Period
to 14 April 2021

The median annual salary for a Software Developer was £47,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 April 2021.

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

Software Developer
UK
6 months to
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 91 85 84
Rank change year-on-year -6 -1 +4
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Developer 2,834 4,087 5,239
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.40% 3.61% 3.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.65% 3.79% 3.66%
Number of salaries quoted 2,380 3,448 4,450
10th Percentile £31,250 £29,750 £27,500
25th Percentile £36,250 £35,000 £32,563
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -5.56%
75th Percentile £60,500 £57,500 £56,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £70,000 £68,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,750 £41,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.01% -2.35%

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 77,560 107,892 143,050
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.14% 95.38% 96.02%
Number of salaries quoted 61,019 87,607 115,290
10th Percentile £31,500 £29,750 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,750 £37,750 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Software Developer over the 6 months to 14 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Top 19 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Software Developer within the UK over the 6 months to 14 April 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 -10 2,366 £47,500 +5.56% 655
UK excluding London -14 2,114 £45,000 +5.26% 564
South East -15 635 £50,000 +7.53% 94
Work from Home +4 622 £47,500 +5.56% 188
London +42 541 £65,000 +8.33% 168
North of England -14 440 £41,486 -5.45% 133
South West -16 314 £45,000 +12.50% 91
Midlands -17 254 £40,000 - 114
North West -18 228 £45,000 - 85
Scotland +2 189 £45,000 - 43
East of England +21 172 £45,000 - 55
Yorkshire -27 158 £40,000 - 28
West Midlands +3 151 £41,750 +4.38% 60
East Midlands -10 102 £37,500 -6.25% 53
Northern Ireland +10 71 £42,500 +13.33% 6
North East +15 54 £39,000 - 20
Wales -12 46 £43,500 +3.13% 28
Isle of Man -8 1 - -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 April 2021, Software Developer 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 Software Developer in the job title.

1 1,706 (60.20%) C#
2 1,568 (55.33%) .NET
3 1,413 (49.86%) JavaScript
4 1,139 (40.19%) Agile Software Development
5 1,028 (36.27%) SQL
6 775 (27.35%) HTML
7 768 (27.10%) Azure
8 757 (26.71%) .NET Core
9 728 (25.69%) CSS
10 667 (23.54%) MVC
11 655 (23.11%) SQL Server
12 576 (20.32%) AngularJS
13 561 (19.80%) Software Engineering
14 535 (18.88%) Java
15 527 (18.60%) React
16 520 (18.35%) ASP.NET
17 512 (18.07%) DevOps
18 458 (16.16%) TDD
19 449 (15.84%) Python
20 431 (15.21%) Microsoft
21 423 (14.93%) Degree
22 419 (14.78%) .NET Framework
23 405 (14.29%) Microservices
24 401 (14.15%) Git (software)
25 378 (13.34%) Scrum
26 351 (12.39%) Docker
27 331 (11.68%) Finance
28 319 (11.26%) Computer Science
29 313 (11.04%) AWS
30 301 (10.62%) Vue.js

Software Developer 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 78 (2.75%) CMS
2 49 (1.73%) Elasticsearch
3 47 (1.66%) IIS
4 32 (1.13%) EPiServer
5 26 (0.92%) Apache
6 24 (0.85%) Confluence
6 24 (0.85%) Umbraco
7 23 (0.81%) JBoss
8 18 (0.64%) WordPress
9 17 (0.60%) SharePoint
10 16 (0.56%) NServiceBus
11 15 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
11 15 (0.53%) Tomcat
12 13 (0.46%) Sitecore CMS
13 12 (0.42%) Drupal
14 9 (0.32%) Kentico
14 9 (0.32%) nginx
15 7 (0.25%) Apache Spark
16 6 (0.21%) GemFire
16 6 (0.21%) Tornado
Applications
1 10 (0.35%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.18%) Photoshop
3 4 (0.14%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.071%) GIMP
5 2 (0.071%) PrintSoft PReS
6 1 (0.035%) EngageOne
6 1 (0.035%) Figma
Business Applications
1 11 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.21%) NetSuite
4 5 (0.18%) Magento
5 4 (0.14%) OpenCart
5 4 (0.14%) WebTrends
6 3 (0.11%) Shopify
7 2 (0.071%) R3 Corda
7 2 (0.071%) Sentinel
8 1 (0.035%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.035%) Elite 3E
8 1 (0.035%) MoSes
8 1 (0.035%) Payment Gateway
8 1 (0.035%) PlanetPress Connect
8 1 (0.035%) ProductWriter
Cloud Services
1 768 (27.10%) Azure
2 313 (11.04%) AWS
3 153 (5.40%) SaaS
4 69 (2.43%) GCP
5 67 (2.36%) Serverless
6 63 (2.22%) GitHub
7 25 (0.88%) Power Platform
8 24 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
8 24 (0.85%) Azure Functions
9 18 (0.64%) npm
10 17 (0.60%) PaaS
11 15 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
12 14 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
13 13 (0.46%) Amazon SQS
14 12 (0.42%) Logic Apps
15 10 (0.35%) Asana
15 10 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
15 10 (0.35%) Microsoft 365
16 9 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
17 8 (0.28%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 34 (1.20%) Internet
2 11 (0.39%) TCP/IP
3 8 (0.28%) Ethernet
4 7 (0.25%) HTTP
4 7 (0.25%) SpaceWire
5 6 (0.21%) H.323
5 6 (0.21%) Network Security
5 6 (0.21%) Skype
5 6 (0.21%) Wireshark
6 5 (0.18%) VoIP
7 4 (0.14%) Asterisk PBX
7 4 (0.14%) Intranet
7 4 (0.14%) RTP
8 3 (0.11%) PPP
8 3 (0.11%) SNMP
9 2 (0.071%) DNS
9 2 (0.071%) SSL
10 1 (0.035%) DHCP
10 1 (0.035%) IPv4
10 1 (0.035%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 655 (23.11%) SQL Server
2 236 (8.33%) MySQL
3 155 (5.47%) MongoDB
4 147 (5.19%) NoSQL
5 101 (3.56%) Relational Database
6 83 (2.93%) PostgreSQL
7 65 (2.29%) Azure SQL Database
8 42 (1.48%) RDBMS
9 39 (1.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 38 (1.34%) Big Data
11 34 (1.20%) SQLPlus
12 33 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 26 (0.92%) Redis
14 24 (0.85%) Power BI
15 22 (0.78%) Data Warehouse
16 20 (0.71%) Crystal Reports
17 13 (0.46%) Blockchain
18 12 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
18 12 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
19 11 (0.39%) GIS
Development Applications
1 401 (14.15%) Git (software)
2 169 (5.96%) Selenium
3 119 (4.20%) Visual Studio
4 108 (3.81%) Jenkins
5 79 (2.79%) Team Foundation Server
6 77 (2.72%) JIRA
7 75 (2.65%) Cucumber
8 64 (2.26%) Visual Studio Team System
9 58 (2.05%) WebDriver
10 43 (1.52%) NUnit
11 41 (1.45%) TeamCity
12 34 (1.20%) Eclipse
13 32 (1.13%) Octopus Deploy
14 31 (1.09%) Cypress.io
14 31 (1.09%) JUnit
15 26 (0.92%) Jasmine
16 24 (0.85%) webpack
17 23 (0.81%) GitLab
18 20 (0.71%) SpecFlow
19 18 (0.64%) Bitbucket
General
1 331 (11.68%) Finance
2 121 (4.27%) Public Sector
3 86 (3.03%) Manufacturing
4 79 (2.79%) Telecoms
5 75 (2.65%) Electronics
6 72 (2.54%) Games
6 72 (2.54%) Marketing
7 61 (2.15%) Retail
8 54 (1.91%) Back Office
9 44 (1.55%) Law
10 32 (1.13%) Automotive
11 30 (1.06%) Banking
12 21 (0.74%) Advertising
12 21 (0.74%) Legal
13 20 (0.71%) Online Betting
14 17 (0.60%) Front Office
15 12 (0.42%) Aerospace
16 9 (0.32%) Local Government
17 8 (0.28%) Publishing
18 7 (0.25%) Avionics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,568 (55.33%) .NET
2 775 (27.35%) HTML
3 757 (26.71%) .NET Core
4 728 (25.69%) CSS
5 576 (20.32%) AngularJS
6 527 (18.60%) React
7 520 (18.35%) ASP.NET
8 419 (14.78%) .NET Framework
9 301 (10.62%) Vue.js
10 289 (10.20%) jQuery
11 269 (9.49%) Entity Framework
12 257 (9.07%) Node.js
13 234 (8.26%) REST
14 232 (8.19%) ASP.NET Web API
15 220 (7.76%) ASP.NET MVC
16 217 (7.66%) RESTful
17 215 (7.59%) Web Services
18 201 (7.09%) HTML5
19 107 (3.78%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 103 (3.63%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 186 (6.56%) Greenfield Project
2 153 (5.40%) Analytical Skills
3 141 (4.98%) User Experience
4 109 (3.85%) Mobile App
5 95 (3.35%) Self-Motivation
6 52 (1.83%) Algorithms
7 50 (1.76%) Data Structures
8 39 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
9 35 (1.24%) NHS
10 32 (1.13%) N-Tier
11 28 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
12 27 (0.95%) LIMS
12 27 (0.95%) Public Cloud
13 23 (0.81%) Life Science
14 22 (0.78%) Data Centre
15 21 (0.74%) Cyberthreat
16 19 (0.67%) Virtual Team
17 17 (0.60%) Video\Live Streaming
18 16 (0.56%) Over-the-Top Content
19 15 (0.53%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 283 (9.99%) Linux
2 147 (5.19%) Windows
3 55 (1.94%) Android
4 47 (1.66%) Apple iOS
5 42 (1.48%) Unix
6 34 (1.20%) Windows Server
7 9 (0.32%) Embedded Linux
8 8 (0.28%) Ubuntu
9 5 (0.18%) Debian
9 5 (0.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.14%) CentOS
11 2 (0.071%) Android TV
11 2 (0.071%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.071%) Windows Phone
12 1 (0.035%) OpenWrt
12 1 (0.035%) OS/400
12 1 (0.035%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.035%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,139 (40.19%) Agile Software Development
2 667 (23.54%) MVC
3 561 (19.80%) Software Engineering
4 512 (18.07%) DevOps
5 458 (16.16%) TDD
6 405 (14.29%) Microservices
7 378 (13.34%) Scrum
8 319 (11.26%) Computer Science
9 278 (9.81%) Test Automation
10 274 (9.67%) Problem-Solving
11 268 (9.46%) Mentoring
12 248 (8.75%) OO
13 231 (8.15%) SDLC
14 184 (6.49%) Software Testing
15 183 (6.46%) Web Development
16 177 (6.25%) OOP
17 175 (6.18%) SOLID
18 168 (5.93%) Unit Testing
19 167 (5.89%) Fintech
20 159 (5.61%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 1,706 (60.20%) C#
2 1,413 (49.86%) JavaScript
3 1,028 (36.27%) SQL
4 535 (18.88%) Java
5 449 (15.84%) Python
6 285 (10.06%) TypeScript
7 240 (8.47%) C++
8 219 (7.73%) PHP
9 178 (6.28%) T-SQL
10 121 (4.27%) Go
11 107 (3.78%) VB.NET
12 97 (3.42%) C
13 72 (2.54%) Ruby
14 66 (2.33%) VB
15 41 (1.45%) ES6
16 37 (1.31%) Bash Shell
16 37 (1.31%) Scala
17 34 (1.20%) Kotlin
18 20 (0.71%) PL/SQL
19 19 (0.67%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 423 (14.93%) Degree
2 184 (6.49%) Computer Science Degree
3 104 (3.67%) Security Cleared
4 75 (2.65%) SC Cleared
5 38 (1.34%) Microsoft Certification
6 32 (1.13%) DV Cleared
7 22 (0.78%) Master's Degree
8 13 (0.46%) ISTQB
9 8 (0.28%) Numerate Degree
10 7 (0.25%) CTC Cleared
11 6 (0.21%) PhD
12 5 (0.18%) MCSD
13 4 (0.14%) DBS Check
13 4 (0.14%) ISEB
14 3 (0.11%) OCP
14 3 (0.11%) Oracle Certification
15 2 (0.071%) Chartered Engineer
15 2 (0.071%) ITIL Certification
16 1 (0.035%) AWS Certification
16 1 (0.035%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (5.15%) QA
2 16 (0.56%) Data Quality
3 13 (0.46%) GRC
4 9 (0.32%) SLA
5 5 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 4 (0.14%) WCAG
7 3 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.071%) ISO 13485
8 2 (0.071%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.071%) PSD2
9 1 (0.035%) GDPR
9 1 (0.035%) JTAG
9 1 (0.035%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 351 (12.39%) Docker
2 21 (0.74%) Active Directory
3 15 (0.53%) NDS
3 15 (0.53%) NetIQ eDirectory
4 13 (0.46%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (0.25%) Firmware
6 6 (0.21%) Hyper-V
6 6 (0.21%) KVM
7 5 (0.18%) LXC
8 4 (0.14%) Kamailio
8 4 (0.14%) OpenSIPS
9 3 (0.11%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 3 (0.11%) HDFS
10 1 (0.035%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.035%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 250 (8.82%) Kubernetes
2 26 (0.92%) Terraform
3 20 (0.71%) Ansible
4 15 (0.53%) NetIQ Identity Manager
5 7 (0.25%) Puppet
6 6 (0.21%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.18%) Grafana
7 5 (0.18%) Prometheus
8 4 (0.14%) vCenter Server
9 3 (0.11%) Docker Swarm
9 3 (0.11%) Rancher
9 3 (0.11%) Zipkin
10 2 (0.071%) Sysdig
11 1 (0.035%) HAProxy
11 1 (0.035%) Kibana
Vendors
1 431 (15.21%) Microsoft
2 129 (4.55%) Oracle
3 69 (2.43%) Xamarin
4 60 (2.12%) SAP
5 56 (1.98%) Google
6 50 (1.76%) Zend
7 22 (0.78%) PagerDuty
8 21 (0.74%) IBM
9 16 (0.56%) Salesforce.com
9 16 (0.56%) VMware
10 15 (0.53%) ForgeRock
10 15 (0.53%) NetIQ
11 14 (0.49%) Sitecore
12 13 (0.46%) ANSYS
12 13 (0.46%) DevExpress
12 13 (0.46%) Telerik
13 11 (0.39%) Bloomberg
14 7 (0.25%) Apple
15 6 (0.21%) CODA
15 6 (0.21%) Embarcadero