The median contractor rate for a Systems Architect was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 30 April 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.

System Architect
UK
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 538 603 586
Rank change year-on-year +65 -17  
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Architect 62 55 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.098% 0.093%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.10% 0.098%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 31 32
Median daily rate £500 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £323 £401
10% offered a daily rate of more than £622 £700 £598
UK excluding London median daily rate £478 £367 £425
% change year-on-year +30.10% -13.64%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 1
Median hourly rate £29.92 £32.50 £40.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.93% -19.75%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £32.50 £40.50
% change year-on-year -7.93% -19.75%  

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 43831 53159 52965
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.58% 95.10% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 28449 34627 32119
Median daily rate £433 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year +1.13% +5.46%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1436 1538 2125
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £44.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.83
% change year-on-year - +4.01%  

Systems Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 30 April 2017.

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 3 months to 30 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Architect in the UK

Systems Architect
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 Systems Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 30 April 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 +59 55 £500 +5.26% 9
London +26 23 £538 -9.47% 3
South East +37 20 £475 +2.70% 1
Hampshire - 11 £475 -
Canary Wharf - 7 £615 -
Kent - 7 £207 -
Scotland +41 4 - -
South West +7 4 £550 - 3
Edinburgh - 4 - -
Southampton - 4 £500 -
North West +31 3 £675 +86.20%
Newcastle upon Tyne +24 3 £395 -2.29%
Tyne and Wear +23 3 £395 -2.29%
North East +19 3 £395 -2.29%
Bristol - 3 £550 - 1
Wales - 3 £525 -
Manchester +11 2 - -
Hook - 2 £438 -
South Wales - 2 £525 -
Cardiff - 2 £525 -
Cheshire +30 1 £675 +74.19%
Knutsford +11 1 £675 +58.82%
Wiltshire 0 1 - -
East of England -6 1 £915 +66.36% 1
City of London -12 1 £538 +13.15% 2
Flintshire - 1 £513 -
Berkshire - 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 £480 -
Deeside - 1 £513 -
Fareham - 1 £475 -

Systems Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2017, Systems 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 Systems Architect in the job title.

1 25 (21.74%) Security Cleared
2 24 (20.87%) Finance
3 20 (17.39%) Pega
3 20 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (16.52%) SC Cleared
4 19 (16.52%) Oracle
5 18 (15.65%) Windows
5 18 (15.65%) TOGAF
6 16 (13.91%) Data Modelling
7 15 (13.04%) Linux
8 13 (11.30%) Active Directory
8 13 (11.30%) Windows Server
9 12 (10.43%) Change Management
9 12 (10.43%) .NET
9 12 (10.43%) SQL
9 12 (10.43%) Technical Architecture
10 11 (9.57%) Degree
10 11 (9.57%) Java
10 11 (9.57%) ITIL
10 11 (9.57%) Microsoft
10 11 (9.57%) VMware
11 10 (8.70%) Disaster Recovery
11 10 (8.70%) XML
11 10 (8.70%) C
11 10 (8.70%) Embedded Systems
12 9 (7.83%) High Availability
12 9 (7.83%) Data Centre
12 9 (7.83%) J2EE
12 9 (7.83%) EJB
12 9 (7.83%) JSP

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 8 (6.96%) WebLogic
2 6 (5.22%) IIS
2 6 (5.22%) WebSphere
3 4 (3.48%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.61%) WebSphere Application Server
5 2 (1.74%) JBoss
5 2 (1.74%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.87%) Apache
6 1 (0.87%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (1.74%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (0.87%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (6.09%) Pega PRPC
2 4 (3.48%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.87%) SAP CRM
3 1 (0.87%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.09%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (5.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (3.48%) Amazon EC2
3 4 (3.48%) Amazon S3
3 4 (3.48%) SaaS
4 3 (2.61%) IaaS
5 2 (1.74%) PaaS
6 1 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.87%) Office 365
6 1 (0.87%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.48%) Firewall
1 4 (3.48%) LDAP
2 3 (2.61%) Cisco Nexus
2 3 (2.61%) LAN
2 3 (2.61%) WAN
3 2 (1.74%) DLNA
3 2 (1.74%) DOCSIS
3 2 (1.74%) DVB
3 2 (1.74%) Network Security
3 2 (1.74%) SAN
3 2 (1.74%) UPnP
4 1 (0.87%) ATM
4 1 (0.87%) IPsec
4 1 (0.87%) Software-Defined Radio
4 1 (0.87%) SSL
4 1 (0.87%) VLAN
4 1 (0.87%) VPN
4 1 (0.87%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.22%) DB2
1 6 (5.22%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (4.35%) SQL Server
3 4 (3.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 4 (3.48%) Amazon Redshift
3 4 (3.48%) Data Mart
4 3 (2.61%) BODI
4 3 (2.61%) BusinessObjects
4 3 (2.61%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.74%) Big Data
5 2 (1.74%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (1.74%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.87%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.87%) HBase
6 1 (0.87%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.87%) SAS EBI
Development Applications
1 6 (5.22%) ClearCase
2 5 (4.35%) Rational DOORS
3 4 (3.48%) ERwin
3 4 (3.48%) PowerDesigner
4 3 (2.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (2.61%) Git (software)
4 3 (2.61%) GitLab
4 3 (2.61%) Jenkins
4 3 (2.61%) Oracle APEX
4 3 (2.61%) Oracle Forms
4 3 (2.61%) Vagrant
5 2 (1.74%) ClearQuest
5 2 (1.74%) JIRA
5 2 (1.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (1.74%) Visual Studio
General
1 24 (20.87%) Finance
2 6 (5.22%) Back Office
2 6 (5.22%) Manufacturing
3 4 (3.48%) Marketing
4 3 (2.61%) Banking
4 3 (2.61%) Games
5 2 (1.74%) Military
5 2 (1.74%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.87%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.87%) Automotive
6 1 (0.87%) Avionics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (10.43%) .NET
2 10 (8.70%) XML
3 9 (7.83%) EJB
3 9 (7.83%) J2EE
3 9 (7.83%) JSP
3 9 (7.83%) Servlets
4 8 (6.96%) REST
5 6 (5.22%) SOAP
6 5 (4.35%) JMS
7 4 (3.48%) CSS
8 2 (1.74%) .NET Framework
8 2 (1.74%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (1.74%) HTML
8 2 (1.74%) HTML5
8 2 (1.74%) Middleware
8 2 (1.74%) POSIX
9 1 (0.87%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 1 (0.87%) SAML
9 1 (0.87%) Software Packaging
9 1 (0.87%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 10 (8.70%) Embedded Systems
2 9 (7.83%) Data Centre
3 8 (6.96%) Enterprise Software
3 8 (6.96%) Replication
4 7 (6.09%) NHS
5 6 (5.22%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (5.22%) Management Information System
6 5 (4.35%) Computer Science
7 4 (3.48%) Mainframe
7 4 (3.48%) Mobile App
7 4 (3.48%) Virtual Team
8 3 (2.61%) Hedge funds
8 3 (2.61%) Online Games
9 2 (1.74%) Digital TV
9 2 (1.74%) Fintech
9 2 (1.74%) iSeries
9 2 (1.74%) Over-the-Top Content
9 2 (1.74%) Smart Meter
9 2 (1.74%) STB
10 1 (0.87%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 18 (15.65%) Windows
2 15 (13.04%) Linux
3 13 (11.30%) Windows Server
4 8 (6.96%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (6.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (5.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (5.22%) Solaris
7 4 (3.48%) Android
7 4 (3.48%) Apple iOS
7 4 (3.48%) Embedded Linux
7 4 (3.48%) Windows 7
8 3 (2.61%) HPUX
8 3 (2.61%) Unix
8 3 (2.61%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.87%) Debian
9 1 (0.87%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.87%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (15.65%) TOGAF
3 16 (13.91%) Data Modelling
4 12 (10.43%) Change Management
4 12 (10.43%) Technical Architecture
5 11 (9.57%) ITIL
6 10 (8.70%) Disaster Recovery
7 9 (7.83%) Business Analysis
7 9 (7.83%) Data Management
7 9 (7.83%) High Availability
7 9 (7.83%) Migration
7 9 (7.83%) Stakeholder Management
8 8 (6.96%) CRM
8 8 (6.96%) Enterprise Architecture
8 8 (6.96%) OO
9 7 (6.09%) Data Architecture
9 7 (6.09%) Data Integration
9 7 (6.09%) Scrum
9 7 (6.09%) SOA
9 7 (6.09%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 12 (10.43%) SQL
2 11 (9.57%) Java
3 10 (8.70%) C
4 7 (6.09%) C#
4 7 (6.09%) C++
5 5 (4.35%) JavaScript
5 5 (4.35%) Python
6 3 (2.61%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.61%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.74%) COBOL
7 2 (1.74%) VB
7 2 (1.74%) VB6
8 1 (0.87%) Perl
8 1 (0.87%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 25 (21.74%) Security Cleared
2 19 (16.52%) SC Cleared
3 11 (9.57%) Degree
4 9 (7.83%) DV Cleared
5 7 (6.09%) MCSA
5 7 (6.09%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.74%) SAP Certification
7 1 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.61%) Disclosure Scotland
1 3 (2.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 3 (2.61%) JSP 440
2 2 (1.74%) QA
3 1 (0.87%) MiFID
3 1 (0.87%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.87%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (11.30%) Active Directory
2 7 (6.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.61%) Docker
4 1 (0.87%) BitLocker
4 1 (0.87%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.87%) iptables
4 1 (0.87%) Postfix
4 1 (0.87%) Xen
Systems Management
1 3 (2.61%) Ansible
1 3 (2.61%) Puppet
2 2 (1.74%) SCCM
3 1 (0.87%) HP Data Protector
3 1 (0.87%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 20 (17.39%) Pega
2 19 (16.52%) Oracle
3 11 (9.57%) Microsoft
3 11 (9.57%) VMware
4 7 (6.09%) Cisco
4 7 (6.09%) TIBCO
5 6 (5.22%) Red Hat
5 6 (5.22%) Salesforce.com
6 5 (4.35%) IBM
6 5 (4.35%) SAP
7 4 (3.48%) HP
8 3 (2.61%) F5
9 2 (1.74%) Infor
9 2 (1.74%) Rackspace
10 1 (0.87%) DataFlux
10 1 (0.87%) Fortinet
10 1 (0.87%) JD Edwards
10 1 (0.87%) PeopleSoft
10 1 (0.87%) Veeam
10 1 (0.87%) Veritas