Period
to 2 March 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 2 March 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
2 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 35 19 23
Rank change year-on-year -16 +4 -7
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 123 315 474
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 5.44% 6.89% 6.99%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 24.36% 29.44% 27.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 244 381
Median daily rate £525 £475 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.53% -5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £343 £340 £369
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £500
% change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £23.45 £22.33 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.02% -0.76% -18.18%
10th Percentile £21.73 £21.17 £21.25
90th Percentile £25.18 £23.50 £23.75
Central London median hourly rate £23.45 £22.33 £21.25
% change year-on-year +5.02% +5.08% -1.16%

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 505 1,070 1,727
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 22.33% 23.40% 25.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 372 833 1,382
Median daily rate £550 £510 £535
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.84% -4.74% +1.97%
10th Percentile £339 £363 £400
90th Percentile £688 £675 £675
Central London median daily rate £528 £500 £525
% change year-on-year +5.50% -4.76% +2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 7
Median hourly rate £23.45 £25.00 £37.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.20% -32.60% +33.66%
10th Percentile £21.73 £22.17 £28.00
90th Percentile £25.18 £35.13 £47.91
Median hourly rate £42.98 £25.00 £36.05
% change year-on-year +71.90% -30.64% +31.07%

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 2 March 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

For the 6 months to 2 March 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 67 (54.47%) SQL
2 55 (44.72%) Azure
3 53 (43.09%) .NET
3 53 (43.09%) Microsoft
4 51 (41.46%) Agile Software Development
5 48 (39.02%) C#
6 40 (32.52%) PowerShell
7 39 (31.71%) DevOps
7 39 (31.71%) Finance
8 34 (27.64%) JavaScript
9 32 (26.02%) Oracle
9 32 (26.02%) Business Intelligence
10 31 (25.20%) Power Platform
11 29 (23.58%) Banking
12 27 (21.95%) TDD
13 26 (21.14%) Power BI
14 25 (20.33%) AngularJS
15 24 (19.51%) Continuous Integration
16 22 (17.89%) Java
17 21 (17.07%) Windows
17 21 (17.07%) SharePoint
17 21 (17.07%) Migration
18 20 (16.26%) Active Directory
18 20 (16.26%) Continuous Improvement
19 19 (15.45%) React
19 19 (15.45%) ASP.NET
19 19 (15.45%) Software Engineering
20 18 (14.63%) Data Warehouse
20 18 (14.63%) Test Automation
21 17 (13.82%) Analytics

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 21 (17.07%) SharePoint
2 5 (4.07%) IIS
2 5 (4.07%) Red Hat Fuse
3 3 (2.44%) Apache
3 3 (2.44%) Confluence
3 3 (2.44%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (1.63%) JBoss
5 1 (0.81%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (0.81%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.81%) Camunda
5 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.81%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.81%) Mule
5 1 (0.81%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (0.81%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.81%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (0.81%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.81%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (4.07%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.81%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (1.63%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.63%) Salerio
2 1 (0.81%) Elite 3E
2 1 (0.81%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.81%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 55 (44.72%) Azure
2 31 (25.20%) Power Platform
3 17 (13.82%) Azure Active Directory
4 14 (11.38%) AWS
4 14 (11.38%) Serverless
5 10 (8.13%) PaaS
6 9 (7.32%) Azure Data Factory
7 8 (6.50%) AWS Lambda
8 7 (5.69%) Logic Apps
9 6 (4.88%) Amazon EC2
9 6 (4.88%) Amazon S3
9 6 (4.88%) Azure Functions
9 6 (4.88%) SaaS
9 6 (4.88%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 5 (4.07%) GitHub
10 5 (4.07%) IaaS
10 5 (4.07%) Microsoft 365
10 5 (4.07%) PowerApps
11 4 (3.25%) GCP
11 4 (3.25%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.07%) VoIP
2 4 (3.25%) Internet
2 4 (3.25%) Network Security
3 2 (1.63%) DNS
3 2 (1.63%) Kerberos
3 2 (1.63%) SAN
4 1 (0.81%) AMQP
4 1 (0.81%) Firewall
4 1 (0.81%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.81%) Intranet
4 1 (0.81%) NAS
4 1 (0.81%) NetScaler
4 1 (0.81%) Reverse Proxy
4 1 (0.81%) Skype
4 1 (0.81%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (21.14%) Power BI
2 18 (14.63%) Data Warehouse
3 16 (13.01%) MySQL
4 15 (12.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (10.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 13 (10.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 11 (8.94%) Relational Database
7 10 (8.13%) Azure SQL Database
8 9 (7.32%) Amazon RDS
9 8 (6.50%) PostgreSQL
10 7 (5.69%) Oracle Database
11 6 (4.88%) Amazon Aurora
11 6 (4.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 6 (4.88%) OLTP
11 6 (4.88%) Oracle Database 12c
11 6 (4.88%) RDBMS
11 6 (4.88%) SQL Server 2008
12 4 (3.25%) MS Access
12 4 (3.25%) NoSQL
12 4 (3.25%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 17 (13.82%) Octopus Deploy
2 12 (9.76%) Git (software)
3 10 (8.13%) Jenkins
4 8 (6.50%) Visual Studio Team System
5 7 (5.69%) TeamCity
6 6 (4.88%) Subversion
7 5 (4.07%) MSBuild
7 5 (4.07%) Selenium
8 4 (3.25%) Cypress.io
8 4 (3.25%) Hudson
8 4 (3.25%) Maven
8 4 (3.25%) Visual Studio
9 3 (2.44%) Artifactory
9 3 (2.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (2.44%) Bitbucket
9 3 (2.44%) JIRA
9 3 (2.44%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (1.63%) Cucumber
10 2 (1.63%) FishEye
10 2 (1.63%) VisualSVN
General
1 39 (31.71%) Finance
2 29 (23.58%) Banking
3 8 (6.50%) Investment Banking
4 6 (4.88%) Back Office
5 5 (4.07%) Front Office
6 4 (3.25%) Multimedia
7 3 (2.44%) Public Sector
7 3 (2.44%) Retail
8 2 (1.63%) Legal
9 1 (0.81%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.81%) International Banking
9 1 (0.81%) Law
9 1 (0.81%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 52 (42.28%) Developer
2 16 (13.01%) Analyst
3 14 (11.38%) C# Developer
4 12 (9.76%) .NET Developer
5 11 (8.94%) DevOps Engineer
6 10 (8.13%) Administrator
6 10 (8.13%) Azure Engineer
6 10 (8.13%) DBA
6 10 (8.13%) Technical Leader
7 9 (7.32%) Analyst Developer
7 9 (7.32%) Java Developer
7 9 (7.32%) SQL Developer
8 8 (6.50%) Architect
8 8 (6.50%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 7 (5.69%) Principal Developer
10 5 (4.07%) SQL Server Developer
11 4 (3.25%) Data Analyst
11 4 (3.25%) Java Applications Developer
11 4 (3.25%) Oracle DBA
11 4 (3.25%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (43.09%) .NET
2 25 (20.33%) AngularJS
3 19 (15.45%) ASP.NET
3 19 (15.45%) React
4 15 (12.20%) ASP.NET Core
4 15 (12.20%) REST
5 11 (8.94%) HTML
6 10 (8.13%) XML
7 9 (7.32%) .NET Framework
8 7 (5.69%) CSS
8 7 (5.69%) Entity Framework
8 7 (5.69%) jQuery
8 7 (5.69%) JSON
8 7 (5.69%) Spring
8 7 (5.69%) Web Services
9 6 (4.88%) .NET Core
9 6 (4.88%) JMS
10 5 (4.07%) Hibernate
10 5 (4.07%) HTML5
10 5 (4.07%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 16 (13.01%) Greenfield Project
