Period
to 23 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 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.

Solution Architect
UK
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 150 114 99
Rank change year-on-year -36 -15 +27
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1765 2272 2448
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.76% 2.16% 2.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.86% 2.28% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1139 1503 1515
UK median daily rate £550 £525 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% - +3.45%
10th Percentile £425 £413 £413
90th Percentile £690 £688 £670
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 18
UK median hourly rate £57.50 £50.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.00% +21.95% -12.77%
10th Percentile £55.54 £40.80 £33.30
90th Percentile £60.00 £87.25 £61.31
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 £48.83 £50.00
% change year-on-year +17.77% -2.35% +6.38%

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 94988 99866 108209
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.77% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62434 65085 68726
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £248
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2825 3256 4131
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

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 23 October 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Solutions Architect.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in the UK

Solutions Architect
Top 15 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 23 October 2017. 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 -38 1651 £550 +2.33% 124
UK excluding London -16 1017 £525 +5.00% 76
London -58 710 £575 - 51
South East -11 323 £538 +7.50% 26
North of England +26 238 £525 +5.00% 18
Midlands -11 191 £525 - 11
North West +7 107 £510 +4.88% 6
East of England -23 107 £498 -0.50% 9
Yorkshire +8 101 £548 +4.29% 10
West Midlands -5 98 £525 +3.19% 6
East Midlands -17 78 £525 -4.55% 4
South West -14 69 £525 - 8
Scotland -6 57 £525 +17.98% 1
Wales +31 32 £525 +2.44% 3
North East +40 29 £500 +12.36% 2

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 471 (26.69%) Finance
2 394 (22.32%) Agile Software Development
3 291 (16.49%) TOGAF
4 250 (14.16%) SOA
5 236 (13.37%) Microsoft
6 210 (11.90%) Java
7 186 (10.54%) SAP
8 183 (10.37%) Enterprise Architecture
9 180 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
10 179 (10.14%) Oracle
11 164 (9.29%) Retail
12 153 (8.67%) Microsoft Azure
13 150 (8.50%) Banking
14 148 (8.39%) Amazon AWS
15 145 (8.22%) CRM
16 142 (8.05%) Migration
17 132 (7.48%) Web Services
18 118 (6.69%) Analytics
19 116 (6.57%) Security Cleared
20 111 (6.29%) Data Modelling
20 111 (6.29%) Scrum
21 108 (6.12%) Microservices
22 107 (6.06%) ERP
23 104 (5.89%) .NET
24 100 (5.67%) IT Strategy
25 94 (5.33%) Mentoring
26 93 (5.27%) Windows
27 90 (5.10%) REST
28 89 (5.04%) Continuous Improvement
28 89 (5.04%) Analytical Skills

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 29 (1.64%) SharePoint
2 27 (1.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 26 (1.47%) CMS
4 23 (1.30%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 23 (1.30%) WebSphere
5 22 (1.25%) Apache Spark
6 19 (1.08%) Confluence
7 18 (1.02%) Skype for Business
8 15 (0.85%) BizTalk Server
8 15 (0.85%) Documentum
8 15 (0.85%) JBoss
9 14 (0.79%) WildFly
10 13 (0.74%) MS Exchange
11 10 (0.57%) Cloud Foundry
12 8 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
12 8 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2013
12 8 (0.45%) WebLogic
13 7 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2007
13 7 (0.40%) OpenStack
14 6 (0.34%) SAS
Applications
1 26 (1.47%) MS Visio
2 13 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (0.45%) Microsoft Office
5 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.057%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 39 (2.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (1.13%) Dynamics AX
3 16 (0.91%) Teamcenter
4 13 (0.74%) Oracle Retail
5 11 (0.62%) SAP SD
6 10 (0.57%) SAP ERP
6 10 (0.57%) SAP S/4HANA
7 9 (0.51%) Oracle Financials
7 9 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 8 (0.45%) SAP CO
8 8 (0.45%) SAP FI
8 8 (0.45%) SAP Hybris
8 8 (0.45%) SAP WM
9 7 (0.40%) Maximo
9 7 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
9 7 (0.40%) SAP FI/CO
9 7 (0.40%) SAP IS-U
10 6 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
10 6 (0.34%) SAP HR
10 6 (0.34%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 153 (8.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 148 (8.39%) Amazon AWS
3 88 (4.99%) SaaS
4 75 (4.25%) PaaS
5 72 (4.08%) IaaS
6 54 (3.06%) Office 365
7 23 (1.30%) Cloud Computing
8 18 (1.02%) Azure Active Directory
9 15 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
10 12 (0.68%) Amazon S3
11 11 (0.62%) iPaaS
12 9 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
13 8 (0.45%) SuccessFactors
14 7 (0.40%) Amazon Kinesis
15 6 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
15 6 (0.34%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
15 6 (0.34%) Serverless
16 5 (0.28%) Amazon ElastiCache
16 5 (0.28%) GitHub
16 5 (0.28%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.04%) Firewall
1 36 (2.04%) Internet
2 25 (1.42%) LAN
2 25 (1.42%) WAN
3 22 (1.25%) VPN
4 19 (1.08%) VoIP
5 15 (0.85%) DNS
5 15 (0.85%) HTTP
5 15 (0.85%) TCP/IP
6 12 (0.68%) NetScaler
7 11 (0.62%) Intranet
7 11 (0.62%) SMS
8 10 (0.57%) LDAP
8 10 (0.57%) Skype
8 10 (0.57%) SSL
9 9 (0.51%) Network Security
10 8 (0.45%) Extranet
10 8 (0.45%) MPLS
10 8 (0.45%) SAN
10 8 (0.45%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (3.80%) Big Data
2 65 (3.68%) Data Warehouse
3 58 (3.29%) SQL Server
4 54 (3.06%) Relational Database
5 44 (2.49%) Hadoop
6 36 (2.04%) NoSQL
7 29 (1.64%) MongoDB
8 22 (1.25%) RDBMS
9 20 (1.13%) Oracle Database
10 19 (1.08%) MySQL
11 17 (0.96%) Apache Hive
12 15 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
13 14 (0.79%) DB2
13 14 (0.79%) HBase
14 13 (0.74%) QlikView
15 12 (0.68%) Apache Cassandra
15 12 (0.68%) Oracle Exadata
16 11 (0.62%) BusinessObjects
17 10 (0.57%) OLTP
17 10 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 24 (1.36%) JIRA
2 20 (1.13%) Jenkins
3 14 (0.79%) Git (software)
4 9 (0.51%) Selenium
4 9 (0.51%) Talend Open Studio
5 7 (0.40%) Subversion
6 5 (0.28%) Eclipse
6 5 (0.28%) Visual Studio
7 4 (0.23%) ERwin
8 3 (0.17%) Cucumber
8 3 (0.17%) GitLab
8 3 (0.17%) IntelliJ
8 3 (0.17%) Maven
8 3 (0.17%) MorphX
8 3 (0.17%) PowerDesigner
8 3 (0.17%) SoapUI
9 2 (0.11%) Gerrit
9 2 (0.11%) Oracle APEX
9 2 (0.11%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 471 (26.69%) Finance
2 164 (9.29%) Retail
3 150 (8.50%) Banking
4 59 (3.34%) Telecoms
5 53 (3.00%) Marketing
6 51 (2.89%) Manufacturing
7 30 (1.70%) Billing
8 25 (1.42%) Back Office
9 21 (1.19%) Pharmaceutical
10 19 (1.08%) Retail Banking
11 16 (0.91%) Electronics
12 13 (0.74%) Aerospace
13 12 (0.68%) Automotive
14 11 (0.62%) Legal
15 10 (0.57%) Local Government
16 9 (0.51%) Investment Banking
16 9 (0.51%) Law
17 6 (0.34%) Advertising
17 6 (0.34%) Front Office
18 5 (0.28%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 132 (7.48%) Web Services
2 104 (5.89%) .NET
3 90 (5.10%) REST
4 67 (3.80%) Middleware
5 56 (3.17%) SOAP
6 48 (2.72%) Spring
7 45 (2.55%) HTML
8 44 (2.49%) JSON
9 40 (2.27%) RESTful
10 30 (1.70%) XML
11 29 (1.64%) J2EE
12 26 (1.47%) Kafka
13 24 (1.36%) HTML5
14 22 (1.25%) Java EE
14 22 (1.25%) Node.js
15 21 (1.19%) CSS
16 19 (1.08%) JMS
17 17 (0.96%) OpenID
18 16 (0.91%) AngularJS
18 16 (0.91%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 89 (5.04%) Analytical Skills
2 56 (3.17%) Data Centre
3 41 (2.32%) Enterprise Software
4 38 (2.15%) Management Information System
5 36 (2.04%) Mobile App
6 28 (1.59%) Greenfield Project
7 27 (1.53%) Computer Science
7 27 (1.53%) User Experience
8 21 (1.19%) Social Media
9 19 (1.08%) Private Cloud
10 18 (1.02%) Virtual Team
11 17 (0.96%) Public Cloud
12 15 (0.85%) Data Structures
13 12 (0.68%) NHS
14 11 (0.62%) FMCG
14 11 (0.62%) PKI
15 9 (0.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 8 (0.45%) Fintech
16 8 (0.45%) Hybrid Cloud
16 8 (0.45%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 93 (5.27%) Windows
2 58 (3.29%) Linux
3 34 (1.93%) Windows Server
4 29 (1.64%) Unix
5 16 (0.91%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (0.85%) Android
7 10 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
8 9 (0.51%) AIX
8 9 (0.51%) Apple iOS
9 8 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 8 (0.45%) Windows 10
9 8 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (0.34%) Solaris
11 4 (0.23%) SUSE
12 3 (0.17%) CentOS
12 3 (0.17%) HPUX
12 3 (0.17%) Mac OS X
12 3 (0.17%) OpenVMS
12 3 (0.17%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.17%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 394 (22.32%) Agile Software Development
2 291 (16.49%) TOGAF
3 250 (14.16%) SOA
4 183 (10.37%) Enterprise Architecture
5 180 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
6 145 (8.22%) CRM
7 142 (8.05%) Migration
8 118 (6.69%) Analytics
9 111 (6.29%) Data Modelling
9 111 (6.29%) Scrum
10 108 (6.12%) Microservices
11 107 (6.06%) ERP
12 100 (5.67%) IT Strategy
13 94 (5.33%) Mentoring
14 89 (5.04%) Continuous Improvement
15 86 (4.87%) Project Management
16 84 (4.76%) E-Commerce
17 81 (4.59%) Technical Architecture
18 80 (4.53%) UML
19 78 (4.42%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 210 (11.90%) Java
2 64 (3.63%) SQL
3 44 (2.49%) C#
4 33 (1.87%) JavaScript
5 29 (1.64%) Python
6 16 (0.91%) Ruby
7 15 (0.85%) C
7 15 (0.85%) Scala
8 13 (0.74%) PowerShell
9 11 (0.62%) Apex Code
10 10 (0.57%) Bash Shell
10 10 (0.57%) Shell Script
11 9 (0.51%) ABAP
12 8 (0.45%) VB
13 7 (0.40%) PHP
13 7 (0.40%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.28%) R
15 3 (0.17%) C++
15 3 (0.17%) TypeScript
15 3 (0.17%) X++
Qualifications
1 116 (6.57%) Security Cleared
2 78 (4.42%) SC Cleared
3 76 (4.31%) Degree
4 20 (1.13%) DV Cleared
4 20 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (1.08%) Cisco Certification
6 17 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
7 14 (0.79%) CCIE
8 11 (0.62%) MCSE
9 10 (0.57%) CCNA
9 10 (0.57%) CCNP
9 10 (0.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 9 (0.51%) VCAP
11 8 (0.45%) Computer Science Degree
12 7 (0.40%) CISSP
12 7 (0.40%) VCP6
13 6 (0.34%) CISM
14 4 (0.23%) Citrix Certification
14 4 (0.23%) ITIL Certification
15 3 (0.17%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (1.98%) QA
2 27 (1.53%) Data Quality
3 23 (1.30%) GDPR
4 17 (0.96%) PCI DSS
5 11 (0.62%) MiFID
6 10 (0.57%) COBIT
7 9 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
8 7 (0.40%) SEPA
9 6 (0.34%) EMIR
9 6 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 6 (0.34%) Solvency II
10 4 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
10 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 4 (0.23%) SLA
11 3 (0.17%) GCP
11 3 (0.17%) PMO
11 3 (0.17%) PSD2
12 2 (0.11%) IFRS
12 2 (0.11%) JSP 440
13 1 (0.057%) HL7
System Software
1 67 (3.80%) Active Directory
2 36 (2.04%) Docker
2 36 (2.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (0.91%) Hyper-V
4 11 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (0.57%) vSphere
6 9 (0.51%) XenDesktop
6 9 (0.51%) XenServer
7 8 (0.45%) Virtual Machines
8 7 (0.40%) LXC
9 6 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
9 6 (0.34%) VMware NSX
9 6 (0.34%) XenApp
10 5 (0.28%) Apache Flume
11 4 (0.23%) HDFS
11 4 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.17%) vCloud
13 2 (0.11%) KVM
14 1 (0.057%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 1 (0.057%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 21 (1.19%) Puppet
2 17 (0.96%) SCCM
3 15 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (0.51%) Terraform
5 8 (0.45%) Ansible
6 6 (0.34%) Kubernetes
6 6 (0.34%) vRealize
7 5 (0.28%) RSA Archer
8 4 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
8 4 (0.23%) HP Operations Orchestration
9 3 (0.17%) Hadoop YARN
9 3 (0.17%) TrustSec
9 3 (0.17%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.11%) Cisco UCCE
10 2 (0.11%) CloudForms
10 2 (0.11%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.11%) Mesos
10 2 (0.11%) SCOM
10 2 (0.11%) TIBCO Hawk
Vendors
1 236 (13.37%) Microsoft
2 186 (10.54%) SAP
3 179 (10.14%) Oracle
4 64 (3.63%) VMware
5 49 (2.78%) Salesforce.com
6 47 (2.66%) IBM
7 42 (2.38%) Cisco
8 31 (1.76%) Adobe
9 22 (1.25%) Pega
10 20 (1.13%) Informatica
11 19 (1.08%) Citrix
12 18 (1.02%) hybris
13 17 (0.96%) Guidewire
13 17 (0.96%) MuleSoft
13 17 (0.96%) Red Hat
14 16 (0.91%) Teradata
15 14 (0.79%) Siemens
16 12 (0.68%) Ab Initio
16 12 (0.68%) Juniper
16 12 (0.68%) NetApp