Period
to 17 October 2021

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £82,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 October 2021.

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
17 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 428 503 607
Rank change year-on-year +75 +104 +317
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 888 196 564
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.41% 0.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.78% 0.43% 0.43%
Number of salaries quoted 391 170 366
10th Percentile £60,700 £52,138 £47,500
25th Percentile £64,000 £62,500 £55,313
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £82,500 £75,000 £75,000
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - +25.00%
75th Percentile £97,500 £85,000 £102,500
90th Percentile £115,000 £97,500 £130,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £70,000 £68,500 £62,500
% change year-on-year +2.19% +9.60% +8.70%

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 113,647 45,485 131,333
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.25% 94.96% 95.67%
Number of salaries quoted 78,638 38,022 105,978
10th Percentile £31,764 £32,500 £28,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £88,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +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 17 October 2021.

Salary histogram for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Top 17 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 17 October 2021. 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 +79 782 £85,000 +13.33% 138
UK excluding London -5 419 £70,000 +2.19% 111
London +18 395 £90,000 +2.86% 45
South East +10 210 £70,000 - 16
Work from Home -167 139 £75,000 +9.09% 11
North of England -110 49 £95,000 +48.73% 26
South West -60 48 £67,500 +2.27% 25
Scotland -71 30 £70,000 +16.67% 11
Midlands -101 29 £75,000 - 11
East of England -102 27 £54,481 -29.70% 15
Yorkshire -83 26 £100,000 +66.67% 14
North West -85 22 £73,750 -1.67% 12
West Midlands -99 22 £75,000 - 7
Northern Ireland -29 15 - - 2
Wales - 12 £60,700 - 5
East Midlands -74 7 £77,500 -3.13% 3
North East - 1 - -

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 October 2021, 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.

1 501 (56.42%) Software Engineering
2 445 (50.11%) AWS
3 391 (44.03%) Agile Software Development
4 349 (39.30%) Java
5 348 (39.19%) DevOps
6 304 (34.23%) Microservices
7 274 (30.86%) Degree
8 264 (29.73%) Azure
9 256 (28.83%) Computer Science
10 253 (28.49%) Finance
11 250 (28.15%) React
12 224 (25.23%) Python
12 224 (25.23%) Node.js
13 217 (24.44%) Mentoring
14 203 (22.86%) Git (software)
15 192 (21.62%) Inclusion and Diversity
16 183 (20.61%) Kafka
17 181 (20.38%) Full Stack Development
18 180 (20.27%) Spring
19 173 (19.48%) GitHub
20 170 (19.14%) RESTful
20 170 (19.14%) JavaScript
21 168 (18.92%) Jenkins
22 163 (18.36%) AngularJS
23 159 (17.91%) Banking
23 159 (17.91%) Technical Leadership
24 156 (17.57%) Law
25 155 (17.45%) PostgreSQL
25 155 (17.45%) Linux
26 153 (17.23%) Ansible

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
1 135 (15.20%) Apache Spark
2 90 (10.14%) Apache
3 87 (9.80%) GemFire
4 41 (4.62%) Cloud Foundry
5 22 (2.48%) Elasticsearch
6 8 (0.90%) Confluence
7 7 (0.79%) Apache Airflow
8 5 (0.56%) nginx
9 4 (0.45%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.23%) CMS
10 2 (0.23%) IIS
11 1 (0.11%) Jupyter
11 1 (0.11%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.11%) WebLogic
Applications
1 6 (0.68%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.45%) Mathcad
3 3 (0.34%) Abaqus
3 3 (0.34%) AutoCAD
3 3 (0.34%) Autodesk Inventor
3 3 (0.34%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.11%) Figma
4 1 (0.11%) Simulink
4 1 (0.11%) Sketch
4 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.34%) Unica
2 1 (0.11%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 1 (0.11%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 445 (50.11%) AWS
2 264 (29.73%) Azure
3 173 (19.48%) GitHub
4 135 (15.20%) GCP
5 117 (13.18%) Amazon Kinesis
6 100 (11.26%) Serverless
7 82 (9.23%) OpenShift
8 56 (6.31%) SaaS
9 44 (4.95%) Amazon EKS
10 40 (4.50%) Amazon EC2
11 25 (2.82%) PaaS
12 19 (2.14%) Cloud Computing
13 14 (1.58%) AWS Lambda
14 12 (1.35%) AWS CloudFormation
14 12 (1.35%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 11 (1.24%) Firebase
16 10 (1.13%) Azure Service Fabric
16 10 (1.13%) Stackdriver
17 8 (0.90%) Azure Service Bus
17 8 (0.90%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 49 (5.52%) Broadband
2 35 (3.94%) Firewall
2 35 (3.94%) HTTP
3 28 (3.15%) VPN
4 23 (2.59%) TCP/IP
5 18 (2.03%) DNS
6 15 (1.69%) BGP
6 15 (1.69%) DHCP
6 15 (1.69%) IPv6
6 15 (1.69%) Wi-Fi
7 14 (1.58%) Internet
7 14 (1.58%) VoIP
8 13 (1.46%) GPON
8 13 (1.46%) MPLS
8 13 (1.46%) Multicast
8 13 (1.46%) OSPF
9 11 (1.24%) Calico
9 11 (1.24%) Network Security
10 10 (1.13%) 5G
11 9 (1.01%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 155 (17.45%) PostgreSQL
2 143 (16.10%) NoSQL
3 127 (14.30%) Redis
3 127 (14.30%) Relational Database
4 114 (12.84%) MariaDB
5 109 (12.27%) HBase
6 92 (10.36%) Big Data
7 52 (5.86%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 45 (5.07%) Hadoop
9 36 (4.05%) MongoDB
10 34 (3.83%) MySQL
11 18 (2.03%) Data Lake
12 17 (1.91%) Data Warehouse
12 17 (1.91%) SQL Server
13 11 (1.24%) Flink
13 11 (1.24%) OLTP
14 9 (1.01%) Amazon RDS
14 9 (1.01%) Azure SQL Database
15 7 (0.79%) Blockchain
15 7 (0.79%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 203 (22.86%) Git (software)
2 168 (18.92%) Jenkins
3 111 (12.50%) Protractor
4 105 (11.82%) Cypress.io
5 99 (11.15%) Storybook
6 91 (10.25%) Sonatype Nexus
7 89 (10.02%) Cucumber
8 87 (9.80%) Gradle
9 85 (9.57%) Artifactory
10 76 (8.56%) Eclipse
10 76 (8.56%) IntelliJ
10 76 (8.56%) JUnit
10 76 (8.56%) Mockito
11 35 (3.94%) TeamCity
12 30 (3.38%) Selenium
13 23 (2.59%) Octopus Deploy
14 18 (2.03%) SonarQube
15 16 (1.80%) SpecFlow
16 13 (1.46%) GitLab
17 11 (1.24%) gulp
General
1 253 (28.49%) Finance
2 192 (21.62%) Inclusion and Diversity
3 159 (17.91%) Banking
4 156 (17.57%) Law
5 140 (15.77%) Social Skills
6 52 (5.86%) Presentation Skills
7 46 (5.18%) Retail
8 39 (4.39%) Games
9 25 (2.82%) Aerospace
9 25 (2.82%) Marketing
10 20 (2.25%) Publishing
11 15 (1.69%) Influencing Skills
11 15 (1.69%) Public Speaking
12 14 (1.58%) Military
13 12 (1.35%) Pharmaceutical
13 12 (1.35%) Telecoms
14 11 (1.24%) Public Sector
15 9 (1.01%) Electronics
16 8 (0.90%) Financial Institution
16 8 (0.90%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 250 (28.15%) React
2 224 (25.23%) Node.js
3 183 (20.61%) Kafka
4 180 (20.27%) Spring
5 170 (19.14%) RESTful
6 163 (18.36%) AngularJS
7 128 (14.41%) RabbitMQ
8 125 (14.08%) CSS
9 109 (12.27%) Web Services
10 107 (12.05%) Redux
11 100 (11.26%) Tailwind CSS
12 99 (11.15%) Express
12 99 (11.15%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 87 (9.80%) WireMock
14 84 (9.46%) JSON
15 78 (8.78%) REST
16 76 (8.56%) Spark Streaming
17 75 (8.45%) Play Framework
18 71 (8.00%) Spring Boot
19 55 (6.19%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 126 (14.19%) User Experience
2 89 (10.02%) Cloud Native
3 76 (8.56%) Linux Command Line
4 46 (5.18%) Greenfield Project
5 45 (5.07%) BBC
6 35 (3.94%) Management Information System
7 27 (3.04%) Algorithms
8 26 (2.93%) Blog
8 26 (2.93%) Mobile App
9 20 (2.25%) Data Centre
10 19 (2.14%) Social Media
11 16 (1.80%) Embedded Systems
11 16 (1.80%) Virtual Team
12 12 (1.35%) Cyberattack
12 12 (1.35%) Public Cloud
13 10 (1.13%) Derivative
13 10 (1.13%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
13 10 (1.13%) Self-Motivation
14 9 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
15 8 (0.90%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 155 (17.45%) Linux
2 111 (12.50%) Unix
3 56 (6.31%) Apple iOS
4 50 (5.63%) Android
5 9 (1.01%) CentOS
6 8 (0.90%) Windows
7 2 (0.23%) FreeRTOS
7 2 (0.23%) SafeRTOS
7 2 (0.23%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.23%) VxWorks
8 1 (0.11%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.11%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 501 (56.42%) Software Engineering
2 391 (44.03%) Agile Software Development
3 348 (39.19%) DevOps
4 304 (34.23%) Microservices
5 256 (28.83%) Computer Science
6 217 (24.44%) Mentoring
7 181 (20.38%) Full Stack Development
8 159 (17.91%) Technical Leadership
9 139 (15.65%) Digital Banking
10 130 (14.64%) Business Continuity
11 115 (12.95%) TDD
12 112 (12.61%) Software Testing
13 109 (12.27%) OO
14 106 (11.94%) Test Automation
15 102 (11.49%) Cross-Browser Testing
16 97 (10.92%) Coaching
17 95 (10.70%) High Availability
18 93 (10.47%) Validation
19 90 (10.14%) Clean Code
20 89 (10.02%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 349 (39.30%) Java
2 224 (25.23%) Python
3 170 (19.14%) JavaScript
4 135 (15.20%) C#
5 104 (11.71%) TypeScript
6 89 (10.02%) Go
7 78 (8.78%) SQL
8 76 (8.56%) Groovy
8 76 (8.56%) Shell Script
9 60 (6.76%) Scala
10 58 (6.53%) C++
11 46 (5.18%) Kotlin
12 32 (3.60%) C
13 27 (3.04%) Apple Swift
14 24 (2.70%) Ruby
15 22 (2.48%) PHP
16 18 (2.03%) Bash Shell
17 15 (1.69%) PowerShell
18 11 (1.24%) Rust
19 7 (0.79%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 274 (30.86%) Degree
2 89 (10.02%) OCP
2 89 (10.02%) Oracle Certification
3 50 (5.63%) Security Cleared
4 21 (2.36%) Computer Science Degree
5 19 (2.14%) CCIE
5 19 (2.14%) CCNP
5 19 (2.14%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (1.69%) PhD
7 14 (1.58%) JNCIA
7 14 (1.58%) JNCIS
8 11 (1.24%) AWS Certification
9 8 (0.90%) JNCIP
10 6 (0.68%) CCDP
10 6 (0.68%) CCIE Service Provider
10 6 (0.68%) HNC
10 6 (0.68%) HND
11 5 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (0.56%) Numerate Degree
12 3 (0.34%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (5.07%) QA
2 29 (3.27%) HAZOP
3 28 (3.15%) Def Stans
4 24 (2.70%) Accessibility
4 24 (2.70%) SLA
5 9 (1.01%) IEC 61508
6 3 (0.34%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.34%) JSP 440
6 3 (0.34%) NIST
6 3 (0.34%) RMADS
7 2 (0.23%) DO-178B
7 2 (0.23%) GDPR
8 1 (0.11%) ARP4754
8 1 (0.11%) ARP4761
8 1 (0.11%) DO-254
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 15288
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 145 (16.33%) Docker
2 76 (8.56%) HDFS
3 64 (7.21%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (1.91%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (1.24%) ISA Server
6 9 (1.01%) Active Directory
7 7 (0.79%) iptables
8 6 (0.68%) vSphere
9 4 (0.45%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 153 (17.23%) Ansible
1 153 (17.23%) Kubernetes
2 93 (10.47%) Terraform
3 67 (7.55%) Opscode Chef
4 37 (4.17%) Grafana
4 37 (4.17%) Puppet
5 24 (2.70%) Kibana
6 13 (1.46%) Nagios
7 11 (1.24%) Mesos
7 11 (1.24%) Prometheus
8 10 (1.13%) Docker Swarm
9 5 (0.56%) Failover Clustering
10 3 (0.34%) HP Fortify
11 2 (0.23%) Icinga
11 2 (0.23%) ZABBIX
12 1 (0.11%) BMC PATROL
12 1 (0.11%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 99 (11.15%) Okta
2 92 (10.36%) VMware
3 76 (8.56%) Google
4 38 (4.28%) Microsoft
5 26 (2.93%) Oracle
6 21 (2.36%) SolarWinds
7 20 (2.25%) Cisco
8 16 (1.80%) Dell
9 14 (1.58%) Juniper
10 13 (1.46%) Nokia
11 12 (1.35%) Samsung
12 10 (1.13%) Apple
13 7 (0.79%) Atlassian
13 7 (0.79%) Red Hat
13 7 (0.79%) SAP
14 6 (0.68%) Databricks
14 6 (0.68%) Intel
15 5 (0.56%) accuRx
15 5 (0.56%) LexisNexis
15 5 (0.56%) Xilinx