The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the Cheshire region.

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.

Location
3 months to
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Solution Architect
Rank 63 62 37
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 10 4 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.17% 0.54% 3.02%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.29% 0.59% 3.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 10
Average daily rate £510 £475 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.36% +8.57%
UK excluding London average daily rate £485 £475 £475
% change year-on-year
+2.10% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £61.00 -
% change year-on-year
-1.63% -
Job Titles Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
773 680 636
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 90.73% 91.15% 91.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 324 312
Average daily rate £376 £350 £351
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.28% -0.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 45 29
Average hourly rate £31.56 £19.75 £28.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+59.77% -30.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £9.00 £10.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
Solutions Architect
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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
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 16 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Warrington 0 3 £510 +13.33%
Macclesfield - 2 £467 -
Knutsford +4 1 £440 -7.36%
Chester - 1 - -
Runcorn - - - -
Solutions Architect
North West

Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 9 (30.00%) Finance
2 8 (26.67%) SC Cleared
2 8 (26.67%) Security Cleared
3 7 (23.33%) Information Security
3 7 (23.33%) Banking
3 7 (23.33%) TOGAF
4 6 (20.00%) Zachman Framework
4 6 (20.00%) CESG
4 6 (20.00%) Computer Science
4 6 (20.00%) CISA
4 6 (20.00%) Information Security Management
4 6 (20.00%) Security Management
4 6 (20.00%) Management Information System
4 6 (20.00%) CISSP
4 6 (20.00%) BS7799
4 6 (20.00%) Data Protection
4 6 (20.00%) Security Architecture
4 6 (20.00%) Protective Monitoring
5 5 (16.67%) Windows
6 4 (13.33%) LAN
6 4 (13.33%) Wireless
7 3 (10.00%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (10.00%) Logistics
7 3 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (10.00%) Life Science
7 3 (10.00%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (10.00%) Oracle
7 3 (10.00%) Java
7 3 (10.00%) UNIX
8 2 (6.67%) J2EE

Solutions Architect
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 1 (3.33%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Spreadsheet
1 1 (3.33%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (3.33%) MS Excel
1 1 (3.33%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 4 (13.33%) LAN
1 4 (13.33%) Wireless
2 2 (6.67%) SAN
3 1 (3.33%) NAS
3 1 (3.33%) WAN
3 1 (3.33%) DHCP
3 1 (3.33%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.33%) Oracle Database
1 1 (3.33%) Oracle Database 11g
1 1 (3.33%) Oracle Database 10g
1 1 (3.33%) DataStage
1 1 (3.33%) SQL Server
General
1 9 (30.00%) Finance
2 7 (23.33%) Banking
3 3 (10.00%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (3.33%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.67%) J2EE
1 2 (6.67%) Middleware
2 1 (3.33%) JNDI
2 1 (3.33%) .NET
2 1 (3.33%) JDBC
2 1 (3.33%) JSP
2 1 (3.33%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 6 (20.00%) CESG
1 6 (20.00%) Computer Science
1 6 (20.00%) Management Information System
2 3 (10.00%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (10.00%) Life Science
3 2 (6.67%) Mainframe
3 2 (6.67%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (3.33%) Data Integration
4 1 (3.33%) GIS
4 1 (3.33%) Tandem
4 1 (3.33%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 5 (16.67%) Windows
2 3 (10.00%) UNIX
3 1 (3.33%) AIX
3 1 (3.33%) Solaris
3 1 (3.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (23.33%) Information Security
1 7 (23.33%) TOGAF
2 6 (20.00%) Zachman Framework
2 6 (20.00%) Information Security Management
2 6 (20.00%) Security Management
2 6 (20.00%) Data Protection
2 6 (20.00%) Security Architecture
2 6 (20.00%) Protective Monitoring
3 3 (10.00%) Logistics
3 3 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (6.67%) Service Management
4 2 (6.67%) Risk Management
4 2 (6.67%) Analytics
5 1 (3.33%) Waterfall
5 1 (3.33%) Risk Analysis
5 1 (3.33%) Matrix Management
5 1 (3.33%) ITIL
5 1 (3.33%) UML
5 1 (3.33%) ERP
5 1 (3.33%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 3 (10.00%) Java
2 1 (3.33%) Python
Qualifications
1 8 (26.67%) SC Cleared
1 8 (26.67%) Security Cleared
2 6 (20.00%) CISA
2 6 (20.00%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (20.00%) BS7799
System Software
1 2 (6.67%) Hyper-V
2 1 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.33%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (3.33%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 3 (10.00%) Oracle
2 2 (6.67%) IBM
2 2 (6.67%) Microsoft
2 2 (6.67%) VMware
3 1 (3.33%) ESRI
3 1 (3.33%) Google
3 1 (3.33%) Citrix
3 1 (3.33%) Cisco
3 1 (3.33%) Mapinfo
3 1 (3.33%) SAP
3 1 (3.33%) JBoss
3 1 (3.33%) Cognos