Period
to 20 October 2017

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 October 2017.

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
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 834 1030 935
Rank change year-on-year +196 -95 +140
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 368 198 388
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.10% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.11% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 296 179 276
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.35% +4.55%
10th Percentile £45,000 £46,250 £46,250
90th Percentile £89,375 £86,250 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £57,500 £56,000
% change year-on-year -4.35% +2.68% +6.67%

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 166841 184148 211679
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.76% 96.44% 96.48%
Number of salaries quoted 133583 154294 175388
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +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 20 October 2017.

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 20 October 2017. 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 +202 350 £60,000 - 27
UK excluding London +166 253 £55,000 -4.35% 20
London +80 110 £80,000 +6.67% 7
North of England +63 89 £55,000 -1.79% 2
Yorkshire +93 70 £57,500 +4.55% 2
East of England +43 61 £65,000 +4.00% 6
South East +70 54 £55,000 -15.38% 11
Midlands +38 18 £50,000 - 1
South West +12 18 £51,500 -10.43%
North West -18 15 £55,000 -3.51%
West Midlands +26 14 £50,000 - 1
Scotland -1 9 £55,000 -9.09%
East Midlands +34 4 £56,875 +3.41%
North East +21 4 £54,500 -5.22%
Wales - 3 £45,000 -
Northern Ireland -28 1 £50,000 +25.00%

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 2017, 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.

1 174 (47.28%) Software Engineering
2 163 (44.29%) Agile Software Development
3 121 (32.88%) Java
4 107 (29.08%) Linux
5 86 (23.37%) Degree
6 84 (22.83%) Windows
7 80 (21.74%) C++
8 79 (21.47%) Mentoring
9 78 (21.20%) Scrum
10 75 (20.38%) TDD
11 73 (19.84%) C
12 71 (19.29%) C#
13 68 (18.48%) DevOps
14 67 (18.21%) JavaScript
15 62 (16.85%) SQL
16 59 (16.03%) BDD
17 57 (15.49%) Docker
18 52 (14.13%) Amazon AWS
18 52 (14.13%) Computer Science
19 50 (13.59%) Ansible
20 48 (13.04%) AngularJS
21 47 (12.77%) SQL Server
22 45 (12.23%) Puppet
23 43 (11.68%) OO
23 43 (11.68%) Microsoft
24 42 (11.41%) Test Automation
25 41 (11.14%) .NET
26 40 (10.87%) Python
26 40 (10.87%) Algorithms
27 38 (10.33%) Coaching

