Average front-end developer salaries in the UK - 2022

Salary by region

Explore the average UK front-end developer salary by location:

  • London: £52,900
  • Scotland: £45,540
  • Wales: £42,780
  • West Midlands: £45,540
  • South East of England: £47,380

Job prospects for front-end developers

The UK boasts the largest e-commerce market in Europe and the largest concentration of billion-dollar tech start-ups than any other country. Outside of the tech industry, businesses of all sizes across all industries are undergoing digitisation. This has left a deficit of more than 40,000 professionals with the digital skills needed to help businesses evolve.

The number of connected devices is thought to hit 50 billion by 2020. In order to improve user experience and remain competitive, businesses are investing in responsive sites and mobile sites. Developers can increase their employability by gaining experience or knowledge in this area. 

Developers at a mid and senior level are currently the most sought-after professionals within the UK technology hiring market. Highly experienced, qualified professionals may find this the ideal time to renegotiate salaries or to pursue new opportunities. 

Temporary and contract front-end developer jobs are rising in popularity and could offer professionals more control over work–life balance and job potential. Companies are currently spending an estimated £2.2 billion on higher salaries and temporary staffing to fill the void left by vacant tech roles. Short-term employees are filling digital skills gaps in 38% of UK businesses at present, opening up new possibilities for developers who work for themselves. 

Front-end developer salary opportunities

In an entry-level role, the average UK front-end developer salary starts at £31,000 and could increase to £65,000 with the right skills and experience. Experienced developer leads have an earning average of £96,000 and development managers could earn a salary of up to £100,000.

Specialist areas of expertise can help to increase a tech professional’s worth. A back-end developer salary sits at an average of £46,000 with the potential to increase to £65,250, a DevOps Engineer in the UK could earn an average of £57,500 and a testing analyst salary is approximately £35,000.

Front-end developer IT jobs in Manchester and London IT jobs remain the most plentiful, with robust hiring and healthy salary offerings, especially in the capital itself. Front-end developer salaries in London range between £35,650 - £75,000, depending on the level of experience and skill. Experienced, senior tech professionals have significantly more earning potential and developer lead salaries in London range from £65,800 - £123,800.

Tech professionals can also add value to their professional offering by learning the extra back end skills needed to become a full stack developer—a role which has seen impressive growth in recent months.

Remote working front-end developer jobs can be negotiated with employers as part of a remuneration package. Remote and flexible working has become such a popular candidate request and is being offered alongside a competitive salary to help attract qualified tech talent. 

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