Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 November 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
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 154 118 100
Rank change year-on-year -36 -18 +24
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1773 2239 2507
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.75% 2.14% 2.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.84% 2.25% 2.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1154 1482 1563
UK median daily rate £550 £538 £520
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.33% +3.37% +1.46%
10th Percentile £425 £413 £413
90th Percentile £689 £688 £670
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 16
UK median hourly rate £58.50 £50.00 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.00% +8.70% +1.13%
10th Percentile £52.44 £40.80 £33.14
90th Percentile £60.00 £87.25 £62.52
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 £48.83 £50.00
% change year-on-year +17.77% -2.35% +9.92%

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 96141 99356 108750
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 63392 64835 69190
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.17% +4.41% +3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2869 3292 4137
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.38 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 19 November 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 19 November 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 -42 1673 £550 +2.33% 149
UK excluding London -9 1034 £525 +5.00% 79
London -63 695 £575 - 75
South East -15 327 £538 +7.50% 20
North of England +30 242 £525 +5.00% 22
Midlands -8 197 £525 - 16
East of England -13 117 £500 +2.04% 11
North West +23 112 £525 +5.00% 16
Yorkshire +20 101 £550 +4.76% 6
West Midlands -5 96 £520 +2.21% 14
East Midlands -5 87 £525 -4.55% 2
South West -5 77 £525 +5.00% 5
Scotland -6 58 £525 +17.98% 4
North East +35 28 £520 +16.85%
Wales +21 18 £563 +9.76% 1

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 455 (25.66%) Finance
2 432 (24.37%) Agile Software Development
3 293 (16.53%) TOGAF
4 259 (14.61%) SOA
5 253 (14.27%) Microsoft
6 220 (12.41%) Java
7 199 (11.22%) SAP
8 192 (10.83%) Enterprise Architecture
9 182 (10.27%) Oracle
10 177 (9.98%) Amazon AWS
11 168 (9.48%) Retail
12 167 (9.42%) Microsoft Azure
13 158 (8.91%) Stakeholder Management
14 155 (8.74%) Migration
15 147 (8.29%) CRM
16 141 (7.95%) Web Services
17 127 (7.16%) Banking
18 123 (6.94%) Analytics
19 122 (6.88%) Microservices
20 118 (6.66%) ERP
21 115 (6.49%) .NET
22 108 (6.09%) SaaS
22 108 (6.09%) Data Modelling
22 108 (6.09%) Scrum
23 103 (5.81%) Security Cleared
24 99 (5.58%) Mentoring
25 97 (5.47%) PaaS
25 97 (5.47%) REST
26 96 (5.41%) E-Commerce
27 94 (5.30%) DevOps

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 35 (1.97%) SharePoint
2 30 (1.69%) WebSphere
3 26 (1.47%) Apache Spark
3 26 (1.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 25 (1.41%) CMS
5 21 (1.18%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 18 (1.02%) Skype for Business
7 16 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
8 15 (0.85%) Confluence
9 14 (0.79%) JBoss
9 14 (0.79%) MS Exchange
10 13 (0.73%) WildFly
11 9 (0.51%) Cloud Foundry
11 9 (0.51%) Documentum
11 9 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
12 8 (0.45%) OpenStack
13 7 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2007
13 7 (0.39%) WebLogic
13 7 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
14 6 (0.34%) SAS
Applications
1 28 (1.58%) MS Visio
2 11 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 9 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (0.51%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.056%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 48 (2.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (1.35%) Dynamics AX
3 18 (1.02%) Teamcenter
4 13 (0.73%) SAP Hybris
5 12 (0.68%) Oracle Retail
6 11 (0.62%) SAP S/4HANA
6 11 (0.62%) SAP SD
7 10 (0.56%) SAP ERP
8 9 (0.51%) Maximo
8 9 (0.51%) SAP CO
8 9 (0.51%) SAP FI
8 9 (0.51%) SAP IS-U
8 9 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 8 (0.45%) SAP FI/CO
9 8 (0.45%) SAP WM
10 7 (0.39%) SAP HR
11 6 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
11 6 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
11 6 (0.34%) SAP Retail
12 5 (0.28%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 177 (9.98%) Amazon AWS
2 167 (9.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 108 (6.09%) SaaS
4 97 (5.47%) PaaS
5 86 (4.85%) IaaS
6 66 (3.72%) Office 365
7 22 (1.24%) Azure Active Directory
7 22 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
7 22 (1.24%) Dynamics 365
8 14 (0.79%) iPaaS
9 13 (0.73%) Amazon S3
10 12 (0.68%) SuccessFactors
11 9 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
12 8 (0.45%) Amazon EMR
12 8 (0.45%) Amazon Kinesis
12 8 (0.45%) Google Analytics
12 8 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
13 6 (0.34%) GitHub
13 6 (0.34%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
13 6 (0.34%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 40 (2.26%) Firewall
1 40 (2.26%) Internet
2 27 (1.52%) WAN
3 26 (1.47%) LAN
4 22 (1.24%) HTTP
4 22 (1.24%) VPN
5 19 (1.07%) TCP/IP
5 19 (1.07%) VoIP
6 16 (0.90%) DNS
7 14 (0.79%) SSL
8 13 (0.73%) MPLS
9 12 (0.68%) NetScaler
10 11 (0.62%) Network Security
10 11 (0.62%) Skype
10 11 (0.62%) SMS
11 10 (0.56%) Intranet
11 10 (0.56%) LDAP
12 8 (0.45%) Wireless
13 7 (0.39%) Extranet
13 7 (0.39%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (4.00%) Big Data
2 58 (3.27%) Data Warehouse
3 57 (3.21%) SQL Server
4 50 (2.82%) Hadoop
5 49 (2.76%) Relational Database
6 43 (2.43%) NoSQL
7 34 (1.92%) MongoDB
8 23 (1.30%) Oracle Database
9 20 (1.13%) RDBMS
10 19 (1.07%) MySQL
11 18 (1.02%) Apache Hive
12 17 (0.96%) HBase
13 13 (0.73%) DB2
14 11 (0.62%) Apache Cassandra
14 11 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
15 10 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
15 10 (0.56%) OLTP
15 10 (0.56%) Oracle Exadata
15 10 (0.56%) QlikView
15 10 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 25 (1.41%) JIRA
2 18 (1.02%) Jenkins
3 17 (0.96%) Git (software)
4 10 (0.56%) Subversion
5 9 (0.51%) Visual Studio
6 7 (0.39%) Selenium
7 6 (0.34%) Eclipse
7 6 (0.34%) Talend Open Studio
8 4 (0.23%) Bitbucket
8 4 (0.23%) ERwin
9 3 (0.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.17%) Cucumber
9 3 (0.17%) GitLab
9 3 (0.17%) IntelliJ
9 3 (0.17%) MorphX
9 3 (0.17%) PowerDesigner
9 3 (0.17%) ReSharper
9 3 (0.17%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.11%) SonarQube
10 2 (0.11%) XMLSpy
General
1 455 (25.66%) Finance
2 168 (9.48%) Retail
3 127 (7.16%) Banking
4 72 (4.06%) Marketing
5 61 (3.44%) Telecoms
6 48 (2.71%) Manufacturing
7 32 (1.80%) Billing
8 19 (1.07%) Back Office
8 19 (1.07%) Retail Banking
9 18 (1.02%) Aerospace
9 18 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
10 16 (0.90%) Electronics
11 14 (0.79%) Advertising
12 13 (0.73%) Law
12 13 (0.73%) Legal
12 13 (0.73%) Local Government
13 12 (0.68%) Automotive
14 8 (0.45%) Front Office
15 7 (0.39%) Publishing
16 5 (0.28%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 141 (7.95%) Web Services
2 115 (6.49%) .NET
3 97 (5.47%) REST
4 65 (3.67%) Middleware
5 61 (3.44%) SOAP
6 45 (2.54%) Spring
7 43 (2.43%) HTML
7 43 (2.43%) JSON
8 41 (2.31%) RESTful
9 37 (2.09%) Kafka
10 32 (1.80%) Node.js
11 31 (1.75%) XML
12 30 (1.69%) J2EE
13 22 (1.24%) CSS
14 21 (1.18%) HTML5
14 21 (1.18%) Java EE
15 20 (1.13%) JMS
16 19 (1.07%) AngularJS
17 16 (0.90%) Servlets
18 15 (0.85%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 86 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
2 57 (3.21%) Data Centre
3 40 (2.26%) Enterprise Software
4 33 (1.86%) Management Information System
4 33 (1.86%) Mobile App
5 29 (1.64%) User Experience
6 28 (1.58%) Computer Science
7 24 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
8 21 (1.18%) Social Media
8 21 (1.18%) Virtual Team
9 18 (1.02%) Private Cloud
9 18 (1.02%) Public Cloud
10 16 (0.90%) Data Structures
11 12 (0.68%) NHS
11 12 (0.68%) PKI
12 10 (0.56%) Hybrid Cloud
13 9 (0.51%) Fintech
13 9 (0.51%) FMCG
14 8 (0.45%) Replication
15 7 (0.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 91 (5.13%) Windows
2 61 (3.44%) Linux
3 32 (1.80%) Windows Server
4 27 (1.52%) Unix
5 16 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (0.85%) Android
7 13 (0.73%) Windows 10
8 12 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (0.56%) Apple iOS
10 9 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 8 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (0.34%) Solaris
13 5 (0.28%) AIX
13 5 (0.28%) Windows 7
14 4 (0.23%) SUSE
15 3 (0.17%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.17%) OpenVMS
15 3 (0.17%) VME
15 3 (0.17%) zOS
16 2 (0.11%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 432 (24.37%) Agile Software Development
2 293 (16.53%) TOGAF
3 259 (14.61%) SOA
4 192 (10.83%) Enterprise Architecture
5 158 (8.91%) Stakeholder Management
6 155 (8.74%) Migration
7 147 (8.29%) CRM
8 123 (6.94%) Analytics
9 122 (6.88%) Microservices
10 118 (6.66%) ERP
11 108 (6.09%) Data Modelling
11 108 (6.09%) Scrum
12 99 (5.58%) Mentoring
13 96 (5.41%) E-Commerce
14 94 (5.30%) Continuous Improvement
14 94 (5.30%) DevOps
15 91 (5.13%) IT Strategy
16 88 (4.96%) UML
17 78 (4.40%) Project Management
17 78 (4.40%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 220 (12.41%) Java
2 78 (4.40%) SQL
3 55 (3.10%) C#
4 36 (2.03%) JavaScript
5 25 (1.41%) Python
6 16 (0.90%) Apex Code
7 14 (0.79%) PowerShell
7 14 (0.79%) Scala
8 13 (0.73%) C
9 12 (0.68%) Ruby
10 11 (0.62%) PHP
11 10 (0.56%) Shell Script
12 9 (0.51%) ABAP
12 9 (0.51%) PL/SQL
13 8 (0.45%) VB
14 7 (0.39%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.28%) C++
15 5 (0.28%) R
15 5 (0.28%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.23%) XPath
Qualifications
1 103 (5.81%) Security Cleared
2 76 (4.29%) Degree
3 63 (3.55%) SC Cleared
4 21 (1.18%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (1.07%) BPSS Clearance
6 18 (1.02%) DV Cleared
7 12 (0.68%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (0.68%) MCSE
8 9 (0.51%) CCIE
8 9 (0.51%) CCNP
9 8 (0.45%) CCNA
10 7 (0.39%) Computer Science Degree
10 7 (0.39%) Oracle Certification
11 6 (0.34%) VCAP
11 6 (0.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.28%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (0.23%) CISSP
13 4 (0.23%) Citrix Certification
13 4 (0.23%) VCP6
14 3 (0.17%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (2.76%) QA
2 27 (1.52%) Data Quality
3 24 (1.35%) GDPR
4 13 (0.73%) PCI DSS
5 11 (0.62%) COBIT
5 11 (0.62%) MiFID
6 8 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
7 6 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 6 (0.34%) Solvency II
8 5 (0.28%) EMIR
9 4 (0.23%) SEPA
9 4 (0.23%) SLA
10 3 (0.17%) Dodd-Frank
10 3 (0.17%) GCP
10 3 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 3 (0.17%) PMO
10 3 (0.17%) PSD2
11 2 (0.11%) IFRS
11 2 (0.11%) JSP 440
12 1 (0.056%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 72 (4.06%) Active Directory
2 45 (2.54%) Docker
3 33 (1.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (0.79%) Hyper-V
5 11 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
5 11 (0.62%) XenDesktop
6 10 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (0.51%) XenServer
8 8 (0.45%) Apache Flume
8 8 (0.45%) XenApp
9 7 (0.39%) HDFS
9 7 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
9 7 (0.39%) vSphere
10 6 (0.34%) LXC
11 4 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.17%) vCloud
13 2 (0.11%) KVM
13 2 (0.11%) VMware NSX
14 1 (0.056%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 1 (0.056%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 16 (0.90%) Puppet
2 14 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (0.68%) SCCM
4 7 (0.39%) Kubernetes
5 6 (0.34%) Ansible
5 6 (0.34%) Terraform
6 5 (0.28%) RSA Archer
7 4 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (0.23%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 4 (0.23%) Oozie
7 4 (0.23%) vRealize
8 3 (0.17%) Hadoop YARN
8 3 (0.17%) SCOM
8 3 (0.17%) TrustSec
8 3 (0.17%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.11%) Cisco UCCE
9 2 (0.11%) CloudForms
9 2 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.11%) Mesos
9 2 (0.11%) Rancher
Vendors
1 253 (14.27%) Microsoft
2 199 (11.22%) SAP
3 182 (10.27%) Oracle
4 57 (3.21%) VMware
5 52 (2.93%) Salesforce.com
6 48 (2.71%) IBM
7 41 (2.31%) Cisco
8 28 (1.58%) Adobe
9 24 (1.35%) Citrix
10 22 (1.24%) hybris
11 18 (1.02%) Google
11 18 (1.02%) Pega
11 18 (1.02%) Teradata
12 16 (0.90%) Informatica
12 16 (0.90%) Red Hat
13 15 (0.85%) MuleSoft
13 15 (0.85%) ServiceNow
14 14 (0.79%) ATG
14 14 (0.79%) Siemens
14 14 (0.79%) Workday