Period
to 16 November 2019

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 November 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
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 114 134 155
Rank change year-on-year +20 +21 -35
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1,820 2,134 1,799
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.18% 2.05% 1.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.32% 2.17% 1.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,132 1,424 1,167
UK median daily rate £575 £550 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.55% - +2.33%
10th Percentile £450 £450 £425
90th Percentile £725 £700 £690
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £545 £525
% change year-on-year +0.92% +3.81% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 19 6
UK median hourly rate £67.50 £60.00 £58.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +2.56% +17.00%
10th Percentile £40.50 £36.71 £52.44
90th Percentile £84.15 £78.99 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.50 £60.83 £57.50
% change year-on-year +10.97% +5.78% +17.77%

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 78,405 98,494 97,717
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.09% 94.76% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,318 64,958 64,391
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +0.56% +5.29%
10th Percentile £256 £269 £261
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,923 3,077 2,923
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.50% -3.74% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.96
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.97
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +2.86%

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 16 November 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 16 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 16 November 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 +21 1,666 £575 +2.22% 435
UK excluding London +10 1,066 £550 +0.92% 304
London +30 715 £600 - 153
South East +36 365 £550 -6.38% 74
North of England -15 184 £550 +4.76% 79
South West -20 157 £525 - 46
Midlands +6 155 £550 - 56
Scotland -9 90 £520 +4.00% 17
North West -6 88 £550 +10.00% 46
West Midlands -5 86 £575 - 39
East of England +1 81 £600 +9.09% 28
Yorkshire -14 72 £550 +4.76% 27
East Midlands +19 62 £550 - 16
Wales +45 37 £550 - 3
North East +31 24 £587 +17.45% 6
Channel Islands -5 1 £625 -10.71%

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 November 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.

1 440 (24.18%) Azure
2 405 (22.25%) Finance
3 403 (22.14%) Agile Software Development
4 353 (19.40%) Microsoft
5 286 (15.71%) TOGAF
6 283 (15.55%) AWS
7 244 (13.41%) Stakeholder Management
8 199 (10.93%) Java
9 192 (10.55%) Migration
10 176 (9.67%) Enterprise Architecture
11 166 (9.12%) .NET
12 159 (8.74%) Security Cleared
13 156 (8.57%) Microservices
13 156 (8.57%) Oracle
14 154 (8.46%) Web Services
15 141 (7.75%) SAP
16 139 (7.64%) CRM
17 132 (7.25%) Banking
18 131 (7.20%) DevOps
19 127 (6.98%) Retail
20 125 (6.87%) SQL
21 123 (6.76%) SC Cleared
21 123 (6.76%) Architectural Design
22 121 (6.65%) SaaS
22 121 (6.65%) Office 365
23 120 (6.59%) Analytics
24 117 (6.43%) PaaS
25 116 (6.37%) Problem-Solving
26 115 (6.32%) Public Sector
26 115 (6.32%) Salesforce.com

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 55 (3.02%) SharePoint
2 26 (1.43%) Apache Spark
3 20 (1.10%) Skype for Business
4 18 (0.99%) Confluence
5 15 (0.82%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 12 (0.66%) SAS
7 11 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
7 11 (0.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 11 (0.60%) WebSphere
8 10 (0.55%) CMS
9 9 (0.49%) Apache
10 8 (0.44%) IIS
10 8 (0.44%) Jupyter
10 8 (0.44%) OpenStack
11 5 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.27%) Tomcat
12 4 (0.22%) ColdFusion
12 4 (0.22%) MS Exchange
12 4 (0.22%) Mule
12 4 (0.22%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 26 (1.43%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.77%) MS Visio
4 10 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.16%) SPSS
6 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.055%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.055%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.055%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.055%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 46 (2.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (1.92%) SAP S/4HANA
3 19 (1.04%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 18 (0.99%) Oracle EBS
5 16 (0.88%) Adobe Campaign
6 9 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
6 9 (0.49%) SAP ERP
7 8 (0.44%) OpenText VIM for SAP
7 8 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
8 7 (0.38%) Aligne
8 7 (0.38%) Endur
8 7 (0.38%) SAP FI
9 5 (0.27%) SAP CO
9 5 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
10 4 (0.22%) NetSuite
10 4 (0.22%) SAP PLM
11 3 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
11 3 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 3 (0.16%) SAP IBP
11 3 (0.16%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 440 (24.18%) Azure
2 283 (15.55%) AWS
3 121 (6.65%) Office 365
3 121 (6.65%) SaaS
4 117 (6.43%) PaaS
5 95 (5.22%) IaaS
6 57 (3.13%) Dynamics 365
7 50 (2.75%) GCP
8 45 (2.47%) Power Platform
9 40 (2.20%) Serverless
10 32 (1.76%) Azure Active Directory
11 24 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
12 23 (1.26%) AWS Lambda
13 21 (1.15%) Amazon S3
14 19 (1.04%) OpenShift
15 18 (0.99%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 16 (0.88%) Azure Data Factory
16 16 (0.88%) Boomi
16 16 (0.88%) PowerApps
17 15 (0.82%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 60 (3.30%) Firewall
2 55 (3.02%) WAN
3 44 (2.42%) LAN
4 42 (2.31%) Internet
5 26 (1.43%) Skype
6 25 (1.37%) TCP/IP
7 24 (1.32%) VPN
8 23 (1.26%) Unified Communications
9 21 (1.15%) SAN
10 20 (1.10%) DNS
11 19 (1.04%) NAS
11 19 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
12 15 (0.82%) Reverse Proxy
13 13 (0.71%) Network Security
14 10 (0.55%) VoIP
15 9 (0.49%) SMTP
15 9 (0.49%) SNMP
16 7 (0.38%) HTTP
16 7 (0.38%) Intranet
16 7 (0.38%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (4.95%) SQL Server
2 59 (3.24%) Big Data
3 43 (2.36%) Relational Database
4 42 (2.31%) Data Warehouse
5 38 (2.09%) Data Lake
5 38 (2.09%) NoSQL
6 31 (1.70%) Hadoop
7 30 (1.65%) Power BI
8 24 (1.32%) MongoDB
9 23 (1.26%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 23 (1.26%) Amazon RDS
10 21 (1.15%) Amazon Athena
11 19 (1.04%) MySQL
11 19 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 17 (0.93%) Apache Hive
12 17 (0.93%) Oracle Database
12 17 (0.93%) RDBMS
13 15 (0.82%) Azure SQL Database
14 14 (0.77%) GIS
15 13 (0.71%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 32 (1.76%) JIRA
2 23 (1.26%) Jenkins
3 20 (1.10%) Git (software)
4 15 (0.82%) Visual Studio
5 7 (0.38%) Bitbucket
6 5 (0.27%) Selenium
7 4 (0.22%) Ant
7 4 (0.22%) Cucumber
7 4 (0.22%) Maven
8 3 (0.16%) JUnit
8 3 (0.16%) NUnit
8 3 (0.16%) Octopus Deploy
8 3 (0.16%) SpecFlow
9 2 (0.11%) Bitbucket Server
9 2 (0.11%) GitLab
9 2 (0.11%) Sonatype Nexus
9 2 (0.11%) Subversion
9 2 (0.11%) Travis CI
9 2 (0.11%) Vagrant
10 1 (0.055%) Eclipse
General
1 405 (22.25%) Finance
2 132 (7.25%) Banking
3 127 (6.98%) Retail
4 115 (6.32%) Public Sector
5 78 (4.29%) Marketing
6 74 (4.07%) Telecoms
7 56 (3.08%) Manufacturing
8 39 (2.14%) Legal
9 26 (1.43%) Billing
10 25 (1.37%) Back Office
10 25 (1.37%) Front Office
11 22 (1.21%) Pharmaceutical
12 21 (1.15%) Investment Banking
13 17 (0.93%) Law
14 15 (0.82%) Electronics
15 13 (0.71%) Advertising
16 11 (0.60%) Aerospace
17 10 (0.55%) Publishing
18 9 (0.49%) Retail Banking
19 8 (0.44%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 166 (9.12%) .NET
2 154 (8.46%) Web Services
3 105 (5.77%) REST
4 77 (4.23%) XML
5 59 (3.24%) SOAP
6 58 (3.19%) Middleware
6 58 (3.19%) Node.js
7 55 (3.02%) JSON
8 44 (2.42%) HTML
9 43 (2.36%) Kafka
10 40 (2.20%) CSS
11 39 (2.14%) React
12 23 (1.26%) Oracle Fusion
13 22 (1.21%) AngularJS
14 21 (1.15%) Spring
15 20 (1.10%) J2EE
16 18 (0.99%) Java EE
16 18 (0.99%) OAuth
17 17 (0.93%) RESTful
17 17 (0.93%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 76 (4.18%) Data Centre
2 74 (4.07%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (3.24%) Public Cloud
4 58 (3.19%) Management Information System
5 54 (2.97%) Greenfield Project
6 46 (2.53%) Enterprise Software
7 45 (2.47%) Hybrid Cloud
8 28 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
9 27 (1.48%) Virtual Team
10 26 (1.43%) Robotics
11 24 (1.32%) Mobile App
12 21 (1.15%) User Experience
13 19 (1.04%) Private Cloud
13 19 (1.04%) Reference Data
14 18 (0.99%) PKI
14 18 (0.99%) Replication
15 16 (0.88%) Fixed Income
16 15 (0.82%) Derivative
16 15 (0.82%) Microsoft Licensing
17 13 (0.71%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 108 (5.93%) Windows
2 49 (2.69%) Linux
3 36 (1.98%) Windows Server
4 25 (1.37%) Windows 10
5 13 (0.71%) Unix
6 12 (0.66%) Android
7 11 (0.60%) Apple iOS
7 11 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (0.49%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.38%) CentOS
9 7 (0.38%) VMS
10 6 (0.33%) HPUX
10 6 (0.33%) Windows XP
11 4 (0.22%) AIX
11 4 (0.22%) Solaris
11 4 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
13 1 (0.055%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.055%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.055%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 403 (22.14%) Agile Software Development
2 286 (15.71%) TOGAF
3 244 (13.41%) Stakeholder Management
4 192 (10.55%) Migration
5 176 (9.67%) Enterprise Architecture
6 156 (8.57%) Microservices
7 139 (7.64%) CRM
8 131 (7.20%) DevOps
9 123 (6.76%) Architectural Design
10 120 (6.59%) Analytics
11 116 (6.37%) Problem-Solving
12 104 (5.71%) Technical Leadership
13 101 (5.55%) Technical Architecture
14 99 (5.44%) Project Delivery
15 93 (5.11%) Mentoring
16 86 (4.73%) ITIL
17 85 (4.67%) Scrum
18 84 (4.62%) IT Strategy
19 83 (4.56%) UML
20 82 (4.51%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 199 (10.93%) Java
2 125 (6.87%) SQL
3 92 (5.05%) C#
4 80 (4.40%) JavaScript
5 72 (3.96%) Python
6 38 (2.09%) C
7 33 (1.81%) C++
8 29 (1.59%) PowerShell
9 24 (1.32%) Apex Code
10 14 (0.77%) VB.NET
11 13 (0.71%) PHP
12 12 (0.66%) T-SQL
13 11 (0.60%) Perl
14 9 (0.49%) Shell Script
15 7 (0.38%) PL/SQL
15 7 (0.38%) R
15 7 (0.38%) Ruby
16 6 (0.33%) Scala
16 6 (0.33%) TypeScript
17 5 (0.27%) VB
Qualifications
1 159 (8.74%) Security Cleared
2 123 (6.76%) SC Cleared
3 81 (4.45%) Degree
4 73 (4.01%) TOGAF Certification
5 30 (1.65%) DV Cleared
6 25 (1.37%) Microsoft Certification
7 21 (1.15%) CISSP
8 17 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
9 15 (0.82%) MCSE
10 12 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
11 11 (0.60%) CCNA
12 10 (0.55%) Computer Science Degree
13 9 (0.49%) CCIE
13 9 (0.49%) SSCP
14 8 (0.44%) CCNP
15 7 (0.38%) PMI Certification
16 6 (0.33%) HND
16 6 (0.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 5 (0.27%) AWS Certification
18 4 (0.22%) RIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (1.32%) QA
2 20 (1.10%) GDPR
3 10 (0.55%) SLA
4 9 (0.49%) COBIT
4 9 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
4 9 (0.49%) HMG Infosec
4 9 (0.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 9 (0.49%) JSP 440
5 8 (0.44%) NIST
6 7 (0.38%) NCSC
7 6 (0.33%) Data Quality
8 5 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 5 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 5 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (0.27%) PMO
9 4 (0.22%) PCI DSS
9 4 (0.22%) PSD2
10 3 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
10 3 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.11%) GxP
System Software
1 57 (3.13%) Active Directory
2 36 (1.98%) Docker
3 29 (1.59%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (1.10%) Hyper-V
5 11 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (0.49%) vCloud
7 8 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
7 8 (0.44%) VMware NSX
8 7 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
9 6 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
10 3 (0.16%) Apache Flume
10 3 (0.16%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 3 (0.16%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.11%) HDFS
11 2 (0.11%) Shibboleth
12 1 (0.055%) KVM
12 1 (0.055%) OpenAM
12 1 (0.055%) OpenDJ
12 1 (0.055%) PowerHA
12 1 (0.055%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 53 (2.91%) Kubernetes
2 23 (1.26%) Ansible
3 18 (0.99%) Puppet
4 14 (0.77%) Terraform
5 13 (0.71%) SCCM
6 12 (0.66%) Single Sign-On
7 11 (0.60%) Microsoft Intune
8 8 (0.44%) Amdocs OSS
8 8 (0.44%) Netcool
8 8 (0.44%) Netcool/OMNIbus
8 8 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (0.38%) Oozie
10 6 (0.33%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.22%) MOM
11 4 (0.22%) Nagios
12 3 (0.16%) logstash
12 3 (0.16%) Packer
13 2 (0.11%) Docker Swarm
13 2 (0.11%) Kibana
13 2 (0.11%) Salt
Vendors
1 353 (19.40%) Microsoft
2 156 (8.57%) Oracle
3 141 (7.75%) SAP
4 115 (6.32%) Salesforce.com
5 83 (4.56%) VMware
6 49 (2.69%) Cisco
7 43 (2.36%) IBM
7 43 (2.36%) MuleSoft
8 42 (2.31%) Google
9 25 (1.37%) Citrix
10 24 (1.32%) Dell
11 22 (1.21%) ServiceNow
11 22 (1.21%) Sparx
12 21 (1.15%) Adobe
12 21 (1.15%) UiPath
13 20 (1.10%) Informatica
14 17 (0.93%) Guidewire
15 14 (0.77%) Automation Anywhere
16 13 (0.71%) Workday
17 12 (0.66%) Blue Prism