Period
to

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 22 May 2022 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
22 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 44 51 27
Rank change year-on-year +7 -24 0
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 3,527 2,084 2,775
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.01% 4.48% 6.44%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 25.73% 21.19% 29.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,702 1,478 1,954
10th Percentile £350 £313 £313
25th Percentile £413 £380 £369
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% +1.12%
75th Percentile £638 £575 £550
90th Percentile £750 £675 £663
UK median daily rate £513 £460 £450
% change year-on-year +11.44% +2.22% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 43 59
10th Percentile - £12.26 £14.85
25th Percentile £20.75 £20.00 £18.25
Median hourly rate £49.50 £26.00 £24.70
Median % change year-on-year +90.38% +5.26% -20.96%
75th Percentile £69.05 £49.08 £51.75
90th Percentile £75.34 £59.75 £68.75
UK median hourly rate £47.09 £26.00 £24.70
% change year-on-year +81.10% +5.26% -7.32%

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 13,707 9,837 9,480
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.46% 21.16% 21.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,935 6,822 6,605
10th Percentile £363 £325 £325
25th Percentile £450 £413 £405
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - +3.09%
75th Percentile £653 £600 £588
90th Percentile £750 £699 £675
UK median daily rate £545 £500 £488
% change year-on-year +9.00% +2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 165 177 135
10th Percentile £14.55 £11.25 £14.45
25th Percentile £21.75 £17.75 £18.13
Median hourly rate £45.00 £24.50 £24.71
Median % change year-on-year +83.67% -0.85% -17.63%
75th Percentile £65.00 £49.41 £46.00
90th Percentile £75.00 £65.20 £59.80
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £26.50 £24.71
% change year-on-year +69.81% +7.24% -13.30%

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 22 May 2022.

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 22 May 2022.

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 22 May 2022. 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
Jobs
London +12 1,975 £575 +9.52% 479
South East +12 434 £500 +17.65% 269
North of England -6 352 £450 +12.50% 309
Midlands +2 269 £430 +7.50% 190
North West 0 233 £460 +15.00% 171
West Midlands -8 185 £425 -2.86% 124
South West -5 140 £450 +5.88% 108
East of England +19 112 £425 - 82
Yorkshire -14 102 £425 +6.25% 97
East Midlands +6 81 £450 +20.00% 66
North East -3 18 £494 -1.25% 43
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 22 May 2022, 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 1,931 (54.75%) SQL
2 1,346 (38.16%) Azure
3 1,193 (33.82%) Microsoft
4 1,188 (33.68%) C#
5 1,181 (33.48%) .NET
6 1,018 (28.86%) Agile
7 831 (23.56%) DevOps
8 797 (22.60%) Finance
9 781 (22.14%) Oracle
10 775 (21.97%) Windows
11 712 (20.19%) Social Skills
12 626 (17.75%) JavaScript
13 607 (17.21%) Business Intelligence
14 546 (15.48%) T-SQL
15 495 (14.03%) Problem-Solving
16 486 (13.78%) Power Platform
17 473 (13.41%) CI/CD
18 463 (13.13%) HTML
19 451 (12.79%) Linux
19 451 (12.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 448 (12.70%) Git (software)
21 441 (12.50%) ETL
22 437 (12.39%) Java
23 433 (12.28%) Data Warehouse
23 433 (12.28%) PowerShell
24 432 (12.25%) Python
25 419 (11.88%) AWS
26 417 (11.82%) Banking
27 415 (11.77%) Power BI
28 392 (11.11%) CSS

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
1 203 (5.76%) SharePoint
2 132 (3.74%) IIS
3 112 (3.18%) Confluence
4 68 (1.93%) MS Exchange
