Period
to 25 August 2019

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 25 August 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
25 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 15 25 25
Rank change year-on-year +10 0 -8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 3,920 3,978 3,431
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 8.14% 7.23% 6.68%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.61% 7.61% 7.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,460 2,338 1,999
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £438 £429 £413
90th Percentile £688 £688 £660
UK median daily rate £575 £569 £550
% change year-on-year +1.10% +3.41% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 20 29
UK excluding London median hourly rate £70.00 £45.00 £57.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.56% -21.74% +21.05%
10th Percentile £35.00 £33.64 £29.92
90th Percentile £84.35 £69.66 £65.45
UK median hourly rate £67.50 £46.50 £56.45
% change year-on-year +45.16% -17.63% +17.83%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London. 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
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies in the UK excluding London with a recognized job title 45,536 52,296 48,877
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.58% 95.02% 95.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,072 31,752 29,577
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +2.56%
10th Percentile £225 £250 £231
90th Percentile £590 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,272 2,459 2,242
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.38 £17.50 £17.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -1.52% -6.47%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £51.75 £47.50 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% -1.58%

Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings that featured Architect in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Architect in the UK excluding London

Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Architect in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Architect in the UK excluding London

Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Architect in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 25 August 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Architect in the UK excluding London

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Architect in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Architect in the UK excluding London

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Architect in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 25 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Architect in the UK excluding London

Architect
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Architect within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 25 August 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
South East +11 1,349 £550 - 258
North of England -2 650 £540 - 185
South West +2 557 £575 +9.52% 88
Midlands 0 547 £550 - 131
West Midlands +5 408 £550 - 92
North West +1 367 £550 - 109
Scotland +2 346 £550 +4.76% 39
East of England +1 309 £550 +2.33% 61
Yorkshire -3 220 £540 - 64
Wales +13 153 £593 +9.86% 15
East Midlands -6 115 £525 - 37
North East +17 64 £525 +2.44% 12
Channel Islands -9 7 £575 -4.17%
Northern Ireland +3 6 £663 +32.60% 11
South Coast -1 5 - -
Architect
UK

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London

For the 6 months to 25 August 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 UK excluding London region featuring Architect in the job title.

1 947 (24.16%) Azure
2 818 (20.87%) Agile Software Development
3 673 (17.17%) Finance
4 650 (16.58%) Security Cleared
5 642 (16.38%) Migration
6 634 (16.17%) AWS
7 601 (15.33%) Microsoft
8 536 (13.67%) TOGAF
9 433 (11.05%) SC Cleared
10 399 (10.18%) Stakeholder Management
11 385 (9.82%) Java
12 374 (9.54%) DevOps
13 349 (8.90%) Windows
14 344 (8.78%) Enterprise Architecture
15 340 (8.67%) Public Sector
16 329 (8.39%) Oracle
17 315 (8.04%) SQL
18 298 (7.60%) Data Centre
19 297 (7.58%) Microservices
19 297 (7.58%) Web Services
20 288 (7.35%) Telecoms
21 282 (7.19%) Cisco
22 278 (7.09%) VMware
23 263 (6.71%) PaaS
24 262 (6.68%) Office 365
25 258 (6.58%) SAP
26 252 (6.43%) SaaS
27 251 (6.40%) Firewall
28 247 (6.30%) Active Directory
29 245 (6.25%) ITIL

Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 78 (1.99%) SharePoint
2 60 (1.53%) Skype for Business
3 58 (1.48%) Apache Spark
4 39 (0.99%) Confluence
5 38 (0.97%) OpenStack
6 32 (0.82%) WebLogic
7 31 (0.79%) Apache
8 28 (0.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 24 (0.61%) MS Exchange
10 23 (0.59%) WebSphere
11 21 (0.54%) SAS
12 19 (0.48%) IIS
13 18 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
13 18 (0.46%) JBoss
14 13 (0.33%) Anypoint
14 13 (0.33%) Tomcat
15 11 (0.28%) CMS
16 10 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
17 8 (0.20%) Cloud Foundry
18 7 (0.18%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 69 (1.76%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (0.64%) MS Visio
3 23 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
6 9 (0.23%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.10%) SPSS
8 3 (0.077%) Windchill
9 2 (0.051%) CATIA
9 2 (0.051%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.051%) Stata
10 1 (0.026%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 57 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 38 (0.97%) SAP S/4HANA
3 33 (0.84%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 21 (0.54%) SAP ERP
5 16 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 14 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
7 13 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
7 13 (0.33%) SAP FI
8 12 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
9 10 (0.26%) SAP CO
9 10 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
10 9 (0.23%) BusinessWorks
10 9 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
10 9 (0.23%) SAP BPC
11 8 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
11 8 (0.20%) Teamcenter
12 7 (0.18%) SAP HR
13 5 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
13 5 (0.13%) SDL Web 8
14 4 (0.10%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 947 (24.16%) Azure
2 634 (16.17%) AWS
3 263 (6.71%) PaaS
4 262 (6.68%) Office 365
5 252 (6.43%) SaaS
6 222 (5.66%) IaaS
7 96 (2.45%) Power Platform
8 94 (2.40%) Azure Active Directory
9 86 (2.19%) Serverless
10 81 (2.07%) Dynamics 365
11 63 (1.61%) GCP
12 50 (1.28%) OpenShift
13 48 (1.22%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 44 (1.12%) AWS Lambda
15 33 (0.84%) iPaaS
16 32 (0.82%) SuccessFactors
17 31 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
17 31 (0.79%) Boomi
18 29 (0.74%) Amazon S3
19 28 (0.71%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 251 (6.40%) Firewall
2 196 (5.00%) WAN
3 153 (3.90%) LAN
4 113 (2.88%) Network Security
5 102 (2.60%) DNS
6 92 (2.35%) Internet
7 70 (1.79%) SAN
8 67 (1.71%) Skype
9 66 (1.68%) VPN
10 58 (1.48%) TCP/IP
11 50 (1.28%) Wireless
12 41 (1.05%) Unified Communications
13 40 (1.02%) DHCP
14 38 (0.97%) Cisco ASA
15 37 (0.94%) BGP
16 35 (0.89%) Cisco Nexus
17 29 (0.74%) Wi-Fi
18 26 (0.66%) MPLS
18 26 (0.66%) Reverse Proxy
19 25 (0.64%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 177 (4.52%) SQL Server
2 174 (4.44%) Big Data
3 132 (3.37%) Data Warehouse
4 98 (2.50%) Hadoop
5 86 (2.19%) Data Lake
6 84 (2.14%) NoSQL
7 77 (1.96%) Power BI
8 69 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 45 (1.15%) Relational Database
10 44 (1.12%) Oracle Database
11 36 (0.92%) MongoDB
12 33 (0.84%) MySQL
13 31 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 29 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
15 27 (0.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 26 (0.66%) RDBMS
17 25 (0.64%) Apache Hive
18 22 (0.56%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
19 20 (0.51%) Cosmos DB
19 20 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 95 (2.42%) Jenkins
2 69 (1.76%) JIRA
3 65 (1.66%) Git (software)
4 35 (0.89%) Maven
5 20 (0.51%) Eclipse
5 20 (0.51%) Gradle
6 19 (0.48%) Ant
7 17 (0.43%) ERwin
8 16 (0.41%) IntelliJ
8 16 (0.41%) JUnit
9 14 (0.36%) Visual Studio
9 14 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
10 13 (0.33%) Subversion
11 12 (0.31%) Sonatype Nexus
12 10 (0.26%) Apache Ivy
13 8 (0.20%) Cucumber
14 7 (0.18%) Apache Buildr
14 7 (0.18%) GitLab
14 7 (0.18%) Spinnaker
15 6 (0.15%) Bitbucket Server
General
1 673 (17.17%) Finance
2 340 (8.67%) Public Sector
3 288 (7.35%) Telecoms
4 203 (5.18%) Banking
5 186 (4.74%) Retail
6 104 (2.65%) Manufacturing
7 97 (2.47%) Marketing
8 56 (1.43%) Electronics
9 51 (1.30%) Legal
10 33 (0.84%) Investment Banking
11 27 (0.69%) Billing
12 25 (0.64%) Local Government
13 24 (0.61%) Financial Institution
14 23 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
15 22 (0.56%) Aerospace
15 22 (0.56%) Back Office
16 21 (0.54%) Publishing
17 16 (0.41%) Advertising
18 14 (0.36%) Automotive
18 14 (0.36%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 297 (7.58%) Web Services
2 243 (6.20%) .NET
3 156 (3.98%) XML
4 155 (3.95%) Middleware
5 124 (3.16%) JSON
5 124 (3.16%) REST
6 123 (3.14%) SOAP
7 85 (2.17%) RESTful
8 60 (1.53%) Node.js
9 59 (1.51%) Spring
10 57 (1.45%) Java EE
10 57 (1.45%) Kafka
11 53 (1.35%) HTML
12 48 (1.22%) J2EE
13 44 (1.12%) React
14 42 (1.07%) .NET Core
15 39 (0.99%) CSS
16 37 (0.94%) LDAP
17 36 (0.92%) Spring Boot
18 32 (0.82%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 298 (7.60%) Data Centre
2 180 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
3 159 (4.06%) Public Cloud
4 113 (2.88%) Management Information System
5 98 (2.50%) User Experience
6 79 (2.02%) Enterprise Software
7 73 (1.86%) Hybrid Cloud
7 73 (1.86%) PKI
8 71 (1.81%) Greenfield Project
9 54 (1.38%) Mobile App
10 46 (1.17%) Replication
11 44 (1.12%) Virtual Team
12 42 (1.07%) Cloud Native
13 40 (1.02%) Robotics
14 37 (0.94%) Private Cloud
15 36 (0.92%) Self-Motivation
16 28 (0.71%) Mainframe
16 28 (0.71%) Reference Data
16 28 (0.71%) SCADA
17 27 (0.69%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 349 (8.90%) Windows
2 198 (5.05%) Linux
3 98 (2.50%) Windows 10
3 98 (2.50%) Windows Server
4 75 (1.91%) Unix
5 50 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 41 (1.05%) Solaris
7 23 (0.59%) AIX
8 20 (0.51%) Apple iOS
9 19 (0.48%) Android
10 18 (0.46%) CentOS
10 18 (0.46%) Windows 7
11 14 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
11 14 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
12 11 (0.28%) VMS
13 10 (0.26%) HPUX
14 8 (0.20%) Windows XP
15 7 (0.18%) Ubuntu
15 7 (0.18%) VME
15 7 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 818 (20.87%) Agile Software Development
2 642 (16.38%) Migration
3 536 (13.67%) TOGAF
4 399 (10.18%) Stakeholder Management
5 374 (9.54%) DevOps
6 344 (8.78%) Enterprise Architecture
7 297 (7.58%) Microservices
8 245 (6.25%) ITIL
9 240 (6.12%) Data Architecture
10 233 (5.94%) Data Modelling
11 219 (5.59%) Security Architecture
12 213 (5.43%) Information Security
13 212 (5.41%) Business Intelligence
14 210 (5.36%) Analytics
15 204 (5.20%) SOA
16 197 (5.03%) Project Delivery
17 196 (5.00%) Technical Leadership
18 187 (4.77%) Technical Architecture
19 181 (4.62%) Architectural Design
20 178 (4.54%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 385 (9.82%) Java
2 315 (8.04%) SQL
3 163 (4.16%) Python
4 126 (3.21%) JavaScript
5 107 (2.73%) PowerShell
6 87 (2.22%) C
7 78 (1.99%) C#
8 41 (1.05%) PL/SQL
9 25 (0.64%) Ruby
10 23 (0.59%) Scala
11 18 (0.46%) Bash Shell
11 18 (0.46%) C++
11 18 (0.46%) T-SQL
12 14 (0.36%) Shell Script
13 13 (0.33%) Perl
14 12 (0.31%) R
14 12 (0.31%) VB.NET
15 11 (0.28%) PHP
16 10 (0.26%) ABAP
16 10 (0.26%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 650 (16.58%) Security Cleared
2 433 (11.05%) SC Cleared
3 194 (4.95%) DV Cleared
4 170 (4.34%) Cisco Certification
5 162 (4.13%) Degree
6 142 (3.62%) TOGAF Certification
7 119 (3.04%) CISSP
8 91 (2.32%) CCIE
8 91 (2.32%) CCNP
9 54 (1.38%) CCNA
10 48 (1.22%) Microsoft Certification
11 46 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
12 37 (0.94%) MCSE
13 36 (0.92%) CISM
14 31 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
15 29 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
16 26 (0.66%) SANS
17 17 (0.43%) AWS Certification
17 17 (0.43%) CISA
18 15 (0.38%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (2.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 77 (1.96%) GDPR
3 66 (1.68%) Data Quality
4 64 (1.63%) PCI DSS
5 54 (1.38%) QA
6 46 (1.17%) NIST
7 37 (0.94%) COBIT
8 22 (0.56%) NCSC
9 20 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 20 (0.51%) JSP 440
9 20 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 19 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 17 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
11 17 (0.43%) HMG Infosec
11 17 (0.43%) RMADS
12 13 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
13 11 (0.28%) SLA
14 7 (0.18%) PSD2
15 6 (0.15%) PMO
16 5 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 247 (6.30%) Active Directory
2 154 (3.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 152 (3.88%) Docker
4 57 (1.45%) Hyper-V
5 40 (1.02%) VMware ESXi
6 34 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
7 31 (0.79%) vSphere
8 25 (0.64%) VMware NSX
9 21 (0.54%) XenApp
10 19 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
11 17 (0.43%) XenDesktop
12 14 (0.36%) HDFS
13 13 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
14 11 (0.28%) vCloud
14 11 (0.28%) Virtual Desktop
15 8 (0.20%) NDS
15 8 (0.20%) NetIQ eDirectory
16 6 (0.15%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 6 (0.15%) LXC
16 6 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 138 (3.52%) Kubernetes
2 89 (2.27%) Ansible
3 87 (2.22%) SCCM
4 69 (1.76%) Puppet
5 53 (1.35%) Terraform
6 52 (1.33%) Microsoft Intune
7 36 (0.92%) Amdocs OSS
8 32 (0.82%) vRealize
9 31 (0.79%) SCOM
10 30 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
11 27 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
12 26 (0.66%) vCenter Server
13 14 (0.36%) FortiGate
14 13 (0.33%) Data Guard
14 13 (0.33%) Oozie
15 12 (0.31%) AirWatch
15 12 (0.31%) CASB
16 10 (0.26%) NetIQ Identity Manager
16 10 (0.26%) WMI
17 9 (0.23%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 601 (15.33%) Microsoft
2 329 (8.39%) Oracle
3 282 (7.19%) Cisco
4 278 (7.09%) VMware
5 258 (6.58%) SAP
6 142 (3.62%) Salesforce.com
7 130 (3.32%) Citrix
8 88 (2.24%) IBM
9 75 (1.91%) Google
10 63 (1.61%) MuleSoft
11 60 (1.53%) Red Hat
12 55 (1.40%) Juniper
13 53 (1.35%) CheckPoint
14 52 (1.33%) F5
15 50 (1.28%) ServiceNow
16 48 (1.22%) Workday
17 46 (1.17%) Dell
17 46 (1.17%) Palo Alto
18 44 (1.12%) Sparx
19 38 (0.97%) Cramer