The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for SQL Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SQL Server over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
West Midlands / Birmingham
Rank 13 11 5
Rank change year-on-year -2 -6  
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 55 67 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 8.66% 10.39% 12.82%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 41.35% 46.85% 64.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 43 48
Median daily rate £365 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.28% -6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £297 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £484 £422 £458
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £346
% change year-on-year - +1.08%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Median hourly rate - £16.00 £9.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +77.77%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.25 £22.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year +65.55% -30.76%  

SQL Server is in the database and business intelligence skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills.

Contract Database & Business Intelligence Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills 133 143 148
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 20.94% 22.17% 19.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 94 83
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £305 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
Median hourly rate £14.50 £16.00 £17.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.37% -9.85%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £32.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year -4.61% -  

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing SQL Server as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Database & Business Intelligence category.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in Birmingham

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SQL Server in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server in Birmingham

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in Birmingham over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server in Birmingham

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server in Birmingham

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 58 (54.72%) SQL
2 48 (45.28%) Microsoft
3 42 (39.62%) .NET
4 35 (33.02%) Business Intelligence
5 34 (32.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 33 (31.13%) Agile Software Development
7 29 (27.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 29 (27.36%) Microsoft Azure
8 28 (26.42%) C#
9 24 (22.64%) JavaScript
9 24 (22.64%) SQL Server 2014
10 23 (21.70%) Data Warehouse
10 23 (21.70%) MVC
11 22 (20.75%) ETL
11 22 (20.75%) HTML
11 22 (20.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 22 (20.75%) SQL Server 2012
12 21 (19.81%) Team Foundation Server
13 18 (16.98%) ASP.NET
13 18 (16.98%) SQL Server 2016
14 15 (14.15%) Finance
14 15 (14.15%) Windows
14 15 (14.15%) T-SQL
14 15 (14.15%) Visual Studio
14 15 (14.15%) .NET Framework
15 14 (13.21%) Entity Framework
16 13 (12.26%) ASP.NET MVC
16 13 (12.26%) Continuous Integration
17 12 (11.32%) SQL Server 2008
18 11 (10.38%) Active Directory

