Period
to 4 March 2021

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £553 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 4 March 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
4 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 93 111 121
Rank change year-on-year +18 +10 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1,217 1,426 2,111
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.51% 2.12% 2.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.71% 2.25% 2.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,119 949 1,443
Median daily rate £553 £575 £575
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.91% - +4.55%
10th Percentile £425 £450 £450
90th Percentile £700 £750 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £550 £550
% change year-on-year -4.55% - +2.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 10 24
Median hourly rate £61.25 £62.81 £60.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.48% +4.68% -25.68%
10th Percentile £53.63 £29.45 £50.54
90th Percentile £69.88 £82.50 £72.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate £61.25 £62.92 £60.83
% change year-on-year -2.65% +3.44% -24.66%

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 44,948 63,274 92,917
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.73% 93.91% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 30,554 42,207 62,615
Median daily rate £475 £450 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £269
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,610 2,337 2,778
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.65 £17.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.64% +5.22% -1.53%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £10.95
90th Percentile £58.00 £51.57 £48.75
Median hourly rate £18.65 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +6.56% - -

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 4 March 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
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 4 March 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 +17 1,017 £550 -4.35% 420
London +41 516 £575 -4.17% 180
UK excluding London +16 488 £525 -4.55% 257
Work from Home -25 359 £563 +2.27% 77
South East +14 167 £538 +2.38% 58
Midlands +27 98 £525 -4.55% 54
North of England -9 71 £525 -8.70% 71
South West +24 66 £550 -8.33% 38
West Midlands +48 61 £525 -6.67% 32
Scotland +1 48 £520 +4.00% 12
North West +15 46 £525 -12.50% 50
East Midlands +3 35 £523 -0.38% 21
East of England +32 31 £508 -11.74% 18
Yorkshire -2 22 £525 -4.55% 17
Wales +18 10 £575 +17.95% 3
North East +10 3 £638 +13.33% 4

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 March 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.

1 357 (29.33%) Agile Software Development
2 314 (25.80%) Azure
3 225 (18.49%) Finance
4 222 (18.24%) AWS
5 218 (17.91%) Microservices
6 171 (14.05%) TOGAF
7 162 (13.31%) Java
8 156 (12.82%) Security Cleared
9 154 (12.65%) Microsoft
10 151 (12.41%) DevOps
11 135 (11.09%) Enterprise Architecture
12 128 (10.52%) Oracle
13 124 (10.19%) SC Cleared
14 120 (9.86%) SQL
15 113 (9.29%) Banking
16 111 (9.12%) Migration
17 110 (9.04%) Stakeholder Management
18 107 (8.79%) Public Sector
19 86 (7.07%) Data Modelling
20 83 (6.82%) SaaS
21 81 (6.66%) SAP
22 79 (6.49%) PaaS
22 79 (6.49%) REST
23 78 (6.41%) Analytics
24 72 (5.92%) Retail
25 69 (5.67%) Data Architecture
25 69 (5.67%) Web Services
26 68 (5.59%) Scrum
26 68 (5.59%) Waterfall
27 67 (5.51%) Salesforce.com

