Period
to 23 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 May 2018.

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
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 113 116 93
Rank change year-on-year +3 -23 +3
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 2,268 1,861 2,487
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 2.25% 2.06% 2.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.37% 2.17% 2.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,457 1,185 1,528
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% -
10th Percentile £450 £425 £413
90th Percentile £700 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 9 14
UK median hourly rate £80.73 £57.50 £60.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.40% -4.17% +71.43%
10th Percentile £53.75 £48.66 £28.38
90th Percentile £85.00 £68.50 £65.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.73 £57.50 £61.25
% change year-on-year +40.40% -6.12% +23.74%

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 95,603 85,648 100,353
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.92% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,760 55,577 65,036
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £251
90th Percentile £631 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,998 2,884 3,141
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.97% -6.28% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.78 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -7.69% +18.18%

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 23 May 2018.

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 23 May 2018.

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 23 May 2018. 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 +2 2,047 £563 +2.27% 418
UK excluding London +22 1,287 £550 +4.76% 231
London -8 927 £590 -1.67% 202
South East +22 425 £550 +4.76% 62
Midlands -5 225 £525 +2.44% 25
North of England -4 206 £525 - 63
Scotland +54 170 £525 +16.67% 13
East of England -8 148 £538 +2.38% 26
West Midlands +4 147 £538 +4.88% 23
North West +17 110 £525 -4.55% 33
South West +40 106 £575 +9.52% 38
Yorkshire -17 87 £525 -4.55% 25
East Midlands -2 67 £500 -3.85% 2
Wales -31 20 £550 +22.22% 2
North East 0 9 £475 +6.74% 5
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 2

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 May 2018, 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.

1 601 (26.50%) Agile Software Development
2 575 (25.35%) Finance
3 356 (15.70%) Microsoft Azure
4 349 (15.39%) Java
5 329 (14.51%) Amazon AWS
6 328 (14.46%) Microsoft
7 317 (13.98%) TOGAF
8 273 (12.04%) Stakeholder Management
9 253 (11.16%) SOA
10 239 (10.54%) .NET
11 230 (10.14%) Migration
12 229 (10.10%) Oracle
13 216 (9.52%) Microservices
14 209 (9.22%) Enterprise Architecture
15 208 (9.17%) Banking
16 201 (8.86%) SAP
17 182 (8.02%) CRM
18 181 (7.98%) Security Cleared
19 173 (7.63%) DevOps
20 170 (7.50%) Web Services
21 166 (7.32%) Retail
22 148 (6.53%) SaaS
23 146 (6.44%) Analytics
24 145 (6.39%) REST
25 143 (6.31%) Scrum
26 139 (6.13%) Windows
26 139 (6.13%) ERP
27 133 (5.86%) SC Cleared
28 130 (5.73%) PaaS
29 128 (5.64%) Business Intelligence

