A Twitter follower, @ApexSystems, asked about market data on SQL server trends in the US, so we looked at recruiting metrics for this skill set. In February, there were over 81,000 job listings posted online that required SQL server experience, 14% fewer than what appeared online during February 2013. Each of the top jobs requiring SQL server knowledge experienced year-over-year declines in demand. The drop in the number of job ads requiring SQL server skills is on trend with all IT jobs, as demand for computer occupations was down 8% during the same period. Below is a breakdown of the jobs that most commonly required SQL skills in February 2014.
Jobs that Most Commonly Require SQL Skills
In job ads that advertise SQL server knowledge, 94% required candidates to have Microsoft SQL server skills. MySQL was requested in 43% of ads and Sybase SQL appeared in 10% of listings.
In February, job ads requiring SQL server skills appeared most often in Washington (DC), New York (NY), and Chicago (IL). Below is a job volume Heat Map, which shows where SQL server abilities are most in-demand. Dark blue areas indicate metros with the highest concentrations of job ads.
SQL Server Job Volume Heat Map
Microsoft SQL, MySQL, and Sybase servers are each likely to be hard-to-fill. On average, SQL server skills score a 78 on our Hiring Scale, meaning that recruiting is likely to be difficult. Our Hiring Scale measures hiring difficulty on a scale of 1 to 99, with 99 being hardest-to-fill. The locations with the most demand are likely to score higher than average because of the fierce competition among employers in those metro areas. Despite conditions across the US, there are alternate locations you can consider for relocating talent and posting your job ads. For instance, Poughkeepsie (NY) and Scranton (PA) are both located within 100 miles from New York City and they are among the lowest scoring cities for SQL server skills. These cities have lower scores on our Hiring Scale because they are currently experiencing low competition and their candidate supply exceeds local demand. Recruiters in the NY metro area can reduce hiring difficulty by sourcing talent in these alternate cities.
Hiring Scale for SQL Server in Scranton, PA
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