Period
to 14 August 2018

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 14 August 2018 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 435 434 344
Rank change year-on-year -1 -90 -25
Contract jobs citing MCSE 537 475 758
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.50% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.81% 2.55% 3.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 350 269 489
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% -
10th Percentile £175 £150 £200
90th Percentile £518 £519 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £335 £325
% change year-on-year +11.94% +3.08% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 35 56
UK median hourly rate £17.41 £16.50 £21.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.52% -22.64% +4.05%
10th Percentile £15.30 £11.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £44.27 £27.25 £39.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.41 £16.50 £21.33
% change year-on-year +5.52% -22.64% +1.57%

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 19,135 18,618 23,246
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 19.47% 21.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,342 11,302 14,518
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 931 939 809
UK median hourly rate £22.75 £29.92 £27.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.96% +8.41% +22.67%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.30 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £30.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -23.33% +7.14% +16.09%

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 14 August 2018.

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 14 August 2018.

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 14 August 2018. 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 -31 459 £350 - 157
UK excluding London +15 378 £375 +11.94% 108
London -23 152 £350 -6.67% 56
South East -26 105 £396 +20.00% 27
Midlands +12 70 £325 - 31
North of England +1 65 £350 -8.20% 22
Scotland +10 62 £410 +22.39% 1
West Midlands +1 44 £313 -15.25% 20
East of England -25 37 £200 -48.39% 7
North West +1 36 £350 - 8
East Midlands +4 26 £350 +21.74% 11
South West +2 26 £438 +25.00% 14
Yorkshire -4 26 £300 -23.32% 10
Wales -8 10 £450 +205.08% 6
Northern Ireland +32 3 £325 +30.00%
North East -16 3 £625 +56.25% 4

For the 6 months to 14 August 2018, 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.

1 537 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 393 (73.18%) Windows
3 368 (68.53%) Microsoft
4 279 (51.96%) Active Directory
5 251 (46.74%) Windows Server
6 214 (39.85%) VMware
7 210 (39.11%) ITIL
8 183 (34.08%) Office 365
9 154 (28.68%) MCSA
10 146 (27.19%) VMware Infrastructure
11 131 (24.39%) Windows Server 2008
12 128 (23.84%) Windows Server 2012
12 128 (23.84%) Migration
13 120 (22.35%) SCCM
14 118 (21.97%) PowerShell
15 116 (21.60%) Security Cleared
16 110 (20.48%) Microsoft Azure
17 109 (20.30%) SQL Server
18 102 (18.99%) SC Cleared
19 100 (18.62%) Windows 7
20 97 (18.06%) MS Exchange
21 92 (17.13%) MCP
22 89 (16.57%) Citrix
22 89 (16.57%) Cisco Certification
23 86 (16.01%) Data Centre
24 85 (15.83%) Hyper-V
25 82 (15.27%) Windows 10
25 82 (15.27%) Problem-Solving
25 82 (15.27%) Windows Server 2003
26 80 (14.90%) Cisco

