The median contractor rate for a Lead Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Lead Architect
UK
Rank 428 491 462
Rank change year-on-year +63 -29  
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Architect 168 151 159
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.37% 0.28% 0.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.39% 0.30% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 95 95
Median daily rate £600 £600 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £450 £440
10% offered a daily rate of more than £725 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £461 £525 £525
% change year-on-year -12.14% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
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 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Lead Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Lead Architect in the UK

Lead Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Lead Architect in the UK

Lead Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Lead Architect over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Lead Architect in the UK

Lead Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Lead Architect in the UK

Lead 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 Lead Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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 +50 158 £600 - 23
London +76 104 £609 -4.50% 16
South East +21 15 £563 -5.06% 1
North West +25 14 £450 -14.28% 3
City of London +6 12 £663 +10.41% 1
West Midlands +10 8 £461 -19.78% 1
Cheshire +28 6 £438 -27.08%
Berkshire +21 6 £525 -12.50%
Manchester +12 6 £500 -6.19% 2
Wales - 6 £296 -
Reading +22 5 £525 +10.52%
Milton Keynes 0 5 - -
Buckinghamshire -1 5 - -
Cardiff - 5 £293 -
Chester - 5 £438 -
South Wales - 5 £293 -
Scotland +18 4 - - 1
East of England -6 4 £625 +11.85% 1
South West -9 4 £475 -20.83%
Hampshire +10 3 £725 +22.36%
Yorkshire +3 3 £673 +34.50%
Salford - 3 £525 -
Edinburgh +16 2 - - 1
Midlands +6 2 £600 -9.43% 1
West Yorkshire +3 2 £620 +24.00%
Merseyside +2 2 £600 +33.33% 1
Leeds 0 2 £620 +24.00%
Wiltshire -3 2 £475 -
East Midlands -4 2 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne -5 2 £415 -

Lead Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, Lead 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 Lead Architect in the job title.

1 121 (31.51%) Agile Software Development
2 72 (18.75%) Finance
3 64 (16.67%) Java
4 56 (14.58%) Microsoft
4 56 (14.58%) Security Cleared
5 53 (13.80%) Oracle
6 51 (13.28%) Stakeholder Management
7 49 (12.76%) Web Services
8 48 (12.50%) SC Cleared
9 47 (12.24%) Banking
10 46 (11.98%) Data Modelling
11 43 (11.20%) Microsoft Azure
12 42 (10.94%) Amazon AWS
13 41 (10.68%) SQL Server
14 40 (10.42%) SOA
15 37 (9.64%) SQL
15 37 (9.64%) IBM
16 36 (9.38%) HTML
16 36 (9.38%) Big Data
17 35 (9.11%) DevOps
18 34 (8.85%) Open Source
19 33 (8.59%) Enterprise Architecture
19 33 (8.59%) REST
20 32 (8.33%) NoSQL
21 30 (7.81%) Linux
22 28 (7.29%) JSON
23 27 (7.03%) TOGAF
23 27 (7.03%) VMware
24 26 (6.77%) Data Centre
25 25 (6.51%) Office 365

