Period
to 18 October 2021

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 18 October 2021 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
18 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 304 292 389
Rank change year-on-year -12 +97 +150
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 724 258 527
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.86% 0.84% 0.62%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 4.04% 3.66% 2.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 482 184 390
10th Percentile £400 £322 £350
25th Percentile £435 £399 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - -
75th Percentile £600 £554 £548
90th Percentile £650 £634 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £406 £450
% change year-on-year +16.92% -9.72% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 8
Median hourly rate £65.00 - £78.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £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 17,942 7,053 18,735
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.39% 22.85% 22.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,569 4,822 12,937
10th Percentile £350 £313 £320
25th Percentile £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £496 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.79% +4.47% -
75th Percentile £625 £588 £575
90th Percentile £713 £675 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 220 118 248
10th Percentile £15.66 £12.63 £11.22
25th Percentile £23.19 £17.47 £16.67
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +40.00% -16.67% +2.35%
75th Percentile £58.05 £42.00 £48.85
90th Percentile £65.50 £55.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £23.22 £27.94
% change year-on-year +40.00% -16.91% +7.46%

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 18 October 2021.

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 18 October 2021. 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 -18 563 £525 +10.53% 142
London -26 330 £550 +10.00% 57
Work from Home -75 276 £540 +13.09% 26
UK excluding London -57 233 £475 +16.92% 91
South East -31 69 £500 +5.26% 22
North of England -44 55 £450 +20.00% 26
Midlands -71 45 £489 +8.61% 21
Scotland -47 37 £433 +9.84% 4
North West -42 28 £438 +12.90% 17
West Midlands -61 22 £490 +3.16% 12
South West -33 20 £488 +18.18% 9
East Midlands -37 20 £425 - 8
Yorkshire -42 18 £428 +32.56% 6
East of England -54 9 £400 -5.88% 5
North East - 9 £620 - 3
Wales -31 1 £425 -8.11% 2

For the 6 months to 18 October 2021, 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.

1 724 (100.00%) Azure
2 688 (95.03%) SQL
3 329 (45.44%) DevOps
4 280 (38.67%) Azure Data Factory
5 270 (37.29%) Data Lake
6 267 (36.88%) Microsoft
7 256 (35.36%) SQL Server
8 252 (34.81%) Agile Software Development
9 238 (32.87%) Databricks
10 231 (31.91%) Power Platform
11 230 (31.77%) Business Intelligence
12 218 (30.11%) C#
13 217 (29.97%) .NET
14 209 (28.87%) Analytics
15 207 (28.59%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 204 (28.18%) Power BI
17 203 (28.04%) Python
18 173 (23.90%) Data Warehouse
19 172 (23.76%) Serverless
20 162 (22.38%) Azure Functions
21 150 (20.72%) ETL
22 140 (19.34%) Social Skills
23 138 (19.06%) Azure Storage
23 138 (19.06%) T-SQL
24 136 (18.78%) Azure Synapse Analytics
25 133 (18.37%) Data Modelling
25 133 (18.37%) PaaS
26 115 (15.88%) Scrum
27 113 (15.61%) Data Engineering
28 112 (15.47%) Kubernetes

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 66 (9.12%) Apache Spark
2 44 (6.08%) BizTalk Server
3 29 (4.01%) SharePoint
4 27 (3.73%) Apache
5 17 (2.35%) Confluence
6 12 (1.66%) Elasticsearch
7 9 (1.24%) Apache Pig
7 9 (1.24%) Umbraco
8 6 (0.83%) SAS
9 5 (0.69%) JBoss
9 5 (0.69%) NetWeaver
9 5 (0.69%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.55%) Apache Airflow
10 4 (0.55%) IIS
11 3 (0.41%) Mule
12 1 (0.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 1 (0.14%) Apache Solr
12 1 (0.14%) nginx
12 1 (0.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 1 (0.14%) Tomcat
Applications
1 17 (2.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.14%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 16 (2.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.55%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.14%) Cerner Millennium
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 724 (100.00%) Azure
2 280 (38.67%) Azure Data Factory
3 231 (31.91%) Power Platform
4 207 (28.59%) Azure Cosmos DB
5 172 (23.76%) Serverless
6 162 (22.38%) Azure Functions
7 138 (19.06%) Azure Storage
8 136 (18.78%) Azure Synapse Analytics
9 133 (18.37%) PaaS
10 87 (12.02%) Azure Logic Apps
11 82 (11.33%) Azure Active Directory
12 76 (10.50%) AWS
13 73 (10.08%) Azure Service Bus
14 60 (8.29%) IaaS
15 48 (6.63%) Azure Key Vault
16 47 (6.49%) PowerApps
17 39 (5.39%) Azure Event Grid
17 39 (5.39%) SaaS
18 37 (5.11%) AWS Lambda
19 36 (4.97%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 31 (4.28%) Firewall
2 22 (3.04%) DNS
3 17 (2.35%) VPN
4 16 (2.21%) Network Security
5 11 (1.52%) FTP
6 7 (0.97%) DHCP
7 6 (0.83%) WAN
8 5 (0.69%) MPLS
8 5 (0.69%) PBX
8 5 (0.69%) SD-WAN
8 5 (0.69%) Skype
8 5 (0.69%) VoIP
8 5 (0.69%) Wireless
9 4 (0.55%) Software-Defined Networking
9 4 (0.55%) SSL
10 3 (0.41%) Cisco Firepower
11 2 (0.28%) DMZ
11 2 (0.28%) Extranet
12 1 (0.14%) HTTP
12 1 (0.14%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 270 (37.29%) Data Lake
2 256 (35.36%) SQL Server
3 204 (28.18%) Power BI
4 173 (23.90%) Data Warehouse
5 87 (12.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 83 (11.46%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 64 (8.84%) MongoDB
8 48 (6.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 43 (5.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 33 (4.56%) Big Data
11 31 (4.28%) Relational Database
12 27 (3.73%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 25 (3.45%) Hadoop
14 24 (3.31%) Delta Lake
15 23 (3.18%) MySQL
15 23 (3.18%) NoSQL
16 21 (2.90%) Power Query
16 21 (2.90%) SAP HANA
17 20 (2.76%) PostgreSQL
18 18 (2.49%) Redis
Development Applications
1 84 (11.60%) Git (software)
2 38 (5.25%) JIRA
3 32 (4.42%) Visual Studio
4 16 (2.21%) Jenkins
5 12 (1.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 12 (1.66%) TeamCity
6 11 (1.52%) gulp
7 10 (1.38%) webpack
8 8 (1.10%) ER Studio
9 7 (0.97%) ERwin
9 7 (0.97%) Subversion
9 7 (0.97%) Visual Studio Team System
10 6 (0.83%) NUnit
10 6 (0.83%) Octopus Deploy
10 6 (0.83%) Sonatype Nexus
11 4 (0.55%) Gradle
11 4 (0.55%) Maven
11 4 (0.55%) Postman
11 4 (0.55%) PowerDesigner
11 4 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 140 (19.34%) Social Skills
2 102 (14.09%) Finance
3 74 (10.22%) Public Sector
4 59 (8.15%) Analytical Skills
5 33 (4.56%) Presentation Skills
6 25 (3.45%) Retail
7 24 (3.31%) Marketing
8 17 (2.35%) Banking
9 10 (1.38%) Documentation Skills
9 10 (1.38%) Front Office
9 10 (1.38%) Telecoms
10 9 (1.24%) Manufacturing
11 8 (1.10%) Electronics
12 6 (0.83%) Legal
12 6 (0.83%) Local Government
13 5 (0.69%) Automotive
14 4 (0.55%) Advertising
14 4 (0.55%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.55%) Back Office
14 4 (0.55%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 225 (31.08%) Developer
2 181 (25.00%) Azure Engineer
3 148 (20.44%) Data Engineer
4 101 (13.95%) Azure Developer
5 97 (13.40%) Architect
6 64 (8.84%) .NET Developer
7 60 (8.29%) C# Developer
8 55 (7.60%) Azure Architect
9 43 (5.94%) Solutions Architect
10 42 (5.80%) Analyst
11 41 (5.66%) SQL Developer
12 38 (5.25%) Data Architect
13 33 (4.56%) Software Engineer
14 32 (4.42%) DevOps Engineer
15 28 (3.87%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 27 (3.73%) Azure DevOps Engineer
17 25 (3.45%) Azure Software Engineer
17 25 (3.45%) C# Software Engineer
17 25 (3.45%) Consultant
18 24 (3.31%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 217 (29.97%) .NET
2 112 (15.47%) .NET Core
3 72 (9.94%) ASP.NET
4 62 (8.56%) .NET Framework
4 62 (8.56%) REST
5 43 (5.94%) ARM Templates
5 43 (5.94%) Kafka
6 42 (5.80%) AngularJS
7 37 (5.11%) JSON
8 36 (4.97%) ASP.NET Web API
9 35 (4.83%) Entity Framework
10 26 (3.59%) CSS
10 26 (3.59%) HTML
10 26 (3.59%) PySpark
10 26 (3.59%) Web Services
11 25 (3.45%) React
11 25 (3.45%) RESTful
12 23 (3.18%) SOAP
13 22 (3.04%) ASP.NET MVC
14 16 (2.21%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 64 (8.84%) Cloud Native
2 44 (6.08%) Legacy Systems
3 33 (4.56%) Data Structures
4 30 (4.14%) Greenfield Project
5 27 (3.73%) Self-Motivation
6 25 (3.45%) Public Cloud
7 16 (2.21%) User Experience
8 13 (1.80%) Legacy Applications
9 11 (1.52%) Management Information System
9 11 (1.52%) Virtual Team
10 10 (1.38%) Algorithms
10 10 (1.38%) Enterprise Cloud
11 9 (1.24%) Data Protection Act
12 7 (0.97%) Social Media
13 6 (0.83%) Data Centre
13 6 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.83%) Replication
14 5 (0.69%) Hybrid Cloud
14 5 (0.69%) Private Cloud
14 5 (0.69%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 85 (11.74%) Windows
2 47 (6.49%) Linux
3 14 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 12 (1.66%) Windows Server
5 10 (1.38%) VMS
6 9 (1.24%) Unix
7 6 (0.83%) AIX
7 6 (0.83%) Debian
7 6 (0.83%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.28%) Android
8 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.28%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.14%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 329 (45.44%) DevOps
2 252 (34.81%) Agile Software Development
3 230 (31.77%) Business Intelligence
4 209 (28.87%) Analytics
5 150 (20.72%) ETL
6 133 (18.37%) Data Modelling
7 115 (15.88%) Scrum
8 113 (15.61%) Data Engineering
9 105 (14.50%) Microservices
10 77 (10.64%) Migration
11 76 (10.50%) Software Engineering
12 72 (9.94%) Problem-Solving
13 64 (8.84%) Full Stack Development
14 61 (8.43%) SDLC
15 54 (7.46%) Infrastructure as Code
16 53 (7.32%) Visualisation
17 48 (6.63%) Data Pipeline
17 48 (6.63%) TDD
18 42 (5.80%) Test Automation
19 40 (5.52%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 688 (95.03%) SQL
2 218 (30.11%) C#
3 203 (28.04%) Python
4 138 (19.06%) T-SQL
5 94 (12.98%) JavaScript
6 90 (12.43%) PowerShell
7 51 (7.04%) PL/SQL
8 45 (6.22%) Go
9 42 (5.80%) Java
10 40 (5.52%) C++
11 36 (4.97%) Scala
12 30 (4.14%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 30 (4.14%) TypeScript
13 16 (2.21%) PHP
14 14 (1.93%) R
15 13 (1.80%) Bash Shell
16 10 (1.38%) Perl
17 8 (1.10%) Groovy
18 4 (0.55%) C
18 4 (0.55%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 34 (4.70%) Security Cleared
2 33 (4.56%) SC Cleared
3 27 (3.73%) Degree
4 13 (1.80%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (1.38%) BPSS Clearance
6 8 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (0.28%) ISEB
7 2 (0.28%) MCSD
7 2 (0.28%) OCA
7 2 (0.28%) Oracle Certification
8 1 (0.14%) MCSE
8 1 (0.14%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (5.94%) Data Quality
2 35 (4.83%) QA
3 11 (1.52%) Accessibility
3 11 (1.52%) GDPR
4 8 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (0.69%) COBIT
5 5 (0.69%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.55%) SLA
7 3 (0.41%) FedRAMP
8 2 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.28%) ISO 22301
8 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.28%) SOC 2
8 2 (0.28%) WCAG
System Software
1 84 (11.60%) Active Directory
2 61 (8.43%) Docker
3 17 (2.35%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (0.97%) HDFS
5 4 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
5 4 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.41%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.14%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.14%) XenApp
7 1 (0.14%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 112 (15.47%) Kubernetes
2 64 (8.84%) Terraform
3 15 (2.07%) Ansible
4 8 (1.10%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 8 (1.10%) Kibana
4 8 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (1.10%) Puppet
5 6 (0.83%) Istio
5 6 (0.83%) MIIS
6 5 (0.69%) Grafana
6 5 (0.69%) Prometheus
7 4 (0.55%) Sysdig
8 3 (0.41%) Opsgenie
8 3 (0.41%) Salt
9 2 (0.28%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.28%) logstash
10 1 (0.14%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.14%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 267 (36.88%) Microsoft
2 238 (32.87%) Databricks
3 75 (10.36%) Oracle
4 43 (5.94%) MuleSoft
5 38 (5.25%) SAP
6 18 (2.49%) Salesforce.com
7 16 (2.21%) Red Hat
8 14 (1.93%) Cloudera
9 13 (1.80%) Atlassian
9 13 (1.80%) Cisco
9 13 (1.80%) Google
10 7 (0.97%) Citrix
10 7 (0.97%) Dynatrace
10 7 (0.97%) Splunk
11 5 (0.69%) Software AG
11 5 (0.69%) StreamSets
12 4 (0.55%) BiZZdesign
12 4 (0.55%) Hortonworks
12 4 (0.55%) Informatica
12 4 (0.55%) VMware