Period
to 15 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for SQL Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited SQL Server over the 6 months to 15 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
15 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 12 10 9
Rank change year-on-year -2 -1 -4
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 11,828 16,191 17,364
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.44% 16.00% 16.15%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 47.81% 51.46% 54.06%
Number of salaries quoted 10,152 14,259 15,524
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
10th Percentile £27,500 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £62,500 £60,000 £58,250
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.27% +3.53%

SQL Server is in the Databases and Business Intelligence category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 24,740 31,465 32,117
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 28.12% 31.10% 29.87%
Number of salaries quoted 20,322 26,474 27,244
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £28,750 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £68,750 £62,500 £62,500
UK median annual salary £50,500 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +6.32% - +5.56%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing SQL Server as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the UK excluding London

SQL Server
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing SQL Server in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for SQL Server in the UK excluding London

SQL Server
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 15 December 2018.

Salary histogram for SQL Server in the UK excluding London

SQL Server
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SQL Server within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 15 December 2018. 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
South East -3 3,756 £45,000 +5.88% 559
North of England -2 2,886 £42,500 +4.94% 726
Midlands 0 1,774 £40,000 - 437
North West -2 1,678 £45,000 +12.50% 378
East of England +1 1,266 £45,000 - 222
South West -6 1,192 £40,000 - 246
Yorkshire 0 1,045 £42,500 - 297
West Midlands +1 1,001 £40,000 - 250
East Midlands +1 771 £40,000 +6.67% 186
Scotland -1 684 £45,000 +12.50% 120
Wales -4 231 £37,500 - 60
North East -11 163 £37,500 +5.63% 51
Northern Ireland -11 66 £37,500 +7.14% 13
Isle of Man +10 4 £37,500 -25.00% 1
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 15 December 2018, IT jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 6,505 (55.00%) .NET
2 6,379 (53.93%) C#
3 5,921 (50.06%) SQL
4 4,863 (41.11%) Microsoft
5 4,237 (35.82%) Agile Software Development
6 4,013 (33.93%) JavaScript
7 3,849 (32.54%) ASP.NET
8 3,824 (32.33%) MVC
9 3,234 (27.34%) HTML
10 2,895 (24.48%) CSS
11 2,483 (20.99%) Microsoft Azure
12 2,379 (20.11%) Windows
13 2,219 (18.76%) T-SQL
14 2,194 (18.55%) ASP.NET MVC
15 2,025 (17.12%) AngularJS
16 1,792 (15.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 1,703 (14.40%) Business Intelligence
18 1,701 (14.38%) Finance
19 1,683 (14.23%) .NET Framework
20 1,675 (14.16%) ASP.NET Web API
21 1,649 (13.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 1,633 (13.81%) TDD
23 1,599 (13.52%) jQuery
24 1,536 (12.99%) Scrum
25 1,486 (12.56%) Oracle
26 1,394 (11.79%) Web Services
27 1,378 (11.65%) Degree
28 1,282 (10.84%) Problem-Solving
29 1,224 (10.35%) Visual Studio
30 1,160 (9.81%) Git (software)

SQL Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 855 (7.23%) IIS
2 558 (4.72%) SharePoint
3 270 (2.28%) MS Exchange
4 263 (2.22%) CMS
5 225 (1.90%) Elasticsearch
6 160 (1.35%) Umbraco
7 157 (1.33%) Tomcat
8 149 (1.26%) Confluence
9 137 (1.16%) Apache
10 130 (1.10%) BizTalk Server
11 107 (0.90%) WebSphere
