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 17 December 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
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
Rank 17 10 11
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 4422 4950 4998
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.98% 9.57% 10.00%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 38.05% 42.09% 45.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 3058 3076 3092
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£375 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 145 157
Average hourly rate £25.50 £27.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.27% +5.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £14.00 £14.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-8.18% +10.00%

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
11623 11761 11059
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.96% 22.75% 22.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 7733 7234 6685
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 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+10.76% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 168 274 289
Average hourly rate £34.75 £28.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.10% -8.19%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.73 £13.84 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £45.18
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+27.27% -15.38%

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 17 December 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 17 December 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 17 December 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -8 3958 £375 +1.35% 2070
London +1 1870 £423 -0.58% 642
South East -17 631 £350 - 368
City of London -2 494 £425 - 237
North West -1 301 £300 - 229
South West -8 264 £350 +7.69% 187
Scotland -1 259 £350 +7.69% 75
East of England -11 242 £375 +15.38% 173
Yorkshire -5 236 £325 +8.33% 199
West Midlands -1 209 £345 +7.81% 159
West Yorkshire -9 172 £323 +3.20% 117
Manchester +1 168 £306 +1.91% 126
Berkshire -13 139 £363 +3.57% 70
Surrey -1 137 £385 +2.66% 43
Hampshire -17 136 £343 +5.38% 104
Wales +1 133 £315 +8.15% 37
East Midlands -10 109 £325 +8.33% 75
Edinburgh -3 107 £375 +15.38% 26
Leeds -10 105 £320 +6.66% 76
South Wales +3 96 £315 +11.50% 29
Glasgow +1 92 £325 - 38
North East 0 74 £331 +8.97% 33
Buckinghamshire -15 74 £350 +8.52% 28
Reading +4 66 £380 +11.76% 26
Somerset -6 66 £350 +16.66% 32
Hertfordshire +6 64 £351 +0.14% 48
Bristol -18 63 £355 +1.42% 53
Cardiff -2 60 £325 +18.72% 11
Birmingham -5 56 £320 -1.53% 48
Essex -11 56 £375 +25.00% 30

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 4558 (50.92%) SQL
2 3834 (42.83%) .NET
3 3378 (37.73%) C#
4 2783 (31.09%) Microsoft
5 2216 (24.75%) SQL Server 2008
6 2111 (23.58%) ASP.NET
7 1896 (21.18%) Windows
8 1872 (20.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1802 (20.13%) Agile Software Development
10 1670 (18.66%) JavaScript
11 1660 (18.54%) Oracle
12 1616 (18.05%) HTML
13 1591 (17.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 1591 (17.77%) Finance
14 1564 (17.47%) MVC
15 1548 (17.29%) T-SQL
16 1301 (14.53%) Business Intelligence
17 1289 (14.40%) CSS
18 1242 (13.87%) MS Excel
19 1047 (11.70%) Data Warehouse
20 997 (11.14%) jQuery
21 995 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
22 974 (10.88%) XML
23 957 (10.69%) .NET Framework
24 945 (10.56%) Web Services
25 944 (10.55%) WCF
26 934 (10.43%) ETL
27 931 (10.40%) SharePoint
28 907 (10.13%) ASP.NET MVC
29 874 (9.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services

SQL Server
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 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
1 931 (10.40%) SharePoint
2 674 (7.53%) IIS
3 284 (3.17%) MS Exchange
4 262 (2.93%) SharePoint 2010
5 260 (2.90%) BizTalk Server
6 259 (2.89%) CMS
7 208 (2.32%) Apache
8 190 (2.12%) SharePoint 2013
9 143 (1.60%) WebSphere
10 136 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2010
