Period
to 21 April 2018

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £67,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 792 916 1082
Rank change year-on-year +124 +166 +52
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 432 260 221
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.15% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.25% 0.16% 0.11%
Number of salaries quoted 304 212 185
UK median annual salary £67,500 £57,500 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +17.39% - +7.48%
10th Percentile £46,250 £45,250 £42,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £90,000 £87,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year +9.09% - +5.77%

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 171,248 165,387 197,547
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.47% 96.55% 96.62%
Number of salaries quoted 140,052 137,335 165,754
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,250 £26,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.53% - +6.25%

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 21 April 2018.

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 21 April 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 +129 410 £70,000 +21.74% 62
UK excluding London +35 254 £60,000 +9.09% 64
London +82 172 £80,000 -8.57% 10
North of England +22 79 £55,000 +4.76% 8
South East -10 63 £60,000 +3.00% 12
East of England +27 59 £65,000 +8.33% 13
Yorkshire +56 52 £55,000 - 2
North West -11 27 £55,000 +4.76% 6
West Midlands 0 20 £50,000 +1.52% 5
Midlands -3 20 £50,000 +2.04% 8
South West -17 17 £56,250 - 11
Northern Ireland - 8 £50,000 - 2
Wales - 7 £50,000 - 1
Scotland -46 1 - - 9

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 2018, 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.

1 255 (59.03%) Agile Software Development
2 211 (48.84%) Software Engineering
3 186 (43.06%) Java
4 107 (24.77%) Linux
5 93 (21.53%) Mentoring
6 88 (20.37%) Amazon AWS
7 87 (20.14%) Microservices
8 85 (19.68%) C++
8 85 (19.68%) TDD
9 84 (19.44%) DevOps
10 80 (18.52%) Scrum
11 79 (18.29%) Python
12 68 (15.74%) C#
12 68 (15.74%) Windows
13 61 (14.12%) Degree
14 60 (13.89%) Retail
14 60 (13.89%) Finance
15 59 (13.66%) Scala
15 59 (13.66%) BDD
16 58 (13.43%) C
16 58 (13.43%) SQL
17 56 (12.96%) OO
18 54 (12.50%) Hadoop
19 53 (12.27%) Test Automation
19 53 (12.27%) Coaching
20 51 (11.81%) Docker
20 51 (11.81%) E-Commerce
21 49 (11.34%) Web Services
21 49 (11.34%) Spring
22 48 (11.11%) JavaScript

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 41 (9.49%) Apache Spark
2 21 (4.86%) Tomcat
3 17 (3.94%) Elasticsearch
4 14 (3.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 8 (1.85%) Apache
6 6 (1.39%) JBoss
7 5 (1.16%) GlassFish
7 5 (1.16%) Jetty
8 3 (0.69%) Confluence
9 2 (0.46%) Apache Airflow
9 2 (0.46%) Apache Solr
10 1 (0.23%) Apache Pig
10 1 (0.23%) Cloud Foundry
10 1 (0.23%) CMS
10 1 (0.23%) nginx
10 1 (0.23%) OpenStack
Applications
1 7 (1.62%) Siemens NX
2 4 (0.93%) OrCAD
2 4 (0.93%) Simulink
3 2 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.23%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 7 (1.62%) Teamcenter
2 2 (0.46%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 88 (20.37%) Amazon AWS
2 44 (10.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (3.01%) SaaS
4 12 (2.78%) OpenShift
5 11 (2.55%) GitHub
6 9 (2.08%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (1.39%) Datadog
8 5 (1.16%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (1.16%) AWS Lambda
8 5 (1.16%) Serverless
9 4 (0.93%) IaaS
9 4 (0.93%) npm
10 3 (0.69%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.46%) Amazon Kinesis
11 2 (0.46%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.46%) PaaS
11 2 (0.46%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.23%) Amazon SQS
12 1 (0.23%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 20 (4.63%) TCP/IP
2 19 (4.40%) DNS
3 14 (3.24%) Firewall
4 13 (3.01%) Internet
4 13 (3.01%) Wireless
5 10 (2.31%) VPN
6 9 (2.08%) Network Security
7 8 (1.85%) HTTP
7 8 (1.85%) SMTP
8 7 (1.62%) Intrusion Detection
9 6 (1.39%) Ethernet
9 6 (1.39%) Modbus
10 5 (1.16%) AMQP
10 5 (1.16%) SMS
11 4 (0.93%) BGP
11 4 (0.93%) OSPF
11 4 (0.93%) RS-232
11 4 (0.93%) Wideband
12 3 (0.69%) EIGRP
12 3 (0.69%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (12.50%) Hadoop
2 43 (9.95%) Big Data
3 40 (9.26%) Apache Cassandra
4 36 (8.33%) NoSQL
5 26 (6.02%) MongoDB
6 25 (5.79%) MySQL
7 18 (4.17%) SQL Server
8 17 (3.94%) Relational Database
9 15 (3.47%) Redis
10 13 (3.01%) PostgreSQL
11 11 (2.55%) Data Lake
12 8 (1.85%) Apache Hive
12 8 (1.85%) Impala
13 7 (1.62%) Blockchain
13 7 (1.62%) Oracle Database
13 7 (1.62%) RDBMS
13 7 (1.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 6 (1.39%) HBase
15 5 (1.16%) Cloud Spanner
15 5 (1.16%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 41 (9.49%) Jenkins
2 33 (7.64%) Git (software)
3 27 (6.25%) Maven
4 13 (3.01%) JIRA
5 12 (2.78%) Hudson
6 10 (2.31%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (2.08%) Gradle
8 8 (1.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 8 (1.85%) Travis CI
9 7 (1.62%) FitNesse
9 7 (1.62%) SpecFlow
9 7 (1.62%) Subversion
9 7 (1.62%) tSQLt
10 6 (1.39%) Artifactory
10 6 (1.39%) GoCD
10 6 (1.39%) Sonatype Nexus
11 3 (0.69%) CppUnit
11 3 (0.69%) Cucumber
11 3 (0.69%) Eclipse
11 3 (0.69%) TeamCity
General
1 60 (13.89%) Finance
1 60 (13.89%) Retail
2 22 (5.09%) Telecoms
3 19 (4.40%) Games
4 18 (4.17%) Electronics
5 15 (3.47%) Marketing
6 12 (2.78%) Automotive
7 9 (2.08%) Aerospace
8 5 (1.16%) Back Office
8 5 (1.16%) Billing
8 5 (1.16%) Law
9 4 (0.93%) Avionics
10 3 (0.69%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.46%) Banking
11 2 (0.46%) Military
12 1 (0.23%) Advertising
12 1 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (11.34%) Spring
1 49 (11.34%) Web Services
2 44 (10.19%) J2EE
2 44 (10.19%) REST
3 37 (8.56%) RESTful
4 32 (7.41%) .NET
5 28 (6.48%) Kafka
6 26 (6.02%) Hibernate
6 26 (6.02%) SOAP
7 23 (5.32%) HTML
8 22 (5.09%) AngularJS
9 20 (4.63%) React
10 19 (4.40%) CSS
11 18 (4.17%) Node.js
11 18 (4.17%) RabbitMQ
12 17 (3.94%) XML
13 16 (3.70%) Java EE
14 14 (3.24%) JMS
14 14 (3.24%) WSDL
14 14 (3.24%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 44 (10.19%) Computer Science
2 21 (4.86%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (4.86%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 20 (4.63%) Algorithms
4 19 (4.40%) Self-Motivation
5 16 (3.70%) ASIC
6 15 (3.47%) Management Information System
7 14 (3.24%) Public Cloud
8 10 (2.31%) Smart Meter
9 9 (2.08%) Fintech
10 8 (1.85%) Data Centre
10 8 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.85%) Greenfield Project
10 8 (1.85%) Verilog
11 7 (1.62%) Private Cloud
11 7 (1.62%) User Experience
12 6 (1.39%) Linux Command Line
12 6 (1.39%) VHDL
13 5 (1.16%) Device Driver
13 5 (1.16%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 107 (24.77%) Linux
2 68 (15.74%) Windows
3 13 (3.01%) Windows Server
4 12 (2.78%) Embedded Linux
4 12 (2.78%) Unix
5 11 (2.55%) Android
6 10 (2.31%) Apple iOS
7 9 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (1.16%) CentOS
9 3 (0.69%) AIX
9 3 (0.69%) Solaris
9 3 (0.69%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.69%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.46%) VxWorks
10 2 (0.46%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.23%) Debian
11 1 (0.23%) Windows 10
11 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 255 (59.03%) Agile Software Development
2 211 (48.84%) Software Engineering
3 93 (21.53%) Mentoring
4 87 (20.14%) Microservices
5 85 (19.68%) TDD
6 84 (19.44%) DevOps
7 80 (18.52%) Scrum
8 59 (13.66%) BDD
9 56 (12.96%) OO
10 53 (12.27%) Coaching
10 53 (12.27%) Test Automation
11 51 (11.81%) E-Commerce
12 47 (10.88%) Continuous Improvement
13 43 (9.95%) Pair Programming
14 42 (9.72%) Continuous Integration
14 42 (9.72%) Open Source
15 39 (9.03%) Analytics
16 35 (8.10%) Collaborative Working
16 35 (8.10%) Problem-Solving
17 34 (7.87%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 186 (43.06%) Java
2 85 (19.68%) C++
3 79 (18.29%) Python
4 68 (15.74%) C#
5 59 (13.66%) Scala
6 58 (13.43%) C
6 58 (13.43%) SQL
7 48 (11.11%) JavaScript
8 31 (7.18%) Ruby
9 27 (6.25%) Java 8
10 23 (5.32%) Go
11 19 (4.40%) R
12 15 (3.47%) Embedded C
12 15 (3.47%) T-SQL
13 13 (3.01%) Embedded C++
14 12 (2.78%) PHP
15 8 (1.85%) MATLAB
16 7 (1.62%) Shell Script
17 6 (1.39%) Clojure
18 4 (0.93%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 61 (14.12%) Degree
2 20 (4.63%) SC Cleared
2 20 (4.63%) Security Cleared
3 14 (3.24%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (3.01%) Computer Science Degree
5 12 (2.78%) CCIE
6 9 (2.08%) HND
7 8 (1.85%) CCIE Routing and Switching
7 8 (1.85%) ISEB
7 8 (1.85%) PhD
8 6 (1.39%) CCNP
9 5 (1.16%) ISTQB
10 3 (0.69%) CCSA
10 3 (0.69%) CISSP
10 3 (0.69%) GIAC
10 3 (0.69%) GPEN
11 2 (0.46%) CCDE
11 2 (0.46%) CCIE Data Center
11 2 (0.46%) CCNA
12 1 (0.23%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (4.63%) QA
2 6 (1.39%) GCP
3 4 (0.93%) DO-160
4 2 (0.46%) DO-254
5 1 (0.23%) DO-178B
5 1 (0.23%) IEC 62304
5 1 (0.23%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.23%) MISRA
5 1 (0.23%) SLA
5 1 (0.23%) TickIT
System Software
1 51 (11.81%) Docker
2 29 (6.71%) Firmware
3 5 (1.16%) Oracle RAC
4 4 (0.93%) vSphere
5 3 (0.69%) Active Directory
5 3 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.46%) HDFS
6 2 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.23%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.23%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.23%) LXC
Systems Management
1 35 (8.10%) Kubernetes
2 30 (6.94%) Opscode Chef
3 29 (6.71%) Ansible
4 18 (4.17%) Terraform
5 15 (3.47%) Puppet
6 9 (2.08%) Prometheus
7 6 (1.39%) Consul
7 6 (1.39%) Salt
8 5 (1.16%) Marathon
8 5 (1.16%) Mesos
8 5 (1.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 4 (0.93%) Kibana
10 3 (0.69%) Oozie
11 2 (0.46%) BMC PATROL
11 2 (0.46%) Hadoop YARN
11 2 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
12 1 (0.23%) HP ALM
12 1 (0.23%) vCenter Server
12 1 (0.23%) WSUS
Vendors
1 25 (5.79%) Oracle
2 23 (5.32%) Google
3 22 (5.09%) Microsoft
4 14 (3.24%) Adobe
4 14 (3.24%) Cisco
5 8 (1.85%) Sophos
6 6 (1.39%) Altera
6 6 (1.39%) Capita
6 6 (1.39%) EMC
6 6 (1.39%) New Relic
6 6 (1.39%) Red Hat
6 6 (1.39%) Xilinx
7 5 (1.16%) VMware
7 5 (1.16%) WorldPay
8 4 (0.93%) Tableau
9 3 (0.69%) Apple
9 3 (0.69%) Cloudera
9 3 (0.69%) F5
9 3 (0.69%) Perforce
10 2 (0.46%) Juniper