Period
to 19 January 2018

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £63,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 January 2018.

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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 749 959 954
Rank change year-on-year +210 -5 +151
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 449 232 319
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.13% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.27% 0.14% 0.16%
Number of salaries quoted 352 198 279
UK median annual salary £63,000 £58,250 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.15% +1.30% +15.00%
10th Percentile £46,250 £45,775 £44,750
90th Percentile £88,625 £88,750 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £57,500 £57,000 £56,000
% change year-on-year +0.88% +1.79% +12.00%

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 167,227 170,652 201,733
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.08% 96.47% 96.58%
Number of salaries quoted 135,816 142,093 168,706
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%

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 January 2018.

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 January 2018. 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 +198 425 £65,000 +11.59% 83
UK excluding London +139 301 £57,500 +0.88% 79
London +87 139 £80,000 -8.57% 14
North of England +66 111 £55,000 - 13
East of England +73 81 £65,000 +4.00% 19
Yorkshire +94 77 £55,000 - 4
South East +36 67 £60,000 +3.00% 15
North West -7 32 £55,000 -1.79% 7
Midlands +8 15 £54,375 +1.16% 15
West Midlands +19 12 £50,000 -4.76% 10
South West -11 12 £50,750 -11.74% 7
Wales - 10 £47,500 - 3
Scotland -36 4 - - 7
East Midlands +17 3 £57,500 +4.55% 5
North East -17 2 £54,000 -6.09% 2
Northern Ireland -17 1 £50,000 +25.00%

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, 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.

1 249 (55.46%) Agile Software Development
2 246 (54.79%) Software Engineering
3 198 (44.10%) Java
4 100 (22.27%) C++
5 88 (19.60%) Scrum
5 88 (19.60%) Mentoring
6 86 (19.15%) TDD
6 86 (19.15%) Linux
7 81 (18.04%) C#
8 79 (17.59%) C
9 78 (17.37%) Windows
10 73 (16.26%) Degree
11 69 (15.37%) DevOps
12 67 (14.92%) BDD
13 65 (14.48%) Amazon AWS
13 65 (14.48%) SQL
14 62 (13.81%) Test Automation
14 62 (13.81%) Microservices
15 59 (13.14%) Python
16 57 (12.69%) JavaScript
17 55 (12.25%) OO
18 54 (12.03%) J2EE
18 54 (12.03%) Spring
19 51 (11.36%) Pair Programming
19 51 (11.36%) Docker
20 49 (10.91%) Web Services
21 45 (10.02%) RESTful
21 45 (10.02%) REST
22 42 (9.35%) Computer Science
23 41 (9.13%) Scala

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 26 (5.79%) Apache Spark
1 26 (5.79%) Tomcat
2 21 (4.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 11 (2.45%) Elasticsearch
4 10 (2.23%) Apache
5 8 (1.78%) JBoss
6 6 (1.34%) GlassFish
6 6 (1.34%) IIS
6 6 (1.34%) Jetty
7 5 (1.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (0.67%) CMS
8 3 (0.67%) Confluence
8 3 (0.67%) nginx
8 3 (0.67%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.45%) Apache Airflow
9 2 (0.45%) Apache Solr
10 1 (0.22%) Apache Pig
10 1 (0.22%) SharePoint
10 1 (0.22%) Skype for Business
10 1 (0.22%) WebLogic
Applications
1 9 (2.00%) Simulink
2 2 (0.45%) OrCAD
3 1 (0.22%) Abaqus
3 1 (0.22%) GNU Octave
3 1 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.22%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 65 (14.48%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (7.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (3.12%) SaaS
4 9 (2.00%) GitHub
5 6 (1.34%) OpenShift
6 5 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.89%) IaaS
7 4 (0.89%) npm
8 3 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (0.67%) Datadog
8 3 (0.67%) Serverless
9 2 (0.45%) Amazon SQS
9 2 (0.45%) Azure Data Factory
9 2 (0.45%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.45%) Heroku
9 2 (0.45%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
9 2 (0.45%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 1 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.22%) Force.com
10 1 (0.22%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 21 (4.68%) TCP/IP
2 19 (4.23%) Firewall
3 16 (3.56%) DNS
4 15 (3.34%) Internet
5 8 (1.78%) Wireless
6 7 (1.56%) Modbus
6 7 (1.56%) Network Security
7 6 (1.34%) AMQP
7 6 (1.34%) Cisco ASA
7 6 (1.34%) DHCP
7 6 (1.34%) ICMP
7 6 (1.34%) VPN
7 6 (1.34%) WAN
8 5 (1.11%) Extranet
8 5 (1.11%) HTTP
8 5 (1.11%) Intrusion Detection
8 5 (1.11%) LAN
9 4 (0.89%) LTE
10 3 (0.67%) Software-Defined Networking
10 3 (0.67%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (8.91%) Hadoop
2 33 (7.35%) Big Data
3 31 (6.90%) SQL Server
4 29 (6.46%) Apache Cassandra
5 26 (5.79%) NoSQL
6 22 (4.90%) MongoDB
6 22 (4.90%) MySQL
7 21 (4.68%) Relational Database
8 19 (4.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 14 (3.12%) PostgreSQL
10 11 (2.45%) RDBMS
11 8 (1.78%) Redis
12 6 (1.34%) SQL Server 2005
12 6 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
13 5 (1.11%) Data Lake
13 5 (1.11%) HBase
14 3 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
14 3 (0.67%) Apache Hive
14 3 (0.67%) QlikView
15 2 (0.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 36 (8.02%) Jenkins
2 33 (7.35%) Git (software)
3 23 (5.12%) Maven
4 18 (4.01%) JIRA
4 18 (4.01%) Team Foundation Server
5 17 (3.79%) FitNesse
5 17 (3.79%) SpecFlow
5 17 (3.79%) tSQLt
6 13 (2.90%) Hudson
7 11 (2.45%) Cucumber
7 11 (2.45%) Subversion
8 10 (2.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 7 (1.56%) CppUnit
9 7 (1.56%) Travis CI
10 6 (1.34%) Artifactory
11 5 (1.11%) Gradle
11 5 (1.11%) MSTest
11 5 (1.11%) NUnit
11 5 (1.11%) Rational DOORS
11 5 (1.11%) TeamCity
General
1 39 (8.69%) Finance
2 22 (4.90%) Retail
2 22 (4.90%) Telecoms
3 21 (4.68%) Electronics
4 12 (2.67%) Marketing
5 10 (2.23%) Military
6 9 (2.00%) Law
7 8 (1.78%) Games
8 7 (1.56%) Aerospace
9 6 (1.34%) Billing
10 4 (0.89%) Digital Economy
11 3 (0.67%) Automotive
11 3 (0.67%) Banking
11 3 (0.67%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.45%) Manufacturing
13 1 (0.22%) Advertising
13 1 (0.22%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (12.03%) J2EE
1 54 (12.03%) Spring
2 49 (10.91%) Web Services
3 45 (10.02%) REST
3 45 (10.02%) RESTful
4 41 (9.13%) SOAP
5 39 (8.69%) AngularJS
6 37 (8.24%) .NET
6 37 (8.24%) Node.js
7 32 (7.13%) React
8 31 (6.90%) CSS
9 30 (6.68%) Hibernate
10 29 (6.46%) HTML
11 26 (5.79%) XML
12 24 (5.35%) WSDL
12 24 (5.35%) XSD
13 19 (4.23%) JMS
14 17 (3.79%) Java EE
15 16 (3.56%) Kafka
15 16 (3.56%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 42 (9.35%) Computer Science
2 27 (6.01%) Algorithms
3 20 (4.45%) ASIC
4 17 (3.79%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 13 (2.90%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (2.45%) 3D Printing
7 9 (2.00%) Greenfield Project
8 8 (1.78%) Virtual Team
9 7 (1.56%) Management Information System
9 7 (1.56%) Public Cloud
9 7 (1.56%) Verilog
10 6 (1.34%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.34%) Smart Meter
11 5 (1.11%) Embedded Systems
11 5 (1.11%) MPEG
12 4 (0.89%) Data Centre
12 4 (0.89%) Fintech
12 4 (0.89%) Mobile App
12 4 (0.89%) Private Cloud
12 4 (0.89%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 86 (19.15%) Linux
2 78 (17.37%) Windows
3 17 (3.79%) Windows Server
4 12 (2.67%) Unix
5 10 (2.23%) Android
6 8 (1.78%) Apple iOS
6 8 (1.78%) Solaris
7 7 (1.56%) AIX
8 6 (1.34%) Windows 7
9 5 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.89%) CentOS
11 3 (0.67%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.67%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.67%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.45%) Windows Embedded Compact
12 2 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.22%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.22%) ThreadX
13 1 (0.22%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 249 (55.46%) Agile Software Development
2 246 (54.79%) Software Engineering
3 88 (19.60%) Mentoring
3 88 (19.60%) Scrum
4 86 (19.15%) TDD
5 69 (15.37%) DevOps
6 67 (14.92%) BDD
7 62 (13.81%) Microservices
7 62 (13.81%) Test Automation
8 55 (12.25%) OO
9 51 (11.36%) Pair Programming
10 38 (8.46%) Coaching
11 37 (8.24%) Continuous Integration
11 37 (8.24%) E-Commerce
12 34 (7.57%) Kanban
13 29 (6.46%) Multithreading
13 29 (6.46%) Open Source
14 28 (6.24%) Continuous Improvement
15 27 (6.01%) Project Management
16 26 (5.79%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 198 (44.10%) Java
2 100 (22.27%) C++
3 81 (18.04%) C#
4 79 (17.59%) C
5 65 (14.48%) SQL
6 59 (13.14%) Python
7 57 (12.69%) JavaScript
8 41 (9.13%) Scala
9 28 (6.24%) T-SQL
10 21 (4.68%) PHP
10 21 (4.68%) Ruby
11 19 (4.23%) R
12 14 (3.12%) MATLAB
13 12 (2.67%) Go
14 9 (2.00%) PowerShell
15 7 (1.56%) Bash Shell
15 7 (1.56%) Clojure
15 7 (1.56%) Embedded C
15 7 (1.56%) Embedded C++
16 6 (1.34%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 73 (16.26%) Degree
2 22 (4.90%) Security Cleared
3 19 (4.23%) SC Cleared
4 11 (2.45%) Cisco Certification
5 10 (2.23%) Computer Science Degree
6 9 (2.00%) PhD
7 7 (1.56%) CCNP
7 7 (1.56%) ISEB
8 6 (1.34%) ISTQB
9 5 (1.11%) HND
10 4 (0.89%) CCIE
10 4 (0.89%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 2 (0.45%) CCDE
11 2 (0.45%) CCIE Data Center
11 2 (0.45%) CCIE Security
11 2 (0.45%) CCNA
11 2 (0.45%) Chartered Engineer
11 2 (0.45%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.22%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (7.57%) QA
2 9 (2.00%) DO-254
3 3 (0.67%) DO-178B
4 2 (0.45%) JTAG
5 1 (0.22%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.22%) SLA
System Software
1 51 (11.36%) Docker
2 32 (7.13%) Firmware
3 8 (1.78%) Active Directory
4 7 (1.56%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (0.89%) vSphere
7 2 (0.45%) HDFS
7 2 (0.45%) KVM
8 1 (0.22%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.22%) LXC
8 1 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 29 (6.46%) Opscode Chef
2 28 (6.24%) Ansible
3 23 (5.12%) Kubernetes
4 22 (4.90%) Puppet
5 9 (2.00%) Terraform
6 8 (1.78%) Prometheus
7 6 (1.34%) Kibana
7 6 (1.34%) Marathon
8 4 (0.89%) WebSphere Cast Iron
9 3 (0.67%) Mesos
9 3 (0.67%) Oozie
9 3 (0.67%) SCCM
10 2 (0.45%) Hadoop YARN
10 2 (0.45%) Nagios
10 2 (0.45%) TrustSec
11 1 (0.22%) BMC PATROL
11 1 (0.22%) Consul
11 1 (0.22%) Jamf Pro
11 1 (0.22%) Salt
11 1 (0.22%) SCOM
Vendors
1 27 (6.01%) Oracle
2 22 (4.90%) Adobe
3 21 (4.68%) Microsoft
4 16 (3.56%) Google
5 13 (2.90%) VMware
5 13 (2.90%) Zend
6 11 (2.45%) Cisco
6 11 (2.45%) Sophos
7 7 (1.56%) CheckPoint
7 7 (1.56%) Palo Alto
8 6 (1.34%) Capita
8 6 (1.34%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (1.34%) SAP
9 5 (1.11%) Meraki
10 4 (0.89%) Cadence
10 4 (0.89%) EMC
10 4 (0.89%) HP
10 4 (0.89%) Informatica
10 4 (0.89%) Jitterbit
10 4 (0.89%) ServiceNow