Period
to 25 January 2022

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £605 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 January 2022.

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
25 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 64 92 114
Rank change year-on-year +28 +22 +19
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 2,984 1,036 1,548
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.40% 2.48% 2.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.64% 2.68% 2.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,981 705 984
10th Percentile £500 £414 £463
25th Percentile £534 £484 £513
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £605 £550 £575
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -4.35% +2.22%
75th Percentile £688 £638 £650
90th Percentile £756 £700 £738
UK excluding London median daily rate £588 £525 £550
% change year-on-year +11.90% -4.55% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 1 12
10th Percentile £64.28 - £32.25
25th Percentile £67.42 £63.75 £57.33
Median hourly rate £76.83 £67.50 £67.50
Median % change year-on-year +13.81% - +12.50%
75th Percentile £79.00 £71.25 £78.75
90th Percentile £80.18 - £82.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £75.50 £67.50 £68.75
% change year-on-year +11.85% -1.82% +5.85%

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 81,953 38,704 67,252
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.38% 92.53% 93.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,507 26,512 44,962
10th Percentile £305 £256 £238
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £518 £470 £450
Median % change year-on-year +10.21% +4.44% -
75th Percentile £625 £573 £563
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,039 1,411 2,482
10th Percentile £12.24 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.25 £14.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate £21.00 £23.50 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year -10.64% +30.56% +1.81%
75th Percentile £46.88 £45.00 £38.61
90th Percentile £62.37 £58.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +14.29% -

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 25 January 2022.

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 25 January 2022.

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 25 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England +26 2,370 £625 +13.64% 526
London +34 1,257 £650 +13.04% 241
UK excluding London +27 1,046 £588 +11.90% 313
Work from Home +25 937 £600 +7.53% 95
South East +3 315 £600 +14.29% 75
North of England +65 262 £600 +20.00% 88
Midlands +2 179 £550 +10.00% 62
Yorkshire +56 156 £600 +17.07% 35
West Midlands +11 137 £575 +15.00% 42
Scotland +4 112 £575 +10.05% 30
South West -8 111 £594 +1.45% 22
North West +5 97 £550 +10.00% 46
East of England -13 46 £625 +19.05% 28
East Midlands -23 41 £525 +0.38% 20
Wales -14 23 £515 -17.60% 7
North East +3 10 £600 -3.03% 7
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 January 2022, 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.

1 905 (30.33%) Azure
2 825 (27.65%) Agile Software Development
3 654 (21.92%) Social Skills
4 609 (20.41%) Finance
5 537 (18.00%) AWS
6 479 (16.05%) Microsoft
7 466 (15.62%) Microservices
8 431 (14.44%) DevOps
9 418 (14.01%) Stakeholder Management
10 415 (13.91%) TOGAF
11 345 (11.56%) Enterprise Architecture
12 343 (11.49%) Migration
13 291 (9.75%) SaaS
14 273 (9.15%) Security Cleared
15 272 (9.12%) Java
16 267 (8.95%) Banking
17 254 (8.51%) CRM
18 235 (7.88%) Public Sector
19 233 (7.81%) PaaS
20 229 (7.67%) Retail
21 223 (7.47%) SC Cleared
22 221 (7.41%) CI/CD
23 218 (7.31%) Oracle
24 212 (7.10%) Kubernetes
25 207 (6.94%) Analytics
26 201 (6.74%) SAP
26 201 (6.74%) Data Modelling
27 186 (6.23%) Docker
28 171 (5.73%) Salesforce.com
29 170 (5.70%) .NET

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 80 (2.68%) SharePoint
2 56 (1.88%) Confluence
3 39 (1.31%) CMS
4 26 (0.87%) Apache Spark
5 20 (0.67%) SAS
6 15 (0.50%) Camunda
6 15 (0.50%) Drupal
7 14 (0.47%) WebSphere
8 13 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
9 11 (0.37%) JBoss
10 10 (0.34%) NetWeaver
11 9 (0.30%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 9 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 8 (0.27%) Apache
12 8 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
12 8 (0.27%) IIS
12 8 (0.27%) Liferay
13 7 (0.23%) Appian
14 6 (0.20%) Anypoint
14 6 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 25 (0.84%) MS Visio
2 15 (0.50%) Chatbot
3 9 (0.30%) Microsoft Office
4 6 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.17%) Microsoft Excel
6 4 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.067%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.067%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.067%) Revit
7 2 (0.067%) Siemens NX
7 2 (0.067%) Windchill
8 1 (0.034%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 87 (2.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (1.41%) SAP S/4HANA
3 19 (0.64%) Oracle EBS
4 13 (0.44%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 12 (0.40%) NetSuite
5 12 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
6 11 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
6 11 (0.37%) Oracle ERP
6 11 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 11 (0.37%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 10 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
8 8 (0.27%) SAP Hybris
8 8 (0.27%) SAP MM
9 7 (0.23%) Remedy AR System
9 7 (0.23%) SAP IBP
10 6 (0.20%) Oracle SCM
10 6 (0.20%) SAP ERP
11 5 (0.17%) Magento
11 5 (0.17%) SAP MDG
11 5 (0.17%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 905 (30.33%) Azure
2 537 (18.00%) AWS
3 291 (9.75%) SaaS
4 233 (7.81%) PaaS
5 147 (4.93%) Serverless
6 146 (4.89%) IaaS
7 145 (4.86%) GCP
8 130 (4.36%) Microsoft 365
9 116 (3.89%) Power Platform
10 107 (3.59%) Dynamics 365
11 66 (2.21%) Azure Synapse Analytics
12 60 (2.01%) GitHub
13 57 (1.91%) Azure Data Factory
14 53 (1.78%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 52 (1.74%) PowerApps
16 50 (1.68%) Azure Active Directory
17 49 (1.64%) Azure Functions
18 48 (1.61%) OpenShift
19 47 (1.58%) Azure Logic Apps
20 45 (1.51%) Azure Service Bus
Communications & Networking
1 59 (1.98%) Firewall
2 50 (1.68%) WAN
3 43 (1.44%) Network Security
4 39 (1.31%) DNS
4 39 (1.31%) VoIP
5 32 (1.07%) VPN
6 28 (0.94%) 4G
7 27 (0.90%) SD-WAN
8 26 (0.87%) MPLS
9 25 (0.84%) 5G
9 25 (0.84%) LTE
10 23 (0.77%) Radio Access Network
11 21 (0.70%) LAN
12 20 (0.67%) Internet
12 20 (0.67%) Wireless
13 17 (0.57%) VoLTE
14 15 (0.50%) 3G
14 15 (0.50%) SMS
14 15 (0.50%) SSL
15 14 (0.47%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 146 (4.89%) Big Data
2 129 (4.32%) SQL Server
3 116 (3.89%) Data Warehouse
4 95 (3.18%) NoSQL
5 90 (3.02%) Data Lake
6 68 (2.28%) Power BI
7 58 (1.94%) Relational Database
8 53 (1.78%) MongoDB
9 42 (1.41%) RDBMS
10 40 (1.34%) Hadoop
11 35 (1.17%) Metadata
12 33 (1.11%) PostgreSQL
13 32 (1.07%) Azure SQL Database
14 29 (0.97%) MySQL
14 29 (0.97%) Oracle Database
15 24 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
16 20 (0.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 19 (0.64%) DB2
18 18 (0.60%) GIS
19 17 (0.57%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 81 (2.71%) JIRA
2 79 (2.65%) Jenkins
3 51 (1.71%) PowerDesigner
4 43 (1.44%) Maven
4 43 (1.44%) TeamCity
5 39 (1.31%) Gradle
6 31 (1.04%) Git (software)
7 17 (0.57%) Bitbucket
8 15 (0.50%) Selenium
9 13 (0.44%) GitLab
10 9 (0.30%) Cucumber
10 9 (0.30%) kappa
11 7 (0.23%) Terragrunt
12 6 (0.20%) IBM UrbanCode
12 6 (0.20%) JUnit
12 6 (0.20%) Oracle Forms
12 6 (0.20%) Postman
12 6 (0.20%) SonarQube
12 6 (0.20%) Visual Studio
13 5 (0.17%) Artifactory
General
1 654 (21.92%) Social Skills
2 609 (20.41%) Finance
3 267 (8.95%) Banking
4 235 (7.88%) Public Sector
5 229 (7.67%) Retail
6 163 (5.46%) Telecoms
7 157 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
8 111 (3.72%) Marketing
9 104 (3.49%) Presentation Skills
10 103 (3.45%) Influencing Skills
11 92 (3.08%) Manufacturing
12 75 (2.51%) Billing
13 65 (2.18%) Investment Banking
14 57 (1.91%) Legal
15 42 (1.41%) Law
16 41 (1.37%) Front Office
17 28 (0.94%) Organisational Skills
18 23 (0.77%) Electronics
19 22 (0.74%) Documentation Skills
19 22 (0.74%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 170 (5.70%) .NET
2 123 (4.12%) REST
3 122 (4.09%) Kafka
4 77 (2.58%) JSON
5 73 (2.45%) Web Services
6 71 (2.38%) Middleware
7 70 (2.35%) Node.js
8 68 (2.28%) SOAP
9 57 (1.91%) HTML
9 57 (1.91%) React
10 50 (1.68%) RESTful
11 48 (1.61%) .NET Core
12 42 (1.41%) XML
13 40 (1.34%) CSS
14 34 (1.14%) AngularJS
15 33 (1.11%) Spring
16 30 (1.01%) Spring Boot
17 29 (0.97%) GraphQL
17 29 (0.97%) Oracle Fusion
18 24 (0.80%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 154 (5.16%) Public Cloud
2 111 (3.72%) Cloud Native
3 110 (3.69%) Management Information System
4 75 (2.51%) User Experience
5 74 (2.48%) Data Centre
5 74 (2.48%) Data Protection Act
6 66 (2.21%) Enterprise Software
7 65 (2.18%) Legacy Systems
8 63 (2.11%) Mobile App
9 51 (1.71%) Virtual Team
10 50 (1.68%) Self-Motivation
11 36 (1.21%) Greenfield Project
12 35 (1.17%) Hybrid Cloud
13 25 (0.84%) EPoS
14 24 (0.80%) Private Cloud
15 22 (0.74%) Data Structures
15 22 (0.74%) NHS
15 22 (0.74%) PKI
16 21 (0.70%) Renewable Energy
17 18 (0.60%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 152 (5.09%) Windows
2 102 (3.42%) Linux
3 58 (1.94%) Windows Server
4 46 (1.54%) Unix
5 26 (0.87%) Windows 10
6 13 (0.44%) VMS
7 11 (0.37%) Solaris
8 10 (0.34%) AIX
9 9 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 9 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
10 8 (0.27%) Apple iOS
11 7 (0.23%) Windows Server 2019
12 6 (0.20%) Android
12 6 (0.20%) Windows Server 2016
13 5 (0.17%) Ubuntu
14 4 (0.13%) Windows 7
15 2 (0.067%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.034%) CentOS
16 1 (0.034%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 825 (27.65%) Agile Software Development
2 466 (15.62%) Microservices
3 431 (14.44%) DevOps
4 418 (14.01%) Stakeholder Management
5 415 (13.91%) TOGAF
6 345 (11.56%) Enterprise Architecture
7 343 (11.49%) Migration
8 254 (8.51%) CRM
9 221 (7.41%) CI/CD
10 207 (6.94%) Analytics
11 201 (6.74%) Data Modelling
12 170 (5.70%) IT Strategy
13 166 (5.56%) Business Intelligence
14 161 (5.40%) Problem-Solving
15 156 (5.23%) Scrum
15 156 (5.23%) Waterfall
16 149 (4.99%) SDLC
17 148 (4.96%) Project Delivery
18 143 (4.79%) Technical Architecture
19 135 (4.52%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 272 (9.12%) Java
2 158 (5.29%) SQL
3 115 (3.85%) JavaScript
4 92 (3.08%) C#
5 80 (2.68%) Python
6 43 (1.44%) PowerShell
7 33 (1.11%) C
8 31 (1.04%) Bash
9 17 (0.57%) Scala
10 11 (0.37%) Kotlin
10 11 (0.37%) R
11 10 (0.34%) C++
11 10 (0.34%) TypeScript
12 8 (0.27%) Go
12 8 (0.27%) Perl
12 8 (0.27%) PHP
13 7 (0.23%) Ruby
14 5 (0.17%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.13%) Ada
15 4 (0.13%) VB
Qualifications
1 273 (9.15%) Security Cleared
2 223 (7.47%) SC Cleared
3 93 (3.12%) Degree
4 91 (3.05%) TOGAF Certification
5 35 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
6 33 (1.11%) AWS Certification
7 31 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
8 26 (0.87%) DV Cleared
9 17 (0.57%) CCNA
10 15 (0.50%) Computer Science Degree
11 12 (0.40%) CCIE
11 12 (0.40%) CCNP
12 11 (0.37%) CISSP
12 11 (0.37%) Microsoft Certification
13 10 (0.34%) Master's Degree
14 7 (0.23%) MBCS
15 6 (0.20%) APMP
15 6 (0.20%) ISEB
15 6 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 5 (0.17%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 77 (2.58%) QA
2 62 (2.08%) GDPR
3 52 (1.74%) Data Quality
4 28 (0.94%) PCI DSS
5 24 (0.80%) PMO
6 15 (0.50%) COBIT
7 13 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 12 (0.40%) Accessibility
9 10 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
10 7 (0.23%) ISO 20022
10 7 (0.23%) NIST
11 6 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 5 (0.17%) SEPA
12 5 (0.17%) SLA
13 4 (0.13%) IFRS
13 4 (0.13%) NCSC
14 3 (0.10%) GMP
14 3 (0.10%) IFRS 9
14 3 (0.10%) PSD2
15 2 (0.067%) ISO 13485
System Software
1 186 (6.23%) Docker
2 102 (3.42%) Active Directory
3 44 (1.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (0.27%) OpenAM
5 8 (0.27%) VMware NSX
6 6 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (0.13%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.13%) vCloud
7 4 (0.13%) VMFS
7 4 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
8 2 (0.067%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 2 (0.067%) HDFS
8 2 (0.067%) OpenIDM
8 2 (0.067%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.067%) vSphere
9 1 (0.034%) GFS2
9 1 (0.034%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.034%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.034%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 212 (7.10%) Kubernetes
2 112 (3.75%) Terraform
3 33 (1.11%) Ansible
4 31 (1.04%) Microsoft Intune
5 17 (0.57%) SCCM
6 15 (0.50%) Single Sign-On
7 10 (0.34%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 9 (0.30%) Puppet
9 8 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
10 7 (0.23%) Prometheus
11 6 (0.20%) vRealize
12 5 (0.17%) Kibana
12 5 (0.17%) logstash
12 5 (0.17%) Nagios
13 4 (0.13%) Amdocs OSS
13 4 (0.13%) Kiali
13 4 (0.13%) Netcool
13 4 (0.13%) SCOM
14 3 (0.10%) Cisco CUCM
14 3 (0.10%) Grafana
Vendors
1 479 (16.05%) Microsoft
2 218 (7.31%) Oracle
3 201 (6.74%) SAP
4 171 (5.73%) Salesforce.com
5 117 (3.92%) Databricks
6 83 (2.78%) MuleSoft
7 81 (2.71%) Google
8 63 (2.11%) BiZZdesign
9 55 (1.84%) ServiceNow
10 53 (1.78%) VMware
11 47 (1.58%) Cisco
12 43 (1.44%) IBM
13 42 (1.41%) Red Hat
14 39 (1.31%) Pega
15 36 (1.21%) Cloudera
16 31 (1.04%) Informatica
17 30 (1.01%) Splunk
18 22 (0.74%) Sitecore
19 20 (0.67%) Adobe
20 19 (0.64%) Citrix