Period
to 26 October 2021

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £85,000 in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 26 October 2021.

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
26 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 417 489 617
Rank change year-on-year +72 +128 +283
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 810 191 514
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.73% 0.42% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.80% 0.44% 0.43%
Number of salaries quoted 379 171 332
10th Percentile £61,520 £53,750 £50,750
25th Percentile £67,500 £63,000 £60,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £85,000 £75,000 £77,500
Median % change year-on-year +13.33% -3.23% +24.00%
75th Percentile £100,000 £86,250 £102,500
90th Percentile £115,000 £98,750 £137,500
UK median annual salary £85,000 £75,000 £75,000
% change year-on-year +13.33% - +20.00%

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 101,330 42,990 120,327
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.17% 94.95% 95.69%
Number of salaries quoted 71,239 36,297 98,258
10th Percentile £32,000 £32,500 £28,213
25th Percentile £42,000 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +5.77% +4.00%
75th Percentile £76,250 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK median annual salary £56,000 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +1.82% +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 26 October 2021.

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 26 October 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +30 413 £90,000 +2.86% 41
South East +1 213 £70,000 - 13
North of England -99 53 £95,000 +40.74% 19
South West -75 46 £67,500 +2.27% 20
Yorkshire -76 30 £100,000 +66.67% 8
Midlands -103 30 £75,000 - 11
East of England -96 29 £54,481 -29.70% 12
North West -86 22 £73,750 -7.81% 11
West Midlands -99 22 £75,000 - 7
East Midlands -66 8 £77,500 -3.13% 3
North East - 1 - -
Principal Engineer
UK

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

For the 6 months to 26 October 2021, Principal Engineer job roles required the following IT 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.

1 456 (56.30%) Software Engineering
2 424 (52.35%) AWS
3 376 (46.42%) Agile Software Development
4 351 (43.33%) Java
5 350 (43.21%) DevOps
6 276 (34.07%) Degree
7 267 (32.96%) Microservices
8 250 (30.86%) Azure
8 250 (30.86%) Computer Science
9 242 (29.88%) Finance
10 218 (26.91%) React
11 217 (26.79%) Node.js
12 211 (26.05%) Python
13 205 (25.31%) Git (software)
14 196 (24.20%) Mentoring
15 191 (23.58%) Kafka
16 180 (22.22%) Spring
17 178 (21.98%) Full Stack Development
18 177 (21.85%) GitHub
19 171 (21.11%) RESTful
20 167 (20.62%) Jenkins
21 166 (20.49%) Inclusion and Diversity
22 163 (20.12%) JavaScript
23 157 (19.38%) Banking
24 156 (19.26%) Law
25 155 (19.14%) Ansible
26 150 (18.52%) AngularJS
27 148 (18.27%) Docker
27 148 (18.27%) C#
28 147 (18.15%) Technical Leadership

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
1 135 (16.67%) Apache Spark
2 87 (10.74%) Apache
2 87 (10.74%) GemFire
3 41 (5.06%) Cloud Foundry
4 21 (2.59%) Elasticsearch
5 7 (0.86%) Apache Airflow
5 7 (0.86%) Confluence
6 4 (0.49%) nginx
6 4 (0.49%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.37%) CMS
8 2 (0.25%) IIS
9 1 (0.12%) Headless CMS
9 1 (0.12%) Jupyter
9 1 (0.12%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.12%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (0.49%) Chatbot
2 3 (0.37%) Abaqus
2 3 (0.37%) AutoCAD
2 3 (0.37%) Autodesk Inventor
2 3 (0.37%) Mathcad
3 1 (0.12%) Figma
3 1 (0.12%) Sketch
3 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.12%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 424 (52.35%) AWS
2 250 (30.86%) Azure
3 177 (21.85%) GitHub
4 135 (16.67%) GCP
5 115 (14.20%) Serverless
6 114 (14.07%) Amazon Kinesis
7 98 (12.10%) OpenShift
8 60 (7.41%) Amazon EKS
9 48 (5.93%) SaaS
10 39 (4.81%) Amazon EC2
11 26 (3.21%) PaaS
12 13 (1.60%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 12 (1.48%) AWS CloudFormation
14 11 (1.36%) AWS Lambda
15 10 (1.23%) Firebase
16 9 (1.11%) Azure Service Bus
16 9 (1.11%) Azure Service Fabric
16 9 (1.11%) Stackdriver
17 7 (0.86%) Datadog
18 5 (0.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 49 (6.05%) Broadband
2 35 (4.32%) Firewall
3 33 (4.07%) HTTP
4 27 (3.33%) VPN
5 21 (2.59%) TCP/IP
6 17 (2.10%) BGP
7 15 (1.85%) DNS
7 15 (1.85%) Internet
7 15 (1.85%) IPv6
7 15 (1.85%) OSPF
7 15 (1.85%) Wi-Fi
8 14 (1.73%) VoIP
9 13 (1.60%) GPON
9 13 (1.60%) MPLS
9 13 (1.60%) Multicast
10 12 (1.48%) DHCP
11 11 (1.36%) 5G
11 11 (1.36%) Calico
11 11 (1.36%) Network Security
12 9 (1.11%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 128 (15.80%) PostgreSQL
2 126 (15.56%) Relational Database
3 123 (15.19%) NoSQL
4 113 (13.95%) MariaDB
4 113 (13.95%) Redis
5 109 (13.46%) HBase
6 92 (11.36%) Big Data
7 49 (6.05%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 44 (5.43%) Hadoop
9 29 (3.58%) MySQL
10 22 (2.72%) MongoDB
11 17 (2.10%) Data Warehouse
12 15 (1.85%) Data Lake
13 12 (1.48%) SQL Server
14 11 (1.36%) OLTP
15 10 (1.23%) Azure SQL Database
15 10 (1.23%) Flink
16 8 (0.99%) Amazon RDS
16 8 (0.99%) Blockchain
16 8 (0.99%) Looker
Development Applications
1 205 (25.31%) Git (software)
2 167 (20.62%) Jenkins
3 111 (13.70%) Protractor
4 102 (12.59%) Cypress.io
5 99 (12.22%) Storybook
6 91 (11.23%) Sonatype Nexus
7 89 (10.99%) Cucumber
8 88 (10.86%) Gradle
9 79 (9.75%) Artifactory
10 77 (9.51%) JUnit
10 77 (9.51%) Mockito
11 76 (9.38%) Eclipse
11 76 (9.38%) IntelliJ
12 35 (4.32%) TeamCity
13 31 (3.83%) Selenium
14 22 (2.72%) Octopus Deploy
15 19 (2.35%) SonarQube
16 16 (1.98%) SpecFlow
17 11 (1.36%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 11 (1.36%) Spinnaker
General
1 242 (29.88%) Finance
2 166 (20.49%) Inclusion and Diversity
3 157 (19.38%) Banking
4 156 (19.26%) Law
5 126 (15.56%) Social Skills
6 54 (6.67%) Presentation Skills
7 45 (5.56%) Games
8 42 (5.19%) Retail
9 22 (2.72%) Publishing
10 18 (2.22%) Marketing
11 15 (1.85%) Military
12 14 (1.73%) Aerospace
12 14 (1.73%) Public Speaking
13 13 (1.60%) Telecoms
14 12 (1.48%) Influencing Skills
14 12 (1.48%) Pharmaceutical
15 9 (1.11%) Electronics
15 9 (1.11%) Public Sector
16 8 (0.99%) Financial Institution
16 8 (0.99%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 218 (26.91%) React
2 217 (26.79%) Node.js
3 191 (23.58%) Kafka
4 180 (22.22%) Spring
5 171 (21.11%) RESTful
6 150 (18.52%) AngularJS
7 127 (15.68%) RabbitMQ
8 123 (15.19%) CSS
9 107 (13.21%) Redux
10 99 (12.22%) Express
10 99 (12.22%) Tailwind CSS
10 99 (12.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 95 (11.73%) Web Services
12 87 (10.74%) WireMock
13 83 (10.25%) JSON
14 77 (9.51%) REST
15 76 (9.38%) Spark Streaming
16 75 (9.26%) Play Framework
17 73 (9.01%) Spring Boot
18 55 (6.79%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 116 (14.32%) User Experience
2 99 (12.22%) Cloud Native
3 76 (9.38%) Linux Command Line
4 30 (3.70%) Greenfield Project
5 29 (3.58%) Management Information System
6 26 (3.21%) Algorithms
7 25 (3.09%) Blog
8 20 (2.47%) Data Centre
8 20 (2.47%) Social Media
9 19 (2.35%) BBC
10 18 (2.22%) Mobile App
11 16 (1.98%) Virtual Team
12 13 (1.60%) Cyberattack
12 13 (1.60%) Public Cloud
13 10 (1.23%) Embedded Systems
14 9 (1.11%) Derivative
14 9 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
15 8 (0.99%) Self-Motivation
16 7 (0.86%) Clustering
16 7 (0.86%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 139 (17.16%) Linux
2 110 (13.58%) Unix
3 31 (3.83%) Apple iOS
4 25 (3.09%) Android
5 8 (0.99%) CentOS
5 8 (0.99%) Windows
6 2 (0.25%) FreeRTOS
6 2 (0.25%) Mac OS X
6 2 (0.25%) SafeRTOS
6 2 (0.25%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.12%) Embedded Linux
7 1 (0.12%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 456 (56.30%) Software Engineering
2 376 (46.42%) Agile Software Development
3 350 (43.21%) DevOps
4 267 (32.96%) Microservices
5 250 (30.86%) Computer Science
6 196 (24.20%) Mentoring
7 178 (21.98%) Full Stack Development
8 147 (18.15%) Technical Leadership
9 139 (17.16%) Digital Banking
10 130 (16.05%) Business Continuity
11 117 (14.44%) Test Automation
12 107 (13.21%) OO
13 102 (12.59%) Cross-Browser Testing
14 94 (11.60%) High Availability
15 93 (11.48%) TDD
16 90 (11.11%) Software Testing
16 90 (11.11%) Validation
17 88 (10.86%) Clean Code
18 80 (9.88%) Risk Management
18 80 (9.88%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 351 (43.33%) Java
2 211 (26.05%) Python
3 163 (20.12%) JavaScript
4 148 (18.27%) C#
5 88 (10.86%) TypeScript
6 86 (10.62%) Go
7 76 (9.38%) Groovy
7 76 (9.38%) Shell Script
8 62 (7.65%) SQL
9 54 (6.67%) Scala
10 43 (5.31%) C++
11 34 (4.20%) Kotlin
12 27 (3.33%) Ruby
13 24 (2.96%) C
14 21 (2.59%) PHP
15 18 (2.22%) Bash Shell
16 15 (1.85%) PowerShell
17 14 (1.73%) Apple Swift
18 8 (0.99%) Rust
19 7 (0.86%) ES6
Qualifications
1 276 (34.07%) Degree
2 89 (10.99%) OCP
2 89 (10.99%) Oracle Certification
3 43 (5.31%) Security Cleared
4 22 (2.72%) Computer Science Degree
5 21 (2.59%) CCNP
5 21 (2.59%) Cisco Certification
6 19 (2.35%) CCIE
7 12 (1.48%) JNCIA
7 12 (1.48%) JNCIS
8 10 (1.23%) AWS Certification
9 6 (0.74%) CCDP
9 6 (0.74%) CCIE Service Provider
9 6 (0.74%) HNC
9 6 (0.74%) HND
9 6 (0.74%) JNCIP
10 5 (0.62%) Microsoft Certification
10 5 (0.62%) Numerate Degree
11 3 (0.37%) CCNA
12 2 (0.25%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.83%) QA
2 29 (3.58%) HAZOP
3 28 (3.46%) Def Stans
4 24 (2.96%) SLA
5 10 (1.23%) Accessibility
6 4 (0.49%) IEC 61508
7 3 (0.37%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.25%) DO-178B
9 1 (0.12%) ARP4754
9 1 (0.12%) ARP4761
9 1 (0.12%) DO-254
9 1 (0.12%) GDPR
9 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 15288
9 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 148 (18.27%) Docker
2 76 (9.38%) HDFS
3 61 (7.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (2.10%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (1.36%) ISA Server
6 8 (0.99%) Active Directory
7 6 (0.74%) iptables
8 4 (0.49%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 155 (19.14%) Ansible
2 131 (16.17%) Kubernetes
3 93 (11.48%) Terraform
4 67 (8.27%) Opscode Chef
5 36 (4.44%) Grafana
5 36 (4.44%) Puppet
6 23 (2.84%) Kibana
7 13 (1.60%) Nagios
8 11 (1.36%) Mesos
8 11 (1.36%) Prometheus
9 10 (1.23%) Docker Swarm
10 4 (0.49%) Failover Clustering
10 4 (0.49%) HP Fortify
11 2 (0.25%) Icinga
11 2 (0.25%) ZABBIX
12 1 (0.12%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 99 (12.22%) Okta
2 83 (10.25%) VMware
3 57 (7.04%) Google
4 30 (3.70%) Microsoft
5 23 (2.84%) Oracle
6 22 (2.72%) Cisco
7 19 (2.35%) SolarWinds
8 13 (1.60%) Nokia
9 12 (1.48%) Juniper
9 12 (1.48%) Samsung
10 9 (1.11%) Apple
10 9 (1.11%) SAP
11 8 (0.99%) Dell
12 6 (0.74%) Atlassian
12 6 (0.74%) Red Hat
13 5 (0.62%) accuRx
13 5 (0.62%) IBM
13 5 (0.62%) Intel
13 5 (0.62%) LexisNexis
14 4 (0.49%) Xilinx