Period
to 27 November 2021

The median annual salary for a Principal Software Engineer was £85,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 November 2021.

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
27 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 674 678 868
Rank change year-on-year +4 +190 +194
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Software Engineer 415 48 202
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.088% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.35% 0.092% 0.16%
Number of salaries quoted 99 41 135
10th Percentile £58,500 £57,500 £47,500
25th Percentile £67,500 £63,000 £52,459
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £85,000 £75,000 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year +13.33% +15.38% +8.33%
75th Percentile £100,000 £115,000 £102,500
90th Percentile £115,000 £118,750 £140,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £75,000 £66,000 £60,000
% change year-on-year +13.64% +10.00% +4.35%

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 117,572 52,020 129,638
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 91.28% 95.11% 95.61%
Number of salaries quoted 81,625 43,795 105,112
10th Percentile £32,000 £32,250 £28,250
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £76,250 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

Principal Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Principal Software Engineer in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Principal Software Engineer in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Principal Software Engineer over the 6 months to 27 November 2021.

Salary histogram for Principal Software Engineer in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Top 17 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 27 November 2021. 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 +4 355 £89,500 +15.48% 27
UK excluding London -13 257 £75,000 +13.64% 26
South East -9 149 £69,500 -8.85% 5
London -160 122 £94,000 -16.44% 6
North of England -91 34 £110,000 +41.94% 4
Work from Home -206 29 £75,000 - 1
Scotland -61 20 £75,000 - 4
Yorkshire -77 18 £110,000 +83.33% 3
East of England -88 17 £75,000 - 5
North West -83 15 £62,500 -21.88% 1
Northern Ireland - 15 - - 1
South West -76 8 £63,500 -3.79% 1
Midlands -100 8 - - 6
Wales - 7 £60,700 -
West Midlands -105 6 - - 5
East Midlands - 2 - -
North East - 1 - -

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

For the 6 months to 27 November 2021, Principal Software 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 Software Engineer in the job title.

1 415 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 292 (70.36%) AWS
3 254 (61.20%) Java
4 242 (58.31%) Agile Software Development
5 219 (52.77%) DevOps
6 204 (49.16%) Computer Science
7 202 (48.67%) Node.js
8 188 (45.30%) Azure
9 182 (43.86%) Degree
10 181 (43.61%) Git (software)
11 179 (43.13%) GitHub
12 174 (41.93%) Mentoring
13 170 (40.96%) React
14 155 (37.35%) RESTful
15 154 (37.11%) Full Stack Development
16 152 (36.63%) JavaScript
17 148 (35.66%) Microservices
18 145 (34.94%) Inclusion and Diversity
19 128 (30.84%) Finance
19 128 (30.84%) AngularJS
20 123 (29.64%) Python
21 121 (29.16%) Spring
22 120 (28.92%) Banking
22 120 (28.92%) C#
23 118 (28.43%) Docker
24 116 (27.95%) Kafka
25 114 (27.47%) Jenkins
26 110 (26.51%) Law
26 110 (26.51%) Business Continuity
27 109 (26.27%) OpenShift

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 84 (20.24%) Apache Spark
2 60 (14.46%) Apache
2 60 (14.46%) GemFire
3 23 (5.54%) Cloud Foundry
4 7 (1.69%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (0.96%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.72%) CMS
6 3 (0.72%) Headless CMS
7 1 (0.24%) Confluence
7 1 (0.24%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.24%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (0.72%) Chatbot
2 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 292 (70.36%) AWS
2 188 (45.30%) Azure
3 179 (43.13%) GitHub
4 109 (26.27%) OpenShift
5 101 (24.34%) Serverless
6 91 (21.93%) Amazon Kinesis
7 80 (19.28%) Amazon EKS
8 71 (17.11%) GCP
9 24 (5.78%) Amazon EC2
10 19 (4.58%) Cloud Computing
10 19 (4.58%) SaaS
11 8 (1.93%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 6 (1.45%) Azure Service Bus
12 6 (1.45%) Firebase
12 6 (1.45%) Stackdriver
13 4 (0.96%) Heroku
14 3 (0.72%) Amazon Alexa
14 3 (0.72%) GitHub Actions
14 3 (0.72%) npm
15 2 (0.48%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (5.30%) Broadband
2 15 (3.61%) Internet
3 6 (1.45%) HTTP
4 1 (0.24%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 99 (23.86%) PostgreSQL
2 96 (23.13%) NoSQL
3 86 (20.72%) Relational Database
4 85 (20.48%) Redis
5 84 (20.24%) HBase
5 84 (20.24%) MariaDB
6 44 (10.60%) Big Data
7 38 (9.16%) MongoDB
8 24 (5.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 24 (5.78%) Hadoop
9 11 (2.65%) SQL Server
10 7 (1.69%) Azure SQL Database
10 7 (1.69%) MySQL
11 6 (1.45%) Apache Cassandra
11 6 (1.45%) MarkLogic
12 1 (0.24%) Amazon RDS
12 1 (0.24%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 181 (43.61%) Git (software)
2 114 (27.47%) Jenkins
3 85 (20.48%) Cypress.io
4 83 (20.00%) Protractor
4 83 (20.00%) Storybook
5 65 (15.66%) Artifactory
6 64 (15.42%) Sonatype Nexus
7 63 (15.18%) Cucumber
7 63 (15.18%) Gradle
7 63 (15.18%) JUnit
7 63 (15.18%) Mockito
8 60 (14.46%) Eclipse
8 60 (14.46%) IntelliJ
9 20 (4.82%) SonarQube
10 7 (1.69%) Spinnaker
11 4 (0.96%) CocoaPods
11 4 (0.96%) Selenium
11 4 (0.96%) Xcode
12 3 (0.72%) JIRA
12 3 (0.72%) TestNG
General
1 145 (34.94%) Inclusion and Diversity
2 128 (30.84%) Finance
3 120 (28.92%) Banking
4 110 (26.51%) Law
5 23 (5.54%) Presentation Skills
6 18 (4.34%) Retail
7 16 (3.86%) Pharmaceutical
8 15 (3.61%) Military
9 9 (2.17%) Games
10 7 (1.69%) Influencing Skills
10 7 (1.69%) Marketing
10 7 (1.69%) Publishing
11 6 (1.45%) Analytical Skills
11 6 (1.45%) Legal
11 6 (1.45%) Social Skills
12 5 (1.20%) Electronics
13 4 (0.96%) Aerospace
13 4 (0.96%) Public Sector
14 3 (0.72%) Manufacturing
14 3 (0.72%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 202 (48.67%) Node.js
2 170 (40.96%) React
3 155 (37.35%) RESTful
4 128 (30.84%) AngularJS
5 121 (29.16%) Spring
6 116 (27.95%) Kafka
7 101 (24.34%) Web Services
8 98 (23.61%) RabbitMQ
9 97 (23.37%) CSS
10 90 (21.69%) Redux
11 87 (20.96%) Tailwind CSS
12 83 (20.00%) Express
12 83 (20.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 64 (15.42%) JSON
14 60 (14.46%) Spark Streaming
14 60 (14.46%) WireMock
15 59 (14.22%) Play Framework
16 42 (10.12%) REST
17 33 (7.95%) Spring Boot
18 31 (7.47%) LAPP Stack
Miscellaneous
1 91 (21.93%) User Experience
2 86 (20.72%) Cloud Native
3 60 (14.46%) Linux Command Line
4 42 (10.12%) BBC
5 21 (5.06%) Greenfield Project
6 15 (3.61%) Cyberattack
7 11 (2.65%) NHS
8 9 (2.17%) Management Information System
9 8 (1.93%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.45%) Derivative
10 6 (1.45%) Virtual Team
11 5 (1.20%) Embedded Systems
11 5 (1.20%) Legacy Systems
11 5 (1.20%) Mobile App
11 5 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
11 5 (1.20%) Social Media
12 4 (0.96%) SystemC
13 3 (0.72%) Analytical Mindset
13 3 (0.72%) Data Structures
14 2 (0.48%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 107 (25.78%) Linux
2 84 (20.24%) Unix
3 55 (13.25%) Apple iOS
4 49 (11.81%) Android
5 4 (0.96%) Windows
6 1 (0.24%) Embedded Linux
6 1 (0.24%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 415 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 242 (58.31%) Agile Software Development
3 219 (52.77%) DevOps
4 204 (49.16%) Computer Science
5 174 (41.93%) Mentoring
6 154 (37.11%) Full Stack Development
7 148 (35.66%) Microservices
8 110 (26.51%) Business Continuity
9 108 (26.02%) Digital Banking
9 108 (26.02%) Technical Leadership
10 93 (22.41%) User Stories
11 88 (21.20%) OO
11 88 (21.20%) Test Automation
12 87 (20.96%) SDLC
13 86 (20.72%) Software Testing
13 86 (20.72%) Thought Leadership
14 83 (20.00%) Cross-Browser Testing
15 79 (19.04%) Emotional Intelligence
15 79 (19.04%) Functional Testing
16 77 (18.55%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 254 (61.20%) Java
2 152 (36.63%) JavaScript
3 123 (29.64%) Python
4 120 (28.92%) C#
5 60 (14.46%) Groovy
5 60 (14.46%) Shell Script
6 59 (14.22%) TypeScript
7 48 (11.57%) Go
8 34 (8.19%) SQL
9 28 (6.75%) Scala
10 26 (6.27%) C++
11 25 (6.02%) Apple Swift
12 23 (5.54%) Kotlin
13 17 (4.10%) Ruby
14 14 (3.37%) PHP
15 12 (2.89%) Rust
16 10 (2.41%) C
16 10 (2.41%) ES6
17 4 (0.96%) Objective-C
18 2 (0.48%) Fortran
Qualifications
1 182 (43.86%) Degree
2 63 (15.18%) OCP
2 63 (15.18%) Oracle Certification
3 15 (3.61%) PhD
4 13 (3.13%) Computer Science Degree
5 7 (1.69%) AWS Certification
6 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (0.72%) Security Cleared
7 2 (0.48%) CEH
7 2 (0.48%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.24%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (6.75%) QA
2 22 (5.30%) Accessibility
3 2 (0.48%) ARP4754
3 2 (0.48%) Def Stans
3 2 (0.48%) IEC 61508
System Software
1 118 (28.43%) Docker
2 60 (14.46%) HDFS
3 43 (10.36%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.48%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 1 (0.24%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 83 (20.00%) Ansible
2 50 (12.05%) Kubernetes
3 40 (9.64%) Opscode Chef
4 37 (8.92%) Terraform
5 9 (2.17%) Grafana
5 9 (2.17%) Kibana
6 6 (1.45%) HP Fortify
Vendors
1 83 (20.00%) Okta
2 61 (14.70%) VMware
3 52 (12.53%) Google
4 14 (3.37%) Microsoft
5 12 (2.89%) Apple
6 6 (1.45%) Oracle
7 5 (1.20%) accuRx
7 5 (1.20%) SAP
8 4 (0.96%) LexisNexis
9 2 (0.48%) Dell
9 2 (0.48%) IBM
10 1 (0.24%) HubSpot
10 1 (0.24%) Intel