Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Principal Engineer was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Principal Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 805 844 844
Rank change year-on-year +39 0 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 26 29 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.028% 0.030% 0.020%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.029% 0.031% 0.021%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 22 12
England median daily rate £488 £625 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.00% +38.89% -
10th Percentile £391 £372 £300
90th Percentile £575 £675 £575
UK median daily rate £500 £625 £450
% change year-on-year -20.00% +38.89% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 6
England median hourly rate £32.50 £43.50 £50.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.29% -14.17% +11.56%
10th Percentile £31.25 £42.05 £40.25
90th Percentile £33.75 £46.95 £51.04
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £43.50 £50.68
% change year-on-year -19.54% -14.17% +11.56%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 88968 93021 99725
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.77% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 59275 61281 64512
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £448 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2638 3004 3828
England median hourly rate £18.66 £18.50 £17.89
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.84% +3.41% +8.42%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £46.75 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

Principal Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Principal Engineer in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Principal Engineer in England

Principal Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Principal Engineer in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Principal Engineer in England

Principal Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Principal Engineer in England over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Principal Engineer in England

Principal Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Engineer in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Principal Engineer in England

Principal Engineer
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London 0 17 £500 -20.00% 11
Midlands +25 3 £475 +22.58% 1
South East +15 3 £420 -20.00% 10
East Midlands - 3 £475 -
South West +12 2 - - 3
North of England +58 1 - - 8
North West +20 1 - - 3
Principal Engineer
UK

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, 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 across the England region featuring Principal Engineer in the job title.

1 10 (38.46%) DevOps
2 9 (34.62%) Java
2 9 (34.62%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (26.92%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (26.92%) Jenkins
4 6 (23.08%) Ansible
4 6 (23.08%) Elastic Stack
4 6 (23.08%) Configuration Management
4 6 (23.08%) Firewall
4 6 (23.08%) MySQL
4 6 (23.08%) SQL
4 6 (23.08%) Linux
4 6 (23.08%) Python
4 6 (23.08%) NoSQL
5 5 (19.23%) Hadoop
5 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Azure
5 5 (19.23%) Software Engineering
5 5 (19.23%) Degree
5 5 (19.23%) Windows
5 5 (19.23%) Microsoft
5 5 (19.23%) Scrum
5 5 (19.23%) Terraform
5 5 (19.23%) Big Data
5 5 (19.23%) Kafka
5 5 (19.23%) Apache Spark
6 4 (15.38%) Continuous Delivery
6 4 (15.38%) Docker
6 4 (15.38%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (15.38%) TCP/IP
6 4 (15.38%) Oracle

