Period
to 21 January 2021

The median annual salary for a Software Architect was £75,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 January 2021.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Software Architect
UK
6 months to
21 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 665 839 818
Rank change year-on-year +174 -21 +100
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Architect 104 205 297
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.16% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.17% 0.21%
Number of salaries quoted 125 149 278
Median annual salary £75,000 £67,500 £75,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% -10.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £56,750 £52,500 £50,000
90th Percentile £112,500 £115,500 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £70,000 £62,500 £67,500
% change year-on-year +12.00% -7.41% +3.85%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 60,659 120,682 144,670
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.14% 95.58% 95.94%
Number of salaries quoted 49,230 97,737 117,131
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Software Architect
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Software Architect in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Software Architect in the UK

Software Architect
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Software Architect.

Salary trend for Software Architect in the UK

Software Architect
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Software Architect over the 6 months to 21 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Software Architect in the UK

Software Architect
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Software Architect within the UK over the 6 months to 21 January 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +152 86 £75,000 +7.14% 24
UK excluding London +112 60 £70,000 +12.00% 23
London +197 39 £92,500 +8.82% 4
Work from Home -41 33 £75,000 +1.69% 7
South East +115 15 £72,500 +11.54% 6
North of England +77 14 £67,500 -5.26% 4
Scotland +58 14 £70,000 +16.67% 3
North West +70 7 £70,000 -6.67% 3
South West +65 7 £72,500 +31.82% 6
Midlands +84 6 £74,500 +29.57% 4
Yorkshire +41 5 £55,500 -7.50%
Northern Ireland +21 5 £65,000 +4.00%
East Midlands +58 4 £75,000 +36.36% 3
East of England +90 2 £80,000 +14.29%
West Midlands +64 2 £62,500 +6.38% 1
North East - 2 £67,500 - 1

Software Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2021, Software Architect job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Software Architect in the job title.

1 44 (42.31%) Java
2 38 (36.54%) Microservices
3 36 (34.62%) AWS
3 36 (34.62%) .NET
4 34 (32.69%) Agile Software Development
5 31 (29.81%) Python
6 30 (28.85%) Software Engineering
7 28 (26.92%) Azure
8 26 (25.00%) Kafka
9 24 (23.08%) C#
10 22 (21.15%) SDLC
11 21 (20.19%) Software Architecture
12 18 (17.31%) JavaScript
12 18 (17.31%) SQL Server
12 18 (17.31%) Node.js
12 18 (17.31%) DevOps
12 18 (17.31%) .NET Core
13 17 (16.35%) Mentoring
14 15 (14.42%) React
14 15 (14.42%) SaaS
15 14 (13.46%) TDD
15 14 (13.46%) PostgreSQL
15 14 (13.46%) Docker
16 13 (12.50%) GraphQL
17 12 (11.54%) Scrum
17 12 (11.54%) Artificial Intelligence
17 12 (11.54%) SQL
18 11 (10.58%) BDD
19 10 (9.62%) MVC
19 10 (9.62%) SOA

