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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 383 329 314
Rank change year-on-year -54 -15  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 220 371 391
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.66% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.35% 3.10% 3.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 216 247
Median daily rate £340 £321 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.91% +7.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £128 £200 £149
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £433 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £338 £300
% change year-on-year -2.96% +12.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 33 32
Median hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £19.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +6.19%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £9.60 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.52 £45.40 £46.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £21.17 £21.55
% change year-on-year -17.31% -1.78%  

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 9371 11951 11203
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.24% 21.38% 19.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 5881 7505 6353
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 £265 £260 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £404 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.31% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 407 548
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +24.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +1.53% +44.44%  

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 24 April 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
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 24 April 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 -6 208 £350 +6.06% 107
London +34 80 £400 +33.33% 32
South East -30 55 £310 -20.00% 28
East of England +12 20 £381 +134.61% 6
City of London +8 20 £320 +7.56% 6
Hampshire +9 16 £258 -36.41% 4
East Midlands -11 16 £288 +4.54% 6
North West +22 12 £275 -9.83% 7
Kent +26 11 £338 -12.90% 5
Yorkshire +33 10 £420 +46.08% 7
Hertfordshire +13 10 £450 +2.85% 3
Northamptonshire +1 8 £288 -11.53% 1
Berkshire -5 8 £513 +41.37% 6
Surrey -14 8 £200 -42.85% 7
West Midlands +13 7 £325 +8.33% 11
West Yorkshire +20 6 £420 -1.17% 4
Cambridgeshire +8 6 £413 +175.00% 2
Northampton 0 6 £288 -4.95% 1
Buckinghamshire -5 6 £525 +23.52%
Scotland -36 6 £299 -4.40% 1
Watford - 6 £320 - 1
Basingstoke +8 5 £110 -74.11% 1
Renfrewshire -2 5 £299 -3.62%
South West -3 5 £352 +5.86% 7
Manchester +12 4 £275 -17.91% 4
Wales +10 4 - - 1
Cambridge +9 4 £413 -
Bristol +5 4 £352 -9.16% 2
Milton Keynes -3 4 £525 +23.52%
Derby -7 4 £550 -

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 442 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 326 (73.76%) Windows
3 299 (67.65%) Microsoft
4 232 (52.49%) Active Directory
5 181 (40.95%) Windows Server
6 176 (39.82%) VMware
7 147 (33.26%) ITIL
7 147 (33.26%) Windows Server 2012
8 119 (26.92%) Windows Server 2008
9 105 (23.76%) VMware Infrastructure
10 103 (23.30%) MS Exchange
11 101 (22.85%) Office 365
12 99 (22.40%) MCSA
12 99 (22.40%) Citrix
13 95 (21.49%) PowerShell
14 92 (20.81%) Cisco Certification
14 92 (20.81%) Microsoft Azure
15 91 (20.59%) MCITP
16 88 (19.91%) MCP
17 84 (19.00%) Windows Server 2003
17 84 (19.00%) Hyper-V
18 78 (17.65%) Cisco
19 75 (16.97%) Firewall
20 74 (16.74%) CCNA
20 74 (16.74%) Windows 7
21 71 (16.06%) SQL Server
22 68 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
22 68 (15.38%) SCCM
23 62 (14.03%) Finance
24 60 (13.57%) 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 (23.30%) MS Exchange
2 58 (13.12%) Skype for Business
3 53 (11.99%) Exchange Server 2010
4 52 (11.76%) SharePoint
5 36 (8.14%) IIS
6 34 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2013
7 18 (4.07%) SharePoint 2013
8 16 (3.62%) SharePoint 2010
9 10 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2007
10 9 (2.04%) Office Communications Server
11 8 (1.81%) Apache
12 6 (1.36%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.90%) Tomcat
14 3 (0.68%) OpenStack
15 2 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
15 2 (0.45%) Confluence
15 2 (0.45%) IBM Notes
15 2 (0.45%) MS Project Server
16 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
