Period
to 23 June 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 June 2018.

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
6 months to
23 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 22 16
Rank change year-on-year -1 -6 +7
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,455 6,494 8,902
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.44% 7.09% 8.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.84% 7.47% 8.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,598 3,970 5,730
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +2.94%
10th Percentile £431 £413 £410
90th Percentile £725 £688 £680
UK excluding London median daily rate £545 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +3.81% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 35 47
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £55.41 £52.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.73% +6.55% +37.57%
10th Percentile £35.00 £29.92 £24.32
90th Percentile £86.50 £67.40 £85.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.43 £56.45 £50.00
% change year-on-year -19.53% +12.91% +19.05%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 95,060 86,949 101,432
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.95% 95.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,233 56,238 65,870
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,065 2,873 3,092
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.14 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.58 £19.63
% change year-on-year -0.46% -10.42% +17.16%

Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 23 June 2018.

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 6 months to 23 June 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Architect in the UK

Architect
Top 18 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 6 months to 23 June 2018. 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
England -1 6,829 £570 +3.64% 1,171
UK excluding London +1 3,871 £545 +3.81% 699
London -1 3,393 £600 +4.35% 554
South East +4 1,322 £550 +4.76% 202
North of England -8 768 £525 - 146
Midlands 0 617 £525 +0.24% 118
North West -5 405 £535 +1.90% 77
West Midlands -4 390 £550 +7.32% 82
Scotland +19 388 £525 +5.79% 61
South West +9 341 £550 +4.76% 85
East of England +4 338 £525 - 66
Yorkshire -3 298 £525 -3.67% 57
East Midlands +9 204 £525 - 36
Wales -9 102 £525 +5.53% 13
North East -3 69 £563 +18.42% 12
Northern Ireland +20 11 £500 -30.26% 7
Isle of Man - 4 £400 - 1
Channel Islands - 3 £500 -

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 June 2018, 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 featuring Architect in the job title.

1 1,861 (24.96%) Agile Software Development
2 1,414 (18.97%) Finance
3 1,277 (17.13%) Amazon AWS
4 1,261 (16.91%) Microsoft Azure
5 1,006 (13.49%) Microsoft
6 957 (12.84%) Java
7 863 (11.58%) Security Cleared
8 843 (11.31%) Migration
9 829 (11.12%) TOGAF
10 722 (9.68%) DevOps
11 693 (9.30%) Stakeholder Management
12 662 (8.88%) SC Cleared
13 661 (8.87%) Oracle
14 620 (8.32%) Data Modelling
15 587 (7.87%) Windows
16 567 (7.61%) Microservices
17 566 (7.59%) Enterprise Architecture
18 545 (7.31%) Banking
19 514 (6.89%) SOA
20 509 (6.83%) SQL
21 508 (6.81%) .NET
22 504 (6.76%) Web Services
23 467 (6.26%) Linux
24 453 (6.08%) ITIL
25 433 (5.81%) SQL Server
26 432 (5.79%) Cisco
27 420 (5.63%) Data Architecture
28 419 (5.62%) Firewall
29 418 (5.61%) Security Architecture
30 413 (5.54%) Retail

