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 May 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 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 258 227 104
Rank change year-on-year -31 -123  
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2008 397 580 1094
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.89% 1.08% 1.99%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 3.88% 5.00% 8.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 274 410 802
Median daily rate £365 £371 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.68% +4.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £288 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 18 19
Median hourly rate £42.50 £26.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +63.46% +13.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.80 £12.55 £17.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £80.00 £39.13 £48.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.25 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +54.80% +23.80%  

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 10242 11591 12706
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 22.85% 21.68% 23.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6731 7855 8245
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £370
% change year-on-year +3.22% +4.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 114 173 163
Median hourly rate £36.00 £33.25 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.27% +33.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £15.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.75 £46.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.77 £33.50 £25.33
% change year-on-year +12.74% +32.25%  

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 May 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 May 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 May 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 -19 369 £375 - 179
London -17 147 £425 - 53
South East +11 76 £365 -8.75% 37
City of London -3 39 £450 - 15
West Midlands +39 34 £335 -16.25% 10
South West -5 32 £350 +3.70% 10
Hampshire +11 31 £375 +4.16% 12
North West +22 27 £350 -11.39% 21
Manchester +28 18 £310 -21.51% 18
East of England 0 17 £355 -4.37% 11
Yorkshire -7 17 £325 -7.14% 27
Scotland +22 14 £325 -0.76% 6
East Midlands -15 13 £394 +26.00% 7
Berkshire +25 11 £365 +30.12% 7
Somerset +6 11 £325 -21.21% 2
Staffordshire - 11 £335 - 2
West Yorkshire +12 10 £325 - 18
Hertfordshire +10 10 £350 -6.66% 3
Wales -12 10 £325 +13.04% 2
Andover +6 9 £370 +5.71%
Oxford +3 9 £350 -10.25%
Oxfordshire +1 9 £350 -8.49% 3
Stoke-on-Trent - 9 £335 - 1
Basingstoke +12 8 £375 -11.76% 1
Birmingham +9 8 £363 +9.84% 4
Leeds +7 8 £325 - 11
Nottinghamshire +6 8 £325 -20.00% 4
South Wales -9 8 £325 +13.04% 1
Milton Keynes -13 8 £325 -23.52%
Buckinghamshire -23 8 £325 -23.52%

For the 6 months to 23 May 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.

1 890 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 560 (62.92%) SQL
3 421 (47.30%) Microsoft
4 390 (43.82%) .NET
5 374 (42.02%) C#
6 361 (40.56%) SQL Server 2012
7 307 (34.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 280 (31.46%) Windows
9 242 (27.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 234 (26.29%) T-SQL
11 205 (23.03%) ASP.NET
12 197 (22.13%) Agile Software Development
13 195 (21.91%) SQL Server 2014
14 183 (20.56%) SQL Server 2005
15 182 (20.45%) MVC
16 178 (20.00%) Finance
17 177 (19.89%) Business Intelligence
18 168 (18.88%) HTML
18 168 (18.88%) JavaScript
19 145 (16.29%) CSS
20 136 (15.28%) Team Foundation Server
21 131 (14.72%) Visual Studio
22 126 (14.16%) jQuery
23 125 (14.04%) WCF
24 122 (13.71%) Oracle
25 121 (13.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
26 117 (13.15%) Microsoft Azure
27 116 (13.03%) Migration
28 115 (12.92%) Windows Server
29 106 (11.91%) .NET Framework

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 99 (11.12%) SharePoint
2 94 (10.56%) IIS
3 40 (4.49%) MS Exchange
4 37 (4.16%) BizTalk Server
5 32 (3.60%) Exchange Server 2010
5 32 (3.60%) SharePoint 2013
6 30 (3.37%) CMS
7 24 (2.70%) Umbraco
8 21 (2.36%) Exchange Server 2013
9 17 (1.91%) SharePoint 2010
10 14 (1.57%) SAS
11 11 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2007
12 10 (1.12%) Skype for Business
13 8 (0.90%) JBoss
14 7 (0.79%) Apache
15 6 (0.67%) Oracle Application Server
15 6 (0.67%) Oracle HTTP Server
15 6 (0.67%) WebLogic
16 5 (0.56%) Sitecore CMS
16 5 (0.56%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 71 (7.98%) Microsoft Excel
2 46 (5.17%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (1.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (1.01%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 56 (6.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (3.15%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 7 (0.79%) OpenText Process Suite
5 5 (0.56%) Oracle Applications
6 4 (0.45%) HFM
6 4 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.45%) Pegasus Opera
7 2 (0.22%) Changepoint
7 2 (0.22%) Cognos TM1
7 2 (0.22%) FastStats
7 2 (0.22%) ION MarketView
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle BPM
7 2 (0.22%) Scribe Insight
8 1 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.11%) FRx
8 1 (0.11%) Postilion
8 1 (0.11%) Remedy AR System
8 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.11%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 117 (13.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 47 (5.28%) IaaS
3 44 (4.94%) PaaS
4 25 (2.81%) Office 365
5 19 (2.13%) Amazon AWS
6 16 (1.80%) SaaS
7 8 (0.90%) Boomi
8 4 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.22%) AWS OpsWorks
10 1 (0.11%) Bluemix
10 1 (0.11%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.11%) Google Analytics
10 1 (0.11%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 27 (3.03%) DNS
2 21 (2.36%) Firewall
3 19 (2.13%) DHCP
3 19 (2.13%) SAN
4 18 (2.02%) TCP/IP
5 17 (1.91%) PuTTY
5 17 (1.91%) WinSCP
6 14 (1.57%) FTP
7 13 (1.46%) Intranet
8 12 (1.35%) Internet
8 12 (1.35%) WAN
9 11 (1.24%) LAN
10 10 (1.12%) Extranet
10 10 (1.12%) LDAP
11 9 (1.01%) HTTP
12 7 (0.79%) SMTP
12 7 (0.79%) VoIP
13 6 (0.67%) Remote Desktop
13 6 (0.67%) Skype
13 6 (0.67%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 890 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 361 (40.56%) SQL Server 2012
3 307 (34.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 242 (27.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 195 (21.91%) SQL Server 2014
6 183 (20.56%) SQL Server 2005
7 121 (13.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 101 (11.35%) Data Warehouse
9 82 (9.21%) Oracle Database
10 68 (7.64%) SQL Server 2016
11 65 (7.30%) Relational Database
12 60 (6.74%) Oracle Database 11g
13 40 (4.49%) SQL Server 2000
14 34 (3.82%) MySQL
14 34 (3.82%) Oracle Database 10g
15 29 (3.26%) Oracle Reports
16 26 (2.92%) QlikView
17 22 (2.47%) RDBMS
18 21 (2.36%) MS Access
18 21 (2.36%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 136 (15.28%) Team Foundation Server
2 131 (14.72%) Visual Studio
3 47 (5.28%) Git (software)
4 46 (5.17%) TeamCity
5 36 (4.04%) JIRA
6 31 (3.48%) NUnit
7 30 (3.37%) Jenkins
8 28 (3.15%) Selenium
9 27 (3.03%) SpecFlow
10 17 (1.91%) HP UFT
10 17 (1.91%) Oracle APEX
11 16 (1.80%) Ant
11 16 (1.80%) Moq
11 16 (1.80%) MSTest
11 16 (1.80%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 15 (1.69%) Subversion
13 14 (1.57%) Visual Studio Team System
13 14 (1.57%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
14 13 (1.46%) SoapUI
14 13 (1.46%) TestNG
General
1 178 (20.00%) Finance
2 81 (9.10%) Banking
3 26 (2.92%) Front Office
4 24 (2.70%) Investment Banking
5 21 (2.36%) Retail
6 16 (1.80%) Marketing
6 16 (1.80%) Telecoms
7 15 (1.69%) Back Office
8 14 (1.57%) Advertising
9 12 (1.35%) Legal
10 10 (1.12%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.90%) Local Government
12 6 (0.67%) Electronics
13 5 (0.56%) Publishing
14 4 (0.45%) Law
15 3 (0.34%) Corporate Banking
15 3 (0.34%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.34%) Prime Brokerage
15 3 (0.34%) Retail Banking
16 2 (0.22%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 521 (58.54%) Developer
2 172 (19.33%) .NET Developer
3 163 (18.31%) DBA
4 146 (16.40%) SQL DBA
5 130 (14.61%) SQL Developer
6 125 (14.04%) C# Developer
7 78 (8.76%) C# .NET Developer
8 62 (6.97%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 56 (6.29%) SQL Server DBA
10 53 (5.96%) Senior Developer
11 50 (5.62%) Analyst
12 48 (5.39%) Microsoft Developer
13 47 (5.28%) Administrator
14 46 (5.17%) ASP.NET Developer
15 40 (4.49%) Full Stack Developer
16 38 (4.27%) ETL Developer
17 36 (4.04%) C# ASP.NET Developer
17 36 (4.04%) SSIS Developer
18 34 (3.82%) SQL Server Developer
19 29 (3.26%) SSRS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 390 (43.82%) .NET
2 205 (23.03%) ASP.NET
3 168 (18.88%) HTML
4 145 (16.29%) CSS
5 126 (14.16%) jQuery
6 125 (14.04%) WCF
7 106 (11.91%) .NET Framework
8 98 (11.01%) Web Services
9 91 (10.22%) ASP.NET Web API
9 91 (10.22%) XML
10 86 (9.66%) ASP.NET MVC
11 72 (8.09%) AngularJS
11 72 (8.09%) HTML5
12 62 (6.97%) Ajax
13 50 (5.62%) Entity Framework
14 42 (4.72%) WPF
15 30 (3.37%) WinForms
16 28 (3.15%) SOAP
17 26 (2.92%) Razor View Engine
18 25 (2.81%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 84 (9.44%) Analytical Skills
2 58 (6.52%) Clustering
3 39 (4.38%) Replication
4 25 (2.81%) Greenfield Project
5 14 (1.57%) Data Structures
6 13 (1.46%) Data Centre
6 13 (1.46%) Management Information System
6 13 (1.46%) N-Tier
7 11 (1.24%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 10 (1.12%) Computer Science
9 8 (0.90%) Mainframe
10 7 (0.79%) Derivative
10 7 (0.79%) Fixed Income
10 7 (0.79%) Mobile App
10 7 (0.79%) PKI
11 6 (0.67%) NHS
11 6 (0.67%) User Experience
11 6 (0.67%) Virtual Team
12 5 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.56%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 280 (31.46%) Windows
2 115 (12.92%) Windows Server
3 86 (9.66%) Windows Server 2008
4 78 (8.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 67 (7.53%) Linux
6 39 (4.38%) Windows Server 2003
7 36 (4.04%) Unix
8 25 (2.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 12 (1.35%) Windows 10
9 12 (1.35%) Windows 7
10 11 (1.24%) Windows XP
11 8 (0.90%) AIX
11 8 (0.90%) MVS
12 7 (0.79%) Android
13 6 (0.67%) zOS
14 5 (0.56%) CentOS
15 4 (0.45%) Windows 2000 Server
16 3 (0.34%) Apple iOS
16 3 (0.34%) Windows 8
17 2 (0.22%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 197 (22.13%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (20.45%) MVC
3 177 (19.89%) Business Intelligence
4 116 (13.03%) Migration
5 103 (11.57%) TDD
6 100 (11.24%) ETL
7 93 (10.45%) Performance Tuning
8 87 (9.78%) Scrum
9 70 (7.87%) ITIL
10 65 (7.30%) Data Modelling
11 62 (6.97%) CRM
12 53 (5.96%) DevOps
13 50 (5.62%) Continuous Integration
14 49 (5.51%) Web Development
15 43 (4.83%) High Availability
16 41 (4.61%) Change Management
17 40 (4.49%) Test Automation
18 37 (4.16%) Disaster Recovery
18 37 (4.16%) ERP
19 33 (3.71%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 560 (62.92%) SQL
2 374 (42.02%) C#
3 234 (26.29%) T-SQL
4 168 (18.88%) JavaScript
5 86 (9.66%) PowerShell
6 64 (7.19%) VB.NET
7 54 (6.07%) Java
7 54 (6.07%) VB
8 42 (4.72%) VBA
9 24 (2.70%) PL/SQL
10 22 (2.47%) VBScript
11 21 (2.36%) F#
12 17 (1.91%) TypeScript
13 15 (1.69%) Python
14 13 (1.46%) C++
14 13 (1.46%) VB6
15 11 (1.24%) PHP
16 9 (1.01%) C
17 8 (0.90%) R
18 7 (0.79%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 68 (7.64%) Security Cleared
2 49 (5.51%) SC Cleared
3 44 (4.94%) Microsoft Certification
4 37 (4.16%) Degree
5 21 (2.36%) MCSE
6 16 (1.80%) MCITP
7 14 (1.57%) DV Cleared
8 13 (1.46%) MCSA
9 10 (1.12%) ISEB
9 10 (1.12%) ISEB Practitioner
9 10 (1.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 9 (1.01%) MCP
11 8 (0.90%) MCDBA
12 6 (0.67%) CCNA
12 6 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
12 6 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
12 6 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 5 (0.56%) HNC
14 4 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
14 4 (0.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.47%) QA
2 16 (1.80%) SLA
3 9 (1.01%) Data Quality
4 8 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.45%) MiFID
5 4 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.34%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 2 (0.22%) IFRS
7 2 (0.22%) IFRS 9
7 2 (0.22%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.11%) PMO
System Software
1 65 (7.30%) Active Directory
2 41 (4.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (3.37%) Hyper-V
4 28 (3.15%) vSphere
5 15 (1.69%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (1.12%) XenApp
7 9 (1.01%) XenDesktop
8 7 (0.79%) Terminal Services
9 6 (0.67%) Oracle RAC
10 5 (0.56%) Terminal Server
11 4 (0.45%) UAG
11 4 (0.45%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 4 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 3 (0.34%) Samba
12 3 (0.34%) Squid
12 3 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (0.34%) XenServer
13 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 20 (2.25%) Microsoft Clustering
2 19 (2.13%) Puppet
3 17 (1.91%) Failover Clustering
3 17 (1.91%) vRealize
4 16 (1.80%) SCCM
5 13 (1.46%) Nagios
6 11 (1.24%) SCOM
7 8 (0.90%) Norton AntiVirus
7 8 (0.90%) Oracle RMAN
8 7 (0.79%) WSUS
9 6 (0.67%) Oracle Identity Management
9 6 (0.67%) Oracle Identity Manager
10 5 (0.56%) Backup Exec
10 5 (0.56%) Data Guard
10 5 (0.56%) NetBackup
11 4 (0.45%) AirWatch
11 4 (0.45%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
11 4 (0.45%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 3 (0.34%) Xymon
Vendors
1 421 (47.30%) Microsoft
2 122 (13.71%) Oracle
3 78 (8.76%) VMware
4 37 (4.16%) HP
5 31 (3.48%) SAP
6 25 (2.81%) Red Hat
7 23 (2.58%) Citrix
8 16 (1.80%) Cisco
8 16 (1.80%) IBM
8 16 (1.80%) Tableau
9 11 (1.24%) Dell
10 10 (1.12%) Cognos
10 10 (1.12%) Symantec
11 8 (0.90%) Telerik
12 7 (0.79%) NetApp
12 7 (0.79%) Salesforce.com
12 7 (0.79%) SolarWinds
12 7 (0.79%) Veeam
12 7 (0.79%) Xamarin
13 6 (0.67%) DevExpress
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £325 - £375 per month
Posted: 3 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Square One Resources
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
Intec Select
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
JM
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CPS Group UK
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £392 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Slough, Berkshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 10 hours ago
Berkshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Warwickshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Spring Technology
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Somerset
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £550 per annum plus all expenses
Posted: 5 days ago
Colchester, Essex
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £1 per day + MARKET RATES
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £375 - £400 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Clarius Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Colchester, Essex
IntaPeople
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Clarius Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 15 days ago
Cobham, Surrey
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago