Period
to 18 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Systems Architect was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 June 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 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 813 744 768
Rank change year-on-year -69 +24 -26
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Architect 55 88 121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.055% 0.097% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.058% 0.10% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 41 64
UK median daily rate £500 £513 £493
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.44% +4.06% +5.07%
10th Percentile £438 £413 £358
90th Percentile £686 £648 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £478 £420
% change year-on-year +2.09% +13.69% -3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 7
UK median hourly rate £43.25 £29.92 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.55% -9.33% -18.52%
10th Percentile £38.38 £29.92 £28.75
90th Percentile £46.33 £44.63 £48.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.25 £29.92 £33.00
% change year-on-year +44.55% -9.33% -18.52%

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 94,397 86,272 100,584
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.98% 95.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 61,783 55,878 65,278
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.09% +5.10%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,055 2,875 3,066
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.96 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.06% -5.20% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £48.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -10.00% +18.96%

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 June 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 13 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 June 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 -70 54 £500 - 21
UK excluding London -36 40 £488 +2.09% 18
South East -10 21 £488 +2.63% 4
London -56 14 £588 +0.43% 6
North of England -16 10 £450 -6.98% 4
Yorkshire -13 7 £450 -25.00%
South West +16 3 £800 +77.78% 1
East of England 0 3 - - 3
Midlands -10 2 £678 - 3
West Midlands -20 2 £678 - 1
North West -30 2 £433 -26.38% 2
North East +1 1 £450 +2.51% 2
Wales -14 1 - - 1

Systems Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 June 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 14 (25.45%) Unix
2 11 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (18.18%) SQL
3 10 (18.18%) ITIL
3 10 (18.18%) Finance
3 10 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (18.18%) Degree
4 9 (16.36%) Linux
5 8 (14.55%) Web Services
5 8 (14.55%) Oracle
6 7 (12.73%) CRM
6 7 (12.73%) TOGAF
6 7 (12.73%) Workflow
6 7 (12.73%) Pega
7 6 (10.91%) Bash Shell
7 6 (10.91%) Puppet
7 6 (10.91%) DevOps
7 6 (10.91%) Technical Architecture
7 6 (10.91%) Python
7 6 (10.91%) Java
8 5 (9.09%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (9.09%) JavaScript
8 5 (9.09%) C#
8 5 (9.09%) SharePoint
8 5 (9.09%) Business Analysis
8 5 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
8 5 (9.09%) eTOM
8 5 (9.09%) Telecoms
8 5 (9.09%) Manufacturing
8 5 (9.09%) Software Engineering

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 5 (9.09%) BizTalk Server
1 5 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.64%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (1.82%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.82%) WebSphere
3 1 (1.82%) WebSphere Application Server
Business Applications
1 5 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (9.09%) Office 365
2 3 (5.45%) IaaS
3 2 (3.64%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (1.82%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.82%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.82%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.27%) Wireless
2 2 (3.64%) SNMP
3 1 (1.82%) Firewall
3 1 (1.82%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.27%) GIS
1 4 (7.27%) Relational Database
2 3 (5.45%) MySQL
3 2 (3.64%) DTS
4 1 (1.82%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.82%) OLTP
4 1 (1.82%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.82%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.82%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 4 (7.27%) Git (software)
1 4 (7.27%) Jenkins
2 3 (5.45%) Rational DOORS
2 3 (5.45%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (3.64%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 10 (18.18%) Finance
2 5 (9.09%) Manufacturing
2 5 (9.09%) Telecoms
3 4 (7.27%) Billing
4 2 (3.64%) Banking
4 2 (3.64%) Electronics
4 2 (3.64%) Marketing
5 1 (1.82%) Games
5 1 (1.82%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.82%) Retail
5 1 (1.82%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.55%) Web Services
2 3 (5.45%) AngularJS
2 3 (5.45%) HTML
2 3 (5.45%) REST
2 3 (5.45%) XML
2 3 (5.45%) XSLT
3 2 (3.64%) Node.js
3 2 (3.64%) SOAP
4 1 (1.82%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 11 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (7.27%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.64%) N-Tier
3 2 (3.64%) User Experience
4 1 (1.82%) Clustering
4 1 (1.82%) CMDB
4 1 (1.82%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.82%) HACMP
4 1 (1.82%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.82%) PKI
4 1 (1.82%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 14 (25.45%) Unix
2 9 (16.36%) Linux
3 5 (9.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (5.45%) Windows
5 2 (3.64%) Solaris
5 2 (3.64%) SUSE
6 1 (1.82%) AIX
6 1 (1.82%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
6 1 (1.82%) Ubuntu
6 1 (1.82%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (18.18%) Agile Software Development
1 10 (18.18%) ITIL
2 7 (12.73%) CRM
2 7 (12.73%) TOGAF
2 7 (12.73%) Workflow
3 6 (10.91%) DevOps
3 6 (10.91%) Technical Architecture
4 5 (9.09%) Business Analysis
4 5 (9.09%) eTOM
4 5 (9.09%) ITIL V3
4 5 (9.09%) SDLC
4 5 (9.09%) Software Engineering
5 4 (7.27%) BPR
5 4 (7.27%) Migration
5 4 (7.27%) Network Planning
5 4 (7.27%) Requirements Analysis
5 4 (7.27%) Requirements Management
5 4 (7.27%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (7.27%) Systems Analysis
5 4 (7.27%) WFM
Programming Languages
1 10 (18.18%) SQL
2 6 (10.91%) Bash Shell
2 6 (10.91%) Java
2 6 (10.91%) Python
3 5 (9.09%) C#
3 5 (9.09%) JavaScript
4 4 (7.27%) C++
5 3 (5.45%) Perl
5 3 (5.45%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.82%) C
6 1 (1.82%) MATLAB
6 1 (1.82%) PHP
Qualifications
1 10 (18.18%) Degree
2 5 (9.09%) SC Cleared
2 5 (9.09%) Security Cleared
3 4 (7.27%) AWS Certification
4 1 (1.82%) CLAS
4 1 (1.82%) DV Cleared
4 1 (1.82%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.27%) GDPR
2 2 (3.64%) ISO/IEC 15288
2 2 (3.64%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 2 (3.64%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.82%) IFRS
3 1 (1.82%) PMO
3 1 (1.82%) SLA
3 1 (1.82%) Solvency II
System Software
1 4 (7.27%) Docker
2 2 (3.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.82%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.82%) GPFS
3 1 (1.82%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.82%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 6 (10.91%) Puppet
2 4 (7.27%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (3.64%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (3.64%) SCCM
3 2 (3.64%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (3.64%) WSUS
4 1 (1.82%) PTC Integrity
Vendors
1 8 (14.55%) Oracle
2 7 (12.73%) Pega
3 5 (9.09%) Sitecore
4 4 (7.27%) Microsoft
5 2 (3.64%) CA
5 2 (3.64%) HP
5 2 (3.64%) IBM
5 2 (3.64%) ServiceNow
5 2 (3.64%) Symantec
5 2 (3.64%) VMware
6 1 (1.82%) Cisco
6 1 (1.82%) Huawei
6 1 (1.82%) Intel
6 1 (1.82%) Juniper
6 1 (1.82%) NetApp
6 1 (1.82%) Nokia
6 1 (1.82%) PTC
6 1 (1.82%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.82%) Sun