Period
to 22 May 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 22 May 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
22 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 10 10 8
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 -2
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 23,764 25,617 30,892
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.84% 15.16% 15.38%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 45.11% 49.02% 49.58%
Number of salaries quoted 20,569 22,948 27,510
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £67,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -

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 52,679 52,253 62,311
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.68% 30.92% 31.02%
Number of salaries quoted 43,327 44,345 53,017
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,250 £29,750 £28,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £42,000 £41,500
% change year-on-year +4.76% +1.20% +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 22 May 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 22 May 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 0 22,344 £45,000 - 2,783
UK excluding London +1 15,353 £42,500 +6.25% 2,071
London -5 7,977 £55,000 - 887
South East 0 4,778 £42,500 - 507
North of England -1 3,596 £40,000 - 556
Midlands +2 2,368 £40,000 - 405
North West -3 2,039 £40,000 - 306
East of England -1 1,840 £45,000 +5.88% 210
South West +4 1,763 £40,000 - 216
West Midlands +1 1,328 £40,000 - 203
Yorkshire 0 1,290 £42,500 +6.25% 209
East Midlands +2 1,039 £40,000 - 199
Scotland -2 745 £42,500 +6.25% 120
North East -1 267 £37,500 - 41
Wales -2 267 £40,000 - 40
Northern Ireland +1 46 £34,500 -6.12% 12
Isle of Man -2 9 £40,000 -20.00% 2
Channel Islands - 7 £70,000 - 3

For the 6 months to 22 May 2018, 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 13,068 (54.99%) .NET
2 12,806 (53.89%) C#
3 11,989 (50.45%) SQL
4 9,409 (39.59%) Agile Software Development
5 9,192 (38.68%) Microsoft
6 8,319 (35.01%) ASP.NET
7 7,980 (33.58%) MVC
8 6,873 (28.92%) JavaScript
9 5,619 (23.65%) HTML
10 5,429 (22.85%) ASP.NET MVC
11 4,941 (20.79%) TDD
11 4,941 (20.79%) CSS
12 4,914 (20.68%) Finance
13 4,696 (19.76%) Windows
14 4,514 (19.00%) Microsoft Azure
15 4,327 (18.21%) T-SQL
16 4,148 (17.45%) Business Intelligence
17 4,008 (16.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 3,827 (16.10%) AngularJS
19 3,800 (15.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 3,796 (15.97%) ASP.NET Web API
21 3,772 (15.87%) .NET Framework
22 3,275 (13.78%) Scrum
23 3,227 (13.58%) WCF
24 3,079 (12.96%) SQL Server 2016
25 2,951 (12.42%) Oracle
26 2,905 (12.22%) jQuery
27 2,902 (12.21%) BDD
28 2,744 (11.55%) Git (software)
29 2,734 (11.50%) Problem-Solving

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 1,268 (5.34%) IIS
2 1,192 (5.02%) SharePoint
3 657 (2.76%) CMS
4 624 (2.63%) MS Exchange
5 444 (1.87%) Elasticsearch
6 409 (1.72%) Apache
7 340 (1.43%) Umbraco
8 336 (1.41%) Tomcat
9 320 (1.35%) BizTalk Server
10 272 (1.14%) Confluence
11 266 (1.12%) WebSphere
12 233 (0.98%) JBoss
13 232 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2010
14 227 (0.96%) WebLogic
15 205 (0.86%) SharePoint 2013
16 198 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
17 182 (0.77%) Sitecore CMS
18 174 (0.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 172 (0.72%) Skype for Business
20 167 (0.70%) EPiServer
Applications
1 1,118 (4.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 662 (2.79%) Microsoft Office
3 119 (0.50%) MS Visio
4 87 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 51 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
