Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Lead Architect was £610 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 November 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.

Lead Architect
UK
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 545 507 608
Rank change year-on-year -38 +101 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Architect 356 423 302
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.40% 0.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.36% 0.42% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 270 271 183
UK median daily rate £610 £600 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.67% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £500 £456 £425
90th Percentile £775 £775 £828
UK excluding London median daily rate £610 £550 £525
% change year-on-year +10.91% +4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
UK median hourly rate - - £60.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 97824 99914 107019
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64542 65150 68083
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.04% +4.53% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2932 3310 4089
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.88% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year - -1.52% +9.96%

Lead Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 22 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Architect.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Lead Architect in the UK

Lead Architect
Top 15 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 6 months to 22 November 2017. 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 -32 342 £610 +1.67% 33
London -42 194 £625 - 13
UK excluding London -12 153 £610 +10.91% 20
South East +11 53 £550 +4.76% 9
Midlands +3 42 £600 +9.09% 3
North of England +37 26 £610 +3.83% 2
East Midlands +6 21 £610 +16.19% 1
North West -1 18 £610 -2.40% 2
East of England 0 17 £675 +28.57% 4
West Midlands -4 16 £600 +9.09% 2
Yorkshire +15 13 £610 +16.19%
North East +68 7 £610 +8.44%
South West +4 7 £595 +4.62% 2
Wales +22 4 £588 -9.62% 1
Scotland -4 4 £600 +4.35%

Lead Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 99 (27.81%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (16.29%) Finance
2 58 (16.29%) Data Modelling
3 47 (13.20%) Microsoft Azure
4 40 (11.24%) Enterprise Architecture
4 40 (11.24%) ServiceNow
5 39 (10.96%) Amazon AWS
6 38 (10.67%) Java
7 36 (10.11%) Microsoft
8 35 (9.83%) DevOps
9 34 (9.55%) Open Source
9 34 (9.55%) Security Cleared
10 33 (9.27%) Big Data
10 33 (9.27%) TOGAF
11 31 (8.71%) SAP
11 31 (8.71%) SOA
11 31 (8.71%) Microservices
12 29 (8.15%) SQL
13 28 (7.87%) ITIL
14 27 (7.58%) Linux
15 26 (7.30%) CRM
15 26 (7.30%) Oracle
15 26 (7.30%) Scrum
15 26 (7.30%) Banking
15 26 (7.30%) PaaS
16 25 (7.02%) SC Cleared
16 25 (7.02%) Web Services
16 25 (7.02%) Analytics
17 24 (6.74%) E-Commerce
17 24 (6.74%) IBM

