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 2 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
2 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Principal Software Engineer
Rank 862 834 875
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +41
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Software Engineer 34 33 28
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.030% 0.031% 0.024%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.032% 0.033% 0.026%
Number of salaries quoted 29 27 24
Average salary £50,000 £60,000 £51,250
Average salary % change year-on-year
-16.66% +17.07%
90% offered a salary of more than £47,500 £50,000 £40,750
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £90,000 £67,500
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £52,500 £51,250
% change year-on-year
-4.76% +2.43%

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
107743 99984 109245
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.52% 94.34% 95.22%
Number of salaries quoted 87440 83008 92915
Average salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,750 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £67,500 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
- +5.26%

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 2 October 2014 within the UK.

Principal Software Engineer Salary Histogram in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Top 20 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 2 October 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 -11 31 £52,500 -12.50% 9
South East +13 21 £50,000 -4.76% 3
Middlesex - 13 £50,000 - 1
Reading +2 6 £80,000 +60.00% 1
Berkshire -1 6 £80,000 +52.38% 1
London -35 5 £65,000 -13.33% 3
Cambridgeshire +5 4 £55,000 +4.76% 1
East of England -11 4 £55,000 +4.76% 1
Peterborough - 3 £55,000 -
City of London +7 2 £65,000 - 1
Scotland -10 2 £45,000 - 1
Ealing - 2 - -
Fife +1 1 - -
Cambridge -11 1 £47,500 -9.52% 1
South West -12 1 - - 2
Bristol - 1 - - 2
Rochester - 1 - - 1
Surrey - 1 £47,500 -
Edinburgh - 1 £45,000 - 1
Kent - 1 - - 1

Principal Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 October 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 94 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 50 (53.19%) C++
3 49 (52.13%) Java
4 39 (41.49%) C
5 36 (38.30%) Agile Software Development
6 31 (32.98%) TDD
7 23 (24.47%) Linux
8 22 (23.40%) Big Data
9 21 (22.34%) Continuous Integration
9 21 (22.34%) Test Automation
10 20 (21.28%) Open Source
10 20 (21.28%) Degree
10 20 (21.28%) Embedded Systems
11 19 (20.21%) UML
11 19 (20.21%) XML
11 19 (20.21%) Software Testing
12 18 (19.15%) Stress Testing
12 18 (19.15%) Security Cleared
13 17 (18.09%) Unit Testing
13 17 (18.09%) Web Services
14 16 (17.02%) Spring
15 15 (15.96%) Subversion
15 15 (15.96%) SQL
15 15 (15.96%) OO
16 14 (14.89%) Oracle
17 13 (13.83%) HTML
17 13 (13.83%) Electronics
17 13 (13.83%) Algorithms
18 12 (12.77%) Analytics
18 12 (12.77%) Data Mining

