Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 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
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 282 296 267
Rank change year-on-year +14 -29 -62
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 2,069 1,887 2,684
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.17% 1.09% 1.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.97% 4.34% 4.70%
Number of salaries quoted 1,615 1,612 2,405
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £26,000 £25,000 £24,250
90th Percentile £65,000 £58,750 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £39,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% -3.85% +8.33%

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 41,655 43,483 57,053
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.47% 25.20% 27.88%
Number of salaries quoted 31,865 34,274 45,773
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £42,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +4.76% -1.18% +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 20 April 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 20 April 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 +14 1,894 £42,500 +6.25% 210
UK excluding London -6 1,253 £40,000 +6.67% 160
London +43 696 £47,500 +11.76% 61
South East -27 370 £40,000 +6.67% 46
North of England +35 314 £37,500 +7.14% 45
Midlands +6 255 £40,000 -5.88% 23
North West +58 210 £35,750 +2.14% 25
West Midlands +19 166 £40,000 -0.62% 11
East of England -18 137 £45,000 +21.62% 22
South West -9 115 £45,000 +20.00% 13
Yorkshire +4 92 £42,500 +21.43% 18
East Midlands -18 89 £37,500 -11.76% 12
Wales -9 43 £30,000 -25.00% 3
Scotland -36 35 £37,000 -7.50% 8
North East -29 12 £30,000 -25.00% 2
Isle of Man +1 2 £41,250 -
Northern Ireland -2 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 April 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 2,069 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1,515 (73.22%) Microsoft
3 1,367 (66.07%) Windows
4 1,126 (54.42%) Active Directory
5 993 (47.99%) VMware
6 837 (40.45%) MCSA
7 823 (39.78%) Office 365
8 747 (36.10%) Windows Server
9 680 (32.87%) Microsoft Azure
10 643 (31.08%) ITIL
11 583 (28.18%) VMware Infrastructure
12 561 (27.11%) Hyper-V
13 472 (22.81%) Cisco Certification
14 454 (21.94%) Citrix
15 451 (21.80%) Windows Server 2012
16 427 (20.64%) SQL Server
17 416 (20.11%) MCP
17 416 (20.11%) MS Exchange
18 397 (19.19%) Windows Server 2008
19 389 (18.80%) CCNA
20 380 (18.37%) Firewall
21 374 (18.08%) Microsoft Office
22 369 (17.83%) Cisco
23 362 (17.50%) PowerShell
24 358 (17.30%) SAN
25 349 (16.87%) DNS
26 335 (16.19%) Finance
27 321 (15.51%) Degree
28 306 (14.79%) SCCM
29 300 (14.50%) 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
1 416 (20.11%) MS Exchange
2 213 (10.29%) SharePoint
3 185 (8.94%) Exchange Server 2010
4 118 (5.70%) Exchange Server 2013
4 118 (5.70%) Skype for Business
5 96 (4.64%) IIS
6 75 (3.62%) Exchange Server 2007
7 65 (3.14%) SharePoint 2013
8 42 (2.03%) SharePoint Server
9 23 (1.11%) nginx
10 22 (1.06%) SharePoint 2010
11 21 (1.01%) OpenStack
12 16 (0.77%) Tomcat
13 15 (0.72%) Site Server
14 13 (0.63%) Apache
14 13 (0.63%) Oracle Service Bus
15 12 (0.58%) Confluence
16 9 (0.43%) Apache Pig
17 8 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
18 6 (0.29%) DataSynapse
Applications
1 374 (18.08%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (1.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (1.30%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.19%) Stata
Business Applications
1 23 (1.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.72%) Elite 3E
2 15 (0.72%) Workfront
3 7 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
4 6 (0.29%) Eikon
5 3 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.097%) Visualfiles
7 1 (0.048%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.048%) Infor CloudSuite
7 1 (0.048%) Infor CRM
7 1 (0.048%) PeopleSoft HRMS
7 1 (0.048%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 823 (39.78%) Office 365
2 680 (32.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 243 (11.74%) Amazon AWS
4 132 (6.38%) Azure Active Directory
5 108 (5.22%) IaaS
6 106 (5.12%) SaaS
7 94 (4.54%) PaaS
8 58 (2.80%) Cloud Computing
9 48 (2.32%) OneDrive
10 24 (1.16%) IBM Cloud
11 22 (1.06%) Bluemix
12 18 (0.87%) Amazon EC2
12 18 (0.87%) Mimecast
13 14 (0.68%) Yammer
14 12 (0.58%) Dynamics 365
15 9 (0.43%) G Suite
15 9 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
16 3 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
17 2 (0.097%) GitHub
17 2 (0.097%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 380 (18.37%) Firewall
2 358 (17.30%) SAN
3 349 (16.87%) DNS
4 291 (14.06%) DHCP
4 291 (14.06%) WAN
5 260 (12.57%) LAN
6 233 (11.26%) TCP/IP
7 107 (5.17%) VPN
8 92 (4.45%) Network Security
9 90 (4.35%) Skype
10 87 (4.20%) VoIP
11 77 (3.72%) Internet
12 75 (3.62%) Remote Desktop
13 65 (3.14%) VLAN
14 62 (3.00%) NetScaler
15 51 (2.46%) NAS
16 45 (2.17%) Wireless
17 36 (1.74%) Unified Communications
18 33 (1.59%) SSL
19 28 (1.35%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 427 (20.64%) SQL Server
2 65 (3.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 46 (2.22%) MySQL
4 41 (1.98%) SQL Server 2016
5 40 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 39 (1.88%) Data Warehouse
6 39 (1.88%) SQL Server 2008
6 39 (1.88%) SQL Server 2012
7 33 (1.59%) SQL Server 2014
8 31 (1.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 25 (1.21%) Power BI
10 23 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
11 20 (0.97%) Oracle Database
12 17 (0.82%) Amazon RDS
12 17 (0.82%) Big Data
12 17 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
13 16 (0.77%) Relational Database
14 13 (0.63%) Hadoop
14 13 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
14 13 (0.63%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 58 (2.80%) JIRA
2 28 (1.35%) Git (software)
3 16 (0.77%) Octopus Deploy
4 15 (0.72%) TeamCity
5 14 (0.68%) Visual Studio
6 12 (0.58%) MSI
6 12 (0.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 11 (0.53%) Bitbucket
8 10 (0.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 9 (0.43%) CodeSonar
9 9 (0.43%) git-flow
9 9 (0.43%) Redmine
9 9 (0.43%) Robot Framework
9 9 (0.43%) Selenium
10 8 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (0.29%) Subversion
12 5 (0.24%) AdminStudio
12 5 (0.24%) Wise Package Studio
13 4 (0.19%) InstallShield
13 4 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 335 (16.19%) Finance
2 60 (2.90%) Banking
2 60 (2.90%) Marketing
3 59 (2.85%) Retail
4 52 (2.51%) Legal
5 47 (2.27%) Law
