Period
to 18 January 2022

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £85,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 2022.

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
18 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 416 472 632
Rank change year-on-year +56 +160 +161
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 970 323 453
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.76% 0.52% 0.36%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.83% 0.55% 0.38%
Number of salaries quoted 457 254 289
10th Percentile £61,588 £54,475 £47,500
25th Percentile £70,000 £62,500 £60,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £85,000 £75,000 £75,000
Median % change year-on-year +13.33% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £100,000 £82,500 £95,000
90th Percentile £115,000 £99,625 £120,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £70,000 £67,500 £65,000
% change year-on-year +3.70% +3.85% +8.33%

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 117,177 59,036 119,937
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.00% 95.11% 95.59%
Number of salaries quoted 79,660 48,422 97,099
10th Percentile £31,949 £32,000 £28,750
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

Principal Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Principal Engineer in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Principal Engineer.

Salary trend for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Principal Engineer over the 6 months to 18 January 2022.

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 18 January 2022. 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 +72 877 £85,000 +13.33% 118
London +34 466 £92,500 +15.63% 32
UK excluding London -16 418 £70,000 +3.70% 95
South East 0 181 £67,725 +4.19% 21
Work from Home -81 157 £85,000 +33.33% 12
North of England -95 64 £85,000 +13.33% 16
South West -57 54 £67,500 - 21
Yorkshire -32 50 £87,500 +20.69% 5
East of England -54 50 £72,500 -3.33% 18
Scotland -38 37 £75,000 -11.76% 6
Midlands -94 32 £75,000 - 10
West Midlands -61 26 £75,000 - 7
North West -103 12 £85,000 +6.25% 11
East Midlands -58 6 £80,000 +20.75% 2
Northern Ireland -30 4 - - 4
North East -25 2 - -

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2022, 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.

1 528 (54.43%) Software Engineering
2 489 (50.41%) AWS
3 393 (40.52%) DevOps
4 378 (38.97%) Agile Software Development
5 363 (37.42%) Java
6 327 (33.71%) Azure
7 319 (32.89%) Mentoring
8 314 (32.37%) Python
9 245 (25.26%) JavaScript
10 241 (24.85%) Degree
11 236 (24.33%) C#
12 221 (22.78%) Computer Science
13 217 (22.37%) Serverless
14 216 (22.27%) Node.js
15 212 (21.86%) Docker
16 208 (21.44%) Git (software)
17 200 (20.62%) React
18 186 (19.18%) GCP
19 185 (19.07%) Test Automation
20 180 (18.56%) Microservices
21 167 (17.22%) GitHub
22 160 (16.49%) RESTful
23 156 (16.08%) Risk Management
24 154 (15.88%) Finance
24 154 (15.88%) Full Stack Development
25 145 (14.95%) Jenkins
26 143 (14.74%) C++
27 142 (14.64%) Kafka
28 140 (14.43%) Technical Leadership
29 138 (14.23%) Cloud Native

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 80 (8.25%) Apache Spark
2 55 (5.67%) Apache
3 26 (2.68%) GemFire
4 22 (2.27%) Elasticsearch
5 14 (1.44%) Cloud Foundry
6 11 (1.13%) Apache Airflow
7 9 (0.93%) CMS
8 7 (0.72%) Headless CMS
9 5 (0.52%) nginx
10 4 (0.41%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.31%) IIS
12 2 (0.21%) Confluence
12 2 (0.21%) Jupyter
13 1 (0.10%) OpenStack
13 1 (0.10%) WebLogic
Applications
1 12 (1.24%) Chatbot
2 7 (0.72%) AutoCAD
3 6 (0.62%) SOLIDWORKS
4 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Office
4 3 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.10%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.10%) Teamcenter
1 1 (0.10%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 489 (50.41%) AWS
2 327 (33.71%) Azure
3 217 (22.37%) Serverless
4 186 (19.18%) GCP
5 167 (17.22%) GitHub
6 129 (13.30%) OpenShift
7 115 (11.86%) Amazon EKS
8 61 (6.29%) SaaS
9 51 (5.26%) Amazon Kinesis
10 38 (3.92%) AWS Lambda
11 36 (3.71%) Amazon EC2
12 33 (3.40%) Amazon S3
13 19 (1.96%) Amazon SQS
14 17 (1.75%) Azure Service Bus
14 17 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
15 14 (1.44%) AWS Fargate
16 13 (1.34%) Azure Cosmos DB
17 12 (1.24%) AWS CloudFormation
17 12 (1.24%) Cloudflare
18 8 (0.82%) AWS CodePipeline
Communications & Networking
1 49 (5.05%) Broadband
2 35 (3.61%) Firewall
3 23 (2.37%) VPN
4 22 (2.27%) BGP
5 21 (2.16%) TCP/IP
6 18 (1.86%) HTTP
6 18 (1.86%) IPv6
7 15 (1.55%) MPLS
7 15 (1.55%) Multicast
7 15 (1.55%) OSPF
8 14 (1.44%) VoIP
9 13 (1.34%) GPON
9 13 (1.34%) Internet
9 13 (1.34%) Wi-Fi
10 12 (1.24%) DNS
11 11 (1.13%) Network Security
11 11 (1.13%) WAN
11 11 (1.13%) Wireless
12 10 (1.03%) 5G
13 7 (0.72%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (10.10%) NoSQL
2 85 (8.76%) PostgreSQL
3 81 (8.35%) Big Data
4 54 (5.57%) Relational Database
5 49 (5.05%) MySQL
6 47 (4.85%) Hadoop
7 42 (4.33%) Redis
8 39 (4.02%) MongoDB
9 37 (3.81%) HBase
10 36 (3.71%) MariaDB
11 30 (3.09%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 28 (2.89%) Data Lake
12 28 (2.89%) Flink
13 24 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
14 21 (2.16%) Looker
15 18 (1.86%) SQL Server
16 16 (1.65%) Amazon RDS
17 15 (1.55%) Tableau
18 12 (1.24%) Azure SQL Database
19 10 (1.03%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 208 (21.44%) Git (software)
2 145 (14.95%) Jenkins
3 39 (4.02%) Cypress.io
4 35 (3.61%) Protractor
5 33 (3.40%) Gradle
5 33 (3.40%) Sonatype Nexus
5 33 (3.40%) Storybook
6 31 (3.20%) Cucumber
6 31 (3.20%) JUnit
6 31 (3.20%) Mockito
7 30 (3.09%) JIRA
8 28 (2.89%) Artifactory
9 26 (2.68%) TeamCity
10 25 (2.58%) Selenium
11 24 (2.47%) Eclipse
11 24 (2.47%) IntelliJ
12 20 (2.06%) SpecFlow
13 15 (1.55%) Octopus Deploy
14 12 (1.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 12 (1.24%) SonarQube
General
1 154 (15.88%) Finance
2 132 (13.61%) Social Skills
3 118 (12.16%) Inclusion and Diversity
4 73 (7.53%) Banking
4 73 (7.53%) Games
5 59 (6.08%) Law
6 42 (4.33%) Presentation Skills
7 30 (3.09%) Analytical Skills
8 29 (2.99%) Retail
9 24 (2.47%) Publishing
10 23 (2.37%) Telecoms
11 19 (1.96%) Pharmaceutical
12 17 (1.75%) Marketing
13 16 (1.65%) Military
14 14 (1.44%) Influencing Skills
15 13 (1.34%) Electronics
15 13 (1.34%) Public Sector
16 9 (0.93%) Manufacturing
17 8 (0.82%) Aerospace
18 6 (0.62%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 216 (22.27%) Node.js
2 200 (20.62%) React
3 160 (16.49%) RESTful
4 142 (14.64%) Kafka
5 113 (11.65%) AngularJS
6 101 (10.41%) CSS
7 93 (9.59%) Spring
8 69 (7.11%) .NET
9 64 (6.60%) HTML
10 62 (6.39%) REST
11 60 (6.19%) RabbitMQ
12 55 (5.67%) GraphQL
13 47 (4.85%) Redux
14 46 (4.74%) Spring Boot
15 39 (4.02%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 38 (3.92%) Express
17 37 (3.81%) Tailwind CSS
17 37 (3.81%) Web Services
18 36 (3.71%) Vue.js
19 34 (3.51%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 138 (14.23%) Cloud Native
2 77 (7.94%) User Experience
3 44 (4.54%) Greenfield Project
3 44 (4.54%) Linux Command Line
4 39 (4.02%) Self-Motivation
5 36 (3.71%) Algorithms
5 36 (3.71%) Data Structures
6 27 (2.78%) Mobile App
7 25 (2.58%) Embedded Systems
8 22 (2.27%) ASIC
9 21 (2.16%) NHS
10 17 (1.75%) Data Centre
10 17 (1.75%) FPGA
11 16 (1.65%) Blog
11 16 (1.65%) Social Media
12 15 (1.55%) Legacy Systems
13 13 (1.34%) Virtual Team
14 12 (1.24%) Cyberattack
15 9 (0.93%) Public Cloud
16 8 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 115 (11.86%) Linux
2 37 (3.81%) Unix
3 22 (2.27%) Android
4 19 (1.96%) Apple iOS
5 6 (0.62%) Ubuntu
5 6 (0.62%) Windows
6 5 (0.52%) CentOS
7 2 (0.21%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.10%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.10%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 528 (54.43%) Software Engineering
2 393 (40.52%) DevOps
3 378 (38.97%) Agile Software Development
4 319 (32.89%) Mentoring
5 221 (22.78%) Computer Science
6 185 (19.07%) Test Automation
7 180 (18.56%) Microservices
8 156 (16.08%) Risk Management
9 154 (15.88%) Full Stack Development
10 140 (14.43%) Technical Leadership
11 131 (13.51%) SDLC
12 126 (12.99%) Thought Leadership
13 118 (12.16%) User Stories
14 114 (11.75%) Analytics
15 110 (11.34%) Data Science
15 110 (11.34%) Functional Testing
15 110 (11.34%) Infrastructure as Code
16 109 (11.24%) Emotional Intelligence
17 96 (9.90%) TDD
18 90 (9.28%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 363 (37.42%) Java
2 314 (32.37%) Python
3 245 (25.26%) JavaScript
4 236 (24.33%) C#
5 143 (14.74%) C++
6 105 (10.82%) SQL
7 104 (10.72%) TypeScript
8 103 (10.62%) Go
9 69 (7.11%) C
10 67 (6.91%) Scala
11 34 (3.51%) Ruby
12 28 (2.89%) PHP
13 26 (2.68%) Objective-C
14 25 (2.58%) Kotlin
15 24 (2.47%) Groovy
15 24 (2.47%) Shell Script
16 22 (2.27%) Rust
17 17 (1.75%) PowerShell
18 13 (1.34%) Bash
19 12 (1.24%) ES6
Qualifications
1 241 (24.85%) Degree
2 65 (6.70%) Security Cleared
3 60 (6.19%) Computer Science Degree
4 29 (2.99%) OCP
4 29 (2.99%) Oracle Certification
5 26 (2.68%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (2.27%) CCNP
7 19 (1.96%) CCIE
8 12 (1.24%) HNC
9 11 (1.13%) HND
10 8 (0.82%) AWS Certification
11 7 (0.72%) CCIE Service Provider
12 6 (0.62%) JNCIA
12 6 (0.62%) JNCIS
13 5 (0.52%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 5 (0.52%) JNCIP
13 5 (0.52%) SC Cleared
14 4 (0.41%) Master's Degree
14 4 (0.41%) Microsoft Certification
14 4 (0.41%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (8.97%) QA
2 28 (2.89%) Def Stans
3 26 (2.68%) HAZOP
4 23 (2.37%) Accessibility
5 19 (1.96%) SLA
6 3 (0.31%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.31%) GDPR
7 2 (0.21%) ARP4754
7 2 (0.21%) IEC 61508
7 2 (0.21%) NCSC
7 2 (0.21%) NIST
8 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 212 (21.86%) Docker
2 24 (2.47%) HDFS
3 21 (2.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (1.55%) Firmware
5 8 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.62%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 5 (0.52%) iptables
8 4 (0.41%) ISA Server
9 3 (0.31%) Active Directory
9 3 (0.31%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.10%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 131 (13.51%) Kubernetes
2 107 (11.03%) Terraform
3 96 (9.90%) Ansible
4 23 (2.37%) Grafana
4 23 (2.37%) Puppet
5 20 (2.06%) Opscode Chef
6 13 (1.34%) Nagios
7 6 (0.62%) HP Fortify
8 5 (0.52%) Icinga
8 5 (0.52%) ZABBIX
9 4 (0.41%) Mesos
9 4 (0.41%) Prometheus
10 3 (0.31%) Docker Swarm
10 3 (0.31%) Kibana
10 3 (0.31%) Packer
11 1 (0.10%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 1 (0.10%) HP ALM
11 1 (0.10%) Kubeflow
11 1 (0.10%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 96 (9.90%) Google
2 33 (3.40%) Okta
3 32 (3.30%) Microsoft
4 25 (2.58%) VMware
5 22 (2.27%) Cisco
6 20 (2.06%) Apple
6 20 (2.06%) SAP
7 15 (1.55%) SolarWinds
8 13 (1.34%) Nokia
9 12 (1.24%) Databricks
9 12 (1.24%) IBM
10 11 (1.13%) New Relic
11 10 (1.03%) Oracle
12 9 (0.93%) Juniper
13 6 (0.62%) ANSYS
13 6 (0.62%) YouTube
13 6 (0.62%) Zend
14 5 (0.52%) accuRx
15 4 (0.41%) Adobe
15 4 (0.41%) LexisNexis