Principal Developer Contracts

Principal Developer
UK

The median Principal Developer daily rate in the UK is £735 according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 2 December 2023.

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

6 months to
2 Dec 2023
Same period 2022 Same period 2021
Rank 582 774 843
Rank change year-on-year +192 +69 -259
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Developer 24 41 28
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.053% 0.053% 0.031%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.057% 0.055% 0.033%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 33 26
10th Percentile £615 £510 £430
25th Percentile £683 £563 £513
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £735 £720 £616
Median % change year-on-year +2.15% +16.75% +10.79%
75th Percentile £800 £838 £669
90th Percentile £850 £847 £695
UK excluding London median daily rate £711 £750 £519
% change year-on-year -5.17% +44.58% -

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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.

Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 42,101 73,991 85,535
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.46% 95.16% 95.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,377 51,591 59,848
10th Percentile £293 £313 £301
25th Percentile £413 £428 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £550 £510
Median % change year-on-year -4.55% +7.84% +7.37%
75th Percentile £645 £650 £613
90th Percentile £743 £750 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £450
% change year-on-year - +11.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,500 1,747 2,223
10th Percentile £15.24 £13.25 £12.00
25th Percentile £19.11 £17.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £44.50 £30.00 £20.19
Median % change year-on-year +48.33% +48.63% -12.24%
75th Percentile £65.00 £63.00 £45.89
90th Percentile £77.50 £72.50 £62.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.50 £25.00 £17.98
% change year-on-year +78.00% +39.04% -10.10%

Principal Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Principal Developer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Principal Developer.

Daily rate trend for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Principal Developer over the 6 months to 2 December 2023.

Daily rate histogram for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Top 8 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 6 months to 2 December 2023. 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
Jobs
England +171 21 £730 -0.65% 32
Work from Home +168 16 £768 +6.67% 17
UK excluding London +97 11 £711 -5.17% 26
London +154 10 £800 +19.63% 6
South West +26 7 £715 -12.88% 1
North of England +57 4 £650 +4.00% 13
Yorkshire - 3 - - 2
North West +44 1 £650 +4.00% 9

Principal Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 2 December 2023, Principal Developer contract job roles required the following skills and capabilities in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Principal Developer in the job title.

1 13 (54.17%) Azure
1 13 (54.17%) DevOps
2 12 (50.00%) .NET
3 11 (45.83%) C#
3 11 (45.83%) Agile
3 11 (45.83%) Terraform
4 10 (41.67%) AWS
5 9 (37.50%) TDD
5 9 (37.50%) Security Cleared
5 9 (37.50%) CI/CD
6 8 (33.33%) Azure DevOps
7 7 (29.17%) Unit Testing
7 7 (29.17%) SC Cleared
7 7 (29.17%) SQL
8 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
8 6 (25.00%) Java
8 6 (25.00%) Scrum
8 6 (25.00%) PowerShell
8 6 (25.00%) Social Skills
9 5 (20.83%) SOLID
9 5 (20.83%) React Native
9 5 (20.83%) Front End Development
9 5 (20.83%) Test Automation
9 5 (20.83%) Pair Programming
9 5 (20.83%) Software Engineering
9 5 (20.83%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (20.83%) Regression Testing
9 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
9 5 (20.83%) OO
10 4 (16.67%) AngularJS

Principal Developer Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (8.33%) nginx
Cloud Services
1 13 (54.17%) Azure
2 10 (41.67%) AWS
3 8 (33.33%) Azure DevOps
4 4 (16.67%) Serverless
5 2 (8.33%) AWS CloudFormation
5 2 (8.33%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (4.17%) Azure App Service
6 1 (4.17%) Azure Event Grid
6 1 (4.17%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.33%) DNS
2 1 (4.17%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.33%) DynamoDB
2 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) Cypress.io
General
1 6 (25.00%) Social Skills
2 3 (12.50%) Public Sector
3 2 (8.33%) Finance
3 2 (8.33%) Front Office
4 1 (4.17%) Electronics
4 1 (4.17%) Health Technology
4 1 (4.17%) Law
4 1 (4.17%) Manufacturing
4 1 (4.17%) Marketing
4 1 (4.17%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (50.00%) .NET
2 5 (20.83%) React Native
3 4 (16.67%) AngularJS
4 3 (12.50%) .NET Core
5 2 (8.33%) CSS
5 2 (8.33%) HTML
5 2 (8.33%) REST
5 2 (8.33%) SOAP
6 1 (4.17%) GraphQL
6 1 (4.17%) Kafka
6 1 (4.17%) NumPy
6 1 (4.17%) Pandas
6 1 (4.17%) PySpark
6 1 (4.17%) Spring
6 1 (4.17%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.67%) Public Cloud
2 2 (8.33%) Product Ownership
3 1 (4.17%) Fixed Income
3 1 (4.17%) Hedge funds
3 1 (4.17%) Legacy Applications
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (54.17%) DevOps
2 11 (45.83%) Agile
3 9 (37.50%) CI/CD
3 9 (37.50%) TDD
4 7 (29.17%) Unit Testing
5 6 (25.00%) Scrum
6 5 (20.83%) Front End Development
6 5 (20.83%) OO
6 5 (20.83%) Pair Programming
6 5 (20.83%) Regression Testing
6 5 (20.83%) Software Engineering
6 5 (20.83%) SOLID
6 5 (20.83%) Stakeholder Management
6 5 (20.83%) Test Automation
7 4 (16.67%) Clean Code
7 4 (16.67%) Containerisation
7 4 (16.67%) Continuous Delivery
7 4 (16.67%) Deployment Automation
7 4 (16.67%) Project Delivery
8 2 (8.33%) Roadmaps
Programming Languages
1 11 (45.83%) C#
2 7 (29.17%) SQL
3 6 (25.00%) Java
3 6 (25.00%) PowerShell
4 5 (20.83%) JavaScript
5 3 (12.50%) Python
Qualifications
1 9 (37.50%) Security Cleared
2 7 (29.17%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 4 (16.67%) Docker
Systems Management
1 11 (45.83%) Terraform
2 4 (16.67%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 6 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.17%) Salesforce
2 1 (4.17%) SAP