The median contractor rate for a Solutions Architect was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Solution Architect
England / West Midlands
Rank 48 74 68
Rank change year-on-year +26 -6  
Contract jobs requiring a Solutions Architect 70 56 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.07% 2.10% 2.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.27% 2.20% 2.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 27 24
Median daily rate £500 £500 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.10%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £413 £374
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £635 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £513
% change year-on-year +5.00% -2.43%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £58.75 £62.50 £49.50
% change year-on-year -6.00% +26.26%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. 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
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2139 2540 2306
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 93.73% 95.35% 93.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1338 1405 1285
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £250 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £515 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 73 169
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -3.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £35.00 £34.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Solutions Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Solutions Architect in the West Midlands

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Solutions Architect in the West Midlands

Solutions Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Solutions Architect in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Solutions Architect in the West Midlands

Solutions Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Solutions Architect in the West Midlands

Solutions Architect
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 March 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
Birmingham +12 26 £500 -9.09% 4
Shropshire - 12 £493 -
Warwickshire -14 8 £484 +7.50% 2
Coventry -1 5 £520 -0.95% 1
Solihull +1 3 £550 -
Herefordshire - 1 £700 -
Staffordshire - 1 - -
Solutions Architect
England

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 across the West Midlands region featuring Solutions Architect in the job title.

1 27 (20.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (17.42%) Microsoft
3 19 (14.39%) Enterprise Architecture
4 17 (12.88%) Amazon AWS
5 16 (12.12%) SharePoint
5 16 (12.12%) SAP
5 16 (12.12%) Windows
5 16 (12.12%) Linux
5 16 (12.12%) Manufacturing
6 15 (11.36%) PostgreSQL
6 15 (11.36%) Agile Software Development
6 15 (11.36%) Finance
6 15 (11.36%) Office 365
6 15 (11.36%) Ruby
6 15 (11.36%) JIRA
7 14 (10.61%) Confluence
7 14 (10.61%) Puppet
7 14 (10.61%) Configuration Management
7 14 (10.61%) TOGAF
7 14 (10.61%) Python
7 14 (10.61%) Terraform
8 13 (9.85%) Elasticsearch
8 13 (9.85%) Ansible
8 13 (9.85%) Docker
8 13 (9.85%) Public Cloud
8 13 (9.85%) E-Commerce
8 13 (9.85%) Retail
8 13 (9.85%) Bash Shell
8 13 (9.85%) CentOS
9 12 (9.09%) Security Cleared

Solutions Architect Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 16 (12.12%) SharePoint
2 14 (10.61%) Confluence
3 13 (9.85%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (3.03%) WebSphere
5 3 (2.27%) Skype for Business
6 2 (1.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (1.52%) Documentum
6 2 (1.52%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.76%) ArchestrA
7 1 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.76%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.76%) Mule
7 1 (0.76%) Mule ESB
7 1 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.76%) SAS
7 1 (0.76%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.76%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.76%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (2.27%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (3.79%) SAP FI
2 4 (3.03%) SAP FSCM
3 3 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (2.27%) SAP CO
3 3 (2.27%) SAP FI/CO
4 2 (1.52%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (1.52%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (1.52%) SAP GTS
4 2 (1.52%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.76%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.76%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.76%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.76%) SAP CAR
5 1 (0.76%) SAP Retail
5 1 (0.76%) SAP SD
5 1 (0.76%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 27 (20.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (12.88%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (11.36%) Office 365
4 7 (5.30%) SaaS
5 2 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.76%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.03%) LDAP
1 4 (3.03%) SSL
2 3 (2.27%) Skype
3 2 (1.52%) Intranet
4 1 (0.76%) CTI
4 1 (0.76%) DNS
4 1 (0.76%) Firewall
4 1 (0.76%) Internet
4 1 (0.76%) LAN
4 1 (0.76%) PSTN
4 1 (0.76%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (0.76%) Unified Communications
4 1 (0.76%) VoIP
4 1 (0.76%) WAN
4 1 (0.76%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (11.36%) PostgreSQL
2 7 (5.30%) MongoDB
3 6 (4.55%) BusinessObjects
4 4 (3.03%) Apache Cassandra
4 4 (3.03%) Hadoop
4 4 (3.03%) HBase
4 4 (3.03%) NoSQL
4 4 (3.03%) SQL Server
5 3 (2.27%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
5 3 (2.27%) Relational Database
5 3 (2.27%) SAP HANA
6 2 (1.52%) Apache Hive
6 2 (1.52%) Big Data
6 2 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.52%) Impala
6 2 (1.52%) Mahout
6 2 (1.52%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.76%) MySQL
7 1 (0.76%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 15 (11.36%) JIRA
2 2 (1.52%) Rational Rose
3 1 (0.76%) CA Gen
3 1 (0.76%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.76%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.76%) Selenium
General
1 16 (12.12%) Manufacturing
2 15 (11.36%) Finance
3 13 (9.85%) Retail
4 10 (7.58%) Telecoms
5 6 (4.55%) Automotive
6 4 (3.03%) General Ledger
7 3 (2.27%) Banking
8 2 (1.52%) Advertising
9 1 (0.76%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.76%) Billing
9 1 (0.76%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.06%) Web Services
2 6 (4.55%) .NET
2 6 (4.55%) REST
3 4 (3.03%) CSS
3 4 (3.03%) HTML
3 4 (3.03%) JDBC
3 4 (3.03%) JSON
3 4 (3.03%) ODBC
3 4 (3.03%) SAML
4 3 (2.27%) HTML5
5 2 (1.52%) CSS3
5 2 (1.52%) Django
5 2 (1.52%) EDIFACT
5 2 (1.52%) Middleware
5 2 (1.52%) Play Framework
5 2 (1.52%) SOAP
5 2 (1.52%) XML
6 1 (0.76%) J2EE
6 1 (0.76%) jQuery
6 1 (0.76%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 13 (9.85%) Public Cloud
2 6 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (3.79%) SCADA
4 4 (3.03%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (2.27%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.27%) Wiki
6 2 (1.52%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.52%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.52%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.52%) User Experience
7 1 (0.76%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.76%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.76%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.76%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.76%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.76%) PKI
7 1 (0.76%) PMI
7 1 (0.76%) Social Media
7 1 (0.76%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 16 (12.12%) Linux
1 16 (12.12%) Windows
2 13 (9.85%) CentOS
3 3 (2.27%) Unix
4 2 (1.52%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (0.76%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (14.39%) Enterprise Architecture
2 15 (11.36%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (10.61%) Configuration Management
3 14 (10.61%) TOGAF
4 13 (9.85%) E-Commerce
5 12 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
6 11 (8.33%) ITIL
7 10 (7.58%) Content Management
8 8 (6.06%) Information Management
8 8 (6.06%) Logistics
9 7 (5.30%) ERP
10 6 (4.55%) Application Rationalisation
10 6 (4.55%) Business Intelligence
10 6 (4.55%) CRM
10 6 (4.55%) Waterfall
11 5 (3.79%) Information Security
11 5 (3.79%) ITSM
11 5 (3.79%) Scrum
12 4 (3.03%) Data Modelling
12 4 (3.03%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 15 (11.36%) Ruby
2 14 (10.61%) Python
3 13 (9.85%) Bash Shell
4 9 (6.82%) Java
5 8 (6.06%) JavaScript
6 7 (5.30%) SQL
7 2 (1.52%) ABAP
7 2 (1.52%) C#
7 2 (1.52%) Scala
8 1 (0.76%) C
8 1 (0.76%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.76%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.76%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 12 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 10 (7.58%) SC Cleared
3 1 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (0.76%) CCIE
3 1 (0.76%) CCNA
3 1 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (0.76%) Degree
3 1 (0.76%) ISEB
3 1 (0.76%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (0.76%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.52%) COBIT
2 2 (1.52%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.76%) GDPR
3 1 (0.76%) ISO27002
3 1 (0.76%) P3O
3 1 (0.76%) QA
3 1 (0.76%) SEPA
System Software
1 13 (9.85%) Docker
2 3 (2.27%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.52%) Apache Flume
3 2 (1.52%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.76%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 1 (0.76%) DFS Replication
4 1 (0.76%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 14 (10.61%) Puppet
1 14 (10.61%) Terraform
2 13 (9.85%) Ansible
3 1 (0.76%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (0.76%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (0.76%) Oozie
3 1 (0.76%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 23 (17.42%) Microsoft
2 16 (12.12%) SAP
3 9 (6.82%) Oracle
4 5 (3.79%) ServiceNow
5 4 (3.03%) Casewise
5 4 (3.03%) hybris
6 3 (2.27%) BT
6 3 (2.27%) Cisco
7 2 (1.52%) Cloudera
7 2 (1.52%) Guidewire
7 2 (1.52%) Pega
7 2 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (1.52%) VMware
8 1 (0.76%) Avaya
8 1 (0.76%) Informatica
8 1 (0.76%) JDA
8 1 (0.76%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.76%) Rockwell
8 1 (0.76%) webMethods
8 1 (0.76%) Wonderware