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The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Azure SQL Database skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Azure SQL Database over the 6 months to 30 June 2022 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 Azure SQL Database (formerly SQL Azure)
UK
6 months to
30 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 391 291 336
Rank change year-on-year -100 +45 +52
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 531 590 292
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.60% 0.91% 0.71%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 3.09% 4.25% 3.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 379 375 211
10th Percentile £388 £400 £363
25th Percentile £450 £426 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £540 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +8.00% +5.26% -5.00%
75th Percentile £625 £583 £550
90th Percentile £714 £650 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £48.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

Azure SQL Database 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 with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 17,201 13,882 9,209
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.43% 21.30% 22.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,252 9,501 6,425
10th Percentile £380 £331 £325
25th Percentile £450 £413 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £650 £600 £588
90th Percentile £750 £700 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 182 210 124
10th Percentile £14.31 £12.66 £13.86
25th Percentile £21.19 £19.06 £18.44
Median hourly rate £40.15 £26.00 £24.86
Median % change year-on-year +54.42% +4.61% -17.15%
75th Percentile £63.00 £44.69 £43.94
90th Percentile £75.00 £58.23 £61.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.80 £23.76
% change year-on-year +41.13% +4.38% -20.80%

Azure SQL Database
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Azure SQL Database as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Azure SQL Database in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Azure SQL Database.

Daily rate trend for Azure SQL Database in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Azure SQL Database over the 6 months to 30 June 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Azure SQL Database in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Azure SQL Database.

Hourly rate trend for Azure SQL Database in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure SQL Database within the UK over the 6 months to 30 June 2022. 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
Jobs
England -108 407 £540 +8.00% 128
Work from Home -78 327 £530 +6.00% 59
London -82 257 £540 +2.86% 64
UK excluding London -60 144 £500 +5.26% 71
South East -33 34 £525 +5.00% 11
North of England -57 33 £550 +26.80% 17
Midlands -39 31 £525 +5.00% 16
North West -17 30 £575 +35.29% 11
West Midlands -28 25 £500 - 10
Scotland -18 17 £449 -0.28% 5
East of England -15 12 £625 +72.41% 10
South West -19 12 £465 +3.33% 10
East Midlands -19 6 £613 +25.64% 6
Wales -2 5 £463 +10.12%
Yorkshire -48 2 £444 +3.80% 5
North East -13 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 30 June 2022, IT contractor jobs citing Azure SQL Database 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 with a requirement for Azure SQL Database.

1 531 (100.00%) Azure
2 512 (96.42%) SQL
3 266 (50.09%) DevOps
4 230 (43.31%) Microsoft
5 220 (41.43%) Azure Data Factory
6 202 (38.04%) Power Platform
7 201 (37.85%) Business Intelligence
8 194 (36.53%) Agile
9 190 (35.78%) Azure DevOps
10 189 (35.59%) Power BI
11 187 (35.22%) SQL Server
12 176 (33.15%) Analytics
13 165 (31.07%) CI/CD
14 154 (29.00%) Python
15 149 (28.06%) Databricks
16 144 (27.12%) Data Lake
17 143 (26.93%) C#
18 135 (25.42%) .NET
19 124 (23.35%) Social Skills
20 113 (21.28%) Data Warehouse
21 105 (19.77%) PowerShell
22 99 (18.64%) Azure Synapse Analytics
22 99 (18.64%) Serverless
23 96 (18.08%) ETL
24 90 (16.95%) Scrum
24 90 (16.95%) AWS
25 89 (16.76%) T-SQL
26 88 (16.57%) PaaS
26 88 (16.57%) Azure Functions
26 88 (16.57%) Azure Cosmos DB

Azure SQL Database
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (6.21%) Apache Spark
2 28 (5.27%) Confluence
3 17 (3.20%) SharePoint
4 16 (3.01%) BizTalk Server
5 10 (1.88%) Apache Airflow
6 9 (1.69%) Apache Pig
7 8 (1.51%) Apache
8 4 (0.75%) CMS
8 4 (0.75%) IIS
8 4 (0.75%) Jupyter
9 3 (0.56%) Kentico
9 3 (0.56%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.38%) SAS
11 1 (0.19%) Apache Synapse
11 1 (0.19%) JBoss
11 1 (0.19%) NetWeaver
11 1 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 1 (0.19%) ThingWorx
11 1 (0.19%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.19%) WebSphere
Applications
1 19 (3.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.19%) Chatbot
2 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.13%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.56%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.38%) Carpe Diem
4 2 (0.38%) Elite 3E
5 1 (0.19%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.19%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 531 (100.00%) Azure
2 220 (41.43%) Azure Data Factory
3 202 (38.04%) Power Platform
4 190 (35.78%) Azure DevOps
5 99 (18.64%) Azure Synapse Analytics
5 99 (18.64%) Serverless
6 90 (16.95%) AWS
7 88 (16.57%) Azure Cosmos DB
7 88 (16.57%) Azure Functions
7 88 (16.57%) PaaS
8 67 (12.62%) Azure Logic Apps
9 62 (11.68%) Azure Monitor
10 55 (10.36%) Azure Service Bus
11 51 (9.60%) Azure Storage
12 47 (8.85%) Azure Active Directory
13 46 (8.66%) Azure AKS
14 43 (8.10%) Azure Key Vault
15 39 (7.34%) IaaS
16 33 (6.21%) GCP
17 32 (6.03%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.58%) DNS
2 16 (3.01%) Firewall
3 13 (2.45%) Network Security
4 11 (2.07%) VPN
5 10 (1.88%) WAN
6 6 (1.13%) FTP
6 6 (1.13%) LAN
7 5 (0.94%) DHCP
8 4 (0.75%) MPLS
8 4 (0.75%) SD-WAN
8 4 (0.75%) Wireless
9 2 (0.38%) HTTP
9 2 (0.38%) Reverse Proxy
9 2 (0.38%) SAN
9 2 (0.38%) TCP/IP
10 1 (0.19%) BGP
10 1 (0.19%) Internet
10 1 (0.19%) SSL
10 1 (0.19%) VLAN
10 1 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 189 (35.59%) Power BI
2 187 (35.22%) SQL Server
3 144 (27.12%) Data Lake
4 113 (21.28%) Data Warehouse
5 80 (15.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 59 (11.11%) Big Data
7 55 (10.36%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 51 (9.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 50 (9.42%) Power Query
10 47 (8.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 38 (7.16%) PostgreSQL
12 33 (6.21%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 29 (5.46%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
13 29 (5.46%) NoSQL
14 27 (5.08%) MongoDB
15 20 (3.77%) MySQL
15 20 (3.77%) Relational Database
16 18 (3.39%) Delta Lake
17 14 (2.64%) Metadata
18 13 (2.45%) Parquet
Development Applications
1 72 (13.56%) Git (software)
2 44 (8.29%) JIRA
3 41 (7.72%) Visual Studio
4 18 (3.39%) Jenkins
5 15 (2.82%) SpecFlow
6 11 (2.07%) Selenium
7 10 (1.88%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 9 (1.69%) GitLab
8 9 (1.69%) SonarQube
9 8 (1.51%) ERwin
9 8 (1.51%) Visual Studio Team System
10 7 (1.32%) ER Studio
10 7 (1.32%) Visual Studio Code
11 6 (1.13%) Bitbucket
11 6 (1.13%) PowerDesigner
11 6 (1.13%) Sonatype Nexus
11 6 (1.13%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (0.94%) Cypress.io
12 5 (0.94%) JMeter
12 5 (0.94%) Subversion
General
1 124 (23.35%) Social Skills
2 63 (11.86%) Public Sector
3 49 (9.23%) Finance
4 24 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
5 23 (4.33%) Marketing
6 13 (2.45%) Retail
7 11 (2.07%) Banking
7 11 (2.07%) Presentation Skills
8 8 (1.51%) Legal
8 8 (1.51%) Telecoms
9 6 (1.13%) Manufacturing
10 5 (0.94%) Documentation Skills
10 5 (0.94%) Electronics
10 5 (0.94%) Law
11 4 (0.75%) Organisational Skills
11 4 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.56%) Advertising
12 3 (0.56%) Automotive
12 3 (0.56%) Inclusion and Diversity
13 2 (0.38%) Aviation
Job Titles
1 152 (28.63%) Developer
2 116 (21.85%) Data Engineer
3 105 (19.77%) Azure Engineer
4 85 (16.01%) Architect
5 64 (12.05%) Azure Data Engineer
6 58 (10.92%) Azure Developer
7 46 (8.66%) .NET Developer
8 37 (6.97%) Azure Architect
9 35 (6.59%) Analyst
10 34 (6.40%) DevOps Engineer
11 31 (5.84%) Solutions Architect
12 29 (5.46%) SQL Developer
13 28 (5.27%) C# Developer
14 26 (4.90%) Data Architect
15 25 (4.71%) Cloud Engineer
16 17 (3.20%) Azure DevOps Engineer
16 17 (3.20%) DBA
17 16 (3.01%) Performance Analyst
18 15 (2.82%) Business Intelligence Developer
18 15 (2.82%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 135 (25.42%) .NET
2 49 (9.23%) .NET Framework
3 42 (7.91%) .NET Core
4 39 (7.34%) React
5 38 (7.16%) ASP.NET
6 34 (6.40%) REST
7 32 (6.03%) JSON
8 30 (5.65%) Entity Framework
9 24 (4.52%) RESTful
10 21 (3.95%) ARM Templates
10 21 (3.95%) ASP.NET Web API
11 20 (3.77%) AngularJS
12 19 (3.58%) ASP.NET Core
13 18 (3.39%) YAML
14 17 (3.20%) HTML
14 17 (3.20%) Web Services
15 16 (3.01%) Kafka
16 14 (2.64%) CSS
17 13 (2.45%) jQuery
18 12 (2.26%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 41 (7.72%) Cloud Native
2 23 (4.33%) Self-Motivation
3 18 (3.39%) Social Media
4 15 (2.82%) Data Structures
4 15 (2.82%) Greenfield Project
4 15 (2.82%) Public Cloud
5 14 (2.64%) Reference Data
6 12 (2.26%) Legacy Systems
7 8 (1.51%) Replication
8 7 (1.32%) Algorithms
8 7 (1.32%) Hybrid Cloud
8 7 (1.32%) Linux Command Line
8 7 (1.32%) Management Information System
8 7 (1.32%) Mobile App
9 5 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (0.94%) IoT
10 4 (0.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 4 (0.75%) PKI
10 4 (0.75%) User Experience
10 4 (0.75%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 44 (8.29%) Windows
2 24 (4.52%) Linux
3 10 (1.88%) VMS
4 9 (1.69%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (1.51%) Windows Server
6 6 (1.13%) Debian
6 6 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.13%) Ubuntu
7 5 (0.94%) Apple iOS
7 5 (0.94%) Windows Server 2019
8 4 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (0.38%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.19%) AIX
10 1 (0.19%) Android
10 1 (0.19%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 266 (50.09%) DevOps
2 201 (37.85%) Business Intelligence
3 194 (36.53%) Agile
4 176 (33.15%) Analytics
5 165 (31.07%) CI/CD
6 96 (18.08%) ETL
7 90 (16.95%) Scrum
8 84 (15.82%) Microservices
9 71 (13.37%) Data Modelling
10 68 (12.81%) Data Engineering
11 67 (12.62%) Migration
12 66 (12.43%) TDD
13 46 (8.66%) Continuous Integration
14 43 (8.10%) Kanban
15 42 (7.91%) Visualisation
16 41 (7.72%) Log Analytics
17 38 (7.16%) Data Pipeline
18 36 (6.78%) Infrastructure as Code
19 34 (6.40%) Data Analytics
19 34 (6.40%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 512 (96.42%) SQL
2 154 (29.00%) Python
3 143 (26.93%) C#
4 105 (19.77%) PowerShell
5 89 (16.76%) T-SQL
6 56 (10.55%) JavaScript
7 45 (8.47%) Java
8 41 (7.72%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 24 (4.52%) Go
10 21 (3.95%) Bash
11 17 (3.20%) TypeScript
12 15 (2.82%) C++
13 14 (2.64%) PL/SQL
14 12 (2.26%) PHP
15 9 (1.69%) Bicep
16 7 (1.32%) Scala
17 6 (1.13%) Groovy
17 6 (1.13%) Perl
18 4 (0.75%) F#
18 4 (0.75%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 59 (11.11%) Security Cleared
2 47 (8.85%) SC Cleared
3 11 (2.07%) Degree
4 8 (1.51%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
5 6 (1.13%) DBS Check
6 3 (0.56%) MCSA
7 2 (0.38%) AWS Certification
7 2 (0.38%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (0.38%) MCSE
8 1 (0.19%) CSPO
8 1 (0.19%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.19%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (4.14%) Data Quality
2 17 (3.20%) QA
3 7 (1.32%) GDPR
4 2 (0.38%) Accessibility
4 2 (0.38%) NIST
4 2 (0.38%) NIST 800
4 2 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (0.38%) SLA
5 1 (0.19%) COBIT
5 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 48 (9.04%) Active Directory
2 34 (6.40%) Docker
3 22 (4.14%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.94%) HDFS
4 5 (0.94%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.19%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
6 1 (0.19%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.19%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 73 (13.75%) Kubernetes
2 61 (11.49%) Terraform
3 23 (4.33%) Ansible
4 14 (2.64%) Puppet
5 13 (2.45%) Opscode Chef
6 10 (1.88%) Istio
7 8 (1.51%) Single Sign-On
8 7 (1.32%) Opsgenie
9 6 (1.13%) Prometheus
10 5 (0.94%) Grafana
10 5 (0.94%) Microsoft Intune
11 4 (0.75%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 3 (0.56%) SCCM
13 1 (0.19%) Failover Clustering
13 1 (0.19%) FortiGate
13 1 (0.19%) Kibana
13 1 (0.19%) Kubeflow
13 1 (0.19%) logstash
13 1 (0.19%) Sysprep
13 1 (0.19%) WSUS
Vendors
1 230 (43.31%) Microsoft
2 149 (28.06%) Databricks
3 41 (7.72%) Oracle
4 34 (6.40%) SAP
5 24 (4.52%) Google
6 16 (3.01%) MuleSoft
7 13 (2.45%) Salesforce.com
8 11 (2.07%) New Relic
8 11 (2.07%) VMware
9 8 (1.51%) Splunk
10 7 (1.32%) IBM
10 7 (1.32%) Red Hat
11 6 (1.13%) BiZZdesign
11 6 (1.13%) Cloudera
12 5 (0.94%) Atlassian
12 5 (0.94%) Barracuda Networks
12 5 (0.94%) Cisco
13 4 (0.75%) SaltStack
13 4 (0.75%) Talend
13 4 (0.75%) Teradata