Period
to 12 April 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 12 April 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
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 49 29 28
Rank change year-on-year -20 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 1,033 1,620 2,792
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 4.79% 6.64% 6.55%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 20.31% 27.49% 26.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 755 1,197 2,151
10th Percentile £338 £350 £353
25th Percentile £408 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £623 £600 £575
90th Percentile £688 £700 £650
England median daily rate £460 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +2.22% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 11
10th Percentile £25.78 £20.53 "
25th Percentile £31.86 £28.81 £20.00
Median hourly rate £42.00 £38.50 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% +83.33% -16.00%
75th Percentile £54.25 £78.75 £23.75
90th Percentile £61.60 " £29.25
England median hourly rate £27.00 £24.86 £28.50
% change year-on-year +8.63% -12.79% -28.75%

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 5,086 5,893 10,566
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 23.59% 24.17% 24.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,612 4,285 7,793
10th Percentile £363 £363 £363
25th Percentile £428 £425 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £525 £525
75th Percentile £625 £625 £606
90th Percentile £700 £700 £675
England median daily rate £500 £488 £488
% change year-on-year +2.56% - +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 25 41
10th Percentile £20.00 £16.62 £20.00
25th Percentile £24.75 £22.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate £35.50 £27.50 £24.50
Median % change year-on-year +29.09% +12.24% -9.79%
75th Percentile £58.75 £48.63 £37.50
90th Percentile £68.00 £73.20 £56.50
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% -28.57% +16.67%

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 12 April 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 12 April 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 12 April 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 -16 133 £502 +0.45% 167
South London -5 12 £450 -5.26% 12
West London +1 11 £525 +35.48% 48
East London +12 6 £465 +3.33% 30
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 12 April 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.

1 570 (55.18%) SQL
2 433 (41.92%) Azure
3 374 (36.21%) .NET
4 352 (34.08%) C#
5 350 (33.88%) Microsoft
6 334 (32.33%) Finance
6 334 (32.33%) Agile Software Development
7 252 (24.39%) DevOps
8 225 (21.78%) Oracle
9 201 (19.46%) Business Intelligence
10 199 (19.26%) Windows
11 178 (17.23%) JavaScript
12 173 (16.75%) Power Platform
13 169 (16.36%) Banking
14 159 (15.39%) PowerShell
15 157 (15.20%) Java
16 149 (14.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 148 (14.33%) Data Warehouse
18 138 (13.36%) Migration
18 138 (13.36%) Power BI
19 136 (13.17%) Python
20 135 (13.07%) T-SQL
21 128 (12.39%) TDD
22 127 (12.29%) AWS
22 127 (12.29%) Microservices
23 122 (11.81%) Relational Database
23 122 (11.81%) ASP.NET
24 121 (11.71%) Data Modelling
25 119 (11.52%) Linux
26 116 (11.23%) Active Directory

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 60 (5.81%) SharePoint
2 33 (3.19%) IIS
3 25 (2.42%) Confluence
4 24 (2.32%) Apache Spark
5 20 (1.94%) JBoss
6 18 (1.74%) Red Hat Fuse
7 15 (1.45%) Apache
7 15 (1.45%) Mule
7 15 (1.45%) Oracle Coherence
8 13 (1.26%) Elasticsearch
8 13 (1.26%) MS Exchange
9 12 (1.16%) NServiceBus
10 11 (1.06%) Tomcat
11 10 (0.97%) ArcGIS
12 8 (0.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 7 (0.68%) WebSphere
14 6 (0.58%) Skype for Business
15 5 (0.48%) Oracle Workflow
15 5 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
15 5 (0.48%) WebLogic
Applications
1 48 (4.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 36 (3.48%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (0.77%) Photoshop
4 4 (0.39%) InfoPath
5 3 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.19%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 20 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.39%) Cerner Millennium
2 4 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.29%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.19%) Aligne
4 2 (0.19%) Dynamics GP
4 2 (0.19%) Infor M3
4 2 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.19%) Salerio
4 2 (0.19%) SAP MDG
4 2 (0.19%) Shopify
5 1 (0.097%) assyst
5 1 (0.097%) Cognos Controller
5 1 (0.097%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.097%) Magento
5 1 (0.097%) Maximo
5 1 (0.097%) Sentinel
5 1 (0.097%) Siebel CRM
5 1 (0.097%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.097%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 433 (41.92%) Azure
2 173 (16.75%) Power Platform
3 127 (12.29%) AWS
4 66 (6.39%) Serverless
5 61 (5.91%) Azure Active Directory
6 53 (5.13%) Azure Data Factory
7 51 (4.94%) PaaS
8 50 (4.84%) PowerApps
9 42 (4.07%) Microsoft 365
10 40 (3.87%) Dynamics 365
10 40 (3.87%) Logic Apps
11 34 (3.29%) IaaS
12 32 (3.10%) Power Automate
13 30 (2.90%) AWS Lambda
13 30 (2.90%) GCP
14 25 (2.42%) Azure Functions
15 22 (2.13%) GitHub
16 21 (2.03%) Amazon EC2
17 19 (1.84%) Amazon S3
17 19 (1.84%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (2.23%) Firewall
2 17 (1.65%) DNS
3 13 (1.26%) HTTP
4 12 (1.16%) SAN
4 12 (1.16%) TCP/IP
5 10 (0.97%) LAN
6 9 (0.87%) FTP
7 8 (0.77%) DHCP
7 8 (0.77%) Network Security
7 8 (0.77%) WAN
8 7 (0.68%) NAS
9 6 (0.58%) Kerberos
9 6 (0.58%) VPN
9 6 (0.58%) Wireless
10 5 (0.48%) Internet
10 5 (0.48%) Intrusion Detection
10 5 (0.48%) Skype
11 4 (0.39%) HTTPS
11 4 (0.39%) Remote Desktop
11 4 (0.39%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 149 (14.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 148 (14.33%) Data Warehouse
3 138 (13.36%) Power BI
4 122 (11.81%) Relational Database
5 86 (8.33%) NoSQL
6 81 (7.84%) MySQL
6 81 (7.84%) PostgreSQL
7 80 (7.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 74 (7.16%) MongoDB
9 69 (6.68%) Azure SQL Database
10 67 (6.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 41 (3.97%) RDBMS
11 41 (3.97%) SQL Server 2012
12 40 (3.87%) SQL Server 2016
13 35 (3.39%) Data Lake
14 31 (3.00%) Cosmos DB
15 29 (2.81%) Tableau
16 28 (2.71%) SQL Server 2008
17 27 (2.61%) Big Data
18 26 (2.52%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 95 (9.20%) Git (software)
2 74 (7.16%) JIRA
3 66 (6.39%) Jenkins
4 60 (5.81%) Visual Studio
5 39 (3.78%) Maven
6 35 (3.39%) Octopus Deploy
6 35 (3.39%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 31 (3.00%) Team Foundation Server
8 28 (2.71%) Bitbucket
8 28 (2.71%) Subversion
9 26 (2.52%) Visual Studio Team System
10 24 (2.32%) Artifactory
10 24 (2.32%) TeamCity
11 23 (2.23%) Cucumber
12 22 (2.13%) JUnit
13 20 (1.94%) Selenium
14 16 (1.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 16 (1.55%) NUnit
15 13 (1.26%) Hudson
15 13 (1.26%) jMock
General
1 334 (32.33%) Finance
2 169 (16.36%) Banking
3 80 (7.74%) Front Office
4 68 (6.58%) Investment Banking
5 50 (4.84%) Public Sector
6 16 (1.55%) Financial Institution
6 16 (1.55%) Law
7 13 (1.26%) Retail
8 12 (1.16%) Marketing
9 11 (1.06%) Legal
9 11 (1.06%) Manufacturing
9 11 (1.06%) Telecoms
10 9 (0.87%) Electronics
11 8 (0.77%) Advertising
11 8 (0.77%) Back Office
12 6 (0.58%) French Language
13 5 (0.48%) Games
13 5 (0.48%) Publishing
14 4 (0.39%) Billing
15 3 (0.29%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 473 (45.79%) Developer
2 152 (14.71%) .NET Developer
3 114 (11.04%) C# Developer
4 94 (9.10%) Analyst
5 91 (8.81%) Architect
6 85 (8.23%) SQL Developer
7 66 (6.39%) Senior Developer
8 51 (4.94%) C# .NET Developer
8 51 (4.94%) Consultant
8 51 (4.94%) Data Engineer
9 50 (4.84%) Java Developer
10 44 (4.26%) Azure Engineer
11 43 (4.16%) Data Architect
12 41 (3.97%) DBA
12 41 (3.97%) DevOps Engineer
13 40 (3.87%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 32 (3.10%) Full Stack Developer
15 31 (3.00%) Data Analyst
16 30 (2.90%) Azure Developer
17 27 (2.61%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 374 (36.21%) .NET
2 122 (11.81%) ASP.NET
3 115 (11.13%) AngularJS
4 114 (11.04%) Web Services
5 102 (9.87%) HTML
6 100 (9.68%) .NET Core
7 92 (8.91%) REST
8 89 (8.62%) React
9 88 (8.52%) .NET Framework
10 82 (7.94%) XML
11 74 (7.16%) CSS
12 70 (6.78%) JSON
13 54 (5.23%) Spring
14 51 (4.94%) ASP.NET Core
15 49 (4.74%) WPF
16 47 (4.55%) SOAP
17 46 (4.45%) ASP.NET Web API
18 39 (3.78%) Kafka
18 39 (3.78%) RESTful
19 38 (3.68%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 83 (8.03%) Analytical Skills
2 70 (6.78%) Greenfield Project
3 46 (4.45%) Fixed Income
4 38 (3.68%) Data Structures
5 36 (3.48%) User Experience
6 24 (2.32%) Self-Motivation
7 22 (2.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 20 (1.94%) Derivative
9 19 (1.84%) Management Information System
10 16 (1.55%) Replication
11 15 (1.45%) NHS
11 15 (1.45%) Public Cloud
12 14 (1.36%) Clustering
13 13 (1.26%) Algorithms
14 11 (1.06%) Cloud Native
14 11 (1.06%) Hedge funds
14 11 (1.06%) Reference Data
14 11 (1.06%) Reinsurance
15 10 (0.97%) Market Risk
15 10 (0.97%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 199 (19.26%) Windows
2 119 (11.52%) Linux
3 74 (7.16%) Windows Server
4 54 (5.23%) Unix
5 37 (3.58%) Windows Server 2012
6 27 (2.61%) Windows 10
7 25 (2.42%) Windows Server 2008
7 25 (2.42%) Windows Server 2016
8 14 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (1.36%) Windows 7
9 11 (1.06%) Windows Server 2019
10 9 (0.87%) Solaris
11 8 (0.77%) CentOS
12 5 (0.48%) AIX
12 5 (0.48%) Ubuntu
13 4 (0.39%) VMS
14 3 (0.29%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.19%) Apple iOS
16 1 (0.097%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.097%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 334 (32.33%) Agile Software Development
2 252 (24.39%) DevOps
3 201 (19.46%) Business Intelligence
4 138 (13.36%) Migration
5 128 (12.39%) TDD
6 127 (12.29%) Microservices
7 121 (11.71%) Data Modelling
8 115 (11.13%) ETL
8 115 (11.13%) Scrum
9 93 (9.00%) Analytics
10 85 (8.23%) Software Engineering
11 83 (8.03%) Continuous Integration
12 82 (7.94%) Problem-Solving
13 81 (7.84%) Test Automation
14 65 (6.29%) BDD
15 63 (6.10%) Multithreading
16 62 (6.00%) Continuous Improvement
17 61 (5.91%) OO
18 60 (5.81%) Unit Testing
19 59 (5.71%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 570 (55.18%) SQL
2 352 (34.08%) C#
3 178 (17.23%) JavaScript
4 159 (15.39%) PowerShell
5 157 (15.20%) Java
6 136 (13.17%) Python
7 135 (13.07%) T-SQL
8 74 (7.16%) TypeScript
9 37 (3.58%) VB
10 30 (2.90%) VB.NET
11 27 (2.61%) PL/SQL
12 26 (2.52%) VBA
13 24 (2.32%) Bash Shell
14 22 (2.13%) R
15 20 (1.94%) C
15 20 (1.94%) C++
16 19 (1.84%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 19 (1.84%) Java 8
17 17 (1.65%) Perl
18 12 (1.16%) ES6
Qualifications
1 98 (9.49%) Security Cleared
2 80 (7.74%) SC Cleared
3 42 (4.07%) Degree
4 16 (1.55%) DV Cleared
5 15 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
6 14 (1.36%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (0.87%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (0.48%) AWS Certification
8 5 (0.48%) MCSE
9 4 (0.39%) ISEB
9 4 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.29%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.19%) GIAC
11 2 (0.19%) Master's Degree
11 2 (0.19%) PhD
11 2 (0.19%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.19%) PMP
11 2 (0.19%) Postgraduate
12 1 (0.097%) CEH
12 1 (0.097%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (6.49%) QA
2 42 (4.07%) Data Quality
3 12 (1.16%) GDPR
4 4 (0.39%) Dublin Core
5 2 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
5 2 (0.19%) IFRS
5 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.19%) MiFID
5 2 (0.19%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.19%) PMO
5 2 (0.19%) SLA
6 1 (0.097%) COBIT
6 1 (0.097%) COREP
6 1 (0.097%) CRD IV
6 1 (0.097%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.097%) GxP
6 1 (0.097%) NIST
6 1 (0.097%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.097%) Solvency II
System Software
1 116 (11.23%) Active Directory
2 63 (6.10%) Docker
3 35 (3.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (1.65%) Hyper-V
5 12 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (1.06%) VMware NSX
7 10 (0.97%) HDFS
8 9 (0.87%) vSphere
9 8 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
10 5 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
11 4 (0.39%) ISA Server
11 4 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
11 4 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.19%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 2 (0.19%) KVM
12 2 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.097%) IAG
13 1 (0.097%) XenApp
13 1 (0.097%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 64 (6.20%) Kubernetes
2 44 (4.26%) Ansible
3 33 (3.19%) Terraform
4 20 (1.94%) Puppet
5 13 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
6 11 (1.06%) SCOM
7 10 (0.97%) SCCM
8 6 (0.58%) Packer
8 6 (0.58%) SCSM
9 5 (0.48%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
10 4 (0.39%) Control-M
10 4 (0.39%) Foglight
10 4 (0.39%) Microsoft Intune
11 3 (0.29%) Grafana
11 3 (0.29%) ITRS Geneos
11 3 (0.29%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (0.29%) Nagios
11 3 (0.29%) NetBackup
11 3 (0.29%) vCenter Server
12 2 (0.19%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 350 (33.88%) Microsoft
2 225 (21.78%) Oracle
3 46 (4.45%) VMware
4 35 (3.39%) Databricks
5 33 (3.19%) Sybase
6 32 (3.10%) SAP
7 20 (1.94%) Cisco
7 20 (1.94%) Citrix
8 15 (1.45%) Atlassian
9 14 (1.36%) HP
10 13 (1.26%) Google
10 13 (1.26%) Informatica
10 13 (1.26%) TIBCO
11 11 (1.06%) Murex
11 11 (1.06%) ServiceNow
12 8 (0.77%) Dell
12 8 (0.77%) ESRI
12 8 (0.77%) IBM
12 8 (0.77%) Lumension
12 8 (0.77%) Sophos