Period
to 18 September 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 18 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
18 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 16 11 11
Rank change year-on-year -5 0 +1
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 15,743 22,247 25,639
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.12% 13.26% 14.54%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 41.04% 44.57% 47.47%
Number of salaries quoted 13,562 19,152 22,377
UK median annual salary £47,500 £46,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +1.12%
10th Percentile £31,000 £29,750 £28,750
90th Percentile £76,250 £73,750 £70,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +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 38,358 49,920 54,010
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 27.09% 29.76% 30.62%
Number of salaries quoted 31,320 40,712 44,493
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £30,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £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 18 September 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 18 September 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 -5 14,653 £47,500 - 2,618
UK excluding London -3 9,494 £45,000 +5.88% 2,132
London -3 5,908 £60,000 +4.35% 676
South East -3 2,971 £45,000 - 571
North of England -2 2,361 £42,500 - 595
Midlands -3 1,435 £42,500 +6.25% 371
North West -6 1,231 £42,500 - 340
South West -7 1,125 £42,500 +6.25% 232
Yorkshire 0 983 £42,500 - 217
West Midlands -2 857 £42,500 +6.25% 228
East of England -2 819 £45,000 - 173
Scotland -8 585 £42,500 -5.56% 123
East Midlands -5 575 £40,000 - 140
Wales -12 156 £38,000 -5.49% 55
North East -6 152 £37,000 -7.50% 38
Northern Ireland -5 48 £45,000 +28.57% 12
Isle of Man +2 8 £45,000 +16.13%
Channel Islands +5 1 £52,500 -22.22%

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 8,274 (52.56%) SQL
2 7,825 (49.70%) C#
3 7,664 (48.68%) .NET
4 6,381 (40.53%) Microsoft
5 5,630 (35.76%) Agile Software Development
6 4,410 (28.01%) JavaScript
7 4,399 (27.94%) Azure
8 4,348 (27.62%) ASP.NET
9 3,867 (24.56%) MVC
10 3,484 (22.13%) Finance
11 3,236 (20.56%) HTML
12 3,153 (20.03%) Windows
13 2,930 (18.61%) CSS
14 2,802 (17.80%) Business Intelligence
15 2,758 (17.52%) T-SQL
16 2,715 (17.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 2,404 (15.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 2,272 (14.43%) ASP.NET MVC
19 2,270 (14.42%) AngularJS
20 2,059 (13.08%) Oracle
21 2,023 (12.85%) ASP.NET Web API
21 2,023 (12.85%) Problem-Solving
22 2,000 (12.70%) Data Warehouse
23 1,977 (12.56%) .NET Framework
24 1,947 (12.37%) Scrum
25 1,905 (12.10%) Degree
26 1,868 (11.87%) AWS
27 1,768 (11.23%) TDD
28 1,742 (11.07%) DevOps
29 1,728 (10.98%) ETL

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
1 919 (5.84%) SharePoint
2 875 (5.56%) IIS
3 446 (2.83%) MS Exchange
4 269 (1.71%) Tomcat
5 268 (1.70%) CMS
6 246 (1.56%) Apache
6 246 (1.56%) Confluence
7 214 (1.36%) Elasticsearch
8 213 (1.35%) Umbraco
9 163 (1.04%) Skype for Business
10 159 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
11 153 (0.97%) JBoss
12 147 (0.93%) WebSphere
13 130 (0.83%) Apache Spark
14 122 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2013
15 119 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2010
16 103 (0.65%) Oracle Workflow
17 96 (0.61%) WebLogic
18 95 (0.60%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 72 (0.46%) EPiServer
Applications
1 640 (4.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 595 (3.78%) Microsoft Office
3 79 (0.50%) MS Visio
4 72 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 40 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
6 19 (0.12%) Microsoft Project
7 16 (0.10%) SPSS
8 15 (0.095%) Photoshop
9 12 (0.076%) Adobe Illustrator
10 11 (0.070%) InfoPath
11 7 (0.044%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 6 (0.038%) CINEMA 4D
12 6 (0.038%) Maya
12 6 (0.038%) MODO
12 6 (0.038%) NUKE
13 5 (0.032%) AutoCAD
13 5 (0.032%) Revit
14 4 (0.025%) CATIA
14 4 (0.025%) Fireworks
14 4 (0.025%) Moqups
Business Applications
1 361 (2.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 129 (0.82%) thinkFolio
3 105 (0.67%) Markit EDM
4 91 (0.58%) Front Arena
5 90 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
6 74 (0.47%) Dynamics NAV
7 44 (0.28%) NetSuite
8 31 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 23 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
10 22 (0.14%) SAP Business One
10 22 (0.14%) WebTrends
11 21 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
12 20 (0.13%) SAP ERP
13 18 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
14 16 (0.10%) Dynamics GP
14 16 (0.10%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
15 15 (0.095%) Unit4 Business World
16 14 (0.089%) Sage CRM
17 13 (0.083%) FastStats
18 11 (0.070%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 4,399 (27.94%) Azure
2 1,868 (11.87%) AWS
3 1,639 (10.41%) Power Platform
4 907 (5.76%) Office 365
5 603 (3.83%) SaaS
6 275 (1.75%) PaaS
7 270 (1.72%) GCP
8 247 (1.57%) Dynamics 365
9 223 (1.42%) Azure Data Factory
10 204 (1.30%) Serverless
11 186 (1.18%) GitHub
12 177 (1.12%) IaaS
13 130 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
14 121 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
15 101 (0.64%) OneDrive
16 96 (0.61%) PowerApps
17 95 (0.60%) Azure Stack
18 81 (0.51%) Azure Functions
19 75 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
20 74 (0.47%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 558 (3.54%) Firewall
2 542 (3.44%) DNS
3 393 (2.50%) TCP/IP
4 375 (2.38%) DHCP
5 320 (2.03%) SAN
6 297 (1.89%) Internet
7 240 (1.52%) LAN
8 234 (1.49%) WAN
9 193 (1.23%) VPN
10 183 (1.16%) HTTP
11 178 (1.13%) Skype
12 143 (0.91%) VoIP
13 140 (0.89%) VLAN
14 133 (0.84%) NAS
15 111 (0.71%) Broadband
16 105 (0.67%) SSL
17 89 (0.57%) Network Security
18 81 (0.51%) NetScaler
18 81 (0.51%) Remote Desktop
19 79 (0.50%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2,715 (17.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2,404 (15.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2,000 (12.70%) Data Warehouse
4 1,609 (10.22%) Power BI
5 1,520 (9.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1,397 (8.87%) Relational Database
7 1,096 (6.96%) SQL Server 2016
8 1,090 (6.92%) MySQL
9 1,008 (6.40%) SQL Server 2012
10 796 (5.06%) NoSQL
11 788 (5.01%) SQL Server 2008
12 730 (4.64%) PostgreSQL
13 569 (3.61%) RDBMS
14 529 (3.36%) MongoDB
15 487 (3.09%) Azure SQL Database
16 462 (2.93%) Big Data
17 417 (2.65%) SQL Server 2014
18 320 (2.03%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 316 (2.01%) Data Lake
20 267 (1.70%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1,661 (10.55%) Git (software)
2 1,237 (7.86%) Visual Studio
3 993 (6.31%) Team Foundation Server
4 734 (4.66%) JIRA
5 459 (2.92%) Jenkins
6 437 (2.78%) Selenium
7 387 (2.46%) TeamCity
8 344 (2.19%) Octopus Deploy
9 316 (2.01%) NUnit
10 293 (1.86%) Visual Studio Team System
11 278 (1.77%) Subversion
12 198 (1.26%) SpecFlow
13 185 (1.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 152 (0.97%) JUnit
15 148 (0.94%) Maven
16 146 (0.93%) Cucumber
17 143 (0.91%) Bitbucket
18 126 (0.80%) WebDriver
19 123 (0.78%) SoapUI
20 100 (0.64%) Moq
General
1 3,484 (22.13%) Finance
2 756 (4.80%) Retail
3 736 (4.68%) Banking
4 457 (2.90%) Marketing
5 399 (2.53%) Manufacturing
6 359 (2.28%) Public Sector
7 310 (1.97%) Telecoms
8 307 (1.95%) Games
9 259 (1.65%) Front Office
10 227 (1.44%) Legal
11 194 (1.23%) Advertising
12 143 (0.91%) Law
13 139 (0.88%) Back Office
14 117 (0.74%) Electronics
14 117 (0.74%) Investment Banking
15 111 (0.71%) French Language
16 109 (0.69%) German Language
17 100 (0.64%) Automotive
17 100 (0.64%) Spanish Language
18 92 (0.58%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 8,618 (54.74%) Developer
2 3,433 (21.81%) .NET Developer
3 2,789 (17.72%) C# Developer
4 1,865 (11.85%) C# .NET Developer
5 1,653 (10.50%) Analyst
6 1,517 (9.64%) Senior Developer
7 1,489 (9.46%) SQL Developer
8 1,455 (9.24%) Software Developer
9 1,016 (6.45%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 773 (4.91%) DBA
11 703 (4.47%) ASP.NET Developer
12 664 (4.22%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 622 (3.95%) Software Engineer
14 582 (3.70%) SQL DBA
15 575 (3.65%) .NET Software Developer
16 570 (3.62%) Junior
17 558 (3.54%) Administrator
18 554 (3.52%) Applications Support
19 547 (3.47%) C# Software Developer
20 539 (3.42%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7,664 (48.68%) .NET
2 4,348 (27.62%) ASP.NET
3 3,236 (20.56%) HTML
4 2,930 (18.61%) CSS
5 2,272 (14.43%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2,270 (14.42%) AngularJS
7 2,023 (12.85%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1,977 (12.56%) .NET Framework
9 1,712 (10.87%) Web Services
10 1,605 (10.20%) jQuery
11 1,411 (8.96%) .NET Core
12 1,288 (8.18%) XML
13 1,110 (7.05%) Entity Framework
14 1,105 (7.02%) WCF
15 1,092 (6.94%) REST
16 968 (6.15%) React
17 882 (5.60%) RESTful
18 857 (5.44%) HTML5
19 669 (4.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 667 (4.24%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1,237 (7.86%) Analytical Skills
2 997 (6.33%) Greenfield Project
3 620 (3.94%) Self-Motivation
4 520 (3.30%) Management Information System
5 473 (3.00%) Enterprise Software
6 385 (2.45%) User Experience
7 328 (2.08%) Mobile App
8 306 (1.94%) Data Centre
9 286 (1.82%) Hedge funds
9 286 (1.82%) Replication
10 267 (1.70%) Clustering
11 231 (1.47%) Fixed Income
12 195 (1.24%) Equities
13 174 (1.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 173 (1.10%) Data Structures
15 172 (1.09%) Derivative
16 163 (1.04%) Algorithms
17 125 (0.79%) Driving Licence
17 125 (0.79%) Public Cloud
18 122 (0.77%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 3,153 (20.03%) Windows
2 1,461 (9.28%) Windows Server
3 1,229 (7.81%) Linux
4 480 (3.05%) Unix
5 432 (2.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 354 (2.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 284 (1.80%) Windows 10
8 201 (1.28%) Android
9 175 (1.11%) Windows 7
10 133 (0.84%) Apple iOS
11 115 (0.73%) Windows 8
12 104 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 99 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
14 70 (0.44%) CentOS
14 70 (0.44%) Mac OS
15 47 (0.30%) Ubuntu
16 36 (0.23%) Solaris
17 27 (0.17%) AIX
17 27 (0.17%) VMS
18 24 (0.15%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,630 (35.76%) Agile Software Development
2 3,867 (24.56%) MVC
3 2,802 (17.80%) Business Intelligence
4 2,023 (12.85%) Problem-Solving
5 1,947 (12.37%) Scrum
6 1,768 (11.23%) TDD
7 1,742 (11.07%) DevOps
8 1,728 (10.98%) ETL
9 1,478 (9.39%) Software Engineering
10 1,225 (7.78%) Analytics
11 1,137 (7.22%) Web Development
12 1,136 (7.22%) Continuous Integration
13 1,134 (7.20%) OO
14 1,081 (6.87%) SDLC
15 1,043 (6.63%) Computer Science
16 1,041 (6.61%) Data Modelling
