Period
to 24 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 24 January 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
24 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 123 146 107
Rank change year-on-year +23 -39 0
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1,892 1,740 1,996
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.07% 1.88% 2.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.19% 1.98% 2.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,281 1,132 1,326
England median daily rate £575 £550 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.55% - +4.76%
10th Percentile £456 £455 £413
90th Percentile £700 £688 £700
UK median daily rate £570 £550 £550
% change year-on-year +3.64% - +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 8 3
England median hourly rate £52.50 £80.73 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.97% +46.78% +3.77%
10th Percentile £35.00 £56.24 £36.50
90th Percentile £80.62 £85.39 £93.50
UK median hourly rate £60.00 £70.37 £55.00
% change year-on-year -14.73% +27.94% +3.77%

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 86,423 87,831 85,382
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.87% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,817 58,908 56,198
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £256
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,589 2,588 2,936
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% - -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -5.26%

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 24 January 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 24 January 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 24 January 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 -3 732 £590 +2.61% 182
South East +10 393 £588 +8.05% 93
North of England +16 254 £525 - 72
South West +63 207 £550 - 31
Midlands -11 192 £550 +4.76% 72
West Midlands +1 124 £575 +9.52% 63
North West +7 121 £525 -4.55% 36
Yorkshire +16 119 £525 - 31
East of England -18 110 £573 +9.05% 28
East Midlands +2 70 £550 +4.76% 9
North East -17 14 £600 +12.68% 5
Solutions Architect
UK

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

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 473 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 424 (22.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 420 (22.20%) Finance
4 310 (16.38%) TOGAF
5 294 (15.54%) Amazon AWS
6 281 (14.85%) Microsoft
7 224 (11.84%) Java
7 224 (11.84%) Microservices
8 214 (11.31%) Retail
9 206 (10.89%) Security Cleared
10 200 (10.57%) Stakeholder Management
11 194 (10.25%) SOA
12 188 (9.94%) Banking
13 171 (9.04%) .NET
14 163 (8.62%) Enterprise Architecture
14 163 (8.62%) DevOps
15 158 (8.35%) Analytical Skills
16 149 (7.88%) Web Services
17 147 (7.77%) Oracle
18 145 (7.66%) SAP
19 143 (7.56%) Migration
20 141 (7.45%) Technical Architecture
21 140 (7.40%) SC Cleared
21 140 (7.40%) SaaS
22 134 (7.08%) Linux
22 134 (7.08%) IT Strategy
23 133 (7.03%) CRM
24 123 (6.50%) PaaS
25 109 (5.76%) SQL
26 106 (5.60%) Analytics

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 47 (2.48%) SharePoint
2 30 (1.59%) CMS
3 29 (1.53%) WebSphere
4 20 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 16 (0.85%) Confluence
6 15 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
7 13 (0.69%) JBoss
7 13 (0.69%) SAS
7 13 (0.69%) Sitecore CMS
8 12 (0.63%) Apache Spark
9 11 (0.58%) MS Exchange
10 10 (0.53%) Apache
10 10 (0.53%) Cloud Foundry
11 9 (0.48%) IIS
12 8 (0.42%) OpenStack
13 7 (0.37%) SharePoint 2013
13 7 (0.37%) Skype for Business
14 6 (0.32%) Moodle
14 6 (0.32%) Tomcat
14 6 (0.32%) WebLogic
Applications
1 15 (0.79%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.37%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.16%) Chatbot
3 3 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 53 (2.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.74%) SAP S/4HANA
3 13 (0.69%) Oracle Retail
4 12 (0.63%) Unit4 Business World
5 10 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
6 9 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
7 8 (0.42%) Oracle Financials
7 8 (0.42%) SAP BPC
8 6 (0.32%) SAP ERP
9 5 (0.26%) Payment Gateway
9 5 (0.26%) SAP MDG
9 5 (0.26%) Workday HCM
10 4 (0.21%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 4 (0.21%) Magento
10 4 (0.21%) NetSuite
10 4 (0.21%) SAP Hybris
10 4 (0.21%) Sentinel
11 3 (0.16%) Actimize
11 3 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
11 3 (0.16%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 424 (22.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 294 (15.54%) Amazon AWS
3 140 (7.40%) SaaS
4 123 (6.50%) PaaS
5 96 (5.07%) Office 365
6 95 (5.02%) IaaS
7 52 (2.75%) Dynamics 365
8 46 (2.43%) Google Cloud Platform
9 41 (2.17%) Azure Active Directory
10 35 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
11 32 (1.69%) Serverless
12 17 (0.90%) Boomi
12 17 (0.90%) GitHub
13 13 (0.69%) Azure Data Factory
14 11 (0.58%) OpenShift
15 10 (0.53%) Apigee
16 9 (0.48%) iPaaS
16 9 (0.48%) SuccessFactors
17 7 (0.37%) Amazon Kinesis
17 7 (0.37%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 65 (3.44%) Firewall
2 33 (1.74%) WAN
3 30 (1.59%) DNS
3 30 (1.59%) Internet
4 26 (1.37%) VPN
5 21 (1.11%) LAN
6 20 (1.06%) TCP/IP
7 18 (0.95%) SAN
8 17 (0.90%) Reverse Proxy
9 14 (0.74%) Network Security
10 13 (0.69%) Unified Communications
11 12 (0.63%) Intranet
12 10 (0.53%) NAS
12 10 (0.53%) NetScaler
12 10 (0.53%) SSL
13 8 (0.42%) Cisco Nexus
14 7 (0.37%) Remote Desktop
14 7 (0.37%) VoIP
14 7 (0.37%) Wi-Fi
15 6 (0.32%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (4.33%) Big Data
2 77 (4.07%) SQL Server
3 54 (2.85%) Data Warehouse
4 52 (2.75%) Hadoop
5 33 (1.74%) NoSQL
6 30 (1.59%) Relational Database
7 22 (1.16%) MongoDB
7 22 (1.16%) Power BI
8 21 (1.11%) MySQL
9 19 (1.00%) Azure SQL Database
9 19 (1.00%) Data Lake
10 18 (0.95%) Blockchain
10 18 (0.95%) Oracle Database
11 17 (0.90%) RDBMS
12 14 (0.74%) Apache Hive
13 12 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 11 (0.58%) Apache Cassandra
15 10 (0.53%) DB2
16 9 (0.48%) BusinessObjects
17 8 (0.42%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 35 (1.85%) JIRA
2 32 (1.69%) Jenkins
3 14 (0.74%) Git (software)
4 13 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
5 12 (0.63%) Sonatype Nexus
6 10 (0.53%) Bitbucket
7 9 (0.48%) Artifactory
7 9 (0.48%) GitLab
8 8 (0.42%) SonarQube
9 7 (0.37%) Octopus Deploy
9 7 (0.37%) TeamCity
10 6 (0.32%) Cucumber
10 6 (0.32%) IBM UrbanCode
10 6 (0.32%) Selenium
10 6 (0.32%) Visual Studio
11 5 (0.26%) Maven
11 5 (0.26%) Subversion
11 5 (0.26%) Zephyr
12 4 (0.21%) SoapUI
13 3 (0.16%) Appcelerator Titanium
General
1 420 (22.20%) Finance
2 214 (11.31%) Retail
3 188 (9.94%) Banking
4 70 (3.70%) Telecoms
5 39 (2.06%) Retail Banking
6 34 (1.80%) Marketing
7 33 (1.74%) Manufacturing
8 28 (1.48%) Legal
9 21 (1.11%) Back Office
10 18 (0.95%) Investment Banking
11 17 (0.90%) Billing
12 15 (0.79%) Financial Institution
12 15 (0.79%) Law
13 13 (0.69%) Automotive
14 12 (0.63%) Electronics
15 10 (0.53%) Aerospace
16 8 (0.42%) Front Office
16 8 (0.42%) Publishing
17 6 (0.32%) Advertising
18 5 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 171 (9.04%) .NET
2 149 (7.88%) Web Services
3 78 (4.12%) REST
4 77 (4.07%) Middleware
5 68 (3.59%) SOAP
6 58 (3.07%) XML
7 55 (2.91%) JSON
8 32 (1.69%) Spring
9 31 (1.64%) OAuth
10 29 (1.53%) JSP
11 26 (1.37%) SAML
12 24 (1.27%) AngularJS
12 24 (1.27%) HTML
13 23 (1.22%) RESTful
14 21 (1.11%) Kafka
15 18 (0.95%) J2EE
15 18 (0.95%) Java EE
16 15 (0.79%) Node.js
16 15 (0.79%) React
17 14 (0.74%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 158 (8.35%) Analytical Skills
2 79 (4.18%) Data Centre
3 58 (3.07%) Management Information System
4 52 (2.75%) Public Cloud
5 39 (2.06%) Enterprise Software
6 32 (1.69%) Greenfield Project
6 32 (1.69%) Mobile App
7 27 (1.43%) Self-Motivation
8 25 (1.32%) Hybrid Cloud
9 22 (1.16%) User Experience
10 21 (1.11%) Fintech
11 20 (1.06%) PKI
12 19 (1.00%) Replication
12 19 (1.00%) Virtual Team
13 18 (0.95%) Algorithms
14 16 (0.85%) Cloud Native
15 15 (0.79%) Data Structures
16 14 (0.74%) Microsoft Licensing
17 13 (0.69%) Private Cloud
18 10 (0.53%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 134 (7.08%) Linux
2 101 (5.34%) Windows
3 44 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 43 (2.27%) Unix
4 43 (2.27%) Windows Server
5 21 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 20 (1.06%) Windows 10
7 19 (1.00%) Solaris
8 16 (0.85%) Apple iOS
9 14 (0.74%) AIX
10 11 (0.58%) Android
11 9 (0.48%) Ubuntu
12 8 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (0.32%) VMS
13 6 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
14 5 (0.26%) Windows 7
15 4 (0.21%) Windows 8
15 4 (0.21%) zOS
16 2 (0.11%) MVS
16 2 (0.11%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 473 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 310 (16.38%) TOGAF
3 224 (11.84%) Microservices
4 200 (10.57%) Stakeholder Management
5 194 (10.25%) SOA
6 163 (8.62%) DevOps
6 163 (8.62%) Enterprise Architecture
7 143 (7.56%) Migration
8 141 (7.45%) Technical Architecture
9 134 (7.08%) IT Strategy
10 133 (7.03%) CRM
11 106 (5.60%) Analytics
12 102 (5.39%) Data Modelling
13 100 (5.29%) Problem-Solving
14 87 (4.60%) Business Intelligence
15 84 (4.44%) E-Commerce
16 82 (4.33%) ERP
16 82 (4.33%) Information Security
17 78 (4.12%) ITIL
18 77 (4.07%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 224 (11.84%) Java
2 109 (5.76%) SQL
3 86 (4.55%) Python
4 65 (3.44%) JavaScript
5 64 (3.38%) C#
6 57 (3.01%) PowerShell
7 48 (2.54%) C
8 35 (1.85%) C++
9 13 (0.69%) Perl
10 12 (0.63%) Java 8
10 12 (0.63%) PHP
11 8 (0.42%) Ruby
11 8 (0.42%) VB
12 7 (0.37%) Bash Shell
12 7 (0.37%) R
12 7 (0.37%) VBA
13 6 (0.32%) Shell Script
13 6 (0.32%) VB.NET
14 5 (0.26%) MATLAB
14 5 (0.26%) Scala
Qualifications
1 206 (10.89%) Security Cleared
2 140 (7.40%) SC Cleared
3 72 (3.81%) DV Cleared
4 70 (3.70%) Degree
5 45 (2.38%) TOGAF Certification
6 28 (1.48%) CISSP
6 28 (1.48%) Microsoft Certification
7 22 (1.16%) RHCE
8 21 (1.11%) CISM
9 17 (0.90%) BPSS Clearance
10 13 (0.69%) AWS Certification
11 11 (0.58%) CEH
11 11 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
11 11 (0.58%) MCSE
12 9 (0.48%) Chartered Engineer
13 8 (0.42%) ISSAP
13 8 (0.42%) Master's Degree
13 8 (0.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 7 (0.37%) CITP
14 7 (0.37%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (3.01%) QA
2 40 (2.11%) GDPR
3 35 (1.85%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 34 (1.80%) HMG Infosec
4 34 (1.80%) JSP 440
5 14 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (0.74%) PSD2
6 10 (0.53%) PCI DSS
7 8 (0.42%) Data Quality
8 7 (0.37%) COBIT
8 7 (0.37%) SLA
9 5 (0.26%) MiFID
10 4 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
10 4 (0.21%) IFRS
11 3 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.16%) FATCA
11 3 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.11%) EMIR
12 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 2 (0.11%) PMO
System Software
1 82 (4.33%) Active Directory
2 66 (3.49%) Docker
2 66 (3.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (1.06%) Hyper-V
4 10 (0.53%) vSphere
5 9 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
6 7 (0.37%) vCloud
7 6 (0.32%) Apache Flume
7 6 (0.32%) XenApp
7 6 (0.32%) XenDesktop
8 5 (0.26%) OpenAM
8 5 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.21%) IAG
9 4 (0.21%) VMware NSX
10 3 (0.16%) HDFS
10 3 (0.16%) Squid
10 3 (0.16%) Varnish
10 3 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (0.16%) XenServer
11 2 (0.11%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 52 (2.75%) Kubernetes
2 44 (2.33%) Puppet
3 34 (1.80%) Ansible
4 28 (1.48%) SCCM
5 26 (1.37%) Single Sign-On
6 24 (1.27%) Terraform
7 17 (0.90%) Microsoft Intune
8 16 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
9 8 (0.42%) Kibana
9 8 (0.42%) logstash
10 6 (0.32%) SCOM
11 5 (0.26%) Nagios
11 5 (0.26%) Sysdig
11 5 (0.26%) vRealize
12 4 (0.21%) CA Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.21%) NetIQ Identity Manager
12 4 (0.21%) vCenter Server
13 3 (0.16%) QRadar
13 3 (0.16%) Salt
14 2 (0.11%) Grafana
Vendors
1 281 (14.85%) Microsoft
2 147 (7.77%) Oracle
3 145 (7.66%) SAP
4 92 (4.86%) VMware
5 61 (3.22%) IBM
6 47 (2.48%) Red Hat
7 45 (2.38%) Google
8 43 (2.27%) Citrix
9 38 (2.01%) Salesforce.com
10 37 (1.96%) Cisco
11 19 (1.00%) Splunk
12 18 (0.95%) Cloudera
12 18 (0.95%) Dell
12 18 (0.95%) Sitecore
13 17 (0.90%) Hortonworks
14 15 (0.79%) hybris
14 15 (0.79%) ServiceNow
14 15 (0.79%) Workday
15 14 (0.74%) MuleSoft
15 14 (0.74%) Pega