The table below looks at the statistics for the Solutions Architect role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. 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 1 May 2016 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Solution Architect
Rank 90 94 121
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +27
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1363 1241 943
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.44% 2.19% 1.73%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.57% 2.31% 1.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 838 753 578
Average daily rate £513 £525 £509
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.38% +3.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £425 £406
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £493 £500 £488
% change year-on-year
-1.50% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 4
Average hourly rate £63.13 £35.00 £60.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+80.35% -41.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.25 £35.00 £48.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £89.88 £49.50 £72.29
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £49.50 £60.00
% change year-on-year
+21.21% -17.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
53055 53758 51548
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.92% 94.76% 94.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 34561 32635 31469
Average daily rate £425 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1534 2148 2116
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

Solutions Architect
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Solutions Architect Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Solutions Architect within the UK.

Solutions Architect Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Solutions Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 1 May 2016.

Solutions Architect Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Solutions Architect
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Solutions Architect within the UK.

Solutions Architect Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Solutions Architect
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Solutions Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 1 May 2016.

Solutions Architect Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Solutions Architect
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 1 May 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
England +1 1236 £525 - 162
London +18 534 £550 +0.91% 74
South East -24 228 £500 - 30
Yorkshire +50 103 £475 - 17
Scotland +9 94 £500 - 10
East of England +4 92 £450 -18.18% 7
Berkshire -4 91 £550 +3.52% 8
North West -30 79 £475 - 12
West Yorkshire +30 67 £480 +9.71% 13
City of London -4 58 £600 +9.04% 14
Leeds +43 56 £475 - 8
South West -13 56 £544 +0.23% 3
East Midlands +12 54 £450 -11.93% 5
Edinburgh +2 53 £500 +2.56% 5
Hampshire -5 45 £465 -7.00% 4
West Midlands -22 43 £500 -4.76% 9
Nottinghamshire +35 41 £475 - 3
Manchester -14 40 £500 +11.11% 7
Nottingham +29 38 £500 - 3
Cambridgeshire +31 35 £425 -15.00% 4
Hertfordshire +17 33 £550 +22.22%
Surrey +10 30 £550 +14.58% 6
Reading -14 30 £500 -4.76%
South Yorkshire +16 27 £475 -24.00% 2
Cambridge +15 26 £413 -17.50% 3
Cheshire -7 26 £450 - 3
Sheffield +3 25 £475 -14.60% 2
Wiltshire +7 23 £550 +1.14%
Bristol -2 20 £538 +7.50% 2
North East -22 20 £424 -17.31% 2

Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 491 (19.60%) TOGAF
2 487 (19.44%) Finance
3 470 (18.76%) Agile Software Development
4 439 (17.52%) SOA
5 381 (15.21%) Oracle
6 352 (14.05%) Microsoft
7 332 (13.25%) Java
8 297 (11.86%) Retail
9 256 (10.22%) Banking
10 248 (9.90%) Enterprise Architecture
11 225 (8.98%) CRM
12 224 (8.94%) Security Cleared
13 211 (8.42%) .NET
14 205 (8.18%) Windows
14 205 (8.18%) Stakeholder Management
15 195 (7.78%) E-Commerce
16 191 (7.62%) Migration
16 191 (7.62%) Technical Architecture
17 183 (7.31%) VMware
18 177 (7.07%) Telecoms
19 169 (6.75%) UML
20 155 (6.19%) SC Cleared
21 152 (6.07%) Web Services
21 152 (6.07%) SAP
22 151 (6.03%) SQL
23 149 (5.95%) SaaS
24 142 (5.67%) Data Modelling
24 142 (5.67%) Middleware
25 136 (5.43%) Business Intelligence
25 136 (5.43%) Data Centre

Solutions Architect
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 96 (3.83%) SharePoint
2 90 (3.59%) WebSphere
3 68 (2.71%) CMS
4 62 (2.48%) JBoss
5 45 (1.80%) WebLogic
6 37 (1.48%) BizTalk Server
7 30 (1.20%) Skype for Business
8 25 (1.00%) Apache
9 24 (0.96%) MS Exchange
10 23 (0.92%) OpenStack
10 23 (0.92%) Tomcat
11 22 (0.88%) CICS
12 20 (0.80%) Drupal
13 19 (0.76%) IIS
13 19 (0.76%) Node.js
14 17 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
15 16 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
15 16 (0.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 15 (0.60%) Documentum
17 13 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 114 (4.55%) MS Excel
2 27 (1.08%) MS Visio
3 16 (0.64%) MS Office
4 7 (0.28%) SPSS
5 6 (0.24%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.040%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.040%) MS Project
6 1 (0.040%) Pro/ENGINEER
6 1 (0.040%) PTC Creo
6 1 (0.040%) Siemens NX
6 1 (0.040%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.040%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 83 (3.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (0.96%) Oracle BPM
3 21 (0.84%) Oracle EBS
4 17 (0.68%) Oracle Retail
5 15 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 13 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
7 11 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
7 11 (0.44%) Unica
8 10 (0.40%) Maximo
9 9 (0.36%) Adobe Campaign
9 9 (0.36%) SAP CRM
10 8 (0.32%) BigMachines
11 7 (0.28%) SAP ERP
11 7 (0.28%) SAP IS-U
11 7 (0.28%) Teamcenter
12 6 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
12 6 (0.24%) Oracle CRM
13 5 (0.20%) BusinessWorks
13 5 (0.20%) SAP HCM
13 5 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 149 (5.95%) SaaS
2 132 (5.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 123 (4.91%) Amazon AWS
4 102 (4.07%) IaaS
5 85 (3.39%) PaaS
6 65 (2.59%) Office 365
7 26 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
8 12 (0.48%) Force.com
9 10 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
9 10 (0.40%) SuccessFactors
10 7 (0.28%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (0.20%) SoftLayer
11 5 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 4 (0.16%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (0.16%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.16%) Amazon SQS
12 4 (0.16%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 4 (0.16%) Google Analytics
12 4 (0.16%) Google Apps
12 4 (0.16%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 112 (4.47%) WAN
2 109 (4.35%) LAN
3 97 (3.87%) Firewall
4 47 (1.88%) SAN
5 39 (1.56%) Internet
6 29 (1.16%) NAS
7 28 (1.12%) MVNO
8 27 (1.08%) 3G
9 26 (1.04%) VoIP
10 25 (1.00%) VPN
11 23 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
12 22 (0.88%) DNS
13 21 (0.84%) 4G
14 20 (0.80%) MPLS
14 20 (0.80%) Network Security
15 19 (0.76%) Unified Communications
16 17 (0.68%) Remote Desktop
17 16 (0.64%) Skype
18 13 (0.52%) Intranet
18 13 (0.52%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 120 (4.79%) SQL Server
2 112 (4.47%) Relational Database
3 66 (2.63%) Data Warehouse
4 50 (2.00%) Big Data
5 39 (1.56%) Hadoop
6 37 (1.48%) Oracle Database
7 35 (1.40%) MySQL
8 30 (1.20%) NoSQL
9 26 (1.04%) DB2
10 23 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
10 23 (0.92%) MongoDB
11 20 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 19 (0.76%) Oracle BI EE
13 17 (0.68%) RDBMS
14 15 (0.60%) SAP HANA
14 15 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 14 (0.56%) Oracle ODI
16 13 (0.52%) BusinessObjects
16 13 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
16 13 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 24 (0.96%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (0.80%) JIRA
2 20 (0.80%) Selenium
3 15 (0.60%) Git (software)
4 14 (0.56%) Oracle Forms
5 13 (0.52%) JUnit
6 12 (0.48%) Cucumber
7 11 (0.44%) Eclipse
7 11 (0.44%) NUnit
7 11 (0.44%) Visual Studio
8 10 (0.40%) Jenkins
8 10 (0.40%) SoapUI
9 9 (0.36%) Subversion
10 8 (0.32%) Maven
11 5 (0.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 4 (0.16%) Ant
12 4 (0.16%) Gradle
12 4 (0.16%) Rational Application Developer
12 4 (0.16%) SpecFlow
13 3 (0.12%) JBehave
General
1 487 (19.44%) Finance
2 297 (11.86%) Retail
3 256 (10.22%) Banking
4 177 (7.07%) Telecoms
5 68 (2.71%) Marketing
6 56 (2.24%) Manufacturing
7 55 (2.20%) Billing
8 35 (1.40%) Investment Banking
9 31 (1.24%) Publishing
10 25 (1.00%) Retail Banking
11 21 (0.84%) Advertising
12 18 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
13 13 (0.52%) Automotive
13 13 (0.52%) Back Office
13 13 (0.52%) Games
13 13 (0.52%) Legal
14 12 (0.48%) Financial Institution
15 11 (0.44%) Electronics
15 11 (0.44%) Front Office
15 11 (0.44%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 211 (8.42%) .NET
2 152 (6.07%) Web Services
3 142 (5.67%) Middleware
4 106 (4.23%) REST
5 81 (3.23%) SOAP
6 75 (2.99%) XML
7 61 (2.44%) HTML
8 59 (2.36%) J2EE
9 43 (1.72%) Spring
10 41 (1.64%) AngularJS
11 36 (1.44%) Hibernate
11 36 (1.44%) RESTful
12 33 (1.32%) JPA
13 32 (1.28%) Java EE
13 32 (1.28%) JSF
14 30 (1.20%) CSS
15 29 (1.16%) Apache CXF
16 28 (1.12%) .NET Framework
16 28 (1.12%) Drools
17 24 (0.96%) IBM Integration Bus
Miscellaneous
1 136 (5.43%) Data Centre
2 120 (4.79%) Analytical Skills
3 68 (2.71%) Enterprise Software
4 56 (2.24%) Data Integration
5 53 (2.12%) Management Information System
6 48 (1.92%) Private Cloud
7 43 (1.72%) Mainframe
8 29 (1.16%) Mobile App
9 23 (0.92%) Video on Demand
10 22 (0.88%) Computer Science
11 21 (0.84%) Enterprise Storage
12 20 (0.80%) Hybrid Cloud
13 18 (0.72%) Public Cloud
13 18 (0.72%) User Experience
14 17 (0.68%) FMCG
14 17 (0.68%) Smart Meter
15 16 (0.64%) iPad
16 14 (0.56%) EPoS
16 14 (0.56%) Visualisation
17 13 (0.52%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 205 (8.18%) Windows
2 134 (5.35%) Linux
3 105 (4.19%) Unix
4 78 (3.11%) Windows Server
5 41 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 37 (1.48%) Windows Server 2003
7 32 (1.28%) Windows Server 2008
8 29 (1.16%) Solaris
9 26 (1.04%) AIX
10 23 (0.92%) Android
10 23 (0.92%) Windows XP
11 17 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 14 (0.56%) Apple iOS
12 14 (0.56%) zOS
13 12 (0.48%) Windows 7
14 11 (0.44%) Windows 10
15 8 (0.32%) HPUX
15 8 (0.32%) Windows 8
15 8 (0.32%) Windows Phone
16 6 (0.24%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 491 (19.60%) TOGAF
2 470 (18.76%) Agile Software Development
3 439 (17.52%) SOA
4 248 (9.90%) Enterprise Architecture
5 225 (8.98%) CRM
6 205 (8.18%) Stakeholder Management
7 195 (7.78%) E-Commerce
8 191 (7.62%) Migration
8 191 (7.62%) Technical Architecture
9 169 (6.75%) UML
10 142 (5.67%) Data Modelling
11 136 (5.43%) Business Intelligence
12 113 (4.51%) Project Management
13 108 (4.31%) ITIL
13 108 (4.31%) SDLC
14 105 (4.19%) Presales
15 101 (4.03%) Zachman Framework
16 94 (3.75%) Content Management
17 88 (3.51%) Analytics
18 87 (3.47%) OO
Programming Languages
1 332 (13.25%) Java
2 151 (6.03%) SQL
3 99 (3.95%) C#
4 85 (3.39%) JavaScript
5 33 (1.32%) PHP
6 26 (1.04%) C++
7 23 (0.92%) Python
8 22 (0.88%) C
9 18 (0.72%) Perl
10 15 (0.60%) PowerShell
11 13 (0.52%) COBOL
12 12 (0.48%) PL/SQL
13 9 (0.36%) Scala
13 9 (0.36%) Shell Script
14 8 (0.32%) Apex Code
14 8 (0.32%) Assembly Language
14 8 (0.32%) JCL
14 8 (0.32%) REXX
14 8 (0.32%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.24%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 224 (8.94%) Security Cleared
2 155 (6.19%) SC Cleared
3 132 (5.27%) Degree
4 26 (1.04%) DV Cleared
5 21 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (0.40%) CCNA
7 8 (0.32%) ISEB
7 8 (0.32%) MBA
8 6 (0.24%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (0.24%) CCIE
8 6 (0.24%) CISM
8 6 (0.24%) CISSP
8 6 (0.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 5 (0.20%) AWS Certification
9 5 (0.20%) BC Cleared
9 5 (0.20%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (0.16%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.16%) PMP
10 4 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (1.84%) QA
2 33 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 31 (1.24%) COBIT
4 23 (0.92%) Data Quality
4 23 (0.92%) PCI DSS
5 9 (0.36%) SEPA
6 7 (0.28%) ISO27002
7 5 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
7 5 (0.20%) MiFID
8 4 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.12%) EMIR
9 3 (0.12%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.12%) SLA
10 2 (0.080%) Basel II
10 2 (0.080%) COREP
10 2 (0.080%) FATCA
10 2 (0.080%) SSAE 16
11 1 (0.040%) Dodd-Frank
11 1 (0.040%) ISO20022
11 1 (0.040%) JSP 440
System Software
1 124 (4.95%) Active Directory
2 103 (4.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 43 (1.72%) Hyper-V
4 29 (1.16%) VMware ESX
5 26 (1.04%) VMware ESXi
6 19 (0.76%) vSphere
7 16 (0.64%) Microsoft App-V
8 11 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
9 10 (0.40%) Xen
10 9 (0.36%) Docker
11 8 (0.32%) XenDesktop
12 6 (0.24%) XenApp
13 5 (0.20%) DFS Replication
13 5 (0.20%) NFS
13 5 (0.20%) SRDF
13 5 (0.20%) XenServer
14 4 (0.16%) KVM
14 4 (0.16%) Terminal Server
14 4 (0.16%) vCloud
15 3 (0.12%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 37 (1.48%) SCCM
2 24 (0.96%) Puppet
3 17 (0.68%) SCOM
4 13 (0.52%) Ansible
5 12 (0.48%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (0.32%) ZABBIX
7 7 (0.28%) SCVMM
8 6 (0.24%) Tivoli
9 5 (0.20%) Windows Intune
10 4 (0.16%) HP Quality Center
10 4 (0.16%) Oracle EDQ
11 3 (0.12%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 3 (0.12%) NetBackup
12 2 (0.080%) AirWatch
12 2 (0.080%) BladeLogic
12 2 (0.080%) Cisco CUCM
12 2 (0.080%) FortiGate
12 2 (0.080%) HP NNM
12 2 (0.080%) HP SIM
12 2 (0.080%) WSUS
Vendors
1 381 (15.21%) Oracle
2 352 (14.05%) Microsoft
3 183 (7.31%) VMware
4 152 (6.07%) SAP
5 133 (5.31%) IBM
6 75 (2.99%) Cisco
6 75 (2.99%) Citrix
6 75 (2.99%) Salesforce.com
7 68 (2.71%) Red Hat
8 59 (2.36%) HP
9 43 (1.72%) hybris
10 37 (1.48%) EMC
11 33 (1.32%) webMethods
12 32 (1.28%) TIBCO
13 29 (1.16%) Sitecore
14 27 (1.08%) ATG
15 26 (1.04%) Pega
16 24 (0.96%) Google
16 24 (0.96%) Siebel
17 21 (0.84%) NetApp
Durham, County Durham
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £450 - £550 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
London
MPower+
Rate: From £500 to £580 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Searchability
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Searchability
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £550 - £675 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
London
PCR
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Searchability
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £600.00 - £700.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Nicoll Curtin
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bradford, Yorkshire
SidTech LTD
Rate: As Per Market
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
PCR
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Montash
Rate: £500 - £550 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Durham, County Durham
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: NEG
Posted: 4 days ago
Stirlingshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £500.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £600.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South Wales
Network ITR
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £425.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: On application
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £530 per day 6 Months initially
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: Excellent Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
Cubic Transportation Systems Limited
Rate: Competitive day rate
Posted: 11 days ago