Period
to 18 January 2021

The median annual salary for a Software Engineer was £57,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 2021.

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
18 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 45 53 68
Rank change year-on-year +8 +15 +7
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Engineer 3,181 5,933 6,274
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 5.08% 4.73% 4.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.34% 4.95% 4.32%
Number of salaries quoted 3,212 4,765 5,249
Median annual salary £57,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.52% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £37,500 £33,750 £32,500
90th Percentile £102,500 £93,750 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

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 59,592 119,868 145,333
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.12% 95.59% 95.96%
Number of salaries quoted 48,396 97,043 117,663
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 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 18 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Top 18 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 18 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 +11 2,803 £57,750 +5.00% 935
UK excluding London -9 1,893 £50,000 +5.26% 708
London +36 1,204 £75,000 - 314
North of England +21 615 £52,500 +5.00% 138
Work from Home +11 580 £60,000 +9.09% 190
South East -27 401 £52,500 +10.53% 171
Yorkshire +42 356 £52,500 +5.00% 42
Scotland +4 249 £50,000 +11.11% 59
South West -21 248 £48,750 +8.33% 112
North West -6 216 £55,000 +10.00% 83
Midlands +14 184 £48,500 +2.11% 80
East of England 0 135 £55,000 +10.00% 117
West Midlands +5 106 £50,000 +3.09% 41
East Midlands +25 77 £47,500 +9.20% 39
Northern Ireland +24 43 £47,500 -24.00% 16
North East -16 43 £45,000 - 13
Wales -22 18 £45,000 +6.69% 17
Isle of Man - 2 £47,500 -

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2021, 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 3,085 (96.98%) Software Engineering
2 1,538 (48.35%) Agile Software Development
3 1,252 (39.36%) JavaScript
4 1,243 (39.08%) Java
5 1,213 (38.13%) Python
6 1,111 (34.93%) C#
7 958 (30.12%) AWS
8 884 (27.79%) .NET
9 835 (26.25%) SQL
10 724 (22.76%) C++
11 713 (22.41%) React
12 691 (21.72%) Microservices
13 660 (20.75%) Finance
14 658 (20.69%) Azure
15 625 (19.65%) Docker
16 614 (19.30%) TDD
17 597 (18.77%) AngularJS
18 521 (16.38%) Degree
19 485 (15.25%) DevOps
20 465 (14.62%) Linux
21 451 (14.18%) Node.js
22 441 (13.86%) Web Services
23 424 (13.33%) Kubernetes
24 419 (13.17%) Scrum
25 417 (13.11%) .NET Core
26 408 (12.83%) Git (software)
27 404 (12.70%) OO
28 395 (12.42%) HTML
29 361 (11.35%) C
30 360 (11.32%) 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
1 150 (4.72%) Elasticsearch
2 93 (2.92%) Apache
3 65 (2.04%) Apache Spark
4 56 (1.76%) Confluence
5 45 (1.41%) nginx
6 27 (0.85%) CMS
7 13 (0.41%) Tornado
8 12 (0.38%) ColdFusion
9 10 (0.31%) Umbraco
10 8 (0.25%) Headless CMS
10 8 (0.25%) Tomcat
11 6 (0.19%) JBoss
12 5 (0.16%) Apache Solr
12 5 (0.16%) WebSphere
13 4 (0.13%) SharePoint
13 4 (0.13%) WordPress
14 3 (0.094%) BizTalk Server
14 3 (0.094%) Ethereum
14 3 (0.094%) GeoServer
15 2 (0.063%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 8 (0.25%) Microsoft Excel
1 8 (0.25%) Simulink
2 4 (0.13%) Adobe XD
2 4 (0.13%) InVision
2 4 (0.13%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (0.13%) Sketch
2 4 (0.13%) Zeplin
3 3 (0.094%) AutoCAD
4 2 (0.063%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.063%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.031%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 17 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.44%) Distributed Ledger
2 14 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
2 14 (0.44%) R3 Corda
3 5 (0.16%) Shopify
4 3 (0.094%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.031%) Magento
5 1 (0.031%) MoSes
5 1 (0.031%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.031%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.031%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 958 (30.12%) AWS
2 658 (20.69%) Azure
3 337 (10.59%) GCP
4 309 (9.71%) Serverless
5 172 (5.41%) AWS Lambda
6 111 (3.49%) Amazon EC2
7 108 (3.40%) Amazon S3
8 96 (3.02%) SaaS
9 83 (2.61%) Cloud Computing
10 61 (1.92%) AWS CloudFormation
11 43 (1.35%) Amazon ECS
12 36 (1.13%) GitHub
13 29 (0.91%) Apigee
14 26 (0.82%) Dynamics 365
15 18 (0.57%) npm
16 15 (0.47%) Amazon SQS
16 15 (0.47%) PaaS
17 11 (0.35%) Amazon SageMaker
17 11 (0.35%) Power Platform
18 9 (0.28%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 42 (1.32%) Ethernet
1 42 (1.32%) TCP/IP
2 37 (1.16%) Wireless
3 24 (0.75%) Bluetooth
4 22 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
5 18 (0.57%) Internet
6 16 (0.50%) HTTP
6 16 (0.50%) Software-Defined Radio
7 15 (0.47%) Network Security
8 14 (0.44%) MQTT
9 12 (0.38%) RS-485
10 9 (0.28%) RS-232
10 9 (0.28%) ZigBee
11 8 (0.25%) Asterisk PBX
11 8 (0.25%) RTP
12 7 (0.22%) Modbus
13 6 (0.19%) 5G
13 6 (0.19%) Firewall
14 5 (0.16%) DHCP
14 5 (0.16%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 327 (10.28%) NoSQL
2 300 (9.43%) SQL Server
3 199 (6.26%) PostgreSQL
4 166 (5.22%) Big Data
5 151 (4.75%) MySQL
6 118 (3.71%) Relational Database
7 116 (3.65%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 110 (3.46%) MongoDB
9 96 (3.02%) Redis
10 46 (1.45%) Hadoop
11 42 (1.32%) Amazon Redshift
12 30 (0.94%) Apache Ignite
13 24 (0.75%) Apache Cassandra
14 23 (0.72%) Blockchain
15 17 (0.53%) Amazon RDS
15 17 (0.53%) Cosmos DB
15 17 (0.53%) RDBMS
15 17 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
16 14 (0.44%) SQL Server 2005
16 14 (0.44%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 408 (12.83%) Git (software)
2 238 (7.48%) Jenkins
3 153 (4.81%) GitLab
4 131 (4.12%) JIRA
5 117 (3.68%) Subversion
6 101 (3.18%) Visual Studio
7 85 (2.67%) Mercurial
8 80 (2.51%) Maven
9 68 (2.14%) Selenium
10 44 (1.38%) JUnit
11 41 (1.29%) Eclipse
11 41 (1.29%) WebDriver
12 36 (1.13%) Artifactory
12 36 (1.13%) webpack
13 34 (1.07%) Team Foundation Server
14 30 (0.94%) Cypress.io
15 27 (0.85%) NUnit
16 25 (0.79%) Cucumber
17 20 (0.63%) SoapUI
17 20 (0.63%) SpecFlow
General
1 660 (20.75%) Finance
2 253 (7.95%) Front Office
3 140 (4.40%) Banking
4 121 (3.80%) Electronics
5 106 (3.33%) Marketing
6 89 (2.80%) Games
7 77 (2.42%) Manufacturing
8 73 (2.29%) Public Sector
9 70 (2.20%) Retail
10 64 (2.01%) Aerospace
10 64 (2.01%) Law
11 60 (1.89%) Telecoms
12 47 (1.48%) Investment Banking
13 34 (1.07%) Automotive
14 26 (0.82%) Publishing
15 25 (0.79%) Private Banking
16 24 (0.75%) Legal
17 23 (0.72%) Advertising
17 23 (0.72%) Military
18 16 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 884 (27.79%) .NET
2 713 (22.41%) React
3 597 (18.77%) AngularJS
4 451 (14.18%) Node.js
5 441 (13.86%) Web Services
6 417 (13.11%) .NET Core
7 395 (12.42%) HTML
8 355 (11.16%) CSS
9 290 (9.12%) Vue.js
10 228 (7.17%) Spring
11 225 (7.07%) Kafka
12 203 (6.38%) .NET Framework
13 186 (5.85%) REST
14 185 (5.82%) ASP.NET
15 168 (5.28%) RESTful
16 152 (4.78%) HTML5
17 146 (4.59%) Spring Boot
18 145 (4.56%) RabbitMQ
19 134 (4.21%) React Native
20 109 (3.43%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 287 (9.02%) Algorithms
2 240 (7.54%) Greenfield Project
3 229 (7.20%) Hedge funds
4 202 (6.35%) Fixed Income
5 201 (6.32%) Data Structures
5 201 (6.32%) Derivative
6 185 (5.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 174 (5.47%) Equities
8 142 (4.46%) Analytical Skills
9 97 (3.05%) Mobile App
10 85 (2.67%) Blog
11 78 (2.45%) User Experience
12 66 (2.07%) Self-Motivation
13 60 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
14 57 (1.79%) Embedded Systems
15 54 (1.70%) Management Information System
16 43 (1.35%) Cloud Native
17 40 (1.26%) Device Driver
18 38 (1.19%) EPoS
19 36 (1.13%) Credit Derivative
Operating Systems
1 465 (14.62%) Linux
2 163 (5.12%) Windows
3 57 (1.79%) Unix
4 56 (1.76%) Android
5 40 (1.26%) Apple iOS
6 38 (1.19%) Embedded Linux
7 19 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 18 (0.57%) CentOS
9 10 (0.31%) VxWorks
10 6 (0.19%) Mac OS
11 5 (0.16%) Fedora
11 5 (0.16%) Windows 10
12 4 (0.13%) Debian
12 4 (0.13%) Windows Server
13 3 (0.094%) FreeRTOS
14 2 (0.063%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.063%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.031%) Amazon Linux
15 1 (0.031%) Nucleus RTOS
15 1 (0.031%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,085 (96.98%) Software Engineering
2 1,538 (48.35%) Agile Software Development
3 691 (21.72%) Microservices
4 614 (19.30%) TDD
5 485 (15.25%) DevOps
6 419 (13.17%) Scrum
7 404 (12.70%) OO
8 360 (11.32%) Test Automation
9 356 (11.19%) Computer Science
10 319 (10.03%) Asset Management
11 268 (8.43%) Problem-Solving
12 260 (8.17%) Continuous Integration
13 254 (7.98%) SDLC
14 241 (7.58%) Unit Testing
15 238 (7.48%) BDD
16 236 (7.42%) Mentoring
17 212 (6.66%) Fintech
18 209 (6.57%) MVC
19 202 (6.35%) Mathematics
20 198 (6.22%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 1,252 (39.36%) JavaScript
2 1,243 (39.08%) Java
3 1,213 (38.13%) Python
4 1,111 (34.93%) C#
5 835 (26.25%) SQL
6 724 (22.76%) C++
7 361 (11.35%) C
8 297 (9.34%) Go
9 269 (8.46%) TypeScript
10 191 (6.00%) Kotlin
11 137 (4.31%) PHP
12 135 (4.24%) Scala
13 103 (3.24%) Embedded C
14 100 (3.14%) Ruby
15 74 (2.33%) Java 8
16 50 (1.57%) Bash Shell
17 48 (1.51%) Embedded C++
18 45 (1.41%) VB.NET
19 43 (1.35%) T-SQL
20 32 (1.01%) VB
Qualifications
1 521 (16.38%) Degree
2 167 (5.25%) Computer Science Degree
3 143 (4.50%) Security Cleared
4 99 (3.11%) SC Cleared
5 77 (2.42%) Numerate Degree
6 29 (0.91%) PhD
7 22 (0.69%) HNC
7 22 (0.69%) HND
8 18 (0.57%) ISTQB
9 17 (0.53%) DV Cleared
10 14 (0.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 12 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
12 11 (0.35%) ISEB
13 9 (0.28%) Master's Degree
14 4 (0.13%) AWS Certification
15 3 (0.094%) BC Cleared
15 3 (0.094%) DBS Check
15 3 (0.094%) OSCE
15 3 (0.094%) OSCP
16 2 (0.063%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (3.93%) QA
2 10 (0.31%) ISO 26262
3 9 (0.28%) GDPR
3 9 (0.28%) MISRA
4 7 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.19%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.13%) Def Stans
6 4 (0.13%) IEC 61508
6 4 (0.13%) MISRA C
6 4 (0.13%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.094%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.094%) EMIR
7 3 (0.094%) MiFID
7 3 (0.094%) NIST
8 2 (0.063%) ARP4754
8 2 (0.063%) DO-254
8 2 (0.063%) IEC 62304
8 2 (0.063%) PMO
9 1 (0.031%) JTAG
System Software
1 625 (19.65%) Docker
2 27 (0.85%) Firmware
3 8 (0.25%) Active Directory
4 4 (0.13%) Kamailio
4 4 (0.13%) OpenSIPS
5 3 (0.094%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.063%) HDFS
6 2 (0.063%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.063%) iptables
6 2 (0.063%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.031%) GlusterFS
7 1 (0.031%) KVM
7 1 (0.031%) Varnish
7 1 (0.031%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 424 (13.33%) Kubernetes
2 119 (3.74%) Terraform
3 80 (2.51%) Ansible
4 21 (0.66%) Puppet
5 12 (0.38%) Prometheus
6 9 (0.28%) Grafana
7 7 (0.22%) Kibana
8 6 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.13%) Rancher
9 4 (0.13%) SELinux
10 3 (0.094%) Consul
10 3 (0.094%) Graphite
10 3 (0.094%) Istio
10 3 (0.094%) linkerd
10 3 (0.094%) Zipkin
11 2 (0.063%) ITRS Geneos
11 2 (0.063%) Single Sign-On
12 1 (0.031%) logstash
12 1 (0.031%) StatsD
12 1 (0.031%) vRealize
Vendors
1 224 (7.04%) Microsoft
2 119 (3.74%) Google
3 109 (3.43%) Oracle
4 47 (1.48%) Atlassian
5 33 (1.04%) SAP
6 21 (0.66%) Red Hat
6 21 (0.66%) Salesforce.com
7 20 (0.63%) Xamarin
8 12 (0.38%) IBM
9 9 (0.28%) Siebel
9 9 (0.28%) Splunk
10 8 (0.25%) Sun
11 5 (0.16%) Adobe
11 5 (0.16%) Apple
11 5 (0.16%) FNZ
11 5 (0.16%) Twitter
11 5 (0.16%) VMware
12 4 (0.13%) Perforce
12 4 (0.13%) Talend
12 4 (0.13%) Xceptor