The table below looks at the statistics for the Solutions Architect role in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Solutions Architect in their job title over the 3 months to 18 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Solution Architect
Rank 170 176 166
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -10
Permanent jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 86 61 112
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 1.16% 0.90% 1.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.23% 0.94% 1.45%
Number of salaries quoted 62 50 99
Average salary £65,000 £64,250 £61,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.16% +5.32%
90% offered a salary of more than £47,500 £49,250 £45,600
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £72,500 £80,000
UK excluding London average salary £65,000 £62,500 £62,500
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Solutions Architect
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent 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 permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
6979 6480 7699
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 94.37% 95.31% 96.56%
Number of salaries quoted 6005 5484 6800
Average salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £25,000 £23,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

Solutions Architect
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT 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
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Solutions Architect across the North West region.

Solutions Architect Salary Trend in the North West

Solutions Architect
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Solutions Architect across the North West region over the 3 months to 18 December 2014.

Solutions Architect Salary Histogram in the North West

Solutions Architect
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Solutions Architect within the North West region over the 3 months to 18 December 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -5 50 £67,500 +7.14% 4
Cheshire 0 16 £57,500 -11.53% 2
Merseyside +7 14 £62,500 -1.57% 1
Lancashire -2 1 - - 1
Solutions Architect
England

Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT 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 IT job ads sampled with Solutions Architect in their job title.

1 74 (37.37%) Finance
2 60 (30.30%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (30.30%) Java
3 44 (22.22%) Microsoft
4 42 (21.21%) Oracle
5 41 (20.71%) TOGAF
6 39 (19.70%) Waterfall
7 38 (19.19%) Stakeholder Management
7 38 (19.19%) DB2
7 38 (19.19%) .NET
8 36 (18.18%) J2EE
9 34 (17.17%) UML
10 33 (16.67%) VMware
11 32 (16.16%) Banking
12 31 (15.66%) Mainframe
13 30 (15.15%) Mentoring
14 29 (14.65%) Cisco
14 29 (14.65%) Windows
15 28 (14.14%) SQL Server
15 28 (14.14%) SAN
16 27 (13.64%) VMware Infrastructure
17 25 (12.63%) COBOL
17 25 (12.63%) Web Services
18 23 (11.62%) Risk Analysis
18 23 (11.62%) CICS
18 23 (11.62%) NetApp
18 23 (11.62%) IBM
19 22 (11.11%) Linux
19 22 (11.11%) Coaching
19 22 (11.11%) Relational Database

