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 3 months to 26 June 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.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
London / City of London
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 23 14 9
Rank change year-on-year -9 -5  
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 242 291 641
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 7.29% 8.75% 11.04%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 28.14% 36.19% 42.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 240 525
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £357 £330 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £610 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +2.85% +3.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Median hourly rate £21.50 £19.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.15% -19.14%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £32.66 £23.25
% change year-on-year +20.96% +40.45%  

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 the City of London with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills.

Contract Database & Business Intelligence Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills 860 804 1492
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 25.92% 24.18% 25.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 676 641 1188
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £338 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £383 £350
% change year-on-year +4.57% +9.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 7
Median hourly rate £21.50 £17.88 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.27% -40.41%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.00 £30.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year +24.59% +17.30%  

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server in the City of London

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in the City of London over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server in the City of London

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server in the City of London

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 City of London region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 265 (50.00%) SQL
2 246 (46.42%) C#
3 225 (42.45%) Finance
4 209 (39.43%) .NET
5 159 (30.00%) Microsoft
6 144 (27.17%) Agile Software Development
7 112 (21.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 111 (20.94%) Windows
9 105 (19.81%) Banking
10 104 (19.62%) TDD
10 104 (19.62%) MVC
11 94 (17.74%) Business Intelligence
12 90 (16.98%) SQL Server 2008
13 87 (16.42%) Oracle
14 86 (16.23%) T-SQL
15 83 (15.66%) ASP.NET
16 74 (13.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 74 (13.96%) HTML
17 71 (13.40%) JavaScript
17 71 (13.40%) Scrum
17 71 (13.40%) AngularJS
18 68 (12.83%) SQL Server 2012
19 67 (12.64%) Java
20 66 (12.45%) Team Foundation Server
21 64 (12.08%) CSS
22 62 (11.70%) WCF
23 60 (11.32%) Microsoft Azure
24 54 (10.19%) ETL
25 53 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
26 52 (9.81%) .NET Framework

