Period
to 15 December 2018

The median annual salary for a Software Engineer was £50,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 December 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
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 72 77 114
Rank change year-on-year +5 +37 +16
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Engineer 6,304 6,876 5,110
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 3.99% 3.83% 2.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.16% 3.99% 2.86%
Number of salaries quoted 5,023 5,379 4,463
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.11% -
10th Percentile £32,500 £28,750 £28,750
90th Percentile £81,250 £75,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%

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 151,510 172,360 178,969
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.84% 96.05% 96.59%
Number of salaries quoted 121,415 138,723 149,394
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,750 £27,500 £27,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.03%

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 15 December 2018.

Salary histogram for Software Engineer in the UK

Software Engineer
Top 16 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 15 December 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 +4 5,716 £52,500 +5.00% 1,306
UK excluding London +9 4,294 £47,500 +5.56% 1,145
London +5 1,922 £67,500 +12.50% 301
South East +12 1,354 £50,000 +5.26% 303
North of England +25 773 £45,000 -5.26% 160
South West +5 715 £45,000 - 176
East of England -22 519 £50,000 - 228
Midlands +32 428 £41,500 +3.75% 139
North West +12 410 £45,000 - 91
Scotland +5 360 £43,500 +8.75% 76
Yorkshire +21 281 £45,000 -10.00% 54
East Midlands +19 217 £38,250 +15.91% 63
West Midlands +38 211 £42,500 +3.03% 76
Wales +2 116 £45,000 +12.50% 51
North East +51 83 £45,000 +12.50% 15
Northern Ireland +16 34 £50,000 +49.25% 13

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 December 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 6,063 (96.18%) Software Engineering
2 2,888 (45.81%) Java
3 2,887 (45.80%) Agile Software Development
4 2,448 (38.83%) C#
5 2,126 (33.72%) C++
6 1,923 (30.50%) JavaScript
7 1,569 (24.89%) Python
8 1,471 (23.33%) .NET
9 1,400 (22.21%) Degree
10 1,348 (21.38%) Linux
11 1,289 (20.45%) SQL
12 1,252 (19.86%) C
13 1,161 (18.42%) HTML
14 1,155 (18.32%) TDD
15 1,147 (18.19%) OO
16 1,093 (17.34%) Amazon AWS
17 1,028 (16.31%) Computer Science
18 1,023 (16.23%) CSS
19 941 (14.93%) AngularJS
20 908 (14.40%) Microservices
21 856 (13.58%) Continuous Integration
22 855 (13.56%) Scrum
23 847 (13.44%) Finance
24 807 (12.80%) Test Automation
25 739 (11.72%) Git (software)
26 735 (11.66%) Microsoft Azure
27 722 (11.45%) Windows
28 684 (10.85%) MVC
29 674 (10.69%) Docker
30 670 (10.63%) Spring

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
1 261 (4.14%) Elasticsearch
2 213 (3.38%) Apache
3 105 (1.67%) Apache Spark
4 82 (1.30%) Confluence
5 59 (0.94%) CMS
5 59 (0.94%) IIS
6 53 (0.84%) Tomcat
7 43 (0.68%) nginx
8 40 (0.63%) JBoss
9 33 (0.52%) OpenStack
10 32 (0.51%) SharePoint
11 30 (0.48%) Apache Pig
12 25 (0.40%) WebSphere
13 22 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 22 (0.35%) Apache Solr
13 22 (0.35%) Ethereum
14 19 (0.30%) WildFly
15 18 (0.29%) NServiceBus
15 18 (0.29%) WordPress
16 17 (0.27%) GlassFish
Applications
1 74 (1.17%) Chatbot
2 27 (0.43%) Microsoft Office
3 18 (0.29%) Microsoft Excel
4 16 (0.25%) Simulink
5 14 (0.22%) Snapchat
6 4 (0.063%) Adobe Illustrator
6 4 (0.063%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.063%) SOLIDWORKS
6 4 (0.063%) Stateflow
7 3 (0.048%) Doxygen
7 3 (0.048%) Maya
7 3 (0.048%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 2 (0.032%) LibreOffice
8 2 (0.032%) Maple
8 2 (0.032%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.032%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 24 (0.38%) Payment Gateway
2 9 (0.14%) Actimize
3 8 (0.13%) Distributed Ledger
4 7 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 6 (0.095%) Dynamics CRM
5 6 (0.095%) Magento
5 6 (0.095%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (0.095%) Oracle Retail
6 4 (0.063%) Shopify
7 3 (0.048%) thinkFolio
8 2 (0.032%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.032%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.032%) Front Arena
8 2 (0.032%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.032%) RMDS
8 2 (0.032%) Sentinel
9 1 (0.016%) BigMachines
9 1 (0.016%) Bloomberg AIM
9 1 (0.016%) R3 Corda
9 1 (0.016%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 1,093 (17.34%) Amazon AWS
2 735 (11.66%) Microsoft Azure
3 189 (3.00%) SaaS
4 181 (2.87%) GitHub
5 167 (2.65%) Google Cloud Platform
6 146 (2.32%) Cloud Computing
7 98 (1.55%) Serverless
8 93 (1.48%) PaaS
9 69 (1.09%) Amazon EC2
10 60 (0.95%) npm
11 58 (0.92%) AWS Lambda
12 50 (0.79%) Amazon S3
13 47 (0.75%) OpenShift
14 34 (0.54%) Slack
15 30 (0.48%) IBM Cloud
16 27 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
17 18 (0.29%) IaaS
18 15 (0.24%) Office 365
19 14 (0.22%) CloudFront
20 13 (0.21%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Communications & Networking
1 148 (2.35%) TCP/IP
2 135 (2.14%) HTTP
3 86 (1.36%) Internet
4 75 (1.19%) Wireless
5 68 (1.08%) RS-485
6 53 (0.84%) Bluetooth
7 49 (0.78%) Modbus
7 49 (0.78%) RS-232
8 47 (0.75%) Firewall
9 44 (0.70%) SSL
10 25 (0.40%) Ethernet
10 25 (0.40%) H.323
10 25 (0.40%) Network Security
11 24 (0.38%) Wi-Fi
12 18 (0.29%) 4G
12 18 (0.29%) AMQP
12 18 (0.29%) SMS
12 18 (0.29%) VoIP
12 18 (0.29%) ZigBee
13 17 (0.27%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 640 (10.15%) SQL Server
2 415 (6.58%) NoSQL
3 410 (6.50%) MySQL
4 398 (6.31%) Big Data
5 288 (4.57%) PostgreSQL
6 253 (4.01%) MongoDB
7 249 (3.95%) Relational Database
8 218 (3.46%) Hadoop
9 190 (3.01%) Apache Cassandra
10 121 (1.92%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 88 (1.40%) Redis
12 79 (1.25%) RDBMS
13 71 (1.13%) Apache Hive
14 69 (1.09%) Blockchain
15 47 (0.75%) Amazon RDS
15 47 (0.75%) Data Mining
16 46 (0.73%) Oracle Database
17 35 (0.56%) GIS
18 28 (0.44%) Data Warehouse
18 28 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 739 (11.72%) Git (software)
2 506 (8.03%) Jenkins
3 362 (5.74%) Visual Studio
4 280 (4.44%) Maven
5 278 (4.41%) JIRA
6 241 (3.82%) Subversion
7 239 (3.79%) Selenium
8 185 (2.93%) JUnit
9 177 (2.81%) Cucumber
10 141 (2.24%) TeamCity
11 135 (2.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 131 (2.08%) NUnit
13 115 (1.82%) Bitbucket
14 95 (1.51%) webpack
15 93 (1.48%) Team Foundation Server
16 86 (1.36%) Eclipse
17 81 (1.28%) gulp
17 81 (1.28%) Robot Framework
18 76 (1.21%) Gradle
19 71 (1.13%) WebDriver
General
1 847 (13.44%) Finance
2 293 (4.65%) Electronics
3 230 (3.65%) Manufacturing
4 225 (3.57%) Marketing
5 205 (3.25%) Retail
6 195 (3.09%) Games
7 188 (2.98%) Automotive
8 186 (2.95%) Telecoms
9 142 (2.25%) Banking
10 112 (1.78%) Aerospace
11 86 (1.36%) Military
12 78 (1.24%) Front Office
13 51 (0.81%) Law
14 48 (0.76%) Publishing
15 47 (0.75%) Financial Institution
16 42 (0.67%) Advertising
17 33 (0.52%) Investment Banking
18 26 (0.41%) Legal
19 21 (0.33%) Back Office
20 19 (0.30%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,471 (23.33%) .NET
2 1,161 (18.42%) HTML
3 1,023 (16.23%) CSS
4 941 (14.93%) AngularJS
5 670 (10.63%) Spring
6 646 (10.25%) ASP.NET
7 630 (9.99%) Web Services
8 603 (9.57%) Node.js
9 593 (9.41%) RESTful
10 583 (9.25%) React
11 439 (6.96%) REST
12 422 (6.69%) HTML5
13 320 (5.08%) jQuery
14 304 (4.82%) ASP.NET MVC
15 292 (4.63%) .NET Framework
16 272 (4.31%) XML
17 263 (4.17%) JSON
18 243 (3.85%) WPF
19 241 (3.82%) ASP.NET Web API
20 238 (3.78%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 515 (8.17%) Greenfield Project
2 445 (7.06%) Algorithms
3 310 (4.92%) Analytical Skills
4 277 (4.39%) User Experience
5 230 (3.65%) Embedded Systems
6 227 (3.60%) Data Structures
7 221 (3.51%) Fintech
8 177 (2.81%) Mobile App
9 145 (2.30%) Self-Motivation
10 138 (2.19%) Device Driver
11 132 (2.09%) Enterprise Software
12 115 (1.82%) Robotics
13 85 (1.35%) Hedge funds
14 76 (1.21%) Fixed Income
15 64 (1.02%) Public Cloud
16 59 (0.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 58 (0.92%) Cloud Native
17 58 (0.92%) Equities
18 55 (0.87%) CAN bus
19 51 (0.81%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 1,348 (21.38%) Linux
2 722 (11.45%) Windows
3 341 (5.41%) Android
4 252 (4.00%) Apple iOS
5 188 (2.98%) Unix
6 140 (2.22%) Embedded Linux
7 61 (0.97%) Mac OS X
8 57 (0.90%) FreeRTOS
9 50 (0.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 44 (0.70%) CentOS
11 36 (0.57%) Ubuntu
12 28 (0.44%) Windows 10
13 25 (0.40%) Windows 7
14 17 (0.27%) Robot Operating System
14 17 (0.27%) VxWorks
15 16 (0.25%) Debian
15 16 (0.25%) Windows Server
16 13 (0.21%) Windows XP
17 10 (0.16%) CoreOS
18 9 (0.14%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 6,063 (96.18%) Software Engineering
2 2,887 (45.80%) Agile Software Development
3 1,155 (18.32%) TDD
4 1,147 (18.19%) OO
5 1,028 (16.31%) Computer Science
6 908 (14.40%) Microservices
7 856 (13.58%) Continuous Integration
8 855 (13.56%) Scrum
9 807 (12.80%) Test Automation
10 684 (10.85%) MVC
11 660 (10.47%) Problem-Solving
12 647 (10.26%) DevOps
13 537 (8.52%) Mentoring
14 525 (8.33%) SDLC
15 514 (8.15%) Mathematics
16 511 (8.11%) Open Source
17 465 (7.38%) Multithreading
17 465 (7.38%) Unit Testing
18 435 (6.90%) Continuous Delivery
19 420 (6.66%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 2,888 (45.81%) Java
2 2,448 (38.83%) C#
3 2,126 (33.72%) C++
4 1,923 (30.50%) JavaScript
5 1,569 (24.89%) Python
6 1,289 (20.45%) SQL
7 1,252 (19.86%) C
8 329 (5.22%) Java 8
9 298 (4.73%) PHP
10 263 (4.17%) Go
11 242 (3.84%) Ruby
12 229 (3.63%) TypeScript
13 213 (3.38%) Scala
14 194 (3.08%) Embedded C
15 152 (2.41%) Bash Shell
16 138 (2.19%) T-SQL
17 128 (2.03%) Objective-C
18 126 (2.00%) PowerShell
19 120 (1.90%) PL/SQL
20 98 (1.55%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 1,400 (22.21%) Degree
2 410 (6.50%) Computer Science Degree
3 321 (5.09%) Security Cleared
4 199 (3.16%) PhD
5 145 (2.30%) DV Cleared
6 143 (2.27%) SC Cleared
7 76 (1.21%) Numerate Degree
8 60 (0.95%) MPhil
9 45 (0.71%) Master's Degree
10 39 (0.62%) HND
11 35 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
12 31 (0.49%) HNC
13 29 (0.46%) CCNA
13 29 (0.46%) Cisco Certification
13 29 (0.46%) CISSP
13 29 (0.46%) GIAC
13 29 (0.46%) Linux+ Certification
13 29 (0.46%) MCSE
13 29 (0.46%) Network+ Certification
13 29 (0.46%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 212 (3.36%) QA
2 26 (0.41%) MISRA
3 19 (0.30%) DO-178B
4 18 (0.29%) JTAG
5 17 (0.27%) ISO 9001
6 16 (0.25%) GDPR
7 13 (0.21%) MISRA C
8 11 (0.17%) ISO 13485
9 10 (0.16%) DICOM
9 10 (0.16%) ISO 26262
10 8 (0.13%) IEC 61131
10 8 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 12207
11 7 (0.11%) ECSS
12 5 (0.079%) PSD2
13 4 (0.063%) IEC 62304
14 3 (0.048%) IEC 61508
15 2 (0.032%) PMO
15 2 (0.032%) SEPA
16 1 (0.016%) ARP4754
16 1 (0.016%) ISO 15765
System Software
1 674 (10.69%) Docker
2 158 (2.51%) Firmware
3 51 (0.81%) Active Directory
4 45 (0.71%) VMware Infrastructure
5 31 (0.49%) vSphere
6 14 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
7 10 (0.16%) etcd
7 10 (0.16%) HDFS
8 7 (0.11%) Hyper-V
8 7 (0.11%) Varnish
9 6 (0.095%) Xen
10 5 (0.079%) VirtualBox
10 5 (0.079%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (0.063%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 1 (0.016%) Apache Flume
12 1 (0.016%) Ceph
12 1 (0.016%) KVM
12 1 (0.016%) LXC
12 1 (0.016%) QEMU
12 1 (0.016%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 284 (4.51%) Kubernetes
2 164 (2.60%) Ansible
3 152 (2.41%) Terraform
4 104 (1.65%) Puppet
5 80 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
6 42 (0.67%) Salt
7 21 (0.33%) Prometheus
8 20 (0.32%) Packer
9 16 (0.25%) Consul
10 12 (0.19%) Kibana
10 12 (0.19%) Mesos
11 11 (0.17%) Graphite
12 8 (0.13%) HAProxy
12 8 (0.13%) Nagios
13 7 (0.11%) logstash
14 6 (0.095%) CFEngine
14 6 (0.095%) Docker Swarm
14 6 (0.095%) StatsD
15 5 (0.079%) Grafana
16 4 (0.063%) Icinga
Vendors
1 645 (10.23%) Microsoft
2 245 (3.89%) Oracle
3 242 (3.84%) Google
4 76 (1.21%) SAP
5 55 (0.87%) VMware
6 50 (0.79%) IBM
7 49 (0.78%) Atlassian
8 45 (0.71%) Red Hat
9 39 (0.62%) WorldPay
10 38 (0.60%) Xamarin
11 26 (0.41%) Apple
12 24 (0.38%) Adobe
13 19 (0.30%) Talend
14 18 (0.29%) Facebook
15 17 (0.27%) Sun
16 15 (0.24%) Atmel
17 14 (0.22%) Sitecore
18 13 (0.21%) Salesforce.com
19 12 (0.19%) Cadence
19 12 (0.19%) TIBCO