Period
to 25 May 2019

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 May 2019.

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
25 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 14 22 19
Rank change year-on-year +8 -3 -3
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,713 7,566 6,637
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 8.42% 7.45% 7.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.90% 7.86% 7.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,973 4,668 4,089
UK median daily rate £575 £550 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.55% - +4.76%
10th Percentile £455 £431 £413
90th Percentile £725 £725 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £540 £525
% change year-on-year +1.85% +2.86% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 40 40
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £55.00 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.36% - +4.51%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £45.97 £55.00
% change year-on-year -23.86% -16.43% +4.76%

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 86,661 96,300 85,838
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.57% 94.86% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,045 63,216 55,716
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £631 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £412 £400
% change year-on-year +3.16% +3.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,780 3,023 2,884
UK median hourly rate £18.78 £18.00 £18.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.31% -4.46% -5.80%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.88 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% -7.69%

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 25 May 2019.

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 25 May 2019.

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 25 May 2019. 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 7,072 £575 +2.22% 1,479
UK excluding London +8 4,248 £550 +1.85% 971
London +5 3,332 £600 - 600
South East +5 1,445 £550 - 239
North of England +7 777 £550 +1.85% 249
Midlands -3 611 £550 +4.76% 173
South West +10 526 £575 +4.55% 113
West Midlands +2 466 £575 +4.55% 118
North West +10 431 £575 +4.55% 141
Scotland +8 381 £550 +8.91% 54
East of England -1 353 £550 +4.76% 106
Yorkshire -3 263 £550 +4.76% 83
Wales +26 156 £600 +14.29% 22
East Midlands -2 125 £523 -0.48% 52
North East +23 85 £525 -4.55% 25
Channel Islands 0 7 £525 +5.00% 1
Northern Ireland +8 5 £732 +46.30% 15

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 May 2019, 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 1,941 (25.17%) Agile Software Development
2 1,880 (24.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 1,515 (19.64%) Amazon AWS
4 1,485 (19.25%) Finance
5 1,198 (15.53%) Migration
6 1,151 (14.92%) Microsoft
7 917 (11.89%) Security Cleared
8 911 (11.81%) DevOps
9 894 (11.59%) Java
10 888 (11.51%) TOGAF
11 779 (10.10%) Stakeholder Management
12 753 (9.76%) Microservices
13 704 (9.13%) SC Cleared
14 663 (8.60%) SQL
15 629 (8.16%) Windows
16 624 (8.09%) Banking
17 608 (7.88%) Oracle
18 580 (7.52%) Enterprise Architecture
19 529 (6.86%) Data Modelling
20 526 (6.82%) Web Services
21 523 (6.78%) Analytics
22 505 (6.55%) Data Centre
23 498 (6.46%) PaaS
24 470 (6.09%) Linux
25 468 (6.07%) VMware
26 454 (5.89%) .NET
27 451 (5.85%) Active Directory
28 449 (5.82%) Retail
29 447 (5.80%) Data Architecture
30 446 (5.78%) Firewall

