Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 23 19
Rank change year-on-year 0 -4 -6
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6,718 6,274 7,380
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 7.12% 6.87% 7.55%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.19% 30.97% 33.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,960 4,580 5,211
England median daily rate £425 £413 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +6.45% +3.33%
10th Percentile £301 £298 £265
90th Percentile £613 £600 £556
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £375
% change year-on-year +4.29% +8.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 119 154
England median hourly rate £23.00 £33.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.30% +1.54% +35.42%
10th Percentile £15.02 £17.15 £13.73
90th Percentile £56.68 £52.50 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £31.58 £35.00
% change year-on-year -27.16% -9.79% +27.27%

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 21,541 20,259 21,976
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.82% 22.17% 22.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,179 13,876 14,802
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £314 £308 £288
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 213 255 344
England median hourly rate £32.48 £30.50 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.48% +7.02% +3.64%
10th Percentile £13.74 £13.75 £11.50
90th Percentile £56.03 £53.25 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year - +1.69% +5.36%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 3,196 £495 +4.21% 942
South East -4 1,076 £410 +10.81% 600
North of England -1 926 £365 +4.29% 725
Midlands -2 640 £375 +7.14% 500
South West +3 561 £413 +10.00% 258
North West -1 433 £360 -4.00% 388
Yorkshire -3 414 £375 +7.14% 294
West Midlands -2 387 £400 +9.59% 285
East of England -4 314 £400 +10.34% 227
East Midlands -1 251 £350 +2.94% 214
North East +3 79 £375 +10.29% 43
South Coast - 1 - -
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 22 October 2018, 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 3,659 (54.47%) SQL
2 2,882 (42.90%) .NET
3 2,826 (42.07%) C#
4 2,290 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
5 2,208 (32.87%) Microsoft
6 1,496 (22.27%) Finance
7 1,444 (21.49%) JavaScript
8 1,439 (21.42%) Microsoft Azure
9 1,335 (19.87%) ASP.NET
10 1,300 (19.35%) MVC
11 1,298 (19.32%) Windows
12 1,273 (18.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 1,255 (18.68%) Oracle
14 1,148 (17.09%) Business Intelligence
15 1,140 (16.97%) T-SQL
16 1,065 (15.85%) HTML
17 950 (14.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 885 (13.17%) CSS
19 882 (13.13%) TDD
20 873 (12.99%) AngularJS
21 868 (12.92%) ETL
22 842 (12.53%) Data Warehouse
23 832 (12.38%) .NET Framework
24 750 (11.16%) Scrum
25 747 (11.12%) ASP.NET Web API
26 671 (9.99%) Web Services
27 670 (9.97%) Java
28 658 (9.79%) ASP.NET MVC
29 647 (9.63%) Banking
30 644 (9.59%) Amazon AWS

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
1 353 (5.25%) IIS
2 310 (4.61%) SharePoint
3 202 (3.01%) MS Exchange
4 168 (2.50%) Apache
5 152 (2.26%) CMS
5 152 (2.26%) Confluence
6 130 (1.94%) Apache Spark
7 120 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
8 96 (1.43%) Tomcat
9 83 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2010
10 78 (1.16%) WebSphere
11 72 (1.07%) JBoss
11 72 (1.07%) Umbraco
12 69 (1.03%) NServiceBus
13 66 (0.98%) Skype for Business
14 64 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
15 63 (0.94%) SharePoint 2013
16 61 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 58 (0.86%) SAS
18 44 (0.65%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 429 (6.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 185 (2.75%) Microsoft Office
3 108 (1.61%) MS Visio
4 47 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
5 30 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 21 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.089%) InfoPath
8 5 (0.074%) Acrobat
8 5 (0.074%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.060%) SPSS
10 2 (0.030%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.015%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.015%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.015%) Mingle
11 1 (0.015%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 138 (2.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 45 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
3 26 (0.39%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 21 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
5 19 (0.28%) Markit EDM
6 17 (0.25%) Actimize
7 16 (0.24%) PeopleSoft HCM
8 13 (0.19%) Sage 200
9 12 (0.18%) ION MarketView
10 11 (0.16%) PeopleSoft HRMS
10 11 (0.16%) SAP ERP
10 11 (0.16%) thinkFolio
11 10 (0.15%) Infor M3
11 10 (0.15%) NetSuite
11 10 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
12 9 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 8 (0.12%) Endur
13 8 (0.12%) SAP APO
13 8 (0.12%) SAP MM
14 7 (0.10%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1,439 (21.42%) Microsoft Azure
2 644 (9.59%) Amazon AWS
3 204 (3.04%) Office 365
4 174 (2.59%) PaaS
5 134 (1.99%) IaaS
6 123 (1.83%) SaaS
7 101 (1.50%) Azure Data Factory
8 97 (1.44%) Dynamics 365
9 87 (1.30%) Amazon EC2
10 81 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
11 77 (1.15%) Google Cloud Platform
12 75 (1.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 74 (1.10%) Serverless
14 72 (1.07%) Amazon S3
15 67 (1.00%) GitHub
16 42 (0.63%) npm
17 36 (0.54%) Azure Active Directory
18 32 (0.48%) NuGet
19 29 (0.43%) Azure Functions
20 23 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 193 (2.87%) Firewall
2 160 (2.38%) DNS
3 153 (2.28%) SAN
4 94 (1.40%) HTTP
4 94 (1.40%) Internet
5 78 (1.16%) TCP/IP
6 74 (1.10%) LAN
7 70 (1.04%) DHCP
8 64 (0.95%) WAN
9 60 (0.89%) SSL
10 57 (0.85%) VPN
11 44 (0.65%) NAS
11 44 (0.65%) Skype
12 37 (0.55%) Kerberos
13 33 (0.49%) VoIP
14 30 (0.45%) AMQP
15 26 (0.39%) Intranet
15 26 (0.39%) Network Security
16 22 (0.33%) iSCSI
17 21 (0.31%) FCoE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,273 (18.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 950 (14.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 842 (12.53%) Data Warehouse
4 575 (8.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 560 (8.34%) Relational Database
6 520 (7.74%) SQL Server 2012
7 506 (7.53%) Power BI
8 502 (7.47%) SQL Server 2008
9 460 (6.85%) SQL Server 2016
10 401 (5.97%) MySQL
11 349 (5.19%) NoSQL
12 291 (4.33%) MongoDB
13 279 (4.15%) SQL Server 2014
14 277 (4.12%) Big Data
15 243 (3.62%) PostgreSQL
16 240 (3.57%) Hadoop
17 228 (3.39%) Oracle Database
18 215 (3.20%) RDBMS
19 160 (2.38%) Azure SQL Database
20 158 (2.35%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 633 (9.42%) Git (software)
2 563 (8.38%) Team Foundation Server
3 554 (8.25%) Visual Studio
4 386 (5.75%) JIRA
5 316 (4.70%) Jenkins
6 234 (3.48%) Subversion
7 226 (3.36%) Visual Studio Team System
8 191 (2.84%) Selenium
9 183 (2.72%) TeamCity
10 175 (2.60%) NUnit
11 160 (2.38%) Octopus Deploy
12 154 (2.29%) SpecFlow
13 112 (1.67%) Maven