5 67 (1.90%) Apache Spark
6 52 (1.47%) Apache
7 49 (1.39%) BizTalk Server
8 47 (1.33%) Elasticsearch
9 44 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2013
10 43 (1.22%) CMS
11 40 (1.13%) JBoss
12 37 (1.05%) Oracle Workflow
13 35 (0.99%) Skype for Business
14 25 (0.71%) WebSphere
15 21 (0.60%) Red Hat Fuse
16 20 (0.57%) Mule
16 20 (0.57%) nginx
16 20 (0.57%) SAS
17 19 (0.54%) Tomcat
18 16 (0.45%) EPiServer
Applications
1 146 (4.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 86 (2.44%) Microsoft Office
3 27 (0.77%) MS Visio
4 20 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
5 19 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.14%) Simulink
7 4 (0.11%) CATIA
7 4 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.085%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.085%) SPSS
9 2 (0.057%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.028%) Adobe XD
10 1 (0.028%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.028%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.028%) Pro/ENGINEER
10 1 (0.028%) PTC Creo
10 1 (0.028%) SOLIDWORKS
10 1 (0.028%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 66 (1.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.48%) BusinessWorks
3 16 (0.45%) RMDS
4 15 (0.43%) HiPortfolio
5 10 (0.28%) Misys Midas
6 9 (0.26%) Markit EDM
7 8 (0.23%) Cerner Millennium
7 8 (0.23%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 8 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
7 8 (0.23%) PeopleSoft HRMS
7 8 (0.23%) thinkFolio
8 7 (0.20%) Endur
8 7 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 7 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
9 6 (0.17%) Oracle Utilities
10 5 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
10 5 (0.14%) MoSes
10 5 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 5 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
11 4 (0.11%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 1,346 (38.16%) Azure
2 486 (13.78%) Power Platform
3 419 (11.88%) AWS
4 241 (6.83%) Microsoft 365
5 174 (4.93%) Azure Data Factory
5 174 (4.93%) PaaS
6 122 (3.46%) IaaS
7 114 (3.23%) GitHub
8 113 (3.20%) Azure Active Directory
9 110 (3.12%) SaaS
10 102 (2.89%) PowerApps
11 95 (2.69%) Serverless
12 93 (2.64%) Azure Logic Apps
13 87 (2.47%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 78 (2.21%) GCP
15 75 (2.13%) Azure Service Bus
16 62 (1.76%) Amazon S3
17 58 (1.64%) Azure Functions
18 56 (1.59%) Dynamics 365
19 54 (1.53%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 177 (5.02%) DNS
2 107 (3.03%) DHCP
3 105 (2.98%) Firewall
4 79 (2.24%) TCP/IP
5 71 (2.01%) SAN
6 42 (1.19%) HTTP
7 39 (1.11%) Skype
8 35 (0.99%) FTP
8 35 (0.99%) Network Security
8 35 (0.99%) WAN
9 31 (0.88%) LAN
9 31 (0.88%) VPN
10 27 (0.77%) NAS
11 26 (0.74%) FIX Connectivity
12 25 (0.71%) Kerberos
12 25 (0.71%) SSL
13 21 (0.60%) SSH
14 20 (0.57%) SMTP
15 19 (0.54%) HTTPS
16 16 (0.45%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 451 (12.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 433 (12.28%) Data Warehouse
3 415 (11.77%) Power BI
4 291 (8.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 275 (7.80%) Relational Database
6 252 (7.14%) PostgreSQL
7 246 (6.97%) MySQL
8 186 (5.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 175 (4.96%) Azure SQL Database
10 166 (4.71%) MongoDB
11 153 (4.34%) Data Lake
12 146 (4.14%) NoSQL
13 123 (3.49%) Oracle Database
14 102 (2.89%) RDBMS
14 102 (2.89%) Tableau
15 98 (2.78%) DB2
16 72 (2.04%) Big Data
17 69 (1.96%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 66 (1.87%) Redis
19 53 (1.50%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 448 (12.70%) Git (software)
2 339 (9.61%) JIRA
3 241 (6.83%) Visual Studio
4 231 (6.55%) Jenkins
5 136 (3.86%) Team Foundation Server
6 100 (2.84%) TeamCity
7 87 (2.47%) Maven
8 85 (2.41%) NUnit
8 85 (2.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 73 (2.07%) Selenium
10 67 (1.90%) Subversion
11 66 (1.87%) JUnit
12 65 (1.84%) Bitbucket
13 52 (1.47%) GitLab
13 52 (1.47%) Grunt
14 39 (1.11%) Jasmine
15 38 (1.08%) Cucumber
16 36 (1.02%) Eclipse
17 35 (0.99%) Moq
18 33 (0.94%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 797 (22.60%) Finance
2 712 (20.19%) Social Skills
3 417 (11.82%) Banking
4 361 (10.24%) Analytical Skills
5 211 (5.98%) Front Office
6 196 (5.56%) Public Sector
7 161 (4.56%) Investment Banking
8 69 (1.96%) Games
8 69 (1.96%) Legal
9 54 (1.53%) Presentation Skills
9 54 (1.53%) Retail
10 43 (1.22%) Manufacturing
11 37 (1.05%) Marketing
12 35 (0.99%) Back Office
13 34 (0.96%) Organisational Skills
14 32 (0.91%) Law
15 31 (0.88%) Documentation Skills
16 30 (0.85%) Telecoms
17 25 (0.71%) Advertising
18 22 (0.62%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,723 (48.85%) Developer
2 504 (14.29%) .NET Developer
3 336 (9.53%) C# Developer
4 318 (9.02%) Analyst
5 253 (7.17%) SQL Developer
6 224 (6.35%) DBA
7 220 (6.24%) Architect
8 179 (5.08%) Data Engineer
9 171 (4.85%) C# .NET Developer
10 168 (4.76%) Full Stack Developer
11 165 (4.68%) Java Developer
12 147 (4.17%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 147 (4.17%) SQL DBA
13 138 (3.91%) Senior Developer
14 132 (3.74%) Azure Engineer
15 128 (3.63%) Software Developer
16 117 (3.32%) Data Analyst
17 108 (3.06%) DevOps Engineer
18 95 (2.69%) Azure Developer
19 94 (2.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,181 (33.48%) .NET
2 463 (13.13%) HTML
3 392 (11.11%) CSS
4 389 (11.03%) .NET Framework
5 386 (10.94%) ASP.NET
6 317 (8.99%) AngularJS
7 282 (8.00%) .NET Core
8 275 (7.80%) React
9 257 (7.29%) REST
10 224 (6.35%) Web Services
11 199 (5.64%) ASP.NET Web API
12 196 (5.56%) Entity Framework
13 189 (5.36%) RESTful
14 172 (4.88%) XML
15 170 (4.82%) HTML5
15 170 (4.82%) jQuery
16 169 (4.79%) JSON
17 159 (4.51%) Spring
18 145 (4.11%) ASP.NET MVC
19 121 (3.43%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 105 (2.98%) Clustering
2 103 (2.92%) Replication
3 101 (2.86%) User Experience
4 96 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
5 90 (2.55%) Legacy Code
6 75 (2.13%) Algorithms
7 70 (1.98%) Derivative
8 68 (1.93%) Data Structures
8 68 (1.93%) NHS
9 67 (1.90%) Greenfield Project
10 66 (1.87%) Fixed Income
10 66 (1.87%) Management Information System
11 64 (1.81%) Data Centre
12 59 (1.67%) Public Cloud
13 56 (1.59%) PKI
14 51 (1.45%) Cloud Native
15 47 (1.33%) Virtual Team
16 45 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
16 45 (1.28%) Legacy Systems
17 42 (1.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 775 (21.97%) Windows
2 451 (12.79%) Linux
3 336 (9.53%) Windows Server
4 217 (6.15%) Unix
5 124 (3.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 83 (2.35%) Windows 10
7 62 (1.76%) Windows Server 2019
8 58 (1.64%) Windows Server 2008
9 56 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 55 (1.56%) Windows Server 2016
11 29 (0.82%) Windows 7
12 25 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
13 21 (0.60%) Solaris
14 17 (0.48%) VMS
15 16 (0.45%) Windows XP
16 15 (0.43%) Android
16 15 (0.43%) Apple iOS
16 15 (0.43%) Ubuntu
17 11 (0.31%) CentOS
18 8 (0.23%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,018 (28.86%) Agile
2 831 (23.56%) DevOps
3 607 (17.21%) Business Intelligence
4 495 (14.03%) Problem-Solving
5 473 (13.41%) CI/CD
6 441 (12.50%) ETL
7 379 (10.75%) Scrum
8 361 (10.24%) Microservices
9 349 (9.90%) Migration
10 337 (9.55%) TDD
11 335 (9.50%) MVC
12 323 (9.16%) Data Modelling
13 320 (9.07%) Full Stack Development
14 260 (7.37%) Test Automation
15 239 (6.78%) OO
16 228 (6.46%) Analytics
17 214 (6.07%) Software Engineering
18 211 (5.98%) SDLC
19 188 (5.33%) Data Analysis
20 182 (5.16%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 1,931 (54.75%) SQL
2 1,188 (33.68%) C#
3 626 (17.75%) JavaScript
4 546 (15.48%) T-SQL
5 437 (12.39%) Java
6 433 (12.28%) PowerShell
7 432 (12.25%) Python
8 158 (4.48%) PL/SQL
9 143 (4.05%) TypeScript
10 98 (2.78%) VBA
11 89 (2.52%) Bash
11 89 (2.52%) VB
12 88 (2.50%) VB.NET
13 61 (1.73%) C
14 60 (1.70%) C++
15 59 (1.67%) Shell Script
16 54 (1.53%) Go
17 41 (1.16%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 36 (1.02%) Perl
19 35 (0.99%) Scala
Qualifications
1 362 (10.26%) Security Cleared
2 291 (8.25%) SC Cleared
3 139 (3.94%) Degree
4 66 (1.87%) DV Cleared
5 52 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
6 50 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
7 16 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
8 15 (0.43%) MCSA
8 15 (0.43%) MCSE
9 13 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
10 12 (0.34%) Master's Degree
10 12 (0.34%) MCITP
10 12 (0.34%) Numerate Degree
11 11 (0.31%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (0.23%) MCTS
13 7 (0.20%) CCNA
13 7 (0.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 6 (0.17%) Oracle Certification
15 5 (0.14%) OCA
15 5 (0.14%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (3.74%) QA
2 76 (2.15%) Data Quality
3 73 (2.07%) SLA
4 51 (1.45%) GDPR
5 42 (1.19%) Accessibility
6 14 (0.40%) IFRS
6 14 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 12 (0.34%) WCAG
8 11 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 9 (0.26%) IFRS 17
10 8 (0.23%) JSP 440
11 7 (0.20%) MiFID
11 7 (0.20%) PMO
12 6 (0.17%) EMIR
13 5 (0.14%) HL7
14 4 (0.11%) DICOM
14 4 (0.11%) GxP
15 3 (0.085%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 3 (0.085%) PCI DSS
15 3 (0.085%) Solvency II
System Software
1 355 (10.07%) Active Directory
2 227 (6.44%) Docker
3 181 (5.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 96 (2.72%) Hyper-V
5 61 (1.73%) vSphere
6 51 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
7 40 (1.13%) VMware ESXi
8 33 (0.94%) Oracle RAC
9 23 (0.65%) XenApp
10 22 (0.62%) VMware NSX
11 20 (0.57%) NFS
12 15 (0.43%) Virtual Servers
13 14 (0.40%) XenDesktop
14 13 (0.37%) HDFS
15 12 (0.34%) GridGain
16 8 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
17 7 (0.20%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 7 (0.20%) Veritas Volume Manager
18 6 (0.17%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 6 (0.17%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 224 (6.35%) Kubernetes
2 193 (5.47%) Ansible
3 171 (4.85%) Terraform
4 122 (3.46%) SCCM
5 64 (1.81%) Puppet
6 56 (1.59%) Microsoft Clustering
7 46 (1.30%) Microsoft Intune
8 39 (1.11%) BladeLogic
9 25 (0.71%) Grafana
10 24 (0.68%) vRealize
11 23 (0.65%) ITRS Geneos
11 23 (0.65%) Kibana
12 22 (0.62%) NetBackup
12 22 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
13 21 (0.60%) Data Guard
14 20 (0.57%) SCVMM
15 19 (0.54%) Control-M
16 18 (0.51%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
16 18 (0.51%) PowerCLI
16 18 (0.51%) WSUS
Vendors
1 1,193 (33.82%) Microsoft
2 781 (22.14%) Oracle
3 270 (7.66%) VMware
4 164 (4.65%) Databricks
5 114 (3.23%) SAP
6 87 (2.47%) Sybase
7 84 (2.38%) Citrix
8 73 (2.07%) Red Hat
9 68 (1.93%) TIBCO
10 65 (1.84%) Cisco
11 62 (1.76%) Google
12 60 (1.70%) Splunk
13 52 (1.47%) Informatica
13 52 (1.47%) ION Trading
14 44 (1.25%) SolarWinds
15 41 (1.16%) IBM
16 38 (1.08%) Sitecore
17 36 (1.02%) Atlassian
18 34 (0.96%) New Relic
19 33 (0.94%) Alteryx