Period
to 20 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 October 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
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 833 836 780
Rank change year-on-year +3 -56 +5
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Architect 52 45 120
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.051% 0.045% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.054% 0.048% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 33 69
UK median daily rate £575 £600 £467
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.17% +28.41% -1.63%
10th Percentile £405 £439 £366
90th Percentile £695 £740 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £513 £525 £415
% change year-on-year -2.38% +26.51% -5.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 3
UK median hourly rate £80.75 - £47.50
10th Percentile £52.38 - £44.00
90th Percentile £114.93 - £54.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.50 - £46.25

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 96,956 94,333 100,787
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.94% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,726 61,958 65,644
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,110 2,812 3,299
UK median hourly rate £17.73 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.19% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.49
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 20 October 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Architect over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

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 20 October 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 -2 48 £581 -3.13% 42
UK excluding London -11 29 £513 -2.38% 42
London -14 21 £588 -4.08% 9
South East -5 9 £575 +19.79% 9
North of England -20 6 £450 -15.69% 3
West Midlands -14 5 £524 +10.26% 3
Midlands -17 5 £524 +10.26% 3
East of England +8 4 £500 -9.09% 8
North East +7 4 £450 -3.74%
South West -21 2 - - 10
Scotland - 2 £400 - 1
North West -12 1 - - 3
Yorkshire -20 1 - -
Wales -20 1 - - 8

Systems Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, 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 10 (19.23%) Continuous Integration
1 10 (19.23%) DevOps
2 9 (17.31%) Security Cleared
2 9 (17.31%) Finance
2 9 (17.31%) Windows
2 9 (17.31%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (15.38%) Unix
4 7 (13.46%) Linux
4 7 (13.46%) Python
4 7 (13.46%) SC Cleared
4 7 (13.46%) Pega
4 7 (13.46%) Microsoft Azure
5 6 (11.54%) Puppet
5 6 (11.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 6 (11.54%) Scrum
5 6 (11.54%) Software Engineering
5 6 (11.54%) Technical Architecture
6 5 (9.62%) Degree
6 5 (9.62%) Banking
6 5 (9.62%) Firewall
6 5 (9.62%) ERP
6 5 (9.62%) Data Modelling
6 5 (9.62%) Active Directory
6 5 (9.62%) .NET
6 5 (9.62%) C#
6 5 (9.62%) PowerShell
6 5 (9.62%) Bash Shell
6 5 (9.62%) Mentoring
6 5 (9.62%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (9.62%) Jenkins

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 1 (1.92%) Apache
1 1 (1.92%) Apache Spark
1 1 (1.92%) Confluence
1 1 (1.92%) Tomcat
Cloud Services
1 7 (13.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (5.77%) Office 365
4 2 (3.85%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (3.85%) SaaS
5 1 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.92%) G Suite
5 1 (1.92%) GitHub
5 1 (1.92%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (9.62%) Firewall
2 2 (3.85%) DHCP
2 2 (3.85%) DNS
3 1 (1.92%) Kerberos
3 1 (1.92%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.85%) Big Data
1 2 (3.85%) Hadoop
1 2 (3.85%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.92%) MariaDB
2 1 (1.92%) MySQL
2 1 (1.92%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (9.62%) Jenkins
2 3 (5.77%) TeamCity
3 2 (3.85%) Git (software)
3 2 (3.85%) Maven
3 2 (3.85%) MSBuild
3 2 (3.85%) Octopus Deploy
3 2 (3.85%) Subversion
4 1 (1.92%) JIRA
4 1 (1.92%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (1.92%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (17.31%) Finance
2 5 (9.62%) Banking
3 3 (5.77%) Telecoms
4 2 (3.85%) Front Office
5 1 (1.92%) French Language
5 1 (1.92%) Games
5 1 (1.92%) Legal
5 1 (1.92%) Retail
5 1 (1.92%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.62%) .NET
2 3 (5.77%) .NET Framework
2 3 (5.77%) CSS
2 3 (5.77%) HTML
2 3 (5.77%) Web Services
3 1 (1.92%) AngularJS
3 1 (1.92%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.92%) EJB
3 1 (1.92%) Hibernate
3 1 (1.92%) Java EE
3 1 (1.92%) JSON
3 1 (1.92%) JSP
3 1 (1.92%) OAuth
3 1 (1.92%) SailPoint
3 1 (1.92%) Spring
3 1 (1.92%) Spring MVC
3 1 (1.92%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.77%) Management Information System
1 3 (5.77%) PKI
2 2 (3.85%) Derivative
2 2 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (3.85%) Equities
2 2 (3.85%) Fixed Income
2 2 (3.85%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (1.92%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.92%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.92%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.92%) FMCG
3 1 (1.92%) N-Tier
3 1 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 9 (17.31%) Windows
2 8 (15.38%) Unix
3 7 (13.46%) Linux
4 6 (11.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (5.77%) Windows Server
6 2 (3.85%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.92%) CentOS
7 1 (1.92%) Solaris
7 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (19.23%) Continuous Integration
1 10 (19.23%) DevOps
2 9 (17.31%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (11.54%) Scrum
3 6 (11.54%) Software Engineering
3 6 (11.54%) Technical Architecture
4 5 (9.62%) Data Modelling
4 5 (9.62%) ERP
4 5 (9.62%) Mentoring
5 4 (7.69%) Business Analysis
5 4 (7.69%) ETL
5 4 (7.69%) Migration
5 4 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
5 4 (7.69%) Quality Management
5 4 (7.69%) Risk Management
5 4 (7.69%) Test Automation
6 3 (5.77%) SOA
6 3 (5.77%) Software Architecture
6 3 (5.77%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (5.77%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 7 (13.46%) Python
2 5 (9.62%) Bash Shell
2 5 (9.62%) C#
2 5 (9.62%) PowerShell
3 4 (7.69%) Java
4 3 (5.77%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.92%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.92%) SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (17.31%) Security Cleared
2 7 (13.46%) SC Cleared
3 5 (9.62%) Degree
4 4 (7.69%) AWS Certification
5 1 (1.92%) CLAS
5 1 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.92%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.85%) IFRS
1 2 (3.85%) Solvency II
2 1 (1.92%) JSP 440
System Software
1 5 (9.62%) Active Directory
2 4 (7.69%) Docker
3 3 (5.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (3.85%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (1.92%) BitLocker
5 1 (1.92%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 6 (11.54%) Puppet
2 5 (9.62%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (3.85%) Data Guard
4 1 (1.92%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.92%) Ansible
4 1 (1.92%) Nagios
4 1 (1.92%) Opsview
4 1 (1.92%) PTC Integrity
4 1 (1.92%) SCCM
4 1 (1.92%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 7 (13.46%) Pega
2 4 (7.69%) Oracle
2 4 (7.69%) VMware
3 3 (5.77%) Microsoft
4 2 (3.85%) Cisco
4 2 (3.85%) Citrix
4 2 (3.85%) Ivanti
4 2 (3.85%) Red Hat
5 1 (1.92%) Google
5 1 (1.92%) Juniper
5 1 (1.92%) Okta
5 1 (1.92%) Proofpoint
5 1 (1.92%) PTC