Period
to 23 July 2019

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £75,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 July 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
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 611 888 916
Rank change year-on-year +277 +28 +170
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 545 315 298
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.18% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.39% 0.19% 0.17%
Number of salaries quoted 354 219 250
UK median annual salary £75,000 £60,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +25.00% - -
10th Percentile £47,500 £42,500 £46,700
90th Percentile £122,500 £94,000 £90,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year +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 138,700 166,639 170,844
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.85% 96.22% 96.19%
Number of salaries quoted 110,733 134,806 139,034
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £28,250 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £81,250 £77,500
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 23 July 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 23 July 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 +256 507 £76,000 +26.67% 106
UK excluding London +166 318 £60,000 +9.09% 90
London +213 225 £95,000 +15.15% 26
North of England +59 98 £65,000 +20.93% 13
South East +64 85 £66,250 +20.45% 20
North West +104 77 £67,500 +8.00% 9
South West +8 43 £55,000 -4.35% 14
Midlands +68 35 £52,500 +7.14% 8
West Midlands +46 35 £52,500 +7.14% 8
Scotland +45 32 £44,629 - 7
East of England +81 21 £65,000 +8.33% 25
Yorkshire -13 20 £65,000 +23.81% 2
Wales +13 4 £52,500 -20.44%
North East - 1 - - 2

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 311 (57.06%) Agile Software Development
2 261 (47.89%) Software Engineering
3 198 (36.33%) Mentoring
4 194 (35.60%) Java
5 184 (33.76%) Amazon AWS
6 166 (30.46%) JavaScript
7 145 (26.61%) C#
8 136 (24.95%) Docker
9 127 (23.30%) .NET
10 124 (22.75%) Technical Leadership
11 118 (21.65%) TDD
12 112 (20.55%) Python
13 106 (19.45%) Degree
14 97 (17.80%) Software Architecture
15 94 (17.25%) C++
16 90 (16.51%) Continuous Delivery
17 89 (16.33%) DevOps
17 89 (16.33%) React
18 87 (15.96%) Web Services
19 85 (15.60%) Microsoft Azure
20 84 (15.41%) Microservices
21 82 (15.05%) Kubernetes
22 81 (14.86%) AngularJS
22 81 (14.86%) Scrum
23 78 (14.31%) Unit Testing
24 76 (13.94%) Continuous Improvement
25 75 (13.76%) Node.js
25 75 (13.76%) HTML
26 73 (13.39%) CSS
26 73 (13.39%) Continuous Integration

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 21 (3.85%) Apache Spark
2 13 (2.39%) Elasticsearch
3 9 (1.65%) JBoss
4 8 (1.47%) Apache
5 5 (0.92%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (0.73%) Confluence
7 3 (0.55%) GlassFish
7 3 (0.55%) nginx
8 2 (0.37%) Apache Pig
8 2 (0.37%) Jupyter
9 1 (0.18%) CMS
9 1 (0.18%) Mule
9 1 (0.18%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.18%) WildFly
Applications
1 8 (1.47%) Simulink
2 6 (1.10%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.18%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 26 (4.77%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 184 (33.76%) Amazon AWS
2 85 (15.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 57 (10.46%) GitHub
4 48 (8.81%) Cloud Computing
5 30 (5.50%) Google Cloud Platform
6 26 (4.77%) OpenShift
7 19 (3.49%) Serverless
8 9 (1.65%) AWS Lambda
8 9 (1.65%) Cloudflare
9 5 (0.92%) SaaS
10 4 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (0.55%) IaaS
11 3 (0.55%) PaaS
12 2 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.37%) Amazon ECS
12 2 (0.37%) Amazon Kinesis
12 2 (0.37%) Datadog
12 2 (0.37%) Stackdriver
12 2 (0.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 45 (8.26%) Broadband
2 20 (3.67%) Ethernet
3 19 (3.49%) Firewall
4 13 (2.39%) Cisco ASA
4 13 (2.39%) Network Security
5 11 (2.02%) LAN
5 11 (2.02%) WAN
6 9 (1.65%) TCP/IP
7 4 (0.73%) BGP
8 3 (0.55%) DNS
8 3 (0.55%) Internet
8 3 (0.55%) SAN
8 3 (0.55%) VPN
9 2 (0.37%) Cisco IOS
9 2 (0.37%) DHCP
9 2 (0.37%) DMZ
9 2 (0.37%) FlexRay
9 2 (0.37%) MPLS
9 2 (0.37%) Multicast
9 2 (0.37%) NaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (9.17%) SQL Server
2 26 (4.77%) Big Data
3 22 (4.04%) Relational Database
4 21 (3.85%) RDBMS
5 16 (2.94%) Apache Cassandra
6 15 (2.75%) NoSQL
7 13 (2.39%) Amazon Redshift
8 12 (2.20%) Amazon RDS
9 11 (2.02%) MySQL
10 10 (1.83%) MongoDB
11 9 (1.65%) Hadoop
12 8 (1.47%) PostgreSQL
13 7 (1.28%) Geospatial Data
13 7 (1.28%) GIS
13 7 (1.28%) JasperReports
14 6 (1.10%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 3 (0.55%) Apache Hive
15 3 (0.55%) Data Warehouse
15 3 (0.55%) Neo4j
16 2 (0.37%) Redis
Development Applications
1 52 (9.54%) Git (software)
2 34 (6.24%) JIRA
3 26 (4.77%) Jenkins
4 18 (3.30%) SoapUI
5 17 (3.12%) Rational DOORS
6 15 (2.75%) Maven
6 15 (2.75%) Visual Studio Team System
7 14 (2.57%) Selenium
8 12 (2.20%) JUnit
8 12 (2.20%) Rational Rhapsody
9 11 (2.02%) Subversion
10 10 (1.83%) JMeter
11 8 (1.47%) Ant
11 8 (1.47%) Cucumber
11 8 (1.47%) TeamCity
12 6 (1.10%) Visual Studio
13 5 (0.92%) ClearQuest
13 5 (0.92%) CruiseControl
13 5 (0.92%) FishEye
13 5 (0.92%) Hudson
General
1 68 (12.48%) Finance
2 41 (7.52%) Front Office
3 31 (5.69%) Telecoms
4 25 (4.59%) Retail
5 19 (3.49%) Aerospace
6 18 (3.30%) Manufacturing
7 11 (2.02%) Banking
7 11 (2.02%) Publishing
8 10 (1.83%) Automotive
8 10 (1.83%) Electronics
8 10 (1.83%) Games
8 10 (1.83%) Marketing
9 4 (0.73%) Law
10 3 (0.55%) Military
10 3 (0.55%) Social Science
11 2 (0.37%) Corporate Banking
11 2 (0.37%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.18%) Advertising
12 1 (0.18%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 127 (23.30%) .NET
2 89 (16.33%) React
3 87 (15.96%) Web Services
4 81 (14.86%) AngularJS
5 75 (13.76%) HTML
5 75 (13.76%) Node.js
6 73 (13.39%) CSS
7 64 (11.74%) Spring
8 52 (9.54%) RESTful
9 50 (9.17%) ASP.NET
10 39 (7.16%) Middleware
11 38 (6.97%) ASP.NET MVC
12 35 (6.42%) HTML5
13 29 (5.32%) GraphQL
14 27 (4.95%) NHibernate
15 25 (4.59%) REST
16 23 (4.22%) CSS3
17 20 (3.67%) Hibernate
17 20 (3.67%) Spring Boot
18 19 (3.49%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.52%) Fixed Income
2 39 (7.16%) Derivative
3 33 (6.06%) Data Structures
4 28 (5.14%) Algorithms
5 25 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
6 19 (3.49%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 19 (3.49%) User Experience
7 18 (3.30%) Data Centre
7 18 (3.30%) Public Cloud
8 16 (2.94%) BBC
8 16 (2.94%) Greenfield Project
9 15 (2.75%) Hybrid Cloud
10 14 (2.57%) VHDL
11 13 (2.39%) Cloud Native
12 10 (1.83%) Embedded Systems
12 10 (1.83%) Management Information System
13 9 (1.65%) e-Learning
14 7 (1.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 6 (1.10%) Smartphone
16 4 (0.73%) Online Gambling
Operating Systems
1 54 (9.91%) Linux
2 30 (5.50%) Windows
3 20 (3.67%) Unix
4 19 (3.49%) Android
5 8 (1.47%) CentOS
6 7 (1.28%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (1.10%) Windows 10
7 6 (1.10%) Windows 7
7 6 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.92%) Windows Server
9 3 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.55%) Tizen
9 3 (0.55%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.37%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.37%) Debian
10 2 (0.37%) Fedora
10 2 (0.37%) VxWorks
11 1 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
11 1 (0.18%) SUSE
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 311 (57.06%) Agile Software Development
2 261 (47.89%) Software Engineering
3 198 (36.33%) Mentoring
4 124 (22.75%) Technical Leadership
5 118 (21.65%) TDD
6 97 (17.80%) Software Architecture
7 90 (16.51%) Continuous Delivery
8 89 (16.33%) DevOps
9 84 (15.41%) Microservices
10 81 (14.86%) Scrum
11 78 (14.31%) Unit Testing
12 76 (13.94%) Continuous Improvement
13 73 (13.39%) Continuous Integration
14 72 (13.21%) BDD
15 68 (12.48%) Computer Science
16 61 (11.19%) Test Automation
17 58 (10.64%) Coaching
18 53 (9.72%) Analytics
18 53 (9.72%) Enterprise Architecture
18 53 (9.72%) UML
Programming Languages
1 194 (35.60%) Java
2 166 (30.46%) JavaScript
3 145 (26.61%) C#
4 112 (20.55%) Python
5 94 (17.25%) C++
6 69 (12.66%) SQL
7 66 (12.11%) C
8 29 (5.32%) T-SQL
9 23 (4.22%) Go
9 23 (4.22%) TypeScript
10 21 (3.85%) PHP
10 21 (3.85%) Ruby
11 20 (3.67%) Scala
12 18 (3.30%) ES6
13 17 (3.12%) Java 8
14 10 (1.83%) Bash Shell
14 10 (1.83%) Embedded C
15 9 (1.65%) Ada
15 9 (1.65%) Kotlin
15 9 (1.65%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 106 (19.45%) Degree
2 44 (8.07%) Security Cleared
3 27 (4.95%) Cisco Certification
4 25 (4.59%) DV Cleared
5 19 (3.49%) CCNP
6 18 (3.30%) ISTQB
6 18 (3.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 16 (2.94%) SC Cleared
8 15 (2.75%) Computer Science Degree
9 12 (2.20%) CCIE
10 11 (2.02%) Numerate Degree
11 10 (1.83%) CCDP
12 8 (1.47%) CCDA
12 8 (1.47%) CCNA
13 6 (1.10%) HND
14 5 (0.92%) CCIE Data Center
14 5 (0.92%) JNCIA
14 5 (0.92%) JNCIS
15 4 (0.73%) CCSE
16 3 (0.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (9.36%) QA
2 12 (2.20%) ISO/IEC 15288
3 10 (1.83%) PCI DSS
4 8 (1.47%) GDPR
5 5 (0.92%) GPG13
6 4 (0.73%) ISO 26262
7 3 (0.55%) Def Stans
7 3 (0.55%) MISRA
7 3 (0.55%) MISRA C
7 3 (0.55%) SLA
8 1 (0.18%) Dublin Core
8 1 (0.18%) PSD2
System Software
1 136 (24.95%) Docker
2 24 (4.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (2.39%) Active Directory
3 13 (2.39%) Firmware
4 8 (1.47%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.10%) Citrix Hypervisor
5 6 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.55%) Apache ZooKeeper
6 3 (0.55%) etcd
7 2 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.18%) HDFS
8 1 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 82 (15.05%) Kubernetes
2 50 (9.17%) Terraform
3 35 (6.42%) Ansible
4 22 (4.04%) Puppet
5 19 (3.49%) Opscode Chef
6 11 (2.02%) SCOM
7 10 (1.83%) HP Quality Center
8 9 (1.65%) BMC PATROL
9 6 (1.10%) Consul
9 6 (1.10%) Perfmon
10 4 (0.73%) Packer
11 3 (0.55%) Docker Swarm
11 3 (0.55%) Grafana
11 3 (0.55%) HAProxy
11 3 (0.55%) Prometheus
12 2 (0.37%) logstash
12 2 (0.37%) Red Hat Satellite
12 2 (0.37%) Red Hat Spacewalk
12 2 (0.37%) WSUS
12 2 (0.37%) yum
Vendors
1 60 (11.01%) Microsoft
2 39 (7.16%) Bloomberg
2 39 (7.16%) Reuters
3 29 (5.32%) Google
4 27 (4.95%) WorldPay
5 24 (4.40%) VMware
6 23 (4.22%) Cisco
7 17 (3.12%) CheckPoint
7 17 (3.12%) Juniper
8 14 (2.57%) Spotify
9 13 (2.39%) HP
10 11 (2.02%) IBM
10 11 (2.02%) New Relic
10 11 (2.02%) Virgin Media
11 10 (1.83%) SolarWinds
12 9 (1.65%) CommVault
12 9 (1.65%) EMC
12 9 (1.65%) Freshdesk
12 9 (1.65%) PagerDuty
13 8 (1.47%) Mentor Graphics