Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 33 18 17
Rank change year-on-year -15 -1 -5
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 9,386 5,348 15,739
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 7.75% 10.89% 11.14%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 27.50% 37.94% 40.57%
Number of salaries quoted 7,368 4,537 13,597
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £31,000
25th Percentile £40,000 £41,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.15%
75th Percentile £65,000 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £85,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -5.26% +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 34,135 14,095 38,791
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 28.20% 28.69% 27.44%
Number of salaries quoted 21,971 11,823 31,963
10th Percentile £35,000 £33,750 £31,250
25th Percentile £42,500 £41,750 £38,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +5.77% +4.00%
75th Percentile £77,000 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

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 20 September 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 20 September 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 -14 8,396 £50,000 - 1,883
UK excluding London -8 5,667 £45,000 -5.26% 1,365
London -27 3,096 £65,000 - 613
Work from Home -5 2,179 £50,750 +1.50% 355
South East -12 1,709 £50,000 - 288
North of England -5 1,508 £45,000 -5.26% 433
Midlands -5 1,048 £44,000 -2.22% 309
North West -8 749 £47,500 -5.00% 248
West Midlands -3 712 £45,000 -3.49% 186
Yorkshire +1 599 £45,000 - 120
South West -10 598 £47,500 +11.76% 134
Scotland -6 394 £45,000 -10.00% 60
East Midlands -4 334 £42,500 -5.56% 123
East of England -24 264 £47,500 +5.56% 104
North East +14 161 £38,000 -7.32% 65
Wales -9 113 £39,750 +6.00% 23
Northern Ireland -35 38 £35,000 -17.16% 16
Isle of Man -7 3 £35,000 -26.32%

For the 6 months to 20 September 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 4,911 (52.32%) SQL
2 4,521 (48.17%) C#
3 4,465 (47.57%) .NET
4 4,273 (45.53%) Azure
5 3,718 (39.61%) Microsoft
6 3,404 (36.27%) Agile Software Development
7 2,845 (30.31%) JavaScript
8 2,041 (21.75%) DevOps
9 2,013 (21.45%) Social Skills
10 1,813 (19.32%) Windows
11 1,781 (18.98%) Business Intelligence
12 1,765 (18.80%) HTML
13 1,755 (18.70%) ASP.NET
14 1,738 (18.52%) MVC
15 1,681 (17.91%) Finance
16 1,627 (17.33%) CSS
17 1,617 (17.23%) .NET Core
18 1,606 (17.11%) AWS
19 1,507 (16.06%) AngularJS
20 1,463 (15.59%) T-SQL
21 1,438 (15.32%) React
22 1,425 (15.18%) .NET Framework
23 1,407 (14.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
24 1,355 (14.44%) Power Platform
25 1,335 (14.22%) Full Stack Development
26 1,275 (13.58%) Power BI
27 1,254 (13.36%) Problem-Solving
28 1,232 (13.13%) Oracle
29 1,208 (12.87%) Software Engineering
30 1,190 (12.68%) 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
1 567 (6.04%) IIS
2 473 (5.04%) SharePoint
3 253 (2.70%) CMS
4 221 (2.35%) Confluence
5 157 (1.67%) Umbraco
6 150 (1.60%) Apache
7 145 (1.54%) MS Exchange
8 142 (1.51%) Elasticsearch
9 99 (1.05%) Apache Spark
10 94 (1.00%) Tomcat
11 88 (0.94%) Sitecore CMS
12 87 (0.93%) EPiServer
13 72 (0.77%) Kentico
14 59 (0.63%) nginx
15 47 (0.50%) NServiceBus
16 42 (0.45%) BizTalk Server
16 42 (0.45%) SAS
16 42 (0.45%) WordPress
17 40 (0.43%) Headless CMS
17 40 (0.43%) JBoss
Applications
1 498 (5.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 390 (4.16%) Microsoft Office
3 62 (0.66%) MS Visio
4 30 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 15 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
6 14 (0.15%) InVision
6 14 (0.15%) Sketch
7 13 (0.14%) Chatbot
8 10 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
9 9 (0.096%) Figma
10 6 (0.064%) InfoPath
10 6 (0.064%) SPSS
11 5 (0.053%) Adobe Illustrator
11 5 (0.053%) Photoshop
12 2 (0.021%) Stata
13 1 (0.011%) Mingle
13 1 (0.011%) Weka
Business Applications
1 139 (1.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 52 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
3 40 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
4 38 (0.40%) SAP Business One
5 30 (0.32%) NetSuite
6 22 (0.23%) Sage 200
7 21 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 16 (0.17%) MetaTrader
9 15 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
10 13 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
10 13 (0.14%) Unica
11 11 (0.12%) IBM Planning Analytics
11 11 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
11 11 (0.12%) Sage 50
12 10 (0.11%) R3 Corda
12 10 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 10 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
13 9 (0.096%) Distributed Ledger
13 9 (0.096%) FastStats
13 9 (0.096%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 4,273 (45.53%) Azure
2 1,606 (17.11%) AWS
3 1,355 (14.44%) Power Platform
4 604 (6.44%) SaaS
5 602 (6.41%) Microsoft 365
6 591 (6.30%) Serverless
7 465 (4.95%) GCP
8 367 (3.91%) Azure Data Factory
9 342 (3.64%) PaaS
10 282 (3.00%) GitHub
11 263 (2.80%) IaaS
12 211 (2.25%) Azure Service Bus
13 177 (1.89%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 174 (1.85%) Azure Active Directory
15 166 (1.77%) Azure Functions
15 166 (1.77%) Dynamics 365
16 149 (1.59%) AWS Lambda
17 140 (1.49%) Azure Synapse Analytics
18 130 (1.39%) PowerApps
19 126 (1.34%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 309 (3.29%) Firewall
2 306 (3.26%) DNS
3 211 (2.25%) DHCP
4 180 (1.92%) TCP/IP
5 170 (1.81%) VPN
6 169 (1.80%) HTTP
7 140 (1.49%) Internet
8 139 (1.48%) SAN
9 138 (1.47%) LAN
10 124 (1.32%) WAN
11 73 (0.78%) VoIP
12 68 (0.72%) SSL
13 58 (0.62%) VLAN
14 55 (0.59%) Skype
15 51 (0.54%) NAS
16 49 (0.52%) Network Security
17 44 (0.47%) FTP
18 43 (0.46%) Wireless
19 40 (0.43%) Remote Desktop
20 33 (0.35%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,407 (14.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,275 (13.58%) Power BI
3 1,184 (12.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1,164 (12.40%) Data Warehouse
5 993 (10.58%) MySQL
6 931 (9.92%) Relational Database
7 706 (7.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 680 (7.24%) PostgreSQL
9 611 (6.51%) NoSQL
10 447 (4.76%) MongoDB
11 420 (4.47%) Azure SQL Database
12 354 (3.77%) Tableau
13 348 (3.71%) RDBMS
14 298 (3.17%) Data Lake
15 293 (3.12%) SQL Server 2012
16 264 (2.81%) SQL Server 2016
17 225 (2.40%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 203 (2.16%) Big Data
19 199 (2.12%) Oracle Database
20 181 (1.93%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1,145 (12.20%) Git (software)
2 762 (8.12%) Visual Studio
3 538 (5.73%) JIRA
4 436 (4.65%) Team Foundation Server
5 309 (3.29%) Jenkins
6 289 (3.08%) Selenium
7 284 (3.03%) NUnit
8 244 (2.60%) Octopus Deploy
9 243 (2.59%) TeamCity
10 154 (1.64%) SpecFlow
11 140 (1.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 132 (1.41%) Visual Studio Team System
13 125 (1.33%) Moq
14 103 (1.10%) webpack
15 98 (1.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 96 (1.02%) Bitbucket
17 87 (0.93%) Postman
18 84 (0.89%) Subversion
19 83 (0.88%) MSTest
20 82 (0.87%) GitLab
General
1 2,013 (21.45%) Social Skills
2 1,681 (17.91%) Finance
3 832 (8.86%) Analytical Skills
4 432 (4.60%) Retail
5 380 (4.05%) Marketing
6 276 (2.94%) Banking
7 214 (2.28%) Public Sector
8 190 (2.02%) Presentation Skills
9 169 (1.80%) Advertising
10 168 (1.79%) Law
11 163 (1.74%) Manufacturing
12 152 (1.62%) Organisational Skills
13 135 (1.44%) Telecoms
14 129 (1.37%) Games
15 122 (1.30%) Legal
16 121 (1.29%) Back Office
17 116 (1.24%) Influencing Skills
18 109 (1.16%) Automotive
19 97 (1.03%) Front Office
20 92 (0.98%) Inclusion and Diversity
Job Titles
1 4,722 (50.31%) Developer
2 1,665 (17.74%) .NET Developer
3 1,089 (11.60%) C# Developer
4 975 (10.39%) Software Developer
5 966 (10.29%) Senior Developer
6 763 (8.13%) Analyst
7 671 (7.15%) C# .NET Developer
8 595 (6.34%) Software Engineer
9 567 (6.04%) SQL Developer
10 546 (5.82%) Full Stack Developer
11 534 (5.69%) Architect
12 395 (4.21%) DBA
13 393 (4.19%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 354 (3.77%) Senior .NET Developer
15 330 (3.52%) Data Engineer
16 308 (3.28%) .NET Software Developer
17 281 (2.99%) Administrator
18 278 (2.96%) C# Software Developer
19 264 (2.81%) SQL DBA
20 259 (2.76%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4,465 (47.57%) .NET
2 1,765 (18.80%) HTML
3 1,755 (18.70%) ASP.NET
4 1,627 (17.33%) CSS
5 1,617 (17.23%) .NET Core
6 1,507 (16.06%) AngularJS
7 1,438 (15.32%) React
8 1,425 (15.18%) .NET Framework
9 1,110 (11.83%) Web Services
10 911 (9.71%) ASP.NET Web API
11 909 (9.68%) jQuery
12 879 (9.37%) REST
13 756 (8.05%) ASP.NET MVC
14 701 (7.47%) Entity Framework
15 570 (6.07%) HTML5
15 570 (6.07%) Node.js
16 541 (5.76%) XML
17 430 (4.58%) SOAP
18 422 (4.50%) RESTful
19 405 (4.31%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 402 (4.28%) Greenfield Project
2 344 (3.67%) Self-Motivation
3 317 (3.38%) User Experience
4 304 (3.24%) Management Information System
5 287 (3.06%) Enterprise Software
6 255 (2.72%) Public Cloud
7 229 (2.44%) Data Centre
8 223 (2.38%) Mobile App
9 214 (2.28%) Clustering
10 136 (1.45%) Virtual Team
11 133 (1.42%) Hybrid Cloud
12 113 (1.20%) Data Structures
13 110 (1.17%) Replication
14 104 (1.11%) Algorithms
15 103 (1.10%) Driving Licence
16 92 (0.98%) Legacy Systems
17 90 (0.96%) Cloud Native
18 84 (0.89%) Client/Server
19 75 (0.80%) Equities
20 69 (0.74%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1,813 (19.32%) Windows
2 866 (9.23%) Windows Server
3 720 (7.67%) Linux
4 247 (2.63%) Windows 10
5 239 (2.55%) Unix
6 227 (2.42%) Windows Server 2012
7 184 (1.96%) Windows Server 2016
8 141 (1.50%) Android
9 134 (1.43%) Windows Server 2008
10 116 (1.24%) Windows Server 2019
11 93 (0.99%) Apple iOS
12 81 (0.86%) Windows 7
13 51 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 46 (0.49%) CentOS
15 33 (0.35%) Windows XP
16 31 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
17 28 (0.30%) Solaris
18 24 (0.26%) VMS
19 23 (0.25%) Windows 8
20 20 (0.21%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,404 (36.27%) Agile Software Development
2 2,041 (21.75%) DevOps
3 1,781 (18.98%) Business Intelligence
4 1,738 (18.52%) MVC
5 1,335 (14.22%) Full Stack Development
6 1,254 (13.36%) Problem-Solving
7 1,208 (12.87%) Software Engineering
8 1,190 (12.68%) Microservices
9 1,130 (12.04%) Scrum
10 1,045 (11.13%) Analytics
11 1,032 (11.00%) TDD
12 986 (10.51%) ETL
13 751 (8.00%) SDLC
14 736 (7.84%) Computer Science
15 716 (7.63%) Test Automation
16 705 (7.51%) Unit Testing
17 690 (7.35%) OO
18 636 (6.78%) Data Modelling
19 608 (6.48%) Web Development
20 607 (6.47%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 4,911 (52.32%) SQL
2 4,521 (48.17%) C#
3 2,845 (30.31%) JavaScript
4 1,463 (15.59%) T-SQL
5 965 (10.28%) Python
6 812 (8.65%) PowerShell
7 809 (8.62%) Java
8 640 (6.82%) TypeScript
9 329 (3.51%) PHP
10 253 (2.70%) VB.NET
11 215 (2.29%) C++
12 185 (1.97%) VB
13 175 (1.86%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 153 (1.63%) R
15 152 (1.62%) Bash Shell
16 139 (1.48%) VBA
17 122 (1.30%) PL/SQL
18 95 (1.01%) C
19 92 (0.98%) Go
20 80 (0.85%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1,094 (11.66%) Degree
2 319 (3.40%) Microsoft Certification
3 318 (3.39%) Computer Science Degree
4 262 (2.79%) Security Cleared
5 223 (2.38%) SC Cleared
6 95 (1.01%) Master's Degree
7 93 (0.99%) ISTQB
8 92 (0.98%) MCSE
9 84 (0.89%) ISEB
10 68 (0.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 67 (0.71%) MCSA
12 65 (0.69%) HND
13 56 (0.60%) AWS Certification
13 56 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
14 51 (0.54%) CCNA
14 51 (0.54%) HNC
15 38 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 32 (0.34%) Numerate Degree
17 31 (0.33%) DV Cleared
18 30 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 669 (7.13%) QA
2 231 (2.46%) Data Quality
3 181 (1.93%) GDPR
4 140 (1.49%) Accessibility
5 131 (1.40%) SLA
6 66 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 24 (0.26%) PCI DSS
7 24 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 17 (0.18%) PMO
9 16 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
10 12 (0.13%) NIST
11 9 (0.096%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 8 (0.085%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 8 (0.085%) HL7
13 7 (0.075%) GRC
13 7 (0.075%) ISO 22301
13 7 (0.075%) ISO 9001
13 7 (0.075%) WCAG
14 5 (0.053%) Good Clinical Practice
15 3 (0.032%) GAMP
System Software
1 830 (8.84%) Active Directory
2 801 (8.53%) Docker
3 442 (4.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 208 (2.22%) Hyper-V
5 146 (1.56%) vSphere
6 93 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
7 50 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
8 37 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
8 37 (0.39%) XenDesktop
9 36 (0.38%) XenApp
10 24 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
11 21 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
12 13 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
13 10 (0.11%) KVM
14 9 (0.096%) iptables
14 9 (0.096%) QEMU
14 9 (0.096%) Terminal Services
15 8 (0.085%) Varnish
16 7 (0.075%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 7 (0.075%) Ceph
Systems Management
1 640 (6.82%) Kubernetes
2 253 (2.70%) Terraform
3 133 (1.42%) SCCM
4 127 (1.35%) Ansible
5 119 (1.27%) Grafana
5 119 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
5 119 (1.27%) Puppet
6 80 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
7 63 (0.67%) Microsoft Clustering
8 50 (0.53%) HAProxy
9 47 (0.50%) Opsgenie
10 39 (0.42%) Nagios
11 33 (0.35%) Rancher
12 32 (0.34%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 32 (0.34%) Prometheus
12 32 (0.34%) ZABBIX
13 31 (0.33%) Graphite
13 31 (0.33%) Graylog
14 26 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
15 22 (0.23%) MIIS
Vendors
1 3,718 (39.61%) Microsoft
2 1,232 (13.13%) Oracle
3 643 (6.85%) VMware
4 434 (4.62%) Google
5 233 (2.48%) Databricks
6 211 (2.25%) Citrix
7 198 (2.11%) SAP
8 193 (2.06%) Cisco
9 191 (2.03%) Xamarin
10 189 (2.01%) Salesforce.com
11 121 (1.29%) IBM
12 105 (1.12%) HP
13 103 (1.10%) Sitecore
14 93 (0.99%) Veeam
15 82 (0.87%) Zend
16 80 (0.85%) Sage
17 77 (0.82%) Red Hat
18 76 (0.81%) Atlassian
19 75 (0.80%) Sybase
20 74 (0.79%) Dell