2 8 (6.50%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.07%) Replication
4 4 (3.25%) CCTV
4 4 (3.25%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (3.25%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.44%) Clustering
5 3 (2.44%) Fixed Income
5 3 (2.44%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 3 (2.44%) Market Risk
5 3 (2.44%) N-Tier
6 2 (1.63%) Credit Risk
6 2 (1.63%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.63%) Data Protection Act
6 2 (1.63%) Public Cloud
6 2 (1.63%) Reinsurance
6 2 (1.63%) SWIFT
7 1 (0.81%) User Experience
7 1 (0.81%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.81%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 21 (17.07%) Windows
2 13 (10.57%) Linux
3 9 (7.32%) Windows Server
4 5 (4.07%) Unix
5 4 (3.25%) Windows 7
5 4 (3.25%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (2.44%) Windows 10
6 3 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (41.46%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (31.71%) DevOps
3 32 (26.02%) Business Intelligence
4 27 (21.95%) TDD
5 24 (19.51%) Continuous Integration
6 21 (17.07%) Migration
7 20 (16.26%) Continuous Improvement
8 19 (15.45%) Software Engineering
9 18 (14.63%) Test Automation
10 17 (13.82%) Analytics
10 17 (13.82%) Scaled Agile Framework
11 16 (13.01%) Mentoring
12 15 (12.20%) Information Security
13 13 (10.57%) Microservices
13 13 (10.57%) Project Roadmap
14 12 (9.76%) Disaster Recovery
14 12 (9.76%) ETL
14 12 (9.76%) SDLC
15 11 (8.94%) BDD
15 11 (8.94%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 67 (54.47%) SQL
2 48 (39.02%) C#
3 40 (32.52%) PowerShell
4 34 (27.64%) JavaScript
5 22 (17.89%) Java
6 17 (13.82%) Python
7 15 (12.20%) TypeScript
8 9 (7.32%) T-SQL
9 5 (4.07%) Bash Shell
9 5 (4.07%) Java 8
9 5 (4.07%) PL/SQL
9 5 (4.07%) Ruby
10 3 (2.44%) C
10 3 (2.44%) Groovy
10 3 (2.44%) Perl
10 3 (2.44%) VB.NET
11 2 (1.63%) C++
11 2 (1.63%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 2 (1.63%) R
11 2 (1.63%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (4.88%) Degree
2 4 (3.25%) SC Cleared
2 4 (3.25%) Security Cleared
3 2 (1.63%) ISEB
4 1 (0.81%) MCSE
4 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (13.82%) QA
2 3 (2.44%) GDPR
2 3 (2.44%) MiFID
3 2 (1.63%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.81%) Data Quality
System Software
1 20 (16.26%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.69%) Docker
3 5 (4.07%) Oracle RAC
4 2 (1.63%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.63%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.81%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.81%) UAG
5 1 (0.81%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 6 (4.88%) Terraform
2 5 (4.07%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
3 4 (3.25%) Foglight
3 4 (3.25%) Kubernetes
3 4 (3.25%) MaaS360
4 2 (1.63%) Ansible
4 2 (1.63%) Grafana
4 2 (1.63%) Nagios
4 2 (1.63%) RSA Archer
5 1 (0.81%) Control-M
5 1 (0.81%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.81%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.81%) Puppet
5 1 (0.81%) QRadar
5 1 (0.81%) SCOM
5 1 (0.81%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (0.81%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.81%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 53 (43.09%) Microsoft
2 32 (26.02%) Oracle
3 5 (4.07%) Databricks
4 4 (3.25%) Apple
4 4 (3.25%) Sybase
5 3 (2.44%) IBM
5 3 (2.44%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (2.44%) Splunk
5 3 (2.44%) UiPath
6 2 (1.63%) Atlassian
6 2 (1.63%) Cadence
6 2 (1.63%) Charles River
6 2 (1.63%) Linedata
6 2 (1.63%) Micro Focus
6 2 (1.63%) Murex
6 2 (1.63%) RedGate
6 2 (1.63%) VMware
7 1 (0.81%) Ivanti
7 1 (0.81%) Qualys
7 1 (0.81%) Serena