Period
to 22 November 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 22 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 11 11 6
Rank change year-on-year 0 -5 -1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 25397 27539 34614
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.06% 14.48% 16.04%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 46.51% 48.80% 50.92%
Number of salaries quoted 22159 24647 30833
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 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.25% - +3.90%

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 54610 56430 67973
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.24% 29.67% 31.50%
Number of salaries quoted 44953 48258 57223
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £30,000 £29,000 £28,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +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 22 November 2017.

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 22 November 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 23778 £45,000 - 1587
UK excluding London -1 16076 £40,500 +1.25% 1199
London 0 8861 £55,000 +1.85% 460
South East 0 5074 £42,500 - 335
North of England -4 3970 £40,000 - 355
Midlands +1 2440 £40,000 +3.90% 194
North West -3 2252 £40,000 - 180
South West +3 1748 £40,000 +3.90% 117
East of England 0 1660 £45,000 +5.88% 125
West Midlands 0 1524 £40,000 +6.67% 92
Yorkshire -1 1485 £42,000 +5.00% 140
East Midlands -2 915 £38,500 -3.75% 100
Scotland +1 812 £40,000 - 50
Wales +1 314 £37,500 +4.17% 18
North East -1 227 £35,690 -10.78% 35
Northern Ireland +2 86 £35,000 -12.50% 5
Isle of Man -6 6 £50,000 +29.03%
Channel Islands -8 1 £65,000 +30.00%

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 13940 (54.89%) .NET
2 13446 (52.94%) C#
3 12790 (50.36%) SQL
4 10147 (39.95%) Agile Software Development
5 9623 (37.89%) Microsoft
6 9060 (35.67%) ASP.NET
7 8745 (34.43%) MVC
8 7628 (30.04%) JavaScript
9 6427 (25.31%) HTML
10 5872 (23.12%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5490 (21.62%) CSS
12 5428 (21.37%) Windows
13 5406 (21.29%) Finance
14 5171 (20.36%) TDD
15 4776 (18.81%) T-SQL
16 4170 (16.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 4114 (16.20%) AngularJS
18 4042 (15.92%) Business Intelligence
19 3999 (15.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 3799 (14.96%) .NET Framework
21 3786 (14.91%) Scrum
22 3759 (14.80%) Microsoft Azure
23 3749 (14.76%) ASP.NET Web API
24 3577 (14.08%) WCF
25 3377 (13.30%) jQuery
26 3345 (13.17%) Oracle
27 3071 (12.09%) Degree
28 3002 (11.82%) Web Services
29 2700 (10.63%) Web Application Development
30 2679 (10.55%) ASP.NET MVC 5

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 1704 (6.71%) IIS
2 1413 (5.56%) SharePoint
3 830 (3.27%) MS Exchange
4 659 (2.59%) CMS
5 552 (2.17%) Apache
6 531 (2.09%) Tomcat
7 497 (1.96%) BizTalk Server
8 476 (1.87%) Elasticsearch
9 343 (1.35%) Umbraco
10 273 (1.07%) JBoss
11 264 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2010
12 262 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
13 222 (0.87%) Apache Spark
14 220 (0.87%) Confluence
15 218 (0.86%) WebSphere
16 215 (0.85%) Sitecore CMS
17 193 (0.76%) SAS
18 189 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2013
19 188 (0.74%) WebLogic
20 182 (0.72%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1127 (4.44%) Microsoft Excel
2 718 (2.83%) Microsoft Office
3 122 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 99 (0.39%) MS Visio
5 68 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
6 54 (0.21%) SPSS
7 50 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 40 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
