Period
to 24 September 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £573 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 September 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
24 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 24 25 15
Rank change year-on-year +1 -10 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,247 6,580 8,957
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.11% 6.76% 8.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.50% 7.12% 8.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,581 4,116 5,840
UK median daily rate £573 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.09% +4.76% +2.94%
10th Percentile £450 £416 £410
90th Percentile £725 £700 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 26 27
UK median hourly rate £60.83 £57.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.78% +27.78% +17.68%
10th Percentile £28.10 £30.04 £15.25
90th Percentile £83.00 £66.13 £90.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £57.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year -4.35% +27.78% +12.78%

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 96,601 92,453 101,204
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.93% 94.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,460 60,485 66,065
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,142 2,765 3,187
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.92 £18.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.51% -0.08% +6.02%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.28
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -2.70% +5.71%

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 24 September 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 24 September 2018.

Contractor 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 24 September 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 -1 6,591 £575 +4.55% 1,409
UK excluding London 0 3,881 £550 +4.76% 931
London +1 3,192 £600 +4.35% 575
South East -7 1,153 £560 +6.67% 237
North of England -9 799 £538 +2.38% 175
Midlands -4 604 £550 +4.76% 177
South West +15 484 £525 - 148
North West -7 433 £535 +1.04% 97
West Midlands +2 408 £550 +4.76% 115
Scotland +25 400 £525 +5.00% 58
East of England -3 317 £550 +2.33% 97
Yorkshire -5 307 £550 +1.10% 67
East Midlands -5 173 £525 - 62
Wales +4 125 £538 +2.38% 30
North East -14 60 £505 -8.18% 11
Northern Ireland +39 7 £500 -19.35% 9
Channel Islands - 3 £700 -

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 September 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 1,739 (24.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1,455 (20.08%) Finance
3 1,380 (19.04%) Microsoft Azure
4 1,262 (17.41%) Amazon AWS
5 1,045 (14.42%) Microsoft
6 935 (12.90%) Java
7 904 (12.47%) Migration
8 844 (11.65%) Security Cleared
9 721 (9.95%) TOGAF
10 655 (9.04%) Oracle
11 653 (9.01%) DevOps
12 647 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
13 636 (8.78%) SC Cleared
14 630 (8.69%) Microservices
15 621 (8.57%) Windows
16 578 (7.98%) Banking
17 577 (7.96%) SQL
18 545 (7.52%) Data Modelling
19 524 (7.23%) Enterprise Architecture
20 506 (6.98%) Web Services
21 492 (6.79%) Linux
22 490 (6.76%) .NET
23 454 (6.26%) SOA
24 439 (6.06%) SAP
25 417 (5.75%) Technical Architecture
26 413 (5.70%) ITIL
27 412 (5.69%) Analytics
28 411 (5.67%) Cisco
29 408 (5.63%) Scrum
30 407 (5.62%) VMware

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
1 181 (2.50%) SharePoint
2 135 (1.86%) Apache Spark
