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 2 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
Rank 15 11 12
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 4617 5135 5499
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.18% 9.61% 9.51%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 38.47% 43.50% 45.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 2979 3260 3216
Average daily rate
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£360 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £531 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
- +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 131 179
Average hourly rate £27.50 £30.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% +13.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.02 £17.50 £14.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.70 £49.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.00 £30.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +15.38%

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
12003 11805 12135
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.26% 22.08% 20.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 7439 7303 7003
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 £265 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 180 201 304
Average hourly rate £31.00 £30.50 £29.29
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.63% +4.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.18 £17.50 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £31.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+4.83% +3.33%

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 2 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 2 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 2 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 4194 £363 -3.33% 2224
London -4 1883 £425 - 715
South East -2 746 £328 -6.42% 386
City of London +1 557 £425 -4.22% 272
North West +1 326 £325 +8.24% 296
East of England 0 324 £350 +2.56% 166
Yorkshire 0 252 £320 +6.66% 234
South West -6 242 £325 - 146
West Midlands -7 235 £325 +0.77% 152
Scotland +5 231 £347 +2.95% 99
West Yorkshire +3 192 £320 +6.66% 146
Berkshire -2 167 £370 +5.71% 78
Manchester +3 148 £323 +4.03% 167
Surrey +8 144 £350 -6.66% 76
East Midlands -3 127 £300 +9.09% 89
Hampshire -19 121 £350 +8.52% 80
Leeds +4 114 £311 +3.75% 95
Glasgow +12 101 £369 +12.59% 48
Cheshire +7 88 £325 +4.00% 63
Wales 0 84 £385 +20.31% 53
Edinburgh 0 79 £350 - 27
Birmingham -2 79 £350 -2.77% 38
Hertfordshire -5 79 £350 - 46
Reading -1 76 £365 +5.79% 30
Cambridgeshire +8 68 £325 -8.77% 49
Suffolk +5 67 £375 - 12
Oxfordshire +4 67 £303 -6.92% 31
South Wales +1 64 £380 +16.92% 46
Buckinghamshire -19 61 £300 -16.66% 34
East Sussex -4 58 £273 -24.82% 20

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 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 4514 (47.89%) SQL
2 4203 (44.59%) .NET
3 3711 (39.37%) C#
4 2610 (27.69%) Microsoft
5 2475 (26.26%) SQL Server 2008
6 2434 (25.82%) ASP.NET
7 2036 (21.60%) Windows
8 1860 (19.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1811 (19.21%) Oracle
10 1738 (18.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1706 (18.10%) JavaScript
12 1684 (17.87%) Finance
13 1641 (17.41%) MVC
14 1614 (17.12%) HTML
15 1532 (16.25%) T-SQL
16 1295 (13.74%) CSS
17 1294 (13.73%) MS Excel
18 1287 (13.65%) Business Intelligence
19 1105 (11.72%) WCF
20 1081 (11.47%) SharePoint
21 1077 (11.43%) XML
22 1065 (11.30%) Data Warehouse
23 1027 (10.90%) jQuery
24 1003 (10.64%) Web Services
25 1000 (10.61%) SQL Server 2012
26 967 (10.26%) ASP.NET MVC
27 966 (10.25%) SQL Server 2005
28 937 (9.94%) .NET Framework
