Period
to 20 January 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with an option to work from home (WFH) and 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 20 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK > Work from Home
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 21 24 11
Rank change year-on-year +3 -13 -3
Permanent jobs citing SQL Server 1,102 672 1,137
As % of all permanent jobs with a WFH option 10.16% 9.21% 15.36%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 34.28% 32.64% 46.11%
Number of salaries quoted 1,940 1,194 2,157
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% -10.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £33,700 £33,750 £33,750
90th Percentile £73,750 £73,750 £75,000
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

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 WFH option and a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
Work from Home
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 3,215 2,059 2,466
As % of all permanent jobs with a WFH option 29.64% 28.21% 33.32%
Number of salaries quoted 2,882 1,790 2,236
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% -4.76% +9.38%
10th Percentile £33,750 £33,750 £33,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £85,000 £85,000
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
% change year-on-year +4.76% - +9.38%

SQL Server
Trend for Jobs with a WFH Option

Job vacancies with a work from home option citing SQL Server as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

SQL Server trend for jobs with a WFH option

SQL Server
Salary Trend for Jobs with a WFH Option

3-month moving average salary quoted in job vacancies with a work from home option citing SQL Server.

SQL Server salary trend for jobs with a WFH option

SQL Server
Salary Histogram for Jobs with a WFH Option

Salary distribution for jobs with a work from home option citing SQL Server over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

SQL Server salary histogram for jobs with a WFH option

For the 6 months to 20 January 2021, SQL Server job roles required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent jobs with a WFH option and a requirement for SQL Server.

1 579 (52.54%) C#
2 544 (49.36%) .NET
2 544 (49.36%) Azure
3 531 (48.19%) SQL
4 441 (40.02%) Microsoft
5 425 (38.57%) JavaScript
6 389 (35.30%) Agile Software Development
7 321 (29.13%) DevOps
8 271 (24.59%) CSS
9 270 (24.50%) AngularJS
10 261 (23.68%) ASP.NET
10 261 (23.68%) HTML
11 257 (23.32%) MVC
12 242 (21.96%) .NET Core
13 223 (20.24%) React
14 222 (20.15%) Windows
15 182 (16.52%) AWS
16 180 (16.33%) Git (software)
17 170 (15.43%) T-SQL
18 159 (14.43%) Docker
19 152 (13.79%) Microservices
20 151 (13.70%) .NET Framework
21 145 (13.16%) ASP.NET Web API
21 145 (13.16%) Windows Server
22 144 (13.07%) Finance
22 144 (13.07%) Scrum
22 144 (13.07%) Business Intelligence
23 142 (12.89%) TDD
24 136 (12.34%) Software Engineering
25 135 (12.25%) jQuery

SQL Server
Co-occurring IT Skills with a WFH Option 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 68 (6.17%) IIS
2 61 (5.54%) SharePoint
3 58 (5.26%) Elasticsearch
4 44 (3.99%) CMS
5 26 (2.36%) Apache
6 25 (2.27%) Umbraco
6 25 (2.27%) WordPress
7 23 (2.09%) Sitecore CMS
8 20 (1.81%) MS Exchange
9 19 (1.72%) EPiServer
10 18 (1.63%) Confluence
10 18 (1.63%) Skype for Business
11 17 (1.54%) Kentico
12 14 (1.27%) Apache Spark
13 12 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2010
14 11 (1.00%) Drupal
15 7 (0.64%) Apache Solr
15 7 (0.64%) NServiceBus
16 6 (0.54%) nginx
17 4 (0.36%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 37 (3.36%) Microsoft Excel
2 26 (2.36%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.18%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.091%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.091%) Fireworks
5 1 (0.091%) Inkscape
5 1 (0.091%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 42 (3.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (1.27%) nopCommerce
3 9 (0.82%) iTrent
3 9 (0.82%) Northgate Housing
4 8 (0.73%) Oracle Applications
5 5 (0.45%) Elite 3E
6 4 (0.36%) Maximo
7 2 (0.18%) Aareon QL
7 2 (0.18%) JDE EnterpriseOne
7 2 (0.18%) JDE OneWorld
7 2 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.091%) Dynamics AX
8 1 (0.091%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.091%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.091%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.091%) Oracle EBS
8 1 (0.091%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 544 (49.36%) Azure
2 182 (16.52%) AWS
3 110 (9.98%) Power Platform
3 110 (9.98%) SaaS
4 82 (7.44%) PaaS
5 78 (7.08%) Office 365
6 74 (6.72%) IaaS
7 45 (4.08%) Azure Active Directory
8 33 (2.99%) GCP
9 28 (2.54%) Dynamics 365
10 27 (2.45%) Serverless
11 26 (2.36%) Azure Data Factory
11 26 (2.36%) GitHub
12 16 (1.45%) AWS Lambda
13 15 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
14 14 (1.27%) Power Automate
14 14 (1.27%) PowerApps
15 13 (1.18%) Slack
16 11 (1.00%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 10 (0.91%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 48 (4.36%) DNS
2 32 (2.90%) Skype
3 27 (2.45%) Firewall
4 23 (2.09%) Network Security
4 23 (2.09%) VPN
5 22 (2.00%) DHCP
6 18 (1.63%) SAN
7 17 (1.54%) Unified Communications
8 13 (1.18%) Remote Desktop
8 13 (1.18%) TCP/IP
9 12 (1.09%) IPv4
9 12 (1.09%) WAN
10 11 (1.00%) Cisco ASA
10 11 (1.00%) IPv6
10 11 (1.00%) VLAN
11 10 (0.91%) LAN
12 9 (0.82%) PBX
12 9 (0.82%) VoIP
13 8 (0.73%) Internet
13 8 (0.73%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 120 (10.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 112 (10.16%) MySQL
3 102 (9.26%) PostgreSQL
4 96 (8.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 89 (8.08%) Power BI
6 88 (7.99%) Data Warehouse
7 79 (7.17%) MongoDB
7 79 (7.17%) Relational Database
8 68 (6.17%) Azure SQL Database
9 51 (4.63%) NoSQL
10 50 (4.54%) SQL Server 2012
11 49 (4.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 25 (2.27%) Redis
13 24 (2.18%) Tableau
14 22 (2.00%) Big Data
15 16 (1.45%) MariaDB
15 16 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
15 16 (1.45%) SQL Server 2014
16 15 (1.36%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 14 (1.27%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 180 (16.33%) Git (software)
2 84 (7.62%) Visual Studio
3 82 (7.44%) Team Foundation Server
4 71 (6.44%) Jenkins
5 53 (4.81%) Octopus Deploy
6 42 (3.81%) TeamCity
7 39 (3.54%) Visual Studio Team System
8 35 (3.18%) Bitbucket
9 33 (2.99%) JIRA
10 21 (1.91%) Selenium
10 21 (1.91%) SpecFlow
11 13 (1.18%) NUnit
12 11 (1.00%) Artifactory
13 10 (0.91%) MSTest
14 8 (0.73%) Maven
14 8 (0.73%) MSI
14 8 (0.73%) webpack
15 7 (0.64%) GitLab
15 7 (0.64%) Postman
15 7 (0.64%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 144 (13.07%) Finance
2 34 (3.09%) Games
3 30 (2.72%) Public Sector
4 27 (2.45%) Marketing
5 24 (2.18%) Back Office
5 24 (2.18%) Law
6 21 (1.91%) Retail
7 15 (1.36%) Manufacturing
8 10 (0.91%) Electronics
8 10 (0.91%) Social Housing
8 10 (0.91%) Telecoms
9 8 (0.73%) Legal
9 8 (0.73%) Local Government
10 7 (0.64%) Banking
11 5 (0.45%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.36%) Advertising
12 4 (0.36%) Investment Banking
13 3 (0.27%) Billing
13 3 (0.27%) Housing Association
13 3 (0.27%) Military
Job Titles
1 625 (56.72%) Developer
2 223 (20.24%) .NET Developer
3 168 (15.25%) C# Developer
4 166 (15.06%) Software Developer
5 136 (12.34%) Senior Developer
6 110 (9.98%) C# .NET Developer
7 80 (7.26%) Full Stack Developer
8 70 (6.35%) SQL Developer
9 68 (6.17%) Analyst
10 56 (5.08%) C# Software Developer
11 52 (4.72%) Consultant
11 52 (4.72%) Data Engineer
12 51 (4.63%) DevOps Engineer
13 44 (3.99%) .NET Software Developer
14 43 (3.90%) Azure Engineer
15 41 (3.72%) Java Developer
16 37 (3.36%) Software Engineer
16 37 (3.36%) Web Developer
17 36 (3.27%) Architect
17 36 (3.27%) Senior .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 544 (49.36%) .NET
2 271 (24.59%) CSS
3 270 (24.50%) AngularJS
4 261 (23.68%) ASP.NET
4 261 (23.68%) HTML
5 242 (21.96%) .NET Core
6 223 (20.24%) React
7 151 (13.70%) .NET Framework
8 145 (13.16%) ASP.NET Web API
9 135 (12.25%) jQuery
10 130 (11.80%) REST
11 126 (11.43%) Web Services
12 102 (9.26%) ASP.NET MVC
13 100 (9.07%) Entity Framework
14 77 (6.99%) Node.js
15 71 (6.44%) Vue.js
16 67 (6.08%) HTML5
17 65 (5.90%) ASP.NET Core
17 65 (5.90%) Kafka
18 62 (5.63%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 77 (6.99%) Greenfield Project
2 76 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
3 54 (4.90%) Data Centre
4 51 (4.63%) User Experience
5 43 (3.90%) Public Cloud
6 41 (3.72%) Mobile App
7 36 (3.27%) Self-Motivation
8 32 (2.90%) Enterprise Software
9 26 (2.36%) Clustering
10 25 (2.27%) Private Cloud
11 23 (2.09%) Hybrid Cloud
12 18 (1.63%) Algorithms
13 17 (1.54%) NHS
13 17 (1.54%) Virtual Team
14 16 (1.45%) N-Tier
15 15 (1.36%) Client/Server
16 14 (1.27%) Replication
17 12 (1.09%) Data Structures
18 11 (1.00%) PlayStation
19 9 (0.82%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 222 (20.15%) Windows
2 145 (13.16%) Windows Server
3 85 (7.71%) Linux
4 30 (2.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 28 (2.54%) Windows Server 2016
6 23 (2.09%) Windows Server 2019
7 16 (1.45%) Windows 10
8 14 (1.27%) Windows Server 2008
9 13 (1.18%) CentOS
10 12 (1.09%) Android
10 12 (1.09%) Fedora
11 11 (1.00%) Unix
12 9 (0.82%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.18%) AIX
13 2 (0.18%) Solaris
13 2 (0.18%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.18%) VMS
14 1 (0.091%) CoreOS
14 1 (0.091%) Debian
14 1 (0.091%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 389 (35.30%) Agile Software Development
2 321 (29.13%) DevOps
3 257 (23.32%) MVC
4 152 (13.79%) Microservices
5 144 (13.07%) Business Intelligence
5 144 (13.07%) Scrum
6 142 (12.89%) TDD
7 136 (12.34%) Software Engineering
8 101 (9.17%) ETL
9 91 (8.26%) Web Development
10 86 (7.80%) SDLC
11 84 (7.62%) Problem-Solving
12 74 (6.72%) SOLID
13 72 (6.53%) Continuous Integration
13 72 (6.53%) Test Automation
14 66 (5.99%) Computer Science
14 66 (5.99%) Visualisation
15 61 (5.54%) Fintech
16 60 (5.44%) Analytics
17 56 (5.08%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 579 (52.54%) C#
2 531 (48.19%) SQL
3 425 (38.57%) JavaScript
4 170 (15.43%) T-SQL
5 113 (10.25%) Python
6 110 (9.98%) Java
7 108 (9.80%) PowerShell
8 106 (9.62%) TypeScript
9 50 (4.54%) PHP
10 32 (2.90%) Go
11 29 (2.63%) VB
12 28 (2.54%) VB.NET
13 24 (2.18%) PL/SQL
14 21 (1.91%) Shell Script
15 15 (1.36%) F#
16 10 (0.91%) C++
16 10 (0.91%) ES6
17 8 (0.73%) R
17 8 (0.73%) Ruby
18 7 (0.64%) VBA
Qualifications
1 127 (11.52%) Degree
2 81 (7.35%) Microsoft Certification
3 52 (4.72%) Security Cleared
4 51 (4.63%) SC Cleared
5 42 (3.81%) MCSE
6 39 (3.54%) CCNA
6 39 (3.54%) Cisco Certification
7 37 (3.36%) Computer Science Degree
8 33 (2.99%) MCP
9 20 (1.81%) BPSS Clearance
10 15 (1.36%) MCSA
11 14 (1.27%) MCTS
12 13 (1.18%) MCITP
13 9 (0.82%) Microsoft Certified Architect
13 9 (0.82%) SSCP
14 7 (0.64%) Sun Certification
15 6 (0.54%) HND
16 5 (0.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 3 (0.27%) Master's Degree
17 3 (0.27%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (3.90%) QA
2 25 (2.27%) Data Quality
3 16 (1.45%) SLA
4 14 (1.27%) WAI
5 5 (0.45%) PMO
6 3 (0.27%) GDPR
6 3 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.27%) PSD2
7 2 (0.18%) NIST
8 1 (0.091%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 159 (14.43%) Docker
2 131 (11.89%) Active Directory
3 93 (8.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 89 (8.08%) Hyper-V
5 15 (1.36%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.54%) Oracle RAC
6 6 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.36%) HDFS
7 4 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (0.27%) Xen
9 2 (0.18%) Firmware
10 1 (0.091%) GlusterFS
10 1 (0.091%) KVM
10 1 (0.091%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.091%) vCloud
10 1 (0.091%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.091%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.091%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 91 (8.26%) Kubernetes
2 47 (4.26%) Terraform
3 44 (3.99%) Microsoft Intune
3 44 (3.99%) SCCM
4 33 (2.99%) Ansible
5 17 (1.54%) HAProxy
6 16 (1.45%) Puppet
7 15 (1.36%) SCVMM
8 14 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
9 11 (1.00%) Icinga
10 10 (0.91%) Failover Clustering
11 9 (0.82%) Rancher
12 6 (0.54%) Data Guard
13 4 (0.36%) Nagios
14 3 (0.27%) Graphite
14 3 (0.27%) Kibana
14 3 (0.27%) logstash
15 2 (0.18%) ITRS Geneos
15 2 (0.18%) MIIS
15 2 (0.18%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 441 (40.02%) Microsoft
2 124 (11.25%) Oracle
3 115 (10.44%) VMware
4 36 (3.27%) Cisco
5 28 (2.54%) Google
6 24 (2.18%) Sitecore
7 22 (2.00%) Veeam
8 20 (1.81%) Zend
9 19 (1.72%) Citrix
10 16 (1.45%) SAP
10 16 (1.45%) Xamarin
11 12 (1.09%) Databricks
12 10 (0.91%) Dell
12 10 (0.91%) MuleSoft
13 9 (0.82%) Northgate
14 8 (0.73%) Acme Packet
14 8 (0.73%) Polycom
14 8 (0.73%) ServiceNow
14 8 (0.73%) SolarWinds
14 8 (0.73%) Yealink