Period
to 20 October 2019

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £540 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 20 October 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
20 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 19 18 17
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 0
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 364 431 448
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.94% 7.33% 7.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.40% 7.73% 8.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 260 280 269
North West median daily rate £540 £533 £532
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.41% +0.19% +4.22%
10th Percentile £436 £425 £425
90th Percentile £700 £675 £723
England median daily rate £575 £575 £550
% change year-on-year - +4.55% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 6
North West median hourly rate £67.50 £45.00 £65.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% -30.77% +40.54%
10th Percentile £23.85 £38.61 £53.25
90th Percentile £69.75 £64.36 £67.75
England median hourly rate £72.50 £55.00 £60.00
% change year-on-year +31.82% -8.33% +39.53%

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 4,918 5,579 5,335
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.71% 94.93% 95.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,200 3,469 3,336
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £225 £242 £250
90th Percentile £575 £575 £575
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 251 343 247
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +3.90% +13.24%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.02 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.00 £45.70 £48.30
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% +1.22%

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 20 October 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
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 20 October 2019.

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 20 October 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 +7 170 £525 -1.41% 76
Cheshire +7 71 £575 +9.52% 11
Lancashire -9 45 £525 +6.60% 9
Merseyside -8 27 £525 -8.70% 5
Cumbria -10 13 £488 -23.53% 2
Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 96 (26.37%) Azure
2 86 (23.63%) Migration
3 83 (22.80%) AWS
4 75 (20.60%) Agile Software Development
5 53 (14.56%) Microsoft
6 47 (12.91%) TOGAF
7 46 (12.64%) Security Cleared
8 39 (10.71%) Stakeholder Management
8 39 (10.71%) Finance
8 39 (10.71%) Data Modelling
9 38 (10.44%) SQL
9 38 (10.44%) Microservices
10 37 (10.16%) SC Cleared
11 35 (9.62%) DevOps
12 34 (9.34%) SAP
13 33 (9.07%) Security Architecture
14 32 (8.79%) Data Architecture
14 32 (8.79%) Public Cloud
14 32 (8.79%) Public Sector
15 30 (8.24%) Java
15 30 (8.24%) Business Intelligence
16 29 (7.97%) Analytics
17 27 (7.42%) Cisco
17 27 (7.42%) .NET
18 26 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
18 26 (7.14%) Data Migration
19 25 (6.87%) Hadoop
19 25 (6.87%) Oracle
20 24 (6.59%) Data Centre
21 23 (6.32%) Banking

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 19 (5.22%) Apache Spark
2 10 (2.75%) Anypoint
3 8 (2.20%) SAS
3 8 (2.20%) SharePoint
3 8 (2.20%) Skype for Business
4 6 (1.65%) Confluence
4 6 (1.65%) MS Exchange
5 5 (1.37%) Mule
6 3 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.82%) nginx
6 3 (0.82%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (0.82%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.55%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.27%) Apache
8 1 (0.27%) CMS
8 1 (0.27%) IIS
8 1 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 8 (2.20%) MS Visio
2 3 (0.82%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.55%) SPSS
4 1 (0.27%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.27%) Stata
Business Applications
1 8 (2.20%) SAP S/4HANA
2 4 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (0.82%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.55%) Oracle Assets
4 2 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.55%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 2 (0.55%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.27%) Finacle
5 1 (0.27%) Hyperion Planning
5 1 (0.27%) Infor CloudSuite
5 1 (0.27%) Sage 1000
5 1 (0.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.27%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.27%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 96 (26.37%) Azure
2 83 (22.80%) AWS
3 20 (5.49%) Office 365
4 18 (4.95%) Power Platform
5 17 (4.67%) SaaS
6 13 (3.57%) Dynamics 365
7 10 (2.75%) PaaS
8 9 (2.47%) IaaS
9 8 (2.20%) SuccessFactors
10 7 (1.92%) Serverless
11 6 (1.65%) AWS Lambda
11 6 (1.65%) GCP
12 5 (1.37%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (1.37%) Amazon S3
12 5 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (1.37%) OneDrive
13 4 (1.10%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.82%) Azure Data Factory
14 3 (0.82%) Yammer
15 2 (0.55%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 23 (6.32%) LAN
2 22 (6.04%) Firewall
3 21 (5.77%) WAN
4 14 (3.85%) Network Security
5 9 (2.47%) Wireless
6 7 (1.92%) Skype
7 6 (1.65%) BGP
7 6 (1.65%) Cisco ASA
8 5 (1.37%) Cisco Nexus
8 5 (1.37%) Intrusion Detection
8 5 (1.37%) MPLS
8 5 (1.37%) OSPF
8 5 (1.37%) VoIP
9 4 (1.10%) Cisco Firepower
9 4 (1.10%) Cisco ISE
9 4 (1.10%) Cisco Wireless
9 4 (1.10%) DNS
9 4 (1.10%) TCP/IP
9 4 (1.10%) Unified Communications
9 4 (1.10%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (6.87%) Hadoop
2 21 (5.77%) Big Data
3 19 (5.22%) MongoDB
4 18 (4.95%) Power BI
5 16 (4.40%) Data Warehouse
6 15 (4.12%) NoSQL
7 13 (3.57%) SQL Server
8 8 (2.20%) Data Lake
9 7 (1.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (1.65%) BusinessObjects
10 6 (1.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (1.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (1.37%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 4 (1.10%) Azure SQL Database
12 4 (1.10%) Relational Database
12 4 (1.10%) SAP HANA
13 3 (0.82%) DataStage
13 3 (0.82%) Essbase
13 3 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
13 3 (0.82%) Qlik Sense
Development Applications
1 11 (3.02%) JIRA
2 8 (2.20%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.92%) JUnit
3 7 (1.92%) Subversion
4 6 (1.65%) Bitbucket Server
4 6 (1.65%) ERwin
5 3 (0.82%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.27%) Babel
6 1 (0.27%) ER Studio
6 1 (0.27%) git-flow
6 1 (0.27%) Gradle
6 1 (0.27%) IntelliJ
6 1 (0.27%) Maven
6 1 (0.27%) MSBuild
6 1 (0.27%) PHPUnit
6 1 (0.27%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 39 (10.71%) Finance
2 32 (8.79%) Public Sector
3 23 (6.32%) Banking
4 13 (3.57%) Marketing
5 11 (3.02%) Legal
5 11 (3.02%) Retail
6 10 (2.75%) Back Office
6 10 (2.75%) Telecoms
7 9 (2.47%) Manufacturing
8 7 (1.92%) Pharmaceutical
8 7 (1.92%) Publishing
9 3 (0.82%) Advertising
9 3 (0.82%) Electronics
9 3 (0.82%) Local Government
10 2 (0.55%) Law
11 1 (0.27%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.27%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.27%) Social Housing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (7.42%) .NET
2 20 (5.49%) Node.js
3 19 (5.22%) Web Services
4 9 (2.47%) XML
5 6 (1.65%) JSON
5 6 (1.65%) React
5 6 (1.65%) REST
6 5 (1.37%) AngularJS
6 5 (1.37%) Middleware
7 4 (1.10%) .NET Core
7 4 (1.10%) Spring
8 3 (0.82%) HTML
8 3 (0.82%) SAML
8 3 (0.82%) SAP Fiori
9 2 (0.55%) CSS
9 2 (0.55%) MDX
9 2 (0.55%) RESTful
9 2 (0.55%) SAP Basis
9 2 (0.55%) Spring Boot
