Period
to 4 March 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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 259 335 448
Rank change year-on-year +76 +113 +263
Contract jobs citing Azure SQL Database 472 493 516
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.97% 0.73% 0.53%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 4.59% 3.43% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 509 361 390
Median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +12.76%
10th Percentile £350 £363 £363
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £475 £428
% change year-on-year -5.26% +11.11% +22.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 10 2
Median hourly rate £66.50 £72.50 £42.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.28% +71.93% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £78.75 -

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 10,280 14,371 22,187
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.21% 21.33% 22.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,041 9,762 15,478
Median daily rate £488 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% - +2.70%
10th Percentile £313 £319 £320
90th Percentile £656 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £440 £425
% change year-on-year -3.41% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 180 203 232
Median hourly rate £26.00 £25.60 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.58% -6.93% -16.67%
10th Percentile £13.50 £13.74 £12.61
90th Percentile £60.03 £59.20 £56.45
Median hourly rate £23.45 £23.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +1.96% -23.33% -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 4 March 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
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 4 March 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 +42 335 £475 - 127
London +20 220 £525 +5.00% 44
Work from Home -56 215 £500 +17.65% 32
UK excluding London +26 93 £450 -5.26% 96
North of England +52 27 £450 -5.26% 30
Midlands +20 23 £450 -10.00% 28
South East +42 18 £425 -5.56% 14
North West +40 17 £425 +13.33% 18
West Midlands +8 12 £488 -2.50% 20
East Midlands +33 11 £350 - 8
Yorkshire +29 9 £481 -25.96% 5
South West +84 7 £400 -11.11% 6
East of England +55 7 £400 -15.79% 4
Scotland +13 7 £300 -40.00% 7
Wales +6 4 £475 +5.56% 7
North East +35 1 £450 -18.18% 7

For the 6 months to 4 March 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.

1 471 (99.79%) Azure
2 429 (90.89%) SQL
3 205 (43.43%) DevOps
4 168 (35.59%) SQL Server
5 161 (34.11%) C#
6 160 (33.90%) Microsoft
7 147 (31.14%) Azure Data Factory
8 145 (30.72%) Power Platform
9 137 (29.03%) .NET
10 135 (28.60%) Agile Software Development
11 131 (27.75%) Python
12 121 (25.64%) Serverless
13 120 (25.42%) Business Intelligence
13 120 (25.42%) PowerShell
14 113 (23.94%) Data Warehouse
15 111 (23.52%) Data Lake
16 109 (23.09%) Power BI
16 109 (23.09%) Azure Functions
17 100 (21.19%) Logic Apps
18 96 (20.34%) Microservices
19 88 (18.64%) T-SQL
20 87 (18.43%) Databricks
21 84 (17.80%) ETL
22 82 (17.37%) Terraform
23 75 (15.89%) Analytics
24 74 (15.68%) Cosmos DB
25 71 (15.04%) Data Modelling
26 70 (14.83%) .NET Core
27 68 (14.41%) Test Automation
28 66 (13.98%) 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 32 (6.78%) BizTalk Server
2 17 (3.60%) Apache Spark
3 13 (2.75%) Apache
4 11 (2.33%) SharePoint
5 7 (1.48%) Apache Synapse
6 5 (1.06%) SAS
7 3 (0.64%) DNN
7 3 (0.64%) IIS
7 3 (0.64%) JBoss
7 3 (0.64%) NetWeaver
7 3 (0.64%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.42%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.42%) Apache Pulsar
8 2 (0.42%) Confluence
9 1 (0.21%) Apache ServiceMix
9 1 (0.21%) Cloud Foundry
9 1 (0.21%) NServiceBus
9 1 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.21%) Red Hat Fuse
9 1 (0.21%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 3 (0.64%) Microsoft Office
1 3 (0.64%) MS Visio
2 2 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.21%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.21%) SAP FI-CA
2 1 (0.21%) SAP MM
2 1 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 471 (99.79%) Azure
2 147 (31.14%) Azure Data Factory
3 145 (30.72%) Power Platform
4 121 (25.64%) Serverless
5 109 (23.09%) Azure Functions
6 100 (21.19%) Logic Apps
7 65 (13.77%) PaaS
8 52 (11.02%) PowerApps
9 43 (9.11%) AWS
10 36 (7.63%) Power Automate
11 35 (7.42%) IaaS
12 33 (6.99%) AWS Lambda
13 26 (5.51%) Azure Active Directory
14 16 (3.39%) Microsoft 365
15 13 (2.75%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 12 (2.54%) SaaS
17 9 (1.91%) Cloud Computing
17 9 (1.91%) GitHub
18 4 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
18 4 (0.85%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 16 (3.39%) DNS
1 16 (3.39%) Firewall
2 9 (1.91%) VPN
3 7 (1.48%) Network Security
4 6 (1.27%) SNMP
5 5 (1.06%) Reverse Proxy
6 4 (0.85%) Remote Desktop
6 4 (0.85%) Skype
6 4 (0.85%) VLAN
7 3 (0.64%) DHCP
7 3 (0.64%) MPLS
7 3 (0.64%) PBX
7 3 (0.64%) VoIP
7 3 (0.64%) WAN
7 3 (0.64%) Wireless
8 1 (0.21%) DMZ
8 1 (0.21%) HTTP
8 1 (0.21%) Internet
8 1 (0.21%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 168 (35.59%) SQL Server
2 113 (23.94%) Data Warehouse
3 111 (23.52%) Data Lake
4 109 (23.09%) Power BI
5 74 (15.68%) Cosmos DB
6 58 (12.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 51 (10.81%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 48 (10.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 47 (9.96%) MongoDB
10 38 (8.05%) OLTP
11 29 (6.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 20 (4.24%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 18 (3.81%) NoSQL
14 17 (3.60%) Big Data
15 14 (2.97%) Snowflake Schema
16 12 (2.54%) SAP Data Services
17 10 (2.12%) PostgreSQL
17 10 (2.12%) Relational Database
18 9 (1.91%) MySQL
18 9 (1.91%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 59 (12.50%) Git (software)
2 48 (10.17%) Visual Studio Team System
3 28 (5.93%) Jenkins
4 13 (2.75%) JIRA
5 9 (1.91%) GitLab
6 8 (1.69%) Octopus Deploy
6 8 (1.69%) Visual Studio
7 7 (1.48%) TeamCity
8 6 (1.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 6 (1.27%) SonarQube
9 4 (0.85%) ERwin
9 4 (0.85%) git-flow
9 4 (0.85%) webpack
10 3 (0.64%) Cypress.io
11 2 (0.42%) Artifactory
11 2 (0.42%) ER Studio
11 2 (0.42%) NUnit
11 2 (0.42%) Sonatype Nexus
11 2 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 2 (0.42%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 44 (9.32%) Finance
2 26 (5.51%) Public Sector
3 13 (2.75%) Retail
4 7 (1.48%) Front Office
5 6 (1.27%) Banking
6 4 (0.85%) Marketing
6 4 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.64%) Law
7 3 (0.64%) Retail Finance
8 2 (0.42%) Electronics
8 2 (0.42%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.42%) Military
8 2 (0.42%) Police
8 2 (0.42%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.21%) Billing
9 1 (0.21%) Legal
9 1 (0.21%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 145 (30.72%) Developer
2 141 (29.87%) Azure Engineer
3 95 (20.13%) Data Engineer
4 62 (13.14%) Azure Developer
5 58 (12.29%) Architect
6 49 (10.38%) Azure Architect
6 49 (10.38%) DevOps Engineer
7 47 (9.96%) .NET Developer
8 37 (7.84%) Azure DevOps Engineer
9 33 (6.99%) Azure DevOps
10 30 (6.36%) Senior Developer
11 25 (5.30%) Python Engineer
12 24 (5.08%) Consultant
13 21 (4.45%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 21 (4.45%) Cloud Engineer
14 20 (4.24%) Data Architect
15 18 (3.81%) Python Developer
16 16 (3.39%) Azure Consultant
16 16 (3.39%) C# Developer
16 16 (3.39%) Platform Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 137 (29.03%) .NET
2 70 (14.83%) .NET Core
3 34 (7.20%) React
4 28 (5.93%) .NET Framework
4 28 (5.93%) AngularJS
4 28 (5.93%) CSS
5 25 (5.30%) JSON
6 24 (5.08%) Entity Framework
6 24 (5.08%) HTML
6 24 (5.08%) jQuery
7 23 (4.87%) ASP.NET
7 23 (4.87%) ASP.NET Web API
7 23 (4.87%) XML
8 20 (4.24%) Web Services
9 18 (3.81%) REST
9 18 (3.81%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 16 (3.39%) Node.js
11 14 (2.97%) PySpark
12 13 (2.75%) RESTful
13 10 (2.12%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 53 (11.23%) Cloud Native
2 22 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (4.45%) Enterprise Software
4 12 (2.54%) N-Tier
5 9 (1.91%) Greenfield Project
6 6 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (0.85%) Data Structures
7 4 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
7 4 (0.85%) Replication
7 4 (0.85%) User Experience
8 3 (0.64%) Management Information System
8 3 (0.64%) Mobile App
8 3 (0.64%) NHS
8 3 (0.64%) PKI
8 3 (0.64%) Public Cloud
8 3 (0.64%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.42%) Data Centre
9 2 (0.42%) Over-the-Top Content
9 2 (0.42%) Reinsurance
10 1 (0.21%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 43 (9.11%) Windows
2 24 (5.08%) Linux
3 22 (4.66%) Windows Server
4 6 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (1.27%) Windows 10
5 5 (1.06%) Unix
6 4 (0.85%) CentOS
6 4 (0.85%) VMS
6 4 (0.85%) Windows Server 2016
7 3 (0.64%) AIX
7 3 (0.64%) Android
7 3 (0.64%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.21%) SUSE
9 1 (0.21%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.21%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.21%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 205 (43.43%) DevOps
2 135 (28.60%) Agile Software Development
3 120 (25.42%) Business Intelligence
4 96 (20.34%) Microservices
5 84 (17.80%) ETL
6 75 (15.89%) Analytics
7 71 (15.04%) Data Modelling
8 68 (14.41%) Test Automation
9 57 (12.08%) TDD
10 50 (10.59%) Deployment Automation
11 48 (10.17%) Software Engineering
12 47 (9.96%) Migration
13 46 (9.75%) Data Engineering
13 46 (9.75%) Data Ingestion
14 44 (9.32%) BDD
15 41 (8.69%) Data Development
15 41 (8.69%) SDLC
16 37 (7.84%) Continuous Delivery
16 37 (7.84%) Continuous Integration
17 36 (7.63%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 429 (90.89%) SQL
2 161 (34.11%) C#
3 131 (27.75%) Python
4 120 (25.42%) PowerShell
5 88 (18.64%) T-SQL
6 44 (9.32%) JavaScript
7 43 (9.11%) Go
8 40 (8.47%) PL/SQL
9 37 (7.84%) C++
10 23 (4.87%) Java
11 16 (3.39%) Bash Shell
12 12 (2.54%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 11 (2.33%) R
13 11 (2.33%) TypeScript
14 5 (1.06%) Ruby
14 5 (1.06%) Scala
14 5 (1.06%) U-SQL
15 2 (0.42%) C
15 2 (0.42%) Groovy
15 2 (0.42%) PHP
Qualifications
1 31 (6.57%) Security Cleared
2 26 (5.51%) SC Cleared
3 13 (2.75%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (1.48%) Degree
5 5 (1.06%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (0.64%) ISTQB
7 2 (0.42%) ISEB
7 2 (0.42%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (0.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (0.21%) CISA
8 1 (0.21%) CISM
8 1 (0.21%) CISSP
8 1 (0.21%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.21%) ISSAP
8 1 (0.21%) ISSEP
8 1 (0.21%) MCSE
8 1 (0.21%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (9.75%) QA
2 13 (2.75%) Data Quality
3 5 (1.06%) GDPR
4 4 (0.85%) COBIT
4 4 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.85%) SLA
4 4 (0.85%) WCAG
5 3 (0.64%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.21%) NIST
System Software
1 41 (8.69%) Docker
2 36 (7.63%) Active Directory
3 10 (2.12%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (1.48%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (1.27%) vSphere
6 5 (1.06%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (0.85%) LXC
8 1 (0.21%) HDFS
8 1 (0.21%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 82 (17.37%) Terraform
2 66 (13.98%) Kubernetes
3 19 (4.03%) Ansible
4 11 (2.33%) Puppet
5 8 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
6 7 (1.48%) Grafana
6 7 (1.48%) Prometheus
7 6 (1.27%) ZABBIX
8 4 (0.85%) Packer
9 3 (0.64%) Microsoft Intune
10 2 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
11 1 (0.21%) Data Guard
11 1 (0.21%) Istio
11 1 (0.21%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 160 (33.90%) Microsoft
2 87 (18.43%) Databricks
3 50 (10.59%) Oracle
4 32 (6.78%) MuleSoft
5 23 (4.87%) SAP
6 16 (3.39%) Talend
7 8 (1.69%) Splunk
8 7 (1.48%) VMware
9 6 (1.27%) Atlassian
9 6 (1.27%) Teradata
10 5 (1.06%) Alteryx
11 4 (0.85%) Cloudera
11 4 (0.85%) Dell
11 4 (0.85%) EMC
12 3 (0.64%) Cisco
12 3 (0.64%) Citrix
12 3 (0.64%) Informatica
12 3 (0.64%) Red Hat
12 3 (0.64%) Software AG
12 3 (0.64%) Xamarin