Period
to 25 January 2020

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 January 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
25 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 18 17 21
Rank change year-on-year -1 +4 -1
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 3,016 4,183 3,793
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 7.55% 7.90% 7.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.02% 8.33% 7.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,763 2,625 2,289
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% -
10th Percentile £438 £425 £413
90th Percentile £700 £700 £675
UK median daily rate £575 £575 £550
% change year-on-year - +4.55% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 29 29
UK excluding London median hourly rate £53.00 £47.50 £49.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.58% -3.36% +9.22%
10th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £30.50
90th Percentile £82.50 £82.25 £80.73
UK median hourly rate £53.00 £53.14 £52.00
% change year-on-year -0.27% +2.20% +15.56%

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 37,623 50,206 49,331
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.22% 94.82% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,039 31,197 30,351
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £250 £225
90th Percentile £588 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,134 2,225 2,183
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% - -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year +1.60% +1.08% +2.78%

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 January 2020.

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 January 2020.

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 January 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
South East +6 994 £550 - 228
North of England +6 683 £550 - 182
South West -7 437 £590 +7.27% 65
Midlands -1 415 £550 +2.33% 125
North West -2 379 £550 - 98
West Midlands +1 277 £550 - 84
Yorkshire +12 242 £550 - 74
East of England -10 218 £575 +4.55% 79
Scotland -8 217 £548 +4.29% 42
East Midlands -9 125 £550 +5.77% 40
North East +7 63 £550 +10.00% 10
Wales -11 56 £520 -9.57% 19
Northern Ireland +19 11 £628 +32.11% 3
Channel Islands -6 2 - -
Architect
UK

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

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

1 811 (26.89%) Azure
2 611 (20.26%) Agile Software Development
3 602 (19.96%) Security Cleared
4 573 (19.00%) Microsoft
5 513 (17.01%) Migration
6 498 (16.51%) AWS
7 433 (14.36%) SC Cleared
8 362 (12.00%) TOGAF
9 341 (11.31%) Finance
10 323 (10.71%) DevOps
11 312 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
12 301 (9.98%) Windows
13 273 (9.05%) Public Sector
14 258 (8.55%) Data Modelling
15 257 (8.52%) Enterprise Architecture
16 246 (8.16%) SQL
17 241 (7.99%) Active Directory
18 231 (7.66%) Oracle
19 225 (7.46%) SaaS
20 223 (7.39%) Office 365
21 215 (7.13%) Data Centre
22 214 (7.10%) PaaS
23 209 (6.93%) SAP
24 205 (6.80%) VMware
25 204 (6.76%) Cisco
25 204 (6.76%) IaaS
26 201 (6.66%) CRM
27 198 (6.56%) Web Services
27 198 (6.56%) Analytics
28 197 (6.53%) Firewall

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
1 113 (3.75%) SharePoint
2 48 (1.59%) Skype for Business
3 47 (1.56%) OpenStack
4 37 (1.23%) Apache Spark
5 27 (0.90%) Confluence
6 22 (0.73%) MS Exchange
6 22 (0.73%) WebLogic
7 21 (0.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 20 (0.66%) CMS
9 15 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
9 15 (0.50%) WebSphere
10 14 (0.46%) Apache
10 14 (0.46%) SAS
11 12 (0.40%) Anypoint
12 10 (0.33%) Jupyter
13 9 (0.30%) IIS
13 9 (0.30%) Mule
14 8 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2010
14 8 (0.27%) NetWeaver
15 7 (0.23%) nginx
Applications
1 52 (1.72%) MS Visio
2 51 (1.69%) Microsoft Office
3 39 (1.29%) Microsoft Excel
4 37 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.17%) PlantUML
7 3 (0.099%) Windchill
8 2 (0.066%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.066%) InVision
8 2 (0.066%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.066%) Sketch
8 2 (0.066%) SPSS
8 2 (0.066%) UserZoom
8 2 (0.066%) Zeplin
9 1 (0.033%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.033%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.033%) Maya
9 1 (0.033%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.033%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 106 (3.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (1.43%) SAP S/4HANA
3 39 (1.29%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 31 (1.03%) Oracle EBS
5 24 (0.80%) SAP ERP
6 21 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
7 18 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
8 17 (0.56%) SAP MDG
9 13 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
10 9 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 8 (0.27%) Unit4 Business World
12 6 (0.20%) SAP CRM
12 6 (0.20%) SAP MDM
12 6 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 5 (0.17%) Magento
13 5 (0.17%) NetSuite
13 5 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
13 5 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
13 5 (0.17%) SAP FI
14 4 (0.13%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 811 (26.89%) Azure
2 498 (16.51%) AWS
3 225 (7.46%) SaaS
4 223 (7.39%) Office 365
5 214 (7.10%) PaaS
6 204 (6.76%) IaaS
7 117 (3.88%) Dynamics 365
8 111 (3.68%) Power Platform
9 98 (3.25%) Azure Active Directory
10 79 (2.62%) Serverless
11 71 (2.35%) GCP
12 46 (1.53%) Azure Data Factory
13 44 (1.46%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 37 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
15 29 (0.96%) PowerApps
15 29 (0.96%) SuccessFactors
16 28 (0.93%) Azure Functions
17 27 (0.90%) Amazon S3
18 25 (0.83%) Boomi
19 24 (0.80%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 197 (6.53%) Firewall
2 125 (4.14%) WAN
3 97 (3.22%) LAN
4 86 (2.85%) Network Security
5 82 (2.72%) DNS
6 61 (2.02%) VPN
7 58 (1.92%) SAN
8 56 (1.86%) Internet
9 51 (1.69%) Skype
10 48 (1.59%) TCP/IP
11 42 (1.39%) BGP
12 37 (1.23%) DHCP
13 34 (1.13%) Wireless
14 31 (1.03%) Radio Access Network
15 25 (0.83%) HTTP
15 25 (0.83%) Reverse Proxy
16 24 (0.80%) MPLS
17 23 (0.76%) NAS
18 22 (0.73%) Wi-Fi
19 21 (0.70%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 161 (5.34%) SQL Server
2 150 (4.97%) Data Warehouse
3 146 (4.84%) Big Data
4 100 (3.32%) Data Lake
4 100 (3.32%) Power BI
5 71 (2.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 55 (1.82%) Hadoop
7 49 (1.62%) Oracle Database
7 49 (1.62%) Relational Database
8 43 (1.43%) NoSQL
9 36 (1.19%) Azure SQL Database
10 35 (1.16%) MongoDB
10 35 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 33 (1.09%) MySQL
12 29 (0.96%) SAP HANA
13 20 (0.66%) Apache Hive
14 19 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 18 (0.60%) Amazon Redshift
15 18 (0.60%) Cosmos DB
16 17 (0.56%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 45 (1.49%) JIRA
2 35 (1.16%) Jenkins
3 32 (1.06%) Visual Studio
4 31 (1.03%) Git (software)
5 14 (0.46%) ERwin
5 14 (0.46%) Subversion
6 11 (0.36%) JUnit
7 9 (0.30%) Bitbucket
7 9 (0.30%) Burp Suite
8 8 (0.27%) Artifactory
8 8 (0.27%) Cucumber
8 8 (0.27%) ER Studio
8 8 (0.27%) GitLab
8 8 (0.27%) Maven
8 8 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
8 8 (0.27%) Visual Studio Team System
9 7 (0.23%) Axure RP
9 7 (0.23%) RStudio
9 7 (0.23%) Selenium
10 6 (0.20%) Gradle
General
1 341 (11.31%) Finance
2 273 (9.05%) Public Sector
3 157 (5.21%) Telecoms
4 105 (3.48%) Retail
5 91 (3.02%) Manufacturing
6 73 (2.42%) Marketing
7 61 (2.02%) Banking
8 44 (1.46%) Legal
9 32 (1.06%) Billing
9 32 (1.06%) Electronics
10 25 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
11 18 (0.60%) Publishing
12 13 (0.43%) Aerospace
13 12 (0.40%) Automotive
14 11 (0.36%) Back Office
15 9 (0.30%) Local Government
16 7 (0.23%) Investment Banking
17 6 (0.20%) Advertising
17 6 (0.20%) Retail Banking
18 4 (0.13%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 198 (6.56%) Web Services
2 149 (4.94%) .NET
3 90 (2.98%) XML
4 83 (2.75%) Middleware
5 75 (2.49%) REST
6 63 (2.09%) SOAP
7 60 (1.99%) Node.js
8 52 (1.72%) JSON
9 40 (1.33%) HTML
10 39 (1.29%) Kafka
11 37 (1.23%) RESTful
12 35 (1.16%) Oracle Fusion
13 33 (1.09%) SAML
14 31 (1.03%) CSS
15 29 (0.96%) React
16 25 (0.83%) OAuth
17 22 (0.73%) ASP.NET
18 21 (0.70%) OpenID
19 20 (0.66%) AngularJS
20 18 (0.60%) SAP Fiori
Miscellaneous
1 215 (7.13%) Data Centre
2 131 (4.34%) Public Cloud
3 122 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
4 108 (3.58%) Hybrid Cloud
5 107 (3.55%) Management Information System
6 65 (2.16%) User Experience
7 51 (1.69%) Private Cloud
8 46 (1.53%) Self-Motivation
9 42 (1.39%) Replication
10 40 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
11 36 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
12 35 (1.16%) Reference Data
13 33 (1.09%) PKI
14 22 (0.73%) Cloud Native
15 20 (0.66%) Mobile App
15 20 (0.66%) Virtual Team
16 18 (0.60%) Clustering
16 18 (0.60%) SCADA
17 17 (0.56%) Mainframe
18 16 (0.53%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 301 (9.98%) Windows
2 122 (4.05%) Linux
3 104 (3.45%) Windows Server
4 84 (2.79%) Windows 10
5 53 (1.76%) Unix
6 40 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 35 (1.16%) Windows 7
8 28 (0.93%) Android
9 24 (0.80%) VMS
10 23 (0.76%) Apple iOS
11 15 (0.50%) Solaris
12 14 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
13 12 (0.40%) CentOS
14 11 (0.36%) AIX
15 9 (0.30%) HPUX
16 7 (0.23%) Windows 8
17 6 (0.20%) Windows Server 2008
17 6 (0.20%) Windows XP
18 4 (0.13%) Mac OS X
19 3 (0.099%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 611 (20.26%) Agile Software Development
2 513 (17.01%) Migration
3 362 (12.00%) TOGAF
4 323 (10.71%) DevOps
5 312 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
6 258 (8.55%) Data Modelling
7 257 (8.52%) Enterprise Architecture
8 201 (6.66%) CRM
9 198 (6.56%) Analytics
10 195 (6.47%) Business Intelligence
11 194 (6.43%) Data Architecture
12 164 (5.44%) ITIL
13 163 (5.40%) Technical Architecture
14 158 (5.24%) ERP
15 153 (5.07%) Microservices
16 150 (4.97%) Problem-Solving