3 104 (1.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 82 (1.13%) Apache
5 81 (1.12%) CMS
6 78 (1.08%) Confluence
7 76 (1.05%) WebSphere
8 62 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
9 59 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
10 55 (0.76%) Skype for Business
11 54 (0.75%) OpenStack
12 51 (0.70%) WebLogic
13 49 (0.68%) IIS
14 46 (0.63%) Mule
15 45 (0.62%) JBoss
16 42 (0.58%) Apache Solr
17 41 (0.57%) MS Exchange
18 32 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
18 32 (0.44%) Tomcat
19 29 (0.40%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 92 (1.27%) Microsoft Office
2 55 (0.76%) MS Visio
3 21 (0.29%) CATIA
4 20 (0.28%) Microsoft Excel
4 20 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.069%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.069%) InVision
8 3 (0.041%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.041%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.041%) InDesign
8 3 (0.041%) OmniGraffle
8 3 (0.041%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.041%) Windchill
9 2 (0.028%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.014%) Blender
10 1 (0.014%) Mingle
10 1 (0.014%) Revit
10 1 (0.014%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 106 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 65 (0.90%) Dynamics AX
3 45 (0.62%) SAP S/4HANA
4 29 (0.40%) SAP ERP
5 24 (0.33%) SAP BPC
6 22 (0.30%) Oracle Retail
7 20 (0.28%) ENOVIA
7 20 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
8 19 (0.26%) Oracle Financials
8 19 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 18 (0.25%) SAP Hybris
10 15 (0.21%) SAP CRM
11 14 (0.19%) Magento
11 14 (0.19%) SAP MDG
12 13 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
13 12 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
13 12 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 11 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
14 11 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
14 11 (0.15%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 1,380 (19.04%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,262 (17.41%) Amazon AWS
3 399 (5.51%) SaaS
4 390 (5.38%) Office 365
5 377 (5.20%) PaaS
6 343 (4.73%) IaaS
7 140 (1.93%) Dynamics 365
8 127 (1.75%) Google Cloud Platform
9 114 (1.57%) Cloud Computing
10 105 (1.45%) Azure Active Directory
11 94 (1.30%) Serverless
12 54 (0.75%) Amazon EC2
13 51 (0.70%) Amazon S3
13 51 (0.70%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 47 (0.65%) GitHub
15 44 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
15 44 (0.61%) Azure Data Factory
16 42 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
17 35 (0.48%) iPaaS
18 31 (0.43%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 373 (5.15%) Firewall
2 219 (3.02%) WAN
3 178 (2.46%) LAN
4 144 (1.99%) Network Security
5 140 (1.93%) VPN
6 130 (1.79%) DNS
7 124 (1.71%) Internet
8 113 (1.56%) Wireless
9 105 (1.45%) SAN
10 103 (1.42%) TCP/IP
11 82 (1.13%) MPLS
12 80 (1.10%) HTTP
13 74 (1.02%) Skype
14 60 (0.83%) SSL
15 56 (0.77%) DHCP
16 52 (0.72%) Unified Communications
17 50 (0.69%) Kerberos
18 48 (0.66%) VoIP
19 44 (0.61%) WLAN
20 40 (0.55%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 364 (5.02%) Big Data
2 363 (5.01%) SQL Server
3 264 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
4 243 (3.35%) Hadoop
5 197 (2.72%) NoSQL
6 176 (2.43%) MongoDB
7 164 (2.26%) Relational Database
8 128 (1.77%) Oracle Database
9 115 (1.59%) MySQL
10 114 (1.57%) Data Lake
11 97 (1.34%) PostgreSQL
11 97 (1.34%) Power BI
12 89 (1.23%) Apache Hive
13 76 (1.05%) Apache Cassandra
14 72 (0.99%) RDBMS
15 63 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 59 (0.81%) SAP HANA
17 57 (0.79%) HBase
18 51 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 49 (0.68%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 224 (3.09%) Jenkins
2 157 (2.17%) Git (software)
3 149 (2.06%) JIRA
4 77 (1.06%) Selenium
5 71 (0.98%) Maven
6 60 (0.83%) Cucumber
7 49 (0.68%) ERwin
8 48 (0.66%) Subversion
9 41 (0.57%) SonarQube
10 39 (0.54%) Visual Studio Team System
11 37 (0.51%) Visual Studio
12 35 (0.48%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 35 (0.48%) Oracle Forms
13 34 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
14 33 (0.46%) Artifactory
15 31 (0.43%) Bitbucket
16 26 (0.36%) Sonatype Nexus
17 24 (0.33%) SpecFlow
18 23 (0.32%) TeamCity
19 22 (0.30%) JMeter
General
1 1,455 (20.08%) Finance
2 578 (7.98%) Banking
3 397 (5.48%) Retail
4 213 (2.94%) Telecoms
5 132 (1.82%) Marketing
6 124 (1.71%) Manufacturing
7 77 (1.06%) Legal
8 69 (0.95%) Law
9 63 (0.87%) Investment Banking
10 62 (0.86%) Retail Banking
11 53 (0.73%) Financial Institution
11 53 (0.73%) Front Office
12 43 (0.59%) Billing
13 40 (0.55%) Automotive
13 40 (0.55%) Back Office
14 39 (0.54%) Electronics
15 35 (0.48%) Advertising
15 35 (0.48%) Publishing
16 34 (0.47%) Games
17 26 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 506 (6.98%) Web Services
2 490 (6.76%) .NET
3 337 (4.65%) REST
4 284 (3.92%) Middleware
5 236 (3.26%) Spring
6 229 (3.16%) SOAP
7 218 (3.01%) JSON
8 163 (2.25%) XML
9 161 (2.22%) RESTful
10 151 (2.08%) Node.js
11 133 (1.84%) J2EE
12 130 (1.79%) HTML
13 126 (1.74%) AngularJS
14 125 (1.72%) Spring Boot
15 120 (1.66%) SAML
16 118 (1.63%) Kafka
16 118 (1.63%) OAuth
17 116 (1.60%) CSS
18 80 (1.10%) React
19 78 (1.08%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 401 (5.53%) Data Centre
2 367 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
3 227 (3.13%) Management Information System
4 178 (2.46%) Public Cloud
5 151 (2.08%) User Experience
6 138 (1.90%) Hybrid Cloud
6 138 (1.90%) Mobile App
7 134 (1.85%) Computer Science
8 133 (1.84%) Greenfield Project
9 130 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
10 119 (1.64%) PKI
11 89 (1.23%) Private Cloud
12 87 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
13 75 (1.03%) Fintech
14 60 (0.83%) Reference Data
14 60 (0.83%) Taxonomies
15 59 (0.81%) Cloud Native
16 58 (0.80%) Virtual Team
17 56 (0.77%) Mainframe
18 50 (0.69%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 621 (8.57%) Windows
2 492 (6.79%) Linux
3 245 (3.38%) Unix
4 203 (2.80%) Windows Server
5 173 (2.39%) Windows 10
6 116 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 72 (0.99%) Apple iOS
8 58 (0.80%) Android
9 57 (0.79%) AIX
9 57 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
10 39 (0.54%) Windows 7
11 33 (0.46%) Windows Server 2008
12 30 (0.41%) Solaris
13 23 (0.32%) Windows XP
14 21 (0.29%) CentOS
15 19 (0.26%) VMS
16 12 (0.17%) Ubuntu
16 12 (0.17%) zOS
17 11 (0.15%) Windows 2000
18 10 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,739 (24.00%) Agile Software Development
2 904 (12.47%) Migration
3 721 (9.95%) TOGAF
4 653 (9.01%) DevOps
5 647 (8.93%) Stakeholder Management
6 630 (8.69%) Microservices
7 545 (7.52%) Data Modelling
8 524 (7.23%) Enterprise Architecture
9 454 (6.26%) SOA
10 417 (5.75%) Technical Architecture
11 413 (5.70%) ITIL
12 412 (5.69%) Analytics
13 408 (5.63%) Scrum
14 396 (5.46%) Business Intelligence
15 377 (5.20%) Security Architecture
16 336 (4.64%) Problem-Solving
17 332 (4.58%) CRM
18 325 (4.48%) Data Architecture
19 319 (4.40%) Open Source
20 309 (4.26%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 935 (12.90%) Java
2 577 (7.96%) SQL
3 293 (4.04%) Python
4 270 (3.73%) JavaScript
5 260 (3.59%) C#
6 188 (2.59%) PowerShell
7 106 (1.46%) C++
8 87 (1.20%) C
9 86 (1.19%) PL/SQL
10 74 (1.02%) Scala
11 71 (0.98%) Ruby
12 70 (0.97%) Java 8
13 68 (0.94%) PHP
14 46 (0.63%) Shell Script
15 42 (0.58%) R
16 39 (0.54%) Bash Shell
17 32 (0.44%) Go
18 22 (0.30%) ABAP
18 22 (0.30%) Perl
18 22 (0.30%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 844 (11.65%) Security Cleared
2 636 (8.78%) SC Cleared
3 279 (3.85%) Degree
4 187 (2.58%) CISSP
5 153 (2.11%) Cisco Certification
6 120 (1.66%) DV Cleared
7 110 (1.52%) TOGAF Certification
8 105 (1.45%) CISM
9 84 (1.16%) CCNP
10 67 (0.92%) CISA
11 62 (0.86%) Microsoft Certification
12 61 (0.84%) AWS Certification
13 54 (0.75%) CESG Certified Professional
14 52 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
14 52 (0.72%) CCIE
15 51 (0.70%) Computer Science Degree
16 49 (0.68%) CCNA
17 46 (0.63%) MCSE
18 30 (0.41%) ITIL Certification
19 26 (0.36%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 194 (2.68%) GDPR
2 141 (1.95%) QA
3 128 (1.77%) Data Quality
4 110 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 80 (1.10%) PCI DSS
6 51 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 43 (0.59%) PSD2
8 39 (0.54%) COBIT
8 39 (0.54%) SLA
9 34 (0.47%) JSP 440
10 31 (0.43%) PMO
11 28 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 24 (0.33%) NIST 800
13 22 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
14 21 (0.29%) HMG Infosec
15 17 (0.23%) HIPAA
15 17 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 13 (0.18%) HL7
17 11 (0.15%) IFRS
17 11 (0.15%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 368 (5.08%) Active Directory
2 275 (3.79%) Docker
3 256 (3.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 93 (1.28%) Hyper-V
5 61 (0.84%) XenApp
6 49 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
7 47 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
7 47 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
8 43 (0.59%) XenDesktop
9 30 (0.41%) Apache Flume
9 30 (0.41%) VMware NSX
9 30 (0.41%) vSphere
10 29 (0.40%) HDFS
11 20 (0.28%) OpenAM
12 17 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
13 16 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
14 15 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 12 (0.17%) BitLocker
16 10 (0.14%) vCloud
17 7 (0.097%) iptables
Systems Management
1 179 (2.47%) Kubernetes
2 173 (2.39%) Ansible
3 170 (2.35%) Puppet
4 169 (2.33%) SCCM
5 133 (1.84%) Single Sign-On
6 131 (1.81%) Opscode Chef
7 126 (1.74%) Terraform
8 67 (0.92%) Microsoft Intune
9 40 (0.55%) SCOM
10 30 (0.41%) CA Single Sign-On
11 27 (0.37%) Oozie
12 21 (0.29%) CASB
12 21 (0.29%) Nessus
13 18 (0.25%) AirWatch
14 17 (0.23%) vRealize
15 16 (0.22%) Data Guard
16 15 (0.21%) FortiGate
16 15 (0.21%) Nagios
16 15 (0.21%) Packer
17 14 (0.19%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 1,045 (14.42%) Microsoft
2 655 (9.04%) Oracle
3 439 (6.06%) SAP
4 411 (5.67%) Cisco
5 407 (5.62%) VMware
6 247 (3.41%) IBM
7 174 (2.40%) Salesforce.com
8 170 (2.35%) Google
9 162 (2.24%) Citrix
10 116 (1.60%) ServiceNow
11 104 (1.44%) Red Hat
12 92 (1.27%) Splunk
13 86 (1.19%) Juniper
14 80 (1.10%) MuleSoft
15 73 (1.01%) Informatica
16 71 (0.98%) HP
17 69 (0.95%) CheckPoint
18 66 (0.91%) Cloudera
19 63 (0.87%) Sitecore
20 60 (0.83%) hybris