Period
to 23 February 2020

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 23 February 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 > South East
6 months to
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 27 30 28
Rank change year-on-year +3 -2 -1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 673 1,002 1,086
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.36% 6.32% 6.48%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.27% 29.89% 31.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 453 719 820
South East median daily rate £425 £425 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.68% -3.13%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 13 11
South East median hourly rate £30.00 £35.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.29% -22.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £18.25 £17.63 £37.50
90th Percentile £44.88 £56.86 £48.75
England median hourly rate £30.00 £27.58 £40.00
% change year-on-year +8.79% -31.06% +39.13%

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 2,152 3,352 3,395
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 20.32% 21.13% 20.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,329 2,166 2,145
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £306 £313 £300
90th Percentile £608 £588 £575
England median daily rate £488 £488 £475
% change year-on-year - +2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 42 39
South East median hourly rate £30.00 £41.13 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.05% -8.61% +161.63%
10th Percentile £16.62 £17.84 £14.85
90th Percentile £77.25 £59.73 £50.00
England median hourly rate £32.00 £35.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year -8.57% +4.48% +29.12%

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 23 February 2020.

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 23 February 2020.

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 23 February 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
Thames Valley -3 243 £400 -5.88% 177
Berkshire +10 159 £413 -2.94% 77
Hampshire -6 139 £425 +6.25% 126
Surrey +11 124 £425 -5.56% 124
West Sussex +26 74 £538 +30.30% 42
Buckinghamshire -10 63 £400 +6.67% 40
Kent +10 55 £406 -4.41% 31
East Sussex +2 36 £575 +25.00% 37
Oxfordshire -14 21 £375 -11.76% 60
Sussex -1 5 £488 -
Middlesex +11 1 £400 +28.00%
Isle of Wight - 1 £450 - 1
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 South East region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 334 (49.63%) SQL
2 300 (44.58%) .NET
3 271 (40.27%) C#
4 266 (39.52%) Microsoft
5 217 (32.24%) Azure
6 197 (29.27%) Agile Software Development
7 139 (20.65%) Windows
8 138 (20.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 131 (19.47%) JavaScript
10 106 (15.75%) Oracle
11 99 (14.71%) Business Intelligence
12 98 (14.56%) ETL
12 98 (14.56%) T-SQL
12 98 (14.56%) Migration
13 92 (13.67%) HTML
14 91 (13.52%) ASP.NET
15 87 (12.93%) Active Directory
15 87 (12.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 86 (12.78%) .NET Framework
16 86 (12.78%) MVC
17 82 (12.18%) Security Cleared
17 82 (12.18%) AngularJS
18 74 (11.00%) Relational Database
18 74 (11.00%) CSS
19 73 (10.85%) DevOps
20 70 (10.40%) Java
21 69 (10.25%) SQL Server 2016
22 68 (10.10%) SQL Server 2012
23 67 (9.96%) VMware
23 67 (9.96%) Visual Studio

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 60 (8.92%) SharePoint
2 32 (4.75%) IIS
3 21 (3.12%) MS Exchange
4 15 (2.23%) BizTalk Server
4 15 (2.23%) Skype for Business
4 15 (2.23%) Tomcat
4 15 (2.23%) WebSphere
5 12 (1.78%) Exchange Server 2013
6 11 (1.63%) Confluence
7 10 (1.49%) Apache Spark
8 9 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2010
9 8 (1.19%) CMS
9 8 (1.19%) Documentum
10 7 (1.04%) Apache
10 7 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
10 7 (1.04%) GeoServer
11 6 (0.89%) SAS
12 5 (0.74%) ArcGIS
12 5 (0.74%) K2 blackpearl
13 4 (0.59%) EPiServer
Applications
1 30 (4.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 13 (1.93%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (0.89%) XMetaL
4 3 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.45%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 28 (4.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.74%) Dynamics GP
2 5 (0.74%) Scribe Insight
3 4 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.45%) Magento
5 1 (0.15%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 217 (32.24%) Azure
2 55 (8.17%) Power Platform
3 51 (7.58%) AWS
4 47 (6.98%) Office 365
5 34 (5.05%) Azure Active Directory
6 32 (4.75%) Serverless
7 28 (4.16%) IaaS
8 26 (3.86%) Azure Functions
9 23 (3.42%) PaaS
9 23 (3.42%) SaaS
10 18 (2.67%) Dynamics 365
11 16 (2.38%) Azure Data Factory
12 13 (1.93%) GitHub
13 8 (1.19%) GCP
14 6 (0.89%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (0.89%) npm
15 5 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
15 5 (0.74%) OpenShift
16 3 (0.45%) Mimecast
16 3 (0.45%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 28 (4.16%) DNS
2 17 (2.53%) Skype
3 15 (2.23%) HTTP
4 14 (2.08%) SAN
5 13 (1.93%) DHCP
6 12 (1.78%) TCP/IP
7 9 (1.34%) Firewall
8 5 (0.74%) Internet
8 5 (0.74%) Network Security
8 5 (0.74%) WAN
9 4 (0.59%) LAN
9 4 (0.59%) VoIP
10 3 (0.45%) MPLS
10 3 (0.45%) VLAN
11 2 (0.30%) 802.11
11 2 (0.30%) FTP
11 2 (0.30%) Intranet
11 2 (0.30%) IPsec
11 2 (0.30%) SMTP
11 2 (0.30%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 138 (20.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 87 (12.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 74 (11.00%) Relational Database
4 69 (10.25%) SQL Server 2016
5 68 (10.10%) SQL Server 2012
6 61 (9.06%) SQL Server 2008
7 58 (8.62%) Data Warehouse
8 55 (8.17%) Power BI
9 43 (6.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 41 (6.09%) Azure SQL Database
11 35 (5.20%) PostgreSQL
12 28 (4.16%) SQL Server 2005
13 27 (4.01%) MySQL
14 24 (3.57%) SQL Server 2014
15 20 (2.97%) Oracle Database
16 19 (2.82%) Cosmos DB
16 19 (2.82%) Data Lake
17 18 (2.67%) RDBMS
17 18 (2.67%) SQL Server 2017
18 16 (2.38%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 67 (9.96%) Visual Studio
2 55 (8.17%) Git (software)
3 37 (5.50%) Selenium
4 32 (4.75%) Team Foundation Server
5 29 (4.31%) JIRA
6 24 (3.57%) Cucumber
7 22 (3.27%) WebDriver
8 17 (2.53%) Jenkins
9 11 (1.63%) Visual Studio Team System
10 10 (1.49%) Eclipse
11 9 (1.34%) Ant
11 9 (1.34%) Subversion
12 8 (1.19%) NUnit
13 7 (1.04%) ReSharper
14 6 (0.89%) Moq
14 6 (0.89%) SpecFlow
14 6 (0.89%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 6 (0.89%) TeamCity
14 6 (0.89%) tSQLt
15 5 (0.74%) MSBuild
General
1 56 (8.32%) Finance
2 29 (4.31%) Public Sector
3 14 (2.08%) Banking
4 11 (1.63%) Telecoms
5 9 (1.34%) Legal
5 9 (1.34%) Local Government
6 7 (1.04%) Marketing
7 6 (0.89%) German Language
7 6 (0.89%) Manufacturing
8 4 (0.59%) Italian Language
8 4 (0.59%) Retail
9 3 (0.45%) Automotive
9 3 (0.45%) French Language
9 3 (0.45%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.45%) Publishing
10 2 (0.30%) Advertising
10 2 (0.30%) Back Office
10 2 (0.30%) Billing
10 2 (0.30%) Electronics
10 2 (0.30%) Law
Job Titles
1 363 (53.94%) Developer
2 142 (21.10%) .NET Developer
3 70 (10.40%) C# Developer
4 55 (8.17%) DBA
5 54 (8.02%) SQL Developer
6 50 (7.43%) Analyst
7 44 (6.54%) C# .NET Developer
8 41 (6.09%) Consultant
8 41 (6.09%) SQL DBA
9 36 (5.35%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 34 (5.05%) Senior Developer
11 33 (4.90%) Software Developer
12 30 (4.46%) Architect
13 29 (4.31%) Azure Developer
14 23 (3.42%) Test Analyst
15 21 (3.12%) Automation Test Analyst
16 20 (2.97%) Administrator
16 20 (2.97%) Full Stack Developer
16 20 (2.97%) Java Developer
16 20 (2.97%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 300 (44.58%) .NET
2 92 (13.67%) HTML
3 91 (13.52%) ASP.NET
4 86 (12.78%) .NET Framework
5 82 (12.18%) AngularJS
6 74 (11.00%) CSS
7 67 (9.96%) .NET Core
8 61 (9.06%) ASP.NET Web API
8 61 (9.06%) Web Services
9 60 (8.92%) XML
10 39 (5.79%) React
10 39 (5.79%) REST
11 38 (5.65%) Entity Framework
12 37 (5.50%) jQuery
13 35 (5.20%) RESTful
14 30 (4.46%) ASP.NET MVC
15 24 (3.57%) HTML5
15 24 (3.57%) JSON
15 24 (3.57%) Spring
16 23 (3.42%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 47 (6.98%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.27%) Clustering
3 19 (2.82%) Data Structures
4 17 (2.53%) Data Centre
4 17 (2.53%) Enterprise Software
5 16 (2.38%) Public Cloud
6 11 (1.63%) Replication
7 10 (1.49%) Algorithms
7 10 (1.49%) Mobile App
7 10 (1.49%) PKI
8 9 (1.34%) Greenfield Project
8 9 (1.34%) NHS
9 8 (1.19%) Linked Data
9 8 (1.19%) Linux Command Line
9 8 (1.19%) Management Information System
9 8 (1.19%) Self-Motivation
10 7 (1.04%) Mainframe
10 7 (1.04%) User Experience
10 7 (1.04%) Virtual Team
11 6 (0.89%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 139 (20.65%) Windows
2 62 (9.21%) Windows Server
3 58 (8.62%) Linux
4 36 (5.35%) Windows Server 2012
5 23 (3.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (2.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 15 (2.23%) Unix
7 13 (1.93%) Android
8 10 (1.49%) VMS
9 9 (1.34%) Apple iOS
10 8 (1.19%) Windows 7
11 6 (0.89%) CentOS
12 5 (0.74%) Windows 10
12 5 (0.74%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.45%) AIX
13 3 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
14 2 (0.30%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.30%) Windows XP
15 1 (0.15%) Solaris
15 1 (0.15%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 197 (29.27%) Agile Software Development
2 99 (14.71%) Business Intelligence
3 98 (14.56%) ETL
3 98 (14.56%) Migration
4 86 (12.78%) MVC
5 73 (10.85%) DevOps
6 67 (9.96%) Problem-Solving
7 66 (9.81%) Scrum
8 63 (9.36%) TDD
9 51 (7.58%) Software Engineering
10 50 (7.43%) Test Automation
11 48 (7.13%) Unit Testing
12 39 (5.79%) CRM
12 39 (5.79%) Data Modelling
13 37 (5.50%) Analytics
14 36 (5.35%) OO
14 36 (5.35%) SDLC
15 34 (5.05%) ITIL
16 33 (4.90%) Performance Tuning
17 32 (4.75%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 334 (49.63%) SQL
2 271 (40.27%) C#
3 131 (19.47%) JavaScript
4 98 (14.56%) T-SQL
5 70 (10.40%) Java
6 61 (9.06%) PowerShell
7 46 (6.84%) Python
8 20 (2.97%) VB.NET
9 18 (2.67%) TypeScript
10 14 (2.08%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 14 (2.08%) PHP
11 13 (1.93%) C
12 11 (1.63%) Scala
13 10 (1.49%) R
14 9 (1.34%) C++
14 9 (1.34%) VBScript
15 8 (1.19%) Korn
15 8 (1.19%) Ruby
15 8 (1.19%) SPARQL
15 8 (1.19%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 82 (12.18%) Security Cleared
2 58 (8.62%) SC Cleared
3 49 (7.28%) Degree
4 27 (4.01%) Microsoft Certification
5 18 (2.67%) Computer Science Degree
5 18 (2.67%) DV Cleared
6 15 (2.23%) MCSE
7 10 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (1.34%) CCNA
9 7 (1.04%) Numerate Degree
10 4 (0.59%) HNC
10 4 (0.59%) ISEB
10 4 (0.59%) MCDBA
10 4 (0.59%) MCITP
11 2 (0.30%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.30%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 2 (0.30%) MCP
11 2 (0.30%) MCSA
12 1 (0.15%) (ISC)2 CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (3.57%) QA
2 9 (1.34%) GDPR
3 6 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.89%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (0.74%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.45%) NCSC
5 3 (0.45%) SLA
6 1 (0.15%) HL7
6 1 (0.15%) NIST
6 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.15%) PMO
6 1 (0.15%) PSD2
6 1 (0.15%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 87 (12.93%) Active Directory
2 50 (7.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (4.31%) Hyper-V
4 22 (3.27%) Docker
5 18 (2.67%) Virtual Machines
6 12 (1.78%) vSphere
7 10 (1.49%) XenApp
8 8 (1.19%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (0.74%) Oracle RAC
9 5 (0.74%) XenDesktop
10 4 (0.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 4 (0.59%) RACF
10 4 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (0.59%) VMware NSX
11 3 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
11 3 (0.45%) OCFS2
11 3 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.30%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.30%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 27 (4.01%) SCCM
2 15 (2.23%) Ansible
2 15 (2.23%) Kubernetes
3 13 (1.93%) Microsoft Clustering
4 9 (1.34%) SCOM
5 8 (1.19%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (1.19%) Terraform
6 7 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
7 5 (0.74%) MIIS
8 4 (0.59%) AirWatch
8 4 (0.59%) Data Guard
8 4 (0.59%) EMC NetWorker
8 4 (0.59%) Oozie
8 4 (0.59%) Puppet
8 4 (0.59%) SCDPM
8 4 (0.59%) vRealize
9 3 (0.45%) Grafana
9 3 (0.45%) Kibana
9 3 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
9 3 (0.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 266 (39.52%) Microsoft
2 106 (15.75%) Oracle
3 67 (9.96%) VMware
4 25 (3.71%) Citrix
5 20 (2.97%) Tableau
6 19 (2.82%) SAP
7 18 (2.67%) Cisco
8 15 (2.23%) HP
9 13 (1.93%) Xamarin
10 11 (1.63%) Google
11 10 (1.49%) Databricks
11 10 (1.49%) Red Hat
11 10 (1.49%) Salesforce.com
11 10 (1.49%) ServiceNow
12 9 (1.34%) IBM
13 8 (1.19%) Remedy
14 7 (1.04%) Atlassian
14 7 (1.04%) Dell
14 7 (1.04%) Informatica
15 6 (0.89%) Cognos