Period
to 20 October 2021

The median annual salary for a Principal Software Engineer was £70,000 in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 20 October 2021.

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

Principal Software Engineer
England > South East
6 months to
20 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 295 286 496
Rank change year-on-year -9 +210 +32
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Software Engineer 161 4 13
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 0.90% 0.050% 0.052%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.96% 0.052% 0.054%
Number of salaries quoted 24 4 12
10th Percentile £57,500 £50,000 £44,850
25th Percentile £63,750 £55,625 £52,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £70,000 £71,250 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year -1.75% +29.55% -8.33%
75th Percentile £85,313 £83,750 £61,750
90th Percentile £95,000 £90,500 £63,550
England median annual salary £85,000 £66,750 £66,500
% change year-on-year +27.34% +0.38% +6.40%

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 16,740 7,731 24,215
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.20% 96.36% 96.00%
Number of salaries quoted 11,730 6,433 20,064
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,500
25th Percentile £38,750 £38,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £51,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +3.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £66,250 £63,750 £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 Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Principal Software Engineer in the South East

Principal Software Engineer
Salary Trend in the South East

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

Salary trend for Principal Software Engineer in the South East

Principal Software Engineer
Salary Histogram in the South East

Salary distribution for jobs citing Principal Software Engineer in the South East over the 6 months to 20 October 2021.

Salary histogram for Principal Software Engineer in the South East

Principal Software 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 Software Engineer within the South East region over the 6 months to 20 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 +3 140 £70,000 -12.50% 1
Surrey -55 10 £90,000 +26.32% 1
Thames Valley -95 6 £67,500 +8.00% 1
Oxfordshire -25 5 £67,500 +8.00% 1
Middlesex - 2 - -
West Sussex - 1 - -
Kent - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
East Sussex - 1 £72,500 -
Principal Software Engineer
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 October 2021, Principal Software 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 Software Engineer in the job title.

1 161 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 147 (91.30%) Java
3 143 (88.82%) AWS
4 141 (87.58%) Degree
5 139 (86.34%) DevOps
6 137 (85.09%) Computer Science
7 133 (82.61%) Banking
7 133 (82.61%) Finance
8 130 (80.75%) Spring
8 130 (80.75%) Business Continuity
9 129 (80.12%) Law
9 129 (80.12%) Inclusion and Diversity
10 128 (79.50%) Digital Banking
11 120 (74.53%) Agile Software Development
12 114 (70.81%) Microservices
13 113 (70.19%) Linux
14 111 (68.94%) Jenkins
15 109 (67.70%) Full Stack Development
16 108 (67.08%) Kafka
16 108 (67.08%) Node.js
17 107 (66.46%) RabbitMQ
17 107 (66.46%) Relational Database
17 107 (66.46%) Amazon Kinesis
18 106 (65.84%) Apache Spark
18 106 (65.84%) Ansible
18 106 (65.84%) MariaDB
18 106 (65.84%) AngularJS
18 106 (65.84%) HBase
18 106 (65.84%) Unix
19 104 (64.60%) React

