Period
to 25 September 2017

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 September 2017.

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 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 25 15 23
Rank change year-on-year -10 +8 +5
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 6632 8897 7821
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.75% 8.40% 6.86%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.13% 8.86% 7.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 4154 5806 4944
UK median daily rate £550 £525 £510
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +2.94% +1.90%
10th Percentile £416 £410 £400
90th Percentile £700 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 27 42
UK median hourly rate £57.50 £45.00 £38.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.78% +17.68% -26.81%
10th Percentile £30.04 £15.25 £30.32
90th Percentile £66.13 £90.70 £65.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 £45.00 £39.90
% change year-on-year +27.78% +12.78% -9.27%

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 93071 100460 108246
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.80% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 60873 65596 68611
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2784 3160 4129
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.67% +5.76%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.44 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.26 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71% +5.42%

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 September 2017.

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 September 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Architect in the UK

Architect
Top 16 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 September 2017. 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 6255 £550 +4.76% 342
UK excluding London -6 3582 £525 +5.00% 193
London -12 2904 £575 +4.55% 170
South East -3 1230 £525 +5.00% 61
North of England +2 846 £525 +5.00% 49
Midlands -13 592 £525 +1.94% 22
North West +2 507 £532 +6.30% 18
East of England -3 341 £539 +7.75% 17
West Midlands -12 317 £525 +5.00% 12
South West -9 300 £525 -4.55% 21
Yorkshire -5 277 £544 +3.62% 25
East Midlands -13 226 £525 -4.55% 10
Scotland -16 192 £500 +5.26% 9
Wales 0 90 £525 +5.00% 11
North East -4 70 £550 +15.79% 6
Northern Ireland -57 4 £620 +45.88% 3

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 2017, Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Architect in the job title.

1 1406 (21.20%) Agile Software Development
2 1338 (20.17%) Finance
3 893 (13.47%) Microsoft
4 839 (12.65%) Java
5 825 (12.44%) TOGAF
6 779 (11.75%) Security Cleared
7 765 (11.53%) Migration
8 757 (11.41%) Microsoft Azure
9 746 (11.25%) Amazon AWS
10 631 (9.51%) Data Modelling
11 627 (9.45%) Oracle
12 613 (9.24%) Enterprise Architecture
13 601 (9.06%) Banking
14 600 (9.05%) SC Cleared
15 590 (8.90%) Windows
16 534 (8.05%) SOA
17 529 (7.98%) Stakeholder Management
18 486 (7.33%) SQL
19 477 (7.19%) DevOps
20 467 (7.04%) SAP
21 455 (6.86%) Data Architecture
22 449 (6.77%) Linux
23 431 (6.50%) Web Services
24 428 (6.45%) Retail
25 415 (6.26%) Data Centre
26 400 (6.03%) ITIL
27 398 (6.00%) Microservices
28 396 (5.97%) Scrum
29 379 (5.71%) Big Data
30 378 (5.70%) Active Directory

