Period
to 21 April 2021

The median contractor rate for a Cloud Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 April 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.

Cloud Architect
UK
6 months to
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 237 309 314
Rank change year-on-year +72 +5 +67
Contract jobs requiring a Cloud Architect 568 444 807
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.06% 0.78% 0.84%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.15% 0.84% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 393 280 540
10th Percentile £464 £463 £475
25th Percentile £525 £518 £525
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £600 £600 £600
75th Percentile £676 £700 £700
90th Percentile £738 £800 £775
UK excluding London median daily rate £570 £550 £575
% change year-on-year +3.64% -4.35% +4.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
10th Percentile " " "
25th Percentile £46.25 " £11.25
Median hourly rate £47.50 - £11.50
75th Percentile £54.38 " £11.75
90th Percentile £57.75 " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £60.00 - -

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 49,580 53,060 90,423
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.77% 93.75% 94.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 34,069 35,160 60,958
10th Percentile £281 £225 £270
25th Percentile £380 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £460 £465
Median % change year-on-year +3.26% -1.08% +3.33%
75th Percentile £575 £570 £569
90th Percentile £663 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,658 2,026 2,654
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.61 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.60 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.99 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.51% +5.47% +2.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £38.75 £38.75
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.25 £49.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% -

Cloud Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Cloud Architect in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Cloud Architect in the UK

Cloud Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Cloud Architect.

Daily rate trend for Cloud Architect in the UK

Cloud Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Cloud Architect over the 6 months to 21 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Cloud Architect in the UK

Cloud Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Cloud Architect.

Hourly rate trend for Cloud Architect in the UK

Cloud Architect
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Cloud Architect over the 6 months to 21 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Cloud Architect in the UK

Cloud Architect
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Cloud Architect within the UK over the 6 months to 21 April 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 +44 460 £600 -1.44% 138
London +22 270 £600 -7.69% 77
Work from Home -70 209 £600 -11.76% 23
UK excluding London +73 152 £570 +3.64% 60
South East +58 62 £584 +2.43% 20
North of England +40 35 £575 - 14
Midlands +37 28 £525 -12.50% 9
North West +36 23 £560 +1.82% 10
West Midlands +20 18 £575 -1.08% 5
South West +43 12 £588 +11.90% 5
Yorkshire +30 11 £590 +7.27% 4
East Midlands +24 9 £513 - 4
Wales +19 7 £525 +7.14%
East of England +23 4 £627 +16.65% 8
Scotland -2 4 £538 +7.50% 3
North East +22 1 £600 -9.43%

Cloud Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 2021, Cloud 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 Cloud Architect in the job title.

1 308 (54.23%) Azure
2 281 (49.47%) AWS
3 168 (29.58%) DevOps
4 144 (25.35%) GCP
5 132 (23.24%) Agile Software Development
6 126 (22.18%) Migration
7 105 (18.49%) Finance
8 103 (18.13%) Microsoft
9 98 (17.25%) Google
10 89 (15.67%) Kubernetes
11 87 (15.32%) Terraform
12 82 (14.44%) PaaS
13 77 (13.56%) VMware
14 75 (13.20%) SQL
14 75 (13.20%) Microservices
14 75 (13.20%) Public Cloud
15 74 (13.03%) Oracle
16 66 (11.62%) Java
17 65 (11.44%) Security Cleared
18 64 (11.27%) IaaS
19 63 (11.09%) Cloud Native
20 62 (10.92%) Infrastructure as Code
21 60 (10.56%) SaaS
22 59 (10.39%) Windows
23 57 (10.04%) Docker
24 56 (9.86%) Security Architecture
25 51 (8.98%) SC Cleared
26 50 (8.80%) Information Security
26 50 (8.80%) Banking
27 49 (8.63%) Analytical Skills

