Period
to 29 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies 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
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 573 330 311
Rank change year-on-year -243 -19 -17
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 482 611 1,587
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.89% 1.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.99% 4.02% 4.56%
Number of salaries quoted 411 525 1,347
10th Percentile £28,000 £25,850 £22,000
25th Percentile £33,000 £32,500 £32,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £58,125 £60,000 £61,250
90th Percentile £71,250 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £45,000 £40,622
% change year-on-year -5.56% +10.78% +1.55%

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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 24,207 15,214 34,792
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.44% 22.05% 24.16%
Number of salaries quoted 13,990 11,405 25,623
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £26,400
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,000 £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 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCSE as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing MCSE.

Salary trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Salary histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSE within the UK 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
England -245 426 £46,000 +2.22% 118
UK excluding London -178 328 £42,500 -5.56% 107
London -165 123 £50,000 - 25
South East -121 107 £34,000 -24.44% 24
Work from Home -176 106 £45,000 -18.18% 20
North of England -123 74 £43,500 +7.41% 28
Midlands -112 66 £47,500 +11.76% 23
West Midlands -85 45 £45,000 +20.00% 14
South West -82 36 £48,750 -22.00% 11
North West -102 36 £52,500 - 13
Yorkshire -78 29 £42,500 +16.30% 9
Scotland -56 21 £55,000 +17.47% 9
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
Wales -19 7 £35,000 -5.41% 3

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 with a requirement for MCSE.

1 482 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 358 (74.27%) Microsoft
3 306 (63.49%) Windows
4 269 (55.81%) Active Directory
5 241 (50.00%) VMware
6 240 (49.79%) Microsoft 365
7 227 (47.10%) Azure
8 195 (40.46%) MCSA
9 158 (32.78%) VMware Infrastructure
10 152 (31.54%) Windows Server
11 139 (28.84%) Social Skills
12 137 (28.42%) Cisco Certification
13 132 (27.39%) ITIL
14 130 (26.97%) CCNA
15 125 (25.93%) Citrix
15 125 (25.93%) Firewall
16 115 (23.86%) Windows 10
17 108 (22.41%) Hyper-V
18 103 (21.37%) PowerShell
19 98 (20.33%) SCCM
19 98 (20.33%) MCP
20 95 (19.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 94 (19.50%) Cisco
22 88 (18.26%) SQL Server
23 87 (18.05%) SharePoint
24 86 (17.84%) SQL
25 85 (17.63%) Data Centre
26 78 (16.18%) Azure Active Directory
27 76 (15.77%) Microsoft Office
27 76 (15.77%) AWS

MCSE
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (18.05%) SharePoint
2 59 (12.24%) MS Exchange
3 23 (4.77%) IIS
4 20 (4.15%) Skype for Business
5 10 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2007
6 8 (1.66%) Exchange Server 2013
7 7 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2003
8 6 (1.24%) Apache Spark
8 6 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2010
8 6 (1.24%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.41%) Confluence
10 1 (0.21%) Apache
10 1 (0.21%) Site Server
10 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
Applications
1 76 (15.77%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.24%) Gephi
3 5 (1.04%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.41%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.21%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 240 (49.79%) Microsoft 365
2 227 (47.10%) Azure
3 78 (16.18%) Azure Active Directory
4 76 (15.77%) AWS
5 40 (8.30%) IaaS
6 21 (4.36%) PaaS
7 18 (3.73%) SaaS
8 14 (2.90%) Power Platform
9 11 (2.28%) GCP
10 6 (1.24%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 6 (1.24%) Azure Storage
11 5 (1.04%) Azure Data Factory
11 5 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
11 5 (1.04%) OneDrive
11 5 (1.04%) Power Automate
12 4 (0.83%) PowerApps
12 4 (0.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 3 (0.62%) Azure Machine Learning
13 3 (0.62%) Azure Synapse Analytics
13 3 (0.62%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 125 (25.93%) Firewall
2 75 (15.56%) DNS
3 70 (14.52%) WAN
4 67 (13.90%) LAN
5 61 (12.66%) SAN
6 59 (12.24%) DHCP
7 41 (8.51%) TCP/IP
8 32 (6.64%) VPN
9 23 (4.77%) MPLS
9 23 (4.77%) Skype
9 23 (4.77%) VLAN
10 18 (3.73%) Unified Communications
11 16 (3.32%) Network Security
12 14 (2.90%) HTTP
12 14 (2.90%) Internet
13 13 (2.70%) ADSL
13 13 (2.70%) NAS
13 13 (2.70%) Remote Desktop
14 12 (2.49%) Cisco ISE
14 12 (2.49%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (18.26%) SQL Server
2 13 (2.70%) Big Data
3 10 (2.07%) Power BI
3 10 (2.07%) SQL Server 2016
4 9 (1.87%) Relational Database
4 9 (1.87%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (1.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 8 (1.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 8 (1.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 6 (1.24%) Apache Hive
6 6 (1.24%) Azure SQL Database
6 6 (1.24%) Impala
6 6 (1.24%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (1.04%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (1.04%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (0.83%) Data Lake
9 3 (0.62%) MySQL
9 3 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 14 (2.90%) JIRA
2 8 (1.66%) Bitbucket
2 8 (1.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 6 (1.24%) Bitbucket Server
3 6 (1.24%) Git (software)
3 6 (1.24%) git-flow
3 6 (1.24%) Snyk
4 3 (0.62%) MSI
5 2 (0.41%) AppScan
5 2 (0.41%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.41%) Maven
6 1 (0.21%) Ant
General
1 139 (28.84%) Social Skills
2 60 (12.45%) Finance
3 54 (11.20%) Analytical Skills
4 30 (6.22%) Telecoms
5 16 (3.32%) Documentation Skills
6 15 (3.11%) Banking
6 15 (3.11%) Legal
7 14 (2.90%) Public Sector
7 14 (2.90%) Retail
8 8 (1.66%) Law
8 8 (1.66%) Presentation Skills
9 7 (1.45%) Investment Banking
10 6 (1.24%) Games
11 5 (1.04%) Local Government
11 5 (1.04%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.83%) Advertising
12 4 (0.83%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.62%) Billing
13 3 (0.62%) Mandarin Language
14 2 (0.41%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 79 (16.39%) Analyst
2 72 (14.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 56 (11.62%) Architect
4 43 (8.92%) Support Engineer
5 42 (8.71%) IT Support
6 38 (7.88%) Infrastructure Architect
7 36 (7.47%) IT Analyst
8 33 (6.85%) IT Engineer
9 32 (6.64%) Support Analyst
10 29 (6.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 27 (5.60%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
12 25 (5.19%) Administrator
13 24 (4.98%) Consultant
13 24 (4.98%) Technical Architect
14 23 (4.77%) Systems Engineer
15 22 (4.56%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
15 22 (4.56%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
16 20 (4.15%) 3rd Line Support
17 19 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support
18 18 (3.73%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.07%) .NET
2 9 (1.87%) Elastic Stack
3 6 (1.24%) Kafka
4 5 (1.04%) SAML
5 4 (0.83%) COM
6 3 (0.62%) SailPoint
7 2 (0.41%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.41%) LDAP
7 2 (0.41%) ModSecurity
7 2 (0.41%) OAuth
7 2 (0.41%) Web Services
7 2 (0.41%) XML
7 2 (0.41%) YAML
8 1 (0.21%) Ajax
8 1 (0.21%) CSS
8 1 (0.21%) jQuery
8 1 (0.21%) JSP
8 1 (0.21%) SOAP
8 1 (0.21%) XSL
8 1 (0.21%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 85 (17.63%) Data Centre
2 39 (8.09%) Management Information System
3 26 (5.39%) Clustering
4 23 (4.77%) Private Cloud
4 23 (4.77%) Self-Motivation
5 22 (4.56%) Public Cloud
5 22 (4.56%) Replication
6 21 (4.36%) Hybrid Cloud
7 18 (3.73%) Legacy Systems
8 10 (2.07%) Driving Licence
9 9 (1.87%) BYOD
10 8 (1.66%) Data Protection Act
11 7 (1.45%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (1.24%) Analytical Mindset
12 6 (1.24%) Cyber Kill Chain
12 6 (1.24%) PKI
12 6 (1.24%) Reinsurance
12 6 (1.24%) User Experience
13 5 (1.04%) Client/Server
13 5 (1.04%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 306 (63.49%) Windows
2 152 (31.54%) Windows Server
3 115 (23.86%) Windows 10
4 68 (14.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 52 (10.79%) Linux
6 46 (9.54%) Windows Server 2008
7 42 (8.71%) Windows Server 2016
7 42 (8.71%) Windows Server 2019
8 39 (8.09%) Windows 7
9 20 (4.15%) Windows 8
10 18 (3.73%) Android
11 15 (3.11%) Apple iOS
12 14 (2.90%) Windows Server 2003
13 8 (1.66%) Ubuntu
14 6 (1.24%) Unix
15 5 (1.04%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.83%) SUSE
16 4 (0.83%) Windows XP
17 3 (0.62%) CentOS
17 3 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (27.39%) ITIL
2 95 (19.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 71 (14.73%) Problem-Solving
4 62 (12.86%) Project Management
5 46 (9.54%) Cybersecurity
6 38 (7.88%) Migration
6 38 (7.88%) PRINCE2
6 38 (7.88%) Service Management
7 37 (7.68%) Disaster Recovery
8 31 (6.43%) Information Security
9 29 (6.02%) ITSM
9 29 (6.02%) Mentoring
9 29 (6.02%) Server Management
10 28 (5.81%) Time Management
11 25 (5.19%) IT Strategy
12 24 (4.98%) Presales
13 23 (4.77%) TOGAF
14 22 (4.56%) Configuration Management
15 21 (4.36%) Service Delivery
16 20 (4.15%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 103 (21.37%) PowerShell
2 86 (17.84%) SQL
3 33 (6.85%) Python
4 18 (3.73%) VB
5 15 (3.11%) Bash Shell
6 12 (2.49%) VBScript
7 9 (1.87%) C
8 8 (1.66%) C#
9 7 (1.45%) R
9 7 (1.45%) VB.NET
10 6 (1.24%) Perl
11 5 (1.04%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.62%) JavaScript
13 2 (0.41%) PHP
14 1 (0.21%) Java
14 1 (0.21%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 482 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 195 (40.46%) MCSA
3 137 (28.42%) Cisco Certification
4 130 (26.97%) CCNA
5 98 (20.33%) MCP
6 69 (14.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 67 (13.90%) Degree
8 63 (13.07%) Security Cleared
9 60 (12.45%) MCITP
10 42 (8.71%) CISSP
11 38 (7.88%) SC Cleared
12 31 (6.43%) DV Cleared
13 26 (5.39%) CompTIA Security+
14 24 (4.98%) MCTS
15 23 (4.77%) CCNP
16 21 (4.36%) Citrix Certification
17 17 (3.53%) CCA
18 15 (3.11%) SSCP
19 13 (2.70%) Network+ Certification
20 12 (2.49%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (4.15%) SLA
2 10 (2.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (1.66%) GDPR
4 7 (1.45%) QA
5 5 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 4 (0.83%) GRC
7 2 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.41%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.21%) NCSC
8 1 (0.21%) PMO
System Software
1 269 (55.81%) Active Directory
2 158 (32.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 108 (22.41%) Hyper-V
4 46 (9.54%) vSphere
5 26 (5.39%) XenApp
6 19 (3.94%) VMware ESXi
7 15 (3.11%) BitLocker
8 11 (2.28%) Virtual Machines
8 11 (2.28%) XenDesktop
9 9 (1.87%) Terminal Services
10 8 (1.66%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 6 (1.24%) Apache Flume
12 5 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (1.04%) Virtual Desktop
13 4 (0.83%) Docker
14 2 (0.41%) ISA Server
14 2 (0.41%) NFS
14 2 (0.41%) Samba
14 2 (0.41%) VirtualBox
14 2 (0.41%) Xen
Systems Management
1 98 (20.33%) SCCM
2 46 (9.54%) Microsoft Intune
3 28 (5.81%) WSUS
4 17 (3.53%) SCOM
5 14 (2.90%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 14 (2.90%) Single Sign-On
6 13 (2.70%) Microsoft Clustering
7 12 (2.49%) Sysprep
7 12 (2.49%) Terraform
7 12 (2.49%) WMI
8 11 (2.28%) Ansible
8 11 (2.28%) Puppet
9 10 (2.07%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 9 (1.87%) NetBackup
10 9 (1.87%) vCenter Server
11 8 (1.66%) McAfee ePO
12 7 (1.45%) Nagios
12 7 (1.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 6 (1.24%) HP Data Protector
13 6 (1.24%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 358 (74.27%) Microsoft
2 241 (50.00%) VMware
3 125 (25.93%) Citrix
4 94 (19.50%) Cisco
5 50 (10.37%) Veeam
6 32 (6.64%) HP
7 30 (6.22%) Oracle
8 21 (4.36%) Juniper
9 18 (3.73%) Red Hat
10 16 (3.32%) Dell
10 16 (3.32%) McAfee
10 16 (3.32%) Meraki
10 16 (3.32%) NetApp
10 16 (3.32%) Symantec
11 14 (2.90%) Remedy
11 14 (2.90%) ServiceNow
12 12 (2.49%) Acme Packet
12 12 (2.49%) EMC
12 12 (2.49%) Veritas
13 11 (2.28%) Splunk