Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 16 13 12
Rank change year-on-year -3 -1 -2
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 3,942 8,184 11,311
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 11.03% 11.63% 13.42%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 40.49% 44.65% 47.41%
Number of salaries quoted 3,941 7,404 10,444
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,905
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.88% +0.95%
10th Percentile £31,986 £28,750 £28,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £63,250 £65,000
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 9,736 18,331 23,857
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 27.25% 26.06% 28.31%
Number of salaries quoted 8,159 15,226 19,775
Median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.89% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £31,986 £29,250 £28,750
90th Percentile £70,000 £68,750 £70,000
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year +4.76% - +9.38%

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 19 January 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 19 January 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 0 1,194 £50,000 +11.11% 230
North of England -3 1,045 £45,000 +2.27% 318
Midlands -4 643 £45,000 +5.88% 211
North West 0 612 £46,000 +2.79% 204
South West -1 426 £45,000 +5.88% 88
Yorkshire -7 371 £44,000 -2.22% 88
West Midlands -6 356 £42,500 -4.49% 123
Scotland +2 298 £50,000 +14.29% 59
East Midlands +2 284 £47,500 +18.75% 87
East of England -6 215 £45,000 - 69
Wales +11 86 £38,000 - 25
North East +2 61 £38,500 +4.62% 26
Northern Ireland -12 33 £43,750 -12.50% 9
Isle of Man -11 3 £47,500 -3.06%
Channel Islands +6 1 - -
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 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 1,995 (50.61%) .NET
2 1,950 (49.47%) C#
3 1,883 (47.77%) SQL
4 1,675 (42.49%) Azure
5 1,453 (36.86%) Microsoft
6 1,315 (33.36%) JavaScript
7 1,293 (32.80%) Agile Software Development
8 1,011 (25.65%) ASP.NET
9 994 (25.22%) MVC
10 928 (23.54%) HTML
11 892 (22.63%) CSS
12 770 (19.53%) DevOps
13 754 (19.13%) .NET Core
14 733 (18.59%) Windows
15 668 (16.95%) .NET Framework
16 633 (16.06%) AngularJS
17 626 (15.88%) Business Intelligence
18 571 (14.49%) T-SQL
19 561 (14.23%) Git (software)
20 539 (13.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
21 523 (13.27%) ASP.NET MVC
22 502 (12.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
23 496 (12.58%) React
24 484 (12.28%) AWS
25 482 (12.23%) jQuery
26 470 (11.92%) Finance
27 446 (11.31%) Scrum
28 426 (10.81%) Oracle
29 415 (10.53%) Software Engineering
30 409 (10.38%) Microservices

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
1 244 (6.19%) IIS
2 160 (4.06%) SharePoint
3 115 (2.92%) NServiceBus
4 96 (2.44%) CMS
5 94 (2.38%) Confluence
6 77 (1.95%) Elasticsearch
7 71 (1.80%) MS Exchange
8 47 (1.19%) Apache
9 38 (0.96%) WebSphere
10 36 (0.91%) Umbraco
11 33 (0.84%) Apache Spark
12 27 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
12 27 (0.68%) EPiServer
12 27 (0.68%) Kentico
13 25 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
13 25 (0.63%) Skype for Business
13 25 (0.63%) Tomcat
14 24 (0.61%) nginx
14 24 (0.61%) Sitecore CMS
15 23 (0.58%) WordPress
Applications
1 152 (3.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 129 (3.27%) Microsoft Office
3 24 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.25%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.076%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.051%) Adobe XD
8 2 (0.051%) SOLIDWORKS
9 1 (0.025%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.025%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.025%) Mathcad
9 1 (0.025%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 62 (1.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
3 23 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
4 14 (0.36%) NetSuite
4 14 (0.36%) nopCommerce
5 11 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 9 (0.23%) Oracle BPM
6 9 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
7 8 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
7 8 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
7 8 (0.20%) SAP GTS
8 7 (0.18%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
8 7 (0.18%) Maximo
9 6 (0.15%) Magento
9 6 (0.15%) SAP Business One
9 6 (0.15%) Visualfiles
10 5 (0.13%) Carpe Diem
10 5 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
11 4 (0.10%) Bond Adapt
11 4 (0.10%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 1,675 (42.49%) Azure
2 484 (12.28%) AWS
3 377 (9.56%) Power Platform
4 230 (5.83%) PaaS
5 214 (5.43%) IaaS
5 214 (5.43%) Office 365
6 213 (5.40%) SaaS
7 97 (2.46%) Dynamics 365
8 89 (2.26%) Azure Data Factory
9 82 (2.08%) GitHub
10 81 (2.05%) GCP
11 75 (1.90%) Serverless
12 54 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
13 50 (1.27%) Azure Active Directory
14 37 (0.94%) npm
15 31 (0.79%) AWS Lambda
15 31 (0.79%) Azure Functions
16 27 (0.68%) PowerApps
17 25 (0.63%) OpenShift
17 25 (0.63%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 194 (4.92%) Skype
2 127 (3.22%) Firewall
3 120 (3.04%) HTTP
4 119 (3.02%) DNS
5 81 (2.05%) DHCP
6 79 (2.00%) VPN
7 67 (1.70%) SAN
8 56 (1.42%) WAN
9 47 (1.19%) LAN
10 42 (1.07%) VoIP
11 40 (1.01%) TCP/IP
12 37 (0.94%) VLAN
13 35 (0.89%) Internet
14 32 (0.81%) Network Security
15 20 (0.51%) NAS
16 19 (0.48%) Wireless
17 17 (0.43%) Unified Communications
18 14 (0.36%) Wi-Fi
19 13 (0.33%) MPLS
20 12 (0.30%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 539 (13.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 502 (12.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 370 (9.39%) Data Warehouse
4 352 (8.93%) Power BI
5 311 (7.89%) MySQL
6 266 (6.75%) Relational Database
7 243 (6.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 236 (5.99%) NoSQL
9 192 (4.87%) PostgreSQL
10 172 (4.36%) MongoDB
11 170 (4.31%) Azure SQL Database
12 166 (4.21%) SQL Server 2012
13 112 (2.84%) SQL Server 2008
14 81 (2.05%) Oracle Database
15 80 (2.03%) Data Lake
15 80 (2.03%) Tableau
16 71 (1.80%) SQL Server 2016
17 67 (1.70%) Redis
18 59 (1.50%) Amazon Redshift
19 57 (1.45%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 561 (14.23%) Git (software)
2 259 (6.57%) Visual Studio
3 210 (5.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 168 (4.26%) Selenium
5 164 (4.16%) JIRA
6 148 (3.75%) Jenkins
7 121 (3.07%) TeamCity
8 115 (2.92%) Octopus Deploy
9 83 (2.11%) Bitbucket
10 74 (1.88%) WebDriver
11 72 (1.83%) SpecFlow
12 70 (1.78%) Visual Studio Team System
13 57 (1.45%) NUnit
14 49 (1.24%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 48 (1.22%) Cucumber
16 39 (0.99%) MSTest
17 32 (0.81%) Oracle Forms
18 31 (0.79%) gulp
19 30 (0.76%) Moq
20 29 (0.74%) Maven
General
1 470 (11.92%) Finance
2 122 (3.09%) Public Sector
3 99 (2.51%) Marketing
4 94 (2.38%) Manufacturing
5 85 (2.16%) Retail
6 63 (1.60%) Back Office
7 61 (1.55%) Telecoms
8 52 (1.32%) Law
9 45 (1.14%) Games
10 38 (0.96%) Legal
11 34 (0.86%) Local Government
12 32 (0.81%) Advertising
13 27 (0.68%) Electronics
14 26 (0.66%) Financial Institution
15 23 (0.58%) Banking
16 22 (0.56%) Aerospace
17 21 (0.53%) Automotive
18 16 (0.41%) Police
19 11 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
20 8 (0.20%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 2,071 (52.54%) Developer
2 847 (21.49%) .NET Developer
3 534 (13.55%) C# Developer
4 505 (12.81%) Software Developer
5 489 (12.40%) Senior Developer
6 367 (9.31%) Analyst
7 344 (8.73%) C# .NET Developer
8 217 (5.50%) Senior .NET Developer
9 215 (5.45%) Full Stack Developer
10 202 (5.12%) DBA
11 197 (5.00%) Software Engineer
12 192 (4.87%) .NET Software Developer
13 188 (4.77%) C# Software Developer
14 179 (4.54%) SQL Developer
15 160 (4.06%) Architect
16 155 (3.93%) SQL DBA
17 147 (3.73%) Data Engineer
18 121 (3.07%) Business Intelligence Developer
19 118 (2.99%) Applications Support
20 114 (2.89%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,995 (50.61%) .NET
2 1,011 (25.65%) ASP.NET
3 928 (23.54%) HTML
4 892 (22.63%) CSS
5 754 (19.13%) .NET Core
6 668 (16.95%) .NET Framework
7 633 (16.06%) AngularJS
8 523 (13.27%) ASP.NET MVC
9 496 (12.58%) React
10 482 (12.23%) jQuery
11 404 (10.25%) ASP.NET Web API
12 381 (9.67%) Entity Framework
13 303 (7.69%) Web Services
14 297 (7.53%) REST
15 258 (6.54%) ASP.NET Core
16 241 (6.11%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 223 (5.66%) HTML5
18 203 (5.15%) RESTful
19 195 (4.95%) ASP.NET Web Forms
20 179 (4.54%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 293 (7.43%) Analytical Skills
2 234 (5.94%) Greenfield Project
3 111 (2.82%) Mobile App
4 108 (2.74%) User Experience
5 107 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
6 98 (2.49%) Replication
7 87 (2.21%) Data Centre
8 86 (2.18%) Clustering
9 73 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
9 73 (1.85%) Public Cloud
10 71 (1.80%) Management Information System
11 58 (1.47%) Data Structures
12 38 (0.96%) Cloud Native
13 34 (0.86%) Private Cloud
14 30 (0.76%) NHS
14 30 (0.76%) Renewable Energy
15 28 (0.71%) EPoS
15 28 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
16 27 (0.68%) Algorithms
17 26 (0.66%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 733 (18.59%) Windows
2 365 (9.26%) Windows Server
3 278 (7.05%) Linux
4 100 (2.54%) Windows Server 2012
5 82 (2.08%) Windows Server 2016
6 65 (1.65%) Android
7 63 (1.60%) Unix
8 54 (1.37%) Windows Server 2019
9 49 (1.24%) Windows Server 2008
10 48 (1.22%) Windows 10
11 34 (0.86%) Apple iOS
12 29 (0.74%) CentOS
13 25 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 19 (0.48%) Windows 7
15 17 (0.43%) AIX
16 10 (0.25%) Ubuntu
17 8 (0.20%) Solaris
18 7 (0.18%) Fedora
19 5 (0.13%) Windows 8
19 5 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,293 (32.80%) Agile Software Development
2 994 (25.22%) MVC
3 770 (19.53%) DevOps
4 626 (15.88%) Business Intelligence
5 446 (11.31%) Scrum
6 415 (10.53%) Software Engineering
7 409 (10.38%) Microservices
8 407 (10.32%) Problem-Solving
9 366 (9.28%) TDD
10 342 (8.68%) Web Development
11 316 (8.02%) Test Automation
12 297 (7.53%) ETL
13 264 (6.70%) OO
14 233 (5.91%) SDLC
