The median contractor rate for a Cloud Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 372 431 523
Rank change year-on-year +59 +92  
Contract jobs requiring a Cloud Architect 237 216 102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.52% 0.40% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.55% 0.42% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 140 60
Median daily rate £575 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.54% +4.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £425 £430
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £685 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £528 £550 £521
% change year-on-year -4.09% +5.51%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43148 51543 50918
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.77% 95.22% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 28028 33436 30785
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1488 1586 2043
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Cloud Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Cloud Architect in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Cloud Architect in the UK

Cloud Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Cloud Architect.

Contractor daily rate trend for Cloud Architect in the UK

Cloud Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Cloud Architect over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Cloud Architect in the UK

Cloud Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Cloud Architect.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Cloud Architect in the UK

Cloud Architect
Top 30 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 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +55 227 £575 +4.54% 48
London +71 149 £600 +6.19% 27
South East +16 28 £531 -3.40% 5
North West +39 17 £515 +14.44% 3
Berkshire +32 16 £531 +0.95% 1
West Midlands +18 11 £525 +8.24%
City of London +16 11 £563 +2.27% 5
Manchester +22 9 £490 +12.00% 2
East of England -11 8 £600 +34.52% 1
Scotland +26 6 £540 -
Reading +16 5 £538 -4.86%
Yorkshire +8 5 £525 -8.69% 8
Shropshire +35 4 £538 +10.82%
Telford +35 4 £538 +10.82%
Cheshire +34 4 £400 -20.00%
Croydon +13 4 - -
Norwich - 4 £556 -
Norfolk - 4 £556 -
Edinburgh +18 3 £540 -
Surrey +5 3 - - 2
Birmingham +3 3 £483 -8.09%
South West -1 3 £488 -11.36% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -6 3 £350 -18.60%
North East -9 3 £350 -18.60%
Tyne and Wear -10 3 £350 -18.60%
Sunbury-on-Thames - 3 - -
Coventry - 3 £538 -
Glasgow - 3 - -
Hampshire +5 2 - - 1
Bracknell +3 2 - -

Cloud Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, Cloud Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Cloud Architect in the job title.

1 256 (51.61%) Amazon AWS
2 242 (48.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 102 (20.56%) Agile Software Development
4 100 (20.16%) Microsoft
5 90 (18.15%) PaaS
6 88 (17.74%) VMware
7 85 (17.14%) IaaS
8 83 (16.73%) Migration
9 76 (15.32%) Linux
10 74 (14.92%) Windows
10 74 (14.92%) Java
10 74 (14.92%) DevOps
11 69 (13.91%) Oracle
11 69 (13.91%) Finance
12 64 (12.90%) Security Cleared
13 63 (12.70%) Active Directory
13 63 (12.70%) Office 365
14 59 (11.90%) Ansible
14 59 (11.90%) Web Services
15 58 (11.69%) SC Cleared
16 57 (11.49%) Puppet
16 57 (11.49%) Data Centre
17 52 (10.48%) Continuous Integration
18 51 (10.28%) VPN
19 50 (10.08%) SaaS
20 49 (9.88%) DNS
21 48 (9.68%) TOGAF
22 47 (9.48%) Firewall
22 47 (9.48%) SOA
23 46 (9.27%) Public Cloud

