Period
to 3 April 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 3 April 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
3 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 321 293 292
Rank change year-on-year -28 -1 +7
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 1,000 1,579 1,901
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.93% 1.15% 1.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.32% 4.66% 4.83%
Number of salaries quoted 903 1,339 1,614
Median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,500 £24,925 £26,000
90th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £65,000
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%

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 23,165 33,878 39,381
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 21.54% 24.64% 23.75%
Number of salaries quoted 17,129 24,644 30,505
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +4.17% +6.67%
10th Percentile £28,250 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £83,750 £81,675 £80,000
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 3 April 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 3 April 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 -12 345 £50,000 - 35
South East -33 237 £45,000 - 27
North of England +28 170 £37,500 +25.42% 34
Midlands -56 137 £45,000 +5.88% 21
North West +39 96 £40,000 -5.88% 18
West Midlands -36 83 £40,000 -5.88% 17
South West +38 77 £50,000 - 11
Yorkshire +15 58 £39,000 +77.27% 12
East Midlands -30 53 £45,000 +5.88% 4
East of England +34 36 £40,500 -3.57% 7
North East -7 16 £32,500 -7.14% 4
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 3 April 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 1,000 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 743 (74.30%) Microsoft
3 673 (67.30%) Windows
4 464 (46.40%) Active Directory
5 462 (46.20%) VMware
6 439 (43.90%) MCSA
7 436 (43.60%) Office 365
8 400 (40.00%) Azure
9 353 (35.30%) ITIL
10 349 (34.90%) Windows Server
11 325 (32.50%) Cisco Certification
12 301 (30.10%) VMware Infrastructure
13 266 (26.60%) CCNA
14 250 (25.00%) Cisco
15 222 (22.20%) Hyper-V
16 215 (21.50%) Citrix
17 214 (21.40%) Firewall
18 201 (20.10%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 197 (19.70%) Windows 10
20 192 (19.20%) MCP
21 183 (18.30%) DNS
22 176 (17.60%) Degree
23 170 (17.00%) Windows Server 2012
24 169 (16.90%) PowerShell
25 168 (16.80%) SQL Server
26 163 (16.30%) WAN
27 160 (16.00%) DHCP
28 156 (15.60%) AWS
29 155 (15.50%) LAN
30 153 (15.30%) MS Exchange

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
1 153 (15.30%) MS Exchange
2 136 (13.60%) SharePoint
3 66 (6.60%) IIS
4 65 (6.50%) Skype for Business
5 61 (6.10%) Exchange Server 2013
6 54 (5.40%) Exchange Server 2010
7 17 (1.70%) Elasticsearch
8 9 (0.90%) Apache
8 9 (0.90%) Apache Spark
8 9 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (0.80%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.60%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.60%) SAS
11 4 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.40%) Tomcat
12 3 (0.30%) Confluence
13 1 (0.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 1 (0.10%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 132 (13.20%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (1.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 9 (0.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (0.90%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.20%) Gephi
4 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.10%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.10%) assyst
3 1 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.10%) Primavera
3 1 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 436 (43.60%) Office 365
2 400 (40.00%) Azure
3 156 (15.60%) AWS
4 74 (7.40%) Azure Active Directory
5 70 (7.00%) IaaS
6 63 (6.30%) PaaS
7 36 (3.60%) SaaS
8 25 (2.50%) OneDrive
9 18 (1.80%) Cloud Computing
10 16 (1.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 15 (1.50%) Amazon EC2
12 13 (1.30%) Amazon S3
12 13 (1.30%) AWS CloudFormation
13 10 (1.00%) GCP
14 7 (0.70%) Amazon ELB
15 6 (0.60%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 6 (0.60%) GitHub
15 6 (0.60%) Mimecast
15 6 (0.60%) OpenShift
