Period
to 14 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 November 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
UK
6 months to
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 127 154 114
Rank change year-on-year +27 -40 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 2,161 1,795 2,256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.07% 1.74% 2.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.19% 1.84% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,445 1,167 1,489
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +0.96%
10th Percentile £450 £425 £413
90th Percentile £700 £689 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £540 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +2.86% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 6 4
UK median hourly rate £60.00 £58.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +17.00% +19.05%
10th Percentile £36.71 £52.44 £40.80
90th Percentile £78.99 £60.00 £87.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.83 £57.50 £48.83
% change year-on-year +5.78% +17.77% -2.35%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 98,884 97,779 100,179
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.91% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,251 64,406 65,253
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £262 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,108 2,926 3,323
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.96 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.92 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £17.50
% change year-on-year -1.52% +1.54% -

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect over the 6 months to 14 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect over the 6 months to 14 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Top 16 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 14 November 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
England +25 1,975 £563 +2.27% 488
UK excluding London +30 1,336 £540 +2.86% 350
London +10 786 £600 +4.35% 174
South East +8 367 £588 +9.30% 93
North of England -3 273 £525 - 79
Midlands -4 221 £550 +4.76% 73
South West +64 202 £525 - 41
West Midlands +7 148 £575 +9.52% 57
Scotland +59 139 £500 -4.76% 25
Yorkshire +12 135 £525 -4.55% 37
North West +2 129 £500 -4.76% 39
East of England +11 116 £550 +10.00% 29
East Midlands -3 73 £550 +4.76% 16
Wales -16 24 £550 - 9
North East -20 9 £500 -3.85% 3
Channel Islands - 1 £700 -

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 November 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 featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 535 (24.76%) Agile Software Development
2 511 (23.65%) Finance
3 422 (19.53%) Microsoft Azure
4 332 (15.36%) TOGAF
5 317 (14.67%) Amazon AWS
6 291 (13.47%) Microsoft
7 267 (12.36%) Java
8 249 (11.52%) Stakeholder Management
9 220 (10.18%) SOA
10 219 (10.13%) .NET
11 213 (9.86%) Security Cleared
12 207 (9.58%) Microservices
12 207 (9.58%) Retail
13 205 (9.49%) Oracle
14 193 (8.93%) SAP
15 191 (8.84%) Migration
16 188 (8.70%) Enterprise Architecture
17 181 (8.38%) Banking
18 167 (7.73%) SaaS
19 163 (7.54%) Web Services
20 162 (7.50%) DevOps
21 158 (7.31%) CRM
22 157 (7.27%) Technical Architecture
23 143 (6.62%) Windows
23 143 (6.62%) Analytical Skills
24 138 (6.39%) SC Cleared
25 133 (6.15%) IT Strategy
26 129 (5.97%) Office 365
27 126 (5.83%) Linux
27 126 (5.83%) SQL

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 51 (2.36%) SharePoint
2 34 (1.57%) CMS
2 34 (1.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 30 (1.39%) WebSphere
4 21 (0.97%) Apache
5 19 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
6 15 (0.69%) JBoss
7 14 (0.65%) Skype for Business
8 13 (0.60%) Apache Spark
8 13 (0.60%) Confluence
9 12 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
9 12 (0.56%) MS Exchange
10 11 (0.51%) Cloud Foundry
10 11 (0.51%) Sitecore CMS
11 10 (0.46%) SAS
12 9 (0.42%) Apache Solr
13 8 (0.37%) IIS
14 7 (0.32%) OpenStack
14 7 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
14 7 (0.32%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 25 (1.16%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (0.51%) MS Visio
3 6 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.19%) Chatbot
5 3 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.093%) SPSS
7 1 (0.046%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 59 (2.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (1.06%) Oracle Retail
3 20 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
3 20 (0.93%) SAP S/4HANA
4 16 (0.74%) Oracle Financials
5 12 (0.56%) SAP ERP
6 10 (0.46%) SAP Hybris
7 7 (0.32%) Oracle General Ledger
7 7 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
7 7 (0.32%) SAP BPC
8 6 (0.28%) SAP MDG
8 6 (0.28%) Unit4 Business World
9 5 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
9 5 (0.23%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
9 5 (0.23%) Magento
9 5 (0.23%) SAP FI
9 5 (0.23%) SAP HR
10 4 (0.19%) Actimize
10 4 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
10 4 (0.19%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 422 (19.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 317 (14.67%) Amazon AWS
3 167 (7.73%) SaaS
4 129 (5.97%) Office 365
5 116 (5.37%) PaaS
6 103 (4.77%) IaaS
7 72 (3.33%) Dynamics 365
8 43 (1.99%) Cloud Computing
9 35 (1.62%) Azure Active Directory
10 30 (1.39%) Google Cloud Platform
11 24 (1.11%) Serverless
12 17 (0.79%) GitHub
13 14 (0.65%) Azure Data Factory
13 14 (0.65%) iPaaS
14 13 (0.60%) Apigee
14 13 (0.60%) Boomi
15 12 (0.56%) SuccessFactors
16 10 (0.46%) AWS Lambda
17 8 (0.37%) OpenShift
18 7 (0.32%) Lucidchart
Communications & Networking
1 73 (3.38%) Firewall
2 32 (1.48%) WAN
3 27 (1.25%) Internet
4 22 (1.02%) LAN
4 22 (1.02%) TCP/IP
5 21 (0.97%) SAN
6 18 (0.83%) Skype
7 17 (0.79%) VPN
8 16 (0.74%) DNS
9 15 (0.69%) Reverse Proxy
9 15 (0.69%) Unified Communications
9 15 (0.69%) Wireless
10 12 (0.56%) Intranet
11 11 (0.51%) MPLS
11 11 (0.51%) NetScaler
12 10 (0.46%) Network Security
13 9 (0.42%) Ethernet
13 9 (0.42%) NAS
14 8 (0.37%) LTE
15 7 (0.32%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (4.16%) SQL Server
2 87 (4.03%) Big Data
3 58 (2.68%) Data Warehouse
4 43 (1.99%) MongoDB
4 43 (1.99%) NoSQL
5 40 (1.85%) Hadoop
6 36 (1.67%) Oracle Database
7 35 (1.62%) Relational Database
8 28 (1.30%) Power BI
9 25 (1.16%) Data Lake
10 22 (1.02%) MySQL
11 19 (0.88%) Azure SQL Database
11 19 (0.88%) SAP HANA
12 16 (0.74%) Oracle Database 12c
13 15 (0.69%) Blockchain
13 15 (0.69%) RDBMS
13 15 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 12 (0.56%) Apache Cassandra
14 12 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
15 11 (0.51%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 36 (1.67%) Jenkins
2 31 (1.43%) JIRA
3 16 (0.74%) Oracle Forms
4 14 (0.65%) Visual Studio Team System
5 12 (0.56%) Git (software)
6 10 (0.46%) Bitbucket
7 9 (0.42%) Octopus Deploy
7 9 (0.42%) Selenium
8 8 (0.37%) SonarQube
9 7 (0.32%) Rational Rose
10 6 (0.28%) Artifactory
10 6 (0.28%) GitLab
10 6 (0.28%) Subversion
11 5 (0.23%) Visual Studio
12 4 (0.19%) Cucumber
12 4 (0.19%) IBM UrbanCode
12 4 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
12 4 (0.19%) TeamCity
13 3 (0.14%) Appcelerator Titanium
13 3 (0.14%) Zephyr
General
1 511 (23.65%) Finance
2 207 (9.58%) Retail
3 181 (8.38%) Banking
4 61 (2.82%) Telecoms
5 44 (2.04%) Manufacturing
6 35 (1.62%) Retail Banking
7 29 (1.34%) Marketing
8 27 (1.25%) Back Office
8 27 (1.25%) Legal
9 25 (1.16%) Investment Banking
10 18 (0.83%) Billing
11 16 (0.74%) Automotive
12 14 (0.65%) Publishing
13 11 (0.51%) Financial Institution
13 11 (0.51%) Front Office
13 11 (0.51%) Law
14 10 (0.46%) Aerospace
14 10 (0.46%) Electronics
15 9 (0.42%) General Ledger
16 8 (0.37%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 219 (10.13%) .NET
2 163 (7.54%) Web Services
3 114 (5.28%) REST
4 112 (5.18%) Middleware
5 92 (4.26%) SOAP
6 52 (2.41%) Spring
7 44 (2.04%) JSON
8 39 (1.80%) OAuth
9 38 (1.76%) J2EE
10 35 (1.62%) XML
11 30 (1.39%) HTML
12 27 (1.25%) Java EE
12 27 (1.25%) RESTful
13 25 (1.16%) SAML
14 19 (0.88%) Kafka
14 19 (0.88%) OpenID
14 19 (0.88%) Oracle Fusion
14 19 (0.88%) Spring Boot
15 18 (0.83%) ASP.NET
15 18 (0.83%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 143 (6.62%) Analytical Skills
2 104 (4.81%) Data Centre
3 65 (3.01%) Management Information System
4 55 (2.55%) Public Cloud
5 54 (2.50%) Mobile App
6 48 (2.22%) Computer Science
7 41 (1.90%) Greenfield Project
8 38 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
9 30 (1.39%) Self-Motivation
10 29 (1.34%) User Experience
11 28 (1.30%) Fintech
12 27 (1.25%) Hybrid Cloud
13 20 (0.93%) PKI
14 18 (0.83%) Minimum Viable Product
14 18 (0.83%) Replication
15 17 (0.79%) Virtual Team
16 15 (0.69%) DataPower
17 13 (0.60%) Private Cloud
17 13 (0.60%) Robotics
18 11 (0.51%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 143 (6.62%) Windows
2 126 (5.83%) Linux
3 61 (2.82%) Unix
4 51 (2.36%) Windows Server
5 37 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 34 (1.57%) Windows 10
7 25 (1.16%) Apple iOS
8 19 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
9 15 (0.69%) Android
10 11 (0.51%) Windows 7
11 10 (0.46%) AIX
11 10 (0.46%) Solaris
12 8 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (0.32%) Ubuntu
14 6 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
15 5 (0.23%) Windows 8
15 5 (0.23%) zOS
16 3 (0.14%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 2 (0.093%) MVS
17 2 (0.093%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 535 (24.76%) Agile Software Development
2 332 (15.36%) TOGAF
3 249 (11.52%) Stakeholder Management
4 220 (10.18%) SOA
5 207 (9.58%) Microservices
6 191 (8.84%) Migration
7 188 (8.70%) Enterprise Architecture
8 162 (7.50%) DevOps
9 158 (7.31%) CRM
10 157 (7.27%) Technical Architecture
11 133 (6.15%) IT Strategy
12 124 (5.74%) Problem-Solving
13 107 (4.95%) Data Modelling
14 105 (4.86%) ERP
15 103 (4.77%) E-Commerce
16 98 (4.53%) Analytics
16 98 (4.53%) ITIL
17 87 (4.03%) Business Intelligence
18 86 (3.98%) Scrum
18 86 (3.98%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 267 (12.36%) Java
2 126 (5.83%) SQL
3 75 (3.47%) C#
4 73 (3.38%) JavaScript
5 71 (3.29%) Python
6 40 (1.85%) PowerShell
7 31 (1.43%) C
8 23 (1.06%) Java 8
9 22 (1.02%) PL/SQL
10 18 (0.83%) C++
11 17 (0.79%) PHP
12 14 (0.65%) Perl
12 14 (0.65%) Ruby
13 11 (0.51%) Shell Script
14 10 (0.46%) Scala
15 7 (0.32%) VBA
16 4 (0.19%) ABAP
16 4 (0.19%) Bash Shell
16 4 (0.19%) R
17 3 (0.14%) Dart
Qualifications
1 213 (9.86%) Security Cleared
2 138 (6.39%) SC Cleared
3 83 (3.84%) Degree
4 59 (2.73%) TOGAF Certification
5 53 (2.45%) DV Cleared
6 36 (1.67%) CISSP
7 33 (1.53%) Microsoft Certification
8 22 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
9 19 (0.88%) CISM
9 19 (0.88%) MCSE
9 19 (0.88%) RHCE
10 15 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
10 15 (0.69%) CCNA
11 14 (0.65%) AWS Certification
12 12 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
13 11 (0.51%) CEH
14 10 (0.46%) CCNP
14 10 (0.46%) MCITP
15 9 (0.42%) ISSAP
16 8 (0.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (2.68%) QA
2 46 (2.13%) GDPR
3 24 (1.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 23 (1.06%) HMG Infosec
4 23 (1.06%) JSP 440
5 16 (0.74%) SLA
6 13 (0.60%) PCI DSS
7 12 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 11 (0.51%) PSD2
9 10 (0.46%) Data Quality
10 9 (0.42%) PMO
11 7 (0.32%) COBIT
11 7 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 5 (0.23%) HL7
12 5 (0.23%) IFRS
13 4 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
14 2 (0.093%) Disclosure Scotland
14 2 (0.093%) EMIR
14 2 (0.093%) MiFID
14 2 (0.093%) Solvency II
System Software
1 91 (4.21%) Active Directory
2 70 (3.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (2.68%) Docker
4 14 (0.65%) Hyper-V
5 11 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (0.42%) vCloud
6 9 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
7 8 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (0.37%) vSphere
8 7 (0.32%) XenDesktop
9 6 (0.28%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 5 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (0.23%) XenApp
11 4 (0.19%) VMware NSX
11 4 (0.19%) XenServer
12 3 (0.14%) KVM
12 3 (0.14%) LXC
12 3 (0.14%) NFS
12 3 (0.14%) OpenAM
12 3 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 44 (2.04%) Single Sign-On
2 41 (1.90%) SCCM
3 38 (1.76%) Puppet
4 34 (1.57%) Kubernetes
5 33 (1.53%) Ansible
6 23 (1.06%) Microsoft Intune
7 18 (0.83%) Terraform
8 15 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
9 8 (0.37%) Kibana
9 8 (0.37%) logstash
10 7 (0.32%) SCOM
11 6 (0.28%) AirWatch
11 6 (0.28%) vRealize
12 4 (0.19%) CA Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.19%) NetIQ Identity Manager
12 4 (0.19%) OpenView
12 4 (0.19%) Sysdig
12 4 (0.19%) XenMobile
13 3 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 3 (0.14%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 291 (13.47%) Microsoft
2 205 (9.49%) Oracle
3 193 (8.93%) SAP
4 108 (5.00%) VMware
5 52 (2.41%) Cisco
5 52 (2.41%) IBM
6 51 (2.36%) Salesforce.com
7 49 (2.27%) Citrix
8 41 (1.90%) Red Hat
9 33 (1.53%) Google
10 28 (1.30%) hybris
11 21 (0.97%) Pega
12 19 (0.88%) MuleSoft
12 19 (0.88%) Sitecore
13 16 (0.74%) Dell
13 16 (0.74%) Splunk
14 14 (0.65%) ServiceNow
15 12 (0.56%) Ab Initio
15 12 (0.56%) TIBCO
16 11 (0.51%) Informatica