The table below looks at the statistics for the Software 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 Software Architect in their job title over the 3 months to 21 April 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Architect
Rank 564 575 499
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -76
Contract jobs requiring a Software Architect 38 29 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.068% 0.052% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.073% 0.056% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 12 31
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£450 £500 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £315 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £615 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £473 £450
% change year-on-year
-4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Average hourly rate £51.25 - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £51.25 - £37.50

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
51719 51910 44155
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.39% 92.37% 92.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 31426 31539 25286
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2027 2080 2187
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.34% -1.42%

Software Architect
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Software Architect Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Architect
Daily Rate Trend

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

Software Architect Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Software Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 21 April 2015.

Software Architect Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Architect
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Architect within the UK.

Software Architect Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Software Architect
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 21 April 2015.

Software Architect Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Architect
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 21 April 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 37 £450 -10.00% 19
South East +7 18 £438 - 4
Hampshire - 8 £400 -
Southampton - 6 £450 -
West Midlands -5 5 £475 +0.52% 1
London -11 5 £531 +1.19% 7
South West +7 3 £623 +24.50% 3
Shropshire -8 2 - -
Telford -8 2 - -
Staffordshire - 2 £475 -
East of England +11 1 - - 1
West Yorkshire - 1 £600 - 1
Somerset - 1 £745 -
Yorkshire - 1 £600 - 2
East Midlands - 1 - -
Oxfordshire - 1 £400 -
North West - 1 - -
Stoke-on-Trent - 1 £475 -
Leeds - 1 £600 - 1
Reading - 1 £413 -
East Sussex - 1 £450 - 3
Berkshire - 1 £413 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - - 1
Bristol - 1 - - 1
Cambridge - - - - 1
Cardiff - - - -
Chippenham - - - -
Cwmbran - - - -
Edinburgh - - - - 1
Exeter - - - -

Software Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software 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 Software Architect in their job title.

1 28 (38.36%) Java
2 26 (35.62%) .NET
3 18 (24.66%) Web Services
4 16 (21.92%) SQL
5 15 (20.55%) Oracle
6 14 (19.18%) Agile Software Development
7 13 (17.81%) C++
7 13 (17.81%) Software Architecture
8 12 (16.44%) XML
8 12 (16.44%) OO
8 12 (16.44%) Finance
9 11 (15.07%) Linux
9 11 (15.07%) SQL Server
9 11 (15.07%) REST
10 9 (12.33%) Enterprise Architecture
10 9 (12.33%) SOA
10 9 (12.33%) Microsoft
10 9 (12.33%) MVC
11 8 (10.96%) C
11 8 (10.96%) C#
11 8 (10.96%) JavaScript
11 8 (10.96%) WebLogic
11 8 (10.96%) SOAP
11 8 (10.96%) Security Cleared
12 7 (9.59%) SC Cleared
12 7 (9.59%) Oracle Database
12 7 (9.59%) Simulink
12 7 (9.59%) JMS
12 7 (9.59%) TDD
12 7 (9.59%) Spring

