Period
to 29 October 2020

The median annual salary for a Principal Engineer was £75,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 29 October 2020.

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
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 485 600 898
Rank change year-on-year +115 +298 -53
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Engineer 206 542 275
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.39% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.44% 0.41% 0.17%
Number of salaries quoted 201 364 224
Median annual salary £75,000 £75,000 £62,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +20.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £53,750 £48,750 £47,000
90th Percentile £97,500 £130,000 £91,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £69,250 £60,500 £57,750
% change year-on-year +14.46% +4.76% +5.00%

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 47,265 131,763 157,991
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.02% 95.66% 95.88%
Number of salaries quoted 39,109 105,399 127,161
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +3.09%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 29 October 2020.

Salary histogram for Principal Engineer in the UK

Principal Engineer
Top 15 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 29 October 2020. 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 +111 193 £75,000 -3.23% 78
UK excluding London +133 121 £69,250 +14.46% 67
London +129 77 £85,000 -10.53% 22
South West +105 27 £66,750 +2.69% 11
South East +155 26 £63,750 +2.00% 14
Work from Home +23 23 £67,500 +22.73% 6
North of England +114 20 £67,500 -3.57% 8
Midlands +122 19 £75,000 +42.86% 5
East of England +108 19 £75,000 +15.38% 18
West Midlands +101 18 £75,000 +42.86% 5
North West +107 11 £80,000 +34.45% 4
Yorkshire +106 9 £67,500 -3.57% 3
Scotland +95 9 £67,500 +8.00% 9
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 2
East Midlands - 1 £80,000 -

Principal Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 October 2020, 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 99 (48.06%) Agile Software Development
2 88 (42.72%) AWS
3 83 (40.29%) Node.js
4 82 (39.81%) Python
5 78 (37.86%) JavaScript
6 75 (36.41%) Microservices
7 71 (34.47%) DevOps
8 66 (32.04%) Software Engineering
9 58 (28.16%) Docker
10 56 (27.18%) Java
11 55 (26.70%) Degree
12 54 (26.21%) TDD
13 52 (25.24%) Technical Leadership
14 48 (23.30%) Mentoring
15 46 (22.33%) GCP
15 46 (22.33%) Kubernetes
16 44 (21.36%) BDD
17 37 (17.96%) Azure
17 37 (17.96%) Security Cleared
18 36 (17.48%) Test Automation
18 36 (17.48%) SaaS
18 36 (17.48%) Coaching
19 35 (16.99%) Fintech
19 35 (16.99%) REST
20 33 (16.02%) Scrum
21 32 (15.53%) Django
22 31 (15.05%) Ansible
23 30 (14.56%) Flask
23 30 (14.56%) Linux
24 28 (13.59%) .NET

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 7 (3.40%) Confluence
2 6 (2.91%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (0.97%) Apache Spark
3 2 (0.97%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.49%) Apache
4 1 (0.49%) Apache Synapse
4 1 (0.49%) CMS
4 1 (0.49%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (0.97%) Simulink
1 2 (0.97%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 2 (0.97%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.49%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 88 (42.72%) AWS
2 46 (22.33%) GCP
3 37 (17.96%) Azure
4 36 (17.48%) SaaS
5 27 (13.11%) AWS Lambda
5 27 (13.11%) Serverless
6 11 (5.34%) IaaS
7 10 (4.85%) PaaS
8 8 (3.88%) OpenShift
8 8 (3.88%) Slack
9 6 (2.91%) Amazon S3
10 5 (2.43%) Amazon EKS
10 5 (2.43%) AWS CloudFormation
10 5 (2.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 4 (1.94%) Amazon Kinesis
12 3 (1.46%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 3 (1.46%) Office 365
13 2 (0.97%) Amazon EC2
13 2 (0.97%) Amazon SQS
13 2 (0.97%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.91%) Firewall
2 5 (2.43%) TCP/IP
3 4 (1.94%) Internet
4 3 (1.46%) Bluetooth
4 3 (1.46%) Network Security
5 2 (0.97%) 3G
5 2 (0.97%) 4G
5 2 (0.97%) Broadband
5 2 (0.97%) DNS
5 2 (0.97%) HTTP
5 2 (0.97%) SSL
5 2 (0.97%) TETRA
5 2 (0.97%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.49%) RS-232
6 1 (0.49%) RS-485
6 1 (0.49%) Wireless
6 1 (0.49%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.49%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (13.59%) MongoDB
2 21 (10.19%) NoSQL
3 11 (5.34%) Big Data
4 10 (4.85%) MySQL
4 10 (4.85%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (2.91%) Amazon Redshift
5 6 (2.91%) Apache Cassandra
5 6 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (1.94%) Amazon Athena
6 4 (1.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 4 (1.94%) Amazon QuickSight
6 4 (1.94%) Amazon RDS
6 4 (1.94%) Data Lake
6 4 (1.94%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.94%) Snowflake Schema
6 4 (1.94%) SQL Server
7 3 (1.46%) Neo4j
8 2 (0.97%) BigQuery
8 2 (0.97%) Blockchain
8 2 (0.97%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 18 (8.74%) Git (software)
1 18 (8.74%) JIRA
2 16 (7.77%) Jenkins
3 13 (6.31%) Artifactory
4 8 (3.88%) Babel
4 8 (3.88%) CircleCI
4 8 (3.88%) webpack
5 7 (3.40%) CMake
5 7 (3.40%) GitLab
6 4 (1.94%) SpecFlow
6 4 (1.94%) TeamCity
6 4 (1.94%) Visual Studio
7 3 (1.46%) Selenium
8 2 (0.97%) GoCD
8 2 (0.97%) Rational Rhapsody
8 2 (0.97%) Subversion
8 2 (0.97%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.49%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.49%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 19 (9.22%) Finance
2 11 (5.34%) Manufacturing
3 10 (4.85%) Police
4 9 (4.37%) Electronics
5 7 (3.40%) Aerospace
6 6 (2.91%) Front Office
7 4 (1.94%) Digital Economy
7 4 (1.94%) Military
7 4 (1.94%) Public Sector
8 3 (1.46%) Games
8 3 (1.46%) Retail
9 2 (0.97%) Advertising
9 2 (0.97%) Banking
9 2 (0.97%) Legal
10 1 (0.49%) Automotive
10 1 (0.49%) Back Office
10 1 (0.49%) Law
10 1 (0.49%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (40.29%) Node.js
2 35 (16.99%) REST
3 32 (15.53%) Django
4 30 (14.56%) Flask
5 28 (13.59%) .NET
6 25 (12.14%) React
7 13 (6.31%) Redux
8 12 (5.83%) .NET Core
8 12 (5.83%) Web Services
9 11 (5.34%) Kafka
9 11 (5.34%) React Native
10 10 (4.85%) AngularJS
11 9 (4.37%) HTML
11 9 (4.37%) Spring
12 8 (3.88%) CSS
12 8 (3.88%) koa
12 8 (3.88%) Spring Boot
13 6 (2.91%) .NET Framework
13 6 (2.91%) GraphQL
13 6 (2.91%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 12 (5.83%) Greenfield Project
2 9 (4.37%) User Experience
3 8 (3.88%) Algorithms
4 7 (3.40%) Wiki
5 6 (2.91%) Analogue Electronics
5 6 (2.91%) Blog
5 6 (2.91%) Derivative
5 6 (2.91%) Equities
5 6 (2.91%) Equity Derivative
5 6 (2.91%) Fixed Income
5 6 (2.91%) Hedge funds
5 6 (2.91%) Public Cloud
6 5 (2.43%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (2.43%) Cloud Native
6 5 (2.43%) Data Structures
7 4 (1.94%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 3 (1.46%) Embedded Systems
9 2 (0.97%) Handset
9 2 (0.97%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.97%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 30 (14.56%) Linux
2 16 (7.77%) Windows
3 5 (2.43%) Windows Server
4 3 (1.46%) CentOS
4 3 (1.46%) Ubuntu
5 2 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (0.97%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.49%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (0.49%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (48.06%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (36.41%) Microservices
3 71 (34.47%) DevOps
4 66 (32.04%) Software Engineering
5 54 (26.21%) TDD
6 52 (25.24%) Technical Leadership
7 48 (23.30%) Mentoring
8 44 (21.36%) BDD
9 36 (17.48%) Coaching
9 36 (17.48%) Test Automation
10 35 (16.99%) Fintech
11 33 (16.02%) Scrum
12 25 (12.14%) Migration
13 23 (11.17%) Systems Engineering
14 17 (8.25%) Analytics
15 15 (7.28%) Infrastructure as Code
16 14 (6.80%) Problem-Solving
17 13 (6.31%) OO
18 12 (5.83%) Mathematics
19 11 (5.34%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 82 (39.81%) Python
2 78 (37.86%) JavaScript
3 56 (27.18%) Java
4 26 (12.62%) C++
5 22 (10.68%) SQL
6 21 (10.19%) Go
7 20 (9.71%) C#
8 15 (7.28%) Scala
9 14 (6.80%) C
9 14 (6.80%) TypeScript
10 7 (3.40%) R
10 7 (3.40%) Ruby
11 5 (2.43%) Java 8
11 5 (2.43%) MATLAB
11 5 (2.43%) Perl
11 5 (2.43%) PHP
12 3 (1.46%) Kotlin
13 2 (0.97%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.97%) PowerShell
14 1 (0.49%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 55 (26.70%) Degree
2 37 (17.96%) Security Cleared
3 16 (7.77%) DV Cleared
4 10 (4.85%) SC Cleared
5 7 (3.40%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.97%) CEH
6 2 (0.97%) CESG Certified Professional
6 2 (0.97%) Chartered Engineer
6 2 (0.97%) CISM
6 2 (0.97%) CISMP
6 2 (0.97%) CISSP
6 2 (0.97%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.37%) Def Stans
1 9 (4.37%) HAZOP
2 4 (1.94%) QA
3 1 (0.49%) GDPR
3 1 (0.49%) IEC 61508
3 1 (0.49%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 12207
System Software
1 58 (28.16%) Docker
2 3 (1.46%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.46%) LXC
3 2 (0.97%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.49%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 46 (22.33%) Kubernetes
2 31 (15.05%) Ansible
3 17 (8.25%) Terraform
4 11 (5.34%) Puppet
5 7 (3.40%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (1.46%) Docker Swarm
7 2 (0.97%) Istio
7 2 (0.97%) Marathon
7 2 (0.97%) Mesos
7 2 (0.97%) Packer
7 2 (0.97%) Rancher
7 2 (0.97%) Red Hat Satellite
8 1 (0.49%) Nagios
8 1 (0.49%) Prometheus
8 1 (0.49%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 11 (5.34%) Microsoft
2 10 (4.85%) Google
3 8 (3.88%) VMware
4 7 (3.40%) Autodesk
5 6 (2.91%) Oracle
6 5 (2.43%) Red Hat
7 3 (1.46%) New Relic
8 2 (0.97%) Apple
8 2 (0.97%) Citrix
8 2 (0.97%) EMC
9 1 (0.49%) Blue Prism
9 1 (0.49%) Cisco
9 1 (0.49%) Databricks
9 1 (0.49%) IBM
9 1 (0.49%) Samsung
9 1 (0.49%) Splunk
9 1 (0.49%) Xamarin