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 24 April 2015 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
Rank 14 11 11
Rank change year-on-year
-3 0
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 4849 5201 4721
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.70% 9.42% 9.74%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 39.90% 43.12% 45.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3243 3429 2930
Average daily rate
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£375 £358 £369
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.74% -2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 89 124
Average hourly rate £32.10 £31.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.54% +12.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £15.50 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +14.54%

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
12153 12063 10426
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.81% 21.85% 21.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 7883 7600 6299
Average daily rate £400 £388 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +2.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £263 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 146 195 209
Average hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +27.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.32 £16.75 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.55 £55.00 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +25.00%

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 24 April 2015.

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 24 April 2015.

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 24 April 2015. 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 -5 4436 £375 +3.44% 2516
London +1 1986 £425 +6.25% 834
South East -5 731 £350 - 445
City of London 0 570 £434 +5.79% 287
Yorkshire 0 383 £314 +4.58% 243
South West -1 282 £360 +2.85% 174
North West -7 280 £328 +0.76% 308
East of England -2 273 £400 +14.28% 154
West Midlands 0 266 £350 +7.69% 194
West Yorkshire +1 258 £320 +0.78% 153
Scotland +1 201 £350 +8.86% 65
East Midlands 0 183 £330 +10.00% 108
Wales +15 148 £350 +7.69% 26
Berkshire -18 139 £375 +7.14% 76
Surrey +2 132 £363 -3.33% 83
Leeds -7 128 £323 +0.78% 99
Hampshire -12 122 £350 +9.37% 79
Manchester -3 118 £325 - 164
South Wales +18 114 £350 +7.69% 24
Buckinghamshire +7 112 £331 +6.00% 45
Birmingham +2 91 £325 -3.77% 49
Glasgow -4 87 £350 +12.90% 35
Essex -1 84 £325 -13.33% 18
Bradford +5 79 £310 -0.96% 21
Cheshire 0 79 £375 +7.14% 74
South Yorkshire -2 79 £300 +9.09% 29
Reading -7 76 £400 +22.13% 35
Bristol +12 73 £355 +9.23% 55
Milton Keynes +2 70 £325 +0.77% 26
Gloucestershire 0 69 £378 +16.15% 30

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, 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 4530 (50.86%) SQL
2 3737 (41.96%) .NET
3 3246 (36.44%) C#
4 2829 (31.76%) Microsoft
5 2089 (23.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1978 (22.21%) Windows
7 1945 (21.84%) SQL Server 2008
8 1942 (21.80%) ASP.NET
9 1925 (21.61%) Agile Software Development
10 1816 (20.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1692 (19.00%) Oracle
12 1691 (18.99%) Finance
13 1666 (18.70%) JavaScript
14 1544 (17.33%) T-SQL
15 1518 (17.04%) HTML
16 1407 (15.80%) Business Intelligence
17 1402 (15.74%) MVC
18 1199 (13.46%) CSS
19 1174 (13.18%) MS Excel
20 1071 (12.02%) Data Warehouse
21 1049 (11.78%) SQL Server 2012
22 1037 (11.64%) .NET Framework
23 1022 (11.47%) XML
24 982 (11.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
25 975 (10.95%) ETL
26 972 (10.91%) jQuery
27 950 (10.67%) Web Services
28 914 (10.26%) WCF
29 902 (10.13%) Visual Studio
30 880 (9.88%) Java

