The median contractor rate for a Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Architect
UK
Rank 19 17 24
Rank change year-on-year -2 +7  
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 3372 4234 3543
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.44% 7.96% 6.70%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.85% 8.36% 7.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 2016 2626 2122
Median daily rate £550 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £413 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £520 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +4.00% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 33 22
Median hourly rate £42.25 £50.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.50% +19.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.14 £26.50 £31.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.52 £80.00 £58.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.25 £52.50 £43.50
% change year-on-year -19.52% +20.68%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42948 50649 50145
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.19% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 27820 32762 30258
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1586 1994
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.22
% change year-on-year -12.50% +16.14%  

Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Architect in the job title.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Architect in the UK

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Architect in the UK

Architect
Top 30 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -1 3179 £550 +4.76% 520
London +4 1566 £575 +4.54% 289
South East -1 606 £525 - 65
Berkshire 0 213 £500 -4.76% 11
City of London +9 203 £600 +9.09% 74
East of England -2 186 £525 +5.00% 26
West Midlands -4 183 £500 -2.20% 18
Yorkshire -2 163 £525 - 34
North West -11 160 £525 +5.00% 34
Hampshire +1 153 £500 -4.76% 11
South West -7 129 £525 +5.00% 16
East Midlands -4 104 £513 +13.88% 22
West Yorkshire -12 96 £550 +3.52% 26
Buckinghamshire +3 83 £525 +13.51% 6
Scotland -22 78 £475 - 15
Manchester -6 70 £506 +1.25% 24
Milton Keynes +9 69 £525 +17.97% 5
Birmingham +17 66 £500 - 10
Surrey -10 61 £538 +2.38% 18
Bracknell 0 53 £500 -4.76% 1
Wales +48 52 £450 - 4
Edinburgh -13 51 £500 - 12
Bristol +2 50 £575 +15.00% 8
Leeds -29 50 £550 - 20
South Wales +47 48 £458 +1.66% 4
Reading -5 47 £525 -1.17% 2
Bedfordshire +2 43 £525 -9.09% 5
Hertfordshire -8 39 £563 +11.38% 3
Cambridgeshire -3 38 £500 +3.09% 15
Southampton +32 36 £500 -2.43%

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 1508 (20.99%) Agile Software Development
2 1349 (18.78%) Finance
3 1004 (13.97%) Microsoft
4 959 (13.35%) Security Cleared
5 947 (13.18%) Java
6 906 (12.61%) Oracle
7 806 (11.22%) Microsoft Azure
8 803 (11.18%) TOGAF
9 764 (10.63%) SC Cleared
10 746 (10.38%) Amazon AWS
11 732 (10.19%) Migration
12 701 (9.76%) Windows
13 644 (8.96%) Data Modelling
14 607 (8.45%) SQL
15 581 (8.09%) Banking
16 571 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
17 565 (7.86%) SOA
18 532 (7.40%) Enterprise Architecture
19 525 (7.31%) Linux
20 520 (7.24%) Web Services
21 498 (6.93%) SQL Server
22 471 (6.56%) Business Intelligence
23 467 (6.50%) SAP
24 449 (6.25%) Cisco
24 449 (6.25%) VMware
25 447 (6.22%) Retail
26 444 (6.18%) .NET
27 439 (6.11%) Active Directory
27 439 (6.11%) DevOps
28 419 (5.83%) Data Centre

Architect Skill Set
Top Related 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
1 269 (3.74%) SharePoint
2 210 (2.92%) Apache
3 165 (2.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 140 (1.95%) Skype for Business
5 131 (1.82%) CMS
6 125 (1.74%) WebSphere
7 122 (1.70%) WebLogic
8 114 (1.59%) JBoss
9 112 (1.56%) Confluence
10 105 (1.46%) Tomcat
11 104 (1.45%) Apache Spark
12 84 (1.17%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 78 (1.09%) MS Exchange
