Period
to 28 January 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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 406 323 299
Rank change year-on-year -83 -24 -8
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 405 1,116 1,596
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.69% 0.96% 1.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.39% 4.38% 4.67%
Number of salaries quoted 425 1,022 1,329
Median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.56% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £25,750 £29,000 £24,725
90th Percentile £73,750 £72,500 £72,500
UK median annual salary £44,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -2.22% - +7.14%

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 11,958 25,486 34,192
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 20.27% 21.94% 24.34%
Number of salaries quoted 8,867 19,349 25,515
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £83,750 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +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 28 January 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 28 January 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 +34 113 £44,000 -2.22% 22
London -44 100 £56,250 +7.14% 21
Midlands +39 90 £40,000 -5.88% 13
West Midlands +39 61 £40,000 -5.88% 10
North of England -10 57 £45,500 +7.06% 17
South West +12 38 £39,000 -8.24% 7
North West +30 35 £52,500 +39.07% 13
East Midlands +41 29 £36,500 -18.89% 3
North East +20 14 £30,000 -7.69% 1
East of England +44 9 £44,000 -1.64% 7
Yorkshire -8 8 £33,996 -32.01% 3
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 28 January 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.

1 405 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 285 (70.37%) Microsoft
3 275 (67.90%) Windows
4 221 (54.57%) VMware
5 219 (54.07%) Active Directory
5 219 (54.07%) Office 365
6 212 (52.35%) Azure
7 177 (43.70%) ITIL
8 169 (41.73%) VMware Infrastructure
9 168 (41.48%) Windows Server
10 158 (39.01%) MCSA
11 136 (33.58%) Cisco Certification
12 124 (30.62%) CCNA
13 116 (28.64%) Hyper-V
14 109 (26.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 106 (26.17%) Cisco
16 103 (25.43%) Firewall
16 103 (25.43%) Windows 10
17 97 (23.95%) SCCM
18 96 (23.70%) Degree
19 93 (22.96%) Linux
20 91 (22.47%) DNS
21 89 (21.98%) Microsoft Office
22 86 (21.23%) MS Exchange
23 80 (19.75%) SQL
24 78 (19.26%) Citrix
25 70 (17.28%) SQL Server
26 67 (16.54%) PowerShell
26 67 (16.54%) Windows Server 2012
27 66 (16.30%) ITIL V3

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 86 (21.23%) MS Exchange
2 64 (15.80%) SharePoint
3 31 (7.65%) Exchange Server 2013
4 29 (7.16%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (3.70%) Skype for Business
6 9 (2.22%) IIS
7 7 (1.73%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (1.23%) Apache
9 4 (0.99%) CMS
9 4 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.74%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.49%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.49%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.25%) Confluence
12 1 (0.25%) WordPress
Applications
1 89 (21.98%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.49%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (2.72%) Workfront
2 5 (1.23%) Carpe Diem
2 5 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.25%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 219 (54.07%) Office 365
2 212 (52.35%) Azure
3 57 (14.07%) IaaS
4 52 (12.84%) AWS
4 52 (12.84%) PaaS
5 34 (8.40%) Azure Active Directory
6 28 (6.91%) SaaS
7 12 (2.96%) Cloud Computing
8 10 (2.47%) G Suite
8 10 (2.47%) GCP
9 9 (2.22%) Power Platform
10 7 (1.73%) OneDrive
11 4 (0.99%) Yammer
12 3 (0.74%) Amazon S3
12 3 (0.74%) Power Automate
12 3 (0.74%) PowerApps
13 2 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
13 2 (0.49%) Amazon ELB
13 2 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.49%) Cloudflare
Communications & Networking
1 103 (25.43%) Firewall
2 91 (22.47%) DNS
3 59 (14.57%) SAN
4 58 (14.32%) DHCP
5 51 (12.59%) WAN
6 48 (11.85%) LAN
7 36 (8.89%) VPN
8 34 (8.40%) TCP/IP
9 27 (6.67%) VLAN
10 25 (6.17%) Wi-Fi
11 22 (5.43%) VoIP
12 19 (4.69%) Network Security
13 18 (4.44%) VSAN
13 18 (4.44%) Wireless
14 17 (4.20%) Skype
15 16 (3.95%) FTP
16 14 (3.46%) MPLS
17 13 (3.21%) NAS
17 13 (3.21%) WLAN
18 12 (2.96%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (17.28%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.47%) Amazon RDS
3 8 (1.98%) Power BI
4 6 (1.48%) SQL Server 2014
5 5 (1.23%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (1.23%) SQL Server 2016
5 5 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.74%) SQL Server 2019
7 2 (0.49%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.49%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.49%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.25%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.25%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.25%) MySQL
8 1 (0.25%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 5 (1.23%) Jenkins
2 4 (0.99%) JIRA
3 2 (0.49%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.49%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.25%) Snyk
4 1 (0.25%) Visual Studio
General
1 43 (10.62%) Finance
2 25 (6.17%) Public Sector
3 14 (3.46%) Law
4 11 (2.72%) Local Government
5 9 (2.22%) Electronics
5 9 (2.22%) Legal
5 9 (2.22%) Marketing
5 9 (2.22%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.48%) Aerospace
6 6 (1.48%) Financial Institution
6 6 (1.48%) Mandarin Language
7 5 (1.23%) Banking
7 5 (1.23%) Fire and Rescue
7 5 (1.23%) Retail
7 5 (1.23%) Social Housing
8 4 (0.99%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.49%) Housing Association
9 2 (0.49%) Publishing
9 2 (0.49%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.25%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 90 (22.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 63 (15.56%) IT Engineer
3 59 (14.57%) Analyst
4 43 (10.62%) Systems Engineer
5 37 (9.14%) Consultant
6 34 (8.40%) Architect
7 33 (8.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 28 (6.91%) IT Analyst
8 28 (6.91%) Support Engineer
9 26 (6.42%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 25 (6.17%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
11 23 (5.68%) Security Engineer
11 23 (5.68%) Support Analyst
12 19 (4.69%) Azure Consultant
13 18 (4.44%) 3rd Line Support
13 18 (4.44%) Administrator
13 18 (4.44%) Infrastructure Consultant
14 17 (4.20%) IT Support
15 16 (3.95%) Server Engineer
16 15 (3.70%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (3.21%) Web Services
2 8 (1.98%) COM
3 6 (1.48%) .NET
4 3 (0.74%) WSH
5 2 (0.49%) 802.1X
5 2 (0.49%) COM+
6 1 (0.25%) CGI
6 1 (0.25%) HTML
6 1 (0.25%) LAMP
6 1 (0.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 50 (12.35%) Data Centre
2 44 (10.86%) Analytical Skills
3 34 (8.40%) Private Cloud
4 30 (7.41%) Management Information System
5 26 (6.42%) Hybrid Cloud
6 25 (6.17%) Public Cloud
7 23 (5.68%) Self-Motivation
8 15 (3.70%) Replication
9 10 (2.47%) Clustering
10 8 (1.98%) Client/Server
10 8 (1.98%) Driving Licence
11 5 (1.23%) CMDB
12 4 (0.99%) iPhone
13 3 (0.74%) iPad
13 3 (0.74%) PKI
13 3 (0.74%) Smartcard
13 3 (0.74%) Smartphone
13 3 (0.74%) Video Conferencing
14 2 (0.49%) SCADA
14 2 (0.49%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 275 (67.90%) Windows
2 168 (41.48%) Windows Server
3 103 (25.43%) Windows 10
4 93 (22.96%) Linux
5 67 (16.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 56 (13.83%) Windows Server 2016
7 33 (8.15%) Windows 7
8 29 (7.16%) Windows Server 2008
9 27 (6.67%) Windows Server 2019
10 20 (4.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (3.95%) Unix
12 13 (3.21%) Windows 8
13 9 (2.22%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.99%) Android
14 4 (0.99%) Oracle Linux
14 4 (0.99%) Windows XP
15 3 (0.74%) Solaris
16 2 (0.49%) HPUX
17 1 (0.25%) AIX
17 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (43.70%) ITIL
2 109 (26.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 66 (16.30%) ITIL V3
4 54 (13.33%) Project Management
5 53 (13.09%) Disaster Recovery
6 51 (12.59%) Service Management
7 50 (12.35%) Problem-Solving
8 39 (9.63%) Cybersecurity
8 39 (9.63%) PRINCE2
9 34 (8.40%) Migration
10 32 (7.90%) High Availability
11 30 (7.41%) Project Delivery
12 26 (6.42%) Presales
13 25 (6.17%) IT Strategy
13 25 (6.17%) Server Management
14 24 (5.93%) Change Control
14 24 (5.93%) Continuous Improvement
14 24 (5.93%) Customer Requirements
15 22 (5.43%) DevOps
16 21 (5.19%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 80 (19.75%) SQL
2 67 (16.54%) PowerShell
3 10 (2.47%) Python
4 9 (2.22%) Bash Shell
4 9 (2.22%) T-SQL
5 5 (1.23%) VBScript
6 3 (0.74%) Java
6 3 (0.74%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.49%) C
7 2 (0.49%) PHP
7 2 (0.49%) VB
8 1 (0.25%) C#
8 1 (0.25%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.25%) Korn
8 1 (0.25%) Perl
Qualifications
1 405 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 158 (39.01%) MCSA
3 136 (33.58%) Cisco Certification
4 124 (30.62%) CCNA
5 96 (23.70%) Degree
6 63 (15.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 50 (12.35%) MCITP
8 47 (11.60%) MCP
8 47 (11.60%) Security Cleared
9 40 (9.88%) SC Cleared
10 38 (9.38%) CCNP
11 23 (5.68%) MCTS
12 22 (5.43%) CompTIA Security+
13 19 (4.69%) ITIL Certification
13 19 (4.69%) RHCE
14 18 (4.44%) CISSP
15 17 (4.20%) RHCSA
15 17 (4.20%) SSCP
16 13 (3.21%) CCENT
17 12 (2.96%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (4.20%) SLA
2 14 (3.46%) GDPR
3 10 (2.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (2.22%) Cyber Essentials
4 9 (2.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 6 (1.48%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.49%) NCSC
7 1 (0.25%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.25%) QA
7 1 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 219 (54.07%) Active Directory
2 169 (41.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 116 (28.64%) Hyper-V
4 53 (13.09%) vSphere
5 41 (10.12%) VMware ESXi
6 33 (8.15%) XenApp
7 30 (7.41%) Virtual Servers
8 28 (6.91%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 26 (6.42%) XenDesktop
10 13 (3.21%) VMware NSX
11 9 (2.22%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (1.98%) Shibboleth
13 5 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
14 3 (0.74%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.49%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 2 (0.49%) NFS
16 1 (0.25%) DFS Replication
16 1 (0.25%) Firmware
16 1 (0.25%) Terminal Server
16 1 (0.25%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 97 (23.95%) SCCM
2 46 (11.36%) Microsoft Intune
3 32 (7.90%) SCOM
4 24 (5.93%) WSUS
5 22 (5.43%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 19 (4.69%) Backup Exec
7 13 (3.21%) McAfee ePO
7 13 (3.21%) Terraform
8 12 (2.96%) NetBackup
8 12 (2.96%) Puppet
8 12 (2.96%) Single Sign-On
9 11 (2.72%) Ansible
10 8 (1.98%) Microsoft Clustering
10 8 (1.98%) SolarWinds Orion
10 8 (1.98%) vCenter Server
11 6 (1.48%) SCOrch
12 5 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
13 4 (0.99%) Failover Clustering
14 3 (0.74%) Nagios
15 2 (0.49%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 285 (70.37%) Microsoft
2 221 (54.57%) VMware
3 106 (26.17%) Cisco
4 78 (19.26%) Citrix
5 49 (12.10%) Veeam
6 45 (11.11%) NetApp
7 44 (10.86%) Red Hat
8 36 (8.89%) Dell
9 33 (8.15%) SolarWinds
10 23 (5.68%) EMC
10 23 (5.68%) Sophos
11 22 (5.43%) HP
12 19 (4.69%) McAfee
12 19 (4.69%) Palo Alto
13 15 (3.70%) Google
13 15 (3.70%) ServiceNow
14 13 (3.21%) Ivanti
15 12 (2.96%) Juniper
16 11 (2.72%) Avaya
16 11 (2.72%) Oracle