Period
to 22 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SQL Server 2016 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SQL Server 2016 over the 6 months to 22 September 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 SQL Server 2016
UK
6 months to
22 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 632 433 505
Rank change year-on-year -199 +72 -9
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2016 162 68 349
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.23% 0.40%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 0.94% 1.00% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 117 45 239
10th Percentile £280 £288 £313
25th Percentile £380 £386 £358
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £413
Median % change year-on-year - +9.09% -2.94%
75th Percentile £575 £506 £475
90th Percentile £650 £550 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 5
10th Percentile £40.38 £39.55 £16.84
25th Percentile £43.28 £41.50 £17.25
Median hourly rate £48.26 £46.50 £22.83
Median % change year-on-year +3.78% +103.68% +22.15%
75th Percentile £51.63 £51.00 £53.75
90th Percentile £52.69 £52.65 £55.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.25 £46.50 £22.83
% change year-on-year +3.76% +103.68% +22.15%

SQL Server 2016 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 17,278 6,786 19,247
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.57% 22.83% 22.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,999 4,680 13,230
10th Percentile £350 £313 £320
25th Percentile £418 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £518 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +3.50% +5.26% +1.06%
75th Percentile £623 £598 £575
90th Percentile £713 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 114 249
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.63 £12.25
25th Percentile £20.45 £17.50 £17.09
Median hourly rate £30.00 £23.43 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +28.04% -21.90% +10.29%
75th Percentile £53.16 £41.50 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.05 £54.70 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +22.22% -25.00% +20.00%

SQL Server 2016
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SQL Server 2016 as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server 2016 in the UK

SQL Server 2016
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SQL Server 2016.

Daily rate trend for SQL Server 2016 in the UK

SQL Server 2016
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SQL Server 2016 over the 6 months to 22 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for SQL Server 2016 in the UK

SQL Server 2016
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SQL Server 2016.

Hourly rate trend for SQL Server 2016 in the UK

SQL Server 2016
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SQL Server 2016 over the 6 months to 22 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for SQL Server 2016 in the UK

SQL Server 2016
Top 14 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 2016 within the UK over the 6 months to 22 September 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 -164 140 £427 -5.11% 36
UK excluding London -130 70 £425 +1.19% 27
London -163 61 £538 +13.16% 10
Work from Home -213 43 £550 +20.55% 3
Midlands -61 22 £320 +11.30% 3
North of England -71 20 £475 +5.56% 9
South East -80 19 £438 +4.17% 12
North West -42 18 £483 +32.19% 6
East Midlands -32 11 £285 +3.64% 1
West Midlands -55 11 £398 +32.50% 2
South West -49 4 £381 -12.36% 2
Wales -25 3 - -
Yorkshire -45 2 £404 -10.28% 3
East of England - 2 £310 -

For the 6 months to 22 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server 2016 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 SQL Server 2016.

1 162 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 122 (75.31%) SQL
3 84 (51.85%) Microsoft
4 66 (40.74%) C#
5 62 (38.27%) .NET
5 62 (38.27%) Windows
6 56 (34.57%) JavaScript
7 54 (33.33%) Azure
8 51 (31.48%) SQL Server 2012
9 47 (29.01%) Social Skills
10 46 (28.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 45 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
11 45 (27.78%) Windows Server
12 44 (27.16%) HTML
12 44 (27.16%) Active Directory
13 43 (26.54%) CSS
13 43 (26.54%) SQL Server 2008
14 41 (25.31%) T-SQL
15 39 (24.07%) Migration
16 38 (23.46%) MVC
16 38 (23.46%) Windows Server 2016
17 37 (22.84%) VMware
17 37 (22.84%) PowerShell
18 36 (22.22%) Windows Server 2012
19 35 (21.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 34 (20.99%) ASP.NET
20 34 (20.99%) SQL Server 2019
21 32 (19.75%) SQL Server 2014
22 31 (19.14%) VMware Infrastructure
23 30 (18.52%) jQuery

