Period
to 25 September 2021

The median annual salary for a Software Architect was £70,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 September 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
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 778 616 906
Rank change year-on-year -162 +290 -44
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Architect 253 73 193
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.15% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.16% 0.14%
Number of salaries quoted 190 59 127
10th Percentile £51,250 £52,500 £57,500
25th Percentile £52,500 £63,125 £62,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £70,000 £75,000 £80,000
Median % change year-on-year -6.67% -6.25% +10.34%
75th Percentile £85,000 £87,500 £88,750
90th Percentile £102,500 £103,000 £115,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £68,750 £70,000 £65,000
% change year-on-year -1.79% +7.69% -3.70%

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 111,569 46,329 134,796
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.38% 94.82% 95.77%
Number of salaries quoted 77,638 38,446 108,598
10th Percentile £31,759 £32,500 £28,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £69,500
90th Percentile £92,500 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,900 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.95% +5.56% -

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 25 September 2021.

Salary histogram for Software Architect in the UK

Software Architect
Top 15 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 25 September 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 -125 234 £70,000 -6.67% 49
UK excluding London -98 186 £68,750 -1.79% 35
South East -97 85 £60,000 -17.24% 11
Work from Home -236 66 £56,500 -19.29% 11
London -207 44 £80,000 -5.88% 14
North of England -79 41 £85,000 +21.43% 9
South West -65 29 £72,500 +23.40% 5
Yorkshire - 27 £85,000 - 4
North West -93 14 £55,000 -21.43% 5
East of England - 14 £47,500 - 2
Midlands -109 12 £55,000 - 7
West Midlands -93 7 £55,000 - 4
Scotland -102 5 £75,000 +7.14% 1
East Midlands - 5 £72,500 - 3
Northern Ireland -50 1 £77,500 +19.23%

Software Architect Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 102 (40.32%) .NET
2 94 (37.15%) C#
3 91 (35.97%) Microservices
4 80 (31.62%) SOA
5 77 (30.43%) Software Engineering
6 75 (29.64%) Agile Software Development
6 75 (29.64%) SQL
6 75 (29.64%) Software Architecture
7 70 (27.67%) AWS
7 70 (27.67%) MVC
8 67 (26.48%) Enterprise Software
9 65 (25.69%) TDD
10 63 (24.90%) Java
11 62 (24.51%) CRM
11 62 (24.51%) SOLID
12 61 (24.11%) Prototyping
12 61 (24.11%) Test Automation
12 61 (24.11%) Web Services
13 58 (22.92%) Project Delivery
14 57 (22.53%) EPiServer
14 57 (22.53%) CMS
14 57 (22.53%) Dynamics CRM
14 57 (22.53%) Web Application Development
15 53 (20.95%) Docker
16 50 (19.76%) Social Skills
17 49 (19.37%) Azure
18 46 (18.18%) Computer Science
19 44 (17.39%) UML
20 43 (17.00%) Microsoft
21 42 (16.60%) Kubernetes

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 57 (22.53%) CMS
1 57 (22.53%) EPiServer
2 6 (2.37%) SharePoint
3 5 (1.98%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 10 (3.95%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 57 (22.53%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 70 (27.67%) AWS
2 49 (19.37%) Azure
3 15 (5.93%) GCP
4 12 (4.74%) SaaS
5 8 (3.16%) Serverless
6 6 (2.37%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (2.37%) Dynamics 365
6 6 (2.37%) GitHub
6 6 (2.37%) Slack
6 6 (2.37%) Trello
7 3 (1.19%) Amazon EKS
8 1 (0.40%) Akamai
8 1 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.40%) Azure Machine Learning
8 1 (0.40%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (5.93%) 3GPP
1 15 (5.93%) DHCP
1 15 (5.93%) DNS
1 15 (5.93%) Ethernet
1 15 (5.93%) Internet
1 15 (5.93%) IPv4
1 15 (5.93%) IPv6
1 15 (5.93%) MPLS
1 15 (5.93%) VLAN
1 15 (5.93%) Wireless
2 2 (0.79%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.40%) HTTP
3 1 (0.40%) Software-Defined Radio
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (7.91%) PostgreSQL
2 18 (7.11%) NoSQL
3 6 (2.37%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.40%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (0.40%) Big Data
4 1 (0.40%) Redis
Development Applications
1 10 (3.95%) Rational DOORS
2 8 (3.16%) Jenkins
3 6 (2.37%) JIRA
4 5 (1.98%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.40%) CircleCI
5 1 (0.40%) Subversion
General
1 50 (19.76%) Social Skills
2 13 (5.14%) Public Sector
3 11 (4.35%) Aerospace
3 11 (4.35%) Automotive
4 8 (3.16%) Military
5 7 (2.77%) Finance
6 6 (2.37%) Documentation Skills
6 6 (2.37%) Electronics
7 2 (0.79%) Law
7 2 (0.79%) Local Government
7 2 (0.79%) Presentation Skills
8 1 (0.40%) Advertising
8 1 (0.40%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.40%) Banking
8 1 (0.40%) Legal
8 1 (0.40%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 102 (40.32%) .NET
2 61 (24.11%) Web Services
3 29 (11.46%) AngularJS
4 28 (11.07%) REST
5 24 (9.49%) .NET Core
6 22 (8.70%) RESTful
7 18 (7.11%) ASP.NET
7 18 (7.11%) ASP.NET Core
8 17 (6.72%) React
9 15 (5.93%) 802.1X
10 13 (5.14%) ASP.NET Web API
11 11 (4.35%) Node.js
11 11 (4.35%) OAuth
11 11 (4.35%) OAuth2
11 11 (4.35%) OpenID
12 9 (3.56%) Middleware
13 7 (2.77%) .NET Framework
13 7 (2.77%) Entity Framework
13 7 (2.77%) Swagger
14 6 (2.37%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 67 (26.48%) Enterprise Software
2 17 (6.72%) Cloud Native
3 12 (4.74%) Greenfield Project
4 10 (3.95%) Algorithms
4 10 (3.95%) Embedded Systems
4 10 (3.95%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 9 (3.56%) Blog
5 9 (3.56%) User Experience
6 7 (2.77%) Life Science
7 5 (1.98%) Client/Server
8 4 (1.58%) Private Cloud
9 2 (0.79%) Enterprise Cloud
9 2 (0.79%) NHS
9 2 (0.79%) Public Cloud
10 1 (0.40%) Device Driver
10 1 (0.40%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.40%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 12 (4.74%) Windows
2 9 (3.56%) Linux
3 6 (2.37%) Windows Server
4 2 (0.79%) Unix
5 1 (0.40%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (35.97%) Microservices
2 80 (31.62%) SOA
3 77 (30.43%) Software Engineering
4 75 (29.64%) Agile Software Development
4 75 (29.64%) Software Architecture
5 70 (27.67%) MVC
6 65 (25.69%) TDD
7 62 (24.51%) CRM
7 62 (24.51%) SOLID
8 61 (24.11%) Prototyping
8 61 (24.11%) Test Automation
9 58 (22.92%) Project Delivery
10 57 (22.53%) Web Application Development
11 46 (18.18%) Computer Science
12 44 (17.39%) UML
13 35 (13.83%) DevOps
14 34 (13.44%) Continuous Integration
15 32 (12.65%) Network Management
16 30 (11.86%) Artificial Intelligence
17 29 (11.46%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 94 (37.15%) C#
2 75 (29.64%) SQL
3 63 (24.90%) Java
4 26 (10.28%) TypeScript
5 16 (6.32%) Go
6 15 (5.93%) Python
7 14 (5.53%) C++
8 9 (3.56%) JavaScript
9 7 (2.77%) PHP
10 4 (1.58%) C
11 3 (1.19%) Java 8
12 2 (0.79%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.40%) Java 11
13 1 (0.40%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 40 (15.81%) Degree
2 39 (15.42%) Security Cleared
3 38 (15.02%) SC Cleared
4 30 (11.86%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (2.77%) AWS Certification
6 3 (1.19%) CISSP
7 1 (0.40%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.98%) 21 CFR Part 11
1 5 (1.98%) GxP
2 1 (0.40%) QA
System Software
1 53 (20.95%) Docker
2 14 (5.53%) Firmware
3 6 (2.37%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 42 (16.60%) Kubernetes
2 5 (1.98%) Terraform
3 2 (0.79%) Ansible
4 1 (0.40%) Cobbler
4 1 (0.40%) Puppet
Vendors
1 43 (17.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (3.95%) Altera
2 10 (3.95%) Instagram
2 10 (3.95%) Xilinx
3 9 (3.56%) Google
4 7 (2.77%) Agilent
5 6 (2.37%) MuleSoft
5 6 (2.37%) Oracle