Period
to 29 September 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 29 September 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
29 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 15 13 11
Rank change year-on-year -2 -2 -1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 3,327 9,280 13,253
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 12.39% 11.67% 14.22%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 43.01% 44.46% 49.41%
Number of salaries quoted 3,086 8,226 12,243
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £62,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £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 7,736 20,874 26,825
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 28.81% 26.24% 28.79%
Number of salaries quoted 6,477 16,973 22,369
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £31,375 £28,800 £28,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £67,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +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 29 September 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 29 September 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 +4 1,065 £50,000 +11.11% 239
North of England -1 911 £47,500 +11.76% 299
North West +6 607 £50,000 +17.65% 191
Midlands +2 527 £45,000 +5.88% 187
West Midlands +2 357 £45,000 +2.27% 110
South West 0 338 £42,500 - 100
Yorkshire -10 256 £45,000 +5.88% 78
East of England -3 218 £47,500 +5.56% 72
East Midlands 0 169 £46,000 +15.00% 77
Scotland +4 157 £50,000 +17.65% 51
Wales -3 65 £37,500 -1.32% 27
North East -13 47 £41,000 +11.56% 30
Northern Ireland +5 37 £42,000 -6.67% 13
Channel Islands +8 7 £55,000 +4.76%
Isle of Man -4 3 £47,500 +5.56%
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 1,717 (51.61%) .NET
2 1,673 (50.29%) C#
3 1,620 (48.69%) SQL
4 1,372 (41.24%) Microsoft
5 1,225 (36.82%) Azure
6 1,175 (35.32%) Agile Software Development
7 1,114 (33.48%) JavaScript
8 919 (27.62%) MVC
9 912 (27.41%) ASP.NET
10 795 (23.90%) HTML
11 741 (22.27%) CSS
12 634 (19.06%) Windows
13 584 (17.55%) .NET Framework
14 538 (16.17%) DevOps
15 530 (15.93%) T-SQL
16 526 (15.81%) .NET Core
17 515 (15.48%) AngularJS
18 493 (14.82%) ASP.NET MVC
19 489 (14.70%) Business Intelligence
20 476 (14.31%) Finance
21 454 (13.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
22 447 (13.44%) Git (software)
23 436 (13.10%) jQuery
24 430 (12.92%) ASP.NET Web API
25 407 (12.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
26 374 (11.24%) Degree
27 371 (11.15%) AWS
28 368 (11.06%) Oracle
29 367 (11.03%) React
30 341 (10.25%) Web Development

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
1 239 (7.18%) IIS
2 175 (5.26%) SharePoint
3 82 (2.46%) NServiceBus
4 56 (1.68%) Elasticsearch
5 51 (1.53%) Confluence
6 50 (1.50%) MS Exchange
7 48 (1.44%) CMS
7 48 (1.44%) Tomcat
8 47 (1.41%) Apache
9 44 (1.32%) WebSphere
10 26 (0.78%) SAS
10 26 (0.78%) Skype for Business
11 23 (0.69%) Apache Airflow
11 23 (0.69%) Apache Spark
11 23 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
11 23 (0.69%) Umbraco
12 21 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
13 16 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
14 15 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
14 15 (0.45%) Kentico
Applications
1 138 (4.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 136 (4.09%) Microsoft Office
3 21 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.21%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.060%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.060%) S-PLUS
5 2 (0.060%) SPSS
6 1 (0.030%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.030%) Mathcad
6 1 (0.030%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 85 (2.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 20 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
3 18 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
3 18 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
4 17 (0.51%) SAP GTS
5 10 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
6 8 (0.24%) NetSuite
7 7 (0.21%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
8 6 (0.18%) FLEXCUBE
8 6 (0.18%) Maximo
8 6 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
9 5 (0.15%) Carpe Diem
9 5 (0.15%) Infor CRM
9 5 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
9 5 (0.15%) Sage X3
9 5 (0.15%) Visualfiles
10 4 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
10 4 (0.12%) Oracle BPM
11 3 (0.090%) Aareon QL
11 3 (0.090%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1,225 (36.82%) Azure
2 371 (11.15%) AWS
3 333 (10.01%) Power Platform
4 154 (4.63%) Office 365
4 154 (4.63%) PaaS
5 149 (4.48%) IaaS
6 128 (3.85%) SaaS
7 122 (3.67%) Dynamics 365
8 70 (2.10%) Cloud Computing
8 70 (2.10%) GCP
9 57 (1.71%) GitHub
10 42 (1.26%) Azure Data Factory
11 41 (1.23%) Serverless
12 39 (1.17%) Amazon EC2
13 37 (1.11%) OpenShift
14 32 (0.96%) PowerApps
15 27 (0.81%) Azure Active Directory
16 24 (0.72%) AWS Lambda
17 22 (0.66%) Amazon S3
17 22 (0.66%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 161 (4.84%) Skype
2 101 (3.04%) Firewall
3 95 (2.86%) DNS
4 88 (2.65%) HTTP
5 75 (2.25%) DHCP
6 67 (2.01%) VPN
7 57 (1.71%) TCP/IP
8 54 (1.62%) Internet
9 48 (1.44%) LAN
10 47 (1.41%) WAN
11 37 (1.11%) SAN
12 28 (0.84%) Network Security
13 24 (0.72%) SSL
14 22 (0.66%) VoIP
15 17 (0.51%) Remote Desktop
16 14 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
16 14 (0.42%) Wireless
16 14 (0.42%) WLAN
17 13 (0.39%) VLAN
18 12 (0.36%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 454 (13.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 407 (12.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 326 (9.80%) Data Warehouse
4 301 (9.05%) Power BI
5 254 (7.63%) MySQL
6 229 (6.88%) Relational Database
7 205 (6.16%) SQL Server 2012
8 189 (5.68%) NoSQL
9 185 (5.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 152 (4.57%) PostgreSQL
11 149 (4.48%) MongoDB
12 124 (3.73%) Azure SQL Database
13 98 (2.95%) Oracle Database
14 92 (2.77%) SQL Server 2016
15 91 (2.74%) Big Data
16 86 (2.58%) SQL Server 2008
17 71 (2.13%) Data Lake
18 65 (1.95%) BusinessObjects
19 55 (1.65%) Hadoop
20 51 (1.53%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 447 (13.44%) Git (software)
2 265 (7.97%) Visual Studio
3 187 (5.62%) Team Foundation Server
4 141 (4.24%) JIRA
5 135 (4.06%) Selenium
6 117 (3.52%) Jenkins
7 82 (2.46%) TeamCity
8 70 (2.10%) Octopus Deploy
9 69 (2.07%) WebDriver
10 62 (1.86%) SpecFlow
11 53 (1.59%) Visual Studio Team System
12 46 (1.38%) NUnit
13 44 (1.32%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 43 (1.29%) Cucumber
15 41 (1.23%) Oracle APEX
16 37 (1.11%) Bitbucket
17 32 (0.96%) Moq
18 30 (0.90%) GitLab
19 27 (0.81%) Subversion
20 22 (0.66%) MSTest
General
1 476 (14.31%) Finance
