Period
to 18 October 2021

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 October 2021.

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
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 74 99 114
Rank change year-on-year +25 +15 +17
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 2,686 748 1,872
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.20% 2.42% 2.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.44% 2.63% 2.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,797 482 1,185
10th Percentile £500 £413 £450
25th Percentile £525 £481 £513
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £553 £575
Median % change year-on-year +8.60% -3.91% +4.55%
75th Percentile £675 £650 £650
90th Percentile £738 £750 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £575 £550 £550
% change year-on-year +4.55% - +2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 3 13
10th Percentile £52.80 £68.50 £34.75
25th Percentile £55.50 £75.63 £57.00
Median hourly rate £72.49 £89.00 £70.00
Median % change year-on-year -18.55% +27.14% +16.67%
75th Percentile £78.36 £90.75 £82.50
90th Percentile £79.00 £91.80 "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £72.49 £67.50 £70.00
% change year-on-year +7.39% -3.57% +9.81%

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 78,189 28,483 80,060
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.23% 92.29% 94.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,362 19,210 53,591
10th Percentile £300 £263 £259
25th Percentile £406 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £700 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,068 921 2,710
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.93 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -9.43% +15.79% +8.57%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.25
90th Percentile £62.25 £53.75 £52.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.26% +11.43% -

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Solutions Architect.

Daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Solutions Architect over the 6 months to 18 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Solutions Architect.

Hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Solutions Architect over the 6 months to 18 October 2021.

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 18 October 2021. 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 2,154 £600 +6.67% 540
London +47 1,142 £625 +6.38% 244
UK excluding London +27 953 £575 +4.55% 323
Work from Home +1 789 £600 +9.09% 96
South East -19 255 £595 +9.68% 76
North of England +32 231 £575 +9.52% 94
Midlands +18 179 £550 +4.76% 66
West Midlands +26 128 £550 +13.40% 44
Yorkshire +41 119 £575 +19.48% 29
South West -1 116 £585 +0.86% 33
Scotland 0 98 £565 +0.44% 20
North West -18 96 £550 +4.76% 53
East of England -18 55 £575 +4.55% 22
East Midlands -12 50 £495 -23.85% 22
Wales -9 21 £515 +24.85% 10
North East +6 17 £575 -4.17% 12

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 October 2021, 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.

1 838 (31.20%) Azure
2 700 (26.06%) Agile Software Development
3 549 (20.44%) Social Skills
4 538 (20.03%) AWS
5 497 (18.50%) Finance
6 392 (14.59%) Microservices
7 388 (14.45%) Microsoft
8 385 (14.33%) DevOps
9 362 (13.48%) TOGAF
10 359 (13.37%) Stakeholder Management
11 350 (13.03%) Migration
12 314 (11.69%) Enterprise Architecture
13 266 (9.90%) Java
14 259 (9.64%) Security Cleared
15 251 (9.34%) CRM
16 250 (9.31%) Retail
17 232 (8.64%) Banking
18 222 (8.27%) SaaS
19 221 (8.23%) Oracle
20 220 (8.19%) SC Cleared
21 202 (7.52%) PaaS
22 201 (7.48%) Public Sector
23 189 (7.04%) Analytics
23 189 (7.04%) Salesforce.com
24 187 (6.96%) SAP
25 166 (6.18%) SQL
26 164 (6.11%) Data Modelling
27 162 (6.03%) GCP
28 161 (5.99%) Problem-Solving
29 159 (5.92%) Telecoms

