The median contractor rate for a SQL Server DBA was £359 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
SQL Server Database Administrator
UK
Rank 524 508 472
Rank change year-on-year -16 -36  
Contract jobs requiring a SQL Server DBA 75 120 149
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.23% 0.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.24% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 95 103
Median daily rate £359 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.33% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £464 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £373 £315
% change year-on-year -6.04% +18.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
Median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £50.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -10.44%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 - £50.25

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42403 50275 49651
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.81% 95.18% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27453 32530 30008
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £551
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1493 1573 1955
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

SQL Server DBA
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured SQL Server DBA in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server DBA in the UK

SQL Server DBA
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server DBA in the UK

SQL Server DBA
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server DBA over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server DBA in the UK

SQL Server DBA
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server DBA in the UK

SQL Server DBA
Top 30 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 DBA within the UK over the 3 months to 23 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -3 69 £363 -5.84% 36
London -19 19 £388 -3.12% 11
South East +13 14 £413 +24.52% 5
North West +26 12 £338 -8.53% 4
Manchester +21 8 £338 -12.90% 4
South West +6 7 £320 -8.57% 3
Scotland +24 5 £350 +4.86%
West Midlands +15 5 £406 +8.33% 5
East of England -1 5 £450 +38.46% 4
Birmingham +4 4 £406 - 2
Cheshire +32 3 £350 +16.66%
Edinburgh +16 3 £338 +2.27%
West Sussex +4 3 £250 -23.07%
Hampshire -2 3 £400 +23.07% 1
Yorkshire -4 3 £356 -8.06% 3
Glasgow +4 2 £350 -1.75%
City of London +1 2 £425 +6.25% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -1 2 £350 -33.33% 1
East Midlands -1 2 £313 -21.87%
Leeds -2 2 £300 -30.23% 1
West Yorkshire -5 2 £300 -25.00% 1
North East -5 2 £350 -33.33% 1
Gatwick -9 2 £250 -23.07%
Tyne and Wear -11 2 £350 -33.33% 1
Somerset - 2 £350 -
Wiltshire - 2 £315 -
Oxfordshire - 2 £425 -
Oxford - 2 £425 -
Berkshire +22 1 - -
Surrey +15 1 £413 -5.44% 1

SQL Server DBA Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, SQL Server DBA contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring SQL Server DBA in the job title.

1 161 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 129 (80.12%) SQL
3 80 (49.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 76 (47.20%) Microsoft
5 63 (39.13%) T-SQL
6 55 (34.16%) SQL Server 2008
7 51 (31.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 51 (31.68%) Performance Tuning
7 51 (31.68%) SQL Server 2014
8 45 (27.95%) SQL Server 2012
9 42 (26.09%) High Availability
9 42 (26.09%) Business Intelligence
10 32 (19.88%) Migration
10 32 (19.88%) Oracle
11 31 (19.25%) ETL
12 28 (17.39%) Windows
12 28 (17.39%) Replication
12 28 (17.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 27 (16.77%) Finance
14 26 (16.15%) Clustering
15 24 (14.91%) Disaster Recovery
15 24 (14.91%) PowerShell
16 23 (14.29%) SQL Server 2005
17 19 (11.80%) Oracle Database
17 19 (11.80%) MS Excel
17 19 (11.80%) Data Warehouse
17 19 (11.80%) Microsoft Certification
18 16 (9.94%) VMware
19 15 (9.32%) Linux
20 14 (8.70%) SQL Server 2016

SQL Server DBA Skill Set
Top Related 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 3 (1.86%) IIS
1 3 (1.86%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.62%) Apache
2 1 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (0.62%) WebLogic
Applications
1 19 (11.80%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.86%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.62%) Oracle Retail
1 1 (0.62%) ResourceLink
1 1 (0.62%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 13 (8.07%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (2.48%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.86%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (1.24%) SaaS
5 1 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.73%) SAN
2 2 (1.24%) LAN
2 2 (1.24%) NAS
2 2 (1.24%) WAN
3 1 (0.62%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 161 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 80 (49.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 55 (34.16%) SQL Server 2008
4 51 (31.68%) SQL Server 2014
4 51 (31.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 45 (27.95%) SQL Server 2012
6 28 (17.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 23 (14.29%) SQL Server 2005
8 19 (11.80%) Data Warehouse
8 19 (11.80%) Oracle Database
9 14 (8.70%) SQL Server 2016
10 11 (6.83%) Relational Database
11 9 (5.59%) RDBMS
12 7 (4.35%) Oracle Database 11g
12 7 (4.35%) Oracle Database 12c
13 6 (3.73%) DTS
13 6 (3.73%) MySQL
14 5 (3.11%) SQL Server 2000
15 4 (2.48%) Ingres
15 4 (2.48%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (1.24%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.62%) Subversion
General
1 27 (16.77%) Finance
2 8 (4.97%) Banking
3 4 (2.48%) Advertising
4 3 (1.86%) Retail
5 2 (1.24%) Back Office
5 2 (1.24%) Legal
5 2 (1.24%) Local Government
5 2 (1.24%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.62%) Electronics
6 1 (0.62%) Law
6 1 (0.62%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.62%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.35%) .NET
2 2 (1.24%) ASP.NET
2 2 (1.24%) Oracle GoldenGate
2 2 (1.24%) Web Services
3 1 (0.62%) LAMP
3 1 (0.62%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (0.62%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 28 (17.39%) Replication
2 26 (16.15%) Clustering
3 10 (6.21%) Data Centre
4 7 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (1.86%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.24%) Data Protection Act
6 2 (1.24%) Driving Licence
6 2 (1.24%) Fintech
6 2 (1.24%) FlexPod
6 2 (1.24%) FMCG
6 2 (1.24%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.24%) Oracle Licensing
7 1 (0.62%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.62%) Derivative
7 1 (0.62%) Digital Media
7 1 (0.62%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.62%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 28 (17.39%) Windows
2 15 (9.32%) Linux
3 10 (6.21%) Windows Server
4 6 (3.73%) Unix
5 5 (3.11%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (3.11%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (3.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.62%) AIX
6 1 (0.62%) CentOS
6 1 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (0.62%) Solaris
6 1 (0.62%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (31.68%) Performance Tuning
2 42 (26.09%) Business Intelligence
2 42 (26.09%) High Availability
3 32 (19.88%) Migration
4 31 (19.25%) ETL
5 24 (14.91%) Disaster Recovery
6 12 (7.45%) Agile Software Development
7 11 (6.83%) ITIL
8 10 (6.21%) SQL Optimisation
9 9 (5.59%) Database Mirroring
9 9 (5.59%) Performance Monitoring
10 7 (4.35%) Data Modelling
11 6 (3.73%) Continuous Improvement
11 6 (3.73%) Database Tuning
11 6 (3.73%) Mentoring
11 6 (3.73%) Performance Optimisation
11 6 (3.73%) Scrum
12 5 (3.11%) Data Migration
12 5 (3.11%) Incident Management
12 5 (3.11%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 129 (80.12%) SQL
2 63 (39.13%) T-SQL
3 24 (14.91%) PowerShell
4 9 (5.59%) PL/SQL
5 3 (1.86%) R
6 2 (1.24%) Perl
6 2 (1.24%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.24%) VB
7 1 (0.62%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.62%) C#
7 1 (0.62%) Java
7 1 (0.62%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.62%) PHP
7 1 (0.62%) Python
7 1 (0.62%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.62%) X++
Qualifications
1 19 (11.80%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (4.35%) MCITP
2 7 (4.35%) Security Cleared
3 6 (3.73%) Degree
3 6 (3.73%) MCDBA
3 6 (3.73%) MCSE
4 5 (3.11%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.86%) MCSA
6 2 (1.24%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.24%) MCP
6 2 (1.24%) MCTS
6 2 (1.24%) Oracle Certification
7 1 (0.62%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (0.62%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (0.62%) OCA
7 1 (0.62%) OCP
7 1 (0.62%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.48%) QA
2 3 (1.86%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.24%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.24%) ISO 14001
3 2 (1.24%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.24%) PMO
3 2 (1.24%) SLA
4 1 (0.62%) HL7
System Software
1 7 (4.35%) Active Directory
1 7 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (2.48%) Oracle RAC
3 3 (1.86%) Hyper-V
3 3 (1.86%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.62%) MetaFrame
5 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (0.62%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 1 (0.62%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 7 (4.35%) Failover Clustering
1 7 (4.35%) Microsoft Clustering
1 7 (4.35%) SCOM
2 5 (3.11%) Data Guard
3 4 (2.48%) Oracle RMAN
4 2 (1.24%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
4 2 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.62%) ITRS Geneos
5 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (0.62%) Nagios
5 1 (0.62%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.62%) Oracle Flashback
5 1 (0.62%) Oracle Statspack
5 1 (0.62%) Puppet
5 1 (0.62%) SCCM
5 1 (0.62%) Simpana
Vendors
1 76 (47.20%) Microsoft
2 32 (19.88%) Oracle
3 16 (9.94%) VMware
4 4 (2.48%) Cisco
4 4 (2.48%) NetApp
4 4 (2.48%) Sybase
5 3 (1.86%) ServiceNow
5 3 (1.86%) Tableau
6 2 (1.24%) IDERA
6 2 (1.24%) MicroStrategy
6 2 (1.24%) Rackspace
6 2 (1.24%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.24%) Remedy
6 2 (1.24%) SAP
6 2 (1.24%) WorldPay
7 1 (0.62%) CA
7 1 (0.62%) Citrix
7 1 (0.62%) IBM
7 1 (0.62%) iManage
7 1 (0.62%) Reuters
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