Period
to 28 March 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 March 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 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 26 24 24
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 -5
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 3,924 6,708 7,086
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.22% 6.94% 6.98%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 29.79% 31.12% 31.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,659 4,950 5,186
Median daily rate £438 £438 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.55% +5.63%
10th Percentile £310 £313 £290
90th Percentile £631 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 105 76
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.81% -28.75% +45.45%
10th Percentile £17.83 £16.02 £16.50
90th Percentile £68.75 £49.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +16.67% -29.41% +21.43%

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 13,170 21,554 22,398
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.88% 22.29% 22.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,626 14,866 15,506
Median daily rate £475 £475 £470
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.06% +7.43%
10th Percentile £320 £325 £311
90th Percentile £675 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +4.71% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 251 241
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
10th Percentile £15.00 £13.25 £14.75
90th Percentile £55.00 £56.50 £53.50
Median hourly rate £26.71 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -23.68% -12.50% +58.76%

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 28 March 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 28 March 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 28 March 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 3,553 £445 -0.80% 1,996
UK excluding London -7 2,145 £400 - 1,678
London -1 1,689 £498 -0.50% 449
South East -3 574 £425 - 411
North of England -3 557 £388 +3.33% 492
Midlands -7 305 £388 -3.13% 309
North West -4 301 £390 +4.00% 275
South West -25 232 £429 +0.88% 184
Scotland -13 211 £425 +13.33% 71
West Midlands +3 209 £400 -5.88% 180
Yorkshire -3 205 £388 +3.33% 181
East of England +6 180 £400 -3.03% 152
Work from Home +9 115 £425 -5.41% 137
East Midlands -16 95 £350 -6.67% 129
Wales +1 79 £425 +2.41% 46
North East 0 56 £389 -2.81% 36
Northern Ireland -13 9 £425 +7.94% 11

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 2,060 (52.50%) SQL
2 1,435 (36.57%) .NET
3 1,427 (36.37%) C#
4 1,381 (35.19%) Microsoft
5 1,252 (31.91%) Azure
6 1,095 (27.91%) Agile Software Development
7 777 (19.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 774 (19.72%) JavaScript
9 745 (18.99%) Windows
10 735 (18.73%) Finance
11 725 (18.48%) Business Intelligence
12 656 (16.72%) Oracle
13 634 (16.16%) T-SQL
14 600 (15.29%) HTML
15 563 (14.35%) ASP.NET
16 522 (13.30%) CSS
17 521 (13.28%) Data Warehouse
18 517 (13.18%) ETL
19 513 (13.07%) MVC
20 512 (13.05%) DevOps
21 510 (13.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 482 (12.28%) AngularJS
23 456 (11.62%) Migration
23 456 (11.62%) Power Platform
24 443 (11.29%) Power BI
25 430 (10.96%) Java
26 428 (10.91%) AWS
27 405 (10.32%) .NET Framework
28 401 (10.22%) Active Directory
29 390 (9.94%) PowerShell

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
1 248 (6.32%) SharePoint
2 203 (5.17%) IIS
3 105 (2.68%) MS Exchange
4 74 (1.89%) Confluence
5 70 (1.78%) Skype for Business
6 67 (1.71%) JBoss
7 65 (1.66%) Apache
8 61 (1.55%) Apache Spark
9 56 (1.43%) CMS
10 55 (1.40%) WebLogic
