Period
to 16 November 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 16 November 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
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 12 15 22
Rank change year-on-year +3 +7 -13
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 346 445 317
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 8.92% 8.63% 6.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 9.32% 9.08% 6.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 200 310 172
West Midlands median daily rate £550 £550 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £462 £410 £413
90th Percentile £675 £651 £662
England median daily rate £575 £575 £550
% change year-on-year - +4.55% +2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 3
West Midlands median hourly rate £56.25 - £30.50
10th Percentile £39.13 - £30.23
90th Percentile £153.63 - £31.35
England median hourly rate £67.50 £53.14 £49.15
% change year-on-year +27.02% +8.12% +12.99%

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 3,711 4,900 4,559
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.64% 95.07% 94.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,409 3,023 2,878
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £231 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £541
England median daily rate £470 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +4.44% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 193 212 197
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £15.85 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.95% -3.94% +10.00%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.89 £10.50
90th Percentile £43.75 £38.63 £43.75
England median hourly rate £19.47 £18.32 £18.70
% change year-on-year +6.28% -2.06% +3.89%

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 16 November 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Architect in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 16 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 16 November 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
Birmingham +12 124 £550 - 46
Coventry -7 70 £525 -0.94% 7
Warwickshire -4 44 £550 +2.33% 23
Shropshire -1 37 £538 -9.66% 1
Solihull +11 16 £575 -11.50% 5
Staffordshire +22 9 £515 +39.19% 1
Worcestershire +6 4 £625 +108.33% 4
Wolverhampton +3 1 £528 -1.31% 1
Walsall +2 1 - -
Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 November 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.

1 153 (44.22%) Azure
2 97 (28.03%) Agile Software Development
3 96 (27.75%) Microsoft
4 91 (26.30%) Migration
5 68 (19.65%) AWS
6 65 (18.79%) TOGAF
7 47 (13.58%) ITIL
7 47 (13.58%) Stakeholder Management
8 46 (13.29%) Office 365
9 43 (12.43%) Windows
9 43 (12.43%) Cisco
10 39 (11.27%) Data Centre
10 39 (11.27%) Security Cleared
11 38 (10.98%) VMware
12 37 (10.69%) Finance
12 37 (10.69%) Active Directory
13 32 (9.25%) SQL
14 29 (8.38%) Java
14 29 (8.38%) JSON
14 29 (8.38%) DevOps
14 29 (8.38%) Public Sector
15 28 (8.09%) Cisco Certification
16 26 (7.51%) XML
17 25 (7.23%) Oracle
17 25 (7.23%) Microservices
17 25 (7.23%) Hybrid Cloud
17 25 (7.23%) SaaS
17 25 (7.23%) Security Architecture
18 24 (6.94%) PaaS
18 24 (6.94%) .NET

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 (3.47%) SharePoint
2 7 (2.02%) Skype for Business
3 5 (1.45%) BizTalk Server
3 5 (1.45%) MS Exchange
4 3 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.29%) Confluence
5 1 (0.29%) OpenStack
5 1 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 20 (5.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (3.47%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 3 (0.87%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (0.87%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.29%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.29%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.29%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.29%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 153 (44.22%) Azure
