Period
to 19 February 2020

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 19 February 2020 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
19 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 407 390 386
Rank change year-on-year -17 -4 -8
Contract jobs citing MCSE 373 606 626
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.61% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.53% 3.14% 3.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 241 350 380
UK median daily rate £350 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +17.65% +2.26%
10th Percentile £135 £163 £160
90th Percentile £575 £600 £539
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -15.63% +14.29% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 73 14
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £17.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +13.94% -10.72%
10th Percentile £15.85 £14.60 £11.66
90th Percentile £45.70 £42.31 £39.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.13
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.74% -12.86%

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 14,740 19,276 19,063
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.38% 19.43% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,054 11,535 11,706
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £260 £258 £225
90th Percentile £638 £632 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 673 918 850
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.55 £12.23
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.40 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.62 £26.22
% change year-on-year +13.55% +9.18% -4.67%

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 19 February 2020.

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 19 February 2020.

Contractor 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 19 February 2020. 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 +16 330 £350 -12.50% 268
UK excluding London -12 257 £338 -15.63% 207
London +78 109 £375 -9.64% 71
South East +17 96 £350 -15.15% 61
Midlands +45 44 £313 -28.57% 44
North of England +31 39 £325 +8.33% 49
Scotland +23 36 £338 -3.57% 6
West Midlands +38 26 £394 -4.55% 31
South West -20 22 £425 - 18
East of England +39 21 £313 -24.24% 25
North West +26 20 £425 +54.55% 32
East Midlands +29 18 £313 -30.56% 12
Yorkshire +38 15 £325 -13.33% 16
North East +20 4 £487 +62.17% 1
Wales +15 1 £300 -33.33% 3

For the 6 months to 19 February 2020, 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.

1 373 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 262 (70.24%) Windows
3 253 (67.83%) Microsoft
4 235 (63.00%) Active Directory
5 168 (45.04%) Office 365
6 151 (40.48%) VMware
7 135 (36.19%) Windows Server
8 126 (33.78%) Azure
9 116 (31.10%) SCCM
10 115 (30.83%) MCSA
11 100 (26.81%) Windows 10
12 96 (25.74%) DNS
13 91 (24.40%) ITIL
14 88 (23.59%) Windows Server 2012
15 80 (21.45%) PowerShell
16 77 (20.64%) Microsoft Office
17 75 (20.11%) Windows Server 2008
18 74 (19.84%) VMware Infrastructure
19 71 (19.03%) Security Cleared
20 70 (18.77%) Citrix
21 69 (18.50%) Windows 7
22 66 (17.69%) Cisco Certification
23 65 (17.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 64 (17.16%) DHCP
25 55 (14.75%) SQL
26 53 (14.21%) SC Cleared
26 53 (14.21%) Hyper-V
27 52 (13.94%) SharePoint
27 52 (13.94%) CCNA
28 50 (13.40%) MCITP

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 (13.94%) SharePoint
2 46 (12.33%) MS Exchange
3 22 (5.90%) Skype for Business
4 11 (2.95%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (1.88%) SharePoint 2010
6 6 (1.61%) IIS
7 4 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (0.80%) Confluence
8 3 (0.80%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.54%) Apache
9 2 (0.54%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.54%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.54%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.54%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.27%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 77 (20.64%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (2.14%) MS Visio
3 5 (1.34%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.80%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.27%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.27%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.27%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 8 (2.14%) assyst
2 5 (1.34%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.54%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.27%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 168 (45.04%) Office 365
2 126 (33.78%) Azure
3 45 (12.06%) AWS
4 30 (8.04%) Azure Active Directory
5 25 (6.70%) PaaS
6 21 (5.63%) IaaS
7 15 (4.02%) GitHub
8 13 (3.49%) Mimecast
8 13 (3.49%) SaaS
9 9 (2.41%) OneDrive
10 5 (1.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 5 (1.34%) Power Platform
11 3 (0.80%) GCP
12 2 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.54%) Cloudflare
12 2 (0.54%) OpenShift
12 2 (0.54%) PowerApps
13 1 (0.27%) Asana
13 1 (0.27%) Azure Stack
13 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 96 (25.74%) DNS
2 64 (17.16%) DHCP
3 38 (10.19%) SAN
4 33 (8.85%) Firewall
5 26 (6.97%) Skype
6 23 (6.17%) LAN
7 20 (5.36%) WAN
8 18 (4.83%) VoIP
9 17 (4.56%) TCP/IP
10 16 (4.29%) Wireless
11 12 (3.22%) Kerberos
12 11 (2.95%) Remote Desktop
12 11 (2.95%) VLAN
12 11 (2.95%) VPN
13 5 (1.34%) iSCSI
13 5 (1.34%) Network Security
13 5 (1.34%) VSAN
14 4 (1.07%) NetScaler
14 4 (1.07%) PBX
14 4 (1.07%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (10.19%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.22%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (1.34%) SQLite
4 4 (1.07%) Big Data
4 4 (1.07%) Blockchain
4 4 (1.07%) Power BI
5 3 (0.80%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.54%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.54%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.27%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2019
7 1 (0.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 26 (6.97%) JIRA
2 15 (4.02%) StarTeam
3 14 (3.75%) MSI
4 11 (2.95%) Git (software)
5 9 (2.41%) InstallShield
6 8 (2.14%) Android Studio
7 4 (1.07%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (1.07%) TeamCity
7 4 (1.07%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.54%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.54%) git-flow
9 1 (0.27%) Hudson
9 1 (0.27%) Visual Studio
General
1 28 (7.51%) Finance
2 19 (5.09%) Public Sector
2 19 (5.09%) Telecoms
3 11 (2.95%) Retail
4 10 (2.68%) Banking
5 5 (1.34%) Local Government
6 3 (0.80%) Back Office
6 3 (0.80%) Marketing
7 2 (0.54%) Legal
7 2 (0.54%) Mandarin Language
8 1 (0.27%) Advertising
8 1 (0.27%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.27%) Automotive
8 1 (0.27%) French Language
8 1 (0.27%) Front Office
8 1 (0.27%) Games
8 1 (0.27%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.27%) Military
8 1 (0.27%) Publishing
8 1 (0.27%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 52 (13.94%) Support Engineer
2 42 (11.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 34 (9.12%) Architect
4 30 (8.04%) Analyst
4 30 (8.04%) Windows Engineer
5 26 (6.97%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 25 (6.70%) Consultant
7 24 (6.43%) 3rd Line Support
8 22 (5.90%) Active Directory Engineer
9 21 (5.63%) Wintel Engineer
10 19 (5.09%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 18 (4.83%) 2nd Line Support
11 18 (4.83%) Desktop Engineer
11 18 (4.83%) Server Engineer
11 18 (4.83%) Service Analyst
11 18 (4.83%) Service Desk Analyst
12 16 (4.29%) Windows Server Engineer
13 14 (3.75%) Solutions Architect
14 13 (3.49%) Administrator
14 13 (3.49%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.68%) LDAP
2 8 (2.14%) .NET
2 8 (2.14%) RESTful
3 7 (1.88%) ASP.NET
4 6 (1.61%) HTML
5 5 (1.34%) Dagger
5 5 (1.34%) Retrofit
5 5 (1.34%) RxJava
6 3 (0.80%) JSON
6 3 (0.80%) REST
7 2 (0.54%) AngularJS
7 2 (0.54%) GraphQL
7 2 (0.54%) Kafka
7 2 (0.54%) Middleware
7 2 (0.54%) Node.js
7 2 (0.54%) React
7 2 (0.54%) Spring
7 2 (0.54%) Spring MVC
7 2 (0.54%) Vue.js
8 1 (0.27%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 32 (8.58%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (7.77%) Data Centre
3 21 (5.63%) Replication
4 20 (5.36%) Clustering
5 14 (3.75%) PKI
5 14 (3.75%) Self-Motivation
6 8 (2.14%) Hedge funds
7 7 (1.88%) Public Cloud
8 6 (1.61%) Driving Licence
8 6 (1.61%) Fat Client
8 6 (1.61%) Private Cloud
8 6 (1.61%) Thin Client
9 4 (1.07%) Handset
9 4 (1.07%) Management Information System
9 4 (1.07%) NHS
10 3 (0.80%) Enterprise Storage
10 3 (0.80%) Robotics
10 3 (0.80%) User Experience
10 3 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
11 2 (0.54%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 262 (70.24%) Windows
2 135 (36.19%) Windows Server
3 100 (26.81%) Windows 10
4 88 (23.59%) Windows Server 2012
5 75 (20.11%) Windows Server 2008
6 69 (18.50%) Windows 7
7 35 (9.38%) Linux
8 22 (5.90%) Windows Server 2003
9 16 (4.29%) Windows XP
10 15 (4.02%) AIX
10 15 (4.02%) Windows 8
11 12 (3.22%) Android
12 11 (2.95%) Apple iOS
13 9 (2.41%) CentOS
13 9 (2.41%) Mac OS
14 5 (1.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (1.07%) Unix
15 4 (1.07%) VMS
16 2 (0.54%) Fedora
16 2 (0.54%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (24.40%) ITIL
2 65 (17.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 47 (12.60%) Problem-Solving
4 42 (11.26%) Migration
5 36 (9.65%) Agile Software Development
6 35 (9.38%) Service Management
7 29 (7.77%) Change Management
8 26 (6.97%) ITIL V3
8 26 (6.97%) Server Virtualisation
9 22 (5.90%) PRINCE2
10 20 (5.36%) Application Packaging
10 20 (5.36%) ITSM
11 19 (5.09%) Scrum
12 17 (4.56%) Mentoring
13 16 (4.29%) Test Scripting
14 15 (4.02%) SDLC
14 15 (4.02%) Smoke Testing
14 15 (4.02%) TOGAF
15 14 (3.75%) Project Delivery
15 14 (3.75%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 80 (21.45%) PowerShell
2 55 (14.75%) SQL
3 14 (3.75%) Java
4 9 (2.41%) VBScript
5 7 (1.88%) C
5 7 (1.88%) C#
6 6 (1.61%) C++
6 6 (1.61%) T-SQL
7 5 (1.34%) Kotlin
8 4 (1.07%) Bash Shell
8 4 (1.07%) Python
8 4 (1.07%) VB
9 1 (0.27%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.27%) Perl
9 1 (0.27%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 373 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 115 (30.83%) MCSA
3 71 (19.03%) Security Cleared
4 66 (17.69%) Cisco Certification
5 53 (14.21%) SC Cleared
6 52 (13.94%) CCNA
7 50 (13.40%) MCITP
8 48 (12.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 46 (12.33%) MCP
10 39 (10.46%) Degree
11 21 (5.63%) CCA
11 21 (5.63%) Citrix Certification
11 21 (5.63%) MCTS
12 18 (4.83%) DV Cleared
13 17 (4.56%) ISTQB
14 15 (4.02%) A+ Certification
15 13 (3.49%) MCDST
16 11 (2.95%) CCIE
16 11 (2.95%) CCNP
16 11 (2.95%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (9.92%) SLA
2 11 (2.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (2.14%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.07%) GDPR
4 4 (1.07%) QA
5 3 (0.80%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.27%) GxP
6 1 (0.27%) NIST
System Software
1 235 (63.00%) Active Directory
2 74 (19.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 53 (14.21%) Hyper-V
4 42 (11.26%) VMware ESXi
5 28 (7.51%) vSphere
6 27 (7.24%) XenApp
7 20 (5.36%) Microsoft App-V
8 16 (4.29%) XenDesktop
9 9 (2.41%) Docker
10 8 (2.14%) vCloud
11 7 (1.88%) VMware NSX
12 5 (1.34%) NFS
12 5 (1.34%) Virtual Machines
13 4 (1.07%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 3 (0.80%) Virtual Desktop
15 2 (0.54%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 2 (0.54%) Samba
15 2 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
15 2 (0.54%) VirtualBox
15 2 (0.54%) Xen
Systems Management
1 116 (31.10%) SCCM
2 19 (5.09%) WSUS
3 17 (4.56%) McAfee ePO
3 17 (4.56%) SCOM
4 15 (4.02%) Netcool
5 14 (3.75%) Microsoft Intune
6 10 (2.68%) Kubernetes
6 10 (2.68%) Single Sign-On
6 10 (2.68%) vCenter Server
7 8 (2.14%) Backup Exec
7 8 (2.14%) vRealize
8 6 (1.61%) Terraform
9 5 (1.34%) Ansible
9 5 (1.34%) Nagios
10 4 (1.07%) AirWatch
10 4 (1.07%) Nessus
10 4 (1.07%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 3 (0.80%) DatAdvantage
11 3 (0.80%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (0.80%) PingFederate
Vendors
1 253 (67.83%) Microsoft
2 151 (40.48%) VMware
3 70 (18.77%) Citrix
4 45 (12.06%) Cisco
5 32 (8.58%) HP
6 21 (5.63%) McAfee
7 20 (5.36%) Dell
8 19 (5.09%) Veritas
9 17 (4.56%) NetApp
10 15 (4.02%) Ivanti
11 14 (3.75%) EMC
12 11 (2.95%) Oracle
13 8 (2.14%) Google
13 8 (2.14%) Veeam
14 7 (1.88%) 3PAR
14 7 (1.88%) CheckPoint
14 7 (1.88%) SolarWinds
15 6 (1.61%) CommVault
15 6 (1.61%) Splunk
15 6 (1.61%) Symantec