Period
to

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £85,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 28 June 2022.

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

Principal Engineer
UK
6 months to
28 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 410 493 630
Rank change year-on-year +83 +137 +17
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 1,484 590 231
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.84% 0.56% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.91% 0.61% 0.31%
Number of salaries quoted 450 260 188
10th Percentile £60,000 £52,500 £51,663
25th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £62,188
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £85,000 £70,000 £75,000
Median % change year-on-year +21.43% -6.67% -
75th Percentile £98,750 £95,000 £94,063
90th Percentile £115,000 £105,750 £112,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £72,500 £67,500 £68,500
% change year-on-year +7.41% -1.46% +14.17%

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 163,328 96,745 75,365
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.13% 91.66% 95.13%
Number of salaries quoted 84,736 69,398 61,337
10th Percentile £32,385 £31,875 £31,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% - +10.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £72,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £90,000 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,160 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.60% - +5.56%

Principal Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Principal Engineer over the 6 months to 28 June 2022.

Salary histogram for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal 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 Principal Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 28 June 2022. 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 +101 1,326 £85,000 +21.43% 141
London +58 725 £90,000 - 53
UK excluding London +56 607 £72,500 +7.41% 96
Work from Home -44 481 £87,500 +16.67% 51
South East +18 248 £67,725 -3.25% 17
East of England +15 113 £63,750 +34.21% 24
North of England -16 103 £80,000 +14.29% 17
South West -11 85 £85,000 +25.93% 20
Yorkshire +15 69 £80,000 +1.59% 4
Midlands -56 32 £44,173 -41.10% 10
North West -50 28 £79,500 +23.34% 12
Scotland -53 19 £80,000 +6.67% 6
West Midlands -52 18 £44,173 -41.10% 7
East Midlands -24 14 £85,000 +41.67% 3
Wales -24 12 - - 1
North East -24 6 £87,500 +52.17% 1

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 June 2022, Principal Engineer job roles required the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring Principal Engineer in the job title.

1 849 (57.21%) AWS
2 845 (56.94%) Agile
3 688 (46.36%) Software Engineering
4 659 (44.41%) DevOps
5 650 (43.80%) Java
6 532 (35.85%) Python
6 532 (35.85%) GCP
7 515 (34.70%) CI/CD
8 512 (34.50%) Serverless
9 500 (33.69%) Mentoring
10 499 (33.63%) Finance
11 478 (32.21%) Azure
12 422 (28.44%) Jenkins
13 414 (27.90%) Computer Science
14 405 (27.29%) Continuous Integration
15 397 (26.75%) JavaScript
16 385 (25.94%) Degree
17 354 (23.85%) React
18 348 (23.45%) Microservices
19 338 (22.78%) Git (software)
20 312 (21.02%) Coaching
21 293 (19.74%) C#
22 290 (19.54%) Scrum
23 286 (19.27%) Social Skills
24 278 (18.73%) Spring
25 276 (18.60%) Google
26 265 (17.86%) Data Science
27 261 (17.59%) Kubernetes
28 260 (17.52%) TDD
28 260 (17.52%) Microsoft

Principal 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 65 (4.38%) Apache
2 37 (2.49%) Apache Spark
3 25 (1.68%) GemFire
4 24 (1.62%) Apache Airflow
5 22 (1.48%) CMS
5 22 (1.48%) Headless CMS
6 16 (1.08%) OpenStack
7 10 (0.67%) Cloud Foundry
7 10 (0.67%) Confluence
7 10 (0.67%) nginx
8 9 (0.61%) SharePoint
9 5 (0.34%) MQSeries
10 4 (0.27%) IIS
11 3 (0.20%) Apache Pulsar
12 1 (0.067%) MTS
12 1 (0.067%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 19 (1.28%) Chatbot
2 12 (0.81%) AutoCAD
2 12 (0.81%) SOLIDWORKS
3 8 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.40%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (0.40%) Simulink
5 4 (0.27%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 16 (1.08%) Distributed Ledger
1 16 (1.08%) R3 Corda
2 4 (0.27%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.067%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 849 (57.21%) AWS
2 532 (35.85%) GCP
3 512 (34.50%) Serverless
4 478 (32.21%) Azure
5 190 (12.80%) PaaS
6 133 (8.96%) GitHub
7 92 (6.20%) Cloud Computing
8 90 (6.06%) SaaS
9 67 (4.51%) AWS Lambda
10 66 (4.45%) OpenShift
11 65 (4.38%) Azure DevOps
12 58 (3.91%) Amazon S3
13 55 (3.71%) AWS CloudFormation
14 52 (3.50%) Amazon EKS
14 52 (3.50%) Azure AKS
15 49 (3.30%) Amazon EC2
16 47 (3.17%) Amazon Kinesis
17 39 (2.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
18 36 (2.43%) Amazon SQS
19 30 (2.02%) Amazon ElastiCache
Communications & Networking
1 35 (2.36%) Broadband
2 31 (2.09%) Firewall
3 26 (1.75%) TCP/IP
4 24 (1.62%) BGP
5 23 (1.55%) HTTP
6 22 (1.48%) DNS
6 22 (1.48%) VPN
7 21 (1.42%) MPLS
8 18 (1.21%) IPv6
9 15 (1.01%) Internet
9 15 (1.01%) OSPF
10 13 (0.88%) VoIP
11 12 (0.81%) Multicast
11 12 (0.81%) PPP
12 11 (0.74%) Network Security
13 9 (0.61%) Bluetooth
13 9 (0.61%) Calico
13 9 (0.61%) GPON
13 9 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
14 8 (0.54%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 227 (15.30%) Relational Database
2 160 (10.78%) NoSQL
3 88 (5.93%) PostgreSQL
4 81 (5.46%) MySQL
5 75 (5.05%) Redis
6 55 (3.71%) Big Data
7 47 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
7 47 (3.17%) MongoDB
8 44 (2.96%) Data Lake
9 40 (2.70%) Looker
10 39 (2.63%) Amazon Aurora
11 36 (2.43%) Elasticsearch
12 34 (2.29%) Hadoop
13 33 (2.22%) SQL Server
14 28 (1.89%) DynamoDB
15 26 (1.75%) Flink
16 15 (1.01%) InterSystems Cache
16 15 (1.01%) Tableau
17 11 (0.74%) Power BI
18 10 (0.67%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 422 (28.44%) Jenkins
2 338 (22.78%) Git (software)
3 206 (13.88%) JUnit
4 204 (13.75%) Gradle
5 189 (12.74%) Mockito
6 186 (12.53%) Maven
7 158 (10.65%) JIRA
8 41 (2.76%) Bitbucket
9 32 (2.16%) Artifactory
10 29 (1.95%) Sonatype Nexus
10 29 (1.95%) webpack
11 27 (1.82%) Cucumber
12 22 (1.48%) Rational DOORS
13 21 (1.42%) Selenium
14 19 (1.28%) Mocha
14 19 (1.28%) TestNG
15 17 (1.15%) Cypress.io
16 16 (1.08%) LabVIEW
16 16 (1.08%) Protractor
17 13 (0.88%) Storybook
General
1 499 (33.63%) Finance
2 286 (19.27%) Social Skills
3 175 (11.79%) Manufacturing
4 155 (10.44%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 112 (7.55%) Banking
6 99 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
7 91 (6.13%) Games
8 74 (4.99%) Law
9 55 (3.71%) Retail
10 50 (3.37%) Presentation Skills
11 42 (2.83%) Electronics
11 42 (2.83%) Marketing
12 34 (2.29%) Automotive
13 32 (2.16%) Telecoms
14 30 (2.02%) Public Sector
15 24 (1.62%) Military
16 19 (1.28%) Influencing Skills
17 14 (0.94%) Aerospace
18 12 (0.81%) Financial Institution
18 12 (0.81%) Wearables
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 354 (23.85%) React
2 278 (18.73%) Spring
3 253 (17.05%) AngularJS
4 245 (16.51%) Node.js
4 245 (16.51%) RESTful
5 218 (14.69%) CSS
6 196 (13.21%) Kafka
7 195 (13.14%) HTML
8 185 (12.47%) CSS3
8 185 (12.47%) HTML5
9 179 (12.06%) JSON
10 168 (11.32%) Hibernate
11 163 (10.98%) JPA
12 160 (10.78%) Vue.js
13 139 (9.37%) WPF
14 137 (9.23%) WinForms
15 133 (8.96%) .NET
16 101 (6.81%) GraphQL
17 88 (5.93%) RabbitMQ
18 78 (5.26%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 207 (13.95%) Algorithms
2 183 (12.33%) Data Structures
3 164 (11.05%) Life Science
4 131 (8.83%) Cloud Native
5 102 (6.87%) User Experience
6 80 (5.39%) Self-Motivation
7 61 (4.11%) Mobile App
8 41 (2.76%) Greenfield Project
9 37 (2.49%) Data Centre
9 37 (2.49%) Management Information System
10 36 (2.43%) IoT
11 34 (2.29%) Embedded Systems
12 29 (1.95%) NHS
12 29 (1.95%) Public Cloud
13 23 (1.55%) Linux Command Line
14 22 (1.48%) ASIC
15 19 (1.28%) Analytical Mindset
15 19 (1.28%) PKI
16 18 (1.21%) Legacy Systems
17 17 (1.15%) Mali
Operating Systems
1 192 (12.94%) Linux
2 53 (3.57%) Android
3 45 (3.03%) Ubuntu
4 32 (2.16%) Windows
5 26 (1.75%) Apple iOS
6 14 (0.94%) Unix
7 8 (0.54%) CentOS
7 8 (0.54%) VxWorks
8 5 (0.34%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.20%) Amazon Linux
9 3 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.067%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 845 (56.94%) Agile
2 688 (46.36%) Software Engineering
3 659 (44.41%) DevOps
4 515 (34.70%) CI/CD
5 500 (33.69%) Mentoring
6 414 (27.90%) Computer Science
7 405 (27.29%) Continuous Integration
8 348 (23.45%) Microservices
9 312 (21.02%) Coaching
10 290 (19.54%) Scrum
11 265 (17.86%) Data Science
12 260 (17.52%) TDD
13 259 (17.45%) SDLC
14 253 (17.05%) Data Engineering
14 253 (17.05%) Test Automation
15 225 (15.16%) Full Stack Development
16 216 (14.56%) Innovative Thinking
17 206 (13.88%) Risk Management
17 206 (13.88%) Software Testing
18 197 (13.27%) Artificial Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 650 (43.80%) Java
2 532 (35.85%) Python
3 397 (26.75%) JavaScript
4 293 (19.74%) C#
5 258 (17.39%) C++
6 216 (14.56%) C
7 177 (11.93%) SQL
8 159 (10.71%) TypeScript
9 137 (9.23%) Objective-C
10 60 (4.04%) PHP
11 40 (2.70%) Kotlin
12 35 (2.36%) Scala
13 34 (2.29%) Go
14 33 (2.22%) ES6
15 30 (2.02%) Ruby
16 23 (1.55%) PowerShell
17 17 (1.15%) MATLAB
17 17 (1.15%) Rust
18 9 (0.61%) Bash
18 9 (0.61%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 385 (25.94%) Degree
2 192 (12.94%) Computer Science Degree
3 131 (8.83%) Security Cleared
4 47 (3.17%) Master's Degree
5 41 (2.76%) OCP
5 41 (2.76%) Oracle Certification
6 36 (2.43%) AWS Certification
7 28 (1.89%) SC Cleared
8 21 (1.42%) Cisco Certification
9 19 (1.28%) DV Cleared
10 18 (1.21%) HND
11 16 (1.08%) CCIE
12 12 (0.81%) HNC
13 11 (0.74%) CCNP
13 11 (0.74%) JNCIP
14 7 (0.47%) Microsoft Certification
15 6 (0.40%) DBS Check
15 6 (0.40%) PhD
16 4 (0.27%) CCIE Service Provider
16 4 (0.27%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 145 (9.77%) Accessibility
2 81 (5.46%) QA
3 31 (2.09%) Def Stans
4 21 (1.42%) HAZOP
5 19 (1.28%) SLA
6 6 (0.40%) IEC 61508
6 6 (0.40%) NIST
7 4 (0.27%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.27%) ISO17020
8 3 (0.20%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.20%) GDPR
8 3 (0.20%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.13%) ISO 26262
10 1 (0.067%) ARP4754
10 1 (0.067%) COBIT
10 1 (0.067%) NCSC
10 1 (0.067%) SOC 2
System Software
1 199 (13.41%) Docker
2 21 (1.42%) ISA Server
3 18 (1.21%) Firmware
4 17 (1.15%) VMware Infrastructure
5 12 (0.81%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 10 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (0.47%) HDFS
8 5 (0.34%) Active Directory
8 5 (0.34%) iptables
9 4 (0.27%) Hyper-V
10 2 (0.13%) Forefront TMG
10 2 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.067%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 261 (17.59%) Kubernetes
2 156 (10.51%) Terraform
3 100 (6.74%) Ansible
4 33 (2.22%) Grafana
5 29 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
6 28 (1.89%) Puppet
7 19 (1.28%) Prometheus
8 16 (1.08%) Docker Swarm
9 12 (0.81%) Kibana
9 12 (0.81%) Nagios
10 9 (0.61%) Mesos
10 9 (0.61%) yum
11 6 (0.40%) Jamf Pro
11 6 (0.40%) SCCM
12 5 (0.34%) Icinga
12 5 (0.34%) Packer
12 5 (0.34%) ZABBIX
13 3 (0.20%) Control-M
13 3 (0.20%) Oozie
14 2 (0.13%) SCOM
Vendors
1 276 (18.60%) Google
2 260 (17.52%) Microsoft
3 45 (3.03%) Zend
4 34 (2.29%) VMware
5 23 (1.55%) Databricks
6 22 (1.48%) Apple
7 19 (1.28%) Cisco
8 18 (1.21%) Dell
8 18 (1.21%) New Relic
8 18 (1.21%) Salesforce.com
9 17 (1.15%) PayPal
10 13 (0.88%) SAP
10 13 (0.88%) Splunk
10 13 (0.88%) YouTube
11 12 (0.81%) ANSYS
11 12 (0.81%) SolarWinds
12 11 (0.74%) Juniper
12 11 (0.74%) QinetiQ
13 9 (0.61%) Nokia
13 9 (0.61%) Oracle