Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 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
17 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 24 14 16
Rank change year-on-year -10 +2 -5
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 318 461 434
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.46% 8.15% 7.98%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 29.97% 37.69% 34.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 322 316
North West median daily rate £375 £363 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% - +3.57%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £258
90th Percentile £550 £513 £500
England median daily rate £440 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -2.22% +5.88% +7.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 15 10
North West median hourly rate £50.25 £36.23 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.72% +34.17% +2.86%
10th Percentile £15.50 £18.20 £17.33
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.50 £53.00
England median hourly rate £33.79 £30.00 £35.66
% change year-on-year +12.63% -15.86% +16.90%

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 1,061 1,223 1,270
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 21.57% 21.63% 23.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 740 818 903
North West median daily rate £438 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.38% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £300 £284 £275
90th Percentile £581 £575 £625
England median daily rate £475 £483 £470
% change year-on-year -1.55% +2.66% +9.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 32 30
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £42.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -17.16% +30.96%
10th Percentile £13.75 £16.33 £14.73
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.50 £64.06
England median hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £31.31
% change year-on-year -7.14% +11.79% +12.83%

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 17 January 2020.

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 17 January 2020.

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 17 January 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 0 162 £375 +4.17% 158
Cheshire -1 78 £350 -2.78% 91
Merseyside -23 27 £400 +10.34% 34
Lancashire -17 26 £375 - 35
Cumbria -13 12 £405 +35.00% 7
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 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.

1 157 (49.37%) SQL
2 109 (34.28%) .NET
3 107 (33.65%) C#
4 88 (27.67%) Microsoft
5 71 (22.33%) Windows
6 70 (22.01%) Azure
7 64 (20.13%) Business Intelligence
8 61 (19.18%) Agile Software Development
9 60 (18.87%) MVC
10 56 (17.61%) ASP.NET
11 53 (16.67%) JavaScript
12 50 (15.72%) Oracle
13 47 (14.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 47 (14.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 45 (14.15%) CSS
14 45 (14.15%) HTML
15 43 (13.52%) Migration
16 41 (12.89%) Windows Server
17 38 (11.95%) Data Warehouse
18 34 (10.69%) T-SQL
18 34 (10.69%) ASP.NET MVC
18 34 (10.69%) Power Platform
18 34 (10.69%) Power BI
19 33 (10.38%) Active Directory
20 32 (10.06%) DevOps
21 31 (9.75%) Finance
21 31 (9.75%) jQuery
22 30 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
23 28 (8.81%) ETL
23 28 (8.81%) AWS

