Period
to 31 May 2020

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 31 May 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 14 13 9
Rank change year-on-year -1 -4 +1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 5,780 10,410 15,279
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 11.65% 12.63% 15.49%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 44.21% 45.74% 50.96%
Number of salaries quoted 5,060 9,278 14,383
Median annual salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £65,000 £62,750 £61,250
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% 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 13,074 22,761 29,982
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 26.35% 27.60% 30.39%
Number of salaries quoted 10,665 18,386 25,151
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £31,000 £28,750 £27,750
90th Percentile £70,000 £68,000 £65,000
UK median annual salary £53,931 £52,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +3.71% +4.00% +5.26%

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 31 May 2020.

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 31 May 2020. 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 0 1,955 £47,500 +5.56% 166
North of England -1 1,497 £45,000 +5.88% 179
North West 0 869 £46,500 +9.41% 107
Midlands 0 790 £45,000 +8.43% 125
Yorkshire -5 531 £43,000 +1.18% 51
South West -6 522 £45,000 +5.88% 71
West Midlands 0 492 £45,000 +5.88% 74
East of England -2 482 £42,500 -5.56% 68
Scotland -6 343 £45,000 +5.88% 32
East Midlands -1 294 £40,000 - 51
Wales -10 125 £40,000 +6.67% 28
North East -5 98 £39,000 -2.50% 21
Northern Ireland +12 60 £50,000 +13.64% 7
Isle of Man +3 7 £47,500 +5.56%
Channel Islands +2 6 £58,750 -38.16% 2
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 31 May 2020, 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 2,966 (51.31%) SQL
2 2,805 (48.53%) .NET
3 2,737 (47.35%) C#
4 2,629 (45.48%) Microsoft
5 1,983 (34.31%) Azure
6 1,962 (33.94%) Agile Software Development
7 1,763 (30.50%) JavaScript
8 1,462 (25.29%) ASP.NET
9 1,331 (23.03%) MVC
10 1,285 (22.23%) HTML
11 1,221 (21.12%) Windows
12 1,177 (20.36%) CSS
13 937 (16.21%) T-SQL
14 934 (16.16%) Finance
15 899 (15.55%) AngularJS
16 863 (14.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 842 (14.57%) Business Intelligence
18 824 (14.26%) .NET Framework
19 803 (13.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 747 (12.92%) DevOps
21 705 (12.20%) jQuery
22 701 (12.13%) Problem-Solving
23 677 (11.71%) Oracle
24 639 (11.06%) .NET Core
25 626 (10.83%) ASP.NET MVC
26 614 (10.62%) Degree
27 611 (10.57%) Windows Server
28 603 (10.43%) Active Directory
29 595 (10.29%) AWS
30 585 (10.12%) ASP.NET Web API

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
1 405 (7.01%) IIS
2 324 (5.61%) SharePoint
3 175 (3.03%) MS Exchange
4 91 (1.57%) Skype for Business
5 88 (1.52%) Tomcat
6 83 (1.44%) Elasticsearch
7 78 (1.35%) Confluence
8 77 (1.33%) CMS
9 61 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
10 59 (1.02%) Apache
11 58 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2010
12 51 (0.88%) WebSphere
13 46 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
14 42 (0.73%) Apache Spark
15 36 (0.62%) Umbraco
16 31 (0.54%) SAS
17 25 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
18 24 (0.42%) SharePoint 2013
19 22 (0.38%) EPiServer
20 19 (0.33%) JBoss
Applications
1 254 (4.39%) Microsoft Office
2 219 (3.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 51 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 26 (0.45%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.10%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.069%) Adobe Illustrator
7 4 (0.069%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.052%) SPSS
8 3 (0.052%) Windchill
9 2 (0.035%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.017%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.017%) OrCAD
10 1 (0.017%) PTC Creo
10 1 (0.017%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 126 (2.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 47 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
3 17 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
4 15 (0.26%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 13 (0.22%) NetSuite
6 12 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
7 10 (0.17%) Exchequer
7 10 (0.17%) SAP GTS
8 8 (0.14%) Elite 3E
9 7 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
9 7 (0.12%) Sage 200
9 7 (0.12%) Sage X3
9 7 (0.12%) SAP ERP
10 6 (0.10%) Carpe Diem
10 6 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
10 6 (0.10%) ResourceLink
10 6 (0.10%) Visualfiles
10 6 (0.10%) WebTrends
11 5 (0.087%) Magento
11 5 (0.087%) PeopleSoft HCM
Cloud Services
1 1,983 (34.31%) Azure
2 595 (10.29%) AWS
3 518 (8.96%) Power Platform
4 378 (6.54%) Office 365
5 271 (4.69%) SaaS
6 164 (2.84%) PaaS
7 148 (2.56%) Dynamics 365
8 124 (2.15%) IaaS
9 90 (1.56%) GCP
10 78 (1.35%) Azure Data Factory
11 73 (1.26%) Azure Active Directory
12 58 (1.00%) Serverless
13 57 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
14 47 (0.81%) GitHub
15 30 (0.52%) Logic Apps
16 27 (0.47%) OpenShift
17 26 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
18 22 (0.38%) Slack
19 21 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
19 21 (0.36%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 230 (3.98%) DNS
2 197 (3.41%) Firewall
3 191 (3.30%) DHCP
4 169 (2.92%) TCP/IP
5 130 (2.25%) SAN
6 129 (2.23%) LAN
7 110 (1.90%) WAN
8 101 (1.75%) VPN
9 96 (1.66%) Internet
10 91 (1.57%) Skype
11 78 (1.35%) VLAN
12 71 (1.23%) VoIP
13 46 (0.80%) HTTP
14 43 (0.74%) NAS
14 43 (0.74%) NetScaler
15 41 (0.71%) SSL
16 28 (0.48%) Intranet
17 25 (0.43%) MPLS
17 25 (0.43%) Remote Desktop
18 23 (0.40%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 863 (14.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 803 (13.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 527 (9.12%) Data Warehouse
4 504 (8.72%) Power BI
5 432 (7.47%) MySQL
6 422 (7.30%) Relational Database
7 409 (7.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 328 (5.67%) SQL Server 2012
9 236 (4.08%) SQL Server 2016
10 233 (4.03%) PostgreSQL
11 193 (3.34%) MongoDB
12 170 (2.94%) Azure SQL Database
12 170 (2.94%) SQL Server 2008
13 168 (2.91%) NoSQL
14 152 (2.63%) Oracle Database
15 137 (2.37%) Big Data
16 136 (2.35%) RDBMS
17 122 (2.11%) SQL Server 2014
18 117 (2.02%) Data Lake
19 94 (1.63%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 577 (9.98%) Git (software)
2 451 (7.80%) Visual Studio
3 297 (5.14%) Team Foundation Server
4 217 (3.75%) JIRA
5 185 (3.20%) Jenkins
6 183 (3.17%) Selenium
7 105 (1.82%) Octopus Deploy
8 94 (1.63%) TeamCity
9 85 (1.47%) NUnit
9 85 (1.47%) WebDriver
10 74 (1.28%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 67 (1.16%) Visual Studio Team System
12 60 (1.04%) Cucumber
12 60 (1.04%) Subversion
13 57 (0.99%) SpecFlow
14 53 (0.92%) Bitbucket
15 49 (0.85%) SoapUI
16 40 (0.69%) MSTest
17 36 (0.62%) Maven
18 33 (0.57%) webpack
General
1 934 (16.16%) Finance
2 276 (4.78%) Retail
3 147 (2.54%) Law
4 119 (2.06%) Legal
5 103 (1.78%) Manufacturing
6 98 (1.70%) Public Sector
7 81 (1.40%) Marketing
8 59 (1.02%) Banking
9 58 (1.00%) Telecoms
10 52 (0.90%) Local Government
11 48 (0.83%) Back Office
12 42 (0.73%) Aerospace
13 40 (0.69%) Games
14 34 (0.59%) Automotive
15 30 (0.52%) Electronics
16 26 (0.45%) Financial Institution
17 25 (0.43%) Police
18 13 (0.22%) Publishing
19 12 (0.21%) Advertising
19 12 (0.21%) Billing
Job Titles
1 3,084 (53.36%) Developer
2 1,087 (18.81%) .NET Developer
3 816 (14.12%) C# Developer
4 769 (13.30%) Software Developer
5 578 (10.00%) Senior Developer
6 569 (9.84%) Analyst
7 432 (7.47%) C# .NET Developer
8 362 (6.26%) SQL Developer
9 312 (5.40%) DBA
10 267 (4.62%) Software Engineer
11 260 (4.50%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 250 (4.33%) C# Software Developer
13 245 (4.24%) .NET Software Developer
14 227 (3.93%) SQL DBA
15 206 (3.56%) Architect
16 202 (3.49%) Administrator
17 189 (3.27%) Junior
18 181 (3.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 179 (3.10%) Senior Software Developer
20 174 (3.01%) Senior .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,805 (48.53%) .NET
2 1,462 (25.29%) ASP.NET
3 1,285 (22.23%) HTML
4 1,177 (20.36%) CSS
5 899 (15.55%) AngularJS
6 824 (14.26%) .NET Framework
7 705 (12.20%) jQuery
8 639 (11.06%) .NET Core
9 626 (10.83%) ASP.NET MVC
10 585 (10.12%) ASP.NET Web API
11 549 (9.50%) Web Services
12 449 (7.77%) Entity Framework
13 407 (7.04%) React
14 369 (6.38%) HTML5
15 364 (6.30%) REST
16 344 (5.95%) XML
17 259 (4.48%) WCF
18 241 (4.17%) SOAP
19 239 (4.13%) RESTful
20 211 (3.65%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 530 (9.17%) Analytical Skills
2 332 (5.74%) Greenfield Project
3 233 (4.03%) Self-Motivation
4 197 (3.41%) Management Information System
5 183 (3.17%) Mobile App
6 157 (2.72%) User Experience
7 121 (2.09%) Clustering
8 115 (1.99%) Data Centre
9 107 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
10 92 (1.59%) Data Structures
10 92 (1.59%) Replication
11 69 (1.19%) Reinsurance
12 58 (1.00%) Driving Licence
13 40 (0.69%) Public Cloud
14 39 (0.67%) Linux Command Line
15 37 (0.64%) Algorithms
16 34 (0.59%) Client/Server
17 28 (0.48%) Virtual Team
18 25 (0.43%) NHS
18 25 (0.43%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 1,221 (21.12%) Windows
2 611 (10.57%) Windows Server
3 480 (8.30%) Linux
4 215 (3.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 166 (2.87%) Windows Server 2016
6 142 (2.46%) Windows 10
7 127 (2.20%) Unix
8 124 (2.15%) Android
9 112 (1.94%) Windows Server 2008
10 109 (1.89%) Apple iOS
11 101 (1.75%) Windows 7
12 80 (1.38%) Windows Server 2019
13 37 (0.64%) Windows 8
14 26 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 22 (0.38%) AIX
16 15 (0.26%) CentOS
17 14 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
18 13 (0.22%) Solaris
19 10 (0.17%) HPUX
19 10 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,962 (33.94%) Agile Software Development
2 1,331 (23.03%) MVC
3 842 (14.57%) Business Intelligence
4 747 (12.92%) DevOps
5 701 (12.13%) Problem-Solving
6 565 (9.78%) Scrum
7 501 (8.67%) ETL
7 501 (8.67%) Software Engineering
7 501 (8.67%) TDD
8 431 (7.46%) Web Development
9 377 (6.52%) Analytics
10 375 (6.49%) OO
11 360 (6.23%) ITIL
12 347 (6.00%) Test Automation
13 336 (5.81%) SDLC
14 313 (5.42%) Mentoring
14 313 (5.42%) Unit Testing
15 306 (5.29%) Continuous Integration
16 297 (5.14%) Computer Science
17 293 (5.07%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 2,966 (51.31%) SQL
2 2,737 (47.35%) C#
3 1,763 (30.50%) JavaScript
4 937 (16.21%) T-SQL
5 459 (7.94%) PowerShell
6 417 (7.21%) Java
7 297 (5.14%) Python
8 248 (4.29%) VB.NET
9 231 (4.00%) PHP
10 208 (3.60%) TypeScript
11 171 (2.96%) VB
12 129 (2.23%) PL/SQL
13 81 (1.40%) VBA
14 76 (1.31%) C++
15 71 (1.23%) VBScript
16 67 (1.16%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 64 (1.11%) Bash Shell
18 61 (1.06%) VB6
19 60 (1.04%) R
20 50 (0.87%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 614 (10.62%) Degree
2 290 (5.02%) Microsoft Certification
3 212 (3.67%) Security Cleared
4 151 (2.61%) Computer Science Degree
5 131 (2.27%) SC Cleared
6 89 (1.54%) MCSE
7 76 (1.31%) Cisco Certification
8 65 (1.12%) CCNA
9 57 (0.99%) MCSA
10 45 (0.78%) MCP
11 34 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
12 33 (0.57%) ISTQB
13 22 (0.38%) ISEB
14 21 (0.36%) MCITP
14 21 (0.36%) MCSD
15 20 (0.35%) TOGAF Certification
16 19 (0.33%) DV Cleared
17 17 (0.29%) DBS Check
17 17 (0.29%) Master's Degree
18 16 (0.28%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 251 (4.34%) QA
2 121 (2.09%) SLA
3 95 (1.64%) Data Quality
3 95 (1.64%) GDPR
4 91 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 42 (0.73%) PCI DSS
6 22 (0.38%) ISO 9001
7 12 (0.21%) GAAP
8 11 (0.19%) COBIT
9 7 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 6 (0.10%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 5 (0.087%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 4 (0.069%) PMO
13 3 (0.052%) ISO 14001
14 2 (0.035%) GxP
14 2 (0.035%) IFRS
14 2 (0.035%) IFRS 9
14 2 (0.035%) ISO 9000
14 2 (0.035%) NIST
15 1 (0.017%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 603 (10.43%) Active Directory
2 307 (5.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 262 (4.53%) Docker
4 256 (4.43%) Hyper-V
5 109 (1.89%) vSphere
6 83 (1.44%) VMware ESXi
7 61 (1.06%) XenApp
8 36 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
9 31 (0.54%) XenDesktop
10 28 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
11 22 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
12 18 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 11 (0.19%) VMware Server
14 10 (0.17%) Terminal Services
15 9 (0.16%) VirtualBox
16 8 (0.14%) Firmware
17 6 (0.10%) Apache Flume
17 6 (0.10%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 6 (0.10%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 178 (3.08%) Kubernetes
2 147 (2.54%) SCCM
3 84 (1.45%) Terraform
4 70 (1.21%) Ansible
5 56 (0.97%) Puppet
6 54 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
7 44 (0.76%) WSUS
8 43 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
9 36 (0.62%) Failover Clustering
10 29 (0.50%) Backup Exec
10 29 (0.50%) vCenter Server
11 26 (0.45%) SCOM
12 24 (0.42%) Microsoft Clustering
13 21 (0.36%) Kibana
14 15 (0.26%) Norton AntiVirus
15 12 (0.21%) Single Sign-On
16 11 (0.19%) FortiGate
16 11 (0.19%) logstash
17 10 (0.17%) Nagios
18 8 (0.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2,629 (45.48%) Microsoft
2 677 (11.71%) Oracle
3 435 (7.53%) VMware
4 172 (2.98%) Tableau
5 164 (2.84%) Cisco
6 159 (2.75%) Citrix
7 141 (2.44%) IBM
8 123 (2.13%) SAP
9 120 (2.08%) HP
9 120 (2.08%) Xamarin
10 104 (1.80%) Google
11 70 (1.21%) Dell
12 67 (1.16%) Veeam
13 58 (1.00%) Zend
14 57 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
15 51 (0.88%) Sage
16 45 (0.78%) Sitecore
16 45 (0.78%) Teradata
17 44 (0.76%) ServiceNow
18 40 (0.69%) NetApp