16 1 (0.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 68 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (2.94%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.23%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.45%) Dynamics GP
2 2 (0.45%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 101 (22.85%) Office 365
2 92 (20.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (4.30%) Azure Active Directory
4 19 (4.30%) IaaS
5 14 (3.17%) PaaS
6 10 (2.26%) OneDrive
7 8 (1.81%) AWS CloudFormation
7 8 (1.81%) SaaS
8 5 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (1.13%) GitHub
9 4 (0.90%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.45%) AWS OpsWorks
10 2 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.45%) Yammer
11 1 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudTrail
11 1 (0.23%) CloudFront
11 1 (0.23%) G Suite
11 1 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 75 (16.97%) Firewall
2 60 (13.57%) WAN
3 57 (12.90%) SAN
4 54 (12.22%) DNS
4 54 (12.22%) LAN
5 44 (9.95%) DHCP
6 40 (9.05%) Skype
7 29 (6.56%) TCP/IP
8 27 (6.11%) VPN
9 23 (5.20%) Remote Desktop
10 20 (4.52%) NAS
11 18 (4.07%) Internet
11 18 (4.07%) VoIP
12 16 (3.62%) Wireless
13 14 (3.17%) Network Security
13 14 (3.17%) VLAN
14 10 (2.26%) SSL
14 10 (2.26%) Unified Communications
15 9 (2.04%) Wi-Fi
16 8 (1.81%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (16.06%) SQL Server
2 21 (4.75%) SQL Server 2008
2 21 (4.75%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (2.49%) SQL Server 2005
3 11 (2.49%) SQL Server 2014
4 10 (2.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 9 (2.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (1.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (1.13%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (1.13%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (0.90%) MySQL
9 3 (0.68%) SQL Server 2000
10 2 (0.45%) DTS
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle9i Database
10 2 (0.45%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 11 (2.49%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (1.81%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.58%) Visual Studio
4 6 (1.36%) Jenkins
4 6 (1.36%) StarTeam
5 4 (0.90%) JIRA
6 2 (0.45%) CruiseControl
6 2 (0.45%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (0.45%) Subversion
6 2 (0.45%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.45%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.23%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.23%) MSI
7 1 (0.23%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 62 (14.03%) Finance
2 19 (4.30%) Manufacturing
3 16 (3.62%) Banking
4 14 (3.17%) Retail
5 13 (2.94%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.58%) Law
6 7 (1.58%) Legal
7 6 (1.36%) Back Office
8 3 (0.68%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.68%) Investment Banking
8 3 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.45%) Advertising
9 2 (0.45%) Games
9 2 (0.45%) Local Government
10 1 (0.23%) Automotive
10 1 (0.23%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 65 (14.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 53 (11.99%) Analyst
3 45 (10.18%) Consultant
4 42 (9.50%) Support Engineer
5 33 (7.47%) Architect
6 29 (6.56%) Windows Engineer
7 25 (5.66%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 24 (5.43%) Support Analyst
9 23 (5.20%) Systems Engineer
10 22 (4.98%) 2nd Line Support
10 22 (4.98%) Server Engineer
11 20 (4.52%) Desktop Support
11 20 (4.52%) IT Engineer
12 19 (4.30%) 3rd Line Support
13 17 (3.85%) Azure Consultant
14 16 (3.62%) Administrator
15 15 (3.39%) IT Support
16 14 (3.17%) Technical Architect
16 14 (3.17%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
17 13 (2.94%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.94%) .NET
2 8 (1.81%) WAP
3 6 (1.36%) Web Services
4 5 (1.13%) ASP.NET
4 5 (1.13%) CSS
5 4 (0.90%) jQuery
5 4 (0.90%) Middleware
5 4 (0.90%) XML
5 4 (0.90%) XSLT
6 3 (0.68%) HTML
6 3 (0.68%) SAML
6 3 (0.68%) Software Packaging
6 3 (0.68%) WCF
7 2 (0.45%) J2EE
7 2 (0.45%) JSP
7 2 (0.45%) Servlets
7 2 (0.45%) WF
8 1 (0.23%) ActiveX
8 1 (0.23%) COM
8 1 (0.23%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 52 (11.76%) Data Centre
2 47 (10.63%) Clustering
3 28 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (4.98%) Blackberry
5 21 (4.75%) Management Information System
6 19 (4.30%) Computer Science
6 19 (4.30%) Replication
6 19 (4.30%) Video Conferencing
7 13 (2.94%) iPad
8 12 (2.71%) PKI
9 11 (2.49%) NHS
10 9 (2.04%) Life Science
11 7 (1.58%) BYOD
12 6 (1.36%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (1.36%) EPoS
12 6 (1.36%) Private Cloud
12 6 (1.36%) Public Cloud
