Period
to 5 April 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 5 April 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
5 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 328 297 283
Rank change year-on-year -31 -14 +15
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 1,081 1,672 2,072
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.93% 1.12% 1.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.33% 4.57% 4.92%
Number of salaries quoted 996 1,427 1,719
Median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £28,000 £25,000 £26,000
90th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £65,000
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 24,950 36,619 42,086
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.41% 24.55% 23.74%
Number of salaries quoted 18,369 26,457 32,371
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year +4.44% +4.65% +2.39%

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 5 April 2020.

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 5 April 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 -40 997 £45,000 - 129
UK excluding London -22 677 £42,500 - 109
London -15 345 £50,000 - 33
South East -30 236 £45,000 - 27
North of England +32 170 £37,500 +25.42% 32
Midlands -51 135 £43,750 +2.94% 19
North West +55 96 £40,000 -4.76% 16
Work from Home -7 87 £65,000 +2.36% 8
West Midlands -35 82 £40,000 -5.88% 15
South West +35 77 £50,000 - 11
Yorkshire +18 58 £39,000 +77.27% 12
East Midlands -24 52 £45,000 +5.88% 4
East of England +30 36 £40,500 -3.57% 7
Wales +12 20 £37,500 -16.67% 8
North East -11 16 £32,500 -7.14% 4
Scotland +7 5 £55,000 +61.76% 5

For the 6 months to 5 April 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 1,081 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 817 (75.58%) Microsoft
3 742 (68.64%) Windows
4 523 (48.38%) Active Directory
5 498 (46.07%) MCSA
5 498 (46.07%) Office 365
6 483 (44.68%) VMware
7 455 (42.09%) Azure
8 408 (37.74%) Windows Server
9 381 (35.25%) ITIL
10 334 (30.90%) Cisco Certification
11 319 (29.51%) VMware Infrastructure
12 273 (25.25%) CCNA
13 258 (23.87%) Cisco
14 239 (22.11%) Hyper-V
15 238 (22.02%) Firewall
16 233 (21.55%) Windows 10
17 221 (20.44%) Citrix
18 211 (19.52%) DNS
19 208 (19.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 207 (19.15%) MCP
21 190 (17.58%) DHCP
22 189 (17.48%) PowerShell
23 186 (17.21%) SCCM
24 183 (16.93%) Windows Server 2012
25 180 (16.65%) WAN
26 179 (16.56%) Degree
27 173 (16.00%) AWS
28 172 (15.91%) SQL Server
28 172 (15.91%) 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
1 164 (15.17%) SharePoint
2 162 (14.99%) MS Exchange
3 75 (6.94%) IIS
4 71 (6.57%) Skype for Business
5 64 (5.92%) Exchange Server 2013
6 58 (5.37%) Exchange Server 2010
7 17 (1.57%) Elasticsearch
8 9 (0.83%) Apache Spark
8 9 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (0.74%) Apache
9 8 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.56%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.56%) SAS
11 4 (0.37%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.37%) Tomcat
12 3 (0.28%) Confluence
13 1 (0.093%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 1 (0.093%) IBM Domino
13 1 (0.093%) Site Server
Applications
1 148 (13.69%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 11 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (0.83%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.19%) Gephi
5 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.093%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.093%) assyst
3 1 (0.093%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.093%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.093%) Primavera
3 1 (0.093%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 498 (46.07%) Office 365
2 455 (42.09%) Azure
3 173 (16.00%) AWS
4 105 (9.71%) Azure Active Directory
5 90 (8.33%) IaaS
6 80 (7.40%) PaaS
7 49 (4.53%) SaaS
8 33 (3.05%) OneDrive
9 29 (2.68%) Cloud Computing
10 16 (1.48%) GCP
10 16 (1.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 15 (1.39%) Amazon EC2
12 13 (1.20%) Amazon S3
12 13 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (0.65%) Amazon ELB
14 6 (0.56%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 6 (0.56%) GitHub
14 6 (0.56%) Mimecast
14 6 (0.56%) OpenShift
15 5 (0.46%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 238 (22.02%) Firewall
2 211 (19.52%) DNS
3 190 (17.58%) DHCP
4 180 (16.65%) WAN
5 172 (15.91%) LAN
6 155 (14.34%) SAN
7 146 (13.51%) TCP/IP
8 121 (11.19%) VPN
9 92 (8.51%) VoIP
10 65 (6.01%) Skype
10 65 (6.01%) VLAN
11 48 (4.44%) Wireless
12 41 (3.79%) NAS
13 39 (3.61%) Internet
14 32 (2.96%) IP Telephony
15 31 (2.87%) Network Security
15 31 (2.87%) Remote Desktop
16 27 (2.50%) MPLS
17 25 (2.31%) NetScaler
17 25 (2.31%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 172 (15.91%) SQL Server
2 44 (4.07%) Amazon RDS
3 25 (2.31%) Big Data
3 25 (2.31%) SQL Server 2008
3 25 (2.31%) SQL Server 2012
4 15 (1.39%) SQL Server 2014
5 13 (1.20%) SQL Server 2016
6 9 (0.83%) Oracle Database
7 5 (0.46%) Power BI
8 4 (0.37%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (0.37%) Relational Database
8 4 (0.37%) SQL Server 2017
8 4 (0.37%) SQL Server 7
8 4 (0.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (0.28%) Apache Hive
9 3 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.28%) Impala
9 3 (0.28%) MySQL
9 3 (0.28%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (0.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 15 (1.39%) JIRA
2 14 (1.30%) Git (software)
3 12 (1.11%) Bitbucket
4 11 (1.02%) Visual Studio
5 9 (0.83%) git-flow
5 9 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
6 8 (0.74%) MSI
7 4 (0.37%) InstallShield
8 3 (0.28%) Bitbucket Server
9 2 (0.19%) Android Studio
9 2 (0.19%) Jenkins
9 2 (0.19%) Metasploit
9 2 (0.19%) Postman
9 2 (0.19%) Subversion
9 2 (0.19%) WebScarab
9 2 (0.19%) Xcode
10 1 (0.093%) CircleCI
10 1 (0.093%) IBM UrbanCode
10 1 (0.093%) SonarQube
General
1 127 (11.75%) Finance
2 56 (5.18%) Public Sector
3 43 (3.98%) Legal
4 36 (3.33%) Telecoms
5 32 (2.96%) Retail
6 30 (2.78%) Law
7 18 (1.67%) Banking
8 15 (1.39%) Financial Institution
9 11 (1.02%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.65%) Front Office
10 7 (0.65%) Games
11 6 (0.56%) Back Office
12 5 (0.46%) Local Government
13 4 (0.37%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.37%) Marketing
14 3 (0.28%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.19%) Dutch Language
15 2 (0.19%) French Language
15 2 (0.19%) German Language
15 2 (0.19%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 180 (16.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 177 (16.37%) Support Engineer
3 124 (11.47%) Consultant
4 123 (11.38%) Analyst
5 106 (9.81%) IT Engineer
6 102 (9.44%) IT Support
7 91 (8.42%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 87 (8.05%) Architect
9 71 (6.57%) 3rd Line Support
10 70 (6.48%) IT Support Engineer
11 62 (5.74%) Systems Engineer
12 59 (5.46%) Administrator
13 58 (5.37%) Desktop Support
14 56 (5.18%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 51 (4.72%) Support Analyst
16 44 (4.07%) Systems Administrator
17 43 (3.98%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
18 41 (3.79%) Azure Consultant
19 40 (3.70%) Network Engineer
19 40 (3.70%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (1.57%) .NET
2 16 (1.48%) Web Services
3 9 (0.83%) Kafka
4 8 (0.74%) JSON
5 7 (0.65%) AngularJS
5 7 (0.65%) ASP.NET
5 7 (0.65%) React
6 6 (0.56%) GraphQL
6 6 (0.56%) Node.js
6 6 (0.56%) REST
6 6 (0.56%) Spring
6 6 (0.56%) Spring MVC
6 6 (0.56%) Vue.js
6 6 (0.56%) XML
7 5 (0.46%) Elastic Stack
7 5 (0.46%) LDAP
7 5 (0.46%) SAML
7 5 (0.46%) XMPP
8 4 (0.37%) 802.1X
8 4 (0.37%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 103 (9.53%) Data Centre
2 80 (7.40%) Analytical Skills
3 57 (5.27%) Management Information System
4 48 (4.44%) Replication
5 35 (3.24%) Clustering
6 29 (2.68%) Public Cloud
7 28 (2.59%) Driving Licence
8 24 (2.22%) Private Cloud
9 22 (2.04%) PKI
9 22 (2.04%) Video Conferencing
10 19 (1.76%) iPhone
10 19 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
11 18 (1.67%) Enterprise Storage
12 15 (1.39%) CMDB
12 15 (1.39%) Mobile App
13 14 (1.30%) Client/Server
13 14 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
14 8 (0.74%) Analytical Mindset
14 8 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
14 8 (0.74%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 742 (68.64%) Windows
2 408 (37.74%) Windows Server
3 233 (21.55%) Windows 10
4 183 (16.93%) Windows Server 2012
5 151 (13.97%) Linux
6 143 (13.23%) Windows Server 2016
