Period
to 20 January 2019

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 January 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
6 months to
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 20 23 14
Rank change year-on-year +3 -9 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,466 6,865 7,734
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.62% 6.90% 7.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.04% 7.28% 8.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,735 4,320 4,979
UK median daily rate £575 £550 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.55% - +5.77%
10th Percentile £450 £425 £413
90th Percentile £725 £712 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £525 £525
% change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 32 23
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £50.58 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.75% +12.39% -11.75%
10th Percentile £35.00 £30.56 £34.25
90th Percentile £82.25 £80.73 £91.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £49.15 £45.00
% change year-on-year -3.36% +9.22% -10.00%

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 92,806 94,351 91,840
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.89% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 61,342 62,670 59,948
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £253
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,828 2,778 3,240
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -4.48%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 20 January 2019.

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 20 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Architect in the UK

Architect
Top 17 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 20 January 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
England +2 6,876 £575 +4.55% 1,349
UK excluding London +4 4,103 £550 +4.76% 837
London +1 3,200 £600 +4.17% 601
South East -3 1,270 £550 - 227
North of England -3 813 £550 +4.71% 163
Midlands -3 660 £545 +3.81% 159
South West +13 592 £550 +3.77% 111
North West +4 444 £550 - 86
West Midlands +4 429 £550 +6.28% 118
Scotland +6 331 £523 +4.50% 52
East of England -3 320 £550 +2.33% 89
Yorkshire -1 295 £550 +4.76% 58
East Midlands -5 215 £520 -2.80% 41
Wales +5 136 £550 +12.24% 25
North East -3 77 £500 -9.09% 19
Channel Islands +3 4 £700 -
Northern Ireland +23 1 £475 - 12

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 January 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 featuring Architect in the job title.

1 1,807 (24.20%) Agile Software Development
2 1,706 (22.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 1,373 (18.39%) Finance
4 1,320 (17.68%) Amazon AWS
5 1,079 (14.45%) Microsoft
6 975 (13.06%) Security Cleared
7 972 (13.02%) Migration
8 890 (11.92%) Java
9 879 (11.77%) DevOps
10 772 (10.34%) TOGAF
11 717 (9.60%) Microservices
12 708 (9.48%) SC Cleared
13 647 (8.67%) SQL
14 642 (8.60%) Windows
15 633 (8.48%) Stakeholder Management
16 598 (8.01%) Banking
17 595 (7.97%) Linux
18 594 (7.96%) Oracle
18 594 (7.96%) Data Modelling
19 514 (6.88%) Web Services
20 513 (6.87%) .NET
21 507 (6.79%) Enterprise Architecture
22 496 (6.64%) PaaS
23 473 (6.34%) Data Centre
24 439 (5.88%) VMware
25 437 (5.85%) Technical Architecture
26 426 (5.71%) Analytics
27 421 (5.64%) Retail
28 416 (5.57%) ITIL
28 416 (5.57%) Python

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
1 192 (2.57%) SharePoint
2 115 (1.54%) Apache Spark
2 115 (1.54%) WebSphere
3 107 (1.43%) Confluence
4 86 (1.15%) Apache
5 85 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
6 74 (0.99%) WebLogic
7 66 (0.88%) OpenStack
7 66 (0.88%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 61 (0.82%) JBoss
9 50 (0.67%) Tomcat
10 49 (0.66%) Skype for Business
11 47 (0.63%) MS Exchange
12 45 (0.60%) CMS
13 39 (0.52%) IIS
14 27 (0.36%) Cloud Foundry
15 26 (0.35%) Apache Solr
15 26 (0.35%) BizTalk Server
16 25 (0.33%) Mule
16 25 (0.33%) SAS
Applications
1 65 (0.87%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (0.54%) MS Visio
3 15 (0.20%) Microsoft Excel
4 10 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (0.094%) InfoPath
6 6 (0.080%) CATIA
6 6 (0.080%) Chatbot
6 6 (0.080%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.067%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 3 (0.040%) OmniGraffle
9 2 (0.027%) InVision
9 2 (0.027%) SPSS
9 2 (0.027%) Windchill
10 1 (0.013%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.013%) Mingle
10 1 (0.013%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 112 (1.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 53 (0.71%) SAP S/4HANA
3 43 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
4 20 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
5 18 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
5 18 (0.24%) Magento
5 18 (0.24%) NetSuite
6 16 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
7 15 (0.20%) SAP ERP
7 15 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
8 14 (0.19%) SAP BPC
9 13 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
9 13 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
10 12 (0.16%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
10 12 (0.16%) SAP MDG
11 10 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
12 9 (0.12%) SAP HR
13 8 (0.11%) SAP CRM
14 7 (0.094%) Endur
14 7 (0.094%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1,706 (22.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,320 (17.68%) Amazon AWS
3 496 (6.64%) PaaS
4 410 (5.49%) IaaS
5 384 (5.14%) SaaS
6 350 (4.69%) Office 365
7 219 (2.93%) Google Cloud Platform
8 152 (2.04%) Azure Active Directory
9 148 (1.98%) Serverless
10 131 (1.75%) Dynamics 365
11 106 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
12 82 (1.10%) OpenShift
13 80 (1.07%) Boomi
14 78 (1.04%) GitHub
15 69 (0.92%) Amazon S3
16 62 (0.83%) Amazon EC2
17 58 (0.78%) Azure Data Factory
18 57 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
19 56 (0.75%) Apigee
20 50 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 399 (5.34%) Firewall
2 226 (3.03%) WAN
3 182 (2.44%) LAN
4 172 (2.30%) VPN
5 167 (2.24%) DNS
6 155 (2.08%) TCP/IP
7 129 (1.73%) Internet
8 118 (1.58%) Network Security
9 88 (1.18%) SAN
10 76 (1.02%) SSL
11 74 (0.99%) HTTP
12 68 (0.91%) MPLS
13 63 (0.84%) Skype
13 63 (0.84%) Unified Communications
14 60 (0.80%) Wireless
15 52 (0.70%) Kerberos
16 51 (0.68%) DHCP
17 40 (0.54%) BGP
18 38 (0.51%) OSPF
18 38 (0.51%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 403 (5.40%) SQL Server
2 381 (5.10%) Big Data
3 299 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
4 261 (3.50%) Hadoop
5 225 (3.01%) NoSQL
6 156 (2.09%) Relational Database
7 140 (1.88%) MongoDB
8 139 (1.86%) Data Lake
9 131 (1.75%) Oracle Database
10 122 (1.63%) MySQL
11 106 (1.42%) PostgreSQL
12 101 (1.35%) Power BI
13 90 (1.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 81 (1.08%) Apache Hive
15 77 (1.03%) RDBMS
16 65 (0.87%) Apache Cassandra
16 65 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
17 60 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
18 53 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 50 (0.67%) HBase
Development Applications
1 297 (3.98%) Jenkins
2 207 (2.77%) Git (software)
3 172 (2.30%) JIRA
4 104 (1.39%) Maven
5 68 (0.91%) Selenium
6 64 (0.86%) ERwin
7 63 (0.84%) SonarQube
8 58 (0.78%) Visual Studio
9 54 (0.72%) Artifactory
10 53 (0.71%) Cucumber
11 51 (0.68%) Bitbucket
12 50 (0.67%) Subversion
13 49 (0.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 45 (0.60%) Sonatype Nexus
15 41 (0.55%) Visual Studio Team System
16 33 (0.44%) Hudson
17 31 (0.42%) NUnit
18 30 (0.40%) Ant
18 30 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
19 28 (0.38%) GitLab
General
1 1,373 (18.39%) Finance
2 598 (8.01%) Banking
3 421 (5.64%) Retail
4 286 (3.83%) Telecoms
5 129 (1.73%) Marketing
6 118 (1.58%) Manufacturing
7 75 (1.00%) Law
8 74 (0.99%) Retail Banking
9 72 (0.96%) Legal
10 64 (0.86%) Financial Institution
11 60 (0.80%) Back Office
11 60 (0.80%) Investment Banking
12 49 (0.66%) Front Office
13 48 (0.64%) Billing
14 46 (0.62%) Electronics
15 41 (0.55%) Publishing
16 28 (0.38%) Aerospace
16 28 (0.38%) Military
17 25 (0.33%) Automotive
18 24 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 514 (6.88%) Web Services
2 513 (6.87%) .NET
3 293 (3.92%) REST
4 285 (3.82%) Middleware
5 270 (3.62%) JSON
6 221 (2.96%) SOAP
7 208 (2.79%) XML
8 160 (2.14%) RESTful
8 160 (2.14%) Spring
9 141 (1.89%) AngularJS
10 125 (1.67%) HTML
11 118 (1.58%) Node.js
12 113 (1.51%) OAuth
13 110 (1.47%) React
14 99 (1.33%) CSS
15 96 (1.29%) J2EE
15 96 (1.29%) SAML
16 95 (1.27%) Kafka
17 92 (1.23%) Spring Boot
18 91 (1.22%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 473 (6.34%) Data Centre
2 408 (5.46%) Analytical Skills
3 227 (3.04%) Public Cloud
4 212 (2.84%) Management Information System
5 144 (1.93%) Greenfield Project
6 132 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
7 127 (1.70%) Cloud Native
8 126 (1.69%) User Experience
9 121 (1.62%) Enterprise Software
9 121 (1.62%) Hybrid Cloud
10 99 (1.33%) PKI
11 91 (1.22%) Private Cloud
12 83 (1.11%) Mobile App
13 80 (1.07%) Mainframe
14 76 (1.02%) Data Structures
15 66 (0.88%) Virtual Team
16 59 (0.79%) Replication
17 54 (0.72%) Taxonomies
18 48 (0.64%) Fintech
19 46 (0.62%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 642 (8.60%) Windows
2 595 (7.97%) Linux
3 271 (3.63%) Unix
4 190 (2.54%) Windows Server
5 146 (1.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 118 (1.58%) Windows 10
7 64 (0.86%) Windows Server 2012
8 62 (0.83%) AIX
8 62 (0.83%) Solaris
9 61 (0.82%) Apple iOS
10 58 (0.78%) Android
11 29 (0.39%) Windows 7
12 27 (0.36%) Ubuntu
13 23 (0.31%) CentOS
14 20 (0.27%) VMS
15 18 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
16 15 (0.20%) Windows Server 2003
17 14 (0.19%) Mac OS X
18 12 (0.16%) zOS
19 5 (0.067%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,807 (24.20%) Agile Software Development
2 972 (13.02%) Migration
3 879 (11.77%) DevOps
4 772 (10.34%) TOGAF
5 717 (9.60%) Microservices
6 633 (8.48%) Stakeholder Management
7 594 (7.96%) Data Modelling
8 507 (6.79%) Enterprise Architecture
9 437 (5.85%) Technical Architecture
10 426 (5.71%) Analytics
11 416 (5.57%) ITIL
12 414 (5.55%) SOA
13 375 (5.02%) Scrum
14 373 (5.00%) Business Intelligence
15 369 (4.94%) Data Architecture
16 360 (4.82%) Technical Leadership
17 358 (4.80%) Problem-Solving
18 353 (4.73%) Continuous Integration
19 341 (4.57%) Security Architecture
20 285 (3.82%) IT Strategy
Programming Languages
1 890 (11.92%) Java
2 647 (8.67%) SQL
3 416 (5.57%) Python
4 322 (4.31%) C#
5 267 (3.58%) JavaScript
6 241 (3.23%) PowerShell
7 122 (1.63%) C++
8 103 (1.38%) C
9 73 (0.98%) Ruby
10 66 (0.88%) Scala
11 56 (0.75%) Bash Shell
12 54 (0.72%) PL/SQL
13 49 (0.66%) Perl
14 42 (0.56%) Shell Script
15 38 (0.51%) PHP
16 37 (0.50%) R
17 36 (0.48%) Java 8
18 28 (0.38%) ABAP
18 28 (0.38%) T-SQL
19 23 (0.31%) VB
Qualifications
1 975 (13.06%) Security Cleared
2 708 (9.48%) SC Cleared
3 265 (3.55%) Degree
4 185 (2.48%) CISSP
5 179 (2.40%) DV Cleared
6 150 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
7 129 (1.73%) TOGAF Certification
8 98 (1.31%) CISM
9 95 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
10 82 (1.10%) AWS Certification
11 73 (0.98%) Microsoft Certification
12 71 (0.95%) CCIE
13 66 (0.88%) CCNP
14 47 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
15 45 (0.60%) MCSE
16 40 (0.54%) CISA
17 39 (0.52%) ISSAP
18 35 (0.47%) CESG Certified Professional
19 34 (0.46%) CCNA
20 33 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 163 (2.18%) QA
2 133 (1.78%) GDPR
3 106 (1.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 96 (1.29%) Data Quality
5 87 (1.17%) PCI DSS
6 56 (0.75%) PSD2
7 51 (0.68%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 48 (0.64%) JSP 440
9 45 (0.60%) HMG Infosec
10 34 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
10 34 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 28 (0.38%) COBIT
12 23 (0.31%) SLA
13 18 (0.24%) IFRS
13 18 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 12 (0.16%) HIPAA
15 11 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 11 (0.15%) PMO
16 10 (0.13%) FedRAMP
17 8 (0.11%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 406 (5.44%) Active Directory
2 356 (4.77%) Docker
3 253 (3.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 67 (0.90%) Hyper-V
5 61 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
6 52 (0.70%) XenApp
7 43 (0.58%) vSphere
8 40 (0.54%) XenDesktop
9 34 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
10 30 (0.40%) HDFS
11 28 (0.38%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 28 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
12 27 (0.36%) Apache Flume
13 22 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
14 18 (0.24%) VMware NSX
15 14 (0.19%) NFS
16 13 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
16 13 (0.17%) vCloud
17 12 (0.16%) KVM
17 12 (0.16%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 284 (3.80%) Kubernetes
2 250 (3.35%) Ansible
3 172 (2.30%) Terraform
4 169 (2.26%) Puppet
5 118 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
6 116 (1.55%) SCCM
7 91 (1.22%) Single Sign-On
8 60 (0.80%) Microsoft Intune
9 46 (0.62%) SCOM
10 27 (0.36%) CA Single Sign-On
10 27 (0.36%) Kibana
11 25 (0.33%) logstash
12 20 (0.27%) CASB
13 19 (0.25%) vCenter Server
14 17 (0.23%) FortiGate
15 16 (0.21%) Hadoop YARN
15 16 (0.21%) HP Fortify
15 16 (0.21%) Nagios
16 15 (0.20%) QRadar
17 14 (0.19%) Sysdig
Vendors
1 1,079 (14.45%) Microsoft
2 594 (7.96%) Oracle
3 439 (5.88%) VMware
4 411 (5.50%) SAP
5 367 (4.92%) Cisco
6 247 (3.31%) IBM
7 245 (3.28%) Google
8 196 (2.63%) Citrix
9 153 (2.05%) Red Hat
10 104 (1.39%) Salesforce.com
11 100 (1.34%) ServiceNow
12 95 (1.27%) Dell
13 87 (1.17%) Juniper
14 84 (1.13%) CheckPoint
15 75 (1.00%) Splunk
16 66 (0.88%) F5
17 61 (0.82%) Cloudera
18 57 (0.76%) Tableau
19 54 (0.72%) Informatica
20 52 (0.70%) MuleSoft