Period
to 21 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a Systems Architect was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 July 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
6 months to
21 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 757 778 736
Rank change year-on-year +21 -42 +38
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Architect 85 123 135
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.089% 0.11% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.093% 0.12% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 66 90
UK median daily rate £525 £452 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.21% +0.39% +5.88%
10th Percentile £425 £356 £348
90th Percentile £684 £700 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £478 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +19.30% -5.82% +8.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 2
UK median hourly rate £29.92 £42.50 £44.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.60% -4.49% +32.84%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £37.50 £44.50
% change year-on-year -20.21% -15.73% +32.84%

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 90957 104552 107129
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.84% 95.02% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 58966 68005 66246
UK median daily rate £427 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.47% +6.25% +1.01%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £233
90th Percentile £619 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3123 4144
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +8.57% +2.94%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.50 £10.47
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.39 £44.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76% +3.03%

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 21 July 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 6 months to 21 July 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Systems Architect in the UK

Systems Architect
Top 14 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 21 July 2017. 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 +22 78 £530 +11.58% 6
UK excluding London +29 50 £478 +19.30% 4
London +10 34 £594 +1.06% 2
South East +50 26 £475 -2.41% 2
North of England +35 9 £468 +22.06% 2
South West +6 5 £450 -30.77%
North East +47 4 £439 +2.09%
Scotland +38 4 - -
North West +8 4 £675 +76.24% 1
Wales - 3 £525 -
West Midlands +19 2 - -
Midlands +7 2 - -
Yorkshire +24 1 £600 - 1
East of England -13 1 £915 +92.63%

Systems Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 July 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 18 (21.18%) Security Cleared
1 18 (21.18%) Pega
2 17 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (18.82%) Oracle
4 15 (17.65%) TOGAF
4 15 (17.65%) SC Cleared
5 14 (16.47%) Java
5 14 (16.47%) Finance
6 13 (15.29%) Data Modelling
6 13 (15.29%) Active Directory
7 12 (14.12%) J2EE
7 12 (14.12%) XML
8 11 (12.94%) JSP
8 11 (12.94%) Servlets
8 11 (12.94%) EJB
8 11 (12.94%) Microsoft
8 11 (12.94%) Technical Architecture
9 10 (11.76%) WebLogic
9 10 (11.76%) ITIL
9 10 (11.76%) Disaster Recovery
10 9 (10.59%) Linux
10 9 (10.59%) OO
11 8 (9.41%) Windows
11 8 (9.41%) Change Management
11 8 (9.41%) Migration
11 8 (9.41%) WebSphere
11 8 (9.41%) High Availability
11 8 (9.41%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (9.41%) Pega PRPC
12 7 (8.24%) Data Centre

