Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 24 30 25
Rank change year-on-year +6 -5 +1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 884 1,096 1,187
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.89% 6.45% 7.08%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 34.52% 29.58% 34.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 599 798 898
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £289 £300 £295
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
England median daily rate £438 £438 £425
% change year-on-year - +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 13 21
South East median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% -5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £16.77 £18.05 £16.55
90th Percentile £51.38 £57.47 £48.75
England median hourly rate £30.00 £26.65 £36.31
% change year-on-year +12.57% -26.60% +29.68%

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 2,561 3,705 3,485
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 19.95% 21.80% 20.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,551 2,399 2,224
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.01% +6.13%
10th Percentile £305 £313 £300
90th Percentile £603 £588 £570
England median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +8.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 46 47
South East median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% -11.76% +107.32%
10th Percentile £15.54 £18.69 £12.08
90th Percentile £81.00 £57.41 £49.25
England median hourly rate £31.75 £33.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year -5.93% +5.47% +16.36%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 -6 280 £400 -3.61% 192
Hampshire -2 211 £425 +6.25% 98
Berkshire +13 206 £413 -2.94% 98
Surrey +15 163 £425 -5.56% 96
West Sussex +14 88 £425 +6.25% 47
Kent +14 76 £423 +1.20% 61
Buckinghamshire -13 60 £400 +4.92% 49
East Sussex +7 58 £460 +9.85% 29
Oxfordshire -30 14 £375 -11.76% 45
Sussex +1 7 £488 - 1
Middlesex +9 3 £388 -45.23% 1
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 12 December 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.

1 461 (52.15%) SQL
2 413 (46.72%) .NET
3 388 (43.89%) Microsoft
4 377 (42.65%) C#
5 309 (34.95%) Azure
6 250 (28.28%) Agile Software Development
7 224 (25.34%) Windows
8 194 (21.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 175 (19.80%) JavaScript
10 167 (18.89%) Oracle
11 141 (15.95%) Migration
12 134 (15.16%) ASP.NET
13 132 (14.93%) T-SQL
14 129 (14.59%) Business Intelligence
15 121 (13.69%) .NET Framework
16 116 (13.12%) HTML
16 116 (13.12%) Security Cleared
17 114 (12.90%) Active Directory
17 114 (12.90%) ETL
18 110 (12.44%) Relational Database
19 104 (11.76%) MVC
20 103 (11.65%) SQL Server 2016
20 103 (11.65%) Windows Server
21 102 (11.54%) CSS
22 101 (11.43%) Visual Studio
22 101 (11.43%) TDD
22 101 (11.43%) AngularJS
23 100 (11.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
24 95 (10.75%) .NET Core
25 92 (10.41%) XML

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 61 (6.90%) SharePoint
2 43 (4.86%) IIS
3 35 (3.96%) MS Exchange
4 23 (2.60%) BizTalk Server
5 22 (2.49%) Skype for Business
6 21 (2.38%) Apache Spark
7 17 (1.92%) Confluence
8 16 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2013
9 15 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2010
10 13 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
11 11 (1.24%) Apache
11 11 (1.24%) WebSphere
12 10 (1.13%) CMS
13 9 (1.02%) K2 blackpearl
14 8 (0.90%) GeoServer
14 8 (0.90%) Tomcat
15 7 (0.79%) Jupyter
15 7 (0.79%) SAS
16 6 (0.68%) JBoss
17 5 (0.57%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 32 (3.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 30 (3.39%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (0.68%) XMetaL
4 4 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (0.45%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.23%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 23 (2.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.57%) Dynamics GP
3 3 (0.34%) Sage 200
3 3 (0.34%) Scribe Insight
4 2 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.23%) Infor SunSystems
4 2 (0.23%) Magento
4 2 (0.23%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.23%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.23%) Unit4 Business World
5 1 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.11%) GoldMine
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 309 (34.95%) Azure
2 68 (7.69%) Power Platform
3 66 (7.47%) Office 365
4 63 (7.13%) AWS
5 40 (4.52%) Azure Active Directory
6 34 (3.85%) Serverless
7 32 (3.62%) Azure Functions
8 31 (3.51%) IaaS
9 30 (3.39%) SaaS
10 25 (2.83%) PaaS
11 22 (2.49%) Azure Data Factory
12 18 (2.04%) GitHub
13 16 (1.81%) GCP
14 14 (1.58%) Dynamics 365
15 13 (1.47%) OpenShift
16 9 (1.02%) Azure Machine Learning
16 9 (1.02%) Data Lake Analytics
16 9 (1.02%) NuGet
17 8 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
17 8 (0.90%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 33 (3.73%) DNS
2 22 (2.49%) Skype
3 21 (2.38%) TCP/IP
4 20 (2.26%) SAN
5 17 (1.92%) Firewall
5 17 (1.92%) HTTP
6 15 (1.70%) SMTP
7 14 (1.58%) LAN
7 14 (1.58%) WAN
8 11 (1.24%) DHCP
9 8 (0.90%) Internet
10 6 (0.68%) ISDN
10 6 (0.68%) VLAN
11 5 (0.57%) MPLS
11 5 (0.57%) Network Security
11 5 (0.57%) SSL
11 5 (0.57%) VPN
12 4 (0.45%) Fibre Channel
12 4 (0.45%) H.323
12 4 (0.45%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 194 (21.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 110 (12.44%) Relational Database
3 103 (11.65%) SQL Server 2016
4 100 (11.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 90 (10.18%) SQL Server 2012
6 74 (8.37%) Data Warehouse
7 67 (7.58%) Power BI
7 67 (7.58%) SQL Server 2008
7 67 (7.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 56 (6.33%) Azure SQL Database
9 54 (6.11%) MySQL
10 36 (4.07%) SQL Server 2014
11 34 (3.85%) MongoDB
12 33 (3.73%) PostgreSQL
13 30 (3.39%) Cosmos DB
14 27 (3.05%) Big Data
14 27 (3.05%) Data Lake
15 26 (2.94%) NoSQL
15 26 (2.94%) Oracle Database
16 25 (2.83%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 101 (11.43%) Visual Studio
2 72 (8.14%) Git (software)
3 52 (5.88%) Selenium
4 41 (4.64%) JIRA
5 34 (3.85%) Jenkins
5 34 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
6 29 (3.28%) Cucumber
6 29 (3.28%) WebDriver
7 20 (2.26%) TeamCity
8 19 (2.15%) Visual Studio Team System
9 18 (2.04%) NUnit
10 15 (1.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 15 (1.70%) Subversion
11 14 (1.58%) MSTest
12 13 (1.47%) Bitbucket
12 13 (1.47%) ReSharper
13 12 (1.36%) Moq
13 12 (1.36%) MSBuild
13 12 (1.36%) SpecFlow
14 10 (1.13%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 90 (10.18%) Finance
2 33 (3.73%) Public Sector
3 16 (1.81%) Retail
4 14 (1.58%) Telecoms
5 13 (1.47%) Banking
5 13 (1.47%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.02%) Local Government
7 8 (0.90%) German Language
7 8 (0.90%) Legal
8 7 (0.79%) Games
9 6 (0.68%) Back Office
10 5 (0.57%) Automotive
10 5 (0.57%) French Language
10 5 (0.57%) Marketing
11 4 (0.45%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.45%) Italian Language
11 4 (0.45%) Law
11 4 (0.45%) Military
12 3 (0.34%) Advertising
12 3 (0.34%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 450 (50.90%) Developer
2 181 (20.48%) .NET Developer
3 120 (13.57%) C# Developer
4 84 (9.50%) SQL Developer
5 78 (8.82%) C# .NET Developer
6 71 (8.03%) Analyst
7 60 (6.79%) DBA
8 52 (5.88%) Consultant
9 51 (5.77%) Architect
10 47 (5.32%) Senior Developer
11 41 (4.64%) Azure Developer
12 39 (4.41%) SQL DBA
13 38 (4.30%) Software Developer
14 35 (3.96%) Angular Developer
15 33 (3.73%) SQL Server Developer
16 30 (3.39%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 30 (3.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 30 (3.39%) Support Engineer
17 29 (3.28%) Test Analyst
18 28 (3.17%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 413 (46.72%) .NET
2 134 (15.16%) ASP.NET
3 121 (13.69%) .NET Framework
4 116 (13.12%) HTML
5 102 (11.54%) CSS
6 101 (11.43%) AngularJS
7 95 (10.75%) .NET Core
8 92 (10.41%) XML
9 87 (9.84%) ASP.NET Web API
10 82 (9.28%) Web Services
11 57 (6.45%) jQuery
11 57 (6.45%) REST
12 50 (5.66%) ASP.NET MVC
12 50 (5.66%) Entity Framework
13 49 (5.54%) RESTful
14 44 (4.98%) HTML5
15 42 (4.75%) JSON
16 34 (3.85%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 31 (3.51%) React
18 30 (3.39%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 51 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (4.19%) Clustering
3 31 (3.51%) Data Structures
4 28 (3.17%) Enterprise Software
5 19 (2.15%) Greenfield Project
5 19 (2.15%) Management Information System
5 19 (2.15%) Public Cloud
6 18 (2.04%) Data Centre
7 12 (1.36%) Mobile App
7 12 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
8 11 (1.24%) Algorithms
8 11 (1.24%) NHS
8 11 (1.24%) User Experience
9 10 (1.13%) Virtual Team
10 9 (1.02%) Replication
11 8 (0.90%) Linked Data
12 7 (0.79%) PKI
13 6 (0.68%) Client/Server
13 6 (0.68%) Smartphone
13 6 (0.68%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 224 (25.34%) Windows
2 103 (11.65%) Windows Server
3 91 (10.29%) Linux
4 54 (6.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 37 (4.19%) Windows Server 2008
6 28 (3.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 26 (2.94%) Windows 10
7 26 (2.94%) Windows 7
8 21 (2.38%) Windows 8
9 16 (1.81%) Unix
10 15 (1.70%) Android
11 11 (1.24%) Apple iOS
11 11 (1.24%) CentOS
12 8 (0.90%) VMS
12 8 (0.90%) Windows XP
13 7 (0.79%) AIX
14 4 (0.45%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.34%) Ubuntu
15 3 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
16 2 (0.23%) Fedora
Processes & Methodologies
1 250 (28.28%) Agile Software Development
2 141 (15.95%) Migration
3 129 (14.59%) Business Intelligence
4 114 (12.90%) ETL
5 104 (11.76%) MVC
6 101 (11.43%) TDD
7 84 (9.50%) DevOps
8 77 (8.71%) Scrum
9 69 (7.81%) Problem-Solving
10 63 (7.13%) Test Automation
11 58 (6.56%) Analytics
12 56 (6.33%) Software Engineering
13 54 (6.11%) Unit Testing
14 52 (5.88%) Continuous Integration
15 46 (5.20%) Data Modelling
16 41 (4.64%) Performance Tuning
17 40 (4.52%) CRM
17 40 (4.52%) ITIL
18 39 (4.41%) SDLC
19 38 (4.30%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 461 (52.15%) SQL
2 377 (42.65%) C#
3 175 (19.80%) JavaScript
4 132 (14.93%) T-SQL
5 91 (10.29%) PowerShell
6 78 (8.82%) Java
7 72 (8.14%) Python
8 31 (3.51%) R
8 31 (3.51%) VB.NET
9 25 (2.83%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 17 (1.92%) VB
11 16 (1.81%) C++
12 15 (1.70%) PHP
13 14 (1.58%) VBScript
14 12 (1.36%) C
15 10 (1.13%) PL/SQL
15 10 (1.13%) Ruby
16 9 (1.02%) U-SQL
17 8 (0.90%) Perl
17 8 (0.90%) SHACL
Qualifications
1 116 (13.12%) Security Cleared
2 79 (8.94%) SC Cleared
3 62 (7.01%) Degree
4 31 (3.51%) Microsoft Certification
5 23 (2.60%) DV Cleared
6 18 (2.04%) Computer Science Degree
7 17 (1.92%) MCSE
8 9 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (1.02%) DBS Check
9 8 (0.90%) CCNA
10 6 (0.68%) HNC
10 6 (0.68%) Numerate Degree
11 5 (0.57%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 4 (0.45%) MCDBA
12 4 (0.45%) MCITP
13 3 (0.34%) ISEB
13 3 (0.34%) ISEB Practitioner
13 3 (0.34%) MCTS
13 3 (0.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (3.73%) QA
2 12 (1.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 10 (1.13%) Data Quality
4 8 (0.90%) GDPR
4 8 (0.90%) SLA
5 7 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.34%) NCSC
7 2 (0.23%) EMIR
7 2 (0.23%) MiFID
8 1 (0.11%) HL7
8 1 (0.11%) NIST
8 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.11%) PSD2
8 1 (0.11%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 114 (12.90%) Active Directory
2 57 (6.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 43 (4.86%) Hyper-V
4 35 (3.96%) Docker
5 24 (2.71%) Virtual Machines
6 14 (1.58%) Virtual Servers
6 14 (1.58%) XenApp
7 12 (1.36%) vSphere
8 10 (1.13%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (0.90%) LXC
9 8 (0.90%) Oracle RAC
10 7 (0.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 6 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
12 5 (0.57%) XenDesktop
13 4 (0.45%) Apache Flume
13 4 (0.45%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 4 (0.45%) OCFS2
13 4 (0.45%) Terminal Services
13 4 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.23%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 46 (5.20%) SCCM
2 28 (3.17%) Kubernetes
3 23 (2.60%) Ansible
4 17 (1.92%) SCOM
5 16 (1.81%) Microsoft Clustering
6 14 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
7 10 (1.13%) Puppet
8 7 (0.79%) Data Guard
8 7 (0.79%) MIIS
8 7 (0.79%) Oozie
8 7 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
8 7 (0.79%) Terraform
9 6 (0.68%) EMC NetWorker
10 5 (0.57%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 5 (0.57%) WSUS
11 4 (0.45%) Consul
11 4 (0.45%) HP ALM
11 4 (0.45%) Kibana
11 4 (0.45%) Mesos
11 4 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 388 (43.89%) Microsoft
2 167 (18.89%) Oracle
3 81 (9.16%) VMware
4 36 (4.07%) Citrix
5 24 (2.71%) SAP
5 24 (2.71%) Tableau
6 21 (2.38%) Cisco
7 18 (2.04%) Google
7 18 (2.04%) IBM
8 16 (1.81%) HP
9 15 (1.70%) Databricks
10 14 (1.58%) Xamarin
11 12 (1.36%) Red Hat
12 11 (1.24%) Cognos
13 9 (1.02%) Salesforce.com
13 9 (1.02%) Splunk
14 8 (0.90%) Remedy
14 8 (0.90%) ServiceNow
14 8 (0.90%) Sitecore
15 7 (0.79%) Dell