The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 March 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 111 120 111
Rank change year-on-year +9 -9  
Contract jobs citing MCSE 4 9 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.18% 0.33% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.96% 1.59% 3.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 5
Median daily rate £338 £303 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.57% +34.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £281 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £362 £325 £300
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £345 £300
% change year-on-year - +15.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Median hourly rate - £13.71 £13.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.03%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £21.42 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.28% +22.37%  

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 advertised in the West Midlands.

Academic & Professional Certification
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 418 566 460
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 18.80% 20.69% 17.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 320 234
Median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £521 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 21 47
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £30.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.70% -43.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.83 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.19 £36.70 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCSE in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCSE in the West Midlands

MCSE
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCSE in the West Midlands

MCSE
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCSE in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCSE in the West Midlands

MCSE
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 March 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
Birmingham -1 2 £294 - 3
Coventry 0 1 - -
Herefordshire - 1 £338 - 1
MCSE
England

MCSE
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (83.33%) Windows
3 9 (75.00%) VMware
4 8 (66.67%) Microsoft
4 8 (66.67%) Active Directory
5 7 (58.33%) Windows Server
6 6 (50.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 6 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
6 6 (50.00%) ITIL
6 6 (50.00%) MS Excel
6 6 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
7 5 (41.67%) Cisco
7 5 (41.67%) Citrix
7 5 (41.67%) Hyper-V
8 4 (33.33%) Office 365
8 4 (33.33%) IIS
8 4 (33.33%) PowerShell
9 3 (25.00%) MS Office
9 3 (25.00%) SQL Server
9 3 (25.00%) DHCP
9 3 (25.00%) DNS
9 3 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (25.00%) Mobile Device Management
9 3 (25.00%) Remote Desktop
10 2 (16.67%) Virtual Environments
10 2 (16.67%) ITIL V3
10 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (16.67%) Data Centre
10 2 (16.67%) Windows 7
10 2 (16.67%) XenApp

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 4 (33.33%) IIS
2 2 (16.67%) MS Exchange
3 1 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 6 (50.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (25.00%) MS Office
3 1 (8.33%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 6 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (33.33%) Office 365
3 1 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (25.00%) DHCP
1 3 (25.00%) DNS
1 3 (25.00%) Remote Desktop
2 2 (16.67%) Firewall
2 2 (16.67%) SAN
3 1 (8.33%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (8.33%) LAN
3 1 (8.33%) NetScaler
3 1 (8.33%) VoIP
3 1 (8.33%) WebEx
3 1 (8.33%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (8.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (25.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 4 (33.33%) 3rd Line Support
2 3 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Azure Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) VMware Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Cisco Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Cloud Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Coordinator
4 1 (8.33%) Deployment Officer
4 1 (8.33%) ICT Officer
4 1 (8.33%) Implementation Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Infrastructure Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Infrastructure Team Leader
4 1 (8.33%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Project Coordinator
4 1 (8.33%) Team Leader
4 1 (8.33%) Wintel Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Data Centre
2 1 (8.33%) Clustering
2 1 (8.33%) Driving Licence
2 1 (8.33%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (8.33%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 10 (83.33%) Windows
2 7 (58.33%) Windows Server
3 2 (16.67%) Windows 7
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (8.33%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (50.00%) ITIL
2 3 (25.00%) Mobile Device Management
3 2 (16.67%) Application Packaging
3 2 (16.67%) Change Management
3 2 (16.67%) ITIL V3
3 2 (16.67%) Service Management
3 2 (16.67%) Virtual Environments
4 1 (8.33%) CRM
4 1 (8.33%) DevOps
4 1 (8.33%) Document Management
4 1 (8.33%) ITSM
4 1 (8.33%) Performance Monitoring
4 1 (8.33%) PRINCE2
4 1 (8.33%) Remediation Plan
4 1 (8.33%) Security Management
4 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) PowerShell
2 1 (8.33%) C
2 1 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (50.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 3 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (16.67%) CCNA
4 2 (16.67%) CCNP
4 2 (16.67%) MCITP
5 1 (8.33%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (8.33%) CCA
5 1 (8.33%) CCDP
5 1 (8.33%) Citrix Certification
5 1 (8.33%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (8.33%) MCP
5 1 (8.33%) MCSA
5 1 (8.33%) MOS
5 1 (8.33%) NVQ Level 4
5 1 (8.33%) SC Cleared
5 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
5 1 (8.33%) VCP6
5 1 (8.33%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) QA
1 1 (8.33%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 6 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (41.67%) Hyper-V
4 2 (16.67%) XenApp
5 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (8.33%) Terminal Server
5 1 (8.33%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (8.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (16.67%) SCCM
2 1 (8.33%) Backup Exec
2 1 (8.33%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (8.33%) NetBackup
2 1 (8.33%) SCOM
2 1 (8.33%) WSUS
Vendors
1 9 (75.00%) VMware
2 8 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 5 (41.67%) Cisco
3 5 (41.67%) Citrix
4 2 (16.67%) NetApp
5 1 (8.33%) 3PAR
5 1 (8.33%) EMC
5 1 (8.33%) Equitrac
5 1 (8.33%) Intel Security
5 1 (8.33%) SolarWinds
5 1 (8.33%) Veritas