Period
to 12 April 2021

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 12 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 20 12 13
Rank change year-on-year -8 +1 -4
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 4,638 7,625 10,804
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 10.10% 12.03% 12.86%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 39.55% 45.52% 46.17%
Number of salaries quoted 3,930 6,423 9,189
10th Percentile £31,250 £29,750 £28,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £35,000 £33,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £57,500 £55,000 £53,750
90th Percentile £65,000 £63,750 £63,750
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 11,726 16,750 23,398
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 25.55% 26.42% 27.86%
Number of salaries quoted 9,749 13,897 19,201
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £28,500
25th Percentile £37,500 £36,250 £34,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £48,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +7.78% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £60,000 £57,743 £57,500
90th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £68,750
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing SQL Server as a proportion 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

3-month moving average salary quoted in 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

Salary distribution for jobs citing SQL Server in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 12 April 2021.

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 12 April 2021. 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 -4 1,412 £50,000 +5.26% 289
North of England -5 1,213 £45,000 - 370
Midlands -4 777 £42,500 - 254
North West -1 678 £47,250 +5.00% 233
South West -7 496 £42,500 -5.56% 136
Yorkshire -5 459 £42,500 -3.41% 108
West Midlands -5 441 £42,500 -5.56% 152
Scotland -2 378 £45,000 - 54
East Midlands +1 333 £41,500 +3.75% 100
East of England -10 254 £47,500 +11.76% 111
Wales +2 86 £36,500 -8.75% 42
North East -3 78 £38,500 -3.75% 29
Northern Ireland -23 28 £35,000 -30.00% 14
Isle of Man -16 1 - -
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 12 April 2021, 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 2,253 (48.58%) SQL
2 2,231 (48.10%) .NET
3 2,216 (47.78%) C#
4 2,008 (43.29%) Azure
5 1,693 (36.50%) Microsoft
6 1,543 (33.27%) Agile Software Development
7 1,536 (33.12%) JavaScript
8 1,052 (22.68%) HTML
9 1,049 (22.62%) ASP.NET
10 1,034 (22.29%) MVC
11 1,021 (22.01%) CSS
12 960 (20.70%) DevOps
13 885 (19.08%) Windows
14 874 (18.84%) .NET Core
15 769 (16.58%) Business Intelligence
16 740 (15.96%) AngularJS
17 688 (14.83%) T-SQL
18 680 (14.66%) .NET Framework
19 631 (13.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 610 (13.15%) Git (software)
21 599 (12.92%) Finance
22 594 (12.81%) AWS
23 574 (12.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
24 569 (12.27%) Scrum
25 568 (12.25%) React
26 532 (11.47%) Problem-Solving
27 520 (11.21%) jQuery
28 498 (10.74%) Power Platform
29 478 (10.31%) Power BI
29 478 (10.31%) Windows Server

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
1 291 (6.27%) IIS
2 190 (4.10%) SharePoint
3 114 (2.46%) CMS
4 104 (2.24%) Confluence
5 76 (1.64%) MS Exchange
6 75 (1.62%) NServiceBus
7 64 (1.38%) Apache
8 61 (1.32%) Elasticsearch
9 47 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
10 46 (0.99%) Umbraco
11 38 (0.82%) Sitecore CMS
12 37 (0.80%) Apache Spark
13 33 (0.71%) EPiServer
14 31 (0.67%) Kentico
15 28 (0.60%) Tomcat
