Period
to 24 February 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 22 15 21
Rank change year-on-year -7 +6 +4
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,207 7,533 8,246
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.16% 7.86% 7.63%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.55% 8.29% 8.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,548 4,800 5,201
UK median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +2.59%
10th Percentile £425 £413 £402
90th Percentile £713 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £525 £500
% change year-on-year - +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 28 65
UK median hourly rate £52.25 £43.25 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.81% -13.50% +11.11%
10th Percentile £33.42 £29.92 £28.30
90th Percentile £80.73 £81.28 £100.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.58 £42.92 £47.91
% change year-on-year +17.84% -10.42% +6.47%

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 95,407 90,891 102,711
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.79% 95.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,339 59,264 65,754
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £250
90th Percentile £625 £610 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,822 3,233 3,722
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.92 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.47 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.25
% change year-on-year - -4.11% +10.61%

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 February 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 February 2018.

Contractor 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 24 February 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 -9 6,658 £550 - 1,182
UK excluding London +3 3,893 £525 - 711
London -11 3,149 £575 - 542
South East +1 1,374 £550 +4.76% 211
North of England -5 744 £525 - 162
Midlands +5 703 £525 +0.33% 107
North West -3 373 £550 - 77
West Midlands -4 370 £525 +2.44% 57
East of England 0 363 £550 +7.32% 79
East Midlands +10 312 £525 - 49
Scotland +8 311 £513 +7.89% 54
South West +9 304 £550 +4.76% 78
Yorkshire -5 293 £525 - 68
Wales +9 112 £500 - 11
North East 0 84 £550 +23.60% 17
Isle of Man +3 8 £400 -38.46%
Northern Ireland -22 5 £538 +34.38% 8
Channel Islands +3 2 £500 - 1

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 1,654 (22.95%) Agile Software Development
2 1,306 (18.12%) Finance
3 1,088 (15.10%) Microsoft Azure
4 1,033 (14.33%) Amazon AWS
5 950 (13.18%) Java
6 946 (13.13%) Microsoft
7 871 (12.09%) TOGAF
8 781 (10.84%) Security Cleared
9 768 (10.66%) Migration
10 665 (9.23%) Enterprise Architecture
11 644 (8.94%) DevOps
12 637 (8.84%) Stakeholder Management
13 625 (8.67%) Windows
14 612 (8.49%) Data Modelling
15 602 (8.35%) Oracle
16 556 (7.71%) SC Cleared
17 519 (7.20%) SQL
18 498 (6.91%) SOA
19 493 (6.84%) .NET
20 489 (6.79%) Linux
21 476 (6.60%) Web Services
22 466 (6.47%) Banking
23 448 (6.22%) Data Architecture
23 448 (6.22%) Microservices
24 438 (6.08%) Firewall
25 434 (6.02%) Active Directory
26 428 (5.94%) ITIL
27 424 (5.88%) Big Data
28 410 (5.69%) Analytics
29 409 (5.68%) 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
1 205 (2.84%) SharePoint
2 176 (2.44%) Apache Spark
3 114 (1.58%) CMS
4 102 (1.42%) WebSphere
5 87 (1.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 77 (1.07%) Confluence
7 68 (0.94%) Apache
8 65 (0.90%) JBoss
8 65 (0.90%) OpenStack
9 57 (0.79%) Skype for Business
10 52 (0.72%) MS Exchange
11 49 (0.68%) SAS
11 49 (0.68%) Tomcat
12 46 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
13 40 (0.56%) WebLogic
14 39 (0.54%) Cloud Foundry
15 38 (0.53%) Sitecore CMS
16 35 (0.49%) Apache Solr
16 35 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
17 34 (0.47%) IIS
Applications
1 69 (0.96%) Microsoft Office
2 50 (0.69%) MS Visio
3 38 (0.53%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.14%) SPSS
6 8 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.083%) Photoshop
7 6 (0.083%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.042%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.042%) AutoCAD
8 3 (0.042%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.042%) InVision
8 3 (0.042%) OmniGraffle
8 3 (0.042%) Revit
9 2 (0.028%) Adobe After Effects
9 2 (0.028%) Adobe Premiere
9 2 (0.028%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.028%) EngageOne
10 1 (0.014%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.014%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 113 (1.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 66 (0.92%) Dynamics AX
3 29 (0.40%) SAP S/4HANA
4 19 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
4 19 (0.26%) SAP FI
5 17 (0.24%) Oracle Retail
5 17 (0.24%) SAP CO
6 16 (0.22%) Magento
6 16 (0.22%) SAP ERP
6 16 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
7 15 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 11 (0.15%) NetSuite
8 11 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
9 10 (0.14%) Adobe Campaign
9 10 (0.14%) Maximo
9 10 (0.14%) SAP Hybris
10 9 (0.12%) SAP IS-U
11 8 (0.11%) SAP MDG
11 8 (0.11%) SAP MM
11 8 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1,088 (15.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,033 (14.33%) Amazon AWS
3 405 (5.62%) PaaS
4 379 (5.26%) SaaS
5 345 (4.79%) Office 365
6 310 (4.30%) IaaS
7 115 (1.60%) Cloud Computing
8 107 (1.48%) Google Cloud Platform
9 69 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
10 65 (0.90%) Dynamics 365
11 56 (0.78%) Serverless
12 45 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
13 44 (0.61%) Amazon S3
14 42 (0.58%) Salesforce Service Cloud
15 39 (0.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 38 (0.53%) Amazon Kinesis
17 36 (0.50%) GitHub
17 36 (0.50%) Heroku
18 34 (0.47%) OpenShift
19 33 (0.46%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 438 (6.08%) Firewall
2 289 (4.01%) WAN
3 253 (3.51%) LAN
4 167 (2.32%) VPN
5 159 (2.21%) Network Security
6 139 (1.93%) DNS
7 131 (1.82%) Internet
8 103 (1.43%) MPLS
9 102 (1.42%) SAN
10 91 (1.26%) TCP/IP
10 91 (1.26%) Wireless
11 90 (1.25%) HTTP
12 78 (1.08%) BGP
12 78 (1.08%) Cisco Nexus
13 73 (1.01%) SSL
14 66 (0.92%) OSPF
15 65 (0.90%) Cisco ASA
16 62 (0.86%) Skype
17 53 (0.74%) VLAN
18 48 (0.67%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 424 (5.88%) Big Data
2 393 (5.45%) SQL Server
3 295 (4.09%) Data Warehouse
4 278 (3.86%) Hadoop
5 248 (3.44%) NoSQL
6 182 (2.53%) Relational Database
7 165 (2.29%) MongoDB
8 107 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
9 106 (1.47%) Oracle Database
10 98 (1.36%) Apache Hive
11 96 (1.33%) RDBMS
12 93 (1.29%) MySQL
13 90 (1.25%) HBase
14 83 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 75 (1.04%) Power BI
16 71 (0.99%) Data Lake
17 56 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 55 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
