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 3 months to 29 April 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
3 months to
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 20 10
Rank change year-on-year -2 -10  
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 3094 3794 4771
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 7.11% 7.39% 9.40%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.12% 33.72% 40.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 2213 2654 3232
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £347
% change year-on-year - +0.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 55 75
Median hourly rate £40.00 £23.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +73.91% -23.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.10 £11.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.86 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £27.50 £32.10
% change year-on-year +49.09% -14.33%  

SQL Server is in the database and business intelligence skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills.

Contract Database & Business Intelligence Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills 9942 11251 11669
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 22.86% 21.90% 23.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 6691 7676 7642
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 113 139 158
Median hourly rate £31.00 £32.50 £32.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.61% +1.24%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £14.50 £15.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.10 £47.50 £46.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £32.50 £32.10
% change year-on-year -4.61% +1.24%  

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing SQL Server as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Database & Business Intelligence category.

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 3 months to 29 April 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 3 months to 29 April 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 3 months to 29 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -3 1417 £475 +11.76% 471
South East 0 569 £365 -2.66% 304
North West +12 236 £350 +3.70% 198
South West -6 187 £375 +4.16% 135
Yorkshire -5 175 £340 -9.33% 108
West Midlands -1 164 £335 -10.66% 140
East Midlands 0 155 £325 - 115
East of England -8 146 £365 +4.28% 126
North East -28 28 £313 -2.34% 28
Midlands +2 3 - - 1
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 3195 (51.93%) SQL
2 2559 (41.59%) .NET
3 2365 (38.44%) C#
4 2225 (36.16%) Microsoft
5 1578 (25.65%) Agile Software Development
6 1382 (22.46%) Windows
7 1311 (21.31%) Finance
8 1295 (21.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1276 (20.74%) JavaScript
10 1252 (20.35%) ASP.NET
11 1225 (19.91%) Oracle
12 1210 (19.67%) MVC
13 1093 (17.76%) Business Intelligence
14 1052 (17.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 1034 (16.80%) T-SQL
16 1006 (16.35%) HTML
17 855 (13.90%) SQL Server 2012
18 848 (13.78%) SQL Server 2008
19 794 (12.90%) CSS
20 762 (12.38%) Microsoft Azure
21 706 (11.47%) ETL
22 700 (11.38%) Data Warehouse
23 682 (11.08%) TDD
24 637 (10.35%) Team Foundation Server
25 632 (10.27%) .NET Framework
26 625 (10.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
27 614 (9.98%) AngularJS
28 606 (9.85%) Java
29 597 (9.70%) Web Services
30 586 (9.52%) 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
1 494 (8.03%) SharePoint
2 407 (6.61%) IIS
3 185 (3.01%) BizTalk Server
4 164 (2.67%) MS Exchange
5 155 (2.52%) CMS
6 108 (1.76%) Apache
7 106 (1.72%) Skype for Business
8 104 (1.69%) WebSphere
9 97 (1.58%) SharePoint 2013
10 89 (1.45%) JBoss
10 89 (1.45%) Tomcat
11 86 (1.40%) Exchange Server 2010
11 86 (1.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 71 (1.15%) Confluence
12 71 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
13 70 (1.14%) SAS
13 70 (1.14%) Umbraco
14 63 (1.02%) Apache Spark
15 61 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
16 57 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 383 (6.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 210 (3.41%) Microsoft Office
3 39 (0.63%) MS Visio
4 30 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 25 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
6 18 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
6 18 (0.29%) SPSS
7 15 (0.24%) InfoPath
8 5 (0.081%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.049%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 3 (0.049%) Adobe Illustrator
9 3 (0.049%) S-PLUS
10 2 (0.033%) Weka
11 1 (0.016%) CATIA
11 1 (0.016%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.016%) FreeHand
Business Applications
1 261 (4.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 101 (1.64%) Dynamics AX
3 37 (0.60%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 30 (0.49%) RMDS
5 24 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
6 18 (0.29%) Oracle 11i
7 17 (0.28%) Adobe Campaign
8 15 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
8 15 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
9 13 (0.21%) FastStats
10 12 (0.20%) Dynamics GP
10 12 (0.20%) NetSuite
11 10 (0.16%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 10 (0.16%) SAP BPC
12 9 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
13 8 (0.13%) BusinessWorks
13 8 (0.13%) Eloqua
13 8 (0.13%) Markit EDM
14 7 (0.11%) Demantra
14 7 (0.11%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 762 (12.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 350 (5.69%) Amazon AWS
3 209 (3.40%) Office 365
4 134 (2.18%) IaaS
5 119 (1.93%) PaaS
6 77 (1.25%) GitHub
7 74 (1.20%) SaaS
8 42 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
9 32 (0.52%) Yammer
10 30 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
11 26 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
12 25 (0.41%) Amazon S3
13 21 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
14 18 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
15 17 (0.28%) Google Analytics
16 12 (0.20%) Boomi
17 10 (0.16%) Dynamics 365
18 9 (0.15%) OpenShift
18 9 (0.15%) Virtual Private Cloud
19 8 (0.13%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 203 (3.30%) DNS
2 194 (3.15%) Firewall
3 169 (2.75%) SAN
4 135 (2.19%) DHCP
5 125 (2.03%) Internet
6 113 (1.84%) LAN
7 104 (1.69%) WAN
8 92 (1.50%) TCP/IP
9 74 (1.20%) VPN
10 67 (1.09%) HTTP
11 59 (0.96%) LDAP
12 57 (0.93%) Skype
13 55 (0.89%) NAS
14 53 (0.86%) Intranet
15 46 (0.75%) SSL
16 40 (0.65%) FTP
17 33 (0.54%) VoIP
18 29 (0.47%) SMTP
19 28 (0.46%) Remote Desktop
20 24 (0.39%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1295 (21.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1052 (17.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 855 (13.90%) SQL Server 2012
4 848 (13.78%) SQL Server 2008
5 700 (11.38%) Data Warehouse
6 625 (10.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 486 (7.90%) Relational Database
8 453 (7.36%) SQL Server 2014
9 313 (5.09%) MySQL
10 277 (4.50%) Oracle Database
11 269 (4.37%) SQL Server 2005
12 262 (4.26%) NoSQL
13 216 (3.51%) Power BI
14 202 (3.28%) RDBMS
15 201 (3.27%) SQL Server 2016
16 198 (3.22%) MongoDB
17 189 (3.07%) Big Data
18 176 (2.86%) Hadoop
19 160 (2.60%) QlikView
20 130 (2.11%) DB2
Development Applications
1 637 (10.35%) Team Foundation Server
2 444 (7.22%) Visual Studio
3 363 (5.90%) Git (software)
4 252 (4.10%) JIRA
5 205 (3.33%) Jenkins
6 176 (2.86%) Subversion
7 158 (2.57%) TeamCity
8 142 (2.31%) NUnit
9 106 (1.72%) Octopus Deploy
10 97 (1.58%) Selenium
11 81 (1.32%) SpecFlow
12 66 (1.07%) MSTest
12 66 (1.07%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 58 (0.94%) Eclipse
13 58 (0.94%) Moq
14 55 (0.89%) Maven
15 52 (0.85%) Talend Open Studio
16 50 (0.81%) JUnit
16 50 (0.81%) ReSharper
17 39 (0.63%) MSBuild
General
1 1311 (21.31%) Finance
2 564 (9.17%) Banking
3 212 (3.45%) Retail
4 192 (3.12%) Front Office
5 168 (2.73%) Marketing
6 161 (2.62%) Advertising
7 135 (2.19%) Investment Banking
8 124 (2.02%) Manufacturing
9 87 (1.41%) Telecoms
10 85 (1.38%) Back Office
11 66 (1.07%) Legal
12 52 (0.85%) Publishing
13 42 (0.68%) Financial Institution
14 38 (0.62%) Law
15 35 (0.57%) Electronics
16 29 (0.47%) Local Government
17 25 (0.41%) Games
18 20 (0.33%) Billing
19 15 (0.24%) Automotive
19 15 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 3368 (54.74%) Developer
2 1212 (19.70%) .NET Developer
3 906 (14.72%) C# Developer
4 767 (12.47%) SQL Developer
5 602 (9.78%) Analyst
6 576 (9.36%) C# .NET Developer
7 435 (7.07%) DBA
8 421 (6.84%) Architect
9 322 (5.23%) SQL DBA
10 308 (5.01%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 305 (4.96%) Senior Developer
12 303 (4.92%) ASP.NET Developer
13 287 (4.66%) Consultant
14 264 (4.29%) SQL Server Developer
15 220 (3.58%) SSIS Developer
16 207 (3.36%) C# ASP.NET Developer
17 199 (3.23%) Java Developer
18 185 (3.01%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
19 180 (2.93%) Full Stack Developer
20 178 (2.89%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2559 (41.59%) .NET
2 1252 (20.35%) ASP.NET
3 1006 (16.35%) HTML
4 794 (12.90%) CSS
5 632 (10.27%) .NET Framework
6 614 (9.98%) AngularJS
7 597 (9.70%) Web Services
8 578 (9.39%) ASP.NET MVC
9 552 (8.97%) jQuery
10 499 (8.11%) XML
11 495 (8.04%) WCF
12 491 (7.98%) ASP.NET Web API
13 395 (6.42%) Entity Framework
14 379 (6.16%) HTML5
15 348 (5.66%) WPF
16 301 (4.89%) REST
17 201 (3.27%) SOAP
18 193 (3.14%) JSON
19 188 (3.06%) Twitter Bootstrap
20 183 (2.97%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 455 (7.39%) Analytical Skills
2 277 (4.50%) Greenfield Project
3 173 (2.81%) Clustering
4 145 (2.36%) Computer Science
5 143 (2.32%) Management Information System
6 139 (2.26%) User Experience
7 116 (1.89%) Fixed Income
8 114 (1.85%) Replication
9 108 (1.76%) Data Centre
10 80 (1.30%) Data Structures
11 76 (1.24%) Mobile App
12 72 (1.17%) Algorithms
13 64 (1.04%) Client/Server
13 64 (1.04%) NHS
14 61 (0.99%) Derivative
14 61 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
15 60 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 55 (0.89%) Fintech
17 49 (0.80%) Public Cloud
18 48 (0.78%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 1382 (22.46%) Windows
2 565 (9.18%) Windows Server
3 545 (8.86%) Linux
4 318 (5.17%) Windows Server 2012
5 315 (5.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 293 (4.76%) Unix
7 136 (2.21%) Windows Server 2003
8 95 (1.54%) Windows 7
9 87 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 79 (1.28%) Windows 10
11 56 (0.91%) Apple iOS
11 56 (0.91%) Solaris
12 54 (0.88%) AIX
13 51 (0.83%) Android
14 38 (0.62%) Windows XP
15 33 (0.54%) CentOS
16 21 (0.34%) Windows 8
17 18 (0.29%) HPUX
18 11 (0.18%) Windows 2000 Server
19 10 (0.16%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1578 (25.65%) Agile Software Development
2 1210 (19.67%) MVC
3 1093 (17.76%) Business Intelligence
4 706 (11.47%) ETL
5 682 (11.08%) TDD
6 586 (9.52%) Migration
7 582 (9.46%) Scrum
8 403 (6.55%) Data Modelling
9 388 (6.31%) DevOps
10 371 (6.03%) Continuous Integration
11 358 (5.82%) CRM
12 318 (5.17%) OO
13 316 (5.14%) Analytics
14 311 (5.05%) ITIL
15 296 (4.81%) Performance Tuning
16 279 (4.53%) SDLC
17 275 (4.47%) Web Development
18 267 (4.34%) Unit Testing
19 252 (4.10%) Data Migration
20 242 (3.93%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 3195 (51.93%) SQL
2 2365 (38.44%) C#
3 1276 (20.74%) JavaScript
4 1034 (16.80%) T-SQL
5 606 (9.85%) Java
6 478 (7.77%) PowerShell
7 265 (4.31%) Python
8 251 (4.08%) VB.NET
9 200 (3.25%) VBA
10 191 (3.10%) VB
11 173 (2.81%) PL/SQL
12 113 (1.84%) C++
13 111 (1.80%) Perl
14 102 (1.66%) C
15 98 (1.59%) Ruby
16 91 (1.48%) PHP
17 84 (1.37%) VBScript
18 78 (1.27%) TypeScript
19 69 (1.12%) Bash Shell
19 69 (1.12%) Scala
Qualifications
1 422 (6.86%) Security Cleared
2 350 (5.69%) Degree
3 271 (4.40%) SC Cleared
4 153 (2.49%) Microsoft Certification
5 69 (1.12%) DV Cleared
6 62 (1.01%) MCSE
7 42 (0.68%) MCITP
8 39 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
9 37 (0.60%) ISEB
10 36 (0.59%) MCSA
11 32 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
12 30 (0.49%) ISTQB
13 23 (0.37%) CCNA
13 23 (0.37%) MCP
14 22 (0.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 17 (0.28%) CTC Cleared
16 16 (0.26%) MCDBA
17 15 (0.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 14 (0.23%) CISSP
18 14 (0.23%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 179 (2.91%) QA
2 120 (1.95%) Data Quality
3 55 (0.89%) SLA
4 37 (0.60%) PCI DSS
5 20 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 17 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
7 14 (0.23%) IFRS
8 13 (0.21%) IFRS 9
9 12 (0.20%) MiFID
10 11 (0.18%) GDPR
11 10 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
11 10 (0.16%) ISO 9001
11 10 (0.16%) PMO
12 9 (0.15%) WCAG
13 8 (0.13%) Solvency II
14 7 (0.11%) SEPA
15 6 (0.098%) HL7
15 6 (0.098%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 5 (0.081%) EMIR
17 3 (0.049%) CRD IV
System Software
1 481 (7.82%) Active Directory
2 234 (3.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 142 (2.31%) Hyper-V
4 99 (1.61%) Docker
5 69 (1.12%) vSphere
6 66 (1.07%) XenApp
7 45 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
8 40 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
9 33 (0.54%) Oracle RAC
10 31 (0.50%) VMware ESX
11 25 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
12 22 (0.36%) Apache Flume
12 22 (0.36%) XenDesktop
13 20 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 13 (0.21%) Terminal Services
14 13 (0.21%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 13 (0.21%) XenServer
15 12 (0.20%) ISA Server
16 11 (0.18%) NFS
16 11 (0.18%) Xen
Systems Management
1 141 (2.29%) SCCM
2 113 (1.84%) Opscode Chef
3 102 (1.66%) SCOM
4 100 (1.63%) Puppet
5 74 (1.20%) Ansible
6 50 (0.81%) Microsoft Clustering
7 33 (0.54%) Nagios
8 31 (0.50%) Failover Clustering
9 29 (0.47%) Tivoli
10 27 (0.44%) NetBackup
11 25 (0.41%) Microsoft Intune
11 25 (0.41%) Oozie
12 24 (0.39%) Oracle RMAN
12 24 (0.39%) WMI
13 21 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
14 19 (0.31%) Netcool
14 19 (0.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
14 19 (0.31%) WSUS
15 18 (0.29%) Data Guard
16 17 (0.28%) vRealize
Vendors
1 2225 (36.16%) Microsoft
2 1225 (19.91%) Oracle
3 393 (6.39%) VMware
4 220 (3.58%) SAP
5 192 (3.12%) Citrix
5 192 (3.12%) Tableau
6 168 (2.73%) HP
7 152 (2.47%) Sybase
8 138 (2.24%) IBM
9 136 (2.21%) Cisco
10 97 (1.58%) Salesforce.com
11 96 (1.56%) Red Hat
12 80 (1.30%) TIBCO
13 78 (1.27%) NetApp
14 77 (1.25%) Sitecore
15 67 (1.09%) Cognos
16 61 (0.99%) Informatica
17 60 (0.98%) Teradata
18 52 (0.85%) Google
18 52 (0.85%) Talend
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £450 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Posted: 18 hours ago
Central London / West End
Energon People
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Leicestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Networking People
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £120 - £140 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Explore Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Computer People
Rate: £280.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £340 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
EasyWebRecruitment.com
Rate: £32k - £34k per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £40 - £50 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Coded People
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £600 - £610 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Affinity Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Kidlington, Oxfordshire
Thames Valley Police
Rate: £42,773 (fixed term contract for 12 months plus excellent benefits)
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Market Rates - 3 Months initially
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bedford, Bedfordshire
Pimlico Banks Recruitment
Rate: From £40,000 to £60,000 per annum + superb benefits!
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Square One Resources
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £450 to £500 per annum 6 month initial
Posted: Yesterday
North West London
Public Health England
Rate: From £38,207 to £45,769 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Greater Manchester
Robert Walters
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
Lafosse Contractors
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago