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 3 months to 23 March 2017 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
England / North West
Rank 11 20 12
Rank change year-on-year +9 -8  
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 225 292 292
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 8.79% 7.65% 8.35%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 36.00% 36.68% 36.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 207 173
Median daily rate £350 £340 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +4.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £470
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year - +1.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 4
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.27 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +64.55% -22.65%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.10 £13.30 £24.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.20 £32.50 £33.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.25 £20.75 £32.50
% change year-on-year +79.51% -36.15%  

SQL Server is in the database and business intelligence skills category. The next 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 and business intelligence skills.

Contract Database & Business Intelligence Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills 625 796 801
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 24.41% 20.85% 22.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 412 502 464
Median daily rate £375 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £261 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 38 13
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £45.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -23.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £17.00 £24.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.60 £57.75 £67.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.75 £32.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year -2.30% -  

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing SQL Server as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Database & Business Intelligence category.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the North West

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SQL Server in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server in the North West

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in the North West over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server in the North West

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server in the North West

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in the North West over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor 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 3 months to 23 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +19 142 £369 +13.46% 125
Cheshire -7 32 £340 +4.61% 56
Merseyside -9 24 £350 -22.22% 22
Lancashire +12 19 £375 -16.66% 21
Cumbria +3 1 £220 -12.00% 1
SQL Server
England

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 265 (52.37%) SQL
2 217 (42.89%) .NET
3 182 (35.97%) C#
4 141 (27.87%) Microsoft
5 131 (25.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 129 (25.49%) Windows
7 128 (25.30%) MVC
8 126 (24.90%) Agile Software Development
9 125 (24.70%) ASP.NET
10 122 (24.11%) JavaScript
11 114 (22.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 106 (20.95%) HTML
13 105 (20.75%) Business Intelligence
14 102 (20.16%) SQL Server 2008
15 89 (17.59%) CSS
16 81 (16.01%) Oracle
17 72 (14.23%) SQL Server 2012
18 69 (13.64%) Web Services
18 69 (13.64%) jQuery
19 68 (13.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
20 66 (13.04%) ETL
21 62 (12.25%) Data Warehouse
21 62 (12.25%) XML
21 62 (12.25%) T-SQL
21 62 (12.25%) Finance
22 59 (11.66%) SQL Server 2014
23 56 (11.07%) MS Excel
24 52 (10.28%) Scrum
24 52 (10.28%) ASP.NET MVC
25 51 (10.08%) Migration

