Period
to 18 January 2018

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 18 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 11 12 8
Rank change year-on-year +1 -4 -2
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 24,514 25,640 32,760
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.09% 14.46% 15.80%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 46.17% 48.43% 49.95%
Number of salaries quoted 21,347 23,124 29,207
UK median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £43,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.27% +2.33% +3.61%
10th Percentile £29,650 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £69,500 £67,500 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +2.56%

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 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 53,091 52,944 65,587
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.52% 29.86% 31.64%
Number of salaries quoted 43,994 45,305 55,441
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% +1.12%
10th Percentile £30,000 £29,250 £28,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

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 18 January 2018.

Salary histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 18 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 18 January 2018. 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 22,979 £45,000 - 3,039
UK excluding London -1 15,957 £42,000 +5.00% 2,304
London -1 8,118 £55,000 - 946
South East +1 5,208 £42,500 - 582
North of England -3 3,732 £41,500 +3.75% 605
Midlands +1 2,444 £40,000 - 408
North West -4 2,111 £40,750 +1.88% 338
South West +4 1,786 £40,000 - 255
East of England 0 1,661 £45,000 +4.65% 239
West Midlands 0 1,430 £40,000 +2.56% 203
Yorkshire -2 1,361 £42,500 +6.25% 240
East Midlands -1 1,013 £37,500 -6.25% 202
Scotland -1 760 £40,000 - 129
Wales +3 306 £38,000 +8.57% 70
North East +1 254 £35,000 -12.50% 27
Northern Ireland -1 84 £35,000 -12.50% 10
Isle of Man 0 8 £50,000 +42.86% 6
Channel Islands -4 1 £65,000 +13.04%

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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 13,508 (55.10%) .NET
2 13,250 (54.05%) C#
3 12,166 (49.63%) SQL
4 9,942 (40.56%) Agile Software Development
5 9,237 (37.68%) Microsoft
6 8,938 (36.46%) ASP.NET
7 8,716 (35.56%) MVC
8 7,332 (29.91%) JavaScript
9 6,127 (24.99%) HTML
10 6,002 (24.48%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5,328 (21.73%) TDD
12 5,281 (21.54%) CSS
13 5,025 (20.50%) Windows
14 4,847 (19.77%) Finance
15 4,445 (18.13%) T-SQL
16 4,026 (16.42%) Business Intelligence
17 3,988 (16.27%) AngularJS
18 3,915 (15.97%) ASP.NET Web API
19 3,913 (15.96%) Microsoft Azure
20 3,904 (15.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
21 3,840 (15.66%) .NET Framework
22 3,774 (15.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
23 3,717 (15.16%) WCF
24 3,592 (14.65%) Scrum
25 3,240 (13.22%) jQuery
26 3,014 (12.30%) Web Application Development
27 2,980 (12.16%) BDD
28 2,966 (12.10%) ASP.NET MVC 5
29 2,955 (12.05%) Oracle
30 2,772 (11.31%) Web Services

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 1,533 (6.25%) IIS
2 1,392 (5.68%) SharePoint
3 765 (3.12%) MS Exchange
4 639 (2.61%) CMS
5 495 (2.02%) BizTalk Server
6 472 (1.93%) Apache
7 441 (1.80%) Elasticsearch
8 394 (1.61%) Tomcat
9 378 (1.54%) Umbraco
10 276 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2010
11 269 (1.10%) SharePoint 2013
12 223 (0.91%) Confluence
13 197 (0.80%) JBoss
14 195 (0.80%) Apache Spark
15 193 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2013
16 179 (0.73%) Skype for Business
17 174 (0.71%) WebSphere
18 163 (0.66%) WebLogic
19 161 (0.66%) Sitecore CMS
20 160 (0.65%) EPiServer
Applications
1 1,034 (4.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 685 (2.79%) Microsoft Office
3 98 (0.40%) MS Visio
4 97 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 46 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
6 45 (0.18%) SPSS
7 38 (0.16%) Photoshop
8 30 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
9 25 (0.10%) InfoPath
10 12 (0.049%) Chatbot
11 10 (0.041%) Adobe Illustrator
12 5 (0.020%) Weka
13 4 (0.016%) EngageOne
13 4 (0.016%) Stata
14 3 (0.012%) AutoCAD
14 3 (0.012%) SOLIDWORKS
14 3 (0.012%) S-PLUS
15 2 (0.008%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 2 (0.008%) GNU Octave
15 2 (0.008%) Revit
Business Applications
1 454 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 226 (0.92%) Dynamics AX
3 171 (0.70%) Dynamics NAV
4 86 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
5 49 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
6 46 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 34 (0.14%) Visualfiles
8 32 (0.13%) Markit EDM
9 30 (0.12%) MetaTrader
10 29 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
11 25 (0.10%) NetSuite
12 23 (0.094%) Oracle Applications
13 22 (0.090%) SAP Hybris
14 21 (0.086%) Payment Gateway
15 18 (0.073%) Adobe Campaign
15 18 (0.073%) JDE EnterpriseOne
16 15 (0.061%) Unit4 Business World
17 14 (0.057%) Cognos TM1
17 14 (0.057%) SAP Business One
18 13 (0.053%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 3,913 (15.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,660 (6.77%) Amazon AWS
3 843 (3.44%) Office 365
4 682 (2.78%) SaaS
5 293 (1.20%) PaaS
6 276 (1.13%) GitHub
7 253 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
8 251 (1.02%) IaaS
9 142 (0.58%) Azure Active Directory
10 141 (0.58%) Azure Data Factory
11 138 (0.56%) Dynamics 365
12 105 (0.43%) Google Play
13 100 (0.41%) Google Cloud Platform
14 90 (0.37%) npm
15 72 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
15 72 (0.29%) Amazon S3
16 59 (0.24%) Azure Machine Learning
17 52 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
18 51 (0.21%) Google Analytics
19 44 (0.18%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 870 (3.55%) Firewall
2 847 (3.46%) Internet
3 591 (2.41%) DNS
4 524 (2.14%) SAN
5 424 (1.73%) TCP/IP
6 403 (1.64%) WAN
7 391 (1.60%) DHCP
8 374 (1.53%) LAN
9 305 (1.24%) VPN
10 231 (0.94%) HTTP
11 188 (0.77%) VoIP
12 167 (0.68%) VLAN
13 149 (0.61%) Intranet
14 146 (0.60%) Broadband
15 137 (0.56%) SSL
16 135 (0.55%) Network Security
17 116 (0.47%) Skype
18 107 (0.44%) SMS
19 99 (0.40%) Wireless
20 96 (0.39%) Hyperconnected
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3,904 (15.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3,774 (15.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2,708 (11.05%) SQL Server 2016
4 2,312 (9.43%) SQL Server 2014
5 2,294 (9.36%) Data Warehouse
6 2,052 (8.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1,998 (8.15%) NoSQL
8 1,817 (7.41%) SQL Server 2008
9 1,630 (6.65%) MySQL
10 1,549 (6.32%) SQL Server 2012
11 1,513 (6.17%) Relational Database
12 1,187 (4.84%) Power BI
13 1,026 (4.19%) MongoDB
14 638 (2.60%) Oracle Database
15 609 (2.48%) Big Data
16 552 (2.25%) RDBMS
17 512 (2.09%) PostgreSQL
18 504 (2.06%) QlikView
19 462 (1.88%) SQL Server 2005
20 456 (1.86%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 2,479 (10.11%) Git (software)
2 2,146 (8.75%) Visual Studio
3 1,855 (7.57%) Team Foundation Server
4 1,185 (4.83%) NUnit
5 855 (3.49%) JIRA
6 791 (3.23%) Subversion
7 698 (2.85%) TeamCity
8 676 (2.76%) Rhino Mocks
9 568 (2.32%) Moq
10 557 (2.27%) Jenkins
11 474 (1.93%) Selenium
12 435 (1.77%) MSTest
13 428 (1.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 418 (1.71%) Octopus Deploy
15 193 (0.79%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 182 (0.74%) SpecFlow
17 169 (0.69%) Bitbucket
18 167 (0.68%) Maven
19 153 (0.62%) Visual Studio Team System
20 125 (0.51%) JUnit
General
1 4,847 (19.77%) Finance
2 1,284 (5.24%) Banking
3 1,107 (4.52%) Retail
4 1,007 (4.11%) Advertising
5 847 (3.46%) Marketing
6 762 (3.11%) Games
7 464 (1.89%) Telecoms
8 422 (1.72%) Investment Banking
9 415 (1.69%) Legal
10 334 (1.36%) Manufacturing
11 248 (1.01%) Front Office
12 241 (0.98%) Law
13 219 (0.89%) Back Office
14 218 (0.89%) Music Industry
15 186 (0.76%) Retail Banking
16 176 (0.72%) Financial Institution
17 145 (0.59%) Electronics
18 140 (0.57%) Publishing
19 116 (0.47%) Automotive
20 83 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 14,809 (60.41%) Developer
2 7,896 (32.21%) .NET Developer
3 5,163 (21.06%) C# Developer
4 3,608 (14.72%) C# .NET Developer
5 2,375 (9.69%) SQL Developer
6 2,210 (9.02%) Analyst
7 2,140 (8.73%) Senior Developer
8 2,105 (8.59%) Software Developer
9 2,002 (8.17%) ASP.NET Developer
10 1,809 (7.38%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1,411 (5.76%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 1,382 (5.64%) DBA
13 1,195 (4.87%) .NET Software Developer
14 1,147 (4.68%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 1,114 (4.54%) C# Software Developer
16 1,062 (4.33%) SQL DBA
17 1,057 (4.31%) Senior .NET Developer
18 891 (3.63%) Junior
19 868 (3.54%) Web Developer
20 865 (3.53%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13,508 (55.10%) .NET
2 8,938 (36.46%) ASP.NET
3 6,127 (24.99%) HTML
4 6,002 (24.48%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5,281 (21.54%) CSS
6 3,988 (16.27%) AngularJS
7 3,915 (15.97%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3,840 (15.66%) .NET Framework
9 3,717 (15.16%) WCF
10 3,240 (13.22%) jQuery
11 2,966 (12.10%) ASP.NET MVC 5
12 2,772 (11.31%) Web Services
13 2,711 (11.06%) RESTful
14 2,416 (9.86%) Entity Framework
15 2,169 (8.85%) HTML5
16 2,091 (8.53%) Node.js
17 2,014 (8.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 2,002 (8.17%) WPF
19 1,801 (7.35%) XML
20 1,516 (6.18%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 1,750 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
2 1,681 (6.86%) Greenfield Project
3 1,534 (6.26%) Computer Science
4 876 (3.57%) Enterprise Software
5 633 (2.58%) User Experience
6 626 (2.55%) Fintech
7 595 (2.43%) Clustering
8 540 (2.20%) Mobile App
9 515 (2.10%) Management Information System
10 474 (1.93%) Replication
11 319 (1.30%) Data Centre
12 270 (1.10%) Client/Server
13 249 (1.02%) Hedge funds
14 243 (0.99%) Data Structures
15 219 (0.89%) Tandem
16 202 (0.82%) Social Network
17 175 (0.71%) Algorithms
18 169 (0.69%) N-Tier
19 168 (0.69%) Social Media
20 140 (0.57%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 5,025 (20.50%) Windows
2 2,271 (9.26%) Windows Server
3 1,671 (6.82%) Linux
4 905 (3.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 779 (3.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 689 (2.81%) Unix
7 488 (1.99%) Windows 7
8 428 (1.75%) Android
9 401 (1.64%) Windows 10
10 325 (1.33%) Apple iOS
11 240 (0.98%) Windows Server 2003
12 163 (0.66%) Windows 8
13 153 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 143 (0.58%) Solaris
15 119 (0.49%) CentOS
16 89 (0.36%) Ubuntu
17 56 (0.23%) Mac OS X
18 51 (0.21%) VMS
19 48 (0.20%) Windows XP
20 46 (0.19%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 9,942 (40.56%) Agile Software Development
2 8,716 (35.56%) MVC
3 5,328 (21.73%) TDD
4 4,026 (16.42%) Business Intelligence
5 3,592 (14.65%) Scrum
6 3,014 (12.30%) Web Application Development
7 2,980 (12.16%) BDD
8 2,439 (9.95%) OO
9 2,160 (8.81%) Web Development
10 2,032 (8.29%) Continuous Integration
10 2,032 (8.29%) ETL
11 1,798 (7.33%) Software Engineering
12 1,645 (6.71%) SDLC
13 1,462 (5.96%) ITIL
14 1,350 (5.51%) Unit Testing
15 1,305 (5.32%) Analytics
16 1,300 (5.30%) Test Automation
17 1,262 (5.15%) DevOps
17 1,262 (5.15%) Performance Tuning
18 1,167 (4.76%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 13,250 (54.05%) C#
2 12,166 (49.63%) SQL
3 7,332 (29.91%) JavaScript
4 4,445 (18.13%) T-SQL
5 1,911 (7.80%) Java
6 1,485 (6.06%) PowerShell
7 1,471 (6.00%) Ruby
8 1,303 (5.32%) VB.NET
9 849 (3.46%) Python
10 798 (3.26%) VB
11 691 (2.82%) PHP
12 474 (1.93%) C++
13 458 (1.87%) TypeScript
14 449 (1.83%) VBA
15 422 (1.72%) PL/SQL
16 331 (1.35%) C
17 231 (0.94%) Shell Script
18 224 (0.91%) R
19 205 (0.84%) F#
20 198 (0.81%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2,753 (11.23%) Degree
2 979 (3.99%) Microsoft Certification
3 666 (2.72%) Computer Science Degree
4 445 (1.82%) Security Cleared
5 410 (1.67%) MCSE
6 267 (1.09%) SC Cleared
7 233 (0.95%) MCSA
8 211 (0.86%) Cisco Certification
9 194 (0.79%) CCNA
10 171 (0.70%) MCP
11 129 (0.53%) MCSD
12 117 (0.48%) ISEB
13 111 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
14 109 (0.44%) MCITP
15 100 (0.41%) ISTQB
16 95 (0.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 90 (0.37%) Oracle Certification
18 83 (0.34%) MCTS
19 78 (0.32%) DV Cleared
20 74 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 985 (4.02%) QA
2 435 (1.77%) SLA
3 396 (1.62%) Data Quality
4 173 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 137 (0.56%) GDPR
6 92 (0.38%) PCI DSS
7 67 (0.27%) ISO 9001
8 56 (0.23%) PMO
9 45 (0.18%) COBIT
10 36 (0.15%) SEPA
11 26 (0.11%) MiFID
12 19 (0.078%) EMIR
13 15 (0.061%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 15 (0.061%) Solvency II
14 14 (0.057%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 13 (0.053%) Disclosure Scotland
15 13 (0.053%) GAMP
16 12 (0.049%) Cyber Essentials
17 9 (0.037%) GCP
18 8 (0.033%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 1,712 (6.98%) Active Directory
2 989 (4.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 684 (2.79%) Hyper-V
4 464 (1.89%) Docker
5 293 (1.20%) VMware ESXi
6 266 (1.09%) vSphere
7 193 (0.79%) XenApp
8 150 (0.61%) Virtual Machines
9 97 (0.40%) Virtual Servers
10 96 (0.39%) XenDesktop
11 61 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
12 59 (0.24%) HDFS
13 51 (0.21%) Terminal Services
14 44 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
15 42 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
16 32 (0.13%) BitLocker
17 27 (0.11%) XenServer
18 26 (0.11%) KVM
19 22 (0.090%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 22 (0.090%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 459 (1.87%) SCCM
2 325 (1.33%) Puppet
3 242 (0.99%) Ansible
4 223 (0.91%) Kibana
5 220 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
6 210 (0.86%) SCOM
7 201 (0.82%) WSUS
8 130 (0.53%) Microsoft Clustering
9 116 (0.47%) Business Desktop Deployment
10 114 (0.47%) Backup Exec
11 106 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 97 (0.40%) vCenter Server
13 94 (0.38%) Nagios
14 74 (0.30%) Kubernetes
15 72 (0.29%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
16 62 (0.25%) Terraform
17 59 (0.24%) Oracle RMAN
18 56 (0.23%) Norton AntiVirus
19 52 (0.21%) Failover Clustering
19 52 (0.21%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 9,237 (37.68%) Microsoft
2 2,955 (12.05%) Oracle
3 1,521 (6.20%) VMware
4 795 (3.24%) Tableau
5 668 (2.72%) Cisco
6 662 (2.70%) Google
7 512 (2.09%) Citrix
8 501 (2.04%) Facebook
9 473 (1.93%) SAP
10 362 (1.48%) HP
11 311 (1.27%) IBM
12 304 (1.24%) Cognos
13 285 (1.16%) Sybase
14 275 (1.12%) Xamarin
15 265 (1.08%) Sitecore
16 188 (0.77%) Apple
17 185 (0.75%) Informatica
18 182 (0.74%) Red Hat
19 181 (0.74%) Salesforce.com
20 163 (0.66%) Dell