19 48 (0.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
20 44 (0.61%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 174 (2.41%) Jenkins
2 145 (2.01%) Git (software)
3 137 (1.90%) JIRA
4 57 (0.79%) Visual Studio
5 55 (0.76%) Subversion
6 54 (0.75%) Maven
7 51 (0.71%) Selenium
8 42 (0.58%) ERwin
9 38 (0.53%) Team Foundation Server
10 30 (0.42%) PowerDesigner
11 23 (0.32%) Cucumber
11 23 (0.32%) NUnit
12 22 (0.31%) WebDriver
13 21 (0.29%) Bitbucket
13 21 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
14 20 (0.28%) Visual Studio Team System
15 19 (0.26%) Gradle
15 19 (0.26%) SonarQube
15 19 (0.26%) TeamCity
16 18 (0.25%) JUnit
General
1 1,306 (18.12%) Finance
2 466 (6.47%) Banking
3 385 (5.34%) Retail
4 235 (3.26%) Telecoms
5 211 (2.93%) Marketing
6 117 (1.62%) Legal
7 116 (1.61%) Manufacturing
8 100 (1.39%) Law
9 65 (0.90%) Retail Banking
10 60 (0.83%) Advertising
10 60 (0.83%) Investment Banking
11 58 (0.80%) Billing
12 49 (0.68%) Back Office
13 47 (0.65%) Local Government
13 47 (0.65%) Publishing
14 39 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
15 35 (0.49%) Automotive
16 28 (0.39%) Front Office
17 26 (0.36%) Electronics
18 25 (0.35%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 493 (6.84%) .NET
2 476 (6.60%) Web Services
3 334 (4.63%) REST
4 237 (3.29%) Middleware
5 220 (3.05%) XML
6 217 (3.01%) JSON
7 201 (2.79%) HTML
8 197 (2.73%) RESTful
9 191 (2.65%) SOAP
10 190 (2.64%) Node.js
11 179 (2.48%) Kafka
12 157 (2.18%) CSS
13 147 (2.04%) AngularJS
13 147 (2.04%) Spring
14 116 (1.61%) J2EE
15 88 (1.22%) HTML5
16 76 (1.05%) ASP.NET
17 73 (1.01%) React
18 67 (0.93%) .NET Framework
18 67 (0.93%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 372 (5.16%) Data Centre
2 360 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 195 (2.71%) Management Information System
4 172 (2.39%) Public Cloud
5 158 (2.19%) Greenfield Project
6 154 (2.14%) User Experience
7 138 (1.91%) Mobile App
8 134 (1.86%) Computer Science
9 122 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
10 119 (1.65%) Hybrid Cloud
11 82 (1.14%) PKI
12 76 (1.05%) Private Cloud
13 74 (1.03%) Virtual Team
14 69 (0.96%) Data Structures
15 58 (0.80%) Taxonomies
16 55 (0.76%) Reference Data
17 53 (0.74%) NHS
18 48 (0.67%) Fintech
18 48 (0.67%) Mainframe
19 46 (0.64%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 625 (8.67%) Windows
2 489 (6.79%) Linux
3 258 (3.58%) Unix
4 173 (2.40%) Windows Server
5 111 (1.54%) Windows 10
6 77 (1.07%) Android
7 71 (0.99%) Apple iOS
8 69 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 65 (0.90%) Windows Server 2012
10 56 (0.78%) Solaris
11 54 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
12 44 (0.61%) Windows 7
13 31 (0.43%) AIX
14 30 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
15 28 (0.39%) Mac OS X
16 20 (0.28%) SUSE
17 15 (0.21%) Windows 8
18 13 (0.18%) Windows Vista
19 11 (0.15%) Mac OS
20 8 (0.11%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,654 (22.95%) Agile Software Development
2 871 (12.09%) TOGAF
3 768 (10.66%) Migration
4 665 (9.23%) Enterprise Architecture
5 644 (8.94%) DevOps
6 637 (8.84%) Stakeholder Management
7 612 (8.49%) Data Modelling
8 498 (6.91%) SOA
9 448 (6.22%) Data Architecture
9 448 (6.22%) Microservices
10 428 (5.94%) ITIL
11 410 (5.69%) Analytics
12 401 (5.56%) Scrum
13 393 (5.45%) Open Source
14 373 (5.18%) Business Intelligence
15 352 (4.88%) Mentoring
16 339 (4.70%) Information Security
17 338 (4.69%) Technical Architecture
