There are many applicants for any jobs in computing especially as many seem to be going to India and all ports west (BA etc.) Many of the larger companies are moving their IT departments abroad. click here makes gloomy reading.
A company that I am involved with, recently advetised for a person to help in it's IT department. The job was basically a clerk and gopher but they had over 190 applicants and over 75% were qualified in IT...the starting salary was 13500/annum + overtime when necessary.
Nearly every advert that I see requires experience rather than basic qualifications. But all is not gloom, I would suggest that you try smaller companies that may not need experience although these are very hard to find. You could also take a loosly related IT job but either way you will be on a small salary. It may be worth down-sizing any expectations in the hope that you will at least geta foot on the ladder.
Sorry to be a bit negative but it is very difficult out their even for qualified people and an MCSE alone will probably not be enough. Try the Goverment departments but many of the IT jobs are really just paper pushing.