16 25 (0.54%) nginx
17 23 (0.50%) WebSphere
18 22 (0.47%) WordPress
19 20 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
20 19 (0.41%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 209 (4.51%) Microsoft Excel
2 160 (3.45%) Microsoft Office
3 34 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (0.28%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
5 10 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.086%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.065%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.065%) Adobe XD
7 3 (0.065%) SOLIDWORKS
8 2 (0.043%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.043%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.022%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.022%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 48 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 36 (0.78%) Dynamics NAV
3 29 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
4 19 (0.41%) NetSuite
5 14 (0.30%) nopCommerce
6 11 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 10 (0.22%) SAP Business One
8 9 (0.19%) Sentinel
9 8 (0.17%) Elite 3E
9 8 (0.17%) Sage 200
10 7 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
10 7 (0.15%) Sage 50
11 6 (0.13%) Magento
12 5 (0.11%) Infor M3
12 5 (0.11%) Maximo
12 5 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
12 5 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
13 4 (0.086%) Bond Adapt
13 4 (0.086%) Oracle EBS R12
13 4 (0.086%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 2,008 (43.29%) Azure
2 594 (12.81%) AWS
3 498 (10.74%) Power Platform
4 277 (5.97%) Microsoft 365
5 260 (5.61%) SaaS
6 222 (4.79%) PaaS
7 192 (4.14%) IaaS
8 117 (2.52%) Azure Data Factory
9 112 (2.41%) Serverless
10 98 (2.11%) Dynamics 365
11 88 (1.90%) GitHub
12 82 (1.77%) GCP
13 66 (1.42%) Azure Active Directory
14 45 (0.97%) Azure Functions
15 44 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
16 43 (0.93%) PowerApps
17 41 (0.88%) Logic Apps
18 32 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
19 28 (0.60%) npm
20 25 (0.54%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 153 (3.30%) Firewall
2 135 (2.91%) Skype
3 122 (2.63%) DNS
4 91 (1.96%) SAN
5 76 (1.64%) DHCP
6 73 (1.57%) HTTP
7 60 (1.29%) VPN
8 50 (1.08%) WAN
9 47 (1.01%) TCP/IP
10 42 (0.91%) Internet
11 41 (0.88%) LAN
11 41 (0.88%) NAS
11 41 (0.88%) VLAN
12 38 (0.82%) VoIP
13 37 (0.80%) Network Security
14 22 (0.47%) FTP
15 18 (0.39%) Cisco ASA
16 16 (0.34%) SSL
17 15 (0.32%) IP Telephony
18 14 (0.30%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 631 (13.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 574 (12.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 478 (10.31%) Power BI
4 474 (10.22%) Data Warehouse
5 424 (9.14%) MySQL
6 303 (6.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 287 (6.19%) Relational Database
8 214 (4.61%) NoSQL
9 208 (4.48%) PostgreSQL
10 205 (4.42%) MongoDB
11 187 (4.03%) Azure SQL Database
12 134 (2.89%) SQL Server 2012
13 128 (2.76%) SQL Server 2008
14 115 (2.48%) Data Lake
14 115 (2.48%) Tableau
15 106 (2.29%) SQL Server 2016
16 90 (1.94%) Oracle Database
17 75 (1.62%) Amazon Redshift
18 68 (1.47%) Redis
19 63 (1.36%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 610 (13.15%) Git (software)
2 365 (7.87%) Visual Studio
3 208 (4.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 207 (4.46%) JIRA
5 145 (3.13%) Octopus Deploy
6 143 (3.08%) Selenium
7 141 (3.04%) TeamCity
8 136 (2.93%) Jenkins
9 90 (1.94%) NUnit
10 86 (1.85%) SpecFlow
11 81 (1.75%) Visual Studio Team System
12 78 (1.68%) Bitbucket
13 68 (1.47%) MSTest
14 54 (1.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 46 (0.99%) WebDriver
16 40 (0.86%) Subversion
17 38 (0.82%) Cucumber
18 37 (0.80%) gulp
19 36 (0.78%) Postman
19 36 (0.78%) webpack
General
1 599 (12.92%) Finance
2 203 (4.38%) Marketing
3 136 (2.93%) Public Sector
4 123 (2.65%) Manufacturing
5 109 (2.35%) Retail
6 91 (1.96%) Telecoms
7 89 (1.92%) Law
8 66 (1.42%) Back Office
9 60 (1.29%) Automotive
10 52 (1.12%) Advertising
11 51 (1.10%) Electronics
12 47 (1.01%) Games
13 41 (0.88%) Legal
14 34 (0.73%) Local Government
15 20 (0.43%) Aerospace
15 20 (0.43%) Police
16 18 (0.39%) Banking
17 16 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
18 15 (0.32%) Publishing
19 12 (0.26%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 2,428 (52.35%) Developer
2 1,032 (22.25%) .NET Developer
3 600 (12.94%) C# Developer
4 558 (12.03%) Senior Developer
4 558 (12.03%) Software Developer
5 448 (9.66%) Analyst
6 423 (9.12%) C# .NET Developer
7 282 (6.08%) Full Stack Developer
8 266 (5.74%) SQL Developer
9 236 (5.09%) Software Engineer
10 231 (4.98%) Senior .NET Developer
11 221 (4.76%) .NET Software Developer
12 211 (4.55%) DBA
13 197 (4.25%) Architect
14 188 (4.05%) C# Software Developer
15 160 (3.45%) Data Engineer
16 153 (3.30%) Senior C# Developer
16 153 (3.30%) SQL DBA
17 140 (3.02%) Business Intelligence Developer
18 139 (3.00%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,231 (48.10%) .NET
2 1,052 (22.68%) HTML
3 1,049 (22.62%) ASP.NET
4 1,021 (22.01%) CSS
5 874 (18.84%) .NET Core
6 740 (15.96%) AngularJS
7 680 (14.66%) .NET Framework
8 568 (12.25%) React
9 520 (11.21%) jQuery
10 452 (9.75%) ASP.NET MVC
11 400 (8.62%) Web Services
12 389 (8.39%) REST
13 388 (8.37%) ASP.NET Web API
14 350 (7.55%) Entity Framework
15 290 (6.25%) HTML5
16 260 (5.61%) Node.js
17 236 (5.09%) Vue.js
18 225 (4.85%) RESTful
19 224 (4.83%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 191 (4.12%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 366 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
2 207 (4.46%) Greenfield Project
3 160 (3.45%) Mobile App
4 143 (3.08%) Management Information System
5 135 (2.91%) User Experience
6 127 (2.74%) Self-Motivation
7 115 (2.48%) Data Centre
8 109 (2.35%) Clustering
9 97 (2.09%) Replication
10 94 (2.03%) Enterprise Software
11 87 (1.88%) Public Cloud
12 79 (1.70%) Data Structures
13 72 (1.55%) EPoS
14 44 (0.95%) NHS
15 42 (0.91%) Linux Command Line
16 39 (0.84%) Client/Server
17 36 (0.78%) Private Cloud
18 32 (0.69%) Cloud Native
18 32 (0.69%) Renewable Energy
19 29 (0.63%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 885 (19.08%) Windows
2 478 (10.31%) Windows Server
3 366 (7.89%) Linux
4 126 (2.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 105 (2.26%) Windows Server 2016
6 104 (2.24%) Unix
7 96 (2.07%) Windows 10
8 70 (1.51%) Windows Server 2008
9 65 (1.40%) Android
10 59 (1.27%) Windows Server 2019
11 46 (0.99%) Apple iOS
12 44 (0.95%) Windows 7
13 30 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 24 (0.52%) CentOS
15 17 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
16 15 (0.32%) AIX
17 12 (0.26%) Ubuntu
18 9 (0.19%) Solaris
18 9 (0.19%) SUSE
19 7 (0.15%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,543 (33.27%) Agile Software Development
2 1,034 (22.29%) MVC
3 960 (20.70%) DevOps
4 769 (16.58%) Business Intelligence
5 569 (12.27%) Scrum
6 532 (11.47%) Problem-Solving
7 462 (9.96%) Software Engineering
8 442 (9.53%) TDD
9 439 (9.47%) Microservices
10 373 (8.04%) ETL
11 340 (7.33%) Web Development
12 337 (7.27%) SDLC