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 57 (2.12%) Confluence
1 57 (2.12%) SharePoint
2 39 (1.45%) CMS
3 19 (0.71%) Apache Spark
3 19 (0.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 19 (0.71%) SAS
4 17 (0.63%) WebSphere
5 14 (0.52%) Apache
6 13 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 13 (0.48%) Drupal
6 13 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
7 11 (0.41%) Tomcat
8 10 (0.37%) Oracle Application Server
8 10 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
9 9 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
9 9 (0.34%) JBoss
10 7 (0.26%) Liferay
10 7 (0.26%) WebSphere Application Server
11 6 (0.22%) Cloud Foundry
11 6 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 23 (0.86%) MS Visio
2 12 (0.45%) Chatbot
3 11 (0.41%) Microsoft Office
4 8 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.26%) Microsoft Excel
6 6 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.074%) Siemens NX
7 2 (0.074%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.074%) SPSS
8 1 (0.037%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.037%) Revit
Business Applications
1 65 (2.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (1.12%) SAP S/4HANA
3 17 (0.63%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 13 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
5 12 (0.45%) JDE EnterpriseOne
5 12 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
5 12 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
5 12 (0.45%) SAP ERP
6 11 (0.41%) Oracle Receivables
6 11 (0.41%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 10 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
7 10 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 10 (0.37%) SAP Retail
8 9 (0.34%) NetSuite
8 9 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
9 8 (0.30%) Oracle General Ledger
10 7 (0.26%) Remedy AR System
11 6 (0.22%) BASE24
11 6 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
11 6 (0.22%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 838 (31.20%) Azure
2 538 (20.03%) AWS
3 222 (8.27%) SaaS
4 202 (7.52%) PaaS
5 162 (6.03%) GCP
6 154 (5.73%) Serverless
7 136 (5.06%) IaaS
8 114 (4.24%) Power Platform
9 109 (4.06%) Microsoft 365
10 86 (3.20%) Dynamics 365
11 60 (2.23%) Azure Data Factory
12 59 (2.20%) Azure Active Directory
13 53 (1.97%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 48 (1.79%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 48 (1.79%) Azure Functions
15 45 (1.68%) Amazon S3
15 45 (1.68%) AWS Lambda
16 42 (1.56%) Azure Service Bus
17 39 (1.45%) Azure Logic Apps
17 39 (1.45%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 56 (2.08%) WAN
2 45 (1.68%) Firewall
3 44 (1.64%) VoIP
4 39 (1.45%) LAN
5 37 (1.38%) Network Security
6 32 (1.19%) DNS
7 29 (1.08%) 4G
7 29 (1.08%) 5G
8 26 (0.97%) SAN
9 20 (0.74%) 3G
9 20 (0.74%) LTE
10 19 (0.71%) MPLS
10 19 (0.71%) VoLTE
11 18 (0.67%) NAS
12 17 (0.63%) SD-WAN
12 17 (0.63%) SMS
12 17 (0.63%) VPN
13 16 (0.60%) SSL
13 16 (0.60%) VoWiFi
14 15 (0.56%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 142 (5.29%) Big Data
2 113 (4.21%) SQL Server
3 111 (4.13%) Data Warehouse
4 90 (3.35%) Data Lake
5 81 (3.02%) NoSQL
6 74 (2.76%) Power BI
7 57 (2.12%) Relational Database
8 47 (1.75%) Oracle Database
9 43 (1.60%) Azure SQL Database
10 40 (1.49%) MongoDB
10 40 (1.49%) RDBMS
11 35 (1.30%) Hadoop
12 30 (1.12%) MySQL
13 24 (0.89%) PostgreSQL
14 23 (0.86%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 21 (0.78%) Metadata
15 21 (0.78%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 20 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
17 15 (0.56%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 13 (0.48%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 87 (3.24%) JIRA
2 72 (2.68%) Jenkins
3 46 (1.71%) PowerDesigner
4 41 (1.53%) Git (software)
5 26 (0.97%) Maven
6 16 (0.60%) Gradle
6 16 (0.60%) TeamCity
7 13 (0.48%) Bitbucket
7 13 (0.48%) Selenium
8 10 (0.37%) GitLab
9 7 (0.26%) Sonatype Nexus
10 6 (0.22%) Terragrunt
10 6 (0.22%) Visual Studio
11 5 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 5 (0.19%) Cucumber
11 5 (0.19%) JUnit
11 5 (0.19%) SonarQube
11 5 (0.19%) Subversion
12 4 (0.15%) Bitbucket Server
12 4 (0.15%) Postman
General
1 549 (20.44%) Social Skills
2 497 (18.50%) Finance
3 250 (9.31%) Retail
4 232 (8.64%) Banking
5 201 (7.48%) Public Sector
6 159 (5.92%) Telecoms
7 140 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
8 99 (3.69%) Presentation Skills
9 91 (3.39%) Marketing
10 78 (2.90%) Influencing Skills
11 66 (2.46%) Billing
12 61 (2.27%) Manufacturing
13 45 (1.68%) Investment Banking
14 39 (1.45%) Retail Banking
15 33 (1.23%) Legal
16 30 (1.12%) Documentation Skills
16 30 (1.12%) Law
17 22 (0.82%) Electronics
18 17 (0.63%) Back Office
19 15 (0.56%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 139 (5.17%) .NET
2 110 (4.10%) REST
3 89 (3.31%) Web Services
4 85 (3.16%) Kafka
5 75 (2.79%) Middleware
6 61 (2.27%) SOAP
7 53 (1.97%) HTML
8 50 (1.86%) Node.js
8 50 (1.86%) Spring Boot
9 49 (1.82%) JSON
9 49 (1.82%) RESTful
10 45 (1.68%) React
11 43 (1.60%) Spring
12 39 (1.45%) OpenID
13 36 (1.34%) J2EE
14 33 (1.23%) OAuth
14 33 (1.23%) SAML
15 32 (1.19%) CSS
15 32 (1.19%) Oracle Fusion
16 31 (1.15%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 122 (4.54%) Public Cloud
2 103 (3.83%) Cloud Native
3 91 (3.39%) Management Information System
4 69 (2.57%) Data Centre
5 64 (2.38%) Enterprise Software
5 64 (2.38%) User Experience
6 61 (2.27%) Data Protection Act
7 60 (2.23%) Mobile App
8 54 (2.01%) Legacy Systems
9 47 (1.75%) Self-Motivation
10 38 (1.41%) Greenfield Project
11 36 (1.34%) Virtual Team
12 34 (1.27%) Hybrid Cloud
13 21 (0.78%) FMCG
14 20 (0.74%) PKI
15 17 (0.63%) Legacy Applications
16 15 (0.56%) IVR
16 15 (0.56%) NHS
16 15 (0.56%) Private Cloud
17 13 (0.48%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 141 (5.25%) Windows
2 98 (3.65%) Linux
3 33 (1.23%) Unix
4 28 (1.04%) Windows Server
5 16 (0.60%) Windows 10
6 14 (0.52%) Solaris
7 12 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (0.37%) Apple iOS
9 7 (0.26%) AIX
9 7 (0.26%) VMS
10 6 (0.22%) Android
11 5 (0.19%) Ubuntu
12 4 (0.15%) Windows Server 2016
13 3 (0.11%) Debian
13 3 (0.11%) Windows Server 2019
14 2 (0.074%) Windows Mobile
15 1 (0.037%) CentOS
15 1 (0.037%) Windows 7
15 1 (0.037%) Windows Server 2012
15 1 (0.037%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 700 (26.06%) Agile Software Development
2 392 (14.59%) Microservices
3 385 (14.33%) DevOps
4 362 (13.48%) TOGAF
5 359 (13.37%) Stakeholder Management
6 350 (13.03%) Migration
7 314 (11.69%) Enterprise Architecture
8 251 (9.34%) CRM
9 189 (7.04%) Analytics
10 164 (6.11%) Data Modelling
11 161 (5.99%) Problem-Solving
12 158 (5.88%) Scrum
13 153 (5.70%) E-Commerce
14 151 (5.62%) Project Delivery
15 146 (5.44%) IT Strategy
16 141 (5.25%) Business Intelligence
17 134 (4.99%) Technical Architecture
18 131 (4.88%) ITIL
19 127 (4.73%) SDLC
20 119 (4.43%) Architectural Design
Programming Languages
1 266 (9.90%) Java
2 166 (6.18%) SQL
3 104 (3.87%) JavaScript
4 73 (2.72%) C#
5 68 (2.53%) Python
6 51 (1.90%) PowerShell
7 25 (0.93%) Bash Shell
8 23 (0.86%) C
9 17 (0.63%) Go
10 13 (0.48%) PHP
11 12 (0.45%) C++
11 12 (0.45%) T-SQL
12 11 (0.41%) Perl
12 11 (0.41%) Scala
13 10 (0.37%) Kotlin
14 9 (0.34%) TypeScript
15 7 (0.26%) Ruby
16 6 (0.22%) Groovy
16 6 (0.22%) Java 11
17 5 (0.19%) R
Qualifications
1 259 (9.64%) Security Cleared
2 220 (8.19%) SC Cleared
3 89 (3.31%) TOGAF Certification
4 85 (3.16%) Degree
5 38 (1.41%) AWS Certification
5 38 (1.41%) DV Cleared
6 28 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
7 25 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
8 23 (0.86%) CCNA
9 12 (0.45%) Computer Science Degree
10 11 (0.41%) CISSP
10 11 (0.41%) Master's Degree
11 9 (0.34%) Microsoft Certification
12 7 (0.26%) CCNP
12 7 (0.26%) ISEB
13 5 (0.19%) CISA
13 5 (0.19%) MBCS
14 4 (0.15%) BC Cleared
14 4 (0.15%) CISM
14 4 (0.15%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (2.42%) QA
2 47 (1.75%) GDPR
3 29 (1.08%) PCI DSS
4 28 (1.04%) Data Quality
5 21 (0.78%) COBIT
6 10 (0.37%) PMO
6 10 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 9 (0.34%) NIST
8 8 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
9 6 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 6 (0.22%) JSP 440
10 5 (0.19%) Accessibility
10 5 (0.19%) SEPA
10 5 (0.19%) SLA
11 4 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
11 4 (0.15%) HMG Infosec
11 4 (0.15%) ISO 20022
11 4 (0.15%) PSD2
12 3 (0.11%) GMP
System Software
1 131 (4.88%) Docker
2 102 (3.80%) Active Directory
3 59 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (0.37%) Hyper-V
6 8 (0.30%) KVM
7 7 (0.26%) NFS
7 7 (0.26%) VMware NSX
8 6 (0.22%) OpenAM
8 6 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
8 6 (0.22%) RACF
8 6 (0.22%) SRDF
8 6 (0.22%) Xen
9 4 (0.15%) VMFS
9 4 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.037%) HDFS
11 1 (0.037%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.037%) vSphere
11 1 (0.037%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 157 (5.85%) Kubernetes
2 102 (3.80%) Terraform
3 42 (1.56%) Ansible
4 29 (1.08%) Microsoft Intune
5 25 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
6 23 (0.86%) Puppet
7 21 (0.78%) Single Sign-On
8 14 (0.52%) SCCM
9 9 (0.34%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 4 (0.15%) Cisco CUCM
10 4 (0.15%) Grafana
10 4 (0.15%) Kibana
10 4 (0.15%) Packer
11 3 (0.11%) Netcool
11 3 (0.11%) SCOM
12 2 (0.074%) Amdocs OSS
12 2 (0.074%) Cobbler
12 2 (0.074%) Docker Swarm
12 2 (0.074%) FortiGate
12 2 (0.074%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 388 (14.45%) Microsoft
2 221 (8.23%) Oracle
3 189 (7.04%) Salesforce.com
4 187 (6.96%) SAP
5 98 (3.65%) Google
6 88 (3.28%) Databricks
7 87 (3.24%) VMware
8 72 (2.68%) MuleSoft
9 58 (2.16%) Cisco
10 57 (2.12%) BiZZdesign
11 46 (1.71%) IBM
12 35 (1.30%) ServiceNow
13 30 (1.12%) Red Hat
14 27 (1.01%) Informatica
15 24 (0.89%) Adobe
16 22 (0.82%) JD Edwards
16 22 (0.82%) Remedy
17 21 (0.78%) F5
18 19 (0.71%) Cloudera
19 18 (0.67%) Pega