Period
to 25 April 2019

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 25 April 2019 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
25 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 15 14 11
Rank change year-on-year -1 -3 +11
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 452 483 478
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 8.25% 8.36% 8.86%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 37.32% 38.95% 38.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 337 357 354
North West median daily rate £365 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.69% +3.57% +1.45%
10th Percentile £256 £258 £259
90th Percentile £514 £475 £475
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 5 9
North West median hourly rate £30.00 £50.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.00% +81.82% +22.01%
10th Percentile £17.60 £20.53 £14.75
90th Percentile £42.00 £57.25 £44.40
England median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.29% +55.56%

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 1,211 1,240 1,257
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 22.09% 21.47% 23.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 854 877 815
North West median daily rate £425 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.84% +1.33% -
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £619 £588 £531
England median daily rate £488 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 18 29
North West median hourly rate £38.61 £47.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.71% +72.73% -31.25%
10th Percentile £17.35 £15.25 £13.25
90th Percentile £63.75 £67.48 £51.50
England median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year +7.69% +12.07% +11.54%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing SQL Server as a percentage 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

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 6 months to 25 April 2019.

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 25 April 2019.

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 6 months to 25 April 2019. 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 -3 234 £363 -3.33% 89
Lancashire +30 96 £375 +9.61% 21
Cheshire -16 67 £350 +6.87% 60
Merseyside -1 45 £350 -12.50% 24
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 25 April 2019, 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.

1 231 (51.11%) SQL
2 207 (45.80%) .NET
3 201 (44.47%) C#
4 137 (30.31%) Microsoft
5 112 (24.78%) Windows
6 104 (23.01%) MVC
7 102 (22.57%) Agile Software Development
8 100 (22.12%) Oracle
9 91 (20.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 90 (19.91%) ASP.NET
11 81 (17.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 79 (17.48%) Business Intelligence
13 74 (16.37%) JavaScript
14 73 (16.15%) Microsoft Azure
15 67 (14.82%) T-SQL
16 64 (14.16%) HTML
17 63 (13.94%) Amazon AWS
17 63 (13.94%) .NET Framework
18 57 (12.61%) CSS
19 56 (12.39%) Migration
20 55 (12.17%) Web Services
21 53 (11.73%) Linux
22 50 (11.06%) VB.NET
22 50 (11.06%) ETL
23 48 (10.62%) Finance
23 48 (10.62%) ASP.NET Web API
24 46 (10.18%) DevOps
25 44 (9.73%) Windows Server
26 43 (9.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
27 41 (9.07%) Web Development

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 27 (5.97%) SharePoint
2 13 (2.88%) MS Exchange
3 9 (1.99%) SharePoint 2010
4 8 (1.77%) Umbraco
5 7 (1.55%) Apache
6 6 (1.33%) Confluence
7 4 (0.88%) IIS
7 4 (0.88%) MQSeries
7 4 (0.88%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.66%) CMS
8 3 (0.66%) Kentico
8 3 (0.66%) Sitecore CMS
9 2 (0.44%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.44%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.44%) ColdFusion
9 2 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (0.44%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 21 (4.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (1.33%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.22%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 26 (5.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.44%) Primavera
3 1 (0.22%) SAP MII
3 1 (0.22%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 73 (16.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 63 (13.94%) Amazon AWS
3 32 (7.08%) Cloud Computing
4 28 (6.19%) Serverless
5 17 (3.76%) Office 365
6 16 (3.54%) OpenShift
7 12 (2.65%) Dynamics 365
8 8 (1.77%) PaaS
8 8 (1.77%) SaaS
9 4 (0.88%) IaaS
10 3 (0.66%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.66%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (0.66%) Azure Active Directory
10 3 (0.66%) Azure Data Factory
10 3 (0.66%) GitHub
11 2 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 2 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
11 2 (0.44%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 1 (0.22%) iPaaS
12 1 (0.22%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.55%) DNS
1 7 (1.55%) SAN
2 6 (1.33%) Intranet
3 4 (0.88%) DHCP
3 4 (0.88%) TCP/IP
4 3 (0.66%) DSL
4 3 (0.66%) Firewall
4 3 (0.66%) FTP
5 2 (0.44%) ATM
5 2 (0.44%) Fibre Channel
5 2 (0.44%) HTTP
5 2 (0.44%) VPN
6 1 (0.22%) Internet
6 1 (0.22%) Kerberos
6 1 (0.22%) LAN
6 1 (0.22%) NetScaler
6 1 (0.22%) PBX
6 1 (0.22%) Skype
6 1 (0.22%) SMS
6 1 (0.22%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (20.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 81 (17.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 43 (9.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 36 (7.96%) Power BI
5 26 (5.75%) Data Warehouse
5 26 (5.75%) NoSQL
6 24 (5.31%) SQL Server 2012
7 22 (4.87%) Azure SQL Database
7 22 (4.87%) Relational Database
8 21 (4.65%) SQL Server 2008
9 17 (3.76%) QlikView
10 16 (3.54%) MySQL
11 12 (2.65%) RDBMS
11 12 (2.65%) Star Schema
12 11 (2.43%) SQL Server 2000
13 10 (2.21%) Oracle Database
13 10 (2.21%) SQL Server 2016
14 9 (1.99%) PerformancePoint
14 9 (1.99%) SQL Server 2014
15 8 (1.77%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 39 (8.63%) JIRA
2 32 (7.08%) Visual Studio
3 20 (4.42%) Git (software)
4 16 (3.54%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (3.32%) Selenium
6 12 (2.65%) AccuRev
7 10 (2.21%) Artifactory
7 10 (2.21%) GitLab
7 10 (2.21%) Sonatype Nexus
8 9 (1.99%) Jenkins
9 8 (1.77%) Bitbucket
9 8 (1.77%) JUnit
9 8 (1.77%) SonarQube
10 7 (1.55%) Cucumber
11 6 (1.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 6 (1.33%) HP UFT
11 6 (1.33%) LoadRunner
12 5 (1.11%) eggPlant
13 4 (0.88%) Hamcrest
13 4 (0.88%) Mockito
General
1 48 (10.62%) Finance
2 14 (3.10%) Banking
3 13 (2.88%) Back Office
4 11 (2.43%) Manufacturing
5 10 (2.21%) Law
6 7 (1.55%) Billing
6 7 (1.55%) Marketing
6 7 (1.55%) Retail
6 7 (1.55%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.11%) Games
8 4 (0.88%) Local Government
9 3 (0.66%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.44%) Legal
11 1 (0.22%) Advertising
11 1 (0.22%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 205 (45.35%) Developer
2 87 (19.25%) .NET Developer
3 63 (13.94%) C# Developer
4 45 (9.96%) C# .NET Developer
5 44 (9.73%) SQL Developer
6 43 (9.51%) DBA
7 41 (9.07%) Analyst
7 41 (9.07%) SQL DBA
8 22 (4.87%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 22 (4.87%) C# VB.NET Developer
8 22 (4.87%) Software Developer
8 22 (4.87%) VB.NET Developer
9 20 (4.42%) AWS Engineer
10 18 (3.98%) Architect
11 17 (3.76%) Full Stack Developer
12 16 (3.54%) ASP.NET Developer
12 16 (3.54%) Web Developer
13 15 (3.32%) Administrator
13 15 (3.32%) Consultant
13 15 (3.32%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 207 (45.80%) .NET
2 90 (19.91%) ASP.NET
3 64 (14.16%) HTML
4 63 (13.94%) .NET Framework
5 57 (12.61%) CSS
6 55 (12.17%) Web Services
7 48 (10.62%) ASP.NET Web API
8 41 (9.07%) XML
9 39 (8.63%) AngularJS
10 28 (6.19%) jQuery
10 28 (6.19%) WCF
11 25 (5.53%) ASP.NET MVC
12 23 (5.09%) WinForms
13 22 (4.87%) WPF
14 21 (4.65%) .NET Core
14 21 (4.65%) RESTful
14 21 (4.65%) SOAP
15 19 (4.20%) ASP.NET Web Forms
15 19 (4.20%) REST
16 18 (3.98%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 29 (6.42%) Hybrid Cloud
2 20 (4.42%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (3.76%) Self-Motivation
4 16 (3.54%) NHS
5 12 (2.65%) Greenfield Project
6 9 (1.99%) Clustering
6 9 (1.99%) Data Centre
7 8 (1.77%) Mobile App
7 8 (1.77%) Replication
8 6 (1.33%) Data Structures
8 6 (1.33%) User Experience
9 5 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (1.11%) Tandem
10 4 (0.88%) Driving Licence
11 3 (0.66%) Data Protection Act
12 2 (0.44%) Algorithms
12 2 (0.44%) Management Information System
12 2 (0.44%) PKI
12 2 (0.44%) Private Cloud
12 2 (0.44%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 112 (24.78%) Windows
2 53 (11.73%) Linux
3 44 (9.73%) Windows Server
4 36 (7.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 13 (2.88%) Unix
6 10 (2.21%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (2.21%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (1.33%) Solaris
7 6 (1.33%) Windows 7
8 5 (1.11%) HPUX
8 5 (1.11%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.66%) Android
10 2 (0.44%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.44%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.22%) AIX
11 1 (0.22%) CentOS
11 1 (0.22%) MVS
11 1 (0.22%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (23.01%) MVC
2 102 (22.57%) Agile Software Development
3 79 (17.48%) Business Intelligence
4 56 (12.39%) Migration
5 50 (11.06%) ETL
6 46 (10.18%) DevOps
7 41 (9.07%) Web Development
8 39 (8.63%) CRM
9 32 (7.08%) E-Commerce
10 31 (6.86%) Stakeholder Management
11 30 (6.64%) Software Engineering
12 27 (5.97%) Data Migration
12 27 (5.97%) Performance Tuning
13 23 (5.09%) Systems Engineering
14 22 (4.87%) Continuous Integration
14 22 (4.87%) Data Analysis
14 22 (4.87%) SDLC
15 21 (4.65%) TDD
16 20 (4.42%) OO
16 20 (4.42%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 231 (51.11%) SQL
2 201 (44.47%) C#
3 74 (16.37%) JavaScript
4 67 (14.82%) T-SQL
5 50 (11.06%) VB.NET
6 21 (4.65%) PowerShell
6 21 (4.65%) VBA
7 15 (3.32%) Java
8 12 (2.65%) Ruby
9 11 (2.43%) Python
10 10 (2.21%) Bash Shell
10 10 (2.21%) VB
11 9 (1.99%) PL/SQL
12 6 (1.33%) PHP
12 6 (1.33%) VB6
12 6 (1.33%) XPath
13 5 (1.11%) R
13 5 (1.11%) VBScript
14 4 (0.88%) C
14 4 (0.88%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 26 (5.75%) Degree
2 19 (4.20%) AWS Certification
2 19 (4.20%) Microsoft Certification
3 9 (1.99%) BPSS Clearance
4 8 (1.77%) ISEB
5 7 (1.55%) CCNA
5 7 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (1.33%) MCSA
6 6 (1.33%) Security Cleared
7 5 (1.11%) MCSE
7 5 (1.11%) SSCP
8 4 (0.88%) MCITP
8 4 (0.88%) MCP
8 4 (0.88%) MCTS
8 4 (0.88%) SC Cleared
9 2 (0.44%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.44%) Master's Degree
9 2 (0.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.22%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.22%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.99%) QA
2 8 (1.77%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.66%) IFRS
3 3 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.66%) SLA
4 1 (0.22%) HL7
4 1 (0.22%) PA-DSS
4 1 (0.22%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 35 (7.74%) Active Directory
2 19 (4.20%) Docker
3 17 (3.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (1.33%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (1.11%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.66%) XenApp
7 2 (0.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.44%) NFS
7 2 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.44%) VMware Server
7 2 (0.44%) vSphere
7 2 (0.44%) XenServer
8 1 (0.22%) HDFS
8 1 (0.22%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 18 (3.98%) Puppet
2 16 (3.54%) Kubernetes
3 10 (2.21%) Ansible
4 9 (1.99%) SCCM
5 8 (1.77%) Microsoft Clustering
6 7 (1.55%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.88%) NetBackup
8 3 (0.66%) SCOM
9 2 (0.44%) Grafana
9 2 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.44%) Hyperic
9 2 (0.44%) Kibana
9 2 (0.44%) Nagios
9 2 (0.44%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (0.44%) vRealize
9 2 (0.44%) ZABBIX
10 1 (0.22%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.22%) Failover Clustering
10 1 (0.22%) logstash
10 1 (0.22%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 137 (30.31%) Microsoft
2 100 (22.12%) Oracle
3 38 (8.41%) Red Hat
4 25 (5.53%) VMware
5 16 (3.54%) Tableau
6 14 (3.10%) Citrix
7 13 (2.88%) Cisco
8 9 (1.99%) HP
9 7 (1.55%) Atlassian
10 6 (1.33%) NetApp
11 5 (1.11%) SAP
11 5 (1.11%) Sitecore
11 5 (1.11%) Xamarin
12 4 (0.88%) Brocade
12 4 (0.88%) iManage
12 4 (0.88%) Talend
13 3 (0.66%) RedGate
13 3 (0.66%) Splunk
14 2 (0.44%) SolarWinds
14 2 (0.44%) Veeam