Period
to 24 January 2021

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 24 January 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
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 90 109 126
Rank change year-on-year +19 +17 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 848 1,436 1,892
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.47% 2.19% 2.07%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.67% 2.33% 2.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 710 948 1,320
Median daily rate £550 £575 £575
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.35% - +4.55%
10th Percentile £413 £463 £456
90th Percentile £700 £750 £700
UK median daily rate £550 £575 £570
% change year-on-year -4.35% +0.88% +3.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 13 11
Median hourly rate - £67.50 £57.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +17.39% -28.77%
UK median hourly rate £67.50 £67.50 £60.00
% change year-on-year - +12.50% -25.68%

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 31,756 61,634 86,474
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.46% 93.83% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,802 41,719 58,877
Median daily rate £475 £463 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% -0.54% +3.33%
10th Percentile £255 £250 £275
90th Percentile £655 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +4.44% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,162 2,219 2,484
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% - -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £57.47 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £23.43 £18.00 £17.70
% change year-on-year +30.15% +1.69% -1.67%

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 24 January 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 24 January 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 +23 415 £575 -4.17% 133
South East +22 165 £525 -2.33% 31
Midlands +12 83 £523 -4.91% 40
North of England -5 56 £500 -9.09% 43
South West +11 51 £586 +1.96% 24
West Midlands +28 50 £500 -13.04% 27
North West +19 41 £500 -9.09% 28
East Midlands +7 30 £523 -0.38% 11
East of England +20 19 £513 -10.87% 15
Yorkshire -5 12 £513 -6.82% 13
North East +22 3 £638 +10.87% 2
Solutions Architect
UK

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

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 239 (28.18%) Agile Software Development
2 209 (24.65%) Azure
3 169 (19.93%) Finance
4 151 (17.81%) Microservices
5 141 (16.63%) AWS
6 129 (15.21%) Java
7 126 (14.86%) Security Cleared
8 110 (12.97%) DevOps
9 108 (12.74%) TOGAF
10 103 (12.15%) SC Cleared
10 103 (12.15%) Microsoft
11 100 (11.79%) Oracle
12 93 (10.97%) SQL
13 91 (10.73%) Migration
14 81 (9.55%) Banking
15 79 (9.32%) Stakeholder Management
16 75 (8.84%) Enterprise Architecture
17 67 (7.90%) Public Sector
18 60 (7.08%) Web Services
19 58 (6.84%) REST
20 57 (6.72%) SAP
21 56 (6.60%) Data Warehouse
21 56 (6.60%) SaaS
21 56 (6.60%) Technology Roadmap
22 54 (6.37%) Analytics
22 54 (6.37%) ERP
23 52 (6.13%) Middleware
24 51 (6.01%) Technical Leadership
25 50 (5.90%) Data Modelling
26 49 (5.78%) Scrum

