Period
to 21 June 2018

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 21 June 2018 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 477 574 861
Rank change year-on-year +97 +287 -
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2016 444 278 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.30% 0.036%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 1.97% 1.35% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 323 193 30
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £323 £313 £319
90th Percentile £538 £531 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 -
% change year-on-year +17.65% - -

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 22,553 20,605 23,483
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.54% 22.60% 22.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,702 13,719 15,840
UK median daily rate £463 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.11% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £281
90th Percentile £631 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 232 267 387
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £29.00 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.69% -6.45% +19.23%
10th Percentile £14.00 £9.32 £12.00
90th Percentile £54.88 £52.17 £53.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £31.14
% change year-on-year +27.27% -11.67% +22.92%

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 21 June 2018.

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
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 21 June 2018. 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 +86 430 £438 +2.94% 266
London +83 233 £475 -5.00% 82
UK excluding London +34 208 £400 +5.26% 196
South East +22 86 £385 -3.75% 52
Midlands -18 41 £400 +3.23% 33
North of England -30 34 £369 +2.43% 55
West Midlands -26 22 £413 +6.45% 13
South West +9 20 £425 +13.33% 22
East Midlands +8 19 £400 +8.47% 20
Yorkshire -4 17 £350 -5.08% 13
North West -15 17 £425 +18.06% 37
East of England +15 16 £400 +3.23% 22
Scotland -44 6 £400 +14.29% 6
Wales -4 5 £350 +27.27% 5

For the 6 months to 21 June 2018, 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.

1 444 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 284 (63.96%) SQL
3 188 (42.34%) SQL Server 2012
4 179 (40.32%) SQL Server 2014
5 172 (38.74%) .NET
6 169 (38.06%) Microsoft Azure
7 157 (35.36%) Microsoft
8 155 (34.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 147 (33.11%) Agile Software Development
10 146 (32.88%) C#
11 129 (29.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 112 (25.23%) Windows
13 107 (24.10%) Business Intelligence
14 103 (23.20%) Data Warehouse
15 96 (21.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 90 (20.27%) Finance
17 84 (18.92%) Windows Server
18 80 (18.02%) ETL
19 78 (17.57%) T-SQL
20 73 (16.44%) TDD
21 67 (15.09%) SQL Server 2008
22 66 (14.86%) Power BI
23 64 (14.41%) Linux
23 64 (14.41%) Security Cleared
24 62 (13.96%) WPF
24 62 (13.96%) VMware
25 61 (13.74%) Multithreading
26 60 (13.51%) Oracle
27 59 (13.29%) Web Services
28 56 (12.61%) MVVM

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 12 (2.70%) IIS
2 8 (1.80%) Elasticsearch
3 6 (1.35%) Tomcat
4 5 (1.13%) MS Exchange
5 4 (0.90%) Confluence
5 4 (0.90%) OpenStack
5 4 (0.90%) SAS
5 4 (0.90%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2000
7 2 (0.45%) Apache
7 2 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.23%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.23%) CMS
8 1 (0.23%) JBoss
8 1 (0.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.23%) Skype for Business
8 1 (0.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 44 (9.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (3.60%) Microsoft Office
3 9 (2.03%) MS Visio
4 7 (1.58%) Microsoft Project
4 7 (1.58%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (1.58%) Sage 200
2 6 (1.35%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.45%) iTrent
4 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.23%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.23%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.23%) Relativity
4 1 (0.23%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 169 (38.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (4.95%) PaaS
3 16 (3.60%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (2.48%) IaaS
5 7 (1.58%) Azure Data Factory
5 7 (1.58%) SaaS
6 6 (1.35%) Office 365
7 4 (0.90%) Google Analytics
8 3 (0.68%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.45%) Amazon EMR
9 2 (0.45%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.45%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.45%) GitHub
9 2 (0.45%) npm
10 1 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.23%) Amazon Kinesis
10 1 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.23%) Serverless
10 1 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 27 (6.08%) Firewall
2 26 (5.86%) PuTTY
2 26 (5.86%) WinSCP
3 6 (1.35%) Cisco ISE
3 6 (1.35%) VPN
4 4 (0.90%) DNS
4 4 (0.90%) VLAN
5 3 (0.68%) LAN
5 3 (0.68%) SSL
5 3 (0.68%) TCP/IP
5 3 (0.68%) WAN
6 2 (0.45%) Internet
6 2 (0.45%) IPsec
6 2 (0.45%) MPLS
6 2 (0.45%) NetScaler
6 2 (0.45%) OpenVPN
6 2 (0.45%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (0.45%) SAN
6 2 (0.45%) Software-Defined Networking
7 1 (0.23%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 444 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 188 (42.34%) SQL Server 2012
3 179 (40.32%) SQL Server 2014
4 155 (34.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 129 (29.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 103 (23.20%) Data Warehouse
7 96 (21.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 67 (15.09%) SQL Server 2008
9 66 (14.86%) Power BI
10 40 (9.01%) Oracle Database
11 35 (7.88%) Oracle Database 11g
12 29 (6.53%) Oracle Database 10g
13 26 (5.86%) Relational Database
14 16 (3.60%) SQL Server 2005
15 15 (3.38%) Azure SQL Database
16 13 (2.93%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 12 (2.70%) OLAP
18 11 (2.48%) BusinessObjects
18 11 (2.48%) Snowflake Schema
19 10 (2.25%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 38 (8.56%) Selenium
2 37 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 34 (7.66%) Visual Studio
4 33 (7.43%) SoapUI
5 32 (7.21%) Oracle APEX
6 31 (6.98%) Ant
6 31 (6.98%) Eclipse
6 31 (6.98%) SpecFlow
6 31 (6.98%) TestNG
7 30 (6.76%) HP UFT
8 28 (6.31%) Git (software)
9 21 (4.73%) LoadRunner
9 21 (4.73%) Octopus Deploy
10 19 (4.28%) Visual Studio Team System
11 16 (3.60%) TeamCity
12 12 (2.70%) Jenkins
13 10 (2.25%) Bitbucket
14 8 (1.80%) JIRA
15 7 (1.58%) NUnit
15 7 (1.58%) webpack
General
1 90 (20.27%) Finance
2 22 (4.95%) Retail
3 9 (2.03%) Legal
4 7 (1.58%) Advertising
5 6 (1.35%) Banking
5 6 (1.35%) Financial Institution
6 4 (0.90%) Automotive
6 4 (0.90%) Front Office
6 4 (0.90%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.68%) Law
7 3 (0.68%) Local Government
8 2 (0.45%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.45%) Marketing
8 2 (0.45%) Prime Brokerage
9 1 (0.23%) Back Office
9 1 (0.23%) Digital Economy
9 1 (0.23%) French Language
9 1 (0.23%) Games
9 1 (0.23%) Publishing
9 1 (0.23%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 239 (53.83%) Developer
2 77 (17.34%) SQL Developer
3 66 (14.86%) C# Developer
4 65 (14.64%) .NET Developer
5 64 (14.41%) DBA
6 57 (12.84%) SQL DBA
7 51 (11.49%) WPF Developer
8 43 (9.68%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 38 (8.56%) C# WPF Developer
10 32 (7.21%) Senior Developer
11 30 (6.76%) C# .NET Developer
11 30 (6.76%) Consultant
12 29 (6.53%) SQL Server Developer
13 23 (5.18%) SQL Server DBA
14 20 (4.50%) Analyst
14 20 (4.50%) Architect
15 19 (4.28%) SSIS Developer
16 18 (4.05%) Administrator
16 18 (4.05%) Senior .NET Developer
17 17 (3.83%) Data Warehouse Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 172 (38.74%) .NET
2 62 (13.96%) WPF
3 59 (13.29%) Web Services
4 47 (10.59%) WCF
5 42 (9.46%) Task Parallel Library
6 38 (8.56%) ASP.NET
7 32 (7.21%) REST
8 31 (6.98%) HTML
9 29 (6.53%) JSON
10 25 (5.63%) .NET Framework
10 25 (5.63%) CSS
11 24 (5.41%) ASP.NET MVC
12 20 (4.50%) ASP.NET Web API
13 17 (3.83%) AngularJS
13 17 (3.83%) Entity Framework
14 16 (3.60%) MDX
15 13 (2.93%) HTML5
15 13 (2.93%) RESTful
16 10 (2.25%) jQuery
16 10 (2.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 55 (12.39%) Greenfield Project
2 30 (6.76%) Clustering
3 22 (4.95%) Replication
4 21 (4.73%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (3.15%) User Experience
6 12 (2.70%) Fintech
7 11 (2.48%) Management Information System
8 9 (2.03%) Data Centre
9 8 (1.80%) Computer Science
9 8 (1.80%) Self-Motivation
10 6 (1.35%) Equities
10 6 (1.35%) Fixed Income
11 5 (1.13%) Reinsurance
11 5 (1.13%) Wiki
12 3 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.68%) Life Science
12 3 (0.68%) NHS
12 3 (0.68%) Private Cloud
12 3 (0.68%) Tandem
13 2 (0.45%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 112 (25.23%) Windows
2 84 (18.92%) Windows Server
3 64 (14.41%) Linux
4 45 (10.14%) Windows Server 2012
5 30 (6.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 24 (5.41%) CentOS
7 21 (4.73%) Windows 10
8 16 (3.60%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.68%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.68%) Windows 2000 Server
9 3 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (0.68%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.45%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.45%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.23%) Android
11 1 (0.23%) MVS
11 1 (0.23%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (33.11%) Agile Software Development
2 107 (24.10%) Business Intelligence
3 80 (18.02%) ETL
4 73 (16.44%) TDD
5 61 (13.74%) Multithreading
6 56 (12.61%) MVVM
7 53 (11.94%) Migration
8 52 (11.71%) Analytics
8 52 (11.71%) Test Automation
9 51 (11.49%) SOA
10 50 (11.26%) DevOps
11 49 (11.04%) MVC
12 43 (9.68%) Waterfall
13 42 (9.46%) OO
13 42 (9.46%) Performance Tuning
13 42 (9.46%) Scrum
14 40 (9.01%) Mathematics
15 34 (7.66%) Data Modelling
15 34 (7.66%) OOA/OOD
16 33 (7.43%) Kimball Methodology
Programming Languages
1 284 (63.96%) SQL
2 146 (32.88%) C#
3 78 (17.57%) T-SQL
4 39 (8.78%) PowerShell
5 34 (7.66%) JavaScript
6 33 (7.43%) Java
7 30 (6.76%) F#
8 29 (6.53%) VBA
9 20 (4.50%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 11 (2.48%) TypeScript
10 11 (2.48%) VB
11 7 (1.58%) Python
11 7 (1.58%) VBScript
12 6 (1.35%) R
13 4 (0.90%) VB.NET
14 3 (0.68%) C
14 3 (0.68%) C++
14 3 (0.68%) PL/SQL
15 2 (0.45%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.45%) VB6
Qualifications
1 64 (14.41%) Security Cleared
2 43 (9.68%) SC Cleared
3 42 (9.46%) Degree
4 24 (5.41%) ISEB
4 24 (5.41%) ISEB Practitioner
4 24 (5.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 23 (5.18%) DV Cleared
6 11 (2.48%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (1.80%) MCSE
8 5 (1.13%) CCNP
8 5 (1.13%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (1.13%) MCSA
9 4 (0.90%) CCDP
9 4 (0.90%) Chartered Engineer
9 4 (0.90%) CISM
9 4 (0.90%) CISSP
9 4 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 3 (0.68%) TOGAF Certification
11 2 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.23%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (1.58%) GDPR
2 5 (1.13%) Data Quality
2 5 (1.13%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.90%) QA
4 2 (0.45%) SLA
5 1 (0.23%) GCP
5 1 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 31 (6.98%) Docker
2 29 (6.53%) vSphere
3 26 (5.86%) Active Directory
4 24 (5.41%) VMware ESXi
5 20 (4.50%) Hyper-V
6 8 (1.80%) VMware Infrastructure
7 6 (1.35%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (0.68%) XenApp
9 2 (0.45%) Squid
9 2 (0.45%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.23%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 1 (0.23%) NFS
10 1 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.23%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 26 (5.86%) HP ALM
2 19 (4.28%) vCenter Server
3 12 (2.70%) SCCM
4 10 (2.25%) SCOM
5 9 (2.03%) vRealize
6 8 (1.80%) Kubernetes
7 7 (1.58%) Failover Clustering
8 6 (1.35%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (0.68%) Microsoft Intune
10 2 (0.45%) Ansible
10 2 (0.45%) Oracle RMAN
10 2 (0.45%) Puppet
10 2 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 1 (0.23%) Data Guard
11 1 (0.23%) Foglight
11 1 (0.23%) Nessus
11 1 (0.23%) NetBackup
11 1 (0.23%) SCVMM
11 1 (0.23%) WMI
Vendors
1 157 (35.36%) Microsoft
2 62 (13.96%) VMware
3 60 (13.51%) Oracle
4 34 (7.66%) Tableau
5 33 (7.43%) Cisco
5 33 (7.43%) HP
6 31 (6.98%) Software AG
6 31 (6.98%) webMethods
7 28 (6.31%) NetApp
8 27 (6.08%) Red Hat
9 21 (4.73%) Splunk
10 15 (3.38%) RedGate
11 11 (2.48%) Capita
12 10 (2.25%) SAP
13 7 (1.58%) Citrix
13 7 (1.58%) Sage
14 6 (1.35%) McAfee
14 6 (1.35%) Remedy
14 6 (1.35%) SolarWinds
15 4 (0.90%) Google