Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK

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 May 2024 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
24 May 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 42 57 46
Rank change year-on-year +15 -11 -18
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 5,054 5,246 10,988
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 4.99% 5.35% 6.70%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 27.66% 24.91% 23.81%
Number of salaries quoted 4,429 4,137 7,160
10th Percentile £35,000 £36,250 £32,500
25th Percentile £42,500 £45,000 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,500 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year -0.90% +0.91% +10.00%
75th Percentile £67,500 £73,750 £68,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,000 £51,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +0.97% +8.42% +5.56%

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
UK

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.

Permanent vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 18,273 21,063 46,152
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 18.04% 21.48% 28.13%
Number of salaries quoted 12,520 13,128 21,057
10th Percentile £35,000 £37,500 £36,250
25th Percentile £42,725 £47,500 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £65,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -11.54% +8.33% +9.09%
75th Percentile £77,500 £82,500 £80,000
90th Percentile £97,500 £103,750 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year -4.55% +4.76% +10.53%

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 24 May 2024.

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 24 May 2024. 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 +21 4,630 £55,000 -3.51% 1,215
UK excluding London +19 3,671 £52,000 +0.97% 891
Work from Home +20 2,657 £55,000 -1.79% 901
London -1 1,220 £65,000 -5.55% 481
North of England +37 965 £50,000 - 226
South East +12 864 £55,000 - 267
Midlands +30 734 £50,000 - 176
North West +36 547 £50,000 - 120
West Midlands +25 472 £52,500 +5.00% 103
South West +10 411 £52,500 +5.00% 94
East of England +29 403 £47,500 -12.04% 74
Yorkshire +33 302 £50,000 - 66
East Midlands +34 262 £47,500 +5.56% 73
Scotland -38 194 £52,500 +10.53% 46
North East +40 116 £47,500 +5.56% 42
Wales +24 76 £48,750 +13.37% 13
Northern Ireland -10 29 £50,000 - 15

SQL Server
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 279 (5.52%) SharePoint
2 249 (4.93%) IIS
3 223 (4.41%) Microsoft Exchange
4 119 (2.35%) CMS
5 63 (1.25%) Apache
6 51 (1.01%) Umbraco
7 42 (0.83%) Apache Spark
8 23 (0.46%) Confluence
9 22 (0.44%) WordPress
10 21 (0.42%) WebSphere
11 20 (0.40%) Tomcat
12 19 (0.38%) Sitecore CMS
13 16 (0.32%) EPiServer
14 15 (0.30%) Apache Solr
14 15 (0.30%) ArcGIS
14 15 (0.30%) JBoss
15 13 (0.26%) Kentico
15 13 (0.26%) SAS
16 12 (0.24%) WebLogic
17 10 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 205 (4.06%) Microsoft Excel
2 153 (3.03%) Microsoft Office
3 23 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (0.42%) Photoshop
5 17 (0.34%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.28%) Chatbot
7 7 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (0.099%) Microsoft Project
9 3 (0.059%) Adobe XD
9 3 (0.059%) S-PLUS
9 3 (0.059%) SPSS
10 1 (0.020%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.020%) MicroStation
10 1 (0.020%) PTC Creo
10 1 (0.020%) SOLIDWORKS
10 1 (0.020%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 118 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (0.85%) Endur
3 42 (0.83%) NEC Housing
4 34 (0.67%) SDL Web 8
5 20 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
6 17 (0.34%) Fidessa
7 14 (0.28%) Elite 3E
7 14 (0.28%) PlanetPress Connect
8 12 (0.24%) Epicor Tropos
9 11 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
9 11 (0.22%) Sage 200
9 11 (0.22%) SAP Business One
9 11 (0.22%) Shopify
10 10 (0.20%) Maximo
10 10 (0.20%) Sage X3
11 8 (0.16%) Teamcenter
12 7 (0.14%) SAP S/4HANA
13 6 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
13 6 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
13 6 (0.12%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 2,864 (56.67%) Azure
2 819 (16.20%) Power Platform
3 811 (16.05%) AWS
4 590 (11.67%) Azure DevOps
5 388 (7.68%) Microsoft 365
6 206 (4.08%) SaaS
7 164 (3.24%) Azure Data Factory
8 148 (2.93%) GCP
9 110 (2.18%) PaaS
9 110 (2.18%) Serverless
10 109 (2.16%) PowerApps
11 107 (2.12%) GitHub
12 98 (1.94%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 96 (1.90%) Azure Synapse Analytics
13 96 (1.90%) Power Automate
14 95 (1.88%) Dynamics 365
15 94 (1.86%) Entra ID
16 92 (1.82%) Snowflake
17 87 (1.72%) IaaS
18 75 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 258 (5.10%) Firewall
2 210 (4.16%) DNS
3 164 (3.24%) Internet
4 117 (2.31%) SAN
4 117 (2.31%) WAN
5 103 (2.04%) DHCP
6 100 (1.98%) TCP/IP
7 90 (1.78%) VPN
8 89 (1.76%) Broadband
9 69 (1.37%) LAN
10 47 (0.93%) Wi-Fi
11 43 (0.85%) VoIP
12 41 (0.81%) HTTP
13 39 (0.77%) SSL
14 30 (0.59%) Wireless
15 29 (0.57%) NAS
15 29 (0.57%) Network Security
16 23 (0.46%) VLAN
17 22 (0.44%) SD-WAN
18 18 (0.36%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 755 (14.94%) Power BI
2 566 (11.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 471 (9.32%) Data Warehouse
4 426 (8.43%) Relational Database
5 413 (8.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 391 (7.74%) Azure SQL Database
7 337 (6.67%) MongoDB
8 302 (5.98%) MySQL
9 298 (5.90%) Elasticsearch
10 267 (5.28%) PostgreSQL
11 195 (3.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 178 (3.52%) Data Lake
13 156 (3.09%) NoSQL
14 121 (2.39%) Oracle Database
15 111 (2.20%) RDBMS
16 90 (1.78%) Tableau
17 78 (1.54%) DB2
18 67 (1.33%) Amazon RDS
19 59 (1.17%) Big Data
19 59 (1.17%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 474 (9.38%) Git
2 290 (5.74%) Visual Studio
3 228 (4.51%) JIRA
4 103 (2.04%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 86 (1.70%) NUnit
6 72 (1.42%) GitLab
7 70 (1.39%) Moq
8 65 (1.29%) TeamCity
9 62 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
10 61 (1.21%) Jenkins
11 55 (1.09%) Jasmine
12 43 (0.85%) Karma Test Runner
13 37 (0.73%) Visual Studio Code
14 35 (0.69%) Octopus Deploy
15 34 (0.67%) Selenium
16 30 (0.59%) SpecFlow
17 29 (0.57%) MSTest
17 29 (0.57%) Postman
18 25 (0.49%) Oracle Forms
19 24 (0.47%) Bitbucket
General
1 1,247 (24.67%) Social Skills
2 884 (17.49%) Finance
3 449 (8.88%) Analytical Skills
4 275 (5.44%) Retail
5 197 (3.90%) Public Sector
6 195 (3.86%) Marketing
7 183 (3.62%) Law
8 154 (3.05%) Manufacturing
9 148 (2.93%) Games
10 141 (2.79%) Banking
11 137 (2.71%) Legal
12 127 (2.51%) Inclusion and Diversity
13 96 (1.90%) Organisational Skills
14 91 (1.80%) Back Office
15 85 (1.68%) Local Government
16 79 (1.56%) Advertising
17 50 (0.99%) Documentation Skills
18 47 (0.93%) Police
19 46 (0.91%) Presentation Skills
20 45 (0.89%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 2,456 (48.60%) Developer
2 1,214 (24.02%) .NET Developer
3 703 (13.91%) Senior
4 664 (13.14%) C# Developer
5 438 (8.67%) C# .NET Developer
6 382 (7.56%) Software Developer
7 374 (7.40%) Lead
8 365 (7.22%) Analyst
9 345 (6.83%) Senior Developer
10 303 (6.00%) DBA
11 272 (5.38%) Data Engineer
12 218 (4.31%) Consultant
13 216 (4.27%) Support Engineer
14 206 (4.08%) Full Stack Developer
14 206 (4.08%) Software Engineer
15 180 (3.56%) Administrator
15 180 (3.56%) SQL DBA
16 136 (2.69%) Senior C# Developer
16 136 (2.69%) Support Analyst
17 131 (2.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,465 (48.77%) .NET
2 1,470 (29.09%) ASP.NET
3 1,140 (22.56%) .NET Core
4 1,114 (22.04%) AngularJS
5 1,076 (21.29%) HTML
6 961 (19.01%) ASP.NET MVC
7 921 (18.22%) .NET Framework
8 873 (17.27%) Entity Framework
9 841 (16.64%) ASP.NET Web API
10 827 (16.36%) CSS
11 725 (14.35%) React
12 507 (10.03%) HTML5
13 498 (9.85%) Vue
14 402 (7.95%) RESTful
15 350 (6.93%) Web Services
16 332 (6.57%) Node.js
17 318 (6.29%) REST
18 296 (5.86%) jQuery
19 284 (5.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 259 (5.12%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 238 (4.71%) Greenfield Project
2 232 (4.59%) Self-Motivation
3 168 (3.32%) Management Information System
4 156 (3.09%) Public Cloud
5 138 (2.73%) Enterprise Software
6 135 (2.67%) Replication
7 124 (2.45%) Data Structures
8 117 (2.31%) Mobile App
9 106 (2.10%) Clustering
10 94 (1.86%) Cloud Native
11 85 (1.68%) Product Ownership
12 63 (1.25%) Driving Licence
13 59 (1.17%) Legacy Systems
14 54 (1.07%) Data Centre
14 54 (1.07%) NHS
15 53 (1.05%) Algorithms
16 51 (1.01%) Reinsurance
17 43 (0.85%) Social Media
18 42 (0.83%) Swaptions
19 39 (0.77%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 845 (16.72%) Windows
2 398 (7.87%) Linux
3 378 (7.48%) Windows Server
4 110 (2.18%) VMS
5 108 (2.14%) Unix
6 83 (1.64%) Windows 10
7 82 (1.62%) Windows Server 2019
8 78 (1.54%) Windows Server 2016
9 69 (1.37%) Android
10 50 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
11 45 (0.89%) CentOS
12 39 (0.77%) Ubuntu
13 29 (0.57%) Solaris
14 27 (0.53%) AIX
15 24 (0.47%) zOS
16 23 (0.46%) Windows Server 2008
17 21 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 17 (0.34%) Apple iOS
19 16 (0.32%) Windows 7
20 14 (0.28%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,814 (35.89%) Agile
2 1,247 (24.67%) MVC
3 1,167 (23.09%) Full Stack Development
4 946 (18.72%) DevOps
5 895 (17.71%) Problem-Solving
6 851 (16.84%) Microservices
7 815 (16.13%) Business Intelligence
8 619 (12.25%) TDD
9 613 (12.13%) ETL
10 601 (11.89%) Scrum
11 454 (8.98%) Computer Science
12 419 (8.29%) BDD
13 418 (8.27%) CI/CD
14 391 (7.74%) Software Engineering
15 376 (7.44%) Mentoring
16 366 (7.24%) Data Modelling
17 348 (6.89%) OO
18 343 (6.79%) Analytics
19 327 (6.47%) Roadmaps
20 315 (6.23%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 2,601 (51.46%) SQL
2 2,487 (49.21%) C#
3 1,673 (33.10%) JavaScript
4 809 (16.01%) T-SQL
5 589 (11.65%) TypeScript
6 466 (9.22%) Python
7 344 (6.81%) PowerShell
8 312 (6.17%) Java
9 164 (3.24%) VB
10 163 (3.23%) VB.NET
11 84 (1.66%) PL/SQL
12 82 (1.62%) PHP
13 81 (1.60%) C++
14 74 (1.46%) Bash
15 55 (1.09%) Data Analysis Expressions
16 54 (1.07%) C
16 54 (1.07%) R
17 47 (0.93%) VBA
18 42 (0.83%) Bicep
18 42 (0.83%) XPath
Qualifications
1 851 (16.84%) Degree
2 268 (5.30%) Computer Science Degree
3 212 (4.19%) Microsoft Certification
4 203 (4.02%) Security Cleared
5 113 (2.24%) SC Cleared
6 65 (1.29%) Azure Certification
7 64 (1.27%) Master's Degree
8 42 (0.83%) DBS Check
9 36 (0.71%) Oracle Certification
10 31 (0.61%) CCNA
10 31 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
11 30 (0.59%) DV Cleared
12 23 (0.46%) MCSE
13 19 (0.38%) AWS Certification
14 18 (0.36%) MCP
15 14 (0.28%) HND
16 13 (0.26%) ISTQB
16 13 (0.26%) Network+ Certification
16 13 (0.26%) PMI Certification
17 12 (0.24%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 251 (4.97%) QA
2 199 (3.94%) Data Quality
3 73 (1.44%) Accessibility
3 73 (1.44%) SLA
4 66 (1.31%) GDPR
5 33 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 15 (0.30%) WAI
7 13 (0.26%) PCI DSS
8 12 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
9 10 (0.20%) HIPAA
10 8 (0.16%) WCAG
11 6 (0.12%) GMP
11 6 (0.12%) NIST
12 5 (0.099%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 5 (0.099%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 5 (0.099%) MiFID
13 4 (0.079%) COBIT
13 4 (0.079%) NCSC
13 4 (0.079%) Solvency II
14 3 (0.059%) IEC 61131
System Software
1 380 (7.52%) Active Directory
2 232 (4.59%) Docker
3 214 (4.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 124 (2.45%) Virtual Machines
5 107 (2.12%) Hyper-V
6 60 (1.19%) vSphere
7 42 (0.83%) VMware NSX
8 37 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
9 17 (0.34%) XenApp
10 9 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
11 6 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
11 6 (0.12%) VMware Server
12 4 (0.079%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 4 (0.079%) Firmware
12 4 (0.079%) Terminal Services
13 3 (0.059%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (0.059%) NFS
14 2 (0.040%) Oracle RAC
14 2 (0.040%) XenDesktop
15 1 (0.020%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 225 (4.45%) Kubernetes
2 150 (2.97%) Terraform
3 59 (1.17%) Ansible
4 53 (1.05%) Microsoft Intune
5 46 (0.91%) SCCM
6 31 (0.61%) Prometheus
7 25 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
7 25 (0.49%) Nagios
8 23 (0.46%) Grafana
9 18 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
10 17 (0.34%) vCenter Server
11 15 (0.30%) Progress Chef
11 15 (0.30%) WSUS
12 13 (0.26%) FortiGate
13 12 (0.24%) EMC NetWorker
13 12 (0.24%) MIIS
14 10 (0.20%) Puppet
15 9 (0.18%) Failover Clustering
15 9 (0.18%) Foglight
16 8 (0.16%) SCOM
Vendors
1 2,630 (52.04%) Microsoft
2 575 (11.38%) Oracle
3 336 (6.65%) VMware
4 169 (3.34%) Google
5 152 (3.01%) Databricks
6 112 (2.22%) Veeam
7 100 (1.98%) Citrix
8 87 (1.72%) Cisco
9 84 (1.66%) Facebook
10 75 (1.48%) IBM
11 72 (1.42%) Sybase
12 67 (1.33%) Apple
13 64 (1.27%) SAP
14 59 (1.17%) Red Hat
15 58 (1.15%) Informatica
16 48 (0.95%) NEC
17 45 (0.89%) Adobe
17 45 (0.89%) TIBCO
18 42 (0.83%) OpenLink
19 39 (0.77%) HP