SQL Server
Top Related 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 34 (6.72%) CMS
1 34 (6.72%) SharePoint
2 33 (6.52%) Umbraco
3 23 (4.55%) IIS
4 16 (3.16%) BizTalk Server
5 14 (2.77%) EPiServer
5 14 (2.77%) MS Exchange
5 14 (2.77%) WebSphere
6 12 (2.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 11 (2.17%) Sitecore CMS
8 8 (1.58%) Exchange Server 2010
9 7 (1.38%) Apache
9 7 (1.38%) SAS
10 6 (1.19%) Confluence
10 6 (1.19%) SharePoint 2013
10 6 (1.19%) Tomcat
11 5 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2007
11 5 (0.99%) Kentico
12 4 (0.79%) CICS
13 3 (0.59%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 56 (11.07%) MS Excel
2 13 (2.57%) MS Office
3 6 (1.19%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.40%) SPSS
5 1 (0.20%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.20%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 18 (3.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.40%) OPENContractor
5 1 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.20%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.20%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 25 (4.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (2.57%) Amazon AWS
3 10 (1.98%) Office 365
4 7 (1.38%) PaaS
5 5 (0.99%) Google Analytics
5 5 (0.99%) SaaS
6 3 (0.59%) Amazon EC2
6 3 (0.59%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 3 (0.59%) Amazon ELB
6 3 (0.59%) Amazon S3
6 3 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.59%) CloudFront
7 2 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.40%) IaaS
8 1 (0.20%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.20%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.36%) Firewall
2 13 (2.57%) DNS
3 10 (1.98%) DHCP
4 9 (1.78%) SAN
5 7 (1.38%) Internet
5 7 (1.38%) LAN
5 7 (1.38%) LDAP
5 7 (1.38%) VLAN
6 6 (1.19%) Intranet
6 6 (1.19%) WAN
7 5 (0.99%) HTTP
8 4 (0.79%) Extranet
8 4 (0.79%) Reverse Proxy
8 4 (0.79%) SMTP
9 3 (0.59%) IP Telephony
9 3 (0.59%) NAS
9 3 (0.59%) NetScaler
9 3 (0.59%) Network Security
9 3 (0.59%) TCP/IP
10 2 (0.40%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 131 (25.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 114 (22.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 102 (20.16%) SQL Server 2008
4 72 (14.23%) SQL Server 2012
5 68 (13.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 62 (12.25%) Data Warehouse
7 59 (11.66%) SQL Server 2014
8 46 (9.09%) Relational Database
9 30 (5.93%) SQL Server 2005
10 25 (4.94%) NoSQL
11 24 (4.74%) Oracle Database
12 23 (4.55%) DB2
13 22 (4.35%) MySQL
14 20 (3.95%) MongoDB
15 17 (3.36%) SQL Server 2000
16 16 (3.16%) Oracle Database 12c
17 15 (2.96%) Big Data
17 15 (2.96%) Power BI
18 14 (2.77%) Oracle Database 11g
19 11 (2.17%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 46 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
2 39 (7.71%) Visual Studio
3 27 (5.34%) Git (software)
4 22 (4.35%) JIRA
5 11 (2.17%) NUnit
6 9 (1.78%) Jenkins
6 9 (1.78%) Subversion
7 7 (1.38%) AccuRev
8 6 (1.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 6 (1.19%) Eclipse
8 6 (1.19%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
9 5 (0.99%) JUnit
9 5 (0.99%) Selenium
9 5 (0.99%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 4 (0.79%) Maven
10 4 (0.79%) Mercurial
11 3 (0.59%) Gradle
11 3 (0.59%) TeamCity
11 3 (0.59%) Vagrant
11 3 (0.59%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 62 (12.25%) Finance
2 17 (3.36%) Banking
3 11 (2.17%) Local Government
4 9 (1.78%) Retail
5 8 (1.58%) Manufacturing
5 8 (1.58%) Marketing
6 7 (1.38%) Advertising
7 5 (0.99%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.59%) Back Office
8 3 (0.59%) Legal
9 1 (0.20%) Billing
9 1 (0.20%) Electronics
9 1 (0.20%) Games
9 1 (0.20%) Law
9 1 (0.20%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 299 (59.09%) Developer
2 97 (19.17%) .NET Developer
3 58 (11.46%) DBA
4 54 (10.67%) C# Developer
4 54 (10.67%) SQL DBA
5 46 (9.09%) SQL Developer
6 39 (7.71%) C# .NET Developer
7 37 (7.31%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 30 (5.93%) Analyst
9 28 (5.53%) Consultant
10 26 (5.14%) Architect
11 24 (4.74%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
11 24 (4.74%) Senior Developer
12 23 (4.55%) Umbraco Developer
13 21 (4.15%) Java Developer
14 20 (3.95%) SSIS Developer
15 18 (3.56%) SQL Server DBA
15 18 (3.56%) SSRS Developer
16 17 (3.36%) SQL Server Developer
17 16 (3.16%) Data Warehouse Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 217 (42.89%) .NET
2 125 (24.70%) ASP.NET
3 106 (20.95%) HTML
4 89 (17.59%) CSS
5 69 (13.64%) jQuery
5 69 (13.64%) Web Services
6 62 (12.25%) XML
7 52 (10.28%) ASP.NET MVC
8 47 (9.29%) HTML5
9 44 (8.70%) .NET Framework
9 44 (8.70%) ASP.NET Web API
10 38 (7.51%) AngularJS
11 24 (4.74%) JSON
12 22 (4.35%) Entity Framework
12 22 (4.35%) J2EE
12 22 (4.35%) SOAP
13 21 (4.15%) REST
13 21 (4.15%) WCF
14 19 (3.75%) CSS3
