Period
to 22 January 2021

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 22 January 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)
UK > England
6 months to
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 41 24 26
Rank change year-on-year -17 +2 -4
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 1,726 4,176 6,407
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 4.98% 6.32% 7.02%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 23.30% 29.47% 30.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,538 3,080 4,840
Median daily rate £450 £438 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -1.69% +4.71%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £313
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £438
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 75 93
Median hourly rate £34.38 £29.96 £26.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.74% +12.42% -19.24%
10th Percentile £16.98 £14.69 £15.80
90th Percentile £60.18 £57.90 £57.47
UK median hourly rate £33.75 £30.00 £24.87
% change year-on-year +12.50% +20.65% -22.30%

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 7,409 14,168 20,837
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.38% 21.43% 22.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,132 9,775 14,654
Median daily rate £488 £475 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% -1.04% +1.05%
10th Percentile £313 £325 £320
90th Percentile £666 £669 £650
UK median daily rate £480 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +1.05% - +5.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 193 202
Median hourly rate £26.00 £26.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -8.77% -3.39%
10th Percentile £13.47 £12.65 £14.05
90th Percentile £61.35 £57.50 £55.00
Median hourly rate £26.00 £25.25 £26.65
% change year-on-year +2.97% -5.25% -9.66%

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 22 January 2021.

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 22 January 2021.

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 22 January 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 -17 911 £500 - 341
South East -15 213 £425 - 234
North of England -22 197 £375 -3.23% 325
Midlands +2 196 £375 +0.67% 209
North West -5 125 £375 - 205
West Midlands 0 123 £388 +3.33% 122
South West +1 89 £413 -2.94% 88
East Midlands +2 72 £350 -2.44% 87
Yorkshire -33 56 £404 +0.94% 98
East of England -13 50 £413 - 82
North East +5 16 £475 +17.28% 22
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 22 January 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 England region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 977 (56.60%) SQL
2 673 (38.99%) Azure
3 605 (35.05%) Microsoft
4 544 (31.52%) Agile Software Development
5 521 (30.19%) .NET
6 501 (29.03%) C#
7 430 (24.91%) Finance
8 397 (23.00%) Windows
9 379 (21.96%) Oracle
10 339 (19.64%) DevOps
11 337 (19.52%) Business Intelligence
12 303 (17.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 295 (17.09%) JavaScript
14 271 (15.70%) Java
15 260 (15.06%) Data Warehouse
16 251 (14.54%) T-SQL
17 250 (14.48%) Power Platform
18 233 (13.50%) AWS
19 232 (13.44%) Security Cleared
20 231 (13.38%) Migration
21 221 (12.80%) Banking
21 221 (12.80%) Power BI
22 212 (12.28%) Python
23 203 (11.76%) Microservices
24 202 (11.70%) Linux
25 201 (11.65%) Active Directory
25 201 (11.65%) PowerShell
26 197 (11.41%) ASP.NET
27 196 (11.36%) ETL
28 193 (11.18%) MySQL

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 98 (5.68%) SharePoint
2 97 (5.62%) IIS
3 78 (4.52%) Apache
4 62 (3.59%) Confluence
5 43 (2.49%) MS Exchange
6 42 (2.43%) JBoss
7 29 (1.68%) Red Hat Fuse
8 27 (1.56%) Apache Spark
9 24 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
9 24 (1.39%) Tomcat
10 21 (1.22%) BizTalk Server
10 21 (1.22%) Skype for Business
10 21 (1.22%) WebSphere
11 19 (1.10%) Mule
12 15 (0.87%) WebLogic
13 14 (0.81%) ArcGIS
13 14 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2010
13 14 (0.81%) NServiceBus
14 12 (0.70%) CMS
14 12 (0.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 75 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 67 (3.88%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (0.98%) Photoshop
4 11 (0.64%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.46%) InfoPath
6 6 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 4 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.23%) SPSS
8 3 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.058%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 34 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (0.29%) HiPortfolio
2 5 (0.29%) Lawson
3 4 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 4 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
3 4 (0.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 4 (0.23%) Teamcenter
4 3 (0.17%) Dynamics GP
4 3 (0.17%) Elite 3E
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
4 3 (0.17%) Oracle Utilities
4 3 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.12%) Aligne
5 2 (0.12%) Endur
5 2 (0.12%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.12%) OPENHousing
5 2 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.12%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 673 (38.99%) Azure
2 250 (14.48%) Power Platform
3 233 (13.50%) AWS
4 94 (5.45%) Serverless
5 69 (4.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 69 (4.00%) Office 365
6 67 (3.88%) Azure Data Factory
7 65 (3.77%) GCP
8 55 (3.19%) Logic Apps
8 55 (3.19%) PaaS
9 54 (3.13%) AWS Lambda
10 48 (2.78%) GitHub
11 46 (2.67%) Dynamics 365
11 46 (2.67%) PowerApps
12 45 (2.61%) SaaS
13 38 (2.20%) IaaS
14 37 (2.14%) Amazon ECS
15 34 (1.97%) Apigee
16 31 (1.80%) Azure Functions
17 25 (1.45%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 76 (4.40%) DNS
2 53 (3.07%) Firewall
3 43 (2.49%) DHCP
4 40 (2.32%) SAN
5 26 (1.51%) Skype
6 23 (1.33%) HTTP
7 20 (1.16%) TCP/IP
8 18 (1.04%) Internet
9 15 (0.87%) Remote Desktop
9 15 (0.87%) VPN
10 13 (0.75%) Intrusion Detection
10 13 (0.75%) Network Security
10 13 (0.75%) WAAS
11 12 (0.70%) WAN
12 11 (0.64%) VoIP
13 8 (0.46%) HTTPS
14 7 (0.41%) FTP
14 7 (0.41%) MPLS
14 7 (0.41%) SNMP
15 6 (0.35%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 303 (17.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 260 (15.06%) Data Warehouse
3 221 (12.80%) Power BI
4 193 (11.18%) MySQL
5 190 (11.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 165 (9.56%) Relational Database
7 137 (7.94%) PostgreSQL
8 124 (7.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 114 (6.60%) Azure SQL Database
10 100 (5.79%) NoSQL
11 81 (4.69%) MongoDB
12 66 (3.82%) Tableau
13 65 (3.77%) SQL Server 2012
14 59 (3.42%) SQL Server 2016
15 58 (3.36%) Oracle Database
16 55 (3.19%) SQL Server 2008
17 51 (2.95%) Data Lake
18 45 (2.61%) Amazon Redshift
18 45 (2.61%) RDBMS
19 42 (2.43%) DB2
Development Applications
1 128 (7.42%) Git (software)
2 115 (6.66%) Jenkins
2 115 (6.66%) JIRA
3 92 (5.33%) Visual Studio
4 70 (4.06%) Team Foundation Server
5 53 (3.07%) GitLab
6 51 (2.95%) Artifactory
6 51 (2.95%) Subversion
7 39 (2.26%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 39 (2.26%) Selenium
8 38 (2.20%) Maven
9 36 (2.09%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 35 (2.03%) Bitbucket
10 35 (2.03%) Cucumber
11 34 (1.97%) Visual Studio Team System
12 28 (1.62%) FishEye
13 27 (1.56%) Hudson
13 27 (1.56%) JUnit
14 22 (1.27%) TeamCity
15 19 (1.10%) jMock
General
1 430 (24.91%) Finance
2 221 (12.80%) Banking
3 114 (6.60%) Public Sector
4 90 (5.21%) Front Office
5 72 (4.17%) Investment Banking
6 46 (2.67%) Back Office
7 36 (2.09%) Law
8 28 (1.62%) Telecoms
9 27 (1.56%) Marketing
10 26 (1.51%) Financial Institution
10 26 (1.51%) Manufacturing
11 25 (1.45%) Legal
12 24 (1.39%) Retail
13 22 (1.27%) Electronics
14 16 (0.93%) Advertising
14 16 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
15 6 (0.35%) Games
15 6 (0.35%) Local Government
15 6 (0.35%) Publishing
16 5 (0.29%) Billing
Job Titles
1 764 (44.26%) Developer
2 234 (13.56%) .NET Developer
3 193 (11.18%) Architect
4 167 (9.68%) SQL Developer
5 156 (9.04%) C# Developer
6 131 (7.59%) Analyst
7 93 (5.39%) DBA
8 92 (5.33%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 83 (4.81%) Java Developer
10 81 (4.69%) C# .NET Developer
11 75 (4.35%) Data Engineer
12 72 (4.17%) Data Architect
13 71 (4.11%) Senior Developer
14 69 (4.00%) Consultant
15 62 (3.59%) SQL DBA
16 61 (3.53%) Software Engineer
17 60 (3.48%) Full Stack Developer
18 55 (3.19%) Azure Engineer
19 51 (2.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
20 49 (2.84%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 521 (30.19%) .NET
2 197 (11.41%) ASP.NET
3 190 (11.01%) Web Services
4 182 (10.54%) HTML
5 162 (9.39%) CSS
6 126 (7.30%) .NET Core
6 126 (7.30%) XML
7 119 (6.89%) REST
8 117 (6.78%) AngularJS
9 111 (6.43%) .NET Framework
10 105 (6.08%) React
11 88 (5.10%) ASP.NET Web API
12 87 (5.04%) JSON
13 76 (4.40%) Middleware
14 66 (3.82%) HTML5
15 64 (3.71%) RESTful
16 62 (3.59%) Spring
17 61 (3.53%) jQuery
18 54 (3.13%) Entity Framework
19 51 (2.95%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 140 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
2 71 (4.11%) Greenfield Project
3 59 (3.42%) Fixed Income
4 55 (3.19%) NHS
5 49 (2.84%) User Experience
6 47 (2.72%) Clustering
7 42 (2.43%) Management Information System
8 39 (2.26%) Data Centre
9 37 (2.14%) Hedge funds
10 28 (1.62%) Derivative
11 26 (1.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 26 (1.51%) Replication
12 25 (1.45%) Data Structures
12 25 (1.45%) PKI
12 25 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
13 23 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
13 23 (1.33%) Equities
14 19 (1.10%) Public Cloud
15 18 (1.04%) Virtual Team
16 15 (0.87%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 397 (23.00%) Windows
2 202 (11.70%) Linux
3 178 (10.31%) Windows Server
4 92 (5.33%) Unix
5 89 (5.16%) Windows Server 2012
6 61 (3.53%) Windows 10
7 47 (2.72%) Windows Server 2016
8 41 (2.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 35 (2.03%) Windows Server 2019
10 31 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 30 (1.74%) Windows 7
12 21 (1.22%) CentOS
13 16 (0.93%) Apple iOS
14 15 (0.87%) Android
15 13 (0.75%) Windows XP
16 12 (0.70%) AIX
17 11 (0.64%) Solaris
18 9 (0.52%) Ubuntu
19 8 (0.46%) zOS
20 6 (0.35%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 544 (31.52%) Agile Software Development
2 339 (19.64%) DevOps
3 337 (19.52%) Business Intelligence
4 231 (13.38%) Migration
5 203 (11.76%) Microservices
6 196 (11.36%) ETL
7 169 (9.79%) Data Modelling
8 146 (8.46%) TDD
9 136 (7.88%) Problem-Solving
10 134 (7.76%) Scrum
11 127 (7.36%) MVC
12 116 (6.72%) Software Engineering
13 115 (6.66%) Test Automation
