Period
to 9 April 2020

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 9 April 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 Azure SQL Database (formerly SQL Azure)
UK
6 months to
9 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 336 424 664
Rank change year-on-year +88 +240 +31
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 422 552 232
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.57% 0.23%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 3.35% 2.56% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 420 164
Median daily rate £498 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.50% +11.11% -
10th Percentile £382 £363 £313
90th Percentile £625 £639 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +11.76% +13.33% -11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 1
Median hourly rate £72.50 - £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 - £50.00

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 12,610 21,575 22,487
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.82% 22.29% 22.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,241 14,819 15,569
Median daily rate £475 £475 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.06% +7.43%
10th Percentile £320 £321 £310
90th Percentile £675 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £425 £411
% change year-on-year +4.71% +3.41% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 228 254 248
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £34.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.19% +24.55%
10th Percentile £14.76 £14.02 £14.54
90th Percentile £54.13 £57.50 £53.15
Median hourly rate £25.60 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% -6.67% +48.84%

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 9 April 2020.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Azure SQL Database over the 6 months to 9 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Azure SQL Database in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Top 17 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 9 April 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
England +84 385 £500 - 64
London +68 228 £500 -4.76% 21
UK excluding London +117 189 £475 +11.76% 47
South East +70 49 £438 -2.78% 19
North of England +63 45 £500 +25.00% 6
Midlands +78 43 £500 +17.65% 12
West Midlands +85 37 £500 +14.29% 8
North West +35 26 £425 - 4
Yorkshire +76 17 £650 +67.74% 2
Wales +40 16 £450 +9.76% 2
Scotland +29 15 £463 +28.47% 2
East of England +34 12 £475 +8.57% 4
Work from Home +9 11 £456 -0.82% 7
South West +27 8 £400 - 3
East Midlands +31 6 £500 +17.65% 4
Northern Ireland +17 3 £400 -
North East +24 2 - -

For the 6 months to 9 April 2020, 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.

1 421 (99.76%) Azure
2 389 (92.18%) SQL
3 165 (39.10%) SQL Server
4 145 (34.36%) C#
5 143 (33.89%) DevOps
6 141 (33.41%) Data Warehouse
7 140 (33.18%) Microsoft
8 138 (32.70%) .NET
8 138 (32.70%) Azure Data Factory
9 132 (31.28%) Agile Software Development
10 118 (27.96%) Business Intelligence
11 110 (26.07%) ETL
12 99 (23.46%) Data Lake
13 88 (20.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 84 (19.91%) Power BI
14 84 (19.91%) Power Platform
15 82 (19.43%) Databricks
16 77 (18.25%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
17 75 (17.77%) Analytics
18 74 (17.54%) .NET Core
19 73 (17.30%) PaaS
20 72 (17.06%) JavaScript
21 55 (13.03%) Migration
21 55 (13.03%) T-SQL
21 55 (13.03%) PowerShell
22 53 (12.56%) Git (software)
22 53 (12.56%) Finance
22 53 (12.56%) Serverless
23 52 (12.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
24 51 (12.09%) AngularJS

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 14 (3.32%) Confluence
2 12 (2.84%) Apache Spark
3 7 (1.66%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
4 6 (1.42%) IBM Notes
5 5 (1.18%) IIS
6 4 (0.95%) Apache Airflow
6 4 (0.95%) CMS
7 3 (0.71%) Apache
8 2 (0.47%) Apache Pig
8 2 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.47%) EPiServer
8 2 (0.47%) Office Communications Server
8 2 (0.47%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.24%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.24%) Drupal
9 1 (0.24%) Mule
9 1 (0.24%) SAS
9 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (1.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.24%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (1.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.47%) SAP ERP
2 2 (0.47%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 1 (0.24%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.24%) SAP MDM
3 1 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 421 (99.76%) Azure
2 138 (32.70%) Azure Data Factory
3 84 (19.91%) Power Platform
4 73 (17.30%) PaaS
5 53 (12.56%) Serverless
6 48 (11.37%) Azure Active Directory
6 48 (11.37%) Azure Functions
7 42 (9.95%) AWS
8 38 (9.00%) IaaS
9 19 (4.50%) SaaS
10 12 (2.84%) Azure Stack
10 12 (2.84%) Data Lake Analytics
10 12 (2.84%) GCP
11 11 (2.61%) GitHub
12 8 (1.90%) Dynamics 365
12 8 (1.90%) Office 365
13 6 (1.42%) Azure Machine Learning
14 5 (1.18%) PowerApps
15 4 (0.95%) AWS Lambda
15 4 (0.95%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 14 (3.32%) DNS
2 12 (2.84%) VPN
3 11 (2.61%) Firewall
4 9 (2.13%) Network Security
5 5 (1.18%) DKIM
6 4 (0.95%) MPLS
6 4 (0.95%) PBX
6 4 (0.95%) TCP/IP
7 3 (0.71%) NAS
7 3 (0.71%) Reverse Proxy
7 3 (0.71%) SAN
7 3 (0.71%) Skype
8 2 (0.47%) DHCP
8 2 (0.47%) SSL
8 2 (0.47%) VLAN
8 2 (0.47%) VoIP
8 2 (0.47%) VPLS
8 2 (0.47%) WAN
8 2 (0.47%) Wireless
9 1 (0.24%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 165 (39.10%) SQL Server
2 141 (33.41%) Data Warehouse
3 99 (23.46%) Data Lake
4 88 (20.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 84 (19.91%) Power BI
6 77 (18.25%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 52 (12.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 47 (11.14%) Cosmos DB
9 28 (6.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 25 (5.92%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 24 (5.69%) Big Data
11 24 (5.69%) Relational Database
12 22 (5.21%) NoSQL
13 15 (3.55%) Redis
14 14 (3.32%) Snowflake Schema
15 13 (3.08%) PostgreSQL
15 13 (3.08%) SQL Server 2016
16 11 (2.61%) BigQuery
16 11 (2.61%) MySQL
16 11 (2.61%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 53 (12.56%) Git (software)
2 20 (4.74%) Visual Studio Team System
3 17 (4.03%) Selenium
4 16 (3.79%) SpecFlow
5 14 (3.32%) JIRA
6 13 (3.08%) Visual Studio
7 11 (2.61%) Team Foundation Server
8 10 (2.37%) Subversion
9 9 (2.13%) Jenkins
10 7 (1.66%) Bitbucket
11 6 (1.42%) Cypress.io
11 6 (1.42%) ER Studio
11 6 (1.42%) ERwin
11 6 (1.42%) Mocha
11 6 (1.42%) Protractor
11 6 (1.42%) Sinon.JS
12 4 (0.95%) Octopus Deploy
12 4 (0.95%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 3 (0.71%) JUnit
13 3 (0.71%) Mockito
General
1 53 (12.56%) Finance
2 20 (4.74%) Retail
3 19 (4.50%) Public Sector
4 9 (2.13%) Legal
5 6 (1.42%) Manufacturing
5 6 (1.42%) Marketing
6 4 (0.95%) Advertising
7 3 (0.71%) Back Office
7 3 (0.71%) Banking
7 3 (0.71%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.24%) Electronics
8 1 (0.24%) Front Office
8 1 (0.24%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.24%) Law
8 1 (0.24%) Publishing
8 1 (0.24%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 184 (43.60%) Developer
2 82 (19.43%) Azure Engineer
3 65 (15.40%) .NET Developer
4 64 (15.17%) Data Engineer
5 63 (14.93%) Azure Developer
6 45 (10.66%) Architect
7 31 (7.35%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 25 (5.92%) SQL Developer
9 23 (5.45%) C# Developer
10 21 (4.98%) DevOps Engineer
11 20 (4.74%) Azure Architect
12 18 (4.27%) Data Architect
13 17 (4.03%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 17 (4.03%) Consultant
13 17 (4.03%) ETL Developer
14 16 (3.79%) C# .NET Developer
14 16 (3.79%) Senior Developer
15 15 (3.55%) Azure DevOps
16 13 (3.08%) Power BI Developer
17 12 (2.84%) Azure Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 138 (32.70%) .NET
2 74 (17.54%) .NET Core
3 51 (12.09%) AngularJS
4 40 (9.48%) ASP.NET
5 37 (8.77%) React
6 33 (7.82%) .NET Framework
6 33 (7.82%) Node.js
7 26 (6.16%) ASP.NET Web API
8 23 (5.45%) HTML
9 21 (4.98%) ASP.NET MVC
9 21 (4.98%) Web Services
10 20 (4.74%) RESTful
11 19 (4.50%) CSS
12 16 (3.79%) REST
13 13 (3.08%) Entity Framework
13 13 (3.08%) PySpark
14 12 (2.84%) OAuth
15 11 (2.61%) Jest
15 11 (2.61%) OAuth2
15 11 (2.61%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 25 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
1 25 (5.92%) Greenfield Project
2 23 (5.45%) Data Structures
3 14 (3.32%) Public Cloud
4 12 (2.84%) Enterprise Software
5 9 (2.13%) Management Information System
6 8 (1.90%) Cloud Native
6 8 (1.90%) Replication
6 8 (1.90%) Virtual Team
7 6 (1.42%) Mobile Payment
8 5 (1.18%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (1.18%) User Experience
9 4 (0.95%) Fixed Income
10 3 (0.71%) Equities
10 3 (0.71%) Reference Data
11 2 (0.47%) Blog
11 2 (0.47%) Clustering
11 2 (0.47%) FMCG
11 2 (0.47%) Mobile App
11 2 (0.47%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 32 (7.58%) Windows
2 13 (3.08%) Linux
2 13 (3.08%) Windows Server
3 11 (2.61%) Android
4 8 (1.90%) Windows Server 2016
5 7 (1.66%) Apple iOS
5 7 (1.66%) Unix
6 6 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.42%) VMS
6 6 (1.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (1.42%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (0.71%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.47%) Debian
8 2 (0.47%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.47%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (33.89%) DevOps
2 132 (31.28%) Agile Software Development
3 118 (27.96%) Business Intelligence
4 110 (26.07%) ETL
5 75 (17.77%) Analytics
6 55 (13.03%) Migration
7 48 (11.37%) Scrum
8 43 (10.19%) Kimball Methodology
8 43 (10.19%) TDD
9 39 (9.24%) Data Modelling
10 36 (8.53%) Test Automation
11 35 (8.29%) MVC
12 34 (8.06%) Microservices
13 30 (7.11%) Data Engineering
14 26 (6.16%) Data Integration
15 23 (5.45%) Data Analytics
15 23 (5.45%) Dimensional Modelling
16 21 (4.98%) Continuous Integration
16 21 (4.98%) Data Analysis
17 20 (4.74%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 389 (92.18%) SQL
2 145 (34.36%) C#
3 72 (17.06%) JavaScript
4 55 (13.03%) PowerShell
4 55 (13.03%) T-SQL
5 49 (11.61%) Python
6 22 (5.21%) Java
6 22 (5.21%) TypeScript
7 14 (3.32%) Scala
8 13 (3.08%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 8 (1.90%) PL/SQL
10 6 (1.42%) Ruby
11 5 (1.18%) Bash Shell
11 5 (1.18%) PHP
11 5 (1.18%) VB
12 4 (0.95%) XAML
13 3 (0.71%) ES8
13 3 (0.71%) Go
13 3 (0.71%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.47%) VBA
Qualifications
1 9 (2.13%) Degree
2 7 (1.66%) Microsoft Certification
3 5 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (0.71%) MCSA
4 3 (0.71%) SC Cleared
4 3 (0.71%) Security Cleared
5 2 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
5 2 (0.47%) TOGAF Certification
6 1 (0.24%) (ISC)2 CCSP
6 1 (0.24%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.24%) CCSP
6 1 (0.24%) CHECK Team Member
6 1 (0.24%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.24%) CISSP
6 1 (0.24%) CompTIA Security+
6 1 (0.24%) DBS Check
6 1 (0.24%) MCSE
6 1 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.84%) QA
2 8 (1.90%) Data Quality
3 6 (1.42%) GDPR
System Software
1 47 (11.14%) Active Directory
2 32 (7.58%) Virtual Machines
3 28 (6.64%) Docker
4 3 (0.71%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.47%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.24%) HDFS
6 1 (0.24%) NFS
Systems Management
1 25 (5.92%) Kubernetes
2 21 (4.98%) Terraform
3 10 (2.37%) Puppet
4 9 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.95%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (0.47%) Ansible
6 2 (0.47%) CASB
6 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (0.47%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (0.47%) MIIS
Vendors
1 140 (33.18%) Microsoft
2 82 (19.43%) Databricks
3 23 (5.45%) SAP
4 17 (4.03%) Oracle
5 15 (3.55%) Google
6 14 (3.32%) Informatica
7 13 (3.08%) Atlassian
7 13 (3.08%) Talend
7 13 (3.08%) Xamarin
8 11 (2.61%) Ab Initio
8 11 (2.61%) Tableau
9 7 (1.66%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (1.42%) Lotus
10 6 (1.42%) Sitecore
10 6 (1.42%) TIBCO
11 4 (0.95%) Cisco
11 4 (0.95%) MuleSoft
11 4 (0.95%) Teradata
11 4 (0.95%) VMware
12 3 (0.71%) Red Hat