Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 306 296 281
Rank change year-on-year -10 -15 -35
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 1,770 2,155 2,309
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.09% 1.19% 1.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.56% 4.91% 4.64%
Number of salaries quoted 1,373 1,758 1,967
UK median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% - -
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,000 £25,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £62,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -2.60%

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 38,774 43,846 49,739
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.77% 24.21% 26.33%
Number of salaries quoted 28,652 33,698 39,920
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.66%

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 21 November 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 21 November 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 -10 1,647 £44,000 +10.00% 208
UK excluding London -9 1,124 £42,500 +6.25% 153
London -55 546 £46,000 +8.24% 62
South East +15 382 £40,500 +1.25% 39
Midlands +69 287 £42,500 +6.25% 34
North of England -79 203 £39,000 +8.33% 33
West Midlands +62 197 £42,500 +6.25% 13
East of England +37 142 £51,000 +15.91% 21
North West -46 125 £42,500 +41.67% 19
South West +25 123 £50,000 +17.65% 19
East Midlands +34 93 £45,000 +23.29% 21
Yorkshire -56 61 £29,900 -33.56% 13
Scotland -36 24 £47,500 -9.52% 3
North East +9 17 £33,125 -55.83% 1
Wales -21 9 £40,750 +25.38% 4
Northern Ireland - 3 £45,000 -
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 1,770 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1,321 (74.63%) Microsoft
3 1,218 (68.81%) Windows
4 1,004 (56.72%) Active Directory
5 888 (50.17%) VMware
6 679 (38.36%) Windows Server
7 678 (38.31%) Office 365
8 619 (34.97%) MCSA
9 596 (33.67%) Microsoft Azure
10 588 (33.22%) ITIL
11 492 (27.80%) VMware Infrastructure
12 433 (24.46%) Cisco Certification
13 427 (24.12%) Windows Server 2012
14 421 (23.79%) Cisco
15 407 (22.99%) Firewall
16 406 (22.94%) Citrix
17 367 (20.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 361 (20.40%) MS Exchange
19 357 (20.17%) Hyper-V
20 344 (19.44%) Microsoft Office
21 339 (19.15%) Windows Server 2008
22 338 (19.10%) SQL Server
22 338 (19.10%) CCNA
23 331 (18.70%) MCP
24 318 (17.97%) PowerShell
25 295 (16.67%) DNS
26 281 (15.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 278 (15.71%) Windows 10
27 278 (15.71%) Degree
28 270 (15.25%) SQL

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
1 361 (20.40%) MS Exchange
2 175 (9.89%) SharePoint
3 137 (7.74%) Exchange Server 2010
4 117 (6.61%) Skype for Business
5 106 (5.99%) Exchange Server 2013
6 65 (3.67%) IIS
7 54 (3.05%) Exchange Server 2007
8 36 (2.03%) Apache Pig
9 29 (1.64%) SharePoint 2013
10 21 (1.19%) IBM Notes
11 16 (0.90%) OpenStack
12 12 (0.68%) CMS
13 10 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2003
13 10 (0.56%) Umbraco
14 9 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
14 9 (0.51%) Confluence
14 9 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
15 7 (0.40%) Apache
15 7 (0.40%) IBM Domino
16 6 (0.34%) Commerce Server
Applications