SQL Server
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 9 (8.49%) SharePoint
2 6 (5.66%) IIS
3 4 (3.77%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (3.77%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.89%) JBoss
4 2 (1.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (1.89%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (0.94%) Confluence
5 1 (0.94%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.94%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (8.49%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.89%) MS Office
3 1 (0.94%) CATIA
3 1 (0.94%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 3 (2.83%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.94%) Teamcenter
2 1 (0.94%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 29 (27.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (7.55%) Office 365
3 1 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.94%) IaaS
3 1 (0.94%) SaaS
3 1 (0.94%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.83%) Remote Desktop
2 2 (1.89%) DHCP
2 2 (1.89%) DNS
2 2 (1.89%) Firewall
2 2 (1.89%) LDAP
2 2 (1.89%) SAN
2 2 (1.89%) Skype
3 1 (0.94%) 3G
3 1 (0.94%) Internet
3 1 (0.94%) Intranet
3 1 (0.94%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (32.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 29 (27.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 24 (22.64%) SQL Server 2014
4 23 (21.70%) Data Warehouse
5 22 (20.75%) SQL Server 2012
5 22 (20.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 18 (16.98%) SQL Server 2016
7 12 (11.32%) SQL Server 2008
8 8 (7.55%) Relational Database
9 7 (6.60%) QlikView
10 5 (4.72%) Hazelcast
10 5 (4.72%) Power BI
11 3 (2.83%) RDBMS
11 3 (2.83%) SQL Server 2005
12 2 (1.89%) OLAP
12 2 (1.89%) PostgreSQL
13 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 1 (0.94%) MySQL
13 1 (0.94%) SQL Server 2000
13 1 (0.94%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 21 (19.81%) Team Foundation Server
2 15 (14.15%) Visual Studio
3 4 (3.77%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.89%) JIRA
4 2 (1.89%) Subversion
4 2 (1.89%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.94%) CruiseControl
5 1 (0.94%) Moq
5 1 (0.94%) MorphX
5 1 (0.94%) NuGet
5 1 (0.94%) NUnit
5 1 (0.94%) Selenium
5 1 (0.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 15 (14.15%) Finance
2 4 (3.77%) Advertising
3 3 (2.83%) Automotive
4 1 (0.94%) Banking
4 1 (0.94%) Legal
4 1 (0.94%) Retail
Job Titles
1 71 (66.98%) Developer
2 26 (24.53%) .NET Developer
3 21 (19.81%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 16 (15.09%) Senior Developer
5 11 (10.38%) SQL Developer
6 10 (9.43%) Analyst
6 10 (9.43%) ASP.NET Developer
6 10 (9.43%) C# .NET Developer
6 10 (9.43%) C# Developer
7 9 (8.49%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 9 (8.49%) Senior .NET Developer
8 8 (7.55%) Senior C# .NET Developer
8 8 (7.55%) Senior C# Developer
8 8 (7.55%) SSRS Developer
9 7 (6.60%) Java Developer
9 7 (6.60%) JavaScript Developer
9 7 (6.60%) SSIS Developer
10 6 (5.66%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
10 6 (5.66%) SQL Analyst
10 6 (5.66%) SQL BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (39.62%) .NET
2 22 (20.75%) HTML
3 18 (16.98%) ASP.NET
4 15 (14.15%) .NET Framework
5 14 (13.21%) Entity Framework
6 13 (12.26%) ASP.NET MVC
7 9 (8.49%) jQuery
7 9 (8.49%) WCF
8 8 (7.55%) AngularJS
8 8 (7.55%) CSS
8 8 (7.55%) REST
9 7 (6.60%) Hibernate
9 7 (6.60%) Spring
10 6 (5.66%) J2EE
10 6 (5.66%) Web Services
10 6 (5.66%) XML
11 5 (4.72%) Spring Boot
12 4 (3.77%) HTML5
13 3 (2.83%) ASP.NET Web API
13 3 (2.83%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 2 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (1.89%) Clustering
1 2 (1.89%) Computer Science
1 2 (1.89%) Data Centre
1 2 (1.89%) Mobile App
1 2 (1.89%) SCADA
2 1 (0.94%) Data Structures
2 1 (0.94%) Private Cloud
2 1 (0.94%) Public Cloud
2 1 (0.94%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 15 (14.15%) Windows
2 11 (10.38%) Windows Server
3 5 (4.72%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (3.77%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.89%) Android
5 2 (1.89%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.89%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.94%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.94%) Windows 8
6 1 (0.94%) Windows Phone
6 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.94%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (33.02%) Business Intelligence
2 33 (31.13%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (21.70%) MVC
4 22 (20.75%) ETL
5 13 (12.26%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (10.38%) SOLID
7 10 (9.43%) TDD
8 8 (7.55%) Web Development
9 7 (6.60%) Data Modelling
9 7 (6.60%) Kimball Methodology
9 7 (6.60%) Migration
9 7 (6.60%) Performance Tuning
9 7 (6.60%) Scrum
9 7 (6.60%) Visualisation
9 7 (6.60%) Waterfall
10 6 (5.66%) Change Management
10 6 (5.66%) Front End Development
11 5 (4.72%) Data Migration
11 5 (4.72%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (4.72%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 58 (54.72%) SQL
2 28 (26.42%) C#
3 24 (22.64%) JavaScript
4 15 (14.15%) T-SQL
5 10 (9.43%) Java
6 7 (6.60%) PowerShell
7 4 (3.77%) VB.NET
8 3 (2.83%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.94%) VB
9 1 (0.94%) X++
Qualifications
1 5 (4.72%) Security Cleared
2 3 (2.83%) MCSE
2 3 (2.83%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (2.83%) SC Cleared
2 3 (2.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 2 (1.89%) DV Cleared
3 2 (1.89%) Sun Certification
4 1 (0.94%) Degree
4 1 (0.94%) IBM Certification
4 1 (0.94%) ISEB
4 1 (0.94%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.89%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.94%) IFRS
2 1 (0.94%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (10.38%) Active Directory
2 6 (5.66%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (5.66%) XenApp
3 5 (4.72%) Hyper-V
3 5 (4.72%) VMware ESX
4 2 (1.89%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.94%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (1.89%) SCOrch
2 1 (0.94%) SCOM
Vendors
1 48 (45.28%) Microsoft
2 10 (9.43%) VMware
3 7 (6.60%) Citrix
3 7 (6.60%) Cognos
4 4 (3.77%) Veeam
5 3 (2.83%) Oracle
6 2 (1.89%) IBM
6 2 (1.89%) IDERA
6 2 (1.89%) JD Edwards
6 2 (1.89%) RedGate
6 2 (1.89%) SAP
6 2 (1.89%) Tableau
7 1 (0.94%) Cisco
7 1 (0.94%) Dell
7 1 (0.94%) HP
7 1 (0.94%) Informatica
7 1 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.94%) SolarWinds
7 1 (0.94%) Sybase
7 1 (0.94%) Xamarin
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