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 31 (3.66%) Apache
2 26 (3.07%) SharePoint
3 19 (2.24%) Apache Spark
4 18 (2.12%) CMS
5 17 (2.00%) Elasticsearch
6 13 (1.53%) Confluence
7 12 (1.42%) Red Hat Fuse
8 5 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.59%) Headless CMS
8 5 (0.59%) JBoss
8 5 (0.59%) Skype for Business
8 5 (0.59%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 4 (0.47%) IIS
9 4 (0.47%) MS Exchange
10 3 (0.35%) Cloud Foundry
10 3 (0.35%) Mule
10 3 (0.35%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.24%) MQSeries
11 2 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 5 (0.59%) Microsoft Office
1 5 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 5 (0.59%) MS Visio
2 4 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.12%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 13 (1.53%) SAP S/4HANA
2 12 (1.42%) Oracle ERP
3 10 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (0.94%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 6 (0.71%) Temenos T24
6 5 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
7 4 (0.47%) Magento
7 4 (0.47%) SAP Hybris
7 4 (0.47%) SAP IBP
8 3 (0.35%) Maximo
8 3 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.35%) Primavera
8 3 (0.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 3 (0.35%) SAP MM
8 3 (0.35%) Teamcenter
9 2 (0.24%) Oracle CRM
9 2 (0.24%) Remedy AR System
9 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.24%) SAP FI
9 2 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 209 (24.65%) Azure
2 141 (16.63%) AWS
3 56 (6.60%) SaaS
4 48 (5.66%) PaaS
5 41 (4.83%) GCP
5 41 (4.83%) Power Platform
6 38 (4.48%) Serverless
7 37 (4.36%) IaaS
8 29 (3.42%) Office 365
9 23 (2.71%) AWS Lambda
10 22 (2.59%) Azure Active Directory
11 18 (2.12%) Dynamics 365
12 17 (2.00%) Amazon ECS
13 14 (1.65%) Apigee
14 11 (1.30%) PowerApps
15 10 (1.18%) Amazon S3
15 10 (1.18%) GitHub
16 9 (1.06%) Salesforce Service Cloud
17 8 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
17 8 (0.94%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 32 (3.77%) Firewall
2 21 (2.48%) WAN
3 20 (2.36%) Network Security
4 15 (1.77%) DNS
5 14 (1.65%) LAN
6 12 (1.42%) VPN
7 11 (1.30%) Skype
8 9 (1.06%) Internet
8 9 (1.06%) Unified Communications
8 9 (1.06%) Wireless
9 8 (0.94%) DHCP
10 7 (0.83%) DMZ
10 7 (0.83%) HTTP
10 7 (0.83%) VoIP
11 5 (0.59%) ISDN
11 5 (0.59%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (0.47%) Cisco Nexus
12 4 (0.47%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 4 (0.47%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 4 (0.47%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (6.60%) Data Warehouse
2 44 (5.19%) SQL Server
3 38 (4.48%) Big Data
4 34 (4.01%) Power BI
5 32 (3.77%) Relational Database
6 25 (2.95%) NoSQL
6 25 (2.95%) PostgreSQL
7 23 (2.71%) Hadoop
8 16 (1.89%) MongoDB
8 16 (1.89%) MySQL
9 13 (1.53%) Data Lake
10 12 (1.42%) Amazon Redshift
11 11 (1.30%) Cosmos DB
12 10 (1.18%) DB2
13 9 (1.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 8 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
15 7 (0.83%) GIS
15 7 (0.83%) RDBMS
16 6 (0.71%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 6 (0.71%) Apache Accumulo
Development Applications
1 40 (4.72%) Jenkins
2 23 (2.71%) Git (software)
3 14 (1.65%) JIRA
4 12 (1.42%) GitLab
5 11 (1.30%) Artifactory
6 9 (1.06%) Cucumber
6 9 (1.06%) Selenium
7 8 (0.94%) kappa
7 8 (0.94%) PowerDesigner
8 7 (0.83%) TeamCity
9 5 (0.59%) Maven
9 5 (0.59%) SonarQube
10 4 (0.47%) Ant
10 4 (0.47%) ERwin
10 4 (0.47%) IntelliJ
10 4 (0.47%) Sublime Text
11 3 (0.35%) Bitbucket Server
12 2 (0.24%) Subversion
13 1 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
13 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 169 (19.93%) Finance
2 81 (9.55%) Banking
3 67 (7.90%) Public Sector
4 47 (5.54%) Telecoms
5 43 (5.07%) Retail
6 26 (3.07%) Back Office
7 25 (2.95%) Marketing
8 21 (2.48%) Law
9 19 (2.24%) Manufacturing
10 18 (2.12%) Legal
11 16 (1.89%) Billing
12 12 (1.42%) Local Government
13 11 (1.30%) Pharmaceutical
14 8 (0.94%) Aerospace
14 8 (0.94%) Financial Institution
15 7 (0.83%) Front Office
15 7 (0.83%) Investment Banking
15 7 (0.83%) Police
16 6 (0.71%) Electronics
17 5 (0.59%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (7.08%) Web Services
2 58 (6.84%) REST
3 52 (6.13%) Middleware
4 43 (5.07%) .NET
5 36 (4.25%) Kafka
6 31 (3.66%) JSON
6 31 (3.66%) SOAP
7 29 (3.42%) Oracle Fusion
8 26 (3.07%) Spring
9 22 (2.59%) RESTful
10 21 (2.48%) XML
11 19 (2.24%) AngularJS
12 18 (2.12%) HTML
12 18 (2.12%) Node.js
13 17 (2.00%) Spring Boot
14 16 (1.89%) OAuth
15 14 (1.65%) HTML5
16 13 (1.53%) Ajax
16 13 (1.53%) gRPC
17 12 (1.42%) Apache Camel
Miscellaneous
1 41 (4.83%) Data Centre
2 32 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
3 29 (3.42%) Public Cloud
4 25 (2.95%) Greenfield Project
5 22 (2.59%) Management Information System
6 18 (2.12%) User Experience
7 17 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
8 16 (1.89%) Cloud Native
8 16 (1.89%) Clustering
8 16 (1.89%) Self-Motivation
9 13 (1.53%) Mobile App
10 12 (1.42%) Virtual Team
11 11 (1.30%) Hedge funds
12 10 (1.18%) Private Cloud
13 7 (0.83%) PKI
14 6 (0.71%) Robotics
15 5 (0.59%) CMDB
15 5 (0.59%) Mainframe
16 4 (0.47%) Derivative
16 4 (0.47%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 43 (5.07%) Windows
2 40 (4.72%) Linux
3 13 (1.53%) Windows Server
4 9 (1.06%) Unix
5 6 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (0.47%) Amazon Linux
6 4 (0.47%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.35%) Android
7 3 (0.35%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.35%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (0.24%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.24%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.12%) AIX
9 1 (0.12%) Debian
9 1 (0.12%) MVS
9 1 (0.12%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.12%) VMS
9 1 (0.12%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 239 (28.18%) Agile Software Development
2 151 (17.81%) Microservices
3 110 (12.97%) DevOps
4 108 (12.74%) TOGAF
5 91 (10.73%) Migration
6 79 (9.32%) Stakeholder Management
7 75 (8.84%) Enterprise Architecture
8 56 (6.60%) Technology Roadmap
9 54 (6.37%) Analytics
9 54 (6.37%) ERP
10 51 (6.01%) Technical Leadership
11 50 (5.90%) Data Modelling
12 49 (5.78%) Scrum
13 47 (5.54%) Business Intelligence
14 46 (5.42%) Open Source
15 43 (5.07%) Problem-Solving
16 42 (4.95%) Architectural Design
16 42 (4.95%) E-Commerce
17 40 (4.72%) Strategic Roadmap
18 38 (4.48%) Data Architecture
Programming Languages
1 129 (15.21%) Java
2 93 (10.97%) SQL
3 40 (4.72%) JavaScript
3 40 (4.72%) Python
4 20 (2.36%) C#
5 10 (1.18%) PowerShell
6 9 (1.06%) Java 8
7 8 (0.94%) C
7 8 (0.94%) Kotlin
8 7 (0.83%) Bash Shell
9 6 (0.71%) PHP
10 5 (0.59%) Apex Code
11 4 (0.47%) R
11 4 (0.47%) Ruby
11 4 (0.47%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.24%) Go
12 2 (0.24%) PL/SQL
12 2 (0.24%) SOQL
12 2 (0.24%) SOSL
12 2 (0.24%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 126 (14.86%) Security Cleared
2 103 (12.15%) SC Cleared
3 30 (3.54%) TOGAF Certification
4 28 (3.30%) DV Cleared
5 25 (2.95%) Degree
6 11 (1.30%) Sun Certification
7 9 (1.06%) CISSP
7 9 (1.06%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (0.71%) AWS Certification
8 6 (0.71%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (0.71%) Master's Degree
9 5 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (0.47%) CCIE
11 3 (0.35%) BC Cleared
11 3 (0.35%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (0.35%) CESG Certified Professional
11 3 (0.35%) CISA
11 3 (0.35%) CSSLP
11 3 (0.35%) MCAD
12 2 (0.24%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (1.77%) QA
2 13 (1.53%) Data Quality
3 11 (1.30%) GDPR
4 6 (0.71%) IFRS
5 5 (0.59%) ISO 20022
5 5 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.59%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.47%) NCSC
6 4 (0.47%) NIST
7 3 (0.35%) COBIT
7 3 (0.35%) RMADS
7 3 (0.35%) SEPA
7 3 (0.35%) TARGET2
8 2 (0.24%) SLA
9 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.12%) HL7
9 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.12%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.12%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 35 (4.13%) Active Directory
2 28 (3.30%) Docker
3 22 (2.59%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (0.94%) VMware NSX
5 6 (0.71%) HDFS
6 5 (0.59%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 5 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.24%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.24%) OpenAM
9 1 (0.12%) Firmware
9 1 (0.12%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.12%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 33 (3.89%) Kubernetes
2 20 (2.36%) Ansible
3 13 (1.53%) Terraform
4 11 (1.30%) Microsoft Intune
5 10 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
6 9 (1.06%) Hadoop YARN
7 8 (0.94%) SCCM
8 6 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (0.59%) Kibana
9 5 (0.59%) Oozie
9 5 (0.59%) Puppet
10 3 (0.35%) PowerCLI
11 2 (0.24%) Cisco Prime
11 2 (0.24%) HP UCMDB
11 2 (0.24%) IBM BigFix
11 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Clustering
11 2 (0.24%) MIIS
11 2 (0.24%) vCenter Server
12 1 (0.12%) Nagios
12 1 (0.12%) OpenView
Vendors
1 103 (12.15%) Microsoft
2 100 (11.79%) Oracle
3 57 (6.72%) SAP
4 38 (4.48%) Salesforce.com
5 34 (4.01%) Cisco
5 34 (4.01%) VMware
6 23 (2.71%) IBM
6 23 (2.71%) ServiceNow
7 22 (2.59%) Google
8 19 (2.24%) MuleSoft
9 12 (1.42%) Juniper
10 10 (1.18%) Red Hat
11 9 (1.06%) ForgeRock
11 9 (1.06%) iManage
11 9 (1.06%) Sparx
12 8 (0.94%) BiZZdesign
13 7 (0.83%) Confluent
13 7 (0.83%) F5
13 7 (0.83%) Splunk
14 6 (0.71%) TIBCO