Period
to 24 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £566 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 24 September 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
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 125 143 107
Rank change year-on-year +18 -36 -4
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1,987 1,636 2,235
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 2.13% 1.83% 2.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.25% 1.93% 2.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,344 1,069 1,500
England median daily rate £566 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.95% +4.76% -
10th Percentile £454 £425 £413
90th Percentile £711 £688 £675
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 3
England median hourly rate £66.67 £60.00 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.12% +9.09% +46.67%
10th Percentile £32.28 £60.00 £44.62
90th Percentile £82.40 £60.00 £91.50
UK median hourly rate £63.75 £57.50 £50.00
% change year-on-year +10.87% +15.00% +33.33%

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 88,256 84,956 93,781
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.72% 94.90% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,675 56,097 61,905
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,835 2,514 2,891
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +8.39%
10th Percentile £11.08 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.92 £18.94
% change year-on-year -7.51% -0.08% +6.02%

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 24 September 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 24 September 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 24 September 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 +6 826 £600 +2.13% 219
South East +8 360 £588 +11.85% 88
North of England +13 293 £525 - 71
Midlands +6 225 £550 +4.76% 57
South West +49 163 £525 +2.19% 47
West Midlands +29 158 £575 +9.52% 40
North West +8 142 £500 -4.76% 40
Yorkshire +15 141 £525 -1.41% 28
East of England -8 107 £525 +2.94% 29
East Midlands -4 63 £550 +4.76% 17
North East -22 10 £444 -8.51% 3
South Coast - 2 - -
Solutions Architect
UK

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

For the 6 months to 24 September 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 (24.61%) Agile Software Development
2 468 (23.55%) Finance
3 403 (20.28%) Microsoft Azure
4 311 (15.65%) Microsoft
5 310 (15.60%) TOGAF
6 297 (14.95%) Amazon AWS
7 246 (12.38%) Java
8 232 (11.68%) Stakeholder Management
9 222 (11.17%) .NET
10 212 (10.67%) SAP
11 210 (10.57%) SOA
11 210 (10.57%) Migration
12 192 (9.66%) Oracle
13 189 (9.51%) Security Cleared
14 175 (8.81%) Microservices
15 170 (8.56%) SaaS
16 169 (8.51%) CRM
17 167 (8.40%) Enterprise Architecture
18 166 (8.35%) Retail
19 158 (7.95%) Banking
20 141 (7.10%) Web Services
21 140 (7.05%) Windows
22 139 (7.00%) ERP
23 132 (6.64%) DevOps
24 125 (6.29%) Technical Architecture
25 119 (5.99%) SQL
25 119 (5.99%) SC Cleared
26 117 (5.89%) Office 365
26 117 (5.89%) Data Modelling
27 108 (5.44%) 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 44 (2.21%) SharePoint
2 34 (1.71%) CMS
2 34 (1.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 25 (1.26%) Apache
3 25 (1.26%) WebSphere
4 23 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
5 20 (1.01%) Skype for Business
6 15 (0.75%) Apache Spark
7 13 (0.65%) Apache Solr
7 13 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
7 13 (0.65%) Sitecore CMS
8 12 (0.60%) Confluence
9 11 (0.55%) Cloud Foundry
9 11 (0.55%) SAS
10 9 (0.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 9 (0.45%) JBoss
10 9 (0.45%) MS Exchange
10 9 (0.45%) OpenStack
11 8 (0.40%) IIS
11 8 (0.40%) Tomcat
Applications
1 27 (1.36%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (0.81%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.40%) CATIA
4 6 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.10%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.050%) Microsoft Excel
7 1 (0.050%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 65 (3.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 34 (1.71%) Dynamics AX
3 22 (1.11%) Oracle Retail
4 21 (1.06%) SAP ERP
5 17 (0.86%) SAP S/4HANA
6 15 (0.75%) Oracle Financials
6 15 (0.75%) SAP BPC
7 10 (0.50%) SAP Hybris
7 10 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 10 (0.50%) SDL Web 8
8 9 (0.45%) Payment Gateway
9 8 (0.40%) ENOVIA
9 8 (0.40%) SAP IS-U
10 7 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
10 7 (0.35%) Oracle General Ledger
10 7 (0.35%) SAP CRM
10 7 (0.35%) SAP MDG
11 6 (0.30%) SAP CO
11 6 (0.30%) SAP FI
11 6 (0.30%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 403 (20.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 297 (14.95%) Amazon AWS
3 170 (8.56%) SaaS
4 117 (5.89%) Office 365
5 101 (5.08%) PaaS
6 88 (4.43%) IaaS
7 84 (4.23%) Dynamics 365
8 46 (2.32%) Cloud Computing
9 29 (1.46%) Azure Active Directory
10 20 (1.01%) Google Cloud Platform
11 19 (0.96%) Serverless
12 18 (0.91%) iPaaS
13 15 (0.75%) Azure Data Factory
14 12 (0.60%) Boomi
15 11 (0.55%) GitHub
15 11 (0.55%) SuccessFactors
16 9 (0.45%) AWS Lambda
17 8 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 7 (0.35%) Lucidchart
18 7 (0.35%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 65 (3.27%) Firewall
2 29 (1.46%) WAN
3 26 (1.31%) Internet
4 22 (1.11%) VPN
5 20 (1.01%) Skype
5 20 (1.01%) TCP/IP
6 17 (0.86%) LAN
6 17 (0.86%) SAN
6 17 (0.86%) Unified Communications
7 16 (0.81%) Wireless
8 15 (0.75%) Reverse Proxy
9 14 (0.70%) DNS
10 13 (0.65%) VLAN
11 12 (0.60%) NetScaler
11 12 (0.60%) Network Security
12 11 (0.55%) Intranet
12 11 (0.55%) MPLS
13 9 (0.45%) Ethernet
14 8 (0.40%) NAS
14 8 (0.40%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (4.33%) SQL Server
2 79 (3.98%) Big Data
3 66 (3.32%) Data Warehouse
4 36 (1.81%) Hadoop
4 36 (1.81%) Relational Database
5 33 (1.66%) Power BI
6 31 (1.56%) SAP HANA
7 29 (1.46%) NoSQL
8 26 (1.31%) MongoDB
8 26 (1.31%) MySQL
8 26 (1.31%) Oracle Database
9 25 (1.26%) Data Lake
10 22 (1.11%) SAP BW
11 20 (1.01%) Azure SQL Database
12 17 (0.86%) RDBMS
13 14 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 13 (0.65%) Blockchain
14 13 (0.65%) BusinessObjects
14 13 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
15 12 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 42 (2.11%) Jenkins
2 23 (1.16%) JIRA
3 21 (1.06%) Git (software)
4 14 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
5 12 (0.60%) Selenium
6 11 (0.55%) Rational Rose
7 8 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
8 6 (0.30%) Bitbucket
8 6 (0.30%) GitLab
8 6 (0.30%) Visual Studio
9 5 (0.25%) Artifactory
10 4 (0.20%) Sonatype Nexus
11 3 (0.15%) Appcelerator Titanium
11 3 (0.15%) Cucumber
11 3 (0.15%) Gradle
11 3 (0.15%) Maven
11 3 (0.15%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (0.10%) Ant
12 2 (0.10%) LSMW
12 2 (0.10%) Subversion
General
1 468 (23.55%) Finance
2 166 (8.35%) Retail
3 158 (7.95%) Banking
4 60 (3.02%) Telecoms
5 48 (2.42%) Manufacturing
6 42 (2.11%) Marketing
7 27 (1.36%) Investment Banking
8 26 (1.31%) Retail Banking
9 24 (1.21%) Legal
10 21 (1.06%) Automotive
11 20 (1.01%) Billing
12 19 (0.96%) Back Office
13 13 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
14 12 (0.60%) Law
15 11 (0.55%) Advertising
16 10 (0.50%) Electronics
16 10 (0.50%) Front Office
16 10 (0.50%) General Ledger
16 10 (0.50%) Publishing
17 9 (0.45%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 222 (11.17%) .NET
2 141 (7.10%) Web Services
3 107 (5.39%) Middleware
4 98 (4.93%) REST
5 76 (3.82%) SOAP
6 68 (3.42%) Spring
7 48 (2.42%) RESTful
8 43 (2.16%) OAuth
9 36 (1.81%) J2EE
9 36 (1.81%) JSON
10 34 (1.71%) HTML
11 31 (1.56%) XML
12 30 (1.51%) SAML
13 29 (1.46%) Spring Boot
14 24 (1.21%) Kafka
15 22 (1.11%) CSS
16 21 (1.06%) ASP.NET
17 20 (1.01%) Node.js
17 20 (1.01%) Oracle Fusion
18 16 (0.81%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 103 (5.18%) Analytical Skills
2 86 (4.33%) Data Centre
3 69 (3.47%) Management Information System
4 64 (3.22%) Mobile App
5 49 (2.47%) Public Cloud
6 43 (2.16%) Computer Science
6 43 (2.16%) Greenfield Project
7 36 (1.81%) User Experience
8 35 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
9 29 (1.46%) Hybrid Cloud
10 25 (1.26%) Fintech
11 18 (0.91%) Minimum Viable Product
11 18 (0.91%) Replication
12 17 (0.86%) PKI
13 16 (0.81%) Self-Motivation
14 15 (0.75%) DataPower
14 15 (0.75%) EPoS
15 14 (0.70%) NHS
16 13 (0.65%) Taxonomies
17 12 (0.60%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 140 (7.05%) Windows
2 104 (5.23%) Linux
3 60 (3.02%) Unix
4 46 (2.32%) Windows Server
5 38 (1.91%) Windows 10
6 27 (1.36%) Apple iOS
7 23 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 15 (0.75%) Android
9 13 (0.65%) Windows Server 2008
10 12 (0.60%) Windows Server 2012
11 9 (0.45%) AIX
12 6 (0.30%) Windows 7
13 5 (0.25%) Solaris
13 5 (0.25%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.25%) zOS
14 3 (0.15%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.15%) Windows 2000
14 3 (0.15%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.10%) CentOS
15 2 (0.10%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 489 (24.61%) Agile Software Development
2 310 (15.60%) TOGAF
3 232 (11.68%) Stakeholder Management
4 210 (10.57%) Migration
4 210 (10.57%) SOA
5 175 (8.81%) Microservices
6 169 (8.51%) CRM
7 167 (8.40%) Enterprise Architecture
8 139 (7.00%) ERP
9 132 (6.64%) DevOps
10 125 (6.29%) Technical Architecture
11 117 (5.89%) Data Modelling
12 108 (5.44%) IT Strategy
13 104 (5.23%) Business Intelligence
14 102 (5.13%) Analytics
15 96 (4.83%) Problem-Solving
16 92 (4.63%) E-Commerce
17 90 (4.53%) ITIL
17 90 (4.53%) Scrum
18 89 (4.48%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 246 (12.38%) Java
2 119 (5.99%) SQL
3 74 (3.72%) C#
4 67 (3.37%) JavaScript
5 43 (2.16%) Python
6 31 (1.56%) Java 8
7 24 (1.21%) C
8 23 (1.16%) PowerShell
9 16 (0.81%) Ruby
10 13 (0.65%) PHP
11 11 (0.55%) Perl
11 11 (0.55%) Scala
11 11 (0.55%) Shell Script
12 9 (0.45%) C++
12 9 (0.45%) PL/SQL
13 8 (0.40%) VBA
14 4 (0.20%) ABAP
14 4 (0.20%) Apex Code
14 4 (0.20%) R
15 3 (0.15%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 189 (9.51%) Security Cleared
2 119 (5.99%) SC Cleared
3 78 (3.93%) Degree
4 60 (3.02%) TOGAF Certification
5 41 (2.06%) DV Cleared
6 25 (1.26%) Cisco Certification
6 25 (1.26%) Microsoft Certification
7 22 (1.11%) CISSP
8 18 (0.91%) CCNA
9 16 (0.81%) CCNP
10 15 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
11 13 (0.65%) MCSE
12 11 (0.55%) AWS Certification
12 11 (0.55%) CISM
13 10 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 9 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
14 9 (0.45%) Computer Science Degree
15 7 (0.35%) CITP
15 7 (0.35%) RHCE
16 6 (0.30%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (2.47%) QA
2 47 (2.37%) GDPR
3 17 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 17 (0.86%) SLA
4 16 (0.81%) COBIT
5 15 (0.75%) Data Quality
6 12 (0.60%) PMO
7 11 (0.55%) PSD2
8 10 (0.50%) HMG Infosec
8 10 (0.50%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 10 (0.50%) JSP 440
9 7 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 7 (0.35%) PCI DSS
10 5 (0.25%) HL7
11 4 (0.20%) HIPAA
11 4 (0.20%) IFRS
12 2 (0.10%) EMIR
12 2 (0.10%) Government Security Classifications
12 2 (0.10%) MiFID
12 2 (0.10%) Solvency II
System Software
1 92 (4.63%) Active Directory
2 57 (2.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 55 (2.77%) Docker
4 15 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (0.50%) Hyper-V
6 9 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
8 7 (0.35%) VMware NSX
8 7 (0.35%) XenDesktop
9 5 (0.25%) LXC
9 5 (0.25%) XenApp
10 4 (0.20%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 4 (0.20%) XenServer
11 3 (0.15%) Apache Flume
11 3 (0.15%) NFS
11 3 (0.15%) Snort
11 3 (0.15%) vCloud
12 2 (0.10%) Ceph
12 2 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
12 2 (0.10%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 49 (2.47%) Single Sign-On
2 38 (1.91%) Puppet
3 35 (1.76%) SCCM
4 32 (1.61%) Kubernetes
5 25 (1.26%) Ansible
5 25 (1.26%) Microsoft Intune
6 15 (0.75%) Terraform
7 13 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
8 10 (0.50%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 6 (0.30%) AirWatch
9 6 (0.30%) SCOM
10 5 (0.25%) vRealize
11 4 (0.20%) Consul
11 4 (0.20%) NetIQ Identity Manager
11 4 (0.20%) OpenView
11 4 (0.20%) XenMobile
12 3 (0.15%) CA Single Sign-On
12 3 (0.15%) Netcool
12 3 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 3 (0.15%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 311 (15.65%) Microsoft
2 212 (10.67%) SAP
3 192 (9.66%) Oracle
4 86 (4.33%) VMware
5 61 (3.07%) Cisco
6 55 (2.77%) Salesforce.com
7 49 (2.47%) IBM
8 43 (2.16%) Citrix
9 32 (1.61%) Sitecore
10 27 (1.36%) hybris
11 21 (1.06%) Pega
11 21 (1.06%) Red Hat
12 20 (1.01%) Google
13 18 (0.91%) Dell
14 16 (0.81%) MuleSoft
15 15 (0.75%) Informatica
15 15 (0.75%) Juniper
15 15 (0.75%) ServiceNow
16 14 (0.70%) Ab Initio
17 13 (0.65%) Adobe