Period
to 23 July 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £563 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 24 15
Rank change year-on-year +1 -9 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,654 6,569 9,213
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.41% 6.90% 8.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.81% 7.27% 8.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,724 4,013 5,971
UK median daily rate £563 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +4.76% +3.60%
10th Percentile £438 £413 £408
90th Percentile £725 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 35 45
UK median hourly rate £51.00 £55.41 £47.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.95% +15.64% +19.78%
10th Percentile £35.00 £29.92 £20.57
90th Percentile £83.29 £67.40 £85.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £56.45 £47.71
% change year-on-year -20.29% +18.34% -2.64%

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 97,948 90,334 104,628
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.84% 94.94% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,174 58,551 68,091
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.14% +0.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £619 £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 3,157 2,911 3,108
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.32
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -7.89% +11.76%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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 6,991 £575 +4.55% 1,212
UK excluding London +1 3,999 £550 +4.76% 765
London +1 3,458 £600 +4.35% 539
South East +4 1,316 £550 +4.76% 210
North of England -6 785 £525 - 201
Midlands -1 649 £550 +4.76% 104
North West -2 428 £548 +4.29% 96
West Midlands -2 421 £550 +5.47% 73
Scotland +22 408 £525 +5.00% 65
South West +13 378 £543 +3.33% 72
East of England 0 344 £525 -4.11% 84
Yorkshire -6 296 £525 -3.58% 91
East Midlands 0 204 £525 - 31
Wales -3 117 £540 +8.00% 22
North East -10 62 £519 +8.07% 14
Northern Ireland +22 11 £500 -30.26% 7
Channel Islands - 3 £500 -

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 1,896 (24.77%) Agile Software Development
2 1,456 (19.02%) Finance
3 1,379 (18.02%) Microsoft Azure
4 1,319 (17.23%) Amazon AWS
5 1,061 (13.86%) Microsoft
6 969 (12.66%) Java
7 900 (11.76%) Security Cleared
8 877 (11.46%) Migration
9 789 (10.31%) TOGAF
10 723 (9.45%) Oracle
11 717 (9.37%) Stakeholder Management
12 713 (9.32%) DevOps
13 709 (9.26%) SC Cleared
14 634 (8.28%) Windows
15 628 (8.20%) Microservices
16 614 (8.02%) Data Modelling
17 582 (7.60%) SQL
18 576 (7.53%) Enterprise Architecture
19 561 (7.33%) Banking
20 530 (6.92%) SOA
21 524 (6.85%) Web Services
22 514 (6.72%) .NET
23 462 (6.04%) Linux
24 454 (5.93%) SQL Server
25 448 (5.85%) ITIL
26 432 (5.64%) SAP
27 431 (5.63%) Cisco
28 425 (5.55%) Scrum
29 424 (5.54%) Retail
30 423 (5.53%) Security Architecture

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
1 195 (2.55%) SharePoint
2 153 (2.00%) Apache Spark
3 117 (1.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 116 (1.52%) Apache
5 100 (1.31%) Confluence
6 92 (1.20%) CMS
7 81 (1.06%) WebSphere
8 62 (0.81%) IIS
8 62 (0.81%) OpenStack
9 59 (0.77%) JBoss
10 58 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
11 54 (0.71%) Skype for Business
12 53 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
