Period
to 24 August 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 24 August 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
24 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 24 16 15
Rank change year-on-year -8 -1 +5
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 347 464 482
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.50% 7.57% 8.36%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 28.49% 35.69% 37.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 266 334 336
North West median daily rate £373 £363 £361
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.76% +0.35% +3.21%
10th Percentile £253 £258 £253
90th Percentile £500 £473 £500
England median daily rate £428 £425 £408
% change year-on-year +0.59% +4.29% +5.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 3
North West median hourly rate £30.00 £55.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -45.45% +307.41% -41.99%
10th Percentile £18.23 £34.00 £11.75
90th Percentile £32.50 £132.00 £31.05
England median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +7.69% -13.33% +24.21%

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 1,218 1,300 1,289
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 22.80% 21.22% 22.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 876 901 811
North West median daily rate £430 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.50% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £267
90th Percentile £596 £575 £538
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 24 20
North West median hourly rate £40.37 £35.00 £41.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.34% -15.15% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.61 £9.98 £13.44
90th Percentile £63.88 £54.55 £46.90
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year +16.67% -0.83% +6.14%

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 24 August 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 24 August 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 24 August 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 -2 203 £375 - 199
Cheshire -17 51 £350 +0.72% 85
Lancashire +28 42 £350 +21.74% 36
Merseyside -13 38 £375 +15.38% 29
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 24 August 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.

1 189 (54.47%) SQL
2 138 (39.77%) .NET
3 130 (37.46%) C#
4 103 (29.68%) Microsoft
5 84 (24.21%) Business Intelligence
6 81 (23.34%) MVC
7 79 (22.77%) Azure
8 72 (20.75%) Agile Software Development
9 66 (19.02%) ASP.NET
9 66 (19.02%) Windows
10 58 (16.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 57 (16.43%) JavaScript
12 55 (15.85%) CSS
13 54 (15.56%) Oracle
13 54 (15.56%) Migration
14 53 (15.27%) .NET Framework
15 50 (14.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 50 (14.41%) HTML
15 50 (14.41%) Data Warehouse
16 49 (14.12%) T-SQL
17 44 (12.68%) Windows Server
18 42 (12.10%) JIRA
19 41 (11.82%) ETL
20 35 (10.09%) Visual Studio
20 35 (10.09%) AngularJS
21 33 (9.51%) ASP.NET Web API
22 32 (9.22%) DevOps
22 32 (9.22%) Web Services
23 31 (8.93%) jQuery
23 31 (8.93%) Entity Framework

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 18 (5.19%) SharePoint
2 16 (4.61%) MS Exchange
3 11 (3.17%) Confluence
4 8 (2.31%) IIS
5 7 (2.02%) Apache
5 7 (2.02%) Umbraco
6 6 (1.73%) Apache Spark
6 6 (1.73%) Oracle Workflow
6 6 (1.73%) Skype for Business
7 5 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2003
8 4 (1.15%) CMS
8 4 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.86%) NServiceBus
9 3 (0.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (0.58%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.58%) ColdFusion
10 2 (0.58%) Kentico
10 2 (0.58%) SAS
10 2 (0.58%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.58%) WebLogic
Applications
1 16 (4.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (2.02%) MS Visio
3 6 (1.73%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.58%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.58%) SPSS
5 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 11 (3.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.58%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 79 (22.77%) Azure
2 31 (8.93%) Power Platform
3 24 (6.92%) AWS
4 14 (4.03%) Office 365
5 9 (2.59%) Serverless
6 8 (2.31%) Dynamics 365
7 7 (2.02%) Azure Data Factory
8 6 (1.73%) PaaS
8 6 (1.73%) SaaS
9 5 (1.44%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (1.44%) GitHub
10 4 (1.15%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.86%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.86%) Amazon ELB
11 3 (0.86%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (0.86%) IaaS
12 2 (0.58%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 2 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.58%) PowerApps
12 2 (0.58%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 4 (1.15%) DNS
1 4 (1.15%) Firewall
1 4 (1.15%) IPsec
1 4 (1.15%) SAN
2 3 (0.86%) DHCP
2 3 (0.86%) FTP
2 3 (0.86%) HTTPS
2 3 (0.86%) LAN
2 3 (0.86%) WAN
3 2 (0.58%) BGP
3 2 (0.58%) Cisco ASA
3 2 (0.58%) HSRP
3 2 (0.58%) iSCSI
3 2 (0.58%) VoIP
3 2 (0.58%) VPN
4 1 (0.29%) DSL
4 1 (0.29%) Internet
4 1 (0.29%) NetScaler
4 1 (0.29%) OpenLDAP
4 1 (0.29%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (16.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 50 (14.41%) Data Warehouse
2 50 (14.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 31 (8.93%) Power BI
4 27 (7.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 19 (5.48%) MySQL
6 17 (4.90%) Azure SQL Database
7 16 (4.61%) SQL Server 2012
8 15 (4.32%) SQL Server 2016
9 13 (3.75%) NoSQL
9 13 (3.75%) QlikView
9 13 (3.75%) SQL Server 2008
10 12 (3.46%) Big Data
11 10 (2.88%) Oracle Database
12 9 (2.59%) BusinessObjects
13 8 (2.31%) Relational Database
14 7 (2.02%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 7 (2.02%) PostgreSQL
15 6 (1.73%) OLAP
15 6 (1.73%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 42 (12.10%) JIRA
2 35 (10.09%) Visual Studio
3 17 (4.90%) Git (software)
4 11 (3.17%) Jenkins
5 10 (2.88%) Cucumber
5 10 (2.88%) Selenium
5 10 (2.88%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (2.31%) TeamCity
7 7 (2.02%) SpecFlow
8 6 (1.73%) Bitbucket
8 6 (1.73%) SonarQube
9 5 (1.44%) JUnit
9 5 (1.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 4 (1.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 4 (1.15%) eggPlant
10 4 (1.15%) Visual Studio Team System
11 3 (0.86%) JMeter
11 3 (0.86%) Katalon Studio
11 3 (0.86%) SoapUI
11 3 (0.86%) Visual Studio Coded UI
General
1 27 (7.78%) Finance
2 21 (6.05%) Public Sector
3 12 (3.46%) Police
4 11 (3.17%) Law
5 8 (2.31%) Banking
6 7 (2.02%) Legal
7 6 (1.73%) Retail
8 5 (1.44%) Back Office
8 5 (1.44%) Investment Banking
8 5 (1.44%) Local Government
8 5 (1.44%) Telecoms
9 4 (1.15%) Marketing
10 2 (0.58%) Billing
10 2 (0.58%) Games
10 2 (0.58%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.29%) Automotive
11 1 (0.29%) Electronics
11 1 (0.29%) Housing Association
11 1 (0.29%) Private Banking
11 1 (0.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 167 (48.13%) Developer
2 84 (24.21%) .NET Developer
3 41 (11.82%) SQL Developer
4 35 (10.09%) DBA
5 34 (9.80%) C# Developer
6 31 (8.93%) SQL DBA
7 29 (8.36%) C# .NET Developer
8 25 (7.20%) Analyst
9 20 (5.76%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 16 (4.61%) SQL Server DBA
11 15 (4.32%) Software Developer
12 14 (4.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 12 (3.46%) .NET Software Developer
13 12 (3.46%) Administrator
13 12 (3.46%) Consultant
14 11 (3.17%) Architect
14 11 (3.17%) SQL BI Developer
15 9 (2.59%) 3rd Line Support
15 9 (2.59%) Tester
15 9 (2.59%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 138 (39.77%) .NET
2 66 (19.02%) ASP.NET
3 55 (15.85%) CSS
4 53 (15.27%) .NET Framework
5 50 (14.41%) HTML
6 35 (10.09%) AngularJS
7 33 (9.51%) ASP.NET Web API
8 32 (9.22%) Web Services
9 31 (8.93%) Entity Framework
9 31 (8.93%) jQuery
10 30 (8.65%) HTML5
11 29 (8.36%) ASP.NET MVC
12 25 (7.20%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 23 (6.63%) XML
14 21 (6.05%) .NET Core
15 20 (5.76%) CSS3
15 20 (5.76%) WCF
16 14 (4.03%) REST
17 13 (3.75%) ASP.NET Web Forms
17 13 (3.75%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 19 (5.48%) Management Information System
2 18 (5.19%) Data Centre
3 13 (3.75%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (3.46%) NHS
5 11 (3.17%) Clustering
5 11 (3.17%) PKI
6 9 (2.59%) Driving Licence
6 9 (2.59%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (2.31%) Data Structures
7 8 (2.31%) Replication
8 7 (2.02%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.73%) User Experience
10 4 (1.15%) Data Protection Act
10 4 (1.15%) Smartcard
11 2 (0.58%) Chip and PIN
11 2 (0.58%) Mobile App
11 2 (0.58%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.58%) Taxonomies
12 1 (0.29%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 66 (19.02%) Windows
2 44 (12.68%) Windows Server
3 10 (2.88%) Windows 10
3 10 (2.88%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (2.31%) Linux
5 7 (2.02%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (1.73%) Windows 7
7 5 (1.44%) Android
7 5 (1.44%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (1.15%) Solaris
9 2 (0.58%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.58%) Ubuntu
9 2 (0.58%) Unix
10 1 (0.29%) MVS
10 1 (0.29%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (24.21%) Business Intelligence
2 81 (23.34%) MVC
3 72 (20.75%) Agile Software Development
4 54 (15.56%) Migration
5 41 (11.82%) ETL
6 32 (9.22%) DevOps
7 27 (7.78%) CRM
8 23 (6.63%) High Availability
9 22 (6.34%) Data Migration
9 22 (6.34%) Scrum
10 21 (6.05%) Continuous Integration
11 20 (5.76%) Disaster Recovery
12 18 (5.19%) Analytics
12 18 (5.19%) TDD
12 18 (5.19%) Visualisation
12 18 (5.19%) Web Development
13 17 (4.90%) Test Automation
14 16 (4.61%) Problem-Solving
15 15 (4.32%) ITIL
15 15 (4.32%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 189 (54.47%) SQL
2 130 (37.46%) C#
3 57 (16.43%) JavaScript
4 49 (14.12%) T-SQL
5 18 (5.19%) VB.NET
6 16 (4.61%) PowerShell
7 15 (4.32%) Java
7 15 (4.32%) Python
8 13 (3.75%) VBA
9 11 (3.17%) PHP
10 6 (1.73%) VB
11 5 (1.44%) TypeScript
11 5 (1.44%) XPath
12 4 (1.15%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.86%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.86%) R
14 2 (0.58%) PHP 5
14 2 (0.58%) VBScript
15 1 (0.29%) ABAP
15 1 (0.29%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 13 (3.75%) Security Cleared
2 12 (3.46%) SC Cleared
3 11 (3.17%) Degree
4 10 (2.88%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (2.02%) CCNA
5 7 (2.02%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (2.02%) MCSA
5 7 (2.02%) SSCP
6 3 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (0.58%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (0.58%) ISEB
7 2 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.58%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.29%) HPE ATP
8 1 (0.29%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.29%) MCDST
8 1 (0.29%) MCITP
8 1 (0.29%) MCSE
8 1 (0.29%) MCTS
8 1 (0.29%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.88%) Data Quality
2 9 (2.59%) QA
3 2 (0.58%) PA-DSS
3 2 (0.58%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.29%) HL7
4 1 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.29%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (8.07%) Active Directory
2 19 (5.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.31%) XenApp
4 5 (1.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 4 (1.15%) Docker
5 4 (1.15%) Hyper-V
5 4 (1.15%) vSphere
6 3 (0.86%) VMware Server
7 2 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.29%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.29%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.29%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (2.88%) SCCM
2 7 (2.02%) Microsoft Clustering
3 6 (1.73%) Puppet
4 5 (1.44%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (1.44%) SCOM
5 3 (0.86%) EMC NetWorker
5 3 (0.86%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (0.86%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.58%) HP ALM
6 2 (0.58%) Kibana
6 2 (0.58%) ZABBIX
7 1 (0.29%) Ansible
7 1 (0.29%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.29%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.29%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.29%) WSUS
Vendors
1 103 (29.68%) Microsoft
2 54 (15.56%) Oracle
3 30 (8.65%) VMware
4 17 (4.90%) Tableau
5 14 (4.03%) Citrix
6 11 (3.17%) Cisco
6 11 (3.17%) SAP
7 8 (2.31%) Atlassian
7 8 (2.31%) Cognos
8 6 (1.73%) Databricks
8 6 (1.73%) Talend
9 5 (1.44%) Cloudera
9 5 (1.44%) Intapp
9 5 (1.44%) Ivanti
9 5 (1.44%) SnapLogic
9 5 (1.44%) Workday
10 4 (1.15%) HP
10 4 (1.15%) iManage
10 4 (1.15%) NetApp
10 4 (1.15%) Xamarin