Period
to 22 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South West during the 6 months to 22 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 > South West
6 months to
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 69 127 128
Rank change year-on-year +58 +1 -28
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 203 70 74
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 3.17% 1.34% 1.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.34% 1.41% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 150 41 57
South West median daily rate £550 £550 £508
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.37% +1.50%
10th Percentile £475 £456 £413
90th Percentile £707 £600 £630
England median daily rate £575 £550 £550
% change year-on-year +4.55% - +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
South West median hourly rate - £55.88 -
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 South 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
South West
Contract vacancies in the South West with a recognized job title 6,086 4,966 5,030
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.00% 94.99% 95.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,930 3,108 3,266
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £251 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £550 £550
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 267 242 362
South West median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -9.09% -15.38%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.95 £47.43
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.36 £18.39
% change year-on-year +1.84% -0.12% -0.62%

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings that featured Solutions Architect in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in the South West

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Solutions Architect in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in the South West

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect in the South West over the 6 months to 22 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Solutions Architect in the South West

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Solutions Architect in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in the South West

Solutions Architect
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 6 months to 22 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
Wiltshire +45 147 £550 - 11
Bristol -8 31 £550 +15.79% 14
Dorset +9 9 £569 -24.17% 1
Cornwall - 3 £500 -
Somerset -1 2 £600 - 3
Devon -4 1 - - 1
Gloucestershire -23 1 - - 2
Solutions Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 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 South West region featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 78 (38.42%) Security Cleared
2 65 (32.02%) Finance
3 63 (31.03%) Analytical Skills
4 58 (28.57%) Technical Architecture
5 51 (25.12%) Linux
6 48 (23.65%) Microsoft
7 47 (23.15%) IT Strategy
7 47 (23.15%) Critical Thinking
8 45 (22.17%) TOGAF
9 42 (20.69%) Banking
9 42 (20.69%) SC Cleared
9 42 (20.69%) DV Cleared
10 39 (19.21%) Python
11 37 (18.23%) Java
12 36 (17.73%) Enterprise Architecture
13 34 (16.75%) HMG Infosec
13 34 (16.75%) JSP 440
13 34 (16.75%) Agile Software Development
13 34 (16.75%) Information Security
13 34 (16.75%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 32 (15.76%) Web Services
15 29 (14.29%) SOAP
16 27 (13.30%) XML
16 27 (13.30%) C
16 27 (13.30%) Microservices
17 26 (12.81%) Software Engineering
17 26 (12.81%) JSON
18 25 (12.32%) PowerShell
18 25 (12.32%) C++
18 25 (12.32%) JSP

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 9 (4.43%) JBoss
2 8 (3.94%) WebSphere
3 5 (2.46%) MS Exchange
3 5 (2.46%) WebSphere Application Server
4 2 (0.99%) Confluence
4 2 (0.99%) IBM HTTP Server
4 2 (0.99%) MQSeries
4 2 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (0.99%) SAP Portal
4 2 (0.99%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.99%) Site Server
5 1 (0.49%) Appian
5 1 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.49%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (0.99%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (2.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.99%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.99%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.49%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.49%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
3 1 (0.49%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 20 (9.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (4.93%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (2.96%) SaaS
4 4 (1.97%) IaaS
4 4 (1.97%) PaaS
5 2 (0.99%) Apigee
5 2 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (0.99%) Office 365
5 2 (0.99%) Oracle CX
6 1 (0.49%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.96%) WAN
2 5 (2.46%) Cisco Nexus
2 5 (2.46%) Firewall
2 5 (2.46%) Intrusion Detection
2 5 (2.46%) Unified Communications
3 3 (1.48%) VSAN
4 2 (0.99%) HTTP
4 2 (0.99%) Internet
4 2 (0.99%) Software-Defined Networking
4 2 (0.99%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.49%) DAB
5 1 (0.49%) DHCP
5 1 (0.49%) DNS
5 1 (0.49%) Kerberos
5 1 (0.49%) LAN
5 1 (0.49%) Network Security
5 1 (0.49%) SAN
5 1 (0.49%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.46%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.48%) DB2
2 3 (1.48%) EDRMS
3 2 (0.99%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.99%) Power BI
4 1 (0.49%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.49%) Big Data
4 1 (0.49%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.49%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.49%) SAP Data Services
4 1 (0.49%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 2 (0.99%) Jenkins
1 2 (0.99%) JIRA
General
1 65 (32.02%) Finance
2 42 (20.69%) Banking
3 15 (7.39%) Retail Banking
4 9 (4.43%) Manufacturing
4 9 (4.43%) Telecoms
5 7 (3.45%) Back Office
6 6 (2.96%) Electronics
6 6 (2.96%) Marketing
7 4 (1.97%) Retail
8 3 (1.48%) Publishing
9 2 (0.99%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.49%) Legal
10 1 (0.49%) Local Government
10 1 (0.49%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (15.76%) Web Services
2 29 (14.29%) SOAP
3 27 (13.30%) XML
4 26 (12.81%) JSON
5 25 (12.32%) JSP
6 18 (8.87%) .NET
7 8 (3.94%) Middleware
8 7 (3.45%) Java EE
9 5 (2.46%) .NET Framework
9 5 (2.46%) IBM Integration Bus
9 5 (2.46%) WebSphere MQ
10 4 (1.97%) OAuth
10 4 (1.97%) SAML
11 3 (1.48%) .NET Core
11 3 (1.48%) J2EE
11 3 (1.48%) OAuth2
11 3 (1.48%) OpenID
11 3 (1.48%) REST
12 2 (0.99%) Material Design
12 2 (0.99%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 63 (31.03%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (8.87%) Management Information System
3 13 (6.40%) Data Centre
4 8 (3.94%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (1.97%) DataPower
5 4 (1.97%) Hybrid Cloud
5 4 (1.97%) PKI
5 4 (1.97%) Robotics
6 3 (1.48%) CMDB
7 2 (0.99%) Cloud Native
7 2 (0.99%) Clustering
7 2 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.99%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (0.99%) Online Banking
8 1 (0.49%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.49%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.49%) NHS
8 1 (0.49%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 51 (25.12%) Linux
2 14 (6.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 14 (6.90%) Windows
3 12 (5.91%) Windows Server
4 7 (3.45%) AIX
5 6 (2.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.97%) zOS
7 2 (0.99%) MVS
8 1 (0.49%) Unix
8 1 (0.49%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.49%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (28.57%) Technical Architecture
2 47 (23.15%) Critical Thinking
2 47 (23.15%) IT Strategy
3 45 (22.17%) TOGAF
4 36 (17.73%) Enterprise Architecture
5 34 (16.75%) Agile Software Development
5 34 (16.75%) Information Security
6 27 (13.30%) Microservices
7 26 (12.81%) Software Engineering
8 25 (12.32%) DSDM
9 21 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
10 17 (8.37%) Security Architecture
11 16 (7.88%) DevOps
12 15 (7.39%) CRM
12 15 (7.39%) Cybersecurity
12 15 (7.39%) Information Assurance
12 15 (7.39%) SOA
13 14 (6.90%) Infrastructure Management
13 14 (6.90%) Migration
14 13 (6.40%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (19.21%) Python
2 37 (18.23%) Java
3 27 (13.30%) C
4 25 (12.32%) C++
4 25 (12.32%) PowerShell
5 5 (2.46%) SQL
Qualifications
1 78 (38.42%) Security Cleared
2 42 (20.69%) DV Cleared
2 42 (20.69%) SC Cleared
3 13 (6.40%) Degree
3 13 (6.40%) RHCE
4 5 (2.46%) MCSA
4 5 (2.46%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (1.97%) CESG Certified Professional
5 4 (1.97%) CISA
5 4 (1.97%) CISM
5 4 (1.97%) CISSP
5 4 (1.97%) ISSAP
5 4 (1.97%) ISSEP
6 3 (1.48%) TOGAF Certification
7 1 (0.49%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.49%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.49%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (16.75%) HMG Infosec
1 34 (16.75%) HMG Security Policy Framework
1 34 (16.75%) JSP 440
2 4 (1.97%) PSD2
2 4 (1.97%) SLA
3 2 (0.99%) GDPR
3 2 (0.99%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (5.42%) Active Directory
2 6 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.97%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.99%) Docker
4 2 (0.99%) VirtualBox
4 2 (0.99%) Xen
Systems Management
1 15 (7.39%) Puppet
2 6 (2.96%) SCCM
2 6 (2.96%) SCOM
3 4 (1.97%) vRealize
4 3 (1.48%) NetIQ Identity Manager
4 3 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (0.49%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 48 (23.65%) Microsoft
2 20 (9.85%) SAP
3 14 (6.90%) Red Hat
4 10 (4.93%) Oracle
5 9 (4.43%) IBM
6 8 (3.94%) Cisco
7 6 (2.96%) VMware
8 5 (2.46%) Unisys
9 4 (1.97%) Pega
10 3 (1.48%) NetIQ
11 2 (0.99%) Avaya
11 2 (0.99%) Google
11 2 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
11 2 (0.99%) Temenos
12 1 (0.49%) Apple
12 1 (0.49%) Dell
12 1 (0.49%) MuleSoft
12 1 (0.49%) Samsung
12 1 (0.49%) TIBCO