Period
to 12 June 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 12 June 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
12 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 588 453 554
Rank change year-on-year -135 +101 -70
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2016 104 163 324
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.37% 0.36%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 0.82% 1.72% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 111 223
10th Percentile £295 £325 £326
25th Percentile £363 £394 £369
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year - +5.88% -2.86%
75th Percentile £527 £500 £494
90th Percentile £578 £550 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £410
% change year-on-year +3.66% - +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 10
10th Percentile £45.51 £33.08 £12.25
25th Percentile £46.47 £33.94 £13.19
Median hourly rate £50.38 £37.75 £16.21
Median % change year-on-year +33.44% +132.88% -18.95%
75th Percentile £53.22 £41.44 £22.93
90th Percentile £53.54 £42.23 £54.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.38 £40.50 £16.21
% change year-on-year +24.38% +149.85% -18.95%

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 12,719 9,468 20,287
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.74% 21.61% 22.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,680 6,553 14,055
10th Percentile £325 £325 £325
25th Percentile £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £495 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% +2.70%
75th Percentile £600 £588 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £430
% change year-on-year - +4.65% +4.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 212 132 229
10th Percentile £11.54 £13.79 £12.91
25th Percentile £19.00 £18.25 £17.18
Median hourly rate £27.00 £24.71 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +9.29% -17.65% -7.69%
75th Percentile £45.19 £44.88 £48.75
90th Percentile £61.68 £60.70 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.50 £22.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +8.89% -25.00% -10.45%

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 12 June 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
Top 12 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 12 June 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 -110 91 £425 -5.56% 30
UK excluding London -27 41 £425 +3.66% 31
London -126 39 £435 -8.42% 5
Work from Home -237 31 £495 +23.75% 7
North of England +18 22 £426 +6.50% 4
North West +6 18 £456 +15.51% 2
Midlands -25 9 £310 -24.39% 10
South East -7 7 £493 +16.69% 7
West Midlands -22 6 £370 -16.85% 6
Yorkshire +6 4 £363 -9.38% 2
South West +17 3 £475 +19.50% 3
East Midlands - 3 £228 - 4

For the 6 months to 12 June 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.

1 104 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 76 (73.08%) SQL
3 49 (47.12%) Microsoft
4 45 (43.27%) SQL Server 2012
5 42 (40.38%) Windows
6 32 (30.77%) Azure
7 31 (29.81%) C#
8 29 (27.88%) .NET
9 27 (25.96%) JavaScript
10 26 (25.00%) T-SQL
10 26 (25.00%) Windows Server
11 25 (24.04%) SQL Server 2014
11 25 (24.04%) Active Directory
11 25 (24.04%) VMware
12 24 (23.08%) Windows Server 2012
13 23 (22.12%) Windows Server 2016
14 22 (21.15%) PowerShell
15 21 (20.19%) VMware Infrastructure
16 20 (19.23%) MVC
16 20 (19.23%) Migration
16 20 (19.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 19 (18.27%) Business Intelligence
18 18 (17.31%) Agile Software Development
18 18 (17.31%) SQL Server 2008
19 17 (16.35%) SQL Server 2019
19 17 (16.35%) ASP.NET
20 16 (15.38%) CSS
20 16 (15.38%) .NET Framework
20 16 (15.38%) jQuery
21 15 (14.42%) HTML

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 (13.46%) MS Exchange
2 7 (6.73%) IIS
3 5 (4.81%) Exchange Server 2013
3 5 (4.81%) SharePoint
4 4 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.92%) Apache
6 1 (0.96%) Confluence
6 1 (0.96%) Drupal
6 1 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.96%) Joomla!
6 1 (0.96%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.96%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.96%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.96%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (1.92%) InfoPath
2 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.96%) Cognos Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.96%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.96%) Exchequer
1 1 (0.96%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 32 (30.77%) Azure
2 13 (12.50%) Microsoft 365
2 13 (12.50%) SaaS
3 12 (11.54%) Power Platform
4 9 (8.65%) PaaS
5 8 (7.69%) AWS
6 7 (6.73%) GitHub
7 5 (4.81%) Azure Service Fabric
7 5 (4.81%) SonarCloud
8 2 (1.92%) Azure Synapse Analytics
8 2 (1.92%) IaaS
8 2 (1.92%) Power Automate
8 2 (1.92%) PowerApps
8 2 (1.92%) Yammer
9 1 (0.96%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.96%) GCP
9 1 (0.96%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.96%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 13 (12.50%) DNS
2 11 (10.58%) DHCP
3 10 (9.62%) VPN
4 9 (8.65%) Network Security
5 8 (7.69%) LAN
5 8 (7.69%) WAN
5 8 (7.69%) Wireless
6 6 (5.77%) Firewall
7 5 (4.81%) SAN
8 2 (1.92%) TCP/IP
8 2 (1.92%) VoIP
9 1 (0.96%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (0.96%) iSCSI
9 1 (0.96%) Kerberos
9 1 (0.96%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 45 (43.27%) SQL Server 2012
3 25 (24.04%) SQL Server 2014
4 20 (19.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 18 (17.31%) SQL Server 2008
6 17 (16.35%) SQL Server 2019
7 11 (10.58%) Data Warehouse
7 11 (10.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 10 (9.62%) Power BI
8 10 (9.62%) SQL Server 2017
8 10 (9.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 8 (7.69%) Relational Database
10 7 (6.73%) Oracle Database
11 6 (5.77%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 6 (5.77%) MySQL
12 5 (4.81%) Oracle Database 11g
12 5 (4.81%) PostgreSQL
12 5 (4.81%) RDBMS
13 4 (3.85%) Oracle Database 12c
13 4 (3.85%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 8 (7.69%) JIRA
1 8 (7.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 7 (6.73%) Visual Studio
3 6 (5.77%) Git (software)
3 6 (5.77%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (3.85%) TeamCity
5 3 (2.88%) Oracle Forms
5 3 (2.88%) webpack
6 2 (1.92%) Bitbucket
6 2 (1.92%) Cypress.io
6 2 (1.92%) Jasmine
6 2 (1.92%) JMeter
6 2 (1.92%) Katalon Studio
6 2 (1.92%) MSTest
6 2 (1.92%) Selenium
6 2 (1.92%) Subversion
7 1 (0.96%) FitNesse
7 1 (0.96%) NUnit
7 1 (0.96%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (0.96%) Serena SBM
General
1 15 (14.42%) Social Skills
2 14 (13.46%) Finance
3 4 (3.85%) Banking
4 3 (2.88%) Public Sector
5 2 (1.92%) Documentation Skills
5 2 (1.92%) Prime Brokerage
6 1 (0.96%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.96%) Back Office
6 1 (0.96%) Electronics
6 1 (0.96%) Influencing Skills
6 1 (0.96%) International Banking
6 1 (0.96%) Law
6 1 (0.96%) Legal
6 1 (0.96%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.96%) Marketing
6 1 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.96%) Presentation Skills
6 1 (0.96%) Retail
6 1 (0.96%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 46 (44.23%) Developer
2 21 (20.19%) DBA
3 20 (19.23%) .NET Developer
4 19 (18.27%) SQL DBA
5 17 (16.35%) SQL Developer
6 10 (9.62%) SQL Server DBA
7 9 (8.65%) Analyst
8 8 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (6.73%) C# Developer
9 7 (6.73%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 6 (5.77%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 6 (5.77%) C# .NET Developer
11 5 (4.81%) Infrastructure Specialist
11 5 (4.81%) Senior .NET Developer
11 5 (4.81%) Senior Developer
12 4 (3.85%) Administrator
12 4 (3.85%) Architect
12 4 (3.85%) Oracle DBA
12 4 (3.85%) Senior DBA
12 4 (3.85%) SQL BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (27.88%) .NET
2 17 (16.35%) ASP.NET
3 16 (15.38%) .NET Framework
3 16 (15.38%) CSS
3 16 (15.38%) jQuery
4 15 (14.42%) ASP.NET Web API
4 15 (14.42%) HTML
5 12 (11.54%) AngularJS
6 11 (10.58%) LDAP
6 11 (10.58%) RESTful
7 9 (8.65%) Web Services
8 7 (6.73%) .NET Core
8 7 (6.73%) HTML5
9 6 (5.77%) JSON
9 6 (5.77%) Kendo UI
9 6 (5.77%) React
10 4 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC
10 4 (3.85%) Entity Framework
11 3 (2.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 3 (2.88%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.62%) Replication
2 7 (6.73%) NHS
3 6 (5.77%) Clustering
4 5 (4.81%) Data Centre
5 4 (3.85%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.88%) Greenfield Project
6 3 (2.88%) User Experience
7 2 (1.92%) Data Structures
7 2 (1.92%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.96%) CCTV
8 1 (0.96%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.96%) Reference Data
8 1 (0.96%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 42 (40.38%) Windows
2 26 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 24 (23.08%) Windows Server 2012
4 23 (22.12%) Windows Server 2016
5 11 (10.58%) Windows Server 2019
6 10 (9.62%) Linux
7 4 (3.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (2.88%) Apple iOS
8 3 (2.88%) Solaris
9 2 (1.92%) Android
9 2 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.96%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.96%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (19.23%) Migration
1 20 (19.23%) MVC
2 19 (18.27%) Business Intelligence
3 18 (17.31%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (9.62%) DevOps
5 9 (8.65%) Disaster Recovery
6 8 (7.69%) Computer Science
6 8 (7.69%) ETL
6 8 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 8 (7.69%) OO
6 8 (7.69%) Performance Tuning
6 8 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
6 8 (7.69%) Storage Management
7 7 (6.73%) Business Continuity
7 7 (6.73%) Data Migration
7 7 (6.73%) ITIL
7 7 (6.73%) OOP
7 7 (6.73%) Project Management
7 7 (6.73%) Requirements Gathering
7 7 (6.73%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 76 (73.08%) SQL
2 31 (29.81%) C#
3 27 (25.96%) JavaScript
4 26 (25.00%) T-SQL
5 22 (21.15%) PowerShell
6 7 (6.73%) Java
7 5 (4.81%) PL/SQL
7 5 (4.81%) Python
7 5 (4.81%) Ruby
7 5 (4.81%) VB.NET
8 4 (3.85%) Bash Shell
8 4 (3.85%) Perl
9 3 (2.88%) ES6
9 3 (2.88%) TypeScript
10 2 (1.92%) C++
10 2 (1.92%) JSX
11 1 (0.96%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 1 (0.96%) R
11 1 (0.96%) Scala
11 1 (0.96%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 13 (12.50%) CCNA
1 13 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
1 13 (12.50%) MCSE
1 13 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (11.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 10 (9.62%) Degree
4 7 (6.73%) Security Cleared
5 6 (5.77%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.85%) HP AIS
6 4 (3.85%) HP ASE
6 4 (3.85%) HP MASE
6 4 (3.85%) JNCIS
6 4 (3.85%) MCITP
6 4 (3.85%) MCSA
6 4 (3.85%) NCIE
7 2 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.92%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.96%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.96%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.88%) GDPR
1 3 (2.88%) QA
2 2 (1.92%) SLA
3 1 (0.96%) GxP
System Software
1 25 (24.04%) Active Directory
2 21 (20.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (8.65%) vSphere
4 8 (7.69%) Hyper-V
5 4 (3.85%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (1.92%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.96%) Docker
7 1 (0.96%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 10 (9.62%) WSUS
2 7 (6.73%) SCCM
2 7 (6.73%) SCOM
2 7 (6.73%) SCSM
3 4 (3.85%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 4 (3.85%) Perfmon
4 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (0.96%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 1 (0.96%) Ansible
5 1 (0.96%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.96%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.96%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
5 1 (0.96%) Grafana
5 1 (0.96%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.96%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.96%) Puppet
5 1 (0.96%) QRadar
5 1 (0.96%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.96%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.96%) WMI
Vendors
1 49 (47.12%) Microsoft
2 25 (24.04%) VMware
3 12 (11.54%) Oracle
4 8 (7.69%) Fortinet
5 7 (6.73%) Telerik
6 5 (4.81%) Cisco
6 5 (4.81%) Red Hat
6 5 (4.81%) SAP
6 5 (4.81%) Sybase
7 4 (3.85%) Brocade
7 4 (3.85%) HP
7 4 (3.85%) Juniper
7 4 (3.85%) NetApp
8 2 (1.92%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.92%) IBM
8 2 (1.92%) Mitel
9 1 (0.96%) BMC
9 1 (0.96%) CA
9 1 (0.96%) Citrix
9 1 (0.96%) EMC