Period
to 27 February 2020

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 27 February 2020 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
27 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 24 25 24
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 -3
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 3,887 6,315 6,385
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.34% 6.96% 6.84%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 29.58% 30.83% 31.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,671 4,654 4,700
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £300
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £440 £438 £421
% change year-on-year +0.57% +3.88% +5.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 101 82
England median hourly rate £32.54 £26.65 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.10% -33.38% +31.15%
10th Percentile £15.42 £16.05 £20.48
90th Percentile £53.00 £55.00 £56.86
UK median hourly rate £32.54 £24.99 £40.00
% change year-on-year +30.21% -37.53% +29.03%

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 13,139 20,484 20,417
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.45% 22.57% 21.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,791 14,257 14,381
England median daily rate £488 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £465
% change year-on-year - +2.15% +8.64%
Number of hourly rates quoted 223 228 226
England median hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £34.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +1.45% +25.45%
10th Percentile £14.26 £14.00 £15.21
90th Percentile £57.15 £56.15 £56.81
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £34.50
% change year-on-year -7.14% +1.45% +25.45%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in England over the 6 months to 27 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in England over the 6 months to 27 February 2020.

Contractor 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 27 February 2020. 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 +1 1,848 £500 - 644
South East -1 658 £425 - 512
North of England -3 594 £400 +6.67% 644
Midlands -7 339 £375 -6.25% 408
North West -6 321 £388 +3.33% 347
South West -28 256 £425 - 242
West Midlands +1 231 £400 -2.44% 221
Yorkshire -1 223 £400 +6.67% 250
East of England +3 176 £400 -3.03% 202
East Midlands -16 104 £350 -6.67% 185
North East -2 55 £405 +1.25% 47
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 27 February 2020, 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 2,051 (52.77%) SQL
2 1,486 (38.23%) C#
3 1,459 (37.54%) .NET
4 1,399 (35.99%) Microsoft
5 1,227 (31.57%) Azure
6 1,130 (29.07%) Agile Software Development
7 813 (20.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 783 (20.14%) JavaScript
9 759 (19.53%) Finance
10 741 (19.06%) Business Intelligence
11 692 (17.80%) Windows
12 662 (17.03%) Oracle
13 626 (16.10%) T-SQL
14 582 (14.97%) HTML
15 574 (14.77%) ASP.NET
16 555 (14.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 541 (13.92%) AngularJS
18 531 (13.66%) ETL
19 530 (13.64%) CSS
20 519 (13.35%) Data Warehouse
21 510 (13.12%) MVC
22 489 (12.58%) DevOps
23 468 (12.04%) Power Platform
24 461 (11.86%) Power BI
25 452 (11.63%) Migration
26 431 (11.09%) AWS
27 417 (10.73%) Java
28 397 (10.21%) Active Directory
28 397 (10.21%) PowerShell
29 391 (10.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services

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
1 256 (6.59%) SharePoint
2 206 (5.30%) IIS
3 100 (2.57%) MS Exchange
4 92 (2.37%) Confluence
5 74 (1.90%) Skype for Business
6 68 (1.75%) JBoss
7 61 (1.57%) WebLogic
8 58 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
9 56 (1.44%) CMS
10 54 (1.39%) Apache Spark
11 52 (1.34%) Apache
12 48 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2013
13 46 (1.18%) Red Hat Fuse
14 42 (1.08%) MQSeries
15 35 (0.90%) Elasticsearch
16 33 (0.85%) Tomcat
17 32 (0.82%) Umbraco
18 30 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2010
19 29 (0.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
20 24 (0.62%) WebSphere
Applications
1 264 (6.79%) Microsoft Excel
2 85 (2.19%) Microsoft Office
3 41 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 29 (0.75%) MS Visio
5 13 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
6 12 (0.31%) XMetaL
7 5 (0.13%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
8 4 (0.10%) Windchill
9 2 (0.051%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.026%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.026%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 120 (3.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (0.57%) BusinessWorks
3 15 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
4 14 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
4 14 (0.36%) NetSuite
5 13 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
6 10 (0.26%) Magento
7 8 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
8 7 (0.18%) Markit EDM
9 6 (0.15%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 5 (0.13%) Elite 3E
10 5 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
10 5 (0.13%) SAP ERP
10 5 (0.13%) Scribe Insight
11 4 (0.10%) Oracle General Ledger
11 4 (0.10%) Oracle Payables
11 4 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
11 4 (0.10%) Temenos T24
11 4 (0.10%) Unit4 Business World
12 3 (0.077%) Oracle FAH
Cloud Services
1 1,227 (31.57%) Azure
2 468 (12.04%) Power Platform
3 431 (11.09%) AWS
4 227 (5.84%) Office 365
5 120 (3.09%) Azure Data Factory
5 120 (3.09%) PaaS
6 106 (2.73%) SaaS
7 102 (2.62%) GCP
8 99 (2.55%) Azure Active Directory
9 98 (2.52%) Dynamics 365
10 95 (2.44%) IaaS
11 93 (2.39%) GitHub
12 91 (2.34%) Serverless
13 67 (1.72%) Azure Functions
14 36 (0.93%) PowerApps
15 29 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
15 29 (0.75%) npm
16 21 (0.54%) OpenShift
17 19 (0.49%) Azure Stack
17 19 (0.49%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 139 (3.58%) DNS
2 112 (2.88%) DHCP
3 105 (2.70%) SAN
4 72 (1.85%) HTTP
5 67 (1.72%) Firewall
6 60 (1.54%) WAN
7 55 (1.41%) LAN
8 54 (1.39%) Skype
9 41 (1.05%) TCP/IP
10 36 (0.93%) VPN
11 30 (0.77%) VoIP
12 27 (0.69%) Internet
13 21 (0.54%) SSL
14 19 (0.49%) NetScaler
15 18 (0.46%) HTTPS
15 18 (0.46%) Network Security
16 17 (0.44%) MPLS
16 17 (0.44%) NAS
16 17 (0.44%) VLAN
17 16 (0.41%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 813 (20.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 555 (14.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 519 (13.35%) Data Warehouse
4 461 (11.86%) Power BI
5 391 (10.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 319 (8.21%) Relational Database
7 270 (6.95%) MySQL
8 252 (6.48%) SQL Server 2016
9 225 (5.79%) SQL Server 2012
10 211 (5.43%) PostgreSQL
11 191 (4.91%) SQL Server 2008
12 181 (4.66%) Azure SQL Database
13 158 (4.06%) MongoDB
14 127 (3.27%) Big Data
15 122 (3.14%) RDBMS
16 120 (3.09%) NoSQL
16 120 (3.09%) SQL Server 2014
17 118 (3.04%) Oracle Database
18 113 (2.91%) Data Lake
19 102 (2.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 355 (9.13%) Git (software)
2 305 (7.85%) Visual Studio
3 256 (6.59%) Team Foundation Server
4 202 (5.20%) JIRA
5 147 (3.78%) Jenkins
6 136 (3.50%) TeamCity
7 124 (3.19%) Octopus Deploy
8 122 (3.14%) Selenium
9 83 (2.14%) Visual Studio Team System
10 82 (2.11%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 69 (1.78%) Subversion
12 68 (1.75%) Moq
13 52 (1.34%) NUnit
14 49 (1.26%) Cucumber
14 49 (1.26%) JUnit
15 39 (1.00%) MSTest
16 31 (0.80%) SpecFlow
17 30 (0.77%) Bitbucket
18 27 (0.69%) Eclipse
18 27 (0.69%) Maven
General
1 759 (19.53%) Finance
2 239 (6.15%) Public Sector
3 190 (4.89%) Banking
4 135 (3.47%) Front Office
5 128 (3.29%) Retail
6 64 (1.65%) Law
7 53 (1.36%) Manufacturing
7 53 (1.36%) Marketing
8 43 (1.11%) Investment Banking
8 43 (1.11%) Legal
9 41 (1.05%) Back Office
10 36 (0.93%) Telecoms
11 33 (0.85%) Local Government
12 23 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
13 21 (0.54%) Publishing
14 19 (0.49%) Financial Institution
15 18 (0.46%) Electronics
15 18 (0.46%) Games
16 15 (0.39%) Advertising
16 15 (0.39%) Police
Job Titles
1 2,068 (53.20%) Developer
2 640 (16.47%) .NET Developer
3 487 (12.53%) C# Developer
4 383 (9.85%) SQL Developer
5 318 (8.18%) Analyst
6 285 (7.33%) Architect
7 252 (6.48%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 234 (6.02%) C# .NET Developer
9 206 (5.30%) DBA
10 166 (4.27%) Senior Developer
11 156 (4.01%) SQL DBA
12 143 (3.68%) Data Engineer
13 129 (3.32%) Consultant
14 128 (3.29%) Full Stack Developer
15 120 (3.09%) Azure Developer
16 107 (2.75%) Java Developer
17 106 (2.73%) SQL Server Developer
18 100 (2.57%) Software Developer
19 88 (2.26%) Azure Engineer
20 84 (2.16%) ASP.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,459 (37.54%) .NET
2 582 (14.97%) HTML
3 574 (14.77%) ASP.NET
4 541 (13.92%) AngularJS
5 530 (13.64%) CSS
6 381 (9.80%) .NET Framework
6 381 (9.80%) XML
7 358 (9.21%) Web Services
8 317 (8.16%) .NET Core
9 288 (7.41%) React
9 288 (7.41%) REST
10 261 (6.71%) ASP.NET Web API
11 259 (6.66%) JSON
12 254 (6.53%) ASP.NET MVC
13 234 (6.02%) jQuery
14 213 (5.48%) Entity Framework
15 174 (4.48%) SOAP
16 162 (4.17%) HTML5
17 151 (3.88%) RESTful
18 139 (3.58%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 373 (9.60%) Analytical Skills
2 162 (4.17%) Greenfield Project
3 93 (2.39%) Data Centre
4 84 (2.16%) Replication
5 83 (2.14%) Clustering
5 83 (2.14%) Management Information System
6 82 (2.11%) Hedge funds
7 81 (2.08%) Data Structures
8 76 (1.96%) NHS
9 66 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
10 57 (1.47%) Algorithms
10 57 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 57 (1.47%) User Experience
11 53 (1.36%) Equities
11 53 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
12 52 (1.34%) Fixed Income
12 52 (1.34%) Public Cloud
13 47 (1.21%) PKI
14 43 (1.11%) Mobile App
15 26 (0.67%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 692 (17.80%) Windows
2 312 (8.03%) Windows Server
3 278 (7.15%) Linux
4 155 (3.99%) Windows Server 2012
5 147 (3.78%) Unix
6 126 (3.24%) Windows Server 2008
7 55 (1.41%) Android
8 53 (1.36%) Windows 10
9 41 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 30 (0.77%) Windows 7
11 28 (0.72%) VMS
12 24 (0.62%) Solaris
13 22 (0.57%) Windows Server 2003
14 21 (0.54%) Apple iOS
15 15 (0.39%) AIX
16 14 (0.36%) CentOS
17 9 (0.23%) Windows XP
18 7 (0.18%) Mac OS X
19 6 (0.15%) Mac OS
19 6 (0.15%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,130 (29.07%) Agile Software Development
2 741 (19.06%) Business Intelligence
3 531 (13.66%) ETL
4 510 (13.12%) MVC
5 489 (12.58%) DevOps
6 452 (11.63%) Migration
7 387 (9.96%) TDD
8 343 (8.82%) Scrum
9 317 (8.16%) Problem-Solving
10 298 (7.67%) Continuous Integration
11 296 (7.62%) Data Modelling
12 279 (7.18%) Microservices
13 248 (6.38%) Analytics
14 239 (6.15%) Test Automation
15 224 (5.76%) OO
16 204 (5.25%) Software Engineering