SQL Server
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, 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
1 836 (9.39%) SharePoint
2 670 (7.52%) IIS
3 314 (3.53%) MS Exchange
4 304 (3.41%) BizTalk Server
5 270 (3.03%) CMS
6 149 (1.67%) SharePoint 2010
7 146 (1.64%) Apache
8 134 (1.50%) WebSphere
9 126 (1.41%) SharePoint 2013
10 122 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2010
11 115 (1.29%) Tomcat
12 112 (1.26%) Umbraco
13 98 (1.10%) Sitecore CMS
14 90 (1.01%) JBoss
15 83 (0.93%) Lync
16 70 (0.79%) WebLogic
17 64 (0.72%) Node.js
18 63 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2007
19 58 (0.65%) SAS
20 56 (0.63%) Kentico
Applications
1 1174 (13.18%) MS Excel
2 300 (3.37%) MS Office
3 99 (1.11%) MS Visio
4 96 (1.08%) MS PowerPoint
5 80 (0.90%) PowerPivot
6 56 (0.63%) MS Project
7 34 (0.38%) InfoPath
8 17 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
9 13 (0.15%) Photoshop
10 12 (0.13%) SPSS
11 6 (0.067%) Mingle
12 4 (0.045%) Adobe Illustrator
13 3 (0.034%) FastStats
13 3 (0.034%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 2 (0.022%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 284 (3.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 110 (1.23%) Dynamics AX
3 85 (0.95%) Markit EDM
4 37 (0.42%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 34 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 30 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
7 27 (0.30%) thinkFolio
8 25 (0.28%) RMDS
9 21 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
10 18 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
11 16 (0.18%) IntelliMatch
12 14 (0.16%) Maximo
12 14 (0.16%) Tridion
12 14 (0.16%) SAP SRM
13 13 (0.15%) ION MarketView
13 13 (0.15%) Agresso
14 12 (0.13%) SAP BPC
15 11 (0.12%) Oracle BPM
15 11 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
15 11 (0.12%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 237 (2.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 153 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
3 69 (0.77%) Office 365
4 55 (0.62%) SaaS
5 34 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
6 25 (0.28%) PaaS
7 22 (0.25%) GitHub
8 20 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
9 18 (0.20%) IaaS
10 13 (0.15%) AWS CloudFormation
11 10 (0.11%) Google Analytics
12 8 (0.090%) CloudFront
13 7 (0.079%) Amazon S3
14 5 (0.056%) Adobe Analytics
14 5 (0.056%) IBM SmartCloud
15 4 (0.045%) Amazon ELB
15 4 (0.045%) SuccessFactors
15 4 (0.045%) Amazon ElastiCache
15 4 (0.045%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 3 (0.034%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 313 (3.51%) SAN
2 309 (3.47%) Firewall
3 216 (2.43%) DNS
4 158 (1.77%) HTTP
5 150 (1.68%) LAN
6 145 (1.63%) WAN
7 140 (1.57%) Internet
8 136 (1.53%) TCP/IP
9 127 (1.43%) DHCP
10 119 (1.34%) VPN
11 101 (1.13%) NAS
12 78 (0.88%) FTP
13 74 (0.83%) VLAN
14 68 (0.76%) Intranet
15 64 (0.72%) LDAP
16 56 (0.63%) SSL
17 42 (0.47%) Fibre Channel
18 40 (0.45%) MPLS
18 40 (0.45%) Wireless
19 34 (0.38%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2089 (23.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1945 (21.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 1816 (20.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1071 (12.02%) Data Warehouse
5 1049 (11.78%) SQL Server 2012
6 982 (11.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 634 (7.12%) SQL Server 2005
8 523 (5.87%) Relational Database
9 405 (4.55%) Oracle Database
10 336 (3.77%) MySQL
11 249 (2.80%) OLAP
12 236 (2.65%) QlikView
13 222 (2.49%) RDBMS
14 213 (2.39%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 208 (2.34%) SQL Server 2000
16 197 (2.21%) MS Access
17 142 (1.59%) Oracle Database 11g
18 141 (1.58%) DB2
19 136 (1.53%) MongoDB
20 109 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 902 (10.13%) Visual Studio
2 651 (7.31%) Team Foundation Server
3 239 (2.68%) NUnit
4 238 (2.67%) Subversion
5 194 (2.18%) Git (software)
6 171 (1.92%) JIRA
7 150 (1.68%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 120 (1.35%) Jenkins
9 112 (1.26%) Selenium
10 99 (1.11%) TeamCity
11 94 (1.06%) Maven
12 79 (0.89%) MSTest
13 72 (0.81%) Moq
13 72 (0.81%) SpecFlow
14 64 (0.72%) JUnit
15 63 (0.71%) Rhino Mocks
16 60 (0.67%) Ant
17 59 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
18 54 (0.61%) Toad
19 52 (0.58%) Eclipse
General
1 1691 (18.99%) Finance
2 712 (7.99%) Banking
3 277 (3.11%) Investment Banking
4 253 (2.84%) Front Office
5 232 (2.60%) Retail
6 174 (1.95%) Back Office
7 167 (1.87%) Telecoms
8 141 (1.58%) Marketing
9 127 (1.43%) Manufacturing
10 101 (1.13%) Legal
11 63 (0.71%) Advertising
12 47 (0.53%) Law
13 37 (0.42%) Financial Institution
14 36 (0.40%) Electronics
15 34 (0.38%) Publishing
16 32 (0.36%) Billing
17 27 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
18 23 (0.26%) Games
19 20 (0.22%) Automotive
20 16 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 4819 (54.10%) Developer
2 1375 (15.44%) .NET Developer
3 1096 (12.30%) Analyst
4 913 (10.25%) SQL Developer
5 812 (9.12%) C# Developer
6 634 (7.12%) Architect
7 629 (7.06%) DBA
8 501 (5.62%) SQL DBA
9 484 (5.43%) C# .NET Developer
10 411 (4.61%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 364 (4.09%) Senior Developer
12 317 (3.56%) Consultant
13 284 (3.19%) Administrator
13 284 (3.19%) ASP.NET Developer
14 234 (2.63%) Web Developer
15 219 (2.46%) SQL Server DBA
16 218 (2.45%) Java Developer
17 214 (2.40%) C# ASP.NET Developer
18 203 (2.28%) Applications Support
19 199 (2.23%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3737 (41.96%) .NET
2 1942 (21.80%) ASP.NET
3 1518 (17.04%) HTML
4 1199 (13.46%) CSS
5 1037 (11.64%) .NET Framework
6 1022 (11.47%) XML
7 972 (10.91%) jQuery
8 950 (10.67%) Web Services
9 914 (10.26%) WCF
10 826 (9.27%) ASP.NET MVC
11 535 (6.01%) Entity Framework
12 498 (5.59%) HTML5
13 396 (4.45%) WPF
14 347 (3.90%) Ajax
15 316 (3.55%) SOAP
16 296 (3.32%) AngularJS
17 271 (3.04%) REST
18 265 (2.98%) CSS3
19 263 (2.95%) LINQ
20 259 (2.91%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 627 (7.04%) Analytical Skills
2 274 (3.08%) NHS
3 273 (3.07%) Clustering
4 219 (2.46%) Management Information System
5 201 (2.26%) Computer Science
6 200 (2.25%) Replication
7 147 (1.65%) Fixed Income
8 130 (1.46%) Open Source
9 129 (1.45%) N-Tier
10 126 (1.41%) Visualisation
11 123 (1.38%) Data Integration
12 117 (1.31%) Derivative
13 108 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
14 90 (1.01%) Mobile App
15 88 (0.99%) Client/Server
16 87 (0.98%) Hedge funds
17 86 (0.97%) Data Structures
18 82 (0.92%) User Experience
19 74 (0.83%) Equities
20 67 (0.75%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 1978 (22.21%) Windows
2 600 (6.74%) Linux
3 580 (6.51%) Windows Server 2008
4 412 (4.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 411 (4.61%) UNIX
6 347 (3.90%) Windows Server 2003
7 134 (1.50%) Windows 7
8 104 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 100 (1.12%) Solaris
10 94 (1.06%) Android
11 74 (0.83%) Windows XP
12 73 (0.82%) Apple iOS
13 66 (0.74%) AIX
14 43 (0.48%) Windows 8
15 32 (0.36%) CentOS
16 30 (0.34%) SUSE
17 26 (0.29%) Windows Vista
18 24 (0.27%) Ubuntu
19 23 (0.26%) Debian
20 21 (0.24%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1925 (21.61%) Agile Software Development
2 1407 (15.80%) Business Intelligence
3 1402 (15.74%) MVC
4 975 (10.95%) ETL
5 752 (8.44%) TDD
6 693 (7.78%) Scrum
7 669 (7.51%) Migration
8 616 (6.92%) Data Modelling
9 518 (5.82%) OO
10 486 (5.46%) CRM
11 465 (5.22%) ITIL
12 441 (4.95%) Performance Tuning
13 381 (4.28%) Unit Testing
14 368 (4.13%) SOA
15 323 (3.63%) Web Development
16 319 (3.58%) Project Management
17 314 (3.53%) E-Commerce
18 306 (3.44%) Continuous Integration
19 287 (3.22%) Data Migration
20 262 (2.94%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 4530 (50.86%) SQL
2 3246 (36.44%) C#
3 1666 (18.70%) JavaScript
4 1544 (17.33%) T-SQL
5 880 (9.88%) Java
6 402 (4.51%) VB.NET
7 390 (4.38%) VB
7 390 (4.38%) VBA
8 344 (3.86%) PowerShell
9 246 (2.76%) PL/SQL
10 191 (2.14%) C++
11 189 (2.12%) Perl
12 181 (2.03%) Python
13 153 (1.72%) VBScript
14 141 (1.58%) PHP
15 139 (1.56%) Shell Script
16 129 (1.45%) VB6
17 90 (1.01%) Ruby
18 83 (0.93%) C
19 65 (0.73%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 579 (6.50%) Security Cleared
2 449 (5.04%) Degree
3 423 (4.75%) SC Cleared
4 253 (2.84%) Microsoft Certification
5 93 (1.04%) MCSE
6 85 (0.95%) DV Cleared
7 72 (0.81%) ISEB
8 70 (0.79%) MCITP
9 44 (0.49%) MCTS
10 43 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
11 41 (0.46%) MCSA
12 38 (0.43%) MCP
13 37 (0.42%) ISTQB
13 37 (0.42%) MCDBA
14 33 (0.37%) CCNA
15 29 (0.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 20 (0.22%) ITIL Certification
17 18 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 17 (0.19%) Sun Certification
18 17 (0.19%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (2.28%) QA
2 80 (0.90%) SLA
3 63 (0.71%) Data Quality
4 25 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 24 (0.27%) ISO 9001
6 21 (0.24%) HL7
7 15 (0.17%) Solvency II
8 12 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (0.056%) PCI DSS
9 5 (0.056%) Dodd-Frank
10 4 (0.045%) PMBOK
10 4 (0.045%) COBIT
11 3 (0.034%) EMIR
12 2 (0.022%) COREP
12 2 (0.022%) FINREP
12 2 (0.022%) GAAP
12 2 (0.022%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 2 (0.022%) WCAG
12 2 (0.022%) MiFID
12 2 (0.022%) DICOM
System Software
1 668 (7.50%) Active Directory
2 371 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 180 (2.02%) Hyper-V
4 149 (1.67%) vSphere
5 79 (0.89%) VMware ESX
6 69 (0.77%) XenApp
7 40 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
8 38 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
9 37 (0.42%) Terminal Services
10 32 (0.36%) XenDesktop
11 31 (0.35%) vCloud
12 24 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 23 (0.26%) Xen
14 21 (0.24%) NFS
15 20 (0.22%) VMware Server
16 19 (0.21%) Firmware
17 17 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
17 17 (0.19%) Samba
18 16 (0.18%) KVM
18 16 (0.18%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 129 (1.45%) SCCM
2 91 (1.02%) Puppet
3 84 (0.94%) SCOM
4 48 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
5 47 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
6 42 (0.47%) Control-M
7 41 (0.46%) WSUS
8 33 (0.37%) ITRS Geneos
9 31 (0.35%) Data Guard
10 27 (0.30%) Oracle RMAN
11 25 (0.28%) Backup Exec
12 22 (0.25%) NetBackup
12 22 (0.25%) ZABBIX
13 21 (0.24%) BladeLogic
14 19 (0.21%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 17 (0.19%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
16 16 (0.18%) Norton AntiVirus
17 14 (0.16%) Tivoli
18 13 (0.15%) EMC NetWorker
18 13 (0.15%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 2829 (31.76%) Microsoft
2 1692 (19.00%) Oracle
3 596 (6.69%) VMware
4 240 (2.69%) Sybase
5 239 (2.68%) Citrix
6 238 (2.67%) IBM
7 223 (2.50%) Cisco
8 220 (2.47%) Business Objects
9 219 (2.46%) HP
10 198 (2.22%) SAP
11 173 (1.94%) Tableau
12 139 (1.56%) Cognos
13 130 (1.46%) Sitecore
14 122 (1.37%) TIBCO
14 122 (1.37%) Red Hat
15 107 (1.20%) Informatica
16 98 (1.10%) NetApp
17 81 (0.91%) EMC
18 71 (0.80%) Salesforce.com
19 66 (0.74%) Telerik
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