14 98 (1.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 96 (1.43%) Bitbucket
16 83 (1.24%) Moq
17 82 (1.22%) JUnit
18 70 (1.04%) Eclipse
19 63 (0.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
20 61 (0.91%) SoapUI
General
1 1,496 (22.27%) Finance
2 647 (9.63%) Banking
3 295 (4.39%) Front Office
4 269 (4.00%) Retail
5 230 (3.42%) Investment Banking
6 106 (1.58%) Marketing
7 101 (1.50%) Back Office
8 95 (1.41%) Legal
9 80 (1.19%) Telecoms
10 79 (1.18%) Financial Institution
11 74 (1.10%) Manufacturing
12 61 (0.91%) Publishing
13 59 (0.88%) Law
14 55 (0.82%) Advertising
15 38 (0.57%) Games
16 35 (0.52%) Electronics
17 27 (0.40%) Billing
18 19 (0.28%) Automotive
19 16 (0.24%) General Ledger
20 15 (0.22%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3,941 (58.66%) Developer
2 1,413 (21.03%) .NET Developer
3 1,213 (18.06%) C# Developer
4 873 (12.99%) SQL Developer
5 652 (9.71%) C# .NET Developer
6 591 (8.80%) Analyst
7 397 (5.91%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 389 (5.79%) Senior Developer
9 341 (5.08%) Architect
10 327 (4.87%) Full Stack Developer
11 285 (4.24%) ASP.NET Developer
12 281 (4.18%) DBA
13 276 (4.11%) SQL Server Developer
14 229 (3.41%) Angular Developer
15 228 (3.39%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 228 (3.39%) SQL DBA
16 226 (3.36%) Java Developer
17 220 (3.27%) Consultant
18 190 (2.83%) Software Developer
19 189 (2.81%) SSIS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,882 (42.90%) .NET
2 1,335 (19.87%) ASP.NET
3 1,065 (15.85%) HTML
4 885 (13.17%) CSS
5 873 (12.99%) AngularJS
6 832 (12.38%) .NET Framework
7 747 (11.12%) ASP.NET Web API
8 671 (9.99%) Web Services
9 658 (9.79%) ASP.NET MVC
10 574 (8.54%) jQuery
11 520 (7.74%) XML
12 486 (7.23%) WCF
13 479 (7.13%) Entity Framework
14 385 (5.73%) REST
15 374 (5.57%) .NET Core
16 336 (5.00%) WPF
17 320 (4.76%) HTML5
18 318 (4.73%) React
19 307 (4.57%) JSON
20 257 (3.83%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 521 (7.76%) Analytical Skills
2 383 (5.70%) Greenfield Project
3 189 (2.81%) Fixed Income
4 177 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
5 176 (2.62%) Computer Science
6 172 (2.56%) Clustering
7 166 (2.47%) Enterprise Software
8 147 (2.19%) Fintech
9 139 (2.07%) Data Centre
10 129 (1.92%) User Experience
11 110 (1.64%) Hedge funds
12 109 (1.62%) Derivative
13 100 (1.49%) Management Information System
14 93 (1.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 91 (1.35%) Algorithms
16 87 (1.30%) Data Structures
17 82 (1.22%) Equities
18 67 (1.00%) Replication
19 60 (0.89%) Credit Risk
20 59 (0.88%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1,298 (19.32%) Windows
2 643 (9.57%) Linux
3 639 (9.51%) Windows Server
4 428 (6.37%) Unix
5 244 (3.63%) Windows Server 2012
6 214 (3.19%) Windows Server 2008
7 113 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 94 (1.40%) Windows 10
9 90 (1.34%) Windows Server 2003
10 71 (1.06%) Windows 7
11 62 (0.92%) Solaris
12 45 (0.67%) Android
13 44 (0.65%) Ubuntu
14 37 (0.55%) Apple iOS
15 25 (0.37%) AIX
16 23 (0.34%) CentOS
17 18 (0.27%) VMS
18 10 (0.15%) Windows XP
19 9 (0.13%) Data ONTAP
19 9 (0.13%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,290 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
2 1,300 (19.35%) MVC
3 1,148 (17.09%) Business Intelligence
4 882 (13.13%) TDD
5 868 (12.92%) ETL
6 750 (11.16%) Scrum
7 538 (8.01%) Continuous Integration
8 533 (7.93%) Migration
9 526 (7.83%) Problem-Solving
10 504 (7.50%) DevOps
11 480 (7.14%) Test Automation
12 438 (6.52%) Unit Testing
13 423 (6.30%) Analytics
14 421 (6.27%) Microservices
15 401 (5.97%) BDD
16 391 (5.82%) Data Modelling
17 375 (5.58%) E-Commerce
18 362 (5.39%) SDLC
19 335 (4.99%) OO
20 305 (4.54%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 3,659 (54.47%) SQL
2 2,826 (42.07%) C#
3 1,444 (21.49%) JavaScript
4 1,140 (16.97%) T-SQL
5 670 (9.97%) Java
6 611 (9.09%) PowerShell
7 401 (5.97%) Python
8 223 (3.32%) VB.NET
9 200 (2.98%) VBA
10 196 (2.92%) PL/SQL
11 180 (2.68%) TypeScript
12 155 (2.31%) VB
13 143 (2.13%) Shell Script
14 122 (1.82%) Bash Shell
15 112 (1.67%) PHP
16 100 (1.49%) C++
17 92 (1.37%) Scala
18 90 (1.34%) R
19 88 (1.31%) C
19 88 (1.31%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 374 (5.57%) Security Cleared
2 332 (4.94%) Degree
3 274 (4.08%) SC Cleared
4 137 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
5 83 (1.24%) MCSE
6 79 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
7 66 (0.98%) DV Cleared
8 36 (0.54%) Cisco Certification
9 31 (0.46%) ISEB
10 27 (0.40%) Numerate Degree
11 26 (0.39%) MCSA
12 25 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
13 22 (0.33%) Master's Degree
14 21 (0.31%) CCNA
14 21 (0.31%) Novell Certification
15 20 (0.30%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 19 (0.28%) BPSS Clearance
17 17 (0.25%) MCP
18 16 (0.24%) TOGAF Certification
19 15 (0.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 222 (3.30%) QA
2 147 (2.19%) Data Quality
3 73 (1.09%) GDPR
4 50 (0.74%) SLA
5 23 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 18 (0.27%) PMO
7 16 (0.24%) PCI DSS
8 14 (0.21%) HL7
8 14 (0.21%) WCAG
9 12 (0.18%) MiFID
9 12 (0.18%) PSD2
10 9 (0.13%) EMIR
11 8 (0.12%) ISO 9001
12 6 (0.089%) TickIT
13 5 (0.074%) Disclosure Scotland
13 5 (0.074%) Solvency II
14 4 (0.060%) Basel III
14 4 (0.060%) Government Security Classifications
14 4 (0.060%) IFRS
14 4 (0.060%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 499 (7.43%) Active Directory
2 282 (4.20%) Docker
3 254 (3.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 130 (1.94%) Hyper-V
5 101 (1.50%) vSphere
6 85 (1.27%) HDFS
6 85 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
7 73 (1.09%) XenApp
8 54 (0.80%) Virtual Machines
9 39 (0.58%) XenDesktop
10 31 (0.46%) Apache Flume
10 31 (0.46%) Oracle RAC
11 22 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
12 19 (0.28%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 16 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 15 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
15 11 (0.16%) NFS
16 10 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 9 (0.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 8 (0.12%) IAG
Systems Management
1 175 (2.60%) Ansible
2 147 (2.19%) SCCM
3 127 (1.89%) Kubernetes
4 125 (1.86%) Opscode Chef
5 115 (1.71%) Puppet
6 106 (1.58%) Microsoft Clustering
7 99 (1.47%) SCOM
8 58 (0.86%) Terraform
9 46 (0.68%) Hadoop YARN
10 45 (0.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 43 (0.64%) Failover Clustering
11 43 (0.64%) WSUS
12 36 (0.54%) Kibana
12 36 (0.54%) NetBackup
13 31 (0.46%) vCenter Server
14 27 (0.40%) ITRS Geneos
15 25 (0.37%) Single Sign-On
16 23 (0.34%) Nagios
17 22 (0.33%) Oozie
18 21 (0.31%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 2,208 (32.87%) Microsoft
2 1,255 (18.68%) Oracle
3 392 (5.84%) VMware
4 222 (3.30%) Tableau
5 220 (3.27%) Citrix
6 209 (3.11%) SAP
7 143 (2.13%) HP
8 137 (2.04%) IBM
9 127 (1.89%) Red Hat
10 119 (1.77%) Google
11 115 (1.71%) Cisco
12 88 (1.31%) Sybase
13 87 (1.30%) NetApp
14 86 (1.28%) Teradata
15 83 (1.24%) Atlassian
16 81 (1.21%) Cloudera
17 74 (1.10%) Informatica
18 66 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
19 64 (0.95%) EMC
19 64 (0.95%) Sitecore