Period
to

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £650 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 3 July 2022.

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
3 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 61 80 113
Rank change year-on-year +19 +33 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 3,124 1,937 876
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.51% 2.92% 2.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.77% 3.14% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,079 1,335 567
10th Percentile £513 £462 £438
25th Percentile £565 £513 £500
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £650 £588 £575
Median % change year-on-year +10.64% +2.17% -
75th Percentile £733 £650 £675
90th Percentile £800 £725 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £625 £550 £550
% change year-on-year +13.64% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 2
10th Percentile - £50.40 £87.65
25th Percentile £56.50 £52.00 £87.88
Median hourly rate £63.50 £55.50 £89.50
Median % change year-on-year +14.41% -37.99% +19.33%
75th Percentile £68.50 £66.38 £91.63
90th Percentile £69.40 £66.90 £92.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £59.00 £55.50 -
% change year-on-year +6.31% - -

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 82,853 61,695 38,731
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.11% 93.00% 93.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,426 42,338 25,769
10th Percentile £319 £300 £256
25th Percentile £425 £400 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £528 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.50% +5.26% +0.53%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £438 £438
% change year-on-year +8.45% +0.11% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,920 1,900 1,332
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.25 £11.61
25th Percentile £16.00 £14.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +19.05% +5.00% +6.95%
75th Percentile £50.77 £43.75 £40.75
90th Percentile £66.00 £57.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year +11.11% -2.70% +5.71%

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 3 July 2022.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Solutions Architect over the 6 months to 3 July 2022.

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 3 July 2022. 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
Jobs
England +12 2,440 £650 +10.64% 381
Work from Home +24 1,744 £636 +6.04% 172
London +18 1,382 £650 +8.33% 199
UK excluding London +6 938 £625 +13.64% 190
South East +17 290 £625 +8.70% 63
North of England 0 205 £625 +13.64% 41
Midlands -15 150 £650 +18.18% 42
South West +5 134 £629 +7.34% 16
West Midlands -6 129 £675 +22.73% 28
Yorkshire +7 106 £656 +16.67% 22
Scotland +13 101 £600 +9.09% 9
North West -3 96 £625 +19.05% 14
East of England -38 42 £650 +22.07% 14
Wales -1 24 £588 +11.90% 1
East Midlands -29 19 £513 +0.89% 14
North East -13 6 £575 - 5
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 3

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 2022, Solutions Architect contract jobs required the following 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.

1 943 (30.19%) Azure
2 851 (27.24%) Agile
3 745 (23.85%) Finance
4 640 (20.49%) Social Skills
5 542 (17.35%) AWS
6 461 (14.76%) Stakeholder Management
7 454 (14.53%) Microsoft
8 438 (14.02%) Microservices
9 436 (13.96%) TOGAF
10 418 (13.38%) DevOps
11 341 (10.92%) Migration
12 296 (9.48%) SAP
13 294 (9.41%) Retail
14 286 (9.15%) Enterprise Architecture
15 268 (8.58%) SaaS
16 264 (8.45%) Banking
17 252 (8.07%) Security Cleared
18 248 (7.94%) Oracle
19 230 (7.36%) CRM
20 228 (7.30%) SC Cleared
21 221 (7.07%) PaaS
22 209 (6.69%) Public Sector
23 206 (6.59%) Java
24 198 (6.34%) SQL
24 198 (6.34%) IT Strategy
25 190 (6.08%) Technical Architecture
26 182 (5.83%) Analytics
27 181 (5.79%) Problem-Solving
28 180 (5.76%) GCP
29 173 (5.54%) Architectural Design

