The median contractor rate for a Principal Developer was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 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 Developer
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 592 639 642
Rank change year-on-year +47 +3  
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Developer 9 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.019% 0.009% 0.007%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.021% 0.010% 0.008%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 4
Median daily rate £425 £600 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -29.16% +26.31%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £460 £466
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £640 £493
UK excluding London median daily rate £494 £625 £475
% change year-on-year -21.00% +31.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43829 51011 53185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28353 33254 33375
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1511 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

Principal Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Principal Developer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Principal Developer over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Developer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +52 7 £406 -32.29% 20
London +17 4 £425 - 10
Devon - 2 - -
Exeter - 2 - -
South West - 2 - - 1
Northampton - 1 £388 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £388 -
Cardiff - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 £388 -
Wales - 1 - -

Principal Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, Principal Developer 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 featuring Principal Developer in the job title.

1 15 (88.24%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (58.82%) TDD
2 10 (58.82%) Java
3 8 (47.06%) .NET
3 8 (47.06%) Scrum
4 7 (41.18%) Linux
4 7 (41.18%) Spring
4 7 (41.18%) Open Source
4 7 (41.18%) Jenkins
5 6 (35.29%) Microservices
5 6 (35.29%) SQL
5 6 (35.29%) JavaScript
6 5 (29.41%) HTML
6 5 (29.41%) Oracle
6 5 (29.41%) CSS
6 5 (29.41%) .NET Framework
6 5 (29.41%) DevOps
6 5 (29.41%) Continuous Delivery
6 5 (29.41%) Spring Boot
6 5 (29.41%) BDD
6 5 (29.41%) MongoDB
6 5 (29.41%) NoSQL
6 5 (29.41%) Git (software)
7 4 (23.53%) OpenStack
7 4 (23.53%) Coaching
7 4 (23.53%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (23.53%) MySQL
7 4 (23.53%) Perl
8 3 (17.65%) Greenfield Project
8 3 (17.65%) Mentoring

Principal Developer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 4 (23.53%) OpenStack
2 1 (5.88%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (5.88%) NServiceBus
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.76%) OpenShift
2 1 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (29.41%) MongoDB
1 5 (29.41%) NoSQL
2 4 (23.53%) MySQL
2 4 (23.53%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (17.65%) Relational Database
4 2 (11.76%) RDBMS
5 1 (5.88%) Apache Cassandra
5 1 (5.88%) Big Data
5 1 (5.88%) CouchDB
5 1 (5.88%) MariaDB
5 1 (5.88%) Neo4j
5 1 (5.88%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (41.18%) Jenkins
2 5 (29.41%) Git (software)
3 2 (11.76%) JUnit
3 2 (11.76%) Maven
4 1 (5.88%) MSTest
4 1 (5.88%) NUnit
4 1 (5.88%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (5.88%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1 (5.88%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (47.06%) .NET
2 7 (41.18%) Spring
3 5 (29.41%) .NET Framework
3 5 (29.41%) CSS
3 5 (29.41%) HTML
3 5 (29.41%) Spring Boot
4 3 (17.65%) RESTful
5 2 (11.76%) ActiveMQ
5 2 (11.76%) AngularJS
5 2 (11.76%) ASP.NET
5 2 (11.76%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (11.76%) Entity Framework
5 2 (11.76%) GWT
5 2 (11.76%) J2EE
5 2 (11.76%) POSIX
5 2 (11.76%) Struts
6 1 (5.88%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (5.88%) AutoMapper
6 1 (5.88%) React
6 1 (5.88%) spray
Miscellaneous
1 3 (17.65%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (11.76%) Cloud Native
2 2 (11.76%) Computer Science
2 2 (11.76%) e-Health
3 1 (5.88%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 7 (41.18%) Linux
2 2 (11.76%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (88.24%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (58.82%) TDD
3 8 (47.06%) Scrum
4 7 (41.18%) Open Source
5 6 (35.29%) Microservices
6 5 (29.41%) BDD
6 5 (29.41%) Continuous Delivery
6 5 (29.41%) DevOps
7 4 (23.53%) Coaching
8 3 (17.65%) API Design
8 3 (17.65%) Configuration Management
8 3 (17.65%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (17.65%) Front End Development
8 3 (17.65%) Kanban
8 3 (17.65%) Mentoring
8 3 (17.65%) MVC
9 2 (11.76%) Data Management
9 2 (11.76%) Data Security
9 2 (11.76%) Extreme Programming
9 2 (11.76%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 10 (58.82%) Java
2 6 (35.29%) JavaScript
2 6 (35.29%) SQL
3 4 (23.53%) Perl
4 3 (17.65%) Python
5 2 (11.76%) C
5 2 (11.76%) C#
5 2 (11.76%) C++
5 2 (11.76%) Go
5 2 (11.76%) Haskell
5 2 (11.76%) R
5 2 (11.76%) Ruby
5 2 (11.76%) Scala
6 1 (5.88%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 2 (11.76%) CISA
1 2 (11.76%) CISM
1 2 (11.76%) CISSP
1 2 (11.76%) Computer Science Degree
1 2 (11.76%) Degree
1 2 (11.76%) GSEC
System Software
1 3 (17.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (11.76%) Docker
2 2 (11.76%) KVM
2 2 (11.76%) LXC
2 2 (11.76%) Xen
3 1 (5.88%) Slurm Workload Manager
Systems Management
1 2 (11.76%) Kubernetes
2 1 (5.88%) Mesos
2 1 (5.88%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 5 (29.41%) Oracle
2 3 (17.65%) VMware
3 2 (11.76%) Google
4 1 (5.88%) ATG
4 1 (5.88%) Pegasus
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £480 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 2 days ago