The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certified Architect in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certified Architect over the 3 months to 1 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)
Rank 616 589 598
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect 1 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.002% 0.002% 0.002%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.009% 0.011% 0.010%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 1
Average daily rate
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- £165 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -49.23%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £165 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
11189 9095 10240
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.56% 17.26% 17.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 6198 5113 5307
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 404 606
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.95% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -28.00%

Microsoft Certified Architect
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

Microsoft Certified Architect Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Microsoft Certified Architect
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect within the UK.

Microsoft Certified Architect Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Certified Architect
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect within the UK.

Microsoft Certified Architect Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Certified Architect
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -18 1 - -
London - 1 - -
Manchester - - - -
Salford - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
North West - - - -
Leeds - - - -

Microsoft Certified Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Microsoft Certified Architect also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certified Architect.

1 3 (100.00%) SQL
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server 2000
2 2 (66.67%) MCDBA
2 2 (66.67%) MS Office
2 2 (66.67%) ITIL
2 2 (66.67%) T-SQL
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (66.67%) SharePoint
2 2 (66.67%) DTS
2 2 (66.67%) Replication
2 2 (66.67%) Clustering
2 2 (66.67%) MCTS
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (66.67%) SCOM
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server 2012
2 2 (66.67%) Database Security
2 2 (66.67%) Performance Tuning
2 2 (66.67%) Server Monitoring
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (33.33%) Analytics

Microsoft Certified Architect
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Microsoft Certified Architect also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certified Architect. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (66.67%) SharePoint
2 1 (33.33%) WebSphere
2 1 (33.33%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (66.67%) MS Office
2 1 (33.33%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (33.33%) MS Visio
2 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (33.33%) VLAN
1 1 (33.33%) NetScaler
1 1 (33.33%) Cisco Nexus
1 1 (33.33%) Firewall
1 1 (33.33%) LAN
1 1 (33.33%) WAN
1 1 (33.33%) SMTP
1 1 (33.33%) SNMP
1 1 (33.33%) VPN
1 1 (33.33%) SSL
1 1 (33.33%) MPLS
1 1 (33.33%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server 2000
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server
1 2 (66.67%) DTS
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (33.33%) Big Data
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 1 (33.33%) Finance
1 1 (33.33%) Law
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) DBA
1 2 (66.67%) SQL DBA
2 1 (33.33%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Infrastructure Architect
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Server DBA
2 1 (33.33%) Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) .NET Framework
1 1 (33.33%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Replication
1 2 (66.67%) Clustering
2 1 (33.33%) PKI
2 1 (33.33%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) ITIL
1 2 (66.67%) Database Security
1 2 (66.67%) Performance Tuning
1 2 (66.67%) Server Monitoring
2 1 (33.33%) Analytics
2 1 (33.33%) Data Architecture
2 1 (33.33%) E-Discovery
2 1 (33.33%) ITIL V2
2 1 (33.33%) Data Analytics
2 1 (33.33%) TOGAF
2 1 (33.33%) Process Management
2 1 (33.33%) PRINCE2
2 1 (33.33%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (100.00%) SQL
2 2 (66.67%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (66.67%) MCDBA
2 2 (66.67%) MCTS
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
3 1 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Certified Master
3 1 (33.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (33.33%) CCNA
3 1 (33.33%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 1 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (33.33%) Hyper-V
1 1 (33.33%) XenServer
1 1 (33.33%) vSphere
1 1 (33.33%) vCloud
1 1 (33.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (66.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (33.33%) 3PAR
2 1 (33.33%) F5
2 1 (33.33%) Brocade
2 1 (33.33%) VMware
2 1 (33.33%) Cisco
2 1 (33.33%) IBM
2 1 (33.33%) Juniper
2 1 (33.33%) CommVault
2 1 (33.33%) NetApp
2 1 (33.33%) CheckPoint
2 1 (33.33%) HP
2 1 (33.33%) Dell
2 1 (33.33%) Citrix