Period
to 20 November 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 20 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 11 12 6
Rank change year-on-year +1 -6 -1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 25325 27046 35121
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.09% 14.46% 16.06%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 46.55% 48.77% 50.96%
Number of salaries quoted 22112 24197 31295
UK median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +2.41%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,000 £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 54401 55452 68917
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.26% 29.64% 31.51%
Number of salaries quoted 44789 47398 58029
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £30,000 £29,000 £28,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 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 23715 £45,000 - 1616
UK excluding London -1 16029 £40,000 - 1203
London 0 8838 £55,000 +1.85% 487
South East 0 5062 £42,500 - 337
North of England -4 3981 £40,000 - 350
Midlands +1 2399 £40,000 +3.90% 207
North West -3 2261 £40,000 - 187
South West +3 1755 £40,000 +5.26% 114
East of England 0 1655 £45,000 +5.88% 118
West Midlands 0 1512 £40,000 +6.67% 95
Yorkshire -2 1490 £41,500 +3.75% 133
East Midlands -3 886 £39,000 -2.50% 110
Scotland +1 808 £40,000 - 52
Wales +2 310 £37,500 +4.17% 18
North East -3 224 £37,000 -7.50% 30
Northern Ireland +2 87 £35,000 -12.50% 7
Isle of Man -6 6 £50,000 +29.03%
Channel Islands -8 1 £65,000 +30.00%

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 13918 (54.96%) .NET
2 13416 (52.98%) C#
3 12721 (50.23%) SQL
4 10167 (40.15%) Agile Software Development
5 9593 (37.88%) Microsoft
6 9049 (35.73%) ASP.NET
7 8739 (34.51%) MVC
8 7577 (29.92%) JavaScript
9 6391 (25.24%) HTML
10 5895 (23.28%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5454 (21.54%) CSS
12 5420 (21.40%) Windows
13 5410 (21.36%) Finance
14 5212 (20.58%) TDD
15 4758 (18.79%) T-SQL
16 4157 (16.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 4108 (16.22%) AngularJS
18 4019 (15.87%) Business Intelligence
19 3981 (15.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 3793 (14.98%) Scrum
21 3777 (14.91%) .NET Framework
22 3769 (14.88%) ASP.NET Web API
23 3746 (14.79%) Microsoft Azure
24 3602 (14.22%) WCF
25 3344 (13.20%) jQuery
26 3329 (13.15%) Oracle
27 3060 (12.08%) Degree
28 2988 (11.80%) Web Services
29 2733 (10.79%) Web Application Development
30 2713 (10.71%) ASP.NET MVC 5

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 1702 (6.72%) IIS
2 1417 (5.60%) SharePoint
3 823 (3.25%) MS Exchange
4 656 (2.59%) CMS
5 544 (2.15%) Apache
6 538 (2.12%) Tomcat
7 496 (1.96%) BizTalk Server
8 481 (1.90%) Elasticsearch
9 347 (1.37%) Umbraco
10 276 (1.09%) JBoss
11 266 (1.05%) SharePoint 2013
12 264 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2010
13 221 (0.87%) WebSphere
14 220 (0.87%) Confluence
15 219 (0.86%) Apache Spark
16 217 (0.86%) Sitecore CMS
17 194 (0.77%) SAS
18 191 (0.75%) WebLogic
19 186 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
20 182 (0.72%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1134 (4.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 715 (2.82%) Microsoft Office
3 122 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 101 (0.40%) MS Visio
5 69 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
6 55 (0.22%) SPSS
7 50 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 40 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
9 19 (0.075%) Adobe Illustrator
10 17 (0.067%) InfoPath
11 8 (0.032%) Chatbot
12 6 (0.024%) SOLIDWORKS
13 5 (0.020%) S-PLUS
14 4 (0.016%) EngageOne
15 3 (0.012%) Stata
16 2 (0.008%) SPSS Modeler
17 1 (0.004%) AutoCAD
17 1 (0.004%) Fireworks
17 1 (0.004%) GNU Octave
Business Applications
1 476 (1.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 235 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
3 169 (0.67%) Dynamics NAV
4 70 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
5 52 (0.21%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 49 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
7 36 (0.14%) Adobe Campaign
8 31 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
9 26 (0.10%) SAP BPC
10 25 (0.099%) Markit EDM
11 23 (0.091%) Visualfiles
12 22 (0.087%) Eloqua
12 22 (0.087%) SAP Hybris
13 21 (0.083%) NetSuite
13 21 (0.083%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 20 (0.079%) JDE EnterpriseOne
14 20 (0.079%) Magento
15 19 (0.075%) MetaTrader
16 18 (0.071%) Oracle Applications
16 18 (0.071%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 3746 (14.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 1726 (6.82%) Amazon AWS
3 754 (2.98%) Office 365
4 689 (2.72%) SaaS
5 371 (1.46%) GitHub
6 295 (1.16%) IaaS
7 277 (1.09%) PaaS
8 238 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
9 139 (0.55%) Azure Active Directory
10 134 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
11 116 (0.46%) Google Play
12 109 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
13 99 (0.39%) Azure Data Factory
14 97 (0.38%) npm
15 85 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
16 83 (0.33%) Azure Machine Learning
17 66 (0.26%) Google Analytics
18 59 (0.23%) Amazon S3
19 52 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
20 43 (0.17%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 895 (3.53%) Internet
2 890 (3.51%) Firewall
3 626 (2.47%) DNS
4 576 (2.27%) SAN
5 471 (1.86%) TCP/IP
6 413 (1.63%) DHCP
7 405 (1.60%) WAN
8 360 (1.42%) LAN
9 341 (1.35%) VPN
10 276 (1.09%) HTTP
11 194 (0.77%) VoIP
12 192 (0.76%) Intranet
13 185 (0.73%) VLAN
14 155 (0.61%) SSL
15 138 (0.54%) Skype
16 129 (0.51%) Broadband
17 112 (0.44%) NAS
18 111 (0.44%) SMS
19 100 (0.39%) Network Security
20 95 (0.38%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4157 (16.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3981 (15.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2422 (9.56%) Data Warehouse
4 2396 (9.46%) SQL Server 2014
5 2343 (9.25%) SQL Server 2016
6 2230 (8.81%) SQL Server 2008
7 2166 (8.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1975 (7.80%) NoSQL
9 1792 (7.08%) SQL Server 2012
10 1788 (7.06%) MySQL
11 1770 (6.99%) Relational Database
12 1131 (4.47%) Power BI
13 1122 (4.43%) MongoDB
14 697 (2.75%) Big Data
15 665 (2.63%) RDBMS
16 600 (2.37%) Oracle Database
17 569 (2.25%) SQL Server 2005
18 567 (2.24%) PostgreSQL
19 535 (2.11%) QlikView
20 478 (1.89%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 2397 (9.46%) Git (software)
2 2373 (9.37%) Visual Studio
3 1993 (7.87%) Team Foundation Server
4 1271 (5.02%) NUnit
5 968 (3.82%) JIRA
6 909 (3.59%) Subversion
7 875 (3.46%) TeamCity
8 673 (2.66%) Rhino Mocks
9 645 (2.55%) Jenkins
10 591 (2.33%) Moq
11 507 (2.00%) Octopus Deploy
12 494 (1.95%) Selenium
13 465 (1.84%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 412 (1.63%) MSTest
15 242 (0.96%) Maven
16 223 (0.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 218 (0.86%) SpecFlow
18 203 (0.80%) JUnit
19 194 (0.77%) Bitbucket
20 139 (0.55%) Hudson
General
1 5410 (21.36%) Finance
2 1599 (6.31%) Banking
3 1123 (4.43%) Retail
4 968 (3.82%) Marketing
5 806 (3.18%) Games
6 775 (3.06%) Advertising
7 591 (2.33%) Investment Banking
8 586 (2.31%) Telecoms
9 468 (1.85%) Manufacturing
10 438 (1.73%) Legal
11 340 (1.34%) Front Office
12 329 (1.30%) Retail Banking
13 290 (1.15%) Back Office
14 265 (1.05%) Electronics
15 259 (1.02%) Law
16 202 (0.80%) Financial Institution
17 191 (0.75%) Music Industry
18 137 (0.54%) Publishing
19 128 (0.51%) Automotive
20 101 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 15325 (60.51%) Developer
2 7946 (31.38%) .NET Developer
3 5400 (21.32%) C# Developer
4 3815 (15.06%) C# .NET Developer
5 2636 (10.41%) SQL Developer
6 2302 (9.09%) Senior Developer
7 2255 (8.90%) Analyst
8 2149 (8.49%) ASP.NET Developer
9 2130 (8.41%) Software Developer
10 1891 (7.47%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1456 (5.75%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 1439 (5.68%) DBA
13 1217 (4.81%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 1154 (4.56%) .NET Software Developer
15 1144 (4.52%) Senior .NET Developer
16 1106 (4.37%) SQL DBA
17 1100 (4.34%) C# Software Developer
18 937 (3.70%) Junior
19 931 (3.68%) Web Developer
20 917 (3.62%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13918 (54.96%) .NET
2 9049 (35.73%) ASP.NET
3 6391 (25.24%) HTML
4 5895 (23.28%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5454 (21.54%) CSS
6 4108 (16.22%) AngularJS
7 3777 (14.91%) .NET Framework
8 3769 (14.88%) ASP.NET Web API
9 3602 (14.22%) WCF
10 3344 (13.20%) jQuery
11 2988 (11.80%) Web Services
12 2713 (10.71%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 2479 (9.79%) RESTful
14 2319 (9.16%) Entity Framework
15 2194 (8.66%) HTML5
16 2019 (7.97%) XML
17 2012 (7.94%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 1997 (7.89%) WPF
19 1893 (7.47%) Node.js
20 1497 (5.91%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 1823 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
2 1745 (6.89%) Computer Science
3 1561 (6.16%) Greenfield Project
4 828 (3.27%) Enterprise Software
5 762 (3.01%) User Experience
6 624 (2.46%) Fintech
7 619 (2.44%) Clustering
8 590 (2.33%) Management Information System
9 553 (2.18%) Mobile App
10 493 (1.95%) Replication
11 349 (1.38%) Data Centre
12 311 (1.23%) Client/Server
13 281 (1.11%) Data Structures
14 256 (1.01%) Hedge funds
15 219 (0.86%) Algorithms
16 197 (0.78%) Tandem
17 192 (0.76%) Social Network
18 186 (0.73%) N-Tier
19 175 (0.69%) Social Media
20 167 (0.66%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 5420 (21.40%) Windows
2 2333 (9.21%) Windows Server
3 1812 (7.15%) Linux
4 903 (3.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 867 (3.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 803 (3.17%) Unix
7 504 (1.99%) Windows 7
8 499 (1.97%) Android
9 395 (1.56%) Windows 10
10 356 (1.41%) Apple iOS
11 251 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
12 171 (0.68%) Windows 8
13 162 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 160 (0.63%) Solaris
15 124 (0.49%) CentOS
16 116 (0.46%) Ubuntu
17 63 (0.25%) Windows XP
18 55 (0.22%) Mac OS X
19 48 (0.19%) AIX
20 40 (0.16%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10167 (40.15%) Agile Software Development
2 8739 (34.51%) MVC
3 5212 (20.58%) TDD
4 4019 (15.87%) Business Intelligence
5 3793 (14.98%) Scrum
6 2733 (10.79%) Web Application Development
7 2688 (10.61%) BDD
8 2451 (9.68%) OO
9 2332 (9.21%) Web Development
10 2201 (8.69%) ETL
11 2144 (8.47%) Continuous Integration
12 1838 (7.26%) Software Engineering
13 1773 (7.00%) SDLC
14 1506 (5.95%) Unit Testing
15 1494 (5.90%) ITIL
16 1424 (5.62%) DevOps
17 1379 (5.45%) Test Automation
18 1372 (5.42%) Analytics
19 1344 (5.31%) Performance Tuning