13 49 (0.64%) WebLogic
14 46 (0.60%) MS Exchange
15 43 (0.56%) Tomcat
16 41 (0.54%) Apache Solr
17 35 (0.46%) Adobe Experience Manager
18 33 (0.43%) Apache Pig
18 33 (0.43%) Mule
Applications
1 94 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
2 62 (0.81%) MS Visio
3 35 (0.46%) Microsoft Excel
4 25 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 20 (0.26%) CATIA
6 11 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
8 9 (0.12%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.10%) InVision
10 7 (0.091%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.052%) Chatbot
11 4 (0.052%) InDesign
12 3 (0.039%) OmniGraffle
13 2 (0.026%) Adobe After Effects
13 2 (0.026%) Adobe Premiere
13 2 (0.026%) InfoPath
13 2 (0.026%) SPSS
14 1 (0.013%) AutoCAD
14 1 (0.013%) Fireworks
14 1 (0.013%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 117 (1.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 72 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
3 35 (0.46%) SAP S/4HANA
4 29 (0.38%) SAP ERP
5 22 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
5 22 (0.29%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 21 (0.27%) SAP BPC
7 19 (0.25%) thinkFolio
8 18 (0.24%) ENOVIA
8 18 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 16 (0.21%) SAP CRM
10 15 (0.20%) Oracle Retail
10 15 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
11 14 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
12 13 (0.17%) SAP CO
12 13 (0.17%) SAP FI
13 12 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
13 12 (0.16%) SDL Web 8
14 10 (0.13%) HFM
14 10 (0.13%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 1,379 (18.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,319 (17.23%) Amazon AWS
3 417 (5.45%) Office 365
4 380 (4.96%) SaaS
5 374 (4.89%) PaaS
6 319 (4.17%) IaaS
7 130 (1.70%) Dynamics 365
8 126 (1.65%) Google Cloud Platform
9 122 (1.59%) Cloud Computing
10 88 (1.15%) Azure Active Directory
11 63 (0.82%) Serverless
12 50 (0.65%) Azure Data Factory
13 48 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 47 (0.61%) AWS CloudFormation
15 40 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
15 40 (0.52%) GitHub
16 39 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
17 37 (0.48%) OneDrive
18 33 (0.43%) Amazon S3
19 30 (0.39%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 407 (5.32%) Firewall
2 215 (2.81%) WAN
3 180 (2.35%) LAN
4 175 (2.29%) VPN
5 172 (2.25%) Network Security
6 132 (1.72%) Wireless
7 125 (1.63%) DNS
8 123 (1.61%) Internet
9 118 (1.54%) SAN
10 82 (1.07%) Skype
11 81 (1.06%) HTTP
11 81 (1.06%) MPLS
12 70 (0.91%) VLAN
13 69 (0.90%) Cisco ASA
14 68 (0.89%) BGP
15 66 (0.86%) Cisco Nexus
16 64 (0.84%) TCP/IP
17 62 (0.81%) DHCP
18 57 (0.74%) OSPF
19 53 (0.69%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 454 (5.93%) SQL Server
2 419 (5.47%) Big Data
3 318 (4.15%) Data Warehouse
4 268 (3.50%) Hadoop
5 238 (3.11%) NoSQL
6 201 (2.63%) Relational Database
7 172 (2.25%) MongoDB
8 145 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
9 139 (1.82%) Oracle Database
10 112 (1.46%) Data Lake
11 109 (1.42%) MySQL
12 103 (1.35%) Power BI
13 96 (1.25%) Apache Hive
14 83 (1.08%) RDBMS
15 77 (1.01%) Apache Cassandra
16 63 (0.82%) HBase
17 61 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 54 (0.71%) SAP HANA
19 48 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 47 (0.61%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 189 (2.47%) Jenkins
