Period
to 20 April 2018

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 April 2018 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 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 24 20 17
Rank change year-on-year -4 -3 -3
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 7,147 6,845 8,391
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.06% 7.38% 7.87%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.61% 32.83% 35.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,169 4,933 5,868
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £288 £263 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 96 162
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £22.54
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.45% +22.01% -19.77%
10th Percentile £18.36 £14.54 £13.00
90th Percentile £54.40 £48.38 £49.82
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +21.43% +55.56% -25.00%

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 22,607 20,852 23,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.35% 22.49% 22.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,679 13,947 16,071
UK median daily rate £470 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.43% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £311 £291 £281
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +5.77% +4.00% +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 243 264 392
UK median hourly rate £34.00 £28.25 £25.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.35% +12.01% -15.93%
10th Percentile £14.63 £9.71 £12.00
90th Percentile £54.75 £49.63 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.20 £24.50
% change year-on-year +48.84% +2.84% -15.06%

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 April 2018.

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 April 2018.

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 April 2018. 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 -5 6,469 £425 +6.25% 2,869
UK excluding London 0 3,923 £375 +7.14% 2,158
London -4 3,141 £475 +5.56% 867
South East -7 1,039 £400 +3.43% 544
North of England -4 941 £350 - 593
Midlands -2 654 £375 +11.11% 416
North West -3 488 £360 +2.86% 324
West Midlands +1 388 £400 +15.94% 212
South West +1 388 £375 +7.14% 202
Yorkshire -7 377 £350 - 226
Scotland +2 370 £375 +7.14% 96
East of England -1 308 £363 -1.02% 246
East Midlands -1 263 £350 +7.69% 204
Wales +15 189 £363 +11.54% 40
North East +16 77 £290 -10.77% 43
Northern Ireland -13 47 £431 +7.75% 17
Isle of Man - 8 £400 - 2

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, 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 3,773 (52.79%) SQL
2 3,139 (43.92%) .NET
3 3,055 (42.75%) C#
4 2,440 (34.14%) Agile Software Development
5 2,376 (33.24%) Microsoft
6 1,616 (22.61%) JavaScript
7 1,588 (22.22%) Finance
8 1,459 (20.41%) MVC
9 1,405 (19.66%) ASP.NET
10 1,345 (18.82%) Windows
11 1,284 (17.97%) Microsoft Azure
12 1,254 (17.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 1,241 (17.36%) Oracle
14 1,217 (17.03%) HTML
15 1,150 (16.09%) Business Intelligence
16 1,102 (15.42%) T-SQL
17 1,071 (14.99%) CSS
18 1,020 (14.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 1,019 (14.26%) TDD
20 949 (13.28%) AngularJS
21 891 (12.47%) .NET Framework
22 835 (11.68%) Data Warehouse
23 828 (11.59%) Java
24 811 (11.35%) ASP.NET Web API
25 789 (11.04%) Scrum
26 782 (10.94%) Web Services
27 737 (10.31%) ETL
28 723 (10.12%) ASP.NET MVC
29 672 (9.40%) jQuery
30 668 (9.35%) 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
1 403 (5.64%) IIS
2 347 (4.86%) SharePoint
3 187 (2.62%) Apache
4 177 (2.48%) Apache Spark
5 157 (2.20%) MS Exchange
6 138 (1.93%) Confluence
7 131 (1.83%) Elasticsearch
8 128 (1.79%) CMS
9 126 (1.76%) Tomcat
10 109 (1.53%) WebSphere
11 99 (1.39%) BizTalk Server
12 72 (1.01%) Skype for Business
13 66 (0.92%) JBoss
14 63 (0.88%) SAS
15 56 (0.78%) NServiceBus
16 54 (0.76%) SharePoint 2013
17 53 (0.74%) Umbraco
18 49 (0.69%) SharePoint Server
19 48 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2013
20 45 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 441 (6.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 180 (2.52%) Microsoft Office
3 67 (0.94%) MS Visio
4 38 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
5 33 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 25 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
7 23 (0.32%) InfoPath
8 12 (0.17%) SPSS
9 6 (0.084%) Photoshop
10 5 (0.070%) HipChat
11 2 (0.028%) Stata
12 1 (0.014%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.014%) CATIA
12 1 (0.014%) Chatbot
12 1 (0.014%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 178 (2.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 38 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
3 23 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
4 20 (0.28%) Markit EDM
5 17 (0.24%) Elite 3E
6 13 (0.18%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 13 (0.18%) thinkFolio
7 12 (0.17%) Maximo
8 11 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
9 8 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 8 (0.11%) Infor M3
9 8 (0.11%) NetSuite
9 8 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
9 8 (0.11%) SAP ERP
10 7 (0.098%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 6 (0.084%) Endur
11 6 (0.084%) Oracle Applications
12 5 (0.070%) BusinessWorks
12 5 (0.070%) Oracle EBS
12 5 (0.070%) SAP R/3
Cloud Services
1 1,284 (17.97%) Microsoft Azure
2 611 (8.55%) Amazon AWS
3 185 (2.59%) Office 365
4 125 (1.75%) PaaS
5 101 (1.41%) IaaS
6 84 (1.18%) SaaS
7 64 (0.90%) Azure Data Factory
7 64 (0.90%) GitHub
8 60 (0.84%) Dynamics 365
9 57 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
10 53 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
10 53 (0.74%) Google Cloud Platform
11 37 (0.52%) Serverless
12 34 (0.48%) Amazon S3
13 27 (0.38%) NuGet
14 24 (0.34%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 23 (0.32%) npm
16 21 (0.29%) Google Tag Manager
16 21 (0.29%) OpenShift
17 20 (0.28%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 179 (2.50%) Firewall
2 164 (2.29%) DNS
3 163 (2.28%) SAN
4 150 (2.10%) TCP/IP
5 114 (1.60%) HTTP
6 97 (1.36%) DHCP
7 80 (1.12%) LAN
8 76 (1.06%) Internet
9 72 (1.01%) WAN
10 62 (0.87%) VPN
11 57 (0.80%) NAS
12 53 (0.74%) Skype
13 41 (0.57%) SSL
14 39 (0.55%) Intranet
15 36 (0.50%) FTP
16 33 (0.46%) VoIP
17 31 (0.43%) Network Security
18 29 (0.41%) PuTTY
18 29 (0.41%) WinSCP
19 28 (0.39%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,254 (17.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,020 (14.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 835 (11.68%) Data Warehouse
4 668 (9.35%) SQL Server 2012
5 608 (8.51%) Relational Database
6 601 (8.41%) SQL Server 2008
7 591 (8.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 514 (7.19%) SQL Server 2016
9 500 (7.00%) Power BI
10 451 (6.31%) MySQL
11 400 (5.60%) SQL Server 2014
12 344 (4.81%) Big Data
13 327 (4.58%) NoSQL
14 307 (4.30%) PostgreSQL
15 292 (4.09%) Oracle Database
16 283 (3.96%) MongoDB
17 248 (3.47%) Hadoop
18 239 (3.34%) RDBMS
19 185 (2.59%) SQL Server 2005
20 158 (2.21%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 660 (9.23%) Visual Studio
2 595 (8.33%) Git (software)
3 589 (8.24%) Team Foundation Server
4 322 (4.51%) JIRA
5 312 (4.37%) Jenkins
6 264 (3.69%) TeamCity
7 262 (3.67%) NUnit
8 186 (2.60%) Selenium
9 174 (2.43%) Octopus Deploy
10 158 (2.21%) SpecFlow
11 155 (2.17%) Subversion
12 149 (2.08%) Visual Studio Team System
13 98 (1.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 97 (1.36%) MSTest
15 85 (1.19%) Maven
16 76 (1.06%) JUnit
17 69 (0.97%) Moq
18 61 (0.85%) Bitbucket
18 61 (0.85%) Eclipse
19 53 (0.74%) SoapUI
General
1 1,588 (22.22%) Finance
2 566 (7.92%) Banking
3 265 (3.71%) Front Office
4 194 (2.71%) Investment Banking
5 188 (2.63%) Retail
6 138 (1.93%) Legal
7 122 (1.71%) Marketing
8 114 (1.60%) Back Office
9 90 (1.26%) Law
10 73 (1.02%) Telecoms
11 64 (0.90%) Financial Institution
12 56 (0.78%) Manufacturing
13 52 (0.73%) Games
14 44 (0.62%) Advertising
15 30 (0.42%) Publishing
16 24 (0.34%) Billing
17 21 (0.29%) Local Government
17 21 (0.29%) Retail Banking
18 17 (0.24%) Electronics
19 16 (0.22%) French Language
Job Titles
1 4,164 (58.26%) Developer
2 1,449 (20.27%) .NET Developer
3 1,329 (18.60%) C# Developer
4 844 (11.81%) SQL Developer
5 718 (10.05%) C# .NET Developer
6 650 (9.09%) Analyst
7 454 (6.35%) Architect
8 443 (6.20%) DBA
9 404 (5.65%) Senior Developer
10 389 (5.44%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 345 (4.83%) Full Stack Developer
12 334 (4.67%) SQL DBA
13 333 (4.66%) ASP.NET Developer
14 272 (3.81%) Java Developer
15 255 (3.57%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 255 (3.57%) SQL Server Developer
16 244 (3.41%) Consultant
17 227 (3.18%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
18 195 (2.73%) Administrator
19 188 (2.63%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3,139 (43.92%) .NET
2 1,405 (19.66%) ASP.NET
3 1,217 (17.03%) HTML
4 1,071 (14.99%) CSS
5 949 (13.28%) AngularJS
6 891 (12.47%) .NET Framework
7 811 (11.35%) ASP.NET Web API
8 782 (10.94%) Web Services
9 723 (10.12%) ASP.NET MVC
10 672 (9.40%) jQuery
11 577 (8.07%) WCF
12 505 (7.07%) Entity Framework
13 488 (6.83%) XML
14 466 (6.52%) REST
15 450 (6.30%) HTML5
16 417 (5.83%) JSON
17 352 (4.93%) SOAP
18 345 (4.83%) WPF
19 330 (4.62%) RESTful
20 274 (3.83%) React
Miscellaneous
1 562 (7.86%) Analytical Skills
2 408 (5.71%) Greenfield Project
3 214 (2.99%) Computer Science
4 201 (2.81%) Self-Motivation
5 200 (2.80%) Enterprise Software
6 188 (2.63%) Clustering
7 144 (2.01%) User Experience
8 141 (1.97%) Fixed Income
9 138 (1.93%) Management Information System
10 128 (1.79%) Replication
11 124 (1.73%) Data Centre
12 114 (1.60%) Data Structures
12 114 (1.60%) Fintech
13 106 (1.48%) Derivative
14 101 (1.41%) Algorithms
15 92 (1.29%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 89 (1.25%) Hedge funds
17 72 (1.01%) NHS
18 70 (0.98%) N-Tier
19 66 (0.92%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 1,345 (18.82%) Windows
2 655 (9.16%) Windows Server
3 617 (8.63%) Linux
4 316 (4.42%) Windows Server 2012
5 300 (4.20%) Unix
6 237 (3.32%) Windows Server 2008
7 112 (1.57%) Windows Server 2003
8 101 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 90 (1.26%) Windows 10
10 77 (1.08%) Windows 7
11 72 (1.01%) Apple iOS
12 64 (0.90%) Android
13 57 (0.80%) CentOS
14 46 (0.64%) AIX
15 36 (0.50%) Solaris
16 28 (0.39%) Ubuntu
17 25 (0.35%) Windows Phone
18 24 (0.34%) VMS
18 24 (0.34%) Windows 8
19 20 (0.28%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,440 (34.14%) Agile Software Development
2 1,459 (20.41%) MVC
3 1,150 (16.09%) Business Intelligence
4 1,019 (14.26%) TDD
5 789 (11.04%) Scrum
6 737 (10.31%) ETL
7 628 (8.79%) Migration
8 606 (8.48%) Continuous Integration
9 577 (8.07%) DevOps
10 542 (7.58%) Problem-Solving
11 490 (6.86%) Test Automation
12 463 (6.48%) Unit Testing
13 459 (6.42%) Analytics
14 457 (6.39%) Data Modelling
15 443 (6.20%) BDD
16 426 (5.96%) OO
17 400 (5.60%) Web Development
18 374 (5.23%) SDLC
19 325 (4.55%) Microservices
20 304 (4.25%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 3,773 (52.79%) SQL
2 3,055 (42.75%) C#
3 1,616 (22.61%) JavaScript
4 1,102 (15.42%) T-SQL
5 828 (11.59%) Java
6 546 (7.64%) PowerShell
7 449 (6.28%) Python
8 267 (3.74%) VB.NET
9 237 (3.32%) VBA
10 233 (3.26%) TypeScript
11 160 (2.24%) VB
12 157 (2.20%) C++
13 137 (1.92%) PHP
14 133 (1.86%) PL/SQL
15 125 (1.75%) Bash Shell
16 113 (1.58%) Scala
17 110 (1.54%) C
18 99 (1.39%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 97 (1.36%) R
20 95 (1.33%) Perl
Qualifications
1 473 (6.62%) Security Cleared
2 434 (6.07%) Degree
3 342 (4.79%) SC Cleared
4 197 (2.76%) Microsoft Certification
5 93 (1.30%) MCSE
6 81 (1.13%) Computer Science Degree
7 56 (0.78%) DV Cleared
8 46 (0.64%) ISEB
9 45 (0.63%) MCSA
10 43 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
10 43 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
11 38 (0.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 34 (0.48%) MCITP
13 32 (0.45%) Numerate Degree
14 31 (0.43%) CCNA
15 26 (0.36%) MCTS
16 24 (0.34%) ISTQB
16 24 (0.34%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 22 (0.31%) TOGAF Certification
18 21 (0.29%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 198 (2.77%) QA
2 140 (1.96%) Data Quality
3 87 (1.22%) GDPR
4 73 (1.02%) SLA
5 36 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 33 (0.46%) MiFID
7 26 (0.36%) GCP
8 24 (0.34%) Disclosure Scotland
9 19 (0.27%) PMO
10 17 (0.24%) HL7
11 14 (0.20%) PCI DSS
12 12 (0.17%) ISO 9001
13 10 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 10 (0.14%) SEPA
14 7 (0.098%) EMIR
14 7 (0.098%) IFRS
15 6 (0.084%) GxP
15 6 (0.084%) IFRS 9
15 6 (0.084%) WCAG
16 5 (0.070%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 521 (7.29%) Active Directory
2 253 (3.54%) Docker
3 211 (2.95%) VMware Infrastructure
4 156 (2.18%) Hyper-V
5 107 (1.50%) vSphere
6 80 (1.12%) VMware ESXi
7 67 (0.94%) XenApp
8 61 (0.85%) Apache Flume
9 43 (0.60%) HDFS
10 41 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
11 38 (0.53%) XenDesktop
12 35 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
13 20 (0.28%) Oracle RAC
14 18 (0.25%) NFS
15 14 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
16 13 (0.18%) XenServer
17 11 (0.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 11 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
18 10 (0.14%) Varnish
19 9 (0.13%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 153 (2.14%) SCCM
2 130 (1.82%) Puppet
3 125 (1.75%) Ansible
4 115 (1.61%) Opscode Chef
5 74 (1.04%) SCOM
6 70 (0.98%) Kubernetes
7 56 (0.78%) Microsoft Clustering
7 56 (0.78%) Terraform
8 49 (0.69%) HP ALM
9 43 (0.60%) Oozie
9 43 (0.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 43 (0.60%) vCenter Server
10 40 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
11 33 (0.46%) WSUS
12 26 (0.36%) NetBackup
13 25 (0.35%) BladeLogic
13 25 (0.35%) Failover Clustering
14 23 (0.32%) Kibana
14 23 (0.32%) McAfee ePO
15 22 (0.31%) Nagios
Vendors
1 2,376 (33.24%) Microsoft
2 1,241 (17.36%) Oracle
3 378 (5.29%) VMware
4 247 (3.46%) Tableau
5 224 (3.13%) SAP
6 203 (2.84%) Citrix
7 193 (2.70%) IBM
8 155 (2.17%) HP
9 121 (1.69%) Red Hat
10 120 (1.68%) Cisco
11 113 (1.58%) Sybase
12 103 (1.44%) Google
13 91 (1.27%) Talend
14 88 (1.23%) Atlassian
15 83 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
16 82 (1.15%) Cloudera
16 82 (1.15%) Informatica
17 68 (0.95%) Cognos
18 65 (0.91%) Sitecore
19 64 (0.90%) Capita