Period
to 14 May 2021

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 May 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 85 112 107
Rank change year-on-year +27 -5 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1,570 1,065 2,178
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.75% 2.11% 2.39%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.96% 2.25% 2.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,097 699 1,463
10th Percentile £450 £461 £453
25th Percentile £505 £506 £506
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £575 £575
75th Percentile £650 £675 £648
90th Percentile £713 £750 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £550
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 6
10th Percentile £51.80 £43.50 £40.71
25th Percentile £52.25 £46.88 £60.00
Median hourly rate £55.25 £55.00 £67.50
Median % change year-on-year +0.45% -18.52% -16.39%
75th Percentile £59.75 £64.38 £77.95
90th Percentile £63.80 £68.50 £78.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 - £48.97

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 53,035 47,251 86,298
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.81% 93.70% 94.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,350 31,357 57,939
10th Percentile £290 £235 £273
25th Percentile £388 £363 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £463 £473
Median % change year-on-year +2.70% -2.12% +5.00%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,713 1,753 2,601
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.63 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.58 £14.25 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.42% +5.56% +2.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £39.00 £40.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +0.40%

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 14 May 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 14 May 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 +26 1,266 £575 -3.77% 387
London +45 656 £600 -3.23% 144
UK excluding London +30 592 £550 - 270
Work from Home -13 489 £588 +11.90% 70
South East +9 175 £550 +10.00% 68
Midlands +27 119 £525 -4.55% 47
North of England -2 97 £538 -10.42% 68
South West +27 80 £594 -0.95% 33
West Midlands +45 74 £550 - 31
Scotland +14 69 £525 - 22
North West -3 46 £500 -21.57% 38
East Midlands +7 45 £468 -10.95% 16
Yorkshire +15 43 £575 -1.71% 23
East of England +40 42 £525 -8.70% 25
Wales +10 14 £563 +18.42% 3
North East +5 8 £550 - 7

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 May 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.

1 467 (29.75%) Azure
2 419 (26.69%) Agile Software Development
3 316 (20.13%) AWS
4 292 (18.60%) Finance
5 276 (17.58%) Social Skills
6 256 (16.31%) Microservices
7 228 (14.52%) TOGAF
8 225 (14.33%) Microsoft
9 193 (12.29%) DevOps
10 188 (11.97%) Enterprise Architecture
11 183 (11.66%) Security Cleared
12 166 (10.57%) Migration
13 156 (9.94%) Stakeholder Management
14 151 (9.62%) Java
15 149 (9.49%) SC Cleared
16 126 (8.03%) PaaS
17 125 (7.96%) SaaS
18 124 (7.90%) Retail
19 123 (7.83%) Oracle
19 123 (7.83%) Data Modelling
20 121 (7.71%) SQL
21 118 (7.52%) Banking
22 114 (7.26%) SAP
23 113 (7.20%) Salesforce.com
24 110 (7.01%) Analytics
25 107 (6.82%) CRM
26 106 (6.75%) Public Sector
27 99 (6.31%) IaaS
28 96 (6.11%) Data Architecture
29 88 (5.61%) .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 47 (2.99%) Confluence
2 44 (2.80%) SharePoint
3 27 (1.72%) CMS
4 24 (1.53%) Apache
5 17 (1.08%) Red Hat Fuse
6 16 (1.02%) Apache Spark
7 13 (0.83%) JBoss
8 12 (0.76%) WebSphere
9 11 (0.70%) Tomcat
10 10 (0.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 10 (0.64%) WebLogic
11 8 (0.51%) MQSeries
12 6 (0.38%) Cloud Foundry
12 6 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
12 6 (0.38%) Headless CMS
12 6 (0.38%) IIS
13 5 (0.32%) Alfresco
13 5 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (0.32%) MS Exchange
13 5 (0.32%) OpenStack
Applications
1 11 (0.70%) MS Visio
2 8 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (0.38%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.13%) SPSS
6 1 (0.064%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.064%) Revit
Business Applications
1 29 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (1.53%) SAP S/4HANA
3 11 (0.70%) Oracle ERP
4 6 (0.38%) SAP Hybris
4 6 (0.38%) SAP Retail
5 5 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 5 (0.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 4 (0.25%) Magento
6 4 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
6 4 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
6 4 (0.25%) SAP ERP
6 4 (0.25%) SAP IBP
6 4 (0.25%) SAP SCM
6 4 (0.25%) Shopify
6 4 (0.25%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle Assets
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
7 3 (0.19%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 467 (29.75%) Azure
2 316 (20.13%) AWS
3 126 (8.03%) PaaS
4 125 (7.96%) SaaS
5 99 (6.31%) IaaS
6 73 (4.65%) Serverless
7 72 (4.59%) GCP
8 67 (4.27%) Power Platform
9 65 (4.14%) Microsoft 365
10 40 (2.55%) Dynamics 365
11 38 (2.42%) AWS Lambda
12 35 (2.23%) Azure Active Directory
13 27 (1.72%) Amazon S3
13 27 (1.72%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 21 (1.34%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 21 (1.34%) Azure Data Factory
14 21 (1.34%) OpenShift
15 20 (1.27%) PowerApps
16 19 (1.21%) Salesforce Service Cloud
17 18 (1.15%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 44 (2.80%) WAN
2 36 (2.29%) Firewall
3 34 (2.17%) LAN
4 26 (1.66%) DNS
5 23 (1.46%) Network Security
6 21 (1.34%) VPN
7 16 (1.02%) Internet
8 13 (0.83%) SD-WAN
9 11 (0.70%) HTTP
9 11 (0.70%) Unified Communications
10 10 (0.64%) SAN
11 9 (0.57%) Wireless
12 8 (0.51%) DHCP
12 8 (0.51%) SSL
13 7 (0.45%) Ethernet
14 6 (0.38%) 4G
14 6 (0.38%) Cisco Nexus
14 6 (0.38%) FTP
14 6 (0.38%) VoIP
14 6 (0.38%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (5.29%) Big Data
2 74 (4.71%) Data Warehouse
3 60 (3.82%) SQL Server
4 44 (2.80%) Data Lake
5 43 (2.74%) Power BI
6 32 (2.04%) NoSQL
7 31 (1.97%) Hadoop
7 31 (1.97%) Relational Database
8 27 (1.72%) MongoDB
9 22 (1.40%) PostgreSQL
10 17 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
11 15 (0.96%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 14 (0.89%) Redis
13 12 (0.76%) Tableau
14 11 (0.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 10 (0.64%) GIS
15 10 (0.64%) RDBMS
16 9 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
16 9 (0.57%) Oracle Database
17 8 (0.51%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 61 (3.89%) JIRA
2 43 (2.74%) Jenkins
3 35 (2.23%) PowerDesigner
4 30 (1.91%) Git (software)
5 20 (1.27%) kappa
6 7 (0.45%) Selenium
6 7 (0.45%) SonarQube
7 6 (0.38%) Bitbucket Server
7 6 (0.38%) Cucumber
7 6 (0.38%) Maven
8 4 (0.25%) Ant
9 3 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.19%) CircleCI
9 3 (0.19%) Eclipse
9 3 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
9 3 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (0.19%) Subversion
10 2 (0.13%) GitLab
10 2 (0.13%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.13%) Terragrunt
General
1 292 (18.60%) Finance
2 276 (17.58%) Social Skills
3 124 (7.90%) Retail
4 118 (7.52%) Banking
5 106 (6.75%) Public Sector
6 74 (4.71%) Telecoms
7 72 (4.59%) Marketing
8 70 (4.46%) Analytical Skills
9 54 (3.44%) Presentation Skills
10 50 (3.18%) Influencing Skills
11 32 (2.04%) Manufacturing
12 30 (1.91%) Documentation Skills
13 25 (1.59%) Billing
14 24 (1.53%) Legal
15 22 (1.40%) Retail Banking
16 20 (1.27%) Law
17 17 (1.08%) Back Office
18 15 (0.96%) Electronics
19 12 (0.76%) Automotive
19 12 (0.76%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (5.61%) .NET
2 86 (5.48%) REST
3 63 (4.01%) Web Services
4 61 (3.89%) SOAP
5 52 (3.31%) Middleware
6 38 (2.42%) JSON
7 36 (2.29%) XML
8 35 (2.23%) Node.js
9 31 (1.97%) Spring
10 29 (1.85%) React
11 28 (1.78%) AngularJS
11 28 (1.78%) Kafka
12 25 (1.59%) Spring Boot
13 23 (1.46%) HTML
14 19 (1.21%) Hibernate
15 18 (1.15%) J2EE
15 18 (1.15%) RESTful
16 17 (1.08%) RabbitMQ
17 16 (1.02%) .NET Core
18 15 (0.96%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 55 (3.50%) Cloud Native
2 53 (3.38%) Data Centre
3 47 (2.99%) Mobile App
4 41 (2.61%) Enterprise Software
4 41 (2.61%) Public Cloud
5 36 (2.29%) Greenfield Project
6 34 (2.17%) User Experience
7 30 (1.91%) Management Information System
8 29 (1.85%) Hybrid Cloud
9 25 (1.59%) Virtual Team
10 20 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
11 19 (1.21%) Clustering
12 10 (0.64%) HoloLens
12 10 (0.64%) SWIFT
13 9 (0.57%) Mainframe
14 8 (0.51%) EMC VNX
14 8 (0.51%) Private Cloud
14 8 (0.51%) Robotics
14 8 (0.51%) Video Conferencing
15 7 (0.45%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 61 (3.89%) Linux
2 57 (3.63%) Windows
3 11 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 11 (0.70%) Windows Server
4 9 (0.57%) Unix
5 8 (0.51%) Windows 10
6 6 (0.38%) Solaris
7 5 (0.32%) Android
7 5 (0.32%) Apple iOS
8 4 (0.25%) Windows XP
9 3 (0.19%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.13%) AIX
10 2 (0.13%) CentOS
10 2 (0.13%) Debian
10 2 (0.13%) VMS
10 2 (0.13%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.064%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.064%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.064%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.064%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 419 (26.69%) Agile Software Development
2 256 (16.31%) Microservices
3 228 (14.52%) TOGAF
4 193 (12.29%) DevOps
5 188 (11.97%) Enterprise Architecture
6 166 (10.57%) Migration
7 156 (9.94%) Stakeholder Management
8 123 (7.83%) Data Modelling
9 110 (7.01%) Analytics
10 107 (6.82%) CRM
11 96 (6.11%) Data Architecture
12 88 (5.61%) Project Delivery
13 87 (5.54%) Architectural Design
14 86 (5.48%) SOA
15 83 (5.29%) E-Commerce
16 81 (5.16%) ERP
17 77 (4.90%) Scrum
18 76 (4.84%) Problem-Solving
19 75 (4.78%) Technical Architecture
20 74 (4.71%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 151 (9.62%) Java
2 121 (7.71%) SQL
3 53 (3.38%) JavaScript
4 42 (2.68%) Python
5 28 (1.78%) C#
5 28 (1.78%) PowerShell
6 18 (1.15%) C
7 15 (0.96%) Bash Shell
8 10 (0.64%) Java 8
9 9 (0.57%) PL/SQL
10 7 (0.45%) PHP
10 7 (0.45%) Ruby
11 6 (0.38%) Ada
11 6 (0.38%) Apex Code
11 6 (0.38%) T-SQL
11 6 (0.38%) TypeScript
12 4 (0.25%) Perl
12 4 (0.25%) Scala
12 4 (0.25%) SOQL
13 3 (0.19%) C++
Qualifications
1 183 (11.66%) Security Cleared
2 149 (9.49%) SC Cleared
3 43 (2.74%) Degree
3 43 (2.74%) DV Cleared
4 41 (2.61%) TOGAF Certification
5 14 (0.89%) AWS Certification
6 10 (0.64%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (0.45%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (0.45%) Master's Degree
9 6 (0.38%) CCNA
10 5 (0.32%) CCNP
10 5 (0.32%) SAFe Agilist
11 4 (0.25%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (0.19%) CISSP
12 3 (0.19%) DBS Check
12 3 (0.19%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.19%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.13%) GPEN
13 2 (0.13%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (2.48%) QA
2 31 (1.97%) GDPR
3 28 (1.78%) Data Quality
4 15 (0.96%) PCI DSS
5 10 (0.64%) COBIT
6 8 (0.51%) SEPA
7 7 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 6 (0.38%) IFRS
8 6 (0.38%) ISO 20022
8 6 (0.38%) SLA
9 4 (0.25%) NIST
9 4 (0.25%) PSD2
10 3 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (0.19%) TARGET2
11 2 (0.13%) GMP
11 2 (0.13%) HIPAA
11 2 (0.13%) HL7
11 2 (0.13%) HMG Infosec
11 2 (0.13%) JSP 440
System Software
1 57 (3.63%) Active Directory
2 46 (2.93%) Docker
3 27 (1.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.32%) KVM
6 5 (0.32%) SRDF
6 5 (0.32%) VMware NSX
7 4 (0.25%) HDFS
7 4 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 3 (0.19%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.19%) NFS
8 3 (0.19%) RACF
8 3 (0.19%) Xen
9 2 (0.13%) OpenAM
9 2 (0.13%) Veritas Volume Manager
9 2 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.13%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 61 (3.89%) Kubernetes
2 40 (2.55%) Terraform
3 23 (1.46%) Ansible
4 16 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
4 16 (1.02%) Puppet
5 13 (0.83%) Microsoft Intune
6 10 (0.64%) SCCM
7 8 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (0.38%) Hadoop YARN
9 4 (0.25%) IBM BigFix
9 4 (0.25%) Microsoft Clustering
10 3 (0.19%) Oozie
10 3 (0.19%) vCenter Server
11 2 (0.13%) Cobbler
11 2 (0.13%) FortiGate
11 2 (0.13%) MIIS
12 1 (0.064%) Data Guard
12 1 (0.064%) Nessus
12 1 (0.064%) Salt
12 1 (0.064%) SCOM
Vendors
1 225 (14.33%) Microsoft
2 123 (7.83%) Oracle
3 114 (7.26%) SAP
4 113 (7.20%) Salesforce.com
5 60 (3.82%) MuleSoft
6 49 (3.12%) VMware
7 48 (3.06%) IBM
8 42 (2.68%) Google
9 40 (2.55%) Cisco
10 36 (2.29%) Databricks
11 30 (1.91%) BiZZdesign
12 21 (1.34%) Red Hat
12 21 (1.34%) ServiceNow
13 15 (0.96%) Dell
14 13 (0.83%) Juniper
15 12 (0.76%) CheckPoint
15 12 (0.76%) F5
15 12 (0.76%) iManage
16 11 (0.70%) EMC
16 11 (0.70%) hybris