2 67 (2.01%) Law
3 66 (1.98%) Retail
4 63 (1.89%) Public Sector
5 54 (1.62%) Manufacturing
6 49 (1.47%) Legal
6 49 (1.47%) Marketing
7 45 (1.35%) Back Office
8 35 (1.05%) Banking
9 32 (0.96%) Games
10 30 (0.90%) Financial Institution
11 29 (0.87%) Local Government
12 20 (0.60%) Telecoms
13 17 (0.51%) Advertising
14 15 (0.45%) Aerospace
15 13 (0.39%) Electronics
16 9 (0.27%) Digital Economy
16 9 (0.27%) Military
17 6 (0.18%) Pharmaceutical
18 5 (0.15%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,789 (53.77%) Developer
2 713 (21.43%) .NET Developer
3 474 (14.25%) C# Developer
4 424 (12.74%) Software Developer
5 395 (11.87%) Senior Developer
6 310 (9.32%) C# .NET Developer
7 302 (9.08%) Analyst
8 196 (5.89%) SQL Developer
9 181 (5.44%) DBA
10 166 (4.99%) Architect
11 158 (4.75%) C# Software Developer
11 158 (4.75%) Senior .NET Developer
12 149 (4.48%) .NET Software Developer
13 143 (4.30%) Software Engineer
14 130 (3.91%) SQL DBA
15 124 (3.73%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 118 (3.55%) Lead Developer
17 116 (3.49%) Full Stack Developer
18 99 (2.98%) Senior Software Developer
19 95 (2.86%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,717 (51.61%) .NET
2 912 (27.41%) ASP.NET
3 795 (23.90%) HTML
4 741 (22.27%) CSS
5 584 (17.55%) .NET Framework
6 526 (15.81%) .NET Core
7 515 (15.48%) AngularJS
8 493 (14.82%) ASP.NET MVC
9 436 (13.10%) jQuery
10 430 (12.92%) ASP.NET Web API
11 367 (11.03%) React
12 330 (9.92%) Entity Framework
13 265 (7.97%) Web Services
14 247 (7.42%) HTML5
15 234 (7.03%) REST
16 210 (6.31%) ASP.NET Core
17 190 (5.71%) XML
18 163 (4.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 156 (4.69%) WCF
20 154 (4.63%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 231 (6.94%) Analytical Skills
2 192 (5.77%) Greenfield Project
3 132 (3.97%) Self-Motivation
4 112 (3.37%) Mobile App
5 82 (2.46%) User Experience
6 74 (2.22%) Management Information System
7 68 (2.04%) Clustering
7 68 (2.04%) Data Centre
8 67 (2.01%) Replication
9 52 (1.56%) Data Structures
10 39 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
11 36 (1.08%) Public Cloud
12 35 (1.05%) Algorithms
13 33 (0.99%) Driving Licence
14 23 (0.69%) PKI
15 21 (0.63%) Client/Server
16 20 (0.60%) Reinsurance
17 19 (0.57%) iPhone
18 17 (0.51%) Private Cloud
19 15 (0.45%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 634 (19.06%) Windows
2 283 (8.51%) Windows Server
3 275 (8.27%) Linux
4 93 (2.80%) Windows Server 2012
5 91 (2.74%) Android
6 67 (2.01%) Windows Server 2016
7 57 (1.71%) Apple iOS
8 52 (1.56%) Unix
9 35 (1.05%) Windows Server 2008
10 34 (1.02%) Windows 10
11 31 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 29 (0.87%) CentOS
13 22 (0.66%) Windows Server 2019
14 21 (0.63%) Windows 7
15 16 (0.48%) Solaris
16 10 (0.30%) Ubuntu
17 9 (0.27%) AIX
18 8 (0.24%) Debian
19 7 (0.21%) CoreOS
20 6 (0.18%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,175 (35.32%) Agile Software Development
2 919 (27.62%) MVC
3 538 (16.17%) DevOps
4 489 (14.70%) Business Intelligence
5 341 (10.25%) Web Development
6 324 (9.74%) Scrum
7 319 (9.59%) Software Engineering
8 308 (9.26%) Problem-Solving
9 304 (9.14%) TDD
10 280 (8.42%) Microservices
11 275 (8.27%) Test Automation
12 274 (8.24%) OO
13 253 (7.60%) ETL
14 224 (6.73%) OOP
15 201 (6.04%) SDLC
16 200 (6.01%) ITIL
17 196 (5.89%) Unit Testing
18 189 (5.68%) Mentoring
19 170 (5.11%) Computer Science
20 166 (4.99%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 1,673 (50.29%) C#
2 1,620 (48.69%) SQL
3 1,114 (33.48%) JavaScript
4 530 (15.93%) T-SQL
5 271 (8.15%) PowerShell
6 216 (6.49%) Java
7 184 (5.53%) Python
8 161 (4.84%) TypeScript
9 112 (3.37%) PL/SQL
10 106 (3.19%) PHP
11 93 (2.80%) VB.NET
12 86 (2.58%) C++
13 84 (2.52%) VB
14 62 (1.86%) Bash Shell
15 36 (1.08%) Shell Script
16 34 (1.02%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 32 (0.96%) VBScript
18 29 (0.87%) C
19 28 (0.84%) Perl
20 26 (0.78%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 374 (11.24%) Degree
2 152 (4.57%) Security Cleared
3 147 (4.42%) Microsoft Certification
4 85 (2.55%) Computer Science Degree
5 78 (2.34%) SC Cleared
6 60 (1.80%) MCSA
6 60 (1.80%) MCSE
7 48 (1.44%) MCP
8 46 (1.38%) CCNA
8 46 (1.38%) Cisco Certification
9 39 (1.17%) TOGAF Certification
10 34 (1.02%) DV Cleared
11 27 (0.81%) MCTS
12 20 (0.60%) MCITP
13 12 (0.36%) ISTQB
14 11 (0.33%) DBS Check
14 11 (0.33%) ISEB
15 9 (0.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 8 (0.24%) HND
17 7 (0.21%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 173 (5.20%) QA
2 77 (2.31%) GDPR
3 69 (2.07%) Data Quality
4 46 (1.38%) SLA
5 45 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 22 (0.66%) PMO
7 17 (0.51%) COBIT
7 17 (0.51%) PCI DSS
8 6 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (0.15%) ISO 9001
10 3 (0.090%) IFRS
11 2 (0.060%) GAMP
11 2 (0.060%) IFRS 9
11 2 (0.060%) NIST
12 1 (0.030%) Cyber Essentials
12 1 (0.030%) DICOM
12 1 (0.030%) HL7
12 1 (0.030%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 271 (8.15%) Active Directory
2 237 (7.12%) Docker
3 153 (4.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 98 (2.95%) Hyper-V
5 36 (1.08%) vSphere
6 32 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
7 24 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
8 17 (0.51%) VirtualBox
9 16 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
10 15 (0.45%) Terminal Server
11 14 (0.42%) VMware Server
12 11 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
13 10 (0.30%) XenApp
14 9 (0.27%) Firmware
15 7 (0.21%) GlusterFS
15 7 (0.21%) XenDesktop
16 6 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
17 5 (0.15%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 5 (0.15%) KVM
17 5 (0.15%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 176 (5.29%) Kubernetes
2 70 (2.10%) Ansible
3 68 (2.04%) Terraform
4 63 (1.89%) SCCM
5 41 (1.23%) Puppet
6 36 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
7 28 (0.84%) Failover Clustering
8 24 (0.72%) WSUS
9 22 (0.66%) Microsoft Intune
10 13 (0.39%) Kibana
10 13 (0.39%) vRealize Orchestrator
11 12 (0.36%) Microsoft Clustering
11 12 (0.36%) MIIS
11 12 (0.36%) Oracle RMAN
12 11 (0.33%) Data Guard
12 11 (0.33%) HAProxy
12 11 (0.33%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 10 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
14 9 (0.27%) logstash
15 8 (0.24%) SCOM
Vendors
1 1,372 (41.24%) Microsoft
2 368 (11.06%) Oracle
3 229 (6.88%) VMware
4 90 (2.71%) IBM
4 90 (2.71%) SAP
5 85 (2.55%) Tableau
6 71 (2.13%) Citrix
7 61 (1.83%) Google
8 59 (1.77%) Cisco
9 55 (1.65%) Xamarin
10 41 (1.23%) HP
11 39 (1.17%) ServiceNow
12 37 (1.11%) Zend
13 36 (1.08%) Dell
14 29 (0.87%) Veeam
15 27 (0.81%) Red Hat
16 26 (0.78%) Remedy
17 21 (0.63%) Teradata
18 20 (0.60%) Salesforce.com
19 19 (0.57%) Sage