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 28 June 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 381 299 290
Rank change year-on-year -82 -9  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 239 417 421
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.77% 0.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.65% 3.54% 4.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 129 257 246
Median daily rate £338 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.84% +1.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £481 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 36 47
Median hourly rate £16.50 £21.33 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.64% -1.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.85 £9.90 £15.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.75 £40.00 £38.20
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 9020 11793 10440
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.15% 21.90% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 11465 16220 12522
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1176 1038 1075
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.25 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.04% +16.59%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.88 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.92 £51.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.03% +26.66%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 11 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 28 June 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 -52 224 £340 +3.03% 117
UK excluding London -52 171 £325 - 88
London -27 63 £370 -1.33% 33
South East +2 61 £330 -8.33% 24
East of England +21 42 £375 +97.36% 10
North of England 0 25 £394 +27.01% 32
Midlands +14 22 £325 +4.00% 13
South West -11 12 £270 -55.00% 5
Scotland -19 5 £254 -19.76% 3
Wales -4 3 £110 -68.57% 1
Northern Ireland -48 2 £250 -

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 459 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 333 (72.55%) Windows
3 271 (59.04%) Microsoft
4 235 (51.20%) Active Directory
5 173 (37.69%) Windows Server
6 160 (34.86%) VMware
7 146 (31.81%) ITIL
8 135 (29.41%) Windows Server 2012
9 130 (28.32%) Office 365
10 113 (24.62%) Microsoft Azure
10 113 (24.62%) MS Exchange
11 108 (23.53%) Citrix
12 105 (22.88%) VMware Infrastructure
13 103 (22.44%) PowerShell
14 99 (21.57%) Windows Server 2008
15 95 (20.70%) MCP
16 93 (20.26%) MCSA
17 92 (20.04%) Hyper-V
18 91 (19.83%) SQL Server
19 88 (19.17%) Cisco Certification
20 87 (18.95%) MCITP
21 76 (16.56%) Cisco
21 76 (16.56%) SQL
22 74 (16.12%) HP
22 74 (16.12%) SCCM
23 72 (15.69%) CCNA
24 71 (15.47%) Migration
25 70 (15.25%) Microsoft Office
26 66 (14.38%) Windows Server 2003
26 66 (14.38%) Windows 7

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
1 113 (24.62%) MS Exchange
2 54 (11.76%) Skype for Business
3 53 (11.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 49 (10.68%) SharePoint
5 37 (8.06%) Exchange Server 2013
6 22 (4.79%) IIS
7 14 (3.05%) SharePoint 2010
7 14 (3.05%) SharePoint 2013
8 10 (2.18%) Apache
9 9 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2007
10 7 (1.53%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (1.31%) Office Communications Server
12 4 (0.87%) IBM Notes
12 4 (0.87%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.65%) CMS
14 2 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.44%) Confluence
14 2 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
14 2 (0.44%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 70 (15.25%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (4.14%) MS Visio
3 15 (3.27%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (1.09%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.65%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.87%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.44%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.22%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 130 (28.32%) Office 365
2 113 (24.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (8.71%) Amazon AWS
4 22 (4.79%) Azure Active Directory
5 19 (4.14%) IaaS
6 13 (2.83%) PaaS
7 11 (2.40%) SaaS
8 10 (2.18%) OneDrive
9 7 (1.53%) Yammer
10 4 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.65%) GitHub
12 2 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.44%) AWS OpsWorks
12 2 (0.44%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.22%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.22%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 60 (13.07%) Firewall
2 55 (11.98%) SAN
3 54 (11.76%) DNS
4 44 (9.59%) DHCP
4 44 (9.59%) LAN
5 42 (9.15%) WAN
6 41 (8.93%) Skype
7 24 (5.23%) NAS
8 23 (5.01%) VPN
9 22 (4.79%) VoIP
10 18 (3.92%) TCP/IP
11 17 (3.70%) Remote Desktop
12 15 (3.27%) Wireless
13 11 (2.40%) Network Security
14 8 (1.74%) VLAN
14 8 (1.74%) Wi-Fi
15 7 (1.53%) BIG-IP
15 7 (1.53%) Internet
15 7 (1.53%) NetScaler
15 7 (1.53%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (19.83%) SQL Server
2 39 (8.50%) SQL Server 2012
3 33 (7.19%) SQL Server 2008
4 20 (4.36%) SQL Server 2005
5 15 (3.27%) SQL Server 2016
6 13 (2.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 12 (2.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (1.74%) Big Data
8 8 (1.74%) Hadoop
8 8 (1.74%) SQL Server 2014
9 7 (1.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (1.31%) QlikView
11 5 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
12 4 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
12 4 (0.87%) MySQL
12 4 (0.87%) SQL Server 2000
13 3 (0.65%) OLAP
13 3 (0.65%) OLTP
14 2 (0.44%) Oracle Database 10g
14 2 (0.44%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 10 (2.18%) Team Foundation Server
1 10 (2.18%) Visual Studio
2 8 (1.74%) Octopus Deploy
3 3 (0.65%) Eclipse
3 3 (0.65%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.65%) StarTeam
4 2 (0.44%) CruiseControl
4 2 (0.44%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.44%) JIRA
4 2 (0.44%) MSI
4 2 (0.44%) Subversion
4 2 (0.44%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.44%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.22%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.22%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 60 (13.07%) Finance
2 19 (4.14%) Manufacturing
3 18 (3.92%) Banking
4 10 (2.18%) Law
4 10 (2.18%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.96%) Investment Banking
5 9 (1.96%) Retail
6 5 (1.09%) Aerospace
6 5 (1.09%) Financial Institution
6 5 (1.09%) Legal
7 4 (0.87%) Back Office
8 3 (0.65%) Local Government
9 2 (0.44%) Automotive
9 2 (0.44%) Electronics
9 2 (0.44%) French Language
9 2 (0.44%) Marketing
10 1 (0.22%) Advertising
10 1 (0.22%) Front Office
10 1 (0.22%) Games
10 1 (0.22%) Military
Job Titles
1 62 (13.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 55 (11.98%) Analyst
3 52 (11.33%) Architect
4 50 (10.89%) Support Engineer
5 40 (8.71%) Consultant
6 33 (7.19%) Desktop Support
7 28 (6.10%) 2nd Line Support
8 27 (5.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 27 (5.88%) Support Analyst
9 23 (5.01%) Server Engineer
10 20 (4.36%) Windows Engineer
11 18 (3.92%) Technical Architect
12 17 (3.70%) Systems Engineer
13 16 (3.49%) 3rd Line Support
14 15 (3.27%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 15 (3.27%) Desktop Engineer
15 14 (3.05%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 14 (3.05%) Active Directory Engineer
15 14 (3.05%) Administrator
16 13 (2.83%) Active Directory Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (3.70%) .NET
2 6 (1.31%) ASP.NET
2 6 (1.31%) WAP
3 5 (1.09%) CSS
3 5 (1.09%) XML
4 4 (0.87%) HTML
4 4 (0.87%) jQuery
4 4 (0.87%) SAML
4 4 (0.87%) XSLT
5 3 (0.65%) MDX
5 3 (0.65%) Software Packaging
5 3 (0.65%) WCF
6 2 (0.44%) J2EE
6 2 (0.44%) JSP
6 2 (0.44%) Middleware
6 2 (0.44%) Servlets
6 2 (0.44%) Web Services
6 2 (0.44%) WF
7 1 (0.22%) SAP Basis
7 1 (0.22%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 59 (12.85%) Data Centre
2 38 (8.28%) Clustering
3 30 (6.54%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (5.01%) Management Information System
5 20 (4.36%) Blackberry
5 20 (4.36%) Computer Science
6 15 (3.27%) Private Cloud
7 14 (3.05%) Video Conferencing
8 12 (2.61%) PKI
9 11 (2.40%) Replication
10 8 (1.74%) iPad
10 8 (1.74%) Life Science
11 7 (1.53%) BYOD
12 5 (1.09%) CMDB
12 5 (1.09%) User Experience
13 4 (0.87%) EPoS
13 4 (0.87%) Public Cloud
14 3 (0.65%) Fat Client
14 3 (0.65%) NHS
14 3 (0.65%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 333 (72.55%) Windows
2 173 (37.69%) Windows Server
3 135 (29.41%) Windows Server 2012
4 99 (21.57%) Windows Server 2008
5 66 (14.38%) Windows 10
5 66 (14.38%) Windows 7
5 66 (14.38%) Windows Server 2003
6 53 (11.55%) Linux
7 21 (4.58%) Unix
8 20 (4.36%) Windows 8
9 15 (3.27%) Android
10 13 (2.83%) Windows XP
11 12 (2.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 11 (2.40%) Apple iOS
12 11 (2.40%) Solaris
12 11 (2.40%) Windows Vista
13 6 (1.31%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.87%) AIX
14 4 (0.87%) Mac OS
14 4 (0.87%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (31.81%) ITIL
2 71 (15.47%) Migration
3 47 (10.24%) Change Management
4 32 (6.97%) Project Management
5 31 (6.75%) ITIL V3
6 28 (6.10%) DevOps
6 28 (6.10%) PRINCE2
7 27 (5.88%) Service Delivery
8 26 (5.66%) Disaster Recovery
8 26 (5.66%) Service Management
9 23 (5.01%) Agile Software Development
10 22 (4.79%) High Availability
10 22 (4.79%) TOGAF
11 19 (4.14%) Virtual Infrastructure
12 18 (3.92%) Virtual Environments
13 16 (3.49%) Problem Management
14 15 (3.27%) Performance Tuning
15 14 (3.05%) Stakeholder Management
16 13 (2.83%) Asset Management
16 13 (2.83%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 103 (22.44%) PowerShell
2 76 (16.56%) SQL
3 9 (1.96%) C#
3 9 (1.96%) JavaScript
4 8 (1.74%) VBScript
5 7 (1.53%) Bash Shell
5 7 (1.53%) Python
5 7 (1.53%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.09%) C
6 5 (1.09%) Java
7 4 (0.87%) Perl
7 4 (0.87%) Ruby
7 4 (0.87%) VB
8 3 (0.65%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 1 (0.22%) C++
9 1 (0.22%) REXX
9 1 (0.22%) Tcl
9 1 (0.22%) X++
Qualifications
1 459 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 95 (20.70%) MCP
3 93 (20.26%) MCSA
4 88 (19.17%) Cisco Certification
5 87 (18.95%) MCITP
6 72 (15.69%) CCNA
7 60 (13.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 58 (12.64%) Security Cleared
9 46 (10.02%) SC Cleared
10 35 (7.63%) Degree
11 30 (6.54%) MCTS
12 20 (4.36%) ITIL Certification
13 19 (4.14%) DV Cleared
14 17 (3.70%) CCNP
15 16 (3.49%) Citrix Certification
16 13 (2.83%) CISSP
16 13 (2.83%) Computer Science Degree
16 13 (2.83%) MCDST
17 12 (2.61%) A+ Certification
18 10 (2.18%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (6.75%) SLA
2 12 (2.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.53%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.65%) QA
4 3 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.22%) COBIT
5 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 235 (51.20%) Active Directory
2 105 (22.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 92 (20.04%) Hyper-V
4 27 (5.88%) XenApp
5 20 (4.36%) vSphere
6 18 (3.92%) Virtual Machines
6 18 (3.92%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (3.05%) Virtual Servers
8 12 (2.61%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (2.18%) VMware Workstation
9 10 (2.18%) XenDesktop
10 5 (1.09%) BitLocker
10 5 (1.09%) Firmware
10 5 (1.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 4 (0.87%) UAG
12 3 (0.65%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.65%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.22%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 74 (16.12%) SCCM
2 47 (10.24%) SCOM
3 15 (3.27%) NetBackup
4 14 (3.05%) Microsoft Clustering
5 10 (2.18%) vCenter Server
6 9 (1.96%) AirWatch
7 8 (1.74%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 8 (1.74%) WSUS
8 7 (1.53%) Puppet
9 6 (1.31%) SCVMM
9 6 (1.31%) WMI
9 6 (1.31%) XenMobile
10 5 (1.09%) CA Single Sign-On
10 5 (1.09%) Failover Clustering
10 5 (1.09%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 5 (1.09%) vMotion
11 4 (0.87%) Backup Exec
11 4 (0.87%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (0.87%) Nessus
11 4 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 271 (59.04%) Microsoft
2 160 (34.86%) VMware
3 108 (23.53%) Citrix
4 76 (16.56%) Cisco
5 74 (16.12%) HP
6 32 (6.97%) NetApp
7 17 (3.70%) Oracle
8 16 (3.49%) Dell
8 16 (3.49%) McAfee
8 16 (3.49%) SolarWinds
9 12 (2.61%) Apple
9 12 (2.61%) CheckPoint
9 12 (2.61%) F5
10 11 (2.40%) EMC
10 11 (2.40%) Sun
11 10 (2.18%) 3PAR
11 10 (2.18%) AppSense
11 10 (2.18%) ServiceNow
11 10 (2.18%) Sophos
12 9 (1.96%) Symantec
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