Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 46 27 26
Rank change year-on-year -19 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 1,914 3,410 5,972
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 4.59% 6.33% 6.77%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 21.65% 29.62% 29.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,361 2,400 4,411
10th Percentile £310 £313 £313
25th Percentile £363 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £460 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +2.22% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £570 £550 £530
90th Percentile £649 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 70 89
10th Percentile £19.00 £15.92 £16.21
25th Percentile £21.16 £19.16 £18.59
Median hourly rate £27.00 £24.86 £28.50
Median % change year-on-year +8.63% -12.79% -28.75%
75th Percentile £45.56 £51.75 £47.00
90th Percentile £59.13 £68.75 £55.00
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £25.00 £25.55
% change year-on-year +8.00% -2.16% -36.12%

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 8,841 11,513 20,072
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.21% 21.38% 22.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,158 7,941 14,113
10th Percentile £315 £325 £325
25th Percentile £405 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £488 £488
Median % change year-on-year +2.56% - +2.63%
75th Percentile £598 £588 £575
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +2.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 152 159 211
10th Percentile £13.50 £14.31 £14.08
25th Percentile £19.00 £18.13 £18.59
Median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £35.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.00% -28.57% +16.67%
75th Percentile £43.45 £45.25 £47.50
90th Percentile £59.88 £61.78 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £24.86 £30.00
% change year-on-year +4.61% -17.15% -

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 13 April 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 -25 1,032 £500 - 456
South East -8 240 £425 - 288
North of England -19 220 £378 -2.58% 369
Midlands -5 178 £398 +2.58% 255
North West -8 141 £375 -3.23% 231
West Midlands -9 125 £400 - 153
South West -11 90 £413 -5.71% 139
Yorkshire -24 66 £398 +4.26% 109
East Midlands +2 51 £350 - 100
East of England -46 32 £425 +3.03% 112
North East -5 13 £475 +22.58% 29
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 13 April 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 1,051 (54.91%) SQL
2 767 (40.07%) Azure
3 664 (34.69%) Microsoft
4 635 (33.18%) .NET
5 572 (29.89%) C#
6 566 (29.57%) Agile Software Development
7 422 (22.05%) Windows
8 412 (21.53%) Oracle
9 409 (21.37%) Finance
10 384 (20.06%) DevOps
11 381 (19.91%) Business Intelligence
12 339 (17.71%) JavaScript
13 320 (16.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 304 (15.88%) Power Platform
15 276 (14.42%) Data Warehouse
16 268 (14.00%) Power BI
17 246 (12.85%) Migration
18 243 (12.70%) T-SQL
19 241 (12.59%) Active Directory
20 238 (12.43%) ETL
21 236 (12.33%) PowerShell
22 233 (12.17%) Security Cleared
22 233 (12.17%) ASP.NET
23 229 (11.96%) Linux
23 229 (11.96%) AWS
24 228 (11.91%) Python
25 225 (11.76%) Java
26 215 (11.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 205 (10.71%) HTML
28 194 (10.14%) Scrum

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
1 140 (7.31%) SharePoint
2 81 (4.23%) IIS
3 52 (2.72%) MS Exchange
4 48 (2.51%) Confluence
