Period
to 27 October 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 27 October 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
27 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 35 26 24
Rank change year-on-year -9 -2 -2
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 1,786 5,273 7,294
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.52% 6.25% 7.10%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 24.36% 28.65% 31.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,449 3,859 5,424
Median daily rate £470 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.59% - +4.94%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £303
90th Percentile £688 £600 £608
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 89 82
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.58 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.43% +41.65% -26.16%
10th Percentile £13.62 £15.50 £15.05
90th Percentile £51.25 £55.60 £57.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £33.79 £26.00
% change year-on-year +3.58% +29.96% -24.64%

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 7,332 18,408 23,456
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.65% 21.83% 22.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,673 12,541 16,359
Median daily rate £480 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £320 £313
90th Percentile £663 £656 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -0.57% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 158 267 231
Median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% +10.71% -6.07%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.70 £12.46
90th Percentile £52.35 £60.00 £56.00
Median hourly rate £32.50 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year +8.33% -6.25% -1.54%

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 27 October 2020.

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 27 October 2020.

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 27 October 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 -9 1,567 £470 +10.59% 1,149
London -1 896 £525 +9.38% 256
UK excluding London -9 730 £400 - 977
Work from Home +4 370 £425 +6.25% 201
North of England -18 170 £383 +2.00% 308
South East -19 170 £438 +6.06% 223
Midlands -8 129 £350 -9.68% 184
North West -3 118 £380 +1.33% 215
South West -6 103 £450 +5.88% 103
Scotland +14 76 £450 +13.92% 55
West Midlands -14 72 £375 -6.25% 92
East of England +14 63 £383 -10.00% 74
East Midlands -1 56 £350 -6.67% 92
Yorkshire -32 42 £395 +1.94% 74
Wales -1 16 £425 +13.33% 24
North East +12 10 £388 -6.55% 19
Northern Ireland -26 3 £431 -17.90% 7

For the 6 months to 27 October 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.

1 964 (53.98%) SQL
2 630 (35.27%) Azure
3 608 (34.04%) Microsoft
4 600 (33.59%) Agile Software Development
5 554 (31.02%) C#
6 537 (30.07%) .NET
7 451 (25.25%) Finance
8 433 (24.24%) Oracle
9 430 (24.08%) DevOps
10 425 (23.80%) Windows
11 353 (19.76%) Java
12 310 (17.36%) Business Intelligence
13 308 (17.25%) JavaScript
14 298 (16.69%) Banking
15 289 (16.18%) Python
16 279 (15.62%) Security Cleared
17 262 (14.67%) AWS
18 261 (14.61%) Web Services
19 246 (13.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 245 (13.72%) PowerShell
21 244 (13.66%) MySQL
22 243 (13.61%) T-SQL
23 240 (13.44%) Microservices
24 239 (13.38%) Active Directory
25 231 (12.93%) Data Warehouse
26 215 (12.04%) Power Platform
27 209 (11.70%) ASP.NET
28 204 (11.42%) Migration
29 203 (11.37%) Linux
29 203 (11.37%) HTML

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
1 126 (7.05%) Apache
2 102 (5.71%) IIS
2 102 (5.71%) SharePoint
3 70 (3.92%) Confluence
4 37 (2.07%) Tomcat
5 35 (1.96%) MS Exchange
6 32 (1.79%) JBoss
7 29 (1.62%) Elasticsearch
8 26 (1.46%) Skype for Business
9 24 (1.34%) BizTalk Server
10 21 (1.18%) Red Hat Fuse
11 17 (0.95%) ArcGIS
11 17 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
12 15 (0.84%) CMS
13 13 (0.73%) Apache Spark
13 13 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
13 13 (0.73%) WebLogic
13 13 (0.73%) WebSphere
14 12 (0.67%) Apache Solr
14 12 (0.67%) nginx
Applications
1 82 (4.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 64 (3.58%) Microsoft Office
3 21 (1.18%) Photoshop
4 9 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.45%) InfoPath
6 6 (0.34%) Chatbot
7 5 (0.28%) SPSS
8 3 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
9 2 (0.11%) Acrobat
9 2 (0.11%) LaTeX
10 1 (0.056%) EngageOne
10 1 (0.056%) Microsoft Project
10 1 (0.056%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 33 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.39%) Northgate Housing
3 6 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
3 6 (0.34%) Siebel CRM
3 6 (0.34%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 6 (0.34%) Teamcenter
4 5 (0.28%) HiPortfolio
4 5 (0.28%) Lawson
5 4 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.22%) NetSuite
5 4 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
5 4 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
6 3 (0.17%) Endur
6 3 (0.17%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.17%) Oracle Utilities
6 3 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 3 (0.17%) SAP BPC
6 3 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 630 (35.27%) Azure
2 262 (14.67%) AWS
3 215 (12.04%) Power Platform
4 123 (6.89%) GCP
5 118 (6.61%) Serverless
6 91 (5.10%) AWS Lambda
7 84 (4.70%) Amazon ECS
8 71 (3.98%) Apigee
9 60 (3.36%) GitHub
10 56 (3.14%) Office 365
11 54 (3.02%) Azure Data Factory
12 48 (2.69%) Logic Apps
13 47 (2.63%) SaaS
14 43 (2.41%) Azure Active Directory
15 41 (2.30%) PaaS
16 38 (2.13%) Dynamics 365
17 36 (2.02%) PowerApps
18 31 (1.74%) IaaS
19 26 (1.46%) Azure Functions
20 21 (1.18%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 92 (5.15%) DNS
2 48 (2.69%) DHCP
3 46 (2.58%) Firewall
4 37 (2.07%) HTTP
5 34 (1.90%) SAN
5 34 (1.90%) Skype
6 24 (1.34%) SSL
7 22 (1.23%) Internet
8 17 (0.95%) TCP/IP
8 17 (0.95%) WAN
9 13 (0.73%) SSH
9 13 (0.73%) VPN
10 12 (0.67%) Intrusion Detection
10 12 (0.67%) Network Security
11 11 (0.62%) Remote Desktop
11 11 (0.62%) VoIP
11 11 (0.62%) Wireless
12 9 (0.50%) LAN
13 8 (0.45%) FTP
13 8 (0.45%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 246 (13.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 244 (13.66%) MySQL
3 231 (12.93%) Data Warehouse
4 190 (10.64%) PostgreSQL
5 187 (10.47%) Power BI
6 163 (9.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 159 (8.90%) Relational Database
8 118 (6.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 99 (5.54%) NoSQL
10 91 (5.10%) MongoDB
11 87 (4.87%) Azure SQL Database
12 80 (4.48%) Amazon Redshift
13 69 (3.86%) Oracle Database
14 61 (3.42%) RDBMS
15 57 (3.19%) SQL Server 2016
16 56 (3.14%) Tableau
17 54 (3.02%) SQL Server 2008
18 52 (2.91%) SQL Server 2012
19 46 (2.58%) Data Lake
20 39 (2.18%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 190 (10.64%) Git (software)
2 176 (9.85%) Jenkins
3 132 (7.39%) JIRA
4 103 (5.77%) GitLab
5 101 (5.66%) Visual Studio
6 86 (4.82%) Team Foundation Server
7 81 (4.54%) Artifactory
8 55 (3.08%) Subversion
9 51 (2.86%) Selenium
10 49 (2.74%) Bitbucket
11 41 (2.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 40 (2.24%) Visual Studio Team System
13 39 (2.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 38 (2.13%) Maven
14 38 (2.13%) TeamCity
15 33 (1.85%) JUnit
16 30 (1.68%) FishEye
17 28 (1.57%) Cucumber
17 28 (1.57%) NUnit
18 27 (1.51%) SpecFlow
General
1 451 (25.25%) Finance
2 298 (16.69%) Banking
3 129 (7.22%) Public Sector
4 93 (5.21%) Investment Banking
5 92 (5.15%) Front Office
6 65 (3.64%) Back Office
7 27 (1.51%) Retail
8 25 (1.40%) Law
9 22 (1.23%) Legal
10 19 (1.06%) Financial Institution
10 19 (1.06%) Marketing
11 18 (1.01%) Pharmaceutical
12 16 (0.90%) Manufacturing
13 15 (0.84%) Telecoms
14 13 (0.73%) Advertising
15 12 (0.67%) Electronics
15 12 (0.67%) Local Government
16 9 (0.50%) Military
17 6 (0.34%) Police
18 5 (0.28%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 862 (48.26%) Developer
2 230 (12.88%) .NET Developer
3 179 (10.02%) C# Developer
4 176 (9.85%) SQL Developer
5 160 (8.96%) Architect
6 136 (7.61%) Java Developer
7 101 (5.66%) DBA
8 95 (5.32%) Analyst
8 95 (5.32%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 90 (5.04%) Software Engineer
10 86 (4.82%) C# .NET Developer
11 85 (4.76%) Senior Developer
12 79 (4.42%) Data Architect
13 73 (4.09%) Administrator
14 68 (3.81%) Developer/Software Engineer
15 67 (3.75%) Full Stack Developer
16 65 (3.64%) SQL DBA
17 64 (3.58%) Data Engineer
18 63 (3.53%) AWS Engineer
18 63 (3.53%) Java Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 537 (30.07%) .NET
2 261 (14.61%) Web Services
3 209 (11.70%) ASP.NET
4 203 (11.37%) HTML
5 172 (9.63%) CSS
6 153 (8.57%) .NET Framework
7 151 (8.45%) AngularJS
8 123 (6.89%) .NET Core
8 123 (6.89%) XML
9 115 (6.44%) REST
10 104 (5.82%) React
11 97 (5.43%) JSON
11 97 (5.43%) RESTful
12 95 (5.32%) gRPC
13 85 (4.76%) jQuery
13 85 (4.76%) Swagger
14 81 (4.54%) ASP.NET Web API
14 81 (4.54%) Entity Framework
15 75 (4.20%) OAuth
16 71 (3.98%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 130 (7.28%) Analytical Skills
2 85 (4.76%) Hedge funds
3 80 (4.48%) Fixed Income
4 72 (4.03%) Greenfield Project
5 59 (3.30%) Management Information System
6 56 (3.14%) Data Centre
7 53 (2.97%) Derivative
8 45 (2.52%) User Experience
9 43 (2.41%) Enterprise Software
10 42 (2.35%) NHS
11 38 (2.13%) Clustering
12 33 (1.85%) PKI
12 33 (1.85%) Replication
13 31 (1.74%) Equities
13 31 (1.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 25 (1.40%) Private Cloud
14 25 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
15 21 (1.18%) Public Cloud
16 18 (1.01%) Client/Server
16 18 (1.01%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 425 (23.80%) Windows
2 203 (11.37%) Linux
3 184 (10.30%) Windows Server
4 112 (6.27%) Unix
5 81 (4.54%) Windows Server 2012
5 81 (4.54%) Windows Server 2016
6 50 (2.80%) Windows 10
7 46 (2.58%) Windows Server 2008
8 45 (2.52%) Windows Server 2019
9 30 (1.68%) Windows 7
10 21 (1.18%) Android
10 21 (1.18%) CentOS
11 19 (1.06%) Apple iOS
11 19 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 16 (0.90%) AIX
13 13 (0.73%) Mac OS X
14 10 (0.56%) VMS
15 9 (0.50%) Ubuntu
16 6 (0.34%) Debian
16 6 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 600 (33.59%) Agile Software Development
2 430 (24.08%) DevOps
3 310 (17.36%) Business Intelligence
4 240 (13.44%) Microservices
5 204 (11.42%) Migration
6 152 (8.51%) MVC
7 151 (8.45%) ETL
8 150 (8.40%) Scrum
9 148 (8.29%) Data Modelling
10 142 (7.95%) Software Engineering
11 141 (7.89%) Asset Management
12 140 (7.84%) Problem-Solving
13 133 (7.45%) TDD
