Software Engineer
UK

The median Software Engineer salary in the UK is £60,000 per year according to job vacancies posted during the 6 months to 24 May 2024.

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

6 months to
24 May 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 21 61 31
Rank change year-on-year +40 -30 +16
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Engineer 7,906 4,912 15,099
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 7.80% 5.01% 9.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.24% 5.47% 9.58%
Number of salaries quoted 4,400 2,831 4,086
10th Percentile £40,000 £41,750 £40,000
25th Percentile £47,500 £52,500 £48,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £70,000 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year -14.29% +7.69% +13.04%
75th Percentile £80,000 £91,250 £90,000
90th Percentile £105,000 £116,250 £115,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £60,000 £55,000
% change year-on-year -8.33% +9.09% +10.00%

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK

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.

Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 95,996 89,726 157,614
% of permanent jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 91.49% 96.07%
Number of salaries quoted 68,581 56,645 84,697
10th Percentile £28,500 £32,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £38,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £60,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -12.50% - +9.09%
75th Percentile £70,001 £80,000 £78,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £100,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £53,500 £50,173
% change year-on-year -6.54% +6.63% +5.63%

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 24 May 2024.

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 24 May 2024. 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
Jobs
UK excluding London +52 6,476 £55,000 -8.33% 1,130
England +37 5,087 £60,000 -14.29% 1,479
Scotland +19 2,485 £60,000 -7.69% 81
Work from Home +5 2,430 £65,000 -10.34% 1,019
London +9 1,260 £95,000 +11.76% 691
North of England +55 1,028 £55,000 -8.33% 185
South East +39 975 £55,000 -12.00% 435
South West +37 891 £55,000 -8.33% 151
North West +58 588 £57,500 - 116
Midlands +45 570 £52,500 -4.55% 113
Yorkshire +50 363 £50,000 -16.67% 46
East of England +29 345 £60,000 - 146
West Midlands +51 308 £55,000 -4.35% 57
East Midlands +19 262 £52,500 +7.69% 52
Wales +30 110 £50,000 +22.69% 18
North East +14 77 £55,000 +10.00% 25
Northern Ireland +4 72 £90,000 +50.00% 21

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 24 May 2024, Software Engineer job roles required the following skills and capabilities 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 7,857 (99.38%) Software Engineering
2 3,803 (48.10%) Agile
3 2,758 (34.88%) Finance
4 2,698 (34.13%) AWS
5 2,611 (33.03%) Java
6 2,585 (32.70%) Python
7 2,194 (27.75%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 2,144 (27.12%) SDLC
9 2,122 (26.84%) CI/CD
10 2,047 (25.89%) Law
11 1,794 (22.69%) Operational Stability
12 1,663 (21.03%) JavaScript
13 1,627 (20.58%) Artificial Intelligence
14 1,603 (20.28%) React
15 1,573 (19.90%) Machine Learning
16 1,557 (19.69%) SQL
17 1,356 (17.15%) Azure
18 1,354 (17.13%) C#
19 1,276 (16.14%) Community of Practice
20 1,122 (14.19%) .NET
21 1,018 (12.88%) Linux
22 1,009 (12.76%) TypeScript
23 1,008 (12.75%) Algorithms
24 1,006 (12.72%) C
25 1,002 (12.67%) Marketing
26 984 (12.45%) Problem-Solving
27 973 (12.31%) Full Stack Development
28 938 (11.86%) Degree
29 924 (11.69%) DevOps
30 899 (11.37%) C++

Software Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 602 (7.61%) Apache Spark
2 475 (6.01%) Apache
3 430 (5.44%) Apache Airflow
4 343 (4.34%) ArcGIS
5 330 (4.17%) GeoServer
6 113 (1.43%) FileNet
7 54 (0.68%) Confluence
8 35 (0.44%) Cloud Foundry
9 21 (0.27%) GemFire
10 20 (0.25%) Camunda
10 20 (0.25%) WebSphere
11 15 (0.19%) Captiva
11 15 (0.19%) CMS
12 13 (0.16%) JBoss
12 13 (0.16%) NServiceBus
13 12 (0.15%) Red Hat Fuse
13 12 (0.15%) Tomcat
14 11 (0.14%) CICS
15 8 (0.10%) nginx
16 7 (0.089%) Microsoft Exchange
Applications
1 101 (1.28%) Simulink
2 27 (0.34%) Stateflow
3 11 (0.14%) AutoCAD
3 11 (0.14%) CANalyzer
4 8 (0.10%) Microsoft Excel
5 6 (0.076%) Microsoft Office
5 6 (0.076%) Trello
6 5 (0.063%) Doxygen
7 3 (0.038%) GNU Octave
7 3 (0.038%) Sketch
7 3 (0.038%) TargetLink
8 2 (0.025%) Adobe XD
8 2 (0.025%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.013%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 1 (0.013%) MicroStation
9 1 (0.013%) OrCAD
9 1 (0.013%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.013%) UXPin
9 1 (0.013%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 15 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
3 7 (0.089%) Siebel CRM
4 6 (0.076%) Magento
5 1 (0.013%) C-CURE
5 1 (0.013%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.013%) Endur
5 1 (0.013%) Findur
5 1 (0.013%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.013%) Temenos T24
5 1 (0.013%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 2,698 (34.13%) AWS
2 1,356 (17.15%) Azure
3 659 (8.34%) GCP
4 273 (3.45%) Serverless
5 175 (2.21%) AWS Lambda
6 174 (2.20%) GitHub
7 171 (2.16%) dbt
8 165 (2.09%) SaaS
9 150 (1.90%) Amazon S3
10 138 (1.75%) Snowflake
11 122 (1.54%) Amazon EKS
12 113 (1.43%) Datadog
13 104 (1.32%) Azure DevOps
14 87 (1.10%) Amazon SQS
15 82 (1.04%) Amazon ECS
16 66 (0.83%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 64 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
18 63 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
19 53 (0.67%) Amazon EMR
20 45 (0.57%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 106 (1.34%) TCP/IP
2 91 (1.15%) Wireless
3 82 (1.04%) Kerberos
4 64 (0.81%) Ethernet
5 63 (0.80%) RS-232
6 61 (0.77%) Wi-Fi
7 48 (0.61%) Network Security
8 47 (0.59%) Bluetooth
9 39 (0.49%) RS-485
10 37 (0.47%) Internet
10 37 (0.47%) Modbus
11 31 (0.39%) HTTP
12 30 (0.38%) AMQP
13 28 (0.35%) MQTT
14 18 (0.23%) ZigBee
15 14 (0.18%) J1939
16 13 (0.16%) 4G
17 12 (0.15%) 3G
17 12 (0.15%) 5G
18 11 (0.14%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 709 (8.97%) NoSQL
2 674 (8.53%) PostgreSQL
3 490 (6.20%) Big Data
4 363 (4.59%) GIS
5 330 (4.17%) QGIS
6 287 (3.63%) Hadoop
7 282 (3.57%) Apache Ignite
8 226 (2.86%) MySQL
9 214 (2.71%) Relational Database
10 207 (2.62%) Elasticsearch
11 206 (2.61%) SQL Server
12 185 (2.34%) Data Lake
13 175 (2.21%) MongoDB
14 169 (2.14%) Amazon Athena
15 167 (2.11%) Apache Arrow
15 167 (2.11%) Dremio
16 165 (2.09%) Apache Cassandra
17 143 (1.81%) Apache Hive
18 102 (1.29%) HBase
18 102 (1.29%) Redis
Development Applications
1 601 (7.60%) Git
2 382 (4.83%) Jenkins
3 221 (2.80%) JUnit
4 202 (2.56%) JIRA
5 171 (2.16%) Cypress.io
6 120 (1.52%) Jasmine
7 109 (1.38%) Visual Studio
8 105 (1.33%) GitLab
9 94 (1.19%) Bitbucket
10 89 (1.13%) Maven
11 86 (1.09%) Bitbucket Server
12 84 (1.06%) Selenium
13 72 (0.91%) Subversion
14 68 (0.86%) WebDriver
15 66 (0.83%) Artifactory
15 66 (0.83%) Karma Test Runner
16 60 (0.76%) Protractor
17 50 (0.63%) Mockito
18 42 (0.53%) Gradle
19 40 (0.51%) LabVIEW
General
1 2,758 (34.88%) Finance
2 2,194 (27.75%) Inclusion and Diversity
3 2,047 (25.89%) Law
4 1,002 (12.67%) Marketing
5 735 (9.30%) Banking
5 735 (9.30%) Legal
6 733 (9.27%) Social Skills
7 472 (5.97%) Investment Banking
8 435 (5.50%) Front Office
9 414 (5.24%) Electronics
10 263 (3.33%) Manufacturing
11 210 (2.66%) Automotive
12 199 (2.52%) Analytical Skills
13 173 (2.19%) Aerospace
14 142 (1.80%) Influencing Skills
15 120 (1.52%) Public Sector
16 109 (1.38%) Retail
17 90 (1.14%) Financial Institution
18 89 (1.13%) Tech for Good
19 82 (1.04%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,603 (20.28%) React
2 1,122 (14.19%) .NET
3 848 (10.73%) AngularJS
4 794 (10.04%) Spring
5 700 (8.85%) CSS
6 544 (6.88%) .NET Core
7 527 (6.67%) Node.js
8 481 (6.08%) Kafka
9 455 (5.76%) HTML
10 420 (5.31%) Spring Boot
11 351 (4.44%) RESTful
12 345 (4.36%) gRPC
13 338 (4.28%) PostGIS
14 334 (4.22%) Leaflet
14 334 (4.22%) OpenLayers
15 294 (3.72%) Protocol Buffers
16 287 (3.63%) Vue
17 284 (3.59%) REST
18 273 (3.45%) JSON
19 269 (3.40%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1,008 (12.75%) Algorithms
2 748 (9.46%) Cloud Native
3 405 (5.12%) Fixed Income
4 334 (4.22%) Hedge funds
5 293 (3.71%) Equities
6 269 (3.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 261 (3.30%) Public Cloud
8 246 (3.11%) Derivative
9 181 (2.29%) Embedded Systems
10 180 (2.28%) IoT
11 175 (2.21%) Data Structures
12 174 (2.20%) Onboarding
13 148 (1.87%) Management Information System
14 142 (1.80%) Distributed Systems
15 137 (1.73%) Greenfield Project
16 130 (1.64%) Reference Data
17 121 (1.53%) Self-Motivation
18 84 (1.06%) Product Ownership
19 78 (0.99%) Device Driver
20 71 (0.90%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1,018 (12.88%) Linux
2 325 (4.11%) Windows
3 197 (2.49%) Embedded Linux
4 191 (2.42%) Unix
5 141 (1.78%) Ubuntu
6 121 (1.53%) Android
7 80 (1.01%) Apple iOS
8 63 (0.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 55 (0.70%) Debian
10 49 (0.62%) CentOS
11 35 (0.44%) FreeRTOS
12 16 (0.20%) Mac OS
13 12 (0.15%) Windows 10
14 7 (0.089%) Windows Server
15 6 (0.076%) ThreadX
16 5 (0.063%) VxWorks
16 5 (0.063%) Windows Embedded Compact
17 3 (0.038%) VMS
18 2 (0.025%) FreeBSD
18 2 (0.025%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 7,857 (99.38%) Software Engineering
2 3,803 (48.10%) Agile
3 2,144 (27.12%) SDLC
4 2,122 (26.84%) CI/CD
5 1,794 (22.69%) Operational Stability
6 1,627 (20.58%) Artificial Intelligence
7 1,573 (19.90%) Machine Learning
8 1,276 (16.14%) Community of Practice
9 984 (12.45%) Problem-Solving
10 973 (12.31%) Full Stack Development
11 924 (11.69%) DevOps
12 875 (11.07%) Continuous Improvement
13 872 (11.03%) Microservices
14 836 (10.57%) Visualisation
15 757 (9.58%) Computer Science
16 721 (9.12%) Risk Management
17 561 (7.10%) Test Automation
18 550 (6.96%) TDD
19 541 (6.84%) Asset Management
20 507 (6.41%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 2,611 (33.03%) Java
2 2,585 (32.70%) Python
3 1,663 (21.03%) JavaScript
4 1,557 (19.69%) SQL
5 1,354 (17.13%) C#
6 1,009 (12.76%) TypeScript
7 1,006 (12.72%) C
8 899 (11.37%) C++
9 370 (4.68%) Scala
10 287 (3.63%) Go
11 244 (3.09%) Kotlin
12 241 (3.05%) Embedded C
13 210 (2.66%) Bash
14 178 (2.25%) Rust
15 137 (1.73%) PL/SQL
16 119 (1.51%) PHP
17 108 (1.37%) MATLAB
18 99 (1.25%) Ruby
19 82 (1.04%) T-SQL
20 74 (0.94%) Perl
Qualifications
1 938 (11.86%) Degree
2 890 (11.26%) Security Cleared
3 581 (7.35%) SC Cleared
4 328 (4.15%) Computer Science Degree
5 161 (2.04%) DV Cleared
6 151 (1.91%) Master's Degree
7 79 (1.00%) PhD
8 61 (0.77%) BPSS Clearance
9 33 (0.42%) AWS Certification
10 30 (0.38%) HND
11 25 (0.32%) DBS Check
12 18 (0.23%) HNC
13 10 (0.13%) Microsoft Certification
14 8 (0.10%) Chartered Engineer
15 7 (0.089%) AWS Certified Solutions Architect
15 7 (0.089%) Azure Certification
16 4 (0.051%) Postgraduate
17 3 (0.038%) PMI Certification
17 3 (0.038%) Sun Certification
18 1 (0.013%) AWS Certified Developer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 217 (2.74%) QA
2 94 (1.19%) Data Quality
3 67 (0.85%) Accessibility
4 55 (0.70%) MISRA
5 43 (0.54%) SLA
6 36 (0.46%) PMO
7 31 (0.39%) GDPR
8 24 (0.30%) ISO 26262
9 22 (0.28%) Software Quality Assurance
10 21 (0.27%) AUTOSAR
11 20 (0.25%) ISO 13485
12 15 (0.19%) Automotive SPICE
13 12 (0.15%) Def Stans
13 12 (0.15%) IEC 62304
13 12 (0.15%) JTAG
14 10 (0.13%) MISRA C
15 7 (0.089%) IEC 61508
15 7 (0.089%) ISO 9000
15 7 (0.089%) ISO 9001
16 6 (0.076%) WAI
System Software
1 370 (4.68%) Docker
2 182 (2.30%) Firmware
3 102 (1.29%) HDFS
4 82 (1.04%) Embedded Firmware
5 68 (0.86%) Active Directory
6 24 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (0.14%) Time Sharing Option
8 7 (0.089%) VMware Infrastructure
9 5 (0.063%) Ceph
9 5 (0.063%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.025%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 2 (0.025%) Hyper-V
11 1 (0.013%) KVM
11 1 (0.013%) LXC
Systems Management
1 715 (9.04%) Kubernetes
2 485 (6.13%) Terraform
3 169 (2.14%) Grafana
4 127 (1.61%) Ansible
5 68 (0.86%) Prometheus
6 28 (0.35%) Puppet
7 26 (0.33%) ITRS Geneos
8 24 (0.30%) Kibana
9 21 (0.27%) HAProxy
9 21 (0.27%) Zipkin
10 20 (0.25%) Progress Chef
11 7 (0.089%) Functional Safety
11 7 (0.089%) Graphite
12 5 (0.063%) Knative
12 5 (0.063%) SELinux
13 4 (0.051%) Istio
13 4 (0.051%) Podman
14 3 (0.038%) Consul
14 3 (0.038%) Docker Swarm
14 3 (0.038%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 424 (5.36%) Oracle
2 338 (4.28%) ESRI
3 278 (3.52%) Google
4 253 (3.20%) Microsoft
5 227 (2.87%) Databricks
6 167 (2.11%) Splunk
7 147 (1.86%) Dynatrace
8 87 (1.10%) Informatica
9 72 (0.91%) Cloudera
10 56 (0.71%) IBM
11 54 (0.68%) Red Hat
12 46 (0.58%) Atlassian
12 46 (0.58%) SaltStack
13 45 (0.57%) Siemens
14 39 (0.49%) Alteryx
15 35 (0.44%) Pega
15 35 (0.44%) SAP
16 26 (0.33%) Dell
17 25 (0.32%) Xamarin
18 22 (0.28%) ServiceNow