Period
to 19 June 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 19 June 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
19 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 10 10 9
Rank change year-on-year 0 -1 -3
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 23,746 25,983 30,264
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.79% 15.10% 15.16%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 45.02% 49.01% 49.54%
Number of salaries quoted 20,588 23,207 26,874
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £70,250 £70,000 £66,250
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 52,749 53,011 61,085
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.64% 30.80% 30.59%
Number of salaries quoted 43,261 44,807 51,984
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,250 £29,500 £28,750
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +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 19 June 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 19 June 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 +1 22,317 £45,000 - 2,764
UK excluding London +1 15,169 £42,500 +6.25% 2,124
London -3 8,134 £55,000 - 829
South East 0 4,604 £43,500 +2.35% 492
North of England -2 3,575 £40,000 - 591
Midlands +2 2,434 £40,000 - 410
North West -2 2,020 £40,000 - 336
East of England -1 1,810 £45,000 +5.88% 209
South West 0 1,732 £40,000 +1.27% 233
West Midlands +1 1,345 £40,000 - 201
Yorkshire -2 1,287 £42,500 +6.25% 206
East Midlands +2 1,087 £40,000 - 209
Scotland -2 741 £42,750 +6.88% 128
Wales -3 282 £40,000 - 50
North East -1 268 £38,125 +1.67% 49
Northern Ireland 0 45 £34,000 -9.33% 9
Isle of Man -3 9 £40,000 -20.00% 2
Channel Islands - 7 £70,000 -

For the 6 months to 19 June 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 13,077 (55.07%) .NET
2 12,883 (54.25%) C#
3 11,961 (50.37%) SQL
4 9,299 (39.16%) Agile Software Development
5 9,181 (38.66%) Microsoft
6 8,246 (34.73%) ASP.NET
7 7,970 (33.56%) MVC
8 6,949 (29.26%) JavaScript
9 5,599 (23.58%) HTML
10 5,348 (22.52%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5,004 (21.07%) Finance
12 4,931 (20.77%) CSS
13 4,826 (20.32%) TDD
14 4,696 (19.78%) Windows
15 4,630 (19.50%) Microsoft Azure
16 4,408 (18.56%) T-SQL
17 4,067 (17.13%) Business Intelligence
18 4,013 (16.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 3,948 (16.63%) AngularJS
20 3,866 (16.28%) ASP.NET Web API
21 3,829 (16.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 3,737 (15.74%) .NET Framework
23 3,284 (13.83%) Scrum
24 3,097 (13.04%) SQL Server 2016
25 3,032 (12.77%) WCF
26 3,001 (12.64%) Oracle
27 2,930 (12.34%) jQuery
28 2,805 (11.81%) Problem-Solving
29 2,795 (11.77%) BDD
30 2,775 (11.69%) Git (software)

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 1,297 (5.46%) IIS
2 1,148 (4.83%) SharePoint
3 663 (2.79%) CMS
4 618 (2.60%) MS Exchange
5 489 (2.06%) Elasticsearch
6 425 (1.79%) Apache
7 335 (1.41%) Tomcat
7 335 (1.41%) Umbraco
8 285 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
9 284 (1.20%) WebSphere
10 275 (1.16%) Confluence
11 237 (1.00%) JBoss
12 227 (0.96%) WebLogic
13 205 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2010
14 197 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
15 190 (0.80%) Sitecore CMS
16 178 (0.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 176 (0.74%) Skype for Business
18 172 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
19 169 (0.71%) EPiServer
Applications
1 1,155 (4.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 691 (2.91%) Microsoft Office
3 122 (0.51%) MS Visio
