Period
to 5 April 2020

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 5 April 2020 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
5 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 194 293 341
Rank change year-on-year +99 +48 -85
Contract jobs citing NHS 737 815 711
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.33% 0.92% 0.76%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 4.12% 2.87% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 507 459
Median daily rate £300 £350 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.29% +6.87% +3.97%
10th Percentile £142 £181 £191
90th Percentile £530 £575 £525
UK median daily rate £300 £350 £328
% change year-on-year -14.29% +6.71% +4.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 161 101 104
Median hourly rate £19.00 £16.00 £14.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +13.56% -7.17%
10th Percentile £11.64 £10.40 £10.00
90th Percentile £33.00 £32.50 £24.26
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £16.00 £14.15
% change year-on-year +20.31% +13.11% -6.80%

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 17,875 28,437 30,541
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 32.25% 32.09% 32.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,276 18,655 20,207
Median daily rate £475 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.70% +5.11%
10th Percentile £250 £281 £268
90th Percentile £675 £675 £663
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -0.07% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 848 901 951
Median hourly rate £24.71 £21.00 £21.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.64% -3.23% +8.50%
10th Percentile £12.48 £12.00 £11.44
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £50.75
Median hourly rate £25.50 £21.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +21.43% -2.33% +7.50%

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 5 April 2020.

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 5 April 2020.

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 5 April 2020. 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 +37 195 £313 - 39
London +66 177 £333 -9.77% 25
South East +150 137 £193 -49.51% 22
Yorkshire +45 104 £375 +7.14% 15
East of England +61 97 £268 +11.77% 10
Midlands +53 82 £325 - 28
North West -10 61 £260 -13.33% 14
West Midlands +66 42 £323 -0.77% 20
South West -4 40 £329 -26.82% 9
East Midlands +11 36 £325 -7.14% 8
North East +46 29 £450 +5.88% 10
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 5 April 2020, 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.

1 173 (23.47%) Public Sector
2 167 (22.66%) Windows
3 138 (18.72%) Microsoft
4 130 (17.64%) Business Intelligence
5 125 (16.96%) Windows 10
6 108 (14.65%) SQL
7 104 (14.11%) Agile Software Development
8 82 (11.13%) SQL Server
8 82 (11.13%) Migration
9 74 (10.04%) Active Directory
10 69 (9.36%) Analytical Skills
11 61 (8.28%) ITIL
12 56 (7.60%) Microsoft Office
13 55 (7.46%) Windows 7
14 54 (7.33%) Data Warehouse
15 53 (7.19%) Finance
16 52 (7.06%) Scrum
16 52 (7.06%) Project Management
17 48 (6.51%) Microsoft Excel
17 48 (6.51%) SharePoint
18 44 (5.97%) Analytics
19 42 (5.70%) Azure
19 42 (5.70%) Stakeholder Management
20 41 (5.56%) SCCM
20 41 (5.56%) Electronic Patient Records
21 37 (5.02%) Problem-Solving
22 36 (4.88%) Information Governance
23 33 (4.48%) Local Government
24 32 (4.34%) Informatics
25 31 (4.21%) Windows Server