9 2 (0.55%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 32 (8.79%) Public Cloud
2 26 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (6.59%) Data Centre
4 17 (4.67%) User Experience
5 16 (4.40%) Hybrid Cloud
6 13 (3.57%) Management Information System
7 9 (2.47%) PKI
8 8 (2.20%) Enterprise Cloud
8 8 (2.20%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (1.65%) Smart Meter
10 5 (1.37%) Clustering
10 5 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.37%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.82%) Private Cloud
11 3 (0.82%) Smart Energy
12 2 (0.55%) Biotechnology
12 2 (0.55%) IVR
12 2 (0.55%) Mobile App
12 2 (0.55%) Self-Motivation
12 2 (0.55%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 21 (5.77%) Windows
2 7 (1.92%) HPUX
2 7 (1.92%) Windows 10
3 4 (1.10%) Unix
3 4 (1.10%) Windows Server
4 3 (0.82%) Linux
4 3 (0.82%) Windows 7
5 2 (0.55%) Android
5 2 (0.55%) Windows 2000 Server
5 2 (0.55%) Windows 8
5 2 (0.55%) Windows NT
5 2 (0.55%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.27%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (23.63%) Migration
2 75 (20.60%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (12.91%) TOGAF
4 39 (10.71%) Data Modelling
4 39 (10.71%) Stakeholder Management
5 38 (10.44%) Microservices
6 35 (9.62%) DevOps
7 33 (9.07%) Security Architecture
8 32 (8.79%) Data Architecture
9 30 (8.24%) Business Intelligence
10 29 (7.97%) Analytics
11 26 (7.14%) Data Migration
12 22 (6.04%) Data Strategy
13 21 (5.77%) Software Engineering
14 18 (4.95%) Cybersecurity
15 17 (4.67%) Domain-Driven Design
15 17 (4.67%) ERP
15 17 (4.67%) IT Strategy
16 16 (4.40%) Information Security
16 16 (4.40%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (10.44%) SQL
2 30 (8.24%) Java
3 19 (5.22%) Python
4 11 (3.02%) JavaScript
5 8 (2.20%) C#
5 8 (2.20%) PowerShell
6 3 (0.82%) ABAP
6 3 (0.82%) R
7 2 (0.55%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 2 (0.55%) Java 8
7 2 (0.55%) Ruby
7 2 (0.55%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.55%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.27%) Apex Code
8 1 (0.27%) C
8 1 (0.27%) ES6
8 1 (0.27%) F#
8 1 (0.27%) Groovy
8 1 (0.27%) Perl
8 1 (0.27%) PHP
Qualifications
1 46 (12.64%) Security Cleared
2 37 (10.16%) SC Cleared
3 20 (5.49%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (3.57%) BPSS Clearance
5 11 (3.02%) CCIE
6 10 (2.75%) CCNP
7 8 (2.20%) CISSP
8 5 (1.37%) CCNA
8 5 (1.37%) CISM
8 5 (1.37%) Degree
9 4 (1.10%) AWS Certification
9 4 (1.10%) CCIE Data Center
10 3 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.82%) TOGAF Certification
11 2 (0.55%) CCSE
11 2 (0.55%) CISA
11 2 (0.55%) ISSAP
12 1 (0.27%) CWNA
12 1 (0.27%) LPIC
12 1 (0.27%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.30%) NCSC
2 8 (2.20%) QA
3 6 (1.65%) GDPR
3 6 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.82%) PMO
4 3 (0.82%) PSD2
5 2 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.27%) COBIT
6 1 (0.27%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.27%) GxP
6 1 (0.27%) NIST
6 1 (0.27%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.27%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (5.22%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.92%) Docker
3 5 (1.37%) Hyper-V
3 5 (1.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.37%) VMware NSX
4 2 (0.55%) HDFS
4 2 (0.55%) XenDesktop
5 1 (0.27%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.27%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 7 (1.92%) SCCM
2 6 (1.65%) Kubernetes
3 4 (1.10%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (0.82%) AirWatch
4 3 (0.82%) Ansible
4 3 (0.82%) Puppet
4 3 (0.82%) Stealthwatch
5 2 (0.55%) CASB
5 2 (0.55%) Cisco Prime
5 2 (0.55%) FortiGate
5 2 (0.55%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 2 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.55%) SCOM
6 1 (0.27%) Istio
6 1 (0.27%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (0.27%) Oozie
6 1 (0.27%) Rsyslog
6 1 (0.27%) Terraform
6 1 (0.27%) VictorOps
6 1 (0.27%) WSUS
Vendors
1 53 (14.56%) Microsoft
2 34 (9.34%) SAP
3 27 (7.42%) Cisco
4 25 (6.87%) Oracle
5 22 (6.04%) Tableau
6 21 (5.77%) VMware
7 19 (5.22%) MuleSoft
8 16 (4.40%) Salesforce.com
9 14 (3.85%) Cloudera
10 12 (3.30%) Palo Alto
10 12 (3.30%) Pega
11 10 (2.75%) CheckPoint
12 9 (2.47%) Informatica
13 8 (2.20%) Fortinet
14 7 (1.92%) 3PAR
14 7 (1.92%) F5
14 7 (1.92%) Google
14 7 (1.92%) Nimble Storage
15 6 (1.65%) Workday
16 5 (1.37%) Intapp