Period
to 22 January 2022

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £650 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 22 January 2022.

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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 94 78 126
Rank change year-on-year -16 +48 +34
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 98 48 71
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 2.47% 2.30% 1.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.67% 2.49% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 40 51
10th Percentile £525 £475 £513
25th Percentile £550 £513 £544
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £650 £575 £600
Median % change year-on-year +13.04% -4.17% -
75th Percentile £750 £650 £681
90th Percentile £815 £675 £775
Central London median daily rate £650 £575 £600
% change year-on-year +13.04% -4.17% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London. 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
City of London
Contract vacancies in the City of London with a recognized job title 3,665 1,929 4,652
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.34% 92.39% 93.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,840 1,457 3,664
10th Percentile £358 £306 £300
25th Percentile £463 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £515 £500
Median % change year-on-year +6.80% +3.00% -
75th Percentile £650 £603 £600
90th Percentile £750 £688 £675
Central London median daily rate £550 £510 £500
% change year-on-year +7.84% +2.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 20 60
10th Percentile £13.88 £16.58 £12.38
25th Percentile £18.63 £20.74 £14.19
Median hourly rate £34.75 £24.75 £19.75
Median % change year-on-year +40.40% +25.32% +5.61%
75th Percentile £51.50 £36.69 £25.50
90th Percentile £62.50 £46.18 £49.50
Central London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +32.08% +32.50% +6.95%

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings that featured Solutions Architect in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in the City of London

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Solutions Architect in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in the City of London

Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Solutions Architect in the City of London over the 6 months to 22 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Solutions Architect in the City of London

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Solutions Architect in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in the City of London

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, 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 City of London region featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 37 (37.76%) Finance
2 35 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (35.71%) AWS
3 32 (32.65%) Microservices
4 27 (27.55%) Azure
5 23 (23.47%) Social Skills
6 18 (18.37%) Enterprise Architecture
7 17 (17.35%) Kafka
7 17 (17.35%) Java
8 16 (16.33%) Docker
9 15 (15.31%) Microsoft
9 15 (15.31%) TOGAF
9 15 (15.31%) Project Delivery
9 15 (15.31%) Kubernetes
10 14 (14.29%) SaaS
11 13 (13.27%) Banking
12 12 (12.24%) Data Modelling
12 12 (12.24%) Oracle
12 12 (12.24%) CI/CD
13 11 (11.22%) DevOps
13 11 (11.22%) Mentoring
13 11 (11.22%) Coaching
13 11 (11.22%) Influencing Skills
13 11 (11.22%) GDPR
13 11 (11.22%) Migration
13 11 (11.22%) Stakeholder Management
13 11 (11.22%) Data Architecture
13 11 (11.22%) Continuous Improvement
14 10 (10.20%) Mobile App
15 9 (9.18%) Scaled Agile Framework

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 4 (4.08%) Apache Spark
2 2 (2.04%) Camunda
3 1 (1.02%) Confluence
3 1 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.02%) IIS
3 1 (1.02%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (3.06%) MS Visio
2 2 (2.04%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.02%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (2.04%) Sonata
2 1 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.02%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 1 (1.02%) Magento
2 1 (1.02%) Oracle SCM
Cloud Services
1 35 (35.71%) AWS
2 27 (27.55%) Azure
3 14 (14.29%) SaaS
4 9 (9.18%) PaaS
5 7 (7.14%) GCP
5 7 (7.14%) Serverless
6 6 (6.12%) OpenShift
7 5 (5.10%) Amazon EMR
7 5 (5.10%) Amazon S3
7 5 (5.10%) IaaS
8 4 (4.08%) Amazon ECS
9 3 (3.06%) Amazon EKS
9 3 (3.06%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (3.06%) Microsoft 365
10 2 (2.04%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 2 (2.04%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (2.04%) Amazon SQS
10 2 (2.04%) Apigee
10 2 (2.04%) iPaaS
10 2 (2.04%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.04%) WAN
2 1 (1.02%) Firewall
2 1 (1.02%) Internet
2 1 (1.02%) Kerberos
2 1 (1.02%) LAN
2 1 (1.02%) SD-WAN
2 1 (1.02%) Structured Cabling
2 1 (1.02%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.14%) RDBMS
1 7 (7.14%) Relational Database
1 7 (7.14%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.12%) Big Data
3 5 (5.10%) NoSQL
4 3 (3.06%) Amazon Athena
4 3 (3.06%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (3.06%) Amazon Redshift
4 3 (3.06%) Data Lake
4 3 (3.06%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (3.06%) Hadoop
4 3 (3.06%) Metadata
4 3 (3.06%) Oracle Database
5 2 (2.04%) Cloudera CDH
5 2 (2.04%) GIS
5 2 (2.04%) Redis
6 1 (1.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 1 (1.02%) Geospatial Data
6 1 (1.02%) Parquet
6 1 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (5.10%) JIRA
2 4 (4.08%) Selenium
3 3 (3.06%) Git (software)
4 2 (2.04%) Cucumber
4 2 (2.04%) Jenkins
5 1 (1.02%) Artifactory
5 1 (1.02%) Bitbucket
5 1 (1.02%) Gatling
5 1 (1.02%) IBM UrbanCode
5 1 (1.02%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (1.02%) Postman
5 1 (1.02%) Robot Framework
5 1 (1.02%) SonarQube
5 1 (1.02%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (1.02%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.02%) Zephyr
General
1 37 (37.76%) Finance
2 23 (23.47%) Social Skills
3 13 (13.27%) Banking
4 11 (11.22%) Influencing Skills
5 7 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (7.14%) Marketing
6 6 (6.12%) Financial Institution
6 6 (6.12%) Legal
6 6 (6.12%) Retail
7 4 (4.08%) Public Sector
8 3 (3.06%) Telecoms
9 2 (2.04%) Front Office
9 2 (2.04%) Investment Banking
10 1 (1.02%) Back Office
10 1 (1.02%) Billing
10 1 (1.02%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (17.35%) Kafka
2 7 (7.14%) REST
3 6 (6.12%) .NET
4 4 (4.08%) GraphQL
4 4 (4.08%) HTML
4 4 (4.08%) JSON
4 4 (4.08%) RESTful
5 3 (3.06%) React
5 3 (3.06%) SOAP
5 3 (3.06%) Swagger
6 2 (2.04%) CSS
6 2 (2.04%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (2.04%) gRPC
6 2 (2.04%) HTML5
6 2 (2.04%) Middleware
6 2 (2.04%) Node.js
6 2 (2.04%) OAuth
7 1 (1.02%) Express
7 1 (1.02%) OAuth2
7 1 (1.02%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.20%) Mobile App
2 7 (7.14%) Legacy Systems
3 6 (6.12%) Hedge funds
3 6 (6.12%) Management Information System
4 4 (4.08%) Data Centre
4 4 (4.08%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (4.08%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (3.06%) Fixed Income
5 3 (3.06%) Public Cloud
6 2 (2.04%) Cloud Native
6 2 (2.04%) Mainframe
6 2 (2.04%) Private Cloud
6 2 (2.04%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (1.02%) Derivative
7 1 (1.02%) Equities
7 1 (1.02%) Mobile Payment
7 1 (1.02%) NVMe
7 1 (1.02%) Robotics
7 1 (1.02%) SWIFT
7 1 (1.02%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.08%) Windows
2 3 (3.06%) Linux
3 2 (2.04%) Unix
3 2 (2.04%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.02%) AIX
4 1 (1.02%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.02%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (32.65%) Microservices
3 18 (18.37%) Enterprise Architecture
4 15 (15.31%) Project Delivery
4 15 (15.31%) TOGAF
5 12 (12.24%) CI/CD
5 12 (12.24%) Data Modelling
6 11 (11.22%) Coaching
6 11 (11.22%) Continuous Improvement
6 11 (11.22%) Data Architecture
6 11 (11.22%) DevOps
6 11 (11.22%) Mentoring
6 11 (11.22%) Migration
6 11 (11.22%) Stakeholder Management
7 9 (9.18%) CRM
7 9 (9.18%) Scaled Agile Framework
8 8 (8.16%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (8.16%) Security Architecture
8 8 (8.16%) SOA
8 8 (8.16%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 17 (17.35%) Java
2 3 (3.06%) C#
2 3 (3.06%) SQL
3 2 (2.04%) C++
3 2 (2.04%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.02%) Python
4 1 (1.02%) R
4 1 (1.02%) Scala
4 1 (1.02%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (5.10%) SC Cleared
1 5 (5.10%) Security Cleared
2 3 (3.06%) Degree
2 3 (3.06%) TOGAF Certification
3 2 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.02%) CCIE
4 1 (1.02%) CCIE Service Provider
4 1 (1.02%) CCNP
4 1 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.02%) CISSP
4 1 (1.02%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.02%) ISEB
4 1 (1.02%) Master's Degree
4 1 (1.02%) MCP
4 1 (1.02%) MCSA
4 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.02%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (11.22%) GDPR
2 6 (6.12%) PCI DSS
3 5 (5.10%) QA
4 3 (3.06%) Data Quality
5 2 (2.04%) PMO
6 1 (1.02%) Accessibility
6 1 (1.02%) COBIT
6 1 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (1.02%) SEPA
6 1 (1.02%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (16.33%) Docker
2 2 (2.04%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.02%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (1.02%) VMFS
3 1 (1.02%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 15 (15.31%) Kubernetes
2 4 (4.08%) Ansible
3 2 (2.04%) Puppet
4 1 (1.02%) Grafana
4 1 (1.02%) Kibana
4 1 (1.02%) Nagios
4 1 (1.02%) Netcool
4 1 (1.02%) Terraform
4 1 (1.02%) vRealize
4 1 (1.02%) VxRail
Vendors
1 15 (15.31%) Microsoft
2 12 (12.24%) Oracle
3 8 (8.16%) Pega
4 7 (7.14%) Google
5 6 (6.12%) Cloudera
6 4 (4.08%) SAP
7 3 (3.06%) FNZ
7 3 (3.06%) Salesforce.com
7 3 (3.06%) Splunk
7 3 (3.06%) Talend
8 2 (2.04%) AppDynamics
8 2 (2.04%) Charles River
8 2 (2.04%) Dell
8 2 (2.04%) IBM
8 2 (2.04%) MuleSoft
8 2 (2.04%) Red Hat
8 2 (2.04%) ServiceNow
8 2 (2.04%) VMware
9 1 (1.02%) Amdocs
9 1 (1.02%) Apple