Period
to 20 June 2019

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 20 June 2019 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
20 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 26 26 22
Rank change year-on-year 0 -4 -2
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 5,952 7,031 6,471
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.56% 7.04% 7.11%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 29.59% 31.23% 31.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,327 5,089 4,625
UK median daily rate £425 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £310 £288 £269
90th Percentile £606 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 68 111
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £36.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.11% -2.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £16.21 £17.16 £14.74
90th Percentile £57.00 £53.25 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.11 £40.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year -9.72% +3.90% +23.66%

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 20,114 22,511 20,593
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.17% 22.55% 22.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,788 15,656 13,712
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +5.11% +3.53%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £650 £626 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +4.24% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 241 230 266
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +20.69% -4.92%
10th Percentile £14.08 £14.00 £9.94
90th Percentile £57.50 £55.00 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £28.25
% change year-on-year - +23.89% -8.13%

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 20 June 2019.

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 20 June 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 17 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 20 June 2019. 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 0 5,415 £438 +2.94% 1,222
UK excluding London -1 3,412 £400 +6.67% 1,006
London -7 2,454 £488 +2.63% 285
South East +3 974 £425 +6.25% 254
North of England +1 790 £375 +7.14% 328
Midlands -3 596 £400 +6.67% 180
North West +1 404 £370 +2.07% 167
South West -7 399 £425 +13.33% 100
West Midlands -5 324 £425 +6.25% 96
Yorkshire -2 314 £371 +2.77% 137
Scotland 0 305 £388 - 43
East Midlands +4 272 £375 +7.14% 84
East of England -22 199 £425 +12.58% 77
Wales -17 96 £420 +12.00% 21
North East +11 72 £425 +48.47% 24
Northern Ireland +8 57 £425 -1.45% 3
Channel Islands - 2 £400 - 2

For the 6 months to 20 June 2019, 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 3,116 (52.35%) SQL
2 2,444 (41.06%) C#
3 2,428 (40.79%) .NET
4 2,005 (33.69%) Microsoft
5 1,934 (32.49%) Agile Software Development
6 1,694 (28.46%) Microsoft Azure
7 1,293 (21.72%) JavaScript
8 1,211 (20.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1,176 (19.76%) Finance
10 1,149 (19.30%) Windows
11 1,081 (18.16%) Business Intelligence
12 1,028 (17.27%) Oracle
13 1,013 (17.02%) ASP.NET
14 982 (16.50%) T-SQL
15 971 (16.31%) MVC
16 872 (14.65%) HTML
17 843 (14.16%) Data Warehouse
18 815 (13.69%) CSS
19 785 (13.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 743 (12.48%) ETL
21 742 (12.47%) .NET Framework
22 692 (11.63%) AngularJS
23 687 (11.54%) ASP.NET Web API
24 648 (10.89%) Power Platform
25 635 (10.67%) DevOps
26 627 (10.53%) Power BI
27 618 (10.38%) Web Services
27 618 (10.38%) Migration
28 616 (10.35%) Scrum
29 595 (10.00%) PowerShell

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
1 409 (6.87%) SharePoint
2 294 (4.94%) IIS
