Period
to 28 October 2020

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 28 October 2020.

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
28 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 17 16 23
Rank change year-on-year -1 +7 +4
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 2,948 6,551 7,325
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.04% 7.75% 7.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 9.79% 8.23% 7.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,118 4,198 4,710
Median daily rate £550 £575 £573
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.35% +0.44% +4.09%
10th Percentile £413 £450 £450
90th Percentile £750 £738 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £550
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 57 46
Median hourly rate £35.00 £72.50 £60.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -51.72% +20.83% +4.35%
10th Percentile £30.00 £35.00 £35.00
90th Percentile £81.00 £84.35 £82.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £73.75 £55.00
% change year-on-year -52.54% +34.09% -2.57%

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 30,114 79,567 97,357
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.34% 94.12% 94.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,962 52,242 64,120
Median daily rate £470 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.62% +2.78% +2.27%
10th Percentile £256 £260 £269
90th Percentile £656 £644 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £418
% change year-on-year - +1.80% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,213 2,867 3,104
Median hourly rate £27.50 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.50% +11.11% -3.73%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.07
90th Percentile £53.95 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.00 £18.17 £17.50
% change year-on-year +21.11% +3.80% -

Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Architect in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Architect in the UK

Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Architect.

Daily rate trend for Architect in the UK

Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Architect over the 6 months to 28 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Architect in the UK

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Architect.

Hourly rate trend for Architect in the UK

Architect
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Architect over the 6 months to 28 October 2020.

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 28 October 2020. 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 2,585 £563 -2.17% 769
London +2 1,307 £600 - 307
UK excluding London +2 1,247 £550 - 492
Work from Home +2 638 £550 +4.76% 125
South East 0 410 £550 - 148
North of England +4 284 £550 - 151
North West +8 203 £550 +2.33% 89
South West +5 192 £575 +3.37% 43
Midlands -3 177 £525 -4.55% 73
West Midlands -5 107 £538 -2.27% 45
Scotland -5 84 £563 +7.14% 29
East of England -7 68 £550 - 41
East Midlands +9 64 £513 -6.82% 27
Yorkshire -14 56 £525 -4.55% 44
North East +17 25 £550 -4.35% 18
Wales -11 24 £500 -12.28% 3
Northern Ireland +12 10 £475 -20.83% 3

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 October 2020, 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.

1 848 (28.77%) Azure
2 703 (23.85%) Agile Software Development
3 629 (21.34%) Security Cleared
4 583 (19.78%) AWS
5 490 (16.62%) Finance
6 466 (15.81%) SC Cleared
7 426 (14.45%) Microsoft
8 425 (14.42%) DevOps
9 372 (12.62%) Migration
10 321 (10.89%) Data Modelling
11 305 (10.35%) Microservices
12 298 (10.11%) Java
13 290 (9.84%) Public Sector
14 265 (8.99%) SQL
15 264 (8.96%) TOGAF
16 244 (8.28%) Business Intelligence
17 243 (8.24%) SAP
18 236 (8.01%) Stakeholder Management
19 234 (7.94%) Windows
20 227 (7.70%) Oracle
21 224 (7.60%) GCP
22 223 (7.56%) Data Architecture
23 198 (6.72%) Banking
24 197 (6.68%) Enterprise Architecture
25 196 (6.65%) VMware
26 191 (6.48%) Web Services
27 190 (6.45%) Analytics
28 181 (6.14%) PaaS
29 175 (5.94%) Active Directory
30 172 (5.83%) Cybersecurity

