Period
to 3 June 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 3 June 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
3 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 16 14 10
Rank change year-on-year -2 -4 0
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 9,615 16,821 23,719
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 10.98% 11.79% 13.79%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 40.85% 42.09% 44.96%
Number of salaries quoted 8,382 15,185 21,821
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 £82,500 £76,250 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +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 23,537 39,968 52,751
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 26.88% 28.02% 30.67%
Number of salaries quoted 19,103 32,570 43,172
Median annual salary £54,000 £51,978 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.89% +3.96% +5.26%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £90,000 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +4.44% - +7.14%

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 3 June 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 3 June 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 -3 8,903 £50,000 +5.26% 905
UK excluding London +1 5,674 £45,000 +3.45% 750
London +2 3,737 £62,104 +3.51% 218
South East +1 1,921 £47,500 +5.56% 187
North of England -1 1,469 £45,000 +5.88% 200
North West +1 857 £46,500 +9.41% 123
Midlands 0 783 £45,000 +8.43% 131
Work from Home -8 539 £47,500 -5.00% 89
Yorkshire -4 513 £43,000 +1.18% 54
South West -7 505 £45,000 +5.88% 90
West Midlands 0 489 £45,000 +5.88% 82
East of England -2 469 £42,500 -5.56% 78
Scotland -5 340 £45,000 +5.88% 28
East Midlands -1 290 £40,000 - 49
Wales -11 121 £39,337 +4.90% 28
North East -6 100 £40,000 - 23
Northern Ireland +12 60 £50,000 +11.11% 8
Isle of Man +3 7 £47,500 +5.56%
Channel Islands +1 6 £58,750 -38.16%

For the 6 months to 3 June 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 5,001 (52.01%) SQL
2 4,708 (48.97%) .NET
3 4,596 (47.80%) C#
4 3,824 (39.77%) Microsoft
5 3,665 (38.12%) Azure
6 3,523 (36.64%) Agile Software Development
7 2,921 (30.38%) JavaScript
8 2,507 (26.07%) ASP.NET
9 2,259 (23.49%) Finance
10 2,171 (22.58%) MVC
11 1,839 (19.13%) AngularJS
12 1,838 (19.12%) Windows
13 1,821 (18.94%) HTML
14 1,732 (18.01%) AWS
15 1,657 (17.23%) CSS
16 1,639 (17.05%) .NET Framework
17 1,638 (17.04%) Business Intelligence
18 1,562 (16.25%) .NET Core
19 1,452 (15.10%) T-SQL
20 1,436 (14.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
21 1,411 (14.67%) Scrum
22 1,406 (14.62%) Oracle
23 1,354 (14.08%) TDD
23 1,354 (14.08%) DevOps
24 1,332 (13.85%) ASP.NET Web API
25 1,238 (12.88%) ASP.NET MVC
26 1,223 (12.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 1,170 (12.17%) React
28 1,126 (11.71%) Degree
29 1,109 (11.53%) Microservices

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
1 582 (6.05%) IIS
2 537 (5.59%) Elasticsearch
3 487 (5.07%) SharePoint
4 230 (2.39%) MS Exchange
5 176 (1.83%) Apache
6 160 (1.66%) Confluence
7 136 (1.41%) CMS
8 127 (1.32%) Apache Spark
9 116 (1.21%) Tomcat
10 105 (1.09%) Skype for Business
11 86 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
12 79 (0.82%) EPiServer
13 77 (0.80%) Umbraco
14 73 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
15 70 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2013
16 67 (0.70%) WebSphere
17 65 (0.68%) SAS
18 54 (0.56%) Sitecore CMS
19 44 (0.46%) Kentico
20 38 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 368 (3.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 328 (3.41%) Microsoft Office
3 68 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 36 (0.37%) MS Visio
5 15 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
6 14 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
7 10 (0.10%) InfoPath
8 6 (0.062%) SPSS
9 4 (0.042%) Adobe Illustrator
9 4 (0.042%) Chatbot
9 4 (0.042%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.031%) FileZilla
10 3 (0.031%) Windchill
11 1 (0.010%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.010%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.010%) InDesign
11 1 (0.010%) Mingle
11 1 (0.010%) OrCAD
11 1 (0.010%) PTC Creo
11 1 (0.010%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 186 (1.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 71 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
3 24 (0.25%) Salerio
4 19 (0.20%) Markit EDM
5 17 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
6 16 (0.17%) NetSuite
7 15 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 13 (0.14%) Elite 3E
8 13 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
9 12 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 10 (0.10%) Exchequer
10 10 (0.10%) Raiser's Edge
10 10 (0.10%) ResourceLink
10 10 (0.10%) SAP GTS
11 8 (0.083%) Infor SunSystems
11 8 (0.083%) Magento
11 8 (0.083%) Maximo
11 8 (0.083%) Oracle Applications
12 7 (0.073%) Oracle EBS
12 7 (0.073%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 3,665 (38.12%) Azure
2 1,732 (18.01%) AWS
3 979 (10.18%) Power Platform
4 525 (5.46%) Office 365
5 424 (4.41%) SaaS
6 282 (2.93%) PaaS
7 278 (2.89%) GCP
8 229 (2.38%) Serverless
9 223 (2.32%) Dynamics 365
10 218 (2.27%) IaaS
11 182 (1.89%) Azure Data Factory
12 162 (1.68%) Cloud Computing
13 126 (1.31%) AWS Lambda
14 109 (1.13%) Azure Active Directory
15 95 (0.99%) GitHub
16 81 (0.84%) Amazon ECS
17 58 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
18 53 (0.55%) PowerApps
19 44 (0.46%) Amazon S3
19 44 (0.46%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 289 (3.01%) DNS
2 283 (2.94%) Firewall
3 227 (2.36%) TCP/IP
4 225 (2.34%) DHCP
5 215 (2.24%) Internet
6 206 (2.14%) SAN
7 149 (1.55%) LAN
8 141 (1.47%) VPN
9 132 (1.37%) WAN
10 92 (0.96%) Skype
11 86 (0.89%) VLAN
12 85 (0.88%) VoIP
13 76 (0.79%) HTTP
14 67 (0.70%) NAS
15 57 (0.59%) SSL
16 46 (0.48%) NetScaler
17 44 (0.46%) Network Security
18 38 (0.40%) Intranet
19 35 (0.36%) FTP
20 31 (0.32%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,436 (14.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,223 (12.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1,108 (11.52%) Data Warehouse
4 941 (9.79%) Power BI
5 833 (8.66%) MongoDB
6 811 (8.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 806 (8.38%) MySQL
8 716 (7.45%) Relational Database
9 510 (5.30%) NoSQL
10 497 (5.17%) SQL Server 2012
11 448 (4.66%) SQL Server 2019
12 445 (4.63%) Data Lake
13 430 (4.47%) SQL Server 2016
14 409 (4.25%) PostgreSQL
15 339 (3.53%) Azure SQL Database
16 313 (3.26%) SQL Server 2008
17 286 (2.97%) Big Data
18 275 (2.86%) RDBMS
19 247 (2.57%) Microsoft Analysis Services
20 215 (2.24%) Redis
Development Applications
1 969 (10.08%) Git (software)
2 701 (7.29%) Visual Studio
3 407 (4.23%) Team Foundation Server
4 382 (3.97%) JIRA
5 347 (3.61%) Jenkins
6 277 (2.88%) Octopus Deploy
7 265 (2.76%) TeamCity
8 263 (2.74%) Selenium
9 177 (1.84%) NUnit
10 136 (1.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 125 (1.30%) SpecFlow
12 121 (1.26%) Visual Studio Team System
13 97 (1.01%) WebDriver
14 87 (0.90%) Bitbucket
15 83 (0.86%) Cucumber
16 81 (0.84%) Subversion
17 74 (0.77%) GitLab
18 70 (0.73%) MSBuild
19 68 (0.71%) MSTest
20 64 (0.67%) SoapUI
General
1 2,259 (23.49%) Finance
2 384 (3.99%) Banking
3 372 (3.87%) Retail
4 258 (2.68%) Legal
5 211 (2.19%) Front Office
6 196 (2.04%) Games
7 193 (2.01%) Law
8 155 (1.61%) Marketing
9 127 (1.32%) Back Office
10 122 (1.27%) Public Sector
11 110 (1.14%) Manufacturing
12 83 (0.86%) Telecoms
13 72 (0.75%) Investment Banking
14 62 (0.64%) Advertising
14 62 (0.64%) Local Government
15 46 (0.48%) Aerospace
15 46 (0.48%) Financial Institution
16 45 (0.47%) Automotive
17 36 (0.37%) Publishing
18 34 (0.35%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 5,129 (53.34%) Developer
2 2,143 (22.29%) .NET Developer
3 1,559 (16.21%) C# Developer
4 1,050 (10.92%) Analyst
5 963 (10.02%) C# .NET Developer
6 870 (9.05%) Software Developer
7 809 (8.41%) Senior Developer
8 678 (7.05%) SQL Developer
9 484 (5.03%) DBA
10 465 (4.84%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 415 (4.32%) Software Engineer
12 395 (4.11%) Architect
13 359 (3.73%) SQL DBA
14 349 (3.63%) Applications Support
15 324 (3.37%) Junior
16 323 (3.36%) Administrator
17 322 (3.35%) C# Software Developer
18 311 (3.23%) .NET Software Developer
19 297 (3.09%) Full Stack Developer
20 291 (3.03%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4,708 (48.97%) .NET
2 2,507 (26.07%) ASP.NET
3 1,839 (19.13%) AngularJS
4 1,821 (18.94%) HTML
5 1,657 (17.23%) CSS
6 1,639 (17.05%) .NET Framework
7 1,562 (16.25%) .NET Core
8 1,332 (13.85%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1,238 (12.88%) ASP.NET MVC
10 1,170 (12.17%) React
11 1,037 (10.79%) Entity Framework
12 994 (10.34%) Web Services
13 904 (9.40%) jQuery
14 699 (7.27%) Node.js
15 644 (6.70%) REST
16 579 (6.02%) Vue.js
17 568 (5.91%) XML
18 540 (5.62%) HTML5
19 395 (4.11%) RESTful
20 365 (3.80%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 1,005 (10.45%) Analytical Skills
2 715 (7.44%) Greenfield Project
3 295 (3.07%) Management Information System
4 292 (3.04%) Self-Motivation
5 235 (2.44%) Mobile App
6 229 (2.38%) User Experience
7 211 (2.19%) Enterprise Software
8 199 (2.07%) Data Centre
9 185 (1.92%) Hedge funds
10 160 (1.66%) Data Structures
11 148 (1.54%) Clustering
12 131 (1.36%) Replication
13 111 (1.15%) Reinsurance
14 86 (0.89%) Algorithms
15 77 (0.80%) Public Cloud
16 66 (0.69%) Driving Licence
16 66 (0.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 66 (0.69%) Tandem
17 63 (0.66%) Private Cloud
18 56 (0.58%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1,838 (19.12%) Windows
2 889 (9.25%) Windows Server
3 774 (8.05%) Linux
4 294 (3.06%) Windows Server 2012
5 231 (2.40%) Windows Server 2016
6 224 (2.33%) Windows 10
7 219 (2.28%) Unix
8 186 (1.93%) Windows Server 2008
9 161 (1.67%) Windows 7
10 140 (1.46%) Android
11 126 (1.31%) Apple iOS
12 116 (1.21%) Windows Server 2019
13 55 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 47 (0.49%) Windows 8
15 36 (0.37%) CentOS
16 26 (0.27%) AIX
17 25 (0.26%) Solaris
17 25 (0.26%) VMS
18 20 (0.21%) Ubuntu
19 19 (0.20%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,523 (36.64%) Agile Software Development
2 2,171 (22.58%) MVC
3 1,638 (17.04%) Business Intelligence
4 1,411 (14.67%) Scrum
5 1,354 (14.08%) DevOps
5 1,354 (14.08%) TDD
6 1,109 (11.53%) Microservices
7 1,084 (11.27%) ETL
8 1,082 (11.25%) Problem-Solving
9 939 (9.77%) Analytics
10 907 (9.43%) Software Engineering
11 724 (7.53%) BDD
12 664 (6.91%) OO
13 654 (6.80%) Continuous Integration
14 618 (6.43%) Web Development
15 604 (6.28%) Kanban
16 589 (6.13%) Test Automation
17 570 (5.93%) ITIL
18 569 (5.92%) Data Modelling
19 556 (5.78%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 5,001 (52.01%) SQL
2 4,596 (47.80%) C#
3 2,921 (30.38%) JavaScript
4 1,452 (15.10%) T-SQL
5 905 (9.41%) Python
6 831 (8.64%) Java
7 816 (8.49%) PowerShell
8 725 (7.54%) TypeScript
9 360 (3.74%) VB.NET
10 278 (2.89%) PHP
11 239 (2.49%) VB
12 193 (2.01%) PL/SQL
13 182 (1.89%) R
14 161 (1.67%) Bash Shell
15 156 (1.62%) VBA
16 138 (1.44%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 133 (1.38%) C++
18 109 (1.13%) F#
19 100 (1.04%) Ruby
20 94 (0.98%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,126 (11.71%) Degree
2 378 (3.93%) Microsoft Certification
3 292 (3.04%) Computer Science Degree
4 252 (2.62%) Security Cleared
5 166 (1.73%) SC Cleared
6 127 (1.32%) MCSE
7 100 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
8 93 (0.97%) MCSA
9 81 (0.84%) CCNA
10 66 (0.69%) MCP
11 60 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
12 42 (0.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 39 (0.41%) Master's Degree
14 36 (0.37%) ISTQB
15 34 (0.35%) ISEB
16 30 (0.31%) CCNP
17 28 (0.29%) MCITP
18 24 (0.25%) AWS Certification
18 24 (0.25%) DV Cleared
18 24 (0.25%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 418 (4.35%) QA
2 189 (1.97%) Data Quality
3 154 (1.60%) SLA
4 119 (1.24%) GDPR
5 98 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 93 (0.97%) GAAP
7 44 (0.46%) PCI DSS
8 22 (0.23%) ISO 9001
9 16 (0.17%) COBIT
10 10 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 9 (0.094%) Solvency II
12 7 (0.073%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 7 (0.073%) NIST
12 7 (0.073%) PMO
13 5 (0.052%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 5 (0.052%) UCITS
14 4 (0.042%) COSO
14 4 (0.042%) HL7
15 3 (0.031%) Actionable Recommendations
15 3 (0.031%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 885 (9.20%) Active Directory
2 579 (6.02%) Docker
3 408 (4.24%) VMware Infrastructure
4 308 (3.20%) Hyper-V
5 129 (1.34%) vSphere
6 105 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
7 95 (0.99%) XenApp
8 59 (0.61%) Virtual Machines
9 58 (0.60%) XenDesktop
10 34 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
11 32 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
12 29 (0.30%) Terminal Server
12 29 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
13 16 (0.17%) Terminal Services
14 15 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 12 (0.12%) VMware Server
16 10 (0.10%) VMware Workstation
17 9 (0.094%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 9 (0.094%) Firmware
17 9 (0.094%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 485 (5.04%) Kubernetes
2 209 (2.17%) SCCM
3 161 (1.67%) Ansible
4 160 (1.66%) Terraform
5 101 (1.05%) Puppet
6 99 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
7 59 (0.61%) WSUS
8 51 (0.53%) Microsoft Intune
8 51 (0.53%) SCOM
9 47 (0.49%) Nagios
10 39 (0.41%) Kibana
11 37 (0.38%) Failover Clustering
12 36 (0.37%) Backup Exec
13 34 (0.35%) vCenter Server
14 29 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
15 22 (0.23%) Grafana
16 20 (0.21%) HP Quality Center
17 18 (0.19%) Norton AntiVirus
18 16 (0.17%) Single Sign-On
19 15 (0.16%) Avamar
Vendors
1 3,824 (39.77%) Microsoft
2 1,406 (14.62%) Oracle
3 617 (6.42%) VMware
4 545 (5.67%) Tableau
5 255 (2.65%) Google
6 229 (2.38%) Citrix
7 221 (2.30%) Teradata
8 216 (2.25%) IBM
9 214 (2.23%) Cisco
10 199 (2.07%) Alteryx
11 194 (2.02%) SAP
12 184 (1.91%) Cadence
13 183 (1.90%) Blue Prism
13 183 (1.90%) UiPath
14 180 (1.87%) Automation Anywhere
15 169 (1.76%) HP
16 139 (1.45%) Xamarin
17 123 (1.28%) Salesforce.com
18 96 (1.00%) Databricks
19 95 (0.99%) Dell