Period
to 25 September 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies 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 25 September 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
25 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 11 12 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 -7 +1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 25495 27988 36607
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.47% 14.62% 16.61%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 47.25% 49.16% 52.37%
Number of salaries quoted 22220 24891 32612
UK median annual salary £45,000 £44,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +2.41%
10th Percentile £28,750 £27,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 53961 56930 69907
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.63% 29.74% 31.72%
Number of salaries quoted 44416 48491 59083
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% +1.12%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,000 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% -

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SQL Server as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing SQL Server.

Salary trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server over the 6 months to 25 September 2017.

Salary histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 17 Job Locations

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 over the 6 months to 25 September 2017. 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 +1 23887 £45,000 - 1056
UK excluding London -1 15969 £40,000 - 816
London 0 9074 £55,000 +4.76% 298
South East 0 4666 £42,500 - 200
North of England -4 4246 £40,000 - 265
Midlands 0 2457 £40,000 +6.67% 126
North West -2 2414 £40,000 - 150
East of England +1 1774 £43,000 +1.18% 78
South West +2 1648 £40,000 +6.67% 89
Yorkshire -1 1620 £40,000 - 102
West Midlands -1 1564 £40,000 +6.67% 70
East Midlands -2 893 £40,000 - 56
Scotland -1 842 £40,000 - 42
Wales +1 303 £37,500 +4.17% 13
North East -2 206 £38,959 +2.79% 13
Northern Ireland -1 68 £31,750 -20.63% 3
Isle of Man -7 3 £60,000 +33.33%

For the 6 months to 25 September 2017, IT jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 14186 (55.64%) .NET
2 13657 (53.57%) C#
3 12910 (50.64%) SQL
4 10007 (39.25%) Agile Software Development
5 9757 (38.27%) Microsoft
6 9217 (36.15%) ASP.NET
7 8768 (34.39%) MVC
8 7673 (30.10%) JavaScript
9 6459 (25.33%) HTML
10 5917 (23.21%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5716 (22.42%) Finance
12 5586 (21.91%) CSS
13 5531 (21.69%) Windows
14 5161 (20.24%) TDD
15 4834 (18.96%) T-SQL
16 4294 (16.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 4117 (16.15%) AngularJS
18 4082 (16.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 4006 (15.71%) Business Intelligence
20 3875 (15.20%) .NET Framework
21 3863 (15.15%) Scrum
22 3613 (14.17%) WCF
23 3611 (14.16%) Microsoft Azure
24 3602 (14.13%) ASP.NET Web API
25 3492 (13.70%) Oracle
26 3396 (13.32%) jQuery
27 3174 (12.45%) Web Services
28 3152 (12.36%) Degree
29 2567 (10.07%) Java
30 2523 (9.90%) BDD

SQL Server
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 1712 (6.72%) IIS
2 1436 (5.63%) SharePoint
3 809 (3.17%) MS Exchange
4 785 (3.08%) CMS
5 572 (2.24%) Tomcat
6 560 (2.20%) Apache
7 497 (1.95%) BizTalk Server
8 469 (1.84%) Elasticsearch
9 358 (1.40%) Umbraco
10 310 (1.22%) JBoss
11 294 (1.15%) Sitecore CMS
12 279 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2010
13 256 (1.00%) SharePoint 2013
14 247 (0.97%) WebSphere
15 242 (0.95%) Confluence
16 233 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 205 (0.80%) WebLogic
18 201 (0.79%) SAS
19 199 (0.78%) EPiServer
