Period
to 10 May 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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 6 months to 10 May 2021 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.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
Central London > City of London
6 months to
10 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 48 21 24
Rank change year-on-year -27 +3 -4
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 124 237 474
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 4.60% 6.82% 7.20%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 21.60% 28.87% 27.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 167 369
10th Percentile £400 £360 £363
25th Percentile £462 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £475 £500
Median % change year-on-year +15.79% -5.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £622 £559 £550
90th Percentile £646 £675 £620
Central London median daily rate £525 £475 £500
% change year-on-year +10.53% -5.00% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
Median hourly rate £8.00 - £22.50
Central London median hourly rate £8.00 - £20.00

SQL Server is in the Databases and Business Intelligence category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 574 821 1,717
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 21.28% 23.63% 26.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 398 619 1,361
10th Percentile £384 £363 £406
25th Percentile £450 £414 £458
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £525
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% -4.76% +1.69%
75th Percentile £638 £600 £613
90th Percentile £701 £675 £675
Central London median daily rate £550 £500 £525
% change year-on-year +10.00% -4.76% +2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 10
Median hourly rate £8.00 £25.00 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year -68.00% -28.57% +55.56%
Central London median hourly rate £14.00 £25.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -44.00% -28.57% +16.67%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing SQL Server as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the City of London

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for SQL Server in the City of London

SQL Server
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SQL Server in the City of London over the 6 months to 10 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SQL Server in the City of London

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for SQL Server in the City of London

SQL Server
Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SQL Server in the City of London over the 6 months to 10 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in the City of London

For the 6 months to 10 May 2021, IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the City of London region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 68 (54.84%) Microsoft
2 62 (50.00%) Azure
3 56 (45.16%) .NET
4 55 (44.35%) C#
5 50 (40.32%) SQL
5 50 (40.32%) Agile Software Development
6 49 (39.52%) Business Intelligence
7 46 (37.10%) PowerShell
8 45 (36.29%) DevOps
8 45 (36.29%) Power Platform
9 43 (34.68%) Social Skills
10 42 (33.87%) Power BI
11 40 (32.26%) Finance
12 35 (28.23%) Active Directory
13 34 (27.42%) Analytics
14 33 (26.61%) SharePoint
14 33 (26.61%) ASP.NET
15 32 (25.81%) JavaScript
15 32 (25.81%) TDD
15 32 (25.81%) React
16 31 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
16 31 (25.00%) Software Engineering
17 30 (24.19%) QA
17 30 (24.19%) AngularJS
17 30 (24.19%) Azure Active Directory
18 29 (23.39%) Octopus Deploy
18 29 (23.39%) Continuous Integration
19 28 (22.58%) Scaled Agile Framework
20 27 (21.77%) ASP.NET Core
20 27 (21.77%) Greenfield Project

