Period
to 19 October 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £533 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

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.

Architect
England > North West
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 18 17 17
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 -2
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 433 453 614
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 7.32% 8.07% 8.48%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.70% 8.49% 8.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 280 269 440
North West median daily rate £533 £528 £508
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.95% +3.79% -3.19%
10th Percentile £425 £425 £405
90th Percentile £675 £723 £700
England median daily rate £575 £550 £525
% change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +0.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 2
North West median hourly rate £45.00 £65.00 £46.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.77% +40.54% -22.27%
10th Percentile £38.61 £53.25 £43.88
90th Percentile £64.36 £67.75 £50.63
England median hourly rate £55.00 £60.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year -8.33% +39.53% +2.38%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
North West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 5,622 5,333 6,830
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.01% 95.03% 94.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,489 3,321 4,325
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £243 £250 £250
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 344 247 259
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +11.76% -10.53%
10th Percentile £11.03 £11.25 £10.98
90th Percentile £45.68 £48.30 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +4.11%

Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured Architect in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Architect in the North West

Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Architect in the North West

Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Architect in the North West over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Architect in the North West

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Architect in the North West

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Architect in the North West over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Architect in the North West

Architect
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Architect within the North West region over the 6 months to 19 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -14 175 £533 +1.43% 60
Cheshire -2 100 £525 +5.00% 19
Lancashire +1 92 £493 -11.26% 7
Merseyside +12 31 £575 +10.84% 11
Cumbria +9 13 £638 - 1
Architect
England

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 October 2018, Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region featuring Architect in the job title.

1 107 (24.71%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (21.25%) Security Cleared
3 78 (18.01%) SC Cleared
3 78 (18.01%) Microsoft Azure
4 72 (16.63%) Finance
5 71 (16.40%) Migration
6 58 (13.39%) Amazon AWS
7 51 (11.78%) Data Centre
8 50 (11.55%) Stakeholder Management
9 47 (10.85%) Windows
10 45 (10.39%) TOGAF
11 41 (9.47%) Microsoft
12 35 (8.08%) Firewall
13 34 (7.85%) DevOps
14 33 (7.62%) IaaS
14 33 (7.62%) PaaS
15 32 (7.39%) Enterprise Architecture
15 32 (7.39%) Linux
16 31 (7.16%) Java
16 31 (7.16%) Banking
17 30 (6.93%) Oracle
17 30 (6.93%) SaaS
18 27 (6.24%) Technical Architecture
19 26 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
19 26 (6.00%) Microservices
20 25 (5.77%) Analytics
20 25 (5.77%) Office 365
20 25 (5.77%) ITIL
20 25 (5.77%) Cisco
21 24 (5.54%) SAN

Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 8 (1.85%) BizTalk Server
2 7 (1.62%) Apache Spark
2 7 (1.62%) IIS
3 5 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
3 5 (1.15%) SAS
4 4 (0.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (0.69%) Apache
5 3 (0.69%) ArcGIS
5 3 (0.69%) Confluence
5 3 (0.69%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.69%) WebLogic
5 3 (0.69%) WildFly
6 2 (0.46%) JBoss
6 2 (0.46%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.46%) TPMS
7 1 (0.23%) EPiServer
7 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.23%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (1.39%) MS Visio
2 5 (1.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.69%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.23%) Magento
3 1 (0.23%) Northgate Housing
3 1 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.23%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.23%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.23%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.23%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 78 (18.01%) Microsoft Azure
2 58 (13.39%) Amazon AWS
3 33 (7.62%) IaaS
3 33 (7.62%) PaaS
4 30 (6.93%) SaaS
5 25 (5.77%) Office 365
6 13 (3.00%) iPaaS
7 9 (2.08%) Boomi
8 7 (1.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 5 (1.15%) Azure Active Directory
10 4 (0.92%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.92%) AWS CloudTrail
11 3 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.69%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.46%) Amazon S3
12 2 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.46%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.46%) GitHub
12 2 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.46%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 35 (8.08%) Firewall
2 24 (5.54%) SAN
3 13 (3.00%) DNS
4 12 (2.77%) WAN
5 11 (2.54%) LAN
6 9 (2.08%) NAS
7 8 (1.85%) VLAN
7 8 (1.85%) Wireless
8 7 (1.62%) Cisco Wireless
8 7 (1.62%) HTTP
9 6 (1.39%) DMZ
9 6 (1.39%) Reverse Proxy
9 6 (1.39%) VoIP
9 6 (1.39%) VPN
10 5 (1.15%) Unified Communications
11 4 (0.92%) Converged Networks
11 4 (0.92%) DHCP
12 2 (0.46%) Skype
12 2 (0.46%) Software-Defined Networking
12 2 (0.46%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (4.85%) Big Data
2 13 (3.00%) Data Warehouse
3 12 (2.77%) Hadoop
4 11 (2.54%) SQL Server
5 9 (2.08%) Apache Hive
5 9 (2.08%) HBase
6 7 (1.62%) Data Lake
6 7 (1.62%) Data Mining
6 7 (1.62%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 6 (1.39%) Azure SQL Database
8 5 (1.15%) MongoDB
8 5 (1.15%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.92%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (0.92%) Pentaho
10 3 (0.69%) MySQL
10 3 (0.69%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.69%) SAP HANA
11 2 (0.46%) OLAP
11 2 (0.46%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 11 (2.54%) Jenkins
2 7 (1.62%) Git (software)
3 5 (1.15%) ERwin
4 4 (0.92%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (0.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (0.69%) Selenium
5 3 (0.69%) Vagrant
6 2 (0.46%) JIRA
6 2 (0.46%) Mockito
6 2 (0.46%) Rational Rose
6 2 (0.46%) Subversion
7 1 (0.23%) JMeter
7 1 (0.23%) MSI
7 1 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.23%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.23%) WebDriver
General
1 72 (16.63%) Finance
2 31 (7.16%) Banking
3 15 (3.46%) Retail
4 12 (2.77%) Manufacturing
5 9 (2.08%) Telecoms
6 4 (0.92%) Back Office
6 4 (0.92%) Marketing
6 4 (0.92%) Retail Banking
7 3 (0.69%) Aerospace
7 3 (0.69%) Law
7 3 (0.69%) Military
8 2 (0.46%) Digital Economy
8 2 (0.46%) Electronics
8 2 (0.46%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.23%) Automotive
9 1 (0.23%) Front Office
9 1 (0.23%) Local Government
9 1 (0.23%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (5.54%) Web Services
2 17 (3.93%) .NET
3 15 (3.46%) Middleware
4 13 (3.00%) JSON
5 12 (2.77%) Node.js
5 12 (2.77%) REST
5 12 (2.77%) SOAP
6 11 (2.54%) OAuth
7 8 (1.85%) AngularJS
8 7 (1.62%) Apache Cordova
8 7 (1.62%) Ionic Framework
8 7 (1.62%) OpenID
8 7 (1.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 6 (1.39%) OAuth2
10 5 (1.15%) ASP.NET
10 5 (1.15%) Spring
11 4 (0.92%) J2EE
11 4 (0.92%) Polymer
12 3 (0.69%) JMS
12 3 (0.69%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 51 (11.78%) Data Centre
2 26 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (4.16%) Enterprise Software
4 16 (3.70%) Mobile App
5 14 (3.23%) Management Information System
6 13 (3.00%) Virtual Team
7 11 (2.54%) Private Cloud
7 11 (2.54%) Replication
8 10 (2.31%) Client/Server
8 10 (2.31%) Hybrid Cloud
9 9 (2.08%) Social Media
10 8 (1.85%) Public Cloud
11 6 (1.39%) Mobile Banking
11 6 (1.39%) Self-Motivation
11 6 (1.39%) User Experience
12 5 (1.15%) Enterprise Storage
13 4 (0.92%) PKI
14 3 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
14 3 (0.69%) Handset
14 3 (0.69%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 47 (10.85%) Windows
2 32 (7.39%) Linux
3 22 (5.08%) Unix
4 16 (3.70%) Android
4 16 (3.70%) Apple iOS
5 12 (2.77%) Windows Server
6 9 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (1.62%) AIX
7 7 (1.62%) Solaris
8 6 (1.39%) Windows 2000
8 6 (1.39%) Windows Embedded Compact
8 6 (1.39%) Windows NT
9 5 (1.15%) Windows 10
9 5 (1.15%) Windows XP
10 3 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.46%) CentOS
11 2 (0.46%) VME
11 2 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.23%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (24.71%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (16.40%) Migration
3 50 (11.55%) Stakeholder Management
4 45 (10.39%) TOGAF
5 34 (7.85%) DevOps
6 32 (7.39%) Enterprise Architecture
7 27 (6.24%) Technical Architecture
8 26 (6.00%) Microservices
9 25 (5.77%) Analytics
9 25 (5.77%) ITIL
10 24 (5.54%) Problem-Solving
10 24 (5.54%) Risk Management
11 21 (4.85%) Continuous Integration
11 21 (4.85%) SOA
12 20 (4.62%) Mentoring
13 18 (4.16%) Business Intelligence
13 18 (4.16%) Data Architecture
13 18 (4.16%) Scrum
13 18 (4.16%) Security Architecture
13 18 (4.16%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 31 (7.16%) Java
2 24 (5.54%) SQL
3 13 (3.00%) PowerShell
4 10 (2.31%) JavaScript
5 8 (1.85%) Python
6 7 (1.62%) C
6 7 (1.62%) C#
6 7 (1.62%) Shell Script
7 4 (0.92%) Ruby
8 3 (0.69%) PHP
9 2 (0.46%) Apex Code
9 2 (0.46%) COBOL
9 2 (0.46%) Java 8
9 2 (0.46%) Perl
10 1 (0.23%) ABAP
10 1 (0.23%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.23%) VB
10 1 (0.23%) VBScript
10 1 (0.23%) X++
Qualifications
1 92 (21.25%) Security Cleared
2 78 (18.01%) SC Cleared
3 13 (3.00%) CISSP
4 12 (2.77%) CISM
5 11 (2.54%) BPSS Clearance
6 9 (2.08%) Degree
7 5 (1.15%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (0.69%) CCIE
8 3 (0.69%) MCSE
8 3 (0.69%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (0.69%) TOGAF Certification
9 2 (0.46%) AWS Certification
9 2 (0.46%) CCA
9 2 (0.46%) CCIE Data Center
9 2 (0.46%) CISMP
9 2 (0.46%) ISEB
10 1 (0.23%) CCNA
10 1 (0.23%) CCNP
10 1 (0.23%) CESG Certified Professional
10 1 (0.23%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (3.70%) Data Quality
2 8 (1.85%) QA
3 3 (0.69%) GDPR
3 3 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.69%) SLA
4 2 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27005
4 2 (0.46%) NIST 800
4 2 (0.46%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.46%) PSD2
5 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.23%) PMO
System Software
1 22 (5.08%) Active Directory
2 9 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (1.62%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (1.39%) Virtual Desktop
5 5 (1.15%) Docker
5 5 (1.15%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.46%) VMware NSX
6 2 (0.46%) XenApp
7 1 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 19 (4.39%) SCCM
2 12 (2.77%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (2.54%) Single Sign-On
4 8 (1.85%) AirWatch
5 5 (1.15%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 5 (1.15%) OpenView
5 5 (1.15%) Terraform
6 3 (0.69%) Ansible
6 3 (0.69%) SCOM
6 3 (0.69%) SCVMM
7 2 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.46%) Puppet
8 1 (0.23%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.23%) Packer
8 1 (0.23%) Rancher
8 1 (0.23%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.23%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.23%) WMI
Vendors
1 41 (9.47%) Microsoft
2 30 (6.93%) Oracle
3 25 (5.77%) Cisco
4 14 (3.23%) SAP
5 13 (3.00%) Dell
6 12 (2.77%) VMware
7 11 (2.54%) ServiceNow
8 10 (2.31%) Cloudera
8 10 (2.31%) Red Hat
8 10 (2.31%) Salesforce.com
9 9 (2.08%) EMC
9 9 (2.08%) Kony
10 8 (1.85%) BMC
10 8 (1.85%) IBM
10 8 (1.85%) Snow
11 7 (1.62%) Informatica
12 6 (1.39%) Hitachi
12 6 (1.39%) HP
12 6 (1.39%) Palo Alto
12 6 (1.39%) Sun