2 173 (2.26%) JIRA
3 159 (2.08%) Git (software)
4 57 (0.74%) Maven
4 57 (0.74%) Selenium
5 52 (0.68%) Cucumber
5 52 (0.68%) ERwin
6 43 (0.56%) Visual Studio
7 41 (0.54%) Subversion
8 40 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
9 37 (0.48%) Oracle Forms
9 37 (0.48%) Visual Studio Team System
10 30 (0.39%) SonarQube
11 26 (0.34%) Gradle
12 24 (0.31%) Sonatype Nexus
13 22 (0.29%) TeamCity
14 21 (0.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 21 (0.27%) Bitbucket
15 18 (0.24%) Axure RP
15 18 (0.24%) PowerDesigner
General
1 1,456 (19.02%) Finance
2 561 (7.33%) Banking
3 424 (5.54%) Retail
4 236 (3.08%) Telecoms
5 158 (2.06%) Marketing
6 131 (1.71%) Manufacturing
7 97 (1.27%) Legal
8 83 (1.08%) Law
9 70 (0.91%) Billing
10 53 (0.69%) Retail Banking
11 50 (0.65%) Investment Banking
12 48 (0.63%) Back Office
13 47 (0.61%) Financial Institution
13 47 (0.61%) Publishing
14 46 (0.60%) Advertising
15 41 (0.54%) Front Office
16 39 (0.51%) Electronics
17 35 (0.46%) Games
18 34 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
19 31 (0.41%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 524 (6.85%) Web Services
2 514 (6.72%) .NET
3 401 (5.24%) REST
4 298 (3.89%) Middleware
5 234 (3.06%) JSON
6 228 (2.98%) SOAP
7 227 (2.97%) XML
8 220 (2.87%) Spring
9 213 (2.78%) Node.js
10 187 (2.44%) RESTful
11 186 (2.43%) HTML
12 171 (2.23%) Kafka
13 144 (1.88%) CSS
14 142 (1.86%) AngularJS
15 126 (1.65%) J2EE
16 104 (1.36%) Spring Boot
17 90 (1.18%) React
18 88 (1.15%) ASP.NET
19 83 (1.08%) OAuth
20 80 (1.05%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 402 (5.25%) Data Centre
2 391 (5.11%) Analytical Skills
3 208 (2.72%) Management Information System
4 175 (2.29%) User Experience
5 152 (1.99%) Enterprise Software
5 152 (1.99%) Mobile App
5 152 (1.99%) Public Cloud
6 129 (1.69%) Hybrid Cloud
7 123 (1.61%) Computer Science
8 119 (1.55%) Greenfield Project
9 106 (1.38%) Private Cloud
10 82 (1.07%) PKI
11 73 (0.95%) Virtual Team
12 71 (0.93%) Fintech
13 69 (0.90%) Self-Motivation
14 60 (0.78%) Reference Data
15 59 (0.77%) Taxonomies
16 53 (0.69%) Data Structures
17 51 (0.67%) Mainframe
18 47 (0.61%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 634 (8.28%) Windows
2 462 (6.04%) Linux
3 265 (3.46%) Unix
4 189 (2.47%) Windows Server
5 170 (2.22%) Windows 10
6 102 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 83 (1.08%) Apple iOS
8 75 (0.98%) Android
9 53 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
10 49 (0.64%) AIX
11 42 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
12 41 (0.54%) Solaris
13 33 (0.43%) Windows 7
14 22 (0.29%) Mac OS X
15 21 (0.27%) Windows XP
16 12 (0.16%) Windows 2000
16 12 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
17 11 (0.14%) CentOS
17 11 (0.14%) Ubuntu
17 11 (0.14%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,896 (24.77%) Agile Software Development
2 877 (11.46%) Migration
3 789 (10.31%) TOGAF
4 717 (9.37%) Stakeholder Management
5 713 (9.32%) DevOps
6 628 (8.20%) Microservices
7 614 (8.02%) Data Modelling
8 576 (7.53%) Enterprise Architecture
9 530 (6.92%) SOA
10 448 (5.85%) ITIL
11 425 (5.55%) Scrum
12 423 (5.53%) Security Architecture
13 414 (5.41%) Data Architecture
14 411 (5.37%) Business Intelligence
15 403 (5.27%) Analytics
16 373 (4.87%) Technical Architecture
17 368 (4.81%) CRM
18 362 (4.73%) Open Source
19 348 (4.55%) Problem-Solving
20 303 (3.96%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 969 (12.66%) Java
