Period
to 14 May 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 14 May 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
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 266 343 393
Rank change year-on-year +77 +50 +259
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 546 336 584
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.96% 0.67% 0.64%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 4.55% 3.14% 2.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 347 239 439
10th Percentile £363 £375 £363
25th Percentile £425 £419 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +11.11%
75th Percentile £586 £550 £556
90th Percentile £640 £601 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £465 £475 £425
% change year-on-year -2.11% +11.76% -5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 1
10th Percentile £38.60 " "
25th Percentile £48.50 £18.25 £24.25
Median hourly rate £65.00 £18.50 £24.50
Median % change year-on-year +251.35% -24.49% -51.00%
75th Percentile £65.75 £18.75 £24.75
90th Percentile £66.20 " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £18.50 -

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 11,994 10,696 20,590
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.99% 21.21% 22.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,190 7,355 14,308
10th Percentile £325 £325 £325
25th Percentile £406 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £480 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +2.15%
75th Percentile £599 £588 £575
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £450 £430
% change year-on-year -2.22% +4.65% +3.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 212 160 231
10th Percentile £11.49 £13.72 £13.25
25th Percentile £19.00 £18.19 £17.81
Median hourly rate £26.25 £24.70 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +6.28% -17.67% -
75th Percentile £45.00 £46.00 £47.50
90th Percentile £61.15 £58.15 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £22.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +6.67% -25.00% -

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 14 May 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 14 May 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 14 May 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 +56 399 £500 +2.56% 149
London +36 259 £550 +10.00% 66
Work from Home -65 232 £500 - 47
UK excluding London +1 117 £465 -2.11% 96
South East +19 34 £488 +8.33% 29
North of England +27 25 £440 -7.37% 19
Midlands -10 21 £500 - 21
Scotland -12 15 £475 +11.76% 10
North West +4 13 £423 -0.59% 4
West Midlands -20 11 £500 -3.85% 15
South West +42 10 £438 +2.94% 7
East Midlands +19 10 £500 - 6
Yorkshire +33 9 £433 -33.46% 9
East of England +33 9 £282 -40.63% 7
North East +22 3 £620 +12.73% 6
Wales -6 3 £398 -11.67% 2

For the 6 months to 14 May 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.

1 545 (99.82%) Azure
2 512 (93.77%) SQL
3 232 (42.49%) DevOps
4 198 (36.26%) Azure Data Factory
5 184 (33.70%) Agile Software Development
6 176 (32.23%) C#
7 171 (31.32%) Microsoft
8 164 (30.04%) .NET
9 162 (29.67%) SQL Server
10 155 (28.39%) Data Lake
11 153 (28.02%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 149 (27.29%) Python
13 146 (26.74%) Serverless
14 136 (24.91%) Power Platform
15 132 (24.18%) Azure Functions
16 129 (23.63%) Data Warehouse
17 126 (23.08%) Business Intelligence
18 123 (22.53%) Databricks
19 116 (21.25%) Azure Storage
20 114 (20.88%) Power BI
21 109 (19.96%) Microservices
22 107 (19.60%) T-SQL
23 102 (18.68%) .NET Core
23 102 (18.68%) Analytics
24 101 (18.50%) ETL
25 98 (17.95%) Data Modelling
26 93 (17.03%) Azure Logic Apps
27 90 (16.48%) PowerShell
28 89 (16.30%) Azure Synapse Analytics
28 89 (16.30%) 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 46 (8.42%) BizTalk Server
2 32 (5.86%) Apache Spark
3 22 (4.03%) SharePoint
4 18 (3.30%) Apache
5 6 (1.10%) IIS
6 5 (0.92%) NetWeaver
6 5 (0.92%) SAS
7 4 (0.73%) JBoss
7 4 (0.73%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.37%) Apache Airflow
8 2 (0.37%) Apache Pulsar
9 1 (0.18%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.18%) Apache ServiceMix
9 1 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.18%) NServiceBus
9 1 (0.18%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.18%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 7 (1.28%) MS Visio
2 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 12 (2.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 545 (99.82%) Azure
2 198 (36.26%) Azure Data Factory
3 153 (28.02%) Azure Cosmos DB
4 146 (26.74%) Serverless
5 136 (24.91%) Power Platform
6 132 (24.18%) Azure Functions
7 116 (21.25%) Azure Storage
8 93 (17.03%) Azure Logic Apps
9 89 (16.30%) Azure Synapse Analytics
10 74 (13.55%) PaaS
11 65 (11.90%) AWS
12 59 (10.81%) Azure Service Bus
13 51 (9.34%) Azure Key Vault
14 47 (8.61%) AWS Lambda
15 38 (6.96%) IaaS
15 38 (6.96%) PowerApps
16 29 (5.31%) Azure Active Directory
17 27 (4.95%) Microsoft 365
18 20 (3.66%) SaaS
19 17 (3.11%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 17 (3.11%) Firewall
2 11 (2.01%) VPN
3 9 (1.65%) DNS
3 9 (1.65%) Network Security
4 6 (1.10%) DHCP
5 5 (0.92%) MPLS
5 5 (0.92%) SD-WAN
5 5 (0.92%) WAN
5 5 (0.92%) Wireless
6 4 (0.73%) PBX
6 4 (0.73%) Skype
6 4 (0.73%) TCP/IP
6 4 (0.73%) VoIP
7 1 (0.18%) Cisco Firepower
7 1 (0.18%) DMZ
7 1 (0.18%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (0.18%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (29.67%) SQL Server
2 155 (28.39%) Data Lake
3 129 (23.63%) Data Warehouse
4 114 (20.88%) Power BI
5 72 (13.19%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 65 (11.90%) MongoDB
7 60 (10.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 48 (8.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 41 (7.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 28 (5.13%) NoSQL
11 22 (4.03%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 21 (3.85%) PostgreSQL
13 18 (3.30%) OLTP
14 15 (2.75%) Snowflake Schema
15 14 (2.56%) Hadoop
16 13 (2.38%) Big Data
17 12 (2.20%) Relational Database
18 11 (2.01%) MySQL
18 11 (2.01%) SAP Data Services
19 10 (1.83%) Spark SQL
Development Applications
1 47 (8.61%) Git (software)
2 23 (4.21%) Jenkins
3 17 (3.11%) JIRA
4 16 (2.93%) Visual Studio Team System
5 10 (1.83%) Visual Studio
6 6 (1.10%) TeamCity
7 5 (0.92%) Bitbucket
7 5 (0.92%) Cypress.io
7 5 (0.92%) git-flow
7 5 (0.92%) Maven
7 5 (0.92%) Octopus Deploy
7 5 (0.92%) SonarQube
7 5 (0.92%) webpack
8 4 (0.73%) ERwin
8 4 (0.73%) gulp
9 3 (0.55%) CircleCI
9 3 (0.55%) Gradle
9 3 (0.55%) Jasmine
9 3 (0.55%) MSTest
10 2 (0.37%) Travis CI
General
1 68 (12.45%) Social Skills
2 64 (11.72%) Finance
3 28 (5.13%) Public Sector
4 19 (3.48%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (3.11%) Retail
6 11 (2.01%) Banking
7 8 (1.47%) Front Office
7 8 (1.47%) Presentation Skills
8 7 (1.28%) Documentation Skills
9 4 (0.73%) Automotive
9 4 (0.73%) Games
9 4 (0.73%) Telecoms
10 3 (0.55%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.37%) Electronics
11 2 (0.37%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.37%) Law
11 2 (0.37%) Marketing
11 2 (0.37%) Military
11 2 (0.37%) Police
12 1 (0.18%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 171 (31.32%) Developer
2 135 (24.73%) Azure Engineer
3 105 (19.23%) Data Engineer
4 76 (13.92%) Architect
5 65 (11.90%) Azure Developer
6 60 (10.99%) .NET Developer
7 53 (9.71%) Azure Architect
8 41 (7.51%) DevOps Engineer
9 38 (6.96%) Data Architect
10 33 (6.04%) Senior Developer
11 32 (5.86%) Azure DevOps
12 31 (5.68%) Azure DevOps Engineer
13 30 (5.49%) C# Developer
14 23 (4.21%) Consultant
15 21 (3.85%) Cloud Engineer
15 21 (3.85%) Python Developer
15 21 (3.85%) Software Engineer
16 20 (3.66%) Full Stack Developer
16 20 (3.66%) Python Engineer
17 19 (3.48%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (30.04%) .NET
2 102 (18.68%) .NET Core
3 38 (6.96%) React
4 35 (6.41%) AngularJS
5 34 (6.23%) CSS
6 32 (5.86%) .NET Framework
6 32 (5.86%) HTML
7 29 (5.31%) jQuery
8 28 (5.13%) ASP.NET Web API
9 26 (4.76%) ASP.NET
10 23 (4.21%) Entity Framework
11 21 (3.85%) JSON
12 20 (3.66%) Kafka
12 20 (3.66%) Web Services
13 19 (3.48%) REST
13 19 (3.48%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 18 (3.30%) PySpark
14 18 (3.30%) XML
15 17 (3.11%) Node.js
16 15 (2.75%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 68 (12.45%) Cloud Native
2 21 (3.85%) Greenfield Project
3 14 (2.56%) Data Structures
4 12 (2.20%) N-Tier
5 10 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
5 10 (1.83%) Replication
6 8 (1.47%) Public Cloud
6 8 (1.47%) Self-Motivation
7 7 (1.28%) NHS
8 6 (1.10%) Mobile App
9 5 (0.92%) BYOD
9 5 (0.92%) Management Information System
9 5 (0.92%) PKI
10 4 (0.73%) Derivative
10 4 (0.73%) Taxonomies
11 3 (0.55%) Algorithms
11 3 (0.55%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.55%) Linux Command Line
11 3 (0.55%) Smartphone
11 3 (0.55%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 51 (9.34%) Windows
2 36 (6.59%) Linux
3 14 (2.56%) Windows Server
4 7 (1.28%) Unix
4 7 (1.28%) VMS
5 5 (0.92%) AIX
6 4 (0.73%) Android
6 4 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (0.55%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.55%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.18%) Alpine Linux
8 1 (0.18%) Debian
8 1 (0.18%) SUSE
8 1 (0.18%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 232 (42.49%) DevOps
2 184 (33.70%) Agile Software Development
3 126 (23.08%) Business Intelligence
4 109 (19.96%) Microservices
5 102 (18.68%) Analytics
6 101 (18.50%) ETL
7 98 (17.95%) Data Modelling
8 77 (14.10%) Data Engineering
9 74 (13.55%) Software Engineering
10 73 (13.37%) Migration
10 73 (13.37%) Scrum
11 63 (11.54%) SDLC
12 57 (10.44%) Data Development
13 54 (9.89%) Test Automation
14 42 (7.69%) TDD
15 40 (7.33%) Unit Testing
16 39 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
17 36 (6.59%) Infrastructure as Code
18 35 (6.41%) Continuous Integration
18 35 (6.41%) Deployment Automation
Programming Languages
1 512 (93.77%) SQL
2 176 (32.23%) C#
3 149 (27.29%) Python
4 107 (19.60%) T-SQL
5 90 (16.48%) PowerShell
6 79 (14.47%) JavaScript
7 56 (10.26%) PL/SQL
8 54 (9.89%) Go
9 51 (9.34%) C++
10 37 (6.78%) Java
11 17 (3.11%) TypeScript
12 16 (2.93%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 14 (2.56%) Bash Shell
14 11 (2.01%) Scala
15 9 (1.65%) PHP
16 7 (1.28%) R
16 7 (1.28%) Ruby
17 3 (0.55%) Groovy
17 3 (0.55%) VB.NET
18 2 (0.37%) Perl
Qualifications
1 27 (4.95%) Security Cleared
2 22 (4.03%) SC Cleared
3 12 (2.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 8 (1.47%) Degree
5 4 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (0.55%) ISTQB
7 2 (0.37%) ISEB
7 2 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (0.37%) TOGAF Certification
8 1 (0.18%) CEH
8 1 (0.18%) CISA
8 1 (0.18%) CISM
8 1 (0.18%) CISSP
8 1 (0.18%) ISSAP
8 1 (0.18%) ISSEP
8 1 (0.18%) MCSE
8 1 (0.18%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (6.59%) QA
2 22 (4.03%) Data Quality
3 6 (1.10%) GDPR
3 6 (1.10%) WCAG
4 5 (0.92%) COBIT
5 4 (0.73%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.55%) SLA
7 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.18%) HL7
7 1 (0.18%) NIST
System Software
1 53 (9.71%) Docker
2 45 (8.24%) Active Directory
3 12 (2.20%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (0.73%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.73%) ISA Server
5 2 (0.37%) LXC
5 2 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.18%) HDFS
6 1 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.18%) XenApp
6 1 (0.18%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 89 (16.30%) Kubernetes
2 80 (14.65%) Terraform
3 29 (5.31%) Ansible
4 8 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (1.47%) Puppet
5 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (0.37%) Grafana
6 2 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.37%) Prometheus
7 1 (0.18%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.18%) Istio
7 1 (0.18%) SCCM
7 1 (0.18%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 171 (31.32%) Microsoft
2 123 (22.53%) Databricks
3 79 (14.47%) Oracle
4 47 (8.61%) MuleSoft
5 19 (3.48%) SAP
6 12 (2.20%) Talend
7 8 (1.47%) Atlassian
8 7 (1.28%) Cisco
8 7 (1.28%) Teradata
9 6 (1.10%) Citrix
9 6 (1.10%) Informatica
9 6 (1.10%) Red Hat
9 6 (1.10%) VMware
9 6 (1.10%) Xamarin
10 4 (0.73%) Confluent
10 4 (0.73%) Software AG
11 3 (0.55%) AppDynamics
11 3 (0.55%) Cloudera
11 3 (0.55%) StreamSets
12 2 (0.37%) Hortonworks