6 41 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
7 23 (0.097%) SPSS
8 22 (0.093%) InfoPath
9 20 (0.084%) Photoshop
10 16 (0.067%) Adobe Premiere
11 11 (0.046%) Adobe Illustrator
12 8 (0.034%) Chatbot
13 6 (0.025%) Adobe After Effects
13 6 (0.025%) InDesign
13 6 (0.025%) Weka
14 5 (0.021%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 5 (0.021%) AutoCAD
14 5 (0.021%) Fireworks
14 5 (0.021%) Revit
14 5 (0.021%) Stata
Business Applications
1 408 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 206 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
3 197 (0.83%) Dynamics NAV
4 100 (0.42%) Elite 3E
5 75 (0.32%) Markit EDM
6 72 (0.30%) NetSuite
7 61 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
8 53 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
9 37 (0.16%) Eloqua
9 37 (0.16%) thinkFolio
10 34 (0.14%) MetaTrader
11 33 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
12 32 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
13 30 (0.13%) Magento
14 29 (0.12%) Payment Gateway
15 24 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
16 20 (0.084%) Dynamics GP
16 20 (0.084%) SAP Business One
17 19 (0.080%) Visualfiles
18 17 (0.072%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 4,514 (19.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,919 (8.08%) Amazon AWS
3 840 (3.53%) Office 365
4 680 (2.86%) SaaS
5 358 (1.51%) PaaS
6 298 (1.25%) IaaS
7 276 (1.16%) GitHub
8 236 (0.99%) Azure Data Factory
9 195 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
10 164 (0.69%) Google Cloud Platform
11 147 (0.62%) Azure Active Directory
12 126 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
12 126 (0.53%) npm
13 96 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
14 91 (0.38%) Google Play
15 73 (0.31%) Amazon S3
16 71 (0.30%) Serverless
17 63 (0.27%) AWS CloudFormation
17 63 (0.27%) Google Analytics
18 59 (0.25%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 774 (3.26%) Firewall
2 708 (2.98%) DNS
3 624 (2.63%) Internet
4 616 (2.59%) SAN
5 496 (2.09%) TCP/IP
6 436 (1.83%) DHCP
7 418 (1.76%) WAN
8 376 (1.58%) LAN
9 291 (1.22%) VPN
10 217 (0.91%) HTTP
11 189 (0.80%) NAS
12 184 (0.77%) VoIP
13 177 (0.74%) Network Security
14 145 (0.61%) Skype
15 140 (0.59%) VLAN
16 134 (0.56%) SSL
17 126 (0.53%) SMS
18 114 (0.48%) Intranet
19 107 (0.45%) Broadband
20 94 (0.40%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4,008 (16.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3,800 (15.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3,079 (12.96%) SQL Server 2016
4 2,490 (10.48%) Data Warehouse
5 2,329 (9.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1,892 (7.96%) NoSQL
7 1,569 (6.60%) SQL Server 2008
8 1,530 (6.44%) Relational Database
9 1,455 (6.12%) SQL Server 2014
10 1,429 (6.01%) Power BI
11 1,404 (5.91%) SQL Server 2012
12 1,401 (5.90%) MySQL
13 1,065 (4.48%) MongoDB
14 728 (3.06%) Oracle Database
15 624 (2.63%) RDBMS
16 614 (2.58%) Big Data
17 504 (2.12%) PostgreSQL
18 401 (1.69%) Hadoop
19 396 (1.67%) QlikView
20 372 (1.57%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 2,744 (11.55%) Git (software)
2 1,972 (8.30%) Visual Studio
3 1,662 (6.99%) Team Foundation Server
4 939 (3.95%) NUnit
5 864 (3.64%) JIRA
6 633 (2.66%) TeamCity
7 620 (2.61%) Subversion
8 551 (2.32%) Jenkins
9 489 (2.06%) Selenium
10 454 (1.91%) Octopus Deploy
11 428 (1.80%) Rhino Mocks
12 389 (1.64%) Moq
13 359 (1.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 354 (1.49%) MSTest
15 268 (1.13%) Visual Studio Team System
16 190 (0.80%) SpecFlow
17 189 (0.80%) Bitbucket
18 150 (0.63%) gulp
18 150 (0.63%) Maven
19 147 (0.62%) ReSharper
General
1 4,914 (20.68%) Finance
2 1,242 (5.23%) Advertising
3 1,139 (4.79%) Retail
4 986 (4.15%) Banking
5 913 (3.84%) Marketing
6 695 (2.92%) Games
7 371 (1.56%) Legal
8 334 (1.41%) Manufacturing
9 311 (1.31%) Telecoms
10 276 (1.16%) Investment Banking
11 259 (1.09%) Front Office
12 245 (1.03%) Law
13 194 (0.82%) Financial Institution
14 172 (0.72%) Back Office
15 159 (0.67%) Music Industry
16 135 (0.57%) Automotive
17 122 (0.51%) Publishing
18 103 (0.43%) Electronics
19 73 (0.31%) Billing
20 68 (0.29%) German Language
Job Titles
1 14,178 (59.66%) Developer
2 7,456 (31.38%) .NET Developer
3 4,962 (20.88%) C# Developer
4 3,393 (14.28%) C# .NET Developer
5 2,335 (9.83%) Analyst
6 2,122 (8.93%) SQL Developer
7 2,074 (8.73%) Software Developer
8 1,877 (7.90%) Senior Developer
9 1,684 (7.09%) ASP.NET Developer
10 1,534 (6.46%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1,394 (5.87%) DBA
12 1,259 (5.30%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
13 1,191 (5.01%) .NET Software Developer
14 1,173 (4.94%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 1,132 (4.76%) C# Software Developer
16 1,083 (4.56%) SQL DBA
17 912 (3.84%) Architect
18 876 (3.69%) Senior .NET Developer
19 829 (3.49%) Administrator
20 809 (3.40%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13,068 (54.99%) .NET
2 8,319 (35.01%) ASP.NET
3 5,619 (23.65%) HTML
4 5,429 (22.85%) ASP.NET MVC
5 4,941 (20.79%) CSS
6 3,827 (16.10%) AngularJS
7 3,796 (15.97%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3,772 (15.87%) .NET Framework
9 3,227 (13.58%) WCF
10 2,905 (12.22%) jQuery
11 2,597 (10.93%) RESTful
12 2,550 (10.73%) Web Services
13 2,515 (10.58%) ASP.NET MVC 5
14 2,432 (10.23%) Entity Framework
15 1,886 (7.94%) HTML5
16 1,791 (7.54%) Node.js
17 1,766 (7.43%) WPF
18 1,681 (7.07%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 1,577 (6.64%) XML
20 1,228 (5.17%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 1,823 (7.67%) Greenfield Project
2 1,795 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
3 1,468 (6.18%) Computer Science
4 981 (4.13%) Enterprise Software
5 731 (3.08%) Fintech
6 717 (3.02%) Self-Motivation
7 617 (2.60%) Management Information System
8 605 (2.55%) User Experience
9 524 (2.21%) Clustering
10 520 (2.19%) Replication
11 513 (2.16%) Mobile App
12 385 (1.62%) Data Centre
13 269 (1.13%) Hedge funds
14 250 (1.05%) Data Structures
15 210 (0.88%) Client/Server
16 192 (0.81%) Tandem
17 186 (0.78%) Equities
18 169 (0.71%) Social Network
19 155 (0.65%) Algorithms
20 143 (0.60%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 4,696 (19.76%) Windows
2 2,040 (8.58%) Windows Server
3 1,635 (6.88%) Linux
4 816 (3.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 678 (2.85%) Windows Server 2008
6 620 (2.61%) Unix
7 370 (1.56%) Android
8 305 (1.28%) Windows 7
9 279 (1.17%) Windows 10
10 237 (1.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 221 (0.93%) Apple iOS
12 199 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
13 143 (0.60%) CentOS
14 141 (0.59%) Solaris
15 101 (0.43%) Windows 8
16 81 (0.34%) Ubuntu
17 79 (0.33%) AIX
18 65 (0.27%) VMS
19 59 (0.25%) Mac OS X
20 48 (0.20%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 9,409 (39.59%) Agile Software Development
2 7,980 (33.58%) MVC
3 4,941 (20.79%) TDD
4 4,148 (17.45%) Business Intelligence
5 3,275 (13.78%) Scrum
6 2,902 (12.21%) BDD
7 2,734 (11.50%) Problem-Solving
8 2,716 (11.43%) Web Application Development
9 2,266 (9.54%) OO
10 2,001 (8.42%) ETL
11 1,982 (8.34%) Web Development
12 1,955 (8.23%) Continuous Integration
13 1,806 (7.60%) Software Engineering
14 1,606 (6.76%) SDLC
15 1,450 (6.10%) Analytics
16 1,390 (5.85%) ITIL
17 1,329 (5.59%) Test Automation
18 1,292 (5.44%) Unit Testing
19 1,240 (5.22%) DevOps
20 1,178 (4.96%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 12,806 (53.89%) C#
2 11,989 (50.45%) SQL
3 6,873 (28.92%) JavaScript
4 4,327 (18.21%) T-SQL
5 1,852 (7.79%) Java
6 1,639 (6.90%) PowerShell
7 1,359 (5.72%) Ruby
8 1,136 (4.78%) VB.NET
9 997 (4.20%) Python
10 752 (3.16%) VB
11 647 (2.72%) PHP
12 560 (2.36%) VBA
13 535 (2.25%) TypeScript
14 513 (2.16%) C++
15 453 (1.91%) PL/SQL
16 367 (1.54%) C
17 300 (1.26%) Perl
18 262 (1.10%) Bash Shell
19 210 (0.88%) R
20 205 (0.86%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2,687 (11.31%) Degree
2 1,014 (4.27%) Microsoft Certification
3 631 (2.66%) Computer Science Degree
4 430 (1.81%) MCSE
5 406 (1.71%) Security Cleared
6 251 (1.06%) MCSA
7 203 (0.85%) SC Cleared
8 175 (0.74%) MCP
9 147 (0.62%) ISEB
10 145 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
11 144 (0.61%) ITIL Certification
12 138 (0.58%) ISTQB
13 128 (0.54%) CCNA
14 127 (0.53%) MCITP
15 84 (0.35%) MCSD
16 71 (0.30%) MCPD
17 61 (0.26%) SAFe Agilist
18 60 (0.25%) Oracle Certification
19 59 (0.25%) MCTS
20 56 (0.24%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 952 (4.01%) QA
2 463 (1.95%) Data Quality
3 378 (1.59%) SLA
4 170 (0.72%) GDPR
5 159 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 71 (0.30%) PCI DSS
7 48 (0.20%) COBIT
8 37 (0.16%) PMO
9 34 (0.14%) GCP
10 33 (0.14%) ISO 9001
11 25 (0.11%) MiFID
12 20 (0.084%) Solvency II
13 15 (0.063%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 14 (0.059%) Cyber Essentials
15 13 (0.055%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 12 (0.050%) SEPA
17 11 (0.046%) EMIR
18 9 (0.038%) GAMP
19 7 (0.029%) IFRS
19 7 (0.029%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 1,685 (7.09%) Active Directory
2 915 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 803 (3.38%) Hyper-V
4 491 (2.07%) Docker
5 238 (1.00%) vSphere
6 229 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
7 185 (0.78%) XenApp
8 139 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
9 93 (0.39%) XenDesktop
10 89 (0.37%) HDFS
11 82 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
12 60 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
13 54 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
13 54 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
14 49 (0.21%) Terminal Services
15 46 (0.19%) XenServer
16 36 (0.15%) VMware NSX
17 33 (0.14%) BitLocker
18 26 (0.11%) Apache Flume
19 24 (0.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 451 (1.90%) SCCM
2 354 (1.49%) Puppet
3 261 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
4 260 (1.09%) Ansible
5 237 (1.00%) SCOM
6 212 (0.89%) Kibana
7 161 (0.68%) Kubernetes
8 143 (0.60%) WSUS
9 107 (0.45%) Failover Clustering
9 107 (0.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 106 (0.45%) Terraform
11 100 (0.42%) Microsoft Clustering
12 83 (0.35%) Nagios
13 82 (0.35%) Backup Exec
14 75 (0.32%) Business Desktop Deployment
15 68 (0.29%) SCVMM
15 68 (0.29%) vCenter Server
16 58 (0.24%) Perfmon
17 47 (0.20%) Single Sign-On
18 46 (0.19%) logstash
Vendors
1 9,192 (38.68%) Microsoft
2 2,951 (12.42%) Oracle
3 1,406 (5.92%) VMware
4 804 (3.38%) Tableau
5 651 (2.74%) Google
6 577 (2.43%) Cisco
7 503 (2.12%) SAP
8 498 (2.10%) Citrix
9 438 (1.84%) Facebook
10 332 (1.40%) HP
11 285 (1.20%) Xamarin
12 267 (1.12%) Red Hat
13 265 (1.12%) Sitecore
14 232 (0.98%) IBM
15 228 (0.96%) Capita
16 220 (0.93%) Cognos
17 184 (0.77%) Sybase
18 172 (0.72%) Dell
19 165 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
19 165 (0.69%) Veeam