Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 23 23 18
Rank change year-on-year 0 -5 -5
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 7,277 6,840 8,035
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.11% 6.88% 7.56%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.47% 31.00% 33.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,320 4,931 5,655
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +9.33% -
10th Percentile £303 £294 £263
90th Percentile £613 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +7.59% +3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 132 179
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £31.58 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.16% -9.79% +27.88%
10th Percentile £15.02 £16.39 £14.10
90th Percentile £56.55 £53.63 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.20 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -19.43% - +28.49%

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 23,126 22,066 23,913
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.60% 22.21% 22.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,128 14,922 15,919
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £308 £281
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 227 276 393
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £29.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +1.69% +5.36%
10th Percentile £12.37 £13.70 £11.05
90th Percentile £56.55 £54.38 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £33.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year - +15.79% -0.33%

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 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 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 0 6,651 £425 +3.03% 3,282
UK excluding London -5 4,030 £390 +7.59% 2,512
London +2 3,161 £488 +2.63% 954
South East -5 1,070 £410 +10.81% 624
North of England -1 911 £365 +4.29% 723
Midlands -2 635 £375 +7.14% 493
South West +2 557 £413 +10.00% 264
North West 0 426 £360 -4.00% 379
Yorkshire -3 407 £375 +7.14% 295
West Midlands -2 383 £400 +9.59% 282
Scotland -1 352 £400 +5.96% 93
East of England -4 313 £400 +10.34% 227
East Midlands +1 250 £350 +2.94% 210
Wales 0 170 £400 +14.29% 68
North East +1 78 £375 +10.29% 49
Northern Ireland +6 32 £432 +4.61% 20
Channel Islands -1 3 - - 1

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 3,956 (54.36%) SQL
2 3,093 (42.50%) .NET
3 3,014 (41.42%) C#
4 2,541 (34.92%) Agile Software Development
5 2,425 (33.32%) Microsoft
6 1,612 (22.15%) Finance
7 1,583 (21.75%) JavaScript
8 1,544 (21.22%) Microsoft Azure
9 1,439 (19.77%) ASP.NET
10 1,404 (19.29%) Oracle
11 1,401 (19.25%) MVC
12 1,388 (19.07%) Windows
13 1,321 (18.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 1,206 (16.57%) Business Intelligence
15 1,192 (16.38%) T-SQL
16 1,160 (15.94%) HTML
17 1,003 (13.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 968 (13.30%) CSS
19 936 (12.86%) ETL
20 930 (12.78%) AngularJS
21 920 (12.64%) TDD
22 914 (12.56%) .NET Framework
23 893 (12.27%) Data Warehouse
24 798 (10.97%) Scrum
25 784 (10.77%) ASP.NET Web API
26 742 (10.20%) Java
27 711 (9.77%) Linux
27 711 (9.77%) Git (software)
28 708 (9.73%) ASP.NET MVC
29 702 (9.65%) Windows Server

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
1 373 (5.13%) IIS
1 373 (5.13%) SharePoint
2 214 (2.94%) MS Exchange
3 176 (2.42%) Apache
4 174 (2.39%) Confluence
5 161 (2.21%) CMS
6 149 (2.05%) Apache Spark
7 123 (1.69%) Elasticsearch
8 104 (1.43%) Tomcat
8 104 (1.43%) WebSphere
9 91 (1.25%) SharePoint 2013
10 85 (1.17%) Exchange Server 2010
11 78 (1.07%) JBoss
