Period
to 12 July 2020

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 July 2020.

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
12 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 110 100 117
Rank change year-on-year -10 +17 +19
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 867 2,270 2,330
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.11% 2.41% 2.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.26% 2.55% 2.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 572 1,560 1,511
Median daily rate £575 £575 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.55% -
10th Percentile £413 £450 £450
90th Percentile £750 £700 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £550
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 14 9
Median hourly rate £35.00 £54.75 £72.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.07% -24.48% +26.09%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £41.50 £73.70
% change year-on-year -15.66% -43.69% +28.17%

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 38,345 88,895 98,477
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.49% 94.54% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,027 58,515 64,447
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £256 £265 £269
90th Percentile £660 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £432 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.65% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,557 2,943 3,183
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.65 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.53% +9.14% -3.74%
10th Percentile £12.01 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.25 £48.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% -1.52%

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 12 July 2020.

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 12 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Top 17 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 12 July 2020. 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 -4 801 £589 +2.39% 127
UK excluding London -25 475 £550 - 105
London -14 334 £625 +4.17% 32
South East +24 169 £550 -0.90% 36
North of England +27 124 £600 +14.29% 26
South West +3 71 £600 +9.09% 14
North West +31 65 £600 +9.09% 14
Work from Home -23 62 £550 -4.35% 23
Midlands -11 52 £500 -9.09% 12
Yorkshire +32 42 £575 +9.52% 6
East of England -17 32 £575 +4.55% 8
West Midlands +5 26 £478 -13.18% 7
East Midlands +22 23 £525 +10.53% 5
North East +22 17 £575 +22.67% 6
Scotland -23 15 £480 -8.57% 9
Wales -27 11 £475 -24.00% 1
Northern Ireland +22 2 £475 -

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 July 2020, 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.

1 219 (25.26%) Azure
2 196 (22.61%) AWS
3 192 (22.15%) Agile Software Development
4 183 (21.11%) Finance
5 127 (14.65%) Migration
6 116 (13.38%) Security Cleared
7 113 (13.03%) TOGAF
8 107 (12.34%) Microsoft
9 105 (12.11%) DevOps
10 102 (11.76%) Java
11 99 (11.42%) Microservices
12 98 (11.30%) SC Cleared
13 80 (9.23%) Web Services
14 78 (9.00%) Stakeholder Management
15 69 (7.96%) SQL
16 68 (7.84%) CRM
16 68 (7.84%) Enterprise Architecture
17 66 (7.61%) SAP
18 61 (7.04%) Salesforce.com
19 60 (6.92%) Python
20 59 (6.81%) Scrum
20 59 (6.81%) GCP
20 59 (6.81%) Public Sector
21 56 (6.46%) Telecoms
22 54 (6.23%) PaaS
23 53 (6.11%) Kubernetes
23 53 (6.11%) Serverless
23 53 (6.11%) Oracle
23 53 (6.11%) .NET
24 51 (5.88%) Retail

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 23 (2.65%) CMS
1 23 (2.65%) Confluence
2 18 (2.08%) Apache
3 13 (1.50%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.38%) Apache Spark
5 7 (0.81%) Red Hat Fuse
6 6 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 6 (0.69%) Sitecore CMS
7 5 (0.58%) Apache Pig
7 5 (0.58%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.46%) JBoss
9 3 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 3 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.35%) Oracle Self-Service HR
9 3 (0.35%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.35%) WebLogic
10 2 (0.23%) Jetty
10 2 (0.23%) Jupyter
10 2 (0.23%) Oracle Service Bus
10 2 (0.23%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (0.81%) MS Visio
2 5 (0.58%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.46%) Chatbot
3 4 (0.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.12%) CATIA
4 1 (0.12%) LaTeX
4 1 (0.12%) Maya
4 1 (0.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.12%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 32 (3.69%) SAP S/4HANA
2 21 (2.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 13 (1.50%) Markit EDM
3 13 (1.50%) SimCorp Dimension
4 11 (1.27%) Remedy ITSM
5 8 (0.92%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 7 (0.81%) SAP MDG
7 6 (0.69%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 5 (0.58%) SAP FI
8 5 (0.58%) SAP MII
9 4 (0.46%) Endur
9 4 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
9 4 (0.46%) Oracle Retail
9 4 (0.46%) SAP ERP
9 4 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 4 (0.46%) Teamcenter
10 3 (0.35%) SAP CO
10 3 (0.35%) SAP FI/CO
10 3 (0.35%) SAP SCM
10 3 (0.35%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 219 (25.26%) Azure
2 196 (22.61%) AWS
3 59 (6.81%) GCP
4 54 (6.23%) PaaS
5 53 (6.11%) Serverless
6 45 (5.19%) SaaS
7 41 (4.73%) IaaS
8 33 (3.81%) Office 365
9 29 (3.34%) AWS Lambda
10 20 (2.31%) Apigee
11 18 (2.08%) Amazon ECS
12 17 (1.96%) Power Platform
13 15 (1.73%) Azure Active Directory
14 14 (1.61%) Amazon EC2
15 13 (1.50%) AWS CloudFormation
15 13 (1.50%) Azure Functions
15 13 (1.50%) Dynamics 365
16 12 (1.38%) OpenShift
17 10 (1.15%) Amazon S3
18 9 (1.04%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 38 (4.38%) WAN
2 25 (2.88%) LAN
3 19 (2.19%) Firewall
4 16 (1.85%) VPN
5 15 (1.73%) Internet
6 13 (1.50%) DNS
6 13 (1.50%) Software-Defined Networking
7 11 (1.27%) MPLS
7 11 (1.27%) Unified Communications
8 10 (1.15%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (0.92%) SNMP
10 6 (0.69%) 5G
10 6 (0.69%) Broadband
10 6 (0.69%) Skype
11 5 (0.58%) BGP
11 5 (0.58%) Ethernet
11 5 (0.58%) Network Security
11 5 (0.58%) Radio Access Network
11 5 (0.58%) TCP/IP
11 5 (0.58%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (4.73%) SQL Server
2 28 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
3 27 (3.11%) PostgreSQL
4 26 (3.00%) Big Data
5 21 (2.42%) Amazon Redshift
6 20 (2.31%) MySQL
7 16 (1.85%) SAP HANA
8 15 (1.73%) Amazon RDS
8 15 (1.73%) NoSQL
8 15 (1.73%) Relational Database
9 14 (1.61%) Data Lake
10 13 (1.50%) Power BI
11 12 (1.38%) Hadoop
12 11 (1.27%) Cosmos DB
12 11 (1.27%) Oracle Database
13 10 (1.15%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 10 (1.15%) Azure SQL Database
14 9 (1.04%) GIS
15 7 (0.81%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
16 6 (0.69%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 27 (3.11%) JIRA
2 26 (3.00%) Jenkins
3 22 (2.54%) Artifactory
4 19 (2.19%) GitLab
5 9 (1.04%) Git (software)
6 7 (0.81%) Cucumber
7 5 (0.58%) JUnit
8 4 (0.46%) Eclipse
8 4 (0.46%) NUnit
8 4 (0.46%) Subversion
9 3 (0.35%) Maven
9 3 (0.35%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.23%) Ant
10 2 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (0.23%) ClearCase
10 2 (0.23%) ERwin
10 2 (0.23%) Hudson
10 2 (0.23%) IntelliJ
10 2 (0.23%) LSMW
10 2 (0.23%) Selenium
General
1 183 (21.11%) Finance
2 59 (6.81%) Public Sector
3 56 (6.46%) Telecoms
4 51 (5.88%) Retail
5 47 (5.42%) Banking
6 26 (3.00%) Back Office
7 25 (2.88%) Front Office
7 25 (2.88%) Manufacturing
8 24 (2.77%) Law
9 21 (2.42%) Marketing
10 15 (1.73%) Billing
11 10 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
12 8 (0.92%) Legal
13 7 (0.81%) Investment Banking
14 6 (0.69%) Aerospace
14 6 (0.69%) Local Government
15 5 (0.58%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.58%) Games
15 5 (0.58%) Police
16 4 (0.46%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (9.23%) Web Services
2 53 (6.11%) .NET
3 28 (3.23%) REST
4 26 (3.00%) OAuth
5 25 (2.88%) Middleware
6 24 (2.77%) React
7 19 (2.19%) Kafka
7 19 (2.19%) Node.js
7 19 (2.19%) SOAP
8 18 (2.08%) Swagger
9 16 (1.85%) AngularJS
9 16 (1.85%) gRPC
9 16 (1.85%) HTML
10 15 (1.73%) Spring
11 12 (1.38%) JSON
12 11 (1.27%) RESTful
13 10 (1.15%) CGI
13 10 (1.15%) HTML5
13 10 (1.15%) Spring Boot
13 10 (1.15%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (4.73%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (4.27%) Hedge funds
3 28 (3.23%) Public Cloud
4 27 (3.11%) Data Centre
4 27 (3.11%) Management Information System
5 23 (2.65%) Cloud Native
6 22 (2.54%) Fixed Income
7 17 (1.96%) Equities
7 17 (1.96%) Self-Motivation
8 16 (1.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 16 (1.85%) Greenfield Project
9 14 (1.61%) Hybrid Cloud
10 13 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
10 13 (1.50%) Mobile App
10 13 (1.50%) User Experience
11 12 (1.38%) Reference Data
12 11 (1.27%) Blog
12 11 (1.27%) Derivative
12 11 (1.27%) PKI
13 9 (1.04%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 38 (4.38%) Windows
2 33 (3.81%) Linux
3 14 (1.61%) Android
3 14 (1.61%) Windows Server
4 12 (1.38%) Unix
5 11 (1.27%) Apple iOS
6 10 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (0.81%) Debian
7 7 (0.81%) Ubuntu
7 7 (0.81%) Windows 10
8 6 (0.69%) Solaris
8 6 (0.69%) Windows Server 2016
9 5 (0.58%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (0.46%) CentOS
10 4 (0.46%) Windows 7
11 3 (0.35%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.23%) HPUX
12 2 (0.23%) VMS
13 1 (0.12%) AIX
13 1 (0.12%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 192 (22.15%) Agile Software Development
2 127 (14.65%) Migration
3 113 (13.03%) TOGAF
4 105 (12.11%) DevOps
5 99 (11.42%) Microservices
6 78 (9.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 68 (7.84%) CRM
7 68 (7.84%) Enterprise Architecture
8 59 (6.81%) Scrum
9 46 (5.31%) Analytics
10 44 (5.07%) Project Management
11 42 (4.84%) Data Migration
12 41 (4.73%) Problem-Solving
12 41 (4.73%) SDLC
13 40 (4.61%) ITIL
14 39 (4.50%) ERP
14 39 (4.50%) Technical Leadership
15 37 (4.27%) Asset Management
15 37 (4.27%) Mentoring
15 37 (4.27%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 102 (11.76%) Java
2 69 (7.96%) SQL
3 60 (6.92%) Python
4 49 (5.65%) JavaScript
5 41 (4.73%) C#
6 25 (2.88%) Perl
7 19 (2.19%) Shell Script
8 17 (1.96%) PHP
9 13 (1.50%) Apex Code
10 12 (1.38%) C++
11 8 (0.92%) PowerShell
12 7 (0.81%) R
12 7 (0.81%) T-SQL
13 6 (0.69%) Bash Shell
13 6 (0.69%) Go
14 5 (0.58%) Java 8
14 5 (0.58%) Scala
15 4 (0.46%) Ruby
15 4 (0.46%) TypeScript
16 3 (0.35%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 116 (13.38%) Security Cleared
2 98 (11.30%) SC Cleared
3 41 (4.73%) Degree
4 28 (3.23%) TOGAF Certification
5 18 (2.08%) DV Cleared
6 14 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
6 14 (1.61%) Sun Certification
7 11 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (0.92%) CCIE
8 8 (0.92%) CCNP
8 8 (0.92%) Master's Degree
9 7 (0.81%) CCDP
10 6 (0.69%) NVQ Level 4
10 6 (0.69%) Postgraduate
11 5 (0.58%) CCNA
12 4 (0.46%) BC Cleared
12 4 (0.46%) CCDA
13 3 (0.35%) AWS Certification
13 3 (0.35%) CITP
13 3 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (1.73%) QA
2 6 (0.69%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.46%) GDPR
3 4 (0.46%) PMO
4 3 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.23%) ISO 13485
5 2 (0.23%) NCSC
5 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.23%) SLA
6 1 (0.12%) COBIT
6 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.12%) NIST
6 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.12%) SEPA
System Software
1 49 (5.65%) Docker
2 27 (3.11%) Active Directory
3 14 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.81%) VMware NSX
5 6 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
6 3 (0.35%) vSphere
7 2 (0.23%) HDFS
7 2 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.12%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.12%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 1 (0.12%) IAG
8 1 (0.12%) OpenIDM
8 1 (0.12%) Shibboleth
8 1 (0.12%) vCloud
8 1 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 53 (6.11%) Kubernetes
2 15 (1.73%) Netcool
2 15 (1.73%) Netcool/OMNIbus
3 11 (1.27%) Puppet
4 10 (1.15%) Terraform
5 9 (1.04%) Ansible
6 8 (0.92%) Amdocs OSS
7 7 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (0.69%) vRealize
9 4 (0.46%) Docker Swarm
9 4 (0.46%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (0.46%) SCCM
10 3 (0.35%) Istio
10 3 (0.35%) Oozie
10 3 (0.35%) SCOM
11 2 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
11 2 (0.23%) Salt
11 2 (0.23%) Single Sign-On
12 1 (0.12%) AirWatch
12 1 (0.12%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 107 (12.34%) Microsoft
2 66 (7.61%) SAP
3 61 (7.04%) Salesforce.com
4 53 (6.11%) Oracle
5 39 (4.50%) Cisco
6 35 (4.04%) Google
7 28 (3.23%) IBM
8 22 (2.54%) ServiceNow
9 20 (2.31%) VMware
10 19 (2.19%) MuleSoft
11 16 (1.85%) Charles River
12 13 (1.50%) SimCorp
13 12 (1.38%) Calypso
13 12 (1.38%) Siebel
14 11 (1.27%) Atlassian
14 11 (1.27%) BMC
14 11 (1.27%) Remedy
15 10 (1.15%) GoldenSource
15 10 (1.15%) Red Hat
15 10 (1.15%) xMatters