Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 440 429 354
Rank change year-on-year -11 -75 -27
Contract jobs citing MCSE 511 462 717
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.51% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.69% 2.51% 3.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 323 253 425
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% +4.00%
10th Percentile £178 £148 £198
90th Percentile £563 £538 £472
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +13.64% +1.54% +6.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 32 67
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £16.50 £21.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.15% -22.64% +2.67%
10th Percentile £15.85 £14.25 £9.00
90th Percentile £46.69 £24.46 £51.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.51 £16.50 £21.33
% change year-on-year +6.09% -22.64% -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 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 18,972 18,428 22,905
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.93% 20.18% 21.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,344 11,378 14,284
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £594 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.58% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 859 935 848
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £30.00 £30.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.13% -1.97% +36.01%
10th Percentile £12.58 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -19.35% -11.43% +55.56%

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 June 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 22 June 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 22 June 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 -35 445 £350 - 190
UK excluding London 0 343 £375 +13.64% 132
London -33 163 £356 -5.07% 68
South East -19 128 £356 +9.62% 32
Scotland +5 55 £415 +38.91% 6
Midlands +13 54 £350 +7.69% 31
North of England -34 40 £363 -7.94% 36
East of England -21 39 £300 -20.00% 11
East Midlands +5 31 £400 +39.13% 16
North West -8 28 £425 -19.05% 21
West Midlands -15 23 £270 -20.00% 15
South West +5 19 £438 +24.29% 12
Yorkshire -29 10 £300 -25.00% 14
Wales -8 7 £450 +309.09% 3
North East -11 2 £625 +100.32% 1
Northern Ireland +15 1 £250 -

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 511 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 374 (73.19%) Windows
3 342 (66.93%) Microsoft
4 282 (55.19%) Active Directory
5 226 (44.23%) Windows Server
6 200 (39.14%) ITIL
7 195 (38.16%) VMware
8 178 (34.83%) Office 365
9 167 (32.68%) MCSA
10 153 (29.94%) Windows Server 2012
11 123 (24.07%) PowerShell
12 122 (23.87%) Windows Server 2008
13 116 (22.70%) MCP
14 113 (22.11%) VMware Infrastructure
15 112 (21.92%) Microsoft Azure
16 109 (21.33%) SCCM
16 109 (21.33%) Migration
17 100 (19.57%) Security Cleared
18 97 (18.98%) Windows Server 2003
19 96 (18.79%) Cisco Certification
20 91 (17.81%) SC Cleared
21 90 (17.61%) Windows 7
22 89 (17.42%) Cisco
23 87 (17.03%) MCITP
24 86 (16.83%) SQL Server
24 86 (16.83%) Windows 10
25 81 (15.85%) Citrix
26 79 (15.46%) Data Centre
27 78 (15.26%) MS Exchange
28 75 (14.68%) CCNA

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 78 (15.26%) MS Exchange
2 69 (13.50%) SharePoint
3 41 (8.02%) Skype for Business
4 39 (7.63%) IIS
5 33 (6.46%) Exchange Server 2010
6 28 (5.48%) SharePoint 2013
6 28 (5.48%) SharePoint Server
7 27 (5.28%) SharePoint 2010
8 26 (5.09%) Exchange Server 2013
9 15 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2007
10 12 (2.35%) OpenStack
11 10 (1.96%) Office Communications Server
12 8 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2003
13 2 (0.39%) Apache
13 2 (0.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.20%) IBM Domino
14 1 (0.20%) JBoss
14 1 (0.20%) nginx
14 1 (0.20%) Tomcat
14 1 (0.20%) WebSphere
Applications
1 73 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (5.09%) InfoPath
3 9 (1.76%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.98%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.39%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.39%) Workfront
3 1 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.20%) Eikon
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.20%) PeopleSoft HRMS
Cloud Services
1 178 (34.83%) Office 365
2 112 (21.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (6.46%) Azure Active Directory
4 29 (5.68%) Amazon AWS
5 12 (2.35%) PaaS
6 7 (1.37%) IaaS
7 6 (1.17%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (1.17%) SaaS
8 5 (0.98%) Mimecast
8 5 (0.98%) OneDrive
9 3 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.59%) G Suite
10 1 (0.20%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.20%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.20%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 71 (13.89%) DNS
2 66 (12.92%) Firewall
3 64 (12.52%) DHCP
4 54 (10.57%) LAN
5 52 (10.18%) SAN
6 50 (9.78%) WAN
7 45 (8.81%) VPN
8 44 (8.61%) TCP/IP
9 41 (8.02%) Internet
10 34 (6.65%) Skype
11 18 (3.52%) Cisco Nexus
11 18 (3.52%) MPLS
12 16 (3.13%) BGP
12 16 (3.13%) OSPF
13 14 (2.74%) VoIP
13 14 (2.74%) VPLS
14 13 (2.54%) DMZ
14 13 (2.54%) iSCSI
14 13 (2.54%) NAS
15 12 (2.35%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (16.83%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (2.15%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (1.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (1.57%) Power BI
5 8 (1.57%) SQL Server 2016
6 7 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.17%) Big Data
7 6 (1.17%) OLTP
7 6 (1.17%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.98%) MySQL
8 5 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (0.78%) RDBMS
9 4 (0.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.59%) Azure SQL Database
11 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 2 (0.39%) OLAP
11 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database
11 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2005
11 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 31 (6.07%) Visual Studio
2 30 (5.87%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (1.57%) HP UFT
3 8 (1.57%) TestDirector
3 8 (1.57%) WinRunner
4 6 (1.17%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (0.59%) JIRA
6 2 (0.39%) MSI
6 2 (0.39%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.20%) CruiseControl
7 1 (0.20%) Hudson
7 1 (0.20%) InstallShield
General
1 58 (11.35%) Finance
2 20 (3.91%) Telecoms
3 17 (3.33%) Retail
4 15 (2.94%) Banking
5 12 (2.35%) Legal
6 8 (1.57%) Marketing
7 7 (1.37%) Advertising
7 7 (1.37%) Manufacturing
8 6 (1.17%) Law
9 5 (0.98%) Local Government
10 4 (0.78%) Electronics
11 3 (0.59%) Back Office
11 3 (0.59%) Military
12 2 (0.39%) Billing
12 2 (0.39%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.20%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 71 (13.89%) Architect
2 53 (10.37%) Analyst
3 49 (9.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 44 (8.61%) Support Engineer
5 40 (7.83%) Windows Engineer
6 37 (7.24%) Consultant
7 36 (7.05%) Desktop Support
8 21 (4.11%) Systems Engineer
9 20 (3.91%) Infrastructure Architect
10 18 (3.52%) Desktop Engineer
10 18 (3.52%) SharePoint Engineer
11 15 (2.94%) 3rd Line Support
11 15 (2.94%) Administrator
11 15 (2.94%) Azure Architect
11 15 (2.94%) Support Analyst
12 14 (2.74%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 13 (2.54%) Active Directory Consultant
13 13 (2.54%) Developer
13 13 (2.54%) IT Support
13 13 (2.54%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (6.65%) .NET
2 27 (5.28%) CSS
2 27 (5.28%) jQuery
2 27 (5.28%) XML
2 27 (5.28%) XSLT
3 12 (2.35%) Web Services
4 8 (1.57%) REST
5 7 (1.37%) AngularJS
5 7 (1.37%) Node.js
5 7 (1.37%) React
6 5 (0.98%) ASP.NET
6 5 (0.98%) JSON
6 5 (0.98%) Software Packaging
7 4 (0.78%) 802.1X
7 4 (0.78%) LDAP
8 2 (0.39%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.39%) WCF
9 1 (0.20%) HTML
9 1 (0.20%) WF
9 1 (0.20%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 79 (15.46%) Data Centre
2 60 (11.74%) Analytical Skills
3 44 (8.61%) Computer Science
4 28 (5.48%) Clustering
5 24 (4.70%) Management Information System
6 20 (3.91%) Mobile App
7 17 (3.33%) Video Conferencing
8 15 (2.94%) PKI
8 15 (2.94%) Replication
8 15 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
9 10 (1.96%) NHS
10 9 (1.76%) Client/Server
11 6 (1.17%) Blackberry
11 6 (1.17%) EMC VNX
11 6 (1.17%) PDA
11 6 (1.17%) Smartphone
12 5 (0.98%) Data Structures
12 5 (0.98%) Public Cloud
13 4 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
13 4 (0.78%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 374 (73.19%) Windows
2 226 (44.23%) Windows Server
3 153 (29.94%) Windows Server 2012
4 122 (23.87%) Windows Server 2008
5 97 (18.98%) Windows Server 2003
6 90 (17.61%) Windows 7
7 86 (16.83%) Windows 10
8 38 (7.44%) Linux
9 16 (3.13%) Android
9 16 (3.13%) Apple iOS
9 16 (3.13%) Windows 8
10 15 (2.94%) Unix
11 14 (2.74%) AIX
12 11 (2.15%) Windows XP
13 9 (1.76%) Mac OS
14 8 (1.57%) Mac OS X
15 7 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 6 (1.17%) HPUX
16 6 (1.17%) Windows Vista
17 5 (0.98%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 200 (39.14%) ITIL
2 109 (21.33%) Migration
3 71 (13.89%) Problem-Solving
4 40 (7.83%) High Availability
5 37 (7.24%) Change Management
6 32 (6.26%) TOGAF
7 31 (6.07%) Records Management
8 29 (5.68%) ITIL V3
8 29 (5.68%) Workflow
9 24 (4.70%) Stakeholder Management
10 22 (4.31%) Incident Management
11 21 (4.11%) DevOps
12 20 (3.91%) Business Intelligence
12 20 (3.91%) PRINCE2
12 20 (3.91%) Validation
13 19 (3.72%) Agile Software Development
14 18 (3.52%) Customer Requirements
14 18 (3.52%) Network Architecture
14 18 (3.52%) Project Management
15 17 (3.33%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 123 (24.07%) PowerShell
2 71 (13.89%) SQL
3 36 (7.05%) JavaScript
4 32 (6.26%) C#
5 18 (3.52%) Shell Script
6 14 (2.74%) T-SQL
7 11 (2.15%) VBScript
8 10 (1.96%) C
9 7 (1.37%) TypeScript
9 7 (1.37%) VB
10 6 (1.17%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 2 (0.39%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.39%) Perl
11 2 (0.39%) Python
11 2 (0.39%) VBA
12 1 (0.20%) AWK
12 1 (0.20%) Korn
12 1 (0.20%) LINC
12 1 (0.20%) Ruby
12 1 (0.20%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 511 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 167 (32.68%) MCSA
3 116 (22.70%) MCP
4 100 (19.57%) Security Cleared
5 96 (18.79%) Cisco Certification
6 91 (17.81%) SC Cleared
7 87 (17.03%) MCITP
8 75 (14.68%) CCNA
8 75 (14.68%) Degree
9 41 (8.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 34 (6.65%) Computer Science Degree
11 33 (6.46%) ITIL Certification
12 29 (5.68%) CCNP
13 28 (5.48%) CISSP
14 23 (4.50%) CCIE
15 22 (4.31%) MCTS
16 20 (3.91%) MCDST
17 15 (2.94%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 12 (2.35%) RHCE
19 10 (1.96%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (7.83%) SLA
2 6 (1.17%) QA
3 5 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.59%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.59%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.39%) PMO
System Software
1 282 (55.19%) Active Directory
2 113 (22.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (13.31%) Hyper-V
4 45 (8.81%) VMware ESXi
5 27 (5.28%) vSphere
6 19 (3.72%) Virtual Desktop
7 17 (3.33%) XenApp
8 12 (2.35%) VMware Workstation
9 11 (2.15%) Terminal Services
10 7 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (0.98%) DFS Replication
11 5 (0.98%) NFS
12 4 (0.78%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
13 3 (0.59%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 3 (0.59%) Docker
13 3 (0.59%) Forefront TMG
13 3 (0.59%) KVM
13 3 (0.59%) XenDesktop
13 3 (0.59%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 109 (21.33%) SCCM
2 28 (5.48%) SCOM
3 22 (4.31%) Microsoft Intune
3 22 (4.31%) Nessus
4 20 (3.91%) Microsoft Clustering
5 18 (3.52%) NetBackup
6 16 (3.13%) AirWatch
6 16 (3.13%) WSUS
7 14 (2.74%) McAfee ePO
8 11 (2.15%) Backup Exec
8 11 (2.15%) XenMobile
9 10 (1.96%) vCenter Server
10 8 (1.57%) HP Quality Center
10 8 (1.57%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (1.37%) EMC NetWorker
11 7 (1.37%) Netcool
12 5 (0.98%) HP Data Protector
12 5 (0.98%) Norton AntiVirus
12 5 (0.98%) SCVMM
12 5 (0.98%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 342 (66.93%) Microsoft
2 195 (38.16%) VMware
3 89 (17.42%) Cisco
4 81 (15.85%) Citrix
5 44 (8.61%) SolarWinds
6 42 (8.22%) HP
7 36 (7.05%) McAfee
8 33 (6.46%) Ivanti
9 32 (6.26%) EMC
10 31 (6.07%) NetApp
11 29 (5.68%) Shavlik
12 28 (5.48%) Nintex
13 27 (5.28%) Veritas
14 26 (5.09%) Dell
15 25 (4.89%) Apple
16 23 (4.50%) CheckPoint
17 21 (4.11%) IBM
18 18 (3.52%) Juniper
19 17 (3.33%) Remedy
20 15 (2.94%) Wyse