Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 12 11 12
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 -4
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 19,062 24,247 25,447
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.64% 14.11% 14.46%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 44.13% 46.15% 48.37%
Number of salaries quoted 16,317 21,132 22,971
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.27% +2.33%
10th Percentile £31,000 £29,750 £28,000
90th Percentile £75,000 £69,750 £67,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -

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 43,193 52,539 52,612
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 28.65% 30.56% 29.90%
Number of salaries quoted 35,501 43,580 45,038
UK median annual salary £52,500 £48,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.38% +1.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £29,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +4.94%

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 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 -1 17,745 £47,500 +5.56% 3,114
UK excluding London -2 11,324 £42,500 +1.19% 2,471
London 0 7,378 £57,500 +4.55% 873
South East -4 3,610 £45,000 +5.88% 534
North of England -1 2,786 £42,500 +2.41% 755
North West 0 1,658 £45,000 +9.76% 372
Midlands -2 1,650 £40,000 - 465
East of England +1 1,199 £45,000 - 214
South West -9 1,135 £41,000 +2.50% 273
Yorkshire +1 986 £42,000 -1.18% 332
West Midlands 0 938 £40,000 - 255
East Midlands -3 711 £40,000 +6.67% 209
Scotland +1 681 £45,000 +12.50% 131
Wales -5 227 £37,500 -2.60% 76
North East -10 143 £40,000 +14.29% 51
Northern Ireland -14 68 £37,500 +7.14% 23
Isle of Man +4 2 £37,500 -25.00%

For the 6 months to 21 January 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 10,329 (54.19%) C#
2 10,248 (53.76%) .NET
3 9,761 (51.21%) SQL
4 7,436 (39.01%) Microsoft
5 7,167 (37.60%) Agile Software Development
6 6,165 (32.34%) JavaScript
7 6,022 (31.59%) ASP.NET
8 5,931 (31.11%) MVC
9 4,736 (24.85%) HTML
10 4,410 (23.14%) Microsoft Azure
11 4,208 (22.08%) CSS
12 4,101 (21.51%) Finance
13 3,739 (19.61%) Windows
14 3,634 (19.06%) ASP.NET MVC
15 3,498 (18.35%) T-SQL
16 3,371 (17.68%) AngularJS
17 3,171 (16.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 3,133 (16.44%) ASP.NET Web API
19 2,971 (15.59%) Business Intelligence
20 2,883 (15.12%) TDD
21 2,764 (14.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 2,700 (14.16%) .NET Framework
23 2,663 (13.97%) Oracle
24 2,522 (13.23%) Scrum
25 2,319 (12.17%) Web Services
26 2,314 (12.14%) Degree
27 2,186 (11.47%) jQuery
28 2,163 (11.35%) Problem-Solving
29 2,032 (10.66%) Git (software)
30 1,998 (10.48%) Amazon AWS

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 1,224 (6.42%) IIS
2 1,066 (5.59%) SharePoint
3 523 (2.74%) Elasticsearch
4 440 (2.31%) MS Exchange
5 401 (2.10%) CMS
6 341 (1.79%) Apache
7 334 (1.75%) Tomcat
8 224 (1.18%) Confluence
9 212 (1.11%) BizTalk Server
10 197 (1.03%) WebSphere
11 191 (1.00%) Umbraco
12 184 (0.97%) Apache Spark
13 155 (0.81%) SAS
14 141 (0.74%) JBoss
15 138 (0.72%) Skype for Business
16 120 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 117 (0.61%) WebLogic
18 116 (0.61%) Sitecore CMS
19 106 (0.56%) EPiServer
20 105 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 820 (4.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 558 (2.93%) Microsoft Office
3 101 (0.53%) Chatbot
4 77 (0.40%) MS Visio
5 35 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 30 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
7 28 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
8 18 (0.094%) Adobe Illustrator
8 18 (0.094%) InfoPath
8 18 (0.094%) SPSS
9 17 (0.089%) Photoshop
10 12 (0.063%) Weka
11 10 (0.052%) AutoCAD
12 8 (0.042%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 7 (0.037%) Maya
14 6 (0.031%) Mingle
15 5 (0.026%) Fireworks
15 5 (0.026%) Revit
16 4 (0.021%) EngageOne
17 3 (0.016%) Stata
Business Applications
1 435 (2.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 126 (0.66%) Dynamics AX
3 78 (0.41%) thinkFolio
4 67 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
5 45 (0.24%) Markit EDM
6 41 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
7 40 (0.21%) Magento
8 32 (0.17%) Cognos TM1
8 32 (0.17%) Front Arena
9 24 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
10 23 (0.12%) NetSuite
11 20 (0.10%) Eloqua
11 20 (0.10%) FastStats
12 19 (0.100%) Cognos Business Intelligence
12 19 (0.100%) Unit4 Business World
13 16 (0.084%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 14 (0.073%) Oracle BPM
15 13 (0.068%) JDE EnterpriseOne
16 12 (0.063%) Oracle Applications
17 11 (0.058%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 4,410 (23.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 1,998 (10.48%) Amazon AWS
3 717 (3.76%) SaaS
4 703 (3.69%) Office 365
5 366 (1.92%) PaaS
6 265 (1.39%) IaaS
7 234 (1.23%) Google Cloud Platform
8 206 (1.08%) GitHub
9 202 (1.06%) Dynamics 365
10 198 (1.04%) Azure Data Factory
11 153 (0.80%) Serverless
12 152 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
13 114 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
14 103 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
15 95 (0.50%) npm
16 65 (0.34%) Amazon S3
17 62 (0.33%) Azure Functions
18 60 (0.31%) AWS Lambda
18 60 (0.31%) Google Play
19 59 (0.31%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 623 (3.27%) Firewall
2 609 (3.19%) DNS
3 534 (2.80%) Internet
4 442 (2.32%) TCP/IP
5 371 (1.95%) SAN
6 334 (1.75%) DHCP
7 306 (1.61%) LAN
8 304 (1.59%) WAN
9 249 (1.31%) VPN
10 248 (1.30%) HTTP
11 157 (0.82%) SSL
12 150 (0.79%) VLAN
13 142 (0.74%) Network Security
14 140 (0.73%) Intranet
15 118 (0.62%) NAS
16 116 (0.61%) VoIP
17 91 (0.48%) Skype
18 69 (0.36%) Broadband
19 62 (0.33%) FTP
20 59 (0.31%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3,171 (16.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2,764 (14.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1,980 (10.39%) Data Warehouse
4 1,967 (10.32%) SQL Server 2016
5 1,574 (8.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1,546 (8.11%) Relational Database
7 1,426 (7.48%) NoSQL
8 1,420 (7.45%) MySQL
9 1,314 (6.89%) SQL Server 2008
10 1,244 (6.53%) Power BI
11 1,180 (6.19%) SQL Server 2012
12 887 (4.65%) MongoDB
13 851 (4.46%) PostgreSQL
14 637 (3.34%) SQL Server 2014
15 579 (3.04%) Big Data
16 552 (2.90%) Oracle Database
17 549 (2.88%) RDBMS
18 445 (2.33%) Azure SQL Database
19 349 (1.83%) Hadoop
20 304 (1.59%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 2,032 (10.66%) Git (software)
2 1,820 (9.55%) Visual Studio
3 1,425 (7.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 613 (3.22%) JIRA
5 610 (3.20%) Jenkins
6 598 (3.14%) TeamCity
7 460 (2.41%) Selenium
8 446 (2.34%) NUnit
9 431 (2.26%) Octopus Deploy
10 412 (2.16%) Visual Studio Team System
11 383 (2.01%) Subversion
12 213 (1.12%) Cucumber
13 198 (1.04%) SpecFlow
14 190 (1.00%) Maven
15 180 (0.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 174 (0.91%) Bitbucket
17 163 (0.86%) JUnit
18 141 (0.74%) MSTest
19 125 (0.66%) Eclipse
20 111 (0.58%) gulp
General
1 4,101 (21.51%) Finance
2 981 (5.15%) Banking
3 775 (4.07%) Retail
4 716 (3.76%) Marketing
5 530 (2.78%) Games
6 464 (2.43%) Advertising
7 363 (1.90%) Telecoms
8 316 (1.66%) Investment Banking
9 292 (1.53%) Manufacturing
10 271 (1.42%) Front Office
11 211 (1.11%) Legal
12 208 (1.09%) Back Office
13 163 (0.86%) Law
14 155 (0.81%) Electronics
15 109 (0.57%) Automotive
16 108 (0.57%) Publishing
17 94 (0.49%) Financial Institution
18 74 (0.39%) French Language
19 64 (0.34%) German Language
20 51 (0.27%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 11,183 (58.67%) Developer
2 5,436 (28.52%) .NET Developer
3 3,826 (20.07%) C# Developer
4 2,762 (14.49%) C# .NET Developer
5 1,810 (9.50%) Software Developer
6 1,754 (9.20%) Senior Developer
7 1,702 (8.93%) SQL Developer
8 1,685 (8.84%) Analyst
9 1,236 (6.48%) ASP.NET Developer
10 1,177 (6.17%) DBA
11 1,104 (5.79%) C# ASP.NET Developer
12 953 (5.00%) SQL DBA
13 912 (4.78%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 843 (4.42%) Architect
15 803 (4.21%) C# Software Developer
16 795 (4.17%) .NET Software Developer
17 789 (4.14%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
18 769 (4.03%) Senior .NET Developer
19 736 (3.86%) Junior
20 676 (3.55%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10,248 (53.76%) .NET
2 6,022 (31.59%) ASP.NET
3 4,736 (24.85%) HTML
4 4,208 (22.08%) CSS
5 3,634 (19.06%) ASP.NET MVC
6 3,371 (17.68%) AngularJS
7 3,133 (16.44%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2,700 (14.16%) .NET Framework
9 2,319 (12.17%) Web Services
10 2,186 (11.47%) jQuery
11 1,712 (8.98%) WCF
12 1,590 (8.34%) RESTful
13 1,536 (8.06%) Entity Framework
14 1,533 (8.04%) XML
15 1,451 (7.61%) HTML5
16 1,311 (6.88%) .NET Core
17 1,141 (5.99%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 1,099 (5.77%) WPF
19 1,080 (5.67%) REST
20 920 (4.83%) React
Miscellaneous
1 1,377 (7.22%) Greenfield Project
2 1,340 (7.03%) Analytical Skills
3 604 (3.17%) Enterprise Software
4 578 (3.03%) Fintech
5 531 (2.79%) User Experience
6 522 (2.74%) Self-Motivation
7 472 (2.48%) Management Information System
8 448 (2.35%) Mobile App
9 386 (2.02%) Clustering
10 336 (1.76%) Replication
11 303 (1.59%) Data Centre
12 285 (1.50%) Data Structures
13 255 (1.34%) Hedge funds
14 206 (1.08%) Algorithms
15 199 (1.04%) Fixed Income
16 192 (1.01%) Equities
17 184 (0.97%) Derivative
18 166 (0.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 151 (0.79%) Tandem
20 141 (0.74%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 3,739 (19.61%) Windows
2 1,732 (9.09%) Windows Server
3 1,553 (8.15%) Linux
4 583 (3.06%) Unix
5 575 (3.02%) Windows Server 2012
6 528 (2.77%) Windows Server 2008
7 439 (2.30%) Android
8 353 (1.85%) Apple iOS
9 312 (1.64%) Windows 10
10 255 (1.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 190 (1.00%) Windows 7
12 124 (0.65%) CentOS
13 94 (0.49%) Windows 8
14 82 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
15 81 (0.42%) Ubuntu
16 72 (0.38%) Solaris
17 66 (0.35%) AIX
18 45 (0.24%) Mac OS X
19 36 (0.19%) Windows XP
20 33 (0.17%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7,167 (37.60%) Agile Software Development
2 5,931 (31.11%) MVC
3 2,971 (15.59%) Business Intelligence
4 2,883 (15.12%) TDD
5 2,522 (13.23%) Scrum
6 2,163 (11.35%) Problem-Solving
7 1,776 (9.32%) ETL
8 1,716 (9.00%) Continuous Integration
9 1,541 (8.08%) Web Application Development
10 1,533 (8.04%) Software Engineering
11 1,531 (8.03%) OO
12 1,422 (7.46%) BDD
13 1,381 (7.24%) Web Development
14 1,311 (6.88%) SDLC
15 1,260 (6.61%) DevOps
16 1,182 (6.20%) Test Automation
17 1,168 (6.13%) Analytics
18 1,162 (6.10%) Computer Science
19 1,061 (5.57%) ITIL
20 1,060 (5.56%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 10,329 (54.19%) C#
2 9,761 (51.21%) SQL
3 6,165 (32.34%) JavaScript
4 3,498 (18.35%) T-SQL
5 1,852 (9.72%) Java
6 1,431 (7.51%) PowerShell
7 1,204 (6.32%) Python
8 870 (4.56%) VB.NET
9 623 (3.27%) PHP
10 565 (2.96%) Ruby
11 545 (2.86%) C++
12 461 (2.42%) TypeScript
12 461 (2.42%) VB
13 419 (2.20%) VBA
14 382 (2.00%) PL/SQL
15 248 (1.30%) Perl
16 232 (1.22%) R
17 222 (1.16%) C
18 204 (1.07%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 203 (1.06%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 2,314 (12.14%) Degree
2 605 (3.17%) Microsoft Certification
3 580 (3.04%) Computer Science Degree
4 382 (2.00%) Security Cleared
5 272 (1.43%) MCSE
6 261 (1.37%) SC Cleared
7 163 (0.86%) Cisco Certification
8 158 (0.83%) MCSA
9 116 (0.61%) MCP
10 114 (0.60%) CCNA
10 114 (0.60%) ISTQB
11 100 (0.52%) ISEB
11 100 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
12 69 (0.36%) MCITP
13 66 (0.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 60 (0.31%) CISSP
15 58 (0.30%) Master's Degree
16 57 (0.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 53 (0.28%) Numerate Degree
18 51 (0.27%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 699 (3.67%) QA
2 364 (1.91%) Data Quality
3 316 (1.66%) SLA
4 291 (1.53%) GDPR
5 190 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 69 (0.36%) PCI DSS
7 62 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials
8 46 (0.24%) ISO 9001
9 43 (0.23%) PMO
10 42 (0.22%) HIPAA
11 25 (0.13%) HL7
11 25 (0.13%) MiFID
12 21 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 19 (0.100%) GAMP
14 13 (0.068%) ISO 14001
15 12 (0.063%) WAI
16 10 (0.052%) IFRS
17 9 (0.047%) EMIR
17 9 (0.047%) IFRS 9
18 8 (0.042%) COBIT
System Software
1 1,396 (7.32%) Active Directory
2 756 (3.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 617 (3.24%) Docker
4 556 (2.92%) Hyper-V
5 221 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
6 154 (0.81%) vSphere
7 150 (0.79%) Virtual Machines
8 127 (0.67%) XenApp
9 57 (0.30%) Oracle RAC
10 49 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
11 48 (0.25%) HDFS
12 44 (0.23%) XenDesktop
13 30 (0.16%) BitLocker
14 29 (0.15%) Apache Flume
15 27 (0.14%) Firmware
16 24 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
17 23 (0.12%) XenServer
18 22 (0.12%) DFS Replication
19 20 (0.10%) Terminal Services
20 19 (0.100%) NFS
Systems Management
1 327 (1.72%) Puppet
2 323 (1.69%) SCCM
3 311 (1.63%) Ansible
4 275 (1.44%) Opscode Chef
5 272 (1.43%) Kubernetes
6 144 (0.76%) SCOM
7 117 (0.61%) Terraform
8 105 (0.55%) Kibana
9 94 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
10 85 (0.45%) vCenter Server
11 81 (0.42%) WSUS
12 74 (0.39%) Nagios
13 73 (0.38%) Failover Clustering
14 62 (0.33%) Perfmon
15 59 (0.31%) SCOrch
16 57 (0.30%) Backup Exec
16 57 (0.30%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
17 53 (0.28%) Salt
18 47 (0.25%) Oracle RMAN
19 44 (0.23%) logstash
Vendors
1 7,436 (39.01%) Microsoft
2 2,663 (13.97%) Oracle
3 1,131 (5.93%) VMware
4 766 (4.02%) Tableau
5 507 (2.66%) Cisco
6 476 (2.50%) Google
7 415 (2.18%) SAP
8 382 (2.00%) Citrix
9 303 (1.59%) Xamarin
10 253 (1.33%) Red Hat
11 230 (1.21%) HP
12 229 (1.20%) Facebook
13 212 (1.11%) IBM
14 182 (0.95%) Sitecore
15 174 (0.91%) ServiceNow
16 173 (0.91%) Cognos
17 172 (0.90%) Salesforce.com
18 149 (0.78%) Informatica
18 149 (0.78%) NetApp
19 146 (0.77%) Veeam