Period
to 17 October 2019

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 17 October 2019 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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 490 480 517
Rank change year-on-year -10 +37 +318
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2016 334 489 390
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.47% 0.39%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 1.82% 2.10% 1.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 230 361 296
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +0.59% +10.82%
10th Percentile £313 £319 £313
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £388
% change year-on-year +1.27% +1.94% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 4
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £18.10 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +93.42% -3.49% -31.82%
10th Percentile £16.97 £16.34 £16.75
90th Percentile £55.05 £20.08 £47.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.92 £18.10 £18.75
% change year-on-year +59.80% -3.49% -31.82%

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 18,354 23,254 22,066
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.57% 22.54% 22.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,529 16,220 14,866
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £308
90th Percentile £656 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 252 228 280
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £32.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% +6.67% +5.26%
10th Percentile £12.51 £12.46 £13.48
90th Percentile £60.00 £56.42 £53.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year -2.99% +4.69% +12.28%

SQL Server 2016
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server 2016 in the UK

SQL Server 2016
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SQL Server 2016.

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server 2016 in the UK

SQL Server 2016
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server 2016 over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server 2016 in the UK

SQL Server 2016
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SQL Server 2016.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server 2016 in the UK

SQL Server 2016
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server 2016 over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SQL Server 2016 in the UK

SQL Server 2016
Top 15 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 17 October 2019. 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 -29 318 £413 -2.94% 266
UK excluding London +38 216 £400 +1.27% 224
South East +57 116 £413 - 59
London -34 111 £440 -2.22% 58
Midlands +31 27 £400 - 28
North of England +3 27 £350 -1.41% 69
East of England +27 19 £390 -2.50% 29
East Midlands +26 15 £411 +9.67% 17
South West -20 15 £355 -16.47% 23
North West +16 14 £363 +0.69% 41
Yorkshire +14 12 £325 -8.45% 27
West Midlands +27 11 £400 -5.88% 11
Wales +27 9 £375 +1.35% 7
Scotland +27 3 £375 -31.82% 8
North East +17 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, 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.

1 334 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 238 (71.26%) SQL
3 171 (51.20%) Microsoft
4 131 (39.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 116 (34.73%) SQL Server 2012
6 111 (33.23%) Azure
7 109 (32.63%) .NET
8 101 (30.24%) Windows
9 83 (24.85%) C#
10 80 (23.95%) Business Intelligence
11 76 (22.75%) T-SQL
12 75 (22.46%) ETL
13 74 (22.16%) SQL Server 2008
14 73 (21.86%) Agile Software Development
15 68 (20.36%) Data Warehouse
16 67 (20.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 66 (19.76%) Finance
17 66 (19.76%) Security Cleared
18 64 (19.16%) SQL Server 2014
19 59 (17.66%) Migration
20 52 (15.57%) Windows Server
21 51 (15.27%) SC Cleared
22 49 (14.67%) MVC
22 49 (14.67%) ASP.NET
23 48 (14.37%) PowerShell
24 46 (13.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
25 44 (13.17%) .NET Framework
25 44 (13.17%) Windows Server 2012
26 43 (12.87%) Power BI
26 43 (12.87%) Power Platform

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 35 (10.48%) SharePoint
2 34 (10.18%) IIS
3 19 (5.69%) MS Exchange
4 11 (3.29%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (2.99%) K2 blackpearl
6 8 (2.40%) Confluence
7 7 (2.10%) Exchange Server 2013
7 7 (2.10%) Skype for Business
8 6 (1.80%) Umbraco
9 5 (1.50%) Apache
9 5 (1.50%) Apache Spark
10 4 (1.20%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.90%) CMS
11 3 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (0.60%) EPiServer
12 2 (0.60%) Immediacy CMS
12 2 (0.60%) Kentico
12 2 (0.60%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.60%) Sitecore CMS
12 2 (0.60%) Sitefinity
Applications
1 20 (5.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (5.09%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 11 (3.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.50%) Dynamics GP
3 4 (1.20%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.30%) GoldMine
4 1 (0.30%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 111 (33.23%) Azure
2 43 (12.87%) Power Platform
3 42 (12.57%) Office 365
4 17 (5.09%) AWS
5 14 (4.19%) IaaS
6 13 (3.89%) PaaS
7 11 (3.29%) Dynamics 365
8 10 (2.99%) Azure Data Factory
9 7 (2.10%) GCP
10 4 (1.20%) Azure Functions
10 4 (1.20%) Mimecast
10 4 (1.20%) Serverless
10 4 (1.20%) Slack
11 3 (0.90%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (0.90%) GitHub
12 2 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.60%) SaaS
13 1 (0.30%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 20 (5.99%) SMTP
2 17 (5.09%) TCP/IP
3 15 (4.49%) DNS
4 13 (3.89%) DHCP
5 11 (3.29%) HTTP
6 10 (2.99%) SAN
7 7 (2.10%) Skype
8 6 (1.80%) LAN
8 6 (1.80%) WAN
9 5 (1.50%) Internet
9 5 (1.50%) MPLS
9 5 (1.50%) SSL
9 5 (1.50%) VPN
10 4 (1.20%) Cisco IOS
10 4 (1.20%) Kerberos
10 4 (1.20%) Multicast
10 4 (1.20%) NAS
10 4 (1.20%) VoIP
10 4 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (0.90%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 334 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 131 (39.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 116 (34.73%) SQL Server 2012
4 74 (22.16%) SQL Server 2008
5 68 (20.36%) Data Warehouse
6 67 (20.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 64 (19.16%) SQL Server 2014
8 46 (13.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 43 (12.87%) Power BI
10 19 (5.69%) Azure SQL Database
11 18 (5.39%) Relational Database
12 15 (4.49%) Big Data
12 15 (4.49%) SQL Server 2017
13 11 (3.29%) NoSQL
14 10 (2.99%) MySQL
15 8 (2.40%) DTS
15 8 (2.40%) OLAP
15 8 (2.40%) PostgreSQL
15 8 (2.40%) SQL Server 2005
16 7 (2.10%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 26 (7.78%) JIRA
2 24 (7.19%) Git (software)
3 18 (5.39%) Team Foundation Server
3 18 (5.39%) Visual Studio
4 8 (2.40%) Bitbucket
5 7 (2.10%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 6 (1.80%) Selenium
7 5 (1.50%) Jenkins
8 4 (1.20%) SoapUI
9 3 (0.90%) Ant
9 3 (0.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.90%) Eclipse
9 3 (0.90%) HP UFT
9 3 (0.90%) LoadRunner
9 3 (0.90%) Oracle APEX
9 3 (0.90%) Sourcetree
9 3 (0.90%) SpecFlow
9 3 (0.90%) TestNG
10 2 (0.60%) PowerBuilder
10 2 (0.60%) Protractor
General
1 66 (19.76%) Finance
2 19 (5.69%) Public Sector
3 18 (5.39%) Retail
4 15 (4.49%) Banking
5 9 (2.69%) Marketing
6 8 (2.40%) Back Office
6 8 (2.40%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.50%) Telecoms
8 4 (1.20%) Investment Banking
8 4 (1.20%) Publishing
9 3 (0.90%) Electronics
9 3 (0.90%) French Language
9 3 (0.90%) German Language
10 2 (0.60%) Front Office
10 2 (0.60%) Local Government
10 2 (0.60%) Military
10 2 (0.60%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.30%) Games
11 1 (0.30%) Law
11 1 (0.30%) Police
Job Titles
1 163 (48.80%) Developer
2 57 (17.07%) SQL Developer
3 56 (16.77%) .NET Developer
4 40 (11.98%) DBA
5 39 (11.68%) SQL DBA
6 22 (6.59%) C# Developer
6 22 (6.59%) SQL Server Developer
7 21 (6.29%) Architect
8 20 (5.99%) SQL Server DBA
9 18 (5.39%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 17 (5.09%) Applications Architect
10 17 (5.09%) SSIS Developer
11 16 (4.79%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
11 16 (4.79%) Consultant
11 16 (4.79%) ETL Developer
11 16 (4.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 15 (4.49%) Administrator
13 14 (4.19%) Analyst
14 12 (3.59%) Data Warehouse Developer
14 12 (3.59%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 109 (32.63%) .NET
2 49 (14.67%) ASP.NET
3 44 (13.17%) .NET Framework
4 35 (10.48%) Entity Framework
5 33 (9.88%) XML
6 30 (8.98%) ASP.NET MVC
6 30 (8.98%) HTML
7 28 (8.38%) AngularJS
8 27 (8.08%) Web Services
9 23 (6.89%) ASP.NET Web API
9 23 (6.89%) CSS
9 23 (6.89%) ODBC
10 19 (5.69%) ASP.NET MVC 5
10 19 (5.69%) JDBC
11 18 (5.39%) jQuery
12 17 (5.09%) HTML5
13 16 (4.79%) RESTful
14 15 (4.49%) .NET Core
