Period
to 18 February 2019

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 18 February 2019 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
18 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 24 24 21
Rank change year-on-year 0 -3 -5
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6,298 6,313 6,570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.99% 6.88% 7.44%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.04% 31.51% 33.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,633 4,660 4,742
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.26%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £438 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +4.17% +5.00% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 87 98
England median hourly rate £28.50 £40.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.75% +39.13% +15.14%
10th Percentile £15.75 £20.63 £15.25
90th Percentile £57.33 £57.63 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £25.55 £40.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -36.12% +33.33% +11.65%

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 20,290 20,035 19,790
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.51% 21.85% 22.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,092 14,110 13,338
England median daily rate £488 £475 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +8.57% +2.94%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £295
90th Percentile £650 £635 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £425
% change year-on-year +2.70% +8.82% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 228 225 257
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +32.08% -3.64%
10th Percentile £14.00 £15.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £56.40 £58.25 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £34.00 £34.25 £26.50
% change year-on-year -0.73% +29.25% -5.36%

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 18 February 2019.

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 18 February 2019.

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 18 February 2019. 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 2,875 £500 +5.26% 883
South East -2 1,020 £425 +10.03% 644
North of England -2 960 £375 +7.14% 892
Midlands -2 661 £400 +7.38% 540
South West +3 530 £425 +13.33% 287
North West +3 464 £363 +3.57% 453
Yorkshire -3 410 £375 +7.14% 392
West Midlands -3 407 £413 +5.77% 275
East Midlands +3 255 £375 +7.14% 265
East of England -7 245 £413 +13.79% 245
North East +11 86 £400 +22.61% 47
South Coast 0 1 - -
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 18 February 2019, 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 3,399 (53.97%) SQL
2 2,700 (42.87%) .NET
3 2,667 (42.35%) C#
4 2,130 (33.82%) Microsoft
5 2,125 (33.74%) Agile Software Development
6 1,586 (25.18%) Microsoft Azure
7 1,407 (22.34%) JavaScript
8 1,377 (21.86%) Finance
9 1,233 (19.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1,217 (19.32%) Oracle
11 1,201 (19.07%) ASP.NET
11 1,201 (19.07%) MVC
12 1,133 (17.99%) Windows
13 1,095 (17.39%) Business Intelligence
14 1,059 (16.81%) T-SQL
15 957 (15.20%) HTML
16 907 (14.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 872 (13.85%) CSS
18 838 (13.31%) ETL
19 835 (13.26%) Data Warehouse
20 817 (12.97%) .NET Framework
21 807 (12.81%) TDD
22 771 (12.24%) AngularJS
23 721 (11.45%) ASP.NET Web API
24 676 (10.73%) Scrum
25 663 (10.53%) Git (software)
26 613 (9.73%) Java
27 609 (9.67%) Web Services
28 604 (9.59%) Linux
29 599 (9.51%) Amazon AWS

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
1 320 (5.08%) SharePoint
2 294 (4.67%) IIS
3 153 (2.43%) MS Exchange
4 150 (2.38%) Confluence
5 143 (2.27%) Apache
6 138 (2.19%) CMS
7 113 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
8 111 (1.76%) Apache Spark
9 77 (1.22%) Tomcat
10 65 (1.03%) WebSphere
11 62 (0.98%) Skype for Business
12 61 (0.97%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 60 (0.95%) Umbraco
14 49 (0.78%) JBoss
15 47 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
16 38 (0.60%) WebLogic
17 37 (0.59%) SAS
18 36 (0.57%) NServiceBus
19 33 (0.52%) Documentum
20 32 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 423 (6.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 151 (2.40%) Microsoft Office
3 55 (0.87%) MS Visio
4 41 (0.65%) Spreadsheet
5 33 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 19 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.079%) CATIA
8 4 (0.064%) Siemens NX
9 3 (0.048%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.032%) SPSS
11 1 (0.016%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.016%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.016%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.016%) InVision
11 1 (0.016%) Mingle
11 1 (0.016%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 219 (3.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 34 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (0.30%) ION MarketView
4 15 (0.24%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 14 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
6 13 (0.21%) Markit EDM
6 13 (0.21%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 13 (0.21%) RMDS
7 11 (0.17%) Endur
8 10 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
9 9 (0.14%) Oracle Retail
10 8 (0.13%) Infor M3
10 8 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
11 7 (0.11%) NetSuite
12 6 (0.095%) Elite 3E
12 6 (0.095%) Visualfiles
13 5 (0.079%) Actimize
13 5 (0.079%) Remedy ITSM
13 5 (0.079%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 5 (0.079%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,586 (25.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 599 (9.51%) Amazon AWS
3 224 (3.56%) Office 365
4 201 (3.19%) PaaS
5 167 (2.65%) Dynamics 365
6 164 (2.60%) Azure Data Factory
7 133 (2.11%) IaaS
8 124 (1.97%) Serverless
9 118 (1.87%) SaaS
10 114 (1.81%) GitHub
11 67 (1.06%) Google Cloud Platform
12 66 (1.05%) Azure Active Directory
13 55 (0.87%) Azure Functions
14 54 (0.86%) Amazon S3
14 54 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
15 53 (0.84%) OpenShift
16 48 (0.76%) Amazon EC2
17 35 (0.56%) npm
18 34 (0.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
19 33 (0.52%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 217 (3.45%) Firewall
2 177 (2.81%) DNS
3 128 (2.03%) SAN
4 93 (1.48%) VPN
5 88 (1.40%) DHCP
6 84 (1.33%) Internet
6 84 (1.33%) TCP/IP
7 82 (1.30%) LAN
8 81 (1.29%) HTTP
9 69 (1.10%) WAN
10 53 (0.84%) SSL
11 44 (0.70%) Skype
12 31 (0.49%) AMQP
12 31 (0.49%) FTP
12 31 (0.49%) Kerberos
12 31 (0.49%) NAS
13 25 (0.40%) Intranet
13 25 (0.40%) NetScaler
14 23 (0.37%) MPLS
14 23 (0.37%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,233 (19.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 907 (14.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 835 (13.26%) Data Warehouse
4 569 (9.03%) Power BI
5 553 (8.78%) Relational Database
6 521 (8.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 417 (6.62%) SQL Server 2012
8 409 (6.49%) SQL Server 2008
9 377 (5.99%) MySQL
10 361 (5.73%) SQL Server 2016
11 328 (5.21%) NoSQL
12 259 (4.11%) SQL Server 2014
13 245 (3.89%) Azure SQL Database
14 228 (3.62%) PostgreSQL
15 221 (3.51%) MongoDB
16 214 (3.40%) Oracle Database
17 199 (3.16%) Big Data
18 195 (3.10%) RDBMS
19 177 (2.81%) Hadoop
20 158 (2.51%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 663 (10.53%) Git (software)
2 535 (8.49%) Visual Studio
3 482 (7.65%) Team Foundation Server
4 373 (5.92%) JIRA
5 358 (5.68%) Jenkins
6 231 (3.67%) Visual Studio Team System
7 217 (3.45%) Subversion
8 179 (2.84%) TeamCity
9 167 (2.65%) Selenium
10 121 (1.92%) Maven
11 112 (1.78%) SpecFlow
12 101 (1.60%) NUnit
13 98 (1.56%) Octopus Deploy
14 85 (1.35%) JUnit
15 77 (1.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 73 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 69 (1.10%) Cucumber
17 69 (1.10%) Moq
18 58 (0.92%) Eclipse
19 55 (0.87%) JMeter
General
1 1,377 (21.86%) Finance
2 476 (7.56%) Banking
3 272 (4.32%) Front Office
4 224 (3.56%) Retail
5 152 (2.41%) Investment Banking
6 110 (1.75%) Marketing
7 89 (1.41%) Telecoms
8 88 (1.40%) Back Office
9 87 (1.38%) Manufacturing
10 66 (1.05%) Legal
11 58 (0.92%) Financial Institution
12 52 (0.83%) Publishing
13 47 (0.75%) Electronics
14 42 (0.67%) Billing
15 40 (0.64%) Law
16 31 (0.49%) Games
17 27 (0.43%) Advertising
18 25 (0.40%) French Language
19 23 (0.37%) German Language
20 14 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 3,650 (57.95%) Developer
2 1,277 (20.28%) .NET Developer
3 1,069 (16.97%) C# Developer
4 774 (12.29%) SQL Developer
5 565 (8.97%) C# .NET Developer
6 530 (8.42%) Analyst
7 413 (6.56%) Architect
8 343 (5.45%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 318 (5.05%) Full Stack Developer
10 316 (5.02%) DBA
11 271 (4.30%) Senior Developer
12 261 (4.14%) SQL DBA
13 238 (3.78%) SQL Server Developer
14 211 (3.35%) Java Developer
15 204 (3.24%) Angular Developer
15 204 (3.24%) ASP.NET Developer
16 202 (3.21%) Azure Developer
17 188 (2.99%) Software Developer
18 173 (2.75%) Administrator
19 158 (2.51%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,700 (42.87%) .NET
2 1,201 (19.07%) ASP.NET
3 957 (15.20%) HTML
4 872 (13.85%) CSS
5 817 (12.97%) .NET Framework
6 771 (12.24%) AngularJS
7 721 (11.45%) ASP.NET Web API
8 609 (9.67%) Web Services
9 599 (9.51%) ASP.NET MVC
10 569 (9.03%) jQuery
11 471 (7.48%) XML
12 431 (6.84%) WCF
13 426 (6.76%) REST
14 421 (6.68%) Entity Framework
15 400 (6.35%) .NET Core
16 340 (5.40%) React
17 339 (5.38%) JSON
18 335 (5.32%) HTML5
19 318 (5.05%) WPF
20 267 (4.24%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 521 (8.27%) Analytical Skills
2 352 (5.59%) Greenfield Project
3 167 (2.65%) Hedge funds
4 164 (2.60%) Fixed Income
5 159 (2.52%) Self-Motivation
6 153 (2.43%) Data Centre
7 150 (2.38%) Enterprise Software
8 146 (2.32%) Clustering
9 121 (1.92%) User Experience
10 117 (1.86%) Fintech
11 105 (1.67%) Management Information System
12 102 (1.62%) Data Structures
13 93 (1.48%) Derivative
14 90 (1.43%) Replication
15 87 (1.38%) Algorithms
16 83 (1.32%) NHS
17 67 (1.06%) Equities
18 53 (0.84%) Mobile App
19 50 (0.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 49 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,133 (17.99%) Windows
2 604 (9.59%) Linux
3 527 (8.37%) Windows Server
4 317 (5.03%) Unix
5 185 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 152 (2.41%) Windows Server 2008
7 147 (2.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 89 (1.41%) Windows 10
9 49 (0.78%) Windows 7
9 49 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
10 43 (0.68%) Ubuntu
11 42 (0.67%) Android
12 41 (0.65%) Solaris
13 32 (0.51%) Apple iOS
14 23 (0.37%) CentOS
15 16 (0.25%) AIX
16 11 (0.17%) Mac OS X
17 10 (0.16%) VMS
17 10 (0.16%) Windows 8
18 9 (0.14%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,125 (33.74%) Agile Software Development
2 1,201 (19.07%) MVC
3 1,095 (17.39%) Business Intelligence
4 838 (13.31%) ETL
5 807 (12.81%) TDD
6 676 (10.73%) Scrum
7 594 (9.43%) Migration
8 556 (8.83%) DevOps
9 515 (8.18%) Problem-Solving
10 477 (7.57%) Continuous Integration
11 455 (7.22%) Microservices
12 407 (6.46%) Analytics
13 396 (6.29%) BDD
14 385 (6.11%) Data Modelling
15 379 (6.02%) Test Automation
16 356 (5.65%) OO
17 308 (4.89%) CRM
18 304 (4.83%) SDLC
19 293 (4.65%) Performance Tuning
19 293 (4.65%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 3,399 (53.97%) SQL
2 2,667 (42.35%) C#
3 1,407 (22.34%) JavaScript
4 1,059 (16.81%) T-SQL
5 613 (9.73%) Java
6 493 (7.83%) PowerShell
7 335 (5.32%) Python
8 223 (3.54%) VB.NET
9 220 (3.49%) PL/SQL
10 206 (3.27%) VBA
11 193 (3.06%) TypeScript
12 136 (2.16%) VB
13 109 (1.73%) PHP
14 97 (1.54%) Shell Script
15 91 (1.44%) Scala
16 81 (1.29%) Java 8
17 78 (1.24%) Bash Shell
18 77 (1.22%) C++
18 77 (1.22%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 76 (1.21%) R
Qualifications
1 423 (6.72%) Security Cleared
2 335 (5.32%) Degree
3 324 (5.14%) SC Cleared
4 131 (2.08%) Microsoft Certification
5 75 (1.19%) MCSE
6 71 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
7 70 (1.11%) DV Cleared
8 50 (0.79%) Numerate Degree
9 44 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
10 39 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
11 34 (0.54%) CCNA
12 33 (0.52%) MCSA
13 30 (0.48%) AWS Certification
14 22 (0.35%) ISEB
14 22 (0.35%) MCP
14 22 (0.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 20 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
16 19 (0.30%) ISTQB
17 18 (0.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 17 (0.27%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 217 (3.45%) QA
2 117 (1.86%) Data Quality
3 54 (0.86%) SLA
4 52 (0.83%) GDPR
5 27 (0.43%) WCAG
6 15 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 14 (0.22%) IFRS
7 14 (0.22%) PMO
8 10 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
9 9 (0.14%) Basel III
10 8 (0.13%) IFRS 9
10 8 (0.13%) ISO 9001
11 7 (0.11%) MiFID
11 7 (0.11%) PCI DSS
11 7 (0.11%) TickIT
12 5 (0.079%) HL7
13 4 (0.064%) EMIR
13 4 (0.064%) GxP
13 4 (0.064%) ISO 15022
13 4 (0.064%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 476 (7.56%) Active Directory
2 315 (5.00%) Docker
3 211 (3.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 88 (1.40%) Hyper-V
5 76 (1.21%) VMware ESXi
6 58 (0.92%) Virtual Machines
6 58 (0.92%) vSphere
7 50 (0.79%) XenApp
8 48 (0.76%) HDFS
9 47 (0.75%) Oracle RAC
10 34 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
10 34 (0.54%) XenDesktop
11 21 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 14 (0.22%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 13 (0.21%) Apache Flume
14 12 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
15 10 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 9 (0.14%) Xen
17 7 (0.11%) NFS
18 6 (0.095%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 195 (3.10%) Kubernetes
2 185 (2.94%) Ansible
3 131 (2.08%) SCCM
4 122 (1.94%) Puppet
5 92 (1.46%) Terraform
6 84 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
7 77 (1.22%) Microsoft Clustering
8 65 (1.03%) SCOM
9 44 (0.70%) Kibana
10 38 (0.60%) Failover Clustering
11 33 (0.52%) Nagios
12 30 (0.48%) logstash
13 27 (0.43%) ITRS Geneos
14 26 (0.41%) WSUS
15 25 (0.40%) ZABBIX
16 24 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
17 23 (0.37%) vCenter Server
18 21 (0.33%) Grafana
18 21 (0.33%) NetBackup
19 20 (0.32%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 2,130 (33.82%) Microsoft
2 1,217 (19.32%) Oracle
3 355 (5.64%) VMware
4 217 (3.45%) Tableau
5 178 (2.83%) Citrix
6 167 (2.65%) SAP
7 155 (2.46%) Red Hat
8 153 (2.43%) Cisco
9 118 (1.87%) Google
9 118 (1.87%) HP
9 118 (1.87%) IBM
10 105 (1.67%) Sybase
11 73 (1.16%) Atlassian
12 61 (0.97%) Informatica
13 60 (0.95%) Teradata
14 57 (0.91%) Telerik
15 51 (0.81%) TIBCO
16 50 (0.79%) Sitecore
17 47 (0.75%) Reuters
18 44 (0.70%) NetApp