Period
to 15 November 2019

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 15 November 2019 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
15 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 302 310 293
Rank change year-on-year +8 -17 -11
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 1,470 1,773 2,155
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.07% 1.09% 1.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.74% 4.58% 4.92%
Number of salaries quoted 1,305 1,374 1,764
UK median annual salary £45,000 £44,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.12% +11.25% -
10th Percentile £25,000 £25,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £62,500
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 31,015 38,696 43,799
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.65% 23.74% 24.26%
Number of salaries quoted 22,856 28,625 33,650
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,900 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 15 November 2019.

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 15 November 2019. 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 +7 1,355 £45,000 +4.65% 256
UK excluding London +13 924 £42,500 - 208
London +32 474 £52,500 +16.67% 62
South East -3 310 £47,750 +19.38% 74
North of England +48 210 £37,535 -3.76% 45
Midlands -50 148 £42,500 - 36
South West +16 130 £42,500 -15.00% 20
Yorkshire +66 128 £37,500 +25.42% 22
West Midlands -49 84 £40,000 -5.88% 19
East of England +19 83 £44,735 -13.97% 19
North West -38 67 £42,750 +0.59% 18
East Midlands 0 64 £45,000 - 17
Wales +33 29 £31,000 -23.93% 11
North East +24 15 £35,000 +12.00% 5
Scotland +7 13 £30,000 -36.84% 3
Isle of Man +5 6 £48,000 -

For the 6 months to 15 November 2019, 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 1,470 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1,042 (70.88%) Microsoft
3 1,001 (68.10%) Windows
4 833 (56.67%) Active Directory
5 679 (46.19%) VMware
6 650 (44.22%) Office 365
7 620 (42.18%) Azure
8 589 (40.07%) MCSA
9 578 (39.32%) Windows Server
10 555 (37.76%) Cisco Certification
11 532 (36.19%) ITIL
12 501 (34.08%) CCNA
13 455 (30.95%) Cisco
14 430 (29.25%) VMware Infrastructure
15 392 (26.67%) Citrix
16 369 (25.10%) Firewall
17 319 (21.70%) Hyper-V
18 288 (19.59%) DNS
19 283 (19.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
20 277 (18.84%) DHCP
21 269 (18.30%) Windows Server 2012
22 259 (17.62%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 257 (17.48%) SCCM
24 250 (17.01%) Windows 10
25 248 (16.87%) PowerShell
26 245 (16.67%) MS Exchange
27 238 (16.19%) Linux
28 234 (15.92%) AWS
29 231 (15.71%) TCP/IP
30 226 (15.37%) SharePoint

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
1 245 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 226 (15.37%) SharePoint
3 111 (7.55%) Skype for Business
4 86 (5.85%) Exchange Server 2013
5 82 (5.58%) Exchange Server 2010
6 71 (4.83%) IIS
7 41 (2.79%) Apache Spark
7 41 (2.79%) OpenStack
8 40 (2.72%) Elasticsearch
9 36 (2.45%) Exchange Server 2007
10 19 (1.29%) SharePoint 2013
11 12 (0.82%) Confluence
12 7 (0.48%) Apache
13 6 (0.41%) Tomcat
14 5 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2003
14 5 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
15 4 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 3 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
16 3 (0.20%) IBM Domino
16 3 (0.20%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 184 (12.52%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (0.82%) Microsoft Excel
2 12 (0.82%) MS Visio
3 7 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.068%) 3ds Max
5 1 (0.068%) MicroStation
Business Applications
1 11 (0.75%) Workfront
2 10 (0.68%) assyst
3 8 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.34%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.068%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 650 (44.22%) Office 365
2 620 (42.18%) Azure
3 234 (15.92%) AWS
4 222 (15.10%) Azure Active Directory
5 84 (5.71%) IaaS
6 53 (3.61%) OneDrive
7 50 (3.40%) PaaS
8 48 (3.27%) GCP
9 43 (2.93%) SaaS
10 40 (2.72%) OpenShift
11 29 (1.97%) Cloud Computing
12 15 (1.02%) Mimecast
13 10 (0.68%) Power Platform
14 8 (0.54%) G Suite
15 7 (0.48%) PowerApps
16 6 (0.41%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 5 (0.34%) Dynamics 365
