Period
to 12 December 2019

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 December 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
12 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 16 21 25
Rank change year-on-year +5 +4 -10
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 6,161 7,756 6,932
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.70% 7.36% 6.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.19% 7.77% 7.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,753 4,905 4,344
UK median daily rate £575 £575 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.55% +2.33%
10th Percentile £450 £450 £420
90th Percentile £750 £725 £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 40 24
UK median hourly rate £62.50 £55.50 £49.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.61% +13.27% +5.38%
10th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £30.50
90th Percentile £82.50 £82.33 £59.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £62.69 £53.79 £49.00
% change year-on-year +16.56% +9.77% +8.89%

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 75,235 99,825 98,156
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.00% 94.79% 94.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 49,127 66,080 64,993
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £250 £270 £258
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,913 3,066 2,874
UK median hourly rate £19.41 £18.18 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.75% -2.77% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +2.86%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 +5 5,771 £575 - 1,242
UK excluding London +3 3,282 £550 - 812
London +10 2,718 £613 +2.08% 498
South East +11 1,118 £550 - 203
North of England +5 655 £550 +2.09% 218
South West 0 527 £575 +4.55% 81
Midlands -3 458 £550 - 164
North West -1 360 £550 - 126
West Midlands 0 307 £550 -1.49% 121
Yorkshire +11 242 £550 - 74
East of England +3 239 £575 +4.55% 77
Scotland -9 211 £525 +0.96% 51
East Midlands 0 135 £550 +4.76% 43
Wales -11 73 £550 - 12
North East +7 54 £500 - 18
Northern Ireland +10 12 £600 +26.32% 6
Channel Islands -7 3 £625 -10.71% 1

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 1,721 (27.93%) Azure
2 1,230 (19.96%) Agile Software Development
3 1,151 (18.68%) AWS
4 1,075 (17.45%) Microsoft
5 1,037 (16.83%) Finance
6 1,018 (16.52%) Security Cleared
7 916 (14.87%) Migration
8 714 (11.59%) SC Cleared
9 689 (11.18%) DevOps
10 657 (10.66%) TOGAF
11 602 (9.77%) Java
12 581 (9.43%) Stakeholder Management
13 567 (9.20%) SQL
14 530 (8.60%) Windows
15 500 (8.12%) Enterprise Architecture
16 464 (7.53%) Analytics
17 462 (7.50%) Data Modelling
18 457 (7.42%) Public Sector
19 449 (7.29%) Oracle
20 442 (7.17%) PaaS
21 428 (6.95%) Office 365
22 420 (6.82%) Microservices
23 410 (6.65%) Active Directory
24 406 (6.59%) SaaS
25 399 (6.48%) Data Centre
26 383 (6.22%) Web Services
26 383 (6.22%) Data Architecture
27 380 (6.17%) SAP
28 379 (6.15%) Business Intelligence
29 372 (6.04%) IaaS

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
1 201 (3.26%) SharePoint
2 115 (1.87%) Apache Spark
3 83 (1.35%) Skype for Business
4 82 (1.33%) Confluence
5 72 (1.17%) OpenStack
6 59 (0.96%) WebLogic
7 42 (0.68%) MS Exchange
8 40 (0.65%) CMS
9 38 (0.62%) JBoss
10 37 (0.60%) IIS
11 36 (0.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 35 (0.57%) Apache
13 33 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
14 28 (0.45%) WebSphere
15 23 (0.37%) MQSeries
16 22 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
16 22 (0.36%) Tomcat
17 19 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
18 18 (0.29%) Anypoint
19 16 (0.26%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 90 (1.46%) Microsoft Office
2 59 (0.96%) MS Visio
3 51 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 46 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.065%) AutoCAD
6 4 (0.065%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.065%) Sketch
7 3 (0.049%) Chatbot
7 3 (0.049%) SPSS
7 3 (0.049%) Windchill
8 2 (0.032%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 2 (0.032%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.032%) InVision
8 2 (0.032%) OmniGraffle
8 2 (0.032%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.032%) UserZoom
8 2 (0.032%) Zeplin
9 1 (0.016%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.016%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 161 (2.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 86 (1.40%) SAP S/4HANA
3 57 (0.93%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 48 (0.78%) Oracle EBS
5 33 (0.54%) SAP ERP
6 31 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
7 18 (0.29%) SAP MDG
7 18 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 15 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
8 15 (0.24%) SAP FI
9 14 (0.23%) NetSuite
9 14 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
10 12 (0.19%) SAP CO
10 12 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
11 11 (0.18%) Adobe Campaign
11 11 (0.18%) OpenText VIM for SAP
12 9 (0.15%) Endur
13 8 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
14 7 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
14 7 (0.11%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 1,721 (27.93%) Azure
2 1,151 (18.68%) AWS
3 442 (7.17%) PaaS
4 428 (6.95%) Office 365
5 406 (6.59%) SaaS
6 372 (6.04%) IaaS
7 272 (4.41%) GCP
8 220 (3.57%) Power Platform
9 190 (3.08%) Serverless
10 183 (2.97%) Azure Active Directory
11 176 (2.86%) Dynamics 365
12 101 (1.64%) Azure Data Factory
13 92 (1.49%) Amazon S3
14 91 (1.48%) AWS Lambda
15 77 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
16 73 (1.18%) GitHub
17 70 (1.14%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 50 (0.81%) OpenShift
19 49 (0.80%) Boomi
19 49 (0.80%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 330 (5.36%) Firewall
2 224 (3.64%) WAN
3 169 (2.74%) LAN
4 150 (2.43%) Network Security
5 140 (2.27%) Internet
6 136 (2.21%) DNS
7 109 (1.77%) VPN
8 87 (1.41%) Skype
9 83 (1.35%) TCP/IP
10 71 (1.15%) SAN
11 59 (0.96%) BGP
12 57 (0.93%) DHCP
13 55 (0.89%) Wireless
14 48 (0.78%) Wi-Fi
15 44 (0.71%) NAS
16 43 (0.70%) MPLS
16 43 (0.70%) Unified Communications
17 40 (0.65%) OSPF
18 38 (0.62%) Cisco ASA
19 36 (0.58%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 324 (5.26%) Big Data
2 323 (5.24%) SQL Server
3 299 (4.85%) Data Warehouse
4 215 (3.49%) Data Lake
5 201 (3.26%) Power BI
6 152 (2.47%) Hadoop
7 130 (2.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 120 (1.95%) Relational Database
9 119 (1.93%) NoSQL
10 91 (1.48%) MySQL
11 81 (1.31%) PostgreSQL
12 80 (1.30%) MongoDB
13 75 (1.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 71 (1.15%) Amazon RDS
15 69 (1.12%) Azure SQL Database
15 69 (1.12%) Oracle Database
16 58 (0.94%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 56 (0.91%) Amazon Redshift
17 56 (0.91%) Apache Hive
18 47 (0.76%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 133 (2.16%) JIRA
2 107 (1.74%) Jenkins
3 104 (1.69%) Git (software)
4 50 (0.81%) Visual Studio
5 32 (0.52%) Maven
6 24 (0.39%) Selenium
6 24 (0.39%) Subversion
7 21 (0.34%) ERwin
7 21 (0.34%) JUnit
8 19 (0.31%) GitLab
8 19 (0.31%) Visual Studio Team System
9 18 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
10 16 (0.26%) Gradle
11 15 (0.24%) Cucumber
12 14 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 13 (0.21%) Artifactory
13 13 (0.21%) Bitbucket
13 13 (0.21%) IntelliJ
13 13 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
13 13 (0.21%) Vagrant
General
1 1,037 (16.83%) Finance
2 457 (7.42%) Public Sector
3 324 (5.26%) Banking
4 285 (4.63%) Telecoms
5 256 (4.16%) Retail
6 191 (3.10%) Marketing
7 131 (2.13%) Legal
8 128 (2.08%) Manufacturing
9 72 (1.17%) Front Office
10 63 (1.02%) Electronics
11 60 (0.97%) Law
12 54 (0.88%) Billing
13 46 (0.75%) Investment Banking
14 41 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
15 38 (0.62%) Advertising
16 35 (0.57%) Retail Banking
17 34 (0.55%) Back Office
18 24 (0.39%) Financial Institution
19 22 (0.36%) Publishing
20 19 (0.31%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 383 (6.22%) Web Services
2 346 (5.62%) .NET
3 208 (3.38%) XML
4 202 (3.28%) REST
5 175 (2.84%) Node.js
6 163 (2.65%) JSON
7 147 (2.39%) Middleware
8 120 (1.95%) SOAP
9 114 (1.85%) React
10 112 (1.82%) Kafka
11 111 (1.80%) HTML
12 89 (1.44%) CSS
13 88 (1.43%) AngularJS
14 77 (1.25%) RESTful
15 71 (1.15%) SAML
16 63 (1.02%) Spring
17 56 (0.91%) RabbitMQ
18 52 (0.84%) OAuth
19 49 (0.80%) OpenID
20 48 (0.78%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 399 (6.48%) Data Centre
2 281 (4.56%) Analytical Skills
3 230 (3.73%) Public Cloud
4 211 (3.42%) Management Information System
5 157 (2.55%) Hybrid Cloud
6 138 (2.24%) Greenfield Project
7 124 (2.01%) User Experience
8 115 (1.87%) Enterprise Software
9 77 (1.25%) PKI
10 75 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
11 72 (1.17%) Replication
12 64 (1.04%) Private Cloud
13 63 (1.02%) Cloud Native
14 59 (0.96%) Derivative
15 53 (0.86%) Fixed Income
16 50 (0.81%) Virtual Team
17 46 (0.75%) Mobile App
18 44 (0.71%) Reference Data
19 35 (0.57%) Data Structures
20 33 (0.54%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 530 (8.60%) Windows
2 276 (4.48%) Linux
3 155 (2.52%) Windows 10
4 150 (2.43%) Windows Server
5 113 (1.83%) Unix
6 60 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 54 (0.88%) Windows 7
8 37 (0.60%) Android
9 32 (0.52%) Apple iOS
10 31 (0.50%) VMS
11 25 (0.41%) Solaris
12 24 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
13 22 (0.36%) AIX
14 18 (0.29%) CentOS
15 16 (0.26%) Mac OS X
16 10 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
17 9 (0.15%) HPUX
17 9 (0.15%) Mac OS
17 9 (0.15%) Windows XP
18 8 (0.13%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,230 (19.96%) Agile Software Development
2 916 (14.87%) Migration
3 689 (11.18%) DevOps
4 657 (10.66%) TOGAF
5 581 (9.43%) Stakeholder Management
6 500 (8.12%) Enterprise Architecture
7 464 (7.53%) Analytics
8 462 (7.50%) Data Modelling
9 420 (6.82%) Microservices
10 383 (6.22%) Data Architecture
11 379 (6.15%) Business Intelligence
12 346 (5.62%) CRM
13 317 (5.15%) Technical Leadership
14 310 (5.03%) Security Architecture
15 304 (4.93%) Technical Architecture
16 298 (4.84%) Information Security
17 292 (4.74%) ITIL
18 285 (4.63%) Problem-Solving
19 262 (4.25%) Mentoring
20 260 (4.22%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 602 (9.77%) Java
2 567 (9.20%) SQL
3 327 (5.31%) Python
4 264 (4.29%) JavaScript
5 220 (3.57%) C#
6 168 (2.73%) PowerShell
7 90 (1.46%) C++
8 88 (1.43%) C
9 72 (1.17%) Ruby
10 67 (1.09%) Scala
11 62 (1.01%) PL/SQL
12 60 (0.97%) Apex Code
13 49 (0.80%) T-SQL
14 48 (0.78%) Perl
15 39 (0.63%) Bash Shell
16 35 (0.57%) R
17 33 (0.54%) PHP
18 27 (0.44%) Go
19 24 (0.39%) ABAP
20 21 (0.34%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1,018 (16.52%) Security Cleared
2 714 (11.59%) SC Cleared
3 252 (4.09%) Degree
4 214 (3.47%) DV Cleared
5 188 (3.05%) Cisco Certification
6 184 (2.99%) CISSP
7 176 (2.86%) TOGAF Certification
8 95 (1.54%) CCIE
9 92 (1.49%) CCNP
10 70 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
11 62 (1.01%) CISM
12 59 (0.96%) Microsoft Certification
13 57 (0.93%) CCNA
14 51 (0.83%) AWS Certification
15 43 (0.70%) MCSE
16 40 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
17 32 (0.52%) SANS
18 30 (0.49%) GIAC
19 28 (0.45%) CCDP
20 22 (0.36%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (2.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 130 (2.11%) GDPR
3 103 (1.67%) Data Quality
3 103 (1.67%) QA
4 72 (1.17%) PCI DSS
5 68 (1.10%) NIST
6 60 (0.97%) NCSC
7 45 (0.73%) COBIT
8 30 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 22 (0.36%) SLA
10 21 (0.34%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 19 (0.31%) JSP 440
11 19 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 17 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
12 17 (0.28%) PMO
13 16 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
14 14 (0.23%) HMG Infosec
15 11 (0.18%) RMADS
16 10 (0.16%) HL7
17 9 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 410 (6.65%) Active Directory
2 188 (3.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 183 (2.97%) Docker
4 63 (1.02%) Hyper-V
5 54 (0.88%) vSphere
6 45 (0.73%) VMware NSX
7 37 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
8 34 (0.55%) HDFS
9 32 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
10 31 (0.50%) Virtual Desktop
11 25 (0.41%) vCloud
12 20 (0.32%) XenDesktop
13 19 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
14 17 (0.28%) XenApp
15 11 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
16 7 (0.11%) NFS
16 7 (0.11%) OpenAM
16 7 (0.11%) OpenDJ
17 6 (0.097%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 6 (0.097%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 249 (4.04%) Kubernetes
2 149 (2.42%) Ansible
3 118 (1.92%) SCCM
3 118 (1.92%) Terraform
4 89 (1.44%) Puppet
5 62 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
6 61 (0.99%) Microsoft Intune
7 53 (0.86%) Single Sign-On
8 43 (0.70%) vRealize
9 35 (0.57%) vCenter Server
10 32 (0.52%) CASB
11 24 (0.39%) AirWatch
12 19 (0.31%) Amdocs OSS
12 19 (0.31%) SCOM
13 17 (0.28%) Nagios
14 15 (0.24%) FortiGate
14 15 (0.24%) Oozie
15 13 (0.21%) logstash
15 13 (0.21%) Packer
16 12 (0.19%) Salt
Vendors
1 1,075 (17.45%) Microsoft
2 449 (7.29%) Oracle
3 380 (6.17%) SAP
4 325 (5.28%) VMware
5 320 (5.19%) Cisco
6 293 (4.76%) Salesforce.com
7 212 (3.44%) Google
8 133 (2.16%) MuleSoft
9 114 (1.85%) Citrix
10 99 (1.61%) IBM
11 89 (1.44%) Dell
12 86 (1.40%) ServiceNow
13 81 (1.31%) Sparx
14 77 (1.25%) Red Hat
15 72 (1.17%) Databricks
16 66 (1.07%) Informatica
17 64 (1.04%) Cloudera
18 61 (0.99%) Tableau
19 60 (0.97%) F5
19 60 (0.97%) Splunk