20 193 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 1169 (4.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 752 (2.95%) Microsoft Office
3 144 (0.56%) MS Visio
4 129 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 78 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
6 58 (0.23%) SPSS
7 51 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
7 51 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 20 (0.078%) Adobe Illustrator
9 18 (0.071%) InfoPath
10 6 (0.024%) Fireworks
11 5 (0.020%) OmniGraffle
11 5 (0.020%) SOLIDWORKS
12 4 (0.016%) Chatbot
12 4 (0.016%) EngageOne
12 4 (0.016%) S-PLUS
13 3 (0.012%) HipChat
13 3 (0.012%) Stata
14 2 (0.008%) SPSS Modeler
15 1 (0.004%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 515 (2.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 211 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
3 166 (0.65%) Dynamics NAV
4 63 (0.25%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 54 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
6 46 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
7 41 (0.16%) Adobe Campaign
7 41 (0.16%) Eloqua
8 36 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
9 27 (0.11%) Endur
10 26 (0.10%) Magento
11 25 (0.098%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 25 (0.098%) SAP BPC
12 23 (0.090%) Markit EDM
12 23 (0.090%) SAP Hybris
13 20 (0.078%) Oracle Applications
13 20 (0.078%) Visualfiles
14 19 (0.075%) Siebel CRM
15 17 (0.067%) Cognos TM1
15 17 (0.067%) JDE EnterpriseOne
Cloud Services
1 3611 (14.16%) Microsoft Azure
2 1694 (6.64%) Amazon AWS
3 708 (2.78%) Office 365
4 655 (2.57%) SaaS
5 365 (1.43%) GitHub
6 284 (1.11%) IaaS
7 269 (1.06%) PaaS
8 223 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
9 131 (0.51%) npm
10 121 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
10 121 (0.47%) Google Play
11 111 (0.44%) Azure Active Directory
12 99 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
13 98 (0.38%) Azure Machine Learning
14 89 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
15 75 (0.29%) Google Analytics
16 70 (0.27%) Azure Data Factory
17 62 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
18 59 (0.23%) Amazon S3
19 47 (0.18%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 830 (3.26%) Firewall
2 824 (3.23%) Internet
3 645 (2.53%) DNS
4 607 (2.38%) SAN
5 459 (1.80%) TCP/IP
6 431 (1.69%) DHCP
7 402 (1.58%) WAN
8 351 (1.38%) LAN
9 330 (1.29%) VPN
10 294 (1.15%) HTTP
11 213 (0.84%) Intranet
12 190 (0.75%) VoIP
13 172 (0.67%) Skype
14 157 (0.62%) VLAN
15 141 (0.55%) SSL
16 131 (0.51%) NAS
17 121 (0.47%) Broadband
18 105 (0.41%) Network Security
19 89 (0.35%) FTP
20 85 (0.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4294 (16.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4082 (16.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2502 (9.81%) SQL Server 2008
4 2474 (9.70%) Data Warehouse
5 2431 (9.54%) SQL Server 2014
6 2292 (8.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2077 (8.15%) SQL Server 2016
8 1944 (7.63%) SQL Server 2012
9 1934 (7.59%) NoSQL
10 1892 (7.42%) Relational Database
11 1805 (7.08%) MySQL
12 1213 (4.76%) MongoDB
13 1079 (4.23%) Power BI
14 766 (3.00%) Big Data
14 766 (3.00%) RDBMS
15 720 (2.82%) SQL Server 2005
16 575 (2.26%) PostgreSQL
17 557 (2.18%) Oracle Database
18 532 (2.09%) QlikView
19 454 (1.78%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2413 (9.46%) Git (software)
2 2371 (9.30%) Visual Studio
3 2014 (7.90%) Team Foundation Server
4 1324 (5.19%) NUnit
5 1086 (4.26%) JIRA
6 1011 (3.97%) Subversion
7 899 (3.53%) TeamCity
8 664 (2.60%) Rhino Mocks
9 659 (2.58%) Jenkins
10 561 (2.20%) Moq
11 530 (2.08%) Selenium
12 503 (1.97%) Octopus Deploy
13 437 (1.71%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 404 (1.58%) MSTest
15 284 (1.11%) SpecFlow
16 253 (0.99%) JUnit
17 250 (0.98%) Maven
18 203 (0.80%) Bitbucket
19 174 (0.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
20 136 (0.53%) Mercurial
General
1 5716 (22.42%) Finance
2 1730 (6.79%) Banking
3 1397 (5.48%) Retail
4 1135 (4.45%) Marketing
5 782 (3.07%) Games
6 716 (2.81%) Investment Banking
7 673 (2.64%) Advertising
8 642 (2.52%) Telecoms
9 541 (2.12%) Legal
10 520 (2.04%) Manufacturing
11 399 (1.57%) Front Office
12 337 (1.32%) Electronics
13 335 (1.31%) Retail Banking
14 281 (1.10%) Law
15 279 (1.09%) Back Office
16 202 (0.79%) Financial Institution
17 162 (0.64%) Music Industry
18 153 (0.60%) Publishing
19 125 (0.49%) Automotive
20 117 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 15426 (60.51%) Developer
2 8027 (31.48%) .NET Developer
3 5611 (22.01%) C# Developer
4 3953 (15.51%) C# .NET Developer
5 2589 (10.15%) SQL Developer
6 2350 (9.22%) Senior Developer
7 2318 (9.09%) Analyst
8 2271 (8.91%) ASP.NET Developer
9 2057 (8.07%) Software Developer
10 1967 (7.72%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1526 (5.99%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 1446 (5.67%) DBA
13 1165 (4.57%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 1137 (4.46%) Senior .NET Developer
15 1133 (4.44%) SQL DBA
16 1126 (4.42%) .NET Software Developer
17 1052 (4.13%) C# Software Developer
18 965 (3.79%) Administrator
19 947 (3.71%) Junior
20 919 (3.60%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14186 (55.64%) .NET
2 9217 (36.15%) ASP.NET
3 6459 (25.33%) HTML
4 5917 (23.21%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5586 (21.91%) CSS
6 4117 (16.15%) AngularJS
7 3875 (15.20%) .NET Framework
8 3613 (14.17%) WCF
9 3602 (14.13%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3396 (13.32%) jQuery
11 3174 (12.45%) Web Services
12 2509 (9.84%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 2417 (9.48%) Entity Framework
14 2294 (9.00%) RESTful
15 2190 (8.59%) HTML5
16 2113 (8.29%) XML
17 2009 (7.88%) WPF
18 1880 (7.37%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 1817 (7.13%) Node.js
20 1449 (5.68%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 1840 (7.22%) Analytical Skills
2 1770 (6.94%) Computer Science
3 1562 (6.13%) Greenfield Project
4 825 (3.24%) Enterprise Software
5 815 (3.20%) User Experience
6 642 (2.52%) Management Information System
7 612 (2.40%) Fintech
8 603 (2.37%) Clustering
9 574 (2.25%) Mobile App
10 490 (1.92%) Replication
11 347 (1.36%) Data Centre
12 317 (1.24%) Client/Server
13 279 (1.09%) Data Structures
14 250 (0.98%) Hedge funds
15 222 (0.87%) N-Tier
16 221 (0.87%) iPad
17 216 (0.85%) Algorithms
18 210 (0.82%) Fixed Income
19 183 (0.72%) Social Network
20 180 (0.71%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 5531 (21.69%) Windows
2 2305 (9.04%) Windows Server
3 1818 (7.13%) Linux
4 973 (3.82%) Windows Server 2008
5 952 (3.73%) Windows Server 2012
6 813 (3.19%) Unix
7 542 (2.13%) Android
8 445 (1.75%) Windows 7
9 365 (1.43%) Apple iOS
10 348 (1.36%) Windows 10
11 256 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
12 158 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 157 (0.62%) Solaris
14 147 (0.58%) Windows 8
15 125 (0.49%) CentOS
16 103 (0.40%) Ubuntu
17 87 (0.34%) Windows XP
18 55 (0.22%) AIX
19 48 (0.19%) Debian
20 44 (0.17%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10007 (39.25%) Agile Software Development
2 8768 (34.39%) MVC
3 5161 (20.24%) TDD
4 4006 (15.71%) Business Intelligence
5 3863 (15.15%) Scrum
6 2523 (9.90%) BDD
7 2506 (9.83%) Web Application Development
8 2435 (9.55%) OO
9 2385 (9.35%) Web Development
10 2180 (8.55%) Continuous Integration
11 2172 (8.52%) ETL
12 1892 (7.42%) Software Engineering
13 1811 (7.10%) SDLC
14 1528 (5.99%) Unit Testing
15 1424 (5.59%) ITIL
16 1371 (5.38%) DevOps
16 1371 (5.38%) Test Automation
17 1365 (5.35%) Analytics
18 1364 (5.35%) Performance Tuning
19 1262 (4.95%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 13657 (53.57%) C#
2 12910 (50.64%) SQL
3 7673 (30.10%) JavaScript
4 4834 (18.96%) T-SQL
5 2567 (10.07%) Java
6 1649 (6.47%) PowerShell
7 1384 (5.43%) VB.NET
8 1223 (4.80%) Ruby
9 985 (3.86%) Python
10 831 (3.26%) VB
11 683 (2.68%) C++
12 678 (2.66%) PHP
13 480 (1.88%) VBA
14 422 (1.66%) TypeScript
15 406 (1.59%) PL/SQL
16 334 (1.31%) C
17 331 (1.30%) Shell Script
18 311 (1.22%) R
19 262 (1.03%) Perl
20 244 (0.96%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 3152 (12.36%) Degree
2 1063 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
3 817 (3.20%) Computer Science Degree
4 406 (1.59%) Security Cleared
5 399 (1.57%) MCSE
6 268 (1.05%) MCSA
7 256 (1.00%) SC Cleared
8 195 (0.76%) MCP
9 162 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
10 149 (0.58%) MCITP
11 139 (0.55%) CCNA
12 126 (0.49%) MCTS
12 126 (0.49%) Numerate Degree
13 106 (0.42%) ISEB
13 106 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
14 98 (0.38%) MCSD
14 98 (0.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 88 (0.35%) Master's Degree
16 69 (0.27%) MCAD
17 67 (0.26%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 990 (3.88%) QA
2 506 (1.98%) SLA
3 410 (1.61%) Data Quality
4 184 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 145 (0.57%) PCI DSS
6 117 (0.46%) ISO 9001
7 59 (0.23%) GDPR
8 55 (0.22%) SEPA
9 38 (0.15%) PMO
10 32 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
11 28 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 25 (0.098%) HL7
13 24 (0.094%) MiFID
14 22 (0.086%) COBIT
15 16 (0.063%) Cyber Essentials
16 15 (0.059%) Basel III
17 12 (0.047%) ISO 9000
17 12 (0.047%) RosettaNet
17 12 (0.047%) WCAG
18 10 (0.039%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1815 (7.12%) Active Directory
2 933 (3.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 650 (2.55%) Hyper-V
4 360 (1.41%) Docker
5 319 (1.25%) vSphere
6 223 (0.87%) VMware ESXi
7 189 (0.74%) XenApp
8 136 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
9 98 (0.38%) XenDesktop
10 86 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
11 65 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
12 57 (0.22%) Terminal Services
13 41 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
13 41 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
14 40 (0.16%) KVM
15 36 (0.14%) HDFS
16 35 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 33 (0.13%) XenServer
18 25 (0.098%) Virtual Desktop
19 21 (0.082%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 446 (1.75%) Puppet
2 353 (1.38%) Opscode Chef
3 347 (1.36%) SCCM
4 294 (1.15%) Ansible
5 208 (0.82%) SCOM
6 188 (0.74%) Kibana
7 178 (0.70%) WSUS
8 127 (0.50%) Nagios
9 105 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
10 104 (0.41%) Opsview
11 102 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 90 (0.35%) Backup Exec
13 87 (0.34%) vCenter Server
14 86 (0.34%) Business Desktop Deployment
15 82 (0.32%) ZABBIX
16 79 (0.31%) Failover Clustering
17 62 (0.24%) Oracle RMAN
18 53 (0.21%) Kubernetes
19 52 (0.20%) Perfmon
20 48 (0.19%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 9757 (38.27%) Microsoft
2 3492 (13.70%) Oracle
3 1523 (5.97%) VMware
4 744 (2.92%) Tableau
5 697 (2.73%) SAP
6 679 (2.66%) Cisco
7 566 (2.22%) Google
8 498 (1.95%) Citrix
9 450 (1.77%) IBM
10 432 (1.69%) Facebook
11 397 (1.56%) Sybase
12 378 (1.48%) Sitecore
13 365 (1.43%) HP
14 307 (1.20%) Xamarin
15 297 (1.16%) Cognos
16 253 (0.99%) Splunk
17 192 (0.75%) NetApp
18 180 (0.71%) Red Hat
19 173 (0.68%) Apple
19 173 (0.68%) Salesforce.com