Period
to 11 August 2020

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £594 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 11 August 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
11 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 18 15 22
Rank change year-on-year -3 +7 +4
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 2,829 7,376 7,634
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.14% 8.11% 7.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.75% 8.60% 7.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,874 4,854 4,857
Median daily rate £594 £575 £565
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +1.77% +2.73%
10th Percentile £435 £456 £450
90th Percentile £759 £738 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £550
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 54 33
Median hourly rate £35.00 £68.75 £46.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -49.09% +47.85% -15.76%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £70.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +55.56% -18.78%

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 32,347 85,751 98,072
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.02% 94.33% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,110 56,256 64,201
Median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £269
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +1.76% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,339 2,939 3,133
Median hourly rate £26.61 £19.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.44% +8.33% -3.74%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.75 £52.50 £47.83
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.19 £17.50
% change year-on-year +18.20% +3.94% -1.55%

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 11 August 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 11 August 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 11 August 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 -2 2,582 £600 +4.35% 509
UK excluding London -2 1,363 £550 - 343
London -1 1,246 £625 +4.17% 188
South East -2 448 £550 - 103
Work from Home +3 354 £600 +9.09% 71
North of England +9 289 £563 +4.65% 100
South West 0 217 £588 +2.17% 44
Midlands +1 196 £550 - 38
North West +3 170 £550 - 62
West Midlands -3 126 £550 -1.12% 19
East of England -4 102 £550 +4.76% 36
Yorkshire +9 92 £600 +12.68% 33
Scotland -30 73 £575 +4.55% 16
East Midlands +21 62 £525 - 18
Wales -15 32 £525 -12.50% 8
North East +7 25 £513 -3.30% 5
Northern Ireland +22 11 £500 -24.59%

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 August 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.

1 749 (26.48%) Azure
2 604 (21.35%) Agile Software Development
3 579 (20.47%) AWS
4 552 (19.51%) Security Cleared
5 460 (16.26%) Finance
6 414 (14.63%) Migration
7 406 (14.35%) Microsoft
8 388 (13.72%) SC Cleared
9 386 (13.64%) DevOps
10 311 (10.99%) Java
11 294 (10.39%) Public Sector
12 270 (9.54%) SQL
13 263 (9.30%) Stakeholder Management
13 263 (9.30%) Data Modelling
14 234 (8.27%) Microservices
15 228 (8.06%) Oracle
16 227 (8.02%) SAP
16 227 (8.02%) TOGAF
17 221 (7.81%) Business Intelligence
18 203 (7.18%) Web Services
19 201 (7.10%) Data Architecture
20 197 (6.96%) Python
21 195 (6.89%) Enterprise Architecture
22 185 (6.54%) Windows
22 185 (6.54%) Analytics
23 175 (6.19%) GCP
24 174 (6.15%) Active Directory
25 166 (5.87%) Data Warehouse
26 160 (5.66%) Telecoms
27 156 (5.51%) Banking

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 71 (2.51%) SharePoint
2 51 (1.80%) Confluence
3 44 (1.56%) Apache Spark
4 39 (1.38%) Apache
5 35 (1.24%) CMS
6 29 (1.03%) Red Hat Fuse
7 27 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
8 25 (0.88%) JBoss
9 24 (0.85%) WebLogic
10 23 (0.81%) MS Exchange
10 23 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 19 (0.67%) Skype for Business
12 17 (0.60%) Apache Solr
12 17 (0.60%) Tomcat
12 17 (0.60%) WebSphere
13 16 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
14 14 (0.49%) MQSeries
15 13 (0.46%) IIS
16 10 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 8 (0.28%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 23 (0.81%) MS Visio
2 21 (0.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (0.71%) Microsoft Office
4 11 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 7 (0.25%) Chatbot
7 3 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.071%) CATIA
8 2 (0.071%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.035%) EngageOne
9 1 (0.035%) LaTeX
9 1 (0.035%) Maya
9 1 (0.035%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 76 (2.69%) SAP S/4HANA
2 60 (2.12%) Dynamics CRM
3 37 (1.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 21 (0.74%) Markit EDM
5 20 (0.71%) SimCorp Dimension
6 10 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
6 10 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
7 8 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
7 8 (0.28%) SAP MDG
7 8 (0.28%) SAP Travel Management
8 7 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
8 7 (0.25%) SAP MII
8 7 (0.25%) Shopify
9 6 (0.21%) SAP CRM
9 6 (0.21%) SAP FI
9 6 (0.21%) SAP MDM
9 6 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 6 (0.21%) SAP PLM
9 6 (0.21%) SAP SD
10 5 (0.18%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 749 (26.48%) Azure
2 579 (20.47%) AWS
3 175 (6.19%) GCP
4 150 (5.30%) Office 365
5 145 (5.13%) PaaS
6 125 (4.42%) SaaS
7 119 (4.21%) IaaS
8 109 (3.85%) Serverless
9 90 (3.18%) Power Platform
10 69 (2.44%) Azure Active Directory
11 59 (2.09%) Dynamics 365
12 51 (1.80%) AWS Lambda
13 50 (1.77%) AWS CloudFormation
14 34 (1.20%) Amazon S3
14 34 (1.20%) GitHub
15 32 (1.13%) Amazon EC2
16 28 (0.99%) Azure Data Factory
16 28 (0.99%) OpenShift
16 28 (0.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 26 (0.92%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 136 (4.81%) Firewall
2 105 (3.71%) WAN
3 76 (2.69%) LAN
4 65 (2.30%) DNS
5 62 (2.19%) VPN
6 55 (1.94%) Network Security
7 53 (1.87%) Skype
8 44 (1.56%) Internet
9 41 (1.45%) VoIP
10 34 (1.20%) Wireless
11 32 (1.13%) MPLS
12 27 (0.95%) 5G
13 25 (0.88%) Cisco Nexus
13 25 (0.88%) HTTP
14 23 (0.81%) Unified Communications
15 22 (0.78%) BGP
15 22 (0.78%) DHCP
16 21 (0.74%) Broadband
16 21 (0.74%) Wi-Fi
17 20 (0.71%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 166 (5.87%) Data Warehouse
2 156 (5.51%) SQL Server
3 134 (4.74%) Big Data
4 97 (3.43%) Data Lake
5 80 (2.83%) Power BI
6 70 (2.47%) Hadoop
7 60 (2.12%) MySQL
7 60 (2.12%) NoSQL
8 58 (2.05%) Relational Database
9 57 (2.01%) PostgreSQL
10 47 (1.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 43 (1.52%) Amazon Redshift
12 41 (1.45%) SAP HANA
13 35 (1.24%) Oracle Database
14 30 (1.06%) MongoDB
15 29 (1.03%) Azure SQL Database
16 26 (0.92%) Amazon RDS
16 26 (0.92%) Cosmos DB
17 25 (0.88%) RDBMS
18 21 (0.74%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 80 (2.83%) JIRA
2 76 (2.69%) Git (software)
3 68 (2.40%) Jenkins
4 51 (1.80%) GitLab
5 28 (0.99%) Bitbucket
6 26 (0.92%) Artifactory
6 26 (0.92%) Maven
7 19 (0.67%) ERwin
8 17 (0.60%) Eclipse
8 17 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
9 14 (0.49%) Grunt
9 14 (0.49%) Visual Studio
10 13 (0.46%) gulp
11 11 (0.39%) Gradle
11 11 (0.39%) Subversion
12 10 (0.35%) JMeter
12 10 (0.35%) Sonatype Nexus
13 9 (0.32%) Cucumber
13 9 (0.32%) TeamCity
13 9 (0.32%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 460 (16.26%) Finance
2 294 (10.39%) Public Sector
3 160 (5.66%) Telecoms
4 156 (5.51%) Banking
5 114 (4.03%) Retail
6 92 (3.25%) Marketing
7 77 (2.72%) Manufacturing
8 58 (2.05%) Law
9 48 (1.70%) Front Office
10 35 (1.24%) Electronics
11 34 (1.20%) Back Office
12 28 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
13 27 (0.95%) Billing
14 25 (0.88%) Legal
15 19 (0.67%) Investment Banking
16 15 (0.53%) Police
17 13 (0.46%) Games
18 12 (0.42%) Retail Banking
19 10 (0.35%) Publishing
20 9 (0.32%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 203 (7.18%) Web Services
2 113 (3.99%) .NET
3 95 (3.36%) REST
4 91 (3.22%) Middleware
5 89 (3.15%) XML
6 82 (2.90%) JSON
7 68 (2.40%) SOAP
8 65 (2.30%) React
9 58 (2.05%) HTML
9 58 (2.05%) Spring
10 56 (1.98%) Node.js
11 54 (1.91%) AngularJS
12 51 (1.80%) Kafka
13 50 (1.77%) OAuth
14 49 (1.73%) SAML
15 44 (1.56%) Spring Boot
16 41 (1.45%) RESTful
17 39 (1.38%) Oracle Fusion
18 37 (1.31%) Swagger
19 35 (1.24%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 120 (4.24%) Analytical Skills
2 105 (3.71%) Data Centre
3 87 (3.08%) Public Cloud
4 83 (2.93%) Management Information System
5 67 (2.37%) Greenfield Project
6 64 (2.26%) Hedge funds
7 59 (2.09%) Cloud Native
8 53 (1.87%) Enterprise Software
9 47 (1.66%) Fixed Income
10 46 (1.63%) PKI
11 45 (1.59%) Equities
12 44 (1.56%) FMCG
12 44 (1.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 40 (1.41%) User Experience
14 35 (1.24%) Reference Data
14 35 (1.24%) Self-Motivation
15 34 (1.20%) Derivative
16 32 (1.13%) Hybrid Cloud
17 27 (0.95%) Data Structures
18 19 (0.67%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 185 (6.54%) Windows
2 151 (5.34%) Linux
3 64 (2.26%) Windows Server
4 62 (2.19%) Unix
5 47 (1.66%) Windows 10
6 24 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 22 (0.78%) VMS
8 21 (0.74%) Android
9 20 (0.71%) Apple iOS
10 19 (0.67%) Ubuntu
11 14 (0.49%) AIX
11 14 (0.49%) Windows Server 2016
12 11 (0.39%) Debian
13 10 (0.35%) Solaris
14 9 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
15 8 (0.28%) Mac OS X
16 7 (0.25%) CentOS
17 6 (0.21%) Embedded Linux
18 5 (0.18%) Windows 7
18 5 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 604 (21.35%) Agile Software Development
2 414 (14.63%) Migration
3 386 (13.64%) DevOps
4 263 (9.30%) Data Modelling
4 263 (9.30%) Stakeholder Management
5 234 (8.27%) Microservices
6 227 (8.02%) TOGAF
7 221 (7.81%) Business Intelligence
8 201 (7.10%) Data Architecture
9 195 (6.89%) Enterprise Architecture
10 185 (6.54%) Analytics
11 155 (5.48%) CRM
11 155 (5.48%) Security Architecture
12 134 (4.74%) Cybersecurity
13 132 (4.67%) Problem-Solving
14 130 (4.60%) Architectural Design
15 125 (4.42%) ITIL
16 120 (4.24%) Scrum
17 116 (4.10%) Technical Architecture
