Period
to 19 October 2021

The median annual salary for a Lead Software Engineer was £85,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

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

Lead Software Engineer
UK
6 months to
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 549 565 753
Rank change year-on-year +16 +188 +77
Permanent jobs requiring a Lead Software Engineer 610 139 340
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 0.29% 0.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.53% 0.30% 0.26%
Number of salaries quoted 269 129 275
10th Percentile £55,000 £47,500 £42,070
25th Percentile £70,000 £57,500 £52,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £85,000 £77,500 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.68% +19.23% +8.33%
75th Percentile £118,750 £125,000 £92,500
90th Percentile £143,750 £156,250 £122,500
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 114,589 45,998 130,402
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.25% 94.99% 95.66%
Number of salaries quoted 79,343 38,484 105,266
10th Percentile £31,875 £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 Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Lead Software Engineer in the UK

Lead Software Engineer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Lead Software Engineer in the UK

Lead Software Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Lead Software Engineer over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

Salary histogram for Lead Software Engineer in the UK

Lead Software Engineer
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Lead Software Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 19 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 +23 563 £90,000 +9.09% 61
London -4 368 £95,000 -3.80% 28
UK excluding London -92 213 £65,000 +8.33% 38
Work from Home -178 103 £81,250 +20.37% 14
South East -76 91 £63,750 +15.91% 3
South West -64 36 £70,000 +40.00% 8
North of England -113 26 £60,000 -7.69% 8
Scotland -81 25 £65,000 +4.00% 5
Midlands -103 21 £57,500 +1.32% 9
North West -87 19 £61,250 +13.95% 1
West Midlands -112 14 £50,807 -13.15% 3
East of England -89 9 £110,000 +66.67% 5
East Midlands -72 7 £60,000 +9.09% 6
Wales -43 5 £72,450 +44.90%
Yorkshire -112 5 £68,750 +3.77% 4
North East -28 2 £60,000 - 3

Lead Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, Lead Software Engineer 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 Software Engineer in the job title.

1 588 (96.39%) Software Engineering
2 369 (60.49%) Agile Software Development
3 307 (50.33%) React
4 301 (49.34%) Python
5 287 (47.05%) AWS
6 276 (45.25%) Java
7 244 (40.00%) JavaScript
8 239 (39.18%) DevOps
9 226 (37.05%) Docker
10 225 (36.89%) Microservices
11 223 (36.56%) Kubernetes
12 213 (34.92%) Finance
13 206 (33.77%) Full Stack Development
14 199 (32.62%) Node.js
15 195 (31.97%) Azure
16 173 (28.36%) Mentoring
17 167 (27.38%) User Experience
18 166 (27.21%) Jenkins
19 161 (26.39%) TypeScript
20 159 (26.07%) Scrum
21 150 (24.59%) TDD
22 146 (23.93%) Web Services
23 144 (23.61%) GCP
24 143 (23.44%) Git (software)
25 142 (23.28%) AngularJS
26 140 (22.95%) Kafka
27 128 (20.98%) Serverless
28 127 (20.82%) Ansible
29 126 (20.66%) Degree
30 121 (19.84%) RESTful

Lead Software Engineer 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 72 (11.80%) Apache Spark
2 66 (10.82%) Apache
3 57 (9.34%) GemFire
4 40 (6.56%) Elasticsearch
5 31 (5.08%) Confluence
6 19 (3.11%) Cloud Foundry
7 14 (2.30%) Apache Airflow
8 6 (0.98%) Apache Pulsar
8 6 (0.98%) CMS
8 6 (0.98%) Mule
9 4 (0.66%) Drupal
10 2 (0.33%) Headless CMS
10 2 (0.33%) nginx
10 2 (0.33%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.33%) WordPress
11 1 (0.16%) Mendix
Applications
1 6 (0.98%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (0.82%) InVision
2 5 (0.82%) Sketch
3 3 (0.49%) Maya
Business Applications
1 21 (3.44%) Shopify
2 10 (1.64%) Magento
3 5 (0.82%) Primavera
4 1 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 287 (47.05%) AWS
2 195 (31.97%) Azure
3 144 (23.61%) GCP
4 128 (20.98%) Serverless
5 101 (16.56%) GitHub
6 65 (10.66%) AWS Lambda
7 62 (10.16%) Amazon ECS
8 47 (7.70%) Amazon EC2
9 40 (6.56%) Amazon S3
10 36 (5.90%) Amazon Kinesis
11 35 (5.74%) Amazon SQS
12 31 (5.08%) OpenShift
13 21 (3.44%) AWS CloudFormation
14 19 (3.11%) PaaS
15 18 (2.95%) Snowflake
16 15 (2.46%) Heroku
16 15 (2.46%) npm
17 14 (2.30%) Cloud Computing
17 14 (2.30%) CloudFront
17 14 (2.30%) GitHub Actions
Communications & Networking
1 31 (5.08%) Kerberos
2 10 (1.64%) DHCP
2 10 (1.64%) DNS
2 10 (1.64%) Firewall
2 10 (1.64%) TCP/IP
3 9 (1.48%) HTTPS
3 9 (1.48%) IPv4
3 9 (1.48%) IPv6
3 9 (1.48%) SMTP
3 9 (1.48%) SNMP
3 9 (1.48%) SSH
4 6 (0.98%) HTTP
5 5 (0.82%) 3G
5 5 (0.82%) 4G
5 5 (0.82%) MQTT
5 5 (0.82%) VPN
5 5 (0.82%) WAN
6 2 (0.33%) Broadband
7 1 (0.16%) Ethernet
7 1 (0.16%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 105 (17.21%) PostgreSQL
2 85 (13.93%) Big Data
3 79 (12.95%) NoSQL
4 72 (11.80%) Relational Database
5 70 (11.48%) Redis
6 57 (9.34%) HBase
7 51 (8.36%) MariaDB
8 49 (8.03%) Amazon Aurora
9 41 (6.72%) Amazon Athena
10 30 (4.92%) Amazon RDS
11 24 (3.93%) MongoDB
11 24 (3.93%) MySQL
12 23 (3.77%) Apache Accumulo
13 18 (2.95%) Data Lake
13 18 (2.95%) Hadoop
14 14 (2.30%) SQL Server
15 9 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
16 8 (1.31%) RDBMS
17 7 (1.15%) Apache Hive
17 7 (1.15%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 166 (27.21%) Jenkins
2 143 (23.44%) Git (software)
3 69 (11.31%) Cypress.io
4 63 (10.33%) JUnit
4 63 (10.33%) Storybook
5 62 (10.16%) Cucumber
6 60 (9.84%) Gradle
7 58 (9.51%) Sonatype Nexus
8 57 (9.34%) Eclipse
8 57 (9.34%) IntelliJ
8 57 (9.34%) Protractor
9 53 (8.69%) SonarQube
10 50 (8.20%) Mockito
11 44 (7.21%) JIRA
12 33 (5.41%) Maven
13 30 (4.92%) Artifactory
14 22 (3.61%) CircleCI
15 13 (2.13%) Selenium
16 12 (1.97%) Team Foundation Server
17 11 (1.80%) TeamCity
General
1 213 (34.92%) Finance
2 112 (18.36%) Banking
3 82 (13.44%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 75 (12.30%) Social Skills
5 71 (11.64%) Front Office
6 69 (11.31%) Law
7 40 (6.56%) Games
8 35 (5.74%) Retail
9 32 (5.25%) Legal
10 31 (5.08%) Marketing
11 27 (4.43%) Presentation Skills
12 22 (3.61%) Analytical Skills
13 17 (2.79%) Manufacturing
13 17 (2.79%) Public Sector
14 13 (2.13%) Publishing
15 12 (1.97%) Local Government
16 11 (1.80%) Electronics
17 5 (0.82%) Automotive
17 5 (0.82%) Investment Banking
18 3 (0.49%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 307 (50.33%) React
2 199 (32.62%) Node.js
3 146 (23.93%) Web Services
4 142 (23.28%) AngularJS
5 140 (22.95%) Kafka
6 121 (19.84%) RESTful
7 119 (19.51%) CSS
8 94 (15.41%) Spring
9 84 (13.77%) JSON
10 75 (12.30%) Redux
11 69 (11.31%) Express
12 63 (10.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 62 (10.16%) Spring Boot
14 57 (9.34%) .NET
14 57 (9.34%) Spark Streaming
14 57 (9.34%) Tailwind CSS
15 55 (9.02%) Play Framework
16 54 (8.85%) HTML
17 53 (8.69%) Vue.js
18 50 (8.20%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 167 (27.38%) User Experience
2 82 (13.44%) Hedge funds
3 68 (11.15%) Fixed Income
4 58 (9.51%) Self-Motivation
5 57 (9.34%) Linux Command Line
6 56 (9.18%) Derivative
7 42 (6.89%) Algorithms
7 42 (6.89%) Equities
7 42 (6.89%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 36 (5.90%) Credit Derivative
9 26 (4.26%) Blog
9 26 (4.26%) Mobile App
10 20 (3.28%) Cyberattack
10 20 (3.28%) Pricing Data
10 20 (3.28%) Public Cloud
10 20 (3.28%) Virtual Team
11 17 (2.79%) Cloud Native
12 13 (2.13%) Greenfield Project
12 13 (2.13%) Legacy Code
12 13 (2.13%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 73 (11.97%) Linux
2 65 (10.66%) Unix
3 11 (1.80%) Android
4 9 (1.48%) Apple iOS
4 9 (1.48%) Mesosphere
5 2 (0.33%) Windows
6 1 (0.16%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 588 (96.39%) Software Engineering
2 369 (60.49%) Agile Software Development
3 239 (39.18%) DevOps
4 225 (36.89%) Microservices
5 206 (33.77%) Full Stack Development
6 173 (28.36%) Mentoring
7 159 (26.07%) Scrum
8 150 (24.59%) TDD
9 105 (17.21%) Open Source
10 99 (16.23%) Computer Science
11 93 (15.25%) BDD
11 93 (15.25%) Continuous Improvement
12 92 (15.08%) Test Automation
13 91 (14.92%) Asset Management
13 91 (14.92%) OO
13 91 (14.92%) Scaled Agile Framework
14 88 (14.43%) Investment Management
15 86 (14.10%) Front End Development
16 82 (13.44%) Analytics
17 74 (12.13%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 301 (49.34%) Python
2 276 (45.25%) Java
3 244 (40.00%) JavaScript
4 161 (26.39%) TypeScript
5 91 (14.92%) C#
6 89 (14.59%) SQL
7 60 (9.84%) Groovy
8 59 (9.67%) Shell Script
9 40 (6.56%) Kotlin
10 34 (5.57%) Java 8
11 32 (5.25%) ES6
11 32 (5.25%) Ruby
12 26 (4.26%) PHP
13 20 (3.28%) Go
14 17 (2.79%) C++
15 13 (2.13%) Scala
16 12 (1.97%) C
17 8 (1.31%) T-SQL
18 4 (0.66%) Apple Swift
18 4 (0.66%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 126 (20.66%) Degree
2 50 (8.20%) OCP
2 50 (8.20%) Oracle Certification
3 15 (2.46%) Computer Science Degree
4 8 (1.31%) PhD
5 6 (0.98%) SAFe Agilist
5 6 (0.98%) SC Cleared
5 6 (0.98%) Security Cleared
6 3 (0.49%) ISTQB
7 2 (0.33%) DBS Check
7 2 (0.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.16%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.16%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.16%) HNC
8 1 (0.16%) HND
8 1 (0.16%) ISEB
8 1 (0.16%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (9.34%) QA
2 9 (1.48%) Data Quality
3 7 (1.15%) GDPR
4 3 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.33%) Accessibility
5 2 (0.33%) WCAG
System Software
1 226 (37.05%) Docker
2 57 (9.34%) HDFS
3 53 (8.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (1.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
Systems Management
1 223 (36.56%) Kubernetes
2 127 (20.82%) Ansible
3 97 (15.90%) Terraform
4 10 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
5 9 (1.48%) Automic
5 9 (1.48%) Puppet
6 7 (1.15%) Istio
7 6 (0.98%) Apache Brooklyn
8 5 (0.82%) Docker Swarm
9 2 (0.33%) Grafana
9 2 (0.33%) Prometheus
10 1 (0.16%) Kibana
Vendors
1 57 (9.34%) Okta
1 57 (9.34%) VMware
2 22 (3.61%) Microsoft
3 14 (2.30%) Cadence
3 14 (2.30%) Google
4 11 (1.80%) Oracle
5 10 (1.64%) New Relic
6 9 (1.48%) Adobe
6 9 (1.48%) Monetate
7 6 (0.98%) CA
7 6 (0.98%) Splunk
7 6 (0.98%) YouTube
8 5 (0.82%) Autodesk
9 3 (0.49%) ANSYS
9 3 (0.49%) Bloomberg
10 2 (0.33%) Cognizant
10 2 (0.33%) Netlify
10 2 (0.33%) PayPal
10 2 (0.33%) SAP
10 2 (0.33%) Xamarin