Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 47 28 29
Rank change year-on-year -19 +1 -4
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 912 1,905 2,916
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 5.15% 6.33% 6.65%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 21.95% 26.57% 27.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 848 1,450 2,297
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £348 £350 £350
90th Percentile £675 £688 £650
England median daily rate £460 £438 £450
% change year-on-year +5.14% -2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 16 7
Median hourly rate £54.25 £38.50 £24.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.91% +59.88% -5.57%
10th Percentile £44.45 £25.56 £18.80
90th Percentile £64.05 £78.75 £32.39
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £26.65
% change year-on-year +16.67% +12.57% -19.24%

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 4,154 7,170 10,710
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 23.45% 23.83% 24.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,960 5,192 7,974
Median daily rate £525 £525 £525
10th Percentile £350 £363 £363
90th Percentile £700 £700 £675
England median daily rate £488 £475 £480
% change year-on-year +2.63% -1.04% +2.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 38 38
Median hourly rate £47.50 £32.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.15% +18.18% +3.40%
10th Percentile £21.40 £15.00 £18.12
90th Percentile £68.00 £54.28 £44.88
Median hourly rate £25.57 £26.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year -3.51% -7.02% -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 20 January 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 20 January 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 20 January 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 -11 126 £525 +10.53% 133
West London +6 18 £450 +5.88% 32
South London -6 13 £430 +1.18% 7
East London +17 4 £425 -8.99% 15
North London +11 2 £450 +5.88% 3
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 20 January 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.

1 522 (57.24%) SQL
2 361 (39.58%) Azure
3 348 (38.16%) Finance
4 295 (32.35%) Agile Software Development
5 282 (30.92%) .NET
5 282 (30.92%) Microsoft
6 275 (30.15%) C#
7 212 (23.25%) Oracle
8 211 (23.14%) Banking
9 206 (22.59%) Java
10 203 (22.26%) DevOps
11 187 (20.50%) Windows
12 166 (18.20%) Business Intelligence
13 152 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 151 (16.56%) Microservices
15 143 (15.68%) AWS
16 142 (15.57%) JavaScript
17 137 (15.02%) Python
18 131 (14.36%) T-SQL
18 131 (14.36%) MySQL
18 131 (14.36%) Web Services
19 130 (14.25%) Data Warehouse
20 128 (14.04%) Power Platform
21 124 (13.60%) PowerShell
22 116 (12.72%) TDD
23 111 (12.17%) Data Modelling
24 109 (11.95%) Relational Database
25 108 (11.84%) Linux
26 101 (11.07%) Docker
26 101 (11.07%) Power BI

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 50 (5.48%) Apache
2 45 (4.93%) IIS
3 44 (4.82%) Confluence
4 32 (3.51%) JBoss
5 31 (3.40%) SharePoint
6 29 (3.18%) Red Hat Fuse
7 19 (2.08%) Mule
8 14 (1.54%) Apache Spark
8 14 (1.54%) Tomcat
9 13 (1.43%) Elasticsearch
10 11 (1.21%) MS Exchange
10 11 (1.21%) NServiceBus
10 11 (1.21%) WebLogic
11 9 (0.99%) ArcGIS
11 9 (0.99%) Skype for Business
12 7 (0.77%) Apache Pig
12 7 (0.77%) WebSphere
13 6 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
13 6 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2010
13 6 (0.66%) MQSeries
Applications
1 45 (4.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 33 (3.62%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (1.21%) Photoshop
4 7 (0.77%) InfoPath
5 4 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.44%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 18 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.55%) HiPortfolio
2 5 (0.55%) Lawson
3 3 (0.33%) Dynamics GP
3 3 (0.33%) Elite 3E
3 3 (0.33%) Oracle Financials
3 3 (0.33%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 2 (0.22%) Aligne
4 2 (0.22%) Endur
4 2 (0.22%) Salerio
4 2 (0.22%) SAP MDG
4 2 (0.22%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.11%) assyst
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.11%) Markit EDM
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.11%) ReMetrica
5 1 (0.11%) thinkFolio
5 1 (0.11%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 361 (39.58%) Azure
2 143 (15.68%) AWS
3 128 (14.04%) Power Platform
4 76 (8.33%) Serverless
5 58 (6.36%) GCP
6 47 (5.15%) AWS Lambda
7 39 (4.28%) Logic Apps
8 38 (4.17%) Amazon ECS
9 37 (4.06%) Azure Active Directory
10 36 (3.95%) Apigee
10 36 (3.95%) Azure Data Factory
11 35 (3.84%) PowerApps
12 34 (3.73%) PaaS
13 33 (3.62%) Office 365
14 32 (3.51%) Dynamics 365
15 30 (3.29%) GitHub
16 23 (2.52%) IaaS
16 23 (2.52%) Power Automate
17 21 (2.30%) Azure Functions
17 21 (2.30%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.07%) DNS
2 23 (2.52%) Firewall
3 16 (1.75%) HTTP
3 16 (1.75%) TCP/IP
4 15 (1.64%) DHCP
5 13 (1.43%) SAN
6 11 (1.21%) Internet
6 11 (1.21%) Intrusion Detection
7 8 (0.88%) HTTPS
7 8 (0.88%) Skype
8 7 (0.77%) Network Security
9 6 (0.66%) IPsec
10 5 (0.55%) FTP
10 5 (0.55%) VoIP
11 4 (0.44%) IPv4
11 4 (0.44%) SSH
11 4 (0.44%) VPN
12 3 (0.33%) NetScaler
12 3 (0.33%) Reverse Proxy
12 3 (0.33%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 152 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 131 (14.36%) MySQL
3 130 (14.25%) Data Warehouse
4 109 (11.95%) Relational Database
5 101 (11.07%) Power BI
6 87 (9.54%) PostgreSQL
7 81 (8.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 73 (8.00%) NoSQL
9 59 (6.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 54 (5.92%) Azure SQL Database
11 52 (5.70%) MongoDB
12 40 (4.39%) Amazon Redshift
13 38 (4.17%) RDBMS
14 32 (3.51%) Oracle Database
14 32 (3.51%) SQL Server 2012
15 28 (3.07%) SQL Server 2008
16 27 (2.96%) Data Lake
17 25 (2.74%) SQL Server 2016
18 21 (2.30%) QlikView
18 21 (2.30%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 96 (10.53%) Jenkins
2 95 (10.42%) Git (software)
3 74 (8.11%) JIRA
4 54 (5.92%) Artifactory
5 52 (5.70%) GitLab
6 48 (5.26%) Visual Studio
7 44 (4.82%) Subversion
8 37 (4.06%) Maven
9 36 (3.95%) Team Foundation Server
10 29 (3.18%) Visual Studio Team System
11 27 (2.96%) Cucumber
11 27 (2.96%) JUnit
12 24 (2.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 24 (2.63%) Hudson
13 22 (2.41%) TeamCity
14 21 (2.30%) Selenium
15 20 (2.19%) jMock
16 19 (2.08%) FishEye
17 16 (1.75%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 13 (1.43%) Bitbucket
General
1 348 (38.16%) Finance
2 211 (23.14%) Banking
3 83 (9.10%) Front Office
4 72 (7.89%) Investment Banking
5 45 (4.93%) Public Sector
6 27 (2.96%) Back Office
7 20 (2.19%) Financial Institution
8 14 (1.54%) Marketing
8 14 (1.54%) Retail
8 14 (1.54%) Telecoms
9 13 (1.43%) Advertising
9 13 (1.43%) Law
10 11 (1.21%) Electronics
10 11 (1.21%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.88%) Legal
12 4 (0.44%) Multimedia
12 4 (0.44%) Publishing
13 3 (0.33%) International Banking
13 3 (0.33%) Local Government
13 3 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 441 (48.36%) Developer
2 116 (12.72%) .NET Developer
3 106 (11.62%) SQL Developer
4 101 (11.07%) C# Developer
5 97 (10.64%) Architect
6 78 (8.55%) Java Developer
7 72 (7.89%) Analyst
8 54 (5.92%) Software Engineer
9 52 (5.70%) Senior Developer
10 48 (5.26%) Data Architect
11 46 (5.04%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 46 (5.04%) C# .NET Developer
12 45 (4.93%) Consultant
13 41 (4.50%) Developer/Software Engineer
14 39 (4.28%) Java Engineer
15 38 (4.17%) AWS Developer
16 37 (4.06%) AWS Engineer
16 37 (4.06%) DBA
16 37 (4.06%) DevOps Engineer
17 36 (3.95%) Java Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 282 (30.92%) .NET
2 131 (14.36%) Web Services
3 83 (9.10%) HTML
3 83 (9.10%) REST
4 82 (8.99%) ASP.NET
5 79 (8.66%) AngularJS
6 75 (8.22%) XML
7 64 (7.02%) .NET Core
8 59 (6.47%) CSS
9 56 (6.14%) Spring
10 55 (6.03%) .NET Framework
10 55 (6.03%) React
11 52 (5.70%) JSON
12 47 (5.15%) gRPC
13 45 (4.93%) ASP.NET Web API
14 43 (4.71%) Swagger
15 40 (4.39%) Middleware
16 37 (4.06%) JMS
16 37 (4.06%) OAuth
17 35 (3.84%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 67 (7.35%) Analytical Skills
2 63 (6.91%) Fixed Income
3 56 (6.14%) Greenfield Project
4 39 (4.28%) Hedge funds
5 36 (3.95%) User Experience
6 30 (3.29%) Derivative
7 28 (3.07%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 26 (2.85%) Equities
9 21 (2.30%) Management Information System
10 16 (1.75%) Data Structures
11 15 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
11 15 (1.64%) Public Cloud
11 15 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
12 13 (1.43%) Data Centre
13 12 (1.32%) Clustering
13 12 (1.32%) NHS
14 11 (1.21%) Virtual Team
15 10 (1.10%) Credit Risk
16 8 (0.88%) Market Risk
16 8 (0.88%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 187 (20.50%) Windows
2 108 (11.84%) Linux
3 74 (8.11%) Windows Server
4 70 (7.68%) Unix
5 31 (3.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 29 (3.18%) Windows 10
6 29 (3.18%) Windows Server 2008
7 26 (2.85%) Windows Server 2016
8 19 (2.08%) Windows 7
9 14 (1.54%) Windows Server 2019
10 10 (1.10%) Apple iOS
11 8 (0.88%) Android
12 7 (0.77%) CentOS
13 6 (0.66%) Mac OS X
13 6 (0.66%) Ubuntu
14 5 (0.55%) AIX
14 5 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (0.55%) Solaris
15 4 (0.44%) Windows Mobile
16 3 (0.33%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 295 (32.35%) Agile Software Development
2 203 (22.26%) DevOps
3 166 (18.20%) Business Intelligence
4 151 (16.56%) Microservices
5 116 (12.72%) TDD
6 111 (12.17%) Data Modelling
7 99 (10.86%) Migration
8 82 (8.99%) Software Engineering
9 77 (8.44%) ETL
10 73 (8.00%) BDD
10 73 (8.00%) Scrum
11 68 (7.46%) Asset Management
12 65 (7.13%) SDLC
13 64 (7.02%) Test Automation
14 63 (6.91%) Problem-Solving
15 58 (6.36%) OO
16 51 (5.59%) Continuous Delivery
16 51 (5.59%) Investment Management
17 49 (5.37%) Deployment Automation
18 48 (5.26%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 522 (57.24%) SQL
2 275 (30.15%) C#
3 206 (22.59%) Java
4 142 (15.57%) JavaScript
5 137 (15.02%) Python
6 131 (14.36%) T-SQL
7 124 (13.60%) PowerShell
8 29 (3.18%) PL/SQL
9 27 (2.96%) TypeScript
9 27 (2.96%) VB
10 24 (2.63%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 23 (2.52%) Groovy
12 22 (2.41%) Perl
13 21 (2.30%) VBA
14 20 (2.19%) Bash Shell
14 20 (2.19%) C
15 18 (1.97%) C++
16 16 (1.75%) VB.NET
17 14 (1.54%) Kotlin
18 12 (1.32%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 91 (9.98%) Security Cleared
2 63 (6.91%) SC Cleared
3 40 (4.39%) Degree
4 25 (2.74%) DV Cleared
5 13 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
5 13 (1.43%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (1.32%) Sun Certification
7 7 (0.77%) ISEB
7 7 (0.77%) TOGAF Certification
8 6 (0.66%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (0.55%) MCSE
10 4 (0.44%) CTC Cleared
10 4 (0.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 4 (0.44%) Master's Degree
10 4 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 3 (0.33%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.22%) CCNP
12 2 (0.22%) CISSP
12 2 (0.22%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (3.18%) Data Quality
2 25 (2.74%) QA
3 9 (0.99%) GDPR
4 6 (0.66%) Government Security Classifications
5 5 (0.55%) NCSC
6 4 (0.44%) Dublin Core
6 4 (0.44%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 4 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.44%) MiFID
7 3 (0.33%) GxP
7 3 (0.33%) NIST
7 3 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.22%) COBIT
8 2 (0.22%) COREP
8 2 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
8 2 (0.22%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.22%) SLA
8 2 (0.22%) WCAG
9 1 (0.11%) FINREP
System Software
1 101 (11.07%) Docker
2 88 (9.65%) Active Directory
3 28 (3.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 22 (2.41%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (0.88%) HDFS
7 7 (0.77%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (0.55%) Oracle RAC
8 5 (0.55%) VMware NSX
8 5 (0.55%) vSphere
9 3 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.22%) KVM
10 2 (0.22%) Varnish
10 2 (0.22%) XenApp
11 1 (0.11%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 1 (0.11%) UAG
11 1 (0.11%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 96 (10.53%) Kubernetes
2 32 (3.51%) Ansible
3 29 (3.18%) Terraform
4 14 (1.54%) Puppet
5 9 (0.99%) SCCM
6 8 (0.88%) Norton AntiVirus
7 6 (0.66%) Control-M
7 6 (0.66%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
7 6 (0.66%) WSUS
8 5 (0.55%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 4 (0.44%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
9 4 (0.44%) Foglight
9 4 (0.44%) Grafana
9 4 (0.44%) MaaS360
10 3 (0.33%) BladeLogic
10 3 (0.33%) ITRS Geneos
10 3 (0.33%) Nagios
10 3 (0.33%) Rancher
10 3 (0.33%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 282 (30.92%) Microsoft
2 212 (23.25%) Oracle
3 53 (5.81%) Sybase
4 52 (5.70%) Google
5 37 (4.06%) VMware
6 36 (3.95%) SAP
7 34 (3.73%) Databricks
8 20 (2.19%) Informatica
9 19 (2.08%) HP
10 17 (1.86%) CyberArk
10 17 (1.86%) ServiceNow
11 16 (1.75%) Atlassian
11 16 (1.75%) Murex
12 13 (1.43%) Lumension
12 13 (1.43%) Sophos
12 13 (1.43%) Symantec
13 12 (1.32%) Cisco
13 12 (1.32%) Citrix
13 12 (1.32%) Splunk
13 12 (1.32%) TIBCO