The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 May 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
3 months to
26 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 133 92 93
Rank change year-on-year -41 +1  
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 867 1317 1221
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.87% 2.45% 2.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.98% 2.58% 2.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 526 829 737
Median daily rate £550 £505 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.91% -3.80%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £449 £420 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £488 £500
% change year-on-year +7.69% -2.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 3 10
Median hourly rate £57.50 £47.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.05% +35.71%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 £47.50 -
% change year-on-year +21.05% -  

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 43855 51073 51490
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.00% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 28327 33327 31758
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1373 1470 2055
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.75 £16.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.39% +6.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year - +9.37%  

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Solutions Architect in the job title.

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 3 months to 26 May 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 30 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 3 months to 26 May 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -34 806 £550 +6.28% 177
London -26 382 £600 +4.34% 76
South East -34 134 £541 +8.10% 28
East of England -16 67 £525 +16.66% 5
Hampshire +23 52 £530 +13.97% 2
West Midlands +25 51 £496 -0.77% 12
City of London -14 50 £588 -2.08% 22
Berkshire -2 42 £550 +7.31% 11
South West -5 41 £508 -7.72% 10
North West -15 39 £550 +13.40% 21
East Midlands -18 38 £510 +2.00% 7
Yorkshire -40 36 £525 +10.52% 14
Wales +31 31 £458 +7.64%
Bedfordshire +17 30 £525 -8.69%
Wiltshire +4 26 £515 -6.36% 1
Shropshire +42 21 £496 -0.77% 1
South Wales +25 21 £483 +13.52%
West Yorkshire -15 21 £538 +13.15% 10
Scotland -20 20 £475 - 5
Telford +33 18 £496 -0.77% 1
Hertfordshire -8 16 £600 +9.09% 1
Edinburgh -4 15 £475 -5.00% 3
Swindon +6 14 £550 -
Surrey -11 14 £625 +17.37% 10
Derbyshire -12 13 £500 +30.71%
Derby -13 13 £500 +30.71%
Newport - 13 £450 -
Birmingham +20 12 £450 -10.00% 5
Manchester -18 12 £525 +5.00% 15
Leeds -21 12 £513 +7.89% 5

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 (23.51%) Finance
2 353 (18.95%) Agile Software Development
3 260 (13.96%) TOGAF
4 259 (13.90%) Microsoft
5 250 (13.42%) Java
6 225 (12.08%) SOA
7 212 (11.38%) Retail
8 203 (10.90%) Banking
9 201 (10.79%) Oracle
10 189 (10.14%) Stakeholder Management
11 186 (9.98%) Microsoft Azure
12 182 (9.77%) SAP
13 171 (9.18%) Enterprise Architecture
14 161 (8.64%) Web Services
15 160 (8.59%) Security Cleared
16 149 (8.00%) CRM
17 141 (7.57%) Windows
18 135 (7.25%) E-Commerce
19 131 (7.03%) Amazon AWS
20 130 (6.98%) SC Cleared
21 124 (6.66%) Migration
22 118 (6.33%) .NET
23 114 (6.12%) IT Strategy
24 107 (5.74%) Analytics
25 105 (5.64%) SQL Server
26 103 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
27 95 (5.10%) Data Centre
28 93 (4.99%) ITIL
29 92 (4.94%) Middleware
30 86 (4.62%) Linux

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 82 (4.40%) SharePoint
2 69 (3.70%) CMS
3 42 (2.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 39 (2.09%) WebSphere
