Period
to 2 April 2020

The median annual salary for a Software Engineer was £55,000 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 2 April 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
2 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 60 63 75
Rank change year-on-year +3 +12 +29
Permanent jobs requiring a Software Engineer 5,232 6,505 6,813
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.47% 4.39% 3.85%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.68% 4.58% 3.99%
Number of salaries quoted 4,454 5,338 5,582
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £35,000 £32,500 £30,591
90th Percentile £91,250 £80,000 £77,500
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 111,745 142,075 170,719
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.40% 95.97% 96.46%
Number of salaries quoted 89,584 113,392 140,055
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £29,750 £28,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,500
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +2.35%

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 2 April 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 2 April 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 +1 4,728 £55,000 +4.76% 1,046
UK excluding London -1 3,414 £50,000 +5.26% 823
London +25 1,723 £72,500 +8.21% 307
South East -7 1,087 £50,000 +5.26% 218
North of England +1 735 £50,000 +5.26% 120
South West -2 519 £47,500 +5.56% 131
Work from Home +5 348 £55,000 -8.33% 77
North West -4 344 £50,000 - 60
Midlands -3 336 £48,500 +14.12% 123
Yorkshire +23 327 £50,000 +11.11% 41
Scotland -2 323 £47,500 +5.56% 54
East of England +5 318 £50,000 - 147
West Midlands +7 205 £48,500 +14.12% 79
East Midlands -10 131 £50,000 +21.95% 44
Wales -24 79 £42,500 -5.56% 22
North East -3 64 £43,750 -2.78% 19
Northern Ireland +23 25 £45,000 -40.00% 9

Software Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 April 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 5,108 (97.63%) Software Engineering
2 2,429 (46.43%) Agile Software Development
3 2,035 (38.90%) Java
4 1,769 (33.81%) C#
5 1,697 (32.44%) JavaScript
6 1,423 (27.20%) .NET
7 1,388 (26.53%) C++
8 1,370 (26.19%) Python
9 1,209 (23.11%) AWS
10 1,113 (21.27%) SQL
11 1,004 (19.19%) Linux
12 998 (19.07%) Microservices
13 969 (18.52%) Degree
14 941 (17.99%) DevOps
15 924 (17.66%) TDD
16 880 (16.82%) Finance
17 869 (16.61%) Git (software)
18 863 (16.49%) C
19 847 (16.19%) Docker
20 834 (15.94%) Azure
21 812 (15.52%) Scrum
22 788 (15.06%) AngularJS
23 750 (14.33%) HTML
24 737 (14.09%) Node.js
25 717 (13.70%) React
26 694 (13.26%) Test Automation
27 681 (13.02%) Windows
28 674 (12.88%) CSS
29 670 (12.81%) Computer Science
30 663 (12.67%) OO

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
1 153 (2.92%) Elasticsearch
2 97 (1.85%) Confluence
3 81 (1.55%) Apache Spark
4 58 (1.11%) CMS
5 55 (1.05%) Apache
6 48 (0.92%) IIS
7 38 (0.73%) JBoss
8 37 (0.71%) Tomcat
9 29 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 24 (0.46%) SAS
11 20 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
12 18 (0.34%) nginx
12 18 (0.34%) WordPress
13 16 (0.31%) SharePoint
14 15 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
