Period
to 17 October 2019

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 October 2019 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 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 281 320 314
Rank change year-on-year +39 -6 -75
Contract jobs citing NHS 729 775 736
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.94% 0.82% 0.81%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.98% 2.51% 2.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 404 450 494
England median daily rate £320 £350 £339
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.57% +3.32% +4.23%
10th Percentile £131 £150 £175
90th Percentile £525 £546 £545
UK median daily rate £310 £350 £335
% change year-on-year -11.43% +4.48% +7.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 61 68
England median hourly rate £14.51 £14.88 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.49% -7.01% -11.10%
10th Percentile £10.16 £10.20 £10.40
90th Percentile £29.24 £31.69 £32.36
UK median hourly rate £14.70 £14.94 £16.42
% change year-on-year -1.61% -9.00% -11.26%

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 24,445 30,908 30,441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 31.44% 32.77% 33.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,690 20,335 20,072
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £265 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £674 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 926 960 927
England median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.50% - -
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.23 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.88 £50.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £21.53 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.65% - -

NHS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for NHS in England

NHS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing NHS in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for NHS in England

NHS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing NHS in England over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for NHS in England

NHS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing NHS in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for NHS in England

NHS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing NHS in England over the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

Contractor 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 October 2019. 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 0 190 £388 +4.73% 38
North of England -1 177 £300 -25.00% 52
South East +75 118 £213 -29.17% 41
Midlands +67 109 £344 -8.33% 25
Yorkshire +22 90 £375 -14.29% 17
North West -13 71 £285 -5.00% 30
East of England +35 70 £250 +22.21% 19
South West +14 66 £360 +10.77% 17
West Midlands +40 55 £375 -4.76% 15
East Midlands +45 46 £204 -41.71% 9
North East +23 16 £260 -44.68% 5
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, 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.

1 166 (22.77%) Public Sector
2 165 (22.63%) Windows
3 146 (20.03%) Microsoft
4 144 (19.75%) Business Intelligence
5 117 (16.05%) Active Directory
6 112 (15.36%) SQL
7 111 (15.23%) Agile Software Development
8 106 (14.54%) Windows 10
9 86 (11.80%) ITIL
10 81 (11.11%) Migration
11 80 (10.97%) Retail
12 70 (9.60%) Microsoft Office
13 68 (9.33%) SQL Server
14 66 (9.05%) Project Management
14 66 (9.05%) Finance
15 58 (7.96%) Windows 7
16 56 (7.68%) Windows Server
17 54 (7.41%) Security Cleared
18 52 (7.13%) Analytical Skills
19 50 (6.86%) Azure
19 50 (6.86%) Stakeholder Management
19 50 (6.86%) Data Warehouse
20 49 (6.72%) Telecoms
20 49 (6.72%) Electronic Patient Records
21 46 (6.31%) Programme Management
22 45 (6.17%) Marketing
22 45 (6.17%) JIRA
23 44 (6.04%) Service Management
24 43 (5.90%) Analytics
25 41 (5.62%) Digital 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 31 (4.25%) Confluence
1 31 (4.25%) SharePoint
2 27 (3.70%) MS Exchange
3 8 (1.10%) SAS
4 7 (0.96%) CMS
5 5 (0.69%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.55%) WordPress
7 3 (0.41%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.27%) Apache
8 2 (0.27%) JCAPS
8 2 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 2 (0.27%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.27%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.14%) Apache ServiceMix
9 1 (0.14%) IIS
9 1 (0.14%) nginx
9 1 (0.14%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.14%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 70 (9.60%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (5.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.82%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (0.82%) Photoshop
4 5 (0.69%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.41%) GIMP
6 3 (0.41%) Sketch
7 1 (0.14%) InVision
7 1 (0.14%) S-PLUS
7 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (1.23%) Cerner Millennium
2 7 (0.96%) SystmOne
3 5 (0.69%) Lorenzo
4 3 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.14%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.14%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.14%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 50 (6.86%) Azure
2 32 (4.39%) Power Platform
3 28 (3.84%) AWS
4 21 (2.88%) Office 365
5 12 (1.65%) GitHub
6 10 (1.37%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (0.82%) Amazon SQS
7 6 (0.82%) npm
7 6 (0.82%) PaaS
8 5 (0.69%) Amazon EKS
8 5 (0.69%) IaaS
8 5 (0.69%) Slack
9 4 (0.55%) Amazon ELB
9 4 (0.55%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.41%) Adobe Analytics
10 3 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.41%) Firebase
10 3 (0.41%) Heroku
10 3 (0.41%) SaaS
10 3 (0.41%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.84%) Firewall
2 27 (3.70%) DNS
3 20 (2.74%) LAN
4 16 (2.19%) VPN
5 15 (2.06%) Wireless
6 12 (1.65%) DHCP
6 12 (1.65%) Intranet
6 12 (1.65%) WAN
7 11 (1.51%) Internet
8 9 (1.23%) VoIP
9 7 (0.96%) Network Security
10 6 (0.82%) Cisco ASA
10 6 (0.82%) MPLS
10 6 (0.82%) Remote Desktop
10 6 (0.82%) TCP/IP
11 5 (0.69%) OpenVPN
11 5 (0.69%) WLAN
12 4 (0.55%) HTTP
12 4 (0.55%) SAN
12 4 (0.55%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (9.33%) SQL Server
2 50 (6.86%) Data Warehouse
3 49 (6.72%) Electronic Patient Records
4 34 (4.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 32 (4.39%) Power BI
6 24 (3.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 22 (3.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 17 (2.33%) Amazon RDS
9 14 (1.92%) MySQL
10 8 (1.10%) Oracle Database
10 8 (1.10%) Relational Database
10 8 (1.10%) SQL Server 2016
11 7 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
12 6 (0.82%) QlikView
13 5 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
14 4 (0.55%) Azure SQL Database
14 4 (0.55%) Big Data
15 3 (0.41%) Hadoop
15 3 (0.41%) Oracle ODI
15 3 (0.41%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 45 (6.17%) JIRA
2 34 (4.66%) Git (software)
3 22 (3.02%) Jenkins
4 18 (2.47%) Maven
5 16 (2.19%) JUnit
6 14 (1.92%) Mockito
7 13 (1.78%) Cucumber
8 12 (1.65%) SonarQube
9 11 (1.51%) Karma Test Runner
9 11 (1.51%) Protractor
10 9 (1.23%) Jasmine
11 7 (0.96%) DbUnit
11 7 (0.96%) jMock
12 6 (0.82%) gulp
12 6 (0.82%) Selenium
12 6 (0.82%) Visual Studio
13 5 (0.69%) Sonatype Nexus
14 4 (0.55%) Grunt
14 4 (0.55%) WebDriver
15 3 (0.41%) Vagrant
General
1 166 (22.77%) Public Sector
2 80 (10.97%) Retail
3 66 (9.05%) Finance
4 49 (6.72%) Telecoms
5 45 (6.17%) Marketing
6 41 (5.62%) Manufacturing
7 36 (4.94%) Electronics
8 26 (3.57%) Pharmaceutical
9 23 (3.16%) Local Government
10 6 (0.82%) Legal
11 4 (0.55%) Law
12 3 (0.41%) Back Office
13 2 (0.27%) Banking
14 1 (0.14%) Advertising
14 1 (0.14%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.14%) Military
14 1 (0.14%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 190 (26.06%) Analyst
2 95 (13.03%) Developer
3 72 (9.88%) Project Manager
4 49 (6.72%) Business Analyst
4 49 (6.72%) Service Analyst
5 44 (6.04%) Windows Engineer
6 42 (5.76%) Service Desk Analyst
7 37 (5.08%) IT Analyst
8 33 (4.53%) Desktop Engineer
9 32 (4.39%) Support Engineer
10 30 (4.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 28 (3.84%) Data Analyst
11 28 (3.84%) IT Support
12 26 (3.57%) Information Analyst
13 22 (3.02%) Architect
13 22 (3.02%) Server Engineer
14 21 (2.88%) Desktop Support
14 21 (2.88%) Field Engineer
15 20 (2.74%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 19 (2.61%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (3.70%) AngularJS
2 24 (3.29%) Web Services
3 20 (2.74%) RESTful
4 19 (2.61%) HTML
5 17 (2.33%) CSS
5 17 (2.33%) Spring
6 14 (1.92%) SOAP
6 14 (1.92%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 13 (1.78%) .NET
8 12 (1.65%) REST
8 12 (1.65%) Sass
9 10 (1.37%) Hibernate
10 9 (1.23%) J2EE
10 9 (1.23%) Spring Boot
10 9 (1.23%) XML
11 7 (0.96%) ASP.NET
11 7 (0.96%) JSON
11 7 (0.96%) PowerMock
12 6 (0.82%) ActiveMQ
12 6 (0.82%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 52 (7.13%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (4.94%) User Experience
3 32 (4.39%) Management Information System
4 19 (2.61%) e-Health
4 19 (2.61%) LIMS
4 19 (2.61%) PACS
5 18 (2.47%) Driving Licence
6 16 (2.19%) Data Centre
7 15 (2.06%) Self-Motivation
8 10 (1.37%) Blackberry
9 9 (1.23%) Algorithms
10 7 (0.96%) Linked Data
11 6 (0.82%) Freedom of Information
11 6 (0.82%) Mobile App
12 5 (0.69%) Clustering
13 3 (0.41%) Freedom of Information Act
13 3 (0.41%) Smartcard
14 2 (0.27%) Data Protection Act
14 2 (0.27%) PMI
14 2 (0.27%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 165 (22.63%) Windows
2 106 (14.54%) Windows 10
3 58 (7.96%) Windows 7
4 56 (7.68%) Windows Server
5 23 (3.16%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (1.92%) Linux
7 13 (1.78%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (1.51%) HPUX
9 7 (0.96%) Unix
9 7 (0.96%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (0.55%) Android
11 3 (0.41%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.27%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.27%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.14%) CentOS
13 1 (0.14%) Data ONTAP
13 1 (0.14%) Mac OS X Server
13 1 (0.14%) VMS
13 1 (0.14%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 144 (19.75%) Business Intelligence
2 111 (15.23%) Agile Software Development
3 86 (11.80%) ITIL
4 81 (11.11%) Migration
5 66 (9.05%) Project Management
6 50 (6.86%) Stakeholder Management
7 46 (6.31%) Programme Management
8 44 (6.04%) Service Management
9 43 (5.90%) Analytics
10 41 (5.62%) Digital Marketing
10 41 (5.62%) PRINCE2
11 40 (5.49%) Scrum
12 35 (4.80%) Problem-Solving
13 34 (4.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 30 (4.12%) Data Migration
15 29 (3.98%) Informatics
16 28 (3.84%) DevOps
16 28 (3.84%) Stakeholder Engagement
17 26 (3.57%) ePrescribing
18 25 (3.43%) Health Informatics
Programming Languages
1 112 (15.36%) SQL
2 37 (5.08%) JavaScript
3 27 (3.70%) Java
4 19 (2.61%) Python
5 14 (1.92%) PL/SQL
6 13 (1.78%) TypeScript
7 12 (1.65%) C#
8 11 (1.51%) PowerShell
9 10 (1.37%) T-SQL
10 8 (1.10%) ES6
11 7 (0.96%) Java 8
12 5 (0.69%) R
13 4 (0.55%) VBA
14 3 (0.41%) Objective-C
15 2 (0.27%) C
15 2 (0.27%) Ruby
15 2 (0.27%) Rust
15 2 (0.27%) VB
15 2 (0.27%) XAML
16 1 (0.14%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 54 (7.41%) Security Cleared
2 37 (5.08%) Degree
3 26 (3.57%) SC Cleared
4 23 (3.16%) Cisco Certification
5 17 (2.33%) CCNA
6 16 (2.19%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (1.65%) BPSS Clearance
7 12 (1.65%) CCNP
8 11 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
9 10 (1.37%) ISEB
10 8 (1.10%) DBS Check
10 8 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 7 (0.96%) MCSE
12 5 (0.69%) MCP
12 5 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 4 (0.55%) MCSA
13 4 (0.55%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 3 (0.41%) ISTQB
14 3 (0.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (4.94%) PMO
2 33 (4.53%) Data Quality
3 29 (3.98%) HL7
4 23 (3.16%) SLA
5 11 (1.51%) QA
6 5 (0.69%) GDPR
6 5 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 3 (0.41%) SNOMED CT
8 3 (0.41%) WCAG
9 2 (0.27%) ISO 13485
9 2 (0.27%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 117 (16.05%) Active Directory
2 22 (3.02%) Docker
2 22 (3.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (1.92%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.82%) Postfix
4 6 (0.82%) XenApp
5 5 (0.69%) VMware NSX
6 4 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.55%) vSphere
7 3 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.27%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.27%) HDFS
8 2 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.27%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 34 (4.66%) SCCM
2 12 (1.65%) Kubernetes
3 10 (1.37%) Ansible
4 9 (1.23%) Terraform
5 5 (0.69%) FreeIPA
6 4 (0.55%) Cisco Prime
6 4 (0.55%) Rancher
7 3 (0.41%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (0.41%) Puppet
7 3 (0.41%) SCVMM
8 2 (0.27%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.27%) Control-M
8 2 (0.27%) Hadoop YARN
8 2 (0.27%) Nessus
8 2 (0.27%) RSA Archer
8 2 (0.27%) ZENworks
9 1 (0.14%) Consul
9 1 (0.14%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.14%) NetIQ Identity Manager
9 1 (0.14%) SCOM
Vendors
1 146 (20.03%) Microsoft
2 39 (5.35%) SAP
2 39 (5.35%) VMware
3 33 (4.53%) Cisco
3 33 (4.53%) HP
4 20 (2.74%) Tableau
5 14 (1.92%) Cerner
5 14 (1.92%) Oracle
6 13 (1.78%) Apple
7 9 (1.23%) Citrix
8 8 (1.10%) ServiceNow
9 7 (0.96%) Remedy
10 6 (0.82%) Ivanti
11 5 (0.69%) Black Duck
11 5 (0.69%) BMC
11 5 (0.69%) Google
11 5 (0.69%) Splunk
12 3 (0.41%) ForgeRock
12 3 (0.41%) Meraki
12 3 (0.41%) Tealium