Architect Contracts

Architect
UK

The median Architect daily rate in the UK is £650 according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 29 May 2024.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
29 May 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 11 16 14
Rank change year-on-year +5 -2 0
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 4,462 5,299 8,398
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 10.40% 9.44% 9.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 11.20% 9.97% 10.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,857 3,663 5,597
10th Percentile £500 £510 £513
25th Percentile £560 £575 £563
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £650 £655 £650
Median % change year-on-year -0.76% +0.77% +9.24%
75th Percentile £738 £748 £738
90th Percentile £825 £825 £801
UK excluding London median daily rate £650 £650 £625
% change year-on-year - +4.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 71 25
10th Percentile £58.75 £35.25 £55.00
25th Percentile £60.00 £65.50 £56.50
Median hourly rate £70.00 £70.00 £66.00
Median % change year-on-year - +6.06% +14.78%
75th Percentile £85.99 £75.25 £69.05
90th Percentile £90.00 £80.25 £79.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £70.00 £70.00 £60.93
% change year-on-year - +14.90% +3.11%

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK

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.

Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 39,824 53,123 83,534
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.80% 94.61% 95.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,845 37,082 58,755
10th Percentile £280 £313 £313
25th Percentile £410 £425 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £540 £525
Median % change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% +7.69%
75th Percentile £638 £650 £638
90th Percentile £750 £750 £738
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -2.50% +5.26% +10.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,796 1,480 1,998
10th Percentile £12.81 £14.25 £12.50
25th Percentile £16.30 £19.06 £15.90
Median hourly rate £37.50 £45.00 £24.00
Median % change year-on-year -16.67% +87.50% +6.90%
75th Percentile £61.30 £65.75 £49.25
90th Percentile £73.75 £76.28 £65.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £43.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -6.98% +115.00% +5.26%

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 29 May 2024.

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 29 May 2024.

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 29 May 2024. 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
Jobs
England +4 3,858 £650 -2.77% 940
UK excluding London +5 2,097 £650 - 518
London 0 1,748 £660 -5.71% 414
Work from Home +3 1,596 £650 - 453
South East +5 676 £650 - 110
North of England +19 480 £625 - 143
South West +5 460 £650 -2.69% 72
North West +22 305 £638 +2.00% 79
Midlands +6 258 £625 -3.85% 99
West Midlands +6 179 £650 -3.70% 63
East of England +13 162 £618 -8.65% 47
Yorkshire +9 161 £600 -7.69% 46
Scotland 0 99 £675 +3.85% 27
East Midlands +1 78 £567 -13.86% 36
North East +12 17 £631 +2.02% 18
Wales -12 12 £600 - 20
Northern Ireland +10 11 £650 +18.18% 9
Isle of Man - 3 - - 3

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 29 May 2024, Architect contract job roles required the following skills and capabilities 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 1,408 (31.56%) Security Cleared
2 986 (22.10%) Azure
3 854 (19.14%) Finance
4 799 (17.91%) SC Cleared
5 791 (17.73%) Social Skills
6 711 (15.93%) Agile
7 703 (15.76%) AWS
8 571 (12.80%) Microsoft
9 550 (12.33%) Public Sector
10 544 (12.19%) DV Cleared
11 532 (11.92%) Migration
12 487 (10.91%) DevOps
13 473 (10.60%) Roadmaps
14 386 (8.65%) Problem-Solving
15 381 (8.54%) Stakeholder Management
16 369 (8.27%) Degree
17 348 (7.80%) Banking
18 340 (7.62%) Data Modelling
19 299 (6.70%) Security Architecture
20 276 (6.19%) GCP
21 275 (6.16%) Enterprise Architecture
22 264 (5.92%) Microservices
22 264 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
23 260 (5.83%) CI/CD
24 258 (5.78%) SAP
24 258 (5.78%) Python
25 257 (5.76%) TOGAF
26 252 (5.65%) Java
26 252 (5.65%) Data Architecture
27 251 (5.63%) Firewall

Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 114 (2.55%) SharePoint
2 50 (1.12%) Confluence
3 41 (0.92%) Apache
4 39 (0.87%) Microsoft Exchange
5 37 (0.83%) Apache Airflow
5 37 (0.83%) Apache Spark
6 22 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 18 (0.40%) CMS
8 12 (0.27%) OpenStack
8 12 (0.27%) WebSphere
9 11 (0.25%) ArcGIS
9 11 (0.25%) Oracle Workflow
10 10 (0.22%) IIS
11 9 (0.20%) SAS
12 8 (0.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 7 (0.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 6 (0.13%) JBoss
15 5 (0.11%) Appian
16 4 (0.090%) WebLogic
17 3 (0.067%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 59 (1.32%) MS Visio
2 23 (0.52%) Microsoft Office
3 20 (0.45%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (0.40%) AutoCAD
5 14 (0.31%) Chatbot
6 6 (0.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 4 (0.090%) Microsoft Project
8 2 (0.045%) Gliffy
8 2 (0.045%) PlantUML
8 2 (0.045%) Revit
9 1 (0.022%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 92 (2.06%) SAP S/4HANA
2 77 (1.73%) Dynamics CRM
3 57 (1.28%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 32 (0.72%) Teamcenter
5 20 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
6 19 (0.43%) Oracle Payables
7 17 (0.38%) Oracle Assets
7 17 (0.38%) Oracle General Ledger
8 15 (0.34%) NetSuite
9 14 (0.31%) Distributed Ledger
10 13 (0.29%) Oracle AGIS
11 12 (0.27%) Oracle Receivables
11 12 (0.27%) SAP SD
12 11 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
12 11 (0.25%) SAP ERP
13 10 (0.22%) OpenText VIM for SAP
13 10 (0.22%) SAP EWM
14 9 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
15 8 (0.18%) SAP FI
15 8 (0.18%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 986 (22.10%) Azure
2 703 (15.76%) AWS
3 276 (6.19%) GCP
4 205 (4.59%) Power Platform
5 187 (4.19%) SaaS
6 167 (3.74%) Microsoft 365
7 142 (3.18%) PaaS
8 131 (2.94%) IaaS
9 125 (2.80%) Dynamics 365
10 96 (2.15%) Azure DevOps
11 94 (2.11%) Entra ID
12 87 (1.95%) Serverless
13 80 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
14 59 (1.32%) Snowflake
15 46 (1.03%) GitHub
16 45 (1.01%) Amazon S3
17 41 (0.92%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 41 (0.92%) dbt
18 40 (0.90%) Azure Data Factory
19 39 (0.87%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 251 (5.63%) Firewall
2 204 (4.57%) WAN
3 165 (3.70%) LAN
4 108 (2.42%) Network Security
5 107 (2.40%) VPN
6 88 (1.97%) SSL
7 66 (1.48%) MPLS
8 61 (1.37%) SD-WAN
9 57 (1.28%) VoIP
10 44 (0.99%) DNS
11 43 (0.96%) Cisco Firepower
11 43 (0.96%) Intrusion Detection
12 42 (0.94%) BGP
13 39 (0.87%) PBX
14 34 (0.76%) Wi-Fi
15 23 (0.52%) Internet
15 23 (0.52%) SAN
16 22 (0.49%) WLAN
17 21 (0.47%) DHCP
18 19 (0.43%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 159 (3.56%) Data Warehouse
2 135 (3.03%) Data Lake
3 118 (2.64%) Power BI
4 104 (2.33%) NoSQL
5 95 (2.13%) Big Data
6 94 (2.11%) SQL Server
7 87 (1.95%) Metadata
8 47 (1.05%) Amazon Athena
9 46 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
9 46 (1.03%) Relational Database
10 43 (0.96%) Data Vault
10 43 (0.96%) Oracle Database
11 40 (0.90%) Tableau
12 37 (0.83%) BigQuery
13 35 (0.78%) Metadata Repository
14 29 (0.65%) Apache Arrow
14 29 (0.65%) Dremio
15 28 (0.63%) Apache Ignite
16 25 (0.56%) RDBMS
17 24 (0.54%) DB2
Development Applications
1 88 (1.97%) JIRA
2 62 (1.39%) Jenkins
3 47 (1.05%) Git
4 27 (0.61%) ERwin
5 22 (0.49%) Rational DOORS
6 19 (0.43%) Sonatype Nexus
7 14 (0.31%) GitLab
7 14 (0.31%) MSI
7 14 (0.31%) Robot Framework
8 12 (0.27%) Bitbucket
9 11 (0.25%) ER Studio
10 8 (0.18%) Selenium
11 7 (0.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 6 (0.13%) Visual Studio
13 5 (0.11%) Cucumber
13 5 (0.11%) SonarQube
13 5 (0.11%) TeamCity
14 4 (0.090%) Terragrunt
14 4 (0.090%) Vagrant
14 4 (0.090%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 854 (19.14%) Finance
2 791 (17.73%) Social Skills
3 550 (12.33%) Public Sector
4 348 (7.80%) Banking
5 264 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
6 218 (4.89%) Telecoms
7 154 (3.45%) Manufacturing
8 109 (2.44%) Presentation Skills
9 106 (2.38%) Retail
10 101 (2.26%) Marketing
11 94 (2.11%) Electronics
12 55 (1.23%) Inclusion and Diversity
12 55 (1.23%) Influencing Skills
13 51 (1.14%) Aerospace
14 47 (1.05%) Legal
15 45 (1.01%) Investment Banking
16 44 (0.99%) Documentation Skills
17 38 (0.85%) Front Office
18 36 (0.81%) Financial Institution
19 31 (0.69%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (2.49%) Web Services
2 102 (2.29%) .NET
3 95 (2.13%) REST
4 87 (1.95%) SAML
5 78 (1.75%) Middleware
6 73 (1.64%) Node.js
7 70 (1.57%) XML
8 65 (1.46%) JSON
8 65 (1.46%) SOAP
9 61 (1.37%) OpenID
10 60 (1.34%) Kafka
11 55 (1.23%) OAuth
11 55 (1.23%) React
12 50 (1.12%) SailPoint
13 42 (0.94%) LDAP
14 40 (0.90%) HTML
15 37 (0.83%) RESTful
16 31 (0.69%) CSS
16 31 (0.69%) gRPC
17 30 (0.67%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 158 (3.54%) Data Centre
2 127 (2.85%) Product Ownership
3 106 (2.38%) PKI
4 101 (2.26%) Public Cloud
5 93 (2.08%) Management Information System
6 87 (1.95%) Cloud Native
7 75 (1.68%) Data Protection Act
8 66 (1.48%) Data Structures
9 55 (1.23%) Reference Data
10 48 (1.08%) Mobile App
11 46 (1.03%) Legacy Systems
11 46 (1.03%) Onboarding
12 45 (1.01%) Self-Motivation
13 43 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
14 42 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
15 39 (0.87%) IoT
15 39 (0.87%) Security Posture
16 38 (0.85%) Mainframe
17 35 (0.78%) Analogue Electronics
18 33 (0.74%) Operational Technology
Operating Systems
1 235 (5.27%) Windows
2 136 (3.05%) Linux
3 93 (2.08%) Windows Server
4 63 (1.41%) Apple iOS
5 62 (1.39%) Android
6 29 (0.65%) Unix
6 29 (0.65%) Windows 10
7 28 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 19 (0.43%) VMS
9 18 (0.40%) Windows Server 2019
10 15 (0.34%) Solaris
11 11 (0.25%) Oracle Linux
11 11 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
12 8 (0.18%) CentOS
13 7 (0.16%) Windows Server 2016
14 4 (0.090%) AIX
15 3 (0.067%) zOS
16 2 (0.045%) Ubuntu
17 1 (0.022%) Mac OS
17 1 (0.022%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 711 (15.93%) Agile
2 532 (11.92%) Migration
3 487 (10.91%) DevOps
4 473 (10.60%) Roadmaps
5 386 (8.65%) Problem-Solving
6 381 (8.54%) Stakeholder Management
7 340 (7.62%) Data Modelling
8 299 (6.70%) Security Architecture
9 275 (6.16%) Enterprise Architecture
10 264 (5.92%) Microservices
11 260 (5.83%) CI/CD
12 257 (5.76%) TOGAF
13 252 (5.65%) Data Architecture
14 249 (5.58%) Analytics
15 236 (5.29%) Cybersecurity
16 223 (5.00%) Business Strategy
17 215 (4.82%) Business Intelligence
18 198 (4.44%) Computer Science
19 196 (4.39%) Architectural Design
20 192 (4.30%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 258 (5.78%) Python
2 252 (5.65%) Java
3 244 (5.47%) SQL
4 130 (2.91%) JavaScript
5 121 (2.71%) PowerShell
6 66 (1.48%) C#
7 55 (1.23%) TypeScript
8 33 (0.74%) C++
9 32 (0.72%) C
10 23 (0.52%) Scala
11 22 (0.49%) PL/SQL
12 19 (0.43%) Apex Code
12 19 (0.43%) T-SQL
13 17 (0.38%) Bash
14 15 (0.34%) Shell Script
15 11 (0.25%) Bicep
16 10 (0.22%) ABAP
17 8 (0.18%) Go
18 5 (0.11%) Kotlin
18 5 (0.11%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1,408 (31.56%) Security Cleared
2 799 (17.91%) SC Cleared
3 544 (12.19%) DV Cleared
4 369 (8.27%) Degree
5 124 (2.78%) Computer Science Degree
6 99 (2.22%) CISSP
7 84 (1.88%) Master's Degree
8 68 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
9 67 (1.50%) CISM
10 63 (1.41%) Azure Certification
11 62 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
12 59 (1.32%) AWS Certification
13 53 (1.19%) TOGAF Certification
14 45 (1.01%) CISA
15 42 (0.94%) Microsoft Certification
16 40 (0.90%) CCNP
17 23 (0.52%) CCIE
18 21 (0.47%) AWS Certified Solutions Architect
19 19 (0.43%) (ISC)2 CCSP
20 18 (0.40%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (2.94%) NIST
2 102 (2.29%) Data Quality
3 97 (2.17%) GDPR
4 96 (2.15%) QA
5 82 (1.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 51 (1.14%) PCI DSS
7 44 (0.99%) NCSC
8 32 (0.72%) SLA
9 29 (0.65%) Accessibility
10 26 (0.58%) HIPAA
10 26 (0.58%) JSP 440
11 23 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 17 (0.38%) COBIT
13 15 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
13 15 (0.34%) GRC
14 11 (0.25%) GAAP
15 10 (0.22%) SOC 2
16 8 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
16 8 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 7 (0.16%) NIST 800
System Software
1 198 (4.44%) Active Directory
2 110 (2.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 72 (1.61%) Docker
4 40 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
5 33 (0.74%) vSphere
6 32 (0.72%) VMware NSX
7 19 (0.43%) RACF
8 14 (0.31%) KVM
9 13 (0.29%) ACF2
9 13 (0.29%) Hyper-V
9 13 (0.29%) IAG
10 7 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
10 7 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.11%) vCloud
12 4 (0.090%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.090%) VMware ESXi
12 4 (0.090%) XenApp
12 4 (0.090%) XenDesktop
13 3 (0.067%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 3 (0.067%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 164 (3.68%) Terraform
2 104 (2.33%) Kubernetes
3 78 (1.75%) Ansible
4 56 (1.26%) Single Sign-On
5 30 (0.67%) Microsoft Intune
6 26 (0.58%) Endace
7 18 (0.40%) SCCM
8 17 (0.38%) CSIRT
9 14 (0.31%) Grafana
9 14 (0.31%) Puppet
9 14 (0.31%) WMI
10 13 (0.29%) Progress Chef
11 12 (0.27%) Kibana
12 11 (0.25%) FortiGate
13 9 (0.20%) logstash
13 9 (0.20%) PingFederate
13 9 (0.20%) vCenter Server
14 8 (0.18%) Prometheus
14 8 (0.18%) VxRail
15 6 (0.13%) zSecure
Vendors
1 571 (12.80%) Microsoft
2 258 (5.78%) SAP
3 206 (4.62%) Cisco
4 202 (4.53%) Oracle
5 157 (3.52%) VMware
6 147 (3.29%) ServiceNow
7 139 (3.12%) Google
8 131 (2.94%) Salesforce
9 119 (2.67%) Juniper
10 91 (2.04%) Databricks
11 82 (1.84%) IBM
12 72 (1.61%) Sparx
13 65 (1.46%) F5
14 53 (1.19%) CyberArk
15 46 (1.03%) Palo Alto
16 39 (0.87%) Okta
17 38 (0.85%) Dell
18 34 (0.76%) Adobe
18 34 (0.76%) Informatica
19 31 (0.69%) BeyondTrust