Period
to 26 September 2017

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 26 September 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 11 12 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 -7 +1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 25645 28196 36395
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.46% 14.63% 16.61%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 47.24% 49.17% 52.37%
Number of salaries quoted 22344 25087 32420
UK median annual salary £45,000 £44,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +2.41%
10th Percentile £28,750 £27,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 54291 57344 69496
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 30.60% 29.75% 31.72%
Number of salaries quoted 44668 48856 58726
UK median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.56% +1.12%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,750 £27,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,000 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% -

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 26 September 2017.

Salary histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 17 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 26 September 2017. 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 24024 £45,000 - 932
UK excluding London -1 16052 £40,000 - 721
London 0 9139 £55,000 +4.76% 260
South East 0 4686 £42,500 - 181
North of England -4 4261 £40,000 - 235
Midlands 0 2475 £40,000 +6.67% 107
North West -3 2425 £40,000 - 136
East of England +1 1777 £43,000 +1.18% 70
South West +2 1664 £40,000 +6.67% 79
Yorkshire -1 1625 £40,000 - 86
West Midlands -1 1579 £40,000 +6.67% 65
East Midlands -2 896 £40,000 - 42
Scotland 0 849 £40,000 - 33
Wales +1 303 £37,500 +4.17% 12
North East -2 205 £38,959 +2.79% 13
Northern Ireland +2 72 £31,000 -22.50% 4
Isle of Man -7 3 £60,000 +33.33%

For the 6 months to 26 September 2017, IT jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 14259 (55.60%) .NET
2 13732 (53.55%) C#
3 12988 (50.65%) SQL
4 10072 (39.27%) Agile Software Development
5 9822 (38.30%) Microsoft
6 9264 (36.12%) ASP.NET
7 8812 (34.36%) MVC
8 7723 (30.12%) JavaScript
9 6502 (25.35%) HTML
10 5943 (23.17%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5750 (22.42%) Finance
12 5623 (21.93%) CSS
13 5561 (21.68%) Windows
14 5184 (20.21%) TDD
15 4860 (18.95%) T-SQL
16 4314 (16.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 4145 (16.16%) AngularJS
18 4099 (15.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 4028 (15.71%) Business Intelligence
20 3897 (15.20%) .NET Framework
21 3884 (15.15%) Scrum
22 3637 (14.18%) Microsoft Azure
23 3631 (14.16%) WCF
24 3622 (14.12%) ASP.NET Web API
25 3514 (13.70%) Oracle
26 3421 (13.34%) jQuery
27 3196 (12.46%) Web Services
28 3173 (12.37%) Degree
29 2584 (10.08%) Java
30 2537 (9.89%) BDD

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 1729 (6.74%) IIS
2 1447 (5.64%) SharePoint
3 815 (3.18%) MS Exchange
4 788 (3.07%) CMS
5 574 (2.24%) Tomcat
6 564 (2.20%) Apache
7 501 (1.95%) BizTalk Server
8 474 (1.85%) Elasticsearch
9 361 (1.41%) Umbraco
10 310 (1.21%) JBoss
11 295 (1.15%) Sitecore CMS
12 282 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2010
13 258 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
14 249 (0.97%) WebSphere
15 242 (0.94%) Confluence
16 234 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 206 (0.80%) WebLogic
18 201 (0.78%) EPiServer
19 200 (0.78%) SAS
20 194 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 1177 (4.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 757 (2.95%) Microsoft Office
3 143 (0.56%) MS Visio
4 131 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 79 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
6 58 (0.23%) SPSS
7 51 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
7 51 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 20 (0.078%) Adobe Illustrator
9 18 (0.070%) InfoPath
10 6 (0.023%) Fireworks
11 5 (0.019%) OmniGraffle
11 5 (0.019%) SOLIDWORKS
12 4 (0.016%) Chatbot
12 4 (0.016%) EngageOne
12 4 (0.016%) S-PLUS
13 3 (0.012%) HipChat
13 3 (0.012%) Stata
14 2 (0.008%) SPSS Modeler
15 1 (0.004%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 517 (2.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 211 (0.82%) Dynamics AX
3 166 (0.65%) Dynamics NAV
4 64 (0.25%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 55 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
6 46 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
7 41 (0.16%) Adobe Campaign
7 41 (0.16%) Eloqua
8 36 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
9 27 (0.11%) Endur
10 26 (0.10%) Magento
11 25 (0.097%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 25 (0.097%) SAP BPC
12 23 (0.090%) Markit EDM
12 23 (0.090%) SAP Hybris
13 20 (0.078%) Oracle Applications
13 20 (0.078%) Visualfiles
14 19 (0.074%) Siebel CRM
15 18 (0.070%) JDE EnterpriseOne
16 17 (0.066%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 3637 (14.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 1714 (6.68%) Amazon AWS
3 713 (2.78%) Office 365
4 662 (2.58%) SaaS
5 367 (1.43%) GitHub
6 284 (1.11%) IaaS
7 270 (1.05%) PaaS
8 224 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
9 132 (0.51%) npm
10 121 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
10 121 (0.47%) Google Play
11 111 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
12 100 (0.39%) Amazon EC2
12 100 (0.39%) Azure Machine Learning
13 90 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
14 75 (0.29%) Google Analytics
15 70 (0.27%) Azure Data Factory
16 62 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
17 60 (0.23%) Amazon S3
18 47 (0.18%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 838 (3.27%) Firewall
2 833 (3.25%) Internet
3 647 (2.52%) DNS
4 609 (2.37%) SAN
5 465 (1.81%) TCP/IP
6 431 (1.68%) DHCP
7 404 (1.58%) WAN
8 353 (1.38%) LAN
9 333 (1.30%) VPN
10 293 (1.14%) HTTP
11 215 (0.84%) Intranet
12 193 (0.75%) VoIP
13 175 (0.68%) Skype
14 158 (0.62%) VLAN
15 143 (0.56%) SSL
16 131 (0.51%) NAS
17 121 (0.47%) Broadband
18 106 (0.41%) Network Security
19 90 (0.35%) FTP
20 87 (0.34%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4314 (16.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4099 (15.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2508 (9.78%) SQL Server 2008
4 2490 (9.71%) Data Warehouse
5 2438 (9.51%) SQL Server 2014
6 2298 (8.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2088 (8.14%) SQL Server 2016
8 1959 (7.64%) SQL Server 2012
9 1946 (7.59%) NoSQL
10 1901 (7.41%) Relational Database
11 1816 (7.08%) MySQL
12 1223 (4.77%) MongoDB
13 1082 (4.22%) Power BI
14 772 (3.01%) Big Data
15 768 (2.99%) RDBMS
16 721 (2.81%) SQL Server 2005
17 579 (2.26%) PostgreSQL
18 564 (2.20%) Oracle Database
19 533 (2.08%) QlikView
20 463 (1.81%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 2431 (9.48%) Git (software)
2 2379 (9.28%) Visual Studio
3 2019 (7.87%) Team Foundation Server
4 1327 (5.17%) NUnit
5 1096 (4.27%) JIRA
6 1017 (3.97%) Subversion
7 905 (3.53%) TeamCity
8 668 (2.60%) Rhino Mocks
9 667 (2.60%) Jenkins
10 563 (2.20%) Moq
11 532 (2.07%) Selenium
12 505 (1.97%) Octopus Deploy
13 440 (1.72%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 404 (1.58%) MSTest
15 283 (1.10%) SpecFlow
16 256 (1.00%) JUnit
17 255 (0.99%) Maven
18 204 (0.80%) Bitbucket
19 177 (0.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
20 140 (0.55%) Mercurial
General
1 5750 (22.42%) Finance
2 1742 (6.79%) Banking
3 1399 (5.46%) Retail
4 1140 (4.45%) Marketing
5 787 (3.07%) Games
6 720 (2.81%) Investment Banking
7 674 (2.63%) Advertising
8 643 (2.51%) Telecoms
9 547 (2.13%) Legal
10 519 (2.02%) Manufacturing
11 402 (1.57%) Front Office
12 337 (1.31%) Electronics
13 336 (1.31%) Retail Banking
14 281 (1.10%) Back Office
15 280 (1.09%) Law
16 204 (0.80%) Financial Institution
17 164 (0.64%) Music Industry
18 154 (0.60%) Publishing
19 125 (0.49%) Automotive
20 117 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 15517 (60.51%) Developer
2 8070 (31.47%) .NET Developer
3 5645 (22.01%) C# Developer
4 3977 (15.51%) C# .NET Developer
5 2607 (10.17%) SQL Developer
6 2370 (9.24%) Senior Developer
7 2331 (9.09%) Analyst
8 2283 (8.90%) ASP.NET Developer
9 2070 (8.07%) Software Developer
10 1978 (7.71%) C# ASP.NET Developer
11 1535 (5.99%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
12 1459 (5.69%) DBA
13 1176 (4.59%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 1145 (4.46%) Senior .NET Developer
15 1143 (4.46%) SQL DBA
16 1133 (4.42%) .NET Software Developer
17 1061 (4.14%) C# Software Developer
18 971 (3.79%) Administrator
19 956 (3.73%) Junior
20 927 (3.61%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14259 (55.60%) .NET
2 9264 (36.12%) ASP.NET
3 6502 (25.35%) HTML
4 5943 (23.17%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5623 (21.93%) CSS
6 4145 (16.16%) AngularJS
7 3897 (15.20%) .NET Framework
8 3631 (14.16%) WCF
9 3622 (14.12%) ASP.NET Web API
10 3421 (13.34%) jQuery
11 3196 (12.46%) Web Services
12 2517 (9.81%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 2428 (9.47%) Entity Framework
14 2302 (8.98%) RESTful
15 2207 (8.61%) HTML5
16 2126 (8.29%) XML
17 2020 (7.88%) WPF
18 1887 (7.36%) Twitter Bootstrap
19 1825 (7.12%) Node.js
20 1453 (5.67%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 1854 (7.23%) Analytical Skills
2 1777 (6.93%) Computer Science
3 1570 (6.12%) Greenfield Project
4 828 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
5 819 (3.19%) User Experience
6 647 (2.52%) Management Information System
7 616 (2.40%) Fintech
8 607 (2.37%) Clustering
9 581 (2.27%) Mobile App
10 494 (1.93%) Replication
11 350 (1.36%) Data Centre
12 318 (1.24%) Client/Server
13 280 (1.09%) Data Structures
14 252 (0.98%) Hedge funds
15 222 (0.87%) N-Tier
16 221 (0.86%) iPad
17 218 (0.85%) Algorithms
18 212 (0.83%) Fixed Income
19 184 (0.72%) Social Network
20 180 (0.70%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 5561 (21.68%) Windows
2 2316 (9.03%) Windows Server
3 1836 (7.16%) Linux
4 975 (3.80%) Windows Server 2008
5 959 (3.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 816 (3.18%) Unix
7 546 (2.13%) Android
8 448 (1.75%) Windows 7
9 367 (1.43%) Apple iOS
10 352 (1.37%) Windows 10
11 257 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
12 160 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 157 (0.61%) Solaris
14 147 (0.57%) Windows 8
15 125 (0.49%) CentOS
16 103 (0.40%) Ubuntu
17 87 (0.34%) Windows XP
18 55 (0.21%) AIX
19 48 (0.19%) Debian
20 45 (0.18%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 10072 (39.27%) Agile Software Development
2 8812 (34.36%) MVC
3 5184 (20.21%) TDD
4 4028 (15.71%) Business Intelligence
5 3884 (15.15%) Scrum
6 2537 (9.89%) BDD
7 2518 (9.82%) Web Application Development
8 2448 (9.55%) OO
9 2400 (9.36%) Web Development
10 2189 (8.54%) Continuous Integration
11 2186 (8.52%) ETL
12 1901 (7.41%) Software Engineering
13 1819 (7.09%) SDLC
14 1543 (6.02%) Unit Testing
15 1430 (5.58%) ITIL
16 1382 (5.39%) DevOps
16 1382 (5.39%) Test Automation
17 1381 (5.39%) Analytics
18 1375 (5.36%) Performance Tuning
19 1272 (4.96%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 13732 (53.55%) C#
2 12988 (50.65%) SQL
3 7723 (30.12%) JavaScript
4 4860 (18.95%) T-SQL
5 2584 (10.08%) Java
6 1659 (6.47%) PowerShell
7 1391 (5.42%) VB.NET
8 1228 (4.79%) Ruby
9 989 (3.86%) Python
10 834 (3.25%) VB
11 682 (2.66%) C++
12 681 (2.66%) PHP
13 485 (1.89%) VBA
14 424 (1.65%) TypeScript
15 412 (1.61%) PL/SQL
16 335 (1.31%) C
17 334 (1.30%) Shell Script
18 312 (1.22%) R
19 262 (1.02%) Perl
20 248 (0.97%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 3173 (12.37%) Degree
2 1067 (4.16%) Microsoft Certification
3 821 (3.20%) Computer Science Degree
4 409 (1.59%) Security Cleared
5 401 (1.56%) MCSE
6 268 (1.05%) MCSA
7 258 (1.01%) SC Cleared
8 197 (0.77%) MCP
9 167 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
10 149 (0.58%) MCITP
11 144 (0.56%) CCNA
12 127 (0.50%) Numerate Degree
13 126 (0.49%) MCTS
14 106 (0.41%) ISEB
14 106 (0.41%) ITIL Certification
15 99 (0.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 98 (0.38%) MCSD
17 88 (0.34%) Master's Degree
18 69 (0.27%) MCAD
19 67 (0.26%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 996 (3.88%) QA
2 509 (1.98%) SLA
3 412 (1.61%) Data Quality
4 187 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 145 (0.57%) PCI DSS
6 117 (0.46%) ISO 9001
7 61 (0.24%) GDPR
8 55 (0.21%) SEPA
9 38 (0.15%) PMO
10 32 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
11 28 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 25 (0.097%) HL7
13 24 (0.094%) MiFID
14 23 (0.090%) COBIT
15 16 (0.062%) Cyber Essentials
16 15 (0.058%) Basel III
17 13 (0.051%) ISO 9000
18 12 (0.047%) RosettaNet
18 12 (0.047%) WCAG
19 10 (0.039%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1825 (7.12%) Active Directory
2 940 (3.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 653 (2.55%) Hyper-V
4 367 (1.43%) Docker
5 321 (1.25%) vSphere
6 229 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
7 191 (0.74%) XenApp
8 136 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
9 99 (0.39%) XenDesktop
10 86 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
11 68 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
12 57 (0.22%) Terminal Services
13 42 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
13 42 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
14 40 (0.16%) KVM
15 36 (0.14%) HDFS
16 35 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 34 (0.13%) XenServer
18 26 (0.10%) Virtual Desktop
19 21 (0.082%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 448 (1.75%) Puppet
2 355 (1.38%) Opscode Chef
3 350 (1.36%) SCCM
4 297 (1.16%) Ansible
5 209 (0.81%) SCOM
6 189 (0.74%) Kibana
7 178 (0.69%) WSUS
8 127 (0.50%) Nagios
9 107 (0.42%) Microsoft Clustering
10 104 (0.41%) Opsview
11 103 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 91 (0.35%) Backup Exec
13 88 (0.34%) vCenter Server
14 86 (0.34%) Business Desktop Deployment
15 82 (0.32%) ZABBIX
16 80 (0.31%) Failover Clustering
17 64 (0.25%) Oracle RMAN
18 56 (0.22%) Kubernetes
19 52 (0.20%) Perfmon
20 49 (0.19%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 9822 (38.30%) Microsoft
2 3514 (13.70%) Oracle
3 1535 (5.99%) VMware
4 750 (2.92%) Tableau
5 700 (2.73%) SAP
6 688 (2.68%) Cisco
7 572 (2.23%) Google
8 500 (1.95%) Citrix
9 453 (1.77%) IBM
10 434 (1.69%) Facebook
11 400 (1.56%) Sybase
12 380 (1.48%) Sitecore
13 366 (1.43%) HP
14 310 (1.21%) Xamarin
15 299 (1.17%) Cognos
16 254 (0.99%) Splunk
17 193 (0.75%) NetApp
18 182 (0.71%) Red Hat
19 174 (0.68%) Apple
20 173 (0.67%) Salesforce.com