Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 408 339 324
Rank change year-on-year -69 -15 -28
Contract jobs citing MCSE 553 778 815
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 0.73% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.98% 3.43% 3.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 334 506 458
UK median daily rate £330 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.54% -
10th Percentile £150 £188 £158
90th Percentile £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £325 £334
% change year-on-year +1.54% -2.62% +11.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 55 83
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £21.33 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.30% -1.02% +23.74%
10th Percentile £11.53 £11.25 £14.45
90th Percentile £37.00 £36.20 £36.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £21.33 £21.55
% change year-on-year -17.96% -1.02% +26.50%

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 18557 22686 21774
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.74% 21.25% 19.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 11261 14098 12915
UK median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +3.90%
10th Percentile £233 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 828 1077
UK median hourly rate £29.25 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.36% +19.57% +15.00%
10th Percentile £12.12 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.42 £47.88 £48.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £27.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +16.36% +14.01% +20.60%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 26 September 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 -52 518 £338 - 81
UK excluding London -27 385 £330 +1.54% 59
London -37 160 £334 -16.56% 28
South East -5 126 £330 -7.04% 11
North of England -17 78 £350 +9.38% 29
East of England +16 68 £400 +73.91% 3
Midlands +44 65 £325 -1.52% 8
East Midlands +19 39 £325 +18.18%
Yorkshire +33 28 £319 -12.07% 10
West Midlands +29 26 £350 +6.06% 8
North West +22 25 £313 +30.21% 18
North East +4 25 £370 +15.26% 1
South West -5 22 £160 -60.00% 2
Scotland -71 16 £328 +3.56% 5
Wales -1 9 £380 +8.57% 1
Northern Ireland -50 2 £250 -

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 553 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 392 (70.89%) Windows
3 342 (61.84%) Microsoft
4 287 (51.90%) Active Directory
5 205 (37.07%) ITIL
6 192 (34.72%) Windows Server
7 190 (34.36%) VMware
8 184 (33.27%) Office 365
9 160 (28.93%) MCSA
10 154 (27.85%) Citrix
11 147 (26.58%) MS Exchange
12 133 (24.05%) Windows Server 2012
13 131 (23.69%) VMware Infrastructure
14 129 (23.33%) Microsoft Azure
15 114 (20.61%) Cisco
16 109 (19.71%) MCP
16 109 (19.71%) SQL Server
17 108 (19.53%) SCCM
18 105 (18.99%) Microsoft Office
18 105 (18.99%) Migration
19 103 (18.63%) Windows 7
20 102 (18.44%) PowerShell
21 99 (17.90%) Windows Server 2008
22 94 (17.00%) HP
23 93 (16.82%) Cisco Certification
24 88 (15.91%) Hyper-V
25 87 (15.73%) Windows 10
26 86 (15.55%) DNS
27 79 (14.29%) SQL
28 77 (13.92%) Data Centre

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
1 147 (26.58%) MS Exchange
2 66 (11.93%) Exchange Server 2010
3 65 (11.75%) SharePoint
4 56 (10.13%) Skype for Business
5 46 (8.32%) IIS
6 40 (7.23%) Exchange Server 2013
7 32 (5.79%) SharePoint 2013
8 24 (4.34%) SharePoint 2010
9 23 (4.16%) Exchange Server 2007
10 22 (3.98%) SharePoint Server
11 16 (2.89%) OpenStack
12 15 (2.71%) IBM Notes
13 11 (1.99%) Apache
14 6 (1.08%) Tomcat
15 5 (0.90%) CMS
16 4 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
16 4 (0.72%) Office Communications Server
17 3 (0.54%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 2 (0.36%) WordPress
19 1 (0.18%) Confluence
Applications
1 105 (18.99%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (3.07%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.81%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (1.08%) AutoCAD
5 4 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.18%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 8 (1.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.54%) Eikon
3 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.18%) Relativity
3 1 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 184 (33.27%) Office 365
2 129 (23.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 52 (9.40%) Amazon AWS
4 22 (3.98%) IaaS
5 21 (3.80%) Azure Active Directory
6 15 (2.71%) SaaS
7 14 (2.53%) PaaS
8 7 (1.27%) OneDrive
9 6 (1.08%) Yammer
10 5 (0.90%) G Suite
11 4 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.36%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.18%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.18%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.18%) Azure Data Factory
13 1 (0.18%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 86 (15.55%) DNS
2 73 (13.20%) TCP/IP
3 69 (12.48%) DHCP
3 69 (12.48%) SAN
4 63 (11.39%) Firewall
4 63 (11.39%) LAN
5 56 (10.13%) Skype
6 52 (9.40%) WAN
7 33 (5.97%) Wireless
8 29 (5.24%) VPN
9 24 (4.34%) Internet
10 21 (3.80%) NAS
11 20 (3.62%) NetScaler
11 20 (3.62%) VoIP
12 19 (3.44%) Unified Communications
13 16 (2.89%) Ethernet
14 14 (2.53%) VLAN
15 11 (1.99%) Network Security
16 9 (1.63%) IPsec
17 8 (1.45%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (19.71%) SQL Server
2 36 (6.51%) SQL Server 2012
3 26 (4.70%) SQL Server 2008
4 19 (3.44%) SQL Server 2016
5 13 (2.35%) SQL Server 2005
5 13 (2.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 12 (2.17%) QlikView
7 11 (1.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 8 (1.45%) Big Data
8 8 (1.45%) Hadoop
9 7 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
9 7 (1.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (1.08%) OLAP
10 6 (1.08%) OLTP
11 4 (0.72%) Oracle Database
11 4 (0.72%) SQL Server 2014
12 2 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
12 2 (0.36%) BusinessObjects
12 2 (0.36%) MS Access
12 2 (0.36%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 28 (5.06%) Team Foundation Server
2 26 (4.70%) Visual Studio
3 12 (2.17%) Octopus Deploy
4 9 (1.63%) Git (software)
5 8 (1.45%) HP UFT
6 4 (0.72%) Eclipse
6 4 (0.72%) JMeter
7 3 (0.54%) StarTeam
7 3 (0.54%) Wise Package Studio
8 2 (0.36%) JIRA
9 1 (0.18%) MSI
9 1 (0.18%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.18%) YouTrack
General
1 75 (13.56%) Finance
2 31 (5.61%) Banking
3 19 (3.44%) Law
4 14 (2.53%) Manufacturing
5 10 (1.81%) Investment Banking
5 10 (1.81%) Legal
6 8 (1.45%) Automotive
7 7 (1.27%) Aerospace
8 6 (1.08%) Telecoms
9 5 (0.90%) Advertising
9 5 (0.90%) Local Government
10 4 (0.72%) Financial Institution
10 4 (0.72%) French Language
11 3 (0.54%) Retail
12 2 (0.36%) Dutch Language
12 2 (0.36%) Electronics
12 2 (0.36%) Front Office
12 2 (0.36%) German Language
12 2 (0.36%) Marketing
12 2 (0.36%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 89 (16.09%) Architect
2 69 (12.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 64 (11.57%) Analyst
4 58 (10.49%) Desktop Support
4 58 (10.49%) Support Engineer
5 32 (5.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 32 (5.79%) Desktop Engineer
6 30 (5.42%) Support Analyst
7 28 (5.06%) Consultant
8 27 (4.88%) Technical Architect
9 26 (4.70%) 3rd Line Support
10 23 (4.16%) 2nd Line Support
10 23 (4.16%) Administrator
11 21 (3.80%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 21 (3.80%) Server Engineer
12 19 (3.44%) Network Engineer
13 18 (3.25%) IT Support
14 16 (2.89%) Systems Engineer
15 15 (2.71%) Developer
16 14 (2.53%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (5.61%) .NET
2 20 (3.62%) XML
3 11 (1.99%) CSS
3 11 (1.99%) jQuery
3 11 (1.99%) XSLT
4 6 (1.08%) MDX
5 5 (0.90%) Middleware
6 3 (0.54%) 802.1X
6 3 (0.54%) WAP
6 3 (0.54%) Web Services
7 2 (0.36%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.36%) JSON
8 1 (0.18%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.18%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (0.18%) ASP.NET MVC 5
8 1 (0.18%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.18%) HTML
8 1 (0.18%) SAML
8 1 (0.18%) Software Packaging
8 1 (0.18%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 77 (13.92%) Data Centre
2 50 (9.04%) Analytical Skills
3 39 (7.05%) Blackberry
4 32 (5.79%) Management Information System
5 30 (5.42%) Clustering
5 30 (5.42%) Computer Science
6 25 (4.52%) Video Conferencing
7 22 (3.98%) PKI
8 18 (3.25%) Private Cloud
9 16 (2.89%) Client/Server
10 15 (2.71%) BYOD
11 13 (2.35%) Replication
12 9 (1.63%) Public Cloud
13 8 (1.45%) Cyberthreat
14 7 (1.27%) Security Operations Centre
15 5 (0.90%) CESG
15 5 (0.90%) Virtual Team
16 4 (0.72%) CMDB
16 4 (0.72%) Hybrid Cloud
17 3 (0.54%) HP Storage
Operating Systems
1 392 (70.89%) Windows
2 192 (34.72%) Windows Server
3 133 (24.05%) Windows Server 2012
4 103 (18.63%) Windows 7
5 99 (17.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 87 (15.73%) Windows 10
7 55 (9.95%) Linux
8 46 (8.32%) Windows Server 2003
9 29 (5.24%) Apple iOS
10 27 (4.88%) Unix
11 19 (3.44%) Windows 8
12 14 (2.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 13 (2.35%) Android
14 12 (2.17%) Solaris
14 12 (2.17%) Windows Vista
14 12 (2.17%) Windows XP
15 7 (1.27%) Mac OS X
15 7 (1.27%) VMS
16 5 (0.90%) Windows Phone
17 4 (0.72%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 205 (37.07%) ITIL
2 105 (18.99%) Migration
3 59 (10.67%) Change Management
4 55 (9.95%) PRINCE2
5 41 (7.41%) High Availability
5 41 (7.41%) Project Management
6 39 (7.05%) Disaster Recovery
7 36 (6.51%) Agile Software Development
8 35 (6.33%) ITIL V3
9 34 (6.15%) TOGAF
10 30 (5.42%) Service Delivery
11 28 (5.06%) DevOps
11 28 (5.06%) Service Management
12 26 (4.70%) Time Management
13 21 (3.80%) Virtual Infrastructure
14 20 (3.62%) Incident Management
15 19 (3.44%) Infrastructure Management
15 19 (3.44%) Validation
16 18 (3.25%) Performance Tuning
17 17 (3.07%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 102 (18.44%) PowerShell
2 79 (14.29%) SQL
3 27 (4.88%) C#
4 22 (3.98%) Java
5 21 (3.80%) JavaScript
6 13 (2.35%) VBScript
7 10 (1.81%) VB
8 6 (1.08%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 4 (0.72%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.54%) REXX
10 3 (0.54%) Tcl
11 2 (0.36%) C
11 2 (0.36%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.18%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.18%) Python
12 1 (0.18%) Ruby
12 1 (0.18%) VBA
Qualifications
1 553 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 160 (28.93%) MCSA
3 109 (19.71%) MCP
4 93 (16.82%) Cisco Certification
5 72 (13.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 69 (12.48%) MCITP
7 65 (11.75%) Security Cleared
8 62 (11.21%) CCNA
8 62 (11.21%) Degree
9 56 (10.13%) SC Cleared
10 41 (7.41%) MCDST
11 29 (5.24%) CISSP
12 26 (4.70%) ITIL Certification
13 25 (4.52%) A+ Certification
13 25 (4.52%) Computer Science Degree
13 25 (4.52%) DV Cleared
14 24 (4.34%) Citrix Certification
15 20 (3.62%) CCNP
16 19 (3.44%) Network+ Certification
17 17 (3.07%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (6.51%) SLA
2 15 (2.71%) PCI DSS
3 9 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.36%) COBIT
4 2 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.18%) GDPR
5 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.18%) PMBOK
5 1 (0.18%) QA
System Software
1 287 (51.90%) Active Directory
2 131 (23.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 88 (15.91%) Hyper-V
4 49 (8.86%) XenApp
5 35 (6.33%) Virtual Servers
6 31 (5.61%) vSphere
7 23 (4.16%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (3.44%) Microsoft App-V
9 16 (2.89%) VMware ESXi
10 15 (2.71%) XenDesktop
11 14 (2.53%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (1.45%) Brightmail
12 8 (1.45%) VMware Workstation
13 5 (0.90%) XenServer
14 4 (0.72%) BitLocker
14 4 (0.72%) Firmware
14 4 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 2 (0.36%) ProxySG
15 2 (0.36%) Terminal Services
15 2 (0.36%) UAG
Systems Management
1 108 (19.53%) SCCM
2 50 (9.04%) SCOM
3 15 (2.71%) Norton AntiVirus
4 12 (2.17%) Microsoft Clustering
5 9 (1.63%) Backup Exec
5 9 (1.63%) McAfee ePO
5 9 (1.63%) WSUS
6 8 (1.45%) HP Quality Center
6 8 (1.45%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 7 (1.27%) AirWatch
7 7 (1.27%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (1.27%) vCenter Server
8 6 (1.08%) AppDNA
9 5 (0.90%) DameWare
9 5 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
10 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 3 (0.54%) NetBackup
10 3 (0.54%) Netcool
10 3 (0.54%) QRadar
10 3 (0.54%) SCSM
Vendors
1 342 (61.84%) Microsoft
2 190 (34.36%) VMware
3 154 (27.85%) Citrix
4 114 (20.61%) Cisco
5 94 (17.00%) HP
6 38 (6.87%) NetApp
7 37 (6.69%) Apple
8 31 (5.61%) Oracle
9 30 (5.42%) Dell
10 24 (4.34%) McAfee
11 19 (3.44%) CheckPoint
11 19 (3.44%) Symantec
12 17 (3.07%) 3PAR
12 17 (3.07%) AppSense
13 16 (2.89%) Palo Alto
14 15 (2.71%) Juniper
14 15 (2.71%) Lotus
14 15 (2.71%) Remedy
14 15 (2.71%) Reuters
14 15 (2.71%) Veeam