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 71 (3.13%) SharePoint
2 48 (2.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 41 (1.81%) CMS
4 32 (1.41%) Confluence
5 31 (1.37%) Apache
5 31 (1.37%) WebSphere
6 25 (1.10%) Skype for Business
6 25 (1.10%) Tomcat
7 22 (0.97%) JBoss
8 21 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
8 21 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
9 15 (0.66%) WebLogic
10 14 (0.62%) Apache Spark
11 12 (0.53%) Apache Solr
12 11 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 10 (0.44%) SAS
14 9 (0.40%) Documentum
15 7 (0.31%) ArcGIS
15 7 (0.31%) IIS
15 7 (0.31%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 19 (0.84%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (0.57%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.35%) CATIA
4 4 (0.18%) Microsoft Excel
5 2 (0.088%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.088%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.044%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.044%) EngageOne
6 1 (0.044%) SPSS
6 1 (0.044%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 63 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 53 (2.34%) Dynamics AX
3 21 (0.93%) SAP ERP
4 13 (0.57%) SAP S/4HANA
4 13 (0.57%) thinkFolio
5 12 (0.53%) Markit EDM
5 12 (0.53%) SAP BPC
6 11 (0.49%) SAP CO
6 11 (0.49%) SAP FI
6 11 (0.49%) SAP FI/CO
7 10 (0.44%) SAP CRM
7 10 (0.44%) SAP IS-U
7 10 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 10 (0.44%) SDL Web 8
8 8 (0.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 7 (0.31%) ENOVIA
10 6 (0.26%) Magento
10 6 (0.26%) SAP PP
11 5 (0.22%) Distributed Ledger
11 5 (0.22%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 356 (15.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 329 (14.51%) Amazon AWS
3 148 (6.53%) SaaS
4 130 (5.73%) PaaS
5 96 (4.23%) Office 365
6 75 (3.31%) IaaS
7 68 (3.00%) Dynamics 365
8 29 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
9 19 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
9 19 (0.84%) Azure Data Factory
10 16 (0.71%) Google Analytics
11 15 (0.66%) Amazon Kinesis
11 15 (0.66%) Google Cloud Platform
11 15 (0.66%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 13 (0.57%) Serverless
13 12 (0.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 11 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
14 11 (0.49%) AWS CloudTrail
14 11 (0.49%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
14 11 (0.49%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 54 (2.38%) Firewall
2 41 (1.81%) Internet
3 35 (1.54%) WAN
4 32 (1.41%) LAN
5 30 (1.32%) VPN
6 29 (1.28%) HTTP
7 22 (0.97%) TCP/IP
8 21 (0.93%) SAN
9 19 (0.84%) Skype
9 19 (0.84%) Wireless
10 18 (0.79%) Network Security
10 18 (0.79%) VLAN
11 17 (0.75%) VoIP
12 16 (0.71%) MQTT
12 16 (0.71%) SSL
12 16 (0.71%) Unified Communications
13 13 (0.57%) BGP
13 13 (0.57%) DNS
13 13 (0.57%) OSPF
14 12 (0.53%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (5.20%) SQL Server
2 98 (4.32%) Big Data
3 72 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
4 66 (2.91%) MongoDB
5 63 (2.78%) NoSQL
5 63 (2.78%) Relational Database
6 49 (2.16%) Hadoop
7 44 (1.94%) Oracle Database
8 29 (1.28%) RDBMS
9 28 (1.23%) Data Lake
10 26 (1.15%) MySQL
10 26 (1.15%) Power BI
11 24 (1.06%) PostgreSQL
12 21 (0.93%) SAP HANA
13 17 (0.75%) Azure SQL Database
13 17 (0.75%) SAP BW
14 16 (0.71%) Amazon Redshift
14 16 (0.71%) Apache Cassandra
15 15 (0.66%) GIS
15 15 (0.66%) Redis
Development Applications
1 46 (2.03%) JIRA
2 32 (1.41%) Jenkins
3 27 (1.19%) Git (software)
4 13 (0.57%) Visual Studio
5 9 (0.40%) Maven
5 9 (0.40%) Subversion
6 6 (0.26%) CircleCI
6 6 (0.26%) Oracle Forms
6 6 (0.26%) Rational Rose
6 6 (0.26%) SonarQube
6 6 (0.26%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (0.22%) Bitbucket
7 5 (0.22%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (0.18%) ERwin
8 4 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (0.18%) ReSharper
8 4 (0.18%) Selenium
8 4 (0.18%) SoapUI
8 4 (0.18%) XMLSpy
9 3 (0.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 575 (25.35%) Finance
2 208 (9.17%) Banking
3 166 (7.32%) Retail
4 74 (3.26%) Marketing
5 72 (3.17%) Telecoms
6 63 (2.78%) Manufacturing
7 42 (1.85%) Retail Banking
8 34 (1.50%) Advertising
9 31 (1.37%) Billing
10 27 (1.19%) Law
10 27 (1.19%) Legal
11 21 (0.93%) Automotive
12 19 (0.84%) Back Office
12 19 (0.84%) Front Office
13 18 (0.79%) Investment Banking
14 15 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
15 13 (0.57%) Publishing
16 12 (0.53%) Electronics
16 12 (0.53%) Financial Institution
17 10 (0.44%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 239 (10.54%) .NET
2 170 (7.50%) Web Services
3 145 (6.39%) REST
4 101 (4.45%) Middleware
5 82 (3.62%) XML
6 74 (3.26%) Node.js
7 73 (3.22%) Kafka
7 73 (3.22%) SOAP
8 72 (3.17%) Spring
9 53 (2.34%) RESTful
10 50 (2.20%) JSON
11 49 (2.16%) HTML
12 33 (1.46%) ASP.NET
13 31 (1.37%) Spring Boot
14 30 (1.32%) AngularJS
14 30 (1.32%) J2EE
15 29 (1.28%) React
16 27 (1.19%) HTML5
17 26 (1.15%) .NET Core
17 26 (1.15%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 73 (3.22%) Data Centre
2 72 (3.17%) Mobile App
3 64 (2.82%) Analytical Skills
4 51 (2.25%) Enterprise Software
5 49 (2.16%) Greenfield Project
5 49 (2.16%) Management Information System
5 49 (2.16%) User Experience
6 32 (1.41%) Computer Science
7 29 (1.28%) Public Cloud
8 27 (1.19%) Mainframe
9 24 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
10 23 (1.01%) Data Structures
11 20 (0.88%) Private Cloud
12 18 (0.79%) EPoS
13 16 (0.71%) Cloud Native
13 16 (0.71%) Fintech
13 16 (0.71%) NHS
13 16 (0.71%) Self-Motivation
14 14 (0.62%) AS400
15 12 (0.53%) Internet of Things
Operating Systems
1 139 (6.13%) Windows
2 110 (4.85%) Linux
3 58 (2.56%) Unix
4 36 (1.59%) Windows 10
5 32 (1.41%) Windows Server
6 25 (1.10%) Apple iOS
7 23 (1.01%) Android
8 15 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 11 (0.49%) Solaris
11 8 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
12 6 (0.26%) AIX
12 6 (0.26%) Windows 7
13 3 (0.13%) VME
13 3 (0.13%) VMS
13 3 (0.13%) Windows 2000
13 3 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.13%) zOS
14 2 (0.088%) CentOS
14 2 (0.088%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 601 (26.50%) Agile Software Development
2 317 (13.98%) TOGAF
3 273 (12.04%) Stakeholder Management
4 253 (11.16%) SOA
5 230 (10.14%) Migration
6 216 (9.52%) Microservices
7 209 (9.22%) Enterprise Architecture
8 182 (8.02%) CRM
9 173 (7.63%) DevOps
10 146 (6.44%) Analytics
11 143 (6.31%) Scrum
12 139 (6.13%) ERP
13 128 (5.64%) Business Intelligence
14 124 (5.47%) Data Modelling
15 116 (5.11%) IT Strategy
16 112 (4.94%) Mentoring
17 107 (4.72%) Open Source
17 107 (4.72%) UML
18 102 (4.50%) E-Commerce
18 102 (4.50%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 349 (15.39%) Java
2 107 (4.72%) SQL
3 103 (4.54%) JavaScript
4 88 (3.88%) C#
5 30 (1.32%) Python
6 28 (1.23%) C
7 26 (1.15%) Java 8
8 21 (0.93%) PowerShell
9 18 (0.79%) PL/SQL
10 15 (0.66%) Shell Script
11 12 (0.53%) Ruby
12 11 (0.49%) Apex Code
13 9 (0.40%) TypeScript
14 8 (0.35%) PHP
14 8 (0.35%) VBA
15 7 (0.31%) Perl
16 6 (0.26%) C++
17 5 (0.22%) Scala
18 4 (0.18%) Bash Shell
18 4 (0.18%) ES6
Qualifications
1 181 (7.98%) Security Cleared
2 133 (5.86%) SC Cleared
3 63 (2.78%) Degree
4 61 (2.69%) TOGAF Certification
5 26 (1.15%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (0.97%) DV Cleared
7 19 (0.84%) CCNP
7 19 (0.84%) CISSP
7 19 (0.84%) Microsoft Certification
8 15 (0.66%) Computer Science Degree
9 13 (0.57%) MCSE
10 11 (0.49%) CCNA
11 8 (0.35%) AWS Certification
11 8 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (0.31%) BPSS Clearance
12 7 (0.31%) CCDP
13 6 (0.26%) CEH
13 6 (0.26%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 5 (0.22%) CCIE
14 5 (0.22%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (2.56%) GDPR
2 45 (1.98%) Data Quality
3 44 (1.94%) QA
4 18 (0.79%) PSD2
5 17 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 16 (0.71%) COBIT
7 11 (0.49%) GCP
8 10 (0.44%) PCI DSS
8 10 (0.44%) SLA
9 8 (0.35%) MiFID
10 6 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 5 (0.22%) PMO
12 4 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
12 4 (0.18%) HL7
13 3 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
13 3 (0.13%) HIPAA
14 2 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials
14 2 (0.088%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 2 (0.088%) SEPA
15 1 (0.044%) IFRS
System Software
1 89 (3.92%) Active Directory
2 74 (3.26%) Docker
3 41 (1.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 21 (0.93%) Hyper-V
5 12 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
6 11 (0.49%) XenDesktop
7 9 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
8 8 (0.35%) Varnish
9 7 (0.31%) PowerHA
9 7 (0.31%) XenApp
10 6 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
10 6 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
10 6 (0.26%) VMware Server
11 5 (0.22%) etcd
12 4 (0.18%) VMware NSX
12 4 (0.18%) XenServer
13 3 (0.13%) Apache Flume
13 3 (0.13%) HDFS
13 3 (0.13%) Snort
14 2 (0.088%) Ceph
Systems Management
1 41 (1.81%) Kubernetes
2 24 (1.06%) Puppet
3 23 (1.01%) Microsoft Intune
3 23 (1.01%) SCCM
4 22 (0.97%) Terraform
5 21 (0.93%) Ansible
5 21 (0.93%) Single Sign-On
6 12 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (0.53%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 7 (0.31%) MOM
8 5 (0.22%) Consul
8 5 (0.22%) Grafana
8 5 (0.22%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (0.18%) SCOM
10 3 (0.13%) MaaS360
10 3 (0.13%) Oozie
10 3 (0.13%) Packer
10 3 (0.13%) SCOrch
11 2 (0.088%) AirWatch
11 2 (0.088%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 328 (14.46%) Microsoft
2 229 (10.10%) Oracle
3 201 (8.86%) SAP
4 64 (2.82%) VMware
5 63 (2.78%) Cisco
6 61 (2.69%) IBM
7 52 (2.29%) Google
7 52 (2.29%) Salesforce.com
8 33 (1.46%) Sitecore
9 30 (1.32%) Citrix
10 23 (1.01%) MuleSoft
11 18 (0.79%) Adobe
11 18 (0.79%) Pega
11 18 (0.79%) Talend
11 18 (0.79%) TIBCO
12 17 (0.75%) Charles River
12 17 (0.75%) Guidewire
13 16 (0.71%) ServiceNow
14 15 (0.66%) Ab Initio
15 14 (0.62%) Informatica