Period
to 20 September 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 20 September 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
20 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 160 286 343
Rank change year-on-year +126 +57 -29
Contract jobs citing NHS 417 741 730
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.64% 0.91% 0.78%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 4.74% 2.90% 2.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 247 436 440
Median daily rate £300 £325 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% -12.16% +5.71%
10th Percentile £135 £136 £154
90th Percentile £550 £538 £538
UK median daily rate £300 £325 £363
% change year-on-year -7.69% -10.34% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 117 66
Median hourly rate £19.38 £15.50 £15.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +1.89% +0.75%
10th Percentile £12.63 £10.16 £10.08
90th Percentile £35.00 £29.68 £31.60
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £14.70 £15.43
% change year-on-year +29.25% -4.70% -3.61%

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 8,791 25,558 30,799
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 34.57% 31.49% 32.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,652 16,390 20,190
Median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £278
90th Percentile £725 £675 £663
UK median daily rate £480 £475 £470
% change year-on-year +1.05% +1.06% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 372 918 949
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +59.09% +7.32% +2.50%
10th Percentile £13.53 £11.47 £12.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £54.00 £50.35
Median hourly rate £34.13 £22.00 £20.09
% change year-on-year +55.11% +9.53% -2.99%

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 20 September 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 20 September 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 20 September 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
London +178 135 £328 -13.07% 24
North of England +87 130 £313 +4.17% 35
North West +78 69 £250 -10.71% 17
Yorkshire +61 57 £440 +3.53% 17
East of England +80 50 £225 -10.00% 6
South East +139 44 £225 +0.90% 10
Midlands +46 38 £263 -19.23% 7
West Midlands +53 25 £250 -28.57% 2
South West +52 17 £490 +8.89% 8
East Midlands +26 11 £345 +88.52% 5
North East +29 4 £350 +34.62% 1
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 20 September 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.

1 100 (23.98%) Windows
2 84 (20.14%) Public Sector
3 78 (18.71%) Microsoft
4 67 (16.07%) Windows 10
5 62 (14.87%) Business Intelligence
6 52 (12.47%) Active Directory
7 43 (10.31%) SQL
7 43 (10.31%) Agile Software Development
8 40 (9.59%) Telecoms
8 40 (9.59%) Office 365
9 37 (8.87%) Finance
9 37 (8.87%) Microsoft Office
10 33 (7.91%) Stakeholder Management
11 32 (7.67%) Programme Management
11 32 (7.67%) SCCM
11 32 (7.67%) Windows 7
12 29 (6.95%) Migration
13 27 (6.47%) LAN
13 27 (6.47%) Power Platform
14 26 (6.24%) Marketing
15 25 (6.00%) Digital Marketing
15 25 (6.00%) WAN
15 25 (6.00%) SAP
15 25 (6.00%) Manufacturing
15 25 (6.00%) Electronics
15 25 (6.00%) Electronic Patient Records
16 24 (5.76%) Power BI
16 24 (5.76%) ITIL
16 24 (5.76%) Project Management
17 23 (5.52%) SQL 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 8 (1.92%) SharePoint
2 7 (1.68%) MS Exchange
3 5 (1.20%) Confluence
4 3 (0.72%) ArcGIS
4 3 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (0.72%) Skype for Business
5 2 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.48%) Totara
5 2 (0.48%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.24%) Apache
6 1 (0.24%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.24%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.24%) Site Server
6 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
Applications
1 37 (8.87%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (4.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.72%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.24%) Dynamics GP
1 1 (0.24%) Oracle HRMS
1 1 (0.24%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 40 (9.59%) Office 365
2 27 (6.47%) Power Platform
3 23 (5.52%) Azure
4 12 (2.88%) AWS
5 5 (1.20%) PowerApps
6 3 (0.72%) Power Automate
6 3 (0.72%) WhatsApp
7 2 (0.48%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 2 (0.48%) IaaS
8 1 (0.24%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.24%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.24%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.24%) GCP
8 1 (0.24%) PaaS
8 1 (0.24%) Serverless
8 1 (0.24%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 27 (6.47%) LAN
2 25 (6.00%) WAN
3 14 (3.36%) Firewall
4 13 (3.12%) VPN
5 10 (2.40%) VoIP
6 9 (2.16%) Wi-Fi
6 9 (2.16%) Wireless
7 7 (1.68%) DNS
7 7 (1.68%) Skype
8 5 (1.20%) Internet
8 5 (1.20%) TCP/IP
9 4 (0.96%) Intranet
9 4 (0.96%) Remote Desktop
10 3 (0.72%) ISDN
10 3 (0.72%) Network Security
10 3 (0.72%) SAN
10 3 (0.72%) Unified Communications
11 2 (0.48%) DPNSS
11 2 (0.48%) MPLS
11 2 (0.48%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (6.00%) Electronic Patient Records
2 24 (5.76%) Power BI
3 23 (5.52%) SQL Server
4 20 (4.80%) Data Warehouse
5 13 (3.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 10 (2.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (1.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 5 (1.20%) MS Access
8 5 (1.20%) MySQL
9 4 (0.96%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (0.96%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
10 3 (0.72%) GIS
10 3 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.72%) Qlik Sense
10 3 (0.72%) QlikView
11 2 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
11 2 (0.48%) Big Data
11 2 (0.48%) EDMS
11 2 (0.48%) InterSystems Cache
Development Applications
1 9 (2.16%) JIRA
2 6 (1.44%) Hudson
3 3 (0.72%) Jenkins
3 3 (0.72%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (0.48%) Dreamweaver
4 2 (0.48%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.48%) Selenium
4 2 (0.48%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.24%) Balsamiq
5 1 (0.24%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.24%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.24%) JMeter
5 1 (0.24%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.24%) Moq
5 1 (0.24%) NeoLoad
5 1 (0.24%) NUnit
5 1 (0.24%) SoapUI
5 1 (0.24%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.24%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.24%) WebDriver
General
1 84 (20.14%) Public Sector
2 40 (9.59%) Telecoms
3 37 (8.87%) Finance
4 26 (6.24%) Marketing
5 25 (6.00%) Electronics
5 25 (6.00%) Manufacturing
6 13 (3.12%) Law
7 12 (2.88%) Local Government
8 4 (0.96%) Legal
8 4 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.72%) Billing
9 3 (0.72%) Retail
10 1 (0.24%) Back Office
10 1 (0.24%) Games
10 1 (0.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 73 (17.51%) Analyst
2 41 (9.83%) Developer
3 34 (8.15%) Project Manager
4 33 (7.91%) Support Engineer
5 27 (6.47%) Desktop Support
6 26 (6.24%) Business Analyst
7 25 (6.00%) Desktop Engineer
8 22 (5.28%) Architect
9 17 (4.08%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 15 (3.60%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 15 (3.60%) IT Support
11 14 (3.36%) Deployment Engineer
12 13 (3.12%) IT Analyst
13 12 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support
13 12 (2.88%) NHS Business Analyst
14 11 (2.64%) Administrator
14 11 (2.64%) IT Engineer
14 11 (2.64%) Service Analyst
15 10 (2.40%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 10 (2.40%) NHS Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (3.60%) .NET
2 5 (1.20%) XML
3 4 (0.96%) ASP.NET
4 3 (0.72%) .NET Framework
4 3 (0.72%) HTML
4 3 (0.72%) JSON
4 3 (0.72%) RESTful
5 2 (0.48%) Django
5 2 (0.48%) LDAP
5 2 (0.48%) OAuth
5 2 (0.48%) OAuth2
5 2 (0.48%) OpenID
5 2 (0.48%) React
5 2 (0.48%) SailPoint
5 2 (0.48%) SAML
5 2 (0.48%) Spring
5 2 (0.48%) Spring Boot
5 2 (0.48%) Web Services
6 1 (0.24%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (0.24%) HTML5 Canvas
Miscellaneous
1 21 (5.04%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (4.32%) Management Information System
3 8 (1.92%) User Experience
4 7 (1.68%) Freedom of Information
5 6 (1.44%) LIMS
6 5 (1.20%) Data Centre
6 5 (1.20%) Driving Licence
7 4 (0.96%) e-Learning
8 3 (0.72%) Blackberry
8 3 (0.72%) Clustering
8 3 (0.72%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (0.72%) Freedom of Information Act
8 3 (0.72%) PACS
9 2 (0.48%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.48%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.48%) Mobile App
9 2 (0.48%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.48%) SystemC
9 2 (0.48%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.48%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 100 (23.98%) Windows
2 67 (16.07%) Windows 10
3 32 (7.67%) Windows 7
4 9 (2.16%) Linux
5 8 (1.92%) Windows Server
6 6 (1.44%) Apple iOS
7 5 (1.20%) Android
7 5 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (1.20%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (1.20%) Windows XP
8 4 (0.96%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.72%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (0.48%) CentOS
10 2 (0.48%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.24%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.24%) Unix
11 1 (0.24%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (14.87%) Business Intelligence
2 43 (10.31%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (7.91%) Stakeholder Management
4 32 (7.67%) Programme Management
5 29 (6.95%) Migration
6 25 (6.00%) Digital Marketing
7 24 (5.76%) ITIL
7 24 (5.76%) Project Management
8 19 (4.56%) Data Protection
9 18 (4.32%) Information Governance
10 17 (4.08%) Analytics
11 15 (3.60%) Disaster Recovery
11 15 (3.60%) Problem-Solving
12 14 (3.36%) Business Case
12 14 (3.36%) Scrum
13 13 (3.12%) Cybersecurity
13 13 (3.12%) PRINCE2
14 12 (2.88%) Business Analysis
14 12 (2.88%) Change Management
14 12 (2.88%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 43 (10.31%) SQL
2 10 (2.40%) C#
2 10 (2.40%) Python
3 7 (1.68%) JavaScript
4 6 (1.44%) R
5 5 (1.20%) Java
6 2 (0.48%) C++
6 2 (0.48%) Go
6 2 (0.48%) PHP
6 2 (0.48%) Scala
6 2 (0.48%) T-SQL
6 2 (0.48%) VB
6 2 (0.48%) XAML
7 1 (0.24%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.24%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.24%) VBA
Qualifications
1 14 (3.36%) Security Cleared
2 10 (2.40%) Degree
3 8 (1.92%) SC Cleared
4 6 (1.44%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (1.20%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (1.20%) Network+ Certification
5 5 (1.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 4 (0.96%) CCNA
6 4 (0.96%) CEH
6 4 (0.96%) CompTIA Security+
6 4 (0.96%) MCP
6 4 (0.96%) SANS
7 3 (0.72%) CCNP
7 3 (0.72%) ISEB
7 3 (0.72%) Postgraduate
8 2 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.48%) CISSP
8 2 (0.48%) DBS Check
8 2 (0.48%) ISTQB
8 2 (0.48%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (2.40%) PMO
2 7 (1.68%) GDPR
2 7 (1.68%) QA
2 7 (1.68%) SLA
3 5 (1.20%) HL7
4 4 (0.96%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.48%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.24%) GMP
6 1 (0.24%) Good Clinical Practice
6 1 (0.24%) GxP
6 1 (0.24%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 52 (12.47%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.20%) Docker
4 4 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (0.96%) vSphere
5 3 (0.72%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.48%) NDS
6 2 (0.48%) NetIQ eDirectory
6 2 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.24%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.24%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.24%) UAG
7 1 (0.24%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.24%) XenApp
7 1 (0.24%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 32 (7.67%) SCCM
2 5 (1.20%) Kubernetes
3 3 (0.72%) SCOM
3 3 (0.72%) Single Sign-On
3 3 (0.72%) Stealthwatch
3 3 (0.72%) Terraform
4 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (0.48%) NetIQ Identity Manager
4 2 (0.48%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.24%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.24%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (0.24%) Nessus
5 1 (0.24%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.24%) OpenVAS
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.24%) Puppet
5 1 (0.24%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.24%) vRealize
5 1 (0.24%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 78 (18.71%) Microsoft
2 25 (6.00%) SAP
3 23 (5.52%) Cisco
4 14 (3.36%) Citrix
4 14 (3.36%) VMware
5 8 (1.92%) Cerner
5 8 (1.92%) HP
6 7 (1.68%) Tableau
6 7 (1.68%) Twitter
7 6 (1.44%) Facebook
7 6 (1.44%) Instagram
8 5 (1.20%) Oracle
9 4 (0.96%) Avaya
9 4 (0.96%) Splunk
10 3 (0.72%) BT
10 3 (0.72%) Dell
10 3 (0.72%) Siemens
11 2 (0.48%) CheckPoint
11 2 (0.48%) ESRI
11 2 (0.48%) NetIQ