3 169 (2.84%) Confluence
4 156 (2.62%) Apache
5 143 (2.40%) MS Exchange
6 105 (1.76%) Apache Spark
6 105 (1.76%) CMS
6 105 (1.76%) Tomcat
7 97 (1.63%) Elasticsearch
8 65 (1.09%) SharePoint 2010
9 64 (1.08%) Skype for Business
10 63 (1.06%) SharePoint 2013
11 55 (0.92%) BizTalk Server
12 52 (0.87%) Umbraco
13 42 (0.71%) WebSphere
14 30 (0.50%) JBoss
14 30 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 28 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
16 27 (0.45%) NServiceBus
17 26 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 341 (5.73%) Microsoft Excel
2 146 (2.45%) Microsoft Office
3 45 (0.76%) MS Visio
4 31 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 23 (0.39%) InfoPath
6 17 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
7 15 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
8 5 (0.084%) SPSS
9 2 (0.034%) CATIA
9 2 (0.034%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.034%) Mingle
9 2 (0.034%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.017%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 217 (3.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.42%) Elite 3E
3 24 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
4 23 (0.39%) Markit EDM
5 18 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
6 16 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
7 13 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 13 (0.22%) Visualfiles
8 10 (0.17%) ION MarketView
9 8 (0.13%) NetSuite
9 8 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
9 8 (0.13%) SAP ERP
9 8 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
10 7 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
10 7 (0.12%) RMDS
10 7 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 6 (0.10%) Oracle Applications
12 4 (0.067%) Adobe Campaign
12 4 (0.067%) BusinessWorks
12 4 (0.067%) Revive Adserver
Cloud Services
1 1,694 (28.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 648 (10.89%) Power Platform
3 585 (9.83%) Amazon AWS
4 276 (4.64%) Office 365
5 186 (3.13%) PaaS
6 176 (2.96%) Dynamics 365
7 156 (2.62%) Azure Data Factory
8 149 (2.50%) Serverless
9 131 (2.20%) SaaS
10 128 (2.15%) GitHub
11 118 (1.98%) Azure Active Directory
12 109 (1.83%) IaaS
13 82 (1.38%) Azure Functions
14 63 (1.06%) Google Cloud Platform
15 56 (0.94%) npm
16 47 (0.79%) Amazon S3
17 42 (0.71%) AWS CloudFormation
18 41 (0.69%) AWS Lambda
19 38 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
20 34 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 194 (3.26%) Firewall
2 185 (3.11%) DNS
3 136 (2.28%) SAN
4 126 (2.12%) DHCP
5 80 (1.34%) LAN
6 76 (1.28%) TCP/IP
7 75 (1.26%) Internet
8 73 (1.23%) WAN
9 67 (1.13%) HTTP
10 66 (1.11%) VPN
11 41 (0.69%) Skype
12 39 (0.66%) FTP
13 33 (0.55%) Network Security
13 33 (0.55%) SSL
14 26 (0.44%) NAS
15 22 (0.37%) VLAN
16 21 (0.35%) SMTP
16 21 (0.35%) Wireless
17 20 (0.34%) VoIP
18 19 (0.32%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,211 (20.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 843 (14.16%) Data Warehouse
3 785 (13.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 627 (10.53%) Power BI
5 513 (8.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 478 (8.03%) Relational Database
7 443 (7.44%) SQL Server 2012
8 402 (6.75%) MySQL
9 361 (6.07%) SQL Server 2008
10 329 (5.53%) SQL Server 2016
11 288 (4.84%) Azure SQL Database
12 239 (4.02%) NoSQL
13 230 (3.86%) SQL Server 2014
14 228 (3.83%) PostgreSQL
15 211 (3.55%) Oracle Database
16 206 (3.46%) Big Data
17 180 (3.02%) RDBMS
18 171 (2.87%) MongoDB
19 127 (2.13%) Cosmos DB
20 124 (2.08%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 581 (9.76%) Git (software)
2 530 (8.90%) Visual Studio
3 424 (7.12%) Team Foundation Server
4 333 (5.59%) JIRA
5 329 (5.53%) Jenkins
6 194 (3.26%) Visual Studio Team System
7 168 (2.82%) Selenium
8 146 (2.45%) TeamCity
9 115 (1.93%) Maven
9 115 (1.93%) NUnit
10 104 (1.75%) SpecFlow
11 103 (1.73%) Subversion
12 96 (1.61%) Bitbucket
13 82 (1.38%) Cucumber
14 70 (1.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 69 (1.16%) Octopus Deploy
16 61 (1.02%) Karma Test Runner
17 57 (0.96%) Jasmine
17 57 (0.96%) JUnit
18 49 (0.82%) MSTest
General
1 1,176 (19.76%) Finance
2 429 (7.21%) Banking
3 195 (3.28%) Front Office
4 187 (3.14%) Retail
5 148 (2.49%) Legal
6 105 (1.76%) Investment Banking
7 100 (1.68%) Telecoms
8 99 (1.66%) Marketing
9 80 (1.34%) Manufacturing
10 76 (1.28%) Law
11 72 (1.21%) Back Office
12 54 (0.91%) Financial Institution
13 39 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
14 36 (0.60%) Electronics
15 34 (0.57%) Publishing
16 25 (0.42%) Billing
17 22 (0.37%) Games
18 21 (0.35%) Advertising
19 20 (0.34%) German Language
20 19 (0.32%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3,189 (53.58%) Developer
2 1,075 (18.06%) .NET Developer
3 807 (13.56%) C# Developer
4 638 (10.72%) SQL Developer
5 517 (8.69%) Analyst
6 461 (7.75%) C# .NET Developer
7 387 (6.50%) DBA
8 364 (6.12%) Architect
9 305 (5.12%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 290 (4.87%) SQL DBA
11 261 (4.39%) Senior Developer
12 241 (4.05%) Full Stack Developer
13 192 (3.23%) Consultant
14 189 (3.18%) SQL Server Developer
15 186 (3.13%) Software Developer
16 175 (2.94%) Administrator
16 175 (2.94%) Java Developer
17 163 (2.74%) Angular Developer
18 153 (2.57%) Azure Developer
19 141 (2.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,428 (40.79%) .NET
2 1,013 (17.02%) ASP.NET
3 872 (14.65%) HTML
4 815 (13.69%) CSS
5 742 (12.47%) .NET Framework
6 692 (11.63%) AngularJS
7 687 (11.54%) ASP.NET Web API
8 618 (10.38%) Web Services
9 459 (7.71%) ASP.NET MVC
10 438 (7.36%) jQuery
11 410 (6.89%) .NET Core
12 395 (6.64%) XML
13 373 (6.27%) Entity Framework
13 373 (6.27%) REST
14 344 (5.78%) JSON
15 342 (5.75%) RESTful
16 329 (5.53%) WCF
17 286 (4.81%) HTML5
18 235 (3.95%) React
19 228 (3.83%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 423 (7.11%) Analytical Skills
2 277 (4.65%) Greenfield Project
3 149 (2.50%) Data Centre
3 149 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
4 129 (2.17%) Replication
5 123 (2.07%) Clustering
6 109 (1.83%) User Experience
7 106 (1.78%) Management Information System
8 98 (1.65%) Data Structures
8 98 (1.65%) Self-Motivation
9 96 (1.61%) Fixed Income
10 95 (1.60%) Hedge funds
11 74 (1.24%) NHS
12 67 (1.13%) Derivative
13 62 (1.04%) Algorithms
14 57 (0.96%) Public Cloud
15 55 (0.92%) Mobile App
16 43 (0.72%) PKI
17 40 (0.67%) Equities
18 39 (0.66%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 1,149 (19.30%) Windows
2 513 (8.62%) Windows Server
3 440 (7.39%) Linux
4 205 (3.44%) Windows Server 2012
5 170 (2.86%) Windows Server 2008
6 168 (2.82%) Unix
7 125 (2.10%) Windows 10
8 81 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 51 (0.86%) Windows 7
10 44 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
11 34 (0.57%) Solaris
12 30 (0.50%) Android
13 25 (0.42%) Apple iOS
14 23 (0.39%) Ubuntu
15 22 (0.37%) AIX
16 20 (0.34%) Windows 8
17 17 (0.29%) CentOS
18 9 (0.15%) Mac OS
19 8 (0.13%) VMS
20 6 (0.10%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,934 (32.49%) Agile Software Development
2 1,081 (18.16%) Business Intelligence
3 971 (16.31%) MVC
4 743 (12.48%) ETL
5 635 (10.67%) DevOps
6 618 (10.38%) Migration
7 616 (10.35%) Scrum
8 593 (9.96%) TDD
9 459 (7.71%) Continuous Integration
10 441 (7.41%) Problem-Solving
11 432 (7.26%) Microservices
12 400 (6.72%) Data Modelling
13 368 (6.18%) Analytics
14 354 (5.95%) Test Automation
15 330 (5.54%) CRM
16 324 (5.44%) BDD
17 314 (5.28%) Unit Testing
18 308 (5.17%) Data Migration
19 296 (4.97%) Software Engineering
20 287 (4.82%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 3,116 (52.35%) SQL
2 2,444 (41.06%) C#
3 1,293 (21.72%) JavaScript
4 982 (16.50%) T-SQL
5 595 (10.00%) PowerShell
6 528 (8.87%) Java
7 384 (6.45%) Python
8 221 (3.71%) VB.NET
9 207 (3.48%) PL/SQL
10 179 (3.01%) VBA
11 177 (2.97%) TypeScript
12 149 (2.50%) VB
13 96 (1.61%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 81 (1.36%) PHP
15 80 (1.34%) Bash Shell
15 80 (1.34%) R
16 75 (1.26%) C++
16 75 (1.26%) Shell Script
17 72 (1.21%) Scala
18 50 (0.84%) Perl
Qualifications
1 417 (7.01%) Security Cleared
2 292 (4.91%) SC Cleared
3 278 (4.67%) Degree
4 149 (2.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 78 (1.31%) DV Cleared
6 71 (1.19%) MCSE
7 70 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
8 56 (0.94%) MCSA
9 50 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
10 45 (0.76%) CCNA
11 44 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
12 31 (0.52%) Master's Degree
13 30 (0.50%) ISEB
13 30 (0.50%) ISTQB
14 23 (0.39%) MCITP
15 21 (0.35%) DBS Check
15 21 (0.35%) MCP
16 20 (0.34%) PMI Certification
17 19 (0.32%) PMP
17 19 (0.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 193 (3.24%) QA
2 101 (1.70%) Data Quality
3 59 (0.99%) SLA
4 49 (0.82%) GDPR
5 21 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 18 (0.30%) WCAG
7 14 (0.24%) PCI DSS
8 13 (0.22%) GxP
9 12 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
10 8 (0.13%) HL7
10 8 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 7 (0.12%) IFRS
11 7 (0.12%) NCSC
12 6 (0.10%) PMO
13 4 (0.067%) ISO 15022
13 4 (0.067%) ISO 20022
13 4 (0.067%) ITGC
13 4 (0.067%) PA-DSS
13 4 (0.067%) SEPA
14 3 (0.050%) Solvency II
System Software
1 556 (9.34%) Active Directory
2 308 (5.17%) Docker
3 240 (4.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 110 (1.85%) Hyper-V
5 79 (1.33%) VMware ESXi
6 55 (0.92%) vSphere
7 54 (0.91%) Oracle RAC
7 54 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
8 41 (0.69%) XenApp
9 28 (0.47%) Virtual Servers
10 25 (0.42%) XenDesktop
11 21 (0.35%) HDFS
12 17 (0.29%) VMware NSX
13 13 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
14 12 (0.20%) Shibboleth
14 12 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
15 11 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
15 11 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 11 (0.18%) Terminal Services
16 8 (0.13%) RACF
Systems Management
1 188 (3.16%) Kubernetes
2 162 (2.72%) SCCM
3 146 (2.45%) Ansible
4 136 (2.28%) Terraform
5 84 (1.41%) Puppet
6 81 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
7 73 (1.23%) SCOM
8 67 (1.13%) Microsoft Clustering
9 42 (0.71%) Failover Clustering
10 35 (0.59%) WSUS
11 29 (0.49%) Control-M
11 29 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
12 26 (0.44%) Data Guard
13 23 (0.39%) NetBackup
14 21 (0.35%) Kibana
14 21 (0.35%) vCenter Server
15 20 (0.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 18 (0.30%) Packer
17 17 (0.29%) HP ALM
18 13 (0.22%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
Vendors
1 2,005 (33.69%) Microsoft
2 1,028 (17.27%) Oracle
3 419 (7.04%) VMware
4 201 (3.38%) Tableau
5 166 (2.79%) Citrix
6 160 (2.69%) SAP
7 152 (2.55%) Cisco
8 106 (1.78%) IBM
9 94 (1.58%) HP
10 82 (1.38%) Google
11 73 (1.23%) Telerik
12 70 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
13 58 (0.97%) Atlassian
13 58 (0.97%) Red Hat
14 55 (0.92%) Databricks
15 54 (0.91%) EMC
16 52 (0.87%) Informatica
17 50 (0.84%) NetApp
18 49 (0.82%) Dell
19 48 (0.81%) Sybase