The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Software Architecture skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Architecture over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 with a comparison to the 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Architecture
UK
Rank 463 450 504
Rank change year-on-year -13 +54  
Contract jobs citing Software Architecture 136 180 117
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.34% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.37% 0.41% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 88 66
Median daily rate £450 £475 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +15.15%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £344 £350 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £578 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £404 £450 £419
% change year-on-year -10.22% +7.46%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 8
Median hourly rate £51.25 £50.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +33.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.62 £42.50 £27.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.16 £50.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £50.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +10.00% +33.33%  

Software Architecture is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 37155 43761 41746
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.08% 82.85% 79.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 24488 28705 25865
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 940 1103 1195
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +36.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Software Architecture
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Software Architecture as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Software Architecture in the UK

Software Architecture
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Architecture in the UK

Software Architecture
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Architecture over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Architecture in the UK

Software Architecture
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Architecture in the UK

Software Architecture
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Architecture over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Software Architecture in the UK

Software Architecture
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 Software Architecture within the UK over the 3 months to 23 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 +1 135 £450 -5.26% 101
London +20 61 £500 +5.26% 53
Yorkshire +17 20 £465 -13.58% 4
South East -5 19 £403 +13.38% 20
Leeds +6 13 £404 -24.83% 3
West Yorkshire +5 13 £404 -24.83% 3
South West +8 11 - - 7
East Midlands - 9 £363 - 3
City of London +11 7 - - 6
West Midlands -26 6 £340 -30.25% 4
Nottinghamshire - 6 - -
Nottingham - 6 - -
Berkshire +23 5 £450 -20.00% 8
Sheffield - 5 £538 -
South Yorkshire - 5 £538 -
Surrey +14 4 £409 - 4
Newcastle upon Tyne 0 4 £450 +5.88% 1
North East -5 4 £450 +12.50% 1
Tyne and Wear -11 4 £450 +12.50% 1
Lancashire +24 3 - - 1
North West +22 3 - - 3
Middlesex +4 3 £348 +2.20% 1
Derbyshire - 3 £363 - 2
Coventry - 3 £340 -
Leatherhead - 3 £403 - 1
Slough - 3 £450 - 2
Suffolk -2 2 £413 -
West Sussex -3 2 £335 -39.63%
Telford -5 2 - - 1
Shropshire -9 2 - - 1

Software Architecture
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software Architecture also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Software Architecture.

1 157 (56.47%) Agile Software Development
2 104 (37.41%) Java
3 82 (29.50%) TDD
4 79 (28.42%) Scrum
5 76 (27.34%) Oracle
6 61 (21.94%) HTML
7 59 (21.22%) OO
8 56 (20.14%) SQL
9 55 (19.78%) SOA
10 54 (19.42%) RESTful
11 52 (18.71%) Web Services
12 51 (18.35%) JavaScript
12 51 (18.35%) REST
13 50 (17.99%) CSS
14 49 (17.63%) J2EE
14 49 (17.63%) Spring
15 46 (16.55%) JSON
16 43 (15.47%) HTML5
16 43 (15.47%) Kanban
16 43 (15.47%) Linux
17 42 (15.11%) Git (software)
17 42 (15.11%) User Stories
18 41 (14.75%) Internet
19 40 (14.39%) XML
19 40 (14.39%) E-Commerce
19 40 (14.39%) AngularJS
20 35 (12.59%) Hibernate
20 35 (12.59%) .NET
20 35 (12.59%) C#
21 34 (12.23%) Security Cleared

Software Architecture
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 28 (10.07%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 24 (8.63%) WebLogic
3 20 (7.19%) CMS
3 20 (7.19%) JBoss
3 20 (7.19%) WebSphere
4 17 (6.12%) Apache
5 15 (5.40%) WebSphere Application Server
6 10 (3.60%) Confluence
7 9 (3.24%) Oracle Workflow
8 6 (2.16%) IIS
9 5 (1.80%) Apache Solr
9 5 (1.80%) Apache Spark
9 5 (1.80%) SharePoint
10 4 (1.44%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (1.44%) Tomcat
11 3 (1.08%) Cloud Foundry
11 3 (1.08%) IBM HTTP Server
11 3 (1.08%) Liferay
11 3 (1.08%) Oracle HTTP Server
11 3 (1.08%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
1 1 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (2.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (1.44%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (1.08%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 29 (10.43%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (6.47%) PaaS
3 14 (5.04%) IaaS
4 8 (2.88%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (1.08%) Office 365
5 3 (1.08%) OneDrive
6 2 (0.72%) GitHub
7 1 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.36%) Heroku
7 1 (0.36%) SaaS
7 1 (0.36%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 41 (14.75%) Internet
2 24 (8.63%) HTTP
3 13 (4.68%) DMARC
3 13 (4.68%) LDAP
4 11 (3.96%) DKIM
4 11 (3.96%) SMTP
5 8 (2.88%) TCP/IP
6 7 (2.52%) DNS
6 7 (2.52%) DVB
6 7 (2.52%) Firewall
7 4 (1.44%) DHCP
7 4 (1.44%) VPN
8 3 (1.08%) AMQP
8 3 (1.08%) FTP
8 3 (1.08%) SAN
8 3 (1.08%) SSL
8 3 (1.08%) WAN
8 3 (1.08%) Wireless
9 2 (0.72%) Ethernet
9 2 (0.72%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (11.51%) PostgreSQL
2 28 (10.07%) MySQL
3 23 (8.27%) NoSQL
4 22 (7.91%) MongoDB
5 18 (6.47%) Endeca
6 16 (5.76%) Apache Cassandra
7 15 (5.40%) Hadoop
7 15 (5.40%) Oracle Database
8 14 (5.04%) Data Warehouse
8 14 (5.04%) Relational Database
9 13 (4.68%) SQL Server
10 11 (3.96%) Big Data
11 9 (3.24%) Data Mining
11 9 (3.24%) RDBMS
12 8 (2.88%) Oracle Database 12c
13 7 (2.52%) Oracle Database 11g
14 6 (2.16%) SQL Server 2005
14 6 (2.16%) SQL Server 2008
15 5 (1.80%) Mixpanel
16 4 (1.44%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 42 (15.11%) Git (software)
2 23 (8.27%) Jenkins
3 18 (6.47%) JIRA
4 14 (5.04%) Subversion
5 12 (4.32%) Selenium
6 11 (3.96%) Mockito
7 10 (3.60%) Oracle Forms
8 8 (2.88%) Moq
9 7 (2.52%) JUnit
10 6 (2.16%) Eclipse
10 6 (2.16%) git-flow
10 6 (2.16%) SpecFlow
10 6 (2.16%) WebDriver
11 5 (1.80%) CircleCI
11 5 (1.80%) CocoaPods
11 5 (1.80%) Travis CI
12 4 (1.44%) IntelliJ
12 4 (1.44%) LoadRunner
13 3 (1.08%) ReSharper
13 3 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 31 (11.15%) Finance
2 14 (5.04%) Telecoms
3 12 (4.32%) Banking
4 9 (3.24%) Marketing
5 8 (2.88%) Electronics
6 5 (1.80%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.80%) Retail
7 3 (1.08%) Back Office
7 3 (1.08%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.08%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (1.08%) Publishing
8 2 (0.72%) Advertising
8 2 (0.72%) Automotive
8 2 (0.72%) German Language
8 2 (0.72%) Law
9 1 (0.36%) Billing
9 1 (0.36%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.36%) French Language
Job Titles
1 122 (43.88%) Architect
2 97 (34.89%) Developer
3 38 (13.67%) Technical Architect
4 21 (7.55%) Solutions Architect
5 20 (7.19%) Java Architect
6 19 (6.83%) Java Developer
6 19 (6.83%) Senior Developer
7 17 (6.12%) Software Architect
8 15 (5.40%) .NET Developer
9 14 (5.04%) C# Developer
10 13 (4.68%) Agile Developer
11 12 (4.32%) Digital Architect
12 11 (3.96%) Analyst
12 11 (3.96%) Software Engineer
13 10 (3.60%) Digital Technical Architect
13 10 (3.60%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 10 (3.60%) Node.js Developer
14 9 (3.24%) C# .NET Developer
14 9 (3.24%) SQL Developer
15 8 (2.88%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (21.94%) HTML
2 54 (19.42%) RESTful
3 52 (18.71%) Web Services
4 51 (18.35%) REST
5 50 (17.99%) CSS
6 49 (17.63%) J2EE
6 49 (17.63%) Spring
7 46 (16.55%) JSON
8 43 (15.47%) HTML5
9 40 (14.39%) AngularJS
9 40 (14.39%) XML
10 35 (12.59%) .NET
10 35 (12.59%) Hibernate
11 31 (11.15%) Node.js
12 28 (10.07%) SOAP
13 26 (9.35%) CSS3
13 26 (9.35%) XSLT
14 18 (6.47%) Ajax
14 18 (6.47%) Django
15 17 (6.12%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 29 (10.43%) Computer Science
2 28 (10.07%) iPad
3 19 (6.83%) Virtual Team
4 11 (3.96%) Digital TV
4 11 (3.96%) Enterprise Software
4 11 (3.96%) STB
5 10 (3.60%) User Experience
6 8 (2.88%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (2.88%) Data Centre
7 7 (2.52%) Mobile App
7 7 (2.52%) MPEG
8 6 (2.16%) Embedded Systems
9 5 (1.80%) Linux Command Line
9 5 (1.80%) Management Information System
10 4 (1.44%) Client/Server
10 4 (1.44%) Clustering
10 4 (1.44%) Device Driver
11 3 (1.08%) Mainframe
11 3 (1.08%) N-Tier
11 3 (1.08%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 43 (15.47%) Linux
2 17 (6.12%) Unix
3 14 (5.04%) Windows
4 9 (3.24%) Apple iOS
5 5 (1.80%) Android
6 4 (1.44%) AIX
7 3 (1.08%) Windows 10
7 3 (1.08%) Windows Server
8 2 (0.72%) Solaris
9 1 (0.36%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.36%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.36%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 157 (56.47%) Agile Software Development
2 82 (29.50%) TDD
3 79 (28.42%) Scrum
4 59 (21.22%) OO
5 55 (19.78%) SOA
6 43 (15.47%) Kanban
7 42 (15.11%) User Stories
8 40 (14.39%) E-Commerce
9 34 (12.23%) Prototyping
10 31 (11.15%) Continuous Integration
10 31 (11.15%) Microservices
11 30 (10.79%) MVC
12 29 (10.43%) UML
13 27 (9.71%) Open Source
13 27 (9.71%) Software Engineering
14 26 (9.35%) Product Management
15 25 (8.99%) Data Modelling
15 25 (8.99%) Enterprise Architecture
15 25 (8.99%) OOA/OOD
16 23 (8.27%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 104 (37.41%) Java
2 56 (20.14%) SQL
3 51 (18.35%) JavaScript
4 35 (12.59%) C#
5 27 (9.71%) Python
6 19 (6.83%) C
6 19 (6.83%) C++
7 18 (6.47%) PL/SQL
8 16 (5.76%) Ruby
8 16 (5.76%) Scala
9 14 (5.04%) PHP
10 12 (4.32%) ActionScript
11 11 (3.96%) Bash Shell
12 9 (3.24%) Shell Script
13 6 (2.16%) Apple Swift
14 5 (1.80%) Objective-C
15 4 (1.44%) Go
15 4 (1.44%) Perl
16 3 (1.08%) ES6
16 3 (1.08%) R
Qualifications
1 34 (12.23%) Security Cleared
2 28 (10.07%) SC Cleared
3 27 (9.71%) Degree
4 14 (5.04%) ISTQB
5 11 (3.96%) ISEB
6 4 (1.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.72%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.36%) CCNP
8 1 (0.36%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (8.27%) QA
2 9 (3.24%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 6 (2.16%) SDET
4 2 (0.72%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.36%) HMG Infosec
5 1 (0.36%) PA-DSS
5 1 (0.36%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 10 (3.60%) Docker
2 5 (1.80%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.44%) LXC
3 4 (1.44%) Oracle RAC
3 4 (1.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.08%) XenApp
5 2 (0.72%) HDFS
5 2 (0.72%) KVM
6 1 (0.36%) ProxySG
6 1 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.36%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 9 (3.24%) Kubernetes
2 5 (1.80%) HockeyApp
3 4 (1.44%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (1.44%) Puppet
3 4 (1.44%) SCCM
4 3 (1.08%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (1.08%) SCOM
4 3 (1.08%) Tivoli
5 2 (0.72%) Hadoop YARN
6 1 (0.36%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.36%) Control-M
6 1 (0.36%) logstash
6 1 (0.36%) Marathon
6 1 (0.36%) Mesos
6 1 (0.36%) MIMEsweeper
6 1 (0.36%) Nagios
6 1 (0.36%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.36%) Opsview
6 1 (0.36%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 76 (27.34%) Oracle
2 22 (7.91%) IBM
3 18 (6.47%) ATG
4 14 (5.04%) Sybase
5 12 (4.32%) Adobe
6 10 (3.60%) Sitecore
7 9 (3.24%) HP
7 9 (3.24%) Microsoft
7 9 (3.24%) SAP
8 8 (2.88%) Pega
9 6 (2.16%) Apple
10 5 (1.80%) Coremetrics
10 5 (1.80%) Red Hat
10 5 (1.80%) VMware
11 4 (1.44%) Cisco
11 4 (1.44%) Zend
12 3 (1.08%) BEA
12 3 (1.08%) Informatica
12 3 (1.08%) TIBCO
12 3 (1.08%) webMethods
Scunthorpe, South Humberside
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
In Parallel Computer Staff Limited
Rate: £44 per hour
Posted: 19 hours ago
Hounslow, Middlesex
Intrinsic Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market rates + Bonus & Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
York/Remote
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan
X4 Group
Rate: £300 - 350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
London
Perfect People Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Rate Up to £640 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £339 - £361 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent rates, 6-12 months initial contract, long term program
Posted: 2 days ago
London
IntaPeople
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South East
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £650 - £700 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Posted: 23 days ago