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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Structured Query Language (SQL)
Rank 5 4 4
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs citing SQL 8209 7785 7382
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 14.88% 15.09% 14.87%
As % of the Programming Languages category 39.14% 39.85% 39.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 5480 4881 4471
Average daily rate
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£375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 197 195 227
Average hourly rate £26.00 £27.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.65 £14.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £49.21
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-3.70% -10.00%

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
20975 19538 18709
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.02% 37.86% 37.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 14282 12430 11439
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 572 738
Average hourly rate £35.00 £33.80 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.56% -3.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £14.00 £16.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.95 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £33.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+7.57% -5.71%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 -1 7396 £380 +1.33% 2612
London +1 3621 £425 -2.85% 967
South East -2 1293 £350 +3.70% 488
City of London +1 1008 £425 -5.55% 406
South West +2 529 £350 +7.69% 229
Scotland 0 527 £359 +10.46% 83
East of England -1 471 £375 +11.94% 197
North West +1 454 £325 +8.33% 227
Yorkshire -2 381 £325 +2.36% 217
Hampshire -1 347 £350 +7.69% 132
Berkshire -1 312 £350 - 97
West Midlands -3 288 £340 +4.61% 157
Edinburgh 0 256 £400 +33.33% 27
West Yorkshire -1 256 £325 - 148
Surrey +4 231 £350 - 63
Manchester +2 204 £325 +8.33% 120
East Midlands -1 190 £338 +12.12% 89
Leeds -3 173 £338 +3.84% 94
Wales +3 158 £325 +8.33% 64
Bristol 0 155 £400 +28.00% 74
South Wales +2 133 £325 +18.18% 59
Buckinghamshire -6 133 £300 - 44
North East +1 132 £350 +9.37% 27
Hertfordshire +6 131 £343 -3.85% 53
Glasgow 0 129 £325 -7.14% 30
Cambridgeshire -4 129 £375 +7.14% 56
Essex +1 119 £425 +41.66% 38
Cheshire -1 104 £354 +14.11% 70
Reading -3 102 £400 +6.66% 32
Somerset +3 99 £325 -16.66% 30

SQL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 4758 (28.75%) Oracle
2 4587 (27.72%) SQL Server
3 3699 (22.35%) Finance
4 3406 (20.58%) .NET
5 3040 (18.37%) Agile Software Development
6 2931 (17.71%) C#
7 2923 (17.66%) Microsoft
8 2814 (17.00%) Java
9 2546 (15.38%) Windows
10 2357 (14.24%) PL/SQL
11 2125 (12.84%) JavaScript
12 2122 (12.82%) UNIX
13 2075 (12.54%) HTML
14 2041 (12.33%) Business Intelligence
15 2016 (12.18%) XML
16 1944 (11.75%) T-SQL
17 1917 (11.58%) Banking
18 1900 (11.48%) Linux
19 1861 (11.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 1784 (10.78%) Data Warehouse
21 1675 (10.12%) ETL
22 1664 (10.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
23 1658 (10.02%) Analytical Skills
24 1599 (9.66%) MS Excel
25 1488 (8.99%) CSS
26 1470 (8.88%) Web Services
27 1469 (8.88%) ASP.NET
28 1439 (8.70%) Oracle Database
29 1404 (8.48%) SQL Server 2008
30 1359 (8.21%) Migration

SQL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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
1 925 (5.59%) SharePoint
2 593 (3.58%) IIS
3 572 (3.46%) SAS
4 369 (2.23%) Apache
5 353 (2.13%) WebSphere
6 348 (2.10%) WebLogic
7 317 (1.92%) MS Exchange
8 276 (1.67%) Tomcat
9 242 (1.46%) SharePoint 2010
10 233 (1.41%) CMS
11 215 (1.30%) JBoss
12 203 (1.23%) BizTalk Server
13 196 (1.18%) Oracle Workflow
14 178 (1.08%) SharePoint 2013
15 140 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2010
16 111 (0.67%) Lync
17 84 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2007
18 82 (0.50%) Node.js
19 78 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
20 77 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 1599 (9.66%) MS Excel
2 715 (4.32%) MS Office
3 199 (1.20%) MS Visio
4 168 (1.02%) MS PowerPoint
5 119 (0.72%) MS Project
6 112 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 68 (0.41%) SPSS
8 54 (0.33%) PowerPivot
9 47 (0.28%) InfoPath
10 16 (0.097%) Photoshop
11 13 (0.079%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 12 (0.073%) FastStats
13 7 (0.042%) Mathematica
13 7 (0.042%) ArcInfo
14 6 (0.036%) Mingle
15 5 (0.030%) GIMP
15 5 (0.030%) Final Cut Pro
16 4 (0.024%) Stata
17 3 (0.018%) DOC1
17 3 (0.018%) Fireworks
Business Applications
1 340 (2.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 248 (1.50%) Oracle EBS
3 234 (1.41%) Oracle EBS R12
4 160 (0.97%) Oracle Applications
5 158 (0.95%) Markit EDM
6 129 (0.78%) Oracle Payables
7 122 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
8 110 (0.66%) Oracle Receivables
9 105 (0.63%) Oracle General Ledger
10 101 (0.61%) Agresso
11 79 (0.48%) Oracle Financials
12 68 (0.41%) Oracle Assets
13 51 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
14 48 (0.29%) Cognos Business Intelligence
15 44 (0.27%) Oracle BPM
16 41 (0.25%) Oracle Cash Management
16 41 (0.25%) Google Analytics
17 33 (0.20%) Oracle Internet Expenses
18 31 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
19 30 (0.18%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 190 (1.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 107 (0.65%) Amazon AWS
3 82 (0.50%) SaaS
4 67 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
5 58 (0.35%) PaaS
6 40 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
7 38 (0.23%) Office 365
8 31 (0.19%) GitHub
9 22 (0.13%) Amazon S3
10 16 (0.097%) Google Cloud Platform
10 16 (0.097%) Force.com
11 15 (0.091%) SuccessFactors
12 11 (0.066%) IaaS
13 10 (0.060%) Heroku
13 10 (0.060%) Route 53
14 9 (0.054%) Google App Engine
15 5 (0.030%) OpenShift
15 5 (0.030%) Amazon ELB
15 5 (0.030%) Amazon EMR
16 4 (0.024%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 416 (2.51%) SAN
2 345 (2.08%) DNS
2 345 (2.08%) Firewall
3 281 (1.70%) Internet
4 275 (1.66%) HTTP
5 262 (1.58%) TCP/IP
6 179 (1.08%) LAN
7 177 (1.07%) DHCP
8 170 (1.03%) WAN
9 162 (0.98%) LDAP
10 143 (0.86%) VPN
11 117 (0.71%) NAS
12 104 (0.63%) SSL
13 97 (0.59%) Intranet
14 95 (0.57%) FTP
15 77 (0.47%) IPsec
16 65 (0.39%) Network Security
16 65 (0.39%) VLAN
17 60 (0.36%) VoIP
18 59 (0.36%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4587 (27.72%) SQL Server
2 1861 (11.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1784 (10.78%) Data Warehouse
4 1664 (10.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1439 (8.70%) Oracle Database
6 1404 (8.48%) SQL Server 2008
7 1318 (7.96%) Relational Database
8 855 (5.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 720 (4.35%) MySQL
10 609 (3.68%) Oracle Database 11g
11 593 (3.58%) SQL Server 2012
12 526 (3.18%) RDBMS
13 518 (3.13%) Oracle Reports
14 473 (2.86%) SQL Server 2005
15 418 (2.53%) QlikView
16 388 (2.34%) Oracle Database 10g
17 316 (1.91%) DB2
18 302 (1.82%) MS Access
19 282 (1.70%) OLAP
20 274 (1.66%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 681 (4.12%) Visual Studio
2 594 (3.59%) Team Foundation Server
3 552 (3.34%) Subversion
4 451 (2.73%) Git (software)
5 437 (2.64%) Selenium
6 413 (2.50%) JIRA
7 313 (1.89%) Maven
8 278 (1.68%) JUnit
9 266 (1.61%) Jenkins
10 238 (1.44%) Eclipse
10 238 (1.44%) Oracle Forms
11 220 (1.33%) Toad
12 198 (1.20%) Cucumber
13 187 (1.13%) Ant
14 184 (1.11%) QuickTest Pro
15 162 (0.98%) Oracle APEX
16 139 (0.84%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 137 (0.83%) NUnit
18 109 (0.66%) WebDriver
19 107 (0.65%) TeamCity
General
1 3699 (22.35%) Finance
2 1917 (11.58%) Banking
3 794 (4.80%) Investment Banking
4 656 (3.96%) Front Office
5 492 (2.97%) Retail
6 439 (2.65%) Telecoms
7 411 (2.48%) Marketing
8 266 (1.61%) Back Office
9 181 (1.09%) Manufacturing
10 170 (1.03%) Legal
11 169 (1.02%) Advertising
12 152 (0.92%) Financial Institution
13 134 (0.81%) Games
14 90 (0.54%) Publishing
15 75 (0.45%) Billing
16 67 (0.40%) Retail Banking
17 63 (0.38%) General Ledger
18 61 (0.37%) Electronics
19 55 (0.33%) Law
20 52 (0.31%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 7339 (44.35%) Developer
2 3696 (22.33%) Analyst
3 1173 (7.09%) SQL Developer
4 1044 (6.31%) .NET Developer
5 937 (5.66%) Java Developer
6 915 (5.53%) Consultant
7 800 (4.83%) DBA
8 777 (4.70%) Business Analyst
9 762 (4.60%) Data Analyst
10 673 (4.07%) C# Developer
11 657 (3.97%) Architect
12 623 (3.76%) Senior Developer
13 565 (3.41%) Test Analyst
14 540 (3.26%) Support Analyst
15 516 (3.12%) SQL DBA
16 500 (3.02%) Oracle Developer
17 472 (2.85%) Business Intelligence Developer
18 457 (2.76%) Applications Support
19 400 (2.42%) Tester
20 372 (2.25%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3406 (20.58%) .NET
2 2075 (12.54%) HTML
3 2016 (12.18%) XML
4 1488 (8.99%) CSS
5 1470 (8.88%) Web Services
6 1469 (8.88%) ASP.NET
7 970 (5.86%) jQuery
8 763 (4.61%) Spring
9 714 (4.31%) WCF
10 635 (3.84%) .NET Framework
11 552 (3.34%) ASP.NET MVC
12 518 (3.13%) J2EE
13 500 (3.02%) HTML5
14 497 (3.00%) Hibernate
15 487 (2.94%) Ajax
16 460 (2.78%) SOAP
17 448 (2.71%) REST
18 397 (2.40%) JSON
19 389 (2.35%) XSLT
20 331 (2.00%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 1658 (10.02%) Analytical Skills
2 477 (2.88%) NHS
3 434 (2.62%) Computer Science
4 398 (2.40%) Clustering
5 391 (2.36%) Derivative
6 389 (2.35%) Fixed Income
7 361 (2.18%) Management Information System
8 357 (2.16%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 339 (2.05%) Replication
10 323 (1.95%) Open Source
11 312 (1.89%) Data Integration
12 253 (1.53%) Data Structures
13 219 (1.32%) Equities
14 214 (1.29%) Visualisation
15 212 (1.28%) Mathematics
16 201 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
17 199 (1.20%) Credit Risk
18 174 (1.05%) User Experience
19 164 (0.99%) Statistics
20 158 (0.95%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 2546 (15.38%) Windows
2 2122 (12.82%) UNIX
3 1900 (11.48%) Linux
4 627 (3.79%) Windows Server 2008
5 489 (2.95%) Windows Server 2003
6 299 (1.81%) Windows Server 2012
7 282 (1.70%) Windows 7
8 266 (1.61%) Solaris
9 209 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 165 (1.00%) Windows XP
10 165 (1.00%) AIX
11 115 (0.69%) Android
12 97 (0.59%) Apple iOS
13 75 (0.45%) Oracle Linux
14 70 (0.42%) Mac OS X
15 68 (0.41%) CentOS
16 63 (0.38%) Windows 8
17 57 (0.34%) Windows Vista
18 42 (0.25%) HPUX
19 39 (0.24%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 3040 (18.37%) Agile Software Development
2 2041 (12.33%) Business Intelligence
3 1675 (10.12%) ETL
4 1359 (8.21%) Migration
5 1280 (7.73%) MVC
6 1124 (6.79%) TDD
7 1061 (6.41%) Data Modelling
8 1060 (6.41%) Scrum
9 941 (5.69%) OO
10 806 (4.87%) CRM
11 785 (4.74%) Performance Tuning
12 782 (4.73%) Data Analysis
13 695 (4.20%) Analytics
14 666 (4.02%) ITIL
15 658 (3.98%) Data Migration
16 627 (3.79%) Continuous Integration
17 607 (3.67%) User Acceptance Testing
18 599 (3.62%) Unit Testing
19 561 (3.39%) Project Management
20 526 (3.18%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2931 (17.71%) C#
2 2814 (17.00%) Java
3 2357 (14.24%) PL/SQL
4 2125 (12.84%) JavaScript
5 1944 (11.75%) T-SQL
6 775 (4.68%) VBA
7 671 (4.05%) Python
8 656 (3.96%) C++
9 649 (3.92%) Shell Script
10 629 (3.80%) Perl
11 538 (3.25%) VB
12 458 (2.77%) PHP
13 442 (2.67%) VB.NET
14 389 (2.35%) PowerShell
15 324 (1.96%) VBScript
16 303 (1.83%) C
17 293 (1.77%) Ruby
18 179 (1.08%) Bash Shell
19 115 (0.69%) VB6
20 96 (0.58%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1170 (7.07%) Security Cleared
2 913 (5.52%) Degree
3 804 (4.86%) SC Cleared
4 313 (1.89%) ISEB
5 295 (1.78%) Microsoft Certification
6 202 (1.22%) DV Cleared
7 176 (1.06%) ISTQB
8 142 (0.86%) MCSE
9 96 (0.58%) MCITP
10 92 (0.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 84 (0.51%) MCTS
12 80 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
13 72 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
14 58 (0.35%) CCNA
15 54 (0.33%) MCP
16 50 (0.30%) Sun Certification
17 45 (0.27%) MCSA
18 33 (0.20%) CISSP
18 33 (0.20%) Oracle Certification
18 33 (0.20%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 840 (5.08%) QA
2 186 (1.12%) SLA
3 150 (0.91%) Data Quality
4 56 (0.34%) ISO 9001
5 37 (0.22%) PCI DSS
6 27 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 25 (0.15%) Basel III
8 22 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 21 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
10 19 (0.11%) Solvency II
10 19 (0.11%) HL7
11 18 (0.11%) EMIR
12 13 (0.079%) COREP
13 12 (0.073%) ISO 14001
14 10 (0.060%) CDISC
15 9 (0.054%) WAI
16 8 (0.048%) Basel II
17 7 (0.042%) CRD IV
18 6 (0.036%) FINREP
19 5 (0.030%) JSP 440
System Software
1 804 (4.86%) Active Directory
2 421 (2.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 210 (1.27%) Hyper-V
4 173 (1.05%) Oracle RAC
5 117 (0.71%) vSphere
6 114 (0.69%) Oracle RMAN
7 96 (0.58%) VMware ESX
8 92 (0.56%) XenApp
9 46 (0.28%) XenDesktop
10 42 (0.25%) NFS
11 37 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
12 35 (0.21%) Terminal Services
13 32 (0.19%) ISA Server
14 30 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
15 27 (0.16%) XenServer
16 25 (0.15%) HDFS
17 20 (0.12%) Xen
18 19 (0.11%) UAG
19 18 (0.11%) FreeRADIUS
19 18 (0.11%) KVM
Systems Management
1 333 (2.01%) HP Quality Center
2 214 (1.29%) SCCM
3 152 (0.92%) Puppet
4 137 (0.83%) SCOM
5 105 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
6 98 (0.59%) Data Guard
7 97 (0.59%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 96 (0.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 96 (0.58%) Control-M
9 82 (0.50%) Tivoli
10 52 (0.31%) Netcool
11 43 (0.26%) WMI
12 41 (0.25%) Nagios
13 36 (0.22%) Backup Exec
13 36 (0.22%) McAfee ePO
13 36 (0.22%) ITRS Geneos
14 33 (0.20%) HP SIM
14 33 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 28 (0.17%) WSUS
15 28 (0.17%) Ansible
Vendors
1 4758 (28.75%) Oracle
2 2923 (17.66%) Microsoft
3 785 (4.74%) VMware
4 567 (3.43%) HP
5 561 (3.39%) Business Objects
6 466 (2.82%) IBM
7 440 (2.66%) SAP
8 407 (2.46%) Sybase
9 398 (2.40%) Citrix
10 357 (2.16%) Informatica
11 285 (1.72%) Tableau
12 276 (1.67%) Cognos
13 270 (1.63%) Cisco
14 242 (1.46%) Red Hat
15 209 (1.26%) Teradata
16 168 (1.02%) Google
17 154 (0.93%) Sun
18 126 (0.76%) Salesforce.com
19 118 (0.71%) NetApp
20 117 (0.71%) TIBCO
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