Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 442 341 318
Rank change year-on-year -101 -23 -9
Contract jobs citing MCSE 459 763 840
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.69% 0.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.46% 3.24% 3.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 252 476 508
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +1.56% +4.07%
10th Percentile £145 £196 £154
90th Percentile £538 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £325 £320
% change year-on-year +0.77% +1.56% +16.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 64 77
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £21.17 £21.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.04% +0.09% +22.94%
10th Percentile £12.25 £9.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £24.11 £44.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £21.33 £21.35
% change year-on-year -22.64% -0.08% +35.54%

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18627 23585 21911
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.56% 21.43% 19.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 11444 14745 12712
UK median daily rate £425 £401 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.12% +0.13% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £225
90th Percentile £588 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 954 840 1089
UK median hourly rate £29.96 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.00% +24.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.11 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.03 £50.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +24.44% +12.50%

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 20 July 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 20 July 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 20 July 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 -46 435 £350 +6.06% 100
UK excluding London -71 303 £328 +0.77% 70
London +1 148 £375 +13.64% 36
South East -26 113 £330 -5.71% 18
East of England +19 61 £363 +51.04% 7
North of England -19 49 £400 +29.03% 22
Midlands +8 43 £325 - 11
East Midlands +2 27 £288 +4.55% 4
North West +9 21 £388 +29.17% 16
South West -10 21 £350 -9.68% 6
West Midlands +12 16 £350 +6.06% 7
Yorkshire +28 14 £420 +12.00% 5
North East -6 14 £400 +29.03% 1
Scotland -40 8 £299 -4.02% 4
Wales +3 7 £148 -57.86% 2
Northern Ireland -44 2 £250 -

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 459 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 336 (73.20%) Windows
3 270 (58.82%) Microsoft
4 239 (52.07%) Active Directory
5 178 (38.78%) Windows Server
6 158 (34.42%) VMware
7 141 (30.72%) ITIL
8 140 (30.50%) Windows Server 2012
9 138 (30.07%) Office 365
10 120 (26.14%) MS Exchange
11 117 (25.49%) Microsoft Azure
12 108 (23.53%) PowerShell
13 106 (23.09%) VMware Infrastructure
14 105 (22.88%) Citrix
15 100 (21.79%) MCSA
16 96 (20.92%) Hyper-V
17 95 (20.70%) Windows Server 2008
17 95 (20.70%) SQL Server
18 93 (20.26%) MCP
19 90 (19.61%) MCITP
20 86 (18.74%) Cisco
21 85 (18.52%) HP
22 81 (17.65%) Cisco Certification
23 80 (17.43%) SQL
23 80 (17.43%) Migration
24 78 (16.99%) SCCM
25 75 (16.34%) Microsoft Office
26 74 (16.12%) Windows 10
27 66 (14.38%) Windows 7
28 65 (14.16%) CCNA

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
1 120 (26.14%) MS Exchange
2 56 (12.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 51 (11.11%) Skype for Business
4 42 (9.15%) SharePoint
5 37 (8.06%) Exchange Server 2013
6 23 (5.01%) IIS
7 12 (2.61%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (2.18%) Apache
9 9 (1.96%) SharePoint 2010
9 9 (1.96%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (1.53%) SharePoint Server
11 5 (1.09%) IBM Notes
11 5 (1.09%) Office Communications Server
12 4 (0.87%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.65%) CMS
13 3 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2003
14 2 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.44%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.44%) WordPress
Applications
1 75 (16.34%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (4.79%) MS Visio
3 17 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (1.09%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.65%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.22%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 5 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.44%) Dynamics GP
3 2 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.22%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 138 (30.07%) Office 365
2 117 (25.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 44 (9.59%) Amazon AWS
4 24 (5.23%) Azure Active Directory
5 19 (4.14%) IaaS
6 10 (2.18%) OneDrive
6 10 (2.18%) PaaS
7 9 (1.96%) SaaS
8 7 (1.53%) Yammer
9 4 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (0.87%) G Suite
10 3 (0.65%) AWS CloudFormation
10 3 (0.65%) GitHub
11 2 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.22%) AWS CloudTrail
12 1 (0.22%) AWS OpsWorks
12 1 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.22%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 61 (13.29%) SAN
2 58 (12.64%) Firewall
3 55 (11.98%) DNS
4 46 (10.02%) DHCP
5 37 (8.06%) LAN
5 37 (8.06%) Skype
5 37 (8.06%) WAN
6 26 (5.66%) TCP/IP
7 24 (5.23%) NAS
8 23 (5.01%) VoIP
9 22 (4.79%) VPN
10 18 (3.92%) Remote Desktop
10 18 (3.92%) Wireless
11 11 (2.40%) Network Security
11 11 (2.40%) VLAN
12 8 (1.74%) Unified Communications
13 7 (1.53%) BIG-IP
13 7 (1.53%) NetScaler
13 7 (1.53%) Wi-Fi
14 6 (1.31%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (20.70%) SQL Server
2 42 (9.15%) SQL Server 2012
3 35 (7.63%) SQL Server 2008
4 21 (4.58%) SQL Server 2005
5 17 (3.70%) SQL Server 2016
6 14 (3.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 13 (2.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (1.74%) Big Data
8 8 (1.74%) Hadoop
8 8 (1.74%) QlikView
8 8 (1.74%) SQL Server 2014
8 8 (1.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
10 5 (1.09%) OLAP
10 5 (1.09%) OLTP
11 4 (0.87%) MySQL
11 4 (0.87%) SQL Server 2000
12 2 (0.44%) DTS
12 2 (0.44%) MS Access
12 2 (0.44%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 12 (2.61%) Visual Studio
2 9 (1.96%) Octopus Deploy
2 9 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.65%) Eclipse
3 3 (0.65%) StarTeam
4 2 (0.44%) CruiseControl
4 2 (0.44%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.44%) JIRA
4 2 (0.44%) MSI
4 2 (0.44%) Subversion
4 2 (0.44%) TeamCity
4 2 (0.44%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (0.44%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.22%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.22%) Jenkins
General
1 56 (12.20%) Finance
2 21 (4.58%) Manufacturing
3 19 (4.14%) Banking
4 11 (2.40%) Investment Banking
5 10 (2.18%) Law
6 9 (1.96%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.74%) Retail
8 6 (1.31%) Aerospace
9 5 (1.09%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.65%) Local Government
11 2 (0.44%) Automotive
11 2 (0.44%) Electronics
11 2 (0.44%) French Language
11 2 (0.44%) Legal
11 2 (0.44%) Marketing
12 1 (0.22%) Back Office
12 1 (0.22%) Front Office
12 1 (0.22%) Games
12 1 (0.22%) Military
Job Titles
1 64 (13.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 53 (11.55%) Analyst
2 53 (11.55%) Architect
3 52 (11.33%) Support Engineer
4 39 (8.50%) Desktop Support
5 38 (8.28%) Consultant
6 28 (6.10%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 28 (6.10%) Support Analyst
7 27 (5.88%) 2nd Line Support
8 23 (5.01%) Server Engineer
9 18 (3.92%) Technical Architect
10 17 (3.70%) Windows Engineer
11 16 (3.49%) Desktop Engineer
12 15 (3.27%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 15 (3.27%) Active Directory Engineer
12 15 (3.27%) Administrator
13 14 (3.05%) IT Engineer
13 14 (3.05%) Network Engineer
14 13 (2.83%) Service Analyst
14 13 (2.83%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (3.70%) .NET
2 7 (1.53%) WAP
3 5 (1.09%) ASP.NET
3 5 (1.09%) MDX
3 5 (1.09%) XML
4 4 (0.87%) CSS
4 4 (0.87%) jQuery
4 4 (0.87%) XSLT
5 3 (0.65%) 802.1X
5 3 (0.65%) HTML
5 3 (0.65%) SAML
5 3 (0.65%) Software Packaging
6 2 (0.44%) J2EE
6 2 (0.44%) JSON
6 2 (0.44%) JSP
6 2 (0.44%) Middleware
6 2 (0.44%) Servlets
6 2 (0.44%) WCF
6 2 (0.44%) Web Services
6 2 (0.44%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 59 (12.85%) Data Centre
2 38 (8.28%) Clustering
3 35 (7.63%) Analytical Skills
4 23 (5.01%) Computer Science
5 22 (4.79%) Management Information System
6 18 (3.92%) Private Cloud
7 16 (3.49%) Blackberry
8 15 (3.27%) Video Conferencing
9 14 (3.05%) Replication
10 12 (2.61%) PKI
11 10 (2.18%) BYOD
12 9 (1.96%) Life Science
13 8 (1.74%) iPad
14 5 (1.09%) CMDB
15 4 (0.87%) EPoS
15 4 (0.87%) HP Storage
16 3 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
16 3 (0.65%) FlexPod
16 3 (0.65%) Security Operations Centre
16 3 (0.65%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 336 (73.20%) Windows
2 178 (38.78%) Windows Server
3 140 (30.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 95 (20.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 74 (16.12%) Windows 10
6 66 (14.38%) Windows 7
7 59 (12.85%) Windows Server 2003
8 49 (10.68%) Linux
9 22 (4.79%) Unix
10 19 (4.14%) Windows 8
11 14 (3.05%) Android
11 14 (3.05%) Windows XP
12 12 (2.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 11 (2.40%) Windows Vista
14 9 (1.96%) Solaris
15 8 (1.74%) Mac OS X
16 7 (1.53%) Apple iOS
17 6 (1.31%) VMS
18 4 (0.87%) AIX
18 4 (0.87%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (30.72%) ITIL
2 80 (17.43%) Migration
3 44 (9.59%) Change Management
4 36 (7.84%) Project Management
5 29 (6.32%) ITIL V3
5 29 (6.32%) PRINCE2
6 28 (6.10%) Service Delivery
7 27 (5.88%) DevOps
8 26 (5.66%) Disaster Recovery
9 24 (5.23%) Service Management
10 22 (4.79%) Agile Software Development
11 21 (4.58%) Virtual Environments
11 21 (4.58%) Virtual Infrastructure
12 20 (4.36%) TOGAF
13 19 (4.14%) High Availability
14 15 (3.27%) Data Security
15 14 (3.05%) Asset Management
15 14 (3.05%) Incident Management
15 14 (3.05%) ITSM
15 14 (3.05%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 108 (23.53%) PowerShell
2 80 (17.43%) SQL
3 11 (2.40%) VBScript
4 10 (2.18%) C#
5 9 (1.96%) JavaScript
6 6 (1.31%) Bash Shell
6 6 (1.31%) Python
6 6 (1.31%) T-SQL
7 5 (1.09%) C
7 5 (1.09%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 5 (1.09%) Java
7 5 (1.09%) VB
8 4 (0.87%) Perl
8 4 (0.87%) Ruby
9 2 (0.44%) REXX
9 2 (0.44%) Tcl
10 1 (0.22%) C++
10 1 (0.22%) VBA
Qualifications
1 459 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 100 (21.79%) MCSA
3 93 (20.26%) MCP
4 90 (19.61%) MCITP
5 81 (17.65%) Cisco Certification
6 65 (14.16%) CCNA
7 55 (11.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 49 (10.68%) Security Cleared
9 40 (8.71%) Degree
9 40 (8.71%) SC Cleared
10 29 (6.32%) MCTS
11 20 (4.36%) DV Cleared
12 19 (4.14%) Computer Science Degree
13 18 (3.92%) ITIL Certification
14 15 (3.27%) A+ Certification
15 14 (3.05%) CCNP
15 14 (3.05%) MCDST
16 13 (2.83%) CISSP
17 12 (2.61%) Citrix Certification
18 11 (2.40%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (6.54%) SLA
2 11 (2.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (1.74%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.65%) QA
4 3 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.22%) COBIT
5 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 239 (52.07%) Active Directory
2 106 (23.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 96 (20.92%) Hyper-V
4 28 (6.10%) XenApp
5 22 (4.79%) Virtual Machines
6 19 (4.14%) VMware ESXi
7 18 (3.92%) vSphere
8 14 (3.05%) Virtual Servers
9 12 (2.61%) Microsoft App-V
10 10 (2.18%) VMware Workstation
10 10 (2.18%) XenDesktop
11 5 (1.09%) BitLocker
11 5 (1.09%) Firmware
11 5 (1.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 3 (0.65%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.65%) UAG
12 3 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
13 1 (0.22%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.22%) Docker
13 1 (0.22%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 78 (16.99%) SCCM
2 48 (10.46%) SCOM
3 14 (3.05%) Microsoft Clustering
4 10 (2.18%) NetBackup
5 9 (1.96%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 9 (1.96%) WSUS
6 8 (1.74%) Failover Clustering
7 7 (1.53%) AirWatch
7 7 (1.53%) Backup Exec
7 7 (1.53%) vCenter Server
8 6 (1.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 6 (1.31%) Puppet
9 5 (1.09%) CA Single Sign-On
9 5 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
9 5 (1.09%) SCVMM
9 5 (1.09%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 4 (0.87%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (0.87%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.87%) XenMobile
11 3 (0.65%) SCSM
Vendors
1 270 (58.82%) Microsoft
2 158 (34.42%) VMware
3 105 (22.88%) Citrix
4 86 (18.74%) Cisco
5 85 (18.52%) HP
6 31 (6.75%) NetApp
7 23 (5.01%) Dell
8 17 (3.70%) Oracle
9 16 (3.49%) Sophos
10 15 (3.27%) 3PAR
10 15 (3.27%) SolarWinds
11 13 (2.83%) Apple
11 13 (2.83%) CheckPoint
11 13 (2.83%) McAfee
12 12 (2.61%) ServiceNow
12 12 (2.61%) Symantec
13 11 (2.40%) AppSense
13 11 (2.40%) F5
13 11 (2.40%) Remedy
13 11 (2.40%) Sun
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