Period
to 21 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £535 per day in advertised job vacancies in Manchester during the 6 months to 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 102 96 87
Rank change year-on-year -6 -9 -35
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 48 44 74
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 1.55% 1.55% 2.03%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.63% 1.63% 2.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 30 50
Manchester median daily rate £535 £538 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.47% +19.44% -10.00%
10th Percentile £452 £422 £406
90th Percentile £653 £650 £553
North West median daily rate £500 £510 £486
% change year-on-year -1.96% +4.88% -7.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £45.00 - -

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 2,943 2,699 3,446
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.90% 94.97% 94.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,828 1,677 2,158
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £225 £230 £238
90th Percentile £563 £563 £538
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 112 86
Manchester median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% +15.25% -3.31%
10th Percentile £11.11 £11.26 £10.25
90th Percentile £35.00 £43.58 £40.00
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £19.25 £16.75
% change year-on-year +3.90% +14.93% -11.56%

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 21 October 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
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 6 months to 21 October 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
Bolton - 2 £538 - 1
Salford - 2 - -
Stockport - 2 £631 - 2
Solutions Architect
North West

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

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 18 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (29.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (25.00%) SOA
4 10 (20.83%) Microservices
5 9 (18.75%) OAuth
5 9 (18.75%) Microsoft
5 9 (18.75%) Single Sign-On
6 8 (16.67%) Java
6 8 (16.67%) .NET
7 7 (14.58%) Finance
7 7 (14.58%) REST
8 6 (12.50%) OAuth2
8 6 (12.50%) SaaS
8 6 (12.50%) OpenID
8 6 (12.50%) TOGAF
8 6 (12.50%) IT Strategy
9 5 (10.42%) Migration
9 5 (10.42%) Web Services
10 4 (8.33%) SIEM
10 4 (8.33%) IaaS
10 4 (8.33%) Analytics
10 4 (8.33%) PaaS
10 4 (8.33%) SOAP
10 4 (8.33%) SQL
10 4 (8.33%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (8.33%) MS Visio
10 4 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (8.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
10 4 (8.33%) Digital Transformation Programme
11 3 (6.25%) Azure Data Factory

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 4 (8.33%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (4.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (2.08%) Apache Spark
3 1 (2.08%) EPiServer
3 1 (2.08%) JBoss
Applications
1 4 (8.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 4 (8.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (4.17%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (2.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.08%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 14 (29.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (12.50%) SaaS
3 4 (8.33%) IaaS
3 4 (8.33%) PaaS
4 3 (6.25%) Azure Data Factory
4 3 (6.25%) iPaaS
5 2 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (2.08%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (2.08%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (2.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.17%) Firewall
2 1 (2.08%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.25%) Azure SQL Database
1 3 (6.25%) Big Data
2 1 (2.08%) Hadoop
2 1 (2.08%) Power BI
2 1 (2.08%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 1 (2.08%) Bitbucket
1 1 (2.08%) JIRA
1 1 (2.08%) ReSharper
1 1 (2.08%) SonarQube
1 1 (2.08%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (14.58%) Finance
2 3 (6.25%) Banking
2 3 (6.25%) Retail
3 2 (4.17%) Digital Economy
4 1 (2.08%) Back Office
4 1 (2.08%) Law
4 1 (2.08%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (18.75%) OAuth
2 8 (16.67%) .NET
3 7 (14.58%) REST
4 6 (12.50%) OAuth2
4 6 (12.50%) OpenID
5 5 (10.42%) Web Services
6 4 (8.33%) SOAP
7 3 (6.25%) JMS
8 2 (4.17%) ASP.NET
8 2 (4.17%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (4.17%) Node.js
9 1 (2.08%) ADO.NET
9 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (2.08%) JSON
9 1 (2.08%) Kafka
9 1 (2.08%) LINQ
9 1 (2.08%) WCF
9 1 (2.08%) XML
9 1 (2.08%) XML Schema
9 1 (2.08%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.25%) Enterprise Software
1 3 (6.25%) Hybrid Cloud
2 2 (4.17%) Data Centre
2 2 (4.17%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (4.17%) Mobile App
3 1 (2.08%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.08%) Data Structures
3 1 (2.08%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.08%) PKI
3 1 (2.08%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.08%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (25.00%) SOA
3 10 (20.83%) Microservices
4 6 (12.50%) IT Strategy
4 6 (12.50%) TOGAF
5 5 (10.42%) Migration
6 4 (8.33%) Analytics
6 4 (8.33%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 4 (8.33%) SIEM
6 4 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (6.25%) Asset Management
7 3 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
7 3 (6.25%) Data Analytics
7 3 (6.25%) DevOps
7 3 (6.25%) Performance Testing
8 2 (4.17%) Data Modelling
8 2 (4.17%) E-Commerce
8 2 (4.17%) ITIL
8 2 (4.17%) UML
Programming Languages
1 8 (16.67%) Java
2 4 (8.33%) SQL
3 2 (4.17%) C#
4 1 (2.08%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.08%) XPath
Qualifications
1 2 (4.17%) Degree
2 1 (2.08%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.08%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.17%) PSD2
2 1 (2.08%) QA
Systems Management
1 9 (18.75%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 9 (18.75%) Microsoft
2 3 (6.25%) Oracle
2 3 (6.25%) PeopleSoft
2 3 (6.25%) Sitecore
2 3 (6.25%) webMethods
3 2 (4.17%) Ping Identity
3 2 (4.17%) SAP
4 1 (2.08%) Ariba
4 1 (2.08%) Automation Anywhere
4 1 (2.08%) Blue Prism
4 1 (2.08%) Citrix
4 1 (2.08%) Cloudera
4 1 (2.08%) hybris
4 1 (2.08%) Informatica
4 1 (2.08%) Northgate
4 1 (2.08%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (2.08%) ServiceNow
4 1 (2.08%) UiPath
4 1 (2.08%) Zscaler