The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Software Architecture skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Architecture over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 with a comparison to the 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.

Software Architecture
England / North West
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 140 164 145
Rank change year-on-year +24 -19  
Contract jobs citing Software Architecture 2 1 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.068% 0.027% 0.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.084% 0.032% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 3
Median daily rate £388 £700 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -44.64% +59.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £700 £348
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £700 £608
UK excluding London median daily rate £426 £488 £445
% change year-on-year -12.56% +9.55%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.75 £40.00 £30.68
% change year-on-year +4.37% +30.39%  

Software Architecture is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2385 3083 2903
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 80.90% 82.19% 78.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 1409 1941 1709
Median daily rate £410 £415 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +7.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 77 125
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.25 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.75% -13.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £54.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Software Architecture
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Software Architecture as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Software Architecture in the North West

Software Architecture
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Architecture in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Architecture in the North West

Software Architecture
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Architecture in the North West over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Architecture in the North West

Software Architecture
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 Software Architecture in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Architecture in the North West

Software Architecture
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 Software Architecture within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire - 1 £450 -
Merseyside - 1 £325 -
Software Architecture
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software Architecture also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Software Architecture.

1 4 (80.00%) C#
1 4 (80.00%) Web Services
2 3 (60.00%) Electronics
2 3 (60.00%) Perforce
2 3 (60.00%) Firebird
2 3 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (60.00%) Spring
2 3 (60.00%) JIRA
2 3 (60.00%) XML
2 3 (60.00%) UML
2 3 (60.00%) HTTP
2 3 (60.00%) WSDL
2 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 3 (60.00%) Oracle
2 3 (60.00%) SC Cleared
2 3 (60.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (60.00%) Jenkins
2 3 (60.00%) Apache Camel
2 3 (60.00%) SDLC
2 3 (60.00%) SOAP
3 1 (20.00%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (20.00%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (20.00%) Sitecore
3 1 (20.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET
3 1 (20.00%) CSS
3 1 (20.00%) .NET
3 1 (20.00%) HTML
3 1 (20.00%) JavaScript

Software Architecture
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 1 (20.00%) CMS
1 1 (20.00%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (20.00%) Umbraco
Business Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Payment Gateway
Communications & Networking
1 3 (60.00%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (60.00%) Firebird
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (60.00%) Jenkins
1 3 (60.00%) JIRA
General
1 3 (60.00%) Electronics
2 1 (20.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) Developer
2 3 (60.00%) Software Developer
3 1 (20.00%) .NET Developer
3 1 (20.00%) Architect
3 1 (20.00%) C# Developer
3 1 (20.00%) C# Software Developer
3 1 (20.00%) Digital Architect
3 1 (20.00%) Digital Solutions Architect
3 1 (20.00%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (20.00%) SQL Developer
3 1 (20.00%) Umbraco Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (80.00%) Web Services
2 3 (60.00%) Apache Camel
2 3 (60.00%) SOAP
2 3 (60.00%) Spring
2 3 (60.00%) WSDL
2 3 (60.00%) XML
3 1 (20.00%) .NET
3 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET
3 1 (20.00%) CSS
3 1 (20.00%) HTML
3 1 (20.00%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) N-Tier
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (60.00%) SDLC
1 3 (60.00%) UML
2 1 (20.00%) Content Management
2 1 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
2 1 (20.00%) Document Management
2 1 (20.00%) OO
2 1 (20.00%) OOD
2 1 (20.00%) Performance Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 4 (80.00%) C#
2 3 (60.00%) SQL
3 1 (20.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (60.00%) SC Cleared
1 3 (60.00%) Security Cleared
Vendors
1 3 (60.00%) Oracle
1 3 (60.00%) Perforce
2 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (20.00%) Sitecore