Period
to 20 October 2017

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 October 2017 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 23 18 13
Rank change year-on-year -5 -5 +2
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6840 8035 10363
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.89% 7.56% 9.07%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.02% 33.62% 38.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 4931 5655 7306
UK median daily rate £410 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.33% - +3.45%
10th Percentile £294 £263 £263
90th Percentile £588 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +3.57% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 179 206
UK median hourly rate £31.58 £35.00 £27.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.79% +27.88% +11.71%
10th Percentile £16.39 £14.10 £13.93
90th Percentile £53.63 £47.50 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £27.24
% change year-on-year - +28.49% +18.43%

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 22053 23902 26596
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.20% 22.49% 23.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 14918 15909 17451
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £308 £281 £263
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 275 393 399
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £29.50 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.69% +5.36% +12.00%
10th Percentile £13.69 £11.05 £12.70
90th Percentile £54.50 £49.75 £52.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £28.60
% change year-on-year +14.04% -0.33% +27.09%

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 October 2017.

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 October 2017.

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 October 2017. 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 -4 6270 £413 +6.45% 1217
UK excluding London -3 3898 £363 +3.57% 892
London -5 2869 £475 +8.57% 368
South East 0 1163 £370 -1.33% 264
North of England -3 859 £350 +2.64% 261
Midlands +5 624 £350 - 158
North West -4 439 £375 +7.14% 140
South West -4 413 £375 +7.14% 89
Yorkshire -2 349 £350 - 102
East of England -12 349 £363 -3.33% 75
West Midlands -1 324 £365 +4.29% 90
Scotland -3 312 £378 +16.15% 25
East Midlands +8 297 £340 +0.74% 68
Wales +5 116 £350 - 16
Northern Ireland -11 80 £413 +26.92% 3
North East -24 68 £340 +3.03% 19
Channel Islands -2 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 October 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SQL Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 3619 (52.91%) SQL
2 2900 (42.40%) .NET
3 2689 (39.31%) C#
4 2381 (34.81%) Microsoft
5 1953 (28.55%) Agile Software Development
6 1478 (21.61%) Windows
7 1453 (21.24%) Finance
8 1438 (21.02%) MVC
9 1398 (20.44%) JavaScript
10 1324 (19.36%) ASP.NET
11 1256 (18.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 1227 (17.94%) Oracle
13 1211 (17.70%) HTML
14 1168 (17.08%) T-SQL
15 1080 (15.79%) Business Intelligence
16 1023 (14.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 1013 (14.81%) CSS
18 866 (12.66%) Microsoft Azure
19 865 (12.65%) TDD
20 823 (12.03%) Web Services
21 809 (11.83%) AngularJS
22 795 (11.62%) ETL
23 776 (11.35%) Data Warehouse
23 776 (11.35%) .NET Framework
24 752 (10.99%) Java
25 749 (10.95%) ASP.NET MVC
26 738 (10.79%) SQL Server 2012
27 736 (10.76%) SQL Server 2008
28 735 (10.75%) Banking
29 717 (10.48%) Migration

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
1 411 (6.01%) SharePoint
2 397 (5.80%) IIS
3 206 (3.01%) MS Exchange
4 190 (2.78%) CMS
5 144 (2.11%) Tomcat
6 114 (1.67%) Apache
7 111 (1.62%) BizTalk Server
