Period
to 18 October 2021

The median annual salary for a Lead Developer was £75,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 October 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
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 234 177 244
Rank change year-on-year -57 +67 -24
Permanent jobs requiring a Lead Developer 1,897 950 1,964
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.51% 1.98% 1.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.66% 2.09% 1.50%
Number of salaries quoted 1,386 845 1,706
10th Percentile £51,250 £47,500 £45,000
25th Percentile £60,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £75,000 £70,000 £66,750
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +4.87% +2.69%
75th Percentile £92,500 £85,000 £85,000
90th Percentile £115,000 £105,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £65,000 £60,000 £57,500
% change year-on-year +8.33% +4.35% +4.55%

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 114,354 45,503 131,343
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.27% 94.96% 95.67%
Number of salaries quoted 79,204 38,038 106,027
10th Percentile £31,830 £32,500 £28,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £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 £70,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £88,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +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 18 October 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 18 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
England -56 1,704 £75,000 +7.14% 317
UK excluding London -58 884 £65,000 +8.33% 172
London -62 852 £87,500 +5.42% 157
Work from Home -48 550 £75,000 +15.38% 82
South East -49 335 £70,000 +7.69% 28
North of England -65 193 £60,000 +9.09% 56
Midlands -51 121 £60,000 - 35
South West -70 112 £60,000 +4.35% 21
North West -56 102 £65,000 +8.33% 28
West Midlands -75 85 £60,000 - 26
Yorkshire -71 80 £59,750 +19.50% 13
East of England -82 56 £71,500 +19.17% 17
Scotland -67 43 £61,250 +16.67% 8
East Midlands -52 36 £52,500 -12.50% 9
Wales -41 21 £57,500 -17.86% 5
North East -36 11 £45,000 +8.43% 15
Northern Ireland -42 4 £54,500 -35.88% 1

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 October 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.

1 911 (48.02%) Agile Software Development
2 802 (42.28%) JavaScript
3 627 (33.05%) Azure
4 584 (30.79%) React
5 555 (29.26%) Java
6 549 (28.94%) .NET
7 535 (28.20%) C#
8 506 (26.67%) Software Engineering
9 502 (26.46%) AWS
10 438 (23.09%) Mentoring
11 423 (22.30%) Full Stack Development
12 406 (21.40%) AngularJS
12 406 (21.40%) TDD
13 405 (21.35%) SQL
14 387 (20.40%) Finance
15 380 (20.03%) Scrum
16 372 (19.61%) DevOps
17 350 (18.45%) Docker
18 348 (18.34%) Social Skills
19 347 (18.29%) CSS
20 346 (18.24%) Microservices
21 321 (16.92%) HTML
21 321 (16.92%) Node.js
22 319 (16.82%) Web Services
23 315 (16.61%) Python
24 293 (15.45%) Kubernetes
25 292 (15.39%) TypeScript
26 291 (15.34%) Git (software)
27 276 (14.55%) .NET Core
28 261 (13.76%) Microsoft

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 69 (3.64%) Apache
2 56 (2.95%) Apache Spark
3 51 (2.69%) CMS
3 51 (2.69%) Tomcat
4 50 (2.64%) Elasticsearch
5 44 (2.32%) SharePoint
6 38 (2.00%) GemFire
7 26 (1.37%) Apache Solr
8 25 (1.32%) nginx
9 22 (1.16%) Confluence
10 20 (1.05%) Cloud Foundry
11 19 (1.00%) Jupyter
12 18 (0.95%) Apache TomEE
13 15 (0.79%) WordPress
14 14 (0.74%) Apache Airflow
15 13 (0.69%) Drupal
15 13 (0.69%) IIS
16 10 (0.53%) Oracle Coherence
17 8 (0.42%) DataSynapse
18 7 (0.37%) Umbraco
Applications
1 18 (0.95%) Simulink
2 11 (0.58%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (0.53%) InDesign
4 6 (0.32%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.21%) Microsoft Excel
5 4 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.21%) Sketch
6 3 (0.16%) Adobe XD
7 1 (0.053%) InVision
Business Applications
1 23 (1.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.58%) Shopify
3 7 (0.37%) Magento
4 2 (0.11%) Maximo
4 2 (0.11%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.11%) ProductWriter
4 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.11%) RMDS
5 1 (0.053%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.053%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.053%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.053%) SunGard Martini
Cloud Services
1 627 (33.05%) Azure
2 502 (26.46%) AWS
3 211 (11.12%) GCP
4 151 (7.96%) SaaS
5 105 (5.54%) Serverless
6 104 (5.48%) GitHub
7 63 (3.32%) Power Platform
8 58 (3.06%) AWS Lambda
9 49 (2.58%) PaaS
10 45 (2.37%) Azure Service Bus
11 36 (1.90%) npm
11 36 (1.90%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
11 36 (1.90%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 33 (1.74%) AWS CloudFormation
12 33 (1.74%) Azure Storage
13 28 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
14 26 (1.37%) Amazon EC2
14 26 (1.37%) Amazon Kinesis
14 26 (1.37%) Azure App Service
14 26 (1.37%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (1.16%) Broadband
1 22 (1.16%) DNS
1 22 (1.16%) Firewall
1 22 (1.16%) VPN
2 21 (1.11%) AMQP
3 14 (0.74%) Internet
4 7 (0.37%) HTTP
4 7 (0.37%) WebEx
5 5 (0.26%) TCP/IP
6 4 (0.21%) 5G
6 4 (0.21%) MQTT
7 3 (0.16%) SMS
8 2 (0.11%) FTP
8 2 (0.11%) SSL
9 1 (0.053%) DAB
9 1 (0.053%) DHCP
9 1 (0.053%) Ethernet
9 1 (0.053%) HTTPS
9 1 (0.053%) Network Security
9 1 (0.053%) SMPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 260 (13.71%) SQL Server
2 152 (8.01%) NoSQL
3 121 (6.38%) Relational Database
4 117 (6.17%) PostgreSQL
5 116 (6.11%) Big Data
5 116 (6.11%) MySQL
6 109 (5.75%) Redis
7 96 (5.06%) MongoDB
8 56 (2.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 54 (2.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 45 (2.37%) Power BI
11 43 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
12 40 (2.11%) HBase
12 40 (2.11%) MariaDB
13 32 (1.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 31 (1.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 27 (1.42%) Amazon Athena
15 27 (1.42%) Hadoop
16 25 (1.32%) RDBMS
17 23 (1.21%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 291 (15.34%) Git (software)
2 232 (12.23%) Jenkins
3 117 (6.17%) JIRA
4 79 (4.16%) Cucumber
5 70 (3.69%) JUnit
6 68 (3.58%) Cypress.io
7 66 (3.48%) Maven
8 57 (3.00%) Octopus Deploy
9 55 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
10 52 (2.74%) Protractor
11 50 (2.64%) TeamCity
12 48 (2.53%) Visual Studio
12 48 (2.53%) webpack
13 46 (2.42%) Mockito
14 45 (2.37%) Gradle
15 42 (2.21%) Eclipse
15 42 (2.21%) IntelliJ
16 41 (2.16%) Storybook
17 40 (2.11%) GitLab
18 38 (2.00%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 387 (20.40%) Finance
2 348 (18.34%) Social Skills
3 152 (8.01%) Analytical Skills
4 130 (6.85%) Banking
5 128 (6.75%) Front Office
6 89 (4.69%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 69 (3.64%) Law
8 58 (3.06%) Retail
9 54 (2.85%) Marketing
10 45 (2.37%) Organisational Skills
11 44 (2.32%) Games
12 43 (2.27%) Back Office
12 43 (2.27%) Telecoms
13 34 (1.79%) Billing
14 32 (1.69%) Presentation Skills
15 31 (1.63%) Investment Banking
16 28 (1.48%) Legal
16 28 (1.48%) Public Sector
17 25 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
18 19 (1.00%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 584 (30.79%) React
2 549 (28.94%) .NET
3 406 (21.40%) AngularJS
4 347 (18.29%) CSS
5 321 (16.92%) HTML
5 321 (16.92%) Node.js
6 319 (16.82%) Web Services
7 276 (14.55%) .NET Core
8 249 (13.13%) Spring
9 202 (10.65%) Vue.js
10 195 (10.28%) REST
11 189 (9.96%) RESTful
12 138 (7.27%) .NET Framework
13 131 (6.91%) RabbitMQ
14 127 (6.69%) ASP.NET
15 125 (6.59%) jQuery
16 119 (6.27%) Spring Boot
17 106 (5.59%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 101 (5.32%) GraphQL
19 95 (5.01%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 228 (12.02%) User Experience
2 160 (8.43%) Greenfield Project
3 102 (5.38%) Derivative
3 102 (5.38%) Fixed Income
4 100 (5.27%) Hedge funds
5 89 (4.69%) Equities
6 82 (4.32%) Self-Motivation
7 80 (4.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 58 (3.06%) Mobile App
9 55 (2.90%) Cloud Native
10 47 (2.48%) Linux Command Line
11 36 (1.90%) Credit Derivative
12 33 (1.74%) Algorithms
13 32 (1.69%) Credit Risk
14 29 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
15 19 (1.00%) Life Science
15 19 (1.00%) Social Media
16 18 (0.95%) Legacy Applications
17 15 (0.79%) Blog
17 15 (0.79%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 130 (6.85%) Linux
2 90 (4.74%) Unix
3 64 (3.37%) Windows
4 53 (2.79%) Android
5 51 (2.69%) Apple iOS
6 28 (1.48%) VMS
7 19 (1.00%) Mac OS
8 9 (0.47%) Windows Server
9 8 (0.42%) Ubuntu
10 7 (0.37%) Mesosphere
11 6 (0.32%) Windows 10
11 6 (0.32%) Windows 7
11 6 (0.32%) Windows 8
11 6 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
11 6 (0.32%) Windows Server 2016
12 4 (0.21%) CentOS
13 1 (0.053%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 911 (48.02%) Agile Software Development
2 506 (26.67%) Software Engineering
3 438 (23.09%) Mentoring
4 423 (22.30%) Full Stack Development
5 406 (21.40%) TDD
6 380 (20.03%) Scrum
7 372 (19.61%) DevOps
8 346 (18.24%) Microservices
9 236 (12.44%) MVC
10 233 (12.28%) Fintech
11 222 (11.70%) Front End Development
12 214 (11.28%) Continuous Integration
13 207 (10.91%) Problem-Solving
14 175 (9.23%) Coaching
15 173 (9.12%) Test Automation
16 166 (8.75%) Analytics
17 146 (7.70%) BDD
18 126 (6.64%) SDLC
19 122 (6.43%) Product Roadmap
20 121 (6.38%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 802 (42.28%) JavaScript
2 555 (29.26%) Java
3 535 (28.20%) C#
4 405 (21.35%) SQL
5 315 (16.61%) Python
6 292 (15.39%) TypeScript
7 241 (12.70%) PHP
8 103 (5.43%) Go
9 92 (4.85%) T-SQL
10 84 (4.43%) Kotlin
11 83 (4.38%) C++
12 66 (3.48%) Scala
13 52 (2.74%) Groovy
14 50 (2.64%) Java 8
15 49 (2.58%) Apex Code
16 47 (2.48%) ES6
17 46 (2.42%) Shell Script
18 30 (1.58%) Java 11
19 29 (1.53%) R
20 27 (1.42%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 159 (8.38%) Degree
2 37 (1.95%) OCP
2 37 (1.95%) Oracle Certification
3 36 (1.90%) Computer Science Degree
4 28 (1.48%) Security Cleared
5 27 (1.42%) SC Cleared
6 10 (0.53%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (0.26%) AWS Certification
7 5 (0.26%) DBS Check
8 3 (0.16%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (0.11%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.11%) MCPD
9 2 (0.11%) Postgraduate
10 1 (0.053%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.053%) HND
10 1 (0.053%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.053%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 150 (7.91%) QA
2 17 (0.90%) Accessibility
3 12 (0.63%) Data Quality
4 7 (0.37%) EMIR
4 7 (0.37%) MiFID
5 3 (0.16%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.11%) SLA
7 1 (0.053%) GDPR
7 1 (0.053%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.053%) PMO
7 1 (0.053%) SEPA
System Software
1 350 (18.45%) Docker
2 39 (2.06%) HDFS
3 25 (1.32%) Active Directory
4 19 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.053%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 293 (15.45%) Kubernetes
2 144 (7.59%) Terraform
3 102 (5.38%) Ansible
4 42 (2.21%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (0.47%) Kibana
6 8 (0.42%) Puppet
7 7 (0.37%) Automic
7 7 (0.37%) Consul
7 7 (0.37%) logstash
7 7 (0.37%) Prometheus
8 5 (0.26%) linkerd
9 4 (0.21%) Capistrano
9 4 (0.21%) Kubeflow
10 3 (0.16%) Plesk
11 1 (0.053%) Apache Brooklyn
11 1 (0.053%) MIIS
11 1 (0.053%) Packer
Vendors
1 261 (13.76%) Microsoft
2 71 (3.74%) Salesforce.com
3 57 (3.00%) Google
4 51 (2.69%) Oracle
5 39 (2.06%) VMware
6 38 (2.00%) Okta
7 19 (1.00%) YouTube
8 16 (0.84%) Adobe
8 16 (0.84%) Databricks
9 15 (0.79%) Sybase
10 14 (0.74%) SAP
11 13 (0.69%) Talend
12 11 (0.58%) MuleSoft
13 10 (0.53%) Splunk
14 9 (0.47%) Nintex
14 9 (0.47%) Xamarin
15 8 (0.42%) PayPal
15 8 (0.42%) WooCommerce
16 7 (0.37%) IBM
17 6 (0.32%) Sitecore