Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 25 23 20
Rank change year-on-year -2 -3 -9
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 7,350 6,697 8,213
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.18% 7.00% 7.53%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.52% 30.99% 33.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,355 4,794 5,755
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £291 £280 £263
90th Percentile £600 £575 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 107 181
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +15.38% +21.50%
10th Percentile £16.97 £16.22 £12.75
90th Percentile £50.50 £57.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.50 £39.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -6.41% +20.00% +18.18%

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 23,317 21,611 24,169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.79% 22.59% 22.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,276 14,403 16,207
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £281
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 236 253 383
UK median hourly rate £28.75 £31.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.26% +8.77% +4.34%
10th Percentile £13.25 £11.26 £11.50
90th Percentile £53.13 £52.50 £49.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.75 £31.75 £29.76
% change year-on-year -9.45% +6.68% +8.23%

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 16 August 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 16 August 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 16 August 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 6,645 £425 +6.25% 2,799
UK excluding London -2 4,094 £375 +3.45% 2,071
London +4 3,174 £486 +2.37% 895
South East -6 1,088 £400 +6.67% 506
North of England -4 951 £360 +2.86% 552
Midlands -1 634 £375 +7.91% 389
South West +3 491 £375 +0.40% 235
North West -5 452 £363 +2.11% 294
Scotland +4 408 £400 +6.67% 108
Yorkshire +1 401 £365 +4.89% 210
West Midlands -4 390 £400 +11.11% 191
East of England -3 308 £400 +10.34% 222
East Midlands -2 243 £350 +6.87% 198
Wales +7 180 £400 +14.29% 40
North East +12 98 £300 -7.69% 48
Northern Ireland +3 49 £432 +7.07% 16
Channel Islands - 3 - - 2

For the 6 months to 16 August 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 3,863 (52.56%) SQL
2 3,265 (44.42%) .NET
3 3,154 (42.91%) C#
4 2,627 (35.74%) Agile Software Development
5 2,526 (34.37%) Microsoft
6 1,676 (22.80%) Finance
7 1,633 (22.22%) JavaScript
8 1,488 (20.24%) Microsoft Azure
9 1,474 (20.05%) ASP.NET
10 1,465 (19.93%) MVC
11 1,417 (19.28%) Windows
12 1,341 (18.24%) Oracle
13 1,239 (16.86%) HTML
14 1,218 (16.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 1,158 (15.76%) Business Intelligence
16 1,140 (15.51%) T-SQL
17 1,060 (14.42%) CSS
18 1,003 (13.65%) AngularJS
19 957 (13.02%) TDD
20 941 (12.80%) .NET Framework
21 934 (12.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 862 (11.73%) ASP.NET Web API
23 839 (11.41%) Data Warehouse
24 824 (11.21%) Scrum
25 820 (11.16%) ETL
26 770 (10.48%) Web Services
27 761 (10.35%) Java
28 738 (10.04%) ASP.NET MVC
29 726 (9.88%) jQuery
30 724 (9.85%) 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
1 416 (5.66%) SharePoint
2 398 (5.41%) IIS
3 211 (2.87%) MS Exchange
4 175 (2.38%) Apache Spark
5 166 (2.26%) Apache
6 162 (2.20%) Confluence
7 159 (2.16%) CMS
8 125 (1.70%) Elasticsearch
9 109 (1.48%) WebSphere
10 96 (1.31%) BizTalk Server
11 94 (1.28%) SharePoint 2013
12 90 (1.22%) Tomcat
13 85 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2010
14 83 (1.13%) NServiceBus
15 77 (1.05%) Skype for Business
16 75 (1.02%) JBoss
17 67 (0.91%) SharePoint 2010
18 64 (0.87%) SAS
19 59 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
20 58 (0.79%) Umbraco
Applications
1 452 (6.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 177 (2.41%) Microsoft Office
3 89 (1.21%) MS Visio
4 45 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
5 36 (0.49%) InfoPath
6 27 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 23 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
8 8 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 6 (0.082%) Acrobat
10 4 (0.054%) SPSS
11 2 (0.027%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.027%) Shockwave
11 2 (0.027%) Stata
12 1 (0.014%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.014%) HipChat
Business Applications
1 176 (2.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 43 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 28 (0.38%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 25 (0.34%) Markit EDM
5 22 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
6 19 (0.26%) thinkFolio
7 14 (0.19%) NetSuite
7 14 (0.19%) Sage 200
7 14 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 13 (0.18%) Actimize
8 13 (0.18%) SAP ERP
9 11 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
10 10 (0.14%) ION MarketView
10 10 (0.14%) Magento
11 9 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
12 8 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
12 8 (0.11%) SAP APO
12 8 (0.11%) SAP MM
13 7 (0.095%) Elite 3E
14 6 (0.082%) PeopleSoft HCM
Cloud Services
1 1,488 (20.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 647 (8.80%) Amazon AWS
3 248 (3.37%) Office 365
4 161 (2.19%) PaaS
5 126 (1.71%) SaaS
6 125 (1.70%) IaaS
7 93 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
8 89 (1.21%) Azure Data Factory
9 86 (1.17%) Dynamics 365
10 73 (0.99%) Amazon EC2
11 67 (0.91%) Serverless
12 64 (0.87%) Amazon S3
13 61 (0.83%) Google Cloud Platform
14 57 (0.78%) GitHub
15 56 (0.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 55 (0.75%) npm
17 38 (0.52%) NuGet
18 28 (0.38%) Azure Functions
19 24 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
20 18 (0.24%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 185 (2.52%) DNS
2 182 (2.48%) Firewall
3 179 (2.44%) SAN
4 101 (1.37%) DHCP
4 101 (1.37%) HTTP
4 101 (1.37%) Internet
5 96 (1.31%) TCP/IP
6 88 (1.20%) LAN
7 79 (1.07%) WAN
8 57 (0.78%) NAS
9 56 (0.76%) SSL
10 48 (0.65%) Skype
11 42 (0.57%) VPN
12 41 (0.56%) Intranet
13 32 (0.44%) Network Security
14 31 (0.42%) Kerberos
14 31 (0.42%) SMS
15 29 (0.39%) VoIP
16 28 (0.38%) VLAN
17 26 (0.35%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,218 (16.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 934 (12.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 839 (11.41%) Data Warehouse
4 682 (9.28%) Relational Database
5 655 (8.91%) SQL Server 2012
6 550 (7.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 546 (7.43%) SQL Server 2008
8 545 (7.41%) Power BI
9 473 (6.44%) SQL Server 2016
10 445 (6.05%) MySQL
11 356 (4.84%) Big Data
12 339 (4.61%) SQL Server 2014
13 321 (4.37%) NoSQL
14 297 (4.04%) PostgreSQL
15 293 (3.99%) MongoDB
16 270 (3.67%) RDBMS
17 260 (3.54%) Hadoop
18 251 (3.41%) Oracle Database
19 163 (2.22%) DB2
20 159 (2.16%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 704 (9.58%) Visual Studio
2 694 (9.44%) Git (software)
3 673 (9.16%) Team Foundation Server
4 378 (5.14%) JIRA
5 325 (4.42%) Jenkins
6 243 (3.31%) NUnit
7 237 (3.22%) Visual Studio Team System
8 232 (3.16%) Selenium
9 217 (2.95%) Subversion
10 196 (2.67%) SpecFlow
11 180 (2.45%) TeamCity
12 174 (2.37%) Octopus Deploy
13 111 (1.51%) Maven
14 90 (1.22%) Bitbucket
15 86 (1.17%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 83 (1.13%) MSTest
17 80 (1.09%) JUnit
18 76 (1.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 74 (1.01%) SoapUI
20 68 (0.93%) Cucumber
General
1 1,676 (22.80%) Finance
2 647 (8.80%) Banking
3 298 (4.05%) Front Office
4 255 (3.47%) Retail
5 196 (2.67%) Investment Banking
6 128 (1.74%) Legal
7 114 (1.55%) Marketing
8 100 (1.36%) Back Office
9 87 (1.18%) Telecoms
10 81 (1.10%) Financial Institution
11 80 (1.09%) Manufacturing
12 70 (0.95%) Advertising
12 70 (0.95%) Law
13 56 (0.76%) Publishing
14 42 (0.57%) Games
15 39 (0.53%) Electronics
16 21 (0.29%) Local Government
17 19 (0.26%) Billing
18 17 (0.23%) Automotive
19 14 (0.19%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 4,261 (57.97%) Developer
2 1,567 (21.32%) .NET Developer
3 1,304 (17.74%) C# Developer
4 853 (11.61%) SQL Developer
5 724 (9.85%) C# .NET Developer
6 646 (8.79%) Analyst
7 425 (5.78%) Senior Developer
8 407 (5.54%) Architect
9 377 (5.13%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 376 (5.12%) Full Stack Developer
11 333 (4.53%) DBA
12 330 (4.49%) ASP.NET Developer
13 279 (3.80%) SQL Server Developer
14 263 (3.58%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 253 (3.44%) SQL DBA
16 250 (3.40%) Consultant
17 244 (3.32%) Java Developer
18 233 (3.17%) Angular Developer
19 216 (2.94%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
20 212 (2.88%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3,265 (44.42%) .NET
2 1,474 (20.05%) ASP.NET
3 1,239 (16.86%) HTML
4 1,060 (14.42%) CSS
5 1,003 (13.65%) AngularJS
6 941 (12.80%) .NET Framework
7 862 (11.73%) ASP.NET Web API
8 770 (10.48%) Web Services
9 738 (10.04%) ASP.NET MVC
10 726 (9.88%) jQuery
11 582 (7.92%) XML
12 551 (7.50%) Entity Framework
13 538 (7.32%) WCF
14 468 (6.37%) REST
15 415 (5.65%) HTML5
16 405 (5.51%) JSON
17 372 (5.06%) .NET Core
18 340 (4.63%) WPF
19 330 (4.49%) RESTful
20 325 (4.42%) React
Miscellaneous
1 505 (6.87%) Analytical Skills
2 405 (5.51%) Greenfield Project
3 188 (2.56%) Clustering
4 184 (2.50%) Self-Motivation
5 177 (2.41%) Enterprise Software
6 166 (2.26%) Fixed Income
7 158 (2.15%) User Experience
8 155 (2.11%) Computer Science
9 151 (2.05%) Fintech
10 128 (1.74%) Data Centre
11 122 (1.66%) Management Information System
12 108 (1.47%) Algorithms
13 96 (1.31%) Derivative
14 94 (1.28%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 92 (1.25%) Replication
16 90 (1.22%) Data Structures
17 73 (0.99%) PKI
18 67 (0.91%) Equities
19 63 (0.86%) Hedge funds
19 63 (0.86%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1,417 (19.28%) Windows
2 724 (9.85%) Windows Server
3 657 (8.94%) Linux
4 365 (4.97%) Unix
5 295 (4.01%) Windows Server 2012
6 254 (3.46%) Windows Server 2008
7 122 (1.66%) Windows Server 2003
8 113 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 113 (1.54%) Windows 10
9 85 (1.16%) Windows 7
10 65 (0.88%) Apple iOS
11 60 (0.82%) Solaris
12 59 (0.80%) Android
13 42 (0.57%) AIX
14 33 (0.45%) CentOS
15 32 (0.44%) Ubuntu
16 29 (0.39%) Windows Phone
17 23 (0.31%) VMS
17 23 (0.31%) Windows Phone 8
18 14 (0.19%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,627 (35.74%) Agile Software Development
2 1,465 (19.93%) MVC
3 1,158 (15.76%) Business Intelligence
4 957 (13.02%) TDD
5 824 (11.21%) Scrum
6 820 (11.16%) ETL
7 614 (8.35%) Migration
8 562 (7.65%) Continuous Integration
9 560 (7.62%) Test Automation
10 552 (7.51%) Problem-Solving
11 545 (7.41%) DevOps
12 494 (6.72%) Unit Testing
13 479 (6.52%) Analytics
14 438 (5.96%) SDLC
15 427 (5.81%) BDD
16 422 (5.74%) Microservices
