Period
to 18 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 836 764 792
Rank change year-on-year -72 +28 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Architect 40 106 89
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.040% 0.11% 0.083%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.042% 0.12% 0.087%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 60 48
UK median daily rate £550 £500 £510
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -1.96% +13.33%
10th Percentile £438 £363 £347
90th Percentile £750 £739 £698
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £421 £500
% change year-on-year +24.63% -15.75% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 1
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +28.79% -22.35%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year -5.88% +28.79% -22.35%

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 95,087 92,090 101,917
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.77% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,169 60,120 64,967
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,779 3,236 3,857
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -2.81% +12.24%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.25 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

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 18 January 2018.

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
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 Systems Architect within the UK over the 6 months to 18 January 2018. 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 -60 35 £560 +12.00% 31
London -52 18 £663 +8.16% 9
UK excluding London -42 17 £525 +24.63% 25
Midlands -4 5 £488 -2.50% 6
South East -37 5 £500 +2.04% 7
East of England - 4 £550 - 6
West Midlands +4 3 £488 -11.36% 6
North of England +21 2 £613 +53.13% 2
East Midlands 0 2 - -
Yorkshire +16 1 £700 +55.56%
South West +14 1 £750 +56.25% 1
North West +11 1 £525 +12.36% 1

Systems Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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 9 (22.50%) Finance
2 7 (17.50%) Stakeholder Management
2 7 (17.50%) Pega
3 6 (15.00%) Enterprise Architecture
3 6 (15.00%) SQL Server
4 5 (12.50%) Oracle
4 5 (12.50%) Retail
4 5 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (12.50%) Data Centre
4 5 (12.50%) Security Cleared
4 5 (12.50%) High Availability
5 4 (10.00%) DV Cleared
5 4 (10.00%) SaaS
5 4 (10.00%) SDLC
5 4 (10.00%) TOGAF
5 4 (10.00%) Service Delivery
5 4 (10.00%) Technical Architecture
5 4 (10.00%) Life Science
5 4 (10.00%) Client/Server
5 4 (10.00%) Middleware
5 4 (10.00%) Microsoft
6 3 (7.50%) Active Directory
6 3 (7.50%) LAN
6 3 (7.50%) WAN
6 3 (7.50%) IBM
6 3 (7.50%) Smartcard
6 3 (7.50%) JBoss
6 3 (7.50%) SQL
6 3 (7.50%) Degree
6 3 (7.50%) Capita

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 3 (7.50%) JBoss
2 2 (5.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (2.50%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (2.50%) OpenStack
3 1 (2.50%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.50%) Tomcat
3 1 (2.50%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 2 (5.00%) Lawson
1 2 (5.00%) Oracle BPM
1 2 (5.00%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (2.50%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.00%) SaaS
2 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.50%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.50%) LAN
1 3 (7.50%) WAN
2 2 (5.00%) SAN
3 1 (2.50%) Firewall
3 1 (2.50%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (15.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (7.50%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (2.50%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (2.50%) Big Data
3 1 (2.50%) DB2
3 1 (2.50%) GIS
3 1 (2.50%) Hadoop
3 1 (2.50%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.50%) RDBMS
3 1 (2.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (2.50%) Git (software)
1 1 (2.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (22.50%) Finance
2 5 (12.50%) Retail
3 2 (5.00%) Marketing
3 2 (5.00%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.50%) Aerospace
4 1 (2.50%) Banking
4 1 (2.50%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.00%) Middleware
2 2 (5.00%) Web Services
2 2 (5.00%) XML
3 1 (2.50%) .NET
3 1 (2.50%) CSS
3 1 (2.50%) HTML
3 1 (2.50%) JMS
3 1 (2.50%) JSON
3 1 (2.50%) JSP
3 1 (2.50%) LAMP
3 1 (2.50%) RAML
3 1 (2.50%) REST
3 1 (2.50%) Sensu
3 1 (2.50%) Servlets
3 1 (2.50%) SOAP
3 1 (2.50%) Spring
3 1 (2.50%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 4 (10.00%) Client/Server
2 4 (10.00%) Life Science
3 3 (7.50%) Management Information System
3 3 (7.50%) PKI
3 3 (7.50%) Smartcard
4 2 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.50%) Algorithms
5 1 (2.50%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.50%) FMCG
5 1 (2.50%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (2.50%) N-Tier
5 1 (2.50%) Smart City
5 1 (2.50%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.00%) Linux
1 2 (5.00%) VMS
1 2 (5.00%) Windows
2 1 (2.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.50%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (17.50%) Stakeholder Management
2 6 (15.00%) Enterprise Architecture
3 5 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (12.50%) High Availability
4 4 (10.00%) SDLC
4 4 (10.00%) Service Delivery
4 4 (10.00%) Technical Architecture
4 4 (10.00%) TOGAF
5 3 (7.50%) DevOps
5 3 (7.50%) Migration
5 3 (7.50%) Server Hardening
5 3 (7.50%) Workflow
6 2 (5.00%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (5.00%) Case Management
6 2 (5.00%) Customer Requirements
6 2 (5.00%) Cybersecurity
6 2 (5.00%) Data Management
6 2 (5.00%) Document Management
6 2 (5.00%) Resource Management
6 2 (5.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.50%) SQL
2 2 (5.00%) Java
3 1 (2.50%) C
3 1 (2.50%) C++
3 1 (2.50%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.50%) MATLAB
3 1 (2.50%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.50%) Python
Qualifications
1 5 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 4 (10.00%) DV Cleared
3 3 (7.50%) Degree
4 1 (2.50%) Master's Degree
4 1 (2.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (2.50%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.50%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (7.50%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (7.50%) NetBackup
2 1 (2.50%) BMC PATROL
2 1 (2.50%) SCCM
2 1 (2.50%) SCOM
2 1 (2.50%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 7 (17.50%) Pega
2 5 (12.50%) Oracle
3 4 (10.00%) Microsoft
4 3 (7.50%) Capita
4 3 (7.50%) IBM
4 3 (7.50%) Infor
4 3 (7.50%) Workday
5 2 (5.00%) Cisco
6 1 (2.50%) BEA
6 1 (2.50%) BMC
6 1 (2.50%) Citrix
6 1 (2.50%) Huawei
6 1 (2.50%) Nokia
6 1 (2.50%) Red Hat
6 1 (2.50%) Remedy
6 1 (2.50%) SAP
6 1 (2.50%) Sophos
6 1 (2.50%) Sybase
6 1 (2.50%) Vitria
6 1 (2.50%) VMware