Period
to 1 October 2020

The median annual salary for a Software Engineer was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 1 October 2020.

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
1 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 47 60 78
Rank change year-on-year +13 +18 +8
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Engineer 2,506 6,278 6,369
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 5.22% 4.48% 3.85%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.50% 4.68% 4.01%
Number of salaries quoted 2,432 4,806 5,326
Median annual salary £55,000 £51,147 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.53% +2.29% +5.26%
10th Percentile £36,750 £32,500 £32,500
90th Percentile £115,000 £87,500 £79,375
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +3.95%

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 45,536 134,268 158,912
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 95.73% 95.99%
Number of salaries quoted 37,341 106,950 128,076
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

Software Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Software Engineer over the 6 months to 1 October 2020.

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 1 October 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 +15 2,299 £57,500 +7.48% 740
UK excluding London -1 1,541 £50,000 +5.26% 557
London +38 927 £80,000 +14.29% 256
North of England +24 491 £50,000 - 112
South East -5 411 £52,500 +5.00% 135
Work from Home +8 290 £55,000 -4.35% 152
Yorkshire +83 261 £52,500 +5.00% 45
South West -9 206 £47,500 +5.56% 76
North West -10 174 £52,500 +10.53% 60
Midlands +25 149 £47,500 +5.56% 74
Scotland +5 146 £50,000 +14.96% 44
East of England +7 111 £55,000 +10.00% 86
West Midlands +1 82 £50,000 - 50
East Midlands +41 67 £47,500 +10.47% 24
North East +9 56 £42,500 -2.30% 7
Northern Ireland +3 20 £50,000 -28.57% 15
Wales -19 13 £47,500 +12.43% 15

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2020, 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 2,446 (97.61%) Software Engineering
2 1,061 (42.34%) Agile Software Development
3 996 (39.74%) JavaScript
4 968 (38.63%) Java
5 929 (37.07%) Python
6 840 (33.52%) C#
7 690 (27.53%) AWS
8 666 (26.58%) .NET
9 651 (25.98%) SQL
10 568 (22.67%) Finance
11 558 (22.27%) C++
12 541 (21.59%) AngularJS
13 522 (20.83%) React
14 473 (18.87%) Microservices
15 470 (18.75%) Degree
16 425 (16.96%) Docker
17 423 (16.88%) Web Services
18 406 (16.20%) Azure
19 402 (16.04%) DevOps
20 400 (15.96%) TDD
21 369 (14.72%) Linux
22 365 (14.57%) Computer Science
23 361 (14.41%) Node.js
24 343 (13.69%) HTML
25 339 (13.53%) Git (software)
26 335 (13.37%) CSS
27 329 (13.13%) C
28 318 (12.69%) OO
29 303 (12.09%) Asset Management
30 295 (11.77%) Test Automation

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 86 (3.43%) Elasticsearch
2 52 (2.08%) Confluence
3 41 (1.64%) Apache
4 21 (0.84%) Apache Spark
4 21 (0.84%) nginx
5 14 (0.56%) CMS
6 8 (0.32%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.16%) SAS
8 3 (0.12%) GeoServer
8 3 (0.12%) IIS
8 3 (0.12%) Tornado
8 3 (0.12%) WordPress
9 2 (0.080%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.080%) CICS
9 2 (0.080%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.080%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.080%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.040%) Drupal
10 1 (0.040%) SharePoint
10 1 (0.040%) WinCC
Applications
1 13 (0.52%) Simulink
2 5 (0.20%) TargetLink
3 3 (0.12%) SOLIDWORKS
4 2 (0.080%) Windchill
5 1 (0.040%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.040%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.040%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.040%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.040%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 28 (1.12%) Distributed Ledger
2 26 (1.04%) R3 Corda
3 11 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (0.24%) NetSuite
5 3 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.040%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.040%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 690 (27.53%) AWS
2 406 (16.20%) Azure
3 175 (6.98%) Serverless
4 147 (5.87%) GCP
5 132 (5.27%) AWS Lambda
6 100 (3.99%) Amazon EC2
6 100 (3.99%) Amazon S3
7 54 (2.15%) SaaS
8 51 (2.04%) Cloud Computing
9 31 (1.24%) Amazon ECS
10 30 (1.20%) npm
10 30 (1.20%) OpenShift
11 29 (1.16%) GitHub
12 21 (0.84%) AWS CloudFormation
13 15 (0.60%) Apigee
14 14 (0.56%) Dynamics 365
15 13 (0.52%) Amazon SQS
15 13 (0.52%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
15 13 (0.52%) PaaS
16 11 (0.44%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 45 (1.80%) TCP/IP
2 26 (1.04%) Ethernet
3 24 (0.96%) Skype
4 22 (0.88%) HTTP
5 21 (0.84%) RS-232
6 20 (0.80%) RS-485
6 20 (0.80%) Wireless
7 19 (0.76%) Wi-Fi
8 18 (0.72%) Internet
9 16 (0.64%) Network Security
10 11 (0.44%) H.323
10 11 (0.44%) MQTT
11 10 (0.40%) Bluetooth
11 10 (0.40%) Modbus
12 9 (0.36%) 4G
12 9 (0.36%) Unified Communications
13 8 (0.32%) SNMP
13 8 (0.32%) SSL
14 7 (0.28%) 5G
15 6 (0.24%) FlexRay
Database & Business Intelligence
1 221 (8.82%) NoSQL
2 207 (8.26%) SQL Server
3 127 (5.07%) MySQL
4 125 (4.99%) PostgreSQL
5 119 (4.75%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 99 (3.95%) MongoDB
7 96 (3.83%) Big Data
8 71 (2.83%) Relational Database
9 65 (2.59%) Redis
10 39 (1.56%) Hadoop
11 36 (1.44%) Blockchain
12 18 (0.72%) Amazon Redshift
13 16 (0.64%) Apache Cassandra
14 14 (0.56%) Data Mining
14 14 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 12 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 11 (0.44%) Apache Ignite
16 11 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
17 9 (0.36%) SQL Server 2017
17 9 (0.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 339 (13.53%) Git (software)
2 189 (7.54%) Jenkins
3 129 (5.15%) JIRA
4 95 (3.79%) Subversion
5 79 (3.15%) Visual Studio
6 75 (2.99%) JUnit
7 62 (2.47%) Maven
8 56 (2.23%) Mercurial
9 49 (1.96%) Selenium
10 37 (1.48%) GitLab
11 35 (1.40%) Cucumber
12 32 (1.28%) Mocha
12 32 (1.28%) WebDriver
13 29 (1.16%) NUnit
13 29 (1.16%) webpack
14 27 (1.08%) SoapUI
15 26 (1.04%) Eclipse
16 23 (0.92%) Artifactory
17 22 (0.88%) Team Foundation Server
18 19 (0.76%) CMake
General
1 568 (22.67%) Finance
2 270 (10.77%) Front Office
3 124 (4.95%) Banking
4 92 (3.67%) Electronics
5 72 (2.87%) Investment Banking
5 72 (2.87%) Manufacturing
6 54 (2.15%) Telecoms
7 52 (2.08%) Law
8 50 (2.00%) Automotive
9 43 (1.72%) Aerospace
10 42 (1.68%) Retail
11 40 (1.60%) Games
12 39 (1.56%) Marketing
13 36 (1.44%) Public Sector
14 22 (0.88%) Publishing
15 20 (0.80%) Advertising
16 11 (0.44%) Military
17 10 (0.40%) Back Office
17 10 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
18 9 (0.36%) Private Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 666 (26.58%) .NET
2 541 (21.59%) AngularJS
3 522 (20.83%) React
4 423 (16.88%) Web Services
5 361 (14.41%) Node.js
6 343 (13.69%) HTML
7 335 (13.37%) CSS
8 293 (11.69%) Vue.js
9 263 (10.49%) .NET Core
10 200 (7.98%) ASP.NET
11 179 (7.14%) RESTful
12 169 (6.74%) REST
13 147 (5.87%) .NET Framework
14 140 (5.59%) HTML5
15 113 (4.51%) Spring
16 97 (3.87%) CSS3
17 94 (3.75%) Kafka
17 94 (3.75%) WPF
18 86 (3.43%) ASP.NET Web API
19 84 (3.35%) RabbitMQ
Miscellaneous
1 272 (10.85%) Hedge funds
2 254 (10.14%) Derivative
3 253 (10.10%) Fixed Income
4 252 (10.06%) Algorithms
5 213 (8.50%) Greenfield Project
6 204 (8.14%) Equities
7 192 (7.66%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 151 (6.03%) Data Structures
9 128 (5.11%) Analytical Skills
10 72 (2.87%) Mobile App
11 67 (2.67%) User Experience
12 65 (2.59%) Embedded Systems
13 36 (1.44%) Credit Derivative
14 35 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
15 25 (1.00%) Device Driver
15 25 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
16 22 (0.88%) Cloud Native
16 22 (0.88%) CUDA
16 22 (0.88%) Video Conferencing
17 19 (0.76%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 369 (14.72%) Linux
2 181 (7.22%) Windows
3 79 (3.15%) Apple iOS
4 77 (3.07%) Android
5 52 (2.08%) Unix
6 29 (1.16%) Embedded Linux
7 22 (0.88%) CentOS
8 17 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 17 (0.68%) VxWorks
9 6 (0.24%) Mac OS
9 6 (0.24%) Robot Operating System
10 4 (0.16%) Mac OS X
10 4 (0.16%) Nucleus RTOS
11 3 (0.12%) Amazon Linux
11 3 (0.12%) Fedora
11 3 (0.12%) FreeRTOS
11 3 (0.12%) Windows 10
12 2 (0.080%) SafeRTOS
12 2 (0.080%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.080%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,446 (97.61%) Software Engineering
2 1,061 (42.34%) Agile Software Development
3 473 (18.87%) Microservices
4 402 (16.04%) DevOps
5 400 (15.96%) TDD
6 365 (14.57%) Computer Science
7 318 (12.69%) OO
8 303 (12.09%) Asset Management
9 295 (11.77%) Test Automation
10 286 (11.41%) Scrum
11 251 (10.02%) Fintech
12 226 (9.02%) Mathematics
13 212 (8.46%) Continuous Integration
14 206 (8.22%) Investment Management
15 201 (8.02%) Problem-Solving
16 195 (7.78%) Artificial Intelligence
17 188 (7.50%) SDLC
18 187 (7.46%) Unit Testing
19 172 (6.86%) Machine Learning
20 170 (6.78%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 996 (39.74%) JavaScript
2 968 (38.63%) Java
3 929 (37.07%) Python
4 840 (33.52%) C#
5 651 (25.98%) SQL
6 558 (22.27%) C++
7 329 (13.13%) C
8 201 (8.02%) TypeScript
9 160 (6.38%) Kotlin
10 153 (6.11%) Go
11 109 (4.35%) PHP
12 84 (3.35%) Scala
13 83 (3.31%) Embedded C
14 63 (2.51%) Ruby
15 42 (1.68%) T-SQL
16 38 (1.52%) MATLAB
17 35 (1.40%) Embedded C++
18 32 (1.28%) R
19 30 (1.20%) VB.NET
20 29 (1.16%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 470 (18.75%) Degree
2 182 (7.26%) Computer Science Degree
3 102 (4.07%) Security Cleared
4 56 (2.23%) DV Cleared
5 46 (1.84%) PhD
6 40 (1.60%) SC Cleared
7 34 (1.36%) Numerate Degree
8 17 (0.68%) Master's Degree
9 6 (0.24%) ISTQB
10 5 (0.20%) HND
11 4 (0.16%) HNC
12 3 (0.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 2 (0.080%) AWS Certification
13 2 (0.080%) BC Cleared
13 2 (0.080%) BPSS Clearance
14 1 (0.040%) Chartered Engineer
14 1 (0.040%) DBS Check
14 1 (0.040%) ISEB
14 1 (0.040%) Microsoft Certification
14 1 (0.040%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 114 (4.55%) QA
2 13 (0.52%) MISRA
3 9 (0.36%) ISO 26262
4 8 (0.32%) GDPR
4 8 (0.32%) MISRA C
5 6 (0.24%) IEC 61508
6 5 (0.20%) DO-178B
7 4 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (0.12%) EMIR
8 3 (0.12%) MiFID
9 2 (0.080%) Def Stans
9 2 (0.080%) ISO 13485
10 1 (0.040%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.040%) Dodd-Frank
10 1 (0.040%) IEC 62304
10 1 (0.040%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.040%) PMO
System Software
1 425 (16.96%) Docker
2 42 (1.68%) Firmware
3 13 (0.52%) VMware Infrastructure
4 12 (0.48%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.24%) KVM
5 6 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (0.16%) HDFS
8 3 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.12%) vSphere
9 2 (0.080%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 2 (0.080%) iptables
10 1 (0.040%) Active Directory
10 1 (0.040%) Apache Flume
10 1 (0.040%) Varnish
10 1 (0.040%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 260 (10.38%) Kubernetes
2 64 (2.55%) Ansible
3 59 (2.35%) Terraform
4 13 (0.52%) Puppet
5 5 (0.20%) Kibana
5 5 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.16%) Prometheus
7 3 (0.12%) Grafana
7 3 (0.12%) SELinux
8 2 (0.080%) BMC PATROL
9 1 (0.040%) MIIS
9 1 (0.040%) Nagios
9 1 (0.040%) SCCM
9 1 (0.040%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.040%) Sonobuoy
9 1 (0.040%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.040%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 122 (4.87%) Microsoft
2 92 (3.67%) Google
3 72 (2.87%) Oracle
4 25 (1.00%) Red Hat
5 21 (0.84%) VMware
6 19 (0.76%) Autodesk
7 17 (0.68%) SAP
8 16 (0.64%) Atlassian
9 15 (0.60%) Xamarin
10 9 (0.36%) Apple
11 8 (0.32%) Splunk
12 7 (0.28%) Intel
12 7 (0.28%) Salesforce.com
13 6 (0.24%) Plumtree
14 5 (0.20%) IBM
14 5 (0.20%) NVIDIA
14 5 (0.20%) QNX
15 4 (0.16%) Broadcom
15 4 (0.16%) Cloudera
15 4 (0.16%) Talend