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 22 October 2014 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
22 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Architect
Rank 587 528 544
Rank change year-on-year
-59 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Software Architect 28 41 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.049% 0.078% 0.078%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.054% 0.084% 0.083%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 20 16
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£488 £484 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.77% +10.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £347 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £650 £613
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £575 £425
% change year-on-year
-26.08% +35.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 - -

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
52098 48552 51706
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.71% 92.77% 93.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 32589 29303 29138
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £229 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2082 2105 2549
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £38.78 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.30 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+0.30% -7.14%

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 22 October 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 22 October 2014. 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 -41 26 £488 +0.77% 12
London +8 17 £488 +6.26% 2
West Midlands -17 3 - -
South East -16 2 £525 -8.69% 3
City of London +18 1 £500 - 1
Berkshire +10 1 £550 +18.79%
East Midlands -1 1 - -
North West -12 1 £425 -24.44% 2
Scotland -12 1 £400 -
Manchester -13 1 £425 -39.28% 1
Bedford - 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - - 1
Edinburgh - 1 £400 -
Leeds - 1 - -
East of England - 1 - - 4
Wales - 1 £375 - 1
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 £375 - 1
South West - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Guildford - - - - 1
North Wales - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - - 2
Derbyshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Fife - - - -
Hampshire - - - -

Software Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, 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 26 (56.52%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (47.83%) Java
3 18 (39.13%) .NET
4 13 (28.26%) Microsoft
4 13 (28.26%) Scrum
4 13 (28.26%) Continuous Integration
5 12 (26.09%) JavaScript
6 10 (21.74%) SQL
6 10 (21.74%) Software Engineering
7 9 (19.57%) MVC
7 9 (19.57%) PHP
7 9 (19.57%) SOA
7 9 (19.57%) Software Architecture
8 8 (17.39%) HTML
8 8 (17.39%) SOAP
8 8 (17.39%) Web Services
9 7 (15.22%) Middleware
9 7 (15.22%) TDD
9 7 (15.22%) XML
9 7 (15.22%) UML
9 7 (15.22%) C#
10 6 (13.04%) Linux
10 6 (13.04%) REST
11 5 (10.87%) HTML5
11 5 (10.87%) Waterfall
11 5 (10.87%) Domain-Driven Design
11 5 (10.87%) Refactoring
11 5 (10.87%) LAMP
11 5 (10.87%) Pair Programming
11 5 (10.87%) Ruby

Software Architect
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, 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 5 (10.87%) WebSphere
2 4 (8.70%) Documentum
2 4 (8.70%) WebLogic
3 3 (6.52%) JBoss
3 3 (6.52%) Apache
3 3 (6.52%) WebSphere Application Server
4 2 (4.35%) WebSphere Process Server
4 2 (4.35%) Node.js
5 1 (2.17%) Apache Solr
5 1 (2.17%) Confluence
5 1 (2.17%) Apache Pig
5 1 (2.17%) Liferay
5 1 (2.17%) Apache Spark
5 1 (2.17%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (2.17%) Tomcat
5 1 (2.17%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (6.52%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.17%) SAP BPC
1 1 (2.17%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (2.17%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (10.87%) LDAP
2 4 (8.70%) HTTP
3 2 (4.35%) SSL
4 1 (2.17%) Firewall
4 1 (2.17%) IP Telephony
4 1 (2.17%) DNS
4 1 (2.17%) ISDN
4 1 (2.17%) LAN
4 1 (2.17%) WAN
4 1 (2.17%) DHCP
4 1 (2.17%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.87%) MySQL
2 3 (6.52%) SQL Server
3 2 (4.35%) Oracle OWB
3 2 (4.35%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.17%) Apache Hive
4 1 (2.17%) MongoDB
4 1 (2.17%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (2.17%) NoSQL
4 1 (2.17%) Couchbase
4 1 (2.17%) Hadoop
4 1 (2.17%) CouchDB
4 1 (2.17%) Impala
4 1 (2.17%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 4 (8.70%) ClearCase
1 4 (8.70%) JUnit
1 4 (8.70%) ClearQuest
1 4 (8.70%) Selenium
1 4 (8.70%) RSpec
2 3 (6.52%) MSTest
2 3 (6.52%) PHPUnit
2 3 (6.52%) Visual Studio
3 2 (4.35%) CA Gen
3 2 (4.35%) Git (software)
4 1 (2.17%) Jenkins
4 1 (2.17%) JIRA
4 1 (2.17%) Subversion
4 1 (2.17%) Maven
General
1 3 (6.52%) Finance
1 3 (6.52%) Banking
2 1 (2.17%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (39.13%) .NET
2 8 (17.39%) HTML
2 8 (17.39%) SOAP
2 8 (17.39%) Web Services
3 7 (15.22%) Middleware
3 7 (15.22%) XML
4 6 (13.04%) REST
5 5 (10.87%) HTML5
5 5 (10.87%) LAMP
5 5 (10.87%) Ruby on Rails
6 4 (8.70%) JMS
6 4 (8.70%) J2EE
6 4 (8.70%) CSS
6 4 (8.70%) .NET Framework
6 4 (8.70%) Java EE
7 3 (6.52%) KnockoutJS
7 3 (6.52%) Zend Framework
7 3 (6.52%) jQuery
7 3 (6.52%) Unity DI Container
7 3 (6.52%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.35%) Streaming Video
1 2 (4.35%) Thin Client
1 2 (4.35%) Fat Client
1 2 (4.35%) Open Source
2 1 (2.17%) Digital Media
2 1 (2.17%) Social Media
2 1 (2.17%) Computer Science
2 1 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (2.17%) User Experience
2 1 (2.17%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.17%) Web 2.0
2 1 (2.17%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 6 (13.04%) Linux
2 3 (6.52%) CentOS
2 3 (6.52%) UNIX
3 1 (2.17%) Android
3 1 (2.17%) Mac OS X
3 1 (2.17%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (56.52%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (28.26%) Scrum
2 13 (28.26%) Continuous Integration
3 10 (21.74%) Software Engineering
4 9 (19.57%) MVC
4 9 (19.57%) SOA
4 9 (19.57%) Software Architecture
5 7 (15.22%) TDD
5 7 (15.22%) UML
6 5 (10.87%) Waterfall
6 5 (10.87%) Domain-Driven Design
6 5 (10.87%) Refactoring
6 5 (10.87%) Pair Programming
7 4 (8.70%) RUP
7 4 (8.70%) Project Planning
8 3 (6.52%) Release Management
8 3 (6.52%) Requirements Management
8 3 (6.52%) SysML
9 2 (4.35%) EAI
9 2 (4.35%) OO
Programming Languages
1 22 (47.83%) Java
2 12 (26.09%) JavaScript
3 10 (21.74%) SQL
4 9 (19.57%) PHP
5 7 (15.22%) C#
6 5 (10.87%) Ruby
6 5 (10.87%) Perl
7 3 (6.52%) Shell Script
7 3 (6.52%) VB
7 3 (6.52%) PL/SQL
7 3 (6.52%) C
8 2 (4.35%) Scala
9 1 (2.17%) Groovy
9 1 (2.17%) C++
Qualifications
1 3 (6.52%) MCSD
1 3 (6.52%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (4.35%) Degree
3 1 (2.17%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.17%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.17%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.35%) QA
2 1 (2.17%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (2.17%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (2.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 13 (28.26%) Microsoft
2 4 (8.70%) Oracle
2 4 (8.70%) Zend
3 3 (6.52%) IBM
3 3 (6.52%) Software AG
3 3 (6.52%) Informatica
4 2 (4.35%) BEA
4 2 (4.35%) Mercator
5 1 (2.17%) Atlassian
5 1 (2.17%) Pega
5 1 (2.17%) webMethods
5 1 (2.17%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (2.17%) SAP
5 1 (2.17%) Avaya