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 48 (6.51%) SharePoint
2 20 (2.71%) Confluence
3 9 (1.22%) MS Exchange
4 6 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (0.68%) Skype for Business
5 5 (0.68%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.41%) IIS
7 2 (0.27%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.14%) Anypoint
8 1 (0.14%) Apache
8 1 (0.14%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.14%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.14%) CMS
8 1 (0.14%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.14%) JCAPS
8 1 (0.14%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.14%) Red Hat Fuse
8 1 (0.14%) SAS
8 1 (0.14%) WordPress
Applications
1 56 (7.60%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (6.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (2.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (1.90%) MS Visio
5 10 (1.36%) Spreadsheet
6 7 (0.95%) Photoshop
6 7 (0.95%) Sketch
7 6 (0.81%) Adobe Illustrator
7 6 (0.81%) InVision
8 4 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
9 3 (0.41%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.14%) GIMP
Business Applications
1 12 (1.63%) SystmOne
2 3 (0.41%) Lorenzo
3 2 (0.27%) Cerner Millennium
3 2 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.27%) HealthRoster
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 42 (5.70%) Azure
2 30 (4.07%) Power Platform
3 25 (3.39%) AWS
4 14 (1.90%) Office 365
5 10 (1.36%) Slack
6 7 (0.95%) IaaS
7 6 (0.81%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (0.81%) PaaS
7 6 (0.81%) Trello
8 5 (0.68%) Amazon SQS
8 5 (0.68%) SaaS
9 3 (0.41%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.27%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.27%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 2 (0.27%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.27%) GitHub
11 1 (0.14%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.14%) GCP
11 1 (0.14%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.31%) Firewall
2 14 (1.90%) LAN
3 11 (1.49%) DNS
4 10 (1.36%) WAN
5 8 (1.09%) VPN
6 7 (0.95%) Internet
6 7 (0.95%) Skype
6 7 (0.95%) VoIP
7 6 (0.81%) Intranet
8 3 (0.41%) Remote Desktop
8 3 (0.41%) Structured Cabling
8 3 (0.41%) Wireless
9 2 (0.27%) Cisco IOS
9 2 (0.27%) DHCP
9 2 (0.27%) HTTP
9 2 (0.27%) Network Security
9 2 (0.27%) SAN
9 2 (0.27%) Softphone
9 2 (0.27%) TCP/IP
9 2 (0.27%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (11.13%) SQL Server
2 54 (7.33%) Data Warehouse
3 41 (5.56%) Electronic Patient Records
4 30 (4.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 26 (3.53%) Power BI
6 21 (2.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 14 (1.90%) MySQL
8 13 (1.76%) PostgreSQL
8 13 (1.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 12 (1.63%) Relational Database
10 11 (1.49%) QlikView
11 7 (0.95%) Amazon RDS
12 5 (0.68%) Qlik Sense
13 4 (0.54%) Crystal Reports
13 4 (0.54%) RDBMS
14 3 (0.41%) Data Mart
14 3 (0.41%) DTS
14 3 (0.41%) Oracle Database
14 3 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
14 3 (0.41%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 27 (3.66%) JIRA
2 15 (2.04%) Git (software)
3 11 (1.49%) Maven
4 10 (1.36%) JUnit
4 10 (1.36%) Mockito
4 10 (1.36%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 9 (1.22%) Jenkins
6 7 (0.95%) Selenium
6 7 (0.95%) Visual Studio
7 5 (0.68%) DbUnit
7 5 (0.68%) jMock
7 5 (0.68%) SonarQube
7 5 (0.68%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (0.54%) Cucumber
9 3 (0.41%) Jasmine
9 3 (0.41%) NUnit
9 3 (0.41%) Protractor
10 2 (0.27%) Gradle
10 2 (0.27%) Subversion
10 2 (0.27%) webpack
General
1 173 (23.47%) Public Sector
2 53 (7.19%) Finance
3 33 (4.48%) Local Government
4 30 (4.07%) Retail
5 23 (3.12%) Telecoms
6 20 (2.71%) Manufacturing
7 17 (2.31%) Marketing
8 15 (2.04%) Electronics
9 12 (1.63%) Pharmaceutical
10 8 (1.09%) Legal
11 5 (0.68%) Brand Awareness
12 4 (0.54%) Law
13 3 (0.41%) Back Office
14 2 (0.27%) Publishing
15 1 (0.14%) Military
15 1 (0.14%) Police
Job Titles
1 162 (21.98%) Analyst
2 76 (10.31%) Developer
3 73 (9.91%) Windows Engineer
4 62 (8.41%) Project Manager
5 41 (5.56%) Business Analyst
6 38 (5.16%) Support Engineer
7 35 (4.75%) Architect
8 33 (4.48%) Service Analyst
9 32 (4.34%) IT Analyst
10 30 (4.07%) Desktop Engineer
10 30 (4.07%) IT Support
11 29 (3.93%) Field Engineer
12 28 (3.80%) Service Desk Analyst
13 27 (3.66%) Clinical Coder
13 27 (3.66%) Information Analyst
14 25 (3.39%) IT Engineer
15 24 (3.26%) Data Analyst
16 19 (2.58%) Deployment Engineer
16 19 (2.58%) IT Manager
17 18 (2.44%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.85%) .NET
2 16 (2.17%) Web Services
3 14 (1.90%) SOAP
4 13 (1.76%) AngularJS
4 13 (1.76%) Spring
4 13 (1.76%) XML
5 12 (1.63%) HTML
5 12 (1.63%) RESTful
6 8 (1.09%) REST
7 7 (0.95%) .NET Framework
7 7 (0.95%) CSS
8 6 (0.81%) ASP.NET
8 6 (0.81%) JSON
9 5 (0.68%) ActiveMQ
9 5 (0.68%) Hibernate
9 5 (0.68%) HTML5
9 5 (0.68%) JPA
9 5 (0.68%) jQuery
9 5 (0.68%) PowerMock
10 4 (0.54%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 69 (9.36%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (4.07%) LIMS
2 30 (4.07%) PACS
3 28 (3.80%) Management Information System
4 26 (3.53%) Driving Licence
5 24 (3.26%) e-Health
6 21 (2.85%) User Experience
7 14 (1.90%) Data Centre
7 14 (1.90%) Self-Motivation
8 13 (1.76%) Blackberry
9 6 (0.81%) Data Structures
9 6 (0.81%) Freedom of Information
10 5 (0.68%) Smartcard
11 4 (0.54%) Freedom of Information Act
12 3 (0.41%) Data Protection Act
12 3 (0.41%) Hybrid Cloud
12 3 (0.41%) Public Cloud
13 2 (0.27%) Linked Data
13 2 (0.27%) Mobile App
13 2 (0.27%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 167 (22.66%) Windows
2 125 (16.96%) Windows 10
3 55 (7.46%) Windows 7
4 31 (4.21%) Windows Server
5 23 (3.12%) Windows Server 2016
6 15 (2.04%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (2.04%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (1.09%) Apple iOS
7 8 (1.09%) Linux
8 5 (0.68%) Android
9 4 (0.54%) Unix
9 4 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (0.41%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.27%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.14%) CentOS
12 1 (0.14%) VMS
12 1 (0.14%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.14%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 130 (17.64%) Business Intelligence
2 104 (14.11%) Agile Software Development
3 82 (11.13%) Migration
4 61 (8.28%) ITIL
5 52 (7.06%) Project Management
5 52 (7.06%) Scrum
6 44 (5.97%) Analytics
7 42 (5.70%) Stakeholder Management
8 37 (5.02%) Problem-Solving
9 36 (4.88%) Information Governance
10 32 (4.34%) Informatics
11 31 (4.21%) Business Analysis
11 31 (4.21%) Service Delivery
12 30 (4.07%) Data Migration
12 30 (4.07%) ePrescribing
13 29 (3.93%) PRINCE2
14 28 (3.80%) Health Informatics
14 28 (3.80%) Programme Management
15 26 (3.53%) Data Analysis
16 21 (2.85%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 108 (14.65%) SQL
2 24 (3.26%) Java
3 23 (3.12%) PowerShell
4 21 (2.85%) T-SQL
5 19 (2.58%) JavaScript
6 14 (1.90%) Python
7 12 (1.63%) C#
8 9 (1.22%) C
8 9 (1.22%) VBA
9 5 (0.68%) PL/SQL
10 4 (0.54%) Bash Shell
10 4 (0.54%) Delphi
10 4 (0.54%) R
10 4 (0.54%) VB
10 4 (0.54%) VBScript
11 3 (0.41%) ANSI SQL
11 3 (0.41%) Java 8
11 3 (0.41%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.14%) C++
12 1 (0.14%) PHP
Qualifications
1 31 (4.21%) Security Cleared
2 23 (3.12%) Degree
3 21 (2.85%) SC Cleared
4 9 (1.22%) DBS Check
4 9 (1.22%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 7 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.68%) CCNA
6 5 (0.68%) ISEB
6 5 (0.68%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (0.68%) MCP
7 4 (0.54%) A+ Certification
8 3 (0.41%) MCSA
8 3 (0.41%) MCSE
9 2 (0.27%) CCIE
9 2 (0.27%) CCNP
9 2 (0.27%) CISSP
9 2 (0.27%) ECDL
9 2 (0.27%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (4.07%) HL7
2 20 (2.71%) SLA
3 17 (2.31%) Data Quality
4 16 (2.17%) PMO
5 15 (2.04%) QA
6 8 (1.09%) Cyber Essentials
7 6 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 4 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.54%) GDPR
8 4 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 3 (0.41%) SNOMED CT
10 2 (0.27%) Good Clinical Practice
10 2 (0.27%) GxP
11 1 (0.14%) BS7799
11 1 (0.14%) DICOM
11 1 (0.14%) GMP
11 1 (0.14%) Government Security Classifications
11 1 (0.14%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.14%) NCSC
System Software
1 74 (10.04%) Active Directory
2 12 (1.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.36%) Docker
4 5 (0.68%) Hyper-V
4 5 (0.68%) Postfix
5 2 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.27%) vSphere
6 1 (0.14%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.14%) iptables
6 1 (0.14%) KVM
6 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.14%) NDS
6 1 (0.14%) NetIQ eDirectory
6 1 (0.14%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 41 (5.56%) SCCM
2 6 (0.81%) Terraform
3 4 (0.54%) Ansible
4 3 (0.41%) Kubernetes
4 3 (0.41%) Prometheus
4 3 (0.41%) Rancher
5 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (0.27%) Nessus
5 2 (0.27%) Puppet
5 2 (0.27%) SCSM
5 2 (0.27%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.14%) Consul
6 1 (0.14%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (0.14%) MIIS
6 1 (0.14%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 1 (0.14%) WSUS
6 1 (0.14%) yum
6 1 (0.14%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 138 (18.72%) Microsoft
2 29 (3.93%) HP
3 20 (2.71%) Cisco
3 20 (2.71%) VMware
4 15 (2.04%) SAP
5 13 (1.76%) Oracle
6 12 (1.63%) Tableau
7 9 (1.22%) Apple
8 6 (0.81%) Databricks
9 5 (0.68%) Google
10 4 (0.54%) Cerner
10 4 (0.54%) Civica
10 4 (0.54%) ForgeRock
10 4 (0.54%) NetIQ
10 4 (0.54%) Twitter
11 3 (0.41%) Dell
11 3 (0.41%) Fortinet
11 3 (0.41%) iSOFT
11 3 (0.41%) Splunk
12 2 (0.27%) Ivanti