Period
to 15 June 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 15 June 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
15 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 488 406 417
Rank change year-on-year -82 +11 +42
Contract jobs citing MCSE 226 203 490
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.37% 0.47% 0.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.83% 1.95% 2.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 162 116 286
10th Percentile £220 £185 £200
25th Percentile £363 £264 £311
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £462 £375 £425
Median % change year-on-year +23.20% -11.76% +13.33%
75th Percentile £525 £488 £525
90th Percentile £575 £556 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £380 £425
% change year-on-year +21.05% -10.59% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 20 52
10th Percentile " £14.38 £14.60
25th Percentile £72.75 £15.85 £15.21
Median hourly rate £73.50 £18.75 £22.34
Median % change year-on-year +292.00% -16.05% +22.35%
75th Percentile £74.25 £20.25 £33.40
90th Percentile " £29.64 £34.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £73.50 £17.50 £21.17
% change year-on-year +320.00% -17.33% +20.96%

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 12,353 10,405 17,023
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.02% 23.86% 18.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,002 6,693 10,597
10th Percentile £306 £281 £263
25th Percentile £400 £385 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £586 £575 £569
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £455 £445
% change year-on-year +1.10% +2.25% +7.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 601 402 737
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.26 £12.46
25th Percentile £17.47 £18.44 £17.09
Median hourly rate £34.01 £30.03 £31.50
Median % change year-on-year +13.26% -4.68% +44.40%
75th Percentile £51.63 £49.88 £46.00
90th Percentile £63.00 £57.50 £53.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.57 £25.50 £31.71
% change year-on-year +19.87% -19.58% +40.50%

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 15 June 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 16 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 15 June 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 -78 153 £450 +12.50% 85
UK excluding London -3 152 £460 +21.05% 70
Scotland +5 52 £475 +46.15% 4
South East 0 45 £468 +16.15% 18
Work from Home -226 44 £474 -9.73% 8
London -88 42 £413 +17.86% 22
North of England +10 18 £450 +22.45% 9
East of England +16 17 £521 +54.27% 9
Midlands -24 16 £250 -39.21% 18
North West -2 12 £482 +10.17% 5
West Midlands -23 11 £200 -51.52% 10
Yorkshire +13 5 £220 +20.55% 2
East Midlands +3 5 £314 +132.41% 8
South West -6 5 £380 -5.00% 8
North East - 1 £455 - 2
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 15 June 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.

1 226 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 141 (62.39%) Microsoft
3 140 (61.95%) Windows
4 120 (53.10%) Active Directory
5 100 (44.25%) Security Cleared
6 91 (40.27%) VMware
7 83 (36.73%) SC Cleared
8 79 (34.96%) PowerShell
9 77 (34.07%) DNS
10 76 (33.63%) ITIL
11 71 (31.42%) Windows Server
12 70 (30.97%) Microsoft 365
12 70 (30.97%) Migration
13 69 (30.53%) VMware Infrastructure
13 69 (30.53%) Social Skills
14 60 (26.55%) Degree
15 56 (24.78%) Citrix
16 52 (23.01%) MS Exchange
17 51 (22.57%) Computer Science
18 49 (21.68%) MCSA
19 48 (21.24%) Windows Server 2012
20 44 (19.47%) DHCP
21 43 (19.03%) Azure
22 41 (18.14%) SharePoint
23 39 (17.26%) Cisco
23 39 (17.26%) Cisco Certification
23 39 (17.26%) SCCM
23 39 (17.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 38 (16.81%) Public Sector
24 38 (16.81%) CCNA

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 52 (23.01%) MS Exchange
2 41 (18.14%) SharePoint
3 34 (15.04%) Exchange Server 2010
4 30 (13.27%) Exchange Server 2013
5 22 (9.73%) Skype for Business
6 18 (7.96%) Exchange Server 2003
7 17 (7.52%) Exchange Server 2007
8 8 (3.54%) Office Communications Server
9 4 (1.77%) IBM Notes
9 4 (1.77%) IIS
9 4 (1.77%) OpenStack
9 4 (1.77%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (1.33%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.88%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.44%) Confluence
