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 3 months to 23 May 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
3 months to
23 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 374 297 303
Rank change year-on-year -77 +6  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 210 410 381
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.77% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.39% 3.56% 3.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 253 244
Median daily rate £340 £340 £314
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.36%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £215 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £300
% change year-on-year -1.51% +10.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 29 31
Median hourly rate £16.00 £18.28 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.44% -15.19%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.80 £10.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.52 £43.00 £33.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.25 £21.33 £21.55
% change year-on-year -23.81% -1.02%  

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 8774 11526 10763
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.57% 21.56% 19.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 5337 7170 6138
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £252 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +7.89% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 474 412 554
Median hourly rate £31.50 £32.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.07% +41.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.85 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.00% +55.55%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCSE as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 23 May 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 3 months to 23 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 May 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -48 201 £342 -2.28% 109
London +4 74 £388 +6.89% 34
South East -27 47 £325 -18.75% 17
East of England +20 29 £350 +116.04% 13
Kent +23 15 £338 -12.90% 5
Hertfordshire +19 15 £363 -17.14% 5
City of London -9 14 £300 -24.29% 11
East Midlands -9 13 £288 -20.68% 6
Cambridgeshire +14 12 £550 +239.50% 6
Watford - 12 £320 - 1
North West +16 10 £525 +90.90% 18
Hampshire +15 10 £310 -23.69% 2
West Midlands +15 8 £325 +13.04% 5
South West +4 8 £352 -36.00% 10
Dover - 8 - -
Yorkshire +19 7 £420 +24.90% 4
Northampton +5 7 £294 -26.56%
Northamptonshire 0 7 £294 -22.95%
Berkshire -2 6 £345 -13.75%
Surrey -16 6 £413 +6.45% 7
West Yorkshire +25 5 £420 -1.17% 3
Reading +5 5 £165 -58.75%
Milton Keynes -5 5 £550 +29.41% 1
Buckinghamshire -15 5 £550 +29.41% 1
Huntingdon - 5 £550 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne +14 4 £300 -4.15% 2
Tyne and Wear +13 4 £300 -4.15% 2
Manchester +13 4 £525 +121.05% 11
North East +7 4 £300 -4.15% 2
Cambridge +7 4 £155 - 2

For the 6 months to 23 May 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.

1 428 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 320 (74.77%) Windows
3 276 (64.49%) Microsoft
4 224 (52.34%) Active Directory
5 182 (42.52%) Windows Server
6 156 (36.45%) VMware
7 140 (32.71%) ITIL
8 135 (31.54%) Windows Server 2012
9 113 (26.40%) Office 365
10 105 (24.53%) Microsoft Azure
10 105 (24.53%) VMware Infrastructure
11 103 (24.07%) Windows Server 2008
12 102 (23.83%) PowerShell
12 102 (23.83%) MS Exchange
13 89 (20.79%) Citrix
14 88 (20.56%) Hyper-V
15 86 (20.09%) MCITP
16 85 (19.86%) Cisco Certification
16 85 (19.86%) MCSA
17 81 (18.93%) MCP
18 72 (16.82%) Cisco
19 68 (15.89%) SQL Server
20 67 (15.65%) CCNA
20 67 (15.65%) Firewall
20 67 (15.65%) Windows Server 2003
20 67 (15.65%) Windows 7
21 63 (14.72%) Migration
21 63 (14.72%) SQL
21 63 (14.72%) Microsoft Office
22 62 (14.49%) Skype for Business

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
1 102 (23.83%) MS Exchange
2 62 (14.49%) Skype for Business
3 54 (12.62%) SharePoint
4 53 (12.38%) Exchange Server 2010
5 36 (8.41%) Exchange Server 2013
6 29 (6.78%) IIS
7 18 (4.21%) SharePoint 2013
8 17 (3.97%) SharePoint 2010
9 12 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2007
10 11 (2.57%) Apache
11 8 (1.87%) Office Communications Server
12 7 (1.64%) SharePoint Server
13 6 (1.40%) Tomcat
14 4 (0.93%) OpenStack
15 3 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
15 3 (0.70%) IBM Notes
16 2 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 2 (0.47%) CMS
