The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Software Architect featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Architect
Rank 581 610 613
Rank change year-on-year
+29 +3
Contract jobs requiring a Software Architect 67 50 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.086% 0.038%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.091% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 30 11
Median daily rate £478 £525 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.04% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £350 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £650 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £413
% change year-on-year
+11.76% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £31.44 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £31.44 -

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
50559 55175 53302
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.96% 93.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 33062 35242 32521
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1693 2081 2120
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.37 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +5.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

Software Architect
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Software Architect in the job title.

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 28 September 2016.

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
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 Software Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 28 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +34 64 £475 -9.52% 15
London -5 26 £480 -20.00% 6
South East +30 15 £350 - 4
West Midlands -16 14 £475 +11.76%
Shropshire -21 11 £435 +2.35%
Telford -19 10 £435 +2.35%
Middlesex - 8 £350 -
West Sussex - 4 £475 -
Yorkshire +4 3 £575 +27.77% 2
East of England -1 3 £480 +20.00%
Cambridgeshire - 3 £480 -
South Yorkshire - 3 £575 -
Sheffield - 3 £575 -
Huntingdon - 3 £480 -
City of London +17 2 £550 -8.33% 2
Docklands, London +11 2 - -
Worthing - 2 £475 -
Oxfordshire - 2 £438 -
South West +11 1 - -
North West +10 1 £500 +8.10% 3
Bristol 0 1 - -
Warwickshire -1 1 £515 -
South Wales - 1 £500 -
Staffordshire - 1 - -
Midlands - 1 £525 -
Wales - 1 £500 -
Newport - 1 £500 -
Canary Wharf - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 £500 - 1
Hampshire - 1 - - 4

Software Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 September 2016, Software 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 featuring Software Architect in the job title.

1 113 (66.86%) Java
2 72 (42.60%) Agile Software Development
3 63 (37.28%) SQL
3 63 (37.28%) Oracle
4 58 (34.32%) Software Architecture
4 58 (34.32%) Linux
5 55 (32.54%) Spring
6 50 (29.59%) MongoDB
7 45 (26.63%) XML
8 43 (25.44%) Puppet
9 39 (23.08%) Maven
10 36 (21.30%) Project Planning
10 36 (21.30%) REST
11 35 (20.71%) Open Source
11 35 (20.71%) Git (software)
12 34 (20.12%) JavaScript
12 34 (20.12%) Spring Boot
13 33 (19.53%) Unix
14 31 (18.34%) Microservices
15 30 (17.75%) RabbitMQ
16 29 (17.16%) RUP
17 28 (16.57%) Waterfall
18 27 (15.98%) C++
18 27 (15.98%) J2EE
18 27 (15.98%) Oracle OWB
19 26 (15.38%) ClearQuest
19 26 (15.38%) JSON
20 25 (14.79%) Docker
21 24 (14.20%) PHP
22 23 (13.61%) .NET

Software Architect Skill Set
Top Related 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 18 (10.65%) Confluence
2 17 (10.06%) WebLogic
3 12 (7.10%) Apache
4 9 (5.33%) JBoss
5 5 (2.96%) nginx
6 4 (2.37%) IIS
6 4 (2.37%) Tomcat
7 3 (1.78%) Apache Solr
7 3 (1.78%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (1.78%) Liferay
7 3 (1.78%) Oracle Service Bus
7 3 (1.78%) WebSphere
8 2 (1.18%) CMS
8 2 (1.18%) WildFly
9 1 (0.59%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.59%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.59%) Drupal
9 1 (0.59%) Mule
9 1 (0.59%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.59%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (1.18%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.59%) MS Project
2 1 (0.59%) Simulink
2 1 (0.59%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 3 (1.78%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 13 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (2.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.37%) PaaS
3 2 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (1.18%) IaaS
4 1 (0.59%) Heroku
4 1 (0.59%) Office 365
4 1 (0.59%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (11.24%) HTTP
2 18 (10.65%) LDAP
3 9 (5.33%) WAN
4 8 (4.73%) LAN
5 5 (2.96%) SSL
6 2 (1.18%) Internet
6 2 (1.18%) Network Security
7 1 (0.59%) Firewall
7 1 (0.59%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (29.59%) MongoDB
2 27 (15.98%) Oracle OWB
3 16 (9.47%) Oracle Database
4 8 (4.73%) NoSQL
5 7 (4.14%) Hadoop
6 5 (2.96%) Data Mining
6 5 (2.96%) MySQL
7 4 (2.37%) Apache Cassandra
7 4 (2.37%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (1.78%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (1.18%) Big Data
9 2 (1.18%) Oracle Database 12c
9 2 (1.18%) RDBMS
9 2 (1.18%) Redis
9 2 (1.18%) Relational Database
9 2 (1.18%) SQL Server
9 2 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.59%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 1 (0.59%) Couchbase
Development Applications
1 39 (23.08%) Maven
2 35 (20.71%) Git (software)
3 26 (15.38%) ClearQuest
4 22 (13.02%) JIRA
5 21 (12.43%) SoapUI
6 19 (11.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 17 (10.06%) ClearCase
8 10 (5.92%) Jenkins
9 9 (5.33%) Eclipse
10 8 (4.73%) JUnit
10 8 (4.73%) WebDriver
11 6 (3.55%) IntelliJ
12 5 (2.96%) CA Gen
13 4 (2.37%) Protractor
14 3 (1.78%) Ant
14 3 (1.78%) Gradle
14 3 (1.78%) Selenium
14 3 (1.78%) Visual Studio
15 1 (0.59%) CruiseControl
15 1 (0.59%) Hudson
General
1 7 (4.14%) Finance
2 5 (2.96%) Military
3 4 (2.37%) Automotive
3 4 (2.37%) Marketing
3 4 (2.37%) Pharmaceutical
4 3 (1.78%) Back Office
5 2 (1.18%) Publishing
6 1 (0.59%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.59%) Banking
6 1 (0.59%) Front Office
6 1 (0.59%) Games
6 1 (0.59%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (32.54%) Spring
2 45 (26.63%) XML
3 36 (21.30%) REST
4 34 (20.12%) Spring Boot
5 30 (17.75%) RabbitMQ
6 27 (15.98%) J2EE
7 26 (15.38%) JSON
8 23 (13.61%) .NET
9 22 (13.02%) HTML
10 20 (11.83%) Web Services
11 19 (11.24%) ELK Stack
11 19 (11.24%) Hystrix
12 18 (10.65%) Play Framework
12 18 (10.65%) WireMock
13 17 (10.06%) SOAP
13 17 (10.06%) XSL
14 15 (8.88%) Java EE
15 13 (7.69%) CSS
16 11 (6.51%) Boost C++ Libraries
16 11 (6.51%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 9 (5.33%) Computer Science
2 8 (4.73%) Data Conversion
2 8 (4.73%) Data Structures
3 7 (4.14%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (2.37%) Data Centre
4 4 (2.37%) Data Integration
4 4 (2.37%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.78%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.78%) User Experience
6 2 (1.18%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.59%) Clustering
7 1 (0.59%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.59%) IVR
7 1 (0.59%) Performance Metrics
7 1 (0.59%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 58 (34.32%) Linux
2 33 (19.53%) Unix
3 9 (5.33%) Windows
4 6 (3.55%) Windows Server
5 3 (1.78%) Android
5 3 (1.78%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (42.60%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (34.32%) Software Architecture
3 36 (21.30%) Project Planning
4 35 (20.71%) Open Source
5 31 (18.34%) Microservices
6 29 (17.16%) RUP
7 28 (16.57%) Waterfall
8 22 (13.02%) Scrum
9 21 (12.43%) Continuous Delivery
10 20 (11.83%) Software Engineering
11 19 (11.24%) SOA
11 19 (11.24%) TDD
12 18 (10.65%) DevOps
13 14 (8.28%) Data Modelling
14 12 (7.10%) Change Management
14 12 (7.10%) Data Management
14 12 (7.10%) Master Data Management
14 12 (7.10%) Multithreading
14 12 (7.10%) UML
15 11 (6.51%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 113 (66.86%) Java
2 63 (37.28%) SQL
3 34 (20.12%) JavaScript
4 27 (15.98%) C++
5 24 (14.20%) PHP
6 22 (13.02%) PL/SQL
7 21 (12.43%) Perl
8 20 (11.83%) Scala
9 19 (11.24%) C#
10 16 (9.47%) C
11 14 (8.28%) Shell Script
12 13 (7.69%) Python
13 6 (3.55%) VB
14 5 (2.96%) Ruby
14 5 (2.96%) VB6
15 4 (2.37%) VBScript
16 3 (1.78%) MATLAB
17 2 (1.18%) T-SQL
18 1 (0.59%) VB.NET
18 1 (0.59%) VBA
Qualifications
1 11 (6.51%) Degree
2 9 (5.33%) Security Cleared
3 5 (2.96%) DV Cleared
4 3 (1.78%) ISEB
4 3 (1.78%) ISTQB
5 2 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.59%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.33%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.18%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.18%) PA-DSS
2 2 (1.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 25 (14.79%) Docker
2 5 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 43 (25.44%) Puppet
2 19 (11.24%) Graphite
3 9 (5.33%) Consul
4 7 (4.14%) Grafana
5 5 (2.96%) OpenAM
6 3 (1.78%) Ansible
7 2 (1.18%) Kibana
7 2 (1.18%) logstash
8 1 (0.59%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.59%) Mesos
Vendors
1 63 (37.28%) Oracle
2 20 (11.83%) Informatica
3 14 (8.28%) WSO2
4 8 (4.73%) webMethods
5 5 (2.96%) Microsoft
5 5 (2.96%) VMware
6 4 (2.37%) Apple
6 4 (2.37%) BEA
6 4 (2.37%) Pega
6 4 (2.37%) Red Hat
6 4 (2.37%) Sybase
7 3 (1.78%) Atlassian
7 3 (1.78%) Endeca
7 3 (1.78%) hybris
7 3 (1.78%) IBM
8 1 (0.59%) Cisco
8 1 (0.59%) F5
8 1 (0.59%) Rackspace
8 1 (0.59%) Salesforce.com
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