Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 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
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 24 20 16
Rank change year-on-year -4 -4 -1
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6,928 7,113 8,990
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.94% 7.47% 8.33%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.74% 33.29% 36.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,045 5,102 6,388
UK median daily rate £420 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
90th Percentile £600 £565 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 115 172
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £26.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% +11.65% +7.48%
10th Percentile £16.40 £14.74 £13.10
90th Percentile £55.63 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% +32.08% +6.00%

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 21,826 21,369 24,751
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.85% 22.44% 22.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,190 14,284 16,565
UK median daily rate £463 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.82% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £313 £290 £275
90th Percentile £625 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 254 302 409
UK median hourly rate £34.25 £26.50 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.25% -5.36% +1.82%
10th Percentile £15.05 £9.43 £11.95
90th Percentile £56.84 £48.63 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.00 £24.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year +59.18% -10.91% +2.80%

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 18 February 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 18 February 2018.

Contractor 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 18 February 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 -3 6,313 £425 +6.25% 2,892
UK excluding London -4 3,772 £375 +7.14% 2,240
London -4 3,070 £475 +5.56% 831
South East +2 1,072 £386 -3.44% 543
North of England -2 855 £350 - 633
Midlands +4 658 £373 +9.56% 379
North West -7 411 £350 - 358
Yorkshire 0 390 £350 - 224
West Midlands +4 380 £390 +13.04% 189
South West -4 355 £375 +7.14% 241
Scotland -4 323 £375 +7.14% 98
East of England -7 314 £363 - 262
East Midlands +3 274 £350 +6.87% 188
Wales +15 181 £364 +11.92% 67
North East -18 54 £326 -13.00% 51
Northern Ireland -11 31 £400 -3.03% 17
Isle of Man +1 8 £400 -11.11% 1
Channel Islands +1 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 February 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 3,702 (53.44%) SQL
2 2,979 (43.00%) .NET
3 2,867 (41.38%) C#
4 2,293 (33.10%) Microsoft
5 2,220 (32.04%) Agile Software Development
6 1,492 (21.54%) JavaScript
7 1,473 (21.26%) Finance
8 1,461 (21.09%) MVC
9 1,376 (19.86%) ASP.NET
10 1,327 (19.15%) Windows
11 1,299 (18.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 1,201 (17.34%) HTML
13 1,181 (17.05%) Oracle
14 1,160 (16.74%) Business Intelligence
15 1,129 (16.30%) T-SQL
16 1,089 (15.72%) Microsoft Azure
17 1,031 (14.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 1,005 (14.51%) CSS
19 978 (14.12%) TDD
20 877 (12.66%) AngularJS
21 836 (12.07%) .NET Framework
22 811 (11.71%) Data Warehouse
23 809 (11.68%) Java
24 787 (11.36%) Web Services
25 765 (11.04%) ASP.NET MVC
26 758 (10.94%) ETL
27 744 (10.74%) ASP.NET Web API
28 704 (10.16%) Scrum
29 671 (9.69%) SQL Server 2012
30 662 (9.56%) SQL Server 2008

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
1 396 (5.72%) IIS
2 350 (5.05%) SharePoint
3 164 (2.37%) MS Exchange
4 157 (2.27%) Apache
5 152 (2.19%) CMS
6 135 (1.95%) Apache Spark
7 133 (1.92%) Tomcat
8 116 (1.67%) Confluence
9 114 (1.65%) Elasticsearch
10 86 (1.24%) BizTalk Server
11 78 (1.13%) WebSphere
12 68 (0.98%) Skype for Business
13 66 (0.95%) JBoss
14 63 (0.91%) Umbraco
15 61 (0.88%) SAS
16 49 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
16 49 (0.71%) Sitecore CMS
17 46 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2010
17 46 (0.66%) WebLogic
18 42 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 418 (6.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 174 (2.51%) Microsoft Office
3 77 (1.11%) MS Visio
4 40 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 33 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
6 25 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.19%) SPSS
8 8 (0.12%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.087%) Photoshop
10 4 (0.058%) Adobe Illustrator
10 4 (0.058%) HipChat
11 3 (0.043%) SmartSuite
12 2 (0.029%) Chatbot
12 2 (0.029%) Fireworks
13 1 (0.014%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.014%) InDesign
13 1 (0.014%) PaintShop Pro
13 1 (0.014%) RoboHelp
13 1 (0.014%) Simulink
13 1 (0.014%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 135 (1.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 48 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
3 41 (0.59%) Markit EDM
4 26 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
5 16 (0.23%) RMDS
6 15 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
7 14 (0.20%) thinkFolio
8 11 (0.16%) Dynamics GP
8 11 (0.16%) Elite 3E
8 11 (0.16%) SimCorp Dimension
9 10 (0.14%) ION MarketView
9 10 (0.14%) PeopleSoft HCM
9 10 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 9 (0.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 9 (0.13%) Endur
11 8 (0.12%) Infor M3
11 8 (0.12%) Maximo
12 7 (0.10%) NetSuite
12 7 (0.10%) SunGard GMI
12 7 (0.10%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 1,089 (15.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 535 (7.72%) Amazon AWS
3 154 (2.22%) Office 365
4 106 (1.53%) PaaS
5 87 (1.26%) IaaS
6 73 (1.05%) GitHub
7 58 (0.84%) SaaS
8 49 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
9 45 (0.65%) Dynamics 365
10 42 (0.61%) Google Cloud Platform
11 35 (0.51%) Azure Data Factory
12 31 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
13 26 (0.38%) Amazon S3
14 25 (0.36%) Serverless
14 25 (0.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 21 (0.30%) Google Tag Manager
15 21 (0.30%) Route 53
16 20 (0.29%) Amazon ELB
16 20 (0.29%) Azure Active Directory
16 20 (0.29%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 195 (2.81%) Firewall
2 177 (2.55%) TCP/IP
3 152 (2.19%) DNS
4 145 (2.09%) SAN
5 91 (1.31%) DHCP
6 88 (1.27%) HTTP
7 73 (1.05%) WAN
8 72 (1.04%) LAN
9 64 (0.92%) VPN
10 63 (0.91%) Internet
11 50 (0.72%) Skype
12 45 (0.65%) Network Security
13 44 (0.64%) VoIP
14 43 (0.62%) NAS
15 39 (0.56%) VLAN
16 38 (0.55%) FTP
17 36 (0.52%) Intranet
17 36 (0.52%) SSL
18 28 (0.40%) iSCSI
19 26 (0.38%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,299 (18.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1,031 (14.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 811 (11.71%) Data Warehouse
4 671 (9.69%) SQL Server 2012
5 662 (9.56%) SQL Server 2008
6 606 (8.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 563 (8.13%) Relational Database
8 484 (6.99%) SQL Server 2016
9 427 (6.16%) Power BI
10 412 (5.95%) MySQL
11 390 (5.63%) SQL Server 2014
12 295 (4.26%) NoSQL
13 267 (3.85%) Oracle Database
14 265 (3.83%) RDBMS
15 256 (3.70%) MongoDB
16 247 (3.57%) Big Data
17 218 (3.15%) PostgreSQL
18 214 (3.09%) Hadoop
19 195 (2.81%) SQL Server 2005
20 151 (2.18%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 586 (8.46%) Visual Studio
2 549 (7.92%) Git (software)
3 547 (7.90%) Team Foundation Server
4 287 (4.14%) JIRA
