Period
to 22 March 2019

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 22 March 2019 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
22 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 399 418 441
Rank change year-on-year +19 +23 -47
Contract jobs citing MCSE 588 569 484
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.56% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.11% 2.93% 2.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 342 336 299
UK median daily rate £409 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.79% +3.70% +4.49%
10th Percentile £163 £180 £142
90th Percentile £600 £557 £514
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +17.86% +7.69% -1.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 13 28
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £17.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -1.62% -1.26%
10th Percentile £14.25 £12.17 £13.68
90th Percentile £35.49 £41.20 £27.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £16.20 £17.28
% change year-on-year +23.46% -6.25% -4.00%

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 18,933 19,391 19,182
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.44% 19.14% 20.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,383 11,765 12,189
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.46%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 849 870 915
UK median hourly rate £29.90 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.60% -9.09% -1.79%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.35 £50.00 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £26.47 £28.00
% change year-on-year +3.90% -5.47% -9.39%

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 22 March 2019.

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 22 March 2019.

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 22 March 2019. 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 +8 527 £413 +17.86% 60
UK excluding London +14 413 £413 +17.86% 45
South East +16 169 £450 +28.57% 7
London -19 163 £405 +15.71% 21
Midlands -4 62 £475 +18.75% 18
North of England +9 61 £300 -36.84% 12
South West +23 60 £425 -10.53% 2
West Midlands +3 39 £525 +16.67% 8
Scotland -5 29 £338 - 5
North West +12 27 £275 -52.17% 8
Yorkshire +14 26 £358 +19.17% 4
East Midlands -4 23 £450 +28.57% 10
East of England -14 18 £413 +37.50%
Wales -7 13 £438 +16.67% 1
North East +7 8 £300 -52.00%
Northern Ireland +14 2 - -

For the 6 months to 22 March 2019, 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.

1 588 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 407 (69.22%) Microsoft
3 399 (67.86%) Windows
4 288 (48.98%) Active Directory
5 241 (40.99%) VMware
6 224 (38.10%) ITIL
7 215 (36.56%) Windows Server
8 214 (36.39%) MCSA
9 164 (27.89%) Cisco Certification
10 158 (26.87%) Cisco
11 157 (26.70%) VMware Infrastructure
12 149 (25.34%) Office 365
13 141 (23.98%) Microsoft Azure
14 139 (23.64%) CCNA
15 136 (23.13%) SCCM
15 136 (23.13%) PowerShell
16 133 (22.62%) Security Cleared
17 127 (21.60%) Windows Server 2012
18 121 (20.58%) DNS
19 120 (20.41%) Citrix
20 113 (19.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
21 108 (18.37%) MCP
22 107 (18.20%) SC Cleared
23 100 (17.01%) Windows 7
24 99 (16.84%) Problem-Solving
25 97 (16.50%) Migration
26 95 (16.16%) Firewall
27 89 (15.14%) SQL Server
27 89 (15.14%) Microsoft Office
28 86 (14.63%) Windows 10

