Period
to 20 October 2021

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 October 2021 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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 583 381 302
Rank change year-on-year -202 -79 +22
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 534 374 1,487
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.42% 0.77% 1.09%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.96% 3.55% 4.73%
Number of salaries quoted 406 326 1,282
10th Percentile £29,375 £27,500 £24,275
25th Percentile £36,250 £34,000 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £48,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
75th Percentile £58,750 £62,500 £60,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £73,750 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -2.22% +5.88% -

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 27,199 10,525 31,439
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.60% 21.53% 23.09%
Number of salaries quoted 15,140 8,108 23,398
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,000
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £66,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.03% +7.78% -

MCSE
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCSE as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing MCSE.

Salary trend for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing MCSE over the 6 months to 20 October 2021.

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 20 October 2021. 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 -215 460 £47,500 +5.56% 146
UK excluding London -166 358 £44,000 -2.22% 115
London -215 133 £50,000 -9.09% 36
Work from Home -186 122 £55,000 +10.00% 20
South East -148 113 £44,000 -2.22% 30
Midlands -94 93 £48,750 +18.18% 17
North of England -139 78 £43,500 +2.35% 43
West Midlands -94 60 £47,500 +15.85% 11
Yorkshire -81 34 £40,000 +14.29% 13
East Midlands -53 33 £50,000 +17.65% 6
North West -129 32 £52,750 +0.48% 27
South West -82 29 £45,000 -1.64% 7
Scotland -76 24 £55,000 -15.38% 3
East of England -89 19 £38,500 -15.85% 13
North East -35 12 £39,250 +4.67% 3
Wales -44 7 £32,500 +1.56% 1

For the 6 months to 20 October 2021, 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.

1 534 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 415 (77.72%) Microsoft
3 347 (64.98%) Windows
4 283 (53.00%) Active Directory
5 267 (50.00%) VMware
6 264 (49.44%) Azure
7 258 (48.31%) Microsoft 365
8 231 (43.26%) MCSA
9 196 (36.70%) ITIL
10 189 (35.39%) Windows Server
11 178 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
12 173 (32.40%) Social Skills
13 142 (26.59%) Hyper-V
13 142 (26.59%) Cisco Certification
14 134 (25.09%) PowerShell
15 131 (24.53%) CCNA
16 129 (24.16%) Firewall
17 126 (23.60%) MCP
18 122 (22.85%) Citrix
19 118 (22.10%) DNS
20 112 (20.97%) AWS
21 109 (20.41%) SQL
22 108 (20.22%) Data Centre
22 108 (20.22%) Windows 10
23 107 (20.04%) Problem-Solving
24 105 (19.66%) Cisco
24 105 (19.66%) SCCM
25 103 (19.29%) WAN
25 103 (19.29%) DHCP
26 102 (19.10%) LAN

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 97 (18.16%) SharePoint
2 52 (9.74%) MS Exchange
3 28 (5.24%) IIS
4 13 (2.43%) Skype for Business
5 11 (2.06%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2007
7 8 (1.50%) SharePoint 2013
8 7 (1.31%) Apache
8 7 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2003
8 7 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.19%) Confluence
10 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 85 (15.92%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.56%) InfoPath
3 3 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.56%) Sentinel
2 3 (0.56%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 264 (49.44%) Azure
2 258 (48.31%) Microsoft 365
3 112 (20.97%) AWS
4 75 (14.04%) Azure Active Directory
5 46 (8.61%) IaaS
6 30 (5.62%) Power Platform
7 26 (4.87%) SaaS
8 22 (4.12%) PaaS
9 17 (3.18%) Power Automate
10 14 (2.62%) PowerApps
11 12 (2.25%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 8 (1.50%) Dynamics 365
12 8 (1.50%) GCP
13 7 (1.31%) Mimecast
14 6 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
14 6 (1.12%) Azure Data Factory
14 6 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
15 4 (0.75%) Azure Storage
16 3 (0.56%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 3 (0.56%) Azure Sentinel
Communications & Networking
1 129 (24.16%) Firewall
2 118 (22.10%) DNS
3 103 (19.29%) DHCP
3 103 (19.29%) WAN
4 102 (19.10%) LAN
5 73 (13.67%) SAN
6 44 (8.24%) VLAN
7 43 (8.05%) TCP/IP
8 41 (7.68%) VPN
9 28 (5.24%) NAS
10 24 (4.49%) MPLS
11 22 (4.12%) Wireless
12 20 (3.75%) Internet
12 20 (3.75%) Wi-Fi
13 15 (2.81%) Network Security
14 14 (2.62%) Skype
15 12 (2.25%) Fibre Channel
15 12 (2.25%) Remote Desktop
15 12 (2.25%) Unified Communications
15 12 (2.25%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (17.79%) SQL Server
2 28 (5.24%) Power BI
3 14 (2.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (2.43%) SQL Server 2008
4 13 (2.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 13 (2.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 12 (2.25%) MySQL
6 10 (1.87%) SQL Server 2012
7 9 (1.69%) SQL Server 2019
8 7 (1.31%) Amazon RDS
8 7 (1.31%) Azure SQL Database
8 7 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
8 7 (1.31%) SQL Server 2016
9 5 (0.94%) MongoDB
9 5 (0.94%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.94%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (0.94%) SQL Server 2014
9 5 (0.94%) Tableau
10 4 (0.75%) Big Data
10 4 (0.75%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 16 (3.00%) JIRA
2 11 (2.06%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 5 (0.94%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.37%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.37%) Snyk
5 1 (0.19%) Ant
5 1 (0.19%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.19%) MSI
5 1 (0.19%) Selenium
General
1 173 (32.40%) Social Skills
2 77 (14.42%) Finance
3 51 (9.55%) Analytical Skills
4 31 (5.81%) Telecoms
5 24 (4.49%) Documentation Skills
6 18 (3.37%) Public Sector
7 16 (3.00%) Presentation Skills
8 14 (2.62%) Banking
9 12 (2.25%) Retail
10 11 (2.06%) Manufacturing
11 10 (1.87%) Pharmaceutical
12 8 (1.50%) French Language
12 8 (1.50%) German Language
12 8 (1.50%) Legal
13 7 (1.31%) Investment Banking
13 7 (1.31%) Organisational Skills
14 5 (0.94%) Games
14 5 (0.94%) Law
15 4 (0.75%) Back Office
15 4 (0.75%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 81 (15.17%) Analyst
1 81 (15.17%) Architect
2 74 (13.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 43 (8.05%) Infrastructure Architect
4 35 (6.55%) IT Engineer
4 35 (6.55%) Support Engineer
5 32 (5.99%) Administrator
6 31 (5.81%) Support Analyst
7 30 (5.62%) Solutions Architect
7 30 (5.62%) Systems Engineer
8 29 (5.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 29 (5.43%) IT Support
9 26 (4.87%) Data Architect
9 26 (4.87%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
9 26 (4.87%) Technical Architect
9 26 (4.87%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
10 23 (4.31%) 3rd Line Support
10 23 (4.31%) Consultant
10 23 (4.31%) Data Centre Architect
11 22 (4.12%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (3.56%) SAML
2 13 (2.43%) .NET
3 8 (1.50%) LDAP
4 6 (1.12%) CSS
4 6 (1.12%) LAMP
5 5 (0.94%) ASP.NET
6 4 (0.75%) jQuery
6 4 (0.75%) XML
6 4 (0.75%) XSLT
7 3 (0.56%) Elastic Stack
7 3 (0.56%) HTML
8 2 (0.37%) ARM Templates
8 2 (0.37%) COM
8 2 (0.37%) OAuth
8 2 (0.37%) Web Services
8 2 (0.37%) WSH
8 2 (0.37%) YAML
9 1 (0.19%) Ajax
9 1 (0.19%) HTML5
9 1 (0.19%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 108 (20.22%) Data Centre
2 67 (12.55%) Management Information System
3 22 (4.12%) Legacy Systems
4 21 (3.93%) Replication
5 20 (3.75%) Self-Motivation
6 18 (3.37%) Public Cloud
7 17 (3.18%) Clustering
7 17 (3.18%) Driving Licence
8 16 (3.00%) Private Cloud
9 15 (2.81%) Video Conferencing
10 14 (2.62%) Hybrid Cloud
11 13 (2.43%) User Experience
12 12 (2.25%) Mobile App
13 11 (2.06%) PKI
14 8 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
15 7 (1.31%) Fat Client
15 7 (1.31%) Thin Client
16 6 (1.12%) Cyberthreat
16 6 (1.12%) Reinsurance
16 6 (1.12%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 347 (64.98%) Windows
2 189 (35.39%) Windows Server
3 108 (20.22%) Windows 10
4 98 (18.35%) Linux
5 77 (14.42%) Windows Server 2012
6 56 (10.49%) Windows Server 2016
7 51 (9.55%) Windows Server 2019
8 49 (9.18%) Windows Server 2008
9 35 (6.55%) Windows 7
10 25 (4.68%) Android
11 23 (4.31%) Apple iOS
12 20 (3.75%) Windows 8
12 20 (3.75%) Windows Server 2003
13 16 (3.00%) Unix
14 13 (2.43%) Mac OS X
15 9 (1.69%) Ubuntu
16 7 (1.31%) Mac OS
17 4 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 4 (0.75%) Windows 2000 Server
17 4 (0.75%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 196 (36.70%) ITIL
2 107 (20.04%) Problem-Solving
3 96 (17.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 72 (13.48%) Project Management
5 71 (13.30%) Cybersecurity
6 49 (9.18%) PRINCE2
7 48 (8.99%) Change Management
7 48 (8.99%) Computer Science
8 45 (8.43%) Disaster Recovery
9 44 (8.24%) Information Security
10 40 (7.49%) Server Management
11 37 (6.93%) Mentoring
12 36 (6.74%) Presales
13 35 (6.55%) Customer Engagement
13 35 (6.55%) ITSM
14 34 (6.37%) Agile Software Development
14 34 (6.37%) Migration
14 34 (6.37%) Project Delivery
14 34 (6.37%) Service Delivery
14 34 (6.37%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 134 (25.09%) PowerShell
2 109 (20.41%) SQL
3 33 (6.18%) Python
4 16 (3.00%) VB
5 9 (1.69%) Bash Shell
5 9 (1.69%) C#
5 9 (1.69%) VBScript
6 7 (1.31%) JavaScript
6 7 (1.31%) PHP
7 5 (0.94%) Shell Script
7 5 (0.94%) VB.NET
8 2 (0.37%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.19%) Java
9 1 (0.19%) R
Qualifications
1 534 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 231 (43.26%) MCSA
3 142 (26.59%) Cisco Certification
4 131 (24.53%) CCNA
5 126 (23.60%) MCP
6 97 (18.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 81 (15.17%) Degree
8 60 (11.24%) MCITP
9 52 (9.74%) Security Cleared
10 38 (7.12%) SC Cleared
11 35 (6.55%) CCA
11 35 (6.55%) Citrix Certification
12 31 (5.81%) CCNP
13 27 (5.06%) DV Cleared
14 25 (4.68%) Computer Science Degree
15 24 (4.49%) CISSP
16 17 (3.18%) AWS Certification
16 17 (3.18%) MCTS
17 14 (2.62%) ITIL Certification
18 12 (2.25%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (11.61%) SLA
2 12 (2.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (2.06%) GDPR
4 6 (1.12%) QA
5 5 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 4 (0.75%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.37%) NCSC
9 1 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 283 (53.00%) Active Directory
2 178 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 142 (26.59%) Hyper-V
4 50 (9.36%) vSphere
5 21 (3.93%) XenApp
6 18 (3.37%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (1.87%) BitLocker
8 9 (1.69%) Virtual Machines
8 9 (1.69%) XenDesktop
9 7 (1.31%) Terminal Services
9 7 (1.31%) VMware NSX
9 7 (1.31%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (0.56%) Firmware
10 3 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.37%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.37%) DFS Replication
11 2 (0.37%) ISA Server
11 2 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 105 (19.66%) SCCM
2 73 (13.67%) Microsoft Intune
3 52 (9.74%) WSUS
4 26 (4.87%) Single Sign-On
5 17 (3.18%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 17 (3.18%) SCOM
6 14 (2.62%) NetBackup
7 12 (2.25%) Jamf Pro
8 11 (2.06%) Nagios
8 11 (2.06%) WMI
9 10 (1.87%) Backup Exec
9 10 (1.87%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 10 (1.87%) Puppet
9 10 (1.87%) Sysprep
10 9 (1.69%) Ansible
10 9 (1.69%) Terraform
11 7 (1.31%) vCenter Server
12 6 (1.12%) CSIRT
12 6 (1.12%) Microsoft Clustering
12 6 (1.12%) Scalr
Vendors
1 415 (77.72%) Microsoft
2 267 (50.00%) VMware
3 122 (22.85%) Citrix
4 105 (19.66%) Cisco
5 67 (12.55%) Veeam
6 39 (7.30%) Apple
7 36 (6.74%) ServiceNow
8 31 (5.81%) HP
9 23 (4.31%) Adobe
9 23 (4.31%) Dell
9 23 (4.31%) Oracle
10 18 (3.37%) Juniper
10 18 (3.37%) Zscaler
11 16 (3.00%) Meraki
11 16 (3.00%) Red Hat
11 16 (3.00%) Veritas
12 15 (2.81%) NetApp
13 14 (2.62%) Remedy
14 13 (2.43%) EMC
15 12 (2.25%) Polycom