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 97 (18.06%) MS Exchange
2 72 (13.41%) SharePoint
3 51 (9.50%) Exchange Server 2010
4 41 (7.64%) IIS
5 37 (6.89%) Skype for Business
6 34 (6.33%) SharePoint 2013
7 33 (6.15%) SharePoint 2010
8 31 (5.77%) Exchange Server 2013
8 31 (5.77%) SharePoint Server
9 16 (2.98%) Exchange Server 2007
10 13 (2.42%) OpenStack
11 11 (2.05%) Office Communications Server
12 8 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2003
13 6 (1.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 6 (1.12%) Confluence
14 3 (0.56%) IBM Notes
15 2 (0.37%) Apache
16 1 (0.19%) IBM Domino
16 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
16 1 (0.19%) WebSphere
Applications
1 78 (14.53%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (5.40%) InfoPath
3 10 (1.86%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
5 8 (1.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.56%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.19%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 183 (34.08%) Office 365
2 110 (20.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 37 (6.89%) Azure Active Directory
4 31 (5.77%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (1.12%) PaaS
6 5 (0.93%) SaaS
7 4 (0.74%) Mimecast
8 3 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (0.56%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.37%) IaaS
10 1 (0.19%) Azure Machine Learning
10 1 (0.19%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.19%) G Suite
10 1 (0.19%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.19%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 73 (13.59%) DNS
2 63 (11.73%) DHCP
3 56 (10.43%) SAN
4 48 (8.94%) Firewall
5 47 (8.75%) TCP/IP
6 44 (8.19%) LAN
7 36 (6.70%) VPN
7 36 (6.70%) WAN
8 34 (6.33%) Internet
9 33 (6.15%) Skype
10 26 (4.84%) Wireless
11 20 (3.72%) Network Security
12 15 (2.79%) VLAN
13 14 (2.61%) VoIP
14 11 (2.05%) Kerberos
15 9 (1.68%) iSCSI
16 8 (1.49%) FCoE
17 7 (1.30%) IP Telephony
17 7 (1.30%) NAS
17 7 (1.30%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (20.30%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.17%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (2.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 9 (1.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (1.30%) Azure SQL Database
5 7 (1.30%) Power BI
5 7 (1.30%) SQL Server 2016
6 6 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (1.12%) Relational Database
6 6 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (0.93%) Big Data
7 5 (0.93%) MySQL
7 5 (0.93%) OLTP
7 5 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (0.74%) RDBMS
8 4 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (0.56%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 2 (0.37%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.19%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 34 (6.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 34 (6.33%) Visual Studio
2 9 (1.68%) HP UFT
3 8 (1.49%) TestDirector
3 8 (1.49%) WinRunner
4 6 (1.12%) JIRA
4 6 (1.12%) Visual Studio Team System
5 4 (0.74%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (0.56%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.37%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.19%) CruiseControl
8 1 (0.19%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.19%) Hudson
8 1 (0.19%) JMeter
8 1 (0.19%) MSI
8 1 (0.19%) Selenium
General
1 53 (9.87%) Finance
2 20 (3.72%) Telecoms
3 19 (3.54%) Retail
4 17 (3.17%) Banking
5 11 (2.05%) Law
6 10 (1.86%) Legal
7 9 (1.68%) Marketing
8 7 (1.30%) Advertising
8 7 (1.30%) Manufacturing
8 7 (1.30%) Military
9 6 (1.12%) Electronics
10 5 (0.93%) Back Office
11 2 (0.37%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.37%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.37%) Portuguese Language
12 1 (0.19%) Billing
12 1 (0.19%) German Language
12 1 (0.19%) International Banking
12 1 (0.19%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.19%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 63 (11.73%) Analyst
2 58 (10.80%) Architect
2 58 (10.80%) Support Engineer
3 54 (10.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 34 (6.33%) Consultant
5 33 (6.15%) Desktop Support
6 27 (5.03%) IT Support
7 26 (4.84%) Administrator
8 20 (3.72%) 3rd Line Support
8 20 (3.72%) Service Analyst
8 20 (3.72%) SharePoint Engineer
9 19 (3.54%) Windows Engineer
10 18 (3.35%) Service Desk Analyst
10 18 (3.35%) Support Analyst
11 17 (3.17%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 16 (2.98%) 2nd Line Support
13 15 (2.79%) Desktop Engineer
13 15 (2.79%) Solutions Architect
13 15 (2.79%) Systems Administrator
13 15 (2.79%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (7.08%) .NET
2 31 (5.77%) CSS
2 31 (5.77%) jQuery
2 31 (5.77%) XML
2 31 (5.77%) XSLT
3 8 (1.49%) LDAP
3 8 (1.49%) REST
4 6 (1.12%) Web Services
5 5 (0.93%) AngularJS
5 5 (0.93%) JSON
5 5 (0.93%) Node.js
5 5 (0.93%) React
6 4 (0.74%) ASP.NET
6 4 (0.74%) Software Packaging
6 4 (0.74%) WSH
7 3 (0.56%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.37%) Apache Axis
8 2 (0.37%) WCF
9 1 (0.19%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.19%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 86 (16.01%) Data Centre
2 55 (10.24%) Analytical Skills
3 46 (8.57%) Computer Science
4 36 (6.70%) Clustering
5 32 (5.96%) Management Information System
6 21 (3.91%) PKI
7 17 (3.17%) Replication
7 17 (3.17%) Self-Motivation
8 16 (2.98%) Video Conferencing
9 13 (2.42%) Fat Client
9 13 (2.42%) Smartphone
9 13 (2.42%) Thin Client
10 12 (2.23%) Blackberry
10 12 (2.23%) Client/Server
10 12 (2.23%) Mobile App
11 9 (1.68%) Driving Licence
11 9 (1.68%) NHS
12 8 (1.49%) CLARiiON
13 7 (1.30%) Data Structures
13 7 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 393 (73.18%) Windows
2 251 (46.74%) Windows Server
3 131 (24.39%) Windows Server 2008
4 128 (23.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 100 (18.62%) Windows 7
6 82 (15.27%) Windows 10
6 82 (15.27%) Windows Server 2003
7 49 (9.12%) Linux
8 27 (5.03%) Windows XP
9 25 (4.66%) Unix
10 22 (4.10%) Android
11 19 (3.54%) Apple iOS
12 15 (2.79%) AIX
13 12 (2.23%) Windows 8
14 11 (2.05%) Mac OS
15 9 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 7 (1.30%) Windows 2000
16 7 (1.30%) Windows Vista
17 6 (1.12%) HPUX
18 5 (0.93%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 210 (39.11%) ITIL
2 128 (23.84%) Migration
3 82 (15.27%) Problem-Solving
4 64 (11.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 48 (8.94%) Change Management
6 46 (8.57%) High Availability
7 35 (6.52%) Records Management
8 33 (6.15%) PRINCE2
9 32 (5.96%) ITIL V3
9 32 (5.96%) Server Management
9 32 (5.96%) Workflow
10 30 (5.59%) Service Delivery
11 28 (5.21%) Stakeholder Management
12 27 (5.03%) TOGAF
13 26 (4.84%) Customer Requirements
14 25 (4.66%) Incident Management
15 24 (4.47%) Project Management
16 21 (3.91%) Agile Software Development
16 21 (3.91%) Validation
17 20 (3.72%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 118 (21.97%) PowerShell
2 67 (12.48%) SQL
3 37 (6.89%) JavaScript
4 36 (6.70%) C#
5 17 (3.17%) VB
6 13 (2.42%) VBScript
7 11 (2.05%) C
8 9 (1.68%) T-SQL
9 6 (1.12%) Shell Script
10 5 (0.93%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 5 (0.93%) TypeScript
11 4 (0.74%) Java
11 4 (0.74%) VBA
12 3 (0.56%) Python
13 2 (0.37%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.37%) Perl
13 2 (0.37%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.19%) AWK
14 1 (0.19%) R
14 1 (0.19%) sed
Qualifications
1 537 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 154 (28.68%) MCSA
3 116 (21.60%) Security Cleared
4 102 (18.99%) SC Cleared
5 92 (17.13%) MCP
6 89 (16.57%) Cisco Certification
7 73 (13.59%) Degree
8 70 (13.04%) MCITP
9 65 (12.10%) CCNA
10 43 (8.01%) CCNP
11 39 (7.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 36 (6.70%) Computer Science Degree
13 31 (5.77%) ITIL Certification
14 30 (5.59%) MCTS
15 29 (5.40%) MCDST
16 20 (3.72%) CISSP
17 16 (2.98%) A+ Certification
18 12 (2.23%) DV Cleared
18 12 (2.23%) HNC
18 12 (2.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (8.75%) SLA
2 7 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.12%) QA
4 4 (0.74%) Government Security Classifications
4 4 (0.74%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 4 (0.74%) JSP 440
5 3 (0.56%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.37%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.37%) PMO
7 1 (0.19%) COBIT
7 1 (0.19%) GDPR
7 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 279 (51.96%) Active Directory
2 146 (27.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 85 (15.83%) Hyper-V
4 45 (8.38%) vSphere
5 44 (8.19%) VMware ESXi
6 21 (3.91%) XenApp
7 16 (2.98%) Virtual Desktop
7 16 (2.98%) Virtual Machines
7 16 (2.98%) VMware Workstation
8 11 (2.05%) Microsoft App-V
9 8 (1.49%) IAG
9 8 (1.49%) UAG
10 7 (1.30%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 7 (1.30%) Terminal Services
11 5 (0.93%) Forefront TMG
11 5 (0.93%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.74%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.74%) NFS
12 4 (0.74%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 120 (22.35%) SCCM
2 39 (7.26%) SCOM
3 27 (5.03%) Microsoft Intune
4 25 (4.66%) NetBackup
5 24 (4.47%) Microsoft Clustering
6 23 (4.28%) WSUS
7 20 (3.72%) AirWatch
7 20 (3.72%) vCenter Server
8 18 (3.35%) McAfee ePO
9 17 (3.17%) XenMobile
10 12 (2.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 10 (1.86%) Backup Exec
12 9 (1.68%) HP Quality Center
13 7 (1.30%) Netcool
14 6 (1.12%) SCVMM
15 5 (0.93%) EMC NetWorker
15 5 (0.93%) Failover Clustering
15 5 (0.93%) Nessus
15 5 (0.93%) Single Sign-On
16 4 (0.74%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 368 (68.53%) Microsoft
2 214 (39.85%) VMware
3 89 (16.57%) Citrix
4 80 (14.90%) Cisco
5 50 (9.31%) HP
6 46 (8.57%) McAfee
7 40 (7.45%) EMC
8 32 (5.96%) Nintex
9 28 (5.21%) NetApp
10 26 (4.84%) Apple
11 25 (4.66%) Veritas
12 23 (4.28%) SolarWinds
13 20 (3.72%) Dell
14 17 (3.17%) Ivanti
14 17 (3.17%) Remedy
15 15 (2.79%) Bloomberg
16 14 (2.61%) Oracle
16 14 (2.61%) Red Hat
16 14 (2.61%) Veeam
16 14 (2.61%) Wyse