Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 23 20
Rank change year-on-year -3 -3 -9
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 7,071 6,458 8,146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.05% 7.07% 7.63%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.28% 31.25% 34.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,125 4,605 5,740
UK median daily rate £420 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £288 £269 £263
90th Percentile £590 £575 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 111 181
UK median hourly rate £36.50 £37.50 £31.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.67% +17.55% +27.60%
10th Percentile £17.45 £14.74 £13.19
90th Percentile £54.25 £52.50 £46.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year +3.90% +26.23% +6.31%

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 22,607 20,663 23,494
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.55% 22.62% 22.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,734 13,745 15,843
UK median daily rate £463 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.11% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £281
90th Percentile £635 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 273 387
UK median hourly rate £33.75 £30.00 £30.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -0.68% +16.17%
10th Percentile £13.81 £9.60 £12.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £52.14 £53.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £29.75 £30.50
% change year-on-year +12.61% -2.46% +20.41%

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 22 June 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 22 June 2018.

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 22 June 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 -3 6,396 £425 +6.25% 2,740
UK excluding London -3 3,910 £375 +7.14% 2,098
London 0 3,096 £475 +2.15% 812
South East -7 1,060 £400 +6.67% 487
North of England -4 907 £350 - 605
Midlands +3 666 £375 +11.94% 390
North West -4 459 £365 +4.29% 330
West Midlands -2 403 £400 +15.94% 195
South West +1 395 £375 +7.14% 231
Yorkshire -2 374 £360 +4.35% 223
Scotland -2 368 £388 +3.33% 112
East of England +3 285 £385 +6.21% 215
East Midlands +2 261 £350 +7.69% 195
Wales +10 196 £375 +8.30% 42
North East +7 75 £286 -11.92% 52
Northern Ireland -6 52 £431 +7.14% 12
Isle of Man - 4 £400 - 4

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 3,669 (51.89%) SQL
2 3,178 (44.94%) .NET
3 3,092 (43.73%) C#
4 2,517 (35.60%) Agile Software Development
5 2,429 (34.35%) Microsoft
6 1,635 (23.12%) Finance
7 1,610 (22.77%) JavaScript
8 1,459 (20.63%) MVC
9 1,415 (20.01%) ASP.NET
10 1,404 (19.86%) Microsoft Azure
11 1,372 (19.40%) Windows
12 1,209 (17.10%) HTML
13 1,192 (16.86%) Oracle
14 1,165 (16.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 1,107 (15.66%) Business Intelligence
16 1,060 (14.99%) CSS
17 1,056 (14.93%) T-SQL
18 989 (13.99%) AngularJS
19 954 (13.49%) TDD
20 905 (12.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 888 (12.56%) .NET Framework
22 828 (11.71%) ASP.NET Web API
23 807 (11.41%) Scrum
24 778 (11.00%) Java
25 776 (10.97%) Web Services
26 765 (10.82%) Data Warehouse
27 725 (10.25%) ETL
28 724 (10.24%) ASP.NET MVC
29 700 (9.90%) Visual Studio
30 692 (9.79%) jQuery

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
1 396 (5.60%) IIS
2 361 (5.11%) SharePoint
3 186 (2.63%) Apache
4 185 (2.62%) Apache Spark
5 155 (2.19%) MS Exchange
6 144 (2.04%) Confluence
7 137 (1.94%) CMS
8 124 (1.75%) Elasticsearch
9 108 (1.53%) Tomcat
10 99 (1.40%) WebSphere
11 97 (1.37%) BizTalk Server
12 82 (1.16%) Skype for Business
13 81 (1.15%) NServiceBus
14 77 (1.09%) JBoss
15 62 (0.88%) SAS
15 62 (0.88%) SharePoint Server
16 60 (0.85%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 56 (0.79%) SharePoint 2010
17 56 (0.79%) Umbraco
18 54 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 437 (6.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 178 (2.52%) Microsoft Office
3 78 (1.10%) MS Visio
4 40 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
5 30 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 28 (0.40%) InfoPath
7 21 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
8 8 (0.11%) SPSS
9 5 (0.071%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.057%) HipChat
11 3 (0.042%) Acrobat
12 2 (0.028%) Shockwave
12 2 (0.028%) Stata
13 1 (0.014%) Adobe Illustrator
13 1 (0.014%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 167 (2.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 42 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 20 (0.28%) Markit EDM
4 19 (0.27%) thinkFolio
5 17 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
6 16 (0.23%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 15 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
8 14 (0.20%) Elite 3E
9 12 (0.17%) SAP ERP
9 12 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 11 (0.16%) Infor M3
11 10 (0.14%) PeopleSoft HCM
12 9 (0.13%) NetSuite
13 8 (0.11%) ION MarketView
13 8 (0.11%) Sage 200
13 8 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
14 7 (0.099%) Magento
14 7 (0.099%) SAP APO
14 7 (0.099%) SAP MM
15 6 (0.085%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 1,404 (19.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 578 (8.17%) Amazon AWS
3 208 (2.94%) Office 365
4 139 (1.97%) PaaS
5 108 (1.53%) IaaS
6 102 (1.44%) SaaS
7 90 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
8 73 (1.03%) Azure Data Factory
9 65 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
10 56 (0.79%) Serverless
11 44 (0.62%) GitHub
12 41 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
12 41 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
12 41 (0.58%) npm
13 40 (0.57%) Amazon S3
14 28 (0.40%) NuGet
15 25 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 23 (0.33%) AWS Lambda
17 21 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
18 15 (0.21%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 173 (2.45%) Firewall
2 170 (2.40%) SAN
3 154 (2.18%) DNS
4 113 (1.60%) TCP/IP
5 112 (1.58%) HTTP
6 100 (1.41%) DHCP
7 90 (1.27%) LAN
8 84 (1.19%) Internet
9 81 (1.15%) WAN
10 55 (0.78%) Skype
11 54 (0.76%) NAS
12 47 (0.66%) VPN
13 37 (0.52%) Intranet
14 36 (0.51%) SSL
15 33 (0.47%) FTP
16 31 (0.44%) SMS
17 28 (0.40%) VLAN
18 27 (0.38%) PuTTY
18 27 (0.38%) WinSCP
19 26 (0.37%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,165 (16.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 905 (12.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 765 (10.82%) Data Warehouse
4 660 (9.33%) SQL Server 2012
5 586 (8.29%) Relational Database
6 545 (7.71%) SQL Server 2008
7 538 (7.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 509 (7.20%) Power BI
9 464 (6.56%) MySQL
10 446 (6.31%) SQL Server 2016
11 370 (5.23%) Big Data
12 361 (5.11%) SQL Server 2014
13 317 (4.48%) PostgreSQL
14 310 (4.38%) NoSQL
15 273 (3.86%) MongoDB
16 264 (3.73%) Oracle Database
17 252 (3.56%) Hadoop
18 245 (3.46%) RDBMS
19 160 (2.26%) Data Lake
19 160 (2.26%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 700 (9.90%) Visual Studio
2 636 (8.99%) Team Foundation Server
3 614 (8.68%) Git (software)
4 365 (5.16%) JIRA
5 288 (4.07%) Jenkins
6 259 (3.66%) NUnit
7 194 (2.74%) TeamCity
8 192 (2.72%) Visual Studio Team System
9 186 (2.63%) Selenium
10 175 (2.47%) Subversion
