The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cheshire during the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 40 68 63
Rank change year-on-year +28 -5  
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 17 14 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.66% 1.53% 1.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.82% 1.62% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 10 11
Median daily rate £488 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £389 £450
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £563 £572
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 £45.00 £59.50
% change year-on-year +27.77% -24.36%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 603 865 920
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 94.51% 94.33% 94.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 413 627 559
Median daily rate £405 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.70% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 27 47
Median hourly rate £30.00 £15.00 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -4.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.00 £21.40 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire that featured Solutions Architect in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in Cheshire

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in Cheshire

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in Cheshire

Solutions Architect
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Solutions Architect within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Knutsford +7 5 £475 - 2
Chester +16 2 £538 +23.56%
Warrington +14 1 £475 -15.55%
Widnes - 1 £475 -
Solutions Architect
North West

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

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, Solutions Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 10 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (40.91%) Banking
2 9 (40.91%) Finance
3 6 (27.27%) Scrum
3 6 (27.27%) Waterfall
4 4 (18.18%) Translating Business Requirements
4 4 (18.18%) Retail
4 4 (18.18%) Retail Banking
5 3 (13.64%) Migration
5 3 (13.64%) Web Services
5 3 (13.64%) Virtual Team
6 2 (9.09%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (9.09%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 2 (9.09%) TOGAF
6 2 (9.09%) NoSQL
6 2 (9.09%) MongoDB
6 2 (9.09%) Mentoring
6 2 (9.09%) Data Centre
6 2 (9.09%) CISSP
6 2 (9.09%) CISM
6 2 (9.09%) Project Management
6 2 (9.09%) Information Security
6 2 (9.09%) Risk Management
6 2 (9.09%) PCI DSS
6 2 (9.09%) Project Planning
7 1 (4.55%) Technical Architecture
7 1 (4.55%) Web Development
7 1 (4.55%) Spring MVC
7 1 (4.55%) Selenium
7 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2007

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2007
1 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
1 1 (4.55%) MS Exchange
1 1 (4.55%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (4.55%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.09%) MongoDB
1 2 (9.09%) NoSQL
2 1 (4.55%) Apache Cassandra
2 1 (4.55%) Big Data
2 1 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (4.55%) GIS
2 1 (4.55%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Ant
1 1 (4.55%) CruiseControl
1 1 (4.55%) EasyMock
1 1 (4.55%) Git (software)
1 1 (4.55%) JBehave
1 1 (4.55%) Jenkins
1 1 (4.55%) JUnit
1 1 (4.55%) Maven
1 1 (4.55%) Mockito
1 1 (4.55%) Selenium
1 1 (4.55%) Sonatype Nexus
1 1 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (40.91%) Banking
1 9 (40.91%) Finance
2 4 (18.18%) Retail
2 4 (18.18%) Retail Banking
3 1 (4.55%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) Web Services
2 1 (4.55%) AngularJS
2 1 (4.55%) Backbone.js
2 1 (4.55%) CSS
2 1 (4.55%) CSS3
2 1 (4.55%) Express
2 1 (4.55%) HTML
2 1 (4.55%) HTML5
2 1 (4.55%) JMS
2 1 (4.55%) JMX
2 1 (4.55%) Material Design
2 1 (4.55%) RESTful
2 1 (4.55%) Spring
2 1 (4.55%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.64%) Virtual Team
2 2 (9.09%) Data Centre
3 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.55%) Data Structures
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (27.27%) Scrum
2 6 (27.27%) Waterfall
3 4 (18.18%) Translating Business Requirements
4 3 (13.64%) Migration
5 2 (9.09%) Digital Transformation Programme
5 2 (9.09%) Information Security
5 2 (9.09%) Mentoring
5 2 (9.09%) Project Management
5 2 (9.09%) Project Planning
5 2 (9.09%) Risk Management
5 2 (9.09%) TOGAF
6 1 (4.55%) API Design
6 1 (4.55%) Coaching
6 1 (4.55%) Continuous Delivery
6 1 (4.55%) Dependency Management
6 1 (4.55%) Feasibility Study
6 1 (4.55%) SDLC
6 1 (4.55%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 1 (4.55%) Target Operating Model
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.55%) Java
1 1 (4.55%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (9.09%) CISM
1 2 (9.09%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.09%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (4.55%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (9.09%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (4.55%) Capistrano
2 1 (4.55%) Nagios
2 1 (4.55%) Puppet
Vendors
1 1 (4.55%) Google
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft
1 1 (4.55%) Teradata
1 1 (4.55%) TSYS
1 1 (4.55%) Veritas