The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SQL Server 2008 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SQL Server 2008 over the 3 months to 23 June 2017 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 SQL Server 2008
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 275 220 105
Rank change year-on-year -55 -115  
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2008 390 597 1127
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 1.11% 2.01%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 3.71% 5.08% 8.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 285 437 807
Median daily rate £375 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £507 £550 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year - +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 20 23
Median hourly rate £40.50 £26.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.76% +10.63%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £11.95 £18.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.25 £49.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £26.00 £23.25
% change year-on-year +55.76% +11.82%  

SQL Server 2008 is in the database and business intelligence skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills.

Contract Database & Business Intelligence Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills 10524 11744 13206
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 22.48% 21.82% 23.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 6884 7958 8635
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £350
% change year-on-year +3.22% +10.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 145 193 187
Median hourly rate £31.25 £30.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.45% +10.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £15.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.00 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.00 £30.35 £26.00
% change year-on-year +25.19% +16.74%  

SQL Server 2008
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing SQL Server 2008 as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Database & Business Intelligence category.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server 2008 in the UK

SQL Server 2008
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SQL Server 2008.

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server 2008 in the UK

SQL Server 2008
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server 2008 over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server 2008 in the UK

SQL Server 2008
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SQL Server 2008.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server 2008 in the UK

SQL Server 2008
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server 2008 over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SQL Server 2008 in the UK

SQL Server 2008
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 Server 2008 within the UK over the 3 months to 23 June 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 -36 363 £375 - 144
London -45 146 £450 - 40
South East -6 78 £375 -4.45% 40
City of London -6 42 £450 - 10
West Midlands +25 33 £335 -1.47% 8
Hampshire +14 27 £375 +7.14% 12
Yorkshire -1 26 £338 -10.00% 19
North West +28 24 £355 -16.51% 13
South West -14 24 £374 +9.85% 12
West Yorkshire +7 19 £325 -8.77% 17
Berkshire +28 18 £371 +46.68% 6
Scotland +20 16 £350 +12.90% 2
Leeds +1 16 £325 -17.72% 12
East of England -21 16 £360 -4.00% 6
Manchester +24 14 £350 -12.50% 9
Basingstoke +7 12 £375 - 1
Reading +22 11 £375 +49.25% 4
Surrey +4 11 £450 -18.18% 4
Edinburgh +16 10 £350 +1.81% 1
Staffordshire +9 10 £335 - 2
Portsmouth +8 9 £325 - 6
Somerset +2 9 £550 - 1
Hertfordshire -4 9 £350 -9.67%
East Midlands -10 9 £350 +5.66% 2
Stoke-on-Trent - 9 £335 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne +56 7 £400 +25.00% 3
Tyne and Wear +54 7 £400 +25.00% 3
North East +43 7 £400 +25.00% 3
Nottinghamshire -2 7 £325 -13.33%
South Wales -15 7 £325 +8.33% 1

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server 2008 also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SQL Server 2008.

1 849 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 542 (63.84%) SQL
3 400 (47.11%) Microsoft
4 381 (44.88%) .NET
5 358 (42.17%) C#
6 352 (41.46%) SQL Server 2012
7 275 (32.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 263 (30.98%) Windows
9 228 (26.86%) T-SQL
10 224 (26.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 199 (23.44%) ASP.NET
12 187 (22.03%) SQL Server 2005
13 178 (20.97%) Agile Software Development
14 174 (20.49%) Finance
14 174 (20.49%) MVC
15 173 (20.38%) HTML
16 169 (19.91%) Business Intelligence
17 166 (19.55%) JavaScript
18 164 (19.32%) SQL Server 2014
19 154 (18.14%) CSS
20 137 (16.14%) Migration
21 136 (16.02%) Team Foundation Server
22 132 (15.55%) Visual Studio
23 130 (15.31%) jQuery
24 117 (13.78%) WCF
25 116 (13.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
25 116 (13.66%) Microsoft Azure
25 116 (13.66%) Windows Server
26 107 (12.60%) .NET Framework
27 106 (12.49%) Oracle

SQL Server 2008
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 95 (11.19%) SharePoint
2 77 (9.07%) IIS
3 48 (5.65%) MS Exchange
4 36 (4.24%) Exchange Server 2010
5 32 (3.77%) SharePoint 2013
6 29 (3.42%) BizTalk Server
7 25 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2013
8 24 (2.83%) CMS
9 20 (2.36%) SharePoint 2010
10 16 (1.88%) Umbraco
11 10 (1.18%) SAS
12 9 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2007
12 9 (1.06%) Skype for Business
13 8 (0.94%) Apache
14 7 (0.82%) JBoss
15 6 (0.71%) Sitefinity
16 5 (0.59%) Oracle Application Server
16 5 (0.59%) Oracle HTTP Server
16 5 (0.59%) WebLogic
17 4 (0.47%) EPiServer
Applications
1 57 (6.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 44 (5.18%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (1.06%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 46 (5.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (2.59%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.47%) OpenText Process Suite
5 4 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
5 4 (0.47%) Pegasus Opera
6 3 (0.35%) Cognos TM1
6 3 (0.35%) HFM
7 2 (0.24%) Changepoint
7 2 (0.24%) Dynamics GP
7 2 (0.24%) Endur
7 2 (0.24%) FastStats
7 2 (0.24%) FRx
7 2 (0.24%) ION MarketView
7 2 (0.24%) Oracle BPM
7 2 (0.24%) Scribe Insight
8 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.12%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.12%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 116 (13.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 38 (4.48%) Amazon AWS
3 31 (3.65%) Office 365
4 29 (3.42%) IaaS
4 29 (3.42%) PaaS
5 6 (0.71%) SaaS
6 4 (0.47%) Boomi
7 2 (0.24%) Amazon EMR
7 2 (0.24%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.24%) AWS OpsWorks
7 2 (0.24%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.12%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.12%) Bluemix
8 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.12%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.12%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 29 (3.42%) DNS
2 19 (2.24%) DHCP
2 19 (2.24%) Firewall
2 19 (2.24%) Intranet
3 18 (2.12%) SAN
3 18 (2.12%) TCP/IP
4 17 (2.00%) PuTTY
4 17 (2.00%) WinSCP
5 15 (1.77%) Internet
6 13 (1.53%) Extranet
7 11 (1.30%) WAN
8 10 (1.18%) FTP
8 10 (1.18%) LAN
9 9 (1.06%) HTTP
9 9 (1.06%) VoIP
10 7 (0.82%) VLAN
11 6 (0.71%) SMTP
11 6 (0.71%) VPN
12 5 (0.59%) NAS
12 5 (0.59%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 849 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 352 (41.46%) SQL Server 2012
3 275 (32.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 224 (26.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 187 (22.03%) SQL Server 2005
6 164 (19.32%) SQL Server 2014
7 116 (13.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 98 (11.54%) Data Warehouse
9 92 (10.84%) SQL Server 2016
10 73 (8.60%) Oracle Database
11 67 (7.89%) Relational Database
12 56 (6.60%) Oracle Database 11g
13 41 (4.83%) MySQL
14 37 (4.36%) SQL Server 2000
15 34 (4.00%) Oracle Database 10g
16 31 (3.65%) QlikView
17 28 (3.30%) Power BI
18 26 (3.06%) OLAP
19 24 (2.83%) Oracle Reports
20 23 (2.71%) DTS
Development Applications
1 136 (16.02%) Team Foundation Server
2 132 (15.55%) Visual Studio
3 42 (4.95%) Git (software)
4 40 (4.71%) TeamCity
5 34 (4.00%) Jenkins
5 34 (4.00%) NUnit
6 28 (3.30%) JIRA
6 28 (3.30%) Selenium
7 27 (3.18%) SpecFlow
8 21 (2.47%) MSTest
9 19 (2.24%) Moq
10 17 (2.00%) Ant
10 17 (2.00%) HP UFT
10 17 (2.00%) Oracle APEX
11 16 (1.88%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 15 (1.77%) Subversion
13 13 (1.53%) Eclipse
13 13 (1.53%) Octopus Deploy
13 13 (1.53%) TestNG
13 13 (1.53%) Toad
General
1 174 (20.49%) Finance
2 84 (9.89%) Banking
3 29 (3.42%) Investment Banking
4 27 (3.18%) Front Office
5 22 (2.59%) Retail
6 18 (2.12%) Marketing
6 18 (2.12%) Telecoms
7 14 (1.65%) Advertising
8 12 (1.41%) Legal
9 11 (1.30%) Back Office
10 10 (1.18%) Law
11 9 (1.06%) Manufacturing
12 8 (0.94%) Local Government
13 7 (0.82%) Publishing
14 6 (0.71%) Electronics
15 5 (0.59%) Retail Banking
16 4 (0.47%) Automotive
16 4 (0.47%) Private Banking
17 3 (0.35%) Corporate Banking
17 3 (0.35%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 501 (59.01%) Developer
2 178 (20.97%) .NET Developer
3 147 (17.31%) SQL Developer
4 136 (16.02%) DBA
5 133 (15.67%) C# Developer
6 119 (14.02%) SQL DBA
7 87 (10.25%) C# .NET Developer
8 60 (7.07%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 55 (6.48%) ASP.NET Developer
10 51 (6.01%) Senior Developer
11 50 (5.89%) Analyst
12 49 (5.77%) SQL Server DBA
13 45 (5.30%) Full Stack Developer
14 44 (5.18%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 42 (4.95%) Microsoft Developer
16 39 (4.59%) Administrator
17 38 (4.48%) SSIS Developer
18 37 (4.36%) SQL Server Developer
19 32 (3.77%) ETL Developer
20 30 (3.53%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 381 (44.88%) .NET
2 199 (23.44%) ASP.NET
3 173 (20.38%) HTML
4 154 (18.14%) CSS
5 130 (15.31%) jQuery
6 117 (13.78%) WCF
7 107 (12.60%) .NET Framework
8 99 (11.66%) Web Services
9 87 (10.25%) ASP.NET Web API
10 84 (9.89%) ASP.NET MVC
11 77 (9.07%) Ajax
12 76 (8.95%) AngularJS
12 76 (8.95%) XML
13 65 (7.66%) HTML5
14 51 (6.01%) Entity Framework
15 39 (4.59%) WPF
16 29 (3.42%) Razor View Engine
17 27 (3.18%) LINQ
17 27 (3.18%) MDX
18 26 (3.06%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 74 (8.72%) Analytical Skills
2 62 (7.30%) Clustering
3 38 (4.48%) Replication
4 23 (2.71%) Greenfield Project
5 14 (1.65%) N-Tier
6 13 (1.53%) Data Centre
6 13 (1.53%) Data Structures
7 12 (1.41%) Fixed Income
8 11 (1.30%) Computer Science
9 10 (1.18%) Derivative
9 10 (1.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 7 (0.82%) Management Information System
10 7 (0.82%) NHS
10 7 (0.82%) W3C
11 6 (0.71%) RIA
12 5 (0.59%) PKI
12 5 (0.59%) User Experience
13 4 (0.47%) Algorithms
13 4 (0.47%) Equities
13 4 (0.47%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 263 (30.98%) Windows
2 116 (13.66%) Windows Server
3 89 (10.48%) Windows Server 2008
4 88 (10.37%) Windows Server 2012
5 67 (7.89%) Linux
6 42 (4.95%) Windows Server 2003
7 26 (3.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 22 (2.59%) Unix
8 22 (2.59%) Windows 10
9 15 (1.77%) Windows 7
10 11 (1.30%) Windows XP
11 8 (0.94%) CentOS
12 6 (0.71%) Windows 2000 Server
12 6 (0.71%) Windows 8
13 4 (0.47%) AIX
13 4 (0.47%) MVS
14 3 (0.35%) Android
15 2 (0.24%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.24%) Debian
15 2 (0.24%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (20.97%) Agile Software Development
2 174 (20.49%) MVC
3 169 (19.91%) Business Intelligence
4 137 (16.14%) Migration
5 104 (12.25%) TDD
6 98 (11.54%) ETL
7 80 (9.42%) Performance Tuning
8 75 (8.83%) Scrum
9 59 (6.95%) ITIL
10 58 (6.83%) Data Modelling
11 53 (6.24%) Continuous Integration
12 51 (6.01%) CRM
12 51 (6.01%) DevOps
13 50 (5.89%) Web Development
14 44 (5.18%) Test Automation
15 42 (4.95%) High Availability
16 35 (4.12%) Disaster Recovery
17 32 (3.77%) Data Migration
17 32 (3.77%) ERP
17 32 (3.77%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 542 (63.84%) SQL
2 358 (42.17%) C#
3 228 (26.86%) T-SQL
4 166 (19.55%) JavaScript
5 83 (9.78%) PowerShell
6 56 (6.60%) VB.NET
7 47 (5.54%) VB
8 46 (5.42%) Java
9 42 (4.95%) VBA
10 24 (2.83%) PL/SQL
11 21 (2.47%) F#
12 17 (2.00%) Python
13 16 (1.88%) PHP
13 16 (1.88%) VBScript
14 15 (1.77%) TypeScript
15 11 (1.30%) VB6
16 9 (1.06%) Shell Script
17 7 (0.82%) Bash Shell
17 7 (0.82%) C++
17 7 (0.82%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 65 (7.66%) Security Cleared
2 53 (6.24%) Microsoft Certification
3 47 (5.54%) SC Cleared
4 41 (4.83%) Degree
5 30 (3.53%) MCSE
6 17 (2.00%) MCITP
7 15 (1.77%) MCSA
8 14 (1.65%) DV Cleared
9 10 (1.18%) ISEB
9 10 (1.18%) ISEB Practitioner
9 10 (1.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 9 (1.06%) Computer Science Degree
10 9 (1.06%) MCP
11 8 (0.94%) MCDBA
12 7 (0.82%) CCNA
12 7 (0.82%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
13 6 (0.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 5 (0.59%) HNC
14 5 (0.59%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.59%) QA
2 15 (1.77%) SLA
3 9 (1.06%) Data Quality
4 8 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.71%) Disclosure Scotland
6 4 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.35%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 3 (0.35%) MiFID
8 2 (0.24%) IFRS
8 2 (0.24%) IFRS 9
8 2 (0.24%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.12%) PMO
System Software
1 70 (8.24%) Active Directory
2 40 (4.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (4.24%) Hyper-V
4 30 (3.53%) vSphere
5 16 (1.88%) Virtual Machines
6 13 (1.53%) XenApp
7 12 (1.41%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (1.06%) XenDesktop
9 7 (0.82%) Terminal Services
10 6 (0.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 6 (0.71%) Oracle RAC
10 6 (0.71%) Samba
10 6 (0.71%) Squid
10 6 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.59%) Terminal Server
11 5 (0.59%) XenServer
12 4 (0.47%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 4 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.24%) KVM
13 2 (0.24%) UAG
Systems Management
1 21 (2.47%) SCCM
2 18 (2.12%) Failover Clustering
2 18 (2.12%) Microsoft Clustering
3 17 (2.00%) vRealize
4 16 (1.88%) Puppet
5 15 (1.77%) Nagios
6 10 (1.18%) SCOM
7 6 (0.71%) Norton AntiVirus
7 6 (0.71%) Oracle RMAN
7 6 (0.71%) Webmin
7 6 (0.71%) Xymon
8 5 (0.59%) Backup Exec
8 5 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (0.59%) Oracle Identity Management
8 5 (0.59%) Oracle Identity Manager
8 5 (0.59%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 4 (0.47%) Data Guard
9 4 (0.47%) Oozie
9 4 (0.47%) Perfmon
9 4 (0.47%) WSUS
Vendors
1 400 (47.11%) Microsoft
2 106 (12.49%) Oracle
3 80 (9.42%) VMware
4 37 (4.36%) HP
5 32 (3.77%) Citrix
6 31 (3.65%) SAP
7 29 (3.42%) Red Hat
8 16 (1.88%) IBM
8 16 (1.88%) Tableau
9 14 (1.65%) Cisco
10 11 (1.30%) Dell
10 11 (1.30%) NetApp
10 11 (1.30%) Telerik
10 11 (1.30%) Veeam
11 10 (1.18%) Cognos
11 10 (1.18%) Symantec
12 6 (0.71%) Bloomberg
12 6 (0.71%) DevExpress
12 6 (0.71%) RedGate
13 5 (0.59%) Cloudera
London
onezeero.
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + benefits
Posted: 8 hours ago
South West London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 8 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Staffordshire
Venn Group
Rate: £300 - £325 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
Gloucester
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Vivid Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
England
Opal Tree Solutions
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading
Vivid Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Northamptonshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Sanderson
Rate: £335 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Portsmouth
Spectrum IT
Posted: 10 days ago
Hampshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £390 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £392 - £451 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Harris Global
Rate: From £400 to £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago