Period
to 12 December 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 12 December 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)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
12 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 21 20 20
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 -3
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 272 411 360
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 7.40% 7.91% 7.33%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 35.19% 41.94% 40.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 268 261
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £310 £294 £275
90th Percentile £546 £525 £513
England median daily rate £438 £438 £425
% change year-on-year - +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 13
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.00 £45.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +28.57% +59.09%
10th Percentile £22.50 £20.10 £20.85
90th Percentile £34.50 £62.13 £53.00
England median hourly rate £30.00 £26.65 £36.31
% change year-on-year +12.57% -26.60% +29.68%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills.

All Database and Business Intelligence Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for database or business intelligence skills 773 980 881
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 21.02% 18.85% 17.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 486 595 565
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £300 £296 £263
90th Percentile £544 £550 £538
England median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +8.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 18 23
West Midlands median hourly rate £35.00 £25.75 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.92% -20.77% +85.08%
England median hourly rate £31.75 £33.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year -5.93% +5.47% +16.36%

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing SQL Server as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for SQL Server in the West Midlands

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SQL Server in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for SQL Server in the West Midlands

SQL Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 12 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SQL Server in the West Midlands

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SQL Server in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SQL Server in the West Midlands

SQL Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SQL Server in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 12 December 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SQL Server in the West Midlands

SQL Server
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 6 months to 12 December 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
Birmingham -9 86 £400 +0.95% 60
Coventry +2 70 £419 -6.94% 24
Shropshire +33 19 £344 -22.32% 9
Staffordshire -5 15 £325 -13.33% 30
Worcestershire - 11 £350 - 35
Solihull 0 9 £413 +3.13% 7
Warwickshire -20 6 £400 -8.57% 14
Herefordshire +10 5 £300 -23.08% 16
Wolverhampton +4 4 £388 -1.59% 6
Sutton Coldfield +3 1 £400 +14.29% 2
Walsall +1 1 £375 +29.31% 5
West Bromwich - 1 - - 2
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 120 (44.12%) SQL
2 113 (41.54%) C#
3 108 (39.71%) Microsoft
4 98 (36.03%) .NET
5 95 (34.93%) Agile Software Development
6 90 (33.09%) Azure
7 65 (23.90%) Data Warehouse
8 61 (22.43%) Business Intelligence
9 58 (21.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 55 (20.22%) ASP.NET
11 54 (19.85%) MVC
12 52 (19.12%) Scrum
13 51 (18.75%) JavaScript
13 51 (18.75%) Windows
14 48 (17.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 45 (16.54%) Kanban
16 43 (15.81%) PowerShell
16 43 (15.81%) ASP.NET MVC
17 42 (15.44%) TDD
18 41 (15.07%) Continuous Integration
19 40 (14.71%) Migration
20 39 (14.34%) HTML
20 39 (14.34%) Web Services
20 39 (14.34%) Active Directory
21 36 (13.24%) CSS
22 34 (12.50%) Finance
22 34 (12.50%) .NET Framework
23 33 (12.13%) REST
23 33 (12.13%) ETL
24 32 (11.76%) Git (software)

SQL Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 15 (5.51%) SharePoint
2 8 (2.94%) IIS
3 6 (2.21%) BizTalk Server
3 6 (2.21%) WebLogic
4 4 (1.47%) ArcGIS
5 3 (1.10%) MS Exchange
6 2 (0.74%) CMS
6 2 (0.74%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.74%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.37%) NetWeaver
7 1 (0.37%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.37%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.37%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 6 (2.21%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (1.84%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (1.10%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.37%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 9 (3.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.10%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.37%) Cerner Millennium
3 1 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.37%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.37%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 90 (33.09%) Azure
2 32 (11.76%) Power Platform
3 23 (8.46%) Azure Active Directory
4 12 (4.41%) Office 365
5 11 (4.04%) Dynamics 365
5 11 (4.04%) PaaS
6 10 (3.68%) AWS
7 9 (3.31%) GitHub
8 7 (2.57%) Azure Data Factory
9 5 (1.84%) IaaS
9 5 (1.84%) OneDrive
9 5 (1.84%) PowerApps
9 5 (1.84%) SaaS
10 4 (1.47%) Azure Stack
11 3 (1.10%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (1.10%) Amazon SQS
11 3 (1.10%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 3 (1.10%) Azure Functions
11 3 (1.10%) Mimecast
11 3 (1.10%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 11 (4.04%) Firewall
1 11 (4.04%) Internet
2 6 (2.21%) VPN
3 5 (1.84%) DHCP
3 5 (1.84%) Skype
3 5 (1.84%) VLAN
3 5 (1.84%) WAN
4 3 (1.10%) Cisco ASA
4 3 (1.10%) Cisco IOS
4 3 (1.10%) DNS
4 3 (1.10%) LAN
4 3 (1.10%) SAN
4 3 (1.10%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.74%) iSCSI
5 2 (0.74%) Network Security
5 2 (0.74%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.37%) BIG-IP
6 1 (0.37%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.37%) Intranet
6 1 (0.37%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (23.90%) Data Warehouse
2 58 (21.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 48 (17.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 31 (11.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 30 (11.03%) Power BI
6 21 (7.72%) SQL Server 2016
7 18 (6.62%) SQL Server 2014
8 14 (5.15%) Azure SQL Database
9 13 (4.78%) SQL Server 2017
10 12 (4.41%) MySQL
11 11 (4.04%) SQL Server 2012
12 10 (3.68%) Data Lake
12 10 (3.68%) Relational Database
12 10 (3.68%) SQL Server 2008
13 9 (3.31%) SQL Server 2005
14 8 (2.94%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 6 (2.21%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 6 (2.21%) Big Data
16 5 (1.84%) Amazon RDS
16 5 (1.84%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 32 (11.76%) Git (software)
2 20 (7.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (3.31%) Visual Studio Team System
4 7 (2.57%) Visual Studio
5 5 (1.84%) Jenkins
5 5 (1.84%) JIRA
5 5 (1.84%) SonarQube
5 5 (1.84%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 3 (1.10%) DbUnit
6 3 (1.10%) jMock
6 3 (1.10%) JUnit
6 3 (1.10%) Maven
6 3 (1.10%) Mockito
6 3 (1.10%) Travis CI
7 2 (0.74%) GitLab
8 1 (0.37%) AccuRev
8 1 (0.37%) PVCS
8 1 (0.37%) Selenium
8 1 (0.37%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.37%) Subversion
General
1 34 (12.50%) Finance
2 13 (4.78%) Public Sector
3 9 (3.31%) Banking
4 7 (2.57%) Marketing
4 7 (2.57%) Retail
5 5 (1.84%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.47%) Law
7 3 (1.10%) Back Office
7 3 (1.10%) Military
8 2 (0.74%) Housing Association
8 2 (0.74%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.37%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.37%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.37%) Legal
Job Titles
1 162 (59.56%) Developer
2 52 (19.12%) .NET Developer
3 33 (12.13%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 32 (11.76%) Senior Developer
5 31 (11.40%) SQL Developer
6 22 (8.09%) Azure Developer
6 22 (8.09%) C# Developer
7 18 (6.62%) Architect
7 18 (6.62%) Lead Developer
8 16 (5.88%) Analyst
9 14 (5.15%) SQL BI Developer
10 13 (4.78%) C# .NET Developer
11 11 (4.04%) Data Analyst
11 11 (4.04%) DBA
11 11 (4.04%) Senior .NET Developer
12 10 (3.68%) Consultant
13 9 (3.31%) Backend Developer
13 9 (3.31%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
13 9 (3.31%) SQL DBA
13 9 (3.31%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (36.03%) .NET
2 55 (20.22%) ASP.NET
3 43 (15.81%) ASP.NET MVC
4 39 (14.34%) HTML
4 39 (14.34%) Web Services
5 36 (13.24%) CSS
6 34 (12.50%) .NET Framework
7 33 (12.13%) REST
8 31 (11.40%) XML
9 27 (9.93%) ASP.NET Web API
10 21 (7.72%) JSON
11 19 (6.99%) SOAP
12 16 (5.88%) Dapper ORM
12 16 (5.88%) Node.js
13 15 (5.51%) LDAP
13 15 (5.51%) OpenID
13 15 (5.51%) SAML
14 10 (3.68%) jQuery
14 10 (3.68%) WinForms
15 9 (3.31%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 24 (8.82%) Enterprise Software
2 15 (5.51%) PKI
3 10 (3.68%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (3.31%) NHS
5 8 (2.94%) Greenfield Project
5 8 (2.94%) N-Tier
5 8 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (2.21%) Data Centre
7 4 (1.47%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (1.10%) Clustering
8 3 (1.10%) Tandem
8 3 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.74%) AS400
9 2 (0.74%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.74%) Replication
10 1 (0.37%) Algorithms
10 1 (0.37%) Device Driver
10 1 (0.37%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 51 (18.75%) Windows
2 24 (8.82%) Unix
3 14 (5.15%) Windows Server
4 9 (3.31%) Linux
4 9 (3.31%) Windows 10
5 7 (2.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.47%) Solaris
6 4 (1.47%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (1.10%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.74%) VMS
9 1 (0.37%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (34.93%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (22.43%) Business Intelligence
3 54 (19.85%) MVC
4 52 (19.12%) Scrum
5 45 (16.54%) Kanban
6 42 (15.44%) TDD
7 41 (15.07%) Continuous Integration
8 40 (14.71%) Migration
9 33 (12.13%) ETL
10 31 (11.40%) BDD
11 30 (11.03%) DevOps
12 25 (9.19%) Test Automation
13 23 (8.46%) SOLID
14 22 (8.09%) Stakeholder Management
15 21 (7.72%) Microservices
16 19 (6.99%) Digital Transformation Programme
17 18 (6.62%) Configuration Management
18 17 (6.25%) Change Control
19 15 (5.51%) Data Modelling
19 15 (5.51%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 120 (44.12%) SQL
2 113 (41.54%) C#
3 51 (18.75%) JavaScript
4 43 (15.81%) PowerShell
5 29 (10.66%) T-SQL
6 28 (10.29%) Java
7 15 (5.51%) Bash Shell
8 14 (5.15%) VB
8 14 (5.15%) VB6
9 11 (4.04%) Python
10 5 (1.84%) R
11 4 (1.47%) VB.NET
12 3 (1.10%) C
12 3 (1.10%) VBScript
13 2 (0.74%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.74%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.74%) VBA
14 1 (0.37%) Dart
14 1 (0.37%) PHP
14 1 (0.37%) XPath
Qualifications
1 13 (4.78%) Security Cleared
2 7 (2.57%) SC Cleared
3 5 (1.84%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (1.47%) DV Cleared
5 3 (1.10%) MCSD
5 3 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.37%) Degree
6 1 (0.37%) ISEB
6 1 (0.37%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.94%) GDPR
2 6 (2.21%) Data Quality
3 4 (1.47%) QA
4 1 (0.37%) PMO
4 1 (0.37%) SLA
System Software
1 39 (14.34%) Active Directory
2 17 (6.25%) Docker
3 9 (3.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (2.21%) Hyper-V
5 5 (1.84%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (1.10%) Postfix
7 2 (0.74%) vSphere
8 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 7 (2.57%) HP ALM
2 5 (1.84%) Terraform
3 4 (1.47%) FortiGate
3 4 (1.47%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (1.47%) SCCM
4 3 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (0.74%) Ansible
5 2 (0.74%) MIIS
5 2 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.74%) Puppet
6 1 (0.37%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.37%) HP Operations Orchestration
6 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.37%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.37%) SCOM
6 1 (0.37%) WSUS
Vendors
1 108 (39.71%) Microsoft
2 24 (8.82%) Oracle
3 18 (6.62%) VMware
4 15 (5.51%) Tableau
5 8 (2.94%) HP
6 7 (2.57%) Databricks
7 6 (2.21%) webMethods
8 4 (1.47%) Cisco
8 4 (1.47%) ESRI
8 4 (1.47%) IBM
9 3 (1.10%) Aerohive Networks
9 3 (1.10%) Apple
9 3 (1.10%) Darktrace
9 3 (1.10%) ForgeRock
9 3 (1.10%) Juniper
9 3 (1.10%) Meraki
9 3 (1.10%) Polycom
9 3 (1.10%) Splunk
9 3 (1.10%) UiPath
9 3 (1.10%) Zscaler