17 1,037 (6.59%) Test Automation
18 932 (5.92%) Mentoring
19 925 (5.88%) Unit Testing
20 873 (5.55%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 8,274 (52.56%) SQL
2 7,825 (49.70%) C#
3 4,410 (28.01%) JavaScript
4 2,758 (17.52%) T-SQL
5 1,448 (9.20%) Java
6 1,303 (8.28%) PowerShell
7 1,212 (7.70%) Python
8 781 (4.96%) VB.NET
9 472 (3.00%) PHP
10 427 (2.71%) TypeScript
11 397 (2.52%) VB
12 394 (2.50%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 356 (2.26%) C++
14 353 (2.24%) Ruby
15 347 (2.20%) VBA
16 265 (1.68%) R
17 263 (1.67%) PL/SQL
18 207 (1.31%) Perl
19 202 (1.28%) Bash Shell
20 181 (1.15%) C
Qualifications
1 1,905 (12.10%) Degree
2 546 (3.47%) Microsoft Certification
3 497 (3.16%) Computer Science Degree
4 326 (2.07%) Security Cleared
5 225 (1.43%) MCSE
6 208 (1.32%) Cisco Certification
7 203 (1.29%) MCSA
8 187 (1.19%) CCNA
9 179 (1.14%) SC Cleared
10 129 (0.82%) ISTQB
11 109 (0.69%) MCP
12 78 (0.50%) HND
13 73 (0.46%) DV Cleared
14 65 (0.41%) ISEB
15 63 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 57 (0.36%) AWS Certification
17 54 (0.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 52 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
19 42 (0.27%) MCSD
20 40 (0.25%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 819 (5.20%) QA
2 282 (1.79%) Data Quality
3 241 (1.53%) SLA
4 151 (0.96%) GDPR
5 126 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 53 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 50 (0.32%) PCI DSS
8 46 (0.29%) PMO
9 34 (0.22%) WAI
10 16 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials
11 12 (0.076%) ISO 9001
11 12 (0.076%) Solvency II
12 11 (0.070%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 10 (0.064%) COBIT
14 8 (0.051%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 7 (0.044%) MiFID
15 7 (0.044%) NCSC
16 6 (0.038%) IFRS
16 6 (0.038%) NIST
17 5 (0.032%) HIPAA
System Software
1 1,290 (8.19%) Active Directory
2 750 (4.76%) Docker
3 657 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 569 (3.61%) Hyper-V
5 189 (1.20%) XenApp
6 167 (1.06%) vSphere
7 120 (0.76%) VMware ESXi
8 95 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
9 81 (0.51%) XenDesktop
10 79 (0.50%) Virtual Machines
11 77 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
12 51 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
13 45 (0.29%) HDFS
14 35 (0.22%) Firmware
15 31 (0.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 30 (0.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
17 28 (0.18%) BitLocker
18 20 (0.13%) KVM
18 20 (0.13%) Terminal Services
19 19 (0.12%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 353 (2.24%) SCCM
2 351 (2.23%) Kubernetes
3 274 (1.74%) Ansible
4 237 (1.51%) Puppet
5 227 (1.44%) Opscode Chef
6 159 (1.01%) Terraform
7 142 (0.90%) SCOM
8 109 (0.69%) WSUS
9 70 (0.44%) SCOrch
10 58 (0.37%) SQL Sentry
11 55 (0.35%) Backup Exec
11 55 (0.35%) Microsoft Clustering
12 52 (0.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 47 (0.30%) Grafana
14 42 (0.27%) Docker Swarm
15 41 (0.26%) Kibana
16 39 (0.25%) vCenter Server
17 38 (0.24%) Prometheus
18 35 (0.22%) Single Sign-On
18 35 (0.22%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 6,381 (40.53%) Microsoft
2 2,059 (13.08%) Oracle
3 969 (6.16%) VMware
4 527 (3.35%) Tableau
5 494 (3.14%) SAP
6 441 (2.80%) Citrix
7 437 (2.78%) Cisco
8 347 (2.20%) IBM
9 284 (1.80%) Google
10 189 (1.20%) Xamarin
11 184 (1.17%) HP
12 168 (1.07%) Cognos
13 165 (1.05%) Salesforce.com
14 154 (0.98%) Veeam
15 150 (0.95%) Databricks
16 148 (0.94%) Dell
17 145 (0.92%) Atlassian
18 127 (0.81%) Informatica
19 123 (0.78%) Charles River
20 116 (0.74%) Red Hat