Period
to 21 January 2019

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 21 January 2019 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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 288 286 289
Rank change year-on-year -2 +3 -43
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 1,696 2,040 2,080
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.12% 1.19% 1.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.66% 4.99% 4.58%
Number of salaries quoted 1,319 1,634 1,732
UK median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% - -
10th Percentile £25,000 £25,750 £25,250
90th Percentile £72,500 £63,750 £61,150
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -2.60%

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 36,371 40,848 45,443
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.12% 23.76% 25.83%
Number of salaries quoted 26,595 31,702 36,091
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,900 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSE.

Salary trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019. 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 +2 1,606 £44,500 +7.88% 209
UK excluding London +8 1,087 £42,500 +6.25% 145
London -41 529 £47,500 +11.01% 69
South East +39 383 £42,500 +6.25% 35
Midlands +78 294 £42,500 +6.25% 29
North of England -57 193 £29,900 -20.27% 36
West Midlands +66 189 £42,500 +6.25% 15
East of England +27 121 £50,000 +13.64% 19
South West +12 110 £57,500 +27.78% 21
East Midlands +57 105 £42,500 +18.06% 14
North West -59 93 £39,000 +30.00% 18
Yorkshire -25 72 £22,000 -51.11% 14
North East +31 28 £35,000 -26.32% 4
Scotland -21 19 £47,500 -8.21% 4
Wales -32 7 £37,500 -6.25% 1
Northern Ireland -15 1 £45,000 -

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, 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 1,696 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1,281 (75.53%) Microsoft
3 1,107 (65.27%) Windows
4 921 (54.30%) Active Directory
5 861 (50.77%) VMware
6 636 (37.50%) Office 365
7 602 (35.50%) Microsoft Azure
8 601 (35.44%) MCSA
8 601 (35.44%) Windows Server
9 558 (32.90%) ITIL
10 519 (30.60%) VMware Infrastructure
11 486 (28.66%) Cisco
12 466 (27.48%) Cisco Certification
13 425 (25.06%) Firewall
14 414 (24.41%) Windows Server 2012
15 408 (24.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 402 (23.70%) Citrix
17 368 (21.70%) CCNA
18 320 (18.87%) MS Exchange
19 309 (18.22%) Hyper-V
20 299 (17.63%) Windows Server 2008
21 297 (17.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 296 (17.45%) PowerShell
23 293 (17.28%) Microsoft Office
24 291 (17.16%) MCP
24 291 (17.16%) DNS
25 281 (16.57%) SQL
26 272 (16.04%) SQL Server
27 271 (15.98%) Problem-Solving
28 266 (15.68%) Windows 10

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
1 320 (18.87%) MS Exchange
2 161 (9.49%) SharePoint
3 131 (7.72%) Exchange Server 2010
4 109 (6.43%) Exchange Server 2013
5 103 (6.07%) Skype for Business
6 54 (3.18%) IIS
7 50 (2.95%) Exchange Server 2007
8 27 (1.59%) SharePoint 2013
9 17 (1.00%) Apache Pig
10 15 (0.88%) IBM Notes
11 13 (0.77%) OpenStack
12 10 (0.59%) Apache
12 10 (0.59%) Confluence
13 9 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
13 9 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
14 8 (0.47%) CMS
15 6 (0.35%) Commerce Server
16 4 (0.24%) Elasticsearch
16 4 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2003
16 4 (0.24%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 293 (17.28%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (0.59%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.18%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.12%) 3ds Max
6 2 (0.12%) MicroStation
7 1 (0.059%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.059%) Revit
7 1 (0.059%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 40 (2.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.35%) Workfront
4 4 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
5 3 (0.18%) Lawson
5 3 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
5 3 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
6 2 (0.12%) Aareon QL
6 2 (0.12%) Academy Housing
6 2 (0.12%) Infor SunSystems
6 2 (0.12%) MIS ActiveH
6 2 (0.12%) Northgate Housing
6 2 (0.12%) OPENHousing
6 2 (0.12%) Orchard Housing
6 2 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.12%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 636 (37.50%) Office 365
2 602 (35.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 251 (14.80%) Amazon AWS
4 118 (6.96%) Azure Active Directory
5 63 (3.71%) IaaS
6 49 (2.89%) PaaS
7 47 (2.77%) SaaS
8 41 (2.42%) Amazon EC2
9 36 (2.12%) Google Cloud Platform
10 35 (2.06%) Amazon S3
11 30 (1.77%) Amazon EMR
11 30 (1.77%) Amazon Kinesis
11 30 (1.77%) Amazon SQS
11 30 (1.77%) AWS Lambda
11 30 (1.77%) Serverless
12 25 (1.47%) Cloud Computing
13 18 (1.06%) GitHub
14 14 (0.83%) AWS CloudFormation
15 9 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
15 9 (0.53%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 425 (25.06%) Firewall
2 291 (17.16%) DNS
3 244 (14.39%) TCP/IP
4 234 (13.80%) DHCP
5 207 (12.21%) WAN
6 194 (11.44%) LAN
6 194 (11.44%) SAN
7 125 (7.37%) VoIP
8 118 (6.96%) Wireless
9 115 (6.78%) VLAN
10 104 (6.13%) VPN
11 95 (5.60%) Network Security
12 85 (5.01%) Internet
13 81 (4.78%) Skype
14 42 (2.48%) Broadband
14 42 (2.48%) Cisco ASA
14 42 (2.48%) NAS
14 42 (2.48%) Remote Desktop
15 41 (2.42%) ADSL
16 39 (2.30%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 272 (16.04%) SQL Server
2 57 (3.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 54 (3.18%) SQL Server 2012
4 46 (2.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 41 (2.42%) Amazon RDS
6 39 (2.30%) Relational Database
7 38 (2.24%) SQL Server 2014
8 32 (1.89%) RDBMS
8 32 (1.89%) SQL Server 2016
9 31 (1.83%) Big Data
9 31 (1.83%) Cosmos DB
10 30 (1.77%) Amazon Redshift
11 29 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 25 (1.47%) MySQL
13 22 (1.30%) Data Warehouse
13 22 (1.30%) Hadoop
14 19 (1.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 17 (1.00%) Apache Hive
16 12 (0.71%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
16 12 (0.71%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 48 (2.83%) JIRA
2 32 (1.89%) Git (software)
3 29 (1.71%) Jenkins
4 20 (1.18%) Redmine
5 19 (1.12%) Visual Studio
6 17 (1.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 17 (1.00%) Bitbucket
6 17 (1.00%) CodeSonar
6 17 (1.00%) git-flow
6 17 (1.00%) Robot Framework
6 17 (1.00%) Selenium
7 13 (0.77%) MSI
8 12 (0.71%) MSTest
8 12 (0.71%) NUnit
9 9 (0.53%) TeamCity
10 8 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (0.35%) Visual Studio Team System
12 5 (0.29%) Octopus Deploy
13 2 (0.12%) Artifactory
13 2 (0.12%) InstallShield
General
1 165 (9.73%) Finance
2 94 (5.54%) Retail
3 55 (3.24%) Banking
4 43 (2.54%) Telecoms
5 33 (1.95%) Law
5 33 (1.95%) Legal
6 25 (1.47%) Games
7 23 (1.36%) Manufacturing
8 18 (1.06%) Investment Banking
9 16 (0.94%) Front Office
10 15 (0.88%) Back Office
11 10 (0.59%) Aerospace
12 9 (0.53%) Financial Institution
12 9 (0.53%) Marketing
13 6 (0.35%) Military
14 5 (0.29%) Advertising
15 4 (0.24%) Publishing
16 3 (0.18%) Automotive
16 3 (0.18%) Electronics
16 3 (0.18%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 266 (15.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 231 (13.62%) Analyst
3 200 (11.79%) Support Engineer
4 189 (11.14%) Architect
5 147 (8.67%) Consultant
6 139 (8.20%) Support Analyst
7 127 (7.49%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 112 (6.60%) IT Engineer
9 109 (6.43%) IT Support
10 93 (5.48%) Technical Support
11 91 (5.37%) 3rd Line Support
12 84 (4.95%) Administrator
13 78 (4.60%) 2nd Line Support
14 76 (4.48%) Windows Engineer
15 74 (4.36%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
16 72 (4.25%) Systems Engineer
17 69 (4.07%) Cloud Architect
17 69 (4.07%) Solutions Architect
18 66 (3.89%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
19 61 (3.60%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (4.78%) .NET
2 68 (4.01%) Web Services
3 54 (3.18%) ASP.NET
4 25 (1.47%) HTML
5 24 (1.42%) ASP.NET Web API
6 23 (1.36%) .NET Framework
7 21 (1.24%) RabbitMQ
8 20 (1.18%) Java EE
8 20 (1.18%) STL
9 19 (1.12%) REST
9 19 (1.12%) SOAP
10 17 (1.00%) Django
10 17 (1.00%) LAMP
10 17 (1.00%) Node.js
10 17 (1.00%) Spring MVC
11 15 (0.88%) OAuth
11 15 (0.88%) SAML
12 14 (0.83%) WCF
13 12 (0.71%) jQuery
14 9 (0.53%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 232 (13.68%) Data Centre
2 134 (7.90%) Analytical Skills
3 110 (6.49%) Self-Motivation
4 70 (4.13%) Public Cloud
5 69 (4.07%) Management Information System
6 67 (3.95%) Clustering
7 48 (2.83%) Hybrid Cloud
8 43 (2.54%) Replication
9 33 (1.95%) Video Conferencing
10 30 (1.77%) PKI
11 27 (1.59%) Cyberthreat
12 26 (1.53%) Client/Server
13 25 (1.47%) Cyber Kill Chain
13 25 (1.47%) Fintech
14 21 (1.24%) Security Operations Centre
15 19 (1.12%) Driving Licence
15 19 (1.12%) Private Cloud
16 18 (1.06%) Blackberry
17 14 (0.83%) CESG
17 14 (0.83%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 1,107 (65.27%) Windows
2 601 (35.44%) Windows Server
3 414 (24.41%) Windows Server 2012
4 299 (17.63%) Windows Server 2008
5 266 (15.68%) Windows 10
6 258 (15.21%) Linux
7 240 (14.15%) Windows 7
8 102 (6.01%) Windows 8
9 100 (5.90%) Windows Server 2003
10 51 (3.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 49 (2.89%) Apple iOS
12 40 (2.36%) Unix
13 38 (2.24%) Android
14 28 (1.65%) Mac OS X
15 17 (1.00%) Windows XP
16 14 (0.83%) Mac OS
17 11 (0.65%) Windows Vista
18 10 (0.59%) AIX
19 8 (0.47%) Windows 2000 Server
20 7 (0.41%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 558 (32.90%) ITIL
2 297 (17.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 271 (15.98%) Problem-Solving
4 193 (11.38%) Presales
5 153 (9.02%) Project Management
6 141 (8.31%) Mentoring
7 120 (7.08%) Computer Science
8 117 (6.90%) Disaster Recovery
9 116 (6.84%) Agile Software Development
10 113 (6.66%) Migration
11 103 (6.07%) High Availability
12 102 (6.01%) Customer Requirements
13 96 (5.66%) Cybersecurity
14 82 (4.83%) Information Security
15 80 (4.72%) Time Management
16 77 (4.54%) Service Management
17 76 (4.48%) Root Cause Analysis
18 74 (4.36%) CRM
19 71 (4.19%) Incident Management
20 67 (3.95%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 296 (17.45%) PowerShell
2 281 (16.57%) SQL
3 80 (4.72%) Python
4 73 (4.30%) VBScript
5 68 (4.01%) Java
6 63 (3.71%) C
7 56 (3.30%) Bash Shell
8 44 (2.59%) C#
9 37 (2.18%) JavaScript
10 25 (1.47%) PHP
10 25 (1.47%) PL/SQL
11 24 (1.42%) Scala
11 24 (1.42%) Shell Script
12 22 (1.30%) C++
13 20 (1.18%) Objective-C
14 18 (1.06%) T-SQL
15 16 (0.94%) Korn
16 14 (0.83%) VB
17 9 (0.53%) Perl
18 6 (0.35%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1,696 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 601 (35.44%) MCSA
3 466 (27.48%) Cisco Certification
4 408 (24.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 368 (21.70%) CCNA
6 291 (17.16%) MCP
7 247 (14.56%) Degree
8 227 (13.38%) MCITP
9 159 (9.38%) CISSP
10 157 (9.26%) CCNP
11 144 (8.49%) Security Cleared
12 89 (5.25%) SSCP
13 88 (5.19%) Computer Science Degree
14 87 (5.13%) RHCE
15 85 (5.01%) SANS
16 70 (4.13%) Network+ Certification
17 69 (4.07%) CompTIA Security+
18 61 (3.60%) Citrix Certification
19 58 (3.42%) DV Cleared
20 54 (3.18%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 148 (8.73%) SLA
2 81 (4.78%) GDPR
3 63 (3.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 29 (1.71%) ISO 9001
5 24 (1.42%) QA
6 14 (0.83%) PCI DSS
7 9 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 8 (0.47%) PMO
9 7 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
10 5 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 4 (0.24%) Data Quality
11 4 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 3 (0.18%) GPG13
12 3 (0.18%) NIST 800
13 1 (0.059%) COBIT
13 1 (0.059%) ISO 14001
13 1 (0.059%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.059%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 921 (54.30%) Active Directory
2 519 (30.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 309 (18.22%) Hyper-V
4 172 (10.14%) vSphere
5 136 (8.02%) VMware ESXi
6 107 (6.31%) XenApp
7 50 (2.95%) XenDesktop
8 44 (2.59%) Docker
9 40 (2.36%) Virtual Machines
10 29 (1.71%) NFS
11 27 (1.59%) XenServer
12 26 (1.53%) Virtual Servers
12 26 (1.53%) VMware NSX
13 24 (1.42%) Samba
13 24 (1.42%) Terminal Services
14 19 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
15 15 (0.88%) Terminal Server
16 12 (0.71%) BitLocker
16 12 (0.71%) Firmware
17 10 (0.59%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 242 (14.27%) SCCM
2 74 (4.36%) Backup Exec
3 73 (4.30%) Microsoft Intune
4 70 (4.13%) Puppet
5 64 (3.77%) WSUS
6 56 (3.30%) SCOM
7 50 (2.95%) Ansible
8 47 (2.77%) vCenter Server
9 34 (2.00%) SCOrch
10 32 (1.89%) Nagios
11 25 (1.47%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 25 (1.47%) RSA Security Analytics
12 20 (1.18%) Failover Clustering
12 20 (1.18%) Terraform
13 18 (1.06%) Salt
14 16 (0.94%) Microsoft Clustering
14 16 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
14 16 (0.94%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 15 (0.88%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 15 (0.88%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 1,281 (75.53%) Microsoft
2 861 (50.77%) VMware
3 486 (28.66%) Cisco
4 402 (23.70%) Citrix
5 184 (10.85%) HP
6 154 (9.08%) NetApp
7 125 (7.37%) EMC
8 124 (7.31%) Dell
9 92 (5.42%) Red Hat
10 79 (4.66%) Veeam
11 78 (4.60%) Symantec
12 65 (3.83%) SolarWinds
13 60 (3.54%) Polycom
14 55 (3.24%) Ivanti
15 53 (3.13%) Aruba
15 53 (3.13%) Meraki
16 51 (3.01%) Nimble Storage
17 46 (2.71%) Apple
18 44 (2.59%) Avaya
19 43 (2.54%) Splunk