Period
to 28 January 2020

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 28 January 2020 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
28 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 474 508 463
Rank change year-on-year +34 -45 +260
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2016 279 421 474
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.43% 0.48%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 1.84% 1.91% 2.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 174 293 360
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £325 £331 £313
90th Percentile £550 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 6
UK median hourly rate £20.17 £16.21 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.40% -12.38% -32.73%
10th Percentile £13.75 £12.25 £16.25
90th Percentile £36.00 £21.69 £39.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.80 £16.21 £18.50
% change year-on-year +15.95% -12.38% -32.73%

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 15,166 22,095 21,761
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.06% 22.38% 21.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,095 15,248 15,136
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.26% +8.24%
10th Percentile £319 £319 £310
90th Percentile £663 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 243 251
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £33.00 £30.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.52% +7.32% +11.82%
10th Percentile £13.70 £13.34 £14.54
90th Percentile £53.75 £57.06 £56.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £32.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.56% -6.43% +40.00%

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 28 January 2020.

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 28 January 2020.

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 28 January 2020. 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 +34 269 £430 -1.71% 195
UK excluding London +26 177 £400 -3.03% 170
London +56 102 £450 -2.17% 39
South East +60 78 £430 +1.18% 51
Midlands +46 33 £445 +4.71% 18
West Midlands +50 26 £448 -0.56% 10
North of England +21 24 £375 - 49
East of England +29 21 £400 -5.88% 23
South West +1 13 £355 -13.94% 15
North West +11 12 £400 +11.11% 31
Yorkshire +10 10 £350 -12.50% 16
East Midlands +17 6 £438 +2.94% 8
Wales +23 5 £375 +15.38% 5
Scotland +15 3 £375 +0.33% 8
North East +20 2 - - 2

For the 6 months to 28 January 2020, 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.

1 279 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 190 (68.10%) SQL
3 147 (52.69%) Microsoft
4 107 (38.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 92 (32.97%) SQL Server 2012
6 84 (30.11%) .NET
7 80 (28.67%) Windows
8 78 (27.96%) Azure
9 69 (24.73%) Finance
10 66 (23.66%) T-SQL
11 63 (22.58%) Business Intelligence
12 61 (21.86%) C#
12 61 (21.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 60 (21.51%) ETL
14 59 (21.15%) SQL Server 2014
15 55 (19.71%) SQL Server 2008
16 52 (18.64%) Agile Software Development
17 50 (17.92%) Migration
18 48 (17.20%) Data Warehouse
19 46 (16.49%) PowerShell
19 46 (16.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 46 (16.49%) Windows Server
20 44 (15.77%) Windows Server 2012
20 44 (15.77%) IIS
21 43 (15.41%) Active Directory
21 43 (15.41%) Security Cleared
22 37 (13.26%) Power Platform
23 35 (12.54%) Power BI
23 35 (12.54%) Oracle
23 35 (12.54%) Office 365

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 44 (15.77%) IIS
2 32 (11.47%) SharePoint
3 20 (7.17%) MS Exchange
4 11 (3.94%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (2.87%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (2.87%) Skype for Business
6 7 (2.51%) Apache
6 7 (2.51%) K2 blackpearl
7 6 (2.15%) Confluence
8 3 (1.08%) Apache Spark
8 3 (1.08%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (1.08%) nginx
9 2 (0.72%) CMS
9 2 (0.72%) DNN
9 2 (0.72%) EPiServer
9 2 (0.72%) Immediacy CMS
9 2 (0.72%) Kentico
9 2 (0.72%) Sitecore CMS
9 2 (0.72%) Sitefinity
9 2 (0.72%) Umbraco
Applications
1 18 (6.45%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.72%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 14 (5.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.79%) Dynamics GP
2 5 (1.79%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (1.08%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (1.08%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.36%) SAP MDM
Cloud Services
1 78 (27.96%) Azure
2 37 (13.26%) Power Platform
3 35 (12.54%) Office 365
4 17 (6.09%) Dynamics 365
4 17 (6.09%) PaaS
5 16 (5.73%) IaaS
6 15 (5.38%) AWS
7 12 (4.30%) GCP
8 8 (2.87%) Azure Data Factory
9 6 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
10 4 (1.43%) Azure Functions
10 4 (1.43%) Serverless
11 3 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (1.08%) Mimecast
11 3 (1.08%) SaaS
11 3 (1.08%) Slack
12 2 (0.72%) GitHub
12 2 (0.72%) PowerApps
12 2 (0.72%) Yammer
13 1 (0.36%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 21 (7.53%) DNS
2 20 (7.17%) DHCP
3 17 (6.09%) TCP/IP
4 10 (3.58%) SAN
5 9 (3.23%) HTTP
5 9 (3.23%) LAN
5 9 (3.23%) SMTP
5 9 (3.23%) WAN
6 8 (2.87%) Internet
6 8 (2.87%) MPLS
6 8 (2.87%) Skype
7 6 (2.15%) Cisco IOS
7 6 (2.15%) NAS
7 6 (2.15%) VoIP
7 6 (2.15%) VPN
7 6 (2.15%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (1.43%) HTTPS
9 3 (1.08%) FTP
9 3 (1.08%) PuTTY
9 3 (1.08%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 279 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 107 (38.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 92 (32.97%) SQL Server 2012
4 61 (21.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 59 (21.15%) SQL Server 2014
6 55 (19.71%) SQL Server 2008
7 48 (17.20%) Data Warehouse
8 46 (16.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 35 (12.54%) Power BI
10 21 (7.53%) Azure SQL Database
11 19 (6.81%) SQL Server 2017
12 11 (3.94%) Relational Database
13 10 (3.58%) Big Data
14 9 (3.23%) Hadoop
15 8 (2.87%) SAP HANA
16 6 (2.15%) BigQuery
16 6 (2.15%) Data Lake
16 6 (2.15%) Oracle Database
16 6 (2.15%) Spatial Data
16 6 (2.15%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 24 (8.60%) JIRA
2 22 (7.89%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (7.17%) Git (software)
4 19 (6.81%) Visual Studio
5 12 (4.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 7 (2.51%) Visual Studio Team System
7 6 (2.15%) ER Studio
7 6 (2.15%) ERwin
7 6 (2.15%) Jenkins
8 4 (1.43%) PowerBuilder
8 4 (1.43%) Selenium
8 4 (1.43%) SoapUI
9 3 (1.08%) Ant
9 3 (1.08%) Eclipse
9 3 (1.08%) Fiddler
9 3 (1.08%) Jasmine
9 3 (1.08%) Oracle APEX
9 3 (1.08%) Protractor
9 3 (1.08%) SpecFlow
9 3 (1.08%) TestNG
General
1 69 (24.73%) Finance
2 15 (5.38%) Banking
3 14 (5.02%) Public Sector
4 10 (3.58%) Retail
5 6 (2.15%) German Language
5 6 (2.15%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.79%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.43%) Italian Language
8 3 (1.08%) Back Office
8 3 (1.08%) French Language
9 2 (0.72%) Electronics
9 2 (0.72%) Housing Association
9 2 (0.72%) Law
9 2 (0.72%) Marketing
10 1 (0.36%) Automotive
10 1 (0.36%) Games
Job Titles
1 129 (46.24%) Developer
2 43 (15.41%) SQL Developer
3 41 (14.70%) DBA
3 41 (14.70%) SQL DBA
4 37 (13.26%) .NET Developer
5 23 (8.24%) SQL Server Developer
6 21 (7.53%) SQL Server DBA
7 20 (7.17%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 20 (7.17%) SSIS Developer
8 17 (6.09%) Data Engineer
9 16 (5.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 15 (5.38%) Architect
10 15 (5.38%) Consultant
11 13 (4.66%) ETL Developer
12 11 (3.94%) Administrator
12 11 (3.94%) C# Developer
13 10 (3.58%) Applications Support
13 10 (3.58%) Senior Developer
14 9 (3.23%) Backend Developer
14 9 (3.23%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (30.11%) .NET
2 34 (12.19%) ASP.NET
3 20 (7.17%) .NET Framework
3 20 (7.17%) HTML
4 19 (6.81%) Web Services
5 18 (6.45%) AngularJS
6 15 (5.38%) ASP.NET MVC
6 15 (5.38%) XML
7 13 (4.66%) CSS
7 13 (4.66%) Entity Framework
8 11 (3.94%) ASP.NET Web API
8 11 (3.94%) HTML5
9 10 (3.58%) ODBC
10 8 (2.87%) .NET Core
10 8 (2.87%) ASP.NET MVC 5
10 8 (2.87%) CSS3
10 8 (2.87%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 7 (2.51%) 802.1X
11 7 (2.51%) JDBC
12 6 (2.15%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 17 (6.09%) Data Centre
2 16 (5.73%) Clustering
3 12 (4.30%) NHS
4 11 (3.94%) Greenfield Project
5 10 (3.58%) Data Structures
5 10 (3.58%) Replication
6 9 (3.23%) PKI
7 6 (2.15%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (2.15%) Management Information System
7 6 (2.15%) Video Conferencing
8 5 (1.79%) Virtual Team
9 4 (1.43%) Fat Client
9 4 (1.43%) Thin Client
10 3 (1.08%) Reinsurance
11 2 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.72%) Mobile App
11 2 (0.72%) Public Cloud
11 2 (0.72%) Tandem
12 1 (0.36%) Digital Media
12 1 (0.36%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 80 (28.67%) Windows
2 46 (16.49%) Windows Server
3 44 (15.77%) Windows Server 2012
4 20 (7.17%) Linux
5 19 (6.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (5.38%) Windows 7
7 14 (5.02%) Windows 10
8 13 (4.66%) VMS
9 7 (2.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (2.15%) Android
11 5 (1.79%) Windows 8
11 5 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (1.43%) Unix
12 4 (1.43%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.36%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (22.58%) Business Intelligence
2 60 (21.51%) ETL
3 52 (18.64%) Agile Software Development
4 50 (17.92%) Migration
5 32 (11.47%) MVC
6 21 (7.53%) DevOps
7 20 (7.17%) Change Management
7 20 (7.17%) High Availability
7 20 (7.17%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 19 (6.81%) Data Migration
9 18 (6.45%) Data Modelling
9 18 (6.45%) TDD
10 17 (6.09%) ITIL
11 16 (5.73%) CRM
11 16 (5.73%) Performance Tuning
12 15 (5.38%) Analytics
12 15 (5.38%) Validation
13 14 (5.02%) Problem-Solving
13 14 (5.02%) Workflow
14 13 (4.66%) ETL Development
Programming Languages
1 190 (68.10%) SQL
2 66 (23.66%) T-SQL
3 61 (21.86%) C#
4 46 (16.49%) PowerShell
5 32 (11.47%) JavaScript
6 11 (3.94%) VB.NET
7 8 (2.87%) Python
7 8 (2.87%) R
7 8 (2.87%) VB
8 6 (2.15%) PHP
9 5 (1.79%) TypeScript
10 4 (1.43%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 4 (1.43%) Java
10 4 (1.43%) Ruby
11 3 (1.08%) F#
11 3 (1.08%) VB6
12 2 (0.72%) Perl
13 1 (0.36%) C
13 1 (0.36%) PHP 7
13 1 (0.36%) XPath
Qualifications
1 43 (15.41%) Security Cleared
2 28 (10.04%) SC Cleared
3 13 (4.66%) Microsoft Certification
4 10 (3.58%) Degree
5 8 (2.87%) DV Cleared
6 4 (1.43%) MCITP
7 3 (1.08%) ISEB
7 3 (1.08%) ISEB Practitioner
7 3 (1.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (0.72%) MCSA
8 2 (0.72%) MCSE
9 1 (0.36%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.36%) CCNA
9 1 (0.36%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.36%) MBA
9 1 (0.36%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.36%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.79%) GDPR
2 4 (1.43%) QA
2 4 (1.43%) SLA
3 1 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.36%) NCSC
3 1 (0.36%) NIST
System Software
1 43 (15.41%) Active Directory
2 21 (7.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (5.73%) Hyper-V
3 16 (5.73%) Virtual Machines
4 11 (3.94%) vSphere
5 9 (3.23%) XenApp
6 8 (2.87%) XenDesktop
7 6 (2.15%) Oracle RAC
8 5 (1.79%) Docker
8 5 (1.79%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 5 (1.79%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (1.08%) BitLocker
9 3 (1.08%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.36%) Apache Flume
11 1 (0.36%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 1 (0.36%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 1 (0.36%) HDFS
11 1 (0.36%) LXC
Systems Management
1 17 (6.09%) SCCM
2 10 (3.58%) Microsoft Clustering
3 6 (2.15%) AirWatch
4 5 (1.79%) EMC NetWorker
4 5 (1.79%) SCOM
5 3 (1.08%) Failover Clustering
5 3 (1.08%) HP ALM
5 3 (1.08%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 3 (1.08%) SCVMM
5 3 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (1.08%) WSUS
6 2 (0.72%) Ansible
6 2 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.72%) Puppet
6 2 (0.72%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.72%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 2 (0.72%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.36%) Hadoop YARN
7 1 (0.36%) Mesos
7 1 (0.36%) MIIS
Vendors
1 147 (52.69%) Microsoft
2 35 (12.54%) Oracle
3 28 (10.04%) VMware
4 23 (8.24%) Citrix
5 14 (5.02%) Google
5 14 (5.02%) SAP
5 14 (5.02%) Tableau
6 11 (3.94%) Dell
7 10 (3.58%) Cisco
8 9 (3.23%) HP
9 8 (2.87%) EMC
9 8 (2.87%) Red Hat
10 6 (2.15%) Ab Initio
10 6 (2.15%) Avaya
10 6 (2.15%) Informatica
10 6 (2.15%) Meraki
10 6 (2.15%) Talend
11 5 (1.79%) CA
11 5 (1.79%) Hyperion
11 5 (1.79%) Juniper