The median contractor rate for a SQL DBA was £355 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
SQL Database Administrator
UK
Rank 418 382 341
Rank change year-on-year -36 -41  
Contract jobs requiring a SQL DBA 184 255 312
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.48% 0.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.43% 0.51% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 191 212
Median daily rate £355 £375 £334
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.33% +12.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £300 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £315
% change year-on-year -6.66% +19.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 7
Median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +12.50%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £28.53 £40.00
% change year-on-year +57.72% -28.67%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42403 50275 49651
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.18% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27453 32530 30008
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £551
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1493 1573 1955
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

SQL DBA
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured SQL DBA in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for SQL DBA in the UK

SQL DBA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL DBA in the UK

SQL DBA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL DBA over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL DBA in the UK

SQL DBA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL DBA in the UK

SQL DBA
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SQL DBA within the UK over the 3 months to 23 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -26 168 £363 -3.33% 75
London -54 38 £400 +5.26% 24
South East +6 32 £413 +3.12% 12
North West +40 29 £338 -12.90% 7
Manchester +32 20 £338 -14.28% 5
South West +4 17 £325 -13.33% 6
West Midlands +6 15 £350 +5.66% 6
Yorkshire +2 14 £340 -10.81% 8
East of England -3 12 £400 +5.61% 10
Hampshire -2 11 £425 -0.05% 1
Scotland +24 10 £350 +4.86% 1
East Midlands +3 8 £333 -12.50% 1
West Yorkshire -4 8 £315 -18.70% 6
Cheshire +36 7 £350 +16.66%
Leeds +1 7 £315 -26.74% 4
City of London -12 7 £425 +13.33% 9
Edinburgh +19 6 £325 -1.51%
South Yorkshire +8 6 £400 +3.22% 1
Bristol +1 6 £338 -10.00% 5
Berkshire +25 5 £375 - 1
Birmingham +1 5 £363 +13.28% 2
Sheffield +5 4 £400 +3.22% 1
Nottinghamshire +5 4 £300 -
Northamptonshire +1 4 £350 -2.77%
Glasgow +1 4 £350 -1.75% 1
County Antrim - 4 £275 -
Belfast - 4 £275 -
Wiltshire - 4 £315 -
Winchester - 4 £463 -
Northern Ireland - 4 £275 -

SQL DBA Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, SQL DBA contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring SQL DBA in the job title.

1 401 (92.61%) SQL
2 371 (85.68%) SQL Server
3 189 (43.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 173 (39.95%) Microsoft
5 140 (32.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 140 (32.33%) SQL Server 2008
6 139 (32.10%) T-SQL
7 127 (29.33%) SQL Server 2012
8 114 (26.33%) SQL Server 2014
9 106 (24.48%) Performance Tuning
10 105 (24.25%) Windows
11 95 (21.94%) High Availability
12 90 (20.79%) Business Intelligence
13 86 (19.86%) Migration
14 79 (18.24%) Oracle
15 77 (17.78%) Clustering
16 75 (17.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 73 (16.86%) Replication
18 67 (15.47%) Finance
18 67 (15.47%) PowerShell
19 64 (14.78%) ETL
20 60 (13.86%) Disaster Recovery
21 47 (10.85%) Data Warehouse
21 47 (10.85%) Linux
22 46 (10.62%) MS Excel
22 46 (10.62%) SQL Server 2005
22 46 (10.62%) Oracle Database
23 44 (10.16%) ITIL
24 43 (9.93%) Windows Server
25 38 (8.78%) Microsoft Certification

SQL DBA Skill Set
Top Related 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 (4.85%) IIS
2 15 (3.46%) BizTalk Server
3 10 (2.31%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.46%) JBoss
5 1 (0.23%) Apache
5 1 (0.23%) CMS
5 1 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (0.23%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.23%) WebLogic
Applications
1 46 (10.62%) MS Excel
2 7 (1.62%) MS PowerPoint
3 5 (1.15%) MS Office
4 3 (0.69%) SPSS
5 1 (0.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (1.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.69%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.23%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 33 (7.62%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (2.31%) IaaS
3 9 (2.08%) PaaS
4 8 (1.85%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (1.85%) SaaS
5 3 (0.69%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.46%) Office 365
7 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 15 (3.46%) SAN
2 4 (0.92%) Firewall
3 3 (0.69%) DNS
3 3 (0.69%) LAN
3 3 (0.69%) LDAP
3 3 (0.69%) VLAN
3 3 (0.69%) WAN
4 2 (0.46%) BIG-IP
4 2 (0.46%) FTP
4 2 (0.46%) Intranet
4 2 (0.46%) NAS
4 2 (0.46%) VPN
5 1 (0.23%) DAB
5 1 (0.23%) Fibre Channel
5 1 (0.23%) Internet
5 1 (0.23%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 371 (85.68%) SQL Server
2 189 (43.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 140 (32.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 140 (32.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 127 (29.33%) SQL Server 2012
5 114 (26.33%) SQL Server 2014
6 75 (17.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 47 (10.85%) Data Warehouse
8 46 (10.62%) Oracle Database
8 46 (10.62%) SQL Server 2005
9 36 (8.31%) MySQL
9 36 (8.31%) SQL Server 2016
10 26 (6.00%) SQL Server 2000
11 25 (5.77%) Relational Database
12 21 (4.85%) PostgreSQL
13 20 (4.62%) Oracle Database 11g
14 17 (3.93%) RDBMS
15 15 (3.46%) Oracle Database 12c
16 11 (2.54%) MongoDB
16 11 (2.54%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 9 (2.08%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 9 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (1.85%) Subversion
3 7 (1.62%) NUnit
4 3 (0.69%) Oracle Forms
5 2 (0.46%) Oracle APEX
5 2 (0.46%) Toad
6 1 (0.23%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.23%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.23%) JIRA
6 1 (0.23%) Talend Open Studio
6 1 (0.23%) Visual Studio
General
1 67 (15.47%) Finance
2 21 (4.85%) Advertising
3 19 (4.39%) Banking
4 8 (1.85%) Legal
4 8 (1.85%) Manufacturing
5 7 (1.62%) Local Government
6 6 (1.39%) Law
7 5 (1.15%) Retail
8 4 (0.92%) Marketing
8 4 (0.92%) Telecoms
9 3 (0.69%) Back Office
9 3 (0.69%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (7.62%) .NET
2 19 (4.39%) Web Services
3 10 (2.31%) ASP.NET
4 8 (1.85%) .NET Framework
4 8 (1.85%) Entity Framework
5 7 (1.62%) ADO
5 7 (1.62%) Dapper ORM
6 3 (0.69%) SOAP
7 2 (0.46%) Oracle GoldenGate
8 1 (0.23%) JSON
8 1 (0.23%) LAMP
8 1 (0.23%) MDX
8 1 (0.23%) Middleware
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 77 (17.78%) Clustering
2 73 (16.86%) Replication
3 19 (4.39%) Data Centre
4 18 (4.16%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (0.92%) Data Structures
5 4 (0.92%) Driving Licence
5 4 (0.92%) Management Information System
6 3 (0.69%) Data Protection Act
6 3 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (0.69%) Fintech
6 3 (0.69%) FMCG
6 3 (0.69%) Oracle Licensing
7 2 (0.46%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.46%) FlexPod
7 2 (0.46%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.23%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.23%) Derivative
8 1 (0.23%) HACMP
8 1 (0.23%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.23%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 105 (24.25%) Windows
2 47 (10.85%) Linux
3 43 (9.93%) Windows Server
4 30 (6.93%) Windows Server 2008
5 28 (6.47%) Unix
6 25 (5.77%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (3.23%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (1.39%) AIX
10 4 (0.92%) Solaris
11 2 (0.46%) CentOS
11 2 (0.46%) SUSE
11 2 (0.46%) zOS
12 1 (0.23%) Android
12 1 (0.23%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.23%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (24.48%) Performance Tuning
2 95 (21.94%) High Availability
3 90 (20.79%) Business Intelligence
4 86 (19.86%) Migration
5 64 (14.78%) ETL
6 60 (13.86%) Disaster Recovery
7 44 (10.16%) ITIL
8 26 (6.00%) Performance Monitoring
9 25 (5.77%) Database Mirroring
10 21 (4.85%) Data Migration
11 20 (4.62%) Change Management
11 20 (4.62%) Data Management
11 20 (4.62%) Data Modelling
12 19 (4.39%) Agile Software Development
13 13 (3.00%) CRM
13 13 (3.00%) SQL Optimisation
14 12 (2.77%) Database Security
14 12 (2.77%) DevOps
15 11 (2.54%) Database Tuning
15 11 (2.54%) Performance Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 401 (92.61%) SQL
2 139 (32.10%) T-SQL
3 67 (15.47%) PowerShell
4 16 (3.70%) PL/SQL
5 14 (3.23%) C#
6 11 (2.54%) VB
7 9 (2.08%) Shell Script
8 5 (1.15%) C++
9 3 (0.69%) Perl
9 3 (0.69%) Python
9 3 (0.69%) R
10 2 (0.46%) Java
11 1 (0.23%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.23%) C
11 1 (0.23%) JavaScript
11 1 (0.23%) PHP
11 1 (0.23%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.23%) VBA
11 1 (0.23%) X++
Qualifications
1 38 (8.78%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (6.24%) Security Cleared
3 19 (4.39%) MCITP
4 18 (4.16%) MCDBA
5 15 (3.46%) Degree
5 15 (3.46%) SC Cleared
6 12 (2.77%) MCSE
7 6 (1.39%) MCSA
8 5 (1.15%) DV Cleared
8 5 (1.15%) MCP
8 5 (1.15%) MCTS
9 4 (0.92%) DBS Check
9 4 (0.92%) Oracle Certification
10 3 (0.69%) OCP
11 1 (0.23%) CESG Certified Professional
11 1 (0.23%) Citrix Certification
11 1 (0.23%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.23%) OCA
11 1 (0.23%) Postgraduate
11 1 (0.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.15%) PCI DSS
1 5 (1.15%) QA
2 3 (0.69%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (0.69%) SLA
3 2 (0.46%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.46%) ISO 14001
3 2 (0.46%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.46%) PMO
4 1 (0.23%) HL7
4 1 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 17 (3.93%) Active Directory
2 14 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (1.85%) Oracle RAC
4 7 (1.62%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (1.39%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.39%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 4 (0.92%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (0.69%) vSphere
8 2 (0.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.23%) MetaFrame
9 1 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.23%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.23%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 14 (3.23%) Oracle RMAN
1 14 (3.23%) SCOM
2 13 (3.00%) Failover Clustering
3 12 (2.77%) Microsoft Clustering
4 11 (2.54%) Data Guard
5 4 (0.92%) Nagios
5 4 (0.92%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 3 (0.69%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
6 3 (0.69%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 3 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.69%) SCCM
7 2 (0.46%) Ansible
7 2 (0.46%) Puppet
7 2 (0.46%) SQL Sentry
8 1 (0.23%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle Flashback
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle Statspack
8 1 (0.23%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.23%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.23%) Simpana
Vendors
1 173 (39.95%) Microsoft
2 79 (18.24%) Oracle
3 34 (7.85%) VMware
4 13 (3.00%) RedGate
5 11 (2.54%) Red Hat
6 10 (2.31%) Sybase
7 9 (2.08%) Rackspace
7 9 (2.08%) SAP
8 6 (1.39%) IDERA
8 6 (1.39%) NetApp
8 6 (1.39%) Tableau
9 4 (0.92%) Cisco
9 4 (0.92%) Cognos
10 3 (0.69%) F5
10 3 (0.69%) iManage
10 3 (0.69%) ServiceNow
11 2 (0.46%) IBM
11 2 (0.46%) MicroStrategy
11 2 (0.46%) SaltStack
11 2 (0.46%) WorldPay
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