Period
to 25 January 2021

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £570 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 January 2021.

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 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 17 17 20
Rank change year-on-year 0 +3 +2
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 3,875 5,609 7,609
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.18% 7.83% 7.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 9.92% 8.34% 8.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,259 3,666 5,053
Median daily rate £570 £575 £575
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.87% - +4.55%
10th Percentile £425 £450 £450
90th Percentile £738 £750 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £550
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 44 43
Median hourly rate £58.00 £62.81 £60.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.65% +4.68% +13.74%
10th Percentile £29.90 £41.25 £37.81
90th Percentile £80.10 £82.50 £82.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 £60.00 £55.00
% change year-on-year -4.17% +9.09% +5.01%

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 39,045 67,236 94,241
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.49% 93.85% 94.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,505 44,948 63,497
Median daily rate £470 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% - -
10th Percentile £256 £238 £268
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,409 2,482 2,776
Median hourly rate £23.47 £18.00 £17.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.39% +1.81% -1.78%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.92
90th Percentile £58.00 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £19.95 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +14.00% - -

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 25 January 2021.

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 25 January 2021.

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 25 January 2021. 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 +1 3,239 £570 -1.89% 938
London 0 1,643 £600 -2.44% 423
UK excluding London +4 1,493 £550 - 559
Work from Home 0 1,117 £558 +6.29% 145
South East +1 488 £550 - 117
North of England +3 337 £550 - 143
Midlands +2 257 £525 -4.55% 104
North West +3 219 £550 - 95
South West +5 170 £594 -1.04% 77
West Midlands +3 167 £525 -4.55% 73
Scotland 0 117 £550 - 38
Yorkshire -10 88 £550 - 42
East of England +1 80 £513 -10.87% 62
East Midlands +10 78 £520 -5.45% 29
Wales +11 41 £526 +1.20% 11
North East +7 31 £550 - 6
Northern Ireland 0 4 £500 -20.32% 7

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 January 2021, 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 1,113 (28.72%) Azure
2 895 (23.10%) Agile Software Development
3 736 (18.99%) AWS
4 731 (18.86%) Security Cleared
5 624 (16.10%) Finance
6 534 (13.78%) DevOps
7 529 (13.65%) Microsoft
8 526 (13.57%) SC Cleared
9 482 (12.44%) Migration
10 467 (12.05%) Data Modelling
11 412 (10.63%) Microservices
12 403 (10.40%) SQL
13 399 (10.30%) Public Sector
14 396 (10.22%) Java
15 361 (9.32%) TOGAF
16 327 (8.44%) Oracle
17 315 (8.13%) Data Architecture
18 300 (7.74%) Business Intelligence
19 299 (7.72%) Windows
20 295 (7.61%) Stakeholder Management
21 287 (7.41%) VMware
22 278 (7.17%) GCP
23 273 (7.05%) SAP
24 271 (6.99%) Enterprise Architecture
25 264 (6.81%) Analytics
26 250 (6.45%) Banking
27 241 (6.22%) PaaS
28 232 (5.99%) Linux
29 228 (5.88%) Active Directory
30 222 (5.73%) SQL Server

