Period
to 23 February 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 23 February 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
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 318 452 714
Rank change year-on-year +134 +262 +16
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 501 498 173
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 0.51% 0.17%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 3.50% 2.27% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 343 370 117
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.76% -15.00%
10th Percentile £375 £363 £313
90th Percentile £625 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £350
% change year-on-year +11.76% +21.43% -21.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 2 0
UK median hourly rate £72.50 £47.42 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.90% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £80.00 £35.00 -
% change year-on-year +128.57% - -

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 14,294 21,907 22,128
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.22% 22.29% 21.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,455 15,104 15,411
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.70% +8.82%
10th Percentile £319 £320 £312
90th Percentile £663 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +1.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 235 247 251
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £35.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +2.94% +28.30%
10th Percentile £13.85 £13.00 £15.18
90th Percentile £56.50 £55.40 £56.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -25.71% -6.67% +50.00%

Azure SQL Database
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Azure SQL Database in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database.

Contractor daily rate trend for Azure SQL Database in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure SQL Database over the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Azure SQL Database in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Azure SQL Database.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Azure SQL Database in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Azure SQL Database over the 6 months to 23 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 23 February 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 +117 463 £485 +2.11% 139
London +106 264 £500 -3.85% 56
UK excluding London +134 232 £475 +11.76% 95
South East +80 91 £455 -1.62% 29
North of England +42 51 £493 +13.87% 25
Midlands +70 42 £500 +17.65% 21
West Midlands +72 37 £500 +25.00% 15
Yorkshire +63 25 £650 +62.50% 13
North West +17 23 £400 -7.51% 9
Wales +35 16 £450 +13.92% 5
Scotland +35 16 £500 +60.00% 7
South West +15 9 £400 -3.90% 5
East of England +30 6 £475 +5.56% 5
East Midlands +37 5 - - 6
Northern Ireland +15 3 £400 -
North East +14 3 £485 -3.00% 3

For the 6 months to 23 February 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.

1 500 (99.80%) Azure
2 467 (93.21%) SQL
3 200 (39.92%) SQL Server
4 197 (39.32%) Microsoft
5 167 (33.33%) .NET
5 167 (33.33%) C#
6 166 (33.13%) Azure Data Factory
7 163 (32.53%) Data Warehouse
8 151 (30.14%) Agile Software Development
9 148 (29.54%) DevOps
10 141 (28.14%) Business Intelligence
11 122 (24.35%) ETL
12 115 (22.95%) Data Lake
13 113 (22.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 111 (22.16%) Power Platform
15 110 (21.96%) Power BI
16 95 (18.96%) Analytics
17 91 (18.16%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
18 87 (17.37%) Databricks
19 84 (16.77%) .NET Core
20 82 (16.37%) PowerShell
21 80 (15.97%) PaaS
21 80 (15.97%) JavaScript
22 78 (15.57%) T-SQL
23 74 (14.77%) Serverless
24 70 (13.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
25 69 (13.77%) Migration
26 67 (13.37%) Python
26 67 (13.37%) Azure Active Directory
27 66 (13.17%) Active Directory

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 18 (3.59%) Confluence
2 15 (2.99%) Apache Spark
2 15 (2.99%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.60%) IIS
4 6 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
4 6 (1.20%) CMS
4 6 (1.20%) IBM Notes
5 4 (0.80%) Apache Airflow
5 4 (0.80%) ArcGIS
6 3 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (0.60%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.40%) Apache
7 2 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.40%) EPiServer
7 2 (0.40%) Office Communications Server
7 2 (0.40%) SAS
7 2 (0.40%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.40%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.20%) Tomcat
Applications
1 9 (1.80%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.00%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (1.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.60%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 2 (0.40%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.20%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.20%) SAP MDM
4 1 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 500 (99.80%) Azure
2 166 (33.13%) Azure Data Factory
3 111 (22.16%) Power Platform
4 80 (15.97%) PaaS
5 74 (14.77%) Serverless
6 67 (13.37%) Azure Active Directory
7 58 (11.58%) Azure Functions
8 52 (10.38%) IaaS
9 46 (9.18%) AWS
10 26 (5.19%) SaaS
11 22 (4.39%) Data Lake Analytics
12 18 (3.59%) Office 365
13 13 (2.59%) GitHub
14 11 (2.20%) Azure Stack
14 11 (2.20%) GCP
15 10 (2.00%) Dynamics 365
16 8 (1.60%) Azure Machine Learning
17 7 (1.40%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 7 (1.40%) PowerApps
18 5 (1.00%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 23 (4.59%) DNS
2 18 (3.59%) Firewall
3 17 (3.39%) VPN
4 10 (2.00%) Internet
4 10 (2.00%) NAS
4 10 (2.00%) Reverse Proxy
4 10 (2.00%) SAN
5 8 (1.60%) TCP/IP
6 7 (1.40%) Network Security
7 5 (1.00%) DKIM
7 5 (1.00%) SSL
8 2 (0.40%) HTTP
8 2 (0.40%) MPLS
8 2 (0.40%) NetScaler
8 2 (0.40%) PBX
8 2 (0.40%) VLAN
8 2 (0.40%) VPLS
9 1 (0.20%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (39.92%) SQL Server
2 163 (32.53%) Data Warehouse
3 115 (22.95%) Data Lake
4 113 (22.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 110 (21.96%) Power BI
6 91 (18.16%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 70 (13.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 60 (11.98%) Cosmos DB
9 50 (9.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 31 (6.19%) Relational Database
11 29 (5.79%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 24 (4.79%) Big Data
13 22 (4.39%) NoSQL
14 21 (4.19%) Redis
15 19 (3.79%) SQL Server 2016
16 13 (2.59%) PostgreSQL
17 12 (2.40%) MySQL
17 12 (2.40%) Snowflake Schema
18 11 (2.20%) PowerCenter
18 11 (2.20%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 52 (10.38%) Git (software)
2 32 (6.39%) Visual Studio Team System
3 28 (5.59%) Visual Studio
4 18 (3.59%) JIRA
5 17 (3.39%) Selenium
6 16 (3.19%) Team Foundation Server
7 15 (2.99%) SpecFlow
8 11 (2.20%) Subversion
9 10 (2.00%) Jenkins
10 7 (1.40%) Bitbucket
10 7 (1.40%) ER Studio
10 7 (1.40%) ERwin
10 7 (1.40%) NUnit
11 6 (1.20%) Cypress.io
11 6 (1.20%) Protractor
12 5 (1.00%) Mocha
13 4 (0.80%) Moq
13 4 (0.80%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 3 (0.60%) GitLab
14 3 (0.60%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 66 (13.17%) Finance
2 22 (4.39%) Public Sector
2 22 (4.39%) Retail
3 14 (2.79%) Legal
4 7 (1.40%) Banking
5 6 (1.20%) Marketing
6 5 (1.00%) Manufacturing
7 4 (0.80%) Advertising
8 3 (0.60%) Back Office
8 3 (0.60%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.20%) Front Office
9 1 (0.20%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.20%) Local Government
9 1 (0.20%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 227 (45.31%) Developer
2 87 (17.37%) Azure Engineer
3 84 (16.77%) Azure Developer
4 73 (14.57%) .NET Developer
5 65 (12.97%) Data Engineer
6 58 (11.58%) Architect
7 39 (7.78%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 34 (6.79%) SQL Developer
9 26 (5.19%) C# Developer
10 25 (4.99%) Data Architect
11 24 (4.79%) Azure Architect
12 23 (4.59%) Consultant
13 21 (4.19%) Senior Developer
14 20 (3.99%) DevOps Engineer
15 18 (3.59%) C# .NET Developer
15 18 (3.59%) ETL Developer
16 17 (3.39%) Lead Developer
17 16 (3.19%) DBA
18 15 (2.99%) Analyst
18 15 (2.99%) Azure Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 167 (33.33%) .NET
2 84 (16.77%) .NET Core
3 57 (11.38%) AngularJS
4 46 (9.18%) .NET Framework
5 44 (8.78%) ASP.NET
6 36 (7.19%) ASP.NET Web API
7 33 (6.59%) React
8 28 (5.59%) Node.js
8 28 (5.59%) Web Services
9 26 (5.19%) RESTful
10 25 (4.99%) HTML
10 25 (4.99%) REST
11 24 (4.79%) XML
12 23 (4.59%) Entity Framework
13 22 (4.39%) CSS
13 22 (4.39%) JSON
14 18 (3.59%) ASP.NET MVC
14 18 (3.59%) MDX
15 14 (2.79%) PySpark
16 11 (2.20%) Jest
Miscellaneous
1 27 (5.39%) Enterprise Software
2 26 (5.19%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (4.99%) Greenfield Project
4 22 (4.39%) Data Structures
5 16 (3.19%) Public Cloud
6 14 (2.79%) Replication
7 8 (1.60%) Mobile App
8 7 (1.40%) Cloud Native
8 7 (1.40%) Hybrid Cloud
8 7 (1.40%) Linux Command Line
9 6 (1.20%) Smartphone
9 6 (1.20%) User Experience
10 5 (1.00%) Clustering
10 5 (1.00%) Data Centre
10 5 (1.00%) Management Information System
10 5 (1.00%) NHS
11 4 (0.80%) Fixed Income
11 4 (0.80%) Mobile Payment
11 4 (0.80%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.60%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 49 (9.78%) Windows
2 20 (3.99%) Windows Server
3 19 (3.79%) Linux
4 15 (2.99%) Android
5 14 (2.79%) Windows 10
6 13 (2.59%) VMS
7 12 (2.40%) Apple iOS
8 7 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (1.40%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.80%) Windows 7
11 3 (0.60%) Mac OS
11 3 (0.60%) Unix
12 2 (0.40%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.20%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (30.14%) Agile Software Development
2 148 (29.54%) DevOps
3 141 (28.14%) Business Intelligence
4 122 (24.35%) ETL
5 95 (18.96%) Analytics
6 69 (13.77%) Migration
7 56 (11.18%) TDD
8 54 (10.78%) Data Modelling
9 53 (10.58%) Scrum
10 41 (8.18%) Test Automation
11 39 (7.78%) Microservices
12 37 (7.39%) Kimball Methodology
13 35 (6.99%) MVC
14 31 (6.19%) Data Engineering
15 27 (5.39%) Mentoring
16 26 (5.19%) Data Architecture
17 25 (4.99%) Data Integration
18 24 (4.79%) Data Analytics
19 23 (4.59%) Unit Testing
20 22 (4.39%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 467 (93.21%) SQL
2 167 (33.33%) C#
3 82 (16.37%) PowerShell
4 80 (15.97%) JavaScript
5 78 (15.57%) T-SQL
6 67 (13.37%) Python
7 26 (5.19%) Java
8 24 (4.79%) Scala
9 22 (4.39%) TypeScript
10 20 (3.99%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 9 (1.80%) Bash Shell
11 9 (1.80%) Ruby
12 8 (1.60%) PL/SQL
13 6 (1.20%) Go
14 5 (1.00%) R
14 5 (1.00%) VB
15 4 (0.80%) XAML
16 3 (0.60%) C
16 3 (0.60%) VB.NET
16 3 (0.60%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 22 (4.39%) Degree
2 20 (3.99%) SC Cleared
2 20 (3.99%) Security Cleared
3 10 (2.00%) Computer Science Degree
4 9 (1.80%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (1.00%) MCSA
6 3 (0.60%) MCDBA
6 3 (0.60%) MCITP
6 3 (0.60%) MCSE
6 3 (0.60%) TOGAF Certification
7 2 (0.40%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.20%) (ISC)2 CCSP
8 1 (0.20%) CCSP
8 1 (0.20%) CHECK Team Member
8 1 (0.20%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.20%) CISSP
8 1 (0.20%) CompTIA Security+
8 1 (0.20%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.20%) Master's Degree
8 1 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.40%) QA
2 11 (2.20%) Data Quality
3 9 (1.80%) GDPR
4 3 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.60%) NCSC
5 1 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (0.20%) PMO
5 1 (0.20%) RosettaNet
System Software
1 66 (13.17%) Active Directory
2 39 (7.78%) Virtual Machines
3 37 (7.39%) Docker
4 9 (1.80%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (1.40%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.60%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.40%) LXC
7 2 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.40%) XenApp
8 1 (0.20%) HDFS
8 1 (0.20%) NFS
Systems Management
1 31 (6.19%) Kubernetes
2 25 (4.99%) Terraform
3 14 (2.79%) Puppet
4 13 (2.59%) Opscode Chef
5 11 (2.20%) Microsoft Intune
6 7 (1.40%) Ansible
7 5 (1.00%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.40%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.40%) MIIS
8 2 (0.40%) SCCM
9 1 (0.20%) CASB
Vendors
1 197 (39.32%) Microsoft
2 87 (17.37%) Databricks
3 35 (6.99%) Oracle
4 24 (4.79%) Xamarin
5 19 (3.79%) SAP
6 15 (2.99%) Atlassian
6 15 (2.99%) Informatica
7 13 (2.59%) Talend
8 11 (2.20%) Ab Initio
8 11 (2.20%) Tableau
9 10 (2.00%) Google
9 10 (2.00%) VMware
10 6 (1.20%) Lotus
10 6 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
10 6 (1.20%) TIBCO
11 5 (1.00%) Sitecore
12 4 (0.80%) Citrix
12 4 (0.80%) ESRI
12 4 (0.80%) Teradata
13 3 (0.60%) MuleSoft