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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 4 July 2022 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
4 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 759 546 339
Rank change year-on-year -213 -207 -36
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 573 499 682
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.46% 0.86%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.23% 2.14% 3.98%
Number of salaries quoted 481 411 583
10th Percentile £27,500 £28,000 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £33,250 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
75th Percentile £58,750 £57,500 £60,000
90th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - -5.56% +12.50%

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 46,561 23,332 17,151
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 25.63% 21.64% 21.71%
Number of salaries quoted 17,966 13,520 12,894
10th Percentile £30,500 £31,250 £29,750
25th Percentile £40,000 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £73,000 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £86,250 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £48,900 £47,500
% change year-on-year -1.84% +2.95% +5.56%

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 4 July 2022.

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 4 July 2022. 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 -177 519 £45,000 - 84
UK excluding London -101 400 £42,500 - 80
Work from Home -204 239 £50,000 +17.65% 34
London -223 141 £52,500 +5.00% 13
South East -90 107 £37,500 +10.29% 15
East of England -15 92 £45,000 -14.29% 12
North of England -85 77 £40,000 -6.98% 24
Midlands -70 63 £45,000 +2.27% 11
West Midlands -50 50 £45,000 - 4
North West -78 37 £40,000 -23.81% 10
South West -30 36 £45,000 - 9
Yorkshire -49 35 £42,500 +6.76% 9
Wales -28 13 £45,000 +28.57% 1
East Midlands -46 13 £45,000 +2.27% 7
Scotland -54 12 £29,500 -46.36% 8
North East -18 5 £25,500 -41.38% 5
Northern Ireland - 1 £40,000 -

For the 6 months to 4 July 2022, 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.

1 573 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 430 (75.04%) Microsoft
3 385 (67.19%) Windows
4 336 (58.64%) Active Directory
5 330 (57.59%) Azure
6 294 (51.31%) Microsoft 365
7 274 (47.82%) VMware
8 272 (47.47%) Windows Server
9 264 (46.07%) ITIL
10 201 (35.08%) MCSA
11 191 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
12 189 (32.98%) Firewall
13 185 (32.29%) Cisco Certification
14 169 (29.49%) Social Skills
15 162 (28.27%) CCNA
16 156 (27.23%) DNS
17 148 (25.83%) AWS
18 146 (25.48%) Degree
18 146 (25.48%) DHCP
19 145 (25.31%) Cisco
19 145 (25.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 139 (24.26%) PowerShell
21 125 (21.82%) Hyper-V
22 122 (21.29%) Azure Active Directory
23 121 (21.12%) WAN
24 118 (20.59%) LAN
24 118 (20.59%) MS Exchange
25 117 (20.42%) Problem-Solving
26 116 (20.24%) SAN
27 107 (18.67%) TCP/IP