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 30 (8.15%) Tomcat
2 28 (7.61%) Apache
3 15 (4.08%) CMS
4 11 (2.99%) Cloud Foundry
5 10 (2.72%) IIS
6 9 (2.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 9 (2.45%) OpenStack
6 9 (2.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 6 (1.63%) Apache Spark
8 5 (1.36%) nginx
9 3 (0.82%) Confluence
10 2 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.54%) JBoss
10 2 (0.54%) SharePoint
11 1 (0.27%) GlassFish
11 1 (0.27%) Jetty
11 1 (0.27%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.27%) NServiceBus
11 1 (0.27%) Skype for Business
11 1 (0.27%) WebLogic
Applications
1 9 (2.45%) Simulink
2 2 (0.54%) OrCAD
3 1 (0.27%) Abaqus
3 1 (0.27%) GNU Octave
3 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.27%) Payment Gateway
1 1 (0.27%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 52 (14.13%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (7.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (5.16%) SaaS
4 11 (2.99%) Google Cloud Platform
5 7 (1.90%) GitHub
6 6 (1.63%) Azure Machine Learning
6 6 (1.63%) Office 365
6 6 (1.63%) Serverless
7 4 (1.09%) Sumo Logic
8 3 (0.82%) Heroku
8 3 (0.82%) IaaS
9 2 (0.54%) Amazon SQS
9 2 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.54%) Datadog
9 2 (0.54%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
9 2 (0.54%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 2 (0.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.27%) Force.com
10 1 (0.27%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 28 (7.61%) DNS
2 21 (5.71%) TCP/IP
3 20 (5.43%) Firewall
4 8 (2.17%) Internet
4 8 (2.17%) SAN
5 6 (1.63%) Cisco ASA
5 6 (1.63%) DHCP
5 6 (1.63%) HTTP
6 5 (1.36%) Extranet
6 5 (1.36%) ICMP
6 5 (1.36%) Network Security
6 5 (1.36%) VPN
7 4 (1.09%) BGP
7 4 (1.09%) OSPF
7 4 (1.09%) Software-Defined Networking
7 4 (1.09%) WAN
8 3 (0.82%) LAN
8 3 (0.82%) Multicast
8 3 (0.82%) Wireless
9 2 (0.54%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (12.77%) SQL Server
2 26 (7.07%) MySQL
3 22 (5.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (4.35%) NoSQL
4 16 (4.35%) SQL Server 2008
5 14 (3.80%) SQL Server 2005
6 13 (3.53%) MongoDB
7 12 (3.26%) Relational Database
8 11 (2.99%) Apache Cassandra
9 7 (1.90%) Big Data
9 7 (1.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (1.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 6 (1.63%) Azure SQL Database
10 6 (1.63%) Blockchain
10 6 (1.63%) DocumentDB
10 6 (1.63%) Hadoop
10 6 (1.63%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (1.09%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.82%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 34 (9.24%) Git (software)
2 23 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
3 22 (5.98%) SpecFlow
4 19 (5.16%) Jenkins
5 17 (4.62%) FitNesse
6 16 (4.35%) JIRA
7 15 (4.08%) tSQLt
8 12 (3.26%) Cucumber
8 12 (3.26%) Subversion
9 11 (2.99%) Rational DOORS
10 9 (2.45%) Artifactory
10 9 (2.45%) MSTest
10 9 (2.45%) NUnit
11 8 (2.17%) InstallShield
11 8 (2.17%) PHPUnit
12 6 (1.63%) Selenium
13 4 (1.09%) CppUnit
13 4 (1.09%) eggPlant
13 4 (1.09%) Vagrant
14 3 (0.82%) TeamCity
General
1 38 (10.33%) Finance
2 24 (6.52%) Telecoms
3 18 (4.89%) Electronics
4 15 (4.08%) Aerospace
4 15 (4.08%) Military
5 11 (2.99%) Marketing
6 10 (2.72%) Retail
7 7 (1.90%) Online Betting
8 6 (1.63%) Banking
8 6 (1.63%) Investment Banking
8 6 (1.63%) Law
9 5 (1.36%) Manufacturing
10 4 (1.09%) Digital Economy
11 3 (0.82%) Automotive
11 3 (0.82%) Games
12 2 (0.54%) Advertising
13 1 (0.27%) Billing
13 1 (0.27%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.27%) Local Government
13 1 (0.27%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (13.04%) AngularJS
2 41 (11.14%) .NET
3 37 (10.05%) HTML
4 36 (9.78%) CSS
5 35 (9.51%) Node.js
5 35 (9.51%) React
6 34 (9.24%) Web Services
7 27 (7.34%) SOAP
7 27 (7.34%) XML
8 25 (6.79%) RESTful
9 24 (6.52%) J2EE
10 22 (5.98%) REST
11 21 (5.71%) LAMP
12 19 (5.16%) Spring
12 19 (5.16%) Symfony
13 17 (4.62%) Apache Axis
13 17 (4.62%) Laravel
13 17 (4.62%) WCF
14 16 (4.35%) Kafka
14 16 (4.35%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 52 (14.13%) Computer Science
2 40 (10.87%) Algorithms
3 22 (5.98%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 17 (4.62%) 3D Printing
5 15 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
6 14 (3.80%) Data Structures
