Period
to 19 June 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 19 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
19 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 28 17 15
Rank change year-on-year -11 -2 -4
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 8,263 9,016 16,783
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 8.03% 11.01% 11.68%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 29.87% 40.59% 41.67%
Number of salaries quoted 6,779 7,485 14,468
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £31,000
25th Percentile £38,750 £38,750 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £63,750 £65,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £83,750 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,500
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +2.35%

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 27,663 22,214 40,280
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 26.89% 27.13% 28.03%
Number of salaries quoted 19,734 18,218 33,212
10th Percentile £33,750 £32,500 £31,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £51,858
Median % change year-on-year - +6.06% +3.72%
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +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 19 June 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 19 June 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 -12 7,364 £50,000 - 1,752
UK excluding London -10 5,207 £45,000 - 1,341
London -28 2,542 £62,500 - 531
Work from Home 0 1,816 £50,000 +5.26% 364
South East -6 1,588 £50,000 +5.26% 295
North of England -10 1,292 £45,000 - 397
Midlands -5 944 £42,500 -5.56% 283
North West -9 698 £47,500 - 231
South West -5 598 £45,000 - 119
West Midlands -2 594 £45,000 - 176
Yorkshire -7 499 £42,500 -3.41% 128
Scotland -5 388 £45,000 - 72
East Midlands -2 348 £41,250 +3.13% 107
East of England -14 271 £48,000 +12.94% 128
Wales +2 100 £37,500 -6.25% 40
North East -5 97 £37,000 -7.50% 38
Northern Ireland -32 33 £34,000 -32.00% 8
Isle of Man -17 2 £35,000 -26.32%

For the 6 months to 19 June 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 4,203 (50.87%) SQL
2 4,055 (49.07%) C#
3 4,025 (48.71%) .NET
4 3,602 (43.59%) Azure
5 3,068 (37.13%) Microsoft
6 2,939 (35.57%) Agile Software Development
7 2,610 (31.59%) JavaScript
8 1,780 (21.54%) DevOps
9 1,736 (21.01%) HTML
10 1,714 (20.74%) CSS
11 1,677 (20.30%) ASP.NET
12 1,667 (20.17%) MVC
13 1,591 (19.25%) Social Skills
14 1,583 (19.16%) Finance
15 1,569 (18.99%) .NET Core
16 1,472 (17.81%) Business Intelligence
17 1,471 (17.80%) Windows
18 1,329 (16.08%) AngularJS
19 1,311 (15.87%) T-SQL
20 1,294 (15.66%) AWS
21 1,230 (14.89%) .NET Framework
22 1,172 (14.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 1,137 (13.76%) React
24 1,130 (13.68%) Power Platform
25 1,063 (12.86%) Power BI
26 1,059 (12.82%) Microservices
27 1,057 (12.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
28 1,013 (12.26%) Scrum
29 1,010 (12.22%) Problem-Solving
30 1,001 (12.11%) Git (software)

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
1 511 (6.18%) IIS
2 457 (5.53%) SharePoint
3 206 (2.49%) CMS
4 162 (1.96%) Confluence
5 148 (1.79%) Apache
6 110 (1.33%) MS Exchange
7 103 (1.25%) Umbraco
8 99 (1.20%) Elasticsearch
9 78 (0.94%) Apache Spark
10 72 (0.87%) nginx
11 71 (0.86%) Tomcat
12 67 (0.81%) EPiServer
13 66 (0.80%) NServiceBus
14 58 (0.70%) Sitecore CMS
15 54 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
16 49 (0.59%) Kentico
17 42 (0.51%) WebLogic
18 40 (0.48%) WordPress
19 39 (0.47%) Skype for Business
20 34 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 373 (4.51%) Microsoft Excel
2 251 (3.04%) Microsoft Office
3 39 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 32 (0.39%) MS Visio
5 17 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
6 7 (0.085%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.073%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.048%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.048%) SPSS
9 3 (0.036%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.036%) Adobe XD
10 2 (0.024%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.024%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.024%) SOLIDWORKS
10 2 (0.024%) Stata
11 1 (0.012%) Figma
11 1 (0.012%) Mingle
11 1 (0.012%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 193 (2.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 63 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
3 44 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
4 36 (0.44%) NetSuite
5 26 (0.31%) SAP Business One
6 23 (0.28%) Elite 3E
7 16 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
8 14 (0.17%) Sage 200
9 11 (0.13%) Magento
9 11 (0.13%) MetaTrader
9 11 (0.13%) Sage 50
10 10 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
11 9 (0.11%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
11 9 (0.11%) nopCommerce
11 9 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 9 (0.11%) Sentinel
12 7 (0.085%) Payment Gateway
12 7 (0.085%) Visualfiles
13 6 (0.073%) SAP S/4HANA
14 5 (0.061%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 3,602 (43.59%) Azure
2 1,294 (15.66%) AWS
3 1,130 (13.68%) Power Platform
4 532 (6.44%) SaaS
5 518 (6.27%) Microsoft 365
6 398 (4.82%) Serverless
7 338 (4.09%) PaaS
8 308 (3.73%) GCP
9 300 (3.63%) Azure Data Factory
10 226 (2.74%) IaaS
11 214 (2.59%) Azure Service Bus
12 205 (2.48%) Dynamics 365
13 200 (2.42%) Azure Active Directory
14 187 (2.26%) GitHub
15 137 (1.66%) AWS Lambda
15 137 (1.66%) Azure Functions
16 135 (1.63%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 123 (1.49%) Amazon EC2
18 122 (1.48%) PowerApps
19 121 (1.46%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 263 (3.18%) Firewall
2 193 (2.34%) DNS
3 146 (1.77%) VPN
4 132 (1.60%) DHCP
5 126 (1.52%) SAN
6 123 (1.49%) TCP/IP
7 121 (1.46%) Internet
8 118 (1.43%) HTTP
9 109 (1.32%) Skype
10 95 (1.15%) LAN
11 81 (0.98%) WAN
12 59 (0.71%) FTP
12 59 (0.71%) VoIP
13 55 (0.67%) VLAN
14 50 (0.61%) Network Security
15 49 (0.59%) NAS
16 35 (0.42%) Remote Desktop
16 35 (0.42%) SSL
17 31 (0.38%) PBX
18 30 (0.36%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,172 (14.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,063 (12.86%) Power BI
3 1,057 (12.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 973 (11.78%) Data Warehouse
5 872 (10.55%) MySQL
6 757 (9.16%) Relational Database
7 641 (7.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 572 (6.92%) PostgreSQL
9 527 (6.38%) NoSQL
10 396 (4.79%) MongoDB
11 383 (4.64%) Azure SQL Database
12 333 (4.03%) Tableau
13 290 (3.51%) SQL Server 2012
14 273 (3.30%) RDBMS
15 262 (3.17%) Data Lake
16 248 (3.00%) SQL Server 2016
17 205 (2.48%) Oracle Database
18 188 (2.28%) SQL Server 2008
19 184 (2.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
20 155 (1.88%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 1,001 (12.11%) Git (software)
2 678 (8.21%) Visual Studio
3 416 (5.03%) JIRA
4 391 (4.73%) Team Foundation Server
5 264 (3.19%) Jenkins
6 255 (3.09%) TeamCity
7 244 (2.95%) Octopus Deploy
8 200 (2.42%) Selenium
9 198 (2.40%) NUnit
10 187 (2.26%) Visual Studio Team System
11 142 (1.72%) SpecFlow
12 108 (1.31%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 92 (1.11%) Bitbucket
13 92 (1.11%) MSTest
13 92 (1.11%) webpack
14 73 (0.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 71 (0.86%) Subversion
16 64 (0.77%) Moq
16 64 (0.77%) Postman
17 62 (0.75%) gulp
General
1 1,591 (19.25%) Social Skills
2 1,583 (19.16%) Finance
3 755 (9.14%) Analytical Skills
4 400 (4.84%) Marketing
5 298 (3.61%) Retail
6 215 (2.60%) Banking
7 196 (2.37%) Public Sector
8 171 (2.07%) Law
8 171 (2.07%) Organisational Skills
9 164 (1.98%) Manufacturing
10 141 (1.71%) Advertising
11 134 (1.62%) Games
12 130 (1.57%) Telecoms
13 112 (1.36%) Back Office
14 108 (1.31%) Legal
15 103 (1.25%) Presentation Skills
16 98 (1.19%) Influencing Skills
17 93 (1.13%) Automotive
18 82 (0.99%) Front Office
19 75 (0.91%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 4,305 (52.10%) Developer
2 1,664 (20.14%) .NET Developer
3 1,082 (13.09%) C# Developer
4 909 (11.00%) Senior Developer
5 807 (9.77%) Software Developer
6 745 (9.02%) Analyst
7 699 (8.46%) C# .NET Developer
8 530 (6.41%) Software Engineer
9 529 (6.40%) SQL Developer
10 518 (6.27%) Full Stack Developer
11 392 (4.74%) Architect
12 351 (4.25%) Senior .NET Developer
13 342 (4.14%) DBA
14 301 (3.64%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 291 (3.52%) Data Engineer
16 285 (3.45%) .NET Software Developer
17 254 (3.07%) Senior C# Developer
18 253 (3.06%) Applications Support
19 242 (2.93%) C# Software Developer
20 229 (2.77%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4,025 (48.71%) .NET
2 1,736 (21.01%) HTML
3 1,714 (20.74%) CSS
4 1,677 (20.30%) ASP.NET
5 1,569 (18.99%) .NET Core
6 1,329 (16.08%) AngularJS
7 1,230 (14.89%) .NET Framework
8 1,137 (13.76%) React
9 977 (11.82%) Web Services
10 895 (10.83%) jQuery
11 862 (10.43%) ASP.NET Web API
12 823 (9.96%) REST
13 685 (8.29%) ASP.NET MVC
14 639 (7.73%) Entity Framework
15 516 (6.24%) HTML5
16 435 (5.26%) XML
17 431 (5.22%) Node.js
18 425 (5.14%) Vue.js
19 396 (4.79%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 361 (4.37%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 372 (4.50%) Greenfield Project
2 299 (3.62%) Self-Motivation
3 280 (3.39%) User Experience
4 265 (3.21%) Management Information System
5 247 (2.99%) Mobile App
6 212 (2.57%) Data Centre
7 190 (2.30%) Enterprise Software
8 188 (2.28%) Clustering
9 129 (1.56%) Replication
10 125 (1.51%) Public Cloud
11 124 (1.50%) Hedge funds
12 112 (1.36%) Data Structures
13 103 (1.25%) Virtual Team
14 100 (1.21%) EPoS
15 92 (1.11%) N-Tier
16 77 (0.93%) Client/Server
16 77 (0.93%) Reinsurance
17 76 (0.92%) Hybrid Cloud
18 73 (0.88%) Algorithms
18 73 (0.88%) Pricing Data
Operating Systems
1 1,471 (17.80%) Windows
2 761 (9.21%) Windows Server
3 682 (8.25%) Linux
4 238 (2.88%) Unix
5 193 (2.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 187 (2.26%) Windows 10
7 173 (2.09%) Windows Server 2016
8 109 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
9 106 (1.28%) Android
10 89 (1.08%) Windows 7
11 75 (0.91%) Apple iOS
12 72 (0.87%) Windows Server 2019
13 55 (0.67%) CentOS
14 42 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 33 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
16 24 (0.29%) Solaris
16 24 (0.29%) Ubuntu
17 22 (0.27%) Windows 8
18 20 (0.24%) SUSE
19 19 (0.23%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,939 (35.57%) Agile Software Development
2 1,780 (21.54%) DevOps
3 1,667 (20.17%) MVC
4 1,472 (17.81%) Business Intelligence
5 1,059 (12.82%) Microservices
6 1,013 (12.26%) Scrum
7 1,010 (12.22%) Problem-Solving
8 1,000 (12.10%) Software Engineering
9 866 (10.48%) TDD
10 838 (10.14%) ETL
11 751 (9.09%) Analytics
12 671 (8.12%) Test Automation
13 619 (7.49%) OO
14 605 (7.32%) SDLC
15 572 (6.92%) Web Development
16 567 (6.86%) Computer Science
17 513 (6.21%) Mentoring
18 504 (6.10%) Visualisation
19 493 (5.97%) Continuous Integration
20 478 (5.78%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 4,203 (50.87%) SQL
2 4,055 (49.07%) C#
3 2,610 (31.59%) JavaScript
4 1,311 (15.87%) T-SQL
5 860 (10.41%) Python
6 716 (8.67%) PowerShell
7 687 (8.31%) Java
8 511 (6.18%) TypeScript
9 289 (3.50%) PHP
10 255 (3.09%) VB.NET
11 171 (2.07%) Bash Shell
12 167 (2.02%) VB
13 165 (2.00%) C++
14 120 (1.45%) PL/SQL
15 115 (1.39%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 110 (1.33%) VBA
17 94 (1.14%) R
18 90 (1.09%) Perl
19 87 (1.05%) Ruby
20 74 (0.90%) Go
Qualifications
1 873 (10.57%) Degree
2 297 (3.59%) Computer Science Degree
3 252 (3.05%) Microsoft Certification
4 239 (2.89%) Security Cleared
5 215 (2.60%) SC Cleared
6 96 (1.16%) MCSE
7 87 (1.05%) ISTQB
8 76 (0.92%) ISEB
9 74 (0.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 60 (0.73%) MCSA
11 56 (0.68%) Cisco Certification
12 51 (0.62%) CCNA
13 48 (0.58%) Master's Degree
14 37 (0.45%) MCP
15 25 (0.30%) HND
15 25 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
16 24 (0.29%) DV Cleared
17 23 (0.28%) MCTS
18 21 (0.25%) AWS Certification
18 21 (0.25%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 512 (6.20%) QA
2 206 (2.49%) Data Quality
3 109 (1.32%) GDPR
4 96 (1.16%) SLA
5 95 (1.15%) Accessibility
6 64 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 28 (0.34%) PCI DSS
8 25 (0.30%) GRC
9 11 (0.13%) ISO 9001
9 11 (0.13%) PMO
10 9 (0.11%) WAI
11 6 (0.073%) Cyber Essentials
11 6 (0.073%) NIST
12 5 (0.061%) COBIT
12 5 (0.061%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 2 (0.024%) AIFMD
13 2 (0.024%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 2 (0.024%) HL7
13 2 (0.024%) SOC 2
14 1 (0.012%) NCSC
System Software
1 703 (8.51%) Docker
2 626 (7.58%) Active Directory
3 361 (4.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 167 (2.02%) Hyper-V
5 99 (1.20%) vSphere
6 66 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
7 46 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
8 40 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
9 30 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
9 30 (0.36%) XenApp
10 24 (0.29%) XenDesktop
11 23 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
12 21 (0.25%) KVM
13 18 (0.22%) iptables
13 18 (0.22%) QEMU
14 16 (0.19%) Postfix
15 13 (0.16%) Kamailio
15 13 (0.16%) Terminal Services
16 10 (0.12%) HDFS
16 10 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 492 (5.95%) Kubernetes
2 277 (3.35%) Terraform
3 162 (1.96%) Ansible
4 140 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
5 121 (1.46%) Puppet
6 120 (1.45%) SCCM
7 79 (0.96%) Microsoft Intune
8 59 (0.71%) Microsoft Clustering
9 51 (0.62%) HAProxy
10 47 (0.57%) Grafana
11 37 (0.45%) ZABBIX
12 36 (0.44%) Oracle RMAN
13 28 (0.34%) Prometheus
13 28 (0.34%) WSUS
14 27 (0.33%) Data Guard
14 27 (0.33%) Nagios
15 24 (0.29%) Galera Cluster
16 22 (0.27%) Active Directory Federation Services
16 22 (0.27%) Rancher
16 22 (0.27%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 3,068 (37.13%) Microsoft
2 990 (11.98%) Oracle
3 545 (6.60%) VMware
4 295 (3.57%) Google
5 196 (2.37%) Cisco
6 194 (2.35%) Databricks
7 164 (1.98%) SAP
8 161 (1.95%) Salesforce.com
9 133 (1.61%) Citrix
10 111 (1.34%) Xamarin
11 110 (1.33%) Sybase
12 101 (1.22%) IBM
13 99 (1.20%) HP
14 85 (1.03%) Veeam
15 84 (1.02%) Nintex
16 82 (0.99%) Informatica
17 70 (0.85%) Sitecore
18 60 (0.73%) Zend
19 56 (0.68%) Red Hat
19 56 (0.68%) Sage