Period
to 14 August 2018

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 14 August 2018 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 23 20
Rank change year-on-year -3 -3 -10
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6,635 6,174 7,592
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 7.10% 7.01% 7.52%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 30.90% 30.90% 33.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,869 4,437 5,346
England median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £294 £280 £263
90th Percentile £601 £588 £563
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 97 149
England median hourly rate £29.75 £37.50 £30.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.67% +22.95% +22.00%
10th Percentile £16.34 £16.25 £12.85
90th Percentile £49.88 £52.50 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year -20.00% +15.38% +25.00%

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 21,470 19,983 22,453
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.97% 22.68% 22.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,147 13,453 15,246
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £285
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 230 327
England median hourly rate £30.00 £30.75 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.44% +7.89% +14.00%
10th Percentile £14.00 £11.17 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.83 £52.50 £51.00
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £29.01
% change year-on-year -4.76% +8.57% +10.52%

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 14 August 2018.

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 14 August 2018.

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 14 August 2018. 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 3,170 £485 +2.00% 914
South East -6 1,083 £400 +6.67% 509
North of England -4 947 £360 +2.86% 561
Midlands -3 637 £375 +8.70% 400
South West +3 491 £375 +1.76% 233
North West -2 450 £363 +0.69% 305
Yorkshire -1 395 £365 +4.29% 212
West Midlands -2 394 £400 +12.60% 185
East of England -1 308 £394 +8.62% 216
East Midlands -2 242 £350 +6.87% 215
North East +10 102 £300 -7.69% 44
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 14 August 2018, 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 3,545 (53.43%) SQL
2 2,936 (44.25%) .NET
3 2,863 (43.15%) C#
4 2,329 (35.10%) Agile Software Development
5 2,249 (33.90%) Microsoft
6 1,524 (22.97%) Finance
7 1,440 (21.70%) JavaScript
8 1,349 (20.33%) ASP.NET
9 1,326 (19.98%) Microsoft Azure
10 1,316 (19.83%) MVC
11 1,276 (19.23%) Windows
12 1,145 (17.26%) Oracle
13 1,143 (17.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 1,105 (16.65%) HTML
15 1,096 (16.52%) Business Intelligence
16 1,059 (15.96%) T-SQL
17 941 (14.18%) CSS
18 916 (13.81%) TDD
19 909 (13.70%) AngularJS
20 864 (13.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 815 (12.28%) .NET Framework
22 789 (11.89%) Data Warehouse
23 787 (11.86%) ASP.NET Web API
24 766 (11.54%) Scrum
25 764 (11.51%) ETL
26 731 (11.02%) Web Services
27 680 (10.25%) Java
28 670 (10.10%) ASP.NET MVC
29 631 (9.51%) jQuery
30 620 (9.34%) Windows Server

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
1 344 (5.18%) IIS
2 323 (4.87%) SharePoint
3 185 (2.79%) MS Exchange
4 155 (2.34%) Apache
5 149 (2.25%) CMS
6 146 (2.20%) Apache Spark
6 146 (2.20%) Confluence
7 124 (1.87%) Elasticsearch
8 88 (1.33%) WebSphere
9 87 (1.31%) BizTalk Server
10 85 (1.28%) NServiceBus
11 80 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2010
11 80 (1.21%) Tomcat
12 70 (1.06%) Skype for Business
13 65 (0.98%) JBoss
14 61 (0.92%) SAS
15 54 (0.81%) Umbraco
16 50 (0.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 49 (0.74%) SharePoint 2013
18 45 (0.68%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 414 (6.24%) Microsoft Excel
2 168 (2.53%) Microsoft Office
3 84 (1.27%) MS Visio
4 44 (0.66%) Spreadsheet
5 25 (0.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 21 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
7 8 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.090%) Acrobat
9 5 (0.075%) InfoPath
10 4 (0.060%) SPSS
11 2 (0.030%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.030%) Shockwave
11 2 (0.030%) Stata
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.015%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 124 (1.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 29 (0.44%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 20 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
4 20 (0.30%) Markit EDM
5 14 (0.21%) NetSuite
5 14 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 13 (0.20%) Actimize
6 13 (0.20%) Sage 200
6 13 (0.20%) SAP ERP
7 11 (0.17%) Magento
7 11 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
8 10 (0.15%) ION MarketView
8 10 (0.15%) thinkFolio
9 9 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
10 8 (0.12%) Elite 3E
10 8 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
10 8 (0.12%) SAP APO
10 8 (0.12%) SAP MM
11 6 (0.090%) PeopleSoft HCM
Cloud Services
1 1,326 (19.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 613 (9.24%) Amazon AWS
3 175 (2.64%) Office 365
4 146 (2.20%) PaaS
5 119 (1.79%) IaaS
5 119 (1.79%) SaaS
6 93 (1.40%) Cloud Computing
7 77 (1.16%) Azure Data Factory
8 68 (1.02%) Amazon EC2
9 66 (0.99%) Dynamics 365
9 66 (0.99%) Serverless
10 60 (0.90%) Amazon S3
11 59 (0.89%) Google Cloud Platform
12 53 (0.80%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 47 (0.71%) GitHub
14 42 (0.63%) npm
15 34 (0.51%) NuGet
16 28 (0.42%) Azure Functions
17 24 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
18 18 (0.27%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 161 (2.43%) SAN
2 160 (2.41%) Firewall
3 150 (2.26%) DNS
4 93 (1.40%) HTTP
5 92 (1.39%) Internet
6 85 (1.28%) LAN
7 81 (1.22%) TCP/IP
8 77 (1.16%) WAN
9 74 (1.12%) DHCP
10 58 (0.87%) NAS
11 55 (0.83%) SSL
12 41 (0.62%) Skype
13 40 (0.60%) Intranet
14 34 (0.51%) VPN
15 31 (0.47%) SMS
16 30 (0.45%) Kerberos
17 27 (0.41%) Network Security
17 27 (0.41%) VoIP
18 24 (0.36%) PuTTY
18 24 (0.36%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,143 (17.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 864 (13.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 789 (11.89%) Data Warehouse
4 612 (9.22%) SQL Server 2012
5 567 (8.55%) Relational Database
6 528 (7.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 513 (7.73%) Power BI
8 489 (7.37%) SQL Server 2008
9 453 (6.83%) SQL Server 2016
10 374 (5.64%) MySQL
11 325 (4.90%) Big Data
12 308 (4.64%) SQL Server 2014
13 305 (4.60%) NoSQL
14 279 (4.20%) MongoDB
15 277 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
16 229 (3.45%) Hadoop
17 228 (3.44%) Oracle Database
18 200 (3.01%) RDBMS
19 140 (2.11%) DB2
20 127 (1.91%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 611 (9.21%) Visual Studio
2 606 (9.13%) Git (software)
3 591 (8.91%) Team Foundation Server
4 317 (4.78%) JIRA
5 269 (4.05%) Jenkins
6 223 (3.36%) NUnit
6 223 (3.36%) Visual Studio Team System
7 193 (2.91%) Selenium
7 193 (2.91%) SpecFlow
8 185 (2.79%) Subversion
9 166 (2.50%) Octopus Deploy
10 164 (2.47%) TeamCity
11 83 (1.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 81 (1.22%) Bitbucket
12 81 (1.22%) Maven
13 76 (1.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 69 (1.04%) Moq
15 68 (1.02%) MSTest
16 66 (0.99%) JUnit
16 66 (0.99%) SoapUI
General
1 1,524 (22.97%) Finance
2 590 (8.89%) Banking
3 278 (4.19%) Front Office
4 248 (3.74%) Retail
5 191 (2.88%) Investment Banking
6 123 (1.85%) Legal
7 109 (1.64%) Marketing
8 102 (1.54%) Back Office
9 84 (1.27%) Financial Institution
10 79 (1.19%) Telecoms
11 73 (1.10%) Law
12 70 (1.06%) Manufacturing
13 63 (0.95%) Advertising
14 51 (0.77%) Publishing
15 42 (0.63%) Games
16 33 (0.50%) Electronics
17 22 (0.33%) Local Government
18 19 (0.29%) Billing
19 17 (0.26%) Automotive
20 13 (0.20%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 3,890 (58.63%) Developer
2 1,426 (21.49%) .NET Developer
3 1,234 (18.60%) C# Developer
4 811 (12.22%) SQL Developer
5 667 (10.05%) C# .NET Developer
6 592 (8.92%) Analyst
7 392 (5.91%) Senior Developer
8 368 (5.55%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 361 (5.44%) Architect
10 336 (5.06%) Full Stack Developer
11 302 (4.55%) ASP.NET Developer
12 299 (4.51%) DBA
13 263 (3.96%) SQL Server Developer
14 241 (3.63%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 231 (3.48%) Consultant
16 228 (3.44%) SQL DBA
17 221 (3.33%) Angular Developer
18 212 (3.20%) Java Developer
19 195 (2.94%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
20 178 (2.68%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,936 (44.25%) .NET
2 1,349 (20.33%) ASP.NET
3 1,105 (16.65%) HTML
4 941 (14.18%) CSS
5 909 (13.70%) AngularJS
6 815 (12.28%) .NET Framework
7 787 (11.86%) ASP.NET Web API
8 731 (11.02%) Web Services
9 670 (10.10%) ASP.NET MVC
10 631 (9.51%) jQuery
11 510 (7.69%) XML
12 500 (7.54%) WCF
13 468 (7.05%) Entity Framework
14 418 (6.30%) REST
15 361 (5.44%) HTML5
15 361 (5.44%) JSON
16 334 (5.03%) .NET Core
17 315 (4.75%) WPF
18 298 (4.49%) RESTful
19 282 (4.25%) React
Miscellaneous
1 492 (7.42%) Analytical Skills
2 383 (5.77%) Greenfield Project
3 173 (2.61%) Self-Motivation
4 167 (2.52%) Clustering
5 161 (2.43%) Fixed Income
6 158 (2.38%) Enterprise Software
7 147 (2.22%) User Experience
8 135 (2.03%) Fintech
9 117 (1.76%) Data Centre
10 115 (1.73%) Management Information System
11 113 (1.70%) Computer Science
12 102 (1.54%) Algorithms
13 87 (1.31%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 87 (1.31%) Replication
14 86 (1.30%) Derivative
15 74 (1.12%) Data Structures
16 63 (0.95%) Hedge funds
17 58 (0.87%) Mobile App
18 55 (0.83%) Equities
19 54 (0.81%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 1,276 (19.23%) Windows
2 620 (9.34%) Windows Server
3 601 (9.06%) Linux
4 338 (5.09%) Unix
5 248 (3.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 196 (2.95%) Windows Server 2008
7 105 (1.58%) Windows 10
8 97 (1.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 84 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
10 71 (1.07%) Windows 7
11 55 (0.83%) Apple iOS
12 54 (0.81%) Android
13 50 (0.75%) Solaris
14 36 (0.54%) AIX
15 33 (0.50%) CentOS
16 31 (0.47%) Ubuntu
17 23 (0.35%) VMS
17 23 (0.35%) Windows Phone
18 18 (0.27%) Windows Phone 8
19 12 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,329 (35.10%) Agile Software Development
2 1,316 (19.83%) MVC
3 1,096 (16.52%) Business Intelligence
4 916 (13.81%) TDD
5 766 (11.54%) Scrum
6 764 (11.51%) ETL
7 535 (8.06%) Migration
8 518 (7.81%) Problem-Solving
9 500 (7.54%) Continuous Integration
10 488 (7.35%) DevOps
11 467 (7.04%) Test Automation
12 461 (6.95%) Unit Testing
13 451 (6.80%) Analytics
14 432 (6.51%) BDD
15 396 (5.97%) Data Modelling
16 391 (5.89%) Microservices
17 372 (5.61%) OO
18 371 (5.59%) E-Commerce
19 362 (5.46%) SDLC
20 322 (4.85%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 3,545 (53.43%) SQL
2 2,863 (43.15%) C#
3 1,440 (21.70%) JavaScript
4 1,059 (15.96%) T-SQL
5 680 (10.25%) Java
6 559 (8.43%) PowerShell
7 408 (6.15%) Python
8 232 (3.50%) VB.NET
9 203 (3.06%) VBA
10 188 (2.83%) TypeScript
11 168 (2.53%) PL/SQL
12 152 (2.29%) VB
13 112 (1.69%) C++
14 109 (1.64%) Shell Script
15 104 (1.57%) C
16 100 (1.51%) Bash Shell
17 88 (1.33%) Java 8
17 88 (1.33%) R
18 84 (1.27%) Scala
19 81 (1.22%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 411 (6.19%) Security Cleared
2 307 (4.63%) Degree
3 303 (4.57%) SC Cleared
4 139 (2.09%) Microsoft Certification
5 70 (1.06%) MCSE
6 61 (0.92%) ISEB
7 59 (0.89%) Computer Science Degree
8 58 (0.87%) DV Cleared
9 42 (0.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 35 (0.53%) Cisco Certification
11 31 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
12 26 (0.39%) MCSA
13 24 (0.36%) ISEB Practitioner
14 23 (0.35%) ISTQB
15 20 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
15 20 (0.30%) Numerate Degree
16 19 (0.29%) MCITP
17 17 (0.26%) TOGAF Certification
18 16 (0.24%) Novell Certification
19 15 (0.23%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 196 (2.95%) QA
2 171 (2.58%) Data Quality
3 105 (1.58%) GDPR
4 56 (0.84%) SLA
5 29 (0.44%) GCP
6 22 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 18 (0.27%) PCI DSS
8 16 (0.24%) HL7
8 16 (0.24%) MiFID
9 15 (0.23%) PMO
10 14 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
11 13 (0.20%) WCAG
12 11 (0.17%) EMIR
13 9 (0.14%) PSD2
14 6 (0.090%) Solvency II
15 4 (0.060%) Government Security Classifications
15 4 (0.060%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 4 (0.060%) IFRS
15 4 (0.060%) IFRS 9
15 4 (0.060%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 478 (7.20%) Active Directory
2 264 (3.98%) Docker
3 222 (3.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 154 (2.32%) Hyper-V
5 105 (1.58%) vSphere
6 98 (1.48%) VMware ESXi
7 73 (1.10%) XenApp
8 64 (0.96%) HDFS
9 47 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
10 37 (0.56%) Apache Flume
11 25 (0.38%) XenDesktop
12 24 (0.36%) Oracle RAC
13 22 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
14 14 (0.21%) NFS
15 13 (0.20%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 13 (0.20%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 13 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
16 10 (0.15%) Varnish
17 8 (0.12%) IAG
17 8 (0.12%) UAG
Systems Management
1 155 (2.34%) SCCM
2 153 (2.31%) Ansible
3 102 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
4 92 (1.39%) SCOM
5 90 (1.36%) Puppet
6 87 (1.31%) Microsoft Clustering
7 85 (1.28%) Kubernetes
8 64 (0.96%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 58 (0.87%) Terraform
10 48 (0.72%) Failover Clustering
11 46 (0.69%) WSUS
12 45 (0.68%) HP ALM
13 39 (0.59%) vCenter Server
14 37 (0.56%) Kibana
15 36 (0.54%) NetBackup
16 34 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
17 33 (0.50%) Hadoop YARN
18 25 (0.38%) Oozie
19 22 (0.33%) Control-M
19 22 (0.33%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 2,249 (33.90%) Microsoft
2 1,145 (17.26%) Oracle
3 396 (5.97%) VMware
4 240 (3.62%) SAP
5 216 (3.26%) Citrix
6 201 (3.03%) Tableau
7 173 (2.61%) IBM
8 161 (2.43%) HP
9 121 (1.82%) Cisco
10 113 (1.70%) Red Hat
11 96 (1.45%) Google
12 93 (1.40%) NetApp
13 87 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
14 83 (1.25%) Atlassian
15 78 (1.18%) Informatica
16 76 (1.15%) Cloudera
17 71 (1.07%) Sitecore
18 64 (0.96%) Teradata
19 58 (0.87%) Sybase
20 56 (0.84%) EMC