Period
to

The median contractor rate for a Principal Developer was £638 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 June 2022.

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
27 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 803 706 593
Rank change year-on-year -97 -113 +252
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Developer 30 19 9
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.034% 0.030% 0.022%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.037% 0.032% 0.024%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 10 3
10th Percentile £475 £484 £565
25th Percentile £538 £503 £578
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £638 £525 £600
Median % change year-on-year +21.43% -12.50% +23.08%
75th Percentile £697 £688 £625
90th Percentile £750 £925 £640
UK excluding London median daily rate £600 £463 £650
% change year-on-year +29.73% -28.85% +8.33%

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 81,749 59,523 38,255
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.10% 92.99% 93.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,596 40,748 25,452
10th Percentile £313 £300 £256
25th Percentile £425 £400 £365
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £438 £435
% change year-on-year +8.57% +0.57% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,902 1,835 1,319
10th Percentile £12.83 £11.29 £11.55
25th Percentile £15.90 £14.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.05 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.76% +5.25% +6.95%
75th Percentile £50.00 £44.50 £40.15
90th Percentile £65.75 £57.50 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.44 £18.50
% change year-on-year +8.47% -0.34% +5.56%

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 27 June 2022.

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 6 months to 27 June 2022. 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 -90 26 £638 +21.43% 20
Work from Home -71 17 £625 +19.05% 13
UK excluding London -41 14 £600 +29.73% 15
London -88 12 £675 +12.50% 8
North of England -47 8 £600 +29.73% 7
North West -42 5 £650 +40.54% 5
South West - 4 £588 - 2
Yorkshire - 3 £500 - 1
Midlands - 1 £700 -
Wales - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 £700 -

Principal Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 2022, Principal Developer contract jobs required the following 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 17 (56.67%) JavaScript
2 13 (43.33%) React
2 13 (43.33%) CI/CD
3 12 (40.00%) Node.js
4 11 (36.67%) CSS
5 10 (33.33%) Agile
5 10 (33.33%) Azure
5 10 (33.33%) Full Stack Development
6 9 (30.00%) RESTful
7 8 (26.67%) HTML
7 8 (26.67%) TypeScript
8 7 (23.33%) AWS
8 7 (23.33%) Java
8 7 (23.33%) .NET
8 7 (23.33%) SQL
8 7 (23.33%) C#
8 7 (23.33%) E-Commerce
8 7 (23.33%) Git (software)
8 7 (23.33%) Web Development
8 7 (23.33%) Degree
9 6 (20.00%) JIRA
9 6 (20.00%) .NET Core
9 6 (20.00%) Redux
9 6 (20.00%) GraphQL
9 6 (20.00%) Express
9 6 (20.00%) User Experience
9 6 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
10 5 (16.67%) HTML5
10 5 (16.67%) Kafka
10 5 (16.67%) SOLID

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 1 (3.33%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 10 (33.33%) Azure
2 7 (23.33%) AWS
3 4 (13.33%) Apigee
3 4 (13.33%) AWS Lambda
3 4 (13.33%) GCP
3 4 (13.33%) Serverless
4 3 (10.00%) Amazon EKS
4 3 (10.00%) Amazon S3
5 1 (3.33%) GitHub
5 1 (3.33%) npm
5 1 (3.33%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (13.33%) MySQL
2 3 (10.00%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (6.67%) SQL Server
4 1 (3.33%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 7 (23.33%) Git (software)
2 6 (20.00%) JIRA
3 4 (13.33%) Cypress.io
3 4 (13.33%) GitLab
3 4 (13.33%) TeamCity
3 4 (13.33%) webpack
4 3 (10.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (10.00%) Bitbucket
4 3 (10.00%) GoCD
4 3 (10.00%) Jenkins
4 3 (10.00%) SonarQube
5 1 (3.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 6 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.33%) Finance
2 1 (3.33%) Legal
2 1 (3.33%) Public Sector
2 1 (3.33%) Publishing
2 1 (3.33%) Social Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (43.33%) React
2 12 (40.00%) Node.js
3 11 (36.67%) CSS
4 9 (30.00%) RESTful
5 8 (26.67%) HTML
6 7 (23.33%) .NET
7 6 (20.00%) .NET Core
7 6 (20.00%) Express
7 6 (20.00%) GraphQL
7 6 (20.00%) Redux
8 5 (16.67%) HTML5
8 5 (16.67%) Kafka
9 4 (13.33%) AngularJS
9 4 (13.33%) Jest
9 4 (13.33%) jQuery
9 4 (13.33%) Laravel
10 3 (10.00%) Swagger
11 1 (3.33%) CSS3
11 1 (3.33%) PySpark
11 1 (3.33%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 6 (20.00%) User Experience
2 4 (13.33%) Derivative
2 4 (13.33%) Management Information System
3 2 (6.67%) Mobile App
3 2 (6.67%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (6.67%) Virtual Team
4 1 (3.33%) Analytical Mindset
4 1 (3.33%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (3.33%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (43.33%) CI/CD
2 10 (33.33%) Agile
2 10 (33.33%) Full Stack Development
3 7 (23.33%) E-Commerce
3 7 (23.33%) Web Development
4 5 (16.67%) Computer Science
4 5 (16.67%) SOLID
5 4 (13.33%) Client Onboarding
5 4 (13.33%) Front End Development
5 4 (13.33%) OO
5 4 (13.33%) Risk Management
5 4 (13.33%) Scrum
5 4 (13.33%) Use Case
5 4 (13.33%) UX Design
5 4 (13.33%) Wireframes
6 3 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (10.00%) MVC
6 3 (10.00%) Pair Programming
6 3 (10.00%) Software Engineering
6 3 (10.00%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 17 (56.67%) JavaScript
2 8 (26.67%) TypeScript
3 7 (23.33%) C#
3 7 (23.33%) Java
3 7 (23.33%) SQL
4 5 (16.67%) ES6
4 5 (16.67%) Python
5 4 (13.33%) PHP
6 3 (10.00%) PowerShell
7 2 (6.67%) Go
8 1 (3.33%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (23.33%) Degree
2 5 (16.67%) Computer Science Degree
System Software
1 2 (6.67%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (10.00%) Kubernetes
2 1 (3.33%) Terraform
Vendors
1 4 (13.33%) Confluent
1 4 (13.33%) Google