Period
to 23 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 January 2018.

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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 141 113 101
Rank change year-on-year -28 -12 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1,860 2,082 2,353
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.85% 2.17% 2.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.95% 2.29% 2.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,209 1,375 1,436
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +0.96%
10th Percentile £455 £413 £413
90th Percentile £688 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £515 £500
% change year-on-year +2.04% +2.90% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 22
UK median hourly rate £80.73 £55.00 £53.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.78% +3.77% +35.94%
10th Percentile £52.73 £36.50 £25.77
90th Percentile £83.83 £93.50 £62.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.73 £55.00 £59.50
% change year-on-year +46.78% -7.56% +52.61%

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 95,342 91,100 101,599
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.78% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,328 59,471 64,808
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,819 3,215 3,851
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.74%

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 January 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect over the 6 months to 23 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 January 2018. 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 -36 1,747 £550 - 414
UK excluding London -9 1,067 £525 +2.04% 211
London -44 754 £575 -4.17% 222
South East -21 359 £538 +4.88% 58
North of England +18 207 £525 - 50
Midlands -10 200 £525 - 39
East of England -6 149 £525 +10.53% 32
West Midlands +1 109 £525 - 22
North West +5 99 £550 +4.27% 32
Yorkshire +7 86 £525 -1.32% 12
East Midlands 0 81 £525 -4.55% 16
Scotland +21 80 £525 +17.98% 15
South West +5 70 £550 +8.37% 12
North East +22 20 £533 +19.66% 6
Wales +2 11 £575 +15.00% 5

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 January 2018, 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.

1 491 (26.40%) Agile Software Development
2 487 (26.18%) Finance
3 318 (17.10%) TOGAF
4 276 (14.84%) Java
5 264 (14.19%) SOA
6 246 (13.23%) Microsoft
7 233 (12.53%) Amazon AWS
8 212 (11.40%) Oracle
9 207 (11.13%) Enterprise Architecture
10 189 (10.16%) Microsoft Azure
11 186 (10.00%) SAP
12 171 (9.19%) Retail
13 163 (8.76%) Migration
14 162 (8.71%) Stakeholder Management
15 160 (8.60%) Microservices
16 157 (8.44%) Web Services
17 149 (8.01%) SaaS
18 146 (7.85%) CRM
19 145 (7.80%) Analytics
20 142 (7.63%) PaaS
21 129 (6.94%) .NET
22 126 (6.77%) Banking
23 120 (6.45%) ERP
23 120 (6.45%) REST
24 115 (6.18%) Scrum
25 112 (6.02%) Security Cleared
25 112 (6.02%) IT Strategy
26 109 (5.86%) DevOps
27 106 (5.70%) Mentoring
28 105 (5.65%) Windows

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 44 (2.37%) SharePoint
2 40 (2.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 37 (1.99%) WebSphere
4 29 (1.56%) CMS
5 25 (1.34%) Apache Spark
6 22 (1.18%) Skype for Business
7 21 (1.13%) Confluence
8 19 (1.02%) JBoss
9 17 (0.91%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 16 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
10 16 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
11 14 (0.75%) WebLogic
12 12 (0.65%) Cloud Foundry
12 12 (0.65%) Tomcat
13 10 (0.54%) MS Exchange
13 10 (0.54%) SAS
14 9 (0.48%) WildFly
15 8 (0.43%) Apache
16 7 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
17 6 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 18 (0.97%) MS Visio
2 6 (0.32%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.16%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 49 (2.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (1.40%) Dynamics AX
3 17 (0.91%) Oracle Retail
4 9 (0.48%) SAP CO
4 9 (0.48%) SAP FI
4 9 (0.48%) SAP Hybris
4 9 (0.48%) SAP IS-U
4 9 (0.48%) Teamcenter
5 8 (0.43%) Maximo
5 8 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
5 8 (0.43%) SAP ERP
5 8 (0.43%) SAP FI/CO
5 8 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 8 (0.43%) SAP S/4HANA
6 7 (0.38%) Magento
6 7 (0.38%) Markit EDM
7 6 (0.32%) SAP HR
8 4 (0.22%) Lawson
8 4 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
8 4 (0.22%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 233 (12.53%) Amazon AWS
2 189 (10.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 149 (8.01%) SaaS
4 142 (7.63%) PaaS
5 94 (5.05%) IaaS
6 81 (4.35%) Office 365
7 29 (1.56%) Dynamics 365
8 22 (1.18%) Google Analytics
9 21 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
10 19 (1.02%) Amazon EC2
10 19 (1.02%) Azure Active Directory
11 17 (0.91%) Amazon Kinesis
12 15 (0.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 13 (0.70%) Amazon S3
13 13 (0.70%) iPaaS
14 11 (0.59%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 11 (0.59%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 11 (0.59%) SuccessFactors
15 10 (0.54%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
16 8 (0.43%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 56 (3.01%) Internet
2 47 (2.53%) Firewall
3 40 (2.15%) HTTP
4 39 (2.10%) WAN
5 37 (1.99%) LAN
5 37 (1.99%) TCP/IP
6 26 (1.40%) VPN
7 24 (1.29%) SSL
8 20 (1.08%) VoIP
9 19 (1.02%) DNS
9 19 (1.02%) MPLS
10 16 (0.86%) MQTT
10 16 (0.86%) Wireless
11 13 (0.70%) NetScaler
11 13 (0.70%) Skype
12 12 (0.65%) Network Security
13 11 (0.59%) SAN
14 10 (0.54%) Unified Communications
15 8 (0.43%) WLAN
16 7 (0.38%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (4.41%) Big Data
2 58 (3.12%) NoSQL
3 57 (3.06%) Data Warehouse
4 56 (3.01%) Relational Database
5 54 (2.90%) SQL Server
6 51 (2.74%) MongoDB
7 47 (2.53%) Hadoop
8 30 (1.61%) RDBMS
9 27 (1.45%) MySQL
10 26 (1.40%) Oracle Database
11 18 (0.97%) HBase
12 14 (0.75%) Apache Hive
12 14 (0.75%) DB2
13 13 (0.70%) Amazon Redshift
13 13 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
14 12 (0.65%) Data Lake
14 12 (0.65%) Oracle Exadata
15 10 (0.54%) Apache Cassandra
15 10 (0.54%) OLTP
15 10 (0.54%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 33 (1.77%) JIRA
2 24 (1.29%) Git (software)
3 20 (1.08%) Jenkins
4 14 (0.75%) Subversion
5 10 (0.54%) Visual Studio
6 6 (0.32%) Bitbucket
6 6 (0.32%) Eclipse
6 6 (0.32%) ReSharper
6 6 (0.32%) SonarQube
7 5 (0.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 5 (0.27%) Selenium
8 4 (0.22%) ERwin
8 4 (0.22%) Maven
9 3 (0.16%) Cucumber
9 3 (0.16%) GitLab
9 3 (0.16%) Hudson
9 3 (0.16%) IntelliJ
9 3 (0.16%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.11%) Oracle APEX
10 2 (0.11%) SoapUI
General
1 487 (26.18%) Finance
2 171 (9.19%) Retail
3 126 (6.77%) Banking
4 83 (4.46%) Marketing
5 59 (3.17%) Telecoms
6 43 (2.31%) Manufacturing
7 35 (1.88%) Billing
8 33 (1.77%) Advertising
8 33 (1.77%) Retail Banking
9 21 (1.13%) Law
10 20 (1.08%) Automotive
11 19 (1.02%) Back Office
12 17 (0.91%) Local Government
13 16 (0.86%) Legal
14 14 (0.75%) Aerospace
15 13 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
16 12 (0.65%) Front Office
17 11 (0.59%) Electronics
18 8 (0.43%) Publishing
19 7 (0.38%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 157 (8.44%) Web Services
2 129 (6.94%) .NET
3 120 (6.45%) REST
4 68 (3.66%) Middleware
5 64 (3.44%) Spring
6 60 (3.23%) Node.js
6 60 (3.23%) SOAP
7 58 (3.12%) Kafka
8 57 (3.06%) JSON
9 56 (3.01%) XML
10 47 (2.53%) HTML
11 38 (2.04%) RESTful
12 33 (1.77%) J2EE
13 27 (1.45%) Java EE
14 25 (1.34%) CSS
15 24 (1.29%) AngularJS
16 23 (1.24%) .NET Core
16 23 (1.24%) JMS
17 22 (1.18%) HTML5
18 21 (1.13%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 89 (4.78%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (2.74%) Data Centre
3 46 (2.47%) Mobile App
4 38 (2.04%) User Experience
5 37 (1.99%) Enterprise Software
6 35 (1.88%) Management Information System
7 33 (1.77%) Computer Science
8 30 (1.61%) Public Cloud
9 27 (1.45%) Private Cloud
10 24 (1.29%) Data Structures
10 24 (1.29%) Greenfield Project
11 22 (1.18%) Virtual Team
12 19 (1.02%) Social Media
13 16 (0.86%) Mainframe
14 13 (0.70%) Internet of Things
14 13 (0.70%) NHS
15 12 (0.65%) Cloud Native
15 12 (0.65%) Hybrid Cloud
16 10 (0.54%) EPoS
17 9 (0.48%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 105 (5.65%) Windows
2 73 (3.92%) Linux
3 40 (2.15%) Unix
4 35 (1.88%) Windows Server
5 22 (1.18%) Windows 10
6 16 (0.86%) Android
7 13 (0.70%) Apple iOS
8 12 (0.65%) Windows Server 2008
9 11 (0.59%) Solaris
10 10 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 8 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
12 6 (0.32%) Windows 7
13 5 (0.27%) AIX
14 4 (0.22%) OpenVMS
14 4 (0.22%) VME
14 4 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.16%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.16%) Windows 8
16 2 (0.11%) HPUX
16 2 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 491 (26.40%) Agile Software Development
2 318 (17.10%) TOGAF
3 264 (14.19%) SOA
4 207 (11.13%) Enterprise Architecture
5 163 (8.76%) Migration
6 162 (8.71%) Stakeholder Management
7 160 (8.60%) Microservices
8 146 (7.85%) CRM
9 145 (7.80%) Analytics
10 120 (6.45%) ERP
11 115 (6.18%) Scrum
12 112 (6.02%) IT Strategy
13 109 (5.86%) DevOps
14 106 (5.70%) Mentoring
15 102 (5.48%) E-Commerce
16 100 (5.38%) UML
17 96 (5.16%) Data Modelling
18 95 (5.11%) Continuous Improvement
19 89 (4.78%) Business Intelligence
20 85 (4.57%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 276 (14.84%) Java
2 74 (3.98%) SQL
3 69 (3.71%) C#
4 56 (3.01%) JavaScript
5 28 (1.51%) Python
6 22 (1.18%) C
7 20 (1.08%) PowerShell
8 17 (0.91%) Apex Code
9 14 (0.75%) Ruby
10 13 (0.70%) PHP
11 11 (0.59%) PL/SQL
12 9 (0.48%) Scala
13 8 (0.43%) Shell Script
14 7 (0.38%) C++
15 6 (0.32%) ABAP
15 6 (0.32%) Bash Shell
15 6 (0.32%) XPath
16 5 (0.27%) Perl
16 5 (0.27%) TypeScript
17 4 (0.22%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 112 (6.02%) Security Cleared
2 67 (3.60%) Degree
3 60 (3.23%) SC Cleared
4 20 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
6 14 (0.75%) DV Cleared
6 14 (0.75%) MCSE
7 12 (0.65%) CCIE
7 12 (0.65%) Oracle Certification
8 11 (0.59%) BPSS Clearance
8 11 (0.59%) CCNP
8 11 (0.59%) Computer Science Degree
9 9 (0.48%) CCNA
10 5 (0.27%) CESG Certified Professional
10 5 (0.27%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (0.27%) Master's Degree
11 4 (0.22%) AWS Certification
11 4 (0.22%) CISSP
12 3 (0.16%) CCSP
12 3 (0.16%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (3.12%) QA
2 32 (1.72%) GDPR
3 31 (1.67%) Data Quality
4 14 (0.75%) MiFID
5 12 (0.65%) COBIT
6 8 (0.43%) PCI DSS
7 6 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.27%) Dodd-Frank
8 5 (0.27%) EMIR
8 5 (0.27%) SEPA
9 4 (0.22%) PMO
9 4 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.16%) GCP
10 3 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 3 (0.16%) PSD2
11 2 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
11 2 (0.11%) HL7
11 2 (0.11%) IFRS
12 1 (0.054%) ISO 22301
12 1 (0.054%) SAS 70
System Software
1 69 (3.71%) Docker
2 65 (3.49%) Active Directory
3 25 (1.34%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (0.86%) XenDesktop
5 13 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (0.65%) Hyper-V
6 12 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
7 10 (0.54%) XenServer
8 9 (0.48%) XenApp
9 7 (0.38%) HDFS
10 6 (0.32%) Apache Flume
11 5 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
12 4 (0.22%) LXC
12 4 (0.22%) PowerHA
13 3 (0.16%) vCloud
14 2 (0.11%) KVM
14 2 (0.11%) Varnish
14 2 (0.11%) VirtualBox
14 2 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.11%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 17 (0.91%) Kubernetes
1 17 (0.91%) Puppet
2 15 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (0.70%) SCCM
3 13 (0.70%) Terraform
4 9 (0.48%) Microsoft Intune
5 7 (0.38%) Ansible
6 5 (0.27%) Cisco CUCM
6 5 (0.27%) Grafana
7 4 (0.22%) Oozie
7 4 (0.22%) RSA Archer
7 4 (0.22%) vRealize
8 3 (0.16%) CloudForms
8 3 (0.16%) MOM
8 3 (0.16%) Oracle Identity Manager
8 3 (0.16%) SCOM
8 3 (0.16%) TrustSec
9 2 (0.11%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.11%) Rancher
9 2 (0.11%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 246 (13.23%) Microsoft
2 212 (11.40%) Oracle
3 186 (10.00%) SAP
4 58 (3.12%) Salesforce.com
5 57 (3.06%) IBM
6 50 (2.69%) Cisco
6 50 (2.69%) VMware
7 43 (2.31%) Google
8 27 (1.45%) Citrix
9 21 (1.13%) Adobe
9 21 (1.13%) ServiceNow
10 15 (0.81%) MuleSoft
10 15 (0.81%) Teradata
11 12 (0.65%) ATG
11 12 (0.65%) hybris
11 12 (0.65%) Informatica
11 12 (0.65%) Juniper
12 11 (0.59%) Genesys
12 11 (0.59%) HP
12 11 (0.59%) TIBCO