Period
to 16 January 2019

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 16 January 2019.

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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 102 112 111
Rank change year-on-year +10 -1 -19
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 115 98 112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.03% 1.80% 1.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.15% 1.88% 1.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 69 70
North West median daily rate £525 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £437 £425 £412
90th Percentile £725 £655 £613
England median daily rate £575 £550 £550
% change year-on-year +4.55% - +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
North West median hourly rate £45.00 - -
England median hourly rate £53.14 £80.73 £55.00
% change year-on-year -34.17% +46.78% +3.77%

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 5,355 5,202 5,782
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.69% 95.63% 94.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,362 3,319 3,727
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £240 £238 £240
90th Percentile £582 £598 £575
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 320 264 219
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £17.74 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.74% +1.37% -17.84%
10th Percentile £11.28 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.70 £48.75
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.16
% change year-on-year +1.08% +1.90% +0.86%

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 January 2019.

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 January 2019.

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 January 2019. 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 -14 40 £525 -4.55% 18
Lancashire +6 33 £550 +4.76% 3
Cheshire +8 26 £505 -0.98% 5
Merseyside -7 9 £588 -2.08% 4
Solutions Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 January 2019, 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 38 (33.04%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (22.61%) Finance
3 24 (20.87%) Microsoft Azure
4 20 (17.39%) Amazon AWS
5 17 (14.78%) Web Services
6 16 (13.91%) Oracle
7 15 (13.04%) PaaS
8 14 (12.17%) Analytics
8 14 (12.17%) Migration
8 14 (12.17%) Retail
9 13 (11.30%) TOGAF
9 13 (11.30%) Stakeholder Management
10 12 (10.43%) Banking
10 12 (10.43%) Linux
11 11 (9.57%) Microservices
12 10 (8.70%) Security Cleared
12 10 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
12 10 (8.70%) IaaS
12 10 (8.70%) ERP
12 10 (8.70%) Problem-Solving
13 9 (7.83%) E-Commerce
13 9 (7.83%) SOA
14 8 (6.96%) XML
14 8 (6.96%) ITIL
14 8 (6.96%) Windows
14 8 (6.96%) Java
14 8 (6.96%) SAP
14 8 (6.96%) Business Intelligence
14 8 (6.96%) Dell
14 8 (6.96%) Firewall

