Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 574 359 303
Rank change year-on-year -215 -56 +19
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 460 361 1,378
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.42% 0.80% 1.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.00% 3.68% 4.69%
Number of salaries quoted 347 314 1,186
10th Percentile £29,000 £27,500 £24,375
25th Percentile £36,250 £33,750 £32,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - +4.65%
75th Percentile £57,500 £61,188 £60,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £73,750 £70,000
UK median annual salary £48,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%

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 23,052 9,809 29,413
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 20.84% 21.84% 23.38%
Number of salaries quoted 13,390 7,604 22,011
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,000
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £35,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £67,500
90th Percentile £89,011 £87,500 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +10.00% -

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -215 133 £50,000 -9.09% 36
South East -148 113 £44,000 -2.22% 30
Midlands -94 93 £48,750 +18.18% 16
North of England -139 78 £43,500 +2.35% 43
West Midlands -94 60 £47,500 +15.85% 10
Yorkshire -81 34 £40,000 +14.29% 13
East Midlands -53 33 £50,000 +17.65% 6
North West -129 32 £52,750 +0.48% 27
South West -82 29 £45,000 -1.64% 7
East of England -89 19 £38,500 -15.85% 13
North East -35 12 £39,250 +4.67% 3
MCSE
UK

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 460 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 356 (77.39%) Microsoft
3 289 (62.83%) Windows
4 245 (53.26%) Azure
5 241 (52.39%) Active Directory
6 238 (51.74%) Microsoft 365
7 236 (51.30%) VMware
8 211 (45.87%) MCSA
9 173 (37.61%) ITIL
10 167 (36.30%) Windows Server
11 151 (32.83%) VMware Infrastructure
12 136 (29.57%) Social Skills
13 125 (27.17%) Firewall
14 124 (26.96%) Cisco Certification
15 123 (26.74%) Hyper-V
16 115 (25.00%) PowerShell
16 115 (25.00%) Citrix
17 114 (24.78%) CCNA
18 106 (23.04%) MCP
19 104 (22.61%) SQL
20 102 (22.17%) DNS
21 99 (21.52%) Data Centre
22 96 (20.87%) Windows 10
22 96 (20.87%) AWS
23 93 (20.22%) WAN
24 92 (20.00%) LAN
25 90 (19.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
26 88 (19.13%) DHCP
27 87 (18.91%) SharePoint
27 87 (18.91%) Problem-Solving

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 (18.91%) SharePoint
2 51 (11.09%) MS Exchange
3 25 (5.43%) IIS
4 10 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2007
4 10 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (1.52%) Apache
5 7 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2003
5 7 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (1.30%) Skype for Business
7 5 (1.09%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.22%) Confluence
8 1 (0.22%) Tomcat
Applications
1 79 (17.17%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.43%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (1.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.65%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.65%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 245 (53.26%) Azure
2 238 (51.74%) Microsoft 365
3 96 (20.87%) AWS
4 63 (13.70%) Azure Active Directory
5 37 (8.04%) IaaS
6 28 (6.09%) Power Platform
7 26 (5.65%) SaaS
8 21 (4.57%) PaaS
9 17 (3.70%) Power Automate
10 13 (2.83%) PowerApps
11 8 (1.74%) Dynamics 365
11 8 (1.74%) GCP
12 7 (1.52%) Mimecast
13 6 (1.30%) Azure Data Factory
13 6 (1.30%) Cloud Computing
14 3 (0.65%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 3 (0.65%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 3 (0.65%) Azure Machine Learning
14 3 (0.65%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 3 (0.65%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 125 (27.17%) Firewall
2 102 (22.17%) DNS
3 93 (20.22%) WAN
4 92 (20.00%) LAN
5 88 (19.13%) DHCP
