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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
National Health Service (NHS)
Rank 82 87 91
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +4
Contract jobs citing NHS 1124 1079 993
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 2.21% 2.22% 2.19%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 7.39% 7.23% 7.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 767 691 584
Average daily rate
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£300 £283 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.19% -5.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £299
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -7.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 68 115
Average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.18 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £26.70 £25.42
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
15201 14934 13626
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 29.91% 30.67% 30.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 9596 9217 8156
Average daily rate £420 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £226 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 613 602 813
Average hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.50% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.32 £11.50 £11.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.38 £17.93 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+2.48% -10.35%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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 27 January 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 -4 1075 £300 +7.14% 267
London -6 346 £325 +8.33% 86
Yorkshire +7 129 £320 -1.53% 36
South East -37 125 £300 +3.44% 36
North West -5 119 £300 +25.65% 42
South West -7 100 £300 +9.09% 21
West Midlands +3 96 £300 +7.14% 16
City of London -1 81 £334 +11.25% 18
West Yorkshire +5 75 £325 -3.70% 19
East of England +11 64 £275 +22.22% 9
East Midlands +10 58 £285 -0.86% 13
Leeds -6 51 £340 -6.84% 16
Manchester 0 48 £282 +2.36% 11
Hampshire -5 32 £298 -8.46% 3
North East -3 25 £250 -23.07% 6
Lancashire -15 25 £300 +41.34% 3
Birmingham +13 24 £325 +15.04% 2
South Yorkshire +2 24 £275 +22.22% 5
Bradford +11 21 £215 -33.84%
Essex -3 19 £350 +66.66% 1
Coventry +19 18 £338 +56.97%
Surrey -3 15 £400 +81.81% 1
Berkshire -4 15 £375 +25.00% 2
Hertfordshire +16 14 £280 +1.81% 2
Merseyside -11 13 £288 +43.75% 9
Buckinghamshire -6 11 £288 -4.16% 2
Nottinghamshire -2 10 £275 -4.34% 2
Cheshire -8 10 £475 +72.72% 3
Oxfordshire -10 10 £111 -
Norfolk +9 9 £205 -8.88% 1

NHS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

1 494 (23.09%) SQL
2 290 (13.56%) Microsoft
3 276 (12.90%) SQL Server
4 261 (12.20%) Business Intelligence
5 205 (9.58%) Project Management
6 201 (9.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 184 (8.60%) Windows
8 175 (8.18%) PRINCE2
9 174 (8.13%) Data Warehouse
10 169 (7.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 153 (7.15%) Migration
12 144 (6.73%) MS Excel
13 143 (6.69%) T-SQL
14 124 (5.80%) Stakeholder Management
15 121 (5.66%) Finance
16 114 (5.33%) ITIL
17 113 (5.28%) MS Office
18 112 (5.24%) Analytical Skills
19 110 (5.14%) .NET
20 107 (5.00%) Active Directory
21 101 (4.72%) Windows 7
22 96 (4.49%) Agile Software Development
23 87 (4.07%) C#
24 86 (4.02%) Programme Management
25 84 (3.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
26 83 (3.88%) SQL Server 2008
27 81 (3.79%) QlikView
28 78 (3.65%) Informatics
29 76 (3.55%) ASP.NET
30 75 (3.51%) ETL

NHS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 60 (2.81%) SharePoint
2 24 (1.12%) MS Exchange
3 14 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
3 14 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
4 12 (0.56%) CMS
5 9 (0.42%) IIS
5 9 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (0.37%) Lync
7 7 (0.33%) Apache
7 7 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
8 6 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
9 5 (0.23%) WebLogic
9 5 (0.23%) Umbraco
9 5 (0.23%) Apache Solr
9 5 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
9 5 (0.23%) Apache Spark
9 5 (0.23%) Orchard CMS
10 4 (0.19%) Confluence
10 4 (0.19%) SAS
11 3 (0.14%) Tomcat
Applications
1 144 (6.73%) MS Excel
2 113 (5.28%) MS Office
3 29 (1.36%) MS Visio
4 28 (1.31%) MS Project
5 22 (1.03%) MS PowerPoint
6 10 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.33%) PowerPivot
8 6 (0.28%) Mingle
9 3 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.094%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.094%) SPSS
10 2 (0.094%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.047%) S-PLUS
11 1 (0.047%) Fireworks
11 1 (0.047%) GIMP
11 1 (0.047%) InfoPath
11 1 (0.047%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 34 (1.59%) Cerner Millennium
2 23 (1.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 9 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
3 9 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.14%) Oracle HRMS
5 2 (0.094%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.047%) Agresso
6 1 (0.047%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.047%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.047%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.33%) Office 365
2 1 (0.047%) SaaS
2 1 (0.047%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 31 (1.45%) WAN
2 27 (1.26%) Firewall
3 22 (1.03%) LAN
4 15 (0.70%) SAN
5 13 (0.61%) TCP/IP
6 11 (0.51%) Intranet
6 11 (0.51%) DNS
6 11 (0.51%) VoIP
7 10 (0.47%) VPN
7 10 (0.47%) Wireless
8 8 (0.37%) Network Security
9 7 (0.33%) DHCP
9 7 (0.33%) LDAP
10 6 (0.28%) Cisco ASA
10 6 (0.28%) SNMP
11 5 (0.23%) BGP
11 5 (0.23%) EIGRP
11 5 (0.23%) Cisco Nexus
12 4 (0.19%) Cisco PIX
12 4 (0.19%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 276 (12.90%) SQL Server
2 201 (9.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 174 (8.13%) Data Warehouse
4 169 (7.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 84 (3.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 83 (3.88%) SQL Server 2008
7 81 (3.79%) QlikView
8 26 (1.22%) SQL Server 2005
9 24 (1.12%) MS Access
10 22 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
11 21 (0.98%) OLAP
12 16 (0.75%) Relational Database
13 14 (0.65%) SQL Server 2000
14 12 (0.56%) Oracle Database
14 12 (0.56%) Crystal Reports
15 11 (0.51%) EDMS
15 11 (0.51%) RavenDB
16 10 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
17 8 (0.37%) Data Mining
18 5 (0.23%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 27 (1.26%) Visual Studio
2 16 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
3 14 (0.65%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 9 (0.42%) Rational Rhapsody
5 7 (0.33%) Git (software)
6 4 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
6 4 (0.19%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.14%) Subversion
7 3 (0.14%) MSTest
7 3 (0.14%) Axure RP
7 3 (0.14%) MSBuild
8 2 (0.094%) Moq
8 2 (0.094%) Cucumber
8 2 (0.094%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.047%) Xcode
9 1 (0.047%) QuickTest Pro
9 1 (0.047%) LoadRunner
9 1 (0.047%) MSI
9 1 (0.047%) Toad
9 1 (0.047%) Ant
General
1 121 (5.66%) Finance
2 34 (1.59%) Telecoms
3 24 (1.12%) Manufacturing
4 23 (1.08%) Marketing
4 23 (1.08%) Local Government
4 23 (1.08%) Electronics
5 19 (0.89%) Legal
6 17 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
7 10 (0.47%) Publishing
8 8 (0.37%) Back Office
9 4 (0.19%) Multimedia
10 3 (0.14%) Law
11 2 (0.094%) Games
12 1 (0.047%) Banking
12 1 (0.047%) Retail
12 1 (0.047%) Billing
Job Titles
1 607 (28.38%) Analyst
2 307 (14.35%) Developer
3 239 (11.17%) Project Manager
4 195 (9.12%) Information Analyst
5 141 (6.59%) Business Analyst
6 120 (5.61%) NHS Project Manager
7 118 (5.52%) SQL Developer
8 117 (5.47%) Trainer
9 90 (4.21%) NHS Information Analyst
10 84 (3.93%) Data Analyst
11 71 (3.32%) NHS Business Analyst
12 60 (2.81%) Architect
12 60 (2.81%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 52 (2.43%) Support Analyst
14 46 (2.15%) Programme Manager
15 45 (2.10%) .NET Developer
15 45 (2.10%) Product Specialist
16 44 (2.06%) Senior Analyst
16 44 (2.06%) Consultant
17 43 (2.01%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (5.14%) .NET
2 76 (3.55%) ASP.NET
3 61 (2.85%) XML
4 58 (2.71%) Web Services
5 56 (2.62%) HTML
6 40 (1.87%) CSS
7 39 (1.82%) ASP.NET MVC
8 28 (1.31%) jQuery
9 26 (1.22%) ASP.NET Web API
10 25 (1.17%) HTML5
10 25 (1.17%) .NET Framework
11 22 (1.03%) ASP.NET MVC 3
12 17 (0.79%) SOAP
13 15 (0.70%) XHTML
14 14 (0.65%) Ajax
15 12 (0.56%) WCF
16 11 (0.51%) CSS3
17 9 (0.42%) RESTful
18 7 (0.33%) Itk
19 6 (0.28%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 112 (5.24%) Analytical Skills
2 78 (3.65%) Informatics
3 68 (3.18%) Management Information System
4 23 (1.08%) DTV
5 22 (1.03%) PACS
6 20 (0.94%) Freedom of Information
7 18 (0.84%) User Experience
8 17 (0.79%) E-Learning
9 15 (0.70%) Visualisation
10 14 (0.65%) Smartcard
11 12 (0.56%) Open Source
11 12 (0.56%) Computer Science
12 10 (0.47%) Health Informatics
12 10 (0.47%) Statistics
13 9 (0.42%) Data Extraction
13 9 (0.42%) Data Protection Act
14 8 (0.37%) Mobile App
14 8 (0.37%) Data Structures
15 7 (0.33%) LIMS
15 7 (0.33%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 184 (8.60%) Windows
2 101 (4.72%) Windows 7
3 48 (2.24%) Windows XP
4 25 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (0.70%) Linux
6 13 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (0.37%) Apple iOS
8 8 (0.37%) CentOS
8 8 (0.37%) UNIX
9 5 (0.23%) Ubuntu
10 4 (0.19%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.14%) Android
11 3 (0.14%) Windows Phone
12 2 (0.094%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.094%) HPUX
12 2 (0.094%) Solaris
13 1 (0.047%) FreeBSD
13 1 (0.047%) AIX
13 1 (0.047%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 261 (12.20%) Business Intelligence
2 205 (9.58%) Project Management
3 175 (8.18%) PRINCE2
4 153 (7.15%) Migration
5 124 (5.80%) Stakeholder Management
6 114 (5.33%) ITIL
7 96 (4.49%) Agile Software Development
8 86 (4.02%) Programme Management
9 75 (3.51%) ETL
10 73 (3.41%) Data Migration
11 61 (2.85%) Information Governance
12 54 (2.52%) Data Analysis
13 53 (2.48%) Change Management
14 51 (2.38%) Service Delivery
15 45 (2.10%) Stakeholder Engagement
16 38 (1.78%) Workflow
17 36 (1.68%) Scrum
18 35 (1.64%) Validation
18 35 (1.64%) Service Management
19 33 (1.54%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 494 (23.09%) SQL
2 143 (6.69%) T-SQL
3 87 (4.07%) C#
4 71 (3.32%) JavaScript
5 37 (1.73%) VBA
6 21 (0.98%) Java
7 17 (0.79%) VB
8 11 (0.51%) C
9 9 (0.42%) VB.NET
9 9 (0.42%) PowerShell
10 7 (0.33%) Ruby
11 6 (0.28%) XPath
11 6 (0.28%) Python
12 5 (0.23%) Delphi
12 5 (0.23%) PHP
12 5 (0.23%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.14%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.14%) Tcl
14 2 (0.094%) R
14 2 (0.094%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 68 (3.18%) Degree
2 67 (3.13%) Security Cleared
3 38 (1.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 18 (0.84%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (0.75%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
6 15 (0.70%) ISEB
7 14 (0.65%) SC Cleared
7 14 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 13 (0.61%) CCNP
9 12 (0.56%) CCNA
10 9 (0.42%) MCSE
11 6 (0.28%) ISTQB
12 4 (0.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 4 (0.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 3 (0.14%) MCSA
13 3 (0.14%) MCP
14 2 (0.094%) APMP
14 2 (0.094%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 2 (0.094%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (1.59%) Data Quality
2 30 (1.40%) QA
3 27 (1.26%) SLA
4 26 (1.22%) HL7
5 4 (0.19%) DICOM
5 4 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.047%) BS7799
6 1 (0.047%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.047%) GxP
6 1 (0.047%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.047%) P3O
System Software
1 107 (5.00%) Active Directory
2 18 (0.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.51%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.094%) XenServer
5 2 (0.094%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.047%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.047%) Firmware
6 1 (0.047%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.047%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 16 (0.75%) SCCM
2 13 (0.61%) Puppet
3 6 (0.28%) ZENworks
4 4 (0.19%) DameWare
5 3 (0.14%) Nagios
6 2 (0.094%) WSUS
6 2 (0.094%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (0.094%) SCOM
6 2 (0.094%) OpenView
7 1 (0.047%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.047%) WMI
7 1 (0.047%) Oracle EDQ
7 1 (0.047%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 290 (13.56%) Microsoft
2 68 (3.18%) Cerner
3 61 (2.85%) Oracle
4 38 (1.78%) VMware
5 36 (1.68%) Business Objects
6 31 (1.45%) SAP
7 24 (1.12%) Tableau
8 22 (1.03%) Citrix
9 18 (0.84%) Cisco
10 15 (0.70%) CheckPoint
11 12 (0.56%) HP
12 11 (0.51%) Splunk
13 9 (0.42%) Dell
14 7 (0.33%) Avaya
14 7 (0.33%) IBM
15 6 (0.28%) Adobe
15 6 (0.28%) Cognos
15 6 (0.28%) NetApp
15 6 (0.28%) McAfee
15 6 (0.28%) iSOFT
South East London
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
Hudson IT
Rate: £500 - £550 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
South East
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
North East
Westbourne Partners
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £300 to £375 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £400 - 450 per day + .
Posted: 18 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £500.00 per annum
Posted: 18 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £225 - £275 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Central London / West End
LA International
Posted: 19 hours ago
North West London
Ideal Training
Rate: Excellent Daily Rate Negotiable
Posted: 20 hours ago
East London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day limited company basis
Posted: 21 hours ago
North Yorkshire
QUANTICA
Posted: Yesterday
Liverpool, Merseyside
Ideal Training
Rate: £250 per day + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £210 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Davanti Solutions
Rate: Up to £55,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Connectus
Rate: £14.12 - £17.46 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
South East
Westbourne Partners
Rate: Up to £320 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Westbourne Partners
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South East London
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: From £15 to £17 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago