Period
to 17 January 2022

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term NHS in contract job vacancies advertised in England. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited NHS over the 6 months to 17 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

National Health Service (NHS)
UK > England
6 months to
17 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 151 104 231
Rank change year-on-year -47 +127 +83
Contract jobs citing NHS 1,255 745 763
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.82% 2.25% 1.15%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 5.85% 7.03% 4.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 936 526 458
10th Percentile £154 £148 £142
25th Percentile £205 £205 £200
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £325 £300 £300
Median % change year-on-year +8.33% - -17.24%
75th Percentile £459 £438 £405
90th Percentile £550 £588 £519
UK median daily rate £350 £300 £300
% change year-on-year +16.67% - -14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 71 146
10th Percentile £11.96 £11.75 £10.16
25th Percentile £14.13 £12.74 £12.44
Median hourly rate £17.64 £17.50 £15.76
Median % change year-on-year +0.80% +11.04% -6.52%
75th Percentile £22.29 £25.60 £26.95
90th Percentile £30.14 £29.47 £31.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £15.76
% change year-on-year -2.78% +14.21% -6.58%

NHS is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 21,466 10,600 19,074
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 31.13% 31.99% 28.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,352 7,218 12,662
10th Percentile £300 £258 £260
25th Percentile £419 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £538 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +13.16% - -
75th Percentile £650 £600 £588
90th Percentile £750 £700 £675
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £470
% change year-on-year +10.53% +1.06% -1.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 595 413 748
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.62 £17.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate £25.00 £26.27 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -4.83% +28.15% +1.28%
75th Percentile £49.50 £46.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £65.30 £58.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £26.14 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +0.52% +23.81% +5.00%

NHS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing NHS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for NHS in England

NHS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing NHS in England.

Daily rate trend for NHS in England

NHS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing NHS in England over the 6 months to 17 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for NHS in England

NHS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing NHS in England.

Hourly rate trend for NHS in England

NHS
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing NHS in England over the 6 months to 17 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for NHS in England

NHS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NHS within the England region over the 6 months to 17 January 2022. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
North of England -8 387 £350 +32.08% 83
London -128 309 £360 -1.37% 69
North West -8 181 £345 +46.81% 32
Yorkshire -8 174 £425 - 46
South East -12 153 £250 -3.38% 35
Midlands +19 146 £225 -12.20% 44
East of England -7 95 £215 +2.38% 14
West Midlands -12 81 £238 -5.00% 24
South West -6 67 £246 -29.79% 20
East Midlands +11 56 £205 -39.26% 20
North East +28 32 £145 -67.78% 5
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 17 January 2022, IT contractor jobs citing NHS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for NHS.

1 351 (27.97%) Public Sector
2 242 (19.28%) Business Intelligence
3 178 (14.18%) Windows
4 176 (14.02%) Agile Software Development
5 171 (13.63%) SQL
6 170 (13.55%) Microsoft
6 170 (13.55%) Social Skills
7 157 (12.51%) Project Management
8 150 (11.95%) Finance
9 120 (9.56%) Programme Management
10 102 (8.13%) Telecoms
11 96 (7.65%) Migration
11 96 (7.65%) Power Platform
12 94 (7.49%) Power BI
12 94 (7.49%) SQL Server
13 92 (7.33%) PRINCE2
13 92 (7.33%) Manufacturing
14 91 (7.25%) Azure
14 91 (7.25%) Windows 10
15 90 (7.17%) SAP
16 89 (7.09%) Electronic Patient Records
17 88 (7.01%) Stakeholder Management
17 88 (7.01%) Electronics
17 88 (7.01%) Marketing
17 88 (7.01%) Digital Marketing
18 85 (6.77%) AWS
19 82 (6.53%) Microsoft Office
20 81 (6.45%) Active Directory
21 75 (5.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 74 (5.90%) Analytical Skills

NHS
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 25 (1.99%) SharePoint
2 12 (0.96%) MS Exchange
3 9 (0.72%) Apache Spark
4 8 (0.64%) SAS
5 7 (0.56%) IIS
6 6 (0.48%) Confluence
7 5 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (0.40%) CMS
8 4 (0.32%) Apache
9 3 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.16%) Moodle
10 2 (0.16%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.080%) Apache Airflow
11 1 (0.080%) Exchange Server 2013
11 1 (0.080%) Jupyter
11 1 (0.080%) Totara
11 1 (0.080%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.080%) WordPress
Applications
1 82 (6.53%) Microsoft Office
2 65 (5.18%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (1.27%) Microsoft Project
4 9 (0.72%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.080%) InVision
7 1 (0.080%) Marvel
7 1 (0.080%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.080%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 23 (1.83%) Cerner Millennium
2 18 (1.43%) SystmOne
3 5 (0.40%) Lorenzo
4 3 (0.24%) HealthRoster
4 3 (0.24%) Oracle Assets
4 3 (0.24%) Oracle Cash Management
4 3 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
4 3 (0.24%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.24%) Oracle Receivables
4 3 (0.24%) Oracle SCM
5 1 (0.080%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.080%) Oracle iSupplier
5 1 (0.080%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 96 (7.65%) Power Platform
2 91 (7.25%) Azure
3 85 (6.77%) AWS
4 72 (5.74%) Microsoft 365
5 22 (1.75%) Serverless
6 15 (1.20%) AWS Lambda
7 11 (0.88%) GitHub
8 9 (0.72%) Slack
9 8 (0.64%) Amazon SQS
9 8 (0.64%) SaaS
10 7 (0.56%) GCP
11 6 (0.48%) Amazon S3
11 6 (0.48%) OneDrive
12 5 (0.40%) Azure Active Directory
12 5 (0.40%) IaaS
12 5 (0.40%) PaaS
13 4 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 4 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
13 4 (0.32%) Nutanix
14 3 (0.24%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 22 (1.75%) Firewall
1 22 (1.75%) LAN
2 18 (1.43%) WAN
2 18 (1.43%) Wireless
3 17 (1.35%) VPN
4 16 (1.27%) SAN
4 16 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
5 12 (0.96%) TCP/IP
6 10 (0.80%) VoIP
7 8 (0.64%) Network Security
8 7 (0.56%) HTTP
8 7 (0.56%) Internet
9 6 (0.48%) DHCP
9 6 (0.48%) WLAN
10 5 (0.40%) DNS
11 4 (0.32%) Cisco Nexus
11 4 (0.32%) Cisco Wireless
11 4 (0.32%) Intranet
11 4 (0.32%) OSPF
11 4 (0.32%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (7.49%) Power BI
1 94 (7.49%) SQL Server
2 89 (7.09%) Electronic Patient Records
3 75 (5.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 68 (5.42%) Data Warehouse
5 65 (5.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 31 (2.47%) Tableau
7 28 (2.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 26 (2.07%) QlikView
9 19 (1.51%) Relational Database
10 13 (1.04%) Qlik Sense
11 12 (0.96%) BusinessObjects
12 11 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
13 10 (0.80%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 10 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
13 10 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
14 9 (0.72%) Big Data
14 9 (0.72%) MySQL
15 8 (0.64%) MongoDB
15 8 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 21 (1.67%) Git (software)
2 16 (1.27%) JIRA
3 13 (1.04%) Jenkins
3 13 (1.04%) Selenium
4 12 (0.96%) Visual Studio
5 11 (0.88%) GitLab
6 8 (0.64%) Cucumber
7 7 (0.56%) JMeter
7 7 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 6 (0.48%) RStudio
9 5 (0.40%) ERwin
9 5 (0.40%) SonarQube
10 3 (0.24%) SpecFlow
11 2 (0.16%) Bitbucket Server
11 2 (0.16%) Maven
11 2 (0.16%) NeoLoad
11 2 (0.16%) Serenity BDD
11 2 (0.16%) Visual Studio Team System
12 1 (0.080%) NUnit
12 1 (0.080%) TeamCity
General
1 351 (27.97%) Public Sector
2 170 (13.55%) Social Skills
3 150 (11.95%) Finance
4 102 (8.13%) Telecoms
5 92 (7.33%) Manufacturing
6 88 (7.01%) Electronics
6 88 (7.01%) Marketing
7 74 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
8 27 (2.15%) Retail
9 19 (1.51%) Organisational Skills
10 18 (1.43%) Presentation Skills
11 17 (1.35%) Influencing Skills
12 16 (1.27%) Pharmaceutical
13 11 (0.88%) Local Government
14 10 (0.80%) Documentation Skills
15 9 (0.72%) Back Office
16 7 (0.56%) Law
17 5 (0.40%) Inclusion and Diversity
17 5 (0.40%) Legal
18 3 (0.24%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 214 (17.05%) Analyst
2 191 (15.22%) Project Manager
3 111 (8.84%) Developer
4 65 (5.18%) Architect
5 63 (5.02%) IT Manager
6 56 (4.46%) Business Analyst
7 51 (4.06%) IT Support
7 51 (4.06%) NHS Project Manager
8 48 (3.82%) IT Project Manager
9 47 (3.75%) Support Engineer
10 38 (3.03%) IT Technician
11 37 (2.95%) Support Technician
12 36 (2.87%) Consultant
12 36 (2.87%) Desktop Support
13 34 (2.71%) Service Analyst
14 32 (2.55%) Data Analyst
15 31 (2.47%) IT Support Technician
16 30 (2.39%) Programme Manager
16 30 (2.39%) Service Desk Analyst
17 27 (2.15%) Digital Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (2.95%) .NET
2 21 (1.67%) HTML
3 17 (1.35%) FHIR
4 14 (1.12%) CSS
5 13 (1.04%) XML
6 11 (0.88%) .NET Framework
6 11 (0.88%) MDX
6 11 (0.88%) Web Services
7 10 (0.80%) React
8 9 (0.72%) .NET Core
8 9 (0.72%) AngularJS
9 8 (0.64%) jQuery
9 8 (0.64%) JSON
9 8 (0.64%) RESTful
10 7 (0.56%) HTML5
10 7 (0.56%) Node.js
10 7 (0.56%) REST
11 6 (0.48%) OAuth
11 6 (0.48%) OAuth2
11 6 (0.48%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 55 (4.38%) Management Information System
2 32 (2.55%) LIMS
3 24 (1.91%) User Experience
4 20 (1.59%) Self-Motivation
5 18 (1.43%) Legacy Systems
6 17 (1.35%) Freedom of Information
7 16 (1.27%) Driving Licence
7 16 (1.27%) PACS
8 13 (1.04%) Data Protection Act
9 12 (0.96%) Freedom of Information Act
10 11 (0.88%) Data Centre
10 11 (0.88%) SystemC
11 9 (0.72%) Virtual Team
12 8 (0.64%) iPad
12 8 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
13 7 (0.56%) Data Structures
13 7 (0.56%) e-Health
13 7 (0.56%) e-Learning
14 6 (0.48%) Public Cloud
15 5 (0.40%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 178 (14.18%) Windows
2 91 (7.25%) Windows 10
3 38 (3.03%) Windows Server
4 24 (1.91%) Linux
5 19 (1.51%) Windows 7
6 10 (0.80%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (0.80%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (0.64%) Windows Server 2016
8 6 (0.48%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.40%) Android
9 5 (0.40%) Windows Server 2019
10 4 (0.32%) Unix
10 4 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.16%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.080%) VMS
12 1 (0.080%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 242 (19.28%) Business Intelligence
2 176 (14.02%) Agile Software Development
3 157 (12.51%) Project Management
4 120 (9.56%) Programme Management
5 96 (7.65%) Migration
6 92 (7.33%) PRINCE2
7 88 (7.01%) Digital Marketing
7 88 (7.01%) Stakeholder Management
8 73 (5.82%) ITIL
9 70 (5.58%) Change Management
10 67 (5.34%) DevOps
11 65 (5.18%) Project Delivery
12 55 (4.38%) Business Case
13 52 (4.14%) Information Governance
13 52 (4.14%) Problem-Solving
14 51 (4.06%) Analytics
15 46 (3.67%) Informatics
16 45 (3.59%) Requirements Gathering
17 42 (3.35%) ETL
17 42 (3.35%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 171 (13.63%) SQL
2 57 (4.54%) Python
3 35 (2.79%) JavaScript
4 31 (2.47%) C#
5 29 (2.31%) T-SQL
6 22 (1.75%) Java
7 15 (1.20%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 14 (1.12%) Groovy
8 14 (1.12%) R
9 13 (1.04%) C
10 11 (0.88%) PowerShell
11 9 (0.72%) VBA
12 5 (0.40%) PHP
12 5 (0.40%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.40%) VB
13 4 (0.32%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.24%) Bash
15 2 (0.16%) Erlang
15 2 (0.16%) Java 8
15 2 (0.16%) Scala
Qualifications
1 45 (3.59%) Security Cleared
2 37 (2.95%) Degree
3 30 (2.39%) SC Cleared
4 21 (1.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 17 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
6 16 (1.27%) AWS Certification
6 16 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
7 14 (1.12%) DBS Check
8 13 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (1.04%) Microsoft Certification
9 9 (0.72%) CCNA
10 8 (0.64%) MCSE
11 7 (0.56%) Master's Degree
12 5 (0.40%) CISSP
13 4 (0.32%) MCSA
13 4 (0.32%) PMP
14 3 (0.24%) CCNP
14 3 (0.24%) CISA
14 3 (0.24%) CISM
14 3 (0.24%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (3.51%) Data Quality
2 39 (3.11%) PMO
3 30 (2.39%) GDPR
4 26 (2.07%) SLA
5 23 (1.83%) QA
6 22 (1.75%) Accessibility
7 21 (1.67%) HL7
8 4 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
9 3 (0.24%) ISO 9000
9 3 (0.24%) NCSC
9 3 (0.24%) WCAG
10 2 (0.16%) COBIT
10 2 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.16%) DICOM
10 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 2 (0.16%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.080%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.080%) ISO 13485
11 1 (0.080%) P3O
11 1 (0.080%) SOC 2
System Software
1 81 (6.45%) Active Directory
2 35 (2.79%) Docker
3 24 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (0.80%) vSphere
5 7 (0.56%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
6 4 (0.32%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.24%) vCloud
8 2 (0.16%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.16%) NFS
9 1 (0.080%) Squid
9 1 (0.080%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.080%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.080%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 44 (3.51%) Terraform
2 37 (2.95%) SCCM
3 24 (1.91%) Kubernetes
4 6 (0.48%) Ansible
4 6 (0.48%) Backup Exec
5 5 (0.40%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (0.40%) WMI
6 4 (0.32%) vCenter Server
7 3 (0.24%) Cisco Prime
7 3 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (0.16%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 2 (0.16%) OPNET
8 2 (0.16%) Puppet
8 2 (0.16%) SCOM
8 2 (0.16%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.16%) SolarWinds Orion
9 1 (0.080%) Grafana
9 1 (0.080%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.080%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 1 (0.080%) vRealize
Vendors
1 170 (13.55%) Microsoft
2 90 (7.17%) SAP
3 53 (4.22%) Cisco
4 42 (3.35%) VMware
5 38 (3.03%) Brio
6 32 (2.55%) Cerner
7 20 (1.59%) Oracle
8 18 (1.43%) HP
9 17 (1.35%) Databricks
10 14 (1.12%) Dell
11 13 (1.04%) Infoflex
12 12 (0.96%) Veeam
13 11 (0.88%) Splunk
14 10 (0.80%) Citrix
15 9 (0.72%) SolarWinds
16 8 (0.64%) EqualLogic
17 6 (0.48%) EMC
18 5 (0.40%) Google
18 5 (0.40%) NetApp
18 5 (0.40%) Remedy