15 13 (3.89%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 11 (3.29%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 17 (5.09%) Data Centre
2 15 (4.49%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (4.19%) Clustering
3 14 (4.19%) Replication
4 13 (3.89%) Enterprise Software
5 11 (3.29%) NHS
6 8 (2.40%) Reinsurance
7 6 (1.80%) Management Information System
7 6 (1.80%) PKI
7 6 (1.80%) Virtual Team
8 5 (1.50%) Algorithms
8 5 (1.50%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (1.20%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (0.90%) Data Structures
11 2 (0.60%) Hedge funds
11 2 (0.60%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.60%) Self-Motivation
11 2 (0.60%) Tandem
12 1 (0.30%) Equities
12 1 (0.30%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 101 (30.24%) Windows
2 52 (15.57%) Windows Server
3 44 (13.17%) Windows Server 2012
4 30 (8.98%) Windows Server 2008
5 20 (5.99%) Linux
6 18 (5.39%) Windows 7
7 13 (3.89%) Windows 10
8 11 (3.29%) VMS
9 8 (2.40%) Windows XP
10 6 (1.80%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (1.50%) Android
12 4 (1.20%) Unix
13 3 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (0.90%) Ubuntu
13 3 (0.90%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.30%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (23.95%) Business Intelligence
2 75 (22.46%) ETL
3 73 (21.86%) Agile Software Development
4 59 (17.66%) Migration
5 49 (14.67%) MVC
6 26 (7.78%) DevOps
7 24 (7.19%) Data Modelling
7 24 (7.19%) ITIL
8 22 (6.59%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 22 (6.59%) TDD
9 21 (6.29%) Performance Tuning
10 19 (5.69%) Change Management
11 17 (5.09%) BDD
11 17 (5.09%) CRM
11 17 (5.09%) High Availability
11 17 (5.09%) Problem-Solving
11 17 (5.09%) Workflow
12 16 (4.79%) Analytics
12 16 (4.79%) ETL Development
13 15 (4.49%) Dimensional Modelling
Programming Languages
1 238 (71.26%) SQL
2 83 (24.85%) C#
3 76 (22.75%) T-SQL
4 48 (14.37%) PowerShell
5 35 (10.48%) JavaScript
6 21 (6.29%) R
7 20 (5.99%) Python
8 13 (3.89%) PHP
9 9 (2.69%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 9 (2.69%) TypeScript
9 9 (2.69%) VB
10 8 (2.40%) Java
11 7 (2.10%) VB.NET
12 5 (1.50%) Perl
13 4 (1.20%) PL/SQL
13 4 (1.20%) VBA
13 4 (1.20%) VBScript
14 3 (0.90%) C++
14 3 (0.90%) F#
14 3 (0.90%) VB6
Qualifications
1 66 (19.76%) Security Cleared
2 51 (15.27%) SC Cleared
3 20 (5.99%) Degree
3 20 (5.99%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (3.89%) MCSA
4 13 (3.89%) MCSE
5 9 (2.69%) DV Cleared
6 4 (1.20%) ISEB
6 4 (1.20%) Master's Degree
7 3 (0.90%) ISEB Practitioner
7 3 (0.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (0.60%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (0.60%) MCP
9 1 (0.30%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.30%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.30%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.30%) MCITP
9 1 (0.30%) MCTS
9 1 (0.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.30%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.20%) Data Quality
1 4 (1.20%) SLA
2 3 (0.90%) QA
System Software
1 39 (11.68%) Active Directory
2 27 (8.08%) Hyper-V
3 22 (6.59%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (4.49%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (3.29%) vSphere
6 5 (1.50%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (1.50%) XenApp
7 4 (1.20%) Apache Flume
7 4 (1.20%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 4 (1.20%) Docker
7 4 (1.20%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.90%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (0.90%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (0.60%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.30%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.30%) LXC
10 1 (0.30%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.30%) Shibboleth
10 1 (0.30%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 16 (4.79%) SCCM
2 10 (2.99%) Microsoft Clustering
2 10 (2.99%) SCOM
3 5 (1.50%) Ansible
3 5 (1.50%) Failover Clustering
3 5 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (1.50%) Puppet
3 5 (1.50%) SCVMM
3 5 (1.50%) Single Sign-On
4 4 (1.20%) AirWatch
4 4 (1.20%) Consul
4 4 (1.20%) Kubernetes
4 4 (1.20%) Mesos
4 4 (1.20%) Prometheus
5 3 (0.90%) EMC NetWorker
5 3 (0.90%) HP ALM
5 3 (0.90%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (0.90%) Tivoli
5 3 (0.90%) vCenter Server
5 3 (0.90%) WSUS
Vendors
1 171 (51.20%) Microsoft
2 39 (11.68%) Oracle
3 37 (11.08%) VMware
4 20 (5.99%) Citrix
5 14 (4.19%) SAP
5 14 (4.19%) Tableau
6 12 (3.59%) Cisco
7 10 (2.99%) EMC
8 9 (2.69%) Dell
9 8 (2.40%) Google
9 8 (2.40%) HP
10 7 (2.10%) Splunk
11 4 (1.20%) Avaya
11 4 (1.20%) McAfee
11 4 (1.20%) Meraki
11 4 (1.20%) Ubiquiti
12 3 (0.90%) AppDynamics
12 3 (0.90%) Clearswift
12 3 (0.90%) ServiceNow
12 3 (0.90%) webMethods