Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 425 432 393
Rank change year-on-year +7 -39 -77
Contract jobs citing MCSE 537 445 623
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 0.48% 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.77% 2.34% 2.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 321 261 358
UK median daily rate £350 £338 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +3.85% +4.84%
10th Percentile £185 £145 £174
90th Percentile £563 £519 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +15.38% -1.52% +8.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 28 57
UK median hourly rate £17.51 £18.25 £18.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.05% -0.14% +4.43%
10th Percentile £14.01 £14.10 £8.75
90th Percentile £45.32 £25.40 £51.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.51 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +0.03% -12.50% +11.11%

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 19,409 18,998 22,721
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.20% 20.50% 21.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,686 12,023 14,056
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £239 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 867 936 908
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £29.96 £28.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.56% +5.35% +45.83%
10th Percentile £12.37 £12.00 £11.94
90th Percentile £50.35 £52.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £31.50
% change year-on-year -16.44% -5.02% +57.50%

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 19 April 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 19 April 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 19 April 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 +3 478 £350 +3.70% 196
UK excluding London +47 354 £375 +15.38% 149
London -12 179 £340 -6.21% 57
South East +29 148 £400 +19.85% 43
Midlands +13 52 £350 +8.53% 22
Scotland -8 46 £415 +52.29% 7
North of England -16 41 £475 +49.61% 38
East Midlands +4 36 £350 +9.38% 12
East of England -13 35 £266 -16.80% 22
North West -18 24 £525 +95.35% 21
South West +14 22 £475 +34.94% 14
West Midlands -12 16 £270 -18.49% 10
Yorkshire -16 16 £300 -25.00% 15
Wales -7 9 £375 - 3
North East +18 2 £625 +115.52% 2
Northern Ireland -6 1 £250 +42.86%

For the 6 months to 19 April 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
2 384 (71.51%) Windows
3 354 (65.92%) Microsoft
4 298 (55.49%) Active Directory
5 213 (39.66%) ITIL
6 211 (39.29%) Windows Server
7 210 (39.11%) VMware
8 187 (34.82%) MCSA
9 175 (32.59%) Office 365
10 153 (28.49%) Windows Server 2012
11 143 (26.63%) MCP
12 127 (23.65%) Microsoft Azure
13 122 (22.72%) PowerShell
14 119 (22.16%) SCCM
15 116 (21.60%) Windows Server 2008
16 114 (21.23%) VMware Infrastructure
17 113 (21.04%) Citrix
18 112 (20.86%) Cisco Certification
19 101 (18.81%) Windows 7
20 99 (18.44%) MCITP
21 96 (17.88%) SQL
21 96 (17.88%) MS Exchange
22 94 (17.50%) CCNA
23 93 (17.32%) SQL Server
24 92 (17.13%) Cisco
25 91 (16.95%) Windows Server 2003
26 87 (16.20%) Windows 10
27 84 (15.64%) Security Cleared
28 83 (15.46%) Migration
29 78 (14.53%) Problem-Solving

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 96 (17.88%) MS Exchange
2 65 (12.10%) SharePoint
3 39 (7.26%) Skype for Business
4 37 (6.89%) IIS
5 31 (5.77%) Exchange Server 2010
6 24 (4.47%) SharePoint 2013
7 21 (3.91%) SharePoint Server
8 19 (3.54%) SharePoint 2010
9 18 (3.35%) Exchange Server 2013
10 11 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2007
11 5 (0.93%) Apache
11 5 (0.93%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.56%) IBM Domino
12 3 (0.56%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.37%) Tomcat
14 1 (0.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2003
14 1 (0.19%) JBoss
14 1 (0.19%) nginx
Applications
1 76 (14.15%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (3.72%) InfoPath
3 12 (2.23%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (1.30%) MS Visio
4 7 (1.30%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.37%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.37%) Workfront
3 1 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.19%) Eikon
3 1 (0.19%) PeopleSoft HRMS
Cloud Services
1 175 (32.59%) Office 365
2 127 (23.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 42 (7.82%) Amazon AWS
4 17 (3.17%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (2.05%) Mimecast
5 11 (2.05%) PaaS
6 10 (1.86%) IaaS
7 9 (1.68%) SaaS
8 5 (0.93%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (0.93%) G Suite
9 4 (0.74%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 4 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
9 4 (0.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 3 (0.56%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.37%) OpenShift
12 1 (0.19%) Akamai
12 1 (0.19%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
12 1 (0.19%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 75 (13.97%) DNS
2 73 (13.59%) Firewall
3 65 (12.10%) DHCP
4 61 (11.36%) TCP/IP
5 57 (10.61%) SAN
6 56 (10.43%) WAN
7 55 (10.24%) LAN
8 46 (8.57%) VPN
9 42 (7.82%) Internet
10 30 (5.59%) Skype
11 21 (3.91%) VoIP
12 18 (3.35%) Cisco Nexus
12 18 (3.35%) MPLS
12 18 (3.35%) NAS
13 17 (3.17%) BGP
14 16 (2.98%) iSCSI
14 16 (2.98%) OSPF
15 14 (2.61%) VPLS
16 12 (2.23%) SSL
16 12 (2.23%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (17.32%) SQL Server
2 26 (4.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 17 (3.17%) SQL Server 2016
4 16 (2.98%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (2.42%) SQL Server 2008
6 12 (2.23%) SQL Server 2012
7 11 (2.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 9 (1.68%) Big Data
8 9 (1.68%) Power BI
9 8 (1.49%) MySQL
9 8 (1.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (1.12%) OLAP
11 5 (0.93%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 4 (0.74%) OLTP
12 4 (0.74%) QlikView
12 4 (0.74%) Relational Database
12 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
12 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2014
12 4 (0.74%) SSDT
13 3 (0.56%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 25 (4.66%) Visual Studio
2 21 (3.91%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (1.30%) HP UFT
3 7 (1.30%) TestDirector
3 7 (1.30%) WinRunner
4 5 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
5 4 (0.74%) MSI
5 4 (0.74%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (0.37%) InstallShield
7 2 (0.37%) JIRA
7 2 (0.37%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.19%) CruiseControl
8 1 (0.19%) Hudson
General
1 70 (13.04%) Finance
2 19 (3.54%) Telecoms
3 11 (2.05%) Legal
3 11 (2.05%) Retail
4 9 (1.68%) Manufacturing
5 8 (1.49%) Marketing
6 7 (1.30%) Banking
6 7 (1.30%) Law
7 6 (1.12%) Advertising
8 5 (0.93%) Local Government
9 4 (0.74%) Electronics
10 3 (0.56%) Back Office
10 3 (0.56%) Billing
10 3 (0.56%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.37%) Military
12 1 (0.19%) Automotive
12 1 (0.19%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.19%) French Language
12 1 (0.19%) German Language
12 1 (0.19%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 88 (16.39%) Architect
2 56 (10.43%) Analyst
3 55 (10.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 49 (9.12%) Desktop Support
5 47 (8.75%) Windows Engineer
6 42 (7.82%) Consultant
7 35 (6.52%) Support Engineer
8 29 (5.40%) Systems Engineer
9 25 (4.66%) Developer
10 24 (4.47%) Support Analyst
11 23 (4.28%) Infrastructure Architect
11 23 (4.28%) Technical Architect
12 20 (3.72%) 3rd Line Support
12 20 (3.72%) Azure Architect
13 19 (3.54%) Desktop Engineer
14 18 (3.35%) Solutions Architect
15 17 (3.17%) Azure Consultant
16 16 (2.98%) Administrator
16 16 (2.98%) SharePoint Engineer
17 15 (2.79%) Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (4.47%) .NET
2 19 (3.54%) CSS
2 19 (3.54%) jQuery
2 19 (3.54%) XML
2 19 (3.54%) XSLT
3 10 (1.86%) LDAP
4 9 (1.68%) Web Services
5 7 (1.30%) AngularJS
5 7 (1.30%) Node.js
5 7 (1.30%) React
5 7 (1.30%) REST
6 6 (1.12%) 802.1X
6 6 (1.12%) JSON
6 6 (1.12%) Software Packaging
7 5 (0.93%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.37%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.37%) WCF
9 1 (0.19%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.19%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 1 (0.19%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 66 (12.29%) Analytical Skills
2 59 (10.99%) Data Centre
3 35 (6.52%) Clustering
4 30 (5.59%) Computer Science
5 23 (4.28%) Management Information System
6 17 (3.17%) Mobile App
7 16 (2.98%) PKI
8 15 (2.79%) Replication
9 13 (2.42%) Blackberry
9 13 (2.42%) Self-Motivation
9 13 (2.42%) Video Conferencing
10 10 (1.86%) NHS
11 9 (1.68%) Public Cloud
12 8 (1.49%) Smartphone
13 7 (1.30%) EMC VNX
14 6 (1.12%) Client/Server
14 6 (1.12%) Private Cloud
15 5 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
15 5 (0.93%) PDA
16 4 (0.74%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 384 (71.51%) Windows
2 211 (39.29%) Windows Server
3 153 (28.49%) Windows Server 2012
4 116 (21.60%) Windows Server 2008
5 101 (18.81%) Windows 7
6 91 (16.95%) Windows Server 2003
7 87 (16.20%) Windows 10
8 41 (7.64%) Linux
9 22 (4.10%) Windows 8
10 16 (2.98%) Unix
11 15 (2.79%) Android
12 12 (2.23%) Apple iOS
12 12 (2.23%) Windows XP
13 11 (2.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 10 (1.86%) Windows Vista
15 9 (1.68%) AIX
16 8 (1.49%) Mac OS X
17 4 (0.74%) Solaris
18 3 (0.56%) CatOS
18 3 (0.56%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 213 (39.66%) ITIL
2 83 (15.46%) Migration
3 78 (14.53%) Problem-Solving
4 44 (8.19%) TOGAF
5 41 (7.64%) Change Management
5 41 (7.64%) High Availability
5 41 (7.64%) ITIL V3
6 33 (6.15%) PRINCE2
7 32 (5.96%) Business Intelligence
8 27 (5.03%) Agile Software Development
8 27 (5.03%) Disaster Recovery
9 25 (4.66%) Service Delivery
9 25 (4.66%) Service Management
10 23 (4.28%) DevOps
11 21 (3.91%) Incident Management
11 21 (3.91%) Network Architecture
11 21 (3.91%) Records Management
12 20 (3.72%) Performance Tuning
12 20 (3.72%) Project Management
12 20 (3.72%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 122 (22.72%) PowerShell
2 96 (17.88%) SQL
3 30 (5.59%) JavaScript
4 26 (4.84%) T-SQL
5 22 (4.10%) C#
6 19 (3.54%) Shell Script
7 12 (2.23%) VBScript
8 7 (1.30%) C
8 7 (1.30%) TypeScript
9 4 (0.74%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 4 (0.74%) VB
10 3 (0.56%) VBA
11 2 (0.37%) Java
11 2 (0.37%) Python
11 2 (0.37%) Ruby
12 1 (0.19%) AWK
12 1 (0.19%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.19%) Perl
12 1 (0.19%) sed
12 1 (0.19%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 537 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 187 (34.82%) MCSA
3 143 (26.63%) MCP
4 112 (20.86%) Cisco Certification
5 99 (18.44%) MCITP
6 94 (17.50%) CCNA
7 84 (15.64%) Security Cleared
8 74 (13.78%) SC Cleared
9 72 (13.41%) Degree
10 58 (10.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 29 (5.40%) MCDST
12 27 (5.03%) CCNP
13 26 (4.84%) ITIL Certification
14 23 (4.28%) CCIE
14 23 (4.28%) MCTS
15 22 (4.10%) CISSP
15 22 (4.10%) Computer Science Degree
16 19 (3.54%) Citrix Certification
17 17 (3.17%) CCA
18 14 (2.61%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (8.01%) SLA
2 9 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.93%) QA
4 4 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.74%) PMO
5 3 (0.56%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
System Software
1 298 (55.49%) Active Directory
2 114 (21.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (12.66%) Hyper-V
4 47 (8.75%) VMware ESXi
5 35 (6.52%) vSphere
6 28 (5.21%) XenApp
7 13 (2.42%) VMware Workstation
8 12 (2.23%) Virtual Desktop
9 11 (2.05%) Microsoft App-V
9 11 (2.05%) XenDesktop
10 10 (1.86%) Docker
10 10 (1.86%) Terminal Services
11 7 (1.30%) NFS
11 7 (1.30%) Virtual Machines
12 6 (1.12%) XenServer
13 5 (0.93%) DFS Replication
14 4 (0.74%) vCloud
15 3 (0.56%) Firmware
15 3 (0.56%) KVM
15 3 (0.56%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 119 (22.16%) SCCM
2 36 (6.70%) SCOM
3 27 (5.03%) Nessus
4 26 (4.84%) Microsoft Clustering
5 19 (3.54%) NetBackup
6 18 (3.35%) Backup Exec
7 13 (2.42%) WSUS
8 12 (2.23%) McAfee ePO
9 11 (2.05%) vCenter Server
10 10 (1.86%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 9 (1.68%) Microsoft Intune
12 8 (1.49%) Norton AntiVirus
13 7 (1.30%) EMC NetWorker
13 7 (1.30%) HP Quality Center
13 7 (1.30%) Netcool
13 7 (1.30%) Opscode Chef
14 6 (1.12%) AirWatch
14 6 (1.12%) Ansible
14 6 (1.12%) HP Data Protector
15 5 (0.93%) QRadar
Vendors
1 354 (65.92%) Microsoft
2 210 (39.11%) VMware
3 113 (21.04%) Citrix
4 92 (17.13%) Cisco
5 55 (10.24%) HP
6 51 (9.50%) SolarWinds
7 40 (7.45%) Ivanti
8 36 (6.70%) Shavlik
9 31 (5.77%) NetApp
10 30 (5.59%) CheckPoint
11 23 (4.28%) McAfee
11 23 (4.28%) Symantec
11 23 (4.28%) Veritas
12 22 (4.10%) EMC
12 22 (4.10%) IBM
13 21 (3.91%) Apple
13 21 (3.91%) Dell
14 19 (3.54%) Nintex
15 16 (2.98%) Juniper
15 16 (2.98%) Veeam