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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
Rank 16 11 11
Rank change year-on-year
-5 0
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 4313 4721 4628
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.22% 9.39% 10.31%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 38.73% 42.73% 45.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 2908 2946 2811
Average daily rate
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£375 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £545
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 98 148
Average hourly rate £30.00 £31.25 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £15.85 £14.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £45.00 £40.23
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £31.25 £27.75
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +12.61%

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
11137 11048 10127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.22% 21.98% 22.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 7164 6711 6070
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 £254 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £340 £338
% change year-on-year
+8.82% +0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 188 227
Average hourly rate £32.50 £32.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +16.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £13.94 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £28.75
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +9.56%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 27 February 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 -6 3870 £375 +3.44% 2503
London -1 1761 £425 +6.25% 763
South East -13 614 £350 - 417
City of London +1 488 £425 - 264
North West +3 318 £325 +1.56% 332
South West -2 292 £360 +9.09% 199
Yorkshire -4 259 £310 -1.74% 248
Scotland +3 232 £350 +7.69% 71
West Midlands 0 227 £360 +10.76% 197
East of England -10 224 £370 +5.71% 168
West Yorkshire -5 178 £313 -2.34% 148
Manchester +4 163 £325 +2.36% 191
East Midlands -2 131 £325 +3.50% 127
Berkshire -19 128 £350 - 79
Hampshire -15 125 £351 +7.84% 76
Glasgow +4 111 £350 +12.00% 35
Wales 0 108 £350 -3.44% 47
Surrey -4 105 £370 -1.33% 69
Leeds -6 102 £313 -3.84% 97
Buckinghamshire -2 93 £350 -5.40% 53
Bristol -4 83 £375 +19.04% 74
Edinburgh +11 75 £375 +21.16% 27
Birmingham +2 68 £375 +15.38% 57
Somerset 0 68 £350 -0.70% 21
Reading -13 65 £350 - 36
Essex -2 59 £300 -20.00% 34
Cheshire -1 58 £300 -7.69% 84
Milton Keynes -4 58 £348 -7.33% 35
Hertfordshire +4 55 £375 +7.14% 40
South Wales +1 53 £350 -3.44% 38

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 4361 (50.48%) SQL
2 3666 (42.44%) .NET
3 3150 (36.46%) C#
4 2729 (31.59%) Microsoft
5 1979 (22.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1965 (22.75%) ASP.NET
7 1955 (22.63%) SQL Server 2008
8 1924 (22.27%) Windows
9 1814 (21.00%) Agile Software Development
10 1635 (18.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1629 (18.86%) Oracle
12 1625 (18.81%) JavaScript
13 1598 (18.50%) Finance
14 1510 (17.48%) HTML
15 1467 (16.98%) T-SQL
16 1449 (16.77%) MVC
17 1322 (15.30%) Business Intelligence
18 1230 (14.24%) CSS
19 1119 (12.95%) MS Excel
20 1001 (11.59%) jQuery
21 988 (11.44%) Data Warehouse
22 957 (11.08%) .NET Framework
23 949 (10.99%) SQL Server 2012
24 929 (10.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
25 907 (10.50%) ETL
26 903 (10.45%) XML
27 879 (10.17%) SharePoint
28 871 (10.08%) Web Services
29 847 (9.80%) ASP.NET MVC
30 822 (9.51%) Visual Studio

SQL Server
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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
1 879 (10.17%) SharePoint
2 631 (7.30%) IIS
3 325 (3.76%) MS Exchange
4 260 (3.01%) CMS
5 245 (2.84%) BizTalk Server
6 202 (2.34%) SharePoint 2010
7 167 (1.93%) Apache
8 148 (1.71%) SharePoint 2013
9 139 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
10 135 (1.56%) WebSphere
11 111 (1.28%) Tomcat
12 109 (1.26%) Umbraco
13 99 (1.15%) JBoss
14 88 (1.02%) WebLogic
15 87 (1.01%) Sitecore CMS
16 74 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2007
17 72 (0.83%) Lync
18 67 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
19 62 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
20 57 (0.66%) SAS
Applications
1 1119 (12.95%) MS Excel
2 330 (3.82%) MS Office
3 116 (1.34%) MS Visio
4 107 (1.24%) MS PowerPoint
5 69 (0.80%) MS Project
6 62 (0.72%) PowerPivot
7 47 (0.54%) InfoPath
8 27 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
9 23 (0.27%) Photoshop
10 16 (0.19%) SPSS
11 12 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
12 9 (0.10%) Mingle
13 6 (0.069%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 5 (0.058%) Fireworks
15 3 (0.035%) Acrobat
15 3 (0.035%) DOC1
16 2 (0.023%) InDesign
17 1 (0.012%) PrintSoft PReS
17 1 (0.012%) FastStats
17 1 (0.012%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 314 (3.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 82 (0.95%) Markit EDM
3 66 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
4 44 (0.51%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 37 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
6 30 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
7 29 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 24 (0.28%) thinkFolio
9 22 (0.25%) SAP BPC
10 18 (0.21%) IntelliMatch
10 18 (0.21%) RMDS
10 18 (0.21%) Agresso
11 16 (0.19%) ION MarketView
12 15 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
13 14 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
14 13 (0.15%) SAP SRM
15 12 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
16 11 (0.13%) ResourceLink
17 10 (0.12%) LatentZero
17 10 (0.12%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 224 (2.59%) Microsoft Azure
2 55 (0.64%) Office 365
3 48 (0.56%) Amazon AWS
4 42 (0.49%) SaaS
5 36 (0.42%) PaaS
6 29 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
7 23 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
8 15 (0.17%) IaaS
9 12 (0.14%) GitHub
10 8 (0.093%) CloudFront
10 8 (0.093%) Amazon S3
11 6 (0.069%) Yammer
12 4 (0.046%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 4 (0.046%) ElastiCache
12 4 (0.046%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (0.046%) SuccessFactors
13 3 (0.035%) Google Cloud Platform
14 2 (0.023%) Rackspace Cloud
14 2 (0.023%) Google Apps
15 1 (0.012%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 305 (3.53%) SAN
2 299 (3.46%) Firewall
3 221 (2.56%) DNS
4 161 (1.86%) HTTP
5 160 (1.85%) TCP/IP
6 155 (1.79%) LAN
7 149 (1.72%) WAN
8 147 (1.70%) Internet
9 127 (1.47%) DHCP
10 125 (1.45%) VPN
11 109 (1.26%) NAS
12 79 (0.91%) VLAN
13 76 (0.88%) Intranet
14 68 (0.79%) FTP
15 57 (0.66%) LDAP
16 49 (0.57%) SSL
17 48 (0.56%) MPLS
18 45 (0.52%) Cisco ASA
19 39 (0.45%) Wireless
20 34 (0.39%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1979 (22.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1955 (22.63%) SQL Server 2008
3 1635 (18.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 988 (11.44%) Data Warehouse
5 949 (10.99%) SQL Server 2012
6 929 (10.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 652 (7.55%) SQL Server 2005
8 515 (5.96%) Relational Database
9 382 (4.42%) Oracle Database
10 310 (3.59%) MySQL
11 233 (2.70%) OLAP
12 223 (2.58%) RDBMS
13 221 (2.56%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 217 (2.51%) QlikView
15 194 (2.25%) SQL Server 2000
16 183 (2.12%) MS Access
17 143 (1.66%) Oracle Database 11g
18 140 (1.62%) DB2
19 132 (1.53%) MongoDB
20 115 (1.33%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 822 (9.51%) Visual Studio
2 619 (7.17%) Team Foundation Server
3 270 (3.13%) NUnit
4 238 (2.75%) Subversion
5 174 (2.01%) JIRA
6 166 (1.92%) Git (software)
7 147 (1.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 128 (1.48%) Jenkins
9 99 (1.15%) Maven
10 95 (1.10%) Selenium
11 92 (1.06%) TeamCity
12 80 (0.93%) MSTest
12 80 (0.93%) Rhino Mocks
12 80 (0.93%) Moq
13 77 (0.89%) SpecFlow
14 64 (0.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
15 63 (0.73%) JUnit
15 63 (0.73%) Eclipse
16 56 (0.65%) Ant
17 50 (0.58%) Toad
General
1 1598 (18.50%) Finance
2 685 (7.93%) Banking
3 272 (3.15%) Investment Banking
4 226 (2.62%) Front Office
5 220 (2.55%) Retail
6 178 (2.06%) Telecoms
7 163 (1.89%) Back Office
8 138 (1.60%) Marketing
9 99 (1.15%) Legal
10 97 (1.12%) Manufacturing
11 50 (0.58%) Advertising
12 40 (0.46%) Law
13 33 (0.38%) Publishing
14 32 (0.37%) Billing
15 31 (0.36%) Electronics
15 31 (0.36%) Financial Institution
16 27 (0.31%) Games
17 20 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
18 17 (0.20%) Retail Banking
19 15 (0.17%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4571 (52.91%) Developer
2 1385 (16.03%) .NET Developer
3 1107 (12.81%) Analyst
4 792 (9.17%) SQL Developer
5 781 (9.04%) C# Developer
6 627 (7.26%) Architect
7 587 (6.79%) DBA
8 486 (5.63%) SQL DBA
9 478 (5.53%) C# .NET Developer
10 367 (4.25%) Consultant
11 333 (3.85%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 326 (3.77%) Senior Developer
13 311 (3.60%) ASP.NET Developer
14 257 (2.97%) Administrator
15 234 (2.71%) Web Developer
16 232 (2.69%) C# ASP.NET Developer
17 207 (2.40%) Support Analyst
18 205 (2.37%) SQL Server DBA
19 202 (2.34%) Java Developer
20 201 (2.33%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3666 (42.44%) .NET
2 1965 (22.75%) ASP.NET
3 1510 (17.48%) HTML
4 1230 (14.24%) CSS
5 1001 (11.59%) jQuery
6 957 (11.08%) .NET Framework
7 903 (10.45%) XML
8 871 (10.08%) Web Services
9 847 (9.80%) ASP.NET MVC
10 816 (9.45%) WCF
11 532 (6.16%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 453 (5.24%) HTML5
13 368 (4.26%) WPF
14 322 (3.73%) Ajax
15 258 (2.99%) SOAP
16 257 (2.97%) REST
17 251 (2.91%) CSS3
18 249 (2.88%) AngularJS
19 244 (2.82%) XSLT
20 240 (2.78%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 631 (7.30%) Analytical Skills
2 307 (3.55%) Clustering
3 273 (3.16%) NHS
4 215 (2.49%) Replication
5 202 (2.34%) Computer Science
6 195 (2.26%) Management Information System
7 153 (1.77%) Open Source
8 147 (1.70%) Fixed Income
9 122 (1.41%) Data Integration
10 119 (1.38%) Derivative
11 113 (1.31%) Visualisation
12 102 (1.18%) Enterprise Software
12 102 (1.18%) N-Tier
13 85 (0.98%) Mobile App
14 81 (0.94%) User Experience
15 76 (0.88%) Equities
16 75 (0.87%) Data Structures
17 74 (0.86%) Data Extraction
17 74 (0.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 72 (0.83%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 1924 (22.27%) Windows
2 620 (7.18%) Windows Server 2008
3 537 (6.22%) Linux
4 433 (5.01%) UNIX
5 360 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
6 355 (4.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 145 (1.68%) Windows 7
8 104 (1.20%) Solaris
9 99 (1.15%) Windows XP
10 93 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 86 (1.00%) AIX
12 71 (0.82%) Android
13 66 (0.76%) Apple iOS
14 40 (0.46%) Windows 8
15 38 (0.44%) CentOS
16 30 (0.35%) Windows Vista
17 28 (0.32%) SUSE
18 21 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
19 20 (0.23%) Windows 2000
20 17 (0.20%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1814 (21.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1449 (16.77%) MVC
3 1322 (15.30%) Business Intelligence
4 907 (10.50%) ETL
5 752 (8.70%) TDD
6 712 (8.24%) Migration
7 646 (7.48%) Scrum
8 617 (7.14%) Data Modelling
9 487 (5.64%) OO
10 482 (5.58%) CRM
11 439 (5.08%) ITIL
12 421 (4.87%) Performance Tuning
13 329 (3.81%) SOA
14 313 (3.62%) Unit Testing
15 292 (3.38%) Data Migration
16 279 (3.23%) Web Development
17 278 (3.22%) Continuous Integration
18 277 (3.21%) E-Commerce
19 271 (3.14%) Project Management
20 255 (2.95%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 4361 (50.48%) SQL
2 3150 (36.46%) C#
3 1625 (18.81%) JavaScript
4 1467 (16.98%) T-SQL
5 802 (9.28%) Java
6 387 (4.48%) VBA
7 376 (4.35%) VB.NET
8 318 (3.68%) VB
9 280 (3.24%) PowerShell
10 242 (2.80%) PL/SQL
11 192 (2.22%) C++
12 155 (1.79%) VBScript
13 153 (1.77%) Python
14 148 (1.71%) Perl
15 140 (1.62%) PHP
16 136 (1.57%) Shell Script
17 98 (1.13%) VB6
18 90 (1.04%) C
19 74 (0.86%) Ruby
20 60 (0.69%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 590 (6.83%) Security Cleared
2 417 (4.83%) SC Cleared
3 403 (4.66%) Degree
4 251 (2.91%) Microsoft Certification
5 136 (1.57%) VCP4
6 103 (1.19%) MCSE
7 84 (0.97%) DV Cleared
8 65 (0.75%) MCITP
9 55 (0.64%) MCTS
10 50 (0.58%) ISEB
11 43 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
12 38 (0.44%) CCNA
12 38 (0.44%) MCP
13 36 (0.42%) ISTQB
14 28 (0.32%) MCSA
15 21 (0.24%) MCDBA
15 21 (0.24%) Sun Certification
15 21 (0.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 17 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 16 (0.19%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 195 (2.26%) QA
2 108 (1.25%) SLA
3 54 (0.63%) Data Quality
4 27 (0.31%) ISO 9001
5 18 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 15 (0.17%) HL7
7 10 (0.12%) Solvency II
8 9 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 5 (0.058%) COBIT
9 5 (0.058%) PCI DSS
9 5 (0.058%) Dodd-Frank
10 4 (0.046%) WCAG
10 4 (0.046%) WAI
11 3 (0.035%) EMIR
12 2 (0.023%) PMBOK
12 2 (0.023%) MiFID
12 2 (0.023%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 2 (0.023%) FATCA
12 2 (0.023%) DICOM
13 1 (0.012%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 632 (7.32%) Active Directory
2 377 (4.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 168 (1.94%) vSphere
4 165 (1.91%) Hyper-V
5 107 (1.24%) VMware ESX
6 70 (0.81%) XenApp
7 51 (0.59%) Terminal Services
8 48 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
9 33 (0.38%) XenDesktop
9 33 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
10 28 (0.32%) Oracle RMAN
11 27 (0.31%) vCloud
12 23 (0.27%) Firmware
13 20 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
13 20 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 16 (0.19%) VMware Server
14 16 (0.19%) NFS
14 16 (0.19%) KVM
15 15 (0.17%) UAG
16 14 (0.16%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 138 (1.60%) SCCM
2 109 (1.26%) SCOM
3 93 (1.08%) Puppet
4 61 (0.71%) Control-M
5 58 (0.67%) NetBackup
5 58 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
6 49 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
7 43 (0.50%) Backup Exec
8 31 (0.36%) WSUS
9 28 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
10 27 (0.31%) Data Guard
11 26 (0.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 26 (0.30%) ITRS Geneos
12 17 (0.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 17 (0.20%) ZABBIX
12 17 (0.20%) SCVMM
13 13 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 12 (0.14%) Tivoli
14 12 (0.14%) Hyperic
15 11 (0.13%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 2729 (31.59%) Microsoft
2 1629 (18.86%) Oracle
3 602 (6.97%) VMware
4 263 (3.04%) Citrix
5 256 (2.96%) HP
6 243 (2.81%) IBM
7 239 (2.77%) Sybase
8 237 (2.74%) Cisco
9 214 (2.48%) Business Objects
10 205 (2.37%) SAP
11 160 (1.85%) Cognos
12 142 (1.64%) Tableau
13 121 (1.40%) Informatica
14 112 (1.30%) Red Hat
15 107 (1.24%) Sitecore
16 97 (1.12%) EMC
17 96 (1.11%) TIBCO
18 78 (0.90%) Symantec
19 75 (0.87%) NetApp
20 74 (0.86%) Telerik
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