11 51 (1.30%) Exchange Server 2013
12 50 (1.27%) BizTalk Server
13 47 (1.20%) Red Hat Fuse
14 43 (1.10%) Elasticsearch
15 42 (1.07%) MQSeries
15 42 (1.07%) Tomcat
16 32 (0.82%) Umbraco
17 29 (0.74%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 28 (0.71%) WebSphere
19 27 (0.69%) SAS
Applications
1 266 (6.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 98 (2.50%) Microsoft Office
3 37 (0.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 32 (0.82%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (0.20%) Windchill
7 7 (0.18%) XMetaL
8 6 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
9 5 (0.13%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.051%) FileZilla
10 2 (0.051%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.051%) Stata
11 1 (0.025%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.025%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.025%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 106 (2.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 22 (0.56%) BusinessWorks
3 19 (0.48%) Oracle EBS
4 15 (0.38%) NetSuite
5 14 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
6 10 (0.25%) Magento
7 9 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
8 7 (0.18%) Elite 3E
8 7 (0.18%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 6 (0.15%) SAP ERP
10 5 (0.13%) Scribe Insight
11 4 (0.10%) Line 500
11 4 (0.10%) Remedy ITSM
11 4 (0.10%) thinkFolio
12 3 (0.076%) Dynamics GP
12 3 (0.076%) Oracle 11i
12 3 (0.076%) Oracle Receivables
12 3 (0.076%) Payment Gateway
12 3 (0.076%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 3 (0.076%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1,252 (31.91%) Azure
2 456 (11.62%) Power Platform
3 428 (10.91%) AWS
4 222 (5.66%) Office 365
5 122 (3.11%) PaaS
6 115 (2.93%) Azure Data Factory
7 113 (2.88%) SaaS
8 98 (2.50%) IaaS
9 95 (2.42%) GCP
10 84 (2.14%) Azure Active Directory
11 81 (2.06%) Dynamics 365
11 81 (2.06%) GitHub
12 74 (1.89%) Serverless
13 57 (1.45%) Azure Functions
14 39 (0.99%) PowerApps
15 26 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
16 22 (0.56%) Azure Stack
17 19 (0.48%) Microsoft Flow
18 16 (0.41%) npm
19 13 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 147 (3.75%) DNS
2 121 (3.08%) SAN
3 115 (2.93%) DHCP
4 70 (1.78%) Firewall
5 65 (1.66%) WAN
6 63 (1.61%) HTTP
7 60 (1.53%) LAN
8 51 (1.30%) Skype
9 48 (1.22%) TCP/IP
10 37 (0.94%) VPN
11 31 (0.79%) Internet
12 27 (0.69%) VoIP
13 26 (0.66%) NetScaler
14 18 (0.46%) FTP
14 18 (0.46%) MPLS
15 17 (0.43%) NAS
15 17 (0.43%) Network Security
15 17 (0.43%) SSL
16 15 (0.38%) HTTPS
16 15 (0.38%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 777 (19.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 521 (13.28%) Data Warehouse
3 510 (13.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 443 (11.29%) Power BI
5 388 (9.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 307 (7.82%) Relational Database
7 284 (7.24%) MySQL
8 221 (5.63%) SQL Server 2016
9 211 (5.38%) SQL Server 2012
10 199 (5.07%) SQL Server 2008
11 196 (4.99%) PostgreSQL
12 170 (4.33%) MongoDB
13 169 (4.31%) Azure SQL Database
14 131 (3.34%) SQL Server 2014
15 129 (3.29%) RDBMS
16 124 (3.16%) Big Data
16 124 (3.16%) NoSQL
17 113 (2.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 112 (2.85%) Oracle Database
19 100 (2.55%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 347 (8.84%) Git (software)
2 307 (7.82%) Visual Studio
3 266 (6.78%) Team Foundation Server
4 170 (4.33%) JIRA
5 135 (3.44%) Jenkins
6 124 (3.16%) Octopus Deploy
7 122 (3.11%) TeamCity
8 115 (2.93%) Selenium
9 85 (2.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 81 (2.06%) Subversion
