Period
to 28 October 2021

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 28 October 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
28 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 73 99 113
Rank change year-on-year +26 +14 +19
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 2,212 695 1,667
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 3.23% 2.49% 2.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.46% 2.69% 2.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,494 474 1,050
10th Percentile £500 £425 £450
25th Percentile £529 £493 £513
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £559 £575
Median % change year-on-year +7.38% -2.83% +4.55%
75th Percentile £683 £650 £650
90th Percentile £750 £734 £725
UK median daily rate £600 £550 £575
% change year-on-year +9.09% -4.35% +4.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 2 13
10th Percentile £52.50 £87.65 £34.75
25th Percentile £60.32 £87.88 £57.00
Median hourly rate £75.50 £89.50 £70.00
Median % change year-on-year -15.64% +27.86% +18.32%
75th Percentile £78.58 £91.63 £82.50
90th Percentile £79.00 £92.15 "
UK median hourly rate £75.50 £89.00 £70.00
% change year-on-year -15.17% +27.14% +16.67%

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 63,903 25,819 72,614
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.45% 92.60% 94.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 45,118 17,783 49,269
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £408 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £509 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.16% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,867 841 2,405
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.74 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.52 £22.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -11.27% +17.65% +6.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.15 £53.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -9.09% +15.79% +8.57%

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 28 October 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Solutions Architect in England over the 6 months to 28 October 2021.

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 28 October 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 +47 1,177 £625 +8.70% 264
South East -17 260 £600 +9.09% 78
North of England +36 235 £575 +10.84% 96
Midlands +22 177 £550 +6.02% 70
West Midlands +22 130 £550 +10.55% 45
South West +5 126 £585 -1.47% 33
Yorkshire +48 124 £600 +24.68% 25
North West -9 94 £550 +4.76% 61
East of England -17 52 £569 +3.41% 24
East Midlands -19 46 £502 -22.85% 24
North East +10 18 £575 -4.17% 10
South Coast - 1 £600 -
Solutions Architect
UK

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

For the 6 months to 28 October 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.

1 696 (31.46%) Azure
2 550 (24.86%) Agile Software Development
3 476 (21.52%) Social Skills
4 462 (20.89%) AWS
5 409 (18.49%) Finance
6 325 (14.69%) Microservices
7 321 (14.51%) Stakeholder Management
8 316 (14.29%) TOGAF
9 314 (14.20%) Microsoft
10 310 (14.01%) DevOps
11 275 (12.43%) Migration
12 260 (11.75%) Enterprise Architecture
13 240 (10.85%) Java
14 227 (10.26%) Retail
15 207 (9.36%) Banking
16 204 (9.22%) Security Cleared
17 200 (9.04%) CRM
18 191 (8.63%) SaaS
19 170 (7.69%) Oracle
20 168 (7.59%) SC Cleared
21 166 (7.50%) PaaS
22 159 (7.19%) Analytics
22 159 (7.19%) Salesforce.com
23 147 (6.65%) SAP
24 146 (6.60%) Problem-Solving
25 145 (6.56%) Data Modelling
26 143 (6.46%) SQL
27 140 (6.33%) Telecoms
27 140 (6.33%) Scrum
28 139 (6.28%) Public Sector

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 52 (2.35%) SharePoint
2 44 (1.99%) Confluence
3 29 (1.31%) CMS
4 18 (0.81%) Apache Spark
4 18 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 15 (0.68%) WebSphere
6 13 (0.59%) SAS
7 11 (0.50%) Drupal
8 10 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
8 10 (0.45%) Oracle Application Server
8 10 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
8 10 (0.45%) Tomcat
9 9 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
9 9 (0.41%) JBoss
10 8 (0.36%) Apache
11 7 (0.32%) Liferay
12 6 (0.27%) Apache Pig
12 6 (0.27%) NetWeaver
12 6 (0.27%) WebSphere Application Server
13 5 (0.23%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 20 (0.90%) MS Visio
2 10 (0.45%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (0.27%) Chatbot
5 4 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.14%) Microsoft Excel
7 2 (0.090%) Siemens NX
7 2 (0.090%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.090%) SPSS
8 1 (0.045%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.045%) Revit
Business Applications
1 35 (1.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (1.18%) SAP S/4HANA
3 15 (0.68%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 12 (0.54%) SAP ERP
5 11 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
5 11 (0.50%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 10 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
6 10 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 7 (0.32%) Remedy AR System
7 7 (0.32%) SAP Retail
8 6 (0.27%) BASE24
8 6 (0.27%) Oracle Payables
8 6 (0.27%) Oracle Receivables
8 6 (0.27%) SAP Hybris
9 5 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
9 5 (0.23%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
10 4 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
10 4 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
10 4 (0.18%) Oracle Cash Management
10 4 (0.18%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 696 (31.46%) Azure
2 462 (20.89%) AWS
3 191 (8.63%) SaaS
4 166 (7.50%) PaaS
5 137 (6.19%) GCP
6 117 (5.29%) Serverless
7 113 (5.11%) IaaS
8 100 (4.52%) Microsoft 365
9 75 (3.39%) Power Platform
10 52 (2.35%) Dynamics 365
11 47 (2.12%) Azure Active Directory
12 44 (1.99%) Azure Data Factory
13 42 (1.90%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 41 (1.85%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 37 (1.67%) Amazon S3
15 37 (1.67%) GitHub
16 34 (1.54%) AWS CloudFormation
16 34 (1.54%) AWS Lambda
17 32 (1.45%) Azure Functions
18 27 (1.22%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 41 (1.85%) VoIP
1 41 (1.85%) WAN
2 39 (1.76%) Firewall
3 28 (1.27%) SAN
4 27 (1.22%) DNS
5 26 (1.18%) Network Security
6 25 (1.13%) LAN
7 22 (0.99%) 5G
8 21 (0.95%) 4G
9 17 (0.77%) MPLS
9 17 (0.77%) NAS
10 15 (0.68%) Unified Communications
11 14 (0.63%) HTTP
11 14 (0.63%) LTE
11 14 (0.63%) Radio Access Network
11 14 (0.63%) VoLTE
12 13 (0.59%) 3G
12 13 (0.59%) SD-WAN
13 12 (0.54%) SSL
13 12 (0.54%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (5.56%) Big Data
2 92 (4.16%) SQL Server
3 81 (3.66%) Data Warehouse
4 79 (3.57%) NoSQL
5 68 (3.07%) Data Lake
6 49 (2.22%) Relational Database
7 45 (2.03%) Power BI
8 41 (1.85%) RDBMS
9 37 (1.67%) MongoDB
10 35 (1.58%) Oracle Database
11 34 (1.54%) Azure SQL Database
12 29 (1.31%) Hadoop
12 29 (1.31%) MySQL
13 24 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
14 21 (0.95%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 19 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
16 17 (0.77%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 13 (0.59%) Tableau
18 12 (0.54%) GIS
18 12 (0.54%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 62 (2.80%) JIRA
2 61 (2.76%) Jenkins
3 48 (2.17%) PowerDesigner
4 25 (1.13%) Git (software)
5 23 (1.04%) Maven
6 18 (0.81%) Gradle
6 18 (0.81%) TeamCity
7 11 (0.50%) Bitbucket
8 8 (0.36%) GitLab
9 7 (0.32%) Selenium
9 7 (0.32%) Sonatype Nexus
10 5 (0.23%) Terragrunt
11 4 (0.18%) SonarQube
11 4 (0.18%) Visual Studio
12 3 (0.14%) Bitbucket Server
12 3 (0.14%) Gatling
12 3 (0.14%) IBM UrbanCode
12 3 (0.14%) Postman
13 2 (0.090%) Octopus Deploy
13 2 (0.090%) RStudio
General
1 476 (21.52%) Social Skills
2 409 (18.49%) Finance
3 227 (10.26%) Retail
4 207 (9.36%) Banking
5 140 (6.33%) Telecoms
6 139 (6.28%) Public Sector
7 103 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
8 76 (3.44%) Presentation Skills
9 75 (3.39%) Marketing
10 67 (3.03%) Influencing Skills
11 61 (2.76%) Billing
12 53 (2.40%) Manufacturing
13 52 (2.35%) Investment Banking
14 31 (1.40%) Legal
15 30 (1.36%) Law
16 29 (1.31%) Retail Banking
17 26 (1.18%) Documentation Skills
18 23 (1.04%) Electronics
19 15 (0.68%) Financial Institution
19 15 (0.68%) Organisational Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 119 (5.38%) .NET
2 99 (4.48%) REST
3 79 (3.57%) Kafka
3 79 (3.57%) Web Services
4 72 (3.25%) Middleware
5 57 (2.58%) SOAP
6 50 (2.26%) JSON
7 47 (2.12%) RESTful
8 44 (1.99%) Spring Boot
9 43 (1.94%) HTML
10 37 (1.67%) Node.js
11 34 (1.54%) Spring
12 31 (1.40%) Oracle Fusion
13 30 (1.36%) OpenID
14 28 (1.27%) J2EE
14 28 (1.27%) OAuth
15 27 (1.22%) SAML
16 26 (1.18%) React
17 23 (1.04%) CSS
18 22 (0.99%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 94 (4.25%) Public Cloud
2 81 (3.66%) Cloud Native
3 76 (3.44%) Management Information System
4 58 (2.62%) Data Protection Act
5 51 (2.31%) Data Centre
5 51 (2.31%) Enterprise Software
6 49 (2.22%) Mobile App
7 42 (1.90%) Self-Motivation
7 42 (1.90%) User Experience
8 39 (1.76%) Legacy Systems
9 36 (1.63%) Greenfield Project
10 31 (1.40%) Virtual Team
11 20 (0.90%) Hybrid Cloud
12 16 (0.72%) PKI
13 15 (0.68%) NHS
14 14 (0.63%) Legacy Applications
15 13 (0.59%) Data Structures
15 13 (0.59%) Fixed Income
16 12 (0.54%) Cyberattack
16 12 (0.54%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 127 (5.74%) Windows
2 71 (3.21%) Linux
3 30 (1.36%) Windows Server
4 19 (0.86%) Unix
5 15 (0.68%) Windows 10
6 10 (0.45%) Solaris
7 9 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (0.32%) AIX
8 7 (0.32%) Windows Server 2019
9 6 (0.27%) Apple iOS
10 4 (0.18%) Ubuntu
10 4 (0.18%) VMS
10 4 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.14%) Android
11 3 (0.14%) Debian
11 3 (0.14%) Windows Server 2016
12 2 (0.090%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.045%) CentOS
13 1 (0.045%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 550 (24.86%) Agile Software Development
2 325 (14.69%) Microservices
3 321 (14.51%) Stakeholder Management
4 316 (14.29%) TOGAF
5 310 (14.01%) DevOps
6 275 (12.43%) Migration
7 260 (11.75%) Enterprise Architecture
8 200 (9.04%) CRM
9 159 (7.19%) Analytics
10 146 (6.60%) Problem-Solving
11 145 (6.56%) Data Modelling
12 140 (6.33%) Scrum
13 138 (6.24%) E-Commerce
14 114 (5.15%) IT Strategy
15 113 (5.11%) Project Delivery
16 112 (5.06%) ArchiMate
17 107 (4.84%) SOA
17 107 (4.84%) Technical Architecture
18 105 (4.75%) Strategic Roadmap
19 104 (4.70%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 240 (10.85%) Java
2 143 (6.46%) SQL
3 85 (3.84%) JavaScript
4 69 (3.12%) C#
5 65 (2.94%) Python
6 48 (2.17%) PowerShell
7 23 (1.04%) Bash Shell
8 20 (0.90%) C
9 16 (0.72%) Go
10 12 (0.54%) T-SQL
11 11 (0.50%) Perl
11 11 (0.50%) PHP
11 11 (0.50%) Scala
12 10 (0.45%) C++
12 10 (0.45%) Kotlin
13 7 (0.32%) Ruby
14 6 (0.27%) Java 11
14 6 (0.27%) R
14 6 (0.27%) TypeScript
15 5 (0.23%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 204 (9.22%) Security Cleared
2 168 (7.59%) SC Cleared
3 81 (3.66%) TOGAF Certification
4 72 (3.25%) Degree
5 34 (1.54%) AWS Certification
5 34 (1.54%) DV Cleared
6 23 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
7 18 (0.81%) CCNA
8 15 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
9 13 (0.59%) CISSP
10 10 (0.45%) Computer Science Degree
11 8 (0.36%) Master's Degree
12 7 (0.32%) CCNP
12 7 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
13 6 (0.27%) CISM
14 5 (0.23%) ISEB
15 4 (0.18%) CISA
15 4 (0.18%) CRISC
15 4 (0.18%) MCSE
15 4 (0.18%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (2.40%) QA
2 43 (1.94%) GDPR
3 25 (1.13%) PCI DSS
4 17 (0.77%) COBIT
5 16 (0.72%) Data Quality
6 11 (0.50%) PMO
7 10 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 9 (0.41%) NIST
9 7 (0.32%) JSP 440
10 6 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 6 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 5 (0.23%) SEPA
12 4 (0.18%) Accessibility
12 4 (0.18%) HMG Infosec
12 4 (0.18%) PSD2
13 3 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
13 3 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
13 3 (0.14%) ISO 20022
13 3 (0.14%) NCSC
13 3 (0.14%) SLA
System Software
1 114 (5.15%) Docker
2 81 (3.66%) Active Directory
3 53 (2.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.41%) Hyper-V
5 7 (0.32%) OpenAM
6 6 (0.27%) KVM
6 6 (0.27%) NFS
6 6 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
6 6 (0.27%) RACF
6 6 (0.27%) SRDF
6 6 (0.27%) Xen
7 5 (0.23%) VMware NSX
8 4 (0.18%) VMFS
8 4 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.090%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.045%) HDFS
11 1 (0.045%) OpenIDM
11 1 (0.045%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 132 (5.97%) Kubernetes
2 89 (4.02%) Terraform
3 36 (1.63%) Ansible
4 20 (0.90%) Microsoft Intune
5 16 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (0.72%) Puppet
6 14 (0.63%) Single Sign-On
7 7 (0.32%) SCCM
8 6 (0.27%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 4 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
10 3 (0.14%) Grafana
10 3 (0.14%) Kibana
11 2 (0.090%) Docker Swarm
11 2 (0.090%) FortiGate
11 2 (0.090%) Netcool
11 2 (0.090%) Packer
12 1 (0.045%) Netcool/OMNIbus
12 1 (0.045%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 1 (0.045%) Oracle RMAN
12 1 (0.045%) SCOM
Vendors
1 314 (14.20%) Microsoft
2 170 (7.69%) Oracle
3 159 (7.19%) Salesforce.com
4 147 (6.65%) SAP
5 86 (3.89%) Google
6 85 (3.84%) Databricks
7 77 (3.48%) VMware
8 63 (2.85%) MuleSoft
9 57 (2.58%) BiZZdesign
10 49 (2.22%) Cisco
11 46 (2.08%) IBM
12 26 (1.18%) ServiceNow
13 24 (1.08%) Red Hat
14 20 (0.90%) Remedy
15 19 (0.86%) Pega
16 18 (0.81%) F5
17 17 (0.77%) Cloudera
18 15 (0.68%) Splunk
19 13 (0.59%) hybris
20 12 (0.54%) Adobe