Period
to 19 August 2017

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 19 August 2017 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
19 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 23 20 11
Rank change year-on-year -3 -9 +1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6745 8182 10440
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.00% 7.54% 9.27%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 30.97% 33.98% 40.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 4829 5731 7212
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +5.63%
10th Percentile £280 £263 £258
90th Percentile £575 £553 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +3.57% +2.94% +4.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 180 201
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £32.20 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.46% +23.85% -
10th Percentile £16.20 £12.70 £14.50
90th Percentile £57.50 £45.03 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £32.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year +18.46% +18.18% +0.92%

SQL Server is in the database and business intelligence skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills.

Contract Database & Business Intelligence Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills 21777 24079 26072
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 22.59% 22.19% 23.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 14506 16137 16931
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.74% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 252 381 378
UK median hourly rate £31.00 £28.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.77% +3.64% -
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.50 £14.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £54.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £29.01 £28.13
% change year-on-year +8.57% +3.16% +0.45%

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 19 August 2017.

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 19 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 16 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 19 August 2017. 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 6208 £401 +3.35% 1478
UK excluding London -2 3805 £363 +3.57% 1128
London -5 2867 £475 +8.57% 431
South East -2 1102 £375 - 276
North of England -2 882 £350 +2.94% 365
Midlands +2 605 £350 - 184
North West +6 497 £360 +3.23% 202
South West -4 428 £375 +7.14% 120
Yorkshire -10 317 £350 - 147
East of England -11 316 £363 -3.33% 100
West Midlands +1 307 £350 -6.60% 94
East Midlands +5 293 £335 +3.08% 90
Scotland 0 279 £375 +13.64% 62
Northern Ireland -9 109 £403 +28.96% 4
Wales 0 97 £350 +7.69% 17
North East -18 66 £325 +3.17% 16

For the 6 months to 19 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 3563 (52.82%) SQL
2 2849 (42.24%) .NET
3 2666 (39.53%) C#
4 2270 (33.65%) Microsoft
5 1871 (27.74%) Agile Software Development
6 1501 (22.25%) Finance
7 1450 (21.50%) Windows
8 1436 (21.29%) MVC
9 1434 (21.26%) JavaScript
10 1364 (20.22%) ASP.NET
11 1300 (19.27%) Oracle
12 1242 (18.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 1198 (17.76%) HTML
14 1092 (16.19%) T-SQL
15 1054 (15.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 1046 (15.51%) Business Intelligence
17 1031 (15.29%) CSS
18 834 (12.36%) AngularJS
19 833 (12.35%) TDD
20 817 (12.11%) Microsoft Azure
21 776 (11.50%) SQL Server 2012
22 773 (11.46%) Web Services
23 772 (11.45%) SQL Server 2008
24 765 (11.34%) Banking
25 748 (11.09%) Data Warehouse
26 741 (10.99%) ETL
27 734 (10.88%) .NET Framework
28 733 (10.87%) Java
29 718 (10.64%) ASP.NET MVC
30 708 (10.50%) Migration

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
1 426 (6.32%) SharePoint
2 393 (5.83%) IIS
3 193 (2.86%) MS Exchange
4 191 (2.83%) CMS
5 149 (2.21%) Tomcat
6 145 (2.15%) Apache
7 122 (1.81%) BizTalk Server
8 116 (1.72%) WebSphere
9 114 (1.69%) JBoss
10 103 (1.53%) Elasticsearch
11 90 (1.33%) Confluence
12 80 (1.19%) Skype for Business
13 75 (1.11%) Umbraco
14 73 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2010
14 73 (1.08%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 73 (1.08%) SharePoint 2013
14 73 (1.08%) Sitecore CMS
15 63 (0.93%) Apache Spark
16 59 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
17 57 (0.85%) WebLogic
Applications
1 405 (6.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 194 (2.88%) Microsoft Office
3 52 (0.77%) MS Visio
4 43 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 18 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
6 17 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.10%) InfoPath
8 6 (0.089%) SPSS
9 4 (0.059%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.059%) SmartSuite
9 4 (0.059%) Stata
10 3 (0.044%) S-PLUS
11 2 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.030%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 185 (2.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 93 (1.38%) Dynamics AX
3 47 (0.70%) Markit EDM
4 24 (0.36%) ION MarketView
4 24 (0.36%) RMDS
5 19 (0.28%) Actimize
6 17 (0.25%) Maximo
7 16 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
7 16 (0.24%) thinkFolio
8 15 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
9 13 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
9 13 (0.19%) SAP CRM
10 12 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
11 11 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 8 (0.12%) BusinessWorks
12 8 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
12 8 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
13 7 (0.10%) Cognos TM1
13 7 (0.10%) Eloqua
14 6 (0.089%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 817 (12.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 463 (6.86%) Amazon AWS
3 193 (2.86%) Office 365
4 77 (1.14%) GitHub
5 70 (1.04%) PaaS
6 65 (0.96%) IaaS
7 62 (0.92%) SaaS
8 59 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
9 44 (0.65%) Amazon EC2
10 38 (0.56%) AWS CloudFormation
10 38 (0.56%) Dynamics 365
11 25 (0.37%) Google Cloud Platform
12 22 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
13 21 (0.31%) Yammer
14 20 (0.30%) Amazon S3
15 17 (0.25%) AWS Lambda
16 16 (0.24%) Amazon EMR
17 13 (0.19%) Google Analytics
18 12 (0.18%) Azure Data Factory
19 10 (0.15%) Azure Machine Learning
Communications & Networking
1 198 (2.94%) Firewall
2 196 (2.91%) DNS
3 184 (2.73%) SAN
4 134 (1.99%) DHCP
5 118 (1.75%) TCP/IP
6 108 (1.60%) LAN
7 100 (1.48%) LDAP
8 97 (1.44%) Internet
9 89 (1.32%) WAN
10 85 (1.26%) HTTP
11 63 (0.93%) VPN
12 62 (0.92%) NAS
13 48 (0.71%) Skype
14 45 (0.67%) Intranet
15 38 (0.56%) SSL
16 32 (0.47%) SSH
17 29 (0.43%) Remote Desktop
18 25 (0.37%) Cisco ASA
19 24 (0.36%) VLAN
20 23 (0.34%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1242 (18.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1054 (15.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 776 (11.50%) SQL Server 2012
4 772 (11.45%) SQL Server 2008
5 748 (11.09%) Data Warehouse
6 605 (8.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 524 (7.77%) Relational Database
8 421 (6.24%) MySQL
9 350 (5.19%) SQL Server 2014
10 332 (4.92%) SQL Server 2016
11 280 (4.15%) Oracle Database
12 277 (4.11%) NoSQL
13 271 (4.02%) Power BI
14 250 (3.71%) SQL Server 2005
15 247 (3.66%) MongoDB
16 246 (3.65%) RDBMS
17 208 (3.08%) Big Data
18 191 (2.83%) Hadoop
19 143 (2.12%) PostgreSQL
20 131 (1.94%) DB2
Development Applications
1 638 (9.46%) Team Foundation Server
2 560 (8.30%) Visual Studio
3 456 (6.76%) Git (software)
4 272 (4.03%) Jenkins
5 267 (3.96%) JIRA
5 267 (3.96%) TeamCity
6 212 (3.14%) NUnit
7 188 (2.79%) Subversion
8 137 (2.03%) Octopus Deploy
9 104 (1.54%) SpecFlow
10 95 (1.41%) Selenium
11 89 (1.32%) Moq
12 83 (1.23%) Maven
13 71 (1.05%) MSTest
14 70 (1.04%) Eclipse
14 70 (1.04%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 67 (0.99%) JUnit
16 58 (0.86%) ReSharper
17 53 (0.79%) SoapUI
18 51 (0.76%) Bitbucket
General
1 1501 (22.25%) Finance
2 765 (11.34%) Banking
3 317 (4.70%) Front Office
4 253 (3.75%) Investment Banking
5 209 (3.10%) Retail
6 162 (2.40%) Marketing
7 114 (1.69%) Manufacturing
8 113 (1.68%) Back Office
9 102 (1.51%) Telecoms
10 81 (1.20%) Legal
11 76 (1.13%) Advertising
12 64 (0.95%) Law
13 54 (0.80%) Financial Institution
14 41 (0.61%) Electronics
15 36 (0.53%) Publishing
16 35 (0.52%) Local Government
17 34 (0.50%) Automotive
18 24 (0.36%) Retail Banking
19 23 (0.34%) Billing
20 21 (0.31%) Games
Job Titles
1 3782 (56.07%) Developer
2 1409 (20.89%) .NET Developer
3 1096 (16.25%) C# Developer
4 854 (12.66%) SQL Developer
5 686 (10.17%) C# .NET Developer
6 682 (10.11%) Analyst
7 428 (6.35%) DBA
8 377 (5.59%) Senior Developer
9 351 (5.20%) ASP.NET Developer
10 349 (5.17%) Architect
11 344 (5.10%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 318 (4.71%) SQL Server Developer
13 314 (4.66%) SQL DBA
14 288 (4.27%) Consultant
15 273 (4.05%) C# ASP.NET Developer
16 270 (4.00%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
17 252 (3.74%) Full Stack Developer
18 224 (3.32%) Java Developer
19 211 (3.13%) SSIS Developer
20 184 (2.73%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2849 (42.24%) .NET
2 1364 (20.22%) ASP.NET
3 1198 (17.76%) HTML
4 1031 (15.29%) CSS
5 834 (12.36%) AngularJS
6 773 (11.46%) Web Services
7 734 (10.88%) .NET Framework
8 718 (10.64%) ASP.NET MVC
9 645 (9.56%) jQuery
10 639 (9.47%) ASP.NET Web API
11 581 (8.61%) WCF
12 545 (8.08%) XML
13 468 (6.94%) HTML5
14 424 (6.29%) Entity Framework
15 401 (5.95%) REST
16 358 (5.31%) WPF
17 297 (4.40%) SOAP
18 286 (4.24%) JSON
19 271 (4.02%) Ajax
20 264 (3.91%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 510 (7.56%) Analytical Skills
2 253 (3.75%) Greenfield Project
3 210 (3.11%) Fixed Income
4 206 (3.05%) Computer Science
5 191 (2.83%) Clustering
6 136 (2.02%) Derivative
7 135 (2.00%) Replication
7 135 (2.00%) User Experience
8 132 (1.96%) Data Centre
9 119 (1.76%) Management Information System
10 102 (1.51%) Data Structures
11 97 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
12 83 (1.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 81 (1.20%) Algorithms
14 78 (1.16%) Equities
15 76 (1.13%) Client/Server
16 63 (0.93%) Mobile App
17 62 (0.92%) Fintech
18 61 (0.90%) N-Tier
19 55 (0.82%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 1450 (21.50%) Windows
2 669 (9.92%) Linux
3 600 (8.90%) Windows Server
4 355 (5.26%) Unix
5 324 (4.80%) Windows Server 2012
6 253 (3.75%) Windows Server 2008
7 133 (1.97%) Windows Server 2003
8 90 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 68 (1.01%) Windows 7
10 67 (0.99%) Windows 10
11 50 (0.74%) Solaris
12 49 (0.73%) Apple iOS
13 35 (0.52%) Android
14 30 (0.44%) CentOS
15 25 (0.37%) AIX
16 21 (0.31%) Windows XP
17 18 (0.27%) Windows 8
18 17 (0.25%) VMS
19 16 (0.24%) Windows 2000 Server
19 16 (0.24%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 1871 (27.74%) Agile Software Development
2 1436 (21.29%) MVC
3 1046 (15.51%) Business Intelligence
4 833 (12.35%) TDD
5 741 (10.99%) ETL
6 708 (10.50%) Migration
7 615 (9.12%) Scrum
8 524 (7.77%) Continuous Integration
9 495 (7.34%) Data Modelling
10 452 (6.70%) DevOps
11 401 (5.95%) SDLC
12 390 (5.78%) OO
13 374 (5.54%) Test Automation
14 359 (5.32%) Unit Testing
15 351 (5.20%) Web Development
16 347 (5.14%) Analytics
17 339 (5.03%) Performance Tuning
18 327 (4.85%) ITIL
19 292 (4.33%) Data Migration
20 288 (4.27%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 3563 (52.82%) SQL
2 2666 (39.53%) C#
3 1434 (21.26%) JavaScript
4 1092 (16.19%) T-SQL
5 733 (10.87%) Java
6 525 (7.78%) PowerShell
7 375 (5.56%) Python
8 265 (3.93%) VB.NET
9 232 (3.44%) VBA
10 182 (2.70%) PL/SQL
11 180 (2.67%) C++
12 158 (2.34%) TypeScript
12 158 (2.34%) VB
13 115 (1.70%) Shell Script
14 104 (1.54%) C
15 97 (1.44%) Bash Shell
16 92 (1.36%) PHP
17 90 (1.33%) Perl
18 89 (1.32%) Ruby
19 69 (1.02%) Scala
Qualifications
1 422 (6.26%) Degree
2 392 (5.81%) Security Cleared
3 255 (3.78%) SC Cleared
4 202 (2.99%) Microsoft Certification
5 123 (1.82%) Computer Science Degree
6 101 (1.50%) MCSE
7 74 (1.10%) DV Cleared
8 47 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
9 46 (0.68%) MCSA
10 40 (0.59%) MCITP
11 38 (0.56%) ISTQB
12 37 (0.55%) ISEB
13 34 (0.50%) Numerate Degree
14 33 (0.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 31 (0.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 30 (0.44%) CCNA
17 29 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
17 29 (0.43%) Master's Degree
18 24 (0.36%) MCP
19 21 (0.31%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 211 (3.13%) QA
2 162 (2.40%) Data Quality
3 65 (0.96%) SLA
4 38 (0.56%) PCI DSS
5 37 (0.55%) MiFID
6 32 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
7 25 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 18 (0.27%) GDPR
8 18 (0.27%) HL7
8 18 (0.27%) PMO
9 11 (0.16%) EMIR
9 11 (0.16%) IFRS
10 10 (0.15%) IFRS 9
10 10 (0.15%) MIL-STD-1553
11 9 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
11 9 (0.13%) SEPA
11 9 (0.13%) Solvency II
12 8 (0.12%) COBIT
12 8 (0.12%) WCAG
13 7 (0.10%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 563 (8.35%) Active Directory
2 232 (3.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 173 (2.56%) Hyper-V
4 149 (2.21%) Docker
5 91 (1.35%) vSphere
6 80 (1.19%) VMware ESXi
7 70 (1.04%) XenApp
8 51 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
9 30 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
10 27 (0.40%) Virtual Servers
11 24 (0.36%) HDFS
12 21 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 20 (0.30%) Terminal Services
14 17 (0.25%) XenDesktop
15 13 (0.19%) Apache Flume
15 13 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
16 11 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
17 9 (0.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 9 (0.13%) ISA Server
17 9 (0.13%) Xen
Systems Management
1 148 (2.19%) SCCM
2 124 (1.84%) Opscode Chef
3 116 (1.72%) Ansible
4 104 (1.54%) Puppet
5 89 (1.32%) SCOM
6 72 (1.07%) Microsoft Clustering
7 45 (0.67%) Nagios
8 40 (0.59%) NetBackup
9 38 (0.56%) Failover Clustering
10 36 (0.53%) Kubernetes
11 32 (0.47%) WSUS
12 31 (0.46%) Terraform
13 29 (0.43%) Control-M
14 25 (0.37%) Oracle RMAN
15 24 (0.36%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 24 (0.36%) SCOrch
16 21 (0.31%) TIBCO Hawk
16 21 (0.31%) Tivoli
17 20 (0.30%) vRealize
18 19 (0.28%) Oozie
Vendors
1 2270 (33.65%) Microsoft
2 1300 (19.27%) Oracle
3 427 (6.33%) VMware
4 237 (3.51%) HP
5 231 (3.42%) Citrix
6 183 (2.71%) Tableau
7 172 (2.55%) SAP
8 131 (1.94%) Cisco
8 131 (1.94%) IBM
8 131 (1.94%) Sybase
9 130 (1.93%) Sitecore
10 97 (1.44%) Red Hat
11 92 (1.36%) TIBCO
12 72 (1.07%) NetApp
13 71 (1.05%) Informatica
14 69 (1.02%) Salesforce.com
15 68 (1.01%) Google
16 58 (0.86%) Bloomberg
17 49 (0.73%) Splunk
18 47 (0.70%) Atlassian