Period
to 21 August 2017

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 21 August 2017 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
21 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 286 265 236
Rank change year-on-year -21 -29 -30
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 2087 2486 3142
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.19% 1.26% 1.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.86% 4.70% 5.23%
Number of salaries quoted 1747 2155 2736
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £39,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +2.56% +1.30%
10th Percentile £23,900 £24,000 £23,750
90th Percentile £61,250 £58,750 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £38,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year -2.60% +2.67% +4.17%

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in permanent job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 42930 52844 60115
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.39% 26.82% 27.54%
Number of salaries quoted 32982 42706 47740
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £73,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,250 £40,000
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -

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 21 August 2017.

Salary histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 18 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 21 August 2017. 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 -24 1912 £40,000 - 116
UK excluding London -5 1319 £37,500 -2.60% 80
London -20 691 £42,500 -1.82% 40
South East -4 420 £40,000 -5.33% 23
North of England -18 323 £35,000 +6.06% 28
Midlands +38 257 £40,945 +16.99% 13
North West +16 175 £30,750 -18.00% 18
West Midlands +28 171 £40,000 +1.27% 8
Yorkshire -17 145 £38,750 +49.04% 8
East of England -15 128 £40,500 -7.95% 5
South West -66 111 £34,500 -14.42% 7
East Midlands +25 91 £42,500 +21.43% 5
Scotland +35 58 £52,500 +31.25% 3
Wales +13 36 £35,000 - 1
Isle of Man -4 5 - -
North East -6 5 £41,500 +18.57% 2
Channel Islands +5 1 £62,500 +66.67%
Northern Ireland -16 1 £32,500 -35.00%

For the 6 months to 21 August 2017, IT jobs citing MCSE also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for MCSE.

1 2087 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1588 (76.09%) Windows
3 1447 (69.33%) Microsoft
4 1287 (61.67%) Active Directory
5 1105 (52.95%) VMware
6 934 (44.75%) Windows Server
7 801 (38.38%) ITIL
8 778 (37.28%) MCSA
9 674 (32.30%) VMware Infrastructure
10 620 (29.71%) Hyper-V
10 620 (29.71%) Office 365
11 600 (28.75%) MS Exchange
12 599 (28.70%) Windows Server 2012
13 528 (25.30%) Cisco
14 517 (24.77%) Citrix
15 513 (24.58%) Cisco Certification
16 508 (24.34%) MCP
17 501 (24.01%) Windows Server 2008
18 495 (23.72%) Microsoft Azure
19 468 (22.42%) Firewall
20 461 (22.09%) CCNA
21 405 (19.41%) SQL Server
22 402 (19.26%) DNS
22 402 (19.26%) SAN
23 400 (19.17%) SCCM
24 393 (18.83%) PowerShell
25 384 (18.40%) Microsoft Office
26 369 (17.68%) Windows 7
27 350 (16.77%) SQL
28 339 (16.24%) WAN

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
1 600 (28.75%) MS Exchange
2 324 (15.52%) Exchange Server 2010
3 282 (13.51%) SharePoint
4 248 (11.88%) Skype for Business
5 184 (8.82%) Exchange Server 2013
6 140 (6.71%) IIS
7 67 (3.21%) Exchange Server 2007
8 61 (2.92%) SharePoint 2013
9 44 (2.11%) SharePoint Server
10 35 (1.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 23 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
12 19 (0.91%) Apache
13 14 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
13 14 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
13 14 (0.67%) IBM Domino
14 12 (0.57%) OpenStack
14 12 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
15 10 (0.48%) CMS
16 6 (0.29%) CloudStack
16 6 (0.29%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 384 (18.40%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (1.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.48%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.14%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.096%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.048%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.048%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.048%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 23 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.34%) Workfront
4 4 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.14%) Magento
6 2 (0.096%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.096%) Eikon
6 2 (0.096%) Relativity
6 2 (0.096%) SAP Business One
6 2 (0.096%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.048%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 620 (29.71%) Office 365
2 495 (23.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 167 (8.00%) IaaS
4 153 (7.33%) Amazon AWS
5 58 (2.78%) Azure Active Directory
6 53 (2.54%) PaaS
7 45 (2.16%) G Suite
7 45 (2.16%) SaaS
8 17 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (0.53%) OneDrive
10 9 (0.43%) Mimecast
11 8 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
12 7 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
12 7 (0.34%) Amazon S3
13 5 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 5 (0.24%) Amazon ELB
13 5 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 4 (0.19%) Yammer
15 2 (0.096%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 468 (22.42%) Firewall
2 402 (19.26%) DNS
2 402 (19.26%) SAN
3 339 (16.24%) WAN
4 310 (14.85%) LAN
5 299 (14.33%) DHCP
6 281 (13.46%) TCP/IP
7 229 (10.97%) Skype
8 173 (8.29%) VPN
9 120 (5.75%) Internet
9 120 (5.75%) VoIP
10 74 (3.55%) Unified Communications
11 71 (3.40%) Network Security
12 63 (3.02%) NAS
13 62 (2.97%) iSCSI
14 61 (2.92%) VLAN
15 59 (2.83%) Wireless
16 58 (2.78%) Remote Desktop
17 48 (2.30%) Cisco ASA
18 47 (2.25%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 405 (19.41%) SQL Server
2 93 (4.46%) SQL Server 2008
3 84 (4.02%) SQL Server 2012
4 58 (2.78%) SQL Server 2005
5 51 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 49 (2.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 38 (1.82%) SQL Server 2014
8 37 (1.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 28 (1.34%) Data Warehouse
10 22 (1.05%) Azure SQL Database
11 21 (1.01%) Amazon RDS
12 20 (0.96%) SQL Server 2000
13 18 (0.86%) SQL Server 2016
14 17 (0.81%) MongoDB
15 16 (0.77%) MySQL
16 12 (0.57%) NoSQL
17 11 (0.53%) Relational Database
18 9 (0.43%) OLAP
18 9 (0.43%) QlikView
19 8 (0.38%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 30 (1.44%) JIRA
2 24 (1.15%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 24 (1.15%) Team Foundation Server
3 14 (0.67%) MSI
