SQL remains most in-demand IT skill

SQL remains most in-demand IT skill

Summary: SQL remains the most desirable skill among IT employers in the UK, according to new figures.


SQL is the most in-demand IT skill in the UK, according to figures released by an IT job board. 

There were a total of 20,660 permanent IT roles asking for the SQL programming language out of those advertised in the fourth quarter of last year, according to recruitment site CW Jobs.

SQL tops the list again despite seeing a 1.4-percent decrease on the previous quarter. 

Meanwhile, there were 13,901 permanent IT roles asking for C# in the last quarter of 2012, up 7.2 percent on the previous quarter, and 13,781 asking for C, down 9.6 percent on the previous quarter. 

Other in-demand skills that featured on the CW Jobs list include .Net (12,780 jobs), Java (10,138), SQL Server (8,918), ASP (8,824), JavaScript (6,983), HTML (6,702) and agile (6,670). 

The total number of permanent IT roles increased over the course of the year from 98,459 in the first quarter of 2012 to 99,417 in the fourth quarter 2012.

"The IT industry is strengthening. The increase in companies recruiting for permanent vacancies, given the economy's current challenges, is really encouraging," said website's director Richard Nott.

"The increase in companies recruiting for permanent vacancies, given the economy's current challenges, is really encouraging" — Richard Nott, CW Jobs

The majority of permanent IT jobs are for software houses or consultancies, with 47,676 roles advertised in this sector in the last quarter of the year, up 6.3 percent on the previous quarter. The next biggest sector is finance, which advertised 15,731 roles.

"IT pros need to better demonstrate their suitability for roles if they are to compete, highlighting desirable attributes such as an aptitude for adopting new skills quickly, business acumen and an ability to manage complex relationships," said Nott. 

The data is based on information from jobs advertised on recruitment websites, together with jobs lists in IT business magazines and national and selected regional press. 

Topics: IT Employment, United Kingdom, Tech Industry

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  • SQL needed by many IT professions

    Interesting stats, though I'd guess that at least minimal SQL capabilities are necessary in most all IT professions. Perhaps that is why it gets tagged as a requirement so often.
  • I'm guessing it's "SQL plus other skills" really

    Even a DBA role requires skills beyond just SQL.
  • Job postings not verified

    E-mail harvesters will post fake job offerings on job boards, to collect spam-able-e-mail-addresses.

    Collections of spam-able-e-mail-addresses are sold to recruiters.

    Those who buy these collections, only need a single 'success' from their resulting e-mail spam, in order to reap tens of thousands of pounds.

    If Information Technology is the most likely successful recruitment area, then that is where this harvest & spam ecosystem will focus.

    Job Board numbers should not be used as a metric.

    A Journalist would investigate how many job postings *can not be verified*.
  • Nosql

    Recent NOSQL flame wars act like SQL is purposeless, but its ability to model business logic very effortlessly has been proved over the years. However, to use NOSQL for sessions, logs, and fast generating and fast reading machine data is a better idea, but SQL works better for everyday stuff. I recommend developers to take time to learn different data store options out there and choose the best one for their application. If you are making an APP for a business, most likely that choice will still be SQL for most of the application.
    Asad Hasan