Period
to 23 November 2017

The median annual salary for a Principal Software Engineer was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1012 1165 1105
Rank change year-on-year +153 -60 +132
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Software Engineer 177 72 191
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.098% 0.038% 0.088%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.039% 0.091%
Number of salaries quoted 140 64 127
UK median annual salary £57,500 £55,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.55% -8.33% +14.29%
10th Percentile £45,000 £43,250 £47,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £69,625 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £56,250
% change year-on-year - -2.22% +12.50%

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 172559 183130 209788
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.79% 96.48% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 138476 153185 174290
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

Principal Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Salary histogram for Principal Software Engineer in the UK

Principal Software 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 Software Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 23 November 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 +130 161 £58,750 +6.82% 15
UK excluding London +124 135 £55,000 - 10
North of England +42 44 £54,500 -4.39% 5
East of England +36 42 £55,000 -4.35% 2
London +30 37 £80,000 +14.29% 5
Yorkshire +52 27 £52,500 -4.55% 2
South East +40 27 £75,000 +36.36% 2
North West -7 15 £55,000 -5.58% 3
Wales - 9 £45,000 -
Midlands - 7 £35,000 - 1
West Midlands - 6 - - 1
South West +7 4 £52,500 -6.67%
North East +11 2 £54,000 -6.09%
Scotland -9 1 £55,000 +10.00%
Northern Ireland -25 1 £50,000 +25.00%
East Midlands - 1 £35,000 -

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

For the 6 months to 23 November 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.

1 177 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 115 (64.97%) Java
3 107 (60.45%) Agile Software Development
4 78 (44.07%) C++
5 63 (35.59%) Windows
6 61 (34.46%) TDD
7 60 (33.90%) Linux
8 57 (32.20%) Scrum
9 47 (26.55%) Mentoring
10 43 (24.29%) C#
11 42 (23.73%) Pair Programming
11 42 (23.73%) Degree
12 40 (22.60%) C
13 39 (22.03%) JavaScript
14 37 (20.90%) Spring
14 37 (20.90%) Computer Science
15 36 (20.34%) OO
16 35 (19.77%) Docker
17 33 (18.64%) AngularJS
17 33 (18.64%) RESTful
18 32 (18.08%) BDD
19 31 (17.51%) Python
20 30 (16.95%) Algorithms
21 28 (15.82%) DevOps
21 28 (15.82%) QA
22 27 (15.25%) Unit Testing
22 27 (15.25%) Multithreading
23 26 (14.69%) Mathematics
23 26 (14.69%) Amazon AWS
23 26 (14.69%) 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 21 (11.86%) Tomcat
2 6 (3.39%) Apache
2 6 (3.39%) Apache Spark
2 6 (3.39%) Cloud Foundry
2 6 (3.39%) GlassFish
2 6 (3.39%) JBoss
2 6 (3.39%) Jetty
3 2 (1.13%) CMS
4 1 (0.56%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1 (0.56%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 1 (0.56%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 26 (14.69%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (5.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.95%) SaaS
4 2 (1.13%) npm
4 2 (1.13%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
4 2 (1.13%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 1 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.56%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
5 1 (0.56%) Force.com
5 1 (0.56%) Google App Engine
5 1 (0.56%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.56%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 10 (5.65%) Internet
2 6 (3.39%) AMQP
2 6 (3.39%) Modbus
2 6 (3.39%) TCP/IP
3 5 (2.82%) HTTP
4 3 (1.69%) DNS
5 2 (1.13%) SSL
6 1 (0.56%) DHCP
6 1 (0.56%) GSM
6 1 (0.56%) LTE
6 1 (0.56%) PCoIP
6 1 (0.56%) SMS
6 1 (0.56%) UMTS
6 1 (0.56%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.56%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (9.04%) MySQL
2 14 (7.91%) SQL Server
3 13 (7.34%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (6.21%) Apache Cassandra
4 11 (6.21%) MongoDB
5 10 (5.65%) Big Data
6 9 (5.08%) Hadoop
6 9 (5.08%) Relational Database
7 8 (4.52%) RDBMS
8 6 (3.39%) NoSQL
9 2 (1.13%) Blockchain
9 2 (1.13%) Couchbase
10 1 (0.56%) HBase
10 1 (0.56%) Redis
Development Applications
1 14 (7.91%) Jenkins
2 13 (7.34%) Subversion
3 11 (6.21%) Hudson
4 10 (5.65%) Maven
5 8 (4.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 7 (3.95%) CppUnit
6 7 (3.95%) JIRA
7 6 (3.39%) PHPUnit
8 5 (2.82%) Travis CI
9 4 (2.26%) Git (software)
10 3 (1.69%) Artifactory
10 3 (1.69%) MSBuild
10 3 (1.69%) TeamCity
11 2 (1.13%) Eclipse
11 2 (1.13%) Selenium
12 1 (0.56%) Gradle
12 1 (0.56%) MSI
12 1 (0.56%) Vagrant
12 1 (0.56%) WiX
General
1 17 (9.60%) Finance
2 6 (3.39%) Billing
2 6 (3.39%) Retail
3 3 (1.69%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.13%) Aerospace
4 2 (1.13%) Electronics
4 2 (1.13%) Marketing
5 1 (0.56%) Advertising
5 1 (0.56%) Automotive
5 1 (0.56%) Games
5 1 (0.56%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (20.90%) Spring
2 33 (18.64%) AngularJS
2 33 (18.64%) RESTful
3 26 (14.69%) HTML
4 25 (14.12%) REST
5 24 (13.56%) J2EE
6 23 (12.99%) React
7 22 (12.43%) CSS
8 21 (11.86%) Node.js
9 20 (11.30%) .NET
9 20 (11.30%) Hibernate
10 17 (9.60%) Apache Axis
10 17 (9.60%) LAMP
11 16 (9.04%) Symfony
12 15 (8.47%) Web Services
13 14 (7.91%) Laravel
14 12 (6.78%) SOAP
15 11 (6.21%) Java EE
16 10 (5.65%) POSIX
17 9 (5.08%) J2SE
Miscellaneous
1 37 (20.90%) Computer Science
2 30 (16.95%) Algorithms
3 17 (9.60%) 3D Printing
4 9 (5.08%) Data Structures
5 7 (3.95%) Greenfield Project
6 6 (3.39%) Linux Command Line
6 6 (3.39%) Smart Meter
7 3 (1.69%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (1.69%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.69%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 2 (1.13%) Bitcoin
8 2 (1.13%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.13%) PMI
8 2 (1.13%) User Experience
8 2 (1.13%) Xbox
9 1 (0.56%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.56%) PKI
9 1 (0.56%) Smartcard
9 1 (0.56%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.56%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 63 (35.59%) Windows
2 60 (33.90%) Linux
3 13 (7.34%) Android
4 11 (6.21%) Apple iOS
5 10 (5.65%) Unix
6 7 (3.95%) AIX
6 7 (3.95%) Solaris
7 6 (3.39%) Windows Server
8 3 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (1.69%) Windows Embedded Compact
9 2 (1.13%) CentOS
9 2 (1.13%) Mac OS X
9 2 (1.13%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.56%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 107 (60.45%) Agile Software Development
3 61 (34.46%) TDD
4 57 (32.20%) Scrum
5 47 (26.55%) Mentoring
6 42 (23.73%) Pair Programming
7 36 (20.34%) OO
8 32 (18.08%) BDD
9 28 (15.82%) DevOps
10 27 (15.25%) Multithreading
10 27 (15.25%) Unit Testing
11 26 (14.69%) Mathematics
12 24 (13.56%) Continuous Integration
12 24 (13.56%) Kanban
12 24 (13.56%) Microservices
12 24 (13.56%) Physics
13 23 (12.99%) Domain-Driven Design
14 21 (11.86%) Software Architecture
15 19 (10.73%) Coaching
16 17 (9.60%) Content Writing
Programming Languages
1 115 (64.97%) Java
2 78 (44.07%) C++
3 43 (24.29%) C#
4 40 (22.60%) C
5 39 (22.03%) JavaScript
6 31 (17.51%) Python
7 24 (13.56%) SQL
8 19 (10.73%) PHP
9 17 (9.60%) Scala
10 9 (5.08%) R
11 7 (3.95%) Embedded C++
12 6 (3.39%) Clojure
13 5 (2.82%) Embedded C
13 5 (2.82%) Ruby
14 3 (1.69%) Bash Shell
14 3 (1.69%) Perl
15 2 (1.13%) Apex Code
15 2 (1.13%) SOQL
15 2 (1.13%) SOSL
16 1 (0.56%) Go
Qualifications
1 42 (23.73%) Degree
2 7 (3.95%) Computer Science Degree
3 4 (2.26%) SC Cleared
3 4 (2.26%) Security Cleared
4 2 (1.13%) Chartered Engineer
4 2 (1.13%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.56%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (15.82%) QA
System Software
1 35 (19.77%) Docker
2 7 (3.95%) Firmware
3 2 (1.13%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.56%) KVM
4 1 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (8.47%) Opscode Chef
1 15 (8.47%) Puppet
2 14 (7.91%) Ansible
3 6 (3.39%) Marathon
4 5 (2.82%) Mesos
5 3 (1.69%) Kibana
6 2 (1.13%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.56%) Packer
7 1 (0.56%) Prometheus
7 1 (0.56%) Salt
Vendors
1 16 (9.04%) Zend
2 13 (7.34%) Oracle
3 6 (3.39%) Google
3 6 (3.39%) Sophos
4 5 (2.82%) Microsoft
5 4 (2.26%) Cadence
6 3 (1.69%) Capita
7 2 (1.13%) Alibaba
7 2 (1.13%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.56%) Apple
8 1 (0.56%) Samsung
8 1 (0.56%) VMware