Software Architect Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 8 (7.69%) Apache
2 5 (4.81%) Apache Spark
3 3 (2.88%) Apache Airflow
3 3 (2.88%) CMS
4 2 (1.92%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (1.92%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.96%) Confluence
5 1 (0.96%) Drupal
Applications
1 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 36 (34.62%) AWS
2 28 (26.92%) Azure
3 15 (14.42%) SaaS
4 8 (7.69%) GCP
4 8 (7.69%) Serverless
5 4 (3.85%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 3 (2.88%) GitHub
6 3 (2.88%) IaaS
6 3 (2.88%) PaaS
7 2 (1.92%) Amazon ECS
7 2 (1.92%) Amazon Kinesis
7 2 (1.92%) Apigee
7 2 (1.92%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.96%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.96%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.96%) Internet
1 1 (0.96%) SNMP
1 1 (0.96%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (17.31%) SQL Server
2 14 (13.46%) PostgreSQL
3 8 (7.69%) Hadoop
4 7 (6.73%) MySQL
5 6 (5.77%) Big Data
6 5 (4.81%) Apache Hive
6 5 (4.81%) Flink
7 4 (3.85%) NoSQL
8 3 (2.88%) Presto
8 3 (2.88%) Relational Database
9 2 (1.92%) Amazon Redshift
9 2 (1.92%) Cosmos DB
9 2 (1.92%) EDMS
9 2 (1.92%) EDRMS
10 1 (0.96%) Electronic Patient Records
10 1 (0.96%) MariaDB
10 1 (0.96%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 2 (1.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 2 (1.92%) GitLab
1 2 (1.92%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.96%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.96%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.96%) JIRA
2 1 (0.96%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (3.85%) Law
2 3 (2.88%) Finance
2 3 (2.88%) Games
3 2 (1.92%) Advertising
4 1 (0.96%) Legal
4 1 (0.96%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.96%) Multimedia
4 1 (0.96%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (34.62%) .NET
2 26 (25.00%) Kafka
3 18 (17.31%) .NET Core
3 18 (17.31%) Node.js
4 15 (14.42%) React
5 13 (12.50%) GraphQL
6 8 (7.69%) AngularJS
6 8 (7.69%) RabbitMQ
7 7 (6.73%) ActiveMQ
7 7 (6.73%) ASP.NET
7 7 (6.73%) REST
7 7 (6.73%) Vue.js
7 7 (6.73%) Web Services
8 6 (5.77%) .NET Framework
9 5 (4.81%) Esper
9 5 (4.81%) Samza
10 4 (3.85%) SOAP
11 3 (2.88%) ASP.NET Core
11 3 (2.88%) CSS
11 3 (2.88%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.73%) Enterprise Software
2 4 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.85%) User Experience
3 2 (1.92%) Algorithms
3 2 (1.92%) Analytical Mindset
3 2 (1.92%) Data Structures
3 2 (1.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 2 (1.92%) Life Science
3 2 (1.92%) Public Cloud
4 1 (0.96%) Cloud Native
4 1 (0.96%) CUDA
4 1 (0.96%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 1 (0.96%) Media Streaming
4 1 (0.96%) Mobile App
4 1 (0.96%) Mobile Games
4 1 (0.96%) Online Games
4 1 (0.96%) Smartphone
4 1 (0.96%) VHDL
4 1 (0.96%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 6 (5.77%) Linux
1 6 (5.77%) Windows
2 1 (0.96%) Android
2 1 (0.96%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (36.54%) Microservices
2 34 (32.69%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (28.85%) Software Engineering
4 22 (21.15%) SDLC
5 21 (20.19%) Software Architecture
6 18 (17.31%) DevOps
7 17 (16.35%) Mentoring
8 14 (13.46%) TDD
9 12 (11.54%) Artificial Intelligence
9 12 (11.54%) Scrum
10 11 (10.58%) BDD
11 10 (9.62%) MVC
11 10 (9.62%) SOA
12 9 (8.65%) Continuous Integration
13 8 (7.69%) Fintech
13 8 (7.69%) Site Reliability Engineering
14 7 (6.73%) Architectural Design
14 7 (6.73%) Technical Architecture
15 6 (5.77%) Analytics
15 6 (5.77%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 44 (42.31%) Java
2 31 (29.81%) Python
3 24 (23.08%) C#
4 18 (17.31%) JavaScript
5 12 (11.54%) SQL
6 9 (8.65%) C++
6 9 (8.65%) Go
7 5 (4.81%) C
7 5 (4.81%) PHP
8 2 (1.92%) Scala
9 1 (0.96%) Embedded C++
9 1 (0.96%) Java 8
9 1 (0.96%) Ruby
9 1 (0.96%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (3.85%) Degree
2 2 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (1.92%) Master's Degree
2 2 (1.92%) Sun Certification
3 1 (0.96%) SC Cleared
3 1 (0.96%) Security Cleared
3 1 (0.96%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.92%) GDPR
1 2 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (1.92%) PSD2
1 2 (1.92%) QA
System Software
1 14 (13.46%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (8.65%) Kubernetes
2 5 (4.81%) Terraform
3 2 (1.92%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
4 1 (0.96%) WMI
Vendors
1 8 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 5 (4.81%) Teradata
2 5 (4.81%) Yahoo!
3 2 (1.92%) ABBYY
3 2 (1.92%) Google
3 2 (1.92%) Kofax
3 2 (1.92%) ReadSoft
4 1 (0.96%) Avaya
4 1 (0.96%) Cisco
4 1 (0.96%) Genesys
4 1 (0.96%) IBM
4 1 (0.96%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (0.96%) Xamarin