Salary by region
Explore the average UK Front End Developer salary by location:
- London: £45,300
- North of England: £32,500
- Midlands: £32,600
- South West of England: £32,100
Job prospects for Front End Developers
The UK boasts the largest eCommerce market in Europe and the largest concentration of billion-dollar tech startups 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.
As of 2018, just under half (52.2%) of all web traffic was via mobile device. The number of connected devices is thought to hit 50 billion by the year 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 £23,200 and could increase to £54,200 with the right skills and experience. Experienced developer leads have an earning potential of £69,700 and development managers could earn a salary of up to £93,000.
Specialist areas of expertise can help to increase a tech professional’s worth. An entry-level web developer salary sits at an average of £23,300 with the potential to increase to £50,500, a software developer in the UK could earn an average of £39,200 and a Java developer salary is approximately £41,000.
Front End Developer jobs in Manchester and London remain the most plentiful, with robust hiring and healthy salary offerings, especially in the capital itself. Front End Developer salaries in London range between £30,000-£70,200, 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 £60,200 - £90,200.
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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2019 Salary Guide
The Robert Half Salary Guide is your comprehensive guide to competitive, confident hiring for the year ahead. Based on interviews with 200 CFOs, 100 CIOs, 300 hiring managers and 2,000 professionals from across the UK, it provides an extensive overview of the key trends affecting hiring in 2019.
- Salary ranges for 270 jobs
- Most in-demand positions & skills
- Hiring market trends per sector
- Key retention and development strategies
- Trends in remuneration packages and starting salaries