Period
to 9 May 2021

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 9 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
UK > England
6 months to
9 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 86 111 113
Rank change year-on-year +25 +2 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1,217 1,020 1,987
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.74% 2.19% 2.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.95% 2.33% 2.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 842 674 1,329
10th Percentile £434 £462 £450
25th Percentile £500 £510 £506
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £595 £575
Median % change year-on-year -3.36% +3.48% +2.22%
75th Percentile £650 £675 £645
90th Percentile £718 £750 £700
UK median daily rate £575 £575 £575
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 4
10th Percentile £51.80 £47.68 £36.74
25th Percentile £52.25 £57.33 £59.73
Median hourly rate £55.25 £62.81 £76.43
Median % change year-on-year -12.03% -17.82% -5.33%
75th Percentile £59.75 £65.00 £78.10
90th Percentile £63.80 £68.75 "
UK median hourly rate £55.25 £62.81 £67.50
% change year-on-year -12.03% -6.96% -16.39%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 41,235 43,721 79,839
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.72% 93.88% 94.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,493 29,381 54,207
10th Percentile £281 £245 £275
25th Percentile £381 £363 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £485 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.11% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £655 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £473
% change year-on-year +2.70% -2.12% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,436 1,585 2,326
10th Percentile £11.40 £11.63 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.50 £14.10 £13.25
Median hourly rate £21.56 £18.90 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year +14.07% +2.16% +5.71%
75th Percentile £44.33 £36.50 £41.00
90th Percentile £56.50 £51.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +18.42% +5.56% +2.86%

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in England

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Solutions Architect in England.

Daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in England

Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Solutions Architect in England over the 6 months to 9 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Solutions Architect in England

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Solutions Architect in England.

Hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in England

Solutions Architect
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 6 months to 9 May 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +41 635 £600 -4.00% 140
South East +18 166 £550 +7.84% 55
Midlands +33 118 £525 -4.55% 44
North of England -4 91 £530 -10.92% 70
West Midlands +46 74 £550 - 28
South West +19 73 £600 +0.84% 33
North West +7 47 £506 -22.12% 35
East Midlands +10 44 £460 -12.38% 15
East of England +32 42 £525 -8.70% 21
Yorkshire -4 41 £550 -4.35% 25
North East +5 3 £530 -1.85% 10
Solutions Architect
UK

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

For the 6 months to 9 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 England region featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 350 (28.76%) Azure
2 328 (26.95%) Agile Software Development
3 236 (19.39%) AWS
4 233 (19.15%) Finance
5 223 (18.32%) Social Skills
6 204 (16.76%) Microservices
7 199 (16.35%) TOGAF
8 161 (13.23%) Enterprise Architecture
9 153 (12.57%) Microsoft
10 146 (12.00%) DevOps
11 143 (11.75%) Security Cleared
12 134 (11.01%) Migration
13 128 (10.52%) Stakeholder Management
14 119 (9.78%) Java
15 114 (9.37%) SC Cleared
16 102 (8.38%) Retail
16 102 (8.38%) Data Modelling
17 101 (8.30%) Banking
18 96 (7.89%) SAP
19 95 (7.81%) SaaS
20 94 (7.72%) Oracle
21 90 (7.40%) PaaS
22 86 (7.07%) Salesforce.com
23 80 (6.57%) Big Data
23 80 (6.57%) SQL
24 79 (6.49%) CRM
24 79 (6.49%) Public Sector
25 76 (6.24%) Analytics
26 73 (6.00%) Project Delivery
27 71 (5.83%) SOA

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 27 (2.22%) SharePoint
2 25 (2.05%) CMS
2 25 (2.05%) Confluence
3 22 (1.81%) Apache
4 15 (1.23%) Apache Spark
5 12 (0.99%) Red Hat Fuse
6 11 (0.90%) WebSphere
7 9 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 9 (0.74%) Tomcat
8 6 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
8 6 (0.49%) JBoss
9 5 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (0.41%) Headless CMS
9 5 (0.41%) IIS
10 4 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.33%) MS Exchange
10 4 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.25%) IBM Domino
11 3 (0.25%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.25%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 7 (0.58%) MS Visio
2 6 (0.49%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.082%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.082%) Revit
5 1 (0.082%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 21 (1.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (1.56%) SAP S/4HANA
3 11 (0.90%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (0.41%) SAP Hybris
5 4 (0.33%) Magento
5 4 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 4 (0.33%) SAP ERP
5 4 (0.33%) Shopify
5 4 (0.33%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 3 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.25%) SAP HCM
6 3 (0.25%) SAP IBP
6 3 (0.25%) SAP MM
6 3 (0.25%) SAP Retail
6 3 (0.25%) SAP SCM
7 2 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.16%) NetSuite
7 2 (0.16%) SAP CAR
7 2 (0.16%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 350 (28.76%) Azure
2 236 (19.39%) AWS
3 95 (7.81%) SaaS
4 90 (7.40%) PaaS
5 69 (5.67%) IaaS
6 57 (4.68%) GCP
7 55 (4.52%) Serverless
8 47 (3.86%) Microsoft 365
9 44 (3.62%) Power Platform
10 33 (2.71%) Dynamics 365
11 29 (2.38%) Azure Active Directory
12 28 (2.30%) AWS Lambda
13 22 (1.81%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 20 (1.64%) Amazon S3
15 17 (1.40%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 17 (1.40%) SuccessFactors
16 16 (1.31%) Azure Data Factory
16 16 (1.31%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
17 14 (1.15%) GitHub
17 14 (1.15%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 34 (2.79%) WAN
2 28 (2.30%) Firewall
3 27 (2.22%) LAN
4 21 (1.73%) DNS
5 20 (1.64%) Network Security
6 18 (1.48%) VPN
7 14 (1.15%) Internet
8 9 (0.74%) HTTP
8 9 (0.74%) Unified Communications
8 9 (0.74%) Wireless
9 8 (0.66%) SAN
9 8 (0.66%) SD-WAN
10 7 (0.58%) DHCP
10 7 (0.58%) Ethernet
11 6 (0.49%) Cisco Nexus
11 6 (0.49%) SSL
11 6 (0.49%) TCP/IP
12 5 (0.41%) NAS
12 5 (0.41%) VoIP
13 4 (0.33%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (6.57%) Big Data
2 61 (5.01%) Data Warehouse
3 42 (3.45%) SQL Server
4 36 (2.96%) Data Lake
5 31 (2.55%) Power BI
6 30 (2.47%) Relational Database
7 28 (2.30%) Hadoop
8 25 (2.05%) MongoDB
9 21 (1.73%) NoSQL
10 15 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
11 11 (0.90%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 10 (0.82%) GIS
13 9 (0.74%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 8 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
14 8 (0.66%) Tableau
15 7 (0.58%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 7 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
16 6 (0.49%) Apache Hive
16 6 (0.49%) DB2
16 6 (0.49%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 37 (3.04%) JIRA
2 36 (2.96%) Jenkins
3 35 (2.88%) PowerDesigner
4 25 (2.05%) Git (software)
5 20 (1.64%) kappa
6 6 (0.49%) Bitbucket Server
6 6 (0.49%) SonarQube
7 5 (0.41%) Maven
8 4 (0.33%) Subversion
9 3 (0.25%) Ant
9 3 (0.25%) CircleCI
9 3 (0.25%) Selenium
9 3 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (0.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (0.16%) Cucumber
10 2 (0.16%) Eclipse
10 2 (0.16%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.16%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.16%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.16%) Terragrunt
General
1 233 (19.15%) Finance
2 223 (18.32%) Social Skills
3 102 (8.38%) Retail
4 101 (8.30%) Banking
5 79 (6.49%) Public Sector
6 63 (5.18%) Marketing
7 54 (4.44%) Telecoms
8 50 (4.11%) Analytical Skills
9 41 (3.37%) Influencing Skills
10 33 (2.71%) Presentation Skills
11 29 (2.38%) Manufacturing
12 20 (1.64%) Legal
13 18 (1.48%) Law
14 14 (1.15%) Billing
15 13 (1.07%) Back Office
15 13 (1.07%) Electronics
16 12 (0.99%) Investment Banking
16 12 (0.99%) Local Government
17 11 (0.90%) Automotive
17 11 (0.90%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (5.51%) REST
2 64 (5.26%) .NET
3 52 (4.27%) SOAP
3 52 (4.27%) Web Services
4 43 (3.53%) Middleware
5 29 (2.38%) JSON
6 28 (2.30%) Spring
6 28 (2.30%) XML
7 25 (2.05%) Node.js
8 22 (1.81%) AngularJS
9 20 (1.64%) HTML
10 19 (1.56%) Kafka
11 17 (1.40%) RESTful
12 16 (1.31%) React
13 15 (1.23%) J2EE
14 14 (1.15%) HTML5
14 14 (1.15%) Spring Boot
15 13 (1.07%) .NET Core
15 13 (1.07%) Ajax
15 13 (1.07%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 45 (3.70%) Cloud Native
2 42 (3.45%) Data Centre
2 42 (3.45%) Mobile App
3 35 (2.88%) Public Cloud
4 33 (2.71%) Enterprise Software
5 28 (2.30%) User Experience
6 22 (1.81%) Self-Motivation
7 21 (1.73%) Management Information System
8 19 (1.56%) Clustering
8 19 (1.56%) Virtual Team
9 16 (1.31%) Hybrid Cloud
10 15 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
11 10 (0.82%) SWIFT
12 8 (0.66%) Robotics
13 7 (0.58%) FMCG
13 7 (0.58%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 7 (0.58%) Internet of Things
13 7 (0.58%) Private Cloud
14 6 (0.49%) CMDB
14 6 (0.49%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 51 (4.19%) Linux
2 43 (3.53%) Windows
3 10 (0.82%) Unix
4 9 (0.74%) Windows Server
5 8 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (0.49%) Solaris
6 6 (0.49%) Windows 10
7 4 (0.33%) Android
7 4 (0.33%) Apple iOS
8 3 (0.25%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.16%) AIX
9 2 (0.16%) Mac OS X
9 2 (0.16%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.082%) CentOS
10 1 (0.082%) Debian
10 1 (0.082%) VMS
10 1 (0.082%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.082%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.082%) Windows Server 2016
10 1 (0.082%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 328 (26.95%) Agile Software Development
2 204 (16.76%) Microservices
3 199 (16.35%) TOGAF
4 161 (13.23%) Enterprise Architecture
5 146 (12.00%) DevOps
6 134 (11.01%) Migration
7 128 (10.52%) Stakeholder Management
8 102 (8.38%) Data Modelling
9 79 (6.49%) CRM
10 76 (6.24%) Analytics
11 73 (6.00%) Project Delivery
12 71 (5.83%) SOA
13 70 (5.75%) E-Commerce
13 70 (5.75%) ERP
14 66 (5.42%) Data Architecture
14 66 (5.42%) Scrum
14 66 (5.42%) SDLC
15 65 (5.34%) Architectural Design
16 63 (5.18%) Data Management
16 63 (5.18%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 119 (9.78%) Java
2 80 (6.57%) SQL
3 42 (3.45%) JavaScript
4 25 (2.05%) Python
5 21 (1.73%) C#
6 17 (1.40%) PowerShell
7 14 (1.15%) C
8 11 (0.90%) Java 8
9 9 (0.74%) Bash Shell
10 6 (0.49%) Ada
10 6 (0.49%) Apex Code
11 5 (0.41%) PHP
12 4 (0.33%) SOQL
12 4 (0.33%) TypeScript
13 3 (0.25%) Ruby
13 3 (0.25%) Scala
13 3 (0.25%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.25%) SOSL
14 2 (0.16%) Groovy
14 2 (0.16%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 143 (11.75%) Security Cleared
2 114 (9.37%) SC Cleared
3 42 (3.45%) Degree
4 36 (2.96%) DV Cleared
5 29 (2.38%) TOGAF Certification
6 11 (0.90%) AWS Certification
7 10 (0.82%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (0.58%) Master's Degree
9 6 (0.49%) CCNA
10 5 (0.41%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (0.41%) CCNP
11 3 (0.25%) CISSP
11 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (0.25%) SAFe Agilist
12 2 (0.16%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.16%) ISTQB
12 2 (0.16%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.16%) PMI Certification
12 2 (0.16%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (2.88%) QA
2 29 (2.38%) Data Quality
3 26 (2.14%) GDPR
4 13 (1.07%) PCI DSS
5 9 (0.74%) COBIT
6 8 (0.66%) SEPA
7 6 (0.49%) IFRS
7 6 (0.49%) ISO 20022
7 6 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.33%) SLA
9 3 (0.25%) NIST
9 3 (0.25%) PSD2
9 3 (0.25%) TARGET2
10 2 (0.16%) GMP
10 2 (0.16%) HIPAA
10 2 (0.16%) HL7
10 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 2 (0.16%) NCSC
11 1 (0.082%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.082%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 42 (3.45%) Active Directory
2 38 (3.12%) Docker
3 21 (1.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (0.41%) SRDF
5 5 (0.41%) Virtual Desktop
5 5 (0.41%) VMware NSX
6 4 (0.33%) HDFS
6 4 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
7 3 (0.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 3 (0.25%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.25%) KVM
7 3 (0.25%) NFS
7 3 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.25%) Xen
8 2 (0.16%) OpenAM
8 2 (0.16%) Veritas Volume Manager
8 2 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.16%) vSphere
9 1 (0.082%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 44 (3.62%) Kubernetes
2 29 (2.38%) Terraform
3 18 (1.48%) Ansible
4 13 (1.07%) Opscode Chef
5 12 (0.99%) Puppet
6 10 (0.82%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (0.49%) Hadoop YARN
7 6 (0.49%) SCCM
8 5 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
9 3 (0.25%) IBM BigFix
9 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (0.25%) Oozie
10 2 (0.16%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.16%) MIIS
10 2 (0.16%) vCenter Server
11 1 (0.082%) Grafana
11 1 (0.082%) Istio
11 1 (0.082%) Nessus
11 1 (0.082%) Prometheus
11 1 (0.082%) SCOM
Vendors
1 153 (12.57%) Microsoft
2 96 (7.89%) SAP
3 94 (7.72%) Oracle
4 86 (7.07%) Salesforce.com
5 40 (3.29%) VMware
6 37 (3.04%) IBM
7 34 (2.79%) Google
8 33 (2.71%) MuleSoft
9 31 (2.55%) Cisco
9 31 (2.55%) Databricks
10 30 (2.47%) BiZZdesign
11 18 (1.48%) ServiceNow
12 13 (1.07%) Dell
13 12 (0.99%) Juniper
13 12 (0.99%) Red Hat
14 10 (0.82%) iManage
15 9 (0.74%) CyberArk
16 8 (0.66%) Cloudera
16 8 (0.66%) EMC
16 8 (0.66%) hybris