18 337 (4.68%) IT Strategy
19 332 (4.61%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 950 (13.18%) Java
2 519 (7.20%) SQL
3 302 (4.19%) JavaScript
4 291 (4.04%) C#
5 290 (4.02%) Python
6 157 (2.18%) PowerShell
7 123 (1.71%) Ruby
8 116 (1.61%) Scala
9 70 (0.97%) C
10 62 (0.86%) PL/SQL
11 56 (0.78%) PHP
12 54 (0.75%) C++
12 54 (0.75%) Perl
13 49 (0.68%) T-SQL
14 45 (0.62%) Shell Script
15 43 (0.60%) Apex Code
16 40 (0.56%) Bash Shell
17 32 (0.44%) R
17 32 (0.44%) TypeScript
18 24 (0.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 781 (10.84%) Security Cleared
2 556 (7.71%) SC Cleared
3 307 (4.26%) Degree
4 221 (3.07%) Cisco Certification
5 208 (2.89%) CISSP
6 127 (1.76%) Microsoft Certification
7 118 (1.64%) CCNP
7 118 (1.64%) DV Cleared
8 111 (1.54%) CCIE
9 95 (1.32%) MCSE
10 84 (1.17%) CCNA
11 77 (1.07%) BPSS Clearance
12 76 (1.05%) CISM
13 46 (0.64%) CISA
14 44 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
15 40 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
16 37 (0.51%) AWS Certification
17 35 (0.49%) CESG Certified Professional
18 29 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 25 (0.35%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 221 (3.07%) QA
2 187 (2.59%) GDPR
3 149 (2.07%) Data Quality
4 135 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 118 (1.64%) PCI DSS
6 50 (0.69%) Disclosure Scotland
7 45 (0.62%) COBIT
8 42 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 38 (0.53%) SLA
10 29 (0.40%) GCP
11 26 (0.36%) HL7
12 24 (0.33%) PSD2
13 23 (0.32%) MiFID
14 22 (0.31%) HIPAA
14 22 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 16 (0.22%) NIST 800
16 15 (0.21%) Actionable Recommendations
17 12 (0.17%) PMO
18 9 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
18 9 (0.12%) RMADS
System Software
1 434 (6.02%) Active Directory
2 221 (3.07%) Docker
3 217 (3.01%) VMware Infrastructure
4 109 (1.51%) Hyper-V
5 62 (0.86%) HDFS
6 61 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
7 46 (0.64%) Apache Flume
7 46 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
8 45 (0.62%) vSphere
9 41 (0.57%) XenApp
10 36 (0.50%) VMware NSX
11 35 (0.49%) XenDesktop
12 34 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
13 16 (0.22%) XenServer
14 15 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
15 14 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
16 12 (0.17%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 11 (0.15%) vCloud
18 8 (0.11%) ProxySG
18 8 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 137 (1.90%) SCCM
2 123 (1.71%) Ansible
3 101 (1.40%) Puppet
4 94 (1.30%) Kubernetes
5 81 (1.12%) Terraform
6 74 (1.03%) Single Sign-On
7 63 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
8 40 (0.56%) SCOM
9 38 (0.53%) Oozie
10 25 (0.35%) Hadoop YARN
11 23 (0.32%) AirWatch
12 21 (0.29%) Microsoft Intune
13 20 (0.28%) QRadar
14 18 (0.25%) Microsoft Clustering
14 18 (0.25%) SCVMM
15 17 (0.24%) Nagios
16 15 (0.21%) FortiGate
17 14 (0.19%) vRealize
18 12 (0.17%) CA Single Sign-On
18 12 (0.17%) Packer
Vendors
1 946 (13.13%) Microsoft
2 602 (8.35%) Oracle
3 409 (5.68%) SAP
4 378 (5.24%) Cisco
5 366 (5.08%) VMware
6 206 (2.86%) IBM
7 201 (2.79%) Citrix
8 183 (2.54%) Salesforce.com
9 176 (2.44%) Google
10 131 (1.82%) ServiceNow
11 119 (1.65%) Juniper
12 115 (1.60%) CheckPoint
13 106 (1.47%) Red Hat
14 98 (1.36%) HP
15 85 (1.18%) Splunk
16 76 (1.05%) Sitecore
17 64 (0.89%) Cloudera
18 62 (0.86%) F5
18 62 (0.86%) MuleSoft
19 54 (0.75%) Tableau