12 104 (0.88%) Skype for Business
13 100 (0.85%) JBoss
14 94 (0.79%) WebLogic
15 89 (0.75%) Apache Spark
16 71 (0.60%) SAS
17 63 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 59 (0.50%) Sitecore CMS
19 54 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
20 53 (0.45%) nginx
Applications
1 430 (3.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 366 (3.09%) Microsoft Office
3 70 (0.59%) Chatbot
4 37 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 35 (0.30%) MS Visio
6 28 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
7 21 (0.18%) SPSS
8 17 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
8 17 (0.14%) Photoshop
9 10 (0.085%) Weka
10 9 (0.076%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 6 (0.051%) Maya
11 6 (0.051%) Spreadsheet
12 5 (0.042%) Fireworks
13 4 (0.034%) EngageOne
13 4 (0.034%) InfoPath
14 2 (0.017%) Acrobat
14 2 (0.017%) AutoCAD
14 2 (0.017%) Stata
15 1 (0.008%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 211 (1.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 115 (0.97%) Dynamics AX
3 57 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
4 25 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
5 19 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
6 17 (0.14%) FastStats
6 17 (0.14%) Sage 200
7 16 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 16 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
8 15 (0.13%) Magento
8 15 (0.13%) NetSuite
9 13 (0.11%) SAP ERP
10 11 (0.093%) Oracle Applications
10 11 (0.093%) SAP S/4HANA
11 10 (0.085%) Oracle Cash Management
12 9 (0.076%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 8 (0.068%) Infor M3
13 8 (0.068%) Oracle EBS R12
14 7 (0.059%) Movex
14 7 (0.059%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 2,483 (20.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,084 (9.16%) Amazon AWS
3 462 (3.91%) Office 365
4 378 (3.20%) SaaS
5 209 (1.77%) PaaS
6 178 (1.50%) IaaS
7 158 (1.34%) GitHub
8 101 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
9 87 (0.74%) Serverless
10 83 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
11 75 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
12 64 (0.54%) Azure Data Factory
13 58 (0.49%) npm
14 52 (0.44%) Amazon EC2
15 51 (0.43%) Azure Functions
16 37 (0.31%) Amazon S3
17 35 (0.30%) Google Play
18 33 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
19 32 (0.27%) NuGet
20 29 (0.25%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 401 (3.39%) Firewall
2 350 (2.96%) DNS
3 319 (2.70%) TCP/IP
4 310 (2.62%) Internet
5 199 (1.68%) DHCP
6 198 (1.67%) SAN
7 193 (1.63%) WAN
8 185 (1.56%) LAN
9 173 (1.46%) VPN
10 119 (1.01%) HTTP
11 104 (0.88%) Network Security
12 86 (0.73%) VLAN
13 75 (0.63%) SSL
14 72 (0.61%) Intranet
15 68 (0.57%) Skype
16 67 (0.57%) VoIP
17 59 (0.50%) NAS
18 42 (0.36%) Broadband
18 42 (0.36%) Wireless
19 40 (0.34%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,792 (15.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,649 (13.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1,023 (8.65%) Data Warehouse
4 954 (8.07%) Relational Database
5 936 (7.91%) MySQL
6 851 (7.19%) SQL Server 2016
7 825 (6.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 781 (6.60%) SQL Server 2008
9 703 (5.94%) Power BI
10 696 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
11 648 (5.48%) NoSQL
12 506 (4.28%) MongoDB
13 421 (3.56%) PostgreSQL
14 364 (3.08%) RDBMS
15 347 (2.93%) SQL Server 2014
16 340 (2.87%) Oracle Database
17 294 (2.49%) Big Data
18 219 (1.85%) QlikView
19 180 (1.52%) Azure SQL Database
20 171 (1.45%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 1,224 (10.35%) Visual Studio
2 1,160 (9.81%) Git (software)
3 889 (7.52%) Team Foundation Server
4 465 (3.93%) JIRA
5 322 (2.72%) TeamCity
6 300 (2.54%) Jenkins
7 250 (2.11%) Selenium
8 249 (2.11%) Subversion
