Period
to 1 August 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Azure SQL Database skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Azure SQL Database over the 6 months to 1 August 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 Azure SQL Database (formerly SQL Azure)
UK > England
6 months to
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 293 322 386
Rank change year-on-year +29 +64 +248
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 504 211 530
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.88% 0.65% 0.64%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 4.09% 2.93% 2.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 329 147 410
10th Percentile £375 £358 £356
25th Percentile £425 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £505 £475 £500
Median % change year-on-year +6.32% -5.00% +2.56%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £573
90th Percentile £650 £600 £625
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £485
% change year-on-year +5.26% -2.06% +2.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Median hourly rate £65.00 - £66.25
UK median hourly rate £48.50 - £66.25

Azure SQL Database 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 England with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 12,332 7,213 18,982
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.54% 22.34% 22.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,617 5,067 13,283
10th Percentile £338 £328 £325
25th Percentile £413 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £500 £480
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +4.17% +1.05%
75th Percentile £625 £600 £575
90th Percentile £713 £700 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 182 106 227
10th Percentile £11.95 £13.18 £13.45
25th Percentile £19.00 £17.83 £18.00
Median hourly rate £26.25 £25.00 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% -16.67% -
75th Percentile £49.48 £45.31 £52.40
90th Percentile £63.68 £65.44 £60.00
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £23.76 £30.00
% change year-on-year +13.64% -20.80% -

Azure SQL Database
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Azure SQL Database as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Azure SQL Database in England

Azure SQL Database
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Azure SQL Database in England.

Daily rate trend for Azure SQL Database in England

Azure SQL Database
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Azure SQL Database in England over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Azure SQL Database in England

Azure SQL Database
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Azure SQL Database in England.

Hourly rate trend for Azure SQL Database in England

Azure SQL Database
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure SQL Database within the England region over the 6 months to 1 August 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +10 304 £550 +10.11% 70
North of England -7 53 £440 +3.53% 21
South East -9 47 £500 +15.54% 23
Midlands -46 35 £485 -3.00% 19
North West -17 28 £425 +6.25% 15
Yorkshire -9 18 £428 -10.00% 6
East Midlands -9 17 £488 -2.50% 8
West Midlands -53 15 £485 -3.00% 11
South West -10 10 £450 +12.50% 4
East of England -30 9 £363 -23.68% 10
North East +2 7 £620 +12.73%
Azure SQL Database
UK

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Azure SQL Database 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 England region with a requirement for Azure SQL Database.

1 504 (100.00%) Azure
2 465 (92.26%) SQL
3 233 (46.23%) DevOps
4 199 (39.48%) Azure Data Factory
5 181 (35.91%) C#
6 179 (35.52%) .NET
7 178 (35.32%) Data Lake
8 177 (35.12%) Microsoft
9 169 (33.53%) Agile Software Development
10 168 (33.33%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 167 (33.13%) SQL Server
12 164 (32.54%) Power Platform
13 163 (32.34%) Databricks
14 156 (30.95%) Business Intelligence
15 150 (29.76%) Serverless
16 144 (28.57%) Python
17 141 (27.98%) Power BI
18 140 (27.78%) Azure Functions
19 124 (24.60%) Azure Storage
20 122 (24.21%) Analytics
21 104 (20.63%) Data Warehouse
22 100 (19.84%) .NET Core
23 96 (19.05%) T-SQL
24 94 (18.65%) Data Modelling
25 92 (18.25%) Microservices
26 91 (18.06%) ETL
27 89 (17.66%) Kubernetes
28 87 (17.26%) Azure Logic Apps
29 84 (16.67%) Scrum
30 80 (15.87%) Azure Synapse Analytics

Azure SQL Database
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 43 (8.53%) BizTalk Server
2 38 (7.54%) Apache Spark
3 21 (4.17%) SharePoint
4 13 (2.58%) Apache
5 7 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (0.99%) Apache Pig
7 4 (0.79%) JBoss
7 4 (0.79%) NetWeaver
7 4 (0.79%) SAS
7 4 (0.79%) Umbraco
7 4 (0.79%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.40%) Confluence
9 1 (0.20%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.20%) IIS
9 1 (0.20%) nginx
9 1 (0.20%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (1.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.79%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (2.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.40%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 504 (100.00%) Azure
2 199 (39.48%) Azure Data Factory
3 168 (33.33%) Azure Cosmos DB
4 164 (32.54%) Power Platform
5 150 (29.76%) Serverless
6 140 (27.78%) Azure Functions
7 124 (24.60%) Azure Storage
8 87 (17.26%) Azure Logic Apps
9 80 (15.87%) Azure Synapse Analytics
10 76 (15.08%) PaaS
11 63 (12.50%) Azure Service Bus
12 60 (11.90%) AWS
13 45 (8.93%) Azure Active Directory
14 41 (8.13%) AWS Lambda
14 41 (8.13%) IaaS
15 38 (7.54%) Azure Key Vault
16 37 (7.34%) PowerApps
17 31 (6.15%) Microsoft 365
18 28 (5.56%) Dynamics 365
19 27 (5.36%) Azure Event Grid
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.77%) Firewall
2 15 (2.98%) Network Security
3 12 (2.38%) DNS
4 10 (1.98%) VPN
5 7 (1.39%) DHCP
6 5 (0.99%) WAN
7 4 (0.79%) MPLS
7 4 (0.79%) PBX
7 4 (0.79%) SD-WAN
7 4 (0.79%) Skype
7 4 (0.79%) VoIP
7 4 (0.79%) Wireless
8 3 (0.60%) Cisco Firepower
8 3 (0.60%) FTP
9 2 (0.40%) Extranet
9 2 (0.40%) TCP/IP
10 1 (0.20%) Cisco ASA
10 1 (0.20%) HTTP
10 1 (0.20%) Internet
10 1 (0.20%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 178 (35.32%) Data Lake
2 167 (33.13%) SQL Server
3 141 (27.98%) Power BI
4 104 (20.63%) Data Warehouse
5 63 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 62 (12.30%) MongoDB
7 53 (10.52%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 42 (8.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 41 (8.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 24 (4.76%) NoSQL
11 21 (4.17%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 18 (3.57%) MySQL
13 17 (3.37%) Big Data
14 14 (2.78%) Delta Lake
14 14 (2.78%) Metadata
14 14 (2.78%) Relational Database
15 12 (2.38%) Hadoop
15 12 (2.38%) PostgreSQL
16 11 (2.18%) OLTP
16 11 (2.18%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 45 (8.93%) Git (software)
2 19 (3.77%) Visual Studio
3 15 (2.98%) JIRA
4 12 (2.38%) Jenkins
5 11 (2.18%) Visual Studio Team System
6 5 (0.99%) Octopus Deploy
6 5 (0.99%) TeamCity
6 5 (0.99%) webpack
7 4 (0.79%) ER Studio
7 4 (0.79%) ERwin
7 4 (0.79%) gulp
8 3 (0.60%) Bitbucket
8 3 (0.60%) Cypress.io
8 3 (0.60%) MSTest
8 3 (0.60%) NUnit
8 3 (0.60%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (0.60%) SpecFlow
8 3 (0.60%) Subversion
9 2 (0.40%) Jasmine
9 2 (0.40%) SonarQube
General
1 69 (13.69%) Social Skills
2 51 (10.12%) Finance
3 26 (5.16%) Public Sector
4 22 (4.37%) Analytical Skills
5 19 (3.77%) Retail
6 13 (2.58%) Presentation Skills
7 10 (1.98%) Banking
8 6 (1.19%) Marketing
9 5 (0.99%) Documentation Skills
9 5 (0.99%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.79%) Electronics
10 4 (0.79%) Front Office
10 4 (0.79%) Games
10 4 (0.79%) Telecoms
11 3 (0.60%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.60%) Law
11 3 (0.60%) Local Government
12 2 (0.40%) Influencing Skills
12 2 (0.40%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.40%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 176 (34.92%) Developer
2 130 (25.79%) Azure Engineer
3 93 (18.45%) Data Engineer
4 68 (13.49%) Azure Developer
5 67 (13.29%) Architect
6 63 (12.50%) .NET Developer
7 43 (8.53%) C# Developer
8 39 (7.74%) Azure Architect
9 38 (7.54%) DevOps Engineer
10 34 (6.75%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 31 (6.15%) Data Architect
12 30 (5.95%) Solutions Architect
13 27 (5.36%) Azure DevOps
14 20 (3.97%) SQL Developer
15 19 (3.77%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 19 (3.77%) C# .NET Developer
15 19 (3.77%) Senior Developer
16 18 (3.57%) Consultant
16 18 (3.57%) Full Stack Developer
17 17 (3.37%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 179 (35.52%) .NET
2 100 (19.84%) .NET Core
3 39 (7.74%) .NET Framework
3 39 (7.74%) ASP.NET
4 38 (7.54%) REST
5 29 (5.75%) AngularJS
5 29 (5.75%) ASP.NET Web API
6 28 (5.56%) Kafka
7 24 (4.76%) HTML
8 23 (4.56%) JSON
9 22 (4.37%) Web Services
10 21 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC
11 18 (3.57%) React
12 17 (3.37%) RESTful
13 16 (3.17%) CSS
13 16 (3.17%) Entity Framework
13 16 (3.17%) PySpark
13 16 (3.17%) SOAP
14 13 (2.58%) GraphQL
15 10 (1.98%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 61 (12.10%) Cloud Native
2 31 (6.15%) Legacy Systems
3 18 (3.57%) Data Structures
4 17 (3.37%) Greenfield Project
5 15 (2.98%) Public Cloud
6 9 (1.79%) Data Protection Act
6 9 (1.79%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.19%) Algorithms
8 5 (0.99%) BYOD
8 5 (0.99%) Enterprise Cloud
8 5 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (0.99%) Legacy Applications
8 5 (0.99%) Mobile App
8 5 (0.99%) NHS
9 4 (0.79%) Data Centre
9 4 (0.79%) Derivative
9 4 (0.79%) PKI
9 4 (0.79%) Self-Motivation
9 4 (0.79%) User Experience
9 4 (0.79%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 59 (11.71%) Windows
2 33 (6.55%) Linux
3 11 (2.18%) VMS
4 10 (1.98%) Windows Server
5 8 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 7 (1.39%) Unix
7 5 (0.99%) AIX
7 5 (0.99%) Ubuntu
8 4 (0.79%) Debian
9 3 (0.60%) Android
10 1 (0.20%) Alpine Linux
10 1 (0.20%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.20%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 233 (46.23%) DevOps
2 169 (33.53%) Agile Software Development
3 156 (30.95%) Business Intelligence
4 122 (24.21%) Analytics
5 94 (18.65%) Data Modelling
6 92 (18.25%) Microservices
7 91 (18.06%) ETL
8 84 (16.67%) Scrum
9 69 (13.69%) Data Engineering
9 69 (13.69%) Software Engineering
10 67 (13.29%) Full Stack Development
11 52 (10.32%) Migration
11 52 (10.32%) SDLC
12 44 (8.73%) Infrastructure as Code
13 43 (8.53%) Data Development
14 39 (7.74%) Test Automation
15 36 (7.14%) Problem-Solving
16 34 (6.75%) Continuous Improvement
16 34 (6.75%) TDD
17 31 (6.15%) Deployment Automation
Programming Languages
1 465 (92.26%) SQL
2 181 (35.91%) C#
3 144 (28.57%) Python
4 96 (19.05%) T-SQL
5 72 (14.29%) PowerShell
6 69 (13.69%) JavaScript
7 53 (10.52%) PL/SQL
8 44 (8.73%) Go
9 42 (8.33%) C++
10 31 (6.15%) Java
11 23 (4.56%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 23 (4.56%) Scala
12 18 (3.57%) TypeScript
13 8 (1.59%) R
14 7 (1.39%) Bash Shell
15 6 (1.19%) Perl
15 6 (1.19%) PHP
16 3 (0.60%) Groovy
17 2 (0.40%) Ruby
17 2 (0.40%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 23 (4.56%) Security Cleared
2 21 (4.17%) SC Cleared
3 11 (2.18%) Degree
3 11 (2.18%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.40%) ISEB
6 2 (0.40%) MCSD
6 2 (0.40%) OCA
6 2 (0.40%) Oracle Certification
7 1 (0.20%) MCSE
7 1 (0.20%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (5.56%) Data Quality
2 17 (3.37%) QA
3 7 (1.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (0.99%) Accessibility
4 5 (0.99%) GDPR
5 4 (0.79%) COBIT
5 4 (0.79%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.60%) FedRAMP
6 3 (0.60%) WCAG
7 2 (0.40%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 2 (0.40%) ISO 22301
7 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.40%) SOC 2
8 1 (0.20%) HL7
System Software
1 49 (9.72%) Active Directory
2 46 (9.13%) Docker
3 5 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.79%) ISA Server
5 3 (0.60%) HDFS
5 3 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.40%) LXC
6 2 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.20%) XenApp
7 1 (0.20%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 89 (17.66%) Kubernetes
2 59 (11.71%) Terraform
3 18 (3.57%) Ansible
4 8 (1.59%) Puppet
5 6 (1.19%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 6 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.79%) Kibana
7 3 (0.60%) Istio
7 3 (0.60%) Opsgenie
8 2 (0.40%) Grafana
8 2 (0.40%) logstash
8 2 (0.40%) MIIS
8 2 (0.40%) Prometheus
8 2 (0.40%) Salt
9 1 (0.20%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.20%) SCCM
Vendors
1 177 (35.12%) Microsoft
2 163 (32.34%) Databricks
3 74 (14.68%) Oracle
4 43 (8.53%) MuleSoft
5 24 (4.76%) SAP
6 11 (2.18%) Cisco
7 9 (1.79%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (1.59%) Atlassian
8 8 (1.59%) Red Hat
9 7 (1.39%) Cloudera
10 6 (1.19%) Citrix
11 5 (0.99%) Dynatrace
11 5 (0.99%) Xamarin
12 4 (0.79%) Google
12 4 (0.79%) Software AG
12 4 (0.79%) VMware
13 3 (0.60%) IBM
13 3 (0.60%) New Relic
13 3 (0.60%) Palantir
13 3 (0.60%) Splunk