Period
to 14 August 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £568 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 August 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 22 26 15
Rank change year-on-year +4 -11 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,509 6,465 9,033
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.34% 6.76% 8.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.73% 7.12% 8.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,676 3,935 5,832
UK median daily rate £568 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.18% +4.76% +4.90%
10th Percentile £450 £413 £408
90th Percentile £725 £700 £680
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 31 39
UK median hourly rate £48.75 £55.41 £47.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.01% +15.64% +19.78%
10th Percentile £35.00 £29.92 £18.05
90th Percentile £84.38 £65.00 £85.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £56.45 £47.91
% change year-on-year -20.29% +17.83% -3.21%

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 97,107 90,805 103,724
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.97% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,602 58,946 67,571
UK median daily rate £450 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £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 3,117 2,812 3,109
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +6.35%
10th Percentile £11.02 £10.75 £10.32
90th Percentile £47.83 £48.75 £46.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% -6.47% +11.76%

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 14 August 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 14 August 2018.

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 14 August 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 +3 6,852 £575 +4.55% 1,166
UK excluding London +4 4,008 £550 +4.76% 688
London +3 3,315 £600 +4.35% 544
South East +2 1,281 £550 +4.76% 181
North of England -6 799 £536 +2.14% 139
Midlands -3 628 £550 +4.76% 136
North West -1 439 £550 +4.76% 78
West Midlands -2 427 £550 +4.76% 92
Scotland +23 412 £525 +5.00% 57
South West +14 409 £525 - 80
East of England +7 368 £543 +0.93% 75
Yorkshire -9 299 £525 -3.67% 55
East Midlands +5 184 £531 +1.19% 43
Wales -1 112 £538 +2.38% 12
North East -15 62 £513 -3.30% 6
Northern Ireland +30 7 £500 -30.26% 7
Channel Islands - 4 £500 - 1

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 1,857 (24.73%) Agile Software Development
2 1,441 (19.19%) Finance
3 1,348 (17.95%) Microsoft Azure
4 1,264 (16.83%) Amazon AWS
5 1,024 (13.64%) Microsoft
6 971 (12.93%) Java
7 892 (11.88%) Migration
8 856 (11.40%) Security Cleared
9 765 (10.19%) TOGAF
10 728 (9.70%) Oracle
11 678 (9.03%) Stakeholder Management
12 666 (8.87%) DevOps
13 663 (8.83%) SC Cleared
14 643 (8.56%) Windows
15 620 (8.26%) Microservices
16 598 (7.96%) Data Modelling
17 577 (7.68%) SQL
18 564 (7.51%) Banking
19 560 (7.46%) Enterprise Architecture
20 521 (6.94%) Web Services
21 518 (6.90%) SOA
22 500 (6.66%) .NET
23 460 (6.13%) Linux
24 444 (5.91%) SAP
25 442 (5.89%) Cisco
26 432 (5.75%) Scrum
27 429 (5.71%) ITIL
28 413 (5.50%) Analytics
29 409 (5.45%) SQL Server
30 406 (5.41%) Business Intelligence

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
1 169 (2.25%) SharePoint
2 143 (1.90%) Apache Spark
3 123 (1.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 96 (1.28%) Apache
5 92 (1.23%) Confluence
6 84 (1.12%) CMS
7 78 (1.04%) WebSphere
8 64 (0.85%) OpenStack
9 63 (0.84%) Elasticsearch
10 62 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
11 60 (0.80%) IIS
12 55 (0.73%) Skype for Business
13 51 (0.68%) JBoss
13 51 (0.68%) WebLogic
14 47 (0.63%) MS Exchange
15 44 (0.59%) Apache Solr
16 42 (0.56%) Mule
17 41 (0.55%) Tomcat
18 34 (0.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
19 33 (0.44%) Documentum
Applications
1 95 (1.27%) Microsoft Office
2 61 (0.81%) MS Visio
3 27 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
4 22 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 20 (0.27%) CATIA
6 13 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
7 8 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.080%) InVision
8 6 (0.080%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.053%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.053%) Chatbot
9 4 (0.053%) InDesign
10 3 (0.040%) OmniGraffle
11 2 (0.027%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.013%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.013%) Blender
12 1 (0.013%) EngageOne
12 1 (0.013%) Revit
12 1 (0.013%) Shockwave
12 1 (0.013%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 107 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 64 (0.85%) Dynamics AX
3 34 (0.45%) SAP S/4HANA
4 29 (0.39%) SAP ERP
5 22 (0.29%) SAP BPC
6 21 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
6 21 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 20 (0.27%) Oracle Retail
8 19 (0.25%) ENOVIA
8 19 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 19 (0.25%) thinkFolio
9 18 (0.24%) Oracle Financials
10 17 (0.23%) SAP CRM
10 17 (0.23%) SAP Hybris
11 15 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
12 13 (0.17%) SAP CO
12 13 (0.17%) SAP FI
13 12 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
13 12 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
13 12 (0.16%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 1,348 (17.95%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,264 (16.83%) Amazon AWS
3 396 (5.27%) Office 365
4 370 (4.93%) SaaS
5 359 (4.78%) PaaS
6 310 (4.13%) IaaS
7 128 (1.70%) Google Cloud Platform
8 126 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
9 123 (1.64%) Dynamics 365
10 80 (1.07%) Azure Active Directory
11 75 (1.00%) Serverless
12 49 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
13 46 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
13 46 (0.61%) GitHub
14 44 (0.59%) Azure Data Factory
14 44 (0.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 41 (0.55%) Amazon S3
15 41 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
16 38 (0.51%) OneDrive
17 28 (0.37%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 384 (5.11%) Firewall
2 214 (2.85%) WAN
3 179 (2.38%) LAN
4 161 (2.14%) Network Security
5 160 (2.13%) VPN
6 130 (1.73%) Internet
6 130 (1.73%) Wireless
7 122 (1.62%) DNS
8 107 (1.42%) SAN
9 99 (1.32%) HTTP
10 90 (1.20%) TCP/IP
11 84 (1.12%) MPLS
11 84 (1.12%) Skype
12 63 (0.84%) DHCP
13 57 (0.76%) BGP
14 56 (0.75%) Cisco ASA
15 55 (0.73%) VLAN
16 53 (0.71%) Unified Communications
17 52 (0.69%) SSL
18 49 (0.65%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 409 (5.45%) SQL Server
2 394 (5.25%) Big Data
3 298 (3.97%) Data Warehouse
4 249 (3.32%) Hadoop
5 218 (2.90%) NoSQL
6 187 (2.49%) Relational Database
7 164 (2.18%) MongoDB
8 138 (1.84%) Oracle Database
9 118 (1.57%) Data Lake
10 116 (1.54%) PostgreSQL
11 108 (1.44%) MySQL
12 103 (1.37%) Power BI
13 89 (1.19%) Apache Hive
14 81 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
15 79 (1.05%) RDBMS
16 61 (0.81%) HBase
17 55 (0.73%) SAP HANA
18 53 (0.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 46 (0.61%) Amazon Redshift
19 46 (0.61%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 194 (2.58%) Jenkins
2 164 (2.18%) JIRA
3 163 (2.17%) Git (software)
4 60 (0.80%) Selenium
5 59 (0.79%) Maven
6 57 (0.76%) Cucumber
7 55 (0.73%) Subversion
8 47 (0.63%) ERwin
9 38 (0.51%) Visual Studio
9 38 (0.51%) Visual Studio Team System
10 37 (0.49%) Oracle Forms
11 32 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
12 31 (0.41%) SonarQube
13 23 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 23 (0.31%) Gradle
13 23 (0.31%) TeamCity
14 22 (0.29%) Ant
14 22 (0.29%) Bitbucket
15 20 (0.27%) Sonatype Nexus
16 19 (0.25%) Rational Rose
General
1 1,441 (19.19%) Finance
2 564 (7.51%) Banking
3 401 (5.34%) Retail
4 240 (3.20%) Telecoms
5 133 (1.77%) Manufacturing
6 132 (1.76%) Marketing
7 89 (1.19%) Legal
8 68 (0.91%) Law
9 61 (0.81%) Billing
9 61 (0.81%) Retail Banking
10 55 (0.73%) Investment Banking
11 49 (0.65%) Publishing
12 46 (0.61%) Back Office
13 45 (0.60%) Financial Institution
14 40 (0.53%) Front Office
15 38 (0.51%) Advertising
16 37 (0.49%) Automotive
16 37 (0.49%) Electronics
17 32 (0.43%) Games
18 30 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 521 (6.94%) Web Services
2 500 (6.66%) .NET
3 399 (5.31%) REST
4 299 (3.98%) Middleware
5 244 (3.25%) SOAP
6 234 (3.12%) JSON
7 227 (3.02%) Spring
8 221 (2.94%) XML
9 202 (2.69%) Node.js
10 172 (2.29%) RESTful
11 163 (2.17%) HTML
12 153 (2.04%) Kafka
13 134 (1.78%) CSS
14 124 (1.65%) J2EE
15 122 (1.62%) AngularJS
16 120 (1.60%) Spring Boot
17 96 (1.28%) OAuth
18 87 (1.16%) SAML
19 82 (1.09%) React
20 78 (1.04%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 390 (5.19%) Data Centre
2 374 (4.98%) Analytical Skills
3 219 (2.92%) Management Information System
4 180 (2.40%) User Experience
5 158 (2.10%) Mobile App
5 158 (2.10%) Public Cloud
6 139 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
7 130 (1.73%) Hybrid Cloud
8 124 (1.65%) Computer Science
9 115 (1.53%) Greenfield Project
10 100 (1.33%) Private Cloud
11 97 (1.29%) PKI
12 96 (1.28%) Self-Motivation
13 72 (0.96%) Fintech
14 70 (0.93%) Virtual Team
15 69 (0.92%) Reference Data
16 61 (0.81%) Taxonomies
17 50 (0.67%) NHS
18 46 (0.61%) Cloud Native
19 44 (0.59%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 643 (8.56%) Windows
2 460 (6.13%) Linux
3 269 (3.58%) Unix
4 199 (2.65%) Windows Server
5 180 (2.40%) Windows 10
6 111 (1.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 83 (1.11%) Apple iOS
8 74 (0.99%) Android
9 62 (0.83%) AIX
10 54 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
11 42 (0.56%) Solaris
12 41 (0.55%) Windows 7
13 38 (0.51%) Windows Server 2008
14 25 (0.33%) Windows XP
15 17 (0.23%) Mac OS X
16 16 (0.21%) VMS
17 14 (0.19%) CentOS
17 14 (0.19%) Ubuntu
17 14 (0.19%) Windows 2000
18 11 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,857 (24.73%) Agile Software Development
2 892 (11.88%) Migration
3 765 (10.19%) TOGAF
4 678 (9.03%) Stakeholder Management
5 666 (8.87%) DevOps
6 620 (8.26%) Microservices
7 598 (7.96%) Data Modelling
8 560 (7.46%) Enterprise Architecture
9 518 (6.90%) SOA
10 432 (5.75%) Scrum
11 429 (5.71%) ITIL
12 413 (5.50%) Analytics
13 406 (5.41%) Business Intelligence
14 394 (5.25%) Security Architecture
15 385 (5.13%) Technical Architecture
16 374 (4.98%) Data Architecture
17 346 (4.61%) CRM
18 344 (4.58%) Open Source
