Period
to 17 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 17 June 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
17 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 16,794 23,663 25,972
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.72% 13.77% 15.10%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 41.96% 44.96% 49.01%
Number of salaries quoted 14,417 20,517 23,203
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 40,020 52,632 52,995
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 27.92% 30.63% 30.81%
Number of salaries quoted 32,678 43,173 44,817
UK median annual salary £51,785 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.57% +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 17 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 17 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 -3 15,573 £47,500 +5.56% 1,193
UK excluding London -4 10,273 £43,000 +1.18% 993
London -3 6,194 £60,000 +9.09% 264
South East -5 3,133 £45,000 +3.45% 252
North of England -1 2,541 £42,500 +6.25% 319
Midlands -3 1,550 £42,000 +5.00% 182
North West -4 1,342 £42,500 +6.25% 171
South West -8 1,226 £42,500 +6.25% 98
Yorkshire +1 1,021 £42,250 -0.59% 133
West Midlands -3 920 £42,500 +6.25% 96
East of England -3 907 £45,000 - 79
Scotland 0 696 £42,500 -1.16% 41
East Midlands -3 627 £40,000 - 86
Wales -3 197 £36,572 -8.57% 19
North East -2 180 £39,000 +4.00% 15
Northern Ireland -19 47 £45,000 +32.35% 3
Isle of Man -2 8 £45,000 +12.50%
Channel Islands +2 1 £95,000 +35.71% 1

For the 6 months to 17 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 8,803 (52.42%) SQL
2 8,494 (50.58%) C#
3 8,380 (49.90%) .NET
4 6,625 (39.45%) Microsoft
5 5,995 (35.70%) Agile Software Development
6 5,055 (30.10%) JavaScript
7 4,833 (28.78%) ASP.NET
8 4,592 (27.34%) MVC
9 4,376 (26.06%) Microsoft Azure
10 3,727 (22.19%) HTML
11 3,586 (21.35%) Finance
12 3,365 (20.04%) CSS
13 3,340 (19.89%) Windows
14 2,977 (17.73%) T-SQL
15 2,911 (17.33%) Business Intelligence
16 2,849 (16.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 2,689 (16.01%) ASP.NET MVC
18 2,669 (15.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 2,521 (15.01%) AngularJS
20 2,309 (13.75%) ASP.NET Web API
21 2,221 (13.22%) .NET Framework
22 2,151 (12.81%) Scrum
23 2,139 (12.74%) Oracle
24 2,126 (12.66%) Degree
25 2,093 (12.46%) TDD
26 2,028 (12.08%) Problem-Solving
27 1,960 (11.67%) Web Services
28 1,952 (11.62%) Data Warehouse
29 1,881 (11.20%) Amazon AWS
30 1,813 (10.80%) 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 1,011 (6.02%) SharePoint
2 997 (5.94%) IIS
3 471 (2.80%) MS Exchange
4 308 (1.83%) Tomcat
5 303 (1.80%) Apache
6 250 (1.49%) Confluence
7 248 (1.48%) Elasticsearch
8 222 (1.32%) CMS
9 195 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
10 174 (1.04%) WebSphere
11 172 (1.02%) Umbraco
12 166 (0.99%) Skype for Business
13 157 (0.93%) JBoss
14 140 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
15 130 (0.77%) WebLogic
16 127 (0.76%) Apache Spark
17 103 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
18 87 (0.52%) SAS
19 84 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
20 78 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 677 (4.03%) Microsoft Office
2 645 (3.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 83 (0.49%) MS Visio
4 47 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 44 (0.26%) Chatbot
6 17 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
6 17 (0.10%) Photoshop
7 15 (0.089%) SPSS
8 13 (0.077%) InfoPath
9 10 (0.060%) Adobe Illustrator
10 9 (0.054%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 8 (0.048%) Adobe XD
12 7 (0.042%) Spreadsheet
13 6 (0.036%) CINEMA 4D
13 6 (0.036%) Maya
13 6 (0.036%) MODO
13 6 (0.036%) NUKE
14 5 (0.030%) Notepad++
14 5 (0.030%) Weka
15 4 (0.024%) Revit
Business Applications
1 395 (2.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 90 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
3 85 (0.51%) thinkFolio
4 80 (0.48%) Markit EDM
5 64 (0.38%) Front Arena
6 62 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
7 45 (0.27%) Magento
8 32 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 30 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
9 30 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 27 (0.16%) NetSuite
11 26 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
12 23 (0.14%) SAP ERP
13 20 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
14 18 (0.11%) Infor SunSystems
15 17 (0.10%) Sage CRM
16 16 (0.095%) Temenos T24
17 15 (0.089%) SAP Business One
17 15 (0.089%) Unit4 Business World
17 15 (0.089%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 4,376 (26.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,881 (11.20%) Amazon AWS
3 1,494 (8.90%) Power Platform
4 874 (5.20%) Office 365
5 684 (4.07%) SaaS
6 291 (1.73%) PaaS
7 259 (1.54%) GitHub
8 257 (1.53%) Dynamics 365
9 233 (1.39%) Google Cloud Platform
10 223 (1.33%) Serverless
11 220 (1.31%) Azure Data Factory
12 181 (1.08%) IaaS
13 127 (0.76%) Cloud Computing
14 125 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
15 107 (0.64%) OneDrive
16 106 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
17 97 (0.58%) Azure Stack
18 89 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
19 84 (0.50%) AWS Lambda
20 81 (0.48%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 632 (3.76%) Firewall
2 629 (3.75%) DNS
3 467 (2.78%) TCP/IP
4 420 (2.50%) DHCP
5 365 (2.17%) SAN
6 346 (2.06%) Internet
7 311 (1.85%) LAN
8 301 (1.79%) WAN
9 225 (1.34%) VPN
10 192 (1.14%) HTTP
11 154 (0.92%) VLAN
11 154 (0.92%) VoIP
12 151 (0.90%) Skype
13 142 (0.85%) NAS
14 124 (0.74%) Broadband
15 121 (0.72%) Wireless
16 119 (0.71%) SSL
17 114 (0.68%) Network Security
18 84 (0.50%) FTP
19 70 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,849 (16.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2,669 (15.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1,952 (11.62%) Data Warehouse
4 1,623 (9.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1,469 (8.75%) Power BI
6 1,450 (8.63%) Relational Database
7 1,401 (8.34%) SQL Server 2016
8 1,252 (7.46%) MySQL
9 1,098 (6.54%) SQL Server 2012
10 985 (5.87%) SQL Server 2008
11 973 (5.79%) NoSQL
12 744 (4.43%) PostgreSQL
13 689 (4.10%) MongoDB
14 527 (3.14%) RDBMS
15 521 (3.10%) SQL Server 2014
16 487 (2.90%) Azure SQL Database
16 487 (2.90%) Big Data
17 302 (1.80%) Oracle Database
18 301 (1.79%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 284 (1.69%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 1,778 (10.59%) Git (software)
2 1,389 (8.27%) Visual Studio
3 1,203 (7.16%) Team Foundation Server
4 691 (4.11%) JIRA
5 592 (3.53%) Jenkins
6 468 (2.79%) Selenium
7 462 (2.75%) TeamCity
8 364 (2.17%) NUnit
9 321 (1.91%) Subversion
10 317 (1.89%) Octopus Deploy
11 304 (1.81%) Visual Studio Team System
12 216 (1.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 205 (1.22%) SpecFlow
14 202 (1.20%) Cucumber
15 174 (1.04%) Maven
16 171 (1.02%) Bitbucket
17 147 (0.88%) JUnit
18 109 (0.65%) SoapUI
19 107 (0.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 107 (0.64%) WebDriver
General
1 3,586 (21.35%) Finance
2 798 (4.75%) Banking
3 738 (4.39%) Retail
4 537 (3.20%) Marketing