Principal Software 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 (65.84%) Apache Spark
2 76 (47.20%) Apache
2 76 (47.20%) GemFire
3 30 (18.63%) Cloud Foundry
4 1 (0.62%) WebLogic
Cloud Services
1 143 (88.82%) AWS
2 107 (66.46%) Amazon Kinesis
3 87 (54.04%) GitHub
4 75 (46.58%) Azure
5 57 (35.40%) GCP
6 49 (30.43%) OpenShift
7 30 (18.63%) Amazon EC2
8 9 (5.59%) Amazon EKS
8 9 (5.59%) Serverless
9 5 (3.11%) Azure Service Fabric
10 3 (1.86%) SaaS
11 2 (1.24%) GitHub Actions
12 1 (0.62%) Apigee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (66.46%) Relational Database
2 106 (65.84%) HBase
2 106 (65.84%) MariaDB
3 78 (48.45%) NoSQL
4 76 (47.20%) PostgreSQL
4 76 (47.20%) Redis
5 45 (27.95%) Big Data
6 30 (18.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 30 (18.63%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.62%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.62%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 111 (68.94%) Jenkins
2 99 (61.49%) Cypress.io
2 99 (61.49%) Protractor
2 99 (61.49%) Storybook
3 85 (52.80%) Git (software)
4 78 (48.45%) Cucumber
5 76 (47.20%) Eclipse
5 76 (47.20%) Gradle
5 76 (47.20%) IntelliJ
5 76 (47.20%) JUnit
5 76 (47.20%) Mockito
5 76 (47.20%) Sonatype Nexus
6 75 (46.58%) Artifactory
7 15 (9.32%) SonarQube
8 2 (1.24%) Selenium
9 1 (0.62%) JIRA
9 1 (0.62%) Oracle APEX
General
1 133 (82.61%) Banking
1 133 (82.61%) Finance
2 129 (80.12%) Inclusion and Diversity
2 129 (80.12%) Law
3 30 (18.63%) Presentation Skills
4 4 (2.48%) Electronics
5 3 (1.86%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.86%) Marketing
5 3 (1.86%) Public Sector
5 3 (1.86%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.62%) Advertising
6 1 (0.62%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.62%) Influencing Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (80.75%) Spring
2 108 (67.08%) Kafka
2 108 (67.08%) Node.js
3 107 (66.46%) RabbitMQ
4 106 (65.84%) AngularJS
5 104 (64.60%) React
6 99 (61.49%) CSS
6 99 (61.49%) Express
6 99 (61.49%) Redux
6 99 (61.49%) Tailwind CSS
6 99 (61.49%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 85 (52.80%) RESTful
8 76 (47.20%) JSON
8 76 (47.20%) Spark Streaming
8 76 (47.20%) WireMock
9 75 (46.58%) Play Framework
10 73 (45.34%) Web Services
11 36 (22.36%) LAMP
11 36 (22.36%) LAPP Stack
12 32 (19.88%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 76 (47.20%) Linux Command Line
2 73 (45.34%) User Experience
3 9 (5.59%) Cloud Native
4 5 (3.11%) Embedded Systems
4 5 (3.11%) SystemC
5 1 (0.62%) Device Driver
5 1 (0.62%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (0.62%) SIMD
Operating Systems
1 113 (70.19%) Linux
2 106 (65.84%) Unix
3 5 (3.11%) Windows
4 1 (0.62%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 139 (86.34%) DevOps
3 137 (85.09%) Computer Science
4 130 (80.75%) Business Continuity
5 128 (79.50%) Digital Banking
6 120 (74.53%) Agile Software Development
7 114 (70.81%) Microservices
8 109 (67.70%) Full Stack Development
9 99 (61.49%) Cross-Browser Testing
10 82 (50.93%) Software Testing
11 78 (48.45%) Multithreading
12 77 (47.83%) Clean Code
12 77 (47.83%) High Availability
12 77 (47.83%) Multithreaded Programming
12 77 (47.83%) OO
12 77 (47.83%) Performance Monitoring
13 76 (47.20%) Validation
14 44 (27.33%) Data Pipeline
14 44 (27.33%) Self-Awareness
15 41 (25.47%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 147 (91.30%) Java
2 76 (47.20%) Groovy
2 76 (47.20%) Shell Script
3 59 (36.65%) Python
4 18 (11.18%) C#
5 10 (6.21%) JavaScript
6 7 (4.35%) C++
7 6 (3.73%) SQL
8 5 (3.11%) C
9 1 (0.62%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 141 (87.58%) Degree
2 78 (48.45%) OCP
2 78 (48.45%) Oracle Certification
3 1 (0.62%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (0.62%) Master's Degree
System Software
1 76 (47.20%) HDFS
2 55 (34.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (5.59%) Docker
Systems Management
1 106 (65.84%) Ansible
2 44 (27.33%) Opscode Chef
3 30 (18.63%) Terraform
Vendors
1 99 (61.49%) Okta
2 76 (47.20%) VMware
3 5 (3.11%) Microsoft
4 3 (1.86%) SAP
5 1 (0.62%) Intel
5 1 (0.62%) Oracle