Period
to

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £650 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 May 2022.

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
17 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 14 14 19
Rank change year-on-year 0 +5 -4
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 8,347 5,530 3,916
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 9.54% 9.70% 7.85%
As % of the Job Titles category 10.24% 10.45% 8.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,561 3,695 2,538
10th Percentile £513 £450 £450
25th Percentile £563 £510 £513
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £650 £587 £600
Median % change year-on-year +10.83% -2.25% +4.35%
75th Percentile £734 £675 £675
90th Percentile £800 £738 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £625 £550 £550
% change year-on-year +13.64% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 34 29
10th Percentile £55.13 £34.40 £42.25
25th Percentile £57.61 £47.19 £49.25
Median hourly rate £66.00 £57.84 £53.00
Median % change year-on-year +14.11% +9.13% -29.33%
75th Percentile £69.05 £65.75 £65.00
90th Percentile £79.50 £73.45 £70.32
UK excluding London median hourly rate £62.50 £58.50 £53.00
% change year-on-year +6.84% +10.38% -29.33%

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 81,520 52,940 46,770
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.20% 92.84% 93.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,300 36,312 31,048
10th Percentile £313 £291 £236
25th Percentile £425 £388 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% -2.63%
75th Percentile £638 £575 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +11.76% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,997 1,692 1,738
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.50 £11.61
25th Percentile £15.63 £14.50 £14.17
Median hourly rate £23.91 £22.50 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year +6.27% +18.42% +5.56%
75th Percentile £49.25 £44.81 £38.75
90th Percentile £65.00 £57.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.91 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +4.79% +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 17 May 2022.

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 17 May 2022.

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 17 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -2 6,471 £650 +10.64% 929
Work from Home +4 4,600 £631 +7.68% 380
London 0 3,698 £651 +8.42% 473
UK excluding London -4 2,353 £625 +13.64% 507
South East -3 709 £625 +9.92% 114
North of England -6 528 £625 +11.61% 133
Midlands -5 422 £625 +13.64% 81
West Midlands 0 352 £626 +13.82% 59
North West -5 312 £613 +7.27% 78
South West -1 311 £625 +4.17% 51
Scotland +8 218 £600 +10.60% 39
Yorkshire -12 196 £625 +13.64% 43
East of England -17 110 £646 +24.16% 61
East Midlands -21 66 £575 +9.52% 22
Wales -15 62 £575 +4.55% 16
North East -9 30 £580 +5.45% 12
Northern Ireland -12 5 £550 +10.44% 12
Isle of Man - 5 £530 -

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 May 2022, Architect contract jobs required the following 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 2,514 (30.12%) Azure
2 1,875 (22.46%) Agile
3 1,819 (21.79%) Finance
4 1,712 (20.51%) Social Skills
5 1,665 (19.95%) AWS
6 1,198 (14.35%) Microsoft
7 1,181 (14.15%) Migration
8 1,170 (14.02%) Security Cleared
9 1,106 (13.25%) DevOps
10 931 (11.15%) SC Cleared
11 916 (10.97%) Stakeholder Management
12 830 (9.94%) TOGAF
13 817 (9.79%) Microservices
14 813 (9.74%) Data Modelling
15 793 (9.50%) Public Sector
16 743 (8.90%) Enterprise Architecture
17 713 (8.54%) GCP
18 653 (7.82%) Banking
19 652 (7.81%) Java
20 648 (7.76%) Data Architecture
21 644 (7.72%) CI/CD
22 631 (7.56%) Analytics
23 618 (7.40%) SaaS
24 606 (7.26%) SQL
25 603 (7.22%) SAP
26 564 (6.76%) Oracle
27 553 (6.63%) Windows
28 542 (6.49%) Kubernetes
29 537 (6.43%) Analytical Skills
30 497 (5.95%) PaaS

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
1 192 (2.30%) SharePoint
2 172 (2.06%) Confluence
3 112 (1.34%) Apache Spark
4 72 (0.86%) Apache
5 55 (0.66%) WebSphere
6 52 (0.62%) CMS
7 38 (0.46%) OpenStack
8 34 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
8 34 (0.41%) JBoss
9 31 (0.37%) Tomcat
10 29 (0.35%) IIS
11 28 (0.34%) SAS
12 26 (0.31%) Cloud Foundry
13 25 (0.30%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 24 (0.29%) Apache Airflow
15 23 (0.28%) nginx
16 22 (0.26%) MS Exchange
17 18 (0.22%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 17 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
19 16 (0.19%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 54 (0.65%) MS Visio
2 46 (0.55%) Chatbot
3 43 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
4 38 (0.46%) Microsoft Office
5 22 (0.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 10 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
7 8 (0.096%) AutoCAD
7 8 (0.096%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.060%) Revit
9 2 (0.024%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.024%) InDesign
10 1 (0.012%) CATIA
10 1 (0.012%) Sketch
10 1 (0.012%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 111 (1.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 98 (1.17%) SAP S/4HANA
3 73 (0.87%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 48 (0.58%) Oracle EBS
5 29 (0.35%) SAP Hybris
6 25 (0.30%) Oracle Applications
7 24 (0.29%) NetSuite
8 20 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
9 18 (0.22%) Maximo
10 17 (0.20%) SAP ERP
10 17 (0.20%) SAP SD
11 16 (0.19%) Magento
11 16 (0.19%) SAP FI
11 16 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 16 (0.19%) Sentinel
12 15 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
13 13 (0.16%) Oracle SCM
14 11 (0.13%) SAP CO
14 11 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
15 10 (0.12%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2,514 (30.12%) Azure
2 1,665 (19.95%) AWS
3 713 (8.54%) GCP
4 618 (7.40%) SaaS
5 497 (5.95%) PaaS
6 402 (4.82%) IaaS
7 319 (3.82%) Serverless
8 318 (3.81%) Microsoft 365
9 277 (3.32%) Power Platform
10 222 (2.66%) Azure Active Directory
11 179 (2.14%) Dynamics 365
12 158 (1.89%) AWS Lambda
13 130 (1.56%) GitHub
14 124 (1.49%) Azure Data Factory
15 113 (1.35%) Amazon S3
16 107 (1.28%) PowerApps
17 106 (1.27%) OpenShift
18 96 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
19 90 (1.08%) AWS CloudFormation
20 89 (1.07%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 435 (5.21%) Firewall
2 262 (3.14%) Network Security
3 201 (2.41%) WAN
4 164 (1.96%) DNS
5 130 (1.56%) LAN
6 126 (1.51%) VPN
7 88 (1.05%) SD-WAN
8 85 (1.02%) Internet
9 70 (0.84%) DHCP
10 62 (0.74%) SAN
11 59 (0.71%) MPLS
11 59 (0.71%) Wi-Fi
12 55 (0.66%) Wireless
13 51 (0.61%) BGP
14 38 (0.46%) SSL
15 36 (0.43%) OSPF
16 35 (0.42%) HTTP
17 32 (0.38%) TCP/IP
18 31 (0.37%) 4G
18 31 (0.37%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 449 (5.38%) Data Warehouse
2 336 (4.03%) Big Data
3 282 (3.38%) SQL Server
4 278 (3.33%) Data Lake
5 245 (2.94%) NoSQL
6 206 (2.47%) Metadata
7 151 (1.81%) Relational Database
8 143 (1.71%) Power BI
9 114 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
10 110 (1.32%) MongoDB
11 88 (1.05%) BigQuery
11 88 (1.05%) Hadoop
12 77 (0.92%) MySQL
13 76 (0.91%) RDBMS
14 75 (0.90%) Azure SQL Database
15 67 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
16 63 (0.75%) Amazon Redshift
17 55 (0.66%) Metadata Repository
18 48 (0.58%) Oracle Database
19 42 (0.50%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 213 (2.55%) Jenkins
2 201 (2.41%) JIRA
3 103 (1.23%) Git (software)
4 87 (1.04%) ERwin
5 64 (0.77%) Maven
6 62 (0.74%) PowerDesigner
7 48 (0.58%) GitLab
8 45 (0.54%) kappa
9 44 (0.53%) Gradle
10 38 (0.46%) TeamCity
11 23 (0.28%) Bitbucket
12 20 (0.24%) Selenium
13 19 (0.23%) SonarQube
14 18 (0.22%) Cucumber
15 16 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
16 15 (0.18%) Terragrunt
17 14 (0.17%) Sonatype Nexus
18 13 (0.16%) Artifactory
19 12 (0.14%) ER Studio
19 12 (0.14%) JUnit
General
1 1,819 (21.79%) Finance
2 1,712 (20.51%) Social Skills
3 793 (9.50%) Public Sector
4 653 (7.82%) Banking
5 537 (6.43%) Analytical Skills
6 439 (5.26%) Retail
7 317 (3.80%) Telecoms
8 279 (3.34%) Marketing
9 234 (2.80%) Manufacturing
10 210 (2.52%) Presentation Skills
11 205 (2.46%) Influencing Skills
12 148 (1.77%) Legal
13 131 (1.57%) Electronics
14 112 (1.34%) Law
15 98 (1.17%) Investment Banking
16 93 (1.11%) Documentation Skills
17 91 (1.09%) Front Office
18 87 (1.04%) Retail Banking
19 71 (0.85%) Billing
20 64 (0.77%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 334 (4.00%) .NET
2 246 (2.95%) Kafka
3 216 (2.59%) REST
4 190 (2.28%) Middleware
5 142 (1.70%) JSON
5 142 (1.70%) Web Services
6 141 (1.69%) React
7 129 (1.55%) RESTful
8 125 (1.50%) XML
9 123 (1.47%) Node.js
10 106 (1.27%) SOAP
11 95 (1.14%) Spring
12 94 (1.13%) AngularJS
12 94 (1.13%) HTML
13 90 (1.08%) OAuth
14 72 (0.86%) CSS
15 68 (0.81%) SAML
16 62 (0.74%) OpenID
17 58 (0.69%) .NET Core
17 58 (0.69%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 435 (5.21%) Public Cloud
2 391 (4.68%) Data Centre
3 311 (3.73%) Management Information System
4 291 (3.49%) Cloud Native
5 178 (2.13%) Legacy Systems
6 165 (1.98%) Data Protection Act
7 160 (1.92%) User Experience
8 146 (1.75%) Hybrid Cloud
9 140 (1.68%) Private Cloud
10 137 (1.64%) Greenfield Project
11 124 (1.49%) Virtual Team
12 123 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
13 120 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
14 100 (1.20%) Data Structures
15 94 (1.13%) IoT
15 94 (1.13%) PKI
16 82 (0.98%) Mobile App
17 66 (0.79%) Legacy Applications
18 64 (0.77%) Replication
19 54 (0.65%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 553 (6.63%) Windows
2 461 (5.52%) Linux
3 210 (2.52%) Windows Server
4 199 (2.38%) Unix
5 82 (0.98%) Windows 10
6 63 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 54 (0.65%) VMS
8 39 (0.47%) AIX
9 34 (0.41%) Solaris
10 27 (0.32%) Android
11 26 (0.31%) Windows Server 2016
11 26 (0.31%) Windows Server 2019
12 25 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
13 22 (0.26%) Apple iOS
14 18 (0.22%) Ubuntu
15 16 (0.19%) CentOS
16 10 (0.12%) Windows Server 2008
17 7 (0.084%) HPUX
17 7 (0.084%) Windows 7
18 6 (0.072%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,875 (22.46%) Agile
2 1,181 (14.15%) Migration
3 1,106 (13.25%) DevOps
4 916 (10.97%) Stakeholder Management
5 830 (9.94%) TOGAF
6 817 (9.79%) Microservices
7 813 (9.74%) Data Modelling
8 743 (8.90%) Enterprise Architecture
9 648 (7.76%) Data Architecture
10 644 (7.72%) CI/CD
11 631 (7.56%) Analytics
12 493 (5.91%) Cybersecurity
13 480 (5.75%) Security Architecture
14 477 (5.71%) Technical Architecture
15 470 (5.63%) Problem-Solving
16 460 (5.51%) Business Intelligence
17 434 (5.20%) ITIL
18 384 (4.60%) IT Strategy
18 384 (4.60%) Scrum
19 354 (4.24%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 652 (7.81%) Java
2 606 (7.26%) SQL
3 484 (5.80%) Python
4 234 (2.80%) C#
5 226 (2.71%) JavaScript
6 225 (2.70%) PowerShell
7 143 (1.71%) C
8 105 (1.26%) Bash
9 94 (1.13%) Scala
10 58 (0.69%) C++
10 58 (0.69%) TypeScript
11 49 (0.59%) Ruby
12 46 (0.55%) PHP
13 36 (0.43%) Shell Script
14 31 (0.37%) R
15 29 (0.35%) Apex Code
15 29 (0.35%) PL/SQL
16 25 (0.30%) Go
17 20 (0.24%) Perl
18 13 (0.16%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 1,170 (14.02%) Security Cleared
2 931 (11.15%) SC Cleared
3 358 (4.29%) Degree
4 192 (2.30%) TOGAF Certification
5 174 (2.08%) DV Cleared
6 172 (2.06%) CISSP
7 168 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
8 95 (1.14%) AWS Certification
9 89 (1.07%) CISM
10 73 (0.87%) Microsoft Certification
11 67 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
12 58 (0.69%) Master's Degree
13 55 (0.66%) CCIE
14 53 (0.63%) MCSE
15 52 (0.62%) CCNA
16 48 (0.58%) CCNP
16 48 (0.58%) Computer Science Degree
17 44 (0.53%) (ISC)2 CCSP
18 42 (0.50%) CISA
19 36 (0.43%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 213 (2.55%) GDPR
2 173 (2.07%) NIST
3 172 (2.06%) Data Quality
4 162 (1.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 155 (1.86%) QA
6 70 (0.84%) NCSC
7 50 (0.60%) COBIT
8 48 (0.58%) PCI DSS
9 40 (0.48%) Accessibility
10 39 (0.47%) SLA
11 33 (0.40%) NIST 800
12 31 (0.37%) ISO 20022
13 30 (0.36%) JSP 440
14 24 (0.29%) GRC
15 21 (0.25%) PMO
16 15 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 15 (0.18%) SEPA
17 14 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
17 14 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 14 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 406 (4.86%) Active Directory
2 391 (4.68%) Docker
3 247 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 65 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
5 63 (0.75%) Hyper-V
6 51 (0.61%) VMware NSX
7 49 (0.59%) vSphere
8 34 (0.41%) Virtual Desktop
9 29 (0.35%) XenApp
10 28 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
11 23 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
12 22 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
13 19 (0.23%) vCloud
14 14 (0.17%) BitLocker
14 14 (0.17%) KVM
15 11 (0.13%) XenDesktop
16 10 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
17 9 (0.11%) Firmware
17 9 (0.11%) OpenSSH
18 7 (0.084%) NFS
Systems Management
1 542 (6.49%) Kubernetes
2 377 (4.52%) Terraform
3 179 (2.14%) Ansible
4 98 (1.17%) SCCM
5 90 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
6 54 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
7 52 (0.62%) Microsoft Intune
7 52 (0.62%) Puppet
8 48 (0.58%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 37 (0.44%) FortiGate
10 30 (0.36%) vRealize
11 20 (0.24%) CASB
11 20 (0.24%) Istio
12 19 (0.23%) Prometheus
12 19 (0.23%) vCenter Server
13 18 (0.22%) Kibana
14 16 (0.19%) Grafana
14 16 (0.19%) Nessus
15 14 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
16 13 (0.16%) SCOM
Vendors
1 1,198 (14.35%) Microsoft
2 603 (7.22%) SAP
3 564 (6.76%) Oracle
4 392 (4.70%) Google
5 365 (4.37%) VMware
6 318 (3.81%) Salesforce.com
7 245 (2.94%) Cisco
8 189 (2.26%) ServiceNow
9 164 (1.96%) Databricks
10 155 (1.86%) Citrix
11 149 (1.79%) IBM
12 146 (1.75%) Red Hat
13 140 (1.68%) MuleSoft
14 103 (1.23%) Splunk
15 97 (1.16%) Sparx
16 80 (0.96%) BiZZdesign
17 78 (0.93%) F5
18 75 (0.90%) Informatica
19 72 (0.86%) Palo Alto
20 71 (0.85%) Juniper