Period
to 2 July 2020

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 2 July 2020 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
2 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 404 425 459
Rank change year-on-year +21 +34 -24
Contract jobs citing MCSE 188 493 521
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.53% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.90% 2.83% 2.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 97 296 327
Median daily rate £375 £421 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.98% +12.33% +7.14%
10th Percentile £185 £187 £177
90th Percentile £538 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £425 £375
% change year-on-year -11.76% +13.33% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 52 30
Median hourly rate £20.00 £21.17 £19.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.52% +10.29% +16.32%
10th Percentile £15.70 £14.60 £15.47
90th Percentile £32.30 £34.40 £45.59
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £17.51
% change year-on-year - +14.22% +6.12%

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 9,919 17,450 19,291
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.03% 18.88% 18.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,876 10,515 11,543
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £240
90th Percentile £638 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £413
% change year-on-year - +9.09% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 823 902
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £24.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +42.71% -18.25%
10th Percentile £15.85 £12.86 £12.63
90th Percentile £57.00 £54.35 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +40.00% -20.63%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCSE as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCSE.

Daily rate trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 2 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCSE.

Hourly rate trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 2 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 14 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 2 July 2020. 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 +56 173 £400 -5.88% 53
UK excluding London +41 137 £375 -11.76% 50
London +110 49 £350 -16.17% 6
South East +55 45 £363 -19.44% 11
Midlands +58 26 £410 +2.50% 10
South West +35 23 £400 -5.88% 5
West Midlands +49 21 £411 -21.67% 6
North of England +87 19 £425 +15.65% 16
North West +73 15 £450 +25.00% 8
Scotland +56 13 £323 -7.86% 2
East of England +62 12 £363 +20.83% 5
East Midlands +41 5 £135 -59.25% 4
Yorkshire +65 4 £183 -43.85% 5
Work from Home -13 2 £525 +23.53% 9

For the 6 months to 2 July 2020, 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.

1 188 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 138 (73.40%) Windows
3 124 (65.96%) Microsoft
4 111 (59.04%) Active Directory
5 80 (42.55%) VMware
6 76 (40.43%) Windows Server
7 72 (38.30%) Office 365
8 67 (35.64%) MCSA
9 58 (30.85%) ITIL
10 53 (28.19%) Windows Server 2012
10 53 (28.19%) Azure
11 52 (27.66%) Security Cleared
11 52 (27.66%) Windows 10
12 48 (25.53%) VMware Infrastructure
13 42 (22.34%) SC Cleared
13 42 (22.34%) SCCM
14 41 (21.81%) Cisco Certification
15 36 (19.15%) Cisco
16 35 (18.62%) DNS
17 34 (18.09%) Problem-Solving
18 33 (17.55%) CCNA
18 33 (17.55%) MCP
18 33 (17.55%) PowerShell
19 32 (17.02%) Windows 7
19 32 (17.02%) Windows Server 2016
20 31 (16.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
21 28 (14.89%) SLA
22 26 (13.83%) DHCP
23 25 (13.30%) MS Exchange
23 25 (13.30%) Migration