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
1 118 (20.59%) MS Exchange
2 91 (15.88%) SharePoint
3 22 (3.84%) IIS
4 5 (0.87%) Apache
4 5 (0.87%) Confluence
4 5 (0.87%) nginx
4 5 (0.87%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.35%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.17%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 78 (13.61%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (1.05%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 15 (2.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.17%) assyst
2 1 (0.17%) Fidessa
Cloud Services
1 330 (57.59%) Azure
2 294 (51.31%) Microsoft 365
3 148 (25.83%) AWS
4 122 (21.29%) Azure Active Directory
5 48 (8.38%) IaaS
6 41 (7.16%) OneDrive
7 35 (6.11%) PaaS
8 30 (5.24%) SaaS
9 23 (4.01%) Dynamics 365
10 21 (3.66%) Rubrik
11 17 (2.97%) Mimecast
12 16 (2.79%) Power Platform
13 14 (2.44%) IBM Cloud
14 12 (2.09%) Cloud Computing
15 10 (1.75%) Google Workspace
16 9 (1.57%) GCP
17 8 (1.40%) Amazon EC2
17 8 (1.40%) Azure DevOps
18 6 (1.05%) GitHub
19 5 (0.87%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 189 (32.98%) Firewall
2 156 (27.23%) DNS
3 146 (25.48%) DHCP
4 121 (21.12%) WAN
5 118 (20.59%) LAN
6 116 (20.24%) SAN
7 107 (18.67%) TCP/IP
8 67 (11.69%) VPN
8 67 (11.69%) Wireless
9 51 (8.90%) VLAN
10 46 (8.03%) Wi-Fi
11 40 (6.98%) Network Security
12 38 (6.63%) Fibre Channel
12 38 (6.63%) Internet
13 32 (5.58%) Remote Desktop
14 30 (5.24%) NetScaler
15 29 (5.06%) VoIP
16 17 (2.97%) NAS
16 17 (2.97%) WLAN
17 16 (2.79%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (16.58%) SQL Server
2 25 (4.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 24 (4.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 23 (4.01%) MySQL
5 22 (3.84%) Amazon RDS
6 21 (3.66%) PostgreSQL
7 16 (2.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 13 (2.27%) MongoDB
9 11 (1.92%) Power BI
9 11 (1.92%) Relational Database
10 9 (1.57%) Data Warehouse
11 5 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.87%) InfluxDB
11 5 (0.87%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.52%) Apache Cassandra
12 3 (0.52%) Data Lake
12 3 (0.52%) GIS
12 3 (0.52%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 2 (0.35%) NoSQL
13 2 (0.35%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 30 (5.24%) JIRA
2 11 (1.92%) GitLab
3 8 (1.40%) Subversion
4 7 (1.22%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.22%) Jenkins
4 7 (1.22%) TeamCity
5 6 (1.05%) Bitbucket Server
5 6 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (0.87%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (0.70%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.35%) NUnit
9 1 (0.17%) Bitbucket
General
1 169 (29.49%) Social Skills
2 73 (12.74%) Analytical Skills
3 66 (11.52%) Finance
4 34 (5.93%) Telecoms
5 24 (4.19%) Pharmaceutical
6 23 (4.01%) Public Sector
7 22 (3.84%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 21 (3.66%) Law
9 17 (2.97%) Documentation Skills
10 16 (2.79%) Multimedia
11 14 (2.44%) Banking
11 14 (2.44%) Local Government
12 13 (2.27%) Organisational Skills
13 10 (1.75%) Marketing
14 9 (1.57%) Back Office
15 7 (1.22%) Legal
15 7 (1.22%) Retail
16 6 (1.05%) Influencing Skills
16 6 (1.05%) Manufacturing
16 6 (1.05%) Military
Job Titles
1 136 (23.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 74 (12.91%) IT Engineer
3 57 (9.95%) Support Engineer
4 48 (8.38%) IT Support
5 47 (8.20%) Administrator
6 39 (6.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 35 (6.11%) Analyst
8 30 (5.24%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
9 29 (5.06%) IT Manager
9 29 (5.06%) IT Support Engineer
10 28 (4.89%) 2nd Line Support
10 28 (4.89%) Windows Engineer
11 27 (4.71%) Architect
12 26 (4.54%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 25 (4.36%) Cloud Engineer
14 24 (4.19%) Systems Administrator
15 23 (4.01%) DBA
16 19 (3.32%) Network Engineer
16 19 (3.32%) SQL DBA
17 18 (3.14%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (5.24%) .NET
2 12 (2.09%) .NET Framework
3 9 (1.57%) Web Services
4 8 (1.40%) ASP.NET
5 7 (1.22%) .NET Core
5 7 (1.22%) HTML
6 6 (1.05%) ARM Templates
7 5 (0.87%) ASP.NET MVC
7 5 (0.87%) Elastic Stack
7 5 (0.87%) HTML5
8 4 (0.70%) 802.1X
8 4 (0.70%) CSS
9 3 (0.52%) COM
9 3 (0.52%) JSON
9 3 (0.52%) LDAP
9 3 (0.52%) OAuth
9 3 (0.52%) OAuth2
9 3 (0.52%) OpenID
9 3 (0.52%) RESTful
9 3 (0.52%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 74 (12.91%) Data Centre
2 45 (7.85%) Clustering
3 43 (7.50%) Public Cloud
4 41 (7.16%) Management Information System
5 40 (6.98%) Replication
6 30 (5.24%) Self-Motivation
7 26 (4.54%) NHS
8 24 (4.19%) Driving Licence
9 17 (2.97%) EMC VNX
10 16 (2.79%) EPoS
11 15 (2.62%) Biotechnology
