Period
to 19 January 2018

The median annual salary for a Head of Software Development was £80,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 January 2018.

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

Head of Software Development
UK
6 months to
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1111 1147 1214
Rank change year-on-year +36 +67 +43
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Software Development 65 44 56
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.037% 0.025% 0.027%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.039% 0.026% 0.028%
Number of salaries quoted 46 37 51
UK median annual salary £80,000 £80,000 £77,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +3.23% +26.53%
10th Percentile £68,750 £52,500 £57,500
90th Percentile £102,500 £102,500 £115,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £75,000 £75,000 £70,000
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +21.74%

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 167,227 170,652 201,733
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.08% 96.47% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 135,816 142,093 168,706
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%

Head of Software Development
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Head of Software Development in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Head of Software Development in the UK

Head of Software Development
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Head of Software Development.

Salary trend for Head of Software Development in the UK

Head of Software Development
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Head of Software Development over the 6 months to 19 January 2018.

Salary histogram for Head of Software Development in the UK

Head of Software Development
Top 12 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Head of Software Development within the UK over the 6 months to 19 January 2018. 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 +37 63 £80,000 +3.23% 6
UK excluding London +28 45 £75,000 - 6
London +19 19 £88,000 -7.37% 1
Midlands +25 14 £70,000 +16.67% 1
South East +23 14 £75,000 - 2
West Midlands - 14 £70,000 - 1
South West +2 8 £77,500 +26.53%
North of England -4 7 £80,000 +6.67% 2
North West -3 5 £80,000 +6.67% 2
Yorkshire +21 2 £77,500 +3.33%
Scotland - 1 £75,000 - 1
East of England - 1 - -

Head of Software Development Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, Head of Software Development job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Head of Software Development in the job title.

1 48 (73.85%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (43.08%) C#
3 22 (33.85%) JavaScript
4 20 (30.77%) .NET
5 19 (29.23%) Scrum
6 17 (26.15%) MySQL
6 17 (26.15%) HTML
7 16 (24.62%) Web Development
7 16 (24.62%) NoSQL
7 16 (24.62%) PHP
8 15 (23.08%) Linux
9 14 (21.54%) Business Intelligence
9 14 (21.54%) Software Engineering
10 13 (20.00%) Pay per click
10 13 (20.00%) VMware
10 13 (20.00%) SEO
10 13 (20.00%) Mobile Games
10 13 (20.00%) Games
10 13 (20.00%) Microsoft
10 13 (20.00%) Active Directory
10 13 (20.00%) Windows
10 13 (20.00%) C++
10 13 (20.00%) ASP.NET
10 13 (20.00%) Apple iOS
10 13 (20.00%) Game Development
10 13 (20.00%) Android
10 13 (20.00%) Apache Flex
10 13 (20.00%) HTML5
10 13 (20.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 13 (20.00%) Private Cloud

Head of Software Development 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 2 (3.08%) Apache
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (6.15%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.54%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (26.15%) MySQL
2 16 (24.62%) NoSQL
3 6 (9.23%) Big Data
4 5 (7.69%) SQL Server
5 4 (6.15%) Apache Cassandra
6 2 (3.08%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 3 (4.62%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (1.54%) Visual Studio
General
1 13 (20.00%) Games
2 5 (7.69%) Retail
3 4 (6.15%) Finance
4 2 (3.08%) Marketing
5 1 (1.54%) Back Office
5 1 (1.54%) Legal
5 1 (1.54%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (30.77%) .NET
2 17 (26.15%) HTML
3 13 (20.00%) Apache Flex
3 13 (20.00%) ASP.NET
3 13 (20.00%) HTML5
3 13 (20.00%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 9 (13.85%) AngularJS
5 8 (12.31%) ASP.NET MVC
6 7 (10.77%) .NET Framework
6 7 (10.77%) ASP.NET Web API
7 5 (7.69%) React
8 4 (6.15%) CSS
9 3 (4.62%) ASP.NET Core
9 3 (4.62%) Django
10 2 (3.08%) jQuery
10 2 (3.08%) LAMP
10 2 (3.08%) Velocity
10 2 (3.08%) Web Services
10 2 (3.08%) XML
11 1 (1.54%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 13 (20.00%) Mobile Games
1 13 (20.00%) Private Cloud
2 11 (16.92%) User Experience
3 9 (13.85%) BBC
4 4 (6.15%) Computer Science
5 3 (4.62%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (4.62%) Smart City
6 2 (3.08%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (3.08%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (3.08%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.54%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.54%) Fintech
7 1 (1.54%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 15 (23.08%) Linux
2 13 (20.00%) Android
2 13 (20.00%) Apple iOS
2 13 (20.00%) Windows
3 1 (1.54%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (73.85%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (29.23%) Scrum
3 16 (24.62%) Web Development
4 14 (21.54%) Business Intelligence
4 14 (21.54%) Software Engineering
5 13 (20.00%) Game Development
5 13 (20.00%) Mobile Development
5 13 (20.00%) Pay per click
5 13 (20.00%) SEO
6 11 (16.92%) DevOps
7 10 (15.38%) Coaching
7 10 (15.38%) MVC
8 8 (12.31%) Front End Development
8 8 (12.31%) Line Management
8 8 (12.31%) TDD
9 7 (10.77%) API Development
10 6 (9.23%) E-Commerce
10 6 (9.23%) Mentoring
10 6 (9.23%) Stakeholder Management
11 4 (6.15%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 28 (43.08%) C#
2 22 (33.85%) JavaScript
3 16 (24.62%) PHP
4 13 (20.00%) C++
5 6 (9.23%) Java
6 3 (4.62%) Python
6 3 (4.62%) SQL
7 1 (1.54%) C
7 1 (1.54%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.54%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 8 (12.31%) Degree
2 1 (1.54%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (13.85%) QA
2 1 (1.54%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (6.15%) Docker
Vendors
1 13 (20.00%) Microsoft
1 13 (20.00%) VMware
2 3 (4.62%) Google
2 3 (4.62%) Xamarin
3 1 (1.54%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.54%) TOWER Software
3 1 (1.54%) WorldPay