Period
to 28 January 2022

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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 344 269 350
Rank change year-on-year -75 +81 +115
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 644 412 499
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.97% 0.69%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 3.47% 4.43% 3.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 438 300 344
10th Percentile £403 £325 £364
25th Percentile £452 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £488 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.69% +2.63% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £638 £634
UK excluding London median daily rate £488 £400 £469
% change year-on-year +21.88% -14.67% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 10
10th Percentile - - £45.48
25th Percentile £29.50 - £66.25
Median hourly rate £33.00 £66.50 £75.00
Median % change year-on-year -50.38% -11.33% +77.86%
75th Percentile £36.50 - £82.50
90th Percentile - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 - £80.00

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 18,571 9,302 15,490
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.15% 21.82% 21.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,218 6,412 10,555
10th Percentile £363 £313 £316
25th Percentile £438 £395 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £488 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.69% +2.63% -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £731 £663 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £440
% change year-on-year +11.76% -3.41% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 203 188 213
10th Percentile £17.30 £13.59 £12.81
25th Percentile £24.50 £19.44 £17.83
Median hourly rate £43.34 £26.25 £26.00
Median % change year-on-year +65.09% +0.96% -3.97%
75th Percentile £62.08 £46.94 £42.50
90th Percentile £72.40 £61.83 £54.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £23.75 £22.55
% change year-on-year +78.99% +5.32% -13.29%

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 28 January 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 28 January 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 -83 458 £530 +11.58% 173
London -90 272 £550 +4.76% 80
Work from Home -90 251 £550 +10.00% 53
UK excluding London -45 180 £488 +21.88% 110
South East -29 58 £500 +17.65% 37
Scotland -29 33 £413 +37.50% 18
Midlands -68 33 £500 +11.11% 14
North of England -53 29 £488 +23.81% 27
South West -37 24 £475 +18.75% 3
West Midlands -54 18 £500 +5.26% 13
East Midlands -33 14 £425 +21.43% 1
Yorkshire -30 13 £475 +48.44% 10
North West -43 13 £513 +20.59% 15
East of England -52 5 £413 +10.00% 9
North East 0 3 £467 +3.67% 2
Wales -28 1 £425 -10.53% 2

For the 6 months to 28 January 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.

1 644 (100.00%) Azure
2 628 (97.52%) SQL
3 256 (39.75%) DevOps
4 252 (39.13%) Microsoft
5 246 (38.20%) SQL Server
6 242 (37.58%) Agile Software Development
7 238 (36.96%) Azure Data Factory
8 224 (34.78%) Business Intelligence
9 215 (33.39%) Power Platform
10 204 (31.68%) Data Lake
10 204 (31.68%) Power BI
11 193 (29.97%) CI/CD
12 191 (29.66%) Python
13 183 (28.42%) Databricks
14 179 (27.80%) Analytics
15 169 (26.24%) C#
16 159 (24.69%) .NET
16 159 (24.69%) Data Warehouse
17 158 (24.53%) Social Skills
18 150 (23.29%) Azure Cosmos DB
19 131 (20.34%) Data Modelling
19 131 (20.34%) PaaS
20 125 (19.41%) ETL
21 117 (18.17%) T-SQL
22 111 (17.24%) Serverless
23 107 (16.61%) Azure Synapse Analytics
24 100 (15.53%) Azure Functions
24 100 (15.53%) Kubernetes
25 98 (15.22%) Data Engineering
26 97 (15.06%) Azure Storage

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 31 (4.81%) Confluence
2 29 (4.50%) BizTalk Server
3 25 (3.88%) Apache Spark
3 25 (3.88%) SharePoint
4 9 (1.40%) JBoss
4 9 (1.40%) NetWeaver
4 9 (1.40%) WebSphere
5 7 (1.09%) Apache
5 7 (1.09%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (0.78%) Apache Airflow
6 5 (0.78%) Apache Pig
7 4 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.47%) IIS
8 3 (0.47%) Mule
9 2 (0.31%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.16%) CMS
10 1 (0.16%) MS Exchange
10 1 (0.16%) nginx
10 1 (0.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 22 (3.42%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.62%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.16%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 7 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.31%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.16%) Cerner Millennium
4 1 (0.16%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.16%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 644 (100.00%) Azure
2 238 (36.96%) Azure Data Factory
3 215 (33.39%) Power Platform
4 150 (23.29%) Azure Cosmos DB
5 131 (20.34%) PaaS
6 111 (17.24%) Serverless
7 107 (16.61%) Azure Synapse Analytics
8 100 (15.53%) Azure Functions
9 97 (15.06%) Azure Storage
10 75 (11.65%) AWS
11 69 (10.71%) Azure Logic Apps
12 68 (10.56%) Azure Service Bus
13 66 (10.25%) Azure Monitor
14 61 (9.47%) Azure Active Directory
15 52 (8.07%) IaaS
16 42 (6.52%) Azure Key Vault
17 40 (6.21%) GitHub
18 38 (5.90%) Azure App Service
19 35 (5.43%) Microsoft 365
20 34 (5.28%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 32 (4.97%) DNS
2 31 (4.81%) Firewall
3 29 (4.50%) VPN
4 16 (2.48%) FTP
5 11 (1.71%) MPLS
5 11 (1.71%) SD-WAN
5 11 (1.71%) WAN
5 11 (1.71%) Wireless
6 10 (1.55%) DHCP
7 9 (1.40%) PBX
7 9 (1.40%) Skype
7 9 (1.40%) VoIP
8 5 (0.78%) AMQP
8 5 (0.78%) HTTPS
8 5 (0.78%) SSL
9 4 (0.62%) Network Security
9 4 (0.62%) Software-Defined Networking
10 3 (0.47%) TCP/IP
11 2 (0.31%) Modbus
11 2 (0.31%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 246 (38.20%) SQL Server
2 204 (31.68%) Data Lake
2 204 (31.68%) Power BI
3 159 (24.69%) Data Warehouse
4 72 (11.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 63 (9.78%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 46 (7.14%) Big Data
7 45 (6.99%) Power Query
8 43 (6.68%) MongoDB
9 39 (6.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 36 (5.59%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 36 (5.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 31 (4.81%) PostgreSQL
12 30 (4.66%) Relational Database
13 25 (3.88%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
14 24 (3.73%) MySQL
15 22 (3.42%) SAP HANA
16 20 (3.11%) Metadata
17 18 (2.80%) NoSQL
18 17 (2.64%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 75 (11.65%) Git (software)
2 49 (7.61%) JIRA
3 31 (4.81%) Visual Studio
4 13 (2.02%) ER Studio
4 13 (2.02%) Jenkins
5 11 (1.71%) ERwin
5 11 (1.71%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 8 (1.24%) Subversion
7 5 (0.78%) GitLab
7 5 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
7 5 (0.78%) SpecFlow
8 4 (0.62%) git-flow
8 4 (0.62%) SonarQube
8 4 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (0.47%) ESLint
9 3 (0.47%) NUnit
9 3 (0.47%) Postman
9 3 (0.47%) Selenium
9 3 (0.47%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.31%) gulp
General
1 158 (24.53%) Social Skills
2 85 (13.20%) Finance
2 85 (13.20%) Public Sector
3 52 (8.07%) Analytical Skills
4 37 (5.75%) Presentation Skills
5 32 (4.97%) Marketing
5 32 (4.97%) Retail
6 19 (2.95%) Banking
7 8 (1.24%) Advertising
7 8 (1.24%) Documentation Skills
7 8 (1.24%) Pharmaceutical
7 8 (1.24%) Telecoms
8 7 (1.09%) Electronics
8 7 (1.09%) Front Office
8 7 (1.09%) Legal
9 6 (0.93%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.62%) Automotive
10 4 (0.62%) Organisational Skills
11 3 (0.47%) Back Office
11 3 (0.47%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 193 (29.97%) Developer
2 142 (22.05%) Azure Engineer
3 134 (20.81%) Data Engineer
4 93 (14.44%) Azure Developer
5 81 (12.58%) Architect
6 52 (8.07%) .NET Developer
7 51 (7.92%) SQL Developer
8 49 (7.61%) Analyst
8 49 (7.61%) C# Developer
9 45 (6.99%) Azure Architect
10 38 (5.90%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 33 (5.12%) DBA
12 31 (4.81%) Solutions Architect
13 30 (4.66%) Data Architect
14 28 (4.35%) Power BI Developer
15 24 (3.73%) Senior Developer
15 24 (3.73%) SQL DBA
16 23 (3.57%) Software Engineer
17 21 (3.26%) C# .NET Developer
18 19 (2.95%) Azure Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 159 (24.69%) .NET
2 84 (13.04%) .NET Core
3 60 (9.32%) ASP.NET
4 57 (8.85%) .NET Framework
5 55 (8.54%) ARM Templates
6 47 (7.30%) Entity Framework
7 42 (6.52%) REST
8 38 (5.90%) JSON
9 31 (4.81%) AngularJS
10 30 (4.66%) Web Services
11 29 (4.50%) ASP.NET Web API
12 27 (4.19%) RESTful
13 25 (3.88%) Kafka
13 25 (3.88%) React
14 18 (2.80%) ASP.NET Core
14 18 (2.80%) OAuth
15 17 (2.64%) CSS
15 17 (2.64%) OpenID
16 16 (2.48%) PySpark
16 16 (2.48%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 42 (6.52%) Self-Motivation
2 41 (6.37%) Legacy Systems
3 38 (5.90%) Cloud Native
4 34 (5.28%) Greenfield Project
5 27 (4.19%) Public Cloud
6 26 (4.04%) Data Structures
7 17 (2.64%) User Experience
8 14 (2.17%) Social Media
9 12 (1.86%) PKI
10 10 (1.55%) Reference Data
11 9 (1.40%) Legacy Applications
11 9 (1.40%) Replication
11 9 (1.40%) Virtual Team
12 7 (1.09%) Clustering
12 7 (1.09%) Private Cloud
13 6 (0.93%) Enterprise Cloud
13 6 (0.93%) Hybrid Cloud
14 4 (0.62%) Hedge funds
14 4 (0.62%) Management Information System
15 3 (0.47%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 76 (11.80%) Windows
2 33 (5.12%) Linux
3 18 (2.80%) Windows Server
4 13 (2.02%) Unix
5 9 (1.40%) AIX
5 9 (1.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 9 (1.40%) VMS
6 4 (0.62%) Ubuntu
7 3 (0.47%) Debian
8 2 (0.31%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 256 (39.75%) DevOps
2 242 (37.58%) Agile Software Development
3 224 (34.78%) Business Intelligence
4 193 (29.97%) CI/CD
5 179 (27.80%) Analytics
6 131 (20.34%) Data Modelling
7 125 (19.41%) ETL
8 98 (15.22%) Data Engineering
9 89 (13.82%) Microservices
10 85 (13.20%) Scrum
11 80 (12.42%) Migration
12 73 (11.34%) Problem-Solving
13 72 (11.18%) TDD
14 71 (11.02%) Visualisation
15 47 (7.30%) SDLC
16 45 (6.99%) Data Pipeline
16 45 (6.99%) Software Engineering
17 42 (6.52%) Full Stack Development
18 39 (6.06%) Infrastructure as Code
19 38 (5.90%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 628 (97.52%) SQL
2 191 (29.66%) Python
3 169 (26.24%) C#
4 117 (18.17%) T-SQL
5 91 (14.13%) PowerShell
6 56 (8.70%) JavaScript
7 43 (6.68%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 43 (6.68%) Java
8 30 (4.66%) PL/SQL
9 26 (4.04%) C++
10 25 (3.88%) Go
11 18 (2.80%) Scala
12 16 (2.48%) TypeScript
13 11 (1.71%) Bash
14 10 (1.55%) R
15 8 (1.24%) PHP
16 6 (0.93%) Perl
16 6 (0.93%) XQuery
17 5 (0.78%) Java 11
17 5 (0.78%) XPath
Qualifications
1 44 (6.83%) Security Cleared
2 36 (5.59%) SC Cleared
3 26 (4.04%) Degree
4 22 (3.42%) BPSS Clearance
5 8 (1.24%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (0.62%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.16%) MCSE
8 1 (0.16%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (6.37%) QA
2 35 (5.43%) Data Quality
3 16 (2.48%) GDPR
4 9 (1.40%) COBIT
4 9 (1.40%) PCI DSS
5 7 (1.09%) SLA
6 5 (0.78%) Accessibility
7 3 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
7 3 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.47%) WCAG
8 2 (0.31%) SOC 2
9 1 (0.16%) RosettaNet
System Software
1 66 (10.25%) Active Directory
2 54 (8.39%) Docker
3 16 (2.48%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (1.40%) HDFS
5 7 (1.09%) Virtual Desktop
6 6 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
7 3 (0.47%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
8 2 (0.31%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.16%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 100 (15.53%) Kubernetes
2 45 (6.99%) Terraform
3 16 (2.48%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 8 (1.24%) Istio
5 6 (0.93%) Failover Clustering
6 5 (0.78%) Ansible
6 5 (0.78%) ITRS Geneos
6 5 (0.78%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (0.62%) Kibana
7 4 (0.62%) logstash
7 4 (0.62%) Sysdig
8 3 (0.47%) Grafana
9 2 (0.31%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.31%) Puppet
10 1 (0.16%) Prometheus
10 1 (0.16%) SCCM
10 1 (0.16%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 252 (39.13%) Microsoft
2 183 (28.42%) Databricks
3 67 (10.40%) Oracle
4 39 (6.06%) SAP
5 27 (4.19%) MuleSoft
6 22 (3.42%) Google
7 18 (2.80%) Red Hat
8 14 (2.17%) Salesforce.com
9 12 (1.86%) Cisco
10 11 (1.71%) Atlassian
11 10 (1.55%) Citrix
12 9 (1.40%) Software AG
13 8 (1.24%) Cloudera
13 8 (1.24%) Splunk
14 7 (1.09%) Dynatrace
15 6 (0.93%) IBM
15 6 (0.93%) VMware
16 5 (0.78%) Cognos
16 5 (0.78%) Netezza
16 5 (0.78%) Teradata