SQL Server 2016
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 15 (9.26%) MS Exchange
2 12 (7.41%) IIS
3 7 (4.32%) SharePoint
4 4 (2.47%) Moodle
4 4 (2.47%) Totara
4 4 (2.47%) Umbraco
5 3 (1.85%) Confluence
5 3 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.23%) Apache
6 2 (1.23%) Camunda
7 1 (0.62%) ArcGIS
7 1 (0.62%) ArcSDE
7 1 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.62%) nginx
Applications
1 6 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
1 6 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (1.85%) Dynamics AX
1 3 (1.85%) Exchequer
2 2 (1.23%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.62%) Cerner Millennium
3 1 (0.62%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Cloud Services
1 54 (33.33%) Azure
2 22 (13.58%) AWS
3 21 (12.96%) SaaS
4 16 (9.88%) GitHub
4 16 (9.88%) Microsoft 365
5 13 (8.02%) PaaS
6 12 (7.41%) Power Platform
7 8 (4.94%) Amazon EC2
7 8 (4.94%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (3.09%) Azure Service Fabric
8 5 (3.09%) SonarCloud
9 4 (2.47%) Azure Data Factory
9 4 (2.47%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (2.47%) IaaS
10 3 (1.85%) Azure Logic Apps
10 3 (1.85%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (1.85%) GCP
11 2 (1.23%) Azure Functions
11 2 (1.23%) Azure Key Vault
11 2 (1.23%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 16 (9.88%) DNS
2 15 (9.26%) VPN
3 13 (8.02%) DHCP
4 11 (6.79%) Firewall
4 11 (6.79%) Network Security
5 7 (4.32%) LAN
5 7 (4.32%) WAN
5 7 (4.32%) Wireless
6 6 (3.70%) VoIP
7 3 (1.85%) Skype
8 2 (1.23%) Kerberos
8 2 (1.23%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.62%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (0.62%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 51 (31.48%) SQL Server 2012
3 46 (28.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 43 (26.54%) SQL Server 2008
5 35 (21.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 34 (20.99%) SQL Server 2019
7 32 (19.75%) SQL Server 2014
8 23 (14.20%) Data Warehouse
9 22 (13.58%) Relational Database
10 16 (9.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 13 (8.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 13 (8.02%) Oracle Database
11 13 (8.02%) RDBMS
12 12 (7.41%) Power BI
12 12 (7.41%) SQL Server 2017
13 8 (4.94%) Azure SQL Database
13 8 (4.94%) Oracle Database 12c
14 7 (4.32%) MS Access
14 7 (4.32%) MySQL
15 6 (3.70%) Sybase ASE
Development Applications
1 21 (12.96%) JIRA
2 16 (9.88%) Git (software)
3 15 (9.26%) Subversion
4 14 (8.64%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 14 (8.64%) TeamCity
5 12 (7.41%) Visual Studio
6 10 (6.17%) Octopus Deploy
6 10 (6.17%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (5.56%) Jasmine
8 8 (4.94%) CircleCI
9 7 (4.32%) Mocha
10 6 (3.70%) webpack
11 5 (3.09%) Bitbucket
11 5 (3.09%) gulp
11 5 (3.09%) Jenkins
12 4 (2.47%) Ant
12 4 (2.47%) Eclipse
12 4 (2.47%) IntelliJ
12 4 (2.47%) NUnit
12 4 (2.47%) Oracle Forms
General
1 47 (29.01%) Social Skills
2 27 (16.67%) Finance
3 12 (7.41%) Banking
4 7 (4.32%) Public Sector
5 5 (3.09%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.09%) Prime Brokerage
6 4 (2.47%) Automotive
7 3 (1.85%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.23%) Billing
8 2 (1.23%) Documentation Skills
8 2 (1.23%) Influencing Skills
8 2 (1.23%) Law
8 2 (1.23%) Presentation Skills
8 2 (1.23%) Retail
9 1 (0.62%) Back Office
9 1 (0.62%) Electronics
9 1 (0.62%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.62%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.62%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 82 (50.62%) Developer
2 30 (18.52%) .NET Developer
3 25 (15.43%) SQL Developer
4 24 (14.81%) DBA
5 23 (14.20%) SQL DBA
6 18 (11.11%) C# Developer
7 14 (8.64%) Analyst
7 14 (8.64%) Full Stack Developer
8 9 (5.56%) Software Developer
9 8 (4.94%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 8 (4.94%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 8 (4.94%) SQL Server DBA
10 7 (4.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (4.32%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 7 (4.32%) Senior .NET Developer
10 7 (4.32%) Senior Developer
11 6 (3.70%) Administrator
11 6 (3.70%) C++ Developer
11 6 (3.70%) C++ Software Developer
11 6 (3.70%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (38.27%) .NET
2 44 (27.16%) HTML
3 43 (26.54%) CSS
4 34 (20.99%) ASP.NET
5 30 (18.52%) AngularJS
5 30 (18.52%) jQuery
6 27 (16.67%) ASP.NET Web API
7 24 (14.81%) .NET Core
7 24 (14.81%) Web Services
8 23 (14.20%) .NET Framework
9 18 (11.11%) XML
10 17 (10.49%) SOAP
11 15 (9.26%) Kendo UI
11 15 (9.26%) LDAP
12 14 (8.64%) REST
13 13 (8.02%) Entity Framework
14 12 (7.41%) HTML5
14 12 (7.41%) RESTful
15 11 (6.79%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 10 (6.17%) React
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.64%) Clustering
2 12 (7.41%) NHS
3 10 (6.17%) Replication
4 9 (5.56%) Data Protection Act
5 7 (4.32%) User Experience
6 5 (3.09%) Management Information System
7 4 (2.47%) Data Centre
7 4 (2.47%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (2.47%) Learning Management System
7 4 (2.47%) W3C
8 3 (1.85%) Robotics
8 3 (1.85%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.23%) e-Learning
9 2 (1.23%) Legacy Applications
9 2 (1.23%) Self-Motivation
10 1 (0.62%) CCTV
10 1 (0.62%) Equities
10 1 (0.62%) Fixed Income
10 1 (0.62%) FMCG
10 1 (0.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 62 (38.27%) Windows
2 45 (27.78%) Windows Server
3 38 (23.46%) Windows Server 2016
4 36 (22.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (13.58%) Windows Server 2019
6 15 (9.26%) Linux
7 5 (3.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (2.47%) Android
8 4 (2.47%) Solaris
8 4 (2.47%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (1.85%) Windows 10
9 3 (1.85%) Windows 7
10 2 (1.23%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.62%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.62%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (27.78%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (24.07%) Migration
3 38 (23.46%) MVC
4 25 (15.43%) Business Intelligence
4 25 (15.43%) ETL
4 25 (15.43%) Unit Testing
5 22 (13.58%) Problem-Solving
6 18 (11.11%) DevOps
7 17 (10.49%) Full Stack Development
7 17 (10.49%) User Stories
8 16 (9.88%) OO
9 14 (8.64%) OOP
9 14 (8.64%) Performance Tuning
9 14 (8.64%) Scrum
10 13 (8.02%) SDLC
10 13 (8.02%) TDD
11 12 (7.41%) Use Case
12 11 (6.79%) CRM
12 11 (6.79%) Data Migration
12 11 (6.79%) SQL Optimisation
Programming Languages
1 122 (75.31%) SQL
2 66 (40.74%) C#
3 56 (34.57%) JavaScript
4 41 (25.31%) T-SQL
5 37 (22.84%) PowerShell
6 20 (12.35%) Java
7 18 (11.11%) Python
8 15 (9.26%) Ruby
9 13 (8.02%) TypeScript
10 9 (5.56%) PL/SQL
11 7 (4.32%) C++
11 7 (4.32%) VB.NET
12 6 (3.70%) Scala
12 6 (3.70%) VBA
13 5 (3.09%) PHP
13 5 (3.09%) R
14 4 (2.47%) Bash Shell
14 4 (2.47%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 4 (2.47%) Perl
15 1 (0.62%) JSX
Qualifications
1 20 (12.35%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (11.11%) Degree
3 15 (9.26%) CCNA
3 15 (9.26%) Cisco Certification
3 15 (9.26%) Security Cleared
4 13 (8.02%) SC Cleared
5 12 (7.41%) MCSE
6 11 (6.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 9 (5.56%) DV Cleared
8 4 (2.47%) MCSA
9 3 (1.85%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.62%) CompTIA Security+
10 1 (0.62%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.62%) MCSD
10 1 (0.62%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.94%) QA
2 6 (3.70%) Accessibility
3 4 (2.47%) WCAG
4 3 (1.85%) GDPR
4 3 (1.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.62%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.62%) SLA
System Software
1 44 (27.16%) Active Directory
2 31 (19.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (9.26%) vSphere
4 6 (3.70%) Hyper-V
5 5 (3.09%) Oracle RAC
5 5 (3.09%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (2.47%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (1.85%) BitLocker
8 2 (1.23%) Docker
9 1 (0.62%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 15 (9.26%) WSUS
2 12 (7.41%) Active Directory Federation Services
2 12 (7.41%) SCCM
3 8 (4.94%) Microsoft Clustering
3 8 (4.94%) Terraform
4 7 (4.32%) Control-M
5 6 (3.70%) SCOM
5 6 (3.70%) SCSM
6 5 (3.09%) Ansible
7 3 (1.85%) Data Guard
7 3 (1.85%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (1.23%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (1.23%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
8 2 (1.23%) Perfmon
8 2 (1.23%) QRadar
8 2 (1.23%) Tivoli
8 2 (1.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.62%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.62%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.62%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 84 (51.85%) Microsoft
2 37 (22.84%) VMware
3 20 (12.35%) Oracle
4 16 (9.88%) Telerik
5 12 (7.41%) Red Hat
6 11 (6.79%) Fortinet
7 7 (4.32%) SAP
7 7 (4.32%) Sybase
8 6 (3.70%) Atlassian
8 6 (3.70%) Dell
9 5 (3.09%) Cisco
10 3 (1.85%) BMC
10 3 (1.85%) IBM
10 3 (1.85%) McAfee
10 3 (1.85%) Mitel
10 3 (1.85%) Polycom
10 3 (1.85%) Qualys
10 3 (1.85%) Zscaler
11 2 (1.23%) ServiceNow
11 2 (1.23%) Splunk