5 379 (2.26%) Games
6 350 (2.08%) Manufacturing
7 330 (1.96%) Telecoms
8 298 (1.77%) Advertising
9 251 (1.49%) Legal
10 196 (1.17%) Front Office
11 169 (1.01%) Back Office
12 150 (0.89%) Law
13 147 (0.88%) Investment Banking
14 116 (0.69%) Electronics
15 104 (0.62%) Financial Institution
16 73 (0.43%) Publishing
17 69 (0.41%) Automotive
18 68 (0.40%) Local Government
19 57 (0.34%) Billing
20 54 (0.32%) French Language
Job Titles
1 9,258 (55.13%) Developer
2 4,128 (24.58%) .NET Developer
3 3,140 (18.70%) C# Developer
4 2,197 (13.08%) C# .NET Developer
5 1,711 (10.19%) Analyst
6 1,628 (9.69%) Software Developer
7 1,492 (8.88%) Senior Developer
8 1,466 (8.73%) SQL Developer
9 1,009 (6.01%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 890 (5.30%) ASP.NET Developer
11 871 (5.19%) DBA
12 814 (4.85%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 718 (4.28%) .NET Software Developer
14 705 (4.20%) C# Software Developer
15 681 (4.06%) SQL DBA
16 637 (3.79%) Junior
17 626 (3.73%) Software Engineer
18 612 (3.64%) Senior .NET Developer
19 587 (3.50%) Architect
20 569 (3.39%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8,380 (49.90%) .NET
2 4,833 (28.78%) ASP.NET
3 3,727 (22.19%) HTML
4 3,365 (20.04%) CSS
5 2,689 (16.01%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2,521 (15.01%) AngularJS
7 2,309 (13.75%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2,221 (13.22%) .NET Framework
9 1,960 (11.67%) Web Services
10 1,813 (10.80%) jQuery
11 1,467 (8.74%) XML
12 1,334 (7.94%) .NET Core
13 1,246 (7.42%) Entity Framework
14 1,227 (7.31%) WCF
15 1,051 (6.26%) RESTful
16 1,046 (6.23%) HTML5
17 1,031 (6.14%) REST
18 992 (5.91%) React
19 811 (4.83%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 779 (4.64%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 1,251 (7.45%) Analytical Skills
2 1,103 (6.57%) Greenfield Project
3 567 (3.38%) Enterprise Software
4 564 (3.36%) Self-Motivation
5 418 (2.49%) Management Information System
6 414 (2.47%) User Experience
7 364 (2.17%) Mobile App
8 308 (1.83%) Clustering
9 303 (1.80%) Replication
10 274 (1.63%) Data Centre
11 245 (1.46%) Data Structures
12 241 (1.44%) Hedge funds
13 193 (1.15%) Fixed Income
14 179 (1.07%) Driving Licence
15 177 (1.05%) Equities
16 176 (1.05%) Algorithms
17 144 (0.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 141 (0.84%) Derivative
19 121 (0.72%) NHS
20 119 (0.71%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 3,340 (19.89%) Windows
2 1,577 (9.39%) Windows Server
3 1,347 (8.02%) Linux
4 556 (3.31%) Windows Server 2012
5 489 (2.91%) Unix
6 462 (2.75%) Windows Server 2008
7 291 (1.73%) Android
8 276 (1.64%) Windows 10
9 207 (1.23%) Apple iOS
10 193 (1.15%) Windows 7
11 160 (0.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 119 (0.71%) Windows 8
13 118 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
14 68 (0.40%) CentOS
15 66 (0.39%) Ubuntu
16 57 (0.34%) Mac OS
17 43 (0.26%) Solaris
18 36 (0.21%) AIX
19 25 (0.15%) Windows XP
20 16 (0.095%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,995 (35.70%) Agile Software Development
2 4,592 (27.34%) MVC
3 2,911 (17.33%) Business Intelligence
4 2,151 (12.81%) Scrum
5 2,093 (12.46%) TDD
6 2,028 (12.08%) Problem-Solving
7 1,669 (9.94%) ETL
8 1,586 (9.44%) DevOps
9 1,542 (9.18%) Software Engineering
10 1,326 (7.90%) Continuous Integration
11 1,309 (7.79%) OO
12 1,242 (7.40%) Analytics
13 1,215 (7.23%) Web Development
14 1,199 (7.14%) SDLC
15 1,131 (6.73%) Test Automation
16 1,026 (6.11%) Unit Testing
17 1,024 (6.10%) Computer Science
18 997 (5.94%) BDD
19 993 (5.91%) Mentoring
