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How to hire a SQL developer

Looking for a skilled SQL developer to join your tech team? Here’s some expert guidance on how and where to tap into this talent pool.

What skills to look for when hiring a SQL developer?

  • A solid foundation in SQL. Most SQL developers work on the backend, and have proficiency in at least one other programming language such as Python or Java.
  • Experience with popular database management systems like MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, or Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Experience using Microsoft Azure would be beneficial.
  • Database design principles, including normalisation, indexing, and schema optimisation.
  • Data analytics and reporting experience.
  • The ability to optimise SQL queries and database performance, to make data retrieval and processing more efficient. Understanding query optimisation techniques, indexing strategies and database tuning is essential.
  • Some SQL developers may be responsible for database administration. If so, look for experience in database backup and recovery, security management, user management, and database monitoring.
  • Knowledge of how data is structured and related within a system. Looking for candidates experienced in data modelling, and can create effective data models, entity-relationship diagrams (ERDs), and data flow diagrams.
  • Experience with ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes and data integration, especially if the developer will be working with data warehousing or data migration projects. A good understanding of concepts like data extraction, data transformation, and data loading would be necessary.

How much does it cost to hire a SQL developer?

SQL developer salaries can vary widely depending on company size, industry, individual experience and skills, as well as type of work. These factors all influence the salary a company will offer to a prospective hire.

That said, have a look at more detailed salary breakdowns for SQL developers in the following regions:

Check out our developer salary hub for more salary information, including programming languages, industry and frameworks.

Writing a SQL developer job description

To put together a job description for a SQL developer, check out our guide on creating a role scorecard here, and use our downloadable scorecard template. When it comes to adding required skills to your job description, check out our list of key skills for SQL developers above.

By putting together a good role scorecard, it will be easier to come up with the practical definition of the right person for the role you are trying to fill. You are then ready to set up your public-facing job advert.

Hiring SQL developers from South Africa

It's easier than ever to tap into a global pool of tech talent, and South Africa offers a thriving marketplace of developers. For employers, hiring SQL developers in South Africa provides several advantages:

  • A large talent pool with an estimated 121 000 developers in the country.
  • World-class quality with developers that code in widely-used languages and frameworks, and a growing line-up of successful tech startups.
  • A diverse talent pool that helps to avoid groupthink and drive more profitable businesses.
  • Lower employment costs comparing favourably to more expensive markets like the UK and the Netherlands.‍

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