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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
Rank 14 16 12
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -4
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 5048 4516 5016
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.62% 8.12% 9.52%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 38.12% 37.80% 43.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 3444 2926 3177
Average daily rate
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£375 £360 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £525 £545
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 91 128
Average hourly rate £32.00 £22.75 £30.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.65% -24.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.36 £13.01 £17.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.65 £44.25 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.75 £25.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+31.00% -18.03%

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
13241 11948 11657
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.61% 21.48% 22.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 8690 7380 7206
Average daily rate £401 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.12% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 184 179 204
Average hourly rate £32.75 £30.00 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.16% -1.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.47 £13.04 £16.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.45 £67.00 £50.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.55 £30.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+11.83% -7.69%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 +1 4627 £375 +4.16% 2186
London +3 2025 £425 - 606
South East +1 795 £350 +4.47% 427
City of London +2 596 £450 +5.88% 137
Yorkshire +3 422 £345 +7.81% 176
West Yorkshire -1 331 £335 +4.68% 99
South West +5 322 £350 +7.69% 197
North West -14 322 £375 +15.38% 289
East of England +1 280 £350 - 129
Leeds +3 248 £338 +8.43% 67
Scotland +2 211 £350 +0.72% 87
West Midlands +1 208 £354 +9.00% 189
Hampshire +8 168 £350 - 84
Surrey -3 148 £350 - 71
Berkshire -5 146 £375 - 88
East Midlands +1 141 £325 +8.33% 128
Wales +5 132 £330 -14.28% 30
North East 0 112 £325 -0.95% 43
South Wales +5 102 £330 -10.50% 24
Manchester -19 94 £344 +6.58% 155
Bristol +9 92 £363 +11.53% 73
Buckinghamshire +5 92 £338 +12.50% 56
Glasgow +3 92 £350 -1.75% 50
Oxfordshire 0 80 £395 +31.66% 55
Cheshire -14 75 £363 +11.53% 68
Lancashire +8 74 £475 +55.10% 32
Essex +8 74 £350 -1.75% 17
Cambridgeshire -2 74 £350 +7.69% 42
Edinburgh -6 74 £364 +3.92% 22
Tyne and Wear +2 71 £470 +41.71% 27

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 5284 (53.37%) SQL
2 3938 (39.77%) .NET
3 3413 (34.47%) C#
4 3194 (32.26%) Microsoft
5 2368 (23.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2254 (22.77%) Agile Software Development
7 2249 (22.71%) Windows
8 2136 (21.57%) Finance
9 2101 (21.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2048 (20.68%) ASP.NET
11 2040 (20.60%) T-SQL
12 1913 (19.32%) SQL Server 2008
13 1828 (18.46%) Oracle
14 1714 (17.31%) JavaScript
15 1679 (16.96%) Business Intelligence
16 1569 (15.85%) HTML
17 1565 (15.81%) MVC
18 1360 (13.74%) MS Excel
19 1352 (13.66%) SQL Server 2012
20 1291 (13.04%) Data Warehouse
21 1248 (12.60%) CSS
22 1228 (12.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
23 1175 (11.87%) ETL
24 1104 (11.15%) .NET Framework
25 1072 (10.83%) Web Services
26 988 (9.98%) jQuery
27 972 (9.82%) SharePoint
28 967 (9.77%) XML
29 957 (9.67%) TDD
30 929 (9.38%) Visual Studio

SQL Server
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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
1 972 (9.82%) SharePoint
2 806 (8.14%) IIS
3 326 (3.29%) MS Exchange
4 312 (3.15%) BizTalk Server
5 219 (2.21%) CMS
6 196 (1.98%) SharePoint 2013
7 186 (1.88%) SharePoint 2010
8 156 (1.58%) Tomcat
9 147 (1.48%) JBoss
10 140 (1.41%) Apache
11 133 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2010
12 117 (1.18%) WebSphere
13 102 (1.03%) Umbraco
14 96 (0.97%) SAS
15 94 (0.95%) Lync
16 92 (0.93%) Node.js
17 83 (0.84%) WebLogic
17 83 (0.84%) Sitecore CMS
18 71 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2007
19 58 (0.59%) Confluence
Applications
1 1360 (13.74%) MS Excel
2 350 (3.53%) MS Office
3 91 (0.92%) MS Visio
4 89 (0.90%) PowerPivot
5 72 (0.73%) MS PowerPoint
6 52 (0.53%) MS Project
7 32 (0.32%) InfoPath
8 23 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
9 9 (0.091%) Photoshop
10 8 (0.081%) SPSS
11 6 (0.061%) Mingle
12 5 (0.050%) FastStats
13 2 (0.020%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 2 (0.020%) Siemens NX
14 1 (0.010%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 238 (2.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 97 (0.98%) Dynamics AX
3 71 (0.72%) Markit EDM
4 32 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 25 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
6 24 (0.24%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 20 (0.20%) Oracle BPM
8 19 (0.19%) Maximo
9 17 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
10 16 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
11 13 (0.13%) Adobe Campaign
12 12 (0.12%) Agresso
12 12 (0.12%) BusinessWorks
13 11 (0.11%) Tridion
14 10 (0.10%) Global One
15 9 (0.091%) Endur
15 9 (0.091%) RMDS
16 8 (0.081%) thinkFolio
17 7 (0.071%) Oracle Applications
17 7 (0.071%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 248 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 185 (1.87%) Amazon AWS
3 101 (1.02%) Office 365
4 83 (0.84%) SaaS
5 44 (0.44%) GitHub
6 36 (0.36%) PaaS
7 30 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
8 25 (0.25%) IaaS
9 18 (0.18%) Boomi
9 18 (0.18%) Google Analytics
10 9 (0.091%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (0.050%) SuccessFactors
11 5 (0.050%) IBM SmartCloud
11 5 (0.050%) Google Drive
12 3 (0.030%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 2 (0.020%) Google Cloud Platform
13 2 (0.020%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.020%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.020%) OneDrive
13 2 (0.020%) IBM PureFlex
Communications & Networking
1 340 (3.43%) SAN
2 307 (3.10%) DNS
3 291 (2.94%) Firewall
4 204 (2.06%) DHCP
5 157 (1.59%) TCP/IP
6 155 (1.57%) WAN
7 153 (1.55%) Internet
8 146 (1.47%) LAN
9 100 (1.01%) LDAP
10 98 (0.99%) HTTP
11 96 (0.97%) VPN
12 85 (0.86%) Intranet
13 83 (0.84%) NAS
14 75 (0.76%) FTP
15 59 (0.60%) VLAN
16 52 (0.53%) SSL
17 37 (0.37%) Cisco ASA
18 35 (0.35%) Wireless
19 33 (0.33%) Wi-Fi
19 33 (0.33%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2368 (23.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2101 (21.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1913 (19.32%) SQL Server 2008
4 1352 (13.66%) SQL Server 2012
5 1291 (13.04%) Data Warehouse
6 1228 (12.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 675 (6.82%) SQL Server 2005
8 643 (6.49%) Relational Database
9 492 (4.97%) Oracle Database
10 427 (4.31%) MySQL
11 261 (2.64%) RDBMS
12 248 (2.50%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 247 (2.49%) BusinessObjects
14 244 (2.46%) OLAP
15 216 (2.18%) QlikView
16 212 (2.14%) Oracle Database 11g
17 205 (2.07%) MS Access
18 192 (1.94%) SQL Server 2000
19 177 (1.79%) DB2
