Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 50 26 26
Rank change year-on-year -24 0 0
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2,611 2,067 5,428
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 4.57% 6.33% 6.50%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 21.22% 28.32% 28.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,918 1,461 4,002
10th Percentile £313 £313 £310
25th Percentile £400 £388 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £470 £438
Median % change year-on-year +1.06% +7.43% +2.94%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £525
90th Percentile £689 £700 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £451 £430
% change year-on-year +5.26% +4.94% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 38 65
10th Percentile £14.26 £13.41 £16.23
25th Percentile £21.00 £17.77 £20.00
Median hourly rate £30.00 £21.57 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year +39.08% -33.63% +8.33%
75th Percentile £50.00 £45.81 £53.75
90th Percentile £55.00 £68.75 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £35.50
% change year-on-year +55.56% -36.62% +10.08%

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 12,307 7,298 19,122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.53% 22.35% 22.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,596 5,132 13,380
10th Percentile £338 £328 £325
25th Percentile £413 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £517 £500 £480
Median % change year-on-year +3.40% +4.17% +1.05%
75th Percentile £625 £600 £575
90th Percentile £713 £700 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 104 227
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.96 £13.45
25th Percentile £19.00 £17.81 £17.88
Median hourly rate £26.50 £24.85 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +6.64% -17.17% -
75th Percentile £49.75 £46.38 £52.40
90th Percentile £63.60 £65.66 £60.00
UK median hourly rate £27.00 £22.66 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.15% -24.47% -

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 -24 1,392 £550 +4.76% 624
South East -9 318 £425 - 356
North of England -6 312 £413 +4.43% 415
Midlands -8 211 £425 - 331
North West -3 208 £410 +1.93% 242
West Midlands -8 149 £450 -5.26% 190
South West -10 144 £425 -2.86% 132
Yorkshire -22 86 £410 +9.33% 136
East of England -24 74 £425 - 115
East Midlands -2 57 £375 +4.17% 140
North East -1 18 £460 +22.67% 37
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 1,424 (54.54%) SQL
2 988 (37.84%) Azure
3 951 (36.42%) .NET
4 865 (33.13%) C#
4 865 (33.13%) Microsoft
5 732 (28.04%) Agile Software Development
6 595 (22.79%) Oracle
7 544 (20.83%) Finance
8 528 (20.22%) Social Skills
9 523 (20.03%) JavaScript
10 503 (19.26%) DevOps
11 502 (19.23%) Windows
12 490 (18.77%) Business Intelligence
13 402 (15.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 396 (15.17%) Power Platform
15 364 (13.94%) Power BI
16 355 (13.60%) Data Warehouse
17 341 (13.06%) ASP.NET
18 333 (12.75%) AWS
19 326 (12.49%) Python
20 321 (12.29%) HTML
21 318 (12.18%) Java
22 317 (12.14%) ETL
23 314 (12.03%) AngularJS
24 312 (11.95%) PowerShell
25 310 (11.87%) Active Directory
26 308 (11.80%) Scrum
27 305 (11.68%) T-SQL
28 301 (11.53%) Web Services
29 290 (11.11%) Linux

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
1 171 (6.55%) SharePoint
2 99 (3.79%) IIS
3 73 (2.80%) Confluence
4 65 (2.49%) Apache Spark
5 63 (2.41%) MS Exchange
6 50 (1.91%) Tomcat
7 45 (1.72%) Apache
8 44 (1.69%) JBoss
9 36 (1.38%) Elasticsearch
10 27 (1.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 26 (1.00%) SAS
12 24 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2013
13 23 (0.88%) Skype for Business
14 22 (0.84%) CMS
14 22 (0.84%) WebSphere
15 21 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
15 21 (0.80%) Red Hat Fuse
16 20 (0.77%) Oracle Coherence
17 19 (0.73%) Mule
18 17 (0.65%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 129 (4.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 82 (3.14%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (0.50%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
6 6 (0.23%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.15%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
8 3 (0.11%) Siemens NX
9 2 (0.077%) Mingle
9 2 (0.077%) SPSS
10 1 (0.038%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.038%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.038%) Figma
10 1 (0.038%) ProjectWise
10 1 (0.038%) Stata
Business Applications
1 34 (1.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
4 7 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
4 7 (0.27%) NetSuite
4 7 (0.27%) RMDS
5 4 (0.15%) Cerner Millennium
5 4 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
5 4 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
5 4 (0.15%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 4 (0.15%) Teamcenter
6 3 (0.11%) Exchequer
6 3 (0.11%) Lorenzo
6 3 (0.11%) Markit EDM
6 3 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.077%) Endur
7 2 (0.077%) Global One
7 2 (0.077%) IBM Planning Analytics
7 2 (0.077%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 988 (37.84%) Azure
2 396 (15.17%) Power Platform
3 333 (12.75%) AWS
4 144 (5.52%) Azure Data Factory
5 139 (5.32%) Microsoft 365
6 123 (4.71%) PaaS
7 90 (3.45%) Serverless
8 89 (3.41%) IaaS
9 82 (3.14%) Azure Active Directory
10 72 (2.76%) SaaS
11 69 (2.64%) GCP
12 67 (2.57%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 57 (2.18%) Azure Service Bus
14 55 (2.11%) PowerApps
15 47 (1.80%) Dynamics 365
15 47 (1.80%) GitHub
16 46 (1.76%) Azure Logic Apps
17 44 (1.69%) Azure Synapse Analytics
18 42 (1.61%) Power Automate
19 40 (1.53%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 97 (3.72%) Firewall
2 79 (3.03%) DNS
3 51 (1.95%) DHCP
3 51 (1.95%) TCP/IP
4 49 (1.88%) SAN
5 44 (1.69%) WAN
6 42 (1.61%) VPN
7 40 (1.53%) Internet
8 35 (1.34%) HTTP
8 35 (1.34%) LAN
9 31 (1.19%) NAS
10 30 (1.15%) Skype
11 25 (0.96%) VoIP
11 25 (0.96%) Wireless
12 20 (0.77%) Network Security
12 20 (0.77%) Wi-Fi
13 15 (0.57%) iSCSI
14 14 (0.54%) FTP
15 13 (0.50%) Kerberos
15 13 (0.50%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 402 (15.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 364 (13.94%) Power BI
3 355 (13.60%) Data Warehouse
4 265 (10.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 241 (9.23%) Relational Database
6 229 (8.77%) MySQL
7 183 (7.01%) PostgreSQL
8 178 (6.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 168 (6.43%) Azure SQL Database
10 150 (5.74%) MongoDB
11 132 (5.06%) Data Lake
12 130 (4.98%) NoSQL
13 117 (4.48%) SQL Server 2016
14 116 (4.44%) SQL Server 2012
15 85 (3.26%) Big Data
16 80 (3.06%) SQL Server 2008
16 80 (3.06%) Tableau
17 75 (2.87%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 74 (2.83%) Hadoop
19 73 (2.80%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 252 (9.65%) Git (software)
2 158 (6.05%) JIRA
3 141 (5.40%) Visual Studio
4 137 (5.25%) Jenkins
5 83 (3.18%) Subversion
6 72 (2.76%) Team Foundation Server
7 71 (2.72%) Maven
7 71 (2.72%) TeamCity
8 58 (2.22%) Bitbucket