14 103 (5.97%) ITIL
15 97 (5.62%) Data Migration
16 95 (5.50%) Analytics
16 95 (5.50%) SDLC
17 86 (4.98%) OO
18 85 (4.92%) Performance Tuning
19 81 (4.69%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 977 (56.60%) SQL
2 501 (29.03%) C#
3 295 (17.09%) JavaScript
4 271 (15.70%) Java
5 251 (14.54%) T-SQL
6 212 (12.28%) Python
7 201 (11.65%) PowerShell
8 64 (3.71%) PL/SQL
9 58 (3.36%) VB
10 51 (2.95%) TypeScript
11 44 (2.55%) VB.NET
12 37 (2.14%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 36 (2.09%) VBA
14 31 (1.80%) C
15 30 (1.74%) Bash Shell
15 30 (1.74%) C++
16 25 (1.45%) Perl
17 21 (1.22%) Groovy
18 20 (1.16%) R
19 19 (1.10%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 232 (13.44%) Security Cleared
2 168 (9.73%) SC Cleared
3 84 (4.87%) Degree
4 67 (3.88%) DV Cleared
5 38 (2.20%) Microsoft Certification
6 31 (1.80%) Computer Science Degree
7 21 (1.22%) MCSE
8 15 (0.87%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (0.70%) MCSA
9 12 (0.70%) Sun Certification
10 11 (0.64%) ISEB
10 11 (0.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 11 (0.64%) TOGAF Certification
11 8 (0.46%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (0.46%) Master's Degree
11 8 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 6 (0.35%) BPSS Clearance
12 6 (0.35%) ISTQB
13 5 (0.29%) CTC Cleared
14 4 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (3.48%) QA
2 58 (3.36%) Data Quality
3 18 (1.04%) GDPR
4 10 (0.58%) PCI DSS
4 10 (0.58%) SLA
5 8 (0.46%) COBIT
5 8 (0.46%) Dublin Core
5 8 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 8 (0.46%) NCSC
6 6 (0.35%) Government Security Classifications
7 5 (0.29%) NIST
8 4 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 4 (0.23%) MiFID
8 4 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 3 (0.17%) GxP
9 3 (0.17%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.17%) WCAG
10 2 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
10 2 (0.12%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 201 (11.65%) Active Directory
2 146 (8.46%) Docker
3 86 (4.98%) VMware Infrastructure
4 30 (1.74%) Hyper-V
5 20 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
7 13 (0.75%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 13 (0.75%) VMware NSX
8 11 (0.64%) HDFS
9 10 (0.58%) Oracle RAC
10 9 (0.52%) GlusterFS
10 9 (0.52%) vSphere
11 7 (0.41%) XenApp
12 5 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
13 4 (0.23%) XenDesktop
14 3 (0.17%) DFS Replication
14 3 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
15 2 (0.12%) KVM
15 2 (0.12%) Varnish
16 1 (0.058%) UAG
Systems Management
1 124 (7.18%) Kubernetes
2 57 (3.30%) Ansible
3 53 (3.07%) Terraform
4 32 (1.85%) SCCM
5 27 (1.56%) Single Sign-On
6 23 (1.33%) Microsoft Clustering
7 22 (1.27%) Microsoft Intune
8 20 (1.16%) Puppet
9 14 (0.81%) Grafana
10 13 (0.75%) Control-M
10 13 (0.75%) IBM BigFix
10 13 (0.75%) WSUS
11 12 (0.70%) vCenter Server
12 11 (0.64%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 11 (0.64%) Prometheus
13 9 (0.52%) Foglight
13 9 (0.52%) SCOM
14 8 (0.46%) Norton AntiVirus
15 7 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
16 6 (0.35%) MIIS
Vendors
1 605 (35.05%) Microsoft
2 379 (21.96%) Oracle
3 118 (6.84%) VMware
4 77 (4.46%) SAP
5 61 (3.53%) Google
6 58 (3.36%) Databricks
7 57 (3.30%) Sybase
8 49 (2.84%) Cisco
9 47 (2.72%) Red Hat
10 35 (2.03%) Citrix
10 35 (2.03%) HP
11 31 (1.80%) Atlassian
12 29 (1.68%) Informatica
13 25 (1.45%) CyberArk
13 25 (1.45%) IBM
14 22 (1.27%) Dell
15 21 (1.22%) EMC
16 20 (1.16%) Lumension
16 20 (1.16%) Talend
17 19 (1.10%) Salesforce.com