The table below looks at the statistics for the Principal Engineer 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 Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 30 January 2015 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Principal Engineer
Rank 580 548 527
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -21
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 3 5 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.006% 0.010% 0.027%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.006% 0.011% 0.029%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 7
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£325 £488 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.36% +77.36%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £488 £213
% change year-on-year
-33.36% +129.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Average hourly rate - £42.50 £42.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -0.58%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £42.50 £42.75
% change year-on-year
- -0.58%

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
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

Principal Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Principal Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Principal Engineer
Daily Rate Trend

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

Principal Engineer Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Principal Engineer
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Principal Engineer Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Principal Engineer
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 30 January 2015. 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 -20 3 £325 -33.36% 16
London - 2 - - 4
City of London - 2 - -
Middlesex 0 1 £325 -
South East -6 1 £325 -33.36% 3
South West - - - - 5
East Midlands - - - - 1
North West - - - - 2
Oxfordshire - - - - 2
Surrey - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Bournemouth - - - -
Bristol - - - - 4
Camberley - - - -
Cambridge - - - - 1
Greenford - - - - 1
Hounslow - - - -
Huntingdon - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Manchester - - - - 1
Reading - - - -
Rochester - - - -
Stevenage - - - -
Uxbridge - - - -
Weymouth - - - -
Woking - - - -
Berkshire - - - -

Principal Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Principal Engineer 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 Engineer in their job title.

1 8 (53.33%) UML
2 6 (40.00%) Perl
2 6 (40.00%) SQL
2 6 (40.00%) Finance
2 6 (40.00%) Degree
3 5 (33.33%) Scrum
3 5 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (33.33%) TDD
3 5 (33.33%) Java
3 5 (33.33%) OO
3 5 (33.33%) Linux
4 4 (26.67%) Sun
4 4 (26.67%) Tomcat
4 4 (26.67%) J2SE
4 4 (26.67%) C++
4 4 (26.67%) C
4 4 (26.67%) UNIX
4 4 (26.67%) Solaris
4 4 (26.67%) J2EE
4 4 (26.67%) Oracle
4 4 (26.67%) WebLogic
4 4 (26.67%) Subversion
4 4 (26.67%) Software Engineering
4 4 (26.67%) Mathematics
4 4 (26.67%) Atlassian
4 4 (26.67%) Multithreading
4 4 (26.67%) Git (software)
4 4 (26.67%) Oracle Linux
5 3 (20.00%) Embedded Software Development
5 3 (20.00%) Use Case

Principal Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Principal Engineer 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 Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (26.67%) Tomcat
1 4 (26.67%) WebLogic
2 2 (13.33%) Apache Solr
2 2 (13.33%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (6.67%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Simulink
Communications & Networking
1 3 (20.00%) TCP/IP
2 2 (13.33%) Internet
2 2 (13.33%) Firewall
3 1 (6.67%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
3 1 (6.67%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
3 1 (6.67%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (6.67%) NetScreen
3 1 (6.67%) OSPF
3 1 (6.67%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) Apache Cassandra
1 2 (13.33%) Hadoop
1 2 (13.33%) Redis
1 2 (13.33%) Riak
Development Applications
1 4 (26.67%) Subversion
1 4 (26.67%) Git (software)
2 3 (20.00%) ClearCase
3 1 (6.67%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (6.67%) PVCS
General
1 6 (40.00%) Finance
2 3 (20.00%) Aerospace
3 2 (13.33%) Electronics
4 1 (6.67%) Advertising
4 1 (6.67%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (26.67%) J2SE
1 4 (26.67%) J2EE
2 1 (6.67%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Mathematics
2 3 (20.00%) Physics
3 2 (13.33%) Clustering
3 2 (13.33%) Computer Science
3 2 (13.33%) Open Source
4 1 (6.67%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (6.67%) Algorithms
4 1 (6.67%) SWIFT
4 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (33.33%) Linux
2 4 (26.67%) UNIX
2 4 (26.67%) Solaris
2 4 (26.67%) Oracle Linux
3 1 (6.67%) Android
3 1 (6.67%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (53.33%) UML
2 5 (33.33%) Scrum
2 5 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (33.33%) TDD
2 5 (33.33%) OO
3 4 (26.67%) Software Engineering
3 4 (26.67%) Multithreading
4 3 (20.00%) Embedded Software Development
4 3 (20.00%) Use Case
4 3 (20.00%) Capacity Planning
4 3 (20.00%) Enterprise Architecture
4 3 (20.00%) Configuration Management
4 3 (20.00%) OOD
5 2 (13.33%) OOA/OOD
5 2 (13.33%) Extreme Programming
5 2 (13.33%) Load Balancing
5 2 (13.33%) Kanban
5 2 (13.33%) Performance Testing
5 2 (13.33%) Unit Testing
5 2 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 6 (40.00%) Perl
1 6 (40.00%) SQL
2 5 (33.33%) Java
3 4 (26.67%) C++
3 4 (26.67%) C
4 2 (13.33%) Ruby
4 2 (13.33%) Clojure
4 2 (13.33%) Scala
4 2 (13.33%) Golang
5 1 (6.67%) MATLAB
5 1 (6.67%) C#
5 1 (6.67%) VB.NET
5 1 (6.67%) Embedded C
5 1 (6.67%) Python
5 1 (6.67%) VC++
Qualifications
1 6 (40.00%) Degree
2 2 (13.33%) CCIE
2 2 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (13.33%) SC Cleared
2 2 (13.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) PCI DSS
1 1 (6.67%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (13.33%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) Puppet
1 2 (13.33%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 4 (26.67%) Sun
1 4 (26.67%) Oracle
1 4 (26.67%) Atlassian
2 2 (13.33%) Cisco
2 2 (13.33%) Citrix
3 1 (6.67%) F5
3 1 (6.67%) PeopleSoft
3 1 (6.67%) Juniper