Period
to 13 April 2021

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 15 17 14
Rank change year-on-year +2 -3 +9
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 4,936 4,713 7,958
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.40% 7.87% 8.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 10.14% 8.39% 8.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,319 3,036 5,160
10th Percentile £450 £450 £450
25th Percentile £503 £513 £506
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £581 £575
Median % change year-on-year -1.03% +1.04% +4.55%
75th Percentile £656 £675 £650
90th Percentile £738 £750 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £550
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 31 18
10th Percentile £42.50 £42.50 £41.20
25th Percentile £52.00 £49.25 £46.56
Median hourly rate £62.00 £57.00 £58.75
Median % change year-on-year +8.77% -2.98% +6.82%
75th Percentile £70.00 £66.88 £63.75
90th Percentile £80.60 £71.25 £78.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £53.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year +13.21% +6.00% -4.08%

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 48,693 56,183 91,309
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.77% 93.80% 94.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 33,398 37,314 61,632
10th Percentile £275 £225 £270
25th Percentile £375 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £460 £463
Median % change year-on-year +3.26% -0.70% +2.94%
75th Percentile £575 £569 £569
90th Percentile £660 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,680 2,155 2,660
10th Percentile £11.30 £11.50 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.50 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £17.83
Median % change year-on-year +20.32% +4.91% +1.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £38.75 £38.75
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.12 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.95 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.29% - -

Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Architect in the UK

Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Architect.

Daily rate trend for Architect in the UK

Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Architect over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Architect in the UK

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Architect.

Hourly rate trend for Architect in the UK

Architect
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Architect over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

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 13 April 2021. 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 3,995 £575 -2.54% 1,158
London +3 2,112 £600 -2.04% 494
UK excluding London +4 1,733 £550 - 715
Work from Home +2 1,595 £583 +1.30% 212
South East +2 576 £568 +3.27% 184
North of England 0 369 £560 - 189
Midlands +2 280 £525 -4.55% 114
South West +1 205 £588 -2.08% 98
West Midlands +1 201 £525 -4.55% 74
North West -1 196 £570 +2.47% 103
Yorkshire +2 146 £550 -4.35% 68
Scotland -5 145 £538 -1.83% 49
East of England -8 88 £513 -6.82% 63
East Midlands +7 72 £525 -4.55% 40
Wales +32 64 £539 +6.16% 11
North East -3 27 £539 +2.71% 18
Northern Ireland +6 10 £498 -9.45% 6

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, 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 1,505 (30.49%) Azure
2 1,155 (23.40%) Agile Software Development
3 1,027 (20.81%) AWS
4 844 (17.10%) Finance
5 843 (17.08%) Security Cleared
6 715 (14.49%) Microsoft
7 691 (14.00%) DevOps
8 667 (13.51%) Migration
9 630 (12.76%) SC Cleared
10 584 (11.83%) Data Modelling
11 522 (10.58%) Microservices
12 491 (9.95%) TOGAF
13 476 (9.64%) Public Sector
14 475 (9.62%) SQL
15 454 (9.20%) Java
16 426 (8.63%) Enterprise Architecture
17 415 (8.41%) Oracle
18 398 (8.06%) Data Architecture
19 381 (7.72%) Stakeholder Management
20 373 (7.56%) Analytics
21 369 (7.48%) GCP
22 336 (6.81%) SAP
23 330 (6.69%) Windows
24 318 (6.44%) Salesforce.com
25 317 (6.42%) PaaS
26 316 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
27 315 (6.38%) Business Intelligence
28 313 (6.34%) Banking
29 306 (6.20%) VMware
30 286 (5.79%) Linux

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
1 152 (3.08%) SharePoint
2 89 (1.80%) Confluence
3 84 (1.70%) Apache
4 78 (1.58%) CMS
5 64 (1.30%) Apache Spark
6 39 (0.79%) MS Exchange
7 37 (0.75%) JBoss
8 34 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
8 34 (0.69%) Tomcat
9 32 (0.65%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 32 (0.65%) WebSphere
10 30 (0.61%) Red Hat Fuse
11 28 (0.57%) Apache Airflow
11 28 (0.57%) IIS
12 24 (0.49%) WebLogic
13 23 (0.47%) SAS
14 20 (0.41%) MQSeries
15 19 (0.38%) Headless CMS
15 19 (0.38%) Skype for Business
16 18 (0.36%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 53 (1.07%) MS Visio
2 45 (0.91%) Microsoft Office
3 26 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
4 20 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
7 4 (0.081%) AutoCAD
7 4 (0.081%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.081%) SPSS
8 3 (0.061%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.041%) Revit
10 1 (0.020%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.020%) Adobe XD
10 1 (0.020%) FreeHand
10 1 (0.020%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 78 (1.58%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 53 (1.07%) SAP S/4HANA
3 49 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
4 28 (0.57%) Oracle ERP
5 21 (0.43%) Magento
6 19 (0.38%) NetSuite
7 16 (0.32%) SAP Hybris
8 15 (0.30%) Cerner Millennium
8 15 (0.30%) Oracle Applications
8 15 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 14 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
10 12 (0.24%) Teamcenter
11 11 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
11 11 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
12 9 (0.18%) SAP CO
12 9 (0.18%) SAP ERP
12 9 (0.18%) SAP FI
12 9 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
12 9 (0.18%) SAP MM
13 8 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1,505 (30.49%) Azure
2 1,027 (20.81%) AWS
3 369 (7.48%) GCP
4 317 (6.42%) PaaS
5 269 (5.45%) SaaS
6 254 (5.15%) Microsoft 365
7 237 (4.80%) IaaS
8 191 (3.87%) Power Platform
9 165 (3.34%) Azure Active Directory
10 149 (3.02%) Serverless
11 85 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
12 83 (1.68%) Dynamics 365
13 71 (1.44%) AWS Lambda
14 68 (1.38%) OpenShift
15 67 (1.36%) Azure Data Factory
16 66 (1.34%) Salesforce Service Cloud
17 64 (1.30%) AWS CloudFormation
18 62 (1.26%) Amazon S3
19 55 (1.11%) GitHub
20 54 (1.09%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 200 (4.05%) Firewall
2 155 (3.14%) WAN
3 125 (2.53%) LAN
4 111 (2.25%) DNS
5 90 (1.82%) Network Security
6 77 (1.56%) VPN
7 58 (1.18%) Internet
8 46 (0.93%) SAN
9 44 (0.89%) DHCP
9 44 (0.89%) SD-WAN
10 43 (0.87%) TCP/IP
10 43 (0.87%) Wireless
11 42 (0.85%) HTTP
12 37 (0.75%) Unified Communications
13 34 (0.69%) MPLS
14 33 (0.67%) BGP
15 31 (0.63%) SSL
16 30 (0.61%) Skype
17 20 (0.41%) VSAN
17 20 (0.41%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 244 (4.94%) Data Warehouse
2 231 (4.68%) Big Data
3 220 (4.46%) SQL Server
4 159 (3.22%) Data Lake
5 133 (2.69%) Power BI
6 120 (2.43%) Relational Database
7 103 (2.09%) PostgreSQL
8 92 (1.86%) Hadoop
8 92 (1.86%) NoSQL
9 76 (1.54%) MongoDB
10 65 (1.32%) Azure SQL Database
11 57 (1.15%) Tableau
12 54 (1.09%) MySQL
13 53 (1.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 52 (1.05%) RDBMS
15 48 (0.97%) Oracle Database
16 47 (0.95%) Cosmos DB
17 36 (0.73%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 34 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 33 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 150 (3.04%) Jenkins
2 135 (2.74%) JIRA
3 83 (1.68%) Git (software)
4 46 (0.93%) PowerDesigner
5 42 (0.85%) GitLab
6 37 (0.75%) Maven
7 27 (0.55%) kappa
8 24 (0.49%) ERwin
8 24 (0.49%) Selenium
9 23 (0.47%) Bitbucket
9 23 (0.47%) SonarQube
10 21 (0.43%) Sonatype Nexus
11 17 (0.34%) Cucumber
11 17 (0.34%) Subversion
12 16 (0.32%) Ant
12 16 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 16 (0.32%) Visual Studio
13 13 (0.26%) Team Foundation Server
13 13 (0.26%) Visual Studio Team System
14 12 (0.24%) Vagrant
General
1 844 (17.10%) Finance
2 476 (9.64%) Public Sector
3 313 (6.34%) Banking
4 226 (4.58%) Telecoms
5 207 (4.19%) Marketing
6 199 (4.03%) Retail
7 142 (2.88%) Manufacturing
8 98 (1.99%) Electronics
9 74 (1.50%) Legal
10 60 (1.22%) Law
11 59 (1.20%) Billing
12 40 (0.81%) Retail Banking
13 36 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
14 35 (0.71%) Back Office
15 30 (0.61%) Front Office
16 29 (0.59%) Investment Banking
17 23 (0.47%) Publishing
18 19 (0.38%) Local Government
19 16 (0.32%) General Ledger
20 14 (0.28%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 182 (3.69%) Web Services
2 172 (3.48%) .NET
2 172 (3.48%) REST
3 149 (3.02%) Middleware
4 131 (2.65%) JSON
5 103 (2.09%) SOAP
6 98 (1.99%) XML
7 94 (1.90%) RESTful
8 89 (1.80%) Spring
9 79 (1.60%) Kafka
9 79 (1.60%) React
10 78 (1.58%) Node.js
11 76 (1.54%) HTML
12 63 (1.28%) Spring Boot
13 61 (1.24%) AngularJS
13 61 (1.24%) OAuth
14 56 (1.13%) J2EE
15 54 (1.09%) CSS
16 48 (0.97%) Hibernate
17 40 (0.81%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 316 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
2 221 (4.48%) Data Centre
3 185 (3.75%) Public Cloud
4 181 (3.67%) Cloud Native
5 127 (2.57%) Management Information System
6 97 (1.97%) User Experience
7 83 (1.68%) Enterprise Software
8 82 (1.66%) NHS
9 80 (1.62%) Greenfield Project
9 80 (1.62%) Hybrid Cloud
10 71 (1.44%) Virtual Team
11 65 (1.32%) Clustering
12 62 (1.26%) Mobile App
13 51 (1.03%) Private Cloud
13 51 (1.03%) Self-Motivation
14 50 (1.01%) Reference Data
15 45 (0.91%) Data Structures
16 30 (0.61%) PKI
17 28 (0.57%) EMC VNX
18 25 (0.51%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 330 (6.69%) Windows
2 286 (5.79%) Linux
3 136 (2.76%) Windows Server
4 79 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 64 (1.30%) Windows 10
6 58 (1.18%) Unix
7 40 (0.81%) Solaris
8 34 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
9 29 (0.59%) Apple iOS
10 27 (0.55%) Android
11 20 (0.41%) Windows XP
12 16 (0.32%) VMS
12 16 (0.32%) Windows Server 2019
13 15 (0.30%) AIX
13 15 (0.30%) Windows Server 2016
14 12 (0.24%) HPUX
14 12 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
15 7 (0.14%) CentOS
15 7 (0.14%) Ubuntu
16 6 (0.12%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,155 (23.40%) Agile Software Development
2 691 (14.00%) DevOps
3 667 (13.51%) Migration
4 584 (11.83%) Data Modelling
5 522 (10.58%) Microservices
6 491 (9.95%) TOGAF
7 426 (8.63%) Enterprise Architecture
8 398 (8.06%) Data Architecture
9 381 (7.72%) Stakeholder Management
10 373 (7.56%) Analytics
11 315 (6.38%) Business Intelligence
12 258 (5.23%) Technical Architecture
13 234 (4.74%) Security Architecture
14 229 (4.64%) Data Management
15 221 (4.48%) SOA
16 217 (4.40%) Architectural Design
17 202 (4.09%) Scrum
18 201 (4.07%) ERP
19 200 (4.05%) Problem-Solving
20 199 (4.03%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 475 (9.62%) SQL
2 454 (9.20%) Java
3 227 (4.60%) Python
4 178 (3.61%) JavaScript
5 135 (2.74%) PowerShell
6 83 (1.68%) C#
7 65 (1.32%) C
8 52 (1.05%) Apex Code
9 38 (0.77%) Scala
10 37 (0.75%) Bash Shell
11 34 (0.69%) Ruby
12 30 (0.61%) PHP
12 30 (0.61%) PL/SQL
13 25 (0.51%) T-SQL
14 24 (0.49%) C++
15 22 (0.45%) Java 8
15 22 (0.45%) R
16 20 (0.41%) TypeScript
17 19 (0.38%) Go
18 15 (0.30%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 843 (17.08%) Security Cleared
2 630 (12.76%) SC Cleared
3 167 (3.38%) Degree
4 124 (2.51%) DV Cleared
5 122 (2.47%) CISSP
6 95 (1.92%) TOGAF Certification
7 87 (1.76%) Cisco Certification
8 63 (1.28%) CISM
9 42 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
10 40 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
11 38 (0.77%) CCIE
12 32 (0.65%) AWS Certification
12 32 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
13 31 (0.63%) CCNA
14 27 (0.55%) CCNP
15 25 (0.51%) CESG Certified Professional
16 22 (0.45%) CISA
17 21 (0.43%) Master's Degree
18 19 (0.38%) (ISC)2 CCSP
19 18 (0.36%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (2.69%) Data Quality
2 100 (2.03%) QA
3 96 (1.94%) GDPR
4 90 (1.82%) NIST
5 71 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 43 (0.87%) PCI DSS
7 33 (0.67%) NCSC
8 32 (0.65%) COBIT
9 22 (0.45%) IFRS
10 21 (0.43%) NIST 800
11 19 (0.38%) SLA
12 18 (0.36%) HL7
13 14 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 14 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 12 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
15 11 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 11 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 11 (0.22%) SEPA
16 10 (0.20%) ISO 20022
17 9 (0.18%) Dublin Core
System Software
1 276 (5.59%) Active Directory
2 195 (3.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 181 (3.67%) Docker
4 66 (1.34%) Hyper-V
5 41 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
6 39 (0.79%) vSphere
7 38 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
8 36 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
9 30 (0.61%) VMware NSX
10 21 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
11 19 (0.38%) XenApp
12 13 (0.26%) HDFS
13 12 (0.24%) KVM
14 10 (0.20%) vCloud
15 7 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
15 7 (0.14%) Xen
16 6 (0.12%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 6 (0.12%) NFS
16 6 (0.12%) OpenAM
17 5 (0.10%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 280 (5.67%) Kubernetes
2 259 (5.25%) Terraform
3 148 (3.00%) Ansible
4 73 (1.48%) Microsoft Intune
5 48 (0.97%) SCCM
6 41 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
7 37 (0.75%) Puppet
8 35 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
9 30 (0.61%) vRealize
10 21 (0.43%) Microsoft Clustering
11 20 (0.41%) IBM BigFix
12 19 (0.38%) vCenter Server
13 16 (0.32%) Prometheus
14 15 (0.30%) Istio
15 11 (0.22%) Grafana
16 10 (0.20%) FortiGate
16 10 (0.20%) Hadoop YARN
16 10 (0.20%) NetBackup
16 10 (0.20%) Red Hat Satellite
17 9 (0.18%) Nessus
Vendors
1 715 (14.49%) Microsoft
2 415 (8.41%) Oracle
3 336 (6.81%) SAP
4 318 (6.44%) Salesforce.com
5 306 (6.20%) VMware
6 241 (4.88%) Google
7 156 (3.16%) Cisco
8 151 (3.06%) MuleSoft
9 106 (2.15%) IBM
10 100 (2.03%) Databricks
11 98 (1.99%) Red Hat
12 91 (1.84%) Sparx
13 90 (1.82%) ServiceNow
14 85 (1.72%) Citrix
15 66 (1.34%) Remedy
16 51 (1.03%) Pega
17 48 (0.97%) Cloudera
18 45 (0.91%) Informatica
19 44 (0.89%) BiZZdesign
20 43 (0.87%) EMC