Period
to 19 August 2018

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 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 10 11 11
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 -6
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 22,681 26,046 29,311
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.42% 14.70% 14.86%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 44.66% 47.93% 49.48%
Number of salaries quoted 19,522 23,008 26,084
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £44,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +1.12% +4.71%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £27,750
90th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £67,425
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +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 50,791 54,341 59,243
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.05% 30.67% 30.04%
Number of salaries quoted 41,344 45,229 50,586
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £28,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%

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 19 August 2018.

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 August 2018. 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 21,304 £46,500 +3.33% 2,820
UK excluding London 0 13,986 £42,500 +6.25% 2,109
London -1 8,237 £57,500 +4.55% 881
South East -2 4,227 £45,000 +5.88% 512
North of England -3 3,346 £42,500 +6.25% 573
Midlands +2 2,251 £40,000 - 391
North West -1 1,875 £42,500 +6.25% 311
East of England +2 1,661 £45,000 +5.88% 226
South West -1 1,555 £40,000 - 237
West Midlands 0 1,222 £40,000 - 190
Yorkshire -3 1,214 £42,500 +6.25% 214
East Midlands +4 1,025 £40,000 -5.88% 201
Scotland -2 691 £45,000 +12.50% 108
Wales -2 258 £42,500 +13.33% 41
North East -1 257 £37,500 -1.32% 48
Northern Ireland 0 46 £34,000 -2.86% 18
Isle of Man -2 6 £38,750 +10.71% 1
Channel Islands - 6 £70,000 - 2

For the 6 months to 19 August 2018, 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 12,229 (53.92%) .NET
2 12,181 (53.71%) C#
3 11,641 (51.32%) SQL
4 9,032 (39.82%) Microsoft
5 8,524 (37.58%) Agile Software Development
6 7,376 (32.52%) ASP.NET
7 7,147 (31.51%) MVC
8 6,782 (29.90%) JavaScript
9 5,304 (23.39%) HTML
10 5,027 (22.16%) Finance
11 4,802 (21.17%) Microsoft Azure
12 4,671 (20.59%) CSS
13 4,622 (20.38%) ASP.NET MVC
14 4,381 (19.32%) Windows
15 4,361 (19.23%) T-SQL
16 4,008 (17.67%) TDD
17 3,990 (17.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 3,835 (16.91%) Business Intelligence
19 3,799 (16.75%) AngularJS
20 3,783 (16.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 3,652 (16.10%) ASP.NET Web API
22 3,482 (15.35%) .NET Framework
23 3,025 (13.34%) Oracle
24 3,014 (13.29%) Scrum
25 2,829 (12.47%) Problem-Solving
26 2,810 (12.39%) Degree
27 2,806 (12.37%) jQuery
28 2,706 (11.93%) SQL Server 2016
29 2,546 (11.23%) Web Services
30 2,537 (11.19%) Data Warehouse

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 1,317 (5.81%) IIS
2 1,059 (4.67%) SharePoint
3 604 (2.66%) CMS
4 542 (2.39%) Elasticsearch
5 538 (2.37%) MS Exchange
6 397 (1.75%) Apache
7 325 (1.43%) Tomcat
8 306 (1.35%) Umbraco
9 278 (1.23%) Confluence
10 266 (1.17%) WebSphere
11 240 (1.06%) BizTalk Server
12 214 (0.94%) JBoss
12 214 (0.94%) WebLogic
13 188 (0.83%) Skype for Business
14 184 (0.81%) Sitecore CMS
15 181 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 170 (0.75%) Apache Spark
17 163 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
18 161 (0.71%) EPiServer
19 149 (0.66%) SAS
Applications
1 1,152 (5.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 698 (3.08%) Microsoft Office
3 104 (0.46%) MS Visio
4 103 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 73 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
6 39 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
7 28 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 26 (0.11%) SPSS
9 15 (0.066%) Adobe Premiere
10 14 (0.062%) InfoPath
11 13 (0.057%) Adobe Illustrator
12 11 (0.048%) AutoCAD
13 10 (0.044%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 7 (0.031%) Revit
15 6 (0.026%) Fireworks
16 5 (0.022%) Adobe After Effects
16 5 (0.022%) InDesign
16 5 (0.022%) Maya
17 4 (0.018%) ProjectWise
17 4 (0.018%) Stata
Business Applications
1 487 (2.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 243 (1.07%) Dynamics AX
3 203 (0.90%) Dynamics NAV
4 89 (0.39%) Markit EDM
5 73 (0.32%) NetSuite
6 70 (0.31%) thinkFolio
7 59 (0.26%) Elite 3E
8 58 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
9 53 (0.23%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 50 (0.22%) Eloqua
11 43 (0.19%) Cognos TM1
12 35 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 34 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
14 33 (0.15%) Magento
15 29 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
16 22 (0.097%) FastStats
17 19 (0.084%) SAP ERP
18 18 (0.079%) Sage 200
19 17 (0.075%) Documaker
19 17 (0.075%) Front Arena
Cloud Services
1 4,802 (21.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 2,092 (9.22%) Amazon AWS
3 804 (3.54%) Office 365
4 626 (2.76%) SaaS
5 381 (1.68%) PaaS
6 322 (1.42%) IaaS
7 291 (1.28%) GitHub
8 221 (0.97%) Azure Data Factory
9 180 (0.79%) Google Cloud Platform
10 175 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
11 145 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
12 135 (0.60%) npm
13 124 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
14 111 (0.49%) Azure Active Directory
15 98 (0.43%) Serverless
16 83 (0.37%) Amazon S3
17 80 (0.35%) Google Play
18 69 (0.30%) Google Analytics
19 67 (0.30%) NuGet
20 65 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 736 (3.25%) Firewall
2 674 (2.97%) DNS
3 615 (2.71%) Internet
4 559 (2.46%) SAN
5 535 (2.36%) TCP/IP
6 398 (1.75%) DHCP
7 325 (1.43%) WAN
8 303 (1.34%) VPN
9 293 (1.29%) LAN
10 269 (1.19%) HTTP
11 197 (0.87%) NAS
12 178 (0.78%) SSL
13 177 (0.78%) Skype
14 174 (0.77%) Network Security
15 138 (0.61%) VLAN
16 134 (0.59%) Intranet
17 128 (0.56%) SMS
18 118 (0.52%) VoIP
19 82 (0.36%) FTP
20 79 (0.35%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3,990 (17.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3,783 (16.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2,706 (11.93%) SQL Server 2016
4 2,537 (11.19%) Data Warehouse
5 2,286 (10.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1,659 (7.31%) NoSQL
7 1,633 (7.20%) Relational Database
8 1,595 (7.03%) SQL Server 2008
9 1,574 (6.94%) SQL Server 2012
10 1,493 (6.58%) Power BI
11 1,480 (6.53%) MySQL
12 1,057 (4.66%) MongoDB
13 877 (3.87%) SQL Server 2014
14 733 (3.23%) Oracle Database
15 703 (3.10%) Big Data
16 659 (2.91%) RDBMS
17 579 (2.55%) PostgreSQL
18 412 (1.82%) Azure SQL Database
19 396 (1.75%) Hadoop
20 373 (1.64%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 2,508 (11.06%) Git (software)
2 2,013 (8.88%) Visual Studio
3 1,711 (7.54%) Team Foundation Server
4 874 (3.85%) JIRA
5 746 (3.29%) TeamCity
6 616 (2.72%) NUnit
7 610 (2.69%) Jenkins
8 533 (2.35%) Octopus Deploy
9 517 (2.28%) Subversion
10 475 (2.09%) Selenium
11 382 (1.68%) Visual Studio Team System
12 323 (1.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 258 (1.14%) Bitbucket
14 214 (0.94%) SpecFlow
15 198 (0.87%) MSTest
16 186 (0.82%) Moq
17 172 (0.76%) Rhino Mocks
18 167 (0.74%) Maven
19 162 (0.71%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 162 (0.71%) gulp
General
1 5,027 (22.16%) Finance
2 1,044 (4.60%) Retail
3 1,023 (4.51%) Banking
4 981 (4.33%) Advertising
5 897 (3.95%) Marketing
6 716 (3.16%) Games
7 366 (1.61%) Legal
8 350 (1.54%) Manufacturing
9 335 (1.48%) Front Office
10 293 (1.29%) Investment Banking
11 285 (1.26%) Telecoms
12 240 (1.06%) Law
13 195 (0.86%) Back Office
14 177 (0.78%) Automotive
15 137 (0.60%) Financial Institution
16 130 (0.57%) Electronics
17 90 (0.40%) Music Industry
17 90 (0.40%) Publishing
18 89 (0.39%) German Language
19 74 (0.33%) French Language
Job Titles
1 13,415 (59.15%) Developer
2 6,649 (29.32%) .NET Developer
3 4,690 (20.68%) C# Developer
4 3,232 (14.25%) C# .NET Developer
5 2,326 (10.26%) Analyst
6 2,150 (9.48%) SQL Developer
7 2,014 (8.88%) Software Developer
8 1,898 (8.37%) Senior Developer
9 1,543 (6.80%) ASP.NET Developer
10 1,386 (6.11%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1,332 (5.87%) DBA
12 1,187 (5.23%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 1,091 (4.81%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
14 1,083 (4.77%) .NET Software Developer
15 1,030 (4.54%) C# Software Developer
16 1,001 (4.41%) SQL DBA
17 858 (3.78%) Architect
18 847 (3.73%) Senior .NET Developer
19 842 (3.71%) Junior
20 790 (3.48%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12,229 (53.92%) .NET
2 7,376 (32.52%) ASP.NET
3 5,304 (23.39%) HTML
4 4,671 (20.59%) CSS
5 4,622 (20.38%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3,799 (16.75%) AngularJS
7 3,652 (16.10%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3,482 (15.35%) .NET Framework
9 2,806 (12.37%) jQuery
10 2,546 (11.23%) Web Services
11 2,486 (10.96%) WCF
12 2,159 (9.52%) Entity Framework
13 2,070 (9.13%) RESTful
14 1,646 (7.26%) HTML5
15 1,597 (7.04%) ASP.NET MVC 5
16 1,547 (6.82%) XML
17 1,475 (6.50%) WPF
18 1,445 (6.37%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 1,247 (5.50%) Node.js
20 1,176 (5.18%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1,815 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1,641 (7.24%) Greenfield Project
3 1,480 (6.53%) Computer Science
4 884 (3.90%) Enterprise Software
5 747 (3.29%) Fintech
6 662 (2.92%) User Experience
7 611 (2.69%) Management Information System
8 590 (2.60%) Self-Motivation
9 507 (2.24%) Mobile App
10 474 (2.09%) Replication
11 451 (1.99%) Clustering
12 337 (1.49%) Data Centre
13 306 (1.35%) Hedge funds
14 276 (1.22%) Data Structures
15 246 (1.08%) Equities
16 231 (1.02%) Algorithms
17 204 (0.90%) Derivative
18 200 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 192 (0.85%) Tandem
20 188 (0.83%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 4,381 (19.32%) Windows
2 1,909 (8.42%) Windows Server
3 1,715 (7.56%) Linux
4 697 (3.07%) Unix
5 688 (3.03%) Windows Server 2012
6 626 (2.76%) Windows Server 2008
7 427 (1.88%) Android
8 307 (1.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 305 (1.34%) Apple iOS
10 264 (1.16%) Windows 10
11 255 (1.12%) Windows 7
12 158 (0.70%) Solaris
13 141 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
14 124 (0.55%) CentOS
15 102 (0.45%) Ubuntu
16 96 (0.42%) AIX
16 96 (0.42%) Windows 8
17 81 (0.36%) Mac OS X
18 67 (0.30%) HPUX
19 57 (0.25%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8,524 (37.58%) Agile Software Development
2 7,147 (31.51%) MVC
3 4,008 (17.67%) TDD
4 3,835 (16.91%) Business Intelligence
5 3,014 (13.29%) Scrum
6 2,829 (12.47%) Problem-Solving
7 2,237 (9.86%) BDD
8 2,102 (9.27%) Web Application Development
9 2,064 (9.10%) Continuous Integration
10 2,053 (9.05%) ETL
11 2,002 (8.83%) OO
