Period
to 23 September 2019

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 September 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
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 16 26 25
Rank change year-on-year +10 -1 -10
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 6,971 7,173 6,634
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.93% 7.09% 6.77%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.41% 7.48% 7.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,380 4,530 4,148
UK median daily rate £575 £571 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.70% +3.82% +4.76%
10th Percentile £455 £450 £416
90th Percentile £744 £725 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 35 26
UK median hourly rate £72.50 £60.83 £57.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.19% +5.78% +27.78%
10th Percentile £35.00 £28.10 £30.04
90th Percentile £85.25 £83.00 £66.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £72.50 £55.00 £57.50
% change year-on-year +31.82% -4.35% +27.78%

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 82,852 95,835 93,010
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.21% 94.76% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,360 62,929 60,838
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £270 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,873 3,122 2,781
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.71 £18.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.96% -6.42% -0.09%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +6.83% -2.78% -2.70%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 +8 6,447 £575 - 1,168
UK excluding London +8 3,767 £550 - 786
London +9 3,054 £600 - 455
South East +15 1,347 £550 -1.79% 234
North of England 0 629 £550 +2.33% 148
South West +1 549 £575 +9.52% 85
Midlands +7 541 £550 - 169
West Midlands +9 380 £550 - 121
North West -2 355 £550 +2.80% 73
Scotland -2 289 £550 +4.76% 57
East of England 0 274 £550 - 77
Yorkshire -6 215 £550 - 63
East Midlands +2 140 £530 +0.95% 44
Wales +12 135 £578 +7.44% 10
North East +22 59 £550 +8.91% 12
Channel Islands -6 4 £625 -10.71%
Northern Ireland -3 3 £550 +10.00% 6

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 1,716 (24.62%) Azure
2 1,449 (20.79%) Agile Software Development
3 1,347 (19.32%) Finance
4 1,272 (18.25%) AWS
5 1,070 (15.35%) Migration
6 1,055 (15.13%) Microsoft
7 1,002 (14.37%) Security Cleared
8 775 (11.12%) TOGAF
9 760 (10.90%) Java
10 748 (10.73%) DevOps
11 719 (10.31%) SC Cleared
12 709 (10.17%) Stakeholder Management
13 597 (8.56%) Microservices
14 567 (8.13%) Enterprise Architecture
15 555 (7.96%) SQL
16 533 (7.65%) Windows
17 511 (7.33%) Banking
18 490 (7.03%) Web Services
18 490 (7.03%) Data Centre
19 482 (6.91%) Data Modelling
20 477 (6.84%) Public Sector
21 474 (6.80%) Analytics
22 470 (6.74%) PaaS
23 464 (6.66%) Oracle
24 457 (6.56%) SAP
25 444 (6.37%) Office 365
26 434 (6.23%) Active Directory
27 424 (6.08%) Data Architecture
28 404 (5.80%) .NET
29 401 (5.75%) Security Architecture

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
1 163 (2.34%) SharePoint
2 144 (2.07%) Apache Spark
3 85 (1.22%) Skype for Business
4 81 (1.16%) Confluence
5 76 (1.09%) OpenStack
6 60 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
7 39 (0.56%) Apache
7 39 (0.56%) IIS
8 38 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 36 (0.52%) WebLogic
10 35 (0.50%) SAS
11 33 (0.47%) CMS
12 32 (0.46%) MS Exchange
