Period
to 13 December 2017

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 13 December 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
13 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 11 12 6
Rank change year-on-year +1 -6 0
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 25267 26830 34073
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.03% 14.43% 15.92%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 46.23% 48.50% 50.62%
Number of salaries quoted 21991 24043 30495
UK median annual salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +3.66%
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +3.90%

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 54650 55316 67312
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.34% 29.75% 31.44%
Number of salaries quoted 45039 47309 56922
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £30,000 £29,000 £28,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

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 13 December 2017.

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 13 December 2017. 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 23680 £45,000 - 1400
UK excluding London -1 16245 £41,000 +2.50% 1062
London 0 8572 £55,000 - 417
South East 0 5271 £42,500 - 280
North of England -4 3919 £40,500 +1.25% 310
Midlands +1 2476 £40,000 +1.27% 181
North West -3 2229 £40,000 - 180
South West +3 1751 £40,000 +2.56% 106
East of England -1 1671 £45,000 +5.88% 103
West Midlands -1 1488 £40,000 +6.67% 87
Yorkshire -1 1433 £42,500 +6.25% 120
East Midlands -1 987 £37,500 -6.25% 92
Scotland +1 799 £40,000 - 50
Wales +1 300 £37,500 - 28
North East +1 251 £35,595 -11.01% 10
Northern Ireland 0 88 £35,000 -12.50% 3
Isle of Man -5 6 £50,000 +42.86% 1
Channel Islands -6 1 £65,000 +30.00%

For the 6 months to 13 December 2017, IT jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 13815 (54.68%) .NET
2 13417 (53.10%) C#
3 12679 (50.18%) SQL
4 10142 (40.14%) Agile Software Development
5 9565 (37.86%) Microsoft
6 9057 (35.85%) ASP.NET
7 8756 (34.65%) MVC
8 7562 (29.93%) JavaScript
9 6351 (25.14%) HTML
10 5927 (23.46%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5444 (21.55%) CSS
12 5306 (21.00%) Windows
13 5250 (20.78%) Finance
14 5224 (20.68%) TDD
15 4654 (18.42%) T-SQL
16 4092 (16.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 4079 (16.14%) AngularJS
18 4067 (16.10%) Business Intelligence
19 3937 (15.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 3841 (15.20%) ASP.NET Web API
21 3839 (15.19%) Microsoft Azure
22 3832 (15.17%) .NET Framework
23 3720 (14.72%) Scrum
24 3667 (14.51%) WCF
25 3337 (13.21%) jQuery
26 3222 (12.75%) Oracle
27 2966 (11.74%) Degree
28 2943 (11.65%) Web Services
29 2871 (11.36%) Web Application Development
30 2841 (11.24%) ASP.NET MVC 5

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 1651 (6.53%) IIS
2 1407 (5.57%) SharePoint
3 808 (3.20%) MS Exchange
4 636 (2.52%) CMS
5 526 (2.08%) Apache
6 497 (1.97%) BizTalk Server
6 497 (1.97%) Tomcat
7 460 (1.82%) Elasticsearch
8 353 (1.40%) Umbraco
9 277 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2010
10 268 (1.06%) SharePoint 2013
11 260 (1.03%) JBoss
12 223 (0.88%) Apache Spark
13 219 (0.87%) Confluence
14 192 (0.76%) WebSphere
15 190 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2013
16 182 (0.72%) SAS
17 180 (0.71%) Skype for Business
18 179 (0.71%) WebLogic
19 178 (0.70%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 1107 (4.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 702 (2.78%) Microsoft Office
3 108 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 97 (0.38%) MS Visio
5 53 (0.21%) SPSS
6 49 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 48 (0.19%) Photoshop
8 37 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
9 24 (0.095%) InfoPath
10 18 (0.071%) Adobe Illustrator
11 9 (0.036%) Chatbot
12 6 (0.024%) SOLIDWORKS
13 4 (0.016%) EngageOne
13 4 (0.016%) S-PLUS
14 3 (0.012%) Stata
15 2 (0.008%) GNU Octave
15 2 (0.008%) SPSS Modeler
15 2 (0.008%) Weka
16 1 (0.004%) Fireworks
16 1 (0.004%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 476 (1.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 236 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
3 172 (0.68%) Dynamics NAV
4 78 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
5 51 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
6 50 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 34 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
8 31 (0.12%) Adobe Campaign
9 30 (0.12%) Markit EDM
10 28 (0.11%) Visualfiles
11 24 (0.095%) NetSuite
12 23 (0.091%) SAP Hybris
13 22 (0.087%) SAP BPC
14 21 (0.083%) JDE EnterpriseOne
14 21 (0.083%) MetaTrader
15 20 (0.079%) Oracle Applications
16 19 (0.075%) Magento
16 19 (0.075%) Unit4 Business World
17 18 (0.071%) Salesforce.com CRM
18 16 (0.063%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 3839 (15.19%) Microsoft Azure
2 1723 (6.82%) Amazon AWS
3 798 (3.16%) Office 365
4 703 (2.78%) SaaS
5 333 (1.32%) GitHub
6 290 (1.15%) IaaS
7 279 (1.10%) PaaS
8 250 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
9 145 (0.57%) Azure Active Directory
10 134 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
11 114 (0.45%) Azure Data Factory
12 112 (0.44%) Google Play
13 107 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
14 88 (0.35%) npm
15 81 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
16 74 (0.29%) Azure Machine Learning
17 64 (0.25%) Amazon S3
18 56 (0.22%) Google Analytics
19 55 (0.22%) AWS CloudFormation
20 38 (0.15%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
Communications & Networking
1 903 (3.57%) Firewall
2 889 (3.52%) Internet
3 602 (2.38%) DNS
4 557 (2.20%) SAN
5 453 (1.79%) TCP/IP
6 404 (1.60%) WAN
7 395 (1.56%) DHCP
8 369 (1.46%) LAN
9 319 (1.26%) VPN
10 261 (1.03%) HTTP
11 192 (0.76%) VoIP
12 171 (0.68%) VLAN
13 165 (0.65%) Intranet
14 156 (0.62%) SSL
15 141 (0.56%) Broadband
16 128 (0.51%) Skype
17 119 (0.47%) SMS
18 110 (0.44%) Network Security
19 106 (0.42%) NAS
20 101 (0.40%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4092 (16.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3937 (15.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2516 (9.96%) SQL Server 2016
4 2401 (9.50%) Data Warehouse
5 2367 (9.37%) SQL Server 2014
6 2140 (8.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2063 (8.16%) SQL Server 2008
8 2004 (7.93%) NoSQL
9 1763 (6.98%) MySQL
10 1688 (6.68%) SQL Server 2012
11 1667 (6.60%) Relational Database
12 1161 (4.59%) Power BI
13 1069 (4.23%) MongoDB
14 675 (2.67%) Big Data
15 622 (2.46%) Oracle Database
16 616 (2.44%) RDBMS
17 554 (2.19%) PostgreSQL
18 539 (2.13%) QlikView
19 513 (2.03%) SQL Server 2005
20 473 (1.87%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2434 (9.63%) Git (software)
2 2318 (9.17%) Visual Studio
3 1942 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
4 1233 (4.88%) NUnit
5 936 (3.70%) JIRA
6 865 (3.42%) Subversion
7 787 (3.11%) TeamCity
8 678 (2.68%) Rhino Mocks
9 609 (2.41%) Jenkins
10 586 (2.32%) Moq
11 502 (1.99%) Selenium
12 460 (1.82%) Octopus Deploy
13 449 (1.78%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 419 (1.66%) MSTest
15 213 (0.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 213 (0.84%) Maven
15 213 (0.84%) SpecFlow
16 188 (0.74%) Bitbucket
17 172 (0.68%) JUnit
18 139 (0.55%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 5250 (20.78%) Finance
2 1503 (5.95%) Banking
3 1117 (4.42%) Retail
4 907 (3.59%) Marketing
5 873 (3.46%) Advertising
6 786 (3.11%) Games
7 545 (2.16%) Investment Banking
7 545 (2.16%) Telecoms
8 427 (1.69%) Legal
9 416 (1.65%) Manufacturing
10 296 (1.17%) Front Office
11 282 (1.12%) Retail Banking
12 276 (1.09%) Back Office
13 248 (0.98%) Law
14 218 (0.86%) Electronics
15 202 (0.80%) Financial Institution
15 202 (0.80%) Music Industry
16 147 (0.58%) Publishing
17 128 (0.51%) Automotive
18 92 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 15241 (60.32%) Developer
2 7994 (31.64%) .NET Developer
3 5274 (20.87%) C# Developer
4 3730 (14.76%) C# .NET Developer
5 2565 (10.15%) SQL Developer
6 2286 (9.05%) Analyst
7 2270 (8.98%) Senior Developer
8 2146 (8.49%) Software Developer
9 2104 (8.33%) ASP.NET Developer
10 1871 (7.40%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1435 (5.68%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 1421 (5.62%) DBA
13 1195 (4.73%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 1190 (4.71%) .NET Software Developer
15 1133 (4.48%) Senior .NET Developer
16 1109 (4.39%) C# Software Developer
17 1089 (4.31%) SQL DBA
18 940 (3.72%) Junior
19 924 (3.66%) Web Developer
20 894 (3.54%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13815 (54.68%) .NET
2 9057 (35.85%) ASP.NET
3 6351 (25.14%) HTML
4 5927 (23.46%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5444 (21.55%) CSS
6 4079 (16.14%) AngularJS
7 3841 (15.20%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3832 (15.17%) .NET Framework
9 3667 (14.51%) WCF
10 3337 (13.21%) jQuery
11 2943 (11.65%) Web Services
12 2841 (11.24%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 2597 (10.28%) RESTful
14 2370 (9.38%) Entity Framework
15 2216 (8.77%) HTML5
16 2026 (8.02%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 2011 (7.96%) WPF
18 1986 (7.86%) Node.js
19 1955 (7.74%) XML
20 1521 (6.02%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 1807 (7.15%) Analytical Skills
2 1685 (6.67%) Computer Science
3 1621 (6.42%) Greenfield Project
4 847 (3.35%) Enterprise Software
5 718 (2.84%) User Experience
6 645 (2.55%) Fintech
7 628 (2.49%) Clustering
8 562 (2.22%) Management Information System
9 550 (2.18%) Mobile App
10 488 (1.93%) Replication
11 341 (1.35%) Data Centre
12 300 (1.19%) Client/Server
13 262 (1.04%) Hedge funds
14 253 (1.00%) Data Structures
15 211 (0.84%) Tandem
16 198 (0.78%) Social Network
17 188 (0.74%) Algorithms
18 183 (0.72%) N-Tier
19 169 (0.67%) Social Media
20 154 (0.61%) BBC
Operating Systems
1 5306 (21.00%) Windows
2 2325 (9.20%) Windows Server
3 1808 (7.16%) Linux
4 899 (3.56%) Windows Server 2012
5 818 (3.24%) Windows Server 2008
6 777 (3.08%) Unix
7 501 (1.98%) Windows 7
8 482 (1.91%) Android
9 405 (1.60%) Windows 10
10 365 (1.44%) Apple iOS
11 233 (0.92%) Windows Server 2003
12 162 (0.64%) Windows 8
13 160 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 155 (0.61%) Solaris
15 126 (0.50%) CentOS
16 115 (0.46%) Ubuntu
17 54 (0.21%) Mac OS X
18 50 (0.20%) Windows XP
19 49 (0.19%) AIX
20 35 (0.14%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10142 (40.14%) Agile Software Development
2 8756 (34.65%) MVC
3 5224 (20.68%) TDD
4 4067 (16.10%) Business Intelligence
5 3720 (14.72%) Scrum
6 2871 (11.36%) Web Application Development
7 2785 (11.02%) BDD
8 2444 (9.67%) OO
9 2295 (9.08%) Web Development
10 2176 (8.61%) ETL
11 2109 (8.35%) Continuous Integration
12 1824 (7.22%) Software Engineering
13 1783 (7.06%) SDLC
14 1534 (6.07%) ITIL
15 1461 (5.78%) Unit Testing
16 1383 (5.47%) Test Automation
17 1359 (5.38%) Analytics
18 1354 (5.36%) DevOps
19 1313 (5.20%) Performance Tuning
20 1186 (4.69%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 13417 (53.10%) C#
2 12679 (50.18%) SQL
3 7562 (29.93%) JavaScript
4 4654 (18.42%) T-SQL
5 2233 (8.84%) Java
6 1554 (6.15%) PowerShell
7 1397 (5.53%) Ruby
8 1384 (5.48%) VB.NET
9 976 (3.86%) Python
10 824 (3.26%) VB
11 728 (2.88%) PHP
12 543 (2.15%) C++
13 466 (1.84%) VBA
14 438 (1.73%) TypeScript
15 428 (1.69%) PL/SQL
16 328 (1.30%) C
17 293 (1.16%) Shell Script
18 268 (1.06%) R
19 231 (0.91%) Bash Shell
20 217 (0.86%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2966 (11.74%) Degree
2 993 (3.93%) Microsoft Certification
3 749 (2.96%) Computer Science Degree
4 429 (1.70%) Security Cleared
5 397 (1.57%) MCSE
6 251 (0.99%) SC Cleared
7 245 (0.97%) MCSA
8 222 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
9 200 (0.79%) CCNA
10 181 (0.72%) MCP
11 127 (0.50%) MCSD
12 118 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
13 117 (0.46%) MCITP
14 108 (0.43%) ISEB
15 107 (0.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 98 (0.39%) Numerate Degree
17 96 (0.38%) Oracle Certification
18 94 (0.37%) MCTS
19 85 (0.34%) ISTQB
20 80 (0.32%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1023 (4.05%) QA
2 494 (1.96%) SLA
3 402 (1.59%) Data Quality
4 193 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 118 (0.47%) PCI DSS
6 117 (0.46%) GDPR
7 97 (0.38%) ISO 9001
8 49 (0.19%) PMO
9 44 (0.17%) COBIT
10 36 (0.14%) SEPA
11 29 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
12 23 (0.091%) MiFID
13 18 (0.071%) Cyber Essentials
13 18 (0.071%) EMIR
14 16 (0.063%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 15 (0.059%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 13 (0.051%) GAMP
17 12 (0.047%) Basel III
18 11 (0.044%) HL7
18 11 (0.044%) RosettaNet
System Software
1 1744 (6.90%) Active Directory
2 1025 (4.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 644 (2.55%) Hyper-V
4 474 (1.88%) Docker
5 299 (1.18%) vSphere
6 296 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
7 194 (0.77%) XenApp
8 157 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
9 107 (0.42%) XenDesktop
10 106 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
11 59 (0.23%) HDFS
12 54 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
13 52 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
14 50 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
15 49 (0.19%) Terminal Services
16 33 (0.13%) KVM
17 30 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 30 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
18 28 (0.11%) BitLocker
19 21 (0.083%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 431 (1.71%) SCCM
2 407 (1.61%) Puppet
3 293 (1.16%) Ansible
4 292 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
5 220 (0.87%) Kibana
6 201 (0.80%) SCOM
7 193 (0.76%) WSUS
8 129 (0.51%) Microsoft Clustering
9 120 (0.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 119 (0.47%) Nagios
11 110 (0.44%) Backup Exec
12 109 (0.43%) Business Desktop Deployment
13 106 (0.42%) vCenter Server
14 74 (0.29%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 71 (0.28%) Oracle RMAN
16 70 (0.28%) Kubernetes
17 65 (0.26%) ZABBIX
18 56 (0.22%) Failover Clustering
18 56 (0.22%) Opsview
18 56 (0.22%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9565 (37.86%) Microsoft
2 3222 (12.75%) Oracle
3 1557 (6.16%) VMware
4 801 (3.17%) Tableau
5 694 (2.75%) Google
6 691 (2.73%) Cisco
7 552 (2.18%) SAP
8 537 (2.13%) Citrix
9 480 (1.90%) Facebook
10 393 (1.56%) IBM
11 360 (1.42%) HP
12 354 (1.40%) Sybase
13 322 (1.27%) Cognos
14 277 (1.10%) Xamarin
15 266 (1.05%) Sitecore
16 212 (0.84%) Informatica
17 194 (0.77%) Splunk
18 190 (0.75%) Apple
19 187 (0.74%) Red Hat
20 176 (0.70%) Salesforce.com