5 41 (2.14%) Apache
6 38 (1.99%) Apache Spark
7 30 (1.57%) JBoss
8 29 (1.52%) Elasticsearch
9 25 (1.31%) Tomcat
10 23 (1.20%) SAS
11 18 (0.94%) WebSphere
12 17 (0.89%) Red Hat Fuse
13 16 (0.84%) CMS
13 16 (0.84%) Mule
14 15 (0.78%) Oracle Coherence
15 14 (0.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 13 (0.68%) NServiceBus
16 13 (0.68%) Skype for Business
16 13 (0.68%) WebLogic
17 12 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 91 (4.75%) Microsoft Excel
2 62 (3.24%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (0.52%) Photoshop
4 8 (0.42%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.31%) InfoPath
6 6 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.10%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 28 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.21%) Cerner Millennium
3 4 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.16%) Elite 3E
4 3 (0.16%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.10%) Aligne
5 2 (0.10%) Dynamics GP
5 2 (0.10%) Infor M3
5 2 (0.10%) Maximo
5 2 (0.10%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.10%) Salerio
5 2 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 2 (0.10%) SAP MDG
5 2 (0.10%) Shopify
5 2 (0.10%) Siebel CRM
5 2 (0.10%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.052%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.052%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 767 (40.07%) Azure
2 304 (15.88%) Power Platform
3 229 (11.96%) AWS
4 100 (5.22%) Azure Data Factory
5 96 (5.02%) Azure Active Directory
5 96 (5.02%) Microsoft 365
6 88 (4.60%) Serverless
7 81 (4.23%) PaaS
8 53 (2.77%) PowerApps
9 48 (2.51%) IaaS
9 48 (2.51%) Logic Apps
9 48 (2.51%) SaaS
10 45 (2.35%) Dynamics 365
11 42 (2.19%) AWS Lambda
12 41 (2.14%) GCP
13 38 (1.99%) GitHub
14 35 (1.83%) Power Automate
15 34 (1.78%) Amazon S3
16 32 (1.67%) Azure Functions
17 31 (1.62%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 67 (3.50%) DNS
2 57 (2.98%) Firewall
3 35 (1.83%) SAN
4 34 (1.78%) DHCP
5 28 (1.46%) TCP/IP
6 23 (1.20%) VPN
7 21 (1.10%) WAN
8 17 (0.89%) LAN
8 17 (0.89%) Skype
9 16 (0.84%) HTTP
9 16 (0.84%) WAAS
10 13 (0.68%) Internet
10 13 (0.68%) Wireless
11 12 (0.63%) FTP
11 12 (0.63%) Network Security
12 11 (0.57%) NAS
12 11 (0.57%) Remote Desktop
13 10 (0.52%) Wi-Fi
14 9 (0.47%) VLAN
15 8 (0.42%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 320 (16.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 276 (14.42%) Data Warehouse
3 268 (14.00%) Power BI
4 215 (11.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 179 (9.35%) Relational Database
6 151 (7.89%) MySQL
7 140 (7.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 129 (6.74%) PostgreSQL
9 126 (6.58%) Azure SQL Database
10 113 (5.90%) NoSQL
11 102 (5.33%) MongoDB
12 83 (4.34%) SQL Server 2016
13 76 (3.97%) SQL Server 2012
14 74 (3.87%) Data Lake
15 60 (3.13%) Tableau
16 59 (3.08%) SQL Server 2008
17 51 (2.66%) Hadoop
17 51 (2.66%) RDBMS
18 50 (2.61%) DB2
19 45 (2.35%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 141 (7.37%) Git (software)
2 122 (6.37%) JIRA
3 105 (5.49%) Visual Studio
4 93 (4.86%) Jenkins
5 57 (2.98%) Team Foundation Server
6 46 (2.40%) Bitbucket
7 43 (2.25%) Maven
8 41 (2.14%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 36 (1.88%) Octopus Deploy
9 36 (1.88%) Subversion
10 32 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
11 30 (1.57%) Selenium
12 29 (1.52%) Cucumber
13 26 (1.36%) Artifactory
13 26 (1.36%) TeamCity
14 25 (1.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 23 (1.20%) JUnit
16 22 (1.15%) NUnit
17 17 (0.89%) GitLab
17 17 (0.89%) Hudson
General
1 409 (21.37%) Finance
2 182 (9.51%) Banking
3 118 (6.17%) Public Sector
4 89 (4.65%) Front Office
5 69 (3.61%) Investment Banking
6 39 (2.04%) Law
7 38 (1.99%) Telecoms
8 35 (1.83%) Retail
9 28 (1.46%) Legal
10 27 (1.41%) Marketing
11 26 (1.36%) Back Office
12 25 (1.31%) Manufacturing
13 20 (1.04%) Electronics
14 16 (0.84%) Financial Institution
15 12 (0.63%) Games
16 10 (0.52%) Advertising
17 9 (0.47%) Billing
18 7 (0.37%) French Language
19 6 (0.31%) Publishing
20 4 (0.21%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 829 (43.31%) Developer
2 290 (15.15%) .NET Developer
3 182 (9.51%) C# Developer
4 181 (9.46%) Analyst
5 173 (9.04%) Architect
6 136 (7.11%) SQL Developer
7 102 (5.33%) Data Engineer
8 97 (5.07%) DBA
9 96 (5.02%) Senior Developer
10 95 (4.96%) C# .NET Developer
11 90 (4.70%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 88 (4.60%) Consultant
13 73 (3.81%) Full Stack Developer
14 70 (3.66%) Azure Engineer
15 65 (3.40%) Data Analyst
16 63 (3.29%) Data Architect
16 63 (3.29%) SQL DBA
17 57 (2.98%) DevOps Engineer
18 56 (2.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 56 (2.93%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 635 (33.18%) .NET
2 233 (12.17%) ASP.NET
3 205 (10.71%) HTML
4 190 (9.93%) Web Services
5 184 (9.61%) .NET Core
6 178 (9.30%) CSS
7 168 (8.78%) AngularJS
8 159 (8.31%) .NET Framework
9 146 (7.63%) React
10 133 (6.95%) REST
11 128 (6.69%) XML
12 97 (5.07%) ASP.NET Web API
13 95 (4.96%) JSON
14 88 (4.60%) RESTful
15 77 (4.02%) jQuery
16 71 (3.71%) ASP.NET Core
16 71 (3.71%) SOAP
17 68 (3.55%) HTML5
18 67 (3.50%) Middleware
19 63 (3.29%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 159 (8.31%) Analytical Skills
2 96 (5.02%) Greenfield Project
3 63 (3.29%) Data Structures
4 59 (3.08%) NHS
5 51 (2.66%) User Experience
6 45 (2.35%) Fixed Income
7 42 (2.19%) Self-Motivation
8 41 (2.14%) Clustering
9 38 (1.99%) Data Centre
10 36 (1.88%) Management Information System
11 32 (1.67%) Algorithms
12 27 (1.41%) Replication
13 22 (1.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 22 (1.15%) PKI
13 22 (1.15%) Public Cloud
14 21 (1.10%) Derivative
15 19 (0.99%) Cloud Native
15 19 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
16 17 (0.89%) EMC VNX
17 15 (0.78%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 422 (22.05%) Windows
2 229 (11.96%) Linux
3 170 (8.88%) Windows Server
4 95 (4.96%) Unix
5 87 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 63 (3.29%) Windows 10
7 54 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 41 (2.14%) Windows Server 2016
9 36 (1.88%) Windows Server 2008
10 28 (1.46%) Windows 7
11 24 (1.25%) Windows Server 2019
12 21 (1.10%) CentOS
13 17 (0.89%) Solaris
14 16 (0.84%) Windows XP
15 12 (0.63%) AIX
16 8 (0.42%) Android
16 8 (0.42%) Apple iOS
17 7 (0.37%) Ubuntu
18 6 (0.31%) VMS
19 5 (0.26%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 566 (29.57%) Agile Software Development
2 384 (20.06%) DevOps
3 381 (19.91%) Business Intelligence
4 246 (12.85%) Migration
5 238 (12.43%) ETL
6 194 (10.14%) Scrum
7 187 (9.77%) Data Modelling
8 179 (9.35%) Microservices
9 170 (8.88%) TDD
10 159 (8.31%) Problem-Solving
11 156 (8.15%) MVC
12 155 (8.10%) Analytics
13 149 (7.78%) Test Automation
14 134 (7.00%) Software Engineering
15 123 (6.43%) Continuous Integration
16 100 (5.22%) OO
17 97 (5.07%) Mentoring
18 96 (5.02%) Data Migration
