SQL Server Contracts

Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
UK

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 6 December 2023 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
6 Dec 2023
Same period 2022 Same period 2021
Rank 62 50 51
Rank change year-on-year -12 +1 -7
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 1,572 3,850 4,368
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 3.46% 4.97% 4.91%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 20.57% 25.55% 22.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,109 2,832 3,281
10th Percentile £350 £363 £325
25th Percentile £413 £425 £406
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £525 £500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.00% +6.84%
75th Percentile £650 £671 £600
90th Percentile £730 £750 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £425
% change year-on-year +5.26% +11.76% +5.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 30 61
10th Percentile £17.73 £22.35 £24.50
25th Percentile £24.71 £32.13 £26.25
Median hourly rate £52.50 £41.75 £44.00
Median % change year-on-year +25.75% -5.11% +30.37%
75th Percentile £62.50 £67.13 £60.00
90th Percentile £68.32 £77.77 £62.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £52.50 £35.00 £46.67
% change year-on-year +50.00% -25.01% +72.85%

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
UK

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.

Contract vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 7,643 15,071 19,287
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 16.81% 19.45% 21.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,359 10,532 13,673
10th Percentile £350 £388 £361
25th Percentile £438 £460 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £535 £550 £525
Median % change year-on-year -2.73% +4.76% +7.14%
75th Percentile £650 £663 £638
90th Percentile £738 £750 £725
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £463
% change year-on-year - +8.11% +7.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 144 151 221
10th Percentile £16.62 £18.75 £16.74
25th Percentile £21.57 £28.88 £24.50
Median hourly rate £46.18 £50.00 £39.08
Median % change year-on-year -7.64% +27.96% +43.50%
75th Percentile £64.65 £65.38 £60.00
90th Percentile £77.50 £72.50 £69.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.18 £44.84 £39.40
% change year-on-year +2.99% +13.81% +67.04%

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 6 December 2023.

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 6 December 2023.

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 6 December 2023. 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 -15 1,359 £540 -1.82% 1,417
London -4 825 £568 -5.42% 440
Work from Home -11 631 £511 -2.62% 951
UK excluding London -19 597 £500 +5.26% 1,091
South East -31 156 £525 +7.14% 289
North of England -11 123 £450 -10.00% 325
South West +2 93 £575 +15.00% 102
Midlands -12 79 £450 +1.41% 206
North West -25 70 £475 -5.00% 182
Scotland -16 64 £525 +16.67% 53
East of England +4 57 £550 +22.22% 100
West Midlands +1 57 £450 - 134
Yorkshire +3 48 £363 -22.67% 104
Wales +8 27 £425 -24.44% 25
East Midlands -15 19 £475 +15.15% 72
North East +24 6 £575 +14.94% 47
Northern Ireland -9 3 £500 +25.00% 16

