Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 20 18 13
Rank change year-on-year -2 -5 +2
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 7205 7947 10102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.99% 7.59% 8.89%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.62% 33.59% 38.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 5251 5577 7114
UK median daily rate £413 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33% +3.45%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
90th Percentile £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +5.71% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 151 204
UK median hourly rate £35.66 £31.90 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.77% +16.00% +19.57%
10th Percentile £16.57 £13.50 £14.15
90th Percentile £56.45 £47.50 £51.52
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £32.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year +21.54% +14.04% +26.67%

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 22785 23660 26437
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.09% 22.59% 23.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 15575 15682 17425
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +0.63%
10th Percentile £310 £285 £269
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 288 368 408
UK median hourly rate £31.23 £28.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.54% -1.75% +14.00%
10th Percentile £14.00 £10.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.44 £52.05 £52.47
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% -6.67% +31.32%

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 21 November 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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 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 -4 6612 £425 +8.97% 1576
UK excluding London -4 4025 £370 +5.71% 1177
London -1 3093 £475 +5.56% 473
South East -1 1226 £375 - 334
North of England -2 855 £350 - 341
Midlands +4 659 £355 +1.43% 197
South West -5 423 £375 +7.14% 110
North West -10 417 £375 +7.14% 186
East of England -10 365 £363 -3.33% 119
Yorkshire -1 364 £350 - 124
West Midlands -2 348 £375 +7.14% 91
Scotland -5 321 £375 +15.38% 53
East Midlands +10 308 £340 -2.86% 104
Wales +12 137 £350 -1.75% 18
North East -18 71 £340 +3.03% 31
Northern Ireland -12 63 £413 +10.00% 5
Channel Islands +1 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 3822 (53.05%) SQL
2 3066 (42.55%) .NET
3 2859 (39.68%) C#
4 2454 (34.06%) Microsoft
5 2141 (29.72%) Agile Software Development
6 1525 (21.17%) Finance
7 1513 (21.00%) MVC
8 1490 (20.68%) Windows
9 1467 (20.36%) JavaScript
10 1379 (19.14%) ASP.NET
11 1334 (18.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 1315 (18.25%) Oracle
13 1271 (17.64%) HTML
14 1202 (16.68%) T-SQL
15 1169 (16.22%) Business Intelligence
16 1087 (15.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 1050 (14.57%) CSS
18 956 (13.27%) Microsoft Azure
19 942 (13.07%) TDD
20 875 (12.14%) AngularJS
21 850 (11.80%) Web Services
22 844 (11.71%) ETL
23 842 (11.69%) Data Warehouse
24 807 (11.20%) .NET Framework
25 805 (11.17%) ASP.NET MVC
26 781 (10.84%) Java
27 762 (10.58%) ASP.NET Web API
28 755 (10.48%) SQL Server 2008
29 751 (10.42%) Banking
30 750 (10.41%) SQL Server 2012

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
1 411 (5.70%) IIS
2 400 (5.55%) SharePoint
3 211 (2.93%) MS Exchange
4 185 (2.57%) CMS
5 147 (2.04%) Tomcat
6 117 (1.62%) BizTalk Server
7 113 (1.57%) Apache
7 113 (1.57%) Elasticsearch
8 110 (1.53%) Confluence
9 97 (1.35%) WebSphere
10 86 (1.19%) Apache Spark
11 83 (1.15%) JBoss
12 73 (1.01%) Sitecore CMS
12 73 (1.01%) Skype for Business
13 68 (0.94%) Umbraco
14 62 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2010
15 57 (0.79%) SAS
15 57 (0.79%) SharePoint 2013
16 56 (0.78%) WebLogic
17 53 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 437 (6.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 156 (2.17%) Microsoft Office
3 52 (0.72%) MS Visio
4 48 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 41 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
6 18 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.097%) InfoPath
7 7 (0.097%) SmartSuite
8 6 (0.083%) SPSS
9 5 (0.069%) Adobe Illustrator
9 5 (0.069%) Photoshop
9 5 (0.069%) Stata
10 2 (0.028%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.014%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.014%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.014%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.014%) InDesign
11 1 (0.014%) PaintShop Pro
11 1 (0.014%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.014%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 174 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 88 (1.22%) Dynamics AX
3 64 (0.89%) Markit EDM
4 30 (0.42%) ION MarketView
5 27 (0.37%) Unit4 Business World
6 25 (0.35%) RMDS
7 22 (0.31%) thinkFolio
8 20 (0.28%) Actimize
8 20 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 17 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
10 14 (0.19%) Dynamics GP
11 13 (0.18%) Maximo
12 11 (0.15%) SimCorp Dimension
13 9 (0.12%) SAP CRM
14 8 (0.11%) Adobe Campaign
14 8 (0.11%) Endur
14 8 (0.11%) Teamcenter
14 8 (0.11%) Temenos T24
15 7 (0.097%) Cognos Business Intelligence
15 7 (0.097%) SunGard GMI
Cloud Services
1 956 (13.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 538 (7.47%) Amazon AWS
3 176 (2.44%) Office 365
4 81 (1.12%) GitHub
5 76 (1.05%) PaaS
6 70 (0.97%) IaaS
7 56 (0.78%) Amazon EC2
8 52 (0.72%) SaaS
9 51 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
10 37 (0.51%) npm
11 34 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
12 28 (0.39%) Amazon S3
13 27 (0.37%) Amazon EMR
13 27 (0.37%) AWS CloudFormation
13 27 (0.37%) Google Cloud Platform
14 24 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
15 23 (0.32%) Serverless
16 22 (0.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 21 (0.29%) AWS Lambda
18 19 (0.26%) Yarn
Communications & Networking
1 227 (3.15%) Firewall
2 188 (2.61%) SAN
3 177 (2.46%) DNS
4 161 (2.23%) TCP/IP
5 117 (1.62%) DHCP
6 101 (1.40%) LAN
7 94 (1.30%) WAN
8 78 (1.08%) Internet
9 76 (1.05%) HTTP
10 67 (0.93%) VPN
11 60 (0.83%) LDAP
12 53 (0.74%) Intranet
13 50 (0.69%) NAS
14 49 (0.68%) Network Security
15 45 (0.62%) SSL
16 43 (0.60%) Skype
17 39 (0.54%) VLAN
17 39 (0.54%) VoIP
18 29 (0.40%) FTP
19 27 (0.37%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1334 (18.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1087 (15.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 842 (11.69%) Data Warehouse
4 755 (10.48%) SQL Server 2008
5 750 (10.41%) SQL Server 2012
6 624 (8.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 533 (7.40%) Relational Database
8 450 (6.25%) SQL Server 2016
9 397 (5.51%) MySQL
10 389 (5.40%) SQL Server 2014
11 375 (5.20%) Power BI
12 307 (4.26%) NoSQL
13 273 (3.79%) Oracle Database
14 261 (3.62%) RDBMS
15 239 (3.32%) MongoDB
16 209 (2.90%) SQL Server 2005
17 192 (2.66%) Hadoop
18 179 (2.48%) Big Data
19 150 (2.08%) OLAP
20 149 (2.07%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 605 (8.40%) Team Foundation Server
2 589 (8.17%) Visual Studio
3 551 (7.65%) Git (software)
4 305 (4.23%) TeamCity
5 260 (3.61%) JIRA
6 251 (3.48%) Jenkins
7 214 (2.97%) Subversion
8 196 (2.72%) NUnit
9 177 (2.46%) Octopus Deploy
10 110 (1.53%) Selenium
11 107 (1.49%) Maven
11 107 (1.49%) SpecFlow
12 89 (1.24%) Moq
13 77 (1.07%) MSTest
14 75 (1.04%) Eclipse
15 71 (0.99%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 69 (0.96%) Visual Studio Team System
17 67 (0.93%) JUnit
18 64 (0.89%) SoapUI
19 62 (0.86%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 1525 (21.17%) Finance
2 751 (10.42%) Banking
3 402 (5.58%) Front Office
4 272 (3.78%) Investment Banking
5 178 (2.47%) Retail
6 130 (1.80%) Marketing
7 129 (1.79%) Back Office
8 117 (1.62%) Manufacturing
9 102 (1.42%) Telecoms
10 94 (1.30%) Legal
11 70 (0.97%) Law
12 57 (0.79%) Advertising
13 56 (0.78%) Financial Institution
14 35 (0.49%) Automotive
14 35 (0.49%) Electronics
14 35 (0.49%) Retail Banking
15 30 (0.42%) Local Government
16 29 (0.40%) Games
16 29 (0.40%) Publishing
17 28 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 4186 (58.10%) Developer
2 1491 (20.69%) .NET Developer
3 1291 (17.92%) C# Developer
4 1023 (14.20%) SQL Developer
5 768 (10.66%) C# .NET Developer
6 725 (10.06%) Analyst
7 447 (6.20%) Senior Developer
8 414 (5.75%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 375 (5.20%) Architect
9 375 (5.20%) DBA
10 370 (5.14%) SQL Server Developer
11 362 (5.02%) ASP.NET Developer
12 330 (4.58%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
13 308 (4.27%) C# ASP.NET Developer
14 303 (4.21%) Full Stack Developer
15 283 (3.93%) SQL DBA
16 275 (3.82%) Consultant
17 253 (3.51%) SSIS Developer
18 248 (3.44%) Java Developer
19 191 (2.65%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3066 (42.55%) .NET
2 1379 (19.14%) ASP.NET
3 1271 (17.64%) HTML
4 1050 (14.57%) CSS
5 875 (12.14%) AngularJS
6 850 (11.80%) Web Services
7 807 (11.20%) .NET Framework
8 805 (11.17%) ASP.NET MVC
9 762 (10.58%) ASP.NET Web API
10 647 (8.98%) WCF
11 612 (8.49%) jQuery
12 600 (8.33%) XML
13 484 (6.72%) HTML5
14 468 (6.50%) Entity Framework
15 401 (5.57%) REST
16 375 (5.20%) WPF
17 340 (4.72%) JSON
18 319 (4.43%) RESTful
19 311 (4.32%) SOAP
20 261 (3.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 584 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
2 292 (4.05%) Greenfield Project
3 250 (3.47%) Fixed Income
4 227 (3.15%) Computer Science
5 179 (2.48%) Derivative
6 175 (2.43%) Clustering
7 147 (2.04%) Enterprise Software
8 136 (1.89%) Management Information System
9 127 (1.76%) Data Structures
9 127 (1.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 117 (1.62%) Data Centre
10 117 (1.62%) N-Tier
11 112 (1.55%) Replication
12 111 (1.54%) User Experience
13 91 (1.26%) Fintech
14 90 (1.25%) Equities
15 84 (1.17%) Client/Server
16 79 (1.10%) Algorithms
17 74 (1.03%) NHS
18 69 (0.96%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1490 (20.68%) Windows
2 659 (9.15%) Linux
3 655 (9.09%) Windows Server
4 350 (4.86%) Unix
5 338 (4.69%) Windows Server 2012
6 247 (3.43%) Windows Server 2008
7 119 (1.65%) Windows Server 2003
8 91 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 73 (1.01%) Windows 10
10 71 (0.99%) Windows 7
11 44 (0.61%) Apple iOS
12 42 (0.58%) Solaris
13 35 (0.49%) Android
14 27 (0.37%) Windows XP
15 25 (0.35%) AIX
16 24 (0.33%) Windows 8
17 21 (0.29%) Windows Vista
18 18 (0.25%) Ubuntu
19 16 (0.22%) VMS
20 13 (0.18%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2141 (29.72%) Agile Software Development
2 1513 (21.00%) MVC
3 1169 (16.22%) Business Intelligence
4 942 (13.07%) TDD
5 844 (11.71%) ETL
6 727 (10.09%) Migration
7 633 (8.79%) Scrum
8 569 (7.90%) Data Modelling
9 565 (7.84%) Continuous Integration
10 487 (6.76%) SDLC
11 474 (6.58%) DevOps
12 436 (6.05%) Web Development
13 395 (5.48%) Test Automation
14 381 (5.29%) Unit Testing
15 369 (5.12%) Analytics
15 369 (5.12%) OO
16 325 (4.51%) BDD
17 321 (4.46%) ITIL
18 305 (4.23%) Data Migration
19 302 (4.19%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 3822 (53.05%) SQL
2 2859 (39.68%) C#
3 1467 (20.36%) JavaScript
4 1202 (16.68%) T-SQL
5 781 (10.84%) Java
6 512 (7.11%) PowerShell
7 457 (6.34%) Python
8 281 (3.90%) VBA
9 274 (3.80%) VB.NET
10 197 (2.73%) C++
11 156 (2.17%) TypeScript
12 140 (1.94%) PL/SQL
12 140 (1.94%) VB
13 113 (1.57%) PHP
14 103 (1.43%) Bash Shell
15 102 (1.42%) Shell Script
16 82 (1.14%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 78 (1.08%) C
17 78 (1.08%) Perl
18 70 (0.97%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 444 (6.16%) Degree
2 399 (5.54%) Security Cleared
3 247 (3.43%) SC Cleared
4 225 (3.12%) Microsoft Certification
5 130 (1.80%) Computer Science Degree
6 118 (1.64%) MCSE
7 62 (0.86%) DV Cleared
8 59 (0.82%) MCSA
9 53 (0.74%) ISEB
10 47 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
11 45 (0.62%) MCITP
12 43 (0.60%) ISTQB
13 41 (0.57%) CCNA
14 38 (0.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 26 (0.36%) BPSS Clearance
15 26 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
15 26 (0.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 22 (0.31%) Master's Degree
16 22 (0.31%) MCP
16 22 (0.31%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 208 (2.89%) QA
2 193 (2.68%) Data Quality
3 70 (0.97%) SLA
4 48 (0.67%) MiFID
5 29 (0.40%) HL7
6 27 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
6 27 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 22 (0.31%) PCI DSS
8 13 (0.18%) GDPR
9 12 (0.17%) GxP
9 12 (0.17%) PMO
10 11 (0.15%) EMIR
10 11 (0.15%) IFRS
10 11 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 11 (0.15%) Solvency II
11 10 (0.14%) IFRS 9
12 8 (0.11%) Basel II
12 8 (0.11%) GCP
12 8 (0.11%) WCAG
13 7 (0.097%) SEPA
System Software
1 617 (8.56%) Active Directory
2 247 (3.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 182 (2.53%) Docker
4 160 (2.22%) Hyper-V
5 106 (1.47%) vSphere
6 87 (1.21%) VMware ESXi
7 76 (1.05%) XenApp
8 53 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
9 33 (0.46%) XenDesktop
10 30 (0.42%) HDFS
11 24 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
12 21 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
13 20 (0.28%) Apache Flume
13 20 (0.28%) Terminal Services
13 20 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
14 13 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
15 11 (0.15%) XenServer
16 10 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 8 (0.11%) Xen
18 6 (0.083%) Gluster
Systems Management
1 153 (2.12%) Ansible
2 145 (2.01%) SCCM
3 111 (1.54%) Puppet
4 95 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
5 76 (1.05%) SCOM
6 55 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
7 50 (0.69%) WSUS
8 43 (0.60%) Nagios
8 43 (0.60%) NetBackup
9 37 (0.51%) Kubernetes
10 35 (0.49%) Terraform
11 31 (0.43%) Oozie
12 25 (0.35%) Control-M
12 25 (0.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 24 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
14 23 (0.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 22 (0.31%) McAfee ePO
16 20 (0.28%) Data Guard
16 20 (0.28%) Oracle RMAN
17 18 (0.25%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 2454 (34.06%) Microsoft
2 1315 (18.25%) Oracle
3 449 (6.23%) VMware
4 249 (3.46%) Tableau
5 240 (3.33%) Citrix
6 223 (3.10%) HP
7 156 (2.17%) SAP
8 144 (2.00%) IBM
9 136 (1.89%) Cisco
10 129 (1.79%) Sitecore
11 89 (1.24%) Sybase
11 89 (1.24%) TIBCO
12 81 (1.12%) Red Hat
13 75 (1.04%) Salesforce.com
14 72 (1.00%) Atlassian
15 71 (0.99%) NetApp
16 68 (0.94%) RedGate
17 67 (0.93%) Informatica
18 62 (0.86%) Bloomberg
19 59 (0.82%) Google