Period
to 2 December 2020

The median contractor rate for a Cloud Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 2 December 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.

Cloud Architect
UK
6 months to
2 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 220 309 357
Rank change year-on-year +89 +48 +98
Contract jobs requiring a Cloud Architect 432 674 725
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.15% 0.83% 0.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.24% 0.88% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 297 413 481
Median daily rate £600 £600 £600
10th Percentile £463 £500 £463
90th Percentile £750 £775 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £585 £550 £588
% change year-on-year +6.29% -6.38% +6.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 2
Median hourly rate £35.00 £78.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.56% +125.00% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £78.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year - +125.00% -

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 34,778 76,257 97,089
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.41% 94.01% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,745 49,796 64,235
Median daily rate £463 £455 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.65% +1.11% -
10th Percentile £255 £250 £270
90th Percentile £650 £644 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,518 2,893 3,050
Median hourly rate £30.00 £19.47 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.12% +8.14% -3.60%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £56.25 £52.27 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +25.00% +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 2 December 2020.

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
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 2 December 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 +72 365 £625 +4.17% 75
London +64 207 £629 -3.19% 31
UK excluding London +79 136 £585 +6.29% 51
Work from Home -53 118 £600 +14.29% 10
South East +94 49 £580 -1.28% 21
North of England +45 30 £613 +11.26% 12
South West +105 29 £575 -4.17% 1
North West +46 18 £675 +17.39% 9
Midlands +44 12 £500 -10.75% 7
Yorkshire +22 8 £563 +4.65%
East Midlands +43 7 £488 -29.09% 2
Scotland +47 6 £525 -4.55% 6
Wales +31 6 £450 -10.00% 1
East of England +60 4 £585 +11.43% 3
West Midlands +33 4 £588 +6.05% 5
North East +39 3 £600 -15.79% 3

Cloud Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 December 2020, 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.

1 226 (52.31%) Azure
2 187 (43.29%) AWS
3 129 (29.86%) GCP
4 106 (24.54%) Security Cleared
5 105 (24.31%) DevOps
6 92 (21.30%) Agile Software Development
7 82 (18.98%) Google
8 77 (17.82%) Finance
8 77 (17.82%) VMware
8 77 (17.82%) Microsoft
9 72 (16.67%) SC Cleared
10 69 (15.97%) Migration
11 68 (15.74%) Kubernetes
12 58 (13.43%) Microservices
13 57 (13.19%) Windows
14 54 (12.50%) SQL
14 54 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
15 51 (11.81%) Terraform
16 50 (11.57%) PaaS
17 49 (11.34%) Docker
18 48 (11.11%) Java
19 46 (10.65%) Banking
20 45 (10.42%) SaaS
20 45 (10.42%) IaaS
21 43 (9.95%) Jenkins
22 40 (9.26%) Web Services
22 40 (9.26%) Python
22 40 (9.26%) Data Centre
23 39 (9.03%) Strategic Roadmap
23 39 (9.03%) Security Architecture

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 19 (4.40%) Apache
2 10 (2.31%) OpenStack
3 7 (1.62%) Confluence
4 6 (1.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 6 (1.39%) SharePoint
5 4 (0.93%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (0.69%) Apache Solr
6 3 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.69%) MS Exchange
6 3 (0.69%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.46%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.46%) CMS
7 2 (0.46%) nginx
7 2 (0.46%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.23%) JBoss
8 1 (0.23%) MQSeries
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle BPEL
8 1 (0.23%) WordPress
Applications
1 4 (0.93%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (0.93%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.46%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (1.16%) Oracle ERP
2 3 (0.69%) Unica
3 2 (0.46%) Infor M3
3 2 (0.46%) SAP IS-U
3 2 (0.46%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.23%) Avolution ABACUS
4 1 (0.23%) Magento
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Payroll
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.23%) SAP Hybris
4 1 (0.23%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.23%) Shopify
4 1 (0.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 226 (52.31%) Azure
2 187 (43.29%) AWS
3 129 (29.86%) GCP
4 50 (11.57%) PaaS
5 45 (10.42%) IaaS
5 45 (10.42%) SaaS
6 27 (6.25%) Serverless
7 22 (5.09%) Apigee
8 20 (4.63%) Amazon ECS
8 20 (4.63%) AWS Lambda
9 17 (3.94%) Azure Active Directory
10 14 (3.24%) AWS CloudFormation
10 14 (3.24%) Office 365
11 12 (2.78%) Azure Stack
12 10 (2.31%) Power Platform
13 8 (1.85%) Cloud Computing
14 7 (1.62%) Amazon EC2
15 6 (1.39%) Amazon GuardDuty
15 6 (1.39%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 5 (1.16%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 21 (4.86%) Firewall
2 20 (4.63%) DNS
3 16 (3.70%) Network Security
4 12 (2.78%) LAN
4 12 (2.78%) WAN
5 9 (2.08%) BGP
6 8 (1.85%) Multicast
6 8 (1.85%) VSAN
7 6 (1.39%) DHCP
8 4 (0.93%) Internet
8 4 (0.93%) Skype
8 4 (0.93%) VPN
9 3 (0.69%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
9 3 (0.69%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 3 (0.69%) HTTP
9 3 (0.69%) Wireless
9 3 (0.69%) WLAN
9 3 (0.69%) X.509
10 2 (0.46%) SSH
10 2 (0.46%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (7.87%) SQL Server
2 28 (6.48%) Data Warehouse
3 22 (5.09%) PostgreSQL
4 21 (4.86%) MySQL
5 20 (4.63%) Amazon Redshift
6 13 (3.01%) Big Data
7 11 (2.55%) Data Lake
8 9 (2.08%) Hadoop
8 9 (2.08%) NoSQL
9 8 (1.85%) BigQuery
9 8 (1.85%) Power BI
10 7 (1.62%) Amazon RDS
10 7 (1.62%) Azure SQL Database
11 6 (1.39%) Oracle Database
12 5 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 4 (0.93%) Apache Cassandra
13 4 (0.93%) Relational Database
14 3 (0.69%) MongoDB
14 3 (0.69%) Oracle Database 12c
14 3 (0.69%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 43 (9.95%) Jenkins
2 25 (5.79%) GitLab
3 19 (4.40%) Artifactory
4 14 (3.24%) JIRA
5 10 (2.31%) Git (software)
6 7 (1.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 7 (1.62%) Bitbucket
7 5 (1.16%) Maven
8 4 (0.93%) Burp Suite
8 4 (0.93%) Mocha
9 3 (0.69%) ERwin
9 3 (0.69%) Grunt
9 3 (0.69%) gulp
9 3 (0.69%) JUnit
10 2 (0.46%) Hudson
10 2 (0.46%) Mockito
10 2 (0.46%) ProC
11 1 (0.23%) Oracle APEX
11 1 (0.23%) Selenium
11 1 (0.23%) TeamCity
General
1 77 (17.82%) Finance
2 46 (10.65%) Banking
3 29 (6.71%) Public Sector
4 22 (5.09%) Marketing
5 20 (4.63%) Telecoms
6 19 (4.40%) Back Office
7 16 (3.70%) Manufacturing
8 14 (3.24%) Electronics
9 12 (2.78%) Retail
10 6 (1.39%) Legal
11 3 (0.69%) Billing
11 3 (0.69%) Law
11 3 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.69%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.23%) International Banking
12 1 (0.23%) Police
12 1 (0.23%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (9.26%) Web Services
2 22 (5.09%) OAuth
3 20 (4.63%) Swagger
4 19 (4.40%) gRPC
5 14 (3.24%) Oracle Fusion
6 12 (2.78%) 802.1X
7 10 (2.31%) Middleware
7 10 (2.31%) REST
8 8 (1.85%) .NET
9 7 (1.62%) CSS
9 7 (1.62%) HTML
9 7 (1.62%) JSON
10 6 (1.39%) RESTful
10 6 (1.39%) XML
11 5 (1.16%) HTML5
11 5 (1.16%) RabbitMQ
11 5 (1.16%) Spring
11 5 (1.16%) Spring Boot
12 4 (0.93%) SAML
12 4 (0.93%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 40 (9.26%) Data Centre
2 37 (8.56%) Public Cloud
3 27 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
4 24 (5.56%) Hedge funds
5 19 (4.40%) Cloud Native
5 19 (4.40%) Hybrid Cloud
5 19 (4.40%) Private Cloud
6 11 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (1.85%) Enterprise Cloud
8 7 (1.62%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (1.62%) Management Information System
9 6 (1.39%) FMCG
9 6 (1.39%) PKI
10 5 (1.16%) Fixed Income
11 3 (0.69%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.69%) Wiki
12 2 (0.46%) Blog
12 2 (0.46%) Robotics
12 2 (0.46%) User Experience
12 2 (0.46%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 57 (13.19%) Windows
2 28 (6.48%) Linux
3 11 (2.55%) Windows Server
4 7 (1.62%) Android
4 7 (1.62%) Apple iOS
5 4 (0.93%) Kali Linux
5 4 (0.93%) Unix
5 4 (0.93%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.69%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.46%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (0.23%) AIX
8 1 (0.23%) VMS
8 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (24.31%) DevOps
2 92 (21.30%) Agile Software Development
3 69 (15.97%) Migration
4 58 (13.43%) Microservices
5 39 (9.03%) Security Architecture
5 39 (9.03%) Strategic Roadmap
6 34 (7.87%) Cybersecurity
7 28 (6.48%) Technology Roadmap
8 27 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
9 26 (6.02%) Mentoring
10 25 (5.79%) Scrum
11 24 (5.56%) Architectural Design
12 23 (5.32%) TOGAF
13 22 (5.09%) ERP
13 22 (5.09%) SOA
13 22 (5.09%) Stakeholder Management
14 21 (4.86%) SIEM
15 20 (4.63%) Infrastructure as Code
16 19 (4.40%) Asset Management
16 19 (4.40%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 54 (12.50%) SQL
2 48 (11.11%) Java
3 40 (9.26%) Python
4 11 (2.55%) PowerShell
5 10 (2.31%) JavaScript
6 8 (1.85%) C
7 4 (0.93%) Apex Code
7 4 (0.93%) C#
7 4 (0.93%) PL/SQL
8 3 (0.69%) Bash Shell
8 3 (0.69%) PHP
9 2 (0.46%) C++
9 2 (0.46%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.46%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.23%) BeanShell
10 1 (0.23%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 1 (0.23%) Erlang
10 1 (0.23%) SOQL
10 1 (0.23%) SOSL
Qualifications
1 106 (24.54%) Security Cleared
2 72 (16.67%) SC Cleared
3 34 (7.87%) DV Cleared
4 19 (4.40%) Sun Certification
5 16 (3.70%) CISSP
6 11 (2.55%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (1.85%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (1.85%) TOGAF Certification
8 6 (1.39%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 6 (1.39%) AWS Certification
8 6 (1.39%) CCIE
8 6 (1.39%) CCSP
8 6 (1.39%) OSCP
9 5 (1.16%) CISM
10 4 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
10 4 (0.93%) CCNP
10 4 (0.93%) CISA
10 4 (0.93%) Degree
10 4 (0.93%) SANS
10 4 (0.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (3.47%) NIST
2 10 (2.31%) JSP 440
2 10 (2.31%) NCSC
3 9 (2.08%) GDPR
4 7 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.93%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.69%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.69%) QA
7 1 (0.23%) GxP
7 1 (0.23%) IFRS
7 1 (0.23%) MiFID
7 1 (0.23%) NIST 800
7 1 (0.23%) OASIS TOSCA
7 1 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.23%) Solvency II
System Software
1 54 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 49 (11.34%) Docker
3 30 (6.94%) VMware NSX
4 24 (5.56%) Active Directory
5 11 (2.55%) KVM
6 9 (2.08%) Hyper-V
6 9 (2.08%) vSphere
7 7 (1.62%) Microsoft App-V
7 7 (1.62%) vCloud
7 7 (1.62%) Virtual Machines
8 5 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.93%) Xen
10 2 (0.46%) NFS
10 2 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.46%) VMFS
11 1 (0.23%) LXC
11 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 68 (15.74%) Kubernetes
2 51 (11.81%) Terraform
3 35 (8.10%) Ansible
4 11 (2.55%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (1.85%) Single Sign-On
5 8 (1.85%) vCenter Server
6 6 (1.39%) Grafana
6 6 (1.39%) Prometheus
7 5 (1.16%) Microsoft Intune
7 5 (1.16%) Puppet
7 5 (1.16%) QRadar
7 5 (1.16%) SCCM
7 5 (1.16%) vRealize
8 4 (0.93%) Consul
8 4 (0.93%) Nessus
9 3 (0.69%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 2 (0.46%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.46%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.46%) Packer
10 2 (0.46%) vMotion
Vendors
1 82 (18.98%) Google
2 77 (17.82%) Microsoft
2 77 (17.82%) VMware
3 35 (8.10%) Oracle
4 30 (6.94%) Salesforce.com
5 26 (6.02%) SAP
6 12 (2.78%) Arista
7 11 (2.55%) Cloudera
7 11 (2.55%) Splunk
8 10 (2.31%) Red Hat
9 9 (2.08%) Dell
10 8 (1.85%) Cisco
10 8 (1.85%) Demandware
10 8 (1.85%) F5
11 7 (1.62%) Palo Alto
12 5 (1.16%) ArcSight
12 5 (1.16%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
13 4 (0.93%) CenturyLink
13 4 (0.93%) Hortonworks
13 4 (0.93%) MuleSoft