9 48 (1.84%) Octopus Deploy
10 45 (1.72%) JUnit
11 43 (1.65%) NUnit
12 42 (1.61%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 34 (1.30%) Selenium
14 31 (1.19%) GitLab
15 28 (1.07%) Artifactory
15 28 (1.07%) Visual Studio Team System
16 24 (0.92%) Moq
17 23 (0.88%) Cucumber
18 20 (0.77%) Eclipse
General
1 544 (20.83%) Finance
2 528 (20.22%) Social Skills
3 279 (10.69%) Banking
4 251 (9.61%) Analytical Skills
5 148 (5.67%) Front Office
6 116 (4.44%) Public Sector
7 107 (4.10%) Investment Banking
8 50 (1.91%) Presentation Skills
9 41 (1.57%) Retail
10 37 (1.42%) Documentation Skills
11 35 (1.34%) Marketing
12 34 (1.30%) Telecoms
13 32 (1.23%) Manufacturing
14 30 (1.15%) Games
15 29 (1.11%) Organisational Skills
16 20 (0.77%) Influencing Skills
17 19 (0.73%) Law
18 18 (0.69%) Electronics
19 16 (0.61%) Legal
20 13 (0.50%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1,236 (47.34%) Developer
2 430 (16.47%) .NET Developer
3 290 (11.11%) C# Developer
4 237 (9.08%) Analyst
5 204 (7.81%) SQL Developer
6 180 (6.89%) Architect
7 151 (5.78%) C# .NET Developer
8 142 (5.44%) Data Engineer
9 131 (5.02%) Senior Developer
10 130 (4.98%) Full Stack Developer
11 124 (4.75%) Consultant
12 123 (4.71%) DBA
13 115 (4.40%) Java Developer
14 100 (3.83%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 89 (3.41%) SQL DBA
16 87 (3.33%) Azure Engineer
17 85 (3.26%) Data Analyst
18 81 (3.10%) Azure Developer
19 80 (3.06%) DevOps Engineer
20 68 (2.60%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 951 (36.42%) .NET
2 341 (13.06%) ASP.NET
3 321 (12.29%) HTML
4 314 (12.03%) AngularJS
5 301 (11.53%) Web Services
6 286 (10.95%) .NET Framework
7 271 (10.38%) .NET Core
8 256 (9.80%) CSS
9 225 (8.62%) React
10 221 (8.46%) REST
11 159 (6.09%) ASP.NET Web API
12 157 (6.01%) RESTful
13 146 (5.59%) XML
14 131 (5.02%) JSON
15 125 (4.79%) Entity Framework
16 124 (4.75%) Spring
17 122 (4.67%) HTML5
17 122 (4.67%) SOAP
18 120 (4.60%) jQuery
19 117 (4.48%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 83 (3.18%) Data Structures
2 73 (2.80%) Fixed Income
2 73 (2.80%) Greenfield Project
3 67 (2.57%) Management Information System
3 67 (2.57%) NHS
4 54 (2.07%) User Experience
5 52 (1.99%) Algorithms
6 48 (1.84%) Data Centre
7 47 (1.80%) Derivative
8 43 (1.65%) Clustering
8 43 (1.65%) Data Protection Act
9 37 (1.42%) PKI
10 36 (1.38%) Cloud Native
11 35 (1.34%) Public Cloud
12 34 (1.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 33 (1.26%) Replication
13 33 (1.26%) Self-Motivation
14 26 (1.00%) Hedge funds
14 26 (1.00%) Legacy Systems
14 26 (1.00%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 502 (19.23%) Windows
2 290 (11.11%) Linux
3 214 (8.20%) Windows Server
4 144 (5.52%) Unix
5 104 (3.98%) Windows Server 2012
6 73 (2.80%) Windows Server 2016
7 68 (2.60%) Windows Server 2019
8 60 (2.30%) Windows 10
9 39 (1.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 32 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
11 30 (1.15%) Windows 7
12 24 (0.92%) Solaris
13 20 (0.77%) Android
14 16 (0.61%) Apple iOS
15 15 (0.57%) Ubuntu
16 14 (0.54%) AIX
17 11 (0.42%) CentOS
18 6 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
19 4 (0.15%) HPUX
20 3 (0.11%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 732 (28.04%) Agile Software Development
2 503 (19.26%) DevOps
3 490 (18.77%) Business Intelligence
4 317 (12.14%) ETL
5 308 (11.80%) Scrum
6 274 (10.49%) Migration
7 267 (10.23%) MVC
8 258 (9.88%) Full Stack Development
9 249 (9.54%) Problem-Solving
10 236 (9.04%) Data Modelling
11 233 (8.92%) Microservices
12 232 (8.89%) Analytics
13 209 (8.00%) Continuous Integration
14 201 (7.70%) TDD
15 196 (7.51%) Software Engineering
16 194 (7.43%) Test Automation
17 175 (6.70%) OO
18 147 (5.63%) Performance Tuning
18 147 (5.63%) SDLC
19 136 (5.21%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 1,424 (54.54%) SQL
2 865 (33.13%) C#
3 523 (20.03%) JavaScript
4 326 (12.49%) Python
5 318 (12.18%) Java
6 312 (11.95%) PowerShell
7 305 (11.68%) T-SQL
8 167 (6.40%) TypeScript
9 79 (3.03%) PL/SQL
10 72 (2.76%) VB.NET
11 65 (2.49%) VB
12 55 (2.11%) Bash Shell
13 52 (1.99%) C++
14 51 (1.95%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 51 (1.95%) VBA
15 48 (1.84%) Java 8
16 36 (1.38%) R
17 31 (1.19%) C
17 31 (1.19%) Perl
17 31 (1.19%) Scala
Qualifications
1 187 (7.16%) Security Cleared
2 135 (5.17%) SC Cleared
3 124 (4.75%) Degree
4 52 (1.99%) Microsoft Certification
5 46 (1.76%) DV Cleared
6 23 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
7 22 (0.84%) MCSE
8 21 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
9 19 (0.73%) CCNA
9 19 (0.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 17 (0.65%) ISTQB
11 14 (0.54%) Numerate Degree
12 12 (0.46%) Master's Degree
13 11 (0.42%) BPSS Clearance
14 10 (0.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 9 (0.34%) MCSA
16 8 (0.31%) ISEB
16 8 (0.31%) TOGAF Certification
17 7 (0.27%) ITIL Certification
17 7 (0.27%) SAS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 119 (4.56%) QA
2 62 (2.37%) Data Quality
3 28 (1.07%) GDPR
4 17 (0.65%) Accessibility
5 9 (0.34%) PCI DSS
6 8 (0.31%) SLA
7 4 (0.15%) COBIT
7 4 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.15%) NCSC
7 4 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.11%) Dublin Core
8 3 (0.11%) FedRAMP
8 3 (0.11%) HL7
8 3 (0.11%) IFRS
9 2 (0.077%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.077%) ISO 22301
9 2 (0.077%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.077%) PMO
9 2 (0.077%) Solvency II
System Software
1 310 (11.87%) Active Directory
2 164 (6.28%) Docker
3 106 (4.06%) VMware Infrastructure
4 47 (1.80%) vSphere
5 43 (1.65%) Hyper-V
6 31 (1.19%) VMware ESXi
7 27 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
8 16 (0.61%) Oracle RAC
9 15 (0.57%) XenApp
10 14 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
10 14 (0.54%) VMware NSX
11 13 (0.50%) NFS
12 12 (0.46%) HDFS
13 11 (0.42%) XenDesktop
14 10 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
15 9 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
16 8 (0.31%) SRDF
17 7 (0.27%) KVM
17 7 (0.27%) Xen
18 4 (0.15%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 125 (4.79%) Kubernetes
2 100 (3.83%) Ansible
3 88 (3.37%) Terraform
4 55 (2.11%) SCCM
5 39 (1.49%) Puppet
6 27 (1.03%) Microsoft Intune
7 25 (0.96%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 24 (0.92%) WSUS
9 23 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
10 22 (0.84%) Control-M
11 21 (0.80%) SCOM
12 15 (0.57%) Single Sign-On
13 14 (0.54%) vCenter Server
14 13 (0.50%) AirWatch
14 13 (0.50%) Kibana
14 13 (0.50%) Microsoft Clustering
14 13 (0.50%) NetBackup
15 10 (0.38%) Data Guard
15 10 (0.38%) Oozie
16 9 (0.34%) logstash
Vendors
1 865 (33.13%) Microsoft
2 595 (22.79%) Oracle
3 164 (6.28%) VMware
4 98 (3.75%) Databricks
5 77 (2.95%) SAP
6 65 (2.49%) Citrix
7 64 (2.45%) Cisco
8 53 (2.03%) Sybase
9 47 (1.80%) Dell
10 46 (1.76%) Salesforce.com
11 44 (1.69%) Red Hat
12 42 (1.61%) Google
13 40 (1.53%) Informatica
14 35 (1.34%) IBM
15 32 (1.23%) EMC
16 31 (1.19%) NetApp
16 31 (1.19%) TIBCO
17 25 (0.96%) Splunk
18 24 (0.92%) Telerik
19 22 (0.84%) Atlassian