Period
to 5 May 2021

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 5 May 2021.

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
5 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 78 107 150
Rank change year-on-year +29 +43 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 78 61 94
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 2.90% 1.70% 1.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.08% 1.82% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 40 76
10th Percentile £476 £499 £413
25th Percentile £510 £525 £510
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £593 £595
Median % change year-on-year +1.27% -0.42% +3.48%
75th Percentile £688 £666 £675
90th Percentile £765 £738 £688
Central London median daily rate £600 £589 £600
% change year-on-year +1.91% -1.88% +4.35%

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 2,529 3,357 6,212
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.91% 93.61% 94.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,860 2,536 4,806
10th Percentile £325 £300 £313
25th Percentile £425 £413 £414
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £515
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% -2.91% +3.00%
75th Percentile £625 £600 £600
90th Percentile £700 £675 £675
Central London median daily rate £525 £500 £513
% change year-on-year +5.00% -2.44% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 55 60
10th Percentile £11.80 £12.42 £11.25
25th Percentile £13.50 £14.19 £14.00
Median hourly rate £17.98 £22.74 £19.38
Median % change year-on-year -20.94% +17.34% +3.61%
75th Percentile £28.00 £38.65 £24.67
90th Percentile £39.55 £51.85 £42.66
Central London median hourly rate £17.98 £20.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -12.32% +2.50% +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 5 May 2021.

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 5 May 2021, 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 31 (39.74%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (30.77%) Microservices
3 19 (24.36%) Finance
3 19 (24.36%) TOGAF
4 17 (21.79%) Enterprise Architecture
4 17 (21.79%) Continuous Improvement
5 14 (17.95%) Banking
6 13 (16.67%) Java
6 13 (16.67%) Azure
7 12 (15.38%) Mobile App
7 12 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
7 12 (15.38%) Social Skills
8 11 (14.10%) Project Delivery
8 11 (14.10%) Security Cleared
9 10 (12.82%) Microsoft
9 10 (12.82%) Scaled Agile Framework
10 9 (11.54%) SOA
10 9 (11.54%) Linux
10 9 (11.54%) AWS
10 9 (11.54%) PCI DSS
10 9 (11.54%) GDPR
11 8 (10.26%) Mentoring
11 8 (10.26%) Coaching
11 8 (10.26%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (10.26%) Continuous Integration
11 8 (10.26%) REST
11 8 (10.26%) AngularJS
11 8 (10.26%) HTML
11 8 (10.26%) OO
11 8 (10.26%) JavaScript

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 7 (8.97%) Apache
1 7 (8.97%) Red Hat Fuse
2 2 (2.56%) WebSphere
3 1 (1.28%) CMS
3 1 (1.28%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (1.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.56%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.28%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.28%) SAP CO
2 1 (1.28%) SAP FI
2 1 (1.28%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (1.28%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (1.28%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 13 (16.67%) Azure
2 9 (11.54%) AWS
3 4 (5.13%) SaaS
4 3 (3.85%) GCP
5 2 (2.56%) Amazon Kinesis
5 2 (2.56%) Apigee
5 2 (2.56%) OpenShift
6 1 (1.28%) Amazon Cognito
6 1 (1.28%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (1.28%) Amazon S3
6 1 (1.28%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (1.28%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (1.28%) Boomi
6 1 (1.28%) IaaS
6 1 (1.28%) Microsoft 365
6 1 (1.28%) PaaS
6 1 (1.28%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
6 1 (1.28%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.13%) LAN
1 4 (5.13%) WAN
2 3 (3.85%) Firewall
2 3 (3.85%) VPN
2 3 (3.85%) Wireless
3 1 (1.28%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (1.28%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 1 (1.28%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 1 (1.28%) Network Security
3 1 (1.28%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (8.97%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.56%) DB2
3 1 (1.28%) Big Data
3 1 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.28%) GIS
3 1 (1.28%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 7 (8.97%) Jenkins
General
1 19 (24.36%) Finance
2 14 (17.95%) Banking
3 12 (15.38%) Social Skills
4 8 (10.26%) Influencing Skills
5 5 (6.41%) Public Sector
6 3 (3.85%) Presentation Skills
6 3 (3.85%) Retail
7 2 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (2.56%) Front Office
7 2 (2.56%) Manufacturing
8 1 (1.28%) Back Office
8 1 (1.28%) Financial Institution
8 1 (1.28%) Investment Banking
8 1 (1.28%) Legal
8 1 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (1.28%) Police
8 1 (1.28%) Retail Banking
8 1 (1.28%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.26%) Ajax
1 8 (10.26%) AngularJS
1 8 (10.26%) HTML
1 8 (10.26%) REST
2 7 (8.97%) Apache Camel
2 7 (8.97%) GWT
2 7 (8.97%) Hibernate
2 7 (8.97%) HTML5
2 7 (8.97%) JDBC
2 7 (8.97%) JMS
2 7 (8.97%) jQuery
2 7 (8.97%) JSF
2 7 (8.97%) Middleware
2 7 (8.97%) OSGi
2 7 (8.97%) Spring
3 3 (3.85%) .NET
4 2 (2.56%) FIX Protocol
4 2 (2.56%) J2EE
4 2 (2.56%) Web Services
4 2 (2.56%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 12 (15.38%) Mobile App
2 8 (10.26%) Enterprise Software
3 7 (8.97%) Clustering
3 7 (8.97%) SWIFT
4 5 (6.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 4 (5.13%) Management Information System
6 3 (3.85%) Cloud Native
6 3 (3.85%) Data Centre
6 3 (3.85%) Mobile Payment
7 2 (2.56%) Fixed Income
7 2 (2.56%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (1.28%) CMDB
8 1 (1.28%) Data Structures
8 1 (1.28%) FMCG
8 1 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (1.28%) PKI
8 1 (1.28%) Public Cloud
8 1 (1.28%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 9 (11.54%) Linux
2 2 (2.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.28%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (39.74%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (30.77%) Microservices
3 19 (24.36%) TOGAF
4 17 (21.79%) Continuous Improvement
4 17 (21.79%) Enterprise Architecture
5 12 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
6 11 (14.10%) Project Delivery
7 10 (12.82%) Scaled Agile Framework
8 9 (11.54%) SOA
9 8 (10.26%) Coaching
9 8 (10.26%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (10.26%) Mentoring
9 8 (10.26%) OO
9 8 (10.26%) Scrum
10 7 (8.97%) Capacity Planning
10 7 (8.97%) High Availability
10 7 (8.97%) Open Source
10 7 (8.97%) Performance Tuning
10 7 (8.97%) Root Cause Analysis
10 7 (8.97%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 13 (16.67%) Java
2 8 (10.26%) JavaScript
3 7 (8.97%) Java 8
4 2 (2.56%) C
4 2 (2.56%) C#
4 2 (2.56%) SQL
5 1 (1.28%) Ada
5 1 (1.28%) Apex Code
5 1 (1.28%) Python
5 1 (1.28%) R
5 1 (1.28%) SOQL
Qualifications
1 11 (14.10%) Security Cleared
2 6 (7.69%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.13%) TOGAF Certification
4 2 (2.56%) AWS Certification
5 1 (1.28%) ACCA
5 1 (1.28%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (11.54%) GDPR
1 9 (11.54%) PCI DSS
2 3 (3.85%) SEPA
3 2 (2.56%) ISO 20022
4 1 (1.28%) COBIT
4 1 (1.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (1.28%) IFRS
4 1 (1.28%) ISO 22301
4 1 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 3 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (2.56%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.56%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (2.56%) vSphere
3 1 (1.28%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 4 (5.13%) Kubernetes
2 1 (1.28%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 10 (12.82%) Microsoft
2 8 (10.26%) Oracle
3 7 (8.97%) Salesforce.com
4 4 (5.13%) SAP
4 4 (5.13%) ServiceNow
4 4 (5.13%) VMware
5 2 (2.56%) Citrix
5 2 (2.56%) Google
5 2 (2.56%) IBM
5 2 (2.56%) PeopleSoft
5 2 (2.56%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.28%) Aruba
6 1 (1.28%) Cloudera
6 1 (1.28%) Dell
6 1 (1.28%) F5
6 1 (1.28%) Facebook
6 1 (1.28%) Fortinet
6 1 (1.28%) Hortonworks
6 1 (1.28%) MobileIron
6 1 (1.28%) Murex