The table below looks at the statistics for the Solutions Architect role in IT contracts advertised for the North West 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 May 2015 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Solution Architect
Rank 61 91 88
Rank change year-on-year
+30 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 92 37 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.51% 1.22% 1.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.69% 1.33% 1.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 21 24
Average daily rate
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£475 £465 £429
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.26% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £415 £390 £358
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £563 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Average hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £60.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-33.33% +50.00%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the North West 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
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3418 2788 2193
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.13% 92.20% 93.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 1934 1515 1046
Average daily rate £388 £350 £336
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% +4.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £205 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £513 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 198 176 174
Average hourly rate £16.16 £18.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.22% +2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.61 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -2.85%

Solutions Architect
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Solutions Architect Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Solutions Architect Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Solutions Architect across the North West region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Solutions Architect Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Solutions Architect
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Solutions Architect Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Solutions Architect
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015. 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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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
Manchester +27 45 £450 -1.36% 3
Cheshire +1 19 £450 -0.77% 1
Lancashire 0 5 £525 +13.02%
Merseyside -11 2 £483 - 1
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Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 56 (31.46%) Finance
2 36 (20.22%) TOGAF
3 30 (16.85%) Oracle
3 30 (16.85%) Microsoft
4 27 (15.17%) Banking
5 26 (14.61%) Agile Software Development
6 24 (13.48%) Migration
7 23 (12.92%) Windows
8 22 (12.36%) Informatics
9 21 (11.80%) SOA
10 20 (11.24%) Project Management
10 20 (11.24%) Process Management
10 20 (11.24%) Manufacturing
11 18 (10.11%) Pharmaceutical
11 18 (10.11%) Citrix
12 17 (9.55%) PMI
12 17 (9.55%) PMI Certification
12 17 (9.55%) SAP
13 16 (8.99%) GMP
13 16 (8.99%) GxP
14 15 (8.43%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 14 (7.87%) Validation
15 14 (7.87%) Enterprise Architecture
15 14 (7.87%) Security Cleared
15 14 (7.87%) Analytical Skills
16 13 (7.30%) Oracle Database
16 13 (7.30%) Local Government
16 13 (7.30%) Data Warehouse
17 12 (6.74%) UNIX
17 12 (6.74%) VMware

Solutions Architect
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 8 (4.49%) IBM Notes
2 5 (2.81%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.69%) CICS
3 3 (1.69%) Documentum
3 3 (1.69%) Oracle Workflow
4 2 (1.12%) WebSphere
4 2 (1.12%) SugarCRM
4 2 (1.12%) Lync
4 2 (1.12%) SAS
5 1 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.56%) Liferay
Applications
1 9 (5.06%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.56%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.56%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (4.49%) Oracle BPM
1 8 (4.49%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (2.81%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (2.25%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (1.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (1.12%) BusinessWorks
4 2 (1.12%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.56%) Workday HCM
5 1 (0.56%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.56%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.56%) ResourceLink
5 1 (0.56%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.56%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.62%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (3.93%) Office 365
3 2 (1.12%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.56%) SoftLayer
4 1 (0.56%) Boomi