14 77 (1.07%) BizTalk Server
15 66 (0.92%) Cloud Foundry
16 63 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
17 55 (0.77%) IIS
17 55 (0.77%) OpenStack
18 47 (0.65%) SAS
19 41 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 312 (4.34%) MS Excel
2 114 (1.59%) MS Office
3 78 (1.09%) MS Visio
4 35 (0.49%) MS Project
5 10 (0.14%) MS PowerPoint
6 8 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
7 6 (0.084%) Simulink
8 5 (0.070%) AutoCAD
8 5 (0.070%) SPSS
9 4 (0.056%) GNU Octave
9 4 (0.056%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.056%) Siemens NX
9 4 (0.056%) Spreadsheet
10 3 (0.042%) Windchill
11 2 (0.028%) Adobe Illustrator
11 2 (0.028%) HipChat
11 2 (0.028%) InfoPath
12 1 (0.014%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.014%) InVision
12 1 (0.014%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 161 (2.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (0.58%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 32 (0.45%) Oracle BPM
4 31 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
4 31 (0.43%) SAP HR
5 26 (0.36%) Maximo
6 22 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
6 22 (0.31%) SAP Retail
7 21 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
8 19 (0.26%) Oracle Retail
8 19 (0.26%) SAP FI
8 19 (0.26%) SAP MDG
9 18 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
10 17 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 17 (0.24%) SAP HCM
10 17 (0.24%) SAP Hybris
10 17 (0.24%) SAP MDM
11 15 (0.21%) SAP CO
12 14 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
12 14 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 806 (11.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 746 (10.38%) Amazon AWS
3 361 (5.02%) Office 365
4 253 (3.52%) PaaS
5 238 (3.31%) IaaS
6 193 (2.69%) SaaS
7 92 (1.28%) Cloud Computing
8 64 (0.89%) Azure Active Directory
9 40 (0.56%) Google Cloud Platform
10 38 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
10 38 (0.53%) GitHub
11 35 (0.49%) Amazon S3
12 33 (0.46%) SuccessFactors
13 32 (0.45%) OpenShift
14 30 (0.42%) IBM Cloud
14 30 (0.42%) OneDrive
14 30 (0.42%) Yammer
15 29 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
16 21 (0.29%) Boomi
17 20 (0.28%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 355 (4.94%) Firewall
2 335 (4.66%) WAN
3 265 (3.69%) LAN
4 195 (2.71%) DNS
5 192 (2.67%) Internet
6 190 (2.64%) Network Security
7 181 (2.52%) VPN
8 120 (1.67%) Skype
9 97 (1.35%) SAN
10 95 (1.32%) LDAP
11 93 (1.29%) DHCP
12 86 (1.20%) MPLS
13 67 (0.93%) TCP/IP
14 65 (0.90%) Cisco ASA
14 65 (0.90%) Cisco Nexus
15 64 (0.89%) Wireless
16 62 (0.86%) HTTP
17 58 (0.81%) SSL
18 52 (0.72%) VoIP
18 52 (0.72%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 498 (6.93%) SQL Server
2 392 (5.46%) Big Data
3 321 (4.47%) Data Warehouse
4 320 (4.45%) Hadoop
5 273 (3.80%) NoSQL
6 220 (3.06%) MongoDB
7 199 (2.77%) Relational Database
8 171 (2.38%) Oracle Database
9 158 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
10 132 (1.84%) Apache Cassandra
11 117 (1.63%) MySQL
12 108 (1.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 96 (1.34%) Apache Hive
14 94 (1.31%) BusinessObjects
15 85 (1.18%) HBase
16 84 (1.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 66 (0.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 65 (0.90%) RDBMS
19 60 (0.84%) DB2
19 60 (0.84%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 207 (2.88%) Jenkins
2 171 (2.38%) JIRA
3 119 (1.66%) Git (software)
4 56 (0.78%) Maven
4 56 (0.78%) Selenium
5 47 (0.65%) ERwin
6 41 (0.57%) Bitbucket
7 40 (0.56%) Visual Studio
8 37 (0.51%) Talend Open Studio
9 35 (0.49%) Eclipse
10 31 (0.43%) Oracle Forms
10 31 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
11 30 (0.42%) Axure RP
12 29 (0.40%) Cucumber
13 28 (0.39%) JUnit
14 24 (0.33%) Ant
15 23 (0.32%) Oracle APEX
16 22 (0.31%) JMeter
16 22 (0.31%) ProC
16 22 (0.31%) Subversion
General
1 1349 (18.78%) Finance
2 581 (8.09%) Banking
3 447 (6.22%) Retail
4 244 (3.40%) Telecoms
5 187 (2.60%) Marketing
6 146 (2.03%) Manufacturing
7 99 (1.38%) Investment Banking
8 96 (1.34%) Legal
9 79 (1.10%) Billing
10 74 (1.03%) Advertising
11 62 (0.86%) Publishing
12 61 (0.85%) Back Office
13 58 (0.81%) Law
14 44 (0.61%) Electronics
15 33 (0.46%) Automotive
16 29 (0.40%) Financial Institution
16 29 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
17 28 (0.39%) Retail Banking
18 25 (0.35%) Games
19 23 (0.32%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 520 (7.24%) Web Services
2 444 (6.18%) .NET
3 335 (4.66%) HTML
4 317 (4.41%) REST
5 296 (4.12%) XML
6 272 (3.79%) Middleware
7 246 (3.42%) Spring
8 240 (3.34%) JSON
9 236 (3.28%) J2EE
10 235 (3.27%) CSS
11 223 (3.10%) SOAP
12 153 (2.13%) AngularJS
13 147 (2.05%) HTML5
14 145 (2.02%) RESTful
15 119 (1.66%) Node.js
16 111 (1.54%) ASP.NET
17 109 (1.52%) Hibernate
18 105 (1.46%) CSS3
19 92 (1.28%) Kafka
20 86 (1.20%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 419 (5.83%) Data Centre
2 400 (5.57%) Analytical Skills
3 218 (3.03%) User Experience
4 204 (2.84%) Management Information System
5 155 (2.16%) Computer Science
6 127 (1.77%) PKI
7 120 (1.67%) Data Structures
8 115 (1.60%) Mobile App
9 114 (1.59%) Public Cloud
10 110 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
11 108 (1.50%) Hybrid Cloud
12 83 (1.16%) Private Cloud
13 73 (1.02%) Reference Data
14 67 (0.93%) Virtual Team
15 55 (0.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 54 (0.75%) Replication
17 53 (0.74%) Mainframe
18 50 (0.70%) Client/Server
19 49 (0.68%) Clustering
20 46 (0.64%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 701 (9.76%) Windows
2 525 (7.31%) Linux
3 269 (3.74%) Unix
4 176 (2.45%) Windows Server
5 131 (1.82%) Windows 10
6 100 (1.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 86 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 82 (1.14%) Windows Server 2008
9 81 (1.13%) AIX
10 77 (1.07%) Android
11 70 (0.97%) Solaris
12 47 (0.65%) Apple iOS
13 36 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
14 26 (0.36%) CentOS
14 26 (0.36%) Windows 7
15 23 (0.32%) HPUX
16 10 (0.14%) Mac OS X
17 9 (0.13%) Ubuntu
17 9 (0.13%) Windows Vista
18 8 (0.11%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1508 (20.99%) Agile Software Development
2 803 (11.18%) TOGAF
3 732 (10.19%) Migration
4 644 (8.96%) Data Modelling
5 571 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
6 565 (7.86%) SOA
7 532 (7.40%) Enterprise Architecture
8 471 (6.56%) Business Intelligence
9 439 (6.11%) DevOps
10 411 (5.72%) Scrum
11 404 (5.62%) Data Architecture
12 394 (5.48%) Open Source
13 384 (5.34%) ITIL
14 374 (5.21%) CRM
15 358 (4.98%) Technical Architecture
16 344 (4.79%) E-Commerce
17 338 (4.70%) Analytics
18 302 (4.20%) ETL
19 277 (3.86%) Project Management
20 262 (3.65%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 947 (13.18%) Java
2 607 (8.45%) SQL
3 384 (5.34%) JavaScript
4 227 (3.16%) Python
5 211 (2.94%) C#
6 158 (2.20%) C
7 147 (2.05%) Ruby
8 122 (1.70%) Scala
9 88 (1.22%) PHP
10 84 (1.17%) C++
11 82 (1.14%) Perl
12 80 (1.11%) PowerShell
13 70 (0.97%) PL/SQL
14 48 (0.67%) T-SQL
15 46 (0.64%) Bash Shell
16 40 (0.56%) R
17 38 (0.53%) Shell Script
18 36 (0.50%) Apex Code
19 24 (0.33%) Apple Swift
20 22 (0.31%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 959 (13.35%) Security Cleared
2 764 (10.63%) SC Cleared
3 364 (5.07%) Degree
4 165 (2.30%) Cisco Certification
5 141 (1.96%) DV Cleared
6 114 (1.59%) CISSP
7 95 (1.32%) CCIE
8 84 (1.17%) Microsoft Certification
9 83 (1.16%) CCNP
10 55 (0.77%) BPSS Clearance
11 44 (0.61%) ITIL Certification
12 42 (0.58%) CCNA
13 39 (0.54%) CISM
14 37 (0.51%) CLAS
14 37 (0.51%) MCSE
15 32 (0.45%) ISEB
16 30 (0.42%) PMP
17 29 (0.40%) AWS Certification
18 25 (0.35%) CESG Certified Professional
18 25 (0.35%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 182 (2.53%) QA
2 120 (1.67%) Data Quality
3 96 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 92 (1.28%) PCI DSS
5 56 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
6 45 (0.63%) SLA
7 35 (0.49%) COBIT
8 34 (0.47%) SEPA
9 32 (0.45%) MiFID
10 21 (0.29%) GDPR
11 20 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 17 (0.24%) FATCA
12 17 (0.24%) IFRS
12 17 (0.24%) JSP 440
13 14 (0.19%) GPG13
14 13 (0.18%) ISO20022
15 12 (0.17%) IFRS 9
16 9 (0.13%) HL7
17 8 (0.11%) PA-DSS
17 8 (0.11%) PMO
System Software
1 439 (6.11%) Active Directory
2 252 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 226 (3.15%) Docker
4 122 (1.70%) Hyper-V
5 58 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
6 49 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
6 49 (0.68%) XenApp
7 45 (0.63%) vCloud
8 42 (0.58%) vSphere
9 34 (0.47%) Oracle RAC
10 31 (0.43%) VMware ESX
11 29 (0.40%) Apache Flume
12 26 (0.36%) XenDesktop
13 22 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
14 20 (0.28%) HDFS
15 18 (0.25%) SRDF
16 16 (0.22%) KVM
17 15 (0.21%) BitLocker
17 15 (0.21%) NFS
18 13 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 183 (2.55%) Puppet
2 154 (2.14%) Ansible
3 132 (1.84%) SCCM
4 92 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
5 80 (1.11%) Terraform
6 64 (0.89%) Kubernetes
7 52 (0.72%) Microsoft Intune
8 50 (0.70%) SCOM
9 31 (0.43%) Packer
10 30 (0.42%) ZABBIX
11 29 (0.40%) MOM
12 27 (0.38%) Nagios
12 27 (0.38%) Tivoli
12 27 (0.38%) vRealize
13 25 (0.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 22 (0.31%) FortiGate
15 19 (0.26%) Consul
15 19 (0.26%) Rsyslog
15 19 (0.26%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 19 (0.26%) yum
Vendors
1 1004 (13.97%) Microsoft
2 906 (12.61%) Oracle
3 467 (6.50%) SAP
4 449 (6.25%) Cisco
4 449 (6.25%) VMware
5 275 (3.83%) IBM
6 189 (2.63%) Citrix
7 172 (2.39%) Salesforce.com
8 128 (1.78%) Red Hat
9 122 (1.70%) Adobe
10 121 (1.68%) HP
11 103 (1.43%) Splunk
12 92 (1.28%) Juniper
13 91 (1.27%) MuleSoft
14 90 (1.25%) CheckPoint
15 89 (1.24%) Informatica
16 88 (1.22%) Google
17 86 (1.20%) F5
18 84 (1.17%) Pega
19 78 (1.09%) EMC
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Empiric.com
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IntaPeople
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Merseyside
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 17 hours ago
Northamptonshire
onezeero.
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Robert Walters
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
UK
Yoh
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £550 - £610 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Montash
Rate: £0.00 per day + Negotiable - outside of IR35
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Networking People
Posted: 22 hours ago
City, London
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: On application
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £500 - £650 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £550 per annum +
Posted: Yesterday
Crawley, West Sussex
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + DOE
Posted: 18 hours ago
Wembley, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Oliver James Associates
Posted: 3 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: competitive
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £500 to £550 per day Rate flexible £500-550/day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £550 - £650 per day + -
Posted: 2 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
Clearwater People Solutions
Rate: £500 - £550 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Experis Ltd
Posted: 22 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £450 - £600 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
IntaPeople
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago