The table below looks at the statistics for SQL Server skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited SQL Server over the 3 months to 21 November 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
Rank 16 11 11
Rank change year-on-year
-5 0
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 4392 5010 4941
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.70% 9.64% 9.62%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 37.40% 42.01% 45.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 2963 3140 3031
Average daily rate
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£375 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 145 147
Average hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £22.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +5.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.54 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.53 £40.12 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+2.08% +6.66%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Database & Business Intelligence category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Database & Business Intelligence Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Database & Business Intelligence category
11743 11925 10912
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.58% 22.94% 21.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 7761 7368 6505
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
+10.76% -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 163 255 282
Average hourly rate £33.50 £27.50 £30.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.81% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £14.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £45.18
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+27.27% -9.83%

SQL Server
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Database & Business Intelligence category.

SQL Server Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SQL Server
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SQL Server within the UK.

SQL Server Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SQL Server
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SQL Server within the UK over the 3 months to 21 November 2014.

SQL Server Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

SQL Server
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server within the UK.

SQL Server Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SQL Server
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SQL Server within the UK over the 3 months to 21 November 2014.

SQL Server Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

SQL Server
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SQL Server within the UK over the 3 months to 21 November 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -7 3908 £375 - 2311
London -3 1848 £425 - 642
South East -15 653 £350 - 411
City of London -1 496 £425 - 238
North West -3 278 £315 +5.00% 299
Scotland 0 274 £343 +5.38% 107
East of England -6 266 £375 +11.94% 155
Yorkshire -4 228 £325 +8.33% 227
West Midlands -2 212 £338 +5.46% 182
South West -17 204 £325 - 251
West Yorkshire -5 162 £325 +8.33% 138
Wales -1 150 £316 +8.49% 31
Berkshire -8 149 £368 +5.00% 93
Surrey +1 142 £388 +6.89% 56
Manchester -3 142 £315 +5.00% 169
Hampshire -18 131 £330 +1.53% 105
East Midlands -10 121 £325 +8.33% 97
Edinburgh -3 118 £350 +7.69% 33
South Wales -2 107 £316 +10.87% 23
Leeds -9 96 £320 +10.34% 89
Glasgow -1 87 £325 - 55
Hertfordshire +6 81 £343 -3.18% 42
North East -2 78 £330 +14.78% 39
Cardiff -3 72 £325 +20.37% 15
Buckinghamshire -15 72 £350 +7.69% 33
Reading +17 68 £384 +9.64% 47
Essex -11 58 £400 +14.28% 33
Birmingham -10 55 £323 -14.00% 50
Tyne and Wear -2 54 £325 -2.22% 32
Bristol -22 49 £350 - 65

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SQL Server also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SQL Server.

1 4462 (49.80%) SQL
2 3871 (43.20%) .NET
3 3393 (37.87%) C#
4 2684 (29.96%) Microsoft
5 2267 (25.30%) SQL Server 2008
6 2201 (24.56%) ASP.NET
7 1961 (21.89%) Windows
8 1812 (20.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1758 (19.62%) Agile Software Development
10 1620 (18.08%) Oracle
11 1615 (18.02%) JavaScript
12 1599 (17.85%) Finance
13 1584 (17.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 1579 (17.62%) MVC
15 1563 (17.44%) HTML
16 1524 (17.01%) T-SQL
17 1258 (14.04%) CSS
18 1247 (13.92%) Business Intelligence
19 1237 (13.81%) MS Excel
20 1008 (11.25%) Data Warehouse
21 1007 (11.24%) SQL Server 2012
22 1000 (11.16%) jQuery
23 989 (11.04%) WCF
24 959 (10.70%) .NET Framework
24 959 (10.70%) SharePoint
25 948 (10.58%) XML
26 915 (10.21%) ASP.NET MVC
27 914 (10.20%) Web Services
28 899 (10.03%) ETL
29 823 (9.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services