5 282 (4.07%) TeamCity
6 272 (3.93%) Jenkins
7 227 (3.28%) NUnit
8 179 (2.58%) Octopus Deploy
9 178 (2.57%) Subversion
10 153 (2.21%) Selenium
11 105 (1.52%) Visual Studio Team System
12 104 (1.50%) SpecFlow
13 89 (1.28%) Maven
14 85 (1.23%) MSTest
15 83 (1.20%) Moq
16 74 (1.07%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 72 (1.04%) JUnit
18 69 (1.00%) Eclipse
19 66 (0.95%) Bitbucket
20 55 (0.79%) ReSharper
General
1 1,473 (21.26%) Finance
2 603 (8.70%) Banking
3 314 (4.53%) Front Office
4 211 (3.05%) Investment Banking
5 168 (2.42%) Retail
6 121 (1.75%) Back Office
7 118 (1.70%) Legal
8 117 (1.69%) Marketing
9 85 (1.23%) Law
10 78 (1.13%) Telecoms
11 70 (1.01%) Manufacturing
12 50 (0.72%) Advertising
13 49 (0.71%) Financial Institution
14 41 (0.59%) Games
15 22 (0.32%) Publishing
15 22 (0.32%) Retail Banking
16 19 (0.27%) French Language
17 18 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
18 16 (0.23%) Electronics
18 16 (0.23%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 4,095 (59.11%) Developer
2 1,415 (20.42%) .NET Developer
3 1,297 (18.72%) C# Developer
4 925 (13.35%) SQL Developer
5 723 (10.44%) C# .NET Developer
6 665 (9.60%) Analyst
7 429 (6.19%) Senior Developer
8 423 (6.11%) DBA
9 397 (5.73%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 388 (5.60%) Architect
11 329 (4.75%) ASP.NET Developer
12 324 (4.68%) SQL DBA
13 319 (4.60%) Full Stack Developer
14 288 (4.16%) SQL Server Developer
15 274 (3.95%) Java Developer
16 266 (3.84%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
17 256 (3.70%) C# ASP.NET Developer
18 231 (3.33%) SSIS Developer
19 228 (3.29%) Consultant
20 200 (2.89%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,979 (43.00%) .NET
2 1,376 (19.86%) ASP.NET
3 1,201 (17.34%) HTML
4 1,005 (14.51%) CSS
5 877 (12.66%) AngularJS
6 836 (12.07%) .NET Framework
7 787 (11.36%) Web Services
8 765 (11.04%) ASP.NET MVC
9 744 (10.74%) ASP.NET Web API
10 605 (8.73%) WCF
11 576 (8.31%) jQuery
12 488 (7.04%) XML
13 466 (6.73%) Entity Framework
14 451 (6.51%) HTML5
15 380 (5.48%) REST
16 354 (5.11%) JSON
17 352 (5.08%) WPF
18 327 (4.72%) SOAP
19 314 (4.53%) RESTful
20 242 (3.49%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 579 (8.36%) Analytical Skills
2 341 (4.92%) Greenfield Project
3 218 (3.15%) Computer Science
4 183 (2.64%) Enterprise Software
5 177 (2.55%) Clustering
6 163 (2.35%) Fixed Income
7 142 (2.05%) Management Information System
8 136 (1.96%) Derivative
9 124 (1.79%) Data Structures
10 121 (1.75%) Replication
11 113 (1.63%) N-Tier
12 111 (1.60%) Data Centre
13 109 (1.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 108 (1.56%) User Experience
15 102 (1.47%) Fintech
16 99 (1.43%) Algorithms
17 87 (1.26%) Hedge funds
17 87 (1.26%) NHS
18 75 (1.08%) Client/Server
19 74 (1.07%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 1,327 (19.15%) Windows
2 608 (8.78%) Windows Server
3 581 (8.39%) Linux
4 314 (4.53%) Unix
5 313 (4.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 225 (3.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 107 (1.54%) Windows Server 2003
8 105 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 77 (1.11%) Windows 7
10 63 (0.91%) Windows 10
11 48 (0.69%) Apple iOS
12 42 (0.61%) Android
12 42 (0.61%) CentOS
13 35 (0.51%) Solaris
14 33 (0.48%) AIX
15 31 (0.45%) Windows 8
16 20 (0.29%) Ubuntu
16 20 (0.29%) Windows Vista
16 20 (0.29%) Windows XP
17 19 (0.27%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,220 (32.04%) Agile Software Development
2 1,461 (21.09%) MVC
3 1,160 (16.74%) Business Intelligence
4 978 (14.12%) TDD
5 758 (10.94%) ETL
6 704 (10.16%) Scrum
7 611 (8.82%) Migration
8 591 (8.53%) Continuous Integration
9 508 (7.33%) DevOps
10 476 (6.87%) Data Modelling
11 435 (6.28%) Test Automation
12 432 (6.24%) Unit Testing
13 426 (6.15%) Web Development
14 422 (6.09%) Analytics
15 395 (5.70%) SDLC
16 383 (5.53%) OO
17 370 (5.34%) BDD
18 308 (4.45%) ITIL
19 292 (4.21%) Performance Tuning
20 276 (3.98%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 3,702 (53.44%) SQL
2 2,867 (41.38%) C#
3 1,492 (21.54%) JavaScript
4 1,129 (16.30%) T-SQL
5 809 (11.68%) Java
6 494 (7.13%) PowerShell
7 444 (6.41%) Python
8 263 (3.80%) VB.NET
9 243 (3.51%) VBA
10 184 (2.66%) TypeScript
11 161 (2.32%) C++
12 144 (2.08%) PHP
12 144 (2.08%) VB
13 125 (1.80%) PL/SQL
14 111 (1.60%) Bash Shell
15 93 (1.34%) Perl
16 88 (1.27%) R
17 86 (1.24%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 85 (1.23%) Scala
19 84 (1.21%) C
Qualifications
1 437 (6.31%) Degree
2 387 (5.59%) Security Cleared
3 242 (3.49%) SC Cleared
4 187 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
5 86 (1.24%) MCSE
6 85 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
7 56 (0.81%) DV Cleared
8 50 (0.72%) MCSA
9 41 (0.59%) ISEB
10 40 (0.58%) MCITP
11 35 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
12 31 (0.45%) CCNA
12 31 (0.45%) MCTS
13 29 (0.42%) BPSS Clearance
14 27 (0.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 26 (0.38%) ISTQB
15 26 (0.38%) Master's Degree
16 24 (0.35%) Numerate Degree
17 22 (0.32%) MCP
18 19 (0.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 194 (2.80%) QA
2 143 (2.06%) Data Quality
3 72 (1.04%) SLA
4 46 (0.66%) MiFID
5 44 (0.64%) GDPR
6 41 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 23 (0.33%) HL7
8 20 (0.29%) PMO
9 18 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
9 18 (0.26%) GCP
10 16 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 14 (0.20%) GxP
12 13 (0.19%) ISO 9001
13 11 (0.16%) PCI DSS
13 11 (0.16%) WCAG
14 10 (0.14%) SEPA
15 9 (0.13%) IFRS
16 8 (0.12%) IFRS 9
17 7 (0.10%) EMIR
18 6 (0.087%) Solvency II
System Software
1 543 (7.84%) Active Directory
2 230 (3.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 189 (2.73%) Docker
4 146 (2.11%) Hyper-V
5 97 (1.40%) vSphere
6 77 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
7 62 (0.89%) XenApp
8 52 (0.75%) Apache Flume
8 52 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
9 43 (0.62%) HDFS
10 33 (0.48%) XenDesktop
11 21 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
12 18 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
13 16 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
14 15 (0.22%) Terminal Services
15 13 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
16 11 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
17 10 (0.14%) NFS
18 9 (0.13%) DFS Replication
18 9 (0.13%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 135 (1.95%) Ansible
2 134 (1.93%) SCCM
3 132 (1.91%) Puppet
4 114 (1.65%) Opscode Chef
5 76 (1.10%) SCOM
6 58 (0.84%) Microsoft Clustering
7 51 (0.74%) Kubernetes
8 50 (0.72%) Terraform
9 48 (0.69%) WSUS
10 47 (0.68%) Oozie
11 38 (0.55%) NetBackup
12 32 (0.46%) vCenter Server
13 29 (0.42%) BladeLogic
13 29 (0.42%) Norton AntiVirus
14 28 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 27 (0.39%) Single Sign-On
16 25 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
17 24 (0.35%) Nagios
18 23 (0.33%) Backup Exec
19 17 (0.25%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 2,293 (33.10%) Microsoft
2 1,181 (17.05%) Oracle
3 383 (5.53%) VMware
4 245 (3.54%) Tableau
5 188 (2.71%) Citrix
6 172 (2.48%) HP
7 171 (2.47%) SAP
8 165 (2.38%) IBM
9 112 (1.62%) Sybase
10 103 (1.49%) Red Hat
11 93 (1.34%) Cisco
12 80 (1.15%) Google
13 78 (1.13%) Atlassian
13 78 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
14 77 (1.11%) Sitecore
15 67 (0.97%) Informatica
15 67 (0.97%) NetApp
16 65 (0.94%) Cloudera
16 65 (0.94%) RedGate
16 65 (0.94%) Teradata