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 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Architect
Rank 578 561 558
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Software Architect 48 44 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.093% 0.086% 0.083%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.098% 0.091% 0.088%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 22 11
Average daily rate £478 £475 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.52% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £380 £425
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £538 £475 £500
% change year-on-year
+13.15% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Average hourly rate - £43.22 £52.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -17.67%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £43.22 -

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
48768 48345 46356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.58% 94.48% 94.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 31355 30091 27314
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1699 1902 2042
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.22 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.62% -1.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 14 February 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 18 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 14 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -4 48 £478 +0.52% 21
London +14 23 £460 +7.91% 4
West Midlands +1 19 £550 +15.78% 2
Shropshire 0 19 £550 -
Telford -4 17 £550 -
Docklands, London +10 4 £400 +4.57%
City of London +46 2 £575 -
South East +6 2 £460 +6.66% 3
Canary Wharf - 2 £478 -
Worthing - 2 £460 -
West Sussex - 2 £460 -
North West -19 1 - - 2
East Midlands - 1 - -
Merseyside - 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 £700 - 5
Yorkshire - 1 £700 - 5
Leeds - 1 £700 - 5
Liverpool - 1 - -

Software Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 50 (53.19%) Java
2 47 (50.00%) SQL
3 44 (46.81%) Oracle
4 36 (38.30%) WebLogic
4 36 (38.30%) Software Architecture
5 35 (37.23%) Unix
6 31 (32.98%) PL/SQL
6 31 (32.98%) ClearCase
6 31 (32.98%) Shell Script
7 29 (30.85%) RUP
7 29 (30.85%) JavaScript
7 29 (30.85%) Waterfall
8 28 (29.79%) Oracle OWB
9 26 (27.66%) Informatica
9 26 (27.66%) ClearQuest
10 25 (26.60%) XML
11 24 (25.53%) Project Planning
12 23 (24.47%) Web Services
13 21 (22.34%) Pega
14 20 (21.28%) Spring
15 19 (20.21%) Agile Software Development
15 19 (20.21%) J2EE
16 18 (19.15%) Oracle Database
17 17 (18.09%) SDLC
18 16 (17.02%) Oracle Database 11g
18 16 (17.02%) REST
18 16 (17.02%) SOAP
18 16 (17.02%) webMethods
19 15 (15.96%) Perl
19 15 (15.96%) HTML

Software Architect
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 36 (38.30%) WebLogic
2 5 (5.32%) Node.js
2 5 (5.32%) Oracle Workflow
2 5 (5.32%) WebLogic Portal
3 3 (3.19%) AquaLogic
3 3 (3.19%) Liferay
3 3 (3.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (2.13%) Apache
4 2 (2.13%) Apache Spark
4 2 (2.13%) Oracle Service Bus
5 1 (1.06%) CMS
5 1 (1.06%) Confluence
5 1 (1.06%) OpenStack
5 1 (1.06%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 1 (1.06%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.06%) MS Office
1 1 (1.06%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (1.06%) Simulink
1 1 (1.06%) Stateflow
1 1 (1.06%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 3 (3.19%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.38%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (3.19%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (2.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.13%) SaaS
4 1 (1.06%) Amazon ElastiCache
4 1 (1.06%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.06%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (1.06%) CloudFront
4 1 (1.06%) Heroku
4 1 (1.06%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.32%) LDAP
2 3 (3.19%) Internet
3 1 (1.06%) FlexRay
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (29.79%) Oracle OWB
2 18 (19.15%) Oracle Database
3 16 (17.02%) Oracle Database 11g
4 6 (6.38%) MongoDB
4 6 (6.38%) Oracle Database 10g
5 4 (4.26%) Big Data
6 3 (3.19%) Apache Cassandra
6 3 (3.19%) Hadoop
6 3 (3.19%) Relational Database
7 2 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (2.13%) MySQL
7 2 (2.13%) NoSQL
7 2 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (1.06%) Mahout
8 1 (1.06%) Neo4j
8 1 (1.06%) OLAP
8 1 (1.06%) OLTP
8 1 (1.06%) Oracle BI EE
8 1 (1.06%) Oracle OLAP
8 1 (1.06%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 31 (32.98%) ClearCase
2 26 (27.66%) ClearQuest
3 13 (13.83%) Maven
4 11 (11.70%) JUnit
5 9 (9.57%) CA Gen
6 8 (8.51%) Git (software)
6 8 (8.51%) Selenium
6 8 (8.51%) SoapUI
7 6 (6.38%) Jenkins
7 6 (6.38%) JMeter
8 4 (4.26%) JIRA
9 3 (3.19%) Ant
9 3 (3.19%) JIRA Agile
10 2 (2.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (2.13%) Eclipse
10 2 (2.13%) WebDriver
11 1 (1.06%) Rational DOORS
11 1 (1.06%) Rational Rhapsody
11 1 (1.06%) RSpec
11 1 (1.06%) Subversion
General
1 6 (6.38%) Telecoms
2 5 (5.32%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (2.13%) Marketing
4 1 (1.06%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.06%) Automotive
4 1 (1.06%) Banking
4 1 (1.06%) Electronics
4 1 (1.06%) Finance
4 1 (1.06%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.06%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (26.60%) XML
2 23 (24.47%) Web Services
3 20 (21.28%) Spring
4 19 (20.21%) J2EE
5 16 (17.02%) REST
5 16 (17.02%) SOAP
6 15 (15.96%) HTML
6 15 (15.96%) Java EE
7 13 (13.83%) XSL
8 12 (12.77%) JMS
9 11 (11.70%) AngularJS
10 10 (10.64%) CSS
10 10 (10.64%) JPA
10 10 (10.64%) JTA
11 9 (9.57%) .NET
11 9 (9.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 9 (9.57%) XML Messaging
12 8 (8.51%) JSON
13 7 (7.45%) XSD
14 6 (6.38%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 11 (11.70%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (7.45%) Computer Science
3 6 (6.38%) Public Cloud
4 2 (2.13%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.06%) CAN bus
5 1 (1.06%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.06%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.06%) EPoS
5 1 (1.06%) Performance Metrics
5 1 (1.06%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.06%) User Experience
5 1 (1.06%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 35 (37.23%) Unix
2 14 (14.89%) Linux
3 3 (3.19%) AIX
3 3 (3.19%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (38.30%) Software Architecture
2 29 (30.85%) RUP
2 29 (30.85%) Waterfall
3 24 (25.53%) Project Planning
4 19 (20.21%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (18.09%) SDLC
6 11 (11.70%) Static Code Analysis
7 10 (10.64%) Defect Tracking
7 10 (10.64%) Workflow
8 9 (9.57%) SOA
9 8 (8.51%) Open Source
10 7 (7.45%) Change Management
10 7 (7.45%) Content Management
10 7 (7.45%) Continuous Integration
10 7 (7.45%) UML
11 6 (6.38%) Scrum
12 5 (5.32%) Migration
12 5 (5.32%) Software Engineering
12 5 (5.32%) TDD
13 4 (4.26%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 50 (53.19%) Java
2 47 (50.00%) SQL
3 31 (32.98%) PL/SQL
3 31 (32.98%) Shell Script
4 29 (30.85%) JavaScript
5 15 (15.96%) Perl
6 6 (6.38%) Scala
7 5 (5.32%) Ruby
8 3 (3.19%) C#
9 2 (2.13%) C
9 2 (2.13%) Clojure
9 2 (2.13%) PHP
9 2 (2.13%) Python
10 1 (1.06%) C++
10 1 (1.06%) Embedded C
10 1 (1.06%) Erlang
10 1 (1.06%) Go
10 1 (1.06%) MATLAB
10 1 (1.06%) R
Qualifications
1 8 (8.51%) Degree
2 2 (2.13%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.06%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.13%) QA
2 1 (1.06%) Basel II
2 1 (1.06%) Basel III
2 1 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.06%) ISO26262
2 1 (1.06%) MISRA
System Software
1 3 (3.19%) Docker
2 2 (2.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (5.32%) Puppet
2 2 (2.13%) Grafana
2 2 (2.13%) Graphite
2 2 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.06%) StatsD
Vendors
1 44 (46.81%) Oracle
2 26 (27.66%) Informatica
3 21 (22.34%) Pega
4 16 (17.02%) webMethods
5 13 (13.83%) BEA
6 2 (2.13%) IBM
7 1 (1.06%) Apigee
7 1 (1.06%) Citrix
7 1 (1.06%) Cognos
7 1 (1.06%) Mashery
7 1 (1.06%) MathWorks
7 1 (1.06%) Microsoft
7 1 (1.06%) Software AG
7 1 (1.06%) Tableau
7 1 (1.06%) Teradata
7 1 (1.06%) TIBCO
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