Period
to 28 October 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 28 October 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
28 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 35 25 23
Rank change year-on-year -10 -2 -1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 1,567 4,947 6,671
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.62% 6.41% 7.10%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 24.73% 29.10% 30.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,243 3,631 5,005
Median daily rate £470 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.59% - +3.03%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £302
90th Percentile £700 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £471 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +10.88% - +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 82 80
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +41.30% -28.13%
10th Percentile £13.07 £15.50 £15.03
90th Percentile £54.25 £55.95 £57.34
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £32.54 £23.00
% change year-on-year +7.56% +41.48% -26.16%

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 6,337 17,000 21,601
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.73% 22.03% 23.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,124 11,733 15,212
Median daily rate £490 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.16% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £325 £315
90th Percentile £675 £663 £638
UK median daily rate £480 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +1.05% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 133 242 215
Median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% +5.08% -2.48%
10th Percentile £14.10 £13.99 £13.81
90th Percentile £53.75 £60.00 £55.60
Median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year +12.90% +10.71% -6.67%

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 28 October 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 28 October 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 28 October 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 -2 896 £525 +9.38% 261
North of England -16 171 £385 +2.67% 303
South East -19 170 £438 +6.06% 224
Midlands -10 128 £350 -9.68% 180
North West -2 119 £380 +1.33% 218
South West -4 104 £445 +4.71% 102
West Midlands -13 71 £375 -6.25% 89
East of England +15 62 £383 -10.00% 72
East Midlands +2 56 £350 -6.67% 91
Yorkshire -40 42 £395 +1.94% 68
North East +12 10 £388 -6.55% 17
South Coast - 1 - -
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 28 October 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.

1 871 (55.58%) SQL
2 563 (35.93%) Azure
3 534 (34.08%) Agile Software Development
4 517 (32.99%) Microsoft
5 500 (31.91%) C#
6 479 (30.57%) .NET
7 431 (27.50%) Finance
8 390 (24.89%) Oracle
9 374 (23.87%) Windows
10 371 (23.68%) DevOps
11 327 (20.87%) Java
12 286 (18.25%) Banking
13 284 (18.12%) JavaScript
14 275 (17.55%) Business Intelligence
15 260 (16.59%) Python
16 252 (16.08%) Security Cleared
17 242 (15.44%) Web Services
18 236 (15.06%) AWS
19 229 (14.61%) T-SQL
20 224 (14.29%) MySQL
20 224 (14.29%) Microservices
21 223 (14.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
22 213 (13.59%) Data Warehouse
23 210 (13.40%) PowerShell
24 190 (12.13%) Active Directory
25 185 (11.81%) Power Platform
26 183 (11.68%) HTML
27 182 (11.61%) ASP.NET
28 176 (11.23%) PostgreSQL
29 175 (11.17%) Migration

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
1 116 (7.40%) Apache
2 92 (5.87%) SharePoint
3 91 (5.81%) IIS
4 60 (3.83%) Confluence
5 32 (2.04%) JBoss
5 32 (2.04%) MS Exchange
6 30 (1.91%) Tomcat
7 28 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
8 23 (1.47%) BizTalk Server
8 23 (1.47%) Skype for Business
9 21 (1.34%) Red Hat Fuse
10 17 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2010
11 14 (0.89%) ArcGIS
12 13 (0.83%) WebLogic
12 13 (0.83%) WebSphere
13 12 (0.77%) Apache Spark
13 12 (0.77%) nginx
13 12 (0.77%) SharePoint 2013
14 11 (0.70%) Apache Solr
15 10 (0.64%) Mule
Applications
1 81 (5.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 57 (3.64%) Microsoft Office
3 18 (1.15%) Photoshop
4 8 (0.51%) InfoPath
4 8 (0.51%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.38%) Chatbot
6 4 (0.26%) SPSS
7 3 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 2 (0.13%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.064%) EngageOne
9 1 (0.064%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.064%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 30 (1.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.45%) Northgate Housing
3 6 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
3 6 (0.38%) Siebel CRM
3 6 (0.38%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 5 (0.32%) HiPortfolio
4 5 (0.32%) Lawson
5 4 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.19%) Endur
6 3 (0.19%) NetSuite
6 3 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.19%) Oracle Utilities
6 3 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 3 (0.19%) SAP Hybris
6 3 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.19%) Teamcenter
7 2 (0.13%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.13%) Sentinel
7 2 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 563 (35.93%) Azure
2 236 (15.06%) AWS
3 185 (11.81%) Power Platform
4 120 (7.66%) GCP
5 106 (6.76%) Serverless
6 87 (5.55%) AWS Lambda
7 84 (5.36%) Amazon ECS
8 71 (4.53%) Apigee
9 52 (3.32%) Office 365
10 49 (3.13%) Azure Data Factory
11 45 (2.87%) GitHub
12 43 (2.74%) SaaS
13 37 (2.36%) PaaS
14 36 (2.30%) Logic Apps
15 34 (2.17%) Dynamics 365
16 32 (2.04%) Azure Active Directory
17 29 (1.85%) IaaS
18 25 (1.60%) PowerApps
19 21 (1.34%) OpenShift
20 16 (1.02%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 86 (5.49%) DNS
2 47 (3.00%) DHCP
3 39 (2.49%) Firewall
4 36 (2.30%) HTTP
5 31 (1.98%) Skype
6 28 (1.79%) SAN
7 21 (1.34%) Internet
8 16 (1.02%) SSL
8 16 (1.02%) TCP/IP
9 11 (0.70%) Intrusion Detection
9 11 (0.70%) SSH
9 11 (0.70%) VoIP
9 11 (0.70%) VPN
9 11 (0.70%) WAN
10 10 (0.64%) Wireless
11 9 (0.57%) Remote Desktop
12 8 (0.51%) FTP
12 8 (0.51%) IPsec
12 8 (0.51%) MPLS
12 8 (0.51%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 224 (14.29%) MySQL
2 223 (14.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 213 (13.59%) Data Warehouse
4 176 (11.23%) PostgreSQL
5 168 (10.72%) Power BI
6 147 (9.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 134 (8.55%) Relational Database
8 111 (7.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 88 (5.62%) NoSQL
10 84 (5.36%) MongoDB
11 80 (5.11%) Amazon Redshift
12 70 (4.47%) Azure SQL Database
13 66 (4.21%) Oracle Database
14 54 (3.45%) SQL Server 2016
14 54 (3.45%) Tableau
15 51 (3.25%) RDBMS
15 51 (3.25%) SQL Server 2008
16 47 (3.00%) SQL Server 2012
17 40 (2.55%) Data Lake
18 39 (2.49%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 155 (9.89%) Jenkins
2 153 (9.76%) Git (software)
3 110 (7.02%) JIRA
4 100 (6.38%) GitLab
5 88 (5.62%) Visual Studio
6 81 (5.17%) Artifactory
7 74 (4.72%) Team Foundation Server
8 48 (3.06%) Selenium
9 46 (2.94%) Subversion
10 37 (2.36%) Bitbucket
