Period
to 21 August 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 21 August 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
21 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 11 11 5
Rank change year-on-year 0 -6 +1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 25967 29291 36656
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.75% 14.86% 16.79%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 48.01% 49.50% 52.87%
Number of salaries quoted 22863 26063 32575
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 £67,200 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

SQL Server is in the database and business intelligence skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills.

Database & Business Intelligence Skills
UK
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills 54090 59178 69332
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 30.73% 30.03% 31.76%
Number of salaries quoted 44915 50531 58483
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -

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 21 August 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 21 August 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 0 24365 £45,000 - 1482
UK excluding London -1 16315 £40,000 - 1144
London 0 9217 £55,000 +4.76% 425
South East 0 4730 £42,500 - 276
North of England -1 4436 £40,000 - 362
Midlands -1 2516 £40,000 +6.67% 195
North West -2 2477 £40,000 - 207
East of England +1 1839 £42,500 - 103
Yorkshire +2 1762 £40,000 - 140
South West +1 1617 £40,000 +6.67% 119
West Midlands +1 1602 £40,000 +6.67% 103
East Midlands -5 914 £42,500 +6.25% 92
Scotland -1 825 £40,000 - 62
Wales 0 340 £37,500 +1.35% 23
North East -3 197 £38,000 +1.33% 15
Northern Ireland -1 53 £34,500 -13.75% 4
Isle of Man 0 11 £35,000 -22.22% 1

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 14515 (55.90%) .NET
2 13969 (53.80%) C#
3 13237 (50.98%) SQL
4 10088 (38.85%) Agile Software Development
5 9862 (37.98%) Microsoft
6 9448 (36.38%) ASP.NET
7 8898 (34.27%) MVC
8 7822 (30.12%) JavaScript
9 6554 (25.24%) HTML
10 5994 (23.08%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5859 (22.56%) Finance
12 5727 (22.05%) CSS
13 5567 (21.44%) Windows
14 5160 (19.87%) TDD
15 4839 (18.64%) T-SQL
16 4425 (17.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 4207 (16.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 4180 (16.10%) AngularJS
19 4047 (15.59%) Business Intelligence
20 4014 (15.46%) .NET Framework
21 3893 (14.99%) Scrum
22 3636 (14.00%) ASP.NET Web API
23 3598 (13.86%) WCF
24 3534 (13.61%) Microsoft Azure
25 3531 (13.60%) Oracle
26 3491 (13.44%) jQuery
27 3240 (12.48%) Degree
28 3225 (12.42%) Web Services
29 2726 (10.50%) Java
30 2606 (10.04%) SQL Server 2008

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 1763 (6.79%) IIS
2 1455 (5.60%) SharePoint
3 833 (3.21%) MS Exchange
4 823 (3.17%) CMS
5 595 (2.29%) Tomcat
6 527 (2.03%) Apache
7 477 (1.84%) BizTalk Server
8 475 (1.83%) Elasticsearch
9 375 (1.44%) Umbraco
10 326 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2010
10 326 (1.26%) Sitecore CMS
11 324 (1.25%) JBoss
12 298 (1.15%) WebSphere
13 279 (1.07%) SharePoint 2013
14 258 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 229 (0.88%) Confluence
16 228 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
17 212 (0.82%) SAS
18 208 (0.80%) Apache Spark
19 207 (0.80%) EPiServer
Applications
1 1256 (4.84%) Microsoft Excel
2 750 (2.89%) Microsoft Office
3 161 (0.62%) MS Visio
4 148 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 88 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
