The table below looks at the statistics for the Principal Software Engineer role in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Principal Software Engineer in their job title over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Principal Software Engineer
Rank 857 796 862
Rank change year-on-year
-61 +66
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Software Engineer 23 83 32
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.021% 0.077% 0.028%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.022% 0.081% 0.029%
Number of salaries quoted 17 57 32
Average salary £50,000 £62,500 £62,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-20.00% -
90% offered a salary of more than £42,100 £50,000 £50,000
10% offered a salary of more than £56,000 £87,500 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £47,500 £62,500 £60,000
% change year-on-year
-24.00% +4.16%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in permanent 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 permanent jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
104608 102056 108531
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.68% 94.69% 95.26%
Number of salaries quoted 87149 82785 93534
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,750 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +3.89%

Principal Software Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Principal Software Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Principal Software Engineer within the UK.

Principal Software Engineer Salary Trend in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Principal Software Engineer over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 within the UK.

Principal Software Engineer Salary Histogram in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Top 23 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Software Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -63 22 £50,000 -20.00% 3
London -27 9 £50,000 -41.17% 1
South East -42 7 £50,000 -25.92% 1
South West -10 4 £42,000 -
Greenford - 4 - -
Bristol - 3 £41,500 -
Reading -5 2 £56,250 - 1
Berkshire -7 2 £56,250 -34.59% 1
East of England -27 2 £52,500 +2.43%
Kent - 2 £45,000 -
Rochester - 2 £45,000 -
Cambridge -4 1 £57,500 +15.00%
Oxfordshire -14 1 £52,500 -20.75%
Cambridgeshire -15 1 £57,500 +12.19%
Gloucestershire -17 1 £42,500 -
Hampshire - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 £47,500 -
Fife - 1 - -
Surrey - 1 £47,500 -
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Stevenage - 1 £47,500 -
Uxbridge - 1 £52,500 -
Scotland - 1 - -

Principal Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT jobs within the UK that cited Principal Software 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 IT job ads sampled with Principal Software Engineer in their job title.

1 60 (98.36%) Software Engineering
2 42 (68.85%) C++
3 32 (52.46%) C
4 25 (40.98%) Degree
5 24 (39.34%) Java
6 23 (37.70%) Security Cleared
7 22 (36.07%) OO
8 20 (32.79%) UML
9 19 (31.15%) Aerospace
10 17 (27.87%) Electronics
10 17 (27.87%) Agile Software Development
11 15 (24.59%) Linux
11 15 (24.59%) Embedded C
11 15 (24.59%) Algorithms
12 13 (21.31%) OOD
12 13 (21.31%) TDD
13 12 (19.67%) TCP/IP
14 11 (18.03%) Multithreading
14 11 (18.03%) Embedded Systems
15 10 (16.39%) Subversion
15 10 (16.39%) Computer Science
15 10 (16.39%) Rational Rhapsody
16 9 (14.75%) XML
16 9 (14.75%) MATLAB
16 9 (14.75%) Military
16 9 (14.75%) Continuous Integration
17 8 (13.11%) HTML
17 8 (13.11%) .NET
17 8 (13.11%) Open Source
17 8 (13.11%) Software Architecture

Principal Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT jobs within the UK that cited Principal Software 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 IT job ads sampled with Principal Software Engineer in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 6 (9.84%) Node.js
2 1 (1.64%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (1.64%) MS Office
1 1 (1.64%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.64%) Simulink
1 1 (1.64%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.64%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 12 (19.67%) TCP/IP
2 7 (11.48%) HTTP
3 5 (8.20%) ZigBee
3 5 (8.20%) LDAP
3 5 (8.20%) GPRS
3 5 (8.20%) GSM
4 1 (1.64%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.28%) MarkLogic
2 1 (1.64%) SSDT
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 10 (16.39%) Subversion
1 10 (16.39%) Rational Rhapsody
2 7 (11.48%) Maven
3 5 (8.20%) ClearCase
4 4 (6.56%) Git (software)
5 2 (3.28%) Gradle
5 2 (3.28%) Cucumber
6 1 (1.64%) GDB
6 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
6 1 (1.64%) JIRA
6 1 (1.64%) Bugzilla
6 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.64%) PVCS
General
1 19 (31.15%) Aerospace
2 17 (27.87%) Electronics
3 9 (14.75%) Military
4 5 (8.20%) Marketing
4 5 (8.20%) French Language
4 5 (8.20%) Telecoms
4 5 (8.20%) Publishing
5 4 (6.56%) Automotive
5 4 (6.56%) Manufacturing
6 2 (3.28%) Finance
6 2 (3.28%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (14.75%) XML
2 8 (13.11%) HTML
2 8 (13.11%) .NET
3 7 (11.48%) CSS
3 7 (11.48%) RESTful
4 6 (9.84%) Spring
5 5 (8.20%) Ajax
5 5 (8.20%) Struts
5 5 (8.20%) JDBC
5 5 (8.20%) Servlets
5 5 (8.20%) J2EE
5 5 (8.20%) Struts2
5 5 (8.20%) FreeMarker
6 4 (6.56%) Web Services
7 2 (3.28%) XSLT
7 2 (3.28%) ASP.NET
7 2 (3.28%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (3.28%) HTML5
8 1 (1.64%) REST
8 1 (1.64%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 15 (24.59%) Algorithms
2 11 (18.03%) Embedded Systems
3 10 (16.39%) Computer Science
4 8 (13.11%) Open Source
5 6 (9.84%) Mathematics
5 6 (9.84%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (8.20%) Physics
6 5 (8.20%) Inversion of Control
7 4 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (4.92%) Digital Media
9 2 (3.28%) VHDL
9 2 (3.28%) Verilog
9 2 (3.28%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 1 (1.64%) Blog
10 1 (1.64%) Data Structures
10 1 (1.64%) CAN bus
Operating Systems
1 15 (24.59%) Linux
2 5 (8.20%) Windows
3 1 (1.64%) Android
3 1 (1.64%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (98.36%) Software Engineering
2 22 (36.07%) OO
3 20 (32.79%) UML
4 17 (27.87%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (21.31%) TDD
5 13 (21.31%) OOD
6 11 (18.03%) Multithreading
7 9 (14.75%) Continuous Integration
8 8 (13.11%) Software Architecture
9 7 (11.48%) Unit Testing
9 7 (11.48%) Configuration Management
9 7 (11.48%) OOP
9 7 (11.48%) MVC
10 6 (9.84%) Use Case
11 5 (8.20%) Test Automation
11 5 (8.20%) Project Management
11 5 (8.20%) Embedded Software Development
11 5 (8.20%) Continuous Improvement
12 4 (6.56%) Scrum
12 4 (6.56%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 42 (68.85%) C++
2 32 (52.46%) C
3 24 (39.34%) Java
4 15 (24.59%) Embedded C
5 9 (14.75%) MATLAB
6 6 (9.84%) JavaScript
7 5 (8.20%) Ada
7 5 (8.20%) AspectJ
8 4 (6.56%) C#
9 3 (4.92%) SQL
10 2 (3.28%) Python
10 2 (3.28%) Embedded C++
10 2 (3.28%) XQuery
10 2 (3.28%) Assembly Language
10 2 (3.28%) XPath
11 1 (1.64%) T-SQL
11 1 (1.64%) VB.NET
11 1 (1.64%) VBA
11 1 (1.64%) VC++
11 1 (1.64%) Perl
Qualifications
1 25 (40.98%) Degree
2 23 (37.70%) Security Cleared
3 7 (11.48%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.64%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.56%) DO-178B
2 3 (4.92%) JTAG
2 3 (4.92%) IEC 61508
3 1 (1.64%) TickIT
System Software
1 2 (3.28%) Firmware
Vendors
1 3 (4.92%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.28%) EMC
2 2 (3.28%) IBM
3 1 (1.64%) Oracle
3 1 (1.64%) Sybase
3 1 (1.64%) Business Objects
3 1 (1.64%) Telerik
3 1 (1.64%) DevExpress
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