15 229 (5.81%) BDD
16 221 (5.61%) Mentoring
17 219 (5.56%) Unit Testing
18 212 (5.38%) Analytics
19 202 (5.12%) OOP
20 198 (5.02%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 1,950 (49.47%) C#
2 1,883 (47.77%) SQL
3 1,315 (33.36%) JavaScript
4 571 (14.49%) T-SQL
5 315 (7.99%) PowerShell
6 292 (7.41%) TypeScript
7 289 (7.33%) Java
8 286 (7.26%) Python
9 110 (2.79%) PHP
10 102 (2.59%) PL/SQL
11 98 (2.49%) VB.NET
12 94 (2.38%) VB
13 87 (2.21%) C++
14 70 (1.78%) Bash Shell
15 45 (1.14%) Shell Script
16 43 (1.09%) R
17 41 (1.04%) Go
18 35 (0.89%) VBA
19 33 (0.84%) Perl
19 33 (0.84%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 366 (9.28%) Degree
2 141 (3.58%) Security Cleared
3 132 (3.35%) Microsoft Certification
4 101 (2.56%) SC Cleared
5 87 (2.21%) Computer Science Degree
6 59 (1.50%) MCSE
7 55 (1.40%) CCNA
7 55 (1.40%) Cisco Certification
8 38 (0.96%) MCSA
9 32 (0.81%) ISTQB
10 29 (0.74%) MCP
11 23 (0.58%) ISEB
11 23 (0.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 21 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
13 18 (0.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 15 (0.38%) DBS Check
14 15 (0.38%) HNC
15 14 (0.36%) DV Cleared
16 12 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
17 10 (0.25%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 190 (4.82%) QA
2 67 (1.70%) Data Quality
3 61 (1.55%) GDPR
4 57 (1.45%) SLA
5 42 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 20 (0.51%) PMO
7 14 (0.36%) WAI
8 8 (0.20%) COBIT
8 8 (0.20%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.10%) PCI DSS
10 3 (0.076%) IFRS
11 2 (0.051%) IFRS 9
11 2 (0.051%) NIST
12 1 (0.025%) Cyber Essentials
12 1 (0.025%) HL7
12 1 (0.025%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 338 (8.57%) Active Directory
2 307 (7.79%) Docker
3 194 (4.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 139 (3.53%) Hyper-V
5 45 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
6 19 (0.48%) vSphere
7 18 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
8 17 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
9 13 (0.33%) Firmware
10 10 (0.25%) Terminal Server
10 10 (0.25%) XenApp
11 8 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (0.15%) Xen
12 6 (0.15%) XenDesktop
13 5 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
14 4 (0.10%) HDFS
14 4 (0.10%) vCloud
14 4 (0.10%) VirtualBox
15 3 (0.076%) VMware Server
16 2 (0.051%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 218 (5.53%) Kubernetes
2 121 (3.07%) Terraform
3 73 (1.85%) SCCM
4 70 (1.78%) Ansible
5 55 (1.40%) Microsoft Intune
6 36 (0.91%) Failover Clustering
7 33 (0.84%) Puppet
8 31 (0.79%) MIIS
8 31 (0.79%) Opscode Chef
9 24 (0.61%) Microsoft Clustering
10 19 (0.48%) HAProxy
11 17 (0.43%) Data Guard
12 16 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
13 15 (0.38%) SCVMM
14 12 (0.30%) Grafana
15 10 (0.25%) Oracle RMAN
15 10 (0.25%) Packer
15 10 (0.25%) WSUS
16 9 (0.23%) Rancher
17 8 (0.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 1,453 (36.86%) Microsoft
2 426 (10.81%) Oracle
3 281 (7.13%) VMware
4 83 (2.11%) Cisco
5 82 (2.08%) IBM
6 77 (1.95%) SAP
7 68 (1.73%) Citrix
8 64 (1.62%) Google
9 57 (1.45%) Databricks
10 56 (1.42%) Xamarin
11 50 (1.27%) Veeam
12 42 (1.07%) Dell
13 41 (1.04%) HP
14 31 (0.79%) Red Hat
14 31 (0.79%) Salesforce.com
15 30 (0.76%) ServiceNow
15 30 (0.76%) Sitecore
16 29 (0.74%) MuleSoft
17 28 (0.71%) Atlassian
17 28 (0.71%) Zend