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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 23 May 2022 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
23 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 588 487 423
Rank change year-on-year -101 -64 +18
Contract jobs citing MCSE 236 202 224
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.35% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.37% 1.70% 2.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 147 131
10th Percentile £152 £220 £181
25th Percentile £245 £348 £263
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £440 £380
Median % change year-on-year -3.41% +15.79% -7.88%
75th Percentile £538 £519 £481
90th Percentile £597 £552 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £373 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -17.22% +12.50% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 1 21
10th Percentile £15.38 - £14.38
25th Percentile £16.25 £72.75 £15.85
Median hourly rate £23.22 £73.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -68.41% +320.00% -9.68%
75th Percentile £40.94 £74.25 £20.00
90th Percentile £69.05 - £29.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.35 £73.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -70.95% +320.00% -6.67%

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 17,189 11,855 11,191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.82% 20.33% 23.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,452 7,722 7,171
10th Percentile £350 £305 £264
25th Percentile £429 £400 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £490 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +3.16% -
75th Percentile £625 £575 £574
90th Percentile £702 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 747 566 444
10th Percentile £14.25 £14.06 £14.75
25th Percentile £19.82 £18.21 £18.20
Median hourly rate £44.50 £36.30 £30.53
Median % change year-on-year +22.58% +18.93% +1.75%
75th Percentile £58.75 £50.16 £49.19
90th Percentile £67.50 £62.00 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.60 £33.75 £25.50
% change year-on-year +5.47% +32.36% -14.72%

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 23 May 2022.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 23 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram 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 23 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -69 208 £425 -3.41% 71
UK excluding London -75 120 £373 -17.22% 54
Work from Home -108 79 £451 +9.21% 20
London -72 77 £500 +21.21% 19
South East -29 34 £425 -7.61% 15
Midlands -31 31 £225 -18.55% 13
North of England -34 25 £170 -55.26% 12
East Midlands -5 18 £238 -26.92% 6
South West -14 16 £425 +12.58% 2
Yorkshire -22 15 £237 +7.50% 4
West Midlands -43 13 £110 -45.00% 7
East of England -36 11 £400 -23.08% 10
North West -30 10 £125 -72.65% 5
Wales - 2 £394 - 1
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 May 2022, 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.

1 236 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 183 (77.54%) Microsoft
3 133 (56.36%) Active Directory
4 121 (51.27%) Windows
5 107 (45.34%) ITIL
6 83 (35.17%) MCSA
7 80 (33.90%) Cisco Certification
8 77 (32.63%) VMware
8 77 (32.63%) Azure
9 75 (31.78%) SCCM
10 69 (29.24%) Microsoft 365
11 64 (27.12%) MCP
11 64 (27.12%) Social Skills
12 63 (26.69%) Windows Server
13 62 (26.27%) CCNA
13 62 (26.27%) Degree
14 61 (25.85%) PowerShell
15 57 (24.15%) DNS
16 55 (23.31%) Windows 10
17 49 (20.76%) Cisco
18 47 (19.92%) Public Sector
19 46 (19.49%) Security Cleared
20 43 (18.22%) VMware Infrastructure
21 42 (17.80%) Migration
22 41 (17.37%) Azure Active Directory
23 40 (16.95%) SC Cleared
24 34 (14.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 33 (13.98%) Problem-Solving
25 33 (13.98%) Firewall
26 31 (13.14%) Disaster Recovery

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 21 (8.90%) MS Exchange
2 16 (6.78%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (5.08%) SharePoint
4 10 (4.24%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (4.24%) Skype for Business
5 8 (3.39%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (2.12%) IIS
7 3 (1.27%) Confluence
8 2 (0.85%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.42%) Apache
9 1 (0.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.42%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.42%) WebLogic
Applications
1 31 (13.14%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (4.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (3.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (2.12%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.27%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (1.27%) assyst
2 2 (0.85%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.85%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.42%) SAP EHS
Cloud Services
1 77 (32.63%) Azure
2 69 (29.24%) Microsoft 365
3 41 (17.37%) Azure Active Directory
4 17 (7.20%) AWS
5 15 (6.36%) PaaS
6 12 (5.08%) IaaS
7 10 (4.24%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (2.97%) GCP
8 7 (2.97%) IBM Cloud
8 7 (2.97%) OneDrive
9 5 (2.12%) SaaS
10 3 (1.27%) GitHub
10 3 (1.27%) HP Helion
10 3 (1.27%) Nutanix
10 3 (1.27%) Rubrik
10 3 (1.27%) SoftLayer
11 2 (0.85%) Azure Monitor
11 2 (0.85%) Azure Sentinel
11 2 (0.85%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.85%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 57 (24.15%) DNS
2 33 (13.98%) Firewall
3 23 (9.75%) DHCP
3 23 (9.75%) VPN
4 22 (9.32%) TCP/IP
5 17 (7.20%) Remote Desktop
6 16 (6.78%) Kerberos
6 16 (6.78%) SAN
7 13 (5.51%) Skype
8 12 (5.08%) X.500
9 11 (4.66%) Wi-Fi
10 10 (4.24%) WAN
11 9 (3.81%) LAN
11 9 (3.81%) Network Security
11 9 (3.81%) Wireless
12 8 (3.39%) Internet
12 8 (3.39%) IPv4
12 8 (3.39%) NetScaler
13 6 (2.54%) Junos
13 6 (2.54%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.36%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.85%) DTS
2 2 (0.85%) MySQL
2 2 (0.85%) Power BI
3 1 (0.42%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.42%) Biml
3 1 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.42%) EDRMS
3 1 (0.42%) MariaDB
3 1 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.27%) Git (software)
1 3 (1.27%) JIRA
2 2 (0.85%) Bitbucket
2 2 (0.85%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.85%) Subversion
3 1 (0.42%) Artifactory
3 1 (0.42%) GitLab
3 1 (0.42%) Gradle
3 1 (0.42%) Maven
3 1 (0.42%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.42%) TeamCity
General
1 64 (27.12%) Social Skills
2 47 (19.92%) Public Sector
3 24 (10.17%) Finance
4 20 (8.47%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (5.51%) Telecoms
6 11 (4.66%) Manufacturing
7 8 (3.39%) Documentation Skills
8 7 (2.97%) Electronics
8 7 (2.97%) Marketing
9 5 (2.12%) Banking
10 4 (1.69%) Automotive
10 4 (1.69%) Law
10 4 (1.69%) Organisational Skills
10 4 (1.69%) Publishing
11 3 (1.27%) Influencing Skills
12 2 (0.85%) Legal
12 2 (0.85%) Local Government
13 1 (0.42%) French Language
13 1 (0.42%) German Language
13 1 (0.42%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 54 (22.88%) Architect
2 31 (13.14%) Support Engineer
3 28 (11.86%) Analyst
4 26 (11.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 21 (8.90%) Azure Architect
6 18 (7.63%) IT Engineer
7 16 (6.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 15 (6.36%) Desktop Engineer
9 14 (5.93%) 2nd Line Support
10 12 (5.08%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 12 (5.08%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 12 (5.08%) Wintel Engineer
11 11 (4.66%) Consultant
11 11 (4.66%) Infrastructure Architect
12 10 (4.24%) Azure Engineer
12 10 (4.24%) Desktop Support
12 10 (4.24%) Field Engineer
13 9 (3.81%) IT Analyst
13 9 (3.81%) Service Analyst
13 9 (3.81%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (6.78%) LDAP
2 3 (1.27%) ARM Templates
2 3 (1.27%) OAuth
2 3 (1.27%) SAML
2 3 (1.27%) Software Packaging
3 2 (0.85%) .NET
3 2 (0.85%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (0.85%) OpenID
4 1 (0.42%) ADO
4 1 (0.42%) ADO.NET
4 1 (0.42%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.42%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (0.42%) CSS
4 1 (0.42%) J2EE
4 1 (0.42%) JSP
4 1 (0.42%) Middleware
4 1 (0.42%) ODBC
4 1 (0.42%) OLE
4 1 (0.42%) OLE DB
4 1 (0.42%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 29 (12.29%) Replication
2 27 (11.44%) Data Centre
3 17 (7.20%) PKI
4 12 (5.08%) Clustering
5 10 (4.24%) Management Information System
6 7 (2.97%) Driving Licence
7 6 (2.54%) NHS
8 5 (2.12%) Blackberry
8 5 (2.12%) BYOD
8 5 (2.12%) Self-Motivation
9 4 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (1.69%) Fat Client
9 4 (1.69%) Hybrid Cloud
9 4 (1.69%) iPad
9 4 (1.69%) iPhone
9 4 (1.69%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.69%) Thin Client
10 3 (1.27%) CMDB
10 3 (1.27%) Mobile App
11 2 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 121 (51.27%) Windows
2 63 (26.69%) Windows Server
3 55 (23.31%) Windows 10
4 27 (11.44%) Linux
5 26 (11.02%) Windows Server 2016
6 22 (9.32%) Windows Server 2012
7 21 (8.90%) Windows Server 2008
8 15 (6.36%) Windows Server 2019
9 11 (4.66%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (3.39%) Unix
11 7 (2.97%) Mac OS
11 7 (2.97%) Windows 7
12 4 (1.69%) CentOS
12 4 (1.69%) Ubuntu
12 4 (1.69%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.85%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.42%) Android
14 1 (0.42%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.42%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (45.34%) ITIL
2 42 (17.80%) Migration
3 34 (14.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 33 (13.98%) Problem-Solving
5 31 (13.14%) Disaster Recovery
6 30 (12.71%) PRINCE2
7 21 (8.90%) Agile
7 21 (8.90%) ITIL V3
7 21 (8.90%) Project Delivery
8 19 (8.05%) Service Management
9 18 (7.63%) High Availability
9 18 (7.63%) Problem Management
10 15 (6.36%) Change Management
11 14 (5.93%) Computer Science
12 13 (5.51%) Incident Management
12 13 (5.51%) Information Security
13 12 (5.08%) DevOps
13 12 (5.08%) Infrastructure as Code
13 12 (5.08%) Stakeholder Management
13 12 (5.08%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 61 (25.85%) PowerShell
2 17 (7.20%) SQL
3 7 (2.97%) Python
4 4 (1.69%) Bash
4 4 (1.69%) C#
5 3 (1.27%) C
6 2 (0.85%) Perl
6 2 (0.85%) VBScript
7 1 (0.42%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 1 (0.42%) Go
7 1 (0.42%) Java
7 1 (0.42%) R
7 1 (0.42%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.42%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.42%) VBA
Qualifications
1 236 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 83 (35.17%) MCSA
3 80 (33.90%) Cisco Certification
4 64 (27.12%) MCP
5 62 (26.27%) CCNA
5 62 (26.27%) Degree
6 46 (19.49%) Security Cleared
7 40 (16.95%) SC Cleared
8 25 (10.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 23 (9.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 21 (8.90%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 15 (6.36%) A+ Certification
12 12 (5.08%) MCITP
13 11 (4.66%) CCA
13 11 (4.66%) CCIE
13 11 (4.66%) Citrix Certification
14 10 (4.24%) MCTS
15 9 (3.81%) CISSP
15 9 (3.81%) ITIL Certification
15 9 (3.81%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (12.29%) SLA
2 13 (5.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (3.81%) GDPR
4 6 (2.54%) ISO 9001
4 6 (2.54%) JSP 440
5 5 (2.12%) COBIT
6 4 (1.69%) PCI DSS
6 4 (1.69%) QA
7 3 (1.27%) NCSC
8 2 (0.85%) GPG13
8 2 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.85%) NIST
8 2 (0.85%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.42%) DICOM
9 1 (0.42%) HL7
9 1 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 133 (56.36%) Active Directory
2 43 (18.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (10.59%) Hyper-V
4 20 (8.47%) XenApp
5 15 (6.36%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
5 15 (6.36%) VMware ESXi
6 14 (5.93%) Microsoft App-V
7 12 (5.08%) XenDesktop
8 10 (4.24%) Virtual Servers
9 9 (3.81%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 8 (3.39%) Virtual Machines
11 6 (2.54%) vSphere
12 4 (1.69%) BitLocker
12 4 (1.69%) VMware NSX
13 3 (1.27%) Virtual Desktop
14 2 (0.85%) DFS Replication
14 2 (0.85%) Docker
14 2 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.85%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.85%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 75 (31.78%) SCCM
2 22 (9.32%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 13 (5.51%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (5.51%) SCOM
4 12 (5.08%) Terraform
5 8 (3.39%) NetBackup
6 7 (2.97%) WSUS
7 6 (2.54%) Microsoft Clustering
7 6 (2.54%) ZABBIX
8 5 (2.12%) Single Sign-On
8 5 (2.12%) vCenter Server
8 5 (2.12%) vRealize
9 4 (1.69%) Failover Clustering
10 3 (1.27%) Ansible
10 3 (1.27%) Avamar
10 3 (1.27%) QRadar
10 3 (1.27%) SCVMM
10 3 (1.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 3 (1.27%) vMotion
11 2 (0.85%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 183 (77.54%) Microsoft
2 77 (32.63%) VMware
3 49 (20.76%) Cisco
4 28 (11.86%) Citrix
5 24 (10.17%) HP
6 20 (8.47%) ServiceNow
7 13 (5.51%) IBM
8 12 (5.08%) Dell
9 11 (4.66%) Apple
10 10 (4.24%) Veeam
11 9 (3.81%) Ivanti
11 9 (3.81%) Juniper
11 9 (3.81%) SolarWinds
12 8 (3.39%) EMC
12 8 (3.39%) SAP
12 8 (3.39%) Shavlik
13 7 (2.97%) Google
14 6 (2.54%) CheckPoint
14 6 (2.54%) Oracle
14 6 (2.54%) Red Hat