Period
to 23 January 2020

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 23 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 15 12 11
Rank change year-on-year -3 -1 +1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 13,869 19,182 24,678
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.03% 12.64% 14.13%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 41.11% 44.12% 46.23%
Number of salaries quoted 11,831 16,409 21,527
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,000 £29,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £69,275
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%

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 33,739 43,473 53,384
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 26.83% 28.64% 30.58%
Number of salaries quoted 27,722 35,715 44,329
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +9.38% +1.05%
10th Percentile £32,125 £31,250 £30,000
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 23 January 2020.

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 23 January 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
England -3 12,842 £49,362 +3.92% 2,584
UK excluding London -1 8,283 £45,000 +5.88% 2,109
London -2 5,235 £60,000 +4.35% 673
South East 0 2,802 £45,000 - 532
North of England -2 1,973 £44,000 +3.53% 607
Midlands -1 1,253 £42,500 +6.25% 375
North West -2 1,118 £44,000 -2.22% 356
South West -5 855 £42,500 +3.66% 201
West Midlands -2 777 £44,000 +10.00% 216
Yorkshire -4 770 £44,000 +4.76% 196
East of England -1 716 £45,000 - 196
East Midlands -2 476 £40,000 - 159
Scotland -7 452 £42,500 -5.56% 122
Wales -13 150 £39,000 +4.00% 50
Northern Ireland +12 89 £50,000 +33.33% 23
North East -12 88 £35,000 -12.50% 56
Isle of Man 0 3 £49,000 +30.67% 2
Channel Islands - 1 £60,000 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 7,241 (52.21%) C#
2 7,185 (51.81%) .NET
3 7,010 (50.54%) SQL
4 5,708 (41.16%) Microsoft
5 5,127 (36.97%) Agile Software Development
6 4,429 (31.93%) Azure
7 4,204 (30.31%) JavaScript
8 4,133 (29.80%) ASP.NET
9 3,644 (26.27%) MVC
10 3,072 (22.15%) Finance
11 2,933 (21.15%) HTML
12 2,820 (20.33%) Windows
13 2,692 (19.41%) CSS
14 2,406 (17.35%) AngularJS
15 2,332 (16.81%) ASP.NET MVC
16 2,264 (16.32%) T-SQL
17 2,185 (15.75%) Business Intelligence
18 2,116 (15.26%) .NET Framework
19 2,055 (14.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 2,015 (14.53%) ASP.NET Web API
21 1,911 (13.78%) AWS
22 1,856 (13.38%) Scrum
23 1,812 (13.07%) Oracle
24 1,801 (12.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
25 1,781 (12.84%) TDD
26 1,734 (12.50%) DevOps
27 1,671 (12.05%) .NET Core
28 1,625 (11.72%) Web Services
29 1,611 (11.62%) Problem-Solving
30 1,514 (10.92%) Data Warehouse

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
1 848 (6.11%) IIS
2 709 (5.11%) SharePoint
3 370 (2.67%) Elasticsearch
4 344 (2.48%) MS Exchange
5 256 (1.85%) CMS
6 203 (1.46%) Apache
7 172 (1.24%) Confluence
8 161 (1.16%) Tomcat
9 147 (1.06%) Apache Spark
10 142 (1.02%) BizTalk Server
11 121 (0.87%) Umbraco
12 116 (0.84%) Skype for Business
13 107 (0.77%) EPiServer
14 100 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
15 97 (0.70%) WebSphere
16 87 (0.63%) JBoss
17 72 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
17 72 (0.52%) SAS
18 66 (0.48%) Sitecore CMS
19 61 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 559 (4.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 483 (3.48%) Microsoft Office
3 94 (0.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 86 (0.62%) MS Visio
5 30 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
6 28 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
7 18 (0.13%) Photoshop
8 10 (0.072%) InfoPath
8 10 (0.072%) Microsoft Project
8 10 (0.072%) SPSS
9 8 (0.058%) Chatbot
10 4 (0.029%) Adobe Captivate
10 4 (0.029%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 4 (0.029%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.029%) Camtasia
10 4 (0.029%) CATIA
10 4 (0.029%) Windchill
11 3 (0.022%) Acrobat
11 3 (0.022%) InDesign
11 3 (0.022%) Revit
Business Applications
1 302 (2.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 125 (0.90%) Dynamics AX
3 56 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
4 45 (0.32%) thinkFolio
5 32 (0.23%) NetSuite
6 31 (0.22%) Markit EDM
7 26 (0.19%) WebTrends
8 24 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 22 (0.16%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 19 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
11 16 (0.12%) Elite 3E
11 16 (0.12%) SAP ERP
12 15 (0.11%) Endur
13 14 (0.10%) Front Arena
13 14 (0.10%) Payment Gateway
13 14 (0.10%) Sage 200
14 13 (0.094%) Salerio
15 10 (0.072%) GoldMine
15 10 (0.072%) Magento
15 10 (0.072%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 4,429 (31.93%) Azure
2 1,911 (13.78%) AWS
3 1,271 (9.16%) Power Platform
4 714 (5.15%) Office 365
5 547 (3.94%) SaaS
6 294 (2.12%) PaaS
7 274 (1.98%) GCP
8 246 (1.77%) Dynamics 365
9 199 (1.43%) IaaS
10 166 (1.20%) Serverless
11 157 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
12 154 (1.11%) GitHub
13 152 (1.10%) Azure Data Factory
14 140 (1.01%) Azure Active Directory
15 101 (0.73%) Amazon S3
16 74 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
17 70 (0.50%) Azure Functions
17 70 (0.50%) PowerApps
18 63 (0.45%) Azure Stack
19 54 (0.39%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 444 (3.20%) Firewall
2 440 (3.17%) DNS
3 338 (2.44%) Internet
4 328 (2.36%) DHCP
5 321 (2.31%) SAN
6 281 (2.03%) TCP/IP
7 158 (1.14%) LAN
8 154 (1.11%) WAN
9 147 (1.06%) VPN
10 129 (0.93%) HTTP
11 120 (0.87%) VLAN
12 103 (0.74%) NAS
13 94 (0.68%) VoIP
14 76 (0.55%) Skype
15 75 (0.54%) SSL
16 63 (0.45%) Intranet
17 57 (0.41%) Wireless
18 55 (0.40%) Remote Desktop
19 47 (0.34%) NetScaler
20 42 (0.30%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,055 (14.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,801 (12.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1,514 (10.92%) Data Warehouse
4 1,228 (8.85%) Power BI
5 1,103 (7.95%) Relational Database
6 1,068 (7.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1,028 (7.41%) SQL Server 2016
8 995 (7.17%) MySQL
9 794 (5.72%) NoSQL
10 721 (5.20%) SQL Server 2012
11 617 (4.45%) MongoDB
12 604 (4.36%) PostgreSQL
13 590 (4.25%) SQL Server 2008
14 438 (3.16%) RDBMS
15 387 (2.79%) Big Data
16 373 (2.69%) SQL Server 2014
17 369 (2.66%) Azure SQL Database
18 298 (2.15%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 284 (2.05%) Oracle Database
20 258 (1.86%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 1,487 (10.72%) Git (software)
2 1,069 (7.71%) Visual Studio
3 814 (5.87%) Team Foundation Server
4 536 (3.86%) JIRA
5 346 (2.49%) Selenium
6 336 (2.42%) Jenkins
7 335 (2.42%) Octopus Deploy
8 289 (2.08%) NUnit
9 285 (2.05%) TeamCity
10 248 (1.79%) Visual Studio Team System
11 210 (1.51%) Subversion
12 194 (1.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 173 (1.25%) SpecFlow
14 122 (0.88%) SoapUI
15 120 (0.87%) Maven
16 110 (0.79%) WebDriver
17 106 (0.76%) Cucumber
18 103 (0.74%) JUnit
19 99 (0.71%) MSTest
19 99 (0.71%) Postman
General
1 3,072 (22.15%) Finance
2 655 (4.72%) Retail
3 608 (4.38%) Banking
4 383 (2.76%) Marketing
5 310 (2.24%) Public Sector
6 303 (2.18%) Games
7 302 (2.18%) Manufacturing
8 257 (1.85%) Legal
9 256 (1.85%) Telecoms
10 232 (1.67%) Front Office
11 138 (1.00%) Law
12 134 (0.97%) Advertising
13 130 (0.94%) Back Office
14 120 (0.87%) Electronics
15 117 (0.84%) Automotive
16 111 (0.80%) Investment Banking
17 71 (0.51%) German Language
18 66 (0.48%) Financial Institution
18 66 (0.48%) French Language
19 57 (0.41%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 7,851 (56.61%) Developer
2 3,300 (23.79%) .NET Developer
3 2,623 (18.91%) C# Developer
4 1,648 (11.88%) C# .NET Developer
5 1,416 (10.21%) Senior Developer
6 1,385 (9.99%) Analyst
7 1,332 (9.60%) Software Developer
8 1,116 (8.05%) SQL Developer
9 686 (4.95%) DBA
10 638 (4.60%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 610 (4.40%) Software Engineer
12 559 (4.03%) ASP.NET Developer
13 537 (3.87%) Architect
14 534 (3.85%) Administrator
15 518 (3.73%) C# ASP.NET Developer
16 515 (3.71%) Junior
17 512 (3.69%) Applications Support
18 488 (3.52%) SQL DBA
19 487 (3.51%) .NET Software Developer
20 478 (3.45%) C# Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7,185 (51.81%) .NET
2 4,133 (29.80%) ASP.NET
3 2,933 (21.15%) HTML
4 2,692 (19.41%) CSS
5 2,406 (17.35%) AngularJS
6 2,332 (16.81%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2,116 (15.26%) .NET Framework
8 2,015 (14.53%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1,671 (12.05%) .NET Core
10 1,625 (11.72%) Web Services
11 1,414 (10.20%) jQuery
12 1,248 (9.00%) Entity Framework
13 1,109 (8.00%) React
14 1,070 (7.72%) REST
15 989 (7.13%) XML
16 921 (6.64%) WCF
17 917 (6.61%) RESTful
18 839 (6.05%) HTML5
19 719 (5.18%) Node.js
20 656 (4.73%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 1,158 (8.35%) Analytical Skills
2 882 (6.36%) Greenfield Project
3 505 (3.64%) Self-Motivation
4 443 (3.19%) Management Information System
5 386 (2.78%) Enterprise Software
6 316 (2.28%) User Experience
7 305 (2.20%) Mobile App
8 297 (2.14%) Data Centre
9 242 (1.74%) Clustering
10 228 (1.64%) Replication
11 170 (1.23%) Hedge funds
12 116 (0.84%) Reinsurance
13 113 (0.81%) Data Structures
14 107 (0.77%) Virtual Team
15 103 (0.74%) Driving Licence
16 95 (0.68%) Derivative
16 95 (0.68%) Fixed Income
17 92 (0.66%) NHS
18 89 (0.64%) Algorithms
19 85 (0.61%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2,820 (20.33%) Windows
2 1,183 (8.53%) Windows Server
3 1,040 (7.50%) Linux
4 371 (2.68%) Unix
5 320 (2.31%) Windows Server 2012
6 281 (2.03%) Windows Server 2008
7 251 (1.81%) Windows 10
8 218 (1.57%) Android
9 157 (1.13%) Windows 7
10 154 (1.11%) Apple iOS
11 81 (0.58%) Windows 8
12 76 (0.55%) VMS
13 65 (0.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 57 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
15 55 (0.40%) Solaris
16 52 (0.37%) CentOS
17 29 (0.21%) Mac OS
18 23 (0.17%) Oracle Linux
19 19 (0.14%) Ubuntu
20 16 (0.12%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,127 (36.97%) Agile Software Development
2 3,644 (26.27%) MVC
3 2,185 (15.75%) Business Intelligence
4 1,856 (13.38%) Scrum
5 1,781 (12.84%) TDD
6 1,734 (12.50%) DevOps
7 1,611 (11.62%) Problem-Solving
8 1,304 (9.40%) Software Engineering
9 1,295 (9.34%) ETL
10 1,065 (7.68%) Web Development
11 1,031 (7.43%) OO
12 1,008 (7.27%) Continuous Integration
13 995 (7.17%) Microservices
14 971 (7.00%) SDLC
15 943 (6.80%) Analytics
16 892 (6.43%) BDD
17 824 (5.94%) Mentoring
18 821 (5.92%) Computer Science
19 799 (5.76%) Web Application Development
20 782 (5.64%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 7,241 (52.21%) C#
2 7,010 (50.54%) SQL
3 4,204 (30.31%) JavaScript
4 2,264 (16.32%) T-SQL
5 1,157 (8.34%) Java
6 1,085 (7.82%) PowerShell
7 943 (6.80%) Python
8 625 (4.51%) VB.NET
9 584 (4.21%) TypeScript
10 426 (3.07%) PHP
11 338 (2.44%) VB
12 329 (2.37%) Ruby
13 280 (2.02%) PL/SQL
14 244 (1.76%) VBA
15 230 (1.66%) C++
16 197 (1.42%) Bash Shell
17 181 (1.31%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 155 (1.12%) R
19 138 (1.00%) Perl
20 128 (0.92%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1,399 (10.09%) Degree
2 514 (3.71%) Microsoft Certification
3 419 (3.02%) Computer Science Degree
4 256 (1.85%) Security Cleared
5 169 (1.22%) MCSE
6 162 (1.17%) SC Cleared
7 144 (1.04%) MCSA
8 126 (0.91%) Cisco Certification
9 122 (0.88%) MCP
10 110 (0.79%) CCNA
11 93 (0.67%) ISTQB
12 53 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
13 47 (0.34%) ISEB
14 46 (0.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 45 (0.32%) MCSD
15 45 (0.32%) Numerate Degree
16 39 (0.28%) HND
17 38 (0.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 33 (0.24%) MCTS
19 32 (0.23%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 549 (3.96%) QA
2 258 (1.86%) Data Quality
2 258 (1.86%) SLA
3 164 (1.18%) GDPR
4 114 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 32 (0.23%) PCI DSS
6 22 (0.16%) ISO 9001
7 18 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 18 (0.13%) PMO
8 17 (0.12%) Solvency II
9 12 (0.087%) MiFID
10 11 (0.079%) COBIT
11 8 (0.058%) EMIR
12 6 (0.043%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 5 (0.036%) HL7
13 5 (0.036%) IFRS
13 5 (0.036%) NCSC
13 5 (0.036%) NIST
14 4 (0.029%) Cyber Essentials
14 4 (0.029%) DICOM
System Software
1 1,136 (8.19%) Active Directory
2 660 (4.76%) Docker
3 552 (3.98%) VMware Infrastructure
4 409 (2.95%) Hyper-V
5 159 (1.15%) vSphere
6 131 (0.94%) XenApp
7 113 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
8 85 (0.61%) Virtual Machines
9 51 (0.37%) XenDesktop
10 50 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
11 49 (0.35%) HDFS
12 40 (0.29%) Firmware
13 37 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
14 30 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
15 29 (0.21%) Terminal Services
16 18 (0.13%) KVM
17 15 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 14 (0.10%) Terminal Server
18 14 (0.10%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
19 10 (0.072%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 357 (2.57%) Kubernetes
2 274 (1.98%) SCCM
3 217 (1.56%) Ansible
4 160 (1.15%) Terraform
5 159 (1.15%) Puppet
6 151 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
7 78 (0.56%) SCOM
8 76 (0.55%) WSUS
9 51 (0.37%) Failover Clustering
10 49 (0.35%) Kibana
11 48 (0.35%) Backup Exec
12 46 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
12 46 (0.33%) Nagios
13 42 (0.30%) Microsoft Intune
14 40 (0.29%) Packer
15 38 (0.27%) Grafana
16 30 (0.22%) vCenter Server
17 28 (0.20%) SQL Sentry
18 24 (0.17%) Automic
18 24 (0.17%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 5,708 (41.16%) Microsoft
2 1,812 (13.07%) Oracle
3 822 (5.93%) VMware
4 487 (3.51%) Tableau
5 391 (2.82%) SAP
6 352 (2.54%) Citrix
7 266 (1.92%) Google
8 262 (1.89%) Cisco
9 238 (1.72%) IBM
10 210 (1.51%) Xamarin
11 173 (1.25%) Salesforce.com
12 164 (1.18%) HP
13 146 (1.05%) Veeam
14 143 (1.03%) Sybase
15 139 (1.00%) Cognos
16 118 (0.85%) Sitecore
17 115 (0.83%) Informatica
18 103 (0.74%) Dell
19 85 (0.61%) Databricks
19 85 (0.61%) ServiceNow