Period
to 27 May 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 May 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
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 22 19 16
Rank change year-on-year -3 -3 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,523 6,679 8,686
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.47% 7.33% 8.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.87% 7.73% 8.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,642 4,113 5,532
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +2.44%
10th Percentile £431 £413 £408
90th Percentile £725 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £540 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +2.86% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 41 54
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £55.00 £52.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +34.96%
10th Percentile £35.00 £29.92 £27.53
90th Percentile £85.50 £67.50 £85.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.97 £55.20 £51.25
% change year-on-year -16.73% +7.71% +20.59%

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 95,574 86,444 100,580
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.93% 95.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,727 56,087 65,195
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £253
90th Percentile £633 £613 £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 3,003 2,912 3,132
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.84 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.46% -5.80% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.61
% change year-on-year -2.78% -8.21% +17.07%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -4 6,910 £563 +2.27% 1,138
UK excluding London +3 3,908 £540 +2.86% 648
London -5 3,410 £600 +4.35% 552
South East +2 1,373 £550 +4.76% 176
North of England -9 736 £540 +2.86% 179
Midlands +4 666 £525 - 92
West Midlands +2 425 £550 +7.32% 71
Scotland +17 382 £505 +1.00% 41
North West -5 377 £550 +4.76% 91
East of England +5 361 £525 - 61
South West +4 321 £550 +4.27% 77
Yorkshire -4 306 £525 -2.33% 65
East Midlands +3 216 £525 - 21
Wales -18 80 £525 +12.90% 15
North East -10 57 £563 +18.42% 23
Northern Ireland +4 8 £500 -30.26% 7
Isle of Man - 8 £400 -
Channel Islands - 3 £500 -

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 1,840 (24.46%) Agile Software Development
2 1,396 (18.56%) Finance
3 1,279 (17.00%) Amazon AWS
4 1,249 (16.60%) Microsoft Azure
5 1,010 (13.43%) Microsoft
6 979 (13.01%) Java
7 872 (11.59%) TOGAF
8 865 (11.50%) Security Cleared
9 819 (10.89%) Migration
10 713 (9.48%) Stakeholder Management
11 710 (9.44%) DevOps
12 651 (8.65%) Oracle
13 650 (8.64%) SC Cleared
14 636 (8.45%) Data Modelling
15 590 (7.84%) Windows
16 583 (7.75%) Enterprise Architecture
17 542 (7.20%) Microservices
18 539 (7.16%) Banking
19 531 (7.06%) SOA
20 529 (7.03%) .NET
21 498 (6.62%) SQL
22 480 (6.38%) Web Services
23 465 (6.18%) ITIL
24 459 (6.10%) Linux
25 446 (5.93%) SQL Server
26 440 (5.85%) Cisco
27 428 (5.69%) Data Architecture
28 426 (5.66%) Firewall
29 423 (5.62%) Big Data
30 419 (5.57%) 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
1 193 (2.57%) SharePoint
2 158 (2.10%) Apache Spark
3 121 (1.61%) CMS
4 106 (1.41%) Apache
5 102 (1.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 100 (1.33%) Confluence
7 87 (1.16%) WebSphere
8 71 (0.94%) OpenStack
9 66 (0.88%) JBoss
10 65 (0.86%) Skype for Business
11 55 (0.73%) IIS
11 55 (0.73%) Tomcat
12 53 (0.70%) MS Exchange
13 52 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
14 49 (0.65%) Sitecore CMS
15 45 (0.60%) WebLogic
16 41 (0.54%) Apache Solr
17 40 (0.53%) Apache Pig
17 40 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
18 38 (0.51%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 90 (1.20%) Microsoft Office
2 57 (0.76%) MS Visio
3 38 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
4 15 (0.20%) CATIA
5 13 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 11 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.13%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.11%) InVision
9 7 (0.093%) Adobe Illustrator
9 7 (0.093%) Microsoft Project
10 4 (0.053%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.053%) InDesign
10 4 (0.053%) Revit
11 3 (0.040%) Chatbot
11 3 (0.040%) OmniGraffle
12 2 (0.027%) Adobe After Effects
12 2 (0.027%) Adobe Premiere
12 2 (0.027%) EngageOne
12 2 (0.027%) SPSS
13 1 (0.013%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 103 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 70 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
3 30 (0.40%) SAP ERP
4 29 (0.39%) SAP S/4HANA
5 27 (0.36%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 19 (0.25%) SAP BPC
7 18 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 18 (0.24%) thinkFolio
8 16 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
9 15 (0.20%) Markit EDM
9 15 (0.20%) SAP CO
9 15 (0.20%) SAP FI
10 14 (0.19%) ENOVIA
10 14 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
11 12 (0.16%) SAP CRM
11 12 (0.16%) SAP MM
12 11 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
12 11 (0.15%) SDL Web 8
13 10 (0.13%) SAP Hybris
13 10 (0.13%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 1,279 (17.00%) Amazon AWS
2 1,249 (16.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 395 (5.25%) PaaS
4 385 (5.12%) Office 365
5 363 (4.83%) SaaS
6 304 (4.04%) IaaS
7 108 (1.44%) Google Cloud Platform
8 101 (1.34%) Dynamics 365
9 96 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
10 76 (1.01%) Azure Active Directory
11 70 (0.93%) Serverless
12 50 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
13 48 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
13 48 (0.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 46 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
15 44 (0.58%) Amazon S3
16 41 (0.54%) Azure Data Factory
17 34 (0.45%) OneDrive
18 31 (0.41%) Amazon Kinesis
19 30 (0.40%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 426 (5.66%) Firewall
2 258 (3.43%) WAN
3 219 (2.91%) LAN
4 177 (2.35%) VPN
5 174 (2.31%) Network Security
6 133 (1.77%) Wireless
7 132 (1.75%) Internet
8 115 (1.53%) DNS
9 106 (1.41%) HTTP
10 99 (1.32%) SAN
11 94 (1.25%) MPLS
12 91 (1.21%) BGP
13 80 (1.06%) OSPF
14 79 (1.05%) Cisco Nexus
15 78 (1.04%) TCP/IP
16 74 (0.98%) Cisco ASA
16 74 (0.98%) VLAN
17 73 (0.97%) Skype
18 64 (0.85%) SSL
19 61 (0.81%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 446 (5.93%) SQL Server
2 423 (5.62%) Big Data
3 340 (4.52%) Data Warehouse
4 290 (3.85%) Hadoop
5 247 (3.28%) NoSQL
6 211 (2.80%) Relational Database
7 160 (2.13%) MongoDB
8 135 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
9 120 (1.60%) Oracle Database
10 112 (1.49%) MySQL
11 104 (1.38%) Apache Hive
11 104 (1.38%) Data Lake
12 103 (1.37%) RDBMS
13 100 (1.33%) Power BI
14 80 (1.06%) Apache Cassandra
14 80 (1.06%) HBase
