Period
to 20 October 2021

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £613 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 October 2021.

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
20 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 13 18 17
Rank change year-on-year +5 -1 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 8,058 2,871 6,551
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.55% 9.11% 7.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 10.24% 9.87% 8.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,295 1,830 4,171
10th Percentile £495 £425 £455
25th Percentile £525 £500 £513
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £613 £575 £575
Median % change year-on-year +6.52% - -
75th Percentile £700 £675 £660
90th Percentile £775 £750 £745
UK excluding London median daily rate £580 £550 £550
% change year-on-year +5.45% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 15 45
10th Percentile £45.30 £24.35 £43.18
25th Percentile £47.13 £38.75 £61.25
Median hourly rate £60.00 £55.00 £75.00
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% -26.67% +25.00%
75th Percentile £73.82 £68.16 £82.50
90th Percentile £79.00 £81.90 £83.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 £55.00 £76.25
% change year-on-year +9.09% -27.87% +38.64%

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 78,687 29,075 79,497
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.27% 92.30% 94.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,744 19,616 53,210
10th Percentile £300 £263 £259
25th Percentile £406 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £700 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,083 944 2,706
10th Percentile £11.81 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.67 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -9.09% +15.79% +8.57%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.25
90th Percentile £62.25 £53.75 £52.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.55 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.50% +11.73% -

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 20 October 2021.

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 20 October 2021.

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 20 October 2021. 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 +3 6,383 £625 +8.70% 1,500
London +2 3,571 £650 +8.33% 706
UK excluding London -1 2,537 £580 +5.45% 832
Work from Home +3 2,458 £600 +9.09% 258
South East -2 747 £590 +7.19% 200
North of England +3 591 £588 +6.91% 237
Midlands -1 413 £560 +3.70% 149
South West -3 319 £598 +1.92% 95
West Midlands -3 307 £574 +4.36% 103
Yorkshire +29 279 £580 +10.48% 74
Scotland +9 271 £575 +4.55% 39
North West -14 263 £600 +9.09% 141
East of England -3 138 £615 +11.82% 89
East Midlands -7 102 £530 +5.21% 46
Wales +2 58 £525 -7.69% 14
North East +13 56 £600 +9.09% 22
Northern Ireland -12 4 £556 +17.11% 9
Isle of Man - 1 £750 - 1

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 2021, 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 2,423 (30.07%) Azure
2 1,838 (22.81%) Agile Software Development
3 1,734 (21.52%) AWS
4 1,637 (20.32%) Social Skills
5 1,507 (18.70%) Finance
6 1,242 (15.41%) DevOps
7 1,163 (14.43%) Microsoft
8 1,062 (13.18%) Migration
9 1,003 (12.45%) Security Cleared
10 891 (11.06%) Microservices
11 854 (10.60%) Stakeholder Management
12 836 (10.37%) Java
13 810 (10.05%) Enterprise Architecture
14 802 (9.95%) SC Cleared
15 785 (9.74%) TOGAF
16 784 (9.73%) Data Modelling
17 731 (9.07%) Analytics
18 681 (8.45%) GCP
18 681 (8.45%) Public Sector
19 627 (7.78%) SQL
20 607 (7.53%) PaaS
21 604 (7.50%) Banking
22 602 (7.47%) Data Architecture
23 591 (7.33%) SaaS
24 583 (7.24%) Kubernetes
25 562 (6.97%) Oracle
25 562 (6.97%) Business Intelligence
26 537 (6.66%) Salesforce.com
27 522 (6.48%) Windows
28 515 (6.39%) SAP

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
1 218 (2.71%) SharePoint
2 160 (1.99%) Confluence
3 119 (1.48%) Apache Spark
4 95 (1.18%) CMS
5 68 (0.84%) Apache
6 63 (0.78%) OpenStack
7 47 (0.58%) Tomcat
8 43 (0.53%) SAS
9 41 (0.51%) WebSphere
10 39 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 39 (0.48%) MS Exchange
11 37 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 28 (0.35%) IIS
13 26 (0.32%) Drupal
14 25 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
14 25 (0.31%) Skype for Business
15 24 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
15 24 (0.30%) JBoss
16 23 (0.29%) Apache Airflow
17 22 (0.27%) Anypoint
Applications
1 65 (0.81%) Microsoft Office
2 61 (0.76%) MS Visio
3 33 (0.41%) Microsoft Excel
4 22 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (0.24%) Chatbot
6 16 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.050%) Maple
7 4 (0.050%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.037%) Siemens NX
9 2 (0.025%) Figma
9 2 (0.025%) InVision
9 2 (0.025%) Sketch
9 2 (0.025%) SPSS
10 1 (0.012%) Adobe XD
10 1 (0.012%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.012%) InDesign
10 1 (0.012%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.012%) Simulink
10 1 (0.012%) Windchill
10 1 (0.012%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 119 (1.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 68 (0.84%) SAP S/4HANA
3 57 (0.71%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 38 (0.47%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 35 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
6 26 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
7 23 (0.29%) SAP ERP
8 22 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
9 18 (0.22%) NetSuite
10 17 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
11 16 (0.20%) SAP MDG
12 14 (0.17%) Magento
12 14 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 12 (0.15%) JDE EnterpriseOne
13 12 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
13 12 (0.15%) Remedy AR System
14 11 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
14 11 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
14 11 (0.14%) SAP Retail
15 10 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 2,423 (30.07%) Azure
2 1,734 (21.52%) AWS
3 681 (8.45%) GCP
4 607 (7.53%) PaaS
5 591 (7.33%) SaaS
6 491 (6.09%) IaaS
7 408 (5.06%) Serverless
8 388 (4.82%) Microsoft 365
9 334 (4.14%) Power Platform
10 231 (2.87%) Azure Active Directory
11 187 (2.32%) GitHub
12 177 (2.20%) Azure Data Factory
13 161 (2.00%) Dynamics 365
14 160 (1.99%) AWS CloudFormation
15 151 (1.87%) AWS Lambda
16 119 (1.48%) Amazon S3
17 117 (1.45%) Cloud Computing
18 116 (1.44%) Azure Functions
19 109 (1.35%) Azure Synapse Analytics
20 99 (1.23%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 378 (4.69%) Firewall
2 252 (3.13%) WAN
3 210 (2.61%) Network Security
4 180 (2.23%) LAN
5 159 (1.97%) DNS
6 119 (1.48%) VPN
7 110 (1.37%) SD-WAN
8 82 (1.02%) Internet
9 79 (0.98%) SAN
10 68 (0.84%) BGP
11 65 (0.81%) DHCP
11 65 (0.81%) HTTP
12 62 (0.77%) MPLS
12 62 (0.77%) SSL
12 62 (0.77%) VoIP
12 62 (0.77%) Wireless
13 49 (0.61%) Skype
14 46 (0.57%) 5G
15 43 (0.53%) NAS
15 43 (0.53%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 431 (5.35%) Data Warehouse
2 386 (4.79%) Big Data
3 308 (3.82%) SQL Server
4 268 (3.33%) Data Lake
5 231 (2.87%) NoSQL
6 227 (2.82%) Power BI
7 220 (2.73%) Metadata
8 143 (1.77%) Relational Database
9 137 (1.70%) Hadoop
10 126 (1.56%) MongoDB
11 124 (1.54%) PostgreSQL
