Period
to 20 October 2019

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 20 October 2019 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
20 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 25 23 23
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 -4
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 4,959 6,651 6,270
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.43% 7.11% 6.86%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 29.45% 31.24% 30.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,573 4,912 4,579
England median daily rate £428 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +3.03% +6.45%
10th Percentile £310 £301 £298
90th Percentile £600 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £410
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +9.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 76 119
England median hourly rate £32.50 £23.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.30% -30.30% +1.54%
10th Percentile £15.50 £15.02 £17.15
90th Percentile £56.40 £56.68 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £33.79 £23.00 £31.58
% change year-on-year +46.91% -27.16% -9.79%

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 16,841 21,292 20,254
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.85% 22.76% 22.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,629 14,998 13,872
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £314 £308
90th Percentile £663 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 213 255
England median hourly rate £33.79 £32.48 £30.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.05% +6.48% +7.02%
10th Percentile £12.74 £13.74 £13.75
90th Percentile £65.00 £56.03 £53.25
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% - +1.69%

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 20 October 2019.

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 20 October 2019.

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 20 October 2019. 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 -5 2,192 £480 -1.54% 702
South East +6 1,015 £413 +0.61% 615
North of England -4 636 £375 +2.74% 598
Midlands 0 483 £400 +6.67% 391
South West -12 416 £425 +3.03% 228
North West -5 324 £375 +4.17% 300
West Midlands 0 286 £400 - 236
Yorkshire +1 279 £388 +3.33% 237
East of England -12 204 £425 +6.25% 196
East Midlands 0 193 £375 +7.14% 153
North East -12 33 £420 +12.00% 61
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 20 October 2019, 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 2,652 (53.48%) SQL
2 1,925 (38.82%) C#
3 1,923 (38.78%) .NET
4 1,851 (37.33%) Microsoft
5 1,497 (30.19%) Agile Software Development
6 1,453 (29.30%) Azure
7 1,077 (21.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1,040 (20.97%) JavaScript
9 1,028 (20.73%) Finance
10 981 (19.78%) Windows
11 969 (19.54%) Business Intelligence
12 898 (18.11%) Oracle
13 815 (16.43%) ASP.NET
14 784 (15.81%) T-SQL
15 732 (14.76%) MVC
16 727 (14.66%) Data Warehouse
17 709 (14.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 703 (14.18%) ETL
19 670 (13.51%) HTML
20 647 (13.05%) CSS
21 635 (12.81%) AngularJS
22 596 (12.02%) Migration
23 595 (12.00%) .NET Framework
24 591 (11.92%) Power Platform
25 575 (11.60%) Power BI
26 565 (11.39%) TDD
27 562 (11.33%) PowerShell
28 548 (11.05%) DevOps
29 512 (10.32%) Active Directory
30 506 (10.20%) Scrum

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
1 342 (6.90%) SharePoint
2 261 (5.26%) IIS
3 164 (3.31%) Confluence
4 122 (2.46%) MS Exchange
5 105 (2.12%) Apache
6 89 (1.79%) Skype for Business
7 86 (1.73%) Apache Spark
8 58 (1.17%) Tomcat
9 57 (1.15%) Elasticsearch
10 55 (1.11%) Exchange Server 2010
11 54 (1.09%) BizTalk Server
12 53 (1.07%) CMS
13 49 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
14 39 (0.79%) SharePoint 2010
14 39 (0.79%) SharePoint 2013
15 35 (0.71%) SAS
16 30 (0.60%) Umbraco
17 28 (0.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 28 (0.56%) WebLogic
18 20 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 340 (6.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 152 (3.07%) Microsoft Office
3 50 (1.01%) MS Visio
4 25 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
6 15 (0.30%) InfoPath
7 12 (0.24%) XMetaL
8 6 (0.12%) SPSS
9 4 (0.081%) Microsoft Project
10 2 (0.040%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.020%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.020%) Sketch
11 1 (0.020%) S-PLUS
11 1 (0.020%) Stata
11 1 (0.020%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 158 (3.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
3 27 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
4 26 (0.52%) Elite 3E
5 14 (0.28%) BusinessWorks
6 10 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
6 10 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
7 8 (0.16%) Dynamics GP
7 8 (0.16%) Markit EDM
7 8 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
7 8 (0.16%) PolarLake
8 7 (0.14%) NetSuite
9 6 (0.12%) Misys Opics
10 5 (0.10%) Magento
10 5 (0.10%) Sage 200
10 5 (0.10%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 5 (0.10%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 5 (0.10%) Visualfiles
11 4 (0.081%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 4 (0.081%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 1,453 (29.30%) Azure
2 591 (11.92%) Power Platform
3 485 (9.78%) AWS
4 274 (5.53%) Office 365
5 147 (2.96%) Azure Data Factory
6 138 (2.78%) Dynamics 365
7 137 (2.76%) GitHub
8 117 (2.36%) Serverless
9 107 (2.16%) Azure Active Directory
10 105 (2.12%) PaaS
11 98 (1.98%) GCP
12 91 (1.84%) IaaS
12 91 (1.84%) SaaS
13 64 (1.29%) Azure Functions
14 49 (0.99%) npm
15 37 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
16 36 (0.73%) AWS CloudFormation
17 34 (0.69%) OpenShift
18 30 (0.60%) PowerApps
19 29 (0.58%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 149 (3.00%) DNS
2 123 (2.48%) Firewall
3 117 (2.36%) DHCP
4 91 (1.84%) SAN
5 69 (1.39%) TCP/IP
6 65 (1.31%) Skype
7 63 (1.27%) HTTP
8 60 (1.21%) WAN
9 58 (1.17%) LAN
10 53 (1.07%) Internet
11 45 (0.91%) VPN
12 34 (0.69%) VoIP
13 33 (0.67%) FTP
14 25 (0.50%) NAS
15 24 (0.48%) SMTP
15 24 (0.48%) VLAN
16 23 (0.46%) Intrusion Detection
17 22 (0.44%) HTTPS
17 22 (0.44%) SSL
18 21 (0.42%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,077 (21.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 727 (14.66%) Data Warehouse
3 709 (14.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 575 (11.60%) Power BI
5 499 (10.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 374 (7.54%) Relational Database
7 371 (7.48%) MySQL
8 330 (6.65%) SQL Server 2012
9 315 (6.35%) SQL Server 2016
10 265 (5.34%) SQL Server 2008
11 231 (4.66%) Azure SQL Database
12 214 (4.32%) PostgreSQL
13 198 (3.99%) Oracle Database
14 184 (3.71%) Big Data
14 184 (3.71%) SQL Server 2014
15 153 (3.09%) MongoDB
16 133 (2.68%) NoSQL
17 130 (2.62%) RDBMS
17 130 (2.62%) SQL Server 2017
18 125 (2.52%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 471 (9.50%) Git (software)
2 391 (7.88%) Visual Studio
3 325 (6.55%) JIRA
4 240 (4.84%) Team Foundation Server
5 229 (4.62%) Jenkins
6 162 (3.27%) Selenium
7 157 (3.17%) TeamCity
8 144 (2.90%) Visual Studio Team System
9 102 (2.06%) NUnit
10 81 (1.63%) Octopus Deploy
11 80 (1.61%) Bitbucket
12 78 (1.57%) Cucumber
13 76 (1.53%) MSTest
14 72 (1.45%) Moq
15 69 (1.39%) Maven
16 63 (1.27%) SpecFlow
17 61 (1.23%) JUnit
18 56 (1.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
19 53 (1.07%) Subversion
20 44 (0.89%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 1,028 (20.73%) Finance
2 288 (5.81%) Banking
3 223 (4.50%) Public Sector
4 169 (3.41%) Retail
5 118 (2.38%) Front Office
6 110 (2.22%) Legal
7 79 (1.59%) Telecoms
8 74 (1.49%) Law
9 68 (1.37%) Marketing
10 64 (1.29%) Investment Banking
11 58 (1.17%) Manufacturing
12 56 (1.13%) Back Office
13 46 (0.93%) Publishing
14 33 (0.67%) Financial Institution
15 27 (0.54%) Police
16 25 (0.50%) Local Government
16 25 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
17 23 (0.46%) Advertising
18 21 (0.42%) Games
19 17 (0.34%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 2,659 (53.62%) Developer
2 859 (17.32%) .NET Developer
3 651 (13.13%) C# Developer
4 554 (11.17%) SQL Developer
5 452 (9.11%) Analyst
6 345 (6.96%) C# .NET Developer
7 308 (6.21%) DBA
8 304 (6.13%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 269 (5.42%) Architect
10 237 (4.78%) Senior Developer
11 206 (4.15%) SQL DBA
12 162 (3.27%) Full Stack Developer
13 157 (3.17%) Consultant
14 153 (3.09%) Software Developer
15 152 (3.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 148 (2.98%) SQL Server Developer
17 146 (2.94%) Azure Developer
18 131 (2.64%) Administrator
19 130 (2.62%) SSIS Developer
20 125 (2.52%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,923 (38.78%) .NET
2 815 (16.43%) ASP.NET
3 670 (13.51%) HTML
4 647 (13.05%) CSS
5 635 (12.81%) AngularJS
6 595 (12.00%) .NET Framework
7 480 (9.68%) ASP.NET Web API
8 462 (9.32%) Web Services
9 391 (7.88%) ASP.NET MVC
10 367 (7.40%) .NET Core
11 353 (7.12%) REST
11 353 (7.12%) XML
12 325 (6.55%) Entity Framework
13 314 (6.33%) React
14 299 (6.03%) JSON
15 295 (5.95%) jQuery
16 237 (4.78%) RESTful
17 194 (3.91%) HTML5
18 192 (3.87%) WCF
19 182 (3.67%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 376 (7.58%) Analytical Skills
2 195 (3.93%) Greenfield Project
3 133 (2.68%) Clustering
4 117 (2.36%) Enterprise Software
5 115 (2.32%) Replication
6 111 (2.24%) Hedge funds
7 108 (2.18%) Management Information System
8 90 (1.81%) Data Centre
9 83 (1.67%) Data Structures
10 70 (1.41%) Equities
11 68 (1.37%) NHS
11 68 (1.37%) User Experience
12 65 (1.31%) Self-Motivation
13 64 (1.29%) Public Cloud
14 63 (1.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 47 (0.95%) Fixed Income
16 46 (0.93%) PKI
17 40 (0.81%) Algorithms
18 38 (0.77%) Derivative
18 38 (0.77%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 981 (19.78%) Windows
2 446 (8.99%) Windows Server
3 390 (7.86%) Linux
4 189 (3.81%) Windows Server 2012
5 180 (3.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 170 (3.43%) Unix
7 141 (2.84%) Windows 10
8 93 (1.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 79 (1.59%) Windows 7
10 45 (0.91%) Android
11 38 (0.77%) Windows Server 2003
12 31 (0.63%) CentOS
13 28 (0.56%) Windows 8
14 24 (0.48%) Solaris
15 23 (0.46%) VMS
16 22 (0.44%) AIX
17 21 (0.42%) Apple iOS
18 14 (0.28%) Windows XP
19 13 (0.26%) Ubuntu
20 8 (0.16%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,497 (30.19%) Agile Software Development
2 969 (19.54%) Business Intelligence
3 732 (14.76%) MVC
4 703 (14.18%) ETL
5 596 (12.02%) Migration
6 565 (11.39%) TDD
7 548 (11.05%) DevOps
8 506 (10.20%) Scrum
9 383 (7.72%) Continuous Integration
10 364 (7.34%) Microservices
11 354 (7.14%) Problem-Solving
12 346 (6.98%) Data Modelling
13 311 (6.27%) Test Automation
14 293 (5.91%) Analytics
15 267 (5.38%) CRM
16 254 (5.12%) BDD
17 241 (4.86%) Data Migration
18 234 (4.72%) Software Engineering
19 226 (4.56%) Performance Tuning
20 221 (4.46%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 2,652 (53.48%) SQL
2 1,925 (38.82%) C#
3 1,040 (20.97%) JavaScript
4 784 (15.81%) T-SQL
5 562 (11.33%) PowerShell
6 393 (7.92%) Java
7 346 (6.98%) Python
8 158 (3.19%) TypeScript
9 145 (2.92%) PL/SQL
10 134 (2.70%) VB.NET
11 123 (2.48%) VB
12 118 (2.38%) VBA
13 117 (2.36%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 93 (1.88%) R
15 79 (1.59%) PHP
16 72 (1.45%) Shell Script
17 68 (1.37%) C++
18 67 (1.35%) Bash Shell
19 62 (1.25%) Perl
20 56 (1.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 401 (8.09%) Security Cleared
2 278 (5.61%) SC Cleared
3 248 (5.00%) Degree
4 98 (1.98%) Microsoft Certification
5 72 (1.45%) DV Cleared
6 63 (1.27%) Computer Science Degree
7 47 (0.95%) MCSE
8 38 (0.77%) Cisco Certification
9 33 (0.67%) MCSA
10 27 (0.54%) CCNA
11 26 (0.52%) PMI Certification
12 25 (0.50%) ISEB
13 23 (0.46%) PMP
14 17 (0.34%) ISTQB
15 16 (0.32%) DBS Check
15 16 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
16 15 (0.30%) CISSP
16 15 (0.30%) Master's Degree
17 13 (0.26%) CCNP
18 11 (0.22%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 166 (3.35%) QA
2 74 (1.49%) Data Quality
3 63 (1.27%) SLA
4 47 (0.95%) GDPR
5 26 (0.52%) WCAG
6 24 (0.48%) MiFID
7 21 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 13 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 12 (0.24%) IFRS
10 11 (0.22%) PCI DSS
11 8 (0.16%) NCSC
11 8 (0.16%) Solvency II
12 7 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 7 (0.14%) PMO
13 6 (0.12%) EMIR
13 6 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
14 4 (0.081%) GAAP
15 3 (0.060%) COBIT
15 3 (0.060%) ISO 9001
16 2 (0.040%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 512 (10.32%) Active Directory
2 205 (4.13%) Docker
3 197 (3.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 127 (2.56%) Hyper-V
5 69 (1.39%) XenApp
6 67 (1.35%) Virtual Machines
7 66 (1.33%) Oracle RAC
8 65 (1.31%) vSphere
9 42 (0.85%) XenDesktop
10 33 (0.67%) VMware ESXi
11 23 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
12 21 (0.42%) HDFS
13 13 (0.26%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 13 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
14 11 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
15 8 (0.16%) LXC
15 8 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
15 8 (0.16%) Xen
16 7 (0.14%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 7 (0.14%) RACF
Systems Management
1 171 (3.45%) SCCM
2 133 (2.68%) Ansible
3 108 (2.18%) Kubernetes
4 87 (1.75%) Terraform
5 70 (1.41%) Puppet
6 68 (1.37%) SCOM
7 67 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
8 47 (0.95%) Microsoft Clustering
9 40 (0.81%) Single Sign-On
10 36 (0.73%) Data Guard
11 30 (0.60%) WSUS
12 26 (0.52%) Control-M
13 22 (0.44%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
13 22 (0.44%) MIIS
14 21 (0.42%) Oracle RMAN
15 18 (0.36%) NetBackup
16 17 (0.34%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
17 15 (0.30%) Failover Clustering
18 14 (0.28%) Hadoop YARN
18 14 (0.28%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 1,851 (37.33%) Microsoft
2 898 (18.11%) Oracle
3 327 (6.59%) VMware
4 244 (4.92%) Tableau
5 159 (3.21%) Citrix
6 140 (2.82%) SAP
7 116 (2.34%) Cisco
8 95 (1.92%) HP
9 88 (1.77%) Google
9 88 (1.77%) IBM
10 76 (1.53%) Databricks
11 70 (1.41%) Sybase
12 62 (1.25%) Cognos
13 60 (1.21%) Salesforce.com
14 53 (1.07%) Informatica
15 49 (0.99%) Atlassian
16 42 (0.85%) Cloudera
16 42 (0.85%) Red Hat
17 40 (0.81%) EMC
18 38 (0.77%) MuleSoft