Lead 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 14 (3.93%) SAS
2 10 (2.81%) JBoss
3 9 (2.53%) WebSphere
4 8 (2.25%) Apache Spark
5 6 (1.69%) Apache
5 6 (1.69%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (1.69%) WebLogic
6 5 (1.40%) Mule
6 5 (1.40%) Tomcat
7 4 (1.12%) SharePoint
7 4 (1.12%) Skype for Business
8 3 (0.84%) CMS
8 3 (0.84%) Drupal
8 3 (0.84%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.56%) Cloud Foundry
9 2 (0.56%) Confluence
9 2 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.56%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.56%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.28%) FileNet
Applications
1 6 (1.69%) SPSS
2 2 (0.56%) InfoPath
2 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 11 (3.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.69%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (1.12%) Teamcenter
4 3 (0.84%) Sonata
4 3 (0.84%) Temenos T24
5 2 (0.56%) SAP FSCM
6 1 (0.28%) JDE EnterpriseOne
6 1 (0.28%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.28%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 1 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.28%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.28%) SAP CRM
6 1 (0.28%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.28%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.28%) SAP Hybris
6 1 (0.28%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 47 (13.20%) Microsoft Azure
2 39 (10.96%) Amazon AWS
3 26 (7.30%) PaaS
4 20 (5.62%) IaaS
5 15 (4.21%) SaaS
6 9 (2.53%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (2.25%) Office 365
8 2 (0.56%) Data Lake Analytics
8 2 (0.56%) Google Cloud Platform
9 1 (0.28%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 1 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.28%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.28%) G Suite
9 1 (0.28%) GitHub
9 1 (0.28%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 13 (3.65%) WAN
2 12 (3.37%) Firewall
3 10 (2.81%) LAN
4 7 (1.97%) Internet
4 7 (1.97%) VPN
5 5 (1.40%) SSL
5 5 (1.40%) VoIP
6 4 (1.12%) MVNO
6 4 (1.12%) Skype
7 3 (0.84%) Cisco ASA
7 3 (0.84%) IPsec
7 3 (0.84%) LTE
8 2 (0.56%) HTTP
8 2 (0.56%) MPLS
8 2 (0.56%) Network Security
8 2 (0.56%) SMS
8 2 (0.56%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.28%) Intranet
9 1 (0.28%) LDAP
9 1 (0.28%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (9.27%) Big Data
2 22 (6.18%) SQL Server
3 17 (4.78%) Hadoop
4 11 (3.09%) MongoDB
5 10 (2.81%) NoSQL
6 8 (2.25%) Data Lake
6 8 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (2.25%) PostgreSQL
7 7 (1.97%) Apache Hive
7 7 (1.97%) Relational Database
8 6 (1.69%) BusinessObjects
8 6 (1.69%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 6 (1.69%) HBase
8 6 (1.69%) Mahout
8 6 (1.69%) Pentaho
9 5 (1.40%) Neo4j
9 5 (1.40%) SAP HANA
10 4 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
11 3 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
11 3 (0.84%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 12 (3.37%) Jenkins
2 10 (2.81%) Visual Studio
3 8 (2.25%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.97%) Subversion
4 7 (1.97%) Visual Studio Team System
5 6 (1.69%) ERwin
6 5 (1.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (1.12%) Jasmine
7 4 (1.12%) Maven
7 4 (1.12%) Selenium
8 3 (0.84%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.84%) NUnit
9 2 (0.56%) IBM UrbanCode
9 2 (0.56%) Mocha
10 1 (0.28%) Artifactory
10 1 (0.28%) Cucumber
10 1 (0.28%) Gerrit
10 1 (0.28%) GitLab
10 1 (0.28%) Mockito
10 1 (0.28%) Toad
General
1 58 (16.29%) Finance
2 26 (7.30%) Banking
3 23 (6.46%) Retail
4 17 (4.78%) Telecoms
5 12 (3.37%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.69%) Electronics
7 5 (1.40%) Marketing
7 5 (1.40%) Pharmaceutical
8 4 (1.12%) Advertising
8 4 (1.12%) Aerospace
8 4 (1.12%) Automotive
8 4 (1.12%) Billing
9 2 (0.56%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.56%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.56%) Law
10 1 (0.28%) Games
10 1 (0.28%) Legal
10 1 (0.28%) Local Government
10 1 (0.28%) Publishing
10 1 (0.28%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (7.02%) Web Services
2 21 (5.90%) REST
3 17 (4.78%) .NET
4 15 (4.21%) SOAP
5 13 (3.65%) RESTful
6 12 (3.37%) HTML
6 12 (3.37%) Natural Language Processing
7 11 (3.09%) Spring
7 11 (3.09%) XML
8 10 (2.81%) J2EE
8 10 (2.81%) Node.js
9 8 (2.25%) AngularJS
9 8 (2.25%) CSS
9 8 (2.25%) Middleware
10 7 (1.97%) Java EE
11 6 (1.69%) JMS
11 6 (1.69%) JSON
11 6 (1.69%) MLlib
12 5 (1.40%) Kafka
12 5 (1.40%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 23 (6.46%) Management Information System
2 21 (5.90%) Greenfield Project
3 18 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (3.93%) Enterprise Software
4 14 (3.93%) User Experience
5 13 (3.65%) Data Centre
6 8 (2.25%) Robotics
7 7 (1.97%) Computer Science
7 7 (1.97%) Public Cloud
8 6 (1.69%) Linked Data
8 6 (1.69%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.40%) SWIFT
10 4 (1.12%) Social Media
10 4 (1.12%) Virtual Team
11 3 (0.84%) CESG
11 3 (0.84%) Fintech
11 3 (0.84%) iPad
11 3 (0.84%) PKI
11 3 (0.84%) Smartphone
12 2 (0.56%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 27 (7.58%) Linux
2 18 (5.06%) Windows
3 17 (4.78%) Unix
4 7 (1.97%) Android
4 7 (1.97%) Apple iOS
5 6 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 6 (1.69%) Windows Server
6 3 (0.84%) AIX
6 3 (0.84%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.56%) HPUX
7 2 (0.56%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.56%) Solaris
7 2 (0.56%) SUSE
7 2 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (0.56%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.28%) VMS
8 1 (0.28%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (27.81%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (16.29%) Data Modelling
3 40 (11.24%) Enterprise Architecture
4 35 (9.83%) DevOps
5 34 (9.55%) Open Source
6 33 (9.27%) TOGAF
7 31 (8.71%) Microservices
7 31 (8.71%) SOA
8 28 (7.87%) ITIL
9 26 (7.30%) CRM
9 26 (7.30%) Scrum
10 25 (7.02%) Analytics
11 24 (6.74%) E-Commerce
11 24 (6.74%) Migration
12 22 (6.18%) Data Architecture
12 22 (6.18%) Stakeholder Management
13 20 (5.62%) Data Management
13 20 (5.62%) Machine Learning
14 19 (5.34%) BDD
14 19 (5.34%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 38 (10.67%) Java
2 29 (8.15%) SQL
3 19 (5.34%) JavaScript
4 13 (3.65%) Python
5 10 (2.81%) PowerShell
6 9 (2.53%) C#
7 8 (2.25%) R
7 8 (2.25%) Shell Script
8 7 (1.97%) Ruby
9 6 (1.69%) MATLAB
9 6 (1.69%) SPARQL
10 5 (1.40%) PHP
10 5 (1.40%) PL/SQL
10 5 (1.40%) T-SQL
11 3 (0.84%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.84%) C
11 3 (0.84%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.56%) Groovy
12 2 (0.56%) Scala
12 2 (0.56%) XPath
Qualifications
1 34 (9.55%) Security Cleared
2 25 (7.02%) SC Cleared
3 8 (2.25%) Degree
4 4 (1.12%) DV Cleared
4 4 (1.12%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (0.84%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.28%) ACCA
6 1 (0.28%) CCNP
6 1 (0.28%) CESG Certified Professional
6 1 (0.28%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.28%) CISMP
6 1 (0.28%) CISSP
6 1 (0.28%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.28%) ISEB
6 1 (0.28%) MCSE
6 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (4.21%) QA
2 11 (3.09%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.84%) COBIT
3 3 (0.84%) GDPR
3 3 (0.84%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 1 (0.28%) EMIR
5 1 (0.28%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.28%) PMO
System Software
1 14 (3.93%) Docker
2 13 (3.65%) Active Directory
3 8 (2.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.84%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.56%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.28%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.28%) Firmware
6 1 (0.28%) OpenAM
6 1 (0.28%) OpenDJ
6 1 (0.28%) OpenIDM
6 1 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.28%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 11 (3.09%) Ansible
2 10 (2.81%) Puppet
3 7 (1.97%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (1.40%) Terraform
5 4 (1.12%) Kubernetes
6 3 (0.84%) Cisco CUCM
6 3 (0.84%) QRadar
7 2 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.28%) Mesos
8 1 (0.28%) SolarWinds Orion
8 1 (0.28%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 40 (11.24%) ServiceNow
2 36 (10.11%) Microsoft
3 31 (8.71%) SAP
4 26 (7.30%) Oracle
5 24 (6.74%) IBM
6 15 (4.21%) Pega
7 11 (3.09%) Cisco
8 8 (2.25%) Capita
8 8 (2.25%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (2.25%) Tableau
8 8 (2.25%) VMware
9 7 (1.97%) MuleSoft
10 6 (1.69%) CA
10 6 (1.69%) Google
10 6 (1.69%) Informatica
10 6 (1.69%) Red Hat
10 6 (1.69%) WSO2
11 5 (1.40%) Blue Prism
11 5 (1.40%) IBM Sterling
11 5 (1.40%) Wallstreet Suite