Period
to 19 June 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 19 June 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
19 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 26 26 23
Rank change year-on-year 0 -3 -3
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 5,419 6,332 5,954
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.54% 6.95% 7.10%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 29.23% 30.71% 31.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,972 4,590 4,263
England median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £310 £293 £275
90th Percentile £613 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £424 £400
% change year-on-year +0.35% +5.88% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 64 100
England median hourly rate £35.00 £36.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.11% -2.67% +31.58%
10th Percentile £16.25 £18.36 £15.23
90th Percentile £57.10 £54.25 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £36.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -4.11% -2.67% +17.55%

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 18,538 20,617 19,021
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.37% 22.64% 22.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,860 14,466 12,769
England median daily rate £485 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £650 £638 £614
UK median daily rate £475 £464 £438
% change year-on-year +2.43% +6.00% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 223 213 237
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +27.27% -14.60%
10th Percentile £14.26 £14.06 £9.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £54.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year - +20.69% -5.69%

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 19 June 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 19 June 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 19 June 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 -7 2,456 £488 +2.63% 274
South East +1 980 £425 +6.25% 253
North of England +1 797 £375 +7.14% 319
Midlands -2 595 £400 +6.67% 189
North West +1 408 £370 +1.37% 165
South West -7 394 £425 +13.33% 101
West Midlands -8 326 £425 +6.25% 102
Yorkshire -4 317 £375 +3.81% 135
East Midlands +5 269 £375 +7.14% 87
East of England -21 196 £425 +13.33% 78
North East +12 72 £425 +48.47% 19
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 19 June 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 2,828 (52.19%) SQL
2 2,274 (41.96%) C#
3 2,234 (41.23%) .NET
4 1,842 (33.99%) Microsoft
5 1,791 (33.05%) Agile Software Development
6 1,516 (27.98%) Microsoft Azure
7 1,206 (22.26%) JavaScript
8 1,124 (20.74%) Finance
9 1,097 (20.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1,042 (19.23%) Windows
11 999 (18.44%) Business Intelligence
12 940 (17.35%) ASP.NET
13 934 (17.24%) Oracle
14 897 (16.55%) MVC
15 887 (16.37%) T-SQL
16 823 (15.19%) HTML
17 787 (14.52%) Data Warehouse
18 765 (14.12%) CSS
19 715 (13.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 693 (12.79%) ETL
21 666 (12.29%) .NET Framework
22 650 (11.99%) AngularJS
23 641 (11.83%) ASP.NET Web API
24 604 (11.15%) Power Platform
25 585 (10.80%) Scrum
26 583 (10.76%) Power BI
27 579 (10.68%) TDD
28 574 (10.59%) Web Services
29 572 (10.56%) DevOps
30 563 (10.39%) 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
1 373 (6.88%) SharePoint
2 271 (5.00%) IIS
3 159 (2.93%) Confluence
4 148 (2.73%) Apache
5 129 (2.38%) MS Exchange
6 105 (1.94%) Apache Spark
7 99 (1.83%) CMS
8 95 (1.75%) Elasticsearch
9 87 (1.61%) Tomcat
10 54 (1.00%) SharePoint 2010
10 54 (1.00%) Skype for Business
11 52 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
12 50 (0.92%) SharePoint 2013
13 35 (0.65%) WebSphere
14 30 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 29 (0.54%) Umbraco
16 28 (0.52%) JBoss
17 26 (0.48%) WebLogic
18 23 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
18 23 (0.42%) nginx
Applications
1 327 (6.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 138 (2.55%) Microsoft Office
3 34 (0.63%) MS Visio
4 31 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 15 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
6 13 (0.24%) InfoPath
7 6 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
8 5 (0.092%) SPSS
9 3 (0.055%) CATIA
9 3 (0.055%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.037%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.037%) Mingle
11 1 (0.018%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 201 (3.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.46%) Elite 3E
3 23 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
4 18 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
5 17 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
6 15 (0.28%) Markit EDM
7 13 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 12 (0.22%) Visualfiles
9 11 (0.20%) ION MarketView
10 8 (0.15%) SAP ERP
10 8 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
11 7 (0.13%) RMDS
11 7 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 6 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
12 6 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
13 5 (0.092%) NetSuite
13 5 (0.092%) Oracle BPM
14 4 (0.074%) Adobe Campaign
14 4 (0.074%) BusinessWorks
14 4 (0.074%) Revive Adserver
Cloud Services
1 1,516 (27.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 604 (11.15%) Power Platform
3 553 (10.20%) Amazon AWS
4 241 (4.45%) Office 365
5 178 (3.28%) PaaS
6 172 (3.17%) Dynamics 365
7 148 (2.73%) Azure Data Factory
8 144 (2.66%) Serverless
9 123 (2.27%) GitHub
10 115 (2.12%) SaaS
11 106 (1.96%) Azure Active Directory
11 106 (1.96%) IaaS
12 81 (1.49%) Azure Functions
13 56 (1.03%) Google Cloud Platform
14 46 (0.85%) Amazon S3
15 40 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
15 40 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
16 38 (0.70%) npm
17 36 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
18 32 (0.59%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 174 (3.21%) Firewall
2 157 (2.90%) DNS
3 125 (2.31%) SAN
4 99 (1.83%) DHCP
5 79 (1.46%) LAN
6 74 (1.37%) TCP/IP
7 73 (1.35%) WAN
8 71 (1.31%) Internet
9 67 (1.24%) HTTP
10 62 (1.14%) VPN
11 39 (0.72%) FTP
12 32 (0.59%) SSL
13 29 (0.54%) Network Security
13 29 (0.54%) Skype
14 26 (0.48%) NAS
15 21 (0.39%) Wireless
16 20 (0.37%) VLAN
17 19 (0.35%) Cisco ASA
17 19 (0.35%) SMTP
18 17 (0.31%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,097 (20.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 787 (14.52%) Data Warehouse
3 715 (13.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 583 (10.76%) Power BI
5 474 (8.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 426 (7.86%) Relational Database
7 398 (7.34%) SQL Server 2012
8 395 (7.29%) MySQL
9 339 (6.26%) SQL Server 2008
10 312 (5.76%) SQL Server 2016
11 259 (4.78%) Azure SQL Database
12 230 (4.24%) NoSQL
13 220 (4.06%) PostgreSQL
14 209 (3.86%) SQL Server 2014
15 187 (3.45%) Oracle Database
16 186 (3.43%) Big Data
17 170 (3.14%) MongoDB
18 147 (2.71%) RDBMS
19 121 (2.23%) Hadoop
20 116 (2.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 518 (9.56%) Git (software)
2 463 (8.54%) Visual Studio