5 37 (1.99%) Confluence
6 34 (1.83%) Skype for Business
7 32 (1.72%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 26 (1.40%) JBoss
9 25 (1.34%) WebLogic
10 23 (1.23%) Elasticsearch
11 21 (1.13%) BizTalk Server
12 17 (0.91%) Drupal
13 15 (0.81%) Apache
14 13 (0.70%) IIS
15 12 (0.64%) Oracle Workflow
16 11 (0.59%) Sitecore CMS
16 11 (0.59%) Tomcat
17 10 (0.54%) Apache Spark
17 10 (0.54%) Umbraco
18 9 (0.48%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 28 (1.50%) MS Visio
2 19 (1.02%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (0.48%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.11%) SPSS
7 1 (0.054%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 63 (3.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.86%) Maximo
3 15 (0.81%) SAP HR
4 14 (0.75%) Magento
5 10 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
5 10 (0.54%) SAP Hybris
6 9 (0.48%) Oracle BPM
6 9 (0.48%) SAP HCM
7 8 (0.43%) SAP Retail
8 7 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
8 7 (0.38%) Eloqua
8 7 (0.38%) Oracle EBS R12
8 7 (0.38%) Oracle Financials
8 7 (0.38%) SAP ERP
9 6 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
9 6 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
9 6 (0.32%) Unica
10 5 (0.27%) SAP CO
10 5 (0.27%) SAP FI
10 5 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 186 (9.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 131 (7.03%) Amazon AWS
3 74 (3.97%) Office 365
4 64 (3.44%) SaaS
5 41 (2.20%) PaaS
6 33 (1.77%) Cloud Computing
7 32 (1.72%) IaaS
8 15 (0.81%) SuccessFactors
9 12 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
10 11 (0.59%) Amazon S3
11 7 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
11 7 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 6 (0.32%) Force.com
12 6 (0.32%) OpenShift
12 6 (0.32%) Silverpop
12 6 (0.32%) Veeva
13 5 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
14 4 (0.21%) Amazon EMR
14 4 (0.21%) IBM Blueworks
14 4 (0.21%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 48 (2.58%) WAN
2 44 (2.36%) Firewall
3 42 (2.25%) Internet
4 39 (2.09%) LAN
5 32 (1.72%) Skype
6 24 (1.29%) Network Security
7 21 (1.13%) DNS
8 18 (0.97%) MVNO
9 17 (0.91%) HTTP
9 17 (0.91%) LDAP
9 17 (0.91%) SAN
10 12 (0.64%) Cisco Nexus
11 11 (0.59%) VPN
12 10 (0.54%) SSL
13 9 (0.48%) MPLS
14 7 (0.38%) BGP
14 7 (0.38%) Intranet
15 6 (0.32%) NAS
15 6 (0.32%) Remote Desktop
15 6 (0.32%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (5.64%) SQL Server
2 66 (3.54%) Big Data
3 51 (2.74%) Relational Database
4 42 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
4 42 (2.25%) NoSQL
5 33 (1.77%) PostgreSQL
6 30 (1.61%) MongoDB
7 29 (1.56%) Oracle Database
8 28 (1.50%) Hadoop
9 19 (1.02%) BusinessObjects
9 19 (1.02%) MySQL
10 17 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 16 (0.86%) Apache Cassandra
11 16 (0.86%) DB2
11 16 (0.86%) Power BI
11 16 (0.86%) SAP HANA
12 14 (0.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 14 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 11 (0.59%) SAP BW
14 10 (0.54%) GIS
Development Applications
1 43 (2.31%) JIRA
2 26 (1.40%) Jenkins
3 15 (0.81%) Maven
4 12 (0.64%) Git (software)
5 10 (0.54%) Selenium
6 8 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (0.43%) Visual Studio
7 6 (0.32%) Rational Rose
8 5 (0.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (0.27%) Talend Open Studio
9 4 (0.21%) Ant
10 3 (0.16%) Oracle APEX
10 3 (0.16%) Oracle Forms
11 2 (0.11%) Artifactory
11 2 (0.11%) JBehave
11 2 (0.11%) JMeter
11 2 (0.11%) JUnit
11 2 (0.11%) Octopus Deploy
11 2 (0.11%) SonarQube
11 2 (0.11%) Subversion
General
1 438 (23.51%) Finance
2 212 (11.38%) Retail
3 203 (10.90%) Banking
4 70 (3.76%) Telecoms
5 47 (2.52%) Marketing
6 43 (2.31%) Billing
6 43 (2.31%) Manufacturing
7 37 (1.99%) Back Office
8 27 (1.45%) Investment Banking
9 21 (1.13%) Legal
10 17 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
11 15 (0.81%) Law
12 13 (0.70%) Publishing
13 12 (0.64%) Retail Banking
14 10 (0.54%) Advertising
15 9 (0.48%) Front Office
16 6 (0.32%) Financial Institution
16 6 (0.32%) Games
17 5 (0.27%) Automotive
17 5 (0.27%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 161 (8.64%) Web Services
2 118 (6.33%) .NET
3 92 (4.94%) Middleware
4 84 (4.51%) REST
5 64 (3.44%) HTML
6 60 (3.22%) XML
7 58 (3.11%) SOAP
7 58 (3.11%) Spring
8 54 (2.90%) JSON
9 45 (2.42%) J2EE
10 33 (1.77%) CSS
10 33 (1.77%) HTML5
11 32 (1.72%) RESTful
12 28 (1.50%) Java EE
13 24 (1.29%) Hibernate
13 24 (1.29%) SAML
14 22 (1.18%) CSS3
14 22 (1.18%) JMS
14 22 (1.18%) JPA
15 18 (0.97%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 103 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
2 95 (5.10%) Data Centre
3 58 (3.11%) Management Information System
4 44 (2.36%) Mobile App
5 36 (1.93%) Enterprise Software
5 36 (1.93%) Public Cloud
6 32 (1.72%) User Experience
7 31 (1.66%) Private Cloud
8 30 (1.61%) Computer Science
9 29 (1.56%) SWIFT
10 26 (1.40%) Market Risk
11 21 (1.13%) Greenfield Project
12 19 (1.02%) Hybrid Cloud
12 19 (1.02%) Virtual Team
13 18 (0.97%) Mainframe
14 16 (0.86%) Client/Server
14 16 (0.86%) Clustering
14 16 (0.86%) Fintech
15 13 (0.70%) Credit Risk
16 12 (0.64%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 141 (7.57%) Windows
2 86 (4.62%) Linux
3 35 (1.88%) Unix
4 26 (1.40%) Windows Server
5 20 (1.07%) CentOS
6 17 (0.91%) AIX
7 13 (0.70%) Solaris
7 13 (0.70%) Windows 10
8 12 (0.64%) Android
8 12 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 12 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
9 11 (0.59%) Windows Server 2008
10 10 (0.54%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.27%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.21%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.21%) VMS
13 3 (0.16%) SUSE
14 2 (0.11%) HPUX
14 2 (0.11%) pSOS
14 2 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 353 (18.95%) Agile Software Development
2 260 (13.96%) TOGAF
3 225 (12.08%) SOA
4 189 (10.14%) Stakeholder Management
5 171 (9.18%) Enterprise Architecture
6 149 (8.00%) CRM
7 135 (7.25%) E-Commerce
8 124 (6.66%) Migration
9 114 (6.12%) IT Strategy
10 107 (5.74%) Analytics
11 93 (4.99%) ITIL
12 86 (4.62%) ERP
13 80 (4.29%) DevOps
13 80 (4.29%) Technical Architecture
14 76 (4.08%) Microservices
15 75 (4.03%) Content Management
16 73 (3.92%) Data Modelling
17 71 (3.81%) Business Intelligence
18 69 (3.70%) Waterfall
19 68 (3.65%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 250 (13.42%) Java
2 80 (4.29%) SQL
3 66 (3.54%) JavaScript
4 44 (2.36%) Python
5 41 (2.20%) C#
6 37 (1.99%) Ruby
7 23 (1.23%) Bash Shell
8 19 (1.02%) C++
9 15 (0.81%) C
10 11 (0.59%) Apex Code
10 11 (0.59%) PHP
10 11 (0.59%) Scala
11 10 (0.54%) ABAP
12 8 (0.43%) Perl
13 7 (0.38%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.27%) R
15 4 (0.21%) COBOL
15 4 (0.21%) Objective-C
15 4 (0.21%) PowerShell
15 4 (0.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 160 (8.59%) Security Cleared
2 130 (6.98%) SC Cleared
3 77 (4.13%) Degree
4 27 (1.45%) DV Cleared
5 20 (1.07%) Cisco Certification
5 20 (1.07%) CISSP
6 12 (0.64%) CCIE
7 10 (0.54%) CISM
8 9 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
8 9 (0.48%) PMI Certification
9 8 (0.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 7 (0.38%) CCNA
10 7 (0.38%) ISSAP
10 7 (0.38%) PMP
11 6 (0.32%) VCAP
12 5 (0.27%) AWS Certification
12 5 (0.27%) CCNP
12 5 (0.27%) ISEB
12 5 (0.27%) MCSE
12 5 (0.27%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (1.72%) QA
2 28 (1.50%) PCI DSS
2 28 (1.50%) SEPA
3 17 (0.91%) Disclosure Scotland
4 10 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (0.48%) MiFID
6 8 (0.43%) Data Quality
7 7 (0.38%) GDPR
8 5 (0.27%) COBIT
8 5 (0.27%) IFRS
8 5 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 5 (0.27%) SLA
9 3 (0.16%) PMO
9 3 (0.16%) Solvency II
10 2 (0.11%) HL7
10 2 (0.11%) ISO27002
10 2 (0.11%) SNOMED CT
10 2 (0.11%) TARGET2
11 1 (0.054%) GPG13
11 1 (0.054%) P3O
System Software
1 51 (2.74%) Active Directory
2 47 (2.52%) Docker
3 45 (2.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 22 (1.18%) Hyper-V
5 7 (0.38%) LXC
6 6 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.32%) vSphere
7 5 (0.27%) DFS Replication
8 4 (0.21%) NFS
8 4 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
8 4 (0.21%) vCloud
9 3 (0.16%) HDFS
9 3 (0.16%) KVM
9 3 (0.16%) SRDF
9 3 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (0.16%) Xen
10 2 (0.11%) Apache Flume
10 2 (0.11%) XenApp
11 1 (0.054%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 38 (2.04%) Puppet
2 28 (1.50%) Ansible
3 24 (1.29%) Terraform
4 18 (0.97%) SCCM
5 17 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
6 8 (0.43%) Kubernetes
7 6 (0.32%) Nagios
7 6 (0.32%) QRadar
8 5 (0.27%) MOM
9 4 (0.21%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (0.21%) SCOM
9 4 (0.21%) vRealize
10 3 (0.16%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (0.16%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (0.16%) Oozie
10 3 (0.16%) ZABBIX
11 2 (0.11%) Cacti
11 2 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
11 2 (0.11%) logstash
11 2 (0.11%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 259 (13.90%) Microsoft
2 201 (10.79%) Oracle
3 182 (9.77%) SAP
4 62 (3.33%) VMware
5 57 (3.06%) IBM
6 41 (2.20%) Salesforce.com
7 38 (2.04%) Adobe
8 37 (1.99%) Cisco
9 33 (1.77%) Pega
10 24 (1.29%) HP
10 24 (1.29%) hybris
11 20 (1.07%) Red Hat
12 18 (0.97%) Citrix
13 16 (0.86%) webMethods
14 15 (0.81%) Splunk
15 14 (0.75%) Guidewire
15 14 (0.75%) MuleSoft
16 13 (0.70%) ServiceNow
17 12 (0.64%) ESRI
17 12 (0.64%) Sitecore
Leatherhead, Surrey
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Competitive Salary
Posted: 9 hours ago
City, London
Red10
Rate: £475 - £525 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Tria Recruitment
Rate: £640 - £655 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Slough, Berkshire
La Fosse Associates
Rate: £700 - £800 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Wiltshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Apollo Solutions
Rate: £400 - £420 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
City, London
La Fosse Associates
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Staines, Middlesex
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: £Negotiable/Flexible
Posted: Yesterday
Warrington, Cheshire
Rullion
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Robert Walters
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
Spier Consulting Ltd
Rate: €500 - €650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £525 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £550 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
La Fosse Associates
Rate: £600 - £850 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
West Yorkshire
La Fosse Associates
Rate: £500 - £525 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
East London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £550 to £590 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
Eames Consulting
Rate: £500 - £625 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £500 - £580 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 7 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 8 days ago