Period
to 30 October 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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 279 373 530
Rank change year-on-year +94 +157 +193
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 281 538 403
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.86% 0.63% 0.39%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 3.78% 2.90% 1.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 405 314
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £325 £350 £363
90th Percentile £620 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -11.11% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 2
Median hourly rate £35.00 £77.50 £47.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -54.84% +63.44% -
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 7,430 18,536 23,621
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.64% 21.84% 22.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,729 12,605 16,476
Median daily rate £480 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £312 £320 £313
90th Percentile £663 £656 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £432 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -1.26% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 160 267 236
Median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £28.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% +8.18% -4.48%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.49 £12.35
90th Percentile £53.75 £60.00 £55.00
Median hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.25
% change year-on-year - -6.98% -2.27%

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 +79 217 £475 - 72
London +79 116 £500 - 30
UK excluding London +115 112 £400 -11.11% 46
Work from Home -35 87 £475 +11.76% 21
Midlands +72 41 £450 -2.70% 9
North of England +89 22 £340 -20.00% 13
East Midlands +55 21 £375 -6.25% 7
West Midlands +46 20 £475 - 2
Scotland +80 14 £388 -3.13% 1
East of England +88 13 £475 +5.56% 4
North West +74 13 £375 -3.23% 7
South East +60 11 £463 +2.78% 11
Yorkshire +64 8 £313 -37.50% 5
South West +91 6 £413 -28.26% 5
Wales +44 5 £500 +45.99% 2
North East +35 1 £450 -8.63% 1

For the 6 months to 30 October 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.

1 279 (99.29%) Azure
2 257 (91.46%) SQL
3 121 (43.06%) Azure Data Factory
4 118 (41.99%) Power Platform
4 118 (41.99%) DevOps
5 116 (41.28%) Microsoft
6 114 (40.57%) Business Intelligence
7 99 (35.23%) C#
8 98 (34.88%) Power BI
9 91 (32.38%) SQL Server
10 87 (30.96%) PowerShell
10 87 (30.96%) Data Lake
11 78 (27.76%) Agile Software Development
12 77 (27.40%) Databricks
13 75 (26.69%) Python
14 73 (25.98%) Data Warehouse
15 58 (20.64%) .NET
16 57 (20.28%) Cosmos DB
17 54 (19.22%) ETL
18 52 (18.51%) Logic Apps
19 49 (17.44%) Serverless
19 49 (17.44%) Analytics
20 47 (16.73%) Azure Functions
21 46 (16.37%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
21 46 (16.37%) T-SQL
22 45 (16.01%) Data Modelling
23 43 (15.30%) PaaS
24 40 (14.23%) Windows
25 39 (13.88%) Git (software)
25 39 (13.88%) Terraform

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 13 (4.63%) Apache Spark
2 6 (2.14%) JBoss
2 6 (2.14%) NetWeaver
2 6 (2.14%) SAS
2 6 (2.14%) WebSphere
3 5 (1.78%) Confluence
4 4 (1.42%) Apache
4 4 (1.42%) Apache Pig
4 4 (1.42%) NServiceBus
5 3 (1.07%) IIS
6 2 (0.71%) Apache Synapse
6 2 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.71%) DNN
7 1 (0.36%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.36%) nginx
7 1 (0.36%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.36%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.36%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.36%) Umbraco
Applications
1 5 (1.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.36%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 4 (1.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.36%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.36%) SAP FI-CA
2 1 (0.36%) SAP MM
2 1 (0.36%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 279 (99.29%) Azure
2 121 (43.06%) Azure Data Factory
3 118 (41.99%) Power Platform
4 52 (18.51%) Logic Apps
5 49 (17.44%) Serverless
6 47 (16.73%) Azure Functions
7 43 (15.30%) PaaS
8 31 (11.03%) PowerApps
9 30 (10.68%) IaaS
10 23 (8.19%) Power Automate
11 21 (7.47%) Azure Active Directory
12 15 (5.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 14 (4.98%) GitHub
14 12 (4.27%) Office 365
14 12 (4.27%) SaaS
15 11 (3.91%) AWS
16 5 (1.78%) Amazon EC2
16 5 (1.78%) Amazon S3
17 4 (1.42%) Datadog
17 4 (1.42%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 20 (7.12%) DNS
2 16 (5.69%) Firewall
3 13 (4.63%) VPN
4 9 (3.20%) DHCP
5 8 (2.85%) MPLS
5 8 (2.85%) WAN
5 8 (2.85%) Wireless
6 7 (2.49%) Skype
7 6 (2.14%) PBX
7 6 (2.14%) VoIP
8 4 (1.42%) Reverse Proxy
8 4 (1.42%) SNMP
8 4 (1.42%) VLAN
9 3 (1.07%) Network Security
9 3 (1.07%) Remote Desktop
10 1 (0.36%) HTTP
10 1 (0.36%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (34.88%) Power BI
2 91 (32.38%) SQL Server
3 87 (30.96%) Data Lake
4 73 (25.98%) Data Warehouse
5 57 (20.28%) Cosmos DB
6 46 (16.37%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 38 (13.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 35 (12.46%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 20 (7.12%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 20 (7.12%) OLTP
10 16 (5.69%) Big Data
11 15 (5.34%) MySQL
12 12 (4.27%) SAP HANA
13 11 (3.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 9 (3.20%) Tableau
15 7 (2.49%) DB2
15 7 (2.49%) Redis
16 6 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
16 6 (2.14%) Snowflake Schema
17 5 (1.78%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 39 (13.88%) Git (software)
2 37 (13.17%) Visual Studio Team System
3 17 (6.05%) Jenkins
4 9 (3.20%) GitLab
4 9 (3.20%) JIRA
4 9 (3.20%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (3.20%) Visual Studio
5 8 (2.85%) Octopus Deploy
6 6 (2.14%) TeamCity
7 5 (1.78%) Artifactory
7 5 (1.78%) Selenium
7 5 (1.78%) SonarQube
8 4 (1.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (1.42%) SpecFlow
8 4 (1.42%) Subversion
9 3 (1.07%) JUnit
9 3 (1.07%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (0.71%) CircleCI
10 2 (0.71%) NUnit
10 2 (0.71%) Travis CI
General
1 27 (9.61%) Finance
2 24 (8.54%) Public Sector
3 14 (4.98%) Pharmaceutical
4 11 (3.91%) Marketing
4 11 (3.91%) Retail
5 5 (1.78%) Banking
5 5 (1.78%) Law
6 4 (1.42%) Retail Finance
7 3 (1.07%) Legal
8 1 (0.36%) Back Office
8 1 (0.36%) Electronics
8 1 (0.36%) Front Office
8 1 (0.36%) German Language
8 1 (0.36%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.36%) Polish Language
8 1 (0.36%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.36%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 89 (31.67%) Developer
2 82 (29.18%) Azure Engineer
3 61 (21.71%) Data Engineer
4 44 (15.66%) Azure Developer
5 37 (13.17%) Architect
6 28 (9.96%) .NET Developer
7 27 (9.61%) DevOps Engineer
8 22 (7.83%) Azure Architect
9 20 (7.12%) Azure DevOps Engineer
10 19 (6.76%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 19 (6.76%) Consultant
11 17 (6.05%) Platform Engineer
12 15 (5.34%) Power BI Developer
13 14 (4.98%) Cloud Engineer
14 13 (4.63%) Azure DevOps
15 12 (4.27%) Data Architect
16 9 (3.20%) C# Developer
16 9 (3.20%) Infrastructure Architect
16 9 (3.20%) Solutions Architect
17 8 (2.85%) Business Intelligence Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (20.64%) .NET
2 18 (6.41%) JSON
3 17 (6.05%) .NET Core
4 16 (5.69%) PySpark
4 16 (5.69%) XML
5 15 (5.34%) REST
6 12 (4.27%) AngularJS
7 11 (3.91%) .NET Framework
8 10 (3.56%) HTML
8 10 (3.56%) Middleware
8 10 (3.56%) React
9 9 (3.20%) ASP.NET
10 8 (2.85%) CSS
10 8 (2.85%) Entity Framework
10 8 (2.85%) Kafka
11 7 (2.49%) Web Services
12 6 (2.14%) ASP.NET Web API
12 6 (2.14%) SAP Basis
13 5 (1.78%) Node.js
13 5 (1.78%) SignalR
Miscellaneous
1 15 (5.34%) Greenfield Project
2 14 (4.98%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (4.63%) Enterprise Software
4 12 (4.27%) Public Cloud
5 10 (3.56%) Cloud Native
6 6 (2.14%) Management Information System
6 6 (2.14%) PKI
6 6 (2.14%) User Experience
7 4 (1.42%) FMCG
7 4 (1.42%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (1.07%) Data Structures
8 3 (1.07%) NHS
8 3 (1.07%) Social Media
9 2 (0.71%) Algorithms
9 2 (0.71%) Data Centre
9 2 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.36%) Enterprise Cloud
10 1 (0.36%) iPad
10 1 (0.36%) Reinsurance
10 1 (0.36%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 40 (14.23%) Windows
2 29 (10.32%) Windows Server
3 23 (8.19%) Linux
4 8 (2.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (2.49%) Unix
5 7 (2.49%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (2.49%) Windows Server 2016
6 6 (2.14%) Windows 10
7 4 (1.42%) CentOS
7 4 (1.42%) Debian
7 4 (1.42%) Ubuntu
8 3 (1.07%) AIX
8 3 (1.07%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.71%) VMS
9 2 (0.71%) Windows Server 2019
10 1 (0.36%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.36%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (41.99%) DevOps
2 114 (40.57%) Business Intelligence
3 78 (27.76%) Agile Software Development
4 54 (19.22%) ETL
5 49 (17.44%) Analytics
6 45 (16.01%) Data Modelling
7 36 (12.81%) Migration
7 36 (12.81%) Scrum
8 33 (11.74%) Microservices
8 33 (11.74%) TDD
9 29 (10.32%) Test Automation
10 26 (9.25%) Data Ingestion
11 24 (8.54%) Continuous Delivery
12 23 (8.19%) Kimball Methodology
12 23 (8.19%) UML
13 22 (7.83%) BDD
14 21 (7.47%) Data Flow Diagram
14 21 (7.47%) Visualisation
15 20 (7.12%) Data Engineering
16 19 (6.76%) Deployment Automation
Programming Languages
1 257 (91.46%) SQL
2 99 (35.23%) C#
3 87 (30.96%) PowerShell
4 75 (26.69%) Python
5 46 (16.37%) T-SQL
6 26 (9.25%) R
7 25 (8.90%) JavaScript
8 16 (5.69%) Java
9 15 (5.34%) Bash Shell
10 11 (3.91%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 9 (3.20%) TypeScript
12 8 (2.85%) Go
13 7 (2.49%) PHP
14 6 (2.14%) Groovy
15 5 (1.78%) C++
16 4 (1.42%) Perl
16 4 (1.42%) Scala
16 4 (1.42%) U-SQL
17 2 (0.71%) C
18 1 (0.36%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (5.69%) Security Cleared
2 9 (3.20%) SC Cleared
3 3 (1.07%) Degree
3 3 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (0.71%) CCNA
4 2 (0.71%) CCNP
4 2 (0.71%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (0.71%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (0.71%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.56%) QA
2 8 (2.85%) Data Quality
3 7 (2.49%) GDPR
4 6 (2.14%) COBIT
4 6 (2.14%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.36%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 36 (12.81%) Active Directory
2 25 (8.90%) Docker
3 6 (2.14%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (1.78%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (1.42%) LXC
5 4 (1.42%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (1.42%) vSphere
6 3 (1.07%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 39 (13.88%) Terraform
2 37 (13.17%) Kubernetes
3 7 (2.49%) Puppet
3 7 (2.49%) SCCM
4 6 (2.14%) Ansible
4 6 (2.14%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (1.78%) Grafana
5 5 (1.78%) Prometheus
6 4 (1.42%) Packer
6 4 (1.42%) ZABBIX
7 3 (1.07%) Nagios
8 2 (0.71%) Istio
8 2 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
9 1 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 116 (41.28%) Microsoft
2 77 (27.40%) Databricks
3 23 (8.19%) SAP
4 11 (3.91%) Oracle
5 8 (2.85%) Cisco
5 8 (2.85%) Splunk
6 7 (2.49%) Red Hat
7 6 (2.14%) Citrix
8 5 (1.78%) Atlassian
8 5 (1.78%) Cloudera
8 5 (1.78%) MuleSoft
8 5 (1.78%) Salesforce.com
8 5 (1.78%) Talend
8 5 (1.78%) VMware
9 4 (1.42%) Alteryx
9 4 (1.42%) Dell
9 4 (1.42%) EMC
9 4 (1.42%) New Relic
10 3 (1.07%) Google
10 3 (1.07%) Software AG