Period
to 25 May 2018

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 25 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
England > North West
6 months to
25 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 106 127 102
Rank change year-on-year +21 -25 -30
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 115 75 143
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.96% 1.38% 1.85%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.05% 1.46% 1.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 53 87
North West median daily rate £525 £550 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.55% +15.79% -
10th Percentile £450 £450 £407
90th Percentile £679 £646 £610
England median daily rate £563 £550 £525
% change year-on-year +2.27% +4.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £80.73 £65.00 £60.00
% change year-on-year +24.20% +8.33% +71.43%

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 5,597 5,149 7,350
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.32% 94.77% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,479 3,140 4,401
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £238
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 304 281 327
North West median hourly rate £17.88 £20.00 £20.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.60% -3.75% +17.07%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.00 £11.96
90th Percentile £49.63 £51.50 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.51 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.61% - +8.57%

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 25 May 2018.

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 25 May 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
Manchester -7 47 £550 - 23
Cheshire +8 33 £500 +5.26% 13
Merseyside +13 14 £600 - 1
Lancashire -3 12 £600 +14.29% 2
Cumbria - 5 £475 -
Solutions Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 25 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 North West region featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 36 (31.30%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (21.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (19.13%) Finance
3 22 (19.13%) SOA
4 21 (18.26%) TOGAF
5 20 (17.39%) Security Cleared
6 19 (16.52%) SaaS
7 18 (15.65%) .NET
7 18 (15.65%) Microsoft
8 17 (14.78%) Java
9 13 (11.30%) Banking
9 13 (11.30%) Stakeholder Management
9 13 (11.30%) SC Cleared
9 13 (11.30%) REST
9 13 (11.30%) IaaS
9 13 (11.30%) Microservices
10 12 (10.43%) Middleware
11 11 (9.57%) Migration
12 10 (8.70%) SQL
12 10 (8.70%) PaaS
12 10 (8.70%) IT Strategy
13 9 (7.83%) Waterfall
13 9 (7.83%) Continuous Integration
13 9 (7.83%) DevOps
13 9 (7.83%) SAP
13 9 (7.83%) Retail
14 8 (6.96%) Scrum
14 8 (6.96%) ERP
14 8 (6.96%) ASP.NET
14 8 (6.96%) C#

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 7 (6.09%) BizTalk Server
2 3 (2.61%) Apache Spark
2 3 (2.61%) TPMS
3 2 (1.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (1.74%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.87%) SAS
Business Applications
1 4 (3.48%) SAP PM
2 2 (1.74%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.74%) SAP MDG
3 1 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.87%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.87%) SAP PLM
3 1 (0.87%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 25 (21.74%) Microsoft Azure
2 19 (16.52%) SaaS
3 13 (11.30%) IaaS
4 10 (8.70%) PaaS
5 6 (5.22%) Azure Data Factory
6 5 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
7 4 (3.48%) iPaaS
8 2 (1.74%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.87%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.87%) Boomi
9 1 (0.87%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.87%) IBM Cloud
9 1 (0.87%) Office 365
9 1 (0.87%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 1 (0.87%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.48%) Unified Communications
2 2 (1.74%) HTTP
2 2 (1.74%) NFC
2 2 (1.74%) SSL
2 2 (1.74%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.87%) Firewall
3 1 (0.87%) SAN
3 1 (0.87%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.22%) Azure SQL Database
1 6 (5.22%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.48%) Big Data
3 3 (2.61%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.61%) Hadoop
3 3 (2.61%) IDMS
3 3 (2.61%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.87%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.87%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.87%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.87%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (0.87%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 4 (3.48%) Rational Rose
2 3 (2.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 3 (2.61%) Bitbucket
2 3 (2.61%) JIRA
2 3 (2.61%) ReSharper
2 3 (2.61%) SonarQube
2 3 (2.61%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.74%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.74%) Subversion
4 1 (0.87%) Jenkins
General
1 22 (19.13%) Finance
2 13 (11.30%) Banking
3 9 (7.83%) Retail
4 7 (6.09%) Law
5 6 (5.22%) Manufacturing
6 5 (4.35%) Legal
7 2 (1.74%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.74%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.74%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.87%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.87%) Publishing
8 1 (0.87%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (15.65%) .NET
2 13 (11.30%) REST
3 12 (10.43%) Middleware
4 8 (6.96%) ASP.NET
5 7 (6.09%) SOAP
5 7 (6.09%) Web Services
6 5 (4.35%) JMS
6 5 (4.35%) JSON
6 5 (4.35%) Node.js
6 5 (4.35%) XML
7 4 (3.48%) ASP.NET Web API
7 4 (3.48%) OAuth
7 4 (3.48%) Polymer
8 3 (2.61%) .NET Framework
8 3 (2.61%) ADO.NET
8 3 (2.61%) LINQ
8 3 (2.61%) WCF
8 3 (2.61%) XML Schema
8 3 (2.61%) XSLT
9 2 (1.74%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.09%) Enterprise Software
2 6 (5.22%) Hybrid Cloud
3 3 (2.61%) Data Structures
3 3 (2.61%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (1.74%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.74%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.74%) Contactless
4 2 (1.74%) Data Centre
4 2 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (0.87%) BYOD
5 1 (0.87%) Clustering
5 1 (0.87%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.87%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.87%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.87%) New Media
5 1 (0.87%) Private Cloud
5 1 (0.87%) Public Cloud
5 1 (0.87%) SCADA
5 1 (0.87%) Social Media
5 1 (0.87%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.35%) Windows
2 4 (3.48%) Unix
3 3 (2.61%) Linux
3 3 (2.61%) VME
4 1 (0.87%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (31.30%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (19.13%) SOA
3 21 (18.26%) TOGAF
4 13 (11.30%) Microservices
4 13 (11.30%) Stakeholder Management
5 11 (9.57%) Migration
6 10 (8.70%) IT Strategy
7 9 (7.83%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (7.83%) DevOps
7 9 (7.83%) Waterfall
8 8 (6.96%) Data Modelling
8 8 (6.96%) ERP
8 8 (6.96%) Scrum
9 7 (6.09%) Analytics
9 7 (6.09%) Data Architecture
9 7 (6.09%) Digital Transformation Programme
9 7 (6.09%) Enterprise Architecture
9 7 (6.09%) SDLC
9 7 (6.09%) Zachman Framework
10 6 (5.22%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 17 (14.78%) Java
2 10 (8.70%) SQL
3 8 (6.96%) C#
4 5 (4.35%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.61%) COBOL
5 3 (2.61%) Perl
5 3 (2.61%) Python
5 3 (2.61%) Ruby
5 3 (2.61%) Shell Script
5 3 (2.61%) XPath
6 2 (1.74%) C
7 1 (0.87%) C++
7 1 (0.87%) Fortran
7 1 (0.87%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 20 (17.39%) Security Cleared
2 13 (11.30%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.61%) Degree
4 2 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (1.74%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.61%) QA
2 2 (1.74%) GDPR
2 2 (1.74%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (1.74%) Virtual Servers
1 2 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.87%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.87%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 5 (4.35%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (0.87%) MaaS360
2 1 (0.87%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (0.87%) SCCM
Vendors
1 18 (15.65%) Microsoft
2 9 (7.83%) SAP
3 5 (4.35%) PeopleSoft
3 5 (4.35%) Sitecore
3 5 (4.35%) webMethods
4 4 (3.48%) Casewise
5 3 (2.61%) Fujitsu
5 3 (2.61%) Oracle
5 3 (2.61%) VMware
6 2 (1.74%) Cloudera
6 2 (1.74%) hybris
6 2 (1.74%) Informatica
6 2 (1.74%) Micro Focus
6 2 (1.74%) Talend
7 1 (0.87%) Blue Prism
7 1 (0.87%) Citrix
7 1 (0.87%) Dell
7 1 (0.87%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.87%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.87%) ServiceNow