16 5 (0.50%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 214 (21.40%) Firewall
2 183 (18.30%) DNS
3 163 (16.30%) WAN
4 160 (16.00%) DHCP
5 155 (15.50%) LAN
6 151 (15.10%) SAN
7 132 (13.20%) TCP/IP
8 110 (11.00%) VPN
9 88 (8.80%) VoIP
10 61 (6.10%) VLAN
11 59 (5.90%) Skype
12 49 (4.90%) Wireless
13 40 (4.00%) Internet
13 40 (4.00%) NAS
14 32 (3.20%) IP Telephony
15 30 (3.00%) Network Security
16 29 (2.90%) Remote Desktop
17 27 (2.70%) MPLS
18 24 (2.40%) NetScaler
19 22 (2.20%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 168 (16.80%) SQL Server
2 33 (3.30%) Amazon RDS
3 25 (2.50%) Big Data
4 22 (2.20%) SQL Server 2008
4 22 (2.20%) SQL Server 2012
5 13 (1.30%) SQL Server 2014
6 11 (1.10%) SQL Server 2016
7 7 (0.70%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.50%) Power BI
9 4 (0.40%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (0.40%) Relational Database
9 4 (0.40%) SQL Server 7
9 4 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.30%) Apache Hive
10 3 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.30%) Impala
10 3 (0.30%) MySQL
10 3 (0.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 3 (0.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 2 (0.20%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 15 (1.50%) JIRA
2 14 (1.40%) Git (software)
3 12 (1.20%) Bitbucket
4 9 (0.90%) git-flow
4 9 (0.90%) Visual Studio
4 9 (0.90%) Visual Studio Team System
5 8 (0.80%) MSI
6 4 (0.40%) InstallShield
7 3 (0.30%) Bitbucket Server
8 2 (0.20%) Android Studio
8 2 (0.20%) Jenkins
8 2 (0.20%) Postman
8 2 (0.20%) Subversion
8 2 (0.20%) Xcode
9 1 (0.10%) CircleCI
9 1 (0.10%) IBM UrbanCode
9 1 (0.10%) SonarQube
General
1 121 (12.10%) Finance
2 53 (5.30%) Public Sector
3 43 (4.30%) Legal
4 32 (3.20%) Retail
5 30 (3.00%) Law
6 26 (2.60%) Telecoms
7 18 (1.80%) Banking
8 15 (1.50%) Financial Institution
9 11 (1.10%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.70%) Front Office
10 7 (0.70%) Games
11 6 (0.60%) Back Office
12 5 (0.50%) Local Government
13 4 (0.40%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.40%) Marketing
14 3 (0.30%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.20%) Dutch Language
15 2 (0.20%) French Language
15 2 (0.20%) German Language
15 2 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 172 (17.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 164 (16.40%) Support Engineer
3 116 (11.60%) Analyst
4 106 (10.60%) IT Engineer
5 101 (10.10%) IT Support
6 90 (9.00%) Consultant
7 79 (7.90%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 78 (7.80%) Architect
9 70 (7.00%) IT Support Engineer
10 60 (6.00%) Systems Engineer
11 59 (5.90%) 3rd Line Support
11 59 (5.90%) Administrator
12 54 (5.40%) Desktop Support
13 46 (4.60%) Support Analyst
14 44 (4.40%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 44 (4.40%) Systems Administrator
15 43 (4.30%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
16 41 (4.10%) Technical Support
17 40 (4.00%) Network Engineer
18 38 (3.80%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (1.60%) Web Services
2 15 (1.50%) .NET
3 9 (0.90%) Kafka
4 8 (0.80%) JSON
5 6 (0.60%) AngularJS
5 6 (0.60%) ASP.NET
5 6 (0.60%) GraphQL
5 6 (0.60%) Node.js
5 6 (0.60%) React
5 6 (0.60%) REST
5 6 (0.60%) Spring
5 6 (0.60%) Spring MVC
5 6 (0.60%) Vue.js
5 6 (0.60%) XML
6 5 (0.50%) Elastic Stack
6 5 (0.50%) LDAP
6 5 (0.50%) XMPP
7 3 (0.30%) 802.1X
7 3 (0.30%) SAML
7 3 (0.30%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 101 (10.10%) Data Centre
2 77 (7.70%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (4.30%) Management Information System
4 34 (3.40%) Replication
5 29 (2.90%) Driving Licence
6 28 (2.80%) Public Cloud
7 24 (2.40%) Clustering
8 22 (2.20%) PKI
8 22 (2.20%) Video Conferencing
9 19 (1.90%) iPhone
9 19 (1.90%) Self-Motivation
10 18 (1.80%) Enterprise Storage
11 16 (1.60%) Private Cloud
12 15 (1.50%) CMDB
13 14 (1.40%) Client/Server
14 13 (1.30%) Mobile App
15 12 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
16 8 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
17 7 (0.70%) Analytical Mindset
17 7 (0.70%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 673 (67.30%) Windows
2 349 (34.90%) Windows Server
3 197 (19.70%) Windows 10
4 170 (17.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 149 (14.90%) Linux
6 111 (11.10%) Windows Server 2016
7 99 (9.90%) Windows 7
8 87 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
9 43 (4.30%) Windows Server 2019
10 41 (4.10%) Windows 8
11 35 (3.50%) CentOS
12 22 (2.20%) Ubuntu
12 22 (2.20%) Unix
13 21 (2.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 16 (1.60%) Fedora
15 15 (1.50%) Windows Server 2003
16 12 (1.20%) Android
16 12 (1.20%) Mac OS X
17 11 (1.10%) Apple iOS
18 10 (1.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 353 (35.30%) ITIL
2 201 (20.10%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 116 (11.60%) Problem-Solving
4 96 (9.60%) Mentoring
5 93 (9.30%) Disaster Recovery
6 79 (7.90%) Service Management
7 77 (7.70%) Change Management
8 70 (7.00%) Service Delivery
9 63 (6.30%) Migration
9 63 (6.30%) Project Delivery
10 60 (6.00%) Agile Software Development
11 58 (5.80%) PRINCE2
12 55 (5.50%) Presales
13 54 (5.40%) Configuration Management
14 49 (4.90%) TOGAF
15 48 (4.80%) Cybersecurity
16 46 (4.60%) Project Management
17 43 (4.30%) DevOps
17 43 (4.30%) Information Security
18 38 (3.80%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 169 (16.90%) PowerShell
2 113 (11.30%) SQL
3 38 (3.80%) Python
4 37 (3.70%) Bash Shell
5 30 (3.00%) C
6 13 (1.30%) VBScript
7 12 (1.20%) Perl
8 10 (1.00%) C#
9 8 (0.80%) T-SQL
10 5 (0.50%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.30%) Java
11 3 (0.30%) R
11 3 (0.30%) Ruby
11 3 (0.30%) VB
12 2 (0.20%) Apple Swift
12 2 (0.20%) C++
12 2 (0.20%) Kotlin
13 1 (0.10%) JavaScript
13 1 (0.10%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,000 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 439 (43.90%) MCSA
3 325 (32.50%) Cisco Certification
4 266 (26.60%) CCNA
5 192 (19.20%) MCP
6 176 (17.60%) Degree
7 146 (14.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 108 (10.80%) CCNP
8 108 (10.80%) Security Cleared
9 102 (10.20%) MCITP
10 64 (6.40%) SC Cleared
11 54 (5.40%) CISSP
12 49 (4.90%) DV Cleared
13 48 (4.80%) Network+ Certification
14 37 (3.70%) MCTS
15 34 (3.40%) SSCP
16 33 (3.30%) Linux+ Certification
17 31 (3.10%) CompTIA Security+
17 31 (3.10%) TOGAF Certification
18 28 (2.80%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (8.90%) SLA
2 36 (3.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (1.50%) PCI DSS
3 15 (1.50%) QA
4 8 (0.80%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.70%) GDPR
6 6 (0.60%) COBIT
6 6 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 6 (0.60%) RMADS
7 3 (0.30%) ISO 14001
8 2 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (0.20%) NCSC
8 2 (0.20%) NIST
9 1 (0.10%) Government Security Classifications
9 1 (0.10%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.10%) PMO
9 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 464 (46.40%) Active Directory
2 301 (30.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 222 (22.20%) Hyper-V
4 80 (8.00%) XenApp
5 65 (6.50%) VMware ESXi
6 58 (5.80%) vSphere
7 44 (4.40%) Docker
8 43 (4.30%) XenDesktop
9 28 (2.80%) Virtual Machines
10 21 (2.10%) NFS
11 20 (2.00%) Virtual Servers
12 19 (1.90%) Virtual Desktop
13 16 (1.60%) Samba
13 16 (1.60%) VirtualBox
13 16 (1.60%) Xen
14 8 (0.80%) Microsoft App-V
14 8 (0.80%) VMware Server
15 6 (0.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 5 (0.50%) Firmware
17 4 (0.40%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 150 (15.00%) SCCM
2 57 (5.70%) Microsoft Intune
3 38 (3.80%) Kubernetes
4 37 (3.70%) SCOM
5 29 (2.90%) Backup Exec
5 29 (2.90%) Puppet
6 27 (2.70%) Ansible
7 24 (2.40%) vCenter Server
8 19 (1.90%) WSUS
9 18 (1.80%) Nagios
10 16 (1.60%) Docker Swarm
10 16 (1.60%) OpenNMS
10 16 (1.60%) ZABBIX
11 15 (1.50%) Microsoft Clustering
11 15 (1.50%) SCVMM
12 14 (1.40%) Single Sign-On
13 10 (1.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 8 (0.80%) FortiGate
14 8 (0.80%) McAfee ePO
14 8 (0.80%) Terraform
Vendors
1 743 (74.30%) Microsoft
2 462 (46.20%) VMware
3 250 (25.00%) Cisco
4 215 (21.50%) Citrix
5 138 (13.80%) HP
6 69 (6.90%) Dell
7 64 (6.40%) Veeam
8 60 (6.00%) NetApp
9 38 (3.80%) SolarWinds
10 37 (3.70%) EMC
10 37 (3.70%) Red Hat
11 24 (2.40%) Palo Alto
12 23 (2.30%) Oracle
13 21 (2.10%) Avaya
13 21 (2.10%) Polycom
13 21 (2.10%) Symantec
14 19 (1.90%) 3PAR
14 19 (1.90%) CheckPoint
15 18 (1.80%) F5
15 18 (1.80%) McAfee