Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 147 196 294
Rank change year-on-year +49 +98 +67
Contract jobs citing NHS 1,039 471 796
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.84% 1.40% 0.95%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 5.99% 4.52% 3.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 742 276 533
10th Percentile £145 £135 £151
25th Percentile £213 £192 £225
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £340 £261 £330
Median % change year-on-year +30.14% -20.83% -8.97%
75th Percentile £482 £400 £456
90th Percentile £588 £525 £538
UK median daily rate £350 £261 £325
% change year-on-year +33.97% -19.62% -10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 73 118
10th Percentile £11.90 £12.42 £9.80
25th Percentile £14.03 £13.07 £11.85
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £14.28
Median % change year-on-year -5.26% +33.05% +1.38%
75th Percentile £25.69 £26.05 £20.06
90th Percentile £30.43 £31.50 £29.01
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £14.14
% change year-on-year -7.89% +34.42% +0.35%

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 17,359 10,429 24,739
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 30.67% 31.00% 29.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,856 7,039 16,444
10th Percentile £303 £270 £288
25th Percentile £406 £399 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £510 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £625 £613 £588
90th Percentile £713 £725 £675
UK median daily rate £500 £495 £475
% change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 627 357 823
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.42 £11.85
25th Percentile £15.21 £16.25 £14.04
Median hourly rate £24.27 £25.56 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.05% +24.68% -14.58%
75th Percentile £47.50 £47.25 £46.20
90th Percentile £60.70 £54.25 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £24.04 £25.06 £20.00
% change year-on-year -4.07% +25.30% -13.04%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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 +53 298 £400 +33.33% 58
London -21 249 £385 +28.33% 73
East of England +33 186 £205 -8.89% 16
North West +38 158 £310 +3.33% 30
South East +8 136 £310 +55.00% 24
Yorkshire +37 132 £550 +46.67% 26
Midlands -10 76 £231 -9.31% 53
South West +24 47 £350 -3.45% 16
West Midlands -19 45 £269 +4.88% 36
East Midlands -13 27 £213 -14.14% 17
North East +2 8 £395 +124.11% 2
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 205 (19.73%) Public Sector
2 168 (16.17%) Business Intelligence
3 158 (15.21%) Microsoft
4 149 (14.34%) SQL
5 148 (14.24%) Agile Software Development
6 117 (11.26%) Social Skills
7 108 (10.39%) Project Management
7 108 (10.39%) ITIL
8 100 (9.62%) Azure
9 91 (8.76%) Migration
10 87 (8.37%) Stakeholder Management
11 86 (8.28%) Finance
12 82 (7.89%) Electronic Patient Records
13 77 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
14 75 (7.22%) Windows
15 72 (6.93%) SQL Server
15 72 (6.93%) AWS
16 70 (6.74%) Analytics
17 69 (6.64%) Microsoft 365
18 68 (6.54%) Programme Management
19 65 (6.26%) Microsoft Excel
19 65 (6.26%) Power Platform
20 64 (6.16%) Microsoft Office
21 63 (6.06%) Data Warehouse
22 61 (5.87%) Telecoms
22 61 (5.87%) Management Information System
23 58 (5.58%) Power BI
24 57 (5.49%) Marketing
25 56 (5.39%) PRINCE2
26 55 (5.29%) Degree

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 14 (1.35%) SharePoint
2 9 (0.87%) MS Exchange
3 6 (0.58%) CMS
4 5 (0.48%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.38%) Confluence
6 3 (0.29%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.19%) Apache
7 2 (0.19%) IIS
7 2 (0.19%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.096%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.096%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.096%) SAS
8 1 (0.096%) WordPress
Applications
1 65 (6.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 64 (6.16%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (1.44%) Microsoft Project
4 13 (1.25%) MS Visio
5 11 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 11 (1.06%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.19%) Adobe Captivate
6 2 (0.19%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.19%) SPSS
6 2 (0.19%) Stata
7 1 (0.096%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.096%) InDesign
7 1 (0.096%) InVision
7 1 (0.096%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 30 (2.89%) Cerner Millennium
2 6 (0.58%) Lorenzo
3 5 (0.48%) SystmOne
4 3 (0.29%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.096%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.096%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 100 (9.62%) Azure
2 72 (6.93%) AWS
3 69 (6.64%) Microsoft 365
4 65 (6.26%) Power Platform
5 15 (1.44%) GCP
6 10 (0.96%) Serverless
7 9 (0.87%) PaaS
8 7 (0.67%) IaaS
8 7 (0.67%) SaaS
9 6 (0.58%) Azure Active Directory
9 6 (0.58%) Azure Event Grid
9 6 (0.58%) Azure Service Bus
9 6 (0.58%) OneDrive
10 5 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.48%) Amazon S3
10 5 (0.48%) Azure Data Factory
11 4 (0.38%) Azure Functions
11 4 (0.38%) Azure Storage
11 4 (0.38%) GitHub
11 4 (0.38%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 15 (1.44%) VPN
2 14 (1.35%) WAN
3 13 (1.25%) LAN
4 12 (1.15%) DNS
4 12 (1.15%) Firewall
5 9 (0.87%) DHCP
6 8 (0.77%) SAN
7 7 (0.67%) TCP/IP
8 6 (0.58%) HTTP
8 6 (0.58%) Internet
8 6 (0.58%) Network Security
8 6 (0.58%) Remote Desktop
9 5 (0.48%) Wireless
10 4 (0.38%) ISDN
10 4 (0.38%) PBX
10 4 (0.38%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (0.29%) Unified Communications
11 3 (0.29%) VoIP
12 2 (0.19%) Broadband
12 2 (0.19%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (7.89%) Electronic Patient Records
2 72 (6.93%) SQL Server
3 63 (6.06%) Data Warehouse
4 58 (5.58%) Power BI
5 51 (4.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 46 (4.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 22 (2.12%) Relational Database
8 19 (1.83%) Tableau
9 18 (1.73%) PostgreSQL
10 16 (1.54%) QlikView
11 12 (1.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 10 (0.96%) Data Lake
12 10 (0.96%) MySQL
13 9 (0.87%) Big Data
13 9 (0.87%) Metadata
14 8 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
15 7 (0.67%) BusinessObjects
16 6 (0.58%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
16 6 (0.58%) Azure SQL Database
17 5 (0.48%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 23 (2.21%) Git (software)
2 12 (1.15%) JIRA
3 11 (1.06%) Jenkins
4 9 (0.87%) Visual Studio
5 7 (0.67%) Maven
5 7 (0.67%) Rational Rhapsody
6 6 (0.58%) Cucumber
6 6 (0.58%) Selenium
7 5 (0.48%) Postman
7 5 (0.48%) SonarQube
7 5 (0.48%) webpack
8 4 (0.38%) JUnit
8 4 (0.38%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (0.29%) GitLab
10 2 (0.19%) DbUnit
10 2 (0.19%) JMeter
10 2 (0.19%) Mockito
10 2 (0.19%) SoapUI
10 2 (0.19%) TestNG
10 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 205 (19.73%) Public Sector
2 117 (11.26%) Social Skills
3 86 (8.28%) Finance
4 77 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
5 61 (5.87%) Telecoms
6 57 (5.49%) Marketing
7 52 (5.00%) Manufacturing
8 51 (4.91%) Electronics
9 21 (2.02%) Organisational Skills
10 17 (1.64%) Presentation Skills
11 16 (1.54%) Local Government
12 15 (1.44%) Retail
13 11 (1.06%) Documentation Skills
13 11 (1.06%) Influencing Skills
13 11 (1.06%) Law
14 8 (0.77%) Legal
15 5 (0.48%) Back Office
16 4 (0.38%) Publishing
17 3 (0.29%) Humanities
18 2 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 244 (23.48%) Analyst
2 123 (11.84%) Project Manager
3 83 (7.99%) Architect
4 73 (7.03%) Developer
5 52 (5.00%) Data Analyst
6 49 (4.72%) Service Analyst
7 48 (4.62%) Service Desk Analyst
8 42 (4.04%) NHS Project Manager
8 42 (4.04%) Technical Architect
9 41 (3.95%) Business Analyst
10 36 (3.46%) IT Manager
11 29 (2.79%) Team Leader
12 28 (2.69%) Information Analyst
12 28 (2.69%) Programme Manager
13 27 (2.60%) Designer
14 26 (2.50%) Senior Analyst
15 25 (2.41%) IT Project Manager
16 24 (2.31%) Consultant
16 24 (2.31%) Delivery Manager
17 22 (2.12%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (2.60%) HTML
2 22 (2.12%) .NET
3 17 (1.64%) XML
4 15 (1.44%) RESTful
5 12 (1.15%) CSS
6 11 (1.06%) EDI
6 11 (1.06%) React
7 10 (0.96%) JSON
7 10 (0.96%) Web Services
8 9 (0.87%) .NET Framework
8 9 (0.87%) ASP.NET
8 9 (0.87%) Node.js
9 8 (0.77%) REST
9 8 (0.77%) Spring
10 7 (0.67%) .NET Core
10 7 (0.67%) ASP.NET Core
11 6 (0.58%) LDAP
11 6 (0.58%) MDX
11 6 (0.58%) pytest
11 6 (0.58%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 61 (5.87%) Management Information System
2 21 (2.02%) LIMS
3 19 (1.83%) User Experience
4 17 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
5 14 (1.35%) PACS
6 11 (1.06%) Legacy Systems
7 10 (0.96%) Public Cloud
8 9 (0.87%) Freedom of Information
9 8 (0.77%) Data Centre
10 7 (0.67%) Data Protection Act
11 6 (0.58%) Freedom of Information Act
12 5 (0.48%) Data Structures
12 5 (0.48%) Driving Licence
12 5 (0.48%) SystemC
13 4 (0.38%) Smartcard
13 4 (0.38%) Social Media
13 4 (0.38%) Virtual Team
14 3 (0.29%) e-Learning
14 3 (0.29%) Greenfield Project
14 3 (0.29%) Shadow IT
Operating Systems
1 75 (7.22%) Windows
2 24 (2.31%) Windows 10
3 17 (1.64%) Windows Server
4 15 (1.44%) Linux
5 7 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (0.67%) Windows Server 2019
6 5 (0.48%) Apple iOS
6 5 (0.48%) Windows Server 2016
7 4 (0.38%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.29%) Android
9 2 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.096%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.096%) Unix
10 1 (0.096%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.096%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 168 (16.17%) Business Intelligence
2 148 (14.24%) Agile Software Development
3 108 (10.39%) ITIL
3 108 (10.39%) Project Management
4 91 (8.76%) Migration
5 87 (8.37%) Stakeholder Management
6 70 (6.74%) Analytics
7 68 (6.54%) Programme Management
8 56 (5.39%) PRINCE2
9 53 (5.10%) Digital Marketing
10 50 (4.81%) Stakeholder Engagement
11 49 (4.72%) DevOps
12 42 (4.04%) Data Modelling
13 40 (3.85%) Project Delivery
14 38 (3.66%) Informatics
14 38 (3.66%) Service Delivery
15 37 (3.56%) Service Management
16 34 (3.27%) Business Case
17 33 (3.18%) ETL
17 33 (3.18%) Information Governance
Programming Languages
1 149 (14.34%) SQL
2 42 (4.04%) Python
3 31 (2.98%) JavaScript
4 22 (2.12%) Java
4 22 (2.12%) T-SQL
5 18 (1.73%) C#
6 11 (1.06%) PowerShell
6 11 (1.06%) VBA
7 8 (0.77%) VB
7 8 (0.77%) VB.NET
8 7 (0.67%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 7 (0.67%) R
9 5 (0.48%) C
9 5 (0.48%) Java 8
10 4 (0.38%) PHP
10 4 (0.38%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.29%) Java 11
11 3 (0.29%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.19%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.19%) Perl
Qualifications
1 55 (5.29%) Degree
2 37 (3.56%) Security Cleared
3 28 (2.69%) DBS Check
4 27 (2.60%) BPSS Clearance
5 23 (2.21%) SC Cleared
6 17 (1.64%) Microsoft Certification
7 15 (1.44%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 10 (0.96%) CCNA
10 8 (0.77%) CISSP
10 8 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 7 (0.67%) CCNP
12 6 (0.58%) Master's Degree
12 6 (0.58%) MCP
12 6 (0.58%) MCSA
13 5 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.48%) MCSE
13 5 (0.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 4 (0.38%) CISM
15 3 (0.29%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (4.23%) HL7
2 40 (3.85%) Data Quality
3 27 (2.60%) Accessibility
4 26 (2.50%) GDPR
4 26 (2.50%) PMO
4 26 (2.50%) QA
5 22 (2.12%) SLA
6 14 (1.35%) Disclosure Scotland
7 8 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 7 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials
9 4 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 3 (0.29%) NCSC
11 2 (0.19%) COSHH
11 2 (0.19%) SNOMED CT
12 1 (0.096%) COBIT
12 1 (0.096%) DICOM
12 1 (0.096%) ISO 9000
12 1 (0.096%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 52 (5.00%) Active Directory
2 18 (1.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (1.06%) Docker
4 8 (0.77%) Terminal Services
5 6 (0.58%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (0.58%) vSphere
6 2 (0.19%) Postfix
6 2 (0.19%) Sendmail
6 2 (0.19%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.096%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.096%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.096%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (0.87%) SCCM
2 8 (0.77%) Terraform
3 5 (0.48%) Kubernetes
4 4 (0.38%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 4 (0.38%) Ansible
4 4 (0.38%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (0.38%) WSUS
5 3 (0.29%) DameWare
6 2 (0.19%) Failover Clustering
6 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (0.19%) Nagios
7 1 (0.096%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.096%) Clonezilla
7 1 (0.096%) CSIRT
7 1 (0.096%) Kibana
7 1 (0.096%) logstash
7 1 (0.096%) SCDPM
7 1 (0.096%) SCOM
7 1 (0.096%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 158 (15.21%) Microsoft
2 52 (5.00%) SAP
3 51 (4.91%) Cerner
4 40 (3.85%) Cisco
5 25 (2.41%) Oracle
6 24 (2.31%) VMware
7 18 (1.73%) HP
8 17 (1.64%) Google
9 14 (1.35%) Databricks
10 12 (1.15%) Brio
11 10 (0.96%) ServiceNow
12 8 (0.77%) Fortinet
13 7 (0.67%) Citrix
13 7 (0.67%) Splunk
14 5 (0.48%) Atlassian
15 4 (0.38%) Adobe
15 4 (0.38%) IBM
15 4 (0.38%) MobileIron
15 4 (0.38%) Sophos
16 3 (0.29%) Remedy