The table below looks at the prevalence of the term NHS in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited NHS over the 3 months to 1 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
National Health Service (NHS)
Rank 107 127 176
Rank change year-on-year
+20 +49
Contract jobs citing NHS 1059 886 671
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.85% 1.68% 1.17%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.04% 5.37% 3.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 639 548 367
Average daily rate
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£300 £275 £289
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £183 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £414 £420 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £275 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.54% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 73 95
Average hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +1.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.57 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £27.50 £25.73
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.39 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
17525 16502 17427
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.63% 31.32% 30.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 10780 10232 10133
Average daily rate £413 £413 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 720 646 880
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.81 £24.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -27.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.42 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -32.69%

NHS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing NHS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

NHS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

NHS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing NHS within the UK.

NHS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

NHS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing NHS within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

NHS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

NHS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing NHS within the UK.

NHS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

NHS
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing NHS within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

NHS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

NHS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NHS within the UK over the 3 months to 1 October 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +23 1018 £300 +9.09% 386
London +36 370 £303 +5.21% 120
South East +23 151 £275 -0.90% 46
Yorkshire +5 132 £305 +1.66% 52
North West -1 105 £273 +11.22% 59
City of London +58 88 £325 +8.42% 33
West Yorkshire +24 77 £325 +12.06% 29
East of England -8 75 £300 +25.00% 40
South West -14 52 £250 -6.97% 19
Leeds +35 51 £345 -19.29% 22
West Midlands -39 45 £260 -7.96% 22
East Midlands -5 41 £268 -14.40% 17
Manchester -14 30 £250 -5.66% 14
South Yorkshire -2 28 £350 +16.47% 10
Essex -12 22 £363 +51.04% 15
Berkshire +27 19 £288 +16.16% 4
Scotland +7 19 £181 -45.56% 7
Hampshire -2 19 £183 -18.88% 3
Oxfordshire +6 16 £275 +10.00% 4
Hertfordshire -12 16 £250 -28.57% 10
Surrey +4 15 £275 -18.51% 8
Midlands +14 13 £225 -35.71% 3
Bradford +4 13 £250 +1.52%
Glasgow -3 12 £181 -38.90% 3
Wales -27 12 £375 +36.36% 6
Sheffield +3 9 £213 -36.56% 3
South Wales -7 9 £375 +37.61% 5
Somerset +1 8 £250 -16.66%
Cheshire -4 8 £249 -7.87%
North Yorkshire +5 7 £295 +0.85% 2

NHS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing NHS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited NHS.

1 428 (19.81%) SQL
2 297 (13.75%) SQL Server
3 223 (10.32%) Business Intelligence
4 214 (9.91%) Project Management
5 212 (9.81%) Microsoft
6 191 (8.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 184 (8.52%) Windows
8 159 (7.36%) MS Excel
9 158 (7.31%) PRINCE2
9 158 (7.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 141 (6.53%) Migration
11 138 (6.39%) Data Warehouse
12 134 (6.20%) Finance
12 134 (6.20%) Analytical Skills
13 117 (5.42%) ITIL
14 114 (5.28%) Stakeholder Management
15 103 (4.77%) T-SQL
15 103 (4.77%) Windows 7
16 91 (4.21%) MS Office
17 87 (4.03%) Management Information System
18 77 (3.56%) Active Directory
19 75 (3.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
20 74 (3.43%) .NET
21 73 (3.38%) Oracle
21 73 (3.38%) Programme Management
22 71 (3.29%) Service Delivery
22 71 (3.29%) Degree
23 70 (3.24%) SQL Server 2008
23 70 (3.24%) ETL
24 69 (3.19%) Change Management

NHS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing NHS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited NHS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 58 (2.69%) SharePoint
2 19 (0.88%) MS Exchange
3 16 (0.74%) IIS
4 14 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
5 10 (0.46%) CMS
5 10 (0.46%) WebLogic
6 9 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
7 7 (0.32%) IBM Notes
7 7 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
7 7 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
8 5 (0.23%) Apache
8 5 (0.23%) Umbraco
9 4 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (0.19%) nginx
9 4 (0.19%) Confluence
10 3 (0.14%) SAS
10 3 (0.14%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.093%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.093%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.093%) Drupal
Applications
1 159 (7.36%) MS Excel
2 91 (4.21%) MS Office
3 20 (0.93%) MS Project
4 18 (0.83%) MS PowerPoint
5 17 (0.79%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.19%) PowerPivot
7 4 (0.19%) SPSS
8 3 (0.14%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.093%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.093%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.046%) Fireworks
10 1 (0.046%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.046%) InDesign
10 1 (0.046%) GIMP
10 1 (0.046%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 36 (1.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 33 (1.53%) Cerner Millennium
3 11 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.23%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 3 (0.14%) Academy Housing
6 2 (0.093%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 2 (0.093%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.046%) Oracle HRMS
7 1 (0.046%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.046%) ResourceLink
7 1 (0.046%) assyst
7 1 (0.046%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.046%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.046%) Office 365
1 1 (0.046%) CheetahMail
1 1 (0.046%) Pure360
Communications & Networking
1 21 (0.97%) LAN
2 19 (0.88%) WAN
3 18 (0.83%) Firewall
4 10 (0.46%) DNS
4 10 (0.46%) TCP/IP
5 9 (0.42%) SAN
5 9 (0.42%) Wireless
6 7 (0.32%) VPN
6 7 (0.32%) DHCP
6 7 (0.32%) Wi-Fi
7 6 (0.28%) Cisco PIX
7 6 (0.28%) Intranet
8 5 (0.23%) LDAP
8 5 (0.23%) BGP
8 5 (0.23%) Cisco ASA
9 4 (0.19%) IPsec
9 4 (0.19%) Internet
9 4 (0.19%) SNMP
10 3 (0.14%) SSL
10 3 (0.14%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 297 (13.75%) SQL Server
2 191 (8.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 158 (7.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 138 (6.39%) Data Warehouse
5 75 (3.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 70 (3.24%) SQL Server 2008
7 65 (3.01%) QlikView
8 32 (1.48%) MS Access
9 28 (1.30%) SQL Server 2012
10 20 (0.93%) SQL Server 2005
11 18 (0.83%) Relational Database
11 18 (0.83%) OLAP
12 12 (0.56%) Crystal Reports
13 9 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
13 9 (0.42%) Oracle Database
14 8 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
15 7 (0.32%) EDMS
16 5 (0.23%) DTS
16 5 (0.23%) MySQL
16 5 (0.23%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 15 (0.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 12 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (0.56%) Visual Studio
3 6 (0.28%) Rational Rhapsody
4 5 (0.23%) XDE
4 5 (0.23%) TestDirector
5 4 (0.19%) TeamCity
6 3 (0.14%) Subversion
6 3 (0.14%) MSTest
6 3 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.14%) Selenium
7 2 (0.093%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (0.093%) TestComplete
7 2 (0.093%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.093%) Talend Open Studio
7 2 (0.093%) Moq
7 2 (0.093%) Axure RP
7 2 (0.093%) JMeter
7 2 (0.093%) MSI
7 2 (0.093%) ProC
General
1 134 (6.20%) Finance
2 42 (1.94%) Telecoms
3 40 (1.85%) Marketing
4 38 (1.76%) Manufacturing
5 36 (1.67%) Electronics
6 29 (1.34%) Local Government
7 25 (1.16%) Pharmaceutical
8 17 (0.79%) Legal
9 4 (0.19%) Publishing
9 4 (0.19%) Retail
10 3 (0.14%) Banking
10 3 (0.14%) Back Office
10 3 (0.14%) Military
11 1 (0.046%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.046%) Billing
11 1 (0.046%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 653 (30.23%) Analyst
2 288 (13.33%) Project Manager
3 239 (11.06%) Information Analyst
4 228 (10.56%) Developer
5 174 (8.06%) Trainer
6 140 (6.48%) Business Analyst
7 120 (5.56%) NHS Project Manager
8 118 (5.46%) NHS Information Analyst
9 79 (3.66%) SQL Developer
10 62 (2.87%) Product Specialist
11 60 (2.78%) Data Analyst
12 55 (2.55%) Architect
12 55 (2.55%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 54 (2.50%) NHS Business Analyst
14 51 (2.36%) Support Analyst
15 44 (2.04%) Service Analyst
16 43 (1.99%) Senior Analyst
17 41 (1.90%) Clinical Coder
18 40 (1.85%) Information Manager
19 38 (1.76%) IT Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (3.43%) .NET
2 40 (1.85%) ASP.NET
2 40 (1.85%) Web Services
3 37 (1.71%) HTML
4 32 (1.48%) XML
5 23 (1.06%) CSS
6 19 (0.88%) ASP.NET MVC
7 18 (0.83%) ASP.NET Web API
7 18 (0.83%) .NET Framework
8 15 (0.69%) ASP.NET MVC 3
9 14 (0.65%) HTML5
10 13 (0.60%) SOAP
11 10 (0.46%) jQuery
12 7 (0.32%) JSON
13 6 (0.28%) MDX
13 6 (0.28%) CSS3
14 5 (0.23%) REST
15 4 (0.19%) WCF
15 4 (0.19%) Application Packaging
15 4 (0.19%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 134 (6.20%) Analytical Skills
2 87 (4.03%) Management Information System
3 68 (3.15%) Informatics
4 37 (1.71%) PACS
5 36 (1.67%) DTV
6 28 (1.30%) Smartcard
7 18 (0.83%) E-Learning
8 16 (0.74%) Data Extraction
9 13 (0.60%) Visualisation
9 13 (0.60%) Statistics
9 13 (0.60%) Health Informatics
10 12 (0.56%) User Experience
10 12 (0.56%) Computer Science
11 10 (0.46%) Freedom of Information
12 8 (0.37%) Open Source
12 8 (0.37%) GIS
13 7 (0.32%) Blackberry
13 7 (0.32%) LIMS
13 7 (0.32%) Digital Media
14 6 (0.28%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 184 (8.52%) Windows
2 103 (4.77%) Windows 7
3 42 (1.94%) Windows XP
4 30 (1.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 16 (0.74%) Linux
6 12 (0.56%) CentOS
6 12 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (0.46%) Ubuntu
8 8 (0.37%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (0.32%) UNIX
10 5 (0.23%) Apple iOS
11 4 (0.19%) Windows Vista
11 4 (0.19%) Windows 8
11 4 (0.19%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.093%) Android
12 2 (0.093%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (0.093%) Windows Phone
12 2 (0.093%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.046%) AIX
13 1 (0.046%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (10.32%) Business Intelligence
2 214 (9.91%) Project Management
3 158 (7.31%) PRINCE2
4 141 (6.53%) Migration
5 117 (5.42%) ITIL
6 114 (5.28%) Stakeholder Management
7 73 (3.38%) Programme Management
8 71 (3.29%) Service Delivery
9 70 (3.24%) ETL
10 69 (3.19%) Change Management
11 62 (2.87%) Agile Software Development
12 61 (2.82%) Business Analysis
13 56 (2.59%) Stakeholder Engagement
14 51 (2.36%) Information Governance
15 42 (1.94%) Data Analysis
15 42 (1.94%) Information Management
16 38 (1.76%) Data Modelling
17 37 (1.71%) Service Management
18 36 (1.67%) Data Migration
18 36 (1.67%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 428 (19.81%) SQL
2 103 (4.77%) T-SQL
3 56 (2.59%) C#
4 38 (1.76%) JavaScript
5 21 (0.97%) VBA
6 15 (0.69%) VB
7 14 (0.65%) Python
8 12 (0.56%) Java
9 8 (0.37%) C
10 7 (0.32%) PowerShell
11 5 (0.23%) PHP
12 4 (0.19%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.14%) MUMPS
13 3 (0.14%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.093%) XPath
14 2 (0.093%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.093%) VBScript
14 2 (0.093%) Perl
15 1 (0.046%) C++
15 1 (0.046%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 71 (3.29%) Degree
2 62 (2.87%) Security Cleared
3 36 (1.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 21 (0.97%) SC Cleared
5 18 (0.83%) ISEB
6 16 (0.74%) Cisco Certification
7 14 (0.65%) CCNA
8 10 (0.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 9 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 8 (0.37%) Microsoft Certification
11 7 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
11 7 (0.32%) CCNP
12 6 (0.28%) ISTQB
13 4 (0.19%) APMP
13 4 (0.19%) ECDL
13 4 (0.19%) Postgraduate
13 4 (0.19%) MCSE
14 3 (0.14%) CISSP
14 3 (0.14%) AAT
15 2 (0.093%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (1.81%) QA
2 31 (1.44%) Data Quality
3 24 (1.11%) SLA
4 20 (0.93%) HL7
5 6 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.19%) ISO 9000
7 3 (0.14%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.093%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.046%) COBIT
System Software
1 77 (3.56%) Active Directory
2 18 (0.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (0.42%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.093%) VMware Server
5 2 (0.093%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.046%) Firmware
6 1 (0.046%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.046%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.046%) ISA Server
6 1 (0.046%) vSphere
6 1 (0.046%) Forefront TMG
6 1 (0.046%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 15 (0.69%) SCCM
2 8 (0.37%) Puppet
3 5 (0.23%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (0.19%) ZENworks
5 3 (0.14%) SCOM
6 1 (0.046%) OpenView
6 1 (0.046%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.046%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.046%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.046%) Nagios
6 1 (0.046%) OVSD
6 1 (0.046%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.046%) DameWare
6 1 (0.046%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.046%) Oracle EDQ
6 1 (0.046%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 212 (9.81%) Microsoft
2 73 (3.38%) Oracle
3 67 (3.10%) Cerner
4 47 (2.18%) VMware
5 41 (1.90%) SAP
6 38 (1.76%) Business Objects
7 33 (1.53%) Cisco
8 18 (0.83%) HP
9 17 (0.79%) Citrix
9 17 (0.79%) Splunk
10 16 (0.74%) CheckPoint
11 15 (0.69%) Tableau
12 13 (0.60%) Cognos
13 10 (0.46%) NetApp
14 8 (0.37%) Lagan
14 8 (0.37%) iSOFT
15 7 (0.32%) Dell
15 7 (0.32%) Lotus
15 7 (0.32%) MEDITECH
16 5 (0.23%) Red Hat
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