Period
to 20 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Lead Architect was £485 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 6 months to 20 February 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.

Lead Architect
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 166 153 165
Rank change year-on-year -13 +12 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Lead Architect 16 38 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.33% 0.72% 0.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.35% 0.76% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 8 8
West Midlands median daily rate £485 £550 £625
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.82% -12.00% +13.64%
10th Percentile £409 £437 £421
90th Percentile £644 £600 £775
England median daily rate £610 £600 £565
% change year-on-year +1.67% +6.19% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - - £100.00

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 4,552 4,979 4,823
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.11% 94.62% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,840 3,009 2,698
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £377
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.24% +7.57%
10th Percentile £213 £225 £225
90th Percentile £550 £538 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 191 222 201
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.66 £16.88 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.58% +5.47% +1.52%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.76 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £40.00 £36.25
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +1.08% - +11.45%

Lead Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Lead Architect in the West Midlands

Lead 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 Lead Architect in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Lead Architect in the West Midlands

Lead Architect
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Lead Architect in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Lead Architect in the West Midlands

Lead 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 Lead Architect within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 February 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 -3 5 £573 -0.43%
Solihull -8 4 - - 1
Coventry - 3 £475 - 1
Warwickshire +2 1 - -
Lead Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 February 2018, Lead 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 Lead Architect in the job title.

1 7 (43.75%) Presales
2 5 (31.25%) SOAP
2 5 (31.25%) Web Services
2 5 (31.25%) Telecoms
3 4 (25.00%) WebSphere
3 4 (25.00%) Java
3 4 (25.00%) REST
3 4 (25.00%) Data Centre
4 3 (18.75%) LAN
4 3 (18.75%) WAN
4 3 (18.75%) SQL
4 3 (18.75%) ITIL
4 3 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (18.75%) TDD
4 3 (18.75%) Customer Engagement
4 3 (18.75%) SC Cleared
4 3 (18.75%) Security Cleared
5 2 (12.50%) iPad
5 2 (12.50%) Software Architecture
5 2 (12.50%) Capacity Planning
5 2 (12.50%) QA
5 2 (12.50%) Load Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Spring
5 2 (12.50%) Capita
5 2 (12.50%) Migration
5 2 (12.50%) ATG
5 2 (12.50%) TOWER Software
5 2 (12.50%) Unix
5 2 (12.50%) JBoss
5 2 (12.50%) Tomcat

Lead 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 4 (25.00%) WebSphere
2 2 (12.50%) JBoss
2 2 (12.50%) Tomcat
2 2 (12.50%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (6.25%) BizTalk Server
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (18.75%) LAN
1 3 (18.75%) WAN
2 2 (12.50%) Internet
3 1 (6.25%) MPLS
3 1 (6.25%) SMS
3 1 (6.25%) VoIP
3 1 (6.25%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Git (software)
General
1 5 (31.25%) Telecoms
2 1 (6.25%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (31.25%) SOAP
1 5 (31.25%) Web Services
2 4 (25.00%) REST
3 2 (12.50%) J2EE
3 2 (12.50%) JDBC
3 2 (12.50%) Spring
4 1 (6.25%) .NET
4 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET
4 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (6.25%) CSS
4 1 (6.25%) Dapper ORM
4 1 (6.25%) HTML
4 1 (6.25%) WCF
4 1 (6.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (25.00%) Data Centre
2 2 (12.50%) iPad
2 2 (12.50%) Virtual Team
3 1 (6.25%) Smart City
3 1 (6.25%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (12.50%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (43.75%) Presales
2 3 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (18.75%) Customer Engagement
2 3 (18.75%) ITIL
2 3 (18.75%) TDD
3 2 (12.50%) B2B
3 2 (12.50%) B2C
3 2 (12.50%) Capacity Planning
3 2 (12.50%) Digital Transformation Programme
3 2 (12.50%) E-Commerce
3 2 (12.50%) High Availability
3 2 (12.50%) Load Testing
3 2 (12.50%) Migration
3 2 (12.50%) Performance Tuning
3 2 (12.50%) Software Architecture
3 2 (12.50%) Strategic Thinking
4 1 (6.25%) BDD
4 1 (6.25%) Business Process Mapping
4 1 (6.25%) IT Strategy
4 1 (6.25%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 4 (25.00%) Java
2 3 (18.75%) SQL
3 2 (12.50%) C#
4 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (18.75%) SC Cleared
1 3 (18.75%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (12.50%) ATG
1 2 (12.50%) BT
1 2 (12.50%) Capita
1 2 (12.50%) IBM
1 2 (12.50%) Oracle
1 2 (12.50%) TOWER Software