Period
to 21 September 2021

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £90,000 in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 21 September 2021.

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

Principal Engineer
England > London
6 months to
21 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 407 418 497
Rank change year-on-year +11 +79 +260
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 342 74 247
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in London 0.70% 0.36% 0.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.78% 0.39% 0.47%
Number of salaries quoted 162 68 166
10th Percentile £66,375 £65,000 £74,750
25th Percentile £72,813 £75,000 £77,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £90,000 £90,000 £95,000
Median % change year-on-year - -5.26% +15.15%
75th Percentile £100,000 £101,250 £122,500
90th Percentile £115,000 £138,475 £140,000
England median annual salary £82,500 £75,000 £76,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% -1.32% +26.67%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in London. 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
London
Permanent vacancies in London with a recognized job title 43,883 19,044 52,882
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 89.39% 93.45% 95.26%
Number of salaries quoted 30,147 15,966 43,534
10th Percentile £40,250 £41,875 £35,000
25th Percentile £52,500 £52,500 £46,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £70,000 £70,000 £62,500
Median % change year-on-year - +12.00% +4.17%
75th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £81,250
90th Percentile £105,000 £106,250 £97,500
England median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £51,500
% change year-on-year - +6.80% +3.00%

Principal Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Principal Engineer in London

Principal Engineer
Salary Trend in London

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

Salary trend for Principal Engineer in London

Principal Engineer
Salary Histogram in London

Salary distribution for jobs citing Principal Engineer in London over the 6 months to 21 September 2021.

Salary histogram for Principal Engineer in London

Principal Engineer
Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Engineer within the London region over the 6 months to 21 September 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
Central London -36 49 £94,000 +1.62% 10
West London -56 11 £87,500 +75.00% 7
South London - 10 £86,250 - 1
Principal Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 London region featuring Principal Engineer in the job title.

1 162 (47.37%) Software Engineering
2 147 (42.98%) AWS
3 127 (37.13%) Agile Software Development
4 111 (32.46%) Java
5 104 (30.41%) Microservices
6 98 (28.65%) DevOps
7 94 (27.49%) Kubernetes
8 86 (25.15%) Social Skills
9 81 (23.68%) Mentoring
10 76 (22.22%) Python
11 71 (20.76%) Docker
12 70 (20.47%) React
12 70 (20.47%) Finance
13 63 (18.42%) Technical Leadership
14 62 (18.13%) Go
15 60 (17.54%) Degree
16 57 (16.67%) Azure
17 56 (16.37%) C#
18 55 (16.08%) JavaScript
19 54 (15.79%) TypeScript
20 53 (15.50%) Test Automation
21 52 (15.20%) Serverless
22 51 (14.91%) Full Stack Development
23 50 (14.62%) Cloud Native
24 46 (13.45%) Fintech
25 45 (13.16%) Computer Science
26 44 (12.87%) RESTful
26 44 (12.87%) TDD
27 43 (12.57%) Retail
27 43 (12.57%) GCP

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 21 (6.14%) Apache Spark
2 10 (2.92%) Apache
3 7 (2.05%) Confluence
4 6 (1.75%) Apache Airflow
4 6 (1.75%) nginx
5 4 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.58%) CMS
Applications
1 3 (0.88%) Abaqus
1 3 (0.88%) AutoCAD
1 3 (0.88%) Autodesk Inventor
1 3 (0.88%) Mathcad
2 2 (0.58%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 147 (42.98%) AWS
2 57 (16.67%) Azure
3 52 (15.20%) Serverless
4 43 (12.57%) GCP
5 24 (7.02%) SaaS
6 22 (6.43%) GitHub
7 13 (3.80%) Firebase
8 12 (3.51%) PaaS
8 12 (3.51%) Stackdriver
9 10 (2.92%) Amazon EC2
10 9 (2.63%) OpenShift
11 7 (2.05%) Amazon EKS
11 7 (2.05%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (2.05%) Datadog
12 6 (1.75%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 5 (1.46%) AWS Lambda
13 5 (1.46%) Azure Service Bus
13 5 (1.46%) Azure Service Fabric
13 5 (1.46%) Slack
13 5 (1.46%) Typeform
Communications & Networking
1 29 (8.48%) Broadband
2 25 (7.31%) Firewall
2 25 (7.31%) VPN
3 18 (5.26%) HTTP
4 17 (4.97%) TCP/IP
5 14 (4.09%) DHCP
5 14 (4.09%) DNS
6 13 (3.80%) BGP
6 13 (3.80%) IPv6
7 11 (3.22%) GPON
7 11 (3.22%) MPLS
7 11 (3.22%) Multicast
7 11 (3.22%) OSPF
7 11 (3.22%) VoIP
7 11 (3.22%) Wi-Fi
8 7 (2.05%) Network Security
9 6 (1.75%) Ethernet
9 6 (1.75%) SSL
9 6 (1.75%) VLAN
9 6 (1.75%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (9.94%) PostgreSQL
2 28 (8.19%) Redis
3 26 (7.60%) Big Data
4 25 (7.31%) NoSQL
5 24 (7.02%) MySQL
6 21 (6.14%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 16 (4.68%) Relational Database
8 11 (3.22%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (3.22%) OLTP
9 10 (2.92%) Data Lake
10 9 (2.63%) Hadoop
10 9 (2.63%) MariaDB
11 6 (1.75%) SQL Server
12 5 (1.46%) Azure SQL Database
12 5 (1.46%) Blockchain
12 5 (1.46%) MongoDB
13 4 (1.17%) Apache Hive
13 4 (1.17%) Flink
14 3 (0.88%) CockroachDB
14 3 (0.88%) HBase
Development Applications
1 32 (9.36%) Git (software)
2 25 (7.31%) TeamCity
3 24 (7.02%) Jenkins
4 17 (4.97%) Octopus Deploy
5 11 (3.22%) Selenium
6 10 (2.92%) SpecFlow
7 8 (2.34%) Spinnaker
8 7 (2.05%) JIRA
9 5 (1.46%) GitLab
9 5 (1.46%) Subversion
10 4 (1.17%) ESLint
10 4 (1.17%) Mercurial
11 3 (0.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 3 (0.88%) Jasmine
11 3 (0.88%) WebDriver
12 1 (0.29%) Bitbucket
12 1 (0.29%) Grunt
12 1 (0.29%) Karma Test Runner
12 1 (0.29%) Protractor
12 1 (0.29%) webpack
General
1 86 (25.15%) Social Skills
2 70 (20.47%) Finance
3 43 (12.57%) Retail
4 28 (8.19%) Games
5 19 (5.56%) Presentation Skills
6 17 (4.97%) Publishing
7 16 (4.68%) Public Speaking
8 14 (4.09%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 12 (3.51%) Influencing Skills
10 11 (3.22%) Banking
11 9 (2.63%) Pharmaceutical
12 6 (1.75%) Aerospace
12 6 (1.75%) Law
13 5 (1.46%) Financial Institution
13 5 (1.46%) Telecoms
14 4 (1.17%) Marketing
14 4 (1.17%) Military
15 3 (0.88%) Electronics
15 3 (0.88%) Retail Finance
16 2 (0.58%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (20.47%) React
2 44 (12.87%) RESTful
3 41 (11.99%) Kafka
4 40 (11.70%) Node.js
5 35 (10.23%) GraphQL
6 33 (9.65%) Spring
7 28 (8.19%) .NET
7 28 (8.19%) REST
7 28 (8.19%) Spring Boot
8 19 (5.56%) Vulkan
9 14 (4.09%) .NET Core
10 10 (2.92%) AngularJS
11 9 (2.63%) CSS
11 9 (2.63%) HTML
12 8 (2.34%) Gherkin
13 7 (2.05%) Lambda Expressions
13 7 (2.05%) Redux
13 7 (2.05%) Ruby on Rails
14 6 (1.75%) LAPP Stack
14 6 (1.75%) LEMP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 50 (14.62%) Cloud Native
2 26 (7.60%) Algorithms
3 25 (7.31%) Blog
3 25 (7.31%) User Experience
4 24 (7.02%) Greenfield Project
5 20 (5.85%) Management Information System
6 17 (4.97%) Data Centre
7 15 (4.39%) Mobile App
8 12 (3.51%) Derivative
9 9 (2.63%) Virtual Team
10 8 (2.34%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (2.34%) Social Media
11 7 (2.05%) BBC
12 6 (1.75%) Clustering
12 6 (1.75%) Fibre Optics
12 6 (1.75%) Public Cloud
13 5 (1.46%) Legacy Systems
14 4 (1.17%) Cyberattack
14 4 (1.17%) NHS
15 2 (0.58%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 17 (4.97%) Linux
2 10 (2.92%) Apple iOS
3 8 (2.34%) CentOS
4 7 (2.05%) Android
5 2 (0.58%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (47.37%) Software Engineering
2 127 (37.13%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (30.41%) Microservices
4 98 (28.65%) DevOps
5 81 (23.68%) Mentoring
6 63 (18.42%) Technical Leadership
7 53 (15.50%) Test Automation
8 51 (14.91%) Full Stack Development
9 46 (13.45%) Fintech
10 45 (13.16%) Computer Science
11 44 (12.87%) TDD
12 41 (11.99%) Coaching
13 35 (10.23%) Continuous Integration
13 35 (10.23%) Technology Roadmap
14 34 (9.94%) Continuous Improvement
15 33 (9.65%) Infrastructure as Code
15 33 (9.65%) Pair Programming
15 33 (9.65%) Scrum
16 32 (9.36%) Event-Driven
17 31 (9.06%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 111 (32.46%) Java
2 76 (22.22%) Python
3 62 (18.13%) Go
4 56 (16.37%) C#
5 55 (16.08%) JavaScript
6 54 (15.79%) TypeScript
7 39 (11.40%) SQL
8 30 (8.77%) Scala
9 22 (6.43%) C++
9 22 (6.43%) Kotlin
10 19 (5.56%) PHP
11 13 (3.80%) Ruby
12 11 (3.22%) Java 8
12 11 (3.22%) PowerShell
13 7 (2.05%) Java 11
14 6 (1.75%) Bash Shell
15 5 (1.46%) Ada
16 4 (1.17%) Apple Swift
16 4 (1.17%) Clojure
16 4 (1.17%) Rust
Qualifications
1 60 (17.54%) Degree
2 16 (4.68%) CCIE
2 16 (4.68%) CCNP
2 16 (4.68%) Cisco Certification
3 11 (3.22%) AWS Certification
3 11 (3.22%) Computer Science Degree
3 11 (3.22%) JNCIA
3 11 (3.22%) JNCIS
4 6 (1.75%) JNCIP
5 5 (1.46%) CCDP
5 5 (1.46%) CCIE Service Provider
6 3 (0.88%) CCNA
7 1 (0.29%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.22%) QA
1 11 (3.22%) SLA
2 4 (1.17%) Accessibility
3 3 (0.88%) HAZOP
4 2 (0.58%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.29%) GDPR
System Software
1 71 (20.76%) Docker
2 11 (3.22%) ISA Server
3 8 (2.34%) iptables
4 6 (1.75%) Active Directory
5 5 (1.46%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.88%) OpenAM
6 3 (0.88%) OpenDJ
7 2 (0.58%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 94 (27.49%) Kubernetes
2 40 (11.70%) Terraform
3 27 (7.89%) Ansible
3 27 (7.89%) Grafana
4 19 (5.56%) Puppet
5 14 (4.09%) Kibana
6 11 (3.22%) Mesos
6 11 (3.22%) Nagios
6 11 (3.22%) Prometheus
7 8 (2.34%) Docker Swarm
7 8 (2.34%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (1.75%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.58%) Icinga
9 2 (0.58%) ZABBIX
10 1 (0.29%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 30 (8.77%) Google
2 17 (4.97%) SolarWinds
3 16 (4.68%) Cisco
4 15 (4.39%) Microsoft
5 12 (3.51%) Samsung
6 11 (3.22%) Juniper
6 11 (3.22%) Nokia
7 8 (2.34%) Dell
8 6 (1.75%) Apple
8 6 (1.75%) Atlassian
8 6 (1.75%) Red Hat
9 5 (1.46%) accuRx
10 3 (0.88%) ForgeRock
11 2 (0.58%) SAP
11 2 (0.58%) Talend
11 2 (0.58%) VMware
11 2 (0.58%) YouTube
12 1 (0.29%) HP
12 1 (0.29%) Oracle
12 1 (0.29%) Pega