16 2 (0.47%) Confluence
16 2 (0.47%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 63 (14.72%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (3.50%) MS Visio
3 11 (2.57%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.23%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 5 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.47%) Dynamics GP
3 2 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 113 (26.40%) Office 365
2 105 (24.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (6.54%) Amazon AWS
4 25 (5.84%) Azure Active Directory
5 24 (5.61%) IaaS
6 14 (3.27%) PaaS
7 13 (3.04%) SaaS
8 10 (2.34%) OneDrive
9 7 (1.64%) AWS CloudFormation
9 7 (1.64%) Yammer
10 5 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (1.17%) GitHub
11 4 (0.93%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.47%) AWS OpsWorks
13 1 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 67 (15.65%) Firewall
2 60 (14.02%) WAN
3 58 (13.55%) SAN
4 54 (12.62%) DNS
4 54 (12.62%) LAN
5 46 (10.75%) DHCP
6 41 (9.58%) Skype
7 33 (7.71%) VPN
8 24 (5.61%) Remote Desktop
9 22 (5.14%) VoIP
10 20 (4.67%) NAS
11 17 (3.97%) TCP/IP
12 14 (3.27%) Network Security
13 13 (3.04%) VLAN
13 13 (3.04%) Wireless
14 11 (2.57%) Internet
14 11 (2.57%) Unified Communications
15 10 (2.34%) SSL
15 10 (2.34%) Wi-Fi
16 9 (2.10%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (15.89%) SQL Server
2 25 (5.84%) SQL Server 2012
3 21 (4.91%) SQL Server 2008
4 13 (3.04%) SQL Server 2005
5 11 (2.57%) SQL Server 2014
6 8 (1.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 5 (1.17%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.93%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (0.93%) MySQL
9 4 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.70%) Big Data
10 3 (0.70%) Hadoop
10 3 (0.70%) SQL Server 2000
10 3 (0.70%) SQL Server 2016
11 2 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database
11 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database 12c
11 2 (0.47%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 11 (2.57%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (2.10%) Visual Studio
3 6 (1.40%) Jenkins
4 5 (1.17%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.93%) JIRA
6 3 (0.70%) StarTeam
7 2 (0.47%) CruiseControl
7 2 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (0.47%) Subversion
7 2 (0.47%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.47%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.23%) MSI
8 1 (0.23%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 59 (13.79%) Finance
2 21 (4.91%) Manufacturing
3 16 (3.74%) Banking
4 13 (3.04%) Telecoms
5 10 (2.34%) Retail
6 9 (2.10%) Law
7 6 (1.40%) Back Office
7 6 (1.40%) Legal
8 5 (1.17%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.93%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.70%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.70%) Local Government
11 2 (0.47%) Automotive
11 2 (0.47%) Electronics
11 2 (0.47%) French Language
11 2 (0.47%) Marketing
12 1 (0.23%) Advertising
12 1 (0.23%) Front Office
12 1 (0.23%) Games
12 1 (0.23%) Military
Job Titles
1 59 (13.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 53 (12.38%) Analyst
3 47 (10.98%) Consultant
4 43 (10.05%) Architect
5 41 (9.58%) Support Engineer
6 28 (6.54%) Support Analyst
7 27 (6.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 27 (6.31%) Desktop Support
8 24 (5.61%) 2nd Line Support
9 23 (5.37%) Server Engineer
10 21 (4.91%) Windows Engineer
11 18 (4.21%) Systems Engineer
11 18 (4.21%) Technical Architect
12 17 (3.97%) Azure Consultant
13 14 (3.27%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 14 (3.27%) 3rd Line Support
13 14 (3.27%) Administrator
13 14 (3.27%) IT Engineer
14 13 (3.04%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 13 (3.04%) Active Directory Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (3.50%) .NET
2 7 (1.64%) WAP
3 6 (1.40%) ASP.NET
3 6 (1.40%) Middleware
4 5 (1.17%) CSS
4 5 (1.17%) Web Services
4 5 (1.17%) XML
5 4 (0.93%) HTML
5 4 (0.93%) jQuery
5 4 (0.93%) SAML
5 4 (0.93%) XSLT
6 3 (0.70%) WCF
7 2 (0.47%) J2EE
7 2 (0.47%) JSP
7 2 (0.47%) Servlets
7 2 (0.47%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.47%) WF
8 1 (0.23%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.23%) JSON
8 1 (0.23%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 51 (11.92%) Data Centre
2 39 (9.11%) Clustering
3 23 (5.37%) Video Conferencing
4 22 (5.14%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (4.67%) Management Information System
6 18 (4.21%) Blackberry
6 18 (4.21%) Replication
7 17 (3.97%) Computer Science
8 14 (3.27%) Private Cloud
9 12 (2.80%) iPad
9 12 (2.80%) PKI
10 8 (1.87%) Life Science
10 8 (1.87%) Public Cloud
11 7 (1.64%) BYOD
12 5 (1.17%) NHS
12 5 (1.17%) User Experience
12 5 (1.17%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.93%) Enterprise Cloud
13 4 (0.93%) EPoS
13 4 (0.93%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 320 (74.77%) Windows
2 182 (42.52%) Windows Server
3 135 (31.54%) Windows Server 2012
4 103 (24.07%) Windows Server 2008
5 67 (15.65%) Windows 7
5 67 (15.65%) Windows Server 2003
6 49 (11.45%) Windows 10
7 48 (11.21%) Linux
8 20 (4.67%) Windows 8
9 19 (4.44%) Android
10 18 (4.21%) Unix
11 16 (3.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 12 (2.80%) Windows XP
13 10 (2.34%) Apple iOS
14 6 (1.40%) Mac OS X
15 5 (1.17%) Solaris
16 4 (0.93%) Mac OS
16 4 (0.93%) Windows Phone
17 3 (0.70%) SUSE
17 3 (0.70%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (32.71%) ITIL
2 63 (14.72%) Migration
3 40 (9.35%) Change Management
4 30 (7.01%) ITIL V3
5 28 (6.54%) Service Management
6 26 (6.07%) DevOps
6 26 (6.07%) Disaster Recovery
6 26 (6.07%) Project Management
7 24 (5.61%) High Availability
7 24 (5.61%) Service Delivery
8 20 (4.67%) PRINCE2
9 19 (4.44%) Virtual Infrastructure
10 18 (4.21%) ITSM
11 17 (3.97%) Problem Management
11 17 (3.97%) Stakeholder Management
12 15 (3.50%) Agile Software Development
12 15 (3.50%) Continuous Improvement
12 15 (3.50%) TOGAF
13 14 (3.27%) Load Balancing
13 14 (3.27%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 102 (23.83%) PowerShell
2 63 (14.72%) SQL
3 9 (2.10%) Bash Shell
3 9 (2.10%) JavaScript
3 9 (2.10%) Python
4 8 (1.87%) C#
4 8 (1.87%) VBScript
5 6 (1.40%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.17%) C
7 4 (0.93%) Java
7 4 (0.93%) Perl
7 4 (0.93%) Ruby
8 3 (0.70%) VB
9 1 (0.23%) C++
9 1 (0.23%) REXX
9 1 (0.23%) Tcl
9 1 (0.23%) X++
Qualifications
1 428 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 86 (20.09%) MCITP
3 85 (19.86%) Cisco Certification
3 85 (19.86%) MCSA
4 81 (18.93%) MCP
5 67 (15.65%) CCNA
6 55 (12.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 51 (11.92%) Security Cleared
8 39 (9.11%) SC Cleared
9 36 (8.41%) Degree
10 28 (6.54%) MCTS
11 19 (4.44%) CCNP
11 19 (4.44%) ITIL Certification
12 17 (3.97%) CCIE
12 17 (3.97%) Citrix Certification
13 13 (3.04%) DV Cleared
14 11 (2.57%) MCDST
15 10 (2.34%) CISSP
15 10 (2.34%) MCSD
16 7 (1.64%) EMC Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (5.61%) SLA
2 10 (2.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.47%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.47%) QA
5 1 (0.23%) COBIT
5 1 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.23%) PMBOK
5 1 (0.23%) PMO
System Software
1 224 (52.34%) Active Directory
2 105 (24.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 88 (20.56%) Hyper-V
4 23 (5.37%) vSphere
5 20 (4.67%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (3.97%) Virtual Machines
7 16 (3.74%) XenApp
8 12 (2.80%) Virtual Servers
9 9 (2.10%) XenDesktop
10 7 (1.64%) Microsoft App-V
10 7 (1.64%) VMware Workstation
11 6 (1.40%) UAG
12 5 (1.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 4 (0.93%) Terminal Services
13 4 (0.93%) VMware Server
14 3 (0.70%) Terminal Server
15 2 (0.47%) BitLocker
15 2 (0.47%) Docker
15 2 (0.47%) Firmware
16 1 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 57 (13.32%) SCCM
2 43 (10.05%) SCOM
3 20 (4.67%) NetBackup
4 13 (3.04%) AirWatch
5 12 (2.80%) vCenter Server
6 11 (2.57%) Puppet
7 10 (2.34%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 10 (2.34%) WSUS
8 8 (1.87%) Microsoft Clustering
9 7 (1.64%) Failover Clustering
9 7 (1.64%) SCVMM
9 7 (1.64%) vMotion
9 7 (1.64%) WMI
10 6 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
10 6 (1.40%) XenMobile
11 5 (1.17%) Backup Exec
11 5 (1.17%) CA Single Sign-On
11 5 (1.17%) Nessus
11 5 (1.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 4 (0.93%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 276 (64.49%) Microsoft
2 156 (36.45%) VMware
3 89 (20.79%) Citrix
4 72 (16.82%) Cisco
5 57 (13.32%) HP
6 32 (7.48%) NetApp
7 21 (4.91%) EMC
8 18 (4.21%) Oracle
9 16 (3.74%) SolarWinds
10 15 (3.50%) CheckPoint
11 14 (3.27%) Apple
11 14 (3.27%) McAfee
12 12 (2.80%) F5
12 12 (2.80%) Symantec
13 11 (2.57%) Palo Alto
13 11 (2.57%) Red Hat
14 10 (2.34%) AppSense
14 10 (2.34%) LANDesk
14 10 (2.34%) ServiceNow
15 9 (2.10%) Dell
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