Period
to 17 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Systems Architect was £538 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 2019.

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.

System Architect
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 788 867 766
Rank change year-on-year +79 -101 +28
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Architect 85 39 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.086% 0.039% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.090% 0.041% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 28 60
UK median daily rate £538 £560 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.02% +12.00% -1.96%
10th Percentile £403 £438 £363
90th Percentile £689 £750 £739
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £525 £421
% change year-on-year - +24.63% -15.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 3
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -5.88% +28.79%
10th Percentile £41.40 £37.50 £23.49
90th Percentile £107.00 £42.50 £59.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +7.50% -5.88% +28.79%

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 94,110 95,205 92,318
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.91% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,187 63,263 60,274
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £254
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,883 2,786 3,243
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -2.70%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Systems Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Systems Architect in the UK

Systems Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Systems Architect in the UK

Systems Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Architect over the 6 months to 17 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Systems Architect in the UK

Systems Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Systems Architect in the UK

Systems Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Architect over the 6 months to 17 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Architect in the UK

Systems 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 Systems Architect within the UK over the 6 months to 17 January 2019. 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 +50 74 £550 -3.51% 28
UK excluding London +4 53 £525 - 26
London +26 31 £550 -17.76% 5
South East +13 16 £525 +5.00% 5
North of England +3 14 £570 -6.94% 1
Yorkshire -9 7 - -
Midlands +1 6 £550 +12.82% 7
Wales - 6 £440 - 2
West Midlands -15 5 £581 +19.23% 4
Scotland - 5 £650 - 1
East of England +12 4 £500 -9.09% 6
North West -4 4 £570 +8.57% 1
North East - 3 - -
South West -25 2 £540 -28.00% 4
East Midlands +6 1 £400 - 3

Systems Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, Systems Architect contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Systems Architect in the job title.

1 18 (21.18%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (17.65%) Systems Engineering
3 14 (16.47%) Finance
4 13 (15.29%) Banking
4 13 (15.29%) Windows
5 12 (14.12%) Problem-Solving
6 11 (12.94%) Active Directory
6 11 (12.94%) Microsoft Azure
7 10 (11.76%) Microsoft
8 9 (10.59%) E-Commerce
8 9 (10.59%) SQL
8 9 (10.59%) SC Cleared
8 9 (10.59%) Security Cleared
9 8 (9.41%) Pega
9 8 (9.41%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (9.41%) Technical Architecture
9 8 (9.41%) Degree
9 8 (9.41%) Analytical Skills
9 8 (9.41%) ERP
9 8 (9.41%) Unix
9 8 (9.41%) Retail
9 8 (9.41%) VMware
9 8 (9.41%) DevOps
10 7 (8.24%) Windows Server
10 7 (8.24%) Model-Based Systems Engineering
10 7 (8.24%) Citrix
10 7 (8.24%) Project Management
11 6 (7.06%) SAS
11 6 (7.06%) TCP/IP
11 6 (7.06%) .NET

Systems 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 6 (7.06%) SAS
2 4 (4.71%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.35%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.35%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.18%) Apache
4 1 (1.18%) Apache Spark
4 1 (1.18%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.18%) Confluence
4 1 (1.18%) IIS
4 1 (1.18%) Mendix
4 1 (1.18%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 4 (4.71%) Magento
1 4 (4.71%) NetSuite
2 1 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.18%) OPENHousing
2 1 (1.18%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 11 (12.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (4.71%) Office 365
4 3 (3.53%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (2.35%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (2.35%) SaaS
6 1 (1.18%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (1.18%) G Suite
6 1 (1.18%) GitHub
6 1 (1.18%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.06%) TCP/IP
1 6 (7.06%) Wireless
2 3 (3.53%) Unified Communications
3 2 (2.35%) DHCP
3 2 (2.35%) DNS
3 2 (2.35%) Firewall
4 1 (1.18%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.53%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.35%) Big Data
2 2 (2.35%) Hadoop
2 2 (2.35%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.18%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.18%) EDRMS
3 1 (1.18%) MariaDB
3 1 (1.18%) MySQL
3 1 (1.18%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.18%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (4.71%) TeamCity
2 3 (3.53%) Octopus Deploy
3 2 (2.35%) Git (software)
3 2 (2.35%) Maven
3 2 (2.35%) MSBuild
3 2 (2.35%) Subversion
4 1 (1.18%) Eclipse
4 1 (1.18%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.18%) JIRA
4 1 (1.18%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (1.18%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.18%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (16.47%) Finance
2 13 (15.29%) Banking
3 8 (9.41%) Retail
4 5 (5.88%) Aerospace
4 5 (5.88%) Legal
5 3 (3.53%) Automotive
6 2 (2.35%) Front Office
6 2 (2.35%) Law
6 2 (2.35%) Telecoms
7 1 (1.18%) Back Office
7 1 (1.18%) Billing
7 1 (1.18%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.06%) .NET
2 4 (4.71%) Web Services
3 3 (3.53%) .NET Framework
3 3 (3.53%) CSS
3 3 (3.53%) HTML
4 2 (2.35%) Middleware
5 1 (1.18%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.18%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.18%) EJB
5 1 (1.18%) Hibernate
5 1 (1.18%) Java EE
5 1 (1.18%) JSON
5 1 (1.18%) JSP
5 1 (1.18%) OAuth
5 1 (1.18%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (1.18%) SailPoint
5 1 (1.18%) Spring
5 1 (1.18%) Spring MVC
5 1 (1.18%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.41%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.53%) Greenfield Project
2 3 (3.53%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.35%) Derivative
3 2 (2.35%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (2.35%) Equities
3 2 (2.35%) Fixed Income
3 2 (2.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.18%) Clustering
4 1 (1.18%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.18%) FMCG
4 1 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (1.18%) N-Tier
4 1 (1.18%) Reinsurance
4 1 (1.18%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 13 (15.29%) Windows
2 8 (9.41%) Unix
3 7 (8.24%) Windows Server
4 3 (3.53%) Linux
5 2 (2.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (2.35%) Solaris
5 2 (2.35%) Windows 7
5 2 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.18%) AIX
6 1 (1.18%) CentOS
6 1 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (21.18%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (17.65%) Systems Engineering
3 12 (14.12%) Problem-Solving
4 9 (10.59%) E-Commerce
5 8 (9.41%) Continuous Integration
5 8 (9.41%) DevOps
5 8 (9.41%) ERP
5 8 (9.41%) Technical Architecture
6 7 (8.24%) Model-Based Systems Engineering
6 7 (8.24%) Project Management
7 6 (7.06%) Change Management
8 5 (5.88%) CRM
8 5 (5.88%) Ergonomics
8 5 (5.88%) Human Factors
8 5 (5.88%) Mentoring
8 5 (5.88%) Scrum
9 4 (4.71%) Performance Testing
9 4 (4.71%) Presales
9 4 (4.71%) Software Engineering
9 4 (4.71%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 9 (10.59%) SQL
2 6 (7.06%) PowerShell
3 5 (5.88%) C#
4 4 (4.71%) Java
5 3 (3.53%) JavaScript
5 3 (3.53%) PL/SQL
5 3 (3.53%) Python
6 2 (2.35%) C
6 2 (2.35%) C++
7 1 (1.18%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.18%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 9 (10.59%) SC Cleared
1 9 (10.59%) Security Cleared
2 8 (9.41%) Degree
3 3 (3.53%) DV Cleared
3 3 (3.53%) Master's Degree
4 2 (2.35%) CCNA
4 2 (2.35%) Chartered Engineer
4 2 (2.35%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (2.35%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (2.35%) MBA
5 1 (1.18%) CCA
5 1 (1.18%) Citrix Certification
5 1 (1.18%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.18%) COBIT
1 1 (1.18%) IFRS
1 1 (1.18%) Solvency II
System Software
1 11 (12.94%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.18%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 2 (2.35%) PTC Integrity
1 2 (2.35%) Puppet
2 1 (1.18%) AirWatch
2 1 (1.18%) Ansible
2 1 (1.18%) Backup Exec
2 1 (1.18%) Failover Clustering
2 1 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.18%) SCCM
Vendors
1 10 (11.76%) Microsoft
2 8 (9.41%) Pega
2 8 (9.41%) VMware
3 7 (8.24%) Citrix
4 6 (7.06%) Oracle
5 2 (2.35%) IBM
5 2 (2.35%) Ivanti
5 2 (2.35%) PTC
5 2 (2.35%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.18%) 3PAR
6 1 (1.18%) BEA
6 1 (1.18%) CA
6 1 (1.18%) Capita
6 1 (1.18%) Cisco
6 1 (1.18%) CommVault
6 1 (1.18%) Fujitsu
6 1 (1.18%) Google
6 1 (1.18%) Okta
6 1 (1.18%) OutSystems
6 1 (1.18%) Proofpoint