Period
to 15 January 2021

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 15 January 2021 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
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 38 23 31
Rank change year-on-year -15 +8 -7
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 208 789 1,008
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 4.86% 6.69% 6.31%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 27.77% 32.83% 29.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 172 573 750
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +10.00%
10th Percentile £283 £305 £300
90th Percentile £636 £575 £553
England median daily rate £453 £438 £450
% change year-on-year +3.43% -2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 20 10
Median hourly rate £19.00 £28.25 £30.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.74% -8.35% -31.50%
10th Percentile £13.90 £17.18 £17.63
90th Percentile £42.30 £45.38 £57.68
England median hourly rate £34.38 £29.98 £24.99
% change year-on-year +14.66% +19.97% -23.11%

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 749 2,403 3,468
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 17.49% 20.38% 21.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 521 1,496 2,244
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £276 £312 £313
90th Percentile £615 £603 £588
England median daily rate £487 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +2.47% - +1.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 67 37
Median hourly rate £33.75 £26.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.36% -33.75% -11.11%
10th Percentile £11.60 £14.19 £20.50
90th Percentile £62.03 £82.50 £58.40
Median hourly rate £25.14 £25.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -1.41% -7.27% -8.33%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing SQL Server as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in the South East.

Daily rate trend for SQL Server in the South East

SQL Server
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SQL Server in the South East over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SQL Server in the South East

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SQL Server in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for SQL Server in the South East

SQL Server
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SQL Server in the South East over the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

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 15 January 2021. 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 -12 65 £450 +12.50% 78
Hampshire -9 63 £425 - 46
Berkshire -14 44 £475 +13.43% 33
West Sussex -2 33 £425 -10.53% 24
Surrey -9 19 £383 -10.00% 37
Buckinghamshire -3 16 £419 +10.93% 22
East Sussex -1 10 £463 -7.50% 8
Kent -6 7 £375 -9.09% 23
Oxfordshire +24 5 £313 -10.71% 23
M4 Corridor - 1 - -
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 15 January 2021, 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 98 (47.12%) SQL
2 75 (36.06%) Microsoft
3 62 (29.81%) .NET
3 62 (29.81%) Windows
4 61 (29.33%) Azure
5 60 (28.85%) C#
6 57 (27.40%) Agile Software Development
7 52 (25.00%) Security Cleared
8 43 (20.67%) DevOps
9 42 (20.19%) Active Directory
10 41 (19.71%) CSS
11 38 (18.27%) JavaScript
12 37 (17.79%) SC Cleared
13 35 (16.83%) Oracle
14 33 (15.87%) SharePoint
15 31 (14.90%) VMware
16 28 (13.46%) Business Intelligence
17 27 (12.98%) T-SQL
17 27 (12.98%) HTML
17 27 (12.98%) ASP.NET
17 27 (12.98%) Linux
18 25 (12.02%) Finance
18 25 (12.02%) Migration
18 25 (12.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 22 (10.58%) MVC
19 22 (10.58%) ETL
19 22 (10.58%) Problem-Solving
20 21 (10.10%) Python
21 20 (9.62%) ITIL
21 20 (9.62%) Scrum

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 33 (15.87%) SharePoint
2 13 (6.25%) IIS
3 9 (4.33%) MS Exchange
4 7 (3.37%) Apache
5 5 (2.40%) Confluence
6 4 (1.92%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (1.92%) Tomcat
7 3 (1.44%) Apache Qpid
8 2 (0.96%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.96%) Apache Synapse
8 2 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.96%) CMS
8 2 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (0.96%) nginx
8 2 (0.96%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.96%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.48%) Live Communications Server
9 1 (0.48%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 11 (5.29%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (3.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.48%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 2 (0.96%) NetSuite
1 2 (0.96%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 61 (29.33%) Azure
2 20 (9.62%) Power Platform
3 11 (5.29%) AWS
4 7 (3.37%) Azure Active Directory
4 7 (3.37%) Office 365
5 6 (2.88%) Azure Data Factory
5 6 (2.88%) Serverless
6 5 (2.40%) Azure Functions
7 4 (1.92%) GitHub
8 3 (1.44%) Amazon Neptune
8 3 (1.44%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.96%) Amazon EKS
9 2 (0.96%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.96%) IaaS
9 2 (0.96%) Logic Apps
10 1 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.48%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.48%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.77%) DNS
2 8 (3.85%) DHCP
3 7 (3.37%) Firewall
3 7 (3.37%) Remote Desktop
4 4 (1.92%) Cisco IOS
4 4 (1.92%) SAN
5 3 (1.44%) SNMP
5 3 (1.44%) TCP/IP
5 3 (1.44%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (0.96%) HTTP
6 2 (0.96%) Intrusion Detection
6 2 (0.96%) IP Telephony
6 2 (0.96%) IPFIX
6 2 (0.96%) MPLS
6 2 (0.96%) Network Security
6 2 (0.96%) Skype
6 2 (0.96%) WAAS
6 2 (0.96%) WAN
7 1 (0.48%) Cisco Firepower
7 1 (0.48%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (12.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 20 (9.62%) Power BI
3 16 (7.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 15 (7.21%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (5.29%) MySQL
6 10 (4.81%) Relational Database
7 9 (4.33%) Oracle Database
8 8 (3.85%) Azure SQL Database
8 8 (3.85%) NoSQL
8 8 (3.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 8 (3.85%) Tableau
9 7 (3.37%) DB2
10 6 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
11 5 (2.40%) MongoDB
11 5 (2.40%) SQL Server 2008
12 4 (1.92%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 4 (1.92%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (1.92%) SQL Server 2019
13 3 (1.44%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 3 (1.44%) Redis
Development Applications
1 12 (5.77%) JIRA
2 11 (5.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (4.33%) Visual Studio
4 8 (3.85%) Selenium
5 7 (3.37%) Git (software)
6 6 (2.88%) Oracle APEX
6 6 (2.88%) Subversion
7 5 (2.40%) SonarQube
8 4 (1.92%) Cucumber
8 4 (1.92%) ERwin
9 3 (1.44%) NUnit
10 2 (0.96%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (0.96%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.96%) Flyway
10 2 (0.96%) Gradle
10 2 (0.96%) Jenkins
10 2 (0.96%) Liquibase
10 2 (0.96%) Moq
10 2 (0.96%) webpack
11 1 (0.48%) ER Studio
General
1 25 (12.02%) Finance
2 16 (7.69%) Public Sector
3 8 (3.85%) Banking
3 8 (3.85%) Telecoms
4 7 (3.37%) Back Office
4 7 (3.37%) Manufacturing
5 6 (2.88%) Electronics
5 6 (2.88%) Financial Institution
5 6 (2.88%) Marketing
6 5 (2.40%) Front Office
7 3 (1.44%) Law
7 3 (1.44%) Retail
8 2 (0.96%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.48%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.48%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 82 (39.42%) Developer
2 38 (18.27%) .NET Developer
3 27 (12.98%) Architect
4 15 (7.21%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 14 (6.73%) SQL Developer
6 10 (4.81%) Azure Developer
6 10 (4.81%) C# Developer
6 10 (4.81%) Consultant
6 10 (4.81%) DBA
6 10 (4.81%) Solutions Architect
7 9 (4.33%) Linux Engineer
8 8 (3.85%) Full Stack Developer
9 7 (3.37%) Analyst
9 7 (3.37%) Infrastructure Architect
9 7 (3.37%) Power BI Developer
9 7 (3.37%) SQL DBA
9 7 (3.37%) Technical Developer
10 6 (2.88%) Applications Support
10 6 (2.88%) Data Architect
10 6 (2.88%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (29.81%) .NET
2 41 (19.71%) CSS
3 27 (12.98%) ASP.NET
3 27 (12.98%) HTML
4 20 (9.62%) .NET Core
5 18 (8.65%) React
6 16 (7.69%) ASP.NET Web API
7 15 (7.21%) Middleware
7 15 (7.21%) REST
8 14 (6.73%) .NET Framework
9 13 (6.25%) AngularJS
10 12 (5.77%) jQuery
11 11 (5.29%) HTML5
11 11 (5.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 9 (4.33%) ASP.NET MVC
12 9 (4.33%) XML
13 8 (3.85%) Node.js
13 8 (3.85%) Sass
13 8 (3.85%) Web Services
14 7 (3.37%) ASP.NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 16 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (5.77%) Data Centre
3 6 (2.88%) Clustering
3 6 (2.88%) NHS
3 6 (2.88%) PKI
4 5 (2.40%) Algorithms
4 5 (2.40%) Cloud Native
4 5 (2.40%) Greenfield Project
5 4 (1.92%) Data Structures
5 4 (1.92%) Fat Client
5 4 (1.92%) SWIFT
5 4 (1.92%) Thin Client
6 3 (1.44%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.44%) Replication
6 3 (1.44%) W3C
7 2 (0.96%) Driving Licence
7 2 (0.96%) EMC VNX
7 2 (0.96%) iPad
7 2 (0.96%) Mobile App
7 2 (0.96%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 62 (29.81%) Windows
2 27 (12.98%) Linux
3 20 (9.62%) Windows Server
4 10 (4.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 9 (4.33%) CentOS
6 8 (3.85%) Windows 10
7 6 (2.88%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (2.40%) Windows 7
8 5 (2.40%) Windows Server 2012
9 4 (1.92%) Solaris
10 3 (1.44%) Android
10 3 (1.44%) VMS
11 2 (0.96%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.96%) Oracle Linux
11 2 (0.96%) Unix
11 2 (0.96%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.48%) MVS
12 1 (0.48%) OpenVMS
12 1 (0.48%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.48%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (27.40%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (20.67%) DevOps
3 28 (13.46%) Business Intelligence
4 25 (12.02%) Migration
5 22 (10.58%) ETL
5 22 (10.58%) MVC
5 22 (10.58%) Problem-Solving
6 20 (9.62%) ITIL
6 20 (9.62%) Scrum
7 19 (9.13%) Test Automation
8 16 (7.69%) Microservices
9 14 (6.73%) Data Modelling
10 13 (6.25%) Data Migration
11 12 (5.77%) Software Engineering
12 11 (5.29%) Change Management
12 11 (5.29%) Incident Management
12 11 (5.29%) Root Cause Analysis
13 10 (4.81%) Analytics
13 10 (4.81%) Computer Science
13 10 (4.81%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 98 (47.12%) SQL
2 60 (28.85%) C#
3 38 (18.27%) JavaScript
4 27 (12.98%) T-SQL
5 21 (10.10%) Python
6 19 (9.13%) Java
6 19 (9.13%) PowerShell
7 10 (4.81%) PL/SQL
8 9 (4.33%) TypeScript
9 6 (2.88%) VB
9 6 (2.88%) VB.NET
9 6 (2.88%) VBA
10 5 (2.40%) VBScript
11 4 (1.92%) C++
12 3 (1.44%) Go
12 3 (1.44%) Shell Script
12 3 (1.44%) SPARQL
12 3 (1.44%) XPath
13 2 (0.96%) Apple Swift
13 2 (0.96%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 52 (25.00%) Security Cleared
2 37 (17.79%) SC Cleared
3 20 (9.62%) DV Cleared
4 12 (5.77%) Degree
5 8 (3.85%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (2.40%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (1.92%) ISTQB
7 4 (1.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (1.44%) Master's Degree
8 3 (1.44%) MCSE
8 3 (1.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.96%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.48%) CCNA
10 1 (0.48%) CCNP
10 1 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.48%) JNCIA
10 1 (0.48%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.88%) SLA
2 5 (2.40%) Data Quality
2 5 (2.40%) QA
3 3 (1.44%) Dublin Core
3 3 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.48%) HL7
4 1 (0.48%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.48%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 42 (20.19%) Active Directory
2 19 (9.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.37%) VMware ESXi
4 5 (2.40%) Docker
5 4 (1.92%) vSphere
6 3 (1.44%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
6 3 (1.44%) Oracle RAC
6 3 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.96%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.96%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.48%) DFS Replication
8 1 (0.48%) XenApp
8 1 (0.48%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (4.33%) Terraform
2 7 (3.37%) Kubernetes
3 6 (2.88%) SCCM
3 6 (2.88%) Single Sign-On
3 6 (2.88%) vCenter Server
4 5 (2.40%) Foglight
4 5 (2.40%) Microsoft Clustering
4 5 (2.40%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (1.92%) Control-M
5 4 (1.92%) MIIS
6 3 (1.44%) Ansible
6 3 (1.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (1.44%) SCOM
6 3 (1.44%) WSUS
7 2 (0.96%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.96%) Data Guard
7 2 (0.96%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
7 2 (0.96%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.96%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.96%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 75 (36.06%) Microsoft
2 35 (16.83%) Oracle
3 31 (14.90%) VMware
4 12 (5.77%) Red Hat
5 10 (4.81%) Citrix
6 9 (4.33%) Cisco
7 7 (3.37%) SAP
8 5 (2.40%) EMC
9 4 (1.92%) NetApp
9 4 (1.92%) SolarWinds
10 3 (1.44%) CheckPoint
10 3 (1.44%) Dell
10 3 (1.44%) HP
10 3 (1.44%) Informatica
10 3 (1.44%) McAfee
10 3 (1.44%) MEDITECH
11 2 (0.96%) Databricks
11 2 (0.96%) IFS
11 2 (0.96%) Lumension
11 2 (0.96%) Okta