Period
to 9 December 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 9 December 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
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 22 19
Rank change year-on-year -1 -3 -5
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6,796 6,542 7,259
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 7.12% 6.94% 7.55%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.40% 31.51% 33.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,030 4,876 5,123
England median daily rate £438 £425 £397
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +7.05% +5.87%
10th Percentile £306 £300 £269
90th Percentile £613 £600 £550
UK median daily rate £425 £418 £388
% change year-on-year +1.80% +7.74% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 104 121
England median hourly rate £25.50 £36.91 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.90% +31.80% +7.69%
10th Percentile £15.84 £18.15 £13.28
90th Percentile £57.50 £55.85 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £36.31 £32.00
% change year-on-year -31.15% +13.47% +16.36%

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 21,640 20,764 21,701
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.67% 22.02% 22.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,226 14,450 14,510
England median daily rate £475 £463 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +8.82% +1.80%
10th Percentile £319 £313 £291
90th Percentile £648 £638 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 227 243 315
England median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +18.18% -
10th Percentile £14.00 £14.63 £10.52
90th Percentile £57.50 £56.85 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £32.24 £31.23 £28.00
% change year-on-year +3.23% +11.54% -1.10%

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 9 December 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 9 December 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 9 December 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 -3 3,155 £500 +5.26% 941
South East -6 1,088 £413 +10.00% 566
North of England +2 1,004 £365 +4.29% 725
Midlands -5 649 £375 +5.63% 444
South West +4 580 £413 +10.00% 244
North West +4 460 £360 -4.00% 380
Yorkshire +1 457 £375 +7.14% 300
West Midlands -1 409 £400 +6.67% 244
East of England -10 307 £415 +14.48% 240
East Midlands -1 240 £375 +10.29% 199
North East +8 87 £375 +7.14% 45
South Coast +1 1 - -
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 9 December 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 3,688 (54.27%) SQL
2 2,873 (42.27%) .NET
3 2,789 (41.04%) C#
4 2,297 (33.80%) Agile Software Development
5 2,242 (32.99%) Microsoft
6 1,510 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
7 1,508 (22.19%) JavaScript
8 1,496 (22.01%) Finance
9 1,377 (20.26%) ASP.NET
10 1,356 (19.95%) MVC
11 1,321 (19.44%) Oracle
12 1,302 (19.16%) Windows
13 1,283 (18.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 1,156 (17.01%) T-SQL
15 1,118 (16.45%) Business Intelligence
16 1,057 (15.55%) HTML
17 977 (14.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 917 (13.49%) CSS
19 909 (13.38%) ETL
20 900 (13.24%) TDD
21 895 (13.17%) .NET Framework
22 875 (12.88%) Data Warehouse
23 848 (12.48%) AngularJS
24 746 (10.98%) ASP.NET Web API
25 728 (10.71%) Scrum
26 705 (10.37%) Amazon AWS
27 680 (10.01%) ASP.NET MVC
28 674 (9.92%) Git (software)
29 670 (9.86%) Linux
30 651 (9.58%) Web Services

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
1 324 (4.77%) IIS
2 314 (4.62%) SharePoint
3 195 (2.87%) MS Exchange
4 169 (2.49%) Confluence
5 167 (2.46%) Apache
6 157 (2.31%) CMS
7 109 (1.60%) Elasticsearch
8 108 (1.59%) Apache Spark
9 91 (1.34%) Tomcat
10 90 (1.32%) WebSphere
11 72 (1.06%) Umbraco
12 68 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2010
13 65 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
14 60 (0.88%) SharePoint 2013
15 59 (0.87%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 59 (0.87%) SAS
16 53 (0.78%) JBoss
16 53 (0.78%) NServiceBus
16 53 (0.78%) Skype for Business
17 44 (0.65%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 445 (6.55%) Microsoft Excel
2 183 (2.69%) Microsoft Office
3 96 (1.41%) MS Visio
4 54 (0.79%) Spreadsheet
5 35 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 24 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.088%) InfoPath
8 3 (0.044%) Acrobat
8 3 (0.044%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.044%) SPSS
9 2 (0.029%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.029%) CATIA
10 1 (0.015%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.015%) EngageOne
10 1 (0.015%) InVision
10 1 (0.015%) Mingle
10 1 (0.015%) Shockwave
10 1 (0.015%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 161 (2.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 36 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
3 21 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 19 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
5 18 (0.26%) Markit EDM
6 16 (0.24%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 16 (0.24%) PeopleSoft HRMS
7 14 (0.21%) Actimize
8 12 (0.18%) ION MarketView
8 12 (0.18%) Sage 200
9 11 (0.16%) Endur
9 11 (0.16%) NetSuite
10 10 (0.15%) Infor M3
11 8 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
11 8 (0.12%) SAP APO
11 8 (0.12%) SAP ERP
11 8 (0.12%) SAP MM
12 7 (0.10%) SAP MDM
12 7 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 7 (0.10%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 1,510 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 705 (10.37%) Amazon AWS
3 211 (3.10%) Office 365
4 181 (2.66%) PaaS
5 139 (2.05%) IaaS
6 134 (1.97%) SaaS
7 126 (1.85%) Azure Data Factory
8 118 (1.74%) Dynamics 365
9 94 (1.38%) Serverless
10 92 (1.35%) GitHub
11 87 (1.28%) Google Cloud Platform
12 86 (1.27%) Amazon EC2
13 73 (1.07%) Amazon S3
13 73 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
14 68 (1.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 50 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
16 35 (0.52%) npm
16 35 (0.52%) OpenShift
17 28 (0.41%) AWS Lambda
18 27 (0.40%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 189 (2.78%) Firewall
2 174 (2.56%) DNS
3 130 (1.91%) SAN
4 89 (1.31%) Internet
5 86 (1.27%) HTTP
6 73 (1.07%) TCP/IP
6 73 (1.07%) VPN
7 71 (1.04%) DHCP
8 69 (1.02%) LAN
9 65 (0.96%) SSL
10 57 (0.84%) WAN
11 43 (0.63%) Kerberos
12 41 (0.60%) NAS
13 38 (0.56%) Skype
14 33 (0.49%) AMQP
15 31 (0.46%) Network Security
16 30 (0.44%) VoIP
17 25 (0.37%) Intranet
18 21 (0.31%) NetScaler
19 19 (0.28%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,283 (18.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 977 (14.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 875 (12.88%) Data Warehouse
4 586 (8.62%) Relational Database
5 565 (8.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 533 (7.84%) Power BI
7 487 (7.17%) SQL Server 2008
8 474 (6.97%) SQL Server 2012
9 463 (6.81%) SQL Server 2016
10 378 (5.56%) MySQL
11 336 (4.94%) NoSQL
12 288 (4.24%) SQL Server 2014
13 279 (4.11%) MongoDB
14 277 (4.08%) PostgreSQL
15 264 (3.88%) Big Data
16 240 (3.53%) Oracle Database
17 217 (3.19%) RDBMS
18 212 (3.12%) Hadoop
19 202 (2.97%) Azure SQL Database
20 161 (2.37%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 674 (9.92%) Git (software)
2 557 (8.20%) Visual Studio
3 536 (7.89%) Team Foundation Server
4 403 (5.93%) JIRA
5 354 (5.21%) Jenkins
6 263 (3.87%) Subversion
7 257 (3.78%) Visual Studio Team System
8 202 (2.97%) TeamCity
9 200 (2.94%) Selenium
10 145 (2.13%) SpecFlow
11 144 (2.12%) Octopus Deploy
12 142 (2.09%) NUnit
13 105 (1.55%) Maven
14 97 (1.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 91 (1.34%) Bitbucket
16 82 (1.21%) Moq
17 81 (1.19%) JUnit
18 67 (0.99%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
19 64 (0.94%) JMeter
20 60 (0.88%) Artifactory
General
1 1,496 (22.01%) Finance
2 595 (8.76%) Banking
3 277 (4.08%) Front Office
4 265 (3.90%) Retail
5 204 (3.00%) Investment Banking
6 115 (1.69%) Marketing
7 104 (1.53%) Back Office
8 87 (1.28%) Telecoms
9 84 (1.24%) Manufacturing
10 75 (1.10%) Financial Institution
11 69 (1.02%) Publishing
12 66 (0.97%) Legal
13 43 (0.63%) Electronics
14 42 (0.62%) Advertising
15 41 (0.60%) Law
16 32 (0.47%) Billing
17 25 (0.37%) Games
18 15 (0.22%) General Ledger
19 13 (0.19%) French Language
19 13 (0.19%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3,968 (58.39%) Developer
2 1,399 (20.59%) .NET Developer
3 1,197 (17.61%) C# Developer
4 880 (12.95%) SQL Developer
5 633 (9.31%) C# .NET Developer
6 583 (8.58%) Analyst
7 407 (5.99%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 391 (5.75%) Architect
9 345 (5.08%) Senior Developer
10 331 (4.87%) Full Stack Developer
11 304 (4.47%) DBA
12 286 (4.21%) SQL Server Developer
13 274 (4.03%) ASP.NET Developer
14 247 (3.63%) SQL DBA
15 239 (3.52%) Angular Developer
16 223 (3.28%) Java Developer
17 205 (3.02%) C# ASP.NET Developer
18 203 (2.99%) Consultant
19 201 (2.96%) Software Developer
20 183 (2.69%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,873 (42.27%) .NET
2 1,377 (20.26%) ASP.NET
3 1,057 (15.55%) HTML
4 917 (13.49%) CSS
5 895 (13.17%) .NET Framework
6 848 (12.48%) AngularJS
7 746 (10.98%) ASP.NET Web API
8 680 (10.01%) ASP.NET MVC
9 651 (9.58%) Web Services
10 628 (9.24%) jQuery
11 558 (8.21%) XML
12 492 (7.24%) Entity Framework
13 474 (6.97%) WCF
14 426 (6.27%) REST
15 369 (5.43%) React
16 366 (5.39%) .NET Core
17 349 (5.14%) JSON
18 333 (4.90%) HTML5
19 322 (4.74%) WPF
20 254 (3.74%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 555 (8.17%) Analytical Skills
2 395 (5.81%) Greenfield Project
3 186 (2.74%) Fixed Income
4 184 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
5 180 (2.65%) Enterprise Software
6 176 (2.59%) Clustering
7 160 (2.35%) Data Centre
8 137 (2.02%) Hedge funds
9 131 (1.93%) Fintech
10 130 (1.91%) User Experience
11 116 (1.71%) Management Information System
12 101 (1.49%) Data Structures
12 101 (1.49%) Derivative
13 93 (1.37%) Equities
14 86 (1.27%) Algorithms
15 85 (1.25%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 67 (0.99%) Replication
17 61 (0.90%) NHS
18 57 (0.84%) Mobile App
19 55 (0.81%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 1,302 (19.16%) Windows
2 670 (9.86%) Linux
3 647 (9.52%) Windows Server
4 413 (6.08%) Unix
5 209 (3.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 190 (2.80%) Windows Server 2008
7 152 (2.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 96 (1.41%) Windows 10
9 76 (1.12%) Windows Server 2003
10 73 (1.07%) Windows 7
11 55 (0.81%) Solaris
12 44 (0.65%) Android
12 44 (0.65%) Ubuntu
13 37 (0.54%) Apple iOS
14 26 (0.38%) AIX
15 22 (0.32%) CentOS
16 15 (0.22%) VMS
17 12 (0.18%) Windows XP
18 10 (0.15%) Mac OS X
18 10 (0.15%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,297 (33.80%) Agile Software Development
2 1,356 (19.95%) MVC
3 1,118 (16.45%) Business Intelligence
4 909 (13.38%) ETL
5 900 (13.24%) TDD
6 728 (10.71%) Scrum
7 628 (9.24%) Migration
8 558 (8.21%) DevOps
9 546 (8.03%) Problem-Solving
10 544 (8.00%) Continuous Integration
11 491 (7.22%) Test Automation
12 429 (6.31%) Microservices
13 424 (6.24%) Analytics
14 420 (6.18%) BDD
15 407 (5.99%) Unit Testing
16 392 (5.77%) Data Modelling
17 388 (5.71%) SDLC
18 367 (5.40%) OO
19 333 (4.90%) E-Commerce
20 317 (4.66%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 3,688 (54.27%) SQL
2 2,789 (41.04%) C#
3 1,508 (22.19%) JavaScript
4 1,156 (17.01%) T-SQL
5 638 (9.39%) Java
6 608 (8.95%) PowerShell
7 396 (5.83%) Python
8 211 (3.10%) VB.NET
9 204 (3.00%) PL/SQL
10 198 (2.91%) VBA
11 193 (2.84%) TypeScript
12 141 (2.07%) Shell Script
13 134 (1.97%) VB
14 128 (1.88%) PHP
15 118 (1.74%) Bash Shell
16 100 (1.47%) Java 8
17 93 (1.37%) C++
18 92 (1.35%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 89 (1.31%) C
20 83 (1.22%) R
Qualifications
1 433 (6.37%) Security Cleared
2 369 (5.43%) Degree
3 339 (4.99%) SC Cleared
4 138 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
5 86 (1.27%) MCSE
6 85 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
7 64 (0.94%) DV Cleared
8 44 (0.65%) Numerate Degree
9 33 (0.49%) MCSA
10 30 (0.44%) Cisco Certification
11 29 (0.43%) BPSS Clearance
12 27 (0.40%) AWS Certification
13 26 (0.38%) ISEB
14 24 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
15 22 (0.32%) CCNA
16 20 (0.29%) Master's Degree
17 17 (0.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 16 (0.24%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 16 (0.24%) MCITP
18 16 (0.24%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 241 (3.55%) QA
2 157 (2.31%) Data Quality
3 60 (0.88%) GDPR
4 57 (0.84%) SLA
5 23 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 18 (0.26%) WCAG
7 16 (0.24%) PMO
8 11 (0.16%) PCI DSS
9 10 (0.15%) Basel III
9 10 (0.15%) MiFID
10 9 (0.13%) IFRS
10 9 (0.13%) ISO 9001
11 8 (0.12%) IFRS 9
11 8 (0.12%) TickIT
12 7 (0.10%) EMIR
12 7 (0.10%) HL7
13 5 (0.074%) Government Security Classifications
14 4 (0.059%) Disclosure Scotland
14 4 (0.059%) Solvency II
15 3 (0.044%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 491 (7.22%) Active Directory
2 268 (3.94%) Docker
3 229 (3.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 108 (1.59%) Hyper-V
5 92 (1.35%) vSphere
6 74 (1.09%) HDFS
7 69 (1.02%) XenApp
8 58 (0.85%) VMware ESXi
9 53 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
10 46 (0.68%) Oracle RAC
11 40 (0.59%) XenDesktop
12 26 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
13 24 (0.35%) Apache Flume
14 18 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 15 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
16 14 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 11 (0.16%) Veritas Cluster Server
18 8 (0.12%) IAG
18 8 (0.12%) UAG
18 8 (0.12%) Xen
Systems Management
1 207 (3.05%) Ansible
2 150 (2.21%) Kubernetes
3 145 (2.13%) SCCM
4 135 (1.99%) Puppet
5 119 (1.75%) Opscode Chef
6 96 (1.41%) Microsoft Clustering
7 87 (1.28%) SCOM
8 80 (1.18%) Terraform
9 43 (0.63%) WSUS
10 42 (0.62%) Hadoop YARN
11 36 (0.53%) Failover Clustering
11 36 (0.53%) Nagios
12 34 (0.50%) Kibana
12 34 (0.50%) NetBackup
13 33 (0.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 30 (0.44%) ITRS Geneos
15 27 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
16 23 (0.34%) ZABBIX
17 20 (0.29%) logstash
18 19 (0.28%) Grafana
Vendors
1 2,242 (32.99%) Microsoft
2 1,321 (19.44%) Oracle
3 372 (5.47%) VMware
4 240 (3.53%) Tableau
5 205 (3.02%) Citrix
6 199 (2.93%) SAP
7 168 (2.47%) Red Hat
8 143 (2.10%) IBM
9 141 (2.07%) HP
10 122 (1.80%) Cisco
11 120 (1.77%) Google
12 109 (1.60%) Sybase
13 90 (1.32%) Atlassian
14 80 (1.18%) Teradata
15 71 (1.04%) Cloudera
15 71 (1.04%) Informatica
16 63 (0.93%) Sitecore
17 61 (0.90%) NetApp
18 60 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
19 57 (0.84%) EMC