Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 11 11 8
Rank change year-on-year 0 -3 -1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 24,555 25,704 33,132
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.02% 14.63% 15.70%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 45.88% 48.69% 49.45%
Number of salaries quoted 21,486 23,181 29,412
UK median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £44,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.27% - +6.02%
10th Percentile £29,750 £28,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £68,750 £68,750 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.27%

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 53,525 52,787 67,007
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.56% 30.05% 31.74%
Number of salaries quoted 44,695 45,038 56,598
UK median annual salary £49,000 £47,500 £45,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.16% +4.40% +1.11%
10th Percentile £30,000 £29,750 £28,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year - +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 24 February 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 24 February 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 23,021 £45,000 - 2,997
UK excluding London 0 16,105 £42,500 +6.25% 2,335
London 0 8,005 £55,000 - 862
South East 0 5,273 £42,500 - 543
North of England -4 3,708 £40,000 - 632
Midlands +3 2,473 £40,000 - 447
North West -4 2,094 £40,500 +1.25% 353
South West +4 1,801 £40,000 - 259
East of England -1 1,737 £45,000 +2.27% 253
West Midlands +1 1,416 £40,000 - 226
Yorkshire -2 1,331 £42,500 +6.25% 226
East Midlands +2 1,057 £38,500 -3.75% 218
Scotland -2 764 £40,000 - 128
Wales -1 297 £40,000 +6.67% 52
North East +2 278 £35,000 -12.50% 53
Northern Ireland +3 81 £35,000 -4.76% 19
Isle of Man +5 10 £50,000 -23.08% 2
Channel Islands +3 3 £70,000 +40.00% 1

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 13,491 (54.94%) .NET
2 13,165 (53.61%) C#
3 12,306 (50.12%) SQL
4 9,957 (40.55%) Agile Software Development
5 9,195 (37.45%) Microsoft
6 8,873 (36.14%) ASP.NET
7 8,610 (35.06%) MVC
8 7,198 (29.31%) JavaScript
9 6,054 (24.65%) HTML
10 5,942 (24.20%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5,367 (21.86%) TDD
12 5,201 (21.18%) CSS
13 4,989 (20.32%) Windows
14 4,868 (19.82%) Finance
15 4,481 (18.25%) T-SQL
16 4,189 (17.06%) Business Intelligence
17 4,043 (16.47%) Microsoft Azure
18 3,966 (16.15%) ASP.NET Web API
19 3,946 (16.07%) AngularJS
20 3,935 (16.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
21 3,812 (15.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 3,810 (15.52%) .NET Framework
23 3,697 (15.06%) WCF
24 3,541 (14.42%) Scrum
25 3,221 (13.12%) jQuery
26 3,045 (12.40%) BDD
27 3,041 (12.38%) Web Application Development
28 2,972 (12.10%) ASP.NET MVC 5
29 2,919 (11.89%) Oracle
30 2,891 (11.77%) SQL Server 2016

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 1,403 (5.71%) IIS
2 1,365 (5.56%) SharePoint
3 752 (3.06%) MS Exchange
4 619 (2.52%) CMS
5 458 (1.87%) BizTalk Server
6 452 (1.84%) Apache
7 424 (1.73%) Elasticsearch
8 380 (1.55%) Tomcat
9 372 (1.51%) Umbraco
10 281 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
11 263 (1.07%) SharePoint 2013
12 218 (0.89%) Confluence
13 213 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
14 195 (0.79%) Apache Spark
15 193 (0.79%) JBoss
16 186 (0.76%) Skype for Business
17 185 (0.75%) WebSphere
18 164 (0.67%) EPiServer
19 162 (0.66%) Sitecore CMS
20 144 (0.59%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1,090 (4.44%) Microsoft Excel
2 654 (2.66%) Microsoft Office
3 101 (0.41%) MS Visio
4 96 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 49 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
6 31 (0.13%) SPSS
7 29 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
8 25 (0.10%) Photoshop
9 24 (0.098%) InfoPath
10 12 (0.049%) Adobe Illustrator
10 12 (0.049%) Chatbot
11 5 (0.020%) Stata
11 5 (0.020%) Weka
12 3 (0.012%) AutoCAD
12 3 (0.012%) EngageOne
13 2 (0.008%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 2 (0.008%) GNU Octave
13 2 (0.008%) Revit
13 2 (0.008%) S-PLUS
14 1 (0.004%) SPSS Modeler
Business Applications
1 429 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 218 (0.89%) Dynamics AX
3 160 (0.65%) Dynamics NAV
4 112 (0.46%) Elite 3E
5 74 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
6 46 (0.19%) Markit EDM
7 45 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
8 38 (0.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 34 (0.14%) Visualfiles
10 32 (0.13%) MetaTrader
11 31 (0.13%) NetSuite
12 28 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
13 27 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
13 27 (0.11%) SAP Hybris
14 18 (0.073%) Cognos TM1
15 17 (0.069%) Adobe Campaign
15 17 (0.069%) SAP Business One
16 16 (0.065%) Eloqua
17 15 (0.061%) Oracle Applications
17 15 (0.061%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 4,043 (16.47%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,735 (7.07%) Amazon AWS
3 878 (3.58%) Office 365
4 707 (2.88%) SaaS
5 321 (1.31%) PaaS
6 270 (1.10%) GitHub
7 262 (1.07%) IaaS
8 253 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
9 166 (0.68%) Azure Data Factory
10 158 (0.64%) Azure Active Directory
11 119 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
12 118 (0.48%) Dynamics 365
13 101 (0.41%) Google Play
14 97 (0.40%) npm
15 86 (0.35%) Amazon EC2
16 77 (0.31%) Amazon S3
17 61 (0.25%) AWS CloudFormation
18 55 (0.22%) Azure Machine Learning
18 55 (0.22%) OneDrive
19 54 (0.22%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 851 (3.47%) Firewall
2 775 (3.16%) Internet
3 644 (2.62%) DNS
4 564 (2.30%) SAN
5 447 (1.82%) TCP/IP
6 417 (1.70%) DHCP
7 416 (1.69%) WAN
8 376 (1.53%) LAN
9 286 (1.16%) VPN
10 226 (0.92%) HTTP
11 208 (0.85%) VoIP
12 168 (0.68%) VLAN
13 147 (0.60%) Network Security
14 146 (0.59%) Broadband
15 126 (0.51%) SSL
16 119 (0.48%) Skype
17 118 (0.48%) SMS
18 117 (0.48%) NAS
19 116 (0.47%) Intranet
20 103 (0.42%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3,935 (16.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3,812 (15.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2,891 (11.77%) SQL Server 2016
4 2,374 (9.67%) Data Warehouse
5 2,176 (8.86%) SQL Server 2014
6 2,159 (8.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2,007 (8.17%) NoSQL
8 1,733 (7.06%) SQL Server 2008
9 1,597 (6.50%) MySQL
10 1,480 (6.03%) SQL Server 2012
11 1,459 (5.94%) Relational Database
12 1,294 (5.27%) Power BI
13 1,032 (4.20%) MongoDB
14 697 (2.84%) Oracle Database
15 609 (2.48%) Big Data
16 525 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
17 523 (2.13%) RDBMS
18 468 (1.91%) QlikView
19 442 (1.80%) BusinessObjects
20 441 (1.80%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2,622 (10.68%) Git (software)
2 2,067 (8.42%) Visual Studio
3 1,766 (7.19%) Team Foundation Server
4 1,178 (4.80%) NUnit
5 839 (3.42%) JIRA
6 736 (3.00%) Subversion
7 660 (2.69%) TeamCity
8 649 (2.64%) Rhino Mocks
9 560 (2.28%) Moq
10 551 (2.24%) Jenkins
11 486 (1.98%) Selenium
12 451 (1.84%) MSTest
13 440 (1.79%) Octopus Deploy
14 406 (1.65%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 178 (0.72%) Bitbucket
16 174 (0.71%) SpecFlow
17 170 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
18 168 (0.68%) Maven