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
1 172 (2.59%) SharePoint
2 123 (1.85%) WebSphere
3 117 (1.76%) Apache Spark
4 111 (1.67%) JBoss
5 98 (1.48%) Confluence
6 81 (1.22%) MS Exchange
7 77 (1.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 73 (1.10%) CMS
9 66 (1.00%) Tomcat
10 65 (0.98%) Apache
11 62 (0.93%) OpenStack
12 58 (0.87%) Skype for Business
13 57 (0.86%) WebLogic
14 54 (0.81%) Cloud Foundry
14 54 (0.81%) IIS
15 46 (0.69%) SAS
16 38 (0.57%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 35 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
18 33 (0.50%) Mule
19 29 (0.44%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 77 (1.16%) Microsoft Office
2 70 (1.06%) MS Visio
3 39 (0.59%) Microsoft Excel
4 21 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 20 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.21%) SPSS
7 8 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.090%) OmniGraffle
8 6 (0.090%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.045%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.045%) HipChat
10 2 (0.030%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.030%) EngageOne
10 2 (0.030%) Snagit
11 1 (0.015%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.015%) CATIA
11 1 (0.015%) InVision
11 1 (0.015%) LaTeX
11 1 (0.015%) PTC Creo
11 1 (0.015%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 80 (1.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
3 21 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
4 20 (0.30%) SAP HR
5 19 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
5 19 (0.29%) SAP Hybris
6 18 (0.27%) Magento
7 17 (0.26%) Teamcenter
8 16 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
9 15 (0.23%) Pega PRPC
9 15 (0.23%) SAP FI
9 15 (0.23%) SAP Retail
10 14 (0.21%) SAP CO
10 14 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 13 (0.20%) Maximo
11 13 (0.20%) Oracle Retail
11 13 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
12 12 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
12 12 (0.18%) SAP SD
13 11 (0.17%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 757 (11.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 746 (11.25%) Amazon AWS
3 312 (4.70%) Office 365
4 307 (4.63%) PaaS
5 228 (3.44%) IaaS
6 211 (3.18%) SaaS
7 93 (1.40%) Cloud Computing
8 60 (0.90%) OpenShift
9 58 (0.87%) Azure Active Directory
10 42 (0.63%) GitHub
10 42 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
11 38 (0.57%) Amazon EC2
12 33 (0.50%) Heroku
13 31 (0.47%) Amazon S3
13 31 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
14 27 (0.41%) IBM Cloud
15 26 (0.39%) OneDrive
16 24 (0.36%) AWS CloudFormation
17 23 (0.35%) SuccessFactors
18 22 (0.33%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 318 (4.79%) Firewall
2 260 (3.92%) WAN
3 224 (3.38%) LAN
4 160 (2.41%) Internet
5 128 (1.93%) DNS
6 126 (1.90%) VPN
7 119 (1.79%) Network Security
8 114 (1.72%) SAN
9 102 (1.54%) TCP/IP
10 71 (1.07%) SSL
11 69 (1.04%) LDAP
12 68 (1.03%) MPLS
12 68 (1.03%) Wireless
13 65 (0.98%) HTTP
14 64 (0.97%) BGP
15 60 (0.90%) Wi-Fi
16 52 (0.78%) Skype
17 51 (0.77%) VoIP
18 49 (0.74%) OSPF
18 49 (0.74%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 379 (5.71%) Big Data
2 336 (5.07%) SQL Server
3 274 (4.13%) Data Warehouse
4 265 (4.00%) Hadoop
5 195 (2.94%) Relational Database
6 163 (2.46%) MongoDB
7 149 (2.25%) NoSQL
8 127 (1.91%) PostgreSQL
9 88 (1.33%) Oracle Database
9 88 (1.33%) RDBMS
10 85 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 82 (1.24%) Apache Cassandra
12 74 (1.12%) MySQL
