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

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
2 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 16 12 10
Rank change year-on-year -4 -2 +1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 13,006 17,979 24,951
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 11.10% 12.14% 14.10%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 41.56% 42.78% 45.95%
Number of salaries quoted 11,511 16,350 23,287
Median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £30,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% 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 31,291 42,023 54,306
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 26.71% 28.38% 30.68%
Number of salaries quoted 25,575 34,511 45,391
Median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,375
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
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 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 2 April 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 2 April 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 -4 11,998 £50,000 +4.17% 1,803
UK excluding London +1 7,876 £45,000 +5.88% 1,494
London 0 4,809 £60,000 +3.45% 426
South East +1 2,700 £47,500 +5.56% 374
North of England -1 1,956 £45,000 +5.88% 423
Midlands 0 1,112 £42,500 +6.25% 288
North West -1 1,107 £45,000 +5.88% 237
South West -5 755 £45,000 +5.88% 154
Work from Home -8 741 £45,000 -10.00% 134
Yorkshire -3 735 £43,000 +1.18% 149
West Midlands +1 677 £45,000 +5.88% 169
East of England -1 655 £45,000 - 139
Scotland -4 451 £45,000 +5.88% 68
East Midlands 0 431 £40,500 +1.25% 119
Wales -9 157 £40,000 +6.67% 39
North East -1 115 £40,000 - 37
Northern Ireland +12 86 £52,000 +30.00% 8
Isle of Man +8 9 £47,500 +26.67% 1
Channel Islands +4 6 £60,000 -36.84% 2

For the 6 months to 2 April 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 6,654 (51.16%) SQL
2 6,652 (51.15%) .NET
3 6,646 (51.10%) C#
4 5,229 (40.20%) Microsoft
5 4,768 (36.66%) Agile Software Development
6 4,581 (35.22%) Azure
7 3,981 (30.61%) JavaScript
8 3,749 (28.83%) ASP.NET
9 3,302 (25.39%) MVC
10 2,842 (21.85%) Finance
11 2,615 (20.11%) HTML
12 2,512 (19.31%) Windows
13 2,487 (19.12%) AngularJS
14 2,394 (18.41%) CSS
15 2,212 (17.01%) .NET Framework
16 2,115 (16.26%) Business Intelligence
17 2,060 (15.84%) T-SQL
18 2,040 (15.69%) ASP.NET MVC
19 1,986 (15.27%) AWS
20 1,921 (14.77%) ASP.NET Web API
21 1,904 (14.64%) Scrum
22 1,893 (14.55%) .NET Core
23 1,885 (14.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
24 1,813 (13.94%) TDD
25 1,747 (13.43%) Oracle
26 1,719 (13.22%) DevOps
27 1,639 (12.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
28 1,438 (11.06%) Problem-Solving
29 1,402 (10.78%) Degree
30 1,376 (10.58%) 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
1 739 (5.68%) IIS
2 657 (5.05%) SharePoint
3 541 (4.16%) Elasticsearch
4 323 (2.48%) MS Exchange
5 196 (1.51%) CMS
6 167 (1.28%) Apache Spark
7 159 (1.22%) Confluence
8 152 (1.17%) Tomcat
9 150 (1.15%) Apache
10 148 (1.14%) Skype for Business
11 118 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2010
12 113 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
13 104 (0.80%) EPiServer
14 99 (0.76%) Umbraco
15 87 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2013
16 72 (0.55%) SAS
17 68 (0.52%) Sitecore CMS
18 67 (0.52%) WebSphere
19 45 (0.35%) JBoss
20 44 (0.34%) Drupal
Applications
1 504 (3.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 433 (3.33%) Microsoft Office
3 97 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 65 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 21 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
7 17 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
8 14 (0.11%) InfoPath
9 13 (0.100%) Photoshop
10 8 (0.062%) Chatbot
10 8 (0.062%) SPSS
11 4 (0.031%) Adobe Captivate
11 4 (0.031%) Camtasia
12 3 (0.023%) Acrobat
12 3 (0.023%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 3 (0.023%) FileZilla
12 3 (0.023%) InDesign
12 3 (0.023%) Windchill
13 2 (0.015%) Adobe XD
13 2 (0.015%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 241 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 108 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
3 37 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
4 24 (0.18%) NetSuite
5 23 (0.18%) Salerio
6 22 (0.17%) Elite 3E
7 21 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 18 (0.14%) Markit EDM
9 16 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 15 (0.12%) WebTrends
11 14 (0.11%) thinkFolio
12 13 (0.100%) Oracle EBS
12 13 (0.100%) Sage 200
13 12 (0.092%) Exchequer
14 11 (0.085%) Endur
15 10 (0.077%) SAP ERP
15 10 (0.077%) Visualfiles
16 9 (0.069%) Magento
16 9 (0.069%) Raiser's Edge
17 8 (0.062%) Infor SunSystems
Cloud Services
1 4,581 (35.22%) Azure
2 1,986 (15.27%) AWS
3 1,206 (9.27%) Power Platform
4 696 (5.35%) Office 365
5 542 (4.17%) SaaS
6 328 (2.52%) PaaS
7 255 (1.96%) GCP
8 238 (1.83%) Dynamics 365
9 233 (1.79%) IaaS
10 209 (1.61%) Azure Data Factory
11 177 (1.36%) Serverless
12 164 (1.26%) Cloud Computing
13 144 (1.11%) GitHub
14 139 (1.07%) Azure Active Directory
15 75 (0.58%) Amazon S3
16 69 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
17 64 (0.49%) AWS Lambda
18 58 (0.45%) PowerApps
19 56 (0.43%) Azure Functions
20 42 (0.32%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 389 (2.99%) Firewall
2 382 (2.94%) DNS
3 303 (2.33%) Internet
4 298 (2.29%) SAN
5 293 (2.25%) DHCP
6 279 (2.15%) TCP/IP
7 177 (1.36%) LAN
8 173 (1.33%) VPN
9 162 (1.25%) WAN
10 114 (0.88%) VoIP
11 113 (0.87%) VLAN
12 109 (0.84%) HTTP
13 87 (0.67%) NAS
14 84 (0.65%) Skype
15 60 (0.46%) Intranet
16 56 (0.43%) SSL
17 55 (0.42%) NetScaler
18 44 (0.34%) FTP
19 43 (0.33%) Wireless
20 37 (0.28%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,885 (14.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,639 (12.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1,365 (10.50%) Data Warehouse
4 1,159 (8.91%) Power BI
5 1,016 (7.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1,000 (7.69%) Relational Database
7 976 (7.50%) MySQL
8 873 (6.71%) MongoDB
9 831 (6.39%) SQL Server 2016
10 771 (5.93%) NoSQL
11 679 (5.22%) SQL Server 2012
12 505 (3.88%) SQL Server 2008
13 501 (3.85%) PostgreSQL
14 473 (3.64%) Data Lake
15 397 (3.05%) Azure SQL Database
16 389 (2.99%) RDBMS
16 389 (2.99%) SQL Server 2019
17 341 (2.62%) Big Data
18 317 (2.44%) SQL Server 2014
19 314 (2.41%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1,326 (10.20%) Git (software)
2 977 (7.51%) Visual Studio
3 669 (5.14%) Team Foundation Server
4 471 (3.62%) JIRA
5 354 (2.72%) Jenkins
6 351 (2.70%) Octopus Deploy
7 318 (2.45%) Selenium
8 299 (2.30%) TeamCity
9 243 (1.87%) NUnit
10 200 (1.54%) Visual Studio Team System
11 197 (1.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 151 (1.16%) SpecFlow
13 145 (1.11%) Subversion
14 101 (0.78%) SoapUI
15 100 (0.77%) Cucumber
15 100 (0.77%) WebDriver
16 99 (0.76%) Bitbucket
17 90 (0.69%) MSTest
18 86 (0.66%) Jasmine
19 85 (0.65%) Maven
General
1 2,842 (21.85%) Finance
2 560 (4.31%) Retail
3 475 (3.65%) Banking
4 323 (2.48%) Legal
5 302 (2.32%) Games
6 276 (2.12%) Marketing
7 231 (1.78%) Front Office
8 223 (1.71%) Public Sector
9 215 (1.65%) Law
10 210 (1.61%) Manufacturing
11 165 (1.27%) Telecoms
12 135 (1.04%) Back Office
13 107 (0.82%) Advertising
14 96 (0.74%) Automotive
15 88 (0.68%) Investment Banking
16 75 (0.58%) Electronics
17 67 (0.52%) Financial Institution
18 66 (0.51%) Local Government
19 54 (0.42%) Publishing
20 50 (0.38%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 7,249 (55.74%) Developer
2 3,094 (23.79%) .NET Developer
3 2,312 (17.78%) C# Developer
4 1,405 (10.80%) C# .NET Developer
5 1,303 (10.02%) Analyst
6 1,247 (9.59%) Software Developer
7 1,189 (9.14%) Senior Developer
8 932 (7.17%) SQL Developer
9 677 (5.21%) DBA
10 586 (4.51%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 574 (4.41%) Software Engineer
12 510 (3.92%) Architect
13 504 (3.88%) SQL DBA
14 481 (3.70%) Junior
15 460 (3.54%) Administrator
16 442 (3.40%) .NET Software Developer
17 439 (3.38%) C# Software Developer
18 436 (3.35%) Full Stack Developer
19 424 (3.26%) Applications Support
20 418 (3.21%) ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6,652 (51.15%) .NET
2 3,749 (28.83%) ASP.NET
3 2,615 (20.11%) HTML
4 2,487 (19.12%) AngularJS
5 2,394 (18.41%) CSS
6 2,212 (17.01%) .NET Framework
7 2,040 (15.69%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1,921 (14.77%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1,893 (14.55%) .NET Core
10 1,376 (10.58%) Web Services
11 1,364 (10.49%) Entity Framework
12 1,321 (10.16%) React
13 1,252 (9.63%) jQuery
14 927 (7.13%) REST
15 882 (6.78%) Node.js
16 811 (6.24%) XML
17 784 (6.03%) RESTful
18 776 (5.97%) HTML5
19 680 (5.23%) WCF
20 593 (4.56%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 1,290 (9.92%) Analytical Skills
2 897 (6.90%) Greenfield Project
3 411 (3.16%) Self-Motivation
4 387 (2.98%) Management Information System
5 342 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
6 330 (2.54%) User Experience
7 312 (2.40%) Mobile App
8 270 (2.08%) Data Centre
9 219 (1.68%) Clustering
10 171 (1.31%) Replication
11 159 (1.22%) Data Structures
12 141 (1.08%) Hedge funds
13 120 (0.92%) Reinsurance
14 98 (0.75%) Algorithms
15 93 (0.72%) Public Cloud
16 92 (0.71%) Virtual Team
17 85 (0.65%) Private Cloud
18 82 (0.63%) Driving Licence
19 80 (0.62%) Tandem
20 70 (0.54%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2,512 (19.31%) Windows
2 1,117 (8.59%) Windows Server
3 955 (7.34%) Linux
4 342 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 306 (2.35%) Unix
6 265 (2.04%) Windows 10
7 254 (1.95%) Windows Server 2016
8 244 (1.88%) Windows Server 2008
9 205 (1.58%) Android
10 185 (1.42%) Windows 7
11 170 (1.31%) Apple iOS
12 121 (0.93%) Windows Server 2019
13 67 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 64 (0.49%) Windows 8
15 53 (0.41%) VMS
16 41 (0.32%) Solaris
17 39 (0.30%) CentOS
18 33 (0.25%) Windows Server 2003
19 24 (0.18%) AIX
19 24 (0.18%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,768 (36.66%) Agile Software Development
2 3,302 (25.39%) MVC
3 2,115 (16.26%) Business Intelligence
4 1,904 (14.64%) Scrum
5 1,813 (13.94%) TDD
6 1,719 (13.22%) DevOps
7 1,438 (11.06%) Problem-Solving
8 1,329 (10.22%) ETL
9 1,213 (9.33%) Software Engineering
10 1,141 (8.77%) Microservices
11 1,106 (8.50%) Analytics
12 974 (7.49%) Continuous Integration
13 966 (7.43%) BDD
14 964 (7.41%) OO
15 902 (6.94%) Web Development
16 777 (5.97%) SDLC
17 771 (5.93%) Web Application Development
18 739 (5.68%) ITIL
19 719 (5.53%) Test Automation
20 698 (5.37%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 6,654 (51.16%) SQL
2 6,646 (51.10%) C#
3 3,981 (30.61%) JavaScript
4 2,060 (15.84%) T-SQL
5 1,054 (8.10%) Java
6 1,025 (7.88%) Python
7 1,017 (7.82%) PowerShell
8 758 (5.83%) TypeScript
9 509 (3.91%) VB.NET
10 391 (3.01%) PHP
11 318 (2.45%) VB
12 266 (2.05%) PL/SQL
13 232 (1.78%) Ruby
14 213 (1.64%) R
15 203 (1.56%) Bash Shell
15 203 (1.56%) VBA
16 185 (1.42%) C++
17 153 (1.18%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 137 (1.05%) VBScript
19 126 (0.97%) F#
Qualifications
1 1,402 (10.78%) Degree
2 512 (3.94%) Microsoft Certification
3 390 (3.00%) Computer Science Degree
4 275 (2.11%) Security Cleared
5 189 (1.45%) SC Cleared
6 173 (1.33%) MCSE
7 136 (1.05%) MCSA
8 125 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
9 99 (0.76%) CCNA
10 82 (0.63%) MCP
11 76 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
12 66 (0.51%) ISTQB
13 48 (0.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 47 (0.36%) ISEB
15 44 (0.34%) MCSD
16 42 (0.32%) Numerate Degree
17 38 (0.29%) CCNP
18 35 (0.27%) Master's Degree
19 27 (0.21%) Oracle Certification
20 25 (0.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 501 (3.85%) QA
2 242 (1.86%) SLA
3 228 (1.75%) Data Quality
4 147 (1.13%) GDPR
5 131 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 93 (0.72%) GAAP
7 50 (0.38%) PCI DSS
8 29 (0.22%) ISO 9001
9 16 (0.12%) COBIT
9 16 (0.12%) Solvency II
10 15 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 7 (0.054%) HL7
11 7 (0.054%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 7 (0.054%) MiFID
11 7 (0.054%) NIST
11 7 (0.054%) PMO
11 7 (0.054%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 4 (0.031%) Cyber Essentials
12 4 (0.031%) GxP
13 3 (0.023%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 1,119 (8.60%) Active Directory
2 640 (4.92%) Docker
3 528 (4.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 399 (3.07%) Hyper-V
5 167 (1.28%) vSphere
6 135 (1.04%) XenApp
7 124 (0.95%) VMware ESXi
8 73 (0.56%) XenDesktop
9 69 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
10 49 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
11 40 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
12 32 (0.25%) Terminal Server
13 27 (0.21%) HDFS
14 20 (0.15%) Terminal Services
15 19 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
16 18 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
17 17 (0.13%) Firmware
18 15 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
19 13 (0.100%) VMware Workstation
20 12 (0.092%) KVM
Systems Management
1 440 (3.38%) Kubernetes
2 266 (2.05%) SCCM
3 192 (1.48%) Ansible
4 172 (1.32%) Terraform
5 131 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
6 118 (0.91%) Puppet
7 78 (0.60%) WSUS
8 68 (0.52%) SCOM
9 65 (0.50%) Microsoft Intune
10 58 (0.45%) Nagios
11 50 (0.38%) Failover Clustering
12 48 (0.37%) Backup Exec
12 48 (0.37%) Kibana
13 43 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
14 40 (0.31%) vCenter Server
15 26 (0.20%) Packer
16 25 (0.19%) Grafana
17 21 (0.16%) Single Sign-On
18 20 (0.15%) Norton AntiVirus
19 19 (0.15%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5,229 (40.20%) Microsoft
2 1,747 (13.43%) Oracle
3 801 (6.16%) VMware
4 656 (5.04%) Tableau
5 337 (2.59%) Citrix
6 295 (2.27%) SAP
7 258 (1.98%) Cisco
8 246 (1.89%) Google
9 228 (1.75%) IBM
10 218 (1.68%) Teradata
11 208 (1.60%) Xamarin
12 203 (1.56%) HP
13 201 (1.55%) Alteryx
14 187 (1.44%) Cadence
15 185 (1.42%) UiPath
16 181 (1.39%) Blue Prism
17 178 (1.37%) Automation Anywhere
18 156 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
19 123 (0.95%) Veeam
20 119 (0.91%) Sybase