The median contractor rate for a SQL Server DBA was £419 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 June 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.

SQL Server Database Administrator
UK
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 534 566 506
Rank change year-on-year +32 -60  
Contract jobs requiring a SQL Server DBA 76 88 136
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.16% 0.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.17% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 59 82
Median daily rate £419 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £258 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £541 £461 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £45.00

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 44656 51218 52310
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.87% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28833 33387 32903
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1389 1533 1989
Median hourly rate £18.10 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.42% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.44 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

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 27 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 27 June 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 +13 73 £420 +9.44% 30
London +14 33 £456 +25.00% 10
West Midlands +27 13 £350 -4.10% 2
South East +11 12 £375 -15.73% 2
North West +23 10 £350 +7.69% 2
Merseyside +1 7 £413 +26.92% 1
Wolverhampton - 6 £350 -
Birmingham - 5 - - 1
West Sussex +17 4 £250 -39.39%
Gatwick - 4 £250 -
Wirral - 4 £400 -
Scotland +36 3 £350 -
Hampshire +12 3 £425 - 1
Liverpool -2 3 £413 +26.92% 1
City of London -6 3 £536 +64.36% 4
Berkshire - 3 - -
Manchester +15 2 £338 +3.84% 1
South West +5 2 £350 - 5
Edinburgh - 2 £350 -
Newcastle upon Tyne +73 1 £300 +1.35% 1
Tyne and Wear +72 1 £300 -5.28% 1
North East +71 1 £300 -5.28% 1
Cheshire +21 1 £300 -4.00%
Yorkshire +18 1 - - 5
Surrey +7 1 £425 -
Warwickshire +6 1 £218 -37.85%
Bristol -2 1 - - 1
East of England -11 1 - - 1
Essex -14 1 - -
Oxfordshire - 1 £400 - 1

SQL Server DBA Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 152 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 112 (73.68%) SQL
3 72 (47.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 59 (38.82%) Microsoft
5 49 (32.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 48 (31.58%) SQL Server 2008
7 44 (28.95%) Performance Tuning
8 42 (27.63%) T-SQL
9 39 (25.66%) Migration
10 37 (24.34%) High Availability
11 36 (23.68%) SQL Server 2014
12 35 (23.03%) SQL Server 2012
13 34 (22.37%) Clustering
13 34 (22.37%) Business Intelligence
14 33 (21.71%) Replication
15 30 (19.74%) Disaster Recovery
16 28 (18.42%) Finance
16 28 (18.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 27 (17.76%) Oracle
18 24 (15.79%) Windows
19 22 (14.47%) SQL Server 2016
20 21 (13.82%) ETL
20 21 (13.82%) Banking
21 20 (13.16%) SQL Server 2005
22 17 (11.18%) PowerShell
23 16 (10.53%) Database Mirroring
24 15 (9.87%) Relational Database
25 14 (9.21%) Change Management
25 14 (9.21%) Microsoft Certification
25 14 (9.21%) Linux

SQL Server DBA Skill Set
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 4 (2.63%) IIS
1 4 (2.63%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.66%) Confluence
2 1 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (0.66%) MS Exchange
2 1 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 2 (1.32%) SPSS
2 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.66%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.66%) Oracle Retail
1 1 (0.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 13 (8.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (3.95%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.32%) Amazon EMR
3 2 (1.32%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.66%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 12 (7.89%) SAN
2 6 (3.95%) NAS
3 1 (0.66%) BIG-IP
3 1 (0.66%) LAN
3 1 (0.66%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 152 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 72 (47.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 49 (32.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 48 (31.58%) SQL Server 2008
5 36 (23.68%) SQL Server 2014
6 35 (23.03%) SQL Server 2012
7 28 (18.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 22 (14.47%) SQL Server 2016
9 20 (13.16%) SQL Server 2005
10 15 (9.87%) Relational Database
11 12 (7.89%) Data Warehouse
11 12 (7.89%) Oracle Database
11 12 (7.89%) RDBMS
12 10 (6.58%) PostgreSQL
13 7 (4.61%) MySQL
14 6 (3.95%) DB2
14 6 (3.95%) DTS
14 6 (3.95%) MongoDB
14 6 (3.95%) Oracle Database 11g
15 5 (3.29%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.97%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (1.32%) Git (software)
2 2 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.66%) Subversion
3 1 (0.66%) Visual Studio
General
1 28 (18.42%) Finance
2 21 (13.82%) Banking
3 5 (3.29%) Legal
3 5 (3.29%) Marketing
4 3 (1.97%) Retail
5 2 (1.32%) Front Office
5 2 (1.32%) Investment Banking
5 2 (1.32%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.66%) Advertising
6 1 (0.66%) Back Office
6 1 (0.66%) Electronics
6 1 (0.66%) Law
6 1 (0.66%) Local Government
6 1 (0.66%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.26%) .NET
2 3 (1.97%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.32%) Web Services
4 1 (0.66%) ADO.NET
4 1 (0.66%) MDX
4 1 (0.66%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (0.66%) Oracle GoldenGate
Miscellaneous
1 34 (22.37%) Clustering
2 33 (21.71%) Replication
3 5 (3.29%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (3.29%) Fintech
4 4 (2.63%) Data Centre
4 4 (2.63%) Data Protection Act
4 4 (2.63%) Hedge funds
5 3 (1.97%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.97%) Virtual Team
6 2 (1.32%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.32%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.66%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.66%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.66%) Equities
7 1 (0.66%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.66%) Photography
7 1 (0.66%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 24 (15.79%) Windows
2 14 (9.21%) Linux
3 10 (6.58%) Windows Server
4 8 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (2.63%) Unix
6 3 (1.97%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.66%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.66%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (28.95%) Performance Tuning
2 39 (25.66%) Migration
3 37 (24.34%) High Availability
4 34 (22.37%) Business Intelligence
5 30 (19.74%) Disaster Recovery
6 21 (13.82%) ETL
7 16 (10.53%) Database Mirroring
8 14 (9.21%) Change Management
8 14 (9.21%) ITIL
9 11 (7.24%) Agile Software Development
9 11 (7.24%) SQL Optimisation
10 9 (5.92%) Proactive Monitoring
11 8 (5.26%) Data Integration
11 8 (5.26%) Performance Optimisation
12 7 (4.61%) Change Control
12 7 (4.61%) Data Migration
12 7 (4.61%) Performance Monitoring
12 7 (4.61%) Project Management
12 7 (4.61%) Server Virtualisation
13 6 (3.95%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 112 (73.68%) SQL
2 42 (27.63%) T-SQL
3 17 (11.18%) PowerShell
4 9 (5.92%) PL/SQL
5 6 (3.95%) VB
6 5 (3.29%) Python
7 3 (1.97%) Java
8 2 (1.32%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.32%) C#
8 2 (1.32%) Perl
8 2 (1.32%) R
9 1 (0.66%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 1 (0.66%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.66%) X++
Qualifications
1 14 (9.21%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (6.58%) MCDBA
3 9 (5.92%) Security Cleared
4 7 (4.61%) SC Cleared
5 6 (3.95%) Degree
6 3 (1.97%) Master's Degree
7 2 (1.32%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.32%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.32%) MCP
7 2 (1.32%) MCSE
8 1 (0.66%) HNC
8 1 (0.66%) HND
8 1 (0.66%) MCITP
8 1 (0.66%) MCSA
8 1 (0.66%) MCTS
8 1 (0.66%) OCP
8 1 (0.66%) Oracle Certification
8 1 (0.66%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (8.55%) QA
2 9 (5.92%) SLA
3 6 (3.95%) PMO
4 2 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.32%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.66%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.66%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.66%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.66%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (1.32%) Active Directory
1 2 (1.32%) Docker
1 2 (1.32%) Oracle RAC
1 2 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.66%) Veritas Cluster Server
2 1 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 7 (4.61%) Microsoft Clustering
2 6 (3.95%) Failover Clustering
3 4 (2.63%) SCOM
4 2 (1.32%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.66%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
5 1 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.66%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.66%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 59 (38.82%) Microsoft
2 27 (17.76%) Oracle
3 4 (2.63%) VMware
4 3 (1.97%) Sybase
5 2 (1.32%) 3PAR
5 2 (1.32%) Cisco
5 2 (1.32%) HP
5 2 (1.32%) NetApp
5 2 (1.32%) RedGate
5 2 (1.32%) Remedy
5 2 (1.32%) SAP
5 2 (1.32%) ServiceNow
5 2 (1.32%) Tableau
6 1 (0.66%) CA
6 1 (0.66%) F5
6 1 (0.66%) Google
6 1 (0.66%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.66%) Reuters
6 1 (0.66%) Symantec
6 1 (0.66%) Twitter
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