Principal Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 October 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 9 (9.57%) WebSphere
2 8 (8.51%) TIBCO EMS
3 7 (7.45%) Tomcat
4 5 (5.32%) WebSphere Process Server
4 5 (5.32%) WebSphere Application Server
4 5 (5.32%) Node.js
5 4 (4.26%) Apache Solr
5 4 (4.26%) WebLogic
6 3 (3.19%) Jetty
Cloud Services
1 7 (7.45%) Cloud Computing
1 7 (7.45%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.13%) SaaS
3 1 (1.06%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 12 (12.77%) HTTP
2 9 (9.57%) TCP/IP
3 8 (8.51%) GSM
4 7 (7.45%) LDAP
4 7 (7.45%) GPRS
5 5 (5.32%) ZigBee
6 3 (3.19%) LTE
6 3 (3.19%) UMTS
7 2 (2.13%) Internet
7 2 (2.13%) X.509
7 2 (2.13%) Wireless
8 1 (1.06%) Multicast
8 1 (1.06%) DVB
8 1 (1.06%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (23.40%) Big Data
2 12 (12.77%) Data Mining
3 9 (9.57%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (8.51%) BusinessObjects
4 8 (8.51%) QlikView
4 8 (8.51%) Hadoop
5 5 (5.32%) MongoDB
5 5 (5.32%) Oracle Database 11g
5 5 (5.32%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (5.32%) Oracle Database
6 4 (4.26%) Triplestore
6 4 (4.26%) NoSQL
6 4 (4.26%) HBase
6 4 (4.26%) Text Mining
7 2 (2.13%) MarkLogic
8 1 (1.06%) SQLite
8 1 (1.06%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 15 (15.96%) Subversion
2 11 (11.70%) Maven
2 11 (11.70%) Git (software)
3 8 (8.51%) Rational Rhapsody
3 8 (8.51%) ClearCase
4 4 (4.26%) CruiseControl
4 4 (4.26%) Ant
4 4 (4.26%) JUnit
4 4 (4.26%) WATIR
4 4 (4.26%) Selenium
4 4 (4.26%) Hudson
4 4 (4.26%) SoapUI
5 2 (2.13%) Gradle
5 2 (2.13%) Cucumber
6 1 (1.06%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.06%) Mercurial
6 1 (1.06%) PVCS
General
1 13 (13.83%) Electronics
2 11 (11.70%) Aerospace
2 11 (11.70%) Publishing
3 9 (9.57%) Military
3 9 (9.57%) Banking
4 8 (8.51%) Investment Banking
5 5 (5.32%) Marketing
5 5 (5.32%) French Language
6 3 (3.19%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.06%) Multimedia
7 1 (1.06%) Automotive
7 1 (1.06%) Telecoms
7 1 (1.06%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (20.21%) XML
2 17 (18.09%) Web Services
3 16 (17.02%) Spring
4 13 (13.83%) HTML
5 11 (11.70%) J2EE
6 10 (10.64%) .NET
7 9 (9.57%) Servlets
7 9 (9.57%) RESTful
8 8 (8.51%) Apache Flex
8 8 (8.51%) REST
9 6 (6.38%) Ajax
9 6 (6.38%) CSS
10 5 (5.32%) JDBC
10 5 (5.32%) SOAP
10 5 (5.32%) EJB
10 5 (5.32%) Struts
10 5 (5.32%) Hibernate
10 5 (5.32%) Struts2
10 5 (5.32%) FreeMarker
10 5 (5.32%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 20 (21.28%) Open Source
1 20 (21.28%) Embedded Systems
2 13 (13.83%) Algorithms
3 9 (9.57%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (8.51%) Statistics
5 7 (7.45%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (7.45%) Digital Media
6 5 (5.32%) Inversion of Control
7 4 (4.26%) Semantic Web
7 4 (4.26%) Taxonomies
7 4 (4.26%) Ontologies
7 4 (4.26%) Linked Data
8 3 (3.19%) Computer Science
9 1 (1.06%) Blog
9 1 (1.06%) MPEG
9 1 (1.06%) DTV
9 1 (1.06%) Streaming Video
9 1 (1.06%) STB
9 1 (1.06%) Streaming Media
9 1 (1.06%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 23 (24.47%) Linux
2 9 (9.57%) Windows
3 8 (8.51%) UNIX
4 2 (2.13%) Android
4 2 (2.13%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 36 (38.30%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (32.98%) TDD
4 21 (22.34%) Continuous Integration
4 21 (22.34%) Test Automation
5 19 (20.21%) Software Testing
5 19 (20.21%) UML
6 18 (19.15%) Stress Testing
7 17 (18.09%) Unit Testing
8 15 (15.96%) OO
9 12 (12.77%) Analytics
10 11 (11.70%) MVC
10 11 (11.70%) Multithreading
11 9 (9.57%) OOD
12 8 (8.51%) ETL
12 8 (8.51%) Business Intelligence
12 8 (8.51%) CRM
12 8 (8.51%) OOP
12 8 (8.51%) Unified Process
12 8 (8.51%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 50 (53.19%) C++
2 49 (52.13%) Java
3 39 (41.49%) C
4 15 (15.96%) SQL
5 12 (12.77%) Embedded C
6 9 (9.57%) Perl
7 8 (8.51%) PL/SQL
7 8 (8.51%) Shell Script
7 8 (8.51%) MATLAB
8 7 (7.45%) JavaScript
9 6 (6.38%) XQuery
9 6 (6.38%) XPath
10 5 (5.32%) AspectJ
11 4 (4.26%) SPARQL
12 3 (3.19%) C#
13 2 (2.13%) Embedded C++
14 1 (1.06%) PHP
14 1 (1.06%) VB.NET
14 1 (1.06%) VC++
14 1 (1.06%) Python
Qualifications
1 20 (21.28%) Degree
2 18 (19.15%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.06%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.13%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.06%) Firmware
Vendors
1 14 (14.89%) Oracle
2 8 (8.51%) Sybase
2 8 (8.51%) Business Objects
2 8 (8.51%) SAP
2 8 (8.51%) TIBCO
3 5 (5.32%) IBM
4 1 (1.06%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.06%) EMC
4 1 (1.06%) Google
4 1 (1.06%) Twitter
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