15 70 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 55 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 53 (0.70%) SAP HANA
18 47 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 194 (2.58%) Jenkins
2 178 (2.37%) JIRA
3 166 (2.21%) Git (software)
4 60 (0.80%) Maven
5 52 (0.69%) ERwin
6 49 (0.65%) Selenium
6 49 (0.65%) Visual Studio
7 43 (0.57%) Subversion
8 35 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
9 30 (0.40%) Cucumber
10 27 (0.36%) Gradle
11 25 (0.33%) SonarQube
12 24 (0.32%) PowerDesigner
12 24 (0.32%) TeamCity
12 24 (0.32%) Visual Studio Team System
13 22 (0.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 22 (0.29%) gulp
14 21 (0.28%) Sonatype Nexus
15 19 (0.25%) webpack
16 18 (0.24%) Axure RP
General
1 1,396 (18.56%) Finance
2 539 (7.16%) Banking
3 395 (5.25%) Retail
4 249 (3.31%) Telecoms
5 184 (2.45%) Marketing
6 132 (1.75%) Manufacturing
7 109 (1.45%) Legal
8 101 (1.34%) Law
9 73 (0.97%) Billing
10 69 (0.92%) Retail Banking
11 53 (0.70%) Investment Banking
12 47 (0.62%) Advertising
12 47 (0.62%) Publishing
13 45 (0.60%) Automotive
14 43 (0.57%) Back Office
14 43 (0.57%) Front Office
15 42 (0.56%) Financial Institution
16 39 (0.52%) Electronics
16 39 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
17 38 (0.51%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 529 (7.03%) .NET
2 480 (6.38%) Web Services
3 373 (4.96%) REST
4 269 (3.58%) XML
5 263 (3.50%) Middleware
6 231 (3.07%) JSON
7 223 (2.96%) Node.js
8 199 (2.65%) RESTful
9 195 (2.59%) HTML
10 189 (2.51%) SOAP
11 180 (2.39%) Kafka
12 179 (2.38%) Spring
13 156 (2.07%) AngularJS
14 151 (2.01%) CSS
15 113 (1.50%) J2EE
16 97 (1.29%) React
17 95 (1.26%) ASP.NET
18 88 (1.17%) HTML5
19 87 (1.16%) .NET Framework
20 77 (1.02%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 402 (5.34%) Data Centre
2 337 (4.48%) Analytical Skills
3 197 (2.62%) Management Information System
4 169 (2.25%) User Experience
5 168 (2.23%) Mobile App
6 155 (2.06%) Public Cloud
7 154 (2.05%) Enterprise Software
8 148 (1.97%) Greenfield Project
9 125 (1.66%) Computer Science
10 113 (1.50%) Hybrid Cloud
11 93 (1.24%) Private Cloud
12 75 (1.00%) Self-Motivation
12 75 (1.00%) Virtual Team
13 68 (0.90%) PKI
14 63 (0.84%) Data Structures
15 57 (0.76%) Reference Data
16 55 (0.73%) Mainframe
17 49 (0.65%) iPad
17 49 (0.65%) NHS
18 48 (0.64%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 590 (7.84%) Windows
2 459 (6.10%) Linux
3 256 (3.40%) Unix
4 165 (2.19%) Windows Server
5 150 (1.99%) Windows 10
6 86 (1.14%) Android
7 83 (1.10%) Apple iOS
8 78 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 52 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
10 50 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
11 44 (0.58%) Windows 7
12 41 (0.54%) Solaris
13 32 (0.43%) Mac OS X
14 31 (0.41%) AIX
15 25 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
16 14 (0.19%) Windows 8
17 12 (0.16%) SUSE
18 11 (0.15%) VMS
19 10 (0.13%) Windows Vista
20 9 (0.12%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,840 (24.46%) Agile Software Development
2 872 (11.59%) TOGAF
3 819 (10.89%) Migration
4 713 (9.48%) Stakeholder Management
5 710 (9.44%) DevOps
6 636 (8.45%) Data Modelling
7 583 (7.75%) Enterprise Architecture
8 542 (7.20%) Microservices
9 531 (7.06%) SOA
10 465 (6.18%) ITIL
11 428 (5.69%) Data Architecture
12 419 (5.57%) Business Intelligence
13 408 (5.42%) Analytics
14 403 (5.36%) Scrum
15 400 (5.32%) Security Architecture
16 358 (4.76%) Open Source
17 350 (4.65%) CRM
18 337 (4.48%) Technical Architecture
19 329 (4.37%) Problem-Solving
20 315 (4.19%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 979 (13.01%) Java
2 498 (6.62%) SQL
3 327 (4.35%) JavaScript
4 282 (3.75%) Python
5 270 (3.59%) C#
6 181 (2.41%) PowerShell
7 110 (1.46%) Ruby
8 90 (1.20%) Scala
9 88 (1.17%) C
10 71 (0.94%) PHP
11 67 (0.89%) PL/SQL
12 66 (0.88%) C++
13 59 (0.78%) Shell Script
14 56 (0.74%) Java 8
15 52 (0.69%) Perl
16 42 (0.56%) R
17 35 (0.47%) TypeScript
18 34 (0.45%) Bash Shell
19 33 (0.44%) T-SQL
20 31 (0.41%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 865 (11.50%) Security Cleared
2 650 (8.64%) SC Cleared
3 302 (4.01%) Degree
4 224 (2.98%) CISSP
5 216 (2.87%) Cisco Certification
6 167 (2.22%) TOGAF Certification
7 136 (1.81%) CCNP
8 128 (1.70%) DV Cleared
9 98 (1.30%) Microsoft Certification
10 97 (1.29%) CISM
11 93 (1.24%) CCIE
12 82 (1.09%) MCSE
13 76 (1.01%) CCNA
14 69 (0.92%) CISA
15 60 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
16 53 (0.70%) Computer Science Degree
17 43 (0.57%) AWS Certification
18 34 (0.45%) CESG Certified Professional
19 33 (0.44%) CCDP
20 25 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 228 (3.03%) GDPR
2 177 (2.35%) Data Quality
3 173 (2.30%) QA
4 120 (1.60%) PCI DSS
5 97 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 61 (0.81%) COBIT
7 53 (0.70%) SLA
8 49 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 47 (0.62%) GCP
10 37 (0.49%) PSD2
11 28 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
11 28 (0.37%) NIST 800
12 19 (0.25%) PMO
13 16 (0.21%) HIPAA
13 16 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 16 (0.21%) JSP 440
14 15 (0.20%) MiFID
15 13 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 12 (0.16%) COSO
16 12 (0.16%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 398 (5.29%) Active Directory
2 258 (3.43%) Docker
3 245 (3.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 99 (1.32%) Hyper-V
5 46 (0.61%) VMware NSX
5 46 (0.61%) vSphere
6 43 (0.57%) Apache Flume
6 43 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
7 41 (0.54%) HDFS
8 40 (0.53%) XenApp
9 39 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
10 33 (0.44%) XenDesktop
11 31 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
12 23 (0.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 17 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
14 16 (0.21%) OpenAM
15 13 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
16 9 (0.12%) BitLocker
16 9 (0.12%) Varnish
16 9 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 174 (2.31%) SCCM
2 146 (1.94%) Kubernetes
3 127 (1.69%) Puppet
4 123 (1.63%) Ansible
5 117 (1.56%) Single Sign-On
6 113 (1.50%) Terraform
7 80 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
8 56 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
9 50 (0.66%) SCOM
10 45 (0.60%) Oozie
11 23 (0.31%) Hadoop YARN
12 21 (0.28%) Cisco Prime
13 20 (0.27%) SCVMM
14 19 (0.25%) AirWatch
14 19 (0.25%) CA Single Sign-On
15 18 (0.24%) OpenSSO
16 17 (0.23%) Nessus
16 17 (0.23%) Packer
16 17 (0.23%) vRealize
17 16 (0.21%) Consul
Vendors
1 1,010 (13.43%) Microsoft
2 651 (8.65%) Oracle
3 440 (5.85%) Cisco
4 408 (5.42%) SAP
5 376 (5.00%) VMware
6 199 (2.65%) Salesforce.com
7 184 (2.45%) IBM
8 178 (2.37%) Google
9 148 (1.97%) Citrix
10 135 (1.79%) ServiceNow
11 114 (1.52%) Juniper
12 111 (1.48%) Red Hat
13 99 (1.32%) Splunk
14 98 (1.30%) CheckPoint
14 98 (1.30%) Sitecore
15 84 (1.12%) HP
16 77 (1.02%) Cloudera
16 77 (1.02%) Informatica
17 68 (0.90%) MuleSoft
18 61 (0.81%) Tableau