Period
to 4 August 2020

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 4 August 2020 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
4 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 26 25 25
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 -2
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2,218 5,900 7,470
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.19% 6.47% 7.21%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 28.70% 29.27% 31.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,550 4,394 5,498
Median daily rate £463 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +0.06% +6.19%
10th Percentile £313 £308 £292
90th Percentile £688 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +4.38% +6.67% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 86 73
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
10th Percentile £14.10 £16.63 £17.57
90th Percentile £68.48 £57.25 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £45.00 £37.25
% change year-on-year -22.22% +20.81% -5.70%

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 7,728 20,155 23,588
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.58% 22.11% 22.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,995 13,788 16,451
Median daily rate £500 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £688 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £435 £415
% change year-on-year +3.45% +4.82% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 163 260 242
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +9.38% +3.23%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.07 £13.71
90th Percentile £54.80 £60.00 £54.88
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year - +4.48% -1.47%

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 4 August 2020.

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 4 August 2020.

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 4 August 2020. 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 0 2,007 £473 +8.93% 1,012
London +3 1,090 £525 +10.53% 237
UK excluding London -6 1,038 £418 +4.38% 834
South East -6 274 £425 +3.03% 189
North of England -8 230 £388 +3.33% 250
Work from Home +9 188 £425 -5.56% 149
South West -7 145 £438 +2.94% 106
Midlands -7 143 £425 +6.25% 165
North West -6 137 £400 +10.34% 155
East of England +16 103 £425 - 64
Scotland -8 98 £425 +6.25% 27
West Midlands -3 94 £475 +11.76% 84
Yorkshire -10 82 £375 - 76
East Midlands -16 47 £375 - 80
Wales 0 41 £415 +3.75% 27
North East -9 11 £375 -6.17% 19
Northern Ireland -20 4 £431 -13.80% 7

For the 6 months to 4 August 2020, 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 1,165 (52.52%) SQL
2 767 (34.58%) C#
3 752 (33.90%) .NET
4 740 (33.36%) Azure
5 732 (33.00%) Microsoft
6 631 (28.45%) Agile Software Development
7 555 (25.02%) Windows
8 525 (23.67%) Finance
9 494 (22.27%) Oracle
10 490 (22.09%) DevOps
11 451 (20.33%) JavaScript
12 383 (17.27%) Java
13 365 (16.46%) Business Intelligence
14 361 (16.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 355 (16.01%) T-SQL
16 318 (14.34%) Security Cleared
17 316 (14.25%) HTML
18 298 (13.44%) ASP.NET
19 297 (13.39%) Web Services
20 293 (13.21%) Python
21 276 (12.44%) Data Warehouse
21 276 (12.44%) Active Directory
22 270 (12.17%) AWS
23 262 (11.81%) Microservices
23 262 (11.81%) Banking
24 260 (11.72%) MySQL
25 259 (11.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
26 258 (11.63%) CSS
27 254 (11.45%) .NET Framework
28 253 (11.41%) PowerShell

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
1 162 (7.30%) SharePoint
2 122 (5.50%) IIS
3 97 (4.37%) Apache
4 54 (2.43%) MS Exchange
5 51 (2.30%) Confluence
6 46 (2.07%) Tomcat
7 45 (2.03%) Elasticsearch
8 31 (1.40%) JBoss
9 29 (1.31%) Apache Spark
9 29 (1.31%) CMS
10 25 (1.13%) Exchange Server 2010
11 23 (1.04%) ArcGIS
12 22 (0.99%) Red Hat Fuse
12 22 (0.99%) Skype for Business
13 17 (0.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 17 (0.77%) SAS
14 15 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
14 15 (0.68%) Oracle Workflow
14 15 (0.68%) WebLogic
15 13 (0.59%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 148 (6.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 82 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
3 31 (1.40%) Photoshop
4 12 (0.54%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.45%) Acrobat
6 7 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 6 (0.27%) Chatbot
8 5 (0.23%) InfoPath
9 3 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
10 2 (0.090%) LaTeX
10 2 (0.090%) Stata
11 1 (0.045%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.045%) FileZilla
11 1 (0.045%) Microsoft Project
11 1 (0.045%) SOLIDWORKS
11 1 (0.045%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 64 (2.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.63%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 9 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
4 8 (0.36%) Northgate Housing
5 7 (0.32%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 6 (0.27%) Siebel CRM
6 6 (0.27%) Unit4 Business World
7 5 (0.23%) Elite 3E
8 4 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
9 3 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
9 3 (0.14%) Endur
9 3 (0.14%) Markit EDM
9 3 (0.14%) NetSuite
9 3 (0.14%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.14%) SAP Hybris
9 3 (0.14%) thinkFolio
10 2 (0.090%) Oracle BPM
10 2 (0.090%) Q-Pulse
10 2 (0.090%) SmartPlant
Cloud Services
1 740 (33.36%) Azure
2 270 (12.17%) AWS
3 234 (10.55%) Power Platform
4 111 (5.00%) GCP
5 110 (4.96%) Office 365
6 88 (3.97%) Serverless
7 68 (3.07%) AWS Lambda
8 67 (3.02%) Azure Data Factory
9 62 (2.80%) Amazon ECS
9 62 (2.80%) SaaS
10 61 (2.75%) GitHub
11 57 (2.57%) PaaS
12 50 (2.25%) Apigee
13 43 (1.94%) IaaS
14 42 (1.89%) Dynamics 365
15 32 (1.44%) Logic Apps
16 31 (1.40%) Azure Active Directory
17 28 (1.26%) PowerApps
18 22 (0.99%) Azure Stack
19 20 (0.90%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 107 (4.82%) DNS
2 56 (2.52%) DHCP
3 53 (2.39%) SAN
4 47 (2.12%) Firewall
5 43 (1.94%) HTTP
6 32 (1.44%) Internet
7 29 (1.31%) Skype
8 24 (1.08%) SSL
8 24 (1.08%) TCP/IP
9 23 (1.04%) WAN
10 16 (0.72%) VPN
11 14 (0.63%) LAN
12 13 (0.59%) FTP
12 13 (0.59%) NetScaler
13 12 (0.54%) SSH
13 12 (0.54%) Wireless
14 11 (0.50%) Kerberos
14 11 (0.50%) Remote Desktop
15 9 (0.41%) HTTPS
15 9 (0.41%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 361 (16.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 276 (12.44%) Data Warehouse
3 260 (11.72%) MySQL
4 259 (11.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 219 (9.87%) Power BI
6 192 (8.66%) PostgreSQL
7 171 (7.71%) Relational Database
7 171 (7.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 113 (5.09%) MongoDB
9 105 (4.73%) SQL Server 2016
10 102 (4.60%) NoSQL
11 94 (4.24%) SQL Server 2008
12 91 (4.10%) Oracle Database
13 89 (4.01%) SQL Server 2012
14 75 (3.38%) Azure SQL Database
15 70 (3.16%) RDBMS
16 64 (2.89%) Amazon Redshift
17 61 (2.75%) SQL Server 2014
18 59 (2.66%) Data Lake
19 56 (2.52%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 251 (11.32%) Git (software)
2 183 (8.25%) Visual Studio
3 145 (6.54%) Team Foundation Server
4 131 (5.91%) Jenkins
5 123 (5.55%) JIRA
6 75 (3.38%) GitLab
6 75 (3.38%) Subversion
7 72 (3.25%) TeamCity
8 71 (3.20%) Selenium
9 56 (2.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 53 (2.39%) Octopus Deploy
11 52 (2.34%) Artifactory
12 45 (2.03%) Maven
13 44 (1.98%) JUnit
14 35 (1.58%) Visual Studio Team System
15 30 (1.35%) Ant
15 30 (1.35%) Bitbucket
16 29 (1.31%) SpecFlow
17 28 (1.26%) NUnit
18 24 (1.08%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 525 (23.67%) Finance
2 262 (11.81%) Banking
3 161 (7.26%) Public Sector
4 101 (4.55%) Front Office
5 94 (4.24%) Investment Banking
6 61 (2.75%) Retail
7 54 (2.43%) Back Office
8 30 (1.35%) Legal
9 26 (1.17%) Law
10 25 (1.13%) Local Government
11 21 (0.95%) Manufacturing
12 20 (0.90%) Telecoms
13 16 (0.72%) Marketing
14 12 (0.54%) Electronics
14 12 (0.54%) Financial Institution
14 12 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
15 8 (0.36%) Advertising
15 8 (0.36%) Police
15 8 (0.36%) Publishing
16 6 (0.27%) Military
Job Titles
1 1,160 (52.30%) Developer
2 299 (13.48%) .NET Developer
3 233 (10.50%) C# Developer
4 218 (9.83%) SQL Developer
5 159 (7.17%) Analyst
6 152 (6.85%) Architect
7 145 (6.54%) Java Developer
8 121 (5.46%) DBA
9 115 (5.18%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 112 (5.05%) Senior Developer
11 96 (4.33%) C# .NET Developer
12 78 (3.52%) SQL DBA
13 75 (3.38%) Full Stack Developer
14 74 (3.34%) Administrator
14 74 (3.34%) Data Engineer
14 74 (3.34%) Software Engineer
15 68 (3.07%) Azure Engineer
16 65 (2.93%) SQL Server Developer
17 64 (2.89%) Azure Developer
18 62 (2.80%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 752 (33.90%) .NET
2 316 (14.25%) HTML
3 298 (13.44%) ASP.NET
4 297 (13.39%) Web Services
5 258 (11.63%) CSS
6 254 (11.45%) .NET Framework
7 245 (11.05%) AngularJS
8 170 (7.66%) XML
9 169 (7.62%) .NET Core
10 162 (7.30%) React
11 152 (6.85%) REST
12 150 (6.76%) jQuery
13 130 (5.86%) Entity Framework
14 118 (5.32%) ASP.NET Web API
15 113 (5.09%) ASP.NET MVC
16 110 (4.96%) JSON
17 99 (4.46%) RESTful
18 98 (4.42%) HTML5
19 94 (4.24%) WPF
20 87 (3.92%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 174 (7.84%) Analytical Skills
2 109 (4.91%) Fixed Income
3 97 (4.37%) Greenfield Project
4 80 (3.61%) User Experience
5 71 (3.20%) Hedge funds
6 67 (3.02%) Management Information System
7 57 (2.57%) Data Centre
7 57 (2.57%) Derivative
8 42 (1.89%) NHS
9 41 (1.85%) Clustering
10 40 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
11 39 (1.76%) Self-Motivation
12 37 (1.67%) Replication
13 34 (1.53%) PKI
14 32 (1.44%) Data Structures
15 30 (1.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 28 (1.26%) Client/Server
17 26 (1.17%) Algorithms
17 26 (1.17%) Equities
18 24 (1.08%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 555 (25.02%) Windows
2 247 (11.14%) Windows Server
3 199 (8.97%) Linux
4 117 (5.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 108 (4.87%) Unix
6 107 (4.82%) Windows Server 2016
7 84 (3.79%) Windows Server 2008
8 63 (2.84%) Windows 10
9 41 (1.85%) Windows Server 2019
10 36 (1.62%) Android
11 26 (1.17%) Apple iOS
12 25 (1.13%) Windows 7
13 24 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 20 (0.90%) Mac OS X
15 16 (0.72%) AIX
16 14 (0.63%) CentOS
16 14 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
17 13 (0.59%) Windows XP
18 9 (0.41%) VMS
19 6 (0.27%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 631 (28.45%) Agile Software Development
2 490 (22.09%) DevOps
3 365 (16.46%) Business Intelligence
4 262 (11.81%) Microservices
5 253 (11.41%) Migration
6 246 (11.09%) MVC
7 217 (9.78%) ETL
8 207 (9.33%) Scrum
9 192 (8.66%) Problem-Solving
10 186 (8.39%) Test Automation
11 165 (7.44%) Software Engineering
12 162 (7.30%) ITIL
13 161 (7.26%) TDD
14 159 (7.17%) SDLC
15 149 (6.72%) Unit Testing
16 145 (6.54%) Data Modelling
17 135 (6.09%) Continuous Integration
18 133 (6.00%) Analytics
19 127 (5.73%) Asset Management
20 125 (5.64%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 1,165 (52.52%) SQL
2 767 (34.58%) C#
3 451 (20.33%) JavaScript
4 383 (17.27%) Java
5 355 (16.01%) T-SQL
6 293 (13.21%) Python
7 253 (11.41%) PowerShell
8 99 (4.46%) VB
9 98 (4.42%) TypeScript
10 72 (3.25%) PL/SQL
11 52 (2.34%) VBA
12 51 (2.30%) Perl
13 48 (2.16%) VB.NET
14 45 (2.03%) Bash Shell
15 43 (1.94%) C++
16 40 (1.80%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
17 36 (1.62%) C
18 32 (1.44%) Shell Script
19 30 (1.35%) R
20 29 (1.31%) PHP
Qualifications
1 318 (14.34%) Security Cleared
2 237 (10.69%) SC Cleared
3 139 (6.27%) Degree
4 83 (3.74%) DV Cleared
5 64 (2.89%) Microsoft Certification
6 54 (2.43%) Computer Science Degree
7 18 (0.81%) Master's Degree
8 17 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
8 17 (0.77%) Sun Certification
9 16 (0.72%) Cisco Certification
10 15 (0.68%) MCSE
11 13 (0.59%) ISTQB
11 13 (0.59%) MCSA
12 9 (0.41%) ISEB
13 8 (0.36%) CISSP
13 8 (0.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 8 (0.36%) MCITP
14 7 (0.32%) MCP
14 7 (0.32%) MCSD
15 6 (0.27%) MCAD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (3.43%) QA
2 38 (1.71%) GDPR
3 34 (1.53%) SLA
4 29 (1.31%) Data Quality
5 17 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 14 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
6 14 (0.63%) Government Security Classifications
6 14 (0.63%) HIPAA
7 12 (0.54%) NCSC
8 11 (0.50%) WCAG
9 10 (0.45%) Solvency II
10 7 (0.32%) MiFID
11 6 (0.27%) HL7
12 5 (0.23%) COBIT
12 5 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 4 (0.18%) PCI DSS
14 3 (0.14%) EMIR
15 2 (0.090%) IFRS
15 2 (0.090%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 2 (0.090%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 276 (12.44%) Active Directory
2 181 (8.16%) Docker
3 102 (4.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 76 (3.43%) Hyper-V
5 37 (1.67%) XenApp
6 36 (1.62%) VMware ESXi
7 31 (1.40%) vSphere
8 26 (1.17%) Virtual Machines
9 20 (0.90%) VMware NSX
10 15 (0.68%) VMware Workstation
11 10 (0.45%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 10 (0.45%) XenDesktop
12 9 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
12 9 (0.41%) RACF
13 8 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
14 7 (0.32%) NFS
15 6 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
16 5 (0.23%) GeoWebCache
16 5 (0.23%) Terminal Services
17 4 (0.18%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 184 (8.30%) Kubernetes
2 73 (3.29%) Ansible
3 56 (2.52%) SCCM
4 55 (2.48%) Terraform
5 35 (1.58%) Puppet
6 31 (1.40%) SCOM
7 30 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
8 20 (0.90%) WSUS
9 15 (0.68%) Kibana
9 15 (0.68%) Norton AntiVirus
10 14 (0.63%) Microsoft Clustering
11 13 (0.59%) Grafana
12 12 (0.54%) HP Quality Center
12 12 (0.54%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 12 (0.54%) MIIS
13 11 (0.50%) Data Guard
13 11 (0.50%) Nagios
14 10 (0.45%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 10 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
15 9 (0.41%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 732 (33.00%) Microsoft
2 494 (22.27%) Oracle
3 158 (7.12%) VMware
4 99 (4.46%) Google
5 84 (3.79%) Sybase
6 70 (3.16%) SAP
7 59 (2.66%) Citrix
8 57 (2.57%) Tableau
9 56 (2.52%) HP
10 51 (2.30%) Cisco
11 42 (1.89%) Databricks
12 41 (1.85%) Red Hat
13 34 (1.53%) IBM
14 30 (1.35%) ESRI
15 28 (1.26%) Sophos
16 27 (1.22%) Lumension
17 25 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
18 24 (1.08%) Splunk
19 23 (1.04%) NetApp
20 22 (0.99%) Symantec