Period
to 7 August 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 7 August 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
7 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 325 380 588
Rank change year-on-year +55 +208 +132
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 240 580 322
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.68% 0.64% 0.31%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 3.16% 2.89% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 455 250
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £346 £357 £343
90th Percentile £608 £625 £628
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £430 £438
% change year-on-year +0.64% -1.71% +9.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 1
Median hourly rate £35.00 £58.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.17% +17.00% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £65.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year - +30.00% -

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 7,589 20,094 23,410
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.55% 22.04% 22.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,907 13,755 16,335
Median daily rate £500 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £688 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £435 £415
% change year-on-year +3.45% +4.82% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 161 259 238
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +16.67% -4.76%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.00 £13.43
90th Percentile £53.75 £60.00 £54.13
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year - +4.48% -3.24%

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 7 August 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
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 7 August 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 +45 209 £475 -2.56% 57
UK excluding London +111 123 £433 +0.64% 49
London +45 104 £497 -5.29% 11
Midlands +89 41 £500 +11.11% 11
Work from Home +6 35 £475 -2.56% 13
West Midlands +62 28 £488 +2.63% 6
North of England +106 22 £375 - 10
East of England +86 19 £475 +5.56% 7
South East +81 16 £433 -3.83% 16
North West +70 15 £375 -11.76% 8
Scotland +60 15 £400 +1.59% 1
East Midlands +60 13 £500 +25.00% 5
Yorkshire +75 6 £513 +43.36% 2
Wales +47 6 £500 +61.29% 2
South West +65 4 £383 -15.00% 2
North East +30 1 - -

For the 6 months to 7 August 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.

1 238 (99.17%) Azure
2 225 (93.75%) SQL
3 93 (38.75%) Azure Data Factory
4 92 (38.33%) C#
5 89 (37.08%) Microsoft
6 81 (33.75%) DevOps
7 78 (32.50%) Business Intelligence
8 72 (30.00%) SQL Server
9 68 (28.33%) Data Warehouse
9 68 (28.33%) Data Lake
10 67 (27.92%) Databricks
11 65 (27.08%) Agile Software Development
12 59 (24.58%) .NET
13 58 (24.17%) Power BI
13 58 (24.17%) Power Platform
14 51 (21.25%) PowerShell
15 50 (20.83%) Python
16 49 (20.42%) ETL
17 47 (19.58%) T-SQL
18 46 (19.17%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
19 44 (18.33%) Cosmos DB
20 42 (17.50%) PaaS
21 40 (16.67%) Analytics
22 39 (16.25%) Active Directory
23 37 (15.42%) JavaScript
23 37 (15.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
24 33 (13.75%) Windows
25 31 (12.92%) Serverless
26 30 (12.50%) Git (software)
26 30 (12.50%) Scrum

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 15 (6.25%) Apache Spark
2 6 (2.50%) Apache Pig
3 4 (1.67%) Confluence
3 4 (1.67%) NServiceBus
4 3 (1.25%) Apache
4 3 (1.25%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (1.25%) JBoss
4 3 (1.25%) NetWeaver
4 3 (1.25%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.83%) IIS
6 1 (0.42%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.42%) Drupal
6 1 (0.42%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.42%) SAS
6 1 (0.42%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.42%) Tomcat
Applications
1 6 (2.50%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.42%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.42%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (2.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 238 (99.17%) Azure
2 93 (38.75%) Azure Data Factory
3 58 (24.17%) Power Platform
4 42 (17.50%) PaaS
5 31 (12.92%) Serverless
6 28 (11.67%) Logic Apps
7 27 (11.25%) Azure Functions
8 24 (10.00%) IaaS
9 23 (9.58%) Azure Active Directory
10 15 (6.25%) SaaS
11 13 (5.42%) AWS
11 13 (5.42%) GitHub
12 11 (4.58%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 10 (4.17%) Office 365
14 8 (3.33%) Azure Stack
14 8 (3.33%) PowerApps
15 7 (2.92%) Amazon EC2
15 7 (2.92%) Amazon S3
16 6 (2.50%) Google Analytics
17 5 (2.08%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 17 (7.08%) DNS
2 15 (6.25%) Firewall
3 8 (3.33%) DHCP
3 8 (3.33%) VPN
4 7 (2.92%) MPLS
4 7 (2.92%) Network Security
4 7 (2.92%) WAN
4 7 (2.92%) Wireless
5 5 (2.08%) PBX
5 5 (2.08%) Skype
5 5 (2.08%) VoIP
6 3 (1.25%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.42%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (30.00%) SQL Server
2 68 (28.33%) Data Lake
2 68 (28.33%) Data Warehouse
3 58 (24.17%) Power BI
4 46 (19.17%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 44 (18.33%) Cosmos DB
6 37 (15.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 21 (8.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 15 (6.25%) Big Data
8 15 (6.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 11 (4.58%) MySQL
9 11 (4.58%) SAP HANA
10 10 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
10 10 (4.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 9 (3.75%) NoSQL
11 9 (3.75%) Redis
11 9 (3.75%) Snowflake Schema
12 7 (2.92%) Amazon RDS
13 6 (2.50%) DB2
14 5 (2.08%) InterSystems Cache
Development Applications
1 30 (12.50%) Git (software)
2 10 (4.17%) Visual Studio
2 10 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
3 8 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (2.92%) Selenium
4 7 (2.92%) Subversion
5 6 (2.50%) Jenkins
5 6 (2.50%) JUnit
6 5 (2.08%) JIRA
7 4 (1.67%) GitLab
7 4 (1.67%) SpecFlow
7 4 (1.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 3 (1.25%) Artifactory
8 3 (1.25%) git-flow
8 3 (1.25%) Mocha
8 3 (1.25%) Mockito
8 3 (1.25%) NUnit
8 3 (1.25%) Sinon.JS
8 3 (1.25%) SonarQube
9 2 (0.83%) Maven
General
1 24 (10.00%) Finance
2 17 (7.08%) Public Sector
3 10 (4.17%) Marketing
4 8 (3.33%) Pharmaceutical
5 6 (2.50%) Retail
6 2 (0.83%) Banking
6 2 (0.83%) Law
6 2 (0.83%) Legal
7 1 (0.42%) Back Office
7 1 (0.42%) Electronics
7 1 (0.42%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.42%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.42%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.42%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 85 (35.42%) Developer
2 57 (23.75%) Azure Engineer
3 55 (22.92%) Data Engineer
4 33 (13.75%) Azure Developer
5 30 (12.50%) .NET Developer
6 29 (12.08%) Architect
7 18 (7.50%) DevOps Engineer
8 15 (6.25%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 14 (5.83%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 14 (5.83%) Consultant
10 13 (5.42%) Azure Architect
11 10 (4.17%) Azure DevOps
11 10 (4.17%) Power BI Developer
12 9 (3.75%) C# Developer
12 9 (3.75%) Solutions Architect
13 8 (3.33%) Cloud Engineer
13 8 (3.33%) SQL Developer
14 7 (2.92%) Azure Consultant
14 7 (2.92%) Data Architect
14 7 (2.92%) Python Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (24.58%) .NET
2 27 (11.25%) .NET Core
3 22 (9.17%) AngularJS
4 16 (6.67%) ASP.NET
4 16 (6.67%) React
5 13 (5.42%) Node.js
6 12 (5.00%) .NET Framework
6 12 (5.00%) HTML
6 12 (5.00%) REST
7 11 (4.58%) PySpark
8 10 (4.17%) ASP.NET MVC
9 9 (3.75%) ASP.NET Web API
9 9 (3.75%) Kafka
10 8 (3.33%) CSS
11 7 (2.92%) Entity Framework
11 7 (2.92%) JSON
11 7 (2.92%) Web Services
11 7 (2.92%) XML
12 6 (2.50%) Middleware
12 6 (2.50%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (8.33%) Greenfield Project
2 13 (5.42%) Public Cloud
3 10 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (3.75%) Management Information System
5 7 (2.92%) Cloud Native
6 6 (2.50%) Virtual Team
7 5 (2.08%) FMCG
7 5 (2.08%) PKI
8 4 (1.67%) User Experience
9 3 (1.25%) Mobile Payment
9 3 (1.25%) Social Media
10 2 (0.83%) Algorithms
10 2 (0.83%) Blog
10 2 (0.83%) Data Structures
10 2 (0.83%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (0.83%) NHS
11 1 (0.42%) Credit Risk
11 1 (0.42%) iPad
11 1 (0.42%) Replication
11 1 (0.42%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 33 (13.75%) Windows
2 17 (7.08%) Linux
2 17 (7.08%) Windows Server
3 9 (3.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (3.33%) Unix
4 8 (3.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (2.50%) Debian
5 6 (2.50%) Ubuntu
6 4 (1.67%) VMS
6 4 (1.67%) Windows Server 2016
7 3 (1.25%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.83%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (0.42%) Android
9 1 (0.42%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (33.75%) DevOps
2 78 (32.50%) Business Intelligence
3 65 (27.08%) Agile Software Development
4 49 (20.42%) ETL
5 40 (16.67%) Analytics
6 30 (12.50%) Scrum
7 29 (12.08%) Migration
8 27 (11.25%) Kimball Methodology
8 27 (11.25%) Microservices
9 23 (9.58%) Data Engineering
9 23 (9.58%) Data Modelling
10 20 (8.33%) UML
11 18 (7.50%) Data Flow Diagram
12 17 (7.08%) Data Analysis
13 15 (6.25%) Data Integration
13 15 (6.25%) TDD
14 14 (5.83%) Change Management
14 14 (5.83%) MVC
14 14 (5.83%) Visualisation
15 11 (4.58%) Re-Platforming
Programming Languages
1 225 (93.75%) SQL
2 92 (38.33%) C#
3 51 (21.25%) PowerShell
4 50 (20.83%) Python
5 47 (19.58%) T-SQL
6 37 (15.42%) JavaScript
7 20 (8.33%) Java
8 18 (7.50%) R
9 10 (4.17%) TypeScript
10 9 (3.75%) PHP
11 8 (3.33%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 6 (2.50%) Perl
13 4 (1.67%) Bash Shell
14 3 (1.25%) Groovy
15 2 (0.83%) C
16 1 (0.42%) C++
16 1 (0.42%) SAS Macro
16 1 (0.42%) Shell Script
16 1 (0.42%) VB
16 1 (0.42%) VBA
Qualifications
1 9 (3.75%) Security Cleared
2 3 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
2 3 (1.25%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (0.83%) CCNA
3 2 (0.83%) CCNP
3 2 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (0.83%) Degree
3 2 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (0.83%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.42%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (0.42%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.92%) QA
2 4 (1.67%) Data Quality
2 4 (1.67%) GDPR
3 3 (1.25%) COBIT
3 3 (1.25%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 39 (16.25%) Active Directory
2 17 (7.08%) Docker
3 8 (3.33%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.83%) LXC
6 1 (0.42%) NFS
6 1 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 26 (10.83%) Kubernetes
2 10 (4.17%) Terraform
3 7 (2.92%) SCCM
4 4 (1.67%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (1.25%) Nagios
6 2 (0.83%) CASB
6 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.42%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (0.42%) Istio
Vendors
1 89 (37.08%) Microsoft
2 67 (27.92%) Databricks
3 19 (7.92%) SAP
4 11 (4.58%) Oracle
5 9 (3.75%) Google
6 7 (2.92%) Cisco
6 7 (2.92%) MuleSoft
6 7 (2.92%) Red Hat
6 7 (2.92%) Salesforce.com
7 6 (2.50%) Cloudera
7 6 (2.50%) Tableau
8 3 (1.25%) Citrix
8 3 (1.25%) New Relic
8 3 (1.25%) Sitecore
8 3 (1.25%) Splunk
9 2 (0.83%) BiZZdesign
9 2 (0.83%) Palantir
9 2 (0.83%) Talend
10 1 (0.42%) Dynatrace
10 1 (0.42%) Xamarin