Period
to 27 September 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 27 September 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
27 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 50 33 28
Rank change year-on-year -17 -5 -4
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 3,707 1,658 5,514
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.62% 5.68% 6.29%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 21.38% 24.72% 28.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,741 1,177 4,012
10th Percentile £313 £320 £310
25th Percentile £400 £400 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £430
Median % change year-on-year - +10.47% +1.18%
75th Percentile £588 £600 £525
90th Percentile £688 £713 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 28 78
10th Percentile £8.00 £12.63 £15.34
25th Percentile £24.50 £13.84 £20.29
Median hourly rate £38.00 £20.70 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +83.57% -31.00% +6.38%
75th Percentile £50.00 £36.41 £47.36
90th Percentile £62.00 £44.18 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £19.45 £30.16
% change year-on-year +126.22% -35.51% -17.37%

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 17,335 6,706 19,365
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.60% 22.96% 22.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,051 4,613 13,330
10th Percentile £350 £313 £320
25th Percentile £419 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +5.26% +0.32%
75th Percentile £624 £600 £575
90th Percentile £713 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 115 255
10th Percentile £13.95 £12.63 £11.59
25th Percentile £20.47 £17.23 £16.67
Median hourly rate £32.25 £23.00 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +40.22% -23.33% +11.52%
75th Percentile £53.66 £41.13 £49.13
90th Percentile £65.50 £53.90 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.87 £21.16 £30.00
% change year-on-year +36.45% -29.48% +22.45%

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 27 September 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 27 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in the UK

SQL Server
Top 18 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 27 September 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 -19 3,050 £483 +1.58% 1,894
London -22 1,599 £550 +1.85% 590
UK excluding London -4 1,446 £425 - 1,396
Work from Home -13 1,081 £475 +5.56% 389
South East -6 372 £425 -5.56% 273
North of England +3 327 £425 +9.68% 468
Midlands 0 280 £420 +16.67% 303
North West +3 203 £413 +3.13% 280
West Midlands +16 192 £425 -5.03% 169
South West -7 171 £438 -2.78% 136
Scotland -22 133 £450 +5.88% 56
East of England -15 108 £375 -11.76% 117
Yorkshire +6 106 £425 +13.33% 114
East Midlands -13 80 £375 +9.09% 134
Wales +4 46 £425 +13.33% 28
North East -6 18 £450 +20.00% 74
Northern Ireland -2 8 £269 -37.65% 16
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 September 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 2,026 (54.65%) SQL
2 1,411 (38.06%) Azure
3 1,340 (36.15%) .NET
4 1,278 (34.48%) C#
5 1,213 (32.72%) Microsoft
6 1,057 (28.51%) Agile Software Development
7 832 (22.44%) Oracle
8 778 (20.99%) Finance
9 761 (20.53%) JavaScript
10 757 (20.42%) Social Skills
11 748 (20.18%) DevOps
12 714 (19.26%) Business Intelligence
13 693 (18.69%) Windows
14 597 (16.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 543 (14.65%) Power Platform
16 501 (13.51%) T-SQL
17 497 (13.41%) Data Warehouse
17 497 (13.41%) Power BI
18 482 (13.00%) ASP.NET
19 475 (12.81%) HTML
20 461 (12.44%) ETL
20 461 (12.44%) AWS
21 454 (12.25%) .NET Framework
22 434 (11.71%) AngularJS
23 413 (11.14%) Active Directory
24 412 (11.11%) Migration
25 405 (10.93%) Java
26 403 (10.87%) Python
27 399 (10.76%) Analytical Skills
28 394 (10.63%) CSS

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
1 221 (5.96%) SharePoint
2 157 (4.24%) IIS
3 104 (2.81%) Confluence
4 84 (2.27%) Apache Spark
5 76 (2.05%) MS Exchange
6 67 (1.81%) Apache
7 60 (1.62%) Tomcat
8 47 (1.27%) JBoss
9 45 (1.21%) Elasticsearch
10 35 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
11 33 (0.89%) SAS
12 31 (0.84%) Skype for Business
13 30 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
13 30 (0.81%) WebSphere
14 29 (0.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 27 (0.73%) Oracle Workflow
16 26 (0.70%) CMS
16 26 (0.70%) Umbraco
17 23 (0.62%) Red Hat Fuse
18 21 (0.57%) nginx
Applications
1 224 (6.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 125 (3.37%) Microsoft Office
3 25 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (0.57%) MS Visio
5 13 (0.35%) Photoshop
6 11 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.16%) Siemens NX
8 5 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 5 (0.13%) InfoPath
8 5 (0.13%) SPSS
9 2 (0.054%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.054%) Mingle
10 1 (0.027%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.027%) Figma
10 1 (0.027%) InDesign
10 1 (0.027%) ProjectWise
10 1 (0.027%) Stata
Business Applications
1 56 (1.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
3 12 (0.32%) NetSuite
4 11 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
4 11 (0.30%) Dynamics NAV
5 9 (0.24%) Markit EDM
6 8 (0.22%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 7 (0.19%) Lorenzo
7 7 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
7 7 (0.19%) RMDS
7 7 (0.19%) Teamcenter
8 6 (0.16%) Endur
8 6 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
9 4 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
9 4 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 3 (0.081%) BusinessWorks
10 3 (0.081%) Exchequer
10 3 (0.081%) Global One
10 3 (0.081%) Northgate Housing
10 3 (0.081%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 1,411 (38.06%) Azure
2 543 (14.65%) Power Platform
3 461 (12.44%) AWS
4 221 (5.96%) Azure Data Factory
5 192 (5.18%) Microsoft 365
6 187 (5.04%) PaaS
7 138 (3.72%) SaaS
8 129 (3.48%) IaaS
9 117 (3.16%) Serverless
10 107 (2.89%) GitHub
11 104 (2.81%) Azure Active Directory
11 104 (2.81%) GCP
12 93 (2.51%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 92 (2.48%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 89 (2.40%) PowerApps
15 75 (2.02%) Dynamics 365
16 73 (1.97%) Azure Logic Apps
17 67 (1.81%) Azure Functions
18 63 (1.70%) Azure Service Bus
18 63 (1.70%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 143 (3.86%) Firewall
2 119 (3.21%) DNS
3 78 (2.10%) DHCP
4 73 (1.97%) SAN
5 65 (1.75%) TCP/IP
6 61 (1.65%) HTTP
7 59 (1.59%) WAN
8 50 (1.35%) VPN
9 45 (1.21%) Internet
10 42 (1.13%) LAN
11 40 (1.08%) Skype
12 37 (1.00%) NAS
13 33 (0.89%) Network Security
14 29 (0.78%) VoIP
15 27 (0.73%) SSL
16 24 (0.65%) Wireless
17 22 (0.59%) iSCSI
18 20 (0.54%) FTP
19 18 (0.49%) Kerberos
20 15 (0.40%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 597 (16.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 497 (13.41%) Data Warehouse
2 497 (13.41%) Power BI
3 375 (10.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 350 (9.44%) Relational Database
5 287 (7.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 284 (7.66%) MySQL
7 268 (7.23%) PostgreSQL
8 228 (6.15%) Azure SQL Database
9 198 (5.34%) Data Lake
10 168 (4.53%) SQL Server 2012
11 161 (4.34%) SQL Server 2016
12 154 (4.15%) Tableau
13 148 (3.99%) MongoDB
14 144 (3.88%) NoSQL
15 129 (3.48%) Oracle Database
16 119 (3.21%) RDBMS
17 111 (2.99%) Big Data
18 108 (2.91%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 103 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 389 (10.49%) Git (software)
2 264 (7.12%) Visual Studio
3 251 (6.77%) JIRA
4 179 (4.83%) Jenkins
5 125 (3.37%) Team Foundation Server
6 113 (3.05%) Subversion
7 104 (2.81%) TeamCity
8 87 (2.35%) Maven
9 73 (1.97%) NUnit
10 71 (1.92%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 70 (1.89%) Bitbucket
12 61 (1.65%) Octopus Deploy
12 61 (1.65%) Selenium
13 50 (1.35%) JUnit
14 47 (1.27%) Cucumber
15 44 (1.19%) SpecFlow
16 41 (1.11%) Sonatype Nexus
17 40 (1.08%) Artifactory
18 38 (1.03%) GitLab
19 37 (1.00%) SonarQube
General
1 778 (20.99%) Finance
2 757 (20.42%) Social Skills
3 399 (10.76%) Analytical Skills
4 334 (9.01%) Banking
5 192 (5.18%) Public Sector
6 146 (3.94%) Front Office
7 101 (2.72%) Investment Banking
8 75 (2.02%) Presentation Skills
9 71 (1.92%) Marketing
10 50 (1.35%) Documentation Skills
11 49 (1.32%) Manufacturing
12 39 (1.05%) Telecoms
13 38 (1.03%) Retail
14 37 (1.00%) Organisational Skills
15 34 (0.92%) Games
16 31 (0.84%) Electronics
17 28 (0.76%) Legal
18 24 (0.65%) Law
19 17 (0.46%) Financial Institution
20 16 (0.43%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 1,821 (49.12%) Developer
2 606 (16.35%) .NET Developer
3 402 (10.84%) C# Developer
4 346 (9.33%) Analyst
5 304 (8.20%) SQL Developer
6 267 (7.20%) Architect
7 217 (5.85%) C# .NET Developer
8 196 (5.29%) Data Engineer
9 187 (5.04%) Full Stack Developer
10 176 (4.75%) Consultant
11 168 (4.53%) Senior Developer
12 165 (4.45%) DBA
13 155 (4.18%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 139 (3.75%) Java Developer
15 135 (3.64%) Azure Developer
16 133 (3.59%) Data Analyst
17 127 (3.43%) SQL DBA
18 123 (3.32%) Azure Engineer
19 98 (2.64%) Solutions Architect
20 97 (2.62%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,340 (36.15%) .NET
2 482 (13.00%) ASP.NET
3 475 (12.81%) HTML
4 454 (12.25%) .NET Framework
5 434 (11.71%) AngularJS
6 394 (10.63%) CSS
7 385 (10.39%) .NET Core
8 335 (9.04%) Web Services
9 284 (7.66%) React
9 284 (7.66%) REST
10 252 (6.80%) ASP.NET Web API
11 232 (6.26%) Entity Framework
12 201 (5.42%) RESTful
13 194 (5.23%) XML
14 179 (4.83%) HTML5
15 166 (4.48%) JSON
16 165 (4.45%) jQuery
17 157 (4.24%) ASP.NET MVC
18 154 (4.15%) SOAP
19 148 (3.99%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 102 (2.75%) NHS
2 89 (2.40%) Fixed Income
3 84 (2.27%) Data Structures
4 80 (2.16%) Management Information System
5 73 (1.97%) User Experience
6 72 (1.94%) Data Centre
7 63 (1.70%) Data Protection Act
7 63 (1.70%) Derivative
8 61 (1.65%) Greenfield Project
9 58 (1.56%) Self-Motivation
10 54 (1.46%) Clustering
11 53 (1.43%) Algorithms
11 53 (1.43%) Cloud Native
12 47 (1.27%) PKI
12 47 (1.27%) Public Cloud
13 44 (1.19%) Virtual Team
14 43 (1.16%) Legacy Systems
15 40 (1.08%) Replication
16 38 (1.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 36 (0.97%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 693 (18.69%) Windows
2 393 (10.60%) Linux
3 297 (8.01%) Windows Server
4 229 (6.18%) Unix
5 121 (3.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 105 (2.83%) Windows Server 2016
7 100 (2.70%) Windows Server 2019
8 70 (1.89%) Windows 10
9 56 (1.51%) Windows Server 2008
10 45 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 39 (1.05%) Windows 7
12 23 (0.62%) Solaris
13 22 (0.59%) Android
14 18 (0.49%) Apple iOS
15 15 (0.40%) Ubuntu
16 12 (0.32%) AIX
17 11 (0.30%) VMS
18 8 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
19 6 (0.16%) CentOS
20 5 (0.13%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,057 (28.51%) Agile Software Development
2 748 (20.18%) DevOps
3 714 (19.26%) Business Intelligence
4 461 (12.44%) ETL
5 412 (11.11%) Migration
6 392 (10.57%) Scrum
7 368 (9.93%) Problem-Solving
8 366 (9.87%) MVC
9 358 (9.66%) Data Modelling
10 337 (9.09%) Full Stack Development
11 335 (9.04%) Analytics
12 316 (8.52%) Microservices
13 280 (7.55%) Test Automation
14 256 (6.91%) TDD
15 244 (6.58%) Continuous Integration
16 240 (6.47%) Software Engineering
17 239 (6.45%) OO
18 217 (5.85%) SDLC
19 185 (4.99%) Unit Testing
20 184 (4.96%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 2,026 (54.65%) SQL
2 1,278 (34.48%) C#
3 761 (20.53%) JavaScript
4 501 (13.51%) T-SQL
5 405 (10.93%) Java
6 403 (10.87%) Python
7 392 (10.57%) PowerShell
8 244 (6.58%) TypeScript
9 118 (3.18%) PL/SQL
10 111 (2.99%) VB
11 108 (2.91%) VB.NET
12 105 (2.83%) VBA
13 71 (1.92%) Bash Shell
14 70 (1.89%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 64 (1.73%) C++
16 55 (1.48%) C
17 49 (1.32%) Java 8
18 47 (1.27%) R
19 46 (1.24%) Scala
20 43 (1.16%) Perl
Qualifications
1 262 (7.07%) Security Cleared
2 200 (5.40%) SC Cleared
3 191 (5.15%) Degree
4 69 (1.86%) Microsoft Certification
5 65 (1.75%) DV Cleared
6 46 (1.24%) Computer Science Degree
7 37 (1.00%) Cisco Certification
8 27 (0.73%) MCSE
9 26 (0.70%) CCNA
10 25 (0.67%) ISTQB
11 21 (0.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 19 (0.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 19 (0.51%) Numerate Degree
13 18 (0.49%) BPSS Clearance
14 15 (0.40%) ISEB
15 14 (0.38%) Master's Degree
16 13 (0.35%) MCSA
17 11 (0.30%) TOGAF Certification
18 9 (0.24%) AWS Certification
18 9 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (3.83%) QA
2 110 (2.97%) Data Quality
3 44 (1.19%) Accessibility
4 39 (1.05%) GDPR
5 14 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 10 (0.27%) NIST
7 9 (0.24%) SLA
8 8 (0.22%) PCI DSS
9 6 (0.16%) WCAG
10 5 (0.13%) COBIT
10 5 (0.13%) NCSC
10 5 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 4 (0.11%) SOC 2
12 3 (0.081%) Dublin Core
12 3 (0.081%) FedRAMP
12 3 (0.081%) HL7
13 2 (0.054%) Disclosure Scotland
13 2 (0.054%) FISMA
13 2 (0.054%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 2 (0.054%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 413 (11.14%) Active Directory
2 265 (7.15%) Docker
3 143 (3.86%) VMware Infrastructure
4 61 (1.65%) vSphere
5 54 (1.46%) Hyper-V
6 40 (1.08%) VMware ESXi
7 27 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
8 21 (0.57%) NFS
8 21 (0.57%) VMware NSX
9 20 (0.54%) Oracle RAC
9 20 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
10 18 (0.49%) XenApp
11 17 (0.46%) VMware Workstation
12 15 (0.40%) HDFS
13 14 (0.38%) XenDesktop
14 8 (0.22%) SRDF
15 7 (0.19%) BitLocker
15 7 (0.19%) IAG
15 7 (0.19%) KVM
15 7 (0.19%) Xen
Systems Management
1 217 (5.85%) Kubernetes
2 140 (3.78%) Ansible
3 137 (3.70%) Terraform
4 67 (1.81%) SCCM
5 54 (1.46%) Puppet
6 31 (0.84%) Control-M
7 30 (0.81%) WSUS
8 29 (0.78%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 29 (0.78%) Microsoft Intune
9 26 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
10 22 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
11 21 (0.57%) vCenter Server
12 17 (0.46%) Kibana
12 17 (0.46%) SCOM
12 17 (0.46%) vRealize
13 16 (0.43%) Microsoft Clustering
13 16 (0.43%) NetBackup
13 16 (0.43%) Oozie
14 15 (0.40%) FortiGate
15 13 (0.35%) Grafana
Vendors
1 1,213 (32.72%) Microsoft
2 832 (22.44%) Oracle
3 226 (6.10%) VMware
4 164 (4.42%) Databricks
5 112 (3.02%) SAP
6 91 (2.45%) Cisco
7 83 (2.24%) Citrix
8 82 (2.21%) Sybase
9 73 (1.97%) Informatica
10 65 (1.75%) Salesforce.com
11 64 (1.73%) Google
12 63 (1.70%) Red Hat
13 50 (1.35%) Dell
14 48 (1.29%) Atlassian
15 47 (1.27%) Splunk
16 45 (1.21%) IBM
17 40 (1.08%) Alteryx
17 40 (1.08%) EMC
18 38 (1.03%) TIBCO
19 36 (0.97%) Telerik