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 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
England / West Midlands
Rank 16 12 6
Rank change year-on-year -4 -6  
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 168 255 284
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 7.29% 9.50% 11.36%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 36.60% 37.23% 50.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 165 162
Median daily rate £350 £350 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -2.77%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £347
% change year-on-year - +0.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 4
Median hourly rate £32.00 £16.00 £23.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -30.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.80 £16.00 £11.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.20 £20.20 £34.16
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.25 £21.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year +77.38% -35.38%  

SQL Server is in the database and business intelligence skills category. The next 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 and business intelligence skills.

Contract Database & Business Intelligence Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for database and business intelligence skills 459 685 567
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 19.91% 25.53% 22.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 283 385 313
Median daily rate £400 £415 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.61% +10.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £501 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 11
Median hourly rate £41.00 £16.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +156.25% -39.62%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £32.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year -4.61% -  

SQL Server
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands citing SQL Server as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Database & Business Intelligence category.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -2 57 £364 +3.92% 46
Staffordshire -2 18 £325 - 25
Warwickshire -11 17 £370 +11.69% 14
Herefordshire -2 16 £300 -27.27% 3
Coventry -20 13 £350 -6.66% 18
Shropshire +32 4 £413 -31.25% 8
Solihull 0 4 £223 -35.27% 5
Worcestershire -1 1 - - 13
Smethwick -1 1 - -
Walsall -3 1 £250 - 2
West Bromwich -7 1 - -
SQL Server
England

SQL Server
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for SQL Server.

1 200 (58.14%) SQL
2 144 (41.86%) .NET
3 128 (37.21%) C#
3 128 (37.21%) Microsoft
4 120 (34.88%) Agile Software Development
5 96 (27.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 92 (26.74%) Business Intelligence
6 92 (26.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 82 (23.84%) HTML
8 81 (23.55%) MVC
9 77 (22.38%) T-SQL
10 76 (22.09%) JavaScript
11 68 (19.77%) Data Warehouse
12 67 (19.48%) ASP.NET
13 64 (18.60%) SQL Server 2008
14 61 (17.73%) Team Foundation Server
14 61 (17.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 60 (17.44%) CSS
16 56 (16.28%) SQL Server 2012
17 54 (15.70%) jQuery
18 49 (14.24%) ETL
19 48 (13.95%) Windows
20 47 (13.66%) Microsoft Azure
21 44 (12.79%) Visual Studio
22 40 (11.63%) SQL Server 2014
23 38 (11.05%) AngularJS
23 38 (11.05%) PowerShell
24 35 (10.17%) TDD
25 34 (9.88%) Oracle
25 34 (9.88%) MS Excel

SQL Server
Top Related 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 21 (6.10%) IIS
2 19 (5.52%) SharePoint
3 12 (3.49%) NServiceBus
4 11 (3.20%) JBoss
5 9 (2.62%) Apache
5 9 (2.62%) Oracle Application Server
5 9 (2.62%) Oracle HTTP Server
5 9 (2.62%) WebLogic
6 8 (2.33%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (1.16%) MS Exchange
7 4 (1.16%) Umbraco
8 3 (0.87%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.58%) CMS
9 2 (0.58%) ColdFusion
9 2 (0.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.58%) SAS
9 2 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 34 (9.88%) MS Excel
2 3 (0.87%) MS Office
3 2 (0.58%) SPSS
4 1 (0.29%) CATIA
4 1 (0.29%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.29%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.87%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 3 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.58%) assyst
3 2 (0.58%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.29%) ENOVIA
4 1 (0.29%) Magento
4 1 (0.29%) OpenCart
4 1 (0.29%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 47 (13.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (3.20%) Google Cloud Platform
3 8 (2.33%) Office 365
4 4 (1.16%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.16%) SaaS
5 3 (0.87%) GitHub
6 2 (0.58%) Google Analytics
6 2 (0.58%) IaaS
7 1 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.29%) PaaS
7 1 (0.29%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.20%) Broadband
2 9 (2.62%) HTTP
2 9 (2.62%) TCP/IP
3 4 (1.16%) Internet
3 4 (1.16%) SAN
4 3 (0.87%) Intranet
4 3 (0.87%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (0.58%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (0.58%) DHCP
5 2 (0.58%) DNS
5 2 (0.58%) Firewall
5 2 (0.58%) LDAP
5 2 (0.58%) OSPF
5 2 (0.58%) Skype
5 2 (0.58%) SNMP
5 2 (0.58%) SSH
5 2 (0.58%) VPN
6 1 (0.29%) 3G
6 1 (0.29%) DAB
6 1 (0.29%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (27.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 92 (26.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 68 (19.77%) Data Warehouse
4 64 (18.60%) SQL Server 2008
5 61 (17.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 56 (16.28%) SQL Server 2012
7 40 (11.63%) SQL Server 2014
8 33 (9.59%) SQL Server 2016
9 30 (8.72%) MySQL
10 22 (6.40%) QlikView
10 22 (6.40%) Relational Database
10 22 (6.40%) SQL Server 2005
11 14 (4.07%) Power BI
12 11 (3.20%) Data Mining
13 9 (2.62%) OLAP
13 9 (2.62%) Oracle Database
13 9 (2.62%) Oracle Database 10g
13 9 (2.62%) Oracle Database 11g
14 7 (2.03%) Data Lake
14 7 (2.03%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 61 (17.73%) Team Foundation Server
2 44 (12.79%) Visual Studio
3 23 (6.69%) Git (software)
4 20 (5.81%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 10 (2.91%) Subversion
6 7 (2.03%) Jenkins
6 7 (2.03%) TeamCity
7 6 (1.74%) JIRA
7 6 (1.74%) Selenium
8 4 (1.16%) ERwin
8 4 (1.16%) NUnit
8 4 (1.16%) SpecFlow
9 3 (0.87%) HP UFT
10 2 (0.58%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.58%) WebLogic Workshop
11 1 (0.29%) Mercurial
11 1 (0.29%) Moq
11 1 (0.29%) MSTest
11 1 (0.29%) RSpec
11 1 (0.29%) WebDriver
General
1 26 (7.56%) Finance
2 22 (6.40%) Advertising
3 11 (3.20%) Retail
3 11 (3.20%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.16%) Automotive
4 4 (1.16%) Back Office
5 2 (0.58%) Banking
5 2 (0.58%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.29%) Billing
6 1 (0.29%) Games
6 1 (0.29%) Legal
6 1 (0.29%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 192 (55.81%) Developer
2 68 (19.77%) .NET Developer
3 46 (13.37%) Analyst
4 42 (12.21%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 40 (11.63%) C# Developer
6 36 (10.47%) SQL Developer
7 32 (9.30%) C# .NET Developer
7 32 (9.30%) Senior Developer
8 23 (6.69%) ASP.NET Developer
9 21 (6.10%) DBA
10 20 (5.81%) SQL Analyst
11 19 (5.52%) SQL DBA
11 19 (5.52%) SSRS Developer
12 17 (4.94%) SSIS Developer
13 16 (4.65%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
14 15 (4.36%) Architect
14 15 (4.36%) SQL BI Developer
15 14 (4.07%) C# ASP.NET Developer
16 13 (3.78%) Full Stack Developer
16 13 (3.78%) SQL Server Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (41.86%) .NET
2 82 (23.84%) HTML
3 67 (19.48%) ASP.NET
4 60 (17.44%) CSS
5 54 (15.70%) jQuery
6 38 (11.05%) AngularJS
7 31 (9.01%) ASP.NET MVC
8 30 (8.72%) XML
9 29 (8.43%) .NET Framework
9 29 (8.43%) WCF
10 28 (8.14%) Entity Framework
11 21 (6.10%) HTML5
12 19 (5.52%) Web Services
13 18 (5.23%) StructureMap
13 18 (5.23%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 17 (4.94%) WPF
15 16 (4.65%) SOAP
16 14 (4.07%) KnockoutJS
16 14 (4.07%) REST
17 13 (3.78%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 19 (5.52%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (3.20%) NHS
3 6 (1.74%) User Experience
4 5 (1.45%) Clustering
4 5 (1.45%) Management Information System
5 4 (1.16%) Computer Science
5 4 (1.16%) Data Centre
5 4 (1.16%) Replication
6 3 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (0.87%) Mainframe
6 3 (0.87%) Mobile App
6 3 (0.87%) SCADA
7 2 (0.58%) iSeries
7 2 (0.58%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.29%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.29%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.29%) DataPower
8 1 (0.29%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.29%) SWIFT
8 1 (0.29%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 48 (13.95%) Windows
2 34 (9.88%) Windows Server
3 15 (4.36%) Linux
4 12 (3.49%) Unix
4 12 (3.49%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (2.03%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (0.87%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.58%) Android
7 2 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.58%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.29%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.29%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.29%) Windows Phone
8 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.29%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.29%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (34.88%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (26.74%) Business Intelligence
3 81 (23.55%) MVC
4 49 (14.24%) ETL
5 35 (10.17%) TDD
6 26 (7.56%) Continuous Integration
7 24 (6.98%) Waterfall
8 22 (6.40%) Migration
8 22 (6.40%) Scrum
8 22 (6.40%) SDLC
9 20 (5.81%) SOLID
9 20 (5.81%) Web Development
10 19 (5.52%) Test Automation
11 18 (5.23%) Data Modelling
11 18 (5.23%) Software Engineering
12 17 (4.94%) BDD
13 16 (4.65%) Performance Tuning
14 15 (4.36%) Data Analysis
14 15 (4.36%) Mentoring
14 15 (4.36%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 200 (58.14%) SQL
2 128 (37.21%) C#
3 77 (22.38%) T-SQL
4 76 (22.09%) JavaScript
5 38 (11.05%) PowerShell
6 32 (9.30%) Java
7 16 (4.65%) PL/SQL
8 15 (4.36%) VB.NET
9 10 (2.91%) TypeScript
10 5 (1.45%) VB
11 4 (1.16%) PHP
12 3 (0.87%) VBA
13 1 (0.29%) C
13 1 (0.29%) Delphi
13 1 (0.29%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.29%) VB6
13 1 (0.29%) VBScript
13 1 (0.29%) X++
Qualifications
1 24 (6.98%) Security Cleared
2 11 (3.20%) SC Cleared
3 9 (2.62%) Degree
4 8 (2.33%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (1.45%) ISTQB
6 4 (1.16%) MCSE
7 3 (0.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (0.58%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.58%) ISEB
8 2 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (0.58%) Sun Certification
9 1 (0.29%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.29%) IBM Certification
9 1 (0.29%) MCITP
9 1 (0.29%) MCSA
9 1 (0.29%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.33%) Data Quality
2 5 (1.45%) QA
3 3 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.29%) IFRS
4 1 (0.29%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.29%) SEPA
4 1 (0.29%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (6.40%) Active Directory
2 10 (2.91%) Docker
3 7 (2.03%) VMware ESX
3 7 (2.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (1.74%) Hyper-V
4 6 (1.74%) XenApp
5 2 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.29%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (2.62%) Oracle Identity Management
1 9 (2.62%) Oracle Identity Manager
2 5 (1.45%) WSUS
3 3 (0.87%) SCOM
4 2 (0.58%) Rundeck
4 2 (0.58%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.29%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.29%) SCCM
Vendors
1 128 (37.21%) Microsoft
2 34 (9.88%) Oracle
3 15 (4.36%) Google
3 15 (4.36%) VMware
4 9 (2.62%) Citrix
4 9 (2.62%) Tableau
5 8 (2.33%) Cognos
6 6 (1.74%) Cisco
6 6 (1.74%) Veeam
7 5 (1.45%) IBM
7 5 (1.45%) SAP
7 5 (1.45%) Teradata
8 4 (1.16%) NetApp
9 3 (0.87%) CheckPoint
9 3 (0.87%) JD Edwards
9 3 (0.87%) Remedy
10 2 (0.58%) Apple
10 2 (0.58%) Clearswift
10 2 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (0.58%) Sophos
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