The median contractor rate for a Microsoft Solutions Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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 Solution Architect
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 594 623 618
Rank change year-on-year +29 -5  
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Solutions Architect 7 21 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.015% 0.039% 0.050%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.016% 0.041% 0.053%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 14 19
Median daily rate £575 £475 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.05% -5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £600 £580
UK excluding London median daily rate £575 £475 £500
% change year-on-year +21.05% -5.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43829 51011 53185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28353 33254 33375
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1511 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Microsoft Solutions Architect in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Solutions Architect in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Solutions Architect in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Solutions Architect in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Solutions Architect in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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 +37 7 £575 +21.05% 2
London +14 3 - - 1
East of England -7 2 £450 -
South East +30 1 £700 +40.00%
Bedfordshire - 1 £450 -
Suffolk - 1 - -
Oxford - 1 £700 -
Ipswich - 1 - -
Oxfordshire - 1 £700 -
Gloucestershire - 1 - -
South West - 1 - -

Microsoft Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, Microsoft Solutions Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Microsoft Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 32 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 15 (46.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (28.13%) CRM
3 9 (28.13%) SharePoint
3 9 (28.13%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (18.75%) Office 365
4 6 (18.75%) Technical Architecture
5 5 (15.63%) Finance
5 5 (15.63%) TOGAF
5 5 (15.63%) Windows
5 5 (15.63%) MS Exchange
5 5 (15.63%) .NET
5 5 (15.63%) SQL Server
5 5 (15.63%) Active Directory
5 5 (15.63%) Enterprise Architecture
6 4 (12.50%) SOA
6 4 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (12.50%) Data Centre
7 3 (9.38%) Windows Server
7 3 (9.38%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (9.38%) Migration
7 3 (9.38%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (9.38%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (9.38%) IaaS
7 3 (9.38%) PaaS
7 3 (9.38%) Marketing
8 2 (6.25%) FMCG
8 2 (6.25%) Apple iOS
8 2 (6.25%) Skype for Business
8 2 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft Solutions Architect Skill Set
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 9 (28.13%) SharePoint
2 5 (15.63%) MS Exchange
3 3 (9.38%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (6.25%) Skype for Business
5 1 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (3.13%) IIS
5 1 (3.13%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 2 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 9 (28.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (9.38%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 15 (46.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (18.75%) Office 365
3 3 (9.38%) IaaS
3 3 (9.38%) PaaS
4 2 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (6.25%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (6.25%) SaaS
5 1 (3.13%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (3.13%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.25%) Skype
2 1 (3.13%) DNS
2 1 (3.13%) Firewall
2 1 (3.13%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (3.13%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (15.63%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.13%) MorphX
2 1 (3.13%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (3.13%) TeamCity
2 1 (3.13%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (15.63%) Finance
2 3 (9.38%) Marketing
3 2 (6.25%) Advertising
3 2 (6.25%) Retail
4 1 (3.13%) Dutch Language
4 1 (3.13%) French Language
4 1 (3.13%) Games
4 1 (3.13%) German Language
4 1 (3.13%) Italian Language
4 1 (3.13%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.63%) .NET
2 2 (6.25%) .NET Framework
2 2 (6.25%) Middleware
2 2 (6.25%) Web Services
3 1 (3.13%) Classic ASP
3 1 (3.13%) COM
3 1 (3.13%) REST
3 1 (3.13%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 3 (9.38%) Hybrid Cloud
3 2 (6.25%) FMCG
4 1 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.13%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (3.13%) Streaming Video
4 1 (3.13%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (15.63%) Windows
2 3 (9.38%) Windows Server
3 2 (6.25%) Android
3 2 (6.25%) Apple iOS
4 1 (3.13%) Linux
4 1 (3.13%) Windows 10
4 1 (3.13%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.13%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (3.13%) Windows Phone
4 1 (3.13%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (3.13%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.13%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (28.13%) CRM
2 6 (18.75%) Technical Architecture
3 5 (15.63%) Enterprise Architecture
3 5 (15.63%) TOGAF
4 4 (12.50%) SOA
4 4 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (9.38%) Migration
6 2 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (6.25%) Analytics
6 2 (6.25%) Business Transformation
6 2 (6.25%) Case Management
6 2 (6.25%) Change Management
6 2 (6.25%) Identity Management
6 2 (6.25%) MVC
6 2 (6.25%) Presales
6 2 (6.25%) Project Management
6 2 (6.25%) Re-Platforming
7 1 (3.13%) Application Virtualisation
7 1 (3.13%) Desktop Virtualisation
7 1 (3.13%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.25%) C#
2 1 (3.13%) PowerShell
2 1 (3.13%) SQL
2 1 (3.13%) X++
Qualifications
1 1 (3.13%) DV Cleared
1 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (3.13%) Security Cleared
1 1 (3.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 5 (15.63%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (3.13%) Docker
3 1 (3.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (3.13%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (6.25%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 1 (3.13%) AirWatch
2 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (3.13%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (3.13%) Puppet
2 1 (3.13%) SCCM
Vendors
1 32 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.13%) Apple
2 1 (3.13%) Citrix
2 1 (3.13%) EMC
2 1 (3.13%) VMware