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 22 (6.92%) SharePoint
2 17 (5.35%) MS Exchange
3 16 (5.03%) IIS
4 9 (2.83%) Oracle Workflow
5 8 (2.52%) Skype for Business
6 7 (2.20%) CMS
6 7 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2003
7 6 (1.89%) Confluence
8 4 (1.26%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (1.26%) NServiceBus
8 4 (1.26%) WebLogic
9 3 (0.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (0.94%) Umbraco
9 3 (0.94%) WordPress
10 2 (0.63%) Apache
10 2 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.63%) SAS
11 1 (0.31%) JBoss
11 1 (0.31%) nginx
11 1 (0.31%) Site Server
Applications
1 15 (4.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (3.14%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.94%) Windchill
4 1 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.31%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 13 (4.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.94%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.94%) Line 500
3 1 (0.31%) ContrOCC
3 1 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.31%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 70 (22.01%) Azure
2 34 (10.69%) Power Platform
3 28 (8.81%) AWS
4 25 (7.86%) Office 365
5 10 (3.14%) PaaS
5 10 (3.14%) Serverless
6 9 (2.83%) Dynamics 365
7 8 (2.52%) SaaS
8 6 (1.89%) Amazon EC2
8 6 (1.89%) Amazon ELB
8 6 (1.89%) Amazon S3
8 6 (1.89%) AWS CloudFormation
8 6 (1.89%) GitHub
9 5 (1.57%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (1.26%) GCP
10 4 (1.26%) IaaS
11 3 (0.94%) Trello
12 2 (0.63%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.63%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.63%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 10 (3.14%) SAN
1 10 (3.14%) WAN
2 9 (2.83%) LAN
3 7 (2.20%) DNS
3 7 (2.20%) Firewall
4 6 (1.89%) DHCP
4 6 (1.89%) Internet
5 4 (1.26%) MPLS
5 4 (1.26%) VPN
6 3 (0.94%) DMZ
6 3 (0.94%) Extranet
6 3 (0.94%) HTTPS
6 3 (0.94%) Intranet
6 3 (0.94%) TCP/IP
6 3 (0.94%) VoIP
7 2 (0.63%) FTP
7 2 (0.63%) HTTP
7 2 (0.63%) Intrusion Detection
7 2 (0.63%) Network Security
7 2 (0.63%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (14.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 47 (14.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 38 (11.95%) Data Warehouse
3 34 (10.69%) Power BI
4 19 (5.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 18 (5.66%) MySQL
6 15 (4.72%) SQL Server 2016
7 14 (4.40%) SQL Server 2008
8 13 (4.09%) SQL Server 2012
9 11 (3.46%) Azure SQL Database
9 11 (3.46%) MongoDB
9 11 (3.46%) Relational Database
10 9 (2.83%) Redis
10 9 (2.83%) SQL Server 2017
11 8 (2.52%) NoSQL
12 7 (2.20%) Oracle Database
12 7 (2.20%) SQL Server 2014
13 6 (1.89%) Amazon RDS
14 5 (1.57%) Big Data
14 5 (1.57%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 25 (7.86%) JIRA
2 20 (6.29%) Visual Studio
3 18 (5.66%) Git (software)
4 14 (4.40%) Jenkins
5 10 (3.14%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (3.14%) TeamCity
6 8 (2.52%) Octopus Deploy
7 6 (1.89%) Selenium
7 6 (1.89%) Visual Studio Team System
8 5 (1.57%) Cucumber
9 4 (1.26%) JMeter
9 4 (1.26%) NUnit
9 4 (1.26%) Oracle APEX
9 4 (1.26%) Oracle Forms
9 4 (1.26%) Postman
9 4 (1.26%) SoapUI
9 4 (1.26%) SpecFlow
9 4 (1.26%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 4 (1.26%) Subversion
10 3 (0.94%) Moq
General
1 31 (9.75%) Finance
2 17 (5.35%) Public Sector
3 9 (2.83%) Local Government
3 9 (2.83%) Retail
4 6 (1.89%) Aerospace
5 5 (1.57%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.57%) Pharmaceutical
6 4 (1.26%) Automotive
7 3 (0.94%) Legal
8 2 (0.63%) Banking
8 2 (0.63%) Billing
9 1 (0.31%) Back Office
9 1 (0.31%) Law
9 1 (0.31%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 152 (47.80%) Developer
2 69 (21.70%) .NET Developer
3 29 (9.12%) Analyst
3 29 (9.12%) DBA
4 26 (8.18%) SQL Developer
5 23 (7.23%) SQL DBA
6 17 (5.35%) Architect
6 17 (5.35%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 17 (5.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 15 (4.72%) C# Developer
8 14 (4.40%) Software Developer
9 11 (3.46%) C# .NET Developer
9 11 (3.46%) Consultant
10 9 (2.83%) Full Stack Developer
10 9 (2.83%) SQL Server DBA
10 9 (2.83%) Storage Engineer
11 8 (2.52%) HTML Developer
11 8 (2.52%) Salesforce Developer
11 8 (2.52%) Security Engineer
11 8 (2.52%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 109 (34.28%) .NET
2 56 (17.61%) ASP.NET
3 45 (14.15%) CSS
3 45 (14.15%) HTML
4 34 (10.69%) ASP.NET MVC
5 31 (9.75%) jQuery
6 27 (8.49%) XML
7 26 (8.18%) .NET Framework
7 26 (8.18%) AngularJS
8 23 (7.23%) ASP.NET Web API