15 18 (3.56%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 36 (7.11%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (3.56%) Replication
3 13 (2.57%) User Experience
4 12 (2.37%) Clustering
4 12 (2.37%) Computer Science
5 10 (1.98%) Management Information System
6 7 (1.38%) Data Structures
7 6 (1.19%) Mobile App
8 5 (0.99%) Data Centre
8 5 (0.99%) Fintech
8 5 (0.99%) Oracle Licensing
8 5 (0.99%) PKI
9 4 (0.79%) iPad
9 4 (0.79%) NHS
10 3 (0.59%) Algorithms
10 3 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (0.59%) Fat Client
10 3 (0.59%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (0.59%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.40%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 129 (25.49%) Windows
2 50 (9.88%) Windows Server
3 43 (8.50%) Linux
4 36 (7.11%) Unix
5 28 (5.53%) Windows Server 2008
6 27 (5.34%) Windows Server 2012
7 19 (3.75%) AIX
8 11 (2.17%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (1.38%) Android
10 6 (1.19%) Apple iOS
11 5 (0.99%) CentOS
12 4 (0.79%) HPUX
12 4 (0.79%) Solaris
13 3 (0.59%) Windows Phone
14 2 (0.40%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.20%) Windows 10
15 1 (0.20%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.20%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.20%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (25.30%) MVC
2 126 (24.90%) Agile Software Development
3 105 (20.75%) Business Intelligence
4 66 (13.04%) ETL
5 52 (10.28%) Scrum
6 51 (10.08%) Migration
7 40 (7.91%) Data Modelling
8 30 (5.93%) Performance Tuning
9 27 (5.34%) SOA
10 26 (5.14%) OO
10 26 (5.14%) TDD
11 25 (4.94%) Web Development
12 24 (4.74%) CRM
13 23 (4.55%) Continuous Integration
14 22 (4.35%) E-Commerce
14 22 (4.35%) ITIL
15 20 (3.95%) Data Migration
16 19 (3.75%) High Availability
16 19 (3.75%) Microservices
16 19 (3.75%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 265 (52.37%) SQL
2 182 (35.97%) C#
3 122 (24.11%) JavaScript
4 62 (12.25%) T-SQL
5 40 (7.91%) Java
6 38 (7.51%) PowerShell
7 19 (3.75%) VB.NET
8 17 (3.36%) Python
9 12 (2.37%) PHP
10 9 (1.78%) C++
10 9 (1.78%) Scala
10 9 (1.78%) Shell Script
11 8 (1.58%) Ruby
11 8 (1.58%) VBScript
12 7 (1.38%) PL/SQL
12 7 (1.38%) TypeScript
12 7 (1.38%) VB
13 4 (0.79%) Groovy
13 4 (0.79%) R
14 3 (0.59%) C
Qualifications
1 27 (5.34%) Degree
2 13 (2.57%) Security Cleared
3 10 (1.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 5 (0.99%) SC Cleared
5 4 (0.79%) MCSE
6 3 (0.59%) DBS Check
6 3 (0.59%) ISEB
6 3 (0.59%) MCITP
7 2 (0.40%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.40%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.40%) HNC
7 2 (0.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.20%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.20%) CCNA
8 1 (0.20%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (0.20%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.20%) MCP
8 1 (0.20%) MCSA
8 1 (0.20%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.58%) QA
2 5 (0.99%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.40%) SLA
5 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.20%) GDPR
5 1 (0.20%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 28 (5.53%) Active Directory
2 16 (3.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (1.58%) XenApp
4 7 (1.38%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.19%) VMware ESX
6 5 (0.99%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 5 (0.99%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (0.59%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 3 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.40%) vSphere
9 1 (0.20%) Docker
9 1 (0.20%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.20%) MetaFrame
9 1 (0.20%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.20%) Snort
9 1 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.20%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (2.17%) Opscode Chef
1 11 (2.17%) SCOM
2 10 (1.98%) Ansible
2 10 (1.98%) Puppet
3 8 (1.58%) Failover Clustering
4 7 (1.38%) Microsoft Clustering
4 7 (1.38%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 7 (1.38%) Oracle RMAN
5 6 (1.19%) SCCM
6 4 (0.79%) Data Guard
7 3 (0.59%) Packer
7 3 (0.59%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (0.40%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.40%) BladeLogic
8 2 (0.40%) SCOrch
8 2 (0.40%) SmoothWall
8 2 (0.40%) WSUS
9 1 (0.20%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.20%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.20%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 141 (27.87%) Microsoft
2 81 (16.01%) Oracle
3 34 (6.72%) VMware
4 19 (3.75%) Tableau
5 17 (3.36%) Sitecore
6 14 (2.77%) Citrix
7 9 (1.78%) SAP
7 9 (1.78%) Sybase
8 7 (1.38%) Cisco
8 7 (1.38%) HP
8 7 (1.38%) Symantec
9 6 (1.19%) Civica
9 6 (1.19%) Google
10 5 (0.99%) Cognos
10 5 (0.99%) Nintex
10 5 (0.99%) TIBCO
11 4 (0.79%) IBM
11 4 (0.79%) Remedy
12 3 (0.59%) Juniper
12 3 (0.59%) NetApp
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