Period
to 25 June 2021

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 25 June 2021 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
25 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 53 27 33
Rank change year-on-year -26 +6 -6
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 1,209 1,239 2,482
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 4.52% 7.08% 6.16%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 19.45% 28.20% 24.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 895 906 1,882
10th Percentile £363 £356 £350
25th Percentile £429 £425 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £488
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +2.56% +2.63%
75th Percentile £650 £625 £575
90th Percentile £720 £750 £663
England median daily rate £475 £456 £438
% change year-on-year +4.09% +4.30% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 12
Median hourly rate £8.00 £21.50 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -62.79% +4.88% -18.00%
England median hourly rate £25.00 £23.14 £36.23
% change year-on-year +8.06% -36.14% -3.40%

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 6,215 4,394 10,062
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 23.24% 25.10% 24.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,412 3,194 7,366
10th Percentile £380 £363 £363
25th Percentile £450 £435 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £525 £525
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% - +2.44%
75th Percentile £638 £625 £613
90th Percentile £713 £713 £688
England median daily rate £500 £500 £480
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +1.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 27 45
10th Percentile £8.00 £15.97 £17.83
25th Percentile £16.13 £20.24 £20.50
Median hourly rate £26.00 £27.00 £24.50
Median % change year-on-year -3.70% +10.20% -18.33%
75th Percentile £38.88 £40.38 £46.85
90th Percentile £57.82 £50.40 £51.70
England median hourly rate £24.26 £24.71 £31.50
% change year-on-year -1.80% -21.57% +5.00%

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 25 June 2021.

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 25 June 2021.

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 25 June 2021. 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
Central London -26 152 £550 +10.00% 220
South London +11 14 £488 -6.25% 17
West London -7 10 £525 +40.00% 38
East London 0 5 £465 +3.33% 39
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 2021, 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.

1 673 (55.67%) SQL
2 486 (40.20%) Azure
3 443 (36.64%) .NET
4 414 (34.24%) C#
5 392 (32.42%) Microsoft
6 387 (32.01%) Agile Software Development
7 372 (30.77%) Finance
8 306 (25.31%) Oracle
9 284 (23.49%) DevOps
10 241 (19.93%) Social Skills
11 234 (19.35%) Business Intelligence
12 221 (18.28%) JavaScript
13 211 (17.45%) Banking
14 202 (16.71%) Windows
14 202 (16.71%) Power Platform
15 201 (16.63%) Python
16 186 (15.38%) Java
17 170 (14.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 170 (14.06%) Power BI
18 169 (13.98%) AngularJS
19 168 (13.90%) Data Warehouse
20 156 (12.90%) Scrum
21 151 (12.49%) Microservices
22 149 (12.32%) AWS
23 148 (12.24%) PowerShell
24 144 (11.91%) ETL
24 144 (11.91%) Web Services
25 141 (11.66%) Linux
25 141 (11.66%) T-SQL
26 140 (11.58%) 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 69 (5.71%) SharePoint
2 39 (3.23%) IIS
3 37 (3.06%) Confluence
4 32 (2.65%) Apache Spark
5 23 (1.90%) Oracle Coherence
6 20 (1.65%) Tomcat
7 19 (1.57%) Apache
7 19 (1.57%) JBoss
8 18 (1.49%) MS Exchange
9 15 (1.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 15 (1.24%) Red Hat Fuse
10 14 (1.16%) Mule
11 12 (0.99%) WebSphere
12 10 (0.83%) Elasticsearch
13 9 (0.74%) ArcGIS
14 8 (0.66%) SAS
14 8 (0.66%) WebSphere Application Server
15 7 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.58%) Oracle Workflow
15 7 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 61 (5.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 31 (2.56%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.66%) Photoshop
5 5 (0.41%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.17%) Mingle
7 1 (0.083%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.083%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 20 (1.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.58%) RMDS
3 5 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
3 5 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.33%) Cerner Millennium
5 2 (0.17%) Global One
5 2 (0.17%) Infor M3
5 2 (0.17%) SAP MDG
5 2 (0.17%) Shopify
6 1 (0.083%) Aligne
6 1 (0.083%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.083%) Endur
6 1 (0.083%) Magento
6 1 (0.083%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.083%) Maximo
6 1 (0.083%) OneSumX
6 1 (0.083%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.083%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
6 1 (0.083%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.083%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 486 (40.20%) Azure
2 202 (16.71%) Power Platform
3 149 (12.32%) AWS
4 69 (5.71%) Serverless
5 67 (5.54%) Azure Data Factory
6 53 (4.38%) PaaS
7 51 (4.22%) Azure Active Directory
8 48 (3.97%) GCP
9 47 (3.89%) Microsoft 365
10 45 (3.72%) PowerApps
11 42 (3.47%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 40 (3.31%) Azure Service Bus
13 39 (3.23%) Azure Logic Apps
14 38 (3.14%) IaaS
15 33 (2.73%) Power Automate
16 32 (2.65%) Azure Functions
17 31 (2.56%) Dynamics 365
18 26 (2.15%) AWS Lambda
18 26 (2.15%) Azure Key Vault
18 26 (2.15%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (2.89%) Firewall
2 26 (2.15%) SAN
3 22 (1.82%) NAS
4 18 (1.49%) LAN
5 17 (1.41%) WAN
6 15 (1.24%) TCP/IP
7 14 (1.16%) DNS
8 13 (1.08%) HTTP
8 13 (1.08%) iSCSI
9 10 (0.83%) Fibre Channel
10 9 (0.74%) DHCP
10 9 (0.74%) Network Security
11 7 (0.58%) Cisco Nexus
11 7 (0.58%) FCoE
11 7 (0.58%) Internet
11 7 (0.58%) Kerberos
11 7 (0.58%) Multicast
11 7 (0.58%) Wireless
12 5 (0.41%) FTP
12 5 (0.41%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 170 (14.06%) Power BI
1 170 (14.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 168 (13.90%) Data Warehouse
3 118 (9.76%) Relational Database
4 91 (7.53%) MongoDB
4 91 (7.53%) NoSQL
5 88 (7.28%) PostgreSQL
6 85 (7.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 80 (6.62%) MySQL
8 76 (6.29%) Azure SQL Database
9 75 (6.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 57 (4.71%) Data Lake
11 53 (4.38%) Big Data
12 45 (3.72%) Tableau
13 44 (3.64%) SQL Server 2012
14 40 (3.31%) SQL Server 2016
15 39 (3.23%) Hadoop
15 39 (3.23%) SQL Server 2008
16 38 (3.14%) RDBMS
17 29 (2.40%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 113 (9.35%) Git (software)
2 86 (7.11%) JIRA
3 79 (6.53%) Jenkins
4 51 (4.22%) Maven
5 48 (3.97%) Visual Studio
6 43 (3.56%) Subversion
7 41 (3.39%) Octopus Deploy
8 40 (3.31%) TeamCity
9 35 (2.89%) JUnit
10 33 (2.73%) Team Foundation Server
11 32 (2.65%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 30 (2.48%) Bitbucket
13 26 (2.15%) NUnit
14 25 (2.07%) Visual Studio Team System
15 20 (1.65%) Moq
16 17 (1.41%) Artifactory
17 14 (1.16%) Cucumber
17 14 (1.16%) Gradle
17 14 (1.16%) jMock
18 13 (1.08%) GitLab
General
1 372 (30.77%) Finance
2 241 (19.93%) Social Skills
3 211 (17.45%) Banking
4 128 (10.59%) Front Office
5 120 (9.93%) Analytical Skills
6 94 (7.78%) Investment Banking
7 41 (3.39%) Public Sector
8 18 (1.49%) Documentation Skills
8 18 (1.49%) Presentation Skills
9 13 (1.08%) Financial Institution
9 13 (1.08%) Influencing Skills
9 13 (1.08%) Organisational Skills
10 12 (0.99%) Marketing
11 10 (0.83%) Games
12 9 (0.74%) Legal
12 9 (0.74%) Manufacturing
12 9 (0.74%) Telecoms
13 8 (0.66%) Publishing
14 7 (0.58%) Law
15 6 (0.50%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 565 (46.73%) Developer
2 163 (13.48%) .NET Developer
3 134 (11.08%) C# Developer
4 120 (9.93%) Analyst
5 101 (8.35%) Architect
6 97 (8.02%) SQL Developer
7 79 (6.53%) Senior Developer
8 75 (6.20%) Java Developer
9 73 (6.04%) Data Engineer
10 69 (5.71%) Consultant
11 62 (5.13%) Full Stack Developer
12 52 (4.30%) C# .NET Developer
13 45 (3.72%) DevOps Engineer
14 43 (3.56%) Azure Engineer
15 39 (3.23%) Data Analyst
16 38 (3.14%) Data Architect
17 37 (3.06%) Business Intelligence Developer
18 35 (2.89%) Azure Developer
18 35 (2.89%) Front Office Developer
19 33 (2.73%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 443 (36.64%) .NET
2 169 (13.98%) AngularJS
3 144 (11.91%) Web Services
4 140 (11.58%) HTML
5 119 (9.84%) ASP.NET
6 117 (9.68%) .NET Framework
6 117 (9.68%) REST
7 115 (9.51%) .NET Core
8 112 (9.26%) React
9 95 (7.86%) XML
10 85 (7.03%) CSS
11 83 (6.87%) JSON
12 75 (6.20%) Spring
13 72 (5.96%) RESTful
14 66 (5.46%) SOAP
15 64 (5.29%) HTML5
16 58 (4.80%) WPF
17 47 (3.89%) Node.js
18 45 (3.72%) ASP.NET Core
18 45 (3.72%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 65 (5.38%) Fixed Income
2 55 (4.55%) Greenfield Project
3 47 (3.89%) Data Structures
4 38 (3.14%) Management Information System
5 34 (2.81%) User Experience
6 32 (2.65%) Derivative
7 31 (2.56%) Algorithms
7 31 (2.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 21 (1.74%) Clustering
8 21 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
9 19 (1.57%) Hedge funds
9 19 (1.57%) NHS
10 18 (1.49%) Cloud Native
11 17 (1.41%) Replication
12 16 (1.32%) Data Centre
12 16 (1.32%) Reinsurance
13 15 (1.24%) Equities
14 12 (0.99%) Public Cloud
14 12 (0.99%) Reference Data
15 11 (0.91%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 202 (16.71%) Windows
2 141 (11.66%) Linux
3 70 (5.79%) Windows Server
4 64 (5.29%) Unix
5 40 (3.31%) Windows Server 2012
6 26 (2.15%) Windows Server 2008
6 26 (2.15%) Windows Server 2016
7 24 (1.99%) Windows 10
8 20 (1.65%) Windows Server 2019
9 19 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 14 (1.16%) Solaris
11 10 (0.83%) Windows 7
12 9 (0.74%) CentOS
13 6 (0.50%) Ubuntu
14 4 (0.33%) AIX
14 4 (0.33%) VMS
14 4 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.25%) Apple iOS
16 2 (0.17%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.083%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 387 (32.01%) Agile Software Development
2 284 (23.49%) DevOps
3 234 (19.35%) Business Intelligence
4 156 (12.90%) Scrum
5 151 (12.49%) Microservices
6 144 (11.91%) ETL
7 135 (11.17%) Data Modelling
7 135 (11.17%) Migration
8 129 (10.67%) Analytics
9 124 (10.26%) TDD
10 121 (10.01%) Continuous Integration
11 111 (9.18%) Problem-Solving
12 89 (7.36%) Software Engineering
12 89 (7.36%) Test Automation
13 85 (7.03%) OO
14 77 (6.37%) Multithreading
15 74 (6.12%) Performance Tuning
15 74 (6.12%) SDLC
16 71 (5.87%) Continuous Improvement
16 71 (5.87%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 673 (55.67%) SQL
2 414 (34.24%) C#
3 221 (18.28%) JavaScript
4 201 (16.63%) Python
5 186 (15.38%) Java
6 148 (12.24%) PowerShell
7 141 (11.66%) T-SQL
8 105 (8.68%) TypeScript
9 34 (2.81%) VB
9 34 (2.81%) VB.NET
10 29 (2.40%) C++
10 29 (2.40%) Java 8
10 29 (2.40%) PL/SQL
11 27 (2.23%) VBA
12 26 (2.15%) R
13 20 (1.65%) Bash Shell
13 20 (1.65%) Perl
14 19 (1.57%) C
15 18 (1.49%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 17 (1.41%) Scala
Qualifications
1 90 (7.44%) Security Cleared
2 70 (5.79%) SC Cleared
3 40 (3.31%) Degree
4 16 (1.32%) DV Cleared
5 12 (0.99%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (0.66%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (0.66%) Computer Science Degree
7 6 (0.50%) Numerate Degree
8 5 (0.41%) AWS Certification
8 5 (0.41%) ISEB
9 4 (0.33%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.25%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.25%) Master's Degree
10 3 (0.25%) MCSE
10 3 (0.25%) PhD
10 3 (0.25%) PMP
10 3 (0.25%) TOGAF Certification
11 2 (0.17%) HPE ATP
11 2 (0.17%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (6.95%) QA
2 44 (3.64%) Data Quality
3 14 (1.16%) GDPR
4 3 (0.25%) IFRS
4 3 (0.25%) SLA
5 2 (0.17%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.17%) PMO
5 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.083%) Accessibility
6 1 (0.083%) Dublin Core
6 1 (0.083%) FISMA
6 1 (0.083%) NIST
6 1 (0.083%) WCAG
System Software
1 138 (11.41%) Active Directory
2 78 (6.45%) Docker
3 40 (3.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 21 (1.74%) Hyper-V
5 14 (1.16%) VMware NSX
5 14 (1.16%) vSphere
6 12 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (0.83%) NFS
8 9 (0.74%) HDFS
8 9 (0.74%) KVM
9 8 (0.66%) SRDF
9 8 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
10 7 (0.58%) Xen
11 5 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
12 4 (0.33%) ISA Server
12 4 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
14 2 (0.17%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 2 (0.17%) Platform Symphony
14 2 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 64 (5.29%) Ansible
2 63 (5.21%) Kubernetes
3 44 (3.64%) Terraform
4 28 (2.32%) Puppet
5 15 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
6 14 (1.16%) SCOM
7 10 (0.83%) Control-M
8 8 (0.66%) Packer
8 8 (0.66%) SCCM
9 7 (0.58%) SCSM
10 6 (0.50%) NetBackup
11 5 (0.41%) vCenter Server
12 4 (0.33%) Grafana
13 3 (0.25%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 3 (0.25%) Failover Clustering
13 3 (0.25%) FortiGate
13 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Clustering
13 3 (0.25%) ZABBIX
14 2 (0.17%) Data Guard
14 2 (0.17%) WSUS
Vendors
1 392 (32.42%) Microsoft
2 306 (25.31%) Oracle
3 59 (4.88%) VMware
4 48 (3.97%) Databricks
5 35 (2.89%) SAP
6 33 (2.73%) Cisco
7 30 (2.48%) Sybase
8 27 (2.23%) Citrix
9 25 (2.07%) TIBCO
10 21 (1.74%) Google
11 19 (1.57%) EMC
12 14 (1.16%) NetApp
13 13 (1.08%) Alteryx
13 13 (1.08%) Atlassian
13 13 (1.08%) Informatica
13 13 (1.08%) Red Hat
14 12 (0.99%) DevExpress
14 12 (0.99%) IBM
15 11 (0.91%) Dell
15 11 (0.91%) ESRI