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 82 (13.95%) MS Exchange
2 60 (10.20%) SharePoint
3 39 (6.63%) Skype for Business
4 24 (4.08%) IIS
5 19 (3.23%) Confluence
5 19 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2010
6 18 (3.06%) SharePoint 2013
7 16 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2007
8 12 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
8 12 (2.04%) SharePoint 2010
9 11 (1.87%) SharePoint Server
10 8 (1.36%) OpenStack
11 6 (1.02%) Apache Pig
11 6 (1.02%) Office Communications Server
12 5 (0.85%) Apache
13 4 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.68%) Cloud Foundry
14 3 (0.51%) CMS
15 2 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
16 1 (0.17%) Site Server
Applications
1 89 (15.14%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.36%) InfoPath
3 8 (1.36%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.17%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.17%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 149 (25.34%) Office 365
2 141 (23.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 61 (10.37%) Amazon AWS
4 43 (7.31%) PaaS
5 30 (5.10%) IaaS
6 23 (3.91%) Azure Active Directory
7 19 (3.23%) Google Cloud Platform
8 18 (3.06%) SaaS
9 15 (2.55%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (1.36%) OneDrive
10 8 (1.36%) Serverless
11 4 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
11 4 (0.68%) Azure Functions
11 4 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
11 4 (0.68%) GitHub
11 4 (0.68%) Mimecast
11 4 (0.68%) OpenShift
11 4 (0.68%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (0.51%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 121 (20.58%) DNS
2 95 (16.16%) Firewall
3 84 (14.29%) DHCP
4 81 (13.78%) LAN
5 70 (11.90%) WAN
6 67 (11.39%) TCP/IP
7 59 (10.03%) Internet
8 55 (9.35%) SAN
9 33 (5.61%) Skype
10 32 (5.44%) VPN
11 23 (3.91%) Wireless
12 22 (3.74%) Network Security
12 22 (3.74%) Unified Communications
13 21 (3.57%) VLAN
14 20 (3.40%) VoIP
15 18 (3.06%) SSL
16 15 (2.55%) Intranet
17 14 (2.38%) IP Telephony
18 13 (2.21%) Cisco ASA
19 11 (1.87%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (15.14%) SQL Server
2 16 (2.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 14 (2.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (1.87%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (1.70%) Big Data
5 10 (1.70%) SQL Server 2012
6 9 (1.53%) Hadoop
7 8 (1.36%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (1.36%) SQL Server 2005
7 8 (1.36%) SQL Server 2016
8 6 (1.02%) Apache Hive
8 6 (1.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 6 (1.02%) QlikView
8 6 (1.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 5 (0.85%) MySQL
10 4 (0.68%) Amazon RDS
10 4 (0.68%) MongoDB
10 4 (0.68%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (0.68%) Power BI
10 4 (0.68%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 25 (4.25%) JIRA
2 21 (3.57%) Visual Studio
3 19 (3.23%) Git (software)
4 15 (2.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 13 (2.21%) InstallShield
5 13 (2.21%) Team Foundation Server
6 11 (1.87%) MSI
7 10 (1.70%) Bitbucket
8 8 (1.36%) Visual Studio Team System
9 6 (1.02%) Fiddler
9 6 (1.02%) Jenkins
9 6 (1.02%) Octopus Deploy
10 4 (0.68%) Artifactory
11 3 (0.51%) AdminStudio
11 3 (0.51%) CodeSonar
11 3 (0.51%) git-flow
11 3 (0.51%) Robot Framework
11 3 (0.51%) Selenium
11 3 (0.51%) Sonatype Nexus
11 3 (0.51%) TeamCity
General
1 50 (8.50%) Finance
2 28 (4.76%) Military
3 22 (3.74%) Telecoms
4 10 (1.70%) Automotive
5 9 (1.53%) Legal
6 8 (1.36%) Retail
7 7 (1.19%) Banking
8 5 (0.85%) Back Office
9 4 (0.68%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.68%) German Language
10 3 (0.51%) Law
10 3 (0.51%) Local Government
11 2 (0.34%) Billing
11 2 (0.34%) Front Office
11 2 (0.34%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.17%) Games
12 1 (0.17%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 75 (12.76%) Architect
2 62 (10.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 59 (10.03%) Analyst
4 50 (8.50%) Support Engineer
5 34 (5.78%) Desktop Support
6 30 (5.10%) Consultant
7 28 (4.76%) Server Engineer
8 27 (4.59%) Cloud Architect
9 25 (4.25%) Desktop Engineer
9 25 (4.25%) Network Engineer
9 25 (4.25%) Technical Architect
10 22 (3.74%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 21 (3.57%) Developer
12 20 (3.40%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 20 (3.40%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 20 (3.40%) Solutions Architect
13 19 (3.23%) Administrator
13 19 (3.23%) Senior Network Engineer
13 19 (3.23%) Windows Engineer
14 18 (3.06%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (3.57%) .NET
2 13 (2.21%) HTML
3 12 (2.04%) REST
4 10 (1.70%) ASP.NET
4 10 (1.70%) Web Services
5 8 (1.36%) CSS
5 8 (1.36%) jQuery
5 8 (1.36%) XML
5 8 (1.36%) XSLT
6 6 (1.02%) HTML5
6 6 (1.02%) Silverlight
6 6 (1.02%) WPF
7 5 (0.85%) Software Packaging
8 4 (0.68%) LDAP
9 3 (0.51%) Django
