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 22 September 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 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Solution Architect
Rank 109 115 129
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +14
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1067 932 916
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.85% 1.77% 1.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.03% 1.90% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 659 547 481
Average daily rate
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£525 £515 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.94% +8.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £400 £363
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £650 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £500 £475 £470
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 1
Average hourly rate £52.25 £72.50 £57.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.93% +26.08%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £52.25 £73.75 £57.50
% change year-on-year
-29.15% +28.26%

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
52499 48968 54351
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.83% 92.75% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32042 29332 30408
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2057 2099 2690
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.06
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -5.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.85% -7.42%

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 22 September 2014.

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 22 September 2014.

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 22 September 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
England +8 1004 £525 +1.94% 224
London +5 440 £550 - 93
South East +29 240 £475 -1.04% 39
Berkshire +26 112 £475 +4.10% 9
City of London -1 103 £550 +0.68% 38
South West +3 66 £525 +16.66% 16
East of England -20 61 £550 +8.37% 22
North West -1 60 £450 - 22
Hampshire +1 49 £450 -7.69% 13
West Midlands +6 45 £483 +7.22% 5
Surrey +22 38 £518 +3.50% 11
Scotland -8 34 £520 +9.47% 4
Yorkshire +1 33 £475 - 17
West Yorkshire 0 29 £475 - 15
Buckinghamshire +7 24 £538 -6.52% 1
East Midlands -4 24 £450 - 3
Reading +12 23 £520 +20.93% 5
Edinburgh -5 23 £538 +10.25% 2
Manchester -22 22 £450 -10.00% 11
Bedfordshire +1 21 £575 +4.54% 6
Southampton +4 18 £420 -15.57% 2
Wiltshire +2 18 £539 +7.80% 7
Cheshire +15 17 £500 +28.20% 4
Bristol -9 16 £475 +11.76% 4
Hertfordshire -27 16 £500 - 3
Gloucestershire - 16 £463 - 3
Birmingham +2 15 £495 +3.12% 3
Milton Keynes +8 13 £465 +24.00% 1
Northamptonshire +8 12 £458 -20.43% 1
Leeds -4 12 £500 +5.26% 11

Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, 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.

1 468 (23.70%) Finance
2 373 (18.89%) Oracle
3 287 (14.53%) TOGAF
4 278 (14.08%) SOA
5 267 (13.52%) Agile Software Development
6 234 (11.85%) .NET
7 229 (11.59%) Java
8 220 (11.14%) CRM
9 210 (10.63%) SAP
10 208 (10.53%) Microsoft
11 202 (10.23%) Retail
12 184 (9.32%) Enterprise Architecture
13 178 (9.01%) Banking
14 168 (8.51%) Windows
15 163 (8.25%) Stakeholder Management
16 157 (7.95%) Telecoms
17 142 (7.19%) Web Services
18 139 (7.04%) Middleware
19 133 (6.73%) Degree
20 129 (6.53%) Security Cleared
20 129 (6.53%) E-Commerce
21 120 (6.08%) SQL Server
22 118 (5.97%) J2EE
23 117 (5.92%) Project Management
24 116 (5.87%) SQL
25 113 (5.72%) Migration
25 113 (5.72%) Technical Architecture
26 105 (5.32%) Linux
27 102 (5.16%) IBM
28 98 (4.96%) Business Intelligence