6 44 (2.13%) Telecoms
7 36 (1.74%) Publishing
8 35 (1.69%) Advertising
9 31 (1.50%) Manufacturing
10 26 (1.26%) Billing
10 26 (1.26%) Investment Banking
11 22 (1.06%) Front Office
12 17 (0.82%) Games
13 15 (0.72%) Financial Institution
14 11 (0.53%) Back Office
15 7 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
16 6 (0.29%) Electronics
16 6 (0.29%) German Language
16 6 (0.29%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 303 (14.64%) Support Engineer
2 302 (14.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 229 (11.07%) Architect
4 213 (10.29%) Consultant
5 184 (8.89%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 180 (8.70%) Analyst
7 146 (7.06%) IT Engineer
8 139 (6.72%) IT Support
9 107 (5.17%) Windows Engineer
10 104 (5.03%) Systems Engineer
11 103 (4.98%) 3rd Line Support
12 102 (4.93%) IT Support Engineer
13 98 (4.74%) 2nd Line Support
14 92 (4.45%) Technical Architect
15 88 (4.25%) Administrator
16 85 (4.11%) Desktop Support
17 84 (4.06%) Support Analyst
18 81 (3.91%) Cloud Engineer
19 79 (3.82%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
20 73 (3.53%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (3.87%) .NET
2 42 (2.03%) JSON
3 38 (1.84%) Middleware
4 36 (1.74%) Web Services
5 29 (1.40%) ASP.NET
6 28 (1.35%) .NET Framework
7 24 (1.16%) XML
8 19 (0.92%) HTML
9 12 (0.58%) Software Packaging
10 10 (0.48%) CSS
10 10 (0.48%) jQuery
10 10 (0.48%) REST
11 9 (0.43%) Django
11 9 (0.43%) Java EE
11 9 (0.43%) LAMP
11 9 (0.43%) Node.js
11 9 (0.43%) RabbitMQ
11 9 (0.43%) SOAP
11 9 (0.43%) Spring MVC
11 9 (0.43%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 259 (12.52%) Data Centre
2 140 (6.77%) Management Information System
3 133 (6.43%) Analytical Skills
4 121 (5.85%) Computer Science
5 109 (5.27%) Self-Motivation
6 78 (3.77%) Clustering
7 57 (2.75%) Enterprise Software
8 54 (2.61%) Replication
9 48 (2.32%) Private Cloud
10 45 (2.17%) Public Cloud
11 42 (2.03%) User Experience
12 39 (1.88%) iPad
13 38 (1.84%) PKI
14 37 (1.79%) NHS
15 30 (1.45%) Hybrid Cloud
16 27 (1.30%) Fat Client
16 27 (1.30%) Thin Client
17 26 (1.26%) Driving Licence
18 21 (1.01%) Mobile Payment
19 20 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 1,367 (66.07%) Windows
2 747 (36.10%) Windows Server
3 451 (21.80%) Windows Server 2012
4 397 (19.19%) Windows Server 2008
5 296 (14.31%) Linux
6 289 (13.97%) Windows 10
7 197 (9.52%) Windows 7
8 95 (4.59%) Windows Server 2003
9 94 (4.54%) Windows 8
10 75 (3.62%) Mac OS X
11 41 (1.98%) Unix
12 38 (1.84%) Mac OS
13 36 (1.74%) Windows XP
14 35 (1.69%) Android
15 27 (1.30%) Apple iOS
16 13 (0.63%) CentOS
17 12 (0.58%) Windows 2000 Server
18 10 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
19 8 (0.39%) Windows Vista
20 7 (0.34%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 643 (31.08%) ITIL
2 214 (10.34%) Presales
2 214 (10.34%) Problem-Solving
3 171 (8.26%) Project Management
4 167 (8.07%) Disaster Recovery
5 159 (7.68%) Service Delivery
6 152 (7.35%) DevOps
7 145 (7.01%) Service Management
8 132 (6.38%) Agile Software Development
9 131 (6.33%) Customer Requirements
9 131 (6.33%) Migration
10 127 (6.14%) PRINCE2
11 114 (5.51%) Time Management
12 101 (4.88%) Mentoring
13 100 (4.83%) Line Management
14 84 (4.06%) Root Cause Analysis
15 79 (3.82%) Configuration Management
15 79 (3.82%) ITIL V3
16 72 (3.48%) Change Management
16 72 (3.48%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 362 (17.50%) PowerShell
2 300 (14.50%) SQL
3 58 (2.80%) Python
3 58 (2.80%) T-SQL
4 51 (2.46%) C#
5 46 (2.22%) VBScript
6 41 (1.98%) C
7 30 (1.45%) Bash Shell
8 28 (1.35%) JavaScript
8 28 (1.35%) VBA
9 27 (1.30%) Java
10 17 (0.82%) C++
11 11 (0.53%) PHP
11 11 (0.53%) Shell Script
12 10 (0.48%) VB.NET
13 9 (0.43%) Korn
13 9 (0.43%) Objective-C
14 7 (0.34%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 6 (0.29%) Perl
16 3 (0.14%) VB
Qualifications
1 2,069 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 837 (40.45%) MCSA
3 472 (22.81%) Cisco Certification
4 416 (20.11%) MCP
5 389 (18.80%) CCNA
6 321 (15.51%) Degree
7 278 (13.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 272 (13.15%) MCITP
9 128 (6.19%) Citrix Certification
10 123 (5.94%) CCNP
11 113 (5.46%) Security Cleared
12 105 (5.07%) CCA
13 103 (4.98%) MCTS
14 85 (4.11%) CISSP
15 72 (3.48%) Computer Science Degree
16 55 (2.66%) MCSD
17 53 (2.56%) CCIE
18 52 (2.51%) SC Cleared
19 39 (1.88%) DBS Check
20 38 (1.84%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 186 (8.99%) SLA
2 113 (5.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 48 (2.32%) PCI DSS
4 22 (1.06%) GDPR
5 19 (0.92%) QA
6 16 (0.77%) PMO
7 11 (0.53%) COBIT
8 9 (0.43%) HIPAA
9 8 (0.39%) ISO 9001
10 7 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 6 (0.29%) Government Security Classifications
12 5 (0.24%) GAMP
12 5 (0.24%) ISO 9000
13 4 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
14 3 (0.14%) TickIT
15 1 (0.048%) Data Quality
15 1 (0.048%) ISO 22301
15 1 (0.048%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 1,126 (54.42%) Active Directory
2 583 (28.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 561 (27.11%) Hyper-V
4 235 (11.36%) XenApp
5 156 (7.54%) VMware ESXi
6 117 (5.65%) XenDesktop
7 116 (5.61%) vSphere
8 94 (4.54%) Microsoft App-V
9 91 (4.40%) Virtual Machines
10 49 (2.37%) Virtual Desktop
11 41 (1.98%) Terminal Services
12 31 (1.50%) Xen
13 27 (1.30%) Firmware
14 25 (1.21%) BitLocker
14 25 (1.21%) Virtual Servers
15 14 (0.68%) Docker
16 13 (0.63%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 13 (0.63%) NFS
16 13 (0.63%) XenServer
17 10 (0.48%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 306 (14.79%) SCCM
2 125 (6.04%) Microsoft Intune
3 100 (4.83%) Puppet
4 86 (4.16%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 81 (3.91%) SCOrch
6 72 (3.48%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 71 (3.43%) Ansible
8 70 (3.38%) SCOM
9 54 (2.61%) Opscode Chef
10 52 (2.51%) Microsoft Clustering
11 49 (2.37%) WSUS
12 37 (1.79%) SCSM
13 35 (1.69%) Backup Exec
14 32 (1.55%) vCenter Server
15 30 (1.45%) Nagios
16 28 (1.35%) Failover Clustering
17 27 (1.30%) NetBackup
18 25 (1.21%) SCDPM
19 24 (1.16%) SCVMM
20 17 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 1,515 (73.22%) Microsoft
2 993 (47.99%) VMware
3 454 (21.94%) Citrix
4 369 (17.83%) Cisco
5 174 (8.41%) HP
6 114 (5.51%) Apple
7 97 (4.69%) Veeam
8 91 (4.40%) NetApp
9 81 (3.91%) Oracle
10 70 (3.38%) Dell
11 62 (3.00%) Google
11 62 (3.00%) Meraki
12 61 (2.95%) Avaya
13 54 (2.61%) EMC
14 44 (2.13%) Red Hat
15 40 (1.93%) Symantec
16 39 (1.88%) F5
17 37 (1.79%) SolarWinds
17 37 (1.79%) Splunk
18 34 (1.64%) IBM