Period
to 29 July 2021

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 29 July 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 14 18 16
Rank change year-on-year +4 -2 +8
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 6,965 2,953 7,574
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.71% 8.04% 8.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 10.43% 8.62% 8.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,639 1,912 4,922
10th Percentile £463 £444 £455
25th Percentile £513 £507 £511
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £600 £575
Median % change year-on-year - +4.35% +1.77%
75th Percentile £688 £675 £650
90th Percentile £775 £750 £738
UK excluding London median daily rate £575 £553 £550
% change year-on-year +4.07% +0.45% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 10 31
10th Percentile £34.40 £43.98 £36.25
25th Percentile £49.06 £59.31 £54.13
Median hourly rate £60.00 £68.75 £72.50
Median % change year-on-year -12.73% -5.17% +31.82%
75th Percentile £70.81 £70.32 £83.13
90th Percentile £81.15 £89.35 £85.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.84 £68.75 £72.50
% change year-on-year -15.87% -5.17% +45.00%

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 66,762 34,256 86,596
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.03% 93.25% 94.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 45,953 22,746 57,843
10th Percentile £300 £258 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £468
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.60% +3.89%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £668 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,973 1,173 2,785
10th Percentile £11.49 £11.30 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.63 £14.25 £13.40
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year - +6.95% +6.86%
75th Percentile £43.50 £42.50 £42.62
90th Percentile £58.71 £52.90 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -6.47% +5.56% +2.86%

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 29 July 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 29 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Architect in the UK

Architect
Top 18 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 29 July 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 +4 5,577 £600 - 1,335
London +8 3,053 £625 - 632
UK excluding London +2 2,283 £575 +4.07% 755
Work from Home +2 2,163 £600 - 249
South East +1 661 £575 +4.55% 181
North of England +2 559 £575 +1.16% 204
Midlands -1 351 £550 -3.24% 159
South West +5 306 £600 +4.17% 66
West Midlands -2 255 £550 -4.35% 115
Yorkshire +12 253 £575 -4.17% 73
North West -2 250 £575 +4.55% 113
Scotland +13 219 £556 +1.14% 50
East of England +2 128 £550 - 70
East Midlands 0 95 £528 -3.51% 43
North East +1 57 £575 +9.52% 18
Wales +10 52 £518 -5.91% 16
Northern Ireland -4 10 £496 -0.80% 9
Isle of Man - 1 £750 -

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 2,188 (31.41%) Azure
2 1,594 (22.89%) Agile Software Development
3 1,525 (21.90%) AWS
4 1,328 (19.07%) Social Skills
5 1,266 (18.18%) Finance
6 1,071 (15.38%) DevOps
7 1,050 (15.08%) Microsoft
8 943 (13.54%) Migration
9 934 (13.41%) Security Cleared
10 738 (10.60%) SC Cleared
11 729 (10.47%) Microservices
12 719 (10.32%) Data Modelling
13 698 (10.02%) Enterprise Architecture
14 674 (9.68%) TOGAF
15 667 (9.58%) Java
16 666 (9.56%) Stakeholder Management
17 605 (8.69%) GCP
18 595 (8.54%) SQL
19 591 (8.49%) Analytics
20 561 (8.05%) Public Sector
21 555 (7.97%) Oracle
22 536 (7.70%) Banking
23 521 (7.48%) PaaS
24 511 (7.34%) Data Architecture
25 491 (7.05%) Windows
26 482 (6.92%) SAP
27 477 (6.85%) Business Intelligence
28 470 (6.75%) Salesforce.com
29 465 (6.68%) Kubernetes
30 447 (6.42%) SaaS

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
1 209 (3.00%) SharePoint
2 137 (1.97%) Confluence
3 105 (1.51%) Apache Spark
4 93 (1.34%) CMS
5 91 (1.31%) Apache
6 45 (0.65%) Tomcat
7 42 (0.60%) Apache Airflow
8 41 (0.59%) MS Exchange
9 40 (0.57%) OpenStack
10 38 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 35 (0.50%) SAS
12 33 (0.47%) WebSphere
13 32 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
14 29 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 28 (0.40%) JBoss
16 26 (0.37%) Drupal
17 22 (0.32%) IIS
17 22 (0.32%) Skype for Business
18 18 (0.26%) Liferay
19 15 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 70 (1.01%) MS Visio
2 68 (0.98%) Microsoft Office
3 40 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
4 34 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.10%) Chatbot
7 5 (0.072%) SPSS
8 4 (0.057%) AutoCAD
8 4 (0.057%) Maple
8 4 (0.057%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.043%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.029%) Figma
10 2 (0.029%) InDesign
10 2 (0.029%) InVision
10 2 (0.029%) Revit
10 2 (0.029%) Sketch
11 1 (0.014%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.014%) Marvel
11 1 (0.014%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.014%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 78 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 76 (1.09%) SAP S/4HANA
3 60 (0.86%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 31 (0.45%) Oracle ERP
5 26 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
6 25 (0.36%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 22 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
8 21 (0.30%) SAP ERP
9 18 (0.26%) Magento
10 17 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
10 17 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
11 16 (0.23%) SAP Retail
12 14 (0.20%) Oracle Receivables
13 12 (0.17%) JDE EnterpriseOne
13 12 (0.17%) NetSuite
13 12 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
14 11 (0.16%) Teamcenter
15 10 (0.14%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
15 10 (0.14%) SAP Hybris
16 9 (0.13%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 2,188 (31.41%) Azure
2 1,525 (21.90%) AWS
3 605 (8.69%) GCP
4 521 (7.48%) PaaS
5 447 (6.42%) SaaS
6 415 (5.96%) IaaS
7 350 (5.03%) Microsoft 365
8 302 (4.34%) Serverless
9 274 (3.93%) Power Platform
10 243 (3.49%) Azure Active Directory
11 145 (2.08%) Azure Data Factory
12 130 (1.87%) GitHub
13 128 (1.84%) Dynamics 365
14 118 (1.69%) AWS CloudFormation
15 114 (1.64%) AWS Lambda
16 110 (1.58%) Cloud Computing
17 106 (1.52%) Azure Synapse Analytics
18 92 (1.32%) Amazon S3
19 88 (1.26%) Salesforce Service Cloud
20 87 (1.25%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 276 (3.96%) Firewall
2 213 (3.06%) WAN
3 179 (2.57%) LAN
4 141 (2.02%) Network Security
5 126 (1.81%) DNS
6 100 (1.44%) VPN
7 90 (1.29%) SAN
8 76 (1.09%) Internet
9 72 (1.03%) SD-WAN
10 57 (0.82%) DHCP
11 54 (0.78%) MPLS
12 45 (0.65%) TCP/IP
13 44 (0.63%) Unified Communications
14 43 (0.62%) BGP
14 43 (0.62%) HTTP
14 43 (0.62%) Skype
15 41 (0.59%) Wi-Fi
16 40 (0.57%) NAS
17 39 (0.56%) SSL
17 39 (0.56%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 350 (5.03%) Big Data
2 348 (5.00%) Data Warehouse
3 238 (3.42%) SQL Server
4 233 (3.35%) Data Lake
5 197 (2.83%) Power BI
6 187 (2.68%) Metadata
7 171 (2.46%) NoSQL
8 129 (1.85%) Hadoop
9 121 (1.74%) Relational Database
10 105 (1.51%) MongoDB
11 94 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
12 92 (1.32%) Azure SQL Database
13 90 (1.29%) Tableau
14 70 (1.01%) BigQuery
15 67 (0.96%) MySQL
16 63 (0.90%) RDBMS
17 61 (0.88%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 55 (0.79%) Oracle Database
19 50 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
19 50 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 226 (3.24%) Jenkins
2 206 (2.96%) JIRA
3 155 (2.23%) Git (software)
4 73 (1.05%) PowerDesigner
5 67 (0.96%) Maven
6 60 (0.86%) GitLab
7 48 (0.69%) Bitbucket
8 39 (0.56%) Postman
9 38 (0.55%) Subversion
10 32 (0.46%) Sonatype Nexus
11 31 (0.45%) SonarQube
12 29 (0.42%) Cucumber
13 28 (0.40%) ERwin
14 25 (0.36%) Selenium
15 24 (0.34%) TeamCity
16 23 (0.33%) JUnit
17 22 (0.32%) kappa
18 21 (0.30%) Gradle
19 19 (0.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
20 16 (0.23%) CircleCI
General
1 1,328 (19.07%) Social Skills
2 1,266 (18.18%) Finance
3 561 (8.05%) Public Sector
4 536 (7.70%) Banking
5 413 (5.93%) Analytical Skills
6 332 (4.77%) Retail
7 302 (4.34%) Telecoms
8 252 (3.62%) Marketing
9 205 (2.94%) Presentation Skills
10 168 (2.41%) Influencing Skills
11 160 (2.30%) Manufacturing
12 104 (1.49%) Documentation Skills
13 101 (1.45%) Electronics
14 98 (1.41%) Legal
15 79 (1.13%) Billing
16 78 (1.12%) Retail Banking
17 56 (0.80%) Investment Banking
18 54 (0.78%) Financial Institution
19 43 (0.62%) Organisational Skills
20 40 (0.57%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 251 (3.60%) .NET
2 250 (3.59%) Web Services
3 227 (3.26%) REST
4 193 (2.77%) Middleware
5 139 (2.00%) SOAP
6 137 (1.97%) Node.js
7 134 (1.92%) Kafka
8 130 (1.87%) Spring
9 127 (1.82%) RESTful
10 123 (1.77%) JSON
11 117 (1.68%) React
12 114 (1.64%) XML
13 112 (1.61%) HTML
14 103 (1.48%) AngularJS
15 99 (1.42%) OAuth
16 91 (1.31%) Spring Boot
17 84 (1.21%) SAML
18 77 (1.11%) OpenID
19 76 (1.09%) CSS
20 71 (1.02%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 325 (4.67%) Public Cloud
2 279 (4.01%) Data Centre
3 262 (3.76%) Cloud Native
4 167 (2.40%) Management Information System
5 150 (2.15%) Hybrid Cloud
6 128 (1.84%) Enterprise Software
7 112 (1.61%) Virtual Team
8 110 (1.58%) Legacy Systems
9 106 (1.52%) User Experience
10 95 (1.36%) Mobile App
11 85 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
12 83 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
13 75 (1.08%) NHS
14 63 (0.90%) Private Cloud
15 62 (0.89%) Data Structures
16 60 (0.86%) Data Protection Act
17 58 (0.83%) Reference Data
18 46 (0.66%) Clustering
19 38 (0.55%) CMDB
19 38 (0.55%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 491 (7.05%) Windows
2 348 (5.00%) Linux
3 157 (2.25%) Windows Server
4 72 (1.03%) Windows 10
5 71 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 70 (1.01%) Unix
7 45 (0.65%) Solaris
8 40 (0.57%) Apple iOS
9 39 (0.56%) Windows Server 2012
10 36 (0.52%) Android
10 36 (0.52%) Windows Server 2016
11 35 (0.50%) Windows Server 2019
12 27 (0.39%) AIX
13 16 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
14 15 (0.22%) HPUX
15 14 (0.20%) Windows 7
16 10 (0.14%) VMS
17 9 (0.13%) OpenVMS
17 9 (0.13%) Ubuntu
18 6 (0.086%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,594 (22.89%) Agile Software Development
2 1,071 (15.38%) DevOps
3 943 (13.54%) Migration
4 729 (10.47%) Microservices
5 719 (10.32%) Data Modelling
6 698 (10.02%) Enterprise Architecture
7 674 (9.68%) TOGAF
8 666 (9.56%) Stakeholder Management
9 591 (8.49%) Analytics
10 511 (7.34%) Data Architecture
11 477 (6.85%) Business Intelligence
12 396 (5.69%) Technical Architecture
13 349 (5.01%) Scrum
14 347 (4.98%) Security Architecture
15 341 (4.90%) Cybersecurity
16 318 (4.57%) CRM
17 311 (4.47%) Problem-Solving
18 296 (4.25%) Architectural Design
19 283 (4.06%) Information Security
20 280 (4.02%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 667 (9.58%) Java
2 595 (8.54%) SQL
3 367 (5.27%) Python
4 259 (3.72%) JavaScript
5 254 (3.65%) PowerShell
6 142 (2.04%) C#
7 80 (1.15%) Bash Shell
8 76 (1.09%) C
9 68 (0.98%) Scala
10 65 (0.93%) Apex Code
11 55 (0.79%) C++
12 41 (0.59%) PHP
13 38 (0.55%) Ruby
14 35 (0.50%) Go
15 31 (0.45%) T-SQL
15 31 (0.45%) TypeScript
16 28 (0.40%) Java 8
17 27 (0.39%) R
18 23 (0.33%) Shell Script
19 20 (0.29%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 934 (13.41%) Security Cleared
2 738 (10.60%) SC Cleared
3 259 (3.72%) Degree
4 183 (2.63%) CISSP
5 155 (2.23%) TOGAF Certification
6 139 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
7 135 (1.94%) DV Cleared
8 94 (1.35%) CISM
9 84 (1.21%) AWS Certification
10 49 (0.70%) CCNA
11 46 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
12 45 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
12 45 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
13 41 (0.59%) CCIE
13 41 (0.59%) CCNP
14 37 (0.53%) CISA
15 35 (0.50%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 32 (0.46%) CRISC
17 30 (0.43%) SANS
18 29 (0.42%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 177 (2.54%) GDPR
2 173 (2.48%) Data Quality
3 141 (2.02%) QA
4 113 (1.62%) NIST
5 97 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 67 (0.96%) PCI DSS
7 38 (0.55%) COBIT
8 34 (0.49%) NCSC
9 33 (0.47%) Accessibility
10 24 (0.34%) NIST 800
11 23 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 22 (0.32%) SLA
13 18 (0.26%) IFRS
14 17 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
14 17 (0.24%) GRC
15 15 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 14 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
17 12 (0.17%) JSP 440
17 12 (0.17%) SEPA
18 11 (0.16%) HL7
System Software
1 388 (5.57%) Active Directory
2 316 (4.54%) Docker
3 239 (3.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 96 (1.38%) Hyper-V
5 50 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
6 39 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
6 39 (0.56%) VMware NSX
6 39 (0.56%) XenApp
7 35 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
8 28 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
9 24 (0.34%) vSphere
10 19 (0.27%) XenDesktop
11 17 (0.24%) KVM
12 16 (0.23%) NFS
13 13 (0.19%) SRDF
14 12 (0.17%) RACF
15 11 (0.16%) Xen
16 10 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
17 8 (0.11%) OpenAM
18 7 (0.10%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 465 (6.68%) Kubernetes
2 358 (5.14%) Terraform
3 192 (2.76%) Ansible
4 82 (1.18%) Microsoft Intune
5 67 (0.96%) Puppet
5 67 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
6 60 (0.86%) SCCM
7 58 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
8 47 (0.67%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 32 (0.46%) vRealize
10 20 (0.29%) FortiGate
11 19 (0.27%) Istio
12 18 (0.26%) vRealize Orchestrator
13 17 (0.24%) Grafana
13 17 (0.24%) Packer
14 15 (0.22%) NetBackup
14 15 (0.22%) SCOM
15 13 (0.19%) Kibana
15 13 (0.19%) Prometheus
16 12 (0.17%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 1,050 (15.08%) Microsoft
2 555 (7.97%) Oracle
3 482 (6.92%) SAP
4 470 (6.75%) Salesforce.com
5 400 (5.74%) Google
6 383 (5.50%) VMware
7 238 (3.42%) Cisco
8 174 (2.50%) Databricks
9 170 (2.44%) MuleSoft
10 130 (1.87%) ServiceNow
11 124 (1.78%) Citrix
12 123 (1.77%) IBM
13 107 (1.54%) Red Hat
14 87 (1.25%) Sparx
15 86 (1.23%) Splunk
16 79 (1.13%) BiZZdesign
17 77 (1.11%) Informatica
18 65 (0.93%) Pega
19 60 (0.86%) Adobe
20 59 (0.85%) F5