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 5 (19.23%) Apache Spark
2 3 (11.54%) Tomcat
3 1 (3.85%) SAS
Cloud Services
1 9 (34.62%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (11.54%) AWS CloudFormation
3 3 (11.54%) GitHub
3 3 (11.54%) SaaS
4 2 (7.69%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (7.69%) Datadog
5 1 (3.85%) Azure Machine Learning
5 1 (3.85%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 6 (23.08%) Firewall
2 4 (15.38%) TCP/IP
3 2 (7.69%) DNS
3 2 (7.69%) ICMP
3 2 (7.69%) VPN
4 1 (3.85%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (3.85%) NetScaler
4 1 (3.85%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (23.08%) MySQL
1 6 (23.08%) NoSQL
2 5 (19.23%) Big Data
2 5 (19.23%) Hadoop
3 3 (11.54%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (11.54%) MongoDB
3 3 (11.54%) Redis
3 3 (11.54%) SQL Server
4 2 (7.69%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (7.69%) Apache Hive
4 2 (7.69%) Impala
5 1 (3.85%) Couchbase
5 1 (3.85%) CouchDB
Development Applications
1 7 (26.92%) Jenkins
2 3 (11.54%) GitLab
2 3 (11.54%) Rational DOORS
2 3 (11.54%) RequisitePro
2 3 (11.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (7.69%) Artifactory
3 2 (7.69%) Git (software)
3 2 (7.69%) InstallShield
3 2 (7.69%) Karma Test Runner
3 2 (7.69%) Selenium
3 2 (7.69%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (3.85%) Cucumber
4 1 (3.85%) gulp
4 1 (3.85%) Jasmine
4 1 (3.85%) JIRA
4 1 (3.85%) JIRA Agile
4 1 (3.85%) Moq
4 1 (3.85%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (3.85%) Protractor
4 1 (3.85%) webpack
General
1 3 (11.54%) Banking
1 3 (11.54%) Finance
1 3 (11.54%) Retail
2 2 (7.69%) Aerospace
2 2 (7.69%) Investment Banking
2 2 (7.69%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.85%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (23.08%) Elastic Stack
2 5 (19.23%) Kafka
3 4 (15.38%) Spring
4 3 (11.54%) AngularJS
4 3 (11.54%) Hibernate
4 3 (11.54%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (7.69%) .NET
5 2 (7.69%) .NET Core
5 2 (7.69%) Angular 2
5 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (7.69%) CSS
6 1 (3.85%) .NET Framework
6 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET
6 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (3.85%) HTML
6 1 (3.85%) JSON
6 1 (3.85%) RESTful
6 1 (3.85%) Spring Boot
6 1 (3.85%) Web Services
6 1 (3.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.54%) Management Information System
1 3 (11.54%) Public Cloud
2 2 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (7.69%) State Machine
3 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.85%) Data Centre
3 1 (3.85%) Driving Licence
3 1 (3.85%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (3.85%) Semantic Web
3 1 (3.85%) User Experience
3 1 (3.85%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 6 (23.08%) Linux
2 5 (19.23%) Windows
3 3 (11.54%) CentOS
3 3 (11.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (7.69%) Windows 7
5 1 (3.85%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (38.46%) DevOps
2 7 (26.92%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (23.08%) Configuration Management
4 5 (19.23%) Scrum
4 5 (19.23%) Software Engineering
5 4 (15.38%) Continuous Delivery
6 3 (11.54%) Kanban
6 3 (11.54%) Load Balancing
6 3 (11.54%) Open Source
6 3 (11.54%) Requirements Management
6 3 (11.54%) Signal Processing
6 3 (11.54%) SysML
6 3 (11.54%) UML
6 3 (11.54%) Use Case
7 2 (7.69%) Integration Testing
7 2 (7.69%) Mathematics
7 2 (7.69%) Regression Testing
7 2 (7.69%) SOA
7 2 (7.69%) TDD
7 2 (7.69%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 9 (34.62%) Java
2 6 (23.08%) Python
2 6 (23.08%) SQL
3 4 (15.38%) Scala
4 3 (11.54%) Go
4 3 (11.54%) Ruby
5 2 (7.69%) C#
5 2 (7.69%) PowerShell
5 2 (7.69%) R
6 1 (3.85%) JavaScript
6 1 (3.85%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 5 (19.23%) Degree
2 4 (15.38%) SC Cleared
2 4 (15.38%) Security Cleared
3 2 (7.69%) Chartered Engineer
4 1 (3.85%) Check Point Certification
4 1 (3.85%) Numerate Degree
4 1 (3.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.85%) Def Stans
1 1 (3.85%) QA
System Software
1 4 (15.38%) Docker
2 3 (11.54%) Firmware
3 2 (7.69%) Active Directory
3 2 (7.69%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 6 (23.08%) Ansible
2 5 (19.23%) Terraform
3 4 (15.38%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (7.69%) Kubernetes
5 1 (3.85%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (19.23%) Microsoft
2 4 (15.38%) Oracle
3 3 (11.54%) EMC
3 3 (11.54%) Google
3 3 (11.54%) IBM
4 2 (7.69%) AppSense
4 2 (7.69%) Citrix
4 2 (7.69%) Juniper
4 2 (7.69%) VMware
5 1 (3.85%) CheckPoint
5 1 (3.85%) Cisco
5 1 (3.85%) Palo Alto
5 1 (3.85%) Trend Micro
5 1 (3.85%) Xamarin