Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 414 320 304
Rank change year-on-year -94 -16 -7
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 415 1,224 1,703
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.97% 1.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.21% 4.43% 4.64%
Number of salaries quoted 443 1,168 1,432
Median annual salary £44,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.22% - +8.43%
10th Percentile £26,350 £28,000 £25,250
90th Percentile £73,750 £72,150 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £42,500 £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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 12,930 27,603 36,669
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.19% 21.89% 24.15%
Number of salaries quoted 9,432 20,814 27,198
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.89% - +5.88%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 -93 392 £42,500 -5.56% 87
UK excluding London -16 308 £40,000 -5.88% 69
South East +35 114 £44,000 -2.22% 17
Work from Home -44 101 £40,000 -36.00% 17
London -58 94 £57,500 +9.52% 25
Midlands +34 87 £40,000 -5.88% 16
West Midlands +35 59 £40,000 -5.88% 12
North of England -6 55 £45,500 +7.06% 15
South West +16 36 £39,000 -8.24% 8
North West +40 33 £52,500 +31.25% 12
East Midlands +34 28 £36,500 -18.89% 4
North East +24 14 £25,000 -23.08%
Scotland +52 9 £65,000 +126.09% 5
East of England +54 8 £44,000 -1.64% 6
Yorkshire -16 8 £33,996 -32.01% 3
Wales +28 3 £50,000 +33.33% 2

For the 6 months to 22 January 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.

1 415 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 297 (71.57%) Microsoft
3 278 (66.99%) Windows
4 225 (54.22%) Active Directory
5 223 (53.73%) VMware
6 221 (53.25%) Office 365
7 220 (53.01%) Azure
8 181 (43.61%) ITIL
9 173 (41.69%) Windows Server
10 170 (40.96%) VMware Infrastructure
11 161 (38.80%) MCSA
12 145 (34.94%) Cisco Certification
13 134 (32.29%) CCNA
14 123 (29.64%) Hyper-V
15 122 (29.40%) Cisco
16 116 (27.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 109 (26.27%) Firewall
18 98 (23.61%) Windows 10
19 97 (23.37%) Degree
20 96 (23.13%) SCCM
21 94 (22.65%) Linux
22 89 (21.45%) DNS
23 86 (20.72%) Microsoft Office
24 84 (20.24%) SQL
25 83 (20.00%) MS Exchange
26 77 (18.55%) SQL Server
27 74 (17.83%) Citrix
28 67 (16.14%) PowerShell
28 67 (16.14%) Windows Server 2012
29 66 (15.90%) ITIL V3

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 83 (20.00%) MS Exchange
2 63 (15.18%) SharePoint
3 30 (7.23%) Exchange Server 2013
4 28 (6.75%) Exchange Server 2010
5 27 (6.51%) Skype for Business
6 9 (2.17%) IIS
7 7 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (1.20%) Apache
9 4 (0.96%) CMS
9 4 (0.96%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.72%) WebLogic
11 2 (0.48%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.24%) Confluence
12 1 (0.24%) WordPress
Applications
1 86 (20.72%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.48%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (2.65%) Workfront
2 5 (1.20%) Carpe Diem
3 4 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.48%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.24%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 221 (53.25%) Office 365
2 220 (53.01%) Azure
3 64 (15.42%) IaaS
4 60 (14.46%) AWS
5 52 (12.53%) PaaS
6 33 (7.95%) Azure Active Directory
6 33 (7.95%) SaaS
7 17 (4.10%) GCP
8 12 (2.89%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (2.41%) G Suite
10 9 (2.17%) Power Platform
11 8 (1.93%) OneDrive
12 4 (0.96%) Yammer
13 3 (0.72%) Amazon S3
13 3 (0.72%) Power Automate
13 3 (0.72%) PowerApps
14 2 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
14 2 (0.48%) Amazon ELB
14 2 (0.48%) Cloudflare
14 2 (0.48%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 109 (26.27%) Firewall
2 89 (21.45%) DNS
3 58 (13.98%) SAN
4 57 (13.73%) WAN
5 56 (13.49%) DHCP
6 54 (13.01%) LAN
7 40 (9.64%) TCP/IP
8 36 (8.67%) VPN
9 31 (7.47%) Skype
10 27 (6.51%) Wi-Fi
11 25 (6.02%) VLAN
12 21 (5.06%) Wireless
13 20 (4.82%) VoIP
14 19 (4.58%) Network Security
15 17 (4.10%) VSAN
16 15 (3.61%) FTP
16 15 (3.61%) Unified Communications
16 15 (3.61%) WLAN
17 14 (3.37%) MPLS
18 13 (3.13%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (18.55%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.41%) Amazon RDS
3 8 (1.93%) Power BI
4 6 (1.45%) SQL Server 2014
5 5 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (1.20%) SQL Server 2016
5 5 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.72%) SQL Server 2019
7 2 (0.48%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.24%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.24%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.24%) MySQL
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.24%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 7 (1.69%) Metasploit
1 7 (1.69%) WebScarab
2 5 (1.20%) Jenkins
3 4 (0.96%) JIRA
4 2 (0.48%) Bitbucket
4 2 (0.48%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.24%) Visual Studio
General
1 41 (9.88%) Finance
2 23 (5.54%) Public Sector
3 13 (3.13%) Law
4 11 (2.65%) Local Government
5 10 (2.41%) Telecoms
6 9 (2.17%) Legal
6 9 (2.17%) Marketing
7 8 (1.93%) Electronics
8 6 (1.45%) Aerospace
8 6 (1.45%) Retail
9 5 (1.20%) Banking
9 5 (1.20%) Financial Institution
9 5 (1.20%) Fire and Rescue
9 5 (1.20%) Mandarin Language
9 5 (1.20%) Manufacturing
9 5 (1.20%) Social Housing
10 3 (0.72%) Czech Language
11 2 (0.48%) Housing Association
11 2 (0.48%) Publishing
11 2 (0.48%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 90 (21.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 62 (14.94%) IT Engineer
3 55 (13.25%) Analyst
4 43 (10.36%) Architect
5 41 (9.88%) Systems Engineer
6 34 (8.19%) Consultant
7 32 (7.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 28 (6.75%) Support Engineer
9 27 (6.51%) IT Analyst
10 26 (6.27%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
11 25 (6.02%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
12 22 (5.30%) Security Engineer
12 22 (5.30%) Solutions Architect
12 22 (5.30%) Support Analyst
13 18 (4.34%) Azure Consultant
13 18 (4.34%) Infrastructure Consultant
13 18 (4.34%) IT Support
14 17 (4.10%) 3rd Line Support
14 17 (4.10%) Administrator
15 16 (3.86%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (2.89%) Web Services
2 7 (1.69%) COM
2 7 (1.69%) OAuth
2 7 (1.69%) OAuth2
2 7 (1.69%) OpenID
2 7 (1.69%) SAML
3 6 (1.45%) .NET
4 3 (0.72%) WSH
5 2 (0.48%) 802.1X
5 2 (0.48%) COM+
6 1 (0.24%) CGI
6 1 (0.24%) HTML
6 1 (0.24%) LAMP
6 1 (0.24%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 48 (11.57%) Data Centre
2 39 (9.40%) Analytical Skills
3 35 (8.43%) Private Cloud
4 34 (8.19%) Hybrid Cloud
5 31 (7.47%) Management Information System
6 26 (6.27%) Public Cloud
7 22 (5.30%) Self-Motivation
8 17 (4.10%) Clustering
9 14 (3.37%) Replication
10 8 (1.93%) BYOD
10 8 (1.93%) Driving Licence
11 7 (1.69%) Client/Server
11 7 (1.69%) Cloud Native
11 7 (1.69%) Mobile App
12 5 (1.20%) CMDB
13 4 (0.96%) iPhone
13 4 (0.96%) Smartcard
14 3 (0.72%) iPad
14 3 (0.72%) PKI
14 3 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 278 (66.99%) Windows
2 173 (41.69%) Windows Server
3 98 (23.61%) Windows 10
4 94 (22.65%) Linux
5 67 (16.14%) Windows Server 2012
6 58 (13.98%) Windows Server 2016
7 33 (7.95%) Windows 7
8 29 (6.99%) Windows Server 2008
9 25 (6.02%) Windows Server 2019
10 21 (5.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 16 (3.86%) Unix
12 14 (3.37%) Windows 8
13 9 (2.17%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.96%) Android
14 4 (0.96%) Oracle Linux
14 4 (0.96%) Windows XP
15 3 (0.72%) Solaris
16 2 (0.48%) HPUX
17 1 (0.24%) AIX
17 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 181 (43.61%) ITIL
2 116 (27.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 66 (15.90%) ITIL V3
4 51 (12.29%) Project Management
5 48 (11.57%) Disaster Recovery
6 47 (11.33%) Service Management
7 44 (10.60%) Cybersecurity
7 44 (10.60%) Problem-Solving
8 41 (9.88%) Migration
9 39 (9.40%) PRINCE2
10 29 (6.99%) High Availability
10 29 (6.99%) Project Delivery
11 26 (6.27%) Presales
11 26 (6.27%) TOGAF
12 25 (6.02%) Customer Requirements
12 25 (6.02%) Server Management
13 24 (5.78%) IT Strategy
13 24 (5.78%) Server Virtualisation
14 23 (5.54%) Computer Science
14 23 (5.54%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 84 (20.24%) SQL
2 67 (16.14%) PowerShell
3 10 (2.41%) Python
4 9 (2.17%) Bash Shell
4 9 (2.17%) T-SQL
5 6 (1.45%) VBScript
6 3 (0.72%) Java
6 3 (0.72%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.48%) C
7 2 (0.48%) PHP
7 2 (0.48%) VB
8 1 (0.24%) C#
8 1 (0.24%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.24%) Korn
8 1 (0.24%) Perl
Qualifications
1 415 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 161 (38.80%) MCSA
3 145 (34.94%) Cisco Certification
4 134 (32.29%) CCNA
5 97 (23.37%) Degree
6 59 (14.22%) MCP
7 57 (13.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 54 (13.01%) MCITP
9 47 (11.33%) CCNP
10 44 (10.60%) Security Cleared
11 38 (9.16%) SC Cleared
12 30 (7.23%) MCTS
13 21 (5.06%) CompTIA Security+
14 20 (4.82%) RHCE
15 18 (4.34%) CISSP
15 18 (4.34%) ITIL Certification
16 17 (4.10%) RHCSA
17 16 (3.86%) AWS Certification
18 14 (3.37%) SSCP
19 13 (3.13%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (4.10%) SLA
2 14 (3.37%) GDPR
3 9 (2.17%) Cyber Essentials
3 9 (2.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 9 (2.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.45%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.96%) QA
6 2 (0.48%) NCSC
7 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 225 (54.22%) Active Directory
2 170 (40.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 123 (29.64%) Hyper-V
4 49 (11.81%) vSphere
5 40 (9.64%) VMware ESXi
6 30 (7.23%) XenApp
7 28 (6.75%) Virtual Servers
8 26 (6.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 25 (6.02%) XenDesktop
10 12 (2.89%) VMware NSX
11 9 (2.17%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (1.93%) Docker
12 8 (1.93%) Shibboleth
13 6 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
14 3 (0.72%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 2 (0.48%) NFS
16 1 (0.24%) DFS Replication
16 1 (0.24%) vCloud
16 1 (0.24%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 96 (23.13%) SCCM
2 45 (10.84%) Microsoft Intune
3 32 (7.71%) SCOM
4 24 (5.78%) WSUS
5 22 (5.30%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 18 (4.34%) Backup Exec
7 13 (3.13%) McAfee ePO
8 12 (2.89%) NetBackup
8 12 (2.89%) Single Sign-On
8 12 (2.89%) Terraform
9 11 (2.65%) Puppet
10 10 (2.41%) Ansible
11 9 (2.17%) Kubernetes
11 9 (2.17%) Nessus
12 8 (1.93%) SolarWinds Orion
12 8 (1.93%) vCenter Server
13 7 (1.69%) Core Impact
13 7 (1.69%) Microsoft Clustering
13 7 (1.69%) Nexpose
14 6 (1.45%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 297 (71.57%) Microsoft
2 223 (53.73%) VMware
3 122 (29.40%) Cisco
4 74 (17.83%) Citrix
5 45 (10.84%) Red Hat
6 44 (10.60%) NetApp
6 44 (10.60%) Veeam
7 34 (8.19%) Dell
8 31 (7.47%) SolarWinds
9 23 (5.54%) EMC
10 22 (5.30%) Google
10 22 (5.30%) Sophos
11 20 (4.82%) HP
12 19 (4.58%) McAfee
13 18 (4.34%) Oracle
13 18 (4.34%) Palo Alto
14 15 (3.61%) ServiceNow
15 14 (3.37%) Avaya
16 11 (2.65%) Juniper
16 11 (2.65%) Remedy