13 67 (1.01%) Apache Hive
14 64 (0.97%) HBase
15 53 (0.80%) DB2
16 52 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
16 52 (0.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 48 (0.72%) BusinessObjects
18 47 (0.71%) IBM InfoSphere
Development Applications
1 189 (2.85%) Jenkins
2 138 (2.08%) JIRA
3 133 (2.01%) Git (software)
4 49 (0.74%) Selenium
5 48 (0.72%) Maven
6 46 (0.69%) Subversion
7 38 (0.57%) Talend Open Studio
8 37 (0.56%) Bitbucket
9 35 (0.53%) ERwin
9 35 (0.53%) Team Foundation Server
10 32 (0.48%) Visual Studio
11 27 (0.41%) gulp
11 27 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
12 24 (0.36%) Axure RP
12 24 (0.36%) Cucumber
12 24 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
13 22 (0.33%) GitLab
14 20 (0.30%) WebDriver
15 19 (0.29%) Gradle
16 17 (0.26%) Ant
General
1 1338 (20.17%) Finance
2 601 (9.06%) Banking
3 428 (6.45%) Retail
4 298 (4.49%) Telecoms
5 173 (2.61%) Marketing
6 126 (1.90%) Manufacturing
7 96 (1.45%) Investment Banking
8 91 (1.37%) Legal
9 77 (1.16%) Billing
10 71 (1.07%) Law
11 58 (0.87%) Electronics
12 56 (0.84%) Financial Institution
13 54 (0.81%) Back Office
14 47 (0.71%) Retail Banking
15 46 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
16 42 (0.63%) Front Office
17 37 (0.56%) Publishing
18 30 (0.45%) Local Government
19 23 (0.35%) Advertising
20 22 (0.33%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 431 (6.50%) Web Services
2 362 (5.46%) REST
3 340 (5.13%) .NET
4 225 (3.39%) Spring
5 223 (3.36%) HTML
6 219 (3.30%) SOAP
7 216 (3.26%) Middleware
8 204 (3.08%) XML
9 193 (2.91%) J2EE
10 161 (2.43%) CSS
11 142 (2.14%) JSON
12 128 (1.93%) Node.js
13 127 (1.91%) RESTful
14 111 (1.67%) Kafka
15 109 (1.64%) AngularJS
16 100 (1.51%) HTML5
17 95 (1.43%) Hibernate
18 82 (1.24%) ASP.NET
19 80 (1.21%) JMS
20 76 (1.15%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 415 (6.26%) Data Centre
2 354 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
3 179 (2.70%) Management Information System
4 173 (2.61%) Enterprise Software
5 169 (2.55%) User Experience
6 137 (2.07%) Public Cloud
7 128 (1.93%) Computer Science
8 118 (1.78%) Greenfield Project
9 95 (1.43%) PKI
10 90 (1.36%) Virtual Team
11 88 (1.33%) Mobile App
11 88 (1.33%) Private Cloud
12 75 (1.13%) Reference Data
13 70 (1.06%) Hybrid Cloud
14 63 (0.95%) Data Structures
15 58 (0.87%) NHS
16 47 (0.71%) Cloud Native
16 47 (0.71%) CMDB
17 42 (0.63%) Clustering
18 40 (0.60%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 590 (8.90%) Windows
2 449 (6.77%) Linux
3 243 (3.66%) Unix
4 161 (2.43%) Windows Server
5 108 (1.63%) Windows 10
6 81 (1.22%) Solaris
7 74 (1.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 72 (1.09%) Android
9 61 (0.92%) AIX
10 58 (0.87%) Apple iOS
11 54 (0.81%) Windows Server 2012
12 50 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
13 39 (0.59%) Windows 7
14 34 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
15 27 (0.41%) Mac OS X
16 25 (0.38%) HPUX
17 18 (0.27%) Windows Vista
18 16 (0.24%) SUSE
19 12 (0.18%) CentOS
20 9 (0.14%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1406 (21.20%) Agile Software Development
2 825 (12.44%) TOGAF
3 765 (11.53%) Migration
4 631 (9.51%) Data Modelling
5 613 (9.24%) Enterprise Architecture
6 534 (8.05%) SOA
7 529 (7.98%) Stakeholder Management
8 477 (7.19%) DevOps
9 455 (6.86%) Data Architecture
10 400 (6.03%) ITIL
11 398 (6.00%) Microservices
12 396 (5.97%) Scrum
13 369 (5.56%) Business Intelligence
14 362 (5.46%) Analytics
15 348 (5.25%) Open Source
16 319 (4.81%) Project Management
17 317 (4.78%) IT Strategy
18 308 (4.64%) Technical Architecture
19 278 (4.19%) E-Commerce
20 275 (4.15%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 839 (12.65%) Java
2 486 (7.33%) SQL
3 281 (4.24%) JavaScript
4 232 (3.50%) Python
5 201 (3.03%) C#
6 128 (1.93%) Ruby
7 107 (1.61%) PowerShell
8 93 (1.40%) Scala
9 82 (1.24%) C
10 72 (1.09%) Bash Shell
11 69 (1.04%) PL/SQL
12 65 (0.98%) Perl
13 52 (0.78%) Shell Script
14 49 (0.74%) C++
15 44 (0.66%) PHP
16 35 (0.53%) Apex Code
17 34 (0.51%) R
18 28 (0.42%) VB
19 26 (0.39%) T-SQL
20 24 (0.36%) Go
Qualifications
1 779 (11.75%) Security Cleared
2 600 (9.05%) SC Cleared
3 305 (4.60%) Degree
4 177 (2.67%) Cisco Certification
5 122 (1.84%) DV Cleared
6 118 (1.78%) Microsoft Certification
7 92 (1.39%) CCIE
8 89 (1.34%) MCSE
9 84 (1.27%) CCNP
10 78 (1.18%) CISSP
11 67 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
12 50 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
13 44 (0.66%) CCNA
14 43 (0.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 40 (0.60%) CISM
16 36 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
17 34 (0.51%) AWS Certification
18 30 (0.45%) CESG Certified Professional
19 26 (0.39%) JNCIE
20 24 (0.36%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 197 (2.97%) Data Quality
2 154 (2.32%) QA
3 108 (1.63%) PCI DSS
4 101 (1.52%) GDPR
5 95 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 56 (0.84%) COBIT
7 49 (0.74%) SLA
8 41 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
9 29 (0.44%) MiFID
10 25 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 15 (0.23%) HL7
12 10 (0.15%) GCP
12 10 (0.15%) HIPAA
12 10 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 10 (0.15%) PMO
13 9 (0.14%) Actionable Recommendations
13 9 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 7 (0.11%) EMIR
14 7 (0.11%) FedRAMP
14 7 (0.11%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 378 (5.70%) Active Directory
2 235 (3.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 228 (3.44%) Docker
4 83 (1.25%) Hyper-V
5 50 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
6 45 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
7 37 (0.56%) XenDesktop
8 36 (0.54%) VMware NSX
9 34 (0.51%) vSphere
10 32 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
11 31 (0.47%) HDFS
12 30 (0.45%) XenApp
13 27 (0.41%) Apache Flume
14 22 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
15 15 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
16 13 (0.20%) vCloud
16 13 (0.20%) XenServer
17 12 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
18 9 (0.14%) KVM
18 9 (0.14%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 196 (2.96%) Ansible
2 194 (2.93%) Puppet
3 135 (2.04%) Opscode Chef
4 132 (1.99%) SCCM
5 101 (1.52%) Kubernetes
6 83 (1.25%) Terraform
7 49 (0.74%) SCOM
8 22 (0.33%) Microsoft Intune
9 21 (0.32%) Kibana
10 19 (0.29%) logstash
11 18 (0.27%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 17 (0.26%) Microsoft Clustering
12 17 (0.26%) Nagios
12 17 (0.26%) Packer
13 15 (0.23%) FortiGate
13 15 (0.23%) Netcool
13 15 (0.23%) QRadar
14 14 (0.21%) Consul
14 14 (0.21%) Mesos
14 14 (0.21%) vRealize
Vendors
1 893 (13.47%) Microsoft
2 627 (9.45%) Oracle
3 467 (7.04%) SAP
4 376 (5.67%) VMware
5 373 (5.62%) Cisco
6 258 (3.89%) IBM
7 204 (3.08%) Citrix
8 160 (2.41%) Salesforce.com
9 148 (2.23%) ServiceNow
10 115 (1.73%) Red Hat
11 111 (1.67%) HP
12 85 (1.28%) Juniper
13 74 (1.12%) Adobe
14 71 (1.07%) Google
15 68 (1.03%) Cloudera
15 68 (1.03%) Pega
16 65 (0.98%) Informatica
16 65 (0.98%) Tableau
17 64 (0.97%) MuleSoft
18 61 (0.92%) hybris