The first table below looks at the demand for the Solutions Designer 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 Designer in their job title over the 3 months to 30 July 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 North West 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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Solution Designer
Rank 120 114 135
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +21
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Designer 8 18 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.27% 0.66% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.29% 0.72% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 7 4
Average daily rate
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£429 £300 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+43.08% -20.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £439 £400 £450
% change year-on-year
+9.75% -11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2805 2503 2948
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.47% 92.46% 91.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 1520 1190 1495
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £218 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 191 195 226
Average hourly rate £16.08 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.11% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £39.00 £41.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
Solutions Designer
England

Solutions Designer
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Solutions Designer Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Solutions Designer
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 Designer across the North West region.

Solutions Designer Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Solutions Designer
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 Designer across the North West region.

Solutions Designer Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Solutions Designer
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 Designer within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 July 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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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
Cheshire +1 6 £439 -
Manchester -9 1 - -
Solutions Designer
England

Solutions Designer
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Solutions Designer 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 Designer in their job title.

1 12 (80.00%) Finance
2 10 (66.67%) Java
3 7 (46.67%) Oracle
4 6 (40.00%) .NET
4 6 (40.00%) J2EE
4 6 (40.00%) JDBC
4 6 (40.00%) JSP
4 6 (40.00%) JMS
4 6 (40.00%) JNDI
4 6 (40.00%) Waterfall
5 3 (20.00%) Telecoms
5 3 (20.00%) IBM Mainframe
5 3 (20.00%) IBM
5 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
5 3 (20.00%) Mainframe
5 3 (20.00%) DB2
6 2 (13.33%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (13.33%) ERP
6 2 (13.33%) CICS
6 2 (13.33%) ETL
6 2 (13.33%) Banking
6 2 (13.33%) Retail
6 2 (13.33%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (6.67%) Agile Project Management
7 1 (6.67%) VMware
7 1 (6.67%) IVR
7 1 (6.67%) Teradata
7 1 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (6.67%) Migration
7 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management

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

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Solutions Designer 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 Designer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (13.33%) CICS
2 1 (6.67%) WebSphere
2 1 (6.67%) MQSeries
Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (13.33%) Oracle ERP
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) LAN
1 1 (6.67%) SMS
1 1 (6.67%) WAN
1 1 (6.67%) DNS
1 1 (6.67%) Firewall
1 1 (6.67%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (20.00%) DB2
2 1 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
General
1 12 (80.00%) Finance
2 3 (20.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (13.33%) Banking
3 2 (13.33%) Retail
4 1 (6.67%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (40.00%) .NET
1 6 (40.00%) J2EE
1 6 (40.00%) JDBC
1 6 (40.00%) JSP
1 6 (40.00%) JMS
1 6 (40.00%) JNDI
2 1 (6.67%) Middleware
2 1 (6.67%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 3 (20.00%) IBM Mainframe
1 3 (20.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (6.67%) IVR
2 1 (6.67%) PKI
2 1 (6.67%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (6.67%) Windows 7
1 1 (6.67%) UNIX
1 1 (6.67%) Windows
1 1 (6.67%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) Waterfall
2 2 (13.33%) ERP
2 2 (13.33%) ETL
3 1 (6.67%) Agile Project Management
3 1 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (6.67%) Migration
3 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (6.67%) Project Management
3 1 (6.67%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 10 (66.67%) Java
2 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) Citrix Certification
System Software
1 1 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (6.67%) XenApp
Vendors
1 7 (46.67%) Oracle
2 3 (20.00%) IBM
2 3 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (6.67%) VMware
3 1 (6.67%) Teradata
3 1 (6.67%) Intel
3 1 (6.67%) Citrix
3 1 (6.67%) Red Hat