Period
to 23 October 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 October 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 26 15
Rank change year-on-year +3 -11 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,370 6,623 8,656
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.12% 6.61% 8.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.52% 6.96% 8.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,637 4,145 5,622
UK median daily rate £575 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +2.44%
10th Percentile £450 £415 £413
90th Percentile £732 £713 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £525 £500
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 23 31
UK median hourly rate £60.00 £57.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.35% +27.78% -
10th Percentile £35.00 £31.50 £15.25
90th Percentile £82.48 £66.80 £80.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £57.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year -4.35% +27.78% -0.50%

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 98,006 95,137 99,937
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.95% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,458 62,516 65,127
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +4.38% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,140 2,832 3,269
UK median hourly rate £17.99 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.82% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.49
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 +2 6,704 £575 +4.55% 1,460
UK excluding London -2 3,953 £550 +4.76% 965
London +5 3,259 £600 +4.35% 590
South East -7 1,140 £575 +9.52% 238
North of England -6 797 £525 - 227
Midlands -1 614 £550 +4.76% 186
South West +21 513 £525 - 125
North West -2 435 £535 +0.66% 116
West Midlands +4 419 £550 +4.76% 128
Scotland +23 410 £525 +5.00% 62
East of England -1 348 £550 +2.80% 94
Yorkshire -5 300 £538 +2.38% 97
East Midlands -7 174 £525 - 57
Wales -2 130 £538 +2.38% 23
North East -13 65 £505 -1.17% 14
Northern Ireland +42 8 £500 - 10
Channel Islands - 4 £700 -

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 1,735 (23.54%) Agile Software Development
2 1,483 (20.12%) Finance
3 1,393 (18.90%) Microsoft Azure
4 1,272 (17.26%) Amazon AWS
5 1,010 (13.70%) Microsoft
6 954 (12.94%) Java
7 907 (12.31%) Migration
8 890 (12.08%) Security Cleared
9 729 (9.89%) TOGAF
10 721 (9.78%) DevOps
11 668 (9.06%) Oracle
12 659 (8.94%) SC Cleared
13 650 (8.82%) Microservices
14 640 (8.68%) Stakeholder Management
15 625 (8.48%) Windows
16 610 (8.28%) Banking
17 606 (8.22%) SQL
18 543 (7.37%) Data Modelling
19 542 (7.35%) Linux
20 521 (7.07%) Enterprise Architecture
21 512 (6.95%) .NET
22 496 (6.73%) Web Services
23 459 (6.23%) SAP
24 450 (6.11%) Data Centre
25 433 (5.88%) SOA
25 433 (5.88%) VMware
26 426 (5.78%) Technical Architecture
27 425 (5.77%) SaaS
28 422 (5.73%) Retail
29 421 (5.71%) ITIL

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
1 182 (2.47%) SharePoint
2 131 (1.78%) Apache Spark
3 101 (1.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 86 (1.17%) Confluence
5 82 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
6 80 (1.09%) Apache
7 75 (1.02%) CMS
8 73 (0.99%) WebSphere
9 54 (0.73%) WebLogic
10 51 (0.69%) OpenStack
11 50 (0.68%) JBoss
11 50 (0.68%) Skype for Business
12 47 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
13 46 (0.62%) IIS
14 41 (0.56%) Mule
15 40 (0.54%) MS Exchange
16 35 (0.47%) Tomcat
17 31 (0.42%) Apache Solr
18 26 (0.35%) SAS
19 24 (0.33%) Liferay
Applications
1 74 (1.00%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (0.50%) MS Visio
3 20 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (0.23%) Microsoft Excel
5 13 (0.18%) CATIA
6 11 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
7 9 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.068%) Chatbot
9 4 (0.054%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.041%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.041%) InDesign
10 3 (0.041%) Photoshop
11 2 (0.027%) OmniGraffle
11 2 (0.027%) SPSS
11 2 (0.027%) Windchill
12 1 (0.014%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.014%) Mingle
12 1 (0.014%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 105 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 60 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
3 56 (0.76%) SAP S/4HANA
4 25 (0.34%) Oracle Retail
5 24 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
5 24 (0.33%) SAP ERP
6 22 (0.30%) SAP BPC
7 21 (0.28%) Oracle Financials
8 16 (0.22%) SAP MDG
9 15 (0.20%) SAP CRM
9 15 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
9 15 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 14 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
10 14 (0.19%) Magento
11 13 (0.18%) ENOVIA
11 13 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
12 11 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
12 11 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
12 11 (0.15%) SAP IS-U
13 10 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 1,393 (18.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,272 (17.26%) Amazon AWS
3 425 (5.77%) SaaS
4 408 (5.54%) PaaS
5 379 (5.14%) IaaS
6 370 (5.02%) Office 365
7 164 (2.23%) Google Cloud Platform
8 137 (1.86%) Dynamics 365
9 115 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
10 114 (1.55%) Azure Active Directory
11 101 (1.37%) Serverless
12 71 (0.96%) Amazon EC2
13 63 (0.85%) Amazon S3
14 54 (0.73%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 53 (0.72%) Azure Data Factory
16 52 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
16 52 (0.71%) GitHub
17 46 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
18 44 (0.60%) Apigee
19 42 (0.57%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 387 (5.25%) Firewall
2 222 (3.01%) WAN
3 190 (2.58%) LAN
4 145 (1.97%) DNS
5 143 (1.94%) Network Security
6 126 (1.71%) Internet
7 124 (1.68%) VPN
8 113 (1.53%) TCP/IP
9 102 (1.38%) SAN
9 102 (1.38%) Wireless
10 75 (1.02%) MPLS
11 74 (1.00%) Skype
12 72 (0.98%) HTTP
13 57 (0.77%) DHCP
14 56 (0.76%) Kerberos
15 55 (0.75%) SSL
16 50 (0.68%) Unified Communications
17 44 (0.60%) VoIP
17 44 (0.60%) WLAN
18 36 (0.49%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 378 (5.13%) Big Data
2 370 (5.02%) SQL Server
3 270 (3.66%) Hadoop
4 258 (3.50%) Data Warehouse
5 215 (2.92%) NoSQL
6 191 (2.59%) MongoDB
7 171 (2.32%) Relational Database
8 135 (1.83%) Oracle Database
9 119 (1.61%) Data Lake
10 115 (1.56%) MySQL
11 96 (1.30%) Power BI
12 91 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
13 86 (1.17%) Apache Hive
14 79 (1.07%) RDBMS
15 74 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 73 (0.99%) Apache Cassandra
17 59 (0.80%) SAP HANA
18 55 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
19 53 (0.72%) HBase
20 50 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 243 (3.30%) Jenkins
2 163 (2.21%) Git (software)
3 151 (2.05%) JIRA
4 89 (1.21%) Maven
5 78 (1.06%) Selenium
6 64 (0.87%) Cucumber
7 54 (0.73%) ERwin
8 51 (0.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 50 (0.68%) Subversion
10 44 (0.60%) Artifactory
11 41 (0.56%) Bitbucket
12 40 (0.54%) SonarQube
13 38 (0.52%) Visual Studio Team System
14 37 (0.50%) Visual Studio
15 35 (0.47%) Oracle Forms
16 33 (0.45%) Hudson
17 31 (0.42%) Team Foundation Server
18 28 (0.38%) Ant
18 28 (0.38%) Sonatype Nexus
19 25 (0.34%) TeamCity
General
1 1,483 (20.12%) Finance
2 610 (8.28%) Banking
3 422 (5.73%) Retail
4 231 (3.13%) Telecoms
5 122 (1.66%) Manufacturing
6 119 (1.61%) Marketing
7 72 (0.98%) Law
7 72 (0.98%) Legal
8 71 (0.96%) Retail Banking
9 69 (0.94%) Investment Banking
10 58 (0.79%) Front Office
11 49 (0.66%) Back Office
12 43 (0.58%) Electronics
12 43 (0.58%) Financial Institution
13 41 (0.56%) Billing
14 38 (0.52%) Publishing
15 37 (0.50%) Automotive
16 35 (0.47%) Advertising
17 26 (0.35%) Games
18 22 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 512 (6.95%) .NET
2 496 (6.73%) Web Services
3 347 (4.71%) REST
4 303 (4.11%) Middleware
5 238 (3.23%) SOAP
6 219 (2.97%) Spring
7 212 (2.88%) JSON
8 159 (2.16%) XML
9 144 (1.95%) J2EE
9 144 (1.95%) RESTful
10 143 (1.94%) Node.js
11 128 (1.74%) AngularJS
12 127 (1.72%) HTML
12 127 (1.72%) OAuth
13 123 (1.67%) SAML
14 117 (1.59%) Kafka
15 112 (1.52%) Spring Boot
16 111 (1.51%) CSS
17 89 (1.21%) React
18 86 (1.17%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 450 (6.11%) Data Centre
2 389 (5.28%) Analytical Skills
3 220 (2.99%) Management Information System
4 194 (2.63%) Public Cloud
5 149 (2.02%) Greenfield Project
6 143 (1.94%) Computer Science
7 140 (1.90%) User Experience
8 139 (1.89%) Hybrid Cloud
9 129 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
10 121 (1.64%) PKI
11 118 (1.60%) Mobile App
12 111 (1.51%) Self-Motivation
13 97 (1.32%) Private Cloud
14 80 (1.09%) Fintech
15 75 (1.02%) Cloud Native
16 67 (0.91%) Taxonomies
17 60 (0.81%) Virtual Team
18 59 (0.80%) Reference Data
19 57 (0.77%) Mainframe
20 54 (0.73%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 625 (8.48%) Windows
2 542 (7.35%) Linux
3 254 (3.45%) Unix
4 198 (2.69%) Windows Server
5 150 (2.04%) Windows 10
6 126 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 66 (0.90%) Windows Server 2012
8 62 (0.84%) Apple iOS
9 53 (0.72%) AIX
10 47 (0.64%) Android
11 39 (0.53%) Windows 7
12 38 (0.52%) Solaris
13 27 (0.37%) Windows Server 2008
14 21 (0.28%) CentOS
14 21 (0.28%) VMS
15 20 (0.27%) Windows XP
16 18 (0.24%) Ubuntu
17 14 (0.19%) zOS
18 12 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
19 9 (0.12%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,735 (23.54%) Agile Software Development
2 907 (12.31%) Migration
3 729 (9.89%) TOGAF
4 721 (9.78%) DevOps
5 650 (8.82%) Microservices
6 640 (8.68%) Stakeholder Management
7 543 (7.37%) Data Modelling
8 521 (7.07%) Enterprise Architecture
9 433 (5.88%) SOA
10 426 (5.78%) Technical Architecture
11 421 (5.71%) ITIL
12 415 (5.63%) Analytics
13 407 (5.52%) Business Intelligence
14 405 (5.50%) Scrum
15 390 (5.29%) Security Architecture
16 361 (4.90%) Problem-Solving
17 332 (4.50%) Open Source
18 329 (4.46%) CRM
19 303 (4.11%) Data Architecture
20 297 (4.03%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 954 (12.94%) Java
2 606 (8.22%) SQL
3 335 (4.55%) Python
4 278 (3.77%) C#
5 269 (3.65%) JavaScript
6 202 (2.74%) PowerShell
7 124 (1.68%) C++
8 95 (1.29%) C
9 87 (1.18%) PL/SQL
10 69 (0.94%) Ruby
10 69 (0.94%) Scala
11 58 (0.79%) PHP
12 56 (0.76%) Java 8
13 55 (0.75%) Bash Shell
14 49 (0.66%) Shell Script
15 35 (0.47%) R
16 31 (0.42%) Perl
17 29 (0.39%) Go
18 23 (0.31%) XPath
19 21 (0.28%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 890 (12.08%) Security Cleared
2 659 (8.94%) SC Cleared
3 278 (3.77%) Degree
4 190 (2.58%) CISSP
5 148 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
6 124 (1.68%) DV Cleared
7 111 (1.51%) TOGAF Certification
8 104 (1.41%) CISM
9 73 (0.99%) AWS Certification
9 73 (0.99%) CCNP
10 66 (0.90%) CISA
11 63 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
12 62 (0.84%) CCIE
13 60 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
14 56 (0.76%) Computer Science Degree
15 51 (0.69%) CESG Certified Professional
16 49 (0.66%) CCNA
17 43 (0.58%) MCSE
18 34 (0.46%) ITIL Certification
19 27 (0.37%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 182 (2.47%) GDPR
2 141 (1.91%) QA
3 115 (1.56%) Data Quality
4 108 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 80 (1.09%) PCI DSS
6 46 (0.62%) PSD2
6 46 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 42 (0.57%) SLA
8 39 (0.53%) JSP 440
9 35 (0.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 29 (0.39%) COBIT
11 28 (0.38%) PMO
12 26 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
13 25 (0.34%) HMG Infosec
14 22 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 17 (0.23%) NIST 800
16 15 (0.20%) HIPAA
16 15 (0.20%) HL7
16 15 (0.20%) IFRS
17 11 (0.15%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 369 (5.01%) Active Directory
2 294 (3.99%) Docker
3 273 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 91 (1.23%) Hyper-V
5 62 (0.84%) XenApp
6 50 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
7 45 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
8 42 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
9 41 (0.56%) XenDesktop
10 36 (0.49%) vSphere
11 30 (0.41%) Apache Flume
12 29 (0.39%) HDFS
13 25 (0.34%) VMware NSX
14 23 (0.31%) OpenAM
15 17 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
16 16 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 16 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
17 15 (0.20%) vCloud
18 11 (0.15%) BitLocker
19 10 (0.14%) NFS
Systems Management
1 203 (2.75%) Kubernetes
2 190 (2.58%) Ansible
3 167 (2.27%) Puppet
4 152 (2.06%) SCCM
5 137 (1.86%) Terraform
6 132 (1.79%) Single Sign-On
7 131 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
8 63 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
9 41 (0.56%) SCOM
10 30 (0.41%) CA Single Sign-On
11 26 (0.35%) Kibana
11 26 (0.35%) Oozie
12 24 (0.33%) CASB
13 23 (0.31%) logstash
14 21 (0.28%) AirWatch
15 19 (0.26%) Nessus
15 19 (0.26%) vRealize
16 18 (0.24%) Data Guard
17 16 (0.22%) HP Fortify
17 16 (0.22%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1,010 (13.70%) Microsoft
2 668 (9.06%) Oracle
3 459 (6.23%) SAP
4 433 (5.88%) VMware
5 400 (5.43%) Cisco
6 252 (3.42%) IBM
7 206 (2.80%) Google
8 173 (2.35%) Citrix
9 162 (2.20%) Salesforce.com
10 121 (1.64%) Red Hat
11 117 (1.59%) ServiceNow
12 93 (1.26%) Splunk
13 79 (1.07%) MuleSoft
14 74 (1.00%) Juniper
15 70 (0.95%) HP
16 68 (0.92%) CheckPoint
17 64 (0.87%) TIBCO
18 61 (0.83%) Informatica
19 57 (0.77%) Cloudera
20 54 (0.73%) hybris