Period
to 17 January 2021

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 17 January 2021 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
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 40 26 26
Rank change year-on-year -14 0 -4
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2,036 4,519 6,991
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.03% 6.20% 7.03%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 23.18% 29.17% 31.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,867 3,273 5,234
Median daily rate £450 £438 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% - +4.17%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £310
90th Percentile £638 £625 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +1.25% - +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 85 100
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £24.99
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.05% -23.11%
10th Percentile £16.41 £14.69 £15.17
90th Percentile £60.08 £55.30 £57.34
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £25.50 £26.11
% change year-on-year +9.80% -2.32% -34.74%

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 8,782 15,490 22,550
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.68% 21.26% 22.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,988 10,541 15,719
Median daily rate £480 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £319 £318
90th Percentile £650 £663 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 157 213 229
Median hourly rate £26.00 £26.00 £26.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.44% -10.42%
10th Percentile £13.45 £12.53 £13.20
90th Percentile £60.10 £57.10 £55.20
Median hourly rate £23.45 £22.52 £26.11
% change year-on-year +4.12% -13.72% -20.89%

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 17 January 2021.

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 17 January 2021.

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 17 January 2021. 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 -18 1,673 £450 +2.86% 1,295
London -21 885 £500 - 364
UK excluding London -2 863 £405 +1.25% 1,008
Work from Home -14 534 £450 +11.80% 227
South East -14 211 £425 - 224
Midlands -1 190 £375 - 213
North of England -19 188 £375 -3.23% 320
North West -4 123 £375 - 211
West Midlands +2 117 £381 +1.67% 125
Scotland +3 106 £425 - 50
South West 0 86 £413 -2.94% 96
East Midlands +2 72 £350 -3.45% 87
Yorkshire -33 53 £419 +4.69% 85
East of England -7 49 £413 - 73
Wales 0 34 £425 +6.25% 23
North East +4 12 £428 +0.59% 24
Northern Ireland -14 1 £350 -33.33% 9

For the 6 months to 17 January 2021, 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 1,132 (55.60%) SQL
2 775 (38.06%) Azure
3 713 (35.02%) Microsoft
4 641 (31.48%) Agile Software Development
5 582 (28.59%) .NET
6 560 (27.50%) C#
7 468 (22.99%) Finance
8 447 (21.95%) Windows
9 433 (21.27%) Oracle
10 415 (20.38%) DevOps
11 398 (19.55%) Business Intelligence
12 346 (16.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 321 (15.77%) JavaScript
14 302 (14.83%) Java
15 298 (14.64%) Security Cleared
16 297 (14.59%) Power Platform
17 287 (14.10%) AWS
17 287 (14.10%) Data Warehouse
18 281 (13.80%) T-SQL
19 270 (13.26%) Migration
20 264 (12.97%) Linux
21 263 (12.92%) Python
22 258 (12.67%) Power BI
23 250 (12.28%) ETL
24 246 (12.08%) Active Directory
25 240 (11.79%) Banking
26 235 (11.54%) PowerShell
27 226 (11.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
28 225 (11.05%) ASP.NET
29 215 (10.56%) Web 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
1 123 (6.04%) IIS
2 108 (5.30%) SharePoint
3 91 (4.47%) Apache
3 91 (4.47%) Confluence
4 57 (2.80%) JBoss
5 54 (2.65%) MS Exchange
6 40 (1.96%) Red Hat Fuse
7 33 (1.62%) Tomcat
8 31 (1.52%) Elasticsearch
9 27 (1.33%) WebLogic
10 26 (1.28%) Apache Spark
11 21 (1.03%) BizTalk Server
12 20 (0.98%) MQSeries
12 20 (0.98%) Mule
12 20 (0.98%) Skype for Business
12 20 (0.98%) WebSphere
13 15 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
14 14 (0.69%) NServiceBus
15 13 (0.64%) ArcGIS
15 13 (0.64%) CMS
Applications
1 88 (4.32%) Microsoft Excel
2 67 (3.29%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (0.79%) Photoshop
4 12 (0.59%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.44%) InfoPath
6 5 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.25%) SPSS
7 4 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
8 3 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.049%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 39 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.44%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 8 (0.39%) Teamcenter
4 7 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
5 6 (0.29%) Lawson
6 5 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
6 5 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.25%) HiPortfolio
7 4 (0.20%) Oracle BPM
7 4 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
7 4 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 3 (0.15%) Dynamics GP
8 3 (0.15%) Elite 3E
8 3 (0.15%) Endur
8 3 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
8 3 (0.15%) Oracle Utilities
9 2 (0.098%) Aligne
9 2 (0.098%) NetSuite
9 2 (0.098%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.098%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 775 (38.06%) Azure
2 297 (14.59%) Power Platform
3 287 (14.10%) AWS
4 106 (5.21%) Serverless
5 83 (4.08%) Azure Data Factory
6 81 (3.98%) Azure Active Directory
7 79 (3.88%) Office 365
8 78 (3.83%) GitHub
9 76 (3.73%) GCP
10 67 (3.29%) Logic Apps
11 60 (2.95%) AWS Lambda
12 57 (2.80%) PaaS
13 56 (2.75%) PowerApps
14 47 (2.31%) Dynamics 365
14 47 (2.31%) IaaS
15 45 (2.21%) SaaS
16 40 (1.96%) Azure Functions
17 39 (1.92%) Amazon ECS
18 37 (1.82%) Power Automate
19 36 (1.77%) Apigee
Communications & Networking
1 81 (3.98%) DNS
2 59 (2.90%) Firewall
3 49 (2.41%) SAN
4 42 (2.06%) DHCP
5 24 (1.18%) HTTP
5 24 (1.18%) Skype
6 21 (1.03%) WAN
7 20 (0.98%) TCP/IP
8 19 (0.93%) Internet
8 19 (0.93%) WAAS
9 17 (0.83%) Remote Desktop
10 15 (0.74%) Intrusion Detection
10 15 (0.74%) LAN
10 15 (0.74%) Network Security
10 15 (0.74%) VPN
11 12 (0.59%) SSH
12 10 (0.49%) VoIP
13 8 (0.39%) HTTPS
14 7 (0.34%) MPLS
14 7 (0.34%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 346 (16.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 287 (14.10%) Data Warehouse
3 258 (12.67%) Power BI
4 226 (11.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 215 (10.56%) MySQL
6 194 (9.53%) Relational Database
7 168 (8.25%) PostgreSQL
8 146 (7.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 139 (6.83%) Azure SQL Database
10 108 (5.30%) NoSQL
11 90 (4.42%) MongoDB
12 73 (3.59%) SQL Server 2008
13 70 (3.44%) Oracle Database
14 69 (3.39%) Tableau
15 68 (3.34%) SQL Server 2012
16 61 (3.00%) SQL Server 2016
17 58 (2.85%) Data Lake
18 54 (2.65%) RDBMS
19 46 (2.26%) Amazon Redshift
20 43 (2.11%) DB2
Development Applications
1 182 (8.94%) Git (software)
2 157 (7.71%) JIRA
3 150 (7.37%) Jenkins
4 116 (5.70%) Visual Studio
5 83 (4.08%) Team Foundation Server
6 65 (3.19%) Subversion
7 60 (2.95%) GitLab
8 59 (2.90%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 55 (2.70%) Artifactory
10 51 (2.50%) Bitbucket
10 51 (2.50%) Selenium
11 48 (2.36%) FishEye
12 46 (2.26%) Visual Studio Team System
13 44 (2.16%) Cucumber
13 44 (2.16%) Maven
14 41 (2.01%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 34 (1.67%) Hudson
16 30 (1.47%) Vagrant
17 28 (1.38%) TeamCity
18 26 (1.28%) JUnit
General
1 468 (22.99%) Finance
2 240 (11.79%) Banking
3 180 (8.84%) Public Sector
4 93 (4.57%) Front Office
5 76 (3.73%) Investment Banking
6 45 (2.21%) Back Office
7 36 (1.77%) Law
8 30 (1.47%) Marketing
9 29 (1.42%) Financial Institution
10 27 (1.33%) Legal
10 27 (1.33%) Telecoms
11 26 (1.28%) Manufacturing
12 25 (1.23%) Retail
13 21 (1.03%) Electronics
14 16 (0.79%) Advertising
14 16 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
15 10 (0.49%) Publishing
16 7 (0.34%) Games
17 6 (0.29%) Local Government
18 5 (0.25%) Billing
Job Titles
1 866 (42.53%) Developer
2 268 (13.16%) .NET Developer
3 219 (10.76%) Architect
4 184 (9.04%) SQL Developer
5 164 (8.06%) C# Developer
6 158 (7.76%) Analyst
7 114 (5.60%) DBA
8 110 (5.40%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 95 (4.67%) Data Engineer
10 88 (4.32%) C# .NET Developer
11 87 (4.27%) Java Developer
12 85 (4.17%) Senior Developer
13 80 (3.93%) Azure Engineer
14 78 (3.83%) SQL DBA
15 77 (3.78%) Consultant
16 75 (3.68%) Data Architect
16 75 (3.68%) Software Engineer
17 65 (3.19%) Full Stack Developer
18 58 (2.85%) Solutions Architect
19 56 (2.75%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 582 (28.59%) .NET
2 225 (11.05%) ASP.NET
3 215 (10.56%) Web Services
4 200 (9.82%) HTML
5 175 (8.60%) CSS
6 151 (7.42%) XML
7 150 (7.37%) .NET Core
8 135 (6.63%) .NET Framework
9 129 (6.34%) AngularJS
10 126 (6.19%) REST
11 112 (5.50%) React
12 106 (5.21%) ASP.NET Web API
13 103 (5.06%) JSON
14 96 (4.72%) Middleware
15 89 (4.37%) RESTful
16 83 (4.08%) jQuery
17 79 (3.88%) HTML5
18 70 (3.44%) Entity Framework
19 68 (3.34%) Spring
20 58 (2.85%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 173 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
2 71 (3.49%) Greenfield Project
3 63 (3.09%) Fixed Income
4 61 (3.00%) User Experience
5 58 (2.85%) Data Centre
6 55 (2.70%) NHS
7 54 (2.65%) Clustering
8 47 (2.31%) Management Information System
9 46 (2.26%) Enterprise Software
10 40 (1.96%) Hedge funds
11 38 (1.87%) Derivative
12 35 (1.72%) Self-Motivation
13 32 (1.57%) Replication
14 29 (1.42%) Data Structures
15 28 (1.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 28 (1.38%) PKI
16 26 (1.28%) Equities
17 24 (1.18%) Public Cloud
18 21 (1.03%) Virtual Team
19 19 (0.93%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 447 (21.95%) Windows
2 264 (12.97%) Linux
3 204 (10.02%) Windows Server
4 118 (5.80%) Unix
5 95 (4.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 70 (3.44%) Windows 10
7 60 (2.95%) Windows Server 2016
8 50 (2.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 44 (2.16%) Windows Server 2008
10 36 (1.77%) CentOS
11 34 (1.67%) Windows Server 2019
12 32 (1.57%) Windows 7
13 19 (0.93%) Android
13 19 (0.93%) Windows XP
14 18 (0.88%) Apple iOS
15 14 (0.69%) Ubuntu
16 13 (0.64%) AIX
17 10 (0.49%) Solaris
18 9 (0.44%) Mac OS X
19 8 (0.39%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 641 (31.48%) Agile Software Development
2 415 (20.38%) DevOps
3 398 (19.55%) Business Intelligence
4 270 (13.26%) Migration
5 250 (12.28%) ETL
6 212 (10.41%) Microservices
7 192 (9.43%) Data Modelling
8 167 (8.20%) TDD
9 162 (7.96%) Scrum
10 153 (7.51%) Problem-Solving
11 146 (7.17%) MVC
12 145 (7.12%) Test Automation
13 134 (6.58%) Software Engineering
14 112 (5.50%) SDLC
15 108 (5.30%) ITIL
16 106 (5.21%) Data Migration
17 104 (5.11%) Analytics
18 101 (4.96%) Performance Tuning
19 93 (4.57%) BDD
20 91 (4.47%) OO
Programming Languages
1 1,132 (55.60%) SQL
2 560 (27.50%) C#
3 321 (15.77%) JavaScript
4 302 (14.83%) Java
5 281 (13.80%) T-SQL
6 263 (12.92%) Python
7 235 (11.54%) PowerShell
8 90 (4.42%) PL/SQL
9 58 (2.85%) VB
10 50 (2.46%) Bash Shell
10 50 (2.46%) TypeScript
11 43 (2.11%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 42 (2.06%) VB.NET
13 41 (2.01%) C++
13 41 (2.01%) VBA
14 39 (1.92%) C
15 34 (1.67%) Groovy
16 31 (1.52%) Perl
17 24 (1.18%) Shell Script
18 21 (1.03%) R
Qualifications
1 298 (14.64%) Security Cleared
2 214 (10.51%) SC Cleared
3 93 (4.57%) Degree
4 83 (4.08%) DV Cleared
5 41 (2.01%) Microsoft Certification
6 31 (1.52%) Computer Science Degree
7 24 (1.18%) MCSE
8 21 (1.03%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (0.64%) MCSA
10 12 (0.59%) Sun Certification
10 12 (0.59%) TOGAF Certification
10 12 (0.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 11 (0.54%) CCNA
11 11 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 10 (0.49%) ISEB
13 9 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
13 9 (0.44%) CCNP
13 9 (0.44%) CTC Cleared
13 9 (0.44%) Master's Degree
14 8 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (3.59%) Data Quality
2 64 (3.14%) QA
3 16 (0.79%) GDPR
4 13 (0.64%) SLA
5 11 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 10 (0.49%) PCI DSS
7 9 (0.44%) Dublin Core
8 8 (0.39%) NCSC
9 7 (0.34%) COBIT
10 6 (0.29%) Government Security Classifications
11 5 (0.25%) NIST
12 4 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
12 4 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 4 (0.20%) MiFID
12 4 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 3 (0.15%) GxP
13 3 (0.15%) ISO 9001
13 3 (0.15%) WCAG
14 2 (0.098%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 2 (0.098%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 246 (12.08%) Active Directory
2 162 (7.96%) Docker
3 116 (5.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 34 (1.67%) Hyper-V
5 26 (1.28%) VMware ESXi
6 23 (1.13%) Microsoft App-V
7 21 (1.03%) GlusterFS
8 18 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
9 15 (0.74%) VMware NSX
9 15 (0.74%) vSphere
10 14 (0.69%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 11 (0.54%) Oracle RAC
12 9 (0.44%) HDFS
13 7 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
13 7 (0.34%) XenApp
14 4 (0.20%) XenDesktop
15 3 (0.15%) DFS Replication
15 3 (0.15%) vCloud
16 2 (0.098%) Varnish
17 1 (0.049%) UAG
Systems Management
1 138 (6.78%) Kubernetes
2 102 (5.01%) Terraform
3 88 (4.32%) Ansible
4 47 (2.31%) SCCM
5 45 (2.21%) Single Sign-On
6 32 (1.57%) Microsoft Clustering
6 32 (1.57%) Puppet
7 30 (1.47%) Grafana
8 28 (1.38%) Microsoft Intune
9 26 (1.28%) Prometheus
10 19 (0.93%) IBM BigFix
11 16 (0.79%) WSUS
12 15 (0.74%) Control-M
12 15 (0.74%) vCenter Server
13 13 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
14 12 (0.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 10 (0.49%) SCOM
16 9 (0.44%) Foglight
16 9 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
17 8 (0.39%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
Vendors
1 713 (35.02%) Microsoft
2 433 (21.27%) Oracle
3 147 (7.22%) VMware
4 92 (4.52%) SAP
5 70 (3.44%) Sybase
6 69 (3.39%) Google
7 65 (3.19%) Databricks
8 62 (3.05%) Red Hat
9 56 (2.75%) Informatica
10 53 (2.60%) Cisco
11 51 (2.50%) Citrix
12 45 (2.21%) Atlassian
13 40 (1.96%) HP
14 38 (1.87%) IBM
15 31 (1.52%) Dell
15 31 (1.52%) Talend
16 30 (1.47%) EMC
17 25 (1.23%) CyberArk
18 24 (1.18%) Ivanti
19 22 (1.08%) MuleSoft