Period
to 25 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 25 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 130 108 102
Rank change year-on-year -22 -6 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1,815 1,956 2,205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.98% 2.22% 2.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.08% 2.34% 2.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,204 1,295 1,342
England median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% -
10th Percentile £450 £413 £413
90th Percentile £694 £700 £675
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 2 20
England median hourly rate £80.73 £65.00 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.20% +41.30% +3.37%
10th Percentile £58.41 £38.00 £24.77
90th Percentile £82.28 £96.00 £62.55
UK median hourly rate £76.62 £65.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year +17.87% +41.30% +3.37%

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 87,052 83,568 94,384
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.76% 95.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,378 54,897 61,302
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,578 2,921 3,462
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.39 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.69% -0.59% +11.06%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.60 £10.33
90th Percentile £48.57 £47.50 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%

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 February 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 February 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 February 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 -36 811 £575 -4.17% 168
South East -18 355 £550 +7.32% 65
Midlands +3 215 £525 +0.96% 40
North of England -2 185 £525 - 51
East of England -15 155 £530 +6.00% 26
West Midlands +11 118 £538 +4.88% 19
North West +25 93 £550 - 28
East Midlands +2 90 £525 - 21
South West +28 88 £550 +8.37% 34
Yorkshire -12 69 £525 -4.55% 18
North East +27 21 £533 +19.66% 5
Solutions Architect
UK

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

For the 6 months to 25 February 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.

1 489 (26.94%) Agile Software Development
2 464 (25.56%) Finance
3 293 (16.14%) TOGAF
4 267 (14.71%) Java
5 257 (14.16%) Amazon AWS
6 239 (13.17%) Microsoft
7 226 (12.45%) SOA
8 205 (11.29%) Microsoft Azure
9 197 (10.85%) Oracle
10 188 (10.36%) Enterprise Architecture
11 186 (10.25%) Retail
12 181 (9.97%) SAP
13 174 (9.59%) Stakeholder Management
14 169 (9.31%) Migration
15 162 (8.93%) Microservices
16 154 (8.48%) .NET
17 152 (8.37%) Web Services
18 145 (7.99%) CRM
19 141 (7.77%) Banking
20 138 (7.60%) DevOps
21 137 (7.55%) SaaS
22 131 (7.22%) PaaS
23 123 (6.78%) Analytics
24 118 (6.50%) REST
25 116 (6.39%) ERP
26 112 (6.17%) Scrum
27 107 (5.90%) E-Commerce
27 107 (5.90%) Security Cleared
28 105 (5.79%) Windows
29 102 (5.62%) Mentoring

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 56 (3.09%) SharePoint
2 41 (2.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 37 (2.04%) WebSphere
4 33 (1.82%) CMS
5 27 (1.49%) Confluence
6 22 (1.21%) Apache Spark
7 18 (0.99%) BizTalk Server
7 18 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
7 18 (0.99%) Skype for Business
8 17 (0.94%) JBoss
8 17 (0.94%) Tomcat
9 14 (0.77%) Apache
10 13 (0.72%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 13 (0.72%) WebLogic
11 12 (0.66%) SAS
12 11 (0.61%) Cloud Foundry
13 10 (0.55%) MS Exchange
14 7 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
15 6 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
15 6 (0.33%) WildFly
Applications
1 15 (0.83%) MS Visio
2 7 (0.39%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.17%) Microsoft Excel
5 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.055%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 53 (2.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (2.04%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (0.66%) Oracle Retail
4 10 (0.55%) SAP CO
4 10 (0.55%) SAP FI
5 9 (0.50%) Magento
5 9 (0.50%) SAP FI/CO
5 9 (0.50%) SAP S/4HANA
6 8 (0.44%) Maximo
6 8 (0.44%) SAP ERP
6 8 (0.44%) SAP IS-U
7 7 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
7 7 (0.39%) SAP Hybris
8 5 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 5 (0.28%) Teamcenter
9 4 (0.22%) Lawson
9 4 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
9 4 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 3 (0.17%) PeopleSoft Financials
10 3 (0.17%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 257 (14.16%) Amazon AWS
2 205 (11.29%) Microsoft Azure
3 137 (7.55%) SaaS
4 131 (7.22%) PaaS
5 89 (4.90%) Office 365
6 80 (4.41%) IaaS
7 36 (1.98%) Dynamics 365
8 26 (1.43%) Google Analytics
9 21 (1.16%) Amazon Kinesis
10 18 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
11 17 (0.94%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 16 (0.88%) Amazon EC2
13 15 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
13 15 (0.83%) SuccessFactors
14 13 (0.72%) Amazon S3
14 13 (0.72%) iPaaS
15 12 (0.66%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 9 (0.50%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
16 9 (0.50%) Salesforce Service Cloud
17 8 (0.44%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 54 (2.98%) Firewall
2 48 (2.64%) Internet
3 39 (2.15%) HTTP
4 37 (2.04%) LAN
5 34 (1.87%) TCP/IP
5 34 (1.87%) WAN
6 32 (1.76%) VPN
7 20 (1.10%) MPLS
7 20 (1.10%) Network Security
7 20 (1.10%) VoIP
8 19 (1.05%) DNS
9 18 (0.99%) SSL
9 18 (0.99%) Wireless
10 16 (0.88%) MQTT
11 15 (0.83%) SAN
12 12 (0.66%) NetScaler
13 11 (0.61%) Reverse Proxy
13 11 (0.61%) Skype
14 9 (0.50%) VLAN
14 9 (0.50%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (4.35%) Big Data
2 72 (3.97%) NoSQL
3 68 (3.75%) SQL Server
4 54 (2.98%) MongoDB
5 52 (2.87%) Relational Database
6 40 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
7 37 (2.04%) Hadoop
8 34 (1.87%) Oracle Database
9 30 (1.65%) MySQL
10 27 (1.49%) RDBMS
11 17 (0.94%) Amazon Redshift
12 16 (0.88%) DB2
13 15 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
14 13 (0.72%) HBase
15 12 (0.66%) Apache Hive
15 12 (0.66%) Data Lake
16 11 (0.61%) Apache Cassandra
16 11 (0.61%) Power BI
17 9 (0.50%) Redis
18 8 (0.44%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 41 (2.26%) JIRA
2 22 (1.21%) Git (software)
2 22 (1.21%) Jenkins
3 15 (0.83%) Visual Studio
4 12 (0.66%) Subversion
5 8 (0.44%) Maven
6 7 (0.39%) ReSharper
6 7 (0.39%) SonarQube
7 6 (0.33%) Bitbucket
7 6 (0.33%) Eclipse
8 5 (0.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (0.28%) Selenium
9 4 (0.22%) TeamCity
10 3 (0.17%) ERwin
10 3 (0.17%) Fiddler
10 3 (0.17%) Hudson
10 3 (0.17%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (0.11%) NUnit
11 2 (0.11%) Oracle APEX
11 2 (0.11%) Xcode
General
1 464 (25.56%) Finance
2 186 (10.25%) Retail
3 141 (7.77%) Banking
4 89 (4.90%) Marketing
5 57 (3.14%) Telecoms
6 43 (2.37%) Manufacturing
7 41 (2.26%) Advertising
8 36 (1.98%) Billing
9 31 (1.71%) Retail Banking
10 23 (1.27%) Law
11 20 (1.10%) Legal
12 15 (0.83%) Automotive
13 14 (0.77%) Back Office
13 14 (0.77%) Pharmaceutical
14 12 (0.66%) Local Government
15 9 (0.50%) Front Office
15 9 (0.50%) Games
15 9 (0.50%) Publishing
16 8 (0.44%) Aerospace
17 7 (0.39%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 154 (8.48%) .NET
2 152 (8.37%) Web Services
3 118 (6.50%) REST
4 66 (3.64%) Node.js
5 65 (3.58%) Middleware
6 62 (3.42%) Spring
7 61 (3.36%) JSON
7 61 (3.36%) Kafka
8 55 (3.03%) XML
9 52 (2.87%) SOAP
10 44 (2.42%) HTML
11 36 (1.98%) RESTful
12 33 (1.82%) .NET Core
13 32 (1.76%) AngularJS
14 30 (1.65%) J2EE
15 25 (1.38%) HTML5
16 23 (1.27%) CSS
17 19 (1.05%) Java EE
17 19 (1.05%) JSP
18 18 (0.99%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 76 (4.19%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (2.92%) Data Centre
3 48 (2.64%) Mobile App
4 42 (2.31%) User Experience
5 33 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
6 30 (1.65%) Computer Science
6 30 (1.65%) Greenfield Project
7 27 (1.49%) Mainframe
8 26 (1.43%) Public Cloud
9 25 (1.38%) Management Information System
10 24 (1.32%) Private Cloud
11 21 (1.16%) Data Structures
12 19 (1.05%) Virtual Team
13 17 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
14 14 (0.77%) Cloud Native
15 13 (0.72%) AS400
16 12 (0.66%) Fintech
16 12 (0.66%) Social Media
17 10 (0.55%) EPoS
17 10 (0.55%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 105 (5.79%) Windows
2 72 (3.97%) Linux
3 43 (2.37%) Unix
4 36 (1.98%) Windows Server
5 25 (1.38%) Windows 10
6 17 (0.94%) Android
7 16 (0.88%) Apple iOS
8 11 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (0.55%) Solaris
10 8 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (0.44%) Windows Server 2012
11 6 (0.33%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.22%) AIX
13 3 (0.17%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
14 2 (0.11%) HPUX
14 2 (0.11%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.11%) OpenVMS
14 2 (0.11%) VME
15 1 (0.055%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 489 (26.94%) Agile Software Development
2 293 (16.14%) TOGAF
3 226 (12.45%) SOA
4 188 (10.36%) Enterprise Architecture
5 174 (9.59%) Stakeholder Management
6 169 (9.31%) Migration
7 162 (8.93%) Microservices
8 145 (7.99%) CRM
9 138 (7.60%) DevOps
10 123 (6.78%) Analytics
11 116 (6.39%) ERP
12 112 (6.17%) Scrum
13 107 (5.90%) E-Commerce
14 102 (5.62%) Mentoring
15 86 (4.74%) IT Strategy
16 84 (4.63%) Continuous Improvement
17 83 (4.57%) UML
18 80 (4.41%) Data Modelling
18 80 (4.41%) ITIL
18 80 (4.41%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 267 (14.71%) Java
2 85 (4.68%) SQL
3 79 (4.35%) C#
4 65 (3.58%) JavaScript
5 28 (1.54%) Python
6 24 (1.32%) PowerShell
7 19 (1.05%) C
8 18 (0.99%) Apex Code
9 14 (0.77%) PL/SQL
9 14 (0.77%) Ruby
10 13 (0.72%) PHP
11 9 (0.50%) TypeScript
12 7 (0.39%) C++
12 7 (0.39%) Scala
12 7 (0.39%) Shell Script
13 6 (0.33%) ABAP
13 6 (0.33%) Bash Shell
13 6 (0.33%) VB.NET
14 5 (0.28%) Perl
15 4 (0.22%) XPath
Qualifications
1 107 (5.90%) Security Cleared
2 60 (3.31%) SC Cleared
3 59 (3.25%) Degree
4 20 (1.10%) Cisco Certification
5 17 (0.94%) Microsoft Certification
6 15 (0.83%) DV Cleared
7 14 (0.77%) MCSE
8 12 (0.66%) CCIE
8 12 (0.66%) CCNP
8 12 (0.66%) Oracle Certification
9 11 (0.61%) CCNA
10 10 (0.55%) Computer Science Degree
11 8 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
11 8 (0.44%) CISSP
12 5 (0.28%) AWS Certification
13 4 (0.22%) CCDA
13 4 (0.22%) CESG Certified Professional
13 4 (0.22%) Master's Degree
14 3 (0.17%) CCSP
14 3 (0.17%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (3.25%) QA
2 43 (2.37%) GDPR
3 27 (1.49%) Data Quality
4 12 (0.66%) PCI DSS
5 10 (0.55%) PSD2
6 7 (0.39%) COBIT
6 7 (0.39%) MiFID
7 5 (0.28%) GCP
8 4 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 4 (0.22%) SEPA
9 3 (0.17%) Dodd-Frank
9 3 (0.17%) SLA
10 2 (0.11%) EMIR
10 2 (0.11%) HL7
10 2 (0.11%) IFRS
10 2 (0.11%) PMO
11 1 (0.055%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.055%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.055%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 75 (4.13%) Docker
2 69 (3.80%) Active Directory
3 28 (1.54%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (0.99%) Hyper-V
5 15 (0.83%) XenDesktop
6 11 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
8 9 (0.50%) XenApp
8 9 (0.50%) XenServer
9 7 (0.39%) Apache Flume
9 7 (0.39%) HDFS
9 7 (0.39%) PowerHA
10 5 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
11 4 (0.22%) LXC
11 4 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.11%) Varnish
12 2 (0.11%) vCloud
12 2 (0.11%) VirtualBox
12 2 (0.11%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 23 (1.27%) Kubernetes
2 15 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
2 15 (0.83%) Puppet
2 15 (0.83%) SCCM
2 15 (0.83%) Terraform
3 13 (0.72%) Single Sign-On
4 11 (0.61%) Microsoft Intune
5 9 (0.50%) Ansible
6 5 (0.28%) Grafana
7 4 (0.22%) Oozie
8 3 (0.17%) MOM
8 3 (0.17%) Oracle Identity Manager
8 3 (0.17%) RSA Archer
8 3 (0.17%) SCOM
8 3 (0.17%) TrustSec
9 2 (0.11%) FortiGate
9 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.11%) Oracle Identity Management
9 2 (0.11%) Rancher
9 2 (0.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 239 (13.17%) Microsoft
2 197 (10.85%) Oracle
3 181 (9.97%) SAP
4 54 (2.98%) IBM
5 53 (2.92%) Google
6 51 (2.81%) Salesforce.com
6 51 (2.81%) VMware
7 43 (2.37%) Cisco
8 34 (1.87%) Citrix
9 20 (1.10%) ServiceNow
10 18 (0.99%) MuleSoft
11 16 (0.88%) Adobe
11 16 (0.88%) Infor
12 14 (0.77%) TIBCO
13 12 (0.66%) ATG
13 12 (0.66%) Capita
14 11 (0.61%) HP
14 11 (0.61%) JDA
14 11 (0.61%) Sitecore
15 10 (0.55%) Genesys