Period
to 19 June 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 19 June 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
19 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 14 10 10
Rank change year-on-year -4 0 -1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 16,783 23,746 25,983
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.68% 13.79% 15.09%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 41.91% 45.01% 49.01%
Number of salaries quoted 14,412 20,588 23,207
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £31,000 £30,000 £28,750
90th Percentile £76,250 £70,250 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.18% +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 40,048 52,759 53,021
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 27.87% 30.65% 30.79%
Number of salaries quoted 32,716 43,271 44,816
UK median annual salary £51,943 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.89% +5.26% -
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £29,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%

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 June 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 19 June 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 15,560 £47,500 +5.56% 1,212
UK excluding London -5 10,292 £43,000 +1.18% 1,007
London -3 6,160 £60,000 +9.09% 274
South East -5 3,153 £45,000 +3.45% 253
North of England -1 2,539 £42,500 +6.25% 319
Midlands -3 1,553 £42,500 +6.25% 189
North West -4 1,338 £42,500 +6.25% 165
South West -8 1,225 £42,500 +6.25% 101
Yorkshire +1 1,025 £42,500 - 135
West Midlands -3 920 £42,500 +6.25% 102
East of England -2 907 £45,000 - 78
Scotland 0 689 £42,500 -0.58% 43
East Midlands -3 630 £40,000 - 87
Wales -3 200 £36,644 -8.39% 21
North East -2 178 £39,000 +2.30% 19
Northern Ireland -14 50 £45,000 +32.35% 3
Isle of Man -2 8 £45,000 +12.50%
Channel Islands +2 1 £95,000 +35.71% 2

For the 6 months to 19 June 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 8,799 (52.43%) SQL
2 8,481 (50.53%) C#
3 8,367 (49.85%) .NET
4 6,646 (39.60%) Microsoft
5 5,993 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
6 5,042 (30.04%) JavaScript
7 4,828 (28.77%) ASP.NET
8 4,572 (27.24%) MVC
9 4,384 (26.12%) Microsoft Azure
10 3,717 (22.15%) HTML
11 3,602 (21.46%) Finance
12 3,361 (20.03%) CSS
13 3,340 (19.90%) Windows
14 2,972 (17.71%) T-SQL
15 2,922 (17.41%) Business Intelligence
16 2,867 (17.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 2,680 (15.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 2,676 (15.94%) ASP.NET MVC
19 2,514 (14.98%) AngularJS
20 2,309 (13.76%) ASP.NET Web API
21 2,202 (13.12%) .NET Framework
22 2,149 (12.80%) Scrum
23 2,131 (12.70%) Oracle
24 2,124 (12.66%) Degree
25 2,088 (12.44%) TDD
26 2,039 (12.15%) Problem-Solving
27 1,967 (11.72%) Data Warehouse
28 1,965 (11.71%) Web Services
29 1,895 (11.29%) Amazon AWS
30 1,809 (10.78%) jQuery

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 1,009 (6.01%) SharePoint
2 991 (5.90%) IIS
3 471 (2.81%) MS Exchange
4 304 (1.81%) Tomcat
5 299 (1.78%) Apache
6 251 (1.50%) Confluence
7 237 (1.41%) Elasticsearch
8 228 (1.36%) CMS
9 194 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
10 175 (1.04%) Umbraco
11 169 (1.01%) WebSphere
12 166 (0.99%) Skype for Business
13 160 (0.95%) JBoss
14 138 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2010
15 126 (0.75%) WebLogic
16 124 (0.74%) Apache Spark
17 104 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2013
18 87 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 86 (0.51%) SAS
20 78 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 679 (4.05%) Microsoft Office
2 647 (3.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 82 (0.49%) MS Visio
4 48 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 44 (0.26%) Chatbot
6 17 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
6 17 (0.10%) Photoshop
7 16 (0.095%) SPSS
8 13 (0.077%) InfoPath
9 10 (0.060%) Adobe Illustrator
9 10 (0.060%) Spreadsheet
10 9 (0.054%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 8 (0.048%) Adobe XD
12 6 (0.036%) CINEMA 4D
12 6 (0.036%) Maya
12 6 (0.036%) MODO
12 6 (0.036%) NUKE
13 5 (0.030%) Notepad++
13 5 (0.030%) Weka
14 4 (0.024%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 391 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 90 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
3 84 (0.50%) thinkFolio
4 81 (0.48%) Markit EDM
5 65 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
6 64 (0.38%) Front Arena
7 43 (0.26%) Magento
8 32 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 30 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
9 30 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 29 (0.17%) NetSuite
11 26 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
12 23 (0.14%) SAP ERP
13 20 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
14 17 (0.10%) Infor SunSystems
14 17 (0.10%) Sage CRM
15 16 (0.095%) Temenos T24
16 15 (0.089%) SAP Business One
16 15 (0.089%) Unit4 Business World
16 15 (0.089%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 4,384 (26.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,895 (11.29%) Amazon AWS
3 1,494 (8.90%) Power Platform
4 867 (5.17%) Office 365
5 684 (4.08%) SaaS
6 290 (1.73%) PaaS
7 256 (1.53%) GitHub
8 251 (1.50%) Dynamics 365
9 237 (1.41%) Google Cloud Platform
10 223 (1.33%) Serverless
11 222 (1.32%) Azure Data Factory
12 180 (1.07%) IaaS
13 126 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
14 122 (0.73%) Amazon EC2
15 108 (0.64%) OneDrive
16 106 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
17 95 (0.57%) Azure Stack
18 91 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
19 82 (0.49%) Amazon S3
19 82 (0.49%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 625 (3.72%) Firewall
2 622 (3.71%) DNS
3 466 (2.78%) TCP/IP
4 418 (2.49%) DHCP
5 363 (2.16%) SAN
6 343 (2.04%) Internet
7 311 (1.85%) LAN
8 300 (1.79%) WAN
9 226 (1.35%) VPN
10 193 (1.15%) HTTP
11 161 (0.96%) VoIP
12 154 (0.92%) VLAN
13 152 (0.91%) Skype
14 143 (0.85%) NAS
15 124 (0.74%) Broadband
16 122 (0.73%) Wireless
17 118 (0.70%) SSL
18 115 (0.69%) Network Security
19 87 (0.52%) FTP
20 75 (0.45%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,867 (17.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2,680 (15.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1,967 (11.72%) Data Warehouse
4 1,634 (9.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1,469 (8.75%) Power BI
6 1,454 (8.66%) Relational Database
7 1,382 (8.23%) SQL Server 2016
8 1,248 (7.44%) MySQL
9 1,113 (6.63%) SQL Server 2012
10 985 (5.87%) SQL Server 2008
11 961 (5.73%) NoSQL
12 736 (4.39%) PostgreSQL
13 678 (4.04%) MongoDB
14 531 (3.16%) RDBMS
15 519 (3.09%) SQL Server 2014
16 488 (2.91%) Big Data
17 487 (2.90%) Azure SQL Database
18 301 (1.79%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 300 (1.79%) Oracle Database
20 282 (1.68%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 1,762 (10.50%) Git (software)
2 1,380 (8.22%) Visual Studio
3 1,200 (7.15%) Team Foundation Server
4 698 (4.16%) JIRA
5 587 (3.50%) Jenkins
6 469 (2.79%) Selenium
7 457 (2.72%) TeamCity
8 361 (2.15%) NUnit
9 318 (1.89%) Subversion
10 317 (1.89%) Octopus Deploy
11 308 (1.84%) Visual Studio Team System
12 215 (1.28%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 207 (1.23%) SpecFlow
14 200 (1.19%) Cucumber
15 172 (1.02%) Bitbucket
16 171 (1.02%) Maven
17 145 (0.86%) JUnit
18 108 (0.64%) SoapUI
19 107 (0.64%) WebDriver
20 104 (0.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 3,602 (21.46%) Finance
2 787 (4.69%) Banking
3 741 (4.42%) Retail
4 532 (3.17%) Marketing
5 374 (2.23%) Games
6 357 (2.13%) Manufacturing
7 326 (1.94%) Telecoms
8 300 (1.79%) Advertising
9 252 (1.50%) Legal
10 197 (1.17%) Front Office
11 168 (1.00%) Back Office
12 149 (0.89%) Law
13 142 (0.85%) Investment Banking
14 116 (0.69%) Electronics
15 107 (0.64%) Financial Institution
16 70 (0.42%) Local Government
17 67 (0.40%) Publishing
18 65 (0.39%) Automotive
19 57 (0.34%) Billing
20 52 (0.31%) French Language
Job Titles
1 9,257 (55.16%) Developer
2 4,104 (24.45%) .NET Developer
3 3,130 (18.65%) C# Developer
4 2,186 (13.03%) C# .NET Developer
5 1,716 (10.22%) Analyst
6 1,626 (9.69%) Software Developer
7 1,500 (8.94%) Senior Developer
8 1,476 (8.79%) SQL Developer
9 1,015 (6.05%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 883 (5.26%) ASP.NET Developer
11 865 (5.15%) DBA
12 809 (4.82%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 711 (4.24%) .NET Software Developer
14 697 (4.15%) C# Software Developer
15 674 (4.02%) SQL DBA
16 639 (3.81%) Junior
17 626 (3.73%) Software Engineer
18 617 (3.68%) Senior .NET Developer
19 590 (3.52%) Architect
20 566 (3.37%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8,367 (49.85%) .NET
2 4,828 (28.77%) ASP.NET
3 3,717 (22.15%) HTML
4 3,361 (20.03%) CSS
5 2,676 (15.94%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2,514 (14.98%) AngularJS
7 2,309 (13.76%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2,202 (13.12%) .NET Framework
9 1,965 (11.71%) Web Services
10 1,809 (10.78%) jQuery
11 1,480 (8.82%) XML
12 1,336 (7.96%) .NET Core
13 1,232 (7.34%) WCF
14 1,229 (7.32%) Entity Framework
15 1,049 (6.25%) RESTful
16 1,038 (6.18%) HTML5
17 1,029 (6.13%) REST
18 990 (5.90%) React
19 807 (4.81%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 776 (4.62%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1,255 (7.48%) Analytical Skills
2 1,105 (6.58%) Greenfield Project
3 577 (3.44%) Self-Motivation
4 570 (3.40%) Enterprise Software
5 419 (2.50%) Management Information System
6 414 (2.47%) User Experience
7 365 (2.17%) Mobile App
8 310 (1.85%) Clustering
9 303 (1.81%) Replication
10 280 (1.67%) Data Centre
11 246 (1.47%) Hedge funds
12 243 (1.45%) Data Structures
13 193 (1.15%) Fixed Income
14 179 (1.07%) Driving Licence
15 176 (1.05%) Equities
16 175 (1.04%) Algorithms
17 145 (0.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 140 (0.83%) Derivative
19 122 (0.73%) NHS
20 121 (0.72%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 3,340 (19.90%) Windows
2 1,570 (9.35%) Windows Server
3 1,360 (8.10%) Linux
4 551 (3.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 493 (2.94%) Unix
6 456 (2.72%) Windows Server 2008
7 293 (1.75%) Android
8 275 (1.64%) Windows 10
9 209 (1.25%) Apple iOS
10 193 (1.15%) Windows 7
11 162 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 117 (0.70%) Windows 8
12 117 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
13 70 (0.42%) CentOS
14 67 (0.40%) Ubuntu
15 57 (0.34%) Mac OS
16 42 (0.25%) Solaris
17 37 (0.22%) AIX
18 24 (0.14%) Windows XP
19 16 (0.095%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,993 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 4,572 (27.24%) MVC
3 2,922 (17.41%) Business Intelligence
4 2,149 (12.80%) Scrum
5 2,088 (12.44%) TDD
6 2,039 (12.15%) Problem-Solving
7 1,671 (9.96%) ETL
8 1,600 (9.53%) DevOps
9 1,546 (9.21%) Software Engineering
10 1,319 (7.86%) Continuous Integration
11 1,309 (7.80%) OO
12 1,242 (7.40%) Analytics
13 1,223 (7.29%) Web Development
14 1,211 (7.22%) SDLC
15 1,130 (6.73%) Test Automation
16 1,024 (6.10%) Computer Science
16 1,024 (6.10%) Unit Testing
17 990 (5.90%) BDD
18 989 (5.89%) Mentoring
19 943 (5.62%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 8,799 (52.43%) SQL
2 8,481 (50.53%) C#
3 5,042 (30.04%) JavaScript
4 2,972 (17.71%) T-SQL
5 1,607 (9.58%) Java
6 1,372 (8.17%) PowerShell
7 1,156 (6.89%) Python
8 730 (4.35%) VB.NET
9 564 (3.36%) PHP
10 457 (2.72%) TypeScript
11 386 (2.30%) Ruby
12 382 (2.28%) C++
13 358 (2.13%) VBA
14 352 (2.10%) VB
15 309 (1.84%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 296 (1.76%) R
17 261 (1.56%) PL/SQL
18 236 (1.41%) Perl
19 232 (1.38%) C
20 212 (1.26%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 2,124 (12.66%) Degree
2 580 (3.46%) Microsoft Certification
3 501 (2.99%) Computer Science Degree
4 397 (2.37%) Security Cleared
5 243 (1.45%) SC Cleared
6 241 (1.44%) MCSE
7 236 (1.41%) MCSA
8 229 (1.36%) Cisco Certification
9 177 (1.05%) CCNA
10 130 (0.77%) ISTQB
11 106 (0.63%) MCP
12 92 (0.55%) DV Cleared
13 83 (0.49%) ISEB
14 77 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 62 (0.37%) HND
16 61 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
17 58 (0.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 53 (0.32%) CCNP
19 48 (0.29%) Numerate Degree
20 46 (0.27%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 825 (4.92%) QA
2 315 (1.88%) Data Quality
3 259 (1.54%) SLA
4 204 (1.22%) GDPR
5 143 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 62 (0.37%) PCI DSS
7 44 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 40 (0.24%) WAI
9 39 (0.23%) PMO
10 35 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
11 25 (0.15%) COBIT
11 25 (0.15%) HIPAA
12 18 (0.11%) HL7
13 16 (0.095%) ISO 9001
13 16 (0.095%) Solvency II
14 13 (0.077%) GAMP
14 13 (0.077%) MiFID
15 12 (0.072%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 10 (0.060%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 8 (0.048%) NCSC
System Software
1 1,403 (8.36%) Active Directory
2 776 (4.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 726 (4.33%) Docker
4 639 (3.81%) Hyper-V
5 204 (1.22%) XenApp
6 184 (1.10%) vSphere
7 173 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
8 87 (0.52%) XenDesktop
9 84 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
10 80 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
11 74 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
12 73 (0.43%) Virtual Machines
13 36 (0.21%) HDFS
14 34 (0.20%) VMware NSX
15 30 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 28 (0.17%) BitLocker
17 26 (0.15%) Terminal Services
17 26 (0.15%) vCloud
18 21 (0.13%) Firmware
18 21 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 369 (2.20%) Kubernetes
2 366 (2.18%) SCCM
3 293 (1.75%) Ansible
4 264 (1.57%) Puppet
5 207 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
6 170 (1.01%) Terraform
7 161 (0.96%) SCOM
8 101 (0.60%) WSUS
9 72 (0.43%) SCOrch
10 70 (0.42%) Microsoft Clustering
11 65 (0.39%) Backup Exec
12 52 (0.31%) SCVMM
13 51 (0.30%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 51 (0.30%) vCenter Server
14 47 (0.28%) Kibana
15 43 (0.26%) Docker Swarm
15 43 (0.26%) Nagios
15 43 (0.26%) Single Sign-On
16 41 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
17 40 (0.24%) SQL Sentry
Vendors
1 6,646 (39.60%) Microsoft
2 2,131 (12.70%) Oracle
3 1,110 (6.61%) VMware
4 637 (3.80%) Tableau
5 537 (3.20%) Cisco
6 492 (2.93%) SAP
7 435 (2.59%) Citrix
8 314 (1.87%) Google
9 295 (1.76%) IBM
10 257 (1.53%) HP
11 237 (1.41%) Xamarin
12 180 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
13 176 (1.05%) Red Hat
14 163 (0.97%) Atlassian
15 155 (0.92%) Cognos
16 148 (0.88%) Dell
16 148 (0.88%) Veeam
17 119 (0.71%) Databricks
18 108 (0.64%) Splunk
19 102 (0.61%) NetApp