Period
to 30 July 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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 288 336 395
Rank change year-on-year +48 +59 +227
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 664 246 575
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.92% 0.67% 0.63%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 4.30% 3.07% 2.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 426 174 436
10th Percentile £386 £358 £353
25th Percentile £425 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £488
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% -2.56% +2.63%
75th Percentile £588 £542 £563
90th Percentile £650 £600 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £468 £425
% change year-on-year -1.18% +10.12% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
10th Percentile £35.30 " £63.88
25th Percentile £40.25 " £64.06
Median hourly rate £48.50 - £66.25
75th Percentile £56.75 " £69.69
90th Percentile £61.70 " £70.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £66.25

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 15,458 8,013 20,726
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.39% 21.93% 22.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,645 5,540 14,323
10th Percentile £340 £325 £325
25th Percentile £413 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
75th Percentile £613 £600 £575
90th Percentile £700 £688 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +5.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 217 119 253
10th Percentile £12.39 £13.52 £12.90
25th Percentile £19.25 £17.79 £17.75
Median hourly rate £27.00 £22.82 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.32% -23.93% -
75th Percentile £48.75 £44.62 £50.00
90th Percentile £63.00 £61.98 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £22.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +20.00% -25.00% +4.35%

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 July 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Azure SQL Database over the 6 months to 30 July 2021.

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 30 July 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 +46 515 £500 +5.26% 155
London +23 312 £550 +10.00% 74
Work from Home -77 270 £500 +5.26% 33
UK excluding London -3 181 £463 -1.18% 85
North of England 0 53 £440 +3.53% 23
South East -9 49 £500 +15.54% 21
Midlands -61 35 £485 -3.00% 21
North West -23 28 £425 +6.25% 16
Scotland -49 23 £431 +7.81% 4
Yorkshire -9 18 £428 -10.00% 6
East Midlands -9 17 £488 -2.50% 9
West Midlands -56 15 £485 -3.00% 12
South West -5 10 £450 +12.50% 4
East of England -20 9 £363 -23.68% 10
North East -4 7 £620 +12.73% 1
Wales -10 2 £420 -16.00% 2

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 664 (100.00%) Azure
2 614 (92.47%) SQL
3 310 (46.69%) DevOps
4 268 (40.36%) Azure Data Factory
5 240 (36.14%) Microsoft
6 234 (35.24%) Data Lake
7 219 (32.98%) .NET
7 219 (32.98%) C#
8 213 (32.08%) Power Platform
9 212 (31.93%) Agile Software Development
10 206 (31.02%) SQL Server
11 202 (30.42%) Databricks
12 199 (29.97%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 192 (28.92%) Business Intelligence
14 180 (27.11%) Power BI
15 179 (26.96%) Serverless
15 179 (26.96%) Python
16 168 (25.30%) Azure Functions
17 164 (24.70%) Analytics
18 147 (22.14%) Azure Storage
19 141 (21.23%) Data Warehouse
20 127 (19.13%) Data Modelling
21 121 (18.22%) ETL
21 121 (18.22%) Azure Synapse Analytics
22 119 (17.92%) T-SQL
23 117 (17.62%) .NET Core
24 108 (16.27%) Scrum
25 106 (15.96%) Microservices
26 102 (15.36%) Kubernetes
27 98 (14.76%) PaaS

