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 20 August 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
20 Aug 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 4498 5056 5585
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.12% 9.51% 9.49%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 38.46% 43.51% 45.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 2902 3211 3306
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 £513 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 121 188
Average hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% +15.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.02 £17.10 £14.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £47.20 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £25.73
% change year-on-year
-25.00% +16.59%

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
11695 11620 12375
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.11% 21.84% 21.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 7207 7170 7212
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 £270 £253 £255
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 176 197 323
Average hourly rate £27.50 £30.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.83% +5.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.04 £17.00 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £51.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £30.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-6.55% +1.66%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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 4111 £360 -4.00% 2226
London -3 1845 £425 - 774
South East -6 710 £335 -4.28% 362
City of London +2 546 £425 - 284
North West +1 323 £325 +5.69% 276
East of England 0 316 £350 +2.94% 157
South West -2 252 £325 - 137
Yorkshire -1 241 £320 +6.66% 215
West Midlands -5 240 £325 +2.76% 152
Scotland +2 206 £350 +6.06% 109
West Yorkshire +3 191 £320 +6.66% 134
Berkshire -2 157 £363 +7.01% 73
Manchester +4 147 £323 +5.73% 159
East Midlands -4 126 £300 +9.09% 115
Surrey +5 123 £343 -8.66% 58
Hampshire -20 116 £355 +10.07% 79
Leeds +3 113 £310 +3.33% 93
Glasgow +6 93 £358 +8.33% 49
Cheshire +6 93 £325 +4.00% 55
Birmingham -1 79 £350 -2.77% 33
Wales -3 77 £393 +20.76% 40
Cambridgeshire +10 74 £325 -1.51% 45
Reading -2 73 £363 +7.01% 27
Suffolk +5 68 £375 - 8
Hertfordshire -4 68 £363 +7.40% 48
Oxfordshire +10 67 £300 -7.69% 48
Edinburgh -7 67 £350 +3.70% 36
Buckinghamshire -15 63 £300 -19.46% 36
South Wales -2 62 £385 +16.66% 33
Bristol -1 61 £325 - 33

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 4572 (47.93%) SQL
2 4286 (44.94%) .NET
3 3773 (39.56%) C#
4 2616 (27.43%) Microsoft
5 2523 (26.45%) SQL Server 2008
6 2478 (25.98%) ASP.NET
7 2038 (21.37%) Windows
8 1871 (19.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1792 (18.79%) Oracle
10 1770 (18.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 1745 (18.30%) JavaScript
12 1701 (17.83%) Finance
13 1663 (17.44%) MVC
14 1651 (17.31%) HTML
15 1545 (16.20%) T-SQL
16 1315 (13.79%) CSS
17 1295 (13.58%) MS Excel
18 1264 (13.25%) Business Intelligence
19 1131 (11.86%) WCF
20 1096 (11.49%) SharePoint
21 1086 (11.39%) XML
22 1072 (11.24%) jQuery
23 1047 (10.98%) Data Warehouse
24 1024 (10.74%) Web Services
25 1019 (10.68%) SQL Server 2005
26 1011 (10.60%) SQL Server 2012
27 991 (10.39%) ASP.NET MVC
28 961 (10.08%) .NET Framework
29 942 (9.88%) Agile Software Development
30 921 (9.66%) ETL

SQL Server
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 1096 (11.49%) SharePoint
2 685 (7.18%) IIS
3 315 (3.30%) SharePoint 2010
4 305 (3.20%) MS Exchange
