The median contractor rate for a Microsoft Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 584 601 610
Rank change year-on-year +17 +9  
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Solutions Architect 24 38 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.053% 0.071% 0.059%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.056% 0.074% 0.062%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 24 22
Median daily rate £550 £525 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% -12.50%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £475 £613
% change year-on-year +15.78% -22.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £37.50 -
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 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Solutions Architect in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Top 19 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 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 +19 23 £550 +7.31% 3
London +25 14 £563 -2.17% 1
West Midlands +15 3 £575 +39.39%
Yorkshire +15 2 £550 +15.78%
South East +11 2 - - 2
Birmingham -1 2 - -
Berkshire +23 1 - -
York +11 1 £550 +15.78%
West Yorkshire +11 1 £550 +15.78%
Leeds +9 1 £550 +15.78%
North Yorkshire +6 1 £550 +15.78%
Bracknell +1 1 - -
East of England -6 1 £450 -14.28%
City of London -9 1 - -
Croydon - 1 - -
Lincoln - 1 - -
Lincolnshire - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -
Bedfordshire - 1 £450 -

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

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 51 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 24 (47.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (33.33%) Office 365
3 17 (33.33%) CRM
4 16 (31.37%) Dynamics CRM
5 15 (29.41%) SharePoint
6 11 (21.57%) .NET
7 10 (19.61%) MS Excel
8 8 (15.69%) TOGAF
9 7 (13.73%) Technical Architecture
9 7 (13.73%) Finance
9 7 (13.73%) Active Directory
10 6 (11.76%) Migration
10 6 (11.76%) Enterprise Architecture
11 5 (9.80%) Skype for Business
11 5 (9.80%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (9.80%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (9.80%) Telecoms
11 5 (9.80%) SOA
11 5 (9.80%) SQL Server
11 5 (9.80%) Windows
11 5 (9.80%) Application Rationalisation
11 5 (9.80%) DevOps
11 5 (9.80%) Skype
12 4 (7.84%) Hybrid Cloud
12 4 (7.84%) Data Centre
12 4 (7.84%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 4 (7.84%) Windows Server
12 4 (7.84%) Presales
12 4 (7.84%) BizTalk Server

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 15 (29.41%) SharePoint
2 5 (9.80%) Skype for Business
3 4 (7.84%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (7.84%) MS Exchange
4 2 (3.92%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.96%) IIS
Applications
1 10 (19.61%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.92%) MS Office
3 1 (1.96%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 16 (31.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.96%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 24 (47.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (33.33%) Office 365
3 3 (5.88%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (5.88%) IaaS
3 3 (5.88%) SaaS
4 2 (3.92%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (3.92%) PaaS
4 2 (3.92%) Yammer
5 1 (1.96%) G Suite
5 1 (1.96%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.96%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 5 (9.80%) Skype
2 1 (1.96%) DNS
2 1 (1.96%) Firewall
2 1 (1.96%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (1.96%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (9.80%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.96%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.96%) Octopus Deploy
2 1 (1.96%) TeamCity
General
1 7 (13.73%) Finance
2 5 (9.80%) Telecoms
3 3 (5.88%) Advertising
4 2 (3.92%) Banking
4 2 (3.92%) Marketing
4 2 (3.92%) Retail
5 1 (1.96%) Dutch Language
5 1 (1.96%) French Language
5 1 (1.96%) Games
5 1 (1.96%) German Language
5 1 (1.96%) Italian Language
5 1 (1.96%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (21.57%) .NET
2 3 (5.88%) Middleware
3 2 (3.92%) .NET Framework
3 2 (3.92%) Web Services
4 1 (1.96%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.96%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (1.96%) ASP.NET Web Forms
4 1 (1.96%) Classic ASP
4 1 (1.96%) CSS
4 1 (1.96%) EDI
4 1 (1.96%) HTML
4 1 (1.96%) MSMQ
4 1 (1.96%) REST
4 1 (1.96%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.84%) Data Centre
1 4 (7.84%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (1.96%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (1.96%) Streaming Video
2 1 (1.96%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (9.80%) Windows
2 4 (7.84%) Windows Server
3 2 (3.92%) Android
3 2 (3.92%) Apple iOS
3 2 (3.92%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.96%) Linux
4 1 (1.96%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.96%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (1.96%) Windows Phone
4 1 (1.96%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.96%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.96%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (33.33%) CRM
2 8 (15.69%) TOGAF
3 7 (13.73%) Technical Architecture
4 6 (11.76%) Enterprise Architecture
4 6 (11.76%) Migration
5 5 (9.80%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (9.80%) Application Rationalisation
5 5 (9.80%) DevOps
5 5 (9.80%) SOA
5 5 (9.80%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (7.84%) Presales
7 3 (5.88%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (5.88%) IT Strategy
7 3 (5.88%) MVC
7 3 (5.88%) OO
7 3 (5.88%) Open Source
7 3 (5.88%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (5.88%) Zachman Framework
8 2 (3.92%) Analytics
8 2 (3.92%) Business Transformation
Programming Languages
1 3 (5.88%) C#
1 3 (5.88%) PowerShell
2 2 (3.92%) Java
3 1 (1.96%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.96%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (3.92%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.96%) DV Cleared
2 1 (1.96%) SC Cleared
2 1 (1.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.96%) QA
System Software
1 7 (13.73%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.92%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.96%) Docker
3 1 (1.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.96%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (7.84%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 2 (3.92%) SCCM
3 1 (1.96%) AirWatch
3 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.96%) Puppet
Vendors
1 51 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (5.88%) SAP
3 1 (1.96%) Apple
3 1 (1.96%) Citrix
3 1 (1.96%) EMC
3 1 (1.96%) ForgeRock
3 1 (1.96%) Google
3 1 (1.96%) Sitecore
3 1 (1.96%) VMware