Period
to 18 October 2017

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 18 October 2017 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
18 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 274 265 242
Rank change year-on-year -9 -23 -30
Permanent jobs citing MCSE 2133 2424 3028
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.22% 1.26% 1.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.04% 4.80% 5.07%
Number of salaries quoted 1748 2076 2628
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
10th Percentile £23,750 £24,299 £23,750
90th Percentile £62,500 £60,000 £62,150
UK excluding London median annual salary £39,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +4.00% - +1.35%

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 42351 50528 59666
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.25% 26.36% 27.39%
Number of salaries quoted 32535 40628 47615
UK median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.33% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

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 18 October 2017.

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 18 October 2017. 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 -14 1962 £40,000 - 116
UK excluding London -4 1301 £39,000 +4.00% 79
London -19 754 £42,500 - 42
South East -21 396 £39,500 -7.06% 29
North of England +13 360 £35,000 - 27
Midlands +29 228 £40,000 +14.29% 9
North West +14 188 £30,000 -14.29% 22
Yorkshire +16 167 £42,500 +51.79% 4
West Midlands +40 161 £40,000 +14.29% 5
East of England +25 140 £44,000 -1.12% 4
South West -68 112 £35,000 -12.50% 5
East Midlands +36 68 £40,000 +21.21% 4
Scotland +30 68 £52,500 +15.38% 4
Wales +23 28 £32,000 +2.40% 1
North East -11 7 £75,000 +114.29% 1

For the 6 months to 18 October 2017, IT jobs citing MCSE also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for MCSE.

1 2133 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1593 (74.68%) Windows
3 1492 (69.95%) Microsoft
4 1276 (59.82%) Active Directory
5 1140 (53.45%) VMware
6 912 (42.76%) Windows Server
7 856 (40.13%) ITIL
8 819 (38.40%) MCSA
9 699 (32.77%) VMware Infrastructure
10 654 (30.66%) Office 365
11 645 (30.24%) MS Exchange
12 636 (29.82%) Hyper-V
13 597 (27.99%) Windows Server 2012
14 572 (26.82%) Cisco Certification
15 521 (24.43%) Cisco
16 518 (24.29%) CCNA
16 518 (24.29%) Windows Server 2008
17 509 (23.86%) Microsoft Azure
18 508 (23.82%) Citrix
19 492 (23.07%) Firewall
20 481 (22.55%) MCP
21 421 (19.74%) DNS
22 408 (19.13%) SCCM
23 398 (18.66%) PowerShell
24 395 (18.52%) Microsoft Office
25 386 (18.10%) SQL Server
26 383 (17.96%) SAN
27 359 (16.83%) Windows 7
28 349 (16.36%) Exchange Server 2010
29 344 (16.13%) Finance

