Period
to 7 March 2021

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 7 March 2021 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
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 458 393 411
Rank change year-on-year -65 +18 -9
Contract jobs citing MCSE 172 352 588
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.53% 0.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.63% 2.47% 3.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 231 357
Median daily rate £413 £350 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.86% -15.15% +17.86%
10th Percentile £200 £135 £163
90th Percentile £575 £575 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £350 £413
% change year-on-year +21.43% -15.15% +17.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 25 74
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.16 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.93% -14.20% +20.63%
10th Percentile £14.90 £14.97 £14.60
90th Percentile £19.10 £37.25 £46.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year - -15.00% +24.38%

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 10,576 14,238 18,932
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.99% 21.56% 19.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,873 9,234 11,729
Median daily rate £475 £471 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.85% +4.67% +2.86%
10th Percentile £290 £259 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 560 579 830
Median hourly rate £40.00 £31.50 £26.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.98% +18.01% +6.81%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.48 £12.50
90th Percentile £64.50 £57.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate £33.50 £26.15 £26.89
% change year-on-year +28.11% -2.73% +7.54%

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 7 March 2021.

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
Top 15 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 7 March 2021. 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 -40 117 £400 +14.29% 86
UK excluding London +31 114 £425 +21.43% 75
Scotland +42 40 £475 +31.03% 11
London +8 39 £400 +14.29% 24
Work from Home -207 31 £400 -22.33% 15
South East +37 29 £455 +19.74% 16
East of England +57 17 £313 -10.71% 4
Midlands +6 11 £251 -19.60% 10
North of England +50 9 £453 +20.67% 17
West Midlands +11 9 £126 -70.35% 7
South West +64 8 £413 +1.54% 14
North West +33 7 £450 +5.26% 11
East Midlands +8 2 £303 -3.20% 3
Yorkshire +36 1 - - 6
North East +29 1 £455 -6.47%

For the 6 months to 7 March 2021, 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.

1 172 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 125 (72.67%) Microsoft
3 105 (61.05%) Windows
4 100 (58.14%) Active Directory
5 74 (43.02%) Security Cleared
6 69 (40.12%) Microsoft 365
7 63 (36.63%) VMware
8 57 (33.14%) DNS
9 56 (32.56%) Windows Server
10 55 (31.98%) SC Cleared
10 55 (31.98%) ITIL
11 52 (30.23%) VMware Infrastructure
12 49 (28.49%) PowerShell
13 47 (27.33%) SharePoint
13 47 (27.33%) Migration
14 43 (25.00%) Azure
15 42 (24.42%) MCSA
16 36 (20.93%) MS Exchange
16 36 (20.93%) HP
17 34 (19.77%) Citrix
18 32 (18.60%) Windows 10
19 29 (16.86%) SCCM
20 28 (16.28%) Exchange Server 2010
21 27 (15.70%) Cisco
22 26 (15.12%) DHCP
23 25 (14.53%) X.500
23 25 (14.53%) Replication
24 24 (13.95%) PKI
24 24 (13.95%) Computer Science
24 24 (13.95%) Kerberos

