Period
to 22 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 January 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)
England > London
6 months to
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 46 50 31
Rank change year-on-year +4 -19 +1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 1,933 903 1,906
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 5.20% 5.11% 6.30%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 22.44% 21.74% 26.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,494 711 1,431
10th Percentile £369 £338 £350
25th Percentile £466 £406 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +15.00% - -
75th Percentile £675 £613 £588
90th Percentile £763 £688 £688
England median daily rate £506 £463 £439
% change year-on-year +9.46% +5.41% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 2 12
10th Percentile - £44.45 £22.04
25th Percentile £24.50 £48.13 £29.96
Median hourly rate £25.00 £54.25 £33.75
Median % change year-on-year -53.92% +60.74% +40.16%
75th Percentile £31.38 £60.38 £61.31
90th Percentile £52.98 £64.05 £78.75
England median hourly rate £43.54 £33.75 £29.96
% change year-on-year +29.01% +12.65% +12.42%

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 London with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 8,613 4,153 7,206
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 23.19% 23.52% 23.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,407 2,994 5,241
10th Percentile £400 £350 £363
25th Percentile £488 £425 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £575 £525 £525
Median % change year-on-year +9.52% - -
75th Percentile £675 £619 £613
90th Percentile £763 £700 £700
England median daily rate £540 £488 £475
% change year-on-year +10.77% +2.63% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 25 38
10th Percentile £24.50 £21.40 £15.00
25th Percentile £26.00 £30.25 £24.63
Median hourly rate £36.88 £47.50 £32.50
Median % change year-on-year -22.36% +46.15% +17.69%
75th Percentile £60.75 £63.75 £47.72
90th Percentile £65.00 £68.00 £54.28
England median hourly rate £43.75 £26.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year +68.27% - -10.05%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing SQL Server as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in London

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in London.

Daily rate trend for SQL Server in London

SQL Server
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SQL Server in London over the 6 months to 22 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for SQL Server in London

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in London.

Hourly rate trend for SQL Server in London

SQL Server
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SQL Server in London over the 6 months to 22 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in London

SQL Server
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 22 January 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
Central London +10 271 £550 +4.76% 208
West London -12 31 £485 +2.11% 44
South London -5 16 £515 +19.77% 12
East London -6 5 £350 -9.68% 57
North London 0 2 £475 +5.56% 2
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 22 January 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 London region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 1,064 (55.04%) SQL
2 782 (40.46%) C#
3 696 (36.01%) .NET
4 673 (34.82%) Azure
5 649 (33.57%) Agile Software Development
6 633 (32.75%) Finance
7 518 (26.80%) Microsoft
8 511 (26.44%) Oracle
9 459 (23.75%) DevOps
10 418 (21.62%) Social Skills
11 393 (20.33%) JavaScript
12 374 (19.35%) Windows
13 369 (19.09%) Business Intelligence
14 328 (16.97%) CI/CD
15 313 (16.19%) Python
16 300 (15.52%) Java
17 294 (15.21%) Scrum
18 283 (14.64%) Banking
19 281 (14.54%) Data Warehouse
20 273 (14.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
21 272 (14.07%) .NET Framework
21 272 (14.07%) Problem-Solving
22 269 (13.92%) Power Platform
22 269 (13.92%) Linux
23 267 (13.81%) T-SQL
24 254 (13.14%) AngularJS
25 253 (13.09%) Power BI
26 237 (12.26%) ETL
27 235 (12.16%) Git (software)
28 219 (11.33%) HTML

