Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

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
England > North West
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 100 126 74
Rank change year-on-year +26 -52 +25
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 112 110 213
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.97% 1.62% 2.48%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.07% 1.71% 2.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 75 130
North West median daily rate £525 £500 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -4.76% +16.67%
10th Percentile £425 £403 £410
90th Percentile £653 £608 £650
England median daily rate £550 £538 £525
% change year-on-year +2.33% +2.38% +1.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 7
North West median hourly rate - - £59.50
England median hourly rate £59.50 £55.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year +8.18% +19.57% +4.60%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. 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
North West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 5406 6426 8139
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.01% 94.39% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3416 4138 4863
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £250 £233
90th Percentile £588 £550 £569
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 260 234 407
North West median hourly rate £17.74 £16.11 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.14% -21.43% +28.13%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £44.93 £50.03
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in the North West

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in the North West

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect in the North West over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Solutions Architect in the North West

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in the North West

Solutions Architect
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 6 months to 24 November 2017. 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
Manchester +4 49 £550 +10.00% 11
Cheshire +27 35 £500 -9.09% 2
Merseyside +6 10 £600 +20.00% 1
Lancashire +12 3 £365 -19.78% 1
Solutions Architect
England

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, Solutions Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 38 (33.93%) Finance
2 27 (24.11%) Banking
3 21 (18.75%) TOGAF
3 21 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (12.50%) Oracle
4 14 (12.50%) SAP
5 11 (9.82%) SOA
5 11 (9.82%) Retail
6 10 (8.93%) Web Services
7 9 (8.04%) Microsoft
7 9 (8.04%) Retail Banking
7 9 (8.04%) Scrum
7 9 (8.04%) Waterfall
7 9 (8.04%) Amazon AWS
8 8 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
8 8 (7.14%) Digital Transformation Programme
8 8 (7.14%) Project Management
9 7 (6.25%) Java
9 7 (6.25%) Enterprise Architecture
9 7 (6.25%) Technical Architecture
9 7 (6.25%) Translating Business Requirements
9 7 (6.25%) Analytics
10 6 (5.36%) Stakeholder Engagement
10 6 (5.36%) Migration
10 6 (5.36%) CRM
11 5 (4.46%) ERP
11 5 (4.46%) .NET
11 5 (4.46%) Middleware
11 5 (4.46%) Programme Management
11 5 (4.46%) Asset Management

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 3 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2007
1 3 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2013
1 3 (2.68%) MS Exchange
1 3 (2.68%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.79%) Apache Spark
2 2 (1.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (1.79%) SAS
3 1 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.89%) Confluence
3 1 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.89%) Oracle Service Bus
3 1 (0.89%) Skype for Business
3 1 (0.89%) TPMS
3 1 (0.89%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (2.68%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.89%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.68%) SAP Hybris
2 1 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.89%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.89%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.89%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.89%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (0.89%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (0.89%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (0.89%) SAP FI
2 1 (0.89%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (8.04%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (4.46%) Office 365
4 3 (2.68%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 1 (0.89%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.89%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.89%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.89%) PaaS
5 1 (0.89%) SaaS
5 1 (0.89%) Taleo
5 1 (0.89%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.89%) Internet
1 1 (0.89%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.68%) Big Data
1 3 (2.68%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (2.68%) Oracle Database
1 3 (2.68%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.79%) Apache Hive
2 2 (1.79%) Hadoop
2 2 (1.79%) Oracle BI EE
2 2 (1.79%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (0.89%) IDMS
3 1 (0.89%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.89%) MySQL
3 1 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (4.46%) JIRA
2 4 (3.57%) Bitbucket
3 3 (2.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (1.79%) ReSharper
4 2 (1.79%) SonarQube
4 2 (1.79%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.89%) Jenkins
General
1 38 (33.93%) Finance
2 27 (24.11%) Banking
3 11 (9.82%) Retail
4 9 (8.04%) Retail Banking
5 3 (2.68%) Legal
5 3 (2.68%) Marketing
6 2 (1.79%) Law
6 2 (1.79%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (8.93%) Web Services
2 5 (4.46%) .NET
2 5 (4.46%) Middleware
3 4 (3.57%) JSON
4 3 (2.68%) REST
5 2 (1.79%) ADO.NET
5 2 (1.79%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.79%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (1.79%) LINQ
5 2 (1.79%) Mason
5 2 (1.79%) WCF
5 2 (1.79%) XML
5 2 (1.79%) XML Schema
5 2 (1.79%) XSLT
6 1 (0.89%) AngularJS
6 1 (0.89%) IBM Integration Bus
6 1 (0.89%) Node.js
6 1 (0.89%) OAuth
6 1 (0.89%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (0.89%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 5 (4.46%) Virtual Team
2 4 (3.57%) Data Centre
2 4 (3.57%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (2.68%) Contactless
3 3 (2.68%) Mobile App
3 3 (2.68%) User Experience
4 2 (1.79%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.79%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.79%) Data Structures
4 2 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.79%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (0.89%) Life Science
5 1 (0.89%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.89%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.89%) NHS
5 1 (0.89%) Public Cloud
5 1 (0.89%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 4 (3.57%) Unix
1 4 (3.57%) Windows
2 1 (0.89%) Linux
2 1 (0.89%) OpenVMS
2 1 (0.89%) VME
2 1 (0.89%) Windows Server
2 1 (0.89%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (0.89%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
1 21 (18.75%) TOGAF
2 11 (9.82%) SOA
3 9 (8.04%) Scrum
3 9 (8.04%) Waterfall
4 8 (7.14%) Digital Transformation Programme
4 8 (7.14%) Project Management
5 7 (6.25%) Analytics
5 7 (6.25%) Enterprise Architecture
5 7 (6.25%) Technical Architecture
5 7 (6.25%) Translating Business Requirements
6 6 (5.36%) CRM
6 6 (5.36%) Migration
6 6 (5.36%) Stakeholder Engagement
7 5 (4.46%) Asset Management
7 5 (4.46%) ERP
7 5 (4.46%) Programme Management
8 4 (3.57%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (3.57%) Data Modelling
8 4 (3.57%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 7 (6.25%) Java
2 4 (3.57%) C#
3 2 (1.79%) SQL
3 2 (1.79%) XPath
4 1 (0.89%) C
4 1 (0.89%) C++
4 1 (0.89%) COBOL
4 1 (0.89%) Fortran
4 1 (0.89%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.89%) Pascal
4 1 (0.89%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 4 (3.57%) Degree
2 3 (2.68%) Security Cleared
3 2 (1.79%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (0.89%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (0.89%) CISM
4 1 (0.89%) CISSP
4 1 (0.89%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.57%) QA
2 3 (2.68%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.89%) COBIT
3 1 (0.89%) GMP
3 1 (0.89%) HL7
System Software
1 3 (2.68%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.79%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.89%) Docker
3 1 (0.89%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 3 (2.68%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (1.79%) Ansible
2 2 (1.79%) Oracle Identity Management
2 2 (1.79%) Puppet
3 1 (0.89%) CloudForms
3 1 (0.89%) Data Guard
3 1 (0.89%) Oracle Identity Manager
3 1 (0.89%) Salt
3 1 (0.89%) Terraform
3 1 (0.89%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 14 (12.50%) Oracle
1 14 (12.50%) SAP
2 9 (8.04%) Microsoft
3 3 (2.68%) hybris
3 3 (2.68%) Salesforce.com
3 3 (2.68%) Sitecore
4 2 (1.79%) IBM
4 2 (1.79%) Veritas
5 1 (0.89%) Atlassian
5 1 (0.89%) CA
5 1 (0.89%) Fujitsu
5 1 (0.89%) MuleSoft
5 1 (0.89%) PeopleSoft
5 1 (0.89%) Siebel
5 1 (0.89%) TIBCO
5 1 (0.89%) WSO2