6 71 (0.27%) SPSS
7 68 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
8 55 (0.21%) Photoshop
9 21 (0.081%) Adobe Illustrator
10 17 (0.065%) InfoPath
11 9 (0.035%) HipChat
12 8 (0.031%) Fireworks
13 6 (0.023%) S-PLUS
14 5 (0.019%) OmniGraffle
14 5 (0.019%) SOLIDWORKS
14 5 (0.019%) Stata
15 4 (0.015%) SPSS Modeler
16 3 (0.012%) Weka
17 2 (0.008%) Acrobat
17 2 (0.008%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 508 (1.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 208 (0.80%) Dynamics AX
3 169 (0.65%) Dynamics NAV
4 51 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 49 (0.19%) Eloqua
6 47 (0.18%) Adobe Campaign
7 41 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
8 36 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
9 35 (0.13%) Magento
10 30 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
11 26 (0.10%) SAP BPC
12 24 (0.092%) Endur
13 22 (0.085%) Markit EDM
14 21 (0.081%) SAP Hybris
15 19 (0.073%) Actimize
15 19 (0.073%) FastStats
15 19 (0.073%) Salesforce.com CRM
15 19 (0.073%) Siebel CRM
16 17 (0.065%) thinkFolio
16 17 (0.065%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 3534 (13.61%) Microsoft Azure
2 1688 (6.50%) Amazon AWS
3 699 (2.69%) Office 365
4 672 (2.59%) SaaS
5 349 (1.34%) GitHub
6 278 (1.07%) IaaS
7 266 (1.02%) PaaS
8 226 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
9 116 (0.45%) Google Play
10 107 (0.41%) Azure Machine Learning
11 104 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
12 102 (0.39%) Dynamics 365
13 100 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
14 91 (0.35%) Azure Active Directory
15 72 (0.28%) Google Analytics
16 59 (0.23%) Amazon S3
17 52 (0.20%) Azure Data Factory
18 39 (0.15%) AWS CloudFormation
19 37 (0.14%) Amazon EMR
19 37 (0.14%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 824 (3.17%) Internet
2 796 (3.07%) Firewall
3 673 (2.59%) DNS
4 628 (2.42%) SAN
5 503 (1.94%) TCP/IP
6 467 (1.80%) DHCP
7 412 (1.59%) WAN
8 376 (1.45%) LAN
9 333 (1.28%) VPN
10 309 (1.19%) HTTP
11 220 (0.85%) Intranet
12 202 (0.78%) VoIP
13 180 (0.69%) Skype
14 160 (0.62%) VLAN
15 138 (0.53%) NAS
16 126 (0.49%) SSL
17 123 (0.47%) Network Security
18 117 (0.45%) Broadband
19 103 (0.40%) Cisco ASA
20 98 (0.38%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4425 (17.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4207 (16.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2606 (10.04%) SQL Server 2008
4 2592 (9.98%) Data Warehouse
5 2428 (9.35%) SQL Server 2014
6 2389 (9.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2143 (8.25%) SQL Server 2012
8 2022 (7.79%) SQL Server 2016
9 1955 (7.53%) NoSQL
10 1927 (7.42%) Relational Database
11 1876 (7.22%) MySQL
12 1246 (4.80%) MongoDB
13 1091 (4.20%) Power BI
14 858 (3.30%) Big Data
15 790 (3.04%) RDBMS
16 787 (3.03%) SQL Server 2005
17 598 (2.30%) PostgreSQL
18 544 (2.09%) QlikView
19 531 (2.04%) Oracle Database
20 491 (1.89%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2456 (9.46%) Visual Studio
2 2373 (9.14%) Git (software)
3 2016 (7.76%) Team Foundation Server
4 1349 (5.20%) NUnit
5 1085 (4.18%) Subversion
6 1026 (3.95%) JIRA
7 870 (3.35%) TeamCity
8 638 (2.46%) Rhino Mocks
9 609 (2.35%) Jenkins
10 547 (2.11%) Moq
11 538 (2.07%) Selenium
12 481 (1.85%) Octopus Deploy
13 408 (1.57%) MSTest
14 395 (1.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 334 (1.29%) SpecFlow
16 303 (1.17%) Maven
17 277 (1.07%) JUnit
18 188 (0.72%) Bitbucket
19 161 (0.62%) Eclipse
20 155 (0.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 5859 (22.56%) Finance
2 1778 (6.85%) Banking
3 1400 (5.39%) Retail
4 1137 (4.38%) Marketing
5 741 (2.85%) Games
6 706 (2.72%) Investment Banking
7 651 (2.51%) Advertising
8 645 (2.48%) Telecoms
9 546 (2.10%) Legal
10 527 (2.03%) Manufacturing
11 413 (1.59%) Front Office
12 339 (1.31%) Electronics
13 285 (1.10%) Back Office
13 285 (1.10%) Retail Banking
14 274 (1.06%) Law
15 203 (0.78%) Financial Institution
16 168 (0.65%) Publishing
17 147 (0.57%) Music Industry
18 139 (0.54%) Automotive
19 115 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 15719 (60.53%) Developer
2 8074 (31.09%) .NET Developer
3 5767 (22.21%) C# Developer
4 4029 (15.52%) C# .NET Developer
5 2704 (10.41%) SQL Developer
6 2372 (9.13%) ASP.NET Developer
7 2342 (9.02%) Senior Developer
8 2322 (8.94%) Analyst
9 2083 (8.02%) Software Developer
10 2048 (7.89%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1560 (6.01%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 1456 (5.61%) DBA
13 1198 (4.61%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 1158 (4.46%) SQL DBA
15 1143 (4.40%) .NET Software Developer
16 1115 (4.29%) Senior .NET Developer
17 1087 (4.19%) C# Software Developer
18 996 (3.84%) Web Developer
19 985 (3.79%) Administrator
20 953 (3.67%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14515 (55.90%) .NET
2 9448 (36.38%) ASP.NET
3 6554 (25.24%) HTML
4 5994 (23.08%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5727 (22.05%) CSS
6 4180 (16.10%) AngularJS
7 4014 (15.46%) .NET Framework
8 3636 (14.00%) ASP.NET Web API
9 3598 (13.86%) WCF
10 3491 (13.44%) jQuery
11 3225 (12.42%) Web Services
12 2482 (9.56%) Entity Framework
13 2421 (9.32%) ASP.NET MVC 5
14 2253 (8.68%) RESTful
15 2217 (8.54%) XML
16 2194 (8.45%) HTML5
17 2013 (7.75%) WPF
18 1868 (7.19%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 1716 (6.61%) Node.js
20 1429 (5.50%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 1906 (7.34%) Analytical Skills
2 1805 (6.95%) Computer Science
3 1600 (6.16%) Greenfield Project
4 817 (3.15%) Enterprise Software
5 796 (3.07%) User Experience
6 682 (2.63%) Management Information System
7 602 (2.32%) Mobile App
8 594 (2.29%) Clustering
9 583 (2.25%) Fintech
10 488 (1.88%) Replication
11 354 (1.36%) Data Centre
12 304 (1.17%) Client/Server
13 282 (1.09%) iPad
14 273 (1.05%) Data Structures
15 250 (0.96%) Hedge funds
16 238 (0.92%) Fixed Income
17 235 (0.90%) N-Tier
18 197 (0.76%) Algorithms
19 184 (0.71%) Equities
20 182 (0.70%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 5567 (21.44%) Windows
2 2361 (9.09%) Windows Server
3 1786 (6.88%) Linux
4 1070 (4.12%) Windows Server 2008
5 1023 (3.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 791 (3.05%) Unix
7 589 (2.27%) Android
8 440 (1.69%) Windows 7
9 414 (1.59%) Apple iOS
10 320 (1.23%) Windows 10
11 290 (1.12%) Windows Server 2003
12 143 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 138 (0.53%) Windows 8
14 119 (0.46%) CentOS
15 118 (0.45%) Solaris
16 101 (0.39%) Windows XP
17 87 (0.34%) Ubuntu
18 54 (0.21%) AIX
19 46 (0.18%) Debian
19 46 (0.18%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10088 (38.85%) Agile Software Development
2 8898 (34.27%) MVC
3 5160 (19.87%) TDD
4 4047 (15.59%) Business Intelligence
5 3893 (14.99%) Scrum
6 2501 (9.63%) BDD
7 2457 (9.46%) OO
8 2430 (9.36%) Web Development
9 2412 (9.29%) Web Application Development
10 2180 (8.40%) Continuous Integration
11 2165 (8.34%) ETL
12 2009 (7.74%) Software Engineering
13 1821 (7.01%) SDLC
14 1553 (5.98%) Unit Testing
15 1408 (5.42%) Analytics
15 1408 (5.42%) Test Automation
16 1391 (5.36%) ITIL
17 1325 (5.10%) Performance Tuning
18 1305 (5.03%) Mentoring
19 1279 (4.93%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 13969 (53.80%) C#
2 13237 (50.98%) SQL
3 7822 (30.12%) JavaScript
4 4839 (18.64%) T-SQL
5 2726 (10.50%) Java
6 1636 (6.30%) PowerShell
7 1452 (5.59%) VB.NET
8 1170 (4.51%) Ruby
9 1053 (4.06%) Python
10 869 (3.35%) VB
11 754 (2.90%) C++
12 681 (2.62%) PHP
13 511 (1.97%) VBA
14 452 (1.74%) TypeScript
15 410 (1.58%) PL/SQL
16 351 (1.35%) C
17 332 (1.28%) R
18 323 (1.24%) Shell Script
19 295 (1.14%) Perl
20 245 (0.94%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 3240 (12.48%) Degree
2 1053 (4.06%) Microsoft Certification
3 831 (3.20%) Computer Science Degree
4 405 (1.56%) MCSE
5 402 (1.55%) Security Cleared
6 257 (0.99%) MCSA
6 257 (0.99%) SC Cleared
7 192 (0.74%) MCP
8 160 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
8 160 (0.62%) MCITP
9 137 (0.53%) CCNA
10 130 (0.50%) ISEB
10 130 (0.50%) Numerate Degree
11 122 (0.47%) MCTS
12 106 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 96 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
14 91 (0.35%) ISTQB
15 86 (0.33%) Master's Degree
16 80 (0.31%) MCSD
17 67 (0.26%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1001 (3.85%) QA
2 468 (1.80%) SLA
3 413 (1.59%) Data Quality
4 213 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 139 (0.54%) PCI DSS
6 122 (0.47%) ISO 9001
7 48 (0.18%) GDPR
8 46 (0.18%) SEPA
9 36 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 30 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
11 29 (0.11%) PMO
12 28 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 26 (0.10%) HL7
14 19 (0.073%) Basel III
14 19 (0.073%) Cyber Essentials
15 18 (0.069%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 17 (0.065%) MiFID
17 16 (0.062%) COBIT
18 11 (0.042%) ISO 9000
19 10 (0.039%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 1841 (7.09%) Active Directory
2 915 (3.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 685 (2.64%) Hyper-V
4 328 (1.26%) Docker
5 313 (1.21%) vSphere
6 210 (0.81%) XenApp
7 189 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
8 138 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
9 98 (0.38%) XenDesktop
10 82 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
11 61 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
12 60 (0.23%) Terminal Services
13 52 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
14 43 (0.17%) XenServer
15 40 (0.15%) KVM
15 40 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 39 (0.15%) HDFS
17 38 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
18 22 (0.085%) vCloud
19 20 (0.077%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 440 (1.69%) Puppet
2 353 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
3 315 (1.21%) SCCM
4 283 (1.09%) Ansible
5 191 (0.74%) SCOM
6 189 (0.73%) Kibana
7 169 (0.65%) WSUS
8 133 (0.51%) Nagios
9 111 (0.43%) Opsview
10 90 (0.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 87 (0.34%) Failover Clustering
12 84 (0.32%) Backup Exec
12 84 (0.32%) Microsoft Clustering
13 82 (0.32%) vCenter Server
14 75 (0.29%) Business Desktop Deployment
15 67 (0.26%) ZABBIX
16 66 (0.25%) Control-M
17 64 (0.25%) Oracle RMAN
18 52 (0.20%) logstash
19 50 (0.19%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 9862 (37.98%) Microsoft
2 3531 (13.60%) Oracle
3 1515 (5.83%) VMware
4 780 (3.00%) Tableau
5 718 (2.77%) SAP
6 694 (2.67%) Cisco
7 564 (2.17%) Google
8 524 (2.02%) Citrix
9 503 (1.94%) IBM
10 419 (1.61%) Facebook
11 405 (1.56%) Sitecore
12 400 (1.54%) HP
13 358 (1.38%) Xamarin
14 357 (1.37%) Sybase
15 265 (1.02%) Cognos
16 242 (0.93%) Splunk
17 221 (0.85%) NetApp
18 188 (0.72%) Apple
19 171 (0.66%) Informatica
20 169 (0.65%) EMC