4 1 (0.56%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.56%) SaaS
4 1 (0.56%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.49%) WAN
2 4 (2.25%) LAN
3 3 (1.69%) Network Security
3 3 (1.69%) Intrusion Detection
4 2 (1.12%) VoIP
4 2 (1.12%) VPN
4 2 (1.12%) DNS
4 2 (1.12%) DHCP
5 1 (0.56%) H.323
5 1 (0.56%) Firewall
5 1 (0.56%) IPsec
5 1 (0.56%) MPLS
5 1 (0.56%) OSPF
5 1 (0.56%) BGP
5 1 (0.56%) CTI
5 1 (0.56%) SAN
5 1 (0.56%) HTTP
5 1 (0.56%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.56%) SSL
5 1 (0.56%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (7.30%) Oracle Database
1 13 (7.30%) Data Warehouse
2 7 (3.93%) Big Data
3 6 (3.37%) SQL Server
4 5 (2.81%) DB2
5 4 (2.25%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.12%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (1.12%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.12%) DataStage
7 1 (0.56%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.56%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.56%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.56%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.56%) VLDB
7 1 (0.56%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 3 (1.69%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.12%) MSI
General
1 56 (31.46%) Finance
2 27 (15.17%) Banking
3 20 (11.24%) Manufacturing
4 18 (10.11%) Pharmaceutical
5 13 (7.30%) Local Government
6 6 (3.37%) Telecoms
7 4 (2.25%) Retail
7 4 (2.25%) Law
8 3 (1.69%) Marketing
9 2 (1.12%) Legal
9 2 (1.12%) Automotive
9 2 (1.12%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.56%) Electronics
10 1 (0.56%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (5.62%) Middleware
2 8 (4.49%) Oracle Fusion
2 8 (4.49%) Web Services
3 7 (3.93%) J2EE
4 6 (3.37%) HTML5
4 6 (3.37%) HTML
4 6 (3.37%) AngularJS
5 5 (2.81%) .NET
6 4 (2.25%) CSS3
6 4 (2.25%) OAuth
6 4 (2.25%) CSS
6 4 (2.25%) SAML
7 3 (1.69%) XML
7 3 (1.69%) XSLT
8 2 (1.12%) Ruby on Rails
9 1 (0.56%) JMS
9 1 (0.56%) JDBC
9 1 (0.56%) JSP
9 1 (0.56%) JNDI
Miscellaneous
1 22 (12.36%) Informatics
2 17 (9.55%) PMI
3 14 (7.87%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (4.49%) Mainframe
4 8 (4.49%) Management Information System
5 7 (3.93%) Private Cloud
6 5 (2.81%) Mobile App
6 5 (2.81%) NHS
7 4 (2.25%) Open Source
7 4 (2.25%) Computer Science
8 3 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (1.12%) VSAM
9 2 (1.12%) Life Science
9 2 (1.12%) Credit Risk
9 2 (1.12%) BYOD
10 1 (0.56%) Data Structures
10 1 (0.56%) DTV
10 1 (0.56%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.56%) IBM Mainframe
10 1 (0.56%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 23 (12.92%) Windows
2 12 (6.74%) UNIX
3 8 (4.49%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (3.37%) AIX
5 3 (1.69%) Linux
6 2 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.12%) Windows 2000 Server
6 2 (1.12%) Solaris
6 2 (1.12%) Windows NT
6 2 (1.12%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (20.22%) TOGAF
2 26 (14.61%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (13.48%) Migration
4 21 (11.80%) SOA
5 20 (11.24%) Project Management
5 20 (11.24%) Process Management
6 14 (7.87%) Validation
6 14 (7.87%) Enterprise Architecture
7 9 (5.06%) CRM
7 9 (5.06%) ERP
7 9 (5.06%) Data Protection
8 8 (4.49%) Stakeholder Management
8 8 (4.49%) Business Intelligence
9 7 (3.93%) PRINCE2
9 7 (3.93%) UML
9 7 (3.93%) Business Analysis
9 7 (3.93%) Supplier Management
9 7 (3.93%) Capacity Planning
9 7 (3.93%) Waterfall
10 6 (3.37%) RUP
Programming Languages
1 10 (5.62%) SQL
2 7 (3.93%) Java
3 2 (1.12%) Ruby
3 2 (1.12%) PowerShell
3 2 (1.12%) COBOL
4 1 (0.56%) Shell Script
4 1 (0.56%) Perl
4 1 (0.56%) PL/SQL
4 1 (0.56%) VBA
4 1 (0.56%) Python
4 1 (0.56%) Scala
Qualifications
1 17 (9.55%) PMI Certification
2 14 (7.87%) Security Cleared
3 10 (5.62%) SC Cleared
4 6 (3.37%) Degree
5 2 (1.12%) ISEB
6 1 (0.56%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (8.99%) GMP
1 16 (8.99%) GxP
2 15 (8.43%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 4 (2.25%) QA
3 4 (2.25%) SLA
4 1 (0.56%) FINREP
4 1 (0.56%) Basel III
4 1 (0.56%) COBIT
System Software
1 10 (5.62%) Microsoft App-V
2 8 (4.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.93%) Active Directory
4 6 (3.37%) Xen
4 6 (3.37%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.12%) VMware ESX
5 2 (1.12%) XenApp
5 2 (1.12%) XenServer
5 2 (1.12%) XenDesktop
5 2 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (5.62%) SCCM
2 2 (1.12%) WSUS
2 2 (1.12%) AirWatch
3 1 (0.56%) SCOM
Vendors
1 30 (16.85%) Oracle
1 30 (16.85%) Microsoft
2 18 (10.11%) Citrix
3 17 (9.55%) SAP
4 12 (6.74%) VMware
5 8 (4.49%) Lotus
6 7 (3.93%) EMC
7 6 (3.37%) Cisco
7 6 (3.37%) IBM
8 3 (1.69%) webMethods
8 3 (1.69%) Symantec
9 2 (1.12%) Avaya
9 2 (1.12%) CA
9 2 (1.12%) TIBCO
10 1 (0.56%) Verint
10 1 (0.56%) Salesforce.com
10 1 (0.56%) Red Hat
10 1 (0.56%) CheckPoint
10 1 (0.56%) Dell
10 1 (0.56%) Software AG
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