Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) formerly Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
UK

The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for MCSE qualifications. It includes a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months leading up to 21 July 2024, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
21 Jul 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 568 568 749
Rank change year-on-year 0 +181 -158
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 329 326 594
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.34% 0.39% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.30% 1.17% 1.20%
Number of salaries quoted 183 254 498
10th Percentile £28,800 £26,400 £26,250
25th Percentile £31,750 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% - -3.74%
75th Percentile £50,750 £63,750 £58,438
90th Percentile £63,750 £70,000 £74,125
UK excluding London median annual salary £39,000 £41,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year -6.02% -2.35% -

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK

MCSE falls under the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. For comparison with the information above, the following table provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications.

Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 25,276 27,846 49,472
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 26.39% 33.57% 27.88%
Number of salaries quoted 14,597 13,988 20,226
10th Percentile £30,000 £32,083 £30,500
25th Percentile £40,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £60,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year -8.33% +9.09% -
75th Percentile £71,250 £76,250 £73,750
90th Percentile £87,500 £95,000 £91,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £48,500
% change year-on-year -4.76% +8.25% +1.04%

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 21 July 2024.

Salary histogram for MCSE in the UK

MCSE
Top 17 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 July 2024. 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
Jobs
England +20 308 £40,000 -11.11% 39
UK excluding London -11 279 £39,000 -6.02% 40
Midlands +32 114 £44,225 -15.76% 3
West Midlands +28 82 £35,000 -40.43% 2
South East -17 72 £33,000 -17.50% 13
Work from Home +2 55 £43,750 +6.06% 18
London +28 43 £45,000 -14.29% 5
East Midlands -10 32 £45,000 - 1
North of England +19 29 £37,500 -6.25% 12
South West -20 27 £37,000 -12.43% 4
East of England -7 23 £42,500 +7.59% 6
Yorkshire +53 13 £38,750 +13.14% 5
North West -11 12 £45,000 +2.86% 4
Scotland -35 8 £48,500 +73.21% 5
North East - 6 £33,500 - 4
Wales +26 5 £40,000 -5.88%
Isle of Man - 1 £50,000 -

MCSE
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 76 (23.10%) Microsoft Exchange
2 55 (16.72%) SharePoint
3 18 (5.47%) SharePoint 2010
3 18 (5.47%) SharePoint 2013
4 5 (1.52%) CMS
5 4 (1.22%) IIS
6 1 (0.30%) Confluence
Applications
1 44 (13.37%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (3.04%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.61%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.30%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (1.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.61%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 164 (49.85%) Azure
2 128 (38.91%) Microsoft 365
3 56 (17.02%) AWS
4 39 (11.85%) Azure AI
4 39 (11.85%) Azure DevOps
4 39 (11.85%) IBM Cloud
5 32 (9.73%) Entra ID
6 20 (6.08%) GCP
7 18 (5.47%) Dynamics 365
8 15 (4.56%) Power Platform
9 13 (3.95%) OneDrive
10 8 (2.43%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (2.13%) Google Workspace
11 7 (2.13%) Mimecast
12 6 (1.82%) PowerApps
13 5 (1.52%) SaaS
13 5 (1.52%) WhatsApp
14 3 (0.91%) Nutanix
15 2 (0.61%) Amazon EKS
15 2 (0.61%) Azure AKS
Communications & Networking
1 84 (25.53%) Internet
2 82 (24.92%) Firewall
3 80 (24.32%) Network Security
3 80 (24.32%) WLAN
4 47 (14.29%) SAN
5 46 (13.98%) WAN
6 39 (11.85%) DNS
6 39 (11.85%) LAN
7 36 (10.94%) DHCP
8 33 (10.03%) VPN
9 31 (9.42%) VLAN
10 25 (7.60%) NAS
11 24 (7.29%) TCP/IP
12 23 (6.99%) VoIP
13 22 (6.69%) Wi-Fi
14 14 (4.26%) SD-WAN
15 9 (2.74%) Wireless
16 8 (2.43%) MPLS
17 5 (1.52%) BGP
17 5 (1.52%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (6.08%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.65%) Power BI
3 5 (1.52%) MySQL
4 3 (0.91%) Data Lake
4 3 (0.91%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.61%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (0.61%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (1.82%) Git
2 3 (0.91%) Axure RP
2 3 (0.91%) JIRA
3 2 (0.61%) GitLab
3 2 (0.61%) Visual Studio
General
1 84 (25.53%) Social Skills
2 54 (16.41%) Analytical Skills
3 44 (13.37%) Public Sector
4 21 (6.38%) Finance
5 15 (4.56%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 10 (3.04%) Automotive
6 10 (3.04%) Manufacturing
7 9 (2.74%) Organisational Skills
8 8 (2.43%) Documentation Skills
8 8 (2.43%) Legal
8 8 (2.43%) Retail
9 5 (1.52%) Electronics
10 4 (1.22%) Advertising
10 4 (1.22%) Aerospace
10 4 (1.22%) Presentation Skills
11 3 (0.91%) Banking
11 3 (0.91%) Billing
11 3 (0.91%) Multimedia
12 2 (0.61%) Police
12 2 (0.61%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 104 (31.61%) IT Engineer
1 104 (31.61%) Support Engineer
2 103 (31.31%) IT Support
3 81 (24.62%) IT Support Engineer
4 38 (11.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 22 (6.69%) 2nd Line Support
5 22 (6.69%) 3rd Line Support
6 18 (5.47%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 18 (5.47%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 16 (4.86%) Cloud Engineer
7 16 (4.86%) Lead
8 15 (4.56%) Consultant
8 15 (4.56%) IT Manager
9 14 (4.26%) Analyst
9 14 (4.26%) IT Technician
9 14 (4.26%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
10 13 (3.95%) Systems Engineer
11 10 (3.04%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
11 10 (3.04%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
12 9 (2.74%) IT Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (0.91%) ARM Templates
1 3 (0.91%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 78 (23.71%) Driving Licence
2 70 (21.28%) Onboarding
3 39 (11.85%) Blockchain
3 39 (11.85%) Distributed Systems
3 39 (11.85%) Hybrid Cloud
4 27 (8.21%) Data Centre
5 23 (6.99%) Management Information System
6 13 (3.95%) Replication
7 9 (2.74%) Public Cloud
7 9 (2.74%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (2.74%) Virtual Team
8 8 (2.43%) Security Posture
9 7 (2.13%) NHS
9 7 (2.13%) Smartphone
10 6 (1.82%) PKI
11 5 (1.52%) Data Protection Act
11 5 (1.52%) EPoS
11 5 (1.52%) Greenfield Project
11 5 (1.52%) Operational Technology
12 4 (1.22%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 231 (70.21%) Windows
2 155 (47.11%) Linux
3 93 (28.27%) Windows Server
4 45 (13.68%) Debian
5 43 (13.07%) CentOS
6 39 (11.85%) Alpine Linux
7 31 (9.42%) Windows 10
8 21 (6.38%) Windows Server 2016
9 19 (5.78%) Windows Server 2019
10 15 (4.56%) Windows Server 2012
11 10 (3.04%) Mac OS
12 9 (2.74%) Android
12 9 (2.74%) Ubuntu
13 8 (2.43%) Apple iOS
14 5 (1.52%) Mac OS X
15 4 (1.22%) Windows 7
15 4 (1.22%) Windows Server 2008
15 4 (1.22%) Windows Vista
16 3 (0.91%) SUSE
16 3 (0.91%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (44.98%) ITIL
2 138 (41.95%) Problem-Solving
3 93 (28.27%) Computer Science
4 92 (27.96%) Mentoring
5 70 (21.28%) Asset Management
6 69 (20.97%) Network Management
7 67 (20.36%) IT Asset Management
8 53 (16.11%) Customer Service
8 53 (16.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 44 (13.37%) Artificial Intelligence
10 43 (13.07%) Task Automation
11 41 (12.46%) CI/CD
11 41 (12.46%) DevOps
12 39 (11.85%) Co-Creation
12 39 (11.85%) Data Science
12 39 (11.85%) Functional Testing
12 39 (11.85%) Separation of Concerns
12 39 (11.85%) Technology Transformation
13 37 (11.25%) Project Management
14 22 (6.69%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 35 (10.64%) SQL
2 31 (9.42%) PowerShell
3 8 (2.43%) C#
4 6 (1.82%) T-SQL
5 3 (0.91%) Python
6 2 (0.61%) Bash
6 2 (0.61%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.30%) Swift
Qualifications
1 329 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 152 (46.20%) Cisco Certification
3 137 (41.64%) CCNA
4 136 (41.34%) Degree
5 105 (31.91%) MCSA
6 99 (30.09%) MCP
7 91 (27.66%) CCNP
8 87 (26.44%) Computer Science Degree
9 68 (20.67%) LPIC
10 48 (14.59%) Azure Certification
11 33 (10.03%) MCITP
12 29 (8.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 24 (7.29%) Security Cleared
14 20 (6.08%) SC Cleared
15 10 (3.04%) ITIL Certification
16 9 (2.74%) A+ Certification
16 9 (2.74%) Network+ Certification
17 8 (2.43%) MCTS
18 5 (1.52%) CISSP
18 5 (1.52%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (4.86%) SLA
2 8 (2.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.52%) Cyber Essentials
4 4 (1.22%) GDPR
5 2 (0.61%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.30%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.30%) NIST
6 1 (0.30%) QA
System Software
1 130 (39.51%) Active Directory
2 92 (27.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 73 (22.19%) Hyper-V
4 41 (12.46%) Docker
5 21 (6.38%) XenDesktop
6 15 (4.56%) vSphere
6 15 (4.56%) XenApp
7 10 (3.04%) Virtual Servers
8 9 (2.74%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (1.22%) Firmware
10 3 (0.91%) KVM
10 3 (0.91%) vCloud
11 2 (0.61%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 43 (13.07%) Microsoft Intune
1 43 (13.07%) Terraform
2 41 (12.46%) Kubernetes
3 34 (10.33%) SCCM
4 9 (2.74%) WSUS
5 6 (1.82%) FortiGate
6 4 (1.22%) vCenter Server
7 3 (0.91%) Autotask
8 1 (0.30%) Nessus
8 1 (0.30%) SCOM
8 1 (0.30%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 245 (74.47%) Microsoft
2 133 (40.43%) Cisco
3 106 (32.22%) VMware
4 45 (13.68%) IBM
4 45 (13.68%) Red Hat
5 36 (10.94%) HP
6 34 (10.33%) Citrix
7 31 (9.42%) Dell
8 29 (8.81%) Google
9 21 (6.38%) Veeam
10 18 (5.47%) Apple
10 18 (5.47%) Meraki
10 18 (5.47%) Symantec
11 12 (3.65%) Fortinet
12 11 (3.34%) ServiceNow
13 10 (3.04%) Sophos
14 8 (2.43%) Commvault
15 7 (2.13%) Aruba
15 7 (2.13%) Sage
15 7 (2.13%) SonicWALL