Period
to 4 July 2020

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 4 July 2020 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
4 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 339 292 290
Rank change year-on-year -47 -2 +15
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 682 1,632 2,083
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.86% 1.11% 1.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.98% 4.56% 4.95%
Number of salaries quoted 611 1,461 1,680
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £21,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £73,750 £72,500 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +1.27%

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 17,128 35,820 42,117
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.71% 24.40% 23.72%
Number of salaries quoted 12,489 25,867 31,601
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £29,572 £26,400 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,582
% change year-on-year +5.56% +0.94% +4.90%

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 4 July 2020.

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 4 July 2020. 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 -29 656 £45,000 - 51
UK excluding London -9 478 £45,000 +12.50% 44
London -39 187 £52,500 -4.55% 9
North of England +51 158 £39,000 +52.94% 18
South East -1 155 £45,000 - 7
Midlands +25 106 £45,000 +12.50% 9
North West +112 102 £52,500 +22.09% 9
West Midlands +30 74 £41,000 +2.50% 5
Yorkshire 0 42 £36,544 +66.11% 5
South West +57 38 £65,000 +44.44% 5
Work from Home -13 35 £67,500 +3.85% 9
East Midlands +27 31 £45,000 +9.09% 4
North East +18 14 £36,500 -3.63% 4
East of England +38 12 £42,500 +10.39% 3
Scotland +64 8 £46,820 +44.06% 2
Wales +6 2 £37,250 +20.16%

For the 6 months to 4 July 2020, 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.

1 682 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 526 (77.13%) Microsoft
3 445 (65.25%) Windows
4 332 (48.68%) Azure
5 330 (48.39%) MCSA
6 315 (46.19%) VMware
7 299 (43.84%) Active Directory
8 282 (41.35%) Office 365
9 229 (33.58%) Cisco Certification
10 227 (33.28%) Windows Server
11 212 (31.09%) VMware Infrastructure
12 206 (30.21%) ITIL
13 191 (28.01%) CCNA
14 184 (26.98%) Cisco
15 173 (25.37%) Firewall
16 149 (21.85%) Hyper-V
17 142 (20.82%) DNS
18 140 (20.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 138 (20.23%) Citrix
20 137 (20.09%) WAN
21 136 (19.94%) Windows 10
22 132 (19.35%) AWS
22 132 (19.35%) LAN
23 128 (18.77%) SAN
24 125 (18.33%) MCP
25 120 (17.60%) DHCP
26 118 (17.30%) SQL Server
27 117 (17.16%) Disaster Recovery
28 108 (15.84%) Windows Server 2012
29 106 (15.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

