Period
to 18 May 2021

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 18 May 2021 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
18 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 129 189 298
Rank change year-on-year +60 +109 +49
Contract jobs citing NHS 923 634 774
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.03% 1.43% 0.92%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.76% 4.96% 3.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 657 364 509
10th Percentile £143 £136 £163
25th Percentile £210 £200 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £310 £283 £325
Median % change year-on-year +9.73% -13.08% -7.14%
75th Percentile £450 £419 £463
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £325 £285 £325
% change year-on-year +14.04% -12.31% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 118 110
10th Percentile £11.75 £12.42 £10.40
25th Percentile £13.19 £13.56 £11.85
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £15.63
Median % change year-on-year -10.26% +24.76% +11.64%
75th Percentile £23.95 £28.24 £21.40
90th Percentile £28.57 £31.50 £28.55
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £19.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -10.53% +26.67% +7.01%

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 13,650 12,785 24,179
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 29.97% 28.86% 28.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,128 8,452 16,148
10th Percentile £281 £254 £293
25th Percentile £397 £375 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - -
75th Percentile £613 £600 £588
90th Percentile £700 £700 £675
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 536 529 777
10th Percentile £12.38 £12.61 £11.85
25th Percentile £16.41 £15.75 £14.75
Median hourly rate £25.75 £21.57 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year +19.38% +2.71% -4.55%
75th Percentile £47.50 £44.25 £44.13
90th Percentile £59.25 £53.00 £51.25
UK median hourly rate £25.50 £22.82 £20.31
% change year-on-year +11.74% +12.34% -5.96%

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 18 May 2021.

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 18 May 2021.

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 18 May 2021. 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 +59 274 £300 -7.69% 49
London +34 271 £375 +25.00% 73
North West +75 159 £260 +1.46% 19
East of England +37 131 £210 -6.67% 26
Yorkshire +31 108 £500 +8.00% 30
South East +15 106 £318 +64.94% 40
Midlands -4 53 £285 +14.00% 33
South West +54 43 £350 +6.28% 11
West Midlands -2 28 £285 +5.56% 19
East Midlands +6 22 £215 -4.44% 14
North East +6 7 £340 -24.44%
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 18 May 2021, 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.

1 156 (16.90%) Public Sector
2 145 (15.71%) SQL
3 137 (14.84%) Business Intelligence
4 130 (14.08%) Microsoft
5 121 (13.11%) Social Skills
6 109 (11.81%) Agile Software Development
7 86 (9.32%) Project Management
8 84 (9.10%) ITIL
9 81 (8.78%) Stakeholder Management
10 80 (8.67%) Migration
11 78 (8.45%) Finance
12 71 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
13 70 (7.58%) Electronic Patient Records
13 70 (7.58%) Windows
14 68 (7.37%) Microsoft Excel
15 65 (7.04%) Azure
15 65 (7.04%) Power Platform
16 63 (6.83%) Microsoft 365
17 60 (6.50%) Power BI
18 59 (6.39%) Programme Management
19 53 (5.74%) Telecoms
20 51 (5.53%) Management Information System
20 51 (5.53%) Active Directory
20 51 (5.53%) SQL Server
20 51 (5.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 50 (5.42%) Data Warehouse
21 50 (5.42%) Analytics
22 49 (5.31%) AWS
22 49 (5.31%) Microsoft Office
23 46 (4.98%) Marketing

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 12 (1.30%) SharePoint
2 7 (0.76%) CMS
3 6 (0.65%) MS Exchange
4 4 (0.43%) Apache
4 4 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.33%) Apache Airflow
5 3 (0.33%) Drupal
5 3 (0.33%) IIS
6 2 (0.22%) Confluence
6 2 (0.22%) Joomla!
6 2 (0.22%) Jupyter
6 2 (0.22%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.22%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.22%) WordPress
7 1 (0.11%) Anypoint
7 1 (0.11%) Blackboard Learn
7 1 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.11%) Moodle
7 1 (0.11%) SAS
Applications
1 68 (7.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 49 (5.31%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (1.63%) Microsoft Project
4 11 (1.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (1.08%) Spreadsheet
6 9 (0.98%) MS Visio
7 3 (0.33%) SPSS
7 3 (0.33%) Stata
8 2 (0.22%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.22%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.11%) InDesign
9 1 (0.11%) InVision
Business Applications
1 23 (2.49%) Cerner Millennium
2 6 (0.65%) Lorenzo
3 5 (0.54%) SystmOne
4 2 (0.22%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 65 (7.04%) Azure
1 65 (7.04%) Power Platform
2 63 (6.83%) Microsoft 365
3 49 (5.31%) AWS
4 12 (1.30%) GCP
5 8 (0.87%) Serverless
6 7 (0.76%) IaaS
6 7 (0.76%) PaaS
7 6 (0.65%) Amazon S3
7 6 (0.65%) OneDrive
8 5 (0.54%) Azure Data Factory
8 5 (0.54%) GitHub
8 5 (0.54%) PowerApps
8 5 (0.54%) SaaS
9 4 (0.43%) AWS Lambda
9 4 (0.43%) Azure Event Grid
9 4 (0.43%) Azure Functions
9 4 (0.43%) Azure Service Bus
9 4 (0.43%) Azure Storage
10 3 (0.33%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.52%) LAN
1 14 (1.52%) WAN
2 13 (1.41%) Firewall
3 12 (1.30%) DNS
4 8 (0.87%) Remote Desktop
5 7 (0.76%) DHCP
5 7 (0.76%) VPN
5 7 (0.76%) Wireless
6 6 (0.65%) Internet
6 6 (0.65%) SAN
6 6 (0.65%) TCP/IP
7 5 (0.54%) VoIP
7 5 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.33%) Cisco Nexus
8 3 (0.33%) Unified Communications
8 3 (0.33%) VLAN
9 2 (0.22%) 5G
9 2 (0.22%) Intrusion Detection
9 2 (0.22%) Network Security
9 2 (0.22%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (7.58%) Electronic Patient Records
2 60 (6.50%) Power BI
3 51 (5.53%) SQL Server
3 51 (5.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 50 (5.42%) Data Warehouse
5 40 (4.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 18 (1.95%) Tableau
7 14 (1.52%) QlikView
8 10 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
9 9 (0.98%) BusinessObjects
9 9 (0.98%) Relational Database
10 8 (0.87%) Data Lake
10 8 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 7 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
12 6 (0.65%) Amazon DynamoDB
13 5 (0.54%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 5 (0.54%) Azure SQL Database
13 5 (0.54%) Big Data
13 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
13 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 13 (1.41%) Selenium
2 12 (1.30%) Git (software)
3 9 (0.98%) JIRA
4 8 (0.87%) Postman
5 7 (0.76%) Jenkins
5 7 (0.76%) Rational Rhapsody
5 7 (0.76%) Visual Studio
6 5 (0.54%) Cucumber
6 5 (0.54%) GitLab
6 5 (0.54%) Maven
6 5 (0.54%) SoapUI
7 3 (0.33%) JMeter
7 3 (0.33%) PyCharm
7 3 (0.33%) webpack
8 2 (0.22%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.22%) SonarQube
8 2 (0.22%) Visual Studio Code
9 1 (0.11%) JUnit
9 1 (0.11%) MSI
9 1 (0.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 156 (16.90%) Public Sector
2 121 (13.11%) Social Skills
3 78 (8.45%) Finance
4 71 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
5 53 (5.74%) Telecoms
6 46 (4.98%) Marketing
7 40 (4.33%) Electronics
7 40 (4.33%) Manufacturing
8 15 (1.63%) Organisational Skills
9 13 (1.41%) Local Government
10 12 (1.30%) Law
11 9 (0.98%) Influencing Skills
11 9 (0.98%) Presentation Skills
12 7 (0.76%) Back Office
12 7 (0.76%) Retail
13 5 (0.54%) Legal
14 3 (0.33%) Documentation Skills
14 3 (0.33%) Publishing
15 2 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
16 1 (0.11%) Banking
Job Titles
1 196 (21.24%) Analyst
2 112 (12.13%) Project Manager
3 64 (6.93%) Architect
4 63 (6.83%) Developer
5 47 (5.09%) Data Analyst
6 40 (4.33%) Technical Architect
7 38 (4.12%) NHS Project Manager
8 37 (4.01%) IT Manager
9 36 (3.90%) Information Analyst
10 34 (3.68%) Service Analyst
11 33 (3.58%) Service Desk Analyst
12 31 (3.36%) Business Analyst
13 28 (3.03%) Team Leader
14 27 (2.93%) IT Project Manager
15 26 (2.82%) Trainer
16 23 (2.49%) Designer
17 21 (2.28%) Administrator
17 21 (2.28%) Business Intelligence Developer
17 21 (2.28%) IT Support
18 19 (2.06%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (1.95%) .NET
2 16 (1.73%) HTML
3 10 (1.08%) CSS
3 10 (1.08%) XML
4 9 (0.98%) React
5 8 (0.87%) Node.js
6 7 (0.76%) .NET Framework
6 7 (0.76%) RESTful
7 6 (0.65%) JSON
7 6 (0.65%) Middleware
8 5 (0.54%) .NET Core
8 5 (0.54%) Entity Framework
8 5 (0.54%) Spring
9 4 (0.43%) ASP.NET
9 4 (0.43%) ASP.NET Core
9 4 (0.43%) ASP.NET Web API
9 4 (0.43%) MDX
9 4 (0.43%) SOAP
9 4 (0.43%) Spring Boot
9 4 (0.43%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 51 (5.53%) Management Information System
2 20 (2.17%) PACS
2 20 (2.17%) Self-Motivation
3 17 (1.84%) LIMS
4 16 (1.73%) User Experience
5 11 (1.19%) Data Centre
6 8 (0.87%) SystemC
7 7 (0.76%) Public Cloud
8 4 (0.43%) Data Structures
8 4 (0.43%) Driving Licence
8 4 (0.43%) Freedom of Information
8 4 (0.43%) Greenfield Project
8 4 (0.43%) Shadow IT
9 3 (0.33%) Clustering
9 3 (0.33%) CMDB
9 3 (0.33%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (0.33%) e-Learning
9 3 (0.33%) Internet of Things
9 3 (0.33%) Replication
9 3 (0.33%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 70 (7.58%) Windows
2 25 (2.71%) Windows 10
3 13 (1.41%) Windows Server
4 10 (1.08%) Linux
4 10 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (0.98%) Windows 7
6 8 (0.87%) Apple iOS
7 5 (0.54%) Windows Server 2016
8 4 (0.43%) Windows Server 2019
9 3 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.22%) Android
10 2 (0.22%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.22%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.11%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.11%) Unix
11 1 (0.11%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.11%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 137 (14.84%) Business Intelligence
2 109 (11.81%) Agile Software Development
3 86 (9.32%) Project Management
4 84 (9.10%) ITIL
5 81 (8.78%) Stakeholder Management
6 80 (8.67%) Migration
7 59 (6.39%) Programme Management
8 50 (5.42%) Analytics
9 46 (4.98%) Stakeholder Engagement
10 44 (4.77%) PRINCE2
11 42 (4.55%) Digital Marketing
12 40 (4.33%) Project Delivery
12 40 (4.33%) Service Management
13 32 (3.47%) Information Governance
13 32 (3.47%) Problem-Solving
14 31 (3.36%) Informatics
14 31 (3.36%) Service Delivery
15 30 (3.25%) Decision-Making
15 30 (3.25%) DevOps
16 28 (3.03%) Business Case
Programming Languages
1 145 (15.71%) SQL
2 36 (3.90%) Python
3 26 (2.82%) JavaScript
4 21 (2.28%) Java
5 17 (1.84%) C#
6 13 (1.41%) T-SQL
7 10 (1.08%) R
8 9 (0.98%) C
8 9 (0.98%) VBA
9 7 (0.76%) PowerShell
10 6 (0.65%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 5 (0.54%) VB.NET
12 4 (0.43%) VB
13 3 (0.33%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.33%) Scala
14 2 (0.22%) Go
14 2 (0.22%) PHP
14 2 (0.22%) Ruby
14 2 (0.22%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.22%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 43 (4.66%) Degree
2 26 (2.82%) Security Cleared
3 17 (1.84%) BPSS Clearance
4 15 (1.63%) Cisco Certification
4 15 (1.63%) Microsoft Certification
5 14 (1.52%) SC Cleared
6 10 (1.08%) MCP
7 9 (0.98%) CCNP
8 8 (0.87%) CCNA
8 8 (0.87%) DBS Check
8 8 (0.87%) ISTQB
8 8 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 7 (0.76%) MCSA
10 6 (0.65%) A+ Certification
10 6 (0.65%) CISSP
10 6 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 5 (0.54%) MCDST
11 5 (0.54%) Network+ Certification
12 4 (0.43%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.43%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (3.68%) HL7
2 32 (3.47%) Data Quality
3 27 (2.93%) PMO
3 27 (2.93%) SLA
4 11 (1.19%) GDPR
5 8 (0.87%) Cyber Essentials
5 8 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 8 (0.87%) QA
6 4 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 3 (0.33%) NCSC
8 2 (0.22%) DICOM
9 1 (0.11%) COSHH
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 51 (5.53%) Active Directory
2 12 (1.30%) Terminal Services
3 11 (1.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.65%) Docker
5 2 (0.22%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.11%) NFS
6 1 (0.11%) vCloud
6 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.11%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.11%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (0.76%) Terraform
2 5 (0.54%) DameWare
2 5 (0.54%) SCCM
3 4 (0.43%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.22%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (0.22%) WMI
5 1 (0.11%) Ansible
5 1 (0.11%) CSIRT
5 1 (0.11%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (0.11%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (0.11%) Nagios
5 1 (0.11%) SCOM
5 1 (0.11%) TrustSec
5 1 (0.11%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 130 (14.08%) Microsoft
2 40 (4.33%) SAP
3 37 (4.01%) Cisco
4 35 (3.79%) Cerner
5 22 (2.38%) Oracle
6 19 (2.06%) HP
7 18 (1.95%) VMware
8 15 (1.63%) Databricks
9 12 (1.30%) Google
10 8 (0.87%) MuleSoft
11 7 (0.76%) ServiceNow
12 6 (0.65%) IBM
13 5 (0.54%) Citrix
14 4 (0.43%) Adobe
14 4 (0.43%) MobileIron
15 3 (0.33%) Apple
15 3 (0.33%) Atlassian
16 2 (0.22%) Dell
16 2 (0.22%) Mitel
16 2 (0.22%) Salesforce.com