Period
to 13 April 2021

The median annual salary for a DBA was £49,500 in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

The first table below provides salary benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Database Administrator
UK
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 441 388 351
Rank change year-on-year -53 -37 -46
Permanent jobs requiring a DBA 490 861 1,341
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.76% 0.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.79% 0.94%
Number of salaries quoted 365 736 1,126
10th Percentile £32,699 £31,313 £33,750
25th Percentile £40,000 £40,000 £39,563
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £49,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year -1.00% +5.26% -5.00%
75th Percentile £58,750 £60,000 £57,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £75,000 £68,125
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all permanent IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of permanent jobs in our overall sample.

All Permanent IT Job Vacancies
UK
Permanent vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 77,346 108,572 142,944
% of permanent IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.13% 95.37% 96.02%
Number of salaries quoted 60,849 88,179 115,251
10th Percentile £31,500 £29,750 £28,500
25th Percentile £40,750 £37,750 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £68,750
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%

DBA
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured DBA in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for DBA in the UK

DBA
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing DBA.

Salary trend for DBA in the UK

DBA
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing DBA over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Salary histogram for DBA in the UK

DBA
Top 18 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing DBA within the UK over the 6 months to 13 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
England -60 434 £50,000 - 56
UK excluding London -48 308 £45,000 - 40
London -16 147 £55,000 -8.33% 18
North of England +27 133 £47,500 +5.56% 18
Work from Home -46 109 £50,500 -3.81% 9
Midlands +18 81 £45,000 +12.50% 4
North West +3 62 £50,000 +6.95% 13
Yorkshire +35 59 £45,000 +5.88% 5
East Midlands +29 58 £45,000 +50.00% 2
South East -4 35 £45,000 -14.29% 9
West Midlands -5 23 £49,500 +10.00% 2
East of England -6 18 £37,500 -6.25% 6
Scotland -23 14 £45,000 - 3
South West 0 13 £35,000 -30.00%
Wales +40 12 £43,500 +26.09%
North East +4 12 £38,500 -3.75%
Northern Ireland -1 1 - -
Isle of Man -9 1 - -

DBA Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, DBA job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads featuring DBA in the job title.

1 335 (68.37%) SQL
2 306 (62.45%) SQL Server
3 214 (43.67%) Oracle
4 173 (35.31%) Performance Tuning
5 135 (27.55%) T-SQL
6 129 (26.33%) Linux
6 129 (26.33%) Oracle Database
6 129 (26.33%) Azure
7 127 (25.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 123 (25.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 122 (24.90%) Microsoft
10 104 (21.22%) Replication
11 100 (20.41%) Windows
12 95 (19.39%) Clustering
13 90 (18.37%) MySQL
14 88 (17.96%) High Availability
15 86 (17.55%) Business Intelligence
16 77 (15.71%) AWS
17 75 (15.31%) ETL
18 67 (13.67%) PostgreSQL
19 66 (13.47%) PowerShell
19 66 (13.47%) Relational Database
20 65 (13.27%) Python
21 61 (12.45%) Agile Software Development
22 59 (12.04%) Disaster Recovery
22 59 (12.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
23 57 (11.63%) Finance
24 55 (11.22%) Data Warehouse
24 55 (11.22%) DevOps
25 51 (10.41%) Power BI

DBA Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 28 (5.71%) WebLogic
2 9 (1.84%) Apache
3 8 (1.63%) IIS
4 6 (1.22%) OpenEdge
5 5 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.82%) Oracle Application Server
6 4 (0.82%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (0.82%) Red Hat Fuse
7 2 (0.41%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.20%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.20%) Confluence
8 1 (0.20%) JBoss
8 1 (0.20%) MS Exchange
8 1 (0.20%) nginx
Applications
1 14 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.43%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 30 (6.12%) Oracle EBS
2 19 (3.88%) Oracle Applications
3 17 (3.47%) Oracle EBS R12
4 12 (2.45%) Oracle 11i
5 5 (1.02%) Sentinel
6 2 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.41%) Retail-J
7 1 (0.20%) Demantra
7 1 (0.20%) Lawson
Cloud Services
1 129 (26.33%) Azure
2 77 (15.71%) AWS
3 51 (10.41%) Power Platform
4 27 (5.51%) GCP
5 17 (3.47%) Cloud Computing
6 12 (2.45%) SaaS
7 11 (2.24%) IaaS
8 10 (2.04%) Azure Data Factory
9 8 (1.63%) Logic Apps
9 8 (1.63%) PaaS
10 4 (0.82%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.82%) Microsoft 365
11 3 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
12 2 (0.41%) Serverless
13 1 (0.20%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.20%) Amazon ElastiCache
13 1 (0.20%) AWS Lambda
13 1 (0.20%) Azure Active Directory
13 1 (0.20%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.20%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.24%) Internet
2 2 (0.41%) Extranet
2 2 (0.41%) Intranet
2 2 (0.41%) SAN
3 1 (0.20%) Broadband
3 1 (0.20%) DHCP
3 1 (0.20%) DNS
3 1 (0.20%) Skype
3 1 (0.20%) SSL
3 1 (0.20%) VLAN
3 1 (0.20%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 306 (62.45%) SQL Server
2 129 (26.33%) Oracle Database
3 127 (25.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 123 (25.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 90 (18.37%) MySQL
6 67 (13.67%) PostgreSQL
7 66 (13.47%) Relational Database
8 59 (12.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 55 (11.22%) Data Warehouse
10 51 (10.41%) Power BI
11 36 (7.35%) NoSQL
12 35 (7.14%) Oracle Database 12c
13 32 (6.53%) MariaDB
13 32 (6.53%) SQL Server 2016
13 32 (6.53%) SQL Server 2019
14 27 (5.51%) OLTP
15 25 (5.10%) Oracle Database 11g
16 24 (4.90%) MongoDB
17 21 (4.29%) Azure SQL Database
18 19 (3.88%) Oracle Exadata
Development Applications
1 12 (2.45%) Git (software)
2 9 (1.84%) Visual Studio
3 8 (1.63%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (1.43%) Jenkins
4 7 (1.43%) JIRA
5 6 (1.22%) Octopus Deploy
6 4 (0.82%) GitLab
7 3 (0.61%) Bitbucket
7 3 (0.61%) JIRA Agile
8 2 (0.41%) Oracle APEX
8 2 (0.41%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.41%) Toad
9 1 (0.20%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 57 (11.63%) Finance
2 25 (5.10%) Public Sector
3 23 (4.69%) Law
4 9 (1.84%) Marketing
4 9 (1.84%) Retail
5 8 (1.63%) Banking
6 7 (1.43%) Automotive
7 6 (1.22%) Advertising
7 6 (1.22%) Legal
8 5 (1.02%) Front Office
9 4 (0.82%) Games
9 4 (0.82%) Local Government
9 4 (0.82%) Publishing
10 3 (0.61%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.41%) Police
12 1 (0.20%) Czech Language
12 1 (0.20%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.20%) Military
12 1 (0.20%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (4.69%) Middleware
2 16 (3.27%) .NET
3 13 (2.65%) Oracle GoldenGate
4 10 (2.04%) REST
5 6 (1.22%) AngularJS
5 6 (1.22%) Hibernate
5 6 (1.22%) XML
6 5 (1.02%) Elastic Stack
6 5 (1.02%) Oracle Fusion
7 4 (0.82%) LDAP
7 4 (0.82%) MDX
8 2 (0.41%) ASP.NET
8 2 (0.41%) CGI
8 2 (0.41%) COM
8 2 (0.41%) CSS
8 2 (0.41%) GraphQL
8 2 (0.41%) HTML
8 2 (0.41%) Kafka
9 1 (0.20%) RabbitMQ
9 1 (0.20%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 104 (21.22%) Replication
2 95 (19.39%) Clustering
3 35 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (3.27%) CMDB
5 13 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (2.04%) Greenfield Project
7 9 (1.84%) Data Protection Act
7 9 (1.84%) Management Information System
8 7 (1.43%) Data Structures
9 6 (1.22%) Public Cloud
