Period
to 23 April 2019

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 23 April 2019.

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
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 14 11 16
Rank change year-on-year -3 +5 -5
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 480 416 368
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 9.81% 8.71% 7.94%
As % of the Job Titles category 10.28% 9.15% 8.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 241 223
West Midlands median daily rate £550 £550 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.32% +2.50%
10th Percentile £434 £425 £425
90th Percentile £681 £675 £674
England median daily rate £575 £550 £550
% change year-on-year +4.55% - +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 5
West Midlands median hourly rate £35.00 £30.75 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.82% -44.09% -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £49.15 £42.50
% change year-on-year -28.79% +15.65% -22.73%

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 4,667 4,546 4,389
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.38% 95.20% 94.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,931 2,837 2,695
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £258 £235 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £538
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 172 209
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +1.49% +11.67%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.53 £11.25
90th Percentile £45.00 £48.75 £36.25
England median hourly rate £18.87 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year +0.91% -1.58% -

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 23 April 2019.

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 23 April 2019. 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
Coventry +4 108 £475 -5.09% 23
Birmingham -9 87 £550 - 50
Shropshire 0 86 £620 +12.73% 5
Warwickshire +1 74 £550 +2.33% 7
Solihull +12 40 £625 +48.81% 13
Worcestershire -5 15 £550 - 5
Staffordshire -1 3 £425 -15.00% 5
Wolverhampton +3 2 £598 -0.42%
Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 April 2019, 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 across the West Midlands region featuring Architect in the job title.

1 165 (34.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 153 (31.88%) Agile Software Development
3 136 (28.33%) Amazon AWS
4 112 (23.33%) Migration
5 70 (14.58%) Microsoft
6 69 (14.38%) Java
7 63 (13.13%) Stakeholder Management
8 58 (12.08%) Microservices
9 57 (11.88%) DevOps
10 54 (11.25%) Data Centre
11 53 (11.04%) Finance
11 53 (11.04%) Cisco
12 49 (10.21%) Oracle
13 43 (8.96%) Security Cleared
14 42 (8.75%) SC Cleared
14 42 (8.75%) VMware
15 41 (8.54%) SQL
16 40 (8.33%) Data Architecture
17 39 (8.13%) .NET
17 39 (8.13%) Web Services
17 39 (8.13%) TOGAF
18 38 (7.92%) Scrum
19 37 (7.71%) Jenkins
20 36 (7.50%) Data Modelling
21 35 (7.29%) PaaS
22 34 (7.08%) Windows
23 33 (6.88%) Degree
24 32 (6.67%) Big Data
25 30 (6.25%) SOA
25 30 (6.25%) IaaS

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 12 (2.50%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.25%) WebLogic
3 5 (1.04%) WebSphere
4 4 (0.83%) Confluence
4 4 (0.83%) MS Exchange
4 4 (0.83%) Skype for Business
5 3 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (0.63%) Documentum
5 3 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.21%) Apache
6 1 (0.21%) Apache Airflow
6 1 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.21%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.21%) SAS
6 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (1.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (0.21%) Chatbot
2 1 (0.21%) InVision
2 1 (0.21%) Photoshop
2 1 (0.21%) Revit
Business Applications
1 25 (5.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.46%) Oracle Applications
3 5 (1.04%) Dynamics NAV
3 5 (1.04%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (0.63%) Oracle BPM
4 3 (0.63%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.42%) Oracle Retail
5 2 (0.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.21%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 165 (34.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 136 (28.33%) Amazon AWS
3 35 (7.29%) PaaS
4 30 (6.25%) IaaS
4 30 (6.25%) SaaS
5 27 (5.63%) Office 365
6 17 (3.54%) Dynamics 365
7 12 (2.50%) Google Cloud Platform
8 11 (2.29%) Azure Active Directory
9 9 (1.88%) SuccessFactors
10 5 (1.04%) GitHub
11 4 (0.83%) Azure Data Factory
11 4 (0.83%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 4 (0.83%) Oracle Service Cloud
11 4 (0.83%) Serverless
12 2 (0.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.42%) Route 53
13 1 (0.21%) Amazon Kinesis
13 1 (0.21%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.21%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.92%) NetScaler
1 14 (2.92%) Wireless
2 13 (2.71%) WAN
3 10 (2.08%) Firewall
3 10 (2.08%) MPLS
4 9 (1.88%) VoIP
5 8 (1.67%) Unified Communications
6 7 (1.46%) SAN
6 7 (1.46%) Skype
6 7 (1.46%) VPN
7 6 (1.25%) LAN
7 6 (1.25%) Network Security
8 5 (1.04%) SNMP
8 5 (1.04%) VLAN
9 4 (0.83%) Cisco Firepower
9 4 (0.83%) DNS
9 4 (0.83%) ISDN
9 4 (0.83%) PBX
9 4 (0.83%) PSTN
10 3 (0.63%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (6.67%) Big Data
2 23 (4.79%) Data Warehouse
3 21 (4.38%) Hadoop
4 20 (4.17%) NoSQL
4 20 (4.17%) SQL Server
5 10 (2.08%) Oracle Database
6 9 (1.88%) Relational Database
7 8 (1.67%) Power BI
8 7 (1.46%) RDBMS
9 5 (1.04%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (0.83%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (0.42%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.42%) Amazon Redshift
11 2 (0.42%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.42%) Data Lake
11 2 (0.42%) SAP HANA
11 2 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 2 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 1 (0.21%) Oracle OWB
12 1 (0.21%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 37 (7.71%) Jenkins
2 25 (5.21%) Maven
3 19 (3.96%) Ant
3 19 (3.96%) Apache Ivy
3 19 (3.96%) Gradle
4 13 (2.71%) Git (software)
5 10 (2.08%) Visual Studio
6 9 (1.88%) Visual Studio Team System
7 8 (1.67%) JIRA
8 7 (1.46%) Cucumber
9 4 (0.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (0.83%) ERwin
9 4 (0.83%) SonarQube
10 3 (0.63%) Selenium
10 3 (0.63%) Subversion
11 1 (0.21%) ClearCase
11 1 (0.21%) ClearQuest
11 1 (0.21%) JMeter
11 1 (0.21%) LoadRunner
11 1 (0.21%) MorphX
General
1 53 (11.04%) Finance
2 22 (4.58%) Retail
3 21 (4.38%) Telecoms
4 7 (1.46%) Marketing
5 6 (1.25%) Banking
5 6 (1.25%) Financial Institution
5 6 (1.25%) Manufacturing
6 4 (0.83%) Automotive
7 2 (0.42%) Legal
8 1 (0.21%) Advertising
8 1 (0.21%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.21%) Back Office
8 1 (0.21%) Billing
8 1 (0.21%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.21%) Law
8 1 (0.21%) Military
8 1 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (8.13%) .NET
1 39 (8.13%) Web Services
2 27 (5.63%) JSON
3 17 (3.54%) SOAP
4 16 (3.33%) RESTful
4 16 (3.33%) XML
5 13 (2.71%) REST
6 12 (2.50%) Middleware
6 12 (2.50%) Spring Boot
7 11 (2.29%) Java EE
7 11 (2.29%) XSD
8 9 (1.88%) ASP.NET Web API
8 9 (1.88%) HTML
8 9 (1.88%) Spring
9 7 (1.46%) ASP.NET
9 7 (1.46%) CSS
9 7 (1.46%) RabbitMQ
10 6 (1.25%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5 (1.04%) AngularJS
11 5 (1.04%) Dapper ORM
Miscellaneous
1 54 (11.25%) Data Centre
2 22 (4.58%) Public Cloud
3 21 (4.38%) Management Information System
4 20 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
4 20 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
5 15 (3.13%) Data Structures
6 13 (2.71%) Hybrid Cloud
7 12 (2.50%) User Experience
8 11 (2.29%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.25%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
10 5 (1.04%) SCADA
11 4 (0.83%) PKI
12 2 (0.42%) CMDB
12 2 (0.42%) Digital Media
12 2 (0.42%) Enterprise Storage
13 1 (0.21%) Algorithms
13 1 (0.21%) Client/Server
13 1 (0.21%) Mobile App
13 1 (0.21%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 34 (7.08%) Windows
2 24 (5.00%) Solaris
3 15 (3.13%) Linux
4 11 (2.29%) Windows Server
5 5 (1.04%) AIX
6 4 (0.83%) Unix
7 3 (0.63%) VME
7 3 (0.63%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.42%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 153 (31.88%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (23.33%) Migration
3 63 (13.13%) Stakeholder Management
4 58 (12.08%) Microservices
5 57 (11.88%) DevOps
6 40 (8.33%) Data Architecture
7 39 (8.13%) TOGAF
8 38 (7.92%) Scrum
9 36 (7.50%) Data Modelling
10 30 (6.25%) SOA
11 29 (6.04%) Enterprise Architecture
11 29 (6.04%) ITIL
12 28 (5.83%) SDLC
13 27 (5.63%) CRM
13 27 (5.63%) Data Protection
13 27 (5.63%) Project Management
14 26 (5.42%) Analytics
15 25 (5.21%) Information Security
15 25 (5.21%) Kanban
16 24 (5.00%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 69 (14.38%) Java
2 41 (8.54%) SQL
3 25 (5.21%) C#
4 22 (4.58%) PowerShell
5 21 (4.38%) JavaScript
6 9 (1.88%) Python
7 6 (1.25%) C
8 4 (0.83%) Perl
8 4 (0.83%) T-SQL
8 4 (0.83%) VBA
9 3 (0.63%) COBOL
10 1 (0.21%) PHP
10 1 (0.21%) VB
10 1 (0.21%) X++
Qualifications
1 43 (8.96%) Security Cleared
2 42 (8.75%) SC Cleared
3 33 (6.88%) Degree
4 19 (3.96%) CISSP
5 15 (3.13%) Chartered Engineer
5 15 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (2.50%) CCNP
6 12 (2.50%) CISM
6 12 (2.50%) DV Cleared
6 12 (2.50%) Master's Degree
6 12 (2.50%) TOGAF Certification
7 11 (2.29%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (1.04%) CCDP
9 5 (1.04%) CCNA
9 5 (1.04%) SANS
10 4 (0.83%) AWS Certification
10 4 (0.83%) ISSAP
11 3 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (0.63%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (3.75%) PCI DSS
2 17 (3.54%) GDPR
3 16 (3.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (1.46%) COBIT
5 5 (1.04%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.42%) QA
8 1 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.21%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (4.79%) Active Directory
1 23 (4.79%) VMware Infrastructure
2 17 (3.54%) Docker
3 11 (2.29%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (1.67%) Terminal Server
5 5 (1.04%) XenApp
5 5 (1.04%) XenDesktop
6 4 (0.83%) vSphere
7 3 (0.63%) VMware NSX
8 2 (0.42%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.42%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 25 (5.21%) Terraform
2 9 (1.88%) Puppet
3 8 (1.67%) Norton AntiVirus
3 8 (1.67%) SCOM
3 8 (1.67%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 6 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (1.04%) Ansible
5 5 (1.04%) Data Guard
5 5 (1.04%) vRealize
6 4 (0.83%) CASB
6 4 (0.83%) Kubernetes
6 4 (0.83%) SCCM
7 3 (0.63%) Cisco CUCM
7 3 (0.63%) logstash
7 3 (0.63%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (0.42%) QRadar
8 2 (0.42%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.21%) Docker Swarm
9 1 (0.21%) Grafana
9 1 (0.21%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 70 (14.58%) Microsoft
2 53 (11.04%) Cisco
3 49 (10.21%) Oracle
4 42 (8.75%) VMware
5 27 (5.63%) Google
6 21 (4.38%) Citrix
7 17 (3.54%) Juniper
7 17 (3.54%) SAP
8 14 (2.92%) Pega
9 12 (2.50%) IBM
10 8 (1.67%) F5
10 8 (1.67%) Symantec
11 7 (1.46%) Salesforce.com
11 7 (1.46%) WSO2
12 6 (1.25%) BT
12 6 (1.25%) Intel
12 6 (1.25%) ServiceNow
13 5 (1.04%) Fujitsu
14 4 (0.83%) Casewise
14 4 (0.83%) CheckPoint