Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 2017 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
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 18 13
Rank change year-on-year -4 -5 +2
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6534 7346 9322
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.95% 7.60% 8.92%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.45% 33.69% 38.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 4843 5184 6576
England median daily rate £425 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.97% +4.00% -
10th Percentile £300 £270 £263
90th Percentile £600 £556 £560
UK median daily rate £413 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 132 193
England median hourly rate £35.66 £29.94 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.09% +15.15% +13.04%
10th Percentile £18.15 £13.50 £14.13
90th Percentile £53.00 £46.00 £51.74
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year +7.69% +18.18% +19.57%

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 20775 21803 24437
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.09% 22.57% 23.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 14394 14620 16272
England median daily rate £460 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.24% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £313 £290 £275
90th Percentile £638 £600 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +0.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 261 317 386
England median hourly rate £31.50 £28.00 £27.89
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +0.39% +15.01%
10th Percentile £14.25 £11.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £56.75 £48.30 £52.17
UK median hourly rate £31.15 £28.18 £29.00
% change year-on-year +10.54% -2.83% +16.00%

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017.

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 20 November 2017. 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 0 3055 £475 +5.56% 490
South East -1 1208 £375 - 339
North of England -2 849 £350 - 351
Midlands +2 650 £355 +1.43% 208
South West -4 422 £375 +7.14% 114
North West -10 414 £375 +7.14% 188
Yorkshire -1 361 £350 - 133
East of England -11 360 £363 -3.33% 118
West Midlands -2 343 £375 +7.14% 95
East Midlands +6 304 £340 -2.86% 111
North East -18 71 £340 +3.03% 30
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 3477 (53.21%) SQL
2 2819 (43.14%) .NET
3 2649 (40.54%) C#
4 2237 (34.24%) Microsoft
5 1954 (29.91%) Agile Software Development
6 1399 (21.41%) MVC
6 1399 (21.41%) Finance
7 1345 (20.58%) Windows
8 1344 (20.57%) JavaScript
9 1285 (19.67%) ASP.NET
10 1237 (18.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1180 (18.06%) HTML
12 1179 (18.04%) Oracle
13 1085 (16.61%) T-SQL
14 1070 (16.38%) Business Intelligence
15 1002 (15.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 966 (14.78%) CSS
17 905 (13.85%) TDD
18 877 (13.42%) Microsoft Azure
19 825 (12.63%) AngularJS
20 784 (12.00%) Web Services
21 780 (11.94%) ETL
22 769 (11.77%) Data Warehouse
23 763 (11.68%) ASP.NET MVC
24 750 (11.48%) .NET Framework
25 720 (11.02%) ASP.NET Web API
26 713 (10.91%) Java
27 701 (10.73%) Banking
28 695 (10.64%) SQL Server 2008
29 675 (10.33%) SQL Server 2012

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
1 365 (5.59%) IIS
2 345 (5.28%) SharePoint
3 188 (2.88%) MS Exchange
4 174 (2.66%) CMS
5 124 (1.90%) Tomcat
6 108 (1.65%) Confluence
7 107 (1.64%) Elasticsearch
8 106 (1.62%) Apache
9 99 (1.52%) BizTalk Server
10 83 (1.27%) Apache Spark
11 80 (1.22%) JBoss
12 76 (1.16%) WebSphere
13 70 (1.07%) Skype for Business
14 67 (1.03%) Sitecore CMS
15 61 (0.93%) Umbraco
16 58 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
17 51 (0.78%) SAS
17 51 (0.78%) WebLogic
18 47 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
19 45 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 416 (6.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 144 (2.20%) Microsoft Office
3 51 (0.78%) MS Visio
4 44 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 34 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
6 15 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.11%) InfoPath
7 7 (0.11%) SmartSuite
8 5 (0.077%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (0.077%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.077%) SPSS
8 5 (0.077%) Stata
9 2 (0.031%) Fireworks
10 1 (0.015%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.015%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.015%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.015%) InDesign
10 1 (0.015%) PaintShop Pro
10 1 (0.015%) RoboHelp
10 1 (0.015%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 157 (2.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 85 (1.30%) Dynamics AX
3 45 (0.69%) Markit EDM
4 30 (0.46%) ION MarketView
5 27 (0.41%) Unit4 Business World
6 25 (0.38%) RMDS
7 20 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 15 (0.23%) thinkFolio
9 14 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
9 14 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
10 11 (0.17%) Maximo
10 11 (0.17%) SimCorp Dimension
11 9 (0.14%) Actimize
11 9 (0.14%) SAP CRM
12 8 (0.12%) Adobe Campaign
12 8 (0.12%) Endur
12 8 (0.12%) Teamcenter
12 8 (0.12%) Temenos T24
13 7 (0.11%) KANA IQ
13 7 (0.11%) SunGard GMI
Cloud Services
1 877 (13.42%) Microsoft Azure
2 509 (7.79%) Amazon AWS
3 157 (2.40%) Office 365
4 78 (1.19%) GitHub
5 69 (1.06%) PaaS
6 59 (0.90%) IaaS
7 53 (0.81%) Amazon EC2
8 47 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
8 47 (0.72%) SaaS
9 28 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
10 27 (0.41%) Amazon EMR
10 27 (0.41%) Amazon S3
11 26 (0.40%) AWS CloudFormation
11 26 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
11 26 (0.40%) npm
12 23 (0.35%) Serverless
13 21 (0.32%) AWS Lambda
13 21 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
13 21 (0.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 19 (0.29%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 210 (3.21%) Firewall
2 180 (2.75%) SAN
3 158 (2.42%) DNS
4 149 (2.28%) TCP/IP
5 99 (1.52%) DHCP
6 97 (1.48%) LAN
7 93 (1.42%) WAN
8 72 (1.10%) HTTP
9 71 (1.09%) Internet
10 62 (0.95%) VPN
11 50 (0.77%) LDAP
12 48 (0.73%) Intranet
12 48 (0.73%) NAS
13 45 (0.69%) Network Security
14 44 (0.67%) SSL
15 40 (0.61%) Skype
16 34 (0.52%) VoIP
17 28 (0.43%) FTP
17 28 (0.43%) VLAN
18 25 (0.38%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1237 (18.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1002 (15.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 769 (11.77%) Data Warehouse
4 695 (10.64%) SQL Server 2008
5 675 (10.33%) SQL Server 2012
6 570 (8.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 483 (7.39%) Relational Database
8 424 (6.49%) SQL Server 2016
9 367 (5.62%) SQL Server 2014
10 362 (5.54%) MySQL
11 332 (5.08%) Power BI
12 289 (4.42%) NoSQL
13 247 (3.78%) Oracle Database
14 233 (3.57%) RDBMS
15 228 (3.49%) MongoDB
16 194 (2.97%) SQL Server 2005
17 172 (2.63%) Hadoop
18 161 (2.46%) Big Data
19 148 (2.27%) OLAP
20 132 (2.02%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 556 (8.51%) Team Foundation Server
2 543 (8.31%) Visual Studio
3 523 (8.00%) Git (software)
4 286 (4.38%) TeamCity
5 243 (3.72%) JIRA
6 223 (3.41%) Jenkins
7 206 (3.15%) Subversion
8 179 (2.74%) NUnit
9 171 (2.62%) Octopus Deploy
