Period
to 17 August 2017

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 August 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
6 months to
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 144 103 100
Rank change year-on-year -41 -3 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 1756 2455 2407
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.84% 2.26% 2.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.93% 2.38% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1091 1606 1492
UK median daily rate £550 £525 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% - +3.45%
10th Percentile £425 £412 £413
90th Percentile £688 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 19
UK median hourly rate £57.50 £55.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.55% +37.50% -33.33%
10th Percentile £55.90 £41.59 £32.50
90th Percentile £60.00 £80.13 £60.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 £55.00 £59.50
% change year-on-year +4.55% -7.56% -0.83%

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 90773 103276 106884
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.87% 94.94% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 58967 67332 66613
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +1.01%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2795 3117 4112
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £17.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.58% +5.98% +5.46%
10th Percentile £10.77 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £49.11 £46.58 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year -5.26% +9.64% +2.91%

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 17 August 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 15 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 17 August 2017. 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 -34 1641 £550 +4.76% 162
UK excluding London -20 996 £525 +5.00% 81
London -45 717 £600 +6.19% 85
South East -19 308 £528 +5.55% 23
North of England -32 210 £525 +10.53% 33
Midlands -19 193 £513 +2.50% 10
East of England -13 120 £525 +9.38% 5
Yorkshire -18 104 £550 +10.00% 14
West Midlands +15 99 £500 - 5
North West -27 87 £525 +13.51% 16
South West -12 78 £510 -7.27% 4
East Midlands -18 75 £510 +2.00% 3
Scotland -25 51 £475 +2.70% 4
Wales +31 38 £483 +13.53% 1
North East +31 19 £480 +9.09% 3

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 438 (24.94%) Finance
2 338 (19.25%) Agile Software Development
3 266 (15.15%) TOGAF
4 244 (13.90%) Microsoft
5 222 (12.64%) SOA
6 201 (11.45%) Retail
7 193 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
8 181 (10.31%) Oracle
9 179 (10.19%) Java
10 177 (10.08%) Banking
11 175 (9.97%) SAP
12 173 (9.85%) Microsoft Azure
13 171 (9.74%) Enterprise Architecture
14 145 (8.26%) Amazon AWS
15 138 (7.86%) Security Cleared
15 138 (7.86%) Migration
16 134 (7.63%) CRM
17 120 (6.83%) IT Strategy
18 110 (6.26%) Windows
19 109 (6.21%) SC Cleared
19 109 (6.21%) Analytics
20 105 (5.98%) Web Services
20 105 (5.98%) E-Commerce
21 101 (5.75%) .NET
22 98 (5.58%) Data Modelling
23 97 (5.52%) ERP
24 93 (5.30%) Microservices
25 91 (5.18%) Technical Architecture
26 90 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
27 83 (4.73%) Data Centre