Solutions Architect
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, 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 75 (3.80%) SharePoint
2 72 (3.65%) WebSphere
3 42 (2.13%) Apache
4 41 (2.08%) BizTalk Server
5 25 (1.27%) WebLogic
6 18 (0.91%) Tomcat
7 17 (0.86%) MS Exchange
8 16 (0.81%) SAS
8 16 (0.81%) CMS
9 15 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
10 13 (0.66%) Lync
10 13 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
11 12 (0.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 12 (0.61%) Apache Solr
11 12 (0.61%) IIS
12 10 (0.51%) NetWeaver
13 9 (0.46%) Oracle Coherence
14 8 (0.41%) WebSphere Application Server
15 7 (0.35%) Drupal
15 7 (0.35%) FileNet
Applications
1 76 (3.85%) MS Excel
2 29 (1.47%) MS Visio
3 28 (1.42%) MS PowerPoint
4 24 (1.22%) MS Office
5 18 (0.91%) MS Project
6 10 (0.51%) SPSS
6 10 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.051%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.051%) Stata
7 1 (0.051%) Casewise Modeler
7 1 (0.051%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 44 (2.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (2.13%) Oracle EBS
3 20 (1.01%) Oracle EBS R12
4 18 (0.91%) Oracle BPM
5 17 (0.86%) Dynamics AX
6 13 (0.66%) SAP FI
6 13 (0.66%) SAP IS-U
7 12 (0.61%) Oracle Retail
7 12 (0.61%) SAP FI/CO
7 12 (0.61%) SAP CO
8 11 (0.56%) Oracle ERP
9 9 (0.46%) Oracle Applications
9 9 (0.46%) SAP CRM
9 9 (0.46%) SAP ERP
10 8 (0.41%) Oracle CRM
10 8 (0.41%) SAP SD
10 8 (0.41%) Cerner Millennium
11 7 (0.35%) Magento
11 7 (0.35%) Oracle 11i
12 6 (0.30%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 53 (2.68%) SaaS
2 38 (1.92%) Amazon AWS
3 35 (1.77%) PaaS
4 19 (0.96%) Microsoft Azure
5 17 (0.86%) Office 365
5 17 (0.86%) IaaS
6 12 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
7 9 (0.46%) Force.com
8 3 (0.15%) SuccessFactors
9 1 (0.051%) Taleo
9 1 (0.051%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 73 (3.70%) Internet
2 47 (2.38%) LAN
3 46 (2.33%) Firewall
4 45 (2.28%) WAN
5 38 (1.92%) 3G
6 35 (1.77%) SAN
7 24 (1.22%) LTE
8 23 (1.16%) Wireless
9 18 (0.91%) VPN
9 18 (0.91%) Broadband
10 16 (0.81%) 4G
11 14 (0.71%) VLAN
11 14 (0.71%) Network Security
11 14 (0.71%) HTTP
11 14 (0.71%) MPLS
12 13 (0.66%) OSPF
13 12 (0.61%) BGP
13 12 (0.61%) UMTS
13 12 (0.61%) VoIP
13 12 (0.61%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 120 (6.08%) SQL Server
2 69 (3.49%) Data Warehouse
3 61 (3.09%) Oracle Database
4 39 (1.97%) Relational Database
4 39 (1.97%) Big Data
5 25 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 23 (1.16%) Hadoop
7 22 (1.11%) Oracle BI EE
7 22 (1.11%) DB2
7 22 (1.11%) SAP BW
8 16 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
8 16 (0.81%) NoSQL
9 15 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 15 (0.76%) RDBMS
10 14 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
11 13 (0.66%) BusinessObjects
11 13 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 10 (0.51%) QlikView
12 10 (0.51%) MySQL
13 9 (0.46%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 28 (1.42%) Maven
2 26 (1.32%) JIRA
3 24 (1.22%) Jenkins
4 22 (1.11%) Eclipse
5 18 (0.91%) FitNesse
5 18 (0.91%) Cucumber
6 10 (0.51%) Git (software)
7 6 (0.30%) JUnit
8 5 (0.25%) Ant
9 2 (0.10%) Selenium
9 2 (0.10%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.10%) Oracle Forms
9 2 (0.10%) RequisitePro
9 2 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.051%) Rational Application Developer
10 1 (0.051%) Gradle
10 1 (0.051%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.051%) Talend Open Studio
10 1 (0.051%) TeamCity
10 1 (0.051%) Calabash
General
1 468 (23.70%) Finance
2 202 (10.23%) Retail
3 178 (9.01%) Banking
4 157 (7.95%) Telecoms
5 70 (3.54%) Billing
6 61 (3.09%) Marketing
7 42 (2.13%) Retail Banking
7 42 (2.13%) Manufacturing
8 33 (1.67%) Investment Banking
9 22 (1.11%) Back Office
10 20 (1.01%) Legal
11 18 (0.91%) Publishing
11 18 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
12 15 (0.76%) Advertising
12 15 (0.76%) Local Government
13 13 (0.66%) German Language
13 13 (0.66%) Military
14 12 (0.61%) French Language
15 10 (0.51%) General Ledger
15 10 (0.51%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 234 (11.85%) .NET
2 142 (7.19%) Web Services
3 139 (7.04%) Middleware
4 118 (5.97%) J2EE
5 84 (4.25%) HTML
6 73 (3.70%) XML
7 64 (3.24%) SOAP
8 41 (2.08%) REST
9 40 (2.03%) CSS
10 36 (1.82%) HTML5
11 32 (1.62%) ASP.NET
12 30 (1.52%) .NET Framework
13 27 (1.37%) RESTful
14 26 (1.32%) JSON
15 24 (1.22%) WebSphere MQ
16 22 (1.11%) Oracle Fusion
17 21 (1.06%) Java EE
18 20 (1.01%) jQuery
18 20 (1.01%) JMS
19 17 (0.86%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 85 (4.30%) Analytical Skills
2 74 (3.75%) Enterprise Software
3 72 (3.65%) Mobile App
4 60 (3.04%) Open Source
5 47 (2.38%) Computer Science
6 40 (2.03%) Management Information System
7 36 (1.82%) FMCG
8 34 (1.72%) Data Integration
9 28 (1.42%) Mainframe
10 25 (1.27%) User Experience
11 20 (1.01%) NHS
12 19 (0.96%) Client/Server
13 18 (0.91%) N-Tier
13 18 (0.91%) Reference Data
14 17 (0.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 16 (0.81%) iSeries
16 15 (0.76%) Derivative
16 15 (0.76%) PACS
17 13 (0.66%) Learning Management System
18 11 (0.56%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 168 (8.51%) Windows
2 105 (5.32%) Linux
3 87 (4.41%) UNIX
4 50 (2.53%) Android
4 50 (2.53%) Apple iOS
5 37 (1.87%) Solaris
6 23 (1.16%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (1.11%) AIX
8 16 (0.81%) Windows 7
9 15 (0.76%) Oracle Linux
10 12 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
11 9 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
12 8 (0.41%) Windows Vista
13 7 (0.35%) VMS
13 7 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 6 (0.30%) Windows XP
15 5 (0.25%) Windows 8
16 4 (0.20%) SUSE
17 3 (0.15%) zOS
17 3 (0.15%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 287 (14.53%) TOGAF
2 278 (14.08%) SOA
3 267 (13.52%) Agile Software Development
4 220 (11.14%) CRM
5 184 (9.32%) Enterprise Architecture
6 163 (8.25%) Stakeholder Management
7 129 (6.53%) E-Commerce
8 117 (5.92%) Project Management
9 113 (5.72%) Migration
9 113 (5.72%) Technical Architecture
10 98 (4.96%) Business Intelligence
11 96 (4.86%) Data Modelling
12 88 (4.46%) UML
13 86 (4.35%) ITIL
14 84 (4.25%) ERP
15 76 (3.85%) Scrum
16 75 (3.80%) Zachman Framework
17 72 (3.65%) Mentoring
18 71 (3.59%) Business Analysis
19 63 (3.19%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 229 (11.59%) Java
2 116 (5.87%) SQL
3 77 (3.90%) C#
4 58 (2.94%) JavaScript
5 26 (1.32%) C++
6 22 (1.11%) PHP
7 21 (1.06%) C
8 14 (0.71%) PL/SQL
9 10 (0.51%) Perl
9 10 (0.51%) Objective-C
10 9 (0.46%) Python
11 8 (0.41%) ABAP
12 7 (0.35%) VB.NET
13 6 (0.30%) COBOL
13 6 (0.30%) Ruby
14 5 (0.25%) PowerShell
14 5 (0.25%) Apex Code
14 5 (0.25%) R
15 4 (0.20%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 133 (6.73%) Degree
2 129 (6.53%) Security Cleared
3 93 (4.71%) SC Cleared
4 24 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
5 21 (1.06%) CCIE
6 16 (0.81%) DV Cleared
7 14 (0.71%) PMI Certification
8 13 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
9 11 (0.56%) PMP
10 10 (0.51%) CCDP
10 10 (0.51%) ISEB
10 10 (0.51%) CCNP
11 7 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
12 6 (0.30%) MCSE
13 5 (0.25%) MCTS
14 4 (0.20%) CCNA
15 3 (0.15%) CCDA
15 3 (0.15%) MCAD
15 3 (0.15%) MCSD
15 3 (0.15%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (1.92%) QA
2 12 (0.61%) ISO 9001
2 12 (0.61%) Dodd-Frank
3 11 (0.56%) PCI DSS
4 10 (0.51%) SLA
4 10 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.30%) EMIR
6 4 (0.20%) JSP 440
6 4 (0.20%) COBIT
7 3 (0.15%) HL7
8 2 (0.10%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.051%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.051%) FATCA
9 1 (0.051%) Basel III
9 1 (0.051%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.051%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.051%) GxP
9 1 (0.051%) 21 CFR Part 11
9 1 (0.051%) GCP
9 1 (0.051%) GMP
System Software
1 60 (3.04%) VMware Infrastructure
2 38 (1.92%) Active Directory
3 14 (0.71%) Hyper-V
4 13 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
5 12 (0.61%) XenApp
6 7 (0.35%) vSphere
7 6 (0.30%) XenDesktop
8 5 (0.25%) SRDF
9 3 (0.15%) NFS
9 3 (0.15%) DFS Replication
9 3 (0.15%) KVM
10 2 (0.10%) ISA Server
10 2 (0.10%) VMware ESX
10 2 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.10%) Xen
11 1 (0.051%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 1 (0.051%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 19 (0.96%) Puppet
2 16 (0.81%) SCCM
3 13 (0.66%) Tivoli
4 6 (0.30%) Netcool
5 5 (0.25%) OPNET
5 5 (0.25%) Vagrant
6 4 (0.20%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (0.15%) Data Guard
7 3 (0.15%) OpenView
8 2 (0.10%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.10%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (0.10%) CA Spectrum
9 1 (0.051%) SAP Afaria
9 1 (0.051%) XenMobile
9 1 (0.051%) OpenAM
9 1 (0.051%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.051%) SCOM
9 1 (0.051%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 1 (0.051%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 373 (18.89%) Oracle
2 210 (10.63%) SAP
3 208 (10.53%) Microsoft
4 102 (5.16%) IBM
5 96 (4.86%) VMware
6 75 (3.80%) Salesforce.com
7 64 (3.24%) Cisco
8 43 (2.18%) Citrix
9 32 (1.62%) Siebel
10 29 (1.47%) JBoss
10 29 (1.47%) TIBCO
11 24 (1.22%) HP
12 21 (1.06%) EMC
13 20 (1.01%) PeopleSoft
14 18 (0.91%) Business Objects
14 18 (0.91%) Intel
14 18 (0.91%) webMethods
14 18 (0.91%) hybris
15 17 (0.86%) Informatica
15 17 (0.86%) Juniper
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