The table below looks at the statistics for the Solutions Architect role in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Solutions Architect in their job title over the 3 months to 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Solution Architect
Rank 63 59 67
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 26 27 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.35% 2.70% 1.01%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.53% 2.82% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 19 3
Average daily rate £450 £450 £467
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -3.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £421 £420 £445
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £553 £501
UK excluding London average daily rate £493 £500 £488
% change year-on-year
-1.50% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £49.50 £60.00
% change year-on-year
+21.21% -17.50%
Solutions Architect
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
1028 957 750
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 93.03% 95.80% 94.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 702 579 371
Average daily rate £422 £425 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.70% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £288 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £503
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 56 57
Average hourly rate £13.50 £16.16 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.46% -53.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £12.00 £11.91
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

Solutions Architect
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Solutions Architect in the job title across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Solutions Architect Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Solutions Architect Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Solutions Architect across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 30 April 2016.

Solutions Architect Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Solutions Architect
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Solutions Architect Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Solutions Architect
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Solutions Architect within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 30 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Warrington -2 14 £563 +25.00% 1
Chester +1 5 £435 -3.33%
Knutsford -12 4 £425 +2.28%
Solutions Architect
North West

Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region that cited Solutions Architect in their job title 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 with Solutions Architect in their job title.

1 11 (26.83%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (24.39%) Data Centre
3 9 (21.95%) Java
4 8 (19.51%) Microsoft
5 7 (17.07%) Active Directory
5 7 (17.07%) Windows
5 7 (17.07%) SCCM
5 7 (17.07%) SCOM
5 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
5 7 (17.07%) Microsoft Azure
6 6 (14.63%) E-Commerce
6 6 (14.63%) Retail
7 5 (12.20%) Citrix
7 5 (12.20%) MS Excel
7 5 (12.20%) CRM
7 5 (12.20%) Skype for Business
7 5 (12.20%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (12.20%) Skype
7 5 (12.20%) Local Government
8 4 (9.76%) Information Architecture
8 4 (9.76%) Amazon AWS
8 4 (9.76%) PowerShell
8 4 (9.76%) Hyper-V
8 4 (9.76%) Test Automation
8 4 (9.76%) ArchiMate
8 4 (9.76%) Software Delivery
8 4 (9.76%) Mentoring
8 4 (9.76%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (9.76%) Cisco
8 4 (9.76%) LAN

Solutions Architect
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region that cited Solutions Architect in their job title 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 with Solutions Architect in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (12.20%) Skype for Business
2 3 (7.32%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.44%) ArcGIS
3 1 (2.44%) MS Exchange
3 1 (2.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (2.44%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 5 (12.20%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.44%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (7.32%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (7.32%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (2.44%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (17.07%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (9.76%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (7.32%) SaaS
4 2 (4.88%) IaaS
4 2 (4.88%) Office 365
4 2 (4.88%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.20%) Skype
2 4 (9.76%) Firewall
2 4 (9.76%) LAN
2 4 (9.76%) WAN
3 3 (7.32%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (4.88%) Remote Desktop
4 2 (4.88%) Unified Communications
5 1 (2.44%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.76%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (2.44%) GIS
General
1 6 (14.63%) Retail
2 5 (12.20%) Local Government
3 4 (9.76%) Finance
4 3 (7.32%) Marketing
4 3 (7.32%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.44%) Advertising
5 1 (2.44%) Banking
5 1 (2.44%) Billing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.32%) SOAP
2 2 (4.88%) EJB
2 2 (4.88%) RESTful
2 2 (4.88%) Spring
2 2 (4.88%) Spring Batch
3 1 (2.44%) .NET
3 1 (2.44%) Middleware
3 1 (2.44%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (24.39%) Data Centre
2 2 (4.88%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (4.88%) Hybrid Cloud
2 2 (4.88%) Visualisation
3 1 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.44%) BYOD
3 1 (2.44%) CMDB
3 1 (2.44%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.44%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 7 (17.07%) Windows
2 5 (12.20%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (9.76%) Windows Server
4 3 (7.32%) Windows 10
5 2 (4.88%) Linux
6 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (26.83%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (14.63%) E-Commerce
3 5 (12.20%) CRM
4 4 (9.76%) ArchiMate
4 4 (9.76%) Information Architecture
4 4 (9.76%) Infrastructure Transformation
4 4 (9.76%) Mentoring
4 4 (9.76%) Software Delivery
4 4 (9.76%) Software Engineering
4 4 (9.76%) Test Automation
4 4 (9.76%) TOGAF
4 4 (9.76%) UML
5 3 (7.32%) Change Control
5 3 (7.32%) Configuration Management
5 3 (7.32%) Contact Management
5 3 (7.32%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (7.32%) Migration
5 3 (7.32%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (4.88%) Identity Management
6 2 (4.88%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (21.95%) Java
2 4 (9.76%) C
2 4 (9.76%) PowerShell
3 3 (7.32%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.44%) C#
Qualifications
1 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.88%) CCNA
2 2 (4.88%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (4.88%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.44%) BC Cleared
3 1 (2.44%) CCIE
3 1 (2.44%) CCNP
3 1 (2.44%) Degree
3 1 (2.44%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.88%) ISO 9001
1 2 (4.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.44%) QA
System Software
1 7 (17.07%) Active Directory
2 4 (9.76%) Hyper-V
3 3 (7.32%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (17.07%) SCCM
1 7 (17.07%) SCOM
2 2 (4.88%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 8 (19.51%) Microsoft
2 5 (12.20%) Citrix
3 4 (9.76%) Cisco
3 4 (9.76%) Juniper
3 4 (9.76%) VMware
4 1 (2.44%) BMC
4 1 (2.44%) ESRI
4 1 (2.44%) HP
4 1 (2.44%) IBM
4 1 (2.44%) Oracle
4 1 (2.44%) Remedy