11 15 (2.62%) iPad
12 13 (2.27%) Enterprise Storage
13 11 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
14 10 (1.75%) User Experience
15 7 (1.22%) AS400
15 7 (1.22%) CMDB
15 7 (1.22%) Cyber Defence
16 6 (1.05%) CCTV
16 6 (1.05%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 385 (67.19%) Windows
2 272 (47.47%) Windows Server
3 99 (17.28%) Linux
4 98 (17.10%) Windows 10
5 77 (13.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 55 (9.60%) Windows Server 2016
7 49 (8.55%) Windows Server 2019
8 37 (6.46%) Windows 7
9 33 (5.76%) Windows Server 2008
10 30 (5.24%) Unix
11 28 (4.89%) Android
12 12 (2.09%) CentOS
13 10 (1.75%) Ubuntu
13 10 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
14 7 (1.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 6 (1.05%) Apple iOS
15 6 (1.05%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.87%) Amazon Linux
16 5 (0.87%) Mac OS X
16 5 (0.87%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 264 (46.07%) ITIL
2 145 (25.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 117 (20.42%) Problem-Solving
4 85 (14.83%) Project Delivery
5 68 (11.87%) Agile
5 68 (11.87%) Service Management
6 67 (11.69%) Service Delivery
7 64 (11.17%) Problem Management
8 61 (10.65%) Disaster Recovery
8 61 (10.65%) Project Management
9 60 (10.47%) Incident Management
10 45 (7.85%) Mentoring
11 44 (7.68%) DevOps
12 38 (6.63%) Computer Science
13 36 (6.28%) Cybersecurity
13 36 (6.28%) Information Security
13 36 (6.28%) IT Strategy
13 36 (6.28%) PRINCE2
14 34 (5.93%) Change Management
14 34 (5.93%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 139 (24.26%) PowerShell
2 91 (15.88%) SQL
3 35 (6.11%) Python
4 20 (3.49%) Bash
5 13 (2.27%) Shell Script
6 10 (1.75%) Ruby
7 9 (1.57%) C#
7 9 (1.57%) Java
7 9 (1.57%) Perl
7 9 (1.57%) VB.NET
8 7 (1.22%) JavaScript
9 6 (1.05%) Go
10 4 (0.70%) T-SQL
11 3 (0.52%) C++
11 3 (0.52%) PHP
12 2 (0.35%) VB
12 2 (0.35%) VBScript
13 1 (0.17%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 573 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 201 (35.08%) MCSA
3 185 (32.29%) Cisco Certification
4 162 (28.27%) CCNA
5 146 (25.48%) Degree
6 101 (17.63%) MCP
7 89 (15.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 60 (10.47%) MCITP
9 59 (10.30%) CCNP
10 51 (8.90%) ITIL Certification
11 46 (8.03%) Security Cleared
12 44 (7.68%) SC Cleared
13 30 (5.24%) MCTS
14 29 (5.06%) Computer Science Degree
15 27 (4.71%) AWS Certification
16 25 (4.36%) Citrix Certification
17 23 (4.01%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 22 (3.84%) CISSP
19 15 (2.62%) CCA
19 15 (2.62%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (8.73%) SLA
2 40 (6.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (3.66%) GDPR
4 9 (1.57%) Cyber Essentials
5 8 (1.40%) NIST
5 8 (1.40%) PCI DSS
5 8 (1.40%) QA
6 5 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.52%) DICOM
7 3 (0.52%) HL7
7 3 (0.52%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.52%) NCSC
8 2 (0.35%) GxP
8 2 (0.35%) MiFID
9 1 (0.17%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.17%) ITGC
9 1 (0.17%) PMO
System Software
1 336 (58.64%) Active Directory
2 191 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 125 (21.82%) Hyper-V
4 66 (11.52%) VMware ESXi
5 56 (9.77%) vSphere
6 32 (5.58%) Terminal Services
7 31 (5.41%) XenApp
8 23 (4.01%) XenDesktop
9 16 (2.79%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 12 (2.09%) Terminal Server
10 12 (2.09%) Virtual Servers
11 11 (1.92%) Docker
12 10 (1.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 10 (1.75%) Virtual Desktop
13 8 (1.40%) Virtual Machines
14 6 (1.05%) BitLocker
14 6 (1.05%) Firmware
15 5 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
16 2 (0.35%) NFS
17 1 (0.17%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 102 (17.80%) SCCM
2 57 (9.95%) Microsoft Intune
3 30 (5.24%) SCOM
4 21 (3.66%) Single Sign-On
5 20 (3.49%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 20 (3.49%) vCenter Server
6 18 (3.14%) Microsoft Clustering
6 18 (3.14%) Norton AntiVirus
7 17 (2.97%) SCOrch
7 17 (2.97%) Terraform
8 15 (2.62%) ZABBIX
9 14 (2.44%) Puppet
10 13 (2.27%) Failover Clustering
10 13 (2.27%) Kubernetes
10 13 (2.27%) NetBackup
11 10 (1.75%) Ansible
11 10 (1.75%) Backup Exec
11 10 (1.75%) FortiGate
11 10 (1.75%) vRealize
11 10 (1.75%) WSUS
Vendors
1 430 (75.04%) Microsoft
2 274 (47.82%) VMware
3 145 (25.31%) Cisco
4 85 (14.83%) Citrix
5 74 (12.91%) Veeam
6 54 (9.42%) HP
7 35 (6.11%) IBM
8 34 (5.93%) Apple
9 32 (5.58%) Meraki
10 27 (4.71%) EMC
10 27 (4.71%) Oracle
10 27 (4.71%) Red Hat
11 24 (4.19%) Dell
12 23 (4.01%) Brocade
12 23 (4.01%) ServiceNow
12 23 (4.01%) Symantec
13 19 (3.32%) 3PAR
13 19 (3.32%) NetApp
14 18 (3.14%) Juniper
15 17 (2.97%) Google