13 30 (0.43%) WebSphere
14 29 (0.42%) JBoss
15 27 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
16 22 (0.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 21 (0.30%) Anypoint
17 21 (0.30%) Apache Solr
18 20 (0.29%) Tomcat
Applications
1 97 (1.39%) Microsoft Office
2 58 (0.83%) MS Visio
3 43 (0.62%) Microsoft Excel
4 37 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 13 (0.19%) Chatbot
6 10 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.072%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 5 (0.072%) Sketch
8 4 (0.057%) InVision
8 4 (0.057%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.043%) SPSS
10 2 (0.029%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.029%) Adobe XD
10 2 (0.029%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.029%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.029%) Windchill
11 1 (0.014%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.014%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.014%) CATIA
11 1 (0.014%) Stata
Business Applications
1 101 (1.45%) SAP S/4HANA
2 100 (1.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 72 (1.03%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 35 (0.50%) SAP ERP
5 34 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
6 27 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 24 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
8 22 (0.32%) SAP FI
9 20 (0.29%) Adobe Campaign
10 18 (0.26%) SAP CO
10 18 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
11 15 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
11 15 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
12 14 (0.20%) SAP Retail
13 13 (0.19%) SAP MDG
14 10 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
14 10 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
15 9 (0.13%) SAP Hybris
15 9 (0.13%) Teamcenter
16 8 (0.11%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 1,716 (24.62%) Azure
2 1,272 (18.25%) AWS
3 470 (6.74%) PaaS
4 444 (6.37%) Office 365
5 398 (5.71%) IaaS
6 396 (5.68%) SaaS
7 269 (3.86%) GCP
8 199 (2.85%) Power Platform
9 179 (2.57%) Serverless
10 177 (2.54%) Azure Active Directory
11 132 (1.89%) Dynamics 365
12 99 (1.42%) GitHub
13 87 (1.25%) Amazon S3
14 85 (1.22%) OpenShift
15 84 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
16 81 (1.16%) AWS Lambda
17 80 (1.15%) Azure Data Factory
18 57 (0.82%) Amazon EC2
19 55 (0.79%) Azure ExpressRoute
20 47 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 376 (5.39%) Firewall
2 286 (4.10%) WAN
3 198 (2.84%) LAN
3 198 (2.84%) Network Security
4 155 (2.22%) Internet
5 144 (2.07%) DNS
6 129 (1.85%) VPN
7 98 (1.41%) Skype
8 94 (1.35%) SAN
9 87 (1.25%) TCP/IP
10 65 (0.93%) Wireless
11 55 (0.79%) DHCP
12 53 (0.76%) Unified Communications
13 52 (0.75%) BGP
14 49 (0.70%) Cisco ASA
15 47 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
16 44 (0.63%) MPLS
17 43 (0.62%) VLAN
18 41 (0.59%) Cisco Nexus
19 40 (0.57%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 374 (5.37%) Big Data
2 303 (4.35%) SQL Server
3 273 (3.92%) Data Warehouse
4 203 (2.91%) Hadoop
5 199 (2.85%) Data Lake
6 171 (2.45%) Power BI
7 153 (2.19%) NoSQL
8 146 (2.09%) Relational Database
9 125 (1.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 89 (1.28%) MySQL
11 81 (1.16%) MongoDB
12 76 (1.09%) PostgreSQL
13 75 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 74 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
15 69 (0.99%) Azure SQL Database
16 66 (0.95%) Oracle Database
17 63 (0.90%) Amazon Redshift
18 58 (0.83%) Apache Hive
19 56 (0.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
20 51 (0.73%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 159 (2.28%) Jenkins
2 139 (1.99%) Git (software)
3 129 (1.85%) JIRA
4 52 (0.75%) Maven
5 35 (0.50%) Visual Studio
6 29 (0.42%) Eclipse
6 29 (0.42%) ERwin
7 28 (0.40%) Gradle
8 27 (0.39%) Ant
9 26 (0.37%) Subversion
10 22 (0.32%) JUnit
11 21 (0.30%) IntelliJ
12 20 (0.29%) Cucumber
12 20 (0.29%) GitLab
12 20 (0.29%) Selenium
13 16 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 16 (0.23%) TeamCity
14 15 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
15 14 (0.20%) Sonatype Nexus
16 13 (0.19%) SoapUI
General
1 1,347 (19.32%) Finance
2 511 (7.33%) Banking
3 477 (6.84%) Public Sector
4 363 (5.21%) Retail
5 351 (5.04%) Telecoms
6 227 (3.26%) Marketing
7 135 (1.94%) Manufacturing
8 107 (1.53%) Legal
9 75 (1.08%) Electronics
10 70 (1.00%) Investment Banking
11 60 (0.86%) Billing
12 55 (0.79%) Front Office
12 55 (0.79%) Law
13 47 (0.67%) Back Office
14 46 (0.66%) Advertising
15 44 (0.63%) Retail Banking
16 43 (0.62%) Financial Institution
17 31 (0.44%) Publishing
18 30 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
19 26 (0.37%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 490 (7.03%) Web Services
2 404 (5.80%) .NET
3 272 (3.90%) REST
4 270 (3.87%) XML
5 227 (3.26%) Middleware
6 226 (3.24%) JSON
7 190 (2.73%) SOAP
8 174 (2.50%) Node.js
9 145 (2.08%) HTML
10 144 (2.07%) Kafka
11 123 (1.76%) RESTful
12 122 (1.75%) React
13 113 (1.62%) CSS
14 109 (1.56%) Spring
15 102 (1.46%) AngularJS
16 68 (0.98%) OAuth
17 66 (0.95%) J2EE
17 66 (0.95%) Java EE
18 63 (0.90%) LDAP
19 59 (0.85%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 490 (7.03%) Data Centre
2 306 (4.39%) Analytical Skills
3 240 (3.44%) Public Cloud
4 204 (2.93%) Management Information System
5 174 (2.50%) Greenfield Project
6 164 (2.35%) User Experience
7 152 (2.18%) Enterprise Software
8 145 (2.08%) Hybrid Cloud
9 122 (1.75%) PKI
10 78 (1.12%) Cloud Native
11 73 (1.05%) Mobile App
12 70 (1.00%) Replication
13 68 (0.98%) Virtual Team
14 65 (0.93%) Private Cloud
15 64 (0.92%) Self-Motivation
16 54 (0.77%) Data Structures
17 51 (0.73%) Reference Data
18 47 (0.67%) Robotics
19 43 (0.62%) Derivative
20 37 (0.53%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 533 (7.65%) Windows
2 368 (5.28%) Linux
3 165 (2.37%) Windows 10
4 157 (2.25%) Unix
5 140 (2.01%) Windows Server
6 74 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 44 (0.63%) Solaris
8 39 (0.56%) Windows 7
9 37 (0.53%) Apple iOS
10 35 (0.50%) Android
11 32 (0.46%) VMS
12 26 (0.37%) CentOS
13 24 (0.34%) AIX
14 19 (0.27%) Mac OS
14 19 (0.27%) Mac OS X
15 15 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
16 14 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
17 12 (0.17%) HPUX
18 11 (0.16%) Ubuntu
19 10 (0.14%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,449 (20.79%) Agile Software Development
2 1,070 (15.35%) Migration
3 775 (11.12%) TOGAF
4 748 (10.73%) DevOps
5 709 (10.17%) Stakeholder Management
6 597 (8.56%) Microservices
7 567 (8.13%) Enterprise Architecture
8 482 (6.91%) Data Modelling
9 474 (6.80%) Analytics
10 424 (6.08%) Data Architecture
11 401 (5.75%) Security Architecture
12 394 (5.65%) Business Intelligence
13 366 (5.25%) Information Security
14 361 (5.18%) Technical Leadership
15 352 (5.05%) ITIL
16 334 (4.79%) Problem-Solving
17 313 (4.49%) Scrum
18 311 (4.46%) SOA
19 303 (4.35%) CRM
19 303 (4.35%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 760 (10.90%) Java
2 555 (7.96%) SQL
3 399 (5.72%) Python
4 330 (4.73%) JavaScript
5 211 (3.03%) C#
6 174 (2.50%) PowerShell
7 121 (1.74%) C
8 105 (1.51%) Ruby
9 79 (1.13%) C++
10 63 (0.90%) Apex Code
11 56 (0.80%) Scala
12 54 (0.77%) PL/SQL
13 43 (0.62%) Bash Shell
14 40 (0.57%) T-SQL
15 38 (0.55%) Perl
16 31 (0.44%) R
17 27 (0.39%) Go
17 27 (0.39%) PHP
18 23 (0.33%) Java 8
19 20 (0.29%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1,002 (14.37%) Security Cleared
2 719 (10.31%) SC Cleared
3 293 (4.20%) Degree
4 228 (3.27%) Cisco Certification
5 224 (3.21%) DV Cleared
6 210 (3.01%) CISSP
7 207 (2.97%) TOGAF Certification
8 126 (1.81%) CCIE
8 126 (1.81%) CCNP
9 80 (1.15%) CISM
10 68 (0.98%) CCNA
11 66 (0.95%) Microsoft Certification
12 60 (0.86%) Computer Science Degree
13 52 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
14 51 (0.73%) AWS Certification
15 45 (0.65%) MCSE
16 35 (0.50%) SANS
17 34 (0.49%) CISA
18 31 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
19 23 (0.33%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (1.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 121 (1.74%) Data Quality
3 118 (1.69%) QA
4 111 (1.59%) GDPR
5 89 (1.28%) PCI DSS
6 58 (0.83%) NIST
7 53 (0.76%) COBIT
8 30 (0.43%) NCSC
9 24 (0.34%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 23 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 23 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 21 (0.30%) JSP 440
12 20 (0.29%) SLA
13 19 (0.27%) PSD2
14 17 (0.24%) HMG Infosec
15 16 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
15 16 (0.23%) RMADS
16 14 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
17 13 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
18 12 (0.17%) HL7
System Software
1 434 (6.23%) Active Directory
2 337 (4.83%) Docker
3 195 (2.80%) VMware Infrastructure
4 66 (0.95%) Hyper-V
5 51 (0.73%) vSphere
6 47 (0.67%) VMware ESXi
7 41 (0.59%) HDFS
8 36 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
9 31 (0.44%) VMware NSX
10 29 (0.42%) vCloud
11 24 (0.34%) XenDesktop
12 23 (0.33%) XenApp
13 22 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
14 17 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
15 15 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
16 12 (0.17%) OpenAM
17 10 (0.14%) OpenDJ
18 8 (0.11%) Apache Flume
19 7 (0.10%) NDS
19 7 (0.10%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 346 (4.96%) Kubernetes
2 173 (2.48%) Ansible
3 155 (2.22%) Terraform
4 139 (1.99%) SCCM
5 130 (1.86%) Puppet
6 83 (1.19%) Microsoft Intune
7 69 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
8 68 (0.98%) Single Sign-On
9 38 (0.55%) vRealize
10 35 (0.50%) CASB
11 30 (0.43%) SCOM
12 29 (0.42%) Amdocs OSS
12 29 (0.42%) Packer
13 26 (0.37%) vCenter Server
14 22 (0.32%) Oozie
15 21 (0.30%) FortiGate
16 20 (0.29%) Consul
17 18 (0.26%) AirWatch
17 18 (0.26%) Nagios
18 12 (0.17%) Salt
Vendors
1 1,055 (15.13%) Microsoft
2 464 (6.66%) Oracle
3 457 (6.56%) SAP
4 374 (5.37%) Cisco
5 364 (5.22%) VMware
6 332 (4.76%) Salesforce.com
7 244 (3.50%) Google
8 133 (1.91%) Citrix
8 133 (1.91%) IBM
9 120 (1.72%) MuleSoft
10 104 (1.49%) ServiceNow
11 84 (1.20%) Red Hat
12 82 (1.18%) Dell
12 82 (1.18%) Sparx
13 77 (1.10%) CheckPoint
14 70 (1.00%) F5
15 68 (0.98%) Cloudera
16 65 (0.93%) Juniper
17 63 (0.90%) Palo Alto
18 62 (0.89%) Workday