Period
to 20 November 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 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
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 22 26 15
Rank change year-on-year +4 -11 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 7,565 6,799 8,514
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.27% 6.65% 8.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.67% 7.00% 8.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,741 4,255 5,531
UK median daily rate £575 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +2.74%
10th Percentile £444 £416 £413
90th Percentile £725 £713 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £525 £510
% change year-on-year +4.76% +2.94% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 27 29
UK median hourly rate £60.00 £49.15 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.08% +9.22% -8.63%
10th Percentile £35.00 £30.50 £15.25
90th Percentile £82.25 £60.00 £80.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.39 £49.15 £43.00
% change year-on-year +10.67% +14.30% -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 98,581 97,095 98,647
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.93% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,074 64,004 64,347
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,064 2,905 3,280
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.93 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 20 November 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 20 November 2018.

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 20 November 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 +3 6,886 £575 +4.55% 1,459
UK excluding London 0 4,091 £550 +4.76% 926
London +3 3,308 £600 +4.35% 629
South East -4 1,190 £560 +4.67% 272
North of England -11 797 £525 - 179
Midlands -2 670 £550 +4.76% 180
South West +10 557 £525 -0.47% 112
West Midlands +7 445 £550 +4.76% 129
North West -2 425 £525 -4.55% 100
Scotland +20 399 £525 +5.00% 59
East of England -5 331 £550 +2.09% 88
Yorkshire -5 305 £550 +4.76% 59
East Midlands -8 204 £520 -0.95% 50
Wales +6 148 £550 +10.00% 25
North East -10 70 £505 -3.35% 20
Northern Ireland +43 4 £475 - 12
Channel Islands 0 4 £700 -

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 1,733 (22.91%) Agile Software Development
2 1,514 (20.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 1,469 (19.42%) Finance
4 1,275 (16.85%) Amazon AWS
5 1,038 (13.72%) Microsoft
6 967 (12.78%) Security Cleared
7 941 (12.44%) Migration
8 913 (12.07%) Java
9 773 (10.22%) DevOps
10 717 (9.48%) TOGAF
11 714 (9.44%) SC Cleared
12 701 (9.27%) Microservices
13 682 (9.02%) Windows
14 671 (8.87%) Oracle
15 624 (8.25%) SQL
16 623 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
17 596 (7.88%) Banking
18 595 (7.87%) Linux
19 560 (7.40%) Data Modelling
20 531 (7.02%) .NET
21 517 (6.83%) Web Services
22 512 (6.77%) Enterprise Architecture
23 460 (6.08%) Data Centre
24 456 (6.03%) VMware
25 439 (5.80%) SAP
26 437 (5.78%) PaaS
27 433 (5.72%) SOA
28 431 (5.70%) Retail
29 425 (5.62%) Technical Architecture
29 425 (5.62%) ITIL

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
1 199 (2.63%) SharePoint
2 120 (1.59%) Apache Spark
3 99 (1.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 96 (1.27%) WebSphere
5 92 (1.22%) Confluence
6 87 (1.15%) Apache
7 85 (1.12%) Elasticsearch
8 57 (0.75%) CMS
9 51 (0.67%) WebLogic
10 48 (0.63%) JBoss
11 47 (0.62%) Skype for Business
12 45 (0.59%) OpenStack
13 44 (0.58%) IIS
14 41 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
14 41 (0.54%) MS Exchange
15 37 (0.49%) Tomcat
16 35 (0.46%) Mule
17 27 (0.36%) Drupal
17 27 (0.36%) SAS
18 24 (0.32%) Liferay
Applications
1 72 (0.95%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (0.54%) MS Visio
3 20 (0.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (0.24%) Microsoft Excel
5 11 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.13%) CATIA
7 9 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
8 7 (0.093%) InfoPath
9 5 (0.066%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.026%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.026%) SPSS
10 2 (0.026%) Windchill
11 1 (0.013%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.013%) InVision
11 1 (0.013%) Mingle
11 1 (0.013%) Shockwave
11 1 (0.013%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 110 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 64 (0.85%) SAP S/4HANA
3 54 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
4 26 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
4 26 (0.34%) Oracle Retail
5 21 (0.28%) Oracle Financials
6 16 (0.21%) Magento
7 15 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
7 15 (0.20%) SAP MDG
8 13 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
8 13 (0.17%) SAP BPC
8 13 (0.17%) SAP ERP
9 12 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
9 12 (0.16%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
9 12 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
10 10 (0.13%) ENOVIA
10 10 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
10 10 (0.13%) SAP CRM
11 9 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
11 9 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1,514 (20.01%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,275 (16.85%) Amazon AWS
3 437 (5.78%) PaaS
4 417 (5.51%) SaaS
5 384 (5.08%) Office 365
6 375 (4.96%) IaaS
7 168 (2.22%) Google Cloud Platform
8 144 (1.90%) Dynamics 365
9 123 (1.63%) Azure Active Directory
10 110 (1.45%) Serverless
11 109 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
12 72 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
13 64 (0.85%) Amazon S3
13 64 (0.85%) GitHub
14 58 (0.77%) Apigee
15 53 (0.70%) Azure Data Factory
16 52 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 50 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
17 50 (0.66%) OpenShift
18 47 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 392 (5.18%) Firewall
2 224 (2.96%) WAN
3 181 (2.39%) LAN
4 159 (2.10%) DNS
5 143 (1.89%) VPN
6 138 (1.82%) TCP/IP
7 136 (1.80%) Network Security
8 134 (1.77%) Internet
9 108 (1.43%) SAN
10 77 (1.02%) HTTP
11 75 (0.99%) MPLS
11 75 (0.99%) Skype
11 75 (0.99%) Wireless
12 69 (0.91%) SSL
13 58 (0.77%) Kerberos
14 55 (0.73%) DHCP
15 53 (0.70%) Unified Communications
16 42 (0.56%) VoIP
17 38 (0.50%) BGP
17 38 (0.50%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 414 (5.47%) SQL Server
2 389 (5.14%) Big Data
3 258 (3.41%) Hadoop
4 257 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
5 208 (2.75%) NoSQL
6 173 (2.29%) MongoDB
7 166 (2.19%) Relational Database
8 134 (1.77%) Oracle Database
9 126 (1.67%) Data Lake
10 100 (1.32%) MySQL
10 100 (1.32%) PostgreSQL
11 84 (1.11%) Power BI
12 76 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 75 (0.99%) RDBMS
14 72 (0.95%) Apache Hive
15 65 (0.86%) Apache Cassandra
16 63 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
17 53 (0.70%) Oracle Database 12c
18 50 (0.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 48 (0.63%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 264 (3.49%) Jenkins
2 189 (2.50%) Git (software)
3 166 (2.19%) JIRA
4 95 (1.26%) Maven
5 70 (0.93%) Selenium
6 66 (0.87%) Cucumber
7 60 (0.79%) Subversion
8 54 (0.71%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 54 (0.71%) SonarQube
9 52 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
10 50 (0.66%) Visual Studio
11 49 (0.65%) ERwin
12 45 (0.59%) Artifactory
13 43 (0.57%) Bitbucket
14 39 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
15 33 (0.44%) Ant
15 33 (0.44%) Hudson
16 31 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
17 30 (0.40%) Oracle Forms
18 23 (0.30%) GitLab
General
1 1,469 (19.42%) Finance
2 596 (7.88%) Banking
3 431 (5.70%) Retail
4 254 (3.36%) Telecoms
5 136 (1.80%) Manufacturing
6 131 (1.73%) Marketing
7 79 (1.04%) Law
8 72 (0.95%) Retail Banking
9 71 (0.94%) Legal
10 67 (0.89%) Investment Banking
11 64 (0.85%) Back Office
12 53 (0.70%) Front Office
13 52 (0.69%) Financial Institution
14 48 (0.63%) Electronics
15 46 (0.61%) Billing
16 45 (0.59%) Publishing
17 30 (0.40%) Advertising
18 29 (0.38%) Automotive
19 21 (0.28%) Aerospace
19 21 (0.28%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 531 (7.02%) .NET
2 517 (6.83%) Web Services
3 344 (4.55%) REST
4 315 (4.16%) Middleware
5 233 (3.08%) SOAP
6 229 (3.03%) JSON
7 208 (2.75%) Spring
8 159 (2.10%) XML
9 139 (1.84%) RESTful
10 133 (1.76%) J2EE
11 132 (1.74%) Node.js
11 132 (1.74%) OAuth
12 125 (1.65%) AngularJS
13 124 (1.64%) HTML
14 109 (1.44%) Kafka
15 106 (1.40%) CSS
15 106 (1.40%) Spring Boot
16 104 (1.37%) SAML
17 90 (1.19%) ASP.NET
18 85 (1.12%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 460 (6.08%) Data Centre
2 401 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
3 219 (2.89%) Management Information System
4 210 (2.78%) Public Cloud
5 154 (2.04%) Computer Science
6 148 (1.96%) Greenfield Project
7 133 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
8 131 (1.73%) User Experience
9 129 (1.71%) Hybrid Cloud
10 126 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
11 121 (1.60%) PKI
12 103 (1.36%) Mobile App
13 95 (1.26%) Private Cloud
14 84 (1.11%) Cloud Native
15 75 (0.99%) Fintech
16 69 (0.91%) Taxonomies
17 65 (0.86%) Mainframe
18 64 (0.85%) Reference Data
18 64 (0.85%) Virtual Team
19 49 (0.65%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 682 (9.02%) Windows
2 595 (7.87%) Linux
3 295 (3.90%) Unix
4 216 (2.86%) Windows Server
5 146 (1.93%) Windows 10
6 143 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 70 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
8 63 (0.83%) Apple iOS
9 58 (0.77%) AIX
10 50 (0.66%) Android
10 50 (0.66%) Solaris
11 36 (0.48%) Windows 7
12 24 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
13 20 (0.26%) CentOS
13 20 (0.26%) Ubuntu
13 20 (0.26%) VMS
14 19 (0.25%) Windows XP
15 13 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
15 13 (0.17%) zOS
16 9 (0.12%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,733 (22.91%) Agile Software Development
2 941 (12.44%) Migration
3 773 (10.22%) DevOps
4 717 (9.48%) TOGAF
5 701 (9.27%) Microservices
6 623 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
7 560 (7.40%) Data Modelling
8 512 (6.77%) Enterprise Architecture
9 433 (5.72%) SOA
10 425 (5.62%) ITIL
10 425 (5.62%) Technical Architecture
11 416 (5.50%) Scrum
12 403 (5.33%) Analytics
13 399 (5.27%) Security Architecture
14 388 (5.13%) Business Intelligence
15 369 (4.88%) Problem-Solving
16 333 (4.40%) Open Source
17 326 (4.31%) Data Architecture
18 315 (4.16%) CRM
19 302 (3.99%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 913 (12.07%) Java
2 624 (8.25%) SQL
3 384 (5.08%) Python
4 307 (4.06%) C#
5 270 (3.57%) JavaScript
6 228 (3.01%) PowerShell
7 124 (1.64%) C++
8 105 (1.39%) C
9 76 (1.00%) PL/SQL
10 70 (0.93%) Scala
11 66 (0.87%) Ruby
12 58 (0.77%) Bash Shell
13 53 (0.70%) PHP
14 45 (0.59%) Java 8
14 45 (0.59%) Perl
15 38 (0.50%) Shell Script
16 30 (0.40%) ABAP
16 30 (0.40%) Go
17 27 (0.36%) R
18 23 (0.30%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 967 (12.78%) Security Cleared
2 714 (9.44%) SC Cleared
3 271 (3.58%) Degree
4 204 (2.70%) CISSP
5 149 (1.97%) DV Cleared
6 147 (1.94%) Cisco Certification
7 117 (1.55%) CISM
7 117 (1.55%) TOGAF Certification
8 72 (0.95%) AWS Certification
8 72 (0.95%) Microsoft Certification
9 68 (0.90%) BPSS Clearance
9 68 (0.90%) CISA
10 65 (0.86%) CCNP
11 63 (0.83%) CCIE
12 60 (0.79%) Computer Science Degree
13 53 (0.70%) CESG Certified Professional
14 45 (0.59%) MCSE
15 41 (0.54%) CCNA
16 40 (0.53%) ISSAP
17 30 (0.40%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 175 (2.31%) GDPR
2 148 (1.96%) QA
3 115 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 99 (1.31%) Data Quality
5 87 (1.15%) PCI DSS
6 45 (0.59%) JSP 440
6 45 (0.59%) PSD2
7 44 (0.58%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 42 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 34 (0.45%) SLA
10 33 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
10 33 (0.44%) HMG Infosec
11 25 (0.33%) COBIT
12 24 (0.32%) PMO
13 23 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 17 (0.22%) IFRS
15 15 (0.20%) NIST 800
16 14 (0.19%) HIPAA
16 14 (0.19%) HL7
17 12 (0.16%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 380 (5.02%) Active Directory
2 326 (4.31%) Docker
3 283 (3.74%) VMware Infrastructure
4 97 (1.28%) Hyper-V
5 68 (0.90%) XenApp
6 55 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
7 48 (0.63%) XenDesktop
8 44 (0.58%) vSphere
9 40 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
9 40 (0.53%) VMware ESXi
10 26 (0.34%) Apache Flume
10 26 (0.34%) HDFS
11 25 (0.33%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 18 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
12 18 (0.24%) VMware NSX
13 17 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
13 17 (0.22%) vCloud
14 16 (0.21%) OpenAM
15 15 (0.20%) NFS
16 12 (0.16%) KVM
Systems Management
1 239 (3.16%) Kubernetes
2 216 (2.86%) Ansible
3 165 (2.18%) Puppet
4 140 (1.85%) Terraform
5 139 (1.84%) SCCM
6 123 (1.63%) Opscode Chef
7 108 (1.43%) Single Sign-On
8 63 (0.83%) Microsoft Intune
9 44 (0.58%) SCOM
10 27 (0.36%) CA Single Sign-On
10 27 (0.36%) Kibana
11 24 (0.32%) CASB
11 24 (0.32%) logstash
12 19 (0.25%) Oozie
13 18 (0.24%) AirWatch
13 18 (0.24%) Data Guard
13 18 (0.24%) vRealize
14 16 (0.21%) HP Fortify
14 16 (0.21%) QRadar
15 15 (0.20%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 1,038 (13.72%) Microsoft
2 671 (8.87%) Oracle
3 456 (6.03%) VMware
4 439 (5.80%) SAP
5 392 (5.18%) Cisco
6 260 (3.44%) IBM
7 213 (2.82%) Google
8 196 (2.59%) Citrix
9 146 (1.93%) Salesforce.com
10 142 (1.88%) Red Hat
11 107 (1.41%) ServiceNow
12 102 (1.35%) Splunk
13 72 (0.95%) CheckPoint
13 72 (0.95%) Juniper
14 67 (0.89%) MuleSoft
15 63 (0.83%) HP
15 63 (0.83%) TIBCO
16 62 (0.82%) Pega
17 59 (0.78%) hybris
18 55 (0.73%) F5