The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 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 currently tracked.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Solution Architect
Rank 112 107 133
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +26
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1002 878 903
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.78% 1.84% 1.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.93% 1.99% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 619 469 443
Average daily rate £500 £500 £488
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £375 £389
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £607 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £488 £475 £475
% change year-on-year
+2.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 3
Average hourly rate £60.00 £55.50 £44.05
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% +25.99%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.98 £36.00 £42.81
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £72.29 £61.00 £48.81
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £61.00 -
% change year-on-year
-1.63% -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51949 44129 56219
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.27% 92.47% 92.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 31578 25274 30920
Average daily rate £390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £238 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2083 2186 2628
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.87 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.04% -8.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -12 906 £513 +2.50% 187
London -16 416 £550 +8.53% 90
South East -25 165 £463 -5.85% 30
City of London -19 94 £525 +5.00% 39
South West +36 88 £500 +11.11% 15
West Midlands +25 64 £463 -19.56% 5
East of England -7 60 £525 +2.43% 13
Scotland +9 57 £470 -6.00% 7
Berkshire -26 52 £450 - 11
Edinburgh -11 51 £473 -5.50% 4
North West -9 41 £466 +12.90% 13
Buckinghamshire +3 36 £450 -7.07% 2
Yorkshire -34 31 £444 -6.33% 12
Surrey -20 27 £440 -20.00% 2
Essex -3 24 £575 -
Hertfordshire 0 22 £525 -4.54% 4
Hampshire -11 22 £494 -10.22% 9
West Yorkshire -38 22 £431 -9.21% 8
Milton Keynes -2 21 £575 +18.74%
Reading -4 21 £488 -2.50% 2
Gloucestershire - 20 £490 -
Coventry +5 17 £450 -17.43%
Somerset +1 16 £573 +26.51% 5
East Midlands -2 16 £475 +5.55% 7
Bristol -4 15 £450 -13.04% 3
Wiltshire -9 15 £500 +11.11% 4
Leeds -24 14 £438 -7.89% 7
Dorset - 13 £500 - 3
Swindon - 13 £500 - 3
Warwickshire +8 11 £431 -38.39% 1

Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 446 (23.95%) Finance
2 364 (19.55%) Oracle
3 292 (15.68%) SOA
4 265 (14.23%) TOGAF
5 254 (13.64%) Java
6 243 (13.05%) Banking
7 238 (12.78%) .NET
8 213 (11.44%) Microsoft
9 203 (10.90%) Retail
10 193 (10.37%) SAP
11 190 (10.20%) Enterprise Architecture
12 189 (10.15%) CRM
13 179 (9.61%) E-Commerce
14 168 (9.02%) Stakeholder Management
15 153 (8.22%) Windows
16 145 (7.79%) Telecoms
17 144 (7.73%) SQL Server
18 134 (7.20%) Technical Architecture
19 126 (6.77%) Agile Software Development
20 122 (6.55%) Migration
21 119 (6.39%) Web Services
22 118 (6.34%) UML
23 116 (6.23%) SQL
24 112 (6.02%) Project Management
25 110 (5.91%) J2EE
26 102 (5.48%) Middleware
26 102 (5.48%) WebSphere
26 102 (5.48%) Security Cleared
27 100 (5.37%) IBM
27 100 (5.37%) VMware

Solutions Architect
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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
1 102 (5.48%) WebSphere
2 71 (3.81%) SharePoint
3 43 (2.31%) WebSphere Application Server
