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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
Rank 16 12 13
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 4602 5093 5480
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.99% 9.65% 9.50%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 38.64% 43.16% 45.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 2989 3260 3163
Average daily rate
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£364 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.93% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 127 190
Average hourly rate £27.50 £27.97 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.68% +5.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.00 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £46.30 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -

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
11910 11800 11987
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.68% 22.37% 20.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 7516 7332 6837
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 £270 £260 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £338
% change year-on-year
+1.44% +2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 176 198 331
Average hourly rate £29.75 £30.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.83% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £15.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.05
% change year-on-year
- -6.39%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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 -4 4122 £368 -2.00% 2288
London -3 1883 £425 - 715
South East -5 719 £338 -3.57% 394
City of London +1 547 £425 -5.55% 239
North West -2 322 £325 +8.33% 296
East of England -3 301 £350 +0.71% 153
Scotland +4 265 £349 +7.30% 99
Yorkshire -1 250 £320 +6.66% 245
West Midlands -3 239 £325 +1.56% 190
South West -13 217 £325 - 158
West Yorkshire +2 190 £325 +7.43% 145
Berkshire -6 170 £370 +3.49% 75
Manchester 0 147 £320 +6.48% 163
Surrey +5 139 £375 - 73
East Midlands -7 122 £308 +9.82% 92
Hampshire -22 116 £361 +11.15% 96
Wales 0 110 £350 +7.69% 61
Leeds +2 107 £313 +4.16% 91
Glasgow +12 105 £375 +15.38% 44
Edinburgh +8 96 £350 - 29
Hertfordshire -1 86 £350 - 33
Birmingham -4 75 £350 -2.77% 41
Reading +1 70 £375 +3.44% 31
South Wales -2 70 £350 +9.37% 45
Cheshire -3 68 £325 +4.41% 71
Oxfordshire +7 64 £300 -7.69% 37
East Sussex 0 64 £288 -17.85% 21
Warwickshire +4 60 £313 +13.63% 27
North East -3 58 £327 +14.18% 45
Cambridgeshire +8 57 £325 - 48

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 4422 (47.34%) SQL
2 4185 (44.81%) .NET
3 3685 (39.45%) C#
4 2606 (27.90%) Microsoft
5 2438 (26.10%) SQL Server 2008
6 2417 (25.88%) ASP.NET
7 2093 (22.41%) Windows
8 1815 (19.43%) Agile Software Development
9 1809 (19.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1783 (19.09%) Oracle
11 1696 (18.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 1695 (18.15%) JavaScript
13 1685 (18.04%) Finance
14 1663 (17.81%) MVC
15 1620 (17.34%) HTML
16 1506 (16.12%) T-SQL
17 1291 (13.82%) CSS
18 1280 (13.70%) Business Intelligence
19 1277 (13.67%) MS Excel
20 1095 (11.72%) WCF
21 1072 (11.48%) XML
22 1066 (11.41%) SharePoint
23 1043 (11.17%) Data Warehouse
24 1010 (10.81%) jQuery
25 996 (10.66%) Web Services
26 988 (10.58%) SQL Server 2012
27 963 (10.31%) ASP.NET MVC
28 952 (10.19%) .NET Framework
29 922 (9.87%) SQL Server 2005
30 919 (9.84%) ETL

SQL Server
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 1066 (11.41%) SharePoint
2 702 (7.52%) IIS
3 320 (3.43%) SharePoint 2010
4 311 (3.33%) MS Exchange
5 291 (3.12%) BizTalk Server
