The median contractor rate for a Software Architect was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Architect
UK / England
Rank 532 523 563
Rank change year-on-year -9 +40  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Architect 45 89 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.11% 0.18% 0.059%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.19% 0.062%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 41 11
Median daily rate £525 £488 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £395 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £510 £438
% change year-on-year +7.84% +16.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £51.25

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 39124 46334 45141
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.84% 95.21% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 25435 30385 27741
Median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.23% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1355 1447 1806
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Software Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured Software Architect in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Software Architect in England

Software Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Architect in England

Software Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Architect in England over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Architect in England

Software Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Architect in England

Software Architect
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 3 months to 23 March 2017. 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 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
London +23 36 £488 +5.97% 10
Yorkshire +12 5 £550 -21.42% 4
South East +16 2 - - 3
South West +1 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -
Software Architect
UK

Software Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, 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 across the England region featuring Software Architect in the job title.

1 60 (68.97%) Java
2 40 (45.98%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (39.08%) Oracle
4 29 (33.33%) Scrum
5 27 (31.03%) SQL
6 24 (27.59%) UML
7 23 (26.44%) Software Engineering
8 22 (25.29%) Node.js
9 20 (22.99%) SOA
10 19 (21.84%) Microservices
11 18 (20.69%) Open Source
11 18 (20.69%) C++
12 17 (19.54%) C
12 17 (19.54%) Linux
12 17 (19.54%) Data Modelling
12 17 (19.54%) Kanban
12 17 (19.54%) Software Architecture
13 16 (18.39%) Unix
14 15 (17.24%) XML
14 15 (17.24%) SC Cleared
14 15 (17.24%) Security Cleared
14 15 (17.24%) Multithreading
15 14 (16.09%) Boost C++ Libraries
15 14 (16.09%) REST
15 14 (16.09%) Spring
15 14 (16.09%) STL
15 14 (16.09%) Web Services
15 14 (16.09%) Perl
16 13 (14.94%) JavaScript
16 13 (14.94%) .NET

Software Architect Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in England 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 13 (14.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 11 (12.64%) Apache
3 8 (9.20%) Confluence
4 5 (5.75%) Oracle Workflow
5 4 (4.60%) JBoss
6 3 (3.45%) Liferay
7 1 (1.15%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 3 (3.45%) MS Visio
1 3 (3.45%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (1.15%) Oracle BPM
1 1 (1.15%) Oracle iRecruitment
1 1 (1.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 10 (11.49%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (5.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (4.60%) PaaS
4 3 (3.45%) Data Lake Analytics
4 3 (3.45%) IaaS
5 1 (1.15%) Google App Engine
5 1 (1.15%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.15%) Office 365
5 1 (1.15%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.60%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (14.94%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (9.20%) Apache Cassandra
3 6 (6.90%) SQL Server
4 4 (4.60%) NoSQL
5 3 (3.45%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 3 (3.45%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (3.45%) Data Lake
5 3 (3.45%) Oracle Database
5 3 (3.45%) Power BI
5 3 (3.45%) QlikView
5 3 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (3.45%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (2.30%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (2.30%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (2.30%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (1.15%) Big Data
7 1 (1.15%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 10 (11.49%) JIRA
2 6 (6.90%) Oracle Forms
3 5 (5.75%) Jenkins
4 4 (4.60%) Bitbucket
5 3 (3.45%) Maven
6 2 (2.30%) Ant
6 2 (2.30%) Eclipse
6 2 (2.30%) Gradle
6 2 (2.30%) IntelliJ
6 2 (2.30%) JUnit
7 1 (1.15%) JMeter
7 1 (1.15%) NUnit
7 1 (1.15%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.15%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 8 (9.20%) Finance
2 4 (4.60%) Retail
3 2 (2.30%) Banking
3 2 (2.30%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.15%) Electronics
4 1 (1.15%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.15%) Marketing
4 1 (1.15%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (25.29%) Node.js
2 15 (17.24%) XML
3 14 (16.09%) Boost C++ Libraries
3 14 (16.09%) REST
3 14 (16.09%) Spring
3 14 (16.09%) STL
3 14 (16.09%) Web Services
4 13 (14.94%) .NET
5 10 (11.49%) J2EE
5 10 (11.49%) JSON
5 10 (11.49%) Kafka
5 10 (11.49%) RESTful
6 9 (10.34%) AngularJS
7 8 (9.20%) Hibernate
8 7 (8.05%) Apache Flex
8 7 (8.05%) BlazeDS
8 7 (8.05%) Spring MVC
8 7 (8.05%) XSL
8 7 (8.05%) XSLT
9 6 (6.90%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (11.49%) Computer Science
2 4 (4.60%) EPoS
3 3 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.45%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.15%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.15%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 17 (19.54%) Linux
2 16 (18.39%) Unix
3 1 (1.15%) Android
3 1 (1.15%) Mac OS X
3 1 (1.15%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (45.98%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (33.33%) Scrum
3 24 (27.59%) UML
4 23 (26.44%) Software Engineering
5 20 (22.99%) SOA
6 19 (21.84%) Microservices
7 18 (20.69%) Open Source
8 17 (19.54%) Data Modelling
8 17 (19.54%) Kanban
8 17 (19.54%) Software Architecture
9 15 (17.24%) Multithreading
10 13 (14.94%) Business Intelligence
10 13 (14.94%) OO
10 13 (14.94%) OOA/OOD
11 11 (12.64%) Coaching
12 10 (11.49%) Automated Testing
12 10 (11.49%) Logical Data Model
12 10 (11.49%) Physical Data Model
13 9 (10.34%) Integration Testing
13 9 (10.34%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 60 (68.97%) Java
2 27 (31.03%) SQL
3 18 (20.69%) C++
4 17 (19.54%) C
5 14 (16.09%) Perl
6 13 (14.94%) JavaScript
7 10 (11.49%) C#
7 10 (11.49%) PL/SQL
8 7 (8.05%) ActionScript
9 3 (3.45%) MATLAB
9 3 (3.45%) T-SQL
10 2 (2.30%) Python
10 2 (2.30%) Scala
10 2 (2.30%) Shell Script
11 1 (1.15%) Groovy
11 1 (1.15%) VB
Qualifications
1 15 (17.24%) SC Cleared
1 15 (17.24%) Security Cleared
2 9 (10.34%) ISEB
3 8 (9.20%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.30%) Degree
5 1 (1.15%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.15%) MCSE
5 1 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.15%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.30%) QA
2 1 (1.15%) PA-DSS
2 1 (1.15%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (10.34%) Docker
2 3 (3.45%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 9 (10.34%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 34 (39.08%) Oracle
2 8 (9.20%) IBM
3 7 (8.05%) Adobe
3 7 (8.05%) Atlassian
3 7 (8.05%) Microsoft
3 7 (8.05%) Sybase
4 4 (4.60%) Red Hat
5 3 (3.45%) Tableau
6 2 (2.30%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.15%) Google
7 1 (1.15%) MuleSoft
7 1 (1.15%) SAP
7 1 (1.15%) Sencha
7 1 (1.15%) Software AG
7 1 (1.15%) Sun
7 1 (1.15%) TIBCO
7 1 (1.15%) webMethods
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