Period
to 16 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 16 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
England > North West
6 months to
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 87 111 116
Rank change year-on-year +24 +5 -49
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 140 101 128
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.37% 1.79% 1.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.49% 1.90% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 69 85
North West median daily rate £500 £510 £485
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.96% +5.15% -7.62%
10th Percentile £413 £421 £403
90th Percentile £638 £650 £595
England median daily rate £563 £550 £538
% change year-on-year +2.27% +2.33% +2.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
North West median hourly rate £45.00 - -
England median hourly rate £57.31 £60.00 £55.00
% change year-on-year -4.49% +9.09% +37.50%

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 5,616 5,328 6,774
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.03% 94.69% 94.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,479 3,294 4,288
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £240 £250 £250
90th Percentile £575 £575 £551
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 349 245 257
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £19.25 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.90% +13.24% -10.53%
10th Percentile £11.08 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.35 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -1.87% +1.08% +4.11%

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 16 October 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect in the North West over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 16 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
Manchester -16 44 £545 +1.40% 18
Lancashire +16 38 £475 +30.14% 3
Cheshire -1 34 £494 -1.25% 5
Merseyside +14 12 £575 -11.54% 8
Cumbria - 3 £488 -
Solutions Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 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 North West region featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 45 (32.14%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (17.14%) Security Cleared
2 24 (17.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (15.71%) TOGAF
4 21 (15.00%) Finance
5 19 (13.57%) Migration
5 19 (13.57%) SC Cleared
6 17 (12.14%) SOA
7 16 (11.43%) Stakeholder Management
7 16 (11.43%) PaaS
8 15 (10.71%) SaaS
9 14 (10.00%) IaaS
9 14 (10.00%) Microservices
10 13 (9.29%) Banking
10 13 (9.29%) .NET
11 12 (8.57%) Java
12 11 (7.86%) Web Services
13 10 (7.14%) Firewall
13 10 (7.14%) iPaaS
13 10 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
14 9 (6.43%) Mentoring
14 9 (6.43%) Analytics
14 9 (6.43%) Amazon AWS
14 9 (6.43%) OAuth
14 9 (6.43%) Microsoft
14 9 (6.43%) Oracle
14 9 (6.43%) ERP
14 9 (6.43%) IT Strategy
14 9 (6.43%) Single Sign-On
14 9 (6.43%) Problem-Solving

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 4 (2.86%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (1.43%) Apache Spark
2 2 (1.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 2 (1.43%) TPMS
3 1 (0.71%) EPiServer
3 1 (0.71%) JBoss
Applications
1 4 (2.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 4 (2.86%) MS Visio
2 3 (2.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (2.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.43%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.71%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.71%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.71%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.71%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 24 (17.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (11.43%) PaaS
3 15 (10.71%) SaaS
4 14 (10.00%) IaaS
5 10 (7.14%) iPaaS
6 9 (6.43%) Amazon AWS
7 6 (4.29%) Boomi
8 5 (3.57%) Office 365
9 3 (2.14%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.71%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 10 (7.14%) Firewall
2 8 (5.71%) SAN
3 4 (2.86%) Reverse Proxy
4 3 (2.14%) NAS
5 2 (1.43%) LAN
5 2 (1.43%) Unified Communications
5 2 (1.43%) VSAN
5 2 (1.43%) WAN
6 1 (0.71%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.57%) Big Data
2 3 (2.14%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (1.43%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.43%) IDMS
3 2 (1.43%) SAP HANA
4 1 (0.71%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.71%) Power BI
4 1 (0.71%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (1.43%) Rational Rose
2 1 (0.71%) Jenkins
General
1 21 (15.00%) Finance
2 13 (9.29%) Banking
3 6 (4.29%) Retail
4 3 (2.14%) Back Office
4 3 (2.14%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.43%) Digital Economy
5 2 (1.43%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.71%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.71%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (9.29%) .NET
2 11 (7.86%) Web Services
3 9 (6.43%) OAuth
4 7 (5.00%) REST
5 6 (4.29%) OAuth2
6 5 (3.57%) ASP.NET
6 5 (3.57%) Middleware
6 5 (3.57%) Node.js
6 5 (3.57%) SOAP
7 4 (2.86%) Polymer
8 3 (2.14%) JMS
9 2 (1.43%) Kafka
10 1 (0.71%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.71%) ASP.NET MVC
10 1 (0.71%) ASP.NET Web API
10 1 (0.71%) Java EE
10 1 (0.71%) JSON
10 1 (0.71%) SAML
10 1 (0.71%) SAP Fiori
10 1 (0.71%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (5.71%) Enterprise Software
3 7 (5.00%) Mobile App
4 5 (3.57%) Data Centre
5 4 (2.86%) Hybrid Cloud
5 4 (2.86%) PKI
5 4 (2.86%) Replication
6 3 (2.14%) Client/Server
6 3 (2.14%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (2.14%) Handset
6 3 (2.14%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.14%) Smartphone
7 2 (1.43%) Fat Client
7 2 (1.43%) IVR
7 2 (1.43%) Social Media
7 2 (1.43%) Thin Client
7 2 (1.43%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.71%) CESG
8 1 (0.71%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.71%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 6 (4.29%) Windows
2 5 (3.57%) Linux
3 4 (2.86%) Android
3 4 (2.86%) Apple iOS
3 4 (2.86%) Unix
4 2 (1.43%) VME
4 2 (1.43%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (1.43%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (1.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (32.14%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (15.71%) TOGAF
3 19 (13.57%) Migration
4 17 (12.14%) SOA
5 16 (11.43%) Stakeholder Management
6 14 (10.00%) Microservices
7 9 (6.43%) Analytics
7 9 (6.43%) ERP
7 9 (6.43%) IT Strategy
7 9 (6.43%) Mentoring
7 9 (6.43%) Problem-Solving
8 8 (5.71%) Asset Management
8 8 (5.71%) CRM
8 8 (5.71%) Enterprise Architecture
9 7 (5.00%) Business Transformation
9 7 (5.00%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (5.00%) Network Design
9 7 (5.00%) Technical Architecture
9 7 (5.00%) UML
9 7 (5.00%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 12 (8.57%) Java
2 5 (3.57%) C#
2 5 (3.57%) JavaScript
2 5 (3.57%) SQL
3 2 (1.43%) COBOL
3 2 (1.43%) Perl
3 2 (1.43%) Python
3 2 (1.43%) Ruby
3 2 (1.43%) Shell Script
4 1 (0.71%) C
Qualifications
1 24 (17.14%) Security Cleared
2 19 (13.57%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.14%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (1.43%) Degree
4 2 (1.43%) TOGAF Certification
5 1 (0.71%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.43%) PSD2
2 1 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.71%) GDPR
2 1 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 2 (1.43%) Hyper-V
1 2 (1.43%) VMware ESXi
1 2 (1.43%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (1.43%) VMware NSX
1 2 (1.43%) XenApp
2 1 (0.71%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (6.43%) Single Sign-On
2 4 (2.86%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (2.86%) SCCM
3 2 (1.43%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 9 (6.43%) Microsoft
1 9 (6.43%) Oracle
2 6 (4.29%) Dell
2 6 (4.29%) SAP
3 4 (2.86%) Salesforce.com
3 4 (2.86%) ServiceNow
4 3 (2.14%) Citrix
4 3 (2.14%) MuleSoft
4 3 (2.14%) PeopleSoft
4 3 (2.14%) Sitecore
4 3 (2.14%) webMethods
4 3 (2.14%) Zscaler
5 2 (1.43%) BMC
5 2 (1.43%) Casewise
5 2 (1.43%) Fujitsu
5 2 (1.43%) Micro Focus
5 2 (1.43%) Pega
5 2 (1.43%) Ping Identity
5 2 (1.43%) Snow
5 2 (1.43%) VMware