9 3 (0.51%) LAMP
9 3 (0.51%) SAML
9 3 (0.51%) SOAP
9 3 (0.51%) Spring MVC
9 3 (0.51%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 76 (12.93%) Data Centre
2 57 (9.69%) Analytical Skills
3 35 (5.95%) Management Information System
4 22 (3.74%) PKI
4 22 (3.74%) Public Cloud
4 22 (3.74%) Video Conferencing
5 17 (2.89%) Hybrid Cloud
6 16 (2.72%) Mobile App
7 15 (2.55%) Clustering
8 12 (2.04%) Private Cloud
8 12 (2.04%) Replication
9 11 (1.87%) Client/Server
9 11 (1.87%) Self-Motivation
10 10 (1.70%) Virtual Team
11 9 (1.53%) Blackberry
11 9 (1.53%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 9 (1.53%) User Experience
12 7 (1.19%) BYOD
13 6 (1.02%) CESG
13 6 (1.02%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 399 (67.86%) Windows
2 215 (36.56%) Windows Server
3 127 (21.60%) Windows Server 2012
4 100 (17.01%) Windows 7
5 86 (14.63%) Windows 10
6 77 (13.10%) Linux
7 69 (11.73%) Windows Server 2008
8 34 (5.78%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (4.25%) Unix
10 19 (3.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (2.72%) Mac OS X
12 14 (2.38%) Apple iOS
13 12 (2.04%) Windows 8
14 11 (1.87%) Android
14 11 (1.87%) Windows Vista
14 11 (1.87%) Windows XP
15 9 (1.53%) AIX
16 8 (1.36%) Mac OS
17 7 (1.19%) Windows 2000
18 6 (1.02%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 224 (38.10%) ITIL
2 99 (16.84%) Problem-Solving
3 97 (16.50%) Migration
4 85 (14.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 63 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
6 50 (8.50%) Disaster Recovery
7 48 (8.16%) Incident Management
8 44 (7.48%) Change Management
9 42 (7.14%) Service Management
10 38 (6.46%) ITSM
11 37 (6.29%) DevOps
12 36 (6.12%) Server Virtualisation
13 35 (5.95%) PRINCE2
14 34 (5.78%) Problem Management
15 33 (5.61%) Computer Science
15 33 (5.61%) ITIL V3
16 30 (5.10%) High Availability
16 30 (5.10%) TOGAF
17 29 (4.93%) Mentoring
18 28 (4.76%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 136 (23.13%) PowerShell
2 67 (11.39%) SQL
3 18 (3.06%) JavaScript
4 12 (2.04%) C#
5 10 (1.70%) Python
5 10 (1.70%) VB
6 9 (1.53%) Bash Shell
6 9 (1.53%) VBScript
7 8 (1.36%) C
7 8 (1.36%) Java
8 7 (1.19%) T-SQL
9 5 (0.85%) PHP
10 3 (0.51%) C++
10 3 (0.51%) Objective-C
10 3 (0.51%) Perl
10 3 (0.51%) TypeScript
11 2 (0.34%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 2 (0.34%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.17%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.17%) VBA
Qualifications
1 588 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 214 (36.39%) MCSA
3 164 (27.89%) Cisco Certification
4 139 (23.64%) CCNA
5 133 (22.62%) Security Cleared
6 113 (19.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 108 (18.37%) MCP
8 107 (18.20%) SC Cleared
9 80 (13.61%) Degree
10 70 (11.90%) MCITP
11 43 (7.31%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 38 (6.46%) Citrix Certification
13 37 (6.29%) CCA
13 37 (6.29%) ITIL Certification
14 31 (5.27%) DV Cleared
15 24 (4.08%) CISSP
16 23 (3.91%) VCP6
17 21 (3.57%) MCDST
18 19 (3.23%) CCNP
19 16 (2.72%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (12.07%) SLA
2 19 (3.23%) QA
3 11 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.85%) GDPR
5 4 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.51%) COBIT
6 3 (0.51%) PMO
7 2 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.17%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 288 (48.98%) Active Directory
2 157 (26.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 81 (13.78%) Hyper-V
4 55 (9.35%) vSphere
5 47 (7.99%) VMware ESXi
6 37 (6.29%) XenApp
7 24 (4.08%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (3.23%) Virtual Desktop
9 18 (3.06%) Microsoft App-V
9 18 (3.06%) XenDesktop
10 14 (2.38%) Virtual Servers
11 13 (2.21%) vCloud
12 8 (1.36%) NFS
12 8 (1.36%) VMware Workstation
12 8 (1.36%) XenServer
13 6 (1.02%) Docker
13 6 (1.02%) Terminal Services
14 5 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 5 (0.85%) VMware NSX
15 4 (0.68%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 136 (23.13%) SCCM
2 35 (5.95%) vCenter Server
3 31 (5.27%) SCOM
4 19 (3.23%) PowerCLI
5 18 (3.06%) Microsoft Intune
6 15 (2.55%) WSUS
7 13 (2.21%) NetBackup
8 12 (2.04%) Single Sign-On
9 11 (1.87%) vRealize
10 10 (1.70%) Norton AntiVirus
10 10 (1.70%) SCVMM
11 9 (1.53%) Kubernetes
11 9 (1.53%) Microsoft Clustering
12 7 (1.19%) HP ALM
12 7 (1.19%) Puppet
12 7 (1.19%) Tivoli
13 6 (1.02%) Backup Exec
13 6 (1.02%) Failover Clustering
13 6 (1.02%) Grafana
13 6 (1.02%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 407 (69.22%) Microsoft
2 241 (40.99%) VMware
3 158 (26.87%) Cisco
4 120 (20.41%) Citrix
5 50 (8.50%) HP
6 37 (6.29%) Oracle
7 29 (4.93%) EMC
8 28 (4.76%) Red Hat
9 24 (4.08%) Apple
9 24 (4.08%) Google
9 24 (4.08%) NetApp
10 22 (3.74%) Polycom
11 21 (3.57%) Dell
12 19 (3.23%) Avaya
13 18 (3.06%) McAfee
14 16 (2.72%) SolarWinds
15 14 (2.38%) Ivanti
15 14 (2.38%) Wyse
16 13 (2.21%) Sophos
16 13 (2.21%) Symantec