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
1 645 (30.24%) MS Exchange
2 349 (16.36%) Exchange Server 2010
3 259 (12.14%) Skype for Business
4 241 (11.30%) SharePoint
5 189 (8.86%) Exchange Server 2013
6 138 (6.47%) IIS
7 77 (3.61%) Exchange Server 2007
8 47 (2.20%) SharePoint 2013
9 43 (2.02%) SharePoint Server
10 27 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2003
11 19 (0.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 16 (0.75%) IBM Domino
13 14 (0.66%) Apache
13 14 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
14 11 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
15 9 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
16 8 (0.38%) CMS
17 6 (0.28%) Confluence
18 4 (0.19%) OpenStack
18 4 (0.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 395 (18.52%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (1.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.47%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.14%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.094%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.094%) Maya
7 1 (0.047%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.047%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.047%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 23 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.23%) Workfront
5 4 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.094%) Eikon
6 2 (0.094%) Pegasus Opera
6 2 (0.094%) Relativity
7 1 (0.047%) Magento
7 1 (0.047%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 654 (30.66%) Office 365
2 509 (23.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 199 (9.33%) IaaS
4 148 (6.94%) Amazon AWS
5 70 (3.28%) Azure Active Directory
6 69 (3.23%) PaaS
7 50 (2.34%) SaaS
8 47 (2.20%) G Suite
9 18 (0.84%) Mimecast
10 17 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
11 13 (0.61%) OneDrive
12 10 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
13 9 (0.42%) Yammer
14 1 (0.047%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.047%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.047%) Amazon S3
14 1 (0.047%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.047%) Google Drive
14 1 (0.047%) Slack
14 1 (0.047%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 492 (23.07%) Firewall
2 421 (19.74%) DNS
3 383 (17.96%) SAN
4 322 (15.10%) WAN
5 310 (14.53%) DHCP
6 299 (14.02%) LAN
7 285 (13.36%) TCP/IP
8 240 (11.25%) Skype
9 180 (8.44%) VPN
10 119 (5.58%) VoIP
11 115 (5.39%) Internet
12 80 (3.75%) VLAN
13 63 (2.95%) Unified Communications
14 61 (2.86%) Wireless
15 57 (2.67%) Network Security
16 54 (2.53%) NAS
17 53 (2.48%) Remote Desktop
18 49 (2.30%) SSL
19 46 (2.16%) iSCSI
20 45 (2.11%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 386 (18.10%) SQL Server
2 72 (3.38%) SQL Server 2012
3 65 (3.05%) SQL Server 2008
4 60 (2.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 59 (2.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 48 (2.25%) SQL Server 2014
7 41 (1.92%) SQL Server 2005
8 35 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
8 35 (1.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 30 (1.41%) SQL Server 2016
10 27 (1.27%) Azure SQL Database
11 14 (0.66%) MongoDB
12 13 (0.61%) Power BI
12 13 (0.61%) SQL Server 2000
13 12 (0.56%) Relational Database
14 11 (0.52%) MySQL
15 10 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
16 9 (0.42%) Big Data
16 9 (0.42%) Redis
17 8 (0.38%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 28 (1.31%) JIRA
2 24 (1.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 23 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
4 16 (0.75%) Git (software)
4 16 (0.75%) Visual Studio Team System
5 11 (0.52%) Redmine
6 10 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
7 8 (0.38%) MSI
8 5 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (0.23%) Wise Package Studio
9 3 (0.14%) AdminStudio
9 3 (0.14%) InstallShield
10 2 (0.094%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.094%) CodeSonar
10 2 (0.094%) git-flow
10 2 (0.094%) Robot Framework
10 2 (0.094%) Selenium
11 1 (0.047%) Subversion
11 1 (0.047%) TeamCity
11 1 (0.047%) Visual Studio
General
1 344 (16.13%) Finance
2 185 (8.67%) Banking
3 152 (7.13%) Retail
4 150 (7.03%) Investment Banking
5 133 (6.24%) Retail Banking
6 50 (2.34%) Telecoms
7 43 (2.02%) Legal
8 41 (1.92%) Law
9 38 (1.78%) Advertising
10 17 (0.80%) Manufacturing
11 14 (0.66%) Marketing
12 9 (0.42%) Games
13 7 (0.33%) Electronics
14 6 (0.28%) Back Office
14 6 (0.28%) Local Government
15 5 (0.23%) Billing
16 4 (0.19%) Automotive
16 4 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.19%) Publishing
16 4 (0.19%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 357 (16.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 357 (16.74%) Support Engineer
2 235 (11.02%) Analyst
3 221 (10.36%) IT Support
4 210 (9.85%) IT Engineer
5 209 (9.80%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 177 (8.30%) Consultant
7 135 (6.33%) Administrator
8 133 (6.24%) 2nd Line Support
9 132 (6.19%) 3rd Line Support
10 130 (6.09%) Windows Engineer
11 125 (5.86%) Architect
12 120 (5.63%) Support Analyst
13 110 (5.16%) Server Engineer
14 107 (5.02%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 107 (5.02%) Systems Engineer
15 106 (4.97%) IT Support Engineer
16 100 (4.69%) Desktop Support
17 99 (4.64%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
18 83 (3.89%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (1.73%) Web Services
2 33 (1.55%) .NET
3 16 (0.75%) CSS
4 13 (0.61%) ASP.NET
4 13 (0.61%) HTML
5 9 (0.42%) 802.1X
6 7 (0.33%) Java EE
6 7 (0.33%) MDX
6 7 (0.33%) STL
6 7 (0.33%) XML
6 7 (0.33%) XSLT
7 6 (0.28%) Velocity
7 6 (0.28%) WAP
8 5 (0.23%) .NET Framework
8 5 (0.23%) Software Packaging
9 4 (0.19%) Regular Expression
10 3 (0.14%) Ajax
10 3 (0.14%) CSS3
10 3 (0.14%) HTML5
10 3 (0.14%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 212 (9.94%) Data Centre
2 155 (7.27%) Blackberry
3 140 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
4 128 (6.00%) Driving Licence
5 123 (5.77%) User Experience
6 115 (5.39%) Computer Science
7 102 (4.78%) Management Information System
8 81 (3.80%) Clustering
9 60 (2.81%) Replication
10 45 (2.11%) Virtual Team
11 43 (2.02%) Public Cloud
12 41 (1.92%) Hybrid Cloud
13 28 (1.31%) Private Cloud
14 24 (1.13%) Video Conferencing
15 21 (0.98%) Smartphone
16 19 (0.89%) iPhone
17 18 (0.84%) CESG
17 18 (0.84%) Linux Command Line
17 18 (0.84%) PKI
18 16 (0.75%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 1593 (74.68%) Windows
2 912 (42.76%) Windows Server
3 597 (27.99%) Windows Server 2012
4 518 (24.29%) Windows Server 2008
5 359 (16.83%) Windows 7
6 287 (13.46%) Windows 10
7 236 (11.06%) Linux
8 151 (7.08%) Windows 8
9 149 (6.99%) Mac OS X
10 145 (6.80%) Windows Server 2003
11 144 (6.75%) Android
12 126 (5.91%) Apple iOS
13 99 (4.64%) Windows XP
14 54 (2.53%) Unix
15 29 (1.36%) CentOS
16 28 (1.31%) Windows Vista
17 23 (1.08%) Windows 2000 Server
18 19 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
19 16 (0.75%) Ubuntu
20 15 (0.70%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 856 (40.13%) ITIL
2 219 (10.27%) Service Management
3 201 (9.42%) Disaster Recovery
4 165 (7.74%) Asset Management
5 152 (7.13%) Time Management
6 145 (6.80%) Service Delivery
7 143 (6.70%) Wealth Management
8 137 (6.42%) Presales
9 131 (6.14%) Project Management
10 122 (5.72%) High Availability
11 119 (5.58%) Problem Management
12 117 (5.49%) Migration
13 93 (4.36%) ITIL V3
14 88 (4.13%) Mentoring
15 79 (3.70%) Change Management
16 76 (3.56%) Information Security
17 70 (3.28%) PRINCE2
18 69 (3.23%) Kalman Filter
19 68 (3.19%) Root Cause Analysis
20 67 (3.14%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 398 (18.66%) PowerShell
2 338 (15.85%) SQL
3 54 (2.53%) T-SQL
4 41 (1.92%) VBScript
5 36 (1.69%) Bash Shell
6 35 (1.64%) JavaScript
7 30 (1.41%) C
8 25 (1.17%) C#
9 23 (1.08%) VB
10 18 (0.84%) Java
11 17 (0.80%) Python
12 12 (0.56%) C++
13 11 (0.52%) Korn
14 10 (0.47%) PHP
15 7 (0.33%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 7 (0.33%) Objective-C
15 7 (0.33%) VBA
16 5 (0.23%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.23%) VB.NET
17 4 (0.19%) Perl
Qualifications
1 2133 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 819 (38.40%) MCSA
3 572 (26.82%) Cisco Certification
4 518 (24.29%) CCNA
5 481 (22.55%) MCP
6 294 (13.78%) MCITP
7 276 (12.94%) Degree
8 265 (12.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 245 (11.49%) Citrix Certification
10 196 (9.19%) CCA
11 188 (8.81%) CCNP
12 101 (4.74%) Security Cleared
13 80 (3.75%) MCTS
14 74 (3.47%) A+ Certification
15 67 (3.14%) Computer Science Degree
16 66 (3.09%) CISSP
16 66 (3.09%) ITIL Certification
17 50 (2.34%) SC Cleared
18 47 (2.20%) Network+ Certification
19 44 (2.06%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 152 (7.13%) SLA
2 68 (3.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 46 (2.16%) PCI DSS
4 15 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 15 (0.70%) QA
5 13 (0.61%) Cyber Essentials
6 12 (0.56%) HIPAA
6 12 (0.56%) ISO 9001
6 12 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (0.38%) Data Quality
8 7 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 6 (0.28%) COBIT
10 5 (0.23%) NEBOSH
10 5 (0.23%) PMO
11 4 (0.19%) GPG13
11 4 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 2 (0.094%) GDPR
12 2 (0.094%) SSAE 16
13 1 (0.047%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 1276 (59.82%) Active Directory
2 699 (32.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 636 (29.82%) Hyper-V
4 285 (13.36%) XenApp
5 221 (10.36%) XenDesktop
6 209 (9.80%) vSphere
7 167 (7.83%) VMware ESXi
8 64 (3.00%) Terminal Services
9 58 (2.72%) Microsoft App-V
10 57 (2.67%) Virtual Machines
11 52 (2.44%) XenServer
12 50 (2.34%) Virtual Servers
13 24 (1.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 16 (0.75%) VMware NSX
15 15 (0.70%) Docker
15 15 (0.70%) Virtual Desktop
16 13 (0.61%) NFS
17 11 (0.52%) MetaFrame
17 11 (0.52%) Samba
18 8 (0.38%) UAG
Systems Management
1 408 (19.13%) SCCM
2 143 (6.70%) SCOM
3 111 (5.20%) AirWatch
4 89 (4.17%) Backup Exec
5 59 (2.77%) WSUS
6 44 (2.06%) Puppet
6 44 (2.06%) vCenter Server
7 41 (1.92%) Microsoft Intune
8 38 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
9 36 (1.69%) Microsoft Clustering
10 29 (1.36%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 28 (1.31%) Nagios
12 25 (1.17%) SCDPM
13 21 (0.98%) Failover Clustering
14 20 (0.94%) Cisco CUCM
15 19 (0.89%) Norton AntiVirus
16 17 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
17 15 (0.70%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 13 (0.61%) DameWare
19 12 (0.56%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 1492 (69.95%) Microsoft
2 1140 (53.45%) VMware
3 521 (24.43%) Cisco
4 508 (23.82%) Citrix
5 161 (7.55%) HP
6 148 (6.94%) Apple
7 127 (5.95%) AppSense
8 125 (5.86%) ServiceNow
9 118 (5.53%) Dell
10 114 (5.34%) McAfee
11 109 (5.11%) NetApp
12 94 (4.41%) Veeam
13 92 (4.31%) EMC
14 77 (3.61%) Juniper
15 68 (3.19%) Symantec
16 66 (3.09%) Google
17 51 (2.39%) Avaya
17 51 (2.39%) SolarWinds
18 47 (2.20%) Oracle
19 41 (1.92%) Red Hat