1 344 (19.44%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (1.30%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (0.68%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.17%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.11%) 3ds Max
6 2 (0.11%) MicroStation
7 1 (0.056%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.056%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.056%) Revit
7 1 (0.056%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 27 (1.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
4 3 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
5 2 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
5 2 (0.11%) Lawson
5 2 (0.11%) MIS ActiveH
5 2 (0.11%) OPENHousing
5 2 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
5 2 (0.11%) Workfront
6 1 (0.056%) Aareon QL
6 1 (0.056%) Academy Housing
6 1 (0.056%) Maximo
6 1 (0.056%) Northgate Housing
6 1 (0.056%) Orchard Housing
6 1 (0.056%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 678 (38.31%) Office 365
2 596 (33.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 268 (15.14%) Amazon AWS
4 118 (6.67%) Azure Active Directory
5 62 (3.50%) IaaS
6 50 (2.82%) Cloud Computing
7 49 (2.77%) SaaS
8 42 (2.37%) Amazon EC2
9 39 (2.20%) PaaS
10 35 (1.98%) Amazon S3
10 35 (1.98%) Google Cloud Platform
11 30 (1.69%) Amazon EMR
11 30 (1.69%) Amazon Kinesis
11 30 (1.69%) AWS Lambda
11 30 (1.69%) Serverless
12 29 (1.64%) Amazon SQS
13 19 (1.07%) GitHub
14 11 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
15 10 (0.56%) Dynamics 365
15 10 (0.56%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 407 (22.99%) Firewall
2 295 (16.67%) DNS
3 258 (14.58%) TCP/IP
4 235 (13.28%) DHCP
5 234 (13.22%) WAN
6 232 (13.11%) LAN
7 230 (12.99%) SAN
8 111 (6.27%) VPN
9 110 (6.21%) Internet
10 101 (5.71%) Network Security
11 94 (5.31%) VLAN
12 91 (5.14%) Skype
13 89 (5.03%) Wireless
14 78 (4.41%) VoIP
15 47 (2.66%) SSL
16 45 (2.54%) HTTP
17 42 (2.37%) Remote Desktop
18 38 (2.15%) Cisco ASA
19 37 (2.09%) NAS
19 37 (2.09%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 338 (19.10%) SQL Server
2 57 (3.22%) SQL Server 2008
3 52 (2.94%) Big Data
4 50 (2.82%) SQL Server 2012
5 49 (2.77%) MySQL
6 43 (2.43%) Hadoop
7 39 (2.20%) Amazon RDS
7 39 (2.20%) Relational Database
7 39 (2.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 36 (2.03%) Apache Hive
9 35 (1.98%) RDBMS
10 34 (1.92%) SQL Server 2014
11 32 (1.81%) SQL Server 2016
12 31 (1.75%) Cosmos DB
13 30 (1.69%) Amazon Redshift
13 30 (1.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 28 (1.58%) Data Warehouse
15 20 (1.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 16 (0.90%) Power BI
17 13 (0.73%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 62 (3.50%) JIRA
2 55 (3.11%) Git (software)
3 37 (2.09%) Bitbucket
4 36 (2.03%) Selenium
5 35 (1.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 35 (1.98%) CodeSonar
5 35 (1.98%) git-flow
5 35 (1.98%) Robot Framework
6 31 (1.75%) Jenkins
7 22 (1.24%) Visual Studio
8 16 (0.90%) Redmine
9 10 (0.56%) MSI
9 10 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
9 10 (0.56%) TeamCity
10 8 (0.45%) MSTest
10 8 (0.45%) NUnit
11 5 (0.28%) InstallShield
11 5 (0.28%) Octopus Deploy
12 4 (0.23%) GitLab
12 4 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 169 (9.55%) Finance
2 96 (5.42%) Retail
3 58 (3.28%) Banking
4 47 (2.66%) Telecoms
5 42 (2.37%) Legal
6 33 (1.86%) Law
7 27 (1.53%) Games
8 25 (1.41%) Investment Banking
9 22 (1.24%) Manufacturing
9 22 (1.24%) Marketing
10 20 (1.13%) Front Office
11 16 (0.90%) Back Office
12 11 (0.62%) Advertising
13 10 (0.56%) Financial Institution
14 6 (0.34%) Automotive
15 3 (0.17%) Billing
15 3 (0.17%) Military
15 3 (0.17%) Multimedia
15 3 (0.17%) Publishing
16 2 (0.11%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 241 (13.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 227 (12.82%) Support Engineer
3 221 (12.49%) Analyst
4 208 (11.75%) Architect
5 151 (8.53%) IT Support
6 139 (7.85%) Consultant
7 124 (7.01%) Support Analyst
8 112 (6.33%) IT Engineer
9 93 (5.25%) Administrator
10 89 (5.03%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 79 (4.46%) Desktop Support
12 77 (4.35%) Cloud Architect
13 76 (4.29%) 2nd Line Support
14 74 (4.18%) Systems Engineer
15 71 (4.01%) Technical Support
16 69 (3.90%) IT Analyst
17 67 (3.79%) Solutions Architect
18 66 (3.73%) 3rd Line Support
18 66 (3.73%) Technical Architect
19 65 (3.67%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (5.25%) .NET
2 70 (3.95%) Web Services
3 67 (3.79%) ASP.NET
4 40 (2.26%) RabbitMQ
5 39 (2.20%) Java EE
6 38 (2.15%) STL
7 37 (2.09%) REST
7 37 (2.09%) SOAP
8 36 (2.03%) LAMP
9 35 (1.98%) .NET Framework
9 35 (1.98%) Django
9 35 (1.98%) Node.js
9 35 (1.98%) Spring MVC
10 20 (1.13%) ASP.NET Web API
10 20 (1.13%) HTML
11 14 (0.79%) OAuth
11 14 (0.79%) SAML
12 12 (0.68%) Middleware
12 12 (0.68%) XML
13 10 (0.56%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 218 (12.32%) Data Centre
2 126 (7.12%) Analytical Skills
3 114 (6.44%) Self-Motivation
4 107 (6.05%) Computer Science
5 87 (4.92%) Public Cloud
6 76 (4.29%) Management Information System
7 59 (3.33%) Clustering
8 40 (2.26%) Hybrid Cloud
8 40 (2.26%) PKI
9 35 (1.98%) Replication
10 33 (1.86%) Client/Server
11 31 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
12 27 (1.53%) NHS
13 26 (1.47%) Cyberthreat
14 25 (1.41%) Fintech
15 24 (1.36%) Blackberry
16 23 (1.30%) Cyber Kill Chain
16 23 (1.30%) Driving Licence
17 22 (1.24%) iPad
18 20 (1.13%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,218 (68.81%) Windows
2 679 (38.36%) Windows Server
3 427 (24.12%) Windows Server 2012
4 339 (19.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 278 (15.71%) Windows 10
6 262 (14.80%) Linux
7 249 (14.07%) Windows 7
8 112 (6.33%) Windows 8
9 94 (5.31%) Windows Server 2003
10 72 (4.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 64 (3.62%) Mac OS X
12 62 (3.50%) Apple iOS
13 54 (3.05%) Android
14 40 (2.26%) Unix
15 27 (1.53%) Windows XP
16 21 (1.19%) Mac OS
17 14 (0.79%) Windows Vista
18 13 (0.73%) Windows 2000 Server
19 9 (0.51%) CentOS
19 9 (0.51%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 588 (33.22%) ITIL
2 281 (15.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 258 (14.58%) Problem-Solving
4 188 (10.62%) Presales
5 185 (10.45%) Project Management
6 134 (7.57%) Migration
7 119 (6.72%) Mentoring
8 115 (6.50%) Agile Software Development
9 107 (6.05%) Customer Requirements
10 103 (5.82%) Cybersecurity
11 102 (5.76%) Disaster Recovery
12 97 (5.48%) High Availability
13 96 (5.42%) Time Management
14 91 (5.14%) Analytics
15 88 (4.97%) Service Management
16 86 (4.86%) Incident Management
17 84 (4.75%) Root Cause Analysis
18 80 (4.52%) Information Security
19 78 (4.41%) Data Protection
20 77 (4.35%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 318 (17.97%) PowerShell
2 270 (15.25%) SQL
3 102 (5.76%) Python
4 87 (4.92%) Java
5 75 (4.24%) C
6 69 (3.90%) Bash Shell
7 63 (3.56%) C#
8 59 (3.33%) VBScript
9 48 (2.71%) JavaScript
10 46 (2.60%) C++
11 40 (2.26%) PHP
12 38 (2.15%) Objective-C
13 23 (1.30%) T-SQL
14 21 (1.19%) PL/SQL
14 21 (1.19%) Scala
14 21 (1.19%) Shell Script
15 17 (0.96%) VB
16 15 (0.85%) Korn
17 9 (0.51%) Perl
18 8 (0.45%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1,770 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 619 (34.97%) MCSA
3 433 (24.46%) Cisco Certification
4 367 (20.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 338 (19.10%) CCNA
6 331 (18.70%) MCP
7 278 (15.71%) Degree
8 227 (12.82%) MCITP
9 171 (9.66%) Security Cleared
10 156 (8.81%) CCNP
10 156 (8.81%) CISSP
11 110 (6.21%) SSCP
12 103 (5.82%) SANS
13 96 (5.42%) Network+ Certification
14 79 (4.46%) CompTIA Security+
15 78 (4.41%) RHCE
16 77 (4.35%) Computer Science Degree
17 73 (4.12%) DV Cleared
18 72 (4.07%) GIAC
19 69 (3.90%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 205 (11.58%) SLA
2 90 (5.08%) GDPR
3 54 (3.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 20 (1.13%) PCI DSS
5 16 (0.90%) Data Quality
6 15 (0.85%) PMO
6 15 (0.85%) QA
7 12 (0.68%) ISO 9001
8 9 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
8 9 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 5 (0.28%) PMBOK
10 4 (0.23%) GPG13
10 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 3 (0.17%) COBIT
11 3 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
12 2 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.11%) ISO 9000
12 2 (0.11%) TickIT
13 1 (0.056%) ISO 14001
13 1 (0.056%) NIST 800
System Software
1 1,004 (56.72%) Active Directory
2 492 (27.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 357 (20.17%) Hyper-V
4 187 (10.56%) vSphere
5 148 (8.36%) VMware ESXi
6 133 (7.51%) XenApp
7 71 (4.01%) XenDesktop
8 64 (3.62%) Docker
9 39 (2.20%) Microsoft App-V
10 37 (2.09%) Virtual Machines
10 37 (2.09%) Virtual Servers
11 27 (1.53%) NFS
11 27 (1.53%) Terminal Services
12 24 (1.36%) Samba
12 24 (1.36%) XenServer
13 23 (1.30%) VMware NSX
14 11 (0.62%) BitLocker
14 11 (0.62%) Virtual Desktop
14 11 (0.62%) Xen
15 10 (0.56%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 262 (14.80%) SCCM
2 83 (4.69%) Puppet
3 72 (4.07%) Microsoft Intune
4 68 (3.84%) SCOM
5 55 (3.11%) WSUS
6 54 (3.05%) Ansible
6 54 (3.05%) Backup Exec
7 39 (2.20%) Salt
8 34 (1.92%) vCenter Server
9 31 (1.75%) SCOrch
10 30 (1.69%) Nagios
11 29 (1.64%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 23 (1.30%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 23 (1.30%) RSA Security Analytics
13 18 (1.02%) Failover Clustering
14 15 (0.85%) Single Sign-On
14 15 (0.85%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 14 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
15 14 (0.79%) SCVMM
15 14 (0.79%) Terraform
Vendors
1 1,321 (74.63%) Microsoft
2 888 (50.17%) VMware
3 421 (23.79%) Cisco
4 406 (22.94%) Citrix
5 178 (10.06%) HP
6 150 (8.47%) NetApp
7 121 (6.84%) EMC
8 116 (6.55%) Red Hat
9 108 (6.10%) Dell
10 87 (4.92%) Apple
11 78 (4.41%) Symantec
12 69 (3.90%) Veeam
13 65 (3.67%) SolarWinds
14 54 (3.05%) Ivanti
15 42 (2.37%) CommVault
15 42 (2.37%) Splunk
16 41 (2.32%) Avaya
17 38 (2.15%) Oracle
18 34 (1.92%) IBM
19 31 (1.75%) Google