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 47 (27.33%) SharePoint
2 36 (20.93%) MS Exchange
3 28 (16.28%) Exchange Server 2010
4 24 (13.95%) Exchange Server 2013
5 19 (11.05%) Skype for Business
6 13 (7.56%) Exchange Server 2003
6 13 (7.56%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (3.49%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (2.91%) IIS
9 4 (2.33%) Confluence
10 3 (1.74%) CMS
10 3 (1.74%) IBM Notes
10 3 (1.74%) OpenStack
10 3 (1.74%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (1.16%) nginx
11 2 (1.16%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (1.16%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 19 (11.05%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.74%) InfoPath
4 3 (1.74%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.58%) assyst
1 1 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.58%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 69 (40.12%) Microsoft 365
2 43 (25.00%) Azure
3 18 (10.47%) Azure Active Directory
4 9 (5.23%) Power Automate
5 8 (4.65%) AWS
6 4 (2.33%) PaaS
6 4 (2.33%) Power Platform
7 3 (1.74%) GCP
7 3 (1.74%) IaaS
7 3 (1.74%) OneDrive
7 3 (1.74%) PowerApps
8 2 (1.16%) Logic Apps
9 1 (0.58%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.58%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 57 (33.14%) DNS
2 26 (15.12%) DHCP
3 25 (14.53%) X.500
4 24 (13.95%) Kerberos
5 22 (12.79%) Skype
6 21 (12.21%) VPN
7 20 (11.63%) LAN
8 19 (11.05%) Firewall
8 19 (11.05%) WAN
9 14 (8.14%) NetScaler
9 14 (8.14%) SAN
10 10 (5.81%) Internet
11 8 (4.65%) 802.11
12 7 (4.07%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (2.91%) Network Security
13 5 (2.91%) TCP/IP
14 4 (2.33%) Cisco ASA
14 4 (2.33%) Intranet
14 4 (2.33%) MPLS
14 4 (2.33%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (11.63%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.49%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (3.49%) SQL Server 2014
2 6 (3.49%) SQL Server 2016
3 3 (1.74%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.16%) Power BI
5 1 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.58%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.58%) MySQL
5 1 (0.58%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 4 (2.33%) JIRA
2 2 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (1.16%) Bitbucket
2 2 (1.16%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.58%) GitLab
3 1 (0.58%) Hudson
3 1 (0.58%) MSI
General
1 16 (9.30%) Public Sector
2 11 (6.40%) Finance
3 4 (2.33%) Legal
4 3 (1.74%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.16%) Aerospace
5 2 (1.16%) Back Office
5 2 (1.16%) Banking
5 2 (1.16%) Electronics
5 2 (1.16%) German Language
5 2 (1.16%) Law
5 2 (1.16%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.16%) Marketing
6 1 (0.58%) Czech Language
6 1 (0.58%) French Language
6 1 (0.58%) Front Office
6 1 (0.58%) International Banking
6 1 (0.58%) Italian Language
6 1 (0.58%) Military
6 1 (0.58%) Retail
6 1 (0.58%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 19 (11.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 18 (10.47%) Support Engineer
3 15 (8.72%) Architect
4 14 (8.14%) Active Directory Engineer
5 11 (6.40%) Azure Engineer
6 10 (5.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 10 (5.81%) Analyst
6 10 (5.81%) IT Engineer
6 10 (5.81%) Wintel Engineer
7 8 (4.65%) IT Support
7 8 (4.65%) IT Support Engineer
8 6 (3.49%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (3.49%) Desktop Support
8 6 (3.49%) Office 365 Engineer
9 5 (2.91%) Active Directory Specialist
9 5 (2.91%) Administrator
9 5 (2.91%) Consultant
9 5 (2.91%) Network Engineer
9 5 (2.91%) Support Technician
10 4 (2.33%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (13.37%) LDAP
2 8 (4.65%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.74%) .NET
3 3 (1.74%) XML
3 3 (1.74%) XSLT
4 2 (1.16%) COM
4 2 (1.16%) CSS
4 2 (1.16%) jQuery
4 2 (1.16%) Web Services
5 1 (0.58%) REST
5 1 (0.58%) SOAP
5 1 (0.58%) Spring
5 1 (0.58%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 25 (14.53%) Replication
2 24 (13.95%) PKI
3 20 (11.63%) Data Centre
3 20 (11.63%) Management Information System
4 17 (9.88%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (4.65%) Video Conferencing
6 5 (2.91%) Fat Client
6 5 (2.91%) Thin Client
7 3 (1.74%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.74%) Virtual Team
8 2 (1.16%) Blackberry
8 2 (1.16%) iPad
8 2 (1.16%) NHS
8 2 (1.16%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.16%) User Experience
9 1 (0.58%) Augmented Reality
9 1 (0.58%) Clustering
9 1 (0.58%) CMDB
9 1 (0.58%) Handset
9 1 (0.58%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 105 (61.05%) Windows
2 56 (32.56%) Windows Server
3 32 (18.60%) Windows 10
4 24 (13.95%) Windows Server 2008
4 24 (13.95%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (10.47%) Windows Server 2003
6 14 (8.14%) Linux
6 14 (8.14%) Windows 7
6 14 (8.14%) Windows Server 2016
7 12 (6.98%) Mac OS
8 6 (3.49%) Windows Server 2019
9 4 (2.33%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.16%) Unix
10 2 (1.16%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.58%) Android
11 1 (0.58%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (31.98%) ITIL
2 47 (27.33%) Migration
3 24 (13.95%) Computer Science
4 23 (13.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 19 (11.05%) Problem-Solving
6 17 (9.88%) Load Balancing
7 14 (8.14%) Disaster Recovery
8 13 (7.56%) Change Management
8 13 (7.56%) Identity Management
8 13 (7.56%) Virtual Environments
9 12 (6.98%) ITIL V3
9 12 (6.98%) Process Improvement
10 11 (6.40%) Customer Requirements
10 11 (6.40%) DevOps
10 11 (6.40%) Mentoring
10 11 (6.40%) Service Management
11 10 (5.81%) Service Delivery
12 9 (5.23%) Disk Encryption
12 9 (5.23%) Virtual Infrastructure
13 8 (4.65%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 49 (28.49%) PowerShell
2 18 (10.47%) SQL
3 4 (2.33%) JavaScript
4 3 (1.74%) Python
5 1 (0.58%) C
5 1 (0.58%) C#
5 1 (0.58%) C++
5 1 (0.58%) Java
5 1 (0.58%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 172 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 74 (43.02%) Security Cleared
3 55 (31.98%) SC Cleared
4 42 (24.42%) MCSA
5 23 (13.37%) Degree
6 22 (12.79%) Cisco Certification
7 21 (12.21%) CCNA
8 19 (11.05%) DV Cleared
9 18 (10.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 16 (9.30%) Computer Science Degree
11 14 (8.14%) Citrix Certification
11 14 (8.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 11 (6.40%) MCP
13 10 (5.81%) MCITP
14 6 (3.49%) CCNP
14 6 (3.49%) HP AIS
14 6 (3.49%) HP ASE
14 6 (3.49%) HP MASE
14 6 (3.49%) JNCIS
14 6 (3.49%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (11.63%) SLA
2 3 (1.74%) QA
3 2 (1.16%) NCSC
4 1 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.58%) GDPR
4 1 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 100 (58.14%) Active Directory
2 52 (30.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (12.79%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
4 19 (11.05%) VMware ESXi
5 18 (10.47%) Hyper-V
6 14 (8.14%) XenApp
7 6 (3.49%) vSphere
8 4 (2.33%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (1.74%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (1.16%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.58%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 1 (0.58%) Docker
11 1 (0.58%) Firmware
11 1 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.58%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.58%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 29 (16.86%) SCCM
2 14 (8.14%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (4.65%) AirWatch
3 8 (4.65%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 6 (3.49%) WSUS
5 5 (2.91%) Backup Exec
5 5 (2.91%) NetBackup
6 4 (2.33%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (2.33%) SCOM
6 4 (2.33%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (1.74%) EMC VPLEX
7 3 (1.74%) Kubernetes
7 3 (1.74%) Terraform
7 3 (1.74%) vRealize
8 2 (1.16%) HAProxy
8 2 (1.16%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (1.16%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.58%) DatAdvantage
9 1 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.58%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 125 (72.67%) Microsoft
2 63 (36.63%) VMware
3 36 (20.93%) HP
4 34 (19.77%) Citrix
5 27 (15.70%) Cisco
6 14 (8.14%) Dell
6 14 (8.14%) Veeam
7 13 (7.56%) Apple
8 10 (5.81%) Juniper
9 9 (5.23%) EMC
9 9 (5.23%) IronPort
10 8 (4.65%) NetApp
10 8 (4.65%) SolarWinds
11 7 (4.07%) Brocade
12 6 (3.49%) Palo Alto
13 5 (2.91%) Ivanti
13 5 (2.91%) SAP
14 4 (2.33%) McAfee
14 4 (2.33%) Polycom
14 4 (2.33%) Veritas