Period
to 16 October 2018

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 October 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
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 18 19 9
Rank change year-on-year +1 -10 +2
Contract jobs requiring an Architect 410 320 610
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 8.08% 6.96% 9.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.57% 7.35% 10.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 271 173 322
West Midlands median daily rate £550 £525 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £419 £413 £407
90th Percentile £663 £663 £625
England median daily rate £575 £550 £525
% change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +0.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
West Midlands median hourly rate - £30.82 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +98.85% -53.80%
England median hourly rate £54.39 £60.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year -9.35% +39.53% +2.38%

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 4,786 4,356 5,859
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.32% 94.76% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,898 2,733 3,485
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +8.11%
10th Percentile £233 £213 £235
90th Percentile £575 £542 £540
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 219 203 224
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.82% +13.33% -14.29%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.34 £10.00
90th Percentile £31.60 £50.00 £39.28
England median hourly rate £18.35 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -1.87% +1.08% +4.11%

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 October 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 16 October 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
Shropshire -2 110 £595 +3.48% 6
Coventry +37 96 £550 +10.00% 20
Birmingham -4 90 £550 +7.84% 61
Warwickshire +13 51 £538 +2.38% 7
Solihull -17 12 £663 +20.45% 8
Staffordshire -4 4 £370 - 6
Wolverhampton - 4 £535 - 1
Herefordshire - 3 - - 3
Walsall -9 1 £700 +27.27%
Worcestershire - 1 - - 6
Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 October 2018, 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.

1 147 (35.85%) Agile Software Development
2 115 (28.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 89 (21.71%) Amazon AWS
4 63 (15.37%) Migration
5 59 (14.39%) Microsoft
6 54 (13.17%) Scrum
7 52 (12.68%) Microservices
8 48 (11.71%) DevOps
9 47 (11.46%) VMware
10 46 (11.22%) Stakeholder Management
11 43 (10.49%) Java
12 42 (10.24%) SQL
13 41 (10.00%) TOGAF
14 40 (9.76%) .NET
14 40 (9.76%) Oracle
14 40 (9.76%) Linux
15 37 (9.02%) Windows
15 37 (9.02%) Middleware
15 37 (9.02%) Technical Architecture
15 37 (9.02%) Finance
15 37 (9.02%) Kanban
16 36 (8.78%) TDD
16 36 (8.78%) ITIL
16 36 (8.78%) SOA
17 35 (8.54%) Data Modelling
17 35 (8.54%) Web Services
18 34 (8.29%) VMware Infrastructure
18 34 (8.29%) Jenkins
19 33 (8.05%) Docker
19 33 (8.05%) Virtual Environments

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 13 (3.17%) Confluence
2 7 (1.71%) JBoss
3 6 (1.46%) BizTalk Server
3 6 (1.46%) Documentum
3 6 (1.46%) Elasticsearch
3 6 (1.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 6 (1.46%) Tomcat
3 6 (1.46%) WebLogic
4 5 (1.22%) CMS
5 4 (0.98%) Apache
6 3 (0.73%) Mule
6 3 (0.73%) Oracle Workflow
6 3 (0.73%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.73%) Sitefinity
7 1 (0.24%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.24%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.24%) NetWeaver
7 1 (0.24%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (1.22%) CATIA
2 2 (0.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.49%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.24%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.24%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 8 (1.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.71%) Oracle Retail
3 5 (1.22%) ENOVIA
4 4 (0.98%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.73%) Magento
5 3 (0.73%) Oracle BPM
5 3 (0.73%) SAP BPC
5 3 (0.73%) SAP Hybris
5 3 (0.73%) SAP S/4HANA
6 2 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.49%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.49%) SAP MDG
7 1 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle CRM
7 1 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.24%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.24%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.24%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.24%) SAP PP
7 1 (0.24%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 115 (28.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 89 (21.71%) Amazon AWS
3 30 (7.32%) SaaS
4 29 (7.07%) PaaS
5 20 (4.88%) IaaS
6 18 (4.39%) Dynamics 365
7 16 (3.90%) Office 365
8 7 (1.71%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (1.71%) Google Cloud Platform
9 5 (1.22%) GitHub
9 5 (1.22%) SuccessFactors
10 4 (0.98%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.98%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.98%) Azure Active Directory
11 2 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.49%) Heroku
11 2 (0.49%) Serverless
11 2 (0.49%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.24%) Amazon ELB
12 1 (0.24%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.93%) Firewall
2 11 (2.68%) Network Security
3 10 (2.44%) SAN
4 6 (1.46%) TCP/IP
4 6 (1.46%) WAN
5 5 (1.22%) LAN
5 5 (1.22%) MPLS
5 5 (1.22%) SNMP
5 5 (1.22%) VLAN
5 5 (1.22%) Wireless
6 4 (0.98%) NetScaler
6 4 (0.98%) VoIP
7 3 (0.73%) Cisco ISE
7 3 (0.73%) DHCP
7 3 (0.73%) DNS
7 3 (0.73%) HTTP
7 3 (0.73%) Intranet
7 3 (0.73%) SSL
8 2 (0.49%) Skype
8 2 (0.49%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (5.12%) NoSQL
2 20 (4.88%) MySQL
3 16 (3.90%) SQL Server
4 13 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (2.68%) PostgreSQL
6 10 (2.44%) Oracle Database
7 9 (2.20%) MongoDB
8 8 (1.95%) Apache Cassandra
8 8 (1.95%) Big Data
9 7 (1.71%) Relational Database
10 5 (1.22%) RDBMS
11 4 (0.98%) Hadoop
11 4 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 4 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 3 (0.73%) Data Lake
12 3 (0.73%) Oracle Database 10g
12 3 (0.73%) Oracle Database 11g
12 3 (0.73%) Oracle Database 12c
13 2 (0.49%) SAP HANA
13 2 (0.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 34 (8.29%) Jenkins
2 26 (6.34%) JIRA
3 19 (4.63%) Selenium
4 17 (4.15%) Maven
5 16 (3.90%) Git (software)
6 13 (3.17%) Ant
7 11 (2.68%) Cucumber
8 10 (2.44%) Subversion
9 9 (2.20%) Moq
9 9 (2.20%) NUnit
10 6 (1.46%) Gradle
11 5 (1.22%) Bitbucket
12 4 (0.98%) Apache Ivy
12 4 (0.98%) GitLab
13 3 (0.73%) JUnit
13 3 (0.73%) SonarQube
13 3 (0.73%) Sonatype Nexus
13 3 (0.73%) SpecFlow
13 3 (0.73%) Team Foundation Server
13 3 (0.73%) TeamCity
General
1 37 (9.02%) Finance
2 19 (4.63%) Automotive
3 17 (4.15%) Retail
4 11 (2.68%) Manufacturing
5 7 (1.71%) Marketing
6 5 (1.22%) Banking
6 5 (1.22%) Telecoms
7 4 (0.98%) Aerospace
8 2 (0.49%) Back Office
8 2 (0.49%) Legal
8 2 (0.49%) Local Government
9 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.24%) Games
9 1 (0.24%) Music Industry
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (9.76%) .NET
2 37 (9.02%) Middleware
3 35 (8.54%) Web Services
4 27 (6.59%) JSON
5 26 (6.34%) SOAP
5 26 (6.34%) Spring
6 21 (5.12%) REST
7 17 (4.15%) CSS
7 17 (4.15%) HTML
7 17 (4.15%) RESTful
8 16 (3.90%) XML
9 13 (3.17%) ASP.NET
10 12 (2.93%) Java EE
11 10 (2.44%) Ajax
11 10 (2.44%) HTML5
12 9 (2.20%) Django
12 9 (2.20%) Hibernate
12 9 (2.20%) OAuth
12 9 (2.20%) XSD
13 8 (1.95%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 27 (6.59%) Data Centre
2 17 (4.15%) User Experience
3 16 (3.90%) Management Information System
4 14 (3.41%) Enterprise Software
5 12 (2.93%) Public Cloud
6 11 (2.68%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (2.44%) Hybrid Cloud
7 10 (2.44%) Private Cloud
8 8 (1.95%) N-Tier
9 7 (1.71%) Computer Science
10 5 (1.22%) PKI
11 4 (0.98%) DataPower
11 4 (0.98%) Mobile App
12 3 (0.73%) Data Structures
12 3 (0.73%) Driving Licence
13 2 (0.49%) FMCG
13 2 (0.49%) SCADA
14 1 (0.24%) Analytical Skills
14 1 (0.24%) Credit Risk
14 1 (0.24%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 40 (9.76%) Linux
2 37 (9.02%) Windows
3 20 (4.88%) Unix
4 7 (1.71%) Windows Server
5 5 (1.22%) Solaris
5 5 (1.22%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.73%) AIX
6 3 (0.73%) HPUX
6 3 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.24%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.24%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (35.85%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (15.37%) Migration
3 54 (13.17%) Scrum
4 52 (12.68%) Microservices
5 48 (11.71%) DevOps
6 46 (11.22%) Stakeholder Management
7 41 (10.00%) TOGAF
8 37 (9.02%) Kanban
8 37 (9.02%) Technical Architecture
9 36 (8.78%) ITIL
9 36 (8.78%) SOA
9 36 (8.78%) TDD
10 35 (8.54%) Data Modelling
11 33 (8.05%) Virtual Environments
12 29 (7.07%) Project Management
13 27 (6.59%) Configuration Management
14 26 (6.34%) Continuous Integration
14 26 (6.34%) SDLC
15 24 (5.85%) Business Analysis
15 24 (5.85%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 43 (10.49%) Java
2 42 (10.24%) SQL
3 25 (6.10%) JavaScript
4 17 (4.15%) C#
5 15 (3.66%) Python
6 8 (1.95%) PHP
6 8 (1.95%) PowerShell
6 8 (1.95%) Ruby
6 8 (1.95%) Scala
7 7 (1.71%) PL/SQL
8 5 (1.22%) C
8 5 (1.22%) Perl
9 4 (0.98%) Java 8
10 3 (0.73%) Groovy
10 3 (0.73%) XPath
11 2 (0.49%) PHP 5
12 1 (0.24%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.24%) VBA
Qualifications
1 16 (3.90%) CISSP
2 11 (2.68%) Degree
3 10 (2.44%) CITP
4 9 (2.20%) CCNA
4 9 (2.20%) Cisco Certification
4 9 (2.20%) Security Cleared
5 8 (1.95%) CCNP
6 6 (1.46%) CISM
7 5 (1.22%) SANS
7 5 (1.22%) SC Cleared
8 4 (0.98%) CEH
8 4 (0.98%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (0.73%) MCSE
9 3 (0.73%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (0.49%) AWS Certification
10 2 (0.49%) CISA
10 2 (0.49%) TOGAF Certification
11 1 (0.24%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (4.15%) GDPR
2 8 (1.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.46%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.73%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (0.49%) SLA
6 1 (0.24%) COBIT
6 1 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 1 (0.24%) PMO
6 1 (0.24%) QA
6 1 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 34 (8.29%) VMware Infrastructure
2 33 (8.05%) Docker
3 10 (2.44%) Active Directory
4 6 (1.46%) LXC
5 5 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.98%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (0.98%) VMware NSX
7 2 (0.49%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.49%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.49%) NFS
7 2 (0.49%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.49%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.49%) vSphere
7 2 (0.49%) XenApp
7 2 (0.49%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (4.15%) Opscode Chef
1 17 (4.15%) Puppet
2 15 (3.66%) Ansible
3 11 (2.68%) Kubernetes
4 8 (1.95%) Terraform
5 5 (1.22%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (0.73%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (0.73%) vRealize
7 2 (0.49%) Opsview
7 2 (0.49%) QRadar
7 2 (0.49%) SCCM
7 2 (0.49%) SCOM
8 1 (0.24%) BladeLogic
8 1 (0.24%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.24%) Forum Sentry
8 1 (0.24%) Nagios
8 1 (0.24%) Nessus
8 1 (0.24%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 59 (14.39%) Microsoft
2 47 (11.46%) VMware
3 40 (9.76%) Oracle
4 32 (7.80%) SAP
5 21 (5.12%) Pega
6 17 (4.15%) Cisco
7 12 (2.93%) Citrix
8 9 (2.20%) BT
8 9 (2.20%) IBM
9 7 (1.71%) Google
10 6 (1.46%) Juniper
10 6 (1.46%) ServiceNow
10 6 (1.46%) WSO2
11 4 (0.98%) CyberArk
11 4 (0.98%) hybris
12 3 (0.73%) Aruba
12 3 (0.73%) Atlassian
12 3 (0.73%) F5
12 3 (0.73%) IronPort
12 3 (0.73%) SolarWinds