7 13 (3.53%) ASIC
8 12 (3.26%) Embedded Systems
9 10 (2.72%) Greenfield Project
10 9 (2.45%) Linux Command Line
10 9 (2.45%) Management Information System
10 9 (2.45%) Mobile App
11 7 (1.90%) Data Centre
11 7 (1.90%) Fintech
11 7 (1.90%) Over-the-Top Content
12 6 (1.63%) VHDL
13 4 (1.09%) Public Cloud
13 4 (1.09%) Verilog
13 4 (1.09%) Virtual Team
14 3 (0.82%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 107 (29.08%) Linux
2 84 (22.83%) Windows
3 23 (6.25%) Android
3 23 (6.25%) CentOS
4 21 (5.71%) Apple iOS
5 18 (4.89%) Windows Server
6 15 (4.08%) Ubuntu
7 11 (2.99%) Unix
8 8 (2.17%) Windows 7
9 5 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (1.36%) Solaris
10 4 (1.09%) AIX
10 4 (1.09%) Mac OS X
10 4 (1.09%) Windows Embedded Compact
11 3 (0.82%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.54%) VMS
12 2 (0.54%) Windows 10
13 1 (0.27%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.27%) ThreadX
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (47.28%) Software Engineering
2 163 (44.29%) Agile Software Development
3 79 (21.47%) Mentoring
4 78 (21.20%) Scrum
5 75 (20.38%) TDD
6 68 (18.48%) DevOps
7 59 (16.03%) BDD
8 43 (11.68%) OO
9 42 (11.41%) Test Automation
10 38 (10.33%) Coaching
11 37 (10.05%) Pair Programming
12 35 (9.51%) Mathematics
13 34 (9.24%) Physics
13 34 (9.24%) Unit Testing
14 29 (7.88%) Open Source
15 27 (7.34%) Kanban
16 24 (6.52%) Software Architecture
17 23 (6.25%) Continuous Improvement
18 22 (5.98%) Microservices
18 22 (5.98%) Multithreading
Programming Languages
1 121 (32.88%) Java
2 80 (21.74%) C++
3 73 (19.84%) C
4 71 (19.29%) C#
5 67 (18.21%) JavaScript
6 62 (16.85%) SQL
7 40 (10.87%) Python
8 33 (8.97%) T-SQL
9 24 (6.52%) PHP
10 17 (4.62%) MATLAB
10 17 (4.62%) PowerShell
11 14 (3.80%) Ruby
12 12 (3.26%) Go
13 9 (2.45%) Scala
13 9 (2.45%) VB
14 8 (2.17%) Embedded C++
15 7 (1.90%) Embedded C
15 7 (1.90%) Perl
15 7 (1.90%) R
16 6 (1.63%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 86 (23.37%) Degree
2 20 (5.43%) Computer Science Degree
3 19 (5.16%) Security Cleared
4 15 (4.08%) SC Cleared
5 14 (3.80%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (3.26%) CCNP
7 8 (2.17%) HND
7 8 (2.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (1.90%) CCIE
9 6 (1.63%) ISEB
9 6 (1.63%) ISTQB
10 3 (0.82%) Chartered Engineer
10 3 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.54%) CCIE Routing and Switching
11 2 (0.54%) CCIE Security
11 2 (0.54%) CCNA
11 2 (0.54%) MCSA
11 2 (0.54%) MCSE
11 2 (0.54%) PhD
11 2 (0.54%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (9.78%) QA
2 16 (4.35%) DO-254
3 3 (0.82%) JTAG
4 2 (0.54%) DO-178B
4 2 (0.54%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.54%) SSAE 16
5 1 (0.27%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.27%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.27%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.27%) MISRA
5 1 (0.27%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.27%) RMADS
System Software
1 57 (15.49%) Docker
2 22 (5.98%) Firmware
3 21 (5.71%) Active Directory
4 13 (3.53%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (2.45%) Microsoft App-V
5 9 (2.45%) vSphere
6 5 (1.36%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (0.82%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.54%) KVM
8 2 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.27%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 50 (13.59%) Ansible
2 45 (12.23%) Puppet
3 26 (7.07%) Opscode Chef
4 22 (5.98%) Nagios
5 18 (4.89%) Kubernetes
6 11 (2.99%) SCCM
7 10 (2.72%) Terraform
8 9 (2.45%) SCOM
9 7 (1.90%) Prometheus
10 4 (1.09%) Grafana
10 4 (1.09%) Mesos
10 4 (1.09%) Rundeck
10 4 (1.09%) WebSphere Cast Iron
11 3 (0.82%) Icinga
11 3 (0.82%) WSUS
12 2 (0.54%) Kibana
12 2 (0.54%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 2 (0.54%) Packer
12 2 (0.54%) Salt
12 2 (0.54%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 43 (11.68%) Microsoft
2 24 (6.52%) VMware
3 22 (5.98%) Google
4 19 (5.16%) Red Hat
4 19 (5.16%) Zend
5 18 (4.89%) Oracle
6 12 (3.26%) Cisco
7 10 (2.72%) Adobe
7 10 (2.72%) AppDynamics
8 9 (2.45%) SAP
9 8 (2.17%) NetApp
10 7 (1.90%) Altera
10 7 (1.90%) Atlassian
10 7 (1.90%) CheckPoint
10 7 (1.90%) Citrix
11 6 (1.63%) AppSense
11 6 (1.63%) New Relic
11 6 (1.63%) Palo Alto
11 6 (1.63%) Salesforce.com
11 6 (1.63%) Xamarin