Period
to 19 January 2021

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 19 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
19 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 18 15 12
Rank change year-on-year -3 -3 -1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 6,055 13,709 19,032
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 9.57% 11.01% 12.63%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 34.82% 40.71% 43.83%
Number of salaries quoted 6,080 12,399 17,503
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £31,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,905
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.88% +0.95%

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 17,390 33,676 43,424
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 27.48% 27.06% 28.82%
Number of salaries quoted 14,560 27,883 36,054
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% - +9.38%
10th Percentile £33,750 £32,000 £31,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £88,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.89% - +5.88%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SQL Server as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing SQL Server.

Salary trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SQL Server over the 6 months to 19 January 2021.

Salary histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 19 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 19 January 2021. 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 -4 5,453 £50,000 +4.17% 1,255
UK excluding London -3 3,942 £47,500 +5.56% 1,004
London -10 1,874 £62,500 +4.17% 341
South East 0 1,194 £50,000 +11.11% 229
Work from Home +2 1,082 £50,000 +11.11% 222
North of England -3 1,045 £45,000 +2.27% 316
Midlands -4 643 £45,000 +5.88% 210
North West 0 612 £46,000 +2.79% 202
South West -1 426 £45,000 +5.88% 87
Yorkshire -7 371 £44,000 -2.22% 88
West Midlands -6 356 £42,500 -4.49% 122
Scotland +2 298 £50,000 +14.29% 59
East Midlands +2 284 £47,500 +18.75% 87
East of England -6 215 £45,000 - 69
Wales +11 86 £38,000 - 25
North East +2 61 £38,500 +4.62% 26
Northern Ireland -12 33 £43,750 -12.50% 9
Isle of Man -11 3 £47,500 -3.06%
Channel Islands +6 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 January 2021, 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 3,077 (50.82%) SQL
2 2,949 (48.70%) .NET
3 2,860 (47.23%) C#
4 2,652 (43.80%) Azure
5 2,279 (37.64%) Microsoft
6 2,093 (34.57%) Agile Software Development
7 1,838 (30.36%) JavaScript
8 1,374 (22.69%) DevOps
9 1,366 (22.56%) ASP.NET
10 1,353 (22.35%) MVC
11 1,261 (20.83%) CSS
12 1,234 (20.38%) HTML
13 1,164 (19.22%) Finance
14 1,129 (18.65%) .NET Core
15 1,117 (18.45%) Windows
16 979 (16.17%) Business Intelligence
17 956 (15.79%) AngularJS
18 941 (15.54%) T-SQL
19 936 (15.46%) .NET Framework
20 851 (14.05%) AWS
21 846 (13.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
22 801 (13.23%) Git (software)
23 773 (12.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
24 754 (12.45%) React
25 717 (11.84%) Microservices
26 706 (11.66%) Scrum
27 705 (11.64%) Oracle
28 698 (11.53%) ASP.NET MVC
29 681 (11.25%) Data Warehouse
30 663 (10.95%) jQuery

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
1 363 (6.00%) IIS
2 345 (5.70%) SharePoint
3 153 (2.53%) Confluence
4 139 (2.30%) Apache
5 126 (2.08%) CMS
6 121 (2.00%) MS Exchange
7 119 (1.97%) NServiceBus
8 111 (1.83%) Elasticsearch
9 85 (1.40%) Apache Spark
10 50 (0.83%) Umbraco
11 48 (0.79%) WebSphere
12 46 (0.76%) Skype for Business
13 39 (0.64%) EPiServer
14 38 (0.63%) Tomcat
15 34 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2010
16 33 (0.55%) Sitecore CMS
17 32 (0.53%) WordPress
18 31 (0.51%) Drupal
19 30 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
20 29 (0.48%) Apache Airflow
Applications
1 239 (3.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 168 (2.77%) Microsoft Office
3 30 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (0.26%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.083%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.050%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.033%) Adobe XD
8 2 (0.033%) SOLIDWORKS
9 1 (0.017%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.017%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.017%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.017%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.017%) Inkscape
9 1 (0.017%) Mathcad
9 1 (0.017%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.017%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 195 (3.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
3 28 (0.46%) Dynamics NAV
4 20 (0.33%) NetSuite
5 17 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
6 15 (0.25%) Siebel CRM
7 14 (0.23%) Elite 3E
7 14 (0.23%) nopCommerce
7 14 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 11 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
8 11 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
9 9 (0.15%) iTrent
9 9 (0.15%) Northgate Housing
9 9 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
10 8 (0.13%) Maximo
10 8 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
10 8 (0.13%) SAP GTS
11 7 (0.12%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
11 7 (0.12%) SAP Business One
11 7 (0.12%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 2,652 (43.80%) Azure
2 851 (14.05%) AWS
3 651 (10.75%) Power Platform
4 348 (5.75%) SaaS
5 344 (5.68%) PaaS
6 333 (5.50%) Office 365
7 296 (4.89%) IaaS
8 191 (3.15%) Azure Data Factory
8 191 (3.15%) Serverless
9 183 (3.02%) GCP
10 181 (2.99%) Dynamics 365
11 162 (2.68%) Azure Active Directory
12 131 (2.16%) GitHub
13 112 (1.85%) AWS Lambda
14 83 (1.37%) Apigee
15 76 (1.26%) Cloud Computing
16 72 (1.19%) Amazon ECS
17 52 (0.86%) PowerApps
18 51 (0.84%) Amazon S3
19 50 (0.83%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 229 (3.78%) Skype
2 186 (3.07%) Firewall
3 169 (2.79%) DNS
4 129 (2.13%) HTTP
5 106 (1.75%) DHCP
6 105 (1.73%) VPN
7 89 (1.47%) WAN
8 81 (1.34%) SAN
9 68 (1.12%) LAN
10 63 (1.04%) TCP/IP
11 62 (1.02%) Internet
12 54 (0.89%) VoIP
13 48 (0.79%) VLAN
14 45 (0.74%) Network Security
15 24 (0.40%) Remote Desktop
16 23 (0.38%) Unified Communications
17 22 (0.36%) Wi-Fi
18 21 (0.35%) NAS
18 21 (0.35%) Wireless
19 18 (0.30%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 846 (13.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 773 (12.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 681 (11.25%) Data Warehouse
4 584 (9.64%) Power BI
5 530 (8.75%) MySQL
6 404 (6.67%) Relational Database
7 403 (6.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 401 (6.62%) NoSQL
9 389 (6.42%) PostgreSQL
10 347 (5.73%) Azure SQL Database
11 281 (4.64%) MongoDB
12 260 (4.29%) SQL Server 2012
13 202 (3.34%) Data Lake
14 180 (2.97%) SQL Server 2008
15 166 (2.74%) Tableau
16 130 (2.15%) Amazon Redshift
17 129 (2.13%) Redis
18 121 (2.00%) Big Data
19 119 (1.97%) SQL Server 2016
20 110 (1.82%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 801 (13.23%) Git (software)
2 362 (5.98%) Visual Studio
3 339 (5.60%) Team Foundation Server
4 312 (5.15%) Jenkins
5 272 (4.49%) JIRA
6 227 (3.75%) TeamCity
7 211 (3.48%) Selenium
8 192 (3.17%) Octopus Deploy
9 133 (2.20%) Visual Studio Team System
10 119 (1.97%) Bitbucket
11 117 (1.93%) SpecFlow
12 105 (1.73%) NUnit
13 92 (1.52%) GitLab
14 82 (1.35%) Artifactory
15 79 (1.30%) WebDriver
16 71 (1.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 64 (1.06%) MSTest
18 59 (0.97%) Subversion
19 58 (0.96%) Cucumber
20 45 (0.74%) Moq
General
1 1,164 (19.22%) Finance
2 172 (2.84%) Retail
3 170 (2.81%) Public Sector
4 160 (2.64%) Banking
5 155 (2.56%) Marketing
6 112 (1.85%) Back Office
7 102 (1.68%) Manufacturing
8 96 (1.59%) Games
9 87 (1.44%) Law
10 79 (1.30%) Front Office
11 74 (1.22%) Telecoms
12 71 (1.17%) Advertising
13 65 (1.07%) Legal
14 48 (0.79%) Financial Institution
15 41 (0.68%) Local Government
16 34 (0.56%) Electronics
17 27 (0.45%) Automotive
18 22 (0.36%) Aerospace
19 19 (0.31%) Publishing
20 18 (0.30%) Billing
Job Titles
1 3,152 (52.06%) Developer
2 1,254 (20.71%) .NET Developer
3 871 (14.38%) C# Developer
4 698 (11.53%) Senior Developer
5 608 (10.04%) Analyst
6 578 (9.55%) Software Developer
7 536 (8.85%) C# .NET Developer
8 401 (6.62%) SQL Developer
9 352 (5.81%) Full Stack Developer
10 311 (5.14%) Senior .NET Developer
11 308 (5.09%) Software Engineer
12 292 (4.82%) Architect
13 268 (4.43%) DBA
14 228 (3.77%) Data Engineer
15 227 (3.75%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 215 (3.55%) .NET Software Developer
17 213 (3.52%) C# Software Developer
18 205 (3.39%) Senior C# Developer
19 189 (3.12%) Applications Support
20 184 (3.04%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,949 (48.70%) .NET
2 1,366 (22.56%) ASP.NET
3 1,261 (20.83%) CSS
4 1,234 (20.38%) HTML
5 1,129 (18.65%) .NET Core
6 956 (15.79%) AngularJS
7 936 (15.46%) .NET Framework
8 754 (12.45%) React
9 698 (11.53%) ASP.NET MVC
10 663 (10.95%) jQuery
11 657 (10.85%) ASP.NET Web API
12 616 (10.17%) Web Services
13 534 (8.82%) Entity Framework
14 519 (8.57%) REST
15 356 (5.88%) ASP.NET Core
15 356 (5.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 339 (5.60%) HTML5
17 337 (5.57%) XML
18 283 (4.67%) RESTful
19 266 (4.39%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 528 (8.72%) Analytical Skills
2 391 (6.46%) Greenfield Project
3 161 (2.66%) User Experience
4 158 (2.61%) Self-Motivation
5 155 (2.56%) Replication
6 131 (2.16%) Management Information System
7 130 (2.15%) Clustering
8 129 (2.13%) Mobile App
9 126 (2.08%) Data Centre
10 111 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
11 103 (1.70%) Hedge funds
12 100 (1.65%) Data Structures
13 92 (1.52%) Public Cloud
14 68 (1.12%) Algorithms
15 63 (1.04%) Reinsurance
16 62 (1.02%) N-Tier
17 61 (1.01%) Private Cloud
18 58 (0.96%) Cloud Native
19 43 (0.71%) EPoS
20 41 (0.68%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1,117 (18.45%) Windows
2 572 (9.45%) Windows Server
3 420 (6.94%) Linux
4 137 (2.26%) Unix
5 127 (2.10%) Windows Server 2012
6 108 (1.78%) Windows Server 2016
7 81 (1.34%) Windows 10
8 80 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
9 79 (1.30%) Android
10 63 (1.04%) Windows Server 2019
11 49 (0.81%) Apple iOS
12 42 (0.69%) CentOS
13 37 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 24 (0.40%) Windows 7
15 21 (0.35%) AIX
16 14 (0.23%) Solaris
17 13 (0.21%) Fedora
18 12 (0.20%) Ubuntu
19 11 (0.18%) VMS
20 9 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,093 (34.57%) Agile Software Development
2 1,374 (22.69%) DevOps
3 1,353 (22.35%) MVC
4 979 (16.17%) Business Intelligence
5 717 (11.84%) Microservices
6 706 (11.66%) Scrum
7 658 (10.87%) Software Engineering
8 650 (10.73%) Problem-Solving
9 648 (10.70%) TDD
10 553 (9.13%) ETL
11 541 (8.93%) Test Automation
12 447 (7.38%) Web Development
13 437 (7.22%) Analytics
14 423 (6.99%) OO
15 395 (6.52%) Continuous Integration
16 378 (6.24%) SDLC
17 359 (5.93%) Mentoring
18 350 (5.78%) BDD
19 342 (5.65%) Unit Testing
20 329 (5.43%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 3,077 (50.82%) SQL
2 2,860 (47.23%) C#
3 1,838 (30.36%) JavaScript
4 941 (15.54%) T-SQL
5 628 (10.37%) Python
6 544 (8.98%) PowerShell
7 515 (8.51%) Java
8 387 (6.39%) TypeScript
9 167 (2.76%) VB.NET
10 144 (2.38%) PHP
11 137 (2.26%) VB
12 132 (2.18%) C++
13 128 (2.11%) PL/SQL
14 100 (1.65%) Bash Shell
15 87 (1.44%) R
16 70 (1.16%) Shell Script
17 67 (1.11%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 58 (0.96%) VBA
19 56 (0.92%) C
19 56 (0.92%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 642 (10.60%) Degree
2 197 (3.25%) Security Cleared
3 174 (2.87%) Microsoft Certification
4 167 (2.76%) Computer Science Degree
5 149 (2.46%) SC Cleared
6 80 (1.32%) MCSE
7 68 (1.12%) Cisco Certification
8 66 (1.09%) CCNA
9 48 (0.79%) MCP
9 48 (0.79%) MCSA
10 41 (0.68%) ISTQB
11 36 (0.59%) ISEB
12 31 (0.51%) Sun Certification
13 28 (0.46%) Master's Degree
14 26 (0.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 26 (0.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 23 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
15 23 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
16 22 (0.36%) DBS Check
16 22 (0.36%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 295 (4.87%) QA
2 130 (2.15%) Data Quality
3 81 (1.34%) GDPR
3 81 (1.34%) SLA
4 48 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 21 (0.35%) NIST
6 20 (0.33%) PMO
7 14 (0.23%) WAI
8 8 (0.13%) COBIT
8 8 (0.13%) ISO 9001
8 8 (0.13%) PCI DSS
9 6 (0.099%) IFRS
9 6 (0.099%) PSD2
10 5 (0.083%) MiFID
11 4 (0.066%) Cyber Essentials
12 3 (0.050%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 3 (0.050%) EMIR
13 2 (0.033%) IFRS 9
14 1 (0.017%) HL7
14 1 (0.017%) WCAG
System Software
1 576 (9.51%) Docker
2 538 (8.89%) Active Directory
3 280 (4.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 182 (3.01%) Hyper-V
5 58 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
6 34 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
7 31 (0.51%) vSphere
8 28 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
9 19 (0.31%) XenApp
10 15 (0.25%) Firmware
11 11 (0.18%) HDFS
12 10 (0.17%) Terminal Server
12 10 (0.17%) Xen
13 9 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
13 9 (0.15%) XenDesktop
14 8 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
15 7 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
16 5 (0.083%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 5 (0.083%) vCloud
17 4 (0.066%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 457 (7.55%) Kubernetes
2 251 (4.15%) Terraform
3 160 (2.64%) Ansible
4 101 (1.67%) SCCM
5 92 (1.52%) Opscode Chef
6 83 (1.37%) Puppet
7 69 (1.14%) Microsoft Intune
8 44 (0.73%) Microsoft Clustering
9 42 (0.69%) Failover Clustering
10 31 (0.51%) MIIS
11 26 (0.43%) HAProxy
12 24 (0.40%) Grafana
13 23 (0.38%) Data Guard
14 20 (0.33%) Packer
15 17 (0.28%) Oracle RMAN
16 16 (0.26%) Single Sign-On
17 15 (0.25%) SCVMM
17 15 (0.25%) ZABBIX
18 13 (0.21%) Rancher
19 12 (0.20%) Nagios
Vendors
1 2,279 (37.64%) Microsoft
2 705 (11.64%) Oracle
3 420 (6.94%) VMware
4 193 (3.19%) Google
5 142 (2.35%) Databricks
6 124 (2.05%) Cisco
7 115 (1.90%) Citrix
8 93 (1.54%) SAP
9 89 (1.47%) IBM
10 68 (1.12%) Xamarin
11 60 (0.99%) Salesforce.com
11 60 (0.99%) Veeam
12 55 (0.91%) Sybase
13 53 (0.88%) Dell
14 52 (0.86%) HP
15 50 (0.83%) Atlassian
16 49 (0.81%) Red Hat
17 47 (0.78%) Informatica
18 46 (0.76%) ServiceNow
19 42 (0.69%) Nintex