11 77 (1.96%) Visual Studio Team System
12 54 (1.38%) Moq
13 47 (1.20%) JUnit
14 46 (1.17%) Cucumber
15 36 (0.92%) NUnit
16 34 (0.87%) Maven
17 30 (0.76%) Bitbucket
17 30 (0.76%) SpecFlow
18 29 (0.74%) MSTest
19 27 (0.69%) MSBuild
General
1 735 (18.73%) Finance
2 309 (7.87%) Public Sector
3 172 (4.38%) Banking
4 137 (3.49%) Front Office
5 132 (3.36%) Retail
6 65 (1.66%) Law
7 56 (1.43%) Manufacturing
8 48 (1.22%) Investment Banking
9 44 (1.12%) Marketing
10 41 (1.04%) Legal
11 38 (0.97%) Telecoms
12 28 (0.71%) Back Office
13 27 (0.69%) Local Government
14 22 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
15 20 (0.51%) Financial Institution
16 19 (0.48%) Electronics
17 16 (0.41%) Aerospace
18 15 (0.38%) Games
19 14 (0.36%) Automotive
20 13 (0.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,980 (50.46%) Developer
2 604 (15.39%) .NET Developer
3 443 (11.29%) C# Developer
4 363 (9.25%) SQL Developer
5 334 (8.51%) Analyst
6 279 (7.11%) Architect
7 244 (6.22%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 239 (6.09%) DBA
9 203 (5.17%) C# .NET Developer
10 182 (4.64%) SQL DBA
11 157 (4.00%) Senior Developer
12 148 (3.77%) Data Engineer
13 123 (3.13%) Full Stack Developer
14 122 (3.11%) Consultant
15 107 (2.73%) Azure Engineer
16 105 (2.68%) Software Developer
17 104 (2.65%) Azure Developer
17 104 (2.65%) Java Developer
18 100 (2.55%) SQL Server Developer
19 98 (2.50%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,435 (36.57%) .NET
2 600 (15.29%) HTML
3 563 (14.35%) ASP.NET
4 522 (13.30%) CSS
5 482 (12.28%) AngularJS
6 405 (10.32%) .NET Framework
7 385 (9.81%) Web Services
8 379 (9.66%) XML
9 304 (7.75%) .NET Core
10 293 (7.47%) React
11 267 (6.80%) REST
12 243 (6.19%) jQuery
13 239 (6.09%) ASP.NET MVC
14 238 (6.07%) ASP.NET Web API
15 221 (5.63%) JSON
16 216 (5.50%) Entity Framework
17 190 (4.84%) SOAP
18 168 (4.28%) HTML5
19 156 (3.98%) RESTful
20 130 (3.31%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 385 (9.81%) Analytical Skills
2 155 (3.95%) Greenfield Project
3 108 (2.75%) Data Centre
4 95 (2.42%) Management Information System
5 91 (2.32%) Replication
6 85 (2.17%) NHS
7 82 (2.09%) Clustering
8 81 (2.06%) User Experience
9 76 (1.94%) Data Structures
10 63 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
11 61 (1.55%) Hedge funds
12 60 (1.53%) Algorithms
12 60 (1.53%) Fixed Income
13 56 (1.43%) Self-Motivation
14 49 (1.25%) PKI
15 43 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 39 (0.99%) Equities
16 39 (0.99%) Public Cloud
17 36 (0.92%) Mobile App
18 30 (0.76%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 745 (18.99%) Windows
2 344 (8.77%) Windows Server
3 275 (7.01%) Linux
4 168 (4.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 142 (3.62%) Unix
6 136 (3.47%) Windows Server 2008
7 119 (3.03%) Windows Server 2016
8 67 (1.71%) Windows 10
9 62 (1.58%) Android
10 49 (1.25%) Windows Server 2019
11 36 (0.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 28 (0.71%) Windows 7
13 27 (0.69%) Apple iOS
14 23 (0.59%) Solaris
15 19 (0.48%) AIX
15 19 (0.48%) VMS
16 17 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
17 11 (0.28%) CentOS
17 11 (0.28%) Windows XP
18 8 (0.20%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,095 (27.91%) Agile Software Development
2 725 (18.48%) Business Intelligence
3 517 (13.18%) ETL
4 513 (13.07%) MVC
5 512 (13.05%) DevOps
6 456 (11.62%) Migration
7 348 (8.87%) TDD
8 313 (7.98%) Scrum
9 309 (7.87%) Problem-Solving
10 297 (7.57%) Data Modelling
10 297 (7.57%) Microservices
11 270 (6.88%) Continuous Integration
12 260 (6.63%) Test Automation
13 243 (6.19%) Analytics
14 223 (5.68%) OO
15 211 (5.38%) Software Engineering
16 193 (4.92%) High Availability
17 180 (4.59%) SDLC
18 179 (4.56%) Visualisation
19 177 (4.51%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 2,060 (52.50%) SQL
2 1,427 (36.37%) C#
3 774 (19.72%) JavaScript
4 634 (16.16%) T-SQL
5 430 (10.96%) Java
6 390 (9.94%) PowerShell
7 298 (7.59%) Python
8 140 (3.57%) PL/SQL
9 110 (2.80%) TypeScript
10 107 (2.73%) VB
11 95 (2.42%) VBA
12 84 (2.14%) VB.NET
13 74 (1.89%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 59 (1.50%) Bash Shell
14 59 (1.50%) R
15 58 (1.48%) PHP
16 54 (1.38%) C
17 51 (1.30%) C++
18 47 (1.20%) Scala
19 46 (1.17%) Perl
Qualifications
1 376 (9.58%) Security Cleared
2 277 (7.06%) SC Cleared
3 212 (5.40%) Degree
4 100 (2.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 63 (1.61%) Computer Science Degree
6 46 (1.17%) DV Cleared
7 33 (0.84%) MCSE
8 27 (0.69%) MCSA
9 20 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
10 19 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
10 19 (0.48%) Citrix Certification
11 16 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
12 15 (0.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 14 (0.36%) ISEB
14 13 (0.33%) CCNA
14 13 (0.33%) Master's Degree
15 12 (0.31%) MCP
16 11 (0.28%) CCA
16 11 (0.28%) MCITP
17 9 (0.23%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (3.24%) QA
2 71 (1.81%) SLA
3 59 (1.50%) Data Quality
4 49 (1.25%) GDPR
5 25 (0.64%) WCAG
6 17 (0.43%) Solvency II
7 15 (0.38%) IFRS
8 14 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 12 (0.31%) MiFID
10 11 (0.28%) NCSC
11 9 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 8 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
12 8 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
12 8 (0.20%) HL7
13 7 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 5 (0.13%) NIST
15 4 (0.10%) BS7799
15 4 (0.10%) COBIT
15 4 (0.10%) GxP
15 4 (0.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 401 (10.22%) Active Directory
2 200 (5.10%) Docker
3 173 (4.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 116 (2.96%) Hyper-V
5 64 (1.63%) XenApp
6 58 (1.48%) Virtual Machines
7 47 (1.20%) VMware ESXi
8 38 (0.97%) vSphere
9 31 (0.79%) XenDesktop
10 23 (0.59%) Oracle RAC
11 22 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
12 17 (0.43%) Microsoft App-V
13 12 (0.31%) HDFS
13 12 (0.31%) Terminal Services
14 11 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 9 (0.23%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 9 (0.23%) EMC RecoverPoint
16 8 (0.20%) Postfix
16 8 (0.20%) VMware Workstation
17 7 (0.18%) NFS
Systems Management
1 139 (3.54%) Kubernetes
2 121 (3.08%) SCCM
3 47 (1.20%) Puppet
4 44 (1.12%) SCOM
5 43 (1.10%) Ansible
6 41 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
7 40 (1.02%) Terraform
8 39 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
9 24 (0.61%) WSUS
10 23 (0.59%) MIIS
10 23 (0.59%) Rancher
11 20 (0.51%) NetBackup
11 20 (0.51%) Oracle RMAN
11 20 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
12 18 (0.46%) Data Guard
13 16 (0.41%) Failover Clustering
14 15 (0.38%) Control-M
14 15 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
15 13 (0.33%) AirWatch
15 13 (0.33%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 1,381 (35.19%) Microsoft
2 656 (16.72%) Oracle
3 301 (7.67%) VMware
4 162 (4.13%) Tableau
5 120 (3.06%) SAP
6 106 (2.70%) Citrix
7 96 (2.45%) Google
8 93 (2.37%) Sybase
9 80 (2.04%) Red Hat
10 79 (2.01%) Cisco
11 64 (1.63%) HP
12 59 (1.50%) IBM
13 53 (1.35%) Databricks
14 51 (1.30%) MuleSoft
15 44 (1.12%) Axway
16 42 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
17 39 (0.99%) Cognos
17 39 (0.99%) Remedy
18 38 (0.97%) TIBCO
18 38 (0.97%) Xamarin