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 25 (13.30%) MS Exchange
2 14 (7.45%) SharePoint
3 13 (6.91%) Skype for Business
4 10 (5.32%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (3.72%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (3.19%) IIS
7 5 (2.66%) Confluence
8 3 (1.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (1.60%) Office Communications Server
8 3 (1.60%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (1.06%) Apache
9 2 (1.06%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (1.06%) nginx
9 2 (1.06%) SAS
9 2 (1.06%) Tomcat
Applications
1 21 (11.17%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.53%) Adobe Captivate
3 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.53%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 2 (1.06%) assyst
1 2 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.06%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.53%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 72 (38.30%) Office 365
2 53 (28.19%) Azure
3 16 (8.51%) AWS
4 15 (7.98%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (5.85%) PaaS
6 10 (5.32%) Mimecast
7 8 (4.26%) IaaS
8 5 (2.66%) SaaS
9 3 (1.60%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (1.60%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.53%) Asana
10 1 (0.53%) GCP
10 1 (0.53%) Logic Apps
10 1 (0.53%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 35 (18.62%) DNS
2 26 (13.83%) DHCP
3 23 (12.23%) SAN
4 19 (10.11%) Firewall
5 18 (9.57%) LAN
6 17 (9.04%) WAN
7 10 (5.32%) Skype
7 10 (5.32%) VoIP
7 10 (5.32%) Wireless
8 9 (4.79%) Kerberos
8 9 (4.79%) VPN
9 8 (4.26%) Network Security
9 8 (4.26%) TCP/IP
10 7 (3.72%) iSCSI
11 6 (3.19%) NetScaler
11 6 (3.19%) VLAN
12 5 (2.66%) Remote Desktop
13 4 (2.13%) Unified Communications
13 4 (2.13%) Wi-Fi
13 4 (2.13%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (7.98%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.60%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.06%) Big Data
3 2 (1.06%) MySQL
4 1 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.53%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.53%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.53%) Power BI
4 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 8 (4.26%) MSI
2 6 (3.19%) JIRA
3 3 (1.60%) InstallShield
4 2 (1.06%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.53%) Visual Studio
General
1 16 (8.51%) Public Sector
2 11 (5.85%) Finance
3 7 (3.72%) Military
4 6 (3.19%) Banking
5 3 (1.60%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.06%) International Banking
6 2 (1.06%) Law
6 2 (1.06%) Legal
6 2 (1.06%) Retail
7 1 (0.53%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.53%) Automotive
7 1 (0.53%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.53%) Front Office
7 1 (0.53%) Marketing
7 1 (0.53%) Police
Job Titles
1 21 (11.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 21 (11.17%) Support Engineer
2 19 (10.11%) 2nd Line Support
3 15 (7.98%) Architect
3 15 (7.98%) Consultant
3 15 (7.98%) Windows Engineer
4 14 (7.45%) Wintel Engineer
5 11 (5.85%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 11 (5.85%) Analyst
6 10 (5.32%) 3rd Line Support
6 10 (5.32%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 9 (4.79%) Active Directory Engineer
7 9 (4.79%) IT Support
7 9 (4.79%) Service Desk Support
8 8 (4.26%) IT Engineer
8 8 (4.26%) VMware Engineer
9 7 (3.72%) 1st Line Support
9 7 (3.72%) Desktop Support
10 6 (3.19%) Network Engineer
10 6 (3.19%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.66%) LDAP
2 4 (2.13%) .NET
2 4 (2.13%) ASP.NET
2 4 (2.13%) HTML
3 2 (1.06%) Web Services
4 1 (0.53%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.11%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (7.98%) Data Centre
3 11 (5.85%) Management Information System
3 11 (5.85%) PKI
4 9 (4.79%) Hedge funds
4 9 (4.79%) Replication
5 8 (4.26%) Fat Client
5 8 (4.26%) Thin Client
6 5 (2.66%) Public Cloud
6 5 (2.66%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (2.13%) Clustering
8 3 (1.60%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.60%) Driving Licence
8 3 (1.60%) iPad