12 74 (1.02%) Umbraco
13 72 (0.99%) NServiceBus
13 72 (0.99%) Skype for Business
14 70 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
15 62 (0.85%) SAS
16 60 (0.82%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 49 (0.67%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 450 (6.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 193 (2.65%) Microsoft Office
3 111 (1.53%) MS Visio
4 49 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
5 32 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 21 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
7 18 (0.25%) InfoPath
8 7 (0.096%) SPSS
9 5 (0.069%) Acrobat
9 5 (0.069%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.027%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.014%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.014%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.014%) Mingle
11 1 (0.014%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 171 (2.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 50 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
3 26 (0.36%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 25 (0.34%) Markit EDM
5 23 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
6 18 (0.25%) Actimize
7 17 (0.23%) thinkFolio
8 16 (0.22%) PeopleSoft HCM
9 14 (0.19%) Sage 200
10 12 (0.16%) Infor M3
10 12 (0.16%) ION MarketView
11 11 (0.15%) PeopleSoft HRMS
11 11 (0.15%) SAP ERP
12 10 (0.14%) NetSuite
12 10 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
13 9 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
14 8 (0.11%) Endur
14 8 (0.11%) SAP APO
14 8 (0.11%) SAP MM
15 7 (0.096%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1,544 (21.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 678 (9.32%) Amazon AWS
3 256 (3.52%) Office 365
4 187 (2.57%) PaaS
5 138 (1.90%) IaaS
6 131 (1.80%) SaaS
7 122 (1.68%) Dynamics 365
8 108 (1.48%) Azure Data Factory
9 90 (1.24%) Amazon EC2
10 86 (1.18%) GitHub
11 80 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
12 79 (1.09%) Google Cloud Platform
13 77 (1.06%) Amazon S3
13 77 (1.06%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 75 (1.03%) Serverless
15 53 (0.73%) npm
16 37 (0.51%) Azure Active Directory
17 35 (0.48%) NuGet
18 29 (0.40%) Azure Functions
19 23 (0.32%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 206 (2.83%) Firewall
2 177 (2.43%) DNS
3 169 (2.32%) SAN
4 100 (1.37%) Internet
5 99 (1.36%) HTTP
6 92 (1.26%) TCP/IP
7 82 (1.13%) DHCP
8 77 (1.06%) LAN
9 67 (0.92%) WAN
10 62 (0.85%) VPN
11 61 (0.84%) SSL
12 47 (0.65%) Skype
13 46 (0.63%) NAS
14 37 (0.51%) Kerberos
15 35 (0.48%) AMQP
16 34 (0.47%) VoIP
17 29 (0.40%) Network Security
18 28 (0.38%) VLAN
19 27 (0.37%) Intranet
20 23 (0.32%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,321 (18.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,003 (13.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 893 (12.27%) Data Warehouse
4 653 (8.97%) Relational Database
5 594 (8.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 557 (7.65%) SQL Server 2012
7 539 (7.41%) SQL Server 2008
8 537 (7.38%) Power BI
9 466 (6.40%) SQL Server 2016
10 463 (6.36%) MySQL
11 354 (4.86%) NoSQL
12 311 (4.27%) MongoDB
13 302 (4.15%) SQL Server 2014
14 300 (4.12%) Big Data
15 278 (3.82%) Hadoop
15 278 (3.82%) RDBMS
16 270 (3.71%) PostgreSQL
17 254 (3.49%) Oracle Database
18 177 (2.43%) Azure SQL Database
19 166 (2.28%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 711 (9.77%) Git (software)
2 629 (8.64%) Team Foundation Server
3 627 (8.62%) Visual Studio
4 450 (6.18%) JIRA
5 375 (5.15%) Jenkins
6 269 (3.70%) Subversion
7 242 (3.33%) Visual Studio Team System
