Period
to 13 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 454 332 291
Rank change year-on-year -122 -41 0
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 433 969 1,591
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.59% 0.92% 1.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.84% 4.28% 4.65%
Number of salaries quoted 371 836 1,285
10th Percentile £25,750 £26,250 £24,000
25th Percentile £31,250 £32,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £44,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -2.22% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £57,500 £57,500 £58,750
90th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £71,250
UK median annual salary £44,870 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -0.29% - +5.88%

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 permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 15,265 22,640 34,190
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 20.64% 21.56% 24.78%
Number of salaries quoted 10,712 17,114 25,155
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,405 £26,750
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +2.04%
75th Percentile £72,500 £68,750 £66,750
90th Percentile £87,375 £85,000 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £50,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +8.91% +1.00% +5.26%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing MCSE in England.

Salary trend for MCSE in England

MCSE
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing MCSE in England over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Salary histogram for MCSE in England

MCSE
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the England region over the 6 months to 13 April 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East 0 131 £33,500 -25.56% 6
London -97 95 £55,000 +10.55% 19
Midlands +1 87 £38,000 -10.59% 20
North of England -46 66 £44,870 +19.65% 16
West Midlands +7 60 £40,000 +6.67% 11
North West -11 44 £52,500 +31.25% 10
South West -11 38 £42,500 -15.00% 10
East Midlands -3 27 £36,500 -18.89% 9
Yorkshire -37 13 £37,500 -3.85% 4
East of England +39 12 £52,500 +26.51% 6
North East +10 10 £80,000 +146.15% 2
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads across the England region with a requirement for MCSE.

1 433 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 308 (71.13%) Microsoft
3 281 (64.90%) Windows
4 249 (57.51%) VMware
5 241 (55.66%) Microsoft 365
6 229 (52.89%) Active Directory
7 216 (49.88%) Azure
8 167 (38.57%) VMware Infrastructure
9 163 (37.64%) ITIL
10 148 (34.18%) Windows Server
11 145 (33.49%) MCSA
12 138 (31.87%) Cisco Certification
13 128 (29.56%) CCNA
14 123 (28.41%) Citrix
15 119 (27.48%) Windows 10
16 109 (25.17%) Hyper-V
17 104 (24.02%) Firewall
18 95 (21.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 94 (21.71%) SCCM
20 87 (20.09%) MS Exchange
21 86 (19.86%) Degree
22 84 (19.40%) Cisco
23 83 (19.17%) Linux
24 80 (18.48%) Microsoft Office
25 77 (17.78%) DNS
26 73 (16.86%) SharePoint
27 71 (16.40%) SQL
28 70 (16.17%) PowerShell
29 66 (15.24%) SQL Server
30 63 (14.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 87 (20.09%) MS Exchange
2 73 (16.86%) SharePoint
3 15 (3.46%) Exchange Server 2013
4 13 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (2.77%) IIS
6 9 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2003
7 7 (1.62%) Skype for Business
8 6 (1.39%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.92%) Apache
10 3 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.69%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.23%) CMS
12 1 (0.23%) Confluence
12 1 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.23%) Site Server
12 1 (0.23%) WordPress
Applications
1 80 (18.48%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.39%) Gephi
3 4 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (2.08%) Workfront
2 5 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.23%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 241 (55.66%) Microsoft 365
2 216 (49.88%) Azure
3 52 (12.01%) Azure Active Directory
4 48 (11.09%) IaaS
5 47 (10.85%) AWS
6 37 (8.55%) PaaS
7 27 (6.24%) SaaS
8 14 (3.23%) GCP
9 11 (2.54%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (1.85%) Google Workspace
11 7 (1.62%) Power Platform
12 6 (1.39%) OneDrive
12 6 (1.39%) PowerApps
13 3 (0.69%) Power Automate
13 3 (0.69%) Yammer
14 2 (0.46%) Amazon EKS
14 2 (0.46%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 2 (0.46%) Cloudflare
15 1 (0.23%) Dynamics 365
15 1 (0.23%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 104 (24.02%) Firewall
2 77 (17.78%) DNS
3 61 (14.09%) SAN
4 46 (10.62%) DHCP
5 42 (9.70%) WAN
6 38 (8.78%) TCP/IP
7 36 (8.31%) LAN
8 26 (6.00%) VPN
9 22 (5.08%) VLAN
10 20 (4.62%) MPLS
10 20 (4.62%) Network Security
11 19 (4.39%) VoIP
12 14 (3.23%) Cisco IOS
12 14 (3.23%) FTP
12 14 (3.23%) Remote Desktop
12 14 (3.23%) SSL
13 13 (3.00%) VSAN
14 12 (2.77%) Wi-Fi
15 11 (2.54%) NAS
16 10 (2.31%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (15.24%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.85%) Amazon RDS
2 8 (1.85%) Big Data
3 7 (1.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (1.39%) Apache Hive
4 6 (1.39%) Impala
4 6 (1.39%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.15%) SQL Server 2016
6 3 (0.69%) MySQL
6 3 (0.69%) Power BI
7 2 (0.46%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.46%) Oracle Exadata
7 2 (0.46%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.46%) SQL Server 2019
8 1 (0.23%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (0.23%) MS Access
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 11 (2.54%) JIRA
2 8 (1.85%) Bitbucket
3 7 (1.62%) Git (software)
4 6 (1.39%) Bitbucket Server
4 6 (1.39%) git-flow
5 5 (1.15%) Jenkins
5 5 (1.15%) Snyk
6 2 (0.46%) MSI
7 1 (0.23%) AppScan
7 1 (0.23%) Maven
General
1 42 (9.70%) Finance
2 18 (4.16%) Public Sector
3 17 (3.93%) Law
4 15 (3.46%) Legal
5 11 (2.54%) Local Government
6 7 (1.62%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.39%) Electronics
7 6 (1.39%) Mandarin Language
8 5 (1.15%) Aerospace
8 5 (1.15%) Banking
8 5 (1.15%) Fire and Rescue
8 5 (1.15%) Telecoms
9 4 (0.92%) Marketing
9 4 (0.92%) Retail
9 4 (0.92%) Social Housing
10 3 (0.69%) Advertising
10 3 (0.69%) Billing
10 3 (0.69%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.46%) Publishing
12 1 (0.23%) Games
Job Titles
1 94 (21.71%) Analyst
2 79 (18.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 61 (14.09%) IT Engineer
4 51 (11.78%) IT Analyst
5 44 (10.16%) IT Support
6 41 (9.47%) Systems Engineer
7 38 (8.78%) Support Analyst
8 35 (8.08%) Support Engineer
9 34 (7.85%) Architect
10 31 (7.16%) Consultant
11 30 (6.93%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
12 27 (6.24%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 25 (5.77%) IT Support Analyst
14 17 (3.93%) 2nd Line Support
14 17 (3.93%) Administrator
14 17 (3.93%) Server Engineer
15 16 (3.70%) Service Desk Engineer
16 15 (3.46%) Azure Architect
16 15 (3.46%) Help Desk Analyst
16 15 (3.46%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (3.00%) .NET
2 10 (2.31%) COM
2 10 (2.31%) Web Services
3 6 (1.39%) Elastic Stack
3 6 (1.39%) Kafka
4 3 (0.69%) SAML
5 2 (0.46%) 802.1X
5 2 (0.46%) COM+
5 2 (0.46%) ModSecurity
5 2 (0.46%) SailPoint
5 2 (0.46%) XML
6 1 (0.23%) CGI
6 1 (0.23%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 53 (12.24%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (11.09%) Data Centre
3 28 (6.47%) Private Cloud
4 25 (5.77%) Management Information System
5 23 (5.31%) Hybrid Cloud
5 23 (5.31%) Self-Motivation
6 19 (4.39%) Clustering
6 19 (4.39%) Public Cloud
7 18 (4.16%) Replication
8 9 (2.08%) Client/Server
9 6 (1.39%) Analytical Mindset
9 6 (1.39%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 4 (0.92%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (0.92%) Driving Licence
10 4 (0.92%) EMC VNX
11 3 (0.69%) Fat Client
11 3 (0.69%) Thin Client
12 2 (0.46%) Cyberthreat
12 2 (0.46%) Fibre Optics
12 2 (0.46%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 281 (64.90%) Windows
2 148 (34.18%) Windows Server
3 119 (27.48%) Windows 10
4 83 (19.17%) Linux
5 57 (13.16%) Windows Server 2012
6 34 (7.85%) Windows Server 2016
7 33 (7.62%) Windows Server 2008
8 27 (6.24%) Windows Server 2019
9 24 (5.54%) Windows 7
10 18 (4.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 12 (2.77%) Unix
12 9 (2.08%) Mac OS X
13 8 (1.85%) Android
13 8 (1.85%) Windows Server 2003
14 6 (1.39%) Windows 8
15 4 (0.92%) Apple iOS
16 3 (0.69%) Windows Vista
17 2 (0.46%) CentOS
17 2 (0.46%) Fedora
17 2 (0.46%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (37.64%) ITIL
2 95 (21.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 63 (14.55%) Problem-Solving
4 56 (12.93%) Disaster Recovery
4 56 (12.93%) Service Management
5 55 (12.70%) ITIL V3
6 48 (11.09%) Project Management
7 36 (8.31%) Cybersecurity
8 30 (6.93%) PRINCE2
9 29 (6.70%) High Availability
10 27 (6.24%) Change Control
11 24 (5.54%) Migration
12 23 (5.31%) Presales
13 22 (5.08%) DevOps
14 21 (4.85%) Server Management
15 20 (4.62%) IT Strategy
16 19 (4.39%) Project Delivery
17 18 (4.16%) Customer Requirements
17 18 (4.16%) Server Building
17 18 (4.16%) Storage Management
Programming Languages
1 71 (16.40%) SQL
2 70 (16.17%) PowerShell
3 20 (4.62%) Python
4 19 (4.39%) Bash Shell
5 9 (2.08%) C
5 9 (2.08%) T-SQL
6 8 (1.85%) VBScript
7 7 (1.62%) Perl
8 6 (1.39%) R
9 5 (1.15%) C#
9 5 (1.15%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.69%) Java
11 2 (0.46%) VB
12 1 (0.23%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.23%) Korn
12 1 (0.23%) PHP
12 1 (0.23%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 433 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 145 (33.49%) MCSA
3 138 (31.87%) Cisco Certification
4 128 (29.56%) CCNA
5 86 (19.86%) Degree
6 63 (14.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 45 (10.39%) Security Cleared
8 44 (10.16%) MCITP
9 43 (9.93%) MCP
10 34 (7.85%) CCNP
11 33 (7.62%) CompTIA Security+
12 31 (7.16%) CISSP
13 28 (6.47%) SC Cleared
14 21 (4.85%) SSCP
15 20 (4.62%) DV Cleared
15 20 (4.62%) Network+ Certification
16 18 (4.16%) MCTS
17 16 (3.70%) CCENT
17 16 (3.70%) RHCE
18 15 (3.46%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.46%) SLA
2 10 (2.31%) GDPR
3 8 (1.85%) Cyber Essentials
3 8 (1.85%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 8 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (1.15%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.69%) GRC
5 3 (0.69%) NCSC
6 1 (0.23%) PMO
6 1 (0.23%) QA
System Software
1 229 (52.89%) Active Directory
2 167 (38.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 109 (25.17%) Hyper-V
4 46 (10.62%) vSphere
5 41 (9.47%) VMware ESXi
6 38 (8.78%) XenApp
7 25 (5.77%) XenDesktop
8 20 (4.62%) Virtual Servers
9 19 (4.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 8 (1.85%) Shibboleth
10 8 (1.85%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 8 (1.85%) Virtual Desktop
10 8 (1.85%) VMware NSX
11 7 (1.62%) BitLocker
11 7 (1.62%) Virtual Machines
12 6 (1.39%) Apache Flume
13 5 (1.15%) Docker
14 3 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
14 3 (0.69%) Terminal Services
14 3 (0.69%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 94 (21.71%) SCCM
2 38 (8.78%) Microsoft Intune
3 33 (7.62%) SCOM
4 24 (5.54%) WSUS
5 20 (4.62%) Single Sign-On
6 18 (4.16%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 18 (4.16%) NetBackup
7 17 (3.93%) Microsoft Clustering
8 16 (3.70%) McAfee ePO
8 16 (3.70%) Puppet
9 15 (3.46%) Ansible
10 14 (3.23%) Terraform
11 12 (2.77%) Backup Exec
12 10 (2.31%) vCenter Server
13 8 (1.85%) Norton AntiVirus
13 8 (1.85%) SCOrch
13 8 (1.85%) SolarWinds Orion
14 6 (1.39%) HP Data Protector
14 6 (1.39%) Kibana
14 6 (1.39%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 308 (71.13%) Microsoft
2 249 (57.51%) VMware
3 123 (28.41%) Citrix
4 84 (19.40%) Cisco
5 45 (10.39%) Veeam
6 35 (8.08%) Red Hat
7 32 (7.39%) SolarWinds
8 31 (7.16%) NetApp
9 25 (5.77%) Dell
9 25 (5.77%) HP
9 25 (5.77%) McAfee
9 25 (5.77%) Sophos
9 25 (5.77%) Symantec
10 21 (4.85%) EMC
11 18 (4.16%) Oracle
12 16 (3.70%) Ivanti
13 15 (3.46%) ServiceNow
14 14 (3.23%) Google
15 12 (2.77%) Avaya
15 12 (2.77%) Palo Alto