11 169 (2.39%) Octopus Deploy
12 162 (2.29%) SpecFlow
13 97 (1.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 92 (1.30%) Maven
15 88 (1.24%) MSTest
16 83 (1.17%) Bitbucket
17 77 (1.09%) JUnit
18 67 (0.95%) Moq
19 59 (0.83%) SoapUI
20 54 (0.76%) Cucumber
General
1 1,635 (23.12%) Finance
2 597 (8.44%) Banking
3 268 (3.79%) Front Office
4 211 (2.98%) Retail
5 187 (2.64%) Investment Banking
6 152 (2.15%) Legal
7 109 (1.54%) Marketing
8 105 (1.48%) Back Office
9 90 (1.27%) Law
10 76 (1.07%) Telecoms
11 70 (0.99%) Financial Institution
12 56 (0.79%) Advertising
13 54 (0.76%) Games
13 54 (0.76%) Manufacturing
14 36 (0.51%) Publishing
15 24 (0.34%) Local Government
16 22 (0.31%) Billing
17 20 (0.28%) Electronics
18 18 (0.25%) General Ledger
19 15 (0.21%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 4,053 (57.32%) Developer
2 1,519 (21.48%) .NET Developer
3 1,263 (17.86%) C# Developer
4 759 (10.73%) SQL Developer
5 705 (9.97%) C# .NET Developer
6 632 (8.94%) Analyst
7 433 (6.12%) Architect
8 429 (6.07%) Senior Developer
9 386 (5.46%) DBA
10 341 (4.82%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 340 (4.81%) Full Stack Developer
12 315 (4.45%) ASP.NET Developer
13 286 (4.04%) SQL DBA
14 245 (3.46%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 236 (3.34%) Java Developer
16 228 (3.22%) Consultant
17 226 (3.20%) SQL Server Developer
18 204 (2.89%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
19 195 (2.76%) Software Developer
20 187 (2.64%) Angular Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3,178 (44.94%) .NET
2 1,415 (20.01%) ASP.NET
3 1,209 (17.10%) HTML
4 1,060 (14.99%) CSS
5 989 (13.99%) AngularJS
6 888 (12.56%) .NET Framework
7 828 (11.71%) ASP.NET Web API
8 776 (10.97%) Web Services
9 724 (10.24%) ASP.NET MVC
10 692 (9.79%) jQuery
11 535 (7.57%) WCF
12 518 (7.33%) Entity Framework
13 482 (6.82%) XML
14 473 (6.69%) REST
15 431 (6.10%) HTML5
16 374 (5.29%) JSON
17 343 (4.85%) RESTful
18 338 (4.78%) .NET Core
19 315 (4.45%) WPF
20 312 (4.41%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 523 (7.40%) Analytical Skills
2 387 (5.47%) Greenfield Project
3 189 (2.67%) Self-Motivation
4 182 (2.57%) Computer Science
5 175 (2.47%) Clustering
6 164 (2.32%) Enterprise Software
7 151 (2.14%) User Experience
8 133 (1.88%) Fintech
9 125 (1.77%) Fixed Income
10 124 (1.75%) Management Information System
11 123 (1.74%) Data Centre
12 114 (1.61%) Algorithms
12 114 (1.61%) Replication
13 94 (1.33%) Derivative
14 88 (1.24%) Data Structures
15 75 (1.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 70 (0.99%) Hedge funds
17 69 (0.98%) PKI
18 65 (0.92%) NHS
19 60 (0.85%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1,372 (19.40%) Windows
2 664 (9.39%) Windows Server
3 632 (8.94%) Linux
4 321 (4.54%) Unix
5 314 (4.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 252 (3.56%) Windows Server 2008
7 118 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
8 97 (1.37%) Windows 10
9 90 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 77 (1.09%) Windows 7
11 63 (0.89%) Apple iOS
12 58 (0.82%) Android
13 55 (0.78%) CentOS
14 40 (0.57%) AIX
14 40 (0.57%) Solaris
15 29 (0.41%) Ubuntu
15 29 (0.41%) Windows Phone
16 26 (0.37%) VMS
17 21 (0.30%) Windows Phone 8
18 15 (0.21%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,517 (35.60%) Agile Software Development
2 1,459 (20.63%) MVC
3 1,107 (15.66%) Business Intelligence
4 954 (13.49%) TDD
5 807 (11.41%) Scrum
6 725 (10.25%) ETL
7 580 (8.20%) Migration
8 547 (7.74%) Problem-Solving
9 539 (7.62%) Continuous Integration
10 527 (7.45%) DevOps
11 486 (6.87%) Test Automation
12 466 (6.59%) Unit Testing
13 462 (6.53%) Analytics
14 445 (6.29%) Data Modelling
15 419 (5.93%) BDD
15 419 (5.93%) OO
16 398 (5.63%) Microservices
17 393 (5.56%) Web Development
18 367 (5.19%) E-Commerce
19 348 (4.92%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 3,669 (51.89%) SQL
2 3,092 (43.73%) C#
3 1,610 (22.77%) JavaScript
4 1,056 (14.93%) T-SQL
5 778 (11.00%) Java
6 595 (8.41%) PowerShell
7 466 (6.59%) Python
8 264 (3.73%) VB.NET
9 241 (3.41%) TypeScript
10 211 (2.98%) VBA
11 176 (2.49%) VB
12 167 (2.36%) PL/SQL
13 140 (1.98%) C++
14 124 (1.75%) Bash Shell
15 113 (1.60%) PHP
15 113 (1.60%) Scala
16 109 (1.54%) C
17 98 (1.39%) R
18 87 (1.23%) Shell Script
19 84 (1.19%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 443 (6.27%) Security Cleared
2 412 (5.83%) Degree
3 321 (4.54%) SC Cleared
4 187 (2.64%) Microsoft Certification
5 96 (1.36%) Computer Science Degree
6 86 (1.22%) MCSE
7 59 (0.83%) DV Cleared
8 52 (0.74%) ISEB
9 46 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
10 45 (0.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 44 (0.62%) Cisco Certification
12 30 (0.42%) MCSA
13 29 (0.41%) MCTS
14 28 (0.40%) MCITP
15 24 (0.34%) ISEB Practitioner
15 24 (0.34%) ISTQB
16 23 (0.33%) Numerate Degree
17 22 (0.31%) CCNA
17 22 (0.31%) TOGAF Certification
18 21 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 228 (3.22%) QA
2 145 (2.05%) Data Quality
3 118 (1.67%) GDPR
4 68 (0.96%) SLA
5 26 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 24 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
6 24 (0.34%) PMO
7 21 (0.30%) HL7
7 21 (0.30%) PCI DSS
8 18 (0.25%) GCP
9 16 (0.23%) MiFID
10 10 (0.14%) EMIR
10 10 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 9 (0.13%) PSD2
12 8 (0.11%) ISO 9001
13 5 (0.071%) IFRS
13 5 (0.071%) IFRS 9
14 3 (0.042%) Dodd-Frank
14 3 (0.042%) SEPA
14 3 (0.042%) WCAG
System Software
1 524 (7.41%) Active Directory
2 281 (3.97%) Docker
3 235 (3.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 159 (2.25%) Hyper-V
5 118 (1.67%) VMware ESXi
6 107 (1.51%) vSphere
7 76 (1.07%) XenApp
8 55 (0.78%) Apache Flume
9 53 (0.75%) HDFS
9 53 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
10 45 (0.64%) XenDesktop
11 34 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
12 24 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
13 16 (0.23%) XenServer
14 15 (0.21%) NFS
15 14 (0.20%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 12 (0.17%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 11 (0.16%) Terminal Services
18 10 (0.14%) Platform Symphony
18 10 (0.14%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 154 (2.18%) SCCM
2 113 (1.60%) Ansible
3 103 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
4 100 (1.41%) Puppet
5 83 (1.17%) Kubernetes
6 81 (1.15%) SCOM
7 80 (1.13%) Microsoft Clustering
8 52 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 49 (0.69%) HP ALM
10 48 (0.68%) Terraform
11 46 (0.65%) vCenter Server
12 44 (0.62%) Failover Clustering
13 39 (0.55%) Oozie
14 33 (0.47%) NetBackup
14 33 (0.47%) WSUS
15 32 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
16 31 (0.44%) Kibana
17 24 (0.34%) Control-M
17 24 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
18 23 (0.33%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 2,429 (34.35%) Microsoft
2 1,192 (16.86%) Oracle
3 415 (5.87%) VMware
4 253 (3.58%) SAP
5 243 (3.44%) Citrix
6 206 (2.91%) Tableau
7 167 (2.36%) HP
8 158 (2.23%) IBM
9 133 (1.88%) Cisco
10 110 (1.56%) Red Hat
11 101 (1.43%) Google
12 95 (1.34%) Atlassian
13 90 (1.27%) NetApp
14 85 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
15 84 (1.19%) Cloudera
16 82 (1.16%) Sybase
17 78 (1.10%) Informatica
18 77 (1.09%) Talend
19 75 (1.06%) Sitecore
20 59 (0.83%) Cognos