Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Principal Engineer was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 November 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 Engineer
UK
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 848 857 882
Rank change year-on-year +9 +25 -28
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 41 29 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.040% 0.027% 0.019%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.042% 0.029% 0.020%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 22 12
UK median daily rate £500 £625 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +38.89% -
10th Percentile £399 £372 £300
90th Percentile £575 £675 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £625 £388
% change year-on-year -20.00% +61.29% -8.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 7
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £43.50 £50.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.54% -14.17% +11.56%
10th Percentile £31.25 £42.05 £37.03
90th Percentile £46.91 £46.95 £50.99
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.75 £43.50 £50.68
% change year-on-year -22.41% -14.17% +11.56%

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 96790 100139 109026
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.77% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 63814 65329 69364
UK median daily rate £448 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +1.98% +4.60% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2894 3317 4130
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.25 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.74 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.37% - +8.29%

Principal Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Principal Engineer over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Principal Engineer over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. 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 +39 26 £488 -22.00% 36
UK excluding London +36 21 £500 -20.00% 25
London 0 17 £500 -20.00% 11
Scotland - 10 £500 -
Midlands +25 3 £475 +22.58% 1
South East +15 3 £420 -20.00% 10
East Midlands - 3 £475 -
South West +12 2 - - 3
North of England +58 1 - - 8
North West +20 1 - - 3
Isle of Man - 1 - -
Wales - 1 £510 -

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, Principal Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 12 (29.27%) Java
2 11 (26.83%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (26.83%) DevOps
3 10 (24.39%) SQL
3 10 (24.39%) Configuration Management
4 9 (21.95%) Linux
4 9 (21.95%) Degree
4 9 (21.95%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (17.07%) NoSQL
5 7 (17.07%) Jenkins
5 7 (17.07%) Spring
5 7 (17.07%) Software Engineering
5 7 (17.07%) TCP/IP
5 7 (17.07%) Finance
6 6 (14.63%) Manufacturing
6 6 (14.63%) Firewall
6 6 (14.63%) Python
6 6 (14.63%) MySQL
6 6 (14.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (14.63%) Ansible
6 6 (14.63%) Elastic Stack
7 5 (12.20%) Terraform
7 5 (12.20%) Apache Spark
7 5 (12.20%) Test Automation
7 5 (12.20%) Hadoop
7 5 (12.20%) Microsoft Azure
7 5 (12.20%) Kafka
7 5 (12.20%) Big Data
7 5 (12.20%) Scrum
7 5 (12.20%) Oracle

Principal Engineer 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 5 (12.20%) Apache Spark
2 3 (7.32%) Tomcat
3 1 (2.44%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (9.76%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 9 (21.95%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (12.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (7.32%) AWS CloudFormation
3 3 (7.32%) GitHub
3 3 (7.32%) SaaS
4 2 (4.88%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (4.88%) Datadog
5 1 (2.44%) Azure Machine Learning
5 1 (2.44%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 7 (17.07%) TCP/IP
2 6 (14.63%) Firewall
3 2 (4.88%) DNS
3 2 (4.88%) ICMP
3 2 (4.88%) VPN
4 1 (2.44%) Broadband
4 1 (2.44%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (2.44%) ISDN
4 1 (2.44%) NetScaler
4 1 (2.44%) Network Security
4 1 (2.44%) PBX
4 1 (2.44%) VDSL
4 1 (2.44%) VoIP
4 1 (2.44%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (17.07%) NoSQL
2 6 (14.63%) MySQL
3 5 (12.20%) Big Data
3 5 (12.20%) Hadoop
4 3 (7.32%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (7.32%) MongoDB
4 3 (7.32%) Redis
4 3 (7.32%) SQL Server
5 2 (4.88%) Apache Cassandra
5 2 (4.88%) Apache Hive
5 2 (4.88%) Impala
6 1 (2.44%) Couchbase
6 1 (2.44%) CouchDB
Development Applications
1 7 (17.07%) Jenkins
2 3 (7.32%) GitLab
2 3 (7.32%) Rational DOORS
2 3 (7.32%) RequisitePro
2 3 (7.32%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (4.88%) Artifactory
3 2 (4.88%) Git (software)
3 2 (4.88%) InstallShield
3 2 (4.88%) Karma Test Runner
3 2 (4.88%) Selenium
3 2 (4.88%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (4.88%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.44%) gulp
4 1 (2.44%) JIRA Agile
4 1 (2.44%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (2.44%) Protractor
4 1 (2.44%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (2.44%) TeamCity
4 1 (2.44%) WebDriver
4 1 (2.44%) webpack
General
1 7 (17.07%) Finance
2 6 (14.63%) Manufacturing
3 4 (9.76%) Banking
4 3 (7.32%) Retail
5 2 (4.88%) Aerospace
5 2 (4.88%) Investment Banking
5 2 (4.88%) Legal
6 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (17.07%) Spring
2 6 (14.63%) Elastic Stack
3 5 (12.20%) Kafka
4 4 (9.76%) .NET
4 4 (9.76%) RESTful
4 4 (9.76%) Web Services
5 3 (7.32%) AngularJS
5 3 (7.32%) Hibernate
5 3 (7.32%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (4.88%) .NET Core
6 2 (4.88%) Angular 2
6 2 (4.88%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (4.88%) CSS
7 1 (2.44%) .NET Framework
7 1 (2.44%) ASP.NET
7 1 (2.44%) HTML
7 1 (2.44%) JSON
7 1 (2.44%) React
7 1 (2.44%) Spring Boot
7 1 (2.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (9.76%) Management Information System
2 3 (7.32%) Public Cloud
3 2 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.88%) Device Driver
3 2 (4.88%) State Machine
3 2 (4.88%) User Experience
3 2 (4.88%) Wiki
4 1 (2.44%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.44%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.44%) Driving Licence
4 1 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.44%) Replication
4 1 (2.44%) Semantic Web
Operating Systems
1 9 (21.95%) Linux
2 6 (14.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 5 (12.20%) Windows
4 3 (7.32%) CentOS
5 2 (4.88%) Windows 7
6 1 (2.44%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (26.83%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (26.83%) DevOps
2 10 (24.39%) Configuration Management
3 7 (17.07%) Software Engineering
4 5 (12.20%) Scrum
4 5 (12.20%) Test Automation
5 4 (9.76%) Benchmarking
5 4 (9.76%) Continuous Delivery
5 4 (9.76%) Information Management
5 4 (9.76%) Load Balancing
5 4 (9.76%) PLM
5 4 (9.76%) Requirements Management
6 3 (7.32%) Kanban
6 3 (7.32%) OO
6 3 (7.32%) Open Source
6 3 (7.32%) Programme Management
6 3 (7.32%) SOLID
6 3 (7.32%) SysML
6 3 (7.32%) UML
6 3 (7.32%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 12 (29.27%) Java
2 10 (24.39%) SQL
3 6 (14.63%) Python
4 4 (9.76%) C#
4 4 (9.76%) Scala
5 3 (7.32%) Go
5 3 (7.32%) Ruby
6 2 (4.88%) C
6 2 (4.88%) C++
6 2 (4.88%) PowerShell
6 2 (4.88%) R
7 1 (2.44%) JavaScript
7 1 (2.44%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 9 (21.95%) Degree
2 4 (9.76%) SC Cleared
2 4 (9.76%) Security Cleared
3 2 (4.88%) Chartered Engineer
4 1 (2.44%) Check Point Certification
4 1 (2.44%) Numerate Degree
4 1 (2.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.88%) Def Stans
2 1 (2.44%) IEC 61508
2 1 (2.44%) QA
System Software
1 4 (9.76%) Docker
2 3 (7.32%) Firmware
3 2 (4.88%) Active Directory
3 2 (4.88%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 6 (14.63%) Ansible
2 5 (12.20%) Terraform
3 4 (9.76%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (4.88%) Kubernetes
5 1 (2.44%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (12.20%) Microsoft
1 5 (12.20%) Oracle
2 4 (9.76%) AVEVA
3 3 (7.32%) EMC
3 3 (7.32%) Google
3 3 (7.32%) IBM
4 2 (4.88%) AppSense
4 2 (4.88%) Cisco
4 2 (4.88%) Citrix
4 2 (4.88%) Juniper
4 2 (4.88%) PTC
4 2 (4.88%) VMware
5 1 (2.44%) Avaya
5 1 (2.44%) CheckPoint
5 1 (2.44%) Palo Alto
5 1 (2.44%) Trend Micro
5 1 (2.44%) Xamarin