3 378 (6.98%) Team Foundation Server
4 310 (5.72%) JIRA
5 308 (5.68%) Jenkins
6 173 (3.19%) Visual Studio Team System
7 161 (2.97%) Selenium
8 130 (2.40%) TeamCity
9 103 (1.90%) Maven
10 102 (1.88%) SpecFlow
11 94 (1.73%) Subversion
12 91 (1.68%) NUnit
13 90 (1.66%) Bitbucket
14 82 (1.51%) Cucumber
15 66 (1.22%) Octopus Deploy
15 66 (1.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 62 (1.14%) Karma Test Runner
17 57 (1.05%) Jasmine
18 56 (1.03%) JUnit
19 48 (0.89%) Grunt
General
1 1,124 (20.74%) Finance
2 381 (7.03%) Banking
3 199 (3.67%) Front Office
4 184 (3.40%) Retail
5 141 (2.60%) Legal
6 95 (1.75%) Telecoms
7 91 (1.68%) Marketing
8 82 (1.51%) Investment Banking
9 74 (1.37%) Law
10 71 (1.31%) Back Office
11 67 (1.24%) Manufacturing
12 54 (1.00%) Financial Institution
13 34 (0.63%) Electronics
13 34 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
14 33 (0.61%) Publishing
15 25 (0.46%) Billing
16 20 (0.37%) Games
17 19 (0.35%) Advertising
17 19 (0.35%) Local Government
18 18 (0.33%) French Language
Job Titles
1 2,955 (54.53%) Developer
2 992 (18.31%) .NET Developer
3 775 (14.30%) C# Developer
4 603 (11.13%) SQL Developer
5 472 (8.71%) Analyst
6 449 (8.29%) C# .NET Developer
7 348 (6.42%) DBA
8 318 (5.87%) Architect
9 287 (5.30%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 256 (4.72%) SQL DBA
11 243 (4.48%) Senior Developer
12 227 (4.19%) Full Stack Developer
13 182 (3.36%) SQL Server Developer
14 167 (3.08%) Consultant
14 167 (3.08%) Software Developer
15 164 (3.03%) Administrator
16 162 (2.99%) Java Developer
17 161 (2.97%) Angular Developer
18 145 (2.68%) Azure Developer
19 130 (2.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,234 (41.23%) .NET
2 940 (17.35%) ASP.NET
3 823 (15.19%) HTML
4 765 (14.12%) CSS
5 666 (12.29%) .NET Framework
6 650 (11.99%) AngularJS
7 641 (11.83%) ASP.NET Web API
8 574 (10.59%) Web Services
9 436 (8.05%) ASP.NET MVC
10 402 (7.42%) jQuery
11 390 (7.20%) .NET Core
12 359 (6.62%) XML
13 347 (6.40%) REST
14 331 (6.11%) JSON
15 327 (6.03%) Entity Framework
16 322 (5.94%) RESTful
17 313 (5.78%) WCF
18 268 (4.95%) HTML5
19 215 (3.97%) React
20 211 (3.89%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 382 (7.05%) Analytical Skills
2 244 (4.50%) Greenfield Project
3 143 (2.64%) Enterprise Software
4 142 (2.62%) Data Centre
5 119 (2.20%) Replication
6 108 (1.99%) Clustering
7 99 (1.83%) Management Information System
7 99 (1.83%) User Experience
8 96 (1.77%) Fixed Income
8 96 (1.77%) Hedge funds
9 95 (1.75%) Data Structures
10 90 (1.66%) Self-Motivation
11 62 (1.14%) Algorithms
12 61 (1.13%) NHS
13 58 (1.07%) Derivative
14 46 (0.85%) Mobile App
15 45 (0.83%) Public Cloud
16 40 (0.74%) PKI
17 37 (0.68%) Equities
18 36 (0.66%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 1,042 (19.23%) Windows
2 448 (8.27%) Windows Server
3 418 (7.71%) Linux
4 172 (3.17%) Windows Server 2012
5 156 (2.88%) Unix
6 141 (2.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 119 (2.20%) Windows 10
8 76 (1.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 41 (0.76%) Windows 7
10 35 (0.65%) Windows Server 2003
11 32 (0.59%) Solaris
12 26 (0.48%) Android
13 22 (0.41%) Ubuntu
14 21 (0.39%) Apple iOS
15 19 (0.35%) AIX
16 17 (0.31%) CentOS
17 14 (0.26%) Windows 8
18 8 (0.15%) VMS
19 7 (0.13%) Mac OS
20 6 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,791 (33.05%) Agile Software Development
2 999 (18.44%) Business Intelligence
3 897 (16.55%) MVC
4 693 (12.79%) ETL
5 585 (10.80%) Scrum
6 579 (10.68%) TDD
7 572 (10.56%) DevOps
8 563 (10.39%) Migration
9 433 (7.99%) Continuous Integration
10 409 (7.55%) Problem-Solving