8 227 (3.12%) Selenium
9 194 (2.67%) TeamCity
10 192 (2.64%) NUnit
11 166 (2.28%) Octopus Deploy
12 158 (2.17%) SpecFlow
13 142 (1.95%) Maven
14 102 (1.40%) JUnit
15 101 (1.39%) Bitbucket
16 96 (1.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 85 (1.17%) Moq
18 73 (1.00%) Eclipse
19 72 (0.99%) Artifactory
20 69 (0.95%) SoapUI
General
1 1,612 (22.15%) Finance
2 677 (9.30%) Banking
3 301 (4.14%) Front Office
4 285 (3.92%) Retail
5 230 (3.16%) Investment Banking
6 108 (1.48%) Marketing
7 102 (1.40%) Back Office
7 102 (1.40%) Legal
8 91 (1.25%) Manufacturing
9 86 (1.18%) Telecoms
10 78 (1.07%) Financial Institution
11 65 (0.89%) Publishing
12 64 (0.88%) Advertising
13 59 (0.81%) Law
14 39 (0.54%) Electronics
15 38 (0.52%) Games
16 24 (0.33%) Billing
17 19 (0.26%) Automotive
18 16 (0.22%) General Ledger
19 15 (0.21%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4,219 (57.98%) Developer
2 1,497 (20.57%) .NET Developer
3 1,260 (17.31%) C# Developer
4 897 (12.33%) SQL Developer
5 688 (9.45%) C# .NET Developer
6 651 (8.95%) Analyst
7 410 (5.63%) Senior Developer
8 402 (5.52%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 368 (5.06%) Architect
10 348 (4.78%) Full Stack Developer
11 314 (4.31%) DBA
12 300 (4.12%) ASP.NET Developer
13 283 (3.89%) SQL Server Developer
14 256 (3.52%) Java Developer
15 243 (3.34%) SQL DBA
16 239 (3.28%) C# ASP.NET Developer
17 238 (3.27%) Consultant
18 230 (3.16%) Angular Developer
19 207 (2.84%) Software Developer
20 192 (2.64%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3,093 (42.50%) .NET
2 1,439 (19.77%) ASP.NET
3 1,160 (15.94%) HTML
4 968 (13.30%) CSS
5 930 (12.78%) AngularJS
6 914 (12.56%) .NET Framework
7 784 (10.77%) ASP.NET Web API
8 708 (9.73%) ASP.NET MVC
9 699 (9.61%) Web Services
10 633 (8.70%) jQuery
11 579 (7.96%) XML
12 528 (7.26%) Entity Framework
13 503 (6.91%) WCF
14 413 (5.68%) REST
15 381 (5.24%) .NET Core
16 366 (5.03%) HTML5
17 358 (4.92%) React
18 350 (4.81%) WPF
19 333 (4.58%) JSON
20 280 (3.85%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 540 (7.42%) Analytical Skills
2 391 (5.37%) Greenfield Project
3 192 (2.64%) Computer Science
3 192 (2.64%) Self-Motivation
4 186 (2.56%) Fixed Income
5 184 (2.53%) Clustering
6 177 (2.43%) Enterprise Software
7 156 (2.14%) Fintech
8 149 (2.05%) Data Centre
9 135 (1.86%) User Experience
10 109 (1.50%) Management Information System
11 106 (1.46%) Derivative
12 104 (1.43%) Data Structures
13 103 (1.42%) Hedge funds
14 93 (1.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 91 (1.25%) Algorithms
16 88 (1.21%) Equities
17 70 (0.96%) Replication
18 67 (0.92%) Mobile App
19 61 (0.84%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 1,388 (19.07%) Windows
2 711 (9.77%) Linux
3 702 (9.65%) Windows Server
4 459 (6.31%) Unix
5 270 (3.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 244 (3.35%) Windows Server 2008
7 126 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 107 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
9 97 (1.33%) Windows 10
10 79 (1.09%) Windows 7
11 70 (0.96%) Solaris
12 47 (0.65%) Android
13 46 (0.63%) Apple iOS
14 44 (0.60%) Ubuntu
15 29 (0.40%) AIX
16 22 (0.30%) CentOS
17 20 (0.27%) VMS
18 11 (0.15%) Windows XP
19 10 (0.14%) Windows Phone
20 9 (0.12%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,541 (34.92%) Agile Software Development
2 1,401 (19.25%) MVC
3 1,206 (16.57%) Business Intelligence
4 936 (12.86%) ETL
5 920 (12.64%) TDD
6 798 (10.97%) Scrum
7 597 (8.20%) Continuous Integration
8 588 (8.08%) Migration
9 577 (7.93%) Test Automation
10 555 (7.63%) DevOps
11 544 (7.48%) Problem-Solving
12 464 (6.38%) Unit Testing
13 450 (6.18%) Analytics
14 438 (6.02%) Microservices
15 426 (5.85%) Data Modelling
16 425 (5.84%) SDLC
17 404 (5.55%) BDD
18 373 (5.13%) E-Commerce
19 355 (4.88%) OO
20 347 (4.77%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 3,956 (54.36%) SQL
2 3,014 (41.42%) C#
3 1,583 (21.75%) JavaScript
4 1,192 (16.38%) T-SQL
5 742 (10.20%) Java
6 687 (9.44%) PowerShell
7 473 (6.50%) Python
8 239 (3.28%) VB.NET
9 213 (2.93%) PL/SQL
9 213 (2.93%) VBA
10 204 (2.80%) TypeScript
11 164 (2.25%) VB
12 163 (2.24%) Shell Script
13 158 (2.17%) Bash Shell
14 113 (1.55%) C++
15 110 (1.51%) Java 8
15 110 (1.51%) PHP
16 97 (1.33%) Scala
17 94 (1.29%) C
18 93 (1.28%) R
Qualifications
1 424 (5.83%) Security Cleared
2 361 (4.96%) Degree
3 310 (4.26%) SC Cleared
4 169 (2.32%) Microsoft Certification
5 104 (1.43%) MCSE
6 93 (1.28%) Computer Science Degree
7 67 (0.92%) DV Cleared
8 36 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
9 32 (0.44%) ISEB
10 29 (0.40%) BPSS Clearance
10 29 (0.40%) CISSP
11 26 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
11 26 (0.36%) Numerate Degree
12 25 (0.34%) MCSA
13 22 (0.30%) Master's Degree
14 21 (0.29%) CCNA
14 21 (0.29%) Novell Certification
15 20 (0.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 18 (0.25%) CISM
16 18 (0.25%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 274 (3.77%) QA
2 156 (2.14%) Data Quality
3 105 (1.44%) GDPR
4 49 (0.67%) SLA
5 27 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 21 (0.29%) PMO
7 18 (0.25%) PCI DSS
8 16 (0.22%) FINRA
9 15 (0.21%) HL7
10 13 (0.18%) WCAG
11 12 (0.16%) PSD2
12 11 (0.15%) MiFID
13 9 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
13 9 (0.12%) EMIR
14 8 (0.11%) ISO 9001
15 6 (0.082%) TickIT
16 5 (0.069%) Solvency II
17 4 (0.055%) Basel III
17 4 (0.055%) IFRS
17 4 (0.055%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 546 (7.50%) Active Directory
2 292 (4.01%) Docker
3 274 (3.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 138 (1.90%) Hyper-V
5 109 (1.50%) vSphere
6 97 (1.33%) VMware ESXi
7 85 (1.17%) HDFS
8 83 (1.14%) XenApp
9 55 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
10 39 (0.54%) XenDesktop
11 32 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
12 31 (0.43%) Apache Flume
13 22 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
14 19 (0.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 16 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 15 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
17 14 (0.19%) NFS
18 13 (0.18%) Terminal Services
19 10 (0.14%) Apache ZooKeeper
20 9 (0.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 183 (2.51%) Ansible
2 155 (2.13%) SCCM
3 142 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
4 125 (1.72%) Kubernetes
5 124 (1.70%) Puppet
6 113 (1.55%) Microsoft Clustering
7 112 (1.54%) SCOM
8 74 (1.02%) Terraform
9 47 (0.65%) WSUS
10 46 (0.63%) Hadoop YARN
11 45 (0.62%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 43 (0.59%) Failover Clustering
13 40 (0.55%) NetBackup
14 36 (0.49%) Kibana
15 34 (0.47%) vCenter Server
16 27 (0.37%) Single Sign-On
17 25 (0.34%) Control-M
18 24 (0.33%) Data Guard
18 24 (0.33%) ITRS Geneos
19 23 (0.32%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 2,425 (33.32%) Microsoft
2 1,404 (19.29%) Oracle
3 417 (5.73%) VMware
4 243 (3.34%) Tableau
5 231 (3.17%) Citrix
6 219 (3.01%) SAP
7 157 (2.16%) IBM
8 153 (2.10%) HP
9 141 (1.94%) Red Hat
10 126 (1.73%) Google
11 118 (1.62%) Cisco
12 115 (1.58%) Teradata
13 110 (1.51%) Sybase
14 99 (1.36%) Cloudera
15 87 (1.20%) NetApp
16 86 (1.18%) Informatica
17 85 (1.17%) Atlassian
18 70 (0.96%) Sitecore
19 67 (0.92%) Salesforce.com
20 65 (0.89%) Talend