Period
to 15 July 2018

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 15 July 2018 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
15 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 20 16 17
Rank change year-on-year -4 +1 -9
Contract jobs citing SQL Server 410 322 491
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 7.96% 7.27% 8.18%
As % of the Database & Business Intelligence category 44.52% 35.15% 35.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 293 204 335
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £350 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -3.45% +1.75%
10th Percentile £279 £250 £275
90th Percentile £500 £484 £495
England median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 9 9
West Midlands median hourly rate £47.50 £31.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +53.23% +40.91% +22.22%
10th Percentile £23.70 £21.70 £11.85
90th Percentile £48.75 £40.50 £39.60
England median hourly rate £35.54 £39.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year -10.03% +38.60% +20.63%

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 921 916 1,373
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 17.89% 20.69% 22.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 612 563 822
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £390 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.77% -2.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £275 £259 £281
90th Percentile £538 £525 £525
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 11 15
West Midlands median hourly rate £23.50 £31.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.19% +51.22% +13.89%
10th Percentile £16.94 £23.00 £13.82
90th Percentile £48.75 £40.25 £32.55
England median hourly rate £33.50 £31.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year +8.06% +8.77% +14.00%

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 15 July 2018.

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 15 July 2018.

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 15 July 2018. 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 -1 132 £400 +6.67% 54
Coventry +15 99 £450 +18.03% 14
Staffordshire +4 67 £325 -2.99% 42
Warwickshire -6 24 £406 +23.11% 20
Solihull +3 15 £319 -1.92% 9
Shropshire -15 14 £250 -31.03% 13
Herefordshire -4 10 £375 +25.00% 3
Wolverhampton -14 3 £350 - 5
Worcestershire -12 2 £320 +69.54% 9
SQL Server
England

For the 6 months to 15 July 2018, 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.

1 211 (51.46%) SQL
1 211 (51.46%) .NET
2 205 (50.00%) C#
3 164 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
4 140 (34.15%) Microsoft
5 128 (31.22%) Microsoft Azure
6 112 (27.32%) HTML
7 109 (26.59%) CSS
8 100 (24.39%) Windows
9 96 (23.41%) JavaScript
10 92 (22.44%) MVC
11 90 (21.95%) ASP.NET
12 82 (20.00%) .NET Framework
13 74 (18.05%) TDD
14 70 (17.07%) T-SQL
15 68 (16.59%) PowerShell
16 64 (15.61%) Continuous Integration
17 60 (14.63%) Scrum
17 60 (14.63%) Git (software)
17 60 (14.63%) BDD
18 58 (14.15%) Business Intelligence
19 55 (13.41%) Web Services
20 53 (12.93%) ASP.NET Web API
21 52 (12.68%) Visual Studio
21 52 (12.68%) Oracle
22 51 (12.44%) ASP.NET MVC
23 50 (12.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
23 50 (12.20%) DevOps
24 49 (11.95%) Migration
25 48 (11.71%) Team Foundation Server

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 (3.66%) BizTalk Server
2 13 (3.17%) WebSphere
3 12 (2.93%) IIS
3 12 (2.93%) MS Exchange
3 12 (2.93%) Tomcat
4 10 (2.44%) Apache
4 10 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (1.46%) Confluence
5 6 (1.46%) SharePoint
6 4 (0.98%) JBoss
6 4 (0.98%) NServiceBus
7 3 (0.73%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.73%) nginx
7 3 (0.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 2 (0.49%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.49%) CMS
8 2 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2000
8 2 (0.49%) GlassFish
8 2 (0.49%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.24%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 20 (4.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (2.20%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.49%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.24%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.24%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.24%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 7 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.22%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (1.22%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.98%) SAP MII
4 3 (0.73%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.24%) Magento
5 1 (0.24%) Maximo
5 1 (0.24%) OPENContractor
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.24%) Scribe Insight
5 1 (0.24%) Servitor
Cloud Services
1 128 (31.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (8.54%) PaaS
3 34 (8.29%) IaaS
4 24 (5.85%) Amazon AWS
4 24 (5.85%) SaaS
5 15 (3.66%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (1.95%) Office 365
7 7 (1.71%) Serverless
8 5 (1.22%) Dynamics 365
8 5 (1.22%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.24%) Amazon EMR
10 1 (0.24%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.24%) Data Lake Analytics
10 1 (0.24%) Google Analytics
10 1 (0.24%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 26 (6.34%) Internet
2 13 (3.17%) DNS
3 6 (1.46%) Firewall
3 6 (1.46%) SMS
4 5 (1.22%) TCP/IP
5 4 (0.98%) Intranet
5 4 (0.98%) SAN
5 4 (0.98%) SSL
5 4 (0.98%) VPN
6 3 (0.73%) DDNS
6 3 (0.73%) DHCP
6 3 (0.73%) NAS
6 3 (0.73%) Remote Desktop
6 3 (0.73%) Reverse Proxy
6 3 (0.73%) VLAN
7 2 (0.49%) Intrusion Detection
7 2 (0.49%) iSCSI
7 2 (0.49%) Network Security
7 2 (0.49%) Skype
7 2 (0.49%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (12.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 47 (11.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 42 (10.24%) SQL Server 2008
4 39 (9.51%) Data Warehouse
5 32 (7.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 28 (6.83%) Relational Database
6 28 (6.83%) SQL Server 2012
7 27 (6.59%) PostgreSQL
8 25 (6.10%) SQL Server 2016
9 23 (5.61%) MySQL
10 22 (5.37%) Power BI
11 19 (4.63%) NoSQL
12 18 (4.39%) SQL Server 2014
13 14 (3.41%) Oracle Database
13 14 (3.41%) QlikView
14 10 (2.44%) Azure SQL Database
14 10 (2.44%) MongoDB
14 10 (2.44%) SQL Server 2005
15 9 (2.20%) Big Data
15 9 (2.20%) Riak
Development Applications
1 60 (14.63%) Git (software)
2 52 (12.68%) Visual Studio
3 48 (11.71%) Team Foundation Server
4 22 (5.37%) Subversion
4 22 (5.37%) Visual Studio Team System
5 14 (3.41%) JIRA
6 11 (2.68%) Selenium
6 11 (2.68%) SpecFlow
7 8 (1.95%) Jenkins
8 6 (1.46%) MSI
8 6 (1.46%) WiX
9 5 (1.22%) Mercurial
9 5 (1.22%) Oracle APEX
10 4 (0.98%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 4 (0.98%) Bitbucket
11 3 (0.73%) Bugzilla
11 3 (0.73%) ClearCase
11 3 (0.73%) Maven
11 3 (0.73%) NUnit
11 3 (0.73%) Vagrant
General
1 45 (10.98%) Finance
2 17 (4.15%) Retail
3 16 (3.90%) Back Office
4 6 (1.46%) Banking
4 6 (1.46%) Legal
5 4 (0.98%) Advertising
5 4 (0.98%) Automotive
5 4 (0.98%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.73%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.24%) French Language
7 1 (0.24%) Games
7 1 (0.24%) German Language
7 1 (0.24%) Marketing
7 1 (0.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 227 (55.37%) Developer
2 106 (25.85%) .NET Developer
3 62 (15.12%) C# Developer
4 53 (12.93%) C# .NET Developer
5 37 (9.02%) SQL Developer
6 28 (6.83%) DevOps Engineer
7 25 (6.10%) DBA
7 25 (6.10%) Software Developer
8 24 (5.85%) Architect
9 22 (5.37%) Analyst
10 19 (4.63%) Consultant
11 18 (4.39%) SQL DBA
12 17 (4.15%) ASP.NET Developer
12 17 (4.15%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 16 (3.90%) Agile Developer
13 16 (3.90%) Full Stack Developer
14 15 (3.66%) Administrator
14 15 (3.66%) Java Developer
14 15 (3.66%) VB.NET Developer
15 14 (3.41%) .NET Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 211 (51.46%) .NET
2 112 (27.32%) HTML
3 109 (26.59%) CSS
4 90 (21.95%) ASP.NET
5 82 (20.00%) .NET Framework
6 55 (13.41%) Web Services
7 53 (12.93%) ASP.NET Web API
8 51 (12.44%) ASP.NET MVC
9 41 (10.00%) XML
10 36 (8.78%) jQuery
11 35 (8.54%) Entity Framework
12 34 (8.29%) WCF
13 30 (7.32%) AngularJS
14 28 (6.83%) Dapper ORM
14 28 (6.83%) SOAP
15 27 (6.59%) JSON
16 25 (6.10%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 18 (4.39%) RabbitMQ
17 18 (4.39%) WinForms
18 16 (3.90%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 37 (9.02%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (6.59%) Enterprise Software
2 27 (6.59%) Self-Motivation
3 19 (4.63%) Greenfield Project
4 17 (4.15%) Clustering
4 17 (4.15%) Public Cloud
5 9 (2.20%) User Experience
6 8 (1.95%) Replication
7 6 (1.46%) Computer Science
7 6 (1.46%) Data Centre
7 6 (1.46%) Data Structures
7 6 (1.46%) Management Information System
8 5 (1.22%) N-Tier
9 3 (0.73%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (0.73%) Driving Licence
9 3 (0.73%) Mobile App
10 2 (0.49%) Fat Client
10 2 (0.49%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.49%) Thin Client
10 2 (0.49%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 100 (24.39%) Windows
2 47 (11.46%) Windows Server
3 26 (6.34%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (6.10%) Linux
5 10 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (1.95%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (1.71%) Windows 10
8 6 (1.46%) Unix
9 3 (0.73%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.73%) Windows 2000 Server
10 2 (0.49%) CentOS
10 2 (0.49%) Debian
10 2 (0.49%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.49%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.49%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.24%) Android
11 1 (0.24%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.24%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 164 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (22.44%) MVC
3 74 (18.05%) TDD
4 64 (15.61%) Continuous Integration
5 60 (14.63%) BDD
5 60 (14.63%) Scrum
6 58 (14.15%) Business Intelligence
7 50 (12.20%) DevOps
8 49 (11.95%) Migration
9 39 (9.51%) Kanban
10 36 (8.78%) Problem-Solving
11 30 (7.32%) ETL
12 28 (6.83%) SOLID
13 27 (6.59%) SDLC
14 25 (6.10%) Test Automation
15 22 (5.37%) OO
16 20 (4.88%) Data Modelling
17 17 (4.15%) ERP
18 16 (3.90%) Microservices
18 16 (3.90%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 211 (51.46%) SQL
2 205 (50.00%) C#
3 96 (23.41%) JavaScript
4 70 (17.07%) T-SQL
5 68 (16.59%) PowerShell
6 33 (8.05%) Java
7 30 (7.32%) VB.NET
8 13 (3.17%) Java 8
8 13 (3.17%) TypeScript
9 7 (1.71%) PHP
9 7 (1.71%) Python
9 7 (1.71%) VBScript
10 6 (1.46%) VBA
11 4 (0.98%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.98%) VB
12 3 (0.73%) C
12 3 (0.73%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.73%) XPath
13 2 (0.49%) Perl
14 1 (0.24%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 22 (5.37%) Security Cleared
2 16 (3.90%) SC Cleared
3 10 (2.44%) Degree
4 5 (1.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 5 (1.22%) MCITP
4 5 (1.22%) MCSE
4 5 (1.22%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (0.98%) BC Cleared
5 4 (0.98%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (0.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (0.49%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.49%) DBS Check
6 2 (0.49%) TOGAF Certification
7 1 (0.24%) CCNA
7 1 (0.24%) CCNP
7 1 (0.24%) CISSP
7 1 (0.24%) ISEB
7 1 (0.24%) MCP
7 1 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (4.39%) QA
2 12 (2.93%) Data Quality
3 10 (2.44%) GDPR
4 7 (1.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.98%) PMO
6 3 (0.73%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.49%) SLA
System Software
1 33 (8.05%) Active Directory
2 16 (3.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (3.41%) Hyper-V
4 13 (3.17%) Docker
5 11 (2.68%) Microsoft App-V
5 11 (2.68%) XenApp
6 7 (1.71%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (1.71%) vSphere
7 6 (1.46%) XenDesktop
8 3 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.49%) NFS
9 2 (0.49%) Samba
9 2 (0.49%) Squid
9 2 (0.49%) Varnish
9 2 (0.49%) Xen
10 1 (0.24%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.24%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.24%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.24%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 17 (4.15%) Opscode Chef
1 17 (4.15%) WSUS
2 13 (3.17%) SCCM
3 12 (2.93%) Puppet
4 11 (2.68%) Ansible
5 10 (2.44%) Failover Clustering
6 9 (2.20%) Microsoft Clustering
7 6 (1.46%) vCenter Server
8 5 (1.22%) Nagios
8 5 (1.22%) Terraform
9 4 (0.98%) SCOM
10 3 (0.73%) Ambari
10 3 (0.73%) Rundeck
11 2 (0.49%) HAProxy
11 2 (0.49%) Microsoft Intune
11 2 (0.49%) WMI
12 1 (0.24%) Business Desktop Deployment
12 1 (0.24%) Nessus
12 1 (0.24%) SCVMM
12 1 (0.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 140 (34.15%) Microsoft
2 52 (12.68%) Oracle
3 31 (7.56%) VMware
4 20 (4.88%) Citrix
5 16 (3.90%) IBM
6 12 (2.93%) SAP
6 12 (2.93%) Tableau
7 9 (2.20%) Capita
8 7 (1.71%) Google
9 6 (1.46%) Atlassian
10 5 (1.22%) Red Hat
10 5 (1.22%) SaltStack
11 4 (0.98%) CyberArk
11 4 (0.98%) JD Edwards
11 4 (0.98%) WSO2
11 4 (0.98%) Xamarin
12 3 (0.73%) CA
12 3 (0.73%) Sage
12 3 (0.73%) Salesforce.com
12 3 (0.73%) Symantec