Period
to 19 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

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
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 799 994 917
Rank change year-on-year +195 -77 +161
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 415 224 399
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.12% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.12% 0.19%
Number of salaries quoted 327 204 303
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.35% +9.52%
10th Percentile £45,000 £46,250 £46,050
90th Percentile £90,000 £88,750 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £57,000 £55,500
% change year-on-year -3.51% +2.70% +5.71%

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 170720 182020 210826
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.77% 96.48% 96.45%
Number of salaries quoted 136880 152336 175085
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 Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Principal Engineer over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

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 19 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 +209 394 £60,000 - 36
UK excluding London +163 281 £55,000 -3.51% 25
London +61 127 £80,000 - 11
North of England +72 100 £55,000 -3.51% 8
Yorkshire +98 79 £55,000 - 5
East of England +76 79 £66,250 +6.00% 3
South East +72 59 £57,250 -3.17% 10
Midlands +34 17 £52,500 +2.44% 1
North West -9 17 £55,000 -3.51% 3
West Midlands +19 13 £50,000 - 1
South West +16 12 £50,000 -13.04% 3
Wales - 8 £45,000 -
Scotland -10 5 £55,000 -12.00%
East Midlands +31 4 £56,875 +3.41%
North East +11 4 £54,500 -5.22%
Northern Ireland -27 1 £50,000 +25.00%

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, Principal Engineer 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 Engineer in the job title.

1 218 (52.53%) Software Engineering
2 204 (49.16%) Agile Software Development
3 155 (37.35%) Java
4 99 (23.86%) C++
5 98 (23.61%) Linux
6 89 (21.45%) Degree
7 87 (20.96%) Scrum
8 86 (20.72%) Mentoring
9 85 (20.48%) Windows
10 82 (19.76%) TDD
11 80 (19.28%) C
12 78 (18.80%) C#
13 74 (17.83%) SQL
14 68 (16.39%) DevOps
15 65 (15.66%) JavaScript
16 64 (15.42%) BDD
17 59 (14.22%) Amazon AWS
18 56 (13.49%) Docker
19 51 (12.29%) Computer Science
19 51 (12.29%) Test Automation
19 51 (12.29%) OO
19 51 (12.29%) Python
20 46 (11.08%) AngularJS
21 44 (10.60%) SQL Server
21 44 (10.60%) Web Services
21 44 (10.60%) Coaching
22 43 (10.36%) Pair Programming
23 41 (9.88%) Ansible
24 40 (9.64%) Finance
24 40 (9.64%) .NET

