The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 June 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 137 99 96
Rank change year-on-year -38 -3  
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 858 1270 1207
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.82% 2.36% 2.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.92% 2.49% 2.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 529 859 738
Median daily rate £550 £525 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £424 £413 £413
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 12
Median hourly rate £57.50 £43.83 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.20% +25.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.19 £40.27 £32.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £49.27 £57.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 £42.65 £59.50
% change year-on-year +34.81% -28.31%  

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 44648 51085 52304
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.85% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 98420 117801 120925
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £399 £365
% change year-on-year +0.25% +9.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4481 5171 7481
Median hourly rate £18.69 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.80% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.75 £45.00 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 10 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 28 June 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 -44 801 £550 +4.76% 143
UK excluding London -37 477 £525 +5.00% 81
London -39 360 £575 - 68
South East -16 143 £550 +12.82% 18
North of England -13 109 £519 +9.21% 25
Midlands -10 78 £518 +3.50% 19
East of England -14 58 £525 +9.37% 5
South West -3 47 £510 -7.27% 8
Wales +19 22 £513 +20.58%
Scotland -10 20 £475 - 5

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 434 (23.77%) Finance
2 343 (18.78%) Agile Software Development
3 270 (14.79%) Microsoft
4 263 (14.40%) TOGAF
5 220 (12.05%) SOA
6 215 (11.77%) Java
7 202 (11.06%) Banking
8 198 (10.84%) Retail
9 197 (10.79%) Oracle
10 190 (10.41%) Stakeholder Management
11 188 (10.30%) Microsoft Azure
12 178 (9.75%) Enterprise Architecture
13 166 (9.09%) SAP
14 161 (8.82%) Security Cleared
15 147 (8.05%) Amazon AWS
16 140 (7.67%) Windows
17 138 (7.56%) CRM
18 132 (7.23%) Migration
19 127 (6.96%) Web Services
20 126 (6.90%) SC Cleared
21 124 (6.79%) .NET
22 120 (6.57%) E-Commerce
23 109 (5.97%) IT Strategy
24 103 (5.64%) SQL Server
25 101 (5.53%) Analytics
26 94 (5.15%) Data Centre
27 92 (5.04%) Linux
28 91 (4.98%) ERP
29 89 (4.87%) ITIL
29 89 (4.87%) Technical Architecture

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 83 (4.55%) SharePoint
2 62 (3.40%) CMS
3 40 (2.19%) Confluence
4 36 (1.97%) Skype for Business
5 35 (1.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 34 (1.86%) WebSphere
7 25 (1.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 23 (1.26%) Elasticsearch
9 22 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
10 17 (0.93%) JBoss
11 15 (0.82%) WebLogic
12 14 (0.77%) Apache Spark
12 14 (0.77%) MS Exchange
13 13 (0.71%) Documentum
14 12 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2013
14 12 (0.66%) Oracle Workflow
15 10 (0.55%) Apache
15 10 (0.55%) Cloud Foundry
15 10 (0.55%) Drupal
15 10 (0.55%) SAS
Applications
1 34 (1.86%) MS Visio
2 23 (1.26%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (0.71%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.11%) SPSS
7 1 (0.055%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 56 (3.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.82%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (0.77%) SAP HR
4 11 (0.60%) SAP SD
5 10 (0.55%) SAP Hybris
6 9 (0.49%) Magento
7 8 (0.44%) Oracle BPM
7 8 (0.44%) SAP ERP
7 8 (0.44%) Teamcenter
8 7 (0.38%) Oracle EBS R12
8 7 (0.38%) SAP HCM
8 7 (0.38%) SAP Retail
8 7 (0.38%) SAP S/4HANA
8 7 (0.38%) SAP WM
9 6 (0.33%) Eloqua
9 6 (0.33%) Maximo
9 6 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
9 6 (0.33%) Oracle Financials
9 6 (0.33%) Unica
10 5 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 188 (10.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 147 (8.05%) Amazon AWS
3 78 (4.27%) Office 365
4 63 (3.45%) SaaS
5 47 (2.57%) PaaS
6 35 (1.92%) IaaS
7 31 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
8 13 (0.71%) Amazon S3
8 13 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
9 12 (0.66%) SuccessFactors
10 8 (0.44%) OpenShift
11 7 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
12 6 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
12 6 (0.33%) Silverpop
12 6 (0.33%) Veeva
12 6 (0.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 5 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
13 5 (0.27%) Force.com
14 4 (0.22%) IBM Blueworks
14 4 (0.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 45 (2.46%) WAN
2 40 (2.19%) Firewall
3 38 (2.08%) LAN
4 32 (1.75%) Skype
5 31 (1.70%) Internet
6 22 (1.20%) MVNO
7 19 (1.04%) DNS
8 15 (0.82%) SAN
9 14 (0.77%) HTTP
10 13 (0.71%) LDAP
11 11 (0.60%) VPN
12 10 (0.55%) Cisco Nexus
12 10 (0.55%) Network Security
13 8 (0.44%) SSL
14 7 (0.38%) SMS
15 6 (0.33%) BGP
15 6 (0.33%) Intranet
15 6 (0.33%) MPLS
15 6 (0.33%) NAS
15 6 (0.33%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (5.64%) SQL Server
2 62 (3.40%) Big Data
3 48 (2.63%) Relational Database
4 45 (2.46%) Data Warehouse
5 38 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
6 36 (1.97%) NoSQL
7 28 (1.53%) Hadoop
7 28 (1.53%) Oracle Database
8 26 (1.42%) MongoDB
9 23 (1.26%) MySQL
10 18 (0.99%) Apache Cassandra
11 17 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 15 (0.82%) Power BI
13 14 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 12 (0.66%) SAP HANA
15 11 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 10 (0.55%) DB2
16 10 (0.55%) RDBMS
17 9 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
17 9 (0.49%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 47 (2.57%) JIRA
2 21 (1.15%) Jenkins
3 11 (0.60%) Selenium
4 9 (0.49%) Git (software)
4 9 (0.49%) Maven
5 8 (0.44%) Visual Studio
6 5 (0.27%) Talend Open Studio
6 5 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (0.22%) Rational Rose
8 3 (0.16%) Ant
8 3 (0.16%) Oracle APEX
8 3 (0.16%) Oracle Forms
8 3 (0.16%) Subversion
9 2 (0.11%) JUnit
9 2 (0.11%) Mockito
9 2 (0.11%) MorphX
9 2 (0.11%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.11%) PowerDesigner
9 2 (0.11%) TeamCity
General
1 434 (23.77%) Finance
2 202 (11.06%) Banking
3 198 (10.84%) Retail
4 72 (3.94%) Telecoms
5 54 (2.96%) Marketing
6 52 (2.85%) Manufacturing
7 41 (2.25%) Billing
8 37 (2.03%) Back Office
9 26 (1.42%) Investment Banking
10 23 (1.26%) Legal
11 20 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
12 14 (0.77%) Law
13 12 (0.66%) Publishing
14 10 (0.55%) Front Office
14 10 (0.55%) Retail Banking
15 8 (0.44%) Advertising
16 7 (0.38%) Electronics
17 6 (0.33%) Digital Economy
17 6 (0.33%) Financial Institution
18 5 (0.27%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 127 (6.96%) Web Services
2 124 (6.79%) .NET
3 82 (4.49%) Middleware
4 78 (4.27%) REST
5 52 (2.85%) HTML
5 52 (2.85%) SOAP
6 44 (2.41%) Spring
7 43 (2.35%) JSON
8 37 (2.03%) XML
9 30 (1.64%) RESTful
10 28 (1.53%) HTML5
10 28 (1.53%) J2EE
11 27 (1.48%) CSS
12 23 (1.26%) Java EE
13 22 (1.20%) JPA
14 20 (1.10%) CSS3
15 19 (1.04%) JMS
16 18 (0.99%) SAML
17 17 (0.93%) OAuth
18 16 (0.88%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 94 (5.15%) Data Centre
2 89 (4.87%) Analytical Skills
3 50 (2.74%) Management Information System
4 39 (2.14%) Mobile App
5 37 (2.03%) Enterprise Software
6 34 (1.86%) Public Cloud
7 32 (1.75%) Private Cloud
8 30 (1.64%) Computer Science
9 25 (1.37%) User Experience
10 24 (1.31%) Greenfield Project
11 22 (1.20%) SWIFT
12 20 (1.10%) Market Risk
13 17 (0.93%) Virtual Team
14 15 (0.82%) Hybrid Cloud
15 14 (0.77%) Client/Server
15 14 (0.77%) Fintech
15 14 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 14 (0.77%) Mainframe
16 13 (0.71%) NHS
17 12 (0.66%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 140 (7.67%) Windows
2 92 (5.04%) Linux
3 31 (1.70%) Unix
4 30 (1.64%) Windows Server
5 20 (1.10%) CentOS
6 18 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (0.88%) Windows 10
8 15 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
9 12 (0.66%) AIX
10 11 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 11 (0.60%) Solaris
11 10 (0.55%) Android
12 7 (0.38%) Apple iOS
12 7 (0.38%) Windows 7
13 5 (0.27%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.22%) VMS
14 4 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
15 2 (0.11%) HPUX
15 2 (0.11%) pSOS
15 2 (0.11%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 343 (18.78%) Agile Software Development
2 263 (14.40%) TOGAF
3 220 (12.05%) SOA
4 190 (10.41%) Stakeholder Management
5 178 (9.75%) Enterprise Architecture
6 138 (7.56%) CRM
7 132 (7.23%) Migration
8 120 (6.57%) E-Commerce
9 109 (5.97%) IT Strategy
10 101 (5.53%) Analytics
11 91 (4.98%) ERP
12 89 (4.87%) ITIL
12 89 (4.87%) Technical Architecture
13 76 (4.16%) Microservices
14 75 (4.11%) Project Management
14 75 (4.11%) Scrum
15 73 (4.00%) Data Modelling
16 72 (3.94%) DevOps
17 69 (3.78%) Content Management
17 69 (3.78%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 215 (11.77%) Java
2 79 (4.33%) SQL
3 50 (2.74%) Python
4 45 (2.46%) JavaScript
5 42 (2.30%) C#
6 41 (2.25%) Ruby
7 27 (1.48%) Bash Shell
8 19 (1.04%) C++
9 15 (0.82%) Scala
10 13 (0.71%) C
11 11 (0.60%) ABAP
12 9 (0.49%) Shell Script
13 8 (0.44%) Apex Code
13 8 (0.44%) PL/SQL
13 8 (0.44%) R
14 7 (0.38%) Perl
14 7 (0.38%) PowerShell
15 5 (0.27%) PHP
15 5 (0.27%) VB
16 4 (0.22%) VBA
Qualifications
1 161 (8.82%) Security Cleared
2 126 (6.90%) SC Cleared
3 81 (4.44%) Degree
4 29 (1.59%) DV Cleared
5 17 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (0.82%) CISSP
6 15 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
7 11 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
7 11 (0.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 9 (0.49%) CCIE
8 9 (0.49%) CISM
9 8 (0.44%) MCSE
9 8 (0.44%) VCAP
10 7 (0.38%) PMI Certification
11 6 (0.33%) CCNA
11 6 (0.33%) PMP
11 6 (0.33%) VCP6
12 5 (0.27%) AWS Certification
12 5 (0.27%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (0.22%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (1.64%) PCI DSS
2 29 (1.59%) QA
3 22 (1.20%) SEPA
4 16 (0.88%) GDPR
5 13 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
6 9 (0.49%) Data Quality
7 8 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 8 (0.44%) MiFID
8 7 (0.38%) SLA
8 7 (0.38%) Solvency II
9 5 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 4 (0.22%) IFRS
11 3 (0.16%) COBIT
12 2 (0.11%) HL7
12 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 2 (0.11%) JSP 440
12 2 (0.11%) PMO
12 2 (0.11%) SNOMED CT
12 2 (0.11%) TARGET2
13 1 (0.055%) FedRAMP
System Software
1 60 (3.29%) Active Directory
2 50 (2.74%) Docker
3 42 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (1.48%) Hyper-V
5 10 (0.55%) Microsoft App-V
6 9 (0.49%) LXC
7 8 (0.44%) vSphere
8 5 (0.27%) DFS Replication
8 5 (0.27%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.22%) HDFS
9 4 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
9 4 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.22%) XenApp
10 3 (0.16%) NFS
10 3 (0.16%) vCloud
10 3 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.16%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.16%) XenServer
11 2 (0.11%) KVM
11 2 (0.11%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 40 (2.19%) Puppet
2 27 (1.48%) Ansible
3 25 (1.37%) Terraform
4 21 (1.15%) SCCM
5 20 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (0.38%) Kubernetes
7 6 (0.33%) SCOM
8 5 (0.27%) MOM
8 5 (0.27%) Nagios
9 4 (0.22%) Hadoop YARN
9 4 (0.22%) vRealize
10 3 (0.16%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (0.16%) Microsoft Clustering
10 3 (0.16%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (0.16%) QRadar
10 3 (0.16%) ZABBIX
11 2 (0.11%) Cacti
11 2 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
11 2 (0.11%) Oozie
11 2 (0.11%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 270 (14.79%) Microsoft
2 197 (10.79%) Oracle
3 166 (9.09%) SAP
4 64 (3.50%) VMware
5 57 (3.12%) IBM
6 42 (2.30%) Pega
7 33 (1.81%) Adobe
8 32 (1.75%) Cisco
8 32 (1.75%) Salesforce.com
9 25 (1.37%) Citrix
10 22 (1.20%) Red Hat
11 20 (1.10%) HP
11 20 (1.10%) hybris
12 16 (0.88%) Guidewire
12 16 (0.88%) Sitecore
13 15 (0.82%) MuleSoft
14 13 (0.71%) webMethods
15 12 (0.66%) Genesys
16 11 (0.60%) Splunk
17 10 (0.55%) Reuters
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