17 147 (4.87%) Technical Leadership
18 143 (4.74%) Information Security
19 141 (4.68%) Security Architecture
20 138 (4.58%) ArchiMate
Programming Languages
1 246 (8.16%) SQL
2 182 (6.03%) Java
3 91 (3.02%) PowerShell
4 85 (2.82%) JavaScript
5 84 (2.79%) C#
6 80 (2.65%) Python
7 37 (1.23%) C
8 31 (1.03%) Perl
9 28 (0.93%) PHP
10 24 (0.80%) Shell Script
11 21 (0.70%) ABAP
11 21 (0.70%) Scala
12 20 (0.66%) Bash Shell
13 15 (0.50%) PL/SQL
14 14 (0.46%) VB.NET
15 12 (0.40%) Apex Code
16 11 (0.36%) Go
17 10 (0.33%) VB
18 9 (0.30%) Kotlin
18 9 (0.30%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 602 (19.96%) Security Cleared
2 433 (14.36%) SC Cleared
3 122 (4.05%) DV Cleared
4 117 (3.88%) Degree
5 104 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
6 89 (2.95%) CISSP
7 88 (2.92%) TOGAF Certification
8 55 (1.82%) CCNP
9 54 (1.79%) CCIE
10 53 (1.76%) BPSS Clearance
11 38 (1.26%) AWS Certification
12 34 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
13 31 (1.03%) CCNA
14 29 (0.96%) CCDP
15 28 (0.93%) SANS
16 26 (0.86%) CISM
17 24 (0.80%) MCSE
18 21 (0.70%) GIAC
19 15 (0.50%) CLAS
20 14 (0.46%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 85 (2.82%) GDPR
2 75 (2.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 58 (1.92%) NCSC
4 53 (1.76%) Data Quality
5 44 (1.46%) QA
6 37 (1.23%) NIST
7 31 (1.03%) PCI DSS
8 24 (0.80%) COBIT
9 22 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 11 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 10 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
12 9 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
12 9 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 9 (0.30%) PMO
12 9 (0.30%) RMADS
13 8 (0.27%) JSP 440
13 8 (0.27%) SLA
14 4 (0.13%) HL7
15 3 (0.099%) HMG Infosec
16 2 (0.066%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 241 (7.99%) Active Directory
2 131 (4.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (1.92%) Docker
4 40 (1.33%) Hyper-V
5 38 (1.26%) vSphere
6 30 (0.99%) VMware NSX
7 25 (0.83%) vCloud
7 25 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
8 20 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
9 16 (0.53%) VMware ESXi
10 13 (0.43%) Virtual Servers
11 10 (0.33%) HDFS
12 7 (0.23%) XenDesktop
13 5 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
13 5 (0.17%) NFS
14 4 (0.13%) NDS
14 4 (0.13%) NetIQ eDirectory
15 3 (0.099%) XenApp
16 2 (0.066%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 2 (0.066%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 84 (2.79%) Kubernetes
2 65 (2.16%) Ansible
3 58 (1.92%) SCCM
4 47 (1.56%) Terraform
5 33 (1.09%) Puppet
6 30 (0.99%) vRealize
7 25 (0.83%) vCenter Server
8 24 (0.80%) Netcool
9 22 (0.73%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 20 (0.66%) Amdocs OSS
10 20 (0.66%) Microsoft Intune
10 20 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
11 19 (0.63%) Single Sign-On
12 12 (0.40%) Oozie
13 10 (0.33%) AirWatch
13 10 (0.33%) SCOM
14 9 (0.30%) Nessus
15 8 (0.27%) CASB
15 8 (0.27%) FortiGate
15 8 (0.27%) Nagios
Vendors
1 573 (19.00%) Microsoft
2 231 (7.66%) Oracle
3 209 (6.93%) SAP
4 205 (6.80%) VMware
5 204 (6.76%) Cisco
6 137 (4.54%) Salesforce.com
7 75 (2.49%) IBM
8 74 (2.45%) Citrix
9 67 (2.22%) Sparx
10 62 (2.06%) Google
11 58 (1.92%) MuleSoft
12 50 (1.66%) Informatica
13 45 (1.49%) Juniper
14 43 (1.43%) ServiceNow
15 39 (1.29%) Cloudera
16 37 (1.23%) Dell
17 33 (1.09%) Pega
18 31 (1.03%) Red Hat
18 31 (1.03%) Tableau
19 29 (0.96%) CheckPoint