Period
to 25 August 2019

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 25 August 2019.

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
25 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 105 121 144
Rank change year-on-year +16 +23 -38
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1,912 2,069 1,629
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.34% 2.20% 1.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.48% 2.32% 1.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,216 1,373 1,032
England median daily rate £575 £575 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.55% +4.76%
10th Percentile £456 £456 £425
90th Percentile £725 £713 £688
UK median daily rate £575 £563 £550
% change year-on-year +2.22% +2.27% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 5 0
England median hourly rate £70.00 £66.67 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.99% - -
UK median hourly rate £68.75 £66.67 £57.50
% change year-on-year +3.12% +15.95% +12.20%

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 76,999 89,015 84,727
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.27% 94.76% 94.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,121 58,873 55,475
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £265 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,520 2,870 2,554
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.11% - -2.63%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.75
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% -1.58%

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 25 August 2019.

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 25 August 2019.

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 25 August 2019. 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 +22 868 £600 - 155
South East +18 371 £575 - 92
North of England -6 208 £550 +4.76% 72
South West -6 174 £550 +4.76% 40
Midlands -10 159 £550 - 57
East of England +26 123 £550 +4.76% 26
North West -10 106 £550 +10.00% 43
West Midlands -28 94 £569 -0.22% 38
Yorkshire -8 76 £550 +3.53% 26
East Midlands +9 52 £488 -11.36% 17
North East +35 26 £525 +18.31% 3
South Coast -3 2 - -
Solutions Architect
UK

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

For the 6 months to 25 August 2019, 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.

1 484 (25.31%) Finance
2 444 (23.22%) Agile Software Development
3 427 (22.33%) Azure
4 316 (16.53%) Microsoft
5 298 (15.59%) TOGAF
6 285 (14.91%) AWS
7 239 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
8 224 (11.72%) Java
9 215 (11.24%) Microservices
10 187 (9.78%) Migration
11 182 (9.52%) Banking
12 180 (9.41%) Oracle
13 177 (9.26%) .NET
14 176 (9.21%) Security Cleared
15 171 (8.94%) SAP
16 160 (8.37%) Enterprise Architecture
17 158 (8.26%) Retail
18 146 (7.64%) DevOps
19 140 (7.32%) Web Services
20 134 (7.01%) SC Cleared
20 134 (7.01%) SOA
21 129 (6.75%) CRM
21 129 (6.75%) Analytics
21 129 (6.75%) Project Delivery
22 123 (6.43%) Architectural Design
22 123 (6.43%) SaaS
23 116 (6.07%) SQL
24 110 (5.75%) REST
25 108 (5.65%) Salesforce.com
26 106 (5.54%) E-Commerce

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 49 (2.56%) SharePoint
2 27 (1.41%) Apache Spark
3 22 (1.15%) Apache
4 21 (1.10%) BizTalk Server
5 19 (0.99%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 17 (0.89%) SAS
7 16 (0.84%) Skype for Business
8 15 (0.78%) Confluence
9 13 (0.68%) WebSphere
10 11 (0.58%) OpenStack
11 10 (0.52%) IIS
11 10 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 9 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
13 7 (0.37%) CMS
14 4 (0.21%) Jupyter
14 4 (0.21%) SAP Portal
14 4 (0.21%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.16%) Cloud Foundry
15 3 (0.16%) Magnolia
15 3 (0.16%) Mule
Applications
1 20 (1.05%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (0.89%) MS Visio
3 16 (0.84%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.37%) Chatbot
6 2 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.10%) SPSS
7 1 (0.052%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.052%) Stata
Business Applications
1 37 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (1.83%) SAP S/4HANA
3 19 (0.99%) Adobe Campaign
4 15 (0.78%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 13 (0.68%) SAP ERP
6 12 (0.63%) SAP FI
7 10 (0.52%) Oracle ERP
8 9 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
9 8 (0.42%) SAP CO
9 8 (0.42%) SAP FI/CO
10 7 (0.37%) SAP HR
10 7 (0.37%) SAP Retail
11 5 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
12 4 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
12 4 (0.21%) OpenText VIM for SAP
12 4 (0.21%) Oracle Financials
12 4 (0.21%) SAP BPC
12 4 (0.21%) SAP CAR
12 4 (0.21%) SAP IS-U
13 3 (0.16%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 427 (22.33%) Azure
2 285 (14.91%) AWS
3 123 (6.43%) SaaS
4 105 (5.49%) PaaS
5 82 (4.29%) IaaS
6 77 (4.03%) Office 365
7 51 (2.67%) Dynamics 365
8 48 (2.51%) GCP
9 39 (2.04%) Serverless
10 33 (1.73%) Power Platform
11 30 (1.57%) Azure Active Directory
12 27 (1.41%) SuccessFactors
13 21 (1.10%) AWS Lambda
14 20 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
15 17 (0.89%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
15 17 (0.89%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 16 (0.84%) Amazon S3
17 15 (0.78%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 13 (0.68%) Amazon Kinesis
18 13 (0.68%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 54 (2.82%) WAN
2 45 (2.35%) Firewall
3 38 (1.99%) LAN
4 32 (1.67%) Internet
5 25 (1.31%) SAN
6 24 (1.26%) Skype
7 19 (0.99%) DNS
8 18 (0.94%) Unified Communications
9 17 (0.89%) VPN
10 15 (0.78%) NAS
10 15 (0.78%) Network Security
10 15 (0.78%) Wi-Fi
11 13 (0.68%) TCP/IP
12 11 (0.58%) SMTP
13 10 (0.52%) Intranet
14 8 (0.42%) 4G
14 8 (0.42%) Reverse Proxy
14 8 (0.42%) VoIP
15 7 (0.37%) DHCP
15 7 (0.37%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (4.08%) SQL Server
2 61 (3.19%) Big Data
3 48 (2.51%) Data Warehouse
4 40 (2.09%) NoSQL
5 39 (2.04%) Hadoop
5 39 (2.04%) Relational Database
6 38 (1.99%) Data Lake
7 22 (1.15%) MongoDB
7 22 (1.15%) Power BI
8 17 (0.89%) Azure SQL Database
8 17 (0.89%) MySQL
8 17 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 15 (0.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 15 (0.78%) Apache Hive
10 14 (0.73%) RDBMS
11 13 (0.68%) Amazon Redshift
11 13 (0.68%) Apache Cassandra
12 12 (0.63%) GIS
12 12 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 11 (0.58%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 34 (1.78%) JIRA
2 24 (1.26%) Jenkins
3 17 (0.89%) Visual Studio
4 15 (0.78%) Git (software)
5 7 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
6 5 (0.26%) Eclipse
7 4 (0.21%) Ant
8 3 (0.16%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.16%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.16%) IntelliJ
8 3 (0.16%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.10%) Bitbucket Server
9 2 (0.10%) CircleCI
9 2 (0.10%) Hudson
9 2 (0.10%) MSI
9 2 (0.10%) Oracle Forms
9 2 (0.10%) Rational Rose
9 2 (0.10%) Selenium
9 2 (0.10%) Travis CI
9 2 (0.10%) Vagrant
General
1 484 (25.31%) Finance
2 182 (9.52%) Banking
3 158 (8.26%) Retail
4 93 (4.86%) Public Sector
5 84 (4.39%) Marketing
6 78 (4.08%) Telecoms
7 48 (2.51%) Manufacturing
8 32 (1.67%) Back Office
9 29 (1.52%) Billing
9 29 (1.52%) Legal
10 27 (1.41%) Investment Banking
11 20 (1.05%) Pharmaceutical
12 19 (0.99%) Law
13 18 (0.94%) Advertising
14 17 (0.89%) Electronics
14 17 (0.89%) Publishing
15 13 (0.68%) Retail Banking
16 11 (0.58%) Aerospace
16 11 (0.58%) Front Office
17 8 (0.42%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 177 (9.26%) .NET
2 140 (7.32%) Web Services
3 110 (5.75%) REST
4 67 (3.50%) SOAP
4 67 (3.50%) XML
5 64 (3.35%) Kafka
6 58 (3.03%) Middleware
7 44 (2.30%) HTML
8 43 (2.25%) JSON
9 38 (1.99%) CSS
10 29 (1.52%) Spring
11 28 (1.46%) .NET Core
12 27 (1.41%) Node.js
13 23 (1.20%) AngularJS
14 21 (1.10%) Oracle Fusion
14 21 (1.10%) RESTful
15 19 (0.99%) .NET Framework
16 18 (0.94%) Spring Boot
17 17 (0.89%) React
17 17 (0.89%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 92 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (3.56%) Data Centre
3 51 (2.67%) Enterprise Software
3 51 (2.67%) Greenfield Project
4 45 (2.35%) Public Cloud
5 44 (2.30%) Management Information System
6 36 (1.88%) Hybrid Cloud
7 29 (1.52%) User Experience
8 28 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
9 25 (1.31%) PKI
10 24 (1.26%) Robotics
11 23 (1.20%) Cloud Native
11 23 (1.20%) Mobile App
12 18 (0.94%) Data Protection Act
13 15 (0.78%) Mainframe
14 14 (0.73%) Client/Server
14 14 (0.73%) Marketing Technology
15 11 (0.58%) AS400
15 11 (0.58%) iSeries
15 11 (0.58%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 89 (4.65%) Windows
2 58 (3.03%) Linux
3 21 (1.10%) Unix
3 21 (1.10%) Windows Server
4 17 (0.89%) Windows 10
5 12 (0.63%) Apple iOS
6 10 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (0.37%) Solaris
7 7 (0.37%) VMS
8 6 (0.31%) CentOS
8 6 (0.31%) HPUX
9 5 (0.26%) AIX
9 5 (0.26%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.21%) Android
10 4 (0.21%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.10%) CoreOS
11 2 (0.10%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.052%) VME
12 1 (0.052%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.052%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 444 (23.22%) Agile Software Development
2 298 (15.59%) TOGAF
3 239 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
4 215 (11.24%) Microservices
5 187 (9.78%) Migration
6 160 (8.37%) Enterprise Architecture
7 146 (7.64%) DevOps
8 134 (7.01%) SOA
9 129 (6.75%) Analytics
9 129 (6.75%) CRM
9 129 (6.75%) Project Delivery
10 123 (6.43%) Architectural Design
11 106 (5.54%) E-Commerce
12 104 (5.44%) Technical Architecture
13 102 (5.33%) Problem-Solving
14 90 (4.71%) Scrum
15 89 (4.65%) Business Intelligence
15 89 (4.65%) IT Strategy
15 89 (4.65%) ITIL
16 88 (4.60%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 224 (11.72%) Java
2 116 (6.07%) SQL
3 64 (3.35%) JavaScript
4 61 (3.19%) C#
5 47 (2.46%) Python
6 43 (2.25%) C
7 26 (1.36%) PowerShell
8 21 (1.10%) Apex Code
9 19 (0.99%) C++
10 12 (0.63%) PHP
11 9 (0.47%) PL/SQL
11 9 (0.47%) VB
12 8 (0.42%) Ruby
13 7 (0.37%) Perl
13 7 (0.37%) R
14 6 (0.31%) Scala
15 5 (0.26%) COBOL
15 5 (0.26%) Go
15 5 (0.26%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.21%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 176 (9.21%) Security Cleared
2 134 (7.01%) SC Cleared
3 93 (4.86%) Degree
4 73 (3.82%) TOGAF Certification
5 47 (2.46%) DV Cleared
6 26 (1.36%) Cisco Certification
6 26 (1.36%) Microsoft Certification
7 18 (0.94%) CISSP
8 17 (0.89%) Computer Science Degree
9 16 (0.84%) CCNA
9 16 (0.84%) MCSE
10 15 (0.78%) CCIE
11 11 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
12 9 (0.47%) CISMP
13 8 (0.42%) CCNP
13 8 (0.42%) Chartered Engineer
14 7 (0.37%) PMI Certification
15 6 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
15 6 (0.31%) Master's Degree
16 5 (0.26%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (0.99%) GDPR
2 15 (0.78%) QA
3 9 (0.47%) HMG Infosec
3 9 (0.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 9 (0.47%) JSP 440
4 8 (0.42%) COBIT
5 7 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.37%) NIST
6 5 (0.26%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.26%) HL7
6 5 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 5 (0.26%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.16%) PMO
7 3 (0.16%) PSD2
7 3 (0.16%) SLA
8 2 (0.10%) GxP
8 2 (0.10%) IFRS
8 2 (0.10%) Solvency II
System Software
1 66 (3.45%) Active Directory
2 46 (2.41%) Docker
3 27 (1.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (0.58%) Hyper-V
6 9 (0.47%) HDFS
6 9 (0.47%) vCloud
7 7 (0.37%) Apache Flume
8 6 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.21%) OpenAM
9 4 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.16%) OpenDJ
10 3 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (0.16%) VMware NSX
11 2 (0.10%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.10%) KVM
11 2 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.10%) VMware Server
11 2 (0.10%) vSphere
11 2 (0.10%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 73 (3.82%) Kubernetes
2 22 (1.15%) Terraform
3 18 (0.94%) Puppet
4 17 (0.89%) SCCM
4 17 (0.89%) Single Sign-On
5 16 (0.84%) Ansible
5 16 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.26%) Istio
7 5 (0.26%) Oozie
7 5 (0.26%) Packer
8 4 (0.21%) AirWatch
8 4 (0.21%) Amdocs OSS
8 4 (0.21%) Netcool
8 4 (0.21%) NetIQ Identity Manager
9 3 (0.16%) Kibana
9 3 (0.16%) RSA Archer
9 3 (0.16%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.10%) Docker Swarm
10 2 (0.10%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 316 (16.53%) Microsoft
2 180 (9.41%) Oracle
3 171 (8.94%) SAP
4 108 (5.65%) Salesforce.com
5 79 (4.13%) VMware
6 48 (2.51%) IBM
7 46 (2.41%) Cisco
8 41 (2.14%) MuleSoft
9 33 (1.73%) Google
10 26 (1.36%) Adobe
11 25 (1.31%) Citrix
12 18 (0.94%) Informatica
12 18 (0.94%) ServiceNow
12 18 (0.94%) UiPath
12 18 (0.94%) Workday
13 17 (0.89%) Guidewire
14 15 (0.78%) Dell
14 15 (0.78%) EMC
14 15 (0.78%) Sparx
15 12 (0.63%) NetApp