Period
to 17 October 2019

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £75,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

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 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 594 901 840
Rank change year-on-year +307 -61 +229
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 563 273 372
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.17% 0.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.43% 0.17% 0.22%
Number of salaries quoted 357 211 303
UK median annual salary £75,000 £62,500 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +20.00% +4.17% -
10th Percentile £47,500 £45,625 £45,000
90th Percentile £130,000 £90,000 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,500 £57,500 £55,000
% change year-on-year +5.22% +4.55% -4.35%

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 131,250 157,771 168,081
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.66% 95.93% 95.98%
Number of salaries quoted 104,620 127,104 134,629
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £78,750
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 17 October 2019.

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 17 October 2019. 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 +315 529 £77,500 +24.00% 117
UK excluding London +202 326 £60,500 +5.22% 112
London +232 236 £95,000 +18.75% 22
South East +56 82 £67,500 +12.50% 25
North of England +79 81 £70,000 +27.27% 23
East of England +76 52 £65,000 +8.33% 25
North West +81 51 £52,500 -23.64% 15
South West +13 47 £62,500 +8.70% 15
Midlands +61 31 £52,500 +11.70% 7
West Midlands +56 31 £52,500 +11.70% 7
Yorkshire +7 23 £70,000 +40.00% 7
Wales +31 19 £47,500 -28.01% 2
Scotland +29 14 £46,314 -38.25% 11
North East +15 7 £57,500 +15.00% 1

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, 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.

1 305 (54.17%) Agile Software Development
2 302 (53.64%) Software Engineering
3 244 (43.34%) Java
4 201 (35.70%) AWS
5 153 (27.18%) Mentoring
6 146 (25.93%) Python
7 144 (25.58%) JavaScript
8 138 (24.51%) Docker
9 130 (23.09%) DevOps
10 129 (22.91%) TDD
11 107 (19.01%) Finance
12 106 (18.83%) C#
13 104 (18.47%) Scrum
14 98 (17.41%) C++
15 93 (16.52%) Web Services
16 92 (16.34%) Kubernetes
17 87 (15.45%) .NET
18 85 (15.10%) Continuous Delivery
19 84 (14.92%) Spring
20 83 (14.74%) Software Architecture
21 81 (14.39%) Technical Leadership
22 76 (13.50%) Continuous Integration
23 75 (13.32%) Open Source
24 74 (13.14%) Problem-Solving
25 73 (12.97%) Unit Testing
26 71 (12.61%) Linux
27 70 (12.43%) SQL
27 70 (12.43%) Azure
27 70 (12.43%) React
28 67 (11.90%) Big Data

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 31 (5.51%) Apache Spark
2 24 (4.26%) Apache
3 22 (3.91%) JBoss
4 10 (1.78%) Apache Airflow
5 7 (1.24%) Luigi
6 4 (0.71%) Confluence
7 3 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.36%) GlassFish
8 2 (0.36%) nginx
9 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.18%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 8 (1.42%) Simulink
2 7 (1.24%) MS Visio
2 7 (1.24%) Sketch
3 3 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.36%) AutoCAD
4 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.36%) Revit
5 1 (0.18%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (0.18%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 36 (6.39%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.18%) GoldMine
Cloud Services
1 201 (35.70%) AWS
2 70 (12.43%) Azure
3 49 (8.70%) GitHub
4 41 (7.28%) GCP
5 36 (6.39%) OpenShift
6 23 (4.09%) Serverless
7 17 (3.02%) AWS Lambda
8 16 (2.84%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.24%) Amazon S3
9 7 (1.24%) CloudFront
10 5 (0.89%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.89%) Amazon Kinesis
10 5 (0.89%) Office 365
10 5 (0.89%) PaaS
10 5 (0.89%) Siri
11 3 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (0.53%) AWS Data Pipeline
11 3 (0.53%) IaaS
11 3 (0.53%) SaaS
12 2 (0.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 23 (4.09%) Firewall
2 18 (3.20%) LAN
2 18 (3.20%) WAN
3 13 (2.31%) Broadband
3 13 (2.31%) Ethernet
4 12 (2.13%) Network Security
5 11 (1.95%) Cisco ASA
5 11 (1.95%) DNS
6 9 (1.60%) TCP/IP
6 9 (1.60%) VPN
7 7 (1.24%) SAN
8 6 (1.07%) DHCP
9 5 (0.89%) HTTP
10 4 (0.71%) BGP
10 4 (0.71%) Internet
10 4 (0.71%) IPsec
10 4 (0.71%) L2TP
10 4 (0.71%) MPLS
10 4 (0.71%) OSPF
10 4 (0.71%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (11.90%) Big Data
2 42 (7.46%) Relational Database
3 33 (5.86%) RDBMS
4 31 (5.51%) Apache Cassandra
5 30 (5.33%) MySQL
6 29 (5.15%) Hadoop
7 23 (4.09%) SQL Server
8 22 (3.91%) NoSQL
9 21 (3.73%) Geospatial Data
9 21 (3.73%) GIS
9 21 (3.73%) JasperReports
10 20 (3.55%) PostgreSQL
11 16 (2.84%) Amazon RDS
12 12 (2.13%) Flink
12 12 (2.13%) MongoDB
13 11 (1.95%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 11 (1.95%) Apache Hive
14 9 (1.60%) Amazon Redshift
15 8 (1.42%) Blockchain
16 7 (1.24%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 59 (10.48%) Jenkins
2 48 (8.53%) Git (software)
3 36 (6.39%) JIRA
4 31 (5.51%) Maven
5 29 (5.15%) TeamCity
6 27 (4.80%) JUnit
7 24 (4.26%) Rational DOORS
8 22 (3.91%) Ant
9 20 (3.55%) ClearQuest
9 20 (3.55%) CruiseControl
9 20 (3.55%) FishEye
9 20 (3.55%) Hudson
9 20 (3.55%) Rational Rhapsody
10 14 (2.49%) Visual Studio Team System
11 12 (2.13%) Selenium
12 7 (1.24%) SoapUI
12 7 (1.24%) Visual Studio
13 6 (1.07%) JMeter
14 5 (0.89%) NUnit
14 5 (0.89%) WebDriver
General
1 107 (19.01%) Finance
2 37 (6.57%) Front Office
3 33 (5.86%) Retail
4 22 (3.91%) Aerospace
5 20 (3.55%) Manufacturing
6 17 (3.02%) Automotive
6 17 (3.02%) Games
7 14 (2.49%) Marketing
8 13 (2.31%) Advertising
9 12 (2.13%) Telecoms
10 10 (1.78%) Banking
11 9 (1.60%) Electronics
12 5 (0.89%) Public Sector
13 3 (0.53%) Back Office
13 3 (0.53%) Publishing
14 2 (0.36%) Law
14 2 (0.36%) Local Government
14 2 (0.36%) Military
15 1 (0.18%) Avionics
15 1 (0.18%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 93 (16.52%) Web Services
2 87 (15.45%) .NET
3 84 (14.92%) Spring
4 70 (12.43%) React
5 64 (11.37%) CSS
6 52 (9.24%) AngularJS
7 45 (7.99%) REST
8 43 (7.64%) Node.js
9 42 (7.46%) Hibernate
9 42 (7.46%) HTML
10 35 (6.22%) Middleware
10 35 (6.22%) Spring Boot
11 32 (5.68%) RESTful
12 31 (5.51%) ASP.NET
12 31 (5.51%) Kafka
13 29 (5.15%) JSON
14 28 (4.97%) HTML5
15 26 (4.62%) ASP.NET MVC
16 25 (4.44%) JMS
17 22 (3.91%) Swing
Miscellaneous
1 37 (6.57%) Derivative
1 37 (6.57%) Fixed Income
2 33 (5.86%) Data Structures
3 31 (5.51%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (4.80%) Public Cloud
5 26 (4.62%) Algorithms
5 26 (4.62%) Management Information System
6 21 (3.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 21 (3.73%) Greenfield Project
7 19 (3.37%) Data Centre
7 19 (3.37%) Hybrid Cloud
8 18 (3.20%) Embedded Systems
9 16 (2.84%) BBC
10 13 (2.31%) Cloud Native
11 11 (1.95%) User Experience
12 10 (1.78%) Smartphone
12 10 (1.78%) Wiki
13 9 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
14 7 (1.24%) Device Driver
15 6 (1.07%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 71 (12.61%) Linux
2 51 (9.06%) Windows
3 27 (4.80%) Unix
4 24 (4.26%) Android
5 12 (2.13%) Windows Server
5 12 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (1.42%) CentOS
7 6 (1.07%) Windows 10
7 6 (1.07%) Windows 7
7 6 (1.07%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.89%) SUSE
8 5 (0.89%) Tizen
8 5 (0.89%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (0.71%) Embedded Linux
10 3 (0.53%) Fedora
10 3 (0.53%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.53%) VxWorks
11 2 (0.36%) Debian
11 2 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.18%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 305 (54.17%) Agile Software Development
2 302 (53.64%) Software Engineering
3 153 (27.18%) Mentoring
4 130 (23.09%) DevOps
5 129 (22.91%) TDD
6 104 (18.47%) Scrum
7 85 (15.10%) Continuous Delivery
8 83 (14.74%) Software Architecture
9 81 (14.39%) Technical Leadership
10 76 (13.50%) Continuous Integration
11 75 (13.32%) Open Source
12 74 (13.14%) Problem-Solving
13 73 (12.97%) Unit Testing
14 61 (10.83%) Microservices
15 58 (10.30%) Continuous Improvement
16 56 (9.95%) BDD
17 53 (9.41%) UML
18 51 (9.06%) Continuous Deployment
19 49 (8.70%) Kanban
19 49 (8.70%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 244 (43.34%) Java
2 146 (25.93%) Python
3 144 (25.58%) JavaScript
4 106 (18.83%) C#
5 98 (17.41%) C++
6 70 (12.43%) SQL
7 64 (11.37%) C
8 41 (7.28%) Java 8
9 39 (6.93%) Scala
10 36 (6.39%) Go
11 29 (5.15%) Ruby
12 21 (3.73%) T-SQL
13 16 (2.84%) Kotlin
14 14 (2.49%) Bash Shell
15 11 (1.95%) Ada
16 9 (1.60%) Embedded C
16 9 (1.60%) RPG
16 9 (1.60%) VB.NET
17 8 (1.42%) MATLAB
18 7 (1.24%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 49 (8.70%) Degree
2 37 (6.57%) Cisco Certification
3 27 (4.80%) Security Cleared
4 21 (3.73%) CCNP
5 18 (3.20%) CCNA
6 16 (2.84%) CCIE
7 14 (2.49%) SC Cleared
8 13 (2.31%) CCDA
9 10 (1.78%) CISMP
9 10 (1.78%) CISSP
9 10 (1.78%) JNCIA
10 9 (1.60%) JNCIP
11 8 (1.42%) CCDP
11 8 (1.42%) JNCIS
12 6 (1.07%) Chartered Engineer
12 6 (1.07%) HND
12 6 (1.07%) PhD
13 5 (0.89%) ISTQB
13 5 (0.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 5 (0.89%) JNCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (6.39%) QA
2 16 (2.84%) ISO/IEC 15288
2 16 (2.84%) PCI DSS
3 7 (1.24%) GDPR
4 5 (0.89%) ISO 26262
5 4 (0.71%) SLA
6 3 (0.53%) MISRA
6 3 (0.53%) MISRA C
7 2 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.18%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.18%) NCSC
8 1 (0.18%) PSD2
System Software
1 138 (24.51%) Docker
2 29 (5.15%) Active Directory
3 27 (4.80%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.71%) HDFS
6 4 (0.71%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.53%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 2 (0.36%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 2 (0.36%) etcd
9 1 (0.18%) Firmware
9 1 (0.18%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 92 (16.34%) Kubernetes
2 56 (9.95%) Terraform
3 53 (9.41%) Ansible
4 32 (5.68%) Puppet
5 25 (4.44%) Opscode Chef
6 19 (3.37%) HP Quality Center
7 13 (2.31%) BMC PATROL
8 7 (1.24%) Consul
8 7 (1.24%) Oozie
9 6 (1.07%) Perfmon
10 3 (0.53%) WSUS
11 2 (0.36%) Docker Swarm
11 2 (0.36%) Grafana
11 2 (0.36%) HAProxy
11 2 (0.36%) Packer
11 2 (0.36%) Prometheus
11 2 (0.36%) Red Hat Satellite
11 2 (0.36%) Red Hat Spacewalk
11 2 (0.36%) yum
12 1 (0.18%) Rancher
Vendors
1 58 (10.30%) Google
2 39 (6.93%) WorldPay
3 37 (6.57%) Bloomberg
3 37 (6.57%) Reuters
4 34 (6.04%) Sage
5 29 (5.15%) Microsoft
5 29 (5.15%) VMware
6 27 (4.80%) Juniper
7 24 (4.26%) Cisco
8 22 (3.91%) IBM
9 21 (3.73%) Adobe
9 21 (3.73%) Atlassian
9 21 (3.73%) HP
10 20 (3.55%) Spotify
11 14 (2.49%) CheckPoint
12 11 (1.95%) Oracle
13 10 (1.78%) Red Hat
14 8 (1.42%) Avaya
14 8 (1.42%) Mitel
15 7 (1.24%) Virgin Media