Period
to 25 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £560 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 25 June 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
25 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 113 125 103
Rank change year-on-year +12 -22 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 2,034 1,686 2,217
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.22% 2.00% 2.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.34% 2.10% 2.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,310 1,080 1,445
England median daily rate £560 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.82% +4.76% -
10th Percentile £450 £425 £411
90th Percentile £713 £688 £675
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 11
England median hourly rate £80.73 - £60.00
10th Percentile £54.00 - £25.00
90th Percentile £89.50 - £66.88
UK median hourly rate £72.50 £57.50 £60.00
% change year-on-year +26.09% -4.17% +60.00%

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 86,962 80,166 93,211
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.96% 95.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,451 52,188 61,349
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,794 2,618 2,831
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.69 £19.61
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.04% -4.68% +12.06%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%

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 June 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 25 June 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 25 June 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 -1 923 £588 -0.63% 199
South East +20 396 £575 +9.52% 72
North of England -10 234 £513 -2.38% 54
Midlands -1 227 £525 +2.44% 37
West Midlands +8 150 £525 +2.69% 29
North West +28 132 £500 -4.76% 31
East of England -5 128 £535 +1.90% 20
South West +47 114 £570 +9.62% 36
Yorkshire -23 90 £525 -4.55% 19
East Midlands -6 66 £500 - 8
North East -20 12 £479 +6.33% 4
South Coast - 1 - -
Solutions Architect
UK

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

For the 6 months to 25 June 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.

1 511 (25.12%) Agile Software Development
2 495 (24.34%) Finance
3 342 (16.81%) Microsoft Azure
4 312 (15.34%) Amazon AWS
5 297 (14.60%) Java
6 294 (14.45%) Microsoft
7 270 (13.27%) TOGAF
8 233 (11.46%) Stakeholder Management
9 228 (11.21%) Migration
10 216 (10.62%) SOA
11 212 (10.42%) .NET
12 204 (10.03%) SAP
13 196 (9.64%) Oracle
14 183 (9.00%) Enterprise Architecture
15 180 (8.85%) Microservices
16 179 (8.80%) Banking
17 177 (8.70%) Security Cleared
18 176 (8.65%) Retail
19 164 (8.06%) DevOps
20 157 (7.72%) Web Services
20 157 (7.72%) CRM
21 138 (6.78%) Windows
21 138 (6.78%) SC Cleared
22 133 (6.54%) REST
23 132 (6.49%) SaaS
24 125 (6.15%) ERP
25 124 (6.10%) Scrum
26 119 (5.85%) Business Intelligence
27 118 (5.80%) Data Modelling
28 111 (5.46%) IT Strategy

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 58 (2.85%) SharePoint
2 39 (1.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 34 (1.67%) Apache
4 33 (1.62%) CMS
5 28 (1.38%) Confluence
6 25 (1.23%) WebSphere
7 21 (1.03%) Tomcat
8 20 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
9 18 (0.88%) JBoss
9 18 (0.88%) Skype for Business
10 16 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
10 16 (0.79%) WebLogic
11 13 (0.64%) Apache Solr
11 13 (0.64%) Apache Spark
12 12 (0.59%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 12 (0.59%) Documentum
13 10 (0.49%) IIS
14 7 (0.34%) ArcGIS
14 7 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
14 7 (0.34%) OpenStack
Applications
1 21 (1.03%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (0.79%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.39%) CATIA
4 6 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.20%) Microsoft Excel
6 2 (0.098%) Chatbot
6 2 (0.098%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.049%) EngageOne
7 1 (0.049%) SPSS
7 1 (0.049%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 59 (2.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 54 (2.65%) Dynamics AX
3 20 (0.98%) SAP ERP
4 18 (0.88%) SAP S/4HANA
5 12 (0.59%) SAP BPC
6 11 (0.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 10 (0.49%) SAP CO
7 10 (0.49%) SAP FI
7 10 (0.49%) SAP FI/CO
7 10 (0.49%) SAP IS-U
7 10 (0.49%) SDL Web 8
8 8 (0.39%) Magento
8 8 (0.39%) SAP CRM
9 7 (0.34%) ENOVIA
9 7 (0.34%) Oracle Retail
10 6 (0.29%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 6 (0.29%) SAP PP
11 5 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
11 5 (0.25%) SAP Hybris
11 5 (0.25%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 342 (16.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 312 (15.34%) Amazon AWS
3 132 (6.49%) SaaS
4 100 (4.92%) PaaS
5 92 (4.52%) Office 365
6 79 (3.88%) Dynamics 365
7 71 (3.49%) IaaS
8 29 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
9 19 (0.93%) Azure Active Directory
9 19 (0.93%) Azure Data Factory
10 15 (0.74%) Serverless
11 14 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
12 11 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
12 11 (0.54%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 11 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
12 11 (0.54%) Boomi
12 11 (0.54%) Slack
13 10 (0.49%) Google Analytics
13 10 (0.49%) SuccessFactors
14 8 (0.39%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 58 (2.85%) Firewall
2 27 (1.33%) Internet
2 27 (1.33%) VPN
3 26 (1.28%) WAN
4 23 (1.13%) LAN
5 20 (0.98%) SAN
5 20 (0.98%) Wireless
6 19 (0.93%) VLAN
7 17 (0.84%) HTTP
7 17 (0.84%) Network Security
8 16 (0.79%) Skype
9 15 (0.74%) VoIP
10 14 (0.69%) MPLS
10 14 (0.69%) TCP/IP
11 12 (0.59%) BGP
11 12 (0.59%) DNS
11 12 (0.59%) OSPF
12 9 (0.44%) Reverse Proxy
13 8 (0.39%) DHCP
13 8 (0.39%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 71 (3.49%) Big Data
3 65 (3.20%) Data Warehouse
4 57 (2.80%) Relational Database
5 47 (2.31%) NoSQL
6 45 (2.21%) MongoDB
7 39 (1.92%) Hadoop
8 33 (1.62%) Oracle Database
9 30 (1.47%) Power BI
10 26 (1.28%) RDBMS
11 24 (1.18%) MySQL
11 24 (1.18%) SAP HANA
12 22 (1.08%) Data Lake
13 19 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
14 16 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
14 16 (0.79%) SAP BW
15 15 (0.74%) DB2
15 15 (0.74%) Redis
16 11 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
16 11 (0.54%) GIS
Development Applications
1 43 (2.11%) JIRA
2 38 (1.87%) Jenkins
3 26 (1.28%) Git (software)
4 11 (0.54%) Visual Studio
5 10 (0.49%) Maven
6 7 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
7 6 (0.29%) CircleCI
7 6 (0.29%) Rational Rose
7 6 (0.29%) Subversion
8 5 (0.25%) Bitbucket
8 5 (0.25%) Octopus Deploy
8 5 (0.25%) Selenium
8 5 (0.25%) SonarQube
8 5 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (0.20%) ERwin
9 4 (0.20%) SoapUI
9 4 (0.20%) XMLSpy
10 3 (0.15%) Artifactory
10 3 (0.15%) Gradle
10 3 (0.15%) ReSharper
General
1 495 (24.34%) Finance
2 179 (8.80%) Banking
3 176 (8.65%) Retail
4 64 (3.15%) Telecoms
5 60 (2.95%) Marketing
6 57 (2.80%) Manufacturing
7 29 (1.43%) Billing
8 28 (1.38%) Advertising
9 25 (1.23%) Retail Banking
10 23 (1.13%) Law
10 23 (1.13%) Legal
11 19 (0.93%) Investment Banking
12 16 (0.79%) Automotive
12 16 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
13 14 (0.69%) Back Office
13 14 (0.69%) Publishing
14 12 (0.59%) Electronics
15 11 (0.54%) Front Office
16 7 (0.34%) Financial Institution
16 7 (0.34%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 212 (10.42%) .NET
2 157 (7.72%) Web Services
3 133 (6.54%) REST
4 94 (4.62%) Middleware
5 73 (3.59%) Spring
6 66 (3.24%) XML
7 64 (3.15%) SOAP
8 57 (2.80%) Kafka
9 55 (2.70%) Node.js
10 50 (2.46%) RESTful
11 42 (2.06%) HTML
11 42 (2.06%) J2EE
11 42 (2.06%) JSON
12 32 (1.57%) ASP.NET
13 30 (1.47%) OAuth
14 27 (1.33%) Spring Boot
15 26 (1.28%) .NET Framework
16 23 (1.13%) AngularJS
17 21 (1.03%) HTML5
18 20 (0.98%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 82 (4.03%) Data Centre
2 63 (3.10%) Analytical Skills
3 51 (2.51%) Mobile App
4 50 (2.46%) Management Information System
5 46 (2.26%) Greenfield Project
6 41 (2.02%) Enterprise Software
7 39 (1.92%) User Experience
8 31 (1.52%) Computer Science
9 30 (1.47%) Public Cloud
10 22 (1.08%) Hybrid Cloud
10 22 (1.08%) Mainframe
11 19 (0.93%) Data Structures
12 16 (0.79%) Private Cloud
13 15 (0.74%) Cloud Native
13 15 (0.74%) EPoS
13 15 (0.74%) NHS
13 15 (0.74%) Self-Motivation
14 14 (0.69%) Fintech
15 13 (0.64%) AS400
16 12 (0.59%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 138 (6.78%) Windows
2 102 (5.01%) Linux
3 62 (3.05%) Unix
4 38 (1.87%) Windows 10
5 25 (1.23%) Windows Server
6 19 (0.93%) Apple iOS
7 18 (0.88%) Android
8 11 (0.54%) Solaris
9 9 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 9 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (0.25%) Windows 7
10 5 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (0.20%) AIX
12 3 (0.15%) VME
12 3 (0.15%) VMS
12 3 (0.15%) Windows 2000
12 3 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.098%) CentOS
13 2 (0.098%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.049%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 511 (25.12%) Agile Software Development
2 270 (13.27%) TOGAF
3 233 (11.46%) Stakeholder Management
4 228 (11.21%) Migration
5 216 (10.62%) SOA
6 183 (9.00%) Enterprise Architecture
7 180 (8.85%) Microservices
8 164 (8.06%) DevOps
9 157 (7.72%) CRM
10 125 (6.15%) ERP
11 124 (6.10%) Scrum
12 119 (5.85%) Business Intelligence
13 118 (5.80%) Data Modelling
14 111 (5.46%) IT Strategy
15 102 (5.01%) Analytics
16 97 (4.77%) E-Commerce
17 95 (4.67%) ITIL
18 92 (4.52%) Problem-Solving
19 90 (4.42%) Mentoring
20 84 (4.13%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 297 (14.60%) Java
2 104 (5.11%) SQL
3 89 (4.38%) JavaScript
4 79 (3.88%) C#
5 28 (1.38%) C
6 26 (1.28%) Java 8
7 24 (1.18%) Python
8 16 (0.79%) Shell Script
9 14 (0.69%) PowerShell
10 13 (0.64%) PL/SQL
11 12 (0.59%) Ruby
12 11 (0.54%) PHP
13 10 (0.49%) Apex Code
14 9 (0.44%) TypeScript
15 8 (0.39%) VBA
16 6 (0.29%) Perl
16 6 (0.29%) Scala
17 5 (0.25%) C++
18 4 (0.20%) ES6
18 4 (0.20%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 177 (8.70%) Security Cleared
2 138 (6.78%) SC Cleared
3 57 (2.80%) Degree
4 53 (2.61%) TOGAF Certification
5 22 (1.08%) Cisco Certification
6 21 (1.03%) DV Cleared
7 17 (0.84%) CCNA
7 17 (0.84%) CISSP
8 16 (0.79%) CCNP
8 16 (0.79%) Microsoft Certification
9 12 (0.59%) Computer Science Degree
9 12 (0.59%) MCSE
10 11 (0.54%) AWS Certification
10 11 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
11 10 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 7 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
13 5 (0.25%) CCDP
13 5 (0.25%) CISM
14 4 (0.20%) Master's Degree
15 3 (0.15%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (2.65%) GDPR
2 41 (2.02%) Data Quality
3 34 (1.67%) QA
4 18 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 16 (0.79%) COBIT
6 14 (0.69%) PSD2
7 12 (0.59%) SLA
8 11 (0.54%) PCI DSS
9 10 (0.49%) GCP
10 8 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 6 (0.29%) HL7
12 5 (0.25%) PMO
13 4 (0.20%) HIPAA
14 2 (0.098%) Cyber Essentials
14 2 (0.098%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 2 (0.098%) IFRS
14 2 (0.098%) MiFID
14 2 (0.098%) Solvency II
15 1 (0.049%) NIST 800
15 1 (0.049%) SAS 70
System Software
1 86 (4.23%) Active Directory
2 67 (3.29%) Docker
3 46 (2.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (0.84%) Hyper-V
5 15 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (0.39%) Varnish
7 7 (0.34%) PowerHA
8 6 (0.29%) VMware Server
9 5 (0.25%) etcd
9 5 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (0.20%) Apache Flume
10 4 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.20%) VMware NSX
11 3 (0.15%) Snort
11 3 (0.15%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 3 (0.15%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.098%) Ceph
12 2 (0.098%) HDFS
12 2 (0.098%) Microsoft App-V
12 2 (0.098%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 38 (1.87%) Kubernetes
2 27 (1.33%) SCCM
3 26 (1.28%) Single Sign-On
4 23 (1.13%) Terraform
5 21 (1.03%) Ansible
5 21 (1.03%) Microsoft Intune
5 21 (1.03%) Puppet
6 13 (0.64%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 8 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (0.29%) MOM
9 5 (0.25%) Consul
9 5 (0.25%) SCOM
10 4 (0.20%) AirWatch
10 4 (0.20%) Grafana
10 4 (0.20%) Oozie
10 4 (0.20%) OpenView
11 3 (0.15%) MaaS360
11 3 (0.15%) Packer
12 2 (0.098%) Microsoft Clustering
12 2 (0.098%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 294 (14.45%) Microsoft
2 204 (10.03%) SAP
3 196 (9.64%) Oracle
4 69 (3.39%) VMware
5 55 (2.70%) Cisco
6 54 (2.65%) Salesforce.com
7 51 (2.51%) IBM
8 44 (2.16%) Google
9 31 (1.52%) Citrix
10 29 (1.43%) Sitecore
11 27 (1.33%) MuleSoft
12 22 (1.08%) Pega
13 18 (0.88%) Adobe
13 18 (0.88%) hybris
13 18 (0.88%) ServiceNow
14 17 (0.84%) Guidewire
15 16 (0.79%) Talend
15 16 (0.79%) TIBCO
16 14 (0.69%) JDA
16 14 (0.69%) Juniper