2 582 (7.60%) SQL
3 319 (4.17%) JavaScript
4 273 (3.57%) Python
5 264 (3.45%) C#
6 179 (2.34%) PowerShell
7 97 (1.27%) Ruby
8 89 (1.16%) PL/SQL
9 87 (1.14%) Scala
10 86 (1.12%) C
11 76 (0.99%) PHP
12 72 (0.94%) Java 8
13 71 (0.93%) C++
14 52 (0.68%) Shell Script
15 43 (0.56%) R
16 40 (0.52%) TypeScript
17 35 (0.46%) Bash Shell
18 34 (0.44%) T-SQL
19 27 (0.35%) Go
19 27 (0.35%) Perl
Qualifications
1 900 (11.76%) Security Cleared
2 709 (9.26%) SC Cleared
3 299 (3.91%) Degree
4 225 (2.94%) CISSP
5 195 (2.55%) Cisco Certification
6 146 (1.91%) TOGAF Certification
7 130 (1.70%) CCNP
8 120 (1.57%) CISM
9 117 (1.53%) DV Cleared
10 84 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
11 81 (1.06%) CISA
12 71 (0.93%) MCSE
13 69 (0.90%) CCIE
14 62 (0.81%) CCNA
15 61 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
16 51 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
17 50 (0.65%) AWS Certification
18 39 (0.51%) CESG Certified Professional
19 28 (0.37%) CCDP
20 27 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 247 (3.23%) GDPR
2 172 (2.25%) Data Quality
3 148 (1.93%) QA
4 128 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 119 (1.55%) PCI DSS
6 68 (0.89%) GCP
7 57 (0.74%) COBIT
8 56 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 52 (0.68%) SLA
10 42 (0.55%) PSD2
11 41 (0.54%) NIST 800
12 31 (0.41%) PMO
13 25 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
14 20 (0.26%) JSP 440
15 18 (0.24%) HIPAA
16 17 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 17 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 12 (0.16%) HL7
18 11 (0.14%) COSO
19 9 (0.12%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 379 (4.95%) Active Directory
2 265 (3.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 259 (3.38%) Docker
4 115 (1.50%) Hyper-V
5 56 (0.73%) XenApp
6 48 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
7 47 (0.61%) vSphere
8 44 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
8 44 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
9 43 (0.56%) VMware NSX
10 37 (0.48%) Apache Flume
11 34 (0.44%) HDFS
11 34 (0.44%) XenDesktop
12 19 (0.25%) OpenAM
13 18 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 18 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
14 15 (0.20%) BitLocker
15 14 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
16 9 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
17 8 (0.10%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 177 (2.31%) SCCM
2 154 (2.01%) Kubernetes
3 146 (1.91%) Puppet
4 136 (1.78%) Ansible
5 135 (1.76%) Single Sign-On
6 118 (1.54%) Terraform
7 111 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
8 63 (0.82%) Microsoft Intune
9 43 (0.56%) SCOM
10 38 (0.50%) Oozie
11 24 (0.31%) Nessus
12 22 (0.29%) Cisco Prime
13 18 (0.24%) Consul
13 18 (0.24%) Packer
14 17 (0.22%) AirWatch
14 17 (0.22%) Hadoop YARN
14 17 (0.22%) vRealize
15 16 (0.21%) Data Guard
15 16 (0.21%) SCVMM
16 15 (0.20%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 1,061 (13.86%) Microsoft
2 723 (9.45%) Oracle
3 432 (5.64%) SAP
4 431 (5.63%) Cisco
5 386 (5.04%) VMware
6 219 (2.86%) IBM
7 198 (2.59%) Salesforce.com
8 178 (2.33%) Google
9 148 (1.93%) Citrix
10 137 (1.79%) ServiceNow
11 120 (1.57%) Splunk
12 118 (1.54%) Red Hat
13 86 (1.12%) Juniper
14 82 (1.07%) MuleSoft
15 81 (1.06%) Sitecore
16 79 (1.03%) HP
17 76 (0.99%) Cloudera
18 67 (0.88%) CheckPoint
18 67 (0.88%) Informatica
19 63 (0.82%) Adobe