Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 566 321 303
Rank change year-on-year -245 -18 -10
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 426 592 1,480
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.43% 0.93% 1.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.04% 4.19% 4.55%
Number of salaries quoted 359 508 1,257
10th Percentile £28,000 £25,750 £21,250
25th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £46,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +2.22% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £58,125 £60,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +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 20,836 14,116 32,511
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 20.85% 22.22% 24.43%
Number of salaries quoted 12,556 10,641 24,000
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £26,750
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,750 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £67,250
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -

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 29 July 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 29 July 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
London -165 123 £50,000 - 25
South East -121 107 £34,000 -24.44% 24
North of England -123 74 £43,500 +7.41% 29
Midlands -112 66 £47,500 +11.76% 22
West Midlands -85 45 £45,000 +20.00% 13
South West -82 36 £48,750 -22.00% 11
North West -102 36 £52,500 - 13
Yorkshire -78 29 £42,500 +16.30% 10
East Midlands -57 21 £47,500 +5.56% 9
East of England -30 17 £45,000 - 7
North East -28 10 £43,500 +21.68% 6
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 426 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 312 (73.24%) Microsoft
3 264 (61.97%) Windows
4 230 (53.99%) Active Directory
5 229 (53.76%) Microsoft 365
6 216 (50.70%) VMware
7 210 (49.30%) Azure
8 173 (40.61%) MCSA
9 135 (31.69%) VMware Infrastructure
10 134 (31.46%) Windows Server
11 125 (29.34%) Cisco Certification
12 121 (28.40%) Firewall
13 120 (28.17%) Citrix
13 120 (28.17%) ITIL
14 118 (27.70%) CCNA
15 113 (26.53%) Social Skills
16 100 (23.47%) Windows 10
17 92 (21.60%) PowerShell
18 89 (20.89%) Hyper-V
19 83 (19.48%) SQL
19 83 (19.48%) SharePoint
20 77 (18.08%) SQL Server
21 75 (17.61%) Data Centre
21 75 (17.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 74 (17.37%) Cisco
23 73 (17.14%) Microsoft Office
24 72 (16.90%) SCCM
24 72 (16.90%) Azure Active Directory
25 70 (16.43%) MCP
26 69 (16.20%) DNS

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 83 (19.48%) SharePoint
2 59 (13.85%) MS Exchange
3 21 (4.93%) IIS
4 10 (2.35%) Exchange Server 2007
5 8 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (1.88%) Skype for Business
6 7 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2003
7 6 (1.41%) Apache Spark
7 6 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2010
7 6 (1.41%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.47%) Confluence
9 1 (0.23%) Apache
9 1 (0.23%) Site Server
9 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 73 (17.14%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.41%) Gephi
3 4 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.23%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 229 (53.76%) Microsoft 365
2 210 (49.30%) Azure
3 72 (16.90%) Azure Active Directory
4 64 (15.02%) AWS
5 37 (8.69%) IaaS
6 21 (4.93%) PaaS
7 18 (4.23%) SaaS
8 13 (3.05%) Power Platform
9 11 (2.58%) GCP
10 6 (1.41%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 5 (1.17%) Azure Data Factory
11 5 (1.17%) Azure Storage
11 5 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
11 5 (1.17%) Power Automate
12 4 (0.94%) OneDrive
12 4 (0.94%) PowerApps
13 3 (0.70%) Azure Machine Learning
13 3 (0.70%) Azure Synapse Analytics
13 3 (0.70%) Google Workspace
14 2 (0.47%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 121 (28.40%) Firewall
2 69 (16.20%) DNS
3 60 (14.08%) WAN
4 56 (13.15%) LAN
5 53 (12.44%) DHCP
6 52 (12.21%) SAN
7 40 (9.39%) TCP/IP
8 28 (6.57%) VPN
9 23 (5.40%) MPLS
10 21 (4.93%) VLAN
11 14 (3.29%) Internet
12 13 (3.05%) ADSL
12 13 (3.05%) NAS
13 12 (2.82%) Cisco ISE
13 12 (2.82%) HTTP
14 11 (2.58%) Remote Desktop
15 10 (2.35%) Network Security
15 10 (2.35%) Skype
15 10 (2.35%) Wireless
16 9 (2.11%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (18.08%) SQL Server
2 12 (2.82%) Big Data
3 10 (2.35%) SQL Server 2016
4 9 (2.11%) Power BI
4 9 (2.11%) SQL Server 2008
5 8 (1.88%) Relational Database
5 8 (1.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (1.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 7 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (1.41%) Apache Hive
7 6 (1.41%) Azure SQL Database
7 6 (1.41%) Impala
7 6 (1.41%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (1.17%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (1.17%) SQL Server 2014
9 4 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.94%) Data Lake
10 3 (0.70%) MySQL
10 3 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 14 (3.29%) JIRA
2 8 (1.88%) Bitbucket
2 8 (1.88%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 6 (1.41%) Bitbucket Server
3 6 (1.41%) Git (software)
3 6 (1.41%) git-flow
3 6 (1.41%) Snyk
4 3 (0.70%) MSI
5 2 (0.47%) AppScan
5 2 (0.47%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.47%) Maven
General
1 113 (26.53%) Social Skills
2 57 (13.38%) Finance
3 39 (9.15%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (3.99%) Telecoms
5 15 (3.52%) Legal
6 14 (3.29%) Banking
7 10 (2.35%) Retail
8 8 (1.88%) Law
8 8 (1.88%) Public Sector
9 7 (1.64%) Investment Banking
10 6 (1.41%) Games
10 6 (1.41%) Presentation Skills
11 5 (1.17%) Local Government
12 4 (0.94%) Advertising
12 4 (0.94%) Documentation Skills
12 4 (0.94%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.70%) Billing
13 3 (0.70%) Mandarin Language
14 2 (0.47%) Influencing Skills
14 2 (0.47%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 73 (17.14%) Analyst
2 64 (15.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 55 (12.91%) Architect
4 42 (9.86%) Support Engineer
5 40 (9.39%) IT Support
6 38 (8.92%) Infrastructure Architect
7 35 (8.22%) IT Analyst
8 33 (7.75%) IT Engineer
9 32 (7.51%) Support Analyst
10 29 (6.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 26 (6.10%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
12 25 (5.87%) Administrator
13 24 (5.63%) Technical Architect
14 22 (5.16%) Consultant
14 22 (5.16%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
14 22 (5.16%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
15 21 (4.93%) Systems Engineer
16 20 (4.69%) 3rd Line Support
17 18 (4.23%) 2nd Line Support
17 18 (4.23%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.35%) .NET
2 6 (1.41%) Elastic Stack
2 6 (1.41%) Kafka
3 3 (0.70%) SailPoint
3 3 (0.70%) SAML
4 2 (0.47%) COM
4 2 (0.47%) ModSecurity
4 2 (0.47%) OAuth
4 2 (0.47%) YAML
5 1 (0.23%) Web Services
5 1 (0.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 75 (17.61%) Data Centre
2 37 (8.69%) Management Information System
3 23 (5.40%) Self-Motivation
4 22 (5.16%) Private Cloud
4 22 (5.16%) Replication
5 21 (4.93%) Hybrid Cloud
6 18 (4.23%) Legacy Systems
7 17 (3.99%) Clustering
8 16 (3.76%) Public Cloud
9 10 (2.35%) Driving Licence
10 6 (1.41%) Analytical Mindset
10 6 (1.41%) Cyber Kill Chain
10 6 (1.41%) Reinsurance
11 5 (1.17%) Virtual Team
12 4 (0.94%) Cyberthreat
12 4 (0.94%) Data Protection Act
12 4 (0.94%) Fat Client
12 4 (0.94%) PKI
12 4 (0.94%) Thin Client
12 4 (0.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 264 (61.97%) Windows
2 134 (31.46%) Windows Server
3 100 (23.47%) Windows 10
4 67 (15.73%) Windows Server 2012
5 45 (10.56%) Windows Server 2008
6 42 (9.86%) Windows Server 2016
7 41 (9.62%) Windows Server 2019
8 39 (9.15%) Linux
9 27 (6.34%) Windows 7
10 16 (3.76%) Android
11 14 (3.29%) Windows Server 2003
12 13 (3.05%) Apple iOS
13 8 (1.88%) Windows 8
14 5 (1.17%) Mac OS X
14 5 (1.17%) Ubuntu
14 5 (1.17%) Unix
15 4 (0.94%) Windows XP
16 3 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (0.70%) SUSE
17 2 (0.47%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (28.17%) ITIL
2 75 (17.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 61 (14.32%) Project Management
4 55 (12.91%) Problem-Solving
5 42 (9.86%) Cybersecurity
6 38 (8.92%) PRINCE2
7 34 (7.98%) Disaster Recovery
7 34 (7.98%) Service Management
8 29 (6.81%) Migration
9 28 (6.57%) Mentoring
10 24 (5.63%) Information Security
10 24 (5.63%) IT Strategy
10 24 (5.63%) ITSM
11 23 (5.40%) Presales
11 23 (5.40%) Server Management
12 20 (4.69%) Configuration Management
12 20 (4.69%) ITIL V3
12 20 (4.69%) TOGAF
13 18 (4.23%) High Availability
14 17 (3.99%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 92 (21.60%) PowerShell
2 83 (19.48%) SQL
3 25 (5.87%) Python
4 15 (3.52%) Bash Shell
5 12 (2.82%) VBScript
6 9 (2.11%) C
7 8 (1.88%) C#
8 7 (1.64%) R
8 7 (1.64%) VB.NET
9 6 (1.41%) Perl
9 6 (1.41%) VB
10 5 (1.17%) T-SQL
11 2 (0.47%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.23%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 426 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 173 (40.61%) MCSA
3 125 (29.34%) Cisco Certification
4 118 (27.70%) CCNA
5 70 (16.43%) MCP
6 67 (15.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 61 (14.32%) Degree
8 51 (11.97%) Security Cleared
9 42 (9.86%) MCITP
10 38 (8.92%) CISSP
10 38 (8.92%) SC Cleared
11 31 (7.28%) DV Cleared
12 26 (6.10%) CompTIA Security+
13 23 (5.40%) CCNP
14 21 (4.93%) Citrix Certification
15 17 (3.99%) CCA
16 15 (3.52%) SSCP
17 13 (3.05%) Network+ Certification
18 12 (2.82%) CEH
19 11 (2.58%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (4.23%) SLA
2 10 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (1.88%) GDPR
4 5 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 4 (0.94%) GRC
6 2 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.47%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.47%) QA
7 1 (0.23%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.23%) NCSC
7 1 (0.23%) PMO
System Software
1 230 (53.99%) Active Directory
2 135 (31.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 89 (20.89%) Hyper-V
4 45 (10.56%) vSphere
5 25 (5.87%) XenApp
6 19 (4.46%) VMware ESXi
7 15 (3.52%) BitLocker
8 11 (2.58%) XenDesktop
9 9 (2.11%) Terminal Services
10 8 (1.88%) Veritas Volume Manager
10 8 (1.88%) Virtual Machines
11 6 (1.41%) Apache Flume
12 5 (1.17%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
13 4 (0.94%) Docker
14 2 (0.47%) NFS
14 2 (0.47%) Samba
14 2 (0.47%) VirtualBox
14 2 (0.47%) Xen
Systems Management
1 72 (16.90%) SCCM
2 43 (10.09%) Microsoft Intune
3 22 (5.16%) WSUS
4 14 (3.29%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 14 (3.29%) Single Sign-On
5 13 (3.05%) Microsoft Clustering
6 12 (2.82%) Terraform
7 11 (2.58%) Ansible
7 11 (2.58%) Puppet
8 9 (2.11%) NetBackup
8 9 (2.11%) vCenter Server
9 8 (1.88%) McAfee ePO
9 8 (1.88%) SCOM
10 6 (1.41%) HP Data Protector
10 6 (1.41%) Kibana
10 6 (1.41%) Norton AntiVirus
10 6 (1.41%) Oozie
10 6 (1.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 5 (1.17%) Nagios
11 5 (1.17%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 312 (73.24%) Microsoft
2 216 (50.70%) VMware
3 120 (28.17%) Citrix
4 74 (17.37%) Cisco
5 46 (10.80%) Veeam
6 27 (6.34%) HP
7 16 (3.76%) Dell
7 16 (3.76%) McAfee
7 16 (3.76%) Meraki
7 16 (3.76%) Oracle
7 16 (3.76%) Red Hat
7 16 (3.76%) Symantec
8 15 (3.52%) Juniper
8 15 (3.52%) NetApp
9 12 (2.82%) EMC
9 12 (2.82%) Veritas
10 11 (2.58%) Sophos
11 10 (2.35%) Zscaler
12 9 (2.11%) SAP
12 9 (2.11%) SolarWinds