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 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 280 257 193
Rank change year-on-year -23 -64  
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 946 1350 1826
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.11% 1.29% 1.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.47% 4.66% 6.19%
Number of salaries quoted 808 1152 1568
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £25,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £37,500 £39,000 £36,500
% change year-on-year -3.84% +6.84%  

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 21176 28957 29482
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.79% 27.74% 27.53%
Number of salaries quoted 16691 23223 23131
Median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £68,500 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCSE as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Salary histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 30 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 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -35 874 £40,000 - 117
London -63 279 £42,500 -2.85% 39
South East +11 228 £37,500 -11.76% 27
Surrey +62 100 £37,500 -10.71% 11
East of England -2 91 £37,500 - 10
West Midlands +10 61 £39,000 -2.50% 6
City of London +25 58 £41,500 -5.14% 10
East Midlands +6 58 £42,500 +21.42% 9
North West -34 56 £39,500 +5.33% 13
Yorkshire +18 52 £29,000 -10.76% 6
Hertfordshire +16 45 £37,500 - 5
South West +7 42 £32,500 -7.14% 2
Berkshire +13 39 £45,000 -5.26% 4
Manchester -38 39 £39,500 +5.33% 6
Birmingham +11 34 £46,500 +16.25% 3
West Yorkshire -2 32 £27,750 -14.61% 3
Wales +14 31 £40,000 +11.11% 2
Guildford +36 30 £32,000 -32.63% 3
Nottingham +27 30 £42,500 +25.00% 4
Nottinghamshire +24 30 £42,500 +28.78% 4
Hampshire -19 30 £42,500 - 7
South Wales +21 28 £40,000 +11.11% 2
Cambridgeshire +1 25 £43,250 +8.12% 3
Buckinghamshire +31 22 £35,000 -22.22% 1
Leatherhead - 20 £36,500 - 1
Cardiff +14 18 £35,000 -30.00% 1
Leeds +1 18 £31,500 -3.07% 1
Woking +22 16 £42,500 -12.37% 5
Kent -2 15 £25,000 -23.07%
Bristol -6 14 £29,500 -18.62%

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 1922 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1387 (72.16%) Windows
3 1356 (70.55%) Microsoft
4 1117 (58.12%) Active Directory
5 976 (50.78%) VMware
6 879 (45.73%) Windows Server
7 639 (33.25%) VMware Infrastructure
8 619 (32.21%) MCSA
9 617 (32.10%) MS Excel
10 613 (31.89%) Windows Server 2012
11 588 (30.59%) ITIL
12 560 (29.14%) Cisco Certification
13 542 (28.20%) Hyper-V
13 542 (28.20%) Windows Server 2008
14 528 (27.47%) Office 365
15 521 (27.11%) MS Exchange
16 478 (24.87%) CCNA
17 465 (24.19%) Cisco
18 458 (23.83%) Firewall
19 454 (23.62%) MCP
20 439 (22.84%) Citrix
21 416 (21.64%) SQL Server
22 385 (20.03%) Microsoft Azure
23 375 (19.51%) SAN
24 332 (17.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
25 317 (16.49%) SQL
26 316 (16.44%) DNS
27 301 (15.66%) Degree
28 292 (15.19%) SCCM
29 289 (15.04%) 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
1 521 (27.11%) MS Exchange
2 255 (13.27%) Exchange Server 2010
3 249 (12.96%) Exchange Server 2013
4 224 (11.65%) SharePoint
5 173 (9.00%) Skype for Business
6 164 (8.53%) IIS
7 75 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2007
8 60 (3.12%) SharePoint 2013
9 35 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2003
10 31 (1.61%) Apache
11 30 (1.56%) Tomcat
12 26 (1.35%) SharePoint 2010
13 22 (1.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 15 (0.78%) IBM Notes
15 14 (0.73%) Confluence
16 13 (0.68%) SAS
16 13 (0.68%) SharePoint Server
17 11 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
18 10 (0.52%) OpenStack
19 9 (0.47%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 617 (32.10%) MS Excel
2 245 (12.75%) MS Office
3 39 (2.03%) MS Visio
4 34 (1.77%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (0.36%) MS Project
6 1 (0.052%) Adobe Premiere
6 1 (0.052%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.31%) Sentinel
4 4 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.21%) SAP Business One
5 3 (0.16%) Eikon
5 3 (0.16%) Magento
6 2 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.10%) Sage 200
6 2 (0.10%) Unit4 Business World
6 2 (0.10%) Workfront
7 1 (0.052%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.052%) SystmOne
7 1 (0.052%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 528 (27.47%) Office 365
2 385 (20.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 113 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
4 54 (2.81%) SaaS
5 41 (2.13%) IaaS
6 40 (2.08%) Azure Active Directory
7 39 (2.03%) Cloud Computing
8 32 (1.66%) PaaS
9 21 (1.09%) Google Cloud Platform
10 12 (0.62%) G Suite
11 9 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
11 9 (0.47%) Mimecast
12 5 (0.26%) Akamai
12 5 (0.26%) Yammer
13 4 (0.21%) OneDrive
13 4 (0.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 3 (0.16%) Amazon EC2
14 3 (0.16%) Amazon S3
15 2 (0.10%) Google Analytics
16 1 (0.052%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 458 (23.83%) Firewall
2 375 (19.51%) SAN
3 316 (16.44%) DNS
4 272 (14.15%) WAN
5 263 (13.68%) LAN
6 262 (13.63%) DHCP
7 182 (9.47%) VPN
8 175 (9.11%) TCP/IP
9 121 (6.30%) Skype
10 100 (5.20%) VoIP
11 92 (4.79%) VLAN
12 79 (4.11%) Network Security
13 68 (3.54%) Wireless
14 66 (3.43%) Internet
15 58 (3.02%) NAS
16 50 (2.60%) Unified Communications
17 44 (2.29%) Remote Desktop
18 41 (2.13%) MPLS
19 40 (2.08%) SMTP
20 37 (1.93%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 416 (21.64%) SQL Server
2 124 (6.45%) SQL Server 2008
3 90 (4.68%) SQL Server 2012
4 35 (1.82%) SQL Server 2005
5 33 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 29 (1.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 22 (1.14%) SQL Server 2014
8 19 (0.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 17 (0.88%) Big Data
9 17 (0.88%) MySQL
9 17 (0.88%) SQL Server 2016
10 14 (0.73%) Amazon RDS
10 14 (0.73%) Data Warehouse
11 11 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
11 11 (0.57%) Hadoop
12 9 (0.47%) Apache Hive
13 7 (0.36%) OLAP
13 7 (0.36%) SQL Server 2000
14 6 (0.31%) QlikView
15 5 (0.26%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 58 (3.02%) JIRA
2 26 (1.35%) MSI
3 16 (0.83%) Visual Studio
4 8 (0.42%) InstallShield
4 8 (0.42%) WinDbg
5 6 (0.31%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (0.26%) Git (software)
6 5 (0.26%) Redmine
6 5 (0.26%) Selenium
6 5 (0.26%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 4 (0.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (0.21%) Bitbucket
7 4 (0.21%) CodeSonar
7 4 (0.21%) git-flow
7 4 (0.21%) Robot Framework
8 2 (0.10%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.10%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.052%) Ant
9 1 (0.052%) CruiseControl
9 1 (0.052%) Maven
General
1 183 (9.52%) Finance
2 93 (4.84%) Telecoms
3 50 (2.60%) Retail
4 34 (1.77%) Legal
5 31 (1.61%) Law
6 26 (1.35%) Banking
7 22 (1.14%) Marketing
8 21 (1.09%) Back Office
9 20 (1.04%) Games
10 18 (0.94%) Billing
11 17 (0.88%) Advertising
12 15 (0.78%) Manufacturing
13 10 (0.52%) Spanish Language
14 9 (0.47%) Portuguese Language
15 8 (0.42%) French Language
15 8 (0.42%) German Language
15 8 (0.42%) Military
16 7 (0.36%) Electronics
17 5 (0.26%) Publishing
18 4 (0.21%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 342 (17.79%) Support Engineer
2 314 (16.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 242 (12.59%) Analyst
4 190 (9.89%) Consultant
5 171 (8.90%) IT Engineer
6 157 (8.17%) IT Support
7 156 (8.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 144 (7.49%) Windows Engineer
9 135 (7.02%) Architect
10 133 (6.92%) Administrator
11 125 (6.50%) Support Analyst
12 123 (6.40%) 2nd Line Support
13 120 (6.24%) Server Engineer
14 115 (5.98%) 3rd Line Support
15 104 (5.41%) IT Support Engineer
16 94 (4.89%) VMware Engineer
17 87 (4.53%) Systems Engineer
18 86 (4.47%) Infrastructure Support
19 84 (4.37%) 2nd Line Engineer
20 75 (3.90%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (2.24%) .NET
2 36 (1.87%) Web Services
3 23 (1.20%) ASP.NET
4 21 (1.09%) CSS
5 16 (0.83%) HTML
6 15 (0.78%) jQuery
6 15 (0.78%) Software Packaging
7 13 (0.68%) Java EE
8 12 (0.62%) Middleware
8 12 (0.62%) STL
9 10 (0.52%) XSLT
10 8 (0.42%) Regular Expression
11 7 (0.36%) LAMP
12 6 (0.31%) CSS3
12 6 (0.31%) HTML5
12 6 (0.31%) Windows SharePoint Services
12 6 (0.31%) XML
13 5 (0.26%) 802.1X
14 4 (0.21%) .NET Framework
14 4 (0.21%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 263 (13.68%) Data Centre
2 115 (5.98%) Analytical Skills
3 112 (5.83%) Clustering
4 84 (4.37%) Computer Science
5 78 (4.06%) Public Cloud
6 73 (3.80%) Management Information System
7 72 (3.75%) Driving Licence
8 58 (3.02%) Blackberry
9 45 (2.34%) Replication
10 37 (1.93%) Hybrid Cloud
11 33 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
12 32 (1.66%) Client/Server
13 31 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
13 31 (1.61%) PKI
14 25 (1.30%) Private Cloud
15 23 (1.20%) EMC VNX
16 21 (1.09%) Smartphone
17 13 (0.68%) Linux Command Line
18 12 (0.62%) Fintech
19 11 (0.57%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 1387 (72.16%) Windows
2 879 (45.73%) Windows Server
3 613 (31.89%) Windows Server 2012
4 542 (28.20%) Windows Server 2008
5 250 (13.01%) Windows 7
6 231 (12.02%) Linux
7 201 (10.46%) Windows Server 2003
8 153 (7.96%) Windows 10
9 97 (5.05%) Windows 8
10 65 (3.38%) Mac OS X
11 59 (3.07%) Unix
12 34 (1.77%) Android
13 33 (1.72%) Windows XP
14 32 (1.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 24 (1.25%) Apple iOS
16 23 (1.20%) Mac OS
17 20 (1.04%) Ubuntu
18 16 (0.83%) Solaris
19 15 (0.78%) CentOS
20 13 (0.68%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 588 (30.59%) ITIL
2 134 (6.97%) Disaster Recovery
2 134 (6.97%) Project Management
3 128 (6.66%) Presales
4 120 (6.24%) Migration
5 118 (6.14%) High Availability
6 115 (5.98%) Service Management
7 109 (5.67%) Time Management
8 104 (5.41%) PRINCE2
9 92 (4.79%) Service Delivery
10 79 (4.11%) Line Management
11 78 (4.06%) Mentoring
12 74 (3.85%) Change Management
13 73 (3.80%) Customer Requirements
13 73 (3.80%) ITIL V3
14 69 (3.59%) Agile Software Development
15 64 (3.33%) IT Strategy
15 64 (3.33%) Performance Tuning
16 60 (3.12%) Problem Management
17 58 (3.02%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 317 (16.49%) SQL
2 260 (13.53%) PowerShell
3 45 (2.34%) VBScript
4 38 (1.98%) C
4 38 (1.98%) JavaScript
5 33 (1.72%) C#
6 28 (1.46%) T-SQL
7 26 (1.35%) VB
8 23 (1.20%) Python
9 20 (1.04%) C++
10 19 (0.99%) Bash Shell
11 14 (0.73%) Java
12 12 (0.62%) Objective-C
12 12 (0.62%) PHP
13 8 (0.42%) Perl
14 5 (0.26%) Korn
14 5 (0.26%) VBA
15 4 (0.21%) Shell Script
16 2 (0.10%) VB.NET
17 1 (0.052%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 1922 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 619 (32.21%) MCSA
3 560 (29.14%) Cisco Certification
4 478 (24.87%) CCNA
5 454 (23.62%) MCP
6 332 (17.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 301 (15.66%) Degree
8 289 (15.04%) MCITP
9 167 (8.69%) CCNP
10 136 (7.08%) Citrix Certification
11 131 (6.82%) Security Cleared
12 109 (5.67%) CCA
13 82 (4.27%) ITIL Certification
14 73 (3.80%) SC Cleared
15 70 (3.64%) CISSP
16 49 (2.55%) A+ Certification
17 43 (2.24%) Network+ Certification
18 41 (2.13%) GIAC
19 38 (1.98%) VCAP
20 36 (1.87%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 161 (8.38%) SLA
2 60 (3.12%) PCI DSS
3 47 (2.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.42%) GCP
5 6 (0.31%) QA
6 5 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
6 5 (0.26%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.21%) SSAE 16
8 3 (0.16%) GPG13
9 2 (0.10%) Data Quality
9 2 (0.10%) PMO
9 2 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.052%) COBIT
10 1 (0.052%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 1117 (58.12%) Active Directory
2 639 (33.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 542 (28.20%) Hyper-V
4 173 (9.00%) vSphere
5 171 (8.90%) XenApp
6 65 (3.38%) XenDesktop
7 64 (3.33%) VMware ESX
8 38 (1.98%) Virtual Servers
8 38 (1.98%) VMware ESXi
9 36 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
10 31 (1.61%) Terminal Services
11 24 (1.25%) Microsoft App-V
12 18 (0.94%) ISA Server
12 18 (0.94%) VMware Server
13 16 (0.83%) XenServer
14 15 (0.78%) Forefront TMG
15 14 (0.73%) vCloud
16 12 (0.62%) Samba
16 12 (0.62%) UAG
17 11 (0.57%) NFS
Systems Management
1 292 (15.19%) SCCM
2 130 (6.76%) SCOM
3 68 (3.54%) WSUS
4 65 (3.38%) Backup Exec
5 34 (1.77%) Microsoft Clustering
6 21 (1.09%) Failover Clustering
6 21 (1.09%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 20 (1.04%) AirWatch
7 20 (1.04%) SCVMM
8 18 (0.94%) NetBackup
8 18 (0.94%) SCOrch
9 17 (0.88%) Nessus
9 17 (0.88%) SCSM
10 15 (0.78%) Microsoft Intune
10 15 (0.78%) Norton AntiVirus
11 14 (0.73%) Puppet
12 13 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
13 12 (0.62%) Nagios
13 12 (0.62%) vRealize
14 10 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 1356 (70.55%) Microsoft
2 976 (50.78%) VMware
3 465 (24.19%) Cisco
4 439 (22.84%) Citrix
5 210 (10.93%) HP
6 160 (8.32%) NetApp
7 102 (5.31%) Dell
8 92 (4.79%) Veeam
9 67 (3.49%) EMC
10 52 (2.71%) Juniper
11 48 (2.50%) Google
12 47 (2.45%) Apple
12 47 (2.45%) Oracle
13 41 (2.13%) Red Hat
14 38 (1.98%) SolarWinds
15 37 (1.93%) IBM
15 37 (1.93%) Symantec
16 32 (1.66%) SonicWALL
17 29 (1.51%) F5
18 27 (1.40%) CheckPoint
Bournemouth, Dorset
Team Jobs
Salary: From £30,000 to £36,000 per annum Laptop,Phone,25days hols,pension,PMI
Posted: 3 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Reed Technology
Salary: £30000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 2 hours ago
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: £30k - 35k per year + Pension
Posted: 3 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Itecco
Salary: £23000 - £28000 per annum + Bonus + MORE
Posted: 2 hours ago
South East London
Pera Holdings
Salary: From £25,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 7 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £45000 per annum
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Harrington Starr
Salary: £40000 - £50000 per annum + bonus, benefits + training
Posted: 7 hours ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
FT Select
Salary: From £27,000 to £29,950 per annum + car + fantastic hols & benefits
Posted: 10 hours ago
Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Senitor Associates
Salary: £20000 - £30000 per annum + Car
Posted: 13 hours ago
Central London / West End
Intelletec
Salary: From £60,000 to £75,000 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
Ashdown IT
Salary: £18000 - £23000 per annum + Excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Itecco
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Harris Global
Salary: Unspecified
Posted: 6 hours ago
Wokingham, Berkshire
Davanti Solutions
Salary: From £35,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Watford, Hertfordshire
Avance Consulting
Posted: Yesterday
Daventry, Northamptonshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: £20000 - £240000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Gatwick, West Sussex
Gatwick Airport
Salary: £44000 - £50000 per annum + excellent benefits and rewards
Posted: Yesterday
South East London
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: £30k - 35k per year + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Watford, Hertfordshire
Avance Consulting
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ninesharp
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Horsham, West Sussex
Searchability
Salary: £34000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Salary: £50000.00 - £55000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
St. Helens, Merseyside
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Salary: £33000.00 - £37000.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Twickenham, Middlesex
Cyber Team
Salary: From £45,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
The Bridge Ltd
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Premier IT
Posted: Yesterday
West London
CV Screen Ltd
Salary: to £37,000 + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Salary: £50000 - £55000 per annum + Great Benefits + Projects
Posted: 2 days ago
Derbyshire
Itecco
Salary: £22000 - £25000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago