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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Principal Engineer
Rank 619 608 577
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -31
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 6 8 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.010% 0.014% 0.021%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.011% 0.016% 0.023%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 7
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£338 £438 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.85% -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £425 £338
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £555 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £438 £400
% change year-on-year
-31.42% +9.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Average hourly rate £51.30 - £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £51.30 - £51.00

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
54347 51343 48877
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.79% 92.32% 92.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 34673 31061 29030
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2003 1976 2120
Average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

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
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 28 August 2015.

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 15 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 28 August 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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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 -14 6 £338 -22.85% 16
East of England -2 2 £300 -29.41% 2
South East -18 2 £300 -50.00% 1
South West - 2 £388 - 3
Bedfordshire - 2 £300 -
Luton - 2 £300 -
Plymouth - 2 £388 -
Devon - 2 £388 - 1
Hampshire -8 1 - -
London - 1 £475 - 6
Hook - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £300 -
Milton Keynes - 1 £300 -
Hammersmith - 1 £475 -
Bedford - 1 £300 -

Principal Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
2 5 (45.45%) ITIL
2 5 (45.45%) Problem Management
3 4 (36.36%) Finance
3 4 (36.36%) SQL Server
3 4 (36.36%) Windows
3 4 (36.36%) Active Directory
3 4 (36.36%) Citrix
3 4 (36.36%) VMware
4 3 (27.27%) MS Exchange
4 3 (27.27%) Service Delivery
4 3 (27.27%) Change Management
4 3 (27.27%) Management Information System
4 3 (27.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (27.27%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 3 (27.27%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (27.27%) Unified Communications
4 3 (27.27%) Data Centre
5 2 (18.18%) Lync
5 2 (18.18%) F5
5 2 (18.18%) Root Cause Analysis
5 2 (18.18%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (18.18%) Firewall
5 2 (18.18%) Load Balancing
5 2 (18.18%) Cisco
5 2 (18.18%) CCIE
5 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
5 2 (18.18%) OSPF
5 2 (18.18%) BGP
5 2 (18.18%) Cisco Certification

Principal Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 3 (27.27%) MS Exchange
2 2 (18.18%) Lync
3 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (9.09%) NServiceBus
3 1 (9.09%) Joomla!
Applications
1 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
2 1 (9.09%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (27.27%) Unified Communications
2 2 (18.18%) Firewall
2 2 (18.18%) Cisco ASA
2 2 (18.18%) OSPF
2 2 (18.18%) BGP
3 1 (9.09%) TACACS
3 1 (9.09%) NetScreen
3 1 (9.09%) ISDN
3 1 (9.09%) VoIP
3 1 (9.09%) WAN
3 1 (9.09%) DNS
3 1 (9.09%) SAN
3 1 (9.09%) MPLS
3 1 (9.09%) Cisco IOS
3 1 (9.09%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (9.09%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (36.36%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Rational DOORS
1 1 (9.09%) Rational Rhapsody
1 1 (9.09%) VectorCAST
General
1 4 (36.36%) Finance
2 1 (9.09%) Manufacturing
2 1 (9.09%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) HTML
1 1 (9.09%) .NET
1 1 (9.09%) ASP.NET
1 1 (9.09%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (9.09%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 3 (27.27%) Management Information System
1 3 (27.27%) Data Centre
2 1 (9.09%) EMC VNX
2 1 (9.09%) Online Games
2 1 (9.09%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 4 (36.36%) Windows
2 1 (9.09%) Linux
2 1 (9.09%) VxWorks
2 1 (9.09%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (9.09%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) ITIL
1 5 (45.45%) Problem Management
2 3 (27.27%) Stakeholder Engagement
2 3 (27.27%) Service Delivery
2 3 (27.27%) Change Management
2 3 (27.27%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (18.18%) Load Balancing
3 2 (18.18%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (9.09%) Analytics
4 1 (9.09%) Performance Analysis
4 1 (9.09%) DevOps
4 1 (9.09%) Logical Data Model
4 1 (9.09%) API Design
4 1 (9.09%) Lean Six Sigma
4 1 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (9.09%) BPMN
4 1 (9.09%) Open Source
4 1 (9.09%) Business Process Improvement
4 1 (9.09%) Programme Management
4 1 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (9.09%) C++
1 1 (9.09%) PHP
1 1 (9.09%) Ada
Qualifications
1 2 (18.18%) CCIE
1 2 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
1 2 (18.18%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (9.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 1 (9.09%) MCTS
2 1 (9.09%) Degree
2 1 (9.09%) VCP5
2 1 (9.09%) CCNP
2 1 (9.09%) CCNA
2 1 (9.09%) CISSP
2 1 (9.09%) MCSE
2 1 (9.09%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) SLA
1 1 (9.09%) DO-178B
System Software
1 4 (36.36%) Active Directory
2 3 (27.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (9.09%) Hyper-V
Vendors
1 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
2 4 (36.36%) VMware
2 4 (36.36%) Citrix
3 2 (18.18%) Cisco
3 2 (18.18%) F5
4 1 (9.09%) Sonus
4 1 (9.09%) Dell
4 1 (9.09%) EMC
4 1 (9.09%) Blue Coat
4 1 (9.09%) Huawei
4 1 (9.09%) Brocade
4 1 (9.09%) Barracuda Networks
4 1 (9.09%) IBM
4 1 (9.09%) Oracle
4 1 (9.09%) SAP
4 1 (9.09%) Juniper
4 1 (9.09%) Alcatel-Lucent
4 1 (9.09%) Ericsson
4 1 (9.09%) CheckPoint
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