8 3 (1.60%) NHS
9 2 (1.06%) Blackberry
9 2 (1.06%) BYOD
9 2 (1.06%) Enterprise Storage
9 2 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (1.06%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 138 (73.40%) Windows
2 76 (40.43%) Windows Server
3 53 (28.19%) Windows Server 2012
4 52 (27.66%) Windows 10
5 32 (17.02%) Windows 7
5 32 (17.02%) Windows Server 2016
6 24 (12.77%) Windows Server 2008
7 18 (9.57%) Linux
8 11 (5.85%) Windows 8
9 9 (4.79%) Windows Server 2019
10 5 (2.66%) Mac OS X
11 4 (2.13%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (1.60%) Apple iOS
12 3 (1.60%) CentOS
12 3 (1.60%) Mac OS
12 3 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (1.06%) Android
13 2 (1.06%) Fedora
13 2 (1.06%) Ubuntu
13 2 (1.06%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (30.85%) ITIL
2 34 (18.09%) Problem-Solving
3 25 (13.30%) Migration
4 23 (12.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 17 (9.04%) TOGAF
6 15 (7.98%) Application Packaging
7 14 (7.45%) Agile Software Development
7 14 (7.45%) Change Management
8 13 (6.91%) ITSM
8 13 (6.91%) Service Management
9 11 (5.85%) Service Delivery
10 10 (5.32%) Infrastructure Management
10 10 (5.32%) Mentoring
11 9 (4.79%) Performance Tuning
11 9 (4.79%) Root Cause Analysis
12 8 (4.26%) Presales
12 8 (4.26%) Project Delivery
13 7 (3.72%) Change Control
13 7 (3.72%) Task Automation
13 7 (3.72%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 33 (17.55%) PowerShell
2 11 (5.85%) SQL
3 6 (3.19%) VBScript
4 5 (2.66%) C
4 5 (2.66%) Java
5 4 (2.13%) C#
5 4 (2.13%) C++
6 3 (1.60%) Bash Shell
6 3 (1.60%) Python
7 2 (1.06%) VB
Qualifications
1 188 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 67 (35.64%) MCSA
3 52 (27.66%) Security Cleared
4 42 (22.34%) SC Cleared
5 41 (21.81%) Cisco Certification
6 33 (17.55%) CCNA
6 33 (17.55%) MCP
7 31 (16.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 23 (12.23%) MCITP
9 13 (6.91%) CCNP
9 13 (6.91%) Degree
10 11 (5.85%) CISSP
10 11 (5.85%) DV Cleared
11 10 (5.32%) A+ Certification
12 7 (3.72%) CCIE
12 7 (3.72%) VCP6
13 6 (3.19%) TOGAF Certification
14 5 (2.66%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (2.66%) MCDST
14 5 (2.66%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (14.89%) SLA
2 6 (3.19%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.06%) NCSC
3 2 (1.06%) QA
4 1 (0.53%) GDPR
4 1 (0.53%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 111 (59.04%) Active Directory
2 48 (25.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (7.45%) Hyper-V
4 13 (6.91%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (6.38%) Microsoft App-V
5 12 (6.38%) vSphere
6 10 (5.32%) XenApp
7 8 (4.26%) XenDesktop
8 6 (3.19%) NFS
8 6 (3.19%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (2.66%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 5 (2.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 4 (2.13%) vCloud
11 3 (1.60%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 3 (1.60%) Firmware
12 2 (1.06%) Docker
12 2 (1.06%) Samba
12 2 (1.06%) VirtualBox
12 2 (1.06%) Xen
13 1 (0.53%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 42 (22.34%) SCCM
2 11 (5.85%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (3.19%) SCOM
4 5 (2.66%) Ansible
4 5 (2.66%) vCenter Server
4 5 (2.66%) WSUS
5 4 (2.13%) vRealize
6 3 (1.60%) Kubernetes
6 3 (1.60%) Puppet
6 3 (1.60%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (1.60%) Terraform
7 2 (1.06%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (1.06%) HAProxy
7 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (1.06%) Nagios
7 2 (1.06%) Nessus
7 2 (1.06%) OpenNMS
7 2 (1.06%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.53%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.53%) PingFederate
Vendors
1 124 (65.96%) Microsoft
2 80 (42.55%) VMware
3 36 (19.15%) Cisco
4 19 (10.11%) Citrix
5 17 (9.04%) Dell
6 15 (7.98%) HP
7 8 (4.26%) EMC
8 7 (3.72%) CheckPoint
9 6 (3.19%) Ivanti
9 6 (3.19%) Meraki
9 6 (3.19%) Veeam
10 5 (2.66%) Juniper
11 4 (2.13%) EqualLogic
11 4 (2.13%) IBM
12 3 (1.60%) NetApp
12 3 (1.60%) Novell
12 3 (1.60%) NVIDIA
12 3 (1.60%) Oracle
12 3 (1.60%) Polycom
12 3 (1.60%) Yealink