The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 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 23 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)
UK / Northern Ireland
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 10 5 14
Rank change year-on-year -5 +9  
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 78 16 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 22.03% 16.00% 8.89%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 50.65% 66.67% 32.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 6 4
Median daily rate £413 £380 £195
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.55% +94.87%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £299 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £435 £209
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +2.85% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £22.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £32.66 £23.63
% change year-on-year +20.96% +38.22%  

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 Northern Ireland with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills.

Contract Database & Business Intelligence Skills
Northern Ireland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills 154 24 25
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 43.50% 24.00% 27.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 8 12
Median daily rate £420 £395 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.32% +21.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £325 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £350
% change year-on-year +3.22% +10.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £22.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.00 £30.35 £26.00
% change year-on-year +25.19% +16.74%  

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northern Ireland citing SQL Server as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Database & Business Intelligence category.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in Northern Ireland

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SQL Server in Northern Ireland.

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server in Northern Ireland

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in Northern Ireland over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server in Northern Ireland

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SQL Server in Northern Ireland.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server in Northern Ireland

SQL Server
Contract Job Locations in Northern Ireland

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 Northern Ireland region over the 3 months to 23 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
County Antrim -6 75 £413 +8.55% 1
SQL Server
UK

For the 6 months to 23 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 71 (60.17%) Finance
2 70 (59.32%) SQL
3 52 (44.07%) Linux
4 48 (40.68%) Oracle
5 43 (36.44%) Banking
6 42 (35.59%) .NET
7 31 (26.27%) Java
8 29 (24.58%) Visual Studio
9 28 (23.73%) Web Services
10 27 (22.88%) Windows
10 27 (22.88%) Unit Testing
11 26 (22.03%) C++
12 25 (21.19%) Sybase
13 24 (20.34%) .NET Framework
14 23 (19.49%) C#
14 23 (19.49%) OO
15 22 (18.64%) JavaScript
15 22 (18.64%) Relational Database
16 20 (16.95%) Agile Software Development
17 19 (16.10%) WCF
17 19 (16.10%) XML
17 19 (16.10%) UML
18 18 (15.25%) JSON
18 18 (15.25%) Big Data
19 16 (13.56%) SOA
20 15 (12.71%) Electronic Trading
20 15 (12.71%) Low Latency
20 15 (12.71%) Analytical Skills
21 14 (11.86%) Continuous Integration
21 14 (11.86%) Node.js

SQL Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in Northern Ireland 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 10 (8.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 6 (5.08%) IIS
3 4 (3.39%) WebSphere
4 3 (2.54%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.69%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.85%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (0.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (5.93%) Actimize
2 3 (2.54%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 10 (8.47%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (1.69%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.69%) GitHub
3 1 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
3 1 (0.85%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.85%) Amazon SQS
3 1 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
3 1 (0.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.85%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 12 (10.17%) LDAP
2 3 (2.54%) Firewall
3 2 (1.69%) DHCP
3 2 (1.69%) DNS
3 2 (1.69%) NetScaler
4 1 (0.85%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (18.64%) Relational Database
2 18 (15.25%) Big Data
3 13 (11.02%) Hadoop
4 12 (10.17%) DB2
5 11 (9.32%) Apache Hive
5 11 (9.32%) RDBMS
6 10 (8.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 8 (6.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 7 (5.93%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (5.08%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (5.08%) Sybase ASE
10 5 (4.24%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (4.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 3 (2.54%) SQL Server 2005
12 2 (1.69%) QlikView
12 2 (1.69%) SQL Server 2000
13 1 (0.85%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 1 (0.85%) Amazon RDS
13 1 (0.85%) Crystal Reports
13 1 (0.85%) DB2 UDB
Development Applications
1 29 (24.58%) Visual Studio
2 14 (11.86%) Jenkins
3 13 (11.02%) TeamCity
4 12 (10.17%) Artifactory
5 11 (9.32%) Sonatype Nexus
6 7 (5.93%) JIRA
6 7 (5.93%) Talend Open Studio
7 6 (5.08%) Bitbucket
7 6 (5.08%) NUnit
8 2 (1.69%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.85%) CppUnit
9 1 (0.85%) Mercurial
9 1 (0.85%) Subversion
General
1 71 (60.17%) Finance
2 43 (36.44%) Banking
3 13 (11.02%) Front Office
4 3 (2.54%) Financial Institution
4 3 (2.54%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 83 (70.34%) Developer
2 25 (21.19%) C++ Developer
3 19 (16.10%) C# Developer
4 15 (12.71%) Senior Developer
5 13 (11.02%) Sybase Developer
6 11 (9.32%) .NET Developer
6 11 (9.32%) Java Developer
7 10 (8.47%) Analyst
7 10 (8.47%) Database Developer
8 9 (7.63%) DBA
8 9 (7.63%) Support Engineer
9 8 (6.78%) JavaScript Engineer
10 7 (5.93%) Senior Java Developer
10 7 (5.93%) Talend Developer
11 6 (5.08%) Big Data Developer
11 6 (5.08%) Senior C# Developer
11 6 (5.08%) Senior Support Engineer
12 5 (4.24%) C# WPF Developer
12 5 (4.24%) Senior C++ Developer
12 5 (4.24%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (35.59%) .NET
2 28 (23.73%) Web Services
3 24 (20.34%) .NET Framework
4 19 (16.10%) WCF
4 19 (16.10%) XML
5 18 (15.25%) JSON
6 14 (11.86%) Node.js
7 13 (11.02%) ASP.NET Web API
7 13 (11.02%) WPF
8 11 (9.32%) ADO.NET
8 11 (9.32%) RESTful
8 11 (9.32%) WF
9 9 (7.63%) REST
10 6 (5.08%) .NET Remoting
10 6 (5.08%) CSS
10 6 (5.08%) HTML
10 6 (5.08%) Protocol Buffers
11 5 (4.24%) JMS
11 5 (4.24%) Middleware
12 4 (3.39%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (12.71%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (10.17%) Algorithms
3 10 (8.47%) Replication
4 8 (6.78%) Equity Derivative
5 6 (5.08%) Data Structures
6 5 (4.24%) Equities
7 3 (2.54%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.85%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.85%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.85%) Derivative
8 1 (0.85%) SWIFT
8 1 (0.85%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 52 (44.07%) Linux
2 27 (22.88%) Windows
3 12 (10.17%) Unix
4 5 (4.24%) Windows Server
4 5 (4.24%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (4.24%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.85%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (22.88%) Unit Testing
2 23 (19.49%) OO
3 20 (16.95%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (16.10%) UML
5 16 (13.56%) SOA
6 15 (12.71%) Electronic Trading
6 15 (12.71%) Low Latency
7 14 (11.86%) Continuous Integration
8 12 (10.17%) Scrum
9 11 (9.32%) Memory Management
9 11 (9.32%) Multithreading
9 11 (9.32%) Performance Tuning
10 10 (8.47%) ETL
10 10 (8.47%) OOP
11 7 (5.93%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (5.93%) Data Analysis
11 7 (5.93%) Data Transformation
11 7 (5.93%) Process Improvement
11 7 (5.93%) Risk Management
11 7 (5.93%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 70 (59.32%) SQL
2 31 (26.27%) Java
3 26 (22.03%) C++
4 23 (19.49%) C#
5 22 (18.64%) JavaScript
6 11 (9.32%) C
6 11 (9.32%) PL/SQL
6 11 (9.32%) T-SQL
7 7 (5.93%) Bash Shell
7 7 (5.93%) Korn
8 6 (5.08%) C++/CLI
8 6 (5.08%) Python
9 5 (4.24%) PowerShell
10 4 (3.39%) RPG
10 4 (3.39%) RPG IV
10 4 (3.39%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.69%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.85%) VB
12 1 (0.85%) VBA
12 1 (0.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (5.08%) MCP
1 6 (5.08%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (3.39%) Degree
2 4 (3.39%) MCDBA
3 3 (2.54%) ITIL Certification
3 3 (2.54%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.54%) Security Cleared
4 2 (1.69%) MCSE
5 1 (0.85%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.24%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.85%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (11.86%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.39%) Hyper-V
3 3 (2.54%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.69%) vSphere
4 2 (1.69%) XenApp
5 1 (0.85%) DFS Replication
5 1 (0.85%) Docker
5 1 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (3.39%) SCOM
2 2 (1.69%) HP SiteScope
2 2 (1.69%) SCCM
Vendors
1 48 (40.68%) Oracle
2 25 (21.19%) Sybase
3 14 (11.86%) Microsoft
4 7 (5.93%) Talend
5 6 (5.08%) Google
5 6 (5.08%) Perforce
6 4 (3.39%) Ab Initio
6 4 (3.39%) HP
7 3 (2.54%) BMC
7 3 (2.54%) Red Hat
7 3 (2.54%) Remedy
7 3 (2.54%) VMware
8 2 (1.69%) Citrix
8 2 (1.69%) Dell
8 2 (1.69%) Forcepoint
8 2 (1.69%) McAfee
8 2 (1.69%) Sophos
9 1 (0.85%) BT
9 1 (0.85%) Cognos
9 1 (0.85%) Tableau