14 15 (0.29%) WebSphere
15 12 (0.23%) Tornado
16 10 (0.19%) WebLogic
17 9 (0.17%) Headless CMS
17 9 (0.17%) Jetty
Applications
1 29 (0.55%) Simulink
2 22 (0.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (0.34%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
5 8 (0.15%) Microsoft Office
6 7 (0.13%) Chatbot
7 6 (0.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 3 (0.057%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.038%) TargetLink
10 1 (0.019%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.019%) Adobe Premiere
10 1 (0.019%) OrCAD
10 1 (0.019%) Sketch
10 1 (0.019%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 20 (0.38%) Payment Gateway
2 7 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.11%) Distributed Ledger
4 5 (0.096%) Raiser's Edge
4 5 (0.096%) Sage 200
4 5 (0.096%) Sage 50
5 4 (0.076%) Infor M3
5 4 (0.076%) Oracle Cash Management
6 3 (0.057%) Adobe Campaign
6 3 (0.057%) Magento
6 3 (0.057%) OpenCart
7 2 (0.038%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.019%) Oracle BRM
8 1 (0.019%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.019%) Oracle Payables
8 1 (0.019%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 1 (0.019%) Tesseract
8 1 (0.019%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 1,209 (23.11%) AWS
2 834 (15.94%) Azure
3 304 (5.81%) GCP
4 221 (4.22%) Serverless
5 171 (3.27%) SaaS
6 153 (2.92%) GitHub
7 115 (2.20%) AWS Lambda
8 95 (1.82%) OpenShift
9 86 (1.64%) Amazon S3
10 81 (1.55%) Amazon SQS
11 64 (1.22%) Amazon ECS
12 61 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
13 54 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
14 40 (0.76%) PaaS
15 38 (0.73%) AWS CloudFormation
16 19 (0.36%) Power Platform
17 15 (0.29%) Amazon SageMaker
17 15 (0.29%) CloudFront
17 15 (0.29%) G Suite
18 14 (0.27%) Amazon Kinesis
Communications & Networking
1 93 (1.78%) TCP/IP
2 69 (1.32%) Wireless
3 57 (1.09%) Internet
4 54 (1.03%) HTTP
5 38 (0.73%) Bluetooth
6 31 (0.59%) RS-232
7 29 (0.55%) Firewall
8 25 (0.48%) MQTT
9 23 (0.44%) Ethernet
9 23 (0.44%) RS-485
10 19 (0.36%) RTP
10 19 (0.36%) Tactical Data Link
11 18 (0.34%) VoIP
11 18 (0.34%) Wireshark
12 16 (0.31%) Skype
12 16 (0.31%) Wi-Fi
13 13 (0.25%) Network Security
14 12 (0.23%) LTE
15 11 (0.21%) WAN
16 10 (0.19%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 574 (10.97%) SQL Server
2 434 (8.30%) NoSQL
3 388 (7.42%) MySQL
4 332 (6.35%) PostgreSQL
5 275 (5.26%) MongoDB
6 240 (4.59%) Relational Database
7 202 (3.86%) Big Data
8 176 (3.36%) Redis
9 100 (1.91%) Hadoop
10 94 (1.80%) RDBMS
11 86 (1.64%) Amazon RDS
12 80 (1.53%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 40 (0.76%) Apache Cassandra
14 37 (0.71%) Amazon Aurora
15 27 (0.52%) Amazon Redshift
16 26 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 25 (0.48%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 24 (0.46%) GIS
19 23 (0.44%) Base SAS
19 23 (0.44%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 869 (16.61%) Git (software)
2 360 (6.88%) Jenkins
3 291 (5.56%) JIRA
4 191 (3.65%) Visual Studio
5 175 (3.34%) Subversion
6 155 (2.96%) Selenium
7 118 (2.26%) JUnit
8 101 (1.93%) Maven
9 93 (1.78%) Bitbucket
10 89 (1.70%) Eclipse
11 73 (1.40%) NUnit
12 72 (1.38%) GitLab
13 71 (1.36%) Team Foundation Server
14 63 (1.20%) Octopus Deploy
15 61 (1.17%) TeamCity
16 57 (1.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 57 (1.09%) Cucumber
17 54 (1.03%) WebDriver
18 48 (0.92%) Rational DOORS
19 47 (0.90%) MSTest
General
1 880 (16.82%) Finance
2 357 (6.82%) Banking
3 206 (3.94%) Electronics
4 175 (3.34%) Aerospace
5 171 (3.27%) Front Office
6 162 (3.10%) Retail
7 136 (2.60%) Games
8 132 (2.52%) Public Sector
9 129 (2.47%) Automotive
10 123 (2.35%) Manufacturing
11 120 (2.29%) Telecoms
12 115 (2.20%) Marketing
13 85 (1.62%) Military
14 76 (1.45%) Investment Banking
15 75 (1.43%) Law
16 50 (0.96%) Advertising
17 31 (0.59%) Financial Institution
18 28 (0.54%) Legal
19 23 (0.44%) Publishing
20 21 (0.40%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,423 (27.20%) .NET
2 788 (15.06%) AngularJS
3 750 (14.33%) HTML
4 737 (14.09%) Node.js
5 717 (13.70%) React
6 674 (12.88%) CSS
7 522 (9.98%) Web Services
8 516 (9.86%) Spring
9 462 (8.83%) RESTful
10 455 (8.70%) ASP.NET
11 432 (8.26%) REST
12 372 (7.11%) .NET Core
13 371 (7.09%) .NET Framework
14 289 (5.52%) HTML5
15 227 (4.34%) Spring Boot
16 207 (3.96%) jQuery
17 203 (3.88%) ASP.NET Web API
18 193 (3.69%) Vue.js
19 182 (3.48%) Kafka
20 160 (3.06%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 337 (6.44%) Greenfield Project
2 309 (5.91%) Algorithms
3 276 (5.28%) Analytical Skills
4 208 (3.98%) User Experience
5 141 (2.69%) Mobile App
6 135 (2.58%) Embedded Systems
7 122 (2.33%) Cloud Native
8 118 (2.26%) Fixed Income
9 117 (2.24%) Self-Motivation
10 114 (2.18%) Hedge funds
11 98 (1.87%) Derivative
12 97 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
13 96 (1.83%) Equities
14 93 (1.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 87 (1.66%) Robotics
16 78 (1.49%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
17 76 (1.45%) Data Structures
18 57 (1.09%) Management Information System
19 54 (1.03%) Device Driver
20 47 (0.90%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 1,004 (19.19%) Linux
2 681 (13.02%) Windows
3 249 (4.76%) Unix
4 210 (4.01%) Android
5 198 (3.78%) Apple iOS
6 113 (2.16%) Mac OS X
7 102 (1.95%) Embedded Linux
8 34 (0.65%) VxWorks
9 33 (0.63%) Windows Server
10 24 (0.46%) Windows 10
11 21 (0.40%) Ubuntu
12 18 (0.34%) CentOS
13 17 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 12 (0.23%) Fedora
15 11 (0.21%) FreeRTOS
15 11 (0.21%) Solaris
16 9 (0.17%) SafeRTOS
16 9 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
16 9 (0.17%) Windows Server 2016
17 6 (0.11%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,108 (97.63%) Software Engineering
2 2,429 (46.43%) Agile Software Development
3 998 (19.07%) Microservices
4 941 (17.99%) DevOps
5 924 (17.66%) TDD
6 812 (15.52%) Scrum
7 694 (13.26%) Test Automation
8 670 (12.81%) Computer Science
9 663 (12.67%) OO
10 658 (12.58%) Problem-Solving
11 575 (10.99%) Continuous Integration
12 501 (9.58%) Mentoring
13 477 (9.12%) SDLC
14 427 (8.16%) Unit Testing
15 418 (7.99%) MVC
16 407 (7.78%) Open Source
17 344 (6.57%) BDD
18 343 (6.56%) Machine Learning
19 323 (6.17%) Mathematics
20 300 (5.73%) Fintech
Programming Languages
1 2,035 (38.90%) Java
2 1,769 (33.81%) C#
3 1,697 (32.44%) JavaScript
4 1,388 (26.53%) C++
5 1,370 (26.19%) Python
6 1,113 (21.27%) SQL
7 863 (16.49%) C
8 278 (5.31%) TypeScript
9 266 (5.08%) PHP
10 264 (5.05%) Java 8
11 238 (4.55%) Go
12 216 (4.13%) Ruby
13 199 (3.80%) Embedded C
14 185 (3.54%) Kotlin
15 178 (3.40%) Scala
16 166 (3.17%) T-SQL
17 129 (2.47%) MATLAB
18 123 (2.35%) R
19 104 (1.99%) Bash Shell
20 91 (1.74%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 969 (18.52%) Degree
2 319 (6.10%) Computer Science Degree
3 253 (4.84%) Security Cleared
4 128 (2.45%) SC Cleared
5 93 (1.78%) DV Cleared
6 54 (1.03%) PhD
7 22 (0.42%) Numerate Degree
8 19 (0.36%) MCP
9 18 (0.34%) DBS Check
10 14 (0.27%) HND
10 14 (0.27%) Master's Degree
11 11 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
12 7 (0.13%) AWS Certification
13 5 (0.096%) HNC
14 4 (0.076%) Chartered Engineer
14 4 (0.076%) Postgraduate
15 3 (0.057%) Cisco Certification
15 3 (0.057%) CISSP
15 3 (0.057%) MCSD
15 3 (0.057%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 212 (4.05%) QA
2 33 (0.63%) GDPR
3 26 (0.50%) IEC 61508
4 17 (0.32%) MISRA
5 13 (0.25%) DICOM
6 12 (0.23%) ISO 9001
7 9 (0.17%) IEC 62304
7 9 (0.17%) ISO 26262
7 9 (0.17%) MISRA C
8 7 (0.13%) ISO 15022
8 7 (0.13%) ISO 20022
9 5 (0.096%) DO-178B
9 5 (0.096%) ISO 13485
9 5 (0.096%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 2 (0.038%) EMIR
10 2 (0.038%) ISO 9000
10 2 (0.038%) MiFID
11 1 (0.019%) Def Stans
11 1 (0.019%) HL7
11 1 (0.019%) PMO
System Software
1 847 (16.19%) Docker
2 159 (3.04%) Firmware
3 38 (0.73%) Active Directory
4 32 (0.61%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (0.17%) vSphere
6 7 (0.13%) ISA Server
6 7 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
7 6 (0.11%) KVM
8 5 (0.096%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 4 (0.076%) Hyper-V
9 4 (0.076%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.076%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.076%) Xen
10 3 (0.057%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 3 (0.057%) HDFS
10 3 (0.057%) LXC
11 2 (0.038%) Varnish
12 1 (0.019%) Apache Flume
12 1 (0.019%) VirtualBox
12 1 (0.019%) zsh
Systems Management
1 563 (10.76%) Kubernetes
2 177 (3.38%) Terraform
3 119 (2.27%) Ansible
4 54 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
5 44 (0.84%) Mesos
6 40 (0.76%) Puppet
7 38 (0.73%) Marathon
8 33 (0.63%) Kibana
9 31 (0.59%) BMC PATROL
10 18 (0.34%) SELinux
11 16 (0.31%) Prometheus
12 12 (0.23%) Grafana
12 12 (0.23%) Rancher
13 9 (0.17%) Istio
13 9 (0.17%) Knative
13 9 (0.17%) Red Hat Satellite
14 8 (0.15%) Salt
15 7 (0.13%) CA Service Virtualization
16 6 (0.11%) Oozie
17 5 (0.096%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 396 (7.57%) Microsoft
2 261 (4.99%) Google
3 246 (4.70%) Oracle
4 78 (1.49%) WorldPay
5 73 (1.40%) FIS
6 55 (1.05%) Atlassian
6 55 (1.05%) IBM
7 47 (0.90%) Sage
8 39 (0.75%) Adobe
8 39 (0.75%) Xamarin
9 37 (0.71%) Apple
9 37 (0.71%) Salesforce.com
10 34 (0.65%) VMware
11 32 (0.61%) SAP
11 32 (0.61%) Sybase
12 31 (0.59%) Red Hat
13 28 (0.54%) New Relic
13 28 (0.54%) Perforce
14 21 (0.40%) Unisys
15 20 (0.38%) Dell