Period
to 28 January 2020

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 28 January 2020 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
28 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 26 26 22
Rank change year-on-year 0 -4 -2
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 4,490 6,868 6,907
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.23% 6.96% 6.97%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 29.61% 31.08% 31.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,057 4,994 5,049
UK median daily rate £438 £438 £422
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.80% +6.84%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £300
90th Percentile £625 £614 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.11% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 107 106
UK median hourly rate £32.54 £24.98 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.26% -33.39% +18.11%
10th Percentile £15.14 £15.02 £16.56
90th Percentile £53.00 £56.53 £53.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.98 £40.00
% change year-on-year +20.10% -37.55% +10.34%

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 15,166 22,095 21,761
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.06% 22.38% 21.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,095 15,248 15,136
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.26% +8.24%
10th Percentile £319 £319 £310
90th Percentile £663 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 243 251
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £33.00 £30.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.52% +7.32% +11.82%
10th Percentile £13.70 £13.34 £14.54
90th Percentile £53.75 £57.06 £56.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £32.75 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.56% -6.43% +40.00%

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 28 January 2020.

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 28 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 16 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 28 January 2020. 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 +2 4,145 £441 -1.94% 2,740
UK excluding London -8 2,479 £400 - 2,235
London +1 1,919 £500 - 702
South East +5 754 £425 - 569
North of England -4 611 £388 +3.33% 677
Midlands 0 386 £375 -3.23% 367
North West -10 324 £375 +3.45% 418
South West -27 282 £425 - 213
West Midlands +2 243 £394 -1.63% 213
Yorkshire -2 241 £400 +6.67% 202
Scotland -17 184 £425 +6.25% 121
East of England -1 176 £400 -4.48% 213
East Midlands -6 139 £350 -6.67% 154
Wales -3 67 £400 - 60
North East -3 51 £425 +6.25% 58
Northern Ireland +3 22 £431 +11.10% 14

For the 6 months to 28 January 2020, 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 2,401 (53.47%) SQL
2 1,725 (38.42%) .NET
3 1,678 (37.37%) C#
4 1,671 (37.22%) Microsoft
5 1,342 (29.89%) Azure
6 1,308 (29.13%) Agile Software Development
7 921 (20.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 889 (19.80%) JavaScript
9 857 (19.09%) Finance
10 845 (18.82%) Business Intelligence
11 795 (17.71%) Windows
12 785 (17.48%) Oracle
13 700 (15.59%) T-SQL
14 683 (15.21%) ASP.NET
15 664 (14.79%) HTML
16 622 (13.85%) MVC
17 619 (13.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 618 (13.76%) CSS
19 600 (13.36%) AngularJS
20 594 (13.23%) Data Warehouse
21 585 (13.03%) ETL
22 538 (11.98%) Migration
23 521 (11.60%) Power Platform
24 515 (11.47%) DevOps
25 513 (11.43%) Power BI
26 499 (11.11%) AWS
27 484 (10.78%) PowerShell
28 462 (10.29%) TDD
29 457 (10.18%) Java
30 453 (10.09%) .NET Framework

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
1 289 (6.44%) SharePoint
2 224 (4.99%) IIS
3 110 (2.45%) MS Exchange
4 109 (2.43%) Confluence
5 85 (1.89%) Skype for Business
6 71 (1.58%) Apache Spark
6 71 (1.58%) JBoss
7 67 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
8 66 (1.47%) Apache
8 66 (1.47%) WebLogic
9 48 (1.07%) CMS
10 46 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2013
10 46 (1.02%) Tomcat
11 45 (1.00%) Elasticsearch
12 40 (0.89%) Red Hat Fuse
13 39 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2010
13 39 (0.87%) MQSeries
13 39 (0.87%) Umbraco
14 33 (0.73%) SAS
15 27 (0.60%) WebSphere
Applications
1 302 (6.73%) Microsoft Excel
2 96 (2.14%) Microsoft Office
3 39 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 37 (0.82%) MS Visio
5 14 (0.31%) XMetaL
6 13 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.18%) Windchill
8 7 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
9 6 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.045%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.045%) SPSS
11 1 (0.022%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.022%) FileZilla
11 1 (0.022%) Sketch
11 1 (0.022%) S-PLUS
11 1 (0.022%) Stata
11 1 (0.022%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 140 (3.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.56%) BusinessWorks
3 18 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
4 17 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
4 17 (0.38%) NetSuite
5 13 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
6 10 (0.22%) Magento
7 9 (0.20%) Markit EDM
8 8 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
8 8 (0.18%) PolarLake
9 7 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 6 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
10 6 (0.13%) Scribe Insight
10 6 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
11 5 (0.11%) Misys Opics
11 5 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
11 5 (0.11%) SAP ERP
11 5 (0.11%) Temenos T24
12 4 (0.089%) Oracle General Ledger
12 4 (0.089%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 1,342 (29.89%) Azure
2 521 (11.60%) Power Platform
3 499 (11.11%) AWS
4 244 (5.43%) Office 365
5 136 (3.03%) PaaS
6 125 (2.78%) Azure Data Factory
7 117 (2.61%) Dynamics 365
8 113 (2.52%) Azure Active Directory
9 112 (2.49%) SaaS
10 110 (2.45%) GCP
10 110 (2.45%) IaaS
11 108 (2.41%) Serverless
12 95 (2.12%) GitHub
13 77 (1.71%) Azure Functions
14 38 (0.85%) PowerApps
15 33 (0.73%) npm
16 32 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
17 28 (0.62%) OpenShift
18 22 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
19 20 (0.45%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 161 (3.59%) DNS
2 125 (2.78%) DHCP
3 113 (2.52%) SAN
4 85 (1.89%) HTTP
5 84 (1.87%) Firewall
6 63 (1.40%) WAN
7 62 (1.38%) Skype
8 59 (1.31%) LAN
9 57 (1.27%) TCP/IP
10 47 (1.05%) VPN
11 32 (0.71%) Internet
11 32 (0.71%) VoIP
12 26 (0.58%) HTTPS
13 24 (0.53%) NetScaler
14 23 (0.51%) SSL
15 21 (0.47%) NAS
16 20 (0.45%) Network Security
17 19 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
18 18 (0.40%) MPLS
18 18 (0.40%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 921 (20.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 619 (13.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 594 (13.23%) Data Warehouse
4 513 (11.43%) Power BI
5 432 (9.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 393 (8.75%) Relational Database
7 322 (7.17%) MySQL
8 279 (6.21%) SQL Server 2016
9 256 (5.70%) SQL Server 2012
10 219 (4.88%) PostgreSQL
11 213 (4.74%) SQL Server 2008
12 203 (4.52%) Azure SQL Database
13 165 (3.67%) MongoDB
14 149 (3.32%) Big Data
15 147 (3.27%) RDBMS
16 141 (3.14%) SQL Server 2014
17 139 (3.10%) Oracle Database
18 133 (2.96%) NoSQL
19 122 (2.72%) Data Lake
20 107 (2.38%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 372 (8.29%) Git (software)
2 350 (7.80%) Visual Studio
3 291 (6.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 228 (5.08%) JIRA
5 171 (3.81%) Jenkins
6 149 (3.32%) Selenium
7 144 (3.21%) TeamCity
8 129 (2.87%) Octopus Deploy
9 91 (2.03%) Visual Studio Team System
10 81 (1.80%) NUnit
11 80 (1.78%) Moq
12 72 (1.60%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 70 (1.56%) Subversion
14 62 (1.38%) Cucumber
15 52 (1.16%) JUnit
16 46 (1.02%) MSTest
17 36 (0.80%) Maven
18 35 (0.78%) Bitbucket
18 35 (0.78%) SpecFlow
19 31 (0.69%) WebDriver
General
1 857 (19.09%) Finance
2 309 (6.88%) Public Sector
3 212 (4.72%) Banking
4 135 (3.01%) Retail
5 123 (2.74%) Front Office
6 76 (1.69%) Manufacturing
7 66 (1.47%) Marketing
8 63 (1.40%) Law
9 46 (1.02%) Back Office
9 46 (1.02%) Telecoms
10 44 (0.98%) Investment Banking
11 40 (0.89%) Legal
12 31 (0.69%) Local Government
13 25 (0.56%) Publishing
14 22 (0.49%) Electronics
14 22 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
15 21 (0.47%) Automotive
16 20 (0.45%) Advertising
17 19 (0.42%) Financial Institution
18 18 (0.40%) Games
Job Titles
1 2,339 (52.09%) Developer
2 750 (16.70%) .NET Developer
3 544 (12.12%) C# Developer
4 448 (9.98%) SQL Developer
5 397 (8.84%) Analyst
6 309 (6.88%) Architect
7 286 (6.37%) C# .NET Developer
8 278 (6.19%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 255 (5.68%) DBA
10 204 (4.54%) Senior Developer
11 196 (4.37%) SQL DBA
12 153 (3.41%) Data Engineer
13 145 (3.23%) Consultant
14 139 (3.10%) Software Developer
15 138 (3.07%) Full Stack Developer
16 133 (2.96%) Azure Developer
17 125 (2.78%) SQL Server Developer
18 118 (2.63%) Java Developer
19 114 (2.54%) Data Analyst
20 106 (2.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,725 (38.42%) .NET
2 683 (15.21%) ASP.NET
3 664 (14.79%) HTML
4 618 (13.76%) CSS
5 600 (13.36%) AngularJS
6 453 (10.09%) .NET Framework
7 418 (9.31%) Web Services
8 417 (9.29%) XML
9 346 (7.71%) .NET Core
10 325 (7.24%) ASP.NET Web API
11 316 (7.04%) ASP.NET MVC
12 314 (6.99%) REST
13 306 (6.82%) React
14 283 (6.30%) JSON
15 259 (5.77%) Entity Framework
16 258 (5.75%) jQuery
17 199 (4.43%) SOAP
18 178 (3.96%) RESTful
19 175 (3.90%) HTML5
20 157 (3.50%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 413 (9.20%) Analytical Skills
2 167 (3.72%) Greenfield Project
3 99 (2.20%) Data Centre
4 98 (2.18%) Clustering
5 96 (2.14%) Management Information System
6 95 (2.12%) Hedge funds
7 88 (1.96%) Replication
8 86 (1.92%) NHS
9 84 (1.87%) Data Structures
10 83 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
11 64 (1.43%) Equities
12 60 (1.34%) Algorithms
12 60 (1.34%) Public Cloud
13 56 (1.25%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 55 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
15 51 (1.14%) Mobile App
15 51 (1.14%) User Experience
16 49 (1.09%) PKI
17 44 (0.98%) Fixed Income
18 31 (0.69%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 795 (17.71%) Windows
2 374 (8.33%) Windows Server
3 319 (7.10%) Linux
4 192 (4.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 169 (3.76%) Unix
6 153 (3.41%) Windows Server 2008
7 77 (1.71%) Windows 10
8 59 (1.31%) Android
9 50 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 48 (1.07%) Windows 7
11 34 (0.76%) VMS
12 27 (0.60%) Solaris
13 25 (0.56%) CentOS
14 24 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
15 23 (0.51%) Apple iOS
16 11 (0.24%) AIX
17 8 (0.18%) Ubuntu
17 8 (0.18%) Windows 8
18 7 (0.16%) Mac OS X
18 7 (0.16%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,308 (29.13%) Agile Software Development
2 845 (18.82%) Business Intelligence
3 622 (13.85%) MVC
4 585 (13.03%) ETL
5 538 (11.98%) Migration
6 515 (11.47%) DevOps
7 462 (10.29%) TDD
8 367 (8.17%) Scrum
9 343 (7.64%) Problem-Solving
10 332 (7.39%) Continuous Integration
11 311 (6.93%) Microservices
12 304 (6.77%) Data Modelling
13 268 (5.97%) Analytics
14 244 (5.43%) Test Automation
15 241 (5.37%) OO
15 241 (5.37%) Software Engineering
16 215 (4.79%) CRM
17 208 (4.63%) Visualisation
18 200 (4.45%) BDD
18 200 (4.45%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 2,401 (53.47%) SQL
2 1,678 (37.37%) C#
3 889 (19.80%) JavaScript
4 700 (15.59%) T-SQL
5 484 (10.78%) PowerShell
6 457 (10.18%) Java
7 332 (7.39%) Python
8 155 (3.45%) PL/SQL
9 108 (2.41%) VB.NET
10 102 (2.27%) TypeScript
11 98 (2.18%) VBA
12 91 (2.03%) VB
13 82 (1.83%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 73 (1.63%) R
15 58 (1.29%) Bash Shell
16 57 (1.27%) PHP
17 53 (1.18%) Scala
18 52 (1.16%) C
19 49 (1.09%) Perl
19 49 (1.09%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 390 (8.69%) Security Cleared
2 294 (6.55%) SC Cleared
3 248 (5.52%) Degree
4 108 (2.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 54 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
6 53 (1.18%) DV Cleared
7 39 (0.87%) MCSE
8 26 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
9 25 (0.56%) MCSA
10 22 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
11 20 (0.45%) ISEB
12 19 (0.42%) Citrix Certification
13 15 (0.33%) CCNA
13 15 (0.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 13 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
14 13 (0.29%) MCITP
15 11 (0.24%) CCA
15 11 (0.24%) ISTQB
16 9 (0.20%) Numerate Degree
17 8 (0.18%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (3.16%) QA
2 88 (1.96%) Data Quality
3 69 (1.54%) SLA
4 57 (1.27%) GDPR
5 25 (0.56%) WCAG
6 24 (0.53%) MiFID
7 21 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 16 (0.36%) IFRS
9 14 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 14 (0.31%) Solvency II
10 13 (0.29%) NCSC
11 8 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
11 8 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 7 (0.16%) Government Security Classifications
12 7 (0.16%) HL7
13 6 (0.13%) NIST
14 4 (0.089%) COBIT
14 4 (0.089%) PCI DSS
14 4 (0.089%) PMO
14 4 (0.089%) RMADS
System Software
1 437 (9.73%) Active Directory
2 185 (4.12%) Docker
2 185 (4.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 119 (2.65%) Hyper-V
4 69 (1.54%) Virtual Machines
4 69 (1.54%) XenApp
5 48 (1.07%) vSphere
6 44 (0.98%) XenDesktop
7 42 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
8 31 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
9 28 (0.62%) Oracle RAC
10 20 (0.45%) HDFS
11 15 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
12 13 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 13 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
13 12 (0.27%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 11 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
15 9 (0.20%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 9 (0.20%) EMC RecoverPoint
16 8 (0.18%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 145 (3.23%) SCCM
2 113 (2.52%) Kubernetes
3 77 (1.71%) Ansible
4 59 (1.31%) Puppet
5 55 (1.22%) Opscode Chef
6 54 (1.20%) Terraform
7 41 (0.91%) SCOM
7 41 (0.91%) Single Sign-On
8 38 (0.85%) Microsoft Clustering
9 26 (0.58%) MIIS
10 24 (0.53%) Oracle RMAN
11 23 (0.51%) WSUS
12 20 (0.45%) Control-M
12 20 (0.45%) Failover Clustering
12 20 (0.45%) NetBackup
13 19 (0.42%) Data Guard
14 18 (0.40%) Rancher
15 16 (0.36%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 16 (0.36%) Nagios
15 16 (0.36%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 1,671 (37.22%) Microsoft
2 785 (17.48%) Oracle
3 312 (6.95%) VMware
4 217 (4.83%) Tableau
5 146 (3.25%) Citrix
6 134 (2.98%) SAP
7 100 (2.23%) Google
8 95 (2.12%) Cisco
9 93 (2.07%) Sybase
10 78 (1.74%) IBM
11 70 (1.56%) Red Hat
12 65 (1.45%) HP
13 60 (1.34%) Cognos
14 55 (1.22%) MuleSoft
15 52 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
16 51 (1.14%) Splunk
17 46 (1.02%) Databricks
18 44 (0.98%) Xamarin
19 42 (0.94%) Axway
20 41 (0.91%) Remedy