Period
to 10 August 2020

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 10 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 15 16 10
Rank change year-on-year +1 -6 +1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 7,175 16,125 23,105
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 11.16% 11.22% 13.47%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 40.73% 41.05% 44.61%
Number of salaries quoted 6,358 14,704 21,195
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
90th Percentile £83,750 £77,500 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,875 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +1.94% +5.88% +6.25%

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 17,614 39,281 51,795
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 27.39% 27.34% 30.20%
Number of salaries quoted 14,328 32,219 42,200
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £88,750 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

SQL Server
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 10 August 2020.

Salary histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 19 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 10 August 2020. 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 6,679 £50,000 +5.26% 1,037
UK excluding London +2 4,393 £45,875 +1.94% 872
London -3 2,616 £65,000 +8.33% 234
South East +4 1,419 £47,500 +5.56% 210
North of England +2 1,229 £46,000 +8.24% 243
North West +7 748 £50,000 +17.65% 157
Midlands +2 611 £45,000 +5.88% 189
Work from Home +1 542 £47,500 -5.00% 159
South West -1 437 £45,000 +5.88% 104
West Midlands +2 410 £45,000 +4.05% 94
Yorkshire -3 401 £44,000 +3.53% 68
East of England -2 343 £45,000 - 57
Scotland 0 233 £47,500 +11.76% 31
East Midlands -1 197 £42,500 +6.25% 95
North East -4 81 £40,000 +6.67% 18
Wales -8 77 £40,000 +6.67% 27
Northern Ireland +7 36 £47,000 +4.44% 12
Channel Islands +4 10 £55,000 -42.11%
Isle of Man +2 6 £47,500 +5.56%

For the 6 months to 10 August 2020, 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 3,717 (51.80%) SQL
2 3,499 (48.77%) .NET
3 3,398 (47.36%) C#
4 2,857 (39.82%) Microsoft
5 2,761 (38.48%) Azure
6 2,601 (36.25%) Agile Software Development
7 2,139 (29.81%) JavaScript
8 1,783 (24.85%) ASP.NET
9 1,676 (23.36%) MVC
10 1,604 (22.36%) Finance
11 1,390 (19.37%) HTML
12 1,295 (18.05%) Windows
13 1,285 (17.91%) AngularJS
14 1,274 (17.76%) CSS
15 1,251 (17.44%) Business Intelligence
16 1,214 (16.92%) AWS
17 1,212 (16.89%) DevOps
18 1,187 (16.54%) .NET Framework
19 1,168 (16.28%) .NET Core
20 1,066 (14.86%) Oracle
21 1,058 (14.75%) T-SQL
22 1,021 (14.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 964 (13.44%) ASP.NET Web API
24 950 (13.24%) TDD
25 941 (13.11%) Degree
26 920 (12.82%) Scrum
27 918 (12.79%) ASP.NET MVC
28 892 (12.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
29 865 (12.06%) Microservices
30 827 (11.53%) React

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
1 409 (5.70%) IIS
2 354 (4.93%) SharePoint
3 316 (4.40%) Elasticsearch
4 199 (2.77%) Apache
5 151 (2.10%) Confluence
5 151 (2.10%) MS Exchange
6 112 (1.56%) CMS
7 106 (1.48%) Apache Spark
8 101 (1.41%) Tomcat
9 75 (1.05%) Skype for Business
10 61 (0.85%) WebSphere
11 56 (0.78%) SAS
12 55 (0.77%) Umbraco
13 50 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2010
14 49 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
15 48 (0.67%) NServiceBus
16 44 (0.61%) EPiServer
17 43 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
18 33 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
19 31 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 294 (4.10%) Microsoft Excel
2 251 (3.50%) Microsoft Office
3 48 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 26 (0.36%) MS Visio
5 14 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.098%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.056%) SPSS
9 3 (0.042%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.028%) S-PLUS
11 1 (0.014%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.014%) FileZilla
11 1 (0.014%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.014%) Inkscape
11 1 (0.014%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 155 (2.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
3 18 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
4 15 (0.21%) SAP GTS
5 13 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
5 13 (0.18%) Elite 3E
5 13 (0.18%) Maximo
6 11 (0.15%) Salerio
7 10 (0.14%) NetSuite
8 8 (0.11%) Distributed Ledger
8 8 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
8 8 (0.11%) R3 Corda
8 8 (0.11%) Visualfiles
9 7 (0.098%) Exchequer
9 7 (0.098%) Markit EDM
9 7 (0.098%) Oracle Applications
9 7 (0.098%) ResourceLink
10 6 (0.084%) Raiser's Edge
10 6 (0.084%) Unit4 Business World
11 5 (0.070%) iTrent
Cloud Services
1 2,761 (38.48%) Azure
2 1,214 (16.92%) AWS
3 783 (10.91%) Power Platform
4 381 (5.31%) Office 365
5 312 (4.35%) SaaS
6 274 (3.82%) GCP
7 243 (3.39%) Serverless
8 239 (3.33%) PaaS
9 205 (2.86%) IaaS
10 198 (2.76%) Dynamics 365
11 156 (2.17%) AWS Lambda
12 153 (2.13%) Azure Data Factory
13 129 (1.80%) Cloud Computing
14 107 (1.49%) Amazon ECS
15 104 (1.45%) Azure Active Directory
16 102 (1.42%) GitHub
17 69 (0.96%) Amazon EC2
17 69 (0.96%) PowerApps
18 64 (0.89%) Apigee
19 50 (0.70%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 220 (3.07%) Firewall
2 185 (2.58%) DNS
3 142 (1.98%) Internet
3 142 (1.98%) Skype
4 136 (1.90%) DHCP
5 131 (1.83%) SAN
5 131 (1.83%) TCP/IP
6 126 (1.76%) VPN
7 96 (1.34%) LAN
8 88 (1.23%) WAN
9 67 (0.93%) HTTP
10 55 (0.77%) Network Security
11 44 (0.61%) VoIP
12 43 (0.60%) VLAN
13 42 (0.59%) NetScaler
14 41 (0.57%) SSL
15 38 (0.53%) NAS
16 33 (0.46%) Intranet
17 26 (0.36%) MPLS
18 21 (0.29%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,021 (14.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 892 (12.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 817 (11.39%) Data Warehouse
4 743 (10.36%) Power BI
5 619 (8.63%) MySQL
6 558 (7.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 554 (7.72%) MongoDB
8 535 (7.46%) Relational Database
9 430 (5.99%) NoSQL
10 389 (5.42%) PostgreSQL
11 362 (5.05%) Data Lake
11 362 (5.05%) SQL Server 2012
12 281 (3.92%) SQL Server 2019
13 272 (3.79%) SQL Server 2016
14 259 (3.61%) Azure SQL Database
15 246 (3.43%) Big Data
16 211 (2.94%) SQL Server 2008
17 210 (2.93%) RDBMS
18 159 (2.22%) Oracle Database
19 154 (2.15%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 778 (10.84%) Git (software)
2 506 (7.05%) Visual Studio
3 328 (4.57%) JIRA
4 318 (4.43%) Jenkins
5 297 (4.14%) Team Foundation Server
6 229 (3.19%) TeamCity
7 216 (3.01%) Selenium
8 198 (2.76%) Octopus Deploy
9 122 (1.70%) NUnit
10 115 (1.60%) SpecFlow
11 99 (1.38%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 90 (1.25%) GitLab
13 78 (1.09%) Artifactory
14 77 (1.07%) Visual Studio Team System
15 76 (1.06%) WebDriver
16 72 (1.00%) Bitbucket
17 70 (0.98%) Moq
18 64 (0.89%) Subversion
19 58 (0.81%) MSTest
20 56 (0.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 1,604 (22.36%) Finance
2 295 (4.11%) Banking
3 236 (3.29%) Retail
4 171 (2.38%) Legal
5 163 (2.27%) Law
6 138 (1.92%) Back Office
7 128 (1.78%) Games
8 119 (1.66%) Front Office
9 107 (1.49%) Marketing
10 82 (1.14%) Public Sector
11 72 (1.00%) Manufacturing
12 52 (0.72%) Advertising
13 47 (0.66%) Investment Banking
14 45 (0.63%) Telecoms
15 43 (0.60%) Local Government
16 42 (0.59%) Financial Institution
17 37 (0.52%) Aerospace
18 25 (0.35%) Automotive
19 24 (0.33%) Electronics
20 12 (0.17%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 3,815 (53.17%) Developer
2 1,562 (21.77%) .NET Developer
3 1,071 (14.93%) C# Developer
4 772 (10.76%) Analyst
5 695 (9.69%) C# .NET Developer
6 674 (9.39%) Senior Developer
7 647 (9.02%) Software Developer
8 496 (6.91%) SQL Developer
9 357 (4.98%) DBA
10 344 (4.79%) Architect
11 335 (4.67%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 265 (3.69%) Software Engineer
13 258 (3.60%) SQL DBA
14 257 (3.58%) Full Stack Developer
15 232 (3.23%) Junior
16 222 (3.09%) .NET Software Developer
16 222 (3.09%) Senior .NET Developer
17 221 (3.08%) Data Analyst
18 214 (2.98%) Applications Support
19 211 (2.94%) C# Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3,499 (48.77%) .NET
2 1,783 (24.85%) ASP.NET
3 1,390 (19.37%) HTML
4 1,285 (17.91%) AngularJS
5 1,274 (17.76%) CSS
6 1,187 (16.54%) .NET Framework
7 1,168 (16.28%) .NET Core
8 964 (13.44%) ASP.NET Web API
9 918 (12.79%) ASP.NET MVC
10 827 (11.53%) React
11 728 (10.15%) Web Services
12 709 (9.88%) Entity Framework
13 687 (9.57%) jQuery
14 519 (7.23%) REST
15 481 (6.70%) HTML5
16 452 (6.30%) XML
17 451 (6.29%) Node.js
18 360 (5.02%) Vue.js
19 305 (4.25%) RESTful
20 291 (4.06%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 724 (10.09%) Analytical Skills
2 580 (8.08%) Greenfield Project
3 218 (3.04%) Self-Motivation
4 201 (2.80%) Management Information System
5 198 (2.76%) Hedge funds
6 187 (2.61%) Mobile App
7 166 (2.31%) User Experience
8 145 (2.02%) Data Centre
9 137 (1.91%) Clustering
10 131 (1.83%) Data Structures
11 125 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
12 112 (1.56%) Replication
13 72 (1.00%) Algorithms
14 67 (0.93%) Public Cloud
15 66 (0.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 59 (0.82%) Reinsurance
17 58 (0.81%) Private Cloud
18 57 (0.79%) Driving Licence
19 53 (0.74%) Cloud Native
19 53 (0.74%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 1,295 (18.05%) Windows
2 650 (9.06%) Windows Server
3 605 (8.43%) Linux
4 216 (3.01%) Windows Server 2012
5 167 (2.33%) Windows Server 2016
6 153 (2.13%) Unix
7 142 (1.98%) Windows 10
8 129 (1.80%) Android
9 118 (1.64%) Windows Server 2008
10 103 (1.44%) Apple iOS
11 98 (1.37%) Windows 7
12 65 (0.91%) Windows Server 2019
13 64 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 43 (0.60%) CentOS
15 25 (0.35%) Solaris
16 20 (0.28%) Ubuntu
17 19 (0.26%) Debian
18 18 (0.25%) Windows 8
19 15 (0.21%) Oracle Linux
20 12 (0.17%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,601 (36.25%) Agile Software Development
2 1,676 (23.36%) MVC
3 1,251 (17.44%) Business Intelligence
4 1,212 (16.89%) DevOps
5 950 (13.24%) TDD
6 920 (12.82%) Scrum
7 865 (12.06%) Microservices
8 746 (10.40%) Problem-Solving
9 738 (10.29%) ETL
10 679 (9.46%) Analytics
11 654 (9.11%) Software Engineering
12 540 (7.53%) OO
13 529 (7.37%) Web Development
14 520 (7.25%) Test Automation
15 509 (7.09%) Continuous Integration
16 507 (7.07%) BDD
17 454 (6.33%) Data Modelling
18 450 (6.27%) Computer Science
19 414 (5.77%) ITIL
20 407 (5.67%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 3,717 (51.80%) SQL
2 3,398 (47.36%) C#
3 2,139 (29.81%) JavaScript
4 1,058 (14.75%) T-SQL
5 818 (11.40%) Python
6 667 (9.30%) Java
7 655 (9.13%) PowerShell
8 470 (6.55%) TypeScript
9 282 (3.93%) VB.NET
10 198 (2.76%) PHP
11 178 (2.48%) PL/SQL
12 158 (2.20%) VB
13 155 (2.16%) R
14 142 (1.98%) C++
15 111 (1.55%) Bash Shell
16 108 (1.51%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 98 (1.37%) VBA
18 82 (1.14%) Scala
19 64 (0.89%) Ruby
20 60 (0.84%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 941 (13.11%) Degree
2 298 (4.15%) Microsoft Certification
3 229 (3.19%) Security Cleared
4 228 (3.18%) Computer Science Degree
5 152 (2.12%) SC Cleared
6 107 (1.49%) MCSE
7 84 (1.17%) MCSA
8 79 (1.10%) Cisco Certification
9 68 (0.95%) MCP
10 65 (0.91%) CCNA
11 41 (0.57%) TOGAF Certification
12 40 (0.56%) DV Cleared
13 38 (0.53%) Sun Certification
14 34 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
15 30 (0.42%) MCITP
16 28 (0.39%) AWS Certification
16 28 (0.39%) Master's Degree
17 27 (0.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 25 (0.35%) MCTS
19 23 (0.32%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 370 (5.16%) QA
2 157 (2.19%) Data Quality
3 104 (1.45%) SLA
4 102 (1.42%) GDPR
5 80 (1.11%) GAAP
6 77 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 30 (0.42%) PCI DSS
8 20 (0.28%) COBIT
9 17 (0.24%) PMO
10 14 (0.20%) NIST
11 11 (0.15%) ISO 9001
11 11 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 6 (0.084%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 6 (0.084%) UCITS
13 5 (0.070%) HL7
14 4 (0.056%) COSO
14 4 (0.056%) MiFID
15 3 (0.042%) IFRS
15 3 (0.042%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 3 (0.042%) Solvency II
System Software
1 668 (9.31%) Active Directory
2 572 (7.97%) Docker
3 288 (4.01%) VMware Infrastructure
4 206 (2.87%) Hyper-V
5 98 (1.37%) vSphere
6 75 (1.05%) VMware ESXi
7 54 (0.75%) XenApp
8 46 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
9 39 (0.54%) XenDesktop
10 31 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
11 26 (0.36%) Terminal Server
12 20 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
13 19 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
13 19 (0.26%) VirtualBox
14 16 (0.22%) VMware Server
15 11 (0.15%) Terminal Services
16 9 (0.13%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 9 (0.13%) GlusterFS
16 9 (0.13%) HDFS
17 6 (0.084%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 487 (6.79%) Kubernetes
2 176 (2.45%) Ansible
3 152 (2.12%) SCCM
4 141 (1.97%) Terraform
5 108 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
6 105 (1.46%) Puppet
7 54 (0.75%) Microsoft Intune
8 47 (0.66%) WSUS
9 37 (0.52%) Failover Clustering
10 36 (0.50%) Kibana
11 31 (0.43%) SCOM
12 27 (0.38%) Nagios
13 26 (0.36%) vCenter Server
14 24 (0.33%) Backup Exec
15 23 (0.32%) Microsoft Clustering
16 19 (0.26%) HP Quality Center
17 17 (0.24%) Grafana
18 13 (0.18%) logstash
18 13 (0.18%) vRealize Orchestrator
19 12 (0.17%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 2,857 (39.82%) Microsoft
2 1,066 (14.86%) Oracle
3 470 (6.55%) VMware
4 398 (5.55%) Tableau
5 240 (3.34%) Google
6 176 (2.45%) Teradata
7 174 (2.43%) Cisco
8 172 (2.40%) IBM
9 166 (2.31%) Citrix
10 154 (2.15%) Alteryx
11 153 (2.13%) SAP
12 149 (2.08%) Cadence
13 144 (2.01%) Blue Prism
13 144 (2.01%) UiPath
14 143 (1.99%) Automation Anywhere
15 141 (1.97%) HP
16 98 (1.37%) Xamarin
17 81 (1.13%) Databricks
18 80 (1.11%) Dell
19 70 (0.98%) ServiceNow