The median contractor rate for a Solutions Designer was £451 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 April 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 Designer
UK
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 512 463 499
Rank change year-on-year -49 +36  
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Designer 83 193 128
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.35% 0.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.36% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 146 73
Median daily rate £451 £468 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.63% +3.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £380 £375
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £465 £450
% change year-on-year -3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £50.15 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.15 - -

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 43948 53151 52856
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.58% 95.09% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 28537 34639 32004
Median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.17% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £391 £375
% change year-on-year +2.43% +4.13%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1440 1542 2110
Median hourly rate £18.33 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.74% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.72
% change year-on-year - +4.66%  

Solutions Designer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Designer in the UK

Solutions Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Solutions Designer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Solutions Designer in the UK

Solutions Designer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Designer over the 3 months to 27 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Solutions Designer in the UK

Solutions Designer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Solutions Designer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Solutions Designer in the UK

Solutions Designer
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 Designer within the UK over the 3 months to 27 April 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 -61 73 £450 -4.25% 12
London +18 30 £525 +5.00% 4
South East -42 18 £413 -11.29% 3
Scotland +37 11 £475 +4.10% 4
Hampshire -29 10 £413 -11.29%
East of England -15 9 £453 -3.72% 2
Edinburgh +17 8 £475 +4.10%
Norwich -3 8 £453 -3.72% 2
Norfolk -5 8 £453 -3.72% 2
City of London +5 6 £569 +44.90% 2
South West +11 5 £450 -5.26% 1
Bristol +8 5 £450 -5.26%
West Yorkshire +23 4 £375 -21.87%
Yorkshire +15 4 £375 -17.58%
Basingstoke +7 4 £450 +20.00%
Kent - 4 £413 - 1
Reading +21 3 - -
Leeds +17 3 £375 -21.87%
Glasgow +3 3 £425 -17.07% 4
Berkshire -4 3 - - 1
Dartford - 3 £425 -
North West +23 2 £525 +7.14% 1
East Midlands -3 2 - -
Hook -15 2 - -
Hounslow - 2 - -
Midlands - 2 £425 -
Cheshire +33 1 £525 +23.52% 1
West Midlands +24 1 £444 -
Nottinghamshire +9 1 - -
Nottingham +7 1 - -

Solutions Designer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 April 2017, Solutions Designer 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 Designer in the job title.

1 44 (26.51%) Finance
2 31 (18.67%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (16.87%) Java
4 27 (16.27%) Oracle
5 22 (13.25%) Microsoft
6 21 (12.65%) SOA
7 20 (12.05%) Windows
7 20 (12.05%) Scrum
8 19 (11.45%) ETL
8 19 (11.45%) IBM
9 18 (10.84%) Migration
10 16 (9.64%) VMware
10 16 (9.64%) TOGAF
10 16 (9.64%) Windows Server
11 14 (8.43%) Stakeholder Management
11 14 (8.43%) Windows Server 2008
11 14 (8.43%) Mainframe
12 13 (7.83%) Citrix
12 13 (7.83%) Data Modelling
12 13 (7.83%) Retail
12 13 (7.83%) Billing
13 12 (7.23%) NetScaler
13 12 (7.23%) Service Management
14 11 (6.63%) .NET
14 11 (6.63%) Banking
14 11 (6.63%) Hyper-V
14 11 (6.63%) XenServer
14 11 (6.63%) XenDesktop
14 11 (6.63%) Use Case
14 11 (6.63%) PowerShell

Solutions Designer 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 11 (6.63%) Skype for Business
2 6 (3.61%) SAS
2 6 (3.61%) Tomcat
3 5 (3.01%) Apache Solr
4 4 (2.41%) JBoss
4 4 (2.41%) WebLogic
5 3 (1.81%) MS Exchange
5 3 (1.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (1.81%) WebSphere
6 2 (1.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (1.20%) Apache Spark
6 2 (1.20%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (1.20%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (4.22%) Oracle Financials
2 5 (3.01%) SAP Hybris
3 2 (1.20%) PeopleSoft HCM
3 2 (1.20%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.60%) Hyperion Planning
4 1 (0.60%) Maximo
4 1 (0.60%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.60%) Pega PRPC
4 1 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.01%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.41%) IBM Blueworks
3 3 (1.81%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (1.81%) CloudSense
4 2 (1.20%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.20%) Office 365
5 1 (0.60%) IaaS
5 1 (0.60%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (0.60%) PaaS
5 1 (0.60%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (7.23%) NetScaler
2 6 (3.61%) DNS
3 5 (3.01%) Firewall
3 5 (3.01%) WAN
4 4 (2.41%) DHCP
4 4 (2.41%) LAN
4 4 (2.41%) Network Security
5 3 (1.81%) Cisco IPT
5 3 (1.81%) IP Telephony
5 3 (1.81%) IPsec
5 3 (1.81%) MPLS
5 3 (1.81%) Telepresence
5 3 (1.81%) Wireless
5 3 (1.81%) WLAN
6 2 (1.20%) 802.11
6 2 (1.20%) Broadband
6 2 (1.20%) DPNSS
6 2 (1.20%) LDAP
6 2 (1.20%) QSIG
6 2 (1.20%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.63%) Oracle Database
2 8 (4.82%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (4.22%) Adabas
3 7 (4.22%) Data Mart
3 7 (4.22%) Hadoop
4 6 (3.61%) BusinessObjects XI
4 6 (3.61%) MongoDB
5 5 (3.01%) SQL Server
6 4 (2.41%) Big Data
7 3 (1.81%) Hazelcast
8 2 (1.20%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (1.20%) Apache Hive
8 2 (1.20%) Data Lake
8 2 (1.20%) GIS
8 2 (1.20%) HBase
8 2 (1.20%) OLAP
8 2 (1.20%) Oracle Database 10g
8 2 (1.20%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.60%) Essbase
9 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (2.41%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.81%) Maven
3 2 (1.20%) Oracle Forms
3 2 (1.20%) SoapUI
3 2 (1.20%) XMLSpy
General
1 44 (26.51%) Finance
2 13 (7.83%) Billing
2 13 (7.83%) Retail
3 11 (6.63%) Banking
4 9 (5.42%) Marketing
5 5 (3.01%) Back Office
5 5 (3.01%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.81%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.60%) Front Office
7 1 (0.60%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.60%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.60%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (6.63%) .NET
2 8 (4.82%) Web Services
2 8 (4.82%) XML
3 6 (3.61%) SOAP
4 5 (3.01%) Java EE
4 5 (3.01%) jQuery
4 5 (3.01%) REST
4 5 (3.01%) SAP PI
5 4 (2.41%) Dojo
5 4 (2.41%) DOM
5 4 (2.41%) Hibernate
5 4 (2.41%) Spring
5 4 (2.41%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 3 (1.81%) JAXB
6 3 (1.81%) JPA
7 2 (1.20%) 802.1X
7 2 (1.20%) WSDL
7 2 (1.20%) XSD
8 1 (0.60%) JRules
8 1 (0.60%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.43%) Mainframe
2 8 (4.82%) IVR
3 7 (4.22%) Reference Data
4 6 (3.61%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.01%) Replication
6 4 (2.41%) Client/Server
6 4 (2.41%) Data Structures
7 3 (1.81%) Handset
7 3 (1.81%) Taxonomies
8 2 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.20%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.20%) PKI
9 1 (0.60%) AS400
9 1 (0.60%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.60%) EPoS
9 1 (0.60%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.60%) iSeries
9 1 (0.60%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.60%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 20 (12.05%) Windows
2 16 (9.64%) Windows Server
3 14 (8.43%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (3.01%) Linux
4 5 (3.01%) Unix
5 3 (1.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.60%) AIX
6 1 (0.60%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.60%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (18.67%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (12.65%) SOA
3 20 (12.05%) Scrum
4 19 (11.45%) ETL
5 18 (10.84%) Migration
6 16 (9.64%) TOGAF
7 14 (8.43%) Stakeholder Management
8 13 (7.83%) Data Modelling
9 12 (7.23%) Service Management
10 11 (6.63%) Use Case
11 10 (6.02%) Continuous Improvement
11 10 (6.02%) Enterprise Architecture
11 10 (6.02%) Mentoring
12 9 (5.42%) SDLC
12 9 (5.42%) Translating Business Requirements
13 8 (4.82%) Data Reconciliation
13 8 (4.82%) High Availability
13 8 (4.82%) IT Strategy
13 8 (4.82%) Prototyping
13 8 (4.82%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 28 (16.87%) Java
2 11 (6.63%) PowerShell
3 8 (4.82%) SQL
4 6 (3.61%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.81%) C#
6 2 (1.20%) ABAP
6 2 (1.20%) R
6 2 (1.20%) Scala
6 2 (1.20%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.60%) C
7 1 (0.60%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.60%) RPG
7 1 (0.60%) RPG IV
Qualifications
1 7 (4.22%) Degree
2 6 (3.61%) Security Cleared
3 5 (3.01%) CCNP
3 5 (3.01%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (3.01%) CISSP
4 4 (2.41%) CCNA
4 4 (2.41%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.20%) CCDP
5 2 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.60%) AWS Certification
6 1 (0.60%) CCDA
6 1 (0.60%) CCVP
6 1 (0.60%) OCP
6 1 (0.60%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.82%) QA
2 1 (0.60%) PMO
2 1 (0.60%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (6.63%) Hyper-V
1 11 (6.63%) VMware ESXi
1 11 (6.63%) XenDesktop
1 11 (6.63%) XenServer
2 6 (3.61%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (1.81%) Amdocs OSS
1 3 (1.81%) Netcool
2 2 (1.20%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 2 (1.20%) SCOM
3 1 (0.60%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (0.60%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.60%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 27 (16.27%) Oracle
2 22 (13.25%) Microsoft
3 19 (11.45%) IBM
4 16 (9.64%) VMware
5 13 (7.83%) Citrix
6 9 (5.42%) Cisco
6 9 (5.42%) SAP
7 7 (4.22%) Software AG
8 6 (3.61%) IBM Sterling
8 6 (3.61%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (3.01%) hybris
9 5 (3.01%) Pega
9 5 (3.01%) Sitecore
10 4 (2.41%) HP
10 4 (2.41%) webMethods
11 3 (1.81%) CheckPoint
11 3 (1.81%) Remedy
11 3 (1.81%) Riverbed
11 3 (1.81%) Siemens
11 3 (1.81%) Teradata
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