Period
to 13 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SQL Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SQL Server over the 6 months to 13 December 2018 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 (MS SQL)
UK
6 months to
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 24 22 18
Rank change year-on-year -2 -4 -4
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 7,533 7,170 7,747
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.15% 6.94% 7.54%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.63% 31.59% 33.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,508 5,247 5,432
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +8.39% +3.33%
10th Percentile £306 £300 £263
90th Percentile £613 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £370 £350
% change year-on-year +6.76% +5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 121 137
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £36.31 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.39% +15.27% +17.23%
10th Percentile £15.75 £16.55 £13.50
90th Percentile £57.50 £58.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.65 £40.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year -33.38% +21.21% +20.00%

SQL Server 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 23,813 22,696 23,205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.60% 21.98% 22.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,575 15,592 15,339
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £286
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 253 267 355
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £31.15 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.33% +11.25% -0.22%
10th Percentile £13.75 £14.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £58.75 £51.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £35.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -5.71% +25.00% -3.45%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SQL Server as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 18 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 within the UK over the 6 months to 13 December 2018. 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 -1 6,888 £438 +2.94% 3,108
UK excluding London -1 4,237 £395 +6.76% 2,380
London -3 3,203 £500 +5.26% 923
South East -5 1,101 £413 +10.00% 566
North of England 0 1,011 £365 +4.29% 718
Midlands -4 654 £385 +9.14% 427
South West +6 596 £413 +10.00% 247
North West +4 464 £360 -4.00% 376
Yorkshire 0 458 £375 +7.14% 292
West Midlands -2 408 £400 +6.67% 248
Scotland +2 376 £400 +6.67% 120
East of England -8 310 £413 +13.79% 227
East Midlands +1 246 £375 +10.29% 178
Wales -3 167 £400 +14.29% 61
North East +12 89 £375 +7.14% 50
Northern Ireland +15 24 £425 +5.46% 13
Channel Islands -1 3 - -
Isle of Man -3 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 13 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server 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.

1 4,109 (54.55%) SQL
2 3,135 (41.62%) .NET
3 3,021 (40.10%) C#
4 2,588 (34.36%) Agile Software Development
5 2,496 (33.13%) Microsoft
6 1,680 (22.30%) JavaScript
7 1,653 (21.94%) Microsoft Azure
8 1,639 (21.76%) Finance
9 1,518 (20.15%) Oracle
10 1,490 (19.78%) ASP.NET
11 1,471 (19.53%) MVC
12 1,430 (18.98%) Windows
13 1,357 (18.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 1,237 (16.42%) T-SQL
15 1,199 (15.92%) Business Intelligence
16 1,173 (15.57%) HTML
17 1,047 (13.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 1,014 (13.46%) CSS
19 997 (13.24%) ETL
20 988 (13.12%) .NET Framework
21 960 (12.74%) TDD
22 947 (12.57%) Data Warehouse
23 942 (12.50%) AngularJS
24 811 (10.77%) Scrum
25 800 (10.62%) ASP.NET Web API
26 773 (10.26%) Git (software)
27 762 (10.12%) Linux
28 761 (10.10%) Java
29 750 (9.96%) Amazon AWS
30 741 (9.84%) ASP.NET MVC

SQL Server
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
1 373 (4.95%) SharePoint
2 351 (4.66%) IIS
3 215 (2.85%) Confluence
4 206 (2.73%) MS Exchange
5 177 (2.35%) Apache
6 165 (2.19%) CMS
7 132 (1.75%) Elasticsearch
8 122 (1.62%) Apache Spark
9 121 (1.61%) WebSphere
10 109 (1.45%) Tomcat
11 84 (1.12%) SharePoint 2013
12 74 (0.98%) Umbraco
13 72 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
14 69 (0.92%) SAS
15 68 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
16 62 (0.82%) JBoss
17 60 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 56 (0.74%) NServiceBus
18 56 (0.74%) Skype for Business
19 44 (0.58%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 487 (6.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 193 (2.56%) Microsoft Office
3 101 (1.34%) MS Visio
4 54 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
5 37 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 25 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
7 14 (0.19%) InfoPath
8 6 (0.080%) SPSS
9 3 (0.040%) Acrobat
9 3 (0.040%) CATIA
9 3 (0.040%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.027%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.027%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.013%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.013%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.013%) InVision
11 1 (0.013%) Mingle
11 1 (0.013%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 189 (2.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
3 22 (0.29%) Markit EDM
4 21 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 20 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
6 17 (0.23%) PeopleSoft HRMS
7 16 (0.21%) PeopleSoft HCM
8 15 (0.20%) Actimize
9 13 (0.17%) thinkFolio
10 12 (0.16%) ION MarketView
10 12 (0.16%) NetSuite
10 12 (0.16%) Sage 200
11 11 (0.15%) Endur
12 10 (0.13%) Infor M3
13 8 (0.11%) Oracle Retail
13 8 (0.11%) SAP APO
13 8 (0.11%) SAP ERP
13 8 (0.11%) SAP MM
14 7 (0.093%) SAP MDM
14 7 (0.093%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1,653 (21.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 750 (9.96%) Amazon AWS
3 270 (3.58%) Office 365
4 207 (2.75%) PaaS
5 155 (2.06%) IaaS
6 146 (1.94%) SaaS
7 137 (1.82%) Azure Data Factory
8 135 (1.79%) Dynamics 365
9 126 (1.67%) GitHub
10 96 (1.27%) Serverless
11 92 (1.22%) Google Cloud Platform
12 91 (1.21%) Amazon EC2
13 79 (1.05%) Amazon S3
14 74 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
15 72 (0.96%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 54 (0.72%) Azure Active Directory
17 52 (0.69%) npm
18 38 (0.50%) OpenShift
19 28 (0.37%) AWS Lambda
20 27 (0.36%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 209 (2.77%) Firewall
2 188 (2.50%) DNS
3 143 (1.90%) SAN
4 101 (1.34%) HTTP
5 99 (1.31%) Internet
6 86 (1.14%) TCP/IP
7 83 (1.10%) VPN
8 79 (1.05%) DHCP
9 73 (0.97%) LAN
9 73 (0.97%) SSL
10 61 (0.81%) WAN
11 44 (0.58%) NAS
12 43 (0.57%) Kerberos
13 40 (0.53%) AMQP
13 40 (0.53%) Skype
14 35 (0.46%) Network Security
15 31 (0.41%) VoIP
16 26 (0.35%) Intranet
17 24 (0.32%) VLAN
18 23 (0.31%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,357 (18.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,047 (13.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 947 (12.57%) Data Warehouse
4 685 (9.09%) Relational Database
5 602 (7.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 578 (7.67%) Power BI
7 542 (7.20%) SQL Server 2008
8 522 (6.93%) SQL Server 2012
9 489 (6.49%) SQL Server 2016
10 456 (6.05%) MySQL
11 357 (4.74%) NoSQL
12 323 (4.29%) SQL Server 2014
13 313 (4.16%) MongoDB
14 302 (4.01%) PostgreSQL
15 280 (3.72%) Big Data
16 274 (3.64%) RDBMS
17 272 (3.61%) Oracle Database
18 256 (3.40%) Hadoop
19 232 (3.08%) Azure SQL Database
20 172 (2.28%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 773 (10.26%) Git (software)
2 623 (8.27%) Visual Studio
3 600 (7.96%) Team Foundation Server
4 489 (6.49%) JIRA
5 448 (5.95%) Jenkins
6 289 (3.84%) Subversion
7 278 (3.69%) Visual Studio Team System
8 229 (3.04%) Selenium
9 213 (2.83%) TeamCity
10 160 (2.12%) NUnit
11 154 (2.04%) Maven
12 150 (1.99%) SpecFlow
13 148 (1.96%) Octopus Deploy
14 115 (1.53%) JUnit
15 101 (1.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 97 (1.29%) Bitbucket
17 85 (1.13%) Moq
18 80 (1.06%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
19 79 (1.05%) Cucumber
20 77 (1.02%) Eclipse
General
1 1,639 (21.76%) Finance
2 650 (8.63%) Banking
3 291 (3.86%) Retail
4 287 (3.81%) Front Office
5 220 (2.92%) Investment Banking
6 118 (1.57%) Marketing
7 106 (1.41%) Manufacturing
8 105 (1.39%) Back Office
9 95 (1.26%) Telecoms
10 76 (1.01%) Legal
11 75 (1.00%) Financial Institution
12 72 (0.96%) Publishing
13 50 (0.66%) Advertising
14 48 (0.64%) Electronics
15 46 (0.61%) Law
16 33 (0.44%) Billing
17 26 (0.35%) Games
18 16 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
19 15 (0.20%) General Ledger
20 13 (0.17%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4,356 (57.83%) Developer
2 1,496 (19.86%) .NET Developer
3 1,269 (16.85%) C# Developer
4 919 (12.20%) SQL Developer
5 673 (8.93%) C# .NET Developer
6 654 (8.68%) Analyst
7 428 (5.68%) Architect
8 419 (5.56%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 369 (4.90%) Senior Developer
10 368 (4.89%) Full Stack Developer
11 349 (4.63%) DBA
12 303 (4.02%) SQL Server Developer
13 287 (3.81%) ASP.NET Developer
14 275 (3.65%) SQL DBA
15 270 (3.58%) Java Developer
16 255 (3.39%) Angular Developer
17 224 (2.97%) Consultant
18 220 (2.92%) Software Developer
19 217 (2.88%) C# ASP.NET Developer
20 190 (2.52%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3,135 (41.62%) .NET
2 1,490 (19.78%) ASP.NET
3 1,173 (15.57%) HTML
4 1,014 (13.46%) CSS
5 988 (13.12%) .NET Framework
6 942 (12.50%) AngularJS
7 800 (10.62%) ASP.NET Web API
8 741 (9.84%) ASP.NET MVC
9 718 (9.53%) Web Services
10 688 (9.13%) jQuery
11 629 (8.35%) XML
12 540 (7.17%) Entity Framework
13 499 (6.62%) WCF
14 473 (6.28%) REST
15 416 (5.52%) React
16 391 (5.19%) JSON
17 390 (5.18%) HTML5
18 380 (5.04%) .NET Core
19 335 (4.45%) WPF
20 308 (4.09%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 595 (7.90%) Analytical Skills
2 408 (5.42%) Greenfield Project
3 206 (2.73%) Self-Motivation
4 195 (2.59%) Enterprise Software
5 189 (2.51%) Clustering
6 188 (2.50%) Fixed Income
7 174 (2.31%) Data Centre
8 140 (1.86%) Fintech
9 139 (1.85%) Hedge funds
10 137 (1.82%) User Experience
11 128 (1.70%) Management Information System
12 117 (1.55%) Data Structures
13 101 (1.34%) Derivative
13 101 (1.34%) Equities
14 89 (1.18%) Algorithms
15 86 (1.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 78 (1.04%) NHS
17 74 (0.98%) Replication
18 71 (0.94%) Mobile App
19 56 (0.74%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 1,430 (18.98%) Windows
2 762 (10.12%) Linux
3 717 (9.52%) Windows Server
4 459 (6.09%) Unix
5 236 (3.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 217 (2.88%) Windows Server 2008
7 165 (2.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 101 (1.34%) Windows 10
9 88 (1.17%) Windows Server 2003
10 81 (1.08%) Windows 7
11 59 (0.78%) Solaris
12 51 (0.68%) Ubuntu
13 49 (0.65%) Apple iOS
14 48 (0.64%) Android
15 30 (0.40%) AIX
16 25 (0.33%) CentOS
17 18 (0.24%) VMS
18 13 (0.17%) Windows XP
19 10 (0.13%) Mac OS X
19 10 (0.13%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,588 (34.36%) Agile Software Development
2 1,471 (19.53%) MVC
3 1,199 (15.92%) Business Intelligence
4 997 (13.24%) ETL
5 960 (12.74%) TDD
6 811 (10.77%) Scrum
7 697 (9.25%) Migration
8 651 (8.64%) DevOps
9 603 (8.00%) Continuous Integration
10 587 (7.79%) Problem-Solving
11 584 (7.75%) Test Automation
12 459 (6.09%) Analytics
12 459 (6.09%) Microservices
13 458 (6.08%) SDLC
14 448 (5.95%) BDD
15 445 (5.91%) Data Modelling
16 441 (5.85%) Unit Testing
17 392 (5.20%) OO
18 374 (4.96%) Software Engineering
19 346 (4.59%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 4,109 (54.55%) SQL
2 3,021 (40.10%) C#
3 1,680 (22.30%) JavaScript
4 1,237 (16.42%) T-SQL
5 761 (10.10%) Java
6 685 (9.09%) PowerShell
7 475 (6.31%) Python
8 234 (3.11%) VB.NET
9 233 (3.09%) TypeScript
10 226 (3.00%) PL/SQL
11 217 (2.88%) VBA
12 170 (2.26%) Shell Script
13 153 (2.03%) Bash Shell
14 150 (1.99%) VB
15 140 (1.86%) PHP
16 131 (1.74%) Java 8
17 98 (1.30%) C++
18 94 (1.25%) C
18 94 (1.25%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 94 (1.25%) Perl
Qualifications
1 494 (6.56%) Security Cleared
2 405 (5.38%) Degree
3 379 (5.03%) SC Cleared
4 170 (2.26%) Microsoft Certification
5 105 (1.39%) MCSE
6 95 (1.26%) Computer Science Degree
7 69 (0.92%) DV Cleared
8 47 (0.62%) Numerate Degree
9 40 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
10 33 (0.44%) MCSA
11 32 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
12 29 (0.38%) CISSP
13 28 (0.37%) AWS Certification
14 27 (0.36%) ISEB
15 24 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
16 23 (0.31%) CCNA
17 20 (0.27%) Master's Degree
18 19 (0.25%) CISM
19 18 (0.24%) MCP
19 18 (0.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 296 (3.93%) QA
2 165 (2.19%) Data Quality
3 89 (1.18%) GDPR
4 57 (0.76%) SLA
5 29 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 20 (0.27%) PMO
7 19 (0.25%) FINRA
8 18 (0.24%) WCAG
9 13 (0.17%) PCI DSS
10 10 (0.13%) Basel III
10 10 (0.13%) Disclosure Scotland
11 9 (0.12%) IFRS
11 9 (0.12%) ISO 9001
11 9 (0.12%) MiFID
12 8 (0.11%) IFRS 9
12 8 (0.11%) TickIT
13 7 (0.093%) HL7
14 6 (0.080%) EMIR
15 5 (0.066%) Government Security Classifications
16 4 (0.053%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 550 (7.30%) Active Directory
2 322 (4.27%) Docker
3 248 (3.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 113 (1.50%) Hyper-V
5 98 (1.30%) vSphere
6 77 (1.02%) XenApp
7 74 (0.98%) HDFS
8 67 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
9 63 (0.84%) Virtual Machines
10 48 (0.64%) Oracle RAC
11 40 (0.53%) XenDesktop
12 25 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
13 24 (0.32%) Apache Flume
14 17 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 15 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
16 14 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 11 (0.15%) Veritas Cluster Server
18 9 (0.12%) NFS
19 8 (0.11%) Terminal Services
19 8 (0.11%) Xen
Systems Management
1 240 (3.19%) Ansible
2 160 (2.12%) Kubernetes
3 152 (2.02%) SCCM
4 149 (1.98%) Puppet
5 138 (1.83%) Opscode Chef
6 101 (1.34%) Microsoft Clustering
6 101 (1.34%) Terraform
7 100 (1.33%) SCOM
8 47 (0.62%) WSUS
9 43 (0.57%) Kibana
10 42 (0.56%) Hadoop YARN
11 40 (0.53%) NetBackup
12 36 (0.48%) Failover Clustering
13 35 (0.46%) Nagios
14 33 (0.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 30 (0.40%) ITRS Geneos
16 29 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
17 26 (0.35%) Control-M
17 26 (0.35%) logstash
18 25 (0.33%) Grafana
Vendors
1 2,496 (33.13%) Microsoft
2 1,518 (20.15%) Oracle
3 395 (5.24%) VMware
4 260 (3.45%) Tableau
5 216 (2.87%) SAP
6 215 (2.85%) Citrix
7 183 (2.43%) Red Hat
8 168 (2.23%) IBM
9 156 (2.07%) HP
10 140 (1.86%) Sybase
11 134 (1.78%) Google
12 126 (1.67%) Cisco
13 107 (1.42%) Teradata
14 95 (1.26%) Atlassian
15 92 (1.22%) Cloudera
16 86 (1.14%) Informatica
17 65 (0.86%) Sitecore
18 64 (0.85%) NetApp
19 62 (0.82%) Talend
20 61 (0.81%) Salesforce.com