Period
to 31 May 2020

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

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
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 18 13 23
Rank change year-on-year -5 +10 -4
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 3,649 7,735 7,577
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 7.85% 8.46% 7.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.39% 8.95% 7.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,368 5,136 4,769
Median daily rate £600 £575 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.35% +4.55% -
10th Percentile £450 £455 £428
90th Percentile £750 £725 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £563 £550 £543
% change year-on-year +2.27% +1.38% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 37 44
Median hourly rate £42.50 £35.00 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.43% -36.36% -0.73%
10th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
90th Percentile £68.75 £83.75 £88.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.50 £35.00 £46.50
% change year-on-year +44.29% -24.73% -16.07%

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 43,485 86,434 95,987
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.59% 94.54% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 27,350 56,800 62,912
Median daily rate £466 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.37% +5.00% +5.88%
10th Percentile £250 £275 £265
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,804 2,789 3,022
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.03 £18.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.98% +5.04% -4.37%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.00 £48.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.33% +2.86% -1.52%

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 31 May 2020.

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 31 May 2020.

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 31 May 2020. 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 3,397 £600 +4.35% 384
UK excluding London -5 1,891 £563 +2.27% 308
London -1 1,590 £625 +4.17% 94
South East -4 552 £550 - 92
North of England +7 483 £590 +7.27% 84
Midlands +7 275 £550 - 58
South West -5 273 £595 +3.48% 29
North West -1 245 £600 +4.35% 59
Work from Home -3 219 £600 +9.09% 37
West Midlands -1 184 £550 -4.35% 44
Yorkshire +15 165 £600 +9.09% 16
East of England -10 147 £550 +2.33% 28
Scotland -25 124 £550 - 15
East Midlands +10 80 £525 +0.72% 14
North East +14 71 £513 -2.38% 9
Wales -29 34 £500 -16.67% 2
Northern Ireland +22 9 £525 -28.23% 1

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 May 2020, 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.

1 888 (24.34%) Azure
2 808 (22.14%) Agile Software Development
3 787 (21.57%) AWS
4 649 (17.79%) Security Cleared
5 565 (15.48%) Finance
6 518 (14.20%) Migration
7 505 (13.84%) DevOps
8 478 (13.10%) Microsoft
9 472 (12.94%) SC Cleared
10 398 (10.91%) Java
11 350 (9.59%) Public Sector
12 341 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
13 336 (9.21%) Data Modelling
14 329 (9.02%) SQL
15 289 (7.92%) TOGAF
16 284 (7.78%) Data Architecture
17 281 (7.70%) Analytics
18 279 (7.65%) Oracle
19 258 (7.07%) Web Services
20 256 (7.02%) Business Intelligence
21 255 (6.99%) SAP
22 250 (6.85%) Enterprise Architecture
22 250 (6.85%) Microservices
23 245 (6.71%) Windows
24 228 (6.25%) CRM
25 223 (6.11%) Python
26 202 (5.54%) Cisco
27 200 (5.48%) Active Directory
27 200 (5.48%) SQL Server
28 198 (5.43%) 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 80 (2.19%) SharePoint
2 72 (1.97%) Confluence
3 66 (1.81%) Apache Spark
4 51 (1.40%) CMS
5 44 (1.21%) WebLogic
6 39 (1.07%) Red Hat Fuse
7 34 (0.93%) JBoss
8 33 (0.90%) Apache
9 32 (0.88%) MS Exchange
10 29 (0.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 29 (0.79%) Skype for Business
11 25 (0.69%) WebSphere
12 21 (0.58%) MQSeries
13 20 (0.55%) OpenStack
14 19 (0.52%) IIS
15 18 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
16 17 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 15 (0.41%) Tomcat
18 14 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
19 12 (0.33%) SAS
Applications
1 36 (0.99%) MS Visio
2 26 (0.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (0.63%) Microsoft Office
4 16 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.22%) Chatbot
7 5 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
8 4 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.055%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.055%) CATIA
9 2 (0.055%) Maya
9 2 (0.055%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.027%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.027%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 90 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 71 (1.95%) SAP S/4HANA
3 33 (0.90%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 26 (0.71%) Markit EDM
5 25 (0.69%) SimCorp Dimension
6 24 (0.66%) Remedy ITSM
7 16 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
8 15 (0.41%) SAP ERP
8 15 (0.41%) SAP MDG
9 14 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
10 13 (0.36%) Payment Gateway
11 12 (0.33%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 8 (0.22%) Magento
12 8 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
13 7 (0.19%) Maximo
13 7 (0.19%) SAP FI
13 7 (0.19%) SAP MDM
14 6 (0.16%) SAP SD
14 6 (0.16%) Teamcenter
14 6 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 888 (24.34%) Azure
2 787 (21.57%) AWS
3 195 (5.34%) Office 365
4 194 (5.32%) GCP
5 184 (5.04%) PaaS
6 174 (4.77%) SaaS
7 156 (4.28%) IaaS
8 97 (2.66%) Serverless
9 96 (2.63%) Power Platform
10 91 (2.49%) Dynamics 365
11 72 (1.97%) Azure Active Directory
12 57 (1.56%) Amazon S3
13 56 (1.53%) AWS CloudFormation
14 54 (1.48%) AWS Lambda
15 47 (1.29%) GitHub
16 40 (1.10%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 37 (1.01%) Amazon EC2
18 33 (0.90%) OpenShift
19 30 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
20 29 (0.79%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 181 (4.96%) Firewall
2 114 (3.12%) WAN
3 98 (2.69%) LAN
4 80 (2.19%) Network Security
5 65 (1.78%) DNS
6 61 (1.67%) VPN
7 45 (1.23%) Internet
8 44 (1.21%) Skype
9 38 (1.04%) BGP
10 35 (0.96%) Cisco Nexus
10 35 (0.96%) HTTP
10 35 (0.96%) Wireless
11 34 (0.93%) Unified Communications
12 30 (0.82%) VoIP
13 29 (0.79%) 5G
13 29 (0.79%) Wi-Fi
14 27 (0.74%) SSL
15 26 (0.71%) Software-Defined Networking
16 25 (0.69%) MPLS
17 23 (0.63%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (5.48%) SQL Server
2 189 (5.18%) Data Warehouse
3 188 (5.15%) Big Data
4 102 (2.80%) Data Lake
5 90 (2.47%) Hadoop
6 88 (2.41%) Power BI
7 84 (2.30%) NoSQL
8 78 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
9 69 (1.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 63 (1.73%) Relational Database
11 49 (1.34%) SAP HANA
12 48 (1.32%) Amazon Redshift
12 48 (1.32%) MySQL
13 47 (1.29%) Oracle Database
14 44 (1.21%) MongoDB
15 40 (1.10%) Apache Cassandra
16 35 (0.96%) Apache Hive
17 34 (0.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 30 (0.82%) Amazon DynamoDB
19 29 (0.79%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 101 (2.77%) JIRA
2 80 (2.19%) Jenkins
3 72 (1.97%) Git (software)
4 50 (1.37%) GitLab
5 28 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
6 25 (0.69%) Visual Studio
7 24 (0.66%) Artifactory
7 24 (0.66%) Bitbucket
8 21 (0.58%) ERwin
9 16 (0.44%) Maven
10 12 (0.33%) Subversion
11 11 (0.30%) Eclipse
12 10 (0.27%) Cucumber
12 10 (0.27%) JUnit
13 9 (0.25%) Axure RP
13 9 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
13 9 (0.25%) TeamCity
13 9 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
14 6 (0.16%) Selenium
14 6 (0.16%) SonarQube
General
1 565 (15.48%) Finance
2 350 (9.59%) Public Sector
3 160 (4.38%) Banking
4 154 (4.22%) Telecoms
5 144 (3.95%) Retail
6 96 (2.63%) Marketing
7 80 (2.19%) Manufacturing
8 50 (1.37%) Front Office
9 49 (1.34%) Legal
10 41 (1.12%) Billing
11 40 (1.10%) Law
12 28 (0.77%) Electronics
13 26 (0.71%) Back Office
14 18 (0.49%) Investment Banking
15 17 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
16 16 (0.44%) Games
17 14 (0.38%) Advertising
18 13 (0.36%) Publishing
19 11 (0.30%) Aerospace
19 11 (0.30%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 258 (7.07%) Web Services
2 180 (4.93%) .NET
3 149 (4.08%) REST
4 135 (3.70%) XML
5 104 (2.85%) JSON
6 97 (2.66%) Middleware
7 94 (2.58%) SOAP
8 88 (2.41%) Node.js
9 58 (1.59%) HTML
9 58 (1.59%) SAML
10 57 (1.56%) Spring
11 55 (1.51%) Kafka
11 55 (1.51%) React
12 45 (1.23%) OAuth
13 44 (1.21%) Spring Boot
14 43 (1.18%) CSS
15 40 (1.10%) RabbitMQ
15 40 (1.10%) RESTful
16 36 (0.99%) AngularJS
16 36 (0.99%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 184 (5.04%) Analytical Skills
2 166 (4.55%) Data Centre
3 123 (3.37%) Public Cloud
4 101 (2.77%) Management Information System
5 83 (2.27%) Greenfield Project
6 79 (2.16%) Enterprise Software
7 71 (1.95%) User Experience
8 65 (1.78%) Cloud Native
9 56 (1.53%) Self-Motivation
10 53 (1.45%) Hedge funds
10 53 (1.45%) Hybrid Cloud
10 53 (1.45%) PKI
10 53 (1.45%) Reference Data
11 44 (1.21%) Fixed Income
12 37 (1.01%) Equities
12 37 (1.01%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 35 (0.96%) FMCG
14 31 (0.85%) Data Structures
14 31 (0.85%) Private Cloud
15 28 (0.77%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 245 (6.71%) Windows
2 198 (5.43%) Linux
3 87 (2.38%) Windows Server
4 84 (2.30%) Unix
5 59 (1.62%) Windows 10
6 28 (0.77%) Android
7 25 (0.69%) VMS
8 23 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 21 (0.58%) Windows Server 2016
10 19 (0.52%) Apple iOS
11 18 (0.49%) Solaris
12 15 (0.41%) AIX
13 14 (0.38%) Ubuntu
14 11 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
14 11 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
15 8 (0.22%) Mac OS X
15 8 (0.22%) Windows 7
16 6 (0.16%) Embedded Linux
16 6 (0.16%) Windows Server 2019
17 5 (0.14%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 808 (22.14%) Agile Software Development
2 518 (14.20%) Migration
3 505 (13.84%) DevOps
4 341 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
5 336 (9.21%) Data Modelling
6 289 (7.92%) TOGAF
7 284 (7.78%) Data Architecture
8 281 (7.70%) Analytics
9 256 (7.02%) Business Intelligence
10 250 (6.85%) Enterprise Architecture
10 250 (6.85%) Microservices
11 228 (6.25%) CRM
12 183 (5.02%) Security Architecture
13 181 (4.96%) Problem-Solving
14 161 (4.41%) Technical Architecture
15 157 (4.30%) Scrum
16 149 (4.08%) Project Delivery
17 141 (3.86%) Architectural Design
17 141 (3.86%) Cybersecurity
18 139 (3.81%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 398 (10.91%) Java
2 329 (9.02%) SQL
3 223 (6.11%) Python
4 168 (4.60%) JavaScript
5 114 (3.12%) C#
6 93 (2.55%) PowerShell
7 54 (1.48%) Shell Script
8 51 (1.40%) PHP
9 44 (1.21%) T-SQL
10 43 (1.18%) Perl
11 41 (1.12%) C
12 38 (1.04%) PL/SQL
13 32 (0.88%) C++
14 31 (0.85%) Bash Shell
15 30 (0.82%) Ruby
16 26 (0.71%) R
17 23 (0.63%) Scala
18 22 (0.60%) Go
19 21 (0.58%) Apex Code
20 20 (0.55%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 649 (17.79%) Security Cleared
2 472 (12.94%) SC Cleared
3 136 (3.73%) DV Cleared
4 134 (3.67%) Degree
5 111 (3.04%) Cisco Certification
6 96 (2.63%) CISSP
7 57 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
8 56 (1.53%) CCNP
9 55 (1.51%) TOGAF Certification
10 54 (1.48%) CCIE
11 49 (1.34%) AWS Certification
12 45 (1.23%) CISM
13 37 (1.01%) CCNA
14 30 (0.82%) CCDP
14 30 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
15 16 (0.44%) DBS Check
15 16 (0.44%) MCSE
16 15 (0.41%) GIAC
17 13 (0.36%) Master's Degree
18 12 (0.33%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 52 (1.43%) GDPR
3 46 (1.26%) Data Quality
4 39 (1.07%) QA
5 34 (0.93%) NIST
6 32 (0.88%) NCSC
7 24 (0.66%) PCI DSS
8 21 (0.58%) COBIT
9 20 (0.55%) PMO
10 16 (0.44%) SLA
11 14 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 10 (0.27%) NIST 800
13 9 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 8 (0.22%) RMADS
15 7 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
16 5 (0.14%) HIPAA
16 5 (0.14%) IFRS
17 4 (0.11%) GxP
17 4 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
17 4 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 200 (5.48%) Active Directory
2 144 (3.95%) Docker
3 93 (2.55%) VMware Infrastructure
4 33 (0.90%) VMware NSX
5 28 (0.77%) vSphere
6 19 (0.52%) HDFS
7 17 (0.47%) Hyper-V
7 17 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
7 17 (0.47%) VMware ESXi
8 14 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
9 9 (0.25%) vCloud
10 8 (0.22%) XenApp
11 6 (0.16%) Apache Flume
11 6 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (0.14%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 5 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.11%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 4 (0.11%) XenDesktop
14 3 (0.082%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 2 (0.055%) IAG
Systems Management
1 137 (3.75%) Kubernetes
2 114 (3.12%) Terraform
3 87 (2.38%) Ansible
4 53 (1.45%) SCCM
5 44 (1.21%) Puppet
6 40 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
7 33 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
8 32 (0.88%) Microsoft Intune
9 28 (0.77%) Netcool
10 27 (0.74%) Netcool/OMNIbus
11 17 (0.47%) Amdocs OSS
11 17 (0.47%) FortiGate
12 13 (0.36%) vRealize
13 12 (0.33%) vCenter Server
14 10 (0.27%) Network Intrusion Detection System
14 10 (0.27%) RSA Archer
14 10 (0.27%) vRealize Orchestrator
15 8 (0.22%) Docker Swarm
15 8 (0.22%) Oozie
16 7 (0.19%) Packer
Vendors
1 478 (13.10%) Microsoft
2 279 (7.65%) Oracle
3 255 (6.99%) SAP
4 202 (5.54%) Cisco
5 157 (4.30%) VMware
6 149 (4.08%) Salesforce.com
7 142 (3.89%) Google
8 107 (2.93%) IBM
9 62 (1.70%) ServiceNow
10 58 (1.59%) MuleSoft
11 49 (1.34%) Red Hat
12 47 (1.29%) Sparx
13 46 (1.26%) Juniper
14 45 (1.23%) Citrix
15 39 (1.07%) Cloudera
16 38 (1.04%) F5
16 38 (1.04%) Palo Alto
17 37 (1.01%) Informatica
17 37 (1.01%) Splunk
18 34 (0.93%) Dell