Period
to 24 February 2020

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 February 2020.

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
24 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 17 18 22
Rank change year-on-year +1 +4 -7
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 5,316 7,739 7,207
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.84% 7.94% 7.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.35% 8.38% 7.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,262 4,894 4,548
UK median daily rate £575 £575 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.55% -
10th Percentile £450 £450 £425
90th Percentile £750 £725 £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 44 37
UK median hourly rate £47.00 £53.14 £52.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.56% +1.71% +20.81%
10th Percentile £35.00 £35.00 £33.42
90th Percentile £73.75 £82.25 £80.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.50 £46.25 £50.58
% change year-on-year +9.19% -8.55% +17.84%

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 63,673 92,322 95,517
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.90% 94.72% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 41,098 61,146 63,381
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £238 £271 £263
90th Percentile £650 £648 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,539 2,879 2,830
UK median hourly rate £19.33 £18.70 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.34% - +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.61 £11.00 £10.99
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.05 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +3.13% - -

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 24 February 2020.

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 24 February 2020.

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 24 February 2020. 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 4,976 £586 +1.91% 1,207
UK excluding London -2 2,862 £550 - 766
London +5 2,308 £613 +2.08% 500
South East +2 916 £550 - 230
North of England +8 677 £550 - 192
South West -6 421 £600 +8.60% 75
Midlands -1 398 £550 +2.33% 120
North West -2 363 £550 - 109
West Midlands -1 265 £550 - 74
Yorkshire +16 231 £559 +1.59% 65
East of England -7 212 £575 +4.55% 86
Scotland -12 203 £525 - 37
East Midlands -4 123 £550 +7.84% 45
North East +20 85 £538 +7.50% 18
Wales -31 35 £515 -14.17% 22
Northern Ireland +28 16 £550 +15.79% 4
Channel Islands -3 2 - -

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 February 2020, 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 1,404 (26.41%) Azure
2 1,139 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
3 1,029 (19.36%) AWS
4 878 (16.52%) Security Cleared
5 845 (15.90%) Finance
6 821 (15.44%) Migration
7 816 (15.35%) Microsoft
8 652 (12.26%) SC Cleared
9 610 (11.47%) DevOps
10 514 (9.67%) Java
11 504 (9.48%) TOGAF
12 499 (9.39%) SQL
13 493 (9.27%) Stakeholder Management
14 455 (8.56%) Public Sector
15 449 (8.45%) Data Modelling
16 439 (8.26%) Windows
17 414 (7.79%) Analytics
18 404 (7.60%) Oracle
19 389 (7.32%) Enterprise Architecture
20 354 (6.66%) Data Architecture
21 334 (6.28%) Business Intelligence
22 331 (6.23%) Microservices
23 329 (6.19%) CRM
24 328 (6.17%) Web Services
25 325 (6.11%) Office 365
26 314 (5.91%) SAP
27 311 (5.85%) Data Centre
28 310 (5.83%) .NET
29 305 (5.74%) SQL Server
29 305 (5.74%) 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
1 171 (3.22%) SharePoint
2 90 (1.69%) Apache Spark
3 81 (1.52%) Confluence
4 72 (1.35%) WebLogic
5 60 (1.13%) CMS
6 58 (1.09%) Skype for Business
7 55 (1.03%) JBoss
8 49 (0.92%) OpenStack
9 48 (0.90%) Red Hat Fuse
10 42 (0.79%) MQSeries
11 39 (0.73%) MS Exchange
12 32 (0.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 31 (0.58%) WebSphere
14 29 (0.55%) Apache
15 23 (0.43%) Adobe Experience Manager
16 22 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
17 19 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
17 19 (0.36%) IIS
18 17 (0.32%) Apache Airflow
18 17 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 64 (1.20%) MS Visio
2 58 (1.09%) Microsoft Office
3 41 (0.77%) Microsoft Excel
4 40 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (0.094%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.075%) Adobe Illustrator
7 4 (0.075%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.075%) Sketch
8 2 (0.038%) AutoCAD
8 2 (0.038%) InVision
8 2 (0.038%) OmniGraffle
8 2 (0.038%) SPSS
8 2 (0.038%) UserZoom
8 2 (0.038%) Windchill
8 2 (0.038%) Zeplin
9 1 (0.019%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.019%) Maya
9 1 (0.019%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 145 (2.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 63 (1.19%) SAP S/4HANA
3 52 (0.98%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 44 (0.83%) Oracle EBS
5 31 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
5 31 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
6 22 (0.41%) SAP ERP
7 21 (0.40%) SAP MDG
8 19 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
9 15 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 13 (0.24%) Endur
11 12 (0.23%) SAP FI
11 12 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 11 (0.21%) NetSuite
12 11 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
13 10 (0.19%) Magento
13 10 (0.19%) Markit EDM
14 9 (0.17%) SAP CO
14 9 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
14 9 (0.17%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 1,404 (26.41%) Azure
2 1,029 (19.36%) AWS
3 325 (6.11%) Office 365
4 305 (5.74%) PaaS
5 287 (5.40%) SaaS
6 275 (5.17%) IaaS
7 242 (4.55%) GCP
8 170 (3.20%) Power Platform
9 160 (3.01%) Serverless
10 144 (2.71%) Dynamics 365
11 137 (2.58%) Azure Active Directory
12 81 (1.52%) Azure Data Factory
13 78 (1.47%) Amazon S3
14 77 (1.45%) AWS Lambda
15 63 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
16 52 (0.98%) GitHub
17 51 (0.96%) Azure Functions
18 48 (0.90%) Azure ExpressRoute
19 46 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
20 43 (0.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 241 (4.53%) Firewall
2 140 (2.63%) WAN
3 126 (2.37%) Network Security
4 110 (2.07%) LAN
5 92 (1.73%) DNS
6 78 (1.47%) Internet
7 60 (1.13%) Skype
8 56 (1.05%) VPN
9 45 (0.85%) DHCP
9 45 (0.85%) SAN
10 41 (0.77%) TCP/IP
10 41 (0.77%) Unified Communications
11 38 (0.71%) MPLS
12 37 (0.70%) Radio Access Network
13 36 (0.68%) BGP
13 36 (0.68%) Wi-Fi
14 35 (0.66%) HTTP
15 32 (0.60%) Wireless
16 27 (0.51%) NAS
17 26 (0.49%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 305 (5.74%) SQL Server
2 277 (5.21%) Data Warehouse
3 255 (4.80%) Big Data
4 180 (3.39%) Data Lake
5 155 (2.92%) Power BI
6 113 (2.13%) NoSQL
7 110 (2.07%) Hadoop
8 98 (1.84%) PostgreSQL
9 90 (1.69%) Relational Database
10 88 (1.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 70 (1.32%) Oracle Database
12 69 (1.30%) MySQL
13 65 (1.22%) MongoDB
14 58 (1.09%) Azure SQL Database
15 57 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 56 (1.05%) Amazon Redshift
17 55 (1.03%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 52 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
19 44 (0.83%) Apache Hive
20 42 (0.79%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 118 (2.22%) JIRA
2 99 (1.86%) Jenkins
3 80 (1.50%) Git (software)
4 36 (0.68%) Visual Studio
5 25 (0.47%) ERwin
6 24 (0.45%) GitLab
7 23 (0.43%) Team Foundation Server
8 21 (0.40%) Maven
9 20 (0.38%) Selenium
10 19 (0.36%) Artifactory
11 17 (0.32%) Subversion
12 16 (0.30%) Cucumber
12 16 (0.30%) JUnit
13 13 (0.24%) Visual Studio Team System
14 11 (0.21%) Bitbucket
15 10 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
16 9 (0.17%) Axure RP
16 9 (0.17%) Burp Suite
16 9 (0.17%) ER Studio
17 7 (0.13%) Gradle
General
1 845 (15.90%) Finance
2 455 (8.56%) Public Sector
3 214 (4.03%) Telecoms
4 213 (4.01%) Banking
5 198 (3.72%) Retail
6 148 (2.78%) Marketing
7 114 (2.14%) Manufacturing
8 92 (1.73%) Legal
9 72 (1.35%) Front Office
10 48 (0.90%) Billing
11 45 (0.85%) Electronics
12 31 (0.58%) Advertising
12 31 (0.58%) Law
12 31 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
13 25 (0.47%) Financial Institution
14 24 (0.45%) Investment Banking
15 23 (0.43%) Back Office
16 21 (0.40%) Retail Banking
17 16 (0.30%) Aerospace
18 14 (0.26%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 328 (6.17%) Web Services
2 310 (5.83%) .NET
3 180 (3.39%) REST
4 178 (3.35%) XML
5 157 (2.95%) Node.js
6 138 (2.60%) Middleware
7 134 (2.52%) JSON
8 109 (2.05%) SOAP
9 84 (1.58%) React
10 81 (1.52%) Kafka
11 80 (1.50%) HTML
12 72 (1.35%) RabbitMQ
13 64 (1.20%) CSS
14 63 (1.19%) RESTful
15 60 (1.13%) SAML
16 59 (1.11%) AngularJS
17 51 (0.96%) Hibernate
17 51 (0.96%) Spring
18 43 (0.81%) Apache Camel
19 42 (0.79%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 311 (5.85%) Data Centre
2 268 (5.04%) Analytical Skills
3 204 (3.84%) Public Cloud
4 164 (3.09%) Management Information System
5 136 (2.56%) Hybrid Cloud
6 130 (2.45%) Greenfield Project
7 110 (2.07%) Enterprise Software
8 105 (1.98%) User Experience
9 67 (1.26%) Self-Motivation
10 65 (1.22%) Cloud Native
11 61 (1.15%) Private Cloud
11 61 (1.15%) Reference Data
12 51 (0.96%) Fixed Income
13 48 (0.90%) PKI
14 44 (0.83%) Derivative
15 42 (0.79%) Virtual Team
16 35 (0.66%) Replication
17 33 (0.62%) CMDB
18 32 (0.60%) NHS
19 29 (0.55%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 439 (8.26%) Windows
2 248 (4.67%) Linux
3 136 (2.56%) Windows Server
4 120 (2.26%) Windows 10
5 106 (1.99%) Unix
6 46 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 41 (0.77%) Android
8 40 (0.75%) Windows 7
9 28 (0.53%) Apple iOS
10 27 (0.51%) Solaris
11 23 (0.43%) VMS
12 19 (0.36%) AIX
13 17 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
14 16 (0.30%) Mac OS X
15 15 (0.28%) Ubuntu
16 14 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
17 12 (0.23%) CentOS
18 7 (0.13%) Windows 8
19 6 (0.11%) Mac OS
20 5 (0.094%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,139 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
2 821 (15.44%) Migration
3 610 (11.47%) DevOps
4 504 (9.48%) TOGAF
5 493 (9.27%) Stakeholder Management
6 449 (8.45%) Data Modelling
7 414 (7.79%) Analytics
8 389 (7.32%) Enterprise Architecture
9 354 (6.66%) Data Architecture
10 334 (6.28%) Business Intelligence
11 331 (6.23%) Microservices
12 329 (6.19%) CRM
13 262 (4.93%) Technical Leadership
14 250 (4.70%) Problem-Solving
15 247 (4.65%) Technical Architecture
16 243 (4.57%) Security Architecture
17 241 (4.53%) Scrum
18 220 (4.14%) ITIL
19 216 (4.06%) Mentoring
20 210 (3.95%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 514 (9.67%) Java
2 499 (9.39%) SQL
3 281 (5.29%) Python
4 221 (4.16%) JavaScript
5 210 (3.95%) C#
6 143 (2.69%) PowerShell
7 63 (1.19%) Ruby
8 60 (1.13%) Scala
9 59 (1.11%) PHP
9 59 (1.11%) PL/SQL
9 59 (1.11%) T-SQL
10 58 (1.09%) C++
11 54 (1.02%) C
12 50 (0.94%) Perl
13 45 (0.85%) Apex Code
14 41 (0.77%) Shell Script
15 35 (0.66%) Bash Shell
16 32 (0.60%) R
17 27 (0.51%) ABAP
18 23 (0.43%) Go
Qualifications
1 878 (16.52%) Security Cleared
2 652 (12.26%) SC Cleared
3 197 (3.71%) Degree
4 158 (2.97%) DV Cleared
5 136 (2.56%) Cisco Certification
6 130 (2.45%) CISSP
7 103 (1.94%) TOGAF Certification
8 80 (1.50%) BPSS Clearance
9 66 (1.24%) CCIE
10 62 (1.17%) CCNP
11 60 (1.13%) AWS Certification
12 49 (0.92%) CISM
13 45 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
14 37 (0.70%) CCNA
15 33 (0.62%) GIAC
15 33 (0.62%) MCSE
16 30 (0.56%) Computer Science Degree
16 30 (0.56%) SANS
17 28 (0.53%) CCDP
18 20 (0.38%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 110 (2.07%) GDPR
2 97 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 79 (1.49%) Data Quality
4 72 (1.35%) NCSC
5 67 (1.26%) QA
6 52 (0.98%) NIST
7 42 (0.79%) PCI DSS
8 28 (0.53%) COBIT
9 23 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 22 (0.41%) SLA
11 21 (0.40%) PMO
12 19 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 14 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
14 9 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
15 8 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 7 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 7 (0.13%) RMADS
17 5 (0.094%) HL7
17 5 (0.094%) IFRS
17 5 (0.094%) JSP 440
System Software
1 302 (5.68%) Active Directory
2 165 (3.10%) Docker
3 155 (2.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 48 (0.90%) vSphere
5 43 (0.81%) VMware NSX
6 40 (0.75%) Hyper-V
7 26 (0.49%) HDFS
7 26 (0.49%) Virtual Desktop
8 23 (0.43%) vCloud
8 23 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
9 19 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
10 16 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
11 12 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (0.21%) XenApp
13 7 (0.13%) NFS
13 7 (0.13%) XenDesktop
14 6 (0.11%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 3 (0.056%) Apache Flume
15 3 (0.056%) GridGain
15 3 (0.056%) KVM
Systems Management
1 189 (3.56%) Kubernetes
2 151 (2.84%) Ansible
3 129 (2.43%) Terraform
4 88 (1.66%) SCCM
5 75 (1.41%) Puppet
6 54 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
7 41 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
8 36 (0.68%) Microsoft Intune
9 34 (0.64%) Netcool
10 31 (0.58%) Netcool/OMNIbus
11 28 (0.53%) vRealize
12 26 (0.49%) vCenter Server
13 22 (0.41%) Amdocs OSS
14 16 (0.30%) AirWatch
15 14 (0.26%) vRealize Orchestrator
16 13 (0.24%) RSA Archer
17 10 (0.19%) FortiGate
17 10 (0.19%) Nagios
17 10 (0.19%) Nessus
17 10 (0.19%) Oozie
Vendors
1 816 (15.35%) Microsoft
2 404 (7.60%) Oracle
3 314 (5.91%) SAP
4 268 (5.04%) VMware
5 265 (4.98%) Salesforce.com
6 240 (4.51%) Cisco
7 183 (3.44%) Google
8 117 (2.20%) MuleSoft
9 113 (2.13%) IBM
10 89 (1.67%) ServiceNow
11 80 (1.50%) Sparx
12 79 (1.49%) Citrix
12 79 (1.49%) Red Hat
13 66 (1.24%) Informatica
14 52 (0.98%) Axway
14 52 (0.98%) Dell
15 49 (0.92%) Databricks
16 48 (0.90%) Tableau
17 47 (0.88%) Sybase
18 46 (0.87%) Splunk