11 135 (1.51%) Tomcat
12 129 (1.44%) Umbraco
13 121 (1.35%) JBoss
14 101 (1.13%) SAS
15 97 (1.08%) WebLogic
16 95 (1.06%) Sitecore CMS
17 76 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
17 76 (0.85%) SharePoint Server
18 66 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
19 65 (0.73%) Lync
Applications
1 1242 (13.87%) MS Excel
2 357 (3.99%) MS Office
3 101 (1.13%) MS Visio
4 88 (0.98%) MS PowerPoint
5 65 (0.73%) InfoPath
6 64 (0.71%) MS Project
7 60 (0.67%) PowerPivot
8 40 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
9 30 (0.34%) Photoshop
10 25 (0.28%) SPSS
11 9 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
12 7 (0.078%) Mingle
13 6 (0.067%) Fireworks
14 5 (0.056%) FastStats
15 4 (0.045%) Acrobat
15 4 (0.045%) Adobe Creative Suite
16 3 (0.034%) DOC1
17 2 (0.022%) InDesign
18 1 (0.011%) PrintSoft PReS
18 1 (0.011%) GIMP
Business Applications
1 301 (3.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 79 (0.88%) Markit EDM
3 58 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
4 43 (0.48%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 37 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
6 34 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
7 30 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 27 (0.30%) Agresso
9 21 (0.23%) SAP BPC
10 18 (0.20%) Google Analytics
11 17 (0.19%) Cognos TM1
12 16 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
12 16 (0.18%) Oracle Payables
13 14 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
14 11 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
14 11 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
15 9 (0.10%) Oracle Assets
15 9 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
15 9 (0.10%) BusinessWorks
16 8 (0.089%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 228 (2.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 65 (0.73%) Amazon AWS
3 62 (0.69%) Office 365
4 53 (0.59%) PaaS
5 41 (0.46%) SaaS
6 20 (0.22%) GitHub
7 18 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
8 16 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
9 11 (0.12%) IaaS
10 5 (0.056%) SuccessFactors
11 4 (0.045%) Amazon S3
12 3 (0.034%) Google Cloud Platform
13 2 (0.022%) Google Apps
14 1 (0.011%) IBM Blueworks
14 1 (0.011%) SoftLayer
14 1 (0.011%) Route 53
14 1 (0.011%) Force.com
14 1 (0.011%) Google App Engine
14 1 (0.011%) Heroku
14 1 (0.011%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 312 (3.49%) SAN
2 270 (3.02%) Firewall
3 251 (2.80%) DNS
4 194 (2.17%) TCP/IP
5 165 (1.84%) Internet
6 147 (1.64%) HTTP
7 142 (1.59%) LAN
8 140 (1.56%) WAN
9 137 (1.53%) DHCP
10 115 (1.28%) VPN
11 103 (1.15%) NAS
12 88 (0.98%) Intranet
13 86 (0.96%) VLAN
14 72 (0.80%) FTP
15 63 (0.70%) SSL
16 55 (0.61%) LDAP
17 49 (0.55%) VoIP
18 48 (0.54%) Cisco ASA
19 41 (0.46%) Network Security
19 41 (0.46%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2216 (24.75%) SQL Server 2008
2 1872 (20.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1591 (17.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1047 (11.70%) Data Warehouse
5 995 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
6 874 (9.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 768 (8.58%) SQL Server 2005
8 589 (6.58%) Relational Database
9 393 (4.39%) Oracle Database
10 359 (4.01%) MySQL
11 254 (2.84%) RDBMS
12 240 (2.68%) OLAP
13 239 (2.67%) SQL Server 2000
14 233 (2.60%) QlikView
15 212 (2.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 180 (2.01%) MS Access
17 176 (1.97%) DB2
18 162 (1.81%) Oracle Database 11g
19 132 (1.47%) MongoDB
20 125 (1.40%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 843 (9.42%) Visual Studio
2 657 (7.34%) Team Foundation Server
3 251 (2.80%) NUnit
4 237 (2.65%) Subversion
5 170 (1.90%) JIRA
6 151 (1.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 140 (1.56%) Git (software)
8 104 (1.16%) Selenium
9 99 (1.11%) Maven
10 96 (1.07%) Jenkins
11 88 (0.98%) TeamCity
11 88 (0.98%) MSTest
12 83 (0.93%) Rhino Mocks
13 82 (0.92%) SpecFlow
14 77 (0.86%) Moq
15 68 (0.76%) JUnit
16 65 (0.73%) VSS/SourceSafe
17 56 (0.63%) Eclipse
18 55 (0.61%) Toad
19 40 (0.45%) Hudson
General
1 1591 (17.77%) Finance
2 731 (8.17%) Banking
3 278 (3.11%) Investment Banking
4 233 (2.60%) Retail
5 213 (2.38%) Front Office
6 179 (2.00%) Telecoms
6 179 (2.00%) Marketing
7 160 (1.79%) Back Office
8 87 (0.97%) Legal
9 82 (0.92%) Manufacturing
10 79 (0.88%) Advertising
11 53 (0.59%) Publishing
12 41 (0.46%) Law
13 37 (0.41%) Financial Institution
14 32 (0.36%) Electronics
15 30 (0.34%) Billing
16 23 (0.26%) Games
17 19 (0.21%) Local Government
17 19 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
18 17 (0.19%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 4841 (54.08%) Developer
2 1512 (16.89%) .NET Developer
3 1162 (12.98%) Analyst
4 867 (9.68%) C# Developer
5 811 (9.06%) SQL Developer
6 565 (6.31%) DBA
7 557 (6.22%) Architect
8 539 (6.02%) C# .NET Developer
9 458 (5.12%) SQL DBA
10 407 (4.55%) Consultant
11 369 (4.12%) ASP.NET Developer
12 344 (3.84%) Senior Developer
13 334 (3.73%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 289 (3.23%) Web Developer
15 277 (3.09%) C# ASP.NET Developer
16 258 (2.88%) Administrator
17 224 (2.50%) Data Analyst
18 219 (2.45%) Applications Support
19 216 (2.41%) Support Analyst
20 203 (2.27%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3834 (42.83%) .NET
2 2111 (23.58%) ASP.NET
3 1616 (18.05%) HTML
4 1289 (14.40%) CSS
5 997 (11.14%) jQuery
6 974 (10.88%) XML
7 957 (10.69%) .NET Framework
8 945 (10.56%) Web Services
9 944 (10.55%) WCF
10 907 (10.13%) ASP.NET MVC
11 500 (5.59%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 482 (5.38%) HTML5
13 383 (4.28%) Ajax
14 371 (4.14%) WPF
15 263 (2.94%) LINQ
16 259 (2.89%) SOAP
17 254 (2.84%) XSLT
18 252 (2.82%) REST
19 248 (2.77%) CSS3
20 241 (2.69%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 647 (7.23%) Analytical Skills
2 315 (3.52%) Clustering
3 304 (3.40%) NHS
4 222 (2.48%) Replication
5 211 (2.36%) Management Information System
5 211 (2.36%) Computer Science
6 174 (1.94%) Open Source
7 164 (1.83%) Data Integration
8 130 (1.45%) Visualisation
8 130 (1.45%) Fixed Income
9 118 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
10 117 (1.31%) N-Tier
11 96 (1.07%) Derivative
12 95 (1.06%) Data Structures
13 91 (1.02%) User Experience
14 78 (0.87%) Mobile App
15 73 (0.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 70 (0.78%) Inversion of Control
17 62 (0.69%) Data Extraction
18 59 (0.66%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 1896 (21.18%) Windows
2 607 (6.78%) Windows Server 2008
3 501 (5.60%) Linux
4 408 (4.56%) UNIX
5 393 (4.39%) Windows Server 2003
6 289 (3.23%) Windows Server 2012
7 149 (1.66%) Windows 7
8 111 (1.24%) Windows XP
9 101 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 92 (1.03%) Solaris
11 90 (1.01%) AIX
12 53 (0.59%) Windows 8
13 50 (0.56%) Android
14 49 (0.55%) Apple iOS
15 40 (0.45%) SUSE
16 32 (0.36%) CentOS
17 30 (0.34%) Windows Vista
18 26 (0.29%) HPUX
19 22 (0.25%) Windows 2000
20 21 (0.23%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1802 (20.13%) Agile Software Development
2 1564 (17.47%) MVC
3 1301 (14.53%) Business Intelligence
4 934 (10.43%) ETL
5 764 (8.53%) TDD
6 761 (8.50%) Migration
7 668 (7.46%) Scrum
8 628 (7.02%) Data Modelling
9 477 (5.33%) CRM
10 474 (5.29%) Performance Tuning
11 472 (5.27%) OO
12 419 (4.68%) ITIL
13 351 (3.92%) Web Development
14 346 (3.87%) Unit Testing
15 328 (3.66%) Data Migration
16 298 (3.33%) E-Commerce
17 287 (3.21%) Continuous Integration
18 271 (3.03%) SOA
18 271 (3.03%) Analytics
19 270 (3.02%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 4558 (50.92%) SQL
2 3378 (37.73%) C#
3 1670 (18.66%) JavaScript
4 1548 (17.29%) T-SQL
5 703 (7.85%) Java
6 438 (4.89%) VB.NET
7 376 (4.20%) VBA
8 356 (3.98%) VB
9 340 (3.80%) PowerShell
10 339 (3.79%) PL/SQL
11 210 (2.35%) C++
12 192 (2.14%) VBScript
13 155 (1.73%) PHP
14 151 (1.69%) Shell Script
15 139 (1.55%) Python
16 120 (1.34%) Perl
17 109 (1.22%) VB6
18 105 (1.17%) C
19 75 (0.84%) Ruby
20 48 (0.54%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 495 (5.53%) Security Cleared
2 445 (4.97%) Degree
3 344 (3.84%) SC Cleared
4 305 (3.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 125 (1.40%) MCSE
6 84 (0.94%) MCITP
6 84 (0.94%) MCTS
7 61 (0.68%) DV Cleared
8 60 (0.67%) ISEB
9 47 (0.53%) ISTQB
10 44 (0.49%) MCP
11 38 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
12 36 (0.40%) CCNA
13 32 (0.36%) MCSA
14 27 (0.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 26 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
16 20 (0.22%) MCDBA
17 18 (0.20%) Sun Certification
18 16 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
19 15 (0.17%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 234 (2.61%) QA
2 115 (1.28%) SLA
3 70 (0.78%) Data Quality
4 27 (0.30%) ISO 9001
5 24 (0.27%) HL7
6 19 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 9 (0.10%) PCI DSS
7 9 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 6 (0.067%) ISO 14001
8 6 (0.067%) Solvency II
8 6 (0.067%) WCAG
8 6 (0.067%) EMIR
9 5 (0.056%) MiFID
10 4 (0.045%) Basel III
10 4 (0.045%) COBIT
10 4 (0.045%) WAI
11 3 (0.034%) Dodd-Frank
12 2 (0.022%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.022%) DICOM
12 2 (0.022%) COREP
System Software
1 601 (6.71%) Active Directory
2 346 (3.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 169 (1.89%) Hyper-V
4 166 (1.85%) vSphere
5 116 (1.30%) VMware ESX
6 85 (0.95%) Oracle RAC
7 79 (0.88%) XenApp
8 49 (0.55%) Terminal Services
9 46 (0.51%) XenDesktop
10 44 (0.49%) Oracle RMAN
11 27 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
12 26 (0.29%) UAG
13 21 (0.23%) vCloud
13 21 (0.23%) NFS
14 20 (0.22%) ISA Server
14 20 (0.22%) XenServer
15 19 (0.21%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 19 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
16 18 (0.20%) Forefront TMG
16 18 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 167 (1.87%) SCCM
2 137 (1.53%) SCOM
3 74 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
4 65 (0.73%) Puppet
5 58 (0.65%) Control-M
6 57 (0.64%) NetBackup
7 47 (0.53%) Backup Exec
7 47 (0.53%) Data Guard
8 44 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
9 30 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
10 26 (0.29%) Tivoli
11 25 (0.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 22 (0.25%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 22 (0.25%) WSUS
13 17 (0.19%) ITRS Geneos
13 17 (0.19%) SCVMM
13 17 (0.19%) OpenView
14 15 (0.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 13 (0.15%) Hyperic
15 13 (0.15%) WMI
Vendors
1 2783 (31.09%) Microsoft
2 1660 (18.54%) Oracle
3 607 (6.78%) VMware
4 294 (3.28%) HP
5 271 (3.03%) Citrix
6 258 (2.88%) IBM
7 244 (2.73%) Business Objects
8 235 (2.63%) Cisco
9 234 (2.61%) Sybase
10 205 (2.29%) SAP
11 176 (1.97%) Cognos
12 158 (1.76%) Informatica
13 138 (1.54%) Tableau
14 117 (1.31%) Red Hat
15 116 (1.30%) Sitecore
16 89 (0.99%) EMC
17 88 (0.98%) Symantec
18 84 (0.94%) NetApp
19 79 (0.88%) TIBCO
20 74 (0.83%) Teradata
City, London
Talent International
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Preston, Lancashire
Hays Talent Solutions
Posted: 7 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Roc Search
Posted: 8 hours ago
City, London
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
South West
CPS Group UK
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £450 - £525 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Enfield, Middlesex
Senitor Associates
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Kent
Senitor Associates
Rate: £200 - £280 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Harrow, Middlesex
Senitor Associates
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Forman Computer Staff
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Dorset
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Newport, Gwent
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Advanced Resource Managers
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
Connectus
Rate: £434.78 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Hampshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £180 - £280 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago