Period
to 23 January 2018

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 23 January 2018 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
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 276 283 246
Rank change year-on-year +7 -37 -37
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 2,062 2,075 2,848
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.18% 1.18% 1.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.01% 4.60% 4.96%
Number of salaries quoted 1,655 1,726 2,569
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £25,750 £25,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £60,750 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year +6.67% -2.60% +2.67%

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 41,120 45,109 57,474
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.55% 25.65% 27.74%
Number of salaries quoted 31,934 35,833 45,986
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%

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 23 January 2018.

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 23 January 2018. 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 -4 1,881 £41,250 +3.13% 260
UK excluding London -13 1,217 £40,000 +6.67% 188
London +27 746 £43,500 +2.35% 79
South East -53 348 £40,000 - 54
North of England +30 345 £37,500 +7.14% 50
North West +35 209 £30,000 -14.29% 31
Midlands -7 208 £40,000 +11.11% 35
West Midlands -3 145 £40,000 +14.29% 22
Yorkshire +18 129 £45,000 +34.33% 14
South West -28 127 £45,000 +12.50% 19
East of England +2 121 £44,000 +6.02% 23
East Midlands -7 63 £36,000 -10.00% 13
Scotland -26 51 £51,750 +21.76% 1
Wales +28 47 £40,000 - 5
North East -39 9 £47,500 +26.67% 5
Northern Ireland -28 1 - -
Isle of Man - 1 £42,500 - 2

For the 6 months to 23 January 2018, 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 2,062 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1,547 (75.02%) Microsoft
3 1,412 (68.48%) Windows
4 1,155 (56.01%) Active Directory
5 1,046 (50.73%) VMware
6 798 (38.70%) Windows Server
7 796 (38.60%) Office 365
8 782 (37.92%) MCSA
9 737 (35.74%) ITIL
10 660 (32.01%) VMware Infrastructure
11 626 (30.36%) Hyper-V
12 588 (28.52%) Microsoft Azure
13 555 (26.92%) MS Exchange
13 555 (26.92%) Cisco Certification
14 546 (26.48%) Windows Server 2012
15 483 (23.42%) CCNA
16 477 (23.13%) Citrix
17 474 (22.99%) Firewall
18 453 (21.97%) Cisco
18 453 (21.97%) Windows Server 2008
19 408 (19.79%) SQL Server
20 402 (19.50%) MCP
21 388 (18.82%) DNS
22 373 (18.09%) SAN
23 371 (17.99%) Microsoft Office
24 349 (16.93%) PowerShell
24 349 (16.93%) SCCM
25 321 (15.57%) Finance
26 310 (15.03%) DHCP
27 307 (14.89%) Degree

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
1 555 (26.92%) MS Exchange
2 254 (12.32%) SharePoint
3 250 (12.12%) Exchange Server 2010
4 166 (8.05%) Skype for Business
5 153 (7.42%) Exchange Server 2013
6 92 (4.46%) Exchange Server 2007
6 92 (4.46%) IIS
7 57 (2.76%) SharePoint 2013
8 47 (2.28%) SharePoint Server
9 24 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2003
10 19 (0.92%) SharePoint 2010
11 12 (0.58%) Apache
12 9 (0.44%) Apache Pig
12 9 (0.44%) IBM Domino
13 8 (0.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 8 (0.39%) OpenStack
13 8 (0.39%) Tomcat
14 7 (0.34%) Confluence
15 5 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
16 4 (0.19%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 371 (17.99%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (1.02%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.15%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.097%) Maya
6 2 (0.097%) Stata
7 1 (0.048%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.048%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.048%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 28 (1.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
3 8 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.24%) Eikon
5 4 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.097%) Elite 3E
6 2 (0.097%) Pegasus Opera
6 2 (0.097%) Relativity
6 2 (0.097%) Workfront
7 1 (0.048%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 796 (38.60%) Office 365
2 588 (28.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 178 (8.63%) Amazon AWS
4 153 (7.42%) IaaS
5 114 (5.53%) Azure Active Directory
6 93 (4.51%) SaaS
7 92 (4.46%) PaaS
8 44 (2.13%) Cloud Computing
9 38 (1.84%) OneDrive
10 29 (1.41%) G Suite
11 20 (0.97%) Mimecast
12 14 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
12 14 (0.68%) Yammer
13 8 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
13 8 (0.39%) Bluemix
13 8 (0.39%) IBM Cloud
14 4 (0.19%) Google Cloud Platform
15 2 (0.097%) GitHub
16 1 (0.048%) Route 53
16 1 (0.048%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 474 (22.99%) Firewall
2 388 (18.82%) DNS
3 373 (18.09%) SAN
4 310 (15.03%) DHCP
5 281 (13.63%) WAN
6 271 (13.14%) LAN
7 247 (11.98%) TCP/IP
8 136 (6.60%) Skype
9 130 (6.30%) VPN
10 101 (4.90%) VoIP
11 87 (4.22%) Network Security
12 82 (3.98%) Internet
13 70 (3.39%) VLAN
14 62 (3.01%) Remote Desktop
15 54 (2.62%) SSL
16 52 (2.52%) Wireless
17 47 (2.28%) NAS
18 41 (1.99%) Unified Communications
19 40 (1.94%) NetScaler
20 30 (1.45%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 408 (19.79%) SQL Server
2 64 (3.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 62 (3.01%) SQL Server 2012
4 57 (2.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 49 (2.38%) SQL Server 2008
6 45 (2.18%) SQL Server 2016
7 44 (2.13%) SQL Server 2014
8 35 (1.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 33 (1.60%) Data Warehouse
10 24 (1.16%) Power BI
11 23 (1.12%) MySQL
11 23 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
12 19 (0.92%) Azure SQL Database
13 17 (0.82%) Amazon RDS
14 13 (0.63%) Big Data
15 12 (0.58%) Oracle Database
16 11 (0.53%) Hadoop
17 10 (0.48%) MongoDB
18 9 (0.44%) Apache Hive
19 7 (0.34%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 31 (1.50%) JIRA
2 21 (1.02%) Git (software)
3 15 (0.73%) Team Foundation Server
4 13 (0.63%) Redmine
5 12 (0.58%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 12 (0.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 11 (0.53%) Octopus Deploy
6 11 (0.53%) Visual Studio Team System
7 10 (0.48%) Visual Studio
8 8 (0.39%) Bitbucket
8 8 (0.39%) CodeSonar
8 8 (0.39%) git-flow
8 8 (0.39%) Robot Framework
8 8 (0.39%) Selenium
9 6 (0.29%) MSI
10 4 (0.19%) TeamCity
11 3 (0.15%) WinDbg
12 2 (0.097%) AdminStudio
12 2 (0.097%) Wise Package Studio
13 1 (0.048%) InstallShield
General
1 321 (15.57%) Finance
2 121 (5.87%) Banking
3 94 (4.56%) Investment Banking
4 75 (3.64%) Retail Banking
5 48 (2.33%) Telecoms
6 46 (2.23%) Legal
7 40 (1.94%) Law
8 30 (1.45%) Marketing
9 29 (1.41%) Advertising
10 27 (1.31%) Manufacturing
10 27 (1.31%) Retail
11 21 (1.02%) Publishing
12 18 (0.87%) Games
13 16 (0.78%) Front Office
14 9 (0.44%) Electronics
14 9 (0.44%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.24%) Back Office
15 5 (0.24%) Local Government
15 5 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.19%) Arabic Language
Job Titles
1 323 (15.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 309 (14.99%) Support Engineer
3 218 (10.57%) Analyst
4 196 (9.51%) Architect
5 188 (9.12%) Consultant
6 175 (8.49%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 169 (8.20%) IT Support
8 165 (8.00%) IT Engineer
9 139 (6.74%) Administrator
10 122 (5.92%) Systems Engineer
11 121 (5.87%) 2nd Line Support
12 120 (5.82%) Windows Engineer
13 114 (5.53%) Support Analyst
14 109 (5.29%) 3rd Line Support
15 89 (4.32%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 84 (4.07%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 83 (4.03%) Desktop Support
17 83 (4.03%) IT Support Engineer
17 83 (4.03%) Server Engineer
18 79 (3.83%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (2.72%) .NET
2 38 (1.84%) Web Services
3 24 (1.16%) JSON
4 19 (0.92%) ASP.NET
5 16 (0.78%) Middleware
6 13 (0.63%) Java EE
6 13 (0.63%) STL
7 12 (0.58%) .NET Framework
8 11 (0.53%) XML
9 9 (0.44%) HTML
10 8 (0.39%) Django
10 8 (0.39%) LAMP
10 8 (0.39%) Node.js
10 8 (0.39%) RabbitMQ
10 8 (0.39%) REST
10 8 (0.39%) SOAP
10 8 (0.39%) Spring MVC
11 7 (0.34%) Software Packaging
12 6 (0.29%) HTML5
12 6 (0.29%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 236 (11.45%) Data Centre
2 130 (6.30%) Analytical Skills
3 120 (5.82%) Computer Science
4 116 (5.63%) Management Information System
5 87 (4.22%) Blackberry
6 83 (4.03%) Clustering
7 75 (3.64%) Driving Licence
8 68 (3.30%) User Experience
9 63 (3.06%) Replication
10 47 (2.28%) Enterprise Software
11 40 (1.94%) Public Cloud
12 32 (1.55%) Hybrid Cloud
13 31 (1.50%) PKI
14 28 (1.36%) Private Cloud
15 26 (1.26%) Smartphone
15 26 (1.26%) Video Conferencing
16 20 (0.97%) Virtual Team
17 18 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
18 17 (0.82%) iPhone
19 15 (0.73%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 1,412 (68.48%) Windows
2 798 (38.70%) Windows Server
3 546 (26.48%) Windows Server 2012
4 453 (21.97%) Windows Server 2008
5 280 (13.58%) Windows 10
6 255 (12.37%) Linux
7 237 (11.49%) Windows 7
8 132 (6.40%) Windows 8
9 129 (6.26%) Windows Server 2003
10 96 (4.66%) Mac OS X
11 75 (3.64%) Android
12 71 (3.44%) Apple iOS
13 69 (3.35%) Windows XP
14 39 (1.89%) Unix
15 24 (1.16%) Windows 2000 Server
16 21 (1.02%) Windows Vista
17 19 (0.92%) CentOS
18 15 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
19 14 (0.68%) Mac OS
20 12 (0.58%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 737 (35.74%) ITIL
2 192 (9.31%) Disaster Recovery
3 179 (8.68%) Presales
4 160 (7.76%) Service Management
5 151 (7.32%) Project Management
6 145 (7.03%) Time Management
7 134 (6.50%) Service Delivery
8 126 (6.11%) Migration
9 122 (5.92%) PRINCE2
10 108 (5.24%) High Availability
11 103 (5.00%) Asset Management
12 95 (4.61%) Agile Software Development
12 95 (4.61%) Change Management
13 93 (4.51%) Mentoring
14 91 (4.41%) ITIL V3
15 90 (4.36%) DevOps
16 79 (3.83%) Customer Requirements
17 78 (3.78%) Wealth Management
18 77 (3.73%) Line Management
19 73 (3.54%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 349 (16.93%) PowerShell
2 305 (14.79%) SQL
3 53 (2.57%) T-SQL
4 37 (1.79%) C#
5 35 (1.70%) Python
6 34 (1.65%) Java
7 32 (1.55%) JavaScript
8 31 (1.50%) C
9 30 (1.45%) Bash Shell
10 21 (1.02%) VBScript
11 16 (0.78%) PHP
12 14 (0.68%) C++
13 13 (0.63%) Korn
13 13 (0.63%) Objective-C
13 13 (0.63%) VB.NET
14 10 (0.48%) VB
15 9 (0.44%) VBA
16 8 (0.39%) Perl
17 6 (0.29%) PL/SQL
18 5 (0.24%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 2,062 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 782 (37.92%) MCSA
3 555 (26.92%) Cisco Certification
4 483 (23.42%) CCNA
5 402 (19.50%) MCP
6 307 (14.89%) Degree
7 282 (13.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 278 (13.48%) MCITP
9 199 (9.65%) Citrix Certification
10 166 (8.05%) CCNP
11 160 (7.76%) CCA
12 109 (5.29%) Security Cleared
13 62 (3.01%) Computer Science Degree
14 58 (2.81%) ITIL Certification
15 57 (2.76%) A+ Certification
16 56 (2.72%) MCTS
17 55 (2.67%) CISSP
18 44 (2.13%) Network+ Certification
19 38 (1.84%) SC Cleared
20 36 (1.75%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 165 (8.00%) SLA
2 99 (4.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 46 (2.23%) PCI DSS
4 26 (1.26%) QA
5 12 (0.58%) COBIT
6 9 (0.44%) HIPAA
6 9 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 9 (0.44%) PMO
7 8 (0.39%) GDPR
8 7 (0.34%) Data Quality
9 5 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.24%) NEBOSH
9 5 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.15%) Government Security Classifications
10 3 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.097%) TickIT
12 1 (0.048%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 1 (0.048%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.048%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.048%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 1,155 (56.01%) Active Directory
2 660 (32.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 626 (30.36%) Hyper-V
4 272 (13.19%) XenApp
5 171 (8.29%) VMware ESXi
6 161 (7.81%) XenDesktop
7 160 (7.76%) vSphere
8 85 (4.12%) Microsoft App-V
9 68 (3.30%) Virtual Machines
10 60 (2.91%) Terminal Services
11 49 (2.38%) XenServer
12 39 (1.89%) Virtual Servers
13 27 (1.31%) Xen
14 22 (1.07%) BitLocker
15 21 (1.02%) Virtual Desktop
16 18 (0.87%) VMware NSX
17 16 (0.78%) NFS
18 13 (0.63%) Samba
19 12 (0.58%) Docker
20 10 (0.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 349 (16.93%) SCCM
2 108 (5.24%) SCOM
3 96 (4.66%) Microsoft Intune
4 70 (3.39%) Puppet
5 58 (2.81%) Backup Exec
6 54 (2.62%) Microsoft Clustering
7 52 (2.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 51 (2.47%) WSUS
9 48 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
10 47 (2.28%) AirWatch
11 45 (2.18%) Ansible
11 45 (2.18%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 43 (2.09%) vCenter Server
13 38 (1.84%) SCOrch
14 29 (1.41%) Nagios
15 27 (1.31%) Norton AntiVirus
16 24 (1.16%) SCDPM
17 17 (0.82%) NetBackup
17 17 (0.82%) SCSM
18 16 (0.78%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 1,547 (75.02%) Microsoft
2 1,046 (50.73%) VMware
3 477 (23.13%) Citrix
4 453 (21.97%) Cisco
5 156 (7.57%) HP
6 113 (5.48%) Apple
7 97 (4.70%) NetApp
8 77 (3.73%) Veeam
9 71 (3.44%) Dell
10 66 (3.20%) Avaya
10 66 (3.20%) Oracle
11 65 (3.15%) Google
12 64 (3.10%) Ivanti
12 64 (3.10%) Symantec
13 61 (2.96%) ServiceNow
14 56 (2.72%) McAfee
14 56 (2.72%) Red Hat
15 55 (2.67%) EMC
16 47 (2.28%) F5
17 44 (2.13%) Juniper