Period
to 16 January 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 16 January 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
16 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 21 20 14
Rank change year-on-year -1 -6 +1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6,491 6,786 8,426
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 7.03% 7.56% 8.58%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.96% 33.60% 37.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,865 4,848 5,962
England median daily rate £425 £395 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.53% +4.01% +1.33%
10th Percentile £300 £268 £263
90th Percentile £600 £560 £563
UK median daily rate £420 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +8.39% +3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 100 185
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £27.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +10.13% +2.79%
10th Percentile £17.15 £14.29 £12.58
90th Percentile £53.38 £47.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £34.00 £35.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -2.86% +18.64% +13.46%

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 20,311 20,194 22,775
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.00% 22.50% 23.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,294 13,598 15,268
England median daily rate £470 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.94% +0.59% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £295 £275
90th Percentile £631 £606 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £418
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 228 270 393
England median hourly rate £31.23 £27.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.56% -8.33% +4.57%
10th Percentile £15.12 £10.38 £11.55
90th Percentile £57.44 £47.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £30.75 £28.18 £30.00
% change year-on-year +9.12% -6.07% +4.57%

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 16 January 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 16 January 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 16 January 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 -2 3,142 £475 +5.56% 962
South East +5 1,153 £375 -3.85% 549
North of England -3 850 £350 - 603
Midlands +4 649 £365 +4.29% 409
North West -5 437 £363 +3.57% 347
West Midlands +3 372 £375 +7.14% 199
South West -8 371 £375 +7.14% 247
Yorkshire -2 359 £350 - 224
East of England -4 341 £363 -3.33% 242
East Midlands +2 273 £340 +0.74% 207
North East -21 52 £340 -9.33% 32
South Coast - 1 £380 -
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 16 January 2018, 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 3,447 (53.10%) SQL
2 2,834 (43.66%) .NET
3 2,664 (41.04%) C#
4 2,155 (33.20%) Microsoft
5 2,025 (31.20%) Agile Software Development
6 1,410 (21.72%) Finance
7 1,384 (21.32%) MVC
8 1,381 (21.28%) JavaScript
9 1,263 (19.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1,258 (19.38%) ASP.NET
11 1,234 (19.01%) Windows
12 1,176 (18.12%) Oracle
13 1,147 (17.67%) HTML
14 1,114 (17.16%) Business Intelligence
15 1,057 (16.28%) T-SQL
16 985 (15.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 950 (14.64%) TDD
18 949 (14.62%) Microsoft Azure
19 923 (14.22%) CSS
20 865 (13.33%) AngularJS
21 793 (12.22%) Web Services
21 793 (12.22%) Data Warehouse
22 790 (12.17%) .NET Framework
23 781 (12.03%) Java
24 756 (11.65%) ETL
25 743 (11.45%) ASP.NET MVC
26 711 (10.95%) ASP.NET Web API
27 655 (10.09%) Banking
28 634 (9.77%) Scrum
29 632 (9.74%) 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
1 364 (5.61%) IIS
2 298 (4.59%) SharePoint
3 160 (2.46%) CMS
4 153 (2.36%) MS Exchange