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 78 (11.44%) MS Exchange
2 76 (11.14%) SharePoint
3 42 (6.16%) Exchange Server 2013
4 38 (5.57%) Skype for Business
5 33 (4.84%) Exchange Server 2010
6 32 (4.69%) IIS
7 10 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (0.88%) SAS
9 3 (0.44%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.44%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.15%) Apache
11 1 (0.15%) Confluence
11 1 (0.15%) Drupal
11 1 (0.15%) IBM Domino
11 1 (0.15%) Joomla!
11 1 (0.15%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.15%) SharePoint 2013
11 1 (0.15%) WordPress
Applications
1 82 (12.02%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (1.76%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.17%) Microsoft Excel
5 2 (0.29%) Gephi
Business Applications
1 4 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.15%) Primavera
2 1 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.15%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 332 (48.68%) Azure
2 282 (41.35%) Office 365
3 132 (19.35%) AWS
4 83 (12.17%) PaaS
5 82 (12.02%) IaaS
6 56 (8.21%) Azure Active Directory
7 34 (4.99%) GCP
8 32 (4.69%) SaaS
9 29 (4.25%) Cloud Computing
10 15 (2.20%) Amazon EC2
11 14 (2.05%) Amazon S3
12 13 (1.91%) AWS CloudFormation
12 13 (1.91%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 12 (1.76%) OneDrive
14 7 (1.03%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 7 (1.03%) Amazon ELB
14 7 (1.03%) GitHub
14 7 (1.03%) Mimecast
15 5 (0.73%) Power Platform
16 3 (0.44%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 173 (25.37%) Firewall
2 142 (20.82%) DNS
3 137 (20.09%) WAN
4 132 (19.35%) LAN
5 128 (18.77%) SAN
6 120 (17.60%) DHCP
7 103 (15.10%) TCP/IP
8 84 (12.32%) VPN
9 54 (7.92%) VoIP
10 52 (7.62%) Skype
11 42 (6.16%) Wireless
12 39 (5.72%) VLAN
13 36 (5.28%) Internet
14 33 (4.84%) Remote Desktop
15 28 (4.11%) Fibre Channel
16 26 (3.81%) NAS
17 23 (3.37%) iSCSI
18 22 (3.23%) NetScaler
19 19 (2.79%) IP Telephony
20 18 (2.64%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (17.30%) SQL Server
2 30 (4.40%) Amazon RDS
3 13 (1.91%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (1.91%) SQL Server 2014
4 10 (1.47%) Big Data
4 10 (1.47%) SQL Server 2016
5 9 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (0.88%) Oracle Database
7 5 (0.73%) Power BI
8 4 (0.59%) Relational Database
8 4 (0.59%) SQL Server 7
8 4 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.44%) Azure SQL Database
10 2 (0.29%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.29%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.29%) Impala
10 2 (0.29%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2017
10 2 (0.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (0.73%) JIRA
2 4 (0.59%) Bitbucket
2 4 (0.59%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.44%) git-flow
4 2 (0.29%) Bitbucket Server
4 2 (0.29%) Metasploit
4 2 (0.29%) MSI
4 2 (0.29%) WebScarab
5 1 (0.15%) CircleCI
5 1 (0.15%) Visual Studio
General
1 104 (15.25%) Finance
2 27 (3.96%) Retail
3 22 (3.23%) Public Sector
4 18 (2.64%) Legal
5 17 (2.49%) Law
6 16 (2.35%) Telecoms
7 8 (1.17%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.88%) Back Office
8 6 (0.88%) Banking
8 6 (0.88%) Financial Institution
8 6 (0.88%) Games
8 6 (0.88%) Marketing
9 3 (0.44%) Local Government
10 2 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.15%) Advertising
11 1 (0.15%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.15%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.15%) Military
11 1 (0.15%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 122 (17.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 104 (15.25%) Support Engineer
3 79 (11.58%) Architect
4 70 (10.26%) IT Engineer
5 68 (9.97%) Analyst
6 65 (9.53%) Consultant
7 63 (9.24%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 55 (8.06%) IT Support
9 53 (7.77%) Systems Engineer
10 49 (7.18%) 3rd Line Support
11 48 (7.04%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
12 45 (6.60%) Infrastructure Architect
13 41 (6.01%) Desktop Support
14 39 (5.72%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 36 (5.28%) Administrator
16 35 (5.13%) IT Support Engineer
17 27 (3.96%) Systems Administrator
18 24 (3.52%) Desktop Engineer
19 23 (3.37%) IT Analyst
20 22 (3.23%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (1.47%) 802.1X
2 6 (0.88%) .NET
3 4 (0.59%) ODBC
4 3 (0.44%) Kafka
4 3 (0.44%) LDAP
4 3 (0.44%) SailPoint
4 3 (0.44%) Web Services
5 2 (0.29%) AngularJS
5 2 (0.29%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.29%) Elastic Stack
5 2 (0.29%) OAuth
5 2 (0.29%) OAuth2
5 2 (0.29%) OpenID
5 2 (0.29%) React
5 2 (0.29%) SAML
6 1 (0.15%) COM
6 1 (0.15%) Django
6 1 (0.15%) HTML
6 1 (0.15%) Spring
6 1 (0.15%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 81 (11.88%) Data Centre
2 51 (7.48%) Analytical Skills
3 34 (4.99%) Replication
4 31 (4.55%) Clustering
5 29 (4.25%) Private Cloud
6 23 (3.37%) Management Information System
6 23 (3.37%) Public Cloud
7 22 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
8 19 (2.79%) CMDB
8 19 (2.79%) iPhone
9 13 (1.91%) Client/Server
9 13 (1.91%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 13 (1.91%) Driving Licence
10 11 (1.61%) Hybrid Cloud
10 11 (1.61%) Security Operations Centre
10 11 (1.61%) Video Conferencing
11 10 (1.47%) Mobile App
12 8 (1.17%) Enterprise Storage
13 6 (0.88%) Life Science
14 5 (0.73%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 445 (65.25%) Windows
2 227 (33.28%) Windows Server
3 136 (19.94%) Windows 10
4 108 (15.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 90 (13.20%) Linux
6 80 (11.73%) Windows Server 2016
7 76 (11.14%) Windows 7
8 69 (10.12%) Windows Server 2008
9 29 (4.25%) Windows 8
10 25 (3.67%) Windows Server 2019
11 19 (2.79%) Windows XP
12 14 (2.05%) CentOS
13 12 (1.76%) Unix
14 10 (1.47%) Mac OS X
14 10 (1.47%) Oracle Linux
15 9 (1.32%) Ubuntu
16 8 (1.17%) Apple iOS
16 8 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 8 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
17 7 (1.03%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 206 (30.21%) ITIL
2 140 (20.53%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 117 (17.16%) Disaster Recovery
4 74 (10.85%) Problem-Solving
5 69 (10.12%) TOGAF
6 60 (8.80%) Cybersecurity
7 50 (7.33%) Change Management
7 50 (7.33%) Project Delivery
7 50 (7.33%) Project Management
8 47 (6.89%) Mentoring
9 43 (6.30%) Business Continuity
10 40 (5.87%) Presales
11 38 (5.57%) PRINCE2
12 37 (5.43%) Agile Software Development
12 37 (5.43%) Service Management
13 35 (5.13%) Migration
13 35 (5.13%) Service Delivery
14 33 (4.84%) High Availability
15 32 (4.69%) Configuration Management
15 32 (4.69%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 101 (14.81%) PowerShell
2 93 (13.64%) SQL
3 39 (5.72%) Python
4 34 (4.99%) Bash Shell
5 13 (1.91%) C
6 11 (1.61%) T-SQL
7 10 (1.47%) VBScript
8 7 (1.03%) C#
8 7 (1.03%) Perl
9 2 (0.29%) PHP
9 2 (0.29%) R
10 1 (0.15%) Java
10 1 (0.15%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.15%) Ruby
10 1 (0.15%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.15%) VB
Qualifications
1 682 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 330 (48.39%) MCSA
3 229 (33.58%) Cisco Certification
4 191 (28.01%) CCNA
5 125 (18.33%) MCP
6 106 (15.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 99 (14.52%) Degree
8 71 (10.41%) CCNP
9 67 (9.82%) Security Cleared
10 61 (8.94%) MCITP
11 59 (8.65%) TOGAF Certification
12 43 (6.30%) SC Cleared
13 39 (5.72%) MCTS
14 32 (4.69%) ITIL Certification
15 28 (4.11%) CISSP
16 26 (3.81%) Computer Science Degree
17 22 (3.23%) DV Cleared
18 20 (2.93%) CEH
19 18 (2.64%) CTC Cleared
19 18 (2.64%) Server+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (9.68%) SLA
2 31 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (1.76%) QA
4 9 (1.32%) GDPR
4 9 (1.32%) NCSC
5 7 (1.03%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.44%) ISO 14001
6 3 (0.44%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.29%) NIST
8 1 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
8 1 (0.15%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.15%) RMADS
System Software
1 299 (43.84%) Active Directory
2 212 (31.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 149 (21.85%) Hyper-V
4 47 (6.89%) VMware ESXi
5 46 (6.74%) vSphere
6 36 (5.28%) XenApp
7 24 (3.52%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (2.79%) Docker
9 15 (2.20%) XenDesktop
10 12 (1.76%) Virtual Servers
11 10 (1.47%) NFS
12 8 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
13 7 (1.03%) Samba
13 7 (1.03%) VirtualBox
13 7 (1.03%) Xen
14 5 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 5 (0.73%) VMware Server
15 4 (0.59%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 4 (0.59%) Terminal Services
16 3 (0.44%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 98 (14.37%) SCCM
2 53 (7.77%) Microsoft Intune
3 30 (4.40%) SCOM
4 29 (4.25%) Backup Exec
4 29 (4.25%) Puppet
5 26 (3.81%) Ansible
6 25 (3.67%) Microsoft Clustering
7 22 (3.23%) Terraform
8 20 (2.93%) Kubernetes
9 15 (2.20%) Single Sign-On
9 15 (2.20%) vCenter Server
10 14 (2.05%) SCVMM
11 11 (1.61%) Nagios
12 9 (1.32%) WSUS
13 8 (1.17%) McAfee ePO
14 7 (1.03%) Docker Swarm
14 7 (1.03%) OpenNMS
14 7 (1.03%) ZABBIX
15 6 (0.88%) FortiGate
15 6 (0.88%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 526 (77.13%) Microsoft
2 315 (46.19%) VMware
3 184 (26.98%) Cisco
4 138 (20.23%) Citrix
5 105 (15.40%) HP
6 72 (10.56%) Dell
7 61 (8.94%) Veeam
8 30 (4.40%) Red Hat
9 23 (3.37%) Google
10 22 (3.23%) Oracle
11 21 (3.08%) NetApp
12 18 (2.64%) McAfee
13 17 (2.49%) SolarWinds
14 16 (2.35%) 3PAR
15 15 (2.20%) Zerto
16 13 (1.91%) Juniper
16 13 (1.91%) Palo Alto
16 13 (1.91%) Sophos
16 13 (1.91%) Splunk
16 13 (1.91%) Symantec