Period
to 24 October 2021

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 24 October 2021 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
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 48 34 26
Rank change year-on-year -14 -8 -2
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 3,206 1,552 4,927
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 4.77% 5.68% 6.39%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 22.38% 24.76% 28.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,444 1,131 3,585
10th Percentile £313 £313 £310
25th Percentile £400 £381 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £497 £475 £428
Median % change year-on-year +4.64% +11.11% +0.59%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £525
90th Percentile £700 £713 £600
UK median daily rate £488 £475 £425
% change year-on-year +2.63% +11.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 24 66
10th Percentile £13.80 £12.63 £15.44
25th Percentile £24.50 £14.75 £19.77
Median hourly rate £41.48 £29.88 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +38.83% -0.42% +30.43%
75th Percentile £50.81 £41.06 £45.00
90th Percentile £62.00 £51.88 £57.00
UK median hourly rate £38.54 £26.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +48.22% -13.33% +30.43%

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 14,324 6,268 17,095
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.30% 22.93% 22.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,242 4,393 11,966
10th Percentile £350 £313 £325
25th Percentile £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £480
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +4.17% +1.05%
75th Percentile £635 £600 £575
90th Percentile £720 £675 £663
UK median daily rate £525 £488 £475
% change year-on-year +7.69% +2.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 96 227
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.63 £12.58
25th Percentile £22.50 £17.74 £17.12
Median hourly rate £34.00 £27.23 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +24.86% -9.23% +1.69%
75th Percentile £58.75 £42.00 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £54.50 £63.75
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.52 £30.00
% change year-on-year +37.13% -14.93% +8.19%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing SQL Server as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in England.

Daily rate trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SQL Server in England over the 6 months to 24 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in England.

Hourly rate trend for SQL Server in England

SQL Server
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SQL Server in England over the 6 months to 24 October 2021.

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 24 October 2021. 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 -17 1,684 £550 +4.76% 657
South East +3 393 £425 -5.56% 295
North of England +1 334 £425 +13.33% 437
Midlands -2 296 £420 +16.67% 324
West Midlands +2 197 £424 +13.00% 197
North West -7 195 £425 +13.33% 246
South West -2 185 £444 -1.39% 119
Yorkshire +5 121 £425 +13.33% 118
East of England -14 114 £400 -3.03% 119
East Midlands -12 93 £386 +10.36% 127
North East +3 18 £460 +22.46% 73
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 24 October 2021, 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 1,808 (56.39%) SQL
2 1,180 (36.81%) .NET
3 1,176 (36.68%) Azure
4 1,154 (36.00%) C#
5 1,034 (32.25%) Microsoft
6 909 (28.35%) Agile Software Development
7 756 (23.58%) Finance
8 737 (22.99%) Oracle
9 668 (20.84%) Social Skills
10 659 (20.56%) DevOps
11 654 (20.40%) JavaScript
12 624 (19.46%) Business Intelligence
13 604 (18.84%) Windows
14 542 (16.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 477 (14.88%) Power Platform
16 472 (14.72%) Data Warehouse
17 449 (14.00%) T-SQL
18 436 (13.60%) Power BI
19 421 (13.13%) ETL
20 412 (12.85%) ASP.NET
21 404 (12.60%) .NET Framework
22 395 (12.32%) HTML
23 394 (12.29%) AWS
24 363 (11.32%) Java
25 355 (11.07%) Active Directory
26 351 (10.95%) .NET Core
27 348 (10.85%) AngularJS
28 347 (10.82%) Python
29 343 (10.70%) CSS
30 341 (10.64%) Analytical Skills

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
1 186 (5.80%) SharePoint
2 132 (4.12%) IIS
3 95 (2.96%) Confluence
4 84 (2.62%) Apache Spark
5 55 (1.72%) MS Exchange
6 48 (1.50%) Tomcat
7 47 (1.47%) Apache
8 43 (1.34%) JBoss
9 34 (1.06%) Elasticsearch
10 33 (1.03%) BizTalk Server
11 32 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2013
12 31 (0.97%) CMS
13 29 (0.90%) Oracle Workflow
14 28 (0.87%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 26 (0.81%) SAS
16 22 (0.69%) Umbraco
17 21 (0.66%) Skype for Business
17 21 (0.66%) WebSphere
18 20 (0.62%) Red Hat Fuse
19 18 (0.56%) Mule
Applications
1 201 (6.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 111 (3.46%) Microsoft Office
3 18 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 14 (0.44%) Photoshop
5 14 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
6 7 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 6 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.19%) Siemens NX
7 6 (0.19%) SPSS
8 3 (0.094%) Mingle
9 2 (0.062%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.031%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.031%) Figma
10 1 (0.031%) ProjectWise
10 1 (0.031%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 45 (1.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.31%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (0.25%) Endur
3 8 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 7 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
4 7 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
4 7 (0.22%) Lorenzo
4 7 (0.22%) Teamcenter
5 6 (0.19%) Markit EDM
5 6 (0.19%) NetSuite
5 6 (0.19%) RMDS
5 6 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 5 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 4 (0.12%) Northgate Housing
7 4 (0.12%) Oracle Applications
7 4 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
8 3 (0.094%) Exchequer
8 3 (0.094%) Global One
8 3 (0.094%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 1,176 (36.68%) Azure
2 477 (14.88%) Power Platform
3 394 (12.29%) AWS
4 173 (5.40%) Azure Data Factory
5 165 (5.15%) Microsoft 365
6 162 (5.05%) PaaS
7 101 (3.15%) IaaS
8 97 (3.03%) SaaS
9 92 (2.87%) Serverless
10 90 (2.81%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 80 (2.50%) Azure Active Directory
11 80 (2.50%) PowerApps
12 69 (2.15%) GCP
13 66 (2.06%) Azure Logic Apps
14 65 (2.03%) Dynamics 365
15 62 (1.93%) Azure Service Bus
15 62 (1.93%) Azure Synapse Analytics
16 58 (1.81%) GitHub
17 54 (1.68%) Azure Functions
17 54 (1.68%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 112 (3.49%) Firewall
2 95 (2.96%) DNS
3 63 (1.97%) SAN
4 61 (1.90%) DHCP
5 53 (1.65%) WAN
6 52 (1.62%) HTTP
7 51 (1.59%) TCP/IP
8 49 (1.53%) VPN
9 40 (1.25%) LAN
10 36 (1.12%) Internet
11 33 (1.03%) NAS
12 30 (0.94%) Skype
13 28 (0.87%) Network Security
14 24 (0.75%) VoIP
15 19 (0.59%) Wireless
16 18 (0.56%) FIX Connectivity
16 18 (0.56%) iSCSI
17 17 (0.53%) SSL
18 16 (0.50%) FTP
18 16 (0.50%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 542 (16.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 472 (14.72%) Data Warehouse
3 436 (13.60%) Power BI
4 317 (9.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 286 (8.92%) Relational Database
6 262 (8.17%) MySQL
7 238 (7.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 215 (6.71%) PostgreSQL
9 212 (6.61%) Azure SQL Database
10 180 (5.61%) Data Lake
11 148 (4.62%) SQL Server 2012
12 146 (4.55%) NoSQL
13 143 (4.46%) MongoDB
14 138 (4.30%) SQL Server 2016
15 123 (3.84%) Tableau
16 122 (3.81%) Oracle Database
17 109 (3.40%) RDBMS
18 97 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
19 95 (2.96%) Big Data
20 77 (2.40%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 327 (10.20%) Git (software)
2 216 (6.74%) Visual Studio
3 197 (6.14%) JIRA
4 152 (4.74%) Jenkins
5 121 (3.77%) Team Foundation Server
6 100 (3.12%) Subversion
7 80 (2.50%) Maven
8 79 (2.46%) TeamCity
9 69 (2.15%) Bitbucket
10 58 (1.81%) NUnit
11 55 (1.72%) Selenium
12 52 (1.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 49 (1.53%) Octopus Deploy
14 47 (1.47%) SpecFlow
15 44 (1.37%) JUnit
16 34 (1.06%) Artifactory
16 34 (1.06%) Moq
17 32 (1.00%) Cucumber
17 32 (1.00%) Sonatype Nexus
17 32 (1.00%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 756 (23.58%) Finance
2 668 (20.84%) Social Skills
3 341 (10.64%) Analytical Skills
4 307 (9.58%) Banking
5 160 (4.99%) Public Sector
6 159 (4.96%) Front Office
7 110 (3.43%) Investment Banking
8 70 (2.18%) Presentation Skills
9 63 (1.97%) Marketing
10 44 (1.37%) Retail
11 41 (1.28%) Manufacturing
12 37 (1.15%) Telecoms
13 31 (0.97%) Documentation Skills
13 31 (0.97%) Electronics
14 29 (0.90%) Legal
15 27 (0.84%) Games
15 27 (0.84%) Organisational Skills
16 25 (0.78%) Financial Institution
17 24 (0.75%) Law
18 15 (0.47%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1,592 (49.66%) Developer
2 528 (16.47%) .NET Developer
3 391 (12.20%) C# Developer
4 303 (9.45%) Analyst
5 282 (8.80%) SQL Developer
6 236 (7.36%) Architect
7 201 (6.27%) C# .NET Developer
8 167 (5.21%) Full Stack Developer
9 160 (4.99%) Data Engineer
9 160 (4.99%) DBA
10 139 (4.34%) Java Developer
11 133 (4.15%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 133 (4.15%) Senior Developer
12 124 (3.87%) Consultant
13 123 (3.84%) SQL DBA
14 120 (3.74%) Azure Developer
15 109 (3.40%) Data Analyst
16 97 (3.03%) Angular Developer
17 96 (2.99%) Azure Engineer
18 90 (2.81%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,180 (36.81%) .NET
2 412 (12.85%) ASP.NET
3 404 (12.60%) .NET Framework
4 395 (12.32%) HTML
5 351 (10.95%) .NET Core
6 348 (10.85%) AngularJS
7 343 (10.70%) CSS
8 303 (9.45%) Web Services
9 253 (7.89%) REST
10 238 (7.42%) React
11 206 (6.43%) ASP.NET Web API
12 203 (6.33%) Entity Framework
13 175 (5.46%) RESTful
14 159 (4.96%) XML
15 157 (4.90%) JSON
16 148 (4.62%) ASP.NET MVC
17 143 (4.46%) Spring
18 138 (4.30%) HTML5
19 126 (3.93%) jQuery
20 121 (3.77%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 96 (2.99%) NHS
2 87 (2.71%) Fixed Income
3 74 (2.31%) Derivative
4 70 (2.18%) Data Protection Act
5 68 (2.12%) Management Information System
6 65 (2.03%) Data Structures
7 58 (1.81%) Self-Motivation
8 57 (1.78%) Data Centre
8 57 (1.78%) Greenfield Project
9 56 (1.75%) User Experience
10 54 (1.68%) Clustering
11 48 (1.50%) Algorithms
12 45 (1.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 42 (1.31%) Hedge funds
14 39 (1.22%) Cloud Native
15 38 (1.19%) Legacy Systems
16 36 (1.12%) Equities
16 36 (1.12%) Public Cloud
17 34 (1.06%) PKI
18 31 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 604 (18.84%) Windows
2 314 (9.79%) Linux
3 261 (8.14%) Windows Server
4 189 (5.90%) Unix
5 111 (3.46%) Windows Server 2012
6 86 (2.68%) Windows Server 2019
7 80 (2.50%) Windows Server 2016
8 65 (2.03%) Windows 10
9 53 (1.65%) Windows Server 2008
10 39 (1.22%) Windows 7
11 27 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 22 (0.69%) Solaris
13 20 (0.62%) Android
14 16 (0.50%) Apple iOS
15 14 (0.44%) Ubuntu
16 9 (0.28%) AIX
17 4 (0.12%) HPUX
17 4 (0.12%) Windows Server 2003
18 3 (0.094%) SUSE
18 3 (0.094%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 909 (28.35%) Agile Software Development
2 659 (20.56%) DevOps
3 624 (19.46%) Business Intelligence
4 421 (13.13%) ETL
5 339 (10.57%) Migration
6 337 (10.51%) Scrum
7 336 (10.48%) Problem-Solving
8 312 (9.73%) MVC
9 302 (9.42%) Full Stack Development
10 285 (8.89%) Analytics
11 277 (8.64%) Microservices
12 260 (8.11%) Data Modelling
13 236 (7.36%) Test Automation
14 229 (7.14%) TDD
15 217 (6.77%) OO
16 212 (6.61%) SDLC
17 202 (6.30%) Software Engineering
18 179 (5.58%) Continuous Integration
19 172 (5.36%) Unit Testing
20 165 (5.15%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1,808 (56.39%) SQL
2 1,154 (36.00%) C#
3 654 (20.40%) JavaScript
4 449 (14.00%) T-SQL
5 363 (11.32%) Java
6 347 (10.82%) Python
7 330 (10.29%) PowerShell
8 221 (6.89%) TypeScript
9 122 (3.81%) VBA
10 115 (3.59%) PL/SQL
11 112 (3.49%) VB
12 108 (3.37%) VB.NET
13 68 (2.12%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 62 (1.93%) C++
15 60 (1.87%) R
16 50 (1.56%) Bash Shell
17 48 (1.50%) C
18 41 (1.28%) Java 8
18 41 (1.28%) Scala
19 40 (1.25%) PHP
Qualifications
1 219 (6.83%) Security Cleared
2 162 (5.05%) SC Cleared
3 151 (4.71%) Degree
4 72 (2.25%) Microsoft Certification
5 67 (2.09%) DV Cleared
6 38 (1.19%) Computer Science Degree
7 36 (1.12%) Cisco Certification
8 33 (1.03%) MCSE
9 25 (0.78%) ISTQB
10 24 (0.75%) CCNA
11 21 (0.66%) Numerate Degree
11 21 (0.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 20 (0.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 18 (0.56%) ISEB
13 18 (0.56%) MCSA
14 12 (0.37%) BPSS Clearance
14 12 (0.37%) Master's Degree
15 8 (0.25%) AWS Certification
15 8 (0.25%) CISSP
16 7 (0.22%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (3.62%) QA
2 98 (3.06%) Data Quality
3 41 (1.28%) GDPR
4 38 (1.19%) Accessibility
5 14 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 10 (0.31%) NIST
7 7 (0.22%) PCI DSS
7 7 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (0.22%) WCAG
8 6 (0.19%) COBIT
8 6 (0.19%) SLA
9 4 (0.12%) NCSC
9 4 (0.12%) SOC 2
10 3 (0.094%) Dublin Core
10 3 (0.094%) FedRAMP
10 3 (0.094%) IFRS
11 2 (0.062%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 2 (0.062%) ISO 22301
11 2 (0.062%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 2 (0.062%) Solvency II
System Software
1 355 (11.07%) Active Directory
2 236 (7.36%) Docker
3 127 (3.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 54 (1.68%) vSphere
5 38 (1.19%) Hyper-V
6 29 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
7 28 (0.87%) VMware ESXi
8 21 (0.66%) Oracle RAC
9 20 (0.62%) Virtual Servers
10 19 (0.59%) VMware NSX
11 17 (0.53%) NFS
11 17 (0.53%) XenApp
12 13 (0.41%) HDFS
12 13 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
12 13 (0.41%) XenDesktop
13 9 (0.28%) BitLocker
14 8 (0.25%) SRDF
15 7 (0.22%) KVM
15 7 (0.22%) Xen
16 6 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 189 (5.90%) Kubernetes
2 127 (3.96%) Ansible
3 115 (3.59%) Terraform
4 53 (1.65%) SCCM
5 41 (1.28%) Puppet
6 28 (0.87%) WSUS
7 27 (0.84%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 27 (0.84%) Control-M
8 25 (0.78%) Microsoft Clustering
9 23 (0.72%) Microsoft Intune
10 21 (0.66%) BladeLogic
11 20 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
12 18 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
13 16 (0.50%) ITRS Geneos
14 15 (0.47%) Kibana
15 13 (0.41%) NetBackup
15 13 (0.41%) Oozie
15 13 (0.41%) SCOM
15 13 (0.41%) vCenter Server
16 12 (0.37%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 1,034 (32.25%) Microsoft
2 737 (22.99%) Oracle
3 196 (6.11%) VMware
4 137 (4.27%) Databricks
5 99 (3.09%) SAP
6 85 (2.65%) Cisco
7 73 (2.28%) Citrix
8 66 (2.06%) Sybase
9 64 (2.00%) Salesforce.com
10 60 (1.87%) Informatica
11 49 (1.53%) Splunk
12 45 (1.40%) Google
13 44 (1.37%) Red Hat
14 39 (1.22%) Dell
14 39 (1.22%) TIBCO
15 37 (1.15%) Atlassian
16 33 (1.03%) IBM
17 31 (0.97%) Alteryx
18 30 (0.94%) EMC
19 29 (0.90%) Veeam