17 418 (5.69%) Data Modelling
18 395 (5.37%) OO
19 372 (5.06%) E-Commerce
20 354 (4.82%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 3,863 (52.56%) SQL
2 3,154 (42.91%) C#
3 1,633 (22.22%) JavaScript
4 1,140 (15.51%) T-SQL
5 761 (10.35%) Java
6 667 (9.07%) PowerShell
7 493 (6.71%) Python
8 252 (3.43%) VB.NET
9 226 (3.07%) VBA
10 221 (3.01%) TypeScript
11 194 (2.64%) PL/SQL
12 166 (2.26%) VB
13 142 (1.93%) Bash Shell
14 130 (1.77%) C++
15 119 (1.62%) Shell Script
16 110 (1.50%) C
17 105 (1.43%) Java 8
18 90 (1.22%) Scala
19 89 (1.21%) R
20 86 (1.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 491 (6.68%) Security Cleared
2 365 (4.97%) SC Cleared
3 355 (4.83%) Degree
4 204 (2.78%) Microsoft Certification
5 108 (1.47%) MCSE
6 96 (1.31%) Computer Science Degree
7 64 (0.87%) ISEB
8 61 (0.83%) DV Cleared
9 45 (0.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 42 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
11 38 (0.52%) Cisco Certification
12 31 (0.42%) MCSA
13 26 (0.35%) ISEB Practitioner
14 25 (0.34%) CISSP
15 24 (0.33%) ISTQB
16 22 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
16 22 (0.30%) TOGAF Certification
17 20 (0.27%) Citrix Certification
17 20 (0.27%) Numerate Degree
18 19 (0.26%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 242 (3.29%) QA
2 182 (2.48%) Data Quality
3 132 (1.80%) GDPR
4 56 (0.76%) SLA
5 31 (0.42%) GCP
6 25 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 21 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
8 19 (0.26%) PCI DSS
9 18 (0.24%) HL7
10 16 (0.22%) MiFID
11 15 (0.20%) PMO
12 13 (0.18%) WCAG
13 11 (0.15%) EMIR
14 10 (0.14%) FINRA
15 9 (0.12%) PSD2
16 6 (0.082%) Solvency II
17 5 (0.068%) HMG Security Policy Framework
18 4 (0.054%) Government Security Classifications
18 4 (0.054%) IFRS
18 4 (0.054%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 547 (7.44%) Active Directory
2 293 (3.99%) Docker
3 258 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 160 (2.18%) Hyper-V
5 123 (1.67%) vSphere
6 112 (1.52%) VMware ESXi
7 81 (1.10%) XenApp
8 66 (0.90%) HDFS
9 49 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
10 42 (0.57%) XenDesktop
11 38 (0.52%) Apache Flume
12 28 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
13 24 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
14 16 (0.22%) NFS
15 14 (0.19%) XenServer
16 13 (0.18%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 13 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
17 12 (0.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 10 (0.14%) Varnish
19 8 (0.11%) IAG
Systems Management
1 174 (2.37%) SCCM
2 164 (2.23%) Ansible
3 115 (1.56%) Opscode Chef
4 104 (1.41%) SCOM
5 98 (1.33%) Puppet
6 95 (1.29%) Microsoft Clustering
7 87 (1.18%) Kubernetes
8 70 (0.95%) Terraform
9 65 (0.88%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 50 (0.68%) WSUS
11 48 (0.65%) Failover Clustering
12 47 (0.64%) HP ALM
13 45 (0.61%) NetBackup
14 42 (0.57%) vCenter Server
15 37 (0.50%) Kibana
16 34 (0.46%) Hadoop YARN
16 34 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
17 28 (0.38%) Control-M
18 25 (0.34%) Oozie
19 24 (0.33%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 2,526 (34.37%) Microsoft
2 1,341 (18.24%) Oracle
3 445 (6.05%) VMware
4 261 (3.55%) SAP
5 252 (3.43%) Citrix
6 220 (2.99%) Tableau
7 184 (2.50%) IBM
8 167 (2.27%) HP
9 130 (1.77%) Cisco
10 127 (1.73%) Red Hat
11 101 (1.37%) Google
12 93 (1.27%) Informatica
12 93 (1.27%) NetApp
13 87 (1.18%) Cloudera
14 86 (1.17%) Atlassian
15 85 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
16 84 (1.14%) Teradata
17 81 (1.10%) Sitecore
17 81 (1.10%) Sybase
18 75 (1.02%) Talend