Period
to 13 April 2021

The median annual salary for a Lead Developer was £67,750 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 193 228 237
Rank change year-on-year +35 +9 -22
Permanent jobs requiring a Lead Developer 1,376 1,677 2,215
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.66% 1.47% 1.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.78% 1.54% 1.55%
Number of salaries quoted 1,208 1,445 1,873
10th Percentile £47,500 £46,250 £43,750
25th Percentile £55,000 £53,750 £52,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £67,750 £65,000 £67,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.23% -2.99% +7.20%
75th Percentile £83,750 £81,250 £82,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £95,000 £93,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year - +9.09% -

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 77,346 108,572 142,944
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.13% 95.37% 96.02%
Number of salaries quoted 60,849 88,179 115,251
10th Percentile £31,500 £29,750 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,750 £37,750 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 +18 1,179 £70,000 +3.70% 265
UK excluding London +23 745 £60,000 - 138
London +14 515 £82,500 +3.13% 141
Work from Home +33 369 £70,000 +7.69% 78
South East +64 244 £62,500 +1.63% 30
North of England -10 139 £55,000 -4.35% 51
South West +68 125 £62,000 +12.73% 18
Midlands -13 99 £60,000 +9.09% 14
North West -15 68 £60,000 - 27
Scotland +14 65 £57,500 - 9
West Midlands +21 57 £60,000 +9.09% 10
Yorkshire -27 52 £55,000 - 18
East Midlands -33 41 £55,000 - 4
Wales +26 35 £65,000 +8.33% 6
East of England +3 30 £60,000 - 9
North East +28 19 £42,500 +6.25% 6
Northern Ireland +8 8 £45,000 -18.18% 1

Lead Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 689 (50.07%) Agile Software Development
2 521 (37.86%) JavaScript
3 415 (30.16%) .NET
4 408 (29.65%) Java
5 390 (28.34%) C#
6 350 (25.44%) Mentoring
7 334 (24.27%) Azure
8 309 (22.46%) HTML
9 297 (21.58%) Scrum
10 277 (20.13%) SQL
11 274 (19.91%) DevOps
11 274 (19.91%) React
12 268 (19.48%) CSS
13 255 (18.53%) AWS
14 251 (18.24%) Git (software)
15 246 (17.88%) TDD
16 243 (17.66%) AngularJS
17 216 (15.70%) Finance
18 192 (13.95%) Python
19 181 (13.15%) Docker
20 179 (13.01%) MVC
21 172 (12.50%) Microservices
22 171 (12.43%) Software Engineering
23 165 (11.99%) REST
24 162 (11.77%) Spring
25 160 (11.63%) SQL Server
25 160 (11.63%) Node.js
25 160 (11.63%) TypeScript
26 153 (11.12%) Microsoft
27 147 (10.68%) .NET Core

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 57 (4.14%) CMS
2 44 (3.20%) Tomcat
3 37 (2.69%) WordPress
4 32 (2.33%) Apache
5 21 (1.53%) Elasticsearch
6 20 (1.45%) Confluence
6 20 (1.45%) SharePoint
7 18 (1.31%) EPiServer
8 17 (1.24%) IIS
9 13 (0.94%) Apache TomEE
10 8 (0.58%) Mendix
10 8 (0.58%) Mule
11 6 (0.44%) Apache Spark
11 6 (0.44%) GemFire
11 6 (0.44%) Umbraco
12 5 (0.36%) ArcGIS
12 5 (0.36%) nginx
13 4 (0.29%) Apache Airflow
13 4 (0.29%) Headless CMS
13 4 (0.29%) Moodle
Applications
1 5 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (0.36%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.29%) Figma
3 3 (0.22%) Sketch
3 3 (0.22%) Zeplin
4 2 (0.15%) AutoCAD
4 2 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.073%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 17 (1.24%) Magento
2 15 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (0.80%) OpenCart
4 4 (0.29%) Maximo
4 4 (0.29%) Shopify
5 3 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.15%) R3 Corda
6 2 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 334 (24.27%) Azure
2 255 (18.53%) AWS
3 85 (6.18%) SaaS
4 81 (5.89%) GCP
5 55 (4.00%) Power Platform
6 53 (3.85%) PaaS
7 47 (3.42%) GitHub
8 41 (2.98%) Serverless
9 22 (1.60%) Azure Functions
10 18 (1.31%) Amazon Kinesis
11 15 (1.09%) Microsoft 365
11 15 (1.09%) npm
12 14 (1.02%) Dynamics 365
12 14 (1.02%) Logic Apps
13 13 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
13 13 (0.94%) PowerApps
14 12 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
14 12 (0.87%) Force.com
15 11 (0.80%) Azure Data Factory
15 11 (0.80%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 20 (1.45%) Skype
2 14 (1.02%) Internet
3 13 (0.94%) AMQP
3 13 (0.94%) HTTP
4 3 (0.22%) Firewall
5 2 (0.15%) DNS
5 2 (0.15%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.15%) VPN
6 1 (0.073%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.073%) RIP
6 1 (0.073%) VoIP
6 1 (0.073%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 160 (11.63%) SQL Server
2 88 (6.40%) MySQL
3 59 (4.29%) PostgreSQL
4 58 (4.22%) MongoDB
5 49 (3.56%) NoSQL
6 46 (3.34%) Relational Database
7 40 (2.91%) Redis
8 38 (2.76%) Power BI
9 34 (2.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 34 (2.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 31 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
11 25 (1.82%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 22 (1.60%) Big Data
13 17 (1.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 14 (1.02%) Cosmos DB
15 12 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
16 11 (0.80%) Apache Cassandra
16 11 (0.80%) RDBMS
17 9 (0.65%) OLAP
17 9 (0.65%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 251 (18.24%) Git (software)
2 99 (7.19%) Jenkins
3 80 (5.81%) JIRA
4 54 (3.92%) Cucumber
5 47 (3.42%) Maven
6 39 (2.83%) Subversion
7 32 (2.33%) webpack
8 26 (1.89%) JUnit
9 23 (1.67%) Selenium
10 18 (1.31%) NUnit
11 15 (1.09%) Cypress.io
11 15 (1.09%) WebDriver
12 14 (1.02%) SonarQube
13 13 (0.94%) Visual Studio
14 12 (0.87%) Appium
14 12 (0.87%) TeamCity
15 11 (0.80%) Bitbucket
15 11 (0.80%) Gradle
15 11 (0.80%) Octopus Deploy
16 10 (0.73%) Protractor
General
1 216 (15.70%) Finance
2 70 (5.09%) Banking
3 49 (3.56%) Games
4 47 (3.42%) Public Sector
5 41 (2.98%) Retail
6 40 (2.91%) Back Office
7 33 (2.40%) Front Office
8 28 (2.03%) Marketing
9 27 (1.96%) Telecoms
10 20 (1.45%) Electronics
11 19 (1.38%) Law
12 17 (1.24%) Manufacturing
13 16 (1.16%) Investment Banking
14 14 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
15 13 (0.94%) Legal
16 12 (0.87%) Automotive
17 9 (0.65%) Publishing
18 7 (0.51%) Financial Institution
19 6 (0.44%) Advertising
20 5 (0.36%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 415 (30.16%) .NET
2 309 (22.46%) HTML
3 274 (19.91%) React
4 268 (19.48%) CSS
5 243 (17.66%) AngularJS
6 165 (11.99%) REST
7 162 (11.77%) Spring
8 160 (11.63%) Node.js
9 147 (10.68%) .NET Core
10 127 (9.23%) Web Services
11 110 (7.99%) ASP.NET
12 109 (7.92%) HTML5
13 106 (7.70%) Vue.js
14 90 (6.54%) RESTful
15 87 (6.32%) .NET Framework
16 84 (6.10%) Spring Boot
17 82 (5.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 67 (4.87%) Sass
19 66 (4.80%) Hibernate
20 61 (4.43%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 126 (9.16%) User Experience
2 111 (8.07%) Mobile App
3 77 (5.60%) Greenfield Project
4 64 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
5 42 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
6 23 (1.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 22 (1.60%) Fixed Income
7 22 (1.60%) Linux Command Line
8 21 (1.53%) Data Structures
8 21 (1.53%) Hedge funds
9 19 (1.38%) Derivative
9 19 (1.38%) Equities
10 17 (1.24%) Enterprise Software
11 15 (1.09%) Algorithms
12 12 (0.87%) Credit Risk
12 12 (0.87%) NHS
13 10 (0.73%) Hybrid Cloud
14 9 (0.65%) Cloud Native
14 9 (0.65%) Virtual Team
15 8 (0.58%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 105 (7.63%) Linux
2 85 (6.18%) Android
2 85 (6.18%) Apple iOS
3 30 (2.18%) Windows
4 14 (1.02%) Unix
5 3 (0.22%) VMS
6 2 (0.15%) Amazon Linux
6 2 (0.15%) Android TV
6 2 (0.15%) CentOS
6 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.073%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.073%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.073%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 689 (50.07%) Agile Software Development
2 350 (25.44%) Mentoring
3 297 (21.58%) Scrum
4 274 (19.91%) DevOps
5 246 (17.88%) TDD
6 179 (13.01%) MVC
7 172 (12.50%) Microservices
8 171 (12.43%) Software Engineering
9 132 (9.59%) Front End Development
10 131 (9.52%) Unit Testing
11 103 (7.49%) Continuous Integration
12 101 (7.34%) Fintech
13 97 (7.05%) Test Automation
14 95 (6.90%) Problem-Solving
15 90 (6.54%) BDD
15 90 (6.54%) Coaching
16 87 (6.32%) SDLC
17 80 (5.81%) Web Development
18 72 (5.23%) OO
19 71 (5.16%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 521 (37.86%) JavaScript
2 408 (29.65%) Java
3 390 (28.34%) C#
4 277 (20.13%) SQL
5 192 (13.95%) Python
6 160 (11.63%) TypeScript
7 130 (9.45%) PHP
8 58 (4.22%) ES6
9 49 (3.56%) C++
10 45 (3.27%) Ruby
11 43 (3.13%) Kotlin
12 32 (2.33%) Java 8
13 31 (2.25%) Apex Code
14 27 (1.96%) Go
14 27 (1.96%) Scala
15 26 (1.89%) Apple Swift
16 25 (1.82%) PL/SQL
16 25 (1.82%) T-SQL
17 23 (1.67%) C
18 18 (1.31%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 89 (6.47%) Degree
2 41 (2.98%) Computer Science Degree
3 12 (0.87%) Security Cleared
4 11 (0.80%) SC Cleared
5 8 (0.58%) DBS Check
5 8 (0.58%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (0.44%) Master's Degree
7 4 (0.29%) HND
8 3 (0.22%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.22%) MCSD
8 3 (0.22%) OCP
8 3 (0.22%) Oracle Certification
9 1 (0.073%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.073%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.073%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.073%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (5.09%) QA
2 5 (0.36%) GDPR
2 5 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (0.36%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.15%) ISO 20022
3 2 (0.15%) PSD2
3 2 (0.15%) SLA
4 1 (0.073%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.073%) EMIR
4 1 (0.073%) MiFID
System Software
1 181 (13.15%) Docker
2 15 (1.09%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.22%) HDFS
3 3 (0.22%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.073%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 125 (9.08%) Kubernetes
2 27 (1.96%) Terraform
3 15 (1.09%) Ansible
4 7 (0.51%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.29%) Grafana
5 4 (0.29%) Prometheus
6 3 (0.22%) Puppet
7 2 (0.15%) Kibana
7 2 (0.15%) MIIS
8 1 (0.073%) Capistrano
8 1 (0.073%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.073%) Rancher
8 1 (0.073%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 153 (11.12%) Microsoft
2 59 (4.29%) Oracle
3 47 (3.42%) Salesforce.com
4 28 (2.03%) Google
5 22 (1.60%) Xamarin
6 18 (1.31%) SAP
6 18 (1.31%) WooCommerce
7 16 (1.16%) Apple
8 13 (0.94%) Atlassian
9 12 (0.87%) Zend
10 11 (0.80%) IBM
11 7 (0.51%) MuleSoft
11 7 (0.51%) Solace
12 6 (0.44%) Okta
12 6 (0.44%) PayPal
12 6 (0.44%) Sage
12 6 (0.44%) VMware
13 5 (0.36%) Adobe
13 5 (0.36%) Databricks
13 5 (0.36%) ESRI