Period
to 12 June 2021

The median contractor rate for a Technical Architect was £575 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 June 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
12 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 219 270 223
Rank change year-on-year +51 -47 +53
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Architect 727 417 1,194
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.19% 0.95% 1.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.28% 1.02% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 510 284 833
10th Percentile £425 £444 £463
25th Percentile £500 £513 £513
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £578 £575
Median % change year-on-year -0.43% +0.43% +4.55%
75th Percentile £638 £660 £650
90th Percentile £700 £738 £744
UK excluding London median daily rate £569 £575 £550
% change year-on-year -1.04% +4.55% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
10th Percentile " " "
25th Percentile £56.25 " £51.25
Median hourly rate £57.50 - £52.50
75th Percentile £58.75 " £53.75
90th Percentile " " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £57.50 - £52.50

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 56,929 40,975 85,662
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.85% 93.54% 94.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 39,002 27,266 57,251
10th Percentile £300 £255 £269
25th Percentile £400 £363 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £490 £475 £473
Median % change year-on-year +3.16% +0.53% +5.00%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +1.80% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,725 1,438 2,648
10th Percentile £11.38 £11.50 £11.08
25th Percentile £14.13 £14.25 £13.25
Median hourly rate £21.25 £19.50 £18.40
Median % change year-on-year +8.97% +5.98% +5.14%
75th Percentile £44.50 £39.45 £41.38
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £18.49 £17.50
% change year-on-year +0.05% +5.66% +0.55%

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 12 June 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 12 June 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 +18 538 £575 -1.29% 139
Work from Home -47 282 £600 +29.73% 27
London -9 275 £600 - 73
UK excluding London +31 242 £569 -1.04% 72
North of England +65 108 £591 -1.54% 29
Yorkshire +38 54 £597 -0.50% 14
South East +12 45 £525 -2.55% 13
North West +11 34 £588 -2.08% 11
Midlands -40 30 £350 -41.67% 12
West Midlands -31 27 £350 -41.67% 9
South West +20 26 £615 -1.60% 6
North East +31 21 £586 +9.02% 4
Scotland -30 18 £575 +9.52% 5
East of England -3 8 £505 +9.19% 5
Wales - 7 £568 - 1
East Midlands -4 1 - - 2

Technical Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 June 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.

1 247 (33.98%) Azure
2 204 (28.06%) AWS
3 198 (27.24%) Agile Software Development
4 144 (19.81%) Social Skills
5 143 (19.67%) Security Cleared
6 127 (17.47%) DevOps
7 121 (16.64%) SC Cleared
8 114 (15.68%) Public Sector
9 112 (15.41%) Microsoft
10 107 (14.72%) Technical Architecture
11 92 (12.65%) Migration
12 87 (11.97%) Java
13 81 (11.14%) Salesforce.com
14 79 (10.87%) Enterprise Architecture
15 78 (10.73%) Microservices
16 75 (10.32%) VMware
17 74 (10.18%) Windows
18 73 (10.04%) Finance
18 73 (10.04%) TOGAF
19 62 (8.53%) Linux
