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 October 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 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Solution Architect
Rank 76 67 79
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 69 67 59
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.17% 2.38% 1.86%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.38% 2.60% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 40 42
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£450 £475 £474
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% +0.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £404 £350 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.00 - -
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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
2899 2581 2936
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 91.13% 91.85% 92.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1700 1257 1488
Average daily rate £361 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.15% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £225 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £494 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 174 206 188
Average hourly rate £16.08 £17.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.11% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £36.54 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.30 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+0.30% -7.14%

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 October 2014.

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 October 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
Manchester -22 27 £450 -10.00% 5
Cheshire +15 22 £475 +5.55% 1
Merseyside -3 3 £456 +1.38% 1
Solutions Architect
England

Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, 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 33 (33.33%) Finance
2 28 (28.28%) Oracle
3 21 (21.21%) Enterprise Software
4 19 (19.19%) Microsoft
5 18 (18.18%) Java
6 15 (15.15%) IBM
7 14 (14.14%) Banking
8 13 (13.13%) Retail
8 13 (13.13%) Degree
8 13 (13.13%) Security Cleared
9 12 (12.12%) Data Protection
9 12 (12.12%) Analytical Skills
9 12 (12.12%) Migration
9 12 (12.12%) Windows
10 10 (10.10%) .NET
10 10 (10.10%) TOGAF
11 9 (9.09%) IBM Mainframe
11 9 (9.09%) Local Government
11 9 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
11 9 (9.09%) Mainframe
11 9 (9.09%) SOA
12 8 (8.08%) J2EE
12 8 (8.08%) Stakeholder Management
12 8 (8.08%) SC Cleared
13 7 (7.07%) Marketing
13 7 (7.07%) Waterfall
13 7 (7.07%) Information Security
13 7 (7.07%) AIX
13 7 (7.07%) JDBC
13 7 (7.07%) Business Intelligence

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

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, 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 6 (6.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 4 (4.04%) CICS
2 4 (4.04%) WebSphere
3 2 (2.02%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.01%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 5 (5.05%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.03%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (2.02%) MS Office
4 1 (1.01%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (1.01%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (6.06%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (3.03%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (1.01%) SAP ERP
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.04%) SaaS
2 1 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.01%) PaaS
2 1 (1.01%) Office 365
2 1 (1.01%) IaaS
2 1 (1.01%) Force.com
2 1 (1.01%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.03%) DVB
1 3 (3.03%) DSL
2 1 (1.01%) NAS
2 1 (1.01%) SAN
2 1 (1.01%) Firewall
2 1 (1.01%) SMS
2 1 (1.01%) WAN
2 1 (1.01%) VPN
2 1 (1.01%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.06%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.05%) DB2
2 5 (5.05%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle ODI
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.01%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.01%) SAP HANA
3 1 (1.01%) Big Data
3 1 (1.01%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle BI EE
3 1 (1.01%) QlikView
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.01%) MySQL
3 1 (1.01%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.01%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 1 (1.01%) Oracle APEX
1 1 (1.01%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (33.33%) Finance
2 14 (14.14%) Banking
3 13 (13.13%) Retail
4 9 (9.09%) Local Government
5 7 (7.07%) Marketing
6 5 (5.05%) Telecoms
7 4 (4.04%) Advertising
7 4 (4.04%) Retail Banking
8 1 (1.01%) Legal
8 1 (1.01%) Games
8 1 (1.01%) Billing
8 1 (1.01%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.10%) .NET
2 8 (8.08%) J2EE
3 7 (7.07%) JDBC
4 6 (6.06%) JMS
4 6 (6.06%) JSP
4 6 (6.06%) SOAP
4 6 (6.06%) EJB
4 6 (6.06%) JNDI
5 4 (4.04%) HTML
5 4 (4.04%) Middleware
6 2 (2.02%) CSS
6 2 (2.02%) Web Services
7 1 (1.01%) Oracle Fusion
7 1 (1.01%) Visualforce
7 1 (1.01%) jQuery
7 1 (1.01%) Mason
7 1 (1.01%) Java EE
7 1 (1.01%) XML
7 1 (1.01%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 21 (21.21%) Enterprise Software
2 12 (12.12%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (9.09%) IBM Mainframe
3 9 (9.09%) Mainframe
4 4 (4.04%) Management Information System
5 3 (3.03%) Reference Data
5 3 (3.03%) Data Integration
5 3 (3.03%) STB
6 2 (2.02%) IPTV
6 2 (2.02%) Life Science
7 1 (1.01%) Open Source
7 1 (1.01%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.01%) IVR
7 1 (1.01%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.01%) DTV
7 1 (1.01%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 12 (12.12%) Windows
2 7 (7.07%) AIX
3 5 (5.05%) Linux
4 4 (4.04%) UNIX
5 2 (2.02%) Embedded Linux
5 2 (2.02%) Android
5 2 (2.02%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.01%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.01%) Solaris
6 1 (1.01%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (12.12%) Data Protection
1 12 (12.12%) Migration
2 10 (10.10%) TOGAF
3 9 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (9.09%) SOA
4 8 (8.08%) Stakeholder Management
5 7 (7.07%) Waterfall
5 7 (7.07%) Information Security
5 7 (7.07%) Business Intelligence
6 6 (6.06%) EAI
6 6 (6.06%) CRM
6 6 (6.06%) E-Commerce
6 6 (6.06%) ITIL
6 6 (6.06%) Project Management
6 6 (6.06%) Business Analysis
7 5 (5.05%) Business Continuity
7 5 (5.05%) Data Modelling
8 4 (4.04%) B2C
8 4 (4.04%) Enterprise Architecture
8 4 (4.04%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 18 (18.18%) Java
2 6 (6.06%) SQL
3 2 (2.02%) C#
3 2 (2.02%) JavaScript
3 2 (2.02%) PL/SQL
3 2 (2.02%) Bash Shell
4 1 (1.01%) Scala
4 1 (1.01%) Apex Code
4 1 (1.01%) VBA
4 1 (1.01%) C++
4 1 (1.01%) COBOL
4 1 (1.01%) C
4 1 (1.01%) Python
Qualifications
1 13 (13.13%) Degree
1 13 (13.13%) Security Cleared
2 8 (8.08%) SC Cleared
3 6 (6.06%) ISEB
4 2 (2.02%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.01%) BC Cleared
5 1 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.01%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (1.01%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (1.01%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (1.01%) SAP Afaria
1 1 (1.01%) SCCM
1 1 (1.01%) EMC NetWorker
1 1 (1.01%) OpenView
Vendors
1 28 (28.28%) Oracle
2 19 (19.19%) Microsoft
3 15 (15.15%) IBM
4 5 (5.05%) PeopleSoft
5 4 (4.04%) Intel
6 3 (3.03%) SAP
7 1 (1.01%) MobileIron
7 1 (1.01%) Tableau
7 1 (1.01%) VocaLink
7 1 (1.01%) hybris
7 1 (1.01%) Demandware
7 1 (1.01%) Axway
7 1 (1.01%) Casewise
7 1 (1.01%) ATG
7 1 (1.01%) VMware
7 1 (1.01%) Curam
7 1 (1.01%) Blue Coat
7 1 (1.01%) Juniper
7 1 (1.01%) Citrix
7 1 (1.01%) Cognos
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