19 93 (4.86%) ITIL
20 92 (4.81%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 1,051 (54.91%) SQL
2 572 (29.89%) C#
3 339 (17.71%) JavaScript
4 243 (12.70%) T-SQL
5 236 (12.33%) PowerShell
6 228 (11.91%) Python
7 225 (11.76%) Java
8 99 (5.17%) TypeScript
9 56 (2.93%) VB
10 52 (2.72%) PL/SQL
11 48 (2.51%) VB.NET
12 37 (1.93%) Bash Shell
12 37 (1.93%) R
13 36 (1.88%) VBA
14 33 (1.72%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 27 (1.41%) C
15 27 (1.41%) C++
16 24 (1.25%) Perl
17 22 (1.15%) Shell Script
18 21 (1.10%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 233 (12.17%) Security Cleared
2 189 (9.87%) SC Cleared
3 94 (4.91%) Degree
4 54 (2.82%) DV Cleared
5 37 (1.93%) Microsoft Certification
6 27 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
7 15 (0.78%) Cisco Certification
8 14 (0.73%) MCSE
9 10 (0.52%) Master's Degree
10 8 (0.42%) BPSS Clearance
10 8 (0.42%) MCITP
10 8 (0.42%) MCSA
11 6 (0.31%) CCNA
11 6 (0.31%) ISEB
11 6 (0.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.26%) AWS Certification
12 5 (0.26%) ITIL Certification
12 5 (0.26%) SAS Certification
13 4 (0.21%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 4 (0.21%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (5.22%) QA
2 63 (3.29%) Data Quality
3 19 (0.99%) GDPR
4 13 (0.68%) SLA
5 9 (0.47%) PCI DSS
6 8 (0.42%) Dublin Core
7 6 (0.31%) COBIT
7 6 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.21%) NIST
9 3 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.10%) Dodd-Frank
10 2 (0.10%) Government Security Classifications
10 2 (0.10%) IFRS
10 2 (0.10%) NCSC
10 2 (0.10%) PMO
10 2 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.10%) WCAG
11 1 (0.052%) COREP
11 1 (0.052%) CRD IV
System Software
1 241 (12.59%) Active Directory
2 111 (5.80%) Docker
3 104 (5.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 34 (1.78%) Hyper-V
5 29 (1.52%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
6 17 (0.89%) vSphere
7 15 (0.78%) VMware NSX
8 14 (0.73%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 10 (0.52%) HDFS
9 10 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
10 9 (0.47%) Virtual Desktop
11 8 (0.42%) XenApp
12 6 (0.31%) GlusterFS
13 5 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
14 4 (0.21%) ISA Server
15 3 (0.16%) DFS Replication
15 3 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
15 3 (0.16%) XenDesktop
16 2 (0.10%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 100 (5.22%) Kubernetes
2 63 (3.29%) Ansible
3 58 (3.03%) Terraform
4 43 (2.25%) SCCM
5 26 (1.36%) Microsoft Clustering
6 25 (1.31%) Microsoft Intune
7 24 (1.25%) Puppet
8 21 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
9 18 (0.94%) SCOM
10 16 (0.84%) IBM BigFix
11 15 (0.78%) Opscode Chef
12 14 (0.73%) vCenter Server
13 10 (0.52%) AirWatch
14 9 (0.47%) Control-M
14 9 (0.47%) Grafana
15 8 (0.42%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
15 8 (0.42%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 7 (0.37%) Nagios
16 7 (0.37%) Prometheus
16 7 (0.37%) WSUS
Vendors
1 664 (34.69%) Microsoft
2 412 (21.53%) Oracle
3 135 (7.05%) VMware
4 69 (3.61%) SAP
5 60 (3.13%) Databricks
6 56 (2.93%) Cisco
6 56 (2.93%) Red Hat
7 45 (2.35%) Citrix
8 35 (1.83%) Sybase
9 29 (1.52%) Dell
9 29 (1.52%) EMC
9 29 (1.52%) Google
9 29 (1.52%) HP
10 27 (1.41%) Informatica
11 26 (1.36%) IBM
12 23 (1.20%) Atlassian
13 17 (0.89%) CyberArk
14 16 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
14 16 (0.84%) Teradata
15 14 (0.73%) Talend