Period
to 22 January 2018

The median contractor rate for an Architect was £520 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 22 January 2018.

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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 19 13 10
Rank change year-on-year -6 -3 +7
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 342 462 480
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 7.30% 8.59% 9.67%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.70% 9.08% 10.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 254 273
West Midlands median daily rate £520 £513 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.46% +2.50% +11.11%
10th Percentile £413 £425 £400
90th Percentile £675 £675 £700
England median daily rate £550 £550 £525
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +0.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.75 £55.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.09% +69.26% -9.03%
10th Percentile £30.27 £52.50 £31.65
90th Percentile £31.54 £97.50 £33.34
England median hourly rate £50.58 £46.50 £52.50
% change year-on-year +8.76% -11.43% +21.42%

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 4,442 5,088 4,691
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.59% 94.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,780 3,049 2,635
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £208 £220 £224
90th Percentile £538 £544 £536
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 203 224 228
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.50 £15.92 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.64% -6.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £10.34 £10.60 £10.33
90th Percentile £47.05 £37.03 £37.50
England median hourly rate £18.25 £18.39 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.75% -0.61% +12.12%

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 22 January 2018.

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 22 January 2018. 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 -6 111 £538 +4.88% 28
Warwickshire +1 65 £525 +1.94% 12
Coventry +7 40 £500 -2.91% 9
Solihull +3 37 £398 -19.49% 3
Shropshire -24 16 £500 - 2
Kingswinford - 5 £460 -
Staffordshire -6 3 £494 -9.40% 3
Sutton Coldfield -12 3 £679 +0.52%
Walsall - 1 £550 -
Dudley - 1 £625 -
Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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 61 (17.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 60 (17.54%) Agile Software Development
3 53 (15.50%) LAN
4 47 (13.74%) WAN
5 46 (13.45%) Migration
6 45 (13.16%) Microsoft
7 44 (12.87%) Oracle
8 43 (12.57%) Finance
9 38 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
10 35 (10.23%) Windows
11 32 (9.36%) DevOps
12 31 (9.06%) Firewall
12 31 (9.06%) SQL
12 31 (9.06%) Linux
13 30 (8.77%) Presales
14 29 (8.48%) ITIL
15 27 (7.89%) CRM
16 26 (7.60%) Security Cleared
17 25 (7.31%) Enterprise Architecture
17 25 (7.31%) Unix
17 25 (7.31%) .NET
18 24 (7.02%) TOGAF
19 23 (6.73%) ERP
19 23 (6.73%) Cisco
20 22 (6.43%) Cisco Certification
20 22 (6.43%) Java
20 22 (6.43%) Web Services
20 22 (6.43%) Data Migration
20 22 (6.43%) Office 365
21 21 (6.14%) Open Source

