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 26 November 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Solution Architect
Rank 81 72 86
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +14
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 59 63 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.88% 2.26% 1.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.04% 2.50% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 35 32
Average daily rate
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£450 £490 £502
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.16% -2.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £406 £435 £342
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £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 £32.50 £44.25 -
% change year-on-year
-26.55% -
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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
2890 2518 2863
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 91.95% 90.35% 91.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1702 1241 1448
Average daily rate £350 £335 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.47% -0.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £213 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 160 183 189
Average hourly rate £15.13 £17.50 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.57% -4.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.05 £40.57 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -11.11%

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 26 November 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 26 November 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 -17 30 £450 -12.19% 4
Cheshire +9 17 £439 -8.54% 2
Lancashire -21 5 £525 +2.70% 1
Merseyside -1 3 £456 -
Solutions Architect
England

Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 November 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 (30.28%) Finance
2 29 (26.61%) Oracle
3 21 (19.27%) Java
4 20 (18.35%) Enterprise Software
5 18 (16.51%) Data Protection
6 16 (14.68%) Local Government
6 16 (14.68%) Microsoft
6 16 (14.68%) Migration
6 16 (14.68%) Retail
7 14 (12.84%) Banking
7 14 (12.84%) IBM
8 13 (11.93%) Windows
8 13 (11.93%) Degree
9 12 (11.01%) Analytical Skills
10 11 (10.09%) Security Cleared
11 10 (9.17%) .NET
11 10 (9.17%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (8.26%) Agile Software Development
12 9 (8.26%) Mainframe
12 9 (8.26%) SOA
13 8 (7.34%) E-Commerce
13 8 (7.34%) J2EE
13 8 (7.34%) SQL
13 8 (7.34%) TOGAF
13 8 (7.34%) IBM Mainframe
13 8 (7.34%) SC Cleared
14 7 (6.42%) Marketing
14 7 (6.42%) Waterfall
14 7 (6.42%) Stakeholder Management
14 7 (6.42%) SQL Server

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

For the 6 months to 26 November 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 (5.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 4 (3.67%) CICS
2 4 (3.67%) WebSphere
3 3 (2.75%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.92%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 5 (4.59%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.75%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.83%) MS Office
4 1 (0.92%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.92%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (4.59%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.92%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.92%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.92%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.59%) SaaS
2 3 (2.75%) Office 365
3 1 (0.92%) Taleo
3 1 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.92%) PaaS
3 1 (0.92%) Force.com
3 1 (0.92%) IaaS
3 1 (0.92%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.75%) DVB
1 3 (2.75%) DSL
2 1 (0.92%) NAS
2 1 (0.92%) Firewall
2 1 (0.92%) SMS
2 1 (0.92%) VPN
2 1 (0.92%) SAN
2 1 (0.92%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.42%) SQL Server
2 6 (5.50%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (4.59%) DB2
4 3 (2.75%) Hadoop
4 3 (2.75%) Big Data
5 2 (1.83%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.92%) QlikView
6 1 (0.92%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.92%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.92%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.92%) Oracle ODI
6 1 (0.92%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.92%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.92%) MySQL
6 1 (0.92%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (1.83%) Oracle APEX
2 1 (0.92%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (30.28%) Finance
2 16 (14.68%) Local Government
2 16 (14.68%) Retail
3 14 (12.84%) Banking
4 7 (6.42%) Marketing
5 4 (3.67%) Advertising
5 4 (3.67%) Retail Banking
6 3 (2.75%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.83%) Legal
8 1 (0.92%) Back Office
8 1 (0.92%) Billing
8 1 (0.92%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.92%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (9.17%) .NET
2 8 (7.34%) J2EE
3 7 (6.42%) JDBC
4 6 (5.50%) JMS
4 6 (5.50%) JSP
4 6 (5.50%) SOAP
4 6 (5.50%) EJB
4 6 (5.50%) JNDI
5 4 (3.67%) HTML
6 3 (2.75%) Middleware
7 2 (1.83%) CSS
7 2 (1.83%) Web Services
7 2 (1.83%) Oracle Fusion
8 1 (0.92%) jQuery
8 1 (0.92%) Java EE
8 1 (0.92%) Mason
8 1 (0.92%) Visualforce
8 1 (0.92%) XML
8 1 (0.92%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 20 (18.35%) Enterprise Software
2 12 (11.01%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (8.26%) Mainframe
4 8 (7.34%) IBM Mainframe
5 3 (2.75%) Life Science
5 3 (2.75%) STB
6 2 (1.83%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.83%) Reference Data
6 2 (1.83%) Data Integration
6 2 (1.83%) IPTV
7 1 (0.92%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.92%) Open Source
7 1 (0.92%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.92%) DTV
7 1 (0.92%) IVR
7 1 (0.92%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 13 (11.93%) Windows
2 6 (5.50%) AIX
3 5 (4.59%) Linux
4 4 (3.67%) UNIX
5 2 (1.83%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (0.92%) Android
6 1 (0.92%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.92%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.92%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (16.51%) Data Protection
2 16 (14.68%) Migration
3 10 (9.17%) Business Intelligence
4 9 (8.26%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (8.26%) SOA
5 8 (7.34%) E-Commerce
5 8 (7.34%) TOGAF
6 7 (6.42%) Waterfall
6 7 (6.42%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (6.42%) EAI
7 6 (5.50%) B2C
7 6 (5.50%) Project Management
7 6 (5.50%) Analytics
7 6 (5.50%) Business Analysis
8 5 (4.59%) Information Architecture
8 5 (4.59%) Identity Management
8 5 (4.59%) Data Management
8 5 (4.59%) Business Continuity
8 5 (4.59%) Information Security
8 5 (4.59%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 21 (19.27%) Java
2 8 (7.34%) SQL
3 3 (2.75%) PL/SQL
4 2 (1.83%) C#
4 2 (1.83%) VBA
4 2 (1.83%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.83%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.92%) Scala
5 1 (0.92%) Apex Code
5 1 (0.92%) C++
5 1 (0.92%) COBOL
5 1 (0.92%) C
5 1 (0.92%) Python
Qualifications
1 13 (11.93%) Degree
2 11 (10.09%) Security Cleared
3 8 (7.34%) SC Cleared
4 6 (5.50%) ISEB
5 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.92%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (2.75%) Microsoft App-V
1 3 (2.75%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (0.92%) SCCM
1 1 (0.92%) EMC NetWorker
1 1 (0.92%) Oracle Identity Management
1 1 (0.92%) SAP Afaria
1 1 (0.92%) OpenView
Vendors
1 29 (26.61%) Oracle
2 16 (14.68%) Microsoft
3 14 (12.84%) IBM
4 5 (4.59%) PeopleSoft
5 3 (2.75%) Intel
5 3 (2.75%) SAP
5 3 (2.75%) Citrix
6 1 (0.92%) Axway
6 1 (0.92%) Casewise
6 1 (0.92%) hybris
6 1 (0.92%) Demandware
6 1 (0.92%) Tableau
6 1 (0.92%) MobileIron
6 1 (0.92%) Hyperion
6 1 (0.92%) StorageTek
6 1 (0.92%) Apple
6 1 (0.92%) CheckPoint
6 1 (0.92%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.92%) Curam
6 1 (0.92%) Blue Coat