Period
to 19 June 2018

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 2018 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 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 23 20
Rank change year-on-year -3 -3 -10
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6,332 5,954 7,370
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.95% 7.10% 7.57%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 30.71% 31.31% 34.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,590 4,263 5,228
England median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £293 £275 £263
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £424 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 100 151
England median hourly rate £36.50 £37.50 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.67% +31.58% +14.00%
10th Percentile £18.36 £15.23 £13.19
90th Percentile £54.25 £52.50 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £36.50 £37.50 £31.90
% change year-on-year -2.67% +17.55% +27.60%

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 20,617 19,019 21,513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.64% 22.68% 22.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,466 12,767 14,677
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £285
90th Percentile £638 £614 £601
UK median daily rate £464 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +6.00% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 213 237 332
England median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £32.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.27% -14.60% +28.80%
10th Percentile £14.06 £9.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £54.75 £50.00 £53.92
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £29.00 £30.75
% change year-on-year +20.69% -5.69% +18.27%

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 2018.

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 2018.

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 2018. 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 3,068 £475 +2.70% 830
South East -6 1,043 £400 +6.67% 491
North of England -4 897 £350 - 593
Midlands 0 667 £375 +11.94% 410
North West -6 454 £365 +4.29% 338
West Midlands +2 408 £400 +18.52% 201
South West +2 392 £375 +7.14% 232
Yorkshire -3 368 £361 +6.25% 206
East of England +3 278 £375 +3.45% 212
East Midlands +2 257 £350 +7.69% 209
North East -2 76 £286 -11.92% 49
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 19 June 2018, 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 3,342 (52.78%) SQL
2 2,842 (44.88%) .NET
3 2,776 (43.84%) C#
4 2,246 (35.47%) Agile Software Development
5 2,134 (33.70%) Microsoft
6 1,490 (23.53%) Finance
7 1,408 (22.24%) JavaScript
8 1,276 (20.15%) MVC
9 1,275 (20.14%) ASP.NET
10 1,241 (19.60%) Microsoft Azure
11 1,204 (19.01%) Windows
12 1,078 (17.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 1,058 (16.71%) HTML
14 1,035 (16.35%) Business Intelligence
15 1,034 (16.33%) Oracle
16 964 (15.22%) T-SQL
17 931 (14.70%) CSS
18 894 (14.12%) TDD
19 887 (14.01%) AngularJS
20 829 (13.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 758 (11.97%) .NET Framework
22 730 (11.53%) Scrum
23 727 (11.48%) Web Services
23 727 (11.48%) ASP.NET Web API
24 717 (11.32%) Java
25 711 (11.23%) Data Warehouse
26 662 (10.45%) ETL
27 642 (10.14%) ASP.NET MVC
28 613 (9.68%) Visual Studio
29 608 (9.60%) 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
1 339 (5.35%) IIS
2 302 (4.77%) SharePoint
3 163 (2.57%) Apache Spark
4 161 (2.54%) Apache
5 130 (2.05%) Confluence
5 130 (2.05%) MS Exchange
6 125 (1.97%) Elasticsearch
7 117 (1.85%) CMS
8 100 (1.58%) Tomcat
9 90 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
10 84 (1.33%) WebSphere
11 79 (1.25%) NServiceBus
12 74 (1.17%) Skype for Business
13 68 (1.07%) JBoss
14 58 (0.92%) SAS
15 50 (0.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 48 (0.76%) Umbraco
17 46 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2010
18 39 (0.62%) WebLogic
19 36 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 408 (6.44%) Microsoft Excel
2 164 (2.59%) Microsoft Office
3 72 (1.14%) MS Visio
4 35 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
5 27 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 18 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
7 9 (0.14%) SPSS
8 5 (0.079%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.063%) InfoPath
10 3 (0.047%) Acrobat
10 3 (0.047%) HipChat
11 2 (0.032%) Shockwave
11 2 (0.032%) Stata
12 1 (0.016%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.016%) CATIA
12 1 (0.016%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 121 (1.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 41 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
3 17 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
4 16 (0.25%) Markit EDM
5 15 (0.24%) Elite 3E
5 15 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
6 11 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 11 (0.17%) SAP ERP
6 11 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 10 (0.16%) PeopleSoft HCM
8 9 (0.14%) thinkFolio
9 8 (0.13%) NetSuite
9 8 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
10 7 (0.11%) ION MarketView
10 7 (0.11%) Sage 200
11 6 (0.095%) BusinessWorks
11 6 (0.095%) Infor M3
11 6 (0.095%) Magento
11 6 (0.095%) Maximo
11 6 (0.095%) Sage 300 ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,241 (19.60%) Microsoft Azure
2 548 (8.65%) Amazon AWS
3 160 (2.53%) Office 365
4 133 (2.10%) PaaS
5 101 (1.60%) IaaS
6 92 (1.45%) SaaS
7 88 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
8 72 (1.14%) Azure Data Factory
9 56 (0.88%) Serverless
10 55 (0.87%) Dynamics 365
11 44 (0.69%) GitHub
12 42 (0.66%) Google Cloud Platform
13 39 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
14 38 (0.60%) Amazon S3
15 27 (0.43%) npm
16 24 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
16 24 (0.38%) NuGet
16 24 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 16 (0.25%) Azure Active Directory
18 15 (0.24%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 153 (2.42%) Firewall
2 148 (2.34%) SAN
3 111 (1.75%) DNS
4 103 (1.63%) HTTP
5 98 (1.55%) TCP/IP
6 86 (1.36%) LAN
7 77 (1.22%) WAN
8 74 (1.17%) Internet
9 65 (1.03%) DHCP
10 52 (0.82%) NAS
11 46 (0.73%) Skype
12 43 (0.68%) VPN
13 35 (0.55%) Intranet
14 33 (0.52%) FTP
15 32 (0.51%) SSL
16 30 (0.47%) SMS
17 25 (0.39%) WinSCP
18 24 (0.38%) PuTTY
18 24 (0.38%) VoIP
19 22 (0.35%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,078 (17.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 829 (13.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 711 (11.23%) Data Warehouse
4 608 (9.60%) SQL Server 2012
5 507 (8.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 487 (7.69%) Power BI
7 483 (7.63%) Relational Database
8 472 (7.45%) SQL Server 2008
9 425 (6.71%) SQL Server 2016
10 402 (6.35%) MySQL
11 345 (5.45%) Big Data
12 333 (5.26%) SQL Server 2014
13 302 (4.77%) PostgreSQL
14 295 (4.66%) NoSQL
15 254 (4.01%) MongoDB
16 250 (3.95%) Oracle Database
17 243 (3.84%) Hadoop
18 183 (2.89%) RDBMS
19 158 (2.50%) Data Lake
20 137 (2.16%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 613 (9.68%) Visual Studio
2 553 (8.73%) Team Foundation Server
3 532 (8.40%) Git (software)
4 314 (4.96%) JIRA
5 247 (3.90%) Jenkins
6 233 (3.68%) NUnit
7 171 (2.70%) TeamCity
8 170 (2.68%) Visual Studio Team System
9 157 (2.48%) Octopus Deploy
10 150 (2.37%) SpecFlow
11 146 (2.31%) Selenium
12 143 (2.26%) Subversion
13 85 (1.34%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 80 (1.26%) Bitbucket
15 69 (1.09%) Maven
16 66 (1.04%) JUnit
17 64 (1.01%) MSTest
18 63 (0.99%) Moq
19 52 (0.82%) SoapUI
20 48 (0.76%) Eclipse
General
1 1,490 (23.53%) Finance
2 542 (8.56%) Banking
3 237 (3.74%) Front Office
4 199 (3.14%) Retail
5 178 (2.81%) Investment Banking
6 143 (2.26%) Legal
7 105 (1.66%) Marketing
8 100 (1.58%) Back Office
9 89 (1.41%) Law
10 74 (1.17%) Telecoms
11 69 (1.09%) Financial Institution
12 55 (0.87%) Games
13 49 (0.77%) Advertising
14 48 (0.76%) Manufacturing
15 33 (0.52%) Publishing
16 23 (0.36%) Billing
16 23 (0.36%) Local Government
17 19 (0.30%) General Ledger
18 18 (0.28%) Electronics
19 14 (0.22%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 3,667 (57.91%) Developer
2 1,338 (21.13%) .NET Developer
3 1,183 (18.68%) C# Developer
4 717 (11.32%) SQL Developer
5 647 (10.22%) C# .NET Developer
6 575 (9.08%) Analyst
7 383 (6.05%) Architect
8 382 (6.03%) Senior Developer
9 346 (5.46%) DBA
10 320 (5.05%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 313 (4.94%) Full Stack Developer
12 287 (4.53%) ASP.NET Developer
13 247 (3.90%) SQL DBA
14 225 (3.55%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 221 (3.49%) Java Developer
16 208 (3.28%) Consultant
17 207 (3.27%) SQL Server Developer
18 179 (2.83%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
19 173 (2.73%) Angular Developer
20 162 (2.56%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,842 (44.88%) .NET
2 1,275 (20.14%) ASP.NET
3 1,058 (16.71%) HTML
4 931 (14.70%) CSS
5 887 (14.01%) AngularJS
6 758 (11.97%) .NET Framework
7 727 (11.48%) ASP.NET Web API
7 727 (11.48%) Web Services
8 642 (10.14%) ASP.NET MVC
9 595 (9.40%) jQuery
10 479 (7.56%) WCF
11 427 (6.74%) Entity Framework
12 418 (6.60%) REST
13 416 (6.57%) XML
14 378 (5.97%) HTML5
15 325 (5.13%) JSON
16 300 (4.74%) RESTful
17 292 (4.61%) .NET Core
18 286 (4.52%) WPF
19 284 (4.49%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 501 (7.91%) Analytical Skills
2 358 (5.65%) Greenfield Project
3 170 (2.68%) Self-Motivation
4 155 (2.45%) Clustering
5 148 (2.34%) Enterprise Software
6 143 (2.26%) User Experience
7 141 (2.23%) Computer Science
8 122 (1.93%) Fintech
9 115 (1.82%) Fixed Income
9 115 (1.82%) Management Information System
10 112 (1.77%) Data Centre
10 112 (1.77%) Replication
11 106 (1.67%) Algorithms
12 86 (1.36%) Derivative
13 74 (1.17%) Data Structures
14 69 (1.09%) Hedge funds
15 65 (1.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 62 (0.98%) Client/Server
17 56 (0.88%) N-Tier
18 54 (0.85%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 1,204 (19.01%) Windows
2 579 (9.14%) Linux
3 542 (8.56%) Windows Server
4 292 (4.61%) Unix
5 263 (4.15%) Windows Server 2012
6 201 (3.17%) Windows Server 2008
7 90 (1.42%) Windows 10
8 84 (1.33%) Windows Server 2003
9 77 (1.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 66 (1.04%) Windows 7
11 56 (0.88%) Apple iOS
11 56 (0.88%) CentOS
12 52 (0.82%) Android
13 32 (0.51%) Solaris
14 31 (0.49%) AIX
15 28 (0.44%) Ubuntu
16 25 (0.39%) VMS
17 22 (0.35%) Windows Phone
18 16 (0.25%) Windows Phone 8
19 11 (0.17%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,246 (35.47%) Agile Software Development
2 1,276 (20.15%) MVC
3 1,035 (16.35%) Business Intelligence
4 894 (14.12%) TDD
5 730 (11.53%) Scrum
6 662 (10.45%) ETL
7 500 (7.90%) Problem-Solving
8 497 (7.85%) Migration
9 484 (7.64%) DevOps
10 480 (7.58%) Continuous Integration
11 439 (6.93%) Analytics
12 417 (6.59%) Unit Testing
13 416 (6.57%) Data Modelling
14 413 (6.52%) Test Automation
15 407 (6.43%) BDD
16 377 (5.95%) OO
17 362 (5.72%) Microservices
18 357 (5.64%) E-Commerce
19 345 (5.45%) Web Development
20 293 (4.63%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 3,342 (52.78%) SQL
2 2,776 (43.84%) C#
3 1,408 (22.24%) JavaScript
4 964 (15.22%) T-SQL
5 717 (11.32%) Java
6 503 (7.94%) PowerShell
7 395 (6.24%) Python
8 241 (3.81%) VB.NET
9 210 (3.32%) TypeScript
10 196 (3.10%) VBA
11 161 (2.54%) VB
12 136 (2.15%) PL/SQL
13 118 (1.86%) C++
14 109 (1.72%) Scala
15 108 (1.71%) C
16 98 (1.55%) Bash Shell
17 95 (1.50%) PHP
17 95 (1.50%) R
18 83 (1.31%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 79 (1.25%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 381 (6.02%) Security Cleared
2 338 (5.34%) Degree
3 270 (4.26%) SC Cleared
4 125 (1.97%) Microsoft Certification
5 59 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
5 59 (0.93%) DV Cleared
6 54 (0.85%) MCSE
7 49 (0.77%) ISEB
8 42 (0.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 37 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
10 35 (0.55%) BPSS Clearance
11 24 (0.38%) MCSA
12 23 (0.36%) ISTQB
12 23 (0.36%) Numerate Degree
13 22 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
14 19 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
15 18 (0.28%) MCITP
16 17 (0.27%) Master's Degree
16 17 (0.27%) TOGAF Certification
17 16 (0.25%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 182 (2.87%) QA
2 126 (1.99%) Data Quality
3 103 (1.63%) GDPR
4 64 (1.01%) SLA
5 27 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 24 (0.38%) PMO
7 18 (0.28%) PCI DSS
8 17 (0.27%) GCP
8 17 (0.27%) HL7
8 17 (0.27%) MiFID
9 14 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
10 10 (0.16%) EMIR
10 10 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 9 (0.14%) ISO 9001
11 9 (0.14%) PSD2
12 5 (0.079%) IFRS
12 5 (0.079%) IFRS 9
13 3 (0.047%) Cyber Essentials
13 3 (0.047%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 3 (0.047%) SEPA
System Software
1 440 (6.95%) Active Directory
2 256 (4.04%) Docker
3 200 (3.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 149 (2.35%) Hyper-V
5 102 (1.61%) VMware ESXi
6 87 (1.37%) vSphere
7 64 (1.01%) XenApp
8 52 (0.82%) Apache Flume
9 51 (0.81%) HDFS
10 47 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
11 28 (0.44%) XenDesktop
12 27 (0.43%) Microsoft App-V
13 20 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
14 14 (0.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 12 (0.19%) NFS
15 12 (0.19%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 11 (0.17%) Terminal Services
17 10 (0.16%) Varnish
17 10 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
17 10 (0.16%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 130 (2.05%) SCCM
2 114 (1.80%) Ansible
3 105 (1.66%) Opscode Chef
4 99 (1.56%) Puppet
5 82 (1.30%) Kubernetes
6 69 (1.09%) SCOM
7 68 (1.07%) Microsoft Clustering
8 48 (0.76%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 48 (0.76%) Terraform
9 46 (0.73%) HP ALM
10 45 (0.71%) vCenter Server
11 40 (0.63%) Failover Clustering
12 39 (0.62%) Oozie
13 31 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
13 31 (0.49%) WSUS
14 29 (0.46%) Kibana
15 24 (0.38%) NetBackup
16 20 (0.32%) Control-M
17 18 (0.28%) AirWatch
18 17 (0.27%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 2,134 (33.70%) Microsoft
2 1,034 (16.33%) Oracle
3 357 (5.64%) VMware
4 226 (3.57%) SAP
5 203 (3.21%) Citrix
6 200 (3.16%) Tableau
7 153 (2.42%) HP
8 144 (2.27%) IBM
9 121 (1.91%) Cisco
10 103 (1.63%) Google
11 95 (1.50%) Red Hat
12 90 (1.42%) Atlassian
13 85 (1.34%) NetApp
14 83 (1.31%) Cloudera
15 81 (1.28%) Salesforce.com
16 71 (1.12%) Informatica
17 66 (1.04%) Sybase
18 65 (1.03%) Sitecore
19 60 (0.95%) Talend
20 56 (0.88%) Cognos