Period
to 20 August 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 20 August 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 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 92 122 101
Rank change year-on-year +30 -21 -32
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 140 86 154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.30% 1.50% 2.06%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.41% 1.58% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 60 101
North West median daily rate £500 £525 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +13.51% -7.50%
10th Percentile £450 £415 £400
90th Percentile £645 £650 £600
England median daily rate £575 £550 £525
% change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
North West median hourly rate £69.07 - -
England median hourly rate £66.67 - £55.00

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 5,798 5,446 7,094
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.28% 94.70% 94.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,619 3,305 4,375
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £239 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 313 256 265
North West median hourly rate £18.79 £19.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.86% +12.86% -5.30%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.16 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.38 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -2.63% +6.92%

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 August 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 August 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 +20 59 £550 - 20
Cheshire -10 31 £500 - 7
Lancashire +15 30 £475 +5.56% 3
Merseyside +16 9 - - 6
Cumbria - 5 £481 -
Solutions Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 38 (27.14%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (17.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (17.14%) Security Cleared
3 24 (17.14%) TOGAF
4 21 (15.00%) Finance
4 21 (15.00%) SOA
5 20 (14.29%) SaaS
6 19 (13.57%) SC Cleared
6 19 (13.57%) Stakeholder Management
7 17 (12.14%) Microsoft
8 16 (11.43%) .NET
9 15 (10.71%) Migration
10 14 (10.00%) Banking
10 14 (10.00%) PaaS
10 14 (10.00%) IaaS
10 14 (10.00%) Microservices
11 13 (9.29%) Java
12 11 (7.86%) REST
12 11 (7.86%) SAP
12 11 (7.86%) IT Strategy
12 11 (7.86%) Single Sign-On
13 10 (7.14%) SQL
13 10 (7.14%) Asset Management
13 10 (7.14%) OAuth
13 10 (7.14%) iPaaS
14 9 (6.43%) Enterprise Software
14 9 (6.43%) Web Services
15 8 (5.71%) ERP
15 8 (5.71%) Continuous Integration
15 8 (5.71%) DevOps

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 (5.00%) BizTalk Server
2 3 (2.14%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (1.43%) TPMS
4 1 (0.71%) EPiServer
4 1 (0.71%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (2.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 4 (2.86%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.86%) SAP PM
2 2 (1.43%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.43%) SAP MDG
2 2 (1.43%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.71%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.71%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 25 (17.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (14.29%) SaaS
3 14 (10.00%) IaaS
3 14 (10.00%) PaaS
4 10 (7.14%) iPaaS
5 7 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
6 6 (4.29%) Azure Data Factory
7 4 (2.86%) Boomi
8 2 (1.43%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.71%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.14%) Firewall
1 3 (2.14%) SAN
1 3 (2.14%) Unified Communications
2 1 (0.71%) NAS
2 1 (0.71%) Reverse Proxy
2 1 (0.71%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.00%) Big Data
2 6 (4.29%) Azure SQL Database
3 5 (3.57%) SQL Server
4 3 (2.14%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.14%) Hadoop
5 2 (1.43%) IDMS
5 2 (1.43%) SAP HANA
5 2 (1.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.71%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
6 1 (0.71%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.71%) Power BI
6 1 (0.71%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (2.14%) Rational Rose
2 1 (0.71%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (0.71%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.71%) JIRA
2 1 (0.71%) ReSharper
2 1 (0.71%) SonarQube
2 1 (0.71%) Visual Studio
General
1 21 (15.00%) Finance
2 14 (10.00%) Banking
3 7 (5.00%) Manufacturing
4 6 (4.29%) Law
5 3 (2.14%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.14%) Legal
5 3 (2.14%) Retail
5 3 (2.14%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.43%) Back Office
6 2 (1.43%) Digital Economy
7 1 (0.71%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.71%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (11.43%) .NET
2 11 (7.86%) REST
3 10 (7.14%) OAuth
4 9 (6.43%) Web Services
5 7 (5.00%) Middleware
5 7 (5.00%) SOAP
6 6 (4.29%) ASP.NET
6 6 (4.29%) OAuth2
7 5 (3.57%) JMS
7 5 (3.57%) Node.js
8 4 (2.86%) Polymer
9 3 (2.14%) Kafka
10 2 (1.43%) .NET Framework
10 2 (1.43%) ASP.NET Web API
11 1 (0.71%) ASP.NET MVC
11 1 (0.71%) JSON
11 1 (0.71%) React
11 1 (0.71%) SAP Fiori
11 1 (0.71%) Spring
11 1 (0.71%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.43%) Enterprise Software
2 6 (4.29%) Data Centre
2 6 (4.29%) Hybrid Cloud
3 5 (3.57%) Greenfield Project
4 3 (2.14%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.14%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.43%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.71%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.71%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.71%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.71%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.71%) New Media
6 1 (0.71%) Replication
6 1 (0.71%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (3.57%) Unix
1 5 (3.57%) Windows
2 3 (2.14%) Linux
3 2 (1.43%) VME
4 1 (0.71%) Android
4 1 (0.71%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (27.14%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (17.14%) TOGAF
3 21 (15.00%) SOA
4 19 (13.57%) Stakeholder Management
5 15 (10.71%) Migration
6 14 (10.00%) Microservices
7 11 (7.86%) IT Strategy
8 10 (7.14%) Asset Management
9 8 (5.71%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (5.71%) DevOps
9 8 (5.71%) ERP
10 7 (5.00%) Enterprise Architecture
10 7 (5.00%) Mentoring
11 6 (4.29%) Business Intelligence
12 5 (3.57%) Analytics
12 5 (3.57%) CRM
12 5 (3.57%) Data Analytics
12 5 (3.57%) Identity Access Management
12 5 (3.57%) SDLC
12 5 (3.57%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 13 (9.29%) Java
2 10 (7.14%) SQL
3 6 (4.29%) C#
3 6 (4.29%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.43%) COBOL
4 2 (1.43%) Perl
4 2 (1.43%) Python
4 2 (1.43%) Ruby
4 2 (1.43%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.71%) C
5 1 (0.71%) XPath
Qualifications
1 24 (17.14%) Security Cleared
2 19 (13.57%) SC Cleared
3 4 (2.86%) TOGAF Certification
4 3 (2.14%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (1.43%) Degree
6 1 (0.71%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.14%) GDPR
2 2 (1.43%) PMO
2 2 (1.43%) PSD2
3 1 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.71%) QA
System Software
1 2 (1.43%) Virtual Servers
1 2 (1.43%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (0.71%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 11 (7.86%) Single Sign-On
2 4 (2.86%) SCCM
3 2 (1.43%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 17 (12.14%) Microsoft
2 11 (7.86%) SAP
3 5 (3.57%) PeopleSoft
3 5 (3.57%) ServiceNow
3 5 (3.57%) Sitecore
3 5 (3.57%) webMethods
4 4 (2.86%) Dell
4 4 (2.86%) Oracle
5 3 (2.14%) Casewise
5 3 (2.14%) Cloudera
5 3 (2.14%) Informatica
6 2 (1.43%) BMC
6 2 (1.43%) Fujitsu
6 2 (1.43%) hybris
6 2 (1.43%) MuleSoft
6 2 (1.43%) Ping Identity
6 2 (1.43%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.43%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (1.43%) Snow
6 2 (1.43%) Talend