Period
to 18 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £564 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 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
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 125 148 117
Rank change year-on-year +23 -31 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 2,032 1,840 2,109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.04% 1.83% 2.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.16% 1.93% 2.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,366 1,206 1,390
UK median daily rate £564 £550 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +4.76%
10th Percentile £453 £455 £413
90th Percentile £700 £688 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £525 £518
% change year-on-year +4.76% +1.45% +3.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 9 3
UK median hourly rate £60.00 £80.73 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.68% +46.78% +3.77%
10th Percentile £35.00 £52.73 £36.50
90th Percentile £77.26 £83.83 £93.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.39 £80.73 £55.00
% change year-on-year -38.82% +46.78% -7.56%

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 94,176 95,190 92,149
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.90% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,264 63,224 60,161
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £254
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,878 2,788 3,239
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -2.76%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 18 January 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 +17 1,873 £575 +4.55% 424
UK excluding London +22 1,253 £550 +4.76% 286
London -8 738 £588 +2.17% 165
South East +11 384 £588 +9.30% 92
North of England +5 247 £525 - 54
South West +52 203 £550 - 27
Midlands -13 187 £550 +4.76% 64
West Midlands -1 121 £575 +9.52% 51
Yorkshire +11 120 £525 - 20
North West +8 115 £525 -4.55% 30
East of England -10 111 £573 +9.05% 22
Scotland +10 102 £500 -4.76% 15
East Midlands -9 68 £551 +4.86% 13
Wales +4 29 £550 -4.35% 7
North East -16 12 £600 +12.72% 4
Channel Islands - 1 £700 -

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 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.

1 495 (24.36%) Agile Software Development
2 476 (23.43%) Finance
3 438 (21.56%) Microsoft Azure
4 319 (15.70%) TOGAF
5 314 (15.45%) Amazon AWS
6 300 (14.76%) Microsoft
7 242 (11.91%) Java
8 229 (11.27%) Stakeholder Management
8 229 (11.27%) Microservices
9 208 (10.24%) Retail
10 207 (10.19%) Security Cleared
11 205 (10.09%) SOA
12 197 (9.69%) Banking
13 192 (9.45%) .NET
14 179 (8.81%) Enterprise Architecture
15 167 (8.22%) SAP
16 164 (8.07%) Web Services
17 162 (7.97%) Analytical Skills
18 159 (7.82%) DevOps
19 154 (7.58%) Migration
20 150 (7.38%) Oracle
20 150 (7.38%) SaaS
21 144 (7.09%) Technical Architecture
22 142 (6.99%) SC Cleared
23 139 (6.84%) IT Strategy
24 138 (6.79%) Linux
25 137 (6.74%) CRM
26 125 (6.15%) PaaS
27 116 (5.71%) SQL
28 111 (5.46%) Windows

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 57 (2.81%) SharePoint
2 29 (1.43%) CMS
2 29 (1.43%) WebSphere
3 21 (1.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 16 (0.79%) Confluence
4 16 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
5 13 (0.64%) Apache
5 13 (0.64%) JBoss
5 13 (0.64%) SAS
5 13 (0.64%) Sitecore CMS
6 12 (0.59%) IIS
7 11 (0.54%) MS Exchange
8 10 (0.49%) Apache Spark
8 10 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
9 7 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
9 7 (0.34%) Skype for Business
10 6 (0.30%) Moodle
10 6 (0.30%) WebLogic
11 5 (0.25%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.25%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 19 (0.94%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (0.39%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.15%) Chatbot
3 3 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.098%) SPSS
5 1 (0.049%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 57 (2.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.69%) SAP S/4HANA
3 12 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
4 11 (0.54%) Oracle Retail
4 11 (0.54%) Unit4 Business World
5 9 (0.44%) Oracle Financials
6 8 (0.39%) SAP BPC
7 7 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
7 7 (0.34%) SAP ERP
7 7 (0.34%) SAP HR
8 6 (0.30%) Sentinel
9 5 (0.25%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
9 5 (0.25%) NetSuite
9 5 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
9 5 (0.25%) SAP Hybris
9 5 (0.25%) SAP MDG
9 5 (0.25%) Workday HCM
10 4 (0.20%) Magento
10 4 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
11 3 (0.15%) SAP EWM
Cloud Services
1 438 (21.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 314 (15.45%) Amazon AWS
3 150 (7.38%) SaaS
4 125 (6.15%) PaaS
5 103 (5.07%) Office 365
6 101 (4.97%) IaaS
7 54 (2.66%) Dynamics 365
8 45 (2.21%) Google Cloud Platform
9 41 (2.02%) Azure Active Directory
10 35 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
10 35 (1.72%) Serverless
11 18 (0.89%) GitHub
12 17 (0.84%) Boomi
13 14 (0.69%) OpenShift
14 13 (0.64%) Azure Data Factory
15 11 (0.54%) Apigee
16 10 (0.49%) iPaaS
17 9 (0.44%) Azure Functions
17 9 (0.44%) SuccessFactors
18 8 (0.39%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 67 (3.30%) Firewall
2 32 (1.57%) WAN
3 29 (1.43%) Internet
4 27 (1.33%) DNS
5 23 (1.13%) VPN
6 21 (1.03%) LAN
7 18 (0.89%) TCP/IP
8 17 (0.84%) SAN
9 16 (0.79%) Reverse Proxy
10 13 (0.64%) Network Security
10 13 (0.64%) Unified Communications
11 12 (0.59%) Intranet
12 9 (0.44%) NetScaler
12 9 (0.44%) Skype
12 9 (0.44%) SSL
13 8 (0.39%) NAS
14 7 (0.34%) Cisco Nexus
14 7 (0.34%) Remote Desktop
14 7 (0.34%) VoIP
14 7 (0.34%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (4.23%) Big Data
2 83 (4.08%) SQL Server
3 55 (2.71%) Data Warehouse
4 50 (2.46%) Hadoop
5 35 (1.72%) NoSQL
6 29 (1.43%) MongoDB
6 29 (1.43%) Relational Database
7 26 (1.28%) Power BI
8 22 (1.08%) Oracle Database
9 21 (1.03%) Data Lake
10 20 (0.98%) MySQL
11 18 (0.89%) Azure SQL Database
12 15 (0.74%) Blockchain
12 15 (0.74%) RDBMS
13 14 (0.69%) Apache Hive
14 12 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 11 (0.54%) Apache Cassandra
16 10 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
16 10 (0.49%) DB2
16 10 (0.49%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 35 (1.72%) JIRA
2 32 (1.57%) Jenkins
3 17 (0.84%) Git (software)
4 14 (0.69%) Sonatype Nexus
5 13 (0.64%) Bitbucket
6 12 (0.59%) Artifactory
6 12 (0.59%) Visual Studio Team System
7 10 (0.49%) Octopus Deploy
7 10 (0.49%) Selenium
7 10 (0.49%) TeamCity
8 9 (0.44%) Cucumber
8 9 (0.44%) GitLab
8 9 (0.44%) IBM UrbanCode
9 8 (0.39%) SonarQube
9 8 (0.39%) Zephyr
10 7 (0.34%) Oracle Forms
11 6 (0.30%) Visual Studio
12 5 (0.25%) Maven
12 5 (0.25%) Subversion
13 4 (0.20%) SoapUI
General
1 476 (23.43%) Finance
2 208 (10.24%) Retail
3 197 (9.69%) Banking
4 66 (3.25%) Telecoms
5 41 (2.02%) Retail Banking
6 36 (1.77%) Manufacturing
7 33 (1.62%) Legal
8 31 (1.53%) Marketing
9 26 (1.28%) Back Office
10 20 (0.98%) Law
11 19 (0.94%) Investment Banking
12 18 (0.89%) Billing
13 17 (0.84%) Financial Institution
14 13 (0.64%) Automotive
15 11 (0.54%) Electronics
16 10 (0.49%) Aerospace
17 9 (0.44%) Publishing
18 8 (0.39%) Front Office
19 7 (0.34%) Advertising
20 5 (0.25%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 192 (9.45%) .NET
2 164 (8.07%) Web Services
3 87 (4.28%) REST
4 85 (4.18%) Middleware
5 78 (3.84%) SOAP
6 61 (3.00%) XML
7 60 (2.95%) JSON
8 34 (1.67%) Spring
9 31 (1.53%) OAuth
10 29 (1.43%) JSP
11 26 (1.28%) HTML
11 26 (1.28%) SAML
12 24 (1.18%) AngularJS
13 23 (1.13%) RESTful
14 22 (1.08%) Java EE
14 22 (1.08%) Kafka
15 18 (0.89%) React
16 17 (0.84%) J2EE
16 17 (0.84%) Node.js
17 15 (0.74%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 162 (7.97%) Analytical Skills
2 77 (3.79%) Data Centre
3 62 (3.05%) Management Information System
4 49 (2.41%) Public Cloud
5 43 (2.12%) Mobile App
6 41 (2.02%) Enterprise Software
7 39 (1.92%) Greenfield Project
8 31 (1.53%) Self-Motivation
9 26 (1.28%) Hybrid Cloud
9 26 (1.28%) User Experience
10 22 (1.08%) PKI
10 22 (1.08%) Virtual Team
11 18 (0.89%) Fintech
11 18 (0.89%) Replication
12 16 (0.79%) Cloud Native
13 15 (0.74%) Algorithms
14 14 (0.69%) Data Structures
15 13 (0.64%) Private Cloud
16 12 (0.59%) Microsoft Licensing
17 10 (0.49%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 138 (6.79%) Linux
2 111 (5.46%) Windows
3 48 (2.36%) Unix
4 47 (2.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 47 (2.31%) Windows Server
5 23 (1.13%) Windows 10
6 21 (1.03%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (0.89%) Solaris
8 17 (0.84%) Apple iOS
9 15 (0.74%) AIX
10 12 (0.59%) Ubuntu
11 11 (0.54%) Android
12 8 (0.39%) Windows 7
12 8 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.25%) VMS
13 5 (0.25%) Windows Server 2008
14 4 (0.20%) Windows 8
14 4 (0.20%) zOS
15 2 (0.098%) MVS
15 2 (0.098%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 495 (24.36%) Agile Software Development
2 319 (15.70%) TOGAF
3 229 (11.27%) Microservices
3 229 (11.27%) Stakeholder Management
4 205 (10.09%) SOA
5 179 (8.81%) Enterprise Architecture
6 159 (7.82%) DevOps
7 154 (7.58%) Migration
8 144 (7.09%) Technical Architecture
9 139 (6.84%) IT Strategy
10 137 (6.74%) CRM
11 111 (5.46%) Analytics
12 108 (5.31%) Problem-Solving
13 105 (5.17%) Data Modelling
14 94 (4.63%) Technical Leadership
15 91 (4.48%) Business Intelligence
15 91 (4.48%) ERP
16 87 (4.28%) Information Security
17 85 (4.18%) E-Commerce
18 84 (4.13%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 242 (11.91%) Java
2 116 (5.71%) SQL
3 90 (4.43%) Python
4 76 (3.74%) C#
5 73 (3.59%) JavaScript
6 56 (2.76%) PowerShell
7 47 (2.31%) C
8 35 (1.72%) C++
9 14 (0.69%) Java 8
10 13 (0.64%) Perl
10 13 (0.64%) PHP
11 12 (0.59%) PL/SQL
12 8 (0.39%) R
12 8 (0.39%) Ruby
12 8 (0.39%) Shell Script
13 7 (0.34%) Bash Shell
13 7 (0.34%) Scala
13 7 (0.34%) VB
13 7 (0.34%) VBA
14 6 (0.30%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 207 (10.19%) Security Cleared
2 142 (6.99%) SC Cleared
3 66 (3.25%) Degree
4 64 (3.15%) DV Cleared
5 51 (2.51%) TOGAF Certification
6 34 (1.67%) CISSP
7 30 (1.48%) Microsoft Certification
8 22 (1.08%) RHCE
9 21 (1.03%) CISM
10 16 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
11 14 (0.69%) AWS Certification
12 12 (0.59%) CEH
12 12 (0.59%) MCSE
13 11 (0.54%) Cisco Certification
14 9 (0.44%) ISSAP
15 8 (0.39%) MCSA
15 8 (0.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 7 (0.34%) CITP
17 6 (0.30%) CCIE
17 6 (0.30%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (2.90%) QA
2 40 (1.97%) GDPR
3 35 (1.72%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 34 (1.67%) HMG Infosec
4 34 (1.67%) JSP 440
5 15 (0.74%) PSD2
6 13 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 12 (0.59%) Data Quality
7 12 (0.59%) PCI DSS
8 8 (0.39%) SLA
9 7 (0.34%) COBIT
10 5 (0.25%) MiFID
11 4 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
11 4 (0.20%) IFRS
12 3 (0.15%) FATCA
12 3 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.098%) Disclosure Scotland
13 2 (0.098%) EMIR
13 2 (0.098%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 2 (0.098%) PMO
System Software
1 89 (4.38%) Active Directory
2 71 (3.49%) Docker
3 63 (3.10%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (0.94%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
5 9 (0.44%) vSphere
6 7 (0.34%) vCloud
7 6 (0.30%) Apache Flume
7 6 (0.30%) XenApp
8 5 (0.25%) OpenAM
8 5 (0.25%) XenDesktop
9 4 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.20%) VMware NSX
10 3 (0.15%) HDFS
10 3 (0.15%) IAG
10 3 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.098%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.098%) KVM
11 2 (0.098%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 54 (2.66%) Kubernetes
2 47 (2.31%) Puppet
3 39 (1.92%) Ansible
4 33 (1.62%) SCCM
5 30 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
6 26 (1.28%) Terraform
7 18 (0.89%) Microsoft Intune
8 16 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
9 8 (0.39%) Kibana
9 8 (0.39%) logstash
9 8 (0.39%) Nagios
10 6 (0.30%) SCOM
11 5 (0.25%) Sysdig
11 5 (0.25%) vRealize
12 4 (0.20%) CA Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.20%) NetIQ Identity Manager
13 3 (0.15%) Salt
13 3 (0.15%) vCenter Server
14 2 (0.098%) Grafana
14 2 (0.098%) PaperCut
Vendors
1 300 (14.76%) Microsoft
2 167 (8.22%) SAP
3 150 (7.38%) Oracle
4 91 (4.48%) VMware
5 59 (2.90%) IBM
6 47 (2.31%) Red Hat
7 42 (2.07%) Citrix
8 41 (2.02%) Google
9 37 (1.82%) Salesforce.com
10 34 (1.67%) Cisco
11 20 (0.98%) Splunk
12 18 (0.89%) Cloudera
12 18 (0.89%) Dell
12 18 (0.89%) Sitecore
13 16 (0.79%) Hortonworks
13 16 (0.79%) hybris
13 16 (0.79%) Workday
14 15 (0.74%) Informatica
14 15 (0.74%) MuleSoft
14 15 (0.74%) ServiceNow