Period
to

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 20 May 2022 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)
UK > England
6 months to
20 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 44 50 27
Rank change year-on-year +6 -23 0
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 3,564 2,069 2,807
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.02% 4.49% 6.43%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 25.74% 21.21% 29.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,727 1,465 1,978
10th Percentile £350 £313 £313
25th Percentile £413 £381 £369
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% +0.44%
75th Percentile £638 £575 £550
90th Percentile £750 £675 £663
UK median daily rate £513 £460 £450
% change year-on-year +11.41% +2.22% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 43 60
10th Percentile - £12.26 £14.20
25th Percentile £20.75 £20.00 £18.25
Median hourly rate £49.50 £26.00 £23.60
Median % change year-on-year +90.38% +10.17% -21.33%
75th Percentile £69.05 £49.08 £51.75
90th Percentile £75.34 £59.75 £68.75
UK median hourly rate £47.09 £26.00 £24.70
% change year-on-year +81.10% +5.26% -7.32%

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 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 13,845 9,754 9,558
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.51% 21.18% 21.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,033 6,764 6,663
10th Percentile £363 £325 £325
25th Percentile £450 £413 £405
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - +2.56%
75th Percentile £653 £600 £588
90th Percentile £750 £694 £675
UK median daily rate £545 £500 £488
% change year-on-year +9.00% +2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 166 174 139
10th Percentile £14.63 £11.25 £13.75
25th Percentile £21.91 £17.54 £17.92
Median hourly rate £45.00 £24.25 £24.70
Median % change year-on-year +85.57% -1.82% -17.67%
75th Percentile £65.00 £48.44 £46.00
90th Percentile £75.00 £63.23 £58.60
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £26.25 £24.70
% change year-on-year +71.43% +6.28% -10.18%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SQL Server in England over the 6 months to 20 May 2022.

Daily rate histogram for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SQL Server in England over the 6 months to 20 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
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 SQL Server within the England region over the 6 months to 20 May 2022. 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
Jobs
London +13 1,995 £575 +9.52% 457
South East +13 439 £500 +17.65% 279
North of England -6 357 £450 +12.50% 309
Midlands +1 272 £430 +7.50% 181
North West -1 237 £450 +14.29% 173
West Midlands -8 187 £425 -2.86% 120
South West -11 140 £450 +5.88% 104
East of England +17 115 £425 - 83
Yorkshire -13 103 £425 +6.25% 95
East Midlands +7 82 £450 +20.00% 61
North East -2 18 £494 -1.25% 43
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 20 May 2022, 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 England region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 1,948 (54.66%) SQL
2 1,357 (38.08%) Azure
3 1,207 (33.87%) Microsoft
4 1,206 (33.84%) C#
5 1,200 (33.67%) .NET
6 1,029 (28.87%) Agile
7 838 (23.51%) DevOps
8 803 (22.53%) Finance
9 787 (22.08%) Oracle
10 783 (21.97%) Windows
11 722 (20.26%) Social Skills
12 632 (17.73%) JavaScript
13 616 (17.28%) Business Intelligence
14 550 (15.43%) T-SQL
15 497 (13.95%) Problem-Solving
16 493 (13.83%) Power Platform
17 480 (13.47%) CI/CD
18 466 (13.08%) HTML
19 456 (12.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 454 (12.74%) Linux
21 452 (12.68%) Git (software)
22 448 (12.57%) ETL
23 444 (12.46%) Java
24 441 (12.37%) Data Warehouse
