Period
to 21 May 2019

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 May 2019 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 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 292 280 300
Rank change year-on-year -12 +20 -38
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 1,623 2,047 1,856
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.13% 1.19% 1.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.56% 5.05% 4.40%
Number of salaries quoted 1,333 1,563 1,609
UK median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £21,000 £26,000 £24,500
90th Percentile £71,250 £66,250 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +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 35,619 40,562 42,167
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.71% 23.62% 24.97%
Number of salaries quoted 25,461 30,751 33,049
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,750 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £44,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year +1.12% +7.23% -2.35%

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 May 2019.

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 21 May 2019. 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 -4 1,533 £45,000 +5.88% 41
UK excluding London +22 1,089 £40,000 - 36
London -19 486 £52,500 +10.53% 8
South East +32 394 £42,500 +4.29% 12
North of England -6 265 £25,500 -33.33% 6
Midlands +25 249 £42,500 +6.25% 5
West Midlands +29 166 £42,500 +6.25% 4
Yorkshire +54 148 £22,000 -48.24% 2
North West -57 92 £41,000 +9.33% 4
East Midlands +16 83 £42,500 +6.74% 1
East of England +10 70 £38,000 -10.59% 5
South West -4 70 £47,500 +5.56% 5
Scotland +14 34 £32,500 -12.16%
North East +30 25 £35,625 -5.00%
Wales -4 9 £42,500 +41.67% 1
Isle of Man +4 6 £48,000 +16.36% 2

For the 6 months to 21 May 2019, 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 1,623 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1,217 (74.98%) Microsoft
3 1,033 (63.65%) Windows
4 922 (56.81%) Active Directory
5 859 (52.93%) VMware
6 707 (43.56%) Office 365
7 659 (40.60%) Windows Server
8 608 (37.46%) MCSA
9 605 (37.28%) Microsoft Azure
10 571 (35.18%) ITIL
10 571 (35.18%) Cisco
11 547 (33.70%) VMware Infrastructure
12 493 (30.38%) Cisco Certification
13 424 (26.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 417 (25.69%) CCNA
15 405 (24.95%) Citrix
16 402 (24.77%) Firewall
17 371 (22.86%) Windows Server 2012
18 361 (22.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 356 (21.93%) Hyper-V
20 321 (19.78%) PowerShell
21 302 (18.61%) SCCM
22 300 (18.48%) MCITP
23 290 (17.87%) Microsoft Office
24 289 (17.81%) Problem-Solving
25 284 (17.50%) DNS
26 277 (17.07%) Data Centre
27 259 (15.96%) MS Exchange
28 252 (15.53%) Windows 7
29 242 (14.91%) Windows 10

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
1 259 (15.96%) MS Exchange
2 154 (9.49%) SharePoint
3 111 (6.84%) Exchange Server 2010
4 106 (6.53%) Skype for Business
5 102 (6.28%) Exchange Server 2013
6 46 (2.83%) IIS
7 30 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2007
8 18 (1.11%) Apache
9 14 (0.86%) SharePoint 2013
10 10 (0.62%) OpenStack
11 9 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
12 6 (0.37%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.31%) Apache Spark
13 5 (0.31%) Tomcat
14 4 (0.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 4 (0.25%) SharePoint Server
15 3 (0.18%) Confluence
15 3 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2003
15 3 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 3 (0.18%) WebLogic
Applications
1 290 (17.87%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (0.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (0.55%) MS Visio
4 8 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.25%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.12%) 3ds Max
7 2 (0.12%) MicroStation
8 1 (0.062%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 21 (1.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.49%) Workfront
3 5 (0.31%) Infor SunSystems
4 4 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
5 3 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
5 3 (0.18%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.12%) SAP CCM
7 1 (0.062%) Aareon QL
7 1 (0.062%) Academy Housing
7 1 (0.062%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.062%) Lawson
7 1 (0.062%) MIS ActiveH
7 1 (0.062%) Northgate Housing
7 1 (0.062%) OPENHousing
7 1 (0.062%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.062%) Orchard Housing
7 1 (0.062%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.062%) Sage 300 ERP
7 1 (0.062%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 707 (43.56%) Office 365
2 605 (37.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 191 (11.77%) Amazon AWS
4 126 (7.76%) Azure Active Directory
5 69 (4.25%) IaaS
6 61 (3.76%) PaaS
7 40 (2.46%) SaaS
8 19 (1.17%) OneDrive
9 17 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
10 16 (0.99%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 16 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
10 16 (0.99%) Power Platform
11 14 (0.86%) Amazon S3
12 13 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
13 11 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
14 8 (0.49%) Mimecast
15 7 (0.43%) Amazon Kinesis
15 7 (0.43%) AWS Lambda
15 7 (0.43%) Azure Stack
15 7 (0.43%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 402 (24.77%) Firewall
2 284 (17.50%) DNS
3 235 (14.48%) DHCP
4 205 (12.63%) TCP/IP
5 181 (11.15%) VoIP
6 180 (11.09%) WAN
7 178 (10.97%) SAN
8 164 (10.10%) Wireless
9 160 (9.86%) LAN
10 102 (6.28%) ADSL
11 101 (6.22%) Broadband
12 99 (6.10%) 3G
13 87 (5.36%) Skype
14 86 (5.30%) VPN
15 83 (5.11%) Network Security
16 78 (4.81%) VLAN
17 75 (4.62%) Remote Desktop
18 65 (4.00%) NAS
19 46 (2.83%) Internet
20 39 (2.40%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 237 (14.60%) SQL Server
2 56 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
3 52 (3.20%) SQL Server 2012
4 31 (1.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 23 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 20 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
7 19 (1.17%) SQL Server 2014
8 16 (0.99%) Power BI
9 14 (0.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 13 (0.80%) Relational Database
10 13 (0.80%) SQL Server 2016
11 12 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
11 12 (0.74%) Big Data
11 12 (0.74%) MySQL
12 10 (0.62%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
12 10 (0.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 7 (0.43%) Amazon Redshift
13 7 (0.43%) Cosmos DB
13 7 (0.43%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.43%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 27 (1.66%) MSI
2 19 (1.17%) InstallShield
3 16 (0.99%) JIRA
4 10 (0.62%) Git (software)
5 8 (0.49%) Visual Studio
5 8 (0.49%) Visual Studio Team System
6 7 (0.43%) Octopus Deploy
6 7 (0.43%) Redmine
6 7 (0.43%) TeamCity
7 6 (0.37%) Bitbucket
7 6 (0.37%) git-flow
7 6 (0.37%) Jenkins
8 4 (0.25%) GitLab
8 4 (0.25%) MSTest
8 4 (0.25%) NUnit
9 3 (0.18%) Oracle Forms
9 3 (0.18%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (0.12%) Artifactory
11 1 (0.062%) FogBugz
11 1 (0.062%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 161 (9.92%) Finance
2 61 (3.76%) Legal
3 52 (3.20%) Retail
4 42 (2.59%) Electronics
5 37 (2.28%) Telecoms
6 36 (2.22%) Banking
6 36 (2.22%) Law
7 18 (1.11%) Financial Institution
8 14 (0.86%) Aerospace
8 14 (0.86%) Marketing
9 13 (0.80%) Manufacturing
10 10 (0.62%) Games
11 9 (0.55%) Military
12 7 (0.43%) Advertising
13 6 (0.37%) Front Office
13 6 (0.37%) Investment Banking
14 5 (0.31%) Automotive
14 5 (0.31%) Local Government
15 4 (0.25%) Back Office
15 4 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 329 (20.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 262 (16.14%) Analyst
3 169 (10.41%) Support Analyst
4 146 (9.00%) Consultant
4 146 (9.00%) Support Engineer
5 131 (8.07%) IT Engineer
6 118 (7.27%) Technical Support
7 115 (7.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 101 (6.22%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 100 (6.16%) IT Support
10 95 (5.85%) 3rd Line Support
11 94 (5.79%) Architect
12 91 (5.61%) Technical Analyst
13 89 (5.48%) Technical Support Analyst
14 71 (4.37%) 2nd Line Support
14 71 (4.37%) IT Analyst
15 65 (4.00%) Server Engineer
15 65 (4.00%) Systems Engineer
16 64 (3.94%) Windows Engineer
17 61 (3.76%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (2.77%) .NET
2 37 (2.28%) Web Services
3 32 (1.97%) OAuth
3 32 (1.97%) SAML
4 19 (1.17%) ASP.NET
5 14 (0.86%) HTML
6 12 (0.74%) CSS
7 11 (0.68%) COM
8 10 (0.62%) JSON
8 10 (0.62%) WSH
9 9 (0.55%) Spring
10 7 (0.43%) .NET Framework
10 7 (0.43%) ASP.NET Web API
10 7 (0.43%) Node.js
10 7 (0.43%) REST
10 7 (0.43%) Software Packaging
11 6 (0.37%) jQuery
11 6 (0.37%) LDAP
11 6 (0.37%) Spring MVC
12 5 (0.31%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 277 (17.07%) Data Centre
2 115 (7.09%) Analytical Skills
3 83 (5.11%) Clustering
4 76 (4.68%) Management Information System
5 74 (4.56%) Self-Motivation
6 44 (2.71%) Replication
7 41 (2.53%) Hybrid Cloud
8 40 (2.46%) Driving Licence
9 39 (2.40%) Public Cloud
10 36 (2.22%) CESG
11 22 (1.36%) Video Conferencing
12 20 (1.23%) Blackberry
12 20 (1.23%) Cyberthreat
13 19 (1.17%) Cyber Kill Chain
14 17 (1.05%) Private Cloud
15 16 (0.99%) Data Protection Act
15 16 (0.99%) PKI
16 13 (0.80%) Enterprise Storage
16 13 (0.80%) Wiki
17 12 (0.74%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1,033 (63.65%) Windows
2 659 (40.60%) Windows Server
3 371 (22.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 252 (15.53%) Windows 7
5 242 (14.91%) Windows 10
6 240 (14.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 209 (12.88%) Linux
8 128 (7.89%) Windows 8
9 59 (3.64%) Windows Server 2003
10 44 (2.71%) Unix
11 26 (1.60%) Android
12 25 (1.54%) Apple iOS
13 19 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 18 (1.11%) Mac OS X
15 16 (0.99%) AIX
16 14 (0.86%) Mac OS
17 10 (0.62%) Windows XP
18 8 (0.49%) Windows 2000
19 7 (0.43%) CentOS
19 7 (0.43%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 571 (35.18%) ITIL
2 361 (22.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 289 (17.81%) Problem-Solving
4 152 (9.37%) Presales
5 138 (8.50%) Disaster Recovery
6 126 (7.76%) Project Management
7 118 (7.27%) Computer Science
8 113 (6.96%) Migration
9 108 (6.65%) Mentoring
10 107 (6.59%) Supplier Management
11 99 (6.10%) Service Management
12 91 (5.61%) Business Continuity
13 89 (5.48%) High Availability
14 86 (5.30%) Cybersecurity
15 84 (5.18%) Time Management
16 82 (5.05%) Data Protection
17 79 (4.87%) Customer Requirements
18 77 (4.74%) Problem Management
19 70 (4.31%) Agile Software Development
20 69 (4.25%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 321 (19.78%) PowerShell
2 233 (14.36%) SQL
3 48 (2.96%) VBScript
4 39 (2.40%) Bash Shell
5 32 (1.97%) Python
6 26 (1.60%) C
6 26 (1.60%) C#
7 22 (1.36%) Java
8 18 (1.11%) PHP
9 15 (0.92%) T-SQL
10 13 (0.80%) JavaScript
11 12 (0.74%) Ruby
12 10 (0.62%) C++
13 8 (0.49%) Perl
14 7 (0.43%) PL/SQL
14 7 (0.43%) Scala
14 7 (0.43%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.25%) Korn
15 4 (0.25%) VB
15 4 (0.25%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 1,623 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 608 (37.46%) MCSA
3 493 (30.38%) Cisco Certification
4 424 (26.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 417 (25.69%) CCNA
6 300 (18.48%) MCITP
7 218 (13.43%) Degree
8 195 (12.01%) MCP
9 144 (8.87%) CCNP
10 129 (7.95%) Security Cleared
11 111 (6.84%) CISSP
12 95 (5.85%) Computer Science Degree
13 76 (4.68%) SC Cleared
14 66 (4.07%) Citrix Certification
15 51 (3.14%) ITIL Certification
16 48 (2.96%) VCP6
17 38 (2.34%) CompTIA Security+
17 38 (2.34%) RHCE
18 37 (2.28%) AWS Certification
18 37 (2.28%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 184 (11.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 124 (7.64%) SLA
3 73 (4.50%) ISO 9001
4 61 (3.76%) Cyber Essentials
5 59 (3.64%) GDPR
6 52 (3.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 37 (2.28%) PMO
8 35 (2.16%) QA
9 29 (1.79%) PCI DSS
10 16 (0.99%) NIST 800
11 10 (0.62%) COBIT
12 6 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 5 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 3 (0.18%) RMADS
15 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
15 2 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
15 2 (0.12%) GPG13
16 1 (0.062%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 922 (56.81%) Active Directory
2 547 (33.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 356 (21.93%) Hyper-V
4 150 (9.24%) vSphere
5 115 (7.09%) XenApp
6 111 (6.84%) VMware ESXi
7 50 (3.08%) Virtual Machines
8 42 (2.59%) XenDesktop
9 30 (1.85%) Microsoft App-V
10 29 (1.79%) Virtual Servers
11 28 (1.73%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 22 (1.36%) Docker
13 20 (1.23%) Terminal Services
14 19 (1.17%) Terminal Server
15 15 (0.92%) DFS Replication
15 15 (0.92%) Firmware
15 15 (0.92%) NFS
15 15 (0.92%) vCloud
16 13 (0.80%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 8 (0.49%) Samba
Systems Management
1 302 (18.61%) SCCM
2 85 (5.24%) WSUS
3 83 (5.11%) Microsoft Intune
4 55 (3.39%) Backup Exec
5 54 (3.33%) vCenter Server
6 52 (3.20%) SCVMM
7 43 (2.65%) SCOM
8 39 (2.40%) Puppet
9 29 (1.79%) Ansible
10 27 (1.66%) Failover Clustering
11 24 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
12 21 (1.29%) Kubernetes
13 18 (1.11%) Microsoft Clustering
13 18 (1.11%) SCOrch
14 16 (0.99%) Nagios
14 16 (0.99%) Terraform
15 14 (0.86%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
16 12 (0.74%) XenMobile
17 11 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
18 10 (0.62%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 1,217 (74.98%) Microsoft
2 859 (52.93%) VMware
3 571 (35.18%) Cisco
4 405 (24.95%) Citrix
5 200 (12.32%) HP
6 159 (9.80%) Aruba
7 122 (7.52%) Meraki
8 115 (7.09%) Polycom
9 108 (6.65%) NetApp
10 95 (5.85%) Dell
11 94 (5.79%) Veeam
12 74 (4.56%) Nimble Storage
13 58 (3.57%) EMC
13 58 (3.57%) F5
14 54 (3.33%) Mitel
15 49 (3.02%) SolarWinds
16 43 (2.65%) CheckPoint
17 36 (2.22%) Oracle
18 34 (2.09%) Symantec
19 32 (1.97%) Ivanti