Period
to 21 April 2018

The median annual salary for a Software Engineer was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 April 2018.

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

Software Engineer
UK
6 months to
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 75 101 129
Rank change year-on-year +26 +28 +3
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Engineer 6,786 5,118 5,284
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.82% 2.99% 2.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.96% 3.09% 2.67%
Number of salaries quoted 5,344 4,320 4,653
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £31,000 £30,000 £28,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £70,000 £71,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +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 171,248 165,387 197,547
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.47% 96.55% 96.62%
Number of salaries quoted 140,052 137,335 165,754
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,250 £26,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.53% - +6.25%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Software Engineer over the 6 months to 21 April 2018.

Salary histogram for Software Engineer in the UK

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 Software Engineer within the UK over the 6 months to 21 April 2018. 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 +24 6,284 £50,000 +11.11% 1,117
UK excluding London +15 4,857 £45,000 +4.65% 992
London +50 1,845 £62,500 +6.38% 244
South East +32 1,498 £47,500 - 230
East of England +18 1,082 £50,000 +11.11% 183
North of England -10 852 £45,000 +2.86% 176
South West +5 656 £45,000 +12.50% 164
North West +33 515 £45,000 - 83
Midlands -2 363 £43,750 +9.38% 121
Scotland +14 327 £40,000 - 68
Yorkshire -36 292 £45,000 +5.88% 71
West Midlands +3 210 £43,750 +9.38% 80
East Midlands +3 154 £42,500 +6.25% 41
Wales -11 61 £44,000 -2.80% 29
North East -20 45 £42,500 +6.25% 22
Northern Ireland +16 26 £33,500 -4.29% 22
Isle of Man - 3 £40,500 -

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 2018, 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 Software Engineer in the job title.

1 6,555 (96.60%) Software Engineering
2 3,111 (45.84%) Agile Software Development
3 2,842 (41.88%) Java
4 2,501 (36.86%) C++
5 2,344 (34.54%) C#
6 1,830 (26.97%) JavaScript
7 1,627 (23.98%) Degree
8 1,616 (23.81%) Python
9 1,576 (23.22%) Linux
10 1,517 (22.35%) SQL
11 1,512 (22.28%) C
12 1,439 (21.21%) .NET
13 1,384 (20.39%) Computer Science
14 1,309 (19.29%) TDD
15 1,283 (18.91%) OO
16 1,115 (16.43%) Scrum
17 1,000 (14.74%) AngularJS
18 991 (14.60%) HTML
19 953 (14.04%) Windows
20 899 (13.25%) Amazon AWS
21 886 (13.06%) Finance
22 855 (12.60%) Continuous Integration
23 837 (12.33%) Microservices
24 824 (12.14%) CSS
25 804 (11.85%) Git (software)
26 776 (11.44%) Test Automation
27 744 (10.96%) Web Services
28 737 (10.86%) Spring
29 720 (10.61%) Problem-Solving
30 699 (10.30%) React

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
1 243 (3.58%) Elasticsearch
2 159 (2.34%) Apache Spark
3 130 (1.92%) Tomcat
4 121 (1.78%) Apache
5 113 (1.67%) Confluence
6 92 (1.36%) CMS
7 79 (1.16%) Apache Solr
8 66 (0.97%) JBoss
9 47 (0.69%) WebSphere
10 37 (0.55%) OpenStack
11 35 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 29 (0.43%) Apache Pig
13 24 (0.35%) WebLogic
14 22 (0.32%) IIS
14 22 (0.32%) SharePoint
15 18 (0.27%) Jetty
16 17 (0.25%) Mule
17 16 (0.24%) Ethereum
17 16 (0.24%) NServiceBus
17 16 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 27 (0.40%) Simulink
2 12 (0.18%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (0.18%) SOLIDWORKS
3 9 (0.13%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.088%) Photoshop
5 5 (0.074%) Abaqus
5 5 (0.074%) NASTRAN
6 3 (0.044%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.029%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.029%) Doxygen
7 2 (0.029%) Maya
7 2 (0.029%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.029%) PTC Creo
7 2 (0.029%) Revit
7 2 (0.029%) Stateflow
8 1 (0.015%) HipChat
8 1 (0.015%) Mathcad
8 1 (0.015%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 1 (0.015%) MS Visio
8 1 (0.015%) TargetLink
Business Applications
1 15 (0.22%) Distributed Ledger
2 10 (0.15%) Ripple
3 8 (0.12%) LabWindows
4 4 (0.059%) Oracle BPM
5 3 (0.044%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.029%) BASE24
6 2 (0.029%) JDE EnterpriseOne
6 2 (0.029%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.029%) Ripple XRP
6 2 (0.029%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.015%) AquaLogic BPM
7 1 (0.015%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (0.015%) Endur
7 1 (0.015%) Kondor
7 1 (0.015%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.015%) PeopleSoft Financials
7 1 (0.015%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 899 (13.25%) Amazon AWS
2 514 (7.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 151 (2.23%) GitHub
4 116 (1.71%) SaaS
5 96 (1.41%) Google Cloud Platform
6 85 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
7 84 (1.24%) Amazon EC2
8 79 (1.16%) Amazon S3
9 53 (0.78%) Serverless
10 46 (0.68%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 38 (0.56%) Runscope
12 37 (0.55%) Amazon Kinesis
13 35 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
14 32 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
15 31 (0.46%) PaaS
16 30 (0.44%) npm
17 28 (0.41%) OpenShift
18 20 (0.29%) IaaS
18 20 (0.29%) Slack
19 18 (0.27%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 160 (2.36%) TCP/IP
2 151 (2.23%) Internet
3 119 (1.75%) HTTP
4 114 (1.68%) Wireless
5 58 (0.85%) Bluetooth
6 53 (0.78%) Ethernet
7 50 (0.74%) Network Security
8 48 (0.71%) GSM
9 43 (0.63%) LTE
9 43 (0.63%) UMTS
9 43 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
10 38 (0.56%) RTP
10 38 (0.56%) Wireshark
11 33 (0.49%) Asterisk PBX
11 33 (0.49%) Diameter Protocol
11 33 (0.49%) GGSN
11 33 (0.49%) MGW
11 33 (0.49%) PBX
11 33 (0.49%) RANAP
11 33 (0.49%) SGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 689 (10.15%) SQL Server
2 465 (6.85%) NoSQL
3 374 (5.51%) MongoDB
4 365 (5.38%) MySQL
5 345 (5.08%) Big Data
6 288 (4.24%) Relational Database
7 237 (3.49%) PostgreSQL
8 206 (3.04%) Apache Cassandra
9 204 (3.01%) Hadoop
10 108 (1.59%) Redis
11 77 (1.13%) RDBMS
12 74 (1.09%) Apache Hive
13 72 (1.06%) Blockchain
14 44 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
15 43 (0.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
15 43 (0.63%) Oracle Database
16 40 (0.59%) GIS
17 37 (0.55%) Data Mining
18 36 (0.53%) Amazon Redshift
19 35 (0.52%) Event Store
Development Applications
1 804 (11.85%) Git (software)
2 542 (7.99%) Jenkins
3 412 (6.07%) Visual Studio
4 342 (5.04%) JIRA
5 333 (4.91%) Subversion
6 301 (4.44%) Maven
7 255 (3.76%) Selenium
8 207 (3.05%) JUnit
9 159 (2.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 130 (1.92%) NUnit
11 120 (1.77%) Team Foundation Server
12 119 (1.75%) Gradle
13 118 (1.74%) Cucumber
14 113 (1.67%) Octopus Deploy
15 110 (1.62%) TeamCity
16 86 (1.27%) Mercurial
17 83 (1.22%) Eclipse
18 81 (1.19%) Bitbucket
19 71 (1.05%) WebDriver
20 66 (0.97%) Hudson
General
1 886 (13.06%) Finance
2 352 (5.19%) Electronics
3 227 (3.35%) Retail
4 224 (3.30%) Banking
5 197 (2.90%) Telecoms
6 189 (2.79%) Games
7 136 (2.00%) Marketing
8 116 (1.71%) Manufacturing
9 104 (1.53%) Automotive
10 98 (1.44%) Aerospace
11 89 (1.31%) Front Office
12 75 (1.11%) Advertising
13 70 (1.03%) Investment Banking
14 53 (0.78%) Financial Institution
15 50 (0.74%) Military
16 39 (0.57%) Back Office
17 34 (0.50%) Multimedia
18 32 (0.47%) Legal
19 28 (0.41%) Law
20 22 (0.32%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,439 (21.21%) .NET
2 1,000 (14.74%) AngularJS
3 991 (14.60%) HTML
4 824 (12.14%) CSS
5 744 (10.96%) Web Services
6 737 (10.86%) Spring
7 699 (10.30%) React
8 692 (10.20%) RESTful
9 594 (8.75%) ASP.NET
10 520 (7.66%) Node.js
11 421 (6.20%) REST
12 391 (5.76%) XML
13 376 (5.54%) HTML5
14 371 (5.47%) jQuery
15 361 (5.32%) .NET Framework
16 332 (4.89%) J2EE
17 306 (4.51%) WPF
18 289 (4.26%) WCF
19 252 (3.71%) ASP.NET MVC
20 240 (3.54%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 1,384 (20.39%) Computer Science
2 512 (7.54%) Algorithms
3 496 (7.31%) Greenfield Project
4 357 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
5 302 (4.45%) User Experience
6 236 (3.48%) Fintech
7 212 (3.12%) Self-Motivation
8 185 (2.73%) Embedded Systems
9 173 (2.55%) Mobile App
10 153 (2.25%) Data Structures
11 115 (1.69%) Robotics
12 103 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
13 91 (1.34%) Device Driver
14 66 (0.97%) CUDA
15 51 (0.75%) Client/Server
16 50 (0.74%) Linux Command Line
17 46 (0.68%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
18 45 (0.66%) Life Science
19 42 (0.62%) Management Information System
20 41 (0.60%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1,576 (23.22%) Linux
2 953 (14.04%) Windows
3 289 (4.26%) Unix
4 273 (4.02%) Android
5 214 (3.15%) Apple iOS
6 147 (2.17%) Embedded Linux
7 39 (0.57%) FreeRTOS
7 39 (0.57%) Mac OS X
8 25 (0.37%) Windows Server
9 23 (0.34%) Mac OS
9 23 (0.34%) Windows Embedded Compact
10 22 (0.32%) CentOS
10 22 (0.32%) Debian
11 19 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 18 (0.27%) SafeRTOS
12 18 (0.27%) Ubuntu
12 18 (0.27%) Windows 10
13 15 (0.22%) Robot Operating System
13 15 (0.22%) Solaris
14 14 (0.21%) ThreadX
Processes & Methodologies
1 6,555 (96.60%) Software Engineering
2 3,111 (45.84%) Agile Software Development
3 1,309 (19.29%) TDD
4 1,283 (18.91%) OO
5 1,115 (16.43%) Scrum
6 855 (12.60%) Continuous Integration
7 837 (12.33%) Microservices
8 776 (11.44%) Test Automation
9 720 (10.61%) Problem-Solving
10 680 (10.02%) DevOps
11 634 (9.34%) MVC
12 632 (9.31%) Mathematics
13 629 (9.27%) SDLC
14 546 (8.05%) Multithreading
15 544 (8.02%) Mentoring
16 512 (7.54%) Open Source
17 507 (7.47%) BDD
18 484 (7.13%) Machine Learning
19 470 (6.93%) Unit Testing
20 462 (6.81%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 2,842 (41.88%) Java
2 2,501 (36.86%) C++
3 2,344 (34.54%) C#
4 1,830 (26.97%) JavaScript
5 1,616 (23.81%) Python
6 1,517 (22.35%) SQL
7 1,512 (22.28%) C
8 402 (5.92%) PHP
9 345 (5.08%) Embedded C
10 337 (4.97%) Java 8
11 336 (4.95%) Scala
12 302 (4.45%) Ruby
13 266 (3.92%) Embedded C++
14 183 (2.70%) T-SQL
15 162 (2.39%) Go
16 138 (2.03%) MATLAB
17 133 (1.96%) Perl
18 109 (1.61%) Bash Shell
19 104 (1.53%) PL/SQL
20 97 (1.43%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 1,627 (23.98%) Degree
2 590 (8.69%) Computer Science Degree
3 356 (5.25%) Security Cleared
4 242 (3.57%) PhD
5 140 (2.06%) DV Cleared
6 132 (1.95%) SC Cleared
7 89 (1.31%) Numerate Degree
8 58 (0.85%) Master's Degree
9 38 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
10 36 (0.53%) Sun Certification
11 20 (0.29%) MCSD
12 17 (0.25%) HND
13 14 (0.21%) MCAD
13 14 (0.21%) MCP
14 10 (0.15%) MCSE
15 9 (0.13%) CCNA
15 9 (0.13%) Cisco Certification
15 9 (0.13%) CISSP
15 9 (0.13%) CompTIA Security+
15 9 (0.13%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 274 (4.04%) QA
2 49 (0.72%) ISO 9001
3 43 (0.63%) MISRA
4 16 (0.24%) IEC 61508
4 16 (0.24%) ISO 13485
5 15 (0.22%) ISO 26262
5 15 (0.22%) MISRA C
6 13 (0.19%) ECSS
7 11 (0.16%) MiFID
8 10 (0.15%) IEC 62304
9 8 (0.12%) DO-178B
9 8 (0.12%) ISO 15765
10 6 (0.088%) Disclosure Scotland
10 6 (0.088%) GCP
10 6 (0.088%) PMO
11 5 (0.074%) IEC 61131
11 5 (0.074%) PCI DSS
12 3 (0.044%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 3 (0.044%) JTAG
12 3 (0.044%) PSD2
System Software
1 600 (8.84%) Docker
2 185 (2.73%) Firmware
3 37 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (0.41%) HDFS
5 16 (0.24%) Hyper-V
6 15 (0.22%) Apache Flume
7 14 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
8 13 (0.19%) vSphere
9 12 (0.18%) Active Directory
10 7 (0.10%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 2 (0.029%) Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
11 2 (0.029%) iptables
11 2 (0.029%) LXC
11 2 (0.029%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.015%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.015%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.015%) NFS
12 1 (0.015%) VMware Workstation
12 1 (0.015%) XenApp
12 1 (0.015%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 194 (2.86%) Kubernetes
2 143 (2.11%) Terraform
3 110 (1.62%) Ansible
4 90 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
5 67 (0.99%) Puppet
6 19 (0.28%) Marathon
7 17 (0.25%) Kibana
7 17 (0.25%) Prometheus
8 12 (0.18%) Mesos
9 11 (0.16%) Grafana
9 11 (0.16%) logstash
9 11 (0.16%) Salt
10 8 (0.12%) Oozie
11 7 (0.10%) Graphite
12 6 (0.088%) BMC PATROL
12 6 (0.088%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 5 (0.074%) Consul
13 5 (0.074%) HAProxy
13 5 (0.074%) Rancher
13 5 (0.074%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 542 (7.99%) Microsoft
2 385 (5.67%) Oracle
3 219 (3.23%) Google
4 74 (1.09%) Xamarin
5 64 (0.94%) Atlassian
6 57 (0.84%) VMware
7 50 (0.74%) Splunk
8 47 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
8 47 (0.69%) WorldPay
9 46 (0.68%) SAP
10 42 (0.62%) Sybase
11 37 (0.55%) HP
11 37 (0.55%) Sophos
12 34 (0.50%) Cisco
13 32 (0.47%) Dell
14 27 (0.40%) Apple
14 27 (0.40%) Atmel
14 27 (0.40%) Cloudera
14 27 (0.40%) Red Hat
15 23 (0.34%) MuleSoft