The table below looks at the statistics for SQL 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 over the 3 months to 1 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
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Structured Query Language (SQL)
Rank 4 4 4
Rank change year-on-year
0 0
Contract jobs citing SQL 8196 7969 8539
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.50% 14.92% 14.74%
As % of the Programming Languages category 38.86% 38.49% 39.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 5218 4902 5073
Average daily rate
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£375 £380 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.31% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 163 185 241
Average hourly rate £29.12 £26.40 £25.73
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.28% +2.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.75 £26.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year
+8.49% -1.85%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Programming Languages Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
21089 20705 21403
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.30% 38.78% 36.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 13369 13029 12820
Average daily rate £388 £395 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.89% +5.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £255 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 422 577 760
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £15.68 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £64.90 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%

SQL
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing SQL within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

SQL Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

SQL
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing SQL within the UK.

SQL Daily Rate Trend in the UK

SQL
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SQL within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 2014.

SQL Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

SQL
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SQL within the UK.

SQL Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

SQL
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing SQL within the UK over the 3 months to 1 September 2014.

SQL Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

SQL
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 within the UK over the 3 months to 1 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 0 7389 £375 -5.66% 3218
London +1 3743 £438 - 1287
South East 0 1203 £350 - 540
City of London 0 1042 £450 - 525
East of England +3 582 £363 +3.57% 236
Scotland +1 463 £350 - 127
South West -1 441 £350 +3.70% 252
North West 0 435 £320 -1.53% 362
Yorkshire 0 326 £315 -1.25% 248
West Midlands +3 300 £325 - 154
Surrey +5 258 £350 -4.10% 114
Hampshire -1 250 £360 +11.62% 101
West Yorkshire +2 232 £320 -1.53% 154
Berkshire -6 230 £364 +3.92% 109
Glasgow +1 197 £375 +12.35% 62
East Midlands 0 186 £325 +8.33% 96
Hertfordshire +1 170 £358 +10.00% 69
Manchester -4 167 £313 -3.84% 198
Buckinghamshire +3 148 £300 -14.21% 73
Cambridgeshire +6 137 £325 -10.34% 81
Cheshire +1 133 £325 +4.00% 89
Wales -1 132 £325 +10.16% 68
Bristol +5 124 £354 +4.81% 93
North East +6 123 £325 +8.33% 44
Edinburgh -4 121 £400 +14.28% 44
Leeds -3 113 £305 -9.62% 88
Essex +2 109 £390 +9.85% 32
South Wales 0 107 £325 +10.16% 51
Milton Keynes -4 92 £321 -8.21% 32
Birmingham +6 89 £350 -5.40% 48

SQL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SQL 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.

1 4547 (29.19%) Oracle
2 4485 (28.79%) SQL Server
3 3542 (22.74%) Finance
4 3240 (20.80%) .NET
5 2872 (18.44%) C#
6 2718 (17.45%) Java
7 2602 (16.71%) Microsoft
8 2420 (15.54%) Windows
9 2039 (13.09%) PL/SQL
10 1968 (12.63%) XML
11 1959 (12.58%) UNIX
12 1939 (12.45%) T-SQL
13 1899 (12.19%) JavaScript
14 1874 (12.03%) Banking
15 1824 (11.71%) Business Intelligence
16 1751 (11.24%) HTML
17 1745 (11.20%) Linux
18 1743 (11.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 1663 (10.68%) Data Warehouse
20 1650 (10.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 1574 (10.11%) ETL
22 1500 (9.63%) ASP.NET
23 1492 (9.58%) MS Excel
24 1424 (9.14%) Oracle Database
25 1409 (9.05%) SQL Server 2008
26 1362 (8.74%) Agile Software Development
27 1348 (8.65%) Web Services
28 1270 (8.15%) CSS
29 1196 (7.68%) Relational Database
30 1172 (7.52%) Migration

SQL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing SQL 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. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 909 (5.84%) SharePoint
2 520 (3.34%) IIS
3 477 (3.06%) SAS
4 368 (2.36%) WebSphere
5 359 (2.30%) WebLogic
6 347 (2.23%) Apache
7 299 (1.92%) MS Exchange
8 278 (1.78%) Tomcat
9 203 (1.30%) SharePoint 2010
10 176 (1.13%) Oracle Workflow
11 173 (1.11%) CMS
12 156 (1.00%) BizTalk Server
13 143 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2010
14 115 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
15 101 (0.65%) Node.js
16 90 (0.58%) WebSphere Application Server
17 86 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2003
18 79 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
19 77 (0.49%) MQSeries
20 74 (0.48%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1492 (9.58%) MS Excel
2 563 (3.61%) MS Office
3 152 (0.98%) MS Visio
4 141 (0.91%) MS PowerPoint
5 117 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
6 100 (0.64%) MS Project
7 79 (0.51%) InfoPath
8 73 (0.47%) PowerPivot
9 60 (0.39%) SPSS
10 20 (0.13%) Photoshop
11 11 (0.071%) FastStats
12 9 (0.058%) Mathematica
13 7 (0.045%) AutoCAD
14 5 (0.032%) Adobe Illustrator
15 4 (0.026%) Final Cut Pro
16 3 (0.019%) Stata
17 2 (0.013%) Mingle
17 2 (0.013%) Gephi
17 2 (0.013%) GIMP
17 2 (0.013%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 260 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 241 (1.55%) Oracle EBS R12
3 236 (1.52%) Oracle EBS
4 175 (1.12%) Oracle Applications
5 158 (1.01%) Oracle Payables
6 150 (0.96%) Oracle General Ledger
7 140 (0.90%) Oracle Receivables
8 112 (0.72%) Markit EDM
9 106 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
10 92 (0.59%) Oracle Assets
11 81 (0.52%) Oracle Financials
12 63 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 54 (0.35%) Cognos TM1
14 52 (0.33%) Agresso
15 49 (0.31%) Oracle Internet Expenses
16 47 (0.30%) Oracle CRM
17 46 (0.30%) Oracle 11i
18 45 (0.29%) Oracle Cash Management
19 44 (0.28%) Magento
19 44 (0.28%) RMDS
Cloud Services
1 169 (1.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 84 (0.54%) SaaS
3 66 (0.42%) Amazon AWS
4 48 (0.31%) PaaS
5 46 (0.30%) Office 365
6 33 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
7 32 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
8 20 (0.13%) Force.com
8 20 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
9 18 (0.12%) GitHub
10 10 (0.064%) Google App Engine
10 10 (0.064%) Amazon EMR
11 9 (0.058%) Amazon S3
11 9 (0.058%) Heroku
12 7 (0.045%) Amazon SQS
12 7 (0.045%) IBM SmartCloud
13 6 (0.039%) CloudFront
14 3 (0.019%) IaaS
14 3 (0.019%) Route 53
14 3 (0.019%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 428 (2.75%) SAN
2 362 (2.32%) Firewall
3 325 (2.09%) DNS
4 302 (1.94%) Internet
5 280 (1.80%) HTTP
6 278 (1.78%) TCP/IP
7 186 (1.19%) LDAP
8 177 (1.14%) DHCP
9 153 (0.98%) LAN
10 151 (0.97%) WAN
11 141 (0.91%) VPN
12 104 (0.67%) FTP
13 96 (0.62%) NAS
14 81 (0.52%) Intranet
15 69 (0.44%) SSL
16 60 (0.39%) Network Security
17 58 (0.37%) IPsec
18 53 (0.34%) VoIP
19 49 (0.31%) NetScaler
20 48 (0.31%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4485 (28.79%) SQL Server
2 1743 (11.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1663 (10.68%) Data Warehouse
4 1650 (10.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1424 (9.14%) Oracle Database
6 1409 (9.05%) SQL Server 2008
7 1196 (7.68%) Relational Database
8 821 (5.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 684 (4.39%) Oracle Database 11g
10 630 (4.04%) MySQL
11 591 (3.79%) SQL Server 2012
12 549 (3.52%) SQL Server 2005
13 489 (3.14%) Oracle Reports
14 462 (2.97%) RDBMS
15 395 (2.54%) Oracle Database 10g
16 337 (2.16%) QlikView
17 276 (1.77%) DB2
18 269 (1.73%) NoSQL
19 267 (1.71%) MS Access
20 243 (1.56%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 657 (4.22%) Visual Studio
2 538 (3.45%) Team Foundation Server
3 528 (3.39%) Subversion
4 470 (3.02%) Git (software)
5 429 (2.75%) Selenium
6 350 (2.25%) JIRA
7 334 (2.14%) Maven
8 287 (1.84%) Oracle Forms
9 273 (1.75%) JUnit
10 246 (1.58%) Jenkins
11 232 (1.49%) Eclipse
12 188 (1.21%) Toad
13 185 (1.19%) Cucumber
14 183 (1.17%) QuickTest Pro
15 178 (1.14%) TeamCity
16 144 (0.92%) Ant
17 117 (0.75%) WebDriver
17 117 (0.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 99 (0.64%) SoapUI
18 99 (0.64%) LoadRunner
General
1 3542 (22.74%) Finance
2 1874 (12.03%) Banking
3 798 (5.12%) Investment Banking
4 600 (3.85%) Front Office
5 502 (3.22%) Retail
6 437 (2.81%) Marketing
7 369 (2.37%) Telecoms
8 287 (1.84%) Back Office
9 254 (1.63%) Manufacturing
10 184 (1.18%) Financial Institution
11 155 (1.00%) Advertising
12 153 (0.98%) Legal
13 129 (0.83%) Games
14 91 (0.58%) Billing
15 85 (0.55%) General Ledger
16 84 (0.54%) Publishing
17 74 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
18 68 (0.44%) Electronics
19 63 (0.40%) Retail Banking
20 60 (0.39%) Law
Job Titles
1 6770 (43.46%) Developer
2 3654 (23.46%) Analyst
3 1071 (6.88%) .NET Developer
4 1059 (6.80%) SQL Developer
5 906 (5.82%) Java Developer
6 839 (5.39%) Business Analyst
7 835 (5.36%) DBA
8 809 (5.19%) Consultant
9 719 (4.62%) Data Analyst
10 693 (4.45%) C# Developer
11 604 (3.88%) Test Analyst
12 599 (3.85%) Architect
13 529 (3.40%) SQL DBA
14 524 (3.36%) Senior Developer
15 483 (3.10%) Support Analyst
16 450 (2.89%) Applications Support
17 447 (2.87%) Business Intelligence Developer
18 407 (2.61%) Tester
19 396 (2.54%) C# .NET Developer
20 392 (2.52%) Oracle Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3240 (20.80%) .NET
2 1968 (12.63%) XML
3 1751 (11.24%) HTML
4 1500 (9.63%) ASP.NET
5 1348 (8.65%) Web Services
6 1270 (8.15%) CSS
7 861 (5.53%) jQuery
8 768 (4.93%) Spring
9 682 (4.38%) WCF
10 635 (4.08%) .NET Framework
11 557 (3.58%) ASP.NET MVC
12 525 (3.37%) J2EE
13 488 (3.13%) Hibernate
14 450 (2.89%) JSON
15 446 (2.86%) SOAP
16 442 (2.84%) Ajax
16 442 (2.84%) REST
17 437 (2.81%) HTML5
18 348 (2.23%) WPF
18 348 (2.23%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 468 (3.00%) NHS
2 388 (2.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 364 (2.34%) Computer Science
4 361 (2.32%) Management Information System
5 352 (2.26%) Derivative
6 348 (2.23%) Fixed Income
7 314 (2.02%) Clustering
8 309 (1.98%) Open Source
9 294 (1.89%) Replication
10 269 (1.73%) Data Integration
11 212 (1.36%) Credit Risk
12 190 (1.22%) Equities
13 186 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
14 173 (1.11%) Statistics
15 171 (1.10%) Mathematics
16 167 (1.07%) Visualisation
17 164 (1.05%) Market Risk
18 157 (1.01%) Mobile App
19 139 (0.89%) Data Extraction
20 123 (0.79%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 2420 (15.54%) Windows
2 1959 (12.58%) UNIX
3 1745 (11.20%) Linux
4 540 (3.47%) Windows Server 2008
5 431 (2.77%) Windows Server 2003
6 333 (2.14%) Solaris
7 265 (1.70%) Windows Server 2012
8 251 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 224 (1.44%) Windows 7
10 163 (1.05%) Windows XP
11 138 (0.89%) AIX
12 115 (0.74%) Apple iOS
13 86 (0.55%) Android
14 55 (0.35%) Oracle Linux
15 54 (0.35%) HPUX
16 48 (0.31%) Windows 8
17 46 (0.30%) Ubuntu
18 43 (0.28%) CentOS
19 35 (0.22%) Debian
19 35 (0.22%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 1824 (11.71%) Business Intelligence
2 1574 (10.11%) ETL
3 1362 (8.74%) Agile Software Development
4 1172 (7.52%) Migration
5 1153 (7.40%) MVC
6 1036 (6.65%) TDD
7 986 (6.33%) Data Modelling
8 942 (6.05%) Scrum
9 900 (5.78%) OO
10 808 (5.19%) Data Analysis
11 762 (4.89%) Performance Tuning
12 680 (4.37%) CRM
13 678 (4.35%) Unit Testing
14 644 (4.13%) Analytics
15 633 (4.06%) ITIL
16 617 (3.96%) Continuous Integration
17 581 (3.73%) Project Management
18 574 (3.69%) E-Commerce
19 565 (3.63%) Data Migration
20 531 (3.41%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2872 (18.44%) C#
2 2718 (17.45%) Java
3 2039 (13.09%) PL/SQL
4 1939 (12.45%) T-SQL
5 1899 (12.19%) JavaScript
6 693 (4.45%) VBA
7 631 (4.05%) Python
8 618 (3.97%) Perl
9 598 (3.84%) C++
10 581 (3.73%) Shell Script
11 494 (3.17%) VB
12 475 (3.05%) VB.NET
13 432 (2.77%) PHP
14 390 (2.50%) PowerShell
15 268 (1.72%) Ruby
16 252 (1.62%) VBScript
17 249 (1.60%) C
18 176 (1.13%) Bash Shell
19 105 (0.67%) Scala
20 101 (0.65%) VB6
Qualifications
1 982 (6.30%) Security Cleared
2 885 (5.68%) Degree
3 737 (4.73%) SC Cleared
4 332 (2.13%) ISEB
5 312 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
6 239 (1.53%) ISTQB
7 141 (0.91%) MCSE
8 132 (0.85%) DV Cleared
9 123 (0.79%) MCITP
10 110 (0.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 90 (0.58%) MCTS
12 85 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
13 65 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
14 58 (0.37%) CCNA
15 52 (0.33%) MCP
16 42 (0.27%) MCSA
17 32 (0.21%) MCDBA
18 31 (0.20%) Oracle Certification
19 30 (0.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
20 28 (0.18%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 840 (5.39%) QA
2 222 (1.43%) SLA
3 143 (0.92%) Data Quality
4 61 (0.39%) ISO 9001
5 56 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 51 (0.33%) Basel III
7 37 (0.24%) EMIR
8 35 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
9 28 (0.18%) PCI DSS
10 17 (0.11%) Solvency II
10 17 (0.11%) CRD IV
11 16 (0.10%) Basel II
12 15 (0.096%) HL7
13 13 (0.083%) ISO/IEC 27001
14 11 (0.071%) CDISC
15 10 (0.064%) FINREP
15 10 (0.064%) MiFID
16 9 (0.058%) ISO 14001
17 8 (0.051%) COREP
18 5 (0.032%) AIFMD
System Software
1 693 (4.45%) Active Directory
2 366 (2.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 209 (1.34%) Oracle RAC
4 147 (0.94%) Hyper-V
5 141 (0.91%) Oracle RMAN
6 134 (0.86%) vSphere
7 96 (0.62%) XenApp
8 79 (0.51%) VMware ESX
9 55 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
10 46 (0.30%) XenServer
11 43 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
12 41 (0.26%) XenDesktop
13 40 (0.26%) ISA Server
14 39 (0.25%) NFS
15 22 (0.14%) Terminal Services
16 20 (0.13%) Xen
17 19 (0.12%) KVM
18 18 (0.12%) vCloud
19 15 (0.096%) Postfix
19 15 (0.096%) Samba
Systems Management
1 303 (1.95%) HP Quality Center
2 194 (1.25%) SCCM
3 149 (0.96%) Data Guard
4 125 (0.80%) SCOM
4 125 (0.80%) Puppet
5 96 (0.62%) Tivoli
6 95 (0.61%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 79 (0.51%) Control-M
8 77 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
9 46 (0.30%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 45 (0.29%) Backup Exec
11 39 (0.25%) Netcool
12 37 (0.24%) WMI
13 33 (0.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 30 (0.19%) Nagios
15 28 (0.18%) ITRS Geneos
16 26 (0.17%) McAfee ePO
17 22 (0.14%) ZABBIX
17 22 (0.14%) NetBackup
17 22 (0.14%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 4547 (29.19%) Oracle
2 2602 (16.71%) Microsoft
3 698 (4.48%) VMware
4 543 (3.49%) HP
5 526 (3.38%) Business Objects
6 463 (2.97%) IBM
7 422 (2.71%) SAP
8 415 (2.66%) Citrix
9 411 (2.64%) Sybase
10 396 (2.54%) Informatica
11 291 (1.87%) Cognos
12 275 (1.77%) Red Hat
13 241 (1.55%) Cisco
14 198 (1.27%) Tableau
15 181 (1.16%) Teradata
16 173 (1.11%) JBoss
17 145 (0.93%) Google
18 144 (0.92%) Sun
19 133 (0.85%) NetApp
20 126 (0.81%) TIBCO
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