Period
to 15 October 2021

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £70,000 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 15 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
England > South East
6 months to
15 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 259 254 418
Rank change year-on-year -5 +164 +76
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 209 28 83
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 1.17% 0.36% 0.33%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.25% 0.37% 0.34%
Number of salaries quoted 51 28 64
10th Percentile £57,500 £48,750 £47,500
25th Percentile £63,125 £60,000 £52,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £70,000 £70,000 £70,000
75th Percentile £85,000 £77,500 £77,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £81,625 £78,750
England median annual salary £85,000 £75,000 £77,500
% change year-on-year +13.33% -3.23% +24.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the South East. 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
South East
Permanent vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 16,693 7,583 24,415
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.25% 96.29% 95.98%
Number of salaries quoted 11,747 6,303 20,220
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,500
25th Percentile £38,750 £38,475 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +1.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £66,000 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £75,000
England median annual salary £57,500 £55,000 £52,000
% change year-on-year +4.55% +5.77% +4.00%

Principal Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Principal Engineer in the South East

Principal Engineer
Salary Trend in the South East

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Principal Engineer in the South East.

Salary trend for Principal Engineer in the South East

Principal Engineer
Salary Histogram in the South East

Salary distribution for jobs citing Principal Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 15 October 2021.

Salary histogram for Principal Engineer in the South East

Principal Engineer
Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Engineer within the South East region over the 6 months to 15 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
Hampshire +12 161 £70,000 -6.67% 4
Thames Valley -95 20 £67,725 +10.57% 4
Surrey -63 15 £80,000 +14.29% 5
Berkshire -71 10 £67,725 -14.00% 3
West Sussex -13 6 £70,000 - 2
Oxfordshire -30 5 £67,500 +12.50% 1
Buckinghamshire -56 5 £85,000 +61.90%
Middlesex - 2 - -
East Sussex -43 1 £72,500 -3.33%
Principal Engineer
England

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 15 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 South East region featuring Principal Engineer in the job title.

1 165 (78.95%) AWS
2 162 (77.51%) Software Engineering
3 159 (76.08%) Java
4 157 (75.12%) DevOps
5 152 (72.73%) Degree
6 148 (70.81%) Finance
7 147 (70.33%) Computer Science
8 144 (68.90%) Banking
9 141 (67.46%) Spring
9 141 (67.46%) Law
10 140 (66.99%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 139 (66.51%) Digital Banking
12 137 (65.55%) Agile Software Development
13 130 (62.20%) Business Continuity
14 122 (58.37%) AngularJS
14 122 (58.37%) Jenkins
15 120 (57.42%) Ansible
15 120 (57.42%) Microservices
16 119 (56.94%) Kafka
16 119 (56.94%) Node.js
17 118 (56.46%) RabbitMQ
18 115 (55.02%) Linux
19 110 (52.63%) Protractor
20 108 (51.67%) Full Stack Development
21 107 (51.20%) Amazon Kinesis
21 107 (51.20%) React
21 107 (51.20%) Relational Database
22 106 (50.72%) Apache Spark
22 106 (50.72%) HBase
22 106 (50.72%) MariaDB

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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
1 106 (50.72%) Apache Spark
2 87 (41.63%) GemFire
3 76 (36.36%) Apache
4 41 (19.62%) Cloud Foundry
5 13 (6.22%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.96%) IIS
7 1 (0.48%) Confluence
7 1 (0.48%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Figma
1 1 (0.48%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 165 (78.95%) AWS
2 107 (51.20%) Amazon Kinesis
3 96 (45.93%) GitHub
4 88 (42.11%) Azure
5 60 (28.71%) GCP
6 47 (22.49%) OpenShift
7 32 (15.31%) Amazon EC2
8 11 (5.26%) PaaS
9 10 (4.78%) Amazon EKS
9 10 (4.78%) Serverless
10 5 (2.39%) Apigee
10 5 (2.39%) Azure Service Fabric
11 3 (1.44%) Amazon S3
11 3 (1.44%) AWS Fargate
11 3 (1.44%) AWS Lambda
11 3 (1.44%) CloudFront
11 3 (1.44%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.96%) AWS Direct Connect
12 2 (0.96%) GitHub Actions
12 2 (0.96%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.26%) Calico
1 11 (5.26%) HTTP
2 5 (2.39%) DNS
2 5 (2.39%) Firewall
3 3 (1.44%) Network Security
4 2 (0.96%) BGP
4 2 (0.96%) Broadband
4 2 (0.96%) DHCP
4 2 (0.96%) HTTPS
4 2 (0.96%) IPsec
4 2 (0.96%) IPv6
4 2 (0.96%) OpenVPN
4 2 (0.96%) SNMP
4 2 (0.96%) VPN
5 1 (0.48%) 5G
5 1 (0.48%) Diameter Protocol
5 1 (0.48%) DVB
5 1 (0.48%) PCoIP
5 1 (0.48%) Software-Defined Radio
5 1 (0.48%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (51.20%) Relational Database
2 106 (50.72%) HBase
2 106 (50.72%) MariaDB
3 90 (43.06%) PostgreSQL
4 82 (39.23%) NoSQL
5 76 (36.36%) Redis
6 45 (21.53%) Big Data
7 30 (14.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 30 (14.35%) Hadoop
8 7 (3.35%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.48%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 122 (58.37%) Jenkins
2 110 (52.63%) Protractor
3 99 (47.37%) Cypress.io
3 99 (47.37%) Storybook
4 96 (45.93%) Git (software)
5 89 (42.58%) Cucumber
6 87 (41.63%) Gradle
6 87 (41.63%) Sonatype Nexus
7 76 (36.36%) Eclipse
7 76 (36.36%) IntelliJ
7 76 (36.36%) JUnit
7 76 (36.36%) Mockito
8 75 (35.89%) Artifactory
9 15 (7.18%) SonarQube
10 13 (6.22%) Selenium
11 11 (5.26%) gulp
12 5 (2.39%) Octopus Deploy
12 5 (2.39%) TeamCity
13 2 (0.96%) JIRA
14 1 (0.48%) Oracle APEX
General
1 148 (70.81%) Finance
2 144 (68.90%) Banking
3 141 (67.46%) Law
4 140 (66.99%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 30 (14.35%) Presentation Skills
6 15 (7.18%) Social Skills
7 6 (2.87%) Telecoms
8 5 (2.39%) Marketing
9 4 (1.91%) Electronics
10 2 (0.96%) Aerospace
10 2 (0.96%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.96%) Military
10 2 (0.96%) Public Sector
10 2 (0.96%) Retail
11 1 (0.48%) Advertising
11 1 (0.48%) Influencing Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 141 (67.46%) Spring
2 122 (58.37%) AngularJS
3 119 (56.94%) Kafka
3 119 (56.94%) Node.js
4 118 (56.46%) RabbitMQ
5 107 (51.20%) React
6 99 (47.37%) CSS
6 99 (47.37%) Express
6 99 (47.37%) Redux
6 99 (47.37%) Tailwind CSS
6 99 (47.37%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 87 (41.63%) WireMock
8 83 (39.71%) RESTful
9 76 (36.36%) JSON
9 76 (36.36%) Spark Streaming
10 75 (35.89%) Play Framework
11 73 (34.93%) Web Services
12 41 (19.62%) Spring Boot
13 36 (17.22%) LAPP Stack
13 36 (17.22%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 76 (36.36%) Linux Command Line
2 74 (35.41%) User Experience
3 11 (5.26%) Management Information System
4 7 (3.35%) Cloud Native
5 5 (2.39%) Embedded Systems
5 5 (2.39%) SystemC
6 4 (1.91%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (1.44%) Clustering
7 3 (1.44%) Public Cloud
7 3 (1.44%) Replication
7 3 (1.44%) Virtual Team
8 2 (0.96%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 1 (0.48%) Device Driver
9 1 (0.48%) SIMD
9 1 (0.48%) VLSI
Operating Systems
1 115 (55.02%) Linux
2 106 (50.72%) Unix
3 8 (3.83%) Windows
4 2 (0.96%) CentOS
5 1 (0.48%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (77.51%) Software Engineering
2 157 (75.12%) DevOps
3 147 (70.33%) Computer Science
4 139 (66.51%) Digital Banking
5 137 (65.55%) Agile Software Development
6 130 (62.20%) Business Continuity
7 120 (57.42%) Microservices
8 108 (51.67%) Full Stack Development
9 99 (47.37%) Cross-Browser Testing
10 82 (39.23%) Software Testing
11 80 (38.28%) OO
11 80 (38.28%) Validation
12 79 (37.80%) High Availability
13 78 (37.32%) Multithreading
14 77 (36.84%) Clean Code
14 77 (36.84%) Multithreaded Programming
14 77 (36.84%) Performance Monitoring
15 47 (22.49%) Self-Awareness
16 44 (21.05%) Data Pipeline
17 43 (20.57%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 159 (76.08%) Java
2 76 (36.36%) Groovy
2 76 (36.36%) Shell Script
3 72 (34.45%) Python
4 20 (9.57%) JavaScript
5 15 (7.18%) C#
6 12 (5.74%) Bash Shell
7 7 (3.35%) C++
7 7 (3.35%) SQL
8 6 (2.87%) C
9 4 (1.91%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.48%) Go
Qualifications
1 152 (72.73%) Degree
2 89 (42.58%) OCP
2 89 (42.58%) Oracle Certification
3 9 (4.31%) Security Cleared
4 6 (2.87%) HNC
4 6 (2.87%) HND
5 1 (0.48%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (0.48%) Master's Degree
5 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.26%) SLA
2 3 (1.44%) QA
3 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 76 (36.36%) HDFS
2 59 (28.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (5.74%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (3.35%) Docker
5 3 (1.44%) Active Directory
5 3 (1.44%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.96%) iptables
Systems Management
1 120 (57.42%) Ansible
2 55 (26.32%) Opscode Chef
3 33 (15.79%) Terraform
4 15 (7.18%) Kubernetes
4 15 (7.18%) Puppet
5 13 (6.22%) Grafana
6 11 (5.26%) Kibana
7 2 (0.96%) Icinga
7 2 (0.96%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 99 (47.37%) Okta
2 80 (38.28%) VMware
3 12 (5.74%) Oracle
4 6 (2.87%) Microsoft
5 2 (0.96%) SAP
6 1 (0.48%) Adobe
6 1 (0.48%) ANSYS
6 1 (0.48%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.48%) Cadence
6 1 (0.48%) EMC
6 1 (0.48%) IBM
6 1 (0.48%) Intel
6 1 (0.48%) Sparx