Period
to 23 November 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 23 November 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 380 369 342
Rank change year-on-year -11 -27 -39
Contract jobs citing MCSE 630 673 786
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.64% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.27% 3.10% 3.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 390 463 437
UK median daily rate £330 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.54% - -
10th Percentile £152 £173 £150
90th Percentile £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +3.85% -1.52% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 43 79
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £21.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.05% +13.51% -2.54%
10th Percentile £11.25 £14.43 £12.27
90th Percentile £39.35 £28.40 £30.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £21.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -20.24% +13.51% -2.63%

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 19249 21726 22502
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 20.64% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11801 13552 13564
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £221 £243 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 871 1086
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £25.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +2.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £26.54 £25.06
% change year-on-year +3.63% +5.90% +31.89%

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 23 November 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 23 November 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 23 November 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 +8 588 £329 -0.38% 89
UK excluding London +11 422 £338 +3.85% 65
London -9 201 £325 -13.33% 31
South East +20 136 £328 -6.43% 13
North of England +5 89 £350 +6.06% 19
East of England -3 71 £300 +9.09% 5
Midlands +48 68 £350 +2.94% 15
Yorkshire +31 39 £350 -5.08% 3
East Midlands +14 38 £325 -7.14% 4
West Midlands +35 30 £400 +21.21% 11
North West +16 29 £313 +31.58% 14
North East +2 23 £400 +21.21% 2
South West -10 23 £255 -15.00% 7
Scotland -54 21 £335 +13.56% 6
Wales +22 13 £363 -3.33% 1
Northern Ireland -43 2 £250 +42.86%

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 630 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 420 (66.67%) Windows
3 374 (59.37%) Microsoft
4 332 (52.70%) Active Directory
5 253 (40.16%) ITIL
6 214 (33.97%) VMware
7 210 (33.33%) Office 365
8 200 (31.75%) Windows Server
9 190 (30.16%) MCSA
10 172 (27.30%) MS Exchange
11 169 (26.83%) Citrix
12 152 (24.13%) Microsoft Azure
13 136 (21.59%) VMware Infrastructure
13 136 (21.59%) Windows Server 2012
14 129 (20.48%) MCP
14 129 (20.48%) SCCM
15 123 (19.52%) SQL Server
16 122 (19.37%) PowerShell
17 117 (18.57%) Cisco
18 116 (18.41%) Cisco Certification
18 116 (18.41%) Windows 7
19 114 (18.10%) DNS
20 108 (17.14%) Microsoft Office
21 107 (16.98%) Windows Server 2008
22 105 (16.67%) SQL
23 103 (16.35%) Finance
24 101 (16.03%) Migration
25 100 (15.87%) TCP/IP
26 97 (15.40%) HP
27 92 (14.60%) DHCP

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
1 172 (27.30%) MS Exchange
2 79 (12.54%) SharePoint
3 69 (10.95%) Exchange Server 2010
4 57 (9.05%) Skype for Business
5 45 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2013
6 40 (6.35%) IIS
7 38 (6.03%) Exchange Server 2007
8 36 (5.71%) SharePoint 2013
9 22 (3.49%) SharePoint 2010
10 17 (2.70%) SharePoint Server
11 14 (2.22%) IBM Notes
12 13 (2.06%) OpenStack
13 9 (1.43%) Apache
14 5 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2003
14 5 (0.79%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.48%) CMS
15 3 (0.48%) IBM Domino
16 2 (0.32%) Office Communications Server
16 2 (0.32%) WordPress
17 1 (0.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 108 (17.14%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (3.17%) MS Visio
3 11 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (1.59%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (0.95%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.16%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 7 (1.11%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.48%) Eikon
3 2 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.16%) Relativity
4 1 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 210 (33.33%) Office 365
2 152 (24.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 58 (9.21%) Amazon AWS
4 29 (4.60%) Azure Active Directory
5 18 (2.86%) IaaS
6 14 (2.22%) PaaS
7 13 (2.06%) Mimecast
7 13 (2.06%) SaaS
8 11 (1.75%) OneDrive
9 7 (1.11%) G Suite
10 4 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.16%) Akamai
12 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.16%) Azure Data Factory
12 1 (0.16%) Data Lake Analytics
12 1 (0.16%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 114 (18.10%) DNS
2 100 (15.87%) TCP/IP
3 92 (14.60%) DHCP
3 92 (14.60%) SAN
4 84 (13.33%) LAN
5 73 (11.59%) WAN
6 62 (9.84%) Firewall
7 57 (9.05%) Skype
8 31 (4.92%) VPN
9 30 (4.76%) Wireless
10 28 (4.44%) Internet
10 28 (4.44%) VoIP
11 25 (3.97%) NAS
12 22 (3.49%) NetScaler
13 21 (3.33%) Unified Communications
14 17 (2.70%) Ethernet
14 17 (2.70%) VLAN
15 12 (1.90%) IPsec
16 10 (1.59%) IP Telephony
16 10 (1.59%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (19.52%) SQL Server
2 35 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
2 35 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
3 26 (4.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 21 (3.33%) SQL Server 2016
5 18 (2.86%) QlikView
6 14 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 13 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
8 10 (1.59%) OLAP
8 10 (1.59%) SQL Server 2005
8 10 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 6 (0.95%) OLTP
10 5 (0.79%) Big Data
10 5 (0.79%) Hadoop
10 5 (0.79%) Power BI
10 5 (0.79%) SQL Server 2014
11 4 (0.63%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 4 (0.63%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.48%) MySQL
12 3 (0.48%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 24 (3.81%) Team Foundation Server
2 22 (3.49%) Visual Studio
3 18 (2.86%) Octopus Deploy
4 9 (1.43%) Git (software)
5 8 (1.27%) HP UFT
6 4 (0.63%) Eclipse
6 4 (0.63%) JMeter
7 3 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (0.48%) Wise Package Studio
8 2 (0.32%) MSI
9 1 (0.16%) InstallShield
9 1 (0.16%) JIRA
9 1 (0.16%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.16%) YouTrack
General
1 103 (16.35%) Finance
2 36 (5.71%) Banking
3 17 (2.70%) Law
4 15 (2.38%) Investment Banking
4 15 (2.38%) Manufacturing
5 10 (1.59%) Legal
6 9 (1.43%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.11%) Advertising
7 7 (1.11%) Automotive
8 6 (0.95%) Electronics
8 6 (0.95%) German Language
8 6 (0.95%) Marketing
9 4 (0.63%) Local Government
10 3 (0.48%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.48%) French Language
11 2 (0.32%) Dutch Language
11 2 (0.32%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.32%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.16%) Private Banking
12 1 (0.16%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 91 (14.44%) Architect
2 82 (13.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 80 (12.70%) Analyst
4 67 (10.63%) Desktop Support
5 61 (9.68%) Support Engineer
6 44 (6.98%) Consultant
7 36 (5.71%) 3rd Line Support
8 34 (5.40%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 32 (5.08%) Support Analyst
10 30 (4.76%) Desktop Engineer
10 30 (4.76%) Technical Architect
11 28 (4.44%) Developer
12 26 (4.13%) Systems Engineer
13 25 (3.97%) Administrator
14 24 (3.81%) 2nd Line Support
15 23 (3.65%) IT Support
16 22 (3.49%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
17 21 (3.33%) Server Engineer
18 20 (3.17%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 18 (2.86%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (3.97%) .NET
2 15 (2.38%) XML
3 7 (1.11%) CSS
3 7 (1.11%) jQuery
3 7 (1.11%) XSLT
4 6 (0.95%) MDX
4 6 (0.95%) Web Services
5 5 (0.79%) Software Packaging
6 4 (0.63%) 802.1X
7 3 (0.48%) JSON
7 3 (0.48%) Middleware
8 2 (0.32%) CGI
9 1 (0.16%) AngularJS
9 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET MVC 5
9 1 (0.16%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1 (0.16%) SAP Basis
9 1 (0.16%) WAP
9 1 (0.16%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 74 (11.75%) Analytical Skills
2 73 (11.59%) Data Centre
3 43 (6.83%) Blackberry
4 36 (5.71%) Clustering
5 29 (4.60%) Management Information System
6 27 (4.29%) Computer Science
7 22 (3.49%) PKI
8 21 (3.33%) Video Conferencing
9 17 (2.70%) Replication
10 16 (2.54%) Client/Server
11 13 (2.06%) BYOD
11 13 (2.06%) Cyberthreat
12 12 (1.90%) Public Cloud
13 11 (1.75%) NHS
14 8 (1.27%) Private Cloud
15 7 (1.11%) Virtual Team
16 6 (0.95%) Smartphone
17 5 (0.79%) CESG
17 5 (0.79%) Microsoft Licensing
17 5 (0.79%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 420 (66.67%) Windows
2 200 (31.75%) Windows Server
3 136 (21.59%) Windows Server 2012
4 116 (18.41%) Windows 7
5 107 (16.98%) Windows Server 2008
6 86 (13.65%) Windows 10
7 60 (9.52%) Linux
8 38 (6.03%) Windows Server 2003
9 29 (4.60%) Apple iOS
10 23 (3.65%) Unix
11 17 (2.70%) Windows 8
12 15 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 10 (1.59%) Solaris
13 10 (1.59%) Windows Vista
14 9 (1.43%) Android
15 7 (1.11%) VMS
16 5 (0.79%) Windows XP
17 3 (0.48%) CentOS
17 3 (0.48%) Windows Phone
18 2 (0.32%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 253 (40.16%) ITIL
2 101 (16.03%) Migration
3 68 (10.79%) PRINCE2
4 57 (9.05%) Change Management
5 53 (8.41%) Disaster Recovery
6 45 (7.14%) High Availability
7 40 (6.35%) Project Management
8 39 (6.19%) Agile Software Development
8 39 (6.19%) ITIL V3
9 38 (6.03%) TOGAF
10 32 (5.08%) Service Management
11 29 (4.60%) Incident Management
12 28 (4.44%) Service Delivery
13 27 (4.29%) Performance Tuning
14 25 (3.97%) Capacity Planning
15 24 (3.81%) Time Management
16 22 (3.49%) Load Balancing
17 20 (3.17%) Business Intelligence
17 20 (3.17%) DevOps
17 20 (3.17%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 122 (19.37%) PowerShell
2 105 (16.67%) SQL
3 23 (3.65%) C#
4 22 (3.49%) Java
5 20 (3.17%) VBScript
6 18 (2.86%) JavaScript
7 10 (1.59%) T-SQL
8 9 (1.43%) VB
9 6 (0.95%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 4 (0.63%) C
10 4 (0.63%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.48%) REXX
11 3 (0.48%) Tcl
12 1 (0.16%) Python
12 1 (0.16%) Ruby
12 1 (0.16%) VBA
Qualifications
1 630 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 190 (30.16%) MCSA
3 129 (20.48%) MCP
4 116 (18.41%) Cisco Certification
5 89 (14.13%) CCNA
6 79 (12.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 70 (11.11%) MCITP
8 65 (10.32%) Degree
9 60 (9.52%) Security Cleared
10 54 (8.57%) MCDST
11 49 (7.78%) SC Cleared
12 36 (5.71%) Citrix Certification
13 34 (5.40%) ITIL Certification
14 30 (4.76%) CISSP
15 28 (4.44%) CCA
16 25 (3.97%) A+ Certification
16 25 (3.97%) CCNP
16 25 (3.97%) Computer Science Degree
17 21 (3.33%) DV Cleared
18 20 (3.17%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (7.78%) SLA
2 19 (3.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (2.54%) PCI DSS
4 8 (1.27%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.32%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.16%) COBIT
6 1 (0.16%) GDPR
6 1 (0.16%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.16%) PMO
6 1 (0.16%) QA
System Software
1 332 (52.70%) Active Directory
2 136 (21.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 85 (13.49%) Hyper-V
4 57 (9.05%) XenApp
5 40 (6.35%) vSphere
6 31 (4.92%) VMware ESXi
7 26 (4.13%) Virtual Servers
8 21 (3.33%) XenDesktop
9 19 (3.02%) Virtual Machines
10 18 (2.86%) Microsoft App-V
11 17 (2.70%) Virtual Desktop
12 10 (1.59%) Terminal Services
13 9 (1.43%) VMware Workstation
14 8 (1.27%) Brightmail
15 6 (0.95%) BitLocker
15 6 (0.95%) Docker
15 6 (0.95%) XenServer
16 4 (0.63%) Firmware
17 2 (0.32%) NFS
17 2 (0.32%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 129 (20.48%) SCCM
2 52 (8.25%) SCOM
3 25 (3.97%) Backup Exec
4 23 (3.65%) Norton AntiVirus
5 22 (3.49%) Microsoft Clustering
6 17 (2.70%) NetBackup
7 15 (2.38%) WSUS
8 10 (1.59%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 9 (1.43%) McAfee ePO
9 9 (1.43%) Microsoft Intune
10 8 (1.27%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (1.11%) DameWare
11 7 (1.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 7 (1.11%) vCenter Server
12 6 (0.95%) HP Data Protector
13 5 (0.79%) AppDNA
13 5 (0.79%) Failover Clustering
14 4 (0.63%) AirWatch
14 4 (0.63%) Ansible
14 4 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 374 (59.37%) Microsoft
2 214 (33.97%) VMware
3 169 (26.83%) Citrix
4 117 (18.57%) Cisco
5 97 (15.40%) HP
6 44 (6.98%) NetApp
7 38 (6.03%) Apple
8 36 (5.71%) Symantec
9 35 (5.56%) Dell
10 34 (5.40%) Oracle
11 25 (3.97%) 3PAR
12 22 (3.49%) McAfee
13 21 (3.33%) SolarWinds
13 21 (3.33%) Veeam
14 20 (3.17%) Sophos
15 19 (3.02%) CheckPoint
16 18 (2.86%) RedGate
17 17 (2.70%) Bloomberg
17 17 (2.70%) Lotus
18 16 (2.54%) EMC