5 118 (1.82%) Tomcat
6 116 (1.79%) Apache
7 112 (1.73%) Elasticsearch
8 110 (1.69%) Confluence
9 105 (1.62%) Apache Spark
10 79 (1.22%) BizTalk Server
11 77 (1.19%) WebSphere
12 72 (1.11%) Skype for Business
13 70 (1.08%) JBoss
14 60 (0.92%) Sitecore CMS
15 56 (0.86%) Umbraco
16 47 (0.72%) SAS
17 46 (0.71%) WebLogic
18 44 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2010
19 41 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
20 34 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 406 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 156 (2.40%) Microsoft Office
3 64 (0.99%) MS Visio
4 40 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 31 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
6 18 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.15%) SPSS
8 7 (0.11%) InfoPath
8 7 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.077%) Adobe Illustrator
10 3 (0.046%) SmartSuite
11 2 (0.031%) Chatbot
11 2 (0.031%) Fireworks
11 2 (0.031%) Stata
12 1 (0.015%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.015%) HipChat
12 1 (0.015%) InDesign
12 1 (0.015%) RoboHelp
12 1 (0.015%) Simulink
12 1 (0.015%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 128 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 65 (1.00%) Dynamics AX
3 40 (0.62%) Markit EDM
4 23 (0.35%) RMDS
4 23 (0.35%) Unit4 Business World
5 22 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
5 22 (0.34%) ION MarketView
6 15 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 12 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
8 11 (0.17%) SimCorp Dimension
9 10 (0.15%) Endur
9 10 (0.15%) thinkFolio
10 8 (0.12%) Actimize
10 8 (0.12%) Adobe Campaign
11 7 (0.11%) KANA IQ
11 7 (0.11%) Maximo
11 7 (0.11%) Oracle 11i
11 7 (0.11%) SAP APO
11 7 (0.11%) SAP MM
11 7 (0.11%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 949 (14.62%) Microsoft Azure
2 486 (7.49%) Amazon AWS
3 129 (1.99%) Office 365
4 80 (1.23%) PaaS
5 74 (1.14%) GitHub
6 66 (1.02%) IaaS
7 56 (0.86%) Dynamics 365
8 48 (0.74%) SaaS
9 47 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
10 38 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
11 26 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 24 (0.37%) npm
13 23 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
14 22 (0.34%) Azure Data Factory
15 21 (0.32%) Amazon ELB
15 21 (0.32%) Route 53
16 18 (0.28%) Amazon S3
16 18 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
17 17 (0.26%) OpenShift
18 15 (0.23%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 204 (3.14%) Firewall
2 172 (2.65%) SAN
3 164 (2.53%) TCP/IP
4 144 (2.22%) DNS
5 87 (1.34%) DHCP
6 77 (1.19%) HTTP
6 77 (1.19%) WAN
7 70 (1.08%) LAN
8 64 (0.99%) Internet
9 60 (0.92%) VPN
10 50 (0.77%) Skype
11 46 (0.71%) NAS
12 43 (0.66%) Network Security
13 41 (0.63%) VoIP
14 40 (0.62%) Intranet
15 39 (0.60%) SSL
16 31 (0.48%) FTP
17 30 (0.46%) LDAP
18 26 (0.40%) iSCSI
18 26 (0.40%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,263 (19.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 985 (15.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 793 (12.22%) Data Warehouse
4 632 (9.74%) SQL Server 2012
5 628 (9.67%) SQL Server 2008
6 565 (8.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 503 (7.75%) Relational Database
8 450 (6.93%) SQL Server 2016
9 360 (5.55%) MySQL
9 360 (5.55%) Power BI
10 353 (5.44%) SQL Server 2014
11 303 (4.67%) NoSQL
12 268 (4.13%) Oracle Database
13 245 (3.77%) MongoDB
14 230 (3.54%) RDBMS
15 176 (2.71%) SQL Server 2005
16 175 (2.70%) Big Data
17 162 (2.50%) PostgreSQL
18 160 (2.46%) Hadoop
19 146 (2.25%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 536 (8.26%) Git (software)
2 529 (8.15%) Visual Studio
3 506 (7.80%) Team Foundation Server
4 295 (4.54%) TeamCity
5 265 (4.08%) JIRA
6 228 (3.51%) Jenkins
7 195 (3.00%) Subversion
8 184 (2.83%) NUnit
9 180 (2.77%) Octopus Deploy
10 117 (1.80%) Selenium
11 101 (1.56%) Maven
12 94 (1.45%) SpecFlow
13 82 (1.26%) Moq
14 73 (1.12%) Visual Studio Team System
15 70 (1.08%) Eclipse
16 67 (1.03%) MSTest
17 63 (0.97%) JUnit
18 56 (0.86%) ReSharper
19 53 (0.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 53 (0.82%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 1,410 (21.72%) Finance
2 655 (10.09%) Banking
3 337 (5.19%) Front Office
4 243 (3.74%) Investment Banking
5 163 (2.51%) Retail
6 140 (2.16%) Back Office
7 128 (1.97%) Marketing
8 98 (1.51%) Legal
9 89 (1.37%) Manufacturing
10 80 (1.23%) Telecoms
11 72 (1.11%) Law
12 54 (0.83%) Advertising
13 51 (0.79%) Financial Institution
14 35 (0.54%) Games
15 29 (0.45%) Electronics
16 27 (0.42%) Publishing
17 25 (0.39%) Automotive
17 25 (0.39%) Retail Banking
18 21 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
19 19 (0.29%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3,937 (60.65%) Developer
2 1,328 (20.46%) .NET Developer
3 1,282 (19.75%) C# Developer
4 939 (14.47%) SQL Developer
5 714 (11.00%) C# .NET Developer
6 603 (9.29%) Analyst
7 414 (6.38%) Senior Developer
8 413 (6.36%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 341 (5.25%) DBA
10 337 (5.19%) Full Stack Developer
11 325 (5.01%) Architect
12 321 (4.95%) SQL Server Developer
13 313 (4.82%) ASP.NET Developer
14 275 (4.24%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
15 271 (4.18%) Java Developer
16 260 (4.01%) SQL DBA
17 253 (3.90%) C# ASP.NET Developer
18 248 (3.82%) SSIS Developer
19 217 (3.34%) Consultant
20 166 (2.56%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,834 (43.66%) .NET
2 1,258 (19.38%) ASP.NET
3 1,147 (17.67%) HTML
4 923 (14.22%) CSS
5 865 (13.33%) AngularJS
6 793 (12.22%) Web Services
7 790 (12.17%) .NET Framework
8 743 (11.45%) ASP.NET MVC
9 711 (10.95%) ASP.NET Web API
10 617 (9.51%) WCF
11 547 (8.43%) jQuery
12 479 (7.38%) XML
13 454 (6.99%) Entity Framework
14 428 (6.59%) HTML5
15 392 (6.04%) REST
16 387 (5.96%) WPF
17 337 (5.19%) JSON
18 291 (4.48%) RESTful
19 290 (4.47%) SOAP
20 244 (3.76%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 560 (8.63%) Analytical Skills
2 317 (4.88%) Greenfield Project
3 210 (3.24%) Computer Science
4 188 (2.90%) Fixed Income
5 167 (2.57%) Enterprise Software
6 153 (2.36%) Clustering
7 135 (2.08%) Derivative
8 132 (2.03%) Management Information System
9 128 (1.97%) Data Structures
10 124 (1.91%) Replication
11 116 (1.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 103 (1.59%) Fintech
13 100 (1.54%) Data Centre
13 100 (1.54%) User Experience
14 98 (1.51%) N-Tier
15 89 (1.37%) Algorithms
16 76 (1.17%) Hedge funds
17 71 (1.09%) Client/Server
18 65 (1.00%) Equities
19 59 (0.91%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1,234 (19.01%) Windows
2 554 (8.53%) Linux
3 553 (8.52%) Windows Server
4 329 (5.07%) Unix
5 274 (4.22%) Windows Server 2012
6 213 (3.28%) Windows Server 2008
7 102 (1.57%) Windows Server 2003
8 92 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 67 (1.03%) Windows 7
10 60 (0.92%) Windows 10
11 45 (0.69%) Apple iOS
12 34 (0.52%) Solaris
13 33 (0.51%) Android
14 28 (0.43%) Windows 8
15 26 (0.40%) AIX
16 25 (0.39%) CentOS
17 22 (0.34%) Ubuntu
18 21 (0.32%) Windows XP
19 20 (0.31%) Windows Vista
20 15 (0.23%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,025 (31.20%) Agile Software Development
2 1,384 (21.32%) MVC
3 1,114 (17.16%) Business Intelligence
4 950 (14.64%) TDD
5 756 (11.65%) ETL
6 634 (9.77%) Scrum
7 568 (8.75%) Migration
8 556 (8.57%) Continuous Integration
9 473 (7.29%) Data Modelling
10 441 (6.79%) DevOps
11 391 (6.02%) Web Development
12 385 (5.93%) SDLC
13 384 (5.92%) Analytics
14 378 (5.82%) Unit Testing
15 367 (5.65%) OO
16 366 (5.64%) Test Automation
17 329 (5.07%) BDD
18 290 (4.47%) ITIL
19 271 (4.18%) Performance Tuning
20 253 (3.90%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 3,447 (53.10%) SQL
2 2,664 (41.04%) C#
3 1,381 (21.28%) JavaScript
4 1,057 (16.28%) T-SQL
5 781 (12.03%) Java
6 413 (6.36%) PowerShell
7 385 (5.93%) Python
8 254 (3.91%) VB.NET
9 242 (3.73%) VBA
10 156 (2.40%) TypeScript
11 146 (2.25%) C++
12 129 (1.99%) PL/SQL
13 126 (1.94%) VB
14 102 (1.57%) PHP
15 93 (1.43%) Bash Shell
16 82 (1.26%) Perl
17 76 (1.17%) C
18 75 (1.16%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 69 (1.06%) R
20 65 (1.00%) Scala
Qualifications
1 376 (5.79%) Degree
2 344 (5.30%) Security Cleared
3 204 (3.14%) SC Cleared
4 162 (2.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 90 (1.39%) Computer Science Degree
6 87 (1.34%) MCSE
7 59 (0.91%) DV Cleared
8 55 (0.85%) MCSA
9 41 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
10 40 (0.62%) ISEB
11 35 (0.54%) CCNA
12 33 (0.51%) MCITP
13 23 (0.35%) ISTQB
13 23 (0.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 21 (0.32%) Numerate Degree
14 21 (0.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 20 (0.31%) BPSS Clearance
15 20 (0.31%) Master's Degree
15 20 (0.31%) MCP
16 19 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 201 (3.10%) QA
2 160 (2.46%) Data Quality
3 69 (1.06%) SLA
4 54 (0.83%) MiFID
5 31 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 20 (0.31%) GDPR
7 18 (0.28%) GCP
8 16 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
9 14 (0.22%) PMO
10 12 (0.18%) PCI DSS
10 12 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 11 (0.17%) ISO 9001
11 11 (0.17%) SEPA
12 9 (0.14%) HL7
12 9 (0.14%) IFRS
12 9 (0.14%) WCAG
13 8 (0.12%) GxP
13 8 (0.12%) IFRS 9
13 8 (0.12%) Solvency II
14 7 (0.11%) EMIR
System Software
1 506 (7.80%) Active Directory
2 195 (3.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 182 (2.80%) Docker
4 134 (2.06%) Hyper-V
5 86 (1.32%) vSphere
6 69 (1.06%) VMware ESXi
7 55 (0.85%) XenApp
8 45 (0.69%) Virtual Machines
9 40 (0.62%) Apache Flume
10 38 (0.59%) HDFS
11 25 (0.39%) XenDesktop
12 23 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
13 16 (0.25%) Terminal Services
14 15 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
15 12 (0.18%) XenServer
16 11 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
17 9 (0.14%) DFS Replication
18 8 (0.12%) NFS
18 8 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
19 6 (0.092%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 126 (1.94%) Ansible
2 115 (1.77%) Puppet
3 105 (1.62%) SCCM
4 80 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
5 53 (0.82%) SCOM
6 47 (0.72%) Microsoft Clustering
7 41 (0.63%) Oozie
7 41 (0.63%) Terraform
8 38 (0.59%) WSUS
9 37 (0.57%) NetBackup
10 34 (0.52%) Kubernetes
11 26 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 24 (0.37%) Nagios
13 23 (0.35%) vCenter Server
14 21 (0.32%) BladeLogic
14 21 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
15 19 (0.29%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 19 (0.29%) Rancher
16 17 (0.26%) Backup Exec
16 17 (0.26%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 2,155 (33.20%) Microsoft
2 1,176 (18.12%) Oracle
3 365 (5.62%) VMware
4 255 (3.93%) Tableau
5 195 (3.00%) Citrix
6 175 (2.70%) HP
7 159 (2.45%) IBM
8 149 (2.30%) SAP
9 107 (1.65%) Cisco
10 106 (1.63%) Sitecore
11 98 (1.51%) Sybase
12 84 (1.29%) Red Hat
13 80 (1.23%) Salesforce.com
14 79 (1.22%) Google
15 68 (1.05%) Informatica
16 67 (1.03%) Atlassian
17 59 (0.91%) TIBCO
18 58 (0.89%) NetApp
19 53 (0.82%) Talend
20 51 (0.79%) Teradata