Period
to 20 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £563 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 20 November 2018.

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
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 127 153 114
Rank change year-on-year +26 -39 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1,964 1,692 2,110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.06% 1.80% 2.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.18% 1.90% 2.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,326 1,110 1,409
England median daily rate £563 £550 £538
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +2.33% +2.38%
10th Percentile £450 £427 £413
90th Percentile £700 £689 £688
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £538
% change year-on-year - +2.33% +3.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 3 3
England median hourly rate £55.64 £59.50 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.48% +8.18% +19.57%
10th Percentile £35.64 £50.80 £44.62
90th Percentile £81.03 £59.90 £91.50
UK median hourly rate £60.00 £58.50 £50.00
% change year-on-year +2.56% +17.00% +8.70%

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 90,113 89,260 91,639
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.89% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 60,258 59,454 60,363
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,765 2,648 2,969
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.67 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.92% +0.93% +2.78%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.91 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.00 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in England

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in England

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect in England over the 6 months to 20 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Solutions Architect in England

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in England

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect in England over the 6 months to 20 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 20 November 2018. 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 +22 781 £600 +4.35% 176
South East +3 372 £588 +9.30% 95
North of England -3 273 £525 - 63
Midlands +2 218 £550 +4.76% 74
South West +54 199 £525 - 37
West Midlands +16 145 £575 +10.58% 59
Yorkshire +14 134 £525 -4.55% 24
North West +2 127 £500 -4.76% 35
East of England -7 112 £550 +10.00% 28
East Midlands -5 73 £550 +4.76% 14
North East -19 12 £500 -3.85% 4
South Coast - 1 - -
Solutions Architect
UK

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

For the 6 months to 20 November 2018, 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.

1 483 (24.59%) Agile Software Development
2 436 (22.20%) Finance
3 392 (19.96%) Microsoft Azure
4 320 (16.29%) TOGAF
5 289 (14.71%) Amazon AWS
6 260 (13.24%) Microsoft
7 232 (11.81%) Java
8 216 (11.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 209 (10.64%) Security Cleared
10 208 (10.59%) SOA
11 206 (10.49%) Retail
12 200 (10.18%) .NET
13 189 (9.62%) Microservices
14 180 (9.16%) Migration
15 176 (8.96%) Oracle
16 175 (8.91%) SAP
17 170 (8.66%) Banking
18 160 (8.15%) Enterprise Architecture
19 154 (7.84%) SaaS
20 153 (7.79%) DevOps
21 146 (7.43%) Technical Architecture
21 146 (7.43%) CRM
22 138 (7.03%) Analytical Skills
23 137 (6.98%) Web Services
24 133 (6.77%) SC Cleared
25 128 (6.52%) Windows
26 126 (6.42%) IT Strategy
27 122 (6.21%) Linux
28 121 (6.16%) Office 365
29 114 (5.80%) Problem-Solving

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 48 (2.44%) SharePoint
2 35 (1.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 34 (1.73%) CMS
4 28 (1.43%) WebSphere
5 19 (0.97%) Apache
6 18 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
7 15 (0.76%) JBoss
8 13 (0.66%) Apache Spark
8 13 (0.66%) Confluence
8 13 (0.66%) Skype for Business
9 12 (0.61%) MS Exchange
10 11 (0.56%) Cloud Foundry
10 11 (0.56%) SAS
10 11 (0.56%) Sitecore CMS
11 10 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
12 7 (0.36%) Apache Solr
12 7 (0.36%) IIS
12 7 (0.36%) SharePoint 2013
12 7 (0.36%) WebSphere Application Server
13 6 (0.31%) OpenStack
Applications
1 20 (1.02%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (0.56%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.20%) Chatbot
5 3 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.10%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 57 (2.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (1.17%) Oracle Retail
3 20 (1.02%) SAP S/4HANA
4 16 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
4 16 (0.81%) Oracle Financials
5 9 (0.46%) SAP Hybris
6 8 (0.41%) SAP ERP
7 7 (0.36%) Oracle General Ledger
7 7 (0.36%) Payment Gateway
7 7 (0.36%) SAP BPC
8 6 (0.31%) SAP MDG
9 5 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
9 5 (0.25%) Magento
9 5 (0.25%) SAP FI
9 5 (0.25%) Unit4 Business World
10 4 (0.20%) Actimize
10 4 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
10 4 (0.20%) SAP CO
10 4 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
10 4 (0.20%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 392 (19.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 289 (14.71%) Amazon AWS
3 154 (7.84%) SaaS
4 121 (6.16%) Office 365
5 113 (5.75%) PaaS
6 95 (4.84%) IaaS
7 68 (3.46%) Dynamics 365
8 43 (2.19%) Cloud Computing
9 32 (1.63%) Azure Active Directory
10 29 (1.48%) Google Cloud Platform
11 21 (1.07%) Serverless
12 16 (0.81%) GitHub
13 15 (0.76%) Azure Data Factory
14 14 (0.71%) iPaaS
15 13 (0.66%) Apigee
15 13 (0.66%) Boomi
16 12 (0.61%) SuccessFactors
17 10 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
18 7 (0.36%) Lucidchart
18 7 (0.36%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 67 (3.41%) Firewall
2 31 (1.58%) WAN
3 26 (1.32%) Internet
4 22 (1.12%) LAN
4 22 (1.12%) TCP/IP
5 19 (0.97%) SAN
6 18 (0.92%) Skype
7 17 (0.87%) DNS
7 17 (0.87%) VPN
8 15 (0.76%) Unified Communications
8 15 (0.76%) Wireless
9 14 (0.71%) Reverse Proxy
10 12 (0.61%) Intranet
11 11 (0.56%) NetScaler
12 10 (0.51%) MPLS
12 10 (0.51%) Network Security
13 9 (0.46%) Ethernet
14 8 (0.41%) LTE
14 8 (0.41%) NAS
15 7 (0.36%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (4.33%) Big Data
2 84 (4.28%) SQL Server
3 59 (3.00%) Data Warehouse
4 40 (2.04%) Hadoop
5 35 (1.78%) Relational Database
6 28 (1.43%) Power BI
7 26 (1.32%) Data Lake
7 26 (1.32%) MongoDB
7 26 (1.32%) NoSQL
8 22 (1.12%) MySQL
9 18 (0.92%) Azure SQL Database
9 18 (0.92%) Oracle Database
9 18 (0.92%) SAP HANA
10 15 (0.76%) RDBMS
10 15 (0.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 14 (0.71%) Blockchain
12 13 (0.66%) BusinessObjects
13 11 (0.56%) Apache Cassandra
13 11 (0.56%) SAP BW
14 9 (0.46%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 37 (1.88%) Jenkins
2 32 (1.63%) JIRA
3 16 (0.81%) Visual Studio Team System
4 12 (0.61%) Git (software)
5 9 (0.46%) Bitbucket
6 8 (0.41%) Selenium
6 8 (0.41%) SonarQube
7 6 (0.31%) GitLab
7 6 (0.31%) Octopus Deploy
7 6 (0.31%) Rational Rose
7 6 (0.31%) Subversion
8 5 (0.25%) Artifactory
8 5 (0.25%) Visual Studio
9 4 (0.20%) Maven
10 3 (0.15%) Appcelerator Titanium
10 3 (0.15%) Cucumber
10 3 (0.15%) IBM UrbanCode
10 3 (0.15%) Sonatype Nexus
10 3 (0.15%) TeamCity
11 2 (0.10%) SoapUI
General
1 436 (22.20%) Finance
2 206 (10.49%) Retail
3 170 (8.66%) Banking
4 61 (3.11%) Telecoms
5 41 (2.09%) Manufacturing
6 31 (1.58%) Retail Banking
7 28 (1.43%) Back Office
7 28 (1.43%) Marketing
8 26 (1.32%) Legal
9 24 (1.22%) Investment Banking
10 17 (0.87%) Billing
11 15 (0.76%) Automotive
12 14 (0.71%) Publishing
13 11 (0.56%) Financial Institution
14 10 (0.51%) Aerospace
14 10 (0.51%) Electronics
14 10 (0.51%) Law
15 9 (0.46%) Advertising
15 9 (0.46%) Front Office
16 8 (0.41%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 200 (10.18%) .NET
2 137 (6.98%) Web Services
3 110 (5.60%) Middleware
4 92 (4.68%) REST
5 67 (3.41%) SOAP
6 54 (2.75%) Spring
7 38 (1.93%) OAuth
8 37 (1.88%) JSON
9 35 (1.78%) J2EE
10 34 (1.73%) XML
11 30 (1.53%) HTML
12 24 (1.22%) SAML
13 23 (1.17%) RESTful
14 20 (1.02%) Java EE
15 19 (0.97%) AngularJS
15 19 (0.97%) Oracle Fusion
15 19 (0.97%) Spring Boot
16 18 (0.92%) Kafka
16 18 (0.92%) OpenID
17 17 (0.87%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 138 (7.03%) Analytical Skills
2 99 (5.04%) Data Centre
3 60 (3.05%) Management Information System
4 55 (2.80%) Public Cloud
5 47 (2.39%) Mobile App
6 46 (2.34%) Computer Science
7 36 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
7 36 (1.83%) Greenfield Project
8 30 (1.53%) Self-Motivation
9 28 (1.43%) User Experience
10 27 (1.37%) Fintech
11 24 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
12 18 (0.92%) Minimum Viable Product
13 17 (0.87%) PKI
13 17 (0.87%) Replication
14 14 (0.71%) Private Cloud
14 14 (0.71%) Virtual Team
15 12 (0.61%) Robotics
16 11 (0.56%) Algorithms
16 11 (0.56%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 128 (6.52%) Windows
2 122 (6.21%) Linux
3 54 (2.75%) Unix
4 50 (2.55%) Windows Server
5 37 (1.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 28 (1.43%) Windows 10
7 23 (1.17%) Apple iOS
8 19 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
9 13 (0.66%) Android
10 11 (0.56%) AIX
10 11 (0.56%) Solaris
11 8 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (0.31%) Ubuntu
12 6 (0.31%) Windows 7
13 5 (0.25%) Windows 8
13 5 (0.25%) Windows Server 2008
13 5 (0.25%) zOS
14 2 (0.10%) MVS
14 2 (0.10%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 1 (0.051%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 483 (24.59%) Agile Software Development
2 320 (16.29%) TOGAF
3 216 (11.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 208 (10.59%) SOA
5 189 (9.62%) Microservices
6 180 (9.16%) Migration
7 160 (8.15%) Enterprise Architecture
8 153 (7.79%) DevOps
9 146 (7.43%) CRM
9 146 (7.43%) Technical Architecture
10 126 (6.42%) IT Strategy
11 114 (5.80%) Problem-Solving
12 100 (5.09%) Data Modelling
13 97 (4.94%) E-Commerce
14 94 (4.79%) Analytics
15 93 (4.74%) ITIL
16 92 (4.68%) ERP
17 85 (4.33%) Business Intelligence
18 77 (3.92%) Scrum
19 72 (3.67%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 232 (11.81%) Java
2 106 (5.40%) SQL
3 67 (3.41%) Python
4 66 (3.36%) C#
4 66 (3.36%) JavaScript
5 37 (1.88%) PowerShell
6 31 (1.58%) C
7 22 (1.12%) Java 8
8 18 (0.92%) C++
9 17 (0.87%) PHP
10 13 (0.66%) Perl
10 13 (0.66%) Ruby
11 8 (0.41%) Scala
11 8 (0.41%) Shell Script
12 7 (0.36%) VBA
13 4 (0.20%) ABAP
13 4 (0.20%) Bash Shell
13 4 (0.20%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.20%) R
14 3 (0.15%) Natural
Qualifications
1 209 (10.64%) Security Cleared
2 133 (6.77%) SC Cleared
3 73 (3.72%) Degree
4 54 (2.75%) DV Cleared
4 54 (2.75%) TOGAF Certification
5 35 (1.78%) Microsoft Certification
6 27 (1.37%) CISSP
7 21 (1.07%) Cisco Certification
8 20 (1.02%) MCSE
9 19 (0.97%) RHCE
10 17 (0.87%) CISM
11 15 (0.76%) AWS Certification
11 15 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
12 14 (0.71%) CCNA
13 11 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
14 10 (0.51%) MCITP
15 9 (0.46%) CCNP
16 8 (0.41%) CEH
16 8 (0.41%) CITP
16 8 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (2.85%) QA
2 46 (2.34%) GDPR
3 24 (1.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 23 (1.17%) HMG Infosec
4 23 (1.17%) JSP 440
5 13 (0.66%) SLA
6 11 (0.56%) PCI DSS
7 10 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 10 (0.51%) PSD2
8 9 (0.46%) Data Quality
8 9 (0.46%) PMO
9 6 (0.31%) COBIT
9 6 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.25%) HL7
10 5 (0.25%) IFRS
11 4 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
12 2 (0.10%) EMIR
12 2 (0.10%) MiFID
12 2 (0.10%) Solvency II
13 1 (0.051%) HIPAA
System Software
1 82 (4.18%) Active Directory
2 68 (3.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 60 (3.05%) Docker
4 15 (0.76%) Hyper-V
5 11 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (0.46%) vCloud
6 9 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
7 8 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (0.41%) vSphere
8 7 (0.36%) XenDesktop
9 6 (0.31%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 5 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (0.25%) XenApp
11 4 (0.20%) OpenAM
11 4 (0.20%) VMware NSX
11 4 (0.20%) XenServer
12 3 (0.15%) KVM
12 3 (0.15%) LXC
12 3 (0.15%) NFS
12 3 (0.15%) Xen
Systems Management
1 42 (2.14%) Single Sign-On
2 36 (1.83%) Puppet
3 34 (1.73%) Kubernetes
3 34 (1.73%) SCCM
4 30 (1.53%) Ansible
5 23 (1.17%) Microsoft Intune
6 18 (0.92%) Terraform
7 14 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
8 8 (0.41%) Kibana
8 8 (0.41%) logstash
9 7 (0.36%) SCOM
10 6 (0.31%) AirWatch
10 6 (0.31%) vRealize
11 5 (0.25%) Sysdig
12 4 (0.20%) CA Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.20%) NetIQ Identity Manager
12 4 (0.20%) OpenView
12 4 (0.20%) XenMobile
13 3 (0.15%) TeMIP
13 3 (0.15%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 260 (13.24%) Microsoft
2 176 (8.96%) Oracle
3 175 (8.91%) SAP
4 99 (5.04%) VMware
5 50 (2.55%) Salesforce.com
6 48 (2.44%) Cisco
6 48 (2.44%) Citrix
7 47 (2.39%) IBM
8 41 (2.09%) Red Hat
9 32 (1.63%) Google
10 27 (1.37%) hybris
11 20 (1.02%) Pega
12 19 (0.97%) MuleSoft
13 17 (0.87%) Sitecore
14 14 (0.71%) Dell
14 14 (0.71%) Splunk
15 13 (0.66%) ServiceNow
16 12 (0.61%) TIBCO
17 11 (0.56%) Tableau
18 10 (0.51%) Hortonworks