Period
to 30 July 2021

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 30 July 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
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 78 103 105
Rank change year-on-year +25 +2 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 2,170 840 2,185
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.00% 2.30% 2.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.23% 2.47% 2.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,493 545 1,468
10th Percentile £463 £425 £450
25th Percentile £513 £500 £506
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £575 £575
Median % change year-on-year +4.35% - +2.22%
75th Percentile £675 £675 £645
90th Percentile £738 £750 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £563 £550 £550
% change year-on-year +2.27% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 8
10th Percentile £50.40 £87.65 £40.55
25th Percentile £52.00 £87.88 £54.94
Median hourly rate £55.50 £89.50 £67.50
Median % change year-on-year -37.99% +32.59% -2.27%
75th Percentile £66.38 £91.63 £78.10
90th Percentile £66.90 £92.15 £80.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.50 - £58.50

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 67,230 34,065 86,555
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.02% 93.24% 94.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,258 22,604 57,798
10th Percentile £300 £258 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £468
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.60% +3.89%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £669 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,984 1,174 2,807
10th Percentile £11.49 £11.33 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.60 £14.26 £13.44
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.07 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -0.34% +7.31% +6.86%
75th Percentile £43.13 £42.69 £42.50
90th Percentile £58.71 £53.53 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.85 £19.21 £18.00
% change year-on-year -7.07% +6.71% +2.86%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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 +22 1,776 £600 +4.35% 512
London +55 943 £611 -0.61% 229
UK excluding London +23 786 £563 +2.27% 299
Work from Home -6 637 £600 +11.11% 101
South East -18 203 £575 +7.98% 73
North of England +1 173 £563 -6.25% 80
Midlands +23 147 £550 +10.00% 73
South West +21 108 £588 +2.17% 18
West Midlands +31 101 £550 +15.79% 53
Scotland +7 84 £550 +4.76% 20
Yorkshire +11 81 £575 +0.22% 35
North West -27 74 £540 -10.00% 35
East of England +17 64 £533 -10.13% 24
East Midlands +5 47 £508 +1.60% 20
North East -7 18 £575 - 10
Wales -1 10 £458 +10.91% 8

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 669 (30.83%) Azure
2 590 (27.19%) Agile Software Development
3 459 (21.15%) AWS
4 413 (19.03%) Social Skills
5 410 (18.89%) Finance
6 326 (15.02%) Microservices
7 310 (14.29%) TOGAF
8 305 (14.06%) Microsoft
9 280 (12.90%) Enterprise Architecture
10 276 (12.72%) DevOps
11 262 (12.07%) Migration
12 252 (11.61%) Stakeholder Management
13 227 (10.46%) Security Cleared
14 222 (10.23%) Java
15 198 (9.12%) Retail
16 192 (8.85%) Oracle
17 191 (8.80%) SC Cleared
18 189 (8.71%) Banking
19 187 (8.62%) PaaS
20 172 (7.93%) SaaS
20 172 (7.93%) SAP
21 160 (7.37%) CRM
22 159 (7.33%) Salesforce.com
23 158 (7.28%) Analytics
24 151 (6.96%) Data Modelling
25 147 (6.77%) Public Sector
26 137 (6.31%) SQL
27 133 (6.13%) IaaS
28 130 (5.99%) GCP
29 124 (5.71%) Scrum

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 (2.44%) Confluence
2 48 (2.21%) SharePoint
3 37 (1.71%) CMS
4 20 (0.92%) Apache
5 17 (0.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 15 (0.69%) Apache Spark
6 15 (0.69%) WebSphere
7 12 (0.55%) Tomcat
8 10 (0.46%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 10 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
8 10 (0.46%) WebSphere Application Server
9 9 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
9 9 (0.41%) SAS
10 8 (0.37%) Drupal
10 8 (0.37%) JBoss
11 7 (0.32%) IBM Domino
11 7 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
11 7 (0.32%) Red Hat Fuse
12 6 (0.28%) Oracle Application Server
12 6 (0.28%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 16 (0.74%) MS Visio
2 13 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
4 9 (0.41%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.18%) Chatbot
5 4 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.092%) SPSS
7 1 (0.046%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.046%) Revit
Business Applications
1 33 (1.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (1.47%) SAP S/4HANA
3 12 (0.55%) JDE EnterpriseOne
3 12 (0.55%) Oracle EBS
3 12 (0.55%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 11 (0.51%) SAP Retail
5 9 (0.41%) Oracle ERP
5 9 (0.41%) Oracle Receivables
5 9 (0.41%) SAP ERP
6 8 (0.37%) Oracle Payables
7 7 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 7 (0.32%) SAP Hybris
8 6 (0.28%) BASE24
8 6 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
8 6 (0.28%) Oracle Financials
8 6 (0.28%) Oracle General Ledger
8 6 (0.28%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
9 5 (0.23%) Magento
9 5 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
9 5 (0.23%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 669 (30.83%) Azure
2 459 (21.15%) AWS
3 187 (8.62%) PaaS
4 172 (7.93%) SaaS
5 133 (6.13%) IaaS
6 130 (5.99%) GCP
7 114 (5.25%) Serverless
8 92 (4.24%) Microsoft 365
9 83 (3.82%) Power Platform
10 55 (2.53%) Azure Active Directory
11 53 (2.44%) Dynamics 365
12 48 (2.21%) Azure Data Factory
13 43 (1.98%) Amazon S3
13 43 (1.98%) AWS Lambda
13 43 (1.98%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 30 (1.38%) GitHub
15 29 (1.34%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 29 (1.34%) iPaaS
16 25 (1.15%) Azure Functions
17 24 (1.11%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 54 (2.49%) WAN
2 44 (2.03%) LAN
3 38 (1.75%) Firewall
4 27 (1.24%) SAN
5 26 (1.20%) DNS
6 23 (1.06%) Network Security
6 23 (1.06%) VoIP
7 20 (0.92%) NAS
8 18 (0.83%) SD-WAN
9 16 (0.74%) Internet
10 15 (0.69%) SSL
11 14 (0.65%) VPN
12 13 (0.60%) Unified Communications
13 11 (0.51%) Ethernet
13 11 (0.51%) MPLS
14 10 (0.46%) TCP/IP
15 9 (0.41%) FCoE
15 9 (0.41%) Fibre Channel
15 9 (0.41%) HTTP
15 9 (0.41%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (5.62%) Big Data
2 91 (4.19%) Data Warehouse
3 82 (3.78%) SQL Server
4 79 (3.64%) Data Lake
5 54 (2.49%) Power BI
6 51 (2.35%) NoSQL
7 49 (2.26%) Relational Database
8 36 (1.66%) Hadoop
8 36 (1.66%) Metadata
9 35 (1.61%) MongoDB
10 34 (1.57%) Azure SQL Database
11 28 (1.29%) Oracle Database
12 27 (1.24%) RDBMS
13 20 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
14 19 (0.88%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 18 (0.83%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 18 (0.83%) MySQL
15 18 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
15 18 (0.83%) Tableau
16 12 (0.55%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 80 (3.69%) JIRA
2 66 (3.04%) Jenkins
3 47 (2.17%) PowerDesigner
4 37 (1.71%) Git (software)
5 22 (1.01%) Maven
6 17 (0.78%) kappa
7 10 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
8 9 (0.41%) TeamCity
9 8 (0.37%) Gradle
9 8 (0.37%) Selenium
10 7 (0.32%) Bitbucket
11 6 (0.28%) GitLab
11 6 (0.28%) Subversion
12 5 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 5 (0.23%) Cucumber
13 3 (0.14%) CircleCI
13 3 (0.14%) JUnit
13 3 (0.14%) SonarQube
14 2 (0.092%) Gatling
14 2 (0.092%) Postman
General
1 413 (19.03%) Social Skills
2 410 (18.89%) Finance
3 198 (9.12%) Retail
4 189 (8.71%) Banking
5 147 (6.77%) Public Sector
6 114 (5.25%) Telecoms
7 105 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
8 87 (4.01%) Marketing
9 76 (3.50%) Presentation Skills
10 70 (3.23%) Influencing Skills
11 45 (2.07%) Manufacturing
12 44 (2.03%) Documentation Skills
13 39 (1.80%) Billing
14 36 (1.66%) Retail Banking
15 29 (1.34%) Investment Banking
16 25 (1.15%) Electronics
17 20 (0.92%) Legal
18 16 (0.74%) General Ledger
19 13 (0.60%) Automotive
20 12 (0.55%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 121 (5.58%) .NET
2 104 (4.79%) REST
3 86 (3.96%) Web Services
4 71 (3.27%) Middleware
5 67 (3.09%) SOAP
6 53 (2.44%) Node.js
7 52 (2.40%) Kafka
8 46 (2.12%) Spring Boot
9 45 (2.07%) Spring
10 41 (1.89%) React
11 39 (1.80%) HTML
12 36 (1.66%) RESTful
13 34 (1.57%) AngularJS
13 34 (1.57%) JSON
14 32 (1.47%) OpenID
15 31 (1.43%) J2EE
16 29 (1.34%) OAuth
17 28 (1.29%) SAML
17 28 (1.29%) XML
18 23 (1.06%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 90 (4.15%) Public Cloud
2 85 (3.92%) Cloud Native
3 59 (2.72%) Data Centre
4 57 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
4 57 (2.63%) Mobile App
5 50 (2.30%) Management Information System
6 43 (1.98%) User Experience
7 41 (1.89%) Legacy Systems
8 35 (1.61%) Hybrid Cloud
8 35 (1.61%) Virtual Team
9 33 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
10 28 (1.29%) Greenfield Project
11 24 (1.11%) Data Protection Act
12 22 (1.01%) Legacy Applications
13 21 (0.97%) FMCG
14 17 (0.78%) PKI
15 13 (0.60%) Clustering
16 12 (0.55%) Fixed Income
16 12 (0.55%) Mainframe
17 11 (0.51%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 101 (4.65%) Windows
2 86 (3.96%) Linux
3 14 (0.65%) Unix
4 12 (0.55%) Solaris
5 11 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (0.37%) Windows 10
6 8 (0.37%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.32%) Apple iOS
8 6 (0.28%) Ubuntu
9 5 (0.23%) Android
10 4 (0.18%) AIX
10 4 (0.18%) Debian
11 3 (0.14%) Windows Server 2016
12 2 (0.092%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.092%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.092%) Windows Server 2019
13 1 (0.046%) CentOS
13 1 (0.046%) VMS
13 1 (0.046%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 590 (27.19%) Agile Software Development
2 326 (15.02%) Microservices
3 310 (14.29%) TOGAF
4 280 (12.90%) Enterprise Architecture
5 276 (12.72%) DevOps
6 262 (12.07%) Migration
7 252 (11.61%) Stakeholder Management
8 160 (7.37%) CRM
9 158 (7.28%) Analytics
10 151 (6.96%) Data Modelling
11 124 (5.71%) Scrum
12 123 (5.67%) Problem-Solving
13 122 (5.62%) Project Delivery
14 121 (5.58%) E-Commerce
15 116 (5.35%) ERP
15 116 (5.35%) SDLC
16 114 (5.25%) Business Intelligence
17 113 (5.21%) SOA
18 111 (5.12%) Data Architecture
19 108 (4.98%) Architectural Design
Programming Languages
1 222 (10.23%) Java
2 137 (6.31%) SQL
3 93 (4.29%) JavaScript
4 59 (2.72%) Python
5 52 (2.40%) PowerShell
6 50 (2.30%) C#
7 24 (1.11%) Bash Shell
8 22 (1.01%) C
9 15 (0.69%) PHP
10 14 (0.65%) Go
11 10 (0.46%) T-SQL
12 9 (0.41%) Java 8
12 9 (0.41%) Scala
13 8 (0.37%) C++
13 8 (0.37%) Perl
13 8 (0.37%) TypeScript
14 6 (0.28%) Ada
14 6 (0.28%) Groovy
14 6 (0.28%) Ruby
15 5 (0.23%) Java 11
Qualifications
1 227 (10.46%) Security Cleared
2 191 (8.80%) SC Cleared
3 76 (3.50%) Degree
4 74 (3.41%) TOGAF Certification
5 46 (2.12%) DV Cleared
6 32 (1.47%) AWS Certification
7 19 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
8 17 (0.78%) CCNA
9 14 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
10 11 (0.51%) Computer Science Degree
11 8 (0.37%) CISSP
11 8 (0.37%) Master's Degree
12 6 (0.28%) CCNP
12 6 (0.28%) CISA
13 5 (0.23%) CISM
13 5 (0.23%) ISEB
13 5 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
13 5 (0.23%) SAFe Agilist
14 4 (0.18%) BC Cleared
15 3 (0.14%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 49 (2.26%) QA
2 46 (2.12%) GDPR
3 30 (1.38%) Data Quality
4 27 (1.24%) PCI DSS
5 17 (0.78%) COBIT
6 12 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 8 (0.37%) NIST
7 8 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (0.37%) SEPA
8 7 (0.32%) SLA
9 5 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 5 (0.23%) JSP 440
10 4 (0.18%) Accessibility
10 4 (0.18%) NCSC
11 3 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.14%) HMG Infosec
11 3 (0.14%) IFRS
11 3 (0.14%) ISO 20022
11 3 (0.14%) PSD2
12 2 (0.092%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 94 (4.33%) Docker
2 78 (3.59%) Active Directory
3 45 (2.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (0.51%) Hyper-V
4 11 (0.51%) KVM
4 11 (0.51%) SRDF
5 10 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (0.41%) NFS
6 9 (0.41%) Xen
7 8 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
8 7 (0.32%) VMware ESXi
9 6 (0.28%) RACF
10 4 (0.18%) VMware NSX
11 3 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
12 2 (0.092%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 2 (0.092%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.046%) vCloud
13 1 (0.046%) vSphere
13 1 (0.046%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 109 (5.02%) Kubernetes
2 82 (3.78%) Terraform
3 38 (1.75%) Ansible
4 28 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
4 28 (1.29%) Puppet
5 15 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
6 14 (0.65%) Microsoft Intune
7 12 (0.55%) SCCM
8 6 (0.28%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 4 (0.18%) Packer
9 4 (0.18%) SCOM
10 3 (0.14%) FortiGate
11 2 (0.092%) Cobbler
11 2 (0.092%) Docker Swarm
11 2 (0.092%) Grafana
11 2 (0.092%) Istio
11 2 (0.092%) Kibana
11 2 (0.092%) SCOrch
12 1 (0.046%) CASB
12 1 (0.046%) Consul
Vendors
1 305 (14.06%) Microsoft
2 192 (8.85%) Oracle
3 172 (7.93%) SAP
4 159 (7.33%) Salesforce.com
5 83 (3.82%) Google
6 76 (3.50%) VMware
7 68 (3.13%) Databricks
8 58 (2.67%) MuleSoft
9 50 (2.30%) IBM
10 46 (2.12%) BiZZdesign
11 45 (2.07%) Cisco
12 26 (1.20%) ServiceNow
13 19 (0.88%) Adobe
13 19 (0.88%) hybris
14 18 (0.83%) Informatica
15 17 (0.78%) Dell
15 17 (0.78%) JD Edwards
16 16 (0.74%) Workday
17 15 (0.69%) F5
18 14 (0.65%) Cloudera