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 4 March 2015 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
National Health Service (NHS)
Rank 88 77 83
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +6
Contract jobs citing NHS 1152 1178 1022
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.19% 2.33% 2.25%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 7.33% 7.59% 7.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 758 758 583
Average daily rate
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£300 £295 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.69% +7.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £198 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 80 116
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -8.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.85 £25.83 £25.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.76% -10.00%

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
15713 15522 13882
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 29.91% 30.65% 30.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 9718 9471 8323
Average daily rate £425 £407 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.55% -1.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £235 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 597 616 780
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.65 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.65 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.68 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+4.63% -11.60%

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 4 March 2015.

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 4 March 2015.

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 4 March 2015. 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 -11 1104 £300 +3.44% 289
London -23 355 £325 +8.33% 92
Yorkshire -3 132 £338 +12.50% 33
South East -39 132 £300 +7.62% 39
North West -8 123 £290 +16.00% 53
West Midlands +4 105 £300 +9.09% 15
City of London +8 98 £338 +3.84% 21
South West -4 89 £300 +9.09% 18
West Yorkshire 0 88 £340 -2.85% 19
Leeds 0 67 £400 +8.10% 15
East of England +5 61 £270 +8.00% 12
East Midlands +15 57 £288 +4.54% 20
Manchester -23 36 £282 +2.36% 18
Birmingham +21 29 £280 -21.12% 1
North East +21 29 £250 -50.00% 2
Lancashire -15 27 £213 -5.55% 5
South Yorkshire -4 25 £300 +33.33% 4
Hampshire -16 23 £298 +8.18% 8
Essex +11 17 £323 +29.00% 3
Surrey +1 17 £270 +8.00% 4
Merseyside -15 17 £275 +22.22% 8
Coventry +18 15 £275 -15.38%
Hertfordshire +14 14 £275 +17.02% 1
Berkshire +5 14 £375 +21.95% 2
Oxfordshire -13 14 £325 +14.03% 6
Northamptonshire +6 13 £350 - 2
Buckinghamshire -3 13 £300 -
Cheshire -6 13 £463 +85.00% 4
Derbyshire +21 12 £275 - 1
Devon +5 9 £315 - 3

NHS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, 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.

1 521 (23.62%) SQL
2 321 (14.55%) Microsoft
3 285 (12.92%) Business Intelligence
4 276 (12.51%) SQL Server
5 214 (9.70%) Project Management
6 211 (9.56%) Windows
7 209 (9.47%) PRINCE2
8 201 (9.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 176 (7.98%) Data Warehouse
9 176 (7.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 156 (7.07%) Migration
11 154 (6.98%) MS Excel
12 145 (6.57%) T-SQL
12 145 (6.57%) Finance
13 142 (6.44%) Active Directory
14 136 (6.17%) MS Office
15 131 (5.94%) ITIL
16 115 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
17 108 (4.90%) Windows 7
18 105 (4.76%) .NET
18 105 (4.76%) Stakeholder Management
19 103 (4.67%) Agile Software Development
20 100 (4.53%) Programme Management
21 94 (4.26%) QlikView
22 87 (3.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
23 86 (3.90%) Data Migration
24 83 (3.76%) SQL Server 2008
25 82 (3.72%) ETL
26 80 (3.63%) Informatics
27 76 (3.45%) C#

NHS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, 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 68 (3.08%) SharePoint
2 36 (1.63%) MS Exchange
3 13 (0.59%) CMS
3 13 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
4 11 (0.50%) IIS
4 11 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
6 8 (0.36%) Lync
6 8 (0.36%) Apache
7 7 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
8 5 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (0.23%) Apache Solr
8 5 (0.23%) Umbraco
8 5 (0.23%) Apache Spark
8 5 (0.23%) Orchard CMS
9 4 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2013
9 4 (0.18%) SAS
9 4 (0.18%) WebLogic
10 3 (0.14%) Tomcat
Applications
1 154 (6.98%) MS Excel
2 136 (6.17%) MS Office
3 31 (1.41%) MS Project
4 29 (1.31%) MS Visio
5 23 (1.04%) MS PowerPoint
6 14 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.45%) PowerPivot
8 6 (0.27%) Mingle
9 3 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.091%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.045%) SPSS
11 1 (0.045%) S-PLUS
11 1 (0.045%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.045%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 33 (1.50%) Cerner Millennium
2 29 (1.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 11 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.23%) Oracle HRMS
6 4 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.14%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.045%) Agresso
8 1 (0.045%) Oracle Financials
8 1 (0.045%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.045%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 1 (0.045%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.36%) Office 365
2 1 (0.045%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.045%) GitHub
2 1 (0.045%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (1.68%) Firewall
2 36 (1.63%) WAN
3 25 (1.13%) LAN
4 16 (0.73%) TCP/IP
5 14 (0.63%) SAN
6 13 (0.59%) VPN
7 12 (0.54%) Intranet
8 11 (0.50%) LDAP
8 11 (0.50%) DNS
9 10 (0.45%) VoIP
10 9 (0.41%) Wireless
10 9 (0.41%) Network Security
11 7 (0.32%) DHCP
11 7 (0.32%) SNMP
12 6 (0.27%) Cisco ASA
12 6 (0.27%) BGP
12 6 (0.27%) EIGRP
13 5 (0.23%) IPsec
13 5 (0.23%) RIP
13 5 (0.23%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 276 (12.51%) SQL Server
2 201 (9.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 176 (7.98%) Data Warehouse
3 176 (7.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 94 (4.26%) QlikView
5 87 (3.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 83 (3.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 24 (1.09%) MS Access
7 24 (1.09%) OLAP
7 24 (1.09%) SQL Server 2005
8 23 (1.04%) SQL Server 2012
9 21 (0.95%) Relational Database
10 16 (0.73%) SQL Server 2000
11 13 (0.59%) EDMS
11 13 (0.59%) Oracle Database
12 11 (0.50%) MySQL
12 11 (0.50%) Crystal Reports
12 11 (0.50%) RavenDB
13 9 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
13 9 (0.41%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 28 (1.27%) Visual Studio
2 18 (0.82%) Team Foundation Server
3 14 (0.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 10 (0.45%) Git (software)
5 7 (0.32%) Rational Rhapsody
6 5 (0.23%) Cucumber
7 4 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (0.18%) TeamCity
8 3 (0.14%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.14%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.14%) Axure RP
8 3 (0.14%) MSBuild
8 3 (0.14%) Behat
9 2 (0.091%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.091%) Ant
9 2 (0.091%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 2 (0.091%) LoadRunner
10 1 (0.045%) Subversion
10 1 (0.045%) QuickTest Pro
10 1 (0.045%) Selenium
General
1 145 (6.57%) Finance
2 40 (1.81%) Telecoms
3 30 (1.36%) Manufacturing
3 30 (1.36%) Marketing
4 29 (1.31%) Electronics
5 23 (1.04%) Local Government
6 20 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
7 17 (0.77%) Legal
8 15 (0.68%) Back Office
9 10 (0.45%) Publishing
10 4 (0.18%) Multimedia
11 3 (0.14%) Law
12 2 (0.091%) Spanish Language
12 2 (0.091%) Games
13 1 (0.045%) Billing
13 1 (0.045%) Banking
13 1 (0.045%) Retail
Job Titles
1 630 (28.56%) Analyst
2 312 (14.14%) Developer
3 250 (11.33%) Project Manager
4 194 (8.79%) Information Analyst
5 143 (6.48%) Business Analyst
6 122 (5.53%) NHS Project Manager
7 117 (5.30%) SQL Developer
8 110 (4.99%) Trainer
9 95 (4.31%) NHS Information Analyst
10 80 (3.63%) Data Analyst
11 72 (3.26%) NHS Business Analyst
12 63 (2.86%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 58 (2.63%) Support Analyst
14 57 (2.58%) Consultant
15 51 (2.31%) Architect
16 49 (2.22%) Senior Analyst
17 48 (2.18%) Programme Manager
17 48 (2.18%) Support Engineer
17 48 (2.18%) Service Analyst
18 46 (2.09%) Change Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 105 (4.76%) .NET
2 67 (3.04%) ASP.NET
2 67 (3.04%) XML
3 53 (2.40%) HTML
4 48 (2.18%) Web Services
5 39 (1.77%) CSS
6 32 (1.45%) jQuery
7 31 (1.41%) ASP.NET MVC
8 20 (0.91%) HTML5
9 18 (0.82%) ASP.NET Web API
9 18 (0.82%) SOAP
10 17 (0.77%) XHTML
11 16 (0.73%) Ajax
12 14 (0.63%) ASP.NET MVC 3
12 14 (0.63%) .NET Framework
13 12 (0.54%) WCF
14 11 (0.50%) CSS3
15 9 (0.41%) XSLT
15 9 (0.41%) MDX
16 7 (0.32%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 115 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
2 80 (3.63%) Informatics
3 72 (3.26%) Management Information System
4 29 (1.31%) DTV
5 21 (0.95%) User Experience
6 17 (0.77%) E-Learning
7 15 (0.68%) Smartcard
8 14 (0.63%) PACS
8 14 (0.63%) Freedom of Information
9 12 (0.54%) Visualisation
10 11 (0.50%) Client/Server
10 11 (0.50%) Statistics
10 11 (0.50%) Open Source
11 10 (0.45%) Computer Science
12 9 (0.41%) Data Protection Act
12 9 (0.41%) Data Extraction
13 8 (0.36%) Data Structures
13 8 (0.36%) Mathematics
14 7 (0.32%) Replication
14 7 (0.32%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 211 (9.56%) Windows
2 108 (4.90%) Windows 7
3 52 (2.36%) Windows XP
4 29 (1.31%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (0.68%) Linux
6 14 (0.63%) Apple iOS
6 14 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
7 13 (0.59%) UNIX
8 12 (0.54%) Windows 8
9 10 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (0.45%) Android
10 8 (0.36%) CentOS
11 7 (0.32%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.14%) Windows Phone
13 2 (0.091%) Windows 2000
13 2 (0.091%) HPUX
13 2 (0.091%) Solaris
14 1 (0.045%) FreeBSD
14 1 (0.045%) AIX
14 1 (0.045%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 285 (12.92%) Business Intelligence
2 214 (9.70%) Project Management
3 209 (9.47%) PRINCE2
4 156 (7.07%) Migration
5 131 (5.94%) ITIL
6 105 (4.76%) Stakeholder Management
7 103 (4.67%) Agile Software Development
8 100 (4.53%) Programme Management
9 86 (3.90%) Data Migration
10 82 (3.72%) ETL
11 55 (2.49%) Service Management
11 55 (2.49%) Information Governance
12 53 (2.40%) Data Analysis
13 50 (2.27%) Change Management
14 49 (2.22%) Service Delivery
15 41 (1.86%) Scrum
15 41 (1.86%) Workflow
15 41 (1.86%) Stakeholder Engagement
16 38 (1.72%) Business Analysis
17 37 (1.68%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 521 (23.62%) SQL
2 145 (6.57%) T-SQL
3 76 (3.45%) C#
4 69 (3.13%) JavaScript
5 35 (1.59%) VBA
6 28 (1.27%) Java
7 18 (0.82%) VB
8 12 (0.54%) PowerShell
8 12 (0.54%) C
9 11 (0.50%) PHP
10 10 (0.45%) Ruby
10 10 (0.45%) VB.NET
11 7 (0.32%) Python
12 6 (0.27%) XPath
13 5 (0.23%) Shell Script
13 5 (0.23%) PL/SQL
13 5 (0.23%) Delphi
14 4 (0.18%) VBScript
15 3 (0.14%) Tcl
16 2 (0.091%) R
Qualifications
1 68 (3.08%) Degree
1 68 (3.08%) Security Cleared
2 38 (1.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 19 (0.86%) Microsoft Certification
3 19 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 18 (0.82%) VCP4
5 17 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
6 16 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
6 16 (0.73%) ISEB
7 12 (0.54%) CCNP
8 11 (0.50%) MCSE
8 11 (0.50%) SC Cleared
9 10 (0.45%) CCNA
10 6 (0.27%) MCP
11 5 (0.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (0.23%) ISTQB
11 5 (0.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (0.091%) BC Cleared
12 2 (0.091%) CIPD
12 2 (0.091%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (1.77%) Data Quality
2 32 (1.45%) SLA
3 31 (1.41%) HL7
4 26 (1.18%) QA
5 7 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.27%) DICOM
7 2 (0.091%) BS7799
8 1 (0.045%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.045%) GxP
8 1 (0.045%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.045%) P3O
System Software
1 142 (6.44%) Active Directory
2 17 (0.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (0.54%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (0.14%) vSphere
5 2 (0.091%) Tivoli Directory Server
5 2 (0.091%) XenServer
5 2 (0.091%) LiteSpeed
5 2 (0.091%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.045%) Firmware
6 1 (0.045%) VMware Server
6 1 (0.045%) XenApp
6 1 (0.045%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 26 (1.18%) SCCM
2 12 (0.54%) Puppet
3 6 (0.27%) ZENworks
4 4 (0.18%) WSUS
4 4 (0.18%) DameWare
5 2 (0.091%) SCOM
5 2 (0.091%) OpenView
5 2 (0.091%) Nagios
5 2 (0.091%) MOM
5 2 (0.091%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.045%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.045%) WMI
6 1 (0.045%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.045%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 321 (14.55%) Microsoft
2 68 (3.08%) Cerner
3 64 (2.90%) Oracle
4 42 (1.90%) VMware
5 39 (1.77%) SAP
6 38 (1.72%) Business Objects
7 24 (1.09%) Citrix
8 23 (1.04%) Tableau
9 21 (0.95%) Cisco
10 13 (0.59%) CheckPoint
10 13 (0.59%) HP
11 11 (0.50%) Splunk
12 9 (0.41%) Dell
12 9 (0.41%) LANDesk
13 8 (0.36%) Apple
14 7 (0.32%) iSOFT
14 7 (0.32%) Avaya
15 6 (0.27%) Blue Coat
16 5 (0.23%) Infoflex
16 5 (0.23%) Mitel
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £175 - £275 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Connectus
Rate: £275 - £320 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
LA International
Posted: 2 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Connectus
Rate: £225 - £295 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £315 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £280 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
North East
Venn Group
Rate: £13 - £17 Per Hour
Posted: 4 hours ago
West Yorkshire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 4 hours ago
South West
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 7 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £200 - £248 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Ideal Training
Rate: £400 - £520 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
Connectus
Rate: £16 - £21.8 per hour
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Venn Group
Rate: £250 - £300 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
South Yorkshire
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Above Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
Wiltshire
Roc Search
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Ellesmere Port, Merseyside
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Allen Lane Interim & Permanent Recruitment
Rate: From £350 to £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Fleetwood, Lancashire
Nakama
Rate: From £340 to £370 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West London
Allen Lane Interim & Permanent Recruitment
Rate: From £480 to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £100 - £130 per day
Posted: 2 days ago