Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 299 285 267
Rank change year-on-year -14 -18 -22
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 1,865 2,146 2,413
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.11% 1.21% 1.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.72% 4.93% 4.72%
Number of salaries quoted 1,407 1,766 2,087
UK median annual salary £44,471 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.18% - +3.90%
10th Percentile £25,000 £23,750 £24,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £61,625 £59,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -

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 39,491 43,532 51,130
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.59% 24.50% 26.52%
Number of salaries quoted 29,285 33,385 41,242
UK median annual salary £50,000 £46,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.70% +2.22% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
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 26 September 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 26 September 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 -17 1,738 £44,000 +10.00% 174
UK excluding London -17 1,172 £42,500 +6.25% 131
London -30 590 £47,500 +11.76% 49
South East 0 397 £41,500 +3.75% 32
Midlands +35 263 £42,500 +6.25% 24
North of England -38 242 £40,000 +14.29% 40
West Midlands +39 190 £42,500 +6.25% 16
East of England +55 181 £42,500 -1.16% 13
North West +6 166 £39,500 +33.90% 21
South West +17 102 £45,000 +28.57% 16
East Midlands -3 77 £45,000 +5.88% 8
Yorkshire -53 65 £40,000 -5.88% 15
Scotland -46 19 £40,250 -23.33% 2
North East -6 12 £37,500 +8.70% 4
Wales -19 6 £40,750 +25.38% 3
Northern Ireland +4 3 £45,000 +38.46% 1
Isle of Man - 2 £40,000 -

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 1,865 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1,348 (72.28%) Microsoft
3 1,257 (67.40%) Windows
4 1,018 (54.58%) Active Directory
5 907 (48.63%) VMware
6 719 (38.55%) Windows Server
7 664 (35.60%) Office 365
8 613 (32.87%) MCSA
9 598 (32.06%) ITIL
10 590 (31.64%) Microsoft Azure
11 472 (25.31%) VMware Infrastructure
12 434 (23.27%) Cisco Certification
13 429 (23.00%) Windows Server 2012
14 398 (21.34%) Firewall
15 395 (21.18%) Hyper-V
16 391 (20.97%) SQL Server
17 389 (20.86%) Citrix
18 385 (20.64%) MCP
19 381 (20.43%) Microsoft Office
20 371 (19.89%) Cisco
21 358 (19.20%) Windows Server 2008
22 352 (18.87%) Degree
23 348 (18.66%) PowerShell
24 346 (18.55%) CCNA
25 336 (18.02%) MS Exchange
26 335 (17.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
27 292 (15.66%) DNS
27 292 (15.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
28 289 (15.50%) SCCM
29 280 (15.01%) Amazon 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
1 336 (18.02%) MS Exchange
2 148 (7.94%) SharePoint
3 137 (7.35%) Exchange Server 2010
4 92 (4.93%) Exchange Server 2013
5 89 (4.77%) Skype for Business
6 77 (4.13%) IIS
7 59 (3.16%) Exchange Server 2007
8 44 (2.36%) Apache Pig
9 23 (1.23%) SharePoint 2013
10 19 (1.02%) IBM Notes
11 17 (0.91%) Confluence
12 16 (0.86%) OpenStack
13 12 (0.64%) Apache
13 12 (0.64%) nginx
13 12 (0.64%) Tomcat
14 10 (0.54%) CMS
14 10 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2003
14 10 (0.54%) Umbraco
15 7 (0.38%) Oracle Service Bus
16 6 (0.32%) Site Server
Applications
1 381 (20.43%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (1.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 26 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (1.13%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.21%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.16%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.054%) 3ds Max
8 1 (0.054%) MicroStation
8 1 (0.054%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.054%) Stata
Business Applications
1 16 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.11%) Maximo
4 2 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.054%) MIS ActiveH
5 1 (0.054%) OPENHousing
5 1 (0.054%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.054%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 664 (35.60%) Office 365
2 590 (31.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 280 (15.01%) Amazon AWS
4 105 (5.63%) Azure Active Directory
5 59 (3.16%) PaaS
6 56 (3.00%) Cloud Computing
6 56 (3.00%) IaaS
7 53 (2.84%) SaaS
8 29 (1.55%) Amazon EC2
9 25 (1.34%) Amazon S3
9 25 (1.34%) Google Cloud Platform
10 21 (1.13%) Amazon EMR
10 21 (1.13%) Amazon Kinesis
10 21 (1.13%) AWS Lambda
10 21 (1.13%) Serverless
11 20 (1.07%) Amazon SQS
12 13 (0.70%) IBM Cloud
13 11 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
14 10 (0.54%) G Suite
14 10 (0.54%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 398 (21.34%) Firewall
2 292 (15.66%) DNS
3 261 (13.99%) TCP/IP
4 258 (13.83%) SAN
5 226 (12.12%) WAN
6 219 (11.74%) LAN
7 205 (10.99%) DHCP
8 116 (6.22%) VPN
9 114 (6.11%) Internet
10 106 (5.68%) Network Security
11 72 (3.86%) Skype
12 71 (3.81%) VLAN
13 65 (3.49%) Wireless
14 57 (3.06%) SSL
15 56 (3.00%) VoIP
16 53 (2.84%) HTTP
16 53 (2.84%) Remote Desktop
17 49 (2.63%) NetScaler
18 35 (1.88%) NAS
19 33 (1.77%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 391 (20.97%) SQL Server
2 74 (3.97%) MySQL
3 63 (3.38%) Big Data
4 52 (2.79%) Hadoop
5 48 (2.57%) SQL Server 2008
6 45 (2.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 44 (2.36%) Apache Hive
8 40 (2.14%) SQL Server 2012
9 37 (1.98%) Relational Database
9 37 (1.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 31 (1.66%) Data Warehouse
11 27 (1.45%) RDBMS
11 27 (1.45%) SQL Server 2016
11 27 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 25 (1.34%) Amazon RDS
12 25 (1.34%) Power BI
13 24 (1.29%) SQL Server 2014
14 21 (1.13%) Amazon Redshift
14 21 (1.13%) Cosmos DB
15 16 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 84 (4.50%) JIRA
2 72 (3.86%) Git (software)
3 45 (2.41%) Bitbucket
4 43 (2.31%) git-flow
4 43 (2.31%) Selenium
5 42 (2.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 42 (2.25%) CodeSonar
5 42 (2.25%) Robot Framework
6 22 (1.18%) Jenkins
7 21 (1.13%) TeamCity
8 19 (1.02%) Visual Studio
9 16 (0.86%) Octopus Deploy
9 16 (0.86%) Redmine
10 12 (0.64%) Team Foundation Server
11 7 (0.38%) InstallShield
12 6 (0.32%) MSTest
12 6 (0.32%) NUnit
12 6 (0.32%) Subversion
12 6 (0.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 5 (0.27%) MSI
General
1 217 (11.64%) Finance
2 111 (5.95%) Retail
3 59 (3.16%) Banking
4 52 (2.79%) Telecoms
5 47 (2.52%) Legal
6 38 (2.04%) Law
7 29 (1.55%) Marketing
8 27 (1.45%) Games
8 27 (1.45%) Investment Banking
9 22 (1.18%) Advertising
10 21 (1.13%) Publishing
11 20 (1.07%) Front Office
12 18 (0.97%) Financial Institution
13 15 (0.80%) Back Office
14 14 (0.75%) Billing
15 11 (0.59%) Manufacturing
16 6 (0.32%) Automotive
16 6 (0.32%) Multimedia
17 4 (0.21%) Local Government
18 3 (0.16%) French Language
Job Titles
1 253 (13.57%) Support Engineer
2 246 (13.19%) Architect
3 239 (12.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 205 (10.99%) Analyst
5 162 (8.69%) IT Support
6 125 (6.70%) Consultant
7 119 (6.38%) IT Engineer
8 97 (5.20%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 97 (5.20%) Cloud Architect
9 92 (4.93%) Support Analyst
10 91 (4.88%) Technical Architect
11 86 (4.61%) Administrator
12 83 (4.45%) 2nd Line Support
13 82 (4.40%) Desktop Support
14 74 (3.97%) 3rd Line Support
15 68 (3.65%) IT Support Engineer
16 67 (3.59%) Systems Engineer
17 65 (3.49%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 62 (3.32%) Windows Engineer
19 60 (3.22%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (4.99%) .NET
2 76 (4.08%) Web Services
3 69 (3.70%) ASP.NET
4 48 (2.57%) Java EE
5 47 (2.52%) RabbitMQ
6 46 (2.47%) STL
7 44 (2.36%) .NET Framework
7 44 (2.36%) SOAP
8 43 (2.31%) LAMP
8 43 (2.31%) REST
9 42 (2.25%) Django
9 42 (2.25%) Node.js
9 42 (2.25%) Spring MVC
10 32 (1.72%) Middleware
11 24 (1.29%) JSON
11 24 (1.29%) XML
12 20 (1.07%) HTML
13 18 (0.97%) OAuth
13 18 (0.97%) SAML
14 14 (0.75%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 242 (12.98%) Data Centre
2 156 (8.36%) Self-Motivation
3 142 (7.61%) Analytical Skills
4 128 (6.86%) Computer Science
5 87 (4.66%) Management Information System
6 62 (3.32%) Public Cloud
7 48 (2.57%) Clustering
8 39 (2.09%) iPad
9 33 (1.77%) Cyber Kill Chain
9 33 (1.77%) Driving Licence
10 32 (1.72%) NHS
10 32 (1.72%) PKI
11 30 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
12 29 (1.55%) Replication
13 28 (1.50%) Client/Server
14 27 (1.45%) Cyberthreat
15 25 (1.34%) Virtual Team
16 24 (1.29%) Private Cloud
17 23 (1.23%) Fintech
18 22 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,257 (67.40%) Windows
2 719 (38.55%) Windows Server
3 429 (23.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 358 (19.20%) Windows Server 2008
5 278 (14.91%) Linux
6 277 (14.85%) Windows 10
7 239 (12.82%) Windows 7
8 102 (5.47%) Windows 8
9 84 (4.50%) Mac OS X
10 69 (3.70%) Apple iOS
11 66 (3.54%) Windows Server 2003
12 63 (3.38%) Android
13 60 (3.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 48 (2.57%) Unix
15 35 (1.88%) Windows XP
16 32 (1.72%) Mac OS
17 14 (0.75%) Windows 2000 Server
18 12 (0.64%) Windows Vista
19 9 (0.48%) Ubuntu
20 8 (0.43%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 598 (32.06%) ITIL
2 292 (15.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 275 (14.75%) Problem-Solving
4 233 (12.49%) Project Management
5 204 (10.94%) Presales
6 147 (7.88%) Agile Software Development
7 142 (7.61%) Migration
8 126 (6.76%) Customer Requirements
9 122 (6.54%) Mentoring
10 121 (6.49%) Cybersecurity
11 115 (6.17%) Time Management
12 111 (5.95%) Disaster Recovery
13 110 (5.90%) Information Security
14 109 (5.84%) Analytics
15 96 (5.15%) Service Management
16 94 (5.04%) Service Delivery
17 92 (4.93%) ITIL V3
17 92 (4.93%) Root Cause Analysis
18 91 (4.88%) Software Engineering
19 90 (4.83%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 348 (18.66%) PowerShell
2 273 (14.64%) SQL
3 115 (6.17%) Python
4 86 (4.61%) C#
5 84 (4.50%) C
5 84 (4.50%) Java
6 76 (4.08%) Bash Shell
7 67 (3.59%) VBScript
8 58 (3.11%) C++
9 57 (3.06%) JavaScript
10 46 (2.47%) Objective-C
10 46 (2.47%) PHP
11 36 (1.93%) T-SQL
12 17 (0.91%) Shell Script
13 16 (0.86%) Korn
14 14 (0.75%) PL/SQL
15 13 (0.70%) Scala
15 13 (0.70%) VB
16 12 (0.64%) VBA
17 10 (0.54%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1,865 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 613 (32.87%) MCSA
3 434 (23.27%) Cisco Certification
4 385 (20.64%) MCP
5 352 (18.87%) Degree
6 346 (18.55%) CCNA
7 335 (17.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 266 (14.26%) MCITP
9 215 (11.53%) Security Cleared
10 177 (9.49%) CISSP
11 159 (8.53%) CCNP
12 126 (6.76%) SSCP
13 121 (6.49%) SANS
14 106 (5.68%) Network+ Certification
15 97 (5.20%) MCTS
16 91 (4.88%) Computer Science Degree
17 87 (4.66%) DV Cleared
18 85 (4.56%) GIAC
19 81 (4.34%) CompTIA Security+
20 79 (4.24%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 216 (11.58%) SLA
2 68 (3.65%) GDPR
3 60 (3.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 27 (1.45%) PCI DSS
5 21 (1.13%) Data Quality
6 16 (0.86%) PMO
7 13 (0.70%) QA
8 9 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials
9 7 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 6 (0.32%) PMBOK
11 4 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
11 4 (0.21%) GPG13
11 4 (0.21%) ISO 9000
11 4 (0.21%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.16%) COBIT
13 2 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.11%) TickIT
14 1 (0.054%) ISO 14001
14 1 (0.054%) ISO 22301
14 1 (0.054%) NIST 800
System Software
1 1,018 (54.58%) Active Directory
2 472 (25.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 395 (21.18%) Hyper-V
4 209 (11.21%) vSphere
5 160 (8.58%) VMware ESXi
6 134 (7.18%) XenApp
7 75 (4.02%) XenDesktop
8 63 (3.38%) Docker
9 56 (3.00%) Microsoft App-V
10 46 (2.47%) Virtual Machines
11 34 (1.82%) Terminal Services
11 34 (1.82%) Virtual Servers
12 26 (1.39%) NFS
13 24 (1.29%) VMware NSX
14 23 (1.23%) Samba
15 22 (1.18%) XenServer
16 21 (1.13%) Firmware
17 18 (0.97%) Virtual Desktop
18 12 (0.64%) BitLocker
19 10 (0.54%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 289 (15.50%) SCCM
2 107 (5.74%) Puppet
3 88 (4.72%) Microsoft Intune
4 61 (3.27%) Ansible
5 57 (3.06%) SCOM
6 48 (2.57%) WSUS
7 46 (2.47%) Salt
8 42 (2.25%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 39 (2.09%) SCOrch
10 38 (2.04%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 36 (1.93%) Nagios
12 34 (1.82%) vCenter Server
13 33 (1.77%) RSA Security Analytics
14 30 (1.61%) Backup Exec
15 28 (1.50%) Microsoft Clustering
16 27 (1.45%) Failover Clustering
17 18 (0.97%) NetBackup
17 18 (0.97%) Single Sign-On
18 14 (0.75%) HP UCMDB
18 14 (0.75%) Terraform
Vendors
1 1,348 (72.28%) Microsoft
2 907 (48.63%) VMware
3 389 (20.86%) Citrix
4 371 (19.89%) Cisco
5 190 (10.19%) HP
6 131 (7.02%) NetApp
7 123 (6.60%) Apple
8 113 (6.06%) Red Hat
9 103 (5.52%) EMC
10 78 (4.18%) Dell
11 72 (3.86%) Symantec
12 66 (3.54%) Veeam
13 60 (3.22%) Splunk
14 53 (2.84%) SolarWinds
15 52 (2.79%) Oracle
16 40 (2.14%) CommVault
16 40 (2.14%) IBM
17 38 (2.04%) Avaya
17 38 (2.04%) CheckPoint
18 37 (1.98%) ServiceNow