Period
to 20 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in Birmingham during the 6 months to 20 July 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Solution Architect
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 60 52 77
Rank change year-on-year -8 +25 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 43 35 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 2.79% 2.68% 1.64%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.94% 2.81% 1.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 26 16
Birmingham median daily rate £500 £450 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -18.18% +15.79%
10th Percentile £419 £409 £406
90th Percentile £650 £566 £650
West Midlands median daily rate £550 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Birmingham median hourly rate - - -
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Birmingham
Contract vacancies in Birmingham with a recognized job title 1,463 1,245 1,443
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.94% 95.40% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 980 840 973
Birmingham median daily rate £403 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.63% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £190 £256 £213
90th Percentile £563 £525 £525
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 31 32
Birmingham median hourly rate £16.00 £14.22 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.56% -6.79% +1.67%
10th Percentile £11.80 £10.30 £10.30
90th Percentile £42.50 £38.75 £38.63
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £16.88 £15.00
% change year-on-year -8.15% +12.50% -11.76%

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings that featured Solutions Architect in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in Birmingham

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in Birmingham

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect in Birmingham over the 6 months to 20 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Solutions Architect in Birmingham

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 20 July 2018, Solutions Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Birmingham region featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 15 (34.88%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (23.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (20.93%) SaaS
3 9 (20.93%) Microsoft
4 8 (18.60%) Stakeholder Management
4 8 (18.60%) PaaS
4 8 (18.60%) IaaS
5 7 (16.28%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (16.28%) Manufacturing
5 7 (16.28%) Enterprise Architecture
5 7 (16.28%) Java
6 6 (13.95%) Data Modelling
6 6 (13.95%) TOGAF
6 6 (13.95%) Microservices
6 6 (13.95%) Cybersecurity
7 5 (11.63%) Data Centre
7 5 (11.63%) GDPR
7 5 (11.63%) VMware
7 5 (11.63%) Oracle
7 5 (11.63%) Project Management
8 4 (9.30%) .NET
8 4 (9.30%) SAP
8 4 (9.30%) VoIP
8 4 (9.30%) Migration
8 4 (9.30%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (9.30%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (9.30%) MuleSoft
8 4 (9.30%) Office 365
9 3 (6.98%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (6.98%) Mobile Device Management

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 3 (6.98%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (4.65%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 2 (4.65%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 4 (9.30%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (6.98%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (4.65%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (4.65%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (2.33%) SAP ERP
4 1 (2.33%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 10 (23.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (20.93%) SaaS
3 8 (18.60%) IaaS
3 8 (18.60%) PaaS
4 7 (16.28%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (9.30%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (9.30%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.30%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.98%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.65%) Oracle Database
2 2 (4.65%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (4.65%) Ant
General
1 7 (16.28%) Manufacturing
2 3 (6.98%) Advertising
2 3 (6.98%) Automotive
2 3 (6.98%) Finance
3 2 (4.65%) Retail
4 1 (2.33%) Banking
4 1 (2.33%) Legal
4 1 (2.33%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.30%) .NET
2 2 (4.65%) Hystrix
2 2 (4.65%) JMS
2 2 (4.65%) OAuth
2 2 (4.65%) OAuth2
2 2 (4.65%) RESTful
2 2 (4.65%) Spring
3 1 (2.33%) Middleware
3 1 (2.33%) REST
3 1 (2.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.63%) Data Centre
2 3 (6.98%) Data Structures
2 3 (6.98%) Microsoft Licensing
3 2 (4.65%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.65%) Linux
1 2 (4.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 2 (4.65%) Windows
1 2 (4.65%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (34.88%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (18.60%) Stakeholder Management
3 7 (16.28%) Enterprise Architecture
4 6 (13.95%) Cybersecurity
4 6 (13.95%) Data Modelling
4 6 (13.95%) Microservices
4 6 (13.95%) TOGAF
5 5 (11.63%) Project Management
6 4 (9.30%) Migration
7 3 (6.98%) Collaborative Working
7 3 (6.98%) Data Integration
7 3 (6.98%) DevOps
7 3 (6.98%) ETL
7 3 (6.98%) Mobile Device Management
7 3 (6.98%) OO
7 3 (6.98%) SDLC
7 3 (6.98%) Software Licensing
7 3 (6.98%) Supplier Management
8 2 (4.65%) Business Analysis
8 2 (4.65%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 7 (16.28%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (6.98%) Degree
1 3 (6.98%) SC Cleared
1 3 (6.98%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.65%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.63%) GDPR
2 2 (4.65%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (4.65%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
2 2 (4.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (4.65%) PCI DSS
3 1 (2.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (6.98%) Active Directory
1 3 (6.98%) Hyper-V
2 2 (4.65%) NFS
2 2 (4.65%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (4.65%) Virtual Servers
2 2 (4.65%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (6.98%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (2.33%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (2.33%) Puppet
2 1 (2.33%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (20.93%) Microsoft
2 5 (11.63%) Oracle
2 5 (11.63%) VMware
3 4 (9.30%) MuleSoft
3 4 (9.30%) SAP
4 3 (6.98%) Adobe
5 2 (4.65%) Apigee
5 2 (4.65%) Red Hat