Period
to 14 April 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 14 April 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
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 48 27 25
Rank change year-on-year -21 -2 -1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 2,420 3,736 6,565
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.59% 6.28% 6.81%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 21.61% 29.80% 30.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,701 2,576 4,790
10th Percentile £313 £311 £313
25th Percentile £363 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £438
Median % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
75th Percentile £550 £538 £525
90th Percentile £638 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £405 £400
% change year-on-year - +1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 79 102
10th Percentile £18.37 £15.02 £15.67
25th Percentile £21.00 £19.32 £18.16
Median hourly rate £28.00 £25.00 £25.55
Median % change year-on-year +12.00% -2.16% -36.12%
75th Percentile £47.25 £51.75 £46.46
90th Percentile £56.13 £68.75 £49.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £24.70 £30.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% -17.67% -29.41%

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 11,199 12,535 21,720
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.24% 21.07% 22.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,715 8,556 15,109
10th Percentile £320 £320 £320
25th Percentile £405 £400 £390
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +2.15%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 189 179 240
10th Percentile £13.50 £14.15 £13.23
25th Percentile £19.00 £18.25 £18.00
Median hourly rate £26.00 £25.00 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% -16.67% -
75th Percentile £43.75 £46.00 £46.96
90th Percentile £58.15 £59.80 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.45 £22.52 £31.25
% change year-on-year +4.11% -27.93% -10.71%

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 14 April 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 14 April 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 14 April 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 -20 1,917 £460 +2.22% 1,587
London -23 1,032 £500 - 445
UK excluding London -11 929 £405 - 1,244
Work from Home -20 727 £450 +5.88% 336
South East -6 242 £425 - 272
North of England -17 221 £384 -0.97% 350
Midlands -4 179 £400 +3.23% 255
North West -6 143 £375 -3.23% 210
West Midlands -9 125 £400 - 153
Scotland -20 123 £400 -5.88% 52
South West -9 89 £413 -5.98% 141
Yorkshire -20 66 £398 +2.58% 108
East Midlands 0 52 £350 - 100
Wales -6 41 £425 - 45
East of England -44 32 £425 +3.03% 115
North East -6 12 £475 +22.19% 32
Northern Ireland +10 5 £430 +1.18% 14

For the 6 months to 14 April 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 1,316 (54.38%) SQL
2 942 (38.93%) Azure
3 817 (33.76%) Microsoft
4 783 (32.36%) .NET
5 711 (29.38%) C#
6 692 (28.60%) Agile Software Development
7 509 (21.03%) Windows
8 505 (20.87%) Oracle
9 482 (19.92%) DevOps
10 479 (19.79%) Finance
11 478 (19.75%) Business Intelligence
12 403 (16.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 396 (16.36%) JavaScript
14 376 (15.54%) Power Platform
15 332 (13.72%) Power BI
16 331 (13.68%) Data Warehouse
17 314 (12.98%) T-SQL
18 311 (12.85%) ETL
19 306 (12.64%) Linux
20 302 (12.48%) Migration
21 301 (12.44%) Python
22 296 (12.23%) Security Cleared
23 295 (12.19%) ASP.NET
23 295 (12.19%) AWS
24 285 (11.78%) PowerShell