5 303 (3.18%) CMS
6 292 (3.06%) BizTalk Server
7 185 (1.94%) SharePoint 2013
8 171 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2010
9 150 (1.57%) Umbraco
10 149 (1.56%) Apache
11 145 (1.52%) WebSphere
12 139 (1.46%) Tomcat
13 111 (1.16%) SAS
14 110 (1.15%) SharePoint Server
15 105 (1.10%) Sitecore CMS
16 102 (1.07%) WebLogic
17 85 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2003
18 81 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
19 73 (0.77%) Lync
20 64 (0.67%) Node.js
Applications
1 1295 (13.58%) MS Excel
2 347 (3.64%) MS Office
3 92 (0.96%) InfoPath
4 65 (0.68%) PowerPivot
5 61 (0.64%) MS Project
6 56 (0.59%) MS Visio
6 56 (0.59%) MS PowerPoint
7 46 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
8 39 (0.41%) Photoshop
9 20 (0.21%) SPSS
10 19 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
11 6 (0.063%) Stata
12 5 (0.052%) FastStats
13 3 (0.031%) ProjectWise
13 3 (0.031%) Fireworks
13 3 (0.031%) AutoCAD
14 2 (0.021%) GIMP
15 1 (0.010%) Maya
15 1 (0.010%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 247 (2.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 78 (0.82%) Markit EDM
3 77 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
4 52 (0.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 39 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
6 37 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
7 35 (0.37%) Oracle General Ledger
7 35 (0.37%) Oracle Payables
8 33 (0.35%) Oracle Receivables
8 33 (0.35%) Cognos TM1
9 31 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
10 30 (0.31%) Google Analytics
10 30 (0.31%) Oracle Assets
11 28 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
11 28 (0.29%) Agresso
12 25 (0.26%) Cognos Business Intelligence
13 23 (0.24%) Magento
14 14 (0.15%) SAP SD
15 12 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
16 11 (0.12%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 226 (2.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 102 (1.07%) Office 365
3 63 (0.66%) Amazon AWS
4 50 (0.52%) SaaS
5 35 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
6 28 (0.29%) PaaS
7 25 (0.26%) Amazon EC2
8 15 (0.16%) GitHub
9 9 (0.094%) IaaS
10 2 (0.021%) SuccessFactors
10 2 (0.021%) Heroku
10 2 (0.021%) CloudFront
11 1 (0.010%) Google Apps
11 1 (0.010%) Gitorious
11 1 (0.010%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 283 (2.97%) SAN
2 230 (2.41%) DNS
3 219 (2.30%) Firewall
4 199 (2.09%) TCP/IP
5 189 (1.98%) Internet
6 128 (1.34%) DHCP
6 128 (1.34%) HTTP
7 107 (1.12%) WAN
7 107 (1.12%) LAN
8 95 (1.00%) VPN
9 93 (0.98%) Intranet
10 86 (0.90%) LDAP
11 64 (0.67%) NAS
12 52 (0.55%) VLAN
13 49 (0.51%) VoIP
14 47 (0.49%) FTP
15 42 (0.44%) Network Security
16 40 (0.42%) Extranet
17 38 (0.40%) SSL
18 37 (0.39%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2523 (26.45%) SQL Server 2008
2 1871 (19.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1770 (18.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1047 (10.98%) Data Warehouse
5 1019 (10.68%) SQL Server 2005
6 1011 (10.60%) SQL Server 2012
7 866 (9.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 638 (6.69%) Relational Database
9 495 (5.19%) Oracle Database
10 432 (4.53%) MySQL
11 293 (3.07%) SQL Server 2000
12 269 (2.82%) RDBMS
13 238 (2.50%) Oracle Database 11g
14 218 (2.29%) QlikView
15 206 (2.16%) OLAP
16 196 (2.05%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 186 (1.95%) MS Access
18 164 (1.72%) DTS
19 160 (1.68%) DB2
20 154 (1.61%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 906 (9.50%) Visual Studio
2 655 (6.87%) Team Foundation Server
3 233 (2.44%) Subversion
4 206 (2.16%) NUnit