19 323 (4.30%) Problem-Solving
20 295 (3.93%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 971 (12.93%) Java
2 577 (7.68%) SQL
3 303 (4.04%) JavaScript
4 256 (3.41%) Python
5 249 (3.32%) C#
6 158 (2.10%) PowerShell
7 89 (1.19%) C
7 89 (1.19%) PL/SQL
8 84 (1.12%) Ruby
9 81 (1.08%) Java 8
10 80 (1.07%) Scala
11 76 (1.01%) C++
12 71 (0.95%) PHP
13 48 (0.64%) Shell Script
14 44 (0.59%) R
15 35 (0.47%) Bash Shell
16 34 (0.45%) Go
17 31 (0.41%) TypeScript
18 30 (0.40%) T-SQL
19 21 (0.28%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 856 (11.40%) Security Cleared
2 663 (8.83%) SC Cleared
3 278 (3.70%) Degree
4 196 (2.61%) CISSP
5 169 (2.25%) Cisco Certification
6 130 (1.73%) TOGAF Certification
7 118 (1.57%) DV Cleared
8 111 (1.48%) CISM
9 102 (1.36%) CCNP
10 71 (0.95%) CISA
11 68 (0.91%) Microsoft Certification
12 60 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
13 58 (0.77%) MCSE
14 54 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
15 53 (0.71%) CCIE
16 52 (0.69%) CCNA
17 48 (0.64%) AWS Certification
18 45 (0.60%) CESG Certified Professional
19 26 (0.35%) CCDP
20 22 (0.29%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 228 (3.04%) GDPR
2 159 (2.12%) Data Quality
3 142 (1.89%) QA
4 118 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 106 (1.41%) PCI DSS
6 70 (0.93%) GCP
7 54 (0.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 49 (0.65%) COBIT
9 44 (0.59%) SLA
10 43 (0.57%) PSD2
11 32 (0.43%) PMO
12 29 (0.39%) NIST 800
13 22 (0.29%) JSP 440
14 20 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
15 15 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 14 (0.19%) HIPAA
17 13 (0.17%) HL7
18 12 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
19 11 (0.15%) HMG Infosec
20 10 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 346 (4.61%) Active Directory
2 268 (3.57%) Docker
3 255 (3.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 101 (1.35%) Hyper-V
5 58 (0.77%) XenApp
6 50 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
7 46 (0.61%) Microsoft App-V
8 45 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
9 40 (0.53%) XenDesktop
10 39 (0.52%) VMware NSX
10 39 (0.52%) vSphere
11 34 (0.45%) Apache Flume
12 30 (0.40%) HDFS
13 19 (0.25%) OpenAM
13 19 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
14 15 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
15 14 (0.19%) BitLocker
16 13 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 9 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
18 7 (0.093%) iptables
Systems Management
1 171 (2.28%) SCCM
2 169 (2.25%) Ansible
3 161 (2.14%) Kubernetes
4 153 (2.04%) Puppet
5 125 (1.66%) Single Sign-On
6 114 (1.52%) Opscode Chef
7 113 (1.50%) Terraform
8 70 (0.93%) Microsoft Intune
9 40 (0.53%) SCOM
10 36 (0.48%) Oozie
11 24 (0.32%) Nessus
12 22 (0.29%) Cisco Prime
13 18 (0.24%) AirWatch
14 17 (0.23%) CA Single Sign-On
15 16 (0.21%) Data Guard
16 15 (0.20%) Packer
17 14 (0.19%) CASB
17 14 (0.19%) Consul
17 14 (0.19%) vRealize
18 13 (0.17%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 1,024 (13.64%) Microsoft
2 728 (9.70%) Oracle
3 444 (5.91%) SAP
4 442 (5.89%) Cisco
5 384 (5.11%) VMware
6 235 (3.13%) IBM
7 191 (2.54%) Salesforce.com
8 178 (2.37%) Google
9 154 (2.05%) Citrix
10 126 (1.68%) ServiceNow
11 105 (1.40%) Red Hat
12 100 (1.33%) Splunk
13 87 (1.16%) Juniper
14 86 (1.15%) MuleSoft
15 76 (1.01%) HP
16 74 (0.99%) Sitecore
17 73 (0.97%) Cloudera
18 71 (0.95%) Informatica
19 61 (0.81%) TIBCO
20 60 (0.80%) CheckPoint