Period
to 18 January 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 14 22
Rank change year-on-year -9 +8 +3
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 6,911 7,755 7,723
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.89% 7.98% 7.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.27% 8.42% 7.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,351 4,986 4,880
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £520
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.77% +1.46%
10th Percentile £425 £413 £400
90th Percentile £713 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £525 £500
% change year-on-year - +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 22 57
UK median hourly rate £50.58 £45.75 £50.99
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.55% -10.28% +13.31%
10th Percentile £30.56 £33.38 £26.80
90th Percentile £80.73 £94.50 £100.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.15 £45.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year +9.22% -10.00% +13.70%

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 95,087 92,090 101,917
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.77% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,169 60,120 64,967
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,779 3,236 3,857
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -2.81% +12.24%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.25 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 18 January 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 -8 6,440 £550 - 1,221
UK excluding London -1 3,797 £525 - 679
London -12 2,972 £576 +0.13% 613
South East 0 1,365 £550 +4.76% 187
North of England -1 774 £525 - 172
Midlands 0 663 £525 - 112
North West -4 407 £550 - 98
East of England +1 356 £536 +7.25% 71
West Midlands -5 343 £519 +1.22% 76
Yorkshire -3 301 £525 - 54
East Midlands +4 294 £530 +0.95% 35
South West +6 292 £528 +0.48% 64
Scotland +4 274 £500 +5.26% 50
Wales +19 95 £490 -2.00% 21
North East -5 72 £550 +22.22% 20
Isle of Man +3 7 £400 -38.46% 1
Channel Islands +1 1 - -
Northern Ireland -37 1 - - 4

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Architect in the job title.

1 1,576 (22.80%) Agile Software Development
2 1,265 (18.30%) Finance
3 952 (13.78%) Java
4 940 (13.60%) Microsoft Azure
5 908 (13.14%) Microsoft
6 879 (12.72%) Amazon AWS
7 828 (11.98%) TOGAF
8 762 (11.03%) Security Cleared
9 750 (10.85%) Migration
10 670 (9.69%) Enterprise Architecture
11 639 (9.25%) Oracle
12 621 (8.99%) Windows
12 621 (8.99%) Data Modelling
13 563 (8.15%) Stakeholder Management
14 546 (7.90%) DevOps
15 532 (7.70%) SC Cleared
16 517 (7.48%) SQL
17 509 (7.37%) SOA
18 489 (7.08%) Banking
19 475 (6.87%) Web Services
20 460 (6.66%) Linux
21 457 (6.61%) Data Architecture
22 417 (6.03%) Active Directory
23 415 (6.00%) SAP
24 412 (5.96%) .NET
25 406 (5.87%) ITIL
26 402 (5.82%) Analytics
27 397 (5.74%) Scrum
28 395 (5.72%) Microservices
29 394 (5.70%) Retail

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
1 179 (2.59%) SharePoint
2 163 (2.36%) Apache Spark
3 106 (1.53%) WebSphere
4 104 (1.50%) CMS
5 89 (1.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 77 (1.11%) JBoss
7 73 (1.06%) Confluence
8 60 (0.87%) OpenStack
8 60 (0.87%) Skype for Business
9 59 (0.85%) Tomcat
10 54 (0.78%) MS Exchange
10 54 (0.78%) SAS
11 52 (0.75%) Apache
12 44 (0.64%) WebLogic
13 43 (0.62%) IIS
14 37 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
15 36 (0.52%) WebSphere Application Server
16 34 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
17 33 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 33 (0.48%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 76 (1.10%) Microsoft Office
2 64 (0.93%) MS Visio
3 36 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (0.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.14%) SPSS
7 5 (0.072%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.043%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.043%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.043%) OmniGraffle
9 2 (0.029%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.029%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.029%) EngageOne
9 2 (0.029%) Revit
10 1 (0.014%) HipChat
10 1 (0.014%) InVision
10 1 (0.014%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 104 (1.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 53 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
3 24 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
4 22 (0.32%) Magento
5 19 (0.27%) SAP ERP
6 17 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
7 16 (0.23%) SAP FI
8 15 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
9 14 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
9 14 (0.20%) SAP CO
10 13 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
10 13 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
11 12 (0.17%) Maximo
11 12 (0.17%) SAP IS-U
12 11 (0.16%) NetSuite
12 11 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 10 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
13 10 (0.14%) SAP MDG
13 10 (0.14%) Teamcenter
14 9 (0.13%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 940 (13.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 879 (12.72%) Amazon AWS
3 373 (5.40%) PaaS
4 343 (4.96%) SaaS
5 294 (4.25%) IaaS
6 290 (4.20%) Office 365
7 113 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
8 86 (1.24%) Google Cloud Platform
9 67 (0.97%) Azure Active Directory
10 51 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
11 50 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
12 47 (0.68%) Amazon S3
12 47 (0.68%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 45 (0.65%) Serverless
14 34 (0.49%) Heroku
15 31 (0.45%) Amazon Kinesis
16 30 (0.43%) GitHub
16 30 (0.43%) SuccessFactors
17 28 (0.41%) Google Analytics
17 28 (0.41%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 373 (5.40%) Firewall
2 291 (4.21%) WAN
3 253 (3.66%) LAN
4 150 (2.17%) Internet
5 145 (2.10%) VPN
6 134 (1.94%) DNS
7 131 (1.90%) Network Security
8 104 (1.50%) TCP/IP
9 95 (1.37%) SAN
10 93 (1.35%) MPLS
11 85 (1.23%) HTTP
12 76 (1.10%) SSL
13 74 (1.07%) Wireless
14 61 (0.88%) Skype
15 56 (0.81%) BGP
16 54 (0.78%) Cisco Nexus
17 50 (0.72%) Cisco ASA
17 50 (0.72%) LDAP
18 49 (0.71%) OSPF
19 48 (0.69%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 388 (5.61%) Big Data
2 365 (5.28%) SQL Server
3 287 (4.15%) Hadoop
4 274 (3.96%) Data Warehouse
5 198 (2.86%) NoSQL
6 181 (2.62%) Relational Database
7 158 (2.29%) MongoDB
8 106 (1.53%) Oracle Database
9 96 (1.39%) RDBMS
10 95 (1.37%) HBase
11 89 (1.29%) Apache Hive
12 87 (1.26%) MySQL
13 85 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
14 83 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 61 (0.88%) Apache Cassandra
16 57 (0.82%) Data Lake
17 54 (0.78%) Power BI
18 53 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 48 (0.69%) IBM InfoSphere
20 43 (0.62%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 173 (2.50%) Jenkins
2 136 (1.97%) JIRA
3 131 (1.90%) Git (software)
4 56 (0.81%) Subversion
5 51 (0.74%) Visual Studio
6 46 (0.67%) Selenium
7 44 (0.64%) ERwin
8 42 (0.61%) Maven
9 28 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 23 (0.33%) Cucumber
11 22 (0.32%) Visual Studio Team System
11 22 (0.32%) WebDriver
12 21 (0.30%) Bitbucket
13 19 (0.27%) Axure RP
14 18 (0.26%) IntelliJ
15 17 (0.25%) Ant
15 17 (0.25%) JMeter
15 17 (0.25%) Sonatype Nexus
15 17 (0.25%) TeamCity
16 16 (0.23%) Gradle
General
1 1,265 (18.30%) Finance
2 489 (7.08%) Banking
3 394 (5.70%) Retail
4 242 (3.50%) Telecoms
5 208 (3.01%) Marketing
6 117 (1.69%) Manufacturing
7 102 (1.48%) Legal
8 83 (1.20%) Law
9 78 (1.13%) Investment Banking
10 70 (1.01%) Retail Banking
11 54 (0.78%) Billing
12 50 (0.72%) Advertising
12 50 (0.72%) Publishing
13 48 (0.69%) Back Office
14 39 (0.56%) Automotive
15 38 (0.55%) Front Office
16 37 (0.54%) Local Government
17 34 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
18 30 (0.43%) Electronics
19 23 (0.33%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 475 (6.87%) Web Services
2 412 (5.96%) .NET
3 350 (5.06%) REST
4 219 (3.17%) Middleware
5 218 (3.15%) XML
6 202 (2.92%) HTML
7 195 (2.82%) SOAP
8 192 (2.78%) JSON
9 182 (2.63%) Spring
10 172 (2.49%) Node.js
10 172 (2.49%) RESTful
11 171 (2.47%) Kafka
12 160 (2.32%) CSS
13 149 (2.16%) J2EE
14 119 (1.72%) AngularJS
15 82 (1.19%) Ajax
16 73 (1.06%) HTML5
17 72 (1.04%) Java EE
18 71 (1.03%) ASP.NET
19 70 (1.01%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 365 (5.28%) Analytical Skills
1 365 (5.28%) Data Centre
2 191 (2.76%) Management Information System
3 165 (2.39%) Public Cloud
3 165 (2.39%) User Experience
4 144 (2.08%) Computer Science
5 143 (2.07%) Greenfield Project
6 136 (1.97%) Enterprise Software
7 125 (1.81%) Mobile App
8 101 (1.46%) Hybrid Cloud
9 81 (1.17%) PKI
9 81 (1.17%) Virtual Team
10 69 (1.00%) Private Cloud
11 68 (0.98%) Data Structures
11 68 (0.98%) Reference Data
12 54 (0.78%) NHS
13 46 (0.67%) Fintech
14 45 (0.65%) Taxonomies
15 44 (0.64%) Social Media
16 43 (0.62%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 621 (8.99%) Windows
2 460 (6.66%) Linux
3 238 (3.44%) Unix
4 185 (2.68%) Windows Server
5 108 (1.56%) Windows 10
6 75 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 74 (1.07%) Android
8 69 (1.00%) Apple iOS
9 65 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
10 59 (0.85%) Solaris
11 56 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
12 45 (0.65%) Windows 7
13 40 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
14 39 (0.56%) AIX
15 22 (0.32%) Mac OS X
16 19 (0.27%) SUSE
17 17 (0.25%) Windows Vista
18 16 (0.23%) Windows 8
19 11 (0.16%) HPUX
20 10 (0.14%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,576 (22.80%) Agile Software Development
2 828 (11.98%) TOGAF
3 750 (10.85%) Migration
4 670 (9.69%) Enterprise Architecture
5 621 (8.99%) Data Modelling
6 563 (8.15%) Stakeholder Management
7 546 (7.90%) DevOps
8 509 (7.37%) SOA
9 457 (6.61%) Data Architecture
10 406 (5.87%) ITIL
11 402 (5.82%) Analytics
12 397 (5.74%) Scrum
13 395 (5.72%) Microservices
14 363 (5.25%) Open Source
15 361 (5.22%) IT Strategy
16 360 (5.21%) Business Intelligence
17 355 (5.14%) Technical Architecture
18 341 (4.93%) Mentoring
19 315 (4.56%) Project Management
20 304 (4.40%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 952 (13.78%) Java
2 517 (7.48%) SQL
3 301 (4.36%) JavaScript
4 246 (3.56%) Python
5 243 (3.52%) C#
6 128 (1.85%) PowerShell
7 110 (1.59%) Scala
8 108 (1.56%) Ruby
9 71 (1.03%) PL/SQL
10 68 (0.98%) C
11 57 (0.82%) Perl
12 54 (0.78%) PHP
13 50 (0.72%) Apex Code
14 48 (0.69%) Shell Script
15 46 (0.67%) C++
16 45 (0.65%) T-SQL
17 42 (0.61%) Bash Shell
18 33 (0.48%) R
19 20 (0.29%) VBScript
20 19 (0.27%) VB
Qualifications
1 762 (11.03%) Security Cleared
2 532 (7.70%) SC Cleared
3 289 (4.18%) Degree
4 192 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
5 137 (1.98%) CISSP
6 129 (1.87%) Microsoft Certification
7 123 (1.78%) DV Cleared
8 98 (1.42%) CCIE
9 97 (1.40%) MCSE
10 84 (1.22%) CCNP
11 78 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
12 75 (1.09%) CCNA
13 47 (0.68%) CISM
14 44 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
15 43 (0.62%) CESG Certified Professional
15 43 (0.62%) Computer Science Degree
16 37 (0.54%) AWS Certification
17 32 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 29 (0.42%) CCSP
19 23 (0.33%) (ISC)2 CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 222 (3.21%) QA
2 176 (2.55%) Data Quality
3 159 (2.30%) GDPR
4 113 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 86 (1.24%) PCI DSS
6 51 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
7 50 (0.72%) COBIT
8 37 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 33 (0.48%) SLA
10 29 (0.42%) HL7
11 28 (0.41%) MiFID
12 20 (0.29%) HIPAA
13 18 (0.26%) Actionable Recommendations
13 18 (0.26%) GCP
14 14 (0.20%) PSD2
15 12 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 10 (0.14%) RMADS
17 9 (0.13%) PMO
18 8 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
18 8 (0.12%) EMIR
System Software
1 417 (6.03%) Active Directory
2 210 (3.04%) Docker
3 207 (3.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 89 (1.29%) Hyper-V
5 63 (0.91%) HDFS
6 61 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
7 44 (0.64%) Apache Flume
7 44 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
8 41 (0.59%) Microsoft App-V
9 36 (0.52%) vSphere
9 36 (0.52%) XenApp
9 36 (0.52%) XenDesktop
10 28 (0.41%) VMware NSX
11 17 (0.25%) XenServer
12 16 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
13 11 (0.16%) vCloud
14 10 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
15 8 (0.12%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 6 (0.087%) Firmware
16 6 (0.087%) KVM
Systems Management
1 130 (1.88%) SCCM
2 122 (1.77%) Ansible
3 100 (1.45%) Puppet
4 85 (1.23%) Kubernetes
5 77 (1.11%) Terraform
6 58 (0.84%) Opscode Chef
7 50 (0.72%) SCOM
8 35 (0.51%) Oozie
9 25 (0.36%) AirWatch
10 18 (0.26%) Hadoop YARN
11 17 (0.25%) Microsoft Clustering
11 17 (0.25%) Microsoft Intune
11 17 (0.25%) Nagios
11 17 (0.25%) Packer
12 15 (0.22%) QRadar
13 13 (0.19%) Consul
13 13 (0.19%) NetBackup
13 13 (0.19%) Norton AntiVirus
13 13 (0.19%) SCVMM
14 12 (0.17%) vRealize
Vendors
1 908 (13.14%) Microsoft
2 639 (9.25%) Oracle
3 415 (6.00%) SAP
4 355 (5.14%) VMware
5 353 (5.11%) Cisco
6 240 (3.47%) IBM
7 205 (2.97%) Citrix
8 187 (2.71%) Salesforce.com
9 140 (2.03%) Google
10 126 (1.82%) ServiceNow
11 119 (1.72%) Juniper
12 99 (1.43%) CheckPoint
13 96 (1.39%) HP
14 86 (1.24%) Red Hat
15 66 (0.95%) MuleSoft
16 63 (0.91%) Sitecore
17 61 (0.88%) Adobe
17 61 (0.88%) Cloudera
18 60 (0.87%) Tableau
19 59 (0.85%) Informatica