Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 21 19 17
Rank change year-on-year -2 -2 0
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 305 393 305
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.96% 7.70% 7.06%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 35.71% 43.00% 36.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 281 212
West Midlands median daily rate £418 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.38% +14.20% -6.60%
10th Percentile £313 £278 £258
90th Percentile £556 £500 £475
England median daily rate £430 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 10
West Midlands median hourly rate £24.00 £21.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -35.38% +35.42%
10th Percentile £17.00 £18.00 £20.33
90th Percentile £34.25 £48.75 £41.60
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +16.67% -20.00% +20.97%

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 854 914 838
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.49% 17.91% 19.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 573 588 525
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% -5.00%
10th Percentile £295 £281 £263
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 13 12
West Midlands median hourly rate £20.00 £21.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.76% -35.38% +52.94%
10th Percentile £16.40 £11.65 £21.18
90th Percentile £35.00 £44.95 £40.18
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% - +5.26%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 17 August 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
Coventry +3 109 £425 -5.56% 18
Birmingham -8 82 £425 +6.25% 70
Staffordshire -5 19 £335 -4.29% 38
Solihull +17 18 £400 +25.49% 14
Worcestershire -2 10 £365 +14.06% 23
Shropshire +12 9 £481 +67.13% 7
Warwickshire -12 7 £500 +17.65% 23
Herefordshire +7 3 £525 +40.00% 9
Wolverhampton +5 1 - - 5
Walsall - 1 £375 - 7
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - - 2
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 155 (50.82%) C#
2 143 (46.89%) Agile Software Development
3 140 (45.90%) .NET
4 128 (41.97%) SQL
5 108 (35.41%) Microsoft Azure
6 98 (32.13%) Microsoft
7 92 (30.16%) JavaScript
8 91 (29.84%) Scrum
9 74 (24.26%) HTML
10 67 (21.97%) MVC
11 64 (20.98%) Web Services
12 63 (20.66%) CSS
13 58 (19.02%) Data Warehouse
14 57 (18.69%) Kanban
15 56 (18.36%) ASP.NET
16 55 (18.03%) .NET Framework
17 54 (17.70%) TDD
18 52 (17.05%) ASP.NET Web API
19 51 (16.72%) Git (software)
20 50 (16.39%) Business Intelligence
21 49 (16.07%) BDD
22 47 (15.41%) ASP.NET MVC
23 45 (14.75%) Windows
24 44 (14.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
25 43 (14.10%) Oracle
26 40 (13.11%) Continuous Integration
26 40 (13.11%) Enterprise Software
26 40 (13.11%) DevOps
27 39 (12.79%) SOLID
27 39 (12.79%) Migration

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 7 (2.30%) IIS
1 7 (2.30%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.97%) CMS
2 6 (1.97%) Confluence
2 6 (1.97%) Tomcat
3 5 (1.64%) ArcGIS
4 3 (0.98%) Documentum
4 3 (0.98%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (0.66%) MS Exchange
5 2 (0.66%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.33%) NServiceBus
6 1 (0.33%) Oracle 10gAS
6 1 (0.33%) Oracle Application Server
6 1 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.33%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 4 (1.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.98%) SPSS
3 2 (0.66%) InfoPath
3 2 (0.66%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 18 (5.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (2.95%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (0.98%) Cerner Millennium
4 1 (0.33%) Cognos TM1
4 1 (0.33%) DELMIA
4 1 (0.33%) Oracle 11i
4 1 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 108 (35.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (11.15%) Power Platform
3 22 (7.21%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (5.90%) PaaS
5 16 (5.25%) Dynamics 365
6 12 (3.93%) Azure Data Factory
7 10 (3.28%) IaaS
8 8 (2.62%) GitHub
8 8 (2.62%) Office 365
9 6 (1.97%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 5 (1.64%) SaaS
11 4 (1.31%) Azure Active Directory
12 3 (0.98%) Google Cloud Platform
12 3 (0.98%) PowerApps
13 2 (0.66%) Azure Stack
13 2 (0.66%) Serverless
14 1 (0.33%) Amazon ECS
14 1 (0.33%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.33%) AWS Fargate
14 1 (0.33%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 12 (3.93%) Internet
2 8 (2.62%) Firewall
3 5 (1.64%) DNS
4 3 (0.98%) VLAN
4 3 (0.98%) VPN
5 2 (0.66%) DHCP
5 2 (0.66%) HTTP
5 2 (0.66%) NetScaler
5 2 (0.66%) WAN
6 1 (0.33%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (0.33%) Cisco IOS
6 1 (0.33%) Intranet
6 1 (0.33%) IP Telephony
6 1 (0.33%) LAN
6 1 (0.33%) Network Security
6 1 (0.33%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (0.33%) Skype
6 1 (0.33%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (19.02%) Data Warehouse
2 44 (14.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 32 (10.49%) Power BI
4 30 (9.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 21 (6.89%) SQL Server 2014
5 21 (6.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 20 (6.56%) Azure SQL Database
7 18 (5.90%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 17 (5.57%) Data Lake
8 17 (5.57%) SQL Server 2017
9 16 (5.25%) Relational Database
9 16 (5.25%) SQL Server 2012
10 15 (4.92%) SQL Server 2016
11 13 (4.26%) SQL Server 2008
12 11 (3.61%) Big Data
13 9 (2.95%) QlikView
13 9 (2.95%) SQL Server 2005
14 8 (2.62%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 8 (2.62%) OLAP
14 8 (2.62%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 51 (16.72%) Git (software)
2 22 (7.21%) Team Foundation Server
3 19 (6.23%) Visual Studio Team System
4 16 (5.25%) Visual Studio
5 15 (4.92%) JIRA
6 4 (1.31%) GitLab
6 4 (1.31%) Jenkins
6 4 (1.31%) Selenium
7 3 (0.98%) Cucumber
7 3 (0.98%) Maven
8 2 (0.66%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.33%) AccuRev
9 1 (0.33%) ERwin
9 1 (0.33%) Mercurial
9 1 (0.33%) MSTest
9 1 (0.33%) SonarQube
9 1 (0.33%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 1 (0.33%) Subversion
General
1 33 (10.82%) Finance
2 8 (2.62%) Back Office
3 7 (2.30%) Retail
4 5 (1.64%) Manufacturing
5 3 (0.98%) Legal
5 3 (0.98%) Marketing
5 3 (0.98%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.66%) Law
6 2 (0.66%) Military
7 1 (0.33%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.33%) Automotive
7 1 (0.33%) Banking
7 1 (0.33%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 175 (57.38%) Developer
2 63 (20.66%) .NET Developer
3 27 (8.85%) Senior Developer
4 25 (8.20%) Analyst
5 24 (7.87%) C# Developer
5 24 (7.87%) SQL Developer
6 23 (7.54%) Lead Developer
7 21 (6.89%) Architect
8 19 (6.23%) DevOps Engineer
9 17 (5.57%) DBA
9 17 (5.57%) Software Developer
10 16 (5.25%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 16 (5.25%) C# .NET Developer
10 16 (5.25%) Consultant
11 14 (4.59%) Azure Engineer
12 13 (4.26%) Senior .NET Developer
13 11 (3.61%) SQL DBA
14 10 (3.28%) Angular Developer
14 10 (3.28%) Azure DevOps
14 10 (3.28%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 140 (45.90%) .NET
2 74 (24.26%) HTML
3 64 (20.98%) Web Services
4 63 (20.66%) CSS
5 56 (18.36%) ASP.NET
6 55 (18.03%) .NET Framework
7 52 (17.05%) ASP.NET Web API
8 47 (15.41%) ASP.NET MVC
9 35 (11.48%) Dapper ORM
10 29 (9.51%) REST
11 18 (5.90%) XML
12 15 (4.92%) AngularJS
13 14 (4.59%) .NET Core
14 12 (3.93%) JSON
15 11 (3.61%) WinForms
16 10 (3.28%) LINQ
16 10 (3.28%) WCF
17 9 (2.95%) React
18 8 (2.62%) ASP.NET Web Forms
18 8 (2.62%) RxJS
Miscellaneous
1 40 (13.11%) Enterprise Software
2 15 (4.92%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (4.26%) N-Tier
4 10 (3.28%) Greenfield Project
5 6 (1.97%) Replication
6 4 (1.31%) NHS
7 3 (0.98%) Algorithms
7 3 (0.98%) Data Centre
7 3 (0.98%) Linux Command Line
7 3 (0.98%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (0.66%) AS400
8 2 (0.66%) Clustering
8 2 (0.66%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (0.66%) HACMP
8 2 (0.66%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.33%) CCTV
9 1 (0.33%) Device Driver
9 1 (0.33%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.33%) Tandem
9 1 (0.33%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 45 (14.75%) Windows
2 13 (4.26%) Linux
3 12 (3.93%) Windows Server
4 10 (3.28%) Solaris
5 5 (1.64%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (1.31%) VMS
7 3 (0.98%) AIX
7 3 (0.98%) Unix
8 2 (0.66%) Ubuntu
8 2 (0.66%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.33%) HPUX
9 1 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.33%) SUSE
9 1 (0.33%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (46.89%) Agile Software Development
2 91 (29.84%) Scrum
3 67 (21.97%) MVC
4 57 (18.69%) Kanban
5 54 (17.70%) TDD
6 50 (16.39%) Business Intelligence
7 49 (16.07%) BDD
8 40 (13.11%) Continuous Integration
8 40 (13.11%) DevOps
9 39 (12.79%) Migration
9 39 (12.79%) SOLID
10 34 (11.15%) ETL
11 33 (10.82%) Digital Transformation Programme
12 26 (8.52%) Architectural Design
12 26 (8.52%) Microservices
13 24 (7.87%) Technical Leadership
14 22 (7.21%) CRM
15 21 (6.89%) Workflow
16 17 (5.57%) Continuous Delivery
16 17 (5.57%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 155 (50.82%) C#
2 128 (41.97%) SQL
3 92 (30.16%) JavaScript
4 37 (12.13%) T-SQL
5 29 (9.51%) PowerShell
6 21 (6.89%) Java
7 10 (3.28%) PL/SQL
8 9 (2.95%) TypeScript
9 8 (2.62%) VB.NET
10 5 (1.64%) Python
11 3 (0.98%) ABAP
11 3 (0.98%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.98%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 3 (0.98%) VBA
12 2 (0.66%) VBScript
13 1 (0.33%) C
13 1 (0.33%) Elixir
13 1 (0.33%) Erlang
13 1 (0.33%) Go
13 1 (0.33%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 7 (2.30%) Security Cleared
2 6 (1.97%) ISEB
3 5 (1.64%) ISTQB
3 5 (1.64%) SC Cleared
4 4 (1.31%) Degree
5 3 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (0.98%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (0.66%) DV Cleared
6 2 (0.66%) MCSD
7 1 (0.33%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.33%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.33%) MCP
7 1 (0.33%) MCSA
7 1 (0.33%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.61%) GDPR
2 4 (1.31%) Data Quality
2 4 (1.31%) QA
3 1 (0.33%) PMO
3 1 (0.33%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (5.90%) Active Directory
2 15 (4.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (4.26%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (1.97%) Docker
4 6 (1.97%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.98%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (0.66%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 2 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.66%) XenApp
6 2 (0.66%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.33%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (1.97%) Terraform
2 5 (1.64%) Kubernetes
3 4 (1.31%) Ansible
3 4 (1.31%) HP ALM
4 3 (0.98%) Docker Swarm
4 3 (0.98%) Puppet
4 3 (0.98%) SCCM
5 2 (0.66%) FortiGate
5 2 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.66%) Oracle RMAN
5 2 (0.66%) Packer
6 1 (0.33%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.33%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.33%) FlexNet
6 1 (0.33%) Grafana
6 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.33%) Nagios
6 1 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.33%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.33%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 98 (32.13%) Microsoft
2 43 (14.10%) Oracle
3 20 (6.56%) VMware
4 15 (4.92%) Tableau
5 13 (4.26%) Databricks
6 9 (2.95%) UiPath
7 6 (1.97%) ESRI
7 6 (1.97%) IBM
7 6 (1.97%) SAP
8 5 (1.64%) HP
9 3 (0.98%) Atlassian
9 3 (0.98%) Blue Prism
9 3 (0.98%) Cerner
9 3 (0.98%) Cisco
9 3 (0.98%) Remedy
9 3 (0.98%) Telerik
9 3 (0.98%) Veeam
9 3 (0.98%) VirtaMove
10 2 (0.66%) Citrix
10 2 (0.66%) Pega