Period
to 20 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 108 133 95
Rank change year-on-year +25 -38 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 100 85 160
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.86% 1.44% 1.96%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.95% 1.53% 2.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 57 97
North West median daily rate £550 £550 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £463 £453 £413
90th Percentile £692 £625 £611
England median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £80.73 £65.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year +24.20% +41.30% +3.37%

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 5,119 5,570 7,726
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.18% 94.58% 94.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,248 3,562 4,648
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £228 £225 £225
90th Percentile £594 £575 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 284 245 394
North West median hourly rate £17.88 £18.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.67% -16.28% +30.30%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.78 £48.75 £47.61
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +1.08% - +11.45%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 +11 47 £538 -4.44% 14
Cheshire +9 22 £523 -0.48% 4
Merseyside +15 13 £600 +9.09% 4
Lancashire +10 9 £600 +14.29%
Cumbria - 1 £475 -
Solutions Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 29 (29.00%) Finance
2 21 (21.00%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (18.00%) TOGAF
4 16 (16.00%) Retail
5 15 (15.00%) SAP
6 13 (13.00%) Banking
7 12 (12.00%) SOA
7 12 (12.00%) Microsoft Azure
8 11 (11.00%) Middleware
8 11 (11.00%) Java
8 11 (11.00%) Oracle
9 10 (10.00%) Analytics
10 9 (9.00%) Enterprise Architecture
10 9 (9.00%) Scrum
10 9 (9.00%) .NET
10 9 (9.00%) Web Services
10 9 (9.00%) Data Modelling
10 9 (9.00%) Microsoft
11 8 (8.00%) JSON
11 8 (8.00%) Amazon AWS
11 8 (8.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
12 7 (7.00%) Waterfall
12 7 (7.00%) JIRA
12 7 (7.00%) C#
13 6 (6.00%) XML
13 6 (6.00%) UML
13 6 (6.00%) Project Management
13 6 (6.00%) Technical Architecture
13 6 (6.00%) Data Architecture
13 6 (6.00%) QA

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 2 (2.00%) Apache Spark
1 2 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2007
1 2 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2013
1 2 (2.00%) MS Exchange
1 2 (2.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 2 (2.00%) SAS
1 2 (2.00%) SharePoint
1 2 (2.00%) TPMS
1 2 (2.00%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.00%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.00%) Confluence
2 1 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (1.00%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 2 (2.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (3.00%) SAP Hybris
2 1 (1.00%) SAP FI
2 1 (1.00%) SAP PLM
2 1 (1.00%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (1.00%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 12 (12.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (8.00%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (4.00%) Salesforce Service Cloud
4 3 (3.00%) Office 365
4 3 (3.00%) PaaS
4 3 (3.00%) SaaS
5 2 (2.00%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (1.00%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (1.00%) Boomi
6 1 (1.00%) IaaS
6 1 (1.00%) IBM Cloud
6 1 (1.00%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.00%) HTTP
1 2 (2.00%) NFC
1 2 (2.00%) SSL
1 2 (2.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.00%) Internet
2 1 (1.00%) SAN
2 1 (1.00%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.00%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.00%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.00%) Apache Hive
3 2 (2.00%) Big Data
3 2 (2.00%) Hadoop
3 2 (2.00%) IDMS
3 2 (2.00%) Oracle BI EE
3 2 (2.00%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (2.00%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.00%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.00%) MySQL
4 1 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (7.00%) JIRA
2 6 (6.00%) Bitbucket
3 5 (5.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 4 (4.00%) ReSharper
4 4 (4.00%) SonarQube
4 4 (4.00%) Visual Studio
5 2 (2.00%) Git (software)
5 2 (2.00%) Jenkins
5 2 (2.00%) Subversion
6 1 (1.00%) Rational Rose
General
1 29 (29.00%) Finance
2 16 (16.00%) Retail
3 13 (13.00%) Banking
4 5 (5.00%) Legal
5 4 (4.00%) Law
5 4 (4.00%) Retail Banking
6 3 (3.00%) Marketing
7 1 (1.00%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.00%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (1.00%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (11.00%) Middleware
2 9 (9.00%) .NET
2 9 (9.00%) Web Services
3 8 (8.00%) JSON
4 6 (6.00%) XML
5 5 (5.00%) REST
6 4 (4.00%) ADO.NET
6 4 (4.00%) ASP.NET
6 4 (4.00%) ASP.NET Web API
6 4 (4.00%) LINQ
6 4 (4.00%) WCF
6 4 (4.00%) XML Schema
6 4 (4.00%) XSLT
7 2 (2.00%) Mason
7 2 (2.00%) RESTful
8 1 (1.00%) IBM Integration Bus
8 1 (1.00%) Node.js
8 1 (1.00%) OAuth
8 1 (1.00%) Oracle Fusion
8 1 (1.00%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (4.00%) Data Structures
2 3 (3.00%) Computer Science
2 3 (3.00%) Contactless
3 2 (2.00%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (1.00%) BYOD
4 1 (1.00%) Clustering
4 1 (1.00%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.00%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.00%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.00%) NHS
4 1 (1.00%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.00%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.00%) RIA
4 1 (1.00%) SCADA
4 1 (1.00%) Social Media
4 1 (1.00%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (5.00%) Windows
2 4 (4.00%) Unix
3 2 (2.00%) Linux
3 2 (2.00%) OpenVMS
3 2 (2.00%) VME
4 1 (1.00%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (21.00%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (18.00%) TOGAF
3 12 (12.00%) SOA
4 10 (10.00%) Analytics
5 9 (9.00%) Data Modelling
5 9 (9.00%) Enterprise Architecture
5 9 (9.00%) Scrum
6 8 (8.00%) Digital Transformation Programme
7 7 (7.00%) Waterfall
8 6 (6.00%) Data Architecture
8 6 (6.00%) Project Management
8 6 (6.00%) Target Operating Model
8 6 (6.00%) Technical Architecture
8 6 (6.00%) UML
9 5 (5.00%) E-Commerce
9 5 (5.00%) ERP
9 5 (5.00%) ETL
9 5 (5.00%) Migration
9 5 (5.00%) MVC
9 5 (5.00%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 11 (11.00%) Java
2 7 (7.00%) C#
3 4 (4.00%) XPath
4 3 (3.00%) SQL
5 2 (2.00%) C
5 2 (2.00%) C++
5 2 (2.00%) COBOL
5 2 (2.00%) Fortran
5 2 (2.00%) Pascal
5 2 (2.00%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.00%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.00%) Perl
6 1 (1.00%) Python
6 1 (1.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 6 (6.00%) Security Cleared
2 4 (4.00%) Degree
3 3 (3.00%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (3.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.00%) QA
2 1 (1.00%) COBIT
2 1 (1.00%) GMP
2 1 (1.00%) HL7
System Software
1 3 (3.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.00%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (2.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.00%) Docker
3 1 (1.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.00%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 2 (2.00%) Ansible
1 2 (2.00%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (2.00%) Oracle Identity Management
1 2 (2.00%) Puppet
2 1 (1.00%) CloudForms
2 1 (1.00%) Data Guard
2 1 (1.00%) MaaS360
2 1 (1.00%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (1.00%) Oracle Identity Manager
2 1 (1.00%) Salt
2 1 (1.00%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (1.00%) Terraform
2 1 (1.00%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 15 (15.00%) SAP
2 11 (11.00%) Oracle
3 9 (9.00%) Microsoft
4 4 (4.00%) hybris
4 4 (4.00%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (3.00%) IBM
5 3 (3.00%) Sitecore
5 3 (3.00%) VMware
6 2 (2.00%) Fujitsu
7 1 (1.00%) Atlassian
7 1 (1.00%) Casewise
7 1 (1.00%) Citrix
7 1 (1.00%) Dell
7 1 (1.00%) MuleSoft
7 1 (1.00%) Siebel
7 1 (1.00%) TIBCO
7 1 (1.00%) Veritas
7 1 (1.00%) WSO2