The median contractor rate for a Software Architect was £513 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 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.

Software Architect
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 564 548 613
Rank change year-on-year -16 +65  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Architect 44 91 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.098% 0.17% 0.054%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.18% 0.057%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 43 13
Median daily rate £513 £488 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.12% +8.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £396 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £510 £438
% change year-on-year +7.84% +16.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £51.25

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 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
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 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
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 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Software Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 28 March 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 21 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 3 months to 28 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 -17 43 £513 +5.12% 23
London +27 33 £450 -2.17% 9
Heathrow - 9 £360 -
Yorkshire +20 5 £550 -21.42% 4
West Yorkshire +13 3 £550 -21.42% 4
South East +12 2 - - 3
Docklands, London -5 2 £377 -5.75%
City of London -8 2 £613 +36.11% 1
Leeds +9 1 £550 -21.42% 3
Telford -2 1 - -
Canary Wharf -3 1 - -
South West -4 1 - -
Shropshire -4 1 - -
West Midlands -36 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Scotland - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 - -
Nottingham - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - 1 - -
Wiltshire - 1 - -

Software Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 62 (68.13%) Java
2 43 (47.25%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (38.46%) Oracle
4 31 (34.07%) Scrum
5 28 (30.77%) SQL
6 24 (26.37%) UML
7 23 (25.27%) Software Engineering
8 22 (24.18%) Node.js
9 20 (21.98%) SOA
10 19 (20.88%) Kanban
10 19 (20.88%) Microservices
11 18 (19.78%) Software Architecture
11 18 (19.78%) Open Source
11 18 (19.78%) Data Modelling
11 18 (19.78%) C++
12 17 (18.68%) C
12 17 (18.68%) Unix
12 17 (18.68%) Linux
13 16 (17.58%) Security Cleared
13 16 (17.58%) SC Cleared
14 15 (16.48%) Multithreading
14 15 (16.48%) Perl
14 15 (16.48%) .NET
14 15 (16.48%) Web Services
14 15 (16.48%) XML
15 14 (15.38%) Spring
15 14 (15.38%) STL
15 14 (15.38%) Business Intelligence
15 14 (15.38%) Boost C++ Libraries
15 14 (15.38%) REST

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 13 (14.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 11 (12.09%) Apache
3 8 (8.79%) Confluence
4 5 (5.49%) Oracle Workflow
5 4 (4.40%) JBoss
6 3 (3.30%) Liferay
7 2 (2.20%) Apache Spark
8 1 (1.10%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (3.30%) MS Visio
1 3 (3.30%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (1.10%) Oracle BPM
1 1 (1.10%) Oracle iRecruitment
1 1 (1.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 10 (10.99%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (5.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (4.40%) PaaS
4 3 (3.30%) Data Lake Analytics
4 3 (3.30%) IaaS
5 1 (1.10%) Google App Engine
5 1 (1.10%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.10%) Office 365
5 1 (1.10%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.40%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (8.79%) Apache Cassandra
3 7 (7.69%) SQL Server
4 4 (4.40%) NoSQL
5 3 (3.30%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 3 (3.30%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (3.30%) Big Data
5 3 (3.30%) Data Lake
5 3 (3.30%) Oracle Database
5 3 (3.30%) Power BI
5 3 (3.30%) QlikView
5 3 (3.30%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (3.30%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (3.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (3.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (3.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (2.20%) Hadoop
6 2 (2.20%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (2.20%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 10 (10.99%) JIRA
2 6 (6.59%) Oracle Forms
3 5 (5.49%) Jenkins
4 4 (4.40%) Bitbucket
5 3 (3.30%) Maven
6 2 (2.20%) Ant
6 2 (2.20%) Eclipse
6 2 (2.20%) Gradle
6 2 (2.20%) IntelliJ
6 2 (2.20%) JUnit
7 1 (1.10%) ClearCase
7 1 (1.10%) JMeter
7 1 (1.10%) NUnit
7 1 (1.10%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.10%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 8 (8.79%) Finance
2 4 (4.40%) Retail
3 2 (2.20%) Banking
3 2 (2.20%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.10%) Electronics
4 1 (1.10%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.10%) Marketing
4 1 (1.10%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (24.18%) Node.js
2 15 (16.48%) .NET
2 15 (16.48%) Web Services
2 15 (16.48%) XML
3 14 (15.38%) Boost C++ Libraries
3 14 (15.38%) REST
3 14 (15.38%) Spring
3 14 (15.38%) STL
4 11 (12.09%) J2EE
5 10 (10.99%) AngularJS
5 10 (10.99%) JSON
5 10 (10.99%) Kafka
5 10 (10.99%) RESTful
6 8 (8.79%) Hibernate
7 7 (7.69%) Apache Flex
7 7 (7.69%) BlazeDS
7 7 (7.69%) Spring MVC
7 7 (7.69%) XSL
7 7 (7.69%) XSLT
8 6 (6.59%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.99%) Computer Science
2 4 (4.40%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.40%) EPoS
3 3 (3.30%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.10%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.10%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 17 (18.68%) Linux
1 17 (18.68%) Unix
2 1 (1.10%) Android
2 1 (1.10%) Mac OS X
2 1 (1.10%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (47.25%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (34.07%) Scrum
3 24 (26.37%) UML
4 23 (25.27%) Software Engineering
5 20 (21.98%) SOA
6 19 (20.88%) Kanban
6 19 (20.88%) Microservices
7 18 (19.78%) Data Modelling
7 18 (19.78%) Open Source
7 18 (19.78%) Software Architecture
8 15 (16.48%) Multithreading
9 14 (15.38%) Business Intelligence
10 13 (14.29%) OO
10 13 (14.29%) OOA/OOD
11 11 (12.09%) Coaching
12 10 (10.99%) Automated Testing
12 10 (10.99%) Logical Data Model
12 10 (10.99%) Physical Data Model
13 9 (9.89%) Integration Testing
13 9 (9.89%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 62 (68.13%) Java
2 28 (30.77%) SQL
3 18 (19.78%) C++
4 17 (18.68%) C
5 15 (16.48%) Perl
6 13 (14.29%) JavaScript
7 11 (12.09%) PL/SQL
8 10 (10.99%) C#
9 7 (7.69%) ActionScript
10 3 (3.30%) MATLAB
10 3 (3.30%) Shell Script
10 3 (3.30%) T-SQL
11 2 (2.20%) Python
11 2 (2.20%) Scala
12 1 (1.10%) Groovy
12 1 (1.10%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (17.58%) SC Cleared
1 16 (17.58%) Security Cleared
2 9 (9.89%) ISEB
3 8 (8.79%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.20%) Degree
5 1 (1.10%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.10%) MCSE
5 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.10%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.20%) QA
2 1 (1.10%) PA-DSS
2 1 (1.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (9.89%) Docker
2 3 (3.30%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 9 (9.89%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 35 (38.46%) Oracle
2 8 (8.79%) IBM
2 8 (8.79%) Microsoft
3 7 (7.69%) Adobe
3 7 (7.69%) Atlassian
3 7 (7.69%) Sybase
4 4 (4.40%) Red Hat
4 4 (4.40%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (3.30%) Tableau
6 2 (2.20%) webMethods
7 1 (1.10%) BEA
7 1 (1.10%) Cloudera
7 1 (1.10%) Google
7 1 (1.10%) Informatica
7 1 (1.10%) MuleSoft
7 1 (1.10%) SAP
7 1 (1.10%) Sencha
7 1 (1.10%) Software AG
7 1 (1.10%) Sun
7 1 (1.10%) TIBCO
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