11 404 (7.46%) Microservices
12 351 (6.48%) Data Modelling
13 334 (6.16%) Analytics
14 324 (5.98%) BDD
15 320 (5.91%) Test Automation
16 310 (5.72%) CRM
17 287 (5.30%) Data Migration
18 278 (5.13%) SOLID
19 264 (4.87%) Unit Testing
20 263 (4.85%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 2,828 (52.19%) SQL
2 2,274 (41.96%) C#
3 1,206 (22.26%) JavaScript
4 887 (16.37%) T-SQL
5 529 (9.76%) PowerShell
6 468 (8.64%) Java
7 335 (6.18%) Python
8 212 (3.91%) VB.NET
9 197 (3.64%) PL/SQL
10 175 (3.23%) VBA
11 170 (3.14%) TypeScript
12 150 (2.77%) VB
13 93 (1.72%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 80 (1.48%) PHP
15 77 (1.42%) Bash Shell
16 72 (1.33%) C++
17 70 (1.29%) Shell Script
18 67 (1.24%) R
19 66 (1.22%) Scala
20 49 (0.90%) Perl
Qualifications
1 365 (6.74%) Security Cleared
2 255 (4.71%) SC Cleared
3 247 (4.56%) Degree
4 137 (2.53%) Microsoft Certification
5 76 (1.40%) DV Cleared
6 63 (1.16%) MCSE
7 56 (1.03%) MCSA
8 55 (1.01%) Computer Science Degree
9 46 (0.85%) Cisco Certification
10 42 (0.78%) CCNA
11 32 (0.59%) BPSS Clearance
12 28 (0.52%) ISEB
13 26 (0.48%) ISTQB
13 26 (0.48%) Master's Degree
14 24 (0.44%) MCITP
15 21 (0.39%) MCP
16 20 (0.37%) PMI Certification
16 20 (0.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 19 (0.35%) PMP
18 18 (0.33%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (3.17%) QA
2 78 (1.44%) Data Quality
3 49 (0.90%) GDPR
4 46 (0.85%) SLA
5 18 (0.33%) WCAG
6 15 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 10 (0.18%) PCI DSS
8 9 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
8 9 (0.17%) GxP
9 7 (0.13%) HL7
9 7 (0.13%) IFRS
9 7 (0.13%) NCSC
10 6 (0.11%) PMO
10 6 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (0.074%) ISO 15022
11 4 (0.074%) ISO 20022
11 4 (0.074%) ITGC
11 4 (0.074%) PA-DSS
11 4 (0.074%) SEPA
12 3 (0.055%) Solvency II
System Software
1 512 (9.45%) Active Directory
2 283 (5.22%) Docker
3 219 (4.04%) VMware Infrastructure
4 102 (1.88%) Hyper-V
5 78 (1.44%) VMware ESXi
6 55 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
7 53 (0.98%) Oracle RAC
8 48 (0.89%) vSphere
9 30 (0.55%) XenApp
10 23 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
11 21 (0.39%) HDFS
12 17 (0.31%) VMware NSX
13 14 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
14 13 (0.24%) XenDesktop
15 12 (0.22%) Shibboleth
16 11 (0.20%) Terminal Services
17 9 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
18 8 (0.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 8 (0.15%) RACF
18 8 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 171 (3.16%) Kubernetes
2 148 (2.73%) SCCM
3 142 (2.62%) Ansible
4 137 (2.53%) Terraform
5 84 (1.55%) Puppet
6 71 (1.31%) Opscode Chef
7 68 (1.25%) SCOM
8 60 (1.11%) Microsoft Clustering
9 40 (0.74%) Failover Clustering
10 33 (0.61%) WSUS
11 25 (0.46%) Data Guard
11 25 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
12 24 (0.44%) Control-M
13 23 (0.42%) NetBackup
14 21 (0.39%) Kibana
14 21 (0.39%) vCenter Server
15 20 (0.37%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 18 (0.33%) Packer
17 16 (0.30%) HP ALM
18 13 (0.24%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
Vendors
1 1,842 (33.99%) Microsoft
2 934 (17.24%) Oracle
3 383 (7.07%) VMware
4 191 (3.52%) Tableau
5 148 (2.73%) SAP
6 144 (2.66%) Citrix
7 142 (2.62%) Cisco
8 96 (1.77%) IBM
9 89 (1.64%) HP
10 75 (1.38%) Google
11 70 (1.29%) Telerik
12 66 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
13 60 (1.11%) Atlassian
14 53 (0.98%) Databricks
15 52 (0.96%) NetApp
16 50 (0.92%) Red Hat
17 46 (0.85%) Informatica
18 45 (0.83%) Sybase
19 43 (0.79%) Dell
20 42 (0.78%) EMC