12 102 (1.27%) MySQL
13 92 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
14 84 (1.04%) BigQuery
15 83 (1.03%) Tableau
16 79 (0.98%) Amazon DynamoDB
17 78 (0.97%) Oracle Database
18 76 (0.94%) RDBMS
19 62 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
20 61 (0.76%) Metadata Repository
Development Applications
1 255 (3.16%) Jenkins
1 255 (3.16%) JIRA
2 174 (2.16%) Git (software)
3 96 (1.19%) Maven
4 86 (1.07%) PowerDesigner
5 65 (0.81%) GitLab
6 54 (0.67%) Bitbucket
7 47 (0.58%) Gradle
8 45 (0.56%) Subversion
9 44 (0.55%) TeamCity
10 43 (0.53%) ERwin
11 40 (0.50%) Postman
12 33 (0.41%) JUnit
13 30 (0.37%) Cucumber
14 26 (0.32%) SonarQube
15 25 (0.31%) Sonatype Nexus
16 22 (0.27%) Selenium
17 21 (0.26%) CircleCI
17 21 (0.26%) Terragrunt
18 15 (0.19%) kappa
General
1 1,637 (20.32%) Social Skills
2 1,507 (18.70%) Finance
3 681 (8.45%) Public Sector
4 604 (7.50%) Banking
5 477 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
6 425 (5.27%) Retail
7 381 (4.73%) Telecoms
8 294 (3.65%) Marketing
9 240 (2.98%) Presentation Skills
10 205 (2.54%) Manufacturing
11 179 (2.22%) Influencing Skills
12 151 (1.87%) Legal
13 115 (1.43%) Electronics
14 97 (1.20%) Financial Institution
15 94 (1.17%) Billing
16 91 (1.13%) Documentation Skills
16 91 (1.13%) Law
17 88 (1.09%) Retail Banking
18 85 (1.05%) Investment Banking
19 45 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 292 (3.62%) .NET
2 260 (3.23%) Web Services
3 259 (3.21%) REST
4 204 (2.53%) Kafka
5 203 (2.52%) Middleware
6 155 (1.92%) Node.js
7 151 (1.87%) SOAP
8 147 (1.82%) JSON
9 142 (1.76%) Spring
10 137 (1.70%) HTML
11 136 (1.69%) React
12 123 (1.53%) XML
13 121 (1.50%) RESTful
13 121 (1.50%) SAML
14 118 (1.46%) OAuth
15 104 (1.29%) Spring Boot
16 98 (1.22%) CSS
17 97 (1.20%) AngularJS
18 95 (1.18%) OpenID
19 85 (1.05%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 388 (4.82%) Public Cloud
2 347 (4.31%) Data Centre
3 278 (3.45%) Cloud Native
4 222 (2.76%) Management Information System
5 189 (2.35%) Hybrid Cloud
6 152 (1.89%) User Experience
7 137 (1.70%) Legacy Systems
8 133 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
9 122 (1.51%) Data Protection Act
9 122 (1.51%) Greenfield Project
10 117 (1.45%) Virtual Team
11 107 (1.33%) Private Cloud
12 93 (1.15%) Self-Motivation
13 91 (1.13%) Mobile App
14 72 (0.89%) NHS
15 68 (0.84%) Hedge funds
15 68 (0.84%) Reference Data
16 63 (0.78%) Data Structures
17 59 (0.73%) PKI
18 57 (0.71%) Legacy Applications
Operating Systems
1 522 (6.48%) Windows
2 385 (4.78%) Linux
3 152 (1.89%) Windows Server
4 120 (1.49%) Unix
5 89 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 76 (0.94%) Windows 10
7 42 (0.52%) Apple iOS
8 40 (0.50%) Windows Server 2016
8 40 (0.50%) Windows Server 2019
9 37 (0.46%) Android
9 37 (0.46%) Solaris
9 37 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
10 28 (0.35%) AIX
11 23 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
12 15 (0.19%) Ubuntu
13 13 (0.16%) Mac OS
13 13 (0.16%) VMS
14 12 (0.15%) Windows 7
15 11 (0.14%) HPUX
16 9 (0.11%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,838 (22.81%) Agile Software Development
2 1,242 (15.41%) DevOps
3 1,062 (13.18%) Migration
4 891 (11.06%) Microservices
5 854 (10.60%) Stakeholder Management
6 810 (10.05%) Enterprise Architecture
7 785 (9.74%) TOGAF
8 784 (9.73%) Data Modelling
9 731 (9.07%) Analytics
10 602 (7.47%) Data Architecture
11 562 (6.97%) Business Intelligence
12 456 (5.66%) CRM
13 450 (5.58%) Cybersecurity
14 427 (5.30%) Scrum
15 407 (5.05%) Problem-Solving
16 406 (5.04%) Security Architecture
17 402 (4.99%) Technical Architecture
18 369 (4.58%) ITIL
19 359 (4.46%) IT Strategy
20 306 (3.80%) Architectural Design
Programming Languages
1 836 (10.37%) Java
2 627 (7.78%) SQL
3 437 (5.42%) Python
4 315 (3.91%) JavaScript
5 258 (3.20%) PowerShell
6 206 (2.56%) C#
7 106 (1.32%) Bash Shell
8 101 (1.25%) C
9 81 (1.01%) C++
10 56 (0.69%) Scala
11 50 (0.62%) Apex Code
12 45 (0.56%) T-SQL
13 44 (0.55%) Go
14 36 (0.45%) PHP
14 36 (0.45%) TypeScript
15 33 (0.41%) Ruby
16 28 (0.35%) Java 8
16 28 (0.35%) Shell Script
17 27 (0.34%) R
18 24 (0.30%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1,003 (12.45%) Security Cleared
2 802 (9.95%) SC Cleared
3 296 (3.67%) Degree
4 207 (2.57%) CISSP
5 196 (2.43%) TOGAF Certification
6 141 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
7 125 (1.55%) DV Cleared
8 100 (1.24%) AWS Certification
9 93 (1.15%) CISM
10 83 (1.03%) BPSS Clearance
11 52 (0.65%) CCNP
12 51 (0.63%) CCNA
13 46 (0.57%) Computer Science Degree
13 46 (0.57%) CRISC
13 46 (0.57%) Microsoft Certification
14 42 (0.52%) CESG Certified Professional
15 36 (0.45%) CISA
16 33 (0.41%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 33 (0.41%) CCIE
17 30 (0.37%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 228 (2.83%) GDPR
2 160 (1.99%) Data Quality
3 147 (1.82%) QA
4 125 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 95 (1.18%) NIST
6 70 (0.87%) PCI DSS
7 68 (0.84%) NCSC
8 43 (0.53%) COBIT
9 32 (0.40%) PMO
10 31 (0.38%) Accessibility
11 26 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
12 24 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 23 (0.29%) NIST 800
14 22 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 19 (0.24%) SLA
16 17 (0.21%) JSP 440
17 15 (0.19%) GRC
18 13 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
18 13 (0.16%) ISO 20022
19 12 (0.15%) HL7
System Software
1 437 (5.42%) Active Directory
2 426 (5.29%) Docker
3 240 (2.98%) VMware Infrastructure
4 81 (1.01%) Hyper-V
5 56 (0.69%) Virtual Machines
5 56 (0.69%) VMware NSX
6 40 (0.50%) Virtual Desktop
7 38 (0.47%) vSphere
8 26 (0.32%) VMware ESXi
9 23 (0.29%) XenApp
10 20 (0.25%) OpenAM
11 19 (0.24%) NFS
12 17 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
13 16 (0.20%) KVM
13 16 (0.20%) vCloud
14 14 (0.17%) XenDesktop
15 13 (0.16%) OpenIDM
15 13 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
16 12 (0.15%) RACF
17 11 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 583 (7.24%) Kubernetes
2 439 (5.45%) Terraform
3 185 (2.30%) Ansible
4 88 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
5 86 (1.07%) Single Sign-On
6 67 (0.83%) SCCM
7 62 (0.77%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 53 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
9 52 (0.65%) Puppet
10 32 (0.40%) vRealize
11 30 (0.37%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 27 (0.34%) FortiGate
13 19 (0.24%) Packer
14 16 (0.20%) SCOM
15 15 (0.19%) Kibana
16 13 (0.16%) Network Intrusion Detection System
17 12 (0.15%) Cisco CUCM
17 12 (0.15%) Istio
17 12 (0.15%) NetBackup
18 11 (0.14%) Grafana
Vendors
1 1,163 (14.43%) Microsoft
2 562 (6.97%) Oracle
3 537 (6.66%) Salesforce.com
4 515 (6.39%) SAP
5 398 (4.94%) Google
6 392 (4.86%) VMware
7 293 (3.64%) Cisco
8 188 (2.33%) Databricks
9 179 (2.22%) MuleSoft
10 140 (1.74%) Red Hat
11 132 (1.64%) IBM
12 119 (1.48%) ServiceNow
13 118 (1.46%) Citrix
14 108 (1.34%) Sparx
15 106 (1.32%) BiZZdesign
16 96 (1.19%) Informatica
17 94 (1.17%) Splunk
18 83 (1.03%) Pega
19 71 (0.88%) Adobe
19 71 (0.88%) F5