Applications
1 21 (9.29%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.21%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.77%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.33%) InfoPath
4 3 (1.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.44%) assyst
1 1 (0.44%) Sentinel
1 1 (0.44%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 70 (30.97%) Microsoft 365
2 43 (19.03%) Azure
3 15 (6.64%) AWS
4 13 (5.75%) Azure Active Directory
5 10 (4.42%) PaaS
6 8 (3.54%) IaaS
7 4 (1.77%) GCP
7 4 (1.77%) Power Platform
8 3 (1.33%) PowerApps
8 3 (1.33%) SaaS
9 2 (0.88%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.88%) Power Automate
10 1 (0.44%) Azure Sentinel
10 1 (0.44%) Azure Stack
10 1 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.44%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 77 (34.07%) DNS
2 44 (19.47%) DHCP
3 33 (14.60%) NetScaler
4 27 (11.95%) Kerberos
5 25 (11.06%) X.500
6 23 (10.18%) VPN
7 22 (9.73%) Skype
8 21 (9.29%) Firewall
8 21 (9.29%) SAN
9 12 (5.31%) Network Security
10 10 (4.42%) LAN
11 9 (3.98%) TCP/IP
11 9 (3.98%) WAN
12 8 (3.54%) 802.11
13 6 (2.65%) Internet
13 6 (2.65%) VLAN
14 5 (2.21%) Cisco ASA
14 5 (2.21%) Wireless
15 4 (1.77%) NAS
15 4 (1.77%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (10.62%) SQL Server
2 13 (5.75%) SQL Server 2012
2 13 (5.75%) SQL Server 2016
3 6 (2.65%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.88%) Power BI
4 2 (0.88%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.44%) MySQL
5 1 (0.44%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2017
5 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 2 (0.88%) Visual Studio
1 2 (0.88%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.44%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.44%) Hudson
2 1 (0.44%) JIRA
2 1 (0.44%) MSI
General
1 69 (30.53%) Social Skills
2 38 (16.81%) Public Sector
3 13 (5.75%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (4.87%) Finance
5 7 (3.10%) Banking
5 7 (3.10%) Documentation Skills
5 7 (3.10%) Law
6 3 (1.33%) Legal
6 3 (1.33%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.88%) Back Office
7 2 (0.88%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.88%) Marketing
7 2 (0.88%) Organisational Skills
7 2 (0.88%) Presentation Skills
8 1 (0.44%) Electronics
8 1 (0.44%) German Language
8 1 (0.44%) International Banking
8 1 (0.44%) Local Government
8 1 (0.44%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.44%) Military
Job Titles
1 28 (12.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 20 (8.85%) Support Engineer
3 18 (7.96%) Architect
4 12 (5.31%) Active Directory Engineer
5 11 (4.87%) IT Engineer
6 9 (3.98%) Consultant
6 9 (3.98%) Wintel Engineer
7 8 (3.54%) Infrastructure Architect
7 8 (3.54%) IT Support
8 7 (3.10%) Citrix Engineer
8 7 (3.10%) IT Support Engineer
9 6 (2.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 6 (2.65%) Analyst
9 6 (2.65%) Azure Engineer
9 6 (2.65%) Infrastructure Specialist
9 6 (2.65%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 5 (2.21%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
10 5 (2.21%) Network Engineer
10 5 (2.21%) Windows Engineer
11 4 (1.77%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (13.27%) LDAP
2 8 (3.54%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.33%) .NET
3 3 (1.33%) CSS
4 2 (0.88%) jQuery
4 2 (0.88%) XML
4 2 (0.88%) XSLT
5 1 (0.44%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.44%) ADO
5 1 (0.44%) ADO.NET
5 1 (0.44%) COM
5 1 (0.44%) ODBC
5 1 (0.44%) OLE
5 1 (0.44%) OLE DB
5 1 (0.44%) SailPoint
5 1 (0.44%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.44%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 31 (13.72%) Replication
2 22 (9.73%) Data Centre
3 20 (8.85%) PKI
4 9 (3.98%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (2.21%) Blackberry
6 5 (2.21%) Clustering
7 4 (1.77%) Enterprise Storage
7 4 (1.77%) Fat Client
7 4 (1.77%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (1.77%) iPad
7 4 (1.77%) Thin Client
8 3 (1.33%) BYOD
8 3 (1.33%) Driving Licence
8 3 (1.33%) iPhone
8 3 (1.33%) NHS
9 2 (0.88%) EMC VNX
9 2 (0.88%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.44%) Cyberthreat
10 1 (0.44%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 140 (61.95%) Windows
2 71 (31.42%) Windows Server
3 48 (21.24%) Windows Server 2012
4 37 (16.37%) Windows 10
5 33 (14.60%) Windows Server 2008
6 29 (12.83%) Windows Server 2016
7 22 (9.73%) Linux
8 21 (9.29%) Windows Server 2003
8 21 (9.29%) Windows Server 2019
9 19 (8.41%) Windows 7
10 11 (4.87%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.88%) Unix
11 2 (0.88%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.44%) Android
12 1 (0.44%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.44%) Solaris
12 1 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (33.63%) ITIL
2 70 (30.97%) Migration
3 51 (22.57%) Computer Science
4 39 (17.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 28 (12.39%) Virtual Environments
6 27 (11.95%) Problem-Solving
7 26 (11.50%) Customer Requirements
8 25 (11.06%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 23 (10.18%) Load Balancing
10 22 (9.73%) Identity Management
11 17 (7.52%) Mentoring
12 12 (5.31%) High Availability
12 12 (5.31%) ITIL V3
13 10 (4.42%) Process Improvement
13 10 (4.42%) Service Management
14 9 (3.98%) Change Management
14 9 (3.98%) Disaster Recovery
14 9 (3.98%) Disk Encryption
14 9 (3.98%) Problem Management
14 9 (3.98%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 79 (34.96%) PowerShell
2 21 (9.29%) SQL
3 4 (1.77%) JavaScript
4 3 (1.33%) Python
5 2 (0.88%) Java
5 2 (0.88%) VB.NET
6 1 (0.44%) C
6 1 (0.44%) C#
6 1 (0.44%) R
6 1 (0.44%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 226 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 100 (44.25%) Security Cleared
3 83 (36.73%) SC Cleared
4 60 (26.55%) Degree
5 49 (21.68%) MCSA
6 39 (17.26%) Cisco Certification
7 38 (16.81%) CCNA
8 37 (16.37%) Computer Science Degree
9 35 (15.49%) DV Cleared
9 35 (15.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 34 (15.04%) Citrix Certification
11 19 (8.41%) MCITP
12 17 (7.52%) MCP
13 11 (4.87%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 8 (3.54%) ITIL Certification
15 7 (3.10%) CISSP
16 6 (2.65%) VCP6
17 5 (2.21%) CCNP
18 4 (1.77%) HP AIS
18 4 (1.77%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (10.18%) SLA
2 7 (3.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.77%) ISO 9001
3 4 (1.77%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.88%) GDPR
4 2 (0.88%) QA
5 1 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.44%) NIST
5 1 (0.44%) SOC 2
System Software
1 120 (53.10%) Active Directory
2 69 (30.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (13.27%) XenApp
4 25 (11.06%) Hyper-V
5 24 (10.62%) VMware ESXi
6 22 (9.73%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 17 (7.52%) vSphere
8 7 (3.10%) XenDesktop
9 6 (2.65%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (2.21%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (1.33%) Firmware
12 2 (0.88%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 2 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
12 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.44%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 1 (0.44%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.44%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 39 (17.26%) SCCM
2 28 (12.39%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 13 (5.75%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (5.75%) SCOM
3 13 (5.75%) WSUS
4 8 (3.54%) AirWatch
5 6 (2.65%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 5 (2.21%) Backup Exec
6 5 (2.21%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (2.21%) NetBackup
7 4 (1.77%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 3 (1.33%) DatAdvantage
8 3 (1.33%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.88%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.88%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.88%) vRealize
10 1 (0.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 1 (0.44%) SCDPM
10 1 (0.44%) Terraform
Vendors
1 141 (62.39%) Microsoft
2 91 (40.27%) VMware
3 56 (24.78%) Citrix
4 39 (17.26%) Cisco
5 28 (12.39%) HP
6 13 (5.75%) IronPort
6 13 (5.75%) Veeam
7 11 (4.87%) Apple
7 11 (4.87%) Dell
7 11 (4.87%) NetApp
8 10 (4.42%) SolarWinds
9 9 (3.98%) EMC
9 9 (3.98%) Fortinet
10 8 (3.54%) Juniper
11 5 (2.21%) Brocade
11 5 (2.21%) Ivanti
11 5 (2.21%) Lumension
11 5 (2.21%) McAfee
11 5 (2.21%) Varonis
12 4 (1.77%) Nintex