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 54 (8.13%) Apache Spark
2 45 (6.78%) BizTalk Server
3 35 (5.27%) SharePoint
4 26 (3.92%) Apache
5 11 (1.66%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (1.05%) SAS
6 7 (1.05%) Umbraco
7 5 (0.75%) Apache Pig
7 5 (0.75%) IIS
7 5 (0.75%) NetWeaver
8 4 (0.60%) JBoss
8 4 (0.60%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.45%) Confluence
10 2 (0.30%) Apache Airflow
11 1 (0.15%) Apache Solr
11 1 (0.15%) nginx
11 1 (0.15%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.15%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (1.05%) Microsoft Excel
1 7 (1.05%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 17 (2.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 664 (100.00%) Azure
2 268 (40.36%) Azure Data Factory
3 213 (32.08%) Power Platform
4 199 (29.97%) Azure Cosmos DB
5 179 (26.96%) Serverless
6 168 (25.30%) Azure Functions
7 147 (22.14%) Azure Storage
8 121 (18.22%) Azure Synapse Analytics
9 98 (14.76%) PaaS
10 95 (14.31%) Azure Logic Apps
11 74 (11.14%) AWS
12 73 (10.99%) Azure Service Bus
13 54 (8.13%) Azure Active Directory
13 54 (8.13%) IaaS
14 50 (7.53%) PowerApps
15 44 (6.63%) Azure Key Vault
16 43 (6.48%) AWS Lambda
17 42 (6.33%) Microsoft 365
18 35 (5.27%) SaaS
19 29 (4.37%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 26 (3.92%) Firewall
2 15 (2.26%) Network Security
3 14 (2.11%) DNS
4 13 (1.96%) VPN
5 8 (1.20%) DHCP
6 6 (0.90%) WAN
7 5 (0.75%) MPLS
7 5 (0.75%) SD-WAN
7 5 (0.75%) Wireless
8 4 (0.60%) PBX
8 4 (0.60%) Skype
8 4 (0.60%) TCP/IP
8 4 (0.60%) VoIP
9 3 (0.45%) Cisco Firepower
9 3 (0.45%) FTP
10 2 (0.30%) Extranet
11 1 (0.15%) DMZ
11 1 (0.15%) HTTP
11 1 (0.15%) Internet
11 1 (0.15%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 234 (35.24%) Data Lake
2 206 (31.02%) SQL Server
3 180 (27.11%) Power BI
4 141 (21.23%) Data Warehouse
5 74 (11.14%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 73 (10.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 66 (9.94%) MongoDB
8 52 (7.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 47 (7.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 33 (4.97%) NoSQL
11 26 (3.92%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 25 (3.77%) PostgreSQL
13 23 (3.46%) Big Data
14 22 (3.31%) MySQL
15 21 (3.16%) Hadoop
16 19 (2.86%) Metadata
17 17 (2.56%) Redis
17 17 (2.56%) Relational Database
18 15 (2.26%) Delta Lake
19 12 (1.81%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 64 (9.64%) Git (software)
2 25 (3.77%) Visual Studio
3 24 (3.61%) JIRA
4 18 (2.71%) Jenkins
5 12 (1.81%) TeamCity
6 11 (1.66%) Visual Studio Team System
7 10 (1.51%) gulp
8 9 (1.36%) webpack
9 8 (1.20%) Octopus Deploy
10 6 (0.90%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 5 (0.75%) Bitbucket
11 5 (0.75%) Maven
12 4 (0.60%) Cypress.io
12 4 (0.60%) ER Studio
12 4 (0.60%) ERwin
12 4 (0.60%) Sonatype Nexus
13 3 (0.45%) CircleCI
13 3 (0.45%) Gradle
13 3 (0.45%) MSTest
13 3 (0.45%) SpecFlow
General
1 87 (13.10%) Social Skills
2 77 (11.60%) Finance
3 44 (6.63%) Public Sector
4 30 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
5 24 (3.61%) Retail
6 16 (2.41%) Presentation Skills
7 11 (1.66%) Banking
8 8 (1.20%) Marketing
9 6 (0.90%) Documentation Skills
9 6 (0.90%) Telecoms
10 5 (0.75%) Automotive
10 5 (0.75%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.60%) Electronics
11 4 (0.60%) Front Office
11 4 (0.60%) Games
12 3 (0.45%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.45%) Law
12 3 (0.45%) Local Government
13 2 (0.30%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.30%) Military
Job Titles
1 218 (32.83%) Developer
2 164 (24.70%) Azure Engineer
3 119 (17.92%) Data Engineer
4 93 (14.01%) Architect
5 82 (12.35%) Azure Developer
6 73 (10.99%) .NET Developer
7 58 (8.73%) Azure Architect
8 47 (7.08%) C# Developer
9 46 (6.93%) Data Architect
10 44 (6.63%) DevOps Engineer
11 38 (5.72%) Azure DevOps Engineer
12 34 (5.12%) Azure DevOps
12 34 (5.12%) Solutions Architect
13 30 (4.52%) Consultant
14 25 (3.77%) Senior Developer
15 24 (3.61%) Business Intelligence Developer
15 24 (3.61%) Cloud Engineer
16 23 (3.46%) Azure Consultant
16 23 (3.46%) Full Stack Developer
16 23 (3.46%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 219 (32.98%) .NET
2 117 (17.62%) .NET Core
3 51 (7.68%) ASP.NET
4 50 (7.53%) REST
5 46 (6.93%) .NET Framework
5 46 (6.93%) AngularJS
6 38 (5.72%) Kafka
7 35 (5.27%) HTML
8 34 (5.12%) ASP.NET Web API
9 28 (4.22%) React
10 27 (4.07%) CSS
10 27 (4.07%) JSON
11 24 (3.61%) Web Services
12 22 (3.31%) ASP.NET MVC
12 22 (3.31%) RESTful
13 20 (3.01%) Entity Framework
13 20 (3.01%) PySpark
14 17 (2.56%) YAML
15 16 (2.41%) SOAP
16 13 (1.96%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 67 (10.09%) Cloud Native
2 35 (5.27%) Legacy Systems
3 28 (4.22%) Greenfield Project
4 24 (3.61%) Data Structures
5 17 (2.56%) Public Cloud
6 11 (1.66%) Enterprise Software
7 9 (1.36%) Data Protection Act
7 9 (1.36%) Management Information System
8 8 (1.20%) Algorithms
8 8 (1.20%) Replication
8 8 (1.20%) User Experience
9 7 (1.05%) NHS
10 6 (0.90%) Mobile App
10 6 (0.90%) Self-Motivation
11 5 (0.75%) BYOD
11 5 (0.75%) Data Centre
11 5 (0.75%) Enterprise Cloud
11 5 (0.75%) Legacy Applications
11 5 (0.75%) PKI
11 5 (0.75%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 69 (10.39%) Windows
2 48 (7.23%) Linux
3 14 (2.11%) Windows Server
4 12 (1.81%) VMS
5 9 (1.36%) Unix
6 8 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (0.90%) AIX
7 6 (0.90%) Ubuntu
8 4 (0.60%) Android
8 4 (0.60%) Debian
9 2 (0.30%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.30%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.15%) Alpine Linux
10 1 (0.15%) CentOS
10 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 310 (46.69%) DevOps
2 212 (31.93%) Agile Software Development
3 192 (28.92%) Business Intelligence
4 164 (24.70%) Analytics
5 127 (19.13%) Data Modelling
6 121 (18.22%) ETL
7 108 (16.27%) Scrum
8 106 (15.96%) Microservices
9 93 (14.01%) Data Engineering
10 78 (11.75%) Full Stack Development
10 78 (11.75%) Migration
10 78 (11.75%) Software Engineering
11 61 (9.19%) SDLC
12 57 (8.58%) Infrastructure as Code
13 46 (6.93%) Data Development
13 46 (6.93%) Problem-Solving
14 45 (6.78%) Test Automation
15 41 (6.17%) TDD
16 40 (6.02%) Stakeholder Management
17 36 (5.42%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 614 (92.47%) SQL
2 219 (32.98%) C#
3 179 (26.96%) Python
4 119 (17.92%) T-SQL
5 94 (14.16%) JavaScript
6 89 (13.40%) PowerShell
7 56 (8.43%) PL/SQL
8 51 (7.68%) Go
9 47 (7.08%) Java
10 46 (6.93%) C++
11 31 (4.67%) TypeScript
12 29 (4.37%) Scala
13 26 (3.92%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 14 (2.11%) Bash Shell
15 13 (1.96%) PHP
16 9 (1.36%) R
17 7 (1.05%) Perl
17 7 (1.05%) Ruby
18 6 (0.90%) Groovy
19 2 (0.30%) C
Qualifications
1 29 (4.37%) Security Cleared
2 27 (4.07%) SC Cleared
3 15 (2.26%) Degree
3 15 (2.26%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
5 5 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (0.45%) ISEB
7 2 (0.30%) MCSD
7 2 (0.30%) OCA
7 2 (0.30%) Oracle Certification
7 2 (0.30%) TOGAF Certification
8 1 (0.15%) CEH
8 1 (0.15%) ISTQB
8 1 (0.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (0.15%) MCSE
8 1 (0.15%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (5.27%) Data Quality
2 27 (4.07%) QA
3 11 (1.66%) Accessibility
4 7 (1.05%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (0.75%) GDPR
5 5 (0.75%) WCAG
6 4 (0.60%) COBIT
6 4 (0.60%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.45%) FedRAMP
8 2 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.30%) ISO 22301
8 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.30%) SOC 2
9 1 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.15%) HL7
9 1 (0.15%) SLA
System Software
1 65 (9.79%) Active Directory
2 60 (9.04%) Docker
3 11 (1.66%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.60%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.60%) ISA Server
5 3 (0.45%) HDFS
5 3 (0.45%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.30%) LXC
6 2 (0.30%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.15%) XenApp
7 1 (0.15%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 102 (15.36%) Kubernetes
2 73 (10.99%) Terraform
3 30 (4.52%) Ansible
4 9 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (1.36%) Puppet
5 8 (1.20%) Kibana
6 7 (1.05%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 6 (0.90%) MIIS
8 4 (0.60%) Grafana
8 4 (0.60%) Prometheus
9 3 (0.45%) Istio
9 3 (0.45%) Opsgenie
9 3 (0.45%) Salt
10 2 (0.30%) logstash
11 1 (0.15%) FortiGate
11 1 (0.15%) HP Quality Center
11 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Intune
11 1 (0.15%) SCCM
Vendors
1 240 (36.14%) Microsoft
2 202 (30.42%) Databricks
3 84 (12.65%) Oracle
4 45 (6.78%) MuleSoft
5 26 (3.92%) SAP
6 15 (2.26%) Atlassian
7 13 (1.96%) Cisco
8 9 (1.36%) Red Hat
8 9 (1.36%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (1.05%) Cloudera
10 6 (0.90%) Citrix
10 6 (0.90%) Informatica
10 6 (0.90%) VMware
10 6 (0.90%) Xamarin
11 5 (0.75%) Dynatrace
11 5 (0.75%) Google
11 5 (0.75%) StreamSets
12 4 (0.60%) Confluent
12 4 (0.60%) Software AG
13 3 (0.45%) Palantir