20 934 (5.56%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 8,803 (52.42%) SQL
2 8,494 (50.58%) C#
3 5,055 (30.10%) JavaScript
4 2,977 (17.73%) T-SQL
5 1,622 (9.66%) Java
6 1,389 (8.27%) PowerShell
7 1,151 (6.85%) Python
8 735 (4.38%) VB.NET
9 565 (3.36%) PHP
10 460 (2.74%) TypeScript
11 392 (2.33%) Ruby
12 389 (2.32%) C++
13 359 (2.14%) VB
14 352 (2.10%) VBA
15 307 (1.83%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 294 (1.75%) R
17 264 (1.57%) PL/SQL
18 234 (1.39%) Perl
19 231 (1.38%) C
20 209 (1.24%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 2,126 (12.66%) Degree
2 578 (3.44%) Microsoft Certification
3 501 (2.98%) Computer Science Degree
4 396 (2.36%) Security Cleared
5 243 (1.45%) SC Cleared
6 241 (1.44%) MCSE
7 237 (1.41%) MCSA
8 231 (1.38%) Cisco Certification
9 177 (1.05%) CCNA
10 129 (0.77%) ISTQB
11 106 (0.63%) MCP
12 92 (0.55%) DV Cleared
13 84 (0.50%) ISEB
14 77 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 63 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
16 61 (0.36%) HND
17 58 (0.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 55 (0.33%) CCNP
19 49 (0.29%) Numerate Degree
20 46 (0.27%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 826 (4.92%) QA
2 314 (1.87%) Data Quality
3 255 (1.52%) SLA
4 211 (1.26%) GDPR
5 148 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 62 (0.37%) PCI DSS
7 44 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 40 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
8 40 (0.24%) WAI
9 39 (0.23%) PMO
10 29 (0.17%) HIPAA
11 25 (0.15%) COBIT
12 19 (0.11%) HL7
13 17 (0.10%) ISO 9001
14 15 (0.089%) Solvency II
15 14 (0.083%) MiFID
16 13 (0.077%) GAMP
17 12 (0.071%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
18 10 (0.060%) Sarbanes-Oxley
19 8 (0.048%) NCSC
System Software
1 1,411 (8.40%) Active Directory
2 780 (4.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 719 (4.28%) Docker
4 645 (3.84%) Hyper-V
5 205 (1.22%) XenApp
6 187 (1.11%) vSphere
7 174 (1.04%) VMware ESXi
8 87 (0.52%) XenDesktop
9 79 (0.47%) Oracle RAC
10 77 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
11 74 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
11 74 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
12 37 (0.22%) HDFS
13 36 (0.21%) VMware NSX
14 30 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 29 (0.17%) BitLocker
15 29 (0.17%) vCloud
16 26 (0.15%) Terminal Services
17 22 (0.13%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 21 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 371 (2.21%) SCCM
2 368 (2.19%) Kubernetes
3 300 (1.79%) Ansible
4 262 (1.56%) Puppet
5 206 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
6 173 (1.03%) Terraform
7 168 (1.00%) SCOM
8 99 (0.59%) WSUS
9 73 (0.43%) SCOrch
10 68 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
11 67 (0.40%) Backup Exec
12 53 (0.32%) SCVMM
13 51 (0.30%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 51 (0.30%) vCenter Server
14 47 (0.28%) Kibana
15 45 (0.27%) Docker Swarm
16 44 (0.26%) Nagios
16 44 (0.26%) Single Sign-On
17 41 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
18 40 (0.24%) SQL Sentry
Vendors
1 6,625 (39.45%) Microsoft
2 2,139 (12.74%) Oracle
3 1,112 (6.62%) VMware
4 643 (3.83%) Tableau
5 542 (3.23%) Cisco
6 480 (2.86%) SAP
7 431 (2.57%) Citrix
8 308 (1.83%) Google
9 289 (1.72%) IBM
10 260 (1.55%) HP
11 237 (1.41%) Xamarin
12 179 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
13 175 (1.04%) Red Hat
14 163 (0.97%) Atlassian
15 156 (0.93%) Cognos
16 149 (0.89%) Veeam
17 148 (0.88%) Dell
18 119 (0.71%) Databricks
19 110 (0.65%) Splunk
20 107 (0.64%) NetApp