Period
to 29 February 2020

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £72,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 29 February 2020.

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
29 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 661 724 760
Rank change year-on-year +63 +36 +207
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 365 411 467
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.27% 0.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.31% 0.28% 0.28%
Number of salaries quoted 237 299 342
UK median annual salary £72,500 £68,500 £65,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.84% +5.38% +12.31%
10th Percentile £47,500 £45,000 £46,250
90th Percentile £112,500 £88,750 £93,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £65,000 £60,000 £60,000
% change year-on-year +8.33% - +9.09%

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 116,647 145,045 169,813
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.46% 95.94% 96.39%
Number of salaries quoted 93,434 116,144 139,441
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £83,750 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 29 February 2020.

Salary histogram for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
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 Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 29 February 2020. 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 +72 331 £75,000 - 110
UK excluding London +108 246 £65,000 +8.33% 93
London +31 118 £95,000 +18.75% 24
South East +22 82 £70,000 +3.70% 20
North of England +80 43 £70,000 +7.69% 11
South West +30 42 £65,000 +18.18% 18
East of England +86 36 £72,500 +37.23% 26
Yorkshire +55 26 £70,000 +16.67% 1
Wales +13 23 £47,500 -9.52%
North West +51 16 £60,000 -20.00% 9
Scotland +9 11 £61,500 +11.82% 7
West Midlands +54 9 £50,750 +12.78% 6
Midlands +48 9 £50,750 +6.84% 11
North East +13 1 £57,500 +15.00% 1

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 February 2020, Principal 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 Principal Engineer in the job title.

1 195 (53.42%) Software Engineering
2 158 (43.29%) Agile Software Development
3 134 (36.71%) Java
4 125 (34.25%) AWS
5 114 (31.23%) DevOps
6 88 (24.11%) Python
7 84 (23.01%) Scrum
8 83 (22.74%) Finance
9 67 (18.36%) Linux
10 57 (15.62%) Windows
10 57 (15.62%) Docker
11 53 (14.52%) Mentoring
11 53 (14.52%) Azure
12 52 (14.25%) Kubernetes
13 51 (13.97%) Jenkins
13 51 (13.97%) JavaScript
14 50 (13.70%) Test Automation
14 50 (13.70%) Technical Leadership
15 49 (13.42%) TDD
16 47 (12.88%) C
16 47 (12.88%) C#
16 47 (12.88%) C++
16 47 (12.88%) Configuration Management
17 46 (12.60%) Continuous Integration
18 45 (12.33%) Degree
19 43 (11.78%) Analytics
19 43 (11.78%) Spring
20 42 (11.51%) .NET
21 41 (11.23%) Kafka
22 40 (10.96%) Microservices

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 23 (6.30%) Apache Spark
2 20 (5.48%) Apache Airflow
3 13 (3.56%) Luigi
4 11 (3.01%) Apache
5 9 (2.47%) JBoss
6 6 (1.64%) Confluence
7 5 (1.37%) SAS
8 4 (1.10%) CMS
8 4 (1.10%) Jupyter
9 3 (0.82%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.55%) IIS
10 2 (0.55%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.27%) Mendix
Applications
1 15 (4.11%) Simulink
2 5 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.10%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.55%) Sketch
5 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Office
5 1 (0.27%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 7 (1.92%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 125 (34.25%) AWS
2 53 (14.52%) Azure
3 39 (10.68%) GCP
4 35 (9.59%) Serverless
5 20 (5.48%) AWS Lambda
6 14 (3.84%) Amazon S3
7 11 (3.01%) OpenShift
8 10 (2.74%) Amazon Cognito
8 10 (2.74%) CloudFront
9 8 (2.19%) Amazon ECS
9 8 (2.19%) Amazon Kinesis
10 7 (1.92%) Amazon EKS
10 7 (1.92%) Amazon EMR
10 7 (1.92%) AWS Data Pipeline
11 6 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (1.64%) SaaS
11 6 (1.64%) Siri
12 5 (1.37%) Amazon SQS
12 5 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
13 3 (0.82%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (3.84%) LAN
2 11 (3.01%) BGP
2 11 (3.01%) DNS
2 11 (3.01%) MPLS
2 11 (3.01%) OSPF
2 11 (3.01%) WAN
3 10 (2.74%) Firewall
4 9 (2.47%) HSRP
4 9 (2.47%) IPsec
4 9 (2.47%) L2TP
4 9 (2.47%) Network Security
4 9 (2.47%) RIP
5 8 (2.19%) TCP/IP
6 6 (1.64%) Wireless
7 4 (1.10%) 5G
7 4 (1.10%) AMQP
7 4 (1.10%) Ethernet
7 4 (1.10%) RS-232
7 4 (1.10%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.82%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (10.41%) MySQL
2 34 (9.32%) Relational Database
3 33 (9.04%) Apache Cassandra
4 29 (7.95%) PostgreSQL
5 28 (7.67%) NoSQL
6 26 (7.12%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 26 (7.12%) Big Data
7 24 (6.58%) SQL Server
8 21 (5.75%) Hadoop
9 20 (5.48%) RDBMS
10 18 (4.93%) GIS
11 17 (4.66%) Flink
12 13 (3.56%) Amazon Redshift
12 13 (3.56%) Apache Hive
12 13 (3.56%) BigQuery
12 13 (3.56%) HBase
13 12 (3.29%) Amazon Athena
14 11 (3.01%) MongoDB
14 11 (3.01%) Redis
15 10 (2.74%) CouchDB
Development Applications
1 51 (13.97%) Jenkins
2 38 (10.41%) Git (software)
3 25 (6.85%) Rational DOORS
3 25 (6.85%) TeamCity
4 22 (6.03%) Rational Rhapsody
5 20 (5.48%) JIRA
6 15 (4.11%) Subversion
7 13 (3.56%) JUnit
8 12 (3.29%) Octopus Deploy
9 11 (3.01%) Maven
10 10 (2.74%) Jasmine
10 10 (2.74%) Karma Test Runner
10 10 (2.74%) NUnit
10 10 (2.74%) Vagrant
10 10 (2.74%) Visual Studio Team System
11 9 (2.47%) Ant
11 9 (2.47%) CruiseControl
11 9 (2.47%) FishEye
11 9 (2.47%) Hudson
11 9 (2.47%) Selenium
General
1 83 (22.74%) Finance
2 21 (5.75%) Manufacturing
3 17 (4.66%) Advertising
4 16 (4.38%) Aerospace
5 14 (3.84%) Banking
5 14 (3.84%) Electronics
5 14 (3.84%) Telecoms
6 13 (3.56%) Marketing
7 11 (3.01%) Military
8 10 (2.74%) Automotive
9 8 (2.19%) Retail
10 7 (1.92%) Law
11 6 (1.64%) Back Office
11 6 (1.64%) Financial Institution
12 5 (1.37%) Avionics
12 5 (1.37%) Games
12 5 (1.37%) Legal
13 2 (0.55%) Police
14 1 (0.27%) Public Sector
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (11.78%) Spring
2 42 (11.51%) .NET
3 41 (11.23%) Kafka
4 25 (6.85%) CSS
5 24 (6.58%) Web Services
6 21 (5.75%) REST
7 19 (5.21%) AngularJS
8 17 (4.66%) Spring Boot
9 15 (4.11%) Hibernate
10 14 (3.84%) ASP.NET
10 14 (3.84%) React
11 13 (3.56%) ASP.NET MVC
11 13 (3.56%) Middleware
11 13 (3.56%) RabbitMQ
11 13 (3.56%) RESTful
12 12 (3.29%) HTML
12 12 (3.29%) JMS
12 12 (3.29%) JSON
13 11 (3.01%) Enzyme
13 11 (3.01%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 34 (9.32%) Management Information System
2 25 (6.85%) Self-Motivation
3 23 (6.30%) Algorithms
4 22 (6.03%) Data Centre
5 20 (5.48%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (5.48%) Greenfield Project
6 17 (4.66%) Data Structures
6 17 (4.66%) Public Cloud
7 14 (3.84%) Cloud Native
8 11 (3.01%) Enterprise Software
9 10 (2.74%) Private Cloud
10 9 (2.47%) Data Protection Act
10 9 (2.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 9 (2.47%) Wiki
11 7 (1.92%) Embedded Systems
11 7 (1.92%) Hybrid Cloud
12 5 (1.37%) e-Learning
13 4 (1.10%) Device Driver
13 4 (1.10%) PKI
13 4 (1.10%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 67 (18.36%) Linux
2 57 (15.62%) Windows
3 19 (5.21%) Unix
4 11 (3.01%) Windows Server
5 10 (2.74%) VxWorks
6 8 (2.19%) CentOS
7 5 (1.37%) Embedded Linux
7 5 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.82%) Windows 8
8 3 (0.82%) Windows XP
9 2 (0.55%) Kali Linux
9 2 (0.55%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.27%) Debian
10 1 (0.27%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 195 (53.42%) Software Engineering
2 158 (43.29%) Agile Software Development
3 114 (31.23%) DevOps
4 84 (23.01%) Scrum
5 53 (14.52%) Mentoring
6 50 (13.70%) Technical Leadership
6 50 (13.70%) Test Automation
7 49 (13.42%) TDD
8 47 (12.88%) Configuration Management
9 46 (12.60%) Continuous Integration
10 43 (11.78%) Analytics
11 40 (10.96%) Microservices
12 39 (10.68%) UML
13 37 (10.14%) Problem-Solving
14 35 (9.59%) Continuous Delivery
15 34 (9.32%) Software Architecture
16 33 (9.04%) Kanban
16 33 (9.04%) SDLC
17 32 (8.77%) Coaching
17 32 (8.77%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 134 (36.71%) Java
2 88 (24.11%) Python
3 51 (13.97%) JavaScript
4 47 (12.88%) C
4 47 (12.88%) C#
4 47 (12.88%) C++
5 36 (9.86%) Scala
6 24 (6.58%) Java 8
7 23 (6.30%) Go
8 22 (6.03%) SQL
9 17 (4.66%) MATLAB
10 16 (4.38%) Bash Shell
11 15 (4.11%) PowerShell
12 14 (3.84%) Ruby
13 12 (3.29%) Ada
14 8 (2.19%) Kotlin
15 6 (1.64%) Embedded C
16 5 (1.37%) RPG
16 5 (1.37%) VB.NET
17 4 (1.10%) Perl
Qualifications
1 45 (12.33%) Degree
2 31 (8.49%) Cisco Certification
3 27 (7.40%) Security Cleared
4 17 (4.66%) CCNP
5 14 (3.84%) Chartered Engineer
5 14 (3.84%) HND
6 11 (3.01%) CCIE
6 11 (3.01%) SC Cleared
7 10 (2.74%) CISSP
8 9 (2.47%) HNC
8 9 (2.47%) JNCIP
9 8 (2.19%) CCNA
10 6 (1.64%) AWS Certification
10 6 (1.64%) JNCIE
11 5 (1.37%) CISMP
11 5 (1.37%) Computer Science Degree
11 5 (1.37%) DV Cleared
11 5 (1.37%) Master's Degree
12 3 (0.82%) CCIE Data Center
12 3 (0.82%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.29%) QA
2 11 (3.01%) GDPR
2 11 (3.01%) ISO/IEC 15288
2 11 (3.01%) PCI DSS
3 5 (1.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.82%) Def Stans
5 2 (0.55%) COSHH
5 2 (0.55%) DO-178B
5 2 (0.55%) DO-254
5 2 (0.55%) IEC 61508
6 1 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.27%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.27%) MISRA
6 1 (0.27%) MISRA C
6 1 (0.27%) PSD2
System Software
1 57 (15.62%) Docker
2 21 (5.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (5.48%) Active Directory
4 6 (1.64%) Firmware
5 4 (1.10%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.82%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 2 (0.55%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.55%) XenApp
8 1 (0.27%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 52 (14.25%) Kubernetes
2 35 (9.59%) Terraform
3 33 (9.04%) Ansible
4 18 (4.93%) HP Quality Center
4 18 (4.93%) Puppet
5 13 (3.56%) Oozie
6 9 (2.47%) BMC PATROL
7 6 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.55%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (0.55%) WSUS
9 1 (0.27%) Istio
9 1 (0.27%) Rancher
9 1 (0.27%) Salt
9 1 (0.27%) SCCM
9 1 (0.27%) vRealize
Vendors
1 26 (7.12%) Google
2 25 (6.85%) VMware
3 21 (5.75%) Oracle
4 20 (5.48%) HP
4 20 (5.48%) IBM
4 20 (5.48%) Juniper
5 16 (4.38%) Cisco
6 15 (4.11%) Sage
7 14 (3.84%) Microsoft
7 14 (3.84%) WorldPay
8 12 (3.29%) Tableau
9 9 (2.47%) Adobe
9 9 (2.47%) Atlassian
9 9 (2.47%) Green Hills
10 8 (2.19%) Virgin Media
11 7 (1.92%) Apple
11 7 (1.92%) Mentor Graphics
12 6 (1.64%) Cadence
12 6 (1.64%) FIS
12 6 (1.64%) Red Hat