Period
to 18 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Principal Developer was £65,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

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

Principal Developer
UK
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1006 1057 1089
Rank change year-on-year +51 +32 +133
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Developer 171 165 225
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.096% 0.087% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.100% 0.090% 0.11%
Number of salaries quoted 113 160 179
UK median annual salary £65,000 £58,500 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% +1.74% -
10th Percentile £48,300 £39,425 £45,000
90th Percentile £90,250 £80,250 £79,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £57,500 £52,000 £56,500
% change year-on-year +10.58% -7.96% +13.00%

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 171362 183209 211285
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.77% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 137432 153366 175465
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

Principal Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Principal Developer.

Salary trend for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Principal Developer over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Principal Developer in the UK

Principal Developer
Top 14 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Developer within the UK over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. 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 +30 168 £65,000 +14.04% 10
UK excluding London +67 104 £57,500 +10.58% 5
London +2 67 £75,000 +11.11% 5
East of England +40 40 £55,000 +4.76% 1
North of England +5 36 £55,000 +6.80% 2
Yorkshire +51 27 £57,500 +4.55%
South East +36 17 £65,000 +30.00% 2
Midlands +34 8 £82,500 +106.25%
North West -39 7 £55,000 +10.00% 2
West Midlands +20 4 £45,000 +12.50%
East Midlands - 4 £82,500 -
North East +10 2 £51,750 -15.00%
Scotland - 2 £60,000 -
Wales - 1 £27,000 -

Principal Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, Principal Developer job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads featuring Principal Developer in the job title.

1 87 (50.88%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (38.60%) C#
3 56 (32.75%) .NET
4 51 (29.82%) Degree
5 49 (28.65%) Software Engineering
6 48 (28.07%) JavaScript
6 48 (28.07%) Windows
7 46 (26.90%) Java
8 45 (26.32%) Scrum
9 44 (25.73%) Web Services
10 43 (25.15%) Computer Science
11 42 (24.56%) SQL
12 39 (22.81%) REST
13 38 (22.22%) C++
13 38 (22.22%) TDD
14 32 (18.71%) MVC
14 32 (18.71%) HTML
14 32 (18.71%) AngularJS
15 31 (18.13%) Continuous Improvement
16 29 (16.96%) C
16 29 (16.96%) SOAP
16 29 (16.96%) Amazon AWS
16 29 (16.96%) SDLC
16 29 (16.96%) Node.js
17 28 (16.37%) Linux
18 27 (15.79%) Finance
19 26 (15.20%) OO
19 26 (15.20%) ASP.NET
20 25 (14.62%) Continuous Integration
20 25 (14.62%) React

Principal 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 8 (4.68%) Elasticsearch
2 7 (4.09%) JBoss
3 6 (3.51%) Tomcat
4 5 (2.92%) CMS
5 4 (2.34%) Kentico
6 3 (1.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (1.17%) Apache
7 2 (1.17%) EPiServer
7 2 (1.17%) Jetty
7 2 (1.17%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.58%) IIS
8 1 (0.58%) K2 blackpearl
8 1 (0.58%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.58%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.58%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.58%) WordPress
Business Applications
1 1 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 29 (16.96%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (11.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.34%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.58%) GitHub
4 1 (0.58%) SaaS
4 1 (0.58%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.92%) Internet
2 1 (0.58%) HTTP
2 1 (0.58%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (13.45%) SQL Server
2 14 (8.19%) NoSQL
3 11 (6.43%) MongoDB
4 8 (4.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (4.09%) MySQL
6 5 (2.92%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 5 (2.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (2.34%) Big Data
7 4 (2.34%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (2.34%) HBase
7 4 (2.34%) Oracle Database
8 3 (1.75%) Endeca
8 3 (1.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (1.17%) QlikView
9 2 (1.17%) Relational Database
9 2 (1.17%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (1.17%) SQL Server 2016
10 1 (0.58%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 17 (9.94%) Git (software)
2 14 (8.19%) TeamCity
3 8 (4.68%) JIRA
4 6 (3.51%) Maven
4 6 (3.51%) NUnit
4 6 (3.51%) Visual Studio
5 5 (2.92%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 5 (2.92%) Jenkins
5 5 (2.92%) Octopus Deploy
6 4 (2.34%) Cucumber
6 4 (2.34%) Hudson
6 4 (2.34%) Talend Open Studio
6 4 (2.34%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (2.34%) Travis CI
7 3 (1.75%) SpecFlow
7 3 (1.75%) Subversion
8 2 (1.17%) Grunt
8 2 (1.17%) gulp
8 2 (1.17%) Moq
8 2 (1.17%) Selenium
General
1 27 (15.79%) Finance
2 11 (6.43%) Retail
3 4 (2.34%) Publishing
4 3 (1.75%) Marketing
5 2 (1.17%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.17%) Games
6 1 (0.58%) Advertising
6 1 (0.58%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.58%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (32.75%) .NET
2 44 (25.73%) Web Services
3 39 (22.81%) REST
4 32 (18.71%) AngularJS
4 32 (18.71%) HTML
5 29 (16.96%) Node.js
5 29 (16.96%) SOAP
6 26 (15.20%) ASP.NET
7 25 (14.62%) React
8 22 (12.87%) ASP.NET Web API
8 22 (12.87%) CSS
9 20 (11.70%) RESTful
10 17 (9.94%) Apache Axis
11 15 (8.77%) STL
11 15 (8.77%) XML
12 13 (7.60%) HTML5
13 11 (6.43%) .NET Framework
13 11 (6.43%) Spring
14 10 (5.85%) WCF
15 9 (5.26%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 43 (25.15%) Computer Science
2 20 (11.70%) Algorithms
3 17 (9.94%) 3D Printing
4 15 (8.77%) Greenfield Project
5 7 (4.09%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (2.92%) Blog
6 5 (2.92%) Mobile App
7 4 (2.34%) User Experience
8 3 (1.75%) Fintech
8 3 (1.75%) Tandem
9 1 (0.58%) Animation
9 1 (0.58%) Clustering
9 1 (0.58%) Equities
9 1 (0.58%) Fixed Income
9 1 (0.58%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 48 (28.07%) Windows
2 28 (16.37%) Linux
3 8 (4.68%) Android
4 7 (4.09%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.17%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (50.88%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (28.65%) Software Engineering
3 45 (26.32%) Scrum
4 38 (22.22%) TDD
5 32 (18.71%) MVC
6 31 (18.13%) Continuous Improvement
7 29 (16.96%) SDLC
8 26 (15.20%) OO
9 25 (14.62%) Continuous Integration
10 23 (13.45%) Test Automation
11 22 (12.87%) Microservices
12 20 (11.70%) Asset Management
12 20 (11.70%) E-Commerce
13 19 (11.11%) Mathematics
14 18 (10.53%) Change Management
14 18 (10.53%) Information Security
14 18 (10.53%) User Stories
15 17 (9.94%) CAD
15 17 (9.94%) CAE
15 17 (9.94%) Content Writing
Programming Languages
1 66 (38.60%) C#
2 48 (28.07%) JavaScript
3 46 (26.90%) Java
4 42 (24.56%) SQL
5 38 (22.22%) C++
6 29 (16.96%) C
7 12 (7.02%) T-SQL
8 9 (5.26%) Apex Code
9 4 (2.34%) Delphi
9 4 (2.34%) Embedded C
9 4 (2.34%) Embedded C++
9 4 (2.34%) PHP
9 4 (2.34%) R
9 4 (2.34%) VB.NET
9 4 (2.34%) XPath
9 4 (2.34%) XQuery
10 2 (1.17%) Groovy
10 2 (1.17%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.17%) Python
10 2 (1.17%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 51 (29.82%) Degree
2 3 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
2 3 (1.75%) ISTQB
2 3 (1.75%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (0.58%) ISEB
3 1 (0.58%) OCPJP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (12.87%) QA
System Software
1 6 (3.51%) Docker
2 4 (2.34%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 5 (2.92%) Kibana
2 4 (2.34%) Puppet
3 3 (1.75%) Terraform
4 1 (0.58%) Mesos
Vendors
1 19 (11.11%) Cadence
2 17 (9.94%) Microsoft
3 12 (7.02%) Oracle
4 9 (5.26%) Salesforce.com
5 6 (3.51%) Xamarin
6 5 (2.92%) Google
7 4 (2.34%) Adobe
7 4 (2.34%) Talend
8 3 (1.75%) New Relic
9 2 (1.17%) MicroStrategy
9 2 (1.17%) Sitecore
9 2 (1.17%) Tableau
10 1 (0.58%) Perfecto Mobile
10 1 (0.58%) Perforce
10 1 (0.58%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
10 1 (0.58%) Sony