Period
to 17 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 17 November 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.

Architect
England > North West
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 15 18 12
Rank change year-on-year +3 -6 +12
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 465 572 747
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 8.13% 8.25% 8.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.57% 8.74% 9.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 404 502
North West median daily rate £550 £525 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £450 £408 £375
90th Percentile £723 £700 £700
England median daily rate £550 £535 £520
% change year-on-year +2.80% +2.88% +1.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 11
North West median hourly rate £59.00 £46.25 £59.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.57% -22.27% -27.44%
10th Percentile £46.70 £43.88 £33.64
90th Percentile £67.43 £50.63 £69.07
England median hourly rate £49.15 £43.50 £48.50
% change year-on-year +12.99% -10.31% +14.12%

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 5427 6545 8083
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.38% 94.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 3410 4203 4823
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £250 £234
90th Percentile £588 £550 £569
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 255 241 403
North West median hourly rate £19.00 £16.22 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.18% -20.90% +27.81%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.04 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.80 £45.75 £50.06
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.38 £17.98
% change year-on-year +1.77% +2.20% +8.97%

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017. 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 +3 229 £550 +9.40% 33
Cheshire -6 85 £500 -16.63% 8
Lancashire +5 67 £585 +9.35% 1
Merseyside +5 33 £535 +9.74% 9
Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, 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 North West region featuring Architect in the job title.

1 91 (19.57%) Migration
2 90 (19.35%) Finance
3 84 (18.06%) Agile Software Development
4 56 (12.04%) Microsoft
5 55 (11.83%) Data Architecture
6 54 (11.61%) Data Modelling
7 52 (11.18%) Banking
8 49 (10.54%) TOGAF
9 48 (10.32%) SAP
9 48 (10.32%) Enterprise Architecture
10 46 (9.89%) Security Cleared
10 46 (9.89%) Data Centre
11 45 (9.68%) Amazon AWS
12 42 (9.03%) Oracle
13 41 (8.82%) Java
14 40 (8.60%) Business Intelligence
15 39 (8.39%) Windows
16 38 (8.17%) ITIL
16 38 (8.17%) Microsoft Azure
16 38 (8.17%) SC Cleared
17 36 (7.74%) Unix
18 35 (7.53%) Management Information System
19 34 (7.31%) Data Governance
20 32 (6.88%) Retail
20 32 (6.88%) SQL Server
20 32 (6.88%) Analytics
21 30 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
21 30 (6.45%) SQL
21 30 (6.45%) Data Management
21 30 (6.45%) Project Management

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 29 (6.24%) SharePoint
2 10 (2.15%) SAS
3 9 (1.94%) WebSphere
4 8 (1.72%) Apache Spark
4 8 (1.72%) CMS
5 6 (1.29%) IIS
5 6 (1.29%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (1.08%) JBoss
7 4 (0.86%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.65%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.65%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (0.65%) Tuxedo
9 2 (0.43%) Apache
9 2 (0.43%) Drupal
9 2 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.22%) Apache ServiceMix
10 1 (0.22%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 8 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.43%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.08%) SAP Retail
2 4 (0.86%) SAP CAR
3 3 (0.65%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.65%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.22%) Maximo
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.22%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.22%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.22%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
5 1 (0.22%) SAP MDG
5 1 (0.22%) SAP PLM
5 1 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.22%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 45 (9.68%) Amazon AWS
2 38 (8.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 28 (6.02%) PaaS
4 26 (5.59%) Office 365
5 13 (2.80%) SaaS
6 5 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.65%) IaaS
7 3 (0.65%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 3 (0.65%) Yammer
8 2 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.43%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.43%) Force.com
8 2 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.43%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.43%) SuccessFactors
9 1 (0.22%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.22%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.22%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.22%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.44%) Firewall
1 16 (3.44%) Intranet
2 13 (2.80%) VPN
3 12 (2.58%) BGP
4 11 (2.37%) DNS
4 11 (2.37%) WAN
5 10 (2.15%) MPLS
6 9 (1.94%) Ethernet
6 9 (1.94%) SAN
7 7 (1.51%) Broadband
8 6 (1.29%) Network Security
8 6 (1.29%) Wireless
9 5 (1.08%) Cisco ASA
9 5 (1.08%) LAN
10 4 (0.86%) Internet
10 4 (0.86%) TCP/IP
11 3 (0.65%) EIGRP
11 3 (0.65%) OSPF
11 3 (0.65%) SSL
11 3 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (6.88%) SQL Server
2 28 (6.02%) Data Warehouse
3 26 (5.59%) Big Data
3 26 (5.59%) Hadoop
4 14 (3.01%) MongoDB
5 13 (2.80%) Oracle Database
6 12 (2.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 10 (2.15%) Relational Database
8 9 (1.94%) Apache Hive
8 9 (1.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 8 (1.72%) Data Lake
9 8 (1.72%) PostgreSQL
10 7 (1.51%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 6 (1.29%) BusinessObjects
11 6 (1.29%) DB2
11 6 (1.29%) HBase
11 6 (1.29%) Pentaho
12 5 (1.08%) Star Schema
13 4 (0.86%) Blockchain
13 4 (0.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 7 (1.51%) ERwin
1 7 (1.51%) Jenkins
1 7 (1.51%) JIRA
2 6 (1.29%) Visual Studio
2 6 (1.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 4 (0.86%) Bitbucket
3 4 (0.86%) MSI
4 3 (0.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (0.65%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.43%) ReSharper
5 2 (0.43%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.22%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.22%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.22%) Toad
General
1 90 (19.35%) Finance
2 52 (11.18%) Banking
3 32 (6.88%) Retail
4 13 (2.80%) Marketing
4 13 (2.80%) Retail Banking
5 11 (2.37%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.08%) Telecoms
7 4 (0.86%) Law
7 4 (0.86%) Legal
8 3 (0.65%) Electronics
8 3 (0.65%) Local Government
9 1 (0.22%) Automotive
9 1 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (5.59%) Web Services
2 19 (4.09%) .NET
3 18 (3.87%) JSON
4 15 (3.23%) REST
5 13 (2.80%) XML
6 10 (2.15%) CSS
6 10 (2.15%) HTML
6 10 (2.15%) Middleware
7 7 (1.51%) Java EE
7 7 (1.51%) MSMQ
7 7 (1.51%) RabbitMQ
8 6 (1.29%) JSF
8 6 (1.29%) JSP
8 6 (1.29%) Servlets
9 5 (1.08%) .NET Framework
9 5 (1.08%) ASP.NET
9 5 (1.08%) OAuth
10 4 (0.86%) jQuery
10 4 (0.86%) Software Packaging
10 4 (0.86%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 46 (9.89%) Data Centre
2 35 (7.53%) Management Information System
3 30 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (5.38%) Public Cloud
5 18 (3.87%) User Experience
6 14 (3.01%) Taxonomies
7 11 (2.37%) Enterprise Software
7 11 (2.37%) Social Media
8 10 (2.15%) Virtual Team
9 9 (1.94%) Mobile App
10 7 (1.51%) Clustering
10 7 (1.51%) CMDB
10 7 (1.51%) Data Structures
10 7 (1.51%) Reference Data
11 6 (1.29%) Greenfield Project
11 6 (1.29%) Mainframe
12 5 (1.08%) N-Tier
13 4 (0.86%) CESG
13 4 (0.86%) Private Cloud
14 3 (0.65%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 39 (8.39%) Windows
2 36 (7.74%) Unix
3 19 (4.09%) AIX
4 17 (3.66%) Linux
5 16 (3.44%) Solaris
6 8 (1.72%) Android
6 8 (1.72%) Apple iOS
6 8 (1.72%) HPUX
7 6 (1.29%) Windows Server
8 5 (1.08%) zOS
9 2 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.43%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.43%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.22%) OpenVMS
10 1 (0.22%) OS/2
10 1 (0.22%) VME
10 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (19.57%) Migration
2 84 (18.06%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (11.83%) Data Architecture
4 54 (11.61%) Data Modelling
5 49 (10.54%) TOGAF
6 48 (10.32%) Enterprise Architecture
7 40 (8.60%) Business Intelligence
8 38 (8.17%) ITIL
9 34 (7.31%) Data Governance
10 32 (6.88%) Analytics
11 30 (6.45%) Data Management
11 30 (6.45%) Data Migration
11 30 (6.45%) Project Management
12 28 (6.02%) Open Source
13 25 (5.38%) ETL
14 24 (5.16%) DevOps
14 24 (5.16%) Information Architecture
14 24 (5.16%) Technical Architecture
15 22 (4.73%) IT Strategy
16 21 (4.52%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (8.82%) Java
2 30 (6.45%) SQL
3 19 (4.09%) Shell Script
4 10 (2.15%) Python
5 8 (1.72%) C++
5 8 (1.72%) PowerShell
6 7 (1.51%) C#
6 7 (1.51%) Go
6 7 (1.51%) JavaScript
7 6 (1.29%) Scala
8 4 (0.86%) Ruby
8 4 (0.86%) XPath
9 2 (0.43%) AWK
9 2 (0.43%) COBOL
9 2 (0.43%) Korn
9 2 (0.43%) sed
10 1 (0.22%) C
10 1 (0.22%) Perl
10 1 (0.22%) PHP
10 1 (0.22%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 46 (9.89%) Security Cleared
2 38 (8.17%) SC Cleared
3 14 (3.01%) Degree
4 11 (2.37%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (1.51%) BPSS Clearance
5 7 (1.51%) JNCIE
6 6 (1.29%) CCNP
6 6 (1.29%) CISM
6 6 (1.29%) CISSP
7 5 (1.08%) CCDP
7 5 (1.08%) CCIE
8 4 (0.86%) JNCIP
9 3 (0.65%) AWS Certification
9 3 (0.65%) IISP
9 3 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.43%) CESG Certified Professional
10 2 (0.43%) CISMP
10 2 (0.43%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 1 (0.22%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (5.59%) Data Quality
2 14 (3.01%) COBIT
3 13 (2.80%) QA
4 4 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.86%) GDPR
5 3 (0.65%) GMP
5 3 (0.65%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.65%) PMO
6 2 (0.43%) HL7
System Software
1 20 (4.30%) Active Directory
2 12 (2.58%) Docker
3 11 (2.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (0.86%) ProxySG
5 4 (0.86%) Virtual Desktop
6 3 (0.65%) VMware NSX
7 2 (0.43%) UAG
8 1 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.22%) Xen
Systems Management
1 24 (5.16%) Ansible
2 15 (3.23%) Puppet
3 11 (2.37%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (2.37%) SCCM
4 7 (1.51%) Mesos
4 7 (1.51%) SCOM
5 4 (0.86%) WSUS
6 3 (0.65%) Oracle EDQ
6 3 (0.65%) Tivoli
6 3 (0.65%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (0.43%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.43%) Forum Sentry
7 2 (0.43%) Kubernetes
7 2 (0.43%) Oracle Identity Management
7 2 (0.43%) Terraform
8 1 (0.22%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.22%) Nagios
8 1 (0.22%) Oracle Identity Manager
8 1 (0.22%) Salt
8 1 (0.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 56 (12.04%) Microsoft
2 48 (10.32%) SAP
3 42 (9.03%) Oracle
4 22 (4.73%) Cisco
5 16 (3.44%) VMware
6 15 (3.23%) IBM
7 13 (2.80%) Juniper
8 12 (2.58%) Red Hat
9 11 (2.37%) Citrix
10 9 (1.94%) Curam
10 9 (1.94%) Sitecore
11 8 (1.72%) Informatica
12 7 (1.51%) BT
12 7 (1.51%) CA
12 7 (1.51%) Salesforce.com
12 7 (1.51%) SolarWinds
12 7 (1.51%) Tableau
13 6 (1.29%) F5
13 6 (1.29%) Symantec
14 5 (1.08%) Blue Coat