Period
to 20 August 2019

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 August 2019.

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
20 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 104 118 146
Rank change year-on-year +14 +28 -41
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 2,128 2,291 1,754
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.36% 2.24% 1.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.51% 2.36% 1.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,372 1,503 1,091
UK median daily rate £575 £565 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.77% +2.73% +4.76%
10th Percentile £458 £450 £425
90th Percentile £713 £700 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 5 10
UK median hourly rate £68.75 £66.67 £57.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +15.95% +12.20%
10th Percentile £41.50 £26.85 £55.90
90th Percentile £139.00 £78.63 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £63.75 £66.67 £57.50
% change year-on-year -4.38% +15.95% +12.20%

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 84,920 96,975 90,896
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.32% 94.86% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,773 63,444 59,037
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,893 3,108 2,782
UK median hourly rate £19.97 £17.83 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.01% -4.68% -1.58%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.83 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.89
% change year-on-year +5.71% -2.18% -5.84%

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 20 August 2019.

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 20 August 2019.

Contractor 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 20 August 2019. 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 +11 1,912 £575 - 451
UK excluding London +10 1,221 £550 - 303
London +21 869 £600 - 167
South East +16 373 £575 - 77
North of England +1 204 £550 +4.76% 86
South West +1 175 £550 +1.38% 34
Midlands -14 159 £550 - 65
East of England +19 123 £550 +4.76% 24
Scotland -6 113 £525 -2.33% 14
North West -11 103 £550 +10.00% 55
West Midlands -29 94 £575 +0.88% 44
Yorkshire -9 75 £550 +4.76% 28
Wales +48 73 £600 +9.09% 1
East Midlands +14 52 £500 -9.09% 20
North East +35 26 £525 +18.31% 3
Channel Islands -7 3 £575 -17.86%
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 4

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 2019, 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.

1 569 (26.74%) Finance
2 514 (24.15%) Agile Software Development
3 468 (21.99%) Microsoft Azure
4 336 (15.79%) Microsoft
5 330 (15.51%) TOGAF
6 312 (14.66%) Amazon AWS
7 270 (12.69%) Stakeholder Management
8 245 (11.51%) Java
9 233 (10.95%) Microservices
10 221 (10.39%) Banking
11 220 (10.34%) Migration
12 206 (9.68%) .NET
13 197 (9.26%) Enterprise Architecture
14 196 (9.21%) Oracle
15 186 (8.74%) Security Cleared
16 181 (8.51%) SAP
17 166 (7.80%) Retail
18 164 (7.71%) DevOps
19 154 (7.24%) Web Services
20 147 (6.91%) SOA
21 144 (6.77%) SC Cleared
22 140 (6.58%) SaaS
23 139 (6.53%) Architectural Design
24 136 (6.39%) SQL
25 132 (6.20%) Analytics
26 130 (6.11%) CRM
27 129 (6.06%) Project Delivery
28 126 (5.92%) Salesforce.com
29 120 (5.64%) REST
30 115 (5.40%) PaaS

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 53 (2.49%) SharePoint
2 31 (1.46%) Apache
3 27 (1.27%) Apache Spark
4 20 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
5 19 (0.89%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 19 (0.89%) Confluence
6 17 (0.80%) SAS
7 14 (0.66%) WebSphere
8 13 (0.61%) Skype for Business
9 11 (0.52%) OpenStack
10 10 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
10 10 (0.47%) IIS
10 10 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 8 (0.38%) CMS
12 5 (0.23%) Tomcat
13 4 (0.19%) Jupyter
14 3 (0.14%) CICS
14 3 (0.14%) Cloud Foundry
14 3 (0.14%) Magnolia
14 3 (0.14%) Mule
Applications
1 27 (1.27%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (1.03%) MS Visio
3 14 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.33%) Chatbot
5 2 (0.094%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.094%) SPSS
6 1 (0.047%) Adobe Premiere
6 1 (0.047%) Stata
Business Applications
1 37 (1.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 34 (1.60%) SAP S/4HANA
3 19 (0.89%) Adobe Campaign
4 14 (0.66%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 13 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
5 13 (0.61%) SAP ERP
6 12 (0.56%) SAP FI
7 11 (0.52%) Oracle ERP
8 8 (0.38%) SAP CO
8 8 (0.38%) SAP FI/CO
9 7 (0.33%) SAP HR
9 7 (0.33%) SAP Retail
10 6 (0.28%) Endur
11 5 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
12 4 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
12 4 (0.19%) SAP BPC
12 4 (0.19%) SAP CAR
12 4 (0.19%) SAP IS-U
12 4 (0.19%) Workday HCM
13 3 (0.14%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 468 (21.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 312 (14.66%) Amazon AWS
3 140 (6.58%) SaaS
4 115 (5.40%) PaaS
5 85 (3.99%) Office 365
6 84 (3.95%) IaaS
7 54 (2.54%) Dynamics 365
8 51 (2.40%) Google Cloud Platform
9 45 (2.11%) Serverless
10 35 (1.64%) Azure Active Directory
11 31 (1.46%) Power Platform
12 29 (1.36%) SuccessFactors
13 26 (1.22%) AWS Lambda
14 19 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
14 19 (0.89%) OpenShift
15 17 (0.80%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
15 17 (0.80%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 15 (0.70%) Amazon S3
16 15 (0.70%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 13 (0.61%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 52 (2.44%) WAN
2 46 (2.16%) Firewall
3 37 (1.74%) LAN
4 32 (1.50%) Internet
5 26 (1.22%) SAN
6 21 (0.99%) Skype
7 18 (0.85%) DNS
8 17 (0.80%) Unified Communications
8 17 (0.80%) VPN
9 16 (0.75%) Wi-Fi
10 15 (0.70%) NAS
10 15 (0.70%) Network Security
11 12 (0.56%) TCP/IP
12 10 (0.47%) SMTP
12 10 (0.47%) Wireless
13 9 (0.42%) Intranet
14 8 (0.38%) 4G
14 8 (0.38%) Reverse Proxy
14 8 (0.38%) VoIP
15 7 (0.33%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (4.09%) SQL Server
2 60 (2.82%) Big Data
3 54 (2.54%) Data Warehouse
4 45 (2.11%) Relational Database
5 44 (2.07%) NoSQL
6 39 (1.83%) Data Lake
6 39 (1.83%) Hadoop
7 22 (1.03%) MongoDB
8 20 (0.94%) Power BI
9 17 (0.80%) MySQL
9 17 (0.80%) RDBMS
10 16 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 15 (0.70%) Azure SQL Database
12 14 (0.66%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 14 (0.66%) GIS
12 14 (0.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 13 (0.61%) Apache Cassandra
13 13 (0.61%) Apache Hive
14 12 (0.56%) Amazon Redshift
14 12 (0.56%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 37 (1.74%) JIRA
2 24 (1.13%) Jenkins
3 18 (0.85%) Visual Studio
4 13 (0.61%) Git (software)
5 7 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
6 5 (0.23%) Eclipse
7 4 (0.19%) Ant
7 4 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
8 3 (0.14%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.14%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.14%) IntelliJ
8 3 (0.14%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.094%) CircleCI
9 2 (0.094%) Hudson
9 2 (0.094%) MSI
9 2 (0.094%) Rational Rose
9 2 (0.094%) Selenium
9 2 (0.094%) Travis CI
9 2 (0.094%) Vagrant
10 1 (0.047%) ER Studio
General
1 569 (26.74%) Finance
2 221 (10.39%) Banking
3 166 (7.80%) Retail
4 107 (5.03%) Public Sector
5 83 (3.90%) Marketing
6 79 (3.71%) Telecoms
7 48 (2.26%) Manufacturing
8 38 (1.79%) Investment Banking
9 34 (1.60%) Back Office
10 30 (1.41%) Billing
11 29 (1.36%) Legal
12 19 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
13 18 (0.85%) Advertising
14 17 (0.80%) Electronics
15 16 (0.75%) Law
15 16 (0.75%) Publishing
15 16 (0.75%) Retail Banking
16 14 (0.66%) Front Office
17 11 (0.52%) Aerospace
17 11 (0.52%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 206 (9.68%) .NET
2 154 (7.24%) Web Services
3 120 (5.64%) REST
4 74 (3.48%) XML
5 71 (3.34%) SOAP
6 67 (3.15%) Kafka
7 66 (3.10%) Middleware
8 54 (2.54%) HTML
9 48 (2.26%) CSS
10 41 (1.93%) JSON
11 35 (1.64%) Spring
12 32 (1.50%) .NET Core
13 25 (1.17%) Node.js
14 24 (1.13%) RESTful
15 23 (1.08%) AngularJS
16 22 (1.03%) .NET Framework
16 22 (1.03%) React
17 21 (0.99%) Oracle Fusion
18 20 (0.94%) ASP.NET
18 20 (0.94%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 100 (4.70%) Analytical Skills
2 73 (3.43%) Data Centre
3 58 (2.73%) Greenfield Project
4 54 (2.54%) Enterprise Software
5 52 (2.44%) Public Cloud
6 44 (2.07%) Management Information System
7 43 (2.02%) Robotics
8 37 (1.74%) User Experience
9 35 (1.64%) Hybrid Cloud
10 30 (1.41%) Mobile App
11 29 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
12 25 (1.17%) PKI
13 24 (1.13%) Cloud Native
14 19 (0.89%) Data Protection Act
15 17 (0.80%) Mainframe
16 16 (0.75%) Virtual Team
17 14 (0.66%) Marketing Technology
18 13 (0.61%) Client/Server
19 11 (0.52%) AS400
19 11 (0.52%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 105 (4.93%) Windows
2 65 (3.05%) Linux
3 23 (1.08%) Unix
4 22 (1.03%) Windows Server
5 18 (0.85%) Windows 10
6 12 (0.56%) Apple iOS
7 9 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (0.33%) Solaris
8 7 (0.33%) VMS
9 6 (0.28%) CentOS
10 5 (0.23%) AIX
10 5 (0.23%) HPUX
11 4 (0.19%) Android
11 4 (0.19%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.14%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.094%) CoreOS
13 2 (0.094%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.047%) VME
14 1 (0.047%) Windows Server 2012
14 1 (0.047%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 514 (24.15%) Agile Software Development
2 330 (15.51%) TOGAF
3 270 (12.69%) Stakeholder Management
4 233 (10.95%) Microservices
5 220 (10.34%) Migration
6 197 (9.26%) Enterprise Architecture
7 164 (7.71%) DevOps
8 147 (6.91%) SOA
9 139 (6.53%) Architectural Design
10 132 (6.20%) Analytics
11 130 (6.11%) CRM
12 129 (6.06%) Project Delivery
13 111 (5.22%) E-Commerce
14 109 (5.12%) Problem-Solving
14 109 (5.12%) Technical Architecture
15 103 (4.84%) Scrum
15 103 (4.84%) Technical Leadership
16 98 (4.61%) IT Strategy
17 91 (4.28%) Business Intelligence
17 91 (4.28%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 245 (11.51%) Java
2 136 (6.39%) SQL
3 89 (4.18%) C#
4 76 (3.57%) JavaScript
5 61 (2.87%) Python
6 44 (2.07%) C
7 34 (1.60%) PowerShell
8 20 (0.94%) Apex Code
9 17 (0.80%) C++
10 15 (0.70%) PL/SQL
10 15 (0.70%) VB.NET
11 13 (0.61%) T-SQL
12 12 (0.56%) PHP
13 9 (0.42%) Ruby
14 8 (0.38%) VB
15 7 (0.33%) R
16 6 (0.28%) Perl
16 6 (0.28%) Scala
17 5 (0.23%) COBOL
17 5 (0.23%) Go
Qualifications
1 186 (8.74%) Security Cleared
2 144 (6.77%) SC Cleared
3 94 (4.42%) Degree
4 83 (3.90%) TOGAF Certification
5 47 (2.21%) DV Cleared
6 27 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
7 26 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
8 23 (1.08%) CISSP
9 17 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
10 16 (0.75%) MCSE
11 15 (0.70%) CCNA
12 14 (0.66%) CCIE
13 9 (0.42%) CISMP
13 9 (0.42%) SSCP
14 8 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
14 8 (0.38%) CCNP
14 8 (0.38%) Chartered Engineer
15 6 (0.28%) ITIL Certification
15 6 (0.28%) Master's Degree
16 5 (0.23%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (0.89%) GDPR
2 16 (0.75%) QA
3 9 (0.42%) HMG Infosec
3 9 (0.42%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 9 (0.42%) JSP 440
4 8 (0.38%) COBIT
4 8 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
4 8 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.33%) NIST
5 7 (0.33%) SLA
6 6 (0.28%) Data Quality
6 6 (0.28%) PCI DSS
7 5 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 5 (0.23%) HL7
7 5 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 5 (0.23%) NCSC
7 5 (0.23%) PSD2
7 5 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.14%) ISO 20022
8 3 (0.14%) PMO
System Software
1 71 (3.34%) Active Directory
2 61 (2.87%) Docker
3 37 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (0.89%) Virtual Servers
5 14 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (0.47%) Hyper-V
7 9 (0.42%) HDFS
7 9 (0.42%) vCloud
8 7 (0.33%) Apache Flume
9 6 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.19%) OpenAM
10 4 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.14%) OpenDJ
11 3 (0.14%) VMware NSX
12 2 (0.094%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 2 (0.094%) KVM
12 2 (0.094%) Microsoft App-V
12 2 (0.094%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.094%) vSphere
12 2 (0.094%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 90 (4.23%) Kubernetes
2 22 (1.03%) Terraform
3 21 (0.99%) Single Sign-On
4 19 (0.89%) Puppet
5 18 (0.85%) Ansible
6 16 (0.75%) Microsoft Intune
6 16 (0.75%) SCCM
7 7 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (0.23%) Istio
8 5 (0.23%) Oozie
8 5 (0.23%) Packer
9 4 (0.19%) AirWatch
9 4 (0.19%) Amdocs OSS
9 4 (0.19%) Netcool
9 4 (0.19%) NetIQ Identity Manager
10 3 (0.14%) Kibana
10 3 (0.14%) RSA Archer
10 3 (0.14%) vCenter Server
11 2 (0.094%) OfficeScan
11 2 (0.094%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 336 (15.79%) Microsoft
2 196 (9.21%) Oracle
3 181 (8.51%) SAP
4 126 (5.92%) Salesforce.com
5 89 (4.18%) VMware
6 51 (2.40%) IBM
7 49 (2.30%) Cisco
8 48 (2.26%) MuleSoft
9 37 (1.74%) UiPath
10 36 (1.69%) Google
11 26 (1.22%) Blue Prism
12 25 (1.17%) Adobe
12 25 (1.17%) Citrix
13 23 (1.08%) Automation Anywhere
14 22 (1.03%) Guidewire
14 22 (1.03%) Sparx
14 22 (1.03%) Workday
15 20 (0.94%) Informatica
16 18 (0.85%) ServiceNow
17 15 (0.70%) Dell