20 169 (1.71%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 929 (9.38%) Visual Studio
2 845 (8.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 342 (3.45%) Git (software)
4 309 (3.12%) Subversion
5 264 (2.67%) NUnit
6 207 (2.09%) Selenium
7 203 (2.05%) TeamCity
8 200 (2.02%) Jenkins
9 198 (2.00%) JIRA
10 167 (1.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 117 (1.18%) SpecFlow
12 109 (1.10%) Maven
13 74 (0.75%) ERwin
14 71 (0.72%) Toad
15 65 (0.66%) JUnit
16 64 (0.65%) Rhino Mocks
17 62 (0.63%) MSBuild
18 61 (0.62%) ReSharper
19 57 (0.58%) Eclipse
20 56 (0.57%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 2136 (21.57%) Finance
2 811 (8.19%) Banking
3 327 (3.30%) Investment Banking
4 286 (2.89%) Retail
5 257 (2.60%) Front Office
6 182 (1.84%) Back Office
7 174 (1.76%) Marketing
8 151 (1.53%) Manufacturing
9 137 (1.38%) Telecoms
10 127 (1.28%) Legal
11 92 (0.93%) Advertising
12 91 (0.92%) Financial Institution
13 82 (0.83%) Law
14 64 (0.65%) Publishing
15 36 (0.36%) Automotive
16 32 (0.32%) Electronics
17 31 (0.31%) Billing
18 30 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
19 22 (0.22%) Games
20 21 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 5378 (54.32%) Developer
2 1498 (15.13%) .NET Developer
3 1296 (13.09%) Analyst
4 1002 (10.12%) SQL Developer
5 807 (8.15%) C# Developer
6 741 (7.48%) DBA
7 585 (5.91%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 563 (5.69%) SQL DBA
9 524 (5.29%) Architect
10 451 (4.56%) C# .NET Developer
11 416 (4.20%) Senior Developer
12 348 (3.51%) Administrator
13 344 (3.47%) Consultant
14 289 (2.92%) ASP.NET Developer
15 283 (2.86%) Java Developer
16 258 (2.61%) SQL Server DBA
17 244 (2.46%) Data Analyst
17 244 (2.46%) Applications Support
18 241 (2.43%) SQL Server Developer
19 231 (2.33%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3938 (39.77%) .NET
2 2048 (20.68%) ASP.NET
3 1569 (15.85%) HTML
4 1248 (12.60%) CSS
5 1104 (11.15%) .NET Framework
6 1072 (10.83%) Web Services
7 988 (9.98%) jQuery
8 967 (9.77%) XML
9 906 (9.15%) WCF
10 872 (8.81%) ASP.NET MVC
11 599 (6.05%) HTML5
12 532 (5.37%) Entity Framework
13 518 (5.23%) AngularJS
14 423 (4.27%) ASP.NET Web API
15 414 (4.18%) SOAP
16 400 (4.04%) WPF
17 347 (3.50%) Ajax
18 329 (3.32%) REST
19 292 (2.95%) CSS3
20 289 (2.92%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 655 (6.62%) Analytical Skills
2 300 (3.03%) Clustering
3 264 (2.67%) NHS
4 236 (2.38%) Management Information System
5 219 (2.21%) Replication
6 212 (2.14%) Computer Science
7 188 (1.90%) Data Centre
8 161 (1.63%) N-Tier
9 136 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
10 135 (1.36%) Derivative
11 133 (1.34%) Data Structures
12 125 (1.26%) Data Integration
13 121 (1.22%) Client/Server
14 120 (1.21%) Visualisation
15 112 (1.13%) Fixed Income
16 89 (0.90%) Hedge funds
17 82 (0.83%) Mobile App
18 81 (0.82%) Credit Risk
19 75 (0.76%) Equities
20 70 (0.71%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 2249 (22.71%) Windows
2 757 (7.65%) Linux
3 630 (6.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 511 (5.16%) Windows Server 2012
5 510 (5.15%) UNIX
6 383 (3.87%) Windows Server 2003
7 192 (1.94%) Windows 7
8 136 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 99 (1.00%) Solaris
10 84 (0.85%) Android
11 75 (0.76%) Windows 8
12 73 (0.74%) Apple iOS
13 70 (0.71%) AIX
14 56 (0.57%) Windows XP
15 49 (0.49%) Ubuntu
16 37 (0.37%) Debian
17 27 (0.27%) Windows 2000 Server
18 21 (0.21%) HPUX
19 19 (0.19%) Windows 2000
19 19 (0.19%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2254 (22.77%) Agile Software Development
2 1679 (16.96%) Business Intelligence
3 1565 (15.81%) MVC
4 1175 (11.87%) ETL
5 957 (9.67%) TDD
6 814 (8.22%) Scrum
7 773 (7.81%) Migration
8 618 (6.24%) Data Modelling
9 604 (6.10%) ITIL
10 548 (5.53%) SDLC
11 529 (5.34%) Unit Testing
12 521 (5.26%) OO
13 518 (5.23%) Continuous Integration
13 518 (5.23%) Performance Tuning
14 477 (4.82%) CRM
15 405 (4.09%) E-Commerce
16 386 (3.90%) Web Development
17 379 (3.83%) BDD
18 354 (3.58%) SOA
19 353 (3.57%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 5284 (53.37%) SQL
2 3413 (34.47%) C#
3 2040 (20.60%) T-SQL
4 1714 (17.31%) JavaScript
5 893 (9.02%) Java
6 594 (6.00%) PowerShell
7 447 (4.51%) VB
8 444 (4.48%) VB.NET
9 375 (3.79%) VBA
10 358 (3.62%) PL/SQL
11 278 (2.81%) C++
12 212 (2.14%) Python
13 207 (2.09%) Perl
14 175 (1.77%) Shell Script
15 171 (1.73%) PHP
16 147 (1.48%) VBScript
17 132 (1.33%) VB6
18 90 (0.91%) C
19 86 (0.87%) Ruby
20 66 (0.67%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 576 (5.82%) Security Cleared
2 535 (5.40%) Degree
3 403 (4.07%) SC Cleared
4 292 (2.95%) Microsoft Certification
5 117 (1.18%) MCSE
6 80 (0.81%) DV Cleared
7 71 (0.72%) MCSA
8 60 (0.61%) ISEB
9 56 (0.57%) Cisco Certification
10 54 (0.55%) MCTS
11 52 (0.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 51 (0.52%) MCITP
13 41 (0.41%) ISTQB
13 41 (0.41%) MCP
14 34 (0.34%) CCNA
15 31 (0.31%) CISSP
16 29 (0.29%) Oracle Certification
16 29 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
17 27 (0.27%) MCDBA
18 20 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 262 (2.65%) QA
2 113 (1.14%) SLA
3 79 (0.80%) Data Quality
4 49 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 33 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 30 (0.30%) Solvency II
7 20 (0.20%) HL7
8 10 (0.10%) PCI DSS
8 10 (0.10%) ISO 9001
9 5 (0.050%) Basel II
10 4 (0.040%) GxP
10 4 (0.040%) COBIT
11 3 (0.030%) TickIT
11 3 (0.030%) ISO 14001
11 3 (0.030%) Basel III
11 3 (0.030%) CRD IV
12 2 (0.020%) COREP
12 2 (0.020%) FINREP
12 2 (0.020%) PMBOK
12 2 (0.020%) DICOM
System Software
1 741 (7.48%) Active Directory
2 419 (4.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 175 (1.77%) vSphere
4 168 (1.70%) Hyper-V
5 123 (1.24%) XenApp
6 83 (0.84%) VMware ESX
7 62 (0.63%) Oracle RAC
8 53 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
9 52 (0.53%) XenDesktop
10 39 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
11 28 (0.28%) Terminal Services
12 27 (0.27%) NFS
12 27 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 24 (0.24%) HDFS
14 23 (0.23%) Docker
15 21 (0.21%) VMware Server
16 20 (0.20%) vCloud
17 16 (0.16%) Xen
18 15 (0.15%) Forefront TMG
19 13 (0.13%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 137 (1.38%) SCCM
2 105 (1.06%) SCOM
3 86 (0.87%) Puppet
4 68 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
5 44 (0.44%) Oracle RMAN
5 44 (0.44%) Tivoli
6 40 (0.40%) WSUS
7 39 (0.39%) BladeLogic
8 37 (0.37%) Control-M
9 34 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
10 27 (0.27%) Data Guard
10 27 (0.27%) Nagios
11 25 (0.25%) Ansible
12 23 (0.23%) Vagrant
13 22 (0.22%) ITRS Geneos
13 22 (0.22%) ARCserve
14 21 (0.21%) NetBackup
15 20 (0.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
16 17 (0.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
16 17 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 3194 (32.26%) Microsoft
2 1828 (18.46%) Oracle
3 737 (7.44%) VMware
4 306 (3.09%) Citrix
5 268 (2.71%) HP
6 256 (2.59%) Sybase
7 248 (2.50%) IBM
8 229 (2.31%) Cisco
9 217 (2.19%) SAP
10 179 (1.81%) Tableau
11 166 (1.68%) Cognos
12 160 (1.62%) Red Hat
13 150 (1.51%) Informatica
14 125 (1.26%) Sitecore
15 109 (1.10%) NetApp
16 96 (0.97%) TIBCO
17 94 (0.95%) EMC
18 69 (0.70%) Teradata
19 64 (0.65%) Remedy
20 62 (0.63%) Telerik
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