Period
to 16 February 2020

The median annual salary for a Software Developer was £45,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 February 2020.

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
16 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 84 85 91
Rank change year-on-year +1 +6 +13
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Developer 4,346 5,322 6,034
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.55% 3.53% 3.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.72% 3.69% 3.56%
Number of salaries quoted 3,553 4,549 5,368
UK median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £28,750 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £65,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,000 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +4.88% +2.50% -

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 116,944 144,401 169,611
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.52% 95.90% 96.34%
Number of salaries quoted 93,656 115,495 138,924
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £83,750 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

Software Developer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Software Developer over the 6 months to 16 February 2020.

Salary histogram for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Top 16 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 16 February 2020. 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 +7 3,844 £45,000 +5.88% 1,073
UK excluding London +3 3,401 £43,000 +4.88% 981
South East -2 1,239 £45,000 +5.88% 242
London +19 833 £60,000 +9.09% 203
North of England +24 639 £42,500 - 256
South West +6 501 £40,000 +3.90% 132
Midlands +12 383 £40,000 - 148
North West +26 339 £44,000 -2.22% 152
Yorkshire +14 264 £40,000 - 85
East of England -16 246 £45,000 - 91
Scotland -4 226 £45,000 - 65
West Midlands -4 202 £40,000 +5.26% 85
East Midlands +29 176 £40,000 - 63
Wales +15 118 £42,178 +24.05% 31
Northern Ireland -13 51 £37,500 - 16
North East -15 37 £37,500 -21.05% 19

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 February 2020, 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 2,974 (68.43%) C#
2 2,640 (60.75%) .NET
3 2,085 (47.98%) JavaScript
4 1,940 (44.64%) Agile Software Development
5 1,620 (37.28%) SQL
6 1,296 (29.82%) SQL Server
7 1,295 (29.80%) ASP.NET
8 1,255 (28.88%) HTML
9 1,179 (27.13%) MVC
10 1,157 (26.62%) AngularJS
11 1,132 (26.05%) CSS
12 992 (22.83%) Java
13 937 (21.56%) Azure
14 900 (20.71%) Software Engineering
15 838 (19.28%) Microsoft
16 739 (17.00%) Degree
17 682 (15.69%) TDD
18 658 (15.14%) .NET Framework
18 658 (15.14%) .NET Core
19 653 (15.03%) React
20 644 (14.82%) Python
21 595 (13.69%) ASP.NET MVC
22 563 (12.95%) Git (software)
23 561 (12.91%) Scrum
24 553 (12.72%) jQuery
25 552 (12.70%) DevOps
26 541 (12.45%) Computer Science
27 539 (12.40%) AWS
28 534 (12.29%) Finance
29 504 (11.60%) Web Services

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
1 108 (2.49%) IIS
2 59 (1.36%) CMS
3 57 (1.31%) Elasticsearch
4 41 (0.94%) SharePoint
5 38 (0.87%) Umbraco
6 35 (0.81%) JBoss
7 31 (0.71%) Apache
8 30 (0.69%) Tomcat
9 24 (0.55%) EPiServer
9 24 (0.55%) NServiceBus
10 23 (0.53%) Confluence
11 22 (0.51%) Apache Spark
12 18 (0.41%) Cloud Foundry
12 18 (0.41%) OpenStack
13 13 (0.30%) WebSphere
13 13 (0.30%) WordPress
14 11 (0.25%) Drupal
15 9 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
15 9 (0.21%) WebLogic
16 8 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 26 (0.60%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
4 6 (0.14%) Steinberg Cubase
5 4 (0.092%) Chatbot
6 3 (0.069%) Maya
7 2 (0.046%) 3ds Max
7 2 (0.046%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.046%) CINEMA 4D
7 2 (0.046%) LightWave 3D
7 2 (0.046%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.046%) MODO
7 2 (0.046%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.046%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.046%) SOLIDWORKS
8 1 (0.023%) Houdini
8 1 (0.023%) InDesign
8 1 (0.023%) NUKE
Business Applications
1 31 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.16%) Magento
2 7 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
3 5 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.092%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.046%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.023%) Distributed Ledger
6 1 (0.023%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.023%) Elite 3E
6 1 (0.023%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.023%) SDL Web 8
6 1 (0.023%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 937 (21.56%) Azure
2 539 (12.40%) AWS
3 189 (4.35%) SaaS
4 119 (2.74%) GCP
5 90 (2.07%) Serverless
6 70 (1.61%) GitHub
7 39 (0.90%) PaaS
8 35 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
9 29 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
10 25 (0.58%) Office 365
11 22 (0.51%) Power Platform
12 18 (0.41%) CloudBees
13 17 (0.39%) Amazon SQS
13 17 (0.39%) OpenShift
14 15 (0.35%) Force.com
15 14 (0.32%) Amazon S3
16 13 (0.30%) FinancialForce
17 10 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
17 10 (0.23%) Azure Active Directory
17 10 (0.23%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 60 (1.38%) Internet
2 44 (1.01%) HTTP
3 37 (0.85%) TCP/IP
4 17 (0.39%) Wireless
5 11 (0.25%) Broadband
6 8 (0.18%) SSL
7 6 (0.14%) MQTT
7 6 (0.14%) RS-232
8 5 (0.12%) Bluetooth
8 5 (0.12%) GSM
8 5 (0.12%) NFC
8 5 (0.12%) RFID
8 5 (0.12%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (0.092%) FTP
9 4 (0.092%) Intranet
10 3 (0.069%) DNS
10 3 (0.069%) Firewall
10 3 (0.069%) SMS
10 3 (0.069%) Wireshark
11 2 (0.046%) Modbus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,296 (29.82%) SQL Server
2 324 (7.46%) MySQL
3 262 (6.03%) Relational Database
4 138 (3.18%) MongoDB
5 136 (3.13%) NoSQL
6 100 (2.30%) Big Data
7 95 (2.19%) PostgreSQL
8 79 (1.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 62 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 59 (1.36%) RDBMS
10 59 (1.36%) SQL Server 2012
11 56 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
12 51 (1.17%) Hadoop
13 50 (1.15%) Azure SQL Database
14 39 (0.90%) Redis
15 35 (0.81%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 33 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
17 28 (0.64%) GIS
18 26 (0.60%) SQLite
19 23 (0.53%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 563 (12.95%) Git (software)
2 268 (6.17%) Visual Studio
3 240 (5.52%) Jenkins
4 227 (5.22%) Team Foundation Server
5 184 (4.23%) Selenium
6 163 (3.75%) JIRA
7 103 (2.37%) TeamCity
8 99 (2.28%) Subversion
9 84 (1.93%) NUnit
10 79 (1.82%) Cucumber
11 74 (1.70%) Octopus Deploy
12 63 (1.45%) SpecFlow
13 59 (1.36%) Eclipse
14 55 (1.27%) WebDriver
15 44 (1.01%) WiX
16 43 (0.99%) JUnit
16 43 (0.99%) Maven
17 36 (0.83%) Bitbucket
18 35 (0.81%) webpack
19 34 (0.78%) SoapUI
General
1 534 (12.29%) Finance
2 224 (5.15%) Retail
3 110 (2.53%) Manufacturing
4 108 (2.49%) Marketing
5 104 (2.39%) Games
6 100 (2.30%) Telecoms
7 87 (2.00%) Public Sector
8 83 (1.91%) Front Office
9 80 (1.84%) Electronics
10 60 (1.38%) Banking
11 52 (1.20%) Automotive
12 51 (1.17%) Law
13 33 (0.76%) Aerospace
14 29 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
15 24 (0.55%) Advertising
15 24 (0.55%) Investment Banking
15 24 (0.55%) Legal
16 16 (0.37%) Back Office
17 12 (0.28%) Local Government
18 8 (0.18%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,640 (60.75%) .NET
2 1,295 (29.80%) ASP.NET
3 1,255 (28.88%) HTML
4 1,157 (26.62%) AngularJS
5 1,132 (26.05%) CSS
6 658 (15.14%) .NET Core
6 658 (15.14%) .NET Framework
7 653 (15.03%) React
8 595 (13.69%) ASP.NET MVC
9 553 (12.72%) jQuery
10 504 (11.60%) Web Services
11 496 (11.41%) ASP.NET Web API
12 379 (8.72%) REST
13 351 (8.08%) Entity Framework
14 348 (8.01%) Node.js
15 323 (7.43%) HTML5
16 313 (7.20%) XML
17 255 (5.87%) WCF
18 251 (5.78%) RESTful
19 239 (5.50%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 392 (9.02%) Greenfield Project
2 237 (5.45%) Analytical Skills
3 219 (5.04%) User Experience
4 174 (4.00%) Mobile App
5 147 (3.38%) Self-Motivation
6 81 (1.86%) Enterprise Software
7 61 (1.40%) Hedge funds
8 46 (1.06%) Algorithms
9 43 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
10 41 (0.94%) Data Structures
11 32 (0.74%) Derivative
11 32 (0.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 31 (0.71%) Public Cloud
13 30 (0.69%) Equities
13 30 (0.69%) Virtual Team
14 29 (0.67%) Fixed Income
15 26 (0.60%) PlayStation
16 24 (0.55%) Client/Server
17 22 (0.51%) Robotics
18 19 (0.44%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 358 (8.24%) Linux
2 331 (7.62%) Windows
3 127 (2.92%) Android
4 124 (2.85%) Apple iOS
5 71 (1.63%) Unix
6 34 (0.78%) Windows Server
7 31 (0.71%) CentOS
8 20 (0.46%) Mac OS
9 16 (0.37%) tvOS
10 13 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 13 (0.30%) Ubuntu
11 11 (0.25%) Windows 7
12 9 (0.21%) Windows 10
13 8 (0.18%) Mac OS X
14 6 (0.14%) Debian
15 5 (0.12%) Windows XP
16 3 (0.069%) ThreadX
16 3 (0.069%) Windows Embedded Compact
17 2 (0.046%) Solaris
17 2 (0.046%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,940 (44.64%) Agile Software Development
2 1,179 (27.13%) MVC
3 900 (20.71%) Software Engineering
4 682 (15.69%) TDD
5 561 (12.91%) Scrum
6 552 (12.70%) DevOps
7 541 (12.45%) Computer Science
8 468 (10.77%) OO
9 450 (10.35%) Problem-Solving
10 430 (9.89%) Test Automation
11 390 (8.97%) Microservices
12 374 (8.61%) Unit Testing
13 357 (8.21%) SDLC
14 356 (8.19%) Web Development
15 324 (7.46%) Continuous Integration
16 281 (6.47%) BDD
17 274 (6.30%) OOP
18 257 (5.91%) Mentoring
19 184 (4.23%) SOLID
20 161 (3.70%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 2,974 (68.43%) C#
2 2,085 (47.98%) JavaScript
3 1,620 (37.28%) SQL
4 992 (22.83%) Java
5 644 (14.82%) Python
6 503 (11.57%) C++
7 342 (7.87%) PHP
8 283 (6.51%) TypeScript
9 252 (5.80%) T-SQL
10 248 (5.71%) VB.NET
11 243 (5.59%) C
12 125 (2.88%) Ruby
13 98 (2.25%) VB
14 91 (2.09%) Scala
15 72 (1.66%) Go
16 57 (1.31%) Java 8
17 52 (1.20%) VB6
18 46 (1.06%) VBA
19 42 (0.97%) PowerShell
20 39 (0.90%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 739 (17.00%) Degree
2 326 (7.50%) Computer Science Degree
3 160 (3.68%) Security Cleared
4 83 (1.91%) SC Cleared
5 68 (1.56%) DV Cleared
6 61 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
7 26 (0.60%) Master's Degree
8 24 (0.55%) Numerate Degree
9 14 (0.32%) MCAD
10 12 (0.28%) MCP
10 12 (0.28%) MCPD
10 12 (0.28%) MCTS
11 10 (0.23%) Six Sigma Black Belt
12 9 (0.21%) HND
13 8 (0.18%) CIW
13 8 (0.18%) Postgraduate
14 7 (0.16%) CISMP
14 7 (0.16%) CISSP
14 7 (0.16%) OCA
14 7 (0.16%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 175 (4.03%) QA
2 47 (1.08%) GDPR
3 27 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 17 (0.39%) DICOM
5 4 (0.092%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.069%) GxP
6 3 (0.069%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.046%) HL7
7 2 (0.046%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 2 (0.046%) PA-DSS
7 2 (0.046%) SLA
8 1 (0.023%) PMO
8 1 (0.023%) WCAG
System Software
1 389 (8.95%) Docker
2 30 (0.69%) Firmware
3 23 (0.53%) Active Directory
4 11 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.092%) KVM
7 3 (0.069%) LXC
8 1 (0.023%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 219 (5.04%) Kubernetes
2 60 (1.38%) Puppet
3 37 (0.85%) Ansible
4 28 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
5 25 (0.58%) Terraform
6 18 (0.41%) Rancher
7 7 (0.16%) Kibana
8 6 (0.14%) Single Sign-On
9 5 (0.12%) MIIS
10 4 (0.092%) HP Quality Center
10 4 (0.092%) Packer
11 3 (0.069%) Istio
11 3 (0.069%) Marathon
11 3 (0.069%) Mesos
12 2 (0.046%) Docker Swarm
12 2 (0.046%) Grafana
12 2 (0.046%) Salt
13 1 (0.023%) Consul
13 1 (0.023%) Graphite
13 1 (0.023%) logstash
Vendors
1 838 (19.28%) Microsoft
2 200 (4.60%) Oracle
3 97 (2.23%) Google
4 90 (2.07%) Xamarin
5 68 (1.56%) SAP
6 40 (0.92%) Zend
7 39 (0.90%) IBM
8 37 (0.85%) Salesforce.com
9 32 (0.74%) Atlassian
10 30 (0.69%) Red Hat
11 26 (0.60%) Adobe
12 17 (0.39%) Apple
13 16 (0.37%) MuleSoft
14 13 (0.30%) Advent
14 13 (0.30%) Sage
14 13 (0.30%) Sitecore
15 12 (0.28%) Axosoft
15 12 (0.28%) DevExpress
15 12 (0.28%) Telerik
16 11 (0.25%) TIBCO