Period
to 16 December 2018

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 16 December 2018 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
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 16 15 10
Rank change year-on-year -1 -5 +8
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 463 441 635
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 7.76% 7.79% 9.83%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 35.73% 32.91% 38.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 325 321 459
North West median daily rate £360 £370 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +6.47% -0.71%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £255
90th Percentile £498 £500 £475
England median daily rate £438 £425 £395
% change year-on-year +2.94% +7.53% +4.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 9 16
North West median hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.41% +10.20% -30.00%
10th Percentile £17.00 £20.67 £13.81
90th Percentile £47.50 £53.00 £42.50
England median hourly rate £24.99 £36.31 £28.94
% change year-on-year -31.18% +25.47% +12.52%

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 1,296 1,340 1,643
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.72% 23.68% 25.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 870 925 1,108
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £287 £275 £263
90th Percentile £575 £625 £550
England median daily rate £475 £463 £425
% change year-on-year +2.70% +8.82% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 36 43
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £42.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.13% +22.14% -12.50%
10th Percentile £14.63 £18.17 £14.39
90th Percentile £47.67 £59.38 £59.31
England median hourly rate £32.50 £32.75 £27.75
% change year-on-year -0.76% +18.02% +0.91%

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 16 December 2018.

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 16 December 2018.

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 16 December 2018. 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 -7 216 £360 -4.00% 205
Cheshire -2 97 £350 +10.24% 87
Lancashire +10 72 £375 +7.53% 38
Merseyside +23 66 £363 -0.83% 31
Cumbria - 5 £300 - 4
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 16 December 2018, 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.

1 253 (54.64%) SQL
2 203 (43.84%) .NET
3 187 (40.39%) C#
4 131 (28.29%) Agile Software Development
5 124 (26.78%) Microsoft
6 119 (25.70%) MVC
7 106 (22.89%) Windows
8 97 (20.95%) Oracle
9 86 (18.57%) ASP.NET
9 86 (18.57%) JavaScript
10 84 (18.14%) Microsoft Azure
11 75 (16.20%) HTML
12 74 (15.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 64 (13.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 64 (13.82%) ETL
14 63 (13.61%) CSS
14 63 (13.61%) Linux
14 63 (13.61%) Amazon AWS
15 62 (13.39%) T-SQL
16 54 (11.66%) .NET Framework
17 51 (11.02%) TDD
17 51 (11.02%) Windows Server
18 50 (10.80%) AngularJS
19 49 (10.58%) Web Services
19 49 (10.58%) Business Intelligence
20 46 (9.94%) E-Commerce
21 43 (9.29%) XML
21 43 (9.29%) JIRA
22 42 (9.07%) VB.NET
23 41 (8.86%) Finance

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 33 (7.13%) SharePoint
2 27 (5.83%) MS Exchange
3 15 (3.24%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (2.38%) SharePoint 2013
5 10 (2.16%) IIS
6 9 (1.94%) Elasticsearch
6 9 (1.94%) Tomcat
7 8 (1.73%) Apache
8 7 (1.51%) Skype for Business
9 6 (1.30%) Apache Solr
9 6 (1.30%) ArcGIS
9 6 (1.30%) Confluence
9 6 (1.30%) Mule
10 5 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (0.65%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (0.65%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.43%) nginx
12 2 (0.43%) WebSphere
13 1 (0.22%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 15 (3.24%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.22%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 26 (5.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.43%) Primavera
2 2 (0.43%) Sage 200
3 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.22%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 84 (18.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 63 (13.61%) Amazon AWS
3 33 (7.13%) Office 365
4 25 (5.40%) Cloud Computing
5 18 (3.89%) Serverless
6 12 (2.59%) Dynamics 365
7 11 (2.38%) OpenShift
8 8 (1.73%) IaaS
8 8 (1.73%) PaaS
9 6 (1.30%) Apigee
10 5 (1.08%) GitHub
11 4 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
11 4 (0.86%) SaaS
12 2 (0.43%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 2 (0.43%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.43%) npm
12 2 (0.43%) Yarn
13 1 (0.22%) iPaaS
13 1 (0.22%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.59%) DNS
2 8 (1.73%) SMS
3 5 (1.08%) Firewall
3 5 (1.08%) Internet
3 5 (1.08%) Intranet
4 4 (0.86%) TCP/IP
5 3 (0.65%) SAN
6 2 (0.43%) ATM
6 2 (0.43%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (0.43%) FTP
6 2 (0.43%) HTTP
6 2 (0.43%) VoIP
6 2 (0.43%) VPN
7 1 (0.22%) DHCP
7 1 (0.22%) LAN
7 1 (0.22%) NAS
7 1 (0.22%) Reverse Proxy
7 1 (0.22%) Skype
7 1 (0.22%) SSH
7 1 (0.22%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (15.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 64 (13.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 39 (8.42%) NoSQL
4 37 (7.99%) MySQL
4 37 (7.99%) SQL Server 2008
5 35 (7.56%) Data Warehouse
6 27 (5.83%) Relational Database
7 24 (5.18%) Power BI
8 23 (4.97%) SQL Server 2012
8 23 (4.97%) SQL Server 2016
9 22 (4.75%) Azure SQL Database
9 22 (4.75%) SQL Server 2000
9 22 (4.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 21 (4.54%) MongoDB
11 18 (3.89%) SQL Server 2014
12 15 (3.24%) PostgreSQL
13 14 (3.02%) QlikView
14 13 (2.81%) RDBMS
15 12 (2.59%) Big Data
16 8 (1.73%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 43 (9.29%) JIRA
2 37 (7.99%) Git (software)
3 27 (5.83%) AccuRev
4 22 (4.75%) Selenium
5 21 (4.54%) Jenkins
6 20 (4.32%) Visual Studio
7 12 (2.59%) TeamCity
8 11 (2.38%) GitLab
8 11 (2.38%) JMeter
8 11 (2.38%) SoapUI
9 10 (2.16%) Cucumber
10 9 (1.94%) Artifactory
10 9 (1.94%) Maven
10 9 (1.94%) Octopus Deploy
10 9 (1.94%) Sonatype Nexus
11 8 (1.73%) Team Foundation Server
12 7 (1.51%) Eclipse
12 7 (1.51%) JUnit
13 6 (1.30%) Mercurial
13 6 (1.30%) NeoLoad
General
1 41 (8.86%) Finance
2 15 (3.24%) Banking
3 13 (2.81%) Retail
4 12 (2.59%) Manufacturing
5 10 (2.16%) Law
6 9 (1.94%) Billing
7 8 (1.73%) Legal
7 8 (1.73%) Local Government
8 5 (1.08%) Marketing
9 4 (0.86%) Back Office
9 4 (0.86%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.43%) Advertising
10 2 (0.43%) Front Office
10 2 (0.43%) Games
10 2 (0.43%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.22%) Electronics
11 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.22%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 263 (56.80%) Developer
2 126 (27.21%) .NET Developer
3 82 (17.71%) C# Developer
4 58 (12.53%) C# .NET Developer
4 58 (12.53%) SQL Developer
5 33 (7.13%) Analyst
5 33 (7.13%) DBA
6 32 (6.91%) Full Stack Developer
7 31 (6.70%) SQL DBA
8 28 (6.05%) Software Developer
9 26 (5.62%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 20 (4.32%) C# Software Developer
11 19 (4.10%) VB.NET Developer
12 18 (3.89%) Architect
12 18 (3.89%) C# VB.NET Developer
13 17 (3.67%) AWS Engineer
14 16 (3.46%) ASP.NET Developer
15 15 (3.24%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
16 14 (3.02%) Applications Support
16 14 (3.02%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 203 (43.84%) .NET
2 86 (18.57%) ASP.NET
3 75 (16.20%) HTML
4 63 (13.61%) CSS
5 54 (11.66%) .NET Framework
6 50 (10.80%) AngularJS
7 49 (10.58%) Web Services
8 43 (9.29%) XML
9 40 (8.64%) ASP.NET Web API
10 35 (7.56%) ASP.NET MVC
11 34 (7.34%) WPF
12 33 (7.13%) jQuery
13 32 (6.91%) WinForms
14 30 (6.48%) Entity Framework
15 27 (5.83%) React
15 27 (5.83%) RESTful
15 27 (5.83%) WCF
16 23 (4.97%) .NET Core
17 19 (4.10%) JSON
18 18 (3.89%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 28 (6.05%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (4.97%) Hybrid Cloud
3 16 (3.46%) Data Structures
3 16 (3.46%) Greenfield Project
4 10 (2.16%) Enterprise Software
5 9 (1.94%) Clustering
6 8 (1.73%) Data Centre
7 7 (1.51%) Mobile App
7 7 (1.51%) NHS
7 7 (1.51%) Replication
8 6 (1.30%) PKI
8 6 (1.30%) User Experience
9 4 (0.86%) Cloud Native
9 4 (0.86%) Hedge funds
9 4 (0.86%) Management Information System
10 3 (0.65%) Driving Licence
10 3 (0.65%) Self-Motivation
11 2 (0.43%) Algorithms
11 2 (0.43%) Private Cloud
11 2 (0.43%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 106 (22.89%) Windows
2 63 (13.61%) Linux
3 51 (11.02%) Windows Server
4 27 (5.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 25 (5.40%) Unix
6 17 (3.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (3.02%) Windows Server 2008
8 13 (2.81%) Windows 7
9 10 (2.16%) Windows 10
10 8 (1.73%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (1.30%) CentOS
12 5 (1.08%) HPUX
13 3 (0.65%) AIX
13 3 (0.65%) Solaris
14 2 (0.43%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.22%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (28.29%) Agile Software Development
2 119 (25.70%) MVC
3 64 (13.82%) ETL
4 51 (11.02%) TDD
5 49 (10.58%) Business Intelligence
6 46 (9.94%) E-Commerce
7 40 (8.64%) Migration
8 38 (8.21%) CRM
8 38 (8.21%) Problem-Solving
9 36 (7.78%) DevOps
10 33 (7.13%) Computer Science
10 33 (7.13%) Continuous Integration
11 27 (5.83%) Test Automation
12 25 (5.40%) Stakeholder Management
13 23 (4.97%) Scrum
13 23 (4.97%) SDLC
14 22 (4.75%) Software Engineering
15 19 (4.10%) BDD
15 19 (4.10%) Unit Testing
15 19 (4.10%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 253 (54.64%) SQL
2 187 (40.39%) C#
3 86 (18.57%) JavaScript
4 62 (13.39%) T-SQL
5 42 (9.07%) VB.NET
6 28 (6.05%) Java
7 19 (4.10%) PHP
8 16 (3.46%) PowerShell
9 14 (3.02%) VB
10 13 (2.81%) PL/SQL
11 12 (2.59%) Python
12 10 (2.16%) Bash Shell
12 10 (2.16%) Ruby
13 8 (1.73%) TypeScript
14 7 (1.51%) Perl
15 6 (1.30%) VB6
15 6 (1.30%) VBA
16 4 (0.86%) Erlang
16 4 (0.86%) Shell Script
17 3 (0.65%) R
Qualifications
1 38 (8.21%) Degree
2 15 (3.24%) AWS Certification
3 9 (1.94%) Security Cleared
4 6 (1.30%) Computer Science Degree
4 6 (1.30%) SC Cleared
5 5 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
5 5 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (0.86%) ISEB
6 4 (0.86%) MCSE
6 4 (0.86%) Postgraduate
7 3 (0.65%) MCTS
8 2 (0.43%) CCNA
8 2 (0.43%) CCNP
8 2 (0.43%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.43%) MCITP
9 1 (0.22%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.22%) HNC
9 1 (0.22%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.22%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.73%) QA
2 6 (1.30%) SLA
3 4 (0.86%) GDPR
4 2 (0.43%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.22%) PMO
System Software
1 25 (5.40%) Active Directory
2 17 (3.67%) Docker
3 9 (1.94%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (1.51%) XenApp
5 6 (1.30%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 4 (0.86%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.43%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.22%) HDFS
9 1 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.22%) vSphere
9 1 (0.22%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.22%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 15 (3.24%) Puppet
2 14 (3.02%) SCCM
3 12 (2.59%) Ansible
4 11 (2.38%) Kubernetes
5 9 (1.94%) SCOM
6 8 (1.73%) Kibana
7 7 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (1.30%) logstash
9 5 (1.08%) Microsoft Clustering
10 3 (0.65%) WSUS
11 2 (0.43%) HP Quality Center
11 2 (0.43%) SCOrch
11 2 (0.43%) ZABBIX
12 1 (0.22%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
12 1 (0.22%) Failover Clustering
12 1 (0.22%) McAfee ePO
12 1 (0.22%) Oracle Flashback
12 1 (0.22%) SmoothWall
12 1 (0.22%) SQL Sentry
12 1 (0.22%) Terraform
Vendors
1 124 (26.78%) Microsoft
2 97 (20.95%) Oracle
3 33 (7.13%) Red Hat
4 14 (3.02%) Tableau
5 10 (2.16%) Citrix
5 10 (2.16%) SAP
5 10 (2.16%) VMware
6 9 (1.94%) Google
7 8 (1.73%) HP
8 6 (1.30%) Cisco
8 6 (1.30%) ESRI
8 6 (1.30%) Teradata
9 5 (1.08%) Ab Initio
10 4 (0.86%) Apple
10 4 (0.86%) Cognos
10 4 (0.86%) Mapbox
11 3 (0.65%) Hortonworks
11 3 (0.65%) Saba
11 3 (0.65%) Sage
11 3 (0.65%) Xamarin