SQL Server
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 70 (4.45%) SharePoint
2 46 (2.93%) IIS
3 43 (2.74%) Confluence
4 23 (1.46%) Apache Spark
5 13 (0.83%) Apache Airflow
5 13 (0.83%) Tomcat
6 10 (0.64%) Apache
6 10 (0.64%) Jupyter
6 10 (0.64%) MS Exchange
7 7 (0.45%) SAS
7 7 (0.45%) Tornado
8 6 (0.38%) CMS
8 6 (0.38%) Umbraco
9 5 (0.32%) Appian
9 5 (0.32%) CICS
9 5 (0.32%) JBoss
9 5 (0.32%) nginx
9 5 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
9 5 (0.32%) WebSphere
10 4 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 111 (7.06%) Microsoft Excel
2 34 (2.16%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (0.76%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.19%) Notepad++
7 2 (0.13%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.13%) Siemens NX
8 1 (0.064%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.064%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.064%) Microsoft Project
8 1 (0.064%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 18 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (1.02%) Endur
3 13 (0.83%) Loan IQ
4 10 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.45%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
6 5 (0.32%) Siebel CRM
7 4 (0.25%) BusinessWorks
8 3 (0.19%) iTrent
8 3 (0.19%) Sage X3
8 3 (0.19%) Teamcenter
9 2 (0.13%) Aladdin
9 2 (0.13%) ION Anvil
9 2 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.13%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
9 2 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
9 2 (0.13%) Salesforce CRM
9 2 (0.13%) Shopify
9 2 (0.13%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 678 (43.13%) Azure
2 201 (12.79%) Power Platform
3 195 (12.40%) Azure DevOps
4 190 (12.09%) AWS
5 98 (6.23%) Microsoft 365
6 95 (6.04%) Serverless
7 87 (5.53%) Azure Data Factory
8 73 (4.64%) GitHub
9 66 (4.20%) Azure Functions
10 56 (3.56%) Azure Synapse Analytics
11 54 (3.44%) Entra ID
11 54 (3.44%) PowerApps
11 54 (3.44%) SaaS
12 49 (3.12%) Snowflake
13 46 (2.93%) GCP
14 44 (2.80%) Azure Monitor
15 41 (2.61%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 39 (2.48%) Azure Service Bus
16 39 (2.48%) PaaS
17 37 (2.35%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 84 (5.34%) DNS
2 56 (3.56%) DHCP
3 53 (3.37%) Firewall
4 37 (2.35%) SAN
5 32 (2.04%) VPN
6 30 (1.91%) WAN
7 26 (1.65%) TCP/IP
8 23 (1.46%) LAN
9 19 (1.21%) FTP
10 17 (1.08%) Wi-Fi
11 16 (1.02%) VLAN
12 13 (0.83%) Kerberos
13 12 (0.76%) Internet
14 11 (0.70%) Wireless
15 10 (0.64%) VoIP
16 9 (0.57%) HTTP
17 8 (0.51%) NAS
17 8 (0.51%) VSAN
18 6 (0.38%) Network Security
19 5 (0.32%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (12.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 182 (11.58%) Power BI
3 179 (11.39%) Data Warehouse
4 144 (9.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 137 (8.72%) PostgreSQL
6 123 (7.82%) MySQL
7 100 (6.36%) Azure SQL Database
8 98 (6.23%) Relational Database
9 96 (6.11%) Oracle Database
10 95 (6.04%) Data Lake
11 75 (4.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 67 (4.26%) MongoDB
13 55 (3.50%) Oracle Reports
14 48 (3.05%) RDBMS
15 40 (2.54%) NoSQL
16 38 (2.42%) Big Data
16 38 (2.42%) DB2
17 35 (2.23%) Tableau
18 32 (2.04%) Metadata
19 25 (1.59%) Redis
Development Applications
1 161 (10.24%) Git
2 112 (7.12%) JIRA
3 66 (4.20%) Jenkins
4 52 (3.31%) TeamCity
5 47 (2.99%) Visual Studio
6 43 (2.74%) Selenium
7 38 (2.42%) Postman
7 38 (2.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 35 (2.23%) Bitbucket
9 34 (2.16%) Octopus Deploy
9 34 (2.16%) Team Foundation Server
10 30 (1.91%) SpecFlow
11 21 (1.34%) NUnit
12 19 (1.21%) SoapUI
13 18 (1.15%) GitLab
14 16 (1.02%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 16 (1.02%) Subversion
15 13 (0.83%) Maven
16 12 (0.76%) Moq
17 9 (0.57%) Cypress.io
General
1 352 (22.39%) Finance
2 249 (15.84%) Social Skills
3 187 (11.90%) Banking
4 143 (9.10%) Public Sector
5 139 (8.84%) Analytical Skills
6 66 (4.20%) Investment Banking
7 40 (2.54%) Manufacturing
8 35 (2.23%) Front Office
9 32 (2.04%) Marketing
10 29 (1.84%) Telecoms
11 26 (1.65%) Electronics
11 26 (1.65%) Presentation Skills
12 24 (1.53%) Inclusion and Diversity
13 23 (1.46%) Financial Institution
14 20 (1.27%) Legal
15 19 (1.21%) Back Office
15 19 (1.21%) Law
16 14 (0.89%) Documentation Skills
17 13 (0.83%) Organisational Skills
18 10 (0.64%) Agriculture
Job Titles
1 595 (37.85%) Developer
2 187 (11.90%) Senior
3 183 (11.64%) .NET Developer
4 156 (9.92%) C# Developer
5 133 (8.46%) DBA
6 104 (6.62%) Analyst
7 93 (5.92%) Architect
7 93 (5.92%) SQL DBA
8 92 (5.85%) Lead
9 85 (5.41%) Data Engineer
10 82 (5.22%) Senior Developer
11 81 (5.15%) C# .NET Developer
12 76 (4.83%) SQL Developer
13 71 (4.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 58 (3.69%) Administrator
15 57 (3.63%) Support Engineer
16 44 (2.80%) Applications Support
16 44 (2.80%) Azure Engineer
17 41 (2.61%) Consultant
18 40 (2.54%) SQL Server DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 471 (29.96%) .NET
2 164 (10.43%) .NET Framework
3 134 (8.52%) .NET Core
4 127 (8.08%) HTML
5 125 (7.95%) REST
6 101 (6.42%) ASP.NET
7 92 (5.85%) SOAP
8 87 (5.53%) XML
9 85 (5.41%) CSS
10 79 (5.03%) Web Services
11 71 (4.52%) React
12 70 (4.45%) Entity Framework
13 63 (4.01%) AngularJS
14 56 (3.56%) JSON
15 55 (3.50%) LDAP
16 52 (3.31%) Node.js
17 48 (3.05%) RESTful
17 48 (3.05%) WPF
18 45 (2.86%) WCF
19 42 (2.67%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 50 (3.18%) PKI
2 47 (2.99%) Data Protection Act
3 46 (2.93%) Replication
4 45 (2.86%) Management Information System
5 42 (2.67%) Product Ownership
6 37 (2.35%) Data Centre
7 34 (2.16%) Clustering
8 32 (2.04%) Derivative
9 31 (1.97%) Enterprise Software
10 30 (1.91%) Onboarding
11 29 (1.84%) Hedge funds
12 28 (1.78%) Greenfield Project
13 27 (1.72%) Cloud Native
14 25 (1.59%) Data Structures
15 24 (1.53%) Public Cloud
16 22 (1.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 22 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
17 19 (1.21%) NHS
18 17 (1.08%) Client/Server
18 17 (1.08%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 317 (20.17%) Windows
2 168 (10.69%) Linux
3 159 (10.11%) Windows Server
4 78 (4.96%) Unix
5 49 (3.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 36 (2.29%) Windows Server 2012
7 33 (2.10%) Windows 10
7 33 (2.10%) Windows Server 2016
8 30 (1.91%) Windows Server 2019
9 19 (1.21%) Solaris
10 17 (1.08%) Android
10 17 (1.08%) Windows Server 2008
11 15 (0.95%) Apple iOS
12 9 (0.57%) Ubuntu
13 7 (0.45%) Oracle Linux
14 6 (0.38%) Rocky
15 5 (0.32%) Mac OS
15 5 (0.32%) VMS
15 5 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
16 3 (0.19%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 389 (24.75%) Agile
2 327 (20.80%) DevOps
3 256 (16.28%) Business Intelligence
4 203 (12.91%) Migration
5 188 (11.96%) ETL
6 184 (11.70%) Problem-Solving
7 182 (11.58%) CI/CD
8 149 (9.48%) Analytics
9 122 (7.76%) Data Modelling
10 112 (7.12%) Software Engineering
11 111 (7.06%) Test Automation
12 108 (6.87%) Scrum
13 102 (6.49%) SDLC
14 99 (6.30%) Data Analysis
14 99 (6.30%) OO
15 92 (5.85%) Disaster Recovery
16 89 (5.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 87 (5.53%) MVC
18 83 (5.28%) TDD
19 79 (5.03%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 896 (57.00%) SQL
2 480 (30.53%) C#
3 247 (15.71%) Python
4 226 (14.38%) T-SQL
5 205 (13.04%) PowerShell
6 178 (11.32%) JavaScript
7 159 (10.11%) Java
8 99 (6.30%) PL/SQL
9 58 (3.69%) VB.NET
10 54 (3.44%) VBA
11 48 (3.05%) VB
12 40 (2.54%) Data Analysis Expressions
13 34 (2.16%) Shell Script
14 32 (2.04%) Bash
15 28 (1.78%) TypeScript
16 16 (1.02%) R
17 15 (0.95%) C++
18 14 (0.89%) VBScript
19 11 (0.70%) Bicep
19 11 (0.70%) Scala
Qualifications
1 190 (12.09%) Security Cleared
2 175 (11.13%) Degree
3 100 (6.36%) SC Cleared
4 82 (5.22%) DV Cleared
5 44 (2.80%) Computer Science Degree
6 29 (1.84%) Azure Certification
7 18 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (0.76%) Master's Degree
9 8 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
10 6 (0.38%) ISTQB
11 5 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
11 5 (0.32%) RHCE
11 5 (0.32%) RHCSA
12 4 (0.25%) AWS Certification
12 4 (0.25%) CCNA
12 4 (0.25%) CCNP
12 4 (0.25%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (0.25%) PMI Certification
12 4 (0.25%) PMP
12 4 (0.25%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 103 (6.55%) QA
2 69 (4.39%) Data Quality
3 25 (1.59%) Accessibility
4 23 (1.46%) EMIR
5 21 (1.34%) MiFID
6 19 (1.21%) WCAG
7 18 (1.15%) SLA
8 10 (0.64%) GDPR
9 7 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 7 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.32%) NIST
10 5 (0.32%) Software Quality Assurance
11 4 (0.25%) GxP
12 3 (0.19%) HL7
13 2 (0.13%) California Consumer Privacy Act
13 2 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
14 1 (0.064%) Disclosure Scotland
14 1 (0.064%) IFRS
14 1 (0.064%) IFRS 17
14 1 (0.064%) Solvency II
System Software
1 220 (13.99%) Active Directory
2 95 (6.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 72 (4.58%) Docker
4 36 (2.29%) IAG
5 32 (2.04%) RACF
6 30 (1.91%) ACF2
7 26 (1.65%) Hyper-V
8 24 (1.53%) VMware ESXi
9 21 (1.34%) Virtual Desktop
10 20 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
11 19 (1.21%) vSphere
12 12 (0.76%) BitLocker
13 8 (0.51%) VMware NSX
14 6 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
15 4 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
15 4 (0.25%) vCloud
16 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 3 (0.19%) Platform Symphony
16 3 (0.19%) Terminal Services
17 2 (0.13%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Systems Management
1 74 (4.71%) Terraform
2 73 (4.64%) Kubernetes
3 58 (3.69%) Ansible
4 46 (2.93%) SCCM
5 38 (2.42%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 25 (1.59%) Microsoft Intune
7 18 (1.15%) Grafana
8 15 (0.95%) Microsoft Clustering
8 15 (0.95%) SCOrch
9 13 (0.83%) Nagios
10 12 (0.76%) Prometheus
10 12 (0.76%) SCOM
11 10 (0.64%) Puppet
12 9 (0.57%) PowerCLI
12 9 (0.57%) Single Sign-On
12 9 (0.57%) vCenter Server
12 9 (0.57%) WSUS
13 8 (0.51%) Kibana
13 8 (0.51%) Tivoli
14 7 (0.45%) Nessus
Vendors
1 507 (32.25%) Microsoft
2 418 (26.59%) Oracle
3 141 (8.97%) VMware
4 86 (5.47%) Databricks
5 66 (4.20%) Citrix
6 57 (3.63%) ServiceNow
7 54 (3.44%) Sybase
8 53 (3.37%) IBM
9 52 (3.31%) SAP
10 41 (2.61%) Red Hat
11 40 (2.54%) Cisco
12 29 (1.84%) Informatica
13 26 (1.65%) Veeam
14 23 (1.46%) OpenLink
15 19 (1.21%) HP
15 19 (1.21%) Splunk
16 18 (1.15%) Atlassian
16 18 (1.15%) MuleSoft
17 17 (1.08%) Google
17 17 (1.08%) Remedy