The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 30 March 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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 108 93 87
Rank change year-on-year -15 -6  
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 978 1242 1211
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.15% 2.29% 2.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.27% 2.41% 2.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 623 728 742
Median daily rate £550 £525 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £436 £414 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £513
% change year-on-year +5.00% -2.43%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 7
Median hourly rate £58.75 £60.00 £44.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.08% +34.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £35.00 £35.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.75 £73.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.75 £61.25 £49.50
% change year-on-year -4.08% +23.73%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43148 51543 50918
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.77% 95.22% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 28028 33436 30785
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1488 1586 2043
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Solutions Architect in the job title.

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 3 months to 30 March 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 30 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 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -3 912 £550 +4.76% 155
London +9 419 £600 +8.10% 81
South East +1 160 £524 +4.75% 22
East of England +2 83 £531 +12.79% 8
City of London +37 68 £608 +6.57% 15
West Midlands +28 68 £500 - 6
Hampshire +28 61 £525 +10.52% 3
Yorkshire 0 53 £525 +9.94% 12
Berkshire +4 51 £500 -9.09% 4
East Midlands -21 43 £500 +11.11% 7
South West -31 32 £540 +0.93% 4
West Yorkshire -16 29 £538 +7.50% 9
North West -14 26 £550 +14.58% 13
Birmingham +15 25 £475 +4.10% 4
Wales +26 22 £458 +10.90% 1
Cambridgeshire -3 21 £450 +5.88% 3
Scotland -51 21 £445 -11.00% 4
Bedfordshire +18 20 £525 -16.00% 4
South Wales +31 19 £495 +20.00% 1
Norfolk +21 18 £615 -
Buckinghamshire -6 17 £478 -13.18% 2
Hertfordshire -10 17 £600 +26.31% 1
Bristol -3 16 £500 -9.09% 1
Southampton - 15 £525 -
North East -7 14 £439 -2.50% 2
Edinburgh -25 14 £463 -7.50% 4
Leeds -29 14 £525 +5.00% 6
Reading 0 13 £563 +2.27% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -2 13 £440 -9.74% 2
Surrey -4 13 £563 -9.09% 7

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 437 (21.86%) Finance
2 413 (20.66%) Agile Software Development
3 329 (16.46%) Microsoft
4 284 (14.21%) Java
5 264 (13.21%) TOGAF
6 223 (11.16%) SOA
7 218 (10.91%) Oracle
8 215 (10.76%) SAP
9 203 (10.16%) Retail
10 194 (9.70%) Banking
10 194 (9.70%) Microsoft Azure
11 189 (9.45%) Stakeholder Management
12 187 (9.35%) Web Services
13 181 (9.05%) CRM
14 177 (8.85%) Enterprise Architecture
15 154 (7.70%) E-Commerce
15 154 (7.70%) .NET
16 145 (7.25%) Windows
16 145 (7.25%) Security Cleared
17 143 (7.15%) Amazon AWS
18 141 (7.05%) SQL Server
19 129 (6.45%) Migration
20 122 (6.10%) IT Strategy
21 116 (5.80%) SC Cleared
22 112 (5.60%) Analytical Skills
23 109 (5.45%) Middleware
24 105 (5.25%) SQL
25 102 (5.10%) REST
26 101 (5.05%) JavaScript
27 100 (5.00%) Analytics

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 98 (4.90%) SharePoint
2 71 (3.55%) CMS
3 43 (2.15%) Confluence
4 41 (2.05%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 40 (2.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 40 (2.00%) WebSphere
6 38 (1.90%) Skype for Business
7 29 (1.45%) BizTalk Server
8 27 (1.35%) WebLogic
9 25 (1.25%) JBoss
10 22 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
11 19 (0.95%) Apache
12 17 (0.85%) Drupal
12 17 (0.85%) Tomcat
13 15 (0.75%) Cloud Foundry
14 14 (0.70%) IIS
15 12 (0.60%) MS Exchange
16 11 (0.55%) Oracle Workflow
16 11 (0.55%) Umbraco
17 10 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 93 (4.65%) MS Excel
2 25 (1.25%) MS Visio
3 19 (0.95%) MS Office
4 7 (0.35%) MS Project
5 4 (0.20%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.050%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 79 (3.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (1.00%) SAP HR
3 18 (0.90%) SAP FI
4 17 (0.85%) Maximo
5 14 (0.70%) Oracle BPM
5 14 (0.70%) SAP CO
6 13 (0.65%) SAP FI/CO
7 12 (0.60%) SAP ERP
8 10 (0.50%) SAP HCM
8 10 (0.50%) SAP Retail
9 9 (0.45%) Magento
9 9 (0.45%) SAP FSCM
10 7 (0.35%) Adobe Campaign
10 7 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
10 7 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
10 7 (0.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 7 (0.35%) SAP GRC
11 6 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
11 6 (0.30%) SAP Hybris
11 6 (0.30%) SAP Travel Management
Cloud Services
1 194 (9.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 143 (7.15%) Amazon AWS
3 87 (4.35%) Office 365
4 77 (3.85%) SaaS
5 53 (2.65%) PaaS
6 43 (2.15%) IaaS
7 34 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
8 22 (1.10%) SuccessFactors
9 14 (0.70%) OpenShift
10 12 (0.60%) GitHub
11 9 (0.45%) Amazon S3
12 7 (0.35%) CloudBees
13 6 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
13 6 (0.30%) AWS Lambda
13 6 (0.30%) Force.com
13 6 (0.30%) Yammer
14 5 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
14 5 (0.25%) Amazon EMR
14 5 (0.25%) Boomi
14 5 (0.25%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 68 (3.40%) WAN
2 57 (2.85%) LAN
3 48 (2.40%) Firewall
3 48 (2.40%) Internet
4 34 (1.70%) Skype
5 25 (1.25%) Network Security
6 23 (1.15%) DNS
6 23 (1.15%) HTTP
6 23 (1.15%) LDAP
7 22 (1.10%) MVNO
8 13 (0.65%) VPN
9 12 (0.60%) SAN
9 12 (0.60%) TCP/IP
10 10 (0.50%) MPLS
10 10 (0.50%) SSL
11 9 (0.45%) Unified Communications
12 8 (0.40%) VoIP
13 7 (0.35%) Cisco Nexus
13 7 (0.35%) IPv4
14 6 (0.30%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 141 (7.05%) SQL Server
2 72 (3.60%) Big Data
3 64 (3.20%) Relational Database
4 53 (2.65%) NoSQL
5 48 (2.40%) Data Warehouse
6 46 (2.30%) MongoDB
7 38 (1.90%) Hadoop
8 35 (1.75%) PostgreSQL
9 31 (1.55%) Oracle Database
10 28 (1.40%) MySQL
11 26 (1.30%) BusinessObjects
12 25 (1.25%) SAP HANA
13 24 (1.20%) Apache Cassandra
13 24 (1.20%) SAP BW
14 22 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 22 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 17 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 13 (0.65%) DB2
17 12 (0.60%) RDBMS
18 10 (0.50%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 52 (2.60%) JIRA
2 45 (2.25%) Jenkins
3 26 (1.30%) Git (software)
4 21 (1.05%) Maven
5 16 (0.80%) Team Foundation Server
6 13 (0.65%) Visual Studio
7 12 (0.60%) Selenium
8 8 (0.40%) SonarQube
9 7 (0.35%) Ant
10 6 (0.30%) Rational Rose
11 5 (0.25%) Eclipse
11 5 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
12 4 (0.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 4 (0.20%) JUnit
13 3 (0.15%) JBehave
13 3 (0.15%) Mercurial
13 3 (0.15%) Oracle APEX
13 3 (0.15%) Oracle Forms
13 3 (0.15%) Rational Software Modeler
13 3 (0.15%) Subversion
General
1 437 (21.86%) Finance
2 203 (10.16%) Retail
3 194 (9.70%) Banking
4 75 (3.75%) Telecoms
5 55 (2.75%) Marketing
6 54 (2.70%) Billing
7 45 (2.25%) Manufacturing
8 28 (1.40%) Back Office
9 23 (1.15%) Investment Banking
10 20 (1.00%) Legal
11 19 (0.95%) Advertising
12 13 (0.65%) Automotive
12 13 (0.65%) Law
13 11 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
