Period
to 22 January 2021

The median contractor rate for a Principal Developer was £518 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 January 2021.

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
6 months to
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 593 734 865
Rank change year-on-year +141 +131 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Developer 11 18 21
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.026% 0.025% 0.021%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.028% 0.026% 0.022%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 16 11
Median daily rate £518 £525 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.43% +10.53% -13.64%
10th Percentile £422 £444 £425
90th Percentile £526 £588 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £625 -
% change year-on-year -36.00% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 38,931 68,192 94,420
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.43% 93.83% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,391 45,580 63,538
Median daily rate £470 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% - -
10th Percentile £256 £238 £267
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,414 2,517 2,774
Median hourly rate £23.40 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.97% +2.86% -1.35%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £57.85 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.43% - -

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
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 22 January 2021. 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
England +179 10 £518 -1.43% 17
Work from Home - 6 £518 - 5
London +98 5 £518 +2.22% 6
UK excluding London +183 3 £400 -36.00% 11
South East +132 1 - - 5
North of England - 1 £400 - 3
North West - 1 £400 - 3
Scotland - 1 - -

Principal Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2021, Principal Developer contract jobs required the following IT skills 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 5 (45.45%) .NET
1 5 (45.45%) C#
1 5 (45.45%) JavaScript
1 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (45.45%) Azure
1 5 (45.45%) DevOps
2 4 (36.36%) AngularJS
2 4 (36.36%) QA
2 4 (36.36%) SharePoint
2 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
2 4 (36.36%) Oracle
2 4 (36.36%) Power Platform
3 3 (27.27%) Project Roadmap
3 3 (27.27%) ASP.NET Core
3 3 (27.27%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (27.27%) React
3 3 (27.27%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (27.27%) Power BI
3 3 (27.27%) Scaled Agile Framework
3 3 (27.27%) C
3 3 (27.27%) ProC
3 3 (27.27%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (27.27%) Information Security
3 3 (27.27%) Migration
3 3 (27.27%) SQL Server
3 3 (27.27%) Visual Studio
3 3 (27.27%) ASP.NET
3 3 (27.27%) Active Directory
3 3 (27.27%) Business Intelligence
3 3 (27.27%) C++

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 (36.36%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 5 (45.45%) Azure
2 4 (36.36%) Power Platform
3 3 (27.27%) AWS
3 3 (27.27%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (9.09%) Office 365
4 1 (9.09%) Oracle CX
4 1 (9.09%) PowerApps
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (27.27%) PostgreSQL
1 3 (27.27%) Power BI
1 3 (27.27%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) Octopus Deploy
1 3 (27.27%) ProC
1 3 (27.27%) Visual Studio
2 1 (9.09%) Oracle APEX
2 1 (9.09%) Oracle Forms
General
1 2 (18.18%) Public Sector
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (45.45%) .NET
2 4 (36.36%) AngularJS
3 3 (27.27%) ASP.NET
3 3 (27.27%) ASP.NET Core
3 3 (27.27%) React
4 2 (18.18%) REST
5 1 (9.09%) .NET Core
5 1 (9.09%) Ajax
5 1 (9.09%) CSS
5 1 (9.09%) HTML
5 1 (9.09%) RESTful
5 1 (9.09%) SOAP
5 1 (9.09%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (27.27%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (9.09%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (45.45%) DevOps
2 3 (27.27%) Analytics
2 3 (27.27%) Business Intelligence
2 3 (27.27%) Continuous Improvement
2 3 (27.27%) Continuous Integration
2 3 (27.27%) Information Security
2 3 (27.27%) Mentoring
2 3 (27.27%) Migration
2 3 (27.27%) Project Roadmap
2 3 (27.27%) Scaled Agile Framework
2 3 (27.27%) Software Engineering
2 3 (27.27%) TDD
3 1 (9.09%) ITIL
3 1 (9.09%) ITSM
3 1 (9.09%) RAD
3 1 (9.09%) Service Delivery
3 1 (9.09%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 1 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (9.09%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (45.45%) C#
1 5 (45.45%) JavaScript
2 3 (27.27%) C
2 3 (27.27%) C++
2 3 (27.27%) PowerShell
2 3 (27.27%) TypeScript
3 1 (9.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (18.18%) Security Cleared
2 1 (9.09%) Degree
2 1 (9.09%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (36.36%) QA
System Software
1 3 (27.27%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (9.09%) Ansible
Vendors
1 4 (36.36%) Microsoft
1 4 (36.36%) Oracle
2 1 (9.09%) ServiceNow