Leader
UK

The median Leader salary in the UK is £70,000 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 28 May 2024.

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

6 months to
28 May 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 17 30 38
Rank change year-on-year +13 +8 -7
Permanent jobs requiring a Lead 8,898 7,129 13,912
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 8.67% 7.32% 8.33%
As % of the Job Titles category 9.15% 8.01% 8.67%
Number of salaries quoted 6,214 4,986 6,835
10th Percentile £41,250 £46,353 £43,700
25th Percentile £52,500 £56,750 £55,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £70,000 £72,500 £72,500
Median % change year-on-year -3.45% - +3.57%
75th Percentile £85,000 £95,000 £93,750
90th Percentile £105,000 £115,000 £108,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £65,000 £65,000 £60,000
% change year-on-year - +8.33% +1.69%

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

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.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97,260 88,990 160,374
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 91.41% 96.06%
Number of salaries quoted 69,382 56,369 85,188
10th Percentile £28,500 £32,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £38,500 £45,000 £42,663
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -12.50% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £70,000 £80,000 £78,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £53,500 £50,173
% change year-on-year -6.54% +6.63% +5.63%

Lead
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Lead in the UK

Lead
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Lead in the UK

Lead
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Lead over the 6 months to 28 May 2024.

Salary histogram for Lead in the UK

Lead
Top 18 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Lead within the UK over the 6 months to 28 May 2024. 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 +14 7,340 £70,000 -6.67% 1,907
UK excluding London +20 6,254 £65,000 - 1,298
Work from Home +8 3,424 £75,000 +3.45% 748
London +12 2,223 £89,000 -1.11% 667
North of England +29 1,747 £70,000 - 352
South East +21 1,247 £61,000 -9.63% 268
Scotland +19 1,027 £63,500 -9.29% 86
Midlands +4 966 £60,000 - 267
North West +24 854 £70,000 - 206
South West +24 708 £60,202 -10.81% 169
Yorkshire +32 654 £70,000 - 103
West Midlands +3 649 £65,000 +8.33% 152
East of England +32 373 £60,000 +4.35% 152
East Midlands +32 313 £51,500 -10.43% 115
North East +38 240 £70,000 +40.00% 47
Wales +20 142 £65,000 - 30
Northern Ireland +24 48 £77,500 +29.17% 10
Isle of Man - 4 £54,000 -

Lead Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 28 May 2024, Lead job roles required the following skills and capabilities in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Lead in the job title.

1 2,638 (29.65%) Agile
2 2,378 (26.73%) Finance
3 1,720 (19.33%) Social Skills
4 1,637 (18.40%) AWS
5 1,617 (18.17%) Software Engineering
6 1,607 (18.06%) Mentoring
7 1,527 (17.16%) Azure
8 1,278 (14.36%) Java
9 1,180 (13.26%) Problem-Solving
10 1,176 (13.22%) SQL
11 1,119 (12.58%) CI/CD
12 1,113 (12.51%) Inclusion and Diversity
13 1,016 (11.42%) Marketing
14 1,015 (11.41%) Microsoft
15 998 (11.22%) Law
16 982 (11.04%) Degree
17 946 (10.63%) Coaching
18 934 (10.50%) SDLC
19 915 (10.28%) Python
20 874 (9.82%) DevOps
21 809 (9.09%) JavaScript
22 746 (8.38%) Roadmaps
23 709 (7.97%) Artificial Intelligence
24 705 (7.92%) .NET
25 690 (7.75%) C#
26 682 (7.66%) Project Management
27 677 (7.61%) Operational Stability
28 671 (7.54%) Analytics
29 611 (6.87%) Machine Learning
30 605 (6.80%) Continuous Improvement

