Period
to 18 December 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 18 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 12 10 12
Rank change year-on-year -2 +2 -5
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 20,199 25,161 26,534
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.70% 14.04% 14.43%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 44.22% 46.24% 48.45%
Number of salaries quoted 17,287 21,919 23,813
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £30,500 £29,000 £28,000
90th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £41,250 £40,000
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% -

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 45,676 54,418 54,770
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 28.71% 30.37% 29.79%
Number of salaries quoted 37,414 44,896 46,859
UK median annual salary £51,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.37% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 December 2018.

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 December 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 -2 18,845 £47,500 +5.56% 2,962
UK excluding London -2 11,890 £42,500 +3.03% 2,325
London -1 7,915 £57,500 +4.55% 832
South East -3 3,774 £45,000 +5.88% 540
North of England -1 2,906 £42,500 +4.29% 711
Midlands -1 1,782 £40,000 - 426
North West -2 1,695 £45,000 +12.50% 374
East of England +1 1,270 £45,000 - 211
South West -6 1,202 £40,000 - 243
Yorkshire +1 1,050 £42,500 - 284
West Midlands +2 1,007 £40,000 - 235
East Midlands +1 773 £40,000 +6.67% 190
Scotland 0 685 £45,000 +12.50% 119
Wales -3 229 £37,500 - 62
North East -13 161 £37,500 +5.63% 53
Northern Ireland -12 69 £37,500 +7.14% 14
Isle of Man +10 4 £37,500 -25.00%

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 10,875 (53.84%) C#
2 10,743 (53.19%) .NET
3 10,491 (51.94%) SQL
4 7,918 (39.20%) Microsoft
5 7,492 (37.09%) Agile Software Development
6 6,420 (31.78%) JavaScript
7 6,288 (31.13%) ASP.NET
8 6,171 (30.55%) MVC
9 4,977 (24.64%) HTML
10 4,629 (22.92%) Microsoft Azure
11 4,432 (21.94%) Finance
12 4,369 (21.63%) CSS
13 3,892 (19.27%) Windows
14 3,863 (19.12%) T-SQL
15 3,796 (18.79%) ASP.NET MVC
16 3,537 (17.51%) AngularJS
17 3,476 (17.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 3,323 (16.45%) ASP.NET Web API
19 3,247 (16.08%) Business Intelligence
20 3,097 (15.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 3,094 (15.32%) TDD
22 2,873 (14.22%) .NET Framework
23 2,815 (13.94%) Oracle
24 2,699 (13.36%) Scrum
25 2,459 (12.17%) Degree
26 2,389 (11.83%) Problem-Solving
27 2,388 (11.82%) Web Services
28 2,376 (11.76%) jQuery
29 2,195 (10.87%) Data Warehouse
30 2,113 (10.46%) 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 1,285 (6.36%) IIS
2 1,096 (5.43%) SharePoint
3 568 (2.81%) Elasticsearch
4 478 (2.37%) CMS
5 461 (2.28%) MS Exchange
6 339 (1.68%) Apache
7 328 (1.62%) Tomcat
8 249 (1.23%) Confluence
9 238 (1.18%) Umbraco
10 198 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
11 194 (0.96%) WebSphere
12 179 (0.89%) Apache Spark
13 159 (0.79%) Skype for Business
14 157 (0.78%) SAS
15 150 (0.74%) Sitecore CMS
16 141 (0.70%) JBoss
17 129 (0.64%) EPiServer
18 125 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 122 (0.60%) WebLogic
20 116 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 936 (4.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 586 (2.90%) Microsoft Office
3 88 (0.44%) MS Visio
4 75 (0.37%) Chatbot
5 60 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 45 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 34 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
8 26 (0.13%) SPSS
9 19 (0.094%) Adobe Illustrator
9 19 (0.094%) Photoshop
10 17 (0.084%) InfoPath
11 11 (0.054%) AutoCAD
12 10 (0.050%) Weka
13 9 (0.045%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 7 (0.035%) Maya
15 5 (0.025%) Fireworks
15 5 (0.025%) Mingle
16 4 (0.020%) EngageOne
16 4 (0.020%) Revit
16 4 (0.020%) Stata
Business Applications
1 486 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 186 (0.92%) Dynamics AX
3 104 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
4 78 (0.39%) thinkFolio
5 55 (0.27%) Markit EDM
6 35 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
6 35 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
7 34 (0.17%) Magento
8 31 (0.15%) Eloqua
9 29 (0.14%) Front Arena
9 29 (0.14%) NetSuite
10 26 (0.13%) FastStats
11 25 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
12 23 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
13 20 (0.099%) Unit4 Business World
14 18 (0.089%) Elite 3E
14 18 (0.089%) Sage 200
15 16 (0.079%) Salesforce.com CRM
15 16 (0.079%) SAP ERP
16 14 (0.069%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 4,629 (22.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 2,089 (10.34%) Amazon AWS
3 746 (3.69%) Office 365
4 664 (3.29%) SaaS
5 391 (1.94%) PaaS
6 289 (1.43%) IaaS
7 214 (1.06%) GitHub
7 214 (1.06%) Google Cloud Platform
8 208 (1.03%) Azure Data Factory
9 196 (0.97%) Dynamics 365
10 164 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
11 139 (0.69%) Serverless
12 122 (0.60%) npm
13 117 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
14 110 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
15 68 (0.34%) Amazon S3
16 65 (0.32%) Azure Functions
17 64 (0.32%) Google Play
18 56 (0.28%) NuGet
19 52 (0.26%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 669 (3.31%) Firewall
2 631 (3.12%) DNS
3 565 (2.80%) Internet
4 489 (2.42%) TCP/IP
5 402 (1.99%) SAN
6 342 (1.69%) DHCP
7 290 (1.44%) WAN
8 289 (1.43%) VPN
9 286 (1.42%) LAN
10 262 (1.30%) HTTP
11 162 (0.80%) Network Security
12 156 (0.77%) SSL
13 153 (0.76%) VLAN
14 146 (0.72%) Intranet
15 139 (0.69%) NAS
16 107 (0.53%) Skype
17 105 (0.52%) VoIP
18 72 (0.36%) Broadband
19 65 (0.32%) Wi-Fi
20 63 (0.31%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3,476 (17.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3,097 (15.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2,195 (10.87%) Data Warehouse
4 2,099 (10.39%) SQL Server 2016
5 1,771 (8.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1,588 (7.86%) Relational Database
7 1,486 (7.36%) NoSQL
8 1,474 (7.30%) MySQL
9 1,437 (7.11%) SQL Server 2008
10 1,363 (6.75%) Power BI
11 1,353 (6.70%) SQL Server 2012
12 926 (4.58%) MongoDB
13 803 (3.98%) PostgreSQL
14 699 (3.46%) SQL Server 2014
15 653 (3.23%) Big Data
16 640 (3.17%) Oracle Database
17 587 (2.91%) RDBMS
18 462 (2.29%) Azure SQL Database
19 366 (1.81%) Hadoop
20 350 (1.73%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 2,113 (10.46%) Git (software)
2 1,892 (9.37%) Visual Studio
3 1,531 (7.58%) Team Foundation Server
4 707 (3.50%) JIRA
5 656 (3.25%) TeamCity
6 619 (3.06%) Jenkins
7 484 (2.40%) Octopus Deploy
8 461 (2.28%) Selenium
9 460 (2.28%) NUnit
10 431 (2.13%) Visual Studio Team System
11 429 (2.12%) Subversion
12 224 (1.11%) Bitbucket
13 211 (1.04%) SpecFlow
14 205 (1.01%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 200 (0.99%) Cucumber
16 186 (0.92%) Maven
17 149 (0.74%) JUnit
18 133 (0.66%) gulp
18 133 (0.66%) MSTest
19 132 (0.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 4,432 (21.94%) Finance
2 1,047 (5.18%) Banking
3 856 (4.24%) Retail
4 775 (3.84%) Marketing
5 600 (2.97%) Games
6 575 (2.85%) Advertising
7 349 (1.73%) Telecoms
8 345 (1.71%) Investment Banking
9 310 (1.53%) Manufacturing
10 298 (1.48%) Front Office
11 244 (1.21%) Legal
12 215 (1.06%) Back Office
13 189 (0.94%) Law
14 160 (0.79%) Electronics
15 131 (0.65%) Automotive
16 105 (0.52%) Publishing
17 94 (0.47%) Financial Institution
18 77 (0.38%) French Language
19 68 (0.34%) German Language
20 49 (0.24%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 11,897 (58.90%) Developer
2 5,647 (27.96%) .NET Developer
3 4,060 (20.10%) C# Developer
4 2,903 (14.37%) C# .NET Developer
5 1,895 (9.38%) Software Developer
6 1,879 (9.30%) SQL Developer
7 1,866 (9.24%) Senior Developer
8 1,838 (9.10%) Analyst
9 1,303 (6.45%) ASP.NET Developer
10 1,284 (6.36%) DBA
11 1,157 (5.73%) C# ASP.NET Developer
12 1,033 (5.11%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 1,012 (5.01%) SQL DBA
14 894 (4.43%) Architect
15 855 (4.23%) C# Software Developer
16 840 (4.16%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
17 836 (4.14%) .NET Software Developer
18 800 (3.96%) Senior .NET Developer
19 780 (3.86%) Junior
20 756 (3.74%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10,743 (53.19%) .NET
2 6,288 (31.13%) ASP.NET
3 4,977 (24.64%) HTML
4 4,369 (21.63%) CSS
5 3,796 (18.79%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3,537 (17.51%) AngularJS
7 3,323 (16.45%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2,873 (14.22%) .NET Framework
9 2,388 (11.82%) Web Services
10 2,376 (11.76%) jQuery
11 1,861 (9.21%) WCF
12 1,674 (8.29%) Entity Framework
13 1,666 (8.25%) RESTful
14 1,552 (7.68%) XML
15 1,515 (7.50%) HTML5
16 1,321 (6.54%) .NET Core
17 1,214 (6.01%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 1,193 (5.91%) WPF
19 1,102 (5.46%) REST
20 965 (4.78%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1,498 (7.42%) Analytical Skills
2 1,461 (7.23%) Greenfield Project
3 645 (3.19%) Enterprise Software
4 635 (3.14%) Fintech
5 609 (3.02%) User Experience
6 547 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
7 507 (2.51%) Management Information System
8 481 (2.38%) Mobile App
9 429 (2.12%) Clustering
10 371 (1.84%) Replication
11 307 (1.52%) Data Structures
12 302 (1.50%) Data Centre
13 281 (1.39%) Hedge funds
14 234 (1.16%) Algorithms
15 217 (1.07%) Equities
16 198 (0.98%) Fixed Income
17 197 (0.98%) Derivative
18 178 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 170 (0.84%) Tandem
20 166 (0.82%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 3,892 (19.27%) Windows
2 1,805 (8.94%) Windows Server
3 1,631 (8.07%) Linux
4 668 (3.31%) Unix
5 600 (2.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 547 (2.71%) Windows Server 2008
7 470 (2.33%) Android
8 393 (1.95%) Apple iOS
9 305 (1.51%) Windows 10
10 281 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 201 (1.00%) Windows 7
12 127 (0.63%) CentOS
13 93 (0.46%) Windows 8
14 90 (0.45%) Ubuntu
14 90 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
15 89 (0.44%) Solaris
16 74 (0.37%) AIX
17 66 (0.33%) Mac OS X
18 42 (0.21%) Mac OS
19 39 (0.19%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7,492 (37.09%) Agile Software Development
2 6,171 (30.55%) MVC
3 3,247 (16.08%) Business Intelligence
4 3,094 (15.32%) TDD
5 2,699 (13.36%) Scrum
6 2,389 (11.83%) Problem-Solving
7 1,956 (9.68%) ETL
8 1,870 (9.26%) Continuous Integration
9 1,675 (8.29%) OO
10 1,634 (8.09%) Web Application Development
11 1,583 (7.84%) Software Engineering
12 1,534 (7.59%) BDD
13 1,453 (7.19%) Web Development
14 1,346 (6.66%) SDLC
15 1,294 (6.41%) DevOps
16 1,285 (6.36%) Analytics
17 1,267 (6.27%) Test Automation
18 1,257 (6.22%) Computer Science
19 1,145 (5.67%) ITIL
20 1,101 (5.45%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 10,875 (53.84%) C#
2 10,491 (51.94%) SQL
3 6,420 (31.78%) JavaScript
4 3,863 (19.12%) T-SQL
5 1,983 (9.82%) Java
6 1,568 (7.76%) PowerShell
7 1,276 (6.32%) Python
8 900 (4.46%) VB.NET
9 624 (3.09%) PHP
10 618 (3.06%) Ruby
11 603 (2.99%) C++
12 501 (2.48%) VB
13 469 (2.32%) TypeScript
14 461 (2.28%) VBA
15 429 (2.12%) PL/SQL
16 257 (1.27%) Perl
17 254 (1.26%) C
18 230 (1.14%) Bash Shell
18 230 (1.14%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 224 (1.11%) R
Qualifications
1 2,459 (12.17%) Degree
2 653 (3.23%) Microsoft Certification
3 647 (3.20%) Computer Science Degree
4 407 (2.01%) Security Cleared
5 304 (1.51%) MCSE
6 258 (1.28%) SC Cleared
7 166 (0.82%) MCSA
8 161 (0.80%) Cisco Certification
9 127 (0.63%) CCNA
10 118 (0.58%) MCP
11 114 (0.56%) ISEB
12 105 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
13 104 (0.51%) ISTQB
14 72 (0.36%) CISSP
15 70 (0.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 65 (0.32%) MCITP
17 61 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
18 60 (0.30%) Master's Degree
19 59 (0.29%) DV Cleared
20 51 (0.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 708 (3.51%) QA
2 376 (1.86%) Data Quality
3 340 (1.68%) SLA
4 258 (1.28%) GDPR
5 173 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 75 (0.37%) PCI DSS
7 47 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
8 44 (0.22%) ISO 9001
9 42 (0.21%) PMO
10 31 (0.15%) HIPAA
11 26 (0.13%) HL7
12 23 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 22 (0.11%) MiFID
14 15 (0.074%) WAI
15 12 (0.059%) EMIR
15 12 (0.059%) ISO 14001
16 10 (0.050%) GAMP
16 10 (0.050%) IFRS
17 9 (0.045%) IFRS 9
18 7 (0.035%) FATCA
System Software
1 1,459 (7.22%) Active Directory
2 773 (3.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 625 (3.09%) Docker
4 603 (2.99%) Hyper-V
5 221 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
6 183 (0.91%) vSphere
7 158 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
8 133 (0.66%) XenApp
9 86 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
10 51 (0.25%) XenDesktop
11 46 (0.23%) HDFS
12 43 (0.21%) Firmware
13 36 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
14 34 (0.17%) BitLocker
15 33 (0.16%) Terminal Services
16 25 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
16 25 (0.12%) XenServer
17 24 (0.12%) NFS
18 23 (0.11%) Apache Flume
19 18 (0.089%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 346 (1.71%) Puppet
2 345 (1.71%) SCCM
3 318 (1.57%) Ansible
4 300 (1.49%) Opscode Chef
5 239 (1.18%) Kubernetes
6 148 (0.73%) SCOM
7 115 (0.57%) Kibana
8 113 (0.56%) Terraform
9 97 (0.48%) Microsoft Clustering
10 84 (0.42%) vCenter Server
11 81 (0.40%) Failover Clustering
12 80 (0.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 79 (0.39%) WSUS
14 70 (0.35%) Nagios
15 69 (0.34%) Perfmon
16 65 (0.32%) Salt
17 58 (0.29%) SCOrch
18 56 (0.28%) Backup Exec
19 52 (0.26%) Data Guard
19 52 (0.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 7,918 (39.20%) Microsoft
2 2,815 (13.94%) Oracle
3 1,159 (5.74%) VMware
4 819 (4.05%) Tableau
5 519 (2.57%) Google
6 486 (2.41%) Cisco
7 426 (2.11%) SAP
8 417 (2.06%) Citrix
9 319 (1.58%) Xamarin
10 274 (1.36%) Red Hat
11 242 (1.20%) Facebook
12 238 (1.18%) IBM
13 223 (1.10%) Sitecore
14 214 (1.06%) HP
15 196 (0.97%) ServiceNow
16 193 (0.96%) Cognos
17 188 (0.93%) Salesforce.com
18 171 (0.85%) Informatica
19 146 (0.72%) Veeam
20 144 (0.71%) Telerik