SQL Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 99 (5.12%) SharePoint
2 96 (4.97%) IIS
3 66 (3.41%) Confluence
4 55 (2.85%) Apache Spark
5 36 (1.86%) Elasticsearch
5 36 (1.86%) Oracle Workflow
6 24 (1.24%) Apache
7 21 (1.09%) BizTalk Server
8 20 (1.03%) CMS
8 20 (1.03%) JBoss
8 20 (1.03%) MS Exchange
9 19 (0.98%) Tomcat
10 14 (0.72%) Mule
10 14 (0.72%) Red Hat Fuse
11 8 (0.41%) ArcGIS
12 7 (0.36%) Apache Airflow
12 7 (0.36%) nginx
12 7 (0.36%) SAS
13 6 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2013
13 6 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 175 (9.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 48 (2.48%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
5 8 (0.41%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.36%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 7 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.26%) Photoshop
7 5 (0.26%) SPSS
8 3 (0.16%) Mingle
9 2 (0.10%) Notepad++
10 1 (0.052%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.052%) Pro/ENGINEER
10 1 (0.052%) PTC Creo
10 1 (0.052%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.052%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 39 (2.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (1.14%) BusinessWorks
3 19 (0.98%) Endur
4 9 (0.47%) RMDS
5 5 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.26%) Dynamics GP
5 5 (0.26%) Markit EDM
6 4 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.21%) Murex MxG2000
7 3 (0.16%) Global One
7 3 (0.16%) Northgate Housing
7 3 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
7 3 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.16%) Unit4 Business World
8 2 (0.10%) Adobe Campaign
8 2 (0.10%) Magento
8 2 (0.10%) Oracle Cash Management
8 2 (0.10%) SAP S/4HANA
8 2 (0.10%) SimCorp Dimension
8 2 (0.10%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 673 (34.82%) Azure
2 269 (13.92%) Power Platform
3 214 (11.07%) AWS
4 123 (6.36%) PaaS
5 118 (6.10%) Azure Data Factory
6 70 (3.62%) Microsoft 365
7 63 (3.26%) GitHub
8 62 (3.21%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 59 (3.05%) Serverless
10 58 (3.00%) Azure Active Directory
11 54 (2.79%) IaaS
12 50 (2.59%) Azure Service Bus
13 49 (2.53%) Dynamics 365
14 45 (2.33%) GCP
15 44 (2.28%) PowerApps
16 43 (2.22%) Azure Logic Apps
17 40 (2.07%) Azure Functions
18 38 (1.97%) Azure Key Vault
18 38 (1.97%) SaaS
19 37 (1.91%) Azure Storage
Communications & Networking
1 56 (2.90%) Firewall
2 45 (2.33%) TCP/IP
3 36 (1.86%) HTTP
4 33 (1.71%) DNS
5 29 (1.50%) SAN
6 27 (1.40%) FIX Connectivity
7 20 (1.03%) VPN
8 17 (0.88%) DHCP
8 17 (0.88%) NAS
9 16 (0.83%) SSL
10 15 (0.78%) LAN
10 15 (0.78%) Multicast
10 15 (0.78%) WAN
11 14 (0.72%) Kerberos
12 12 (0.62%) Internet
13 11 (0.57%) FTP
13 11 (0.57%) iSCSI
14 10 (0.52%) NetScaler
15 9 (0.47%) Intranet
16 8 (0.41%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 281 (14.54%) Data Warehouse
2 273 (14.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 253 (13.09%) Power BI
4 179 (9.26%) Relational Database
5 150 (7.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 148 (7.66%) NoSQL
7 146 (7.55%) PostgreSQL
8 130 (6.73%) MySQL
9 124 (6.41%) Data Lake
10 123 (6.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 113 (5.85%) MongoDB
12 110 (5.69%) Azure SQL Database
13 100 (5.17%) Tableau
14 80 (4.14%) SQL Server 2012
15 75 (3.88%) RDBMS
16 73 (3.78%) Big Data
17 70 (3.62%) Oracle Database
18 69 (3.57%) SQL Server 2016
19 68 (3.52%) SQL Server 2008
20 57 (2.95%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 235 (12.16%) Git (software)
2 165 (8.54%) Visual Studio
3 147 (7.60%) JIRA
4 140 (7.24%) Jenkins
5 103 (5.33%) Team Foundation Server
6 81 (4.19%) Subversion
7 67 (3.47%) Maven
8 58 (3.00%) TeamCity
9 51 (2.64%) Bitbucket
10 45 (2.33%) Selenium
11 41 (2.12%) Grunt
12 39 (2.02%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 37 (1.91%) Artifactory
14 33 (1.71%) Cucumber
14 33 (1.71%) Octopus Deploy
14 33 (1.71%) SonarQube
15 32 (1.66%) Sonatype Nexus
16 27 (1.40%) SpecFlow
17 25 (1.29%) JUnit
18 24 (1.24%) GitLab
General
1 633 (32.75%) Finance
2 418 (21.62%) Social Skills
3 283 (14.64%) Banking
4 218 (11.28%) Analytical Skills
5 164 (8.48%) Front Office
6 124 (6.41%) Investment Banking
7 54 (2.79%) Public Sector
8 48 (2.48%) Presentation Skills
9 40 (2.07%) Marketing
9 40 (2.07%) Retail
10 26 (1.35%) Legal
11 24 (1.24%) Financial Institution
12 20 (1.03%) Back Office
13 18 (0.93%) Documentation Skills
13 18 (0.93%) Electronics
14 17 (0.88%) Manufacturing
15 16 (0.83%) Law
16 15 (0.78%) Telecoms
17 13 (0.67%) Organisational Skills
18 11 (0.57%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,029 (53.23%) Developer
2 284 (14.69%) C# Developer
3 234 (12.11%) .NET Developer
4 195 (10.09%) Analyst
5 146 (7.55%) SQL Developer
6 141 (7.29%) Architect
7 121 (6.26%) Java Developer
8 120 (6.21%) Full Stack Developer
9 113 (5.85%) Senior Developer
10 108 (5.59%) Data Engineer
11 96 (4.97%) C# .NET Developer
12 84 (4.35%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 81 (4.19%) Data Analyst
14 71 (3.67%) Azure Developer
14 71 (3.67%) DBA
15 64 (3.31%) Angular Developer
16 63 (3.26%) DevOps Engineer
17 57 (2.95%) SQL Analyst
18 54 (2.79%) Front Office Developer
19 53 (2.74%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 696 (36.01%) .NET
2 272 (14.07%) .NET Framework
3 254 (13.14%) AngularJS
4 219 (11.33%) HTML
5 193 (9.98%) ASP.NET
6 187 (9.67%) CSS
7 186 (9.62%) React
8 180 (9.31%) REST
9 169 (8.74%) .NET Core
10 149 (7.71%) Web Services
11 113 (5.85%) JSON
12 110 (5.69%) Spring
13 108 (5.59%) RESTful
14 104 (5.38%) ASP.NET Web API
14 104 (5.38%) Entity Framework
15 89 (4.60%) HTML5
16 85 (4.40%) Node.js
17 84 (4.35%) XML
18 77 (3.98%) WPF
19 70 (3.62%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 88 (4.55%) Derivative
2 66 (3.41%) Fixed Income
3 56 (2.90%) Self-Motivation
4 52 (2.69%) User Experience
5 47 (2.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 47 (2.43%) Greenfield Project
5 47 (2.43%) Hedge funds
6 44 (2.28%) Algorithms
7 39 (2.02%) Data Protection Act
8 37 (1.91%) Management Information System
9 35 (1.81%) Data Structures
10 34 (1.76%) Cloud Native
10 34 (1.76%) Clustering
11 32 (1.66%) Data Centre
12 30 (1.55%) Equities
13 26 (1.35%) Public Cloud
14 24 (1.24%) Market Risk
14 24 (1.24%) Virtual Team
15 22 (1.14%) Reference Data
16 20 (1.03%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 374 (19.35%) Windows
2 269 (13.92%) Linux
3 166 (8.59%) Unix
4 123 (6.36%) Windows Server
5 47 (2.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 40 (2.07%) Windows Server 2012
7 31 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 29 (1.50%) Windows Server 2019
9 27 (1.40%) Windows 10
10 24 (1.24%) Windows Server 2016
11 15 (0.78%) Windows 7
12 14 (0.72%) Solaris
13 9 (0.47%) Ubuntu
14 8 (0.41%) Android
14 8 (0.41%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.16%) AIX
15 3 (0.16%) VMS
16 2 (0.10%) Fedora
16 2 (0.10%) MVS
16 2 (0.10%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 649 (33.57%) Agile Software Development
2 459 (23.75%) DevOps
3 369 (19.09%) Business Intelligence
4 328 (16.97%) CI/CD
5 294 (15.21%) Scrum
6 272 (14.07%) Problem-Solving
7 237 (12.26%) ETL
8 201 (10.40%) Full Stack Development