9 6 (1.22%) Renewable Energy
9 6 (1.22%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.02%) Data Centre
10 5 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.02%) Private Cloud
10 5 (1.02%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (0.82%) FMCG
12 3 (0.61%) e-Health
12 3 (0.61%) NHS
12 3 (0.61%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 129 (26.33%) Linux
2 100 (20.41%) Windows
3 50 (10.20%) Unix
4 42 (8.57%) Windows Server
5 23 (4.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 13 (2.65%) Windows Server 2016
7 10 (2.04%) Solaris
8 9 (1.84%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (1.22%) CentOS
9 6 (1.22%) Oracle Linux
9 6 (1.22%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (1.02%) AIX
11 4 (0.82%) Windows Server 2019
12 3 (0.61%) zOS
13 2 (0.41%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (35.31%) Performance Tuning
2 88 (17.96%) High Availability
3 86 (17.55%) Business Intelligence
4 75 (15.31%) ETL
5 61 (12.45%) Agile Software Development
6 59 (12.04%) Disaster Recovery
7 55 (11.22%) DevOps
8 50 (10.20%) Problem-Solving
9 41 (8.37%) Migration
10 40 (8.16%) Computer Science
11 33 (6.73%) Database Security
12 32 (6.53%) Performance Monitoring
13 31 (6.33%) Configuration Management
14 30 (6.12%) Capacity Planning
15 28 (5.71%) Mentoring
16 27 (5.51%) Database Mirroring
17 25 (5.10%) Change Management
17 25 (5.10%) Decision-Making
18 23 (4.69%) ITIL
18 23 (4.69%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 335 (68.37%) SQL
2 135 (27.55%) T-SQL
3 66 (13.47%) PowerShell
4 65 (13.27%) Python
5 42 (8.57%) PL/SQL
6 36 (7.35%) Bash Shell
7 31 (6.33%) Shell Script
8 24 (4.90%) C#
9 14 (2.86%) Perl
9 14 (2.86%) R
9 14 (2.86%) VBA
10 11 (2.24%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 9 (1.84%) Java
12 8 (1.63%) Korn
13 6 (1.22%) JavaScript
13 6 (1.22%) PHP
14 5 (1.02%) WebLogic Scripting Tool
15 4 (0.82%) VBScript
16 2 (0.41%) MATLAB
16 2 (0.41%) VB
Qualifications
1 50 (10.20%) Degree
2 49 (10.00%) Security Cleared
3 43 (8.78%) SC Cleared
4 33 (6.73%) Microsoft Certification
5 20 (4.08%) Computer Science Degree
5 20 (4.08%) Oracle Certification
6 15 (3.06%) MCSA
6 15 (3.06%) OCP
7 14 (2.86%) MCP
7 14 (2.86%) MCSE
8 9 (1.84%) Master's Degree
8 9 (1.84%) MCDBA
9 8 (1.63%) Microsoft Certified Architect
9 8 (1.63%) OCA
10 3 (0.61%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.41%) ISEB
12 1 (0.20%) DV Cleared
12 1 (0.20%) HND
12 1 (0.20%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.88%) QA
2 16 (3.27%) SLA
3 11 (2.24%) Data Quality
4 5 (1.02%) GDPR
5 4 (0.82%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.41%) AIFMD
System Software
1 41 (8.37%) Oracle RAC
2 16 (3.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (3.06%) Active Directory
4 12 (2.45%) Docker
5 6 (1.22%) HDFS
6 3 (0.61%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.41%) etcd
7 2 (0.41%) PowerHA
7 2 (0.41%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.41%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 2 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.20%) iptables
Systems Management
1 49 (10.00%) Data Guard
2 41 (8.37%) Oracle RMAN
3 35 (7.14%) Failover Clustering
4 25 (5.10%) Ansible
5 19 (3.88%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 16 (3.27%) Microsoft Clustering
7 12 (2.45%) Grafana
7 12 (2.45%) Puppet
8 10 (2.04%) Terraform
9 8 (1.63%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
10 7 (1.43%) Opscode Chef
10 7 (1.43%) Single Sign-On
11 6 (1.22%) Galera Cluster
12 5 (1.02%) Graphite
12 5 (1.02%) Kubernetes
13 4 (0.82%) Nagios
13 4 (0.82%) Oracle Statspack
13 4 (0.82%) Prometheus
14 2 (0.41%) Red Hat Satellite
14 2 (0.41%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 214 (43.67%) Oracle
2 122 (24.90%) Microsoft
3 32 (6.53%) Google
4 26 (5.31%) VMware
5 23 (4.69%) Red Hat
6 12 (2.45%) Salesforce.com
7 6 (1.22%) Facebook
7 6 (1.22%) Marin
7 6 (1.22%) RedGate
8 5 (1.02%) Hyperion
9 4 (0.82%) IBM
9 4 (0.82%) LexisNexis
9 4 (0.82%) PeopleSoft
9 4 (0.82%) Percona
10 3 (0.61%) SAP
10 3 (0.61%) Sun
10 3 (0.61%) Sybase
10 3 (0.61%) Vertica
11 2 (0.41%) Citrix
11 2 (0.41%) HP