Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a SQL Server DBA was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 November 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
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 761 707 593
Rank change year-on-year -54 -114 +42
Contract jobs requiring a SQL Server DBA 123 194 319
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.18% 0.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.19% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 146 232
UK median daily rate £400 £373 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.38% +6.43% -6.67%
10th Percentile £275 £266 £281
90th Percentile £488 £481 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £344 £350
% change year-on-year +9.01% -1.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
UK median hourly rate - - £41.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £41.25

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97824 99914 107019
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64542 65150 68083
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.04% +4.53% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2932 3310 4089
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.88% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year - -1.52% +9.96%

SQL Server DBA
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured SQL Server DBA in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 22 November 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 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 DBA within the UK over the 6 months to 22 November 2017. 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 -53 114 £400 +6.67% 22
UK excluding London -41 71 £375 +9.01% 16
London -27 51 £425 +3.03% 8
North of England +37 21 £325 -3.70% 5
South East -4 19 £425 -2.30% 3
North West -3 12 £300 - 1
East of England -17 10 £275 -14.06% 4
Yorkshire +13 7 £375 -14.29% 4
Midlands +9 7 £425 +21.43% 2
West Midlands +15 6 £425 +21.43% 1
South West +2 6 £375 +15.38%
Wales +21 4 £350 - 1
Scotland -9 4 £420 +52.73% 1
North East +60 2 £325 -15.86%
East Midlands -7 1 £375 - 1

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

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 123 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 99 (80.49%) SQL
3 43 (34.96%) Microsoft
4 42 (34.15%) SQL Server 2008
5 41 (33.33%) Windows
6 38 (30.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 36 (29.27%) Performance Tuning
8 34 (27.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 32 (26.02%) SQL Server 2016
10 31 (25.20%) SQL Server 2012
10 31 (25.20%) Finance
11 28 (22.76%) T-SQL
11 28 (22.76%) SQL Server 2014
12 27 (21.95%) Oracle
12 27 (21.95%) Replication
13 26 (21.14%) ITIL
14 25 (20.33%) Migration
15 23 (18.70%) High Availability
16 22 (17.89%) Clustering
17 19 (15.45%) Disaster Recovery
17 19 (15.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 18 (14.63%) Banking
18 18 (14.63%) Business Intelligence
19 16 (13.01%) ETL
19 16 (13.01%) SAN
19 16 (13.01%) Linux
19 16 (13.01%) SQL Server 2005
19 16 (13.01%) Oracle Database
20 14 (11.38%) Windows Server
21 12 (9.76%) Performance Monitoring