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 63 (2.02%) SharePoint
2 59 (1.89%) Confluence
3 37 (1.18%) Apache Spark
4 33 (1.06%) Apache
5 25 (0.80%) CMS
6 23 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 19 (0.61%) SAS
8 18 (0.58%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 15 (0.48%) JBoss
10 14 (0.45%) WebSphere
11 12 (0.38%) IIS
11 12 (0.38%) Tomcat
12 11 (0.35%) Appian
12 11 (0.35%) nginx
12 11 (0.35%) XWiki
13 9 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
13 9 (0.29%) Camunda
13 9 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
13 9 (0.29%) Red Hat Fuse
13 9 (0.29%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 20 (0.64%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (0.61%) MS Visio
3 16 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (0.38%) Microsoft Excel
5 7 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.13%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.064%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.032%) Revit
8 1 (0.032%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.032%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 60 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 57 (1.82%) SAP S/4HANA
3 26 (0.83%) Oracle EBS
4 24 (0.77%) Maximo
5 23 (0.74%) SAP Hybris
6 20 (0.64%) NetSuite
7 18 (0.58%) Oracle Applications
8 16 (0.51%) SAP SD
9 14 (0.45%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 13 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 12 (0.38%) SAP FI
12 10 (0.32%) SAP ERP
13 8 (0.26%) SAP CO
13 8 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
14 7 (0.22%) Oracle SCM
15 6 (0.19%) Findur
15 6 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
15 6 (0.19%) SAP HR
15 6 (0.19%) Teamcenter
16 5 (0.16%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 943 (30.19%) Azure
2 542 (17.35%) AWS
3 268 (8.58%) SaaS
4 221 (7.07%) PaaS
5 180 (5.76%) GCP
6 143 (4.58%) IaaS
7 125 (4.00%) Microsoft 365
8 124 (3.97%) Serverless
9 106 (3.39%) Power Platform
10 93 (2.98%) Dynamics 365
11 61 (1.95%) Azure Logic Apps
12 54 (1.73%) Azure DevOps
13 52 (1.66%) Azure Active Directory
14 47 (1.50%) Azure AKS
15 45 (1.44%) Azure Data Factory
16 43 (1.38%) Azure Functions
17 42 (1.34%) AWS Lambda
18 41 (1.31%) PowerApps
19 39 (1.25%) GitHub
20 38 (1.22%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 85 (2.72%) Firewall
2 40 (1.28%) Network Security
3 32 (1.02%) Internet
4 30 (0.96%) WAN
5 26 (0.83%) DNS
6 23 (0.74%) VPN
7 20 (0.64%) MPLS
7 20 (0.64%) SD-WAN
8 17 (0.54%) LAN
9 16 (0.51%) Radio Access Network
10 15 (0.48%) SAN
11 13 (0.42%) SSL
11 13 (0.42%) Value-Added Service
12 11 (0.35%) Wireless
13 10 (0.32%) 4G
13 10 (0.32%) 5G
13 10 (0.32%) HTTP
13 10 (0.32%) SMS
14 9 (0.29%) Broadband
14 9 (0.29%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (3.91%) NoSQL
2 108 (3.46%) Data Warehouse
3 106 (3.39%) Big Data
4 94 (3.01%) SQL Server
5 84 (2.69%) Data Lake
6 53 (1.70%) Power BI
7 39 (1.25%) Relational Database
8 37 (1.18%) MongoDB
9 35 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
10 34 (1.09%) Azure SQL Database
11 33 (1.06%) Hadoop
12 30 (0.96%) Oracle Database
13 25 (0.80%) Metadata
14 23 (0.74%) DynamoDB
14 23 (0.74%) RDBMS
15 22 (0.70%) SAP HANA
16 19 (0.61%) GIS
17 17 (0.54%) Amazon RDS
18 14 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
18 14 (0.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 65 (2.08%) JIRA
2 54 (1.73%) Jenkins
3 41 (1.31%) PowerDesigner
4 31 (0.99%) Git (software)
5 15 (0.48%) Maven
6 14 (0.45%) TeamCity
7 12 (0.38%) Gradle
8 11 (0.35%) kappa
9 9 (0.29%) GitLab
10 8 (0.26%) Oracle Forms
11 7 (0.22%) Selenium
12 6 (0.19%) Bitbucket
13 5 (0.16%) Jaeger
13 5 (0.16%) Postman
13 5 (0.16%) SonarQube
14 4 (0.13%) Gatling
14 4 (0.13%) Subversion
15 3 (0.096%) Artifactory
15 3 (0.096%) ERwin
15 3 (0.096%) Visual Studio
General
1 745 (23.85%) Finance
2 640 (20.49%) Social Skills
3 294 (9.41%) Retail
4 264 (8.45%) Banking
5 209 (6.69%) Public Sector
6 161 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
7 123 (3.94%) Telecoms
8 93 (2.98%) Marketing
9 88 (2.82%) Influencing Skills
9 88 (2.82%) Presentation Skills
10 87 (2.78%) Manufacturing
11 54 (1.73%) Legal
12 50 (1.60%) Investment Banking
13 40 (1.28%) Law
14 35 (1.12%) Billing
15 34 (1.09%) Front Office
16 33 (1.06%) Retail Banking
17 31 (0.99%) Automotive
18 29 (0.93%) Electronics
19 27 (0.86%) Documentation Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 153 (4.90%) .NET
2 101 (3.23%) REST
3 85 (2.72%) Kafka
4 81 (2.59%) RESTful
5 65 (2.08%) Middleware
6 63 (2.02%) JSON
7 59 (1.89%) XML
8 49 (1.57%) SOAP
9 45 (1.44%) Web Services
10 41 (1.31%) Spring
11 33 (1.06%) OAuth
12 32 (1.02%) Spring Boot
13 28 (0.90%) .NET Core
13 28 (0.90%) AngularJS
14 26 (0.83%) HTML
14 26 (0.83%) Oracle Fusion
15 24 (0.77%) Node.js
16 23 (0.74%) React
16 23 (0.74%) SAML
17 19 (0.61%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 142 (4.55%) Public Cloud
2 114 (3.65%) Cloud Native
3 109 (3.49%) Management Information System
4 88 (2.82%) Data Centre
5 76 (2.43%) Enterprise Software
6 73 (2.34%) User Experience
7 68 (2.18%) Virtual Team
8 67 (2.14%) Legacy Systems
9 55 (1.76%) Mobile App
10 49 (1.57%) Hybrid Cloud
11 45 (1.44%) IoT
11 45 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
12 42 (1.34%) Legacy Applications
13 39 (1.25%) Data Protection Act
14 33 (1.06%) Mainframe
15 30 (0.96%) Private Cloud
16 27 (0.86%) Greenfield Project
17 18 (0.58%) Data Structures
17 18 (0.58%) EPoS
18 17 (0.54%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 138 (4.42%) Windows
2 104 (3.33%) Linux
3 38 (1.22%) Windows Server
4 37 (1.18%) Unix
5 33 (1.06%) Windows 10
6 18 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 18 (0.58%) VMS
7 16 (0.51%) Android
8 10 (0.32%) Ubuntu
9 8 (0.26%) Windows Server 2016
10 7 (0.22%) Debian
10 7 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
11 6 (0.19%) AIX
12 5 (0.16%) Apple iOS
13 4 (0.13%) CentOS
13 4 (0.13%) HPUX
13 4 (0.13%) Windows 7
13 4 (0.13%) zOS
14 3 (0.096%) Solaris
15 2 (0.064%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 851 (27.24%) Agile
2 461 (14.76%) Stakeholder Management
3 438 (14.02%) Microservices
4 436 (13.96%) TOGAF
5 418 (13.38%) DevOps
6 341 (10.92%) Migration
7 286 (9.15%) Enterprise Architecture
8 230 (7.36%) CRM
9 198 (6.34%) IT Strategy
10 190 (6.08%) Technical Architecture
11 182 (5.83%) Analytics
12 181 (5.79%) Problem-Solving
13 173 (5.54%) Architectural Design
14 167 (5.35%) Data Modelling
15 162 (5.19%) CI/CD
16 160 (5.12%) Data Architecture
17 150 (4.80%) Business Intelligence
18 148 (4.74%) SDLC
19 146 (4.67%) Project Delivery
20 145 (4.64%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 206 (6.59%) Java
2 198 (6.34%) SQL
3 100 (3.20%) C#
4 87 (2.78%) Python
5 81 (2.59%) JavaScript
6 69 (2.21%) C
7 30 (0.96%) PowerShell
8 24 (0.77%) Scala
9 15 (0.48%) Go
10 14 (0.45%) PL/SQL
11 13 (0.42%) Perl
12 11 (0.35%) Bash
13 10 (0.32%) T-SQL
14 9 (0.29%) PHP
14 9 (0.29%) R
14 9 (0.29%) Ruby
15 8 (0.26%) C++
16 7 (0.22%) TypeScript
17 6 (0.19%) ABAP
18 5 (0.16%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 252 (8.07%) Security Cleared
2 228 (7.30%) SC Cleared
3 131 (4.19%) Degree
4 104 (3.33%) TOGAF Certification
5 32 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
6 27 (0.86%) DV Cleared
7 25 (0.80%) CISSP
8 20 (0.64%) AWS Certification
9 16 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
9 16 (0.51%) Microsoft Certification
10 15 (0.48%) CCIE
11 14 (0.45%) Master's Degree
12 13 (0.42%) CCNP
12 13 (0.42%) ISEB
13 11 (0.35%) CISM
14 10 (0.32%) CCNA
14 10 (0.32%) Computer Science Degree
15 8 (0.26%) CASP
15 8 (0.26%) CISA
15 8 (0.26%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (2.82%) GDPR
2 61 (1.95%) QA
3 43 (1.38%) Data Quality
4 39 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 30 (0.96%) NIST
6 18 (0.58%) PCI DSS
7 16 (0.51%) COBIT
7 16 (0.51%) ISO 20022
8 15 (0.48%) Accessibility
9 11 (0.35%) PMO
10 8 (0.26%) SOC 2
11 7 (0.22%) SEPA
12 5 (0.16%) GRC
12 5 (0.16%) NIST 800
12 5 (0.16%) SLA
13 3 (0.096%) COSO
13 3 (0.096%) Def Stans
13 3 (0.096%) IFRS
13 3 (0.096%) NCSC
13 3 (0.096%) PSD2
System Software
1 131 (4.19%) Docker
2 84 (2.69%) Active Directory
3 37 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
6 12 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (0.13%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 4 (0.13%) BitLocker
7 4 (0.13%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.13%) PowerHA
7 4 (0.13%) vCloud
7 4 (0.13%) vSphere
8 3 (0.096%) VMware NSX
8 3 (0.096%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (0.064%) GFS2
9 2 (0.064%) HDFS
9 2 (0.064%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.064%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.032%) OpenSSH
Systems Management
1 167 (5.35%) Kubernetes
2 57 (1.82%) Terraform
3 30 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
4 28 (0.90%) SCCM
5 25 (0.80%) Ansible
5 25 (0.80%) Microsoft Intune
6 13 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
7 12 (0.38%) Kibana
7 12 (0.38%) Puppet
8 11 (0.35%) Grafana
8 11 (0.35%) Istio
9 6 (0.19%) Prometheus
10 5 (0.16%) Hadoop YARN
10 5 (0.16%) Kiali
10 5 (0.16%) SCOM
10 5 (0.16%) vRealize
11 4 (0.13%) CASB
11 4 (0.13%) logstash
11 4 (0.13%) Nagios
11 4 (0.13%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 454 (14.53%) Microsoft
2 296 (9.48%) SAP
3 248 (7.94%) Oracle
4 159 (5.09%) Salesforce.com
5 95 (3.04%) Google
6 79 (2.53%) MuleSoft
7 61 (1.95%) VMware
8 59 (1.89%) BiZZdesign
9 57 (1.82%) Databricks
10 52 (1.66%) IBM
11 40 (1.28%) Cisco
12 39 (1.25%) Informatica
13 37 (1.18%) Adobe
14 36 (1.15%) Pega
15 34 (1.09%) Red Hat
16 33 (1.06%) Citrix
17 32 (1.02%) Cloudera
18 29 (0.93%) ServiceNow
18 29 (0.93%) Splunk
19 28 (0.90%) Sitecore