Period
to 20 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £545 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 6 months to 20 May 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
North West > Manchester
6 months to
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 110 110 87
Rank change year-on-year 0 -23 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 45 27 66
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.48% 1.00% 1.82%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.55% 1.06% 1.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 15 38
Manchester median daily rate £545 £550 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.91% +10.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £456 £450 £404
90th Percentile £663 £588 £638
North West median daily rate £531 £550 £475
% change year-on-year -3.41% +15.79% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester. 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
Manchester
Contract vacancies in Manchester with a recognized job title 2,908 2,557 3,455
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.63% 95.13% 95.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,862 1,554 1,981
Manchester median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £243 £213 £225
90th Percentile £575 £549 £538
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £395
% change year-on-year +3.23% -1.90% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 74 75
Manchester median hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% -8.82% +22.57%
10th Percentile £12.10 £10.65 £11.25
90th Percentile £40.00 £43.75 £40.00
North West median hourly rate £17.74 £20.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -11.30% -4.76% +16.67%

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

Job postings that featured Solutions Architect in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Manchester.

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in Manchester

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Solutions Architect in Manchester.

Contractor daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in Manchester

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect in Manchester over the 6 months to 20 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Solutions Architect in Manchester

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Solutions Architect in Manchester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in Manchester

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

For the 6 months to 20 May 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 Manchester region featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 19 (42.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (40.00%) SOA
3 15 (33.33%) Microsoft
4 11 (24.44%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (24.44%) SaaS
4 11 (24.44%) REST
5 10 (22.22%) .NET
6 9 (20.00%) PaaS
6 9 (20.00%) IT Strategy
7 8 (17.78%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (17.78%) IaaS
7 8 (17.78%) DevOps
7 8 (17.78%) Java
8 7 (15.56%) BizTalk Server
8 7 (15.56%) Middleware
8 7 (15.56%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (13.33%) Azure SQL Database
9 6 (13.33%) SQL
9 6 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (13.33%) Azure Data Factory
9 6 (13.33%) Microservices
9 6 (13.33%) Hybrid Cloud
10 5 (11.11%) Single Sign-On
10 5 (11.11%) Business Process Analysis
10 5 (11.11%) Finance
10 5 (11.11%) Legal
10 5 (11.11%) Migration
10 5 (11.11%) TOGAF
10 5 (11.11%) SQL Server
10 5 (11.11%) PeopleSoft

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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 7 (15.56%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (4.44%) Apache Spark
2 2 (4.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (4.44%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.22%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 19 (42.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (24.44%) SaaS
3 9 (20.00%) PaaS
4 8 (17.78%) IaaS
5 6 (13.33%) Azure Data Factory
6 4 (8.89%) iPaaS
7 3 (6.67%) Amazon AWS
8 1 (2.22%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.44%) HTTP
1 2 (4.44%) SSL
1 2 (4.44%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.22%) Firewall
2 1 (2.22%) NFC
2 1 (2.22%) SAN
2 1 (2.22%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.33%) Azure SQL Database
2 5 (11.11%) SQL Server
3 2 (4.44%) Big Data
3 2 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (4.44%) Hadoop
3 2 (4.44%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.22%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (6.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 3 (6.67%) Bitbucket
1 3 (6.67%) JIRA
1 3 (6.67%) ReSharper
1 3 (6.67%) SonarQube
1 3 (6.67%) Visual Studio
2 2 (4.44%) Git (software)
2 2 (4.44%) Subversion
General
1 5 (11.11%) Finance
1 5 (11.11%) Legal
2 3 (6.67%) Law
2 3 (6.67%) Retail
3 2 (4.44%) Banking
4 1 (2.22%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.22%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (24.44%) REST
2 10 (22.22%) .NET
3 7 (15.56%) Middleware
4 5 (11.11%) JMS
4 5 (11.11%) SOAP
5 4 (8.89%) ASP.NET
5 4 (8.89%) ASP.NET Web API
5 4 (8.89%) OAuth
6 3 (6.67%) ADO.NET
6 3 (6.67%) JSON
6 3 (6.67%) LINQ
6 3 (6.67%) WCF
6 3 (6.67%) Web Services
6 3 (6.67%) XML
6 3 (6.67%) XML Schema
6 3 (6.67%) XSLT
7 2 (4.44%) Kafka
8 1 (2.22%) AngularJS
8 1 (2.22%) React
8 1 (2.22%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 7 (15.56%) Enterprise Software
2 6 (13.33%) Hybrid Cloud
3 3 (6.67%) Data Structures
4 2 (4.44%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (2.22%) Clustering
5 1 (2.22%) Contactless
5 1 (2.22%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.22%) Digital Media
5 1 (2.22%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (2.22%) New Media
5 1 (2.22%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.22%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.22%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (40.00%) SOA
2 11 (24.44%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (20.00%) IT Strategy
4 8 (17.78%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (17.78%) DevOps
5 6 (13.33%) Microservices
5 6 (13.33%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (11.11%) Business Process Analysis
6 5 (11.11%) Data Modelling
6 5 (11.11%) Migration
6 5 (11.11%) TOGAF
7 4 (8.89%) API Design
7 4 (8.89%) Data Architecture
7 4 (8.89%) ETL
7 4 (8.89%) MVC
7 4 (8.89%) Performance Testing
8 3 (6.67%) Collaborative Working
8 3 (6.67%) Continuous Delivery
8 3 (6.67%) Kanban
8 3 (6.67%) Matrix Organization
Programming Languages
1 8 (17.78%) Java
2 6 (13.33%) SQL
3 3 (6.67%) C#
3 3 (6.67%) XPath
4 1 (2.22%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 5 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.22%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.67%) QA
System Software
1 2 (4.44%) Virtual Servers
2 1 (2.22%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.22%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 5 (11.11%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 15 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 5 (11.11%) PeopleSoft
2 5 (11.11%) Sitecore
2 5 (11.11%) webMethods
3 3 (6.67%) Oracle
4 2 (4.44%) Cloudera
4 2 (4.44%) hybris
4 2 (4.44%) Informatica
4 2 (4.44%) SAP
4 2 (4.44%) Talend
5 1 (2.22%) Google
5 1 (2.22%) VMware