17 179 (4.61%) CRM
17 179 (4.61%) SDLC
18 176 (4.53%) Visualisation
19 174 (4.48%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 2,051 (52.77%) SQL
2 1,486 (38.23%) C#
3 783 (20.14%) JavaScript
4 626 (16.10%) T-SQL
5 417 (10.73%) Java
6 397 (10.21%) PowerShell
7 287 (7.38%) Python
8 138 (3.55%) PL/SQL
9 106 (2.73%) TypeScript
10 92 (2.37%) VB.NET
11 84 (2.16%) VB
11 84 (2.16%) VBA
12 76 (1.96%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 59 (1.52%) R
14 55 (1.41%) C
15 52 (1.34%) C++
16 49 (1.26%) Scala
17 45 (1.16%) Bash Shell
18 43 (1.11%) PHP
18 43 (1.11%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 369 (9.49%) Security Cleared
2 279 (7.18%) SC Cleared
3 186 (4.79%) Degree
4 90 (2.32%) Microsoft Certification
5 48 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
6 47 (1.21%) DV Cleared
7 36 (0.93%) MCSE
8 22 (0.57%) MCSA
9 19 (0.49%) Citrix Certification
10 18 (0.46%) Cisco Certification
11 17 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
12 15 (0.39%) CCNA
12 15 (0.39%) ISEB
12 15 (0.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 12 (0.31%) Numerate Degree
14 11 (0.28%) CCA
14 11 (0.28%) ITIL Certification
15 9 (0.23%) MCP
16 8 (0.21%) ISTQB
16 8 (0.21%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (3.04%) QA
2 70 (1.80%) Data Quality
3 59 (1.52%) SLA
4 48 (1.23%) GDPR
5 25 (0.64%) WCAG
6 24 (0.62%) MiFID
7 19 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 16 (0.41%) Solvency II
9 15 (0.39%) IFRS
10 12 (0.31%) NCSC
11 9 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
12 8 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 7 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 6 (0.15%) HL7
14 6 (0.15%) NIST
15 5 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
16 4 (0.10%) BS7799
16 4 (0.10%) COBIT
16 4 (0.10%) PCI DSS
16 4 (0.10%) RMADS
System Software
1 397 (10.21%) Active Directory
2 175 (4.50%) Docker
3 165 (4.24%) VMware Infrastructure
4 111 (2.86%) Hyper-V
5 64 (1.65%) Virtual Machines
6 61 (1.57%) XenApp
7 41 (1.05%) vSphere
8 35 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
9 32 (0.82%) XenDesktop
10 26 (0.67%) Oracle RAC
11 17 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
12 13 (0.33%) HDFS
13 12 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
14 11 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
15 10 (0.26%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 9 (0.23%) EMC RecoverPoint
16 9 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 9 (0.23%) Terminal Services
17 8 (0.21%) Postfix
18 7 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 125 (3.22%) SCCM
2 110 (2.83%) Kubernetes
3 60 (1.54%) Ansible
4 53 (1.36%) Puppet
5 52 (1.34%) Terraform
6 48 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
7 35 (0.90%) Microsoft Clustering
8 34 (0.87%) SCOM
9 29 (0.75%) MIIS
10 27 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
11 23 (0.59%) Rancher
12 20 (0.51%) NetBackup
13 19 (0.49%) Oracle RMAN
14 18 (0.46%) Data Guard
15 16 (0.41%) Control-M
16 13 (0.33%) Failover Clustering
16 13 (0.33%) Nessus
16 13 (0.33%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
17 12 (0.31%) AirWatch
18 11 (0.28%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 1,399 (35.99%) Microsoft
2 662 (17.03%) Oracle
3 281 (7.23%) VMware
4 178 (4.58%) Tableau
5 121 (3.11%) SAP
6 110 (2.83%) Citrix
7 90 (2.32%) Sybase
8 88 (2.26%) Google
9 77 (1.98%) Red Hat
10 74 (1.90%) Cisco
11 61 (1.57%) IBM
12 57 (1.47%) HP
13 52 (1.34%) MuleSoft
14 46 (1.18%) Databricks
14 46 (1.18%) Remedy
15 43 (1.11%) Cognos
15 43 (1.11%) Splunk
16 42 (1.08%) Axway
16 42 (1.08%) Salesforce.com
17 39 (1.00%) Informatica