Period
to 14 August 2020

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 14 August 2020 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
14 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 321 297 290
Rank change year-on-year -24 -7 +14
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 521 1,459 1,839
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.91% 1.11% 1.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.10% 4.59% 4.86%
Number of salaries quoted 487 1,347 1,484
Median annual salary £45,000 £46,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.23% +3.33% +12.50%
10th Percentile £27,500 £22,300 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £67,500
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,750 £45,000
% change year-on-year +3.83% +1.67% +12.50%

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 12,722 31,788 37,841
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 22.23% 24.19% 23.89%
Number of salaries quoted 9,250 23,086 28,253
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +8.70%
10th Percentile £30,750 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £82,500 £80,000
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%

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 14 August 2020.

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 14 August 2020. 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
London -19 140 £52,500 -4.55% 12
North of England +68 131 £40,000 +25.00% 12
South East +24 124 £45,000 - 18
Midlands +37 88 £44,000 +1.73% 11
North West +132 81 £52,500 +22.09% 3
West Midlands +36 63 £41,000 -3.53% 4
South West +45 34 £47,500 +5.56% 14
Yorkshire +15 31 £36,589 +62.62% 7
East Midlands +43 25 £50,000 +7.53% 7
North East +24 19 £35,000 -9.17% 2
East of England +42 9 £47,500 +8.57% 5
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 14 August 2020, 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.

1 521 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 402 (77.16%) Microsoft
3 336 (64.49%) Windows
4 276 (52.98%) Azure
5 237 (45.49%) VMware
6 236 (45.30%) MCSA
7 227 (43.57%) Active Directory
8 208 (39.92%) Office 365
9 176 (33.78%) Cisco Certification
10 168 (32.25%) Windows Server
11 162 (31.09%) ITIL
12 161 (30.90%) VMware Infrastructure
13 151 (28.98%) Cisco
14 144 (27.64%) CCNA
15 134 (25.72%) Firewall
16 129 (24.76%) Hyper-V
17 120 (23.03%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 108 (20.73%) DNS
19 106 (20.35%) AWS
20 103 (19.77%) Citrix
21 100 (19.19%) SQL Server
22 97 (18.62%) WAN
23 93 (17.85%) DHCP
23 93 (17.85%) LAN
24 89 (17.08%) SAN
24 89 (17.08%) Finance
25 88 (16.89%) SQL
25 88 (16.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
25 88 (16.89%) Windows 10
26 84 (16.12%) MCP

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 60 (11.52%) MS Exchange
2 40 (7.68%) SharePoint
3 37 (7.10%) Exchange Server 2013
4 33 (6.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 31 (5.95%) Skype for Business
6 25 (4.80%) IIS
7 7 (1.34%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.38%) Apache
8 2 (0.38%) SAS
9 1 (0.19%) Confluence
9 1 (0.19%) Drupal
9 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.19%) Joomla!
9 1 (0.19%) WordPress
Applications
1 60 (11.52%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.73%) MS Visio
3 5 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.19%) Primavera
2 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.19%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 276 (52.98%) Azure
2 208 (39.92%) Office 365
3 106 (20.35%) AWS
4 78 (14.97%) PaaS
5 74 (14.20%) IaaS
6 50 (9.60%) Azure Active Directory
7 34 (6.53%) GCP
8 28 (5.37%) Cloud Computing
9 23 (4.41%) SaaS
10 10 (1.92%) Amazon EC2
11 9 (1.73%) Amazon S3
12 8 (1.54%) AWS CloudFormation
12 8 (1.54%) OneDrive
13 7 (1.34%) Mimecast
13 7 (1.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 6 (1.15%) GitHub
14 6 (1.15%) Power Platform
15 4 (0.77%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 4 (0.77%) Amazon ELB
16 3 (0.58%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 134 (25.72%) Firewall
2 108 (20.73%) DNS
3 97 (18.62%) WAN
4 93 (17.85%) DHCP
4 93 (17.85%) LAN
5 89 (17.08%) SAN
6 84 (16.12%) TCP/IP
7 65 (12.48%) VPN
8 48 (9.21%) Skype
9 36 (6.91%) Internet
9 36 (6.91%) Wireless
10 34 (6.53%) VoIP
11 31 (5.95%) VLAN
12 27 (5.18%) Fibre Channel
12 27 (5.18%) Remote Desktop
13 24 (4.61%) iSCSI
13 24 (4.61%) Wi-Fi
14 20 (3.84%) NetScaler
15 17 (3.26%) MPLS
16 14 (2.69%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (19.19%) SQL Server
2 22 (4.22%) Amazon RDS
3 13 (2.50%) SQL Server 2014
4 10 (1.92%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (1.92%) SQL Server 2016
5 6 (1.15%) Power BI
5 6 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (0.96%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.77%) Big Data
7 4 (0.77%) Relational Database
7 4 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.58%) SQL Server 7
9 2 (0.38%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.38%) MySQL
9 2 (0.38%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.38%) SQL Server 2017
9 2 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.19%) Data Lake
10 1 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 3 (0.58%) JIRA
2 2 (0.38%) Bitbucket
2 2 (0.38%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.19%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.19%) Visual Studio
General
1 89 (17.08%) Finance
2 19 (3.65%) Retail
3 16 (3.07%) Public Sector
4 14 (2.69%) Law
5 13 (2.50%) Telecoms
6 10 (1.92%) Legal
7 8 (1.54%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.54%) Marketing
8 6 (1.15%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.96%) Back Office
9 5 (0.96%) Banking
9 5 (0.96%) Games
10 3 (0.58%) Local Government
11 2 (0.38%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.19%) Advertising
12 1 (0.19%) Mandarin Language
12 1 (0.19%) Military
12 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 108 (20.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 70 (13.44%) Architect
3 64 (12.28%) Support Engineer
4 58 (11.13%) IT Engineer
5 50 (9.60%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 48 (9.21%) Consultant
7 45 (8.64%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 42 (8.06%) Analyst
9 40 (7.68%) IT Support
10 39 (7.49%) Infrastructure Architect
11 34 (6.53%) Systems Engineer
12 33 (6.33%) 3rd Line Support
13 25 (4.80%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 24 (4.61%) Desktop Support
15 23 (4.41%) IT Support Engineer
16 20 (3.84%) Administrator
16 20 (3.84%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 19 (3.65%) Technical Consultant
18 18 (3.45%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
18 18 (3.45%) Cloud Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (1.73%) 802.1X
2 4 (0.77%) ODBC
2 4 (0.77%) Web Services
3 3 (0.58%) SailPoint
4 2 (0.38%) LAMP
4 2 (0.38%) LDAP
5 1 (0.19%) .NET
5 1 (0.19%) COM
5 1 (0.19%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 68 (13.05%) Data Centre
2 35 (6.72%) Private Cloud
3 33 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
4 28 (5.37%) Clustering
5 25 (4.80%) Self-Motivation
6 22 (4.22%) Public Cloud
7 19 (3.65%) Replication
8 17 (3.26%) CMDB
9 14 (2.69%) Hybrid Cloud
9 14 (2.69%) Management Information System
10 13 (2.50%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 12 (2.30%) iPhone
12 11 (2.11%) Client/Server
12 11 (2.11%) Security Operations Centre
13 10 (1.92%) Driving Licence
14 6 (1.15%) Video Conferencing
15 5 (0.96%) NHS
16 4 (0.77%) AS400
16 4 (0.77%) Blackberry
16 4 (0.77%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 336 (64.49%) Windows
2 168 (32.25%) Windows Server
3 88 (16.89%) Windows 10
4 82 (15.74%) Windows Server 2012
5 67 (12.86%) Linux
6 60 (11.52%) Windows 7
7 59 (11.32%) Windows Server 2016
8 57 (10.94%) Windows Server 2008
9 26 (4.99%) Windows 8
10 19 (3.65%) Windows XP
11 15 (2.88%) Windows Server 2019
12 10 (1.92%) Unix
13 7 (1.34%) CentOS
13 7 (1.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 6 (1.15%) Apple iOS
14 6 (1.15%) Oracle Linux
15 5 (0.96%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.77%) Fedora
16 4 (0.77%) HPUX
16 4 (0.77%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (31.09%) ITIL
2 120 (23.03%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 79 (15.16%) Disaster Recovery
4 63 (12.09%) TOGAF
5 53 (10.17%) Cybersecurity
6 46 (8.83%) Change Management
7 45 (8.64%) Problem-Solving
8 41 (7.87%) Project Delivery
9 37 (7.10%) Business Continuity
10 35 (6.72%) Agile Software Development
11 34 (6.53%) ITIL V3
12 32 (6.14%) Customer Requirements
12 32 (6.14%) Project Management
12 32 (6.14%) Service Management
13 31 (5.95%) Migration
13 31 (5.95%) Presales
14 30 (5.76%) Server Management
15 29 (5.57%) High Availability
15 29 (5.57%) PRINCE2
16 27 (5.18%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 88 (16.89%) SQL
2 79 (15.16%) PowerShell
3 30 (5.76%) Python
4 27 (5.18%) Bash Shell
5 9 (1.73%) T-SQL
6 5 (0.96%) C
7 2 (0.38%) PHP
7 2 (0.38%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.38%) VBScript
8 1 (0.19%) C#
8 1 (0.19%) Perl
Qualifications
1 521 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 236 (45.30%) MCSA
3 176 (33.78%) Cisco Certification
4 144 (27.64%) CCNA
5 88 (16.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 84 (16.12%) MCP
7 83 (15.93%) Degree
8 59 (11.32%) TOGAF Certification
9 58 (11.13%) CCNP
10 49 (9.40%) Security Cleared
11 47 (9.02%) MCITP
12 35 (6.72%) MCTS
12 35 (6.72%) SC Cleared
13 29 (5.57%) ITIL Certification
14 21 (4.03%) Computer Science Degree
15 20 (3.84%) CISSP
15 20 (3.84%) RHCE
15 20 (3.84%) Server+ Certification
16 17 (3.26%) CTC Cleared
17 16 (3.07%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (7.68%) SLA
2 21 (4.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.73%) NCSC
4 6 (1.15%) GDPR
4 6 (1.15%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.38%) NIST
6 1 (0.19%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.19%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 227 (43.57%) Active Directory
2 161 (30.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 129 (24.76%) Hyper-V
4 33 (6.33%) vSphere
5 29 (5.57%) VMware ESXi
6 21 (4.03%) XenApp
7 13 (2.50%) Virtual Machines
8 11 (2.11%) Docker
9 10 (1.92%) Virtual Desktop
10 8 (1.54%) NFS
11 5 (0.96%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.77%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 4 (0.77%) Samba
12 4 (0.77%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (0.77%) VirtualBox
12 4 (0.77%) VMware Server
12 4 (0.77%) Xen
13 3 (0.58%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.38%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 76 (14.59%) SCCM
2 38 (7.29%) Microsoft Intune
3 27 (5.18%) Backup Exec
3 27 (5.18%) Puppet
4 26 (4.99%) Microsoft Clustering
5 23 (4.41%) Ansible
5 23 (4.41%) Terraform
6 17 (3.26%) SCOM
7 14 (2.69%) Single Sign-On
8 11 (2.11%) Kubernetes
9 9 (1.73%) Nagios
9 9 (1.73%) WSUS
10 8 (1.54%) vCenter Server
11 7 (1.34%) McAfee ePO
11 7 (1.34%) SCVMM
12 6 (1.15%) Failover Clustering
13 5 (0.96%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 5 (0.96%) FortiGate
14 4 (0.77%) Docker Swarm
14 4 (0.77%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 402 (77.16%) Microsoft
2 237 (45.49%) VMware
3 151 (28.98%) Cisco
4 103 (19.77%) Citrix
5 67 (12.86%) HP
6 65 (12.48%) Dell
7 45 (8.64%) Veeam
8 30 (5.76%) Red Hat
9 19 (3.65%) Google
10 17 (3.26%) Oracle
11 16 (3.07%) NetApp
12 15 (2.88%) Zerto
13 14 (2.69%) SolarWinds
14 13 (2.50%) McAfee
15 12 (2.30%) Palo Alto
16 11 (2.11%) Meraki
16 11 (2.11%) Siemens
17 10 (1.92%) Juniper
18 9 (1.73%) EMC
18 9 (1.73%) Symantec