Period
to 1 June 2020

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 1 June 2020.

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
1 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 107 106 116
Rank change year-on-year -1 +10 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 904 1,999 2,069
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.20% 2.39% 2.22%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.35% 2.53% 2.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 581 1,344 1,356
Median daily rate £600 £575 £553
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.35% +4.07% +0.45%
10th Percentile £450 £450 £450
90th Percentile £750 £700 £700
UK median daily rate £575 £575 £550
% change year-on-year - +4.55% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 11 11
Median hourly rate £35.00 £52.50 £80.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% -34.97% -15.02%
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £60.00 £80.73
% change year-on-year -41.67% -25.68% +40.40%

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 38,509 78,985 88,189
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.77% 94.57% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,626 52,437 58,304
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £255 £280 £273
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £468 £473 £450
% change year-on-year -1.06% +5.00% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,540 2,461 2,767
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.26% +4.28% -1.22%
10th Percentile £12.02 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £51.25 £48.75
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.03 £18.10
% change year-on-year +12.98% +5.15% -3.45%

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 1 June 2020.

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 1 June 2020. 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 -6 369 £613 +2.08% 26
South East +23 173 £500 -13.04% 25
North of England +19 151 £600 +12.15% 34
Midlands +11 78 £519 -5.68% 16
South West -15 78 £575 +4.55% 8
North West 0 66 £638 +7.37% 25
Yorkshire +40 61 £595 +15.82% 7
East Midlands +38 43 £460 -5.70% 8
East of England -26 36 £575 +6.98% 6
West Midlands -6 30 £550 - 8
North East +22 24 £563 +7.14% 2
Solutions Architect
UK

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

For the 6 months to 1 June 2020, 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.

1 225 (24.89%) Azure
2 221 (24.45%) Agile Software Development
3 202 (22.35%) AWS
4 183 (20.24%) Finance
5 127 (14.05%) Migration
5 127 (14.05%) Security Cleared
6 121 (13.38%) TOGAF
7 116 (12.83%) Microsoft
7 116 (12.83%) DevOps
8 104 (11.50%) SC Cleared
9 101 (11.17%) Java
10 95 (10.51%) Stakeholder Management
11 94 (10.40%) Web Services
12 90 (9.96%) Microservices
13 79 (8.74%) CRM
14 76 (8.41%) SAP
15 74 (8.19%) Enterprise Architecture
16 70 (7.74%) Public Sector
17 69 (7.63%) .NET
18 62 (6.86%) Scrum
18 62 (6.86%) SaaS
19 60 (6.64%) Salesforce.com
19 60 (6.64%) Problem-Solving
20 59 (6.53%) Analytics
21 58 (6.42%) Retail
22 57 (6.31%) GCP
23 56 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
23 56 (6.19%) Telecoms
24 53 (5.86%) Python
24 53 (5.86%) PaaS

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 (3.43%) CMS
2 20 (2.21%) Confluence
3 14 (1.55%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.33%) Apache
5 7 (0.77%) Sitecore CMS
5 7 (0.77%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 5 (0.55%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.55%) Red Hat Fuse
8 4 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.22%) Apache Pig
9 2 (0.22%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.22%) Oracle Service Bus
10 1 (0.11%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.11%) CICS
10 1 (0.11%) IIS
10 1 (0.11%) JBoss
10 1 (0.11%) MS Exchange
10 1 (0.11%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.11%) WebLogic
Applications
1 9 (1.00%) MS Visio
2 6 (0.66%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.44%) Chatbot
4 4 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.22%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.22%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.11%) CATIA
6 1 (0.11%) Maya
6 1 (0.11%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 30 (3.32%) SAP S/4HANA
2 29 (3.21%) Dynamics CRM
3 19 (2.10%) Remedy ITSM
4 12 (1.33%) Markit EDM
4 12 (1.33%) SimCorp Dimension
5 11 (1.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 7 (0.77%) SAP MDG
7 5 (0.55%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.55%) SAP ERP
7 5 (0.55%) SAP MII
8 4 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.44%) Endur
8 4 (0.44%) Oracle Retail
8 4 (0.44%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 4 (0.44%) Unit4 Business World
9 3 (0.33%) CA PPM
9 3 (0.33%) SAP SD
10 2 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
10 2 (0.22%) SAP PLM
10 2 (0.22%) SAP Travel Management
Cloud Services
1 225 (24.89%) Azure
2 202 (22.35%) AWS
3 62 (6.86%) SaaS
4 57 (6.31%) GCP
5 53 (5.86%) PaaS
6 45 (4.98%) Serverless
7 42 (4.65%) IaaS
8 29 (3.21%) Office 365
9 28 (3.10%) AWS Lambda
10 21 (2.32%) Dynamics 365
11 18 (1.99%) Apigee
11 18 (1.99%) Power Platform
12 16 (1.77%) SuccessFactors
13 15 (1.66%) AWS CloudFormation
14 14 (1.55%) Amazon S3
14 14 (1.55%) OpenShift
15 12 (1.33%) Amazon ECS
16 11 (1.22%) Azure Active Directory
16 11 (1.22%) Azure Functions
16 11 (1.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 27 (2.99%) LAN
2 26 (2.88%) WAN
3 17 (1.88%) Firewall
4 16 (1.77%) SNMP
5 15 (1.66%) Software-Defined Networking
6 13 (1.44%) Internet
7 12 (1.33%) VPN
8 10 (1.11%) DNS
8 10 (1.11%) Radio Access Network
8 10 (1.11%) Unified Communications
9 9 (1.00%) Wi-Fi
10 7 (0.77%) 5G
10 7 (0.77%) MPLS
11 6 (0.66%) BGP
11 6 (0.66%) Broadband
11 6 (0.66%) Skype
11 6 (0.66%) TCP/IP
12 5 (0.55%) LTE
13 4 (0.44%) Ethernet
13 4 (0.44%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (4.31%) SQL Server
2 25 (2.77%) Big Data
3 20 (2.21%) PostgreSQL
4 18 (1.99%) Data Warehouse
5 16 (1.77%) Amazon Redshift
5 16 (1.77%) SAP HANA
6 15 (1.66%) NoSQL
6 15 (1.66%) Power BI
7 13 (1.44%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 13 (1.44%) Relational Database
8 12 (1.33%) Data Lake
9 11 (1.22%) MySQL
10 10 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
10 10 (1.11%) Oracle Database
11 8 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 8 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 7 (0.77%) Cosmos DB
12 7 (0.77%) Hadoop
13 6 (0.66%) Amazon Athena
13 6 (0.66%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 26 (2.88%) JIRA
2 23 (2.54%) Jenkins
3 21 (2.32%) Artifactory
4 17 (1.88%) GitLab
5 9 (1.00%) Git (software)
6 6 (0.66%) Visual Studio
7 5 (0.55%) Cucumber
7 5 (0.55%) JUnit
8 4 (0.44%) NUnit
8 4 (0.44%) Subversion
9 3 (0.33%) RStudio
10 2 (0.22%) Eclipse
11 1 (0.11%) ERwin
11 1 (0.11%) LSMW
11 1 (0.11%) Maven
11 1 (0.11%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 183 (20.24%) Finance
2 70 (7.74%) Public Sector
3 58 (6.42%) Retail
4 56 (6.19%) Telecoms
5 42 (4.65%) Banking
6 27 (2.99%) Front Office
7 21 (2.32%) Back Office
8 20 (2.21%) Manufacturing
9 19 (2.10%) Marketing
10 13 (1.44%) Billing
10 13 (1.44%) Legal
11 11 (1.22%) Law
12 8 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
13 7 (0.77%) Investment Banking
13 7 (0.77%) Local Government
14 6 (0.66%) Advertising
15 5 (0.55%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.55%) Games
16 3 (0.33%) Publishing
16 3 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (10.40%) Web Services
2 69 (7.63%) .NET
3 38 (4.20%) REST
4 26 (2.88%) SOAP
5 24 (2.65%) React
6 23 (2.54%) Node.js
7 22 (2.43%) Middleware
8 19 (2.10%) OAuth
9 15 (1.66%) AngularJS
10 12 (1.33%) JSON
10 12 (1.33%) Spring
10 12 (1.33%) Swagger
11 11 (1.22%) HTML
11 11 (1.22%) Kafka
12 10 (1.11%) gRPC
13 9 (1.00%) HTML5
13 9 (1.00%) SAP Fiori
14 8 (0.88%) XML
15 7 (0.77%) Java EE
15 7 (0.77%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 56 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (3.76%) Public Cloud
3 33 (3.65%) Hedge funds
4 26 (2.88%) Management Information System
5 25 (2.77%) Reference Data
6 23 (2.54%) Data Centre
6 23 (2.54%) Fixed Income
7 22 (2.43%) Hybrid Cloud
8 21 (2.32%) Cloud Native
8 21 (2.32%) Greenfield Project
9 18 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
10 17 (1.88%) Equities
11 16 (1.77%) Enterprise Software
12 15 (1.66%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 14 (1.55%) Mobile App
14 13 (1.44%) User Experience
15 12 (1.33%) Derivative
16 9 (1.00%) Blog
17 8 (0.88%) Private Cloud
18 7 (0.77%) Equity Derivative
Operating Systems
1 31 (3.43%) Windows
2 25 (2.77%) Linux
3 15 (1.66%) Windows Server
4 14 (1.55%) Android
4 14 (1.55%) Unix
5 8 (0.88%) Apple iOS
5 8 (0.88%) Windows Server 2016
6 6 (0.66%) Solaris
6 6 (0.66%) Windows 10
7 5 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
8 4 (0.44%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.22%) Debian
9 2 (0.22%) HPUX
9 2 (0.22%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.22%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.22%) VMS
9 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (0.11%) AIX
10 1 (0.11%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 221 (24.45%) Agile Software Development
2 127 (14.05%) Migration
3 121 (13.38%) TOGAF
4 116 (12.83%) DevOps
5 95 (10.51%) Stakeholder Management
6 90 (9.96%) Microservices
7 79 (8.74%) CRM
8 74 (8.19%) Enterprise Architecture
9 62 (6.86%) Scrum
10 60 (6.64%) Problem-Solving
11 59 (6.53%) Analytics
12 52 (5.75%) Data Modelling
13 50 (5.53%) SDLC
14 42 (4.65%) Project Management
15 41 (4.54%) Project Delivery
15 41 (4.54%) Service Management
16 40 (4.42%) ERP
17 39 (4.31%) Technical Leadership
18 35 (3.87%) Business Intelligence
18 35 (3.87%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 101 (11.17%) Java
2 53 (5.86%) Python
3 51 (5.64%) JavaScript
4 49 (5.42%) SQL
5 45 (4.98%) C#
6 30 (3.32%) Perl
7 28 (3.10%) Shell Script
8 24 (2.65%) PHP
9 12 (1.33%) C++
10 10 (1.11%) Apex Code
11 8 (0.88%) R
12 5 (0.55%) Java 8
12 5 (0.55%) T-SQL
13 4 (0.44%) Go
14 3 (0.33%) ABAP
14 3 (0.33%) Ada
14 3 (0.33%) PowerShell
14 3 (0.33%) TypeScript
15 2 (0.22%) Ruby
15 2 (0.22%) Scala
Qualifications
1 127 (14.05%) Security Cleared
2 104 (11.50%) SC Cleared
3 37 (4.09%) Degree
4 26 (2.88%) TOGAF Certification
5 17 (1.88%) BPSS Clearance
6 16 (1.77%) DV Cleared
7 15 (1.66%) AWS Certification
7 15 (1.66%) CCDP
7 15 (1.66%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (1.44%) CCNP
9 8 (0.88%) Sun Certification
10 7 (0.77%) CCIE
10 7 (0.77%) Master's Degree
11 6 (0.66%) NVQ Level 4
11 6 (0.66%) Postgraduate
12 5 (0.55%) BC Cleared
12 5 (0.55%) CCDA
12 5 (0.55%) CCNA
13 4 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
14 3 (0.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (1.77%) QA
2 5 (0.55%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.33%) GDPR
3 3 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.22%) ISO 13485
4 2 (0.22%) NCSC
4 2 (0.22%) NIST
4 2 (0.22%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.22%) PMO
4 2 (0.22%) SLA
5 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.11%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.11%) SEPA
System Software
1 48 (5.31%) Docker
2 24 (2.65%) Active Directory
3 15 (1.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.66%) vSphere
5 3 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (0.33%) VMware NSX
6 2 (0.22%) HDFS
7 1 (0.11%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.11%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 1 (0.11%) IAG
7 1 (0.11%) OpenIDM
7 1 (0.11%) Shibboleth
7 1 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 47 (5.20%) Kubernetes
2 25 (2.77%) Netcool
2 25 (2.77%) Netcool/OMNIbus
3 16 (1.77%) Amdocs OSS
4 13 (1.44%) Terraform
5 10 (1.11%) Ansible
6 8 (0.88%) Puppet
7 7 (0.77%) SCCM
8 6 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.44%) Docker Swarm
10 3 (0.33%) Istio
10 3 (0.33%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (0.33%) SCOM
10 3 (0.33%) vRealize
11 2 (0.22%) AirWatch
11 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Clustering
11 2 (0.22%) Single Sign-On
12 1 (0.11%) Cisco CUCM
12 1 (0.11%) Oozie
12 1 (0.11%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 116 (12.83%) Microsoft
2 76 (8.41%) SAP
3 60 (6.64%) Salesforce.com
4 49 (5.42%) Oracle
5 46 (5.09%) Cisco
6 38 (4.20%) IBM
7 32 (3.54%) Google
8 30 (3.32%) ServiceNow
9 20 (2.21%) Siebel
10 19 (2.10%) BMC
10 19 (2.10%) Remedy
10 19 (2.10%) VMware
11 18 (1.99%) xMatters
12 16 (1.77%) Cramer
13 13 (1.44%) Nokia
14 12 (1.33%) Calypso
14 12 (1.33%) Charles River
14 12 (1.33%) MuleSoft
14 12 (1.33%) SimCorp
15 11 (1.22%) Huawei