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 (3.48%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.87%) Apache Spark
2 1 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.87%) JBoss
2 1 (0.87%) SAS
2 1 (0.87%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (2.61%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (2.61%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (2.61%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (1.74%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.87%) Magento
3 1 (0.87%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.87%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.87%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 24 (20.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (17.39%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (13.04%) PaaS
4 10 (8.70%) IaaS
5 8 (6.96%) Boomi
6 7 (6.09%) SaaS
7 6 (5.22%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (5.22%) Office 365
7 6 (5.22%) Serverless
8 5 (4.35%) iPaaS
9 4 (3.48%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (3.48%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (2.61%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.87%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.96%) Firewall
2 5 (4.35%) SAN
3 3 (2.61%) DNS
3 3 (2.61%) ICMP
3 3 (2.61%) Network Security
3 3 (2.61%) Reverse Proxy
3 3 (2.61%) SSL
3 3 (2.61%) VPN
4 2 (1.74%) LAN
4 2 (1.74%) NAS
4 2 (1.74%) VSAN
4 2 (1.74%) WAN
5 1 (0.87%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (6.96%) Big Data
2 7 (6.09%) SQL Server
3 5 (4.35%) Hadoop
4 3 (2.61%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.87%) Amazon Aurora
5 1 (0.87%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.87%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (0.87%) Power BI
5 1 (0.87%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 4 (3.48%) Jenkins
2 3 (2.61%) Artifactory
2 3 (2.61%) Git (software)
2 3 (2.61%) GitLab
2 3 (2.61%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.87%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.87%) JIRA
3 1 (0.87%) ReSharper
3 1 (0.87%) SonarQube
3 1 (0.87%) Visual Studio
General
1 26 (22.61%) Finance
2 14 (12.17%) Retail
3 12 (10.43%) Banking
4 5 (4.35%) Law
5 4 (3.48%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.61%) Back Office
6 3 (2.61%) Investment Banking
6 3 (2.61%) Marketing
7 2 (1.74%) Digital Economy
7 2 (1.74%) Electronics
7 2 (1.74%) Legal
7 2 (1.74%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (14.78%) Web Services
2 8 (6.96%) Node.js
2 8 (6.96%) XML
3 5 (4.35%) .NET
3 5 (4.35%) JSON
3 5 (4.35%) Middleware
4 3 (2.61%) YAML
5 2 (1.74%) OAuth
5 2 (1.74%) OAuth2
5 2 (1.74%) OpenID
6 1 (0.87%) ADO.NET
6 1 (0.87%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.87%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (0.87%) Java EE
6 1 (0.87%) LINQ
6 1 (0.87%) REST
6 1 (0.87%) SOAP
6 1 (0.87%) WCF
6 1 (0.87%) XML Schema
6 1 (0.87%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.22%) Mobile App
3 5 (4.35%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (4.35%) Hybrid Cloud
4 4 (3.48%) IVR
4 4 (3.48%) PKI
5 3 (2.61%) Client/Server
5 3 (2.61%) Handset
5 3 (2.61%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.61%) Replication
5 3 (2.61%) Smartphone
6 2 (1.74%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.74%) Fat Client
6 2 (1.74%) Social Media
6 2 (1.74%) Thin Client
6 2 (1.74%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.87%) FMCG
7 1 (0.87%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.87%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.87%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 12 (10.43%) Linux
2 8 (6.96%) Windows
3 5 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (4.35%) Solaris
4 4 (3.48%) Unix
5 3 (2.61%) Android
5 3 (2.61%) Apple iOS
6 2 (1.74%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.74%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.74%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.87%) AIX
7 1 (0.87%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (33.04%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (12.17%) Analytics
2 14 (12.17%) Migration
3 13 (11.30%) Stakeholder Management
3 13 (11.30%) TOGAF
4 11 (9.57%) Microservices
5 10 (8.70%) ERP
5 10 (8.70%) Problem-Solving
6 9 (7.83%) E-Commerce
6 9 (7.83%) SOA
7 8 (6.96%) Business Intelligence
7 8 (6.96%) ITIL
7 8 (6.96%) Software Architecture
8 7 (6.09%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (6.09%) Data Architecture
8 7 (6.09%) IT Strategy
8 7 (6.09%) Network Design
9 6 (5.22%) Artificial Intelligence
9 6 (5.22%) Enterprise Architecture
9 6 (5.22%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (6.96%) Java
2 7 (6.09%) SQL
3 3 (2.61%) Bash Shell
3 3 (2.61%) C#
3 3 (2.61%) Ruby
4 1 (0.87%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.87%) XPath
Qualifications
1 10 (8.70%) Security Cleared
2 7 (6.09%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.61%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (1.74%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
1 2 (1.74%) PSD2
2 1 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (0.87%) QA
System Software
1 4 (3.48%) Docker
2 3 (2.61%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.61%) Hyper-V
2 3 (2.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.74%) VMware NSX
3 2 (1.74%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (3.48%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (2.61%) Ansible
2 3 (2.61%) Kubernetes
2 3 (2.61%) Puppet
3 2 (1.74%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 16 (13.91%) Oracle
2 8 (6.96%) Cloudera
2 8 (6.96%) Dell
2 8 (6.96%) SAP
3 7 (6.09%) Hortonworks
4 6 (5.22%) Microsoft
5 5 (4.35%) Citrix
5 5 (4.35%) Red Hat
6 4 (3.48%) IBM
6 4 (3.48%) Zscaler
7 3 (2.61%) Gemalto
7 3 (2.61%) MuleSoft
7 3 (2.61%) VMware
8 2 (1.74%) Ariba
8 2 (1.74%) Informatica
8 2 (1.74%) Pega
8 2 (1.74%) Ping Identity
8 2 (1.74%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (1.74%) Workday
9 1 (0.87%) CheckPoint