The table below looks at the statistics for the Principal Architect role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Principal Architect in their job title over the 3 months to 28 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Principal Architect
Rank 614 606 580
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -26
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Architect 11 10 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.019% 0.018% 0.015%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.020% 0.019% 0.016%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 6
Average daily rate
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£588 £463 £525
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.02% -11.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £546 £375 £513
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £655 £813
UK excluding London average daily rate £588 £375 -
% change year-on-year
+56.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
54347 51343 48877
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.79% 92.32% 92.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 34673 31061 29030
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2003 1976 2120
Average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

Principal Architect
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Principal Architect in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Principal Architect Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Principal Architect
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Principal Architect within the UK.

Principal Architect Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Principal Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Principal Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Principal Architect Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Principal Architect
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -13 9 £588 +27.02% 24
South East -18 4 £550 +46.66% 7
Berkshire - 4 £550 - 3
Midlands - 2 £650 -
London +16 1 - - 4
East Midlands - 1 £588 -
West Midlands - 1 £588 - 3
Reading - 1 - - 1

Principal Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Principal Architect in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Principal Architect in their job title.

1 8 (50.00%) Java
2 6 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) hybris
3 4 (25.00%) Data Centre
3 4 (25.00%) Security Cleared
3 4 (25.00%) Telecoms
3 4 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (18.75%) Firewall
4 3 (18.75%) UNIX
4 3 (18.75%) AIX
4 3 (18.75%) HPUX
4 3 (18.75%) Solaris
4 3 (18.75%) NFS
4 3 (18.75%) DNS
4 3 (18.75%) Sun
4 3 (18.75%) Veritas
4 3 (18.75%) DMZ
4 3 (18.75%) TOGAF
4 3 (18.75%) Network Load Balancing
4 3 (18.75%) Oracle ZFS
5 2 (12.50%) ArchiMate
5 2 (12.50%) Demandware
5 2 (12.50%) QA
5 2 (12.50%) SysML
5 2 (12.50%) WebSphere
5 2 (12.50%) SC Cleared
5 2 (12.50%) Information Architecture
5 2 (12.50%) B2C
5 2 (12.50%) UML
5 2 (12.50%) E-Commerce

Principal Architect
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Principal Architect in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Principal Architect in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (12.50%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (6.25%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 3 (18.75%) DNS
1 3 (18.75%) DMZ
1 3 (18.75%) Firewall
2 1 (6.25%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) Oracle BI EE
1 1 (6.25%) MongoDB
1 1 (6.25%) NoSQL
1 1 (6.25%) Couchbase
General
1 4 (25.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (12.50%) Retail
3 1 (6.25%) Finance
3 1 (6.25%) Law
3 1 (6.25%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) .NET
1 1 (6.25%) Web Services
1 1 (6.25%) RabbitMQ
1 1 (6.25%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 4 (25.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (6.25%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 3 (18.75%) UNIX
1 3 (18.75%) AIX
1 3 (18.75%) HPUX
1 3 (18.75%) Solaris
2 1 (6.25%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 3 (18.75%) Network Load Balancing
3 3 (18.75%) TOGAF
4 2 (12.50%) SysML
4 2 (12.50%) UML
4 2 (12.50%) E-Commerce
4 2 (12.50%) SOA
4 2 (12.50%) B2C
4 2 (12.50%) Migration
4 2 (12.50%) Scrum
4 2 (12.50%) Information Architecture
4 2 (12.50%) ArchiMate
5 1 (6.25%) Mentoring
5 1 (6.25%) Coaching
5 1 (6.25%) Microservices
5 1 (6.25%) Data Migration
5 1 (6.25%) ERP
5 1 (6.25%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 8 (50.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 4 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (12.50%) SC Cleared
3 1 (6.25%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) QA
System Software
1 3 (18.75%) NFS
Systems Management
1 3 (18.75%) Oracle ZFS
Vendors
1 6 (37.50%) hybris
2 3 (18.75%) Sun
2 3 (18.75%) Veritas
3 2 (12.50%) ATG
3 2 (12.50%) Demandware
4 1 (6.25%) Oracle
4 1 (6.25%) Hyperion