Period
to 20 October 2019

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 2019 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 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 27 23 23
Rank change year-on-year -4 0 -5
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 5,303 7,277 6,840
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.28% 7.11% 6.88%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 29.06% 31.47% 31.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,811 5,320 4,931
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.66% +9.33%
10th Percentile £310 £303 £294
90th Percentile £600 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £363
% change year-on-year +2.56% +7.59% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 77 132
UK median hourly rate £33.79 £23.00 £31.58
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.91% -27.16% -9.79%
10th Percentile £15.50 £15.02 £16.39
90th Percentile £55.85 £56.55 £53.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £28.20 £35.00
% change year-on-year +24.11% -19.43% -

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 18,249 23,127 22,068
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.62% 22.60% 22.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,447 16,129 14,924
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £308
90th Percentile £654 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 254 227 276
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% - +1.69%
10th Percentile £12.54 £12.37 £13.70
90th Percentile £60.00 £56.55 £54.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% - +15.79%

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 2019.

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 2019.

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 2019. 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 4,959 £428 +0.59% 2,725
UK excluding London -1 3,028 £400 +2.56% 2,205
London -5 2,192 £480 -1.54% 702
South East +6 1,015 £413 +0.61% 615
North of England -4 636 £375 +2.74% 598
Midlands 0 483 £400 +6.67% 391
South West -12 416 £425 +3.03% 228
North West -5 324 £375 +4.17% 300
West Midlands 0 286 £400 - 236
Yorkshire +1 279 £388 +3.33% 237
East of England -12 204 £425 +6.25% 196
East Midlands 0 193 £375 +7.14% 153
Scotland -19 158 £395 -1.25% 111
Wales -17 69 £375 -6.25% 53
Northern Ireland +13 52 £525 +21.67% 17
North East -12 33 £420 +12.00% 61
Channel Islands -7 3 £400 - 1

For the 6 months to 20 October 2019, 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 2,829 (53.35%) SQL
2 2,029 (38.26%) .NET
3 2,015 (38.00%) C#
4 1,976 (37.26%) Microsoft
5 1,566 (29.53%) Agile Software Development
6 1,538 (29.00%) Azure
7 1,131 (21.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1,097 (20.69%) JavaScript
9 1,076 (20.29%) Finance
10 1,046 (19.72%) Windows
11 1,022 (19.27%) Business Intelligence
12 990 (18.67%) Oracle
13 861 (16.24%) ASP.NET
14 822 (15.50%) T-SQL
15 779 (14.69%) MVC
16 766 (14.44%) Data Warehouse
17 750 (14.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 740 (13.95%) ETL
19 711 (13.41%) HTML
20 680 (12.82%) CSS
21 666 (12.56%) AngularJS
22 636 (11.99%) Migration
23 635 (11.97%) .NET Framework
24 623 (11.75%) Power Platform
25 606 (11.43%) Power BI
26 596 (11.24%) DevOps
27 595 (11.22%) PowerShell
28 575 (10.84%) TDD
29 553 (10.43%) Active Directory
30 522 (9.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services

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
1 348 (6.56%) SharePoint
2 274 (5.17%) IIS
3 166 (3.13%) Confluence
4 139 (2.62%) MS Exchange
5 107 (2.02%) Apache
6 90 (1.70%) Apache Spark
6 90 (1.70%) Skype for Business
7 61 (1.15%) Tomcat
8 58 (1.09%) Elasticsearch
8 58 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2010
9 55 (1.04%) BizTalk Server
10 54 (1.02%) CMS
11 50 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2013
12 42 (0.79%) SharePoint 2013
13 40 (0.75%) SAS
13 40 (0.75%) SharePoint 2010
14 39 (0.74%) Umbraco
15 30 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 29 (0.55%) WebLogic
17 23 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 347 (6.54%) Microsoft Excel
2 156 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
3 56 (1.06%) MS Visio
4 25 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
6 16 (0.30%) InfoPath
7 14 (0.26%) XMetaL
8 7 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
9 6 (0.11%) SPSS
10 2 (0.038%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.019%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.019%) Sketch
11 1 (0.019%) S-PLUS
11 1 (0.019%) Stata
11 1 (0.019%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 167 (3.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
3 27 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
4 26 (0.49%) Elite 3E
5 16 (0.30%) Markit EDM
6 14 (0.26%) BusinessWorks
7 11 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
8 10 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
9 8 (0.15%) Dynamics GP
9 8 (0.15%) NetSuite
9 8 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
9 8 (0.15%) PolarLake
10 7 (0.13%) Oracle BPM
11 6 (0.11%) Misys Opics
12 5 (0.094%) Magento
12 5 (0.094%) Sage 200
12 5 (0.094%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 5 (0.094%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
12 5 (0.094%) Visualfiles
13 4 (0.075%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1,538 (29.00%) Azure
2 623 (11.75%) Power Platform
3 508 (9.58%) AWS
4 298 (5.62%) Office 365
5 158 (2.98%) Azure Data Factory
6 148 (2.79%) Dynamics 365
7 137 (2.58%) GitHub
8 124 (2.34%) Serverless
9 109 (2.06%) PaaS
10 108 (2.04%) GCP
11 107 (2.02%) Azure Active Directory
12 95 (1.79%) SaaS
13 92 (1.73%) IaaS
14 66 (1.24%) Azure Functions
15 56 (1.06%) npm
16 44 (0.83%) OpenShift
17 39 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
18 38 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
19 31 (0.58%) PowerApps
20 29 (0.55%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 161 (3.04%) DNS
2 138 (2.60%) Firewall
3 123 (2.32%) DHCP
4 98 (1.85%) SAN
5 74 (1.40%) TCP/IP
6 70 (1.32%) WAN
7 68 (1.28%) LAN
7 68 (1.28%) Skype
8 66 (1.24%) HTTP
9 57 (1.07%) Internet
10 48 (0.91%) VPN
11 43 (0.81%) VoIP
12 34 (0.64%) FTP
13 27 (0.51%) SMTP
14 26 (0.49%) NAS
15 25 (0.47%) HTTPS
15 25 (0.47%) VLAN
16 23 (0.43%) Intrusion Detection
16 23 (0.43%) NetScaler
16 23 (0.43%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,131 (21.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 766 (14.44%) Data Warehouse
3 750 (14.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 606 (11.43%) Power BI
5 522 (9.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 400 (7.54%) Relational Database
7 382 (7.20%) MySQL
8 350 (6.60%) SQL Server 2012
9 331 (6.24%) SQL Server 2016
10 281 (5.30%) SQL Server 2008
11 244 (4.60%) Azure SQL Database
12 219 (4.13%) PostgreSQL
13 216 (4.07%) Oracle Database
14 201 (3.79%) Big Data
15 187 (3.53%) SQL Server 2014
16 157 (2.96%) MongoDB
17 153 (2.89%) NoSQL
18 141 (2.66%) RDBMS
19 136 (2.56%) SQL Server 2017
20 129 (2.43%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 489 (9.22%) Git (software)
2 425 (8.01%) Visual Studio
3 329 (6.20%) JIRA
4 266 (5.02%) Team Foundation Server
5 232 (4.37%) Jenkins
6 167 (3.15%) Selenium
7 160 (3.02%) TeamCity
8 144 (2.72%) Visual Studio Team System
9 111 (2.09%) NUnit
10 81 (1.53%) Bitbucket
10 81 (1.53%) Octopus Deploy
11 80 (1.51%) MSTest
12 78 (1.47%) Cucumber
13 73 (1.38%) Moq
14 72 (1.36%) Maven
15 64 (1.21%) JUnit
16 63 (1.19%) SpecFlow
17 57 (1.07%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 57 (1.07%) Subversion
18 44 (0.83%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 1,076 (20.29%) Finance
2 332 (6.26%) Banking
3 251 (4.73%) Public Sector
4 171 (3.22%) Retail
5 118 (2.23%) Front Office
6 114 (2.15%) Legal
7 94 (1.77%) Investment Banking
8 81 (1.53%) Telecoms
9 75 (1.41%) Law
10 71 (1.34%) Marketing
11 60 (1.13%) Manufacturing
12 57 (1.07%) Back Office
13 48 (0.91%) Publishing
14 33 (0.62%) Financial Institution
15 27 (0.51%) Police
16 26 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
17 25 (0.47%) Advertising
17 25 (0.47%) Local Government
18 24 (0.45%) Games
19 18 (0.34%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 2,794 (52.69%) Developer
2 900 (16.97%) .NET Developer
3 669 (12.62%) C# Developer
4 569 (10.73%) SQL Developer
5 482 (9.09%) Analyst
6 355 (6.69%) C# .NET Developer
7 331 (6.24%) DBA
8 311 (5.86%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 292 (5.51%) Architect
10 242 (4.56%) Senior Developer
11 227 (4.28%) SQL DBA
12 175 (3.30%) Consultant
13 174 (3.28%) Full Stack Developer
14 161 (3.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 161 (3.04%) Software Developer
15 151 (2.85%) SQL Server Developer
16 146 (2.75%) Azure Developer
17 145 (2.73%) Administrator
18 138 (2.60%) Java Developer
19 132 (2.49%) SSIS Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,029 (38.26%) .NET
2 861 (16.24%) ASP.NET
3 711 (13.41%) HTML
4 680 (12.82%) CSS
5 666 (12.56%) AngularJS
6 635 (11.97%) .NET Framework
7 509 (9.60%) ASP.NET Web API
8 492 (9.28%) Web Services
9 411 (7.75%) ASP.NET MVC
10 387 (7.30%) XML
11 381 (7.18%) REST
12 379 (7.15%) .NET Core
13 349 (6.58%) Entity Framework
14 328 (6.19%) React
15 317 (5.98%) JSON
16 311 (5.86%) jQuery
17 243 (4.58%) RESTful
18 205 (3.87%) HTML5
19 202 (3.81%) WCF
20 188 (3.55%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 388 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
2 226 (4.26%) Greenfield Project
3 146 (2.75%) Clustering
4 130 (2.45%) Enterprise Software
5 119 (2.24%) Replication
6 111 (2.09%) Hedge funds
7 110 (2.07%) Management Information System
8 94 (1.77%) Data Centre
9 90 (1.70%) Data Structures
10 74 (1.40%) NHS
11 70 (1.32%) Equities
11 70 (1.32%) User Experience
12 65 (1.23%) Self-Motivation
13 64 (1.21%) Public Cloud
14 63 (1.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 47 (0.89%) Fixed Income
15 47 (0.89%) PKI
16 42 (0.79%) Algorithms
17 39 (0.74%) Mobile App
18 38 (0.72%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 1,046 (19.72%) Windows
2 487 (9.18%) Windows Server
3 423 (7.98%) Linux
4 209 (3.94%) Windows Server 2012
5 195 (3.68%) Unix
6 188 (3.55%) Windows Server 2008
7 143 (2.70%) Windows 10
8 96 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 82 (1.55%) Windows 7
10 46 (0.87%) Android
11 42 (0.79%) Windows Server 2003
12 31 (0.58%) CentOS
13 30 (0.57%) Windows 8
14 29 (0.55%) Solaris
15 24 (0.45%) VMS
16 23 (0.43%) AIX
17 21 (0.40%) Apple iOS
18 14 (0.26%) Windows XP
19 13 (0.25%) Ubuntu
20 8 (0.15%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,566 (29.53%) Agile Software Development
2 1,022 (19.27%) Business Intelligence
3 779 (14.69%) MVC
4 740 (13.95%) ETL
5 636 (11.99%) Migration
6 596 (11.24%) DevOps
7 575 (10.84%) TDD
8 519 (9.79%) Scrum
9 402 (7.58%) Continuous Integration
10 388 (7.32%) Data Modelling
11 378 (7.13%) Microservices
12 373 (7.03%) Problem-Solving
13 317 (5.98%) Test Automation
14 309 (5.83%) Analytics
15 280 (5.28%) CRM
16 275 (5.19%) Software Engineering
17 255 (4.81%) BDD
18 253 (4.77%) Data Migration
19 246 (4.64%) Performance Tuning
20 244 (4.60%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 2,829 (53.35%) SQL
2 2,015 (38.00%) C#
3 1,097 (20.69%) JavaScript
4 822 (15.50%) T-SQL
5 595 (11.22%) PowerShell
6 444 (8.37%) Java
7 374 (7.05%) Python
8 166 (3.13%) TypeScript
9 152 (2.87%) PL/SQL
10 145 (2.73%) VB.NET
11 124 (2.34%) VBA
12 123 (2.32%) VB
13 117 (2.21%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 94 (1.77%) R
15 80 (1.51%) PHP
16 76 (1.43%) Shell Script
17 70 (1.32%) Bash Shell
18 68 (1.28%) C++
19 66 (1.24%) Perl
20 58 (1.09%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 431 (8.13%) Security Cleared
2 301 (5.68%) SC Cleared
3 260 (4.90%) Degree
4 109 (2.06%) Microsoft Certification
5 77 (1.45%) DV Cleared
6 65 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
7 52 (0.98%) MCSE
8 40 (0.75%) Cisco Certification
9 36 (0.68%) MCSA
10 28 (0.53%) CCNA
11 26 (0.49%) ISEB
11 26 (0.49%) PMI Certification
12 23 (0.43%) PMP
13 22 (0.41%) ISTQB
14 19 (0.36%) BPSS Clearance
15 17 (0.32%) DBS Check
15 17 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
16 15 (0.28%) CISSP
16 15 (0.28%) Master's Degree
17 14 (0.26%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 167 (3.15%) QA
2 80 (1.51%) Data Quality
3 73 (1.38%) SLA
4 47 (0.89%) GDPR
5 26 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 26 (0.49%) WCAG
6 24 (0.45%) MiFID
7 15 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 14 (0.26%) PCI DSS
9 12 (0.23%) IFRS
10 8 (0.15%) NCSC
10 8 (0.15%) Solvency II
11 7 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 7 (0.13%) PMO
12 6 (0.11%) EMIR
12 6 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
13 4 (0.075%) GAAP
14 3 (0.057%) COBIT
14 3 (0.057%) ISO 9001
15 2 (0.038%) PA-DSS
System Software
1 553 (10.43%) Active Directory
2 226 (4.26%) Docker
3 214 (4.04%) VMware Infrastructure
4 133 (2.51%) Hyper-V
5 76 (1.43%) XenApp
6 70 (1.32%) Virtual Machines
7 68 (1.28%) vSphere
8 67 (1.26%) Oracle RAC
9 49 (0.92%) XenDesktop
10 35 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
11 28 (0.53%) Virtual Servers
12 24 (0.45%) HDFS
13 17 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
14 13 (0.25%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 11 (0.21%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 11 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
15 11 (0.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 8 (0.15%) LXC
16 8 (0.15%) VMware Workstation
16 8 (0.15%) Xen
Systems Management
1 189 (3.56%) SCCM
2 137 (2.58%) Ansible
3 113 (2.13%) Kubernetes
4 88 (1.66%) Terraform
5 73 (1.38%) SCOM
6 71 (1.34%) Puppet
7 67 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
8 51 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
9 49 (0.92%) Single Sign-On
10 37 (0.70%) Data Guard
11 33 (0.62%) WSUS
12 28 (0.53%) Control-M
13 24 (0.45%) Oracle RMAN
14 23 (0.43%) MIIS
15 22 (0.41%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
16 21 (0.40%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 19 (0.36%) NetBackup
18 18 (0.34%) Failover Clustering
19 17 (0.32%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
20 16 (0.30%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 1,976 (37.26%) Microsoft
2 990 (18.67%) Oracle
3 359 (6.77%) VMware
4 247 (4.66%) Tableau
5 172 (3.24%) Citrix
6 145 (2.73%) SAP
7 129 (2.43%) Cisco
8 100 (1.89%) IBM
9 98 (1.85%) HP
10 88 (1.66%) Google
11 79 (1.49%) Databricks
12 73 (1.38%) Sybase
13 63 (1.19%) Cognos
14 62 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
15 57 (1.07%) Informatica
16 49 (0.92%) Atlassian
17 47 (0.89%) Cloudera
18 46 (0.87%) Red Hat
19 43 (0.81%) EMC
20 39 (0.74%) MuleSoft