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
1 130 (3.35%) SharePoint
2 67 (1.73%) Apache
3 64 (1.65%) Confluence
4 61 (1.57%) CMS
5 53 (1.37%) Apache Spark
6 44 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
7 39 (1.01%) IIS
8 37 (0.95%) JBoss
9 35 (0.90%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 34 (0.88%) MS Exchange
11 31 (0.80%) Red Hat Fuse
12 28 (0.72%) Skype for Business
12 28 (0.72%) Tomcat
13 26 (0.67%) WebSphere
14 25 (0.65%) MQSeries
15 18 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
16 17 (0.44%) WebLogic
17 16 (0.41%) Headless CMS
18 14 (0.36%) OpenStack
19 13 (0.34%) Anypoint
Applications
1 32 (0.83%) MS Visio
2 26 (0.67%) Microsoft Office
3 14 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (0.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.15%) Chatbot
6 5 (0.13%) OmniGraffle
6 5 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.077%) SPSS
8 2 (0.052%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.026%) Stata
Business Applications
1 90 (2.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 42 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (1.08%) SAP S/4HANA
3 25 (0.65%) Oracle ERP
4 18 (0.46%) NetSuite
5 13 (0.34%) Magento
5 13 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
6 12 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
7 11 (0.28%) SAP Hybris
8 10 (0.26%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 8 (0.21%) Teamcenter
9 8 (0.21%) Temenos T24
10 7 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
10 7 (0.18%) SAP CO
10 7 (0.18%) SAP FI
10 7 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
10 7 (0.18%) SAP IBP
10 7 (0.18%) SAP MM
11 6 (0.15%) Cerner Millennium
11 6 (0.15%) Oracle BRM
Cloud Services
1 1,113 (28.72%) Azure
2 736 (18.99%) AWS
3 278 (7.17%) GCP
4 241 (6.22%) PaaS
5 209 (5.39%) SaaS
6 179 (4.62%) IaaS
7 173 (4.46%) Office 365
8 162 (4.18%) Power Platform
9 106 (2.74%) Serverless
10 102 (2.63%) Azure Active Directory
11 57 (1.47%) AWS Lambda
12 56 (1.45%) Dynamics 365
13 54 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
14 48 (1.24%) Amazon EC2
15 47 (1.21%) AWS CloudFormation
16 46 (1.19%) Amazon S3
16 46 (1.19%) GitHub
17 44 (1.14%) OpenShift
18 40 (1.03%) Azure Data Factory
18 40 (1.03%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 199 (5.14%) Firewall
2 148 (3.82%) WAN
3 112 (2.89%) LAN
4 109 (2.81%) DNS
5 86 (2.22%) Network Security
6 67 (1.73%) VPN
7 50 (1.29%) Wireless
8 49 (1.26%) DHCP
9 40 (1.03%) Skype
10 39 (1.01%) Internet
11 37 (0.95%) MPLS
12 36 (0.93%) HTTP
13 33 (0.85%) BGP
14 31 (0.80%) Wi-Fi
15 30 (0.77%) SAN
15 30 (0.77%) TCP/IP
15 30 (0.77%) Unified Communications
16 25 (0.65%) SSL
17 21 (0.54%) VSAN
18 18 (0.46%) WAAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 222 (5.73%) SQL Server
2 192 (4.95%) Data Warehouse
3 152 (3.92%) Big Data
4 134 (3.46%) Power BI
5 131 (3.38%) Data Lake
6 105 (2.71%) Relational Database
7 93 (2.40%) NoSQL
8 89 (2.30%) PostgreSQL
9 72 (1.86%) Hadoop
10 70 (1.81%) MySQL
11 61 (1.57%) MongoDB
12 60 (1.55%) Azure SQL Database
13 50 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 44 (1.14%) Cosmos DB
15 42 (1.08%) RDBMS
16 41 (1.06%) Oracle Database
17 31 (0.80%) DB2
18 26 (0.67%) Tableau
19 24 (0.62%) SAP HANA
19 24 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 152 (3.92%) Jenkins
2 115 (2.97%) JIRA
3 86 (2.22%) Git (software)
4 39 (1.01%) Maven
5 32 (0.83%) GitLab
6 30 (0.77%) Selenium
7 25 (0.65%) ERwin
8 23 (0.59%) Bitbucket
9 20 (0.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 20 (0.52%) Cucumber
10 15 (0.39%) Ant
10 15 (0.39%) Artifactory
10 15 (0.39%) ER Studio
11 14 (0.36%) SonarQube
12 13 (0.34%) Subversion
13 12 (0.31%) Vagrant
14 11 (0.28%) Visual Studio
15 10 (0.26%) kappa
16 9 (0.23%) Grunt
16 9 (0.23%) TeamCity
General
1 624 (16.10%) Finance
2 399 (10.30%) Public Sector
3 250 (6.45%) Banking
4 181 (4.67%) Telecoms
5 166 (4.28%) Marketing
6 142 (3.66%) Retail
7 124 (3.20%) Manufacturing
8 82 (2.12%) Electronics
9 56 (1.45%) Law
10 47 (1.21%) Legal
11 40 (1.03%) Back Office
12 36 (0.93%) Billing
13 35 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
14 30 (0.77%) Retail Banking
15 22 (0.57%) Aerospace
16 21 (0.54%) Front Office
16 21 (0.54%) Police
17 18 (0.46%) Local Government
18 17 (0.44%) Financial Institution
19 15 (0.39%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 178 (4.59%) Web Services
2 152 (3.92%) REST
3 138 (3.56%) Middleware
4 137 (3.54%) .NET
5 128 (3.30%) JSON
6 101 (2.61%) XML
7 84 (2.17%) Kafka
8 83 (2.14%) RESTful
9 82 (2.12%) SOAP
10 76 (1.96%) Spring
11 66 (1.70%) HTML
12 62 (1.60%) Spring Boot
13 55 (1.42%) OAuth
14 53 (1.37%) CSS
14 53 (1.37%) Node.js
15 48 (1.24%) React
16 47 (1.21%) J2EE
17 42 (1.08%) AngularJS
18 41 (1.06%) RabbitMQ
19 40 (1.03%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 218 (5.63%) Analytical Skills
2 208 (5.37%) Data Centre
3 125 (3.23%) Public Cloud
4 106 (2.74%) Management Information System
5 82 (2.12%) Greenfield Project
6 81 (2.09%) User Experience
7 75 (1.94%) Cloud Native
8 69 (1.78%) Hybrid Cloud
9 59 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
10 58 (1.50%) Private Cloud
11 48 (1.24%) Clustering
12 47 (1.21%) NHS
13 41 (1.06%) Self-Motivation
14 37 (0.95%) PKI
15 36 (0.93%) Reference Data
16 33 (0.85%) Data Structures
17 30 (0.77%) Virtual Team
18 29 (0.75%) Mobile App
19 24 (0.62%) Credit Risk
20 23 (0.59%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 299 (7.72%) Windows
2 232 (5.99%) Linux
3 87 (2.25%) Windows Server
4 82 (2.12%) Windows 10
5 66 (1.70%) Unix
6 56 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 32 (0.83%) Apple iOS
8 31 (0.80%) Android
9 28 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
10 24 (0.62%) Solaris
11 18 (0.46%) Windows XP
12 14 (0.36%) Windows Server 2016
13 13 (0.34%) AIX
14 11 (0.28%) Windows Server 2019
15 10 (0.26%) HPUX
15 10 (0.26%) VMS
15 10 (0.26%) zOS
16 9 (0.23%) Mac OS
17 8 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
18 7 (0.18%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 895 (23.10%) Agile Software Development
2 534 (13.78%) DevOps
3 482 (12.44%) Migration
4 467 (12.05%) Data Modelling
5 412 (10.63%) Microservices
6 361 (9.32%) TOGAF
7 315 (8.13%) Data Architecture
8 300 (7.74%) Business Intelligence
9 295 (7.61%) Stakeholder Management
10 271 (6.99%) Enterprise Architecture
11 264 (6.81%) Analytics
12 183 (4.72%) Technical Architecture
13 179 (4.62%) Cybersecurity
14 177 (4.57%) Problem-Solving
15 173 (4.46%) Security Architecture
16 169 (4.36%) Data Management
17 168 (4.34%) ITIL
18 165 (4.26%) Architectural Design
19 156 (4.03%) Scrum
20 153 (3.95%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 403 (10.40%) SQL
2 396 (10.22%) Java
3 181 (4.67%) Python
4 156 (4.03%) JavaScript
5 82 (2.12%) PowerShell
6 69 (1.78%) C#
7 52 (1.34%) C
8 33 (0.85%) Bash Shell
9 31 (0.80%) Apex Code
10 30 (0.77%) PHP
11 27 (0.70%) Ruby
12 26 (0.67%) T-SQL
13 25 (0.65%) PL/SQL
13 25 (0.65%) Scala
14 17 (0.44%) C++
14 17 (0.44%) Java 8
15 14 (0.36%) TypeScript
16 13 (0.34%) Go
17 12 (0.31%) R
18 11 (0.28%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 731 (18.86%) Security Cleared
2 526 (13.57%) SC Cleared
3 142 (3.66%) DV Cleared
4 108 (2.79%) Degree
5 96 (2.48%) CISSP
6 94 (2.43%) TOGAF Certification
7 84 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
8 44 (1.14%) Microsoft Certification
9 39 (1.01%) CISM
10 37 (0.95%) CCIE
11 35 (0.90%) CCNP
12 30 (0.77%) CCNA
13 29 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
14 25 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
15 23 (0.59%) AWS Certification
16 20 (0.52%) CESG Certified Professional
17 19 (0.49%) (ISC)2 CCSP
17 19 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
18 17 (0.44%) CISA
19 14 (0.36%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 90 (2.32%) Data Quality
2 74 (1.91%) NIST
3 67 (1.73%) QA
4 61 (1.57%) GDPR
5 54 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 31 (0.80%) PCI DSS
7 30 (0.77%) NCSC
8 19 (0.49%) COBIT
8 19 (0.49%) JSP 440
9 15 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (0.34%) NIST 800
11 10 (0.26%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 10 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 9 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
12 9 (0.23%) Dublin Core
12 9 (0.23%) IFRS
12 9 (0.23%) PMO
12 9 (0.23%) SLA
13 8 (0.21%) HL7
14 6 (0.15%) RMADS
System Software
1 228 (5.88%) Active Directory
2 183 (4.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 136 (3.51%) Docker
4 60 (1.55%) VMware NSX
5 42 (1.08%) vSphere
6 37 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
7 35 (0.90%) Hyper-V
7 35 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
8 21 (0.54%) HDFS
8 21 (0.54%) Virtual Desktop
9 14 (0.36%) vCloud
10 12 (0.31%) KVM
11 11 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
12 6 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 6 (0.15%) Xen
13 5 (0.13%) OpenAM
14 4 (0.10%) XenApp
15 3 (0.077%) ProxySG
15 3 (0.077%) RACF
15 3 (0.077%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 187 (4.83%) Kubernetes
2 166 (4.28%) Terraform
3 113 (2.92%) Ansible
4 63 (1.63%) SCCM
5 55 (1.42%) Microsoft Intune
6 41 (1.06%) Single Sign-On
7 39 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
8 30 (0.77%) Puppet
9 23 (0.59%) vCenter Server
10 18 (0.46%) IBM BigFix
10 18 (0.46%) Microsoft Clustering
10 18 (0.46%) vRealize
11 16 (0.41%) Prometheus
12 13 (0.34%) Kibana
13 12 (0.31%) Grafana
13 12 (0.31%) SCOM
14 11 (0.28%) FortiGate
15 10 (0.26%) Hadoop YARN
16 9 (0.23%) Nessus
17 7 (0.18%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 529 (13.65%) Microsoft
2 327 (8.44%) Oracle
3 287 (7.41%) VMware
4 273 (7.05%) SAP
5 221 (5.70%) Salesforce.com
6 181 (4.67%) Google
7 173 (4.46%) Cisco
8 104 (2.68%) MuleSoft
9 102 (2.63%) Sparx
10 83 (2.14%) Red Hat
11 78 (2.01%) IBM
12 71 (1.83%) Databricks
13 65 (1.68%) Citrix
14 64 (1.65%) ServiceNow
15 62 (1.60%) Splunk
16 53 (1.37%) Pega
17 51 (1.32%) Informatica
18 45 (1.16%) Remedy
19 44 (1.14%) Dell
20 39 (1.01%) F5