Software Architect
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software 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 Software Architect in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (10.96%) WebLogic
2 3 (4.11%) SharePoint
2 3 (4.11%) Mule
3 2 (2.74%) Confluence
3 2 (2.74%) Oracle Service Bus
4 1 (1.37%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (9.59%) Simulink
2 1 (1.37%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.85%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.37%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.37%) LDAP
1 1 (1.37%) Ethernet
1 1 (1.37%) Internet
1 1 (1.37%) 3G
1 1 (1.37%) 2G
1 1 (1.37%) Wireshark
1 1 (1.37%) ZigBee
1 1 (1.37%) LTE
1 1 (1.37%) FlexRay
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (15.07%) SQL Server
2 7 (9.59%) Oracle Database
3 6 (8.22%) Hadoop
3 6 (8.22%) NoSQL
4 5 (6.85%) Big Data
5 4 (5.48%) Oracle Database 11g
6 3 (4.11%) Redis
6 3 (4.11%) MySQL
6 3 (4.11%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (2.74%) RDBMS
7 2 (2.74%) HBase
7 2 (2.74%) MongoDB
7 2 (2.74%) Apache Cassandra
7 2 (2.74%) Relational Database
8 1 (1.37%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 6 (8.22%) Git (software)
1 6 (8.22%) Jenkins
2 5 (6.85%) Maven
2 5 (6.85%) JIRA
3 4 (5.48%) JUnit
4 2 (2.74%) Rational Rhapsody
5 1 (1.37%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.37%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (1.37%) ClearCase
5 1 (1.37%) ClearQuest
5 1 (1.37%) Introscope
5 1 (1.37%) Subversion
5 1 (1.37%) Selenium
5 1 (1.37%) RSpec
General
1 12 (16.44%) Finance
2 5 (6.85%) Games
3 3 (4.11%) Pharmaceutical
3 3 (4.11%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.74%) Electronics
4 2 (2.74%) Banking
5 1 (1.37%) Marketing
5 1 (1.37%) Greek Language
5 1 (1.37%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.37%) Automotive
5 1 (1.37%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (35.62%) .NET
2 18 (24.66%) Web Services
3 12 (16.44%) XML
4 11 (15.07%) REST
5 8 (10.96%) SOAP
6 7 (9.59%) JMS
6 7 (9.59%) Spring
7 6 (8.22%) JPA
8 5 (6.85%) Apache Camel
8 5 (6.85%) JTA
8 5 (6.85%) XML Messaging
9 4 (5.48%) HTML
9 4 (5.48%) XSD
9 4 (5.48%) Java EE
9 4 (5.48%) JSON
10 3 (4.11%) Ruby on Rails
10 3 (4.11%) XSL
10 3 (4.11%) XSLT
10 3 (4.11%) CSS
10 3 (4.11%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.85%) Physics
1 5 (6.85%) Open Source
2 4 (5.48%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.48%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 3 (4.11%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (2.74%) User Experience
4 2 (2.74%) Embedded Systems
4 2 (2.74%) Pharmacovigilance
5 1 (1.37%) Data Integration
5 1 (1.37%) Performance Metrics
5 1 (1.37%) Enterprise Cloud
5 1 (1.37%) Informatics
5 1 (1.37%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.37%) NHS
5 1 (1.37%) DTV
5 1 (1.37%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.37%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 11 (15.07%) Linux
2 4 (5.48%) UNIX
3 2 (2.74%) Windows
3 2 (2.74%) VxWorks
3 2 (2.74%) Android
3 2 (2.74%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.37%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.37%) Embedded Linux
4 1 (1.37%) Windows NT
4 1 (1.37%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (19.18%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (17.81%) Software Architecture
3 12 (16.44%) OO
4 9 (12.33%) SOA
4 9 (12.33%) MVC
4 9 (12.33%) Enterprise Architecture
5 7 (9.59%) TDD
6 6 (8.22%) UML
6 6 (8.22%) 3D Modelling
7 5 (6.85%) DevOps
7 5 (6.85%) Mentoring
7 5 (6.85%) Data Modelling
7 5 (6.85%) TOGAF
7 5 (6.85%) Scrum
8 4 (5.48%) OOD
8 4 (5.48%) Software Engineering
9 3 (4.11%) Project Planning
9 3 (4.11%) Technical Architecture
9 3 (4.11%) Web Development
9 3 (4.11%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 28 (38.36%) Java
2 16 (21.92%) SQL
3 13 (17.81%) C++
4 8 (10.96%) JavaScript
4 8 (10.96%) C
4 8 (10.96%) C#
5 7 (9.59%) Ruby
6 6 (8.22%) Python
7 4 (5.48%) PL/SQL
8 2 (2.74%) Scala
8 2 (2.74%) MATLAB
8 2 (2.74%) PHP
8 2 (2.74%) VB
9 1 (1.37%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.37%) Perl
9 1 (1.37%) VB6
9 1 (1.37%) Groovy
9 1 (1.37%) Embedded C
9 1 (1.37%) Embedded C++
9 1 (1.37%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 8 (10.96%) Security Cleared
2 7 (9.59%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.48%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.74%) QA
2 1 (1.37%) DO-178B
2 1 (1.37%) ISO 9000
2 1 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 2 (2.74%) Docker
2 1 (1.37%) GPFS
2 1 (1.37%) Ceph
Systems Management
1 1 (1.37%) Tivoli Storage Manager
1 1 (1.37%) Puppet
Vendors
1 15 (20.55%) Oracle
2 9 (12.33%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.11%) SAP
3 3 (4.11%) Axway
3 3 (4.11%) Atomikos
4 1 (1.37%) Rackspace
4 1 (1.37%) Siebel
4 1 (1.37%) Sage
4 1 (1.37%) TIBCO
4 1 (1.37%) QNX
4 1 (1.37%) Metastorm
4 1 (1.37%) OpenText
4 1 (1.37%) Sybase
4 1 (1.37%) Business Objects
4 1 (1.37%) Vignette