Period
to 16 October 2018

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 16 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 11 11 12
Rank change year-on-year 0 +1 -6
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 21,734 25,031 27,725
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.20% 14.27% 14.56%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 44.72% 46.83% 49.12%
Number of salaries quoted 18,760 21,836 24,656
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £30,000 £29,000 £27,750
90th Percentile £73,750 £70,000 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +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 48,595 53,446 56,441
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.51% 30.48% 29.63%
Number of salaries quoted 39,659 43,984 48,035
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £28,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing SQL Server.

Salary trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

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 16 October 2018. 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 0 20,389 £47,500 +5.56% 3,373
UK excluding London -2 13,108 £42,500 +6.25% 2,575
London 0 8,217 £57,500 +4.55% 993
South East -2 4,085 £45,000 +5.88% 645
North of England -1 3,141 £42,500 +6.25% 707
Midlands +2 2,052 £40,000 - 515
North West -1 1,814 £45,000 +12.50% 353
East of England +2 1,476 £45,000 +2.27% 232
South West -1 1,413 £40,000 - 284
Yorkshire -2 1,122 £42,500 +3.66% 296
West Midlands +1 1,099 £40,000 - 287
East Midlands +3 949 £40,000 - 226
Scotland -1 687 £45,000 +12.50% 106
Wales -4 237 £40,000 +6.67% 72
North East -2 205 £40,000 +2.62% 58
Northern Ireland -7 52 £35,000 +12.90% 16
Isle of Man +9 5 £37,500 -37.50%

For the 6 months to 16 October 2018, 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 11,771 (54.16%) C#
2 11,670 (53.69%) .NET
3 11,274 (51.87%) SQL
4 8,553 (39.35%) Microsoft
5 8,044 (37.01%) Agile Software Development
6 6,908 (31.78%) ASP.NET
7 6,854 (31.54%) JavaScript
8 6,781 (31.20%) MVC
9 5,251 (24.16%) HTML
10 4,940 (22.73%) Finance
11 4,814 (22.15%) Microsoft Azure
12 4,635 (21.33%) CSS
13 4,261 (19.61%) ASP.NET MVC
14 4,210 (19.37%) T-SQL
15 4,142 (19.06%) Windows
16 3,810 (17.53%) AngularJS
17 3,731 (17.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 3,610 (16.61%) ASP.NET Web API
19 3,582 (16.48%) TDD
20 3,548 (16.32%) Business Intelligence
21 3,521 (16.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 3,238 (14.90%) .NET Framework
23 2,945 (13.55%) Scrum
24 2,906 (13.37%) Oracle
25 2,747 (12.64%) Degree
26 2,673 (12.30%) Problem-Solving
27 2,666 (12.27%) jQuery
28 2,560 (11.78%) Web Services
29 2,391 (11.00%) SQL Server 2016
30 2,349 (10.81%) Data Warehouse

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 1,317 (6.06%) IIS
2 1,110 (5.11%) SharePoint
3 577 (2.65%) Elasticsearch
4 558 (2.57%) CMS
5 496 (2.28%) MS Exchange
6 372 (1.71%) Apache
7 329 (1.51%) Tomcat
8 279 (1.28%) Umbraco
9 269 (1.24%) Confluence
10 233 (1.07%) WebSphere
11 203 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
12 178 (0.82%) JBoss
13 177 (0.81%) Apache Spark
14 166 (0.76%) Sitecore CMS
14 166 (0.76%) Skype for Business
15 165 (0.76%) WebLogic
16 162 (0.75%) EPiServer
17 152 (0.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 140 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2010
19 139 (0.64%) SAS
Applications
1 1,110 (5.11%) Microsoft Excel
2 655 (3.01%) Microsoft Office
3 85 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 74 (0.34%) MS Visio
5 63 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
6 29 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
7 27 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 24 (0.11%) SPSS
9 21 (0.097%) InfoPath
10 17 (0.078%) Adobe Illustrator
11 14 (0.064%) AutoCAD
12 9 (0.041%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 7 (0.032%) Fireworks
13 7 (0.032%) Maya
13 7 (0.032%) Revit
14 6 (0.028%) Chatbot
15 5 (0.023%) Mingle
16 4 (0.018%) EngageOne
16 4 (0.018%) ProjectWise
16 4 (0.018%) Stata
Business Applications
1 516 (2.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 210 (0.97%) Dynamics AX
3 143 (0.66%) Dynamics NAV
4 81 (0.37%) thinkFolio
5 65 (0.30%) Markit EDM
6 59 (0.27%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 56 (0.26%) Cognos TM1
8 51 (0.23%) Eloqua
9 49 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
10 31 (0.14%) NetSuite
11 29 (0.13%) Magento
12 28 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
13 27 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 26 (0.12%) Elite 3E
14 26 (0.12%) FastStats
14 26 (0.12%) Front Arena
15 23 (0.11%) SAP ERP
16 19 (0.087%) Relativity
16 19 (0.087%) Sage 200
16 19 (0.087%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 4,814 (22.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 2,165 (9.96%) Amazon AWS
3 740 (3.40%) Office 365
4 617 (2.84%) SaaS
5 401 (1.85%) PaaS
6 312 (1.44%) IaaS
7 259 (1.19%) GitHub
8 212 (0.98%) Azure Data Factory
9 195 (0.90%) Google Cloud Platform
10 183 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
11 182 (0.84%) Dynamics 365
12 131 (0.60%) npm
13 127 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
14 112 (0.52%) Serverless
15 96 (0.44%) Azure Active Directory
16 81 (0.37%) Amazon S3
17 71 (0.33%) Google Play
18 70 (0.32%) NuGet
19 63 (0.29%) Google Analytics
20 47 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 682 (3.14%) Firewall
2 632 (2.91%) DNS
3 608 (2.80%) Internet
4 504 (2.32%) TCP/IP
5 445 (2.05%) SAN
6 364 (1.67%) DHCP
7 283 (1.30%) VPN
8 280 (1.29%) HTTP
9 252 (1.16%) WAN
10 251 (1.15%) LAN
11 187 (0.86%) Network Security
12 179 (0.82%) SSL
13 143 (0.66%) Intranet
13 143 (0.66%) Skype
14 138 (0.63%) VLAN
15 136 (0.63%) NAS
16 112 (0.52%) VoIP
17 97 (0.45%) SMS
18 79 (0.36%) FTP
19 77 (0.35%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3,731 (17.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3,521 (16.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2,391 (11.00%) SQL Server 2016
4 2,349 (10.81%) Data Warehouse
5 1,977 (9.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1,652 (7.60%) Relational Database
7 1,612 (7.42%) NoSQL
8 1,585 (7.29%) SQL Server 2008
9 1,548 (7.12%) SQL Server 2012
10 1,501 (6.91%) MySQL
11 1,443 (6.64%) Power BI
12 1,023 (4.71%) MongoDB
13 826 (3.80%) SQL Server 2014
14 708 (3.26%) Big Data
15 695 (3.20%) Oracle Database
16 641 (2.95%) RDBMS
17 634 (2.92%) PostgreSQL
18 423 (1.95%) Azure SQL Database
19 360 (1.66%) Hadoop
20 354 (1.63%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 2,337 (10.75%) Git (software)
2 1,964 (9.04%) Visual Studio
3 1,741 (8.01%) Team Foundation Server
4 807 (3.71%) JIRA
5 754 (3.47%) TeamCity
6 595 (2.74%) Jenkins
7 554 (2.55%) Octopus Deploy
8 496 (2.28%) NUnit
9 493 (2.27%) Selenium
10 458 (2.11%) Subversion
11 434 (2.00%) Visual Studio Team System
12 255 (1.17%) Bitbucket
12 255 (1.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 215 (0.99%) SpecFlow
14 178 (0.82%) Maven
15 160 (0.74%) Cucumber
16 151 (0.69%) MSTest
17 145 (0.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 145 (0.67%) gulp
18 144 (0.66%) Eclipse
General
1 4,940 (22.73%) Finance
2 1,107 (5.09%) Banking
3 936 (4.31%) Retail
4 871 (4.01%) Marketing
5 770 (3.54%) Advertising
6 689 (3.17%) Games
7 353 (1.62%) Front Office
8 332 (1.53%) Investment Banking
9 317 (1.46%) Manufacturing
10 313 (1.44%) Legal
11 311 (1.43%) Telecoms
12 216 (0.99%) Law
13 211 (0.97%) Back Office
14 171 (0.79%) Automotive
15 144 (0.66%) Electronics
16 99 (0.46%) Publishing
17 97 (0.45%) Financial Institution
18 82 (0.38%) French Language
19 77 (0.35%) German Language
20 61 (0.28%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 12,823 (59.00%) Developer
2 6,257 (28.79%) .NET Developer
3 4,405 (20.27%) C# Developer
4 3,099 (14.26%) C# .NET Developer
5 2,162 (9.95%) Analyst
6 2,073 (9.54%) SQL Developer
7 2,017 (9.28%) Software Developer
8 1,898 (8.73%) Senior Developer
9 1,428 (6.57%) ASP.NET Developer
10 1,363 (6.27%) DBA
11 1,256 (5.78%) C# ASP.NET Developer
12 1,098 (5.05%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 1,056 (4.86%) SQL DBA
14 980 (4.51%) .NET Software Developer
15 969 (4.46%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
16 957 (4.40%) C# Software Developer
17 884 (4.07%) Junior
18 874 (4.02%) Architect
19 843 (3.88%) Senior .NET Developer
20 774 (3.56%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11,670 (53.69%) .NET
2 6,908 (31.78%) ASP.NET
3 5,251 (24.16%) HTML
4 4,635 (21.33%) CSS
5 4,261 (19.61%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3,810 (17.53%) AngularJS
7 3,610 (16.61%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3,238 (14.90%) .NET Framework
9 2,666 (12.27%) jQuery
10 2,560 (11.78%) Web Services
11 2,154 (9.91%) WCF
12 1,971 (9.07%) Entity Framework
13 1,900 (8.74%) RESTful
14 1,641 (7.55%) HTML5
15 1,579 (7.27%) XML
16 1,408 (6.48%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 1,329 (6.11%) WPF
18 1,241 (5.71%) .NET Core
19 1,229 (5.65%) REST
20 1,189 (5.47%) ASP.NET MVC 5
Miscellaneous
1 1,699 (7.82%) Analytical Skills
2 1,581 (7.27%) Greenfield Project
3 1,411 (6.49%) Computer Science
4 806 (3.71%) Enterprise Software
5 721 (3.32%) Fintech
6 680 (3.13%) User Experience
7 557 (2.56%) Management Information System
8 538 (2.48%) Self-Motivation
9 498 (2.29%) Mobile App
10 466 (2.14%) Clustering
11 431 (1.98%) Replication
12 318 (1.46%) Hedge funds
13 288 (1.33%) Data Centre
14 287 (1.32%) Data Structures
15 245 (1.13%) Equities
16 243 (1.12%) Algorithms
17 213 (0.98%) Derivative
18 204 (0.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 199 (0.92%) Fixed Income
20 197 (0.91%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 4,142 (19.06%) Windows
2 1,848 (8.50%) Windows Server
3 1,723 (7.93%) Linux
4 714 (3.29%) Unix
5 628 (2.89%) Windows Server 2012
6 583 (2.68%) Windows Server 2008
7 502 (2.31%) Android
8 404 (1.86%) Apple iOS
9 323 (1.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 289 (1.33%) Windows 10
11 218 (1.00%) Windows 7
12 133 (0.61%) CentOS
13 126 (0.58%) Solaris
14 102 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
15 99 (0.46%) Ubuntu
16 92 (0.42%) Windows 8
17 86 (0.40%) AIX
18 79 (0.36%) Mac OS X
19 52 (0.24%) HPUX
20 51 (0.23%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8,044 (37.01%) Agile Software Development
2 6,781 (31.20%) MVC
3 3,582 (16.48%) TDD
4 3,548 (16.32%) Business Intelligence
5 2,945 (13.55%) Scrum
6 2,673 (12.30%) Problem-Solving
7 2,099 (9.66%) Continuous Integration
8 2,009 (9.24%) ETL
9 1,900 (8.74%) BDD
10 1,890 (8.70%) Web Application Development
11 1,866 (8.59%) OO
12 1,719 (7.91%) Web Development
13 1,684 (7.75%) Software Engineering
14 1,411 (6.49%) Analytics
15 1,410 (6.49%) Test Automation
16 1,381 (6.35%) SDLC
17 1,337 (6.15%) DevOps
18 1,249 (5.75%) ITIL
19 1,224 (5.63%) Unit Testing
20 1,088 (5.01%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 11,771 (54.16%) C#
2 11,274 (51.87%) SQL
3 6,854 (31.54%) JavaScript
4 4,210 (19.37%) T-SQL
5 2,136 (9.83%) Java
6 1,663 (7.65%) PowerShell
7 1,292 (5.94%) Python
8 1,000 (4.60%) VB.NET
9 785 (3.61%) Ruby
10 645 (2.97%) PHP
11 626 (2.88%) C++
12 564 (2.60%) VB
13 542 (2.49%) VBA
14 514 (2.36%) TypeScript
15 431 (1.98%) PL/SQL
16 310 (1.43%) Perl
17 299 (1.38%) Bash Shell
18 295 (1.36%) C
19 222 (1.02%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
20 217 (1.00%) R
Qualifications
1 2,747 (12.64%) Degree
2 767 (3.53%) Microsoft Certification
3 701 (3.23%) Computer Science Degree
4 448 (2.06%) Security Cleared
5 362 (1.67%) MCSE
6 243 (1.12%) SC Cleared
7 161 (0.74%) MCSA
8 150 (0.69%) Cisco Certification
9 138 (0.63%) CCNA
10 127 (0.58%) ISEB
11 126 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
12 119 (0.55%) MCP
13 109 (0.50%) ISTQB
14 88 (0.40%) CISSP
15 83 (0.38%) Numerate Degree
16 79 (0.36%) DV Cleared
17 75 (0.35%) MCITP
18 73 (0.34%) SAFe Agilist
19 67 (0.31%) DBS Check
19 67 (0.31%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 760 (3.50%) QA
2 390 (1.79%) Data Quality
3 349 (1.61%) SLA
4 197 (0.91%) GDPR
5 158 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 86 (0.40%) PCI DSS
7 51 (0.23%) ISO 9001
8 28 (0.13%) PMO
9 25 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 24 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
11 23 (0.11%) MiFID
12 17 (0.078%) COBIT
13 15 (0.069%) WAI
14 14 (0.064%) HL7
15 13 (0.060%) EMIR
16 8 (0.037%) FATCA
16 8 (0.037%) HIPAA
16 8 (0.037%) WCAG
17 7 (0.032%) ISO 14001
18 6 (0.028%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 1,519 (6.99%) Active Directory
2 798 (3.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 635 (2.92%) Hyper-V
4 617 (2.84%) Docker
5 230 (1.06%) VMware ESXi
6 220 (1.01%) vSphere
7 140 (0.64%) XenApp
8 138 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
9 102 (0.47%) Oracle RAC
10 66 (0.30%) XenDesktop
11 57 (0.26%) Firmware
12 52 (0.24%) HDFS
13 43 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
14 42 (0.19%) Terminal Services
15 39 (0.18%) XenServer
16 29 (0.13%) BitLocker
17 27 (0.12%) NFS
18 25 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
19 23 (0.11%) VirtualBox
20 21 (0.097%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 376 (1.73%) Puppet
2 354 (1.63%) SCCM
3 344 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
4 320 (1.47%) Ansible
5 204 (0.94%) Kubernetes
6 163 (0.75%) Kibana
7 150 (0.69%) SCOM
8 117 (0.54%) Terraform
9 106 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
10 93 (0.43%) Failover Clustering
11 83 (0.38%) WSUS
12 79 (0.36%) Nagios
12 79 (0.36%) Salt
13 76 (0.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 71 (0.33%) Perfmon
15 70 (0.32%) vCenter Server
16 68 (0.31%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
17 56 (0.26%) Data Guard
18 50 (0.23%) SCVMM
19 49 (0.23%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 8,553 (39.35%) Microsoft
2 2,906 (13.37%) Oracle
3 1,161 (5.34%) VMware
4 816 (3.75%) Tableau
5 665 (3.06%) Google
6 482 (2.22%) Cisco
7 447 (2.06%) Citrix
8 420 (1.93%) SAP
9 362 (1.67%) Xamarin
10 314 (1.44%) Red Hat
11 292 (1.34%) Facebook
12 287 (1.32%) IBM
13 252 (1.16%) Cognos
14 233 (1.07%) Sitecore
15 231 (1.06%) HP
16 228 (1.05%) ServiceNow
17 195 (0.90%) Salesforce.com
18 194 (0.89%) Informatica
19 161 (0.74%) Sybase
20 145 (0.67%) Bloomberg