Period
to 19 April 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 18 17
Rank change year-on-year -5 -1 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,521 7,096 8,629
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.44% 7.66% 8.08%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.83% 8.07% 8.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,616 4,431 5,447
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +3.96%
10th Percentile £425 £413 £406
90th Percentile £713 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £540 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +2.86% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 33 55
UK median hourly rate £51.50 £43.00 £52.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.77% -18.29% +38.94%
10th Percentile £35.00 £26.87 £28.75
90th Percentile £82.87 £73.84 £100.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.08 £42.50 £52.50
% change year-on-year +15.47% -19.05% +29.63%

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 96,001 87,918 101,505
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.95% 94.87% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,167 57,151 65,412
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £251
90th Percentile £632 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,952 3,021 3,351
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.75 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.33% -3.85% +15.73%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.54 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 19 April 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 19 April 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 19 April 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 -6 6,956 £550 - 1,062
UK excluding London +2 3,979 £540 +2.86% 593
London -7 3,336 £590 +2.61% 528
South East +5 1,431 £550 +4.76% 170
North of England -5 733 £550 +4.76% 121
Midlands +5 705 £550 +6.28% 89
West Midlands +4 416 £550 +7.32% 57
North West -5 374 £550 +4.76% 63
East of England +3 363 £534 +1.67% 86
South West +5 345 £550 +4.76% 66
Scotland +10 337 £505 +1.00% 46
Yorkshire -3 305 £525 - 47
East Midlands +6 263 £525 - 32
Wales -6 83 £500 +11.11% 6
North East -5 59 £550 +22.22% 11
Isle of Man - 8 £400 -
Northern Ireland -17 4 £538 -13.31% 8
Channel Islands - 4 £500 - 1

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 April 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 1,793 (23.84%) Agile Software Development
2 1,316 (17.50%) Finance
3 1,223 (16.26%) Microsoft Azure
4 1,201 (15.97%) Amazon AWS
5 990 (13.16%) Microsoft
6 972 (12.92%) Java
7 871 (11.58%) TOGAF
8 844 (11.22%) Security Cleared
9 813 (10.81%) Migration
10 696 (9.25%) DevOps
11 688 (9.15%) Stakeholder Management
12 638 (8.48%) Oracle
13 633 (8.42%) Data Modelling
14 630 (8.38%) SC Cleared
15 627 (8.34%) Windows
16 618 (8.22%) Enterprise Architecture
17 548 (7.29%) .NET
18 530 (7.05%) SQL
19 525 (6.98%) SOA
20 516 (6.86%) Microservices
21 488 (6.49%) Web Services
22 479 (6.37%) Linux
23 478 (6.36%) ITIL
24 474 (6.30%) Banking
25 455 (6.05%) SQL Server
26 443 (5.89%) Data Architecture
27 441 (5.86%) Firewall
28 427 (5.68%) Cisco
29 425 (5.65%) PaaS
30 422 (5.61%) Analytics

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
1 203 (2.70%) SharePoint
2 162 (2.15%) Apache Spark
3 115 (1.53%) CMS
4 107 (1.42%) WebSphere
5 99 (1.32%) Confluence
6 98 (1.30%) Apache
7 90 (1.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 70 (0.93%) JBoss
9 67 (0.89%) OpenStack
10 62 (0.82%) Skype for Business
11 57 (0.76%) Tomcat
12 55 (0.73%) IIS
13 52 (0.69%) MS Exchange
14 49 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
15 46 (0.61%) Sitecore CMS
16 45 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
17 43 (0.57%) SAS
18 39 (0.52%) WebLogic
19 34 (0.45%) Apache Pig
19 34 (0.45%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 86 (1.14%) Microsoft Office
2 65 (0.86%) MS Visio
3 41 (0.55%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.12%) CATIA
6 8 (0.11%) InVision
6 8 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
7 7 (0.093%) Photoshop
7 7 (0.093%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.080%) SPSS
9 4 (0.053%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.053%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.053%) OmniGraffle
9 4 (0.053%) Revit
10 2 (0.027%) Adobe After Effects
10 2 (0.027%) Adobe Premiere
10 2 (0.027%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.013%) InDesign
11 1 (0.013%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.013%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 114 (1.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 76 (1.01%) Dynamics AX
3 24 (0.32%) SAP S/4HANA
4 21 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 17 (0.23%) SAP CO
5 17 (0.23%) SAP FI
5 17 (0.23%) thinkFolio
6 16 (0.21%) SAP ERP
6 16 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
7 15 (0.20%) Magento
8 14 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
8 14 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
9 13 (0.17%) Markit EDM
10 12 (0.16%) SAP MM
11 11 (0.15%) BusinessWorks
11 11 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
12 10 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 8 (0.11%) ENOVIA
13 8 (0.11%) HFM
13 8 (0.11%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 1,223 (16.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,201 (15.97%) Amazon AWS
3 425 (5.65%) PaaS
4 400 (5.32%) Office 365
5 362 (4.81%) SaaS
6 309 (4.11%) IaaS
7 119 (1.58%) Cloud Computing
8 96 (1.28%) Google Cloud Platform
9 90 (1.20%) Dynamics 365
10 73 (0.97%) Azure Active Directory
11 55 (0.73%) Serverless
12 46 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
13 44 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
14 43 (0.57%) Amazon S3
14 43 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 37 (0.49%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 35 (0.47%) AWS Lambda
16 35 (0.47%) GitHub
17 34 (0.45%) Amazon Kinesis
18 31 (0.41%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 441 (5.86%) Firewall
2 278 (3.70%) WAN
3 229 (3.04%) LAN
4 184 (2.45%) VPN
5 170 (2.26%) Network Security
6 133 (1.77%) Internet
7 129 (1.72%) DNS
8 113 (1.50%) Wireless
9 108 (1.44%) MPLS
10 107 (1.42%) HTTP
11 102 (1.36%) SAN
12 93 (1.24%) BGP
13 91 (1.21%) Cisco Nexus
14 82 (1.09%) OSPF
14 82 (1.09%) TCP/IP
15 79 (1.05%) Cisco ASA
16 75 (1.00%) SSL
17 74 (0.98%) Skype
18 66 (0.88%) VLAN
19 58 (0.77%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 455 (6.05%) SQL Server
2 420 (5.58%) Big Data
3 323 (4.29%) Data Warehouse
4 283 (3.76%) Hadoop
5 257 (3.42%) NoSQL
6 198 (2.63%) Relational Database
7 150 (1.99%) MongoDB
8 113 (1.50%) Oracle Database
9 110 (1.46%) PostgreSQL
10 100 (1.33%) MySQL
11 97 (1.29%) RDBMS
12 94 (1.25%) Apache Hive
12 94 (1.25%) Data Lake
13 85 (1.13%) Power BI
14 73 (0.97%) HBase
15 70 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 63 (0.84%) Apache Cassandra
17 49 (0.65%) Amazon Redshift
17 49 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 48 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 191 (2.54%) Jenkins
2 178 (2.37%) JIRA
3 167 (2.22%) Git (software)
4 60 (0.80%) Visual Studio
5 57 (0.76%) Maven
6 54 (0.72%) Subversion
7 46 (0.61%) ERwin
8 44 (0.59%) Selenium
9 41 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
10 25 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 25 (0.33%) PowerDesigner
11 24 (0.32%) Cucumber
11 24 (0.32%) Gradle
12 23 (0.31%) TeamCity
13 22 (0.29%) NUnit
13 22 (0.29%) SonarQube
13 22 (0.29%) Visual Studio Team System
14 21 (0.28%) Sonatype Nexus
15 19 (0.25%) Bitbucket
16 18 (0.24%) Vagrant
General
1 1,316 (17.50%) Finance
2 474 (6.30%) Banking
3 391 (5.20%) Retail
4 276 (3.67%) Telecoms
5 213 (2.83%) Marketing
6 139 (1.85%) Manufacturing
7 127 (1.69%) Legal
8 113 (1.50%) Law
9 76 (1.01%) Billing
10 65 (0.86%) Retail Banking
11 59 (0.78%) Advertising
12 53 (0.70%) Back Office
13 50 (0.66%) Investment Banking
14 44 (0.59%) Publishing
15 39 (0.52%) Front Office
16 38 (0.51%) Automotive
17 36 (0.48%) Electronics
18 35 (0.47%) Local Government
18 35 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
19 34 (0.45%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 548 (7.29%) .NET
2 488 (6.49%) Web Services
3 354 (4.71%) REST
4 275 (3.66%) XML
5 250 (3.32%) Middleware
6 227 (3.02%) JSON
7 212 (2.82%) Node.js
8 211 (2.81%) HTML
9 205 (2.73%) RESTful
10 187 (2.49%) SOAP
11 176 (2.34%) Kafka
12 166 (2.21%) CSS
13 156 (2.07%) Spring
14 150 (1.99%) AngularJS
15 100 (1.33%) J2EE
16 94 (1.25%) React
17 90 (1.20%) ASP.NET
18 88 (1.17%) .NET Framework
19 85 (1.13%) HTML5
20 73 (0.97%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 389 (5.17%) Data Centre
2 357 (4.75%) Analytical Skills
3 203 (2.70%) Management Information System
4 174 (2.31%) User Experience
5 161 (2.14%) Mobile App
6 156 (2.07%) Public Cloud
7 155 (2.06%) Enterprise Software
8 150 (1.99%) Greenfield Project
9 116 (1.54%) Computer Science
10 110 (1.46%) Hybrid Cloud
11 78 (1.04%) Private Cloud
12 77 (1.02%) Self-Motivation
13 72 (0.96%) Virtual Team
14 66 (0.88%) Data Structures
15 59 (0.78%) Taxonomies
16 55 (0.73%) PKI
17 53 (0.70%) iPad
18 51 (0.68%) Reference Data
19 50 (0.66%) Mainframe
20 41 (0.55%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 627 (8.34%) Windows
2 479 (6.37%) Linux
3 266 (3.54%) Unix
4 183 (2.43%) Windows Server
5 143 (1.90%) Windows 10
6 86 (1.14%) Android
7 84 (1.12%) Apple iOS
8 79 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 67 (0.89%) Windows Server 2012
10 53 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
11 50 (0.66%) Solaris
12 48 (0.64%) Windows 7
13 35 (0.47%) Mac OS X
14 32 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
15 31 (0.41%) AIX
16 16 (0.21%) Windows 8
17 11 (0.15%) SUSE
17 11 (0.15%) Windows Vista
18 10 (0.13%) Ubuntu
19 7 (0.093%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,793 (23.84%) Agile Software Development
2 871 (11.58%) TOGAF
3 813 (10.81%) Migration
4 696 (9.25%) DevOps
5 688 (9.15%) Stakeholder Management
6 633 (8.42%) Data Modelling
7 618 (8.22%) Enterprise Architecture
8 525 (6.98%) SOA
9 516 (6.86%) Microservices
10 478 (6.36%) ITIL
11 443 (5.89%) Data Architecture
12 422 (5.61%) Analytics
13 403 (5.36%) Business Intelligence
14 397 (5.28%) Scrum
15 379 (5.04%) Security Architecture
16 358 (4.76%) Technical Architecture
17 357 (4.75%) Open Source
18 348 (4.63%) Problem-Solving
19 344 (4.57%) CRM
20 332 (4.41%) IT Strategy
Programming Languages
1 972 (12.92%) Java
2 530 (7.05%) SQL
3 324 (4.31%) JavaScript
4 302 (4.02%) Python
5 283 (3.76%) C#
6 175 (2.33%) PowerShell
7 120 (1.60%) Ruby
8 105 (1.40%) Scala
9 81 (1.08%) C
10 79 (1.05%) PHP
11 63 (0.84%) C++
12 61 (0.81%) PL/SQL
13 54 (0.72%) Perl
13 54 (0.72%) Shell Script
14 43 (0.57%) T-SQL
15 41 (0.55%) Java 8
16 40 (0.53%) R
17 37 (0.49%) Apex Code
18 36 (0.48%) TypeScript
19 31 (0.41%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 844 (11.22%) Security Cleared
2 630 (8.38%) SC Cleared
3 291 (3.87%) Degree
4 223 (2.97%) CISSP
5 218 (2.90%) Cisco Certification
6 177 (2.35%) TOGAF Certification
7 131 (1.74%) DV Cleared
8 120 (1.60%) CCNP
9 109 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
10 104 (1.38%) CCIE
11 92 (1.22%) CISM
12 88 (1.17%) MCSE
13 71 (0.94%) CCNA
14 62 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
15 60 (0.80%) CISA
16 49 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
17 41 (0.55%) AWS Certification
18 32 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
19 30 (0.40%) CESG Certified Professional
20 28 (0.37%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 230 (3.06%) GDPR
2 203 (2.70%) QA
3 169 (2.25%) Data Quality
4 129 (1.72%) PCI DSS
5 121 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 59 (0.78%) COBIT
7 44 (0.59%) SLA
8 40 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 38 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
10 29 (0.39%) GCP
11 27 (0.36%) PSD2
12 25 (0.33%) NIST 800
13 18 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 16 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 16 (0.21%) MiFID
15 15 (0.20%) HIPAA
16 13 (0.17%) PMO
17 10 (0.13%) COSO
17 10 (0.13%) HL7
17 10 (0.13%) JSP 440
System Software
1 412 (5.48%) Active Directory
2 255 (3.39%) Docker
3 231 (3.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 121 (1.61%) Hyper-V
5 51 (0.68%) XenApp
6 50 (0.66%) vSphere
7 44 (0.59%) HDFS
8 43 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
9 41 (0.55%) Apache Flume
9 41 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
10 40 (0.53%) XenDesktop
11 38 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
12 37 (0.49%) VMware NSX
13 18 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 17 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
14 17 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
15 10 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
16 9 (0.12%) Varnish
16 9 (0.12%) XenServer
17 8 (0.11%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 158 (2.10%) SCCM
2 127 (1.69%) Ansible
2 127 (1.69%) Kubernetes
3 109 (1.45%) Puppet
4 99 (1.32%) Terraform
5 92 (1.22%) Single Sign-On
6 60 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
7 55 (0.73%) SCOM
8 46 (0.61%) Microsoft Intune
9 42 (0.56%) Oozie
10 22 (0.29%) SCVMM
11 18 (0.24%) AirWatch
11 18 (0.24%) Hadoop YARN
11 18 (0.24%) Microsoft Clustering
12 15 (0.20%) vRealize
13 14 (0.19%) CA Single Sign-On
13 14 (0.19%) FortiGate
13 14 (0.19%) Nessus
14 13 (0.17%) OpenSSO
14 13 (0.17%) Salt
Vendors
1 990 (13.16%) Microsoft
2 638 (8.48%) Oracle
3 427 (5.68%) Cisco
4 386 (5.13%) SAP
5 373 (4.96%) VMware
6 207 (2.75%) Salesforce.com
7 194 (2.58%) IBM
8 183 (2.43%) Citrix
9 175 (2.33%) Google
10 140 (1.86%) ServiceNow
11 122 (1.62%) Juniper
12 117 (1.56%) CheckPoint
13 113 (1.50%) Red Hat
14 96 (1.28%) Sitecore
15 91 (1.21%) HP
15 91 (1.21%) Splunk
16 69 (0.92%) Cloudera
17 67 (0.89%) Informatica
18 62 (0.82%) Capita
19 61 (0.81%) MuleSoft