9 200 (10.35%) Microservices
10 194 (10.04%) Analytics
11 186 (9.62%) Data Modelling
12 184 (9.52%) Migration
13 178 (9.21%) SDLC
14 162 (8.38%) TDD
15 152 (7.86%) Data Analysis
16 149 (7.71%) Test Automation
17 144 (7.45%) Software Engineering
18 136 (7.04%) MVC
19 135 (6.98%) OO
20 97 (5.02%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 1,064 (55.04%) SQL
2 782 (40.46%) C#
3 393 (20.33%) JavaScript
4 313 (16.19%) Python
5 300 (15.52%) Java
6 267 (13.81%) T-SQL
7 194 (10.04%) PowerShell
8 143 (7.40%) TypeScript
9 114 (5.90%) VBA
10 94 (4.86%) VB.NET
11 74 (3.83%) VB
12 71 (3.67%) PL/SQL
13 43 (2.22%) C++
14 42 (2.17%) Perl
15 37 (1.91%) C
16 35 (1.81%) Groovy
17 33 (1.71%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 31 (1.60%) R
19 28 (1.45%) Java 8
20 27 (1.40%) PHP
Qualifications
1 84 (4.35%) Degree
2 74 (3.83%) Security Cleared
3 62 (3.21%) SC Cleared
4 32 (1.66%) Computer Science Degree
5 26 (1.35%) DV Cleared
6 23 (1.19%) Microsoft Certification
7 20 (1.03%) Numerate Degree
8 12 (0.62%) MCITP
9 10 (0.52%) ISTQB
10 9 (0.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 9 (0.47%) MCTS
11 8 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (0.36%) CISSP
13 6 (0.31%) ISEB
13 6 (0.31%) MCSA
14 5 (0.26%) AWS Certification
14 5 (0.26%) CISM
14 5 (0.26%) Master's Degree
14 5 (0.26%) MCSE
15 3 (0.16%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (5.17%) QA
2 67 (3.47%) Data Quality
3 33 (1.71%) GDPR
4 18 (0.93%) Accessibility
5 12 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 9 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.36%) NIST
8 6 (0.31%) SLA
9 3 (0.16%) NIST 800
9 3 (0.16%) Solvency II
10 2 (0.10%) COBIT
10 2 (0.10%) Dublin Core
10 2 (0.10%) EMIR
10 2 (0.10%) IFRS
10 2 (0.10%) MiFID
10 2 (0.10%) SOC 2
10 2 (0.10%) WCAG
11 1 (0.052%) HIPAA
11 1 (0.052%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.052%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 172 (8.90%) Active Directory
2 162 (8.38%) Docker
3 63 (3.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 16 (0.83%) Hyper-V
5 15 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
5 15 (0.78%) vSphere
6 14 (0.72%) HDFS
6 14 (0.72%) Oracle RAC
7 13 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
8 11 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
9 10 (0.52%) VMware NSX
10 7 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
10 7 (0.36%) XenApp
11 6 (0.31%) NFS
12 5 (0.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.26%) Terminal Services
13 4 (0.21%) XenDesktop
14 3 (0.16%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 3 (0.16%) GridGain
14 3 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 143 (7.40%) Kubernetes
2 114 (5.90%) Ansible
3 71 (3.67%) Terraform
4 51 (2.64%) BladeLogic
5 46 (2.38%) ITRS Geneos
6 31 (1.60%) Puppet
7 22 (1.14%) Microsoft Clustering
8 16 (0.83%) Control-M
8 16 (0.83%) SCCM
9 15 (0.78%) Netcool
10 13 (0.67%) Grafana
10 13 (0.67%) Prometheus
11 12 (0.62%) Data Guard
12 11 (0.57%) HP Fortify
13 10 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
14 9 (0.47%) Kibana
15 8 (0.41%) logstash
16 6 (0.31%) MIIS
16 6 (0.31%) NetBackup
16 6 (0.31%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 518 (26.80%) Microsoft
2 511 (26.44%) Oracle
3 102 (5.28%) Databricks
4 82 (4.24%) VMware
5 65 (3.36%) SAP
6 64 (3.31%) Sybase
7 58 (3.00%) Splunk
8 57 (2.95%) TIBCO
9 46 (2.38%) Red Hat
10 45 (2.33%) Informatica
11 44 (2.28%) Google
12 29 (1.50%) Citrix
13 27 (1.40%) ION Trading
14 26 (1.35%) Alteryx
14 26 (1.35%) BMC
14 26 (1.35%) Cisco
15 25 (1.29%) AppDynamics
16 24 (1.24%) Salesforce.com
17 22 (1.14%) CyberArk
18 21 (1.09%) ServiceNow