20 1241 (4.90%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 13416 (52.98%) C#
2 12721 (50.23%) SQL
3 7577 (29.92%) JavaScript
4 4758 (18.79%) T-SQL
5 2382 (9.41%) Java
6 1594 (6.29%) PowerShell
7 1424 (5.62%) VB.NET
8 1300 (5.13%) Ruby
9 1006 (3.97%) Python
10 810 (3.20%) VB
11 709 (2.80%) PHP
12 580 (2.29%) C++
13 479 (1.89%) VBA
14 429 (1.69%) TypeScript
15 426 (1.68%) PL/SQL
16 333 (1.31%) C
17 328 (1.30%) Shell Script
18 311 (1.23%) R
19 239 (0.94%) Bash Shell
20 226 (0.89%) Perl
Qualifications
1 3060 (12.08%) Degree
2 1012 (4.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 776 (3.06%) Computer Science Degree
4 429 (1.69%) Security Cleared
5 397 (1.57%) MCSE
6 263 (1.04%) MCSA
7 251 (0.99%) SC Cleared
8 213 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
9 192 (0.76%) CCNA
10 184 (0.73%) MCP
11 124 (0.49%) MCSD
12 123 (0.49%) MCITP
13 119 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
14 110 (0.43%) ISEB
15 105 (0.41%) MCTS
16 104 (0.41%) Numerate Degree
17 101 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 87 (0.34%) Master's Degree
19 81 (0.32%) MCAD
20 80 (0.32%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1029 (4.06%) QA
2 512 (2.02%) SLA
3 407 (1.61%) Data Quality
4 196 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 130 (0.51%) PCI DSS
6 105 (0.41%) ISO 9001
7 103 (0.41%) GDPR
8 49 (0.19%) PMO
8 49 (0.19%) SEPA
9 37 (0.15%) COBIT
10 31 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
11 22 (0.087%) MiFID
12 19 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 17 (0.067%) EMIR
14 16 (0.063%) Cyber Essentials
15 15 (0.059%) HL7
16 13 (0.051%) GAMP
17 12 (0.047%) RosettaNet
18 11 (0.043%) Basel III
18 11 (0.043%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1790 (7.07%) Active Directory
2 1007 (3.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 621 (2.45%) Hyper-V
4 460 (1.82%) Docker
5 301 (1.19%) vSphere
6 287 (1.13%) VMware ESXi
7 186 (0.73%) XenApp
8 143 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
9 109 (0.43%) XenDesktop
10 96 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
11 57 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
12 51 (0.20%) HDFS
12 51 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
13 46 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
14 42 (0.17%) Terminal Services
15 38 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
16 34 (0.13%) KVM
17 25 (0.099%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 24 (0.095%) XenServer
19 22 (0.087%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 443 (1.75%) Puppet
2 404 (1.60%) SCCM
3 338 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
4 314 (1.24%) Ansible
5 214 (0.85%) Kibana
6 191 (0.75%) SCOM
7 185 (0.73%) WSUS
8 133 (0.53%) Nagios
9 128 (0.51%) Microsoft Clustering
10 113 (0.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 112 (0.44%) Backup Exec
12 106 (0.42%) vCenter Server
13 103 (0.41%) Business Desktop Deployment
14 76 (0.30%) Opsview
15 75 (0.30%) ZABBIX
16 73 (0.29%) Oracle RMAN
17 69 (0.27%) Kubernetes
18 63 (0.25%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
19 57 (0.23%) Failover Clustering
20 55 (0.22%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9593 (37.88%) Microsoft
2 3329 (13.15%) Oracle
3 1551 (6.12%) VMware
4 779 (3.08%) Tableau
5 709 (2.80%) Cisco
6 665 (2.63%) Google
7 597 (2.36%) SAP
8 534 (2.11%) Citrix
9 452 (1.78%) Facebook
10 431 (1.70%) IBM
11 384 (1.52%) Sybase
12 355 (1.40%) HP
13 336 (1.33%) Cognos
14 304 (1.20%) Sitecore
15 268 (1.06%) Xamarin
16 226 (0.89%) Splunk
17 209 (0.83%) Informatica
18 186 (0.73%) Apple
18 186 (0.73%) Red Hat
19 168 (0.66%) EMC