Period
to 11 December 2017

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 11 December 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.

Architect
England > West Midlands
6 months to
11 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 21 9 10
Rank change year-on-year -12 +1 +10
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 342 572 489
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.96% 9.61% 9.66%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.34% 10.10% 10.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 186 286 288
West Midlands median daily rate £525 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £413 £419 £400
90th Percentile £675 £650 £700
England median daily rate £550 £540 £520
% change year-on-year +1.85% +3.85% +1.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.75 £55.00 £33.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.09% +63.93% -16.13%
England median hourly rate £49.00 £45.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year +8.89% -10.00% +17.65%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. 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
West Midlands
Contract vacancies in the West Midlands with a recognized job title 4659 5665 4788
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 95.15% 94.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 2956 3421 2722
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £211 £225 £213
90th Percentile £539 £541 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 229 265
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.13 £15.00 £16.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.17% -9.64% +3.75%
10th Percentile £10.30 £10.00 £10.33
90th Percentile £47.50 £39.50 £38.75
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.38 £18.00
% change year-on-year +1.77% +2.08% +9.09%

Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings that featured Architect in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Architect in the West Midlands

Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Architect in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Architect in the West Midlands

Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Architect in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 11 December 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Architect in the West Midlands

Architect
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Architect in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Architect in the West Midlands

Architect
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Architect within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 11 December 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
Birmingham -9 103 £525 - 21
Warwickshire -4 60 £525 +5.00% 3
Solihull +1 46 £375 -13.04% 1
Coventry +4 29 £518 +3.50% 6
Shropshire -32 22 £508 +6.84% 1
Walsall - 7 £580 -
Kingswinford - 5 £460 -
Sutton Coldfield -9 3 £679 +0.52%
Staffordshire -8 2 £469 -6.25%
Dudley - 1 £625 -
Architect
England

Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 11 December 2017, 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 across the West Midlands region featuring Architect in the job title.

1 65 (19.01%) LAN
2 54 (15.79%) WAN
3 51 (14.91%) Microsoft Azure
4 50 (14.62%) Agile Software Development
5 47 (13.74%) Presales
6 42 (12.28%) Microsoft
6 42 (12.28%) Oracle
7 40 (11.70%) Finance
8 36 (10.53%) REST
9 35 (10.23%) Migration
10 32 (9.36%) Windows
11 31 (9.06%) ERP
11 31 (9.06%) Security Cleared
12 30 (8.77%) ITIL
12 30 (8.77%) TOGAF
13 28 (8.19%) SQL
14 27 (7.89%) Enterprise Architecture
15 26 (7.60%) Linux
15 26 (7.60%) Firewall
15 26 (7.60%) Microservices
15 26 (7.60%) Customer Requirements
16 25 (7.31%) Java
16 25 (7.31%) Amazon AWS
17 23 (6.73%) SaaS
17 23 (6.73%) PaaS
17 23 (6.73%) Cisco
18 22 (6.43%) SOA
19 21 (6.14%) CRM
19 21 (6.14%) VMware
19 21 (6.14%) SC Cleared

Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 15 (4.39%) SharePoint
2 13 (3.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 9 (2.63%) Cloud Foundry
4 7 (2.05%) JBoss
5 6 (1.75%) Anypoint
6 5 (1.46%) WebSphere
7 4 (1.17%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (1.17%) SharePoint 2010
7 4 (1.17%) WebLogic
7 4 (1.17%) WebSphere Application Server
8 3 (0.88%) Mule
9 2 (0.58%) Apache
9 2 (0.58%) Apache ServiceMix
9 2 (0.58%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.58%) Oracle Service Bus
9 2 (0.58%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.58%) TIBCO ActiveMatrix
9 2 (0.58%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.58%) WildFly
9 2 (0.58%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (1.46%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.29%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.46%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (1.17%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.88%) Magento
4 3 (0.88%) Oracle Applications
4 3 (0.88%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.58%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.58%) Oracle Retail
5 2 (0.58%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.58%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.58%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.29%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 51 (14.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (7.31%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (6.73%) PaaS
3 23 (6.73%) SaaS
4 15 (4.39%) Office 365
5 13 (3.80%) Heroku
6 9 (2.63%) IaaS
7 5 (1.46%) OpenShift
8 4 (1.17%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.88%) GitHub
9 3 (0.88%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.29%) Amazon EMR
10 1 (0.29%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.29%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 65 (19.01%) LAN
2 54 (15.79%) WAN
3 26 (7.60%) Firewall
4 17 (4.97%) VPN
5 15 (4.39%) VoIP
6 14 (4.09%) 5G
6 14 (4.09%) Wi-Fi
7 13 (3.80%) 3G
7 13 (3.80%) 4G
7 13 (3.80%) Bluetooth
7 13 (3.80%) RFID
7 13 (3.80%) ZigBee
7 13 (3.80%) Z-Wave
8 11 (3.22%) MPLS
9 10 (2.92%) HTTP
9 10 (2.92%) Hyperconnected
9 10 (2.92%) SAN
9 10 (2.92%) VLAN
10 8 (2.34%) Network Security
11 7 (2.05%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 17 (4.97%) Big Data
3 11 (3.22%) Oracle Database
4 10 (2.92%) MongoDB
5 9 (2.63%) NoSQL
6 8 (2.34%) MySQL
6 8 (2.34%) Oracle Database 11g
7 7 (2.05%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (1.75%) Apache Cassandra
8 6 (1.75%) Oracle Database 10g
8 6 (1.75%) SQL Server 2014
8 6 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 6 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 5 (1.46%) SAP HANA
10 4 (1.17%) Oracle BI EE
10 4 (1.17%) RDBMS
10 4 (1.17%) Relational Database
10 4 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (1.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 9 (2.63%) Git (software)
2 8 (2.34%) GitLab
3 7 (2.05%) Jenkins
4 6 (1.75%) Subversion
5 4 (1.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 4 (1.17%) Selenium
5 4 (1.17%) TeamCity
5 4 (1.17%) WebDriver
6 3 (0.88%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.88%) JMeter
6 3 (0.88%) Maven
7 2 (0.58%) MorphX
8 1 (0.29%) DbUnit
8 1 (0.29%) ERwin
8 1 (0.29%) jMock
8 1 (0.29%) Mockito
8 1 (0.29%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (0.29%) Rational Rhapsody
8 1 (0.29%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.29%) SpecFlow
General
1 40 (11.70%) Finance
2 16 (4.68%) Retail
3 15 (4.39%) Manufacturing
4 12 (3.51%) Telecoms
5 11 (3.22%) Automotive
5 11 (3.22%) Billing
6 8 (2.34%) Marketing
7 5 (1.46%) Banking
8 4 (1.17%) Advertising
9 2 (0.58%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.58%) Publishing
10 1 (0.29%) Back Office
10 1 (0.29%) Legal
10 1 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (10.53%) REST
2 20 (5.85%) .NET
2 20 (5.85%) SOAP
3 18 (5.26%) Web Services
4 16 (4.68%) JSON
5 13 (3.80%) Middleware
6 12 (3.51%) HTML
6 12 (3.51%) Spring
7 11 (3.22%) Spring Boot
8 8 (2.34%) CSS
8 8 (2.34%) Play Framework
9 7 (2.05%) XML
10 6 (1.75%) WCF
10 6 (1.75%) WPF
11 5 (1.46%) Ajax
11 5 (1.46%) CSS3
11 5 (1.46%) HTML5
11 5 (1.46%) J2EE
11 5 (1.46%) RESTful
12 4 (1.17%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 17 (4.97%) Data Centre
2 16 (4.68%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (4.09%) Management Information System
4 8 (2.34%) Public Cloud
4 8 (2.34%) User Experience
5 7 (2.05%) Private Cloud
6 5 (1.46%) Hybrid Cloud
6 5 (1.46%) PKI
7 4 (1.17%) Enterprise Cloud
7 4 (1.17%) Mobile App
8 3 (0.88%) Infotainment
8 3 (0.88%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.58%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (0.58%) iPad
9 2 (0.58%) NHS
9 2 (0.58%) N-Tier
9 2 (0.58%) Replication
9 2 (0.58%) RSA SecurID
9 2 (0.58%) SCADA
9 2 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 32 (9.36%) Windows
2 26 (7.60%) Linux
3 19 (5.56%) Unix
4 8 (2.34%) Windows Server
5 6 (1.75%) Solaris
5 6 (1.75%) Windows 10
6 5 (1.46%) AIX
7 4 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.58%) HPUX
9 2 (0.58%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.29%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.29%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (14.62%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (13.74%) Presales
3 35 (10.23%) Migration
4 31 (9.06%) ERP
5 30 (8.77%) ITIL
5 30 (8.77%) TOGAF
6 27 (7.89%) Enterprise Architecture
7 26 (7.60%) Customer Requirements
7 26 (7.60%) Microservices
8 22 (6.43%) SOA
9 21 (6.14%) CRM
9 21 (6.14%) DevOps
10 20 (5.85%) Data Migration
10 20 (5.85%) Stakeholder Management
11 18 (5.26%) Open Source
11 18 (5.26%) Scrum
12 17 (4.97%) Risk Management
13 16 (4.68%) E-Commerce
14 15 (4.39%) Analytics
14 15 (4.39%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 28 (8.19%) SQL
2 25 (7.31%) Java
3 16 (4.68%) C#
4 12 (3.51%) JavaScript
5 9 (2.63%) PL/SQL
6 8 (2.34%) PowerShell
6 8 (2.34%) Scala
7 6 (1.75%) Perl
7 6 (1.75%) Shell Script
8 5 (1.46%) Python
9 4 (1.17%) Ruby
10 3 (0.88%) C
11 2 (0.58%) Apex Code
11 2 (0.58%) Groovy
11 2 (0.58%) PHP
11 2 (0.58%) X++
11 2 (0.58%) XPath
12 1 (0.29%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 31 (9.06%) Security Cleared
2 21 (6.14%) SC Cleared
3 16 (4.68%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (3.80%) Degree
5 10 (2.92%) CCNP
6 8 (2.34%) CCIE
7 7 (2.05%) CCNA
7 7 (2.05%) CISSP
8 4 (1.17%) SANS
9 3 (0.88%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (0.58%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.58%) JNCIA
10 2 (0.58%) Master's Degree
10 2 (0.58%) MCSA
10 2 (0.58%) MCSE
10 2 (0.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 1 (0.29%) ISEB Practitioner
11 1 (0.29%) MCSD
11 1 (0.29%) Oracle Certification
11 1 (0.29%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (2.63%) GDPR
2 8 (2.34%) Data Quality
3 6 (1.75%) COBIT
4 5 (1.46%) QA
5 3 (0.88%) SLA
6 1 (0.29%) ISO 26262
6 1 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.29%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 13 (3.80%) Active Directory
2 12 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (3.22%) Docker
4 4 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (1.17%) vSphere
5 3 (0.88%) XenApp
5 3 (0.88%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.58%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.29%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.29%) OpenAM
7 1 (0.29%) OpenDJ
Systems Management
1 13 (3.80%) Ansible
2 12 (3.51%) Puppet
3 10 (2.92%) Kubernetes
4 8 (2.34%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (2.34%) QRadar
5 5 (1.46%) RSA Archer
6 4 (1.17%) Graylog
6 4 (1.17%) logstash
6 4 (1.17%) Nagios
6 4 (1.17%) Rundeck
6 4 (1.17%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.29%) CA Service Virtualization
7 1 (0.29%) EMC VPLEX
7 1 (0.29%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.29%) MOM
7 1 (0.29%) SCCM
7 1 (0.29%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.29%) WSUS
Vendors
1 42 (12.28%) Microsoft
1 42 (12.28%) Oracle
2 23 (6.73%) Cisco
3 21 (6.14%) VMware
4 16 (4.68%) Juniper
4 16 (4.68%) SAP
5 15 (4.39%) Salesforce.com
6 13 (3.80%) Sigfox
7 11 (3.22%) IBM
7 11 (3.22%) MuleSoft
8 8 (2.34%) Citrix
8 8 (2.34%) WSO2
9 7 (2.05%) Red Hat
10 6 (1.75%) Capita
10 6 (1.75%) Mitel
10 6 (1.75%) Splunk
11 5 (1.46%) EMC
11 5 (1.46%) SolarWinds
12 4 (1.17%) BT
12 4 (1.17%) Sophos