The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Microsoft Certified Architect qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 604 648 637
Rank change year-on-year +44 -11  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect 3 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.006% 0.006% 0.007%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.033% 0.026% 0.038%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 0
Median daily rate £450 £500 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £500 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

Microsoft Certified Architect is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9024 11621 10595
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.19% 21.89% 18.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 5396 7265 6174
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 490 440 549
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +16.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.52 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

Microsoft Certified Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Microsoft Certified Architect as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certified Architect in the UK

Microsoft Certified Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certified Architect in the UK

Microsoft Certified Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certified Architect in the UK

Microsoft Certified Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certified Architect in the UK

Microsoft Certified Architect
Top 2 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +34 3 £450 -10.00%
London -4 3 £450 -33.33%

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Microsoft Certified Architect.

1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (77.78%) Office 365
3 6 (66.67%) Citrix
3 6 (66.67%) TOGAF
4 5 (55.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 5 (55.56%) Law
4 5 (55.56%) VMware
4 5 (55.56%) AppSense
4 5 (55.56%) Windows
4 5 (55.56%) MCSE
4 5 (55.56%) Active Directory
4 5 (55.56%) Windows 7
4 5 (55.56%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (55.56%) Windows 10
4 5 (55.56%) BYOD
5 4 (44.44%) Continuous Improvement
5 4 (44.44%) Android
5 4 (44.44%) Windows Phone
5 4 (44.44%) Apple
5 4 (44.44%) Blackberry
6 2 (22.22%) Data Centre
6 2 (22.22%) MCSA
7 1 (11.11%) CCNA
7 1 (11.11%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (11.11%) CISSP
7 1 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (11.11%) EMC
7 1 (11.11%) NetApp
7 1 (11.11%) Firewall

Microsoft Certified Architect
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:

Cloud Services
1 7 (77.78%) Office 365
2 5 (55.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) Firewall
General
1 5 (55.56%) Law
Job Titles
1 8 (88.89%) Architect
2 3 (33.33%) Cloud Architect
2 3 (33.33%) Office 365 Architect
2 3 (33.33%) Senior Architect
3 2 (22.22%) Cloud Infrastructure Architect
3 2 (22.22%) Infrastructure Architect
4 1 (11.11%) Active Directory Architect
4 1 (11.11%) AWS Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Azure Architect
4 1 (11.11%) CISSP Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Cloud Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Lead Architect
4 1 (11.11%) Security Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) TOGAF Architect
Miscellaneous
1 5 (55.56%) BYOD
2 4 (44.44%) Blackberry
3 2 (22.22%) Data Centre
4 1 (11.11%) Computer Science
4 1 (11.11%) EMC VNX
4 1 (11.11%) Management Information System
4 1 (11.11%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 5 (55.56%) Windows
1 5 (55.56%) Windows 10
1 5 (55.56%) Windows 7
2 4 (44.44%) Android
2 4 (44.44%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) TOGAF
2 4 (44.44%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (11.11%) Conceptual Models
3 1 (11.11%) Information Security
3 1 (11.11%) IT Strategy
3 1 (11.11%) Risk Management
3 1 (11.11%) Security Operations
Qualifications
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (55.56%) MCSE
2 5 (55.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 2 (22.22%) MCSA
4 1 (11.11%) CCNA
4 1 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (11.11%) CISSP
4 1 (11.11%) Citrix Certification
4 1 (11.11%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (11.11%) Degree
4 1 (11.11%) Master's Degree
4 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 5 (55.56%) Active Directory
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (66.67%) Citrix
3 5 (55.56%) AppSense
3 5 (55.56%) VMware
4 4 (44.44%) Apple
5 1 (11.11%) EMC
5 1 (11.11%) NetApp