The median contractor rate for a Principal Architect was £588 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 3 months to 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Principal Architect
England / London
Rank 398 409 407
Rank change year-on-year +11 -2  
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Architect 2 19 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.010% 0.086% 0.010%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.011% 0.091% 0.010%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 6 1
Median daily rate £588 £613 £575
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.08% +6.52%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - £550 £613
% change year-on-year - -10.20%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in London. 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
London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 18463 20944 19902
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 94.85% 94.98% 94.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 13124 15012 13730
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 242 285 369
Median hourly rate £23.00 £17.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.29% -12.82%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £11.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £43.57 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Principal Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London that featured Principal Architect in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Principal Architect in London

Principal Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Principal Architect in London

Principal Architect
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Architect within the London region over the 3 months to 24 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
City of London - 1 £600 -
Principal Architect
England

Principal Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, Principal 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 London region featuring Principal Architect in the job title.

1 4 (57.14%) Big Data
2 3 (42.86%) Hadoop
2 3 (42.86%) Business Intelligence
2 3 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (42.86%) Data Modelling
2 3 (42.86%) SAS
2 3 (42.86%) Logical Data Model
2 3 (42.86%) SAS EBI
3 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce
3 2 (28.57%) Java
3 2 (28.57%) JavaScript
3 2 (28.57%) TDD
3 2 (28.57%) Spring
3 2 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (28.57%) Puppet
3 2 (28.57%) AngularJS
3 2 (28.57%) DevOps
3 2 (28.57%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (14.29%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (14.29%) Ansible
4 1 (14.29%) Docker
4 1 (14.29%) Mentoring
4 1 (14.29%) Coaching
4 1 (14.29%) Guava
4 1 (14.29%) Jenkins
4 1 (14.29%) Hazelcast
4 1 (14.29%) Mobile App
4 1 (14.29%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (14.29%) Inversion of Control

Principal Architect Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in London 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 3 (42.86%) SAS
2 1 (14.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (14.29%) Cloud Foundry
2 1 (14.29%) CMS
2 1 (14.29%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (14.29%) Mule
Cloud Services
1 2 (28.57%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (14.29%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (57.14%) Big Data
2 3 (42.86%) Hadoop
2 3 (42.86%) SAS EBI
3 1 (14.29%) Hazelcast
3 1 (14.29%) MongoDB
3 1 (14.29%) NoSQL
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Jenkins
General
1 1 (14.29%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (28.57%) AngularJS
1 2 (28.57%) Spring
2 1 (14.29%) .NET
2 1 (14.29%) ASP.NET Web API
2 1 (14.29%) Dropwizard
2 1 (14.29%) Guava
2 1 (14.29%) Hibernate
2 1 (14.29%) Node.js
2 1 (14.29%) React
2 1 (14.29%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) iPad
1 1 (14.29%) iPhone
1 1 (14.29%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Android
1 1 (14.29%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (42.86%) Business Intelligence
1 3 (42.86%) Data Modelling
1 3 (42.86%) Logical Data Model
2 2 (28.57%) DevOps
2 2 (28.57%) E-Commerce
2 2 (28.57%) TDD
3 1 (14.29%) API Design
3 1 (14.29%) Coaching
3 1 (14.29%) Continuous Deployment
3 1 (14.29%) Cost-Benefit Analysis
3 1 (14.29%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
3 1 (14.29%) Enterprise Architecture
3 1 (14.29%) Information Architecture
3 1 (14.29%) Inversion of Control
3 1 (14.29%) Mentoring
3 1 (14.29%) MVC
3 1 (14.29%) Scrum
3 1 (14.29%) SOLID
3 1 (14.29%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) Java
1 2 (28.57%) JavaScript
2 1 (14.29%) C#
2 1 (14.29%) Scala
System Software
1 1 (14.29%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (28.57%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (28.57%) Puppet
2 1 (14.29%) Ansible
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) Adobe
1 1 (14.29%) MuleSoft
1 1 (14.29%) Teradata
1 1 (14.29%) Vertica