Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 23 16 14
Rank change year-on-year -7 -2 -4
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 7,341 12,073 17,759
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 8.71% 11.12% 11.96%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 33.11% 41.29% 42.18%
Number of salaries quoted 6,181 10,149 15,213
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,500 £31,250
25th Percentile £38,500 £37,500 £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 £63,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £80,000 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -

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 22,172 29,240 42,104
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 26.32% 26.93% 28.35%
Number of salaries quoted 17,813 24,113 34,724
10th Percentile £33,750 £32,500 £31,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
75th Percentile £73,750 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £88,750 £88,750 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.78% - +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 21 April 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 21 April 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 -7 6,508 £50,000 - 1,543
UK excluding London -8 4,735 £47,500 +5.56% 1,217
London -19 2,174 £62,500 +4.17% 417
Work from Home -2 1,566 £50,000 +11.11% 322
South East -4 1,414 £50,000 +5.26% 293
North of England -5 1,222 £45,000 - 350
Midlands -4 798 £42,500 - 256
North West -1 668 £47,500 +5.56% 209
South West -6 524 £42,500 -5.56% 114
Yorkshire -6 471 £43,500 - 105
West Midlands -5 463 £42,500 -5.56% 160
Scotland -1 392 £45,000 - 52
East Midlands -2 332 £41,375 +3.44% 93
East of England -10 273 £47,500 +11.76% 112
Wales +3 86 £34,250 -14.38% 27
North East +1 85 £38,500 -3.75% 36
Northern Ireland -21 31 £35,000 -30.00% 13
Isle of Man -17 2 £35,000 -26.32%

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 3,726 (50.76%) SQL
2 3,421 (46.60%) .NET
3 3,412 (46.48%) C#
4 3,247 (44.23%) Azure
5 2,673 (36.41%) Microsoft
6 2,551 (34.75%) Agile Software Development
7 2,256 (30.73%) JavaScript
8 1,655 (22.54%) DevOps
9 1,518 (20.68%) CSS
10 1,479 (20.15%) HTML
11 1,456 (19.83%) MVC
12 1,443 (19.66%) ASP.NET
13 1,372 (18.69%) Windows
14 1,370 (18.66%) Finance
15 1,357 (18.49%) .NET Core
16 1,290 (17.57%) Business Intelligence
17 1,164 (15.86%) T-SQL
18 1,140 (15.53%) AWS
19 1,096 (14.93%) AngularJS
20 1,044 (14.22%) .NET Framework
21 1,018 (13.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
22 962 (13.10%) React
23 948 (12.91%) Power Platform
24 946 (12.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
25 884 (12.04%) Problem-Solving
26 880 (11.99%) Power BI
27 877 (11.95%) Git (software)
28 867 (11.81%) Data Warehouse
29 866 (11.80%) Microservices
30 846 (11.52%) Oracle

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
1 447 (6.09%) SharePoint
2 433 (5.90%) IIS
3 158 (2.15%) CMS
4 147 (2.00%) Confluence
5 145 (1.98%) Apache
6 117 (1.59%) MS Exchange
7 104 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
8 77 (1.05%) NServiceBus
9 76 (1.04%) Apache Spark
10 67 (0.91%) Umbraco
11 58 (0.79%) nginx
12 55 (0.75%) EPiServer
13 52 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
13 52 (0.71%) Tomcat
14 44 (0.60%) Sitecore CMS
15 41 (0.56%) WordPress
16 39 (0.53%) Skype for Business
17 35 (0.48%) Kentico
18 32 (0.44%) WebSphere
19 29 (0.40%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 322 (4.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 237 (3.23%) Microsoft Office
3 39 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 19 (0.26%) MS Visio
5 16 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
6 11 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.068%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.041%) Acrobat
8 3 (0.041%) Adobe XD
8 3 (0.041%) SOLIDWORKS
9 2 (0.027%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.027%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.027%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.014%) Mingle
10 1 (0.014%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 201 (2.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 52 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
3 40 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
4 29 (0.40%) NetSuite
5 25 (0.34%) Elite 3E
6 15 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 14 (0.19%) nopCommerce
8 12 (0.16%) SAP Business One
9 11 (0.15%) Magento
9 11 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
10 9 (0.12%) Sage 200
10 9 (0.12%) Sentinel
11 7 (0.095%) Oracle Applications
11 7 (0.095%) Oracle EBS
11 7 (0.095%) Sage 50
12 6 (0.082%) Oracle BPM
12 6 (0.082%) Payment Gateway
13 5 (0.068%) Infor M3
13 5 (0.068%) Maximo
14 4 (0.054%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 3,247 (44.23%) Azure
2 1,140 (15.53%) AWS
3 948 (12.91%) Power Platform
4 490 (6.67%) SaaS
5 440 (5.99%) Microsoft 365
6 389 (5.30%) PaaS
7 301 (4.10%) Serverless
8 260 (3.54%) Azure Data Factory
9 259 (3.53%) IaaS
10 236 (3.21%) GCP
11 221 (3.01%) Azure Active Directory
12 202 (2.75%) Dynamics 365
13 194 (2.64%) Azure Service Bus
14 146 (1.99%) GitHub
15 136 (1.85%) Azure Storage
16 131 (1.78%) AWS Lambda
17 122 (1.66%) Azure Service Fabric
18 118 (1.61%) Azure Synapse Analytics
19 114 (1.55%) Azure Key Vault
20 104 (1.42%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 222 (3.02%) Firewall
2 176 (2.40%) DNS
3 158 (2.15%) Skype
4 112 (1.53%) DHCP
4 112 (1.53%) SAN
5 111 (1.51%) VPN
6 88 (1.20%) Internet
6 88 (1.20%) TCP/IP
7 85 (1.16%) HTTP
8 82 (1.12%) LAN
9 76 (1.04%) WAN
10 58 (0.79%) VoIP
11 53 (0.72%) VLAN
12 46 (0.63%) Network Security
13 42 (0.57%) FTP
13 42 (0.57%) NAS
14 29 (0.40%) PBX
15 27 (0.37%) Remote Desktop
16 26 (0.35%) SSL
17 24 (0.33%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,018 (13.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 946 (12.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 880 (11.99%) Power BI
4 867 (11.81%) Data Warehouse
5 765 (10.42%) MySQL
6 587 (8.00%) Relational Database
7 534 (7.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 499 (6.80%) PostgreSQL
9 434 (5.91%) NoSQL
10 375 (5.11%) Azure SQL Database
11 333 (4.54%) MongoDB
12 286 (3.90%) Tableau
13 251 (3.42%) SQL Server 2012
14 250 (3.41%) Data Lake
15 203 (2.77%) RDBMS
16 199 (2.71%) SQL Server 2016
17 191 (2.60%) SQL Server 2008
18 156 (2.13%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 143 (1.95%) Oracle Database
20 141 (1.92%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 877 (11.95%) Git (software)
2 547 (7.45%) Visual Studio
3 372 (5.07%) Team Foundation Server
4 326 (4.44%) JIRA
5 280 (3.81%) Jenkins
6 240 (3.27%) Octopus Deploy
7 239 (3.26%) TeamCity
8 195 (2.66%) Visual Studio Team System
9 186 (2.53%) Selenium
10 143 (1.95%) NUnit
11 135 (1.84%) SpecFlow
12 115 (1.57%) Bitbucket
13 91 (1.24%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 89 (1.21%) MSTest
15 76 (1.04%) Artifactory
16 59 (0.80%) GitLab
16 59 (0.80%) Subversion
17 54 (0.74%) webpack
18 52 (0.71%) Postman
19 51 (0.69%) Cucumber
General
1 1,370 (18.66%) Finance
2 324 (4.41%) Marketing
3 228 (3.11%) Retail
4 190 (2.59%) Public Sector
5 182 (2.48%) Banking
6 149 (2.03%) Manufacturing
7 141 (1.92%) Law
8 111 (1.51%) Games
8 111 (1.51%) Telecoms
9 102 (1.39%) Back Office
10 96 (1.31%) Advertising
11 87 (1.19%) Front Office
12 86 (1.17%) Legal
13 80 (1.09%) Automotive
14 69 (0.94%) Electronics
15 49 (0.67%) Local Government
16 33 (0.45%) Financial Institution
17 25 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
18 24 (0.33%) Publishing
19 23 (0.31%) Billing
Job Titles
1 3,801 (51.78%) Developer
2 1,475 (20.09%) .NET Developer
3 978 (13.32%) C# Developer
4 843 (11.48%) Senior Developer
5 743 (10.12%) Analyst
6 664 (9.05%) Software Developer
7 624 (8.50%) C# .NET Developer
8 482 (6.57%) SQL Developer
9 470 (6.40%) Full Stack Developer
10 441 (6.01%) Software Engineer
11 342 (4.66%) Architect
12 338 (4.60%) Senior .NET Developer
13 306 (4.17%) DBA
14 267 (3.64%) Data Engineer
15 263 (3.58%) Senior C# Developer
16 254 (3.46%) Business Intelligence Developer
17 249 (3.39%) Applications Support
18 246 (3.35%) .NET Software Developer
19 209 (2.85%) Support Analyst
20 205 (2.79%) C# Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3,421 (46.60%) .NET
2 1,518 (20.68%) CSS
3 1,479 (20.15%) HTML
4 1,443 (19.66%) ASP.NET
5 1,357 (18.49%) .NET Core
6 1,096 (14.93%) AngularJS
7 1,044 (14.22%) .NET Framework
8 962 (13.10%) React
9 827 (11.27%) Web Services
10 790 (10.76%) jQuery
11 696 (9.48%) ASP.NET Web API
12 663 (9.03%) REST
13 620 (8.45%) ASP.NET MVC
14 570 (7.76%) Entity Framework
15 397 (5.41%) HTML5
16 391 (5.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 373 (5.08%) Node.js
18 368 (5.01%) XML
19 357 (4.86%) Vue.js
20 304 (4.14%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 677 (9.22%) Analytical Skills
2 361 (4.92%) Greenfield Project
3 233 (3.17%) User Experience
4 228 (3.11%) Management Information System
5 215 (2.93%) Self-Motivation
6 212 (2.89%) Mobile App
7 185 (2.52%) Data Centre
8 165 (2.25%) Clustering
9 147 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
10 144 (1.96%) Organisational Skills
11 134 (1.83%) Replication
12 129 (1.76%) Hedge funds
13 120 (1.63%) Data Structures
14 116 (1.58%) Public Cloud
15 109 (1.48%) N-Tier
16 95 (1.29%) EPoS
17 89 (1.21%) Reinsurance
18 76 (1.04%) Client/Server
19 70 (0.95%) NHS
19 70 (0.95%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1,372 (18.69%) Windows
2 736 (10.03%) Windows Server
3 622 (8.47%) Linux
4 201 (2.74%) Unix
5 168 (2.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 151 (2.06%) Windows 10
7 150 (2.04%) Windows Server 2016
8 108 (1.47%) Windows Server 2008
9 90 (1.23%) Android
10 71 (0.97%) Windows Server 2019
11 69 (0.94%) Apple iOS
12 66 (0.90%) Windows 7
13 57 (0.78%) CentOS
14 40 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 24 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
16 23 (0.31%) Ubuntu
17 22 (0.30%) AIX
17 22 (0.30%) Solaris
18 21 (0.29%) Debian
19 13 (0.18%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,551 (34.75%) Agile Software Development
2 1,655 (22.54%) DevOps
3 1,456 (19.83%) MVC
4 1,290 (17.57%) Business Intelligence
5 884 (12.04%) Problem-Solving
6 866 (11.80%) Microservices
7 832 (11.33%) Software Engineering
8 831 (11.32%) Scrum
9 722 (9.84%) TDD
10 720 (9.81%) ETL
11 628 (8.55%) Analytics
12 613 (8.35%) Test Automation
13 512 (6.97%) OO
14 508 (6.92%) Continuous Integration
15 502 (6.84%) Web Development
16 490 (6.67%) SDLC
17 485 (6.61%) Computer Science
18 432 (5.88%) Mentoring
19 428 (5.83%) Data Modelling
20 427 (5.82%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 3,726 (50.76%) SQL
2 3,412 (46.48%) C#
3 2,256 (30.73%) JavaScript
4 1,164 (15.86%) T-SQL
5 799 (10.88%) Python
6 650 (8.85%) PowerShell
7 644 (8.77%) Java
8 463 (6.31%) TypeScript
9 248 (3.38%) PHP
10 215 (2.93%) VB.NET
11 171 (2.33%) Bash Shell
12 170 (2.32%) VB
13 139 (1.89%) C++
14 118 (1.61%) PL/SQL
15 99 (1.35%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 99 (1.35%) R
16 97 (1.32%) VBA
17 78 (1.06%) Ruby
18 73 (0.99%) Perl
19 70 (0.95%) Go
Qualifications
1 790 (10.76%) Degree
2 264 (3.60%) Computer Science Degree
3 216 (2.94%) Security Cleared
4 211 (2.87%) Microsoft Certification
5 191 (2.60%) SC Cleared
6 78 (1.06%) ISTQB
6 78 (1.06%) MCSE
7 75 (1.02%) ISEB
8 64 (0.87%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 53 (0.72%) MCSA
10 43 (0.59%) Cisco Certification
10 43 (0.59%) MCP
11 40 (0.54%) CCNA
12 30 (0.41%) BPSS Clearance
12 30 (0.41%) Master's Degree
13 24 (0.33%) MCTS
14 23 (0.31%) HND
15 20 (0.27%) ITIL Certification
15 20 (0.27%) Numerate Degree
15 20 (0.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 423 (5.76%) QA
2 190 (2.59%) Data Quality
3 91 (1.24%) SLA
4 84 (1.14%) GDPR
5 70 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 27 (0.37%) GRC
7 22 (0.30%) PCI DSS
8 21 (0.29%) NIST
9 14 (0.19%) ISO 9001
9 14 (0.19%) WAI
10 10 (0.14%) PMO
11 8 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
12 6 (0.082%) COBIT
13 5 (0.068%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 2 (0.027%) AIFMD
14 2 (0.027%) HL7
14 2 (0.027%) PSD2
14 2 (0.027%) SOC 2
15 1 (0.014%) EMIR
15 1 (0.014%) WCAG
System Software
1 654 (8.91%) Docker
2 613 (8.35%) Active Directory
3 343 (4.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 190 (2.59%) Hyper-V
5 69 (0.94%) vSphere
6 62 (0.84%) VMware ESXi
7 41 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
8 32 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
9 24 (0.33%) XenApp
10 20 (0.27%) KVM
10 20 (0.27%) Virtual Desktop
10 20 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
11 17 (0.23%) iptables
11 17 (0.23%) QEMU
12 16 (0.22%) Postfix
13 15 (0.20%) HDFS
14 13 (0.18%) Kamailio
14 13 (0.18%) XenDesktop
15 10 (0.14%) Firmware
15 10 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 452 (6.16%) Kubernetes
2 332 (4.52%) Terraform
3 180 (2.45%) Ansible
4 154 (2.10%) Opscode Chef
5 126 (1.72%) SCCM
6 123 (1.68%) Puppet
7 80 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
8 59 (0.80%) Microsoft Clustering
9 49 (0.67%) HAProxy
10 39 (0.53%) ZABBIX
11 38 (0.52%) Failover Clustering
12 35 (0.48%) Grafana
13 27 (0.37%) MIIS
13 27 (0.37%) Rancher
14 26 (0.35%) Oracle RMAN
15 25 (0.34%) Nagios
15 25 (0.34%) Prometheus
15 25 (0.34%) WSUS
16 24 (0.33%) Galera Cluster
17 21 (0.29%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 2,673 (36.41%) Microsoft
2 846 (11.52%) Oracle
3 495 (6.74%) VMware
4 247 (3.36%) Google
5 176 (2.40%) Databricks
6 166 (2.26%) Cisco
7 136 (1.85%) Citrix
8 131 (1.78%) Salesforce.com
9 127 (1.73%) SAP
10 108 (1.47%) Sybase
11 97 (1.32%) Nintex
12 91 (1.24%) Informatica
13 88 (1.20%) HP
14 85 (1.16%) Veeam
15 81 (1.10%) IBM
16 76 (1.04%) Xamarin
17 60 (0.82%) ServiceNow
18 56 (0.76%) Red Hat
19 53 (0.72%) Sitecore
20 52 (0.71%) Atlassian