19 165 (0.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
20 128 (0.52%) gulp
General
1 4,868 (19.82%) Finance
2 1,139 (4.64%) Retail
3 1,116 (4.54%) Banking
4 1,093 (4.45%) Advertising
5 875 (3.56%) Marketing
6 745 (3.03%) Games
7 428 (1.74%) Legal
8 422 (1.72%) Telecoms
9 324 (1.32%) Investment Banking
10 316 (1.29%) Manufacturing
11 273 (1.11%) Law
12 226 (0.92%) Front Office
13 212 (0.86%) Music Industry
14 207 (0.84%) Back Office
15 183 (0.75%) Financial Institution
16 133 (0.54%) Publishing
17 121 (0.49%) Electronics
18 100 (0.41%) Automotive
19 87 (0.35%) Retail Banking
20 80 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 14,802 (60.28%) Developer
2 7,866 (32.03%) .NET Developer
3 5,116 (20.83%) C# Developer
4 3,498 (14.25%) C# .NET Developer
5 2,333 (9.50%) SQL Developer
6 2,307 (9.40%) Analyst
7 2,168 (8.83%) Software Developer
8 2,029 (8.26%) Senior Developer
9 1,913 (7.79%) ASP.NET Developer
10 1,725 (7.03%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1,419 (5.78%) DBA
12 1,373 (5.59%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
13 1,263 (5.14%) .NET Software Developer
14 1,182 (4.81%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 1,171 (4.77%) C# Software Developer
16 1,104 (4.50%) SQL DBA
17 998 (4.06%) Senior .NET Developer
18 878 (3.58%) Architect
19 867 (3.53%) Junior
20 852 (3.47%) Senior C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13,491 (54.94%) .NET
2 8,873 (36.14%) ASP.NET
3 6,054 (24.65%) HTML
4 5,942 (24.20%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5,201 (21.18%) CSS
6 3,966 (16.15%) ASP.NET Web API
7 3,946 (16.07%) AngularJS
8 3,810 (15.52%) .NET Framework
9 3,697 (15.06%) WCF
10 3,221 (13.12%) jQuery
11 2,972 (12.10%) ASP.NET MVC 5
12 2,734 (11.13%) RESTful
13 2,662 (10.84%) Web Services
14 2,416 (9.84%) Entity Framework
15 2,129 (8.67%) HTML5
16 2,096 (8.54%) Node.js
17 2,011 (8.19%) WPF
18 1,989 (8.10%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 1,724 (7.02%) XML
20 1,485 (6.05%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 1,767 (7.20%) Greenfield Project
2 1,733 (7.06%) Analytical Skills
3 1,519 (6.19%) Computer Science
4 916 (3.73%) Enterprise Software
5 665 (2.71%) Fintech
6 588 (2.39%) Clustering
7 575 (2.34%) User Experience
8 557 (2.27%) Management Information System
9 541 (2.20%) Mobile App
10 498 (2.03%) Replication
11 353 (1.44%) Data Centre
12 261 (1.06%) Hedge funds
13 244 (0.99%) Client/Server
14 234 (0.95%) Data Structures
15 216 (0.88%) Tandem
16 208 (0.85%) Social Network
17 158 (0.64%) Social Media
18 157 (0.64%) N-Tier
19 153 (0.62%) Algorithms
20 152 (0.62%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 4,989 (20.32%) Windows
2 2,238 (9.11%) Windows Server
3 1,645 (6.70%) Linux
4 909 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
5 764 (3.11%) Windows Server 2008
6 629 (2.56%) Unix
7 431 (1.76%) Windows 7
8 412 (1.68%) Android
9 348 (1.42%) Windows 10
10 287 (1.17%) Apple iOS
11 255 (1.04%) Windows Server 2003
12 165 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 146 (0.59%) Windows 8
14 138 (0.56%) CentOS
15 128 (0.52%) Solaris
16 88 (0.36%) Ubuntu
17 59 (0.24%) Mac OS X
18 54 (0.22%) VMS
19 47 (0.19%) AIX
20 44 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 9,957 (40.55%) Agile Software Development
2 8,610 (35.06%) MVC
3 5,367 (21.86%) TDD
4 4,189 (17.06%) Business Intelligence
5 3,541 (14.42%) Scrum
6 3,045 (12.40%) BDD
7 3,041 (12.38%) Web Application Development
8 2,428 (9.89%) OO
9 2,062 (8.40%) Web Development
10 2,056 (8.37%) ETL
11 1,955 (7.96%) Continuous Integration
12 1,797 (7.32%) Software Engineering
13 1,620 (6.60%) SDLC
14 1,445 (5.88%) ITIL
15 1,417 (5.77%) Analytics
