Period
to 2 December 2021

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 2 December 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
2 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 33 19 16
Rank change year-on-year -14 -3 -4
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 9,661 5,600 14,986
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 7.49% 10.06% 11.16%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 27.28% 35.58% 41.04%
Number of salaries quoted 7,607 4,786 12,961
10th Percentile £33,750 £32,500 £31,250
25th Percentile £40,500 £40,000 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
75th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £81,250 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £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 35,411 15,739 36,514
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 27.45% 28.27% 27.19%
Number of salaries quoted 22,831 13,481 30,410
10th Percentile £35,750 £33,750 £31,500
25th Percentile £43,000 £42,000 £38,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £87,500 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +3.09% +7.78% -

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 2 December 2021.

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 2 December 2021. 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 -12 8,649 £51,500 +3.00% 2,029
UK excluding London -6 5,649 £47,500 - 1,445
London -20 3,348 £65,000 +4.00% 691
Work from Home -5 2,388 £52,500 +5.00% 431
South East -11 1,647 £50,000 - 341
North of England -5 1,528 £45,000 - 413
Midlands 0 1,083 £45,000 - 323
North West -9 767 £47,500 - 233
West Midlands 0 743 £45,000 - 209
South West -8 605 £47,500 +11.76% 149
Yorkshire -2 590 £45,000 +1.12% 122
Scotland -11 358 £45,000 -8.16% 77
East Midlands -6 338 £45,000 - 111
East of England -19 284 £45,000 - 106
North East +14 171 £40,000 -2.44% 59
Wales -23 106 £45,000 +20.00% 25
Northern Ireland -28 49 £36,500 -18.89% 11
Isle of Man +1 1 £45,000 -5.26%

For the 6 months to 2 December 2021, 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 5,127 (53.07%) SQL
2 4,630 (47.92%) Azure
3 4,485 (46.42%) C#
4 4,421 (45.76%) .NET
5 4,019 (41.60%) Microsoft
6 3,480 (36.02%) Agile Software Development
7 2,814 (29.13%) JavaScript
8 2,222 (23.00%) DevOps
9 2,165 (22.41%) Social Skills
10 1,915 (19.82%) Windows
11 1,868 (19.34%) Business Intelligence
12 1,761 (18.23%) ASP.NET
13 1,747 (18.08%) Finance
14 1,652 (17.10%) HTML
15 1,625 (16.82%) MVC
16 1,576 (16.31%) AWS
17 1,533 (15.87%) T-SQL
17 1,533 (15.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 1,530 (15.84%) CSS
19 1,504 (15.57%) .NET Core
20 1,448 (14.99%) AngularJS
21 1,430 (14.80%) Power Platform
22 1,422 (14.72%) .NET Framework
23 1,404 (14.53%) Problem-Solving
24 1,351 (13.98%) React
25 1,349 (13.96%) Full Stack Development
26 1,325 (13.71%) Power BI
27 1,233 (12.76%) Oracle
28 1,228 (12.71%) Data Warehouse
29 1,218 (12.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services

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
1 532 (5.51%) IIS
2 465 (4.81%) SharePoint
3 232 (2.40%) CMS
4 216 (2.24%) Confluence
5 195 (2.02%) Elasticsearch
6 165 (1.71%) Umbraco
7 154 (1.59%) MS Exchange
8 114 (1.18%) Sitecore CMS
9 108 (1.12%) Apache
10 101 (1.05%) Apache Spark
11 99 (1.02%) EPiServer
12 89 (0.92%) Kentico
13 85 (0.88%) Tomcat
14 55 (0.57%) Headless CMS
15 52 (0.54%) WordPress
16 43 (0.45%) Drupal
17 40 (0.41%) JBoss
18 37 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
19 36 (0.37%) SAS
20 28 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 593 (6.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 422 (4.37%) Microsoft Office
3 69 (0.71%) MS Visio
4 30 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 21 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
6 14 (0.14%) InVision
6 14 (0.14%) Sketch
7 11 (0.11%) Chatbot
8 10 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
9 8 (0.083%) Figma
10 4 (0.041%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.041%) SPSS
11 3 (0.031%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.021%) Photoshop
13 1 (0.010%) MadCap Flare
13 1 (0.010%) Stata
13 1 (0.010%) Weka
Business Applications
1 123 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
2 40 (0.41%) SAP Business One
3 37 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
4 35 (0.36%) NetSuite
5 24 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 16 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
7 15 (0.16%) Sage 200
8 13 (0.13%) Sentinel
8 13 (0.13%) Unica
9 11 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 10 (0.10%) R3 Corda
11 9 (0.093%) Distributed Ledger
11 9 (0.093%) MetaTrader
11 9 (0.093%) Remedy ITSM
12 8 (0.083%) Cognos Controller
12 8 (0.083%) FastStats
12 8 (0.083%) Maximo
12 8 (0.083%) RMDS
12 8 (0.083%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 4,630 (47.92%) Azure
2 1,576 (16.31%) AWS
3 1,430 (14.80%) Power Platform
4 674 (6.98%) SaaS
5 641 (6.63%) Microsoft 365
6 511 (5.29%) Serverless
7 453 (4.69%) GCP
8 445 (4.61%) Azure Data Factory
9 354 (3.66%) PaaS
10 312 (3.23%) GitHub
11 266 (2.75%) IaaS
12 211 (2.18%) Azure Service Bus
13 185 (1.91%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 169 (1.75%) Azure Active Directory
15 165 (1.71%) Dynamics 365
16 135 (1.40%) Azure Synapse Analytics
16 135 (1.40%) PowerApps
17 128 (1.32%) AWS Lambda
18 122 (1.26%) Azure Functions
19 120 (1.24%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 309 (3.20%) DNS
2 303 (3.14%) Firewall
3 219 (2.27%) DHCP
4 169 (1.75%) TCP/IP
5 154 (1.59%) WAN
6 151 (1.56%) LAN
7 143 (1.48%) VPN
8 131 (1.36%) HTTP
9 128 (1.32%) SAN
10 98 (1.01%) Internet
11 79 (0.82%) SSL
12 62 (0.64%) Network Security
13 53 (0.55%) VLAN
14 52 (0.54%) VoIP
15 42 (0.43%) NAS
16 41 (0.42%) Remote Desktop
17 40 (0.41%) Wireless
18 34 (0.35%) Wi-Fi
19 33 (0.34%) IPv6
20 30 (0.31%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,533 (15.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,325 (13.71%) Power BI
3 1,228 (12.71%) Data Warehouse
4 1,218 (12.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 942 (9.75%) MySQL
6 856 (8.86%) Relational Database
7 687 (7.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 646 (6.69%) PostgreSQL
9 569 (5.89%) NoSQL
10 447 (4.63%) Azure SQL Database
10 447 (4.63%) MongoDB
11 397 (4.11%) Tableau
12 328 (3.40%) Data Lake
13 315 (3.26%) RDBMS
14 274 (2.84%) SQL Server 2016
15 249 (2.58%) SQL Server 2012
16 225 (2.33%) Big Data
17 210 (2.17%) Oracle Database
18 187 (1.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
19 175 (1.81%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1,141 (11.81%) Git (software)
2 771 (7.98%) Visual Studio
3 519 (5.37%) JIRA
4 470 (4.86%) Team Foundation Server
5 385 (3.99%) Jenkins
6 263 (2.72%) Selenium
7 246 (2.55%) NUnit
8 238 (2.46%) Octopus Deploy
9 197 (2.04%) TeamCity
10 153 (1.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 135 (1.40%) SpecFlow
12 134 (1.39%) Moq
13 108 (1.12%) Subversion
14 105 (1.09%) Visual Studio Team System
15 97 (1.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 89 (0.92%) Postman
17 81 (0.84%) Bitbucket
18 79 (0.82%) GitLab
19 73 (0.76%) WebDriver
20 71 (0.73%) webpack
General
1 2,165 (22.41%) Social Skills
2 1,747 (18.08%) Finance
3 891 (9.22%) Analytical Skills
4 398 (4.12%) Retail
5 332 (3.44%) Marketing
6 320 (3.31%) Banking
7 240 (2.48%) Public Sector
8 221 (2.29%) Manufacturing
9 199 (2.06%) Presentation Skills
10 191 (1.98%) Law
11 162 (1.68%) Advertising
12 141 (1.46%) Back Office
13 131 (1.36%) Legal
14 124 (1.28%) Organisational Skills
15 122 (1.26%) Telecoms
16 111 (1.15%) Inclusion and Diversity
17 95 (0.98%) Games
18 81 (0.84%) Front Office
19 80 (0.83%) Automotive
19 80 (0.83%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 4,671 (48.35%) Developer
2 1,665 (17.23%) .NET Developer
3 1,034 (10.70%) C# Developer
4 924 (9.56%) Software Developer
5 915 (9.47%) Senior Developer
6 861 (8.91%) Analyst
7 615 (6.37%) C# .NET Developer
8 560 (5.80%) SQL Developer
9 554 (5.73%) Architect
10 512 (5.30%) Software Engineer
11 486 (5.03%) Full Stack Developer
12 473 (4.90%) DBA
13 417 (4.32%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 375 (3.88%) Data Engineer
15 353 (3.65%) Administrator
16 338 (3.50%) Senior .NET Developer
17 321 (3.32%) SQL DBA
18 296 (3.06%) .NET Software Developer
19 270 (2.79%) C# Software Developer
20 269 (2.78%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4,421 (45.76%) .NET
2 1,761 (18.23%) ASP.NET
3 1,652 (17.10%) HTML
4 1,530 (15.84%) CSS
5 1,504 (15.57%) .NET Core
6 1,448 (14.99%) AngularJS
7 1,422 (14.72%) .NET Framework
8 1,351 (13.98%) React
9 1,077 (11.15%) Web Services
10 836 (8.65%) jQuery
11 795 (8.23%) ASP.NET Web API
12 769 (7.96%) REST
13 746 (7.72%) Entity Framework
14 699 (7.24%) ASP.NET MVC
15 584 (6.04%) XML
16 548 (5.67%) Node.js
17 527 (5.45%) HTML5
18 428 (4.43%) SOAP
19 426 (4.41%) RESTful
20 389 (4.03%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 392 (4.06%) Greenfield Project
2 351 (3.63%) Self-Motivation
3 345 (3.57%) User Experience
4 300 (3.11%) Management Information System
5 287 (2.97%) Enterprise Software
6 282 (2.92%) Public Cloud
7 242 (2.50%) Clustering
8 181 (1.87%) Data Centre
9 154 (1.59%) Data Structures
10 148 (1.53%) Mobile App
11 134 (1.39%) Hybrid Cloud
12 127 (1.31%) Replication
13 118 (1.22%) Virtual Team
14 112 (1.16%) Driving Licence
15 108 (1.12%) Algorithms
16 84 (0.87%) Cloud Native
17 79 (0.82%) Client/Server
18 69 (0.71%) Legacy Systems
19 68 (0.70%) Data Protection Act
20 59 (0.61%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 1,915 (19.82%) Windows
2 931 (9.64%) Windows Server
3 660 (6.83%) Linux
4 228 (2.36%) Unix
5 213 (2.20%) Windows 10
6 206 (2.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 181 (1.87%) Windows Server 2016
8 158 (1.64%) Windows Server 2019
9 140 (1.45%) Android
10 120 (1.24%) Windows Server 2008
11 109 (1.13%) Apple iOS
12 66 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 60 (0.62%) Windows 7
14 42 (0.43%) CentOS
15 31 (0.32%) Windows XP
16 28 (0.29%) Solaris
17 24 (0.25%) Windows Server 2003
18 23 (0.24%) Ubuntu
19 19 (0.20%) Mac OS X
20 18 (0.19%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,480 (36.02%) Agile Software Development
2 2,222 (23.00%) DevOps
3 1,868 (19.34%) Business Intelligence
4 1,625 (16.82%) MVC
5 1,404 (14.53%) Problem-Solving
6 1,349 (13.96%) Full Stack Development
7 1,189 (12.31%) Software Engineering
8 1,188 (12.30%) Analytics
9 1,134 (11.74%) Scrum
10 1,049 (10.86%) ETL
11 1,037 (10.73%) Microservices
12 981 (10.15%) TDD
13 753 (7.79%) SDLC
14 751 (7.77%) Computer Science
15 717 (7.42%) Unit Testing
16 710 (7.35%) Test Automation
17 689 (7.13%) Data Modelling
18 643 (6.66%) Mentoring
19 641 (6.63%) OO
20 576 (5.96%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 5,127 (53.07%) SQL
2 4,485 (46.42%) C#
3 2,814 (29.13%) JavaScript
4 1,533 (15.87%) T-SQL
5 987 (10.22%) Python
6 879 (9.10%) PowerShell
7 801 (8.29%) Java
8 723 (7.48%) TypeScript
9 318 (3.29%) PHP
10 286 (2.96%) VB.NET
11 246 (2.55%) VB
12 200 (2.07%) C++
13 189 (1.96%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 188 (1.95%) R
15 163 (1.69%) C
15 163 (1.69%) VBA
16 147 (1.52%) Bash Shell
17 134 (1.39%) PL/SQL
18 92 (0.95%) Scala
19 83 (0.86%) Go
Qualifications
1 1,165 (12.06%) Degree
2 374 (3.87%) Microsoft Certification
3 305 (3.16%) Computer Science Degree
4 298 (3.08%) Security Cleared
5 240 (2.48%) SC Cleared
6 97 (1.00%) HND
7 93 (0.96%) HNC
8 89 (0.92%) Master's Degree
8 89 (0.92%) MCSA
9 86 (0.89%) MCSE
10 67 (0.69%) ISTQB
11 63 (0.65%) ISEB
12 62 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
13 56 (0.58%) AWS Certification
13 56 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
14 43 (0.45%) CCNA
15 39 (0.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 38 (0.39%) TOGAF Certification
16 38 (0.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 33 (0.34%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 774 (8.01%) QA
2 264 (2.73%) Data Quality
3 175 (1.81%) GDPR
4 165 (1.71%) SLA
5 160 (1.66%) Accessibility
6 117 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 34 (0.35%) PCI DSS
8 26 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 23 (0.24%) NIST
10 16 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
11 13 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 13 (0.13%) PMO
12 12 (0.12%) HL7
13 9 (0.093%) ISO 9001
14 8 (0.083%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 7 (0.072%) ISO 22301
16 6 (0.062%) COBIT
16 6 (0.062%) WCAG
17 5 (0.052%) Good Clinical Practice
17 5 (0.052%) NCSC
System Software
1 907 (9.39%) Active Directory
2 720 (7.45%) Docker
3 411 (4.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 228 (2.36%) Hyper-V
5 128 (1.32%) vSphere
6 106 (1.10%) VMware ESXi
7 67 (0.69%) Virtual Machines
8 38 (0.39%) XenApp
9 33 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
10 25 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
11 24 (0.25%) XenDesktop
12 21 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
13 17 (0.18%) VMware Workstation
14 11 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 10 (0.10%) Terminal Services
16 9 (0.093%) Varnish
17 8 (0.083%) Apache ZooKeeper
18 7 (0.072%) Firmware
19 5 (0.052%) DFS Replication
19 5 (0.052%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 609 (6.30%) Kubernetes
2 306 (3.17%) Terraform
3 175 (1.81%) Ansible
4 166 (1.72%) SCCM
5 161 (1.67%) Opscode Chef
6 148 (1.53%) Puppet
7 140 (1.45%) Grafana
8 83 (0.86%) Microsoft Intune
9 61 (0.63%) Microsoft Clustering
10 57 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
11 45 (0.47%) Opsgenie
12 39 (0.40%) HAProxy
13 34 (0.35%) Rancher
14 33 (0.34%) Prometheus
15 30 (0.31%) Nagios
16 29 (0.30%) Active Directory Federation Services
16 29 (0.30%) Graphite
17 28 (0.29%) MIIS
18 27 (0.28%) logstash
18 27 (0.28%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 4,019 (41.60%) Microsoft
2 1,233 (12.76%) Oracle
3 640 (6.62%) VMware
4 414 (4.29%) Google
5 275 (2.85%) Databricks
6 265 (2.74%) Citrix
7 214 (2.22%) Xamarin
8 193 (2.00%) Salesforce.com
8 193 (2.00%) SAP
9 145 (1.50%) Cisco
10 125 (1.29%) Sitecore
11 112 (1.16%) HP
12 103 (1.07%) IBM
13 96 (0.99%) Veeam
14 84 (0.87%) Red Hat
15 79 (0.82%) Dell
16 73 (0.76%) Atlassian
16 73 (0.76%) MuleSoft
17 71 (0.73%) Sage
18 68 (0.70%) Alteryx