The median contractor rate for a Software Architect was £510 per day in advertised job vacancies in the West Midlands during the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

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.

Software Architect
England / West Midlands
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 95 115
Rank change year-on-year -18 +20  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Architect 8 46 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.39% 1.52% 0.086%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.41% 1.60% 0.090%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 23 0
Median daily rate £510 £488 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.61% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £550 £500 £450
% change year-on-year +10.00% +11.11%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 1955 2872 2224
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 94.58% 94.72% 95.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 1177 1712 1348
Median daily rate £388 £398 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.51% +13.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £231 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 91 136
Median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -0.60%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.96 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.45 £39.00 £29.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Software Architect
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands that featured Software Architect in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Software Architect in the West Midlands

Software 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 Software Architect in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Architect in the West Midlands

Software 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 Software Architect in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Architect in the West Midlands

Software 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 Software Architect within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Shropshire -21 5 £470 -3.58%
Software Architect
England

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

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, Software 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 Software Architect in the job title.

1 8 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (87.50%) JSON
3 6 (75.00%) Java
4 5 (62.50%) JavaScript
4 5 (62.50%) Scrum
4 5 (62.50%) Scala
4 5 (62.50%) WebDriver
4 5 (62.50%) Puppet
4 5 (62.50%) MongoDB
4 5 (62.50%) Node.js
4 5 (62.50%) Play Framework
4 5 (62.50%) Microservices
5 3 (37.50%) DevOps
5 3 (37.50%) Continuous Delivery
5 3 (37.50%) Open Source
5 3 (37.50%) Heroku
5 3 (37.50%) Unix
6 2 (25.00%) SOA
6 2 (25.00%) Web Development
6 2 (25.00%) Git (software)
6 2 (25.00%) Subversion
6 2 (25.00%) Middleware
6 2 (25.00%) XSLT
6 2 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (25.00%) WSO2
6 2 (25.00%) Apache Camel
6 2 (25.00%) MuleSoft
6 2 (25.00%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (12.50%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
7 1 (12.50%) Apache Spark

Software 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 1 (12.50%) Apache Spark
1 1 (12.50%) WebLogic
Cloud Services
1 3 (37.50%) Heroku
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (62.50%) MongoDB
2 1 (12.50%) Apache Hive
2 1 (12.50%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (12.50%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
2 1 (12.50%) Hadoop
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle OWB
2 1 (12.50%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 5 (62.50%) WebDriver
2 2 (25.00%) Git (software)
2 2 (25.00%) Subversion
3 1 (12.50%) ClearCase
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (87.50%) JSON
2 5 (62.50%) Node.js
2 5 (62.50%) Play Framework
3 2 (25.00%) Apache Camel
3 2 (25.00%) Middleware
3 2 (25.00%) XSLT
4 1 (12.50%) J2EE
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (62.50%) Microservices
2 5 (62.50%) Scrum
3 3 (37.50%) Continuous Delivery
3 3 (37.50%) DevOps
3 3 (37.50%) Open Source
4 2 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (25.00%) SOA
4 2 (25.00%) Web Development
5 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (12.50%) Data Modelling
5 1 (12.50%) Project Planning
5 1 (12.50%) RUP
5 1 (12.50%) Software Architecture
Programming Languages
1 6 (75.00%) Java
2 5 (62.50%) JavaScript
2 5 (62.50%) Scala
3 1 (12.50%) Perl
3 1 (12.50%) PL/SQL
3 1 (12.50%) Shell Script
3 1 (12.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
2 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 5 (62.50%) Puppet
Vendors
1 2 (25.00%) MuleSoft
1 2 (25.00%) WSO2
2 1 (12.50%) BEA
2 1 (12.50%) Cloudera
2 1 (12.50%) Informatica
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle
2 1 (12.50%) webMethods