Period
to 22 January 2022

The median contractor rate for a Cloud Architect was £650 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 January 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.

Cloud Architect
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 278 231 327
Rank change year-on-year -47 +96 +36
Contract jobs requiring a Cloud Architect 846 473 567
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.97% 1.13% 0.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.04% 1.23% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 517 286 340
10th Percentile £513 £463 £480
25th Percentile £575 £516 £525
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £650 £600 £600
Median % change year-on-year +8.33% - -
75th Percentile £738 £688 £700
90th Percentile £800 £750 £789
UK excluding London median daily rate £606 £575 £550
% change year-on-year +5.43% +4.55% -4.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
10th Percentile - - -
25th Percentile - £46.25 £76.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £47.50 £77.50
Median % change year-on-year -26.32% -38.71% -
75th Percentile - £48.75 £78.75
90th Percentile - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £77.50

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 81,003 38,590 68,209
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.35% 92.46% 93.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,815 26,398 45,595
10th Percentile £304 £256 £238
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £517 £470 £450
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +4.44% -
75th Percentile £623 £573 £563
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,000 1,416 2,517
10th Percentile £12.24 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.25 £14.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate £21.00 £23.41 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year -10.30% +30.07% +2.86%
75th Percentile £46.91 £45.00 £38.20
90th Percentile £62.50 £58.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -7.69% +11.43% -

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 22 January 2022.

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 22 January 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 -38 658 £650 +8.33% 164
London -32 449 £675 +12.50% 100
Work from Home -58 237 £650 +9.24% 31
UK excluding London -92 171 £606 +5.43% 69
South East -66 51 £600 +4.35% 20
North of England -63 31 £688 +14.58% 19
Midlands -43 30 £625 +25.63% 12
Scotland -31 20 £650 +26.83% 5
West Midlands -33 20 £625 +25.00% 10
Yorkshire -30 17 £660 +10.92% 7
East of England -33 17 £575 +4.55% 7
South West -64 16 £600 - 5
North West -53 12 £700 +14.29% 10
East Midlands -31 10 £600 +22.70% 2
Wales -29 6 £665 +26.67% 1
North East -2 2 £775 +29.17% 2

Cloud Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, 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.

1 508 (60.05%) Azure
2 371 (43.85%) AWS
3 253 (29.91%) DevOps
4 251 (29.67%) Finance
5 220 (26.00%) Migration
6 213 (25.18%) Agile Software Development
7 212 (25.06%) GCP
8 201 (23.76%) Terraform
9 172 (20.33%) Microsoft
10 159 (18.79%) Social Skills
11 156 (18.44%) CI/CD
12 141 (16.67%) Kubernetes
13 140 (16.55%) PaaS
14 117 (13.83%) IaaS
15 116 (13.71%) Infrastructure as Code
16 113 (13.36%) Public Cloud
17 109 (12.88%) Java
18 107 (12.65%) SaaS
19 104 (12.29%) Windows
20 102 (12.06%) PowerShell
21 100 (11.82%) Analytics
22 99 (11.70%) Docker
23 98 (11.58%) Google
23 98 (11.58%) Python
24 90 (10.64%) Stakeholder Management
24 90 (10.64%) AWS CloudFormation
25 86 (10.17%) Cloud Native
26 84 (9.93%) Microservices
27 79 (9.34%) Banking
28 75 (8.87%) Oracle

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 30 (3.55%) SharePoint
2 19 (2.25%) OpenStack
3 18 (2.13%) Confluence
4 11 (1.30%) Apache Spark
5 8 (0.95%) Cloud Foundry
6 5 (0.59%) CMS
6 5 (0.59%) nginx
7 4 (0.47%) SAS
8 3 (0.35%) Apache
8 3 (0.35%) Drupal
8 3 (0.35%) IIS
8 3 (0.35%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.24%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.12%) Apache Airflow
10 1 (0.12%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.12%) Joomla!
10 1 (0.12%) WebLogic
Applications
1 19 (2.25%) MS Visio
2 5 (0.59%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 19 (2.25%) Dynamics CRM
1 19 (2.25%) Sentinel
2 11 (1.30%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.47%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
4 3 (0.35%) Magento
4 3 (0.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.24%) Carpe Diem
5 2 (0.24%) Elite 3E
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Cash Management
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle General Ledger
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.12%) Adobe Campaign
6 1 (0.12%) Eloqua
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.12%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.12%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 508 (60.05%) Azure
2 371 (43.85%) AWS
3 212 (25.06%) GCP
4 140 (16.55%) PaaS
5 117 (13.83%) IaaS
6 107 (12.65%) SaaS
7 90 (10.64%) AWS CloudFormation
8 62 (7.33%) Azure Active Directory
9 58 (6.86%) Serverless
10 50 (5.91%) GitHub
10 50 (5.91%) Microsoft 365
11 47 (5.56%) Cloud Computing
12 32 (3.78%) Azure Synapse Analytics
13 27 (3.19%) Azure Data Factory
14 26 (3.07%) Azure Monitor
15 25 (2.96%) Azure Sentinel
15 25 (2.96%) Power Platform
16 20 (2.36%) Azure Functions
17 19 (2.25%) Dynamics 365
17 19 (2.25%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 63 (7.45%) Firewall
2 45 (5.32%) Network Security
3 22 (2.60%) DNS
4 19 (2.25%) BGP
5 17 (2.01%) Reverse Proxy
6 16 (1.89%) VPN
7 12 (1.42%) NetScaler
8 7 (0.83%) Internet
8 7 (0.83%) SSL
9 6 (0.71%) WAN
10 5 (0.59%) 5G
11 4 (0.47%) IKE
11 4 (0.47%) IPsec
11 4 (0.47%) LAN
12 3 (0.35%) OpenVPN
12 3 (0.35%) SAN
13 2 (0.24%) Converged Networks
13 2 (0.24%) DOCSIS
13 2 (0.24%) SD-WAN
13 2 (0.24%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (3.43%) Data Lake
2 26 (3.07%) SQL Server
3 21 (2.48%) Big Data
4 18 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
5 17 (2.01%) NoSQL
6 16 (1.89%) Hadoop
7 13 (1.54%) Relational Database
8 12 (1.42%) MySQL
9 11 (1.30%) MongoDB
10 10 (1.18%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 10 (1.18%) Amazon RDS
10 10 (1.18%) BigQuery
11 7 (0.83%) Amazon Redshift
11 7 (0.83%) HDInsight
11 7 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
12 6 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
12 6 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
12 6 (0.71%) Power BI
13 5 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 5 (0.59%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 74 (8.75%) Jenkins
2 39 (4.61%) Maven
3 37 (4.37%) Gradle
4 31 (3.66%) JIRA
5 29 (3.43%) TeamCity
6 17 (2.01%) Git (software)
7 13 (1.54%) GitLab
8 12 (1.42%) Bitbucket
9 8 (0.95%) Terragrunt
10 7 (0.83%) Subversion
11 6 (0.71%) Artifactory
12 5 (0.59%) SonarQube
13 4 (0.47%) Sonatype Nexus
14 3 (0.35%) Ant
14 3 (0.35%) CircleCI
14 3 (0.35%) IBM UrbanCode
14 3 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
14 3 (0.35%) Oracle APEX
14 3 (0.35%) Travis CI
15 2 (0.24%) RStudio
General
1 251 (29.67%) Finance
2 159 (18.79%) Social Skills
3 79 (9.34%) Banking
4 67 (7.92%) Analytical Skills
5 54 (6.38%) Public Sector
6 27 (3.19%) Legal
6 27 (3.19%) Marketing
7 25 (2.96%) Investment Banking
8 21 (2.48%) Financial Institution
9 19 (2.25%) Law
10 17 (2.01%) Documentation Skills
11 16 (1.89%) Telecoms
12 14 (1.65%) Manufacturing
13 12 (1.42%) Presentation Skills
14 10 (1.18%) Electronics
15 8 (0.95%) Retail
16 7 (0.83%) Influencing Skills
16 7 (0.83%) Local Government
17 5 (0.59%) Back Office
18 4 (0.47%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (4.26%) Kafka
2 29 (3.43%) .NET
3 21 (2.48%) Node.js
4 15 (1.77%) SOAP
5 14 (1.65%) AngularJS
5 14 (1.65%) React
5 14 (1.65%) XML
6 13 (1.54%) ARM Templates
7 12 (1.42%) Middleware
7 12 (1.42%) REST
8 11 (1.30%) J2EE
9 10 (1.18%) HTML
9 10 (1.18%) Web Services
10 9 (1.06%) JSON
11 8 (0.95%) CSS
11 8 (0.95%) HTML5
12 7 (0.83%) OAuth
12 7 (0.83%) SAML
13 6 (0.71%) Spring
13 6 (0.71%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 113 (13.36%) Public Cloud
2 86 (10.17%) Cloud Native
3 38 (4.49%) Private Cloud
4 36 (4.26%) Data Centre
5 31 (3.66%) Hybrid Cloud
6 26 (3.07%) Management Information System
7 21 (2.48%) Hedge funds
8 17 (2.01%) Enterprise Cloud
9 15 (1.77%) Greenfield Project
10 13 (1.54%) Virtual Team
11 12 (1.42%) Blog
11 12 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
12 10 (1.18%) Legacy Applications
12 10 (1.18%) PKI
12 10 (1.18%) Self-Motivation
13 9 (1.06%) Mobile App
14 8 (0.95%) User Experience
15 7 (0.83%) Legacy Systems
16 6 (0.71%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
17 4 (0.47%) Legacy Code
Operating Systems
1 104 (12.29%) Windows
2 38 (4.49%) Linux
3 32 (3.78%) Windows Server
4 10 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 10 (1.18%) Unix
5 7 (0.83%) Solaris
6 3 (0.35%) AIX
6 3 (0.35%) CentOS
6 3 (0.35%) SUSE
6 3 (0.35%) VMS
6 3 (0.35%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.35%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.24%) Android
7 2 (0.24%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.24%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.12%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 253 (29.91%) DevOps
2 220 (26.00%) Migration
3 213 (25.18%) Agile Software Development
4 156 (18.44%) CI/CD
5 116 (13.71%) Infrastructure as Code
6 100 (11.82%) Analytics
7 90 (10.64%) Stakeholder Management
8 84 (9.93%) Microservices
9 74 (8.75%) Collaborative Working
10 60 (7.09%) TOGAF
11 58 (6.86%) Enterprise Architecture
12 55 (6.50%) Scrum
13 51 (6.03%) RBAC
13 51 (6.03%) Technical Leadership
14 46 (5.44%) Cybersecurity
15 43 (5.08%) Decision-Making
15 43 (5.08%) Security Architecture
16 42 (4.96%) Open Source
17 41 (4.85%) Technical Architecture
18 40 (4.73%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 109 (12.88%) Java
2 102 (12.06%) PowerShell
3 98 (11.58%) Python
4 64 (7.57%) SQL
5 60 (7.09%) JavaScript
6 57 (6.74%) C#
7 42 (4.96%) Bash
8 27 (3.19%) C
9 19 (2.25%) C++
10 10 (1.18%) Go
11 6 (0.71%) R
12 5 (0.59%) Apex Code
12 5 (0.59%) TypeScript
13 4 (0.47%) Ada
13 4 (0.47%) Perl
13 4 (0.47%) PHP
14 3 (0.35%) Groovy
14 3 (0.35%) Java 11
14 3 (0.35%) Scala
15 2 (0.24%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 52 (6.15%) Security Cleared
2 37 (4.37%) Degree
3 34 (4.02%) SC Cleared
4 31 (3.66%) CISSP
5 29 (3.43%) AWS Certification
6 13 (1.54%) Cisco Certification
7 11 (1.30%) CISM
8 9 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (1.06%) TOGAF Certification
9 7 (0.83%) (ISC)2 CCSP
10 6 (0.71%) DV Cleared
11 5 (0.59%) CCIE
11 5 (0.59%) CISA
11 5 (0.59%) CRISC
11 5 (0.59%) CSSLP
12 4 (0.47%) CCIE Security
12 4 (0.47%) Computer Science Degree
12 4 (0.47%) HCISPP
12 4 (0.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 3 (0.35%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (5.08%) GDPR
2 20 (2.36%) QA
3 13 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (1.06%) NIST
5 5 (0.59%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.59%) NCSC
6 4 (0.47%) COBIT
7 3 (0.35%) SLA
8 2 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.24%) FedRAMP
8 2 (0.24%) IFRS
8 2 (0.24%) PMO
8 2 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
9 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.12%) ISO 20022
9 1 (0.12%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.12%) NIST 800
System Software
1 99 (11.70%) Docker
2 71 (8.39%) Active Directory
3 45 (5.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 29 (3.43%) Hyper-V
5 17 (2.01%) Microsoft App-V
6 10 (1.18%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (0.59%) vCloud
8 4 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
8 4 (0.47%) vSphere
8 4 (0.47%) XenApp
9 3 (0.35%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.24%) HDFS
10 2 (0.24%) KVM
10 2 (0.24%) OpenAM
10 2 (0.24%) OpenIDM
11 1 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.12%) Xen
Systems Management
1 201 (23.76%) Terraform
2 141 (16.67%) Kubernetes
3 34 (4.02%) Ansible
4 14 (1.65%) Puppet
5 10 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
5 10 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (0.47%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 4 (0.47%) Consul
6 4 (0.47%) Nagios
7 3 (0.35%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 3 (0.35%) Istio
7 3 (0.35%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 3 (0.35%) Sysdig
8 2 (0.24%) CASB
8 2 (0.24%) Packer
8 2 (0.24%) ThinApp
8 2 (0.24%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.12%) Hadoop YARN
9 1 (0.12%) HP SiteScope
9 1 (0.12%) Mesos
Vendors
1 172 (20.33%) Microsoft
2 98 (11.58%) Google
3 75 (8.87%) Oracle
4 62 (7.33%) VMware
5 57 (6.74%) Databricks
6 42 (4.96%) Salesforce.com
7 36 (4.26%) SAP
8 29 (3.43%) Citrix
9 12 (1.42%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
10 8 (0.95%) Sitecore
11 7 (0.83%) Demandware
12 6 (0.71%) Atlassian
12 6 (0.71%) CyberArk
12 6 (0.71%) F5
12 6 (0.71%) Red Hat
13 5 (0.59%) CA
13 5 (0.59%) Cisco
13 5 (0.59%) Pega
14 4 (0.47%) New Relic
14 4 (0.47%) Rackspace