Period
to 30 September 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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 357 295 311
Rank change year-on-year -62 +16 -21
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 376 1,529 1,793
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 1.10% 1.09%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.54% 4.68% 4.62%
Number of salaries quoted 364 1,418 1,424
Median annual salary £45,910 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.02% - +12.50%
10th Percentile £29,750 £23,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £73,750 £70,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 10,621 32,665 38,837
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.04% 23.44% 23.64%
Number of salaries quoted 7,818 23,776 28,801
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +7.53%
10th Percentile £31,500 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

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 30 September 2020.

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 30 September 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 -45 363 £45,000 - 70
UK excluding London +3 287 £45,000 +5.88% 68
South East +49 97 £45,000 -5.26% 18
North of England +58 94 £46,865 +40.95% 12
London -36 87 £60,000 +9.09% 9
North West +125 69 £52,500 +22.09% 7
Midlands +56 60 £42,500 - 16
West Midlands +62 47 £41,250 -2.94% 10
Work from Home -6 28 £47,500 -24.00% 14
South West +41 23 £47,500 +5.56% 9
North East +32 18 £36,250 -8.23% 1
East Midlands +57 13 £42,500 -14.57% 6
Scotland +87 12 £65,000 +111.38% 3
East of England +58 7 £47,500 +6.18% 5
Yorkshire -12 7 £35,341 +38.59% 4

For the 6 months to 30 September 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.

1 376 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 291 (77.39%) Microsoft
3 242 (64.36%) Windows
4 228 (60.64%) Azure
5 186 (49.47%) Active Directory
6 177 (47.07%) MCSA
6 177 (47.07%) VMware
7 165 (43.88%) Office 365
8 126 (33.51%) Windows Server
9 122 (32.45%) Cisco Certification
10 121 (32.18%) VMware Infrastructure
11 114 (30.32%) Cisco
11 114 (30.32%) CCNA
12 113 (30.05%) ITIL
13 100 (26.60%) Hyper-V
14 94 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 91 (24.20%) Firewall
16 88 (23.40%) DNS
17 83 (22.07%) SQL
18 79 (21.01%) IaaS
19 78 (20.74%) AWS
20 75 (19.95%) SQL Server
21 74 (19.68%) WAN
21 74 (19.68%) PowerShell
22 72 (19.15%) TCP/IP
22 72 (19.15%) Windows 10
23 71 (18.88%) LAN
24 70 (18.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
24 70 (18.62%) PaaS
25 68 (18.09%) DHCP

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 49 (13.03%) MS Exchange
2 36 (9.57%) Exchange Server 2013
3 30 (7.98%) Exchange Server 2010
4 28 (7.45%) SharePoint
5 20 (5.32%) Skype for Business
6 16 (4.26%) IIS
7 3 (0.80%) CMS
8 2 (0.53%) Apache
8 2 (0.53%) IBM Notes
8 2 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.27%) Confluence
9 1 (0.27%) Drupal
9 1 (0.27%) Joomla!
9 1 (0.27%) WordPress
Applications
1 48 (12.77%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.33%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.33%) Carpe Diem
2 2 (0.53%) Workfront
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.27%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 228 (60.64%) Azure
2 165 (43.88%) Office 365
3 79 (21.01%) IaaS
4 78 (20.74%) AWS
5 70 (18.62%) PaaS
6 41 (10.90%) GCP
7 34 (9.04%) Azure Active Directory
8 22 (5.85%) SaaS
9 19 (5.05%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (1.33%) Amazon S3
10 5 (1.33%) Mimecast
10 5 (1.33%) Power Platform
11 3 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (0.80%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 3 (0.80%) GitHub
12 2 (0.53%) Amazon ELB
12 2 (0.53%) Amazon Glacier
12 2 (0.53%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.53%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 91 (24.20%) Firewall
2 88 (23.40%) DNS
3 74 (19.68%) WAN
4 72 (19.15%) TCP/IP
5 71 (18.88%) LAN
6 68 (18.09%) DHCP
7 63 (16.76%) SAN
8 45 (11.97%) VPN
9 43 (11.44%) Skype
10 33 (8.78%) Wireless
11 29 (7.71%) Internet
12 26 (6.91%) Fibre Channel
13 25 (6.65%) iSCSI
13 25 (6.65%) Wi-Fi
14 20 (5.32%) Remote Desktop
15 15 (3.99%) VoIP
16 12 (3.19%) VLAN
16 12 (3.19%) WLAN
17 11 (2.93%) NetScaler
18 9 (2.39%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (19.95%) SQL Server
2 9 (2.39%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (1.60%) SQL Server 2014
4 5 (1.33%) Power BI
4 5 (1.33%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (1.06%) Oracle Database
5 4 (1.06%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (0.53%) Data Lake
6 2 (0.53%) MySQL
6 2 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.53%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.53%) SQL Server 2019
6 2 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.27%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.27%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 7 (1.86%) Metasploit
1 7 (1.86%) WebScarab
2 2 (0.53%) Bitbucket
2 2 (0.53%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.53%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.27%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.27%) JIRA
General
1 63 (16.76%) Finance
2 13 (3.46%) Public Sector
3 11 (2.93%) Retail
4 10 (2.66%) Telecoms
5 8 (2.13%) Marketing
6 6 (1.60%) Law
6 6 (1.60%) Legal
7 5 (1.33%) Banking
8 4 (1.06%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.80%) Back Office
10 2 (0.53%) Electronics
10 2 (0.53%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.53%) Local Government
10 2 (0.53%) Mandarin Language
11 1 (0.27%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.27%) Housing Association
11 1 (0.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 84 (22.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 60 (15.96%) Architect
3 42 (11.17%) IT Engineer
4 36 (9.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 36 (9.57%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 32 (8.51%) Infrastructure Architect
6 31 (8.24%) Analyst
6 31 (8.24%) Consultant
6 31 (8.24%) Support Engineer
7 26 (6.91%) Cloud Architect
8 23 (6.12%) IT Support
9 21 (5.59%) Systems Engineer
10 20 (5.32%) 3rd Line Support
11 18 (4.79%) Azure Architect
11 18 (4.79%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 17 (4.52%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
13 16 (4.26%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
14 14 (3.72%) Administrator
14 14 (3.72%) Security Engineer
15 12 (3.19%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (1.86%) 802.1X
1 7 (1.86%) OAuth
1 7 (1.86%) OAuth2
1 7 (1.86%) OpenID
1 7 (1.86%) SAML
2 6 (1.60%) Web Services
3 3 (0.80%) ODBC
3 3 (0.80%) WSH
4 2 (0.53%) LAMP
4 2 (0.53%) LDAP
5 1 (0.27%) .NET
5 1 (0.27%) Django
5 1 (0.27%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 56 (14.89%) Data Centre
2 39 (10.37%) Private Cloud
3 25 (6.65%) Hybrid Cloud
4 24 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
5 21 (5.59%) Public Cloud
6 19 (5.05%) Clustering
6 19 (5.05%) Self-Motivation
7 14 (3.72%) Management Information System
8 11 (2.93%) CMDB
8 11 (2.93%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 11 (2.93%) Security Operations Centre
9 10 (2.66%) Replication
10 7 (1.86%) Client/Server
10 7 (1.86%) Cloud Native
10 7 (1.86%) Driving Licence
10 7 (1.86%) Mobile App
11 5 (1.33%) Video Conferencing
12 4 (1.06%) iPhone
12 4 (1.06%) NHS
12 4 (1.06%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 242 (64.36%) Windows
2 126 (33.51%) Windows Server
3 72 (19.15%) Windows 10
4 63 (16.76%) Linux
5 62 (16.49%) Windows Server 2012
6 57 (15.16%) Windows Server 2016
7 46 (12.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 43 (11.44%) Windows 7
9 23 (6.12%) Windows 8
10 15 (3.99%) Windows Server 2019
11 12 (3.19%) Windows XP
12 10 (2.66%) Unix
13 5 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (1.06%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.80%) Android
15 3 (0.80%) HPUX
15 3 (0.80%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.80%) Oracle Linux
15 3 (0.80%) Solaris
16 1 (0.27%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (30.05%) ITIL
2 94 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 59 (15.69%) Cybersecurity
3 59 (15.69%) Disaster Recovery
4 55 (14.63%) TOGAF
5 35 (9.31%) Migration
6 33 (8.78%) ITIL V3
7 32 (8.51%) Project Management
8 29 (7.71%) Business Continuity
8 29 (7.71%) Change Management
9 26 (6.91%) Project Delivery
10 25 (6.65%) IT Strategy
11 23 (6.12%) Problem-Solving
12 21 (5.59%) Customer Requirements
12 21 (5.59%) PRINCE2
13 20 (5.32%) Agile Software Development
13 20 (5.32%) High Availability
13 20 (5.32%) Presales
14 19 (5.05%) Information Security
14 19 (5.05%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 83 (22.07%) SQL
2 74 (19.68%) PowerShell
3 23 (6.12%) Python
4 20 (5.32%) Bash Shell
5 8 (2.13%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.33%) VBScript
7 3 (0.80%) Shell Script
8 2 (0.53%) C
8 2 (0.53%) PHP
Qualifications
1 376 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 177 (47.07%) MCSA
3 122 (32.45%) Cisco Certification
4 114 (30.32%) CCNA
5 70 (18.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 62 (16.49%) Degree
7 52 (13.83%) MCP
8 46 (12.23%) TOGAF Certification
9 37 (9.84%) CCNP
10 36 (9.57%) MCTS
11 35 (9.31%) Security Cleared
12 34 (9.04%) SC Cleared
13 28 (7.45%) MCITP
14 25 (6.65%) RHCE
15 23 (6.12%) ITIL Certification
16 20 (5.32%) Server+ Certification
17 18 (4.79%) RHCSA
18 14 (3.72%) AWS Certification
18 14 (3.72%) Computer Science Degree
19 12 (3.19%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (5.59%) SLA
2 14 (3.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (1.86%) NCSC
4 6 (1.60%) GDPR
4 6 (1.60%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.53%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.27%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.27%) NIST
6 1 (0.27%) QA
6 1 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 186 (49.47%) Active Directory
2 121 (32.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 100 (26.60%) Hyper-V
4 36 (9.57%) vSphere
5 24 (6.38%) VMware ESXi
6 18 (4.79%) XenApp
7 9 (2.39%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (2.39%) Virtual Servers
8 8 (2.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 7 (1.86%) Docker
9 7 (1.86%) Virtual Desktop
10 6 (1.60%) XenDesktop
11 4 (1.06%) NFS
11 4 (1.06%) VMware NSX
12 3 (0.80%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 3 (0.80%) Terminal Services
13 2 (0.53%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.53%) Firmware
13 2 (0.53%) ProxySG
14 1 (0.27%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 67 (17.82%) SCCM
2 34 (9.04%) Microsoft Intune
3 23 (6.12%) Terraform
4 21 (5.59%) Puppet
5 20 (5.32%) Ansible
5 20 (5.32%) Backup Exec
6 14 (3.72%) Microsoft Clustering
7 12 (3.19%) SCOM
8 11 (2.93%) Nessus
8 11 (2.93%) WSUS
9 7 (1.86%) Core Impact
9 7 (1.86%) Kubernetes
9 7 (1.86%) Nexpose
9 7 (1.86%) Single Sign-On
10 6 (1.60%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (1.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 5 (1.33%) Nagios
12 4 (1.06%) vCenter Server
13 3 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
14 2 (0.53%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 291 (77.39%) Microsoft
2 177 (47.07%) VMware
3 114 (30.32%) Cisco
4 66 (17.55%) Citrix
5 41 (10.90%) Dell
6 33 (8.78%) Red Hat
7 30 (7.98%) Veeam
8 26 (6.91%) HP
9 25 (6.65%) Google
10 16 (4.26%) NetApp
11 11 (2.93%) Siemens
11 11 (2.93%) Splunk
12 10 (2.66%) Juniper
12 10 (2.66%) McAfee
13 9 (2.39%) EMC
13 9 (2.39%) Palo Alto
14 7 (1.86%) Meraki
15 6 (1.60%) SolarWinds
16 5 (1.33%) SAP
16 5 (1.33%) Zerto