Principal Developer Contracts

Principal Developer
UK

The median Principal Developer daily rate in the UK is £700, according to job vacancies posted in the 6 months leading up to 25 June 2024.

The table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
25 Jun 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 563 684 818
Rank change year-on-year +121 +134 -103
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Developer 21 13 30
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.048% 0.023% 0.034%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.052% 0.025% 0.036%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 7 28
10th Percentile - £523 £501
25th Percentile £575 £594 £547
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £700 £700 £625
Median % change year-on-year - +12.00% +4.17%
75th Percentile £875 £838 £697
90th Percentile - £903 £750
UK excluding London median daily rate £700 £613 £600
% change year-on-year +14.29% +2.08% +50.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £80.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.00 - -

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK

For comparison with the information above, the following table provides 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 40,557 52,491 83,111
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.86% 94.51% 95.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,070 36,644 58,616
10th Percentile £280 £313 £318
25th Percentile £408 £425 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £538 £525
Median % change year-on-year -2.42% +2.48% +6.06%
75th Percentile £638 £650 £638
90th Percentile £750 £750 £738
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £500 £475
% change year-on-year -2.50% +5.26% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,936 1,486 1,938
10th Percentile £12.86 £14.25 £12.75
25th Percentile £16.30 £19.42 £15.90
Median hourly rate £37.50 £45.00 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year -16.67% +80.00% +16.28%
75th Percentile £61.81 £65.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £73.75 £77.00 £65.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £42.08 £20.00
% change year-on-year -4.94% +110.39% +7.82%

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 25 June 2024.

Daily rate histogram for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Principal Developer.

Hourly rate trend for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Top 9 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 25 June 2024. 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 +94 21 £700 - 7
London +89 12 £850 -6.85% 3
UK excluding London +31 9 £700 +14.29% 5
North of England +18 5 £700 +33.33% 3
North West +16 5 £700 +33.33% 3
Work from Home +110 3 - - 6
East of England - 2 - -
South West 0 1 - -
South East - 1 £663 -

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

For the 6 months to 25 June 2024, 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 11 (52.38%) Software Engineering
2 7 (33.33%) TDD
2 7 (33.33%) C#
2 7 (33.33%) .NET
2 7 (33.33%) DevOps
3 6 (28.57%) Finance
4 5 (23.81%) Azure
4 5 (23.81%) AWS
4 5 (23.81%) Agile
4 5 (23.81%) Serverless
5 4 (19.05%) PySpark
5 4 (19.05%) Clean Code
5 4 (19.05%) CI/CD
5 4 (19.05%) NumPy
5 4 (19.05%) Pandas
5 4 (19.05%) Front Office
5 4 (19.05%) Python
6 3 (14.29%) PowerShell
6 3 (14.29%) Test Automation
6 3 (14.29%) Local Government
6 3 (14.29%) Java
6 3 (14.29%) Microsoft
6 3 (14.29%) Salesforce
6 3 (14.29%) Scrum
6 3 (14.29%) Terraform
6 3 (14.29%) Continuous Delivery
6 3 (14.29%) Deployment Automation
6 3 (14.29%) Azure DevOps
6 3 (14.29%) .NET Core
7 2 (9.52%) Kubernetes

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:

Cloud Services
1 5 (23.81%) AWS
1 5 (23.81%) Azure
1 5 (23.81%) Serverless
2 3 (14.29%) Azure DevOps
3 1 (4.76%) Azure API Management
3 1 (4.76%) Azure Batch
3 1 (4.76%) Azure Functions
3 1 (4.76%) Azure Key Vault
3 1 (4.76%) Azure Logic Apps
3 1 (4.76%) Azure Service Bus
3 1 (4.76%) Azure Storage
3 1 (4.76%) Power Automate
3 1 (4.76%) Power Platform
3 1 (4.76%) PowerApps
3 1 (4.76%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) Azure SQL Database
1 1 (4.76%) Big Data
1 1 (4.76%) Data Lake
1 1 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (4.76%) OLTP
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Git
1 1 (4.76%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 6 (28.57%) Finance
2 4 (19.05%) Front Office
3 3 (14.29%) Local Government
4 2 (9.52%) Electronics
4 2 (9.52%) Manufacturing
4 2 (9.52%) Marketing
4 2 (9.52%) Public Sector
4 2 (9.52%) Telecoms
5 1 (4.76%) Social Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (33.33%) .NET
2 4 (19.05%) NumPy
2 4 (19.05%) Pandas
2 4 (19.05%) PySpark
3 3 (14.29%) .NET Core
4 2 (9.52%) .NET Framework
4 2 (9.52%) AngularJS
5 1 (4.76%) ARM Templates
5 1 (4.76%) Flutter
5 1 (4.76%) JSON
5 1 (4.76%) Lightning Web Components
5 1 (4.76%) Visualforce
5 1 (4.76%) Web Services
5 1 (4.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.52%) Public Cloud
2 1 (4.76%) Mobile App
2 1 (4.76%) Self-Motivation
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (52.38%) Software Engineering
2 7 (33.33%) DevOps
2 7 (33.33%) TDD
3 5 (23.81%) Agile
4 4 (19.05%) CI/CD
4 4 (19.05%) Clean Code
5 3 (14.29%) Continuous Delivery
5 3 (14.29%) Deployment Automation
5 3 (14.29%) Scrum
5 3 (14.29%) Test Automation
6 2 (9.52%) Architectural Design
6 2 (9.52%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (9.52%) Digital Marketing
6 2 (9.52%) OO
6 2 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
6 2 (9.52%) Programme Management
6 2 (9.52%) Project Delivery
6 2 (9.52%) Regression Testing
6 2 (9.52%) SOLID
6 2 (9.52%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (33.33%) C#
2 4 (19.05%) Python
3 3 (14.29%) Java
3 3 (14.29%) PowerShell
4 2 (9.52%) SQL
5 1 (4.76%) Apex Code
5 1 (4.76%) Dart
5 1 (4.76%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (9.52%) DV Cleared
1 2 (9.52%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (9.52%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (14.29%) Terraform
2 2 (9.52%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 3 (14.29%) Microsoft
1 3 (14.29%) Salesforce
2 2 (9.52%) SAP
3 1 (4.76%) Virgin Media