11 35 (2.23%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 33 (2.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 33 (2.11%) JUnit
12 33 (2.11%) TeamCity
13 31 (1.98%) Maven
14 28 (1.79%) Cucumber
14 28 (1.79%) Visual Studio Team System
15 24 (1.53%) SpecFlow
16 22 (1.40%) FishEye
17 20 (1.28%) NUnit
General
1 431 (27.50%) Finance
2 286 (18.25%) Banking
3 92 (5.87%) Front Office
4 89 (5.68%) Investment Banking
5 87 (5.55%) Public Sector
6 65 (4.15%) Back Office
7 27 (1.72%) Retail
8 24 (1.53%) Law
9 20 (1.28%) Legal
10 18 (1.15%) Financial Institution
11 17 (1.08%) Pharmaceutical
12 15 (0.96%) Manufacturing
12 15 (0.96%) Marketing
12 15 (0.96%) Telecoms
13 13 (0.83%) Advertising
14 12 (0.77%) Electronics
14 12 (0.77%) Local Government
15 9 (0.57%) Military
16 6 (0.38%) Police
17 5 (0.32%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 760 (48.50%) Developer
2 201 (12.83%) .NET Developer
3 163 (10.40%) C# Developer
4 161 (10.27%) SQL Developer
5 150 (9.57%) Architect
6 131 (8.36%) Java Developer
7 93 (5.93%) DBA
8 88 (5.62%) Software Engineer
9 86 (5.49%) Analyst
10 83 (5.30%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 78 (4.98%) C# .NET Developer
12 77 (4.91%) Data Architect
13 68 (4.34%) Developer/Software Engineer
14 66 (4.21%) Senior Developer
15 63 (4.02%) Administrator
16 62 (3.96%) Java Engineer
16 62 (3.96%) Java Software Developer
16 62 (3.96%) Java Software Engineer
17 61 (3.89%) SQL DBA
18 59 (3.77%) AWS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 479 (30.57%) .NET
2 242 (15.44%) Web Services
3 183 (11.68%) HTML
4 182 (11.61%) ASP.NET
5 159 (10.15%) CSS
6 141 (9.00%) AngularJS
7 131 (8.36%) .NET Framework
8 104 (6.64%) XML
9 103 (6.57%) .NET Core
10 101 (6.45%) REST
11 96 (6.13%) React
12 95 (6.06%) gRPC
13 88 (5.62%) JSON
14 85 (5.42%) Swagger
15 79 (5.04%) RESTful
16 77 (4.91%) jQuery
17 76 (4.85%) ASP.NET Web API
18 73 (4.66%) OAuth
19 71 (4.53%) Entity Framework
20 68 (4.34%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 121 (7.72%) Analytical Skills
2 84 (5.36%) Hedge funds
3 80 (5.11%) Fixed Income
4 68 (4.34%) Greenfield Project
5 54 (3.45%) Management Information System
6 52 (3.32%) Derivative
7 42 (2.68%) User Experience
8 41 (2.62%) Data Centre
9 40 (2.55%) NHS
10 38 (2.43%) Clustering
11 31 (1.98%) Equities
11 31 (1.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 30 (1.91%) Replication
13 28 (1.79%) PKI
14 24 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
14 24 (1.53%) Private Cloud
15 19 (1.21%) Self-Motivation
16 18 (1.15%) Credit Risk
16 18 (1.15%) Public Cloud
17 17 (1.08%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 374 (23.87%) Windows
2 160 (10.21%) Linux
3 158 (10.08%) Windows Server
4 96 (6.13%) Unix
5 75 (4.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 67 (4.28%) Windows Server 2016
7 45 (2.87%) Windows 10
8 43 (2.74%) Windows Server 2008
9 38 (2.43%) Windows Server 2019
10 24 (1.53%) Windows 7
11 21 (1.34%) Android
12 19 (1.21%) Apple iOS
13 15 (0.96%) AIX
13 15 (0.96%) CentOS
14 14 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 12 (0.77%) Mac OS X
16 10 (0.64%) VMS
17 9 (0.57%) Ubuntu
18 6 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
19 5 (0.32%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 534 (34.08%) Agile Software Development
2 371 (23.68%) DevOps
3 275 (17.55%) Business Intelligence
4 224 (14.29%) Microservices
5 175 (11.17%) Migration
6 138 (8.81%) Asset Management
7 136 (8.68%) Data Modelling
8 135 (8.62%) Software Engineering
9 132 (8.42%) MVC
9 132 (8.42%) Scrum
10 127 (8.10%) ETL
11 124 (7.91%) Problem-Solving
12 114 (7.28%) TDD
13 112 (7.15%) ITIL
14 105 (6.70%) Test Automation
15 92 (5.87%) Mentoring
16 89 (5.68%) Investment Management
17 85 (5.42%) SDLC
18 82 (5.23%) Performance Tuning
19 81 (5.17%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 871 (55.58%) SQL
2 500 (31.91%) C#
3 327 (20.87%) Java
4 284 (18.12%) JavaScript
5 260 (16.59%) Python
6 229 (14.61%) T-SQL
7 210 (13.40%) PowerShell
8 63 (4.02%) VB
9 61 (3.89%) PL/SQL
10 51 (3.25%) TypeScript
11 45 (2.87%) Bash Shell
12 39 (2.49%) VB.NET
13 35 (2.23%) Perl
14 30 (1.91%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 28 (1.79%) Shell Script
16 26 (1.66%) C
16 26 (1.66%) C++
16 26 (1.66%) VBA
17 21 (1.34%) Ruby
18 20 (1.28%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 252 (16.08%) Security Cleared
2 174 (11.10%) SC Cleared
3 82 (5.23%) DV Cleared
4 63 (4.02%) Degree
5 43 (2.74%) Microsoft Certification
6 25 (1.60%) Sun Certification
7 24 (1.53%) Computer Science Degree
8 14 (0.89%) MCSE
9 13 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
10 11 (0.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 11 (0.70%) MCSA
10 11 (0.70%) TOGAF Certification
11 10 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (0.45%) CISSP
12 7 (0.45%) ISTQB
12 7 (0.45%) Master's Degree
13 6 (0.38%) ISEB
14 5 (0.32%) MCSD
14 5 (0.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 4 (0.26%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (3.00%) QA
2 43 (2.74%) Data Quality
3 33 (2.11%) GDPR
4 21 (1.34%) SLA
5 17 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 13 (0.83%) Cyber Essentials
6 13 (0.83%) Government Security Classifications
6 13 (0.83%) HIPAA
6 13 (0.83%) NCSC
7 10 (0.64%) COBIT
8 9 (0.57%) PCI DSS
9 7 (0.45%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 5 (0.32%) MiFID
10 5 (0.32%) NIST
11 4 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 3 (0.19%) ISO 9001
13 2 (0.13%) GxP
13 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 2 (0.13%) SNOMED CT
13 2 (0.13%) WCAG
System Software
1 190 (12.13%) Active Directory
2 169 (10.78%) Docker
3 69 (4.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 48 (3.06%) Hyper-V
5 21 (1.34%) VMware ESXi
6 18 (1.15%) vSphere
7 17 (1.08%) Virtual Machines
8 15 (0.96%) VMware NSX
9 14 (0.89%) XenApp
10 13 (0.83%) VMware Workstation
11 10 (0.64%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 9 (0.57%) Oracle RAC
13 8 (0.51%) HDFS
14 6 (0.38%) GlusterFS
15 5 (0.32%) GeoWebCache
16 4 (0.26%) vCloud
16 4 (0.26%) XenDesktop
17 3 (0.19%) DFS Replication
17 3 (0.19%) RACF
17 3 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 152 (9.70%) Kubernetes
2 75 (4.79%) Ansible
3 51 (3.25%) Terraform
4 31 (1.98%) Puppet
5 26 (1.66%) SCCM
6 22 (1.40%) Single Sign-On
7 19 (1.21%) Opscode Chef
8 16 (1.02%) Grafana
9 15 (0.96%) WSUS
10 14 (0.89%) SCOM
11 13 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
12 11 (0.70%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 11 (0.70%) Norton AntiVirus
13 10 (0.64%) Nagios
14 9 (0.57%) Control-M
14 9 (0.57%) Kibana
14 9 (0.57%) Prometheus
15 8 (0.51%) vCenter Server
16 7 (0.45%) Foglight
17 6 (0.38%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 517 (32.99%) Microsoft
2 390 (24.89%) Oracle
3 107 (6.83%) Google
4 94 (6.00%) VMware
5 72 (4.59%) Sybase
6 60 (3.83%) SAP
7 41 (2.62%) Databricks
8 35 (2.23%) Cisco
9 33 (2.11%) HP
10 30 (1.91%) Citrix
11 28 (1.79%) Red Hat
12 25 (1.60%) ESRI
12 25 (1.60%) IBM
13 24 (1.53%) Atlassian
14 21 (1.34%) Splunk
14 21 (1.34%) Symantec
15 20 (1.28%) Lumension
15 20 (1.28%) Sophos
16 19 (1.21%) McAfee
17 18 (1.15%) Salesforce.com