UK developers highest paid in Europe and third highest tech earners globally

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  • UK developers paid on average $64,315 (£46,306)
  • US continues to top tech salary table, with average developer salary over $80,000 


London, 16th February 2021 — UK developers are the highest paid in Europe and the third highest tech earners globally, according to research by developer recruitment platform CodinGame.*

The average tech wage (in USD) in the UK ($64,315) is just ahead of the Netherlands ($64,045) with Germany ($58,503) making up the top three tech payers in Europe.

Developer salaries in the UK are almost a quarter (23%) higher than the average tech wage in France ($52,052) and more than double the salary earned in the Ukraine ($28,184).

However, compared to average salaries in the US ($83,082), UK developers are still the poorer cousin. Tech wages are almost a third higher (30%) across the pond. The US also remains the top-paying country for tech talent globally.

At the other end of the global tech pay scale, developers in India, which is the world’s fastest growing tech hub, are the lowest paid with an average salary of $20,750. Wages are only slightly higher in Brazil at $21,243.

CodinGame also analysed average UK salaries, in GBP, for particular tech positions. Below CTO level (£84,360), the top paying tech role is software architect, earning on average £74,760, followed by back-end developer (£51,300).


Chart representing the average software engineer salaries in the world in 2021 - The top paying countries by CodinGame

Chart representing the top 10 salaries in tech in the UK for 2021


Aude Barral, co-founder of developer recruitment platform CodinGame, comments: 


“The UK has cemented its place as one of the world’s top tech hubs, and developers in the UK can command some of the highest salaries in the global jobs market. 

“With high demand for skilled developers across all business sectors, the very best tech talent is headhunted and can name their price.

“However, this demand has caused a potential supply issue for key tech roles. When we polled UK tech recruiters recently, almost half admitted that pandemic demand for developers means they will struggle to fill certain tech positions such as DevOps in 2021. This could be a longer-term issue post-Covid.

“One possible solution could be to tap into the pool of highly skilled and affordable developers in countries such as India and Brazil where average salaries are significantly lower. 

“With many UK companies looking to adopt remote working practices once life and work returns to normal, building a remote tech team comprising developers based across continents could be the future.”



Notes to editors

* CodinGame surveyed its community of two million developers plus tech recruiters to compile salary data. There was insufficient data on China and Japan and some European countries.

About CodinGame  – CodinGame is a challenge-based training platform where programmers can improve their coding skills through gamified puzzles and challenges. Headhunters and recruiters find the developers they need among our community of more than two million programmers.