Period
to 16 September 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 16 September 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
16 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 296 299 291
Rank change year-on-year +3 -8 -16
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 1,560 1,861 2,141
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.11% 1.12% 1.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.71% 4.74% 4.94%
Number of salaries quoted 1,364 1,399 1,766
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +12.50% -
10th Percentile £22,825 £25,000 £23,875
90th Percentile £70,000 £68,750 £61,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £39,000
% change year-on-year - +8.97% +4.00%

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 33,087 39,249 43,314
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.49% 23.69% 24.56%
Number of salaries quoted 24,013 29,113 33,234
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +9.89% +1.11%
10th Percentile £26,650 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 16 September 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 16 September 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 +4 1,445 £45,000 +1.19% 247
UK excluding London +16 1,027 £42,500 - 201
London +5 476 £55,000 +15.79% 63
South East +11 344 £45,500 +5.20% 61
North of England +20 264 £32,250 -19.38% 53
Yorkshire +90 177 £22,500 -43.75% 25
Midlands -43 153 £42,500 - 32
South West +21 112 £45,000 - 23
West Midlands -26 102 £42,500 - 19
East of England +2 94 £44,735 +5.26% 15
North West -65 73 £43,000 +8.86% 22
East Midlands +1 51 £47,500 +5.56% 13
Scotland +30 33 £31,500 -21.74% 8
Wales +21 21 £31,000 -27.06% 6
North East +21 14 £39,500 +5.33% 6
Isle of Man +8 10 £48,000 +20.00%

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 1,560 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1,129 (72.37%) Microsoft
3 1,015 (65.06%) Windows
4 919 (58.91%) Active Directory
5 776 (49.74%) VMware
6 679 (43.53%) Office 365
7 632 (40.51%) Azure
8 630 (40.38%) Windows Server
9 606 (38.85%) Cisco Certification
10 596 (38.21%) MCSA
11 546 (35.00%) ITIL
11 546 (35.00%) CCNA
12 535 (34.29%) Cisco
13 513 (32.88%) VMware Infrastructure
14 458 (29.36%) Citrix
15 408 (26.15%) Firewall
16 353 (22.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 342 (21.92%) Hyper-V
18 324 (20.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 290 (18.59%) SCCM
20 287 (18.40%) Windows Server 2012
21 283 (18.14%) PowerShell
22 282 (18.08%) DNS
23 267 (17.12%) Data Centre
24 266 (17.05%) DHCP
25 248 (15.90%) Windows 10
26 246 (15.77%) MS Exchange
27 243 (15.58%) Linux
28 233 (14.94%) SQL
29 232 (14.87%) MCITP

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
1 246 (15.77%) MS Exchange
2 204 (13.08%) SharePoint
3 120 (7.69%) Skype for Business
4 88 (5.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 88 (5.64%) Exchange Server 2013
5 50 (3.21%) IIS
6 40 (2.56%) OpenStack
7 38 (2.44%) Apache Spark
7 38 (2.44%) Elasticsearch
8 34 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2007
9 20 (1.28%) SharePoint 2013
10 9 (0.58%) Apache
10 9 (0.58%) Confluence
10 9 (0.58%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
11 5 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 5 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (0.32%) IBM Notes
11 5 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.26%) WebLogic
Applications
1 230 (14.74%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (0.96%) MS Visio
3 14 (0.90%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.13%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.064%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.064%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 13 (0.83%) Workfront
2 7 (0.45%) assyst
3 6 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 3 (0.19%) Dynamics GP
6 2 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.13%) SAP CCM
7 1 (0.064%) Infor SunSystems
7 1 (0.064%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 679 (43.53%) Office 365
2 632 (40.51%) Azure
3 228 (14.62%) AWS
4 219 (14.04%) Azure Active Directory
5 85 (5.45%) IaaS
6 51 (3.27%) PaaS
7 47 (3.01%) GCP
7 47 (3.01%) SaaS
8 38 (2.44%) OpenShift
9 35 (2.24%) OneDrive
10 28 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
11 17 (1.09%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 15 (0.96%) Mimecast
13 13 (0.83%) Power Platform
14 9 (0.58%) G Suite
15 8 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
