Period
to 13 November 2019

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 November 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
13 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 15 11 11
Rank change year-on-year -4 0 +1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 15,442 21,227 25,380
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.23% 13.03% 14.13%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 41.71% 44.68% 46.62%
Number of salaries quoted 13,340 18,341 22,164
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £28,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +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 37,021 47,512 54,438
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 26.91% 29.17% 30.32%
Number of salaries quoted 30,494 39,098 44,822
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
10th Percentile £31,500 £31,250 £30,000
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 November 2019.

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 November 2019. 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 -4 14,317 £47,500 - 2,521
UK excluding London 0 9,313 £45,000 +5.88% 2,078
London -2 5,745 £60,000 +4.35% 615
South East -2 3,073 £45,000 - 555
North of England -2 2,189 £42,500 - 538
Midlands -3 1,430 £42,500 +6.25% 402
North West -4 1,193 £42,500 -5.56% 314
South West -7 1,059 £42,500 +6.25% 220
West Midlands 0 900 £45,000 +12.50% 246
Yorkshire 0 884 £42,500 - 194
East of England -1 813 £45,000 - 195
Scotland -7 538 £42,500 -5.56% 99
East Midlands -4 529 £40,000 - 155
Wales -15 151 £38,000 - 59
North East -3 116 £35,000 -6.67% 30
Northern Ireland +2 69 £55,000 +57.14% 16
Isle of Man +1 5 £45,000 +20.00%
Channel Islands - 2 £60,000 - 1

For the 6 months to 13 November 2019, 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 7,976 (51.65%) C#
2 7,927 (51.33%) SQL
3 7,803 (50.53%) .NET
4 6,301 (40.80%) Microsoft
5 5,719 (37.04%) Agile Software Development
6 4,561 (29.54%) Azure
7 4,477 (28.99%) ASP.NET
8 4,420 (28.62%) JavaScript
9 4,038 (26.15%) MVC
10 3,365 (21.79%) Finance
11 3,266 (21.15%) HTML
12 3,093 (20.03%) Windows
13 2,976 (19.27%) CSS
14 2,660 (17.23%) T-SQL
15 2,630 (17.03%) Business Intelligence
16 2,538 (16.44%) ASP.NET MVC
17 2,511 (16.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 2,440 (15.80%) AngularJS
19 2,175 (14.08%) ASP.NET Web API
20 2,167 (14.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 2,077 (13.45%) .NET Framework
22 1,996 (12.93%) Oracle
23 1,888 (12.23%) Problem-Solving
24 1,885 (12.21%) Scrum
25 1,866 (12.08%) AWS
26 1,821 (11.79%) TDD
27 1,802 (11.67%) Data Warehouse
28 1,782 (11.54%) DevOps
29 1,701 (11.02%) Degree
30 1,694 (10.97%) Web Services

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
1 844 (5.47%) SharePoint
2 830 (5.37%) IIS
3 393 (2.55%) MS Exchange
4 287 (1.86%) CMS
5 237 (1.53%) Elasticsearch
6 236 (1.53%) Tomcat
7 228 (1.48%) Apache
8 206 (1.33%) Confluence
9 195 (1.26%) Umbraco
10 145 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
10 145 (0.94%) Skype for Business
11 131 (0.85%) Apache Spark
12 126 (0.82%) JBoss
13 119 (0.77%) WebSphere
14 102 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2013
15 96 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 94 (0.61%) EPiServer
16 94 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
17 93 (0.60%) Oracle Workflow
18 77 (0.50%) SAS
Applications
1 660 (4.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 557 (3.61%) Microsoft Office
3 100 (0.65%) MS Visio
4 81 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 46 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
6 22 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
6 22 (0.14%) Photoshop
7 19 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
8 14 (0.091%) InfoPath
9 12 (0.078%) SPSS
10 9 (0.058%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 7 (0.045%) AutoCAD
12 6 (0.039%) Chatbot
12 6 (0.039%) CINEMA 4D
12 6 (0.039%) Maya
12 6 (0.039%) MODO
12 6 (0.039%) NUKE
12 6 (0.039%) Revit
13 4 (0.026%) Fireworks
13 4 (0.026%) Moqups
Business Applications
1 335 (2.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 119 (0.77%) thinkFolio
3 109 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
4 91 (0.59%) Markit EDM
5 78 (0.51%) Front Arena
6 74 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
7 43 (0.28%) NetSuite
8 31 (0.20%) WebTrends
9 25 (0.16%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 20 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
11 17 (0.11%) SAP Business One
12 16 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
13 14 (0.091%) Oracle ERP
14 12 (0.078%) Dynamics GP
14 12 (0.078%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 12 (0.078%) SAP BPC
15 11 (0.071%) Unit4 Business World
16 10 (0.065%) FastStats
17 9 (0.058%) GoldMine
17 9 (0.058%) Sage 200
Cloud Services
1 4,561 (29.54%) Azure
2 1,866 (12.08%) AWS
3 1,541 (9.98%) Power Platform
4 800 (5.18%) Office 365
5 572 (3.70%) SaaS
6 299 (1.94%) GCP
7 277 (1.79%) PaaS
8 235 (1.52%) Dynamics 365
9 201 (1.30%) Serverless
10 188 (1.22%) Azure Data Factory
11 167 (1.08%) IaaS
12 157 (1.02%) GitHub
13 145 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
14 125 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
15 100 (0.65%) PowerApps
16 98 (0.63%) Amazon S3
17 94 (0.61%) Azure Functions
18 70 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
19 68 (0.44%) Azure Stack
20 63 (0.41%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 516 (3.34%) Firewall
2 456 (2.95%) DNS
3 344 (2.23%) Internet
4 331 (2.14%) SAN
5 318 (2.06%) DHCP
6 280 (1.81%) TCP/IP
7 187 (1.21%) LAN
8 180 (1.17%) WAN
9 170 (1.10%) HTTP
10 166 (1.07%) VPN
11 146 (0.95%) VoIP
12 132 (0.85%) Skype
13 121 (0.78%) NAS
14 111 (0.72%) VLAN
15 88 (0.57%) SSL
16 80 (0.52%) Remote Desktop
17 74 (0.48%) Network Security
17 74 (0.48%) Wireless
18 69 (0.45%) Wi-Fi
19 58 (0.38%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,511 (16.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2,167 (14.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1,802 (11.67%) Data Warehouse
4 1,499 (9.71%) Power BI
5 1,343 (8.70%) Relational Database
6 1,329 (8.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1,185 (7.67%) SQL Server 2016
8 1,026 (6.64%) MySQL
9 886 (5.74%) NoSQL
10 882 (5.71%) SQL Server 2012
11 708 (4.58%) PostgreSQL
12 684 (4.43%) SQL Server 2008
13 564 (3.65%) RDBMS
14 515 (3.34%) MongoDB
15 430 (2.78%) Azure SQL Database
16 428 (2.77%) Big Data
17 427 (2.77%) SQL Server 2014
18 297 (1.92%) Oracle Database
19 294 (1.90%) Microsoft Analysis Services
20 285 (1.85%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 1,685 (10.91%) Git (software)
2 1,187 (7.69%) Visual Studio
3 923 (5.98%) Team Foundation Server
4 653 (4.23%) JIRA
5 409 (2.65%) Selenium
6 375 (2.43%) Jenkins
7 349 (2.26%) Octopus Deploy
8 342 (2.21%) TeamCity
9 328 (2.12%) NUnit
10 280 (1.81%) Visual Studio Team System
11 247 (1.60%) Subversion
12 198 (1.28%) SpecFlow
13 187 (1.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 143 (0.93%) JUnit
15 138 (0.89%) Maven
16 117 (0.76%) Bitbucket
16 117 (0.76%) WebDriver
17 116 (0.75%) SoapUI
18 115 (0.74%) Cucumber
19 109 (0.71%) MSTest
General
1 3,365 (21.79%) Finance
2 767 (4.97%) Retail
3 666 (4.31%) Banking
4 453 (2.93%) Marketing
5 381 (2.47%) Manufacturing
6 345 (2.23%) Public Sector
7 314 (2.03%) Games
8 297 (1.92%) Telecoms
9 250 (1.62%) Front Office
10 235 (1.52%) Legal
11 168 (1.09%) Advertising
12 141 (0.91%) Back Office
13 139 (0.90%) Law
14 137 (0.89%) Automotive
15 135 (0.87%) Electronics
16 129 (0.84%) German Language
17 123 (0.80%) French Language
18 110 (0.71%) Spanish Language
19 106 (0.69%) Investment Banking
20 99 (0.64%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 8,717 (56.45%) Developer
2 3,547 (22.97%) .NET Developer
3 2,837 (18.37%) C# Developer
4 1,862 (12.06%) C# .NET Developer
5 1,590 (10.30%) Senior Developer
6 1,539 (9.97%) Analyst
7 1,478 (9.57%) Software Developer
8 1,401 (9.07%) SQL Developer
9 861 (5.58%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 751 (4.86%) DBA
11 696 (4.51%) ASP.NET Developer
12 659 (4.27%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 648 (4.20%) Software Engineer
14 593 (3.84%) Architect
15 561 (3.63%) Administrator
16 559 (3.62%) Junior
17 553 (3.58%) .NET Software Developer
18 549 (3.56%) Senior .NET Developer
19 545 (3.53%) Applications Support
20 543 (3.52%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7,803 (50.53%) .NET
2 4,477 (28.99%) ASP.NET
3 3,266 (21.15%) HTML
4 2,976 (19.27%) CSS
5 2,538 (16.44%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2,440 (15.80%) AngularJS
7 2,175 (14.08%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2,077 (13.45%) .NET Framework
9 1,694 (10.97%) Web Services
10 1,580 (10.23%) jQuery
11 1,566 (10.14%) .NET Core
12 1,221 (7.91%) Entity Framework
13 1,183 (7.66%) REST
14 1,173 (7.60%) XML
15 1,113 (7.21%) WCF
16 1,019 (6.60%) RESTful
17 953 (6.17%) React
18 905 (5.86%) HTML5
19 744 (4.82%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 673 (4.36%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1,227 (7.95%) Analytical Skills
2 989 (6.40%) Greenfield Project
3 605 (3.92%) Self-Motivation
4 546 (3.54%) Management Information System
5 425 (2.75%) Enterprise Software
6 368 (2.38%) User Experience
7 323 (2.09%) Data Centre
8 321 (2.08%) Mobile App
9 274 (1.77%) Clustering
10 260 (1.68%) Replication
11 259 (1.68%) Hedge funds
12 189 (1.22%) Fixed Income
13 167 (1.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 159 (1.03%) Derivative
14 159 (1.03%) Equities
15 140 (0.91%) Data Structures
16 134 (0.87%) Public Cloud
17 129 (0.84%) Algorithms
18 112 (0.73%) NHS
19 105 (0.68%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 3,093 (20.03%) Windows
2 1,326 (8.59%) Windows Server
3 1,172 (7.59%) Linux
4 425 (2.75%) Unix
5 349 (2.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 281 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
7 270 (1.75%) Windows 10
8 226 (1.46%) Android
9 158 (1.02%) Windows 7
10 148 (0.96%) Apple iOS
11 103 (0.67%) Windows 8
12 77 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 72 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
14 60 (0.39%) CentOS
15 55 (0.36%) Solaris
16 49 (0.32%) VMS
17 46 (0.30%) Mac OS
18 32 (0.21%) Ubuntu
19 21 (0.14%) Windows XP
20 19 (0.12%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,719 (37.04%) Agile Software Development
2 4,038 (26.15%) MVC
3 2,630 (17.03%) Business Intelligence
4 1,888 (12.23%) Problem-Solving
5 1,885 (12.21%) Scrum
6 1,821 (11.79%) TDD
7 1,782 (11.54%) DevOps
8 1,528 (9.90%) ETL
9 1,449 (9.38%) Software Engineering
10 1,209 (7.83%) Web Development
11 1,109 (7.18%) OO
12 1,100 (7.12%) Analytics
13 1,099 (7.12%) Continuous Integration
14 1,046 (6.77%) SDLC
15 976 (6.32%) Computer Science
16 916 (5.93%) Mentoring
17 894 (5.79%) Data Modelling
18 892 (5.78%) Test Automation
19 874 (5.66%) Microservices
20 868 (5.62%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 7,976 (51.65%) C#
2 7,927 (51.33%) SQL
3 4,420 (28.62%) JavaScript
4 2,660 (17.23%) T-SQL
5 1,357 (8.79%) Java
6 1,185 (7.67%) PowerShell
7 1,102 (7.14%) Python
8 773 (5.01%) VB.NET
9 451 (2.92%) PHP
10 446 (2.89%) TypeScript
11 389 (2.52%) Ruby
12 381 (2.47%) VB
13 326 (2.11%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 298 (1.93%) VBA
15 289 (1.87%) C++
16 284 (1.84%) PL/SQL
17 213 (1.38%) R
18 191 (1.24%) Bash Shell
19 172 (1.11%) C
20 163 (1.06%) Perl
Qualifications
1 1,701 (11.02%) Degree
2 524 (3.39%) Microsoft Certification
3 489 (3.17%) Computer Science Degree
4 293 (1.90%) Security Cleared
5 212 (1.37%) MCSE
6 179 (1.16%) Cisco Certification
7 171 (1.11%) SC Cleared
8 162 (1.05%) CCNA
9 155 (1.00%) MCSA
10 121 (0.78%) MCP
11 105 (0.68%) ISTQB
12 68 (0.44%) HND
13 58 (0.38%) ISEB
14 57 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 51 (0.33%) MCSD
16 50 (0.32%) DV Cleared
16 50 (0.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 48 (0.31%) AWS Certification
18 45 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
19 39 (0.25%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 705 (4.57%) QA
2 273 (1.77%) Data Quality
3 266 (1.72%) SLA
4 172 (1.11%) GDPR
5 136 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 36 (0.23%) PCI DSS
7 35 (0.23%) PMO
8 29 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 18 (0.12%) Solvency II
10 15 (0.097%) COBIT
10 15 (0.097%) ISO 9001
10 15 (0.097%) WAI
11 14 (0.091%) Cyber Essentials
12 9 (0.058%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 8 (0.052%) MiFID
14 7 (0.045%) NIST
15 6 (0.039%) IFRS
16 5 (0.032%) EMIR
17 4 (0.026%) HIPAA
17 4 (0.026%) HL7
System Software
1 1,227 (7.95%) Active Directory
2 772 (5.00%) Docker
3 569 (3.68%) VMware Infrastructure
4 476 (3.08%) Hyper-V
5 141 (0.91%) vSphere
6 123 (0.80%) XenApp
7 119 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
8 87 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
9 76 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
10 61 (0.40%) XenDesktop
11 55 (0.36%) HDFS
12 53 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
13 42 (0.27%) Firmware
14 30 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
15 24 (0.16%) Terminal Services
16 21 (0.14%) BitLocker
16 21 (0.14%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
17 16 (0.10%) Apache ZooKeeper
18 14 (0.091%) KVM
19 11 (0.071%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 361 (2.34%) Kubernetes
2 294 (1.90%) SCCM
3 248 (1.61%) Ansible
4 206 (1.33%) Puppet
5 204 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
6 145 (0.94%) Terraform
7 102 (0.66%) WSUS
8 97 (0.63%) SCOM
9 62 (0.40%) SQL Sentry
10 61 (0.40%) Backup Exec
11 58 (0.38%) Microsoft Clustering
12 49 (0.32%) Kibana
13 44 (0.28%) Grafana
13 44 (0.28%) Microsoft Intune
14 41 (0.27%) Failover Clustering
15 39 (0.25%) SCOrch
16 36 (0.23%) Single Sign-On
17 35 (0.23%) Nagios
18 33 (0.21%) Prometheus
19 31 (0.20%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 6,301 (40.80%) Microsoft
2 1,996 (12.93%) Oracle
3 869 (5.63%) VMware
4 518 (3.35%) Tableau
5 484 (3.13%) SAP
6 409 (2.65%) Citrix
7 346 (2.24%) Cisco
8 319 (2.07%) Google
9 313 (2.03%) IBM
10 210 (1.36%) Xamarin
11 166 (1.07%) HP
12 159 (1.03%) Cognos
13 151 (0.98%) Veeam
14 141 (0.91%) Salesforce.com
15 129 (0.84%) Sybase
16 120 (0.78%) Dell
17 115 (0.74%) Informatica
18 114 (0.74%) Databricks
18 114 (0.74%) Sitecore
19 109 (0.71%) Atlassian