Lead Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 227 (2.55%) Apache Spark
2 193 (2.17%) Apache Airflow
3 159 (1.79%) SharePoint
4 158 (1.78%) Apache
5 142 (1.60%) Confluence
6 95 (1.07%) Microsoft Exchange
7 57 (0.64%) CMS
8 47 (0.53%) WebLogic
9 38 (0.43%) Tuxedo
10 37 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
11 32 (0.36%) FileNet
12 30 (0.34%) IIS
13 29 (0.33%) Drupal
14 21 (0.24%) GemFire
15 16 (0.18%) WordPress
16 12 (0.13%) Appian
17 11 (0.12%) SAS
18 10 (0.11%) OpenStack
18 10 (0.11%) WebSphere
19 9 (0.10%) Umbraco
Applications
1 143 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 136 (1.53%) Microsoft Office
3 50 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 25 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
5 17 (0.19%) Chatbot
5 17 (0.19%) Windchill
6 16 (0.18%) Simulink
7 14 (0.16%) Sketch
7 14 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
8 12 (0.13%) MS Visio
9 7 (0.079%) Oracle Smart View
10 6 (0.067%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 6 (0.067%) EViews
11 4 (0.045%) CANalyzer
12 3 (0.034%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.022%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.022%) Adobe XD
13 2 (0.022%) MadCap Flare
13 2 (0.022%) Notion
13 2 (0.022%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 113 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 46 (0.52%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 41 (0.46%) SAP S/4HANA
4 20 (0.22%) Aladdin
4 20 (0.22%) Shopify
4 20 (0.22%) Workday HCM
5 17 (0.19%) Teamcenter
5 17 (0.19%) thinkFolio
6 12 (0.13%) Primavera
6 12 (0.13%) SAP GRC
7 8 (0.090%) SAP FI
8 7 (0.079%) HFM
8 7 (0.079%) Hyperion Planning
8 7 (0.079%) SAP CO
8 7 (0.079%) SAP FI/CO
8 7 (0.079%) SAP IBP
9 6 (0.067%) Dynamics AX
9 6 (0.067%) Oracle Applications
9 6 (0.067%) Oracle EBS
9 6 (0.067%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 1,637 (18.40%) AWS
2 1,527 (17.16%) Azure
3 393 (4.42%) Power Platform
4 392 (4.41%) Microsoft 365
5 349 (3.92%) GCP
6 313 (3.52%) SaaS
7 254 (2.85%) Azure DevOps
8 188 (2.11%) Serverless
9 161 (1.81%) dbt
9 161 (1.81%) Snowflake
10 155 (1.74%) Dynamics 365
11 118 (1.33%) Amazon S3
12 111 (1.25%) GitHub
13 102 (1.15%) AWS Lambda
14 96 (1.08%) Power Automate
15 94 (1.06%) PowerApps
16 89 (1.00%) Amazon ECS
17 88 (0.99%) Amazon EKS
17 88 (0.99%) Amazon SQS
17 88 (0.99%) Entra ID
Communications & Networking
1 250 (2.81%) Firewall
2 197 (2.21%) Broadband
3 137 (1.54%) DNS
4 120 (1.35%) TCP/IP
5 111 (1.25%) WAN
6 84 (0.94%) SSL
7 82 (0.92%) Kerberos
7 82 (0.92%) Network Security
8 68 (0.76%) LAN
9 56 (0.63%) VPN
10 52 (0.58%) BGP
10 52 (0.58%) SD-WAN
10 52 (0.58%) Wireless
11 48 (0.54%) Internet
12 43 (0.48%) Intrusion Detection
13 38 (0.43%) DHCP
14 35 (0.39%) Software-Defined Radio
15 32 (0.36%) SAN
16 31 (0.35%) Wi-Fi
17 24 (0.27%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 377 (4.24%) SQL Server
2 352 (3.96%) NoSQL
3 306 (3.44%) Power BI
4 206 (2.32%) Relational Database
5 192 (2.16%) Data Lake
6 188 (2.11%) Big Data
7 167 (1.88%) Data Warehouse
8 157 (1.76%) MySQL
9 128 (1.44%) Amazon RDS
10 121 (1.36%) Tableau
11 119 (1.34%) Amazon Athena
12 118 (1.33%) Apache Arrow
13 115 (1.29%) Dremio
14 112 (1.26%) Apache Ignite
15 92 (1.03%) MongoDB
16 88 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
17 86 (0.97%) RDBMS
18 83 (0.93%) Metadata
19 79 (0.89%) Apache Cassandra
20 78 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 374 (4.20%) Git
2 253 (2.84%) JIRA
3 216 (2.43%) Jenkins
4 144 (1.62%) Selenium
5 123 (1.38%) GitLab
6 117 (1.31%) Cypress.io
7 108 (1.21%) JUnit
8 78 (0.88%) Postman
9 72 (0.81%) Artifactory
9 72 (0.81%) Visual Studio
10 70 (0.79%) Bitbucket
10 70 (0.79%) Cucumber
11 37 (0.42%) SoapUI
12 34 (0.38%) CircleCI
13 33 (0.37%) WebDriver
14 32 (0.36%) JMeter
15 31 (0.35%) Team Foundation Server
16 29 (0.33%) Jasmine
17 23 (0.26%) Maven
17 23 (0.26%) TeamCity
General
1 2,378 (26.73%) Finance
2 1,720 (19.33%) Social Skills
3 1,113 (12.51%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 1,016 (11.42%) Marketing
5 998 (11.22%) Law
6 564 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
7 529 (5.95%) Banking
8 440 (4.94%) Public Sector
9 285 (3.20%) Investment Banking
10 269 (3.02%) Retail
11 241 (2.71%) Manufacturing
12 240 (2.70%) Legal
13 238 (2.67%) Influencing Skills
14 217 (2.44%) Advertising
15 152 (1.71%) Front Office
16 151 (1.70%) Automotive
17 145 (1.63%) Presentation Skills
18 135 (1.52%) Telecoms
19 127 (1.43%) Organisational Skills
20 115 (1.29%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 705 (7.92%) .NET
2 580 (6.52%) React
3 344 (3.87%) HTML
4 342 (3.84%) Spring
5 340 (3.82%) CSS
6 258 (2.90%) Kafka
7 257 (2.89%) Spring Boot
8 236 (2.65%) REST
9 233 (2.62%) Node.js
10 230 (2.58%) AngularJS
11 226 (2.54%) JSON
12 218 (2.45%) RESTful
13 170 (1.91%) .NET Core
14 168 (1.89%) Web Services
15 137 (1.54%) Pandas
16 133 (1.49%) XML
17 126 (1.42%) NumPy
18 117 (1.31%) ASP.NET
19 116 (1.30%) Vue
20 115 (1.29%) gRPC
Miscellaneous
1 464 (5.21%) Cloud Native
2 384 (4.32%) Management Information System
3 300 (3.37%) Public Cloud
4 237 (2.66%) Product Ownership
5 185 (2.08%) Marketing Technology
6 169 (1.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 145 (1.63%) Fixed Income
8 141 (1.58%) Hedge funds
9 135 (1.52%) Derivative
10 132 (1.48%) Self-Motivation
11 126 (1.42%) Algorithms
12 124 (1.39%) Equities
13 118 (1.33%) Data Structures
14 115 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
15 107 (1.20%) Data Centre
16 106 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
17 102 (1.15%) Distributed Systems
18 99 (1.11%) Virtual Team
19 88 (0.99%) Onboarding
20 86 (0.97%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 516 (5.80%) Windows
2 395 (4.44%) Linux
3 167 (1.88%) Windows Server
4 93 (1.05%) Windows 10
5 67 (0.75%) Android
6 56 (0.63%) Apple iOS
6 56 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 38 (0.43%) Unix
8 33 (0.37%) Windows Server 2019
9 30 (0.34%) Windows Server 2016
10 24 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
11 20 (0.22%) Ubuntu
12 16 (0.18%) Mac OS
13 14 (0.16%) Embedded Linux
14 13 (0.15%) CentOS
14 13 (0.15%) Windows 7
15 12 (0.13%) zOS
16 8 (0.090%) Debian
16 8 (0.090%) Solaris
17 5 (0.056%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,638 (29.65%) Agile
2 1,617 (18.17%) Software Engineering
3 1,607 (18.06%) Mentoring
4 1,180 (13.26%) Problem-Solving
5 1,119 (12.58%) CI/CD
6 946 (10.63%) Coaching
7 934 (10.50%) SDLC
8 874 (9.82%) DevOps
9 746 (8.38%) Roadmaps
10 709 (7.97%) Artificial Intelligence
11 682 (7.66%) Project Management
12 677 (7.61%) Operational Stability
13 671 (7.54%) Analytics
14 611 (6.87%) Machine Learning
15 605 (6.80%) Continuous Improvement
16 543 (6.10%) Community of Practice
17 495 (5.56%) Scrum
18 487 (5.47%) Microservices
19 483 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management
20 475 (5.34%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 1,278 (14.36%) Java
2 1,176 (13.22%) SQL
3 915 (10.28%) Python
4 809 (9.09%) JavaScript
5 690 (7.75%) C#
6 543 (6.10%) TypeScript
7 190 (2.14%) Scala
8 187 (2.10%) PHP
9 178 (2.00%) C++
10 165 (1.85%) C
11 144 (1.62%) Go
12 115 (1.29%) PowerShell
13 83 (0.93%) Kotlin
14 75 (0.84%) R
15 66 (0.74%) COBOL
15 66 (0.74%) Micro Focus COBOL
16 65 (0.73%) Prolog
16 65 (0.73%) SPARQL
17 48 (0.54%) T-SQL
18 35 (0.39%) Rust
Qualifications
1 982 (11.04%) Degree
2 603 (6.78%) Security Cleared
3 355 (3.99%) SC Cleared
4 232 (2.61%) Computer Science Degree
5 148 (1.66%) AWS Certification
6 141 (1.58%) Master's Degree
7 138 (1.55%) Azure Certification
8 119 (1.34%) CISSP
9 115 (1.29%) DBS Check
10 92 (1.03%) BPSS Clearance
11 89 (1.00%) Cisco Certification
12 87 (0.98%) CISM
13 80 (0.90%) DV Cleared
14 76 (0.85%) Microsoft Certification
15 64 (0.72%) AWS Certified Solutions Architect
16 53 (0.60%) PhD
17 41 (0.46%) (ISC)2 CCSP
18 40 (0.45%) PMI Certification
19 38 (0.43%) CCNP
20 37 (0.42%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 421 (4.73%) QA
2 217 (2.44%) Data Quality
3 138 (1.55%) SLA
4 122 (1.37%) GDPR
5 118 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 110 (1.24%) PMO
7 108 (1.21%) Accessibility
8 101 (1.14%) NIST
9 45 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
10 30 (0.34%) GMP
10 30 (0.34%) GRC
10 30 (0.34%) PCI DSS
11 27 (0.30%) NCSC
12 20 (0.22%) Good Clinical Practice
13 17 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 14 (0.16%) IFRS
15 11 (0.12%) Def Stans
15 11 (0.12%) HL7
16 10 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 8 (0.090%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 415 (4.66%) Docker
2 322 (3.62%) Active Directory
3 86 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 64 (0.72%) Hyper-V
5 54 (0.61%) Firmware
6 40 (0.45%) Virtual Machines
7 30 (0.34%) vSphere
8 28 (0.31%) Virtual Desktop
9 26 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
10 22 (0.25%) Embedded Firmware
11 10 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
12 8 (0.090%) HDFS
13 5 (0.056%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 3 (0.034%) BitLocker
14 3 (0.034%) Ceph
14 3 (0.034%) Microsoft App-V
15 2 (0.022%) XenDesktop
16 1 (0.011%) KVM
16 1 (0.011%) Lustre
16 1 (0.011%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 556 (6.25%) Kubernetes
2 341 (3.83%) Terraform
3 102 (1.15%) Grafana
4 97 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
5 82 (0.92%) Prometheus
6 71 (0.80%) Ansible
7 57 (0.64%) SCCM
8 47 (0.53%) Puppet
9 44 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
10 30 (0.34%) Functional Safety
11 22 (0.25%) HAProxy
11 22 (0.25%) Kibana
11 22 (0.25%) vCenter Server
12 21 (0.24%) ITRS Geneos
12 21 (0.24%) Zipkin
13 16 (0.18%) FortiGate
13 16 (0.18%) Istio
14 14 (0.16%) Consul
15 13 (0.15%) Microsoft Clustering
16 12 (0.13%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 1,015 (11.41%) Microsoft
2 413 (4.64%) Oracle
3 182 (2.05%) SAP
4 176 (1.98%) Google
5 171 (1.92%) VMware
6 143 (1.61%) ServiceNow
7 142 (1.60%) Databricks
8 119 (1.34%) Cisco
9 117 (1.31%) Splunk
10 89 (1.00%) Salesforce
11 87 (0.98%) Dynatrace
12 69 (0.78%) Micro Focus
13 67 (0.75%) IBM
14 66 (0.74%) Atlassian
15 60 (0.67%) Citrix
16 46 (0.52%) Sparx
17 34 (0.38%) Veeam
17 34 (0.38%) Workday
18 32 (0.36%) Meraki
18 32 (0.36%) Qualtrics