9 19 (0.075%) Adobe Illustrator
10 17 (0.067%) InfoPath
11 8 (0.031%) Chatbot
12 6 (0.024%) SOLIDWORKS
13 5 (0.020%) S-PLUS
14 4 (0.016%) EngageOne
15 3 (0.012%) Stata
16 2 (0.008%) SPSS Modeler
17 1 (0.004%) AutoCAD
17 1 (0.004%) Fireworks
17 1 (0.004%) GNU Octave
17 1 (0.004%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 476 (1.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 233 (0.92%) Dynamics AX
3 167 (0.66%) Dynamics NAV
4 72 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
5 52 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 52 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
6 35 (0.14%) Adobe Campaign
7 31 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
8 26 (0.10%) SAP BPC
9 25 (0.098%) Markit EDM
10 23 (0.091%) SAP Hybris
10 23 (0.091%) Visualfiles
11 21 (0.083%) JDE EnterpriseOne
11 21 (0.083%) NetSuite
12 20 (0.079%) Eloqua
12 20 (0.079%) Magento
12 20 (0.079%) Oracle Applications
12 20 (0.079%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 19 (0.075%) MetaTrader
14 18 (0.071%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 3759 (14.80%) Microsoft Azure
2 1727 (6.80%) Amazon AWS
3 763 (3.00%) Office 365
4 692 (2.72%) SaaS
5 366 (1.44%) GitHub
6 303 (1.19%) IaaS
7 282 (1.11%) PaaS
8 243 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
9 143 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
10 133 (0.52%) Dynamics 365
11 113 (0.44%) Google Play
12 107 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
13 100 (0.39%) Azure Data Factory
14 95 (0.37%) npm
15 86 (0.34%) Amazon EC2
16 83 (0.33%) Azure Machine Learning
17 64 (0.25%) Google Analytics
18 59 (0.23%) Amazon S3
19 51 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
20 43 (0.17%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 894 (3.52%) Firewall
2 890 (3.50%) Internet
3 622 (2.45%) DNS
4 572 (2.25%) SAN
5 468 (1.84%) TCP/IP
6 409 (1.61%) DHCP
7 408 (1.61%) WAN
8 362 (1.43%) LAN
9 342 (1.35%) VPN
10 277 (1.09%) HTTP
11 196 (0.77%) VoIP
12 188 (0.74%) Intranet
13 182 (0.72%) VLAN
14 155 (0.61%) SSL
15 139 (0.55%) Skype
16 127 (0.50%) Broadband
17 111 (0.44%) SMS
18 107 (0.42%) NAS
19 101 (0.40%) Network Security
20 97 (0.38%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4170 (16.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3999 (15.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2425 (9.55%) Data Warehouse
4 2373 (9.34%) SQL Server 2014
5 2324 (9.15%) SQL Server 2016
6 2224 (8.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 2174 (8.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1964 (7.73%) NoSQL
9 1802 (7.10%) MySQL
10 1793 (7.06%) SQL Server 2012
11 1782 (7.02%) Relational Database
12 1134 (4.47%) Power BI
13 1119 (4.41%) MongoDB
14 701 (2.76%) Big Data
15 666 (2.62%) RDBMS
16 607 (2.39%) Oracle Database
17 573 (2.26%) PostgreSQL
18 564 (2.22%) SQL Server 2005
19 540 (2.13%) QlikView
20 476 (1.87%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 2386 (9.39%) Git (software)
2 2381 (9.38%) Visual Studio
3 1996 (7.86%) Team Foundation Server
4 1261 (4.97%) NUnit
5 964 (3.80%) JIRA
6 914 (3.60%) Subversion
7 869 (3.42%) TeamCity
8 669 (2.63%) Rhino Mocks
9 639 (2.52%) Jenkins
10 586 (2.31%) Moq
11 508 (2.00%) Octopus Deploy
12 487 (1.92%) Selenium
13 472 (1.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 402 (1.58%) MSTest
15 239 (0.94%) Maven
16 224 (0.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 217 (0.85%) SpecFlow
18 199 (0.78%) JUnit
19 192 (0.76%) Bitbucket
20 138 (0.54%) Hudson
General
1 5406 (21.29%) Finance
2 1586 (6.24%) Banking
3 1138 (4.48%) Retail
4 955 (3.76%) Marketing
5 797 (3.14%) Games
6 775 (3.05%) Advertising
7 583 (2.30%) Investment Banking
8 578 (2.28%) Telecoms
9 464 (1.83%) Manufacturing
10 440 (1.73%) Legal
11 337 (1.33%) Front Office
12 324 (1.28%) Retail Banking
13 294 (1.16%) Back Office
14 264 (1.04%) Law
15 259 (1.02%) Electronics
16 199 (0.78%) Financial Institution
17 189 (0.74%) Music Industry
18 140 (0.55%) Publishing
19 129 (0.51%) Automotive
20 98 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 15360 (60.48%) Developer
2 7944 (31.28%) .NET Developer
3 5422 (21.35%) C# Developer
4 3825 (15.06%) C# .NET Developer
5 2652 (10.44%) SQL Developer
6 2320 (9.13%) Senior Developer
7 2272 (8.95%) Analyst
8 2159 (8.50%) ASP.NET Developer
9 2151 (8.47%) Software Developer
10 1905 (7.50%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1458 (5.74%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 1446 (5.69%) DBA
13 1225 (4.82%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 1165 (4.59%) .NET Software Developer
15 1162 (4.58%) Senior .NET Developer
16 1112 (4.38%) C# Software Developer
17 1106 (4.35%) SQL DBA
18 943 (3.71%) Junior
19 938 (3.69%) Web Developer
20 918 (3.61%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13940 (54.89%) .NET
2 9060 (35.67%) ASP.NET
3 6427 (25.31%) HTML
4 5872 (23.12%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5490 (21.62%) CSS
6 4114 (16.20%) AngularJS
7 3799 (14.96%) .NET Framework
8 3749 (14.76%) ASP.NET Web API
9 3577 (14.08%) WCF
10 3377 (13.30%) jQuery
11 3002 (11.82%) Web Services
12 2679 (10.55%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 2453 (9.66%) RESTful
14 2342 (9.22%) Entity Framework
15 2214 (8.72%) HTML5
16 2029 (7.99%) XML
17 2004 (7.89%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 1988 (7.83%) WPF
19 1876 (7.39%) Node.js
20 1485 (5.85%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 1829 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
2 1745 (6.87%) Computer Science
3 1560 (6.14%) Greenfield Project
4 825 (3.25%) Enterprise Software
5 763 (3.00%) User Experience
6 625 (2.46%) Fintech
7 619 (2.44%) Clustering
8 598 (2.35%) Management Information System
9 554 (2.18%) Mobile App
10 496 (1.95%) Replication
11 347 (1.37%) Data Centre
12 307 (1.21%) Client/Server
13 279 (1.10%) Data Structures
14 261 (1.03%) Hedge funds
15 215 (0.85%) Algorithms
16 197 (0.78%) Tandem
17 188 (0.74%) Social Network
18 185 (0.73%) N-Tier
19 173 (0.68%) Social Media
20 170 (0.67%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 5428 (21.37%) Windows
2 2350 (9.25%) Windows Server
3 1812 (7.13%) Linux
4 911 (3.59%) Windows Server 2012
5 869 (3.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 802 (3.16%) Unix
7 511 (2.01%) Windows 7
8 499 (1.96%) Android
9 402 (1.58%) Windows 10
10 364 (1.43%) Apple iOS
11 251 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
12 173 (0.68%) Windows 8
13 164 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 163 (0.64%) Solaris
15 126 (0.50%) CentOS
16 116 (0.46%) Ubuntu
17 64 (0.25%) Windows XP
18 55 (0.22%) Mac OS X
19 47 (0.19%) AIX
20 40 (0.16%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10147 (39.95%) Agile Software Development
2 8745 (34.43%) MVC
3 5171 (20.36%) TDD
4 4042 (15.92%) Business Intelligence
5 3786 (14.91%) Scrum
6 2700 (10.63%) Web Application Development
7 2665 (10.49%) BDD
8 2441 (9.61%) OO
9 2345 (9.23%) Web Development
10 2206 (8.69%) ETL
11 2135 (8.41%) Continuous Integration
12 1855 (7.30%) Software Engineering
13 1785 (7.03%) SDLC
14 1511 (5.95%) Unit Testing
15 1505 (5.93%) ITIL
16 1420 (5.59%) DevOps
17 1379 (5.43%) Test Automation
18 1371 (5.40%) Analytics
19 1340 (5.28%) Performance Tuning
20 1242 (4.89%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 13446 (52.94%) C#
2 12790 (50.36%) SQL
3 7628 (30.04%) JavaScript
4 4776 (18.81%) T-SQL
5 2372 (9.34%) Java
6 1598 (6.29%) PowerShell
7 1430 (5.63%) VB.NET
8 1286 (5.06%) Ruby
9 1012 (3.98%) Python
10 812 (3.20%) VB
11 712 (2.80%) PHP
12 577 (2.27%) C++
13 476 (1.87%) VBA
14 432 (1.70%) PL/SQL
15 431 (1.70%) TypeScript
16 341 (1.34%) C
17 325 (1.28%) Shell Script
18 310 (1.22%) R
19 242 (0.95%) Bash Shell
20 228 (0.90%) Perl
Qualifications
1 3071 (12.09%) Degree
2 1017 (4.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 784 (3.09%) Computer Science Degree
4 428 (1.69%) Security Cleared
5 399 (1.57%) MCSE
6 263 (1.04%) MCSA
7 252 (0.99%) SC Cleared
8 216 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
9 195 (0.77%) CCNA
10 186 (0.73%) MCP
11 123 (0.48%) MCITP
11 123 (0.48%) MCSD
12 121 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
13 109 (0.43%) ISEB
14 106 (0.42%) Numerate Degree
15 104 (0.41%) MCTS
15 104 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 87 (0.34%) Master's Degree
17 81 (0.32%) MCAD
17 81 (0.32%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1036 (4.08%) QA
2 514 (2.02%) SLA
3 407 (1.60%) Data Quality
4 195 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 130 (0.51%) PCI DSS
6 105 (0.41%) ISO 9001
7 103 (0.41%) GDPR
8 48 (0.19%) PMO
8 48 (0.19%) SEPA
9 37 (0.15%) COBIT
10 30 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
11 21 (0.083%) MiFID
12 20 (0.079%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 17 (0.067%) EMIR
14 16 (0.063%) Cyber Essentials
15 15 (0.059%) HL7
16 13 (0.051%) GAMP
17 12 (0.047%) RosettaNet
18 11 (0.043%) Basel III
18 11 (0.043%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1794 (7.06%) Active Directory
2 1007 (3.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 626 (2.46%) Hyper-V
4 466 (1.83%) Docker
5 301 (1.19%) vSphere
6 291 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
7 183 (0.72%) XenApp
8 143 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
9 109 (0.43%) XenDesktop
10 97 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
11 58 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
12 54 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
13 52 (0.20%) HDFS
14 47 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
15 41 (0.16%) Terminal Services
16 37 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
17 35 (0.14%) KVM
18 25 (0.098%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 24 (0.094%) BitLocker
20 22 (0.087%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 438 (1.72%) Puppet
2 408 (1.61%) SCCM
3 335 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
4 312 (1.23%) Ansible
5 210 (0.83%) Kibana
6 191 (0.75%) SCOM
7 181 (0.71%) WSUS
8 133 (0.52%) Nagios
9 127 (0.50%) Microsoft Clustering
10 117 (0.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 115 (0.45%) Backup Exec
12 107 (0.42%) vCenter Server
13 101 (0.40%) Business Desktop Deployment
14 75 (0.30%) Opsview
15 73 (0.29%) Oracle RMAN
15 73 (0.29%) ZABBIX
16 70 (0.28%) Kubernetes
17 67 (0.26%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 57 (0.22%) Failover Clustering
19 56 (0.22%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9623 (37.89%) Microsoft
2 3345 (13.17%) Oracle
3 1558 (6.13%) VMware
4 780 (3.07%) Tableau
5 710 (2.80%) Cisco
6 668 (2.63%) Google
7 591 (2.33%) SAP
8 537 (2.11%) Citrix
9 445 (1.75%) Facebook
10 434 (1.71%) IBM
11 385 (1.52%) Sybase
12 356 (1.40%) HP
13 336 (1.32%) Cognos
14 304 (1.20%) Sitecore
15 268 (1.06%) Xamarin
16 226 (0.89%) Splunk
17 206 (0.81%) Informatica
18 191 (0.75%) Red Hat
19 185 (0.73%) Apple
20 167 (0.66%) EMC