Period
to 20 February 2019

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 February 2019 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 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 25 24 20
Rank change year-on-year -1 -4 -4
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 6,875 7,038 7,100
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.93% 6.93% 7.45%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 31.15% 31.75% 33.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,988 5,123 5,099
UK median daily rate £438 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.55% +5.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £263
90th Percentile £615 £600 £565
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 105 113
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £40.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.50% +33.33% +10.13%
10th Percentile £15.03 £16.45 £14.74
90th Percentile £55.00 £55.25 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £40.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -37.50% +14.29% +32.08%

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 22,071 22,169 21,344
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.25% 21.83% 22.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,203 15,432 14,273
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +8.82% +1.19%
10th Percentile £320 £313 £289
90th Percentile £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £401 £393
% change year-on-year +6.12% +2.04% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 253 257 299
UK median hourly rate £33.00 £34.50 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.35% +30.19% -3.64%
10th Percentile £13.05 £15.11 £9.37
90th Percentile £57.06 £56.80 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £38.25 £24.00
% change year-on-year -13.73% +59.38% -9.43%

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 February 2019.

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 February 2019.

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 February 2019. 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 -1 6,311 £450 +5.88% 3,433
UK excluding London -2 3,916 £400 +6.67% 2,750
London -2 2,880 £500 +5.26% 881
South East -3 1,023 £425 +9.68% 640
North of England -1 961 £375 +7.14% 877
Midlands -3 665 £400 +7.38% 536
South West +4 528 £425 +13.33% 279
North West +3 463 £363 +3.57% 447
Yorkshire -4 411 £375 +7.14% 378
West Midlands -5 411 £413 +6.11% 280
Scotland +1 341 £388 +3.33% 119
East Midlands +3 255 £375 +7.14% 256
East of England -10 247 £413 +14.58% 224
Wales -9 124 £400 +9.97% 55
North East +10 87 £400 +22.61% 52
Northern Ireland +13 31 £394 -1.56% 24
Isle of Man -1 4 - -

For the 6 months to 20 February 2019, 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 3,698 (53.79%) SQL
2 2,901 (42.20%) .NET
3 2,871 (41.76%) C#
4 2,323 (33.79%) Microsoft
5 2,320 (33.75%) Agile Software Development
6 1,708 (24.84%) Microsoft Azure
7 1,517 (22.07%) JavaScript
8 1,471 (21.40%) Finance
9 1,334 (19.40%) Oracle
10 1,297 (18.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 1,282 (18.65%) MVC
12 1,275 (18.55%) ASP.NET
13 1,238 (18.01%) Windows
14 1,161 (16.89%) Business Intelligence
15 1,118 (16.26%) T-SQL
16 1,033 (15.03%) HTML
17 974 (14.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 942 (13.70%) CSS
19 910 (13.24%) Data Warehouse
20 907 (13.19%) ETL
21 877 (12.76%) .NET Framework
22 847 (12.32%) TDD
23 822 (11.96%) AngularJS
24 764 (11.11%) ASP.NET Web API
25 732 (10.65%) Git (software)
26 724 (10.53%) Scrum
27 692 (10.07%) Java
28 663 (9.64%) Web Services
29 657 (9.56%) Migration
30 650 (9.45%) Linux

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
1 358 (5.21%) SharePoint
2 310 (4.51%) IIS
3 171 (2.49%) Confluence
4 163 (2.37%) MS Exchange
5 151 (2.20%) Apache
6 147 (2.14%) CMS
7 116 (1.69%) Elasticsearch
8 111 (1.61%) Apache Spark
9 98 (1.43%) Tomcat
10 85 (1.24%) WebSphere
11 66 (0.96%) Umbraco
12 65 (0.95%) Skype for Business
13 60 (0.87%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 55 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
15 50 (0.73%) JBoss
16 46 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
17 45 (0.65%) SAS
18 43 (0.63%) NServiceBus
19 39 (0.57%) WebLogic
20 35 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 447 (6.50%) Microsoft Excel
2 163 (2.37%) Microsoft Office
3 55 (0.80%) MS Visio
4 43 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
5 36 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 19 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
7 13 (0.19%) InfoPath
8 5 (0.073%) CATIA
8 5 (0.073%) SPSS
9 4 (0.058%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.015%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.015%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.015%) EngageOne
10 1 (0.015%) InVision
10 1 (0.015%) Mingle
10 1 (0.015%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 237 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 38 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
3 19 (0.28%) ION MarketView
4 15 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
5 14 (0.20%) PeopleSoft HRMS
6 13 (0.19%) Markit EDM
6 13 (0.19%) RMDS
7 12 (0.17%) PeopleSoft HCM
8 11 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
8 11 (0.16%) Endur
9 9 (0.13%) Oracle Retail
10 8 (0.12%) NetSuite
10 8 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
11 7 (0.10%) Infor M3
12 6 (0.087%) Elite 3E
12 6 (0.087%) Remedy ITSM
12 6 (0.087%) Visualfiles
13 5 (0.073%) Actimize
13 5 (0.073%) Salesforce.com CRM
13 5 (0.073%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,708 (24.84%) Microsoft Azure
2 636 (9.25%) Amazon AWS
3 256 (3.72%) Office 365
4 215 (3.13%) PaaS
5 174 (2.53%) Dynamics 365
6 166 (2.41%) Azure Data Factory
7 140 (2.04%) IaaS
8 129 (1.88%) GitHub
8 129 (1.88%) SaaS
9 126 (1.83%) Serverless
10 73 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
11 71 (1.03%) Google Cloud Platform
12 57 (0.83%) Azure Functions
13 55 (0.80%) Amazon S3
13 55 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
14 53 (0.77%) OpenShift
15 51 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
16 38 (0.55%) npm
17 35 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
18 32 (0.47%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 237 (3.45%) Firewall
2 203 (2.95%) DNS
3 150 (2.18%) SAN
4 109 (1.59%) DHCP
5 96 (1.40%) VPN
6 91 (1.32%) HTTP
7 90 (1.31%) TCP/IP
8 89 (1.29%) Internet
9 87 (1.27%) LAN
10 74 (1.08%) WAN
11 58 (0.84%) SSL
12 49 (0.71%) Skype
13 36 (0.52%) AMQP
14 34 (0.49%) FTP
15 33 (0.48%) NAS
16 31 (0.45%) Kerberos
17 29 (0.42%) NetScaler
18 25 (0.36%) Intranet
18 25 (0.36%) Network Security
19 24 (0.35%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,297 (18.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 974 (14.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 910 (13.24%) Data Warehouse
4 615 (8.95%) Relational Database
5 599 (8.71%) Power BI
6 551 (8.01%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 463 (6.73%) SQL Server 2012
8 456 (6.63%) SQL Server 2008
9 412 (5.99%) MySQL
10 390 (5.67%) SQL Server 2016
11 339 (4.93%) NoSQL
12 280 (4.07%) SQL Server 2014
13 257 (3.74%) Azure SQL Database
14 247 (3.59%) PostgreSQL
15 245 (3.56%) Oracle Database
16 238 (3.46%) RDBMS
17 237 (3.45%) MongoDB
18 203 (2.95%) Big Data
19 187 (2.72%) Hadoop
20 163 (2.37%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 732 (10.65%) Git (software)
2 606 (8.81%) Visual Studio
3 535 (7.78%) Team Foundation Server
4 409 (5.95%) JIRA
5 396 (5.76%) Jenkins
6 252 (3.67%) Visual Studio Team System
7 236 (3.43%) Subversion
8 187 (2.72%) TeamCity
9 186 (2.71%) Selenium
10 141 (2.05%) Maven
11 118 (1.72%) SpecFlow
12 110 (1.60%) NUnit
13 102 (1.48%) JUnit
13 102 (1.48%) Octopus Deploy
14 87 (1.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
15 83 (1.21%) Cucumber
16 77 (1.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 69 (1.00%) Moq
18 67 (0.97%) Eclipse
19 59 (0.86%) JMeter
General
1 1,471 (21.40%) Finance
2 515 (7.49%) Banking
3 269 (3.91%) Front Office
4 245 (3.56%) Retail
5 164 (2.39%) Investment Banking
6 113 (1.64%) Marketing
7 111 (1.61%) Manufacturing
8 95 (1.38%) Telecoms
9 87 (1.27%) Back Office
10 75 (1.09%) Legal
11 54 (0.79%) Financial Institution
12 53 (0.77%) Publishing
13 49 (0.71%) Electronics
13 49 (0.71%) Law
14 43 (0.63%) Billing
15 32 (0.47%) Advertising
15 32 (0.47%) Games
16 24 (0.35%) French Language
17 23 (0.33%) German Language
18 17 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 3,942 (57.34%) Developer
2 1,352 (19.67%) .NET Developer
3 1,124 (16.35%) C# Developer
4 803 (11.68%) SQL Developer
5 591 (8.60%) C# .NET Developer
6 586 (8.52%) Analyst
7 441 (6.41%) Architect
8 359 (5.22%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 354 (5.15%) DBA
10 327 (4.76%) Full Stack Developer
11 295 (4.29%) Senior Developer
12 287 (4.17%) SQL DBA
13 249 (3.62%) SQL Server Developer
14 243 (3.53%) Java Developer
15 216 (3.14%) ASP.NET Developer
16 213 (3.10%) Software Developer
17 208 (3.03%) Angular Developer
17 208 (3.03%) Azure Developer
18 192 (2.79%) Administrator
19 176 (2.56%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2,901 (42.20%) .NET
2 1,275 (18.55%) ASP.NET
3 1,033 (15.03%) HTML
4 942 (13.70%) CSS
5 877 (12.76%) .NET Framework
6 822 (11.96%) AngularJS
7 764 (11.11%) ASP.NET Web API
8 663 (9.64%) Web Services
9 631 (9.18%) ASP.NET MVC
10 608 (8.84%) jQuery
11 530 (7.71%) XML
12 459 (6.68%) REST
13 451 (6.56%) Entity Framework
13 451 (6.56%) WCF
14 412 (5.99%) .NET Core
15 368 (5.35%) JSON
16 360 (5.24%) HTML5
17 358 (5.21%) React
18 323 (4.70%) WPF
19 309 (4.49%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 547 (7.96%) Analytical Skills
2 369 (5.37%) Greenfield Project
3 177 (2.57%) Self-Motivation
4 167 (2.43%) Hedge funds
5 163 (2.37%) Data Centre
6 162 (2.36%) Enterprise Software
7 161 (2.34%) Fixed Income
8 158 (2.30%) Clustering
9 130 (1.89%) User Experience
10 127 (1.85%) Fintech
11 117 (1.70%) Management Information System
12 110 (1.60%) Data Structures
13 96 (1.40%) NHS
13 96 (1.40%) Replication
14 92 (1.34%) Derivative
15 88 (1.28%) Algorithms
16 68 (0.99%) Equities
16 68 (0.99%) Mobile App
17 49 (0.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 49 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,238 (18.01%) Windows
2 650 (9.45%) Linux
3 594 (8.64%) Windows Server
4 343 (4.99%) Unix
5 216 (3.14%) Windows Server 2012
6 179 (2.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 152 (2.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 100 (1.45%) Windows 10
9 65 (0.95%) Windows Server 2003
10 58 (0.84%) Windows 7
11 50 (0.73%) Android
12 47 (0.68%) Ubuntu
13 44 (0.64%) Apple iOS
14 43 (0.63%) Solaris
15 26 (0.38%) CentOS
16 19 (0.28%) AIX
17 13 (0.19%) VMS
17 13 (0.19%) Windows 8
18 11 (0.16%) Mac OS X
19 9 (0.13%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,320 (33.75%) Agile Software Development
2 1,282 (18.65%) MVC
3 1,161 (16.89%) Business Intelligence
4 907 (13.19%) ETL
5 847 (12.32%) TDD
6 724 (10.53%) Scrum
7 657 (9.56%) Migration
8 629 (9.15%) DevOps
9 549 (7.99%) Problem-Solving
10 517 (7.52%) Continuous Integration
11 471 (6.85%) Microservices
12 444 (6.46%) Test Automation
13 419 (6.09%) Analytics
14 416 (6.05%) Data Modelling
15 414 (6.02%) BDD
16 371 (5.40%) OO
17 349 (5.08%) SDLC
18 327 (4.76%) Performance Tuning
19 326 (4.74%) CRM
20 325 (4.73%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 3,698 (53.79%) SQL
2 2,871 (41.76%) C#
3 1,517 (22.07%) JavaScript
4 1,118 (16.26%) T-SQL
5 692 (10.07%) Java
6 552 (8.03%) PowerShell
7 369 (5.37%) Python
8 240 (3.49%) PL/SQL
8 240 (3.49%) VB.NET
9 217 (3.16%) VBA
10 200 (2.91%) TypeScript
11 150 (2.18%) VB
12 118 (1.72%) PHP
13 113 (1.64%) Shell Script
14 100 (1.45%) Java 8
15 97 (1.41%) Bash Shell
16 91 (1.32%) Scala
17 85 (1.24%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 84 (1.22%) R
19 80 (1.16%) C++
Qualifications
1 462 (6.72%) Security Cleared
2 355 (5.16%) Degree
3 352 (5.12%) SC Cleared
4 161 (2.34%) Microsoft Certification
5 92 (1.34%) MCSE
6 86 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
7 71 (1.03%) DV Cleared
8 54 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
9 50 (0.73%) Numerate Degree
10 43 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
11 39 (0.57%) CCNA
12 34 (0.49%) MCSA
13 30 (0.44%) AWS Certification
14 25 (0.36%) ISTQB
15 24 (0.35%) ISEB
15 24 (0.35%) MCP
16 23 (0.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 20 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
18 19 (0.28%) CISSP
19 18 (0.26%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 261 (3.80%) QA
2 117 (1.70%) Data Quality
3 66 (0.96%) SLA
4 64 (0.93%) GDPR
5 27 (0.39%) WCAG
6 21 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 17 (0.25%) PMO
8 14 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
8 14 (0.20%) IFRS
9 9 (0.13%) Basel III
9 9 (0.13%) PCI DSS
10 8 (0.12%) FINRA
10 8 (0.12%) IFRS 9
11 7 (0.10%) ISO 9001
11 7 (0.10%) MiFID
12 6 (0.087%) HL7
12 6 (0.087%) TickIT
13 5 (0.073%) GxP
14 4 (0.058%) EMIR
14 4 (0.058%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 522 (7.59%) Active Directory
2 344 (5.00%) Docker
3 233 (3.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 90 (1.31%) Hyper-V
5 83 (1.21%) VMware ESXi
6 67 (0.97%) vSphere
7 59 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
7 59 (0.86%) XenApp
8 48 (0.70%) Oracle RAC
9 46 (0.67%) HDFS
10 38 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
11 35 (0.51%) XenDesktop
12 24 (0.35%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 13 (0.19%) Apache Flume
13 13 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 13 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
13 13 (0.19%) Terminal Services
14 10 (0.15%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 9 (0.13%) Xen
16 8 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 206 (3.00%) Kubernetes
2 194 (2.82%) Ansible
3 131 (1.91%) SCCM
4 129 (1.88%) Puppet
5 105 (1.53%) Terraform
6 94 (1.37%) Opscode Chef
7 80 (1.16%) Microsoft Clustering
8 67 (0.97%) SCOM
9 44 (0.64%) Kibana
10 42 (0.61%) Failover Clustering
11 33 (0.48%) Nagios
12 30 (0.44%) logstash
13 29 (0.42%) WSUS
14 28 (0.41%) vCenter Server
15 27 (0.39%) ITRS Geneos
15 27 (0.39%) Single Sign-On
16 25 (0.36%) ZABBIX
17 24 (0.35%) NetBackup
18 22 (0.32%) Grafana
19 19 (0.28%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 2,323 (33.79%) Microsoft
2 1,334 (19.40%) Oracle
3 389 (5.66%) VMware
4 224 (3.26%) Tableau
5 193 (2.81%) Citrix
6 178 (2.59%) SAP
7 164 (2.39%) Cisco
7 164 (2.39%) Red Hat
8 134 (1.95%) IBM
9 129 (1.88%) HP
10 126 (1.83%) Google
11 118 (1.72%) Sybase
12 78 (1.13%) Teradata
13 75 (1.09%) Atlassian
14 69 (1.00%) Informatica
15 57 (0.83%) Telerik
16 53 (0.77%) TIBCO
17 52 (0.76%) Dell
17 52 (0.76%) Sitecore
18 50 (0.73%) Talend