Lead Architect Skill Set
Top Related 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 20 (5.21%) SharePoint
2 19 (4.95%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 18 (4.69%) Apache
3 18 (4.69%) Skype for Business
4 16 (4.17%) Anypoint
5 15 (3.91%) Confluence
6 12 (3.13%) Apache Spark
7 8 (2.08%) SAS
8 6 (1.56%) WebSphere
9 5 (1.30%) Oracle Workflow
10 4 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (1.04%) Tomcat
10 4 (1.04%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.78%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 3 (0.78%) ArcGIS
11 3 (0.78%) CMS
11 3 (0.78%) IIS
11 3 (0.78%) Oracle Coherence
11 3 (0.78%) Oracle HTTP Server
11 3 (0.78%) Predix
Applications
1 11 (2.86%) MS Excel
2 10 (2.60%) MS Office
3 4 (1.04%) AutoCAD
3 4 (1.04%) Siemens NX
4 1 (0.26%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.26%) CATIA
4 1 (0.26%) InDesign
4 1 (0.26%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.26%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.26%) Pro/ENGINEER
4 1 (0.26%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 16 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.30%) RMDS
3 4 (1.04%) Teamcenter
4 3 (0.78%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.52%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.52%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.52%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.52%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.52%) SAP FSCM
6 1 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.26%) Infor CRM
6 1 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.26%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.26%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.26%) SAP FI-AA
6 1 (0.26%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.26%) SAP PS
6 1 (0.26%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 43 (11.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 42 (10.94%) Amazon AWS
3 25 (6.51%) Office 365
4 8 (2.08%) IaaS
5 7 (1.82%) SaaS
6 6 (1.56%) GitHub
7 4 (1.04%) PaaS
8 3 (0.78%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 3 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
8 3 (0.78%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (0.52%) Amazon ELB
9 2 (0.52%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.52%) CloudFront
9 2 (0.52%) Heroku
9 2 (0.52%) Route 53
10 1 (0.26%) Akamai
10 1 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.26%) Force.com
10 1 (0.26%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.26%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 18 (4.69%) Skype
2 16 (4.17%) LAN
3 15 (3.91%) WAN
4 6 (1.56%) Firewall
4 6 (1.56%) Internet
4 6 (1.56%) SAN
5 5 (1.30%) Fibre Channel
5 5 (1.30%) LDAP
6 4 (1.04%) Cisco ASA
6 4 (1.04%) FCoE
6 4 (1.04%) iSCSI
7 3 (0.78%) Cisco Nexus
7 3 (0.78%) HTTP
7 3 (0.78%) Multicast
7 3 (0.78%) NAS
7 3 (0.78%) Network Security
7 3 (0.78%) VPN
8 2 (0.52%) DNS
8 2 (0.52%) MPLS
8 2 (0.52%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (10.68%) SQL Server
2 36 (9.38%) Big Data
3 32 (8.33%) NoSQL
4 23 (5.99%) MongoDB
5 22 (5.73%) Hadoop
6 14 (3.65%) PostgreSQL
7 13 (3.39%) Apache Hive
7 13 (3.39%) MySQL
7 13 (3.39%) Relational Database
8 12 (3.13%) Apache Cassandra
9 11 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
10 9 (2.34%) Oracle Database
11 5 (1.30%) Amazon RDS
11 5 (1.30%) Couchbase
11 5 (1.30%) RDBMS
11 5 (1.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 4 (1.04%) Data Mart
12 4 (1.04%) QlikView
13 3 (0.78%) OLAP
13 3 (0.78%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 22 (5.73%) Jenkins
2 16 (4.17%) JIRA
3 13 (3.39%) Selenium
4 9 (2.34%) Git (software)
5 8 (2.08%) Cucumber
6 5 (1.30%) JUnit
7 4 (1.04%) Oracle APEX
7 4 (1.04%) Vagrant
8 3 (0.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (0.78%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.78%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.78%) GitLab
8 3 (0.78%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.26%) ERwin
9 1 (0.26%) gulp
9 1 (0.26%) JDeveloper
9 1 (0.26%) JMeter
9 1 (0.26%) NUnit
9 1 (0.26%) Oracle Forms
9 1 (0.26%) Rational Rose
General
1 72 (18.75%) Finance
2 47 (12.24%) Banking
3 22 (5.73%) Telecoms
4 9 (2.34%) Retail
5 5 (1.30%) Marketing
5 5 (1.30%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.04%) Advertising
6 4 (1.04%) Automotive
7 3 (0.78%) Games
7 3 (0.78%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.52%) Front Office
8 2 (0.52%) Publishing
9 1 (0.26%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.26%) Back Office
9 1 (0.26%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.26%) Mandarin Language
9 1 (0.26%) Military
9 1 (0.26%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (12.76%) Web Services
2 36 (9.38%) HTML
3 33 (8.59%) REST
4 28 (7.29%) JSON
5 25 (6.51%) HTML5
6 24 (6.25%) XML
7 22 (5.73%) CSS
8 19 (4.95%) Oracle Fusion
9 17 (4.43%) .NET
9 17 (4.43%) CSS3
10 15 (3.91%) Django
10 15 (3.91%) IBM Integration Bus
11 14 (3.65%) Middleware
12 12 (3.13%) Spring
13 11 (2.86%) Ajax
13 11 (2.86%) J2EE
13 11 (2.86%) Play Framework
13 11 (2.86%) RESTful
14 10 (2.60%) SOAP
14 10 (2.60%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 26 (6.77%) Data Centre
2 16 (4.17%) Management Information System
3 11 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
4 10 (2.60%) User Experience
5 9 (2.34%) Computer Science
5 9 (2.34%) SWIFT
6 7 (1.82%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 6 (1.56%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (1.56%) Data Protection Act
7 6 (1.56%) Mobile App
7 6 (1.56%) Social Media
8 5 (1.30%) Client/Server
8 5 (1.30%) Fixed Income
8 5 (1.30%) PKI
9 4 (1.04%) CESG
9 4 (1.04%) Tandem
10 3 (0.78%) Fat Client
10 3 (0.78%) Online Games
10 3 (0.78%) SCADA
10 3 (0.78%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 30 (7.81%) Linux
2 25 (6.51%) Windows
3 8 (2.08%) Unix
4 7 (1.82%) Solaris
5 6 (1.56%) Android
5 6 (1.56%) Apple iOS
5 6 (1.56%) Windows Server
6 4 (1.04%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.52%) CentOS
8 2 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.26%) AIX
9 1 (0.26%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.26%) VMS
9 1 (0.26%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (31.51%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (13.28%) Stakeholder Management
3 46 (11.98%) Data Modelling
4 40 (10.42%) SOA
5 35 (9.11%) DevOps
6 34 (8.85%) Open Source
7 33 (8.59%) Enterprise Architecture
8 27 (7.03%) TOGAF
9 25 (6.51%) CRM
10 22 (5.73%) Scrum
11 21 (5.47%) IT Strategy
11 21 (5.47%) Presales
12 20 (5.21%) Mentoring
13 19 (4.95%) Microservices
13 19 (4.95%) Migration
13 19 (4.95%) Service Design
14 18 (4.69%) Workflow
15 17 (4.43%) ETL
15 17 (4.43%) TDD
15 17 (4.43%) UML
Programming Languages
1 64 (16.67%) Java
2 37 (9.64%) SQL
3 24 (6.25%) Ruby
3 24 (6.25%) Scala
4 16 (4.17%) Python
5 15 (3.91%) JavaScript
6 14 (3.65%) C#
7 7 (1.82%) C
8 6 (1.56%) Bash Shell
9 5 (1.30%) Apex Code
9 5 (1.30%) C++
9 5 (1.30%) SOQL
9 5 (1.30%) SOSL
10 3 (0.78%) R
10 3 (0.78%) Tcl
10 3 (0.78%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.78%) XPath
11 2 (0.52%) Apple Swift
11 2 (0.52%) Groovy
11 2 (0.52%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 56 (14.58%) Security Cleared
2 48 (12.50%) SC Cleared
3 20 (5.21%) Degree
4 18 (4.69%) DV Cleared
5 6 (1.56%) CISSP
6 3 (0.78%) CISM
6 3 (0.78%) MBA
7 2 (0.52%) CEH
7 2 (0.52%) CRISC
7 2 (0.52%) ISEB
7 2 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (0.52%) Microsoft Certified Architect
7 2 (0.52%) PhD
7 2 (0.52%) VCAP
7 2 (0.52%) VCDX
7 2 (0.52%) VCP6
7 2 (0.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.26%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.26%) CLAS
8 1 (0.26%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.08%) SEPA
2 7 (1.82%) QA
3 6 (1.56%) ISO20022
4 4 (1.04%) RMADS
5 3 (0.78%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.78%) GPG13
5 3 (0.78%) HL7
5 3 (0.78%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.52%) GxP
6 2 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.52%) MiFID
7 1 (0.26%) COBIT
7 1 (0.26%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.26%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.26%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.26%) PMO
7 1 (0.26%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (4.69%) Docker
2 11 (2.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (2.34%) Active Directory
4 4 (1.04%) LXC
4 4 (1.04%) Oracle RAC
4 4 (1.04%) SRDF
5 3 (0.78%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.78%) KVM
5 3 (0.78%) NFS
5 3 (0.78%) vCloud
5 3 (0.78%) Xen
6 2 (0.52%) vSphere
7 1 (0.26%) iptables
7 1 (0.26%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.26%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 1 (0.26%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.26%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 20 (5.21%) MOM
2 19 (4.95%) Puppet
3 11 (2.86%) Opscode Chef
4 7 (1.82%) Ansible
5 4 (1.04%) Terraform
6 3 (0.78%) SCOM
6 3 (0.78%) vRealize
7 2 (0.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.52%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.26%) CloudHub
8 1 (0.26%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.26%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.26%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.26%) Forum Sentry
8 1 (0.26%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.26%) Mesos
8 1 (0.26%) SCCM
8 1 (0.26%) Uchiwa
8 1 (0.26%) vMotion
Vendors
1 56 (14.58%) Microsoft
2 53 (13.80%) Oracle
3 37 (9.64%) IBM
4 27 (7.03%) VMware
5 18 (4.69%) Pega
6 17 (4.43%) MuleSoft
7 15 (3.91%) Cisco
7 15 (3.91%) SAP
8 14 (3.65%) Salesforce.com
8 14 (3.65%) TIBCO
9 12 (3.13%) ServiceNow
10 10 (2.60%) BT
10 10 (2.60%) Capita
11 9 (2.34%) TOWER Software
11 9 (2.34%) webMethods
12 8 (2.08%) Red Hat
12 8 (2.08%) Reuters
13 6 (1.56%) EMC
14 5 (1.30%) Adobe
14 5 (1.30%) HP
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