Period
to 29 October 2020

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 29 October 2020.

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
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 97 112 128
Rank change year-on-year +15 +16 +27
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 796 1,835 2,225
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.43% 2.16% 2.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.63% 2.29% 2.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 599 1,165 1,523
Median daily rate £550 £575 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.35% +4.55% -
10th Percentile £406 £450 £450
90th Percentile £738 £725 £699
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £538
% change year-on-year - +2.33% +2.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 14 21
Median hourly rate £65.00 £72.50 £60.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.34% +20.83% +4.35%
10th Percentile £35.00 £39.13 £37.14
90th Percentile £90.05 £84.43 £78.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £72.50 £60.83
% change year-on-year -51.72% +19.19% +5.78%

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 30,219 80,090 98,171
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.37% 94.12% 94.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,022 52,597 64,682
Median daily rate £468 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% +2.27%
10th Percentile £256 £260 £269
90th Percentile £656 £644 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £418
% change year-on-year - +1.80% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,215 2,896 3,130
Median hourly rate £27.50 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.50% +11.11% -3.73%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.07
90th Percentile £54.00 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +22.22% +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 29 October 2020.

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 29 October 2020.

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 29 October 2020. 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 +14 697 £550 -4.35% 254
UK excluding London +11 366 £550 - 167
London +23 320 £575 -4.17% 100
Work from Home -16 178 £550 - 33
South East +41 157 £550 - 43
North of England +22 64 £519 -5.68% 53
South West +24 55 £588 +11.90% 23
North West +47 51 £525 -4.55% 36
Midlands +1 47 £550 - 24
East Midlands +16 25 £650 +26.83% 8
East of England +20 23 £538 -6.52% 11
West Midlands +7 20 £500 -13.04% 16
Scotland +5 19 £563 +8.17% 11
Yorkshire +14 11 £425 -22.73% 11
North East +11 2 £600 +4.35% 6
Wales 0 2 £413 -27.63% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 £400 - 1

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 October 2020, 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.

1 206 (25.88%) Azure
2 191 (23.99%) Agile Software Development
3 172 (21.61%) Finance
4 150 (18.84%) Security Cleared
5 148 (18.59%) AWS
6 134 (16.83%) Java
7 127 (15.95%) SC Cleared
8 122 (15.33%) Microservices
9 116 (14.57%) DevOps
10 105 (13.19%) Microsoft
11 100 (12.56%) SQL
12 95 (11.93%) TOGAF
13 94 (11.81%) Oracle
14 88 (11.06%) Migration
15 84 (10.55%) Banking
16 75 (9.42%) Web Services
17 70 (8.79%) Stakeholder Management
18 69 (8.67%) Python
19 67 (8.42%) Technology Roadmap
20 66 (8.29%) SAP
20 66 (8.29%) Enterprise Architecture
21 64 (8.04%) Data Warehouse
22 59 (7.41%) Public Sector
23 56 (7.04%) SQL Server
24 54 (6.78%) GCP
25 52 (6.53%) Kubernetes
25 52 (6.53%) JavaScript
26 50 (6.28%) Strategic Roadmap
26 50 (6.28%) Serverless
27 49 (6.16%) ERP

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 33 (4.15%) Apache
2 28 (3.52%) SharePoint
3 18 (2.26%) Elasticsearch
4 17 (2.14%) Apache Spark
5 15 (1.88%) CMS
6 13 (1.63%) Confluence
7 12 (1.51%) Red Hat Fuse
8 10 (1.26%) JBoss
9 7 (0.88%) Oracle Self-Service HR
10 6 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
10 6 (0.75%) MQSeries
10 6 (0.75%) WebLogic
11 5 (0.63%) Jetty
11 5 (0.63%) Tomcat
12 4 (0.50%) Apache Pig
12 4 (0.50%) Skype for Business
12 4 (0.50%) WebSphere
13 3 (0.38%) Mule
14 2 (0.25%) Moodle
14 2 (0.25%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 8 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
1 8 (1.01%) MS Visio
2 6 (0.75%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (0.50%) Chatbot
4 3 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.13%) CATIA
5 1 (0.13%) EngageOne
5 1 (0.13%) LaTeX
5 1 (0.13%) Maya
5 1 (0.13%) Siemens NX
5 1 (0.13%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 27 (3.39%) SAP S/4HANA
2 14 (1.76%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 7 (0.88%) Teamcenter
4 6 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.63%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.63%) SAP MDG
5 5 (0.63%) SAP MII
5 5 (0.63%) Temenos T24
6 4 (0.50%) Oracle ERP
6 4 (0.50%) SAP FI
6 4 (0.50%) SAP IBP
6 4 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (0.50%) SAP Travel Management
7 3 (0.38%) Magento
7 3 (0.38%) Maximo
7 3 (0.38%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.38%) Primavera
7 3 (0.38%) SAP SCM
8 2 (0.25%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.25%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 206 (25.88%) Azure
2 148 (18.59%) AWS
3 54 (6.78%) GCP
4 50 (6.28%) Serverless
5 41 (5.15%) PaaS
6 38 (4.77%) SaaS
7 37 (4.65%) IaaS
8 34 (4.27%) AWS Lambda
8 34 (4.27%) Power Platform
9 29 (3.64%) Amazon ECS
9 29 (3.64%) Office 365
10 28 (3.52%) Apigee
11 20 (2.51%) Azure Active Directory
12 13 (1.63%) Amazon S3
13 12 (1.51%) Amazon EC2
14 10 (1.26%) Azure Stack
14 10 (1.26%) Dynamics 365
15 8 (1.01%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 7 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
16 7 (0.88%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 25 (3.14%) Firewall
1 25 (3.14%) WAN
2 13 (1.63%) DNS
3 12 (1.51%) Unified Communications
4 11 (1.38%) VPN
5 10 (1.26%) Internet
5 10 (1.26%) Network Security
5 10 (1.26%) Skype
6 8 (1.01%) LAN
6 8 (1.01%) SSH
7 7 (0.88%) MPLS
8 6 (0.75%) DHCP
8 6 (0.75%) DMZ
9 5 (0.63%) VoIP
9 5 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.63%) Wireless
10 4 (0.50%) SSL
11 3 (0.38%) IPv4
11 3 (0.38%) ISDN
11 3 (0.38%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (8.04%) Data Warehouse
2 56 (7.04%) SQL Server
3 38 (4.77%) PostgreSQL
4 35 (4.40%) MySQL
5 31 (3.89%) Power BI
5 31 (3.89%) Relational Database
6 27 (3.39%) Amazon Redshift
7 25 (3.14%) Big Data
8 23 (2.89%) NoSQL
9 18 (2.26%) Hadoop
10 17 (2.14%) Data Lake
11 15 (1.88%) Amazon RDS
12 13 (1.63%) MongoDB
13 12 (1.51%) Tableau
14 11 (1.38%) GIS
15 10 (1.26%) SAP HANA
16 9 (1.13%) Azure SQL Database
16 9 (1.13%) Cosmos DB
16 9 (1.13%) Geospatial Data
16 9 (1.13%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 48 (6.03%) Jenkins
2 28 (3.52%) Artifactory
3 26 (3.27%) GitLab
4 22 (2.76%) Git (software)
5 18 (2.26%) JIRA
6 12 (1.51%) Cucumber
6 12 (1.51%) Selenium
7 11 (1.38%) Maven
8 9 (1.13%) IntelliJ
9 7 (0.88%) Ant
10 6 (0.75%) Hudson
10 6 (0.75%) Subversion
10 6 (0.75%) TeamCity
11 5 (0.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 5 (0.63%) ClearCase
11 5 (0.63%) FishEye
11 5 (0.63%) Gradle
11 5 (0.63%) Mercurial
11 5 (0.63%) Poseidon for UML
11 5 (0.63%) Vagrant
General
1 172 (21.61%) Finance
2 84 (10.55%) Banking
3 59 (7.41%) Public Sector
4 46 (5.78%) Telecoms
5 36 (4.52%) Back Office
6 32 (4.02%) Manufacturing
7 28 (3.52%) Retail
8 27 (3.39%) Law
9 18 (2.26%) Marketing
10 13 (1.63%) Aerospace
11 11 (1.38%) Front Office
12 10 (1.26%) Pharmaceutical
13 9 (1.13%) Financial Institution
14 8 (1.01%) Billing
14 8 (1.01%) Local Government
14 8 (1.01%) Police
15 6 (0.75%) Investment Banking
16 5 (0.63%) Legal
16 5 (0.63%) Publishing
17 4 (0.50%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (9.42%) Web Services
2 47 (5.90%) Middleware
3 46 (5.78%) REST
4 43 (5.40%) .NET
5 31 (3.89%) Oracle Fusion
6 29 (3.64%) OAuth
7 28 (3.52%) Kafka
8 27 (3.39%) Spring
8 27 (3.39%) Swagger
9 26 (3.27%) AngularJS
9 26 (3.27%) JSON
9 26 (3.27%) Node.js
10 25 (3.14%) gRPC
11 23 (2.89%) HTML
12 21 (2.64%) SOAP
13 20 (2.51%) RESTful
13 20 (2.51%) XML
14 17 (2.14%) Spring Boot
15 16 (2.01%) React
16 15 (1.88%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 36 (4.52%) Data Centre
2 30 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (3.77%) Hedge funds
3 26 (3.27%) Management Information System
3 26 (3.27%) Public Cloud
4 20 (2.51%) User Experience
5 19 (2.39%) Greenfield Project
6 15 (1.88%) Cloud Native
7 14 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
8 13 (1.63%) Derivative
8 13 (1.63%) Enterprise Software
9 11 (1.38%) Mobile App
10 10 (1.26%) Blog
10 10 (1.26%) PKI
10 10 (1.26%) Virtual Team
11 8 (1.01%) AS400
11 8 (1.01%) Fixed Income
11 8 (1.01%) FMCG
11 8 (1.01%) iSeries
11 8 (1.01%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 49 (6.16%) Windows
2 46 (5.78%) Linux
3 12 (1.51%) Apple iOS
4 11 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 9 (1.13%) Android
5 9 (1.13%) Debian
5 9 (1.13%) Ubuntu
6 8 (1.01%) Unix
7 6 (0.75%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.63%) CentOS
8 5 (0.63%) Windows Server
9 4 (0.50%) Amazon Linux
9 4 (0.50%) Windows 10
9 4 (0.50%) Windows Server 2016
10 2 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.13%) MVS
11 1 (0.13%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 191 (23.99%) Agile Software Development
2 122 (15.33%) Microservices
3 116 (14.57%) DevOps
4 95 (11.93%) TOGAF
5 88 (11.06%) Migration
6 70 (8.79%) Stakeholder Management
7 67 (8.42%) Technology Roadmap
8 66 (8.29%) Enterprise Architecture
9 50 (6.28%) Strategic Roadmap
10 49 (6.16%) Data Modelling
10 49 (6.16%) ERP
11 48 (6.03%) Mentoring
12 47 (5.90%) Analytics
12 47 (5.90%) Business Intelligence
13 46 (5.78%) Asset Management
13 46 (5.78%) Technical Leadership
14 41 (5.15%) ITIL
15 39 (4.90%) Scrum
16 37 (4.65%) UML
17 36 (4.52%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 134 (16.83%) Java
2 100 (12.56%) SQL
3 69 (8.67%) Python
4 52 (6.53%) JavaScript
5 28 (3.52%) C#
6 13 (1.63%) Bash Shell
6 13 (1.63%) PowerShell
7 12 (1.51%) T-SQL
8 10 (1.26%) C
8 10 (1.26%) Perl
9 9 (1.13%) C++
10 7 (0.88%) Kotlin
10 7 (0.88%) PHP
10 7 (0.88%) Scala
11 6 (0.75%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.75%) R
11 6 (0.75%) Ruby
12 5 (0.63%) Clojure
12 5 (0.63%) ClojureScript
12 5 (0.63%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 150 (18.84%) Security Cleared
2 127 (15.95%) SC Cleared
3 34 (4.27%) Degree
3 34 (4.27%) TOGAF Certification
4 31 (3.89%) DV Cleared
5 25 (3.14%) Sun Certification
6 9 (1.13%) CISSP
7 8 (1.01%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (0.88%) CCIE
9 6 (0.75%) AWS Certification
10 5 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
11 4 (0.50%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (0.38%) BC Cleared
12 3 (0.38%) CCNP
12 3 (0.38%) CESG Certified Professional
12 3 (0.38%) CISA
12 3 (0.38%) CSSLP
12 3 (0.38%) MCAD
12 3 (0.38%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (1.26%) GDPR
2 8 (1.01%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.75%) QA
4 5 (0.63%) NCSC
5 4 (0.50%) NIST
5 4 (0.50%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.38%) IFRS
6 3 (0.38%) RMADS
7 2 (0.25%) COBIT
7 2 (0.25%) ISO 13485
7 2 (0.25%) PMO
7 2 (0.25%) SLA
8 1 (0.13%) Basel III
8 1 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.13%) ISO 20022
8 1 (0.13%) SEPA
8 1 (0.13%) TARGET2
System Software
1 42 (5.28%) Docker
2 36 (4.52%) Active Directory
3 24 (3.02%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.13%) VMware NSX
5 6 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.50%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.38%) HDFS
7 3 (0.38%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.38%) vSphere
8 2 (0.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.13%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.13%) Firmware
9 1 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 52 (6.53%) Kubernetes
2 18 (2.26%) Ansible
3 13 (1.63%) Terraform
4 12 (1.51%) Puppet
5 7 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (0.88%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (0.75%) SCCM
7 5 (0.63%) Kibana
7 5 (0.63%) Salt
8 4 (0.50%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (0.38%) PowerCLI
10 2 (0.25%) CASB
10 2 (0.25%) Cisco Prime
10 2 (0.25%) Hadoop YARN
10 2 (0.25%) Oozie
10 2 (0.25%) OpenView
10 2 (0.25%) vRealize
11 1 (0.13%) EMC NetWorker
11 1 (0.13%) Nagios
11 1 (0.13%) TeMIP
Vendors
1 105 (13.19%) Microsoft
2 94 (11.81%) Oracle
3 66 (8.29%) SAP
4 35 (4.40%) Cisco
4 35 (4.40%) Google
5 32 (4.02%) VMware
6 31 (3.89%) Salesforce.com
7 22 (2.76%) IBM
8 20 (2.51%) MuleSoft
9 19 (2.39%) ServiceNow
10 15 (1.88%) Sparx
11 11 (1.38%) Red Hat
12 10 (1.26%) Cloudera
12 10 (1.26%) Juniper
13 8 (1.01%) Dell
13 8 (1.01%) Splunk
14 7 (0.88%) Avaya
14 7 (0.88%) ForgeRock
14 7 (0.88%) IFS
15 6 (0.75%) Hortonworks