9 224 (1.89%) Octopus Deploy
10 216 (1.83%) NUnit
11 190 (1.61%) Visual Studio Team System
12 120 (1.01%) Bitbucket
13 116 (0.98%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 111 (0.94%) SpecFlow
15 104 (0.88%) Cucumber
16 103 (0.87%) Maven
17 87 (0.74%) Eclipse
18 79 (0.67%) MSTest
19 73 (0.62%) gulp
20 71 (0.60%) ReSharper
General
1 1,701 (14.38%) Finance
2 534 (4.51%) Retail
3 443 (3.75%) Marketing
4 275 (2.32%) Manufacturing
5 273 (2.31%) Games
6 245 (2.07%) Advertising
7 241 (2.04%) Telecoms
8 186 (1.57%) Banking
9 130 (1.10%) Electronics
10 117 (0.99%) Automotive
11 99 (0.84%) Back Office
12 91 (0.77%) Legal
13 75 (0.63%) Law
14 46 (0.39%) Investment Banking
15 32 (0.27%) Publishing
16 28 (0.24%) Financial Institution
17 26 (0.22%) Local Government
18 25 (0.21%) Aerospace
19 20 (0.17%) Pharmaceutical
20 19 (0.16%) Billing
Job Titles
1 7,080 (59.86%) Developer
2 3,353 (28.35%) .NET Developer
3 2,255 (19.06%) C# Developer
4 1,697 (14.35%) C# .NET Developer
5 1,529 (12.93%) Software Developer
6 1,123 (9.49%) Senior Developer
7 1,102 (9.32%) Analyst
8 958 (8.10%) SQL Developer
9 806 (6.81%) DBA
10 743 (6.28%) ASP.NET Developer
11 680 (5.75%) .NET Software Developer
12 667 (5.64%) C# Software Developer
13 638 (5.39%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 624 (5.28%) SQL DBA
15 571 (4.83%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 507 (4.29%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
17 501 (4.24%) Senior .NET Developer
18 500 (4.23%) Junior
19 456 (3.86%) Administrator
20 454 (3.84%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6,505 (55.00%) .NET
2 3,849 (32.54%) ASP.NET
3 3,234 (27.34%) HTML
4 2,895 (24.48%) CSS
5 2,194 (18.55%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2,025 (17.12%) AngularJS
7 1,683 (14.23%) .NET Framework
8 1,675 (14.16%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1,599 (13.52%) jQuery
10 1,394 (11.79%) Web Services
11 1,061 (8.97%) WCF
12 991 (8.38%) XML
13 910 (7.69%) HTML5
14 904 (7.64%) Entity Framework
15 811 (6.86%) RESTful
16 677 (5.72%) .NET Core
17 629 (5.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 622 (5.26%) REST
19 608 (5.14%) WPF
20 531 (4.49%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 861 (7.28%) Analytical Skills
2 733 (6.20%) Greenfield Project
3 453 (3.83%) Enterprise Software
4 385 (3.25%) Mobile App
5 363 (3.07%) User Experience
6 345 (2.92%) Self-Motivation
7 282 (2.38%) Management Information System
8 242 (2.05%) Fintech
9 217 (1.83%) Replication
10 199 (1.68%) Clustering
11 175 (1.48%) Data Centre
12 144 (1.22%) Driving Licence
13 105 (0.89%) Data Structures
14 93 (0.79%) NHS
15 88 (0.74%) Algorithms
16 84 (0.71%) Client/Server
17 80 (0.68%) Private Cloud
18 77 (0.65%) Public Cloud
19 71 (0.60%) Social Media
20 52 (0.44%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 2,379 (20.11%) Windows
2 1,081 (9.14%) Windows Server
3 1,003 (8.48%) Linux
4 411 (3.47%) Unix
5 369 (3.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 326 (2.76%) Windows Server 2008
7 316 (2.67%) Apple iOS
8 315 (2.66%) Android
9 189 (1.60%) Windows 10
10 123 (1.04%) Windows 7
11 115 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 65 (0.55%) Windows 8
13 59 (0.50%) CentOS
14 50 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
15 41 (0.35%) Ubuntu
16 36 (0.30%) Mac OS X
17 30 (0.25%) Solaris
18 26 (0.22%) AIX
18 26 (0.22%) Windows XP
19 24 (0.20%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,237 (35.82%) Agile Software Development
2 3,824 (32.33%) MVC
3 1,703 (14.40%) Business Intelligence
4 1,633 (13.81%) TDD
5 1,536 (12.99%) Scrum
6 1,282 (10.84%) Problem-Solving
7 1,053 (8.90%) Software Engineering
8 1,006 (8.51%) OO
9 980 (8.29%) Web Development
10 947 (8.01%) ETL
11 913 (7.72%) Continuous Integration
12 797 (6.74%) SDLC
13 742 (6.27%) BDD
14 705 (5.96%) Unit Testing
15 704 (5.95%) Test Automation
16 668 (5.65%) Mentoring
17 665 (5.62%) DevOps
18 660 (5.58%) Web Application Development
19 654 (5.53%) ITIL
20 647 (5.47%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 6,379 (53.93%) C#
2 5,921 (50.06%) SQL
3 4,013 (33.93%) JavaScript
4 2,219 (18.76%) T-SQL
5 1,024 (8.66%) Java
6 684 (5.78%) PowerShell
7 603 (5.10%) VB.NET
8 486 (4.11%) Python
9 437 (3.69%) PHP
10 370 (3.13%) C++
11 367 (3.10%) TypeScript
12 286 (2.42%) VB
13 260 (2.20%) Ruby
14 223 (1.89%) PL/SQL
15 184 (1.56%) VBA
16 169 (1.43%) C
17 102 (0.86%) Shell Script
18 96 (0.81%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 89 (0.75%) Bash Shell
20 86 (0.73%) VB6
Qualifications
1 1,378 (11.65%) Degree
2 422 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
3 358 (3.03%) Computer Science Degree
4 293 (2.48%) Security Cleared
5 169 (1.43%) SC Cleared
6 159 (1.34%) MCSE
7 114 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
8 97 (0.82%) ISTQB
9 92 (0.78%) ISEB
10 90 (0.76%) MCSA
11 86 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
12 85 (0.72%) MCP
13 84 (0.71%) CCNA
14 48 (0.41%) CISSP
15 46 (0.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 42 (0.36%) MCITP
16 42 (0.36%) PMI Certification
17 38 (0.32%) DBS Check
17 38 (0.32%) DV Cleared
18 37 (0.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 397 (3.36%) QA
2 229 (1.94%) SLA
3 184 (1.56%) Data Quality
4 140 (1.18%) GDPR
5 122 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 66 (0.56%) PCI DSS
7 44 (0.37%) ISO 9001
8 30 (0.25%) PMO
9 16 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
10 15 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 14 (0.12%) HL7
12 12 (0.10%) ISO 14001
13 9 (0.076%) WAI
14 8 (0.068%) GAMP
15 7 (0.059%) COBIT
16 6 (0.051%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 3 (0.025%) WCAG
18 2 (0.017%) DICOM
18 2 (0.017%) IFRS
18 2 (0.017%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 897 (7.58%) Active Directory
2 459 (3.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 401 (3.39%) Hyper-V
4 284 (2.40%) Docker
5 138 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
6 129 (1.09%) vSphere
7 104 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
8 52 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
9 51 (0.43%) XenApp
10 32 (0.27%) Firmware
11 29 (0.25%) HDFS
12 27 (0.23%) Terminal Services
13 23 (0.19%) XenDesktop
14 22 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
15 21 (0.18%) XenServer
16 16 (0.14%) Varnish
17 15 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
18 13 (0.11%) VirtualBox
19 10 (0.085%) Terminal Server
20 9 (0.076%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 191 (1.61%) SCCM
2 158 (1.34%) Puppet
3 120 (1.01%) Ansible
4 98 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
5 97 (0.82%) SCOM
6 71 (0.60%) Kubernetes
6 71 (0.60%) vCenter Server
7 61 (0.52%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 57 (0.48%) Kibana
9 49 (0.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 48 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
11 44 (0.37%) Terraform
12 40 (0.34%) Data Guard
13 39 (0.33%) Oracle RMAN
14 32 (0.27%) SCVMM
15 30 (0.25%) Salt
16 29 (0.25%) Microsoft Intune
17 27 (0.23%) Backup Exec
18 25 (0.21%) Failover Clustering
18 25 (0.21%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4,863 (41.11%) Microsoft
2 1,486 (12.56%) Oracle
3 680 (5.75%) VMware
4 389 (3.29%) Tableau
5 314 (2.65%) Cisco
6 274 (2.32%) Xamarin
7 265 (2.24%) Google
8 256 (2.16%) SAP
9 209 (1.77%) Citrix
10 131 (1.11%) Facebook
11 126 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
12 112 (0.95%) HP
12 112 (0.95%) Sitecore
13 111 (0.94%) Cognos
13 111 (0.94%) IBM
14 108 (0.91%) Red Hat
15 103 (0.87%) ServiceNow
16 87 (0.74%) Informatica
16 87 (0.74%) Telerik
17 85 (0.72%) Veeam