Period
to 27 February 2021

The median annual salary for a Backend Developer was £57,128 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 February 2021.

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

Backend Developer
UK
6 months to
27 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 333 514 587
Rank change year-on-year +181 +73 +44
Permanent jobs requiring a Backend Developer 650 622 649
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.88% 0.51% 0.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.93% 0.53% 0.45%
Number of salaries quoted 692 576 622
Median annual salary £57,128 £55,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.87% +4.76% -4.55%
10th Percentile £35,000 £33,750 £32,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 69,711 117,373 145,049
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.89% 95.47% 95.96%
Number of salaries quoted 55,817 95,129 117,577
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £31,986 £29,000 £28,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £84,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Backend Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Backend Developer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Backend Developer in the UK

Backend Developer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Backend Developer.

Salary trend for Backend Developer in the UK

Backend Developer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Backend Developer over the 6 months to 27 February 2021.

Salary histogram for Backend Developer in the UK

Backend Developer
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Backend Developer within the UK over the 6 months to 27 February 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
England +170 594 £57,500 +4.55% 169
London +219 296 £65,000 - 103
UK excluding London +65 274 £45,000 - 70
Work from Home -21 149 £50,000 -4.76% 67
South East +25 78 £50,000 +11.11% 17
North of England +64 64 £43,000 -4.44% 13
Midlands +91 52 £49,500 -1.00% 17
South West +41 41 £45,000 -5.26% 10
West Midlands +69 34 £50,000 -4.76% 10
North West +62 31 £40,000 -2.44% 8
Yorkshire +40 30 £45,000 -10.00% 5
East of England +71 22 £21,500 -59.05% 9
East Midlands +44 18 £45,000 +11.11% 7
Scotland +27 12 £42,500 -5.56% 5
Northern Ireland +14 4 £35,000 -12.50%
North East - 3 £41,250 -
Wales +35 1 £37,500 +11.11%

Backend Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2021, Backend Developer 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 featuring Backend Developer in the job title.

1 240 (36.92%) JavaScript
2 223 (34.31%) Agile Software Development
3 208 (32.00%) AWS
4 205 (31.54%) Microservices
5 203 (31.23%) Python
6 195 (30.00%) Docker
7 160 (24.62%) Java
8 152 (23.38%) SQL
9 145 (22.31%) PHP
10 144 (22.15%) DevOps
11 143 (22.00%) Kubernetes
12 135 (20.77%) Node.js
13 128 (19.69%) Git (software)
14 122 (18.77%) REST
15 114 (17.54%) C#
16 112 (17.23%) TDD
16 112 (17.23%) MongoDB
17 111 (17.08%) Fintech
18 102 (15.69%) Finance
19 98 (15.08%) MySQL
20 97 (14.92%) .NET
21 95 (14.62%) GraphQL
22 91 (14.00%) Azure
23 88 (13.54%) Django
24 83 (12.77%) Software Engineering
25 79 (12.15%) HTML
25 79 (12.15%) CSS
26 78 (12.00%) PostgreSQL
26 78 (12.00%) SaaS
26 78 (12.00%) Serverless

Backend Developer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 39 (6.00%) Elasticsearch
2 22 (3.38%) WordPress
3 14 (2.15%) Drupal
4 10 (1.54%) Tomcat
5 9 (1.38%) Confluence
6 7 (1.08%) Apache Airflow
6 7 (1.08%) nginx
7 6 (0.92%) Apache Spark
8 5 (0.77%) CMS
8 5 (0.77%) Jupyter
9 3 (0.46%) Apache
9 3 (0.46%) Ethereum
9 3 (0.46%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.31%) Apache Solr
10 2 (0.31%) SharePoint
10 2 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.15%) IIS
11 1 (0.15%) LiveCycle
11 1 (0.15%) Mule
Applications
1 3 (0.46%) InVision
1 3 (0.46%) Sketch
2 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.15%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.15%) Revit
Business Applications
1 25 (3.85%) Magento
2 9 (1.38%) Shopify
3 3 (0.46%) Distributed Ledger
3 3 (0.46%) R3 Corda
4 2 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.15%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 208 (32.00%) AWS
2 91 (14.00%) Azure
3 78 (12.00%) SaaS
3 78 (12.00%) Serverless
4 77 (11.85%) GCP
5 65 (10.00%) AWS Lambda
6 18 (2.77%) GitHub
7 12 (1.85%) Amazon S3
8 11 (1.69%) Amazon SQS
9 9 (1.38%) Amazon Alexa
10 5 (0.77%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 5 (0.77%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.77%) Amazon ECS
10 5 (0.77%) Amazon ELB
10 5 (0.77%) Amazon Kinesis
10 5 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.77%) Google Docs
10 5 (0.77%) Loggly
10 5 (0.77%) Trello
11 4 (0.62%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.85%) HTTP
2 9 (1.38%) Internet
3 2 (0.31%) Firewall
3 2 (0.31%) Network Security
4 1 (0.15%) Asterisk PBX
4 1 (0.15%) PSTN
4 1 (0.15%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (17.23%) MongoDB
2 98 (15.08%) MySQL
3 78 (12.00%) PostgreSQL
4 55 (8.46%) SQL Server
5 46 (7.08%) Redis
6 45 (6.92%) Relational Database
7 39 (6.00%) NoSQL
8 10 (1.54%) Couchbase
8 10 (1.54%) Oracle Database
9 9 (1.38%) Blockchain
10 8 (1.23%) Amazon RDS
11 7 (1.08%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 7 (1.08%) RDBMS
12 6 (0.92%) Neo4j
12 6 (0.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 4 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
13 4 (0.62%) Flink
14 3 (0.46%) Amazon Redshift
14 3 (0.46%) BigQuery
14 3 (0.46%) InfluxDB
Development Applications
1 128 (19.69%) Git (software)
2 31 (4.77%) Jenkins
3 18 (2.77%) Gradle
3 18 (2.77%) Visual Studio
4 16 (2.46%) Maven
5 15 (2.31%) GitLab
6 13 (2.00%) PHPUnit
7 11 (1.69%) JUnit
7 11 (1.69%) Mockito
8 10 (1.54%) CircleCI
8 10 (1.54%) JIRA
9 9 (1.38%) Subversion
10 8 (1.23%) IntelliJ
10 8 (1.23%) SonarQube
11 7 (1.08%) Jasmine
11 7 (1.08%) Octopus Deploy
11 7 (1.08%) Protractor
12 6 (0.92%) Selenium
12 6 (0.92%) SpecFlow
13 5 (0.77%) Eclipse
General
1 102 (15.69%) Finance
2 27 (4.15%) Marketing
3 15 (2.31%) Games
4 13 (2.00%) Banking
4 13 (2.00%) Retail
5 12 (1.85%) Public Sector
6 11 (1.69%) Front Office
6 11 (1.69%) Law
7 10 (1.54%) Telecoms
8 8 (1.23%) Manufacturing
9 7 (1.08%) Electronics
10 3 (0.46%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.46%) Legal
11 2 (0.31%) Advertising
11 2 (0.31%) Korean Language
12 1 (0.15%) Back Office
12 1 (0.15%) Billing
12 1 (0.15%) Digital Economy
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (20.77%) Node.js
2 122 (18.77%) REST
3 97 (14.92%) .NET
4 95 (14.62%) GraphQL
5 88 (13.54%) Django
6 79 (12.15%) CSS
6 79 (12.15%) HTML
7 75 (11.54%) Flask
7 75 (11.54%) Laravel
7 75 (11.54%) Spring
8 72 (11.08%) RESTful
9 51 (7.85%) Kafka
10 48 (7.38%) Spring Boot
11 46 (7.08%) Web Services
12 43 (6.62%) React
13 41 (6.31%) .NET Core
14 40 (6.15%) AngularJS
15 36 (5.54%) Symfony
16 35 (5.38%) gRPC
16 35 (5.38%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 30 (4.62%) User Experience
2 25 (3.85%) Mobile App
3 19 (2.92%) Algorithms
4 15 (2.31%) Data Structures
4 15 (2.31%) Greenfield Project
5 14 (2.15%) Cloud Native
6 11 (1.69%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (1.38%) Virtual Team
8 5 (0.77%) Blog
8 5 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (0.77%) Mobile Payment
8 5 (0.77%) Podcast
8 5 (0.77%) Renewable Energy
8 5 (0.77%) Smart Meter
9 4 (0.62%) Augmented Reality
9 4 (0.62%) Mobile Banking
9 4 (0.62%) Social Media
10 3 (0.46%) Analytical Skills
10 3 (0.46%) Clustering
10 3 (0.46%) Digital Currency
Operating Systems
1 58 (8.92%) Linux
2 11 (1.69%) Android
2 11 (1.69%) Apple iOS
3 8 (1.23%) Windows
4 6 (0.92%) Unix
5 5 (0.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (0.62%) CentOS
7 3 (0.46%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.31%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.15%) DC/OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (34.31%) Agile Software Development
2 205 (31.54%) Microservices
3 144 (22.15%) DevOps
4 112 (17.23%) TDD
5 111 (17.08%) Fintech
6 83 (12.77%) Software Engineering
7 74 (11.38%) Problem-Solving
8 59 (9.08%) Kanban
9 57 (8.77%) MVC
10 53 (8.15%) Continuous Integration
11 51 (7.85%) OOP
12 49 (7.54%) E-Commerce
12 49 (7.54%) OO
13 46 (7.08%) Web Development
14 45 (6.92%) Front End Development
15 43 (6.62%) Computer Science
15 43 (6.62%) Mentoring
16 38 (5.85%) Unit Testing
17 31 (4.77%) Coaching
17 31 (4.77%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 240 (36.92%) JavaScript
2 203 (31.23%) Python
3 160 (24.62%) Java
4 152 (23.38%) SQL
5 145 (22.31%) PHP
6 114 (17.54%) C#
7 51 (7.85%) TypeScript
8 42 (6.46%) Go
9 32 (4.92%) C++
9 32 (4.92%) Scala
10 27 (4.15%) Kotlin
11 18 (2.77%) Java 8
12 15 (2.31%) Ruby
13 12 (1.85%) C
14 11 (1.69%) R
15 10 (1.54%) ES8
16 9 (1.38%) ES6
16 9 (1.38%) PHP 7
17 4 (0.62%) Bash Shell
17 4 (0.62%) VBA
Qualifications
1 47 (7.23%) Degree
2 35 (5.38%) Computer Science Degree
3 13 (2.00%) Security Cleared
4 7 (1.08%) SC Cleared
5 5 (0.77%) Master's Degree
6 4 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (0.46%) SANS
8 1 (0.15%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.15%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (5.38%) QA
2 3 (0.46%) WCAG
3 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 195 (30.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 143 (22.00%) Kubernetes
2 28 (4.31%) Terraform
3 9 (1.38%) Grafana
3 9 (1.38%) Prometheus
4 5 (0.77%) Consul
4 5 (0.77%) Packer
5 4 (0.62%) Ansible
6 3 (0.46%) Zipkin
7 1 (0.15%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.15%) Kibana
7 1 (0.15%) Marathon
Vendors
1 75 (11.54%) Google
2 24 (3.69%) Zend
3 20 (3.08%) Oracle
4 16 (2.46%) Microsoft
5 7 (1.08%) SAP
6 6 (0.92%) Atlassian
6 6 (0.92%) Spotify
7 4 (0.62%) Adobe
7 4 (0.62%) Red Hat
8 3 (0.46%) PagerDuty
9 2 (0.31%) HubSpot
9 2 (0.31%) Samsung
9 2 (0.31%) Sitecore
9 2 (0.31%) Splunk
10 1 (0.15%) Canon
10 1 (0.15%) Guidewire
10 1 (0.15%) IBM
10 1 (0.15%) Talend
10 1 (0.15%) Twitter
10 1 (0.15%) WooCommerce