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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 26 May 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
26 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 43 27 17
Rank change year-on-year -16 -10 -2
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 10,968 7,891 10,062
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 6.67% 8.51% 10.98%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 23.95% 32.10% 40.90%
Number of salaries quoted 7,147 6,559 8,376
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £32,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,750 £38,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £68,750 £63,750 £65,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 45,793 24,581 24,599
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 27.85% 26.51% 26.85%
Number of salaries quoted 20,808 18,714 20,172
10th Percentile £36,250 £33,750 £32,500
25th Percentile £45,000 £41,250 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £80,000 £73,750 £72,500
90th Percentile £95,000 £88,750 £88,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £47,000
% change year-on-year +10.53% +1.06% +4.44%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SQL Server as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing SQL Server.

Salary trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SQL Server over the 6 months to 26 May 2022.

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 26 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -16 9,515 £55,000 +10.00% 1,389
UK excluding London -7 5,660 £47,500 +5.56% 1,012
Work from Home -18 5,136 £52,500 +5.00% 633
London -19 4,176 £65,000 +4.00% 461
South East -12 1,702 £50,000 - 268
North of England -13 1,377 £45,000 - 267
Midlands -8 904 £47,500 +11.76% 204
South West -1 702 £47,500 +5.56% 102
North West -23 679 £47,500 - 150
Yorkshire -5 594 £45,000 +3.45% 87
West Midlands -9 560 £47,500 +11.11% 133
East of England -4 475 £47,500 -4.04% 85
Scotland -27 351 £47,500 +5.56% 56
East Midlands -10 338 £45,500 +10.98% 71
Wales -15 122 £42,500 +16.44% 24
North East -6 106 £40,000 +5.26% 32
Northern Ireland -2 50 £41,500 +20.29% 9

For the 6 months to 26 May 2022, 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 6,278 (57.24%) SQL
2 5,505 (50.19%) Azure
3 5,292 (48.25%) .NET
4 5,169 (47.13%) Microsoft
5 4,987 (45.47%) C#
6 4,398 (40.10%) Agile
7 3,273 (29.84%) JavaScript
8 2,796 (25.49%) DevOps
9 2,781 (25.36%) Social Skills
10 2,527 (23.04%) ASP.NET
11 2,467 (22.49%) Finance
12 2,242 (20.44%) HTML
13 2,170 (19.78%) MVC
14 2,075 (18.92%) T-SQL
15 2,034 (18.54%) Problem-Solving
16 1,998 (18.22%) CSS
17 1,951 (17.79%) Windows
18 1,906 (17.38%) Business Intelligence
19 1,900 (17.32%) AWS
20 1,895 (17.28%) .NET Core
21 1,879 (17.13%) CI/CD
22 1,710 (15.59%) Git (software)
23 1,707 (15.56%) .NET Framework
24 1,687 (15.38%) Degree
25 1,642 (14.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
26 1,631 (14.87%) Python
27 1,538 (14.02%) Oracle
28 1,492 (13.60%) React
29 1,454 (13.26%) Scrum
30 1,431 (13.05%) Power Platform

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
1 611 (5.57%) IIS
2 562 (5.12%) SharePoint
3 348 (3.17%) Apache Spark
4 312 (2.84%) Elasticsearch
5 227 (2.07%) MS Exchange
6 212 (1.93%) Confluence
7 187 (1.70%) BizTalk Server
8 176 (1.60%) Apache
9 170 (1.55%) CMS
10 139 (1.27%) Tomcat
11 125 (1.14%) Umbraco
12 114 (1.04%) JBoss
13 65 (0.59%) WordPress
14 63 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
15 60 (0.55%) Apache Airflow
16 57 (0.52%) WebLogic
17 54 (0.49%) nginx
18 50 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
19 46 (0.42%) Skype for Business
20 43 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 608 (5.54%) Microsoft Excel
2 404 (3.68%) Microsoft Office
3 55 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 47 (0.43%) MS Visio
5 44 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
6 12 (0.11%) Chatbot
7 10 (0.091%) SPSS
8 9 (0.082%) AutoCAD
8 9 (0.082%) Photoshop
9 6 (0.055%) Campfire
9 6 (0.055%) Pipeline Pilot
10 5 (0.046%) Microsoft Project
11 3 (0.027%) FileZilla
12 2 (0.018%) InfoPath
13 1 (0.009%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.009%) MicroStation
13 1 (0.009%) SOLIDWORKS
13 1 (0.009%) SPSS Modeler
13 1 (0.009%) Stata
Business Applications
1 301 (2.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 48 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
3 44 (0.40%) Temenos T24
4 33 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
4 33 (0.30%) NetSuite
4 33 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
5 31 (0.28%) Maximo
6 25 (0.23%) SAP Business One
7 23 (0.21%) Sentinel
8 16 (0.15%) Academy Housing
9 13 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
10 11 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
11 10 (0.091%) Payment Gateway
12 7 (0.064%) Dynamics GP
13 6 (0.055%) FastStats
13 6 (0.055%) HiPortfolio
13 6 (0.055%) MetaTrader
13 6 (0.055%) Oracle EBS
13 6 (0.055%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 6 (0.055%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 5,505 (50.19%) Azure
2 1,900 (17.32%) AWS
3 1,431 (13.05%) Power Platform
4 766 (6.98%) Microsoft 365
5 725 (6.61%) SaaS
6 628 (5.73%) Serverless
7 517 (4.71%) PaaS
8 487 (4.44%) GCP
9 468 (4.27%) Azure Data Factory
10 393 (3.58%) GitHub
11 329 (3.00%) Dynamics 365
12 314 (2.86%) AWS Lambda
13 301 (2.74%) Azure Service Bus
14 297 (2.71%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 296 (2.70%) IaaS
16 286 (2.61%) OpenShift
17 248 (2.26%) Azure Active Directory
18 226 (2.06%) Azure Logic Apps
19 197 (1.80%) Cloud Functions
19 197 (1.80%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 428 (3.90%) Firewall
2 348 (3.17%) DNS
3 305 (2.78%) Internet
4 263 (2.40%) DHCP
5 192 (1.75%) SAN
6 190 (1.73%) VPN
7 149 (1.36%) WAN
8 137 (1.25%) TCP/IP
9 135 (1.23%) HTTP
10 128 (1.17%) LAN
11 72 (0.66%) SSL
12 63 (0.57%) VLAN
13 60 (0.55%) Network Security
14 56 (0.51%) NAS
15 55 (0.50%) SD-WAN
16 54 (0.49%) VoIP
17 48 (0.44%) Skype
18 43 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
19 41 (0.37%) Remote Desktop
20 36 (0.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,642 (14.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,358 (12.38%) Relational Database
3 1,294 (11.80%) MySQL
4 1,280 (11.67%) Data Warehouse
5 1,217 (11.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1,194 (10.89%) Power BI
7 1,071 (9.76%) PostgreSQL
8 842 (7.68%) NoSQL
9 692 (6.31%) MongoDB
10 615 (5.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 490 (4.47%) Data Lake
12 474 (4.32%) Azure SQL Database
13 431 (3.93%) Big Data
14 419 (3.82%) RDBMS
15 387 (3.53%) Tableau
16 309 (2.82%) Apache Cassandra
17 297 (2.71%) Oracle Database
18 285 (2.60%) Redis
19 198 (1.81%) Flink
20 173 (1.58%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1,710 (15.59%) Git (software)
2 763 (6.96%) JIRA
3 748 (6.82%) Visual Studio
4 460 (4.19%) Jenkins
5 451 (4.11%) Team Foundation Server
6 333 (3.04%) NUnit
7 314 (2.86%) Selenium
8 313 (2.85%) Octopus Deploy
9 303 (2.76%) Maven
10 266 (2.43%) Subversion
11 257 (2.34%) TeamCity
12 236 (2.15%) Gradle
13 214 (1.95%) GitLab
14 208 (1.90%) Ant
15 204 (1.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 176 (1.60%) Moq
17 171 (1.56%) Bitbucket
17 171 (1.56%) SpecFlow
18 139 (1.27%) JUnit
19 132 (1.20%) webpack
General
1 2,781 (25.36%) Social Skills
2 2,467 (22.49%) Finance
3 1,228 (11.20%) Analytical Skills
4 565 (5.15%) Manufacturing
5 485 (4.42%) Retail
6 455 (4.15%) Marketing
7 440 (4.01%) Public Sector
8 427 (3.89%) Banking
9 288 (2.63%) Law
10 282 (2.57%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 243 (2.22%) Legal
12 215 (1.96%) Games
13 213 (1.94%) Organisational Skills
14 208 (1.90%) Telecoms
15 175 (1.60%) Advertising
16 158 (1.44%) Back Office
17 157 (1.43%) Publishing
18 154 (1.40%) Influencing Skills
19 153 (1.39%) Presentation Skills
20 151 (1.38%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4,955 (45.18%) Developer
2 1,745 (15.91%) .NET Developer
3 1,190 (10.85%) Senior Developer
4 1,092 (9.96%) Analyst
5 939 (8.56%) C# Developer
6 889 (8.11%) Software Developer
7 638 (5.82%) SQL Developer
8 633 (5.77%) Software Engineer
9 606 (5.53%) Full Stack Developer
10 602 (5.49%) C# .NET Developer
11 582 (5.31%) Data Engineer
12 561 (5.11%) DBA
13 430 (3.92%) Architect
14 401 (3.66%) Senior .NET Developer
15 373 (3.40%) Applications Support
16 337 (3.07%) Administrator
17 322 (2.94%) SQL DBA
18 311 (2.84%) Business Intelligence Developer
19 287 (2.62%) .NET Software Developer
20 275 (2.51%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5,292 (48.25%) .NET
2 2,527 (23.04%) ASP.NET
3 2,242 (20.44%) HTML
4 1,998 (18.22%) CSS
5 1,895 (17.28%) .NET Core
6 1,707 (15.56%) .NET Framework
7 1,492 (13.60%) React
8 1,347 (12.28%) AngularJS
9 1,104 (10.07%) ASP.NET Web API
10 991 (9.04%) Entity Framework
11 956 (8.72%) ASP.NET MVC
12 887 (8.09%) REST
13 885 (8.07%) RESTful
14 877 (8.00%) Web Services
15 825 (7.52%) jQuery
16 713 (6.50%) XML
17 635 (5.79%) HTML5
18 522 (4.76%) JSON
19 491 (4.48%) Node.js
20 467 (4.26%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 602 (5.49%) Self-Motivation
2 463 (4.22%) User Experience
3 455 (4.15%) Data Structures
4 381 (3.47%) Enterprise Software
5 370 (3.37%) Algorithms
6 356 (3.25%) Greenfield Project
7 318 (2.90%) Mobile App
8 299 (2.73%) Management Information System
9 251 (2.29%) Linux Command Line
10 250 (2.28%) Life Science
11 233 (2.12%) Replication
12 219 (2.00%) Virtual Team
13 214 (1.95%) Public Cloud
14 189 (1.72%) Cloud Native
15 166 (1.51%) Data Centre
16 159 (1.45%) Clustering
17 133 (1.21%) IoT
18 94 (0.86%) Sports Betting
19 86 (0.78%) Legacy Systems
20 78 (0.71%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1,951 (17.79%) Windows
2 946 (8.63%) Windows Server
3 811 (7.39%) Linux
4 494 (4.50%) Unix
5 181 (1.65%) Windows Server 2012
6 175 (1.60%) Windows 10
7 164 (1.50%) Windows Server 2016
8 157 (1.43%) Android
9 154 (1.40%) Windows Server 2019
10 136 (1.24%) Apple iOS
11 113 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 95 (0.87%) Windows Server 2008
13 69 (0.63%) Windows 7
14 62 (0.57%) Solaris
15 57 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
16 36 (0.33%) AIX
17 35 (0.32%) CentOS
18 34 (0.31%) Windows XP
19 28 (0.26%) Ubuntu
20 21 (0.19%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,398 (40.10%) Agile
2 2,796 (25.49%) DevOps
3 2,170 (19.78%) MVC
4 2,034 (18.54%) Problem-Solving
5 1,906 (17.38%) Business Intelligence
6 1,879 (17.13%) CI/CD
7 1,454 (13.26%) Scrum
8 1,289 (11.75%) ETL
9 1,276 (11.63%) Full Stack Development
10 1,261 (11.50%) Software Engineering
11 1,238 (11.29%) Test Automation
12 1,186 (10.81%) Analytics
13 1,127 (10.28%) Microservices
14 1,073 (9.78%) Mentoring
15 1,065 (9.71%) TDD
16 958 (8.73%) Computer Science
17 864 (7.88%) SDLC
18 859 (7.83%) OO
19 815 (7.43%) Data Modelling
20 726 (6.62%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 6,278 (57.24%) SQL
2 4,987 (45.47%) C#
3 3,273 (29.84%) JavaScript
4 2,075 (18.92%) T-SQL
5 1,631 (14.87%) Python
6 1,334 (12.16%) PowerShell
7 1,204 (10.98%) Java
8 789 (7.19%) TypeScript
9 492 (4.49%) PHP
10 360 (3.28%) Shell Script
11 287 (2.62%) Bash
12 269 (2.45%) Ruby
13 263 (2.40%) Perl
14 231 (2.11%) VB.NET
15 221 (2.01%) PL/SQL
16 218 (1.99%) VB
17 183 (1.67%) C++
18 181 (1.65%) VBA
19 161 (1.47%) Scala
20 137 (1.25%) C
Qualifications
1 1,687 (15.38%) Degree
2 501 (4.57%) Computer Science Degree
3 445 (4.06%) Microsoft Certification
4 331 (3.02%) Security Cleared
5 257 (2.34%) SC Cleared
6 124 (1.13%) DBS Check
7 97 (0.88%) ISTQB
7 97 (0.88%) MCSE
8 96 (0.88%) Master's Degree
9 93 (0.85%) MCSA
10 78 (0.71%) ISEB
11 74 (0.67%) TOGAF Certification
12 73 (0.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 67 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
14 59 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
15 56 (0.51%) DV Cleared
16 47 (0.43%) CCNA
17 37 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
18 32 (0.29%) AWS Certification
18 32 (0.29%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 882 (8.04%) QA
2 315 (2.87%) Data Quality
3 268 (2.44%) SLA
4 181 (1.65%) GDPR
5 114 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 105 (0.96%) Accessibility
7 38 (0.35%) ISO 9001
8 36 (0.33%) PCI DSS
9 29 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
10 22 (0.20%) FATCA
10 22 (0.20%) NIST
11 17 (0.15%) HIPAA
11 17 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 14 (0.13%) GRC
13 11 (0.10%) HL7
14 10 (0.091%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 8 (0.073%) SOC 2
15 8 (0.073%) WCAG
16 7 (0.064%) NCSC
17 5 (0.046%) JSP 440
System Software
1 1,173 (10.69%) Docker
2 900 (8.21%) Active Directory
3 380 (3.46%) VMware Infrastructure
4 241 (2.20%) Hyper-V
5 133 (1.21%) Virtual Machines
6 110 (1.00%) vSphere
7 101 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
8 95 (0.87%) Virtual Servers
9 59 (0.54%) Oracle RAC
10 44 (0.40%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 32 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 29 (0.26%) XenApp
13 23 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
14 15 (0.14%) Oracle Clusterware
15 13 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
16 12 (0.11%) BitLocker
17 11 (0.10%) Terminal Services
18 9 (0.082%) Apache Flume
18 9 (0.082%) Firmware
18 9 (0.082%) KVM
Systems Management
1 1,089 (9.93%) Kubernetes
2 456 (4.16%) Terraform
3 253 (2.31%) Ansible
4 199 (1.81%) SCCM
5 124 (1.13%) Microsoft Intune
6 117 (1.07%) Puppet
7 115 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
8 95 (0.87%) Grafana
9 61 (0.56%) Prometheus
10 57 (0.52%) Data Guard
11 54 (0.49%) HAProxy
12 53 (0.48%) Single Sign-On
13 48 (0.44%) Failover Clustering
13 48 (0.44%) MIIS
14 46 (0.42%) Kibana
15 44 (0.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
16 41 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
16 41 (0.37%) WSUS
17 40 (0.36%) Backup Exec
18 38 (0.35%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 5,169 (47.13%) Microsoft
2 1,538 (14.02%) Oracle
3 568 (5.18%) Google
4 560 (5.11%) VMware
5 265 (2.42%) SAP
6 250 (2.28%) Salesforce.com
7 243 (2.22%) Databricks
8 228 (2.08%) Cisco
9 176 (1.60%) Xamarin
10 175 (1.60%) Citrix
11 149 (1.36%) IBM
12 147 (1.34%) Veeam
13 135 (1.23%) Red Hat
14 134 (1.22%) Northgate
15 133 (1.21%) NEC
16 122 (1.11%) HP
17 109 (0.99%) Sitecore
18 97 (0.88%) Sybase
19 96 (0.88%) Informatica
20 91 (0.83%) Dell