Period
to 19 June 2019

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £563 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 19 June 2019.

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 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 16 23 16
Rank change year-on-year +7 -7 -2
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 416 400 418
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 8.15% 6.85% 7.66%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.61% 7.20% 8.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 249 239
North West median daily rate £563 £538 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +2.38% +8.25%
10th Percentile £425 £430 £413
90th Percentile £738 £695 £650
England median daily rate £575 £570 £550
% change year-on-year +0.88% +3.64% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 7
North West median hourly rate £35.00 - £65.00
England median hourly rate £52.50 £51.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +2.94% +20.00% -19.05%

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 4,829 5,553 5,165
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.56% 95.09% 94.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,102 3,436 3,125
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £245 £250 £225
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +5.56% +3.45% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 225 315 290
North West median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% -9.09% -6.10%
10th Percentile £12.35 £11.28 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.25 £50.00 £51.50
England median hourly rate £19.88 £18.50 £18.72
% change year-on-year +7.46% -1.19% -6.39%

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 June 2019.

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 19 June 2019. 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 +13 189 £527 -4.27% 79
Cheshire +12 90 £600 +14.29% 16
Lancashire -1 74 £581 +16.25% 7
Merseyside -7 19 £600 - 13
Cumbria -4 3 £425 -10.53% 1
Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 June 2019, 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.

1 104 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
1 104 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 91 (21.88%) Migration
3 84 (20.19%) Amazon AWS
4 60 (14.42%) Microsoft
5 59 (14.18%) TOGAF
6 52 (12.50%) DevOps
7 47 (11.30%) Finance
8 41 (9.86%) Microservices
9 39 (9.38%) Banking
10 38 (9.13%) Data Modelling
11 33 (7.93%) Oracle
11 33 (7.93%) Security Architecture
12 32 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
12 32 (7.69%) Big Data
13 31 (7.45%) Public Cloud
13 31 (7.45%) SQL
14 30 (7.21%) Office 365
14 30 (7.21%) Data Architecture
15 29 (6.97%) Hadoop
15 29 (6.97%) Data Migration
15 29 (6.97%) Business Intelligence
16 28 (6.73%) Java
16 28 (6.73%) ITIL
17 27 (6.49%) Cisco
18 26 (6.25%) Active Directory
18 26 (6.25%) Software Engineering
18 26 (6.25%) Security Cleared
19 25 (6.01%) Stakeholder Management
19 25 (6.01%) Web Services

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 20 (4.81%) Apache Spark
2 16 (3.85%) SAS
3 10 (2.40%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.44%) IIS
5 5 (1.20%) Confluence
5 5 (1.20%) Skype for Business
6 4 (0.96%) Apache
6 4 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.72%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.48%) Anypoint
8 2 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.48%) nginx
9 1 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.24%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.24%) CMS
9 1 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.24%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (1.68%) MS Visio
2 5 (1.20%) SPSS
3 4 (0.96%) Stata
4 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.24%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 5 (1.20%) Oracle ERP
2 3 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.72%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.48%) Oracle Assets
3 2 (0.48%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.24%) Hyperion Planning
4 1 (0.24%) OPENHousing
4 1 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.24%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 104 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 84 (20.19%) Amazon AWS
3 30 (7.21%) Office 365
4 23 (5.53%) PaaS
5 20 (4.81%) IaaS
5 20 (4.81%) SaaS
6 19 (4.57%) Boomi
7 12 (2.88%) Azure Active Directory
8 11 (2.64%) Power Platform
8 11 (2.64%) Serverless
9 10 (2.40%) AWS Lambda
10 7 (1.68%) Dynamics 365
11 5 (1.20%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (1.20%) Amazon ECS
11 5 (1.20%) Amazon S3
11 5 (1.20%) AWS CloudFormation
11 5 (1.20%) Google Cloud Platform
11 5 (1.20%) Slack
12 4 (0.96%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 4 (0.96%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 21 (5.05%) Firewall
2 14 (3.37%) LAN
2 14 (3.37%) WAN
3 12 (2.88%) DNS
3 12 (2.88%) Network Security
3 12 (2.88%) VPN
4 10 (2.40%) Wireless
5 8 (1.92%) DHCP
6 6 (1.44%) TCP/IP
6 6 (1.44%) WebEx
7 5 (1.20%) Cisco Nexus
7 5 (1.20%) MPLS
8 4 (0.96%) HTTP
8 4 (0.96%) Intrusion Detection
8 4 (0.96%) SAN
8 4 (0.96%) Skype
8 4 (0.96%) SSL
9 3 (0.72%) Cisco Firepower
9 3 (0.72%) Cisco Wireless
9 3 (0.72%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (7.69%) Big Data
2 29 (6.97%) Hadoop
3 21 (5.05%) Data Warehouse
4 15 (3.61%) MongoDB
5 13 (3.13%) SQL Server
6 11 (2.64%) Data Lake
6 11 (2.64%) NoSQL
6 11 (2.64%) Power BI
7 10 (2.40%) BusinessObjects
8 9 (2.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 8 (1.92%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 8 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 6 (1.44%) Apache Hive
10 6 (1.44%) Pentaho
10 6 (1.44%) Relational Database
10 6 (1.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (1.20%) MySQL
11 5 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.96%) Azure SQL Database
12 4 (0.96%) Essbase
Development Applications
1 18 (4.33%) Jenkins
2 7 (1.68%) JIRA
2 7 (1.68%) MSI
3 6 (1.44%) ERwin
3 6 (1.44%) Git (software)
3 6 (1.44%) Selenium
3 6 (1.44%) SonarQube
4 4 (0.96%) IntelliJ
5 2 (0.48%) Bitbucket Server
5 2 (0.48%) JUnit
5 2 (0.48%) Subversion
General
1 47 (11.30%) Finance
2 39 (9.38%) Banking
3 16 (3.85%) Retail
4 13 (3.13%) Telecoms
5 10 (2.40%) Legal
6 4 (0.96%) Financial Institution
7 3 (0.72%) Advertising
7 3 (0.72%) Law
7 3 (0.72%) Marketing
8 2 (0.48%) Back Office
8 2 (0.48%) Billing
8 2 (0.48%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.24%) Electronics
9 1 (0.24%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (6.01%) Web Services
2 19 (4.57%) .NET
3 17 (4.09%) REST
4 14 (3.37%) JSON
5 12 (2.88%) XML
6 11 (2.64%) Node.js
7 7 (1.68%) AngularJS
7 7 (1.68%) Kafka
8 6 (1.44%) React
9 5 (1.20%) Middleware
9 5 (1.20%) RESTful
10 4 (0.96%) .NET Core
10 4 (0.96%) Django
10 4 (0.96%) Flask
10 4 (0.96%) Vue.js
11 3 (0.72%) SAML
12 2 (0.48%) ASP.NET Web API
12 2 (0.48%) SOAP
12 2 (0.48%) Spring
12 2 (0.48%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 32 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 31 (7.45%) Public Cloud
3 20 (4.81%) Data Centre
4 19 (4.57%) User Experience
5 11 (2.64%) Private Cloud
6 10 (2.40%) Greenfield Project
6 10 (2.40%) SCADA
7 9 (2.16%) PKI
8 8 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
8 8 (1.92%) Hybrid Cloud
9 7 (1.68%) Enterprise Cloud
9 7 (1.68%) Management Information System
10 5 (1.20%) Smart Meter
11 4 (0.96%) Mobile App
11 4 (0.96%) Smart Energy
12 3 (0.72%) Replication
12 3 (0.72%) Virtual Team
13 2 (0.48%) Clustering
13 2 (0.48%) NHS
13 2 (0.48%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 25 (6.01%) Windows
2 11 (2.64%) Linux
3 9 (2.16%) Android
4 8 (1.92%) Windows 10
5 7 (1.68%) Apple iOS
5 7 (1.68%) Unix
6 6 (1.44%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.96%) Solaris
8 3 (0.72%) VME
9 2 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.24%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.24%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (21.88%) Migration
3 59 (14.18%) TOGAF
4 52 (12.50%) DevOps
5 41 (9.86%) Microservices
6 38 (9.13%) Data Modelling
7 33 (7.93%) Security Architecture
8 30 (7.21%) Data Architecture
9 29 (6.97%) Business Intelligence
9 29 (6.97%) Data Migration
10 28 (6.73%) ITIL
11 26 (6.25%) Software Engineering
12 25 (6.01%) Stakeholder Management
13 24 (5.77%) Architecture Roadmap
13 24 (5.77%) Data Strategy
14 22 (5.29%) Architectural Design
14 22 (5.29%) IT Strategy
15 21 (5.05%) Analytics
15 21 (5.05%) Problem-Solving
16 20 (4.81%) B2C
Programming Languages
1 31 (7.45%) SQL
2 28 (6.73%) Java
3 20 (4.81%) Python
4 10 (2.40%) JavaScript
5 6 (1.44%) C#
6 5 (1.20%) PowerShell
6 5 (1.20%) R
7 3 (0.72%) COBOL
7 3 (0.72%) Scala
8 1 (0.24%) Java 8
8 1 (0.24%) PHP
8 1 (0.24%) Ruby
8 1 (0.24%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.24%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 26 (6.25%) Security Cleared
2 19 (4.57%) BPSS Clearance
3 18 (4.33%) SC Cleared
4 15 (3.61%) Cisco Certification
4 15 (3.61%) CISSP
5 11 (2.64%) CCNP
6 10 (2.40%) Degree
7 9 (2.16%) CCIE
7 9 (2.16%) TOGAF Certification
8 6 (1.44%) AWS Certification
9 5 (1.20%) CCIE Data Center
9 5 (1.20%) CISM
10 4 (0.96%) CISA
11 3 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.48%) CCDA
12 2 (0.48%) CCDP
12 2 (0.48%) CCNA
12 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.24%) CCSP
13 1 (0.24%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (1.44%) Data Quality
2 6 (1.44%) GDPR
2 6 (1.44%) QA
3 5 (1.20%) PSD2
4 3 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.72%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.72%) PMO
5 2 (0.48%) WCAG
6 1 (0.24%) COBIT
6 1 (0.24%) HL7
6 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 1 (0.24%) NCSC
6 1 (0.24%) NIST
6 1 (0.24%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (6.25%) Active Directory
2 10 (2.40%) Docker
3 9 (2.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (1.68%) Hyper-V
4 7 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
5 6 (1.44%) VMware NSX
6 3 (0.72%) HDFS
7 1 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.24%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 14 (3.37%) Kubernetes
2 10 (2.40%) Puppet
3 8 (1.92%) SCCM
4 7 (1.68%) Terraform
5 5 (1.20%) Ansible
6 4 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.96%) Packer
6 4 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (0.72%) Grafana
7 3 (0.72%) Prometheus
7 3 (0.72%) Stealthwatch
7 3 (0.72%) vRealize
8 2 (0.48%) FortiGate
8 2 (0.48%) Hyperic
8 2 (0.48%) SCOM
9 1 (0.24%) CASB
9 1 (0.24%) Istio
9 1 (0.24%) Jamf Pro
9 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.24%) WSUS
Vendors
1 60 (14.42%) Microsoft
2 33 (7.93%) Oracle
3 27 (6.49%) Cisco
4 24 (5.77%) VMware
5 20 (4.81%) Dell
6 18 (4.33%) SAP
7 16 (3.85%) Tableau
8 15 (3.61%) Cloudera
9 14 (3.37%) Citrix
10 12 (2.88%) Informatica
11 11 (2.64%) Salesforce.com
12 10 (2.40%) Hortonworks
13 9 (2.16%) Google
14 7 (1.68%) F5
15 6 (1.44%) MuleSoft
15 6 (1.44%) Palo Alto
16 5 (1.20%) ServiceNow
16 5 (1.20%) Workday
17 4 (0.96%) SolarWinds
17 4 (0.96%) Teradata