12 337 (7.27%) Test Automation
13 304 (6.55%) Analytics
14 276 (5.95%) OO
15 253 (5.45%) Unit Testing
16 251 (5.41%) Computer Science
17 246 (5.30%) OOP
18 238 (5.13%) Mentoring
19 235 (5.07%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 2,253 (48.58%) SQL
2 2,216 (47.78%) C#
3 1,536 (33.12%) JavaScript
4 688 (14.83%) T-SQL
5 366 (7.89%) Python
6 354 (7.63%) PowerShell
7 335 (7.22%) Java
8 306 (6.60%) TypeScript
9 172 (3.71%) PHP
10 151 (3.26%) VB.NET
11 106 (2.29%) VB
12 97 (2.09%) Bash Shell
13 96 (2.07%) C++
14 78 (1.68%) PL/SQL
15 61 (1.32%) Go
16 50 (1.08%) Ruby
17 48 (1.03%) R
18 45 (0.97%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 42 (0.91%) VBA
20 35 (0.75%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 398 (8.58%) Degree
2 153 (3.30%) Microsoft Certification
3 151 (3.26%) Security Cleared
4 137 (2.95%) SC Cleared
5 121 (2.61%) Computer Science Degree
6 58 (1.25%) MCSE
7 54 (1.16%) ISTQB
8 50 (1.08%) ISEB
9 41 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
9 41 (0.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 39 (0.84%) CCNA
11 35 (0.75%) MCSA
12 29 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
13 24 (0.52%) MCP
14 18 (0.39%) HND
15 17 (0.37%) HNC
16 16 (0.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 15 (0.32%) DBS Check
18 13 (0.28%) ITIL Certification
19 11 (0.24%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 264 (5.69%) QA
2 95 (2.05%) Data Quality
3 76 (1.64%) SLA
4 58 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 56 (1.21%) GDPR
6 14 (0.30%) ISO 9001
6 14 (0.30%) WAI
7 12 (0.26%) PCI DSS
8 8 (0.17%) PMO
9 6 (0.13%) COBIT
10 4 (0.086%) NIST
11 2 (0.043%) Cyber Essentials
11 2 (0.043%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 2 (0.043%) HL7
11 2 (0.043%) SOC 2
System Software
1 385 (8.30%) Active Directory
2 353 (7.61%) Docker
3 235 (5.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 142 (3.06%) Hyper-V
5 51 (1.10%) VMware ESXi
6 48 (1.03%) vSphere
7 27 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
8 16 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
9 12 (0.26%) XenApp
10 9 (0.19%) Oracle RAC
10 9 (0.19%) Terminal Services
11 8 (0.17%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 8 (0.17%) Xen
12 7 (0.15%) Firmware
12 7 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 6 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
14 5 (0.11%) HDFS
14 5 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
14 5 (0.11%) XenDesktop
15 4 (0.086%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 228 (4.92%) Kubernetes
2 132 (2.85%) Terraform
3 85 (1.83%) SCCM
4 78 (1.68%) Ansible
5 61 (1.32%) Microsoft Intune
6 53 (1.14%) Puppet
7 50 (1.08%) Microsoft Clustering
8 46 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
9 32 (0.69%) Failover Clustering
10 25 (0.54%) WSUS
11 23 (0.50%) MIIS
12 21 (0.45%) SCVMM
13 19 (0.41%) HAProxy
14 17 (0.37%) ZABBIX
15 15 (0.32%) Rancher
16 14 (0.30%) Grafana
16 14 (0.30%) NetBackup
17 12 (0.26%) Single Sign-On
17 12 (0.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
18 10 (0.22%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 1,693 (36.50%) Microsoft
2 464 (10.00%) Oracle
3 354 (7.63%) VMware
4 113 (2.44%) Cisco
5 98 (2.11%) SAP
6 90 (1.94%) Citrix
7 81 (1.75%) Google
8 78 (1.68%) Databricks
9 71 (1.53%) Veeam
10 65 (1.40%) IBM
11 61 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
11 61 (1.32%) Xamarin
12 55 (1.19%) HP
13 47 (1.01%) Sitecore
14 42 (0.91%) Zend
15 36 (0.78%) Informatica
16 35 (0.75%) Dell
17 34 (0.73%) Red Hat
18 30 (0.65%) Cognos
19 27 (0.58%) Talend