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 30 April 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
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 387 319 318
Rank change year-on-year -68 -1  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 222 399 382
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.48% 0.71% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.38% 3.36% 3.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 237 246
Median daily rate £340 £320 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +4.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £440 £464
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £300
% change year-on-year -1.51% +10.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 36 30
Median hourly rate £16.75 £19.80 £19.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.41% +0.13%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £10.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.52 £46.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.75 £21.33 £21.55
% change year-on-year -21.47% -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 9314 11883 10939
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.10% 21.26% 19.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 5784 7465 6166
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £255 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £561 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.44% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 470 399 549
Median hourly rate £34.00 £29.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.25% +31.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £48.36 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +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 30 April 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
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 30 April 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 -23 209 £342 +4.42% 105
London +17 80 £375 +25.00% 26
South East -36 58 £310 -17.33% 25
East of England +4 21 £450 +200.00% 7
City of London -12 19 £320 +8.47% 5
Hampshire +6 16 £258 -36.41% 5
East Midlands -2 14 £256 -2.38% 6
Kent +28 13 £338 -12.90% 3
North West +27 12 £275 - 11
Yorkshire +24 10 £420 +46.08% 7
Hertfordshire +15 10 £450 +2.85% 6
Berkshire -4 9 £513 +41.37% 3
Northamptonshire +6 8 £288 +1.32% 1
Surrey -14 8 £200 -48.38% 7
West Midlands +13 7 £325 +13.04% 9
West Yorkshire +26 6 £420 -1.17% 4
Northampton +4 6 £288 -4.95% 1
Cambridgeshire +4 6 £550 +266.66%
Buckinghamshire -5 6 £525 +23.52% 2
Scotland -28 6 £299 -4.55% 1
Dover - 6 - -
Watford - 6 £320 - 2
Basingstoke +6 5 £110 -74.11%
Renfrewshire 0 5 £299 -4.55%
Wales +10 4 - - 2
Manchester +9 4 £275 +22.22% 6
Norfolk +3 4 £135 +25.70%
South West -2 4 £352 +7.48% 11
Reading -4 4 £114 -69.66% 2
Milton Keynes -4 4 £525 +23.52% 2

For the 6 months to 30 April 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.

1 440 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 330 (75.00%) Windows
3 296 (67.27%) Microsoft
4 234 (53.18%) Active Directory
5 184 (41.82%) Windows Server
6 174 (39.55%) VMware
7 146 (33.18%) Windows Server 2012
8 145 (32.95%) ITIL
9 119 (27.05%) Windows Server 2008
10 108 (24.55%) VMware Infrastructure
11 104 (23.64%) Office 365
12 101 (22.95%) MS Exchange
13 98 (22.27%) MCSA
13 98 (22.27%) Citrix
14 95 (21.59%) Microsoft Azure
15 94 (21.36%) PowerShell
16 92 (20.91%) Cisco Certification
17 89 (20.23%) MCITP
18 85 (19.32%) MCP
19 84 (19.09%) Hyper-V
20 82 (18.64%) Windows Server 2003
21 76 (17.27%) Firewall
21 76 (17.27%) Cisco
22 75 (17.05%) Windows 7
23 74 (16.82%) CCNA
24 72 (16.36%) SQL Server
25 68 (15.45%) Microsoft Office
26 67 (15.23%) SCCM
27 63 (14.32%) Finance
28 61 (13.86%) WAN

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
1 101 (22.95%) MS Exchange
2 58 (13.18%) Skype for Business
3 55 (12.50%) SharePoint
4 52 (11.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 37 (8.41%) IIS
6 34 (7.73%) Exchange Server 2013
7 19 (4.32%) SharePoint 2013
8 18 (4.09%) SharePoint 2010
9 11 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2007
10 9 (2.05%) Apache
10 9 (2.05%) Office Communications Server
11 7 (1.59%) SharePoint Server
12 5 (1.14%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.68%) OpenStack
14 2 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.45%) IBM Notes
14 2 (0.45%) MS Project Server
15 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
15 1 (0.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 68 (15.45%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (3.18%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.23%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.45%) Dynamics GP
2 2 (0.45%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 104 (23.64%) Office 365
2 95 (21.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 25 (5.68%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (4.55%) Azure Active Directory
5 18 (4.09%) IaaS
6 13 (2.95%) PaaS
7 12 (2.73%) OneDrive
8 9 (2.05%) SaaS
9 8 (1.82%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (1.14%) GitHub
11 4 (0.91%) Mimecast
12 3 (0.68%) Yammer
13 2 (0.45%) AWS OpsWorks
13 2 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.23%) AWS CloudTrail
14 1 (0.23%) CloudFront
14 1 (0.23%) G Suite
14 1 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 76 (17.27%) Firewall
2 61 (13.86%) SAN
2 61 (13.86%) WAN
3 56 (12.73%) DNS
4 53 (12.05%) LAN
5 46 (10.45%) DHCP
6 40 (9.09%) Skype
7 28 (6.36%) VPN
8 27 (6.14%) TCP/IP
9 24 (5.45%) Remote Desktop
10 20 (4.55%) NAS
11 19 (4.32%) VoIP
12 15 (3.41%) Internet
12 15 (3.41%) VLAN
13 14 (3.18%) Network Security
13 14 (3.18%) Wireless
14 10 (2.27%) SSL
14 10 (2.27%) Unified Communications
15 9 (2.05%) Wi-Fi
16 8 (1.82%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (16.36%) SQL Server
2 21 (4.77%) SQL Server 2008
2 21 (4.77%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (2.50%) SQL Server 2005
3 11 (2.50%) SQL Server 2014
4 10 (2.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 9 (2.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (1.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (1.14%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.91%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (0.91%) MySQL
9 3 (0.68%) SQL Server 2000
10 2 (0.45%) DTS
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle Database 12c
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle9i Database
10 2 (0.45%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 11 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (1.82%) Visual Studio
3 6 (1.36%) Git (software)
3 6 (1.36%) Jenkins
3 6 (1.36%) StarTeam
4 3 (0.68%) JIRA
5 2 (0.45%) CruiseControl
5 2 (0.45%) Octopus Deploy
5 2 (0.45%) Subversion
5 2 (0.45%) TeamCity
5 2 (0.45%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.23%) MSI
6 1 (0.23%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 63 (14.32%) Finance
2 20 (4.55%) Manufacturing
3 17 (3.86%) Banking
4 13 (2.95%) Retail
5 9 (2.05%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.59%) Law
6 7 (1.59%) Legal
7 6 (1.36%) Back Office
8 5 (1.14%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.68%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.68%) Local Government
10 2 (0.45%) Advertising
10 2 (0.45%) Games
10 2 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.23%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.23%) Automotive
11 1 (0.23%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 66 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 53 (12.05%) Analyst
3 45 (10.23%) Consultant
4 42 (9.55%) Support Engineer
5 34 (7.73%) Architect
6 27 (6.14%) Windows Engineer
7 26 (5.91%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 24 (5.45%) Support Analyst
9 22 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support
9 22 (5.00%) Server Engineer
9 22 (5.00%) Systems Engineer
10 20 (4.55%) Desktop Support
11 19 (4.32%) 3rd Line Support
12 18 (4.09%) IT Engineer
13 17 (3.86%) Azure Consultant
14 16 (3.64%) Administrator
15 15 (3.41%) Technical Architect
16 14 (3.18%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
17 13 (2.95%) 1st/2nd Line Support
17 13 (2.95%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (2.95%) .NET
2 8 (1.82%) WAP
3 6 (1.36%) Web Services
4 5 (1.14%) ASP.NET
4 5 (1.14%) CSS
4 5 (1.14%) Middleware
5 4 (0.91%) jQuery
5 4 (0.91%) XML
5 4 (0.91%) XSLT
6 3 (0.68%) HTML
6 3 (0.68%) SAML
6 3 (0.68%) Software Packaging
6 3 (0.68%) WCF
7 2 (0.45%) J2EE
7 2 (0.45%) JSP
7 2 (0.45%) Servlets
7 2 (0.45%) WF
8 1 (0.23%) ActiveX
8 1 (0.23%) COM
8 1 (0.23%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 51 (11.59%) Data Centre
2 47 (10.68%) Clustering
3 27 (6.14%) Analytical Skills
4 21 (4.77%) Video Conferencing
5 20 (4.55%) Blackberry
5 20 (4.55%) Management Information System
6 19 (4.32%) Computer Science
6 19 (4.32%) Replication
7 12 (2.73%) iPad
7 12 (2.73%) PKI
8 9 (2.05%) Life Science
8 9 (2.05%) NHS
9 7 (1.59%) BYOD
9 7 (1.59%) Private Cloud
9 7 (1.59%) Public Cloud
10 6 (1.36%) EPoS
11 5 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (1.14%) User Experience
11 5 (1.14%) Virtual Team
12 4 (0.91%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 330 (75.00%) Windows
2 184 (41.82%) Windows Server
3 146 (33.18%) Windows Server 2012
4 119 (27.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 82 (18.64%) Windows Server 2003
6 75 (17.05%) Windows 7
7 50 (11.36%) Linux
8 47 (10.68%) Windows 10
9 20 (4.55%) Windows 8
10 19 (4.32%) Android
11 18 (4.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 18 (4.09%) Unix
12 14 (3.18%) Windows XP
13 10 (2.27%) Apple iOS
14 6 (1.36%) AIX
14 6 (1.36%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.91%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.91%) Windows Phone
16 3 (0.68%) Solaris
16 3 (0.68%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (32.95%) ITIL
2 57 (12.95%) Migration
3 41 (9.32%) Change Management
4 33 (7.50%) Disaster Recovery
5 30 (6.82%) ITIL V3
6 23 (5.23%) Service Delivery
7 22 (5.00%) DevOps
7 22 (5.00%) High Availability
7 22 (5.00%) Project Management
8 21 (4.77%) Service Management
9 19 (4.32%) Mobile Device Management
9 19 (4.32%) Problem Management
10 18 (4.09%) Stakeholder Management
11 17 (3.86%) Agile Software Development
11 17 (3.86%) PRINCE2
12 16 (3.64%) Continuous Improvement
12 16 (3.64%) Performance Monitoring
13 15 (3.41%) ITSM
13 15 (3.41%) Virtual Infrastructure
14 13 (2.95%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 94 (21.36%) PowerShell
2 59 (13.41%) SQL
3 10 (2.27%) Bash Shell
3 10 (2.27%) Python
4 9 (2.05%) C#
4 9 (2.05%) JavaScript
5 7 (1.59%) VBScript
6 6 (1.36%) T-SQL
7 4 (0.91%) C
7 4 (0.91%) Perl
7 4 (0.91%) Ruby
8 3 (0.68%) Java
9 2 (0.45%) VB
10 1 (0.23%) C++
10 1 (0.23%) REXX
10 1 (0.23%) Tcl
10 1 (0.23%) X++
Qualifications
1 440 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 98 (22.27%) MCSA
3 92 (20.91%) Cisco Certification
4 89 (20.23%) MCITP
5 85 (19.32%) MCP
6 74 (16.82%) CCNA
7 57 (12.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 49 (11.14%) Security Cleared
9 43 (9.77%) Degree
10 37 (8.41%) SC Cleared
11 32 (7.27%) MCTS
12 20 (4.55%) CCNP
13 19 (4.32%) Citrix Certification
13 19 (4.32%) ITIL Certification
14 16 (3.64%) CCIE
15 13 (2.95%) MCSD
16 11 (2.50%) CCA
16 11 (2.50%) MCDST
17 8 (1.82%) RHCE
18 7 (1.59%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (5.23%) SLA
2 10 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.45%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.45%) QA
3 2 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.23%) GCP
4 1 (0.23%) PMBOK
4 1 (0.23%) PMO
System Software
1 234 (53.18%) Active Directory
2 108 (24.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 84 (19.09%) Hyper-V
4 33 (7.50%) vSphere
5 19 (4.32%) XenApp
6 14 (3.18%) Virtual Machines
7 13 (2.95%) VMware ESX
8 11 (2.50%) VMware ESXi
9 8 (1.82%) Virtual Servers
9 8 (1.82%) XenDesktop
10 7 (1.59%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 5 (1.14%) Firmware
11 5 (1.14%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (1.14%) UAG
12 4 (0.91%) Terminal Server
12 4 (0.91%) Terminal Services
12 4 (0.91%) VMware Server
12 4 (0.91%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (0.68%) BitLocker
14 2 (0.45%) Docker
Systems Management
1 67 (15.23%) SCCM
2 40 (9.09%) SCOM
3 27 (6.14%) NetBackup
4 13 (2.95%) Microsoft Clustering
4 13 (2.95%) Puppet
5 12 (2.73%) WSUS
6 11 (2.50%) AirWatch
7 10 (2.27%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 9 (2.05%) Failover Clustering
8 9 (2.05%) vCenter Server
9 8 (1.82%) McAfee ePO
9 8 (1.82%) Opscode Chef
9 8 (1.82%) vMotion
10 7 (1.59%) Nessus
10 7 (1.59%) SCVMM
11 6 (1.36%) Backup Exec
11 6 (1.36%) Netcool
11 6 (1.36%) WMI
11 6 (1.36%) XenMobile
12 5 (1.14%) Ansible
Vendors
1 296 (67.27%) Microsoft
2 174 (39.55%) VMware
3 98 (22.27%) Citrix
4 76 (17.27%) Cisco
5 58 (13.18%) HP
6 36 (8.18%) NetApp
7 23 (5.23%) EMC
8 19 (4.32%) SolarWinds
9 17 (3.86%) Oracle
10 16 (3.64%) Apple
10 16 (3.64%) Intel Security
10 16 (3.64%) Veritas
11 15 (3.41%) CheckPoint
11 15 (3.41%) Symantec
12 13 (2.95%) Red Hat
13 10 (2.27%) AppSense
13 10 (2.27%) Dell
14 9 (2.05%) LANDesk
15 8 (1.82%) F5
15 8 (1.82%) Sophos
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £14 - £18 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Reed Technology
Rate: £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago