Period
to 17 January 2020

The median contractor rate for a DBA was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 2020.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

Database Administrator
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 326 361 333
Rank change year-on-year +35 -28 -90
Contract jobs requiring a DBA 547 723 790
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.75% 0.73% 0.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.80% 0.77% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 335 467 471
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +3.23%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £306
90th Percentile £535 £538 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £416 £413 £375
% change year-on-year +0.91% +10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 10 10
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £41.25 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.15% +52.78% -32.50%
10th Percentile £13.75 £39.88 £13.50
90th Percentile £42.00 £45.10 £47.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £41.25 £27.00
% change year-on-year -15.15% +52.78% -32.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 68,336 94,162 95,242
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.83% 94.71% 94.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,506 62,220 63,272
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £240 £269 £260
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,714 2,884 2,788
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.60% +1.08% +2.78%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -

DBA
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured DBA in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for DBA in the UK

DBA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing DBA.

Contractor daily rate trend for DBA in the UK

DBA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing DBA over the 6 months to 17 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for DBA in the UK

DBA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing DBA.

Contractor hourly rate trend for DBA in the UK

DBA
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing DBA over the 6 months to 17 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for DBA in the UK

DBA
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 DBA within the UK over the 6 months to 17 January 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 +32 469 £425 +1.49% 165
UK excluding London +14 373 £416 +0.91% 136
London +74 154 £450 +5.88% 39
North of England +23 113 £425 +6.25% 59
South East +7 78 £406 -2.11% 32
Scotland +24 57 £400 -5.88% 6
North West +22 53 £425 +12.58% 30
Midlands +36 49 £435 +16.00% 17
Yorkshire +31 43 £425 +3.03% 22
East of England +41 37 £425 +6.25% 6
West Midlands +51 34 £464 +16.00% 5
South West -27 33 £400 -5.88% 12
North East +28 17 £498 +10.56% 7
East Midlands +5 13 £420 +15.38% 12
Wales +12 6 £400 -2.44% 2
Northern Ireland 0 1 - - 2

DBA Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2020, DBA contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring DBA in the job title.

1 333 (60.88%) SQL
2 256 (46.80%) SQL Server
3 243 (44.42%) Oracle
4 192 (35.10%) Oracle Database
5 139 (25.41%) Performance Tuning
6 135 (24.68%) Migration
7 123 (22.49%) Security Cleared
8 101 (18.46%) SC Cleared
9 95 (17.37%) Linux
10 89 (16.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 85 (15.54%) Oracle Database 12c
12 79 (14.44%) Microsoft
13 75 (13.71%) Oracle RAC
14 74 (13.53%) T-SQL
15 73 (13.35%) High Availability
16 71 (12.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 68 (12.43%) AWS
18 66 (12.07%) Unix
18 66 (12.07%) Windows
19 64 (11.70%) Data Guard
20 61 (11.15%) MySQL
21 59 (10.79%) Public Sector
22 55 (10.05%) Azure
23 53 (9.69%) Data Warehouse
24 52 (9.51%) Disaster Recovery
25 50 (9.14%) Finance
25 50 (9.14%) Business Intelligence
26 48 (8.78%) Oracle RMAN
27 47 (8.59%) PowerShell
28 44 (8.04%) Oracle Database 11g

DBA Skill Set
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 21 (3.84%) WebLogic
2 7 (1.28%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.10%) Oracle Application Server
4 5 (0.91%) IIS
4 5 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 4 (0.73%) Skype for Business
5 4 (0.73%) WebSphere
5 4 (0.73%) WebSphere Application Server
6 3 (0.55%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.55%) JBoss
6 3 (0.55%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.37%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.37%) Confluence
8 1 (0.18%) Apache
8 1 (0.18%) CICS
8 1 (0.18%) OpenEdge
8 1 (0.18%) Oracle Service Bus
8 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (1.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (1.46%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 19 (3.47%) Oracle EBS
2 15 (2.74%) Oracle Applications
3 14 (2.56%) Oracle EBS R12
4 6 (1.10%) Oracle CRM
5 3 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.37%) Minerva
6 2 (0.37%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.37%) Oracle 11i
7 1 (0.18%) Aareon QL
7 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 68 (12.43%) AWS
2 55 (10.05%) Azure
3 24 (4.39%) Power Platform
4 18 (3.29%) Amazon S3
5 14 (2.56%) PaaS
6 12 (2.19%) IaaS
7 5 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.73%) GCP
9 3 (0.55%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.55%) Azure Data Factory
9 3 (0.55%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.37%) Amazon Kinesis
10 2 (0.37%) Datadog
10 2 (0.37%) SaaS
11 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.18%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.18%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.46%) SAN
2 5 (0.91%) WebEx
3 4 (0.73%) Skype
4 2 (0.37%) DHCP
4 2 (0.37%) DNS
4 2 (0.37%) Internet
5 1 (0.18%) DMZ
5 1 (0.18%) HTTP
5 1 (0.18%) Intranet
5 1 (0.18%) NAS
5 1 (0.18%) SSH
5 1 (0.18%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 256 (46.80%) SQL Server
2 192 (35.10%) Oracle Database
3 89 (16.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 85 (15.54%) Oracle Database 12c
5 71 (12.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 61 (11.15%) MySQL
7 53 (9.69%) Data Warehouse
8 44 (8.04%) Oracle Database 11g
9 41 (7.50%) PostgreSQL
9 41 (7.50%) SQL Server 2016
10 39 (7.13%) SQL Server 2012
11 35 (6.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 31 (5.67%) SQL Server 2008
13 28 (5.12%) Relational Database
14 26 (4.75%) SQL Server 2014
15 24 (4.39%) Amazon Redshift
15 24 (4.39%) Apache Cassandra
15 24 (4.39%) Power BI
16 20 (3.66%) DB2
16 20 (3.66%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 13 (2.38%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (1.83%) Oracle Forms
3 8 (1.46%) Visual Studio
4 6 (1.10%) Oracle APEX
5 5 (0.91%) JIRA
6 4 (0.73%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.55%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.55%) Hudson
7 3 (0.55%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.37%) Ant
8 2 (0.37%) Subversion
9 1 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.18%) Selenium
9 1 (0.18%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.18%) Toad
General
1 59 (10.79%) Public Sector
2 50 (9.14%) Finance
3 31 (5.67%) Banking
4 12 (2.19%) Retail
5 8 (1.46%) Back Office
6 6 (1.10%) Investment Banking
6 6 (1.10%) Telecoms
7 5 (0.91%) International Banking
8 4 (0.73%) Advertising
8 4 (0.73%) Games
8 4 (0.73%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.37%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.37%) Billing
9 2 (0.37%) Electronics
9 2 (0.37%) Law
9 2 (0.37%) Local Government
9 2 (0.37%) Marketing
10 1 (0.18%) Arabic Language
10 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (4.39%) .NET
2 22 (4.02%) Oracle GoldenGate
3 11 (2.01%) Middleware
4 4 (0.73%) J2EE
4 4 (0.73%) XML
5 3 (0.55%) .NET Framework
5 3 (0.55%) ASP.NET
5 3 (0.55%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 3 (0.55%) Classic ASP
5 3 (0.55%) HTML
5 3 (0.55%) Kafka
5 3 (0.55%) Spring
6 2 (0.37%) CSS
6 2 (0.37%) Hibernate
6 2 (0.37%) JSON
6 2 (0.37%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (0.37%) REST
7 1 (0.18%) Oracle ADF
7 1 (0.18%) SOAP
7 1 (0.18%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 44 (8.04%) Replication
2 43 (7.86%) Clustering
3 28 (5.12%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (3.29%) Data Centre
5 14 (2.56%) Public Cloud
6 10 (1.83%) Data Structures
6 10 (1.83%) Management Information System
7 5 (0.91%) NHS
8 4 (0.73%) Hedge funds
9 3 (0.55%) Cloud Native
9 3 (0.55%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (0.55%) Security Operations Centre
10 2 (0.37%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.37%) EPoS
10 2 (0.37%) FMCG
10 2 (0.37%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.37%) Linux Command Line
10 2 (0.37%) Reinsurance
11 1 (0.18%) HACMP
11 1 (0.18%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 95 (17.37%) Linux
2 66 (12.07%) Unix
2 66 (12.07%) Windows
3 25 (4.57%) Windows Server
4 19 (3.47%) Solaris
5 18 (3.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 16 (2.93%) AIX
7 7 (1.28%) Oracle Linux
7 7 (1.28%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.55%) CentOS
9 3 (0.55%) Ubuntu
9 3 (0.55%) zOS
10 2 (0.37%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.18%) Debian
11 1 (0.18%) HPUX
11 1 (0.18%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (25.41%) Performance Tuning
2 135 (24.68%) Migration
3 73 (13.35%) High Availability
4 52 (9.51%) Disaster Recovery
5 50 (9.14%) Business Intelligence
6 44 (8.04%) ITIL
7 39 (7.13%) Problem-Solving
8 35 (6.40%) ETL
9 31 (5.67%) Agile Software Development
9 31 (5.67%) Capacity Planning
10 29 (5.30%) Data Migration
11 25 (4.57%) Database Security
11 25 (4.57%) DevOps
12 22 (4.02%) Open Source
13 20 (3.66%) Database Tuning
13 20 (3.66%) Performance Monitoring
14 17 (3.11%) Statistics
15 16 (2.93%) Task Automation
16 15 (2.74%) Change Control
16 15 (2.74%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 333 (60.88%) SQL
2 74 (13.53%) T-SQL
3 47 (8.59%) PowerShell
4 43 (7.86%) PL/SQL
5 39 (7.13%) Shell Script
6 37 (6.76%) Python
7 17 (3.11%) Perl
8 10 (1.83%) Bash Shell
8 10 (1.83%) C#
9 8 (1.46%) Java
10 5 (0.91%) VB
11 3 (0.55%) JavaScript
11 3 (0.55%) Korn
12 2 (0.37%) AWK
12 2 (0.37%) Go
12 2 (0.37%) JCL
12 2 (0.37%) Kotlin
12 2 (0.37%) Scala
12 2 (0.37%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.37%) VBA
Qualifications
1 123 (22.49%) Security Cleared
2 101 (18.46%) SC Cleared
3 22 (4.02%) Degree
4 16 (2.93%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (2.38%) DV Cleared
6 10 (1.83%) Oracle Certification
7 8 (1.46%) OCA
7 8 (1.46%) OCP
8 7 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
9 6 (1.10%) MCITP
10 4 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
10 4 (0.73%) MCDBA
11 3 (0.55%) HND
11 3 (0.55%) MCSA
12 2 (0.37%) MCP
13 1 (0.18%) CCDA
13 1 (0.18%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.18%) MCSE
13 1 (0.18%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (2.19%) SLA
2 6 (1.10%) Data Quality
2 6 (1.10%) QA
3 5 (0.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (0.73%) GDPR
5 3 (0.55%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.18%) SEPA
System Software
1 75 (13.71%) Oracle RAC
2 18 (3.29%) Active Directory
3 17 (3.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.91%) Hyper-V
4 5 (0.91%) OCFS2
5 4 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.55%) Oracle Clusterware
6 3 (0.55%) vSphere
7 2 (0.37%) HDFS
7 2 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.18%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 1 (0.18%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 64 (11.70%) Data Guard
2 48 (8.78%) Oracle RMAN
3 37 (6.76%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 16 (2.93%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
5 14 (2.56%) Ansible
6 11 (2.01%) Failover Clustering
7 10 (1.83%) SCCM
8 9 (1.65%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.73%) Galera Cluster
9 4 (0.73%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (0.73%) Oracle Flashback
10 3 (0.55%) Hadoop YARN
11 2 (0.37%) SCOM
11 2 (0.37%) Terraform
11 2 (0.37%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.37%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 2 (0.37%) vCenter Server
12 1 (0.18%) Nagios
12 1 (0.18%) NetBackup
12 1 (0.18%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 243 (44.42%) Oracle
2 79 (14.44%) Microsoft
3 23 (4.20%) VMware
4 21 (3.84%) Greenplum
5 17 (3.11%) Sybase
6 15 (2.74%) IBM
7 11 (2.01%) Red Hat
8 10 (1.83%) Teradata
9 9 (1.65%) RedGate
9 9 (1.65%) SAP
10 6 (1.10%) Citrix
10 6 (1.10%) Percona
10 6 (1.10%) Tableau
10 6 (1.10%) Veritas
11 5 (0.91%) Imperva
11 5 (0.91%) Varonis
12 4 (0.73%) Salesforce.com
13 3 (0.55%) McAfee
13 3 (0.55%) Netezza
13 3 (0.55%) Splunk