18 3 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
19 2 (0.14%) OpenDNS
20 1 (0.068%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 369 (25.10%) Firewall
2 288 (19.59%) DNS
3 277 (18.84%) DHCP
4 231 (15.71%) TCP/IP
5 221 (15.03%) WAN
6 218 (14.83%) LAN
7 169 (11.50%) SAN
8 155 (10.54%) VoIP
9 112 (7.62%) VPN
10 105 (7.14%) Skype
11 98 (6.67%) Wireless
12 70 (4.76%) Network Security
13 57 (3.88%) iSCSI
14 55 (3.74%) VLAN
15 54 (3.67%) Broadband
16 53 (3.61%) NAS
17 45 (3.06%) ADSL
18 44 (2.99%) 3G
18 44 (2.99%) MPLS
19 41 (2.79%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 211 (14.35%) SQL Server
2 44 (2.99%) Big Data
2 44 (2.99%) SQL Server 2012
3 25 (1.70%) SQL Server 2008
4 23 (1.56%) Amazon RDS
5 17 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (0.95%) SQL Server 2016
6 14 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 14 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 11 (0.75%) OLAP
8 9 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
8 9 (0.61%) Oracle Database
9 7 (0.48%) SQL Server 2014
10 6 (0.41%) Relational Database
11 5 (0.34%) Data Lake
11 5 (0.34%) Oracle Database 11g
12 4 (0.27%) Data Warehouse
12 4 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.27%) Power BI
13 2 (0.14%) DTS
Development Applications
1 58 (3.95%) JIRA
2 47 (3.20%) Bitbucket
3 45 (3.06%) Git (software)
4 41 (2.79%) git-flow
5 24 (1.63%) MSI
6 20 (1.36%) Visual Studio
6 20 (1.36%) Visual Studio Team System
7 19 (1.29%) InstallShield
8 12 (0.82%) Jenkins
9 6 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (0.41%) Terragrunt
10 5 (0.34%) WinDbg
11 3 (0.20%) JUnit
11 3 (0.20%) Subversion
12 2 (0.14%) MSTest
12 2 (0.14%) NUnit
13 1 (0.068%) Android Studio
13 1 (0.068%) Bitbucket Server
13 1 (0.068%) IBM UrbanCode
13 1 (0.068%) SonarQube
General
1 191 (12.99%) Finance
2 60 (4.08%) Public Sector
3 46 (3.13%) Legal
4 39 (2.65%) Law
5 35 (2.38%) Retail
6 34 (2.31%) Telecoms
7 22 (1.50%) Games
8 17 (1.16%) Manufacturing
9 16 (1.09%) Banking
10 12 (0.82%) Advertising
11 11 (0.75%) Financial Institution
12 10 (0.68%) Marketing
13 7 (0.48%) Local Government
14 6 (0.41%) Front Office
15 3 (0.20%) Electronics
15 3 (0.20%) Investment Banking
16 2 (0.14%) Aerospace
16 2 (0.14%) French Language
16 2 (0.14%) German Language
17 1 (0.068%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 242 (16.46%) Consultant
2 229 (15.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 190 (12.93%) Analyst
4 164 (11.16%) Support Engineer
5 129 (8.78%) Architect
6 116 (7.89%) IT Support
7 110 (7.48%) IT Engineer
8 101 (6.87%) Support Analyst
9 89 (6.05%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 83 (5.65%) Technical Support
11 78 (5.31%) Infrastructure Consultant
12 75 (5.10%) Administrator
13 67 (4.56%) IT Analyst
14 62 (4.22%) IT Support Engineer
15 61 (4.15%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
16 56 (3.81%) Network Engineer
17 55 (3.74%) Microsoft Consultant
17 55 (3.74%) Windows Engineer
18 52 (3.54%) 3rd Line Support
19 51 (3.47%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (4.35%) .NET
2 58 (3.95%) ASP.NET
3 44 (2.99%) AngularJS
4 41 (2.79%) Kafka
4 41 (2.79%) Spring
4 41 (2.79%) Web Services
5 40 (2.72%) GraphQL
5 40 (2.72%) Node.js
5 40 (2.72%) React
5 40 (2.72%) REST
5 40 (2.72%) Spring MVC
5 40 (2.72%) Vue.js
6 20 (1.36%) SAML
7 19 (1.29%) JSON
8 15 (1.02%) OAuth
9 11 (0.75%) HTML
10 9 (0.61%) CSS
11 8 (0.54%) LDAP
11 8 (0.54%) XMPP
12 6 (0.41%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 221 (15.03%) Data Centre
2 96 (6.53%) Analytical Skills
3 86 (5.85%) Management Information System
4 58 (3.95%) Driving Licence
5 49 (3.33%) Public Cloud
6 47 (3.20%) Self-Motivation
7 39 (2.65%) PKI
8 38 (2.59%) Private Cloud
9 34 (2.31%) Clustering
10 26 (1.77%) Blackberry
11 25 (1.70%) Replication
12 22 (1.50%) CESG
13 21 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
14 18 (1.22%) Cyberattack
14 18 (1.22%) Cybercrime
15 16 (1.09%) Hybrid Cloud
16 14 (0.95%) CMDB
16 14 (0.95%) Handset
17 13 (0.88%) Smartphone
18 11 (0.75%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 1,001 (68.10%) Windows
2 578 (39.32%) Windows Server
3 269 (18.30%) Windows Server 2012
4 250 (17.01%) Windows 10
5 238 (16.19%) Linux
6 195 (13.27%) Windows Server 2008
7 136 (9.25%) Windows 7
8 80 (5.44%) Windows 8