8 102 (1.49%) Elasticsearch
9 96 (1.40%) Confluence
10 95 (1.39%) WebSphere
11 94 (1.37%) JBoss
12 72 (1.05%) Sitecore CMS
13 71 (1.04%) Skype for Business
14 68 (0.99%) Apache Spark
15 67 (0.98%) SharePoint 2013
15 67 (0.98%) Umbraco
16 63 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2010
17 56 (0.82%) WebLogic
18 55 (0.80%) SAS
19 54 (0.79%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 422 (6.17%) Microsoft Excel
2 170 (2.49%) Microsoft Office
3 59 (0.86%) MS Visio
4 46 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 36 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
6 16 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.10%) InfoPath
7 7 (0.10%) SmartSuite
8 5 (0.073%) Adobe Illustrator
8 5 (0.073%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.073%) Stata
9 4 (0.058%) SPSS
10 2 (0.029%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.015%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.015%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.015%) InDesign
11 1 (0.015%) PaintShop Pro
11 1 (0.015%) RoboHelp
11 1 (0.015%) Simulink
11 1 (0.015%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 177 (2.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 87 (1.27%) Dynamics AX
3 69 (1.01%) Markit EDM
4 31 (0.45%) ION MarketView
5 27 (0.39%) Unit4 Business World
6 24 (0.35%) thinkFolio
7 23 (0.34%) RMDS
8 20 (0.29%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 19 (0.28%) Actimize
10 16 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
10 16 (0.23%) Maximo
11 12 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
11 12 (0.18%) SAP CRM
12 10 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
13 9 (0.13%) SimCorp Dimension
14 8 (0.12%) Adobe Campaign
14 8 (0.12%) Cognos TM1
14 8 (0.12%) Teamcenter
14 8 (0.12%) Temenos T24
15 7 (0.10%) KANA IQ
Cloud Services
1 866 (12.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 482 (7.05%) Amazon AWS
3 176 (2.57%) Office 365
4 73 (1.07%) PaaS
5 67 (0.98%) GitHub
6 63 (0.92%) IaaS
7 53 (0.77%) SaaS
8 47 (0.69%) Dynamics 365
9 43 (0.63%) npm
10 42 (0.61%) Amazon EC2
11 39 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
12 32 (0.47%) AWS CloudFormation
13 29 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
14 26 (0.38%) Serverless
15 24 (0.35%) AWS Lambda
16 22 (0.32%) Amazon EMR
16 22 (0.32%) Amazon S3
17 21 (0.31%) Yarn
18 18 (0.26%) Google Cloud Platform
19 16 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 213 (3.11%) Firewall
2 187 (2.73%) DNS
3 174 (2.54%) SAN
4 158 (2.31%) TCP/IP
5 129 (1.89%) DHCP
6 109 (1.59%) LAN
7 94 (1.37%) WAN
8 81 (1.18%) LDAP
9 78 (1.14%) HTTP
10 77 (1.13%) Internet
11 57 (0.83%) VPN
12 55 (0.80%) NAS
13 54 (0.79%) Intranet
14 43 (0.63%) Skype
15 41 (0.60%) Network Security
16 38 (0.56%) VLAN
17 37 (0.54%) SSL
18 33 (0.48%) VoIP
19 28 (0.41%) FTP
20 25 (0.37%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1256 (18.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1023 (14.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 776 (11.35%) Data Warehouse
4 738 (10.79%) SQL Server 2012
5 736 (10.76%) SQL Server 2008
6 591 (8.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 521 (7.62%) Relational Database
8 382 (5.58%) MySQL
9 381 (5.57%) SQL Server 2016
10 362 (5.29%) SQL Server 2014
11 324 (4.74%) Power BI
12 257 (3.76%) RDBMS
13 254 (3.71%) NoSQL
14 243 (3.55%) Oracle Database
15 232 (3.39%) MongoDB
16 211 (3.08%) SQL Server 2005
17 181 (2.65%) Hadoop
18 177 (2.59%) Big Data
19 139 (2.03%) PostgreSQL
20 137 (2.00%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 604 (8.83%) Visual Studio
2 602 (8.80%) Team Foundation Server
3 509 (7.44%) Git (software)
4 279 (4.08%) TeamCity
5 245 (3.58%) JIRA
6 235 (3.44%) Jenkins
7 225 (3.29%) Subversion
8 200 (2.92%) NUnit
9 158 (2.31%) Octopus Deploy
10 105 (1.54%) Maven
11 103 (1.51%) SpecFlow
12 92 (1.35%) Moq
13 89 (1.30%) Selenium
14 75 (1.10%) MSTest
15 68 (0.99%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
16 66 (0.96%) Eclipse
17 62 (0.91%) VSS/SourceSafe
18 61 (0.89%) JUnit
19 59 (0.86%) Visual Studio Team System
20 57 (0.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 1453 (21.24%) Finance
2 735 (10.75%) Banking
3 376 (5.50%) Front Office
4 261 (3.82%) Investment Banking
5 173 (2.53%) Retail
6 136 (1.99%) Marketing
7 130 (1.90%) Back Office
8 115 (1.68%) Manufacturing
9 112 (1.64%) Telecoms
10 91 (1.33%) Legal
11 67 (0.98%) Law
12 63 (0.92%) Advertising
13 54 (0.79%) Financial Institution
14 40 (0.58%) Automotive
15 38 (0.56%) Electronics
15 38 (0.56%) Retail Banking
16 30 (0.44%) Local Government
17 29 (0.42%) Publishing
18 27 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
19 26 (0.38%) Games
Job Titles
1 3920 (57.31%) Developer
2 1436 (20.99%) .NET Developer
3 1166 (17.05%) C# Developer
4 918 (13.42%) SQL Developer
5 730 (10.67%) C# .NET Developer
6 696 (10.18%) Analyst
7 423 (6.18%) Senior Developer
8 369 (5.39%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 367 (5.37%) DBA
10 350 (5.12%) ASP.NET Developer
11 344 (5.03%) Architect
12 336 (4.91%) SQL Server Developer
13 319 (4.66%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
14 286 (4.18%) C# ASP.NET Developer
15 277 (4.05%) SQL DBA
16 267 (3.90%) Consultant
17 264 (3.86%) Full Stack Developer
18 236 (3.45%) SSIS Developer
19 230 (3.36%) Java Developer
20 184 (2.69%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2900 (42.40%) .NET
2 1324 (19.36%) ASP.NET
3 1211 (17.70%) HTML
4 1013 (14.81%) CSS
5 823 (12.03%) Web Services
6 809 (11.83%) AngularJS
7 776 (11.35%) .NET Framework
8 749 (10.95%) ASP.NET MVC
9 696 (10.18%) ASP.NET Web API
10 614 (8.98%) jQuery
11 610 (8.92%) WCF
12 593 (8.67%) XML
13 465 (6.80%) HTML5
14 434 (6.35%) Entity Framework
15 387 (5.66%) REST
16 353 (5.16%) WPF
17 315 (4.61%) JSON
18 311 (4.55%) RESTful
19 294 (4.30%) SOAP
20 253 (3.70%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 534 (7.81%) Analytical Skills
2 239 (3.49%) Greenfield Project
3 236 (3.45%) Fixed Income
4 207 (3.03%) Computer Science
5 176 (2.57%) Derivative
6 164 (2.40%) Clustering
7 126 (1.84%) Management Information System
8 125 (1.83%) Data Centre
9 123 (1.80%) Replication
10 118 (1.73%) Enterprise Software
11 113 (1.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 110 (1.61%) Data Structures
13 109 (1.59%) User Experience
14 102 (1.49%) N-Tier
15 89 (1.30%) Client/Server
16 87 (1.27%) Equities
17 79 (1.15%) Algorithms
18 75 (1.10%) Fintech
19 69 (1.01%) NHS
20 64 (0.94%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1478 (21.61%) Windows
2 639 (9.34%) Linux
3 619 (9.05%) Windows Server
4 344 (5.03%) Unix
5 311 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 237 (3.46%) Windows Server 2008
7 123 (1.80%) Windows Server 2003
8 86 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 63 (0.92%) Windows 10
9 63 (0.92%) Windows 7
10 41 (0.60%) Solaris
11 39 (0.57%) Apple iOS
12 30 (0.44%) Android
13 24 (0.35%) Windows Vista
14 23 (0.34%) Windows 8
15 22 (0.32%) Windows XP
16 19 (0.28%) AIX
17 17 (0.25%) Ubuntu
18 16 (0.23%) VMS
19 14 (0.20%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1953 (28.55%) Agile Software Development
2 1438 (21.02%) MVC
3 1080 (15.79%) Business Intelligence
4 865 (12.65%) TDD
5 795 (11.62%) ETL
6 717 (10.48%) Migration
7 586 (8.57%) Scrum
8 552 (8.07%) Data Modelling
9 513 (7.50%) Continuous Integration
10 464 (6.78%) SDLC
11 441 (6.45%) DevOps
12 412 (6.02%) Web Development
13 372 (5.44%) Test Automation
14 370 (5.41%) Unit Testing
15 367 (5.37%) OO
16 348 (5.09%) Analytics
17 315 (4.61%) Data Migration
17 315 (4.61%) ITIL
18 296 (4.33%) CRM
19 292 (4.27%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 3619 (52.91%) SQL
2 2689 (39.31%) C#
3 1398 (20.44%) JavaScript
4 1168 (17.08%) T-SQL
5 752 (10.99%) Java
6 511 (7.47%) PowerShell
7 414 (6.05%) Python
8 275 (4.02%) VB.NET
9 254 (3.71%) VBA
10 180 (2.63%) C++
11 160 (2.34%) TypeScript
12 154 (2.25%) PL/SQL
13 131 (1.92%) VB
14 117 (1.71%) Shell Script
15 102 (1.49%) PHP
16 97 (1.42%) Bash Shell
17 84 (1.23%) C
18 73 (1.07%) Perl
19 66 (0.96%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
20 64 (0.94%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 418 (6.11%) Degree
2 371 (5.42%) Security Cleared
3 223 (3.26%) SC Cleared
4 217 (3.17%) Microsoft Certification
5 132 (1.93%) Computer Science Degree
6 114 (1.67%) MCSE
7 68 (0.99%) DV Cleared
8 54 (0.79%) MCSA
9 53 (0.77%) ISEB
10 50 (0.73%) ISTQB
11 42 (0.61%) Cisco Certification
11 42 (0.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 42 (0.61%) MCITP
12 34 (0.50%) CCNA
13 28 (0.41%) ITIL Certification
14 27 (0.39%) BPSS Clearance
14 27 (0.39%) Numerate Degree
15 24 (0.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 23 (0.34%) Master's Degree
17 20 (0.29%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 215 (3.14%) QA
2 208 (3.04%) Data Quality
3 66 (0.96%) SLA
4 47 (0.69%) MiFID
5 34 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
6 27 (0.39%) HL7
7 25 (0.37%) PCI DSS
8 21 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 17 (0.25%) PMO
10 15 (0.22%) GDPR
11 13 (0.19%) Solvency II
12 12 (0.18%) IFRS
13 11 (0.16%) EMIR
13 11 (0.16%) IFRS 9
14 10 (0.15%) Basel II
14 10 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 9 (0.13%) GxP
16 8 (0.12%) COBIT
17 6 (0.088%) WCAG
18 5 (0.073%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 606 (8.86%) Active Directory
2 247 (3.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 166 (2.43%) Docker
4 151 (2.21%) Hyper-V
5 94 (1.37%) vSphere
6 87 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
7 75 (1.10%) XenApp
8 57 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
9 30 (0.44%) XenDesktop
10 29 (0.42%) HDFS
11 24 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
12 23 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
13 18 (0.26%) Terminal Services
13 18 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
14 16 (0.23%) Apache Flume
15 14 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 13 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
17 11 (0.16%) XenServer
18 9 (0.13%) Xen
19 6 (0.088%) Gluster
Systems Management
1 145 (2.12%) Ansible
2 135 (1.97%) SCCM
3 108 (1.58%) Puppet
4 104 (1.52%) Opscode Chef
5 70 (1.02%) SCOM
6 60 (0.88%) Microsoft Clustering
7 50 (0.73%) NetBackup
8 47 (0.69%) WSUS
9 40 (0.58%) Kubernetes
9 40 (0.58%) Nagios
9 40 (0.58%) Terraform
10 29 (0.42%) Control-M
11 27 (0.39%) Oozie
12 26 (0.38%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 25 (0.37%) Norton AntiVirus
14 24 (0.35%) Oracle RMAN
15 23 (0.34%) Data Guard
15 23 (0.34%) Failover Clustering
16 21 (0.31%) TIBCO Hawk
17 19 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2381 (34.81%) Microsoft
2 1227 (17.94%) Oracle
3 444 (6.49%) VMware
4 247 (3.61%) Citrix
5 221 (3.23%) HP
6 214 (3.13%) Tableau
7 162 (2.37%) SAP
8 134 (1.96%) IBM
9 128 (1.87%) Sitecore
10 127 (1.86%) Cisco
11 93 (1.36%) TIBCO
12 79 (1.15%) Red Hat
13 72 (1.05%) Sybase
14 70 (1.02%) Bloomberg
15 67 (0.98%) NetApp
16 65 (0.95%) Salesforce.com
17 64 (0.94%) Atlassian
18 62 (0.91%) Google
19 58 (0.85%) RedGate
20 57 (0.83%) Informatica