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The median annual salary for a Head of Software Engineering was £120,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 August 2022.

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

Head of Software Engineering
UK
6 months to
14 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 1131 980 749
Rank change year-on-year -151 -231 +347
Permanent jobs requiring a Head of Software Engineering 85 29 20
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.051% 0.025% 0.032%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.055% 0.028% 0.034%
Number of salaries quoted 35 24 12
10th Percentile £78,250 - £75,500
25th Percentile £100,000 £75,000 £82,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £120,000 £100,000 £105,000
Median % change year-on-year +20.00% -4.76% +16.67%
75th Percentile £152,500 £115,000 £109,375
90th Percentile £217,500 £126,375 £121,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £90,000 £85,000 £105,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% -19.05% +23.53%

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 154,129 105,398 59,022
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.94% 91.14% 94.86%
Number of salaries quoted 83,523 74,437 48,237
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,750 £31,250
25th Percentile £43,750 £41,250 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%
75th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £91,250 £88,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,200 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +9.89% - +5.56%

Head of Software Engineering
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Head of Software Engineering in the UK

Head of Software Engineering
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Head of Software Engineering.

Salary trend for Head of Software Engineering in the UK

Head of Software Engineering
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Head of Software Engineering over the 6 months to 14 August 2022.

Salary histogram for Head of Software Engineering in the UK

Head of Software Engineering
Top 14 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 Engineering within the UK over the 6 months to 14 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England -122 75 £120,000 +20.00% 6
London -148 44 £150,000 +36.36% 2
UK excluding London -76 31 £90,000 +5.88% 4
Work from Home -205 20 £120,000 +50.00% 3
North of England -54 11 £92,500 -11.90% 1
Midlands -42 10 £77,500 -22.50%
South West -26 7 £90,000 -
West Midlands -47 7 £85,000 -15.00%
North West -51 6 - - 1
Yorkshire -23 4 - -
East Midlands - 3 £77,500 -
East of England - 2 £110,000 - 1
South East -48 1 £120,000 +50.00% 2
North East - 1 £92,500 -

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

For the 6 months to 14 August 2022, Head of Software Engineering job roles required the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Head of Software Engineering in the job title.

1 85 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 67 (78.82%) Agile
3 57 (67.06%) Azure
4 44 (51.76%) AWS
4 44 (51.76%) .NET
5 36 (42.35%) GCP
6 35 (41.18%) Python
7 34 (40.00%) Ruby
7 34 (40.00%) Google
7 34 (40.00%) Business Development
7 34 (40.00%) Service Design
8 27 (31.76%) Microservices
9 21 (24.71%) Coaching
10 18 (21.18%) Java
11 16 (18.82%) Mentoring
12 14 (16.47%) TDD
13 13 (15.29%) QA
13 13 (15.29%) Software Delivery
13 13 (15.29%) Fintech
14 12 (14.12%) Budgeting and Resource Allocation
14 12 (14.12%) Resource Allocation
14 12 (14.12%) Blockchain
14 12 (14.12%) Laravel
14 12 (14.12%) Capacity Management
14 12 (14.12%) SOA
14 12 (14.12%) PHP
14 12 (14.12%) Technical Leadership
14 12 (14.12%) Project Delivery
15 11 (12.94%) Scrum
16 10 (11.76%) MVC

Head of Software Engineering 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:

Business Applications
1 1 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 57 (67.06%) Azure
2 44 (51.76%) AWS
3 36 (42.35%) GCP
4 5 (5.88%) SaaS
4 5 (5.88%) Serverless
5 3 (3.53%) Heroku
6 2 (2.35%) Apigee
6 2 (2.35%) Azure Cosmos DB
6 2 (2.35%) npm
7 1 (1.18%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (1.18%) Azure Functions
7 1 (1.18%) Dynamics 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.71%) NoSQL
2 3 (3.53%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.35%) MySQL
4 1 (1.18%) DynamoDB
4 1 (1.18%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.35%) Bower
1 2 (2.35%) Git (software)
1 2 (2.35%) Grunt
1 2 (2.35%) JUnit
1 2 (2.35%) webpack
2 1 (1.18%) Bitbucket Server
General
1 10 (11.76%) Social Skills
2 3 (3.53%) Legal
3 2 (2.35%) Presentation Skills
4 1 (1.18%) Finance
4 1 (1.18%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (51.76%) .NET
2 12 (14.12%) Laravel
3 9 (10.59%) Flutter
3 9 (10.59%) React
4 6 (7.06%) .NET Core
4 6 (7.06%) AngularJS
4 6 (7.06%) Kafka
4 6 (7.06%) Node.js
5 5 (5.88%) CSS
5 5 (5.88%) CSS3
5 5 (5.88%) HTML
5 5 (5.88%) HTML5
6 3 (3.53%) REST
6 3 (3.53%) Web Services
7 2 (2.35%) LEMP Stack
7 2 (2.35%) LESS
7 2 (2.35%) RESTful
7 2 (2.35%) Sass
7 2 (2.35%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 2 (2.35%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.12%) Blockchain
2 4 (4.71%) Web3
3 3 (3.53%) Cloud Native
3 3 (3.53%) Low-Code
4 1 (1.18%) Educational Technology
4 1 (1.18%) IoT
4 1 (1.18%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 8 (9.41%) Android
1 8 (9.41%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 67 (78.82%) Agile
3 34 (40.00%) Business Development
3 34 (40.00%) Service Design
4 27 (31.76%) Microservices
5 21 (24.71%) Coaching
6 16 (18.82%) Mentoring
7 14 (16.47%) TDD
8 13 (15.29%) Fintech
8 13 (15.29%) Software Delivery
9 12 (14.12%) Budgeting and Resource Allocation
9 12 (14.12%) Capacity Management
9 12 (14.12%) Project Delivery
9 12 (14.12%) Resource Allocation
9 12 (14.12%) SOA
9 12 (14.12%) Technical Leadership
10 11 (12.94%) Scrum
11 10 (11.76%) MVC
11 10 (11.76%) OWASP
11 10 (11.76%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 35 (41.18%) Python
2 34 (40.00%) Ruby
3 18 (21.18%) Java
4 12 (14.12%) PHP
5 9 (10.59%) JavaScript
6 8 (9.41%) C++
6 8 (9.41%) SQL
7 3 (3.53%) C
8 1 (1.18%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (1.18%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (15.29%) QA
System Software
1 4 (4.71%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (8.24%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 34 (40.00%) Google
2 3 (3.53%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.18%) MuleSoft