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 14 (4.09%) SharePoint
2 10 (2.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 8 (2.34%) WebSphere
4 7 (2.05%) Anypoint
4 7 (2.05%) BizTalk Server
5 6 (1.75%) JBoss
6 5 (1.46%) CMS
7 4 (1.17%) WebSphere Application Server
8 3 (0.88%) Apache
8 3 (0.88%) Liferay
8 3 (0.88%) OpenStack
8 3 (0.88%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.58%) Apache ServiceMix
9 2 (0.58%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.58%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.58%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.58%) TIBCO ActiveMatrix
10 1 (0.29%) Sitecore CMS
10 1 (0.29%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.29%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 5 (1.46%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.29%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (4.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.17%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (1.17%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.88%) Magento
3 3 (0.88%) SAP S/4HANA
4 2 (0.58%) BusinessWorks
4 2 (0.58%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.58%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.58%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.29%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.29%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 61 (17.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 38 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (6.43%) Office 365
4 17 (4.97%) SaaS
5 14 (4.09%) PaaS
6 6 (1.75%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (1.46%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (1.17%) Heroku
8 4 (1.17%) IaaS
9 3 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (0.88%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
10 2 (0.58%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.29%) Amazon EMR
11 1 (0.29%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.29%) Azure Data Factory
11 1 (0.29%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
11 1 (0.29%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.29%) Serverless
11 1 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 53 (15.50%) LAN
2 47 (13.74%) WAN
3 31 (9.06%) Firewall
4 17 (4.97%) VPN
5 13 (3.80%) MPLS
6 12 (3.51%) VLAN
6 12 (3.51%) VoIP
7 11 (3.22%) Network Security
8 10 (2.92%) SAN
9 9 (2.63%) SNMP
10 8 (2.34%) 5G
10 8 (2.34%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (2.05%) 3G
11 7 (2.05%) 4G
11 7 (2.05%) Bluetooth
11 7 (2.05%) RFID
11 7 (2.05%) Wireless
11 7 (2.05%) ZigBee
11 7 (2.05%) Z-Wave
12 6 (1.75%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (4.68%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.51%) Big Data
2 12 (3.51%) Oracle Database
3 8 (2.34%) MongoDB
3 8 (2.34%) Oracle Database 11g
4 7 (2.05%) MySQL
5 6 (1.75%) Oracle Database 10g
6 4 (1.17%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.88%) NoSQL
7 3 (0.88%) Oracle BI EE
7 3 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.88%) Power BI
7 3 (0.88%) SAP HANA
7 3 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.58%) Apache Cassandra
8 2 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.58%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.29%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 14 (4.09%) Git (software)
2 7 (2.05%) Jenkins
3 6 (1.75%) GitLab
3 6 (1.75%) Subversion
4 5 (1.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 5 (1.46%) TeamCity
5 4 (1.17%) JMeter
5 4 (1.17%) Selenium
5 4 (1.17%) WebDriver
6 2 (0.58%) JUnit
6 2 (0.58%) Maven
6 2 (0.58%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.29%) DbUnit
7 1 (0.29%) jMock
7 1 (0.29%) Mockito
7 1 (0.29%) MorphX
7 1 (0.29%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.29%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.29%) Visual Studio
General
1 43 (12.57%) Finance
2 15 (4.39%) Automotive
3 13 (3.80%) Manufacturing
4 11 (3.22%) Retail
4 11 (3.22%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.46%) Advertising
6 4 (1.17%) Banking
6 4 (1.17%) Marketing
7 3 (0.88%) Billing
8 2 (0.58%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.29%) Back Office
9 1 (0.29%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (7.31%) .NET
2 22 (6.43%) Web Services
3 20 (5.85%) REST
4 12 (3.51%) JSON
5 10 (2.92%) RESTful
6 9 (2.63%) SOAP
7 8 (2.34%) HTML
7 8 (2.34%) Middleware
8 7 (2.05%) Spring
9 6 (1.75%) Play Framework
9 6 (1.75%) WCF
9 6 (1.75%) WPF
10 5 (1.46%) CSS
10 5 (1.46%) J2EE
10 5 (1.46%) OAuth
10 5 (1.46%) OAuth2
11 4 (1.17%) Node.js
12 3 (0.88%) Apache Camel
12 3 (0.88%) ASP.NET
12 3 (0.88%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 17 (4.97%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (4.68%) Data Centre
2 16 (4.68%) Management Information System
3 15 (4.39%) Public Cloud
4 10 (2.92%) Hybrid Cloud
4 10 (2.92%) User Experience
5 9 (2.63%) PKI
6 7 (2.05%) Mobile App
6 7 (2.05%) Private Cloud
7 5 (1.46%) Enterprise Cloud
7 5 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.17%) Computer Science
9 3 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.88%) Infotainment
9 3 (0.88%) Reference Data
9 3 (0.88%) Smartphone
10 2 (0.58%) Cloud Native
10 2 (0.58%) iPad
10 2 (0.58%) N-Tier
10 2 (0.58%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 35 (10.23%) Windows
2 31 (9.06%) Linux
3 25 (7.31%) Unix
4 8 (2.34%) Windows Server
5 7 (2.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (1.46%) Mac OS X
6 5 (1.46%) Windows 10
7 4 (1.17%) Solaris
8 2 (0.58%) AIX
9 1 (0.29%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.29%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (17.54%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (13.45%) Migration
3 32 (9.36%) DevOps
4 30 (8.77%) Presales
5 29 (8.48%) ITIL
6 27 (7.89%) CRM
7 25 (7.31%) Enterprise Architecture
8 24 (7.02%) TOGAF
9 23 (6.73%) ERP
10 22 (6.43%) Data Migration
11 21 (6.14%) Open Source
11 21 (6.14%) SOA
12 19 (5.56%) Data Management
12 19 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
13 18 (5.26%) Information Security
13 18 (5.26%) Security Architecture
14 17 (4.97%) Cybersecurity
15 16 (4.68%) IT Strategy
15 16 (4.68%) Service Management
16 15 (4.39%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 31 (9.06%) SQL
2 22 (6.43%) Java
3 15 (4.39%) C#
3 15 (4.39%) JavaScript
4 11 (3.22%) Python
5 7 (2.05%) Perl
5 7 (2.05%) PL/SQL
5 7 (2.05%) Shell Script
6 6 (1.75%) PowerShell
6 6 (1.75%) Ruby
6 6 (1.75%) Scala
7 4 (1.17%) C
8 1 (0.29%) ABAP
8 1 (0.29%) Apex Code
8 1 (0.29%) PHP
8 1 (0.29%) X++
Qualifications
1 26 (7.60%) Security Cleared
2 22 (6.43%) Cisco Certification
3 18 (5.26%) Degree
4 17 (4.97%) SC Cleared
5 15 (4.39%) CCNP
6 14 (4.09%) CISSP
7 11 (3.22%) CCIE
8 9 (2.63%) CCNA
9 5 (1.46%) Master's Degree
9 5 (1.46%) SANS
10 4 (1.17%) CISM
11 3 (0.88%) CEH
11 3 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.58%) AWS Certification
12 2 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.58%) JNCIA
13 1 (0.29%) Citrix Certification
13 1 (0.29%) DV Cleared
13 1 (0.29%) EMC Certification
13 1 (0.29%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (4.97%) GDPR
2 10 (2.92%) Data Quality
3 4 (1.17%) QA
4 3 (0.88%) COBIT
4 3 (0.88%) SLA
5 1 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 18 (5.26%) Active Directory
2 17 (4.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.88%) XenApp
4 3 (0.88%) XenDesktop
5 2 (0.58%) Docker
5 2 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.58%) VirtualBox
5 2 (0.58%) vSphere
6 1 (0.29%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.29%) OpenAM
6 1 (0.29%) OpenDJ
Systems Management
1 10 (2.92%) Ansible
2 8 (2.34%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (2.05%) Puppet
4 6 (1.75%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (1.46%) Graylog
5 5 (1.46%) logstash
5 5 (1.46%) Nagios
5 5 (1.46%) QRadar
5 5 (1.46%) Rundeck
5 5 (1.46%) Tivoli
6 4 (1.17%) RSA Archer
7 3 (0.88%) Terraform
8 2 (0.58%) EMC VPLEX
8 2 (0.58%) SCCM
9 1 (0.29%) CA Service Virtualization
9 1 (0.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.29%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.29%) Kubernetes
9 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 1 (0.29%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 45 (13.16%) Microsoft
2 44 (12.87%) Oracle
3 23 (6.73%) Cisco
4 20 (5.85%) VMware
5 13 (3.80%) SAP
6 10 (2.92%) IBM
6 10 (2.92%) Juniper
6 10 (2.92%) MuleSoft
7 9 (2.63%) Google
8 8 (2.34%) Citrix
9 7 (2.05%) Red Hat
9 7 (2.05%) Sigfox
9 7 (2.05%) Splunk
10 6 (1.75%) Capita
10 6 (1.75%) CheckPoint
10 6 (1.75%) EMC
11 5 (1.46%) Salesforce.com
12 4 (1.17%) BT
12 4 (1.17%) Micro Focus
12 4 (1.17%) Serena