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
1 179 (2.32%) SharePoint
2 158 (2.05%) Apache Spark
3 99 (1.28%) Skype for Business
4 95 (1.23%) Confluence
5 85 (1.10%) Apache
6 81 (1.05%) OpenStack
7 70 (0.91%) WebLogic
8 60 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
9 59 (0.76%) MS Exchange
10 58 (0.75%) WebSphere
11 53 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 47 (0.61%) JBoss
12 47 (0.61%) SAS
13 43 (0.56%) Tomcat
14 40 (0.52%) IIS
15 31 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
16 29 (0.38%) CMS
17 27 (0.35%) Apache Solr
18 26 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
19 22 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 102 (1.32%) Microsoft Office
2 63 (0.82%) MS Visio
3 34 (0.44%) Microsoft Excel
4 24 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 13 (0.17%) Chatbot
6 11 (0.14%) InVision
7 10 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
8 8 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
8 8 (0.10%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.10%) Sketch
9 7 (0.091%) Spreadsheet
10 6 (0.078%) CATIA
11 3 (0.039%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 3 (0.039%) Adobe XD
11 3 (0.039%) SPSS
11 3 (0.039%) Stata
12 1 (0.013%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.013%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.013%) Revit
12 1 (0.013%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 111 (1.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 85 (1.10%) SAP S/4HANA
3 31 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
4 26 (0.34%) SAP ERP
5 23 (0.30%) NetSuite
5 23 (0.30%) SAP Hybris
6 18 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
7 17 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
7 17 (0.22%) SAP Retail
8 16 (0.21%) SAP BPC
9 14 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
10 13 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
10 13 (0.17%) SAP FI
11 12 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
11 12 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 11 (0.14%) SAP MDG
13 10 (0.13%) Magento
13 10 (0.13%) Oracle Retail
13 10 (0.13%) SAP CO
13 10 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 1,880 (24.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,515 (19.64%) Amazon AWS
3 498 (6.46%) PaaS
4 432 (5.60%) Office 365
5 404 (5.24%) IaaS
6 386 (5.00%) SaaS
7 322 (4.17%) Google Cloud Platform
8 176 (2.28%) Azure Active Directory
9 144 (1.87%) Serverless
10 142 (1.84%) Power Platform
11 117 (1.52%) Dynamics 365
12 111 (1.44%) GitHub
13 95 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
14 90 (1.17%) OpenShift
15 81 (1.05%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 81 (1.05%) Boomi
16 67 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
17 64 (0.83%) Amazon S3
17 64 (0.83%) AWS Lambda
18 59 (0.76%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 446 (5.78%) Firewall
2 252 (3.27%) WAN
3 182 (2.36%) LAN
4 175 (2.27%) Network Security
5 173 (2.24%) VPN
6 171 (2.22%) DNS
7 134 (1.74%) Internet
8 112 (1.45%) SAN
9 109 (1.41%) Skype
10 98 (1.27%) TCP/IP
11 79 (1.02%) Unified Communications
12 71 (0.92%) MPLS
13 68 (0.88%) Wireless
14 57 (0.74%) Cisco Nexus
15 54 (0.70%) DHCP
16 47 (0.61%) HTTP
17 44 (0.57%) VoIP
18 43 (0.56%) Wi-Fi
19 39 (0.51%) VLAN
20 35 (0.45%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 442 (5.73%) Big Data
2 374 (4.85%) SQL Server
3 296 (3.84%) Data Warehouse
4 258 (3.35%) NoSQL
5 243 (3.15%) Hadoop
6 172 (2.23%) Data Lake
7 162 (2.10%) Relational Database
8 127 (1.65%) Power BI
9 120 (1.56%) MySQL
10 116 (1.50%) Oracle Database
11 101 (1.31%) MongoDB
12 96 (1.24%) RDBMS
13 88 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 80 (1.04%) PostgreSQL
15 79 (1.02%) Apache Hive
16 75 (0.97%) Amazon Redshift
17 72 (0.93%) Azure SQL Database
18 62 (0.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 59 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 51 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 219 (2.84%) Jenkins
2 164 (2.13%) Git (software)
3 143 (1.85%) JIRA
4 61 (0.79%) Maven
5 44 (0.57%) ERwin
6 43 (0.56%) Sonatype Nexus
7 39 (0.51%) Visual Studio
8 32 (0.41%) Selenium
9 29 (0.38%) SonarQube
9 29 (0.38%) Visual Studio Team System
10 24 (0.31%) Gradle
11 23 (0.30%) Cucumber
12 21 (0.27%) Ant
13 20 (0.26%) Octopus Deploy
13 20 (0.26%) Subversion
14 19 (0.25%) Apache Ivy
14 19 (0.25%) Eclipse
14 19 (0.25%) Oracle APEX
14 19 (0.25%) TeamCity
15 17 (0.22%) NUnit
General
1 1,485 (19.25%) Finance
2 624 (8.09%) Banking
3 449 (5.82%) Retail
4 369 (4.78%) Telecoms
5 198 (2.57%) Marketing
6 122 (1.58%) Manufacturing
7 76 (0.99%) Financial Institution
7 76 (0.99%) Legal
8 71 (0.92%) Billing
9 65 (0.84%) Electronics
10 55 (0.71%) Investment Banking
11 47 (0.61%) Back Office
12 46 (0.60%) Law
13 42 (0.54%) Retail Banking
14 38 (0.49%) Front Office
15 34 (0.44%) Advertising
16 26 (0.34%) Automotive
16 26 (0.34%) Publishing
17 25 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
18 22 (0.29%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 526 (6.82%) Web Services
2 454 (5.89%) .NET
3 301 (3.90%) REST
4 280 (3.63%) Middleware
5 251 (3.25%) XML
6 233 (3.02%) JSON
7 208 (2.70%) SOAP
8 174 (2.26%) Kafka
9 161 (2.09%) RESTful
10 153 (1.98%) Node.js
11 141 (1.83%) HTML
12 137 (1.78%) Spring
13 112 (1.45%) React
14 107 (1.39%) AngularJS
15 100 (1.30%) CSS
16 86 (1.12%) LDAP
17 80 (1.04%) J2EE
18 73 (0.95%) Spring Boot
19 70 (0.91%) OAuth
20 69 (0.89%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 505 (6.55%) Data Centre
2 431 (5.59%) Analytical Skills
3 264 (3.42%) Public Cloud
4 204 (2.64%) Management Information System
5 175 (2.27%) User Experience
6 171 (2.22%) Greenfield Project
7 160 (2.07%) Hybrid Cloud
8 150 (1.94%) Enterprise Software
9 137 (1.78%) Cloud Native
10 96 (1.24%) Private Cloud
11 88 (1.14%) PKI
12 87 (1.13%) Data Structures
13 81 (1.05%) Virtual Team
14 75 (0.97%) Self-Motivation
15 73 (0.95%) Mobile App
16 66 (0.86%) Mainframe
17 58 (0.75%) Replication
18 54 (0.70%) Fintech
19 51 (0.66%) Reference Data
20 48 (0.62%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 629 (8.16%) Windows
2 470 (6.09%) Linux
3 181 (2.35%) Unix
4 156 (2.02%) Windows 10
5 152 (1.97%) Windows Server
6 105 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 80 (1.04%) Solaris
8 57 (0.74%) Apple iOS
9 53 (0.69%) Android
10 51 (0.66%) AIX
11 37 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
12 24 (0.31%) CentOS
12 24 (0.31%) Mac OS X
13 21 (0.27%) Windows 7
14 18 (0.23%) Ubuntu
14 18 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
15 15 (0.19%) VMS
16 14 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
17 7 (0.091%) VME
18 6 (0.078%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,941 (25.17%) Agile Software Development
2 1,198 (15.53%) Migration
3 911 (11.81%) DevOps
4 888 (11.51%) TOGAF
5 779 (10.10%) Stakeholder Management
6 753 (9.76%) Microservices
7 580 (7.52%) Enterprise Architecture
8 529 (6.86%) Data Modelling
9 523 (6.78%) Analytics
10 447 (5.80%) Data Architecture
11 431 (5.59%) SOA
12 405 (5.25%) Technical Architecture
13 395 (5.12%) ITIL
14 370 (4.80%) Business Intelligence
15 363 (4.71%) Security Architecture
16 347 (4.50%) Problem-Solving
17 344 (4.46%) Scrum
18 337 (4.37%) Technical Leadership
19 321 (4.16%) IT Strategy
20 313 (4.06%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 894 (11.59%) Java
2 663 (8.60%) SQL
3 387 (5.02%) Python
4 285 (3.70%) JavaScript
5 236 (3.06%) C#
6 197 (2.55%) PowerShell
7 105 (1.36%) C
8 102 (1.32%) Ruby
9 89 (1.15%) Scala
10 58 (0.75%) C++
11 53 (0.69%) PL/SQL
12 52 (0.67%) R
13 42 (0.54%) Bash Shell
13 42 (0.54%) T-SQL
14 40 (0.52%) Java 8
15 32 (0.41%) Go
16 30 (0.39%) Apex Code
16 30 (0.39%) PHP
17 28 (0.36%) Shell Script
18 23 (0.30%) Perl
Qualifications
1 917 (11.89%) Security Cleared
2 704 (9.13%) SC Cleared
3 294 (3.81%) Degree
4 203 (2.63%) CISSP
5 199 (2.58%) Cisco Certification
6 197 (2.55%) DV Cleared
7 192 (2.49%) TOGAF Certification
8 102 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
9 97 (1.26%) CCIE
9 97 (1.26%) CCNP
10 93 (1.21%) Microsoft Certification
11 84 (1.09%) CISM
12 74 (0.96%) MCSE
13 72 (0.93%) AWS Certification
14 71 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
15 61 (0.79%) CCNA
16 50 (0.65%) ITIL Certification
17 39 (0.51%) SANS
18 35 (0.45%) CISA
18 35 (0.45%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 140 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 127 (1.65%) QA
3 120 (1.56%) GDPR
4 109 (1.41%) PCI DSS
5 108 (1.40%) Data Quality
6 43 (0.56%) COBIT
7 39 (0.51%) PSD2
8 33 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 32 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 25 (0.32%) SLA
11 24 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
12 15 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 14 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
13 14 (0.18%) JSP 440
14 12 (0.16%) HL7
14 12 (0.16%) HMG Infosec
15 11 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 8 (0.10%) PMO
17 7 (0.091%) RMADS
18 6 (0.078%) ISO 31000
System Software
1 451 (5.85%) Active Directory
2 357 (4.63%) Docker
3 263 (3.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 62 (0.80%) Hyper-V
5 56 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
6 51 (0.66%) vSphere
7 50 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
8 43 (0.56%) XenApp
9 42 (0.54%) HDFS
10 36 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
11 28 (0.36%) XenDesktop
12 26 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
13 23 (0.30%) Apache Flume
14 22 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
15 20 (0.26%) VMware NSX
16 18 (0.23%) vCloud
17 13 (0.17%) OpenAM
18 10 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
19 9 (0.12%) Apache ZooKeeper
20 8 (0.10%) Squid
Systems Management
1 355 (4.60%) Kubernetes
2 220 (2.85%) Ansible
3 194 (2.52%) Terraform
4 164 (2.13%) Puppet
5 154 (2.00%) SCCM
6 108 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
7 84 (1.09%) Single Sign-On
8 67 (0.87%) Microsoft Intune
9 34 (0.44%) SCOM
10 28 (0.36%) Amdocs OSS
11 27 (0.35%) vCenter Server
12 26 (0.34%) vRealize
13 22 (0.29%) NetBackup
14 20 (0.26%) Data Guard
14 20 (0.26%) Packer
15 17 (0.22%) Oozie
16 16 (0.21%) Consul
16 16 (0.21%) Nagios
16 16 (0.21%) QRadar
17 15 (0.19%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 1,151 (14.92%) Microsoft
2 608 (7.88%) Oracle
3 468 (6.07%) VMware
4 442 (5.73%) SAP
5 383 (4.97%) Cisco
6 297 (3.85%) Google
7 273 (3.54%) Salesforce.com
8 224 (2.90%) Citrix
9 178 (2.31%) IBM
10 118 (1.53%) ServiceNow
11 113 (1.47%) Dell
12 111 (1.44%) Red Hat
13 103 (1.34%) Juniper
14 94 (1.22%) CheckPoint
15 88 (1.14%) MuleSoft
16 85 (1.10%) F5
17 66 (0.86%) Cloudera
18 61 (0.79%) Palo Alto
19 55 (0.71%) EMC
20 54 (0.70%) Splunk