Period
to

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £85,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 17 August 2022.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Principal Engineer
UK > England
6 months to
17 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 422 466 570
Rank change year-on-year +44 +104 +43
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 1,163 632 185
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.83% 0.62% 0.33%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.90% 0.68% 0.34%
Number of salaries quoted 393 257 159
10th Percentile £59,000 £54,942 £50,000
25th Percentile £65,000 £63,750 £63,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £85,000 £75,000 £75,000
Median % change year-on-year +13.33% - -1.32%
75th Percentile £100,000 £96,500 £95,000
90th Percentile £115,000 £107,000 £105,000
UK median annual salary £85,000 £75,000 £75,000
% change year-on-year +13.33% - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in England. 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 permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
England
Permanent vacancies in England with a recognized job title 129,239 93,350 53,675
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.13% 91.48% 94.78%
Number of salaries quoted 73,669 66,339 44,348
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,000 £31,250
25th Percentile £43,750 £41,250 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +5.77%
75th Percentile £80,000 £75,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £97,290 £92,500 £90,000
UK median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%

Principal Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Principal Engineer in England

Principal Engineer
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Principal Engineer in England.

Salary trend for Principal Engineer in England

Principal Engineer
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing Principal Engineer in England over the 6 months to 17 August 2022.

Salary histogram for Principal Engineer in England

Principal Engineer
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Engineer within the England region over the 6 months to 17 August 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
London +45 656 £92,500 +2.78% 35
South East -52 202 £70,000 - 16
North of England +12 109 £75,000 -6.25% 26
East of England +8 89 £60,000 +10.13% 16
Yorkshire +27 71 £72,500 -9.38% 4
South West +1 63 £82,500 +22.22% 15
Midlands -61 34 £44,173 -41.10% 6
North West -45 33 £80,000 +6.67% 19
West Midlands -28 23 £44,173 -41.10% 4
East Midlands -12 11 £85,000 +21.43% 2
North East - 5 £87,500 - 3
Principal Engineer
UK

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 17 August 2022, Principal Engineer job roles required the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the England region featuring Principal Engineer in the job title.

1 690 (59.33%) Agile
2 683 (58.73%) AWS
3 508 (43.68%) DevOps
4 507 (43.59%) Java
5 487 (41.87%) Software Engineering
6 447 (38.44%) GCP
7 441 (37.92%) Azure
8 421 (36.20%) Serverless
9 414 (35.60%) Finance
10 395 (33.96%) Mentoring
11 378 (32.50%) CI/CD
12 374 (32.16%) Python
13 361 (31.04%) Jenkins
14 343 (29.49%) Continuous Integration
15 325 (27.94%) Computer Science
16 313 (26.91%) Degree
17 302 (25.97%) Git (software)
18 283 (24.33%) JavaScript
18 283 (24.33%) Microservices
19 267 (22.96%) Coaching
20 266 (22.87%) Scrum
21 255 (21.93%) SDLC
22 241 (20.72%) Spring
23 238 (20.46%) Google
24 235 (20.21%) Microsoft
25 233 (20.03%) React
26 228 (19.60%) Test Automation
26 228 (19.60%) RESTful
27 222 (19.09%) C#
28 217 (18.66%) Relational Database

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 36 (3.10%) Apache
2 30 (2.58%) Apache Spark
3 24 (2.06%) Apache Airflow
4 18 (1.55%) GemFire
5 17 (1.46%) CMS
5 17 (1.46%) Headless CMS
6 14 (1.20%) OpenStack
7 8 (0.69%) Cloud Foundry
7 8 (0.69%) Confluence
8 5 (0.43%) SharePoint
9 3 (0.26%) Apache Pulsar
9 3 (0.26%) IIS
9 3 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.086%) MTS
10 1 (0.086%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.086%) WebSphere
Applications
1 14 (1.20%) Chatbot
2 5 (0.43%) AutoCAD
2 5 (0.43%) SOLIDWORKS
3 4 (0.34%) Simulink
4 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 15 (1.29%) Distributed Ledger
1 15 (1.29%) R3 Corda
2 1 (0.086%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 683 (58.73%) AWS
2 447 (38.44%) GCP
3 441 (37.92%) Azure
4 421 (36.20%) Serverless
5 186 (15.99%) PaaS
6 110 (9.46%) GitHub
7 68 (5.85%) Cloud Computing
8 63 (5.42%) SaaS
9 54 (4.64%) AWS Lambda
10 50 (4.30%) Azure DevOps
11 49 (4.21%) OpenShift
12 41 (3.53%) Azure AKS
13 40 (3.44%) Amazon Kinesis
14 39 (3.35%) Amazon S3
15 38 (3.27%) Amazon EKS
16 28 (2.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 26 (2.24%) Amazon EC2
18 23 (1.98%) AWS CloudFormation
18 23 (1.98%) Azure Data Factory
18 23 (1.98%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 26 (2.24%) Broadband
2 23 (1.98%) Firewall
3 17 (1.46%) BGP
3 17 (1.46%) HTTP
3 17 (1.46%) MPLS
3 17 (1.46%) TCP/IP
4 16 (1.38%) Bluetooth
4 16 (1.38%) DNS
4 16 (1.38%) VPN
5 15 (1.29%) MQTT
6 14 (1.20%) IPv6
6 14 (1.20%) OSPF
7 12 (1.03%) Ethernet
7 12 (1.03%) VoIP
8 11 (0.95%) Multicast
9 9 (0.77%) Internet
9 9 (0.77%) Network Security
10 8 (0.69%) GPON
10 8 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (0.60%) Calico
Database & Business Intelligence
1 217 (18.66%) Relational Database
2 95 (8.17%) NoSQL
3 49 (4.21%) Redis
4 45 (3.87%) Data Lake
5 41 (3.53%) Data Warehouse
5 41 (3.53%) PostgreSQL
6 40 (3.44%) MySQL
7 39 (3.35%) Big Data
8 35 (3.01%) Looker
9 32 (2.75%) Hadoop
10 30 (2.58%) SQL Server
11 25 (2.15%) DynamoDB
12 21 (1.81%) Amazon Aurora
12 21 (1.81%) Elasticsearch
13 19 (1.63%) Flink
14 15 (1.29%) MongoDB
15 14 (1.20%) Power BI
16 8 (0.69%) Data Mart
16 8 (0.69%) InterSystems Cache
16 8 (0.69%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 361 (31.04%) Jenkins
2 302 (25.97%) Git (software)
3 195 (16.77%) JUnit
4 187 (16.08%) Gradle
5 181 (15.56%) Maven
6 180 (15.48%) Mockito
7 138 (11.87%) JIRA
8 35 (3.01%) Bitbucket
9 30 (2.58%) Artifactory
10 25 (2.15%) Rational DOORS
11 19 (1.63%) Cucumber
11 19 (1.63%) Sonatype Nexus
12 18 (1.55%) Selenium
13 16 (1.38%) TestRail
14 15 (1.29%) GoogleTest
15 14 (1.20%) Mocha
15 14 (1.20%) TestNG
15 14 (1.20%) webpack
16 11 (0.95%) JMeter
17 10 (0.86%) Protractor
General
1 414 (35.60%) Finance
2 206 (17.71%) Social Skills
3 183 (15.74%) Manufacturing
4 121 (10.40%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 89 (7.65%) Banking
6 76 (6.53%) Analytical Skills
7 69 (5.93%) Law
8 68 (5.85%) Games
9 45 (3.87%) Electronics
10 44 (3.78%) Presentation Skills
11 41 (3.53%) Marketing
12 38 (3.27%) Retail
13 26 (2.24%) Public Sector
14 25 (2.15%) Automotive
15 22 (1.89%) Telecoms
16 19 (1.63%) Wearables
17 14 (1.20%) Military
17 14 (1.20%) Organisational Skills
18 12 (1.03%) Financial Institution
19 11 (0.95%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 241 (20.72%) Spring
2 233 (20.03%) React
3 228 (19.60%) RESTful
4 180 (15.48%) AngularJS
5 169 (14.53%) JSON
6 163 (14.02%) Hibernate
6 163 (14.02%) JPA
7 157 (13.50%) Node.js
8 149 (12.81%) CSS
9 146 (12.55%) HTML
10 141 (12.12%) Kafka
11 137 (11.78%) HTML5
12 136 (11.69%) CSS3
13 116 (9.97%) Vue.js
14 109 (9.37%) WPF
15 103 (8.86%) WinForms
16 93 (8.00%) .NET
17 63 (5.42%) Spring Boot
18 56 (4.82%) RabbitMQ
19 55 (4.73%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 164 (14.10%) Life Science
2 152 (13.07%) Algorithms
3 137 (11.78%) Data Structures
4 80 (6.88%) Cloud Native
5 70 (6.02%) User Experience
6 45 (3.87%) Mobile App
7 40 (3.44%) Hackathon
7 40 (3.44%) Self-Motivation
8 34 (2.92%) Data Centre
9 26 (2.24%) Analogue Electronics
9 26 (2.24%) Ray Tracing
10 25 (2.15%) Management Information System
10 25 (2.15%) Public Cloud
11 23 (1.98%) Renewable Energy
12 20 (1.72%) NHS
12 20 (1.72%) PKI
13 17 (1.46%) Enterprise Cloud
14 14 (1.20%) Analytical Mindset
15 13 (1.12%) IoT
16 12 (1.03%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 121 (10.40%) Linux
2 30 (2.58%) Ubuntu
3 26 (2.24%) Android
4 24 (2.06%) Windows
5 17 (1.46%) Apple iOS
6 6 (0.52%) Unix
7 4 (0.34%) CentOS
7 4 (0.34%) VxWorks
8 3 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.17%) Amazon Linux
9 2 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.086%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.086%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 690 (59.33%) Agile
2 508 (43.68%) DevOps
3 487 (41.87%) Software Engineering
4 395 (33.96%) Mentoring
5 378 (32.50%) CI/CD
6 343 (29.49%) Continuous Integration
7 325 (27.94%) Computer Science
8 283 (24.33%) Microservices
9 267 (22.96%) Coaching
10 266 (22.87%) Scrum
11 255 (21.93%) SDLC
12 228 (19.60%) Test Automation
13 200 (17.20%) Data Engineering
14 199 (17.11%) TDD
15 186 (15.99%) Data Science
16 185 (15.91%) Innovative Thinking
17 168 (14.45%) SOA
18 163 (14.02%) Full Stack Development
19 161 (13.84%) Risk Management
20 152 (13.07%) Artificial Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 507 (43.59%) Java
2 374 (32.16%) Python
3 283 (24.33%) JavaScript
4 222 (19.09%) C#
5 161 (13.84%) C++
6 140 (12.04%) C
7 120 (10.32%) SQL
8 108 (9.29%) TypeScript
9 103 (8.86%) Objective-C
10 33 (2.84%) PHP
11 29 (2.49%) Kotlin
12 28 (2.41%) Scala
13 23 (1.98%) ES6
13 23 (1.98%) PowerShell
14 21 (1.81%) Ruby
15 20 (1.72%) Go
16 13 (1.12%) Rust
17 9 (0.77%) MATLAB
18 6 (0.52%) T-SQL
19 5 (0.43%) Perl
Qualifications
1 313 (26.91%) Degree
2 152 (13.07%) Computer Science Degree
3 77 (6.62%) Security Cleared
4 51 (4.39%) Master's Degree
5 39 (3.35%) AWS Certification
6 37 (3.18%) OCP
6 37 (3.18%) Oracle Certification
7 19 (1.63%) Cisco Certification
8 17 (1.46%) SC Cleared
9 15 (1.29%) CCIE
10 13 (1.12%) AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
11 10 (0.86%) JNCIP
12 9 (0.77%) CCNP
12 9 (0.77%) HND
13 8 (0.69%) Microsoft Certification
14 7 (0.60%) HNC
14 7 (0.60%) PhD
15 6 (0.52%) DBS Check
16 5 (0.43%) DV Cleared
16 5 (0.43%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (9.37%) Accessibility
2 38 (3.27%) QA
3 18 (1.55%) Def Stans
4 14 (1.20%) SLA
5 13 (1.12%) HAZOP
6 6 (0.52%) NIST
7 5 (0.43%) IEC 61508
8 4 (0.34%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.34%) ISO17020
9 3 (0.26%) GDPR
9 3 (0.26%) PCI DSS
10 2 (0.17%) ISO 26262
11 1 (0.086%) COBIT
11 1 (0.086%) NCSC
11 1 (0.086%) SOC 2
System Software
1 150 (12.90%) Docker
2 19 (1.63%) ISA Server
3 15 (1.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.52%) Active Directory
5 6 (0.52%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 5 (0.43%) Firmware
7 3 (0.26%) HDFS
7 3 (0.26%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.17%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (0.17%) iptables
8 2 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.086%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 182 (15.65%) Kubernetes
2 102 (8.77%) Terraform
3 61 (5.25%) Ansible
4 23 (1.98%) Opscode Chef
5 21 (1.81%) Grafana
6 17 (1.46%) Puppet
7 11 (0.95%) Nagios
7 11 (0.95%) Prometheus
8 9 (0.77%) Kibana
8 9 (0.77%) yum
9 6 (0.52%) Docker Swarm
9 6 (0.52%) Jamf Pro
9 6 (0.52%) SCCM
10 5 (0.43%) Mesos
11 3 (0.26%) Oozie
12 2 (0.17%) Icinga
12 2 (0.17%) Salt
12 2 (0.17%) SCOM
12 2 (0.17%) ZABBIX
13 1 (0.086%) Graphite
Vendors
1 238 (20.46%) Google
2 235 (20.21%) Microsoft
3 30 (2.58%) Zend
4 29 (2.49%) VMware
5 24 (2.06%) Databricks
6 18 (1.55%) Cisco
7 17 (1.46%) New Relic
7 17 (1.46%) Twitter
8 11 (0.95%) QinetiQ
8 11 (0.95%) SolarWinds
9 10 (0.86%) Juniper
9 10 (0.86%) Oracle
10 9 (0.77%) PayPal
10 9 (0.77%) SAP
11 8 (0.69%) Nokia
12 7 (0.60%) Dell
12 7 (0.60%) Salesforce.com
13 6 (0.52%) Facebook
14 5 (0.43%) ANSYS
14 5 (0.43%) Red Hat