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 10 (11.76%) WebLogic
2 8 (9.41%) WebSphere
3 3 (3.53%) JBoss
3 3 (3.53%) SharePoint
3 3 (3.53%) WebSphere Application Server
4 2 (2.35%) IIS
4 2 (2.35%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.18%) Apache
Applications
1 2 (2.35%) MS Visio
1 2 (2.35%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (9.41%) Pega PRPC
2 4 (4.71%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (1.18%) SAP CRM
3 1 (1.18%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (3.53%) IaaS
2 3 (3.53%) PaaS
3 2 (2.35%) SaaS
4 1 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.18%) Office 365
4 1 (1.18%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.53%) Cisco Nexus
1 3 (3.53%) Firewall
1 3 (3.53%) LAN
1 3 (3.53%) LDAP
1 3 (3.53%) WAN
2 2 (2.35%) DLNA
2 2 (2.35%) DOCSIS
2 2 (2.35%) DVB
2 2 (2.35%) Network Security
2 2 (2.35%) UPnP
3 1 (1.18%) ATM
3 1 (1.18%) IPsec
3 1 (1.18%) SAN
3 1 (1.18%) Software-Defined Radio
3 1 (1.18%) SSL
3 1 (1.18%) VLAN
3 1 (1.18%) VPN
3 1 (1.18%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (8.24%) DB2
2 4 (4.71%) Data Mart
3 3 (3.53%) BODI
3 3 (3.53%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (3.53%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.18%) NewSQL
4 1 (1.18%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.18%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.18%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (4.71%) PowerDesigner
2 3 (3.53%) ClearCase
2 3 (3.53%) ERwin
2 3 (3.53%) Oracle APEX
2 3 (3.53%) Oracle Forms
3 2 (2.35%) ClearQuest
3 2 (2.35%) JIRA
4 1 (1.18%) Rational DOORS
General
1 14 (16.47%) Finance
2 3 (3.53%) Banking
3 2 (2.35%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.35%) Marketing
3 2 (2.35%) Military
3 2 (2.35%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.18%) Aerospace
4 1 (1.18%) Avionics
4 1 (1.18%) Back Office
4 1 (1.18%) Electronics
4 1 (1.18%) Games
4 1 (1.18%) Law
4 1 (1.18%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (14.12%) J2EE
1 12 (14.12%) XML
2 11 (12.94%) EJB
2 11 (12.94%) JSP
2 11 (12.94%) Servlets
3 7 (8.24%) REST
4 5 (5.88%) .NET
5 4 (4.71%) CSS
5 4 (4.71%) SOAP
6 3 (3.53%) JMS
7 2 (2.35%) HTML
7 2 (2.35%) HTML5
7 2 (2.35%) Middleware
7 2 (2.35%) POSIX
8 1 (1.18%) AngularJS
8 1 (1.18%) Ember.js
8 1 (1.18%) GWT
8 1 (1.18%) jQuery
8 1 (1.18%) Software Packaging
8 1 (1.18%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.41%) Enterprise Software
2 7 (8.24%) Data Centre
2 7 (8.24%) NHS
2 7 (8.24%) Replication
3 5 (5.88%) Computer Science
4 4 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (4.71%) Management Information System
5 3 (3.53%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (3.53%) Mainframe
5 3 (3.53%) User Experience
5 3 (3.53%) Virtual Team
6 2 (2.35%) Digital TV
6 2 (2.35%) Over-the-Top Content
6 2 (2.35%) Smart Meter
6 2 (2.35%) STB
7 1 (1.18%) CESG
7 1 (1.18%) DataPower
7 1 (1.18%) Fintech
7 1 (1.18%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.18%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 9 (10.59%) Linux
2 8 (9.41%) Windows
3 7 (8.24%) Windows Server
3 7 (8.24%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (5.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (5.88%) Solaris
5 4 (4.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (3.53%) HPUX
6 3 (3.53%) Windows 7
6 3 (3.53%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (2.35%) Unix
8 1 (1.18%) Debian
8 1 (1.18%) Ubuntu
8 1 (1.18%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (17.65%) TOGAF
3 13 (15.29%) Data Modelling
4 11 (12.94%) Technical Architecture
5 10 (11.76%) Disaster Recovery
5 10 (11.76%) ITIL
6 9 (10.59%) OO
7 8 (9.41%) Change Management
7 8 (9.41%) High Availability
7 8 (9.41%) Migration
8 7 (8.24%) Business Analysis
8 7 (8.24%) Data Architecture
8 7 (8.24%) Data Integration
8 7 (8.24%) Data Management
8 7 (8.24%) Enterprise Architecture
9 6 (7.06%) SDLC
10 5 (5.88%) Customer Requirements
10 5 (5.88%) Mentoring
10 5 (5.88%) Scrum
10 5 (5.88%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (16.47%) Java
2 7 (8.24%) SQL
3 4 (4.71%) C
3 4 (4.71%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.35%) C++
4 2 (2.35%) VB
4 2 (2.35%) VB6
5 1 (1.18%) C#
5 1 (1.18%) JSX
5 1 (1.18%) Perl
5 1 (1.18%) Python
5 1 (1.18%) Ruby
5 1 (1.18%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 18 (21.18%) Security Cleared
2 15 (17.65%) SC Cleared
3 7 (8.24%) MCSA
3 7 (8.24%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (7.06%) Degree
4 6 (7.06%) DV Cleared
5 2 (2.35%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (2.35%) SAP Certification
6 1 (1.18%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.18%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.53%) Disclosure Scotland
1 3 (3.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (2.35%) JSP 440
3 1 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 1 (1.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 13 (15.29%) Active Directory
2 5 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.18%) BitLocker
3 1 (1.18%) iptables
3 1 (1.18%) Postfix
3 1 (1.18%) Xen
Systems Management
1 5 (5.88%) SCCM
2 4 (4.71%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (3.53%) Nagios
3 3 (3.53%) Puppet
3 3 (3.53%) SCOM
3 3 (3.53%) ZABBIX
4 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (1.18%) SCSM
Vendors
1 18 (21.18%) Pega
2 16 (18.82%) Oracle
3 11 (12.94%) Microsoft
4 7 (8.24%) Cisco
4 7 (8.24%) TIBCO
5 6 (7.06%) VMware
6 5 (5.88%) Red Hat
6 5 (5.88%) Salesforce.com
7 4 (4.71%) SAP
8 3 (3.53%) F5
8 3 (3.53%) HP
9 2 (2.35%) BMC
9 2 (2.35%) CA
10 1 (1.18%) Anaplan
10 1 (1.18%) Fortinet
10 1 (1.18%) IBM
10 1 (1.18%) JD Edwards
10 1 (1.18%) Veritas
10 1 (1.18%) Workday