25 438 (12.29%) Python
26 437 (12.26%) PowerShell
27 424 (11.90%) AWS
28 420 (11.78%) Power BI
29 418 (11.73%) Banking
30 394 (11.05%) .NET Framework

SQL Server
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
1 209 (5.86%) SharePoint
2 131 (3.68%) IIS
3 112 (3.14%) Confluence
4 70 (1.96%) MS Exchange
5 67 (1.88%) Apache Spark
6 52 (1.46%) Apache
7 49 (1.37%) BizTalk Server
8 48 (1.35%) Elasticsearch
9 46 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2013
10 44 (1.23%) CMS
11 40 (1.12%) JBoss
12 37 (1.04%) Oracle Workflow
13 35 (0.98%) Skype for Business
14 25 (0.70%) WebSphere
15 21 (0.59%) Red Hat Fuse
15 21 (0.59%) SAS
16 20 (0.56%) Mule
16 20 (0.56%) nginx
17 19 (0.53%) Tomcat
18 17 (0.48%) EPiServer
Applications
1 148 (4.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 86 (2.41%) Microsoft Office
3 27 (0.76%) MS Visio
4 20 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 20 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.14%) Simulink
6 4 (0.11%) CATIA
6 4 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.084%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.084%) SPSS
8 2 (0.056%) Siemens NX
9 1 (0.028%) Adobe XD
9 1 (0.028%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.028%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.028%) Pro/ENGINEER
9 1 (0.028%) PTC Creo
9 1 (0.028%) SOLIDWORKS
9 1 (0.028%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 67 (1.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.48%) BusinessWorks
2 17 (0.48%) RMDS
3 15 (0.42%) HiPortfolio
4 10 (0.28%) Misys Midas
5 9 (0.25%) Endur
5 9 (0.25%) Markit EDM
6 8 (0.22%) Cerner Millennium
6 8 (0.22%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 8 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
6 8 (0.22%) PeopleSoft HRMS
6 8 (0.22%) thinkFolio
7 7 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 7 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
8 6 (0.17%) Oracle Utilities
8 6 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
9 5 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
9 5 (0.14%) MoSes
9 5 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 4 (0.11%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 1,357 (38.08%) Azure
2 493 (13.83%) Power Platform
3 424 (11.90%) AWS
4 243 (6.82%) Microsoft 365
5 180 (5.05%) Azure Data Factory
6 176 (4.94%) PaaS
7 121 (3.40%) IaaS
8 115 (3.23%) GitHub
9 113 (3.17%) Azure Active Directory
10 111 (3.11%) SaaS
11 104 (2.92%) PowerApps
12 98 (2.75%) Azure Logic Apps
13 96 (2.69%) Serverless
14 86 (2.41%) Azure Cosmos DB
15 80 (2.24%) GCP
16 76 (2.13%) Azure Service Bus
17 62 (1.74%) Amazon S3
18 58 (1.63%) Azure Functions
19 57 (1.60%) Azure Storage
20 56 (1.57%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 178 (4.99%) DNS
2 108 (3.03%) DHCP
2 108 (3.03%) Firewall
3 81 (2.27%) TCP/IP
4 73 (2.05%) SAN
5 42 (1.18%) HTTP
6 40 (1.12%) Skype
7 36 (1.01%) Network Security
8 35 (0.98%) FTP
8 35 (0.98%) WAN
9 32 (0.90%) LAN
9 32 (0.90%) VPN
10 29 (0.81%) NAS
11 26 (0.73%) FIX Connectivity
11 26 (0.73%) SSL
12 25 (0.70%) Kerberos
13 21 (0.59%) SSH
14 20 (0.56%) SMTP
15 19 (0.53%) HTTPS
16 17 (0.48%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 456 (12.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 441 (12.37%) Data Warehouse
3 420 (11.78%) Power BI
4 293 (8.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 278 (7.80%) Relational Database
6 253 (7.10%) PostgreSQL
7 246 (6.90%) MySQL
8 189 (5.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 177 (4.97%) Azure SQL Database
10 167 (4.69%) MongoDB
11 158 (4.43%) Data Lake
12 148 (4.15%) NoSQL
13 123 (3.45%) Oracle Database
14 106 (2.97%) Tableau
15 103 (2.89%) RDBMS
16 98 (2.75%) DB2
17 75 (2.10%) Big Data
18 72 (2.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 66 (1.85%) Redis
20 53 (1.49%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 452 (12.68%) Git (software)
2 339 (9.51%) JIRA
3 245 (6.87%) Visual Studio
4 233 (6.54%) Jenkins
5 136 (3.82%) Team Foundation Server
6 100 (2.81%) TeamCity
7 87 (2.44%) Maven
8 85 (2.38%) NUnit
9 84 (2.36%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 73 (2.05%) Selenium
11 69 (1.94%) Subversion
12 67 (1.88%) Bitbucket
13 66 (1.85%) JUnit
14 53 (1.49%) Grunt
15 52 (1.46%) GitLab
16 39 (1.09%) Jasmine
17 38 (1.07%) Cucumber
18 36 (1.01%) Eclipse
19 35 (0.98%) Moq
20 33 (0.93%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 803 (22.53%) Finance
2 722 (20.26%) Social Skills
3 418 (11.73%) Banking
4 365 (10.24%) Analytical Skills
5 212 (5.95%) Front Office
6 197 (5.53%) Public Sector
7 161 (4.52%) Investment Banking
8 70 (1.96%) Legal
9 69 (1.94%) Games
10 56 (1.57%) Retail
11 55 (1.54%) Presentation Skills
12 46 (1.29%) Manufacturing
13 38 (1.07%) Marketing
14 35 (0.98%) Back Office
14 35 (0.98%) Organisational Skills
15 32 (0.90%) Documentation Skills
15 32 (0.90%) Law
15 32 (0.90%) Telecoms
16 25 (0.70%) Advertising
17 23 (0.65%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 1,739 (48.79%) Developer
2 508 (14.25%) .NET Developer
3 338 (9.48%) C# Developer
4 323 (9.06%) Analyst
5 255 (7.15%) SQL Developer
6 223 (6.26%) DBA
7 221 (6.20%) Architect
8 182 (5.11%) Data Engineer
9 172 (4.83%) C# .NET Developer
10 170 (4.77%) Full Stack Developer
11 165 (4.63%) Java Developer
12 147 (4.12%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 146 (4.10%) SQL DBA
14 140 (3.93%) Senior Developer
15 132 (3.70%) Software Developer
16 131 (3.68%) Azure Engineer
17 117 (3.28%) Data Analyst
18 112 (3.14%) DevOps Engineer
19 95 (2.67%) Azure Developer
20 94 (2.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,200 (33.67%) .NET
2 466 (13.08%) HTML
3 394 (11.05%) .NET Framework
3 394 (11.05%) CSS
4 388 (10.89%) ASP.NET
5 319 (8.95%) AngularJS
6 283 (7.94%) .NET Core
7 278 (7.80%) React
8 258 (7.24%) REST
9 229 (6.43%) Web Services
10 199 (5.58%) ASP.NET Web API
11 196 (5.50%) Entity Framework
12 191 (5.36%) RESTful
13 176 (4.94%) XML
14 173 (4.85%) JSON
15 172 (4.83%) HTML5
15 172 (4.83%) jQuery
16 159 (4.46%) Spring
17 146 (4.10%) ASP.NET MVC
18 122 (3.42%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 104 (2.92%) Clustering
2 103 (2.89%) Replication
2 103 (2.89%) User Experience
3 97 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
4 90 (2.53%) Legacy Code
5 75 (2.10%) Algorithms
6 71 (1.99%) NHS
7 70 (1.96%) Data Structures
7 70 (1.96%) Derivative
8 67 (1.88%) Greenfield Project
9 66 (1.85%) Fixed Income
9 66 (1.85%) Management Information System
10 64 (1.80%) Data Centre
11 60 (1.68%) Public Cloud
12 56 (1.57%) PKI
13 51 (1.43%) Cloud Native
14 47 (1.32%) Virtual Team
15 45 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
15 45 (1.26%) Legacy Systems
16 42 (1.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 783 (21.97%) Windows
2 454 (12.74%) Linux
3 341 (9.57%) Windows Server
4 219 (6.14%) Unix
5 125 (3.51%) Windows Server 2012
6 87 (2.44%) Windows 10
7 63 (1.77%) Windows Server 2008
7 63 (1.77%) Windows Server 2019
8 60 (1.68%) Windows Server 2016
9 56 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 32 (0.90%) Windows 7
11 26 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
12 21 (0.59%) Solaris
13 16 (0.45%) VMS
13 16 (0.45%) Windows XP
14 15 (0.42%) Android
14 15 (0.42%) Apple iOS
14 15 (0.42%) Ubuntu
15 11 (0.31%) CentOS
16 8 (0.22%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,029 (28.87%) Agile
2 838 (23.51%) DevOps
3 616 (17.28%) Business Intelligence
4 497 (13.95%) Problem-Solving
5 480 (13.47%) CI/CD
6 448 (12.57%) ETL
7 383 (10.75%) Scrum
8 367 (10.30%) Microservices
9 357 (10.02%) Migration
10 339 (9.51%) TDD
11 338 (9.48%) MVC
12 329 (9.23%) Data Modelling
13 323 (9.06%) Full Stack Development
14 265 (7.44%) Test Automation
15 242 (6.79%) OO
16 231 (6.48%) Analytics
17 218 (6.12%) Software Engineering
18 213 (5.98%) SDLC
19 189 (5.30%) Data Analysis
20 182 (5.11%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 1,948 (54.66%) SQL
2 1,206 (33.84%) C#
3 632 (17.73%) JavaScript
4 550 (15.43%) T-SQL
5 444 (12.46%) Java
6 438 (12.29%) Python
7 437 (12.26%) PowerShell
8 158 (4.43%) PL/SQL
9 145 (4.07%) TypeScript
10 98 (2.75%) VBA
11 91 (2.55%) Bash
12 89 (2.50%) VB
13 88 (2.47%) VB.NET
14 61 (1.71%) C
15 60 (1.68%) C++
16 59 (1.66%) Shell Script
17 54 (1.52%) Go
18 41 (1.15%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 36 (1.01%) Perl
20 35 (0.98%) Scala
Qualifications
1 362 (10.16%) Security Cleared
2 291 (8.16%) SC Cleared
3 141 (3.96%) Degree
4 65 (1.82%) DV Cleared
5 52 (1.46%) Computer Science Degree
6 50 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
7 16 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
8 15 (0.42%) MCSA
8 15 (0.42%) MCSE
9 13 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
10 12 (0.34%) Master's Degree
10 12 (0.34%) MCITP
10 12 (0.34%) Numerate Degree
11 11 (0.31%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (0.22%) MCTS
13 7 (0.20%) CCNA
13 7 (0.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 6 (0.17%) Oracle Certification
15 5 (0.14%) OCA
15 5 (0.14%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 133 (3.73%) QA
2 78 (2.19%) Data Quality
3 74 (2.08%) SLA
4 52 (1.46%) GDPR
5 42 (1.18%) Accessibility
6 14 (0.39%) IFRS
6 14 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 12 (0.34%) WCAG
8 11 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 9 (0.25%) IFRS 17
10 8 (0.22%) JSP 440
11 7 (0.20%) MiFID
11 7 (0.20%) PMO
12 6 (0.17%) EMIR
13 5 (0.14%) HL7
14 4 (0.11%) DICOM
14 4 (0.11%) GxP
15 3 (0.084%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 3 (0.084%) PCI DSS
15 3 (0.084%) Solvency II
System Software
1 359 (10.07%) Active Directory
2 231 (6.48%) Docker
3 182 (5.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 100 (2.81%) Hyper-V
5 61 (1.71%) vSphere
6 51 (1.43%) Virtual Machines
7 40 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
8 33 (0.93%) Oracle RAC
9 27 (0.76%) XenApp
10 22 (0.62%) VMware NSX
11 21 (0.59%) NFS
12 16 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
13 15 (0.42%) XenDesktop
14 13 (0.36%) HDFS
15 12 (0.34%) GridGain
16 8 (0.22%) BitLocker
16 8 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
17 7 (0.20%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 7 (0.20%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 7 (0.20%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 228 (6.40%) Kubernetes
2 196 (5.50%) Ansible
3 173 (4.85%) Terraform
4 123 (3.45%) SCCM
5 64 (1.80%) Puppet
6 56 (1.57%) Microsoft Clustering
7 46 (1.29%) Microsoft Intune
8 42 (1.18%) BladeLogic
9 26 (0.73%) ITRS Geneos
10 25 (0.70%) Grafana
11 24 (0.67%) vRealize
12 23 (0.65%) Kibana
12 23 (0.65%) NetBackup
13 22 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
14 21 (0.59%) Data Guard
15 20 (0.56%) SCVMM
16 19 (0.53%) Control-M
17 18 (0.51%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
17 18 (0.51%) PowerCLI
17 18 (0.51%) WSUS
Vendors
1 1,207 (33.87%) Microsoft
2 787 (22.08%) Oracle
3 271 (7.60%) VMware
4 168 (4.71%) Databricks
5 117 (3.28%) SAP
6 88 (2.47%) Citrix
7 87 (2.44%) Sybase
8 73 (2.05%) Red Hat
9 68 (1.91%) TIBCO
10 65 (1.82%) Cisco
11 63 (1.77%) Google
11 63 (1.77%) Splunk
12 52 (1.46%) Informatica
12 52 (1.46%) ION Trading
13 44 (1.23%) SolarWinds
14 41 (1.15%) IBM
15 38 (1.07%) Sitecore
16 36 (1.01%) Atlassian
17 34 (0.95%) New Relic
18 33 (0.93%) Alteryx