Period
to 13 December 2017

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 December 2017.

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
13 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 25 15 22
Rank change year-on-year -10 +7 +3
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 6933 8363 7957
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.71% 8.10% 7.07%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.07% 8.55% 7.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 4344 5415 5066
UK median daily rate £550 £538 £511
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.33% +5.19% +0.20%
10th Percentile £420 £413 £400
90th Percentile £713 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £514 £500
% change year-on-year +2.24% +2.70% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 34 48
UK median hourly rate £49.00 £45.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.10% -8.50% +11.11%
10th Percentile £30.50 £22.94 £31.07
90th Percentile £68.29 £93.60 £100.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.00 £45.00 £45.45
% change year-on-year +8.89% -0.99% +5.12%

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 98012 97767 106873
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.72% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 64916 63784 68168
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2858 3318 4055
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.76 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

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 13 December 2017.

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 13 December 2017.

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 13 December 2017. 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 -9 6516 £550 - 582
UK excluding London -4 3825 £525 +2.24% 342
London -15 2970 £575 +4.45% 265
South East 0 1341 £538 +4.88% 90
North of England -1 793 £525 - 101
Midlands -3 698 £525 - 59
North West 0 430 £550 +2.33% 60
East of England +4 372 £550 +10.00% 29
West Midlands -11 347 £525 +5.00% 42
East Midlands +6 320 £525 - 15
South West -2 306 £525 - 32
Yorkshire -3 304 £525 - 37
Scotland -8 240 £500 +5.26% 28
Wales +8 89 £500 -2.44% 3
North East -14 66 £550 +23.60% 4
Isle of Man +3 2 £438 -32.69% 1
Channel Islands +1 1 - -
Northern Ireland -57 1 - - 3

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 December 2017, 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 1550 (22.36%) Agile Software Development
2 1306 (18.84%) Finance
3 923 (13.31%) Microsoft
4 921 (13.28%) Java
5 903 (13.02%) Microsoft Azure
6 836 (12.06%) Amazon AWS
7 816 (11.77%) TOGAF
8 763 (11.01%) Migration
9 760 (10.96%) Security Cleared
10 671 (9.68%) Enterprise Architecture
11 660 (9.52%) Oracle
12 654 (9.43%) Data Modelling
13 618 (8.91%) Windows
14 558 (8.05%) Stakeholder Management
15 552 (7.96%) SQL
16 550 (7.93%) SOA
16 550 (7.93%) SC Cleared
17 531 (7.66%) DevOps
18 516 (7.44%) Banking
19 481 (6.94%) Data Architecture
20 474 (6.84%) Web Services
21 460 (6.63%) Linux
22 453 (6.53%) SAP
23 420 (6.06%) Microservices
24 414 (5.97%) Scrum
24 414 (5.97%) Analytics
25 413 (5.96%) Active Directory
26 408 (5.88%) Big Data
27 401 (5.78%) ITIL
27 401 (5.78%) 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
1 175 (2.52%) SharePoint
2 162 (2.34%) Apache Spark
3 118 (1.70%) WebSphere
4 94 (1.36%) JBoss
5 85 (1.23%) CMS
6 79 (1.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 76 (1.10%) Confluence
8 63 (0.91%) OpenStack
9 57 (0.82%) MS Exchange
10 56 (0.81%) SAS
11 54 (0.78%) Tomcat
12 53 (0.76%) Skype for Business
13 47 (0.68%) Apache
14 45 (0.65%) WebLogic
15 43 (0.62%) IIS
16 41 (0.59%) WebSphere Application Server
17 36 (0.52%) Cloud Foundry
18 35 (0.50%) Adobe Experience Manager
18 35 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
19 34 (0.49%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 74 (1.07%) Microsoft Office
2 72 (1.04%) MS Visio
3 39 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
4 22 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 14 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.16%) SPSS
7 5 (0.072%) OmniGraffle
7 5 (0.072%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.043%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 3 (0.043%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.029%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.029%) EngageOne
9 2 (0.029%) HipChat
10 1 (0.014%) CATIA
10 1 (0.014%) InVision
10 1 (0.014%) Pro/ENGINEER
10 1 (0.014%) PTC Creo
10 1 (0.014%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.014%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.014%) Stata
Business Applications
1 108 (1.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 55 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
3 29 (0.42%) SAP S/4HANA
4 21 (0.30%) Magento
4 21 (0.30%) SAP FI
5 20 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
6 19 (0.27%) SAP CO
6 19 (0.27%) SAP ERP
7 18 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
8 17 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
9 16 (0.23%) Maximo
9 16 (0.23%) Teamcenter
10 15 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
10 15 (0.22%) SAP Hybris
11 12 (0.17%) SAP IS-U
11 12 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 11 (0.16%) NetSuite
13 10 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
13 10 (0.14%) SAP MDG
13 10 (0.14%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 903 (13.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 836 (12.06%) Amazon AWS
3 357 (5.15%) PaaS
4 297 (4.28%) SaaS
5 291 (4.20%) Office 365
6 287 (4.14%) IaaS
7 127 (1.83%) Cloud Computing
8 76 (1.10%) Google Cloud Platform
9 75 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
10 48 (0.69%) Dynamics 365
11 35 (0.50%) GitHub
12 34 (0.49%) Heroku
12 34 (0.49%) Serverless
13 33 (0.48%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 32 (0.46%) SuccessFactors
15 31 (0.45%) Amazon S3
16 30 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
16 30 (0.43%) OpenShift
17 28 (0.40%) iPaaS
18 26 (0.38%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 331 (4.77%) Firewall
2 279 (4.02%) WAN
3 245 (3.53%) LAN
4 148 (2.13%) Internet
