Period
to 29 July 2021

The median annual salary for a Lead Developer was £72,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

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

Lead Developer
UK
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 225 221 241
Rank change year-on-year -4 +20 -16
Permanent jobs requiring a Lead Developer 1,716 1,075 2,093
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.52% 1.56% 1.45%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.67% 1.64% 1.52%
Number of salaries quoted 1,286 943 1,767
10th Percentile £48,750 £46,250 £43,750
25th Percentile £56,250 £55,000 £52,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £72,000 £67,500 £67,500
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% - +3.85%
75th Percentile £87,500 £83,000 £83,750
90th Percentile £108,125 £100,000 £93,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £55,500
% change year-on-year - +8.11% +0.91%

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 102,996 65,562 138,047
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.23% 95.01% 95.86%
Number of salaries quoted 73,214 53,513 111,578
10th Percentile £32,000 £31,250 £28,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £88,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

Lead Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Lead Developer in the UK

Lead Developer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Lead Developer in the UK

Lead Developer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Lead Developer over the 6 months to 29 July 2021.

Salary histogram for Lead Developer in the UK

Lead 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 Lead Developer within the UK over the 6 months to 29 July 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 -11 1,538 £73,000 +8.15% 252
UK excluding London -22 826 £60,000 - 148
London -12 756 £85,000 +6.25% 117
Work from Home -35 469 £70,000 - 90
South East +33 343 £67,500 +9.76% 25
North of England -75 157 £55,000 -8.33% 63
South West -45 104 £60,000 +9.09% 15
Midlands -68 101 £53,750 -10.42% 18
North West -70 78 £62,500 +4.17% 40
Yorkshire -82 63 £55,000 +4.76% 18
East Midlands -29 56 £52,500 -7.89% 7
Scotland -40 53 £60,000 -7.69% 8
West Midlands -69 44 £55,000 -8.33% 11
East of England -37 40 £71,250 +16.33% 13
Wales -24 24 £60,000 -14.29% 2
North East -15 16 £45,000 +12.50% 5
Northern Ireland -37 4 £45,000 -18.18% 4

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, Lead 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 Lead Developer in the job title.

1 903 (52.62%) Agile Software Development
2 723 (42.13%) JavaScript
3 547 (31.88%) Azure
4 530 (30.89%) C#
5 529 (30.83%) .NET
6 526 (30.65%) Java
7 522 (30.42%) React
8 434 (25.29%) Mentoring
9 415 (24.18%) AWS
10 388 (22.61%) Software Engineering
11 386 (22.49%) Scrum
12 369 (21.50%) Finance
13 368 (21.45%) SQL
14 366 (21.33%) Full Stack Development
15 365 (21.27%) AngularJS
16 361 (21.04%) DevOps
17 343 (19.99%) Microservices
18 334 (19.46%) CSS
19 325 (18.94%) HTML
20 321 (18.71%) TDD
21 306 (17.83%) Git (software)
22 299 (17.42%) Social Skills
23 283 (16.49%) Python
24 280 (16.32%) Node.js
25 278 (16.20%) Docker
26 265 (15.44%) TypeScript
27 251 (14.63%) SQL Server
27 251 (14.63%) Microsoft
28 233 (13.58%) Web Services
29 232 (13.52%) Spring