9 57 (3.88%) Unix
10 46 (3.13%) Apple iOS
11 45 (3.06%) Android
12 30 (2.04%) Windows Server 2003
13 26 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 21 (1.43%) CentOS
15 15 (1.02%) Mac OS X
16 9 (0.61%) AIX
16 9 (0.61%) Windows XP
17 7 (0.48%) Ubuntu
18 6 (0.41%) Debian
18 6 (0.41%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 532 (36.19%) ITIL
2 259 (17.62%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 222 (15.10%) Problem-Solving
4 140 (9.52%) Mentoring
5 117 (7.96%) Service Management
6 116 (7.89%) PRINCE2
7 114 (7.76%) Disaster Recovery
8 102 (6.94%) Change Management
9 98 (6.67%) Migration
9 98 (6.67%) Project Management
10 94 (6.39%) Project Delivery
11 92 (6.26%) Presales
12 89 (6.05%) Cybersecurity
13 85 (5.78%) Agile Software Development
14 75 (5.10%) TOGAF
15 70 (4.76%) Penetration Testing
16 69 (4.69%) Business Continuity
17 67 (4.56%) Customer Requirements
17 67 (4.56%) IT Strategy
18 66 (4.49%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 248 (16.87%) PowerShell
2 214 (14.56%) SQL
3 48 (3.27%) VBScript
4 43 (2.93%) C
5 39 (2.65%) C#
6 20 (1.36%) C++
6 20 (1.36%) T-SQL
7 19 (1.29%) Bash Shell
8 12 (0.82%) Python
8 12 (0.82%) VBA
9 10 (0.68%) JavaScript
9 10 (0.68%) VB
10 5 (0.34%) Java
11 4 (0.27%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.14%) PHP
12 2 (0.14%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.068%) Apple Swift
13 1 (0.068%) Kotlin
13 1 (0.068%) Perl
13 1 (0.068%) R
Qualifications
1 1,470 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 589 (40.07%) MCSA
3 555 (37.76%) Cisco Certification
4 501 (34.08%) CCNA
5 283 (19.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 213 (14.49%) MCP
7 178 (12.11%) Degree
8 166 (11.29%) CCNP
9 162 (11.02%) MCITP
10 100 (6.80%) Security Cleared
11 88 (5.99%) CISSP
12 70 (4.76%) CompTIA Security+
13 67 (4.56%) SC Cleared
14 62 (4.22%) Citrix Certification
15 58 (3.95%) Network+ Certification
16 46 (3.13%) CCA
17 43 (2.93%) Linux+ Certification
18 42 (2.86%) GIAC
18 42 (2.86%) SANS
18 42 (2.86%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 102 (6.94%) SLA
2 90 (6.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 44 (2.99%) QA
4 40 (2.72%) ISO 9001
5 20 (1.36%) PCI DSS
6 15 (1.02%) Cyber Essentials
7 14 (0.95%) NIST
8 13 (0.88%) GDPR
9 12 (0.82%) COBIT
10 11 (0.75%) NCSC
10 11 (0.75%) PMO
11 9 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 6 (0.41%) Data Quality
13 4 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 4 (0.27%) RMADS
14 3 (0.20%) NIST 800
14 3 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 1 (0.068%) BS7799
15 1 (0.068%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 833 (56.67%) Active Directory
2 430 (29.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 319 (21.70%) Hyper-V
4 174 (11.84%) XenApp
5 98 (6.67%) vSphere
6 88 (5.99%) XenDesktop
7 61 (4.15%) Docker
8 47 (3.20%) VMware ESXi
9 34 (2.31%) Virtual Machines
10 24 (1.63%) Microsoft App-V
11 23 (1.56%) Virtual Servers
12 17 (1.16%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 17 (1.16%) VMware NSX
13 16 (1.09%) Terminal Services
13 16 (1.09%) Virtual Desktop
14 13 (0.88%) NFS
15 12 (0.82%) ISA Server
16 11 (0.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 7 (0.48%) Firmware
18 6 (0.41%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 257 (17.48%) SCCM
2 106 (7.21%) Microsoft Intune
3 66 (4.49%) WSUS
4 44 (2.99%) Kubernetes
5 34 (2.31%) Backup Exec
6 30 (2.04%) SCOM
7 19 (1.29%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 18 (1.22%) Single Sign-On
9 14 (0.95%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 14 (0.95%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 13 (0.88%) NetBackup
11 10 (0.68%) Nessus
11 10 (0.68%) vCenter Server
12 9 (0.61%) Ansible
12 9 (0.61%) Microsoft Clustering
12 9 (0.61%) vRealize
13 8 (0.54%) Cisco UCCX
13 8 (0.54%) SCVMM
14 7 (0.48%) Nagios
14 7 (0.48%) Terraform
Vendors
1 1,042 (70.88%) Microsoft
2 679 (46.19%) VMware
3 455 (30.95%) Cisco
4 392 (26.67%) Citrix
5 146 (9.93%) HP
6 137 (9.32%) NetApp
7 94 (6.39%) Dell
8 82 (5.58%) Meraki
9 69 (4.69%) Nimble Storage
10 67 (4.56%) Veeam
11 60 (4.08%) Polycom
12 57 (3.88%) Aruba
13 56 (3.81%) Google
14 42 (2.86%) EMC
15 40 (2.72%) Mitel
15 40 (2.72%) ServiceNow
16 39 (2.65%) Red Hat
17 33 (2.24%) F5
18 32 (2.18%) Symantec
19 29 (1.97%) Ivanti