SQL Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 33 (26.61%) SharePoint
2 6 (4.84%) MS Exchange
3 5 (4.03%) IIS
4 2 (1.61%) Confluence
4 2 (1.61%) JBoss
4 2 (1.61%) SAS
5 1 (0.81%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (0.81%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.81%) Camunda
5 1 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.81%) Mule
5 1 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.81%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.81%) Red Hat Fuse
5 1 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.81%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (3.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.61%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.61%) Salerio
2 1 (0.81%) Elite 3E
2 1 (0.81%) Global One
Cloud Services
1 62 (50.00%) Azure
2 45 (36.29%) Power Platform
3 30 (24.19%) Azure Active Directory
4 11 (8.87%) AWS
5 10 (8.06%) Azure Data Factory
5 10 (8.06%) PaaS
5 10 (8.06%) Serverless
6 8 (6.45%) Microsoft 365
7 7 (5.65%) Azure Functions
8 6 (4.84%) Power Automate
9 5 (4.03%) IaaS
10 4 (3.23%) Amazon S3
10 4 (3.23%) Azure Key Vault
10 4 (3.23%) Azure Logic Apps
10 4 (3.23%) Azure Storage
10 4 (3.23%) GCP
11 3 (2.42%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (2.42%) Azure Event Grid
11 3 (2.42%) Azure Service Bus
11 3 (2.42%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.42%) Firewall
1 3 (2.42%) SAN
1 3 (2.42%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.61%) DNS
2 2 (1.61%) NAS
3 1 (0.81%) DHCP
3 1 (0.81%) HTTP
3 1 (0.81%) Internet
3 1 (0.81%) Kerberos
3 1 (0.81%) LAN
3 1 (0.81%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (0.81%) VLAN
3 1 (0.81%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (33.87%) Power BI
2 22 (17.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 15 (12.10%) Data Warehouse
3 15 (12.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 13 (10.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 9 (7.26%) Relational Database
6 7 (5.65%) Azure SQL Database
6 7 (5.65%) MySQL
7 6 (4.84%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 5 (4.03%) Oracle Database
8 5 (4.03%) PostgreSQL
9 4 (3.23%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (3.23%) Data Lake
9 4 (3.23%) MongoDB
9 4 (3.23%) NoSQL
9 4 (3.23%) SQL Server 2014
10 3 (2.42%) Data Mining
10 3 (2.42%) Hadoop
10 3 (2.42%) Oracle Database 12c
10 3 (2.42%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 29 (23.39%) Octopus Deploy
2 6 (4.84%) Jenkins
2 6 (4.84%) Visual Studio Team System
3 5 (4.03%) Git (software)
3 5 (4.03%) Maven
3 5 (4.03%) Subversion
3 5 (4.03%) TeamCity
4 4 (3.23%) JIRA
5 3 (2.42%) Bitbucket
5 3 (2.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 3 (2.42%) Visual Studio
6 2 (1.61%) Artifactory
6 2 (1.61%) Cucumber
6 2 (1.61%) Liquibase
6 2 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (1.61%) VisualSVN
7 1 (0.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.81%) Hudson
7 1 (0.81%) jMock
7 1 (0.81%) Selenium
General
1 43 (34.68%) Social Skills
2 40 (32.26%) Finance
3 20 (16.13%) Banking
4 8 (6.45%) Front Office
5 7 (5.65%) Investment Banking
6 3 (2.42%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (2.42%) Legal
6 3 (2.42%) Public Sector
7 2 (1.61%) Back Office
7 2 (1.61%) Games
7 2 (1.61%) Law
8 1 (0.81%) Advertising
8 1 (0.81%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.81%) Influencing Skills
8 1 (0.81%) International Banking
8 1 (0.81%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.81%) Presentation Skills
8 1 (0.81%) Retail
8 1 (0.81%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 48 (38.71%) Developer
2 22 (17.74%) Technical Leader
3 16 (12.90%) Analyst
4 12 (9.68%) C# Developer
5 8 (6.45%) Analyst Developer
5 8 (6.45%) Azure Engineer
5 8 (6.45%) DevOps Engineer
6 7 (5.65%) Administrator
6 7 (5.65%) Azure DevOps Engineer
6 7 (5.65%) DBA
6 7 (5.65%) Principal Developer
7 6 (4.84%) .NET Developer
7 6 (4.84%) Architect
8 5 (4.03%) Java Developer
9 4 (3.23%) Azure Developer
9 4 (3.23%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 3 (2.42%) ETL Developer
10 3 (2.42%) SharePoint Developer
10 3 (2.42%) Windows Engineer
10 3 (2.42%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (45.16%) .NET
2 33 (26.61%) ASP.NET
3 32 (25.81%) React
4 30 (24.19%) AngularJS
5 27 (21.77%) ASP.NET Core
6 11 (8.87%) REST
6 11 (8.87%) XML
7 9 (7.26%) Web Services
8 8 (6.45%) JSON
8 8 (6.45%) SOAP
9 6 (4.84%) .NET Core
9 6 (4.84%) Spring
10 5 (4.03%) Kafka
11 4 (3.23%) .NET Framework
11 4 (3.23%) JMS
12 3 (2.42%) Entity Framework
12 3 (2.42%) HTML
12 3 (2.42%) RESTful
13 2 (1.61%) Node.js
13 2 (1.61%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 27 (21.77%) Greenfield Project
2 5 (4.03%) Fixed Income
2 5 (4.03%) Market Risk
2 5 (4.03%) Replication
3 4 (3.23%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.42%) Data Centre
5 2 (1.61%) Credit Derivative
5 2 (1.61%) Credit Risk
5 2 (1.61%) Equities
5 2 (1.61%) Grid Computing
5 2 (1.61%) Public Cloud
5 2 (1.61%) Reinsurance
5 2 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (1.61%) SWIFT
6 1 (0.81%) BYOD
6 1 (0.81%) Clustering
6 1 (0.81%) Hedge funds
6 1 (0.81%) Mashup
6 1 (0.81%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.81%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 15 (12.10%) Windows
2 11 (8.87%) Linux
3 10 (8.06%) Windows Server
4 5 (4.03%) Unix
5 4 (3.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (2.42%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.81%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.81%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.81%) Windows Server 2016
7 1 (0.81%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (40.32%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (39.52%) Business Intelligence
3 45 (36.29%) DevOps
4 34 (27.42%) Analytics
5 32 (25.81%) TDD
6 31 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 31 (25.00%) Software Engineering
7 29 (23.39%) Continuous Integration
8 28 (22.58%) Scaled Agile Framework
9 27 (21.77%) Mentoring
10 14 (11.29%) Data Modelling
11 13 (10.48%) Competitor Analysis
11 13 (10.48%) Information Security
11 13 (10.48%) Project Roadmap
12 12 (9.68%) Migration
12 12 (9.68%) Test Automation
13 11 (8.87%) Microservices
14 10 (8.06%) Disaster Recovery
14 10 (8.06%) ETL
15 7 (5.65%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (44.35%) C#
2 50 (40.32%) SQL
3 46 (37.10%) PowerShell
4 32 (25.81%) JavaScript
5 26 (20.97%) TypeScript
6 17 (13.71%) Java
7 11 (8.87%) Python
8 9 (7.26%) T-SQL
9 5 (4.03%) PL/SQL
10 4 (3.23%) VB.NET
11 3 (2.42%) C++
11 3 (2.42%) Groovy
11 3 (2.42%) Java 8
11 3 (2.42%) Perl
11 3 (2.42%) R
12 2 (1.61%) Bash Shell
12 2 (1.61%) Ruby
13 1 (0.81%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 1 (0.81%) ES6
13 1 (0.81%) XPath
Qualifications
1 7 (5.65%) Degree
2 3 (2.42%) MCSE
2 3 (2.42%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (1.61%) PhD
3 2 (1.61%) SC Cleared
3 2 (1.61%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.81%) ISEB
4 1 (0.81%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (0.81%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (24.19%) QA
2 2 (1.61%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.61%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (0.81%) GDPR
System Software
1 35 (28.23%) Active Directory
2 9 (7.26%) Docker
3 5 (4.03%) vSphere
4 4 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (2.42%) Oracle RAC
5 3 (2.42%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (2.42%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.61%) Hyper-V
6 2 (1.61%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.81%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.81%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.81%) XenApp
7 1 (0.81%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (4.03%) Terraform
2 4 (3.23%) Kubernetes
3 3 (2.42%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
4 2 (1.61%) Foglight
4 2 (1.61%) Grafana
4 2 (1.61%) Nagios
4 2 (1.61%) NetBackup
4 2 (1.61%) SCOM
4 2 (1.61%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (1.61%) vCenter Server
5 1 (0.81%) Ansible
5 1 (0.81%) Control-M
5 1 (0.81%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.81%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.81%) QRadar
5 1 (0.81%) SCCM
5 1 (0.81%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.81%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 68 (54.84%) Microsoft
2 25 (20.16%) Oracle
3 8 (6.45%) VMware
4 4 (3.23%) Databricks
4 4 (3.23%) Sybase
5 3 (2.42%) Cisco
5 3 (2.42%) Citrix
5 3 (2.42%) EMC
5 3 (2.42%) IBM
5 3 (2.42%) Splunk
6 2 (1.61%) Cadence
6 2 (1.61%) Dell
6 2 (1.61%) Forcepoint
6 2 (1.61%) Linedata
6 2 (1.61%) Micro Focus
6 2 (1.61%) NetApp
6 2 (1.61%) Symantec
6 2 (1.61%) Trend Micro
6 2 (1.61%) Veritas
6 2 (1.61%) Zscaler