The median annual salary for a Principal Software Engineer was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Principal Software Engineer
UK
Rank 823 926 931
Rank change year-on-year +103 +5  
Permanent jobs requiring a Principal Software Engineer 37 30 35
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.044% 0.029% 0.033%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.046% 0.030% 0.034%
Number of salaries quoted 27 18 21
Median salary £57,500 £57,500 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.54%  
90% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £42,500 £42,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £82,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median salary £57,500 £51,250 £55,000
% change year-on-year +12.19% -6.81%  

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 80799 99610 102835
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 96.25% 96.36% 96.62%
Number of salaries quoted 67025 83372 83971
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £70,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,000 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.20% +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 26 March 2017.

Salary histogram for Principal Software Engineer in the UK

Principal Software Engineer
Top 27 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 26 March 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 +114 36 £57,500 - 7
South East +73 17 £60,000 +33.33% 4
Hampshire +46 15 £60,000 - 3
Fareham - 10 £60,000 - 2
South West +17 5 £57,500 -
Yorkshire +10 5 £55,000 -
London +80 4 - - 1
North West -10 4 £60,000 - 1
Manchester -14 4 £60,000 -
Ringwood - 4 £55,000 -
West Yorkshire +19 3 £55,000 -
Leeds +12 3 £55,000 -
Bath - 3 - -
Somerset - 3 - -
Bristol +1 2 £57,500 -
Sheffield - 2 £55,000 -
South Yorkshire - 2 £55,000 -
Abingdon - 1 - -
Reading - 1 £57,500 - 1
Cambridge - 1 £55,000 - 1
Basingstoke - 1 £65,000 -
East of England - 1 £55,000 - 1
Berkshire - 1 £57,500 - 1
Oxfordshire - 1 - -
Glasgow - 1 £37,500 -
Scotland - 1 £37,500 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £55,000 - 1

Principal Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 87 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 52 (59.77%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (51.72%) Java
4 34 (39.08%) C++
4 34 (39.08%) Continuous Integration
5 31 (35.63%) AngularJS
6 29 (33.33%) JavaScript
7 27 (31.03%) C#
7 27 (31.03%) Microservices
8 25 (28.74%) DevOps
9 21 (24.14%) Linux
9 21 (24.14%) Software Architecture
10 20 (22.99%) Coaching
10 20 (22.99%) Multithreading
11 19 (21.84%) WPF
12 17 (19.54%) C
12 17 (19.54%) SQL
12 17 (19.54%) Windows
12 17 (19.54%) Scrum
13 16 (18.39%) PostgreSQL
13 16 (18.39%) Spring
13 16 (18.39%) Test Automation
13 16 (18.39%) Jenkins
13 16 (18.39%) Line Management
14 15 (17.24%) Dropwizard
14 15 (17.24%) Redis
14 15 (17.24%) CouchDB
14 15 (17.24%) Pair Programming
15 14 (16.09%) MVC
15 14 (16.09%) TypeScript

Principal Software Engineer Skill Set
Top Related 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 8 (9.20%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.15%) Apache
2 1 (1.15%) CMS
2 1 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.15%) JBoss
2 1 (1.15%) OpenStack
2 1 (1.15%) WildFly
Applications
1 1 (1.15%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.15%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (1.15%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.75%) SaaS
2 3 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.30%) AWS CloudFormation
3 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.30%) HTTP
1 2 (2.30%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.15%) Internet
2 1 (1.15%) LTE
2 1 (1.15%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (18.39%) PostgreSQL
2 15 (17.24%) CouchDB
2 15 (17.24%) Redis
3 2 (2.30%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.15%) Apache Hive
4 1 (1.15%) Big Data
4 1 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.15%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.15%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 16 (18.39%) Jenkins
2 7 (8.05%) Moq
3 6 (6.90%) Bugzilla
3 6 (6.90%) CruiseControl
3 6 (6.90%) Hudson
3 6 (6.90%) Subversion
3 6 (6.90%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (4.60%) Git (software)
4 4 (4.60%) Mockito
4 4 (4.60%) NUnit
5 3 (3.45%) Vagrant
5 3 (3.45%) WebDriver
6 1 (1.15%) Eclipse
6 1 (1.15%) JUnit
6 1 (1.15%) NetBeans
6 1 (1.15%) Rational DOORS
6 1 (1.15%) Rational Rhapsody
6 1 (1.15%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (4.60%) Telecoms
2 3 (3.45%) Aerospace
3 2 (2.30%) Billing
3 2 (2.30%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.15%) Automotive
4 1 (1.15%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (35.63%) AngularJS
2 19 (21.84%) WPF
3 16 (18.39%) Spring
4 15 (17.24%) Dropwizard
5 13 (14.94%) Node.js
6 12 (13.79%) HTML
7 10 (11.49%) HTML5
7 10 (11.49%) RESTful
8 9 (10.34%) Apache Camel
8 9 (10.34%) JSON
8 9 (10.34%) REST
9 8 (9.20%) MFC
9 8 (9.20%) Spring Integration
10 7 (8.05%) .NET
10 7 (8.05%) Hibernate
10 7 (8.05%) STL
11 6 (6.90%) Ember.js
11 6 (6.90%) J2EE
12 4 (4.60%) Qt
12 4 (4.60%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.34%) Embedded Systems
2 4 (4.60%) Computer Science
3 3 (3.45%) Virtual Team
4 2 (2.30%) Algorithms
4 2 (2.30%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.30%) CUDA
4 2 (2.30%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.30%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.15%) 3D Graphics
5 1 (1.15%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.15%) Device Driver
5 1 (1.15%) Equities
5 1 (1.15%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 21 (24.14%) Linux
2 17 (19.54%) Windows
3 5 (5.75%) Android
4 4 (4.60%) Embedded Linux
5 3 (3.45%) CentOS
5 3 (3.45%) Ubuntu
6 2 (2.30%) Unix
7 1 (1.15%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (100.00%) Software Engineering
2 52 (59.77%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (39.08%) Continuous Integration
4 27 (31.03%) Microservices
5 25 (28.74%) DevOps
6 21 (24.14%) Software Architecture
7 20 (22.99%) Coaching
7 20 (22.99%) Multithreading
8 17 (19.54%) Scrum
9 16 (18.39%) Line Management
9 16 (18.39%) Test Automation
10 15 (17.24%) Pair Programming
11 14 (16.09%) MVC
12 13 (14.94%) Mentoring
13 12 (13.79%) Configuration Management
13 12 (13.79%) TDD
14 10 (11.49%) OO
14 10 (11.49%) Open Source
15 9 (10.34%) SOA
15 9 (10.34%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 45 (51.72%) Java
2 34 (39.08%) C++
3 29 (33.33%) JavaScript
4 27 (31.03%) C#
5 17 (19.54%) C
5 17 (19.54%) SQL
6 14 (16.09%) TypeScript
7 6 (6.90%) Python
8 2 (2.30%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.30%) Embedded C
8 2 (2.30%) Groovy
8 2 (2.30%) Ruby
8 2 (2.30%) Scala
Qualifications
1 11 (12.64%) Degree
2 4 (4.60%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.45%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.05%) QA
2 4 (4.60%) ISO 9001
3 3 (3.45%) SDET
4 2 (2.30%) MISRA
5 1 (1.15%) Def Stans
5 1 (1.15%) DO-254
5 1 (1.15%) MISRA C
System Software
1 5 (5.75%) Firmware
2 3 (3.45%) Docker
2 3 (3.45%) VirtualBox
2 3 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.30%) KVM
4 1 (1.15%) Xen
Systems Management
1 2 (2.30%) Consul
1 2 (2.30%) Docker Swarm
1 2 (2.30%) Kubernetes
1 2 (2.30%) Mesos
1 2 (2.30%) Nagios
1 2 (2.30%) Puppet
1 2 (2.30%) StatsD
1 2 (2.30%) Terraform
Vendors
1 3 (3.45%) Sophos
1 3 (3.45%) VMware
2 2 (2.30%) New Relic
3 1 (1.15%) AVEVA
3 1 (1.15%) IBM
3 1 (1.15%) Microsoft
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