4 91 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 67 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
6 38 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
7 27 (0.11%) Photoshop
8 18 (0.076%) SPSS
9 16 (0.067%) Adobe Premiere
9 16 (0.067%) InfoPath
10 12 (0.051%) Adobe Illustrator
11 10 (0.042%) AutoCAD
12 9 (0.038%) Revit
13 7 (0.029%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 6 (0.025%) Adobe After Effects
14 6 (0.025%) Chatbot
14 6 (0.025%) InDesign
15 5 (0.021%) Fireworks
15 5 (0.021%) Stata
16 4 (0.017%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 423 (1.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 205 (0.86%) Dynamics AX
3 197 (0.83%) Dynamics NAV
4 89 (0.37%) Elite 3E
5 85 (0.36%) Markit EDM
6 75 (0.32%) NetSuite
7 66 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
8 51 (0.21%) thinkFolio
9 47 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 46 (0.19%) Eloqua
11 45 (0.19%) Cognos TM1
12 42 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
13 30 (0.13%) Magento
13 30 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
14 29 (0.12%) MetaTrader
15 26 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
16 19 (0.080%) SAP Business One
17 17 (0.072%) Documaker
18 15 (0.063%) SAP Hybris
18 15 (0.063%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 4,630 (19.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,977 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
3 845 (3.56%) Office 365
4 651 (2.74%) SaaS
5 369 (1.55%) PaaS
6 305 (1.28%) IaaS
7 301 (1.27%) GitHub
8 243 (1.02%) Azure Data Factory
9 174 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
10 161 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
11 139 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
12 136 (0.57%) npm
13 134 (0.56%) Dynamics 365
14 103 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
15 96 (0.40%) Google Play
16 80 (0.34%) Serverless
17 75 (0.32%) Amazon S3
18 69 (0.29%) Google Analytics
19 65 (0.27%) NuGet
20 61 (0.26%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 780 (3.28%) Firewall
2 707 (2.98%) DNS
3 625 (2.63%) Internet
4 615 (2.59%) SAN
5 521 (2.19%) TCP/IP
6 427 (1.80%) DHCP
7 402 (1.69%) WAN
8 361 (1.52%) LAN
9 298 (1.25%) VPN
10 245 (1.03%) HTTP
11 192 (0.81%) Network Security
12 191 (0.80%) NAS
13 171 (0.72%) VoIP
14 162 (0.68%) Skype
15 151 (0.64%) SSL
15 151 (0.64%) VLAN
16 132 (0.56%) SMS
17 124 (0.52%) Intranet
18 92 (0.39%) Remote Desktop
19 91 (0.38%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4,013 (16.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3,829 (16.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3,097 (13.04%) SQL Server 2016
4 2,497 (10.52%) Data Warehouse
5 2,356 (9.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1,866 (7.86%) NoSQL
7 1,617 (6.81%) SQL Server 2008
8 1,593 (6.71%) Relational Database
9 1,471 (6.19%) SQL Server 2012
10 1,441 (6.07%) MySQL
11 1,432 (6.03%) Power BI
12 1,295 (5.45%) SQL Server 2014
13 1,103 (4.64%) MongoDB
14 715 (3.01%) Oracle Database
15 668 (2.81%) RDBMS
16 631 (2.66%) Big Data
17 523 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
18 386 (1.63%) Hadoop
19 384 (1.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
20 378 (1.59%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 2,775 (11.69%) Git (software)
2 1,994 (8.40%) Visual Studio
3 1,690 (7.12%) Team Foundation Server
4 865 (3.64%) JIRA
5 846 (3.56%) NUnit
6 683 (2.88%) TeamCity
7 601 (2.53%) Subversion
8 578 (2.43%) Jenkins
9 500 (2.11%) Octopus Deploy
10 472 (1.99%) Selenium
11 356 (1.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 347 (1.46%) Rhino Mocks
13 332 (1.40%) Moq
14 308 (1.30%) MSTest
14 308 (1.30%) Visual Studio Team System
15 207 (0.87%) Bitbucket
16 187 (0.79%) SpecFlow
17 160 (0.67%) Maven
18 154 (0.65%) gulp
19 146 (0.61%) JUnit
General
1 5,004 (21.07%) Finance
2 1,178 (4.96%) Advertising
3 1,138 (4.79%) Retail
4 1,005 (4.23%) Banking
5 945 (3.98%) Marketing
6 716 (3.02%) Games
7 374 (1.58%) Legal
8 345 (1.45%) Manufacturing
9 316 (1.33%) Telecoms
10 304 (1.28%) Front Office
11 271 (1.14%) Investment Banking
12 253 (1.07%) Law
13 178 (0.75%) Financial Institution
14 173 (0.73%) Back Office
15 153 (0.64%) Automotive
16 148 (0.62%) Music Industry
17 112 (0.47%) Electronics
18 103 (0.43%) Publishing
19 80 (0.34%) German Language
20 73 (0.31%) Billing
Job Titles
1 14,181 (59.72%) Developer
2 7,389 (31.12%) .NET Developer
3 4,994 (21.03%) C# Developer
4 3,390 (14.28%) C# .NET Developer
5 2,352 (9.90%) Analyst
6 2,124 (8.94%) SQL Developer
7 2,066 (8.70%) Software Developer
8 1,847 (7.78%) Senior Developer
9 1,655 (6.97%) ASP.NET Developer
10 1,494 (6.29%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1,379 (5.81%) DBA
12 1,238 (5.21%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
13 1,168 (4.92%) .NET Software Developer
14 1,167 (4.91%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 1,110 (4.67%) C# Software Developer
16 1,063 (4.48%) SQL DBA
17 881 (3.71%) Architect
18 851 (3.58%) Senior .NET Developer
19 828 (3.49%) Junior
20 804 (3.39%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13,077 (55.07%) .NET
2 8,246 (34.73%) ASP.NET
3 5,599 (23.58%) HTML
4 5,348 (22.52%) ASP.NET MVC
5 4,931 (20.77%) CSS
6 3,948 (16.63%) AngularJS
7 3,866 (16.28%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3,737 (15.74%) .NET Framework
9 3,032 (12.77%) WCF
10 2,930 (12.34%) jQuery
11 2,539 (10.69%) Web Services
12 2,507 (10.56%) RESTful
13 2,426 (10.22%) Entity Framework
14 2,329 (9.81%) ASP.NET MVC 5
15 1,865 (7.85%) HTML5
16 1,686 (7.10%) WPF
17 1,667 (7.02%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 1,662 (7.00%) Node.js
19 1,608 (6.77%) XML
20 1,196 (5.04%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1,806 (7.61%) Analytical Skills
2 1,799 (7.58%) Greenfield Project
3 1,513 (6.37%) Computer Science
4 988 (4.16%) Enterprise Software
5 750 (3.16%) Fintech
6 712 (3.00%) Self-Motivation
7 637 (2.68%) User Experience
8 633 (2.67%) Management Information System
9 521 (2.19%) Replication
10 508 (2.14%) Mobile App
11 500 (2.11%) Clustering
12 378 (1.59%) Data Centre
13 279 (1.17%) Hedge funds
14 256 (1.08%) Data Structures
15 202 (0.85%) Client/Server
15 202 (0.85%) Equities
16 188 (0.79%) Tandem
17 180 (0.76%) Algorithms
18 166 (0.70%) Derivative
19 164 (0.69%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 4,696 (19.78%) Windows
2 2,041 (8.60%) Windows Server
3 1,666 (7.02%) Linux
4 795 (3.35%) Windows Server 2012
5 686 (2.89%) Windows Server 2008
6 641 (2.70%) Unix
7 405 (1.71%) Android
8 296 (1.25%) Windows 7
9 274 (1.15%) Windows 10
10 258 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 230 (0.97%) Apple iOS
12 188 (0.79%) Windows Server 2003
13 149 (0.63%) Solaris
14 140 (0.59%) CentOS
15 106 (0.45%) Windows 8
16 93 (0.39%) Ubuntu
17 85 (0.36%) AIX
18 66 (0.28%) Mac OS X
19 62 (0.26%) VMS
20 56 (0.24%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 9,299 (39.16%) Agile Software Development
2 7,970 (33.56%) MVC
3 4,826 (20.32%) TDD
4 4,067 (17.13%) Business Intelligence
5 3,284 (13.83%) Scrum
6 2,805 (11.81%) Problem-Solving
7 2,795 (11.77%) BDD
8 2,614 (11.01%) Web Application Development
9 2,227 (9.38%) OO
10 2,020 (8.51%) ETL
11 2,019 (8.50%) Continuous Integration
12 1,997 (8.41%) Web Development
13 1,839 (7.74%) Software Engineering
14 1,564 (6.59%) SDLC
15 1,440 (6.06%) Analytics
16 1,375 (5.79%) ITIL
17 1,358 (5.72%) Test Automation
18 1,314 (5.53%) Unit Testing
19 1,292 (5.44%) DevOps
20 1,191 (5.02%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 12,883 (54.25%) C#
2 11,961 (50.37%) SQL
3 6,949 (29.26%) JavaScript
4 4,408 (18.56%) T-SQL
5 1,935 (8.15%) Java
6 1,699 (7.15%) PowerShell
7 1,277 (5.38%) Ruby
8 1,154 (4.86%) VB.NET
9 1,050 (4.42%) Python
10 748 (3.15%) VB
11 645 (2.72%) PHP
12 598 (2.52%) VBA
13 563 (2.37%) TypeScript
14 537 (2.26%) C++
15 459 (1.93%) PL/SQL
16 363 (1.53%) C
17 336 (1.41%) Perl
18 300 (1.26%) Bash Shell
19 225 (0.95%) R
20 212 (0.89%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2,743 (11.55%) Degree
2 992 (4.18%) Microsoft Certification
3 658 (2.77%) Computer Science Degree
4 439 (1.85%) MCSE
5 433 (1.82%) Security Cleared
6 252 (1.06%) MCSA
7 206 (0.87%) SC Cleared
8 178 (0.75%) MCP
9 162 (0.68%) ITIL Certification
10 144 (0.61%) ISEB
11 143 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
12 129 (0.54%) ISTQB
13 125 (0.53%) CCNA
14 116 (0.49%) MCITP
15 74 (0.31%) MCPD
16 66 (0.28%) Numerate Degree
17 65 (0.27%) MCSD
17 65 (0.27%) SAFe Agilist
18 63 (0.27%) Master's Degree
19 57 (0.24%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 919 (3.87%) QA
2 462 (1.95%) Data Quality
3 372 (1.57%) SLA
4 184 (0.77%) GDPR
5 159 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 78 (0.33%) PCI DSS
7 44 (0.19%) COBIT
8 40 (0.17%) GCP
9 38 (0.16%) ISO 9001
10 33 (0.14%) PMO
11 25 (0.11%) MiFID
12 18 (0.076%) Solvency II
13 16 (0.067%) Cyber Essentials
14 14 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 11 (0.046%) EMIR
16 10 (0.042%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 9 (0.038%) GAMP
17 9 (0.038%) SEPA
18 8 (0.034%) IFRS
18 8 (0.034%) WCAG
System Software
1 1,710 (7.20%) Active Directory
2 902 (3.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 778 (3.28%) Hyper-V
4 546 (2.30%) Docker
5 241 (1.01%) vSphere
6 216 (0.91%) VMware ESXi
7 166 (0.70%) XenApp
8 121 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
9 95 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
10 91 (0.38%) XenDesktop
11 84 (0.35%) HDFS
12 58 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
13 54 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
14 51 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
15 48 (0.20%) XenServer
16 41 (0.17%) Terminal Services
17 34 (0.14%) VMware NSX
18 31 (0.13%) BitLocker
19 26 (0.11%) Firmware
19 26 (0.11%) NFS
Systems Management
1 448 (1.89%) SCCM
2 379 (1.60%) Puppet
3 302 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
4 284 (1.20%) Ansible
5 230 (0.97%) SCOM
6 221 (0.93%) Kibana
7 183 (0.77%) Kubernetes
8 122 (0.51%) WSUS
9 118 (0.50%) Terraform
10 116 (0.49%) Failover Clustering
11 115 (0.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 92 (0.39%) Microsoft Clustering
12 92 (0.39%) Nagios
13 76 (0.32%) Backup Exec
14 67 (0.28%) SCVMM
15 63 (0.27%) Business Desktop Deployment
16 60 (0.25%) vCenter Server
17 59 (0.25%) Perfmon
18 49 (0.21%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
19 48 (0.20%) logstash
Vendors
1 9,181 (38.66%) Microsoft
2 3,001 (12.64%) Oracle
3 1,375 (5.79%) VMware
4 766 (3.23%) Tableau
5 679 (2.86%) Google
6 571 (2.40%) Cisco
7 508 (2.14%) SAP
8 506 (2.13%) Citrix
9 413 (1.74%) Facebook
10 316 (1.33%) HP
11 307 (1.29%) Xamarin
12 278 (1.17%) Red Hat
13 265 (1.12%) Sitecore
14 258 (1.09%) IBM
15 227 (0.96%) Capita
16 222 (0.93%) Cognos
17 192 (0.81%) Sybase
18 170 (0.72%) Dell
19 169 (0.71%) Twitter
20 160 (0.67%) Veeam