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

Location
3 months to
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Principal Software Engineer
Rank 857 840 857
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +17
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Software Engineer 50 34 36
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.043% 0.032% 0.031%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.046% 0.034% 0.032%
Number of salaries quoted 48 29 33
Average salary £52,500 £67,500 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-22.22% +50.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £52,000 £37,500
10% offered a salary of more than £76,500 £90,000 £66,000
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £52,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year
-4.76% +16.66%

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
109120 101188 111394
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 94.40% 94.25% 95.15%
Number of salaries quoted 88233 84007 95056
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,000 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +1.29%

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 September 2014 within the UK.

Principal Software Engineer Salary Histogram in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Top 19 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 September 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 -18 42 £55,000 -18.51% 7
South East +2 27 £52,500 - 1
Middlesex - 17 £50,000 - 1
London -20 10 £65,000 -13.33% 3
Reading -1 5 £80,000 +60.00%
Berkshire -4 5 £80,000 +52.38%
Oxfordshire - 5 £70,000 -
City of London +10 4 £65,000 -
Cambridgeshire -6 4 £52,500 - 1
Scotland -10 4 £45,000 - 1
East of England -21 4 £52,500 - 1
Edinburgh - 4 £45,000 - 1
Kidlington - 4 £70,000 -
Peterborough - 3 £55,000 - 1
Cambridge -10 1 £47,500 -9.52%
Bristol - 1 - - 1
Oxford - 1 £70,000 -
Ealing - 1 - - 1
South West - 1 - - 1

Principal Software Engineer
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 96 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 53 (55.21%) C++
3 51 (53.13%) Java
4 41 (42.71%) C
5 30 (31.25%) TDD
6 26 (27.08%) Test Automation
7 23 (23.96%) Unit Testing
7 23 (23.96%) Big Data
7 23 (23.96%) Software Testing
7 23 (23.96%) Linux
8 22 (22.92%) Embedded Systems
8 22 (22.92%) Stress Testing
9 21 (21.88%) Open Source
10 20 (20.83%) Degree
11 19 (19.79%) Continuous Integration
11 19 (19.79%) UML
11 19 (19.79%) Agile Software Development
12 18 (18.75%) XML
13 17 (17.71%) Web Services
13 17 (17.71%) Security Cleared
14 15 (15.63%) Spring
14 15 (15.63%) SQL
15 14 (14.58%) Oracle
15 14 (14.58%) Subversion
16 13 (13.54%) OO
17 12 (12.50%) Windows
17 12 (12.50%) Data Mining
17 12 (12.50%) HTTP
17 12 (12.50%) HTML
17 12 (12.50%) Multithreading

Principal Software Engineer
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 (9.38%) WebSphere
2 8 (8.33%) TIBCO EMS
2 8 (8.33%) Tomcat
3 5 (5.21%) WebSphere Process Server
3 5 (5.21%) WebSphere Application Server
3 5 (5.21%) WebLogic
3 5 (5.21%) Node.js
4 4 (4.17%) Jetty
4 4 (4.17%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 1 (1.04%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 8 (8.33%) Cloud Computing
1 8 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (3.13%) SaaS
3 1 (1.04%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 12 (12.50%) HTTP
2 9 (9.38%) TCP/IP
3 8 (8.33%) LDAP
4 7 (7.29%) GSM
5 6 (6.25%) GPRS
6 4 (4.17%) ZigBee
7 3 (3.13%) LTE
7 3 (3.13%) X.509
7 3 (3.13%) UMTS
7 3 (3.13%) Internet
8 2 (2.08%) Wireless
9 1 (1.04%) Multicast
9 1 (1.04%) DVB
9 1 (1.04%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (23.96%) Big Data
2 12 (12.50%) Data Mining
3 9 (9.38%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (9.38%) Hadoop
4 8 (8.33%) QlikView
4 8 (8.33%) BusinessObjects
5 5 (5.21%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (5.21%) Oracle Database 11g
5 5 (5.21%) MongoDB
5 5 (5.21%) Oracle Database
6 4 (4.17%) Triplestore
6 4 (4.17%) NoSQL
6 4 (4.17%) HBase
6 4 (4.17%) Text Mining
7 1 (1.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (1.04%) SQL Server
7 1 (1.04%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (1.04%) SQLite
7 1 (1.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 14 (14.58%) Subversion
2 11 (11.46%) Git (software)
3 10 (10.42%) Maven
4 8 (8.33%) ClearCase
4 8 (8.33%) Rational Rhapsody
5 4 (4.17%) Hudson
5 4 (4.17%) SoapUI
5 4 (4.17%) CruiseControl
5 4 (4.17%) Ant
5 4 (4.17%) JUnit
5 4 (4.17%) WATIR
5 4 (4.17%) Selenium
6 1 (1.04%) PVCS
6 1 (1.04%) Gradle
6 1 (1.04%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.04%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.04%) Mercurial
6 1 (1.04%) Cucumber
General
1 11 (11.46%) Electronics
2 10 (10.42%) Publishing
3 9 (9.38%) Aerospace
4 8 (8.33%) Investment Banking
4 8 (8.33%) Military
4 8 (8.33%) Banking
5 5 (5.21%) French Language
6 3 (3.13%) Marketing
7 1 (1.04%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.04%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (18.75%) XML
2 17 (17.71%) Web Services
3 15 (15.63%) Spring
4 12 (12.50%) HTML
5 11 (11.46%) .NET
5 11 (11.46%) J2EE
6 9 (9.38%) Servlets
6 9 (9.38%) REST
7 8 (8.33%) Apache Flex
7 8 (8.33%) RESTful
8 6 (6.25%) Ajax
9 5 (5.21%) Hibernate
9 5 (5.21%) Struts2
9 5 (5.21%) SOAP
9 5 (5.21%) Struts
9 5 (5.21%) EJB
9 5 (5.21%) CSS
9 5 (5.21%) JDBC
9 5 (5.21%) FreeMarker
9 5 (5.21%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 22 (22.92%) Embedded Systems
2 21 (21.88%) Open Source
3 8 (8.33%) Statistics
4 7 (7.29%) Digital Media
4 7 (7.29%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (5.21%) Inversion of Control
5 5 (5.21%) Computer Science
6 4 (4.17%) Semantic Web
6 4 (4.17%) Taxonomies
6 4 (4.17%) Ontologies
6 4 (4.17%) Linked Data
7 2 (2.08%) DTV
8 1 (1.04%) Streaming Video
8 1 (1.04%) STB
8 1 (1.04%) Streaming Media
8 1 (1.04%) IPTV
8 1 (1.04%) Mathematics
8 1 (1.04%) Blog
8 1 (1.04%) MPEG
8 1 (1.04%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 23 (23.96%) Linux
2 12 (12.50%) Windows
3 8 (8.33%) UNIX
4 2 (2.08%) Android
4 2 (2.08%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 30 (31.25%) TDD
3 26 (27.08%) Test Automation
4 23 (23.96%) Unit Testing
4 23 (23.96%) Software Testing
5 22 (22.92%) Stress Testing
6 19 (19.79%) Continuous Integration
6 19 (19.79%) Agile Software Development
6 19 (19.79%) UML
7 13 (13.54%) OO
8 12 (12.50%) Multithreading
8 12 (12.50%) Analytics
9 11 (11.46%) MVC
10 9 (9.38%) OOP
11 8 (8.33%) CRM
11 8 (8.33%) OOD
11 8 (8.33%) ETL
11 8 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
11 8 (8.33%) Unified Process
11 8 (8.33%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 53 (55.21%) C++
2 51 (53.13%) Java
3 41 (42.71%) C
4 15 (15.63%) SQL
5 11 (11.46%) Embedded C
6 8 (8.33%) Perl
6 8 (8.33%) Shell Script
6 8 (8.33%) MATLAB
6 8 (8.33%) PL/SQL
7 7 (7.29%) JavaScript
8 5 (5.21%) AspectJ
8 5 (5.21%) XPath
8 5 (5.21%) XQuery
9 4 (4.17%) SPARQL
9 4 (4.17%) C#
10 2 (2.08%) Embedded C++
11 1 (1.04%) PHP
11 1 (1.04%) F#
11 1 (1.04%) T-SQL
11 1 (1.04%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 20 (20.83%) Degree
2 17 (17.71%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.04%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.13%) QA
Vendors
1 14 (14.58%) Oracle
2 8 (8.33%) Sybase
2 8 (8.33%) Business Objects
2 8 (8.33%) SAP
2 8 (8.33%) TIBCO
3 5 (5.21%) IBM
4 2 (2.08%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.04%) Google
5 1 (1.04%) Twitter
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