6 276 (2.96%) CMS
7 198 (2.12%) SharePoint 2013
8 172 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2010
9 166 (1.78%) Apache
10 157 (1.68%) WebSphere
11 153 (1.64%) Umbraco
12 148 (1.58%) Tomcat
13 119 (1.27%) SharePoint Server
14 108 (1.16%) SAS
15 104 (1.11%) WebLogic
16 92 (0.99%) Sitecore CMS
17 85 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2003
18 83 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2007
19 69 (0.74%) Lync
20 57 (0.61%) Node.js
Applications
1 1277 (13.67%) MS Excel
2 331 (3.54%) MS Office
3 87 (0.93%) InfoPath
4 62 (0.66%) MS Visio
5 61 (0.65%) MS Project
6 60 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
7 53 (0.57%) PowerPivot
8 44 (0.47%) Photoshop
8 44 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
9 24 (0.26%) SPSS
10 8 (0.086%) Adobe Illustrator
11 5 (0.054%) Stata
12 4 (0.043%) Fireworks
12 4 (0.043%) FastStats
13 2 (0.021%) Acrobat
13 2 (0.021%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.021%) GIMP
14 1 (0.011%) Maya
Business Applications
1 250 (2.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 77 (0.82%) Dynamics AX
3 76 (0.81%) Markit EDM
4 52 (0.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 41 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
6 38 (0.41%) Oracle EBS R12
7 35 (0.37%) Oracle Payables
7 35 (0.37%) Oracle General Ledger
8 33 (0.35%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 33 (0.35%) Cognos TM1
8 33 (0.35%) Oracle Receivables
9 32 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
10 30 (0.32%) Oracle Assets
11 28 (0.30%) Google Analytics
12 27 (0.29%) Agresso
13 25 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
14 14 (0.15%) SAP SD
15 11 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
15 11 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
16 10 (0.11%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 234 (2.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 102 (1.09%) Office 365
3 66 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
4 40 (0.43%) SaaS
5 36 (0.39%) PaaS
6 23 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
7 19 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
8 18 (0.19%) GitHub
9 7 (0.075%) IaaS
10 2 (0.021%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.021%) CloudFront
10 2 (0.021%) Heroku
10 2 (0.021%) SuccessFactors
10 2 (0.021%) Google Apps
11 1 (0.011%) Gitorious
11 1 (0.011%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 298 (3.19%) SAN
2 267 (2.86%) DNS
3 242 (2.59%) Firewall
4 204 (2.18%) TCP/IP
5 199 (2.13%) Internet
6 144 (1.54%) DHCP
7 142 (1.52%) HTTP
8 106 (1.13%) WAN
9 103 (1.10%) LAN
10 95 (1.02%) VPN
11 94 (1.01%) LDAP
11 94 (1.01%) Intranet
12 62 (0.66%) NAS
13 61 (0.65%) VLAN
14 58 (0.62%) FTP
15 49 (0.52%) Extranet
15 49 (0.52%) VoIP
16 46 (0.49%) Network Security
17 45 (0.48%) Cisco ASA
18 41 (0.44%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2438 (26.10%) SQL Server 2008
2 1809 (19.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1696 (18.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1043 (11.17%) Data Warehouse
5 988 (10.58%) SQL Server 2012
6 922 (9.87%) SQL Server 2005
7 822 (8.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 622 (6.66%) Relational Database
9 476 (5.10%) Oracle Database
10 418 (4.48%) MySQL
11 266 (2.85%) SQL Server 2000
12 253 (2.71%) RDBMS
13 223 (2.39%) OLAP
14 216 (2.31%) Oracle Database 11g
15 215 (2.30%) QlikView
16 190 (2.03%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 188 (2.01%) MS Access
18 176 (1.88%) DB2
19 160 (1.71%) Oracle Database 10g
20 149 (1.60%) DTS
Development Applications
1 887 (9.50%) Visual Studio
2 652 (6.98%) Team Foundation Server
3 228 (2.44%) Subversion
4 208 (2.23%) NUnit
5 170 (1.82%) Git (software)
6 141 (1.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 139 (1.49%) JIRA
8 136 (1.46%) TeamCity
9 97 (1.04%) Selenium
10 94 (1.01%) Maven
11 90 (0.96%) SpecFlow
12 79 (0.85%) MSTest
13 73 (0.78%) Jenkins
14 70 (0.75%) Rhino Mocks
15 68 (0.73%) JUnit
16 64 (0.69%) Toad
17 51 (0.55%) Eclipse
18 45 (0.48%) Moq
19 42 (0.45%) MSBuild
20 38 (0.41%) Mercurial
General
1 1685 (18.04%) Finance
2 731 (7.83%) Banking
3 279 (2.99%) Investment Banking
4 267 (2.86%) Retail
5 222 (2.38%) Front Office
6 215 (2.30%) Marketing
7 191 (2.04%) Telecoms
8 176 (1.88%) Back Office
9 114 (1.22%) Manufacturing
10 82 (0.88%) Advertising
11 77 (0.82%) Legal
12 65 (0.70%) Financial Institution
13 60 (0.64%) Publishing
14 54 (0.58%) Electronics
15 40 (0.43%) Law
16 38 (0.41%) Billing
17 27 (0.29%) Games
18 26 (0.28%) Retail Banking
19 24 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
19 24 (0.26%) German Language
Job Titles
1 5087 (54.46%) Developer
2 1755 (18.79%) .NET Developer
3 1247 (13.35%) Analyst
4 1095 (11.72%) C# Developer
5 750 (8.03%) SQL Developer
6 702 (7.52%) C# .NET Developer
7 641 (6.86%) DBA
8 484 (5.18%) ASP.NET Developer
9 469 (5.02%) SQL DBA
10 457 (4.89%) Architect
11 438 (4.69%) Consultant
12 387 (4.14%) Senior Developer
13 374 (4.00%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 360 (3.85%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 279 (2.99%) Administrator
16 278 (2.98%) Web Developer
17 238 (2.55%) Data Analyst
17 238 (2.55%) Support Analyst
18 234 (2.51%) SQL Server Developer
19 230 (2.46%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4185 (44.81%) .NET
2 2417 (25.88%) ASP.NET
3 1620 (17.34%) HTML
4 1291 (13.82%) CSS
5 1095 (11.72%) WCF
6 1072 (11.48%) XML
7 1010 (10.81%) jQuery
8 996 (10.66%) Web Services
9 963 (10.31%) ASP.NET MVC
10 952 (10.19%) .NET Framework
11 493 (5.28%) HTML5
12 472 (5.05%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 438 (4.69%) WPF
14 416 (4.45%) Ajax
15 300 (3.21%) LINQ
16 289 (3.09%) SOAP
17 277 (2.97%) XSLT
18 275 (2.94%) ASP.NET Web Forms
19 265 (2.84%) WinForms
19 265 (2.84%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 644 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
2 321 (3.44%) NHS
3 294 (3.15%) Clustering
4 212 (2.27%) Replication
5 198 (2.12%) Computer Science
6 182 (1.95%) Management Information System
7 156 (1.67%) Data Integration
8 125 (1.34%) Visualisation
9 123 (1.32%) Open Source
10 120 (1.28%) N-Tier
11 114 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
12 113 (1.21%) Fixed Income
13 97 (1.04%) Derivative
14 83 (0.89%) Mobile App
15 68 (0.73%) User Experience
16 64 (0.69%) Statistics
17 60 (0.64%) Data Extraction
18 57 (0.61%) Client/Server
19 54 (0.58%) Credit Risk
20 52 (0.56%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 2093 (22.41%) Windows
2 657 (7.03%) Windows Server 2008
3 520 (5.57%) Linux
4 450 (4.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 425 (4.55%) UNIX
6 296 (3.17%) Windows Server 2012
7 195 (2.09%) Windows 7
8 125 (1.34%) Windows XP
9 114 (1.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 95 (1.02%) Solaris
11 76 (0.81%) AIX
12 64 (0.69%) Windows 8
13 46 (0.49%) Android
14 43 (0.46%) Apple iOS
15 35 (0.37%) Windows 2000
16 27 (0.29%) SUSE
17 26 (0.28%) HPUX
18 23 (0.25%) CentOS
19 22 (0.24%) Oracle Linux
20 20 (0.21%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1815 (19.43%) Agile Software Development
2 1663 (17.81%) MVC
3 1280 (13.70%) Business Intelligence
4 919 (9.84%) ETL
5 803 (8.60%) TDD
6 738 (7.90%) Migration
7 663 (7.10%) Scrum
8 558 (5.97%) Data Modelling
9 500 (5.35%) Performance Tuning
10 498 (5.33%) OO
11 454 (4.86%) ITIL
12 432 (4.63%) CRM
13 399 (4.27%) Unit Testing
14 388 (4.15%) Web Development
15 354 (3.79%) E-Commerce
16 303 (3.24%) Continuous Integration
17 299 (3.20%) Data Migration
18 296 (3.17%) SOA
19 291 (3.12%) Project Management
20 286 (3.06%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 4422 (47.34%) SQL
2 3685 (39.45%) C#
3 1695 (18.15%) JavaScript
4 1506 (16.12%) T-SQL
5 666 (7.13%) Java
6 501 (5.36%) VB.NET
7 368 (3.94%) VB
8 364 (3.90%) PowerShell
9 353 (3.78%) PL/SQL
10 327 (3.50%) VBA
11 211 (2.26%) C++
12 179 (1.92%) VBScript
13 156 (1.67%) Perl
14 150 (1.61%) Shell Script
15 140 (1.50%) Python
16 139 (1.49%) PHP
17 136 (1.46%) VB6
18 120 (1.28%) C
19 66 (0.71%) Ruby
20 38 (0.41%) XAML
Qualifications
1 527 (5.64%) Degree
2 526 (5.63%) Security Cleared
3 390 (4.18%) SC Cleared
4 354 (3.79%) Microsoft Certification
5 145 (1.55%) MCSE
6 121 (1.30%) MCITP
7 102 (1.09%) MCTS
8 76 (0.81%) ISEB
9 66 (0.71%) DV Cleared
10 52 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
11 50 (0.54%) ISTQB
12 41 (0.44%) MCP
13 39 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
14 38 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 34 (0.36%) CCNA
16 33 (0.35%) MCSA
17 30 (0.32%) MCDBA
18 23 (0.25%) MCSD
19 18 (0.19%) Oracle Certification
20 17 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 289 (3.09%) QA
2 136 (1.46%) SLA
3 60 (0.64%) Data Quality
4 52 (0.56%) ISO 9001
5 24 (0.26%) HL7
6 19 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 18 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 16 (0.17%) Basel III
9 14 (0.15%) PCI DSS
10 11 (0.12%) EMIR
11 8 (0.086%) Solvency II
12 7 (0.075%) Dodd-Frank
12 7 (0.075%) ISO 14001
13 6 (0.064%) MiFID
14 3 (0.032%) COREP
14 3 (0.032%) WCAG
15 2 (0.021%) Basel II
15 2 (0.021%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 2 (0.021%) COBIT
15 2 (0.021%) FINREP
System Software
1 635 (6.80%) Active Directory
2 308 (3.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 148 (1.58%) Hyper-V
3 148 (1.58%) vSphere
4 122 (1.31%) Oracle RAC
5 103 (1.10%) VMware ESX
6 91 (0.97%) Oracle RMAN
7 87 (0.93%) XenApp
8 45 (0.48%) XenDesktop
9 41 (0.44%) ISA Server
10 33 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
11 32 (0.34%) Terminal Services
12 30 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
13 26 (0.28%) XenServer
14 22 (0.24%) UAG
14 22 (0.24%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 20 (0.21%) vCloud
16 19 (0.20%) Xen
17 18 (0.19%) NFS
17 18 (0.19%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 150 (1.61%) SCCM
2 119 (1.27%) SCOM
3 103 (1.10%) Data Guard
4 53 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
5 48 (0.51%) Control-M
5 48 (0.51%) Puppet
6 39 (0.42%) WSUS
6 39 (0.42%) Backup Exec
7 38 (0.41%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 38 (0.41%) NetBackup
8 35 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
9 33 (0.35%) Tivoli
10 21 (0.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 17 (0.18%) Norton AntiVirus
12 16 (0.17%) ARCserve
12 16 (0.17%) WMI
13 15 (0.16%) OpenView
14 14 (0.15%) Nagios
15 13 (0.14%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 12 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 2606 (27.90%) Microsoft
2 1783 (19.09%) Oracle
3 597 (6.39%) VMware
4 281 (3.01%) Citrix
5 274 (2.93%) HP
6 263 (2.82%) Sybase
7 250 (2.68%) Business Objects
8 221 (2.37%) IBM
9 220 (2.36%) Cisco
10 207 (2.22%) SAP
11 174 (1.86%) Cognos
12 171 (1.83%) Informatica
13 126 (1.35%) Sitecore
14 118 (1.26%) Tableau
15 116 (1.24%) Red Hat
16 111 (1.19%) JBoss
17 80 (0.86%) NetApp
18 76 (0.81%) Teradata
19 73 (0.78%) TIBCO
20 64 (0.69%) EMC
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