The table below looks at the statistics for the Principal Developer role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Principal Developer in their job title over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Principal Developer
Rank 618 594 577
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Developer 1 7 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.002% 0.014% 0.004%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.002% 0.015% 0.004%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 4 0
Average daily rate - £400 -
UK excluding London average daily rate - £400 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £22.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £22.50 -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
48576 47854 45775
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.45% 94.46% 94.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 31231 29881 27104
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £257 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1759 1870 2013
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.72 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -4.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.96 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

Principal Developer
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Principal Developer in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Principal Developer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Principal Developer
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Principal Developer within the UK.

Principal Developer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Principal Developer
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Principal Developer within the UK.

Principal Developer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Principal Developer
Top 3 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Developer within the UK over the 3 months to 5 February 2016. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -3 1 - - 14
City of London - 1 - -
London - 1 - - 4

Principal Developer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Principal Developer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Principal Developer in their job title.

1 9 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (50.00%) MVC
3 5 (41.67%) TDD
3 5 (41.67%) C#
3 5 (41.67%) HTML
3 5 (41.67%) JavaScript
3 5 (41.67%) .NET
3 5 (41.67%) CSS
3 5 (41.67%) AngularJS
4 4 (33.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 4 (33.33%) REST
4 4 (33.33%) jQuery
4 4 (33.33%) ASP.NET Web API
4 4 (33.33%) SQL
5 3 (25.00%) Web Development
5 3 (25.00%) BDD
5 3 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (25.00%) Blog
5 3 (25.00%) Open Source
6 2 (16.67%) HTML5
6 2 (16.67%) CSS3
6 2 (16.67%) Computer Science
6 2 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (16.67%) RESTful
6 2 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (16.67%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (16.67%) Relational Database
6 2 (16.67%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (16.67%) Fintech
6 2 (16.67%) Scrum

Principal Developer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Principal Developer in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Principal Developer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (8.33%) Apache
1 1 (8.33%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (8.33%) JBoss
1 1 (8.33%) Node.js
1 1 (8.33%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (16.67%) HTTP
2 1 (8.33%) Bluetooth
2 1 (8.33%) Internet
2 1 (8.33%) SSL
2 1 (8.33%) TCP/IP
2 1 (8.33%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (8.33%) X.509
2 1 (8.33%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) Relational Database
2 1 (8.33%) MarkLogic
2 1 (8.33%) MS Access
2 1 (8.33%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (8.33%) RDBMS
2 1 (8.33%) Redis
2 1 (8.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Octopus Deploy
1 2 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (8.33%) DbUnit
2 1 (8.33%) jMock
2 1 (8.33%) JUnit
2 1 (8.33%) Mockito
2 1 (8.33%) Selenium
2 1 (8.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (16.67%) Finance
2 1 (8.33%) Banking
2 1 (8.33%) Legal
2 1 (8.33%) Marketing
2 1 (8.33%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (41.67%) .NET
1 5 (41.67%) AngularJS
1 5 (41.67%) CSS
1 5 (41.67%) HTML
2 4 (33.33%) ASP.NET Web API
2 4 (33.33%) jQuery
2 4 (33.33%) REST
2 4 (33.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 2 (16.67%) CSS3
3 2 (16.67%) HTML5
3 2 (16.67%) JSON
3 2 (16.67%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (16.67%) RESTful
4 1 (8.33%) Ajax
4 1 (8.33%) Java EE
4 1 (8.33%) KnockoutJS
4 1 (8.33%) PowerMock
4 1 (8.33%) React
4 1 (8.33%) Servlets
4 1 (8.33%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 3 (25.00%) Blog
2 2 (16.67%) Computer Science
2 2 (16.67%) Fintech
3 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (8.33%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (8.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (8.33%) Mobile App
3 1 (8.33%) Social Media
3 1 (8.33%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (50.00%) MVC
3 5 (41.67%) TDD
4 3 (25.00%) BDD
4 3 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (25.00%) Open Source
4 3 (25.00%) Web Development
5 2 (16.67%) OO
5 2 (16.67%) Scrum
5 2 (16.67%) Software Engineering
6 1 (8.33%) B2B
6 1 (8.33%) B2C
6 1 (8.33%) E-Commerce
6 1 (8.33%) OOA/OOD
6 1 (8.33%) Portfolio Management
6 1 (8.33%) Refactoring
6 1 (8.33%) Risk Analysis
6 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (8.33%) Systems Analysis
6 1 (8.33%) UML
Programming Languages
1 5 (41.67%) C#
1 5 (41.67%) JavaScript
2 4 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (16.67%) C
3 2 (16.67%) Java
3 2 (16.67%) Python
4 1 (8.33%) Bash Shell
4 1 (8.33%) C++
4 1 (8.33%) Perl
4 1 (8.33%) T-SQL
4 1 (8.33%) VBA
Qualifications
1 2 (16.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) QA
1 1 (8.33%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (8.33%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Murex
1 1 (8.33%) Oracle
1 1 (8.33%) Sitecore