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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 22 May 2022 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
22 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 46 52 26
Rank change year-on-year +6 -26 +1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 4,179 2,627 3,084
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.77% 4.49% 6.40%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 24.30% 21.18% 29.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,173 1,831 2,129
10th Percentile £356 £313 £313
25th Percentile £413 £375 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £460 £450
Median % change year-on-year +11.44% +2.22% +2.86%
75th Percentile £638 £563 £550
90th Percentile £738 £656 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £413 £415
% change year-on-year +9.09% -0.60% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 49 67
10th Percentile £20.75 £14.75 £14.05
25th Percentile £21.19 £19.00 £18.25
Median hourly rate £47.09 £26.00 £24.70
Median % change year-on-year +81.10% +5.26% -7.32%
75th Percentile £65.22 £42.00 £51.75
90th Percentile £75.00 £59.00 £67.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £49.50 £26.00 £24.70
% change year-on-year +90.38% +5.26% -24.00%

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 17,197 12,404 10,400
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.64% 21.21% 21.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,230 8,468 7,164
10th Percentile £375 £325 £325
25th Percentile £450 £406 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £545 £500 £488
Median % change year-on-year +9.00% +2.56% +2.63%
75th Percentile £650 £600 £588
90th Percentile £750 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £498 £449 £450
% change year-on-year +10.86% -0.28% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 180 221 151
10th Percentile £15.00 £11.49 £14.25
25th Percentile £22.40 £19.00 £18.25
Median hourly rate £45.00 £26.50 £24.71
Median % change year-on-year +69.81% +7.24% -13.30%
75th Percentile £65.00 £45.25 £46.00
90th Percentile £75.00 £62.00 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.40 £23.50
% change year-on-year +43.44% +3.83% -14.55%

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 22 May 2022.

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 22 May 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 18 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 22 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England +7 3,527 £525 +10.53% 1,444
Work from Home +4 2,042 £495 +10.00% 634
London +12 1,975 £575 +9.52% 478
UK excluding London +7 1,514 £450 +9.09% 1,039
South East +12 434 £500 +17.65% 270
North of England -6 352 £450 +12.50% 309
Midlands +2 269 £430 +7.50% 190
North West 0 233 £460 +15.00% 170
West Midlands -8 185 £425 -2.86% 124
South West -5 140 £450 +5.88% 108
Scotland -13 137 £475 +15.50% 53
East of England +19 112 £425 - 83
Yorkshire -14 102 £425 +6.25% 98
East Midlands +6 81 £450 +20.00% 66
Wales +8 67 £550 +29.41% 23
North East -3 18 £494 -1.25% 43
Northern Ireland +1 11 £500 +16.28% 6
Isle of Man -4 2 - -

For the 6 months to 22 May 2022, 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 2,274 (54.41%) SQL
2 1,607 (38.45%) Azure
3 1,437 (34.39%) Microsoft
4 1,407 (33.67%) .NET
5 1,401 (33.52%) C#
6 1,206 (28.86%) Agile
7 986 (23.59%) DevOps
8 941 (22.52%) Oracle
9 884 (21.15%) Windows
10 876 (20.96%) Finance
11 823 (19.69%) Social Skills
12 774 (18.52%) JavaScript
13 739 (17.68%) Business Intelligence
14 630 (15.08%) T-SQL
15 595 (14.24%) Power Platform
16 575 (13.76%) Git (software)
17 568 (13.59%) Problem-Solving
18 543 (12.99%) CI/CD
19 535 (12.80%) HTML
20 530 (12.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
21 520 (12.44%) Data Warehouse
22 514 (12.30%) ETL
23 511 (12.23%) Python
23 511 (12.23%) AWS
24 509 (12.18%) Power BI
25 499 (11.94%) Linux
26 497 (11.89%) PowerShell
27 487 (11.65%) Security Cleared
28 483 (11.56%) Java
29 479 (11.46%) .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
1 235 (5.62%) SharePoint
2 161 (3.85%) IIS
3 131 (3.13%) Confluence
4 87 (2.08%) MS Exchange
5 78 (1.87%) Apache Spark
6 61 (1.46%) Apache
7 57 (1.36%) BizTalk Server
8 53 (1.27%) Elasticsearch
9 46 (1.10%) CMS
10 44 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2013
11 41 (0.98%) JBoss
12 37 (0.89%) Oracle Workflow
12 37 (0.89%) Skype for Business
13 25 (0.60%) Apache Airflow
13 25 (0.60%) SAS
13 25 (0.60%) WebSphere
14 22 (0.53%) nginx
14 22 (0.53%) Tomcat
15 21 (0.50%) Red Hat Fuse
16 20 (0.48%) Mule
Applications
1 179 (4.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 98 (2.35%) Microsoft Office
3 30 (0.72%) MS Visio
4 26 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 22 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.12%) Simulink
8 4 (0.096%) CATIA
9 3 (0.072%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.072%) SPSS
10 2 (0.048%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.048%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.048%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.024%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.024%) EPLAN
11 1 (0.024%) MicroStation
11 1 (0.024%) Pro/ENGINEER
11 1 (0.024%) PTC Creo
11 1 (0.024%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.024%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 79 (1.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.41%) BusinessWorks
3 16 (0.38%) RMDS
4 15 (0.36%) HiPortfolio
5 12 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
6 11 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
7 10 (0.24%) Misys Midas
8 9 (0.22%) Markit EDM
9 8 (0.19%) Cerner Millennium
9 8 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 8 (0.19%) PeopleSoft HRMS
9 8 (0.19%) thinkFolio
10 7 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
10 7 (0.17%) Endur
10 7 (0.17%) Oracle Utilities
10 7 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 7 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
11 6 (0.14%) NetSuite
11 6 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
12 5 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 1,607 (38.45%) Azure
2 595 (14.24%) Power Platform
3 511 (12.23%) AWS
4 274 (6.56%) Microsoft 365
5 217 (5.19%) Azure Data Factory
6 185 (4.43%) PaaS
7 160 (3.83%) GitHub
8 132 (3.16%) IaaS
9 131 (3.13%) Azure Active Directory
10 127 (3.04%) PowerApps
11 126 (3.02%) Serverless
12 120 (2.87%) SaaS
13 113 (2.70%) Azure Logic Apps
14 101 (2.42%) GCP
15 98 (2.35%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 89 (2.13%) Azure Service Bus
17 82 (1.96%) Azure Functions
18 78 (1.87%) Dynamics 365
19 72 (1.72%) Amazon S3
20 68 (1.63%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 211 (5.05%) DNS
2 134 (3.21%) Firewall
3 122 (2.92%) DHCP
4 93 (2.23%) TCP/IP
5 75 (1.79%) SAN
6 52 (1.24%) HTTP
7 44 (1.05%) Network Security
8 41 (0.98%) Skype
9 39 (0.93%) WAN
10 37 (0.89%) FTP
11 32 (0.77%) LAN
12 31 (0.74%) VPN
13 30 (0.72%) NAS
14 27 (0.65%) SSL
15 26 (0.62%) FIX Connectivity
16 25 (0.60%) Kerberos
17 24 (0.57%) Internet
17 24 (0.57%) SSH
18 23 (0.55%) HTTPS
19 22 (0.53%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 530 (12.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 520 (12.44%) Data Warehouse
3 509 (12.18%) Power BI
4 367 (8.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 365 (8.73%) Relational Database
6 306 (7.32%) MySQL
7 288 (6.89%) PostgreSQL
8 242 (5.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 197 (4.71%) Azure SQL Database
10 187 (4.47%) Data Lake
10 187 (4.47%) MongoDB
11 181 (4.33%) Oracle Database
12 167 (4.00%) NoSQL
13 150 (3.59%) RDBMS
14 118 (2.82%) Tableau
15 107 (2.56%) DB2
16 96 (2.30%) Big Data
17 91 (2.18%) Microsoft Analysis Services
18 68 (1.63%) Oracle Reports
19 66 (1.58%) Redis
Development Applications
1 575 (13.76%) Git (software)
2 397 (9.50%) JIRA
3 287 (6.87%) Visual Studio
4 266 (6.37%) Jenkins
5 148 (3.54%) Team Foundation Server
6 117 (2.80%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 109 (2.61%) TeamCity
8 99 (2.37%) NUnit
9 90 (2.15%) Maven
10 86 (2.06%) Selenium
11 84 (2.01%) Subversion
12 72 (1.72%) Bitbucket
13 69 (1.65%) JUnit
14 66 (1.58%) GitLab
15 52 (1.24%) Grunt
16 49 (1.17%) Cucumber
17 45 (1.08%) Jasmine
18 43 (1.03%) Eclipse
19 37 (0.89%) Moq
19 37 (0.89%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 876 (20.96%) Finance
2 823 (19.69%) Social Skills
3 440 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
4 439 (10.50%) Banking
5 297 (7.11%) Public Sector
6 212 (5.07%) Front Office
7 163 (3.90%) Investment Banking
8 87 (2.08%) Legal
9 70 (1.68%) Games
10 61 (1.46%) Presentation Skills
11 60 (1.44%) Retail
12 52 (1.24%) Manufacturing
13 45 (1.08%) Marketing
14 41 (0.98%) Organisational Skills
15 39 (0.93%) Publishing
16 35 (0.84%) Back Office
17 34 (0.81%) Law
18 33 (0.79%) Local Government
19 32 (0.77%) Documentation Skills
19 32 (0.77%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 2,036 (48.72%) Developer
2 600 (14.36%) .NET Developer
3 375 (8.97%) C# Developer
4 360 (8.61%) Analyst
5 300 (7.18%) SQL Developer
6 281 (6.72%) Architect
7 269 (6.44%) DBA
8 226 (5.41%) Full Stack Developer
9 216 (5.17%) Data Engineer
10 200 (4.79%) C# .NET Developer
11 182 (4.36%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 172 (4.12%) Java Developer
13 167 (4.00%) SQL DBA
14 159 (3.80%) Azure Engineer
15 156 (3.73%) Senior Developer
16 147 (3.52%) Software Developer
17 130 (3.11%) Data Analyst
18 124 (2.97%) DevOps Engineer
19 117 (2.80%) Administrator
20 114 (2.73%) Azure Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,407 (33.67%) .NET
2 535 (12.80%) HTML
3 479 (11.46%) .NET Framework
4 461 (11.03%) CSS
5 458 (10.96%) ASP.NET
6 375 (8.97%) AngularJS
7 348 (8.33%) .NET Core
8 322 (7.71%) React
9 287 (6.87%) REST
10 279 (6.68%) Web Services
11 248 (5.93%) ASP.NET Web API
12 229 (5.48%) Entity Framework
13 226 (5.41%) XML
14 224 (5.36%) RESTful
15 197 (4.71%) jQuery
16 195 (4.67%) JSON
17 186 (4.45%) HTML5
18 176 (4.21%) Spring
19 170 (4.07%) ASP.NET MVC
20 160 (3.83%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 127 (3.04%) Clustering
2 107 (2.56%) User Experience
3 105 (2.51%) Replication
3 105 (2.51%) Self-Motivation
4 92 (2.20%) Legacy Code
5 82 (1.96%) Management Information System
6 80 (1.91%) Data Centre
7 78 (1.87%) Algorithms
7 78 (1.87%) NHS
8 75 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
9 73 (1.75%) Data Structures
10 72 (1.72%) Public Cloud
11 71 (1.70%) Derivative
12 68 (1.63%) Fixed Income
13 61 (1.46%) Cloud Native
13 61 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
14 57 (1.36%) Legacy Systems
14 57 (1.36%) PKI
15 55 (1.32%) Virtual Team
16 43 (1.03%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 884 (21.15%) Windows
2 499 (11.94%) Linux
3 383 (9.16%) Windows Server
4 248 (5.93%) Unix
5 133 (3.18%) Windows Server 2012
6 94 (2.25%) Windows 10
7 73 (1.75%) Windows Server 2019
8 66 (1.58%) Windows Server 2016
9 65 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
10 64 (1.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 29 (0.69%) Windows 7
12 26 (0.62%) Solaris
12 26 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
13 21 (0.50%) VMS
14 18 (0.43%) Android
14 18 (0.43%) Apple iOS
15 16 (0.38%) Windows XP
16 15 (0.36%) AIX
16 15 (0.36%) Ubuntu
17 11 (0.26%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,206 (28.86%) Agile
2 986 (23.59%) DevOps
3 739 (17.68%) Business Intelligence
4 568 (13.59%) Problem-Solving
5 543 (12.99%) CI/CD
6 514 (12.30%) ETL
7 435 (10.41%) Scrum
8 412 (9.86%) MVC
9 408 (9.76%) Migration
10 398 (9.52%) Full Stack Development
11 395 (9.45%) Microservices
12 389 (9.31%) Data Modelling
13 388 (9.28%) TDD
14 306 (7.32%) Test Automation
15 289 (6.92%) Analytics
16 275 (6.58%) OO
17 255 (6.10%) Software Engineering
18 238 (5.70%) SDLC
19 221 (5.29%) ITIL
20 210 (5.03%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2,274 (54.41%) SQL
2 1,401 (33.52%) C#
3 774 (18.52%) JavaScript
4 630 (15.08%) T-SQL
5 511 (12.23%) Python
6 497 (11.89%) PowerShell
7 483 (11.56%) Java
8 207 (4.95%) TypeScript
9 194 (4.64%) PL/SQL
10 110 (2.63%) VBA
11 107 (2.56%) VB
12 101 (2.42%) VB.NET
13 100 (2.39%) Bash
14 73 (1.75%) Shell Script
15 69 (1.65%) C
15 69 (1.65%) C++
16 68 (1.63%) Go
17 47 (1.12%) Perl
18 46 (1.10%) Scala
19 43 (1.03%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 487 (11.65%) Security Cleared
2 385 (9.21%) SC Cleared
3 191 (4.57%) Degree
4 73 (1.75%) DV Cleared
5 63 (1.51%) Microsoft Certification
6 61 (1.46%) Computer Science Degree
7 29 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
8 22 (0.53%) MCSA
9 18 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
10 16 (0.38%) MCSE
11 14 (0.34%) Master's Degree
11 14 (0.34%) MCITP
12 12 (0.29%) Cisco Certification
12 12 (0.29%) Numerate Degree
13 9 (0.22%) ISTQB
13 9 (0.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 8 (0.19%) CCNA
14 8 (0.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 8 (0.19%) MCTS
14 8 (0.19%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 161 (3.85%) QA
2 87 (2.08%) Data Quality
3 85 (2.03%) SLA
4 58 (1.39%) GDPR
5 50 (1.20%) Accessibility
6 20 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 15 (0.36%) IFRS
7 15 (0.36%) WCAG
8 14 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 9 (0.22%) IFRS 17
10 8 (0.19%) JSP 440
10 8 (0.19%) PMO
11 7 (0.17%) MiFID
12 6 (0.14%) EMIR
12 6 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 5 (0.12%) GxP
13 5 (0.12%) HL7
14 4 (0.096%) DICOM
15 3 (0.072%) CRD IV
15 3 (0.072%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 412 (9.86%) Active Directory
2 293 (7.01%) Docker
3 210 (5.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 114 (2.73%) Hyper-V
5 74 (1.77%) vSphere
6 54 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
7 46 (1.10%) Oracle RAC
8 44 (1.05%) VMware ESXi
9 26 (0.62%) XenApp
10 23 (0.55%) VMware NSX
11 22 (0.53%) NFS
12 16 (0.38%) XenDesktop
13 15 (0.36%) HDFS
13 15 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
14 12 (0.29%) GridGain
15 9 (0.22%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 9 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
16 8 (0.19%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 8 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
17 7 (0.17%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 298 (7.13%) Kubernetes
2 215 (5.14%) Ansible
3 208 (4.98%) Terraform
4 131 (3.13%) SCCM
5 70 (1.68%) Puppet
6 59 (1.41%) Microsoft Clustering
7 50 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
8 40 (0.96%) WSUS
9 39 (0.93%) BladeLogic
10 32 (0.77%) Data Guard
10 32 (0.77%) NetBackup
11 31 (0.74%) Grafana
12 29 (0.69%) Oracle RMAN
13 28 (0.67%) Kibana
14 27 (0.65%) vRealize
15 26 (0.62%) ITRS Geneos
15 26 (0.62%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
16 22 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
17 21 (0.50%) SCOM
18 20 (0.48%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 1,437 (34.39%) Microsoft
2 941 (22.52%) Oracle
3 322 (7.71%) VMware
4 193 (4.62%) Databricks
5 136 (3.25%) SAP
6 102 (2.44%) Citrix
7 97 (2.32%) Sybase
8 80 (1.91%) Red Hat
9 76 (1.82%) Cisco
9 76 (1.82%) Splunk
10 75 (1.79%) Google
11 69 (1.65%) TIBCO
12 57 (1.36%) Informatica
13 53 (1.27%) SolarWinds
14 52 (1.24%) ION Trading
15 45 (1.08%) HP
16 43 (1.03%) Atlassian
16 43 (1.03%) IBM
17 42 (1.01%) Sitecore
18 37 (0.89%) New Relic