Period
to 18 August 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 18 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 > South East
6 months to
18 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 27 29 23
Rank change year-on-year +2 -6 -2
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 998 1,094 1,102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.82% 6.51% 6.85%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 35.59% 30.56% 31.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 695 771 747
South East median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £289 £300 £263
90th Percentile £575 £538 £488
England median daily rate £428 £425 £401
% change year-on-year +0.59% +6.12% +3.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 14 29
South East median hourly rate £47.85 £40.25 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.87% -5.29% +12.58%
10th Percentile £30.31 £21.08 £12.70
90th Percentile £60.00 £47.28 £47.60
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +16.67% -20.00% +21.95%

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 South East with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 2,804 3,580 3,481
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 19.16% 21.30% 21.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,733 2,259 2,123
South East median daily rate £450 £438 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +8.56% +0.75%
10th Percentile £300 £313 £282
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 53 73
South East median hourly rate £47.69 £40.00 £19.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.23% +103.46% -44.62%
10th Percentile £18.00 £12.25 £9.25
90th Percentile £72.50 £55.00 £49.60
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% - +5.26%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing SQL Server as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the South East

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server in the South East

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in the South East over the 6 months to 18 August 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server in the South East

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server in the South East

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in the South East over the 6 months to 18 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in the South East

SQL Server
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 6 months to 18 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
Thames Valley +5 375 £425 +2.41% 243
Hampshire 0 246 £400 - 121
Berkshire +6 208 £425 - 108
Surrey +4 153 £415 -2.35% 89
Buckinghamshire +9 131 £400 +6.67% 59
West Sussex +13 89 £405 +1.25% 42
Kent +12 67 £406 +1.56% 67
East Sussex +2 51 £425 +21.43% 20
Oxfordshire -11 36 £520 +25.30% 76
Middlesex +18 7 £344 -36.49%
Sussex -3 2 - -
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 18 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 South East region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 473 (47.39%) SQL
2 445 (44.59%) .NET
3 426 (42.69%) C#
4 379 (37.98%) Microsoft
5 339 (33.97%) Agile Software Development
6 312 (31.26%) Microsoft Azure
7 261 (26.15%) Windows
8 238 (23.85%) JavaScript
9 218 (21.84%) Oracle
10 202 (20.24%) ASP.NET
11 198 (19.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 184 (18.44%) MVC
13 170 (17.03%) HTML
14 168 (16.83%) T-SQL
15 150 (15.03%) CSS
16 143 (14.33%) Active Directory
16 143 (14.33%) TDD
17 142 (14.23%) .NET Framework
18 135 (13.53%) ASP.NET Web API
18 135 (13.53%) Finance
18 135 (13.53%) Business Intelligence
19 132 (13.23%) Security Cleared
20 126 (12.63%) Relational Database
21 123 (12.32%) DevOps
22 119 (11.92%) Migration
23 118 (11.82%) AngularJS
24 114 (11.42%) Web Services
24 114 (11.42%) XML
25 112 (11.22%) Windows Server
26 109 (10.92%) Linux

SQL Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 85 (8.52%) SharePoint
2 59 (5.91%) IIS
3 34 (3.41%) Confluence
4 33 (3.31%) Apache
5 32 (3.21%) MS Exchange
6 31 (3.11%) Tomcat
7 24 (2.40%) BizTalk Server
8 18 (1.80%) WebSphere
9 17 (1.70%) Apache Spark
9 17 (1.70%) Skype for Business
10 16 (1.60%) Elasticsearch
11 13 (1.30%) SharePoint Server
12 12 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2013
13 10 (1.00%) CMS
13 10 (1.00%) GeoServer
14 8 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2010
14 8 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 8 (0.80%) SAS
14 8 (0.80%) SharePoint 2010
15 7 (0.70%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 46 (4.61%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (2.81%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.80%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.10%) CATIA
6 1 (0.10%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.10%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 24 (2.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.70%) Markit EDM
3 3 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.30%) Primavera
3 3 (0.30%) Sage 200
4 2 (0.20%) Dynamics GP
4 2 (0.20%) Magento
4 2 (0.20%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.20%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.10%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.10%) GoldMine
5 1 (0.10%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.10%) Infor SunSystems
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.10%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.10%) Scribe Insight
5 1 (0.10%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 312 (31.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 95 (9.52%) Amazon AWS
3 82 (8.22%) Power Platform
4 57 (5.71%) Office 365
5 52 (5.21%) SaaS
6 34 (3.41%) PaaS
7 29 (2.91%) Serverless
8 25 (2.51%) Azure Functions
8 25 (2.51%) IaaS
9 23 (2.30%) Azure Active Directory
10 16 (1.60%) Azure Data Factory
10 16 (1.60%) Dynamics 365
11 15 (1.50%) OpenShift
12 10 (1.00%) GitHub
12 10 (1.00%) Google Cloud Platform
13 7 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
13 7 (0.70%) Data Lake Analytics
13 7 (0.70%) NuGet
14 6 (0.60%) Azure Machine Learning
15 5 (0.50%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 38 (3.81%) Firewall
2 29 (2.91%) DNS
3 26 (2.61%) LAN
3 26 (2.61%) SAN
4 23 (2.30%) WAN
5 17 (1.70%) TCP/IP
6 16 (1.60%) HTTP
6 16 (1.60%) Skype
7 14 (1.40%) DHCP
8 13 (1.30%) SMTP
9 10 (1.00%) VLAN
10 9 (0.90%) Internet
10 9 (0.90%) Network Security
10 9 (0.90%) VPN
11 8 (0.80%) SSL
12 7 (0.70%) FTP
13 6 (0.60%) ISDN
14 5 (0.50%) Cisco ASA
14 5 (0.50%) iSCSI
14 5 (0.50%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 198 (19.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 126 (12.63%) Relational Database
3 108 (10.82%) Data Warehouse
4 95 (9.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 89 (8.92%) SQL Server 2016
6 81 (8.12%) Power BI
7 80 (8.02%) SQL Server 2012
8 78 (7.82%) MySQL
9 69 (6.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 61 (6.11%) SQL Server 2008
11 55 (5.51%) PostgreSQL
12 50 (5.01%) Azure SQL Database
13 44 (4.41%) MongoDB
14 43 (4.31%) SQL Server 2014
15 42 (4.21%) RDBMS
16 38 (3.81%) DB2
17 33 (3.31%) Big Data
17 33 (3.31%) Cosmos DB
18 31 (3.11%) NoSQL
18 31 (3.11%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 106 (10.62%) Visual Studio
2 100 (10.02%) Git (software)
3 66 (6.61%) JIRA
4 60 (6.01%) Team Foundation Server
5 51 (5.11%) Selenium
6 48 (4.81%) Jenkins
7 38 (3.81%) Bitbucket
8 30 (3.01%) Visual Studio Team System
9 28 (2.81%) Maven
10 27 (2.71%) SpecFlow
11 25 (2.51%) TeamCity
12 24 (2.40%) WebDriver
13 19 (1.90%) MSTest
14 18 (1.80%) Subversion
15 17 (1.70%) Mockito
16 16 (1.60%) Cucumber
16 16 (1.60%) JUnit
17 14 (1.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
18 13 (1.30%) NUnit
19 11 (1.10%) JMeter
General
1 135 (13.53%) Finance
2 26 (2.61%) Retail
3 23 (2.30%) Public Sector
4 18 (1.80%) Banking
5 16 (1.60%) Legal
6 14 (1.40%) Manufacturing
6 14 (1.40%) Telecoms
7 11 (1.10%) Back Office
8 8 (0.80%) Games
9 7 (0.70%) Automotive
9 7 (0.70%) Marketing
9 7 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
10 6 (0.60%) Aerospace
11 5 (0.50%) Military
12 4 (0.40%) Billing
12 4 (0.40%) Local Government
13 3 (0.30%) Advertising
13 3 (0.30%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.30%) Law
13 3 (0.30%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 476 (47.70%) Developer
2 174 (17.43%) .NET Developer
3 107 (10.72%) C# Developer
4 101 (10.12%) SQL Developer
5 99 (9.92%) Analyst
6 78 (7.82%) C# .NET Developer
7 72 (7.21%) DBA
8 68 (6.81%) Architect
9 46 (4.61%) Senior Developer
10 43 (4.31%) Angular Developer
11 41 (4.11%) Software Developer
11 41 (4.11%) SQL Server Developer
12 40 (4.01%) Consultant
13 38 (3.81%) Full Stack Developer
13 38 (3.81%) SQL DBA
14 36 (3.61%) Java Developer
15 33 (3.31%) Administrator
16 31 (3.11%) Support Engineer
17 27 (2.71%) Applications Support
17 27 (2.71%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 445 (44.59%) .NET
2 202 (20.24%) ASP.NET
3 170 (17.03%) HTML
4 150 (15.03%) CSS
5 142 (14.23%) .NET Framework
6 135 (13.53%) ASP.NET Web API
7 118 (11.82%) AngularJS
8 114 (11.42%) Web Services
8 114 (11.42%) XML
9 88 (8.82%) jQuery
10 87 (8.72%) ASP.NET MVC
11 83 (8.32%) .NET Core
12 82 (8.22%) Entity Framework
13 73 (7.31%) REST
14 71 (7.11%) JSON
15 62 (6.21%) RESTful
16 59 (5.91%) SOAP
17 52 (5.21%) HTML5
18 43 (4.31%) Spring
19 41 (4.11%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 54 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (3.91%) Enterprise Software
3 32 (3.21%) Management Information System
4 30 (3.01%) Clustering
5 25 (2.51%) Greenfield Project
6 23 (2.30%) Data Structures
7 21 (2.10%) Data Centre
8 20 (2.00%) Mainframe
9 16 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
10 15 (1.50%) Replication
10 15 (1.50%) User Experience
11 12 (1.20%) Client/Server
12 11 (1.10%) Public Cloud
13 10 (1.00%) Enterprise Storage
13 10 (1.00%) Reinsurance
14 7 (0.70%) Linux Command Line
14 7 (0.70%) Mobile App
15 6 (0.60%) NHS
16 5 (0.50%) Algorithms
16 5 (0.50%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 261 (26.15%) Windows
2 112 (11.22%) Windows Server
3 109 (10.92%) Linux
4 58 (5.81%) Windows Server 2012
5 47 (4.71%) Windows 10
6 41 (4.11%) Windows Server 2008
7 38 (3.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 29 (2.91%) Unix
9 27 (2.71%) Windows 7
10 22 (2.20%) Windows 8
11 8 (0.80%) AIX
12 7 (0.70%) CentOS
12 7 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (0.60%) Android
13 6 (0.60%) Mac OS
13 6 (0.60%) Windows XP
14 5 (0.50%) Apple iOS
14 5 (0.50%) Solaris
14 5 (0.50%) Windows Vista
15 3 (0.30%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 339 (33.97%) Agile Software Development
2 184 (18.44%) MVC
3 143 (14.33%) TDD
4 135 (13.53%) Business Intelligence
5 123 (12.32%) DevOps
6 119 (11.92%) Migration
7 108 (10.82%) ETL
8 79 (7.92%) Problem-Solving
9 78 (7.82%) Continuous Integration
10 76 (7.62%) Scrum
11 67 (6.71%) Test Automation
12 60 (6.01%) SOLID
13 58 (5.81%) ITIL
13 58 (5.81%) Performance Tuning
14 56 (5.61%) OO
15 54 (5.41%) CRM
16 53 (5.31%) Data Modelling
17 52 (5.21%) BDD
17 52 (5.21%) Data Migration
18 51 (5.11%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 473 (47.39%) SQL
2 426 (42.69%) C#
3 238 (23.85%) JavaScript
4 168 (16.83%) T-SQL
5 99 (9.92%) PowerShell
6 98 (9.82%) Java
7 57 (5.71%) Python
8 32 (3.21%) VB
9 29 (2.91%) VB.NET
10 25 (2.51%) TypeScript
11 23 (2.30%) R
12 20 (2.00%) C
13 18 (1.80%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 17 (1.70%) VBA
15 16 (1.60%) C++
15 16 (1.60%) Perl
16 15 (1.50%) PHP
16 15 (1.50%) PL/SQL
17 13 (1.30%) Ruby
18 10 (1.00%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 132 (13.23%) Security Cleared
2 92 (9.22%) SC Cleared
3 59 (5.91%) Degree
4 49 (4.91%) Microsoft Certification
5 35 (3.51%) DV Cleared
6 25 (2.51%) MCSE
7 24 (2.40%) MCSA
8 12 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
9 11 (1.10%) CCNA
9 11 (1.10%) Cisco Certification
10 10 (1.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 9 (0.90%) MCITP
12 8 (0.80%) DBS Check
13 6 (0.60%) MCP
13 6 (0.60%) MCTS
14 5 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
14 5 (0.50%) CCNP
14 5 (0.50%) CISSP
14 5 (0.50%) ISTQB
15 4 (0.40%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.11%) QA
2 13 (1.30%) SLA
3 12 (1.20%) GDPR
4 11 (1.10%) Data Quality
5 10 (1.00%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (0.40%) ITGC
7 2 (0.20%) EMIR
7 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.20%) MiFID
7 2 (0.20%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 143 (14.33%) Active Directory
2 63 (6.31%) Docker
3 60 (6.01%) VMware Infrastructure
4 41 (4.11%) Hyper-V
5 14 (1.40%) vSphere
6 11 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
7 10 (1.00%) Oracle RAC
8 9 (0.90%) Virtual Servers
9 8 (0.80%) RACF
10 7 (0.70%) LXC
10 7 (0.70%) Terminal Services
10 7 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
11 6 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
12 4 (0.40%) Apache Flume
12 4 (0.40%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 4 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
12 4 (0.40%) vCloud
12 4 (0.40%) XenApp
13 3 (0.30%) Terminal Server
13 3 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 41 (4.11%) SCCM
2 33 (3.31%) Kubernetes
3 22 (2.20%) SCOM
4 16 (1.60%) Ansible
5 12 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
5 12 (1.20%) Puppet
6 10 (1.00%) Data Guard
6 10 (1.00%) Microsoft Clustering
7 9 (0.90%) NetBackup
7 9 (0.90%) Oracle RMAN
8 7 (0.70%) Failover Clustering
8 7 (0.70%) vCenter Server
9 6 (0.60%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 5 (0.50%) Consul
10 5 (0.50%) Kibana
10 5 (0.50%) MIIS
10 5 (0.50%) SCVMM
10 5 (0.50%) WSUS
11 4 (0.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 4 (0.40%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 379 (37.98%) Microsoft
2 218 (21.84%) Oracle
3 92 (9.22%) VMware
4 37 (3.71%) IBM
5 32 (3.21%) Cisco
6 30 (3.01%) Citrix
7 27 (2.71%) Tableau
8 26 (2.61%) SAP
8 26 (2.61%) Telerik
9 21 (2.10%) Atlassian
10 20 (2.00%) Salesforce.com
11 19 (1.90%) NetApp
11 19 (1.90%) Red Hat
12 17 (1.70%) Xamarin
13 13 (1.30%) Google
14 11 (1.10%) Databricks
14 11 (1.10%) EMC
14 11 (1.10%) HP
15 10 (1.00%) Dell
15 10 (1.00%) Splunk