Period
to 31 October 2020

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 31 October 2020 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
31 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 425 434 428
Rank change year-on-year +9 -6 -10
Contract jobs citing MCSE 108 421 586
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.50% 0.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.36% 2.47% 3.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 268 363
Median daily rate £450 £370 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.62% +0.54% +13.23%
10th Percentile £186 £130 £170
90th Percentile £588 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £350 £369
% change year-on-year +32.14% -5.15% +11.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 22 60
Median hourly rate £20.34 £22.34 £17.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.95% +28.29% +3.94%
10th Percentile £16.90 £16.03 £15.30
90th Percentile £41.25 £47.00 £44.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.34 £24.00 £16.36
% change year-on-year -15.27% +46.72% -0.86%

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 7,940 17,070 19,207
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.30% 20.17% 18.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,795 10,493 11,344
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £285 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £420
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 852 948
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.41% +42.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £15.25 £14.33 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £58.75 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year - +39.33% -16.27%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCSE as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCSE.

Daily rate trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 31 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCSE.

Hourly rate trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 31 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 13 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 31 October 2020. 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 81 £413 +10.00% 79
UK excluding London +64 70 £463 +32.14% 73
London +96 36 £450 +20.00% 16
Scotland +68 25 £493 +51.54% 8
South East +82 19 £405 +8.00% 21
Work from Home -112 9 £463 +23.33% 13
South West +82 8 £463 +10.45% 6
East of England +70 8 £278 -26.00% 6
North West +78 5 £525 +61.54% 4
North of England +73 5 £525 +61.54% 11
Midlands +56 5 - - 19
East Midlands +43 4 - - 6
West Midlands +42 1 - - 13

For the 6 months to 31 October 2020, 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.

1 108 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 81 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 71 (65.74%) Active Directory
4 68 (62.96%) Windows
5 43 (39.81%) Windows Server
6 38 (35.19%) Office 365
7 37 (34.26%) Security Cleared
7 37 (34.26%) Azure
8 35 (32.41%) ITIL
8 35 (32.41%) VMware
9 31 (28.70%) MCSA
10 30 (27.78%) SC Cleared
11 29 (26.85%) VMware Infrastructure
12 27 (25.00%) SharePoint
13 25 (23.15%) DNS
14 24 (22.22%) MS Exchange
15 23 (21.30%) PowerShell
16 22 (20.37%) Skype
16 22 (20.37%) HP
17 21 (19.44%) Data Centre
17 21 (19.44%) Skype for Business
18 20 (18.52%) Windows Server 2012
19 19 (17.59%) Problem-Solving
19 19 (17.59%) Migration
20 18 (16.67%) PKI
20 18 (16.67%) Management Information System
21 17 (15.74%) Citrix
21 17 (15.74%) LAN
21 17 (15.74%) SQL Server
21 17 (15.74%) SCCM

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 27 (25.00%) SharePoint
2 24 (22.22%) MS Exchange
3 21 (19.44%) Skype for Business
4 12 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (9.26%) Exchange Server 2007
5 10 (9.26%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (7.41%) Confluence
6 8 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2003
6 8 (7.41%) Office Communications Server
7 4 (3.70%) nginx
8 3 (2.78%) CMS
9 2 (1.85%) IIS
9 2 (1.85%) OpenStack
9 2 (1.85%) SAS
10 1 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 9 (8.33%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (3.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (2.78%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 38 (35.19%) Office 365
2 37 (34.26%) Azure
3 12 (11.11%) AWS
4 9 (8.33%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (6.48%) IaaS
5 7 (6.48%) PaaS
5 7 (6.48%) Power Automate
6 3 (2.78%) GCP
6 3 (2.78%) Power Platform
7 2 (1.85%) Logic Apps
8 1 (0.93%) Azure Data Factory
8 1 (0.93%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.93%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.93%) SaaS
8 1 (0.93%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 25 (23.15%) DNS
2 22 (20.37%) Skype
3 17 (15.74%) LAN
4 16 (14.81%) WAN
5 14 (12.96%) Firewall
6 12 (11.11%) DHCP
7 11 (10.19%) Kerberos
7 11 (10.19%) VPN
7 11 (10.19%) X.500
8 10 (9.26%) Network Security
9 8 (7.41%) SAN
10 7 (6.48%) iSCSI
10 7 (6.48%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (4.63%) VoIP
11 5 (4.63%) Wireless
12 4 (3.70%) Internet
12 4 (3.70%) MPLS
13 3 (2.78%) Cisco IOS
13 3 (2.78%) TCP/IP
13 3 (2.78%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (15.74%) SQL Server
2 6 (5.56%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (2.78%) MySQL
3 3 (2.78%) Power BI
4 2 (1.85%) OLTP
4 2 (1.85%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.93%) Data Lake
5 1 (0.93%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.93%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (7.41%) JIRA
2 6 (5.56%) Bitbucket
3 5 (4.63%) MSI
4 2 (1.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (1.85%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.93%) GitLab
General
1 14 (12.96%) Finance
2 8 (7.41%) Public Sector
3 7 (6.48%) Telecoms
4 6 (5.56%) Banking
5 4 (3.70%) Retail
6 2 (1.85%) Electronics
6 2 (1.85%) International Banking
6 2 (1.85%) Legal
6 2 (1.85%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.85%) Marketing
6 2 (1.85%) Military
7 1 (0.93%) Back Office
7 1 (0.93%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.93%) French Language
7 1 (0.93%) Front Office
7 1 (0.93%) German Language
7 1 (0.93%) Italian Language
7 1 (0.93%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 15 (13.89%) Architect
2 12 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 10 (9.26%) Analyst
4 7 (6.48%) Support Engineer
5 6 (5.56%) Consultant
5 6 (5.56%) Desktop Support
5 6 (5.56%) Infrastructure Architect
5 6 (5.56%) VMware Engineer
6 5 (4.63%) Infrastructure Support
7 4 (3.70%) Applications Packager
7 4 (3.70%) Cloud Architect
7 4 (3.70%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 4 (3.70%) Network Engineer
7 4 (3.70%) Support Analyst
7 4 (3.70%) Support Technician
8 3 (2.78%) 2nd Line Support
8 3 (2.78%) Desktop Support Technician
8 3 (2.78%) Network Security Engineer
8 3 (2.78%) Security Engineer
8 3 (2.78%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (11.11%) LDAP
2 3 (2.78%) .NET
2 3 (2.78%) Web Services
3 1 (0.93%) REST
3 1 (0.93%) SOAP
3 1 (0.93%) Spring
3 1 (0.93%) XML
3 1 (0.93%) XSL
3 1 (0.93%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 21 (19.44%) Data Centre
2 18 (16.67%) Management Information System
2 18 (16.67%) PKI
3 16 (14.81%) Replication
4 9 (8.33%) Video Conferencing
5 7 (6.48%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (4.63%) Public Cloud
7 3 (2.78%) Blackberry
7 3 (2.78%) Client/Server
7 3 (2.78%) Clustering
7 3 (2.78%) Driving Licence
7 3 (2.78%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (2.78%) NHS
8 2 (1.85%) BYOD
8 2 (1.85%) Fat Client
8 2 (1.85%) Handset
8 2 (1.85%) iPad
8 2 (1.85%) iPhone
8 2 (1.85%) IVR
8 2 (1.85%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 68 (62.96%) Windows
2 43 (39.81%) Windows Server
3 20 (18.52%) Windows Server 2012
4 17 (15.74%) Windows 10
5 16 (14.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (9.26%) Linux
6 10 (9.26%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (7.41%) Windows 7
8 7 (6.48%) Windows Server 2016
9 6 (5.56%) Windows Server 2019
10 4 (3.70%) Apple iOS
11 3 (2.78%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.85%) CentOS
13 1 (0.93%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.93%) SUSE
13 1 (0.93%) Unix
13 1 (0.93%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.93%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (32.41%) ITIL
2 19 (17.59%) Migration
2 19 (17.59%) Problem-Solving
3 16 (14.81%) Change Management
4 13 (12.04%) DevOps
5 12 (11.11%) Computer Science
6 11 (10.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 10 (9.26%) Stakeholder Management
8 9 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
9 8 (7.41%) Content Management
9 8 (7.41%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (7.41%) ITIL V3
9 8 (7.41%) ITSM
9 8 (7.41%) Load Balancing
9 8 (7.41%) Process Improvement
9 8 (7.41%) Service Management
9 8 (7.41%) TOGAF
10 7 (6.48%) Application Packaging
10 7 (6.48%) Enterprise Architecture
10 7 (6.48%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 23 (21.30%) PowerShell
2 13 (12.04%) SQL
3 2 (1.85%) C
3 2 (1.85%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
3 2 (1.85%) Ruby
3 2 (1.85%) T-SQL
3 2 (1.85%) VB.NET
3 2 (1.85%) VBScript
4 1 (0.93%) C#
4 1 (0.93%) C++
4 1 (0.93%) Java
4 1 (0.93%) Perl
4 1 (0.93%) Python
Qualifications
1 108 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 37 (34.26%) Security Cleared
3 31 (28.70%) MCSA
4 30 (27.78%) SC Cleared
5 15 (13.89%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (12.04%) CCNA
6 13 (12.04%) Degree
6 13 (12.04%) MCP
6 13 (12.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 9 (8.33%) DV Cleared
8 7 (6.48%) CISSP
9 6 (5.56%) MCTS
10 5 (4.63%) VCP6
11 4 (3.70%) CCNP
11 4 (3.70%) Citrix Certification
11 4 (3.70%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (3.70%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (3.70%) Network+ Certification
11 4 (3.70%) TOGAF Certification
12 3 (2.78%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.70%) NCSC
2 1 (0.93%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.93%) QA
2 1 (0.93%) SLA
System Software
1 71 (65.74%) Active Directory
2 29 (26.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (10.19%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
4 8 (7.41%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (5.56%) vSphere
5 6 (5.56%) XenApp
6 5 (4.63%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (4.63%) NFS
7 4 (3.70%) XenDesktop
8 3 (2.78%) vCloud
8 3 (2.78%) VMware NSX
9 2 (1.85%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.93%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.93%) Docker
Systems Management
1 17 (15.74%) SCCM
2 6 (5.56%) Microsoft Intune
2 6 (5.56%) Terraform
3 5 (4.63%) Ansible
4 4 (3.70%) HAProxy
4 4 (3.70%) vRealize
5 3 (2.78%) EMC VPLEX
5 3 (2.78%) Kubernetes
5 3 (2.78%) Puppet
5 3 (2.78%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (1.85%) vCenter Server
6 2 (1.85%) WSUS
7 1 (0.93%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.93%) Kibana
7 1 (0.93%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.93%) SCOM
7 1 (0.93%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.93%) vMotion
Vendors
1 81 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 35 (32.41%) VMware
3 22 (20.37%) HP
4 17 (15.74%) Citrix
5 15 (13.89%) Cisco
6 12 (11.11%) Dell
7 8 (7.41%) EMC
7 8 (7.41%) Palo Alto
8 7 (6.48%) IronPort
9 6 (5.56%) SolarWinds
9 6 (5.56%) Veeam
10 5 (4.63%) F5
11 4 (3.70%) Meraki
12 3 (2.78%) Atlassian
12 3 (2.78%) Red Hat
12 3 (2.78%) Trend Micro
13 2 (1.85%) Alcatel-Lucent
13 2 (1.85%) Ivanti
13 2 (1.85%) Mitel
13 2 (1.85%) SAP