The table below looks at the prevalence of the term PACS in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited PACS over the 3 months to 12 September 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
12 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS)
Rank 576 552 580
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +28
Contract jobs citing PACS 37 29 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.065% 0.055% 0.019%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.21% 0.18% 0.063%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 14 11
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£500 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+53.84% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £282 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £663 £385 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
- +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
17548 16375 17412
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.61% 31.00% 29.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 10648 10107 10096
Average daily rate £400 £414 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.38% +3.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £245 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 726 658 877
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.90 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.52% -24.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.69 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+7.40% -35.67%

PACS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

PACS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

PACS
Daily Rate Trend

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

PACS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

PACS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing PACS within the UK over the 3 months to 12 September 2014.

PACS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

PACS
Hourly Rate Trend

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

PACS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

PACS
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PACS within the UK over the 3 months to 12 September 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 -20 33 £500 +53.84% 5
London +21 28 £550 +100.00% 1
City of London +22 6 £550 +100.00%
South East -4 1 £235 -32.85%
Surrey - 1 £235 -
Wiltshire - - - -
South West - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
North West - - - - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Salisbury - - - -
Derbyshire - - - -

PACS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PACS 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 PACS.

1 35 (76.09%) NHS
2 11 (23.91%) Migration
2 11 (23.91%) Stakeholder Management
3 10 (21.74%) TOGAF
3 10 (21.74%) Oracle
3 10 (21.74%) SQL
4 9 (19.57%) Cerner
4 9 (19.57%) Enterprise Architecture
5 7 (15.22%) Change Management
5 7 (15.22%) PRINCE2
6 6 (13.04%) Project Management
6 6 (13.04%) Cerner Millennium
7 5 (10.87%) VMware Infrastructure
7 5 (10.87%) VMware
8 4 (8.70%) e-Health
8 4 (8.70%) SQL Server
9 3 (6.52%) .NET
9 3 (6.52%) J2EE
9 3 (6.52%) Windows
9 3 (6.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 3 (6.52%) NPfIT
9 3 (6.52%) Security Cleared
10 2 (4.35%) Windows 7
10 2 (4.35%) Data Migration
10 2 (4.35%) QA
10 2 (4.35%) HL7
10 2 (4.35%) Disaster Recovery
10 2 (4.35%) Firewall
10 2 (4.35%) Data Security
10 2 (4.35%) Document Management

PACS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 12 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing PACS 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 PACS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (4.35%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.17%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (2.17%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 2 (4.35%) MS Excel
1 2 (4.35%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.17%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (2.17%) MS Project
2 1 (2.17%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (13.04%) Cerner Millennium
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.35%) WAN
1 2 (4.35%) Firewall
2 1 (2.17%) VLAN
2 1 (2.17%) SAN
2 1 (2.17%) Internet
2 1 (2.17%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.70%) SQL Server
General
1 1 (2.17%) Military
Job Titles
1 20 (43.48%) Project Manager
2 18 (39.13%) Architect
3 15 (32.61%) Solutions Architect
4 10 (21.74%) PACS Project Manager
5 9 (19.57%) Senior Solutions Architect
5 9 (19.57%) Senior Architect
6 4 (8.70%) Technical Solutions Architect
6 4 (8.70%) Technical Architect
7 3 (6.52%) NHS Project Manager
8 2 (4.35%) Enterprise Architect
8 2 (4.35%) Trainer
9 1 (2.17%) Junior
9 1 (2.17%) Coordinator
9 1 (2.17%) Security Architect
9 1 (2.17%) Senior Manager
9 1 (2.17%) Procurement Specialist
9 1 (2.17%) Systems Manager
9 1 (2.17%) Senior Project Manager
9 1 (2.17%) Project Coordinator
9 1 (2.17%) IT Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.52%) .NET
1 3 (6.52%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 35 (76.09%) NHS
2 4 (8.70%) e-Health
3 3 (6.52%) NPfIT
4 1 (2.17%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.17%) LIMS
4 1 (2.17%) Informatics
4 1 (2.17%) Data Integration
4 1 (2.17%) Health Informatics
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.52%) Windows
2 2 (4.35%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.17%) UNIX
3 1 (2.17%) Linux
3 1 (2.17%) Windows XP
3 1 (2.17%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (23.91%) Migration
1 11 (23.91%) Stakeholder Management
2 10 (21.74%) TOGAF
3 9 (19.57%) Enterprise Architecture
4 7 (15.22%) PRINCE2
4 7 (15.22%) Change Management
5 6 (13.04%) Project Management
6 2 (4.35%) Data Migration
6 2 (4.35%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (4.35%) Data Security
6 2 (4.35%) Document Management
7 1 (2.17%) Supplier Management
7 1 (2.17%) Technical Architecture
7 1 (2.17%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (2.17%) Zachman Framework
7 1 (2.17%) Workflow
7 1 (2.17%) CRM
7 1 (2.17%) ERP
7 1 (2.17%) EAI
7 1 (2.17%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 10 (21.74%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (6.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
1 3 (6.52%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.17%) APMG
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.35%) QA
1 2 (4.35%) HL7
System Software
1 5 (10.87%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.17%) vSphere
2 1 (2.17%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 10 (21.74%) Oracle
2 9 (19.57%) Cerner
3 5 (10.87%) VMware
4 2 (4.35%) Microsoft
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