Period
to 22 October 2017

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 22 October 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
6 months to
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 398 346 322
Rank change year-on-year -52 -24 -26
Contract jobs citing MCSE 582 743 832
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.70% 0.73%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.15% 3.35% 3.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 355 500 470
UK median daily rate £325 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.52% +1.54% -
10th Percentile £150 £180 £153
90th Percentile £500 £488 £464
UK excluding London median daily rate £333 £325 £339
% change year-on-year +2.31% -4.06% +9.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 50 82
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £20.92 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.11% -0.40% +20.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £14.35
90th Percentile £39.05 £29.60 £31.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £21.00 £21.07
% change year-on-year -21.43% -0.34% +11.01%

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 18483 22182 22241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.60% 21.04% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11285 13773 13301
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +2.56%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 831 1094
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.77% +10.42% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.81
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 6 months to 22 October 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 6 months to 22 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 22 October 2017. 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 -37 544 £325 -1.52% 80
UK excluding London -17 400 £333 +2.31% 55
London -29 174 £325 -18.75% 27
South East +2 122 £325 -7.14% 22
North of England -1 80 £350 +7.69% 19
East of England +1 78 £300 +20.00% 3
Midlands +68 69 £350 +6.06% 7
East Midlands +28 38 £325 +13.04% 2
West Midlands +36 31 £400 +21.21% 5
Yorkshire +31 29 £331 -11.67% 3
North West +24 26 £313 +27.55% 15
North East -2 26 £370 +14.55% 1
South West -7 22 £160 -54.93% 2
Scotland -47 17 £335 +6.35% 1
Wales +17 11 £425 +21.43% 1
Northern Ireland -51 2 £250 +42.86%

For the 6 months to 22 October 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.

1 582 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 395 (67.87%) Windows
3 344 (59.11%) Microsoft
4 312 (53.61%) Active Directory
5 223 (38.32%) ITIL
6 198 (34.02%) VMware
6 198 (34.02%) Office 365
6 198 (34.02%) Windows Server
7 166 (28.52%) MCSA
8 165 (28.35%) MS Exchange
9 164 (28.18%) Citrix
10 140 (24.05%) Microsoft Azure
11 130 (22.34%) VMware Infrastructure
11 130 (22.34%) Windows Server 2012
12 118 (20.27%) Cisco
13 117 (20.10%) MCP
13 117 (20.10%) SCCM
14 115 (19.76%) PowerShell
15 114 (19.59%) SQL Server
16 108 (18.56%) DNS
17 106 (18.21%) Microsoft Office
18 99 (17.01%) Cisco Certification
18 99 (17.01%) Migration
19 98 (16.84%) Windows 7
20 96 (16.49%) HP
21 90 (15.46%) Windows Server 2008
22 88 (15.12%) Finance
23 87 (14.95%) DHCP
24 86 (14.78%) SAN
24 86 (14.78%) 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
1 165 (28.35%) MS Exchange
2 75 (12.89%) SharePoint
3 68 (11.68%) Exchange Server 2010
4 58 (9.97%) Skype for Business
5 43 (7.39%) IIS
6 42 (7.22%) Exchange Server 2013
7 35 (6.01%) SharePoint 2013
8 33 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2007
9 25 (4.30%) SharePoint 2010
10 18 (3.09%) SharePoint Server
11 15 (2.58%) IBM Notes
12 13 (2.23%) OpenStack
13 11 (1.89%) Apache
14 6 (1.03%) Tomcat
15 4 (0.69%) CMS
15 4 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2003
16 3 (0.52%) Office Communications Server
17 2 (0.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 2 (0.34%) WordPress
18 1 (0.17%) Confluence
Applications
1 106 (18.21%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (3.26%) MS Visio
3 9 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (1.03%) AutoCAD
4 6 (1.03%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.17%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 7 (1.20%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.52%) Eikon
3 1 (0.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.17%) Relativity
3 1 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 198 (34.02%) Office 365
2 140 (24.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 52 (8.93%) Amazon AWS
4 31 (5.33%) Azure Active Directory
5 21 (3.61%) IaaS
6 16 (2.75%) SaaS
7 15 (2.58%) PaaS
8 14 (2.41%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.03%) G Suite
10 5 (0.86%) Mimecast
10 5 (0.86%) Yammer
11 3 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.17%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.17%) Azure Data Factory
12 1 (0.17%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 108 (18.56%) DNS
2 87 (14.95%) DHCP
3 86 (14.78%) SAN
4 85 (14.60%) TCP/IP
5 81 (13.92%) LAN
6 69 (11.86%) WAN
7 66 (11.34%) Firewall
8 56 (9.62%) Skype
9 33 (5.67%) VPN
9 33 (5.67%) Wireless
10 26 (4.47%) Internet
11 25 (4.30%) VoIP
12 24 (4.12%) NAS
13 21 (3.61%) NetScaler
14 20 (3.44%) Unified Communications
15 17 (2.92%) VLAN
16 16 (2.75%) Ethernet
17 11 (1.89%) Network Security
18 10 (1.72%) IPsec
19 9 (1.55%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (19.59%) SQL Server
2 36 (6.19%) SQL Server 2012
3 30 (5.15%) SQL Server 2008
4 18 (3.09%) SQL Server 2016
5 15 (2.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (2.41%) QlikView
7 12 (2.06%) SQL Server 2005
8 11 (1.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (1.20%) Big Data
9 7 (1.20%) Data Warehouse
9 7 (1.20%) Hadoop
9 7 (1.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (1.03%) OLAP
10 6 (1.03%) OLTP
11 4 (0.69%) Oracle Database
11 4 (0.69%) SQL Server 2014
12 2 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (0.34%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (0.34%) MS Access
12 2 (0.34%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 24 (4.12%) Team Foundation Server
2 21 (3.61%) Visual Studio
3 14 (2.41%) Octopus Deploy
4 9 (1.55%) Git (software)
5 8 (1.37%) HP UFT
6 4 (0.69%) Eclipse
6 4 (0.69%) JMeter
7 3 (0.52%) Wise Package Studio
8 2 (0.34%) JIRA
9 1 (0.17%) MSI
9 1 (0.17%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.17%) YouTrack
General
1 88 (15.12%) Finance
2 36 (6.19%) Banking
3 18 (3.09%) Law
3 18 (3.09%) Manufacturing
4 13 (2.23%) Investment Banking
5 10 (1.72%) Legal
5 10 (1.72%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.20%) Aerospace
6 7 (1.20%) Automotive
7 6 (1.03%) Advertising
7 6 (1.03%) Electronics
7 6 (1.03%) Marketing
8 5 (0.86%) German Language
8 5 (0.86%) Local Government
9 4 (0.69%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.69%) French Language
10 3 (0.52%) Retail
11 2 (0.34%) Dutch Language
11 2 (0.34%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.17%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 91 (15.64%) Architect
2 74 (12.71%) Analyst
3 72 (12.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 64 (11.00%) Support Engineer
5 59 (10.14%) Desktop Support
6 36 (6.19%) Consultant
7 31 (5.33%) Desktop Engineer
8 30 (5.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 30 (5.15%) Support Analyst
9 29 (4.98%) 3rd Line Support
9 29 (4.98%) Technical Architect
10 25 (4.30%) Administrator
11 24 (4.12%) 2nd Line Support
12 22 (3.78%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 22 (3.78%) Server Engineer
13 20 (3.44%) Systems Engineer
14 19 (3.26%) IT Support
15 18 (3.09%) Network Engineer
16 17 (2.92%) Developer
16 17 (2.92%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (4.64%) .NET
2 16 (2.75%) XML
3 7 (1.20%) CSS
3 7 (1.20%) jQuery
3 7 (1.20%) XSLT
4 6 (1.03%) MDX
5 5 (0.86%) Middleware
6 4 (0.69%) Software Packaging
6 4 (0.69%) Web Services
7 3 (0.52%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.34%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.34%) CGI
8 2 (0.34%) JSON
9 1 (0.17%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.17%) ASP.NET MVC 5
9 1 (0.17%) HTML
9 1 (0.17%) SAML
9 1 (0.17%) SAP Basis
9 1 (0.17%) WAP
9 1 (0.17%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 73 (12.54%) Data Centre
2 62 (10.65%) Analytical Skills
3 38 (6.53%) Blackberry
4 33 (5.67%) Clustering
4 33 (5.67%) Management Information System
5 30 (5.15%) Computer Science
6 24 (4.12%) Video Conferencing
7 21 (3.61%) PKI
8 16 (2.75%) Client/Server
9 15 (2.58%) Replication
10 14 (2.41%) Private Cloud
11 13 (2.23%) BYOD
12 12 (2.06%) Cyberthreat
13 9 (1.55%) Public Cloud
14 8 (1.37%) NHS
15 7 (1.20%) Security Operations Centre
16 5 (0.86%) CESG
16 5 (0.86%) Hybrid Cloud
16 5 (0.86%) Virtual Team
17 4 (0.69%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 395 (67.87%) Windows
2 198 (34.02%) Windows Server
3 130 (22.34%) Windows Server 2012
4 98 (16.84%) Windows 7
5 90 (15.46%) Windows Server 2008
6 80 (13.75%) Windows 10
7 57 (9.79%) Linux
8 37 (6.36%) Windows Server 2003
9 30 (5.15%) Apple iOS
10 24 (4.12%) Unix
11 14 (2.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 14 (2.41%) Windows 8
12 12 (2.06%) Windows Vista
13 11 (1.89%) Android
13 11 (1.89%) Solaris
14 8 (1.37%) Windows XP
15 7 (1.20%) VMS
16 5 (0.86%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.52%) Ubuntu
17 3 (0.52%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (38.32%) ITIL
2 99 (17.01%) Migration
3 60 (10.31%) PRINCE2
4 54 (9.28%) Change Management
5 45 (7.73%) Project Management
6 44 (7.56%) Disaster Recovery
7 36 (6.19%) High Availability
8 35 (6.01%) TOGAF
9 33 (5.67%) ITIL V3
10 32 (5.50%) Agile Software Development
10 32 (5.50%) Service Management
11 28 (4.81%) Service Delivery
12 25 (4.30%) DevOps
12 25 (4.30%) Incident Management
12 25 (4.30%) Time Management
13 21 (3.61%) Capacity Planning
13 21 (3.61%) Performance Tuning
14 20 (3.44%) Load Balancing
15 19 (3.26%) Infrastructure Management
15 19 (3.26%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 115 (19.76%) PowerShell
2 86 (14.78%) SQL
3 23 (3.95%) C#
4 22 (3.78%) Java
5 18 (3.09%) VBScript
6 17 (2.92%) JavaScript
7 10 (1.72%) VB
8 6 (1.03%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 4 (0.69%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.52%) REXX
10 3 (0.52%) Tcl
11 2 (0.34%) C
11 2 (0.34%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.17%) Python
12 1 (0.17%) Ruby
12 1 (0.17%) VBA
Qualifications
1 582 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 166 (28.52%) MCSA
3 117 (20.10%) MCP
4 99 (17.01%) Cisco Certification
5 76 (13.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 71 (12.20%) CCNA
7 63 (10.82%) MCITP
8 62 (10.65%) Degree
8 62 (10.65%) Security Cleared
9 50 (8.59%) SC Cleared
10 45 (7.73%) MCDST
11 33 (5.67%) CISSP
11 33 (5.67%) Citrix Certification
12 30 (5.15%) ITIL Certification
13 27 (4.64%) DV Cleared
14 25 (4.30%) Computer Science Degree
15 24 (4.12%) A+ Certification
16 22 (3.78%) CCNP
17 21 (3.61%) CCA
18 19 (3.26%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (8.25%) SLA
2 16 (2.75%) PCI DSS
3 14 (2.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.34%) COBIT
5 2 (0.34%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.17%) GDPR
6 1 (0.17%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.17%) QA
6 1 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 312 (53.61%) Active Directory
2 130 (22.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 86 (14.78%) Hyper-V
4 52 (8.93%) XenApp
5 36 (6.19%) vSphere
6 33 (5.67%) Virtual Servers
7 24 (4.12%) VMware ESXi
8 19 (3.26%) Microsoft App-V
8 19 (3.26%) Virtual Machines
9 16 (2.75%) Virtual Desktop
9 16 (2.75%) XenDesktop
10 9 (1.55%) Terminal Services
11 8 (1.37%) Brightmail
11 8 (1.37%) VMware Workstation
12 6 (1.03%) BitLocker
12 6 (1.03%) XenServer
13 4 (0.69%) Firmware
13 4 (0.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 2 (0.34%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 117 (20.10%) SCCM
2 52 (8.93%) SCOM
3 21 (3.61%) Norton AntiVirus
4 19 (3.26%) Microsoft Clustering
5 18 (3.09%) Backup Exec
6 14 (2.41%) WSUS
7 11 (1.89%) NetBackup
8 9 (1.55%) Microsoft Intune
9 8 (1.37%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (1.37%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 7 (1.20%) AirWatch
10 7 (1.20%) McAfee ePO
10 7 (1.20%) vCenter Server
11 6 (1.03%) AppDNA
11 6 (1.03%) DameWare
12 5 (0.86%) HP Data Protector
13 4 (0.69%) Failover Clustering
14 3 (0.52%) EMC NetWorker
14 3 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
14 3 (0.52%) QRadar
Vendors
1 344 (59.11%) Microsoft
2 198 (34.02%) VMware
3 164 (28.18%) Citrix
4 118 (20.27%) Cisco
5 96 (16.49%) HP
6 41 (7.04%) NetApp
7 37 (6.36%) Apple
8 34 (5.84%) Dell
9 32 (5.50%) Oracle
10 26 (4.47%) Symantec
11 24 (4.12%) 3PAR
12 22 (3.78%) McAfee
13 20 (3.44%) CheckPoint
14 18 (3.09%) SolarWinds
15 17 (2.92%) Veeam
16 16 (2.75%) Lotus
16 16 (2.75%) Palo Alto
16 16 (2.75%) Sophos
17 15 (2.58%) Bloomberg
17 15 (2.58%) Reuters