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 74 (2.51%) SharePoint
2 47 (1.59%) Apache
3 45 (1.53%) Confluence
4 44 (1.49%) Elasticsearch
5 41 (1.39%) Apache Spark
6 32 (1.09%) CMS
7 22 (0.75%) Skype for Business
8 21 (0.71%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 20 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
10 19 (0.64%) IIS
10 19 (0.64%) JBoss
10 19 (0.64%) MQSeries
11 18 (0.61%) Red Hat Fuse
12 16 (0.54%) Apache Solr
13 15 (0.51%) WebSphere
14 14 (0.47%) WebLogic
15 12 (0.41%) Apache Pig
16 10 (0.34%) MS Exchange
16 10 (0.34%) Tomcat
17 9 (0.31%) SAS
Applications
1 27 (0.92%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (0.88%) MS Visio
3 15 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.24%) Chatbot
4 7 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.10%) SPSS
7 2 (0.068%) CATIA
7 2 (0.068%) Siemens NX
8 1 (0.034%) EngageOne
8 1 (0.034%) LaTeX
8 1 (0.034%) Maya
8 1 (0.034%) Stata
Business Applications
1 62 (2.10%) SAP S/4HANA
2 49 (1.66%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 33 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
4 10 (0.34%) Oracle ERP
5 9 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
6 8 (0.27%) SAP Travel Management
6 8 (0.27%) Teamcenter
7 7 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
7 7 (0.24%) SAP MDG
7 7 (0.24%) SAP MII
7 7 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 6 (0.20%) Magento
8 6 (0.20%) SAP APO
8 6 (0.20%) SAP FI
9 5 (0.17%) SAP MM
9 5 (0.17%) SAP PLM
9 5 (0.17%) Sentinel
9 5 (0.17%) Shopify
9 5 (0.17%) Temenos T24
9 5 (0.17%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 848 (28.77%) Azure
2 583 (19.78%) AWS
3 224 (7.60%) GCP
4 181 (6.14%) PaaS
5 143 (4.85%) IaaS
6 136 (4.61%) SaaS
7 115 (3.90%) Office 365
8 109 (3.70%) Serverless
9 106 (3.60%) Power Platform
10 79 (2.68%) Azure Active Directory
11 52 (1.76%) AWS Lambda
12 43 (1.46%) AWS CloudFormation
13 42 (1.42%) Apigee
14 39 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
15 37 (1.26%) Amazon EC2
16 34 (1.15%) Amazon S3
17 32 (1.09%) Amazon ECS
18 30 (1.02%) Azure Data Factory
19 29 (0.98%) Dynamics 365
20 26 (0.88%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 137 (4.65%) Firewall
2 111 (3.77%) WAN
3 75 (2.54%) LAN
4 66 (2.24%) DNS
5 61 (2.07%) Network Security
6 54 (1.83%) Skype
6 54 (1.83%) VPN
7 45 (1.53%) Internet
8 36 (1.22%) MPLS
9 28 (0.95%) DHCP
10 27 (0.92%) VoIP
11 26 (0.88%) Wireless
12 25 (0.85%) Unified Communications
13 24 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
14 21 (0.71%) DMZ
15 19 (0.64%) BGP
15 19 (0.64%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
15 19 (0.64%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 17 (0.58%) Cisco Nexus
16 17 (0.58%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 171 (5.80%) Data Warehouse
2 163 (5.53%) SQL Server
3 129 (4.38%) Big Data
4 111 (3.77%) Data Lake
5 90 (3.05%) Power BI
6 75 (2.54%) Relational Database
7 71 (2.41%) Hadoop
8 66 (2.24%) NoSQL
9 64 (2.17%) PostgreSQL
10 62 (2.10%) MySQL
11 46 (1.56%) MongoDB
12 37 (1.26%) Azure SQL Database
13 35 (1.19%) SAP HANA
14 32 (1.09%) Amazon Redshift
14 32 (1.09%) RDBMS
15 31 (1.05%) Cosmos DB
16 30 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 26 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
18 25 (0.85%) Apache Hive
19 22 (0.75%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 115 (3.90%) Jenkins
2 89 (3.02%) JIRA
3 71 (2.41%) Git (software)
4 43 (1.46%) GitLab
5 32 (1.09%) Artifactory
6 31 (1.05%) Maven
7 22 (0.75%) ERwin
8 20 (0.68%) Selenium
9 19 (0.64%) Bitbucket
10 17 (0.58%) Grunt
11 16 (0.54%) gulp
12 15 (0.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 15 (0.51%) Cucumber
13 13 (0.44%) ER Studio
14 11 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
15 10 (0.34%) Ant
16 9 (0.31%) Eclipse
16 9 (0.31%) IntelliJ
16 9 (0.31%) JMeter
16 9 (0.31%) SonarQube
General
1 490 (16.62%) Finance
2 290 (9.84%) Public Sector
3 198 (6.72%) Banking
4 148 (5.02%) Telecoms
5 99 (3.36%) Manufacturing
6 95 (3.22%) Marketing
7 90 (3.05%) Retail
8 51 (1.73%) Law
9 50 (1.70%) Electronics
10 43 (1.46%) Back Office
11 35 (1.19%) Pharmaceutical
12 34 (1.15%) Front Office
13 25 (0.85%) Police
14 23 (0.78%) Aerospace
15 21 (0.71%) Billing
16 20 (0.68%) Legal
17 16 (0.54%) Publishing
18 15 (0.51%) Financial Institution
18 15 (0.51%) Investment Banking
18 15 (0.51%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 191 (6.48%) Web Services
2 107 (3.63%) REST
3 105 (3.56%) Middleware
4 104 (3.53%) .NET
5 91 (3.09%) JSON
6 66 (2.24%) Kafka
7 64 (2.17%) XML
8 62 (2.10%) React
9 61 (2.07%) AngularJS
10 60 (2.04%) RESTful
11 59 (2.00%) HTML
11 59 (2.00%) Spring
12 55 (1.87%) SOAP
13 52 (1.76%) Node.js
13 52 (1.76%) OAuth
14 47 (1.59%) Oracle Fusion
15 46 (1.56%) Spring Boot
16 44 (1.49%) Swagger
17 43 (1.46%) CSS
18 38 (1.29%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 146 (4.95%) Data Centre
2 109 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
3 86 (2.92%) Public Cloud
4 82 (2.78%) Management Information System
5 72 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
6 54 (1.83%) Hedge funds
6 54 (1.83%) User Experience
7 53 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
8 46 (1.56%) Cloud Native
9 44 (1.49%) PKI
10 43 (1.46%) Hybrid Cloud
11 35 (1.19%) FMCG
12 33 (1.12%) Derivative
12 33 (1.12%) Fixed Income
13 30 (1.02%) Data Structures
13 30 (1.02%) Private Cloud
14 27 (0.92%) Equities
14 27 (0.92%) NHS
14 27 (0.92%) Self-Motivation
15 25 (0.85%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 234 (7.94%) Windows
2 143 (4.85%) Linux
3 72 (2.44%) Windows 10
4 49 (1.66%) Windows Server
5 47 (1.59%) Unix
6 32 (1.09%) Apple iOS
7 29 (0.98%) Android
8 21 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (0.34%) Windows Server 2016
10 9 (0.31%) AIX
10 9 (0.31%) Debian
10 9 (0.31%) Solaris
10 9 (0.31%) Ubuntu
11 7 (0.24%) Mac OS
12 6 (0.20%) CentOS
12 6 (0.20%) Mac OS X
12 6 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (0.17%) MVS
13 5 (0.17%) Windows Server 2019
13 5 (0.17%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 703 (23.85%) Agile Software Development
2 425 (14.42%) DevOps
3 372 (12.62%) Migration
4 321 (10.89%) Data Modelling
5 305 (10.35%) Microservices
6 264 (8.96%) TOGAF
7 244 (8.28%) Business Intelligence
8 236 (8.01%) Stakeholder Management
9 223 (7.56%) Data Architecture
10 197 (6.68%) Enterprise Architecture
11 190 (6.45%) Analytics
12 172 (5.83%) Cybersecurity
13 151 (5.12%) ITIL
14 145 (4.92%) Security Architecture
15 136 (4.61%) Scrum
16 119 (4.04%) Service Management
17 117 (3.97%) Strategic Roadmap
17 117 (3.97%) Technology Roadmap
18 114 (3.87%) Problem-Solving
18 114 (3.87%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 298 (10.11%) Java
2 265 (8.99%) SQL
3 160 (5.43%) Python
4 134 (4.55%) JavaScript
5 74 (2.51%) C#
6 55 (1.87%) PowerShell
7 44 (1.49%) C
8 24 (0.81%) C++
9 23 (0.78%) Apex Code
9 23 (0.78%) Bash Shell
10 22 (0.75%) Shell Script
11 20 (0.68%) Ruby
11 20 (0.68%) T-SQL
12 19 (0.64%) Scala
13 17 (0.58%) PHP
14 14 (0.47%) PL/SQL
15 13 (0.44%) Perl
15 13 (0.44%) R
16 9 (0.31%) Kotlin
17 8 (0.27%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 629 (21.34%) Security Cleared
2 466 (15.81%) SC Cleared
3 138 (4.68%) DV Cleared
4 88 (2.99%) Degree
5 84 (2.85%) CISSP
6 83 (2.82%) TOGAF Certification
7 65 (2.20%) Cisco Certification
8 40 (1.36%) Microsoft Certification
9 33 (1.12%) CCIE
9 33 (1.12%) CISM
10 31 (1.05%) CCNP
11 29 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
12 25 (0.85%) Sun Certification
13 21 (0.71%) CCNA
13 21 (0.71%) CISA
14 19 (0.64%) AWS Certification
15 18 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
16 16 (0.54%) GIAC
17 15 (0.51%) CESG Certified Professional
17 15 (0.51%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (2.41%) Data Quality
2 59 (2.00%) NIST
3 54 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 44 (1.49%) GDPR
5 43 (1.46%) QA
6 34 (1.15%) PCI DSS
7 24 (0.81%) COBIT
8 23 (0.78%) NCSC
9 19 (0.64%) JSP 440
9 19 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 14 (0.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 11 (0.37%) NIST 800
12 10 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 9 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
14 8 (0.27%) SLA
15 7 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
15 7 (0.24%) IFRS
15 7 (0.24%) ISO 9001
16 6 (0.20%) HIPAA
16 6 (0.20%) PMO
System Software
1 175 (5.94%) Active Directory
2 138 (4.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 125 (4.24%) Docker
4 56 (1.90%) VMware NSX
5 26 (0.88%) vSphere
6 23 (0.78%) Hyper-V
7 19 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
7 19 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
7 19 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
8 16 (0.54%) HDFS
9 11 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
10 10 (0.34%) vCloud
11 7 (0.24%) Apache Flume
11 7 (0.24%) KVM
12 4 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 4 (0.14%) XenApp
13 3 (0.10%) ProxySG
13 3 (0.10%) Xen
14 2 (0.068%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 2 (0.068%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 159 (5.39%) Kubernetes
2 91 (3.09%) Terraform
3 76 (2.58%) Ansible
4 49 (1.66%) SCCM
5 40 (1.36%) Microsoft Intune
6 33 (1.12%) Single Sign-On
7 28 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
8 25 (0.85%) Puppet
9 13 (0.44%) FortiGate
9 13 (0.44%) vCenter Server
10 11 (0.37%) Grafana
10 11 (0.37%) Kibana
10 11 (0.37%) QRadar
10 11 (0.37%) vRealize
11 10 (0.34%) SCOM
12 9 (0.31%) Prometheus
13 8 (0.27%) Packer
14 7 (0.24%) WSUS
15 6 (0.20%) Consul
15 6 (0.20%) Nessus
Vendors
1 426 (14.45%) Microsoft
2 243 (8.24%) SAP
3 227 (7.70%) Oracle
4 196 (6.65%) VMware
5 156 (5.29%) Google
6 152 (5.16%) Cisco
7 135 (4.58%) Salesforce.com
8 71 (2.41%) MuleSoft
9 66 (2.24%) IBM
10 63 (2.14%) Splunk
11 57 (1.93%) Sparx
12 48 (1.63%) Pega
13 46 (1.56%) ServiceNow
14 44 (1.49%) F5
15 43 (1.46%) Informatica
16 42 (1.42%) Dell
17 41 (1.39%) Databricks
18 40 (1.36%) Citrix
18 40 (1.36%) Cloudera
19 32 (1.09%) Red Hat