6 61 (13.26%) SAN
7 42 (9.13%) TCP/IP
7 42 (9.13%) VLAN
8 37 (8.04%) VPN
9 28 (6.09%) NAS
10 23 (5.00%) MPLS
11 21 (4.57%) Wireless
12 20 (4.35%) Internet
13 17 (3.70%) Wi-Fi
14 12 (2.61%) ADSL
14 12 (2.61%) Fibre Channel
15 10 (2.17%) Network Security
16 8 (1.74%) Cisco ISE
16 8 (1.74%) HTTP
16 8 (1.74%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (18.48%) SQL Server
2 27 (5.87%) Power BI
3 13 (2.83%) SQL Server 2008
3 13 (2.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 12 (2.61%) MySQL
4 12 (2.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 12 (2.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (2.17%) SQL Server 2012
6 9 (1.96%) SQL Server 2019
7 7 (1.52%) Amazon RDS
7 7 (1.52%) Azure SQL Database
7 7 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
7 7 (1.52%) SQL Server 2016
8 5 (1.09%) MongoDB
8 5 (1.09%) SQL Server 2005
8 5 (1.09%) SQL Server 2014
8 5 (1.09%) Tableau
9 4 (0.87%) Big Data
9 4 (0.87%) Data Lake
10 3 (0.65%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 16 (3.48%) JIRA
2 11 (2.39%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (0.43%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.43%) Snyk
3 2 (0.43%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.22%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.22%) MSI
4 1 (0.22%) Selenium
General
1 136 (29.57%) Social Skills
2 76 (16.52%) Finance
3 34 (7.39%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (4.78%) Telecoms
5 14 (3.04%) Banking
5 14 (3.04%) Documentation Skills
6 12 (2.61%) Public Sector
7 11 (2.39%) Presentation Skills
8 9 (1.96%) Pharmaceutical
9 8 (1.74%) French Language
9 8 (1.74%) German Language
9 8 (1.74%) Legal
9 8 (1.74%) Retail
10 7 (1.52%) Investment Banking
10 7 (1.52%) Manufacturing
10 7 (1.52%) Organisational Skills
11 5 (1.09%) Games
12 4 (0.87%) Back Office
12 4 (0.87%) Law
12 4 (0.87%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 77 (16.74%) Architect
2 75 (16.30%) Analyst
3 64 (13.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 41 (8.91%) Infrastructure Architect
5 34 (7.39%) Support Engineer
6 33 (7.17%) IT Engineer
7 31 (6.74%) Administrator
7 31 (6.74%) Support Analyst
8 29 (6.30%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 29 (6.30%) Solutions Architect
9 27 (5.87%) IT Support
10 26 (5.65%) Data Architect
10 26 (5.65%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
10 26 (5.65%) Technical Architect
10 26 (5.65%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
11 25 (5.43%) Systems Engineer
12 23 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support
12 23 (5.00%) Data Centre Architect
13 22 (4.78%) Service Analyst
13 22 (4.78%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (2.61%) SAML
2 11 (2.39%) .NET
3 6 (1.30%) LAMP
4 4 (0.87%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.43%) ARM Templates
5 2 (0.43%) OAuth
5 2 (0.43%) WSH
5 2 (0.43%) YAML
6 1 (0.22%) COM+
6 1 (0.22%) CSS
6 1 (0.22%) HTML
6 1 (0.22%) LDAP
6 1 (0.22%) SailPoint
6 1 (0.22%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 99 (21.52%) Data Centre
2 63 (13.70%) Management Information System
3 22 (4.78%) Legacy Systems
4 20 (4.35%) Self-Motivation
5 17 (3.70%) Driving Licence
5 17 (3.70%) Replication
6 15 (3.26%) Private Cloud
7 14 (3.04%) Hybrid Cloud
8 12 (2.61%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.96%) Public Cloud
10 8 (1.74%) User Experience
11 7 (1.52%) Fat Client
11 7 (1.52%) Thin Client
12 6 (1.30%) Clustering
12 6 (1.30%) Cyberthreat
12 6 (1.30%) Reinsurance
12 6 (1.30%) Virtual Team
13 5 (1.09%) Video Conferencing
14 4 (0.87%) Biotechnology
14 4 (0.87%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 289 (62.83%) Windows
2 167 (36.30%) Windows Server
3 96 (20.87%) Windows 10
4 81 (17.61%) Linux
5 68 (14.78%) Windows Server 2012
6 49 (10.65%) Windows Server 2016
7 46 (10.00%) Windows Server 2019
8 41 (8.91%) Windows Server 2008
9 24 (5.22%) Windows 7
10 20 (4.35%) Android
11 18 (3.91%) Apple iOS
12 13 (2.83%) Mac OS X
13 12 (2.61%) Unix
