Period
to 23 October 2019

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 October 2019 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 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 373 520 736
Rank change year-on-year +147 +216 +55
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 530 401 154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.63% 0.39% 0.15%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 2.90% 1.71% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 388 309 97
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -5.26%
10th Percentile £350 £357 £316
90th Percentile £625 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -13.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 2 0
UK median hourly rate £77.50 £47.42 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +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 18,286 23,420 22,256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.59% 22.64% 22.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,470 16,339 15,064
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £308
90th Percentile £656 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 258 227 277
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% - +1.69%
10th Percentile £12.59 £12.46 £13.71
90th Percentile £60.00 £56.55 £54.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £33.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year -4.55% - +15.79%

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 October 2019.

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 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Azure SQL Database in the UK

Azure SQL Database
Top 15 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 October 2019. 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 +152 508 £475 - 127
UK excluding London +128 295 £450 +5.88% 61
London +102 232 £500 -2.44% 74
South East +127 146 £450 -1.37% 28
Midlands +71 53 £463 +24.16% 8
North of England +30 51 £438 +1.45% 9
West Midlands +45 40 £475 +28.38% 4
North West +13 26 £425 -1.16% 5
Yorkshire +43 21 £425 +3.03% 4
South West -12 17 £575 +32.95% 8
Scotland +28 16 £400 - 4
East Midlands +36 13 £400 -8.57% 4
East of England +33 12 £450 - 4
North East +11 4 £493 +3.68%
Wales +24 2 £343 +82.67% 4

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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.

1 528 (99.62%) Azure
2 499 (94.15%) SQL
3 242 (45.66%) SQL Server
4 237 (44.72%) Microsoft
5 200 (37.74%) C#
6 175 (33.02%) .NET
7 159 (30.00%) Data Warehouse
8 153 (28.87%) Azure Data Factory
9 148 (27.92%) Power Platform
10 147 (27.74%) Business Intelligence
11 142 (26.79%) Power BI
12 137 (25.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 134 (25.28%) Agile Software Development
14 132 (24.91%) DevOps
15 121 (22.83%) PowerShell
16 115 (21.70%) ETL
16 115 (21.70%) Data Lake
17 104 (19.62%) Cosmos DB
17 104 (19.62%) Analytics
18 101 (19.06%) Serverless
19 100 (18.87%) T-SQL
20 89 (16.79%) Azure Active Directory
21 88 (16.60%) Databricks
21 88 (16.60%) Active Directory
22 87 (16.42%) TDD
22 87 (16.42%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
23 86 (16.23%) Python
24 75 (14.15%) PaaS
25 73 (13.77%) JavaScript
25 73 (13.77%) .NET Core

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 33 (6.23%) SharePoint
2 29 (5.47%) Apache Spark
3 18 (3.40%) Confluence
4 9 (1.70%) BizTalk Server
5 8 (1.51%) IIS
6 7 (1.32%) Apache
6 7 (1.32%) ArcGIS
6 7 (1.32%) SharePoint 2013
7 6 (1.13%) CMS
7 6 (1.13%) Umbraco
8 3 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
8 3 (0.57%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.19%) Anypoint
9 1 (0.19%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.19%) Mule
9 1 (0.19%) NServiceBus
9 1 (0.19%) SAS
9 1 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 12 (2.26%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.19%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 7 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.38%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.19%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.19%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 528 (99.62%) Azure
2 153 (28.87%) Azure Data Factory
3 148 (27.92%) Power Platform
4 101 (19.06%) Serverless
5 89 (16.79%) Azure Active Directory
6 75 (14.15%) PaaS
7 65 (12.26%) Azure Functions
8 50 (9.43%) IaaS
9 45 (8.49%) AWS
10 41 (7.74%) SaaS
11 33 (6.23%) Data Lake Analytics
11 33 (6.23%) Office 365
12 27 (5.09%) GitHub
13 15 (2.83%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 11 (2.08%) Azure Machine Learning
15 9 (1.70%) Cloud Computing
16 7 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
16 7 (1.32%) PowerApps
17 6 (1.13%) Azure Stack
17 6 (1.13%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 39 (7.36%) DNS
2 31 (5.85%) Firewall
3 19 (3.58%) Internet
4 17 (3.21%) VPN
5 15 (2.83%) SAN
5 15 (2.83%) TCP/IP
6 14 (2.64%) NAS
6 14 (2.64%) Reverse Proxy
7 7 (1.32%) Network Security
8 5 (0.94%) SSL
9 4 (0.75%) DHCP
10 3 (0.57%) HTTP
11 2 (0.38%) Extranet
11 2 (0.38%) Intranet
11 2 (0.38%) NetScaler
12 1 (0.19%) FTP
12 1 (0.19%) HTTPS
12 1 (0.19%) SMTP
12 1 (0.19%) Software-Defined Networking
12 1 (0.19%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 242 (45.66%) SQL Server
2 159 (30.00%) Data Warehouse
3 142 (26.79%) Power BI
4 137 (25.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 115 (21.70%) Data Lake
6 104 (19.62%) Cosmos DB
7 87 (16.42%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 72 (13.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 66 (12.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 49 (9.25%) Relational Database
11 38 (7.17%) Redis
12 33 (6.23%) Big Data
13 24 (4.53%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 19 (3.58%) MySQL
14 19 (3.58%) SQL Server 2016
14 19 (3.58%) SQL Server 2017
15 18 (3.40%) NoSQL
15 18 (3.40%) SSDT
16 17 (3.21%) HDInsight
16 17 (3.21%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 63 (11.89%) Git (software)
2 61 (11.51%) Visual Studio Team System
3 45 (8.49%) Visual Studio
4 33 (6.23%) Jenkins
5 28 (5.28%) JIRA
6 19 (3.58%) Selenium
6 19 (3.58%) Team Foundation Server
7 14 (2.64%) SpecFlow
8 13 (2.45%) Cucumber
9 12 (2.26%) NUnit
10 11 (2.08%) GitLab
10 11 (2.08%) JUnit
10 11 (2.08%) Visual Studio Code
11 10 (1.89%) JMeter
11 10 (1.89%) Octopus Deploy
11 10 (1.89%) SonarQube
11 10 (1.89%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 8 (1.51%) MSTest
12 8 (1.51%) tSQLt
13 6 (1.13%) Jasmine
General
1 62 (11.70%) Finance
2 22 (4.15%) Public Sector
3 21 (3.96%) Retail
4 10 (1.89%) Banking
5 9 (1.70%) Legal
6 5 (0.94%) Marketing
7 3 (0.57%) Local Government
8 2 (0.38%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.19%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.19%) Billing
9 1 (0.19%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.19%) Law
9 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 208 (39.25%) Developer
2 95 (17.92%) Azure Engineer
3 81 (15.28%) Azure Developer
4 72 (13.58%) Architect
5 52 (9.81%) .NET Developer
6 49 (9.25%) SQL Developer
7 42 (7.92%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 42 (7.92%) Data Engineer
8 39 (7.36%) DevOps Engineer
9 38 (7.17%) Azure Architect
10 28 (5.28%) Azure DevOps
11 26 (4.91%) Azure DevOps Engineer
11 26 (4.91%) Consultant
11 26 (4.91%) Lead Developer
12 23 (4.34%) C# Developer
13 18 (3.40%) Cloud Engineer
13 18 (3.40%) DBA
14 17 (3.21%) Data Architect
14 17 (3.21%) SSIS Developer
15 16 (3.02%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 175 (33.02%) .NET
2 73 (13.77%) .NET Core
3 67 (12.64%) AngularJS
4 63 (11.89%) .NET Framework
5 60 (11.32%) JSON
6 59 (11.13%) XML
7 55 (10.38%) ASP.NET
8 54 (10.19%) ASP.NET Web API
9 44 (8.30%) REST
10 38 (7.17%) Entity Framework
11 32 (6.04%) React
12 30 (5.66%) RESTful
12 30 (5.66%) Web Services
13 28 (5.28%) MDX
14 23 (4.34%) CSS
14 23 (4.34%) HTML
15 18 (3.40%) LINQ
16 17 (3.21%) ASP.NET MVC
17 13 (2.45%) Node.js
18 10 (1.89%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 46 (8.68%) Enterprise Software
2 40 (7.55%) Greenfield Project
3 21 (3.96%) Public Cloud
4 19 (3.58%) Linux Command Line
5 16 (3.02%) Analytical Skills
6 15 (2.83%) Replication
7 10 (1.89%) Mobile App
8 8 (1.51%) Data Centre
9 7 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
10 6 (1.13%) Clustering
10 6 (1.13%) Smartphone
11 5 (0.94%) Cloud Native
12 4 (0.75%) Hybrid Cloud
12 4 (0.75%) Management Information System
12 4 (0.75%) NHS
13 3 (0.57%) Data Structures
13 3 (0.57%) iPad
13 3 (0.57%) Life Science
14 2 (0.38%) User Experience
14 2 (0.38%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 60 (11.32%) Windows
2 26 (4.91%) VMS
3 25 (4.72%) Linux
4 22 (4.15%) Windows 10
5 20 (3.77%) Windows Server
6 8 (1.51%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (1.32%) Android
7 7 (1.32%) Apple iOS
7 7 (1.32%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (1.13%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.75%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.19%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (27.74%) Business Intelligence
2 134 (25.28%) Agile Software Development
3 132 (24.91%) DevOps
4 115 (21.70%) ETL
5 104 (19.62%) Analytics
6 87 (16.42%) TDD
7 65 (12.26%) Microservices
8 57 (10.75%) Migration
9 49 (9.25%) Data Modelling
10 39 (7.36%) Computer Science
10 39 (7.36%) Scrum
10 39 (7.36%) Test Automation
11 38 (7.17%) BDD
12 37 (6.98%) Mentoring
13 36 (6.79%) Performance Tuning
14 34 (6.42%) MVC
15 33 (6.23%) Visualisation
16 30 (5.66%) Continuous Integration
16 30 (5.66%) Network Virtualisation
17 29 (5.47%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 499 (94.15%) SQL
2 200 (37.74%) C#
3 121 (22.83%) PowerShell
4 100 (18.87%) T-SQL
5 86 (16.23%) Python
6 73 (13.77%) JavaScript
7 35 (6.60%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 30 (5.66%) Java
9 19 (3.58%) R
10 17 (3.21%) Scala
11 16 (3.02%) Bash Shell
12 11 (2.08%) U-SQL
13 10 (1.89%) TypeScript
14 6 (1.13%) Ruby
15 5 (0.94%) PHP
16 4 (0.75%) C
17 3 (0.57%) Go
17 3 (0.57%) PL/SQL
17 3 (0.57%) VBScript
18 2 (0.38%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 45 (8.49%) Degree
2 41 (7.74%) Security Cleared
3 40 (7.55%) SC Cleared
4 25 (4.72%) Computer Science Degree
5 18 (3.40%) Microsoft Certification
6 11 (2.08%) MCSA
6 11 (2.08%) MCSE
7 7 (1.32%) DBS Check
7 7 (1.32%) DV Cleared
8 4 (0.75%) TOGAF Certification
9 3 (0.57%) MCDBA
9 3 (0.57%) MCITP
10 2 (0.38%) CEH
10 2 (0.38%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.19%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (0.19%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.19%) ISTQB
11 1 (0.19%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.19%) Master's Degree
11 1 (0.19%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.26%) QA
2 11 (2.08%) GDPR
3 8 (1.51%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.75%) NCSC
5 3 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.57%) SLA
6 1 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.19%) NIST
6 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.19%) PMO
6 1 (0.19%) RosettaNet
System Software
1 88 (16.60%) Active Directory
2 61 (11.51%) Docker
3 31 (5.85%) Virtual Machines
4 16 (3.02%) VMware Infrastructure
5 15 (2.83%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.75%) LXC
7 3 (0.57%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.38%) HDFS
8 2 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.38%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 49 (9.25%) Kubernetes
2 20 (3.77%) Microsoft Intune
3 14 (2.64%) Terraform
4 13 (2.45%) Opscode Chef
4 13 (2.45%) Puppet
5 8 (1.51%) Ansible
6 6 (1.13%) SCOM
7 5 (0.94%) SCCM
7 5 (0.94%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.38%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.38%) MIIS
8 2 (0.38%) Salt
9 1 (0.19%) Graylog
9 1 (0.19%) HP ALM
9 1 (0.19%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.19%) SCSM
9 1 (0.19%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 237 (44.72%) Microsoft
2 88 (16.60%) Databricks
3 49 (9.25%) Oracle
4 29 (5.47%) Xamarin
5 16 (3.02%) VMware
6 13 (2.45%) Tableau
7 11 (2.08%) Salesforce.com
8 9 (1.70%) Alteryx
8 9 (1.70%) Atlassian
9 7 (1.32%) MuleSoft
9 7 (1.32%) StreamSets
10 6 (1.13%) SAP
11 5 (0.94%) Citrix
11 5 (0.94%) Informatica
12 4 (0.75%) ESRI
12 4 (0.75%) JD Edwards
13 3 (0.57%) Cisco
13 3 (0.57%) Dell
13 3 (0.57%) Talend
14 2 (0.38%) Adobe