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
1 188 (2.52%) SharePoint
2 149 (2.00%) Apache Spark
3 111 (1.49%) Apache
4 106 (1.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 105 (1.41%) CMS
6 103 (1.38%) Confluence
7 76 (1.02%) WebSphere
8 71 (0.95%) OpenStack
9 63 (0.85%) IIS
9 63 (0.85%) JBoss
10 62 (0.83%) Skype for Business
11 52 (0.70%) WebLogic
12 50 (0.67%) Elasticsearch
13 48 (0.64%) MS Exchange
14 46 (0.62%) Tomcat
15 41 (0.55%) Sitecore CMS
16 39 (0.52%) BizTalk Server
17 37 (0.50%) Apache Solr
18 36 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
19 35 (0.47%) Apache Pig
Applications
1 88 (1.18%) Microsoft Office
2 56 (0.75%) MS Visio
3 35 (0.47%) Microsoft Excel
4 24 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 18 (0.24%) CATIA
6 11 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.13%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.11%) InVision
9 7 (0.094%) Adobe Illustrator
10 6 (0.080%) Microsoft Project
11 4 (0.054%) Chatbot
11 4 (0.054%) InDesign
12 3 (0.040%) OmniGraffle
13 2 (0.027%) Adobe After Effects
13 2 (0.027%) Adobe Premiere
13 2 (0.027%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.027%) InfoPath
13 2 (0.027%) Revit
13 2 (0.027%) SPSS
14 1 (0.013%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 108 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 68 (0.91%) Dynamics AX
3 29 (0.39%) SAP ERP
4 28 (0.38%) SAP S/4HANA
5 24 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 19 (0.25%) SAP BPC
7 17 (0.23%) ENOVIA
7 17 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 17 (0.23%) thinkFolio
8 14 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
9 13 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
9 13 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
10 12 (0.16%) SAP CO
10 12 (0.16%) SAP CRM
10 12 (0.16%) SAP FI
11 11 (0.15%) Markit EDM
11 11 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
11 11 (0.15%) SDL Web 8
12 10 (0.13%) SAP IS-U
13 9 (0.12%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1,277 (17.13%) Amazon AWS
2 1,261 (16.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 395 (5.30%) PaaS
4 389 (5.22%) Office 365
5 376 (5.04%) SaaS
6 320 (4.29%) IaaS
7 114 (1.53%) Google Cloud Platform
8 112 (1.50%) Dynamics 365
9 103 (1.38%) Cloud Computing
10 72 (0.97%) Azure Active Directory
11 63 (0.85%) Serverless
12 47 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
12 47 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 42 (0.56%) AWS Lambda
13 42 (0.56%) Azure Data Factory
14 37 (0.50%) OneDrive
15 36 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
16 35 (0.47%) Amazon S3
17 32 (0.43%) GitHub
18 28 (0.38%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 419 (5.62%) Firewall
2 233 (3.13%) WAN
3 199 (2.67%) LAN
4 188 (2.52%) VPN
5 165 (2.21%) Network Security
6 133 (1.78%) Wireless
7 123 (1.65%) Internet
8 117 (1.57%) DNS
9 116 (1.56%) SAN
10 96 (1.29%) MPLS
11 91 (1.22%) BGP
12 85 (1.14%) HTTP
13 79 (1.06%) Skype
14 78 (1.05%) OSPF
15 76 (1.02%) Cisco Nexus
16 73 (0.98%) VLAN
17 70 (0.94%) Cisco ASA
18 63 (0.85%) TCP/IP
19 61 (0.82%) DHCP
20 52 (0.70%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 433 (5.81%) SQL Server
2 401 (5.38%) Big Data
3 322 (4.32%) Data Warehouse
4 267 (3.58%) Hadoop
5 228 (3.06%) NoSQL
6 213 (2.86%) Relational Database
7 150 (2.01%) MongoDB
8 141 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
9 107 (1.44%) Oracle Database
10 103 (1.38%) MySQL
11 99 (1.33%) RDBMS
12 98 (1.31%) Power BI
13 96 (1.29%) Data Lake
14 95 (1.27%) Apache Hive
15 70 (0.94%) Apache Cassandra
16 67 (0.90%) HBase
17 65 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 51 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 50 (0.67%) SAP HANA
20 44 (0.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 190 (2.55%) Jenkins
2 184 (2.47%) JIRA
3 167 (2.24%) Git (software)
4 60 (0.80%) Maven
5 50 (0.67%) ERwin
6 48 (0.64%) Selenium
7 45 (0.60%) Visual Studio
8 38 (0.51%) Cucumber
8 38 (0.51%) Subversion
9 36 (0.48%) Team Foundation Server
10 35 (0.47%) SonarQube
11 26 (0.35%) Gradle
12 23 (0.31%) Sonatype Nexus
12 23 (0.31%) Visual Studio Team System
13 22 (0.30%) PowerDesigner
14 20 (0.27%) Bitbucket
15 19 (0.25%) Axure RP
16 18 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 18 (0.24%) TeamCity
17 17 (0.23%) JMeter
General
1 1,414 (18.97%) Finance
2 545 (7.31%) Banking
3 413 (5.54%) Retail
4 231 (3.10%) Telecoms
5 171 (2.29%) Marketing
6 129 (1.73%) Manufacturing
7 103 (1.38%) Legal
8 98 (1.31%) Law
9 71 (0.95%) Billing
10 60 (0.80%) Retail Banking
11 50 (0.67%) Advertising
12 49 (0.66%) Investment Banking
13 47 (0.63%) Publishing
14 45 (0.60%) Financial Institution
15 43 (0.58%) Front Office
16 42 (0.56%) Electronics
17 39 (0.52%) Games
18 38 (0.51%) Back Office
19 35 (0.47%) Automotive
19 35 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 508 (6.81%) .NET
2 504 (6.76%) Web Services
3 359 (4.82%) REST
4 265 (3.55%) Middleware
5 239 (3.21%) XML
6 233 (3.13%) Node.js
7 219 (2.94%) JSON
8 197 (2.64%) Spring
9 194 (2.60%) RESTful
10 185 (2.48%) SOAP
11 181 (2.43%) HTML
12 174 (2.33%) Kafka
13 144 (1.93%) AngularJS
14 138 (1.85%) CSS
15 122 (1.64%) J2EE
16 96 (1.29%) React
17 91 (1.22%) ASP.NET
18 83 (1.11%) Spring Boot
19 81 (1.09%) .NET Framework
20 76 (1.02%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 402 (5.39%) Data Centre
2 350 (4.69%) Analytical Skills
3 191 (2.56%) Management Information System
4 163 (2.19%) User Experience
5 151 (2.03%) Enterprise Software
5 151 (2.03%) Public Cloud
6 145 (1.95%) Mobile App
7 137 (1.84%) Greenfield Project
8 128 (1.72%) Computer Science
9 116 (1.56%) Hybrid Cloud
10 90 (1.21%) Private Cloud
11 79 (1.06%) Virtual Team
12 77 (1.03%) PKI
13 71 (0.95%) Self-Motivation
14 56 (0.75%) Mainframe
14 56 (0.75%) Reference Data
15 54 (0.72%) Data Structures
16 53 (0.71%) Fintech
17 52 (0.70%) NHS
18 48 (0.64%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 587 (7.87%) Windows
2 467 (6.26%) Linux
3 269 (3.61%) Unix
4 158 (2.12%) Windows 10
5 155 (2.08%) Windows Server
6 82 (1.10%) Apple iOS
7 81 (1.09%) Android
7 81 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 49 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
9 42 (0.56%) Solaris
9 42 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
10 41 (0.55%) AIX
11 38 (0.51%) Windows 7
12 31 (0.42%) Mac OS X
13 17 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
14 16 (0.21%) Windows XP
15 13 (0.17%) SUSE
15 13 (0.17%) Windows 2000
16 9 (0.12%) Windows Embedded Compact
16 9 (0.12%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,861 (24.96%) Agile Software Development
2 843 (11.31%) Migration
3 829 (11.12%) TOGAF
4 722 (9.68%) DevOps
5 693 (9.30%) Stakeholder Management
6 620 (8.32%) Data Modelling
7 567 (7.61%) Microservices
8 566 (7.59%) Enterprise Architecture
9 514 (6.89%) SOA
10 453 (6.08%) ITIL
11 420 (5.63%) Data Architecture
12 418 (5.61%) Security Architecture
13 409 (5.49%) Business Intelligence
13 409 (5.49%) Scrum
14 374 (5.02%) Analytics
15 372 (4.99%) Open Source
16 348 (4.67%) CRM
17 341 (4.57%) Technical Architecture
18 318 (4.27%) Problem-Solving
19 305 (4.09%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 957 (12.84%) Java
2 509 (6.83%) SQL
3 318 (4.27%) JavaScript
4 277 (3.72%) Python
5 259 (3.47%) C#
6 171 (2.29%) PowerShell
7 107 (1.44%) Ruby
8 86 (1.15%) C
9 80 (1.07%) PHP
10 76 (1.02%) Scala
11 68 (0.91%) PL/SQL
12 67 (0.90%) C++
13 58 (0.78%) Java 8
14 54 (0.72%) Shell Script
15 39 (0.52%) Bash Shell
16 37 (0.50%) Perl
16 37 (0.50%) R
16 37 (0.50%) TypeScript
17 32 (0.43%) T-SQL
18 27 (0.36%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 863 (11.58%) Security Cleared
2 662 (8.88%) SC Cleared
3 299 (4.01%) Degree
4 232 (3.11%) CISSP
5 201 (2.70%) Cisco Certification
6 162 (2.17%) TOGAF Certification
7 127 (1.70%) CCNP
8 120 (1.61%) DV Cleared
9 116 (1.56%) CISM
10 89 (1.19%) CISA
11 87 (1.17%) CCIE
12 84 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
13 73 (0.98%) CCNA
14 71 (0.95%) MCSE
15 66 (0.89%) BPSS Clearance
16 54 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
17 49 (0.66%) AWS Certification
18 33 (0.44%) CESG Certified Professional
19 31 (0.42%) CCDP
20 28 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 243 (3.26%) GDPR
2 174 (2.33%) Data Quality
3 163 (2.19%) QA
4 126 (1.69%) PCI DSS
5 118 (1.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 59 (0.79%) COBIT
6 59 (0.79%) GCP
7 56 (0.75%) SLA
8 54 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 42 (0.56%) PSD2
10 33 (0.44%) NIST 800
11 24 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
11 24 (0.32%) PMO
12 18 (0.24%) HIPAA
13 17 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 16 (0.21%) JSP 440
15 15 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 14 (0.19%) COSO
17 13 (0.17%) HL7
18 10 (0.13%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 375 (5.03%) Active Directory
2 261 (3.50%) Docker
3 249 (3.34%) VMware Infrastructure
4 107 (1.44%) Hyper-V
5 53 (0.71%) XenApp
6 49 (0.66%) vSphere
7 44 (0.59%) VMware NSX
8 42 (0.56%) VMware ESXi
9 41 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
10 37 (0.50%) Apache Flume
10 37 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
11 34 (0.46%) HDFS
12 33 (0.44%) XenDesktop
13 19 (0.25%) OpenAM
14 18 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 15 (0.20%) BitLocker
16 12 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
17 11 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
18 10 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
19 9 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 173 (2.32%) SCCM
2 149 (2.00%) Kubernetes
3 136 (1.82%) Puppet
4 127 (1.70%) Ansible
5 124 (1.66%) Single Sign-On
5 124 (1.66%) Terraform
6 99 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
7 59 (0.79%) Microsoft Intune
8 44 (0.59%) SCOM
9 38 (0.51%) Oozie
10 22 (0.30%) Cisco Prime
10 22 (0.30%) Nessus
11 21 (0.28%) Hadoop YARN
12 19 (0.25%) Packer
13 18 (0.24%) AirWatch
13 18 (0.24%) CA Single Sign-On
14 17 (0.23%) OpenSSO
15 16 (0.21%) Consul
15 16 (0.21%) SCVMM
16 15 (0.20%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 1,006 (13.49%) Microsoft
2 661 (8.87%) Oracle
3 432 (5.79%) Cisco
4 405 (5.43%) SAP
5 367 (4.92%) VMware
6 204 (2.74%) IBM
7 202 (2.71%) Salesforce.com
8 177 (2.37%) Google
9 143 (1.92%) Citrix
10 140 (1.88%) ServiceNow
11 113 (1.52%) Red Hat
12 112 (1.50%) Splunk
13 107 (1.44%) Juniper
14 97 (1.30%) Sitecore
15 94 (1.26%) CheckPoint
16 84 (1.13%) HP
17 72 (0.97%) Cloudera
18 67 (0.90%) MuleSoft
19 66 (0.89%) Informatica
20 60 (0.80%) F5