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 28 June 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.

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
England / North West
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 18 23 17
Rank change year-on-year +5 -6  
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 232 243 270
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 7.86% 6.45% 7.42%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 36.65% 29.53% 31.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 175 210
Median daily rate £350 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.70%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £438 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £336
% change year-on-year +2.85% +4.08%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 10
Median hourly rate £13.50 £32.50 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.46% +68.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £22.12 £13.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £43.65 £34.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £32.58 £23.25
% change year-on-year +21.24% +40.11%  

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 633 823 845
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 21.44% 21.83% 23.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 941 982 1281
Median daily rate £388 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.12% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £251 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 38 65
Median hourly rate £42.50 £20.50 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +107.31% -37.87%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.63 £15.78 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £42.48 £57.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.00 £31.95 £26.00
% change year-on-year +18.93% +22.88%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 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
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 28 June 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 +10 113 £350 +1.44% 127
Cheshire 0 49 £360 - 49
Merseyside +10 38 £350 +7.69% 16
Lancashire +5 20 £388 +29.16% 27
Cumbria +2 3 £225 -10.00%
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 267 (57.54%) SQL
2 176 (37.93%) .NET
3 138 (29.74%) C#
4 124 (26.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 123 (26.51%) Microsoft
6 117 (25.22%) Agile Software Development
7 108 (23.28%) MVC
8 104 (22.41%) Business Intelligence
9 103 (22.20%) JavaScript
10 98 (21.12%) Windows
11 94 (20.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 92 (19.83%) HTML
12 92 (19.83%) ASP.NET
13 83 (17.89%) CSS
14 65 (14.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 65 (14.01%) Oracle
14 65 (14.01%) SQL Server 2012
15 63 (13.58%) Data Warehouse
16 62 (13.36%) SQL Server 2014
17 61 (13.15%) T-SQL
17 61 (13.15%) SQL Server 2008
17 61 (13.15%) jQuery
18 60 (12.93%) ETL
19 57 (12.28%) Migration
20 56 (12.07%) Scrum
21 54 (11.64%) Web Services
22 53 (11.42%) Java
23 52 (11.21%) Finance
24 51 (10.99%) Windows Server
25 46 (9.91%) ASP.NET MVC

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 28 (6.03%) SharePoint
2 27 (5.82%) Umbraco
3 22 (4.74%) CMS
4 20 (4.31%) MS Exchange
5 19 (4.09%) IIS
6 16 (3.45%) WebSphere
7 13 (2.80%) BizTalk Server
7 13 (2.80%) SAS
8 10 (2.16%) Apache
8 10 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2010
9 9 (1.94%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (1.94%) Tomcat
10 8 (1.72%) EPiServer
11 7 (1.51%) Confluence
11 7 (1.51%) Sitecore CMS
12 6 (1.29%) SharePoint 2013
12 6 (1.29%) Skype for Business
13 4 (0.86%) Apache Spark
13 4 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2003
13 4 (0.86%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 21 (4.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.86%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.43%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.43%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 17 (3.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (0.65%) Maximo
4 2 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.22%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 25 (5.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (3.45%) Office 365
3 9 (1.94%) PaaS
4 6 (1.29%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (1.08%) SaaS
6 4 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (0.65%) IaaS
7 3 (0.65%) OneDrive
7 3 (0.65%) Yammer
8 2 (0.43%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.43%) CloudFront
8 2 (0.43%) Dynamics 365
8 2 (0.43%) GitHub
8 2 (0.43%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.22%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.22%) Amazon SQS
9 1 (0.22%) Slack
9 1 (0.22%) Zapier
Communications & Networking
1 19 (4.09%) SAN
2 15 (3.23%) DNS
3 13 (2.80%) TCP/IP
4 11 (2.37%) LAN
4 11 (2.37%) WAN
5 9 (1.94%) DHCP
6 8 (1.72%) Firewall
7 7 (1.51%) HTTP
8 6 (1.29%) SSH
9 5 (1.08%) Reverse Proxy
10 4 (0.86%) Internet
10 4 (0.86%) LDAP
10 4 (0.86%) NAS
10 4 (0.86%) VLAN
11 3 (0.65%) DMZ
11 3 (0.65%) DSL
11 3 (0.65%) FTP
11 3 (0.65%) IPsec
11 3 (0.65%) MPLS
11 3 (0.65%) VRRP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 124 (26.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 94 (20.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 65 (14.01%) SQL Server 2012
3 65 (14.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 63 (13.58%) Data Warehouse
5 62 (13.36%) SQL Server 2014
6 61 (13.15%) SQL Server 2008
7 43 (9.27%) Relational Database
8 30 (6.47%) SQL Server 2005
9 25 (5.39%) Power BI
10 24 (5.17%) MongoDB
10 24 (5.17%) SQL Server 2016
11 23 (4.96%) MySQL
12 19 (4.09%) Oracle Database
13 18 (3.88%) NoSQL
14 16 (3.45%) DB2
15 15 (3.23%) Hadoop
15 15 (3.23%) RDBMS
16 14 (3.02%) SQL Server 2000
17 11 (2.37%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 36 (7.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 26 (5.60%) Git (software)
3 24 (5.17%) JIRA
4 16 (3.45%) NUnit
5 15 (3.23%) Visual Studio
6 14 (3.02%) Jenkins
7 10 (2.16%) AccuRev
8 6 (1.29%) Gradle
8 6 (1.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 5 (1.08%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (1.08%) SpecFlow
10 4 (0.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 4 (0.86%) Subversion
11 3 (0.65%) Ant
11 3 (0.65%) Eclipse
11 3 (0.65%) Moq
11 3 (0.65%) TeamCity
11 3 (0.65%) Visual Studio Team System
12 2 (0.43%) Cucumber
12 2 (0.43%) JProfiler
General
1 52 (11.21%) Finance
2 20 (4.31%) Retail
3 16 (3.45%) Banking
3 16 (3.45%) Local Government
4 14 (3.02%) Manufacturing
5 13 (2.80%) Marketing
6 11 (2.37%) Telecoms
7 3 (0.65%) Electronics
7 3 (0.65%) Legal
8 2 (0.43%) Advertising
8 2 (0.43%) Back Office
8 2 (0.43%) Front Office
8 2 (0.43%) Games
9 1 (0.22%) Automotive
9 1 (0.22%) Law
Job Titles
1 248 (53.45%) Developer
2 66 (14.22%) .NET Developer
3 56 (12.07%) DBA
4 51 (10.99%) SQL DBA
5 48 (10.34%) SQL Developer
6 39 (8.41%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 34 (7.33%) Analyst
8 30 (6.47%) Architect
9 28 (6.03%) Consultant
9 28 (6.03%) Java Developer
10 27 (5.82%) C# Developer
11 25 (5.39%) Senior Developer
12 23 (4.96%) C# .NET Developer
13 22 (4.74%) SQL Server DBA
14 20 (4.31%) SSIS Developer
15 17 (3.66%) ASP.NET Developer
15 17 (3.66%) Umbraco Developer
16 16 (3.45%) SSRS Developer
17 15 (3.23%) Sitecore Developer
17 15 (3.23%) SQL BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 176 (37.93%) .NET
2 92 (19.83%) ASP.NET
2 92 (19.83%) HTML
3 83 (17.89%) CSS
4 61 (13.15%) jQuery
5 54 (11.64%) Web Services
6 46 (9.91%) ASP.NET MVC
7 44 (9.48%) HTML5
8 43 (9.27%) ASP.NET Web API
9 40 (8.62%) .NET Framework
10 30 (6.47%) AngularJS
10 30 (6.47%) XML
11 23 (4.96%) REST
12 22 (4.74%) RESTful
12 22 (4.74%) SOAP
13 20 (4.31%) Spring
14 19 (4.09%) WCF
15 18 (3.88%) CSS3
15 18 (3.88%) Entity Framework
16 17 (3.66%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 35 (7.54%) Greenfield Project
2 20 (4.31%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (3.88%) Computer Science
4 16 (3.45%) Clustering
5 15 (3.23%) Replication
6 13 (2.80%) Data Centre
7 10 (2.16%) Management Information System
8 9 (1.94%) PKI
9 7 (1.51%) Public Cloud
10 6 (1.29%) User Experience
11 5 (1.08%) NHS
12 4 (0.86%) Algorithms
12 4 (0.86%) Fintech
12 4 (0.86%) FMCG
12 4 (0.86%) Mobile App
13 3 (0.65%) AS400
13 3 (0.65%) Data Structures
13 3 (0.65%) iSeries
13 3 (0.65%) Mainframe
13 3 (0.65%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 98 (21.12%) Windows
2 51 (10.99%) Windows Server
3 34 (7.33%) Linux
4 27 (5.82%) Unix
4 27 (5.82%) Windows Server 2012
5 15 (3.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 14 (3.02%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (2.16%) AIX
8 7 (1.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (1.29%) Windows 10
10 5 (1.08%) HPUX
11 4 (0.86%) Android
11 4 (0.86%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.86%) CentOS
12 3 (0.65%) Solaris
12 3 (0.65%) Windows 7
12 3 (0.65%) zOS
13 2 (0.43%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.43%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (25.22%) Agile Software Development
2 108 (23.28%) MVC
3 104 (22.41%) Business Intelligence
4 60 (12.93%) ETL
5 57 (12.28%) Migration
6 56 (12.07%) Scrum
7 42 (9.05%) TDD
8 34 (7.33%) Continuous Integration
8 34 (7.33%) Data Modelling
8 34 (7.33%) ITIL
9 29 (6.25%) DevOps
9 29 (6.25%) High Availability
9 29 (6.25%) OO
10 26 (5.60%) E-Commerce
11 25 (5.39%) CRM
11 25 (5.39%) Performance Tuning
12 21 (4.53%) BDD
12 21 (4.53%) Test Automation
12 21 (4.53%) Web Development
13 16 (3.45%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 267 (57.54%) SQL
2 138 (29.74%) C#
3 103 (22.20%) JavaScript
4 61 (13.15%) T-SQL
5 53 (11.42%) Java
6 27 (5.82%) PowerShell
7 24 (5.17%) Shell Script
8 21 (4.53%) Python
9 17 (3.66%) PL/SQL
10 14 (3.02%) VB.NET
11 12 (2.59%) C++
12 11 (2.37%) Scala
13 7 (1.51%) Ruby
14 6 (1.29%) R
15 5 (1.08%) Go
16 4 (0.86%) Groovy
16 4 (0.86%) TypeScript
16 4 (0.86%) VB
17 3 (0.65%) Bash Shell
17 3 (0.65%) Perl
Qualifications
1 28 (6.03%) Degree
2 17 (3.66%) Security Cleared
3 11 (2.37%) SC Cleared
4 8 (1.72%) ISEB
4 8 (1.72%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (0.86%) MCSE
6 3 (0.65%) ISTQB
6 3 (0.65%) MCITP
7 2 (0.43%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (0.43%) DBS Check
7 2 (0.43%) DV Cleared
7 2 (0.43%) HNC
7 2 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.22%) CCNA
8 1 (0.22%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.22%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.22%) MCSA
8 1 (0.22%) NCDA
8 1 (0.22%) NCIE
8 1 (0.22%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.72%) Data Quality
1 8 (1.72%) QA
2 5 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.65%) COBIT
4 2 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
4 2 (0.43%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.43%) SLA
5 1 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.22%) GDPR
5 1 (0.22%) GMP
5 1 (0.22%) SEPA
System Software
1 33 (7.11%) Active Directory
2 14 (3.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (2.80%) Hyper-V
4 12 (2.59%) Virtual Machines
5 10 (2.16%) XenApp
6 7 (1.51%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (1.51%) vSphere
7 5 (1.08%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 3 (0.65%) UAG
9 2 (0.43%) Docker
Systems Management
1 18 (3.88%) Failover Clustering
2 16 (3.45%) Ansible
3 15 (3.23%) SCOM
4 12 (2.59%) Puppet
4 12 (2.59%) SCCM
5 11 (2.37%) Microsoft Clustering
6 10 (2.16%) Opscode Chef
6 10 (2.16%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 6 (1.29%) Oracle RMAN
8 5 (1.08%) Data Guard
8 5 (1.08%) Mesos
8 5 (1.08%) SCOrch
8 5 (1.08%) vMotion
8 5 (1.08%) WSUS
9 4 (0.86%) EMC NetWorker
9 4 (0.86%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 3 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.65%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 3 (0.65%) Tivoli
10 3 (0.65%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 123 (26.51%) Microsoft
2 65 (14.01%) Oracle
3 31 (6.68%) VMware
4 21 (4.53%) Citrix
5 19 (4.09%) SAP
6 18 (3.88%) Sitecore
7 13 (2.80%) HP
8 12 (2.59%) Cisco
9 11 (2.37%) Sybase
10 10 (2.16%) Tableau
11 9 (1.94%) IBM
11 9 (1.94%) TIBCO
12 8 (1.72%) Red Hat
13 7 (1.51%) Symantec
14 5 (1.08%) EMC
15 4 (0.86%) Dell
15 4 (0.86%) Juniper
15 4 (0.86%) McAfee
16 3 (0.65%) Ab Initio
16 3 (0.65%) JD Edwards
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