Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Architect was £600 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 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.

Software Architect
UK
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 801 759 792
Rank change year-on-year -42 +33 +22
Contract jobs requiring a Software Architect 74 137 100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.073% 0.13% 0.087%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.077% 0.14% 0.092%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 77 49
UK median daily rate £600 £475 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.32% -9.52% +7.69%
10th Percentile £400 £350 £325
90th Percentile £722 £588 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £438
% change year-on-year - +14.29% -2.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
UK median hourly rate £30.50 - £31.44
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 - £31.44

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 96141 99356 108750
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 63392 64835 69190
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 +2.17% +4.41% +3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2869 3292 4137
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.38 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Software Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Architect in the UK

Software Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Architect in the UK

Software Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Architect over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Architect in the UK

Software Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Architect in the UK

Software Architect
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Architect within the UK over the 6 months to 19 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 -38 74 £600 +26.32% 19
London -41 57 £625 +42.45% 3
UK excluding London -24 17 £500 - 16
North of England +60 6 £511 -7.09% 2
West Midlands +7 6 £495 -0.75% 2
Midlands +1 6 £495 -2.94% 5
South East -9 4 £500 +2.56% 5
North East - 3 £495 -
North West +25 2 £600 +20.00% 2
Yorkshire +20 1 £545 -5.22%
South West +7 1 £425 -
East of England -17 1 £450 -6.25% 4

Software Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, Software 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 Software Architect in the job title.

1 47 (63.51%) Java
2 29 (39.19%) JavaScript
3 27 (36.49%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (35.14%) XML
5 25 (33.78%) REST
6 24 (32.43%) Microservices
6 24 (32.43%) Amazon AWS
7 22 (29.73%) Oracle
8 21 (28.38%) Node.js
9 20 (27.03%) Software Architecture
9 20 (27.03%) SQL
10 19 (25.68%) Web Services
10 19 (25.68%) Scrum
11 14 (18.92%) Kafka
11 14 (18.92%) JIRA
11 14 (18.92%) Confluence
11 14 (18.92%) Open Source
11 14 (18.92%) Spring
12 13 (17.57%) PL/SQL
13 11 (14.86%) Jenkins
13 11 (14.86%) Mentoring
14 10 (13.51%) ISTQB
14 10 (13.51%) J2EE
14 10 (13.51%) Sybase
14 10 (13.51%) Linux
14 10 (13.51%) Data Modelling
14 10 (13.51%) SOA
14 10 (13.51%) IBM
14 10 (13.51%) ISEB
14 10 (13.51%) TOGAF

Software 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 (18.92%) Confluence
2 8 (10.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 3 (4.05%) Oracle Workflow
4 2 (2.70%) IIS
5 1 (1.35%) Liferay
Applications
1 2 (2.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 2 (2.70%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.35%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.35%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 24 (32.43%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (5.41%) Amazon EC2
2 4 (5.41%) Amazon S3
3 3 (4.05%) GitHub
3 3 (4.05%) PaaS
4 2 (2.70%) Heroku
5 1 (1.35%) IaaS
5 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (1.35%) SaaS
5 1 (1.35%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.81%) LDAP
2 2 (2.70%) HTTP
2 2 (2.70%) MQTT
2 2 (2.70%) SSL
2 2 (2.70%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.35%) 3G
3 1 (1.35%) DSL
3 1 (1.35%) GSM
3 1 (1.35%) HSPA
3 1 (1.35%) LTE
3 1 (1.35%) VDSL
3 1 (1.35%) VoLTE
3 1 (1.35%) VoWiFi
3 1 (1.35%) WCDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (12.16%) Apache Cassandra
1 9 (12.16%) Oracle Database
2 6 (8.11%) Hadoop
3 5 (6.76%) MongoDB
3 5 (6.76%) SQL Server
4 4 (5.41%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (5.41%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (5.41%) HBase
4 4 (5.41%) IBM InfoSphere
5 3 (4.05%) Big Data
5 3 (4.05%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.35%) Geospatial Data
6 1 (1.35%) GIS
6 1 (1.35%) MySQL
6 1 (1.35%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (18.92%) JIRA
2 11 (14.86%) Jenkins
3 7 (9.46%) Maven
4 6 (8.11%) Sonatype Nexus
5 4 (5.41%) IntelliJ
6 3 (4.05%) Cucumber
6 3 (4.05%) GitLab
7 2 (2.70%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.35%) Android Studio
8 1 (1.35%) Xcode
General
1 5 (6.76%) Finance
2 4 (5.41%) Electronics
2 4 (5.41%) Marketing
2 4 (5.41%) Telecoms
3 3 (4.05%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.70%) Automotive
4 2 (2.70%) Billing
5 1 (1.35%) Banking
5 1 (1.35%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.35%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (35.14%) XML
2 25 (33.78%) REST
3 21 (28.38%) Node.js
4 19 (25.68%) Web Services
5 14 (18.92%) Kafka
5 14 (18.92%) Spring
6 10 (13.51%) J2EE
7 9 (12.16%) Hibernate
8 8 (10.81%) AngularJS
9 6 (8.11%) COM+
9 6 (8.11%) JAX-RS
10 4 (5.41%) Apache Camel
10 4 (5.41%) Boost C++ Libraries
10 4 (5.41%) JSON
10 4 (5.41%) Spring Boot
10 4 (5.41%) STL
11 3 (4.05%) .NET
11 3 (4.05%) RESTful
12 2 (2.70%) ASP.NET
12 2 (2.70%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.16%) Computer Science
2 3 (4.05%) Infotainment
2 3 (4.05%) Smartphone
3 2 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.70%) Reference Data
4 1 (1.35%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.35%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.35%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.35%) STB
4 1 (1.35%) SystemC
Operating Systems
1 10 (13.51%) Linux
2 7 (9.46%) Unix
3 5 (6.76%) Windows
4 1 (1.35%) Android
4 1 (1.35%) CentOS
4 1 (1.35%) Ubuntu
4 1 (1.35%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.35%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (36.49%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (32.43%) Microservices
3 20 (27.03%) Software Architecture
4 19 (25.68%) Scrum
5 14 (18.92%) Open Source
6 11 (14.86%) Mentoring
7 10 (13.51%) Data Modelling
7 10 (13.51%) SOA
7 10 (13.51%) TOGAF
8 9 (12.16%) OO
8 9 (12.16%) OOA/OOD
9 8 (10.81%) Coaching
9 8 (10.81%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (10.81%) Enterprise Architecture
9 8 (10.81%) Integration Testing
9 8 (10.81%) Logical Data Model
9 8 (10.81%) Physical Data Model
9 8 (10.81%) UML
10 7 (9.46%) API Development
10 7 (9.46%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 47 (63.51%) Java
2 29 (39.19%) JavaScript
3 20 (27.03%) SQL
4 13 (17.57%) PL/SQL
5 6 (8.11%) VB
6 5 (6.76%) C++
6 5 (6.76%) Perl
7 4 (5.41%) C
8 2 (2.70%) PHP
8 2 (2.70%) PowerShell
8 2 (2.70%) Scala
8 2 (2.70%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.35%) ActionScript
9 1 (1.35%) Apple Swift
9 1 (1.35%) Objective-C
9 1 (1.35%) Python
Qualifications
1 10 (13.51%) ISEB
1 10 (13.51%) ISTQB
2 6 (8.11%) Security Cleared
3 5 (6.76%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.70%) Degree
5 1 (1.35%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.35%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (1.35%) Numerate Degree
5 1 (1.35%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.05%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.35%) QA
System Software
1 9 (12.16%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.41%) Docker
3 2 (2.70%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.35%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (5.41%) Kubernetes
2 2 (2.70%) Ansible
2 2 (2.70%) Puppet
2 2 (2.70%) SCCM
3 1 (1.35%) Terraform
Vendors
1 22 (29.73%) Oracle
2 10 (13.51%) IBM
2 10 (13.51%) Sybase
3 9 (12.16%) Atlassian
4 3 (4.05%) SAP
4 3 (4.05%) TIBCO
5 2 (2.70%) Citrix
5 2 (2.70%) Microsoft
5 2 (2.70%) Remedy
5 2 (2.70%) ServiceNow
5 2 (2.70%) VMware
6 1 (1.35%) Adobe
6 1 (1.35%) Apple
6 1 (1.35%) Calypso
6 1 (1.35%) Sun