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 37 (6.98%) IIS
1 37 (6.98%) SharePoint
2 24 (4.53%) BizTalk Server
3 17 (3.21%) WebSphere
4 15 (2.83%) Apache
5 10 (1.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 10 (1.89%) SAS
6 7 (1.32%) Confluence
6 7 (1.32%) MS Exchange
7 6 (1.13%) Apache Spark
7 6 (1.13%) JBoss
8 5 (0.94%) CMS
8 5 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2010
9 4 (0.75%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.75%) WebSphere Application Server
10 3 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (0.57%) Oracle Workflow
10 3 (0.57%) Umbraco
10 3 (0.57%) WebLogic
Applications
1 34 (6.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 19 (3.58%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (1.32%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.38%) SPSS
5 1 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.19%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 23 (4.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (2.83%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (1.32%) thinkFolio
4 5 (0.94%) Markit EDM
5 4 (0.75%) Eagle PACE
6 3 (0.57%) SunGard GMI
7 2 (0.38%) ION MarketView
7 2 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.38%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.19%) Exstream
8 1 (0.19%) LatentZero
8 1 (0.19%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.19%) PeopleSoft HCM
8 1 (0.19%) Raiser's Edge
8 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.19%) SAP CRM
8 1 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
8 1 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 60 (11.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (6.60%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (4.15%) IaaS
4 20 (3.77%) PaaS
5 6 (1.13%) GitHub
6 4 (0.75%) Office 365
6 4 (0.75%) SaaS
7 3 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.38%) AWS CloudFormation
8 2 (0.38%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.38%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 1 (0.19%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.19%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.19%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.21%) Firewall
2 10 (1.89%) DNS
2 10 (1.89%) LAN
3 9 (1.70%) Internet
4 8 (1.51%) HTTP
4 8 (1.51%) TCP/IP
4 8 (1.51%) WAN
5 6 (1.13%) SAN
6 5 (0.94%) LDAP
7 4 (0.75%) MPLS
8 3 (0.57%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (0.57%) DHCP
8 3 (0.57%) FTP
8 3 (0.57%) Intranet
8 3 (0.57%) NAS
8 3 (0.57%) SSL
9 2 (0.38%) SMTP
9 2 (0.38%) VoIP
9 2 (0.38%) VPN
9 2 (0.38%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (21.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 90 (16.98%) SQL Server 2008
3 74 (13.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 68 (12.83%) SQL Server 2012
5 53 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
6 40 (7.55%) SQL Server 2016
7 38 (7.17%) NoSQL
8 35 (6.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 31 (5.85%) Relational Database
10 25 (4.72%) Power BI
11 24 (4.53%) SQL Server 2005
12 21 (3.96%) MySQL
12 21 (3.96%) SQL Server 2014
13 19 (3.58%) Big Data
13 19 (3.58%) Oracle Database
14 15 (2.83%) MongoDB
14 15 (2.83%) QlikView
15 13 (2.45%) DB2
15 13 (2.45%) PostgreSQL
15 13 (2.45%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 66 (12.45%) Team Foundation Server
2 42 (7.92%) Visual Studio
3 41 (7.74%) JIRA
4 39 (7.36%) NUnit
5 31 (5.85%) Git (software)
6 29 (5.47%) Moq
7 22 (4.15%) MSTest
8 19 (3.58%) Subversion
9 15 (2.83%) Jenkins
10 14 (2.64%) TeamCity
11 10 (1.89%) SpecFlow
12 8 (1.51%) Rhino Mocks
13 7 (1.32%) Bitbucket
13 7 (1.32%) Selenium
14 6 (1.13%) Maven
15 5 (0.94%) CruiseControl
15 5 (0.94%) ReSharper
15 5 (0.94%) Talend Open Studio
16 4 (0.75%) ClearCase
16 4 (0.75%) Cucumber
General
1 225 (42.45%) Finance
2 105 (19.81%) Banking
3 46 (8.68%) Front Office
4 21 (3.96%) Investment Banking
5 15 (2.83%) Retail
6 13 (2.45%) Back Office
7 10 (1.89%) Legal
7 10 (1.89%) Marketing
8 9 (1.70%) Financial Institution
8 9 (1.70%) Law
9 8 (1.51%) Advertising
10 4 (0.75%) Digital Economy
11 3 (0.57%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.57%) Publishing
11 3 (0.57%) Telecoms
12 2 (0.38%) Electronics
12 2 (0.38%) International Banking
13 1 (0.19%) General Ledger
13 1 (0.19%) Mandarin Language
13 1 (0.19%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 304 (57.36%) Developer
2 102 (19.25%) C# Developer
3 93 (17.55%) .NET Developer
4 88 (16.60%) Analyst
5 83 (15.66%) SQL Developer
6 52 (9.81%) C# .NET Developer
7 39 (7.36%) SQL Analyst
8 37 (6.98%) Senior Developer
9 36 (6.79%) Full Stack Developer
9 36 (6.79%) WPF Developer
10 32 (6.04%) Architect
11 27 (5.09%) C# WPF Developer
11 27 (5.09%) SQL Server Developer
12 25 (4.72%) Analyst Developer
13 24 (4.53%) Angular Developer
13 24 (4.53%) ASP.NET Developer
14 23 (4.34%) Senior C# Developer
15 22 (4.15%) SSIS Developer
16 21 (3.96%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 21 (3.96%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 209 (39.43%) .NET
2 83 (15.66%) ASP.NET
3 74 (13.96%) HTML
4 71 (13.40%) AngularJS
5 64 (12.08%) CSS
6 62 (11.70%) WCF
7 52 (9.81%) .NET Framework
8 51 (9.62%) Entity Framework
9 45 (8.49%) jQuery
10 43 (8.11%) ASP.NET MVC
11 41 (7.74%) WPF
12 39 (7.36%) ASP.NET Web API
13 38 (7.17%) Web Services
14 28 (5.28%) Ajax
14 28 (5.28%) XML
15 25 (4.72%) Middleware
16 23 (4.34%) HTML5
17 20 (3.77%) REST
18 13 (2.45%) LINQ
18 13 (2.45%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 39 (7.36%) Greenfield Project
2 24 (4.53%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (4.53%) Fixed Income
3 19 (3.58%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 17 (3.21%) Data Structures
5 15 (2.83%) Credit Risk
6 14 (2.64%) Market Risk
7 13 (2.45%) Computer Science
8 11 (2.08%) Equities
8 11 (2.08%) Fintech
8 11 (2.08%) Public Cloud
9 10 (1.89%) Derivative
9 10 (1.89%) Management Information System
10 8 (1.51%) Clustering
10 8 (1.51%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.51%) Mobile App
11 7 (1.32%) Data Centre
12 6 (1.13%) Replication
12 6 (1.13%) User Experience
13 5 (0.94%) Photography
Operating Systems
1 111 (20.94%) Windows
2 37 (6.98%) Linux
3 28 (5.28%) Windows Server
4 26 (4.91%) Unix
5 7 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (1.13%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (0.94%) CentOS
7 5 (0.94%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.75%) Solaris
9 3 (0.57%) AIX
9 3 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.38%) Android
10 2 (0.38%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.38%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.38%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (27.17%) Agile Software Development
2 104 (19.62%) MVC
2 104 (19.62%) TDD
3 94 (17.74%) Business Intelligence
4 71 (13.40%) Scrum
5 54 (10.19%) ETL
6 46 (8.68%) Test Automation
7 42 (7.92%) Data Modelling
7 42 (7.92%) DevOps
8 41 (7.74%) Analytics
8 41 (7.74%) Continuous Integration
9 40 (7.55%) Multithreading
10 39 (7.36%) Asset Management
11 34 (6.42%) Mathematics
12 33 (6.23%) MVVM
12 33 (6.23%) SDLC
13 30 (5.66%) BDD
13 30 (5.66%) OO
14 29 (5.47%) CRM
15 27 (5.09%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 265 (50.00%) SQL
2 246 (46.42%) C#
3 86 (16.23%) T-SQL
4 71 (13.40%) JavaScript
5 67 (12.64%) Java
6 33 (6.23%) PowerShell
7 26 (4.91%) Python
8 20 (3.77%) VBA
9 14 (2.64%) Ruby
10 13 (2.45%) VB
11 12 (2.26%) Shell Script
12 10 (1.89%) TypeScript
13 8 (1.51%) C++
13 8 (1.51%) PL/SQL
14 7 (1.32%) Bash Shell
15 6 (1.13%) C
15 6 (1.13%) Perl
15 6 (1.13%) VB.NET
16 5 (0.94%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 5 (0.94%) R
Qualifications
1 28 (5.28%) Degree
2 10 (1.89%) Security Cleared
3 8 (1.51%) Computer Science Degree
4 7 (1.32%) DV Cleared
5 4 (0.75%) CFA
6 3 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (0.57%) SC Cleared
7 2 (0.38%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.19%) CCNA
8 1 (0.19%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.19%) MCITP
8 1 (0.19%) MCSE
8 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (0.19%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.19%) PMP
8 1 (0.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (2.64%) QA
2 12 (2.26%) Data Quality
3 9 (1.70%) Dodd-Frank
4 6 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.13%) MiFID
5 5 (0.94%) SEPA
5 5 (0.94%) SLA
6 3 (0.57%) EMIR
6 3 (0.57%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.57%) Solvency II
7 2 (0.38%) GDPR
8 1 (0.19%) PMO
System Software
1 19 (3.58%) Active Directory
2 11 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (1.32%) Docker
4 6 (1.13%) Oracle RAC
5 5 (0.94%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 4 (0.75%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.75%) XenDesktop
7 3 (0.57%) vCloud
7 3 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.57%) vSphere
7 3 (0.57%) XenApp
8 2 (0.38%) Corosync
8 2 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.38%) XenServer
9 1 (0.19%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.19%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.19%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 9 (1.70%) Nagios
2 6 (1.13%) HAProxy
3 5 (0.94%) Graphite
3 5 (0.94%) Puppet
3 5 (0.94%) Tivoli
4 4 (0.75%) Backup Exec
4 4 (0.75%) Dollar Universe
4 4 (0.75%) logstash
4 4 (0.75%) SCCM
5 3 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (0.57%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.38%) Ansible
6 2 (0.38%) Data Guard
6 2 (0.38%) MOM
6 2 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.38%) Opsview
6 2 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
6 2 (0.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 159 (30.00%) Microsoft
2 87 (16.42%) Oracle
3 23 (4.34%) IBM
4 21 (3.96%) Tableau
4 21 (3.96%) VMware
5 18 (3.40%) Sybase
6 12 (2.26%) Citrix
7 10 (1.89%) Bloomberg
7 10 (1.89%) SAP
8 9 (1.70%) Cisco
8 9 (1.70%) HP
8 9 (1.70%) TIBCO
9 7 (1.32%) Infragistics
10 6 (1.13%) Informatica
10 6 (1.13%) webMethods
11 5 (0.94%) Fidessa
11 5 (0.94%) Reuters
11 5 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (0.94%) Telerik
11 5 (0.94%) Teradata
City, London
I3
Rate: £499 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Devonshire Hayes Recruitment Specialists Ltd
Rate: From £380 to £410 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Oxbridge Answers
Rate: c350 Day Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £500 - £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
PBIT Consultants
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Clear Edge Consulting
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Hays London City Cheapside
Rate: £575.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago