Period
to 16 July 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £539 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 16 July 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
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 24 18 14
Rank change year-on-year -6 -4 -3
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 425 411 656
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.90% 7.27% 8.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.26% 7.71% 9.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 264 229 459
North West median daily rate £539 £525 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.62% +10.53% -5.00%
10th Percentile £427 £411 £400
90th Percentile £700 £650 £675
England median daily rate £575 £550 £525
% change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 7
North West median hourly rate - £65.00 £47.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +35.67% -11.69%
England median hourly rate £48.75 £42.50 £47.91
% change year-on-year +14.71% -11.29% +19.78%

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 5,858 5,333 7,289
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.05% 94.32% 94.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,632 3,231 4,447
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £225 £247
90th Percentile £575 £550 £544
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 290 304
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £21.35 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.03% +6.75% +8.23%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £11.30
90th Percentile £50.63 £51.50 £47.39
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +1.08% -2.63% +8.57%

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 16 July 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 16 July 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 -4 182 £550 +4.76% 48
Cheshire -1 90 £525 +10.53% 18
Lancashire -1 86 £500 -1.04% 6
Merseyside +9 27 £575 - 8
Cumbria +3 13 £488 -2.50% 1
Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 July 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.

1 118 (27.76%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (19.53%) Security Cleared
3 72 (16.94%) Finance
4 68 (16.00%) SC Cleared
5 64 (15.06%) Microsoft Azure
6 55 (12.94%) TOGAF
7 54 (12.71%) Stakeholder Management
8 53 (12.47%) Amazon AWS
9 49 (11.53%) Java
10 46 (10.82%) Microsoft
11 44 (10.35%) DevOps
12 40 (9.41%) Migration
13 39 (9.18%) Windows
14 37 (8.71%) SQL
15 35 (8.24%) Linux
16 34 (8.00%) Data Centre
17 33 (7.76%) Microservices
18 32 (7.53%) Enterprise Architecture
19 31 (7.29%) Web Services
19 31 (7.29%) SaaS
20 30 (7.06%) SOA
21 29 (6.82%) Oracle
21 29 (6.82%) Banking
22 28 (6.59%) Data Architecture
23 27 (6.35%) .NET
24 26 (6.12%) Data Modelling
25 25 (5.88%) ITIL
25 25 (5.88%) Information Security
25 25 (5.88%) Node.js
26 24 (5.65%) IaaS

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 14 (3.29%) IIS
2 11 (2.59%) Apache Spark
3 7 (1.65%) BizTalk Server
4 6 (1.41%) SAS
5 5 (1.18%) Apache
5 5 (1.18%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (0.94%) WebLogic
6 4 (0.94%) WildFly
7 2 (0.47%) Confluence
7 2 (0.47%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.47%) TPMS
7 2 (0.47%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.24%) Apache Pig
8 1 (0.24%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.24%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.24%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
Applications
1 6 (1.41%) MS Visio
2 5 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.47%) Adobe After Effects
3 2 (0.47%) Adobe Illustrator
3 2 (0.47%) Adobe Premiere
3 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.47%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.24%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.24%) InVision
4 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (1.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.18%) SAP PM
3 3 (0.71%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.47%) SAP MDG
4 2 (0.47%) SAP PLM
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.24%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.24%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 64 (15.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 53 (12.47%) Amazon AWS
3 31 (7.29%) SaaS
4 24 (5.65%) IaaS
5 20 (4.71%) PaaS
6 14 (3.29%) Office 365
7 8 (1.88%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 6 (1.41%) Azure Data Factory
8 6 (1.41%) iPaaS
9 5 (1.18%) Azure Active Directory
10 4 (0.94%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 4 (0.94%) AWS CloudTrail
10 4 (0.94%) Google Cloud Platform
11 3 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.71%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (0.71%) Boomi
11 3 (0.71%) Serverless
12 2 (0.47%) Amazon S3
12 2 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.47%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 23 (5.41%) Firewall
2 16 (3.76%) SAN
3 11 (2.59%) VLAN
4 9 (2.12%) DMZ
4 9 (2.12%) DNS
5 7 (1.65%) Unified Communications
6 6 (1.41%) BGP
7 5 (1.18%) HTTP
7 5 (1.18%) WAN
8 4 (0.94%) Converged Networks
8 4 (0.94%) OSPF
8 4 (0.94%) Software-Defined Networking
8 4 (0.94%) VPN
9 3 (0.71%) Cisco IOS
9 3 (0.71%) Cisco Nexus
9 3 (0.71%) DWDM
9 3 (0.71%) Network Security
10 2 (0.47%) MPLS
10 2 (0.47%) NAS
10 2 (0.47%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (5.18%) SQL Server
2 21 (4.94%) Big Data
3 19 (4.47%) Hadoop
4 13 (3.06%) Apache Hive
4 13 (3.06%) HBase
5 11 (2.59%) Data Warehouse
6 9 (2.12%) PostgreSQL
7 8 (1.88%) Azure SQL Database
7 8 (1.88%) MongoDB
7 8 (1.88%) Relational Database
8 7 (1.65%) Data Mining
9 6 (1.41%) Data Lake
9 6 (1.41%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 6 (1.41%) MySQL
10 5 (1.18%) BusinessObjects
10 5 (1.18%) NoSQL
10 5 (1.18%) Pentaho
11 4 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
11 4 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 4 (0.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 17 (4.00%) Jenkins
2 16 (3.76%) Git (software)
3 12 (2.82%) JIRA
4 6 (1.41%) ERwin
5 4 (0.94%) Vagrant
6 3 (0.71%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (0.71%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.71%) Rational Rose
6 3 (0.71%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.47%) ReSharper
7 2 (0.47%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.47%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.24%) Axure RP
8 1 (0.24%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.24%) Selenium
8 1 (0.24%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.24%) Subversion
General
1 72 (16.94%) Finance
2 29 (6.82%) Banking
3 10 (2.35%) Manufacturing
3 10 (2.35%) Retail
4 7 (1.65%) Law
5 6 (1.41%) Legal
6 5 (1.18%) Marketing
7 4 (0.94%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.47%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.47%) Local Government
8 2 (0.47%) Multimedia
8 2 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.47%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.24%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.24%) Automotive
9 1 (0.24%) Back Office
9 1 (0.24%) Billing
9 1 (0.24%) Front Office
9 1 (0.24%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (7.29%) Web Services
2 27 (6.35%) .NET
3 25 (5.88%) Node.js
4 17 (4.00%) JSON
4 17 (4.00%) REST
5 15 (3.53%) OAuth
6 14 (3.29%) CSS
6 14 (3.29%) HTML
6 14 (3.29%) SOAP
7 11 (2.59%) Middleware
8 8 (1.88%) AngularJS
9 7 (1.65%) ASP.NET
10 6 (1.41%) J2EE
10 6 (1.41%) Spring
11 5 (1.18%) JMS
11 5 (1.18%) XML
12 4 (0.94%) Ajax
12 4 (0.94%) OAuth2
12 4 (0.94%) Polymer
13 3 (0.71%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 34 (8.00%) Data Centre
2 17 (4.00%) Enterprise Software
3 12 (2.82%) Management Information System
3 12 (2.82%) Virtual Team
4 11 (2.59%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (2.35%) Private Cloud
5 10 (2.35%) Social Media
6 9 (2.12%) CESG
6 9 (2.12%) Hybrid Cloud
7 8 (1.88%) Client/Server
8 7 (1.65%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (1.65%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.65%) Public Cloud
8 7 (1.65%) Self-Motivation
9 5 (1.18%) Taxonomies
9 5 (1.18%) User Experience
10 4 (0.94%) Data Structures
11 3 (0.71%) Reference Data
12 2 (0.47%) Mobile Banking
12 2 (0.47%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 39 (9.18%) Windows
2 35 (8.24%) Linux
3 24 (5.65%) Unix
4 15 (3.53%) Android
4 15 (3.53%) Apple iOS
5 14 (3.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (2.35%) Solaris
7 9 (2.12%) AIX
7 9 (2.12%) Windows 2000
7 9 (2.12%) Windows Embedded Compact
7 9 (2.12%) Windows NT
8 8 (1.88%) Windows XP
9 6 (1.41%) Windows 10
10 5 (1.18%) Windows Server
11 2 (0.47%) CentOS
11 2 (0.47%) VME
11 2 (0.47%) Windows 7
11 2 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.24%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (27.76%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (12.94%) TOGAF
3 54 (12.71%) Stakeholder Management
4 44 (10.35%) DevOps
5 40 (9.41%) Migration
6 33 (7.76%) Microservices
7 32 (7.53%) Enterprise Architecture
8 30 (7.06%) SOA
9 28 (6.59%) Data Architecture
10 26 (6.12%) Data Modelling
11 25 (5.88%) Information Security
11 25 (5.88%) ITIL
12 24 (5.65%) Analytics
12 24 (5.65%) Risk Management
12 24 (5.65%) Scrum
13 23 (5.41%) Continuous Integration
14 22 (5.18%) Visualisation
15 21 (4.94%) Open Source
15 21 (4.94%) Technical Architecture
16 19 (4.47%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 49 (11.53%) Java
2 37 (8.71%) SQL
3 24 (5.65%) JavaScript
4 18 (4.24%) Python
5 15 (3.53%) PHP
6 11 (2.59%) C#
6 11 (2.59%) Ruby
7 10 (2.35%) Shell Script
8 9 (2.12%) COBOL
9 6 (1.41%) PowerShell
10 4 (0.94%) C
11 3 (0.71%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.47%) Java 8
12 2 (0.47%) Java 9
12 2 (0.47%) Perl
12 2 (0.47%) XPath
13 1 (0.24%) Groovy
13 1 (0.24%) Objective-C
13 1 (0.24%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.24%) VB
Qualifications
1 83 (19.53%) Security Cleared
2 68 (16.00%) SC Cleared
3 16 (3.76%) CISM
3 16 (3.76%) CISSP
4 14 (3.29%) BPSS Clearance
5 10 (2.35%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (2.12%) Degree
7 7 (1.65%) CESG Certified Professional
7 7 (1.65%) IISP
7 7 (1.65%) TOGAF Certification
8 6 (1.41%) CCIE
9 5 (1.18%) CCNP
9 5 (1.18%) CISMP
10 3 (0.71%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 3 (0.71%) MCSE
10 3 (0.71%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.47%) AWS Certification
11 2 (0.47%) CCA
11 2 (0.47%) CCNA
12 1 (0.24%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.59%) QA
2 10 (2.35%) SLA
3 9 (2.12%) Data Quality
4 7 (1.65%) GDPR
5 6 (1.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.71%) NIST 800
7 2 (0.47%) GCP
7 2 (0.47%) PMO
8 1 (0.24%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 20 (4.71%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.41%) Docker
2 6 (1.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.71%) Hyper-V
3 3 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.47%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (0.47%) vSphere
4 2 (0.47%) XenDesktop
5 1 (0.24%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.24%) FreeRADIUS
5 1 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.24%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 16 (3.76%) SCCM
2 11 (2.59%) Terraform
3 10 (2.35%) Single Sign-On
4 9 (2.12%) AirWatch
5 7 (1.65%) Ansible
6 5 (1.18%) Puppet
7 4 (0.94%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 4 (0.94%) Kubernetes
7 4 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.71%) Packer
9 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (0.47%) Rancher
9 2 (0.47%) SCOM
9 2 (0.47%) SCVMM
9 2 (0.47%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.47%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
10 1 (0.24%) Consul
10 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 1 (0.24%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 46 (10.82%) Microsoft
2 29 (6.82%) Oracle
3 18 (4.24%) Cisco
3 18 (4.24%) SAP
4 16 (3.76%) Cloudera
5 13 (3.06%) Red Hat
6 12 (2.82%) ServiceNow
7 11 (2.59%) IBM
8 10 (2.35%) EMC
9 9 (2.12%) Hitachi
9 9 (2.12%) Informatica
9 9 (2.12%) Palo Alto
9 9 (2.12%) Sun
9 9 (2.12%) VMware
10 8 (1.88%) BMC
10 8 (1.88%) Snow
10 8 (1.88%) Xamarin
11 7 (1.65%) Sitecore
12 6 (1.41%) Google
13 5 (1.18%) CA