14 128 (7.17%) Test Automation
15 120 (6.72%) ITIL
16 103 (5.77%) Mentoring
17 101 (5.66%) SDLC
18 98 (5.49%) Continuous Integration
19 92 (5.15%) Data Migration
20 90 (5.04%) Investment Management
Programming Languages
1 964 (53.98%) SQL
2 554 (31.02%) C#
3 353 (19.76%) Java
4 308 (17.25%) JavaScript
5 289 (16.18%) Python
6 245 (13.72%) PowerShell
7 243 (13.61%) T-SQL
8 74 (4.14%) PL/SQL
9 67 (3.75%) VB
10 55 (3.08%) TypeScript
11 52 (2.91%) Bash Shell
12 40 (2.24%) VB.NET
13 35 (1.96%) Perl
14 34 (1.90%) C++
15 33 (1.85%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 31 (1.74%) C
16 31 (1.74%) Shell Script
17 26 (1.46%) Groovy
17 26 (1.46%) VBA
18 23 (1.29%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 279 (15.62%) Security Cleared
2 195 (10.92%) SC Cleared
3 86 (4.82%) DV Cleared
4 74 (4.14%) Degree
5 49 (2.74%) Microsoft Certification
6 27 (1.51%) Computer Science Degree
7 25 (1.40%) Sun Certification
8 16 (0.90%) MCSE
9 13 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
10 12 (0.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 12 (0.67%) TOGAF Certification
11 11 (0.62%) MCSA
12 8 (0.45%) ISTQB
12 8 (0.45%) Master's Degree
13 7 (0.39%) CISSP
13 7 (0.39%) MCSD
14 6 (0.34%) ISEB
14 6 (0.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 5 (0.28%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (2.91%) QA
2 45 (2.52%) Data Quality
3 36 (2.02%) GDPR
4 21 (1.18%) SLA
5 18 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 14 (0.78%) Cyber Essentials
6 14 (0.78%) Government Security Classifications
6 14 (0.78%) HIPAA
7 13 (0.73%) NCSC
8 10 (0.56%) COBIT
9 9 (0.50%) PCI DSS
10 7 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 5 (0.28%) MiFID
11 5 (0.28%) NIST
12 4 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 3 (0.17%) ISO 9001
14 2 (0.11%) GxP
14 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 2 (0.11%) SNOMED CT
14 2 (0.11%) WCAG
System Software
1 239 (13.38%) Active Directory
2 188 (10.53%) Docker
3 94 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 51 (2.86%) Hyper-V
5 28 (1.57%) VMware ESXi
6 22 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
6 22 (1.23%) vSphere
7 20 (1.12%) VMware NSX
8 18 (1.01%) Microsoft App-V
9 14 (0.78%) XenApp
10 13 (0.73%) GlusterFS
10 13 (0.73%) VMware Workstation
11 11 (0.62%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 9 (0.50%) HDFS
12 9 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
13 6 (0.34%) vCloud
14 5 (0.28%) GeoWebCache
15 4 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
15 4 (0.22%) XenDesktop
16 3 (0.17%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 162 (9.07%) Kubernetes
2 98 (5.49%) Ansible
3 81 (4.54%) Terraform
4 37 (2.07%) Puppet
5 33 (1.85%) Single Sign-On
6 32 (1.79%) SCCM
7 28 (1.57%) Grafana
7 28 (1.57%) Opscode Chef
8 19 (1.06%) Prometheus
9 17 (0.95%) WSUS
10 15 (0.84%) SCOM
11 13 (0.73%) HP Quality Center
11 13 (0.73%) Nagios
12 11 (0.62%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 11 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
13 10 (0.56%) Kibana
13 10 (0.56%) vCenter Server
14 9 (0.50%) Control-M
15 7 (0.39%) Foglight
16 6 (0.34%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 608 (34.04%) Microsoft
2 433 (24.24%) Oracle
3 122 (6.83%) VMware
4 108 (6.05%) Google
5 76 (4.26%) Sybase
6 72 (4.03%) SAP
7 48 (2.69%) Citrix
8 42 (2.35%) Databricks
9 40 (2.24%) Cisco
10 39 (2.18%) IBM
11 35 (1.96%) HP
12 33 (1.85%) Atlassian
13 28 (1.57%) ESRI
13 28 (1.57%) Red Hat
14 27 (1.51%) Informatica
14 27 (1.51%) Splunk
15 24 (1.34%) Dell
16 23 (1.29%) Lumension
16 23 (1.29%) Sophos
17 22 (1.23%) McAfee