8 23 (7.23%) HTML5
9 19 (5.97%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 19 (5.97%) Web Services
10 18 (5.66%) CSS3
11 17 (5.35%) .NET Core
11 17 (5.35%) REST
12 16 (5.03%) SOAP
13 14 (4.40%) Entity Framework
14 12 (3.77%) React
14 12 (3.77%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 30 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (4.40%) Data Centre
2 14 (4.40%) Management Information System
2 14 (4.40%) PKI
3 10 (3.14%) EMC VNX
3 10 (3.14%) Enterprise Software
4 9 (2.83%) Celerra
4 9 (2.83%) CLARiiON
4 9 (2.83%) Clustering
5 8 (2.52%) Greenfield Project
5 8 (2.52%) NHS
6 7 (2.20%) Replication
6 7 (2.20%) User Experience
7 5 (1.57%) Data Structures
8 3 (0.94%) Algorithms
9 2 (0.63%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (0.63%) Mainframe
9 2 (0.63%) Mobile App
9 2 (0.63%) Smart Meter
10 1 (0.31%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 71 (22.33%) Windows
2 41 (12.89%) Windows Server
3 18 (5.66%) Linux
3 18 (5.66%) Unix
4 11 (3.46%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (3.14%) Android
5 10 (3.14%) Solaris
6 9 (2.83%) Windows 10
7 7 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (0.94%) Apple iOS
10 2 (0.63%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.31%) VME
11 1 (0.31%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (20.13%) Business Intelligence
2 61 (19.18%) Agile Software Development
3 60 (18.87%) MVC
4 43 (13.52%) Migration
5 32 (10.06%) DevOps
6 28 (8.81%) ETL
7 21 (6.60%) CRM
8 20 (6.29%) Continuous Integration
8 20 (6.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 20 (6.29%) Problem-Solving
9 18 (5.66%) Workflow
10 17 (5.35%) Data Migration
11 16 (5.03%) Project Management
11 16 (5.03%) Visualisation
12 15 (4.72%) TDD
13 14 (4.40%) Analytics
13 14 (4.40%) High Availability
13 14 (4.40%) Stakeholder Management
14 13 (4.09%) Scrum
15 12 (3.77%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 157 (49.37%) SQL
2 107 (33.65%) C#
3 53 (16.67%) JavaScript
4 34 (10.69%) T-SQL
5 22 (6.92%) PowerShell
6 17 (5.35%) Java
6 17 (5.35%) Python
7 9 (2.83%) PHP
8 8 (2.52%) VB.NET
9 7 (2.20%) PL/SQL
10 6 (1.89%) Shell Script
11 4 (1.26%) MATLAB
12 3 (0.94%) ABAP
12 3 (0.94%) C
12 3 (0.94%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 3 (0.94%) R
12 3 (0.94%) TypeScript
12 3 (0.94%) VBA
13 2 (0.63%) C++
13 2 (0.63%) Perl
Qualifications
1 14 (4.40%) Security Cleared
2 13 (4.09%) SC Cleared
3 5 (1.57%) Degree
4 3 (0.94%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (0.63%) ISEB
5 2 (0.63%) MCSE
6 1 (0.31%) CCNA
6 1 (0.31%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.31%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (0.31%) GCUX
6 1 (0.31%) GIAC
6 1 (0.31%) LPIC
6 1 (0.31%) Postgraduate
6 1 (0.31%) RHCA
6 1 (0.31%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.35%) SLA
2 10 (3.14%) Data Quality
3 6 (1.89%) QA
4 4 (1.26%) BS7799
4 4 (1.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.94%) GDPR
5 3 (0.94%) RMADS
6 1 (0.31%) GxP
System Software
1 33 (10.38%) Active Directory
2 12 (3.77%) Docker
3 10 (3.14%) Hyper-V
4 9 (2.83%) EMC RecoverPoint
5 8 (2.52%) XenApp
6 7 (2.20%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 6 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
8 4 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (0.94%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.31%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.31%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.31%) vSphere
10 1 (0.31%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (4.09%) SCCM
2 12 (3.77%) Oracle RMAN
3 11 (3.46%) SCOM
4 10 (3.14%) NetBackup
5 6 (1.89%) Ansible
5 6 (1.89%) Rancher
6 4 (1.26%) WSUS
7 3 (0.94%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
7 3 (0.94%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 3 (0.94%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.63%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.63%) Nessus
8 2 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.63%) Puppet
9 1 (0.31%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.31%) Rsyslog
9 1 (0.31%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.31%) VictorOps
Vendors
1 88 (27.67%) Microsoft
2 50 (15.72%) Oracle
3 26 (8.18%) VMware
4 19 (5.97%) Citrix
5 10 (3.14%) EMC
5 10 (3.14%) Salesforce.com
5 10 (3.14%) Xamarin
6 9 (2.83%) Brocade
6 9 (2.83%) Cisco
7 8 (2.52%) Demandware
7 8 (2.52%) Ivanti
7 8 (2.52%) SAP
7 8 (2.52%) Tableau
8 7 (2.20%) McAfee
9 4 (1.26%) Atlassian
9 4 (1.26%) Google
9 4 (1.26%) IBM
9 4 (1.26%) Sage
10 3 (0.94%) Cognos
10 3 (0.94%) Dell