29 932 (9.89%) ETL
30 923 (9.79%) Agile Software Development

SQL Server
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 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 1081 (11.47%) SharePoint
2 687 (7.29%) IIS
3 308 (3.27%) SharePoint 2010
4 303 (3.21%) MS Exchange
5 290 (3.08%) BizTalk Server
5 290 (3.08%) CMS
6 194 (2.06%) SharePoint 2013
7 167 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2010
8 156 (1.65%) Apache
9 153 (1.62%) Umbraco
10 147 (1.56%) WebSphere
11 145 (1.54%) Tomcat
12 113 (1.20%) SharePoint Server
13 109 (1.16%) SAS
14 103 (1.09%) WebLogic
15 101 (1.07%) Sitecore CMS
16 84 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2007
17 82 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2003
18 68 (0.72%) Lync
19 59 (0.63%) Node.js
Applications
1 1294 (13.73%) MS Excel
2 335 (3.55%) MS Office
3 92 (0.98%) InfoPath
4 64 (0.68%) MS Project
4 64 (0.68%) PowerPivot
5 58 (0.62%) MS Visio
5 58 (0.62%) MS PowerPoint
6 50 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
7 42 (0.45%) Photoshop
8 21 (0.22%) SPSS
9 7 (0.074%) Adobe Illustrator
10 6 (0.064%) Stata
11 4 (0.042%) FastStats
12 3 (0.032%) Fireworks
13 2 (0.021%) AutoCAD
13 2 (0.021%) GIMP
14 1 (0.011%) Maya
14 1 (0.011%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 253 (2.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 79 (0.84%) Dynamics AX
3 75 (0.80%) Markit EDM
4 54 (0.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 38 (0.40%) Oracle EBS R12
5 38 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
6 36 (0.38%) Oracle General Ledger
7 35 (0.37%) Oracle Payables
8 33 (0.35%) Oracle Receivables
9 32 (0.34%) Oracle Applications
9 32 (0.34%) Cognos TM1
10 31 (0.33%) Google Analytics
11 30 (0.32%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 30 (0.32%) Oracle Assets
12 28 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
13 27 (0.29%) Agresso
14 14 (0.15%) SAP SD
15 12 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
16 11 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
17 10 (0.11%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 234 (2.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 104 (1.10%) Office 365
3 64 (0.68%) Amazon AWS
4 44 (0.47%) SaaS
5 31 (0.33%) PaaS
6 26 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
7 23 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
8 18 (0.19%) GitHub
9 9 (0.095%) IaaS
10 2 (0.021%) SuccessFactors
10 2 (0.021%) Heroku
10 2 (0.021%) CloudFront
11 1 (0.011%) Google Apps
11 1 (0.011%) Gitorious
11 1 (0.011%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 302 (3.20%) SAN
2 240 (2.55%) DNS
3 230 (2.44%) Firewall
4 197 (2.09%) TCP/IP
5 196 (2.08%) Internet
6 136 (1.44%) HTTP
7 132 (1.40%) DHCP
8 111 (1.18%) WAN
9 105 (1.11%) LAN
10 94 (1.00%) VPN
11 93 (0.99%) LDAP
12 90 (0.95%) Intranet
13 64 (0.68%) NAS
14 56 (0.59%) VLAN
15 51 (0.54%) VoIP
16 49 (0.52%) FTP
17 47 (0.50%) Network Security
18 43 (0.46%) Cisco ASA
19 42 (0.45%) Extranet
20 40 (0.42%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2475 (26.26%) SQL Server 2008
2 1860 (19.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1738 (18.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1065 (11.30%) Data Warehouse
5 1000 (10.61%) SQL Server 2012
6 966 (10.25%) SQL Server 2005
7 865 (9.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 632 (6.70%) Relational Database
9 492 (5.22%) Oracle Database
10 406 (4.31%) MySQL
11 277 (2.94%) SQL Server 2000
12 261 (2.77%) RDBMS
13 236 (2.50%) Oracle Database 11g
14 224 (2.38%) OLAP
15 214 (2.27%) QlikView
16 194 (2.06%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 184 (1.95%) MS Access
18 172 (1.82%) DB2
19 160 (1.70%) DTS
20 152 (1.61%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 889 (9.43%) Visual Studio
2 643 (6.82%) Team Foundation Server
3 223 (2.37%) Subversion
4 205 (2.17%) NUnit
5 178 (1.89%) Git (software)
6 140 (1.49%) TeamCity
7 139 (1.47%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 129 (1.37%) JIRA
9 100 (1.06%) Selenium
10 90 (0.95%) SpecFlow
11 85 (0.90%) Maven
12 84 (0.89%) MSTest
13 70 (0.74%) JUnit
14 65 (0.69%) Jenkins
15 62 (0.66%) Rhino Mocks
16 58 (0.62%) Toad
17 46 (0.49%) Eclipse
18 42 (0.45%) Moq
18 42 (0.45%) MSBuild
19 40 (0.42%) Mercurial
General
1 1684 (17.87%) Finance
2 724 (7.68%) Banking
3 277 (2.94%) Investment Banking
4 272 (2.89%) Retail
5 230 (2.44%) Front Office
6 222 (2.36%) Marketing
7 195 (2.07%) Telecoms
8 186 (1.97%) Back Office
9 119 (1.26%) Manufacturing
10 85 (0.90%) Advertising
11 69 (0.73%) Legal
12 66 (0.70%) Financial Institution
13 60 (0.64%) Publishing
14 56 (0.59%) Electronics
15 43 (0.46%) Billing
16 33 (0.35%) Law
17 30 (0.32%) Games
18 29 (0.31%) Retail Banking
19 25 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
20 24 (0.25%) German Language
Job Titles
1 5166 (54.81%) Developer
2 1784 (18.93%) .NET Developer
3 1234 (13.09%) Analyst
4 1135 (12.04%) C# Developer
5 774 (8.21%) SQL Developer
6 726 (7.70%) C# .NET Developer
7 661 (7.01%) DBA
8 497 (5.27%) ASP.NET Developer
9 492 (5.22%) SQL DBA
10 443 (4.70%) Architect
11 437 (4.64%) Consultant
12 393 (4.17%) Senior Developer
13 382 (4.05%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 380 (4.03%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 280 (2.97%) Administrator
16 279 (2.96%) Web Developer
17 239 (2.54%) Support Analyst
17 239 (2.54%) SQL Server Developer
18 234 (2.48%) Data Analyst
19 230 (2.44%) SQL Server DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4203 (44.59%) .NET
2 2434 (25.82%) ASP.NET
3 1614 (17.12%) HTML
4 1295 (13.74%) CSS
5 1105 (11.72%) WCF
6 1077 (11.43%) XML
7 1027 (10.90%) jQuery
8 1003 (10.64%) Web Services
9 967 (10.26%) ASP.NET MVC
10 937 (9.94%) .NET Framework
11 498 (5.28%) HTML5
12 483 (5.12%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 456 (4.84%) WPF
14 428 (4.54%) Ajax
15 313 (3.32%) LINQ
16 286 (3.03%) SOAP
17 282 (2.99%) ASP.NET MVC 4
18 281 (2.98%) ASP.NET Web Forms
19 277 (2.94%) WinForms
20 268 (2.84%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 320 (3.39%) NHS
2 283 (3.00%) Clustering
3 208 (2.21%) Replication
4 201 (2.13%) Computer Science
5 183 (1.94%) Management Information System
6 141 (1.50%) Data Integration
7 120 (1.27%) N-Tier
8 115 (1.22%) Visualisation
9 113 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
10 111 (1.18%) Fixed Income
11 106 (1.12%) Derivative
12 95 (1.01%) Open Source
13 81 (0.86%) Mobile App
14 73 (0.77%) Statistics
15 64 (0.68%) Data Extraction
16 59 (0.63%) Client/Server
17 56 (0.59%) Credit Risk
18 53 (0.56%) Blackberry
19 52 (0.55%) GIS
20 50 (0.53%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 2036 (21.60%) Windows
2 624 (6.62%) Windows Server 2008
3 504 (5.35%) Linux
4 440 (4.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 407 (4.32%) UNIX
6 267 (2.83%) Windows Server 2012
7 184 (1.95%) Windows 7
8 115 (1.22%) Windows XP
9 114 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 98 (1.04%) Solaris
11 75 (0.80%) AIX
12 58 (0.62%) Windows 8
13 49 (0.52%) Android
14 43 (0.46%) Apple iOS
15 33 (0.35%) Windows 2000
16 30 (0.32%) HPUX
17 29 (0.31%) SUSE
18 18 (0.19%) Oracle Linux
18 18 (0.19%) Windows 2000 Server
19 17 (0.18%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1641 (17.41%) MVC
2 1287 (13.65%) Business Intelligence
3 932 (9.89%) ETL
4 923 (9.79%) Agile Software Development
5 802 (8.51%) TDD
6 741 (7.86%) Migration
7 633 (6.72%) Scrum
8 561 (5.95%) Data Modelling
9 506 (5.37%) Performance Tuning
10 491 (5.21%) OO
11 459 (4.87%) ITIL
12 429 (4.55%) CRM
13 420 (4.46%) Unit Testing
14 399 (4.23%) Web Development
15 360 (3.82%) E-Commerce
16 318 (3.37%) Data Migration
17 304 (3.23%) Continuous Integration
18 302 (3.20%) SOA
19 299 (3.17%) Project Management
20 275 (2.92%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 4514 (47.89%) SQL
2 3711 (39.37%) C#
3 1706 (18.10%) JavaScript
4 1532 (16.25%) T-SQL
5 673 (7.14%) Java
6 524 (5.56%) VB.NET
7 387 (4.11%) VB
8 361 (3.83%) PowerShell
9 354 (3.76%) PL/SQL
10 343 (3.64%) VBA
11 203 (2.15%) C++
12 174 (1.85%) VBScript
13 162 (1.72%) Perl
14 145 (1.54%) Python
15 142 (1.51%) Shell Script
15 142 (1.51%) VB6
16 130 (1.38%) PHP
17 121 (1.28%) C
18 66 (0.70%) Ruby
19 41 (0.43%) XAML
Qualifications
1 538 (5.71%) Degree
2 526 (5.58%) Security Cleared
3 395 (4.19%) SC Cleared
4 348 (3.69%) Microsoft Certification
5 137 (1.45%) MCSE
6 121 (1.28%) MCITP
7 99 (1.05%) MCTS
8 83 (0.88%) ISEB
9 68 (0.72%) DV Cleared
10 54 (0.57%) ISTQB
11 53 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
12 40 (0.42%) MCP
13 39 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 37 (0.39%) Cisco Certification
15 32 (0.34%) CCNA
15 32 (0.34%) MCDBA
16 30 (0.32%) MCSA
17 24 (0.25%) MCSD
18 17 (0.18%) Oracle Certification
19 15 (0.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 296 (3.14%) QA
2 141 (1.50%) SLA
3 69 (0.73%) Data Quality
4 63 (0.67%) ISO 9001
5 25 (0.27%) HL7
6 22 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 19 (0.20%) Basel III
8 16 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 14 (0.15%) PCI DSS
10 11 (0.12%) EMIR
11 9 (0.095%) Solvency II
12 7 (0.074%) ISO 14001
12 7 (0.074%) Dodd-Frank
13 6 (0.064%) MiFID
14 3 (0.032%) WCAG
14 3 (0.032%) COREP
15 2 (0.021%) FINREP
15 2 (0.021%) COBIT
15 2 (0.021%) ISO 9002
15 2 (0.021%) Basel II
System Software
1 639 (6.78%) Active Directory
2 282 (2.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 142 (1.51%) Hyper-V
4 135 (1.43%) vSphere
5 119 (1.26%) Oracle RAC
6 94 (1.00%) VMware ESX
7 91 (0.97%) Oracle RMAN
8 81 (0.86%) XenApp
9 40 (0.42%) XenDesktop
9 40 (0.42%) ISA Server
10 31 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
11 30 (0.32%) Terminal Services
12 29 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
13 24 (0.25%) XenServer
14 20 (0.21%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 20 (0.21%) Xen
14 20 (0.21%) vCloud
15 18 (0.19%) UAG
16 16 (0.17%) Forefront TMG
16 16 (0.17%) NFS
Systems Management
1 140 (1.49%) SCCM
2 124 (1.32%) SCOM
3 104 (1.10%) Data Guard
4 49 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
5 48 (0.51%) Puppet
6 42 (0.45%) Tivoli
7 40 (0.42%) Control-M
8 36 (0.38%) WSUS
8 36 (0.38%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 35 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
10 32 (0.34%) Backup Exec
11 26 (0.28%) NetBackup
12 21 (0.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 17 (0.18%) OpenView
13 17 (0.18%) WMI
14 15 (0.16%) ARCserve
15 13 (0.14%) Netcool
15 13 (0.14%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 12 (0.13%) BladeLogic
16 12 (0.13%) Nagios
Vendors
1 2610 (27.69%) Microsoft
2 1811 (19.21%) Oracle
3 561 (5.95%) VMware
4 265 (2.81%) Citrix
5 258 (2.74%) Business Objects
6 254 (2.69%) Sybase
7 245 (2.60%) HP
8 217 (2.30%) Cisco
9 215 (2.28%) SAP
10 193 (2.05%) IBM
11 168 (1.78%) Informatica
12 166 (1.76%) Cognos
13 136 (1.44%) Sitecore
14 119 (1.26%) Tableau
15 113 (1.20%) Red Hat
16 99 (1.05%) JBoss
17 82 (0.87%) NetApp
18 78 (0.83%) TIBCO
19 71 (0.75%) Teradata
20 59 (0.63%) Google
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