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 35 (7.06%) Apache
2 33 (6.65%) Cloud Foundry
3 30 (6.05%) OpenStack
4 21 (4.23%) SharePoint
5 14 (2.82%) Confluence
5 14 (2.82%) WebLogic
6 12 (2.42%) JBoss
7 7 (1.41%) WebSphere
8 6 (1.21%) Apache Spark
8 6 (1.21%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (1.21%) MS Exchange
8 6 (1.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 6 (1.21%) Skype for Business
8 6 (1.21%) Tomcat
9 5 (1.01%) IIS
10 4 (0.81%) nginx
11 2 (0.40%) CMS
12 1 (0.20%) Apache Solr
12 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.20%) Oracle HTTP Server
Applications
1 17 (3.43%) MS Excel
2 6 (1.21%) MS Office
3 2 (0.40%) HipChat
4 1 (0.20%) GNU Octave
4 1 (0.20%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (1.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (0.81%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.40%) Maximo
3 2 (0.40%) NetSuite
3 2 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.20%) Eloqua
4 1 (0.20%) Odoo
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle Manufacturing
Cloud Services
1 256 (51.61%) Amazon AWS
2 242 (48.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 90 (18.15%) PaaS
4 85 (17.14%) IaaS
5 63 (12.70%) Office 365
6 50 (10.08%) SaaS
7 32 (6.45%) Cloud Computing
8 18 (3.63%) IBM Cloud
9 16 (3.23%) Google Cloud Platform
10 12 (2.42%) AWS CloudFormation
11 11 (2.22%) Amazon S3
11 11 (2.22%) Bluemix
12 10 (2.02%) Amazon EC2
12 10 (2.02%) Azure Active Directory
13 8 (1.61%) SoftLayer
14 6 (1.21%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
14 6 (1.21%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 5 (1.01%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 5 (1.01%) Amazon ELB
15 5 (1.01%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 51 (10.28%) VPN
2 49 (9.88%) DNS
3 47 (9.48%) Firewall
4 24 (4.84%) WAN
5 22 (4.44%) LAN
6 20 (4.03%) Network Security
7 19 (3.83%) SNMP
8 8 (1.61%) Internet
9 7 (1.41%) DMZ
9 7 (1.41%) IPsec
9 7 (1.41%) Kerberos
9 7 (1.41%) Skype
9 7 (1.41%) VSAN
10 6 (1.21%) DHCP
10 6 (1.21%) LDAP
11 5 (1.01%) Cisco Nexus
11 5 (1.01%) MPLS
12 4 (0.81%) TCP/IP
12 4 (0.81%) VoIP
12 4 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (7.46%) Hadoop
2 33 (6.65%) PostgreSQL
3 30 (6.05%) Oracle Database
4 25 (5.04%) Big Data
5 24 (4.84%) SQL Server
6 20 (4.03%) Oracle Database 11g
7 13 (2.62%) MongoDB
7 13 (2.62%) NoSQL
8 11 (2.22%) Amazon RDS
9 8 (1.61%) Apache Cassandra
9 8 (1.61%) BusinessObjects
10 7 (1.41%) MySQL
11 6 (1.21%) BODI
12 5 (1.01%) Data Lake
12 5 (1.01%) Relational Database
13 4 (0.81%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 4 (0.81%) Apache Hive
13 4 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
13 4 (0.81%) Endeca
14 3 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 37 (7.46%) Jenkins
2 35 (7.06%) JIRA
3 22 (4.44%) Bitbucket
4 13 (2.62%) Git (software)
5 9 (1.81%) Sonatype Nexus
6 8 (1.61%) Vagrant
7 7 (1.41%) Oracle Forms
8 6 (1.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 6 (1.21%) Oracle APEX
9 4 (0.81%) Subversion
10 3 (0.60%) Rational Application Developer
10 3 (0.60%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.60%) WebSphere Studio Application Developer
11 2 (0.40%) Octopus Deploy
12 1 (0.20%) Apache Continuum
12 1 (0.20%) ERwin
12 1 (0.20%) Selenium
12 1 (0.20%) TeamCity
12 1 (0.20%) WebDriver
General
1 69 (13.91%) Finance
2 23 (4.64%) Banking
3 17 (3.43%) Marketing
4 14 (2.82%) Retail
5 11 (2.22%) Advertising
6 10 (2.02%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.01%) Electronics
7 5 (1.01%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.81%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.60%) German Language
9 3 (0.60%) Law
9 3 (0.60%) Legal
10 2 (0.40%) Back Office
10 2 (0.40%) Billing
10 2 (0.40%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.20%) Automotive
11 1 (0.20%) French Language
11 1 (0.20%) Front Office
11 1 (0.20%) Games
11 1 (0.20%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (11.90%) Web Services
2 31 (6.25%) .NET
3 27 (5.44%) Middleware
4 23 (4.64%) Elastic Stack
5 20 (4.03%) Oracle GoldenGate
6 19 (3.83%) J2EE
6 19 (3.83%) Spring
7 16 (3.23%) JSON
7 16 (3.23%) REST
8 12 (2.42%) HTML
9 11 (2.22%) SAML
10 9 (1.81%) Hibernate
10 9 (1.81%) Node.js
11 8 (1.61%) CSS
11 8 (1.61%) HTML5
11 8 (1.61%) JDBC
11 8 (1.61%) JMS
11 8 (1.61%) JMX
11 8 (1.61%) SOAP
11 8 (1.61%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 57 (11.49%) Data Centre
2 46 (9.27%) Public Cloud
3 39 (7.86%) Hybrid Cloud
4 33 (6.65%) PKI
5 25 (5.04%) Private Cloud
6 16 (3.23%) Cloud Native
7 15 (3.02%) Computer Science
