Period
to 13 August 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 13 August 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
13 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 25 27 26
Rank change year-on-year +2 -1 -3
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 1,923 5,332 6,647
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.33% 6.44% 7.10%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 28.77% 29.07% 30.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,363 3,963 4,944
Median daily rate £475 £433 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.83% +1.76% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £306 £295
90th Percentile £700 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +11.76% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 79 72
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £29.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +17.65% -21.19%
10th Percentile £14.00 £16.85 £16.34
90th Percentile £67.65 £57.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year - +16.67% -20.53%

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 6,685 18,345 21,501
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.99% 22.17% 22.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,414 12,720 15,166
Median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £700 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 240 231
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +16.67% -3.23%
10th Percentile £15.19 £14.28 £14.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £60.08 £52.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year - +16.67% -4.76%

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 August 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 13 August 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 13 August 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 +5 1,061 £525 +10.53% 254
South East -8 256 £425 +3.03% 212
North of England -10 217 £388 +3.33% 236
South West -7 137 £450 +5.88% 105
Midlands -6 135 £425 +6.25% 178
North West -5 131 £400 +8.11% 147
East of England +14 95 £413 -2.94% 66
West Midlands -5 88 £475 +13.10% 91
Yorkshire -9 78 £375 - 67
East Midlands -15 45 £350 -6.67% 87
North East -9 8 £375 -6.25% 22
South Coast - 1 - -
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 13 August 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 1,035 (53.82%) SQL
2 685 (35.62%) Azure
3 641 (33.33%) C#
4 639 (33.23%) Microsoft
5 627 (32.61%) .NET
6 571 (29.69%) Agile Software Development
7 479 (24.91%) Windows
8 469 (24.39%) Finance
9 448 (23.30%) DevOps
10 444 (23.09%) Oracle
11 361 (18.77%) JavaScript
12 355 (18.46%) Java
13 321 (16.69%) Business Intelligence
14 310 (16.12%) T-SQL
15 305 (15.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 290 (15.08%) Security Cleared
17 277 (14.40%) Python
18 274 (14.25%) Web Services
19 256 (13.31%) AWS
20 255 (13.26%) Data Warehouse
21 253 (13.16%) Banking
22 246 (12.79%) HTML
23 243 (12.64%) Active Directory
24 242 (12.58%) Microservices
25 234 (12.17%) MySQL
26 232 (12.06%) ASP.NET
27 229 (11.91%) PowerShell
28 224 (11.65%) Git (software)
29 218 (11.34%) SC Cleared
30 214 (11.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services

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
1 137 (7.12%) SharePoint
2 100 (5.20%) IIS
3 98 (5.10%) Apache
4 56 (2.91%) Confluence
5 50 (2.60%) MS Exchange
6 44 (2.29%) Elasticsearch
7 40 (2.08%) Tomcat
8 30 (1.56%) JBoss
9 25 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2010
10 21 (1.09%) Apache Spark
10 21 (1.09%) CMS
10 21 (1.09%) Red Hat Fuse
10 21 (1.09%) Skype for Business
11 16 (0.83%) ArcGIS
11 16 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
12 14 (0.73%) Oracle Workflow
12 14 (0.73%) WebLogic
13 13 (0.68%) Apache Solr
13 13 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
14 12 (0.62%) SAS
Applications
1 133 (6.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 72 (3.74%) Microsoft Office
3 27 (1.40%) Photoshop
4 13 (0.68%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.52%) Acrobat
6 6 (0.31%) Chatbot
6 6 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 5 (0.26%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.10%) Stata
10 1 (0.052%) EngageOne
10 1 (0.052%) SOLIDWORKS
10 1 (0.052%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 56 (2.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.73%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 8 (0.42%) Northgate Housing
4 7 (0.36%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 6 (0.31%) Siebel CRM
6 4 (0.21%) Elite 3E
6 4 (0.21%) Endur
7 3 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.16%) Markit EDM
7 3 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
7 3 (0.16%) thinkFolio
7 3 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
8 2 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.10%) Maximo
8 2 (0.10%) NetSuite
8 2 (0.10%) Oracle BPM
8 2 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.10%) Q-Pulse
8 2 (0.10%) RMDS
9 1 (0.052%) Sophis RISQUE
Cloud Services
1 685 (35.62%) Azure
2 256 (13.31%) AWS
3 213 (11.08%) Power Platform
4 112 (5.82%) GCP
5 93 (4.84%) Office 365
6 91 (4.73%) Serverless
7 73 (3.80%) AWS Lambda
8 68 (3.54%) Amazon ECS
9 62 (3.22%) SaaS
10 56 (2.91%) Apigee
10 56 (2.91%) Azure Data Factory
10 56 (2.91%) PaaS
11 47 (2.44%) GitHub
12 44 (2.29%) IaaS
13 33 (1.72%) Dynamics 365
14 31 (1.61%) Logic Apps
15 26 (1.35%) Azure Active Directory
16 23 (1.20%) PowerApps
17 21 (1.09%) Azure Stack
17 21 (1.09%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 97 (5.04%) DNS
2 53 (2.76%) DHCP
3 45 (2.34%) SAN
4 42 (2.18%) HTTP
5 41 (2.13%) Firewall
6 30 (1.56%) Skype
7 25 (1.30%) Internet
8 21 (1.09%) TCP/IP
9 18 (0.94%) SSL
10 17 (0.88%) WAN
11 16 (0.83%) VPN
12 13 (0.68%) FTP
13 12 (0.62%) SSH
14 11 (0.57%) NetScaler
15 10 (0.52%) Kerberos
15 10 (0.52%) Remote Desktop
15 10 (0.52%) Wireless
16 9 (0.47%) LAN
16 9 (0.47%) MPLS
16 9 (0.47%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 305 (15.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 255 (13.26%) Data Warehouse
3 234 (12.17%) MySQL
4 214 (11.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 203 (10.56%) Power BI
6 183 (9.52%) PostgreSQL
7 156 (8.11%) Relational Database
8 150 (7.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 100 (5.20%) MongoDB
10 92 (4.78%) SQL Server 2016
11 86 (4.47%) NoSQL
12 81 (4.21%) Oracle Database
12 81 (4.21%) SQL Server 2008
13 78 (4.06%) SQL Server 2012
14 69 (3.59%) Amazon Redshift
15 68 (3.54%) Azure SQL Database
16 59 (3.07%) RDBMS
17 57 (2.96%) SQL Server 2014
18 53 (2.76%) Data Lake
19 50 (2.60%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 224 (11.65%) Git (software)
2 141 (7.33%) Visual Studio
3 125 (6.50%) Jenkins
3 125 (6.50%) Team Foundation Server
4 119 (6.19%) JIRA
5 85 (4.42%) GitLab
6 63 (3.28%) TeamCity
7 62 (3.22%) Subversion
8 60 (3.12%) Artifactory
9 57 (2.96%) Selenium
10 51 (2.65%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 49 (2.55%) Octopus Deploy
12 41 (2.13%) JUnit
13 34 (1.77%) Maven
14 31 (1.61%) Visual Studio Team System
15 29 (1.51%) Bitbucket
16 25 (1.30%) Ant
16 25 (1.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 25 (1.30%) SpecFlow
17 24 (1.25%) Cucumber
General
1 469 (24.39%) Finance
2 253 (13.16%) Banking
3 128 (6.66%) Public Sector
4 98 (5.10%) Front Office
5 93 (4.84%) Investment Banking
6 56 (2.91%) Back Office
7 50 (2.60%) Retail
8 23 (1.20%) Legal
9 20 (1.04%) Law
9 20 (1.04%) Local Government
10 19 (0.99%) Manufacturing
11 17 (0.88%) Telecoms
12 16 (0.83%) Marketing
13 12 (0.62%) Electronics
13 12 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
14 10 (0.52%) Financial Institution
15 8 (0.42%) Advertising
15 8 (0.42%) Police
16 7 (0.36%) Military
17 4 (0.21%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 977 (50.81%) Developer
2 236 (12.27%) .NET Developer
3 200 (10.40%) C# Developer
4 188 (9.78%) SQL Developer
5 152 (7.90%) Architect
6 135 (7.02%) Java Developer
7 132 (6.86%) Analyst
8 109 (5.67%) DBA
9 102 (5.30%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 99 (5.15%) Senior Developer
11 74 (3.85%) C# .NET Developer
12 72 (3.74%) SQL DBA
13 68 (3.54%) Data Engineer
13 68 (3.54%) Software Engineer
14 62 (3.22%) Administrator
15 61 (3.17%) DevOps Engineer
16 59 (3.07%) Azure Engineer
17 56 (2.91%) Azure Developer
18 55 (2.86%) Data Architect
18 55 (2.86%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 627 (32.61%) .NET
2 274 (14.25%) Web Services
3 246 (12.79%) HTML
4 232 (12.06%) ASP.NET
5 208 (10.82%) .NET Framework
6 198 (10.30%) AngularJS
7 189 (9.83%) CSS
8 144 (7.49%) .NET Core
9 132 (6.86%) XML
10 129 (6.71%) React
11 127 (6.60%) REST
12 114 (5.93%) jQuery
13 108 (5.62%) Entity Framework
14 98 (5.10%) ASP.NET Web API
15 87 (4.52%) JSON
16 85 (4.42%) HTML5
17 83 (4.32%) WPF
18 81 (4.21%) ASP.NET MVC
19 77 (4.00%) RESTful
20 76 (3.95%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 153 (7.96%) Analytical Skills
2 111 (5.77%) Fixed Income
3 83 (4.32%) Greenfield Project
4 75 (3.90%) Hedge funds
5 66 (3.43%) User Experience
6 63 (3.28%) Derivative
7 62 (3.22%) Management Information System
8 46 (2.39%) Data Centre
9 41 (2.13%) NHS
10 37 (1.92%) Clustering
11 36 (1.87%) Enterprise Software
12 34 (1.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 33 (1.72%) Replication
13 33 (1.72%) Self-Motivation
14 32 (1.66%) PKI
15 30 (1.56%) Equities
16 26 (1.35%) Data Structures
17 24 (1.25%) Client/Server
17 24 (1.25%) Private Cloud
18 23 (1.20%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 479 (24.91%) Windows
2 213 (11.08%) Windows Server
3 183 (9.52%) Linux
4 104 (5.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 101 (5.25%) Unix
6 96 (4.99%) Windows Server 2016
7 75 (3.90%) Windows Server 2008
8 57 (2.96%) Windows 10
9 39 (2.03%) Windows Server 2019
10 35 (1.82%) Android
11 29 (1.51%) Apple iOS
12 21 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 19 (0.99%) Mac OS X
13 19 (0.99%) Windows 7
14 17 (0.88%) AIX
15 14 (0.73%) CentOS
16 13 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
17 11 (0.57%) Windows XP
18 10 (0.52%) VMS
19 6 (0.31%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 571 (29.69%) Agile Software Development
2 448 (23.30%) DevOps
3 321 (16.69%) Business Intelligence
4 242 (12.58%) Microservices
5 211 (10.97%) Migration
6 184 (9.57%) ETL
7 182 (9.46%) MVC
8 181 (9.41%) Scrum
9 163 (8.48%) Problem-Solving
10 157 (8.16%) Test Automation
11 153 (7.96%) Software Engineering
12 141 (7.33%) ITIL
12 141 (7.33%) TDD
13 137 (7.12%) Asset Management
13 137 (7.12%) SDLC
14 135 (7.02%) Data Modelling
15 125 (6.50%) Analytics
16 124 (6.45%) Unit Testing
17 112 (5.82%) Continuous Integration
17 112 (5.82%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 1,035 (53.82%) SQL
2 641 (33.33%) C#
3 361 (18.77%) JavaScript
4 355 (18.46%) Java
5 310 (16.12%) T-SQL
6 277 (14.40%) Python
7 229 (11.91%) PowerShell
8 92 (4.78%) VB
9 75 (3.90%) TypeScript
10 55 (2.86%) PL/SQL
11 46 (2.39%) Perl
12 41 (2.13%) Bash Shell
13 40 (2.08%) VB.NET
13 40 (2.08%) VBA
14 38 (1.98%) C++
15 33 (1.72%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 30 (1.56%) C
17 27 (1.40%) Shell Script
18 22 (1.14%) R
19 21 (1.09%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 290 (15.08%) Security Cleared
2 218 (11.34%) SC Cleared
3 116 (6.03%) Degree
4 82 (4.26%) DV Cleared
5 57 (2.96%) Microsoft Certification
6 46 (2.39%) Computer Science Degree
7 19 (0.99%) Sun Certification
8 18 (0.94%) MCSE
9 17 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
10 16 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
11 15 (0.78%) MCSA
12 13 (0.68%) Master's Degree
13 11 (0.57%) ISTQB
14 10 (0.52%) ISEB
15 9 (0.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 8 (0.42%) CISSP
16 8 (0.42%) MCITP
17 6 (0.31%) CTC Cleared
17 6 (0.31%) MCP
17 6 (0.31%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (3.64%) QA
2 35 (1.82%) Data Quality
3 33 (1.72%) GDPR
4 30 (1.56%) SLA
5 18 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 14 (0.73%) Cyber Essentials
6 14 (0.73%) HIPAA
7 13 (0.68%) Government Security Classifications
8 12 (0.62%) NCSC
9 11 (0.57%) WCAG
10 10 (0.52%) Solvency II
11 7 (0.36%) MiFID
12 6 (0.31%) COBIT
12 6 (0.31%) PCI DSS
13 5 (0.26%) HL7
13 5 (0.26%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 3 (0.16%) EMIR
15 2 (0.10%) IFRS
15 2 (0.10%) NIST
15 2 (0.10%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 243 (12.64%) Active Directory
2 171 (8.89%) Docker
3 83 (4.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 71 (3.69%) Hyper-V
5 32 (1.66%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (1.51%) XenApp
7 28 (1.46%) vSphere
8 19 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
9 15 (0.78%) VMware NSX
10 14 (0.73%) VMware Workstation
11 9 (0.47%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 9 (0.47%) XenDesktop
12 8 (0.42%) RACF
13 7 (0.36%) Oracle RAC
14 6 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
15 5 (0.26%) GeoWebCache
15 5 (0.26%) NFS
16 4 (0.21%) Terminal Server
16 4 (0.21%) vCloud
17 3 (0.16%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 173 (9.00%) Kubernetes
2 66 (3.43%) Ansible
3 51 (2.65%) Terraform
4 45 (2.34%) SCCM
5 32 (1.66%) Puppet
6 28 (1.46%) SCOM
7 25 (1.30%) Opscode Chef
8 17 (0.88%) WSUS
9 14 (0.73%) Grafana
9 14 (0.73%) Norton AntiVirus
10 12 (0.62%) HP Quality Center
10 12 (0.62%) Kibana
10 12 (0.62%) Microsoft Clustering
10 12 (0.62%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 11 (0.57%) Nagios
12 10 (0.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 10 (0.52%) Single Sign-On
13 9 (0.47%) McAfee ePO
13 9 (0.47%) Microsoft Intune
13 9 (0.47%) MIIS
Vendors
1 639 (33.23%) Microsoft
2 444 (23.09%) Oracle
3 131 (6.81%) VMware
4 104 (5.41%) Google
5 80 (4.16%) Sybase
6 65 (3.38%) SAP
7 54 (2.81%) Tableau
8 52 (2.70%) HP
9 49 (2.55%) Cisco
10 46 (2.39%) Databricks
11 45 (2.34%) Citrix
12 38 (1.98%) Red Hat
13 31 (1.61%) IBM
14 25 (1.30%) ESRI
15 24 (1.25%) Salesforce.com
16 23 (1.20%) Dell
16 23 (1.20%) Xamarin
17 22 (1.14%) Atlassian
17 22 (1.14%) Lumension
17 22 (1.14%) Splunk