15 8 (0.51%) PowerApps
16 3 (0.19%) Azure Stack
17 2 (0.13%) Amazon S3
17 2 (0.13%) OpenDNS
Communications & Networking
1 408 (26.15%) Firewall
2 282 (18.08%) DNS
3 266 (17.05%) DHCP
4 221 (14.17%) TCP/IP
5 211 (13.53%) WAN
6 208 (13.33%) LAN
7 186 (11.92%) VoIP
8 170 (10.90%) SAN
9 147 (9.42%) Wireless
10 110 (7.05%) Skype
11 102 (6.54%) Broadband
12 98 (6.28%) ADSL
13 96 (6.15%) 3G
14 91 (5.83%) VPN
15 80 (5.13%) Network Security
16 62 (3.97%) NAS
17 55 (3.53%) iSCSI
18 51 (3.27%) MPLS
19 49 (3.14%) VLAN
20 38 (2.44%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 228 (14.62%) SQL Server
2 54 (3.46%) SQL Server 2012
3 41 (2.63%) Big Data
4 34 (2.18%) SQL Server 2008
5 19 (1.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 15 (0.96%) SQL Server 2016
6 15 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 12 (0.77%) Azure SQL Database
7 12 (0.77%) SQL Server 2014
7 12 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 11 (0.71%) OLAP
9 10 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
10 9 (0.58%) Data Lake
11 8 (0.51%) Power BI
12 7 (0.45%) Data Warehouse
13 6 (0.38%) MySQL
14 5 (0.32%) Oracle Database
14 5 (0.32%) SQL Server 2005
15 3 (0.19%) Oracle BI EE
15 3 (0.19%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 49 (3.14%) JIRA
2 42 (2.69%) Git (software)
3 40 (2.56%) Bitbucket
4 38 (2.44%) git-flow
5 31 (1.99%) MSI
6 23 (1.47%) InstallShield
7 16 (1.03%) Visual Studio Team System
8 12 (0.77%) Jenkins
8 12 (0.77%) Visual Studio
9 6 (0.38%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (0.38%) Terragrunt
10 5 (0.32%) WinDbg
11 4 (0.26%) GitLab
11 4 (0.26%) JUnit
11 4 (0.26%) Subversion
12 3 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
12 3 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
13 2 (0.13%) MSTest
13 2 (0.13%) NUnit
14 1 (0.064%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 202 (12.95%) Finance
2 56 (3.59%) Legal
3 47 (3.01%) Public Sector
4 36 (2.31%) Law
4 36 (2.31%) Retail
5 31 (1.99%) Telecoms
6 21 (1.35%) Games
7 17 (1.09%) Manufacturing
8 15 (0.96%) Banking
9 13 (0.83%) Advertising
10 12 (0.77%) Marketing
11 10 (0.64%) Financial Institution
12 8 (0.51%) Local Government
13 6 (0.38%) Electronics
14 5 (0.32%) Front Office
15 4 (0.26%) Investment Banking
16 3 (0.19%) Automotive
16 3 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
17 2 (0.13%) Aerospace
17 2 (0.13%) French Language
Job Titles
1 283 (18.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 255 (16.35%) Analyst
3 238 (15.26%) Consultant
4 166 (10.64%) Support Analyst
5 136 (8.72%) Support Engineer
6 121 (7.76%) IT Support
7 116 (7.44%) Technical Support
8 115 (7.37%) IT Engineer
9 105 (6.73%) Architect
10 93 (5.96%) Technical Analyst
11 86 (5.51%) IT Analyst
11 86 (5.51%) Technical Support Analyst
12 77 (4.94%) Administrator
13 76 (4.87%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 66 (4.23%) Cloud Engineer
15 65 (4.17%) 1st Line Support
16 64 (4.10%) 1st Line Support Analyst
16 64 (4.10%) Infrastructure Consultant
17 63 (4.04%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
18 62 (3.97%) 1st Line Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (4.10%) .NET
2 54 (3.46%) ASP.NET
3 42 (2.69%) AngularJS
4 39 (2.50%) Node.js
5 38 (2.44%) GraphQL
5 38 (2.44%) Kafka
5 38 (2.44%) React
5 38 (2.44%) REST
5 38 (2.44%) Spring
5 38 (2.44%) Spring MVC
5 38 (2.44%) Vue.js
5 38 (2.44%) Web Services
6 26 (1.67%) SAML
7 23 (1.47%) OAuth
8 17 (1.09%) JSON
9 16 (1.03%) HTML
10 15 (0.96%) CSS
11 6 (0.38%) HTML5
11 6 (0.38%) XMPP
12 4 (0.26%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 267 (17.12%) Data Centre
2 105 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
3 83 (5.32%) Management Information System
4 56 (3.59%) Public Cloud
5 53 (3.40%) Self-Motivation
6 50 (3.21%) Clustering
7 49 (3.14%) Driving Licence
8 35 (2.24%) Private Cloud
9 34 (2.18%) PKI
10 31 (1.99%) CESG
11 30 (1.92%) Blackberry
12 24 (1.54%) Hybrid Cloud
13 21 (1.35%) Replication
14 18 (1.15%) Cybercrime
14 18 (1.15%) Smartphone
15 16 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
16 15 (0.96%) CMDB
16 15 (0.96%) Cyberattack
16 15 (0.96%) User Experience
17 13 (0.83%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1,015 (65.06%) Windows
2 630 (40.38%) Windows Server
3 287 (18.40%) Windows Server 2012
4 248 (15.90%) Windows 10
5 243 (15.58%) Linux
6 217 (13.91%) Windows Server 2008
7 190 (12.18%) Windows 7
8 113 (7.24%) Windows 8
9 73 (4.68%) Unix
10 43 (2.76%) Android
11 42 (2.69%) Apple iOS
12 35 (2.24%) Windows Server 2003
13 30 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 20 (1.28%) Mac OS X
15 15 (0.96%) AIX
16 12 (0.77%) CentOS
16 12 (0.77%) Windows XP
17 11 (0.71%) Mac OS
18 8 (0.51%) Ubuntu
19 7 (0.45%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 546 (35.00%) ITIL
2 324 (20.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 231 (14.81%) Problem-Solving
4 127 (8.14%) Disaster Recovery
5 118 (7.56%) Presales
6 115 (7.37%) Service Management
7 112 (7.18%) Mentoring
7 112 (7.18%) Migration
8 105 (6.73%) Supplier Management
9 103 (6.60%) Cybersecurity
9 103 (6.60%) Project Delivery
9 103 (6.60%) Project Management
10 90 (5.77%) PRINCE2
11 84 (5.38%) Time Management
12 83 (5.32%) Change Management
13 75 (4.81%) Customer Requirements
14 73 (4.68%) Configuration Management
15 72 (4.62%) Business Continuity
15 72 (4.62%) Continuous Improvement
15 72 (4.62%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 283 (18.14%) PowerShell
2 233 (14.94%) SQL
3 45 (2.88%) C#
4 41 (2.63%) C
5 38 (2.44%) VBScript
6 27 (1.73%) Bash Shell
7 22 (1.41%) C++
8 21 (1.35%) Python
9 18 (1.15%) T-SQL
10 13 (0.83%) JavaScript
11 9 (0.58%) VBA
12 8 (0.51%) PHP
12 8 (0.51%) VB
13 6 (0.38%) Java
14 5 (0.32%) Ruby
15 4 (0.26%) VB.NET
16 2 (0.13%) Perl
16 2 (0.13%) Shell Script
17 1 (0.064%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 1,560 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 606 (38.85%) Cisco Certification
3 596 (38.21%) MCSA
4 546 (35.00%) CCNA
5 353 (22.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 232 (14.87%) MCITP
7 178 (11.41%) MCP
8 176 (11.28%) Degree
9 166 (10.64%) CCNP
10 104 (6.67%) CISSP
11 84 (5.38%) Security Cleared
12 77 (4.94%) CompTIA Security+
13 59 (3.78%) Citrix Certification
14 48 (3.08%) Network+ Certification
15 44 (2.82%) SC Cleared
16 41 (2.63%) ITIL Certification
17 39 (2.50%) GIAC
17 39 (2.50%) Linux+ Certification
17 39 (2.50%) SANS
17 39 (2.50%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (9.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 107 (6.86%) SLA
3 83 (5.32%) ISO 9001
4 39 (2.50%) QA
5 31 (1.99%) NIST
6 26 (1.67%) Cyber Essentials
7 24 (1.54%) PCI DSS
8 20 (1.28%) GDPR
8 20 (1.28%) NCSC
9 15 (0.96%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 15 (0.96%) PMO
10 12 (0.77%) COBIT
11 11 (0.71%) NIST 800
12 8 (0.51%) Data Quality
13 7 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 6 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 3 (0.19%) RMADS
16 2 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 1 (0.064%) BS7799
17 1 (0.064%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 919 (58.91%) Active Directory
2 513 (32.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 342 (21.92%) Hyper-V
4 164 (10.51%) XenApp
5 102 (6.54%) vSphere
6 72 (4.62%) XenDesktop
7 63 (4.04%) VMware ESXi
8 54 (3.46%) Docker
9 52 (3.33%) Virtual Machines
10 31 (1.99%) Microsoft App-V
11 30 (1.92%) Virtual Servers
12 26 (1.67%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 19 (1.22%) Terminal Services
14 13 (0.83%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 13 (0.83%) Terminal Server
14 13 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
14 13 (0.83%) VMware NSX
15 10 (0.64%) NFS
16 9 (0.58%) DFS Replication
16 9 (0.58%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 290 (18.59%) SCCM
2 106 (6.79%) Microsoft Intune
3 77 (4.94%) WSUS
4 44 (2.82%) Kubernetes
5 38 (2.44%) SCOM
6 36 (2.31%) Backup Exec
7 29 (1.86%) vCenter Server
8 21 (1.35%) Single Sign-On
9 19 (1.22%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 19 (1.22%) SCVMM
10 18 (1.15%) Ansible
11 13 (0.83%) NetBackup
11 13 (0.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 12 (0.77%) Terraform
13 11 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
13 11 (0.71%) Puppet
14 10 (0.64%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 10 (0.64%) Nessus
14 10 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
15 9 (0.58%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
Vendors
1 1,129 (72.37%) Microsoft
2 776 (49.74%) VMware
3 535 (34.29%) Cisco
4 458 (29.36%) Citrix
5 136 (8.72%) HP
6 133 (8.53%) NetApp
7 131 (8.40%) Meraki
8 120 (7.69%) Aruba
9 108 (6.92%) Polycom
10 82 (5.26%) Dell
11 78 (5.00%) Nimble Storage
11 78 (5.00%) Veeam
12 57 (3.65%) Google
13 47 (3.01%) Mitel
14 42 (2.69%) ServiceNow
15 39 (2.50%) Red Hat
16 38 (2.44%) EMC
17 37 (2.37%) F5
18 33 (2.12%) Ivanti
19 29 (1.86%) CommVault