13 12 (2.61%) Windows Server 2003
14 9 (1.96%) Windows 8
15 4 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.87%) SUSE
15 4 (0.87%) Ubuntu
15 4 (0.87%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.43%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (37.61%) ITIL
2 87 (18.91%) Problem-Solving
3 79 (17.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 69 (15.00%) Project Management
5 67 (14.57%) Cybersecurity
6 49 (10.65%) PRINCE2
7 43 (9.35%) Computer Science
8 42 (9.13%) Change Management
9 38 (8.26%) Disaster Recovery
10 36 (7.83%) Information Security
11 35 (7.61%) Customer Engagement
12 34 (7.39%) Mentoring
13 33 (7.17%) Presales
14 32 (6.96%) ITSM
15 31 (6.74%) Project Delivery
15 31 (6.74%) Server Management
15 31 (6.74%) Service Management
16 28 (6.09%) Incident Management
17 26 (5.65%) Business Intelligence
17 26 (5.65%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 115 (25.00%) PowerShell
2 104 (22.61%) SQL
3 27 (5.87%) Python
4 9 (1.96%) Bash Shell
4 9 (1.96%) C#
5 7 (1.52%) VBScript
6 6 (1.30%) PHP
6 6 (1.30%) VB
7 5 (1.09%) Shell Script
7 5 (1.09%) VB.NET
8 2 (0.43%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.43%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.22%) R
Qualifications
1 460 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 211 (45.87%) MCSA
3 124 (26.96%) Cisco Certification
4 114 (24.78%) CCNA
5 106 (23.04%) MCP
6 90 (19.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 71 (15.43%) Degree
8 47 (10.22%) MCITP
9 40 (8.70%) Security Cleared
10 36 (7.83%) SC Cleared
11 35 (7.61%) CCA
11 35 (7.61%) Citrix Certification
12 30 (6.52%) CCNP
13 27 (5.87%) DV Cleared
14 21 (4.57%) Computer Science Degree
15 20 (4.35%) CISSP
16 14 (3.04%) ITIL Certification
17 12 (2.61%) CompTIA Security+
18 8 (1.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 7 (1.52%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (11.74%) SLA
2 12 (2.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.52%) GDPR
4 5 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 4 (0.87%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.65%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.43%) NCSC
8 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 1 (0.22%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.22%) QA
System Software
1 241 (52.39%) Active Directory
2 151 (32.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 123 (26.74%) Hyper-V
4 49 (10.65%) vSphere
5 20 (4.35%) XenApp
6 14 (3.04%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (2.17%) BitLocker
8 9 (1.96%) XenDesktop
9 7 (1.52%) Terminal Services
9 7 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
9 7 (1.52%) VMware NSX
9 7 (1.52%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (0.65%) Firmware
10 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.65%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.43%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.43%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.43%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 76 (16.52%) SCCM
2 71 (15.43%) Microsoft Intune
3 42 (9.13%) WSUS
4 24 (5.22%) Single Sign-On
5 15 (3.26%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 14 (3.04%) NetBackup
7 10 (2.17%) Backup Exec
7 10 (2.17%) Puppet
8 9 (1.96%) Ansible
8 9 (1.96%) Nagios
8 9 (1.96%) Terraform
9 6 (1.30%) CSIRT
9 6 (1.30%) Scalr
9 6 (1.30%) SCOM
10 5 (1.09%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 4 (0.87%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 4 (0.87%) vRealize
11 4 (0.87%) ZABBIX
12 3 (0.65%) PowerCLI
12 3 (0.65%) QRadar
Vendors
1 356 (77.39%) Microsoft
2 236 (51.30%) VMware
3 115 (25.00%) Citrix
4 85 (18.48%) Cisco
5 64 (13.91%) Veeam
6 39 (8.48%) Apple
7 26 (5.65%) ServiceNow
8 23 (5.00%) Adobe
9 20 (4.35%) HP
10 18 (3.91%) Dell
10 18 (3.91%) Zscaler
11 15 (3.26%) Meraki
11 15 (3.26%) Red Hat
12 14 (3.04%) NetApp
13 13 (2.83%) Juniper
14 12 (2.61%) EMC
14 12 (2.61%) Okta
14 12 (2.61%) Oracle
14 12 (2.61%) Veritas
15 11 (2.39%) CheckPoint