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

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, IT 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 IT job ads sampled with Solutions Architect in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 23 (11.62%) CICS
2 18 (9.09%) WebSphere
3 15 (7.58%) WebLogic
4 10 (5.05%) BizTalk Server
4 10 (5.05%) SharePoint
5 7 (3.54%) Apache
6 4 (2.02%) MS Exchange
7 3 (1.52%) SAS
7 3 (1.52%) Apache Pig
8 2 (1.01%) nginx
8 2 (1.01%) SharePoint Server
8 2 (1.01%) Tomcat
8 2 (1.01%) IIS
9 1 (0.51%) JBoss
9 1 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 9 (4.55%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.53%) MS Office
3 3 (1.52%) SPSS
4 2 (1.01%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.51%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.51%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.51%) Edge Animate
5 1 (0.51%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 6 (3.03%) Oracle Financials
2 4 (2.02%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (1.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.51%) SAP SCM
4 1 (0.51%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.51%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.51%) SAP APO
4 1 (0.51%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 15 (7.58%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (5.05%) SaaS
3 9 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (2.53%) Amazon EC2
4 5 (2.53%) PaaS
4 5 (2.53%) IaaS
5 4 (2.02%) Office 365
6 3 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.52%) Amazon EMR
7 2 (1.01%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (1.01%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 28 (14.14%) SAN
2 12 (6.06%) Internet
3 10 (5.05%) LAN
4 8 (4.04%) WAN
4 8 (4.04%) iSCSI
5 7 (3.54%) Firewall
6 6 (3.03%) IPsec
6 6 (3.03%) NAS
6 6 (3.03%) SNMP
6 6 (3.03%) TCP/IP
7 2 (1.01%) MPLS
7 2 (1.01%) Ethernet
7 2 (1.01%) LTE
7 2 (1.01%) Fibre Channel
8 1 (0.51%) Broadband
8 1 (0.51%) Unified Communications
8 1 (0.51%) SSH
8 1 (0.51%) VPLS
8 1 (0.51%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.51%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (19.19%) DB2
2 28 (14.14%) SQL Server
3 22 (11.11%) Relational Database
4 21 (10.61%) Oracle Database
4 21 (10.61%) RDBMS
5 15 (7.58%) Oracle Exadata
6 7 (3.54%) NoSQL
6 7 (3.54%) MySQL
7 5 (2.53%) Data Mining
8 4 (2.02%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (2.02%) MongoDB
9 3 (1.52%) Apache Cassandra
9 3 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
9 3 (1.52%) Hadoop
9 3 (1.52%) Apache Hive
9 3 (1.52%) Sqoop
9 3 (1.52%) Triplestore
9 3 (1.52%) HBase
9 3 (1.52%) Big Data
10 2 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 12 (6.06%) Visual Studio
2 8 (4.04%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.51%) Sublime Text
3 1 (0.51%) Rational Rose
3 1 (0.51%) Dreamweaver
3 1 (0.51%) Aptana Studio
3 1 (0.51%) Git (software)
General
1 74 (37.37%) Finance
2 32 (16.16%) Banking
3 19 (9.60%) Retail
4 8 (4.04%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.53%) Local Government
6 3 (1.52%) Billing
7 2 (1.01%) Advertising
7 2 (1.01%) Marketing
8 1 (0.51%) Legal
8 1 (0.51%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.51%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (19.19%) .NET
2 36 (18.18%) J2EE
3 25 (12.63%) Web Services
4 21 (10.61%) ASP.NET
5 20 (10.10%) Middleware
6 17 (8.59%) WebSphere MQ
7 16 (8.08%) XML
8 6 (3.03%) XSLT
9 5 (2.53%) EDI
10 4 (2.02%) JDBC
10 4 (2.02%) WCF
10 4 (2.02%) WPF
11 3 (1.52%) JSP
11 3 (1.52%) SOAP
11 3 (1.52%) JMS
11 3 (1.52%) JNDI
12 2 (1.01%) JSON
12 2 (1.01%) Apache Flex
12 2 (1.01%) HTML
12 2 (1.01%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 31 (15.66%) Mainframe
2 17 (8.59%) FlexPod
3 9 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
4 6 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (2.53%) CMDB
5 5 (2.53%) IBM Mainframe
5 5 (2.53%) FMCG
6 4 (2.02%) Smart Meter
6 4 (2.02%) Mathematics
7 3 (1.52%) Visualisation
7 3 (1.52%) Open Source
7 3 (1.52%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.52%) Life Science
8 2 (1.01%) Clustering
8 2 (1.01%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.01%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.01%) Data Integration
9 1 (0.51%) Tandem
9 1 (0.51%) Replication
9 1 (0.51%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 29 (14.65%) Windows
2 22 (11.11%) Linux
3 16 (8.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 15 (7.58%) AIX
4 15 (7.58%) HPUX
4 15 (7.58%) Solaris
4 15 (7.58%) OS/400
4 15 (7.58%) zOS
4 15 (7.58%) SUSE
5 5 (2.53%) UNIX
6 4 (2.02%) Windows XP
6 4 (2.02%) Windows 7
7 2 (1.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.01%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (1.01%) Debian
8 1 (0.51%) Android
8 1 (0.51%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (30.30%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (20.71%) TOGAF
3 39 (19.70%) Waterfall
4 38 (19.19%) Stakeholder Management
5 34 (17.17%) UML
6 30 (15.15%) Mentoring
7 23 (11.62%) Risk Analysis
8 22 (11.11%) Coaching
9 20 (10.10%) Infrastructure Management
9 20 (10.10%) OO
10 19 (9.60%) Zachman Framework
11 17 (8.59%) Technical Architecture
11 17 (8.59%) SOA
12 16 (8.08%) ITIL
12 16 (8.08%) Business Continuity
12 16 (8.08%) Migration
13 14 (7.07%) OOD
14 13 (6.57%) ERP
14 13 (6.57%) Analytics
15 10 (5.05%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 60 (30.30%) Java
2 25 (12.63%) COBOL
3 19 (9.60%) SQL
4 13 (6.57%) C#
5 9 (4.55%) PHP
6 5 (2.53%) Python
7 3 (1.52%) R
7 3 (1.52%) Perl
8 2 (1.01%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.51%) VBA
9 1 (0.51%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.51%) VB
9 1 (0.51%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 20 (10.10%) Degree
2 7 (3.54%) Security Cleared
2 7 (3.54%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (2.53%) ITIL Certification
3 5 (2.53%) CCNP
3 5 (2.53%) CCDP
4 3 (1.52%) JNCIS
4 3 (1.52%) JNCIP
5 2 (1.01%) LPIC
5 2 (1.01%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.01%) CCNA
5 2 (1.01%) CCDA
5 2 (1.01%) RHCA
5 2 (1.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (0.51%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.03%) QA
2 1 (0.51%) SLA
2 1 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 27 (13.64%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (8.59%) Hyper-V
3 15 (7.58%) KVM
4 11 (5.56%) vSphere
5 7 (3.54%) Active Directory
6 6 (3.03%) VMware ESX
6 6 (3.03%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (3.03%) vCloud
7 3 (1.52%) Apache Flume
7 3 (1.52%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 15 (7.58%) Tivoli
2 7 (3.54%) SCOM
3 6 (3.03%) OpenNMS
4 5 (2.53%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (2.02%) Windows Intune
6 3 (1.52%) Puppet
6 3 (1.52%) SCCM
7 1 (0.51%) Cacti
7 1 (0.51%) nmon
Vendors
1 44 (22.22%) Microsoft
2 42 (21.21%) Oracle
3 33 (16.67%) VMware
4 29 (14.65%) Cisco
5 23 (11.62%) IBM
5 23 (11.62%) NetApp
6 21 (10.61%) HP
6 21 (10.61%) EMC
7 20 (10.10%) Juniper
8 18 (9.09%) Red Hat
9 15 (7.58%) CheckPoint
9 15 (7.58%) BMC
9 15 (7.58%) CA
9 15 (7.58%) Symantec
9 15 (7.58%) Brocade
10 9 (4.55%) Dell
11 7 (3.54%) SAP
12 6 (3.03%) Veeam
12 6 (3.03%) Acronis
13 4 (2.02%) AppSense
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