16 1,322 (5.38%) Unit Testing
17 1,293 (5.27%) Test Automation
18 1,262 (5.14%) DevOps
19 1,216 (4.95%) Kanban
20 1,211 (4.93%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 13,165 (53.61%) C#
2 12,306 (50.12%) SQL
3 7,198 (29.31%) JavaScript
4 4,481 (18.25%) T-SQL
5 1,785 (7.27%) Java
6 1,503 (6.12%) PowerShell
7 1,499 (6.10%) Ruby
8 1,267 (5.16%) VB.NET
9 838 (3.41%) Python
10 812 (3.31%) VB
11 708 (2.88%) PHP
12 513 (2.09%) VBA
13 461 (1.88%) C++
14 454 (1.85%) TypeScript
15 445 (1.81%) PL/SQL
16 331 (1.35%) C
17 216 (0.88%) F#
18 215 (0.88%) R
19 196 (0.80%) VBScript
20 194 (0.79%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2,708 (11.03%) Degree
2 1,016 (4.14%) Microsoft Certification
3 622 (2.53%) Computer Science Degree
4 406 (1.65%) MCSE
5 404 (1.65%) Security Cleared
6 253 (1.03%) MCSA
7 228 (0.93%) SC Cleared
8 200 (0.81%) Cisco Certification
9 186 (0.76%) CCNA
10 168 (0.68%) MCP
11 136 (0.55%) ISEB
12 126 (0.51%) ISTQB
13 125 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
14 123 (0.50%) MCSD
15 112 (0.46%) MCITP
16 87 (0.35%) Oracle Certification
17 80 (0.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 74 (0.30%) MCTS
19 70 (0.29%) MCAD
20 65 (0.26%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,015 (4.13%) QA
2 430 (1.75%) Data Quality
3 420 (1.71%) SLA
4 159 (0.65%) GDPR
5 148 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 74 (0.30%) PCI DSS
7 58 (0.24%) PMO
8 52 (0.21%) COBIT
9 41 (0.17%) ISO 9001
10 25 (0.10%) SEPA
11 24 (0.098%) MiFID
12 19 (0.077%) EMIR
13 18 (0.073%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 18 (0.073%) Solvency II
14 16 (0.065%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 15 (0.061%) Cyber Essentials
15 15 (0.061%) GCP
16 8 (0.033%) Disclosure Scotland
16 8 (0.033%) GAMP
16 8 (0.033%) HIPAA
System Software
1 1,717 (6.99%) Active Directory
2 978 (3.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 740 (3.01%) Hyper-V
4 494 (2.01%) Docker
5 310 (1.26%) VMware ESXi
6 262 (1.07%) vSphere
7 202 (0.82%) XenApp
8 128 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
9 108 (0.44%) XenDesktop
10 83 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
11 68 (0.28%) HDFS
12 66 (0.27%) Virtual Desktop
13 48 (0.20%) Terminal Services
14 43 (0.18%) Oracle RAC
15 41 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
16 34 (0.14%) BitLocker
17 29 (0.12%) XenServer
18 26 (0.11%) VMware NSX
19 25 (0.10%) KVM
20 24 (0.098%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 461 (1.88%) SCCM
2 337 (1.37%) Puppet
3 234 (0.95%) Kibana
4 233 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
5 232 (0.94%) Ansible
6 224 (0.91%) SCOM
7 196 (0.80%) WSUS
8 121 (0.49%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 121 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
9 119 (0.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 112 (0.46%) Backup Exec
11 100 (0.41%) Kubernetes
11 100 (0.41%) vCenter Server
12 87 (0.35%) Nagios
13 74 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
14 71 (0.29%) Failover Clustering
15 68 (0.28%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
16 65 (0.26%) Terraform
17 59 (0.24%) SCVMM
18 52 (0.21%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 9,195 (37.45%) Microsoft
2 2,919 (11.89%) Oracle
3 1,540 (6.27%) VMware
4 851 (3.47%) Tableau
5 666 (2.71%) Cisco
5 666 (2.71%) Google
6 528 (2.15%) Citrix
7 505 (2.06%) Facebook
8 467 (1.90%) SAP
9 348 (1.42%) HP
10 299 (1.22%) Cognos
11 266 (1.08%) IBM
12 261 (1.06%) Sitecore
13 248 (1.01%) Sybase
14 245 (1.00%) Xamarin
15 206 (0.84%) Red Hat
16 183 (0.75%) Informatica
17 173 (0.70%) Dell
17 173 (0.70%) Salesforce.com
18 172 (0.70%) Apple