The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Solution Architect
UK
Rank 106 96 90
Rank change year-on-year -10 -6  
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 983 1192 1176
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.17% 2.25% 2.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.29% 2.36% 2.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 619 698 719
Median daily rate £550 £525 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £432 £420 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £515
% change year-on-year +5.00% -2.91%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 11 8
Median hourly rate £58.75 £60.00 £42.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.08% +42.01%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £25.00 £34.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.75 £66.25 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.75 £62.50 £49.50
% change year-on-year -6.00% +26.26%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Solutions Architect in the job title.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Solutions Architect.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England 0 917 £550 +4.76% 153
London +10 418 £600 +9.09% 87
South East +11 163 £524 -0.23% 22
East of England +5 86 £525 +10.52% 8
West Midlands +17 71 £500 - 5
City of London +31 67 £615 +6.95% 17
Hampshire +29 62 £525 +10.52% 3
Yorkshire -5 57 £550 +15.78% 9
Berkshire +4 52 £500 -9.09% 3
East Midlands -19 42 £513 +15.49% 5
West Yorkshire -13 33 £550 +10.00% 7
South West -37 28 £528 -1.40% 4
Birmingham +9 27 £500 -9.09% 3
North West -8 25 £550 +13.11% 11
Scotland -47 23 £448 -10.50% 3
Wales +28 22 £458 +10.90% 1
Cambridgeshire -5 22 £450 -5.85% 4
Bedfordshire +15 21 £525 -16.00% 2
South Wales +30 19 £495 +20.00% 1
Norfolk +20 19 £590 -
Buckinghamshire -8 18 £500 -9.09% 1
Hertfordshire -6 17 £600 +26.31% 1
Southampton +21 15 £525 -
Edinburgh -23 15 £463 -7.50% 3
Reading +7 14 £563 +1.35% 1
North East -8 14 £439 -5.13% 1
Bristol -10 14 £488 -10.34% 3
Leeds -27 14 £575 +15.00% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne +1 13 £440 -16.19% 1
Tyne and Wear -6 13 £440 -2.22% 1

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, Solutions Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 438 (21.51%) Finance
2 420 (20.63%) Agile Software Development
3 347 (17.04%) Microsoft
4 284 (13.95%) Java
5 277 (13.61%) TOGAF
6 230 (11.30%) SOA
7 220 (10.81%) Oracle
8 213 (10.46%) SAP
9 205 (10.07%) Retail
10 202 (9.92%) Microsoft Azure
11 193 (9.48%) Banking
12 192 (9.43%) CRM
13 190 (9.33%) Web Services
14 188 (9.23%) Stakeholder Management
15 180 (8.84%) Enterprise Architecture
16 161 (7.91%) E-Commerce
17 160 (7.86%) .NET
18 150 (7.37%) Security Cleared
19 147 (7.22%) SQL Server
20 146 (7.17%) Windows
21 143 (7.02%) Amazon AWS
22 134 (6.58%) Migration
23 123 (6.04%) IT Strategy
24 117 (5.75%) SC Cleared
25 115 (5.65%) Middleware
26 114 (5.60%) Analytical Skills
27 106 (5.21%) JavaScript
28 105 (5.16%) SQL
29 104 (5.11%) REST
30 102 (5.01%) SharePoint

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top Related 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
1 102 (5.01%) SharePoint
2 71 (3.49%) CMS
3 44 (2.16%) Confluence
4 42 (2.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 41 (2.01%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 41 (2.01%) Skype for Business
6 37 (1.82%) WebSphere
7 32 (1.57%) BizTalk Server
8 27 (1.33%) WebLogic
9 25 (1.23%) JBoss
10 23 (1.13%) Elasticsearch
11 18 (0.88%) Apache
12 17 (0.83%) Drupal
12 17 (0.83%) Tomcat
13 14 (0.69%) Cloud Foundry
13 14 (0.69%) IIS
14 12 (0.59%) MS Exchange
14 12 (0.59%) Umbraco
15 10 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
15 10 (0.49%) OpenStack
Applications
1 100 (4.91%) MS Excel
2 23 (1.13%) MS Visio
3 17 (0.83%) MS Office
4 5 (0.25%) MS Project
5 4 (0.20%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.049%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 88 (4.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (0.93%) SAP HR
3 18 (0.88%) SAP FI
4 17 (0.83%) Maximo
5 14 (0.69%) SAP CO
6 13 (0.64%) Oracle BPM
6 13 (0.64%) SAP FI/CO
7 12 (0.59%) SAP ERP
8 10 (0.49%) SAP HCM
8 10 (0.49%) SAP Retail
9 9 (0.44%) Magento
9 9 (0.44%) SAP FSCM
10 7 (0.34%) Adobe Campaign
10 7 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
10 7 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
10 7 (0.34%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 7 (0.34%) SAP GRC
11 6 (0.29%) Oracle Retail
11 6 (0.29%) SAP Hybris
11 6 (0.29%) SAP Travel Management
Cloud Services
1 202 (9.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 143 (7.02%) Amazon AWS
3 95 (4.67%) Office 365
4 79 (3.88%) SaaS
5 53 (2.60%) PaaS
6 46 (2.26%) IaaS
7 33 (1.62%) Cloud Computing
8 20 (0.98%) SuccessFactors
9 14 (0.69%) OpenShift
10 12 (0.59%) GitHub
11 9 (0.44%) Amazon S3
12 8 (0.39%) Force.com
13 7 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
13 7 (0.34%) CloudBees
13 7 (0.34%) Yammer
14 6 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (0.29%) AWS Lambda
15 5 (0.25%) Boomi
15 5 (0.25%) Google Cloud Platform
15 5 (0.25%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 68 (3.34%) WAN
2 59 (2.90%) LAN
3 51 (2.50%) Firewall
4 49 (2.41%) Internet
5 37 (1.82%) Skype
6 28 (1.38%) HTTP
7 27 (1.33%) Network Security
8 24 (1.18%) LDAP
9 23 (1.13%) DNS
10 22 (1.08%) MVNO
11 15 (0.74%) TCP/IP
12 13 (0.64%) SAN
12 13 (0.64%) VPN
13 11 (0.54%) MPLS
14 10 (0.49%) SSL
14 10 (0.49%) Unified Communications
14 10 (0.49%) VoIP
15 7 (0.34%) Cisco Nexus
15 7 (0.34%) IPv4
16 6 (0.29%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 147 (7.22%) SQL Server
2 76 (3.73%) Big Data
3 68 (3.34%) Relational Database
4 51 (2.50%) NoSQL
5 49 (2.41%) MongoDB
6 46 (2.26%) Data Warehouse
7 39 (1.92%) Hadoop
8 36 (1.77%) PostgreSQL
9 33 (1.62%) Oracle Database
10 31 (1.52%) MySQL
11 26 (1.28%) BusinessObjects
12 25 (1.23%) SAP HANA
13 24 (1.18%) Apache Cassandra
13 24 (1.18%) SAP BW
13 24 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 23 (1.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 17 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 12 (0.59%) RDBMS
17 11 (0.54%) DB2
18 10 (0.49%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 54 (2.65%) JIRA
2 48 (2.36%) Jenkins
3 26 (1.28%) Git (software)
4 21 (1.03%) Maven
5 16 (0.79%) Team Foundation Server
6 15 (0.74%) Selenium
7 13 (0.64%) Visual Studio
8 8 (0.39%) Ant
8 8 (0.39%) SonarQube
9 6 (0.29%) Eclipse
9 6 (0.29%) Rational Rose
10 5 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
11 4 (0.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 4 (0.20%) JUnit
11 4 (0.20%) Rational Software Modeler
12 3 (0.15%) JBehave
12 3 (0.15%) Mercurial
12 3 (0.15%) Oracle APEX
12 3 (0.15%) Oracle Forms
12 3 (0.15%) Subversion
General
1 438 (21.51%) Finance
2 205 (10.07%) Retail
3 193 (9.48%) Banking
4 78 (3.83%) Telecoms
5 56 (2.75%) Marketing
6 52 (2.55%) Billing
7 42 (2.06%) Manufacturing
8 28 (1.38%) Back Office
9 23 (1.13%) Investment Banking
10 20 (0.98%) Advertising
10 20 (0.98%) Legal
11 13 (0.64%) Automotive
12 12 (0.59%) Publishing
13 11 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
13 11 (0.54%) Retail Banking
14 10 (0.49%) Law
15 9 (0.44%) Aerospace
15 9 (0.44%) Front Office
16 8 (0.39%) General Ledger
17 5 (0.25%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 190 (9.33%) Web Services
2 160 (7.86%) .NET
3 115 (5.65%) Middleware
4 104 (5.11%) REST
5 101 (4.96%) HTML
6 88 (4.32%) SOAP
7 82 (4.03%) JSON
8 81 (3.98%) Spring
9 73 (3.59%) XML
10 68 (3.34%) J2EE
11 64 (3.14%) CSS
12 46 (2.26%) HTML5
13 37 (1.82%) Java EE
13 37 (1.82%) RESTful
14 36 (1.77%) CSS3
15 35 (1.72%) ASP.NET
16 33 (1.62%) AngularJS
17 30 (1.47%) Node.js
18 29 (1.42%) Hibernate
19 25 (1.23%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 114 (5.60%) Analytical Skills
2 97 (4.76%) Data Centre
3 55 (2.70%) Management Information System
4 54 (2.65%) User Experience
5 52 (2.55%) Mobile App
6 36 (1.77%) Enterprise Software
7 35 (1.72%) Private Cloud
8 34 (1.67%) Public Cloud
9 32 (1.57%) Computer Science
10 30 (1.47%) SWIFT
11 25 (1.23%) Market Risk
12 24 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
13 21 (1.03%) Virtual Team
14 19 (0.93%) Client/Server
14 19 (0.93%) EPoS
15 18 (0.88%) Social Media
16 17 (0.83%) PKI
17 16 (0.79%) Mainframe
18 15 (0.74%) Credit Risk
18 15 (0.74%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 146 (7.17%) Windows
2 100 (4.91%) Linux
3 46 (2.26%) Unix
4 27 (1.33%) Windows Server
5 19 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (0.74%) AIX
6 15 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (0.64%) CentOS
7 13 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 12 (0.59%) Solaris
8 12 (0.59%) Windows 10
9 10 (0.49%) Android
10 9 (0.44%) Apple iOS
11 6 (0.29%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.20%) VMS
13 3 (0.15%) Windows 7
14 2 (0.098%) pSOS
14 2 (0.098%) SUSE
14 2 (0.098%) zOS
15 1 (0.049%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 420 (20.63%) Agile Software Development
2 277 (13.61%) TOGAF
3 230 (11.30%) SOA
4 192 (9.43%) CRM
5 188 (9.23%) Stakeholder Management
6 180 (8.84%) Enterprise Architecture
7 161 (7.91%) E-Commerce
8 134 (6.58%) Migration
9 123 (6.04%) IT Strategy
10 100 (4.91%) Analytics
11 96 (4.72%) Technical Architecture
12 91 (4.47%) Scrum
13 89 (4.37%) Business Intelligence
13 89 (4.37%) ERP
14 87 (4.27%) ITIL
14 87 (4.27%) Microservices
14 87 (4.27%) UML
15 86 (4.22%) DevOps
16 78 (3.83%) Data Modelling
17 70 (3.44%) OO
Programming Languages
1 284 (13.95%) Java
2 106 (5.21%) JavaScript
3 105 (5.16%) SQL
4 70 (3.44%) C#
5 44 (2.16%) Python
6 39 (1.92%) Ruby
7 25 (1.23%) C++
8 18 (0.88%) C
9 17 (0.83%) PHP
9 17 (0.83%) Scala
10 16 (0.79%) Bash Shell
11 14 (0.69%) Apex Code
12 11 (0.54%) ABAP
13 10 (0.49%) Perl
14 9 (0.44%) PL/SQL
15 8 (0.39%) PowerShell
15 8 (0.39%) VB.NET
16 6 (0.29%) Shell Script
17 5 (0.25%) Delphi
17 5 (0.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 150 (7.37%) Security Cleared
2 117 (5.75%) SC Cleared
3 91 (4.47%) Degree
4 22 (1.08%) DV Cleared
5 18 (0.88%) CISSP
6 13 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
8 11 (0.54%) BPSS Clearance
9 9 (0.44%) CCNA
9 9 (0.44%) PMI Certification
10 8 (0.39%) ISSAP
10 8 (0.39%) PMP
11 7 (0.34%) ISEB
12 5 (0.25%) AWS Certification
12 5 (0.25%) CCIE
12 5 (0.25%) CISA
12 5 (0.25%) CISM
12 5 (0.25%) CLAS
12 5 (0.25%) MCSE
13 4 (0.20%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (2.36%) QA
2 28 (1.38%) Disclosure Scotland
3 26 (1.28%) SEPA
4 23 (1.13%) PCI DSS
5 12 (0.59%) MiFID
6 10 (0.49%) COBIT
6 10 (0.49%) IFRS
7 9 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 6 (0.29%) IFRS 9
9 4 (0.20%) GDPR
9 4 (0.20%) Solvency II
10 3 (0.15%) PMO
10 3 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.15%) SLA
11 2 (0.098%) EMIR
11 2 (0.098%) HL7
11 2 (0.098%) SNOMED CT
12 1 (0.049%) Basel III
12 1 (0.049%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.049%) WCAG
System Software
1 75 (3.68%) Active Directory
2 48 (2.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (2.31%) Docker
4 20 (0.98%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.44%) LXC
6 8 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
7 7 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (0.29%) vCloud
8 6 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (0.29%) XenApp
9 5 (0.25%) DFS Replication
10 4 (0.20%) HDFS
10 4 (0.20%) NFS
10 4 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
10 4 (0.20%) vSphere
11 3 (0.15%) KVM
11 3 (0.15%) SRDF
11 3 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.15%) Xen
11 3 (0.15%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 36 (1.77%) Puppet
2 26 (1.28%) Ansible
3 20 (0.98%) SCCM
4 19 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (0.79%) Terraform
6 10 (0.49%) Kubernetes
7 7 (0.34%) Nagios
7 7 (0.34%) QRadar
8 6 (0.29%) Tivoli
8 6 (0.29%) Tivoli Identity Manager
9 5 (0.25%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 5 (0.25%) Kibana
9 5 (0.25%) MOM
9 5 (0.25%) Rundeck
9 5 (0.25%) SCOM
10 4 (0.20%) logstash
10 4 (0.20%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 4 (0.20%) ZABBIX
11 3 (0.15%) CA Single Sign-On
11 3 (0.15%) Nessus
Vendors
1 347 (17.04%) Microsoft
2 220 (10.81%) Oracle
3 213 (10.46%) SAP
4 74 (3.63%) VMware
5 71 (3.49%) IBM
6 60 (2.95%) Salesforce.com
7 50 (2.46%) Cisco
8 49 (2.41%) Adobe
9 34 (1.67%) hybris
10 32 (1.57%) HP
11 27 (1.33%) Pega
12 25 (1.23%) Citrix
13 22 (1.08%) Red Hat
14 19 (0.93%) webMethods
15 17 (0.83%) MuleSoft
16 15 (0.74%) Reuters
16 15 (0.74%) Splunk
17 14 (0.69%) ATG
18 13 (0.64%) ESRI
18 13 (0.64%) ServiceNow
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Empiric.com
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
London - South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £600+ per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Merseyside
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Northamptonshire
onezeero.
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oliver James Associates
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Robert Walters
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Wembley, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Robert Walters UK
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £500 - £550 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Data Idols
Rate: From £500 to £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day Rate flexible £500-550/day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £550 per annum +
Posted: Yesterday
London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Montash
Rate: £600 - £625 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Wiltshire
Montash
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Logic Engagements Ltd
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 4 days ago
East London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £593 to £600 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £600 - £700 per day + negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Linksap
Rate: Strong Market
Posted: 11 days ago
Surrey
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £600.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Eames Consulting
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Bankside Recruitment (Talent Analytix)
Rate: up to £650 per day
Posted: 7 days ago