4 37 (1.99%) Lync
5 36 (1.93%) BizTalk Server
5 36 (1.93%) WebLogic
6 34 (1.83%) WebSphere Process Server
7 32 (1.72%) Apache
8 25 (1.34%) IIS
9 24 (1.29%) TeamSite
10 23 (1.24%) CMS
11 17 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 17 (0.91%) MS Exchange
12 16 (0.86%) Tomcat
13 15 (0.81%) Oracle Service Bus
14 14 (0.75%) SAS
14 14 (0.75%) Liferay
15 13 (0.70%) TIBCO EMS
16 11 (0.59%) SharePoint 2010
16 11 (0.59%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 74 (3.97%) MS Excel
2 25 (1.34%) MS Visio
3 24 (1.29%) MS PowerPoint
4 21 (1.13%) MS Office
5 11 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
6 10 (0.54%) MS Project
6 10 (0.54%) Casewise Modeler
7 1 (0.054%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.054%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 40 (2.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (1.77%) SAP FI
3 31 (1.66%) SAP FI/CO
3 31 (1.66%) SAP CO
4 19 (1.02%) Dynamics AX
5 12 (0.64%) SAP CRM
6 11 (0.59%) SAP FI-GL
6 11 (0.59%) SAP SD
6 11 (0.59%) Oracle CRM
7 10 (0.54%) SAP IS-U
8 9 (0.48%) Oracle BPM
8 9 (0.48%) BusinessWorks
9 8 (0.43%) Magento
10 7 (0.38%) Oracle General Ledger
10 7 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
10 7 (0.38%) SAP Retail
11 6 (0.32%) SAP MM
11 6 (0.32%) SAP ERP
12 5 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
12 5 (0.27%) Oracle BRM
Cloud Services
1 25 (1.34%) SaaS
2 16 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (0.59%) PaaS
3 11 (0.59%) IaaS
3 11 (0.59%) Office 365
4 7 (0.38%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.16%) Force.com
7 2 (0.11%) Amazon EMR
7 2 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.054%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.054%) IBM SmartCloud
Communications & Networking
1 81 (4.35%) Internet
2 52 (2.79%) LAN
3 47 (2.52%) WAN
4 39 (2.09%) SAN
5 36 (1.93%) Firewall
6 22 (1.18%) Wireless
7 18 (0.97%) Network Security
8 16 (0.86%) Unified Communications
9 15 (0.81%) TCP/IP
10 14 (0.75%) VoIP
10 14 (0.75%) LTE
11 13 (0.70%) NAS
12 12 (0.64%) NetScaler
13 11 (0.59%) VLAN
13 11 (0.59%) SNMP
14 10 (0.54%) 3G
14 10 (0.54%) HTTP
15 9 (0.48%) 4G
15 9 (0.48%) Radio Access Network
15 9 (0.48%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 144 (7.73%) SQL Server
2 71 (3.81%) Relational Database
3 70 (3.76%) Data Warehouse
4 54 (2.90%) Oracle Database
5 44 (2.36%) DB2
6 40 (2.15%) RDBMS
7 29 (1.56%) Oracle Database 11g
8 28 (1.50%) MySQL
9 27 (1.45%) SAP BW
10 23 (1.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 21 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 18 (0.97%) Big Data
13 14 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
13 14 (0.75%) BusinessObjects
13 14 (0.75%) Oracle Database 10g
13 14 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
14 12 (0.64%) Hadoop
15 10 (0.54%) Oracle Database 12c
15 10 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 9 (0.48%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 12 (0.64%) Ant
2 11 (0.59%) JIRA
2 11 (0.59%) Git (software)
2 11 (0.59%) JUnit
3 10 (0.54%) Maven
3 10 (0.54%) Talend Open Studio
4 9 (0.48%) Eclipse
5 8 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 7 (0.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (0.38%) Jenkins
6 7 (0.38%) Visual Studio
7 6 (0.32%) TeamCity
8 5 (0.27%) MSI
9 4 (0.21%) Balsamiq Mockups
9 4 (0.21%) Axure RP
10 3 (0.16%) StarTeam
10 3 (0.16%) Subversion
10 3 (0.16%) CruiseControl
11 2 (0.11%) XMLSpy
11 2 (0.11%) Oracle Forms
General
1 446 (23.95%) Finance
2 243 (13.05%) Banking
3 203 (10.90%) Retail
4 145 (7.79%) Telecoms
5 65 (3.49%) Billing
6 57 (3.06%) Marketing
7 46 (2.47%) Manufacturing
8 40 (2.15%) Investment Banking
9 34 (1.83%) Retail Banking
10 22 (1.18%) Financial Institution
11 18 (0.97%) Back Office
12 17 (0.91%) Publishing
13 16 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
13 16 (0.86%) General Ledger
14 14 (0.75%) Automotive
14 14 (0.75%) Legal
15 13 (0.70%) Advertising
16 9 (0.48%) Front Office
17 7 (0.38%) Law
18 6 (0.32%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 238 (12.78%) .NET
2 119 (6.39%) Web Services
3 110 (5.91%) J2EE
4 102 (5.48%) Middleware
5 78 (4.19%) XML
6 57 (3.06%) HTML
7 44 (2.36%) ASP.NET
8 34 (1.83%) REST
8 34 (1.83%) JSON
9 33 (1.77%) Java EE
10 30 (1.61%) .NET Framework
11 27 (1.45%) Spring
12 25 (1.34%) CSS
13 24 (1.29%) SOAP
13 24 (1.29%) JRules
13 24 (1.29%) BAPI
13 24 (1.29%) Oracle Fusion
14 23 (1.24%) ASP.NET MVC
15 20 (1.07%) HTML5
16 18 (0.97%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 57 (3.06%) Management Information System
2 51 (2.74%) Mobile App
3 45 (2.42%) Online Banking
4 44 (2.36%) Enterprise Software
4 44 (2.36%) Mainframe
5 38 (2.04%) Data Integration
6 37 (1.99%) DataPower
7 26 (1.40%) N-Tier
7 26 (1.40%) Client/Server
8 24 (1.29%) Computer Science
9 20 (1.07%) Derivative
10 19 (1.02%) GIS
11 18 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 17 (0.91%) Open Source
13 16 (0.86%) Replication
14 15 (0.81%) iPhone
15 14 (0.75%) Mobile Computing
15 14 (0.75%) Mobile Banking
16 12 (0.64%) AS400
17 11 (0.59%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 153 (8.22%) Windows
2 85 (4.56%) Linux
3 84 (4.51%) UNIX
4 48 (2.58%) Android
5 44 (2.36%) Apple iOS
6 33 (1.77%) Solaris
7 29 (1.56%) AIX
8 21 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 21 (1.13%) Windows Server 2003
9 20 (1.07%) Windows Server 2008
10 19 (1.02%) Windows 7
11 10 (0.54%) Windows 8
12 9 (0.48%) VMS
12 9 (0.48%) zOS
13 8 (0.43%) Windows XP
14 6 (0.32%) SUSE
14 6 (0.32%) Oracle Linux
14 6 (0.32%) bada
15 4 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
16 2 (0.11%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 292 (15.68%) SOA
2 265 (14.23%) TOGAF
3 190 (10.20%) Enterprise Architecture
4 189 (10.15%) CRM
5 179 (9.61%) E-Commerce
6 168 (9.02%) Stakeholder Management
7 134 (7.20%) Technical Architecture
8 126 (6.77%) Agile Software Development
9 122 (6.55%) Migration
10 118 (6.34%) UML
11 112 (6.02%) Project Management
12 92 (4.94%) Business Intelligence
13 84 (4.51%) ITIL
14 82 (4.40%) Data Modelling
15 73 (3.92%) Zachman Framework
16 61 (3.28%) Scrum
17 57 (3.06%) Use Case
18 55 (2.95%) Analytics
18 55 (2.95%) Service Management
18 55 (2.95%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 254 (13.64%) Java
2 116 (6.23%) SQL
3 91 (4.89%) C#
4 49 (2.63%) JavaScript
5 40 (2.15%) C
6 20 (1.07%) C++
6 20 (1.07%) PHP
7 18 (0.97%) PL/SQL
8 11 (0.59%) Perl
9 10 (0.54%) PowerShell
10 9 (0.48%) COBOL
11 6 (0.32%) ABAP
12 5 (0.27%) Ruby
12 5 (0.27%) Apex Code
12 5 (0.27%) Python
12 5 (0.27%) VBScript
12 5 (0.27%) JCL
13 4 (0.21%) REXX
13 4 (0.21%) Assembly Language
14 3 (0.16%) Scala
Qualifications
1 102 (5.48%) Security Cleared
2 93 (4.99%) Degree
3 69 (3.71%) SC Cleared
4 23 (1.24%) DV Cleared
5 17 (0.91%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (0.81%) Microsoft Certification
7 13 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
8 12 (0.64%) MCSE
9 10 (0.54%) CISSP
10 9 (0.48%) Citrix Certification
11 8 (0.43%) CCNP
11 8 (0.43%) MCITP
12 7 (0.38%) CCA
12 7 (0.38%) CCEA
13 6 (0.32%) CISA
13 6 (0.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 6 (0.32%) ISEB
14 5 (0.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 5 (0.27%) CCNA
15 4 (0.21%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (1.83%) QA
2 17 (0.91%) PCI DSS
3 13 (0.70%) SLA
4 8 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 7 (0.38%) COBIT
6 6 (0.32%) Dodd-Frank
6 6 (0.32%) BS7799
6 6 (0.32%) Basel III
7 5 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 5 (0.27%) EMIR
8 4 (0.21%) FATCA
8 4 (0.21%) HL7
8 4 (0.21%) WCAG
9 1 (0.054%) MiFID
9 1 (0.054%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.054%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.054%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.054%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.054%) Basel II
9 1 (0.054%) CRD IV
System Software
1 78 (4.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 59 (3.17%) Active Directory
3 28 (1.50%) XenApp
4 22 (1.18%) vSphere
4 22 (1.18%) XenDesktop
5 13 (0.70%) UAG
6 10 (0.54%) Hyper-V
6 10 (0.54%) SRDF
7 9 (0.48%) IAG
7 9 (0.48%) NFS
7 9 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
8 8 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
9 6 (0.32%) VMware ESX
10 5 (0.27%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 4 (0.21%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 2 (0.11%) vCloud
12 2 (0.11%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 2 (0.11%) Veritas File System
12 2 (0.11%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.054%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 31 (1.66%) Tivoli
2 30 (1.61%) SCCM
3 28 (1.50%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 20 (1.07%) SCOM
5 13 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (0.64%) Puppet
7 6 (0.32%) Oracle EDQ
8 5 (0.27%) Data Guard
8 5 (0.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 4 (0.21%) AppDNA
10 2 (0.11%) OpenView
10 2 (0.11%) Oracle Identity Manager
10 2 (0.11%) Windows Intune
10 2 (0.11%) Veritas Storage Foundation
11 1 (0.054%) BladeLogic
11 1 (0.054%) Zenoss
11 1 (0.054%) McAfee ePO
11 1 (0.054%) OpenSSO
11 1 (0.054%) FortiGate
11 1 (0.054%) HP UCMDB
Vendors
1 364 (19.55%) Oracle
2 213 (11.44%) Microsoft
3 193 (10.37%) SAP
4 100 (5.37%) IBM
4 100 (5.37%) VMware
5 77 (4.14%) HP
6 59 (3.17%) Citrix
7 57 (3.06%) Cisco
8 49 (2.63%) TIBCO
9 45 (2.42%) Siebel
9 45 (2.42%) JBoss
10 36 (1.93%) EMC
11 34 (1.83%) Red Hat
12 28 (1.50%) Salesforce.com
12 28 (1.50%) webMethods
12 28 (1.50%) LogLogic
13 24 (1.29%) NetApp
13 24 (1.29%) ATG
14 19 (1.02%) hybris
15 17 (0.91%) Informatica
City, London
Vertical IT
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Vertical IT
Rate: £600 - £700 per annum + negotiable
Posted: 21 hours ago
Warwickshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £500 - £550 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
London
Venturi
Rate: £400 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Circle Recruitment
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Digitek Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Roc Search
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Vertical IT
Rate: £550 - £650 per annum + negoitiable
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Vertical IT
Rate: £600 - £650 per day + MARKET RATE + COMPETITIVE
Posted: 2 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Steria
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Sanderson
Posted: 2 days ago
North East
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Initi8 Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Universe Technology
Posted: 3 days ago
East London
Logic Engagements Ltd
Rate: £500 - £700 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £450 - £550 Per Day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago