Period
to 19 November 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 19 November 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
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 289 277 246
Rank change year-on-year -12 -31 -38
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 2123 2316 3063
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.19% 1.23% 1.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.96% 4.69% 5.11%
Number of salaries quoted 1729 1972 2696
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £24,000 £25,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £62,500 £60,000 £62,625
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year +6.67% -2.60% +2.67%

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 42840 49433 59986
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.03% 26.20% 27.44%
Number of salaries quoted 32910 39645 47913
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,775
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

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 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 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 -8 1947 £40,000 - 76
UK excluding London -9 1273 £40,000 +6.67% 57
London +10 769 £42,500 - 26
South East -28 380 £40,000 -5.88% 14
North of England -2 370 £35,000 - 14
Midlands +25 209 £40,000 +14.29% 12
North West +21 203 £30,000 -14.29% 10
Yorkshire +23 162 £45,000 +42.86% 2
West Midlands +16 149 £40,000 +14.29% 5
East of England +28 133 £44,500 - 4
South West -64 109 £42,500 +6.25% 6
Scotland +27 63 £52,500 +15.38% 3
East Midlands +24 61 £36,500 +4.29% 7
Wales +32 37 £36,250 +17.89% 4
North East -21 7 £75,000 +114.29% 2

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 2123 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1567 (73.81%) Windows
3 1520 (71.60%) Microsoft
4 1267 (59.68%) Active Directory
5 1141 (53.74%) VMware
6 874 (41.17%) Windows Server
7 853 (40.18%) ITIL
8 840 (39.57%) MCSA
9 700 (32.97%) Office 365
10 695 (32.74%) VMware Infrastructure
11 647 (30.48%) MS Exchange
12 635 (29.91%) Hyper-V
13 596 (28.07%) Windows Server 2012
14 582 (27.41%) Cisco Certification
15 532 (25.06%) CCNA
16 524 (24.68%) Microsoft Azure
17 518 (24.40%) Citrix
18 508 (23.93%) Cisco
19 493 (23.22%) Firewall
20 488 (22.99%) Windows Server 2008
21 439 (20.68%) DNS
22 431 (20.30%) MCP
23 416 (19.59%) SCCM
24 407 (19.17%) SAN
25 393 (18.51%) SQL Server
26 390 (18.37%) PowerShell
27 389 (18.32%) Microsoft Office
28 355 (16.72%) Finance
29 348 (16.39%) Exchange Server 2010
30 333 (15.69%) Windows 7

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
1 647 (30.48%) MS Exchange
2 348 (16.39%) Exchange Server 2010
3 242 (11.40%) SharePoint
4 241 (11.35%) Skype for Business
5 188 (8.86%) Exchange Server 2013
6 127 (5.98%) IIS
7 88 (4.15%) Exchange Server 2007
8 49 (2.31%) SharePoint 2013
9 39 (1.84%) SharePoint Server
10 31 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2003
11 18 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
12 16 (0.75%) IBM Domino
13 13 (0.61%) Apache
14 12 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
15 9 (0.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 7 (0.33%) Apache Pig
16 7 (0.33%) Confluence
16 7 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
17 5 (0.24%) CMS
17 5 (0.24%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 389 (18.32%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (1.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (0.42%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.14%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.094%) Maya
7 1 (0.047%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.047%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.047%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.047%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 31 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
3 6 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.14%) Workfront
5 2 (0.094%) Eikon
5 2 (0.094%) Pegasus Opera
5 2 (0.094%) Relativity
6 1 (0.047%) Magento
6 1 (0.047%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 700 (32.97%) Office 365
2 524 (24.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 203 (9.56%) IaaS
4 158 (7.44%) Amazon AWS
5 77 (3.63%) Azure Active Directory
6 76 (3.58%) PaaS
7 57 (2.68%) SaaS
8 40 (1.88%) G Suite
9 22 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
9 22 (1.04%) Mimecast
10 16 (0.75%) OneDrive
11 15 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
12 12 (0.57%) Yammer
13 2 (0.094%) GitHub
13 2 (0.094%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.047%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.047%) Google Drive
14 1 (0.047%) Slack
14 1 (0.047%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 493 (23.22%) Firewall
2 439 (20.68%) DNS
3 407 (19.17%) SAN
4 328 (15.45%) DHCP
5 319 (15.03%) WAN
6 302 (14.23%) LAN
7 292 (13.75%) TCP/IP
8 221 (10.41%) Skype
9 176 (8.29%) VPN
10 109 (5.13%) Internet
11 105 (4.95%) VoIP
12 83 (3.91%) VLAN
13 57 (2.68%) SSL
14 55 (2.59%) Network Security
14 55 (2.59%) Remote Desktop
15 50 (2.36%) NAS
16 46 (2.17%) Unified Communications
16 46 (2.17%) Wireless
17 42 (1.98%) Cisco ASA
18 39 (1.84%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 393 (18.51%) SQL Server
2 70 (3.30%) SQL Server 2012
3 66 (3.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 66 (3.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 61 (2.87%) SQL Server 2008
5 47 (2.21%) SQL Server 2014
6 38 (1.79%) SQL Server 2016
6 38 (1.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 36 (1.70%) Data Warehouse
8 35 (1.65%) SQL Server 2005
9 27 (1.27%) Azure SQL Database
10 18 (0.85%) MySQL
11 16 (0.75%) MongoDB
11 16 (0.75%) Power BI
12 15 (0.71%) Amazon RDS
13 13 (0.61%) Big Data
14 12 (0.57%) Relational Database
15 9 (0.42%) NoSQL
15 9 (0.42%) OLAP
15 9 (0.42%) Redis
Development Applications
1 28 (1.32%) JIRA
2 21 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (0.94%) Git (software)
3 20 (0.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 16 (0.75%) Visual Studio Team System
5 11 (0.52%) Octopus Deploy
6 10 (0.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 10 (0.47%) Redmine
7 7 (0.33%) MSI
8 6 (0.28%) Bitbucket
8 6 (0.28%) CodeSonar
8 6 (0.28%) git-flow
8 6 (0.28%) Robot Framework
8 6 (0.28%) Selenium
9 4 (0.19%) Visual Studio
9 4 (0.19%) Wise Package Studio
10 3 (0.14%) AdminStudio
10 3 (0.14%) InstallShield
11 1 (0.047%) HP UFT
11 1 (0.047%) Subversion
General
1 355 (16.72%) Finance
2 183 (8.62%) Banking
3 151 (7.11%) Investment Banking
4 136 (6.41%) Retail Banking
5 45 (2.12%) Law
6 43 (2.03%) Legal
7 40 (1.88%) Telecoms
8 33 (1.55%) Advertising
9 22 (1.04%) Retail
10 19 (0.89%) Manufacturing
11 11 (0.52%) Games
11 11 (0.52%) Marketing
12 6 (0.28%) Back Office
12 6 (0.28%) Electronics
12 6 (0.28%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.28%) Local Government
13 5 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.24%) Publishing
14 4 (0.19%) Front Office
15 3 (0.14%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 358 (16.86%) Support Engineer
2 353 (16.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 232 (10.93%) Analyst
4 217 (10.22%) IT Support
5 207 (9.75%) IT Engineer
6 198 (9.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 182 (8.57%) Consultant
8 143 (6.74%) Architect
9 140 (6.59%) 3rd Line Support
10 130 (6.12%) Administrator
11 128 (6.03%) 2nd Line Support
12 122 (5.75%) Support Analyst
13 121 (5.70%) Windows Engineer
14 111 (5.23%) Systems Engineer
15 110 (5.18%) IT Support Engineer
16 104 (4.90%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 103 (4.85%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
18 98 (4.62%) Server Engineer
19 87 (4.10%) Desktop Support
20 84 (3.96%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (2.03%) Web Services
2 42 (1.98%) .NET
3 17 (0.80%) ASP.NET
4 12 (0.57%) CSS
5 11 (0.52%) Java EE
5 11 (0.52%) STL
6 9 (0.42%) .NET Framework
6 9 (0.42%) 802.1X
6 9 (0.42%) HTML
7 7 (0.33%) MDX
7 7 (0.33%) Software Packaging
8 6 (0.28%) Django
8 6 (0.28%) LAMP
8 6 (0.28%) Node.js
8 6 (0.28%) RabbitMQ
8 6 (0.28%) REST
8 6 (0.28%) SOAP
8 6 (0.28%) Spring MVC
8 6 (0.28%) Velocity
8 6 (0.28%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 225 (10.60%) Data Centre
2 150 (7.07%) Blackberry
3 123 (5.79%) Analytical Skills
4 120 (5.65%) User Experience
5 110 (5.18%) Computer Science
6 104 (4.90%) Driving Licence
7 90 (4.24%) Management Information System
8 81 (3.82%) Clustering
9 60 (2.83%) Replication
10 49 (2.31%) Public Cloud
11 37 (1.74%) Hybrid Cloud
12 36 (1.70%) Virtual Team
13 27 (1.27%) PKI
13 27 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
14 25 (1.18%) Private Cloud
15 21 (0.99%) Smartphone
16 20 (0.94%) Linux Command Line
17 17 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
18 16 (0.75%) iPhone
19 15 (0.71%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1567 (73.81%) Windows
2 874 (41.17%) Windows Server
3 596 (28.07%) Windows Server 2012
4 488 (22.99%) Windows Server 2008
5 333 (15.69%) Windows 7
6 277 (13.05%) Windows 10
7 249 (11.73%) Linux
8 156 (7.35%) Mac OS X
9 146 (6.88%) Windows 8
9 146 (6.88%) Windows Server 2003
10 142 (6.69%) Android
11 131 (6.17%) Apple iOS
12 92 (4.33%) Windows XP
13 52 (2.45%) Unix
14 30 (1.41%) Windows Vista
15 29 (1.37%) Windows 2000 Server
16 28 (1.32%) CentOS
17 19 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 16 (0.75%) Mac OS
19 15 (0.71%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 853 (40.18%) ITIL
2 220 (10.36%) Service Management
3 200 (9.42%) Disaster Recovery
4 165 (7.77%) Asset Management
5 154 (7.25%) Presales
6 145 (6.83%) Project Management
7 142 (6.69%) Service Delivery
8 141 (6.64%) Wealth Management
9 137 (6.45%) Time Management
10 124 (5.84%) High Availability
11 119 (5.61%) Problem Management
12 117 (5.51%) Migration
13 99 (4.66%) ITIL V3
14 90 (4.24%) Mentoring
15 88 (4.15%) Change Management
16 81 (3.82%) PRINCE2
17 69 (3.25%) Performance Tuning
18 65 (3.06%) Root Cause Analysis
19 64 (3.01%) CRM
20 63 (2.97%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 390 (18.37%) PowerShell
2 328 (15.45%) SQL
3 57 (2.68%) T-SQL
4 39 (1.84%) JavaScript
5 35 (1.65%) Bash Shell
5 35 (1.65%) VBScript
6 30 (1.41%) C#
7 29 (1.37%) C
8 27 (1.27%) Java
9 21 (0.99%) VB
10 18 (0.85%) Python
11 14 (0.66%) C++
11 14 (0.66%) PHP
12 11 (0.52%) Objective-C
13 10 (0.47%) Korn
14 9 (0.42%) VB.NET
15 8 (0.38%) VBA
16 7 (0.33%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 7 (0.33%) PL/SQL
17 5 (0.24%) Perl
Qualifications
1 2123 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 840 (39.57%) MCSA
3 582 (27.41%) Cisco Certification
4 532 (25.06%) CCNA
5 431 (20.30%) MCP
6 282 (13.28%) MCITP
7 278 (13.09%) Degree
8 273 (12.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 256 (12.06%) Citrix Certification
10 213 (10.03%) CCA
11 174 (8.20%) CCNP
12 99 (4.66%) Security Cleared
13 73 (3.44%) A+ Certification
14 72 (3.39%) MCTS
15 71 (3.34%) ITIL Certification
16 59 (2.78%) Computer Science Degree
17 53 (2.50%) CISSP
18 49 (2.31%) Network+ Certification
19 47 (2.21%) SC Cleared
20 42 (1.98%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (6.88%) SLA
2 67 (3.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 48 (2.26%) PCI DSS
4 21 (0.99%) QA
5 12 (0.57%) ISO 9001
6 11 (0.52%) HIPAA
7 10 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
7 10 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 9 (0.42%) COBIT
8 9 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (0.38%) Data Quality
10 6 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 5 (0.24%) NEBOSH
12 4 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 4 (0.19%) PMO
13 2 (0.094%) GDPR
13 2 (0.094%) GPG13
14 1 (0.047%) Government Security Classifications
14 1 (0.047%) ISO 22301
14 1 (0.047%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 1267 (59.68%) Active Directory
2 695 (32.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 635 (29.91%) Hyper-V
4 308 (14.51%) XenApp
5 216 (10.17%) XenDesktop
6 195 (9.19%) vSphere
7 163 (7.68%) VMware ESXi
8 70 (3.30%) Terminal Services
9 63 (2.97%) Microsoft App-V
10 59 (2.78%) Virtual Machines
11 49 (2.31%) XenServer
12 48 (2.26%) Virtual Servers
13 21 (0.99%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 20 (0.94%) Docker
15 17 (0.80%) VMware NSX
16 14 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
17 13 (0.61%) NFS
17 13 (0.61%) Xen
18 10 (0.47%) Samba
19 9 (0.42%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 416 (19.59%) SCCM
2 126 (5.93%) SCOM
3 111 (5.23%) AirWatch
4 82 (3.86%) Backup Exec
5 54 (2.54%) Puppet
5 54 (2.54%) WSUS
6 53 (2.50%) Microsoft Intune
7 46 (2.17%) Opscode Chef
8 45 (2.12%) vCenter Server
9 41 (1.93%) Microsoft Clustering
10 27 (1.27%) Nagios
11 23 (1.08%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 23 (1.08%) Norton AntiVirus
12 22 (1.04%) SCDPM
13 21 (0.99%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 19 (0.89%) Cisco CUCM
15 18 (0.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 17 (0.80%) Failover Clustering
17 16 (0.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 15 (0.71%) Ansible
Vendors
1 1520 (71.60%) Microsoft
2 1141 (53.74%) VMware
3 518 (24.40%) Citrix
4 508 (23.93%) Cisco
5 162 (7.63%) HP
6 158 (7.44%) Apple
7 123 (5.79%) AppSense
7 123 (5.79%) ServiceNow
8 120 (5.65%) McAfee
9 110 (5.18%) Dell
10 94 (4.43%) NetApp
11 91 (4.29%) Veeam
12 86 (4.05%) EMC
13 73 (3.44%) Symantec
14 69 (3.25%) Juniper
15 65 (3.06%) Google
16 55 (2.59%) Avaya
17 52 (2.45%) SolarWinds
18 50 (2.36%) Oracle
19 44 (2.07%) CheckPoint