Period
to 31 March 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 31 March 2020 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 > North West
6 months to
31 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 20 16 14
Rank change year-on-year -4 -2 -3
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 301 460 467
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 7.31% 8.15% 8.11%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 35.25% 37.70% 37.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 336 353
Median daily rate £390 £365 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.85% +4.29% -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £256
90th Percentile £575 £513 £475
England median daily rate £450 £449 £425
% change year-on-year +0.31% +5.55% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 12 6
Median hourly rate £50.50 £33.11 £52.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.51% -36.63% +90.00%
10th Percentile £35.00 £20.35 £33.77
90th Percentile £64.03 £42.13 £55.88
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year - -12.50% +39.13%

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 the North West with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 854 1,220 1,244
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 20.74% 21.61% 21.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 558 843 891
Median daily rate £425 £425 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.84% +1.33%
10th Percentile £279 £290 £263
90th Percentile £647 £625 £615
England median daily rate £488 £488 £475
% change year-on-year - +2.63% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 26 23
Median hourly rate £42.00 £36.23 £46.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.94% -21.61% +47.87%
10th Percentile £16.33 £17.50 £11.07
90th Percentile £53.08 £57.26 £66.19
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing SQL Server as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the North West

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in the North West.

Daily rate trend for SQL Server in the North West

SQL Server
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SQL Server in the North West over the 6 months to 31 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for SQL Server in the North West

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for SQL Server in the North West

SQL Server
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SQL Server in the North West over the 6 months to 31 March 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in the North West

SQL Server
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 6 months to 31 March 2020. 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
Manchester +1 169 £395 +8.97% 134
Cheshire +19 73 £363 +2.11% 74
Merseyside -12 19 £400 +14.29% 18
Lancashire -26 14 £325 -13.33% 23
Cumbria - 14 £405 - 1
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 31 March 2020, 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 North West region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 129 (42.86%) SQL
2 87 (28.90%) .NET
3 86 (28.57%) Azure
4 83 (27.57%) Windows
5 82 (27.24%) C#
6 76 (25.25%) Microsoft
7 71 (23.59%) Agile Software Development
8 62 (20.60%) Business Intelligence
9 55 (18.27%) Analytical Skills
10 52 (17.28%) Windows Server
11 50 (16.61%) JavaScript
11 50 (16.61%) VMware
12 49 (16.28%) Problem-Solving
13 46 (15.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 45 (14.95%) Power Platform
14 45 (14.95%) Power BI
15 43 (14.29%) AWS
15 43 (14.29%) Oracle
16 39 (12.96%) Data Warehouse
17 38 (12.62%) ASP.NET
17 38 (12.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 38 (12.62%) MVC
18 37 (12.29%) XML
19 35 (11.63%) T-SQL
20 34 (11.30%) Linux
20 34 (11.30%) Active Directory
21 33 (10.96%) ETL
21 33 (10.96%) High Availability
22 32 (10.63%) MySQL
23 30 (9.97%) Migration

SQL Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 23 (7.64%) IIS
2 21 (6.98%) SharePoint
3 15 (4.98%) MS Exchange
4 7 (2.33%) CMS
4 7 (2.33%) Skype for Business
5 6 (1.99%) Apache ServiceMix
5 6 (1.99%) JBoss
6 4 (1.33%) Apache
6 4 (1.33%) Confluence
6 4 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2003
6 4 (1.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 4 (1.33%) Oracle Workflow
6 4 (1.33%) Red Hat Fuse
6 4 (1.33%) WebLogic
6 4 (1.33%) WordPress
7 3 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.00%) SAS
8 2 (0.66%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.33%) nginx
Applications
1 15 (4.98%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (3.32%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (1.00%) Windchill
4 2 (0.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (1.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.00%) ContrOCC
2 3 (1.00%) Line 500
3 1 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.33%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 86 (28.57%) Azure
2 45 (14.95%) Power Platform
3 43 (14.29%) AWS
4 29 (9.63%) Office 365
5 10 (3.32%) PaaS
6 6 (1.99%) IaaS
6 6 (1.99%) SaaS
7 5 (1.66%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (1.66%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (1.33%) GCP
9 3 (1.00%) Azure Data Factory
10 2 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
10 2 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (0.66%) PowerApps
10 2 (0.66%) Slack
10 2 (0.66%) Trello
11 1 (0.33%) AWS Lambda
11 1 (0.33%) GitHub
11 1 (0.33%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 15 (4.98%) WAN
2 13 (4.32%) SAN
3 12 (3.99%) LAN
4 11 (3.65%) DNS
5 9 (2.99%) DHCP
6 8 (2.66%) DMZ
6 8 (2.66%) Firewall
7 7 (2.33%) VLAN
8 6 (1.99%) FTP
8 6 (1.99%) HTTP
8 6 (1.99%) Internet
8 6 (1.99%) Intranet
8 6 (1.99%) MPLS
8 6 (1.99%) VPN
9 5 (1.66%) Extranet
9 5 (1.66%) Reverse Proxy
10 4 (1.33%) TCP/IP
11 3 (1.00%) Network Security
11 3 (1.00%) PBX
11 3 (1.00%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (15.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 45 (14.95%) Power BI
3 39 (12.96%) Data Warehouse
4 38 (12.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 32 (10.63%) MySQL
6 30 (9.97%) MongoDB
7 19 (6.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 17 (5.65%) SQL Server 2008
9 15 (4.98%) Azure SQL Database
10 13 (4.32%) Relational Database
11 11 (3.65%) SQL Server 2012
12 10 (3.32%) PostgreSQL
13 9 (2.99%) SQL Server 2016
13 9 (2.99%) SQL Server 2017
14 7 (2.33%) NoSQL
14 7 (2.33%) Oracle Database
15 6 (1.99%) Big Data
15 6 (1.99%) SAP Data Services
15 6 (1.99%) SQL Server 2005
15 6 (1.99%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 26 (8.64%) Octopus Deploy
2 24 (7.97%) Jenkins
3 15 (4.98%) Visual Studio
4 13 (4.32%) JIRA
5 9 (2.99%) Git (software)
6 6 (1.99%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 5 (1.66%) Selenium
7 5 (1.66%) TeamCity
8 4 (1.33%) Oracle APEX
8 4 (1.33%) Oracle Forms
9 3 (1.00%) NUnit
9 3 (1.00%) Postman
9 3 (1.00%) Selenium IDE
9 3 (1.00%) SoapUI
9 3 (1.00%) Subversion
9 3 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (1.00%) WebDriver
10 2 (0.66%) GitLab
10 2 (0.66%) Moq
10 2 (0.66%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 24 (7.97%) Finance
2 23 (7.64%) Public Sector
3 12 (3.99%) Local Government
4 7 (2.33%) Pharmaceutical
5 6 (1.99%) Aerospace
6 3 (1.00%) Automotive
6 3 (1.00%) Banking
6 3 (1.00%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.00%) Retail
7 2 (0.66%) Billing
7 2 (0.66%) Housing Association
7 2 (0.66%) Legal
7 2 (0.66%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 126 (41.86%) Developer
2 49 (16.28%) .NET Developer
3 32 (10.63%) Analyst
4 25 (8.31%) DBA
5 23 (7.64%) WebOps Engineer
6 19 (6.31%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 19 (6.31%) SQL DBA
6 19 (6.31%) SQL Developer
7 18 (5.98%) Architect
8 16 (5.32%) Web Engineer
9 15 (4.98%) Operations Engineer
10 13 (4.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 11 (3.65%) Power BI Developer
12 9 (2.99%) C# Developer
12 9 (2.99%) Consultant
12 9 (2.99%) Storage Engineer
12 9 (2.99%) Support Analyst
13 8 (2.66%) HTML Developer
13 8 (2.66%) SQL Server DBA
14 7 (2.33%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (28.90%) .NET
2 38 (12.62%) ASP.NET
3 37 (12.29%) XML
4 30 (9.97%) CSS
4 30 (9.97%) HTML
5 26 (8.64%) SOAP
6 25 (8.31%) jQuery
7 24 (7.97%) Web Services
8 21 (6.98%) .NET Core
8 21 (6.98%) AngularJS
8 21 (6.98%) REST
9 19 (6.31%) ASP.NET MVC
10 17 (5.65%) .NET Framework
11 15 (4.98%) ASP.NET Web API
12 12 (3.99%) JSON
12 12 (3.99%) React
13 11 (3.65%) Entity Framework
13 11 (3.65%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 10 (3.32%) HTML5
14 10 (3.32%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 55 (18.27%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (5.98%) Data Centre
3 13 (4.32%) Enterprise Software
3 13 (4.32%) PKI
4 12 (3.99%) Management Information System
5 10 (3.32%) Clustering
5 10 (3.32%) EMC VNX
5 10 (3.32%) Replication
6 9 (2.99%) Celerra
6 9 (2.99%) CLARiiON
6 9 (2.99%) NHS
7 8 (2.66%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (2.33%) User Experience
9 5 (1.66%) Mobile App
10 4 (1.33%) Blackberry
11 3 (1.00%) Algorithms
11 3 (1.00%) Client/Server
11 3 (1.00%) iPhone
11 3 (1.00%) Video Conferencing
12 2 (0.66%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 83 (27.57%) Windows
2 52 (17.28%) Windows Server
3 34 (11.30%) Linux
4 16 (5.32%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (4.65%) Unix
6 12 (3.99%) Windows Server 2016
7 11 (3.65%) Android
8 10 (3.32%) Solaris
8 10 (3.32%) Windows 10
9 7 (2.33%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (1.99%) Windows Server 2019
11 5 (1.66%) Apple iOS
12 4 (1.33%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (1.00%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.33%) VME
14 1 (0.33%) Windows 7
14 1 (0.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (23.59%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (20.60%) Business Intelligence
3 49 (16.28%) Problem-Solving
4 38 (12.62%) MVC
5 33 (10.96%) ETL
5 33 (10.96%) High Availability
6 30 (9.97%) Migration
7 28 (9.30%) Continuous Integration
8 27 (8.97%) DevOps
9 24 (7.97%) Web Operations
10 20 (6.64%) Performance Tuning
11 17 (5.65%) Stakeholder Management
11 17 (5.65%) Workflow
12 15 (4.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 15 (4.98%) OO
12 15 (4.98%) Scrum
12 15 (4.98%) SOA
13 12 (3.99%) Problem Management
13 12 (3.99%) Validation
13 12 (3.99%) Visualisation
Programming Languages
1 129 (42.86%) SQL
2 82 (27.24%) C#
3 50 (16.61%) JavaScript
4 35 (11.63%) T-SQL
5 20 (6.64%) Java
6 14 (4.65%) PowerShell
7 11 (3.65%) Python
8 8 (2.66%) VB.NET
9 7 (2.33%) PL/SQL
9 7 (2.33%) TypeScript
10 6 (1.99%) ActionScript
10 6 (1.99%) ActionScript 2.0
10 6 (1.99%) C
10 6 (1.99%) VBA
11 5 (1.66%) PHP
11 5 (1.66%) Shell Script
12 4 (1.33%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 4 (1.33%) MATLAB
13 3 (1.00%) ABAP
13 3 (1.00%) R
Qualifications
1 19 (6.31%) Security Cleared
2 18 (5.98%) SC Cleared
3 8 (2.66%) Degree
4 4 (1.33%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.00%) ISEB
5 3 (1.00%) Postgraduate
6 2 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.33%) CCNA
7 1 (0.33%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.33%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.33%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.33%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (5.98%) SLA
2 11 (3.65%) Data Quality
3 5 (1.66%) GDPR
4 4 (1.33%) BS7799
4 4 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.33%) QA
4 4 (1.33%) RMADS
5 1 (0.33%) GxP
System Software
1 34 (11.30%) Active Directory
2 25 (8.31%) Docker
3 12 (3.99%) Hyper-V
4 10 (3.32%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (2.99%) EMC RecoverPoint
6 8 (2.66%) XenApp
7 7 (2.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 3 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.33%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
9 1 (0.33%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.33%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 22 (7.31%) Rancher
2 14 (4.65%) SCOM
3 13 (4.32%) NetBackup
4 12 (3.99%) Oracle RMAN
5 9 (2.99%) SCCM
6 5 (1.66%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (1.33%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (1.00%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
8 3 (1.00%) Failover Clustering
8 3 (1.00%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 3 (1.00%) SCOrch
8 3 (1.00%) vRealize
9 2 (0.66%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.66%) Terraform
9 2 (0.66%) WSUS
10 1 (0.33%) Ansible
10 1 (0.33%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.33%) Puppet
Vendors
1 76 (25.25%) Microsoft
2 50 (16.61%) VMware
3 43 (14.29%) Oracle
4 14 (4.65%) EMC
4 14 (4.65%) SAP
5 11 (3.65%) Cisco
6 9 (2.99%) Brocade
6 9 (2.99%) Citrix
6 9 (2.99%) NetApp
7 8 (2.66%) Red Hat
7 8 (2.66%) Sage
7 8 (2.66%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (2.33%) Dell
8 7 (2.33%) Demandware
8 7 (2.33%) HP
9 6 (1.99%) IBM
9 6 (1.99%) ServiceNow
9 6 (1.99%) Xamarin
10 5 (1.66%) Ivanti
11 4 (1.33%) McAfee