Period
to 26 October 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 26 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
26 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 17 16 11
Rank change year-on-year -1 -5 0
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 5,113 15,215 21,683
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 10.37% 11.19% 13.16%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 36.41% 41.20% 44.45%
Number of salaries quoted 4,919 13,721 19,902
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
90th Percentile £80,800 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +4.94%

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 14,044 36,933 48,786
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 28.49% 27.16% 29.61%
Number of salaries quoted 11,826 30,353 39,811
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £33,750 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £86,250 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +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 26 October 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 26 October 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 -1 4,738 £50,000 +5.26% 1,179
UK excluding London -2 3,295 £47,500 +5.56% 986
London -9 1,703 £62,500 +4.17% 277
South East +2 1,070 £50,000 +11.11% 224
North of England -3 887 £45,000 +5.88% 318
Work from Home +3 641 £50,000 +5.26% 200
North West +6 585 £47,500 +11.76% 221
Midlands 0 540 £45,000 +5.88% 186
South West 0 353 £42,500 - 101
West Midlands +1 342 £42,500 -3.41% 97
Yorkshire -12 256 £45,000 +5.88% 76
East Midlands +1 197 £47,500 +18.75% 89
Scotland +4 170 £50,000 +13.64% 55
East of England -10 161 £50,000 +11.11% 72
Wales +4 68 £40,000 +5.26% 24
North East -11 45 £42,500 +21.43% 21
Northern Ireland -1 38 £42,000 -21.86% 7
Channel Islands +6 6 £55,000 -8.33%
Isle of Man -3 3 £47,500 +5.56%

For the 6 months to 26 October 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 2,597 (50.79%) SQL
2 2,577 (50.40%) .NET
3 2,456 (48.03%) C#
4 2,083 (40.74%) Azure
5 2,026 (39.62%) Microsoft
6 1,802 (35.24%) Agile Software Development
7 1,587 (31.04%) JavaScript
8 1,299 (25.41%) ASP.NET
9 1,235 (24.15%) MVC
10 1,137 (22.24%) Finance
11 1,087 (21.26%) HTML
12 1,052 (20.58%) DevOps
13 1,041 (20.36%) CSS
14 924 (18.07%) Windows
15 882 (17.25%) .NET Core
16 866 (16.94%) AngularJS
17 832 (16.27%) .NET Framework
18 819 (16.02%) Business Intelligence
19 798 (15.61%) T-SQL
20 741 (14.49%) AWS
21 732 (14.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
22 686 (13.42%) Git (software)
23 681 (13.32%) ASP.NET MVC
24 664 (12.99%) Oracle
25 653 (12.77%) ASP.NET Web API
26 642 (12.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 626 (12.24%) Microservices
28 618 (12.09%) Data Warehouse
29 614 (12.01%) React
30 608 (11.89%) Scrum

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
1 307 (6.00%) IIS
2 255 (4.99%) SharePoint
3 152 (2.97%) Apache
4 148 (2.89%) Confluence
5 111 (2.17%) Elasticsearch
6 99 (1.94%) NServiceBus
7 91 (1.78%) MS Exchange
8 86 (1.68%) CMS
9 65 (1.27%) Apache Spark
10 61 (1.19%) Tomcat
11 50 (0.98%) WebSphere
12 39 (0.76%) Umbraco
13 38 (0.74%) Skype for Business
14 37 (0.72%) Apache Airflow
15 30 (0.59%) SAS
16 29 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2010
17 25 (0.49%) WebLogic
18 24 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
19 22 (0.43%) Kentico
20 21 (0.41%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 211 (4.13%) Microsoft Excel
2 147 (2.88%) Microsoft Office
3 26 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (0.29%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.078%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.039%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.039%) Fireworks
6 2 (0.039%) Inkscape
6 2 (0.039%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.039%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.039%) S-PLUS
7 1 (0.020%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.020%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.020%) Mathcad
7 1 (0.020%) Simulink
7 1 (0.020%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 153 (2.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
4 17 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
5 16 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
5 16 (0.31%) SAP GTS
6 15 (0.29%) Siebel CRM
7 12 (0.23%) NetSuite
8 11 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
9 10 (0.20%) Maximo
10 9 (0.18%) iTrent
10 9 (0.18%) Northgate Housing
11 8 (0.16%) Distributed Ledger
11 8 (0.16%) R3 Corda
11 8 (0.16%) Visualfiles
12 7 (0.14%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
12 7 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
12 7 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
13 6 (0.12%) FLEXCUBE
13 6 (0.12%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 2,083 (40.74%) Azure
2 741 (14.49%) AWS
3 553 (10.82%) Power Platform
4 267 (5.22%) Office 365
5 233 (4.56%) PaaS
6 221 (4.32%) IaaS
7 207 (4.05%) GCP
8 197 (3.85%) SaaS
9 192 (3.76%) Serverless
10 180 (3.52%) Dynamics 365
11 139 (2.72%) AWS Lambda
12 113 (2.21%) GitHub
13 100 (1.96%) Cloud Computing
14 96 (1.88%) Azure Data Factory
15 83 (1.62%) Amazon ECS
16 81 (1.58%) Azure Active Directory
17 67 (1.31%) Amazon EC2
17 67 (1.31%) Apigee
18 61 (1.19%) Amazon S3
19 57 (1.11%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 204 (3.99%) Skype
2 159 (3.11%) Firewall
3 128 (2.50%) DNS
4 111 (2.17%) HTTP
5 86 (1.68%) DHCP
6 84 (1.64%) VPN
7 82 (1.60%) Internet
8 71 (1.39%) SAN
9 66 (1.29%) WAN
10 65 (1.27%) TCP/IP
11 54 (1.06%) LAN
12 47 (0.92%) Network Security
13 29 (0.57%) VoIP
14 24 (0.47%) SSL
15 23 (0.45%) Remote Desktop
15 23 (0.45%) Wi-Fi
16 21 (0.41%) VLAN
17 20 (0.39%) NetScaler
18 18 (0.35%) Wireless
19 16 (0.31%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 732 (14.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 642 (12.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 618 (12.09%) Data Warehouse
4 502 (9.82%) Power BI
5 433 (8.47%) MySQL
6 341 (6.67%) Relational Database
7 340 (6.65%) NoSQL
8 328 (6.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 319 (6.24%) PostgreSQL
10 287 (5.61%) MongoDB
11 264 (5.16%) SQL Server 2012
12 232 (4.54%) Azure SQL Database
13 161 (3.15%) Data Lake
14 158 (3.09%) Tableau
15 145 (2.84%) Big Data
16 137 (2.68%) SQL Server 2008
17 129 (2.52%) SQL Server 2019
18 113 (2.21%) SQL Server 2016
19 109 (2.13%) Oracle Database
20 100 (1.96%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 686 (13.42%) Git (software)
2 305 (5.97%) Visual Studio
3 284 (5.55%) Jenkins
4 278 (5.44%) Team Foundation Server
5 260 (5.09%) JIRA
6 201 (3.93%) TeamCity
7 184 (3.60%) Selenium
8 148 (2.89%) Octopus Deploy
9 109 (2.13%) SpecFlow
10 100 (1.96%) GitLab
11 99 (1.94%) NUnit
12 75 (1.47%) Artifactory
13 71 (1.39%) Bitbucket
13 71 (1.39%) Visual Studio Team System
13 71 (1.39%) WebDriver
14 67 (1.31%) Subversion
15 62 (1.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 58 (1.13%) MSTest
17 55 (1.08%) Moq
18 53 (1.04%) Cucumber
General
1 1,137 (22.24%) Finance
2 215 (4.20%) Banking
3 133 (2.60%) Back Office
4 116 (2.27%) Retail
5 90 (1.76%) Public Sector
6 84 (1.64%) Marketing
7 79 (1.55%) Games
7 79 (1.55%) Law
8 72 (1.41%) Manufacturing
9 66 (1.29%) Legal
10 65 (1.27%) Front Office
11 55 (1.08%) Advertising
12 47 (0.92%) Financial Institution
13 45 (0.88%) Telecoms
14 29 (0.57%) Investment Banking
15 27 (0.53%) Local Government
16 20 (0.39%) Electronics
17 15 (0.29%) Publishing
18 14 (0.27%) Aerospace
19 12 (0.23%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 2,699 (52.79%) Developer
2 1,108 (21.67%) .NET Developer
3 765 (14.96%) C# Developer
4 541 (10.58%) Senior Developer
5 506 (9.90%) C# .NET Developer
6 492 (9.62%) Analyst
7 452 (8.84%) Software Developer
8 364 (7.12%) SQL Developer
9 301 (5.89%) Architect
10 242 (4.73%) DBA
11 230 (4.50%) Full Stack Developer
12 223 (4.36%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 219 (4.28%) Senior .NET Developer
14 195 (3.81%) Software Engineer
15 182 (3.56%) C# Software Developer
16 173 (3.38%) .NET Software Developer
17 170 (3.32%) Lead Developer
18 160 (3.13%) SQL DBA
19 158 (3.09%) Data Engineer
20 153 (2.99%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,577 (50.40%) .NET
2 1,299 (25.41%) ASP.NET
3 1,087 (21.26%) HTML
4 1,041 (20.36%) CSS
5 882 (17.25%) .NET Core
6 866 (16.94%) AngularJS
7 832 (16.27%) .NET Framework
8 681 (13.32%) ASP.NET MVC
9 653 (12.77%) ASP.NET Web API
10 614 (12.01%) React
11 548 (10.72%) jQuery
12 524 (10.25%) Web Services
13 474 (9.27%) Entity Framework
14 431 (8.43%) REST
15 376 (7.35%) HTML5
16 338 (6.61%) XML
17 335 (6.55%) ASP.NET Core
18 266 (5.20%) RESTful
19 253 (4.95%) JSON
20 238 (4.65%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 404 (7.90%) Analytical Skills
2 376 (7.35%) Greenfield Project
3 159 (3.11%) Self-Motivation
4 145 (2.84%) Hedge funds
5 115 (2.25%) Mobile App
6 111 (2.17%) Management Information System
7 109 (2.13%) Replication
8 91 (1.78%) Clustering
9 89 (1.74%) User Experience
10 84 (1.64%) Data Centre
11 77 (1.51%) Enterprise Software
12 69 (1.35%) Data Structures
13 64 (1.25%) Algorithms
14 58 (1.13%) Cloud Native
15 56 (1.10%) Public Cloud
16 47 (0.92%) Private Cloud
17 37 (0.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 35 (0.68%) Fixed Income
19 29 (0.57%) Client/Server
19 29 (0.57%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 924 (18.07%) Windows
2 424 (8.29%) Windows Server
3 397 (7.76%) Linux
4 122 (2.39%) Windows Server 2012
5 117 (2.29%) Unix
6 85 (1.66%) Android
7 84 (1.64%) Windows Server 2016
8 67 (1.31%) Windows 10
9 59 (1.15%) Windows Server 2008
10 53 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 45 (0.88%) Apple iOS
12 42 (0.82%) CentOS
13 27 (0.53%) Windows Server 2019
14 24 (0.47%) Windows 7
15 21 (0.41%) Solaris
16 14 (0.27%) AIX
16 14 (0.27%) Ubuntu
17 13 (0.25%) Debian
18 12 (0.23%) Fedora
19 11 (0.22%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,802 (35.24%) Agile Software Development
2 1,235 (24.15%) MVC
3 1,052 (20.58%) DevOps
4 819 (16.02%) Business Intelligence
5 626 (12.24%) Microservices
6 608 (11.89%) Scrum
7 606 (11.85%) TDD
8 478 (9.35%) Software Engineering
9 470 (9.19%) Problem-Solving
10 443 (8.66%) ETL
11 436 (8.53%) Web Development
12 433 (8.47%) Test Automation
13 402 (7.86%) OO
14 350 (6.85%) Analytics
15 333 (6.51%) BDD
16 328 (6.42%) Continuous Integration
17 320 (6.26%) Mentoring
18 305 (5.97%) Computer Science
19 301 (5.89%) SDLC
19 301 (5.89%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 2,597 (50.79%) SQL
2 2,456 (48.03%) C#
3 1,587 (31.04%) JavaScript
4 798 (15.61%) T-SQL
5 565 (11.05%) Python
6 460 (9.00%) PowerShell
7 446 (8.72%) Java
8 286 (5.59%) TypeScript
9 194 (3.79%) VB.NET
10 141 (2.76%) PL/SQL
11 127 (2.48%) C++
12 121 (2.37%) PHP
13 105 (2.05%) VB
14 88 (1.72%) Bash Shell
15 68 (1.33%) R
16 58 (1.13%) Shell Script
17 51 (1.00%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 46 (0.90%) C
18 46 (0.90%) Ruby
19 37 (0.72%) Scala
Qualifications
1 557 (10.89%) Degree
2 194 (3.79%) Microsoft Certification
3 162 (3.17%) Computer Science Degree
4 154 (3.01%) Security Cleared
5 84 (1.64%) SC Cleared
6 74 (1.45%) MCSE
7 68 (1.33%) MCSA
8 62 (1.21%) Cisco Certification
9 60 (1.17%) CCNA
10 59 (1.15%) MCP
11 55 (1.08%) Sun Certification
12 33 (0.65%) DV Cleared
13 31 (0.61%) TOGAF Certification
14 27 (0.53%) Master's Degree
15 25 (0.49%) MCTS
16 22 (0.43%) MCITP
17 18 (0.35%) PhD
18 15 (0.29%) Numerate Degree
19 14 (0.27%) ITIL Certification
19 14 (0.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 262 (5.12%) QA
2 111 (2.17%) Data Quality
3 94 (1.84%) GDPR
4 80 (1.56%) SLA
5 38 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 21 (0.41%) PMO
7 17 (0.33%) COBIT
8 12 (0.23%) NIST
8 12 (0.23%) PCI DSS
9 7 (0.14%) IFRS
10 6 (0.12%) MiFID
10 6 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 5 (0.098%) PSD2
12 3 (0.059%) EMIR
12 3 (0.059%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.059%) UCITS
13 2 (0.039%) GAMP
13 2 (0.039%) HL7
13 2 (0.039%) IFRS 9
13 2 (0.039%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 469 (9.17%) Docker
2 419 (8.19%) Active Directory
3 220 (4.30%) VMware Infrastructure
4 127 (2.48%) Hyper-V
5 46 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
5 46 (0.90%) vSphere
6 41 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
7 18 (0.35%) XenApp
8 17 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
8 17 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
8 17 (0.33%) VirtualBox
9 16 (0.31%) Terminal Server
10 12 (0.23%) VMware Server
11 10 (0.20%) HDFS
12 9 (0.18%) Firmware
12 9 (0.18%) XenDesktop
13 7 (0.14%) GlusterFS
13 7 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
14 5 (0.098%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 5 (0.098%) KVM
Systems Management
1 393 (7.69%) Kubernetes
2 162 (3.17%) Ansible
3 128 (2.50%) Terraform
4 91 (1.78%) Puppet
5 89 (1.74%) SCCM
6 75 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
7 48 (0.94%) Microsoft Intune
8 28 (0.55%) Failover Clustering
9 24 (0.47%) WSUS
10 22 (0.43%) Microsoft Clustering
11 18 (0.35%) MIIS
12 17 (0.33%) Oracle RMAN
13 16 (0.31%) HAProxy
14 15 (0.29%) Data Guard
14 15 (0.29%) Nagios
15 14 (0.27%) Grafana
16 13 (0.25%) Kibana
17 12 (0.23%) Packer
17 12 (0.23%) SCOM
17 12 (0.23%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 2,026 (39.62%) Microsoft
2 664 (12.99%) Oracle
3 357 (6.98%) VMware
4 200 (3.91%) Google
5 107 (2.09%) IBM
6 104 (2.03%) SAP
7 98 (1.92%) Cisco
8 88 (1.72%) Citrix
9 73 (1.43%) Databricks
10 64 (1.25%) Xamarin
11 62 (1.21%) HP
12 50 (0.98%) Red Hat
13 46 (0.90%) Dell
14 44 (0.86%) Atlassian
15 35 (0.68%) ServiceNow
15 35 (0.68%) Zend
16 33 (0.65%) Sybase
16 33 (0.65%) Veeam
17 32 (0.63%) Siebel
18 30 (0.59%) Salesforce.com