8 11 (2.22%) Enterprise Software
9 10 (2.02%) Analytical Skills
10 9 (1.81%) FlexPod
11 8 (1.61%) Enterprise Cloud
11 8 (1.61%) User Experience
12 6 (1.21%) Clustering
12 6 (1.21%) Management Information System
12 6 (1.21%) Mobile App
12 6 (1.21%) VxBlock/Vblock
13 5 (1.01%) Mainframe
13 5 (1.01%) NHS
14 4 (0.81%) Fintech
15 3 (0.60%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 76 (15.32%) Linux
2 74 (14.92%) Windows
3 33 (6.65%) Unix
4 18 (3.63%) Windows Server
5 17 (3.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (1.81%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (1.61%) Windows 10
8 7 (1.41%) Solaris
9 6 (1.21%) HPUX
9 6 (1.21%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (1.01%) CentOS
10 5 (1.01%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.60%) Android
11 3 (0.60%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.40%) AIX
12 2 (0.40%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.40%) VMS
12 2 (0.40%) Windows Phone
13 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (20.56%) Agile Software Development
2 83 (16.73%) Migration
3 74 (14.92%) DevOps
4 52 (10.48%) Continuous Integration
5 48 (9.68%) TOGAF
6 47 (9.48%) SOA
7 42 (8.47%) Enterprise Architecture
8 30 (6.05%) Open Source
9 28 (5.65%) Project Management
10 26 (5.24%) Disaster Recovery
10 26 (5.24%) High Availability
10 26 (5.24%) Stakeholder Management
11 25 (5.04%) Microservices
12 24 (4.84%) E-Commerce
12 24 (4.84%) Information Security
13 23 (4.64%) Technical Architecture
14 22 (4.44%) Continuous Delivery
15 21 (4.23%) Configuration Management
16 20 (4.03%) Security Architecture
17 19 (3.83%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 74 (14.92%) Java
2 45 (9.07%) Python
3 35 (7.06%) SQL
4 22 (4.44%) Ruby
5 16 (3.23%) PowerShell
6 12 (2.42%) Perl
7 10 (2.02%) Bash Shell
7 10 (2.02%) Scala
8 9 (1.81%) C#
9 6 (1.21%) C
9 6 (1.21%) JavaScript
9 6 (1.21%) Shell Script
10 5 (1.01%) Go
11 4 (0.81%) C++
11 4 (0.81%) PHP
12 3 (0.60%) R
13 2 (0.40%) Erlang
13 2 (0.40%) MATLAB
14 1 (0.20%) ActionScript
14 1 (0.20%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 64 (12.90%) Security Cleared
2 58 (11.69%) SC Cleared
3 27 (5.44%) Degree
4 17 (3.43%) AWS Certification
5 9 (1.81%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (1.41%) BPSS Clearance
7 6 (1.21%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (1.21%) CISSP
8 5 (1.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (0.81%) (ISC)2 CCSP
9 4 (0.81%) DV Cleared
9 4 (0.81%) MCSE
9 4 (0.81%) VCDX
10 3 (0.60%) CESG Certified Professional
10 3 (0.60%) Microsoft Certified Architect
11 2 (0.40%) CCIE
11 2 (0.40%) CCNP
11 2 (0.40%) MCITP
11 2 (0.40%) MCSA
11 2 (0.40%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.61%) PCI DSS
2 5 (1.01%) QA
3 4 (0.81%) SLA
4 3 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.40%) FedRAMP
5 2 (0.40%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.20%) COBIT
6 1 (0.20%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.20%) GCP
6 1 (0.20%) PMO
6 1 (0.20%) WCAG
System Software
1 63 (12.70%) Active Directory
2 40 (8.06%) Docker
3 28 (5.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (3.63%) Hyper-V
5 16 (3.23%) vCloud
6 11 (2.22%) vSphere
7 5 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.81%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (0.81%) Squid
9 3 (0.60%) VMware ESX
9 3 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.40%) Apache Flume
10 2 (0.40%) HDFS
10 2 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.40%) PowerHA
10 2 (0.40%) Snort
11 1 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 1 (0.20%) etcd
11 1 (0.20%) KVM
11 1 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 59 (11.90%) Ansible
2 57 (11.49%) Puppet
3 39 (7.86%) Terraform
4 25 (5.04%) Kubernetes
5 23 (4.64%) Opscode Chef
6 21 (4.23%) Packer
7 20 (4.03%) ZABBIX
8 19 (3.83%) Consul
8 19 (3.83%) Rsyslog
8 19 (3.83%) yum
9 14 (2.82%) SCCM
10 11 (2.22%) SCOM
10 11 (2.22%) vRealize
11 8 (1.61%) Graphite
11 8 (1.61%) logstash
12 7 (1.41%) FortiGate
12 7 (1.41%) Microsoft Intune
13 6 (1.21%) Nagios
14 4 (0.81%) Tivoli
15 3 (0.60%) Cacti
Vendors
1 100 (20.16%) Microsoft
2 88 (17.74%) VMware
3 69 (13.91%) Oracle
4 28 (5.65%) Atlassian
5 27 (5.44%) Cisco
6 26 (5.24%) Google
7 24 (4.84%) AppDynamics
8 21 (4.23%) CA
9 18 (3.63%) Red Hat
9 18 (3.63%) Splunk
10 17 (3.43%) IBM
11 14 (2.82%) SAP
12 13 (2.62%) Salesforce.com
13 10 (2.02%) Dell
13 10 (2.02%) HP
14 9 (1.81%) New Relic
14 9 (1.81%) TIBCO
15 8 (1.61%) Citrix
15 8 (1.61%) EMC
16 7 (1.41%) CheckPoint
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