12 1,829 (8.06%) Web Development
13 1,773 (7.82%) Software Engineering
14 1,500 (6.61%) SDLC
15 1,443 (6.36%) Analytics
16 1,410 (6.22%) Test Automation
17 1,355 (5.97%) ITIL
18 1,351 (5.96%) DevOps
19 1,328 (5.86%) Unit Testing
20 1,129 (4.98%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 12,181 (53.71%) C#
2 11,641 (51.32%) SQL
3 6,782 (29.90%) JavaScript
4 4,361 (19.23%) T-SQL
5 2,098 (9.25%) Java
6 1,759 (7.76%) PowerShell
7 1,227 (5.41%) Python
8 1,044 (4.60%) VB.NET
9 959 (4.23%) Ruby
10 634 (2.80%) PHP
11 612 (2.70%) VB
12 608 (2.68%) C++
13 578 (2.55%) VBA
14 532 (2.35%) TypeScript
15 458 (2.02%) PL/SQL
16 346 (1.53%) Perl
17 340 (1.50%) C
18 331 (1.46%) Bash Shell
19 243 (1.07%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
20 209 (0.92%) R
Qualifications
1 2,810 (12.39%) Degree
2 905 (3.99%) Microsoft Certification
3 743 (3.28%) Computer Science Degree
4 440 (1.94%) Security Cleared
5 430 (1.90%) MCSE
6 213 (0.94%) SC Cleared
7 210 (0.93%) MCSA
8 160 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
9 152 (0.67%) MCP
10 150 (0.66%) Cisco Certification
11 136 (0.60%) CCNA
12 131 (0.58%) ISEB
13 94 (0.41%) ISTQB
13 94 (0.41%) MCITP
14 82 (0.36%) Numerate Degree
15 80 (0.35%) CISSP
16 70 (0.31%) Master's Degree
17 69 (0.30%) DV Cleared
18 68 (0.30%) DBS Check
18 68 (0.30%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 804 (3.54%) QA
2 417 (1.84%) Data Quality
3 362 (1.60%) SLA
4 180 (0.79%) GDPR
5 151 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 80 (0.35%) PCI DSS
7 47 (0.21%) GCP
8 38 (0.17%) ISO 9001
9 29 (0.13%) PMO
10 28 (0.12%) MiFID
11 27 (0.12%) COBIT
12 19 (0.084%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 14 (0.062%) EMIR
14 13 (0.057%) WAI
15 10 (0.044%) Cyber Essentials
15 10 (0.044%) WCAG
16 9 (0.040%) HL7
17 8 (0.035%) FATCA
17 8 (0.035%) GAMP
18 7 (0.031%) IFRS
System Software
1 1,593 (7.02%) Active Directory
2 841 (3.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 704 (3.10%) Hyper-V
4 619 (2.73%) Docker
5 266 (1.17%) vSphere
6 199 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
7 161 (0.71%) XenApp
8 134 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
9 116 (0.51%) Oracle RAC
10 85 (0.37%) XenDesktop
11 69 (0.30%) HDFS
12 50 (0.22%) Firmware
13 47 (0.21%) XenServer
14 46 (0.20%) Terminal Services
15 44 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
16 43 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
17 40 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
18 31 (0.14%) BitLocker
18 31 (0.14%) NFS
19 26 (0.11%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 415 (1.83%) SCCM
2 389 (1.72%) Puppet
3 342 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
4 322 (1.42%) Ansible
5 220 (0.97%) Kubernetes
6 194 (0.86%) SCOM
7 192 (0.85%) Kibana
8 127 (0.56%) Terraform
9 111 (0.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 100 (0.44%) Failover Clustering
11 93 (0.41%) Microsoft Clustering
12 87 (0.38%) Nagios
13 78 (0.34%) WSUS
14 76 (0.34%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
15 69 (0.30%) Salt
16 64 (0.28%) Perfmon
17 62 (0.27%) SCVMM
18 58 (0.26%) vCenter Server
19 57 (0.25%) Data Guard
20 53 (0.23%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 9,032 (39.82%) Microsoft
2 3,025 (13.34%) Oracle
3 1,232 (5.43%) VMware
4 772 (3.40%) Tableau
5 689 (3.04%) Google
6 511 (2.25%) Citrix
7 495 (2.18%) Cisco
8 483 (2.13%) SAP
9 329 (1.45%) Xamarin
10 322 (1.42%) Facebook
11 299 (1.32%) Red Hat
12 273 (1.20%) IBM
13 265 (1.17%) HP
14 245 (1.08%) Sitecore
15 239 (1.05%) Capita
16 223 (0.98%) Cognos
17 208 (0.92%) ServiceNow
18 192 (0.85%) Informatica
19 190 (0.84%) Sybase
20 181 (0.80%) Salesforce.com