Period
to 29 May 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 29 May 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
29 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 26 26 26
Rank change year-on-year 0 0 -4
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2,658 5,544 6,370
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.39% 6.68% 6.91%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 29.63% 29.58% 30.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,841 4,116 4,680
Median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £294
90th Percentile £675 £620 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 82 58
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £36.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -4.11% -2.67%
10th Percentile £15.60 £16.29 £17.16
90th Percentile £59.50 £55.00 £53.25
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year - -4.11% -1.35%

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 8,972 18,744 20,841
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.58% 22.57% 22.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,948 12,978 14,622
Median daily rate £500 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £677 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £490 £475 £473
% change year-on-year +3.16% +0.53% +8.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 182 223 221
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +7.69% +8.33%
10th Percentile £16.00 £14.26 £14.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £57.50 £53.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year - +4.48% +11.67%

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 29 May 2020.

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 29 May 2020.

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 29 May 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 +4 1,335 £500 - 210
North of England -2 413 £390 +4.00% 188
South East -6 374 £425 +0.12% 156
North West -3 224 £400 +6.67% 111
South West -10 196 £425 - 73
Midlands -9 194 £419 +4.69% 128
Yorkshire +3 150 £381 +1.67% 56
West Midlands 0 141 £450 +5.88% 74
East of England +14 132 £413 -1.73% 71
East Midlands -26 52 £375 - 54
North East +5 44 £389 -8.53% 21
South Coast - 1 - -
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 1,388 (52.22%) SQL
2 973 (36.61%) C#
3 927 (34.88%) .NET
4 907 (34.12%) Azure
5 867 (32.62%) Microsoft
6 775 (29.16%) Agile Software Development
7 568 (21.37%) Finance
8 558 (20.99%) Windows
9 528 (19.86%) JavaScript
10 513 (19.30%) Oracle
11 505 (19.00%) Business Intelligence
12 498 (18.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 480 (18.06%) DevOps
14 454 (17.08%) T-SQL
15 370 (13.92%) Java
16 367 (13.81%) ASP.NET
17 349 (13.13%) Data Warehouse
18 338 (12.72%) HTML
19 336 (12.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 325 (12.23%) Power Platform
21 319 (12.00%) ETL
21 319 (12.00%) AngularJS
22 315 (11.85%) Power BI
23 308 (11.59%) AWS
24 302 (11.36%) MVC
25 297 (11.17%) Web Services
25 297 (11.17%) Security Cleared
26 294 (11.06%) Migration
27 293 (11.02%) Active Directory
28 288 (10.84%) Git (software)

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
1 178 (6.70%) SharePoint
2 133 (5.00%) IIS
3 84 (3.16%) Apache
4 69 (2.60%) MS Exchange
5 47 (1.77%) Tomcat
6 44 (1.66%) CMS
7 43 (1.62%) Apache Spark
8 41 (1.54%) Elasticsearch
9 40 (1.50%) Confluence
10 29 (1.09%) JBoss
11 27 (1.02%) WebLogic
12 26 (0.98%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 25 (0.94%) Red Hat Fuse
14 24 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
14 24 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
14 24 (0.90%) Skype for Business
15 23 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
16 21 (0.79%) Oracle Workflow
17 20 (0.75%) ArcGIS
17 20 (0.75%) MQSeries
Applications
1 190 (7.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 82 (3.09%) Microsoft Office
3 22 (0.83%) Photoshop
4 20 (0.75%) MS Visio
5 17 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 10 (0.38%) Acrobat
7 7 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
9 2 (0.075%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.075%) Stata
10 1 (0.038%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 69 (2.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.68%) BusinessWorks
3 14 (0.53%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 10 (0.38%) NetSuite
5 9 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
5 9 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
6 7 (0.26%) Elite 3E
7 5 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
8 4 (0.15%) Line 500
8 4 (0.15%) Magento
8 4 (0.15%) Scribe Insight
8 4 (0.15%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 4 (0.15%) thinkFolio
9 3 (0.11%) Markit EDM
9 3 (0.11%) Oracle 11i
9 3 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
9 3 (0.11%) SAP Hybris
10 2 (0.075%) ContrOCC
10 2 (0.075%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 907 (34.12%) Azure
2 325 (12.23%) Power Platform
3 308 (11.59%) AWS
4 147 (5.53%) Office 365
5 90 (3.39%) SaaS
6 81 (3.05%) Azure Data Factory
7 79 (2.97%) GCP
8 75 (2.82%) Serverless
9 74 (2.78%) PaaS
10 56 (2.11%) IaaS
11 54 (2.03%) Dynamics 365
12 53 (1.99%) GitHub
13 42 (1.58%) Azure Active Directory
14 41 (1.54%) AWS Lambda
14 41 (1.54%) Logic Apps
15 29 (1.09%) Amazon ECS
16 28 (1.05%) Azure Functions
16 28 (1.05%) PowerApps
17 21 (0.79%) Apigee
18 19 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 100 (3.76%) DNS
2 72 (2.71%) SAN
3 66 (2.48%) DHCP
4 63 (2.37%) HTTP
5 49 (1.84%) Firewall
6 39 (1.47%) WAN
7 33 (1.24%) LAN
8 29 (1.09%) TCP/IP
9 27 (1.02%) SSL
10 26 (0.98%) Skype
11 23 (0.87%) VPN
12 20 (0.75%) Internet
13 16 (0.60%) VoIP
14 15 (0.56%) MPLS
14 15 (0.56%) NetScaler
15 14 (0.53%) VLAN
16 13 (0.49%) FTP
17 12 (0.45%) HTTPS
18 11 (0.41%) Network Security
19 8 (0.30%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 498 (18.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 349 (13.13%) Data Warehouse
3 336 (12.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 315 (11.85%) Power BI
5 274 (10.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 257 (9.67%) MySQL
7 220 (8.28%) Relational Database
8 170 (6.40%) SQL Server 2016
9 166 (6.25%) PostgreSQL
10 158 (5.94%) MongoDB
11 127 (4.78%) SQL Server 2012
12 119 (4.48%) SQL Server 2008
13 117 (4.40%) Azure SQL Database
14 106 (3.99%) Big Data
15 98 (3.69%) Oracle Database
16 95 (3.57%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 94 (3.54%) NoSQL
18 92 (3.46%) RDBMS
18 92 (3.46%) SQL Server 2014
19 72 (2.71%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 288 (10.84%) Git (software)
2 202 (7.60%) Visual Studio
3 181 (6.81%) Team Foundation Server
4 123 (4.63%) Jenkins
4 123 (4.63%) JIRA
5 95 (3.57%) Octopus Deploy
6 87 (3.27%) TeamCity
7 75 (2.82%) Selenium
8 71 (2.67%) Subversion
9 65 (2.45%) Visual Studio Team System
10 63 (2.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 44 (1.66%) GitLab
12 33 (1.24%) JUnit
13 28 (1.05%) MSBuild
14 27 (1.02%) SpecFlow
15 25 (0.94%) webpack
16 22 (0.83%) Artifactory
16 22 (0.83%) Maven
17 21 (0.79%) Ant
17 21 (0.79%) Moq
General
1 568 (21.37%) Finance
2 202 (7.60%) Banking
3 191 (7.19%) Public Sector
4 133 (5.00%) Front Office
5 96 (3.61%) Retail
6 74 (2.78%) Investment Banking
7 44 (1.66%) Back Office
8 40 (1.50%) Law
9 35 (1.32%) Manufacturing
10 30 (1.13%) Legal
11 28 (1.05%) Marketing
12 26 (0.98%) Local Government
13 21 (0.79%) Telecoms
14 18 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
15 17 (0.64%) Financial Institution
16 12 (0.45%) Electronics
17 11 (0.41%) Publishing
18 8 (0.30%) Advertising
18 8 (0.30%) Aerospace
18 8 (0.30%) Police
Job Titles
1 1,346 (50.64%) Developer
2 402 (15.12%) .NET Developer
3 302 (11.36%) C# Developer
4 254 (9.56%) SQL Developer
5 224 (8.43%) Analyst
6 193 (7.26%) Architect
7 153 (5.76%) DBA
8 152 (5.72%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 129 (4.85%) C# .NET Developer
10 111 (4.18%) Senior Developer
11 110 (4.14%) Java Developer
12 109 (4.10%) Data Engineer
13 106 (3.99%) SQL DBA
14 80 (3.01%) Consultant
15 75 (2.82%) Azure Engineer
16 73 (2.75%) SQL Server Developer
17 72 (2.71%) Azure Developer
18 71 (2.67%) Data Analyst
18 71 (2.67%) Full Stack Developer
19 66 (2.48%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 927 (34.88%) .NET
2 367 (13.81%) ASP.NET
3 338 (12.72%) HTML
4 319 (12.00%) AngularJS
5 297 (11.17%) Web Services
6 281 (10.57%) CSS
7 278 (10.46%) .NET Framework
8 242 (9.10%) XML
9 234 (8.80%) .NET Core
10 199 (7.49%) React
11 187 (7.04%) REST
12 161 (6.06%) jQuery
13 156 (5.87%) ASP.NET Web API
14 153 (5.76%) Entity Framework
15 136 (5.12%) JSON
16 133 (5.00%) ASP.NET MVC
17 129 (4.85%) SOAP
18 119 (4.48%) HTML5
19 105 (3.95%) WPF
20 100 (3.76%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 266 (10.01%) Analytical Skills
2 122 (4.59%) Greenfield Project
3 87 (3.27%) Fixed Income
4 75 (2.82%) User Experience
5 73 (2.75%) Management Information System
6 68 (2.56%) Data Centre
7 62 (2.33%) Algorithms
8 57 (2.14%) NHS
9 54 (2.03%) Hedge funds
10 53 (1.99%) Data Structures
11 49 (1.84%) Clustering
12 48 (1.81%) Enterprise Software
13 43 (1.62%) Replication
14 35 (1.32%) PKI
14 35 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
15 33 (1.24%) Derivative
16 22 (0.83%) Reinsurance
17 21 (0.79%) Client/Server
18 20 (0.75%) Public Cloud
19 19 (0.71%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 558 (20.99%) Windows
2 259 (9.74%) Windows Server
3 229 (8.62%) Linux
4 112 (4.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 109 (4.10%) Unix
6 102 (3.84%) Windows Server 2008
6 102 (3.84%) Windows Server 2016
7 50 (1.88%) Windows 10
8 39 (1.47%) Android
9 31 (1.17%) Windows Server 2019
10 26 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 19 (0.71%) Apple iOS
12 16 (0.60%) AIX
12 16 (0.60%) Windows 7
12 16 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
13 14 (0.53%) VMS
13 14 (0.53%) Windows XP
14 10 (0.38%) Mac OS X
15 9 (0.34%) Solaris
16 6 (0.23%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 775 (29.16%) Agile Software Development
2 505 (19.00%) Business Intelligence
3 480 (18.06%) DevOps
4 319 (12.00%) ETL
5 302 (11.36%) MVC
6 294 (11.06%) Migration
7 268 (10.08%) Scrum
8 251 (9.44%) Microservices
9 242 (9.10%) Problem-Solving
10 208 (7.83%) Data Modelling
11 196 (7.37%) TDD
12 189 (7.11%) Test Automation
13 183 (6.88%) Analytics
14 175 (6.58%) Continuous Integration
15 165 (6.21%) ITIL
16 163 (6.13%) Software Engineering
17 156 (5.87%) SDLC
18 154 (5.79%) Unit Testing
19 150 (5.64%) Data Migration
20 147 (5.53%) OO
Programming Languages
1 1,388 (52.22%) SQL
2 973 (36.61%) C#
3 528 (19.86%) JavaScript
4 454 (17.08%) T-SQL
5 370 (13.92%) Java
6 274 (10.31%) PowerShell
7 268 (10.08%) Python
8 103 (3.88%) TypeScript
9 87 (3.27%) PL/SQL
10 85 (3.20%) VB
11 68 (2.56%) VB.NET
11 68 (2.56%) VBA
12 59 (2.22%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 48 (1.81%) Bash Shell
14 47 (1.77%) Perl
15 39 (1.47%) C++
16 38 (1.43%) C
17 37 (1.39%) F#
17 37 (1.39%) PHP
18 36 (1.35%) R
Qualifications
1 297 (11.17%) Security Cleared
2 231 (8.69%) SC Cleared
3 153 (5.76%) Degree
4 67 (2.52%) Microsoft Certification
5 52 (1.96%) Computer Science Degree
6 46 (1.73%) DV Cleared
7 19 (0.71%) MCSE
8 18 (0.68%) MCSA
9 17 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
10 16 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
11 14 (0.53%) Master's Degree
12 11 (0.41%) CCNA
13 10 (0.38%) Citrix Certification
13 10 (0.38%) ISEB
14 9 (0.34%) ISTQB
14 9 (0.34%) MCITP
14 9 (0.34%) Sun Certification
15 8 (0.30%) BPSS Clearance
15 8 (0.30%) CISSP
15 8 (0.30%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (3.31%) QA
2 51 (1.92%) GDPR
3 48 (1.81%) Data Quality
4 37 (1.39%) SLA
5 23 (0.87%) Solvency II
6 22 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 19 (0.71%) Cyber Essentials
8 15 (0.56%) IFRS
9 14 (0.53%) HIPAA
10 11 (0.41%) WCAG
11 10 (0.38%) MiFID
12 8 (0.30%) NCSC
13 7 (0.26%) Government Security Classifications
14 6 (0.23%) HL7
15 4 (0.15%) BS7799
15 4 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 4 (0.15%) RMADS
16 3 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 3 (0.11%) NIST
16 3 (0.11%) PMO
System Software
1 293 (11.02%) Active Directory
2 156 (5.87%) Docker
3 106 (3.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 79 (2.97%) Hyper-V
5 52 (1.96%) XenApp
6 34 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
7 31 (1.17%) vSphere
8 29 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
9 18 (0.68%) XenDesktop
10 14 (0.53%) Oracle RAC
11 11 (0.41%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 9 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
12 9 (0.34%) RACF
12 9 (0.34%) Terminal Services
12 9 (0.34%) VMware NSX
13 8 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
14 6 (0.23%) VirtualBox
14 6 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
15 5 (0.19%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 4 (0.15%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 135 (5.08%) Kubernetes
2 81 (3.05%) SCCM
3 45 (1.69%) Ansible
4 40 (1.50%) Puppet
5 32 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
5 32 (1.20%) SCOM
6 31 (1.17%) Terraform
7 26 (0.98%) Microsoft Clustering
8 23 (0.87%) Rancher
9 17 (0.64%) Data Guard
10 15 (0.56%) MIIS
10 15 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
11 14 (0.53%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 14 (0.53%) WSUS
12 12 (0.45%) Nagios
13 11 (0.41%) Oracle RMAN
14 10 (0.38%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 10 (0.38%) vRealize
15 9 (0.34%) AirWatch
15 9 (0.34%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 867 (32.62%) Microsoft
2 513 (19.30%) Oracle
3 188 (7.07%) VMware
4 95 (3.57%) SAP
5 87 (3.27%) Tableau
6 79 (2.97%) Sybase
7 76 (2.86%) Citrix
8 75 (2.82%) Google
9 68 (2.56%) Cisco
10 55 (2.07%) Red Hat
11 54 (2.03%) HP
12 48 (1.81%) IBM
13 42 (1.58%) Databricks
14 39 (1.47%) Splunk
15 36 (1.35%) Salesforce.com
16 34 (1.28%) TIBCO
17 25 (0.94%) Dell
17 25 (0.94%) ION Trading
17 25 (0.94%) ServiceNow
18 24 (0.90%) Informatica