The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 25 14 23
Rank change year-on-year -11 +9  
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 3179 4752 3886
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.75% 8.80% 7.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.12% 9.28% 7.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 1950 3065 2352
Median daily rate £550 £525 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +2.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £408
10% offered a daily rate of more than £663 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 17 16
Median hourly rate £57.50 £47.50 £36.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.05% +28.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £25.20 £35.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.00 £84.40 £54.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 £45.00 £43.15
% change year-on-year +27.77% +4.28%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44656 51218 52310
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.87% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28833 33387 32903
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1389 1533 1989
Median hourly rate £18.10 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.42% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.44 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Architect in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Architect in the UK

Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Architect in the UK

Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Architect over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Architect in the UK

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Architect in the UK

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Architect over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Architect in the UK

Architect
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 over the 3 months to 27 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
England -10 2992 £550 +4.76% 505
London -13 1389 £575 +4.54% 218
South East -7 549 £513 +2.50% 70
North West +1 268 £525 +10.52% 46
City of London -8 184 £583 +6.00% 51
East of England -5 172 £535 +7.00% 34
West Midlands -5 166 £550 +12.82% 34
Hampshire -2 160 £490 - 15
South West -6 159 £533 -3.18% 37
Berkshire -1 157 £544 +8.80% 24
Yorkshire -8 121 £550 +10.00% 35
Manchester -2 102 £550 +13.11% 38
Buckinghamshire +3 100 £525 +5.00% 6
West Yorkshire -7 95 £545 +9.00% 21
Milton Keynes +11 91 £525 +14.13% 6
Wiltshire 0 85 £550 - 11
East Midlands -24 79 £500 -4.76% 21
Scotland -19 77 £500 +5.26% 8
Leeds -7 71 £545 +9.00% 17
Lancashire +5 69 £510 +13.33% 1
Preston +1 57 £525 +21.03%
Surrey -11 56 £550 +4.76% 14
Birmingham +5 55 £550 +15.78% 13
Edinburgh -16 53 £600 +20.00% 3
Bedfordshire 0 48 £525 -10.82% 8
Wales -3 48 £525 +5.00%
Basingstoke -10 47 £432 -12.60% 4
Swindon -1 46 £550 - 5
North East +17 45 £500 - 5
Cheshire -7 45 £475 - 5

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Architect in the job title.

1 1358 (20.83%) Agile Software Development
2 1244 (19.08%) Finance
3 869 (13.33%) Java
4 865 (13.27%) Microsoft
5 846 (12.98%) Security Cleared
6 767 (11.77%) TOGAF
7 731 (11.21%) Oracle
8 726 (11.14%) Amazon AWS
9 719 (11.03%) Microsoft Azure
10 715 (10.97%) Migration
11 676 (10.37%) SC Cleared
12 656 (10.06%) Windows
13 597 (9.16%) Banking
14 546 (8.38%) Enterprise Architecture
15 539 (8.27%) Data Modelling
16 526 (8.07%) Stakeholder Management
17 523 (8.02%) SOA
18 468 (7.18%) Linux
19 462 (7.09%) SQL
20 443 (6.80%) ITIL
21 442 (6.78%) DevOps
22 437 (6.70%) Web Services
23 435 (6.67%) Data Centre
24 417 (6.40%) Cisco
25 413 (6.34%) Retail
25 413 (6.34%) SAP
26 397 (6.09%) Office 365
27 383 (5.88%) Business Intelligence
28 381 (5.84%) Active Directory
29 379 (5.81%) Scrum

Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 222 (3.41%) SharePoint
2 132 (2.02%) Apache
3 131 (2.01%) WebSphere
4 119 (1.83%) CMS
5 115 (1.76%) Confluence
5 115 (1.76%) Skype for Business
6 113 (1.73%) JBoss
7 108 (1.66%) WebLogic
8 102 (1.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 80 (1.23%) MS Exchange
10 79 (1.21%) Tomcat
11 76 (1.17%) Apache Spark
12 68 (1.04%) Cloud Foundry
13 55 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
13 55 (0.84%) IIS
14 52 (0.80%) OpenStack
15 49 (0.75%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 49 (0.75%) SAS
16 45 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
17 39 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 97 (1.49%) Microsoft Office
2 73 (1.12%) MS Visio
3 44 (0.67%) Microsoft Excel
4 17 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 13 (0.20%) SPSS
7 11 (0.17%) OmniGraffle
8 7 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.077%) Spreadsheet
10 4 (0.061%) GNU Octave
10 4 (0.061%) HipChat
11 2 (0.031%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.031%) Chatbot
11 2 (0.031%) Siemens NX
11 2 (0.031%) Snagit
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.015%) EngageOne
12 1 (0.015%) GIMP
12 1 (0.015%) InVision
12 1 (0.015%) LaTeX
Business Applications
1 106 (1.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 46 (0.71%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 30 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
4 27 (0.41%) SAP HR
5 23 (0.35%) SAP Hybris
6 19 (0.29%) Oracle BPM
6 19 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
7 17 (0.26%) SAP Retail
8 15 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
8 15 (0.23%) Pega PRPC
9 13 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
9 13 (0.20%) SAP HCM
9 13 (0.20%) SAP MDG
10 12 (0.18%) Maximo
10 12 (0.18%) NetSuite
10 12 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
10 12 (0.18%) Oracle iRecruitment
10 12 (0.18%) SAP ERP
11 11 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
11 11 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 726 (11.14%) Amazon AWS
2 719 (11.03%) Microsoft Azure
3 397 (6.09%) Office 365
4 277 (4.25%) PaaS
5 193 (2.96%) IaaS
6 187 (2.87%) SaaS
7 79 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
8 57 (0.87%) OpenShift
9 49 (0.75%) Azure Active Directory
10 39 (0.60%) OneDrive
11 38 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
12 37 (0.57%) GitHub
13 36 (0.55%) Google Cloud Platform
14 30 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
14 30 (0.46%) Dynamics 365
15 29 (0.44%) Amazon S3
15 29 (0.44%) IBM Cloud
15 29 (0.44%) SuccessFactors
16 24 (0.37%) Heroku
17 22 (0.34%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 326 (5.00%) Firewall
2 272 (4.17%) WAN
3 216 (3.31%) LAN
4 163 (2.50%) Internet
5 157 (2.41%) DNS
6 155 (2.38%) VPN
7 149 (2.29%) Network Security
8 98 (1.50%) Skype
9 95 (1.46%) SAN
10 81 (1.24%) BGP
11 79 (1.21%) LDAP
12 78 (1.20%) MPLS
13 76 (1.17%) Wireless
14 72 (1.10%) Cisco ASA
15 68 (1.04%) Cisco Nexus
15 68 (1.04%) SSL
16 67 (1.03%) TCP/IP
17 60 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
18 55 (0.84%) OSPF
19 54 (0.83%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 371 (5.69%) SQL Server
2 329 (5.05%) Big Data
3 261 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
4 235 (3.60%) Hadoop
5 181 (2.78%) NoSQL
6 169 (2.59%) Relational Database
7 144 (2.21%) MongoDB
8 131 (2.01%) PostgreSQL
9 125 (1.92%) Oracle Database
10 100 (1.53%) Apache Cassandra
11 91 (1.40%) MySQL
12 84 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 74 (1.14%) RDBMS
14 62 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 61 (0.94%) BusinessObjects
16 55 (0.84%) HBase
17 54 (0.83%) Apache Hive
17 54 (0.83%) DB2
18 53 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 42 (0.64%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 183 (2.81%) Jenkins
2 158 (2.42%) JIRA
3 117 (1.79%) Git (software)
4 59 (0.91%) Maven
5 52 (0.80%) Selenium
6 46 (0.71%) Bitbucket
7 42 (0.64%) Talend Open Studio
8 37 (0.57%) ERwin
9 35 (0.54%) Axure RP
10 34 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
11 31 (0.48%) Subversion
12 28 (0.43%) JUnit
13 25 (0.38%) gulp
14 23 (0.35%) Balsamiq Mockups
15 22 (0.34%) PowerDesigner
15 22 (0.34%) ProC
15 22 (0.34%) Visual Studio
16 21 (0.32%) Ant
16 21 (0.32%) Cucumber
16 21 (0.32%) Eclipse
General
1 1244 (19.08%) Finance
2 597 (9.16%) Banking
3 413 (6.34%) Retail
4 297 (4.56%) Telecoms
5 156 (2.39%) Marketing
6 122 (1.87%) Manufacturing
7 112 (1.72%) Legal
8 96 (1.47%) Investment Banking
9 86 (1.32%) Billing
10 75 (1.15%) Law
11 57 (0.87%) Back Office
12 50 (0.77%) Financial Institution
13 47 (0.72%) Electronics
14 46 (0.71%) Publishing
15 45 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
16 41 (0.63%) Advertising
17 31 (0.48%) Front Office
17 31 (0.48%) Retail Banking
18 25 (0.38%) Military
19 21 (0.32%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 437 (6.70%) Web Services
2 350 (5.37%) .NET
3 307 (4.71%) REST
4 274 (4.20%) HTML
5 226 (3.47%) Spring
6 222 (3.41%) XML
7 213 (3.27%) Middleware
8 210 (3.22%) SOAP
9 189 (2.90%) CSS
10 184 (2.82%) J2EE
11 167 (2.56%) JSON
12 139 (2.13%) AngularJS
13 133 (2.04%) HTML5
14 117 (1.79%) Node.js
15 108 (1.66%) RESTful
16 104 (1.60%) Hibernate
17 92 (1.41%) CSS3
18 77 (1.18%) JMS
19 75 (1.15%) XSLT
20 72 (1.10%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 435 (6.67%) Data Centre
2 357 (5.48%) Analytical Skills
3 209 (3.21%) User Experience
4 181 (2.78%) Management Information System
5 139 (2.13%) Enterprise Software
6 127 (1.95%) Greenfield Project
7 112 (1.72%) Computer Science
7 112 (1.72%) Public Cloud
8 91 (1.40%) Mobile App
9 90 (1.38%) PKI
10 88 (1.35%) Hybrid Cloud
11 87 (1.33%) Private Cloud
12 80 (1.23%) Virtual Team
13 77 (1.18%) Data Structures
14 54 (0.83%) NHS
15 51 (0.78%) Reference Data
16 46 (0.71%) Mainframe
17 41 (0.63%) Replication
18 39 (0.60%) Cloud Native
19 38 (0.58%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 656 (10.06%) Windows
2 468 (7.18%) Linux
3 235 (3.60%) Unix
4 167 (2.56%) Windows 10
5 139 (2.13%) Windows Server
6 78 (1.20%) AIX
7 76 (1.17%) Android
8 75 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 74 (1.14%) Solaris
10 62 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
11 54 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
12 45 (0.69%) Apple iOS
13 37 (0.57%) Windows 7
14 30 (0.46%) CentOS
15 28 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
16 27 (0.41%) HPUX
17 23 (0.35%) Mac OS X
18 21 (0.32%) Windows Vista
19 8 (0.12%) Windows Phone
19 8 (0.12%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1358 (20.83%) Agile Software Development
2 767 (11.77%) TOGAF
3 715 (10.97%) Migration
4 546 (8.38%) Enterprise Architecture
5 539 (8.27%) Data Modelling
6 526 (8.07%) Stakeholder Management
7 523 (8.02%) SOA
8 443 (6.80%) ITIL
9 442 (6.78%) DevOps
10 383 (5.88%) Business Intelligence
11 379 (5.81%) Scrum
12 352 (5.40%) Data Architecture
13 337 (5.17%) Open Source
14 323 (4.95%) Analytics
15 304 (4.66%) Microservices
16 299 (4.59%) Project Management
17 298 (4.57%) Technical Architecture
18 296 (4.54%) E-Commerce
19 288 (4.42%) CRM
20 274 (4.20%) IT Strategy
Programming Languages
1 869 (13.33%) Java
2 462 (7.09%) SQL
3 288 (4.42%) JavaScript
4 236 (3.62%) Python
5 182 (2.79%) C#
6 140 (2.15%) Ruby
7 132 (2.02%) C
8 107 (1.64%) PowerShell
9 95 (1.46%) Scala
10 87 (1.33%) Perl
11 67 (1.03%) C++
12 62 (0.95%) PHP
13 61 (0.94%) Bash Shell
14 58 (0.89%) PL/SQL
15 45 (0.69%) Shell Script
16 35 (0.54%) R
17 32 (0.49%) Apex Code
18 25 (0.38%) Go
19 23 (0.35%) Apple Swift
20 22 (0.34%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 846 (12.98%) Security Cleared
2 676 (10.37%) SC Cleared
3 346 (5.31%) Degree
4 176 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
5 136 (2.09%) DV Cleared
6 96 (1.47%) CCIE
7 91 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
8 85 (1.30%) CISSP
9 72 (1.10%) CCNP
10 59 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
11 52 (0.80%) MCSE
12 50 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
13 46 (0.71%) Computer Science Degree
14 44 (0.67%) CISM
15 38 (0.58%) CCNA
16 33 (0.51%) Master's Degree
17 31 (0.48%) JNCIE
18 29 (0.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 25 (0.38%) CESG Certified Professional
20 21 (0.32%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 152 (2.33%) QA
2 140 (2.15%) Data Quality
3 104 (1.60%) PCI DSS
4 83 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 58 (0.89%) GDPR
6 51 (0.78%) SLA
7 39 (0.60%) COBIT
7 39 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
8 29 (0.44%) MiFID
9 28 (0.43%) SEPA
10 18 (0.28%) GPG13
11 15 (0.23%) JSP 440
12 14 (0.21%) HL7
12 14 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 13 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 12 (0.18%) ISO 20022
15 9 (0.14%) FedRAMP
15 9 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 9 (0.14%) Solvency II
16 8 (0.12%) GxP
System Software
1 381 (5.84%) Active Directory
2 231 (3.54%) Docker
3 220 (3.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 92 (1.41%) Hyper-V
5 53 (0.81%) Microsoft App-V
6 44 (0.67%) XenApp
7 41 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
8 36 (0.55%) XenDesktop
9 35 (0.54%) vCloud
9 35 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
10 31 (0.48%) vSphere
11 24 (0.37%) Oracle RAC
12 22 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
13 19 (0.29%) Apache Flume
14 16 (0.25%) BitLocker
15 13 (0.20%) HDFS
16 10 (0.15%) Xen
17 9 (0.14%) LXC
17 9 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
18 8 (0.12%) KVM
Systems Management
1 177 (2.72%) Puppet
2 175 (2.68%) Ansible
3 150 (2.30%) SCCM
4 107 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
5 93 (1.43%) Terraform
6 80 (1.23%) Kubernetes
7 54 (0.83%) SCOM
8 43 (0.66%) Microsoft Intune
9 29 (0.44%) vRealize
10 23 (0.35%) FortiGate
10 23 (0.35%) ZABBIX
11 22 (0.34%) Nagios
12 18 (0.28%) AppDNA
13 16 (0.25%) logstash
13 16 (0.25%) Netcool
13 16 (0.25%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 15 (0.23%) Cisco Prime
14 15 (0.23%) Kibana
14 15 (0.23%) Microsoft Clustering
15 14 (0.21%) MOM
Vendors
1 865 (13.27%) Microsoft
2 731 (11.21%) Oracle
3 417 (6.40%) Cisco
4 413 (6.34%) SAP
5 378 (5.80%) VMware
6 215 (3.30%) Citrix
7 209 (3.21%) IBM
8 150 (2.30%) Salesforce.com
9 139 (2.13%) ServiceNow
10 127 (1.95%) Red Hat
11 126 (1.93%) HP
12 96 (1.47%) Pega
13 87 (1.33%) Informatica
14 81 (1.24%) Google
15 80 (1.23%) Adobe
15 80 (1.23%) Juniper
16 77 (1.18%) CheckPoint
16 77 (1.18%) Splunk
17 74 (1.14%) F5
18 70 (1.07%) EMC
London
Advento Staffing Ltd
Rate: From £550 to £650 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Posted: 9 hours ago
Central London / West End
ClearCube Consulting
Rate: From £500 to £550 per annum
Posted: 2 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £650 per annum
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Montash
Rate: £700 - £710 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
South West London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 43 minutes ago
Durham, County Durham
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 6 hours ago
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Computer People
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
West Midlands
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 5 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £475 to £525 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £600 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Spier Consulting Ltd
Rate: £500 - £650 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Salisbury, Wiltshire
Roc Search
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Durlston Partners
Rate: Up to £650 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 9 hours ago
Central London / West End
Brightred Resourcing Limited
Rate: From £650 to £700 per day 6 mth rolling contract
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
Venn Group
Rate: £500 - £600 Per Day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
EMBS Ltd
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £700 - £800 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent rates or salaries, 6 months contracts
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Montash
Rate: £700 - £710 per day
Posted: Yesterday
East Midlands
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Up to £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Basingstoke, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £600 - £700 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Spring Technology
Posted: 7 hours ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
Ventula Consulting Ltd
Rate: From £525 to £625 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £500 - £750 per day
Posted: Yesterday