4 10 (0.48%) Git (software)
5 9 (0.43%) Visual Studio Team System
6 8 (0.38%) Octopus Deploy
6 8 (0.38%) Wise Package Studio
7 6 (0.29%) WinDbg
8 5 (0.24%) Visual Studio
9 4 (0.19%) InstallShield
10 3 (0.14%) AdminStudio
10 3 (0.14%) Redmine
11 1 (0.048%) Ant
11 1 (0.048%) HP UFT
11 1 (0.048%) Maven
11 1 (0.048%) QUnit
11 1 (0.048%) Selenium
11 1 (0.048%) Subversion
11 1 (0.048%) TeamCity
General
1 309 (14.81%) Finance
2 135 (6.47%) Banking
3 116 (5.56%) Retail
4 101 (4.84%) Investment Banking
5 87 (4.17%) Retail Banking
6 63 (3.02%) Telecoms
7 43 (2.06%) Law
7 43 (2.06%) Legal
8 40 (1.92%) Advertising
9 21 (1.01%) Marketing
10 16 (0.77%) Manufacturing
11 12 (0.57%) Back Office
12 8 (0.38%) Games
13 6 (0.29%) Automotive
13 6 (0.29%) Billing
13 6 (0.29%) Electronics
14 4 (0.19%) Military
14 4 (0.19%) Spanish Language
15 3 (0.14%) Local Government
15 3 (0.14%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 369 (17.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 335 (16.05%) Support Engineer
3 228 (10.92%) Analyst
4 202 (9.68%) IT Engineer
5 196 (9.39%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 195 (9.34%) IT Support
7 190 (9.10%) Consultant
8 138 (6.61%) Windows Engineer
9 133 (6.37%) 2nd Line Support
10 132 (6.32%) Administrator
11 117 (5.61%) 3rd Line Support
12 113 (5.41%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 111 (5.32%) Support Analyst
14 110 (5.27%) Server Engineer
15 102 (4.89%) Desktop Support
16 99 (4.74%) IT Support Engineer
17 98 (4.70%) Systems Engineer
18 94 (4.50%) Architect
19 84 (4.02%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
20 80 (3.83%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (1.96%) .NET
2 37 (1.77%) Web Services
3 30 (1.44%) CSS
4 23 (1.10%) ASP.NET
5 22 (1.05%) HTML
6 17 (0.81%) XSLT
7 14 (0.67%) XML
8 10 (0.48%) jQuery
9 8 (0.38%) 802.1X
9 8 (0.38%) MDX
9 8 (0.38%) Software Packaging
10 7 (0.34%) Ajax
11 6 (0.29%) Regular Expression
11 6 (0.29%) Velocity
12 5 (0.24%) CSS3
12 5 (0.24%) HTML5
12 5 (0.24%) WAP
13 3 (0.14%) XSL
14 2 (0.096%) COM
14 2 (0.096%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 211 (10.11%) Data Centre
2 143 (6.85%) Blackberry
3 136 (6.52%) Analytical Skills
4 132 (6.32%) Driving Licence
5 112 (5.37%) Management Information System
6 105 (5.03%) User Experience
7 97 (4.65%) Clustering
8 87 (4.17%) Computer Science
9 60 (2.87%) Replication
10 47 (2.25%) Public Cloud
11 46 (2.20%) Hybrid Cloud
12 41 (1.96%) Virtual Team
13 28 (1.34%) Private Cloud
14 22 (1.05%) Video Conferencing
15 18 (0.86%) CESG
15 18 (0.86%) iPad
15 18 (0.86%) PKI
16 17 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
17 16 (0.77%) Client/Server
18 15 (0.72%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 1588 (76.09%) Windows
2 934 (44.75%) Windows Server
3 599 (28.70%) Windows Server 2012
4 501 (24.01%) Windows Server 2008
5 369 (17.68%) Windows 7
6 254 (12.17%) Windows 10
7 221 (10.59%) Linux
8 152 (7.28%) Windows Server 2003
9 138 (6.61%) Windows 8
10 137 (6.56%) Mac OS X
11 125 (5.99%) Android
12 102 (4.89%) Apple iOS
13 86 (4.12%) Windows XP
14 56 (2.68%) Unix
15 34 (1.63%) CentOS
16 22 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 20 (0.96%) Ubuntu
17 20 (0.96%) Windows Vista
18 11 (0.53%) Windows 2000 Server
19 10 (0.48%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 801 (38.38%) ITIL
2 219 (10.49%) Service Management
3 176 (8.43%) Disaster Recovery
4 137 (6.56%) Time Management
5 122 (5.85%) Asset Management
5 122 (5.85%) High Availability
5 122 (5.85%) Service Delivery
6 113 (5.41%) Presales
7 108 (5.17%) Migration
7 108 (5.17%) Project Management
8 107 (5.13%) Problem Management
9 100 (4.79%) Wealth Management
10 88 (4.22%) ITIL V3
11 87 (4.17%) Performance Tuning
12 84 (4.02%) Mentoring
13 80 (3.83%) Information Security
14 77 (3.69%) Change Management
15 75 (3.59%) PRINCE2
15 75 (3.59%) Root Cause Analysis
16 67 (3.21%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 393 (18.83%) PowerShell
2 350 (16.77%) SQL
3 52 (2.49%) VBScript
4 50 (2.40%) T-SQL
5 45 (2.16%) JavaScript
6 28 (1.34%) Bash Shell
7 27 (1.29%) VB
8 24 (1.15%) C
9 22 (1.05%) C#
10 19 (0.91%) Python
11 9 (0.43%) PHP
12 8 (0.38%) C++
12 8 (0.38%) Java
13 7 (0.34%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 5 (0.24%) REXX
14 5 (0.24%) Tcl
14 5 (0.24%) VBA
15 4 (0.19%) VB.NET
15 4 (0.19%) XPath
16 3 (0.14%) Korn
Qualifications
1 2087 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 778 (37.28%) MCSA
3 513 (24.58%) Cisco Certification
4 508 (24.34%) MCP
5 461 (22.09%) CCNA
6 304 (14.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 302 (14.47%) MCITP
8 255 (12.22%) Degree
9 213 (10.21%) Citrix Certification
10 185 (8.86%) CCA
11 176 (8.43%) CCNP
12 95 (4.55%) Security Cleared
13 68 (3.26%) MCTS
14 67 (3.21%) A+ Certification
15 65 (3.11%) SC Cleared
16 63 (3.02%) CISSP
17 55 (2.64%) ITIL Certification
18 52 (2.49%) Computer Science Degree
19 41 (1.96%) DBS Check
20 38 (1.82%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (7.57%) SLA
2 63 (3.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 45 (2.16%) PCI DSS
4 19 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 18 (0.86%) Cyber Essentials
6 12 (0.57%) ISO 9001
7 11 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 9 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 9 (0.43%) QA
9 6 (0.29%) GPG13
10 4 (0.19%) PMO
11 3 (0.14%) Data Quality
11 3 (0.14%) SSAE 16
12 2 (0.096%) GDPR
13 1 (0.048%) HIPAA
13 1 (0.048%) ISO 22301
13 1 (0.048%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.048%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 1287 (61.67%) Active Directory
2 674 (32.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 620 (29.71%) Hyper-V
4 235 (11.26%) XenApp
5 210 (10.06%) vSphere
6 178 (8.53%) XenDesktop
7 145 (6.95%) VMware ESXi
8 63 (3.02%) Virtual Machines
9 61 (2.92%) Terminal Services
10 55 (2.64%) Virtual Servers
11 28 (1.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 25 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
13 18 (0.86%) XenServer
14 16 (0.77%) vCloud
15 15 (0.72%) ISA Server
16 12 (0.57%) MetaFrame
17 11 (0.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 11 (0.53%) KVM
17 11 (0.53%) Virtual Desktop
18 10 (0.48%) Docker
Systems Management
1 400 (19.17%) SCCM
2 141 (6.76%) SCOM
3 122 (5.85%) Backup Exec
4 94 (4.50%) AirWatch
5 61 (2.92%) WSUS
6 36 (1.72%) vCenter Server
7 33 (1.58%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 32 (1.53%) Microsoft Clustering
9 27 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
9 27 (1.29%) Puppet
10 24 (1.15%) Microsoft Intune
11 22 (1.05%) Norton AntiVirus
12 21 (1.01%) SCVMM
13 19 (0.91%) DameWare
13 19 (0.91%) Failover Clustering
13 19 (0.91%) SCDPM
14 18 (0.86%) Perfmon
15 17 (0.81%) Nagios
16 16 (0.77%) SCSM
17 15 (0.72%) WMI
Vendors
1 1447 (69.33%) Microsoft
2 1105 (52.95%) VMware
3 528 (25.30%) Cisco
4 517 (24.77%) Citrix
5 215 (10.30%) HP
6 148 (7.09%) Dell
7 131 (6.28%) NetApp
8 125 (5.99%) Apple
9 124 (5.94%) Veeam
10 111 (5.32%) AppSense
11 110 (5.27%) ServiceNow
12 103 (4.94%) McAfee
13 81 (3.88%) EMC
14 73 (3.50%) Juniper
15 64 (3.07%) Google
15 64 (3.07%) Symantec
16 52 (2.49%) SonicWALL
17 49 (2.35%) SolarWinds
18 42 (2.01%) Oracle
19 39 (1.87%) Avaya