Period
to 18 August 2018

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £60,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 August 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
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 891 881 1078
Rank change year-on-year -10 +197 -67
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 279 314 190
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.18% 0.096%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.18% 0.100%
Number of salaries quoted 199 267 160
UK median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - -4.00% +8.70%
10th Percentile £42,250 £46,250 £45,225
90th Percentile £94,000 £90,000 £85,125
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £55,000

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 163,706 170,309 190,908
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.16% 96.08% 96.60%
Number of salaries quoted 131,888 137,543 160,592
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £81,250 £78,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +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 18 August 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 18 August 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 0 257 £60,000 - 71
UK excluding London +1 181 £55,000 - 65
London +42 97 £82,500 -2.94% 16
South East -6 52 £60,000 +4.35% 14
North of England -2 39 £52,500 -4.55% 7
South West +16 33 £57,500 +9.52% 11
Yorkshire +19 27 £50,000 -13.04% 3
East of England -8 24 £60,000 -11.11% 14
Northern Ireland - 15 £50,000 -
West Midlands +23 12 £49,000 +1.03% 9
North West +7 12 £62,500 +13.64% 4
Midlands 0 12 £49,000 -0.51% 9
Wales +6 5 £65,985 +31.97% 2
Scotland -10 3 - - 8

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 August 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.

1 130 (46.59%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (44.44%) Software Engineering
3 75 (26.88%) Linux
4 74 (26.52%) Java
5 66 (23.66%) Mentoring
6 65 (23.30%) Degree
7 62 (22.22%) C#
8 58 (20.79%) C
9 57 (20.43%) C++
10 52 (18.64%) JavaScript
10 52 (18.64%) DevOps
11 51 (18.28%) Python
12 50 (17.92%) TDD
12 50 (17.92%) Scrum
13 49 (17.56%) OO
14 45 (16.13%) Windows
15 44 (15.77%) Amazon AWS
16 42 (15.05%) Coaching
17 40 (14.34%) BDD
17 40 (14.34%) Computer Science
18 39 (13.98%) Test Automation
18 39 (13.98%) Microservices
19 37 (13.26%) SQL
19 37 (13.26%) Problem-Solving
20 36 (12.90%) AngularJS
21 35 (12.54%) Continuous Improvement
22 33 (11.83%) SC Cleared
22 33 (11.83%) Security Cleared
22 33 (11.83%) Finance
23 30 (10.75%) 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 16 (5.73%) Apache Spark
2 15 (5.38%) Elasticsearch
3 11 (3.94%) Apache
4 10 (3.58%) Tomcat
5 8 (2.87%) Confluence
6 6 (2.15%) OpenStack
7 4 (1.43%) nginx
8 3 (1.08%) lighttpd
9 2 (0.72%) Apache Solr
9 2 (0.72%) CMS
10 1 (0.36%) Mule
10 1 (0.36%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (2.15%) Siemens NX
2 2 (0.72%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.36%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.36%) HipChat
3 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.36%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 8 (2.87%) Teamcenter
2 3 (1.08%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 44 (15.77%) Amazon AWS
2 26 (9.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (3.94%) GitHub
4 10 (3.58%) SaaS
5 8 (2.87%) Google Cloud Platform
6 7 (2.51%) AWS CloudFormation
7 5 (1.79%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (1.79%) OpenShift
8 4 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (1.43%) Office 365
8 4 (1.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 3 (1.08%) Datadog
9 3 (1.08%) npm
10 2 (0.72%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.72%) IaaS
10 2 (0.72%) PaaS
10 2 (0.72%) Serverless
11 1 (0.36%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.36%) Amazon SQS
11 1 (0.36%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 13 (4.66%) TCP/IP
2 11 (3.94%) DNS
2 11 (3.94%) Firewall
3 7 (2.51%) Network Security
3 7 (2.51%) VPN
4 6 (2.15%) HTTP
4 6 (2.15%) Internet
4 6 (2.15%) SMTP
4 6 (2.15%) Wireless
5 5 (1.79%) BGP
5 5 (1.79%) OSPF
6 4 (1.43%) EIGRP
6 4 (1.43%) Intrusion Detection
6 4 (1.43%) NAS
6 4 (1.43%) SAN
7 3 (1.08%) Ethernet
7 3 (1.08%) Software-Defined Radio
8 2 (0.72%) Extranet
8 2 (0.72%) Intranet
9 1 (0.36%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (8.96%) MySQL
2 24 (8.60%) SQL Server
3 22 (7.89%) NoSQL
4 14 (5.02%) Hadoop
5 11 (3.94%) Apache Cassandra
5 11 (3.94%) Big Data
6 10 (3.58%) Oracle Database
6 10 (3.58%) Relational Database
7 9 (3.23%) PostgreSQL
8 8 (2.87%) Redis
9 5 (1.79%) Amazon RDS
9 5 (1.79%) MongoDB
9 5 (1.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 4 (1.43%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 4 (1.43%) Blockchain
10 4 (1.43%) Oracle Database 12c
10 4 (1.43%) Oracle Exadata
11 3 (1.08%) Apache Hive
11 3 (1.08%) Data Lake
11 3 (1.08%) Impala
Development Applications
1 29 (10.39%) Git (software)
2 10 (3.58%) Jenkins
3 9 (3.23%) JIRA
4 8 (2.87%) Cucumber
4 8 (2.87%) MSTest
4 8 (2.87%) Ranorex
4 8 (2.87%) Visual Studio
5 7 (2.51%) Maven
6 6 (2.15%) Gradle
6 6 (2.15%) Selenium
7 5 (1.79%) FitNesse
7 5 (1.79%) SpecFlow
7 5 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (1.79%) tSQLt
8 4 (1.43%) Artifactory
8 4 (1.43%) Rational DOORS
8 4 (1.43%) Rational Rhapsody
8 4 (1.43%) Subversion
9 3 (1.08%) Bower
9 3 (1.08%) Grunt
General
1 33 (11.83%) Finance
2 25 (8.96%) Retail
3 20 (7.17%) Automotive
4 13 (4.66%) Games
5 9 (3.23%) Banking
5 9 (3.23%) Law
6 8 (2.87%) Electronics
6 8 (2.87%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.79%) Back Office
7 5 (1.79%) Investment Banking
7 5 (1.79%) Marketing
8 3 (1.08%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.72%) Military
10 1 (0.36%) Advertising
10 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.36%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.36%) French Language
10 1 (0.36%) German Language
10 1 (0.36%) Legal
10 1 (0.36%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (12.90%) AngularJS
2 28 (10.04%) Web Services
3 21 (7.53%) .NET
4 20 (7.17%) React
5 17 (6.09%) Kafka
6 15 (5.38%) HTML
7 14 (5.02%) WPF
8 13 (4.66%) J2EE
8 13 (4.66%) Spring
8 13 (4.66%) XML
9 12 (4.30%) ASP.NET
9 12 (4.30%) Hibernate
10 11 (3.94%) Node.js
10 11 (3.94%) REST
10 11 (3.94%) RESTful
11 10 (3.58%) RabbitMQ
12 9 (3.23%) ASP.NET MVC
12 9 (3.23%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 8 (2.87%) Gherkin
13 8 (2.87%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 40 (14.34%) Computer Science
2 28 (10.04%) Algorithms
3 25 (8.96%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 12 (4.30%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (3.94%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (3.94%) Embedded Systems
5 11 (3.94%) Fintech
6 10 (3.58%) Management Information System
7 9 (3.23%) Data Centre
8 8 (2.87%) User Experience
8 8 (2.87%) VHDL
9 7 (2.51%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (2.51%) Verilog
10 6 (2.15%) Public Cloud
11 5 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
11 5 (1.79%) Mobile App
12 4 (1.43%) Contactless
12 4 (1.43%) Device Driver
12 4 (1.43%) NHS
12 4 (1.43%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 75 (26.88%) Linux
2 45 (16.13%) Windows
3 19 (6.81%) Embedded Linux
4 11 (3.94%) Unix
5 9 (3.23%) CentOS
5 9 (3.23%) Windows Server
6 8 (2.87%) Windows 10
7 7 (2.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (1.79%) Android
8 5 (1.79%) Windows 7
9 4 (1.43%) Debian
10 3 (1.08%) VxWorks
10 3 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.72%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.72%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 130 (46.59%) Agile Software Development
2 124 (44.44%) Software Engineering
3 66 (23.66%) Mentoring
4 52 (18.64%) DevOps
5 50 (17.92%) Scrum
5 50 (17.92%) TDD
6 49 (17.56%) OO
7 42 (15.05%) Coaching
8 40 (14.34%) BDD
9 39 (13.98%) Microservices
9 39 (13.98%) Test Automation
10 37 (13.26%) Problem-Solving
11 35 (12.54%) Continuous Improvement
12 30 (10.75%) Continuous Integration
13 24 (8.60%) Open Source
14 23 (8.24%) SDLC
15 21 (7.53%) Continuous Delivery
15 21 (7.53%) MVC
16 18 (6.45%) E-Commerce
16 18 (6.45%) Refactoring
Programming Languages
1 74 (26.52%) Java
2 62 (22.22%) C#
3 58 (20.79%) C
4 57 (20.43%) C++
5 52 (18.64%) JavaScript
6 51 (18.28%) Python
7 37 (13.26%) SQL
8 30 (10.75%) Scala
9 23 (8.24%) Ruby
10 22 (7.89%) Embedded C
11 20 (7.17%) Embedded C++
12 15 (5.38%) Go
13 13 (4.66%) PHP
14 11 (3.94%) Java 8
15 10 (3.58%) Shell Script
16 9 (3.23%) Perl
16 9 (3.23%) T-SQL
17 8 (2.87%) PowerShell
18 5 (1.79%) Bash Shell
19 4 (1.43%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 65 (23.30%) Degree
2 33 (11.83%) SC Cleared
2 33 (11.83%) Security Cleared
3 11 (3.94%) Computer Science Degree
4 10 (3.58%) CCIE
4 10 (3.58%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (2.87%) HND
6 5 (1.79%) CCIE Routing and Switching
6 5 (1.79%) CCNP
6 5 (1.79%) ISEB
6 5 (1.79%) ISTQB
7 4 (1.43%) CCSA
7 4 (1.43%) CISSP
7 4 (1.43%) DV Cleared
7 4 (1.43%) GIAC
7 4 (1.43%) GPEN
8 3 (1.08%) RHCE
8 3 (1.08%) VCP6
8 3 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.72%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (4.30%) QA
2 7 (2.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.15%) GCP
3 6 (2.15%) MISRA
4 4 (1.43%) GDPR
5 3 (1.08%) ISO 26262
5 3 (1.08%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.72%) IEC 62304
7 1 (0.36%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.36%) TickIT
System Software
1 26 (9.32%) Docker
2 13 (4.66%) Active Directory
3 8 (2.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (2.15%) Firmware
5 4 (1.43%) Oracle RAC
5 4 (1.43%) vSphere
6 3 (1.08%) KVM
6 3 (1.08%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.72%) Varnish
7 2 (0.72%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.36%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 19 (6.81%) Kubernetes
2 18 (6.45%) Ansible
3 12 (4.30%) Opscode Chef
4 11 (3.94%) Terraform
5 8 (2.87%) Puppet
6 4 (1.43%) Mesos
6 4 (1.43%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 4 (1.43%) Prometheus
7 3 (1.08%) Consul
7 3 (1.08%) Salt
7 3 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (1.08%) WSUS
8 2 (0.72%) SCCM
9 1 (0.36%) BMC PATROL
9 1 (0.36%) Cobbler
9 1 (0.36%) Nagios
9 1 (0.36%) Rancher
9 1 (0.36%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.36%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.36%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 22 (7.89%) Microsoft
2 19 (6.81%) Oracle
3 13 (4.66%) Google
4 12 (4.30%) VMware
5 11 (3.94%) Altera
5 11 (3.94%) Xilinx
6 9 (3.23%) Cisco
6 9 (3.23%) Red Hat
7 7 (2.51%) Apple
8 6 (2.15%) WorldPay
9 5 (1.79%) Citrix
9 5 (1.79%) Ivanti
9 5 (1.79%) New Relic
10 4 (1.43%) Atlassian
10 4 (1.43%) F5
10 4 (1.43%) IBM
10 4 (1.43%) Samsung
11 2 (0.72%) EMC
11 2 (0.72%) Facebook
11 2 (0.72%) hybris