Period
to 18 January 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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 311 297 289
Rank change year-on-year -14 -8 -1
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 1,234 1,719 2,072
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.98% 1.14% 1.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.48% 4.70% 5.00%
Number of salaries quoted 1,066 1,330 1,656
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +12.50% -
10th Percentile £28,125 £25,000 £25,625
90th Percentile £69,375 £71,375 £63,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +6.67%

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 27,518 36,550 41,405
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.94% 24.13% 23.80%
Number of salaries quoted 20,343 26,726 32,083
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,563 £78,750
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 18 January 2020.

Salary histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 15 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 18 January 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 -23 1,131 £45,000 +2.27% 250
UK excluding London -25 744 £42,500 - 199
London +5 418 £50,000 +5.26% 65
South East -15 263 £45,000 +5.88% 61
North of England +19 153 £42,500 +42.14% 44
Midlands -70 135 £42,500 - 46
South West -2 97 £42,500 -26.09% 16
West Midlands -66 83 £40,000 -5.88% 33
North West +15 75 £40,000 +2.56% 25
East of England +2 64 £44,735 -10.53% 18
Yorkshire +38 63 £48,750 +121.59% 17
East Midlands -33 52 £42,500 - 13
Wales +11 25 £37,500 - 10
North East -2 15 £32,500 -7.14% 2
Scotland +22 8 £26,000 -45.26% 4

For the 6 months to 18 January 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 1,234 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 890 (72.12%) Microsoft
3 882 (71.47%) Windows
4 652 (52.84%) Active Directory
5 576 (46.68%) Office 365
6 562 (45.54%) VMware
7 543 (44.00%) MCSA
8 527 (42.71%) Azure
9 485 (39.30%) Windows Server
10 458 (37.12%) ITIL
11 391 (31.69%) Cisco Certification
12 345 (27.96%) CCNA
13 330 (26.74%) VMware Infrastructure
14 329 (26.66%) Cisco
15 311 (25.20%) Citrix
16 272 (22.04%) DNS
17 270 (21.88%) Hyper-V
18 260 (21.07%) Firewall
19 255 (20.66%) DHCP
20 249 (20.18%) Windows 10
21 236 (19.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 231 (18.72%) PowerShell
23 224 (18.15%) Windows Server 2012
24 223 (18.07%) SCCM
25 215 (17.42%) MS Exchange
26 209 (16.94%) MCP
27 207 (16.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
28 206 (16.69%) AWS
29 205 (16.61%) SharePoint
30 197 (15.96%) 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
1 215 (17.42%) MS Exchange
2 205 (16.61%) SharePoint
3 81 (6.56%) Skype for Business
4 77 (6.24%) IIS
5 70 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2013
6 58 (4.70%) Exchange Server 2010
7 31 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2007
8 18 (1.46%) Elasticsearch
9 16 (1.30%) Apache Spark
9 16 (1.30%) OpenStack
10 10 (0.81%) Apache
10 10 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
11 8 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
12 7 (0.57%) Confluence
13 4 (0.32%) Tomcat
14 3 (0.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2003
15 2 (0.16%) GlassFish
15 2 (0.16%) WebLogic
16 1 (0.081%) JCAPS
Applications
1 145 (11.75%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.24%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.081%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 10 (0.81%) assyst
2 8 (0.65%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 5 (0.41%) Workfront
4 2 (0.16%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 576 (46.68%) Office 365
2 527 (42.71%) Azure
3 206 (16.69%) AWS
4 156 (12.64%) Azure Active Directory
5 76 (6.16%) IaaS
6 48 (3.89%) PaaS
7 42 (3.40%) OneDrive
7 42 (3.40%) SaaS
8 30 (2.43%) Cloud Computing
9 25 (2.03%) GCP
10 15 (1.22%) OpenShift
11 7 (0.57%) Power Platform
11 7 (0.57%) PowerApps
12 5 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 4 (0.32%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 4 (0.32%) G Suite
13 4 (0.32%) Mimecast
13 4 (0.32%) Yammer
14 3 (0.24%) Dynamics 365
15 2 (0.16%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 272 (22.04%) DNS
2 260 (21.07%) Firewall
3 255 (20.66%) DHCP
4 197 (15.96%) TCP/IP
4 197 (15.96%) WAN
5 187 (15.15%) LAN
6 156 (12.64%) SAN
7 110 (8.91%) VPN
8 94 (7.62%) VoIP
9 75 (6.08%) Skype
10 62 (5.02%) VLAN
11 52 (4.21%) Network Security
12 47 (3.81%) Wireless
13 46 (3.73%) iSCSI
14 45 (3.65%) NAS
15 34 (2.76%) Internet
16 29 (2.35%) MPLS
17 26 (2.11%) Remote Desktop
18 25 (2.03%) Cisco ASA
19 24 (1.94%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 170 (13.78%) SQL Server
2 28 (2.27%) Big Data
3 27 (2.19%) Amazon RDS
4 26 (2.11%) SQL Server 2012
5 24 (1.94%) SQL Server 2008
6 11 (0.89%) Oracle Database
6 11 (0.89%) SQL Server 2016
7 7 (0.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 7 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 6 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
9 5 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
9 5 (0.41%) Oracle Database 11g
9 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
10 4 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
10 4 (0.32%) Relational Database
11 3 (0.24%) MySQL
11 3 (0.24%) OLAP
12 2 (0.16%) Data Mining
12 2 (0.16%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 27 (2.19%) JIRA
2 23 (1.86%) Bitbucket
2 23 (1.86%) Git (software)
3 18 (1.46%) MSI
4 16 (1.30%) git-flow
5 14 (1.13%) Visual Studio
5 14 (1.13%) Visual Studio Team System
6 12 (0.97%) InstallShield
7 3 (0.24%) Jenkins
8 2 (0.16%) Android Studio
8 2 (0.16%) MSTest
8 2 (0.16%) NUnit
8 2 (0.16%) Postman
8 2 (0.16%) Subversion
8 2 (0.16%) WinDbg
8 2 (0.16%) Xcode
9 1 (0.081%) Bitbucket Server
9 1 (0.081%) IBM UrbanCode
9 1 (0.081%) SonarQube
General
1 148 (11.99%) Finance
2 61 (4.94%) Public Sector
3 53 (4.29%) Legal
4 38 (3.08%) Telecoms
5 31 (2.51%) Law
5 31 (2.51%) Retail
6 20 (1.62%) Banking
7 12 (0.97%) Financial Institution
8 10 (0.81%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.73%) Games
10 7 (0.57%) Front Office
10 7 (0.57%) Local Government
10 7 (0.57%) Marketing
11 4 (0.32%) Advertising
12 3 (0.24%) French Language
12 3 (0.24%) German Language
12 3 (0.24%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.24%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.16%) Italian Language
13 2 (0.16%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 211 (17.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 172 (13.94%) Support Engineer
3 167 (13.53%) Consultant
4 138 (11.18%) Analyst
5 128 (10.37%) IT Support
6 125 (10.13%) IT Engineer
7 102 (8.27%) Architect
8 89 (7.21%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 76 (6.16%) IT Support Engineer
10 69 (5.59%) Support Analyst
11 58 (4.70%) Administrator
12 55 (4.46%) 3rd Line Support
13 54 (4.38%) IT Analyst
13 54 (4.38%) Technical Support
14 50 (4.05%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
15 45 (3.65%) Infrastructure Consultant
15 45 (3.65%) Systems Engineer
16 44 (3.57%) Azure Consultant
16 44 (3.57%) Network Engineer
17 41 (3.32%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (3.08%) Web Services
2 33 (2.67%) .NET
3 25 (2.03%) ASP.NET
4 17 (1.38%) AngularJS
5 16 (1.30%) Kafka
5 16 (1.30%) Spring
6 15 (1.22%) GraphQL
6 15 (1.22%) Node.js
6 15 (1.22%) React
6 15 (1.22%) REST
6 15 (1.22%) Spring MVC
6 15 (1.22%) Vue.js
7 11 (0.89%) JSON
8 9 (0.73%) SAML
9 7 (0.57%) LDAP
9 7 (0.57%) XMPP
10 6 (0.49%) Software Packaging
10 6 (0.49%) XML
11 5 (0.41%) HTML
12 4 (0.32%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 148 (11.99%) Data Centre
2 84 (6.81%) Analytical Skills
3 78 (6.32%) Management Information System
4 43 (3.48%) Driving Licence
5 40 (3.24%) Public Cloud
5 40 (3.24%) Replication
6 37 (3.00%) PKI
7 36 (2.92%) Private Cloud
8 35 (2.84%) Clustering
9 30 (2.43%) Self-Motivation
10 21 (1.70%) Video Conferencing
11 18 (1.46%) Blackberry
12 14 (1.13%) Enterprise Storage
13 12 (0.97%) Hybrid Cloud
14 11 (0.89%) Hedge funds
15 10 (0.81%) Handset
16 9 (0.73%) Client/Server
16 9 (0.73%) Mobile App
16 9 (0.73%) NHS
16 9 (0.73%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 882 (71.47%) Windows
2 485 (39.30%) Windows Server
3 249 (20.18%) Windows 10
4 224 (18.15%) Windows Server 2012
5 192 (15.56%) Linux
6 162 (13.13%) Windows Server 2008
7 104 (8.43%) Windows 7
8 54 (4.38%) Windows 8
9 37 (3.00%) Unix
10 33 (2.67%) CentOS
11 27 (2.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 22 (1.78%) Apple iOS
12 22 (1.78%) Windows Server 2003
13 20 (1.62%) Android
13 20 (1.62%) Ubuntu
14 12 (0.97%) Fedora
15 11 (0.89%) Debian
15 11 (0.89%) Mac OS X
16 9 (0.73%) Windows XP
17 7 (0.57%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 458 (37.12%) ITIL
2 236 (19.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 165 (13.37%) Problem-Solving
4 118 (9.56%) Mentoring
5 107 (8.67%) Service Management
6 103 (8.35%) PRINCE2
7 100 (8.10%) Migration
8 96 (7.78%) Change Management
9 88 (7.13%) Agile Software Development
10 83 (6.73%) Project Delivery
11 78 (6.32%) Project Management
12 75 (6.08%) Disaster Recovery
13 70 (5.67%) Presales
14 67 (5.43%) Service Delivery
15 59 (4.78%) Configuration Management
16 57 (4.62%) Cybersecurity
17 54 (4.38%) Business Continuity
18 51 (4.13%) TOGAF
19 48 (3.89%) IT Strategy
20 45 (3.65%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 231 (18.72%) PowerShell
2 167 (13.53%) SQL
3 45 (3.65%) VBScript
4 31 (2.51%) C
5 26 (2.11%) Bash Shell
6 23 (1.86%) Python
7 20 (1.62%) C#
8 10 (0.81%) T-SQL
9 9 (0.73%) C++
10 6 (0.49%) Perl
10 6 (0.49%) VB
11 5 (0.41%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.32%) JavaScript
12 4 (0.32%) PL/SQL
12 4 (0.32%) VBA
13 2 (0.16%) Apple Swift
13 2 (0.16%) Java
13 2 (0.16%) Kotlin
13 2 (0.16%) Ruby
14 1 (0.081%) R
Qualifications
1 1,234 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 543 (44.00%) MCSA
3 391 (31.69%) Cisco Certification
4 345 (27.96%) CCNA
5 209 (16.94%) MCP
6 207 (16.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 176 (14.26%) Degree
8 132 (10.70%) CCNP
9 108 (8.75%) MCITP
10 103 (8.35%) Security Cleared
11 67 (5.43%) SC Cleared
12 58 (4.70%) Network+ Certification
13 56 (4.54%) CISSP
14 51 (4.13%) Citrix Certification
15 42 (3.40%) CCA
16 41 (3.32%) DV Cleared
17 35 (2.84%) CompTIA Security+
18 34 (2.76%) Linux+ Certification
19 33 (2.67%) MCTS
19 33 (2.67%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (6.73%) SLA
2 53 (4.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 48 (3.89%) QA
4 18 (1.46%) Cyber Essentials
5 15 (1.22%) PCI DSS
6 12 (0.97%) PMO
7 9 (0.73%) COBIT
8 7 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 5 (0.41%) ISO 9001
9 5 (0.41%) RMADS
10 3 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 3 (0.24%) GDPR
10 3 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.16%) NIST
11 2 (0.16%) NIST 800
12 1 (0.081%) BS7799
12 1 (0.081%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 652 (52.84%) Active Directory
2 330 (26.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 270 (21.88%) Hyper-V
4 146 (11.83%) XenApp
5 84 (6.81%) XenDesktop
6 82 (6.65%) vSphere
7 52 (4.21%) VMware ESXi
8 45 (3.65%) Docker
9 23 (1.86%) NFS
9 23 (1.86%) Virtual Machines
10 21 (1.70%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (1.54%) Virtual Desktop
12 18 (1.46%) Microsoft App-V
13 14 (1.13%) VMware NSX
14 12 (0.97%) Samba
14 12 (0.97%) VirtualBox
14 12 (0.97%) Xen
15 9 (0.73%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 9 (0.73%) ISA Server
16 7 (0.57%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 223 (18.07%) SCCM
2 85 (6.89%) Microsoft Intune
3 36 (2.92%) WSUS
4 34 (2.76%) Kubernetes
5 25 (2.03%) SCOM
6 22 (1.78%) Ansible
7 19 (1.54%) Backup Exec
8 18 (1.46%) Puppet
9 17 (1.38%) Nagios
9 17 (1.38%) vCenter Server
10 14 (1.13%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 12 (0.97%) Docker Swarm
11 12 (0.97%) OpenNMS
11 12 (0.97%) ZABBIX
12 9 (0.73%) Single Sign-On
12 9 (0.73%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 8 (0.65%) vRealize
14 7 (0.57%) Cisco UCCX
14 7 (0.57%) NetBackup
14 7 (0.57%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 890 (72.12%) Microsoft
2 562 (45.54%) VMware
3 329 (26.66%) Cisco
4 311 (25.20%) Citrix
5 122 (9.89%) HP
6 106 (8.59%) NetApp
7 74 (6.00%) Dell
8 59 (4.78%) Veeam
9 46 (3.73%) Nimble Storage
10 44 (3.57%) EMC
10 44 (3.57%) Red Hat
11 32 (2.59%) SolarWinds
12 30 (2.43%) ServiceNow
13 29 (2.35%) F5
13 29 (2.35%) Google
14 27 (2.19%) Meraki
15 23 (1.86%) Avaya
15 23 (1.86%) Palo Alto
15 23 (1.86%) Symantec
16 22 (1.78%) CheckPoint