SQL Server
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SQL Server also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited SQL Server. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 959 (10.70%) SharePoint
2 689 (7.69%) IIS
3 294 (3.28%) MS Exchange
4 285 (3.18%) SharePoint 2010
5 265 (2.96%) BizTalk Server
6 235 (2.62%) CMS
7 207 (2.31%) Apache
8 198 (2.21%) SharePoint 2013
9 148 (1.65%) Tomcat
10 147 (1.64%) WebSphere
11 143 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2010
12 123 (1.37%) Umbraco
13 121 (1.35%) JBoss
14 101 (1.13%) SAS
15 100 (1.12%) WebLogic
16 83 (0.93%) Sitecore CMS
17 82 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2007
18 77 (0.86%) SharePoint Server
19 76 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2003
20 64 (0.71%) Lync
Applications
1 1237 (13.81%) MS Excel
2 344 (3.84%) MS Office
3 83 (0.93%) MS Visio
4 74 (0.83%) InfoPath
5 64 (0.71%) MS PowerPoint
6 63 (0.70%) MS Project
7 61 (0.68%) PowerPivot
8 47 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
9 30 (0.33%) Photoshop
10 25 (0.28%) SPSS
11 8 (0.089%) Adobe Illustrator
12 6 (0.067%) Fireworks
12 6 (0.067%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 5 (0.056%) FastStats
14 4 (0.045%) Acrobat
15 3 (0.033%) DOC1
15 3 (0.033%) Mingle
16 2 (0.022%) GIMP
16 2 (0.022%) InDesign
17 1 (0.011%) PrintSoft PReS
Business Applications
1 308 (3.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 76 (0.85%) Markit EDM
3 61 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
4 38 (0.42%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 37 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
6 33 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 28 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
8 26 (0.29%) Agresso
9 21 (0.23%) Google Analytics
10 20 (0.22%) SAP BPC
11 17 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
11 17 (0.19%) Cognos TM1
12 15 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
13 14 (0.16%) SAP SD
13 14 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
14 11 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
14 11 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
15 10 (0.11%) BusinessWorks
16 9 (0.10%) Oracle Assets
17 8 (0.089%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 220 (2.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 61 (0.68%) Office 365
3 58 (0.65%) Amazon AWS
4 48 (0.54%) PaaS
5 37 (0.41%) SaaS
6 22 (0.25%) GitHub
7 17 (0.19%) Amazon EC2
8 13 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (0.078%) IaaS
10 3 (0.033%) SuccessFactors
10 3 (0.033%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.033%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.022%) Google Apps
12 1 (0.011%) Gitorious
12 1 (0.011%) IBM Blueworks
12 1 (0.011%) SoftLayer
12 1 (0.011%) Google App Engine
12 1 (0.011%) Heroku
12 1 (0.011%) Amazon SQS
12 1 (0.011%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 307 (3.43%) SAN
2 267 (2.98%) DNS
3 263 (2.94%) Firewall
4 201 (2.24%) TCP/IP
5 182 (2.03%) Internet
6 141 (1.57%) DHCP
7 138 (1.54%) WAN
8 131 (1.46%) LAN
9 129 (1.44%) HTTP
10 108 (1.21%) VPN
11 99 (1.10%) NAS
12 91 (1.02%) Intranet
13 72 (0.80%) VLAN
14 60 (0.67%) LDAP
15 54 (0.60%) FTP
16 53 (0.59%) SSL
17 51 (0.57%) VoIP
18 47 (0.52%) Cisco ASA
19 41 (0.46%) Extranet
19 41 (0.46%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2267 (25.30%) SQL Server 2008
2 1812 (20.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1584 (17.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1008 (11.25%) Data Warehouse
5 1007 (11.24%) SQL Server 2012
6 823 (9.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 810 (9.04%) SQL Server 2005
8 570 (6.36%) Relational Database
9 381 (4.25%) Oracle Database
10 376 (4.20%) MySQL
11 251 (2.80%) RDBMS
12 235 (2.62%) SQL Server 2000
13 221 (2.47%) QlikView
14 207 (2.31%) OLAP
15 190 (2.12%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 181 (2.02%) DB2
17 154 (1.72%) MS Access
18 153 (1.71%) Oracle Database 11g
19 126 (1.41%) Crystal Reports
20 120 (1.34%) DTS
Development Applications
1 815 (9.10%) Visual Studio
2 642 (7.17%) Team Foundation Server
3 238 (2.66%) NUnit
4 228 (2.54%) Subversion
5 151 (1.69%) JIRA
6 147 (1.64%) Git (software)
7 142 (1.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 101 (1.13%) Selenium
9 93 (1.04%) TeamCity
9 93 (1.04%) SpecFlow
10 91 (1.02%) Maven
11 84 (0.94%) MSTest
12 83 (0.93%) Rhino Mocks
13 77 (0.86%) Jenkins
14 67 (0.75%) Moq
15 60 (0.67%) JUnit
16 53 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
17 48 (0.54%) Eclipse
18 46 (0.51%) Toad
19 39 (0.44%) Hudson
General
1 1599 (17.85%) Finance
2 727 (8.11%) Banking
3 268 (2.99%) Investment Banking
4 250 (2.79%) Retail
5 209 (2.33%) Front Office
6 183 (2.04%) Marketing
7 168 (1.88%) Back Office
8 155 (1.73%) Telecoms
9 92 (1.03%) Legal
10 81 (0.90%) Manufacturing
10 81 (0.90%) Advertising
11 54 (0.60%) Publishing
12 45 (0.50%) Financial Institution
13 41 (0.46%) Law
14 35 (0.39%) Electronics
15 26 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
16 22 (0.25%) Billing
16 22 (0.25%) Games
16 22 (0.25%) Local Government
17 20 (0.22%) German Language
Job Titles
1 4851 (54.14%) Developer
2 1586 (17.70%) .NET Developer
3 1174 (13.10%) Analyst
4 919 (10.26%) C# Developer
5 784 (8.75%) SQL Developer
6 581 (6.48%) C# .NET Developer
7 578 (6.45%) DBA
8 537 (5.99%) Architect
9 448 (5.00%) SQL DBA
10 421 (4.70%) Consultant
11 410 (4.58%) ASP.NET Developer
12 334 (3.73%) Senior Developer
13 314 (3.50%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 299 (3.34%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 279 (3.11%) Web Developer
16 254 (2.83%) Administrator
17 233 (2.60%) Support Analyst
18 224 (2.50%) Data Analyst
19 211 (2.35%) SQL Server Developer
20 209 (2.33%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3871 (43.20%) .NET
2 2201 (24.56%) ASP.NET
3 1563 (17.44%) HTML
4 1258 (14.04%) CSS
5 1000 (11.16%) jQuery
6 989 (11.04%) WCF
7 959 (10.70%) .NET Framework
8 948 (10.58%) XML
9 915 (10.21%) ASP.NET MVC
10 914 (10.20%) Web Services
11 504 (5.63%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 472 (5.27%) HTML5
13 385 (4.30%) WPF
14 372 (4.15%) Ajax
15 267 (2.98%) SOAP
16 253 (2.82%) LINQ
17 246 (2.75%) REST
18 243 (2.71%) XSLT
19 239 (2.67%) ASP.NET MVC 4
20 238 (2.66%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 661 (7.38%) Analytical Skills
2 317 (3.54%) Clustering
3 294 (3.28%) NHS
4 217 (2.42%) Replication
5 196 (2.19%) Management Information System
6 194 (2.17%) Computer Science
7 158 (1.76%) Open Source
8 155 (1.73%) Data Integration
9 128 (1.43%) Fixed Income
10 127 (1.42%) N-Tier
11 118 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
12 115 (1.28%) Visualisation
13 96 (1.07%) Derivative
14 91 (1.02%) Data Structures
15 85 (0.95%) Mobile App
16 84 (0.94%) User Experience
17 70 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 68 (0.76%) Data Extraction
19 65 (0.73%) Credit Risk
20 61 (0.68%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 1961 (21.89%) Windows
2 626 (6.99%) Windows Server 2008
3 492 (5.49%) Linux
4 418 (4.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 404 (4.51%) UNIX
6 292 (3.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 157 (1.75%) Windows 7
8 101 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 101 (1.13%) Windows XP
9 84 (0.94%) AIX
10 82 (0.92%) Solaris
11 51 (0.57%) Android
12 50 (0.56%) Apple iOS
13 49 (0.55%) Windows 8
14 37 (0.41%) SUSE
15 29 (0.32%) HPUX
15 29 (0.32%) CentOS
16 22 (0.25%) Windows 2000
17 20 (0.22%) Oracle Linux
18 17 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1758 (19.62%) Agile Software Development
2 1579 (17.62%) MVC
3 1247 (13.92%) Business Intelligence
4 899 (10.03%) ETL
5 788 (8.79%) TDD
6 767 (8.56%) Migration
7 635 (7.09%) Scrum
8 612 (6.83%) Data Modelling
9 490 (5.47%) CRM
10 479 (5.35%) Performance Tuning
11 462 (5.16%) OO
12 436 (4.87%) ITIL
13 363 (4.05%) Unit Testing
14 348 (3.88%) Web Development
15 329 (3.67%) Data Migration
16 300 (3.35%) E-Commerce
17 285 (3.18%) Continuous Integration
18 276 (3.08%) Project Management
19 264 (2.95%) Workflow
20 257 (2.87%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 4462 (49.80%) SQL
2 3393 (37.87%) C#
3 1615 (18.02%) JavaScript
4 1524 (17.01%) T-SQL
5 664 (7.41%) Java
6 450 (5.02%) VB.NET
7 359 (4.01%) VBA
8 352 (3.93%) VB
9 347 (3.87%) PowerShell
10 323 (3.60%) PL/SQL
11 210 (2.34%) C++
12 177 (1.98%) VBScript
13 152 (1.70%) Shell Script
14 147 (1.64%) PHP
15 130 (1.45%) Python
16 118 (1.32%) VB6
17 110 (1.23%) Perl
18 106 (1.18%) C
19 67 (0.75%) Ruby
20 43 (0.48%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 503 (5.61%) Security Cleared
2 450 (5.02%) Degree
3 351 (3.92%) SC Cleared
4 333 (3.72%) Microsoft Certification
5 135 (1.51%) MCSE
6 100 (1.12%) MCTS
7 99 (1.10%) MCITP
8 61 (0.68%) ISEB
9 56 (0.63%) DV Cleared
10 47 (0.52%) ISTQB
11 45 (0.50%) MCP
12 36 (0.40%) MCSA
12 36 (0.40%) Cisco Certification
13 34 (0.38%) CCNA
14 32 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
15 31 (0.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 26 (0.29%) MCDBA
17 14 (0.16%) MCSD
17 14 (0.16%) PMI Certification
17 14 (0.16%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 227 (2.53%) QA
2 114 (1.27%) SLA
3 65 (0.73%) Data Quality
4 34 (0.38%) ISO 9001
5 23 (0.26%) HL7
6 19 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 13 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 8 (0.089%) PCI DSS
9 6 (0.067%) ISO 14001
9 6 (0.067%) WCAG
10 5 (0.056%) MiFID
10 5 (0.056%) Basel III
10 5 (0.056%) EMIR
11 4 (0.045%) Solvency II
11 4 (0.045%) WAI
12 3 (0.033%) COBIT
13 2 (0.022%) DICOM
13 2 (0.022%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 2 (0.022%) COREP
13 2 (0.022%) FINREP
System Software
1 616 (6.88%) Active Directory
2 343 (3.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 163 (1.82%) vSphere
4 157 (1.75%) Hyper-V
5 118 (1.32%) VMware ESX
6 90 (1.00%) Oracle RAC
7 77 (0.86%) XenApp
8 48 (0.54%) Oracle RMAN
8 48 (0.54%) Terminal Services
9 46 (0.51%) XenDesktop
10 30 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
11 26 (0.29%) UAG
12 25 (0.28%) XenServer
13 22 (0.25%) ISA Server
14 21 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
14 21 (0.23%) vCloud
15 20 (0.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 19 (0.21%) NFS
17 18 (0.20%) Firmware
17 18 (0.20%) KVM
Systems Management
1 166 (1.85%) SCCM
2 130 (1.45%) SCOM
3 64 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
4 63 (0.70%) Puppet
5 60 (0.67%) Control-M
6 56 (0.63%) NetBackup
7 50 (0.56%) Data Guard
8 44 (0.49%) Backup Exec
9 42 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
10 32 (0.36%) Tivoli
11 28 (0.31%) Norton AntiVirus
12 24 (0.27%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 23 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 20 (0.22%) OpenView
15 19 (0.21%) WSUS
16 18 (0.20%) SCVMM
17 17 (0.19%) WMI
17 17 (0.19%) ITRS Geneos
18 14 (0.16%) Hyperic
19 12 (0.13%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 2684 (29.96%) Microsoft
2 1620 (18.08%) Oracle
3 602 (6.72%) VMware
4 289 (3.23%) HP
5 271 (3.02%) Citrix
6 260 (2.90%) IBM
7 238 (2.66%) Sybase
8 234 (2.61%) Cisco
9 231 (2.58%) Business Objects
10 210 (2.34%) SAP
11 173 (1.93%) Cognos
12 163 (1.82%) Informatica
13 119 (1.33%) Tableau
14 110 (1.23%) Red Hat
15 103 (1.15%) Sitecore
16 92 (1.03%) EMC
17 89 (0.99%) NetApp
18 87 (0.97%) Symantec
19 84 (0.94%) TIBCO
20 71 (0.79%) Teradata
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