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 22 August 2014 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.

Location
3 months to
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Solution Architect
Rank 49 62 63
Rank change year-on-year
+13 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 22 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.55% 0.72% 0.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.75% 0.78% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 4 7
Average daily rate
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£500 £408 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.69% +8.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £345 £334
10% offered a daily rate of more than £619 £443 £535
UK excluding London average daily rate £490 £475 £450
% change year-on-year
+3.15% +5.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.98 £73.75 £57.50
% change year-on-year
-40.37% +28.26%
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
799 766 841
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 92.48% 91.63% 94.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 440 358 467
Average daily rate £380 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% -3.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £453
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 48 44
Average hourly rate £15.50 £31.56 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.87% +57.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £11.91 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 22 August 2014.

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 22 August 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
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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
Knutsford +10 3 £439 +3.29%
Chester - 1 - -
Solutions Architect
North West

Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 13 (44.83%) Enterprise Software
2 10 (34.48%) Oracle
2 10 (34.48%) Finance
3 9 (31.03%) Java
4 7 (24.14%) .NET
4 7 (24.14%) Microsoft
5 6 (20.69%) Waterfall
5 6 (20.69%) J2EE
5 6 (20.69%) JDBC
5 6 (20.69%) JSP
5 6 (20.69%) JMS
5 6 (20.69%) JNDI
6 5 (17.24%) EAI
6 5 (17.24%) Windows
6 5 (17.24%) SOAP
6 5 (17.24%) SOA
6 5 (17.24%) EJB
6 5 (17.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (13.79%) Degree
7 4 (13.79%) Advertising
7 4 (13.79%) Wireless
7 4 (13.79%) Information Security
8 3 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (10.34%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (10.34%) Logistics
8 3 (10.34%) Banking
8 3 (10.34%) Retail
8 3 (10.34%) LAN
8 3 (10.34%) Project Management
9 2 (6.90%) Mainframe

Solutions Architect
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 5 (17.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (6.90%) CICS
Applications
1 2 (6.90%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.45%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (3.45%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (3.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (6.90%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (13.79%) Wireless
2 3 (10.34%) LAN
3 1 (3.45%) SMS
3 1 (3.45%) WAN
3 1 (3.45%) TCP/IP
3 1 (3.45%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.90%) DB2
2 1 (3.45%) NoSQL
General
1 10 (34.48%) Finance
2 4 (13.79%) Advertising
3 3 (10.34%) Banking
3 3 (10.34%) Retail
4 2 (6.90%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (6.90%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (24.14%) .NET
2 6 (20.69%) J2EE
2 6 (20.69%) JDBC
2 6 (20.69%) JSP
2 6 (20.69%) JMS
2 6 (20.69%) JNDI
3 5 (17.24%) SOAP
3 5 (17.24%) EJB
Miscellaneous
1 13 (44.83%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (6.90%) Mainframe
2 2 (6.90%) Life Science
2 2 (6.90%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (3.45%) IVR
3 1 (3.45%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 5 (17.24%) Windows
2 1 (3.45%) Apple iOS
2 1 (3.45%) Android
2 1 (3.45%) Linux
2 1 (3.45%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (20.69%) Waterfall
2 5 (17.24%) EAI
2 5 (17.24%) SOA
3 4 (13.79%) Information Security
4 3 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (10.34%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (10.34%) Logistics
4 3 (10.34%) Project Management
5 2 (6.90%) CRM
5 2 (6.90%) E-Commerce
5 2 (6.90%) Data Modelling
5 2 (6.90%) Software Engineering
5 2 (6.90%) Migration
5 2 (6.90%) Agile Project Management
6 1 (3.45%) Project Planning
6 1 (3.45%) Analytics
6 1 (3.45%) TDD
6 1 (3.45%) Service Management
6 1 (3.45%) Customer Engagement
6 1 (3.45%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 9 (31.03%) Java
Qualifications
1 4 (13.79%) Degree
2 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (3.45%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.45%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (3.45%) Hyper-V
1 1 (3.45%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 10 (34.48%) Oracle
2 7 (24.14%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.90%) IBM
4 1 (3.45%) VMware
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