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 3 (2.44%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.63%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (1.63%) IIS
2 2 (1.63%) SAS
3 1 (0.81%) Confluence
3 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (0.81%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 12 (9.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (6.50%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.63%) Amazon EMR
3 2 (1.63%) PaaS
4 1 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.81%) G Suite
4 1 (0.81%) IaaS
4 1 (0.81%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 16 (13.01%) SAN
2 5 (4.07%) NAS
3 2 (1.63%) Firewall
3 2 (1.63%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.81%) DHCP
4 1 (0.81%) DNS
4 1 (0.81%) LAN
4 1 (0.81%) SMS
4 1 (0.81%) VLAN
4 1 (0.81%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 42 (34.15%) SQL Server 2008
3 38 (30.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 34 (27.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 32 (26.02%) SQL Server 2016
6 31 (25.20%) SQL Server 2012
7 28 (22.76%) SQL Server 2014
8 19 (15.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 16 (13.01%) Oracle Database
9 16 (13.01%) SQL Server 2005
10 11 (8.94%) PostgreSQL
11 8 (6.50%) Relational Database
12 7 (5.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 6 (4.88%) RDBMS
14 5 (4.07%) Crystal Reports
14 5 (4.07%) MongoDB
14 5 (4.07%) MySQL
14 5 (4.07%) SQL Server 2000
15 4 (3.25%) Data Warehouse
15 4 (3.25%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 6 (4.88%) Git (software)
2 3 (2.44%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.63%) JIRA
3 2 (1.63%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.81%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 31 (25.20%) Finance
2 18 (14.63%) Banking
3 1 (0.81%) Front Office
3 1 (0.81%) Investment Banking
3 1 (0.81%) Law
3 1 (0.81%) Legal
3 1 (0.81%) Local Government
3 1 (0.81%) Spanish Language
3 1 (0.81%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (5.69%) .NET
2 3 (2.44%) Web Services
3 1 (0.81%) MDX
3 1 (0.81%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 27 (21.95%) Replication
2 22 (17.89%) Clustering
3 7 (5.69%) Management Information System
4 6 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (2.44%) Data Structures
6 2 (1.63%) Computer Science
6 2 (1.63%) Data Centre
6 2 (1.63%) Fintech
6 2 (1.63%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.63%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (1.63%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.81%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.81%) NHS
7 1 (0.81%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 41 (33.33%) Windows
2 16 (13.01%) Linux
3 14 (11.38%) Windows Server
4 6 (4.88%) Unix
5 5 (4.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (2.44%) Windows 10
6 3 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (1.63%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.81%) AIX
8 1 (0.81%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.81%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (0.81%) Solaris
8 1 (0.81%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (29.27%) Performance Tuning
2 26 (21.14%) ITIL
3 25 (20.33%) Migration
4 23 (18.70%) High Availability
5 19 (15.45%) Disaster Recovery
6 18 (14.63%) Business Intelligence
7 16 (13.01%) ETL
8 12 (9.76%) Performance Monitoring
9 10 (8.13%) Change Management
9 10 (8.13%) Data Migration
10 8 (6.50%) Data Modelling
10 8 (6.50%) DevOps
11 7 (5.69%) Database Mirroring
12 5 (4.07%) Agile Software Development
12 5 (4.07%) Business Continuity
12 5 (4.07%) Change Control
12 5 (4.07%) Database Tuning
12 5 (4.07%) Incident Management
12 5 (4.07%) Information Management
12 5 (4.07%) Proactive Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 99 (80.49%) SQL
2 28 (22.76%) T-SQL
3 12 (9.76%) PowerShell
4 7 (5.69%) Python
5 4 (3.25%) Shell Script
6 3 (2.44%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.63%) Java
7 2 (1.63%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.81%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 1 (0.81%) Korn
8 1 (0.81%) Perl
8 1 (0.81%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.81%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (4.88%) Microsoft Certification
1 6 (4.88%) Security Cleared
2 3 (2.44%) Degree
2 3 (2.44%) MCDBA
2 3 (2.44%) MCITP
2 3 (2.44%) MCP
2 3 (2.44%) SC Cleared
3 2 (1.63%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (1.63%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (1.63%) DBS Check
3 2 (1.63%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (6.50%) SLA
2 6 (4.88%) QA
3 1 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 1 (0.81%) Data Quality
System Software
1 11 (8.94%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.25%) Docker
3 2 (1.63%) Oracle RAC
3 2 (1.63%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.81%) XenApp
4 1 (0.81%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (4.07%) Microsoft Clustering
2 3 (2.44%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
3 2 (1.63%) Data Guard
3 2 (1.63%) Failover Clustering
3 2 (1.63%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (1.63%) Oracle RMAN
3 2 (1.63%) SCOM
4 1 (0.81%) Ansible
4 1 (0.81%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.81%) Perfmon
4 1 (0.81%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 1 (0.81%) vCenter Server
4 1 (0.81%) WMI
Vendors
1 43 (34.96%) Microsoft
2 27 (21.95%) Oracle
3 7 (5.69%) Citrix
3 7 (5.69%) VMware
4 6 (4.88%) Red Hat
5 5 (4.07%) RedGate
6 4 (3.25%) Remedy
6 4 (3.25%) ServiceNow
7 2 (1.63%) SAP
7 2 (1.63%) Sun
7 2 (1.63%) Symantec
7 2 (1.63%) Teradata
7 2 (1.63%) Veritas
8 1 (0.81%) Apple
8 1 (0.81%) Google
8 1 (0.81%) IBM
8 1 (0.81%) MobileIron
8 1 (0.81%) Polycom
8 1 (0.81%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.81%) Sybase