Period
to 19 July 2018

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 19 July 2018 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
19 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 291 301 275
Rank change year-on-year +10 -26 -49
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 2,024 2,025 2,573
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.16% 1.14% 1.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.89% 4.61% 4.66%
Number of salaries quoted 1,547 1,728 2,222
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.27%
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,000 £24,500
90th Percentile £66,250 £60,000 £58,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year +6.67% -2.60% +4.05%

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 41,390 43,960 55,181
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.77% 24.74% 27.16%
Number of salaries quoted 30,812 34,077 44,431
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% -2.17% +2.22%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 19 July 2018.

Salary histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 17 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 19 July 2018. 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 +9 1,886 £42,500 +6.25% 189
UK excluding London -10 1,237 £40,000 +6.67% 130
London +42 684 £47,500 +11.76% 75
South East -5 409 £41,500 +7.79% 37
North of England +5 291 £40,000 +14.29% 33
Midlands +22 283 £42,000 -1.18% 20
North West +43 194 £37,500 +7.14% 17
West Midlands +38 187 £41,250 -0.60% 16
East of England +8 155 £42,500 - 15
East Midlands 0 100 £42,500 - 4
Yorkshire -20 89 £40,000 +6.67% 14
South West -24 78 £45,000 +38.46% 9
Scotland -34 26 £37,000 -22.11% 7
Wales -15 17 £30,000 -20.00% 8
North East -15 9 £37,500 -10.18% 2
Isle of Man 0 3 £41,250 - 1
Northern Ireland 0 2 £38,750 -18.42%

For the 6 months to 19 July 2018, 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 2,024 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1,436 (70.95%) Microsoft
3 1,391 (68.73%) Windows
4 1,141 (56.37%) Active Directory
5 963 (47.58%) VMware
6 791 (39.08%) Windows Server
7 769 (37.99%) MCSA
8 736 (36.36%) Office 365
9 669 (33.05%) Microsoft Azure
10 649 (32.07%) ITIL
11 511 (25.25%) VMware Infrastructure
12 510 (25.20%) Hyper-V
13 456 (22.53%) MCP
14 445 (21.99%) Windows Server 2012
15 436 (21.54%) SQL Server
16 427 (21.10%) Citrix
17 421 (20.80%) Windows Server 2008
18 409 (20.21%) Cisco Certification
19 388 (19.17%) PowerShell
20 387 (19.12%) Microsoft Office
21 371 (18.33%) Degree
22 364 (17.98%) Firewall
23 358 (17.69%) MS Exchange
24 350 (17.29%) Cisco
25 340 (16.80%) CCNA
26 316 (15.61%) DNS
27 314 (15.51%) MCITP
28 311 (15.37%) SCCM
28 311 (15.37%) SAN
29 306 (15.12%) SQL

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
1 358 (17.69%) MS Exchange
2 179 (8.84%) Exchange Server 2010
3 146 (7.21%) SharePoint
4 109 (5.39%) Exchange Server 2013
5 105 (5.19%) Skype for Business
6 101 (4.99%) IIS
7 52 (2.57%) Exchange Server 2007
8 34 (1.68%) SharePoint 2013
9 33 (1.63%) Apache Pig
10 27 (1.33%) nginx
11 18 (0.89%) OpenStack
11 18 (0.89%) SharePoint Server
12 16 (0.79%) Site Server
13 15 (0.74%) Tomcat
14 12 (0.59%) Apache
14 12 (0.59%) Confluence
14 12 (0.59%) Oracle Service Bus
15 10 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
15 10 (0.49%) Umbraco
16 9 (0.44%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 387 (19.12%) Microsoft Office
2 42 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (1.04%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.20%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.15%) Stata
8 1 (0.049%) 3ds Max
8 1 (0.049%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 15 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.69%) Elite 3E
2 14 (0.69%) Workfront
3 4 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.15%) Eikon
5 2 (0.099%) Maximo
5 2 (0.099%) Unit4 Business World
5 2 (0.099%) Visualfiles
6 1 (0.049%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.049%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.049%) Infor CloudSuite
6 1 (0.049%) Infor CRM
6 1 (0.049%) MIS ActiveH
6 1 (0.049%) OPENHousing
6 1 (0.049%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.049%) PeopleSoft HRMS
6 1 (0.049%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 736 (36.36%) Office 365
2 669 (33.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 292 (14.43%) Amazon AWS
4 109 (5.39%) Azure Active Directory
5 72 (3.56%) IaaS
6 71 (3.51%) PaaS
7 64 (3.16%) SaaS
8 57 (2.82%) Cloud Computing
9 26 (1.28%) Amazon EC2
10 22 (1.09%) IBM Cloud
11 19 (0.94%) OneDrive
12 18 (0.89%) Mimecast
13 14 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
14 12 (0.59%) G Suite
15 11 (0.54%) Dynamics 365
16 10 (0.49%) Amazon S3
17 8 (0.40%) Yammer
18 7 (0.35%) Amazon Kinesis
18 7 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
18 7 (0.35%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 364 (17.98%) Firewall
2 316 (15.61%) DNS
3 311 (15.37%) SAN
4 260 (12.85%) WAN
5 235 (11.61%) LAN
6 233 (11.51%) DHCP
7 231 (11.41%) TCP/IP
8 126 (6.23%) VPN
9 99 (4.89%) Network Security
10 96 (4.74%) Internet
11 83 (4.10%) Skype
12 71 (3.51%) Remote Desktop
13 68 (3.36%) NetScaler
13 68 (3.36%) VLAN
14 63 (3.11%) VoIP
15 54 (2.67%) NAS
16 50 (2.47%) SSL
16 50 (2.47%) Wireless
17 38 (1.88%) HTTP
18 27 (1.33%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 436 (21.54%) SQL Server
2 76 (3.75%) MySQL
3 66 (3.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 49 (2.42%) Big Data
4 49 (2.42%) Data Warehouse
5 42 (2.08%) Hadoop
6 41 (2.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 38 (1.88%) SQL Server 2008
8 35 (1.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 33 (1.63%) Apache Hive
10 29 (1.43%) Relational Database
11 28 (1.38%) Power BI
12 27 (1.33%) SQL Server 2012
13 26 (1.28%) PostgreSQL
13 26 (1.28%) SQL Server 2014
13 26 (1.28%) SQL Server 2016
14 21 (1.04%) Oracle Database
15 16 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
15 16 (0.79%) RDBMS
16 13 (0.64%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 84 (4.15%) JIRA
2 57 (2.82%) Git (software)
3 36 (1.78%) Bitbucket
4 32 (1.58%) git-flow
4 32 (1.58%) Selenium
5 31 (1.53%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 31 (1.53%) CodeSonar
5 31 (1.53%) Robot Framework
6 21 (1.04%) TeamCity
7 20 (0.99%) Octopus Deploy
8 15 (0.74%) Visual Studio
9 12 (0.59%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 11 (0.54%) MSI
11 10 (0.49%) Team Foundation Server
12 9 (0.44%) InstallShield
12 9 (0.44%) Jenkins
12 9 (0.44%) Redmine
13 6 (0.30%) Subversion
14 5 (0.25%) AdminStudio
14 5 (0.25%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 276 (13.64%) Finance
2 80 (3.95%) Retail
3 62 (3.06%) Banking
4 55 (2.72%) Marketing
5 49 (2.42%) Legal
6 47 (2.32%) Telecoms
7 44 (2.17%) Law
8 34 (1.68%) Advertising
9 30 (1.48%) Billing
10 29 (1.43%) Investment Banking
10 29 (1.43%) Publishing
11 16 (0.79%) Front Office
11 16 (0.79%) Games
11 16 (0.79%) Manufacturing
12 15 (0.74%) Financial Institution
13 9 (0.44%) Back Office
14 6 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.25%) Automotive
15 5 (0.25%) Local Government
16 4 (0.20%) German Language
Job Titles
1 302 (14.92%) Support Engineer
2 267 (13.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 227 (11.22%) Architect
4 191 (9.44%) Analyst
5 162 (8.00%) Consultant
6 160 (7.91%) IT Support
7 153 (7.56%) IT Engineer
8 145 (7.16%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 101 (4.99%) Technical Architect
10 100 (4.94%) 3rd Line Support
11 99 (4.89%) IT Support Engineer
12 91 (4.50%) Systems Engineer
13 87 (4.30%) Windows Engineer
14 86 (4.25%) Cloud Architect
15 85 (4.20%) 2nd Line Support
16 83 (4.10%) Desktop Support
17 78 (3.85%) Administrator
18 77 (3.80%) Support Analyst
19 69 (3.41%) IT Manager
20 68 (3.36%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (4.55%) .NET
2 49 (2.42%) ASP.NET
3 48 (2.37%) .NET Framework
3 48 (2.37%) Web Services
4 41 (2.03%) Middleware
5 35 (1.73%) Java EE
6 34 (1.68%) JSON
6 34 (1.68%) XML
7 33 (1.63%) STL
8 32 (1.58%) LAMP
8 32 (1.58%) RabbitMQ
8 32 (1.58%) REST
8 32 (1.58%) SOAP
9 31 (1.53%) Django
9 31 (1.53%) Node.js
9 31 (1.53%) Spring MVC
10 21 (1.04%) HTML
11 15 (0.74%) CSS
12 13 (0.64%) OAuth
12 13 (0.64%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 243 (12.01%) Data Centre
2 156 (7.71%) Self-Motivation
3 147 (7.26%) Computer Science
4 133 (6.57%) Analytical Skills
5 113 (5.58%) Management Information System
6 67 (3.31%) iPad
7 55 (2.72%) Clustering
8 54 (2.67%) NHS
9 52 (2.57%) Public Cloud
10 47 (2.32%) Private Cloud
11 42 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
12 32 (1.58%) Driving Licence
13 31 (1.53%) PKI
14 30 (1.48%) Replication
15 26 (1.28%) Mobile Payment
16 24 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
16 24 (1.19%) User Experience
17 21 (1.04%) Virtual Team
18 17 (0.84%) CESG
18 17 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 1,391 (68.73%) Windows
2 791 (39.08%) Windows Server
3 445 (21.99%) Windows Server 2012
4 421 (20.80%) Windows Server 2008
5 302 (14.92%) Linux
6 297 (14.67%) Windows 10
7 222 (10.97%) Windows 7
8 105 (5.19%) Mac OS X
9 95 (4.69%) Windows 8
10 71 (3.51%) Windows Server 2003
11 59 (2.92%) Unix
12 57 (2.82%) Android
13 52 (2.57%) Apple iOS
14 49 (2.42%) Mac OS
15 39 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 39 (1.93%) Windows XP
16 11 (0.54%) CentOS
17 10 (0.49%) Windows 2000 Server
18 8 (0.40%) Ubuntu
18 8 (0.40%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 649 (32.07%) ITIL
2 263 (12.99%) Problem-Solving
3 218 (10.77%) Project Management
4 214 (10.57%) Presales
5 151 (7.46%) Migration
6 150 (7.41%) Customer Requirements
7 142 (7.02%) Service Delivery
8 138 (6.82%) Disaster Recovery
9 137 (6.77%) Agile Software Development
10 125 (6.18%) DevOps
11 119 (5.88%) Time Management
12 118 (5.83%) Service Management
13 102 (5.04%) Root Cause Analysis
14 98 (4.84%) PRINCE2
15 92 (4.55%) Information Security
15 92 (4.55%) ITIL V3
15 92 (4.55%) Line Management
16 89 (4.40%) Configuration Management
17 88 (4.35%) Software Engineering
18 87 (4.30%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 388 (19.17%) PowerShell
2 306 (15.12%) SQL
3 100 (4.94%) Python
4 83 (4.10%) C#
5 70 (3.46%) C
5 70 (3.46%) VBScript
6 61 (3.01%) Bash Shell
7 60 (2.96%) T-SQL
8 52 (2.57%) Java
9 47 (2.32%) C++
10 46 (2.27%) JavaScript
11 35 (1.73%) PHP
12 33 (1.63%) Objective-C
13 31 (1.53%) VBA
14 12 (0.59%) Shell Script
15 11 (0.54%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 11 (0.54%) VB
16 9 (0.44%) Korn
16 9 (0.44%) Perl
17 6 (0.30%) R
Qualifications
1 2,024 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 769 (37.99%) MCSA
3 456 (22.53%) MCP
4 409 (20.21%) Cisco Certification
5 371 (18.33%) Degree
6 340 (16.80%) CCNA
7 314 (15.51%) MCITP
8 251 (12.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 176 (8.70%) Security Cleared
10 147 (7.26%) MCTS
11 127 (6.27%) CCNP
12 123 (6.08%) CISSP
13 101 (4.99%) Computer Science Degree
14 99 (4.89%) Citrix Certification
15 69 (3.41%) Network+ Certification
16 68 (3.36%) DBS Check
17 66 (3.26%) SSCP
18 65 (3.21%) SC Cleared
19 62 (3.06%) DV Cleared
19 62 (3.06%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 208 (10.28%) SLA
2 85 (4.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 57 (2.82%) GDPR
4 38 (1.88%) PCI DSS
5 23 (1.14%) PMO
6 16 (0.79%) Data Quality
6 16 (0.79%) QA
7 9 (0.44%) ISO 9000
8 8 (0.40%) COBIT
9 7 (0.35%) Government Security Classifications
9 7 (0.35%) ISO 9001
10 6 (0.30%) PMBOK
11 5 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
11 5 (0.25%) GAMP
12 4 (0.20%) HIPAA
13 3 (0.15%) GCP
13 3 (0.15%) GPG13
13 3 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 3 (0.15%) TickIT
14 2 (0.099%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 1,141 (56.37%) Active Directory
2 511 (25.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 510 (25.20%) Hyper-V
4 185 (9.14%) XenApp
5 172 (8.50%) vSphere
6 151 (7.46%) VMware ESXi
7 113 (5.58%) XenDesktop
8 95 (4.69%) Microsoft App-V
9 65 (3.21%) Virtual Machines
10 46 (2.27%) Docker
10 46 (2.27%) Virtual Desktop
11 35 (1.73%) Virtual Servers
12 34 (1.68%) Terminal Services
13 29 (1.43%) Firmware
14 22 (1.09%) XenServer
15 17 (0.84%) Xen
16 15 (0.74%) BitLocker
16 15 (0.74%) NFS
17 13 (0.64%) Samba
17 13 (0.64%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 311 (15.37%) SCCM
2 116 (5.73%) Puppet
3 114 (5.63%) Microsoft Intune
4 74 (3.66%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 68 (3.36%) SCOrch
6 65 (3.21%) Ansible
7 62 (3.06%) SCOM
8 55 (2.72%) WSUS
9 53 (2.62%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 37 (1.83%) Microsoft Clustering
11 36 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
12 34 (1.68%) Salt
13 32 (1.58%) Failover Clustering
14 31 (1.53%) Nagios
15 28 (1.38%) SCSM
16 27 (1.33%) vCenter Server
17 24 (1.19%) NetBackup
18 21 (1.04%) Backup Exec
18 21 (1.04%) FortiGate
19 19 (0.94%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 1,436 (70.95%) Microsoft
2 963 (47.58%) VMware
3 427 (21.10%) Citrix
4 350 (17.29%) Cisco
5 197 (9.73%) HP
6 141 (6.97%) Apple
7 106 (5.24%) NetApp
8 92 (4.55%) Veeam
9 86 (4.25%) Dell
10 77 (3.80%) EMC
11 74 (3.66%) Oracle
12 58 (2.87%) Red Hat
13 52 (2.57%) Splunk
14 47 (2.32%) Google
15 41 (2.03%) IBM
15 41 (2.03%) SolarWinds
16 40 (1.98%) Avaya
17 38 (1.88%) Ivanti
18 37 (1.83%) Symantec
19 36 (1.78%) Meraki