10 103 (1.58%) SpecFlow
11 99 (1.52%) Maven
12 98 (1.50%) Selenium
13 86 (1.32%) Moq
14 72 (1.10%) MSTest
15 69 (1.06%) Eclipse
16 62 (0.95%) JUnit
16 62 (0.95%) Visual Studio Team System
17 57 (0.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 57 (0.87%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 56 (0.86%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 1399 (21.41%) Finance
2 701 (10.73%) Banking
3 383 (5.86%) Front Office
4 266 (4.07%) Investment Banking
5 168 (2.57%) Retail
6 126 (1.93%) Marketing
7 125 (1.91%) Back Office
8 107 (1.64%) Manufacturing
9 93 (1.42%) Telecoms
10 91 (1.39%) Legal
11 67 (1.03%) Law
12 55 (0.84%) Financial Institution
13 54 (0.83%) Advertising
14 35 (0.54%) Electronics
15 34 (0.52%) Automotive
15 34 (0.52%) Retail Banking
16 30 (0.46%) Local Government
17 29 (0.44%) Publishing
18 26 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
19 21 (0.32%) Games
Job Titles
1 3845 (58.85%) Developer
2 1373 (21.01%) .NET Developer
3 1228 (18.79%) C# Developer
4 957 (14.65%) SQL Developer
5 727 (11.13%) C# .NET Developer
6 643 (9.84%) Analyst
7 412 (6.31%) Senior Developer
8 375 (5.74%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 345 (5.28%) ASP.NET Developer
9 345 (5.28%) SQL Server Developer
10 336 (5.14%) Architect
11 334 (5.11%) DBA
12 314 (4.81%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
13 295 (4.51%) C# ASP.NET Developer
13 295 (4.51%) Full Stack Developer
14 251 (3.84%) SQL DBA
15 243 (3.72%) SSIS Developer
16 234 (3.58%) Consultant
17 226 (3.46%) Java Developer
18 179 (2.74%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2819 (43.14%) .NET
2 1285 (19.67%) ASP.NET
3 1180 (18.06%) HTML
4 966 (14.78%) CSS
5 825 (12.63%) AngularJS
6 784 (12.00%) Web Services
7 763 (11.68%) ASP.NET MVC
8 750 (11.48%) .NET Framework
9 720 (11.02%) ASP.NET Web API
10 616 (9.43%) WCF
11 573 (8.77%) jQuery
12 509 (7.79%) XML
13 457 (6.99%) HTML5
14 441 (6.75%) Entity Framework
15 381 (5.83%) REST
16 361 (5.52%) WPF
17 309 (4.73%) JSON
18 292 (4.47%) RESTful
19 255 (3.90%) SOAP
20 253 (3.87%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 536 (8.20%) Analytical Skills
2 270 (4.13%) Greenfield Project
3 237 (3.63%) Fixed Income
4 205 (3.14%) Computer Science
5 174 (2.66%) Derivative
6 154 (2.36%) Clustering
7 134 (2.05%) Enterprise Software
8 125 (1.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 125 (1.91%) Management Information System
9 123 (1.88%) Data Structures
10 113 (1.73%) Data Centre
11 108 (1.65%) Replication
12 103 (1.58%) User Experience
13 98 (1.50%) N-Tier
14 89 (1.36%) Fintech
15 81 (1.24%) Equities
16 78 (1.19%) Client/Server
17 75 (1.15%) Algorithms
18 69 (1.06%) Hedge funds
19 62 (0.95%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1345 (20.58%) Windows
2 580 (8.88%) Linux
3 576 (8.82%) Windows Server
4 332 (5.08%) Unix
5 283 (4.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 207 (3.17%) Windows Server 2008
7 104 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
8 81 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 65 (0.99%) Windows 10
10 59 (0.90%) Windows 7
11 42 (0.64%) Apple iOS
12 38 (0.58%) Solaris
13 33 (0.51%) Android
14 21 (0.32%) AIX
15 20 (0.31%) Windows Vista
16 19 (0.29%) Windows XP
17 18 (0.28%) Windows 8
18 17 (0.26%) Ubuntu
19 15 (0.23%) VMS
20 12 (0.18%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1954 (29.91%) Agile Software Development
2 1399 (21.41%) MVC
3 1070 (16.38%) Business Intelligence
4 905 (13.85%) TDD
5 780 (11.94%) ETL
6 646 (9.89%) Migration
7 588 (9.00%) Scrum
8 519 (7.94%) Continuous Integration
9 512 (7.84%) Data Modelling
10 446 (6.83%) DevOps
11 426 (6.52%) SDLC
12 410 (6.27%) Web Development
13 348 (5.33%) Unit Testing
14 341 (5.22%) Analytics
15 339 (5.19%) OO
16 337 (5.16%) Test Automation
17 313 (4.79%) BDD
18 286 (4.38%) Performance Tuning
19 276 (4.22%) CRM
20 270 (4.13%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 3477 (53.21%) SQL
2 2649 (40.54%) C#
3 1344 (20.57%) JavaScript
4 1085 (16.61%) T-SQL
5 713 (10.91%) Java
6 461 (7.06%) PowerShell
7 436 (6.67%) Python
8 268 (4.10%) VBA
9 263 (4.03%) VB.NET
10 163 (2.49%) C++
11 149 (2.28%) TypeScript
12 129 (1.97%) VB
13 124 (1.90%) PL/SQL
14 104 (1.59%) PHP
15 97 (1.48%) Shell Script
16 94 (1.44%) Bash Shell
17 75 (1.15%) Perl
18 70 (1.07%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 66 (1.01%) Ruby
20 61 (0.93%) C
Qualifications
1 392 (6.00%) Degree
2 334 (5.11%) Security Cleared
3 198 (3.03%) SC Cleared
4 193 (2.95%) Microsoft Certification
5 111 (1.70%) Computer Science Degree
6 105 (1.61%) MCSE
7 60 (0.92%) DV Cleared
8 56 (0.86%) MCSA
9 48 (0.73%) ISEB
10 47 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
11 45 (0.69%) MCITP
12 41 (0.63%) CCNA
13 31 (0.47%) ISTQB
14 27 (0.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 26 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 22 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
16 22 (0.34%) Numerate Degree
17 21 (0.32%) Master's Degree
18 20 (0.31%) MCP
19 18 (0.28%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 189 (2.89%) QA
2 182 (2.79%) Data Quality
3 64 (0.98%) SLA
4 46 (0.70%) MiFID
5 26 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 21 (0.32%) PCI DSS
7 16 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
8 12 (0.18%) GDPR
8 12 (0.18%) PMO
9 11 (0.17%) IFRS
9 11 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 11 (0.17%) Solvency II
10 10 (0.15%) IFRS 9
11 8 (0.12%) Basel II
11 8 (0.12%) EMIR
11 8 (0.12%) GCP
11 8 (0.12%) GxP
11 8 (0.12%) HL7
11 8 (0.12%) WCAG
12 7 (0.11%) SEPA
System Software
1 541 (8.28%) Active Directory
2 210 (3.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 176 (2.69%) Docker
4 139 (2.13%) Hyper-V
5 89 (1.36%) vSphere
6 75 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
7 61 (0.93%) XenApp
8 47 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
9 29 (0.44%) HDFS
10 25 (0.38%) XenDesktop
11 23 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
12 19 (0.29%) Apache Flume
13 16 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
14 14 (0.21%) Terminal Services
15 12 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
16 11 (0.17%) XenServer
17 10 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
18 8 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 8 (0.12%) Xen
19 6 (0.092%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 133 (2.04%) Ansible
2 122 (1.87%) SCCM
3 99 (1.52%) Puppet
4 83 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
5 58 (0.89%) SCOM
6 47 (0.72%) Microsoft Clustering
7 43 (0.66%) Nagios
8 42 (0.64%) WSUS
9 39 (0.60%) NetBackup
10 36 (0.55%) Kubernetes
11 34 (0.52%) Terraform
12 30 (0.46%) Oozie
13 25 (0.38%) OpenView Configuration Management
14 24 (0.37%) Control-M
15 22 (0.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 18 (0.28%) Data Guard
16 18 (0.28%) McAfee ePO
16 18 (0.28%) Norton AntiVirus
16 18 (0.28%) Oracle RMAN
17 17 (0.26%) TIBCO Hawk
Vendors
1 2237 (34.24%) Microsoft
2 1179 (18.04%) Oracle
3 387 (5.92%) VMware
4 229 (3.50%) Tableau
5 218 (3.34%) Citrix
6 200 (3.06%) HP
7 144 (2.20%) SAP
8 130 (1.99%) Cisco
9 125 (1.91%) IBM
10 122 (1.87%) Sitecore
11 89 (1.36%) TIBCO
12 85 (1.30%) Sybase
13 75 (1.15%) Salesforce.com
14 74 (1.13%) Red Hat
15 70 (1.07%) Atlassian
16 61 (0.93%) Informatica
17 60 (0.92%) NetApp
18 54 (0.83%) Bloomberg
18 54 (0.83%) RedGate
19 51 (0.78%) Google