Period
to 1 December 2021

The median contractor rate for a Technical Architect was £625 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 1 December 2021.

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.

Technical Architect
UK
6 months to
1 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 264 249 278
Rank change year-on-year -15 +29 -15
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Architect 913 386 794
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.02% 1.05% 0.99%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.09% 1.13% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 623 255 564
10th Percentile £496 £400 £463
25th Percentile £540 £450 £513
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £625 £550 £575
Median % change year-on-year +13.64% -4.35% +4.55%
75th Percentile £704 £644 £650
90th Percentile £775 £734 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £600 £525 £550
% change year-on-year +14.29% -4.55% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 3
10th Percentile £77.55 £36.96 £52.50
25th Percentile £77.63 £54.50 £54.38
Median hourly rate £79.00 £59.25 £60.00
Median % change year-on-year +33.33% -1.25% -
75th Percentile £81.38 £67.81 £62.50
90th Percentile £82.05 £70.00 "
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £58.00 £60.00
% change year-on-year - -3.33% -

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 83,463 34,095 75,781
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.44% 92.47% 94.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,428 23,124 50,664
10th Percentile £300 £256 £250
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £501 £475 £460
Median % change year-on-year +5.37% +3.26% +2.22%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £563
90th Percentile £700 £650 £649
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,178 1,238 2,697
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.25 £13.88
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +20.35% +6.83%
75th Percentile £45.85 £45.00 £42.00
90th Percentile £62.76 £57.50 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.29% -

Technical Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Technical Architect in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Technical Architect in the UK

Technical Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Technical Architect.

Daily rate trend for Technical Architect in the UK

Technical Architect
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Technical Architect over the 6 months to 1 December 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Technical Architect in the UK

Technical Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Technical Architect.

Hourly rate trend for Technical Architect in the UK

Technical Architect
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Technical Architect within the UK over the 6 months to 1 December 2021. 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 -26 700 £625 +13.64% 156
London +3 425 £650 +8.33% 72
Work from Home -33 281 £600 +20.00% 26
UK excluding London -86 266 £600 +14.29% 96
North of England -49 90 £600 +9.09% 37
Yorkshire -29 46 £675 +22.28% 13
Scotland -49 42 £650 +8.33% 6
South East -101 35 £638 +27.50% 13
North West -48 34 £555 +27.59% 15
South West -46 33 £625 -1.96% 11
Midlands -60 29 £533 +12.11% 16
East of England -35 26 £601 +137.82% 6
West Midlands -54 24 £550 +22.22% 11
North East +6 19 £643 +9.36% 9
Wales -19 12 £525 -6.67% 6
East Midlands -44 4 £500 +14.29% 5

Technical Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 December 2021, Technical 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 Technical Architect in the job title.

1 288 (31.54%) Azure
2 245 (26.83%) Agile Software Development
3 241 (26.40%) AWS
4 229 (25.08%) Social Skills
5 177 (19.39%) DevOps
6 170 (18.62%) Microsoft
7 163 (17.85%) Security Cleared
8 146 (15.99%) SC Cleared
9 127 (13.91%) Java
10 126 (13.80%) Public Sector
11 123 (13.47%) Finance
12 115 (12.60%) Microservices
13 114 (12.49%) Migration
14 107 (11.72%) Technical Architecture
15 97 (10.62%) Public Cloud
16 95 (10.41%) Windows
16 95 (10.41%) Active Directory
17 94 (10.30%) Enterprise Architecture
18 92 (10.08%) Linux
19 84 (9.20%) Analytics
20 73 (8.00%) Banking
21 71 (7.78%) VMware
22 69 (7.56%) Stakeholder Management
22 69 (7.56%) Salesforce.com
23 68 (7.45%) TOGAF
23 68 (7.45%) Microsoft 365
24 65 (7.12%) Oracle
25 62 (6.79%) Kubernetes
25 62 (6.79%) Technical Leadership
26 60 (6.57%) IaaS

Technical 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 27 (2.96%) SharePoint
2 24 (2.63%) CMS
3 20 (2.19%) Tomcat
4 18 (1.97%) Apache
5 15 (1.64%) Confluence
5 15 (1.64%) IIS
6 11 (1.20%) MS Exchange
7 9 (0.99%) WebLogic
8 8 (0.88%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 6 (0.66%) Apache Spark
9 6 (0.66%) OpenStack
10 5 (0.55%) nginx
10 5 (0.55%) WebSphere
11 4 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 4 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.44%) JBoss
11 4 (0.44%) Mule
11 4 (0.44%) SAS
12 3 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 12 (1.31%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (1.10%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.33%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 18 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.44%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 3 (0.33%) Magento
4 2 (0.22%) Adobe Campaign
4 2 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.22%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.11%) Avolution ABACUS
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.11%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.11%) SAP MDG
5 1 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.11%) SDL Web 8
5 1 (0.11%) Sprinklr
5 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 288 (31.54%) Azure
2 241 (26.40%) AWS
3 68 (7.45%) Microsoft 365
4 60 (6.57%) IaaS
5 59 (6.46%) PaaS
6 57 (6.24%) GCP
7 53 (5.81%) SaaS
8 42 (4.60%) Azure Active Directory
9 40 (4.38%) Serverless
10 24 (2.63%) Cloud Computing
11 23 (2.52%) Power Platform
12 20 (2.19%) Azure Data Factory
12 20 (2.19%) Dynamics 365
12 20 (2.19%) GitHub
13 15 (1.64%) Azure Synapse Analytics
13 15 (1.64%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 14 (1.53%) Amazon EC2
14 14 (1.53%) Kong
14 14 (1.53%) OpenShift
15 13 (1.42%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 51 (5.59%) Firewall
2 35 (3.83%) WAN
3 30 (3.29%) DNS
4 23 (2.52%) SAN
5 20 (2.19%) SD-WAN
6 19 (2.08%) HTTP
6 19 (2.08%) Network Security
7 16 (1.75%) DHCP
7 16 (1.75%) Internet
8 15 (1.64%) SSL
9 14 (1.53%) NAS
9 14 (1.53%) TCP/IP
10 10 (1.10%) iSCSI
10 10 (1.10%) NetScaler
11 9 (0.99%) LAN
12 4 (0.44%) 5G
12 4 (0.44%) IPsec
12 4 (0.44%) VPN
13 3 (0.33%) DMZ
13 3 (0.33%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (3.94%) SQL Server
2 27 (2.96%) Big Data
2 27 (2.96%) MySQL
3 23 (2.52%) PostgreSQL
4 22 (2.41%) NoSQL
5 20 (2.19%) Data Warehouse
6 19 (2.08%) Relational Database
7 18 (1.97%) Amazon RDS
7 18 (1.97%) Data Lake
8 17 (1.86%) Oracle Database
9 15 (1.64%) Power BI
10 14 (1.53%) Metadata
10 14 (1.53%) MongoDB
11 13 (1.42%) MariaDB
12 12 (1.31%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 8 (0.88%) Apache Cassandra
14 5 (0.55%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 5 (0.55%) BigQuery
14 5 (0.55%) Tableau
15 4 (0.44%) Redis
Development Applications
1 27 (2.96%) Jenkins
2 24 (2.63%) JIRA
3 20 (2.19%) Git (software)
4 11 (1.20%) Bitbucket
4 11 (1.20%) CircleCI
5 9 (0.99%) Cucumber
5 9 (0.99%) Maven
6 7 (0.77%) SonarQube
7 6 (0.66%) GitLab
7 6 (0.66%) IBM UrbanCode
7 6 (0.66%) Sonatype Nexus
8 5 (0.55%) Artifactory
8 5 (0.55%) JUnit
8 5 (0.55%) Octopus Deploy
8 5 (0.55%) Postman
8 5 (0.55%) TeamCity
9 4 (0.44%) Ant
9 4 (0.44%) Toad
10 3 (0.33%) Selenium
10 3 (0.33%) Subversion
General
1 229 (25.08%) Social Skills
2 126 (13.80%) Public Sector
3 123 (13.47%) Finance
4 73 (8.00%) Banking
5 34 (3.72%) Marketing
6 31 (3.40%) Analytical Skills
7 30 (3.29%) Manufacturing
8 23 (2.52%) Telecoms
9 21 (2.30%) Investment Banking
9 21 (2.30%) Legal
10 20 (2.19%) Retail
11 17 (1.86%) Electronics
12 13 (1.42%) Documentation Skills
12 13 (1.42%) Financial Institution
13 11 (1.20%) Influencing Skills
14 10 (1.10%) Publishing
15 9 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
16 7 (0.77%) Presentation Skills
16 7 (0.77%) Retail Banking
17 6 (0.66%) Organisational Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (6.02%) .NET
2 39 (4.27%) Spring
3 36 (3.94%) Web Services
4 35 (3.83%) RESTful
5 26 (2.85%) REST
6 24 (2.63%) Kafka
7 21 (2.30%) HTML
7 21 (2.30%) React
8 19 (2.08%) Middleware
8 19 (2.08%) XML
9 17 (1.86%) JSON
10 16 (1.75%) Spring Boot
11 15 (1.64%) OAuth
12 14 (1.53%) SAML
13 13 (1.42%) Node.js
13 13 (1.42%) SOAP
14 12 (1.31%) CSS
15 11 (1.20%) OpenID
15 11 (1.20%) Visualforce
16 10 (1.10%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 97 (10.62%) Public Cloud
2 39 (4.27%) Data Centre
3 36 (3.94%) Cloud Native
4 29 (3.18%) Management Information System
5 27 (2.96%) Legacy Systems
6 25 (2.74%) NHS
7 23 (2.52%) Greenfield Project
8 20 (2.19%) Clustering
8 20 (2.19%) User Experience
9 19 (2.08%) Private Cloud
10 14 (1.53%) Hybrid Cloud
11 13 (1.42%) Data Protection Act
11 13 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
12 10 (1.10%) Legacy Applications
13 9 (0.99%) Reference Data
13 9 (0.99%) Self-Motivation
14 8 (0.88%) Equities
14 8 (0.88%) Hedge funds
14 8 (0.88%) Mobile App
15 6 (0.66%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 95 (10.41%) Windows
2 92 (10.08%) Linux
3 39 (4.27%) Windows Server
4 38 (4.16%) Unix
5 30 (3.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 27 (2.96%) Windows 10
7 19 (2.08%) Windows Server 2019
8 12 (1.31%) Windows Server 2016
9 7 (0.77%) Ubuntu
9 7 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (0.66%) CentOS
10 6 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
11 5 (0.55%) AIX
12 4 (0.44%) Android
12 4 (0.44%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.33%) Debian
13 3 (0.33%) Solaris
13 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.11%) VMS
14 1 (0.11%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 245 (26.83%) Agile Software Development
2 177 (19.39%) DevOps
3 115 (12.60%) Microservices
4 114 (12.49%) Migration
5 107 (11.72%) Technical Architecture
6 94 (10.30%) Enterprise Architecture
7 84 (9.20%) Analytics
8 69 (7.56%) Stakeholder Management
9 68 (7.45%) TOGAF
10 62 (6.79%) Technical Leadership
11 56 (6.13%) Architectural Design
12 54 (5.91%) Scrum
13 51 (5.59%) Technical Debt
14 44 (4.82%) Collaborative Working
15 43 (4.71%) Mentoring
16 42 (4.60%) Cybersecurity
17 40 (4.38%) Business Intelligence
18 38 (4.16%) CRM
18 38 (4.16%) ITIL
19 37 (4.05%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 127 (13.91%) Java
2 53 (5.81%) JavaScript
3 50 (5.48%) SQL
4 38 (4.16%) Python
5 34 (3.72%) C#
6 18 (1.97%) Apex Code
7 17 (1.86%) Bash Shell
7 17 (1.86%) Shell Script
8 14 (1.53%) PowerShell
9 8 (0.88%) T-SQL
10 7 (0.77%) C++
10 7 (0.77%) Java 8
10 7 (0.77%) Perl
10 7 (0.77%) TypeScript
11 6 (0.66%) C
11 6 (0.66%) PHP
12 5 (0.55%) Groovy
12 5 (0.55%) Scala
13 4 (0.44%) Ruby
14 3 (0.33%) SPARQL
Qualifications
1 163 (17.85%) Security Cleared
2 146 (15.99%) SC Cleared
3 33 (3.61%) Degree
4 25 (2.74%) TOGAF Certification
5 18 (1.97%) BPSS Clearance
6 13 (1.42%) DV Cleared
7 7 (0.77%) CISSP
8 5 (0.55%) CESG Certified Professional
9 4 (0.44%) AWS Certification
9 4 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (0.33%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.22%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (0.22%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.22%) Master's Degree
11 2 (0.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.11%) CISA
12 1 (0.11%) ISSAP
12 1 (0.11%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.11%) OCP
12 1 (0.11%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.52%) QA
2 20 (2.19%) GDPR
3 15 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (1.64%) NCSC
4 9 (0.99%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.77%) Disclosure Scotland
6 6 (0.66%) GMP
7 5 (0.55%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.44%) NIST
8 4 (0.44%) SLA
9 3 (0.33%) Data Quality
9 3 (0.33%) GRC
10 2 (0.22%) COBIT
10 2 (0.22%) HIPAA
10 2 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (0.22%) ISO 22301
10 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.11%) Accessibility
11 1 (0.11%) Actionable Recommendations
11 1 (0.11%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 95 (10.41%) Active Directory
2 51 (5.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (4.05%) Docker
4 20 (2.19%) Hyper-V
5 10 (1.10%) NFS
6 7 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (0.33%) iptables
8 3 (0.33%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.22%) DFS Replication
9 2 (0.22%) IAG
9 2 (0.22%) XenApp
10 1 (0.11%) KVM
10 1 (0.11%) SRDF
10 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.11%) vSphere
10 1 (0.11%) Xen
Systems Management
1 62 (6.79%) Kubernetes
2 43 (4.71%) Terraform
3 19 (2.08%) Ansible
4 17 (1.86%) Microsoft Intune
5 13 (1.42%) SCCM
6 11 (1.20%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 11 (1.20%) FortiGate
7 7 (0.77%) AirWatch
7 7 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (0.66%) Puppet
9 5 (0.55%) Nagios
9 5 (0.55%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.22%) Backup Exec
10 2 (0.22%) BMC PATROL
10 2 (0.22%) EdgeSight
10 2 (0.22%) HP Data Protector
10 2 (0.22%) Packer
11 1 (0.11%) Consul
11 1 (0.11%) Grafana
11 1 (0.11%) Rancher
Vendors
1 170 (18.62%) Microsoft
2 71 (7.78%) VMware
3 69 (7.56%) Salesforce.com
4 65 (7.12%) Oracle
5 50 (5.48%) SAP
6 40 (4.38%) Google
7 35 (3.83%) Red Hat
8 28 (3.07%) Cisco
9 22 (2.41%) Citrix
10 21 (2.30%) Databricks
11 18 (1.97%) F5
12 17 (1.86%) MuleSoft
13 16 (1.75%) Palo Alto
14 14 (1.53%) Dell
14 14 (1.53%) NetApp
15 11 (1.20%) EMC
16 10 (1.10%) CheckPoint
16 10 (1.10%) HP
16 10 (1.10%) Splunk
17 8 (0.88%) Pega