Period
to 3 June 2020

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 3 June 2020.

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
3 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 16 16 26
Rank change year-on-year 0 +10 -7
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 235 430 396
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 8.27% 8.47% 6.73%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.80% 8.95% 7.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 138 302 252
Median daily rate £600 £575 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.35% +4.55% +4.76%
10th Percentile £448 £426 £426
90th Percentile £728 £750 £712
England median daily rate £600 £575 £563
% change year-on-year +4.35% +2.22% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 0
Median hourly rate £57.00 £35.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +62.86% - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £53.00
% change year-on-year - -33.96% +23.98%

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 2,671 4,807 5,596
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.98% 94.72% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,594 3,072 3,467
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £200 £250 £244
90th Percentile £638 £613 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 146 223 317
Median hourly rate £20.50 £18.06 £18.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.51% +0.11% -7.49%
10th Percentile £12.02 £12.21 £11.27
90th Percentile £53.00 £49.75 £50.50
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +10.26% +4.28% -0.27%

Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured Architect in the job title as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Architect in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Architect in the North West

Architect
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Architect in the North West over the 6 months to 3 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Architect in the North West

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Architect in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Architect in the North West

Architect
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Architect in the North West over the 6 months to 3 June 2020.

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 3 June 2020. 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 90 £581 +10.71% 34
Lancashire +2 45 £600 -1.23% 1
Cheshire -2 44 £563 -6.25% 10
Merseyside +12 23 £600 - 2
Cumbria -6 6 £650 +6.12%
Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 3 June 2020, 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 67 (28.51%) Security Cleared
2 63 (26.81%) SC Cleared
3 53 (22.55%) Agile Software Development
4 45 (19.15%) Azure
4 45 (19.15%) AWS
5 39 (16.60%) TOGAF
6 35 (14.89%) DevOps
7 30 (12.77%) Enterprise Architecture
8 27 (11.49%) Finance
9 23 (9.79%) Stakeholder Management
9 23 (9.79%) Service Management
9 23 (9.79%) Microsoft
10 22 (9.36%) Migration
11 21 (8.94%) Oracle
11 21 (8.94%) Cybersecurity
12 20 (8.51%) SAP
12 20 (8.51%) Data Architecture
13 18 (7.66%) .NET
13 18 (7.66%) Cisco
13 18 (7.66%) User Experience
14 17 (7.23%) Active Directory
14 17 (7.23%) ITIL
14 17 (7.23%) Data Migration
14 17 (7.23%) Public Sector
15 16 (6.81%) Web Services
15 16 (6.81%) SQL Server
15 16 (6.81%) SOA
15 16 (6.81%) Firewall
15 16 (6.81%) Manufacturing
15 16 (6.81%) Salesforce.com

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 6 (2.55%) Apache ServiceMix
1 6 (2.55%) JBoss
1 6 (2.55%) Red Hat Fuse
2 5 (2.13%) Apache Spark
2 5 (2.13%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.70%) Elasticsearch
3 4 (1.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 3 (1.28%) Apache
4 3 (1.28%) CMS
4 3 (1.28%) SAS
5 2 (0.85%) IIS
5 2 (0.85%) Mule
5 2 (0.85%) Oracle Coherence
6 1 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.43%) Jupyter
Applications
1 2 (0.85%) Adobe Illustrator
1 2 (0.85%) Photoshop
2 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.43%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (2.55%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 5 (2.13%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (1.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 2 (0.85%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.85%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.43%) Magento
5 1 (0.43%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.43%) SAP Retail
5 1 (0.43%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 45 (19.15%) AWS
1 45 (19.15%) Azure
2 10 (4.26%) SaaS
3 9 (3.83%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 8 (3.40%) Office 365
4 8 (3.40%) PaaS
4 8 (3.40%) Power Platform
5 7 (2.98%) AWS CloudFormation
6 6 (2.55%) SuccessFactors
7 5 (2.13%) HP Helion
8 4 (1.70%) Amazon ElastiCache
8 4 (1.70%) Amazon S3
8 4 (1.70%) CloudFront
8 4 (1.70%) IaaS
8 4 (1.70%) Route 53
9 3 (1.28%) Amazon Cognito
9 3 (1.28%) Coveralls
9 3 (1.28%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (1.28%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 3 (1.28%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.81%) Firewall
2 13 (5.53%) Network Security
3 10 (4.26%) WAN
4 9 (3.83%) HTTP
5 8 (3.40%) LAN
6 7 (2.98%) FTP
7 6 (2.55%) DNS
7 6 (2.55%) SAN
7 6 (2.55%) Wi-Fi
8 5 (2.13%) DMZ
8 5 (2.13%) MPLS
9 4 (1.70%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (1.28%) BGP
10 3 (1.28%) Cisco Nexus
10 3 (1.28%) Skype
10 3 (1.28%) SSL
10 3 (1.28%) X.509
11 2 (0.85%) Intranet
11 2 (0.85%) Kerberos
11 2 (0.85%) SCCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (6.81%) Big Data
1 16 (6.81%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.11%) Hadoop
3 9 (3.83%) Apache Hive
4 8 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (3.40%) Power BI
5 7 (2.98%) Relational Database
6 5 (2.13%) HBase
6 5 (2.13%) NoSQL
6 5 (2.13%) RDBMS
7 3 (1.28%) Amazon RDS
7 3 (1.28%) Apache Cassandra
7 3 (1.28%) Cosmos DB
7 3 (1.28%) Data Lake
7 3 (1.28%) Redis
7 3 (1.28%) Sqoop
8 2 (0.85%) Couchbase
8 2 (0.85%) IBM InfoSphere
8 2 (0.85%) Impala
8 2 (0.85%) Qlik Sense
Development Applications
1 7 (2.98%) Jenkins
2 6 (2.55%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.70%) JUnit
4 3 (1.28%) Bitbucket Server
4 3 (1.28%) Gradle
4 3 (1.28%) Maven
4 3 (1.28%) SonarQube
4 3 (1.28%) TeamCity
5 2 (0.85%) ERwin
5 2 (0.85%) GitLab
5 2 (0.85%) Katalon Studio
5 2 (0.85%) Selenium
6 1 (0.43%) Subversion
General
1 27 (11.49%) Finance
2 17 (7.23%) Public Sector
3 16 (6.81%) Manufacturing
4 10 (4.26%) Banking
5 8 (3.40%) Retail
6 7 (2.98%) Law
7 3 (1.28%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.85%) Advertising
8 2 (0.85%) Marketing
8 2 (0.85%) Police
9 1 (0.43%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.43%) Back Office
9 1 (0.43%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (7.66%) .NET
2 16 (6.81%) Web Services
3 11 (4.68%) SOAP
4 10 (4.26%) XML
5 8 (3.40%) JSON
6 7 (2.98%) Middleware
6 7 (2.98%) REST
7 6 (2.55%) EDI
8 5 (2.13%) RESTful
9 4 (1.70%) YAML
10 3 (1.28%) ASP.NET
10 3 (1.28%) SAML
11 2 (0.85%) CGI
11 2 (0.85%) CSS
11 2 (0.85%) Flash
11 2 (0.85%) HTML
11 2 (0.85%) MDX
11 2 (0.85%) Web Services Management
11 2 (0.85%) XHTML
11 2 (0.85%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 18 (7.66%) User Experience
2 11 (4.68%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (4.26%) Public Cloud
4 9 (3.83%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (2.98%) Smart Meter
6 6 (2.55%) Data Centre
7 5 (2.13%) Cloud Native
7 5 (2.13%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (2.13%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.13%) PKI
7 5 (2.13%) SCADA
7 5 (2.13%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 4 (1.70%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 3 (1.28%) Mobile App
9 3 (1.28%) Private Cloud
9 3 (1.28%) Social Media
9 3 (1.28%) TM Forum
10 2 (0.85%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.85%) Motion Graphics
10 2 (0.85%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 15 (6.38%) Windows
2 14 (5.96%) Unix
3 7 (2.98%) Linux
4 5 (2.13%) Android
4 5 (2.13%) Apple iOS
5 4 (1.70%) Windows 10
6 2 (0.85%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.43%) HPUX
7 1 (0.43%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (22.55%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (16.60%) TOGAF
3 35 (14.89%) DevOps
4 30 (12.77%) Enterprise Architecture
5 23 (9.79%) Service Management
5 23 (9.79%) Stakeholder Management
6 22 (9.36%) Migration
7 21 (8.94%) Cybersecurity
8 20 (8.51%) Data Architecture
9 17 (7.23%) Data Migration
9 17 (7.23%) ITIL
10 16 (6.81%) SOA
11 15 (6.38%) Analytics
11 15 (6.38%) Business Intelligence
12 14 (5.96%) Problem-Solving
12 14 (5.96%) Security Architecture
13 13 (5.53%) Decision-Making
14 11 (4.68%) Open Source
15 10 (4.26%) SDLC
15 10 (4.26%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 15 (6.38%) C#
1 15 (6.38%) Java
2 11 (4.68%) SQL
3 8 (3.40%) Python
4 6 (2.55%) ActionScript
4 6 (2.55%) ActionScript 2.0
5 5 (2.13%) JavaScript
6 4 (1.70%) PHP
7 3 (1.28%) Ada
7 3 (1.28%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.85%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 2 (0.85%) PowerShell
8 2 (0.85%) Shell Script
8 2 (0.85%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.43%) Haskell
9 1 (0.43%) Lua
9 1 (0.43%) Perl
9 1 (0.43%) R
9 1 (0.43%) Ruby
9 1 (0.43%) Scala
Qualifications
1 67 (28.51%) Security Cleared
2 63 (26.81%) SC Cleared
3 12 (5.11%) TOGAF Certification
4 8 (3.40%) BPSS Clearance
5 5 (2.13%) AWS Certification
5 5 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (2.13%) Degree
6 4 (1.70%) CCIE
6 4 (1.70%) CCNP
7 3 (1.28%) ISEB
7 3 (1.28%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (0.85%) CCIE Data Center
8 2 (0.85%) Chartered Engineer
8 2 (0.85%) CISSP
8 2 (0.85%) CITP
8 2 (0.85%) CLAS
8 2 (0.85%) MBCS
9 1 (0.43%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.43%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
9 1 (0.43%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.40%) GDPR
1 8 (3.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 8 (3.40%) NCSC
2 4 (1.70%) NIST
2 4 (1.70%) QA
3 3 (1.28%) HIPAA
3 3 (1.28%) RMADS
4 2 (0.85%) SLA
5 1 (0.43%) COBIT
5 1 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 17 (7.23%) Active Directory
2 7 (2.98%) Docker
3 5 (2.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.85%) Apache Flume
4 2 (0.85%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 2 (0.85%) HDFS
5 1 (0.43%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.43%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 6 (2.55%) Kubernetes
1 6 (2.55%) Puppet
2 5 (2.13%) Ansible
2 5 (2.13%) Terraform
3 4 (1.70%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (1.28%) SCCM
5 2 (0.85%) Network Intrusion Detection System
5 2 (0.85%) Oozie
6 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.43%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.43%) Packer
6 1 (0.43%) vRealize
Vendors
1 23 (9.79%) Microsoft
2 21 (8.94%) Oracle
3 20 (8.51%) SAP
4 18 (7.66%) Cisco
5 16 (6.81%) Salesforce.com
6 14 (5.96%) Pega
7 9 (3.83%) Cloudera
7 9 (3.83%) VMware
8 8 (3.40%) IBM
9 6 (2.55%) Red Hat
9 6 (2.55%) Sparx
10 5 (2.13%) Google
10 5 (2.13%) Hortonworks
10 5 (2.13%) HP
11 4 (1.70%) MuleSoft
11 4 (1.70%) NetApp
12 3 (1.28%) CheckPoint
12 3 (1.28%) Citrix
12 3 (1.28%) Informatica
12 3 (1.28%) Juniper