25 284 (11.74%) Active Directory
26 276 (11.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
27 268 (11.07%) Java
28 238 (9.83%) HTML
29 235 (9.71%) SC Cleared

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
1 168 (6.94%) SharePoint
2 120 (4.96%) IIS
3 84 (3.47%) Confluence
4 70 (2.89%) Apache
4 70 (2.89%) MS Exchange
5 51 (2.11%) Elasticsearch
6 47 (1.94%) JBoss
7 43 (1.78%) Apache Spark
8 31 (1.28%) Tomcat
9 28 (1.16%) WebLogic
10 27 (1.12%) Red Hat Fuse
11 25 (1.03%) SAS
12 24 (0.99%) WebSphere
13 22 (0.91%) Apache Airflow
14 19 (0.79%) CMS
14 19 (0.79%) Exchange Server 2010
15 18 (0.74%) MQSeries
16 17 (0.70%) Oracle Coherence
17 16 (0.66%) Mule
18 15 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 112 (4.63%) Microsoft Excel
2 66 (2.73%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (0.45%) MS Visio
4 11 (0.45%) Photoshop
5 8 (0.33%) InfoPath
6 7 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.041%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.041%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 35 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.66%) Dynamics NAV
3 8 (0.33%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 5 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.21%) NetSuite
5 4 (0.17%) Cerner Millennium
5 4 (0.17%) Teamcenter
6 3 (0.12%) Elite 3E
6 3 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
7 2 (0.083%) Aligne
7 2 (0.083%) Infor M3
7 2 (0.083%) Maximo
7 2 (0.083%) Oracle BPM
7 2 (0.083%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.083%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 2 (0.083%) SAP MDG
7 2 (0.083%) Shopify
7 2 (0.083%) Siebel CRM
7 2 (0.083%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 942 (38.93%) Azure
2 376 (15.54%) Power Platform
3 295 (12.19%) AWS
4 142 (5.87%) Azure Data Factory
5 117 (4.83%) Microsoft 365
6 115 (4.75%) PaaS
7 113 (4.67%) Azure Active Directory
8 106 (4.38%) Serverless
9 65 (2.69%) IaaS
10 64 (2.64%) GitHub
10 64 (2.64%) PowerApps
11 59 (2.44%) SaaS
12 58 (2.40%) Logic Apps
13 56 (2.31%) Amazon S3
14 51 (2.11%) GCP
15 50 (2.07%) Dynamics 365
16 44 (1.82%) Power Automate
17 43 (1.78%) AWS Lambda
18 42 (1.74%) Azure Functions
19 31 (1.28%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 85 (3.51%) DNS
2 66 (2.73%) Firewall
3 49 (2.02%) SAN
4 43 (1.78%) DHCP
5 31 (1.28%) WAN
6 30 (1.24%) TCP/IP
7 27 (1.12%) LAN
8 24 (0.99%) VPN
9 22 (0.91%) WAAS
10 18 (0.74%) Skype
11 17 (0.70%) HTTP
11 17 (0.70%) Internet
12 14 (0.58%) Wireless
13 13 (0.54%) Network Security
14 12 (0.50%) FTP
14 12 (0.50%) NAS
14 12 (0.50%) SNMP
15 11 (0.45%) Kerberos
15 11 (0.45%) Remote Desktop
16 10 (0.41%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 403 (16.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 332 (13.72%) Power BI
3 331 (13.68%) Data Warehouse
4 276 (11.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 215 (8.88%) Relational Database
6 187 (7.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 176 (7.27%) PostgreSQL
8 175 (7.23%) MySQL
9 166 (6.86%) Azure SQL Database
10 119 (4.92%) NoSQL
11 116 (4.79%) MongoDB
12 103 (4.26%) SQL Server 2012
13 93 (3.84%) Data Lake
14 92 (3.80%) SQL Server 2008
15 89 (3.68%) SQL Server 2016
16 75 (3.10%) Tableau
17 66 (2.73%) RDBMS
18 60 (2.48%) Hadoop
19 58 (2.40%) Microsoft Analysis Services
19 58 (2.40%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 198 (8.18%) Git (software)
2 176 (7.27%) JIRA
3 132 (5.45%) Visual Studio
4 124 (5.12%) Jenkins
5 69 (2.85%) Team Foundation Server
6 61 (2.52%) Bitbucket
7 55 (2.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 54 (2.23%) Maven
9 49 (2.02%) Octopus Deploy
9 49 (2.02%) Subversion
10 42 (1.74%) TeamCity
11 40 (1.65%) Cucumber
12 39 (1.61%) Artifactory
12 39 (1.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 39 (1.61%) Selenium
12 39 (1.61%) Visual Studio Team System
13 37 (1.53%) GitLab
14 35 (1.45%) NUnit
15 31 (1.28%) FishEye
16 30 (1.24%) SonarQube
General
1 479 (19.79%) Finance
2 202 (8.35%) Banking
3 180 (7.44%) Public Sector
4 92 (3.80%) Front Office
5 74 (3.06%) Investment Banking
6 41 (1.69%) Law
7 40 (1.65%) Telecoms
8 36 (1.49%) Retail
9 32 (1.32%) Legal
10 29 (1.20%) Back Office
10 29 (1.20%) Manufacturing
11 28 (1.16%) Marketing
12 20 (0.83%) Electronics
13 17 (0.70%) Financial Institution
14 14 (0.58%) Games
15 10 (0.41%) Advertising
15 10 (0.41%) Publishing
16 9 (0.37%) Billing
17 8 (0.33%) French Language
18 4 (0.17%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1,023 (42.27%) Developer
2 370 (15.29%) .NET Developer
3 227 (9.38%) Analyst
4 219 (9.05%) Architect
5 205 (8.47%) C# Developer
6 165 (6.82%) SQL Developer
7 138 (5.70%) DBA
8 127 (5.25%) Data Engineer
9 125 (5.17%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 114 (4.71%) C# .NET Developer
11 112 (4.63%) Consultant
12 108 (4.46%) Senior Developer
13 96 (3.97%) SQL DBA
14 91 (3.76%) Azure Engineer
15 82 (3.39%) Full Stack Developer
16 77 (3.18%) Data Analyst
17 75 (3.10%) DevOps Engineer
18 68 (2.81%) Data Architect
19 61 (2.52%) Java Developer
20 60 (2.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 783 (32.36%) .NET
2 295 (12.19%) ASP.NET
3 238 (9.83%) HTML
4 229 (9.46%) .NET Core
5 222 (9.17%) Web Services
6 203 (8.39%) CSS
7 200 (8.26%) AngularJS
8 199 (8.22%) .NET Framework
9 166 (6.86%) XML
10 160 (6.61%) React
11 148 (6.12%) REST
12 136 (5.62%) ASP.NET Web API
13 119 (4.92%) JSON
14 112 (4.63%) RESTful
15 107 (4.42%) jQuery
16 87 (3.60%) SOAP
17 85 (3.51%) Middleware
18 84 (3.47%) HTML5
19 76 (3.14%) ASP.NET Core
20 73 (3.02%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 217 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
2 101 (4.17%) Greenfield Project
3 69 (2.85%) Data Structures
4 64 (2.64%) NHS
4 64 (2.64%) User Experience
5 61 (2.52%) Clustering
6 51 (2.11%) Data Centre
6 51 (2.11%) Self-Motivation
7 45 (1.86%) Fixed Income
8 44 (1.82%) Management Information System
9 43 (1.78%) Replication
10 38 (1.57%) Enterprise Software
11 37 (1.53%) Algorithms
12 35 (1.45%) Cloud Native
13 28 (1.16%) Derivative
13 28 (1.16%) Public Cloud
14 26 (1.07%) PKI
15 23 (0.95%) EMC VNX
16 22 (0.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 22 (0.91%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 509 (21.03%) Windows
2 306 (12.64%) Linux
3 221 (9.13%) Windows Server
4 128 (5.29%) Unix
5 103 (4.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 72 (2.98%) Windows 10
7 71 (2.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 56 (2.31%) Windows Server 2016
9 51 (2.11%) Windows Server 2008
10 38 (1.57%) CentOS
11 31 (1.28%) Windows Server 2019
12 28 (1.16%) Windows 7
13 23 (0.95%) AIX
14 22 (0.91%) Windows XP
15 18 (0.74%) Solaris
16 15 (0.62%) Android
16 15 (0.62%) Apple iOS
17 11 (0.45%) Ubuntu
18 8 (0.33%) Mac OS X
18 8 (0.33%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 692 (28.60%) Agile Software Development
2 482 (19.92%) DevOps
3 478 (19.75%) Business Intelligence
4 311 (12.85%) ETL
5 302 (12.48%) Migration
6 229 (9.46%) Scrum
7 224 (9.26%) Data Modelling
8 216 (8.93%) Microservices
9 212 (8.76%) TDD
10 198 (8.18%) MVC
11 196 (8.10%) Problem-Solving
12 189 (7.81%) Test Automation
13 182 (7.52%) Analytics
14 152 (6.28%) Software Engineering
15 150 (6.20%) Continuous Integration
16 122 (5.04%) OO
17 115 (4.75%) Data Migration
18 113 (4.67%) SDLC
19 112 (4.63%) Performance Tuning
20 111 (4.59%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 1,316 (54.38%) SQL
2 711 (29.38%) C#
3 396 (16.36%) JavaScript
4 314 (12.98%) T-SQL
5 301 (12.44%) Python
6 285 (11.78%) PowerShell
7 268 (11.07%) Java
8 110 (4.55%) TypeScript
9 82 (3.39%) PL/SQL
10 59 (2.44%) VB
11 58 (2.40%) VB.NET
12 54 (2.23%) Bash Shell
13 43 (1.78%) VBA
14 42 (1.74%) R
15 37 (1.53%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 36 (1.49%) C++
17 33 (1.36%) C
18 31 (1.28%) Shell Script
19 29 (1.20%) Perl
20 27 (1.12%) PHP
Qualifications
1 296 (12.23%) Security Cleared
2 235 (9.71%) SC Cleared
3 122 (5.04%) Degree
4 67 (2.77%) DV Cleared
5 47 (1.94%) Microsoft Certification
6 39 (1.61%) Computer Science Degree
7 21 (0.87%) Cisco Certification
8 20 (0.83%) MCSE
9 13 (0.54%) BPSS Clearance
10 12 (0.50%) CCNA
11 11 (0.45%) Master's Degree
11 11 (0.45%) MCITP
11 11 (0.45%) MCSA
12 10 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 9 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 8 (0.33%) ISTQB
15 7 (0.29%) ISEB
16 6 (0.25%) HP AIS
16 6 (0.25%) HP ASE
16 6 (0.25%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (5.25%) QA
2 82 (3.39%) Data Quality
3 25 (1.03%) GDPR
4 18 (0.74%) PCI DSS
5 17 (0.70%) SLA
6 9 (0.37%) Dublin Core
6 9 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.29%) COBIT
8 6 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
9 4 (0.17%) NIST
10 3 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.12%) HL7
10 3 (0.12%) NCSC
11 2 (0.083%) Dodd-Frank
11 2 (0.083%) Government Security Classifications
11 2 (0.083%) GxP
11 2 (0.083%) IFRS
11 2 (0.083%) PMO
11 2 (0.083%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.083%) WCAG
System Software
1 284 (11.74%) Active Directory
2 135 (5.58%) Docker
3 128 (5.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 46 (1.90%) Hyper-V
5 34 (1.40%) VMware ESXi
6 20 (0.83%) vSphere
7 19 (0.79%) Virtual Machines
8 17 (0.70%) VMware NSX
9 15 (0.62%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 15 (0.62%) GlusterFS
10 12 (0.50%) Oracle RAC
11 11 (0.45%) HDFS
12 9 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
13 8 (0.33%) XenApp
14 7 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
15 6 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
16 4 (0.17%) ISA Server
17 3 (0.12%) DFS Replication
17 3 (0.12%) XenDesktop
18 2 (0.083%) KVM
Systems Management
1 125 (5.17%) Kubernetes
2 107 (4.42%) Terraform
3 99 (4.09%) Ansible
4 52 (2.15%) SCCM
5 43 (1.78%) Puppet
6 36 (1.49%) Microsoft Clustering
7 35 (1.45%) Grafana
8 34 (1.40%) Single Sign-On
9 33 (1.36%) Prometheus
10 31 (1.28%) Microsoft Intune
11 22 (0.91%) IBM BigFix
12 21 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
13 18 (0.74%) SCOM
14 16 (0.66%) vCenter Server
15 11 (0.45%) AirWatch
15 11 (0.45%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
15 11 (0.45%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 10 (0.41%) Control-M
16 10 (0.41%) Nagios
17 8 (0.33%) WSUS
Vendors
1 817 (33.76%) Microsoft
2 505 (20.87%) Oracle
3 163 (6.74%) VMware
4 88 (3.64%) SAP
5 75 (3.10%) Red Hat
6 69 (2.85%) Databricks
7 62 (2.56%) Cisco
8 52 (2.15%) Sybase
9 51 (2.11%) Informatica
10 50 (2.07%) Citrix
11 38 (1.57%) Google
12 36 (1.49%) EMC
13 35 (1.45%) Atlassian
14 34 (1.40%) IBM
15 33 (1.36%) HP
16 32 (1.32%) Dell
17 30 (1.24%) Splunk
18 26 (1.07%) ServiceNow
19 22 (0.91%) TIBCO
20 21 (0.87%) Salesforce.com