Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
18 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 11 12 6
Rank change year-on-year +1 -6 -1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 24918 27873 35628
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.27% 14.54% 16.36%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 46.78% 49.09% 51.81%
Number of salaries quoted 21706 24801 31705
UK median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +2.41%
10th Percentile £29,000 £27,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 53272 56785 68769
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.50% 29.62% 31.57%
Number of salaries quoted 43787 48331 58015
UK median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% 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 18 October 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 18 October 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 +1 23348 £45,000 - 1918
UK excluding London 0 15549 £40,000 - 1336
London -1 8918 £55,000 +2.80% 649
South East 0 4633 £42,500 - 361
North of England -4 4026 £40,000 - 397
Midlands -1 2350 £40,000 +6.67% 231
North West -3 2305 £40,000 - 236
East of England 0 1718 £44,250 +4.12% 120
South West +2 1682 £40,000 +6.67% 157
West Midlands -1 1530 £40,000 +6.67% 114
Yorkshire -1 1526 £41,000 +2.50% 139
Scotland 0 819 £40,000 - 40
East Midlands -3 819 £40,000 - 116
Wales 0 281 £37,500 +7.14% 22
North East -1 189 £38,959 -0.11% 22
Northern Ireland -2 74 £30,750 -23.13% 7
Isle of Man -6 1 £60,000 +41.18% 1

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 13833 (55.51%) .NET
2 13296 (53.36%) C#
3 12619 (50.64%) SQL
4 9822 (39.42%) Agile Software Development
5 9536 (38.27%) Microsoft
6 8955 (35.94%) ASP.NET
7 8531 (34.24%) MVC
8 7522 (30.19%) JavaScript
9 6395 (25.66%) HTML
10 5726 (22.98%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5541 (22.24%) Finance
12 5490 (22.03%) CSS
13 5429 (21.79%) Windows
14 4998 (20.06%) TDD
15 4737 (19.01%) T-SQL
16 4140 (16.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 4019 (16.13%) AngularJS
18 3924 (15.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 3882 (15.58%) Business Intelligence
20 3754 (15.07%) Scrum
21 3716 (14.91%) .NET Framework
22 3561 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
23 3546 (14.23%) ASP.NET Web API
24 3482 (13.97%) WCF
25 3406 (13.67%) Oracle
26 3331 (13.37%) jQuery
27 3130 (12.56%) Degree
28 3058 (12.27%) Web Services
29 2476 (9.94%) Java
30 2465 (9.89%) BDD

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 1724 (6.92%) IIS
2 1417 (5.69%) SharePoint
3 827 (3.32%) MS Exchange
4 722 (2.90%) CMS
5 555 (2.23%) Tomcat
6 554 (2.22%) Apache
7 469 (1.88%) BizTalk Server
8 461 (1.85%) Elasticsearch
9 349 (1.40%) Umbraco
10 296 (1.19%) JBoss
11 278 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2010
12 269 (1.08%) Sitecore CMS
13 240 (0.96%) SharePoint 2013
14 239 (0.96%) Confluence
14 239 (0.96%) WebSphere
15 209 (0.84%) Apache Spark
16 206 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 194 (0.78%) WebLogic
18 193 (0.77%) EPiServer
19 190 (0.76%) SAS
Applications
1 1151 (4.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 730 (2.93%) Microsoft Office
3 133 (0.53%) MS Visio
4 132 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 76 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
6 58 (0.23%) SPSS
7 52 (0.21%) Photoshop
8 42 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
9 21 (0.084%) Adobe Illustrator
10 18 (0.072%) InfoPath
11 6 (0.024%) SOLIDWORKS
12 5 (0.020%) Fireworks
12 5 (0.020%) OmniGraffle
12 5 (0.020%) S-PLUS
13 4 (0.016%) Chatbot
13 4 (0.016%) EngageOne
13 4 (0.016%) Stata
14 2 (0.008%) SPSS Modeler
15 1 (0.004%) Acrobat
15 1 (0.004%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 487 (1.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 208 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
3 163 (0.65%) Dynamics NAV
4 59 (0.24%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 58 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
6 44 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
7 39 (0.16%) Adobe Campaign
8 36 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
9 33 (0.13%) Eloqua
10 28 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 26 (0.10%) Markit EDM
12 25 (0.10%) Endur
12 25 (0.10%) SAP BPC
12 25 (0.10%) SAP Hybris
13 22 (0.088%) Visualfiles
14 19 (0.076%) JDE EnterpriseOne
14 19 (0.076%) Siebel CRM
15 18 (0.072%) Magento
15 18 (0.072%) NetSuite
15 18 (0.072%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 3561 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 1678 (6.73%) Amazon AWS
3 716 (2.87%) Office 365
4 662 (2.66%) SaaS
5 368 (1.48%) GitHub
6 289 (1.16%) IaaS
7 268 (1.08%) PaaS
8 221 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
9 129 (0.52%) Dynamics 365
10 122 (0.49%) npm
11 121 (0.49%) Azure Active Directory
12 111 (0.45%) Google Play
13 98 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
14 94 (0.38%) Azure Machine Learning
14 94 (0.38%) Google Cloud Platform
15 82 (0.33%) Azure Data Factory
16 72 (0.29%) Google Analytics
17 57 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
18 55 (0.22%) Amazon S3
19 42 (0.17%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 855 (3.43%) Firewall
2 814 (3.27%) Internet
3 644 (2.58%) DNS
4 586 (2.35%) SAN
5 449 (1.80%) TCP/IP
6 424 (1.70%) DHCP
7 393 (1.58%) WAN
8 340 (1.36%) LAN
9 337 (1.35%) VPN
10 282 (1.13%) HTTP
11 207 (0.83%) Intranet
12 202 (0.81%) VoIP
13 170 (0.68%) VLAN
14 164 (0.66%) Skype
15 149 (0.60%) SSL
16 122 (0.49%) NAS
17 111 (0.45%) Broadband
18 98 (0.39%) Network Security
19 92 (0.37%) Wireless
20 87 (0.35%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4140 (16.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3924 (15.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2375 (9.53%) Data Warehouse
4 2355 (9.45%) SQL Server 2008
5 2291 (9.19%) SQL Server 2014
6 2136 (8.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2035 (8.17%) SQL Server 2016
8 1882 (7.55%) NoSQL
9 1865 (7.48%) SQL Server 2012
10 1861 (7.47%) Relational Database
11 1770 (7.10%) MySQL
12 1148 (4.61%) MongoDB
13 1089 (4.37%) Power BI
14 734 (2.95%) RDBMS
15 707 (2.84%) Big Data
16 640 (2.57%) SQL Server 2005
17 588 (2.36%) Oracle Database
18 573 (2.30%) PostgreSQL
19 519 (2.08%) QlikView
20 466 (1.87%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 2342 (9.40%) Git (software)
2 2319 (9.31%) Visual Studio
3 1983 (7.96%) Team Foundation Server
4 1276 (5.12%) NUnit
5 1065 (4.27%) JIRA
6 967 (3.88%) Subversion
7 896 (3.60%) TeamCity
8 656 (2.63%) Jenkins
9 636 (2.55%) Rhino Mocks
10 538 (2.16%) Moq
11 518 (2.08%) Octopus Deploy
12 513 (2.06%) Selenium
13 440 (1.77%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 380 (1.53%) MSTest
15 260 (1.04%) SpecFlow
16 247 (0.99%) Maven
17 243 (0.98%) JUnit
18 198 (0.79%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 191 (0.77%) Bitbucket
20 132 (0.53%) gulp
General
1 5541 (22.24%) Finance
2 1684 (6.76%) Banking
3 1334 (5.35%) Retail
4 1066 (4.28%) Marketing
5 757 (3.04%) Games
6 674 (2.70%) Investment Banking
7 632 (2.54%) Advertising
8 617 (2.48%) Telecoms
9 504 (2.02%) Legal
10 494 (1.98%) Manufacturing
11 381 (1.53%) Front Office
12 340 (1.36%) Retail Banking
13 318 (1.28%) Electronics
14 275 (1.10%) Back Office
15 262 (1.05%) Law
16 206 (0.83%) Financial Institution
17 162 (0.65%) Music Industry
18 154 (0.62%) Publishing
19 119 (0.48%) Automotive
20 110 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 15111 (60.64%) Developer
2 7802 (31.31%) .NET Developer
3 5491 (22.04%) C# Developer
4 3877 (15.56%) C# .NET Developer
5 2559 (10.27%) SQL Developer
6 2331 (9.35%) Senior Developer
7 2265 (9.09%) Analyst
8 2199 (8.82%) ASP.NET Developer
9 2056 (8.25%) Software Developer
10 1908 (7.66%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1474 (5.92%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 1387 (5.57%) DBA
13 1164 (4.67%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 1133 (4.55%) Senior .NET Developer
15 1121 (4.50%) .NET Software Developer
16 1071 (4.30%) SQL DBA
17 1061 (4.26%) C# Software Developer
18 941 (3.78%) Junior
19 939 (3.77%) Administrator
20 917 (3.68%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13833 (55.51%) .NET
2 8955 (35.94%) ASP.NET
3 6395 (25.66%) HTML
4 5726 (22.98%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5490 (22.03%) CSS
6 4019 (16.13%) AngularJS
7 3716 (14.91%) .NET Framework
8 3546 (14.23%) ASP.NET Web API
9 3482 (13.97%) WCF
10 3331 (13.37%) jQuery
11 3058 (12.27%) Web Services
12 2444 (9.81%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 2288 (9.18%) Entity Framework
14 2250 (9.03%) RESTful
15 2188 (8.78%) HTML5
16 2045 (8.21%) XML
17 1932 (7.75%) WPF
18 1855 (7.44%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 1761 (7.07%) Node.js
20 1371 (5.50%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 1793 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
2 1738 (6.97%) Computer Science
3 1493 (5.99%) Greenfield Project
4 804 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
5 791 (3.17%) User Experience
6 633 (2.54%) Fintech
7 630 (2.53%) Management Information System
8 585 (2.35%) Clustering
9 554 (2.22%) Mobile App
10 472 (1.89%) Replication
11 360 (1.44%) Data Centre
12 302 (1.21%) Client/Server
13 276 (1.11%) Data Structures
14 254 (1.02%) Hedge funds
15 217 (0.87%) Algorithms
16 198 (0.79%) N-Tier
17 193 (0.77%) iPad
18 181 (0.73%) Fixed Income
19 176 (0.71%) Social Network
20 174 (0.70%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 5429 (21.79%) Windows
2 2271 (9.11%) Windows Server
3 1775 (7.12%) Linux
4 916 (3.68%) Windows Server 2012
5 907 (3.64%) Windows Server 2008
6 820 (3.29%) Unix
7 511 (2.05%) Android
8 471 (1.89%) Windows 7
9 372 (1.49%) Windows 10
10 349 (1.40%) Apple iOS
11 248 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
12 161 (0.65%) Solaris
13 160 (0.64%) Windows 8
14 158 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 119 (0.48%) CentOS
16 110 (0.44%) Ubuntu
17 73 (0.29%) Windows XP
18 52 (0.21%) AIX
19 45 (0.18%) Mac OS X
19 45 (0.18%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9822 (39.42%) Agile Software Development
2 8531 (34.24%) MVC
3 4998 (20.06%) TDD
4 3882 (15.58%) Business Intelligence
5 3754 (15.07%) Scrum
6 2465 (9.89%) BDD
7 2438 (9.78%) Web Application Development
8 2386 (9.58%) OO
9 2341 (9.39%) Web Development
10 2148 (8.62%) ETL
11 2085 (8.37%) Continuous Integration
12 1827 (7.33%) Software Engineering
13 1781 (7.15%) SDLC
14 1534 (6.16%) Unit Testing
15 1440 (5.78%) ITIL
16 1386 (5.56%) DevOps
17 1364 (5.47%) Test Automation
18 1361 (5.46%) Analytics
19 1339 (5.37%) Performance Tuning
20 1277 (5.12%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 13296 (53.36%) C#
2 12619 (50.64%) SQL
3 7522 (30.19%) JavaScript
4 4737 (19.01%) T-SQL
5 2476 (9.94%) Java
6 1609 (6.46%) PowerShell
7 1363 (5.47%) VB.NET
8 1172 (4.70%) Ruby
9 993 (3.99%) Python
10 793 (3.18%) VB
11 660 (2.65%) PHP
12 644 (2.58%) C++
13 483 (1.94%) VBA
14 431 (1.73%) TypeScript
15 410 (1.65%) PL/SQL
16 336 (1.35%) C
17 324 (1.30%) Shell Script
18 317 (1.27%) R
19 245 (0.98%) Bash Shell
20 238 (0.96%) Perl
Qualifications
1 3130 (12.56%) Degree
2 1028 (4.13%) Microsoft Certification
3 793 (3.18%) Computer Science Degree
4 414 (1.66%) Security Cleared
5 386 (1.55%) MCSE
6 265 (1.06%) MCSA
7 250 (1.00%) SC Cleared
8 190 (0.76%) MCP
9 183 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
10 163 (0.65%) CCNA
11 139 (0.56%) MCITP
12 116 (0.47%) MCTS
13 114 (0.46%) Numerate Degree
14 113 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
15 109 (0.44%) MCSD
16 103 (0.41%) ISEB
17 96 (0.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 92 (0.37%) Master's Degree
19 73 (0.29%) MCAD
20 66 (0.26%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 987 (3.96%) QA
2 506 (2.03%) SLA
3 415 (1.67%) Data Quality
4 194 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 143 (0.57%) PCI DSS
6 115 (0.46%) ISO 9001
7 85 (0.34%) GDPR
8 55 (0.22%) SEPA
9 43 (0.17%) PMO
10 30 (0.12%) COBIT
11 29 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
12 25 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 25 (0.10%) MiFID
13 22 (0.088%) HL7
14 17 (0.068%) Cyber Essentials
15 13 (0.052%) ISO 9000
16 12 (0.048%) Basel III
16 12 (0.048%) EMIR
16 12 (0.048%) RosettaNet
17 10 (0.040%) GAMP
System Software
1 1806 (7.25%) Active Directory
2 967 (3.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 624 (2.50%) Hyper-V
4 391 (1.57%) Docker
5 320 (1.28%) vSphere
6 264 (1.06%) VMware ESXi
7 185 (0.74%) XenApp
8 135 (0.54%) Virtual Machines
9 103 (0.41%) XenDesktop
10 87 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
11 62 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
12 53 (0.21%) Terminal Services
13 46 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
14 42 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
15 41 (0.16%) HDFS
16 35 (0.14%) KVM
16 35 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
17 33 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 27 (0.11%) XenServer
19 21 (0.084%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 449 (1.80%) Puppet
2 372 (1.49%) SCCM
3 357 (1.43%) Opscode Chef
4 316 (1.27%) Ansible
5 202 (0.81%) SCOM
6 177 (0.71%) Kibana
6 177 (0.71%) WSUS
7 128 (0.51%) Nagios
8 118 (0.47%) Microsoft Clustering
9 108 (0.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 100 (0.40%) Backup Exec
11 98 (0.39%) vCenter Server
12 95 (0.38%) Opsview
13 83 (0.33%) Business Desktop Deployment
14 76 (0.31%) ZABBIX
15 71 (0.28%) Oracle RMAN
16 62 (0.25%) Failover Clustering
17 61 (0.24%) Kubernetes
18 60 (0.24%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
19 50 (0.20%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 9536 (38.27%) Microsoft
2 3406 (13.67%) Oracle
3 1544 (6.20%) VMware
4 763 (3.06%) Tableau
5 707 (2.84%) Cisco
6 676 (2.71%) SAP
7 551 (2.21%) Google
8 520 (2.09%) Citrix
9 456 (1.83%) IBM
10 408 (1.64%) Sybase
11 398 (1.60%) Facebook
12 365 (1.46%) HP
13 359 (1.44%) Sitecore
14 316 (1.27%) Cognos
15 276 (1.11%) Xamarin
16 252 (1.01%) Splunk
17 185 (0.74%) NetApp
18 179 (0.72%) EMC
19 175 (0.70%) Red Hat
20 173 (0.69%) Informatica