The median annual salary for a Principal Software Engineer was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Principal Software Engineer
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 838 898 897
Rank change year-on-year +60 -1  
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Software Engineer 45 25 78
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.051% 0.025% 0.070%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.053% 0.026% 0.073%
Number of salaries quoted 42 15 31
Median salary £57,500 £47,500 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +21.05% -17.39%  
90% offered a salary of more than £50,300 £45,000 £52,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £66,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median salary £57,500 £47,500 £57,500
% change year-on-year +21.05% -17.39%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in permanent job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

IT Job Roles
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 84418 95048 107138
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 95.97% 96.53% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 69006 80088 88313
Median salary £46,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.10% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £74,000 £70,000 £71,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.40% +3.75%  

Principal Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Principal Software Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Principal Software Engineer in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Principal Software Engineer.

Salary trend for Principal Software Engineer in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Principal Software Engineer over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Principal Software Engineer in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Principal Software Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +71 43 £57,500 +21.05% 8
East of England +7 13 £67,500 +42.10% 2
Cambridgeshire +3 13 £67,500 - 2
Cambridge +1 13 £67,500 - 2
South West +17 10 £57,500 +27.77% 1
Dorset - 8 £57,500 -
Yorkshire +4 7 £57,500 - 1
South East +46 6 £58,500 +11.42% 1
West Yorkshire +13 6 £57,500 - 1
Leeds +7 6 £57,500 - 1
Bournemouth - 6 £57,500 -
London +29 4 £68,750 -1.78% 2
Berkshire +33 2 £61,250 - 1
Reading +31 2 £61,250 - 1
Scotland +17 2 £56,250 +7.14%
Edinburgh -6 2 £56,250 +7.14%
Bristol -17 2 £42,500 -5.55% 1
Poole - 2 £42,500 -
Buckinghamshire - 2 - -
High Wycombe - 2 - -
North West - 2 £52,500 - 1
Hampshire +15 1 £55,000 +22.22%
West Sussex +8 1 £57,000 +3.63%
East Midlands - 1 £35,000 -
North Yorkshire - 1 £62,000 -
Lancashire - 1 £50,000 -
Shoreham-by-Sea - 1 £57,000 -
Ringwood - 1 £55,000 -
Harrogate - 1 £62,000 -
New Malden - 1 £53,000 -

Principal Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, Principal Software 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 Software Engineer in the job title.

1 83 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 47 (56.63%) C++
3 37 (44.58%) Java
4 35 (42.17%) Linux
5 33 (39.76%) Windows
5 33 (39.76%) Agile Software Development
6 28 (33.73%) C#
7 27 (32.53%) C
8 26 (31.33%) TDD
9 22 (26.51%) AngularJS
10 21 (25.30%) Unit Testing
10 21 (25.30%) Multithreading
11 20 (24.10%) Mentoring
11 20 (24.10%) Degree
12 19 (22.89%) WPF
13 18 (21.69%) JavaScript
13 18 (21.69%) Software Architecture
14 17 (20.48%) Embedded Systems
14 17 (20.48%) Scrum
15 16 (19.28%) Computer Science
15 16 (19.28%) OO
16 15 (18.07%) Pair Programming
17 14 (16.87%) MFC
17 14 (16.87%) Docker
18 13 (15.66%) DevOps
18 13 (15.66%) Algorithms
18 13 (15.66%) Python
18 13 (15.66%) Finance
19 12 (14.46%) SQL
19 12 (14.46%) HTML

Principal Software 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 9 (10.84%) Cloud Foundry
2 6 (7.23%) Tomcat
3 4 (4.82%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (1.20%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (1.20%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 11 (13.25%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (4.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.41%) SaaS
4 1 (1.20%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (1.20%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.41%) PCoIP
2 1 (1.20%) DNS
2 1 (1.20%) HTTP
2 1 (1.20%) Internet
2 1 (1.20%) Software-Defined Radio
2 1 (1.20%) SSL
2 1 (1.20%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.02%) MySQL
2 3 (3.61%) CouchDB
2 3 (3.61%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (3.61%) Redis
3 2 (2.41%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.20%) Big Data
4 1 (1.20%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.20%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.20%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (3.61%) Jenkins
1 3 (3.61%) Moq
1 3 (3.61%) NUnit
1 3 (3.61%) PHPUnit
1 3 (3.61%) Rational DOORS
1 3 (3.61%) Rational Rhapsody
1 3 (3.61%) Subversion
2 2 (2.41%) Eclipse
2 2 (2.41%) NetBeans
2 2 (2.41%) Vagrant
3 1 (1.20%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.20%) Visual Studio
General
1 13 (15.66%) Finance
2 4 (4.82%) Manufacturing
3 3 (3.61%) Marketing
4 2 (2.41%) Electronics
4 2 (2.41%) Military
5 1 (1.20%) Advertising
5 1 (1.20%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.20%) Automotive
5 1 (1.20%) Retail
5 1 (1.20%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (26.51%) AngularJS
2 19 (22.89%) WPF
3 14 (16.87%) MFC
4 12 (14.46%) HTML
4 12 (14.46%) Node.js
5 10 (12.05%) RESTful
5 10 (12.05%) Spring
6 9 (10.84%) .NET
7 8 (9.64%) STL
8 7 (8.43%) HTML5
8 7 (8.43%) JSON
8 7 (8.43%) React
9 6 (7.23%) Ember.js
9 6 (7.23%) Hibernate
9 6 (7.23%) J2EE
9 6 (7.23%) LAMP
9 6 (7.23%) Qt
9 6 (7.23%) REST
10 5 (6.02%) CSS
10 5 (6.02%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (20.48%) Embedded Systems
2 16 (19.28%) Computer Science
3 13 (15.66%) Algorithms
4 10 (12.05%) Data Structures
5 8 (9.64%) Mobile App
6 4 (4.82%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (3.61%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 3 (3.61%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (2.41%) 3D Printing
8 2 (2.41%) Management Information System
9 1 (1.20%) Analytical Skills
9 1 (1.20%) VHDL
9 1 (1.20%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 35 (42.17%) Linux
2 33 (39.76%) Windows
3 9 (10.84%) Android
3 9 (10.84%) Apple iOS
4 4 (4.82%) Embedded Linux
5 3 (3.61%) Unix
6 2 (2.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (2.41%) VMS
6 2 (2.41%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 33 (39.76%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (31.33%) TDD
4 21 (25.30%) Multithreading
4 21 (25.30%) Unit Testing
5 20 (24.10%) Mentoring
6 18 (21.69%) Software Architecture
7 17 (20.48%) Scrum
8 16 (19.28%) OO
9 15 (18.07%) Pair Programming
10 13 (15.66%) DevOps
11 12 (14.46%) UML
12 11 (13.25%) Continuous Integration
12 11 (13.25%) Mathematics
12 11 (13.25%) Physics
13 10 (12.05%) Microservices
13 10 (12.05%) MVC
14 9 (10.84%) Complexity Analysis
14 9 (10.84%) Performance Optimisation
14 9 (10.84%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 47 (56.63%) C++
2 37 (44.58%) Java
3 28 (33.73%) C#
4 27 (32.53%) C
5 18 (21.69%) JavaScript
6 13 (15.66%) Python
7 12 (14.46%) SQL
8 7 (8.43%) Embedded C
8 7 (8.43%) Embedded C++
9 6 (7.23%) PHP
10 3 (3.61%) TypeScript
11 1 (1.20%) Bash Shell
11 1 (1.20%) Fortran
11 1 (1.20%) Perl
11 1 (1.20%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 20 (24.10%) Degree
2 12 (14.46%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (3.61%) Security Cleared
4 2 (2.41%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.20%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (12.05%) QA
2 4 (4.82%) MISRA
3 3 (3.61%) Def Stans
3 3 (3.61%) MISRA C
4 1 (1.20%) DO-178B
4 1 (1.20%) DO-254
4 1 (1.20%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 14 (16.87%) Docker
2 5 (6.02%) Firmware
3 2 (2.41%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (7.23%) Ansible
2 4 (4.82%) Opscode Chef
2 4 (4.82%) Puppet
3 2 (2.41%) Packer
3 2 (2.41%) Salt
Vendors
1 4 (4.82%) Microsoft
1 4 (4.82%) Zend
2 3 (3.61%) IBM
3 1 (1.20%) AVEVA
3 1 (1.20%) Google
3 1 (1.20%) Sophos
3 1 (1.20%) Xilinx
Salford, Lancashire
Sanderson
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus for being DV cleared
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Salary: £95000 - £110000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum plus benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Empiric
Salary: From £65,000 to £70,000 per annum family healthcare, pension, life ins
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Empiric
Salary: From £50,000 to £60,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Veritas Technologies (Uk) Ltd
Salary: Unspecified Competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Salary: £50000 - £60000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
Central London / West End
Reed Business Information Ltd
Salary: From £60,000 to £65,000 per annum + bonus & extensive benefits
Posted: 19 days ago