Period
to 28 July 2021

The median contractor rate for a Cloud Architect was £561 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 28 July 2021.

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.

Cloud Architect
England > North West
6 months to
28 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 129 109 173
Rank change year-on-year -20 +64 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Cloud Architect 24 18 40
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 0.71% 0.79% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.76% 0.85% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 14 23
10th Percentile £505 £513 £523
25th Percentile £524 £523 £551
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £561 £613 £600
Median % change year-on-year -8.37% +2.08% -
75th Percentile £648 £650 £666
90th Percentile £747 " £740
England median daily rate £630 £600 £625
% change year-on-year +5.00% -4.00% +4.17%

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 3,154 2,120 4,993
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.20% 93.60% 94.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,242 1,362 3,298
10th Percentile £210 £200 £225
25th Percentile £333 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £413 £425
Median % change year-on-year +3.03% -2.94% +6.25%
75th Percentile £525 £525 £503
90th Percentile £600 £600 £600
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 180 107 230
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.07 £12.02
25th Percentile £14.44 £12.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate £18.57 £18.00 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year +3.14% -2.70% +5.71%
75th Percentile £38.94 £28.19 £37.53
90th Percentile £53.08 £52.70 £52.25
England median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

Cloud Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured Cloud Architect in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Cloud Architect in the North West

Cloud Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Daily rate trend for Cloud Architect in the North West

Cloud Architect
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Cloud Architect in the North West over the 6 months to 28 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Cloud Architect in the North West

Cloud 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 Cloud Architect within the North West region over the 6 months to 28 July 2021. 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 -27 14 £563 -2.17% 13
Merseyside - 6 £550 -
Lancashire +3 1 £700 +33.33%
Cheshire -4 1 - - 2
Cloud Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 28 July 2021, Cloud 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 Cloud Architect in the job title.

1 15 (62.50%) Azure
2 12 (50.00%) DevOps
3 11 (45.83%) AWS
4 10 (41.67%) PaaS
5 9 (37.50%) Stakeholder Management
6 8 (33.33%) Migration
6 8 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (29.17%) IaaS
7 7 (29.17%) Kubernetes
8 6 (25.00%) Social Skills
9 5 (20.83%) GCP
9 5 (20.83%) Enterprise Architecture
9 5 (20.83%) Security Architecture
9 5 (20.83%) Disaster Recovery
10 4 (16.67%) Information Security
10 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
10 4 (16.67%) High Availability
10 4 (16.67%) Google
10 4 (16.67%) SaaS
10 4 (16.67%) Event-Driven
10 4 (16.67%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
10 4 (16.67%) Customer Requirements
10 4 (16.67%) Decision-Making
11 3 (12.50%) Private Cloud
11 3 (12.50%) Microservices
11 3 (12.50%) REST
11 3 (12.50%) Big Data
11 3 (12.50%) Cloudera
11 3 (12.50%) OpenShift
11 3 (12.50%) Event-Driven Architecture

Cloud 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:

Cloud Services
1 15 (62.50%) Azure
2 11 (45.83%) AWS
3 10 (41.67%) PaaS
4 7 (29.17%) IaaS
5 5 (20.83%) GCP
6 4 (16.67%) SaaS
7 3 (12.50%) OpenShift
8 1 (4.17%) Amazon EKS
8 1 (4.17%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (4.17%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (4.17%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) Firewall
1 1 (4.17%) IPsec
1 1 (4.17%) Kerberos
1 1 (4.17%) Network Security
1 1 (4.17%) SSL
1 1 (4.17%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.50%) Big Data
2 2 (8.33%) Data Lake
2 2 (8.33%) NoSQL
3 1 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (4.17%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 1 (4.17%) JIRA
General
1 6 (25.00%) Social Skills
2 2 (8.33%) Banking
3 1 (4.17%) Legal
3 1 (4.17%) Public Sector
3 1 (4.17%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.50%) REST
1 3 (12.50%) SOAP
2 2 (8.33%) SAML
3 1 (4.17%) OAuth
3 1 (4.17%) OAuth2
3 1 (4.17%) OpenID
3 1 (4.17%) Web Services
3 1 (4.17%) XACML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Private Cloud
2 2 (8.33%) Data Centre
2 2 (8.33%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (4.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 1 (4.17%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.17%) AIX
1 1 (4.17%) Linux
1 1 (4.17%) Solaris
1 1 (4.17%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (50.00%) DevOps
2 9 (37.50%) Stakeholder Management
3 8 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (33.33%) Migration
4 5 (20.83%) Disaster Recovery
4 5 (20.83%) Enterprise Architecture
4 5 (20.83%) Security Architecture
5 4 (16.67%) Customer Requirements
5 4 (16.67%) Decision-Making
5 4 (16.67%) Event-Driven
5 4 (16.67%) High Availability
5 4 (16.67%) Information Security
5 4 (16.67%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
6 3 (12.50%) Event-Driven Architecture
6 3 (12.50%) Microservices
7 2 (8.33%) Architectural Design
7 2 (8.33%) Architecture Roadmap
7 2 (8.33%) Conflict Resolution
7 2 (8.33%) Continuous Delivery
7 2 (8.33%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.33%) SQL
2 1 (4.17%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 2 (8.33%) SC Cleared
1 2 (8.33%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.17%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) Data Quality
1 1 (4.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) Active Directory
1 1 (4.17%) RACF
Systems Management
1 7 (29.17%) Kubernetes
2 1 (4.17%) Active Directory Federation Services
2 1 (4.17%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (4.17%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (4.17%) Terraform
Vendors
1 4 (16.67%) Google
1 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
2 3 (12.50%) Cloudera
2 3 (12.50%) Red Hat
3 1 (4.17%) Informatica
3 1 (4.17%) ServiceNow
3 1 (4.17%) VMware