Although the number of published job adverts looking for SQL skills fell over the period from 10,470 to 9,733, this was reflected in the demand for most of the top software skills. Only six of the skills in the top 50 saw increases in demand.
Demand for Microsoft .net skills rose by 11% over the quarter and demand for Linux skills was up 10%. Both had seen demand fall in the previous three quarters.
The other four skills which saw rises were customer relationship management (up 5%), C# (up 4%), GUI (up 20%) and AIX (up 10%).
C++, which has held the number two spot since falling from the top spot in the Q2 2002 survey, slipped to third, behind Unix.
SAP skills held on to 17th place in the survey, although demand was down slightly. Last year SAP skills bucked the overall downward trend, doubling in demand between Q4 2001 and Q4 2002.