The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cheshire during the 3 months to 27 March 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 48 62 42
Rank change year-on-year +14 -20  
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 5 19 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.94% 1.97% 3.63%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.99% 2.13% 3.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 13 22
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £415 £420
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £550 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £523
% change year-on-year +5.00% -4.30%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.75 £62.50 £49.50
% change year-on-year -6.00% +26.26%  

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 507 893 815
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 95.12% 92.54% 95.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 352 568 482
Median daily rate £400 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.03%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 38 60
Median hourly rate £20.00 £14.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.85% -37.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.10 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.48 £32.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 27 March 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
Chester +8 1 £425 -
Knutsford +7 1 - - 2
Solutions Architect
North West

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

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 5 (62.50%) Web Services
2 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (37.50%) Scrum
3 3 (37.50%) Technical Architecture
3 3 (37.50%) Java
3 3 (37.50%) JavaScript
3 3 (37.50%) MongoDB
3 3 (37.50%) NoSQL
3 3 (37.50%) Mentoring
4 2 (25.00%) Coaching
4 2 (25.00%) Jenkins
4 2 (25.00%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (25.00%) Dependency Management
4 2 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
4 2 (25.00%) API Design
4 2 (25.00%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (25.00%) Material Design
4 2 (25.00%) Virtual Team
4 2 (25.00%) CSS3
4 2 (25.00%) AngularJS
4 2 (25.00%) Express
4 2 (25.00%) Big Data
4 2 (25.00%) Functional Testing
4 2 (25.00%) Backbone.js
4 2 (25.00%) Capistrano
4 2 (25.00%) BDD
4 2 (25.00%) Puppet
4 2 (25.00%) HTML
4 2 (25.00%) JMX
4 2 (25.00%) MVC

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 (12.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (37.50%) MongoDB
1 3 (37.50%) NoSQL
2 2 (25.00%) Big Data
3 1 (12.50%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (12.50%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (12.50%) DB2
3 1 (12.50%) GIS
3 1 (12.50%) Hadoop
3 1 (12.50%) Relational Database
3 1 (12.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (25.00%) Ant
1 2 (25.00%) CruiseControl
1 2 (25.00%) EasyMock
1 2 (25.00%) Git (software)
1 2 (25.00%) JBehave
1 2 (25.00%) Jenkins
1 2 (25.00%) JUnit
1 2 (25.00%) Maven
1 2 (25.00%) Mockito
1 2 (25.00%) Selenium
1 2 (25.00%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (12.50%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (62.50%) Web Services
2 2 (25.00%) AngularJS
2 2 (25.00%) Backbone.js
2 2 (25.00%) CSS
2 2 (25.00%) CSS3
2 2 (25.00%) Express
2 2 (25.00%) HTML
2 2 (25.00%) HTML5
2 2 (25.00%) JMS
2 2 (25.00%) JMX
2 2 (25.00%) Material Design
2 2 (25.00%) RESTful
2 2 (25.00%) Spring
2 2 (25.00%) Spring MVC
3 1 (12.50%) J2EE
3 1 (12.50%) JSON
3 1 (12.50%) Middleware
3 1 (12.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) Virtual Team
2 1 (12.50%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) AIX
1 1 (12.50%) Linux
1 1 (12.50%) Unix
1 1 (12.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (37.50%) Mentoring
2 3 (37.50%) Scrum
2 3 (37.50%) Technical Architecture
3 2 (25.00%) API Design
3 2 (25.00%) BDD
3 2 (25.00%) Coaching
3 2 (25.00%) Configuration Management
3 2 (25.00%) Content Management
3 2 (25.00%) Continuous Delivery
3 2 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (25.00%) Dependency Injection
3 2 (25.00%) Dependency Management
3 2 (25.00%) Functional Testing
3 2 (25.00%) MVC
3 2 (25.00%) TDD
3 2 (25.00%) Unit Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Web Development
4 1 (12.50%) Software Engineering
4 1 (12.50%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 3 (37.50%) Java
1 3 (37.50%) JavaScript
2 1 (12.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (12.50%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (12.50%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 2 (25.00%) Capistrano
1 2 (25.00%) Nagios
1 2 (25.00%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (25.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (25.00%) Google
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle
2 1 (12.50%) Teradata