5 184 (1.93%) Git (software)
6 146 (1.53%) TeamCity
7 134 (1.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 133 (1.39%) JIRA
9 91 (0.95%) Selenium
10 88 (0.92%) SpecFlow
11 85 (0.89%) MSTest
12 80 (0.84%) Maven
13 77 (0.81%) JUnit
14 68 (0.71%) Jenkins
15 60 (0.63%) Rhino Mocks
16 56 (0.59%) Toad
17 45 (0.47%) Moq
18 44 (0.46%) Eclipse
19 43 (0.45%) MSBuild
20 41 (0.43%) Mercurial
General
1 1701 (17.83%) Finance
2 733 (7.69%) Banking
3 284 (2.98%) Investment Banking
4 276 (2.89%) Retail
5 232 (2.43%) Front Office
6 218 (2.29%) Marketing
7 194 (2.03%) Back Office
8 192 (2.01%) Telecoms
9 119 (1.25%) Manufacturing
10 82 (0.86%) Advertising
11 72 (0.75%) Legal
12 64 (0.67%) Financial Institution
13 63 (0.66%) Publishing
14 54 (0.57%) Electronics
15 46 (0.48%) Billing
16 32 (0.34%) Retail Banking
17 31 (0.33%) Law
18 28 (0.29%) Games
19 27 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
20 24 (0.25%) German Language
Job Titles
1 5244 (54.98%) Developer
2 1812 (19.00%) .NET Developer
3 1239 (12.99%) Analyst
4 1142 (11.97%) C# Developer
5 792 (8.30%) SQL Developer
6 730 (7.65%) C# .NET Developer
7 680 (7.13%) DBA
8 507 (5.32%) SQL DBA
8 507 (5.32%) ASP.NET Developer
9 449 (4.71%) Architect
10 438 (4.59%) Consultant
11 399 (4.18%) Senior Developer
12 382 (4.01%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 378 (3.96%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 297 (3.11%) Web Developer
15 283 (2.97%) Administrator
16 240 (2.52%) SQL Server Developer
17 236 (2.47%) SQL Server DBA
18 233 (2.44%) Data Analyst
18 233 (2.44%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4286 (44.94%) .NET
2 2478 (25.98%) ASP.NET
3 1651 (17.31%) HTML
4 1315 (13.79%) CSS
5 1131 (11.86%) WCF
6 1086 (11.39%) XML
7 1072 (11.24%) jQuery
8 1024 (10.74%) Web Services
9 991 (10.39%) ASP.NET MVC
10 961 (10.08%) .NET Framework
11 510 (5.35%) HTML5
12 494 (5.18%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
13 482 (5.05%) WPF
14 428 (4.49%) Ajax
15 312 (3.27%) LINQ
16 295 (3.09%) SOAP
17 294 (3.08%) ASP.NET MVC 4
18 289 (3.03%) ASP.NET Web Forms
19 287 (3.01%) WinForms
20 279 (2.93%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 336 (3.52%) NHS
2 295 (3.09%) Clustering
3 219 (2.30%) Replication
4 202 (2.12%) Computer Science
5 191 (2.00%) Management Information System
6 131 (1.37%) Data Integration
7 126 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
7 126 (1.32%) N-Tier
8 124 (1.30%) Fixed Income
9 119 (1.25%) Derivative
10 111 (1.16%) Visualisation
11 93 (0.98%) Open Source
12 84 (0.88%) Statistics
13 78 (0.82%) Mobile App
14 60 (0.63%) Data Extraction
15 59 (0.62%) Client/Server
16 58 (0.61%) Blackberry
16 58 (0.61%) Credit Risk
17 52 (0.55%) Inversion of Control
18 51 (0.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 2038 (21.37%) Windows
2 628 (6.58%) Windows Server 2008
3 497 (5.21%) Linux
4 432 (4.53%) Windows Server 2003
5 409 (4.29%) UNIX
6 254 (2.66%) Windows Server 2012
7 196 (2.05%) Windows 7
8 127 (1.33%) Windows XP
9 115 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 103 (1.08%) Solaris
11 74 (0.78%) AIX
12 57 (0.60%) Windows 8
13 50 (0.52%) Android
14 43 (0.45%) Apple iOS
15 33 (0.35%) Windows 2000
16 30 (0.31%) HPUX
17 27 (0.28%) SUSE
18 20 (0.21%) Windows 2000 Server
19 18 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
20 16 (0.17%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1663 (17.44%) MVC
2 1264 (13.25%) Business Intelligence
3 942 (9.88%) Agile Software Development
4 921 (9.66%) ETL
5 831 (8.71%) TDD
6 737 (7.73%) Migration
7 653 (6.85%) Scrum
8 543 (5.69%) Data Modelling
9 502 (5.26%) OO
10 500 (5.24%) Performance Tuning
11 457 (4.79%) ITIL
12 431 (4.52%) Unit Testing
13 421 (4.41%) CRM
14 411 (4.31%) Web Development
15 382 (4.01%) E-Commerce
16 318 (3.33%) SOA
17 311 (3.26%) Continuous Integration
18 306 (3.21%) Data Migration
19 304 (3.19%) Project Management
20 278 (2.91%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 4572 (47.93%) SQL
2 3773 (39.56%) C#
3 1745 (18.30%) JavaScript
4 1545 (16.20%) T-SQL
5 678 (7.11%) Java
6 523 (5.48%) VB.NET
7 399 (4.18%) VB
8 352 (3.69%) PL/SQL
9 351 (3.68%) VBA
10 349 (3.66%) PowerShell
11 208 (2.18%) C++
12 173 (1.81%) Perl
12 173 (1.81%) VBScript
13 154 (1.61%) VB6
14 150 (1.57%) Python
15 147 (1.54%) PHP
16 140 (1.47%) Shell Script
17 122 (1.28%) C
18 64 (0.67%) Ruby
19 43 (0.45%) XAML
Qualifications
1 544 (5.70%) Degree
2 526 (5.51%) Security Cleared
3 396 (4.15%) SC Cleared
4 339 (3.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 133 (1.39%) MCSE
6 121 (1.27%) MCITP
7 96 (1.01%) MCTS
8 87 (0.91%) ISEB
9 75 (0.79%) DV Cleared
10 50 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
11 49 (0.51%) ISTQB
12 38 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 37 (0.39%) Cisco Certification
13 37 (0.39%) MCP
14 32 (0.34%) CCNA
14 32 (0.34%) MCDBA
15 29 (0.30%) MCSA
16 25 (0.26%) MCSD
17 19 (0.20%) Oracle Certification
18 17 (0.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 309 (3.24%) QA
2 141 (1.48%) SLA
3 71 (0.74%) Data Quality
4 67 (0.70%) ISO 9001
5 26 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 21 (0.22%) HL7
7 19 (0.20%) Basel III
8 15 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 14 (0.15%) PCI DSS
10 11 (0.12%) EMIR
10 11 (0.12%) Solvency II
11 7 (0.073%) ISO 14001
11 7 (0.073%) Dodd-Frank
12 5 (0.052%) MiFID
13 3 (0.031%) WCAG
13 3 (0.031%) COBIT
13 3 (0.031%) COREP
14 2 (0.021%) FINREP
14 2 (0.021%) ISO 9002
14 2 (0.021%) Basel II
System Software
1 635 (6.66%) Active Directory
2 280 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 146 (1.53%) Hyper-V
4 126 (1.32%) vSphere
5 116 (1.22%) Oracle RAC
6 92 (0.96%) Oracle RMAN
6 92 (0.96%) VMware ESX
7 79 (0.83%) XenApp
8 35 (0.37%) XenDesktop
9 34 (0.36%) ISA Server
10 32 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
11 30 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
12 29 (0.30%) Terminal Services
13 25 (0.26%) XenServer
14 23 (0.24%) Xen
15 20 (0.21%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 19 (0.20%) vCloud
17 16 (0.17%) NFS
18 10 (0.10%) qmail
18 10 (0.10%) KVM
Systems Management
1 131 (1.37%) SCCM
2 113 (1.18%) SCOM
3 104 (1.09%) Data Guard
4 53 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
5 46 (0.48%) Puppet
6 42 (0.44%) Tivoli
7 40 (0.42%) Control-M
7 40 (0.42%) WSUS
8 37 (0.39%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 37 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
9 25 (0.26%) Backup Exec
10 22 (0.23%) NetBackup
10 22 (0.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 17 (0.18%) WMI
12 15 (0.16%) Netcool
12 15 (0.16%) ARCserve
13 14 (0.15%) OpenView
13 14 (0.15%) SCVMM
14 12 (0.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 12 (0.13%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 2616 (27.43%) Microsoft
2 1792 (18.79%) Oracle
3 541 (5.67%) VMware
4 257 (2.69%) Sybase
5 255 (2.67%) Citrix
6 249 (2.61%) Business Objects
7 242 (2.54%) HP
8 221 (2.32%) SAP
9 214 (2.24%) Cisco
10 183 (1.92%) IBM
11 159 (1.67%) Informatica
12 156 (1.64%) Cognos
13 139 (1.46%) Sitecore
14 121 (1.27%) Tableau
15 111 (1.16%) Red Hat
16 90 (0.94%) JBoss
17 84 (0.88%) TIBCO
18 79 (0.83%) NetApp
19 62 (0.65%) Teradata
20 56 (0.59%) Google
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