2 68 (19.65%) AWS
3 46 (13.29%) Office 365
4 25 (7.23%) SaaS
5 24 (6.94%) PaaS
6 19 (5.49%) Azure Active Directory
7 17 (4.91%) Dynamics 365
8 15 (4.34%) IaaS
9 11 (3.18%) Power Platform
9 11 (3.18%) Serverless
10 8 (2.31%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 8 (2.31%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (1.73%) Azure Data Factory
12 5 (1.45%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (1.45%) Azure Stack
12 5 (1.45%) Mimecast
12 5 (1.45%) OneDrive
12 5 (1.45%) PowerApps
13 4 (1.16%) Amazon ELB
13 4 (1.16%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 22 (6.36%) WAN
2 19 (5.49%) SNMP
3 18 (5.20%) Internet
4 14 (4.05%) BGP
4 14 (4.05%) Firewall
5 13 (3.76%) Cisco Firepower
6 12 (3.47%) LAN
7 10 (2.89%) ICMP
7 10 (2.89%) Telnet
8 8 (2.31%) OSPF
8 8 (2.31%) SAN
9 7 (2.02%) MPLS
9 7 (2.02%) Skype
9 7 (2.02%) VPN
9 7 (2.02%) Wireless
10 6 (1.73%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (1.45%) BIG-IP
11 5 (1.45%) DAB
11 5 (1.45%) DHCP
11 5 (1.45%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (5.20%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.47%) Blockchain
3 8 (2.31%) Azure SQL Database
4 7 (2.02%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (1.73%) Data Lake
5 6 (1.73%) Power BI
5 6 (1.73%) PowerCenter
6 5 (1.45%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.87%) MySQL
7 3 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.58%) GIS
9 1 (0.29%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.29%) Big Data
9 1 (0.29%) Cosmos DB
9 1 (0.29%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.29%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.29%) OLTP
9 1 (0.29%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.29%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 8 (2.31%) Git (software)
2 6 (1.73%) Jenkins
3 4 (1.16%) JIRA
3 4 (1.16%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (0.87%) Ant
5 2 (0.58%) Gradle
5 2 (0.58%) JMeter
5 2 (0.58%) Maven
5 2 (0.58%) RStudio
6 1 (0.29%) Apache Ivy
6 1 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.29%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.29%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 37 (10.69%) Finance
2 29 (8.38%) Public Sector
3 11 (3.18%) Legal
4 10 (2.89%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.02%) Retail
6 5 (1.45%) Automotive
6 5 (1.45%) Banking
6 5 (1.45%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.87%) Electronics
7 3 (0.87%) Games
7 3 (0.87%) Marketing
8 2 (0.58%) Local Government
9 1 (0.29%) Advertising
9 1 (0.29%) Billing
9 1 (0.29%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.29%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (8.38%) JSON
2 26 (7.51%) XML
3 24 (6.94%) .NET
4 21 (6.07%) Web Services
5 15 (4.34%) RESTful
6 13 (3.76%) Middleware
7 8 (2.31%) ASP.NET
7 8 (2.31%) SOAP
8 7 (2.02%) Java EE
9 6 (1.73%) HTML
9 6 (1.73%) SAML
9 6 (1.73%) XSD
10 5 (1.45%) ASP.NET MVC
10 5 (1.45%) ASP.NET Web API
10 5 (1.45%) CSS
11 4 (1.16%) .NET Framework
11 4 (1.16%) Dapper ORM
11 4 (1.16%) YAML
12 3 (0.87%) SAP PI
13 1 (0.29%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 39 (11.27%) Data Centre
2 25 (7.23%) Hybrid Cloud
3 18 (5.20%) Management Information System
4 13 (3.76%) Public Cloud
5 11 (3.18%) Robotics
6 9 (2.60%) Enterprise Software
6 9 (2.60%) Mobile App
6 9 (2.60%) SCADA
7 8 (2.31%) Self-Motivation
8 6 (1.73%) Analytical Skills
8 6 (1.73%) Internet of Things
9 5 (1.45%) Shadow IT
10 4 (1.16%) Cloud Native
10 4 (1.16%) CMDB
10 4 (1.16%) Private Cloud
10 4 (1.16%) User Experience
11 3 (0.87%) CCTV
11 3 (0.87%) PKI
12 2 (0.58%) NHS
12 2 (0.58%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 43 (12.43%) Windows
2 19 (5.49%) Linux
3 18 (5.20%) Windows 10
4 11 (3.18%) Solaris
5 6 (1.73%) Android
5 6 (1.73%) Apple iOS
5 6 (1.73%) Windows Server
6 5 (1.45%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.16%) Unix
8 2 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.29%) CentOS
9 1 (0.29%) Debian
9 1 (0.29%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.29%) VMS
9 1 (0.29%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (28.03%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (26.30%) Migration
3 65 (18.79%) TOGAF
4 47 (13.58%) ITIL
4 47 (13.58%) Stakeholder Management
5 29 (8.38%) DevOps
6 25 (7.23%) Microservices
6 25 (7.23%) Security Architecture
7 23 (6.65%) CRM
7 23 (6.65%) Enterprise Architecture
8 20 (5.78%) Scrum
9 19 (5.49%) Problem-Solving
9 19 (5.49%) Stakeholder Engagement
10 18 (5.20%) Analytics
11 17 (4.91%) Project Management
11 17 (4.91%) SOA
12 16 (4.62%) Software Architecture
12 16 (4.62%) UML
13 15 (4.34%) Technical Leadership
14 14 (4.05%) IT Strategy
Programming Languages
1 32 (9.25%) SQL
2 29 (8.38%) Java
3 14 (4.05%) JavaScript
3 14 (4.05%) PowerShell
4 11 (3.18%) C#
5 10 (2.89%) VBA
6 9 (2.60%) Python
7 6 (1.73%) C
8 5 (1.45%) Perl
9 4 (1.16%) Prolog
10 2 (0.58%) Apple Swift
10 2 (0.58%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.29%) Apex Code
11 1 (0.29%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.29%) PHP
11 1 (0.29%) Ruby
11 1 (0.29%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.29%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 39 (11.27%) Security Cleared
2 28 (8.09%) Cisco Certification
3 22 (6.36%) CCNP
4 21 (6.07%) SC Cleared
5 16 (4.62%) CISSP
6 11 (3.18%) CCDP
6 11 (3.18%) CCIE
6 11 (3.18%) TOGAF Certification
7 10 (2.89%) Degree
8 8 (2.31%) CISM
9 7 (2.02%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (2.02%) CCNA
10 6 (1.73%) MCSE
10 6 (1.73%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (1.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 4 (1.16%) Computer Science Degree
12 4 (1.16%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (1.16%) MCSD
13 3 (0.87%) PMI Certification
14 2 (0.58%) ISSAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (6.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (4.05%) GDPR
2 14 (4.05%) PCI DSS
3 10 (2.89%) COBIT
4 9 (2.60%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 6 (1.73%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 6 (1.73%) NIST
6 4 (1.16%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.29%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.29%) QA
System Software
1 37 (10.69%) Active Directory
2 17 (4.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.02%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (1.73%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (1.73%) vSphere
5 5 (1.45%) XenApp
6 4 (1.16%) vCloud
7 3 (0.87%) Docker
7 3 (0.87%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.87%) VMware NSX
8 2 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 13 (3.76%) SCCM
2 10 (2.89%) WMI
3 9 (2.60%) AirWatch
3 9 (2.60%) Ansible
3 9 (2.60%) CASB
3 9 (2.60%) Microsoft Intune
4 8 (2.31%) Terraform
5 6 (1.73%) Cisco Prime
6 5 (1.45%) Kubernetes
6 5 (1.45%) QRadar
7 4 (1.16%) vRealize
8 3 (0.87%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.58%) Puppet
9 2 (0.58%) SCSM
10 1 (0.29%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.29%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.29%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 96 (27.75%) Microsoft
2 43 (12.43%) Cisco
3 38 (10.98%) VMware
4 25 (7.23%) Oracle
5 17 (4.91%) IBM
6 16 (4.62%) SAP
7 13 (3.76%) SolarWinds
8 12 (3.47%) Sparx
8 12 (3.47%) Zscaler
9 11 (3.18%) Salesforce.com
10 10 (2.89%) Citrix
10 10 (2.89%) Juniper
10 10 (2.89%) MuleSoft
11 9 (2.60%) Forcepoint
12 7 (2.02%) BMC
12 7 (2.02%) Informatica
13 6 (1.73%) CA
13 6 (1.73%) Databricks
13 6 (1.73%) PlateSpin
14 5 (1.45%) F5