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 (3.02%) SharePoint
2 48 (2.73%) CMS
3 35 (1.99%) Confluence
3 35 (1.99%) WebSphere
4 31 (1.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 25 (1.42%) Skype for Business
6 22 (1.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 20 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
8 18 (1.03%) Apache Spark
9 14 (0.80%) JBoss
10 12 (0.68%) Documentum
10 12 (0.68%) WebLogic
11 11 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
11 11 (0.63%) WildFly
12 10 (0.57%) Apache
12 10 (0.57%) MS Exchange
12 10 (0.57%) Oracle Workflow
13 9 (0.51%) Cloud Foundry
14 7 (0.40%) SAS
14 7 (0.40%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 30 (1.71%) MS Visio
2 19 (1.08%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (0.85%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.11%) SPSS
7 1 (0.057%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 40 (2.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 19 (1.08%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (0.80%) SAP Hybris
4 13 (0.74%) SAP SD
5 12 (0.68%) SAP HR
5 12 (0.68%) SAP S/4HANA
5 12 (0.68%) Teamcenter
6 11 (0.63%) SAP Retail
7 8 (0.46%) Oracle EBS R12
7 8 (0.46%) Oracle ERP
7 8 (0.46%) SAP WM
8 7 (0.40%) Magento
8 7 (0.40%) Oracle Financials
9 6 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
9 6 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
9 6 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
9 6 (0.34%) SAP CO
9 6 (0.34%) SAP FI
9 6 (0.34%) SAP FI/CO
9 6 (0.34%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 173 (9.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 145 (8.26%) Amazon AWS
3 64 (3.64%) SaaS
4 61 (3.47%) PaaS
5 60 (3.42%) Office 365
6 51 (2.90%) IaaS
7 31 (1.77%) Cloud Computing
8 15 (0.85%) Amazon S3
9 13 (0.74%) SuccessFactors
10 12 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
11 10 (0.57%) Azure Active Directory
12 9 (0.51%) Amazon EC2
13 7 (0.40%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
13 7 (0.40%) Veeva
14 6 (0.34%) Force.com
14 6 (0.34%) Silverpop
15 5 (0.28%) GitHub
15 5 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
15 5 (0.28%) OneDrive
15 5 (0.28%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 40 (2.28%) Firewall
2 32 (1.82%) WAN
3 29 (1.65%) LAN
4 26 (1.48%) Internet
5 21 (1.20%) Skype
6 17 (0.97%) MVNO
7 14 (0.80%) DNS
8 13 (0.74%) VPN
9 11 (0.63%) SAN
10 9 (0.51%) HTTP
10 9 (0.51%) Intranet
10 9 (0.51%) SMS
11 8 (0.46%) Cisco Nexus
11 8 (0.46%) Extranet
12 7 (0.40%) SSL
13 6 (0.34%) LDAP
13 6 (0.34%) NetScaler
13 6 (0.34%) Network Security
13 6 (0.34%) VLAN
13 6 (0.34%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (4.21%) SQL Server
2 66 (3.76%) Data Warehouse
3 63 (3.59%) Big Data
4 47 (2.68%) Relational Database
5 39 (2.22%) Hadoop
6 36 (2.05%) NoSQL
7 29 (1.65%) MongoDB
8 28 (1.59%) PostgreSQL
9 17 (0.97%) Oracle Database
10 15 (0.85%) DB2
10 15 (0.85%) Power BI
11 14 (0.80%) Data Lake
12 13 (0.74%) Apache Cassandra
12 13 (0.74%) Apache Hive
12 13 (0.74%) MySQL
12 13 (0.74%) QlikView
12 13 (0.74%) RDBMS
12 13 (0.74%) SAP HANA
12 13 (0.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 10 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 42 (2.39%) JIRA
2 19 (1.08%) Jenkins
3 12 (0.68%) Git (software)
4 7 (0.40%) Selenium
5 6 (0.34%) Talend Open Studio
6 5 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (0.28%) Visual Studio
7 4 (0.23%) Subversion
8 3 (0.17%) Cucumber
8 3 (0.17%) ERwin
8 3 (0.17%) GitLab
8 3 (0.17%) IntelliJ
8 3 (0.17%) Maven
8 3 (0.17%) Oracle APEX
8 3 (0.17%) Rational Rose
9 2 (0.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.11%) Gerrit
9 2 (0.11%) SoapUI
9 2 (0.11%) SonarQube
9 2 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 438 (24.94%) Finance
2 201 (11.45%) Retail
3 177 (10.08%) Banking
4 75 (4.27%) Telecoms
5 62 (3.53%) Manufacturing
6 51 (2.90%) Marketing
7 36 (2.05%) Back Office
7 36 (2.05%) Billing
8 17 (0.97%) Legal
8 17 (0.97%) Pharmaceutical
9 16 (0.91%) Electronics
9 16 (0.91%) Investment Banking
10 15 (0.85%) Retail Banking
11 11 (0.63%) Aerospace
11 11 (0.63%) Law
12 9 (0.51%) Automotive
13 7 (0.40%) Front Office
13 7 (0.40%) Publishing
14 6 (0.34%) Digital Economy
15 4 (0.23%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 105 (5.98%) Web Services
2 101 (5.75%) .NET
3 63 (3.59%) REST
4 58 (3.30%) Middleware
5 44 (2.51%) SOAP
6 38 (2.16%) Spring
7 35 (1.99%) XML
8 34 (1.94%) JSON
9 33 (1.88%) HTML
9 33 (1.88%) RESTful
10 30 (1.71%) J2EE
11 25 (1.42%) JMS
12 22 (1.25%) Java EE
13 21 (1.20%) HTML5
13 21 (1.20%) JPA
14 18 (1.03%) AngularJS
14 18 (1.03%) Kafka
15 16 (0.91%) CSS
15 16 (0.91%) Node.js
16 13 (0.74%) EJB
Miscellaneous
1 90 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
2 83 (4.73%) Data Centre
3 47 (2.68%) Management Information System
4 45 (2.56%) Mobile App
5 42 (2.39%) Enterprise Software
6 32 (1.82%) Public Cloud
7 28 (1.59%) Private Cloud
8 25 (1.42%) Computer Science
8 25 (1.42%) Greenfield Project
9 24 (1.37%) User Experience
10 17 (0.97%) Virtual Team
11 16 (0.91%) SWIFT
12 14 (0.80%) NHS
13 13 (0.74%) FMCG
14 12 (0.68%) Fintech
15 11 (0.63%) Data Structures
15 11 (0.63%) Hybrid Cloud
15 11 (0.63%) Mainframe
16 9 (0.51%) Clustering
16 9 (0.51%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 110 (6.26%) Windows
2 70 (3.99%) Linux
3 25 (1.42%) Unix
4 21 (1.20%) Windows Server
5 16 (0.91%) CentOS
6 14 (0.80%) Android
7 12 (0.68%) AIX
7 12 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (0.57%) Apple iOS
8 10 (0.57%) Windows 10
9 9 (0.51%) Solaris
9 9 (0.51%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (0.28%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.23%) SUSE
13 3 (0.17%) zOS
14 2 (0.11%) HPUX
14 2 (0.11%) pSOS
15 1 (0.057%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 338 (19.25%) Agile Software Development
2 266 (15.15%) TOGAF
3 222 (12.64%) SOA
4 193 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
5 171 (9.74%) Enterprise Architecture
6 138 (7.86%) Migration
7 134 (7.63%) CRM
8 120 (6.83%) IT Strategy
9 109 (6.21%) Analytics
10 105 (5.98%) E-Commerce
11 98 (5.58%) Data Modelling
12 97 (5.52%) ERP
13 93 (5.30%) Microservices
14 91 (5.18%) Technical Architecture
15 82 (4.67%) Scrum
16 78 (4.44%) Waterfall
17 77 (4.38%) Business Intelligence
18 74 (4.21%) ITIL
19 72 (4.10%) Project Management
20 70 (3.99%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 179 (10.19%) Java
2 68 (3.87%) SQL
3 37 (2.11%) Python
4 36 (2.05%) C#
5 31 (1.77%) JavaScript
6 29 (1.65%) Ruby
7 21 (1.20%) Bash Shell
8 14 (0.80%) C
9 12 (0.68%) ABAP
9 12 (0.68%) Apex Code
9 12 (0.68%) Scala
10 8 (0.46%) C++
10 8 (0.46%) R
11 7 (0.40%) Shell Script
12 6 (0.34%) VB
13 5 (0.28%) PowerShell
14 4 (0.23%) PHP
15 3 (0.17%) Perl
15 3 (0.17%) PL/SQL
15 3 (0.17%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 138 (7.86%) Security Cleared
2 109 (6.21%) SC Cleared
3 76 (4.33%) Degree
4 26 (1.48%) DV Cleared
5 16 (0.91%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (0.91%) Microsoft Certification
6 13 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
7 11 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 9 (0.51%) CCIE
8 9 (0.51%) MCSE
9 8 (0.46%) CISM
9 8 (0.46%) CISSP
10 7 (0.40%) VCAP
11 6 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
12 5 (0.28%) CCNA
12 5 (0.28%) Computer Science Degree
12 5 (0.28%) VCP6
13 4 (0.23%) Citrix Certification
13 4 (0.23%) ISEB
13 4 (0.23%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (1.71%) QA
2 29 (1.65%) PCI DSS
3 21 (1.20%) Data Quality
4 20 (1.14%) GDPR
5 16 (0.91%) SEPA
6 11 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
7 8 (0.46%) COBIT
7 8 (0.46%) MiFID
7 8 (0.46%) SLA
8 5 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 5 (0.28%) Solvency II
9 3 (0.17%) IFRS
9 3 (0.17%) PMO
10 2 (0.11%) EMIR
10 2 (0.11%) GCP
10 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 2 (0.11%) JSP 440
10 2 (0.11%) TARGET2
11 1 (0.057%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 64 (3.64%) Active Directory
2 46 (2.62%) Docker
3 42 (2.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 26 (1.48%) Hyper-V
5 8 (0.46%) vSphere
6 7 (0.40%) VMware NSX
7 6 (0.34%) LXC
8 5 (0.28%) HDFS
8 5 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
8 5 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.23%) XenApp
9 4 (0.23%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.23%) XenServer
10 2 (0.11%) Apache Flume
10 2 (0.11%) NFS
10 2 (0.11%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.057%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.057%) Xen
Systems Management
1 35 (1.99%) Puppet
2 22 (1.25%) Ansible
2 22 (1.25%) SCCM
2 22 (1.25%) Terraform
3 15 (0.85%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (0.34%) Kubernetes
5 5 (0.28%) Hadoop YARN
6 4 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
6 4 (0.23%) HP Operations Orchestration
6 4 (0.23%) vRealize
7 3 (0.17%) Oozie
7 3 (0.17%) SCOM
8 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (0.11%) Nagios
8 2 (0.11%) RSA Archer
8 2 (0.11%) SCOrch
8 2 (0.11%) TIBCO Hawk
8 2 (0.11%) ZABBIX
9 1 (0.057%) Docker Swarm
9 1 (0.057%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 244 (13.90%) Microsoft
2 181 (10.31%) Oracle
3 175 (9.97%) SAP
4 65 (3.70%) VMware
5 55 (3.13%) IBM
6 48 (2.73%) Salesforce.com
7 37 (2.11%) Pega
8 35 (1.99%) Cisco
9 29 (1.65%) Adobe
10 28 (1.59%) hybris
11 18 (1.03%) Citrix
12 17 (0.97%) Guidewire
12 17 (0.97%) Informatica
12 17 (0.97%) Red Hat
13 16 (0.91%) MuleSoft
14 12 (0.68%) Sitecore
14 12 (0.68%) Teradata
15 11 (0.63%) Ab Initio
15 11 (0.63%) Siemens
15 11 (0.63%) TIBCO