The 12 Highest Paying UK Developer Roles 2021

The pandemic has accelerated efforts to bring more digital services to employees and customers, while also promoting cloud strategies, increasing demand for software developers across all industry sectors.

At the same time, “we are in the midst of the Great Resignation where workers are quitting their jobs at record speed,” Josh Brenner, CEO of tech recruitment specialist Hired, wrote in a recent report. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, many entered a period of reflection and re-evaluated their careers with a new perspective. Some people promised never to work from an office again, while others were looking for better benefits and a better work-life balance. This has led to high staff turnover and a peak in demand for top technical talent.”

These trends are reflected in the average salary of those defined as software developers on Hired’s platform, where salaries in the UK have steadily risen since 2019, from £48,000 to £52,000 in 2020 and now £54,000 in 2021.

Below are the highest paying job titles for software developers in the UK according to Robert Half’s salary guide, which is based on research conducted in the summer of 2021. These numbers represent the national average salary range for the 50th and 75th percentiles of job applicants.

Chief Architect

The highest paying non-C-suite role in 2021 will be the lead architect. Organizations are looking for talented engineers to guide their digital transformation efforts.

  • Chief Architect: £100,000 – £120,000.

Technical Managers

Developer team leaders can vary in scope, with most working their way up to technical head or manager level. Once there, these individuals often find themselves as the middleman for business leadership and the developer team, setting priorities, managing workforces and budgets, and eliminating toil where possible.

  • Head of Engineering: £91,000 – £105,000
  • Chief Engineer: £65,250 – £77,250

cloud engineer

One of the fastest growing roles as identified by Robert Half, the cloud engineer is responsible for designing and maintaining the cloud platforms on which organizations run their applications.

  • Cloud Engineer: £55,000-£61,000

Developers and Engineers

The roles of software developers have been neatly split between front-end and back-end by Robert Half, with front-end salaries increasing significantly over the past year to now be on par with back-end developers. Robert Half also added the full-stack developer role in 2021.

  • Full Stack Developer: £48,000 – £65,000
  • Back-end developer: £46,000-£65,250
  • Front-end developer: £46,000-£65,250

Devops Engineers

As agile methodologies have proliferated in enterprises of all sizes, the demand for devops engineers with both developer and system administrator skills has also increased. A good devops engineer will be laser-focused on solving operational challenges using software and automation techniques, and will be able to bridge the traditional gap between developers and operations personnel.

  • Devops Manager: £66,000 – £74,000
  • Devops Engineer: £57,500-£66,000

Software testing and support

Test and support roles remain one of the lowest paid developer roles, according to Robert Half. These people are responsible for ensuring that code releases are stable and free from bugs.

  • Test Manager: £48,250-£58,250
  • Application Support: £39,500 – £49,000
  • Test Analyst: £35,000 – £40,000

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