5 146 (2.11%) DNS
6 133 (1.92%) VPN
7 129 (1.86%) Network Security
8 108 (1.56%) TCP/IP
9 102 (1.47%) SAN
10 82 (1.18%) HTTP
11 80 (1.15%) SSL
12 69 (1.00%) MPLS
13 65 (0.94%) Wireless
14 64 (0.92%) LDAP
15 57 (0.82%) NetScaler
16 53 (0.76%) VoIP
17 51 (0.74%) Skype
17 51 (0.74%) Wi-Fi
18 45 (0.65%) Ethernet
19 44 (0.63%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 408 (5.88%) Big Data
2 366 (5.28%) SQL Server
3 288 (4.15%) Hadoop
4 282 (4.07%) Data Warehouse
5 192 (2.77%) NoSQL
6 170 (2.45%) MongoDB
7 165 (2.38%) Relational Database
8 111 (1.60%) Oracle Database
9 107 (1.54%) PostgreSQL
10 93 (1.34%) HBase
11 85 (1.23%) Apache Hive
12 82 (1.18%) RDBMS
12 82 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 77 (1.11%) Apache Cassandra
14 76 (1.10%) MySQL
15 66 (0.95%) Data Lake
16 51 (0.74%) IBM InfoSphere
17 50 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
18 48 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 44 (0.63%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 175 (2.52%) Jenkins
2 130 (1.88%) Git (software)
3 127 (1.83%) JIRA
4 58 (0.84%) Subversion
5 51 (0.74%) ERwin
6 47 (0.68%) Visual Studio
7 45 (0.65%) Maven
8 41 (0.59%) Selenium
9 31 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
10 28 (0.40%) Sonatype Nexus
11 25 (0.36%) Bitbucket
11 25 (0.36%) Cucumber
12 24 (0.35%) Visual Studio Team System
13 22 (0.32%) Axure RP
13 22 (0.32%) WebDriver
14 20 (0.29%) GitLab
14 20 (0.29%) Talend Open Studio
15 19 (0.27%) IntelliJ
16 17 (0.25%) Ant
16 17 (0.25%) Eclipse
General
1 1306 (18.84%) Finance
2 516 (7.44%) Banking
3 401 (5.78%) Retail
4 256 (3.69%) Telecoms
5 208 (3.00%) Marketing
6 128 (1.85%) Manufacturing
7 104 (1.50%) Legal
8 83 (1.20%) Law
9 81 (1.17%) Investment Banking
10 67 (0.97%) Retail Banking
11 61 (0.88%) Billing
12 53 (0.76%) Publishing
13 49 (0.71%) Back Office
14 42 (0.61%) Advertising
15 41 (0.59%) Electronics
16 38 (0.55%) Front Office
16 38 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
17 37 (0.53%) Local Government
18 32 (0.46%) Automotive
19 26 (0.38%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 474 (6.84%) Web Services
2 388 (5.60%) .NET
3 381 (5.50%) REST
4 229 (3.30%) Middleware
5 217 (3.13%) SOAP
6 212 (3.06%) XML
7 211 (3.04%) HTML
8 196 (2.83%) Spring
9 181 (2.61%) JSON
10 167 (2.41%) J2EE
11 166 (2.39%) RESTful
12 162 (2.34%) Kafka
13 159 (2.29%) CSS
14 149 (2.15%) Node.js
15 102 (1.47%) AngularJS
16 86 (1.24%) HTML5
17 83 (1.20%) Ajax
18 79 (1.14%) Java EE
19 76 (1.10%) Hibernate
20 69 (1.00%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 384 (5.54%) Data Centre
2 362 (5.22%) Analytical Skills
3 195 (2.81%) Management Information System
4 165 (2.38%) User Experience
5 161 (2.32%) Public Cloud
6 142 (2.05%) Enterprise Software
7 136 (1.96%) Computer Science
8 124 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
8 124 (1.79%) Mobile App
9 102 (1.47%) PKI
10 100 (1.44%) Hybrid Cloud
11 86 (1.24%) Reference Data
12 84 (1.21%) Virtual Team
13 67 (0.97%) Private Cloud
14 64 (0.92%) Data Structures
15 53 (0.76%) Fintech
15 53 (0.76%) NHS
16 47 (0.68%) Taxonomies
17 45 (0.65%) Clustering
18 43 (0.62%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 618 (8.91%) Windows
2 460 (6.63%) Linux
3 234 (3.38%) Unix
4 191 (2.75%) Windows Server
5 95 (1.37%) Windows 10
6 75 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 73 (1.05%) Android
8 67 (0.97%) Solaris
9 66 (0.95%) Apple iOS
9 66 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
10 55 (0.79%) Windows Server 2008
11 46 (0.66%) AIX
12 42 (0.61%) Windows 7
13 40 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
14 18 (0.26%) Mac OS X
14 18 (0.26%) Windows 8
15 17 (0.25%) HPUX
16 16 (0.23%) SUSE
17 15 (0.22%) Windows Vista
18 9 (0.13%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1550 (22.36%) Agile Software Development
2 816 (11.77%) TOGAF
3 763 (11.01%) Migration
4 671 (9.68%) Enterprise Architecture
5 654 (9.43%) Data Modelling
6 558 (8.05%) Stakeholder Management
7 550 (7.93%) SOA
8 531 (7.66%) DevOps
9 481 (6.94%) Data Architecture
10 420 (6.06%) Microservices
11 414 (5.97%) Analytics
11 414 (5.97%) Scrum
12 401 (5.78%) ITIL
13 369 (5.32%) Open Source
14 353 (5.09%) Business Intelligence
15 347 (5.01%) Technical Architecture
16 338 (4.88%) Mentoring
17 334 (4.82%) IT Strategy
18 315 (4.54%) Project Management
19 300 (4.33%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 921 (13.28%) Java
2 552 (7.96%) SQL
3 306 (4.41%) JavaScript
4 245 (3.53%) Python
5 227 (3.27%) C#
6 122 (1.76%) PowerShell
7 120 (1.73%) Ruby
8 115 (1.66%) Scala
9 80 (1.15%) PL/SQL
10 71 (1.02%) C
11 56 (0.81%) Bash Shell
12 55 (0.79%) Perl
13 51 (0.74%) PHP
14 49 (0.71%) Shell Script
15 45 (0.65%) T-SQL
16 44 (0.63%) C++
17 43 (0.62%) Apex Code
18 32 (0.46%) R
19 21 (0.30%) VB
20 19 (0.27%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 760 (10.96%) Security Cleared
2 550 (7.93%) SC Cleared
3 270 (3.89%) Degree
4 155 (2.24%) Cisco Certification
5 117 (1.69%) Microsoft Certification
6 115 (1.66%) DV Cleared
7 104 (1.50%) CISSP
8 85 (1.23%) MCSE
9 76 (1.10%) CCIE
10 75 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
11 70 (1.01%) CCNP
12 50 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
13 46 (0.66%) CCNA
14 41 (0.59%) CESG Certified Professional
15 35 (0.50%) AWS Certification
15 35 (0.50%) CISM
15 35 (0.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 32 (0.46%) Computer Science Degree
17 21 (0.30%) (ISC)2 CCSP
18 17 (0.25%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 214 (3.09%) QA
2 185 (2.67%) Data Quality
3 141 (2.03%) GDPR
4 123 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 82 (1.18%) PCI DSS
6 56 (0.81%) COBIT
7 52 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
8 35 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 33 (0.48%) SLA
10 27 (0.39%) HL7
10 27 (0.39%) MiFID
11 20 (0.29%) HIPAA
12 18 (0.26%) Actionable Recommendations
13 16 (0.23%) GCP
13 16 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 15 (0.22%) PSD2
15 8 (0.12%) EMIR
15 8 (0.12%) JSP 440
15 8 (0.12%) PMO
15 8 (0.12%) RMADS
System Software
1 413 (5.96%) Active Directory
2 209 (3.01%) Docker
2 209 (3.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 96 (1.38%) Hyper-V
4 65 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
5 59 (0.85%) HDFS
6 45 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
7 44 (0.63%) Apache Flume
7 44 (0.63%) Microsoft App-V
8 39 (0.56%) XenDesktop
9 35 (0.50%) XenApp
10 33 (0.48%) vSphere
11 28 (0.40%) VMware NSX
12 21 (0.30%) XenServer
13 17 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
14 13 (0.19%) vCloud
15 12 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
16 11 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
17 9 (0.13%) Apache ZooKeeper
18 8 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 159 (2.29%) Ansible
2 148 (2.13%) Puppet
3 124 (1.79%) SCCM
4 91 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
5 85 (1.23%) Kubernetes
6 74 (1.07%) Terraform
7 51 (0.74%) SCOM
8 28 (0.40%) Oozie
9 19 (0.27%) AirWatch
9 19 (0.27%) Microsoft Clustering
9 19 (0.27%) Packer
10 17 (0.25%) logstash
11 16 (0.23%) QRadar
12 15 (0.22%) Consul
12 15 (0.22%) Kibana
12 15 (0.22%) Nagios
13 14 (0.20%) Hadoop YARN
13 14 (0.20%) NetBackup
14 13 (0.19%) SCVMM
15 12 (0.17%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 923 (13.31%) Microsoft
2 660 (9.52%) Oracle
3 453 (6.53%) SAP
4 357 (5.15%) VMware
5 345 (4.98%) Cisco
6 248 (3.58%) IBM
7 212 (3.06%) Citrix
8 176 (2.54%) Salesforce.com
9 129 (1.86%) ServiceNow
10 113 (1.63%) Google
11 103 (1.49%) Red Hat
12 102 (1.47%) HP
13 98 (1.41%) Juniper
14 78 (1.13%) MuleSoft
15 69 (1.00%) Adobe
16 65 (0.94%) Cloudera
17 63 (0.91%) Tableau
18 61 (0.88%) CheckPoint
19 59 (0.85%) Informatica
20 50 (0.72%) Sitecore