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 39 (3.20%) Confluence
2 33 (2.71%) Apache
3 32 (2.63%) SharePoint
4 28 (2.30%) CMS
5 22 (1.81%) Red Hat Fuse
6 19 (1.56%) Apache Spark
6 19 (1.56%) Elasticsearch
7 12 (0.99%) JBoss
8 10 (0.82%) WebLogic
9 9 (0.74%) Tomcat
10 8 (0.66%) MQSeries
10 8 (0.66%) WebSphere
11 7 (0.58%) Headless CMS
12 6 (0.49%) IIS
12 6 (0.49%) MS Exchange
12 6 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 5 (0.41%) Cloud Foundry
13 5 (0.41%) SAS
13 5 (0.41%) Skype for Business
14 4 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 9 (0.74%) MS Visio
2 7 (0.58%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
5 2 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.082%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.082%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 19 (1.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (1.31%) SAP S/4HANA
3 15 (1.23%) Oracle ERP
4 10 (0.82%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 5 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
5 5 (0.41%) SAP Hybris
5 5 (0.41%) SAP IBP
5 5 (0.41%) Temenos T24
6 4 (0.33%) Magento
7 3 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 3 (0.25%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.25%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.25%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.25%) SAP MM
7 3 (0.25%) Unit4 Business World
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle CRM
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 314 (25.80%) Azure
2 222 (18.24%) AWS
3 83 (6.82%) SaaS
4 79 (6.49%) PaaS
5 66 (5.42%) IaaS
6 57 (4.68%) Serverless
7 54 (4.44%) GCP
8 51 (4.19%) Power Platform
9 50 (4.11%) Microsoft 365
10 34 (2.79%) AWS Lambda
11 31 (2.55%) Dynamics 365
12 25 (2.05%) Azure Active Directory
13 19 (1.56%) OpenShift
14 18 (1.48%) Salesforce Service Cloud
15 17 (1.40%) GitHub
16 15 (1.23%) Amazon S3
16 15 (1.23%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
17 14 (1.15%) Amazon ECS
18 13 (1.07%) iPaaS
19 12 (0.99%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 30 (2.47%) Firewall
1 30 (2.47%) WAN
2 26 (2.14%) LAN
3 20 (1.64%) Network Security
4 15 (1.23%) DNS
5 13 (1.07%) VPN
6 12 (0.99%) HTTP
7 11 (0.90%) Internet
7 11 (0.90%) Unified Communications
8 10 (0.82%) Wireless
9 8 (0.66%) Skype
10 7 (0.58%) Cisco Nexus
10 7 (0.58%) DMZ
10 7 (0.58%) FTP
10 7 (0.58%) VoIP
11 5 (0.41%) DHCP
11 5 (0.41%) ISDN
11 5 (0.41%) SAN
11 5 (0.41%) SSL
11 5 (0.41%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (5.42%) Data Warehouse
2 57 (4.68%) Big Data
3 50 (4.11%) SQL Server
4 37 (3.04%) Relational Database
5 36 (2.96%) Power BI
6 34 (2.79%) Hadoop
7 32 (2.63%) NoSQL
8 31 (2.55%) Data Lake
9 28 (2.30%) MongoDB
9 28 (2.30%) PostgreSQL
10 15 (1.23%) Amazon RDS
11 13 (1.07%) MySQL
11 13 (1.07%) Redis
12 12 (0.99%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 11 (0.90%) Cosmos DB
13 11 (0.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 10 (0.82%) DB2
15 9 (0.74%) GIS
15 9 (0.74%) Oracle Database
16 8 (0.66%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 51 (4.19%) Jenkins
2 42 (3.45%) JIRA
3 29 (2.38%) Git (software)
4 25 (2.05%) PowerDesigner
5 20 (1.64%) kappa
6 14 (1.15%) Cucumber
6 14 (1.15%) Selenium
7 8 (0.66%) GitLab
7 8 (0.66%) SonarQube
8 7 (0.58%) Ant
8 7 (0.58%) Maven
8 7 (0.58%) TeamCity
9 6 (0.49%) Artifactory
9 6 (0.49%) IntelliJ
10 5 (0.41%) Bitbucket Server
11 4 (0.33%) ERwin
11 4 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
11 4 (0.33%) Sublime Text
11 4 (0.33%) Subversion
12 3 (0.25%) Eclipse
General
1 225 (18.49%) Finance
2 113 (9.29%) Banking
3 107 (8.79%) Public Sector
4 72 (5.92%) Retail
5 63 (5.18%) Telecoms
6 51 (4.19%) Marketing
7 30 (2.47%) Manufacturing
8 25 (2.05%) Back Office
9 21 (1.73%) Law
10 20 (1.64%) Billing
10 20 (1.64%) Legal
11 15 (1.23%) Retail Banking
12 13 (1.07%) Electronics
12 13 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
13 11 (0.90%) Investment Banking
13 11 (0.90%) Local Government
13 11 (0.90%) Publishing
14 9 (0.74%) Financial Institution
15 8 (0.66%) Aerospace
16 6 (0.49%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (6.49%) REST
2 69 (5.67%) Web Services
3 66 (5.42%) .NET
4 64 (5.26%) Middleware
5 49 (4.03%) JSON
6 40 (3.29%) XML
7 38 (3.12%) Kafka
8 37 (3.04%) SOAP
9 35 (2.88%) Spring
10 31 (2.55%) AngularJS
11 29 (2.38%) Node.js
12 28 (2.30%) HTML
13 27 (2.22%) Spring Boot
14 25 (2.05%) RESTful
15 24 (1.97%) Hibernate
16 22 (1.81%) JMS
17 21 (1.73%) Apache Camel
17 21 (1.73%) Oracle Fusion
18 20 (1.64%) jQuery
19 19 (1.56%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 50 (4.11%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (3.86%) Data Centre
3 43 (3.53%) Greenfield Project
4 36 (2.96%) Public Cloud
5 30 (2.47%) Management Information System
6 29 (2.38%) Enterprise Software