18 108 (3.82%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 311 (10.99%) Java
2 270 (9.54%) SQL
3 197 (6.96%) Python
4 141 (4.98%) JavaScript
5 77 (2.72%) C#
6 74 (2.62%) PowerShell
7 39 (1.38%) Shell Script
8 33 (1.17%) C
8 33 (1.17%) T-SQL
9 32 (1.13%) Perl
9 32 (1.13%) PHP
10 30 (1.06%) C++
11 29 (1.03%) Bash Shell
12 26 (0.92%) PL/SQL
13 21 (0.74%) R
13 21 (0.74%) Ruby
14 19 (0.67%) Go
15 18 (0.64%) Scala
16 14 (0.49%) Apex Code
17 11 (0.39%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 552 (19.51%) Security Cleared
2 388 (13.72%) SC Cleared
3 131 (4.63%) DV Cleared
4 107 (3.78%) Degree
5 85 (3.00%) CISSP
6 79 (2.79%) Cisco Certification
7 64 (2.26%) TOGAF Certification
8 50 (1.77%) CCIE
9 44 (1.56%) CCNP
10 39 (1.38%) CISM
11 37 (1.31%) BPSS Clearance
12 31 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
13 26 (0.92%) CCDP
14 22 (0.78%) CCNA
15 20 (0.71%) AWS Certification
15 20 (0.71%) GIAC
16 18 (0.64%) Sun Certification
17 16 (0.57%) CISA
18 13 (0.46%) Computer Science Degree
19 12 (0.42%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (2.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 52 (1.84%) Data Quality
3 41 (1.45%) QA
4 36 (1.27%) NIST
5 31 (1.10%) COBIT
6 28 (0.99%) GDPR
7 24 (0.85%) PCI DSS
8 16 (0.57%) NCSC
9 15 (0.53%) NIST 800
10 14 (0.49%) PMO
11 13 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 11 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 10 (0.35%) SLA
14 6 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
14 6 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 5 (0.18%) GxP
15 5 (0.18%) HIPAA
15 5 (0.18%) IFRS
16 4 (0.14%) ISO 9001
17 3 (0.11%) DICOM
System Software
1 174 (6.15%) Active Directory
2 119 (4.21%) Docker
3 76 (2.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (0.88%) VMware NSX
5 20 (0.71%) Hyper-V
6 17 (0.60%) vSphere
7 14 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
7 14 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
8 11 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
9 9 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
10 8 (0.28%) Apache Flume
10 8 (0.28%) XenApp
11 7 (0.25%) vCloud
12 6 (0.21%) HDFS
13 4 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 3 (0.11%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 3 (0.11%) XenDesktop
15 2 (0.071%) IAG
15 2 (0.071%) KVM
15 2 (0.071%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 144 (5.09%) Kubernetes
2 81 (2.86%) Terraform
3 52 (1.84%) Ansible
4 39 (1.38%) Microsoft Intune
5 38 (1.34%) SCCM
6 33 (1.17%) Puppet
7 32 (1.13%) Single Sign-On
8 27 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
9 12 (0.42%) vRealize
10 10 (0.35%) Netcool
10 10 (0.35%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 10 (0.35%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 10 (0.35%) Packer
10 10 (0.35%) QRadar
11 9 (0.32%) Docker Swarm
12 8 (0.28%) FortiGate
13 7 (0.25%) SCOM
13 7 (0.25%) vCenter Server
14 6 (0.21%) Amdocs OSS
14 6 (0.21%) NetIQ Identity Manager
Vendors
1 406 (14.35%) Microsoft
2 228 (8.06%) Oracle
3 227 (8.02%) SAP
4 153 (5.41%) Cisco
5 127 (4.49%) Google
6 116 (4.10%) VMware
7 115 (4.07%) Salesforce.com
8 89 (3.15%) IBM
9 53 (1.87%) MuleSoft
10 47 (1.66%) ServiceNow
11 42 (1.48%) Sparx
12 40 (1.41%) Juniper
13 37 (1.31%) Cloudera
14 36 (1.27%) Red Hat
14 36 (1.27%) Splunk
15 34 (1.20%) Citrix
16 33 (1.17%) Dell
16 33 (1.17%) Informatica
17 31 (1.10%) F5
18 29 (1.03%) Pega