Lead 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 66 (3.85%) Apache
2 64 (3.73%) Tomcat
3 62 (3.61%) CMS
4 45 (2.62%) Elasticsearch
5 42 (2.45%) SharePoint
6 40 (2.33%) Apache Spark
7 39 (2.27%) GemFire
8 27 (1.57%) Confluence
9 26 (1.52%) Apache TomEE
10 20 (1.17%) Cloud Foundry
11 18 (1.05%) IIS
11 18 (1.05%) WordPress
12 15 (0.87%) nginx
13 12 (0.70%) Apache Solr
14 10 (0.58%) Apache Airflow
14 10 (0.58%) Drupal
15 9 (0.52%) Umbraco
16 8 (0.47%) EPiServer
17 7 (0.41%) Oracle Coherence
18 6 (0.35%) DataSynapse
Applications
1 13 (0.76%) Simulink
2 8 (0.47%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (0.35%) InDesign
3 6 (0.35%) Photoshop
4 4 (0.23%) Microsoft Excel
5 3 (0.17%) Adobe XD
5 3 (0.17%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 29 (1.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.64%) Shopify
3 9 (0.52%) Magento
4 3 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.12%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.12%) ProductWriter
6 1 (0.058%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.058%) R3 Corda
6 1 (0.058%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.058%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.058%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 1 (0.058%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 547 (31.88%) Azure
2 415 (24.18%) AWS
3 203 (11.83%) GCP
4 136 (7.93%) SaaS
5 107 (6.24%) GitHub
6 93 (5.42%) Serverless
7 69 (4.02%) Power Platform
8 67 (3.90%) PaaS
9 54 (3.15%) AWS Lambda
10 38 (2.21%) Azure Service Bus
11 33 (1.92%) Cloud Computing
12 30 (1.75%) Azure Storage
13 28 (1.63%) Amazon Kinesis
13 28 (1.63%) Dynamics 365
14 27 (1.57%) Amazon EC2
14 27 (1.57%) Azure App Service
15 26 (1.52%) IaaS
16 21 (1.22%) npm
17 20 (1.17%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 20 (1.17%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 27 (1.57%) AMQP
2 23 (1.34%) Firewall
3 22 (1.28%) DNS
3 22 (1.28%) VPN
4 9 (0.52%) Broadband
5 7 (0.41%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.35%) Internet
6 6 (0.35%) Skype
7 5 (0.29%) 5G
7 5 (0.29%) WebEx
8 3 (0.17%) HTTP
8 3 (0.17%) SMS
9 2 (0.12%) FTP
9 2 (0.12%) MQTT
9 2 (0.12%) SSL
10 1 (0.058%) DHCP
10 1 (0.058%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 251 (14.63%) SQL Server
2 139 (8.10%) NoSQL
3 115 (6.70%) Big Data
3 115 (6.70%) PostgreSQL
4 104 (6.06%) Relational Database
5 99 (5.77%) Redis
6 97 (5.65%) MongoDB
7 91 (5.30%) MySQL
8 55 (3.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 52 (3.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 50 (2.91%) Power BI
11 47 (2.74%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 36 (2.10%) MariaDB
13 33 (1.92%) HBase
14 32 (1.86%) Data Warehouse
15 31 (1.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 28 (1.63%) Apache Cassandra
17 25 (1.46%) RDBMS
18 22 (1.28%) Amazon Athena
18 22 (1.28%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 306 (17.83%) Git (software)
2 193 (11.25%) Jenkins
3 116 (6.76%) JIRA
4 80 (4.66%) Cucumber
5 76 (4.43%) Maven
6 65 (3.79%) JUnit
7 60 (3.50%) Cypress.io
8 49 (2.86%) TeamCity
9 45 (2.62%) Team Foundation Server
10 43 (2.51%) Protractor
11 42 (2.45%) Gradle
11 42 (2.45%) IntelliJ
11 42 (2.45%) webpack
12 41 (2.39%) Eclipse
12 41 (2.39%) Octopus Deploy
12 41 (2.39%) Storybook
13 40 (2.33%) Subversion
14 39 (2.27%) Sonatype Nexus
15 38 (2.21%) Mockito
16 33 (1.92%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 369 (21.50%) Finance
2 299 (17.42%) Social Skills
3 135 (7.87%) Analytical Skills
4 105 (6.12%) Banking
5 99 (5.77%) Front Office
6 71 (4.14%) Retail
7 64 (3.73%) Law
8 57 (3.32%) Games
9 54 (3.15%) Back Office
10 50 (2.91%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 47 (2.74%) Marketing
12 45 (2.62%) Organisational Skills
13 32 (1.86%) Public Sector
14 28 (1.63%) Investment Banking
15 27 (1.57%) Pharmaceutical
16 24 (1.40%) Legal
17 17 (0.99%) Telecoms
18 16 (0.93%) Presentation Skills
19 15 (0.87%) Automotive
20 12 (0.70%) Influencing Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 529 (30.83%) .NET
2 522 (30.42%) React
3 365 (21.27%) AngularJS
4 334 (19.46%) CSS
5 325 (18.94%) HTML
6 280 (16.32%) Node.js
7 233 (13.58%) Web Services
8 232 (13.52%) Spring
9 222 (12.94%) .NET Core
10 188 (10.96%) Vue.js
11 183 (10.66%) REST
12 157 (9.15%) RESTful
13 141 (8.22%) .NET Framework
14 131 (7.63%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 129 (7.52%) RabbitMQ
16 126 (7.34%) jQuery
17 117 (6.82%) GraphQL
18 107 (6.24%) Spring Boot
19 102 (5.94%) ASP.NET
20 96 (5.59%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 214 (12.47%) User Experience
2 95 (5.54%) Greenfield Project
3 92 (5.36%) Self-Motivation
4 84 (4.90%) Fixed Income
5 80 (4.66%) Mobile App
6 78 (4.55%) Derivative
7 76 (4.43%) Hedge funds
8 66 (3.85%) Equities
9 64 (3.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 46 (2.68%) Linux Command Line
11 45 (2.62%) Credit Risk
12 31 (1.81%) Cloud Native
13 21 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
14 19 (1.11%) Legacy Code
15 18 (1.05%) Legacy Systems
16 15 (0.87%) Social Media
17 14 (0.82%) Data Structures
17 14 (0.82%) Hybrid Cloud
18 13 (0.76%) Algorithms
18 13 (0.76%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 128 (7.46%) Linux
2 72 (4.20%) Android
2 72 (4.20%) Apple iOS
3 68 (3.96%) Windows
4 61 (3.55%) Unix
5 22 (1.28%) VMS
6 10 (0.58%) Windows Server
7 9 (0.52%) Ubuntu
8 6 (0.35%) Windows 10
8 6 (0.35%) Windows 7
8 6 (0.35%) Windows 8
8 6 (0.35%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (0.35%) Windows Server 2016
9 5 (0.29%) Mesosphere
10 2 (0.12%) CentOS
11 1 (0.058%) Android TV
Processes & Methodologies
1 903 (52.62%) Agile Software Development
2 434 (25.29%) Mentoring
3 388 (22.61%) Software Engineering
4 386 (22.49%) Scrum
5 366 (21.33%) Full Stack Development
6 361 (21.04%) DevOps
7 343 (19.99%) Microservices
8 321 (18.71%) TDD
9 223 (13.00%) MVC
10 185 (10.78%) Front End Development
11 178 (10.37%) Continuous Integration
12 172 (10.02%) Fintech
13 155 (9.03%) Analytics
14 146 (8.51%) Problem-Solving
15 142 (8.28%) BDD
16 137 (7.98%) Coaching
16 137 (7.98%) Test Automation
17 112 (6.53%) OO
18 109 (6.35%) Machine Learning
18 109 (6.35%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 723 (42.13%) JavaScript
2 530 (30.89%) C#
3 526 (30.65%) Java
4 368 (21.45%) SQL
5 283 (16.49%) Python
6 265 (15.44%) TypeScript
7 167 (9.73%) PHP
8 96 (5.59%) C++
9 88 (5.13%) Kotlin
10 76 (4.43%) Scala
11 71 (4.14%) T-SQL
12 44 (2.56%) Groovy
13 43 (2.51%) ES6
14 42 (2.45%) Shell Script
15 39 (2.27%) Java 8
16 38 (2.21%) Apex Code
17 37 (2.16%) Go
18 26 (1.52%) Ruby
19 23 (1.34%) PowerShell
20 18 (1.05%) SOQL
Qualifications
1 137 (7.98%) Degree
2 32 (1.86%) OCP
2 32 (1.86%) Oracle Certification
3 30 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
4 24 (1.40%) Security Cleared
5 23 (1.34%) SC Cleared
6 6 (0.35%) AWS Certification
6 6 (0.35%) HND
7 3 (0.17%) ISTQB
7 3 (0.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (0.17%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (0.12%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.12%) Postgraduate
9 1 (0.058%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.058%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 93 (5.42%) QA
2 26 (1.52%) Accessibility
3 8 (0.47%) EMIR
3 8 (0.47%) MiFID
4 7 (0.41%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.23%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.17%) ISO 20022
6 3 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.17%) SLA
7 2 (0.12%) GDPR
8 1 (0.058%) PMO
8 1 (0.058%) SEPA
System Software
1 278 (16.20%) Docker
2 33 (1.92%) HDFS
3 23 (1.34%) Active Directory
4 18 (1.05%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 232 (13.52%) Kubernetes
2 78 (4.55%) Terraform
3 68 (3.96%) Ansible
4 36 (2.10%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (0.41%) Puppet
6 6 (0.35%) Kibana
6 6 (0.35%) Prometheus
7 5 (0.29%) Automic
7 5 (0.29%) Consul
7 5 (0.29%) linkerd
7 5 (0.29%) logstash
8 2 (0.12%) Kubeflow
8 2 (0.12%) MIIS
9 1 (0.058%) Grafana
9 1 (0.058%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.058%) Rancher
Vendors
1 251 (14.63%) Microsoft
2 73 (4.25%) Oracle
3 50 (2.91%) Salesforce.com
4 46 (2.68%) Google
5 39 (2.27%) Okta
5 39 (2.27%) VMware
6 14 (0.82%) IBM
6 14 (0.82%) Nintex
6 14 (0.82%) PayPal
6 14 (0.82%) Sybase
6 14 (0.82%) Xamarin
7 13 (0.76%) Adobe
7 13 (0.76%) SAP
7 13 (0.76%) WooCommerce
8 12 (0.70%) Zend
9 8 (0.47%) Atlassian
9 8 (0.47%) Splunk
10 7 (0.41%) Klarna
10 7 (0.41%) MuleSoft
10 7 (0.41%) WorldPay