Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 103 202 291
Rank change year-on-year +99 +89 +39
Contract jobs citing NHS 895 794 816
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.35% 1.29% 0.91%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.88% 4.06% 2.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 772 492 570
Median daily rate £300 £290 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% -20.27% +11.07%
10th Percentile £149 £150 £165
90th Percentile £588 £519 £576
UK median daily rate £310 £290 £350
% change year-on-year +6.90% -17.14% +6.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 164 89
Median hourly rate £17.00 £18.25 £16.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.85% +12.62% +11.76%
10th Percentile £10.68 £10.16 £10.04
90th Percentile £28.83 £31.50 £27.63
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £17.88 £16.21
% change year-on-year -4.90% +10.31% +6.26%

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 13,016 19,534 28,767
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 34.14% 31.83% 32.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,687 12,867 19,380
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £250 £250 £275
90th Percentile £697 £675 £673
UK median daily rate £475 £461 £475
% change year-on-year +3.06% -2.97% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 538 811 880
Median hourly rate £26.00 £21.42 £20.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.41% +5.83% -3.64%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.44 £11.85
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £26.00 £22.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +18.18% +10.00% -4.76%

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 24 February 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 24 February 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 24 February 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
London +126 297 £375 +21.36% 71
North of England +62 278 £288 -11.54% 45
North West +85 162 £245 -5.77% 23
South East +72 115 £318 +83.00% 38
Yorkshire +32 111 £438 +16.67% 21
East of England +33 84 £181 -21.22% 20
Midlands +20 53 £288 -11.54% 18
South West +72 34 £350 +40.00% 17
West Midlands +17 34 £275 -18.52% 11
East Midlands +8 16 £344 +16.03% 7
North East +10 5 £575 +27.78% 1
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 24 February 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.

1 173 (19.33%) Public Sector
2 163 (18.21%) Business Intelligence
3 135 (15.08%) SQL
4 126 (14.08%) Microsoft
5 107 (11.96%) Agile Software Development
6 88 (9.83%) Windows
7 81 (9.05%) Project Management
7 81 (9.05%) Finance
8 80 (8.94%) ITIL
9 75 (8.38%) Stakeholder Management
10 70 (7.82%) Analytical Skills
11 68 (7.60%) Microsoft Excel
12 66 (7.37%) Migration
12 66 (7.37%) Power Platform
13 65 (7.26%) Programme Management
14 64 (7.15%) Power BI
15 63 (7.04%) Active Directory
16 59 (6.59%) Electronic Patient Records
17 58 (6.48%) Microsoft 365
17 58 (6.48%) SQL Server
18 56 (6.26%) Telecoms
19 54 (6.03%) Azure
20 52 (5.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 51 (5.70%) Marketing
22 49 (5.47%) Windows 10
23 48 (5.36%) Service Management
23 48 (5.36%) Digital Marketing
24 46 (5.14%) Electronics
24 46 (5.14%) Management Information System
24 46 (5.14%) Manufacturing

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 11 (1.23%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.01%) Elasticsearch
3 7 (0.78%) MS Exchange
4 6 (0.67%) Apache
4 6 (0.67%) CMS
4 6 (0.67%) Confluence
4 6 (0.67%) IIS
5 4 (0.45%) SAS
6 3 (0.34%) Drupal
6 3 (0.34%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.22%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.22%) Joomla!
7 2 (0.22%) Jupyter
7 2 (0.22%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.22%) WordPress
8 1 (0.11%) Anypoint
8 1 (0.11%) Apache Airflow
8 1 (0.11%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.11%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 68 (7.60%) Microsoft Excel
2 44 (4.92%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (1.12%) Spreadsheet
4 8 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.56%) SPSS
6 2 (0.22%) InVision
6 2 (0.22%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.22%) Stata
7 1 (0.11%) Marvel
7 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.11%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 15 (1.68%) Cerner Millennium
2 5 (0.56%) SystmOne
3 3 (0.34%) Lorenzo
4 2 (0.22%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.11%) Maximo
5 1 (0.11%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 66 (7.37%) Power Platform
2 58 (6.48%) Microsoft 365
3 54 (6.03%) Azure
4 27 (3.02%) AWS
5 8 (0.89%) GitHub
6 7 (0.78%) GCP
7 5 (0.56%) Amazon ElastiCache
8 4 (0.45%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.45%) IaaS
8 4 (0.45%) OneDrive
8 4 (0.45%) PowerApps
9 3 (0.34%) PaaS
9 3 (0.34%) SaaS
9 3 (0.34%) Serverless
9 3 (0.34%) Trello
9 3 (0.34%) WhatsApp
10 2 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.22%) BrowserStack
10 2 (0.22%) Slack
11 1 (0.11%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.90%) Firewall
2 16 (1.79%) LAN
3 15 (1.68%) WAN
4 11 (1.23%) DNS
5 10 (1.12%) Remote Desktop
6 6 (0.67%) Internet
6 6 (0.67%) Skype
6 6 (0.67%) VoIP
6 6 (0.67%) Wireless
7 5 (0.56%) DHCP
7 5 (0.56%) TCP/IP
8 4 (0.45%) Intranet
8 4 (0.45%) VPN
9 3 (0.34%) Cisco Nexus
9 3 (0.34%) SAN
9 3 (0.34%) VLAN
9 3 (0.34%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (0.22%) Cisco ASA
10 2 (0.22%) Intrusion Detection
10 2 (0.22%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (7.15%) Power BI
2 59 (6.59%) Electronic Patient Records
3 58 (6.48%) SQL Server
4 52 (5.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 42 (4.69%) Data Warehouse
6 34 (3.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 24 (2.68%) Tableau
8 17 (1.90%) QlikView
9 13 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 8 (0.89%) Qlik Sense
10 8 (0.89%) SQL Server 2016
11 7 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
11 7 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
11 7 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (0.67%) BusinessObjects
12 6 (0.67%) Data Lake
12 6 (0.67%) Relational Database
13 5 (0.56%) Amazon RDS
13 5 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
13 5 (0.56%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 14 (1.56%) Visual Studio
2 13 (1.45%) JIRA
2 13 (1.45%) Selenium
3 6 (0.67%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.56%) GitLab
4 5 (0.56%) JMeter
4 5 (0.56%) Postman
5 4 (0.45%) Cucumber
5 4 (0.45%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.45%) Rational Rhapsody
5 4 (0.45%) SoapUI
5 4 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.34%) Maven
6 3 (0.34%) PyCharm
6 3 (0.34%) RStudio
7 2 (0.22%) Hudson
7 2 (0.22%) NeoLoad
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (0.22%) webpack
General
1 173 (19.33%) Public Sector
2 81 (9.05%) Finance
3 56 (6.26%) Telecoms
4 51 (5.70%) Marketing
5 46 (5.14%) Electronics
5 46 (5.14%) Manufacturing
6 19 (2.12%) Law
7 14 (1.56%) Local Government
8 8 (0.89%) Back Office
8 8 (0.89%) Legal
9 7 (0.78%) Retail
10 5 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.34%) Fire and Rescue
12 1 (0.11%) Billing
12 1 (0.11%) Police
Job Titles
1 177 (19.78%) Analyst
2 104 (11.62%) Project Manager
3 98 (10.95%) Developer
4 50 (5.59%) Architect
5 39 (4.36%) Business Analyst
6 36 (4.02%) Technical Architect
7 33 (3.69%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 32 (3.58%) Information Analyst
9 30 (3.35%) Data Analyst
10 29 (3.24%) IT Manager
11 26 (2.91%) Service Analyst
11 26 (2.91%) Trainer
12 25 (2.79%) NHS Project Manager
12 25 (2.79%) Service Desk Analyst
13 23 (2.57%) IT Analyst
14 21 (2.35%) Support Engineer
15 20 (2.23%) NHS Business Analyst
15 20 (2.23%) Senior Analyst
16 19 (2.12%) IT Support
17 18 (2.01%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (3.46%) .NET
2 14 (1.56%) .NET Framework
3 12 (1.34%) CSS
3 12 (1.34%) HTML
4 10 (1.12%) React
5 9 (1.01%) .NET Core
6 8 (0.89%) Entity Framework
6 8 (0.89%) Node.js
7 7 (0.78%) jQuery
7 7 (0.78%) Middleware
7 7 (0.78%) OAuth
7 7 (0.78%) OAuth2
7 7 (0.78%) OpenID
8 6 (0.67%) Django
8 6 (0.67%) JSON
8 6 (0.67%) RESTful
9 5 (0.56%) ASP.NET Web API
9 5 (0.56%) Razor View Engine
9 5 (0.56%) Spring
9 5 (0.56%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 70 (7.82%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (5.14%) Management Information System
3 29 (3.24%) User Experience
4 21 (2.35%) PACS
5 13 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (1.34%) Freedom of Information
7 10 (1.12%) Freedom of Information Act
8 9 (1.01%) Driving Licence
9 7 (0.78%) Blackberry
9 7 (0.78%) SystemC
10 6 (0.67%) LIMS
11 5 (0.56%) Data Centre
12 4 (0.45%) CMDB
12 4 (0.45%) Cyberthreat
12 4 (0.45%) Data Structures
12 4 (0.45%) e-Learning
12 4 (0.45%) Smartcard
12 4 (0.45%) W3C
13 3 (0.34%) Blog
13 3 (0.34%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 88 (9.83%) Windows
2 49 (5.47%) Windows 10
3 21 (2.35%) Windows 7
4 18 (2.01%) Windows Server
5 12 (1.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (1.23%) Linux
7 10 (1.12%) Apple iOS
8 6 (0.67%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.34%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.34%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (0.22%) Android
10 2 (0.22%) Mac OS
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%) Unix
11 1 (0.11%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.11%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (18.21%) Business Intelligence
2 107 (11.96%) Agile Software Development
3 81 (9.05%) Project Management
4 80 (8.94%) ITIL
5 75 (8.38%) Stakeholder Management
6 66 (7.37%) Migration
7 65 (7.26%) Programme Management
8 48 (5.36%) Digital Marketing
8 48 (5.36%) Service Management
9 42 (4.69%) Service Delivery
10 40 (4.47%) Decision-Making
11 39 (4.36%) Information Governance
12 38 (4.25%) Analytics
13 37 (4.13%) PRINCE2
14 34 (3.80%) Stakeholder Engagement
15 33 (3.69%) Problem-Solving
16 32 (3.58%) DevOps
17 31 (3.46%) Change Management
18 30 (3.35%) Business Case
19 26 (2.91%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 135 (15.08%) SQL
2 38 (4.25%) Python
3 32 (3.58%) JavaScript
4 24 (2.68%) Java
5 19 (2.12%) C#
6 18 (2.01%) T-SQL
7 14 (1.56%) R
8 8 (0.89%) C
9 7 (0.78%) PHP
9 7 (0.78%) PowerShell
10 6 (0.67%) VBA
11 5 (0.56%) Scala
12 4 (0.45%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.45%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 4 (0.45%) Go
13 2 (0.22%) PL/SQL
13 2 (0.22%) Ruby
13 2 (0.22%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.22%) VBScript
14 1 (0.11%) Perl
Qualifications
1 32 (3.58%) Degree
2 25 (2.79%) Security Cleared
3 14 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
4 13 (1.45%) Cisco Certification
5 10 (1.12%) SC Cleared
6 9 (1.01%) A+ Certification
6 9 (1.01%) MCP
6 9 (1.01%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (0.89%) CCNA
8 7 (0.78%) ISTQB
9 6 (0.67%) Network+ Certification
9 6 (0.67%) Postgraduate
9 6 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 5 (0.56%) CCNP
10 5 (0.56%) ISEB
10 5 (0.56%) Master's Degree
11 4 (0.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (0.45%) MCDST
11 4 (0.45%) MCSA
11 4 (0.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.46%) SLA
2 28 (3.13%) PMO
3 20 (2.23%) Data Quality
3 20 (2.23%) HL7
4 17 (1.90%) GDPR
5 11 (1.23%) QA
6 7 (0.78%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.22%) DICOM
8 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.22%) SNOMED CT
9 1 (0.11%) COSHH
9 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.11%) GMP
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 63 (7.04%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.23%) Terminal Services
3 10 (1.12%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.89%) Docker
5 2 (0.22%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.22%) vSphere
6 1 (0.11%) BitLocker
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
Systems Management
1 20 (2.23%) SCCM
2 12 (1.34%) Terraform
3 10 (1.12%) Kubernetes
4 4 (0.45%) Ansible
4 4 (0.45%) DameWare
4 4 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 2 (0.22%) SCOM
5 2 (0.22%) WMI
6 1 (0.11%) CSIRT
6 1 (0.11%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.11%) HP ALM
6 1 (0.11%) Nessus
6 1 (0.11%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.11%) OpenVAS
6 1 (0.11%) ServiceCenter
6 1 (0.11%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.11%) TrustSec
6 1 (0.11%) vRealize
Vendors
1 126 (14.08%) Microsoft
2 46 (5.14%) SAP
3 30 (3.35%) Cisco
4 28 (3.13%) Cerner
5 22 (2.46%) Oracle
6 20 (2.23%) HP
7 18 (2.01%) VMware
8 9 (1.01%) Databricks
9 8 (0.89%) Google
10 7 (0.78%) MuleSoft
11 6 (0.67%) Apple
11 6 (0.67%) IBM
11 6 (0.67%) Twitter
12 5 (0.56%) Facebook
12 5 (0.56%) Instagram
13 4 (0.45%) Citrix
14 3 (0.34%) Adobe
14 3 (0.34%) Atlassian
14 3 (0.34%) Dell
15 2 (0.22%) Talend