19 62 (8.53%) SQL
20 61 (8.39%) PaaS
21 60 (8.25%) Active Directory
22 52 (7.15%) Terraform
23 51 (7.02%) Microsoft 365
23 51 (7.02%) Oracle
23 51 (7.02%) Stakeholder Management
24 50 (6.88%) VMware Infrastructure
24 50 (6.88%) Infrastructure as Code
25 46 (6.33%) Project Management

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 37 (5.09%) SharePoint
2 24 (3.30%) Confluence
3 18 (2.48%) Apache
3 18 (2.48%) CMS
4 16 (2.20%) MS Exchange
5 14 (1.93%) IIS
6 11 (1.51%) JBoss
7 9 (1.24%) Apache Airflow
8 8 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
8 8 (1.10%) Tomcat
9 7 (0.96%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 5 (0.69%) Apache Spark
11 4 (0.55%) Anypoint
11 4 (0.55%) Mule
11 4 (0.55%) Mule ESB
11 4 (0.55%) NetWeaver
11 4 (0.55%) nginx
12 3 (0.41%) Drupal
12 3 (0.41%) Headless CMS
12 3 (0.41%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (0.83%) MS Visio
2 4 (0.55%) Chatbot
2 4 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 14 (1.93%) Cerner Millennium
2 11 (1.51%) Magento
3 7 (0.96%) Oracle ERP
3 7 (0.96%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.55%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.41%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 3 (0.41%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.41%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 2 (0.28%) Adobe Campaign
7 2 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.28%) SAP Hybris
7 2 (0.28%) StreamServe
8 1 (0.14%) OpenText VIM for SAP
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
8 1 (0.14%) SAP FSCM
8 1 (0.14%) Sprinklr
8 1 (0.14%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 247 (33.98%) Azure
2 204 (28.06%) AWS
3 61 (8.39%) PaaS
4 51 (7.02%) Microsoft 365
5 41 (5.64%) IaaS
6 37 (5.09%) GCP
7 34 (4.68%) SaaS
8 27 (3.71%) Power Platform
9 24 (3.30%) Serverless
10 23 (3.16%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 19 (2.61%) Force.com
12 16 (2.20%) GitHub
13 15 (2.06%) Amazon SQS
13 15 (2.06%) Dynamics 365
14 14 (1.93%) Azure Active Directory
15 13 (1.79%) PowerApps
16 12 (1.65%) AWS CloudFormation
16 12 (1.65%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
17 11 (1.51%) Amazon S3
17 11 (1.51%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 31 (4.26%) DNS
2 26 (3.58%) Firewall
2 26 (3.58%) WAN
3 15 (2.06%) SD-WAN
4 13 (1.79%) DHCP
4 13 (1.79%) Network Security
4 13 (1.79%) VPN
5 12 (1.65%) SAN
6 11 (1.51%) WAAS
7 10 (1.38%) HTTP
8 9 (1.24%) TCP/IP
9 8 (1.10%) SSL
10 7 (0.96%) Internet
10 7 (0.96%) LAN
11 6 (0.83%) IPsec
11 6 (0.83%) iSCSI
11 6 (0.83%) Kerberos
11 6 (0.83%) Skype
12 4 (0.55%) Wireless
13 3 (0.41%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (5.23%) SQL Server
2 28 (3.85%) PostgreSQL
3 17 (2.34%) Power BI
4 16 (2.20%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 16 (2.20%) Big Data
4 16 (2.20%) NoSQL
5 14 (1.93%) Relational Database
6 12 (1.65%) MySQL
7 10 (1.38%) Amazon RDS
7 10 (1.38%) Amazon Redshift
8 7 (0.96%) Data Lake
8 7 (0.96%) Tableau
9 6 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (0.83%) Electronic Patient Records
9 6 (0.83%) Oracle Database
9 6 (0.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 5 (0.69%) Hadoop
10 5 (0.69%) MongoDB
11 4 (0.55%) Apache Cassandra
11 4 (0.55%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 34 (4.68%) Jenkins
2 25 (3.44%) JIRA
3 22 (3.03%) Git (software)
4 17 (2.34%) GitLab
5 15 (2.06%) Bitbucket
5 15 (2.06%) Postman
6 14 (1.93%) SonarQube
7 12 (1.65%) Maven
8 10 (1.38%) Sonatype Nexus
9 9 (1.24%) Ant
10 8 (1.10%) Artifactory
11 7 (0.96%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 5 (0.69%) Cucumber
12 5 (0.69%) JUnit
12 5 (0.69%) SoapUI
13 4 (0.55%) Subversion
14 3 (0.41%) RStudio
14 3 (0.41%) Vagrant
15 2 (0.28%) git-flow
15 2 (0.28%) Gradle
General
1 144 (19.81%) Social Skills
2 114 (15.68%) Public Sector
3 73 (10.04%) Finance
4 36 (4.95%) Banking
5 28 (3.85%) Presentation Skills
6 27 (3.71%) Analytical Skills
7 26 (3.58%) Marketing
8 17 (2.34%) Influencing Skills
9 14 (1.93%) Retail
10 13 (1.79%) Front Office
11 11 (1.51%) Manufacturing
11 11 (1.51%) Telecoms
12 9 (1.24%) Retail Banking
13 6 (0.83%) Documentation Skills
13 6 (0.83%) Dutch Language
13 6 (0.83%) German Language
14 5 (0.69%) Electronics
14 5 (0.69%) Organisational Skills
15 4 (0.55%) Games
15 4 (0.55%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (5.09%) REST
2 34 (4.68%) Web Services
3 30 (4.13%) .NET
4 29 (3.99%) Middleware
5 26 (3.58%) OAuth
6 25 (3.44%) Spring
7 23 (3.16%) RESTful
8 21 (2.89%) Visualforce
9 20 (2.75%) SOAP
10 19 (2.61%) OpenID
10 19 (2.61%) SAML
11 18 (2.48%) HTML
11 18 (2.48%) JSON
11 18 (2.48%) React
12 16 (2.20%) XML
13 14 (1.93%) Swagger
14 12 (1.65%) CSS
14 12 (1.65%) J2EE
14 12 (1.65%) OAuth2
15 10 (1.38%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 46 (6.33%) Public Cloud
2 45 (6.19%) NHS
3 28 (3.85%) Cloud Native
4 23 (3.16%) Clustering
4 23 (3.16%) Greenfield Project
5 22 (3.03%) Management Information System
6 18 (2.48%) Data Centre
7 16 (2.20%) Data Structures
7 16 (2.20%) EMC VNX
7 16 (2.20%) User Experience
8 10 (1.38%) HoloLens
9 9 (1.24%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 9 (1.24%) PACS
10 8 (1.10%) Mobile App
10 8 (1.10%) Virtual Team
11 7 (0.96%) N-Tier
12 6 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.69%) Hybrid Cloud
13 5 (0.69%) Mainframe
13 5 (0.69%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 74 (10.18%) Windows
2 62 (8.53%) Linux
3 28 (3.85%) Windows Server
4 21 (2.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 21 (2.89%) Windows 10
5 12 (1.65%) Unix
5 12 (1.65%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (1.51%) Windows XP
7 8 (1.10%) Solaris
7 8 (1.10%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (0.83%) Android
8 6 (0.83%) Apple iOS
9 4 (0.55%) Windows Server 2019
10 3 (0.41%) AIX
10 3 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (0.41%) Windows Server 2016
11 2 (0.28%) HPUX
11 2 (0.28%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 198 (27.24%) Agile Software Development
2 127 (17.47%) DevOps
3 107 (14.72%) Technical Architecture
4 92 (12.65%) Migration
5 79 (10.87%) Enterprise Architecture
6 78 (10.73%) Microservices
7 73 (10.04%) TOGAF
8 51 (7.02%) Stakeholder Management
9 50 (6.88%) Infrastructure as Code
10 46 (6.33%) Project Management
11 45 (6.19%) Service Management
12 41 (5.64%) SOA
13 38 (5.23%) Information Security
14 36 (4.95%) Problem-Solving
15 35 (4.81%) Architecture Roadmap
15 35 (4.81%) Continuous Integration
16 34 (4.68%) Architectural Design
17 32 (4.40%) Data Migration
17 32 (4.40%) Technical Leadership
18 31 (4.26%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 87 (11.97%) Java
2 62 (8.53%) SQL
3 33 (4.54%) Apex Code
4 25 (3.44%) PowerShell
4 25 (3.44%) Python
5 22 (3.03%) JavaScript
6 17 (2.34%) C#
7 8 (1.10%) PHP
8 7 (0.96%) R
9 6 (0.83%) Java 8
9 6 (0.83%) PL/SQL
10 5 (0.69%) Bash Shell
10 5 (0.69%) Scala
11 4 (0.55%) Assembly Language
11 4 (0.55%) C
11 4 (0.55%) C++
11 4 (0.55%) COBOL
11 4 (0.55%) Groovy
12 3 (0.41%) Ruby
12 3 (0.41%) X++
Qualifications
1 143 (19.67%) Security Cleared
2 121 (16.64%) SC Cleared
3 27 (3.71%) Degree
4 15 (2.06%) BPSS Clearance
5 14 (1.93%) TOGAF Certification
6 10 (1.38%) AWS Certification
7 9 (1.24%) CISSP
7 9 (1.24%) CTC Cleared
8 7 (0.96%) DV Cleared
9 5 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (0.69%) CISM
10 4 (0.55%) CESG Certified Professional
10 4 (0.55%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (0.41%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 2 (0.28%) CCNA
12 2 (0.28%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.28%) GIAC
12 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.14%) CCIE
13 1 (0.14%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (3.85%) QA
2 13 (1.79%) HL7
3 9 (1.24%) Disclosure Scotland
4 8 (1.10%) NIST
5 6 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.55%) NCSC
7 3 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.41%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.41%) SLA
8 2 (0.28%) COBIT
8 2 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (0.28%) GDPR
8 2 (0.28%) IFRS
8 2 (0.28%) ISO 22301
8 2 (0.28%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.14%) Accessibility
9 1 (0.14%) Actionable Recommendations
9 1 (0.14%) EMIR
9 1 (0.14%) MiFID
9 1 (0.14%) PMO
System Software
1 60 (8.25%) Active Directory
2 50 (6.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (3.30%) Docker
4 17 (2.34%) Virtual Machines
5 15 (2.06%) Hyper-V
6 10 (1.38%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (0.83%) RACF
8 3 (0.41%) NFS
9 2 (0.28%) HDFS
9 2 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
9 2 (0.28%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.14%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 1 (0.14%) KVM
10 1 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.14%) SRDF
10 1 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.14%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.14%) Xen
10 1 (0.14%) XenApp
10 1 (0.14%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 52 (7.15%) Terraform
2 36 (4.95%) Kubernetes
3 27 (3.71%) Ansible
4 22 (3.03%) Microsoft Intune
5 20 (2.75%) SCCM
6 13 (1.79%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 13 (1.79%) Microsoft Clustering
7 12 (1.65%) Single Sign-On
8 11 (1.51%) IBM BigFix
9 10 (1.38%) AirWatch
10 9 (1.24%) Grafana
11 8 (1.10%) Prometheus
12 6 (0.83%) NetBackup
12 6 (0.83%) vRealize
13 4 (0.55%) CloudHub
14 3 (0.41%) FortiGate
14 3 (0.41%) Nessus
14 3 (0.41%) Red Hat Satellite
15 2 (0.28%) Puppet
15 2 (0.28%) vMotion
Vendors
1 112 (15.41%) Microsoft
2 81 (11.14%) Salesforce.com
3 75 (10.32%) VMware
4 51 (7.02%) Oracle
5 39 (5.36%) SAP
6 37 (5.09%) Google
7 29 (3.99%) MuleSoft
7 29 (3.99%) Red Hat
8 24 (3.30%) ServiceNow
9 23 (3.16%) Cisco
10 20 (2.75%) EMC
10 20 (2.75%) Splunk
11 15 (2.06%) Cerner
12 12 (1.65%) Palo Alto
13 11 (1.51%) Citrix
13 11 (1.51%) Databricks
14 10 (1.38%) Atlassian
14 10 (1.38%) Fortinet
14 10 (1.38%) IBM
15 8 (1.10%) Pega