Period
to 9 August 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 9 August 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
9 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 448 504 465
Rank change year-on-year +56 -39 +75
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2016 98 361 509
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.39% 0.50%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 1.29% 1.79% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 262 374
Median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
10th Percentile £332 £313 £313
90th Percentile £550 £575 £557
UK excluding London median daily rate £399 £400 £388
% change year-on-year -0.31% +3.23% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 3
Median hourly rate £40.50 £43.75 £18.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.43% +134.08% +9.94%
10th Percentile £38.25 £25.49 £16.43
90th Percentile £51.55 £56.03 £23.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £52.50 £18.69
% change year-on-year -22.86% +180.90% +9.94%

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 7,589 20,142 23,416
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.55% 21.95% 22.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,908 13,775 16,347
Median daily rate £500 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £688 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £433 £415
% change year-on-year +4.05% +4.22% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 161 263 240
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +16.67% -4.76%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.05 £13.48
90th Percentile £53.75 £60.00 £53.88
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year - +4.48% -4.29%

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 9 August 2020.

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
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 9 August 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 +55 94 £450 +5.88% 18
London +120 54 £475 +5.56% 2
UK excluding London +72 44 £399 -0.31% 17
South East +89 16 £404 -2.12% 2
North of England +105 13 £410 +17.14% 10
South West +78 6 £435 +8.75% 3
North West +78 6 £325 -7.14% 6
Yorkshire +71 6 £430 +22.86% 4
Midlands +61 5 £350 -15.66% 1
West Midlands +55 4 £230 -52.08% 1
Scotland +76 2 £200 -52.94%
Wales +38 2 - - 1
Work from Home -21 2 - - 3
North East +33 1 - -

For the 6 months to 9 August 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 98 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 68 (69.39%) SQL
3 57 (58.16%) Windows
4 50 (51.02%) Microsoft
5 46 (46.94%) Windows Server
6 40 (40.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 39 (39.80%) Azure
8 38 (38.78%) SQL Server 2012
9 35 (35.71%) Windows Server 2016
9 35 (35.71%) PowerShell
10 34 (34.69%) DevOps
11 32 (32.65%) ITIL
12 30 (30.61%) Agile Software Development
12 30 (30.61%) SQL Server 2014
13 29 (29.59%) Problem-Solving
14 25 (25.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 22 (22.45%) T-SQL
15 22 (22.45%) Performance Tuning
16 21 (21.43%) .NET
16 21 (21.43%) Active Directory
16 21 (21.43%) Security Cleared
16 21 (21.43%) SQL Server 2008
17 20 (20.41%) Windows Server 2012
18 18 (18.37%) Oracle
19 17 (17.35%) Data Warehouse
19 17 (17.35%) VMware
19 17 (17.35%) SC Cleared
20 16 (16.33%) JIRA
20 16 (16.33%) DNS
20 16 (16.33%) C#

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 14 (14.29%) Apache
1 14 (14.29%) Tomcat
2 11 (11.22%) Apache Solr
3 2 (2.04%) MS Exchange
3 2 (2.04%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 7 (7.14%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 39 (39.80%) Azure
2 15 (15.31%) Office 365
3 13 (13.27%) SaaS
4 12 (12.24%) Power Platform
5 10 (10.20%) IaaS
6 9 (9.18%) PaaS
7 8 (8.16%) Slack
8 5 (5.10%) AWS
9 2 (2.04%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 16 (16.33%) DNS
2 12 (12.24%) HTTP
2 12 (12.24%) SSL
3 5 (5.10%) Firewall
3 5 (5.10%) SAN
4 2 (2.04%) DHCP
4 2 (2.04%) iSCSI
4 2 (2.04%) VLAN
5 1 (1.02%) LAN
5 1 (1.02%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.02%) Unified Communications
5 1 (1.02%) VSAN
5 1 (1.02%) WAN
5 1 (1.02%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 40 (40.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 38 (38.78%) SQL Server 2012
4 30 (30.61%) SQL Server 2014
5 25 (25.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 21 (21.43%) SQL Server 2008
7 17 (17.35%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (13.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 12 (12.24%) Power BI
10 10 (10.20%) Oracle Database
10 10 (10.20%) Relational Database
11 9 (9.18%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 9 (9.18%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 9 (9.18%) MySQL
12 8 (8.16%) PostgreSQL
13 7 (7.14%) SQL Server 2017
14 6 (6.12%) MongoDB
15 4 (4.08%) Oracle Database 12c
16 3 (3.06%) RDBMS
16 3 (3.06%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 16 (16.33%) JIRA
2 11 (11.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 10 (10.20%) Git (software)
4 7 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (5.10%) Oracle Forms
6 4 (4.08%) Visual Studio
7 2 (2.04%) Bitbucket
8 1 (1.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (1.02%) Postman
8 1 (1.02%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.02%) Sourcetree
General
1 15 (15.31%) Finance
2 7 (7.14%) Public Sector
3 3 (3.06%) Banking
3 3 (3.06%) Housing Association
4 2 (2.04%) Legal
5 1 (1.02%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.02%) Law
5 1 (1.02%) Police
5 1 (1.02%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 33 (33.67%) Developer
2 30 (30.61%) DBA
3 23 (23.47%) SQL DBA
4 15 (15.31%) .NET Developer
5 11 (11.22%) SQL Server DBA
6 9 (9.18%) DevOps Engineer
7 8 (8.16%) Administrator
7 8 (8.16%) SC Cleared DBA
8 7 (7.14%) Data Warehouse Developer
8 7 (7.14%) SQL Developer
9 6 (6.12%) Oracle DBA
10 5 (5.10%) Senior Developer
10 5 (5.10%) Sybase DBA
11 4 (4.08%) ASP.NET Developer
11 4 (4.08%) Full Stack Developer
11 4 (4.08%) Senior .NET Developer
11 4 (4.08%) SQL Server Developer
11 4 (4.08%) Support Engineer
12 3 (3.06%) Azure Developer
12 3 (3.06%) Site Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (21.43%) .NET
2 14 (14.29%) ASP.NET
3 12 (12.24%) RabbitMQ
4 10 (10.20%) CSS
5 9 (9.18%) HTML
6 8 (8.16%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 7 (7.14%) jQuery
8 6 (6.12%) SOAP
9 5 (5.10%) AngularJS
9 5 (5.10%) JSON
9 5 (5.10%) RESTful
9 5 (5.10%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 5 (5.10%) Web Services
10 4 (4.08%) .NET Core
10 4 (4.08%) .NET Framework
10 4 (4.08%) ASP.NET MVC
11 3 (3.06%) ASP.NET Core
11 3 (3.06%) Entity Framework
11 3 (3.06%) JDBC
11 3 (3.06%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.27%) Data Centre
2 12 (12.24%) Replication
3 4 (4.08%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (3.06%) Clustering
4 3 (3.06%) NHS
5 2 (2.04%) EMC VNX
5 2 (2.04%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.04%) Reference Data
6 1 (1.02%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.02%) Credit Risk
6 1 (1.02%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (1.02%) Enterprise Cloud
6 1 (1.02%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.02%) N-Tier
6 1 (1.02%) Reinsurance
6 1 (1.02%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 57 (58.16%) Windows
2 46 (46.94%) Windows Server
3 35 (35.71%) Windows Server 2016
4 20 (20.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 15 (15.31%) Linux
6 7 (7.14%) Windows 10
7 6 (6.12%) Unix
7 6 (6.12%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (2.04%) Solaris
8 2 (2.04%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (1.02%) AIX
9 1 (1.02%) HPUX
9 1 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (34.69%) DevOps
2 32 (32.65%) ITIL
3 30 (30.61%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (29.59%) Problem-Solving
5 22 (22.45%) Performance Tuning
6 15 (15.31%) Cybersecurity
6 15 (15.31%) Disaster Recovery
7 14 (14.29%) Migration
7 14 (14.29%) Scrum
7 14 (14.29%) Technical Architecture
8 13 (13.27%) ETL
9 12 (12.24%) Business Intelligence
9 12 (12.24%) MVC
9 12 (12.24%) Web Application Development
10 11 (11.22%) Performance Monitoring
10 11 (11.22%) Validation
11 10 (10.20%) Configuration Management
11 10 (10.20%) Data Management
11 10 (10.20%) High Availability
11 10 (10.20%) Server Management
Programming Languages
1 68 (69.39%) SQL
2 35 (35.71%) PowerShell
3 22 (22.45%) T-SQL
4 16 (16.33%) C#
5 12 (12.24%) Java
6 10 (10.20%) JavaScript
7 8 (8.16%) Python
8 7 (7.14%) VB.NET
9 6 (6.12%) Perl
9 6 (6.12%) PL/SQL
10 5 (5.10%) Korn
10 5 (5.10%) Ruby
11 2 (2.04%) VB
12 1 (1.02%) C
12 1 (1.02%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 1 (1.02%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 21 (21.43%) Security Cleared
2 17 (17.35%) SC Cleared
3 6 (6.12%) Degree
4 2 (2.04%) DV Cleared
4 2 (2.04%) HND
4 2 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.02%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (14.29%) Cyber Essentials
1 14 (14.29%) GDPR
1 14 (14.29%) HIPAA
1 14 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 9 (9.18%) SLA
3 1 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 21 (21.43%) Active Directory
2 12 (12.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (8.16%) Hyper-V
4 5 (5.10%) Docker
5 4 (4.08%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (2.04%) DFS Replication
6 2 (2.04%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (1.02%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 1 (1.02%) Squid
7 1 (1.02%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (1.02%) vSphere
7 1 (1.02%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 13 (13.27%) Ansible
1 13 (13.27%) Opscode Chef
1 13 (13.27%) Puppet
2 8 (8.16%) SCOM
3 6 (6.12%) SCCM
4 5 (5.10%) Kubernetes
5 2 (2.04%) Failover Clustering
5 2 (2.04%) Nagios
5 2 (2.04%) SCVMM
5 2 (2.04%) WSUS
6 1 (1.02%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (1.02%) RSA Archer
6 1 (1.02%) SCDPM
6 1 (1.02%) SCSM
6 1 (1.02%) vCenter Server
6 1 (1.02%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 50 (51.02%) Microsoft
2 18 (18.37%) Oracle
3 17 (17.35%) VMware
4 13 (13.27%) Splunk
5 9 (9.18%) Tableau
6 7 (7.14%) NetApp
6 7 (7.14%) Sybase
7 6 (6.12%) EMC
7 6 (6.12%) LogicMonitor
8 5 (5.10%) Red Hat
9 4 (4.08%) Cisco
10 3 (3.06%) HP
11 2 (2.04%) Atlassian
11 2 (2.04%) Computacenter
11 2 (2.04%) Dell
11 2 (2.04%) EqualLogic
11 2 (2.04%) GFI Software
11 2 (2.04%) ServiceNow
11 2 (2.04%) SolarWinds
11 2 (2.04%) Telerik