 £338 -0.73% 103
London +18 76 £381 +1.66% 30
South East -30 47 £325 -17.72% 13
East of England +25 34 £350 +92.30% 13
Hertfordshire +19 15 £363 -17.14% 8
Kent +18 15 £338 -12.90% 5
Cambridgeshire +15 14 £550 +239.50% 4
City of London -3 13 £310 -29.54% 8
East Midlands -7 13 £288 -9.80% 7
Watford - 12 £320 - 4
Hampshire +13 10 £315 -22.46%
North West +17 9 £525 +90.90% 18
West Midlands +15 9 £325 +13.04% 5
South West -4 8 £352 -36.00% 10
Dover - 8 - -
Northampton +6 7 £294 -26.56%
Northamptonshire +3 7 £294 -22.95%
Tyne and Wear +13 6 £324 +3.51% 1
Berkshire +3 6 £345 -8.00%
North East +3 6 £324 +3.51% 1
Surrey -22 6 £325 -16.12% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne +14 5 £312 -0.31% 1
Yorkshire +5 5 £373 +29.56% 6
Reading -2 5 £165 -57.41%
Milton Keynes -11 5 £550 +29.41% 1
Buckinghamshire -13 5 £550 +29.41% 1
Huntingdon - 5 £550 - 3
Cambridge +11 4 £155 - 1
Manchester +11 4 £525 +121.05% 12
Renfrewshire +10 4 £258 -19.21%

For the 6 months to 27 May 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.

1 432 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 323 (74.77%) Windows
3 275 (63.66%) Microsoft
4 224 (51.85%) Active Directory
5 180 (41.67%) Windows Server
6 154 (35.65%) VMware
7 139 (32.18%) ITIL
8 134 (31.02%) Windows Server 2012
9 118 (27.31%) Office 365
10 108 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
11 104 (24.07%) VMware Infrastructure
12 103 (23.84%) MS Exchange
13 101 (23.38%) PowerShell
14 100 (23.15%) Windows Server 2008
15 90 (20.83%) Citrix
16 87 (20.14%) Hyper-V
17 86 (19.91%) Cisco Certification
18 85 (19.68%) MCITP
19 83 (19.21%) MCSA
20 81 (18.75%) MCP
21 71 (16.44%) Cisco
22 70 (16.20%) SQL Server
23 68 (15.74%) CCNA
24 65 (15.05%) Windows Server 2003
24 65 (15.05%) Migration
24 65 (15.05%) Firewall
24 65 (15.05%) Windows 7
25 64 (14.81%) Skype for Business
26 63 (14.58%) Microsoft Office
27 61 (14.12%) SQL

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
1 103 (23.84%) MS Exchange
2 64 (14.81%) Skype for Business
3 55 (12.73%) SharePoint
4 51 (11.81%) Exchange Server 2010
5 37 (8.56%) Exchange Server 2013
6 29 (6.71%) IIS
7 18 (4.17%) SharePoint 2013
8 17 (3.94%) SharePoint 2010
9 11 (2.55%) Apache
9 11 (2.55%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (1.85%) Office Communications Server
11 7 (1.62%) SharePoint Server
12 6 (1.39%) Tomcat
13 4 (0.93%) OpenStack
14 3 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
14 3 (0.69%) IBM Notes
15 2 (0.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 2 (0.46%) CMS
15 2 (0.46%) Confluence
15 2 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 63 (14.58%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (3.94%) MS Visio
3 12 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.23%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.23%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 5 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.46%) Dynamics GP
3 2 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 118 (27.31%) Office 365
2 108 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 30 (6.94%) Amazon AWS
4 25 (5.79%) Azure Active Directory
5 24 (5.56%) IaaS
6 14 (3.24%) PaaS
7 13 (3.01%) SaaS
8 10 (2.31%) OneDrive
9 7 (1.62%) AWS CloudFormation
9 7 (1.62%) Yammer
10 5 (1.16%) GitHub
11 4 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.93%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.46%) AWS OpsWorks
13 1 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 65 (15.05%) Firewall
2 58 (13.43%) WAN
3 56 (12.96%) SAN
4 54 (12.50%) DNS
5 53 (12.27%) LAN
6 46 (10.65%) DHCP
7 43 (9.95%) Skype
8 32 (7.41%) VPN
9 24 (5.56%) Remote Desktop
10 21 (4.86%) NAS
10 21 (4.86%) VoIP
11 16 (3.70%) TCP/IP
12 14 (3.24%) Network Security
13 13 (3.01%) Wireless
14 12 (2.78%) VLAN
15 11 (2.55%) Internet
16 10 (2.31%) SSL
17 9 (2.08%) Unified Communications
17 9 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
18 8 (1.85%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (16.20%) SQL Server
2 25 (5.79%) SQL Server 2012
3 20 (4.63%) SQL Server 2008
4 13 (3.01%) SQL Server 2005
5 9 (2.08%) SQL Server 2014
6 6 (1.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 5 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (0.93%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (0.93%) Big Data
8 4 (0.93%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.93%) MySQL
8 4 (0.93%) SQL Server 2016
9 3 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.46%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.46%) DTS
10 2 (0.46%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.46%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.46%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (0.46%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 10 (2.31%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (2.08%) Visual Studio
3 6 (1.39%) Jenkins
4 5 (1.16%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.93%) JIRA
6 3 (0.69%) StarTeam
7 2 (0.46%) CruiseControl
7 2 (0.46%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.46%) Subversion
7 2 (0.46%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.46%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.23%) MSI
8 1 (0.23%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 60 (13.89%) Finance
2 20 (4.63%) Manufacturing
3 17 (3.94%) Banking
4 12 (2.78%) Telecoms
5 10 (2.31%) Retail
6 9 (2.08%) Law
7 6 (1.39%) Back Office
7 6 (1.39%) Legal
8 5 (1.16%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.93%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.69%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.69%) Local Government
11 2 (0.46%) Automotive
11 2 (0.46%) Electronics
11 2 (0.46%) French Language
11 2 (0.46%) Marketing
12 1 (0.23%) Advertising
12 1 (0.23%) Front Office
12 1 (0.23%) Games
12 1 (0.23%) Military
Job Titles
1 60 (13.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 51 (11.81%) Analyst
3 47 (10.88%) Architect
3 47 (10.88%) Consultant
4 41 (9.49%) Support Engineer
5 28 (6.48%) Desktop Support
6 27 (6.25%) Support Analyst
7 25 (5.79%) 2nd Line Support
7 25 (5.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 24 (5.56%) Server Engineer
9 21 (4.86%) Windows Engineer
10 20 (4.63%) Technical Architect
11 18 (4.17%) Systems Engineer
12 17 (3.94%) Azure Consultant
13 15 (3.47%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 15 (3.47%) Administrator
14 14 (3.24%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 13 (3.01%) 3rd Line Support
15 13 (3.01%) Active Directory Consultant
15 13 (3.01%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (3.47%) .NET
2 7 (1.62%) WAP
3 6 (1.39%) ASP.NET
3 6 (1.39%) Middleware
4 5 (1.16%) CSS
4 5 (1.16%) Web Services
4 5 (1.16%) XML
5 4 (0.93%) HTML
5 4 (0.93%) jQuery
5 4 (0.93%) SAML
5 4 (0.93%) XSLT
6 3 (0.69%) WCF
7 2 (0.46%) J2EE
7 2 (0.46%) JSP
7 2 (0.46%) Servlets
7 2 (0.46%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.46%) WF
8 1 (0.23%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.23%) JSON
8 1 (0.23%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 51 (11.81%) Data Centre
2 39 (9.03%) Clustering
3 22 (5.09%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (5.09%) Video Conferencing
4 19 (4.40%) Management Information System
5 18 (4.17%) Blackberry
6 17 (3.94%) Computer Science
6 17 (3.94%) Replication
7 14 (3.24%) Private Cloud
8 13 (3.01%) PKI
9 12 (2.78%) iPad
10 8 (1.85%) Public Cloud
11 7 (1.62%) BYOD
11 7 (1.62%) Life Science
12 6 (1.39%) User Experience
13 5 (1.16%) Virtual Team
14 4 (0.93%) Enterprise Cloud
14 4 (0.93%) EPoS
14 4 (0.93%) FlexPod
14 4 (0.93%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 323 (74.77%) Windows
2 180 (41.67%) Windows Server
3 134 (31.02%) Windows Server 2012
4 100 (23.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 65 (15.05%) Windows 7
5 65 (15.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 52 (12.04%) Windows 10
7 49 (11.34%) Linux
8 20 (4.63%) Windows 8
9 19 (4.40%) Android
9 19 (4.40%) Unix
10 16 (3.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 12 (2.78%) Windows XP
12 10 (2.31%) Apple iOS
13 6 (1.39%) Mac OS X
13 6 (1.39%) Solaris
14 4 (0.93%) Mac OS
14 4 (0.93%) Windows Phone
14 4 (0.93%) Windows Vista
15 3 (0.69%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (32.18%) ITIL
2 65 (15.05%) Migration
3 40 (9.26%) Change Management
4 29 (6.71%) ITIL V3
5 28 (6.48%) DevOps
6 27 (6.25%) Disaster Recovery
6 27 (6.25%) Service Management
7 25 (5.79%) Project Management
8 24 (5.56%) High Availability
8 24 (5.56%) Service Delivery
9 20 (4.63%) PRINCE2
10 19 (4.40%) Virtual Infrastructure
11 17 (3.94%) ITSM
11 17 (3.94%) Problem Management
11 17 (3.94%) Stakeholder Management
12 16 (3.70%) Agile Software Development
12 16 (3.70%) TOGAF
13 15 (3.47%) Continuous Improvement
14 14 (3.24%) Load Balancing
14 14 (3.24%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 101 (23.38%) PowerShell
2 61 (14.12%) SQL
3 9 (2.08%) Bash Shell
3 9 (2.08%) JavaScript
3 9 (2.08%) Python
4 8 (1.85%) C#
4 8 (1.85%) VBScript
5 5 (1.16%) C
5 5 (1.16%) T-SQL
6 4 (0.93%) Java
6 4 (0.93%) Perl
6 4 (0.93%) Ruby
7 3 (0.69%) VB
8 1 (0.23%) C++
8 1 (0.23%) REXX
8 1 (0.23%) Tcl
8 1 (0.23%) X++
Qualifications
1 432 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 86 (19.91%) Cisco Certification
3 85 (19.68%) MCITP
4 83 (19.21%) MCSA
5 81 (18.75%) MCP
6 68 (15.74%) CCNA
7 57 (13.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 53 (12.27%) Security Cleared
9 41 (9.49%) SC Cleared
10 35 (8.10%) Degree
11 28 (6.48%) MCTS
12 20 (4.63%) ITIL Certification
13 19 (4.40%) CCNP
13 19 (4.40%) Citrix Certification
14 17 (3.94%) CCIE
15 14 (3.24%) DV Cleared
16 11 (2.55%) MCDST
17 10 (2.31%) CISSP
17 10 (2.31%) Computer Science Degree
17 10 (2.31%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (5.56%) SLA
2 11 (2.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.93%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.46%) QA
6 1 (0.23%) COBIT
6 1 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.23%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.23%) PMO
System Software
1 224 (51.85%) Active Directory
2 104 (24.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 87 (20.14%) Hyper-V
4 21 (4.86%) vSphere
5 20 (4.63%) VMware ESXi
6 18 (4.17%) Virtual Machines
6 18 (4.17%) XenApp
7 12 (2.78%) Virtual Servers
8 9 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
8 9 (2.08%) XenDesktop
9 7 (1.62%) VMware Workstation
10 6 (1.39%) UAG
11 5 (1.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (0.93%) Terminal Services
12 4 (0.93%) VMware Server
13 3 (0.69%) BitLocker
13 3 (0.69%) Firmware
13 3 (0.69%) Terminal Server
14 2 (0.46%) Docker
15 1 (0.23%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 61 (14.12%) SCCM
2 45 (10.42%) SCOM
3 20 (4.63%) NetBackup
4 13 (3.01%) AirWatch
5 11 (2.55%) Puppet
5 11 (2.55%) vCenter Server
6 9 (2.08%) Microsoft Clustering
6 9 (2.08%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 9 (2.08%) WSUS
7 7 (1.62%) SCVMM
7 7 (1.62%) vMotion
7 7 (1.62%) WMI
8 6 (1.39%) Failover Clustering
8 6 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (1.39%) XenMobile
9 5 (1.16%) Backup Exec
9 5 (1.16%) CA Single Sign-On
9 5 (1.16%) Nessus
9 5 (1.16%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 4 (0.93%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 275 (63.66%) Microsoft
2 154 (35.65%) VMware
3 90 (20.83%) Citrix
4 71 (16.44%) Cisco
5 57 (13.19%) HP
6 31 (7.18%) NetApp
7 20 (4.63%) EMC
8 18 (4.17%) Oracle
9 17 (3.94%) SolarWinds
10 16 (3.70%) CheckPoint
11 14 (3.24%) Apple
11 14 (3.24%) McAfee
12 12 (2.78%) F5
12 12 (2.78%) Symantec
13 11 (2.55%) Red Hat
14 10 (2.31%) AppSense
14 10 (2.31%) LANDesk
14 10 (2.31%) Palo Alto
14 10 (2.31%) ServiceNow
15 9 (2.08%) Dell
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