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 35 (8.43%) Tomcat
2 24 (5.78%) Apache
3 15 (3.61%) Apache Spark
4 12 (2.89%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 12 (2.89%) CMS
5 10 (2.41%) IIS
6 9 (2.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 7 (1.69%) Cloud Foundry
7 7 (1.69%) JBoss
8 6 (1.45%) GlassFish
8 6 (1.45%) Jetty
8 6 (1.45%) nginx
8 6 (1.45%) OpenStack
9 5 (1.20%) Confluence
10 3 (0.72%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.24%) Apache Pig
11 1 (0.24%) SharePoint
11 1 (0.24%) Skype for Business
11 1 (0.24%) WebLogic
Applications
1 9 (2.17%) Simulink
2 2 (0.48%) OrCAD
3 1 (0.24%) Abaqus
3 1 (0.24%) GNU Octave
Business Applications
1 1 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.24%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.24%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 59 (14.22%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (6.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (4.34%) SaaS
4 11 (2.65%) GitHub
5 7 (1.69%) Google Cloud Platform
6 5 (1.20%) IaaS
7 4 (0.96%) Office 365
8 3 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (0.72%) Datadog
8 3 (0.72%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.48%) Amazon SQS
9 2 (0.48%) Azure Machine Learning
9 2 (0.48%) Heroku
9 2 (0.48%) npm
9 2 (0.48%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
9 2 (0.48%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 2 (0.48%) Serverless
10 1 (0.24%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
10 1 (0.24%) Force.com
10 1 (0.24%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 28 (6.75%) DNS
2 26 (6.27%) TCP/IP
3 23 (5.54%) Firewall
4 12 (2.89%) Internet
5 7 (1.69%) HTTP
5 7 (1.69%) Network Security
6 6 (1.45%) AMQP
6 6 (1.45%) Cisco ASA
6 6 (1.45%) ICMP
6 6 (1.45%) Modbus
6 6 (1.45%) VPN
7 5 (1.20%) DHCP
7 5 (1.20%) Extranet
7 5 (1.20%) Intrusion Detection
7 5 (1.20%) WAN
8 4 (0.96%) LAN
8 4 (0.96%) SAN
8 4 (0.96%) Wireless
9 3 (0.72%) LTE
10 2 (0.48%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (10.60%) SQL Server
2 30 (7.23%) MySQL
3 24 (5.78%) NoSQL
3 24 (5.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 22 (5.30%) Apache Cassandra
5 19 (4.58%) Hadoop
6 17 (4.10%) MongoDB
6 17 (4.10%) Relational Database
7 14 (3.37%) PostgreSQL
7 14 (3.37%) SQL Server 2005
7 14 (3.37%) SQL Server 2008
8 13 (3.13%) Big Data
9 9 (2.17%) RDBMS
10 6 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (1.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 4 (0.96%) Blockchain
12 3 (0.72%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 3 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
12 3 (0.72%) HBase
12 3 (0.72%) OpenTSDB
Development Applications
1 32 (7.71%) Git (software)
2 27 (6.51%) Jenkins
3 22 (5.30%) Team Foundation Server
4 21 (5.06%) SpecFlow
5 20 (4.82%) FitNesse
5 20 (4.82%) JIRA
6 18 (4.34%) tSQLt
7 14 (3.37%) Cucumber
8 13 (3.13%) Subversion
9 10 (2.41%) Hudson
9 10 (2.41%) Maven
10 9 (2.17%) MSTest
10 9 (2.17%) NUnit
11 8 (1.93%) InstallShield
12 7 (1.69%) Artifactory
12 7 (1.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (1.69%) CppUnit
13 6 (1.45%) PHPUnit
13 6 (1.45%) Selenium
14 5 (1.20%) Rational DOORS
General
1 40 (9.64%) Finance
2 21 (5.06%) Telecoms
3 20 (4.82%) Electronics
4 16 (3.86%) Retail
5 11 (2.65%) Military
6 9 (2.17%) Marketing
7 7 (1.69%) Aerospace
7 7 (1.69%) Law
8 6 (1.45%) Banking
8 6 (1.45%) Billing
8 6 (1.45%) Games
8 6 (1.45%) Investment Banking
8 6 (1.45%) Online Betting
9 4 (0.96%) Digital Economy
10 3 (0.72%) Automotive
11 2 (0.48%) Advertising
12 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.24%) Local Government
12 1 (0.24%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (11.08%) AngularJS
2 44 (10.60%) Web Services
3 40 (9.64%) .NET
4 38 (9.16%) J2EE
5 37 (8.92%) Node.js
5 37 (8.92%) RESTful
6 36 (8.67%) CSS
6 36 (8.67%) HTML
6 36 (8.67%) Spring
7 34 (8.19%) REST
8 32 (7.71%) React
8 32 (7.71%) SOAP
9 25 (6.02%) XML
10 20 (4.82%) Hibernate
11 19 (4.58%) Kafka
11 19 (4.58%) WSDL
11 19 (4.58%) XSD
12 18 (4.34%) LAMP
13 17 (4.10%) Apache Axis
13 17 (4.10%) Symfony
Miscellaneous
1 51 (12.29%) Computer Science
2 39 (9.40%) Algorithms
3 17 (4.10%) 3D Printing
3 17 (4.10%) ASIC
3 17 (4.10%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 11 (2.65%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (2.41%) Data Structures
5 10 (2.41%) Greenfield Project
6 9 (2.17%) Management Information System
7 7 (1.69%) Embedded Systems
7 7 (1.69%) Linux Command Line
8 6 (1.45%) Over-the-Top Content
8 6 (1.45%) Public Cloud
8 6 (1.45%) Smart Meter
8 6 (1.45%) Verilog
9 5 (1.20%) Data Centre
9 5 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (1.20%) Fintech
9 5 (1.20%) Virtual Team
10 4 (0.96%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 98 (23.61%) Linux
2 85 (20.48%) Windows
3 19 (4.58%) Android
4 18 (4.34%) Windows Server
5 17 (4.10%) Apple iOS
5 17 (4.10%) CentOS
6 13 (3.13%) Unix
7 12 (2.89%) Ubuntu
8 8 (1.93%) Solaris
8 8 (1.93%) Windows 7
9 7 (1.69%) AIX
10 6 (1.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (0.72%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.72%) Windows Embedded Compact
11 3 (0.72%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.48%) VMS
12 2 (0.48%) Windows 10
13 1 (0.24%) ThreadX
13 1 (0.24%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 218 (52.53%) Software Engineering
2 204 (49.16%) Agile Software Development
3 87 (20.96%) Scrum
4 86 (20.72%) Mentoring
5 82 (19.76%) TDD
6 68 (16.39%) DevOps
7 64 (15.42%) BDD
8 51 (12.29%) OO
8 51 (12.29%) Test Automation
9 44 (10.60%) Coaching
10 43 (10.36%) Pair Programming
11 38 (9.16%) Microservices
12 34 (8.19%) Physics
13 33 (7.95%) Continuous Integration
13 33 (7.95%) Open Source
14 32 (7.71%) Unit Testing
15 30 (7.23%) Mathematics
16 28 (6.75%) Kanban
17 27 (6.51%) Multithreading
18 26 (6.27%) Software Architecture
Programming Languages
1 155 (37.35%) Java
2 99 (23.86%) C++
3 80 (19.28%) C
4 78 (18.80%) C#
5 74 (17.83%) SQL
6 65 (15.66%) JavaScript
7 51 (12.29%) Python
8 35 (8.43%) T-SQL
9 26 (6.27%) Scala
10 25 (6.02%) PHP
11 17 (4.10%) Ruby
12 15 (3.61%) Go
13 13 (3.13%) MATLAB
14 12 (2.89%) PowerShell
15 10 (2.41%) R
16 9 (2.17%) VB
17 8 (1.93%) Perl
18 7 (1.69%) Clojure
18 7 (1.69%) Embedded C++
19 6 (1.45%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 89 (21.45%) Degree
2 20 (4.82%) Security Cleared
3 18 (4.34%) Computer Science Degree
4 17 (4.10%) SC Cleared
5 11 (2.65%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (1.93%) CCNP
7 7 (1.69%) ISEB
7 7 (1.69%) ISTQB
7 7 (1.69%) PhD
8 6 (1.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 5 (1.20%) HND
10 4 (0.96%) Chartered Engineer
11 3 (0.72%) CCIE
11 3 (0.72%) CCNA
12 2 (0.48%) CCIE Routing and Switching
12 2 (0.48%) CCIE Security
12 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.48%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.24%) CESG Certified Professional
13 1 (0.24%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (9.40%) QA
2 9 (2.17%) DO-254
3 3 (0.72%) DO-178B
3 3 (0.72%) JTAG
4 2 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.48%) SSAE 16
5 1 (0.24%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.24%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.24%) RMADS
System Software
1 56 (13.49%) Docker
2 27 (6.51%) Firmware
3 17 (4.10%) Active Directory
4 9 (2.17%) Microsoft App-V
5 8 (1.93%) VMware Infrastructure
6 7 (1.69%) vSphere
7 3 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.48%) KVM
8 2 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.24%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 41 (9.88%) Ansible
2 38 (9.16%) Puppet
3 23 (5.54%) Opscode Chef
4 16 (3.86%) Kubernetes
5 15 (3.61%) Nagios
6 11 (2.65%) Terraform
7 8 (1.93%) Prometheus
7 8 (1.93%) SCCM
8 6 (1.45%) Marathon
8 6 (1.45%) Mesos
9 4 (0.96%) SCOM
9 4 (0.96%) WebSphere Cast Iron
10 3 (0.72%) Icinga
10 3 (0.72%) Kibana
11 2 (0.48%) Packer
11 2 (0.48%) Salt
11 2 (0.48%) TrustSec
12 1 (0.24%) Grafana
12 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 1 (0.24%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 37 (8.92%) Microsoft
2 28 (6.75%) Oracle
3 19 (4.58%) Google
3 19 (4.58%) VMware
4 17 (4.10%) Zend
5 13 (3.13%) Adobe
5 13 (3.13%) Red Hat
6 12 (2.89%) Cisco
7 8 (1.93%) Sophos
8 7 (1.69%) CheckPoint
8 7 (1.69%) Palo Alto
9 6 (1.45%) AppSense
9 6 (1.45%) Citrix
9 6 (1.45%) Salesforce.com
9 6 (1.45%) SAP
10 5 (1.20%) HP
10 5 (1.20%) Meraki
11 4 (0.96%) EMC
11 4 (0.96%) Jitterbit
11 4 (0.96%) ServiceNow