Period
to 19 January 2021

The median annual salary for a Software Developer was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 January 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
19 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 86 85 87
Rank change year-on-year -1 +2 +6
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Developer 2,241 4,350 5,329
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 3.54% 3.49% 3.54%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.72% 3.66% 3.69%
Number of salaries quoted 2,260 3,802 4,835
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £71,250 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 60,206 118,984 144,560
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.14% 95.59% 95.95%
Number of salaries quoted 48,901 96,291 117,046
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 19 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Software Developer in the UK

Software Developer
Top 17 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 19 January 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 -12 1,866 £50,000 +11.11% 519
UK excluding London -2 1,721 £45,000 +5.88% 466
South East -4 516 £50,000 +11.11% 96
Work from Home 0 452 £50,000 +11.11% 117
London +13 405 £67,500 +12.50% 123
North of England +12 395 £45,000 +2.27% 126
North West +28 239 £45,000 - 69
South West -11 224 £45,000 +12.50% 53
Midlands -16 185 £42,500 +6.25% 74
Scotland +6 165 £45,000 - 43
East of England +26 131 £45,000 +5.88% 45
West Midlands +13 127 £42,500 +3.66% 44
Yorkshire -49 102 £45,000 +12.50% 44
Northern Ireland +14 65 £42,500 +13.33% 18
East Midlands -19 57 £40,000 - 29
North East +36 54 £42,000 +12.00% 13
Wales -3 43 £45,000 +6.69% 12

Software Developer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 January 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 1,468 (65.51%) C#
2 1,352 (60.33%) .NET
3 1,058 (47.21%) JavaScript
4 922 (41.14%) Agile Software Development
5 777 (34.67%) SQL
6 649 (28.96%) .NET Core
7 644 (28.74%) Azure
8 640 (28.56%) HTML
9 588 (26.24%) CSS
10 578 (25.79%) SQL Server
11 516 (23.03%) MVC
12 498 (22.22%) ASP.NET
13 472 (21.06%) AngularJS
14 445 (19.86%) Java
15 432 (19.28%) Software Engineering
16 416 (18.56%) DevOps
17 406 (18.12%) TDD
18 395 (17.63%) Microsoft
19 386 (17.22%) .NET Framework
20 385 (17.18%) React
21 345 (15.39%) Degree
22 332 (14.81%) Python
23 325 (14.50%) Microservices
24 310 (13.83%) Scrum
25 295 (13.16%) Git (software)
26 269 (12.00%) AWS
27 264 (11.78%) Finance
28 262 (11.69%) Computer Science
29 248 (11.07%) Docker
30 247 (11.02%) Test Automation

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 47 (2.10%) CMS
2 37 (1.65%) Elasticsearch
3 31 (1.38%) IIS
4 26 (1.16%) JBoss
5 24 (1.07%) Apache
6 20 (0.89%) Confluence
6 20 (0.89%) Umbraco
7 15 (0.67%) SharePoint
8 14 (0.62%) EPiServer
8 14 (0.62%) IBM Domino
9 11 (0.49%) WebSphere
10 10 (0.45%) Kentico
10 10 (0.45%) MS Exchange
10 10 (0.45%) NServiceBus
11 9 (0.40%) nginx
12 7 (0.31%) Tomcat
13 6 (0.27%) BizTalk Server
14 5 (0.22%) WordPress
15 4 (0.18%) IBM Notes
15 4 (0.18%) Mule
Applications
1 8 (0.36%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.27%) Chatbot
2 6 (0.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.13%) Photoshop
4 2 (0.089%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.045%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.045%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.045%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.045%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 21 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.18%) Magento
4 2 (0.089%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.089%) R3 Corda
4 2 (0.089%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.045%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.045%) Elite 3E
5 1 (0.045%) MoSes
5 1 (0.045%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.045%) ProductWriter
5 1 (0.045%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.045%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.045%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 644 (28.74%) Azure
2 269 (12.00%) AWS
3 118 (5.27%) SaaS
4 56 (2.50%) GCP
5 48 (2.14%) GitHub
6 34 (1.52%) Serverless
7 19 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
7 19 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
8 17 (0.76%) npm
9 16 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
9 16 (0.71%) Office 365
10 14 (0.62%) Amazon SQS
11 12 (0.54%) Amazon EC2
11 12 (0.54%) Azure Functions
12 10 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
12 10 (0.45%) Veeva
13 8 (0.36%) Power Platform
14 7 (0.31%) Amazon ElastiCache
14 7 (0.31%) NuGet
14 7 (0.31%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (0.98%) HTTP
1 22 (0.98%) Internet
2 8 (0.36%) TCP/IP
3 6 (0.27%) H.323
3 6 (0.27%) Network Security
4 5 (0.22%) SMTP
4 5 (0.22%) Wireshark
5 4 (0.18%) SNMP
6 3 (0.13%) DNS
6 3 (0.13%) Intranet
7 2 (0.089%) 2G
7 2 (0.089%) 3G
7 2 (0.089%) 4G
8 1 (0.045%) 5G
8 1 (0.045%) AMQP
8 1 (0.045%) CTI
8 1 (0.045%) FTP
8 1 (0.045%) Modbus
8 1 (0.045%) SSH
8 1 (0.045%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 578 (25.79%) SQL Server
2 163 (7.27%) MySQL
3 125 (5.58%) MongoDB
4 122 (5.44%) NoSQL
5 77 (3.44%) Relational Database
6 61 (2.72%) PostgreSQL
7 49 (2.19%) Azure SQL Database
8 41 (1.83%) Big Data
9 27 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 26 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 23 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
12 22 (0.98%) Redis
12 22 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
13 21 (0.94%) RDBMS
14 19 (0.85%) SQL Server 2014
15 18 (0.80%) SQLPlus
16 17 (0.76%) GIS
17 12 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
18 9 (0.40%) Amazon RDS
19 8 (0.36%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 295 (13.16%) Git (software)
2 172 (7.68%) Selenium
3 104 (4.64%) Visual Studio
4 98 (4.37%) Jenkins
5 81 (3.61%) Team Foundation Server
6 71 (3.17%) JIRA
7 64 (2.86%) Cucumber
8 62 (2.77%) WebDriver
9 50 (2.23%) NUnit
9 50 (2.23%) Visual Studio Team System
10 36 (1.61%) SpecFlow
11 34 (1.52%) Eclipse
12 30 (1.34%) JUnit
13 26 (1.16%) TeamCity
14 23 (1.03%) Maven
15 22 (0.98%) Bitbucket
15 22 (0.98%) webpack
16 20 (0.89%) Octopus Deploy
17 17 (0.76%) gulp
18 15 (0.67%) Jasmine
General
1 264 (11.78%) Finance
2 67 (2.99%) Public Sector
3 51 (2.28%) Games
4 45 (2.01%) Manufacturing
5 43 (1.92%) Back Office
6 42 (1.87%) Marketing
6 42 (1.87%) Telecoms
7 34 (1.52%) Electronics
7 34 (1.52%) Retail
8 19 (0.85%) Law
9 17 (0.76%) Advertising
9 17 (0.76%) Automotive
10 13 (0.58%) Front Office
11 11 (0.49%) German Language
12 9 (0.40%) Banking
13 8 (0.36%) Local Government
14 7 (0.31%) Aerospace
14 7 (0.31%) Publishing
15 6 (0.27%) Legal
16 5 (0.22%) Online Betting
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,352 (60.33%) .NET
2 649 (28.96%) .NET Core
3 640 (28.56%) HTML
4 588 (26.24%) CSS
5 498 (22.22%) ASP.NET
6 472 (21.06%) AngularJS
7 386 (17.22%) .NET Framework
8 385 (17.18%) React
9 236 (10.53%) Entity Framework
10 234 (10.44%) Vue.js
11 221 (9.86%) jQuery
12 216 (9.64%) ASP.NET MVC
12 216 (9.64%) ASP.NET Web API
13 200 (8.92%) Web Services
14 198 (8.84%) REST
15 185 (8.26%) Node.js
16 152 (6.78%) RESTful
17 148 (6.60%) HTML5
18 105 (4.69%) JSON
19 100 (4.46%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 157 (7.01%) Greenfield Project
2 130 (5.80%) Analytical Skills
3 116 (5.18%) User Experience
4 73 (3.26%) Self-Motivation
5 65 (2.90%) Mobile App
6 56 (2.50%) Algorithms
7 50 (2.23%) Enterprise Software
8 35 (1.56%) Data Structures
9 34 (1.52%) LIMS
10 26 (1.16%) Cyberthreat
11 20 (0.89%) N-Tier
12 18 (0.80%) Virtual Team
13 14 (0.62%) Life Science
14 13 (0.58%) Management Information System
15 11 (0.49%) Hedge funds
15 11 (0.49%) Linux Command Line
16 10 (0.45%) Client/Server
16 10 (0.45%) Embedded Systems
17 9 (0.40%) Over-the-Top Content
17 9 (0.40%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 170 (7.59%) Linux
2 117 (5.22%) Windows
3 50 (2.23%) Android
4 34 (1.52%) Apple iOS
5 21 (0.94%) Unix
6 15 (0.67%) Windows Server
7 10 (0.45%) Ubuntu
8 6 (0.27%) Embedded Linux
9 3 (0.13%) Debian
10 2 (0.089%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.089%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.045%) Android TV
11 1 (0.045%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.045%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 922 (41.14%) Agile Software Development
2 516 (23.03%) MVC
3 432 (19.28%) Software Engineering
4 416 (18.56%) DevOps
5 406 (18.12%) TDD
6 325 (14.50%) Microservices
7 310 (13.83%) Scrum
8 262 (11.69%) Computer Science
9 247 (11.02%) Test Automation
10 227 (10.13%) Mentoring
10 227 (10.13%) OO
11 221 (9.86%) Problem-Solving
12 166 (7.41%) Fintech
13 158 (7.05%) Continuous Integration
14 154 (6.87%) SDLC
15 148 (6.60%) OOP
16 144 (6.43%) BDD
17 140 (6.25%) Mathematics
17 140 (6.25%) Web Development
18 131 (5.85%) SOLID
Programming Languages
1 1,468 (65.51%) C#
2 1,058 (47.21%) JavaScript
3 777 (34.67%) SQL
4 445 (19.86%) Java
5 332 (14.81%) Python
6 242 (10.80%) C++
7 229 (10.22%) TypeScript
8 138 (6.16%) PHP
9 106 (4.73%) VB.NET
10 102 (4.55%) T-SQL
11 73 (3.26%) Go
11 73 (3.26%) VB
12 55 (2.45%) Ruby
13 46 (2.05%) C
14 44 (1.96%) Kotlin
15 26 (1.16%) PowerShell
16 25 (1.12%) ES6
16 25 (1.12%) PL/SQL
17 23 (1.03%) Perl
18 20 (0.89%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 345 (15.39%) Degree
2 162 (7.23%) Computer Science Degree
3 91 (4.06%) Security Cleared
4 53 (2.37%) SC Cleared
5 27 (1.20%) DV Cleared
6 22 (0.98%) Microsoft Certification
6 22 (0.98%) Numerate Degree
7 19 (0.85%) ISTQB
8 9 (0.40%) PhD
9 8 (0.36%) CTC Cleared
10 7 (0.31%) ISEB
11 6 (0.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 2 (0.089%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.089%) HND
12 2 (0.089%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.089%) Master's Degree
12 2 (0.089%) MCSD
13 1 (0.045%) AWS Certification
13 1 (0.045%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 152 (6.78%) QA
2 8 (0.36%) GDPR
3 6 (0.27%) ISO 13485
3 6 (0.27%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.22%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 4 (0.18%) SLA
5 4 (0.18%) WCAG
6 3 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.13%) PSD2
7 1 (0.045%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 248 (11.07%) Docker
2 12 (0.54%) Active Directory
2 12 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.27%) Hyper-V
3 6 (0.27%) KVM
4 2 (0.089%) Ceph
4 2 (0.089%) Firmware
4 2 (0.089%) Xen
Systems Management
1 180 (8.03%) Kubernetes
2 28 (1.25%) Ansible
3 26 (1.16%) Terraform
4 12 (0.54%) Puppet
5 5 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.18%) Docker Swarm
6 4 (0.18%) Grafana
6 4 (0.18%) Prometheus
7 3 (0.13%) HAProxy
7 3 (0.13%) Rancher
7 3 (0.13%) Zipkin
8 2 (0.089%) Kibana
8 2 (0.089%) MIIS
8 2 (0.089%) Proxmox
8 2 (0.089%) Sysdig
9 1 (0.045%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.045%) logstash
9 1 (0.045%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 395 (17.63%) Microsoft
2 86 (3.84%) Oracle
3 61 (2.72%) Xamarin
4 43 (1.92%) Google
5 35 (1.56%) SAP
6 34 (1.52%) IBM
7 29 (1.29%) Zend
8 19 (0.85%) Ceridian
9 16 (0.71%) DevExpress
9 16 (0.71%) Salesforce.com
10 14 (0.62%) VMware
11 10 (0.45%) Siebel
12 8 (0.36%) Apple
13 6 (0.27%) CODA
13 6 (0.27%) Embarcadero
14 5 (0.22%) ANSYS
14 5 (0.22%) Atlassian
14 5 (0.22%) Telerik
15 4 (0.18%) Lotus
15 4 (0.18%) Sitecore