The median contractor rate for a Principal Engineer was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 June 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 593 634 636
Rank change year-on-year +41 +2  
Contract jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 17 20 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.036% 0.037% 0.011%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.038% 0.039% 0.011%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 7 1
Median daily rate £550 £650 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.38% +36.84%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £650 -
% change year-on-year -23.07% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 4
Median hourly rate £53.00 - £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £53.00 - £40.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44656 51218 52310
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.87% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28833 33387 32903
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1389 1533 1989
Median hourly rate £18.10 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.42% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.44 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Principal Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Principal Engineer in the job title.

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 3 months to 27 June 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 3 months to 27 June 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 3 months to 27 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +20 17 £550 -15.38% 26
London +7 10 £550 +4.76% 9
North West +19 3 - - 2
South East +16 3 £500 -4.76% 3
Cumbria - 3 - -
Surrey - 3 £500 -
Guildford - 2 £500 -
City of London -1 1 £475 -26.92% 1
Barrow-in-Furness - 1 - -
Woking - 1 £375 -
Bristol - 1 - - 1
South West - 1 - - 2

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 14 (48.28%) DevOps
2 13 (44.83%) Java
3 12 (41.38%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (37.93%) Spring
5 9 (31.03%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (31.03%) Linux
6 8 (27.59%) Jenkins
6 8 (27.59%) Continuous Delivery
6 8 (27.59%) Windows
6 8 (27.59%) Configuration Management
6 8 (27.59%) Scrum
7 7 (24.14%) Hibernate
7 7 (24.14%) Tomcat
7 7 (24.14%) MySQL
7 7 (24.14%) Kanban
7 7 (24.14%) CentOS
7 7 (24.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (24.14%) GitLab
7 7 (24.14%) AWS CloudFormation
7 7 (24.14%) Elastic Stack
7 7 (24.14%) Redis
7 7 (24.14%) RabbitMQ
8 6 (20.69%) Docker
8 6 (20.69%) Web Services
8 6 (20.69%) Manufacturing
8 6 (20.69%) Finance
9 5 (17.24%) Chartered Engineer
10 4 (13.79%) Puppet
10 4 (13.79%) Scala
10 4 (13.79%) Network Security

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 7 (24.14%) Tomcat
2 1 (3.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (3.45%) Apache
2 1 (3.45%) Confluence
2 1 (3.45%) nginx
Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Adobe Creative Suite
1 1 (3.45%) HipChat
1 1 (3.45%) Simulink
1 1 (3.45%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 12 (41.38%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (24.14%) AWS CloudFormation
3 2 (6.90%) Datadog
4 1 (3.45%) Azure Machine Learning
4 1 (3.45%) GitHub
4 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (13.79%) Firewall
1 4 (13.79%) Network Security
2 3 (10.34%) Cisco ASA
2 3 (10.34%) HTTP
3 1 (3.45%) ATM
3 1 (3.45%) TCP/IP
3 1 (3.45%) VLAN
3 1 (3.45%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (24.14%) MySQL
1 7 (24.14%) Redis
2 3 (10.34%) Hazelcast
3 2 (6.90%) MongoDB
3 2 (6.90%) NoSQL
3 2 (6.90%) Riak
4 1 (3.45%) Apache Cassandra
4 1 (3.45%) Big Data
4 1 (3.45%) CouchDB
Development Applications
1 8 (27.59%) Jenkins
2 7 (24.14%) GitLab
3 3 (10.34%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (6.90%) Apache Archiva
4 2 (6.90%) Artifactory
4 2 (6.90%) MSI
4 2 (6.90%) NuGet
4 2 (6.90%) Rational DOORS
4 2 (6.90%) Sonatype Nexus
4 2 (6.90%) TeamCity
5 1 (3.45%) Eclipse
5 1 (3.45%) Git (software)
5 1 (3.45%) JIRA
5 1 (3.45%) Rational Rhapsody
5 1 (3.45%) Selenium
General
1 6 (20.69%) Finance
1 6 (20.69%) Manufacturing
2 2 (6.90%) Military
3 1 (3.45%) Aerospace
3 1 (3.45%) Electronics
3 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (37.93%) Spring
2 7 (24.14%) Elastic Stack
2 7 (24.14%) Hibernate
2 7 (24.14%) RabbitMQ
3 6 (20.69%) Web Services
4 3 (10.34%) CSS
4 3 (10.34%) Dropwizard
4 3 (10.34%) Guava
4 3 (10.34%) XML
5 2 (6.90%) Apache Axis
5 2 (6.90%) CSS3
5 2 (6.90%) HTML
5 2 (6.90%) J2EE
5 2 (6.90%) JSP
5 2 (6.90%) RESTful
5 2 (6.90%) SOAP
5 2 (6.90%) WSDL
5 2 (6.90%) XHTML
5 2 (6.90%) XSL
6 1 (3.45%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.79%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (3.45%) Data Centre
2 1 (3.45%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 1 (3.45%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.45%) Semantic Web
2 1 (3.45%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (31.03%) Linux
2 8 (27.59%) Windows
3 7 (24.14%) CentOS
3 7 (24.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (3.45%) Unix
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (48.28%) DevOps
2 9 (31.03%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (27.59%) Configuration Management
3 8 (27.59%) Continuous Delivery
3 8 (27.59%) Scrum
4 7 (24.14%) Kanban
5 4 (13.79%) Programme Management
5 4 (13.79%) TDD
6 3 (10.34%) API Design
6 3 (10.34%) Change Management
6 3 (10.34%) Continuous Deployment
6 3 (10.34%) Software Engineering
7 2 (6.90%) BDD
7 2 (6.90%) Machine Learning
7 2 (6.90%) MVC
7 2 (6.90%) Test Automation
8 1 (3.45%) Continuous Integration
8 1 (3.45%) MVVM
8 1 (3.45%) Risk Analysis
8 1 (3.45%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (44.83%) Java
2 4 (13.79%) C#
2 4 (13.79%) Scala
3 3 (10.34%) JavaScript
4 2 (6.90%) MATLAB
5 1 (3.45%) Bash Shell
5 1 (3.45%) C
5 1 (3.45%) Python
5 1 (3.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (17.24%) Chartered Engineer
2 3 (10.34%) CCIE
2 3 (10.34%) CCIE Security
2 3 (10.34%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (10.34%) Degree
2 3 (10.34%) Security Cleared
3 2 (6.90%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.45%) Def Stans
1 1 (3.45%) QA
System Software
1 6 (20.69%) Docker
2 1 (3.45%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (13.79%) Puppet
2 3 (10.34%) Ansible
2 3 (10.34%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (6.90%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 3 (10.34%) Cisco
1 3 (10.34%) Juniper
1 3 (10.34%) Palo Alto
2 2 (6.90%) AppDynamics
2 2 (6.90%) Dynatrace
2 2 (6.90%) New Relic
3 1 (3.45%) Adobe
3 1 (3.45%) AVEVA
3 1 (3.45%) Blue Coat
3 1 (3.45%) CheckPoint
3 1 (3.45%) F5
3 1 (3.45%) hybris
3 1 (3.45%) Mentor Graphics
3 1 (3.45%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.45%) Xamarin
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