13 11 (0.55%) Publishing
14 10 (0.50%) Retail Banking
15 9 (0.45%) Aerospace
15 9 (0.45%) Front Office
16 8 (0.40%) General Ledger
17 5 (0.25%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 187 (9.35%) Web Services
2 154 (7.70%) .NET
3 109 (5.45%) Middleware
4 102 (5.10%) REST
5 94 (4.70%) HTML
6 84 (4.20%) SOAP
7 79 (3.95%) Spring
8 77 (3.85%) JSON
9 71 (3.55%) XML
10 68 (3.40%) J2EE
11 59 (2.95%) CSS
12 44 (2.20%) HTML5
13 37 (1.85%) Java EE
14 35 (1.75%) CSS3
15 33 (1.65%) ASP.NET
15 33 (1.65%) RESTful
16 32 (1.60%) AngularJS
17 31 (1.55%) Node.js
18 29 (1.45%) Hibernate
19 25 (1.25%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 112 (5.60%) Analytical Skills
2 98 (4.90%) Data Centre
3 57 (2.85%) Management Information System
4 54 (2.70%) Mobile App
5 49 (2.45%) User Experience
6 36 (1.80%) Public Cloud
7 35 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
8 34 (1.70%) Private Cloud
9 32 (1.60%) Computer Science
10 29 (1.45%) SWIFT
11 25 (1.25%) Market Risk
12 24 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
13 22 (1.10%) Virtual Team
14 19 (0.95%) Client/Server
14 19 (0.95%) Fintech
15 17 (0.85%) Mainframe
15 17 (0.85%) PKI
16 16 (0.80%) Social Media
17 15 (0.75%) Credit Risk
18 14 (0.70%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 145 (7.25%) Windows
2 97 (4.85%) Linux
3 47 (2.35%) Unix
4 25 (1.25%) Windows Server
5 19 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (0.75%) AIX
6 15 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (0.65%) CentOS
9 11 (0.55%) Solaris
9 11 (0.55%) Windows 10
10 10 (0.50%) Android
11 9 (0.45%) Apple iOS
12 6 (0.30%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.20%) VMS
14 3 (0.15%) SUSE
14 3 (0.15%) Windows 7
15 2 (0.10%) pSOS
15 2 (0.10%) zOS
16 1 (0.050%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 413 (20.66%) Agile Software Development
2 264 (13.21%) TOGAF
3 223 (11.16%) SOA
4 189 (9.45%) Stakeholder Management
5 181 (9.05%) CRM
6 177 (8.85%) Enterprise Architecture
7 154 (7.70%) E-Commerce
8 129 (6.45%) Migration
9 122 (6.10%) IT Strategy
10 100 (5.00%) Analytics
11 98 (4.90%) Technical Architecture
12 91 (4.55%) ERP
13 89 (4.45%) Business Intelligence
13 89 (4.45%) DevOps
13 89 (4.45%) Microservices
14 86 (4.30%) ITIL
14 86 (4.30%) Scrum
15 78 (3.90%) UML
16 74 (3.70%) Data Modelling
17 70 (3.50%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 284 (14.21%) Java
2 105 (5.25%) SQL
3 101 (5.05%) JavaScript
4 68 (3.40%) C#
5 40 (2.00%) Python
6 35 (1.75%) Ruby
7 27 (1.35%) C++
8 20 (1.00%) C
9 16 (0.80%) Bash Shell
10 15 (0.75%) PHP
11 14 (0.70%) Apex Code
11 14 (0.70%) Scala
12 12 (0.60%) ABAP
13 9 (0.45%) Perl
13 9 (0.45%) PL/SQL
14 8 (0.40%) VB.NET
15 6 (0.30%) PowerShell
15 6 (0.30%) Shell Script
16 5 (0.25%) Go
16 5 (0.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 145 (7.25%) Security Cleared
2 116 (5.80%) SC Cleared
3 87 (4.35%) Degree
4 21 (1.05%) DV Cleared
5 18 (0.90%) CISSP
6 13 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (0.45%) CCNA
8 9 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
8 9 (0.45%) PMI Certification
9 8 (0.40%) ISSAP
9 8 (0.40%) PMP
10 6 (0.30%) ISEB
11 5 (0.25%) AWS Certification
11 5 (0.25%) CCIE
11 5 (0.25%) CISA
11 5 (0.25%) CISM
11 5 (0.25%) CLAS
12 3 (0.15%) JNCIA
12 3 (0.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (2.00%) QA
2 28 (1.40%) Disclosure Scotland
3 26 (1.30%) SEPA
4 25 (1.25%) PCI DSS
5 12 (0.60%) MiFID
6 10 (0.50%) IFRS
6 10 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 9 (0.45%) COBIT
8 6 (0.30%) IFRS 9
9 4 (0.20%) GDPR
9 4 (0.20%) Solvency II
10 3 (0.15%) PMO
10 3 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.15%) SLA
11 2 (0.10%) HL7
11 2 (0.10%) ISO27002
11 2 (0.10%) SNOMED CT
12 1 (0.050%) Basel III
12 1 (0.050%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.050%) WCAG
System Software
1 72 (3.60%) Active Directory
2 46 (2.30%) Docker
2 46 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (1.00%) Hyper-V
4 8 (0.40%) LXC
4 8 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (0.30%) vCloud
6 6 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.30%) XenApp
7 5 (0.25%) DFS Replication
8 4 (0.20%) HDFS
8 4 (0.20%) NFS
8 4 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
9 3 (0.15%) Apache Flume
9 3 (0.15%) KVM
9 3 (0.15%) PowerHA
9 3 (0.15%) SRDF
9 3 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (0.15%) Xen
Systems Management
1 33 (1.65%) Puppet
2 25 (1.25%) Ansible
3 20 (1.00%) SCCM
4 17 (0.85%) Terraform
5 16 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
6 10 (0.50%) Kubernetes
7 7 (0.35%) Nagios
7 7 (0.35%) QRadar
8 6 (0.30%) Tivoli
8 6 (0.30%) Tivoli Identity Manager
9 5 (0.25%) Kibana
9 5 (0.25%) MOM
9 5 (0.25%) Rundeck
9 5 (0.25%) SCOM
10 4 (0.20%) logstash
10 4 (0.20%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 4 (0.20%) ZABBIX
11 3 (0.15%) CA Single Sign-On
11 3 (0.15%) Cacti
11 3 (0.15%) Nessus
Vendors
1 329 (16.46%) Microsoft
2 218 (10.91%) Oracle
3 215 (10.76%) SAP
4 72 (3.60%) VMware
5 69 (3.45%) IBM
6 57 (2.85%) Salesforce.com
7 49 (2.45%) Adobe
8 48 (2.40%) Cisco
9 33 (1.65%) HP
10 31 (1.55%) hybris
11 27 (1.35%) Pega
12 24 (1.20%) Citrix
13 23 (1.15%) Red Hat
14 19 (0.95%) webMethods
15 17 (0.85%) MuleSoft
16 15 (0.75%) Reuters
16 15 (0.75%) Splunk
17 14 (0.70%) ATG
18 13 (0.65%) Hyperion
18 13 (0.65%) ServiceNow
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onezeero.
Posted: 22 hours ago
West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £550 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Morgan Mckinley
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 20 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 21 hours ago
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Haysfm
Rate: £600.00 - £700.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
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Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Bedfordshire
Montash
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + dependent on experience
Posted: Yesterday
London
Proactive Appointments
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Yorkshire
Rullion
Rate: £500 - £525 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £500 - £625 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £625 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Empiric.com
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Robert Walters
Rate: £425 - £525 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Yorkshire
Rullion
Rate: £500 - £525 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Hydrogen Group
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Data Idols
Rate: From £500 to £650 per day
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Northamptonshire
onezeero.
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Merseyside
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 5 days ago
Bedfordshire
Montash
Rate: £550 - £595 per day + potentially negotiable
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London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £500.00 - £575.00 per day
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London
Experis Ltd
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London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
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London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £550 per annum +
Posted: 6 days ago
London
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Eutopia Solutions Ltd
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