Period
to 22 January 2022

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 22 January 2022 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
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 46 44 27
Rank change year-on-year -2 -17 0
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 4,283 2,081 4,520
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.94% 4.99% 6.22%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 23.21% 22.83% 29.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,215 1,512 3,170
10th Percentile £339 £313 £313
25th Percentile £408 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £438
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +2.86% -
75th Percentile £613 £563 £538
90th Percentile £725 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £404 £400
% change year-on-year +8.36% +0.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 35 79
10th Percentile £20.75 £16.08 £14.33
25th Percentile £24.50 £22.08 £18.63
Median hourly rate £43.34 £30.00 £29.96
Median % change year-on-year +44.45% +0.13% +20.49%
75th Percentile £60.00 £48.38 £44.00
90th Percentile £62.15 £59.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £26.00 £25.25
% change year-on-year +69.23% +2.97% +1.00%

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 18,454 9,115 15,565
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.27% 21.84% 21.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,143 6,271 10,609
10th Percentile £363 £313 £318
25th Percentile £435 £390 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £488 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.69% +2.63% -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £725 £663 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £440
% change year-on-year +11.76% -3.41% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 180 216
10th Percentile £17.20 £13.95 £12.00
25th Percentile £24.50 £19.59 £17.00
Median hourly rate £43.85 £27.23 £25.25
Median % change year-on-year +61.04% +7.84% -6.74%
75th Percentile £62.15 £49.06 £42.50
90th Percentile £72.75 £62.00 £55.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £23.62 £22.50
% change year-on-year +79.91% +4.99% -13.64%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing SQL Server.

Daily rate trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing SQL Server over the 6 months to 22 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing SQL Server.

Hourly rate trend for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing SQL Server over the 6 months to 22 January 2022.

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 22 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -1 3,545 £506 +9.46% 1,815
London +4 1,933 £575 +15.00% 606
UK excluding London -6 1,610 £438 +8.36% 1,330
Work from Home -4 1,210 £500 +11.11% 439
South East +7 444 £450 +5.57% 345
North of England +7 355 £425 +13.33% 326
Midlands -8 316 £423 +12.80% 267
West Midlands -10 211 £425 +13.33% 176
North West -6 175 £430 +14.67% 187
South West -4 174 £450 +4.65% 126
Yorkshire +22 159 £425 +5.26% 94
Scotland -26 136 £450 +9.09% 100
East of England +4 113 £425 - 131
East Midlands -11 99 £400 +14.29% 91
Wales -3 73 £475 +11.76% 29
North East +4 21 £450 -5.26% 45
Northern Ireland -1 5 £263 -25.00% 9
Isle of Man - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, 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 2,361 (55.12%) SQL
2 1,569 (36.63%) Azure
3 1,567 (36.59%) C#
4 1,565 (36.54%) .NET
5 1,409 (32.90%) Microsoft
6 1,279 (29.86%) Agile Software Development
7 980 (22.88%) Oracle
8 975 (22.76%) DevOps
9 950 (22.18%) Finance
10 900 (21.01%) Windows
11 851 (19.87%) JavaScript
12 840 (19.61%) Social Skills
13 829 (19.36%) Business Intelligence
14 666 (15.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 649 (15.15%) T-SQL
16 633 (14.78%) Power Platform
17 602 (14.06%) Data Warehouse
18 566 (13.22%) Power BI
19 547 (12.77%) .NET Framework
20 544 (12.70%) ETL
20 544 (12.70%) CI/CD
21 512 (11.95%) HTML
22 511 (11.93%) Problem-Solving
23 489 (11.42%) ASP.NET
23 489 (11.42%) Scrum
24 485 (11.32%) Python
25 482 (11.25%) Git (software)
26 470 (10.97%) Migration
27 465 (10.86%) Linux
28 458 (10.69%) 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
1 254 (5.93%) SharePoint
2 199 (4.65%) IIS
3 122 (2.85%) Confluence
4 71 (1.66%) MS Exchange
5 70 (1.63%) Apache Spark
6 65 (1.52%) Apache
7 54 (1.26%) BizTalk Server
8 49 (1.14%) CMS
9 43 (1.00%) Elasticsearch
9 43 (1.00%) Oracle Workflow
10 37 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2013
11 36 (0.84%) Tomcat
12 33 (0.77%) JBoss
13 24 (0.56%) Skype for Business
14 22 (0.51%) ArcGIS
14 22 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 21 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
15 21 (0.49%) SAS
16 19 (0.44%) Umbraco
16 19 (0.44%) WebSphere
Applications
1 298 (6.96%) Microsoft Excel
2 134 (3.13%) Microsoft Office
3 26 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (0.51%) MS Visio
5 20 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.28%) Photoshop
8 7 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 6 (0.14%) Siemens NX
10 5 (0.12%) Simulink
10 5 (0.12%) SPSS
11 3 (0.070%) InfoPath
11 3 (0.070%) Mingle
12 2 (0.047%) Notepad++
13 1 (0.023%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.023%) Chatbot
13 1 (0.023%) Pro/ENGINEER
13 1 (0.023%) ProjectWise
13 1 (0.023%) PTC Creo
13 1 (0.023%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 105 (2.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 23 (0.54%) Endur
3 22 (0.51%) BusinessWorks
4 16 (0.37%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 12 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
5 12 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 11 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
7 10 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
8 9 (0.21%) RMDS
9 7 (0.16%) Dynamics GP
9 7 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
9 7 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 7 (0.16%) Teamcenter
10 5 (0.12%) Markit EDM
10 5 (0.12%) NetSuite
10 5 (0.12%) Oracle BPM
10 5 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
11 4 (0.093%) Murex MxG2000
11 4 (0.093%) Northgate Housing
11 4 (0.093%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 1,569 (36.63%) Azure
2 633 (14.78%) Power Platform
3 457 (10.67%) AWS
4 245 (5.72%) PaaS
5 227 (5.30%) Microsoft 365
6 214 (5.00%) Azure Data Factory
7 147 (3.43%) IaaS
8 142 (3.32%) Azure Active Directory
9 139 (3.25%) SaaS
10 129 (3.01%) Serverless
11 125 (2.92%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 115 (2.69%) PowerApps
13 113 (2.64%) GitHub
14 108 (2.52%) Azure Logic Apps
15 104 (2.43%) Dynamics 365
16 94 (2.19%) Azure Service Bus
16 94 (2.19%) GCP
17 86 (2.01%) Azure Functions
18 75 (1.75%) Azure Synapse Analytics
19 71 (1.66%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 158 (3.69%) Firewall
2 144 (3.36%) DNS
3 97 (2.26%) TCP/IP
4 89 (2.08%) DHCP
5 69 (1.61%) SAN
6 66 (1.54%) HTTP
7 50 (1.17%) WAN
8 48 (1.12%) VPN
9 36 (0.84%) Internet
9 36 (0.84%) SSL
10 35 (0.82%) Skype
11 33 (0.77%) NAS
12 31 (0.72%) LAN
13 30 (0.70%) Network Security
14 27 (0.63%) FIX Connectivity
15 24 (0.56%) FTP
15 24 (0.56%) iSCSI
15 24 (0.56%) VoIP
16 23 (0.54%) NetScaler
17 17 (0.40%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 666 (15.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 602 (14.06%) Data Warehouse
3 566 (13.22%) Power BI
4 412 (9.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 368 (8.59%) Relational Database
6 295 (6.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 292 (6.82%) MySQL
8 254 (5.93%) PostgreSQL
9 245 (5.72%) Azure SQL Database
10 222 (5.18%) Data Lake
11 200 (4.67%) NoSQL
12 191 (4.46%) Oracle Database
13 186 (4.34%) SQL Server 2012
14 179 (4.18%) SQL Server 2008
15 169 (3.95%) Tableau
16 158 (3.69%) MongoDB
17 151 (3.53%) RDBMS
18 139 (3.25%) SQL Server 2016
19 122 (2.85%) SQL Server 2019
20 116 (2.71%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 482 (11.25%) Git (software)
2 349 (8.15%) JIRA
3 339 (7.92%) Visual Studio
4 211 (4.93%) Jenkins
5 177 (4.13%) Team Foundation Server
6 110 (2.57%) Subversion
7 108 (2.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 84 (1.96%) Selenium
9 78 (1.82%) Maven
10 76 (1.77%) TeamCity
11 70 (1.63%) Bitbucket
12 63 (1.47%) NUnit
13 54 (1.26%) Cucumber
13 54 (1.26%) SpecFlow
14 52 (1.21%) SonarQube
15 50 (1.17%) Grunt
16 49 (1.14%) Octopus Deploy
17 44 (1.03%) Sonatype Nexus
18 41 (0.96%) Artifactory
18 41 (0.96%) GitLab
General
1 950 (22.18%) Finance
2 840 (19.61%) Social Skills
3 419 (9.78%) Analytical Skills
4 334 (7.80%) Banking
5 296 (6.91%) Public Sector
6 177 (4.13%) Front Office
7 132 (3.08%) Investment Banking
8 78 (1.82%) Marketing
8 78 (1.82%) Presentation Skills
9 74 (1.73%) Retail
10 62 (1.45%) Games
11 59 (1.38%) Manufacturing
12 52 (1.21%) Legal
13 50 (1.17%) Telecoms
14 38 (0.89%) Electronics
15 36 (0.84%) Law
16 32 (0.75%) Back Office
16 32 (0.75%) Documentation Skills
16 32 (0.75%) Financial Institution
17 28 (0.65%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 2,144 (50.06%) Developer
2 667 (15.57%) .NET Developer
3 458 (10.69%) C# Developer
4 407 (9.50%) Analyst
5 358 (8.36%) SQL Developer
6 341 (7.96%) Architect
7 225 (5.25%) C# .NET Developer
8 217 (5.07%) DBA
9 209 (4.88%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 205 (4.79%) Full Stack Developer
11 200 (4.67%) Senior Developer
12 186 (4.34%) Data Engineer
13 159 (3.71%) Data Analyst
14 157 (3.67%) SQL DBA
15 148 (3.46%) Java Developer
16 139 (3.25%) Azure Developer
17 133 (3.11%) Azure Engineer
18 129 (3.01%) Solutions Architect
19 117 (2.73%) Consultant
20 116 (2.71%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,565 (36.54%) .NET
2 547 (12.77%) .NET Framework
3 512 (11.95%) HTML
4 489 (11.42%) ASP.NET
5 454 (10.60%) .NET Core
6 442 (10.32%) CSS
7 436 (10.18%) AngularJS
8 305 (7.12%) REST
9 300 (7.00%) React
10 276 (6.44%) Web Services
11 258 (6.02%) Entity Framework
12 243 (5.67%) ASP.NET Web API
13 214 (5.00%) XML
14 208 (4.86%) JSON
14 208 (4.86%) RESTful
15 185 (4.32%) ASP.NET MVC
16 171 (3.99%) jQuery
17 158 (3.69%) HTML5
18 144 (3.36%) SOAP
19 143 (3.34%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 106 (2.47%) NHS
2 102 (2.38%) Clustering
3 101 (2.36%) Self-Motivation
4 89 (2.08%) Derivative
5 87 (2.03%) User Experience
6 83 (1.94%) Data Centre
6 83 (1.94%) Data Structures
6 83 (1.94%) Public Cloud
7 82 (1.91%) Management Information System
8 80 (1.87%) Greenfield Project
9 77 (1.80%) Legacy Code
10 66 (1.54%) Fixed Income
11 65 (1.52%) Cloud Native
12 57 (1.33%) Data Protection Act
13 56 (1.31%) Algorithms
14 52 (1.21%) Replication
15 50 (1.17%) Hedge funds
15 50 (1.17%) Legacy Systems
16 49 (1.14%) Virtual Team
17 47 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 900 (21.01%) Windows
2 465 (10.86%) Linux
3 368 (8.59%) Windows Server
4 278 (6.49%) Unix
5 116 (2.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 114 (2.66%) Windows 10
7 102 (2.38%) Windows Server 2008
8 92 (2.15%) Windows Server 2016
9 86 (2.01%) Windows Server 2019
10 56 (1.31%) Windows 7
11 51 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 32 (0.75%) Solaris
13 18 (0.42%) Android
13 18 (0.42%) Ubuntu
14 16 (0.37%) AIX
15 13 (0.30%) Apple iOS
16 8 (0.19%) HPUX
16 8 (0.19%) VMS
17 7 (0.16%) Mac OS X
18 6 (0.14%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,279 (29.86%) Agile Software Development
2 975 (22.76%) DevOps
3 829 (19.36%) Business Intelligence
4 544 (12.70%) CI/CD
4 544 (12.70%) ETL
5 511 (11.93%) Problem-Solving
6 489 (11.42%) Scrum
7 470 (10.97%) Migration
8 426 (9.95%) MVC
9 407 (9.50%) Microservices
10 392 (9.15%) Data Modelling
11 367 (8.57%) TDD
12 356 (8.31%) Full Stack Development
13 352 (8.22%) Analytics
14 302 (7.05%) Test Automation
15 297 (6.93%) OO
15 297 (6.93%) SDLC
16 278 (6.49%) Software Engineering
17 252 (5.88%) Data Analysis
18 230 (5.37%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 2,361 (55.12%) SQL
2 1,567 (36.59%) C#
3 851 (19.87%) JavaScript
4 649 (15.15%) T-SQL
5 485 (11.32%) Python
6 458 (10.69%) PowerShell
7 446 (10.41%) Java
8 273 (6.37%) TypeScript
9 172 (4.02%) VB
10 171 (3.99%) PL/SQL
11 167 (3.90%) VBA
12 147 (3.43%) VB.NET
13 68 (1.59%) C
13 68 (1.59%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 67 (1.56%) C++
15 64 (1.49%) Bash
16 63 (1.47%) R
17 60 (1.40%) Shell Script
18 55 (1.28%) PHP
19 53 (1.24%) Perl
Qualifications
1 338 (7.89%) Security Cleared
2 286 (6.68%) SC Cleared
3 188 (4.39%) Degree
4 81 (1.89%) Microsoft Certification
5 79 (1.84%) DV Cleared
6 59 (1.38%) Computer Science Degree
7 29 (0.68%) MCSE
8 26 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
9 25 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
10 22 (0.51%) MCSA
11 20 (0.47%) ISEB
11 20 (0.47%) Numerate Degree
12 19 (0.44%) ISTQB
12 19 (0.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 16 (0.37%) MCITP
14 13 (0.30%) Master's Degree
15 12 (0.28%) CCNA
16 11 (0.26%) AWS Certification
16 11 (0.26%) MCTS
17 9 (0.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 182 (4.25%) QA
2 145 (3.39%) Data Quality
3 70 (1.63%) GDPR
4 52 (1.21%) Accessibility
5 35 (0.82%) SLA
6 28 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 15 (0.35%) PCI DSS
8 14 (0.33%) NIST
9 13 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 11 (0.26%) COBIT
11 10 (0.23%) SOC 2
11 10 (0.23%) WCAG
12 6 (0.14%) HIPAA
12 6 (0.14%) JSP 440
13 4 (0.093%) ISO 9001
13 4 (0.093%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 3 (0.070%) NCSC
14 3 (0.070%) NIST 800
14 3 (0.070%) Solvency II
15 2 (0.047%) IFRS
System Software
1 437 (10.20%) Active Directory
2 323 (7.54%) Docker
3 178 (4.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 86 (2.01%) Hyper-V
5 53 (1.24%) vSphere
6 43 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
7 31 (0.72%) Oracle RAC
8 29 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
9 24 (0.56%) VMware NSX
10 22 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
11 21 (0.49%) HDFS
12 20 (0.47%) XenApp
13 19 (0.44%) NFS
14 16 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
15 15 (0.35%) BitLocker
16 12 (0.28%) Terminal Services
16 12 (0.28%) XenDesktop
17 11 (0.26%) Citrix Hypervisor
18 10 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
19 7 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 311 (7.26%) Kubernetes
2 164 (3.83%) Ansible
3 159 (3.71%) Terraform
4 89 (2.08%) SCCM
5 52 (1.21%) ITRS Geneos
6 51 (1.19%) BladeLogic
6 51 (1.19%) Microsoft Clustering
7 50 (1.17%) Puppet
8 38 (0.89%) WSUS
9 35 (0.82%) Grafana
10 29 (0.68%) Prometheus
11 24 (0.56%) NetBackup
12 22 (0.51%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 22 (0.51%) Netcool
13 20 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
14 19 (0.44%) Control-M
14 19 (0.44%) Data Guard
14 19 (0.44%) Microsoft Intune
14 19 (0.44%) SCOM
15 17 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 1,409 (32.90%) Microsoft
2 980 (22.88%) Oracle
3 259 (6.05%) VMware
4 173 (4.04%) Databricks
5 148 (3.46%) SAP
6 104 (2.43%) Citrix
7 95 (2.22%) Splunk
8 91 (2.12%) Red Hat
9 88 (2.05%) Cisco
10 82 (1.91%) Sybase
11 78 (1.82%) Google
12 71 (1.66%) Informatica
13 69 (1.61%) Salesforce.com
14 66 (1.54%) TIBCO
15 56 (1.31%) Atlassian
16 46 (1.07%) Dell
17 37 (0.86%) Sitecore
18 36 (0.84%) HP
19 35 (0.82%) AppDynamics
19 35 (0.82%) McAfee