7 100 (9.25%) Windows 7
7 100 (9.25%) Windows Server 2008
8 51 (4.72%) Windows Server 2019
9 42 (3.89%) Windows 8
10 36 (3.33%) CentOS
11 23 (2.13%) Ubuntu
12 22 (2.04%) Unix
13 21 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 16 (1.48%) Fedora
15 15 (1.39%) Windows Server 2003
16 13 (1.20%) Android
17 12 (1.11%) Apple iOS
17 12 (1.11%) Mac OS X
18 10 (0.93%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 381 (35.25%) ITIL
2 208 (19.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 140 (12.95%) Problem-Solving
4 98 (9.07%) Mentoring
5 95 (8.79%) Disaster Recovery
6 88 (8.14%) Project Delivery
7 81 (7.49%) PRINCE2
8 79 (7.31%) Service Management
9 77 (7.12%) Change Management
10 76 (7.03%) Agile Software Development
11 75 (6.94%) Project Management
12 73 (6.75%) Service Delivery
13 71 (6.57%) Migration
14 63 (5.83%) Presales
15 54 (5.00%) Configuration Management
16 51 (4.72%) TOGAF
17 50 (4.63%) Cybersecurity
18 45 (4.16%) Collaborative Working
19 43 (3.98%) DevOps
19 43 (3.98%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 189 (17.48%) PowerShell
2 130 (12.03%) SQL
3 39 (3.61%) Python
4 37 (3.42%) Bash Shell
5 30 (2.78%) C
6 29 (2.68%) VBScript
7 12 (1.11%) Perl
8 11 (1.02%) C#
9 8 (0.74%) T-SQL
10 5 (0.46%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.28%) Java
11 3 (0.28%) R
11 3 (0.28%) Ruby
11 3 (0.28%) VB
12 2 (0.19%) Apple Swift
12 2 (0.19%) C++
12 2 (0.19%) Kotlin
13 1 (0.093%) JavaScript
13 1 (0.093%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,081 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 498 (46.07%) MCSA
3 334 (30.90%) Cisco Certification
4 273 (25.25%) CCNA
5 207 (19.15%) MCP
6 179 (16.56%) Degree
7 148 (13.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 112 (10.36%) CCNP
9 110 (10.18%) Security Cleared
10 108 (9.99%) MCITP
11 66 (6.11%) SC Cleared
12 54 (5.00%) CISSP
13 49 (4.53%) DV Cleared
14 48 (4.44%) Network+ Certification
15 41 (3.79%) MCTS
16 34 (3.15%) SSCP
17 33 (3.05%) Linux+ Certification
18 31 (2.87%) CompTIA Security+
18 31 (2.87%) TOGAF Certification
19 28 (2.59%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 101 (9.34%) SLA
2 52 (4.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 40 (3.70%) QA
4 16 (1.48%) PCI DSS
5 13 (1.20%) Cyber Essentials
6 8 (0.74%) GDPR
6 8 (0.74%) ISO 9001
7 6 (0.56%) COBIT
7 6 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 6 (0.56%) RMADS
8 3 (0.28%) ISO 14001
9 2 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.19%) NCSC
9 2 (0.19%) NIST
10 1 (0.093%) Government Security Classifications
10 1 (0.093%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.093%) PMO
10 1 (0.093%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 523 (48.38%) Active Directory
2 319 (29.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 239 (22.11%) Hyper-V
4 82 (7.59%) XenApp
5 66 (6.11%) VMware ESXi
6 59 (5.46%) vSphere
7 46 (4.26%) Docker
8 45 (4.16%) XenDesktop
9 28 (2.59%) Virtual Machines
10 22 (2.04%) NFS
10 22 (2.04%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (1.76%) Virtual Desktop
12 16 (1.48%) Samba
12 16 (1.48%) VirtualBox
12 16 (1.48%) Xen
13 8 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
14 7 (0.65%) VMware Server
15 6 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 5 (0.46%) Firmware
16 5 (0.46%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 186 (17.21%) SCCM
2 90 (8.33%) Microsoft Intune
3 40 (3.70%) Kubernetes
4 37 (3.42%) SCOM
5 29 (2.68%) Backup Exec
5 29 (2.68%) Puppet
6 28 (2.59%) Ansible
7 25 (2.31%) vCenter Server
8 19 (1.76%) WSUS
9 18 (1.67%) Nagios
10 16 (1.48%) Docker Swarm
10 16 (1.48%) OpenNMS
10 16 (1.48%) ZABBIX
11 15 (1.39%) Microsoft Clustering
11 15 (1.39%) SCVMM
12 14 (1.30%) Single Sign-On
13 10 (0.93%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 9 (0.83%) FortiGate
14 9 (0.83%) Terraform
15 8 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 817 (75.58%) Microsoft
2 483 (44.68%) VMware
3 258 (23.87%) Cisco
4 221 (20.44%) Citrix
5 143 (13.23%) HP
6 78 (7.22%) Veeam
7 71 (6.57%) Dell
8 61 (5.64%) NetApp
9 38 (3.52%) Red Hat
9 38 (3.52%) SolarWinds
10 37 (3.42%) EMC
11 29 (2.68%) Oracle
12 25 (2.31%) Polycom
13 24 (2.22%) Palo Alto
14 22 (2.04%) Avaya
15 21 (1.94%) 3PAR
15 21 (1.94%) Symantec
16 18 (1.67%) CheckPoint
16 18 (1.67%) F5
16 18 (1.67%) McAfee