Cloud 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 13 (2.29%) Apache Spark
2 11 (1.94%) Confluence
3 10 (1.76%) Apache
4 7 (1.23%) OpenStack
5 6 (1.06%) Cloud Foundry
5 6 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (0.70%) Apache Airflow
6 4 (0.70%) SAS
6 4 (0.70%) SharePoint
7 3 (0.53%) JBoss
7 3 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
7 3 (0.53%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.35%) CMS
8 2 (0.35%) Red Hat Fuse
8 2 (0.35%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.35%) WordPress
9 1 (0.18%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.18%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.18%) Oracle Service Bus
9 1 (0.18%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (0.53%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (0.70%) Oracle ERP
2 3 (0.53%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 3 (0.53%) Unica
3 2 (0.35%) Infor M3
3 2 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.35%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.18%) Magento
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.18%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.18%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.18%) SAP IS-U
4 1 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.18%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.18%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 308 (54.23%) Azure
2 281 (49.47%) AWS
3 144 (25.35%) GCP
4 82 (14.44%) PaaS
5 64 (11.27%) IaaS
6 60 (10.56%) SaaS
7 44 (7.75%) Azure Active Directory
8 35 (6.16%) AWS CloudFormation
9 28 (4.93%) Microsoft 365
10 22 (3.87%) Amazon EKS
11 21 (3.70%) Cloud Computing
11 21 (3.70%) Serverless
12 17 (2.99%) Amazon GuardDuty
13 16 (2.82%) OpenShift
14 15 (2.64%) Amazon S3
15 14 (2.46%) AWS Lambda
16 13 (2.29%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 13 (2.29%) Azure Logic Apps
16 13 (2.29%) Power Platform
17 12 (2.11%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 29 (5.11%) Firewall
2 15 (2.64%) DNS
3 11 (1.94%) WAN
4 10 (1.76%) BGP
4 10 (1.76%) Network Security
5 9 (1.58%) LAN
6 7 (1.23%) HTTP
7 6 (1.06%) Multicast
7 6 (1.06%) SSL
7 6 (1.06%) VPN
8 5 (0.88%) NetScaler
9 4 (0.70%) Reverse Proxy
9 4 (0.70%) TCP/IP
9 4 (0.70%) VSAN
10 3 (0.53%) SAN
11 2 (0.35%) DHCP
11 2 (0.35%) Internet
11 2 (0.35%) SSH
11 2 (0.35%) VoIP
11 2 (0.35%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (7.39%) Big Data
2 22 (3.87%) Hadoop
3 17 (2.99%) SQL Server
4 16 (2.82%) Data Lake
5 14 (2.46%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (2.29%) BigQuery
7 10 (1.76%) NoSQL
7 10 (1.76%) Power BI
8 9 (1.58%) Oracle Database
9 8 (1.41%) Azure SQL Database
9 8 (1.41%) Relational Database
9 8 (1.41%) Tableau
10 7 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
11 6 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
11 6 (1.06%) Apache Hive
12 5 (0.88%) Bigtable
12 5 (0.88%) Cloud Spanner
13 4 (0.70%) MongoDB
13 4 (0.70%) MySQL
14 3 (0.53%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 29 (5.11%) Jenkins
2 19 (3.35%) JIRA
3 12 (2.11%) Git (software)
4 10 (1.76%) GitLab
5 8 (1.41%) Maven
6 4 (0.70%) Bitbucket
6 4 (0.70%) Burp Suite
6 4 (0.70%) Gradle
6 4 (0.70%) TeamCity
6 4 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
7 3 (0.53%) git-flow
7 3 (0.53%) SonarQube
8 2 (0.35%) ProC
8 2 (0.35%) RStudio
8 2 (0.35%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.35%) Spinnaker
8 2 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.35%) Terragrunt
8 2 (0.35%) Visual Studio
9 1 (0.18%) JMeter
General
1 105 (18.49%) Finance
2 50 (8.80%) Banking
3 30 (5.28%) Public Sector
4 17 (2.99%) Retail
5 16 (2.82%) Marketing
6 14 (2.46%) Legal
7 10 (1.76%) Telecoms
8 7 (1.23%) Retail Banking
9 6 (1.06%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.70%) Law
11 3 (0.53%) Billing
11 3 (0.53%) Electronics
11 3 (0.53%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.35%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.35%) Local Government
12 2 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
13 1 (0.18%) Automotive
13 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.18%) Front Office
13 1 (0.18%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (4.23%) Middleware
2 21 (3.70%) Web Services
3 20 (3.52%) .NET
4 15 (2.64%) OAuth
5 14 (2.46%) Node.js
5 14 (2.46%) REST
6 12 (2.11%) SOAP
7 11 (1.94%) Kafka
8 10 (1.76%) JSON
8 10 (1.76%) Spring
8 10 (1.76%) Spring Boot
9 8 (1.41%) J2EE
10 7 (1.23%) AngularJS
10 7 (1.23%) HTML
10 7 (1.23%) OAuth2
10 7 (1.23%) Oracle Fusion
11 6 (1.06%) OpenID
11 6 (1.06%) React
12 5 (0.88%) Java EE
12 5 (0.88%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 75 (13.20%) Public Cloud
2 63 (11.09%) Cloud Native
3 49 (8.63%) Analytical Skills
4 43 (7.57%) Data Centre
5 41 (7.22%) Hybrid Cloud
6 27 (4.75%) Private Cloud
7 13 (2.29%) Enterprise Cloud
7 13 (2.29%) Management Information System
8 9 (1.58%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (1.41%) Virtual Team
10 5 (0.88%) Clustering
10 5 (0.88%) Mobile App
11 4 (0.70%) Blog
11 4 (0.70%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 4 (0.70%) Self-Motivation
11 4 (0.70%) User Experience
12 3 (0.53%) Cyberthreat
12 3 (0.53%) Mainframe
12 3 (0.53%) Organisational Skills
12 3 (0.53%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 59 (10.39%) Windows
2 36 (6.34%) Windows Server
3 35 (6.16%) Linux
4 9 (1.58%) Unix
5 8 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (0.88%) AIX
6 5 (0.88%) Solaris
7 4 (0.70%) Kali Linux
7 4 (0.70%) VMS
8 2 (0.35%) Android
8 2 (0.35%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.35%) HPUX
8 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (0.35%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (0.18%) CentOS
9 1 (0.18%) Debian
9 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.18%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 168 (29.58%) DevOps
2 132 (23.24%) Agile Software Development
3 126 (22.18%) Migration
4 75 (13.20%) Microservices
5 62 (10.92%) Infrastructure as Code
6 56 (9.86%) Security Architecture
7 50 (8.80%) Information Security
8 43 (7.57%) Analytics
9 41 (7.22%) Cybersecurity
10 39 (6.87%) Stakeholder Management
11 38 (6.69%) Scrum
12 36 (6.34%) Enterprise Architecture
13 35 (6.16%) TOGAF
14 34 (5.99%) Architectural Design
14 34 (5.99%) Open Source
14 34 (5.99%) Technical Architecture
15 30 (5.28%) Decision-Making
16 29 (5.11%) Data Modelling
17 28 (4.93%) Network Design
18 26 (4.58%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 75 (13.20%) SQL
2 66 (11.62%) Java
3 48 (8.45%) Python
4 30 (5.28%) PowerShell
5 22 (3.87%) JavaScript
6 14 (2.46%) C#
7 12 (2.11%) Bash Shell
8 9 (1.58%) Ruby
9 8 (1.41%) C
9 8 (1.41%) Scala
10 7 (1.23%) Go
11 5 (0.88%) PHP
11 5 (0.88%) TypeScript
12 4 (0.70%) Apex Code
12 4 (0.70%) Groovy
13 3 (0.53%) C++
13 3 (0.53%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.53%) R
13 3 (0.53%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.53%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 65 (11.44%) Security Cleared
2 51 (8.98%) SC Cleared
3 26 (4.58%) CISSP
4 17 (2.99%) Degree
5 14 (2.46%) CISM
6 13 (2.29%) DV Cleared
7 12 (2.11%) AWS Certification
8 8 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (1.23%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 6 (1.06%) TOGAF Certification
11 4 (0.70%) CCSP
11 4 (0.70%) Master's Degree
11 4 (0.70%) OSCP
11 4 (0.70%) SANS
12 3 (0.53%) CISA
12 3 (0.53%) Computer Science Degree
13 2 (0.35%) CCA
13 2 (0.35%) CITP
13 2 (0.35%) PMP
14 1 (0.18%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (2.99%) Data Quality
1 17 (2.99%) GDPR
2 13 (2.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (2.11%) NIST
4 7 (1.23%) QA
5 6 (1.06%) NCSC
6 3 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (0.53%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 3 (0.53%) NIST 800
6 3 (0.53%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.53%) SLA
7 1 (0.18%) Actionable Recommendations
7 1 (0.18%) GxP
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 57 (10.04%) Docker
2 44 (7.75%) Active Directory
3 42 (7.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 30 (5.28%) Hyper-V
5 29 (5.11%) Microsoft App-V
6 13 (2.29%) XenApp
7 9 (1.58%) Virtual Machines
8 8 (1.41%) KVM
8 8 (1.41%) VMware NSX
9 7 (1.23%) vCloud
10 5 (0.88%) Virtual Desktop
10 5 (0.88%) vSphere
11 3 (0.53%) Oracle RAC
11 3 (0.53%) Xen
12 2 (0.35%) HDFS
12 2 (0.35%) NFS
12 2 (0.35%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 1 (0.18%) Apache Flume
13 1 (0.18%) VMFS
13 1 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 89 (15.67%) Kubernetes
2 87 (15.32%) Terraform
3 40 (7.04%) Ansible
4 13 (2.29%) Puppet
5 9 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
7 5 (0.88%) vRealize
8 4 (0.70%) Istio
8 4 (0.70%) Nessus
8 4 (0.70%) vCenter Server
9 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (0.53%) Packer
10 2 (0.35%) Prometheus
10 2 (0.35%) QRadar
10 2 (0.35%) SCCM
10 2 (0.35%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 1 (0.18%) Grafana
11 1 (0.18%) Network Intrusion Detection System
11 1 (0.18%) SCOM
11 1 (0.18%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 103 (18.13%) Microsoft
2 98 (17.25%) Google
3 77 (13.56%) VMware
4 74 (13.03%) Oracle
5 37 (6.51%) Salesforce.com
6 31 (5.46%) Cloudera
7 23 (4.05%) Citrix
8 16 (2.82%) Red Hat
9 14 (2.46%) SAP
10 13 (2.29%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
11 12 (2.11%) Informatica
12 11 (1.94%) IBM
13 9 (1.58%) Arista
13 9 (1.58%) MuleSoft
14 7 (1.23%) Databricks
14 7 (1.23%) Demandware
15 5 (0.88%) Splunk
16 4 (0.70%) Cisco
17 3 (0.53%) Cognizant
17 3 (0.53%) Sybase