6 29 (2.38%) Mobile App
7 28 (2.30%) User Experience
8 26 (2.14%) Clustering
9 24 (1.97%) Cloud Native
10 22 (1.81%) Self-Motivation
10 22 (1.81%) Virtual Team
11 12 (0.99%) Private Cloud
12 10 (0.82%) HoloLens
13 9 (0.74%) FMCG
13 9 (0.74%) Hybrid Cloud
14 8 (0.66%) NHS
15 7 (0.58%) Cybercrime
15 7 (0.58%) Derivative
15 7 (0.58%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 57 (4.68%) Linux
2 54 (4.44%) Windows
3 13 (1.07%) Windows Server
4 11 (0.90%) Unix
5 10 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (0.66%) Apple iOS
7 7 (0.58%) Android
8 5 (0.41%) Windows 10
9 4 (0.33%) Amazon Linux
9 4 (0.33%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.33%) Solaris
9 4 (0.33%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.16%) CentOS
10 2 (0.16%) Debian
10 2 (0.16%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2016
11 1 (0.082%) MVS
11 1 (0.082%) VMS
11 1 (0.082%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 357 (29.33%) Agile Software Development
2 218 (17.91%) Microservices
3 171 (14.05%) TOGAF
4 151 (12.41%) DevOps
5 135 (11.09%) Enterprise Architecture
6 111 (9.12%) Migration
7 110 (9.04%) Stakeholder Management
8 86 (7.07%) Data Modelling
9 78 (6.41%) Analytics
10 69 (5.67%) Data Architecture
11 68 (5.59%) Scrum
11 68 (5.59%) Waterfall
12 67 (5.51%) ERP
12 67 (5.51%) Technical Leadership
13 65 (5.34%) CRM
13 65 (5.34%) Technical Architecture
14 62 (5.09%) Problem-Solving
15 61 (5.01%) E-Commerce
16 60 (4.93%) Data Management
16 60 (4.93%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 162 (13.31%) Java
2 120 (9.86%) SQL
3 53 (4.35%) JavaScript
4 41 (3.37%) Python
5 24 (1.97%) C#
6 15 (1.23%) PowerShell
7 13 (1.07%) C
7 13 (1.07%) Java 8
8 11 (0.90%) Bash Shell
8 11 (0.90%) PL/SQL
9 8 (0.66%) Apex Code
9 8 (0.66%) Kotlin
9 8 (0.66%) Ruby
9 8 (0.66%) T-SQL
10 6 (0.49%) Ada
11 4 (0.33%) R
11 4 (0.33%) SOQL
12 3 (0.25%) Go
12 3 (0.25%) Scala
12 3 (0.25%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 156 (12.82%) Security Cleared
2 124 (10.19%) SC Cleared
3 38 (3.12%) Degree
4 36 (2.96%) DV Cleared
5 33 (2.71%) TOGAF Certification
6 11 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
7 6 (0.49%) AWS Certification
7 6 (0.49%) Master's Degree
7 6 (0.49%) Sun Certification
8 5 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (0.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 4 (0.33%) CCIE
9 4 (0.33%) Chartered Engineer
10 3 (0.25%) CISSP
10 3 (0.25%) DBS Check
10 3 (0.25%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.16%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.16%) CSSLP
11 2 (0.16%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (0.16%) MCAD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (1.97%) Data Quality
2 19 (1.56%) QA
3 17 (1.40%) GDPR
4 8 (0.66%) IFRS
5 6 (0.49%) ISO 20022
5 6 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.49%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.41%) NIST
6 5 (0.41%) SEPA
7 4 (0.33%) SLA
7 4 (0.33%) TARGET2
8 2 (0.16%) COBIT
8 2 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.16%) PSD2
9 1 (0.082%) Basel III
9 1 (0.082%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.082%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.082%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.082%) NCSC
9 1 (0.082%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 41 (3.37%) Active Directory
2 39 (3.20%) Docker
3 30 (2.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (0.58%) VMware NSX
5 6 (0.49%) HDFS
5 6 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.41%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 5 (0.41%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.25%) KVM
8 3 (0.25%) NFS
8 3 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (0.25%) SRDF
8 3 (0.25%) Xen
9 2 (0.16%) OpenAM
9 2 (0.16%) vSphere
10 1 (0.082%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 45 (3.70%) Kubernetes
2 23 (1.89%) Ansible
3 20 (1.64%) Terraform
4 11 (0.90%) Microsoft Intune
5 10 (0.82%) Puppet
6 9 (0.74%) Hadoop YARN
7 8 (0.66%) Single Sign-On
8 7 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
9 6 (0.49%) SCCM
10 5 (0.41%) Oozie
11 4 (0.33%) IBM BigFix
11 4 (0.33%) Kibana
11 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
12 3 (0.25%) vCenter Server
13 2 (0.16%) CASB
13 2 (0.16%) Grafana
13 2 (0.16%) HP UCMDB
13 2 (0.16%) PowerCLI
13 2 (0.16%) Prometheus
13 2 (0.16%) Salt
Vendors
1 154 (12.65%) Microsoft
2 128 (10.52%) Oracle
3 81 (6.66%) SAP
4 67 (5.51%) Salesforce.com
5 52 (4.27%) MuleSoft
6 43 (3.53%) VMware
7 40 (3.29%) Cisco
8 38 (3.12%) IBM
9 33 (2.71%) Google
10 28 (2.30%) ServiceNow
11 23 (1.89%) BiZZdesign
12 18 (1.48%) Databricks
12 18 (1.48%) Dell
12 18 (1.48%) Red Hat
13 14 (1.15%) Juniper
13 14 (1.15%) Sparx
14 9 (0.74%) ForgeRock
14 9 (0.74%) iManage
14 9 (0.74%) Pega
14 9 (0.74%) Sybase