Period
to 17 January 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £565 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 17 January 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
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 19 15 10
Rank change year-on-year -4 -5 +11
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 407 525 787
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 7.49% 8.51% 9.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.83% 9.02% 9.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 282 348 509
North West median daily rate £565 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.73% +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £463 £413 £390
90th Percentile £680 £700 £700
England median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +0.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 7
North West median hourly rate £53.00 - £59.50
England median hourly rate £49.15 £48.25 £52.50
% change year-on-year +1.87% -8.10% +21.42%

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 5,196 5,823 7,905
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.66% 94.38% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,311 3,753 4,755
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £238 £239 £225
90th Percentile £596 £575 £560
England median daily rate £450 £425 £416
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.29% +3.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 263 221 391
North West median hourly rate £17.74 £17.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.37% -18.60% +30.30%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.71 £48.75 £47.71
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.38 £18.25
% change year-on-year +0.68% +0.68% +10.61%

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 January 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
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 January 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 +5 217 £550 +8.91% 69
Cheshire -16 68 £550 -15.38% 14
Lancashire 0 64 £600 +9.09% 3
Merseyside +3 26 £600 +20.00% 4
Cumbria -4 1 £475 -34.26% 2
Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 92 (22.60%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (16.46%) Migration
3 66 (16.22%) Finance
4 59 (14.50%) Microsoft
5 56 (13.76%) Enterprise Architecture
6 54 (13.27%) TOGAF
7 53 (13.02%) Microsoft Azure
8 49 (12.04%) Data Modelling
9 48 (11.79%) Java
10 47 (11.55%) Amazon AWS
11 44 (10.81%) Security Cleared
12 43 (10.57%) Data Architecture
13 39 (9.58%) Oracle
14 37 (9.09%) SC Cleared
15 36 (8.85%) ITIL
16 35 (8.60%) SAP
16 35 (8.60%) Management Information System
16 35 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
17 30 (7.37%) SharePoint
18 29 (7.13%) .NET
18 29 (7.13%) Information Architecture
19 28 (6.88%) Analytics
19 28 (6.88%) Banking
19 28 (6.88%) Web Services
20 27 (6.63%) Windows
20 27 (6.63%) Business Intelligence
21 26 (6.39%) SQL Server
21 26 (6.39%) Big Data
21 26 (6.39%) Data Governance
21 26 (6.39%) Data Centre

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 30 (7.37%) SharePoint
2 8 (1.97%) Apache Spark
2 8 (1.97%) WebSphere
3 7 (1.72%) CMS
3 7 (1.72%) SAS
4 5 (1.23%) Apache
5 4 (0.98%) IIS
5 4 (0.98%) JBoss
6 3 (0.74%) Apache Solr
6 3 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (0.74%) Tuxedo
7 2 (0.49%) Drupal
7 2 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.49%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (0.49%) TPMS
8 1 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.25%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 13 (3.19%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.74%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.74%) SAP CAR
1 3 (0.74%) SAP ERP
1 3 (0.74%) SAP Hybris
1 3 (0.74%) SAP SD
2 2 (0.49%) SAP MM
2 2 (0.49%) SAP Retail
3 1 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.25%) Hyperion Planning
3 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.25%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.25%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.25%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.25%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.25%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
3 1 (0.25%) SAP MDG
3 1 (0.25%) SAP PLM
3 1 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.25%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 53 (13.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 47 (11.55%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (4.18%) PaaS
4 15 (3.69%) SaaS
5 13 (3.19%) Office 365
6 8 (1.97%) IaaS
7 6 (1.47%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (1.47%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 4 (0.98%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.25%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.25%) IBM Cloud
9 1 (0.25%) SoftLayer
9 1 (0.25%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 15 (3.69%) Firewall
2 14 (3.44%) Intranet
3 9 (2.21%) DNS
4 8 (1.97%) VPN
5 7 (1.72%) Cisco ASA
5 7 (1.72%) WAN
6 6 (1.47%) BGP
6 6 (1.47%) MPLS
6 6 (1.47%) TCP/IP
7 5 (1.23%) SSL
7 5 (1.23%) Unified Communications
8 4 (0.98%) Broadband
8 4 (0.98%) Ethernet
8 4 (0.98%) LAN
8 4 (0.98%) Network Security
8 4 (0.98%) SMS
8 4 (0.98%) VLAN
8 4 (0.98%) Wireless
9 3 (0.74%) OSPF
9 3 (0.74%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (6.39%) Big Data
1 26 (6.39%) SQL Server
2 20 (4.91%) Hadoop
3 19 (4.67%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (3.44%) MongoDB
5 12 (2.95%) Oracle Database
6 8 (1.97%) PostgreSQL
6 8 (1.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (1.72%) Apache Hive
7 7 (1.72%) Data Lake
7 7 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (1.47%) Relational Database
9 5 (1.23%) BusinessObjects
9 5 (1.23%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 5 (1.23%) HBase
9 5 (1.23%) Pentaho
10 4 (0.98%) Blockchain
10 4 (0.98%) Star Schema
11 3 (0.74%) MySQL
11 3 (0.74%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 13 (3.19%) Visual Studio
2 11 (2.70%) Jenkins
3 7 (1.72%) JIRA
3 7 (1.72%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 6 (1.47%) Bitbucket
4 6 (1.47%) ERwin
4 6 (1.47%) Git (software)
5 5 (1.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 5 (1.23%) MSI
5 5 (1.23%) SonarQube
6 4 (0.98%) Rational Rose
6 4 (0.98%) ReSharper
7 3 (0.74%) WinDbg
8 2 (0.49%) Subversion
8 2 (0.49%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.25%) Ant
9 1 (0.25%) Hudson
9 1 (0.25%) Maven
9 1 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
9 1 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 66 (16.22%) Finance
2 28 (6.88%) Banking
3 24 (5.90%) Retail
4 9 (2.21%) Marketing
5 7 (1.72%) Retail Banking
6 6 (1.47%) Legal
7 5 (1.23%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.98%) Law
9 3 (0.74%) Back Office
9 3 (0.74%) Local Government
9 3 (0.74%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.25%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (7.13%) .NET
2 28 (6.88%) Web Services
3 20 (4.91%) Middleware
4 18 (4.42%) JSON
5 17 (4.18%) XML
6 16 (3.93%) REST
7 10 (2.46%) HTML
8 9 (2.21%) Node.js
9 8 (1.97%) CSS
10 7 (1.72%) .NET Framework
10 7 (1.72%) ASP.NET
10 7 (1.72%) Java EE
10 7 (1.72%) RESTful
11 6 (1.47%) ASP.NET Web API
11 6 (1.47%) JSF
11 6 (1.47%) JSP
11 6 (1.47%) Servlets
11 6 (1.47%) Spring
11 6 (1.47%) XSLT
12 5 (1.23%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 35 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
1 35 (8.60%) Management Information System
2 26 (6.39%) Data Centre
3 21 (5.16%) Public Cloud
4 15 (3.69%) Social Media
4 15 (3.69%) Taxonomies
5 11 (2.70%) User Experience
6 10 (2.46%) Data Structures
7 8 (1.97%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (1.72%) CMDB
8 7 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (1.72%) Mainframe
9 6 (1.47%) CESG
9 6 (1.47%) Clustering
9 6 (1.47%) Reference Data
10 5 (1.23%) Computer Science
10 5 (1.23%) N-Tier
11 4 (0.98%) Hybrid Cloud
11 4 (0.98%) Mobile App
12 3 (0.74%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 27 (6.63%) Windows
2 18 (4.42%) Linux
2 18 (4.42%) Unix
3 13 (3.19%) Solaris
4 11 (2.70%) Android
4 11 (2.70%) Apple iOS
5 10 (2.46%) AIX
6 7 (1.72%) HPUX
6 7 (1.72%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.98%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.74%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.74%) Windows 8
8 3 (0.74%) Windows Vista
8 3 (0.74%) zOS
9 2 (0.49%) OpenVMS
9 2 (0.49%) VME
10 1 (0.25%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (22.60%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (16.46%) Migration
3 56 (13.76%) Enterprise Architecture
4 54 (13.27%) TOGAF
5 49 (12.04%) Data Modelling
6 43 (10.57%) Data Architecture
7 36 (8.85%) ITIL
8 29 (7.13%) Information Architecture
9 28 (6.88%) Analytics
10 27 (6.63%) Business Intelligence
11 26 (6.39%) Data Governance
12 25 (6.14%) Project Management
12 25 (6.14%) Technical Architecture
13 24 (5.90%) Data Migration
13 24 (5.90%) Open Source
13 24 (5.90%) Stakeholder Management
14 23 (5.65%) Collaborative Working
14 23 (5.65%) ETL
15 22 (5.41%) DevOps
15 22 (5.41%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 48 (11.79%) Java
2 24 (5.90%) SQL
3 17 (4.18%) Python
4 14 (3.44%) C#
5 9 (2.21%) JavaScript
5 9 (2.21%) Shell Script
6 8 (1.97%) Scala
7 7 (1.72%) PowerShell
8 6 (1.47%) XPath
9 5 (1.23%) PHP
9 5 (1.23%) Ruby
10 4 (0.98%) C
10 4 (0.98%) C++
11 3 (0.74%) COBOL
12 2 (0.49%) Fortran
12 2 (0.49%) Go
12 2 (0.49%) Pascal
13 1 (0.25%) Perl
13 1 (0.25%) R
Qualifications
1 44 (10.81%) Security Cleared
2 37 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 14 (3.44%) Degree
4 9 (2.21%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (1.47%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (1.23%) CCIE
6 5 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (0.98%) CCNP
7 4 (0.98%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 4 (0.98%) JNCIE
7 4 (0.98%) JNCIP
8 3 (0.74%) CCDP
8 3 (0.74%) IISP
8 3 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.49%) CESG Certified Professional
9 2 (0.49%) CISMP
9 2 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.25%) AWS Certification
10 1 (0.25%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.25%) CLAS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (5.65%) Data Quality
2 16 (3.93%) COBIT
3 12 (2.95%) QA
4 7 (1.72%) GMP
5 4 (0.98%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.98%) SLA
6 3 (0.74%) PMO
7 2 (0.49%) GDPR
7 2 (0.49%) HL7
7 2 (0.49%) JSP 440
System Software
1 15 (3.69%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.97%) Virtual Machines
2 8 (1.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.23%) Docker
3 5 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (0.98%) ProxySG
4 4 (0.98%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.49%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.25%) HDFS
6 1 (0.25%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.25%) Xen
Systems Management
1 9 (2.21%) Ansible
1 9 (2.21%) Puppet
1 9 (2.21%) SCCM
2 8 (1.97%) SCOM
3 3 (0.74%) Mesos
3 3 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.49%) AirWatch
4 2 (0.49%) Oracle EDQ
4 2 (0.49%) Oracle Identity Management
4 2 (0.49%) Terraform
4 2 (0.49%) WSUS
5 1 (0.25%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.25%) Docker Swarm
5 1 (0.25%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.25%) Oracle Identity Manager
5 1 (0.25%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.25%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.25%) Tivoli Identity Manager
5 1 (0.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 59 (14.50%) Microsoft
2 39 (9.58%) Oracle
3 35 (8.60%) SAP
4 13 (3.19%) Cisco
5 12 (2.95%) IBM
5 12 (2.95%) Red Hat
6 11 (2.70%) Sitecore
6 11 (2.70%) VMware
7 9 (2.21%) Citrix
7 9 (2.21%) Curam
8 7 (1.72%) Informatica
8 7 (1.72%) Juniper
8 7 (1.72%) SolarWinds
8 7 (1.72%) Symantec
9 6 (1.47%) CA
9 6 (1.47%) Google
9 6 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
10 5 (1.23%) Blue Coat
10 5 (1.23%) SendGrid
10 5 (1.23%) Tableau