13 5 (1.13%) User Experience
13 5 (1.13%) Virtual Team
14 4 (0.90%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 326 (73.76%) Windows
2 181 (40.95%) Windows Server
3 147 (33.26%) Windows Server 2012
4 119 (26.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 84 (19.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 74 (16.74%) Windows 7
7 50 (11.31%) Linux
8 45 (10.18%) Windows 10
9 21 (4.75%) Windows 8
10 19 (4.30%) Android
10 19 (4.30%) Unix
11 15 (3.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 15 (3.39%) Windows XP
12 11 (2.49%) Apple iOS
13 7 (1.58%) Mac OS X
14 6 (1.36%) AIX
15 5 (1.13%) Mac OS
16 4 (0.90%) Windows Phone
17 3 (0.68%) Solaris
17 3 (0.68%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (33.26%) ITIL
2 56 (12.67%) Migration
3 42 (9.50%) Change Management
4 34 (7.69%) Disaster Recovery
5 31 (7.01%) ITIL V3
6 23 (5.20%) Service Delivery
7 22 (4.98%) High Availability
8 21 (4.75%) Service Management
9 20 (4.52%) DevOps
9 20 (4.52%) Problem Management
9 20 (4.52%) Project Management
10 19 (4.30%) Mobile Device Management
11 18 (4.07%) Agile Software Development
12 17 (3.85%) PRINCE2
12 17 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
13 16 (3.62%) Continuous Improvement
13 16 (3.62%) Performance Monitoring
14 15 (3.39%) ITSM
15 14 (3.17%) Time Management
16 13 (2.94%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 95 (21.49%) PowerShell
2 60 (13.57%) SQL
3 12 (2.71%) Bash Shell
3 12 (2.71%) Python
4 11 (2.49%) JavaScript
5 9 (2.04%) C#
6 7 (1.58%) VBScript
7 6 (1.36%) Perl
7 6 (1.36%) Ruby
7 6 (1.36%) T-SQL
8 4 (0.90%) C
9 3 (0.68%) Java
10 2 (0.45%) VB
11 1 (0.23%) C++
11 1 (0.23%) REXX
11 1 (0.23%) Tcl
11 1 (0.23%) X++
Qualifications
1 442 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 99 (22.40%) MCSA
3 92 (20.81%) Cisco Certification
4 91 (20.59%) MCITP
5 88 (19.91%) MCP
6 74 (16.74%) CCNA
7 54 (12.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 48 (10.86%) Security Cleared
9 43 (9.73%) Degree
10 36 (8.14%) SC Cleared
11 31 (7.01%) MCTS
12 21 (4.75%) CCNP
13 20 (4.52%) Citrix Certification
14 19 (4.30%) ITIL Certification
15 14 (3.17%) CCIE
16 12 (2.71%) MCDST
16 12 (2.71%) MCSD
17 11 (2.49%) CCA
18 9 (2.04%) RHCE
19 7 (1.58%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (5.20%) SLA
2 10 (2.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.45%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.45%) QA
3 2 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.23%) GCP
4 1 (0.23%) PMBOK
4 1 (0.23%) PMO
System Software
1 232 (52.49%) Active Directory
2 105 (23.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (19.00%) Hyper-V
4 30 (6.79%) vSphere
5 18 (4.07%) XenApp
6 15 (3.39%) Virtual Machines
7 13 (2.94%) VMware ESX
8 11 (2.49%) VMware ESXi
9 8 (1.81%) Virtual Servers
9 8 (1.81%) XenDesktop
10 7 (1.58%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 5 (1.13%) Firmware
11 5 (1.13%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (1.13%) Terminal Server
11 5 (1.13%) UAG
12 4 (0.90%) Terminal Services
12 4 (0.90%) VMware Server
12 4 (0.90%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (0.68%) BitLocker
14 2 (0.45%) Docker
Systems Management
1 68 (15.38%) SCCM
2 39 (8.82%) SCOM
3 30 (6.79%) NetBackup
4 15 (3.39%) Puppet
5 13 (2.94%) Microsoft Clustering
6 11 (2.49%) WSUS
7 10 (2.26%) AirWatch
7 10 (2.26%) Backup Exec
7 10 (2.26%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 10 (2.26%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (2.04%) Failover Clustering
8 9 (2.04%) Nessus
8 9 (2.04%) vCenter Server
9 8 (1.81%) McAfee ePO
9 8 (1.81%) vMotion
10 7 (1.58%) Ansible
10 7 (1.58%) SCVMM
11 6 (1.36%) Netcool
11 6 (1.36%) WMI
11 6 (1.36%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 299 (67.65%) Microsoft
2 176 (39.82%) VMware
3 99 (22.40%) Citrix
4 78 (17.65%) Cisco
5 53 (11.99%) HP
6 38 (8.60%) NetApp
7 22 (4.98%) EMC
7 22 (4.98%) SolarWinds
8 19 (4.30%) Oracle
9 18 (4.07%) Apple
10 16 (3.62%) Intel Security
10 16 (3.62%) Veritas
11 15 (3.39%) Symantec
12 13 (2.94%) CheckPoint
13 11 (2.49%) LANDesk
14 10 (2.26%) AppSense
14 10 (2.26%) Dell
14 10 (2.26%) Red Hat
15 9 (2.04%) Palo Alto
15 9 (2.04%) Remedy
South Wales
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Blues Point Ltd
Rate: From £15 to £17 per hour + travel expenses when necessary
Posted: 3 days ago
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Talent Spa
Rate: £400 - 450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £14 - £18 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Spring Technology
Posted: 6 days ago