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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 601 637 639
Rank change year-on-year +36 +2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect 7 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.016% 0.004% 0.006%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.075% 0.018% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 2
Median daily rate £438 £575 £549
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.91% +4.78%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £495 £518
10% offered a daily rate of more than £688 £655 £580
UK excluding London median daily rate - £475 £588
% change year-on-year - -19.14%  
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 9361 11155 10845
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.76% 20.82% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5974 6974 6147
Median daily rate £420 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £555 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 405 501
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.91% +64.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.26 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -25.20% +73.91%  

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 28 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certified Architect.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certified Architect in the UK

Microsoft Certified Architect
Top 3 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 28 March 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 +36 7 £438 -23.91%
London +30 7 £438 -35.18%
City of London - 1 £425 -

Microsoft Certified Architect
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 10 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (60.00%) TOGAF
2 6 (60.00%) Office 365
3 5 (50.00%) Citrix
4 4 (40.00%) Active Directory
4 4 (40.00%) Windows
4 4 (40.00%) MCSE
4 4 (40.00%) Law
4 4 (40.00%) VMware
4 4 (40.00%) AppSense
4 4 (40.00%) BYOD
4 4 (40.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 4 (40.00%) Windows 7
4 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (40.00%) Windows 10
5 3 (30.00%) Android
5 3 (30.00%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (30.00%) Data Centre
5 3 (30.00%) Windows Phone
5 3 (30.00%) Blackberry
5 3 (30.00%) Apple
6 2 (20.00%) MCSA
6 2 (20.00%) Management Information System
6 2 (20.00%) Degree
6 2 (20.00%) Computer Science
6 2 (20.00%) Conceptual Models
6 2 (20.00%) IT Strategy
7 1 (10.00%) Private Cloud
7 1 (10.00%) Security Operations

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (10.00%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 1 (10.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 6 (60.00%) Office 365
2 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (10.00%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) BusinessObjects
General
1 4 (40.00%) Law
2 1 (10.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (80.00%) Architect
2 3 (30.00%) Cloud Architect
2 3 (30.00%) Office 365 Architect
3 2 (20.00%) Cloud Infrastructure Architect
3 2 (20.00%) Infrastructure Architect
3 2 (20.00%) Lead Architect
3 2 (20.00%) Senior Architect
4 1 (10.00%) Active Directory Architect
4 1 (10.00%) AWS Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Azure Architect
4 1 (10.00%) CISSP Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Cloud Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Security Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) TOGAF Architect
Miscellaneous
1 4 (40.00%) BYOD
2 3 (30.00%) Blackberry
2 3 (30.00%) Data Centre
3 2 (20.00%) Computer Science
3 2 (20.00%) Management Information System
4 1 (10.00%) EMC VNX
4 1 (10.00%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) Windows
1 4 (40.00%) Windows 10
1 4 (40.00%) Windows 7
2 3 (30.00%) Android
2 3 (30.00%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (60.00%) TOGAF
2 3 (30.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (20.00%) Conceptual Models
3 2 (20.00%) IT Strategy
4 1 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (10.00%) Information Security
4 1 (10.00%) Risk Management
4 1 (10.00%) SDLC
4 1 (10.00%) Security Operations
4 1 (10.00%) Translating Business Requirements
4 1 (10.00%) Unit Testing
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (40.00%) MCSE
2 4 (40.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 2 (20.00%) Degree
3 2 (20.00%) MCSA
4 1 (10.00%) CCNA
4 1 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (10.00%) CISSP
4 1 (10.00%) Citrix Certification
4 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (10.00%) QA
System Software
1 4 (40.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (50.00%) Citrix
3 4 (40.00%) AppSense
3 4 (40.00%) VMware
4 3 (30.00%) Apple
5 1 (10.00%) EMC
5 1 (10.00%) NetApp
5 1 (10.00%) SAP