The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Principal Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 31 May 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Principal Engineer
Rank 616 602 593
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 27 8 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.050% 0.015% 0.036%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.053% 0.016% 0.038%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 9
Median daily rate £525 £450 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +28.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £371 £408 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £660 £468 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £638 £450 £325
% change year-on-year
+41.66% +38.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 9
Median hourly rate - £40.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -5.88%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £40.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

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
50823 51340 50433
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.76% 94.71% 94.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 33235 31856 31169
Median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1467 2031 2115
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.50 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.16 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.29% -2.06%

Principal Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Principal Engineer in the job title.

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
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Principal Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 31 May 2016.

Principal Engineer Daily Rate Histogram 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 24 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 31 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
England +10 26 £525 +16.66% 19
North West -9 8 £650 - 3
London +14 7 £400 -15.78% 4
West Yorkshire +8 6 - -
Yorkshire +4 6 - -
Leeds - 6 - -
Cheshire - 4 £650 -
Warrington - 4 £650 -
Ealing - 3 - -
Manchester - 3 - - 3
South East -20 2 £525 - 6
West Midlands - 2 £355 - 1
Buckinghamshire +15 1 £525 -
Milton Keynes +4 1 £525 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 - -
Reading - 1 - - 3
Belfast - 1 - - 2
City of London - 1 £375 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 £355 - 1
North East - 1 - -
Berkshire - 1 - - 3
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 2
County Antrim - 1 - - 2

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 May 2016, Principal Engineer 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 featuring Principal Engineer in the job title.

1 17 (35.42%) Software Engineering
2 12 (25.00%) TDD
2 12 (25.00%) BDD
3 11 (22.92%) Unit Testing
3 11 (22.92%) Microsoft
4 10 (20.83%) Windows
4 10 (20.83%) Data Management
4 10 (20.83%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
5 9 (18.75%) SC Cleared
5 9 (18.75%) Security Cleared
5 9 (18.75%) Regression Testing
6 8 (16.67%) Linux
6 8 (16.67%) Java
6 8 (16.67%) SQL
6 8 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (14.58%) Asset Management
7 7 (14.58%) sed
7 7 (14.58%) Relational Database
7 7 (14.58%) Bash Shell
7 7 (14.58%) IIS
7 7 (14.58%) JavaScript
7 7 (14.58%) Perl
7 7 (14.58%) Samba
7 7 (14.58%) Military
7 7 (14.58%) AWK
7 7 (14.58%) Mentoring
8 6 (12.50%) Coaching
8 6 (12.50%) SUSE
8 6 (12.50%) Management Information System

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 7 (14.58%) IIS
2 1 (2.08%) Node.js
Applications
1 1 (2.08%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.08%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.08%) IaaS
2 1 (2.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (12.50%) Fibre Channel
1 6 (12.50%) FTP
1 6 (12.50%) SAN
2 4 (8.33%) 3G
2 4 (8.33%) LTE
3 3 (6.25%) 2G
4 2 (4.17%) Unified Communications
5 1 (2.08%) 4G
5 1 (2.08%) H.323
5 1 (2.08%) IP Telephony
5 1 (2.08%) LAN
5 1 (2.08%) MGCP
5 1 (2.08%) SCCP
5 1 (2.08%) WAN
5 1 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (2.08%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (14.58%) Relational Database
2 5 (10.42%) MongoDB
3 2 (4.17%) SQL Server
4 1 (2.08%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 4 (8.33%) Rational DOORS
1 4 (8.33%) Rational Rhapsody
1 4 (8.33%) VectorCAST
2 1 (2.08%) Git (software)
General
1 7 (14.58%) Military
2 4 (8.33%) Telecoms
3 3 (6.25%) Finance
4 2 (4.17%) Manufacturing
5 1 (2.08%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.25%) CSS
1 3 (6.25%) HTML
2 1 (2.08%) .NET
2 1 (2.08%) AngularJS
2 1 (2.08%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 10 (20.83%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (12.50%) Management Information System
3 4 (8.33%) Digital Media
4 3 (6.25%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.08%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 1 (2.08%) Smartphone
5 1 (2.08%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 10 (20.83%) Windows
2 8 (16.67%) Linux
3 6 (12.50%) CentOS
3 6 (12.50%) SUSE
3 6 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
3 6 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (8.33%) VxWorks
5 2 (4.17%) Windows Server
6 1 (2.08%) Unix
6 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (35.42%) Software Engineering
2 12 (25.00%) BDD
2 12 (25.00%) TDD
3 11 (22.92%) Unit Testing
4 10 (20.83%) Data Management
5 9 (18.75%) Continuous Integration
5 9 (18.75%) Regression Testing
6 8 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (14.58%) Asset Management
7 7 (14.58%) Mentoring
8 6 (12.50%) Coaching
9 5 (10.42%) Validation
10 4 (8.33%) OO
10 4 (8.33%) SFIA
10 4 (8.33%) UML
11 3 (6.25%) Migration
12 2 (4.17%) People Management
12 2 (4.17%) Programme Management
12 2 (4.17%) Waterfall
13 1 (2.08%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 8 (16.67%) Java
1 8 (16.67%) SQL
2 7 (14.58%) AWK
2 7 (14.58%) Bash Shell
2 7 (14.58%) JavaScript
2 7 (14.58%) Perl
2 7 (14.58%) sed
3 5 (10.42%) C++
4 4 (8.33%) Ada
5 1 (2.08%) Python
Qualifications
1 9 (18.75%) SC Cleared
1 9 (18.75%) Security Cleared
2 4 (8.33%) Degree
3 3 (6.25%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (4.17%) CCIE
4 2 (4.17%) CCNP
5 1 (2.08%) CCNA
5 1 (2.08%) JNCIA
System Software
1 7 (14.58%) Samba
2 6 (12.50%) StorNext
3 2 (4.17%) Active Directory
3 2 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (2.08%) AirWatch
1 1 (2.08%) Cisco CUCM
1 1 (2.08%) Cisco UCCE
1 1 (2.08%) Cisco UCCX
1 1 (2.08%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (22.92%) Microsoft
2 6 (12.50%) Cisco
2 6 (12.50%) Red Hat
3 3 (6.25%) Ericsson
3 3 (6.25%) Huawei
3 3 (6.25%) Nokia
3 3 (6.25%) Nokia Networks
3 3 (6.25%) VMware
4 1 (2.08%) Aruba
4 1 (2.08%) Avaya
4 1 (2.08%) HP
4 1 (2.08%) Meraki
4 1 (2.08%) Mitel
4 1 (2.08%) Tandberg