Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 163 153 293
Rank change year-on-year -10 +140 +35
Contract jobs citing NHS 1,143 476 729
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.72% 1.79% 0.94%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 5.60% 5.55% 3.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 850 301 482
10th Percentile £150 £145 £130
25th Percentile £210 £205 £200
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £331 £325 £310
Median % change year-on-year +1.69% +4.84% -14.78%
75th Percentile £475 £438 £450
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK median daily rate £347 £314 £300
% change year-on-year +10.44% +4.58% -17.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 31 118
10th Percentile £12.53 £11.75 £10.16
25th Percentile £14.39 £12.84 £12.44
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.75 £14.34
Median % change year-on-year +12.68% +23.78% -3.63%
75th Percentile £26.99 £24.75 £20.94
90th Percentile £34.91 £28.83 £26.11
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £18.38 £14.45
% change year-on-year +6.12% +27.21% -2.92%

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 20,418 8,571 22,540
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 30.67% 32.27% 28.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,424 5,912 14,980
10th Percentile £300 £275 £275
25th Percentile £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £638 £619 £588
90th Percentile £725 £725 £675
UK median daily rate £525 £486 £475
% change year-on-year +8.02% +2.32% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 623 259 773
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.20 £11.27
25th Percentile £15.04 £16.59 £14.28
Median hourly rate £24.08 £30.85 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -21.94% +50.49% -
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.00 £47.50
90th Percentile £64.04 £61.25 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.96 £20.50
% change year-on-year -7.27% +31.51% +2.50%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 17 October 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 +9 348 £400 +33.33% 67
London -129 253 £375 +3.45% 70
North West -3 169 £350 +42.86% 28
East of England +25 165 £215 -7.03% 12
Yorkshire +10 165 £475 +13.10% 35
South East +5 159 £285 +5.56% 43
Midlands -17 101 £224 -18.55% 54
West Midlands -28 63 £224 -14.67% 37
South West -13 50 £240 -49.53% 24
East Midlands -23 31 £205 -40.58% 17
North East 0 14 £289 -49.74% 4
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 277 (24.23%) Public Sector
2 231 (20.21%) Business Intelligence
3 172 (15.05%) SQL
4 167 (14.61%) Microsoft
5 164 (14.35%) Agile Software Development
6 137 (11.99%) Project Management
7 128 (11.20%) Social Skills
8 121 (10.59%) Windows
9 116 (10.15%) Finance
10 109 (9.54%) Azure
11 99 (8.66%) SQL Server
12 96 (8.40%) Programme Management
13 94 (8.22%) Power Platform
14 89 (7.79%) Electronic Patient Records
15 88 (7.70%) Power BI
16 85 (7.44%) Migration
17 84 (7.35%) Stakeholder Management
18 81 (7.09%) Telecoms
18 81 (7.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 81 (7.09%) AWS
19 79 (6.91%) ITIL
20 78 (6.82%) Data Warehouse
21 73 (6.39%) Microsoft Excel
21 73 (6.39%) Microsoft Office
21 73 (6.39%) SAP
21 73 (6.39%) Manufacturing
21 73 (6.39%) Marketing
22 72 (6.30%) Electronics
22 72 (6.30%) Digital Marketing
22 72 (6.30%) Microsoft 365

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 18 (1.57%) SharePoint
2 13 (1.14%) MS Exchange
3 6 (0.52%) Confluence
4 4 (0.35%) SAS
4 4 (0.35%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.26%) Apache
5 3 (0.26%) Apache Airflow
5 3 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.26%) IIS
6 2 (0.17%) CMS
6 2 (0.17%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.17%) WordPress
7 1 (0.087%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.087%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.087%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.087%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.087%) Moodle
7 1 (0.087%) Totara
7 1 (0.087%) Umbraco
Applications
1 73 (6.39%) Microsoft Excel
1 73 (6.39%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (0.96%) Microsoft Project
3 10 (0.87%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.17%) SPSS
7 1 (0.087%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.087%) S-PLUS
7 1 (0.087%) Stata
Business Applications
1 19 (1.66%) Cerner Millennium
2 16 (1.40%) SystmOne
3 9 (0.79%) Lorenzo
4 4 (0.35%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.087%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.087%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 109 (9.54%) Azure
2 94 (8.22%) Power Platform
3 81 (7.09%) AWS
4 72 (6.30%) Microsoft 365
5 15 (1.31%) Serverless
6 12 (1.05%) GCP
7 9 (0.79%) SaaS
8 8 (0.70%) Azure Active Directory
9 7 (0.61%) Amazon S3
9 7 (0.61%) AWS Lambda
9 7 (0.61%) PaaS
10 6 (0.52%) GitHub
11 5 (0.44%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (0.44%) IaaS
12 4 (0.35%) Azure Event Grid
12 4 (0.35%) Azure Service Bus
13 3 (0.26%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 3 (0.26%) Amazon EKS
13 3 (0.26%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 3 (0.26%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 23 (2.01%) Firewall
2 20 (1.75%) VPN
3 17 (1.49%) LAN
4 16 (1.40%) WAN
5 11 (0.96%) DNS
5 11 (0.96%) SAN
6 10 (0.87%) DHCP
7 9 (0.79%) Wi-Fi
8 8 (0.70%) Network Security
9 7 (0.61%) HTTP
10 6 (0.52%) TCP/IP
11 4 (0.35%) ISDN
11 4 (0.35%) PBX
11 4 (0.35%) Wireless
12 3 (0.26%) Cisco IOS
12 3 (0.26%) FTP
12 3 (0.26%) Internet
12 3 (0.26%) Intranet
13 2 (0.17%) Broadband
13 2 (0.17%) Softphone
Database & Business Intelligence
1 99 (8.66%) SQL Server
2 89 (7.79%) Electronic Patient Records
3 88 (7.70%) Power BI
4 81 (7.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 78 (6.82%) Data Warehouse
6 70 (6.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 29 (2.54%) QlikView
8 28 (2.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 24 (2.10%) Relational Database
10 21 (1.84%) Tableau
11 18 (1.57%) PostgreSQL
12 13 (1.14%) BusinessObjects
12 13 (1.14%) MySQL
13 12 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
14 11 (0.96%) Qlik Sense
14 11 (0.96%) SQL Server 2016
15 9 (0.79%) Big Data
16 8 (0.70%) Metadata
17 7 (0.61%) MongoDB
17 7 (0.61%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 31 (2.71%) Git (software)
2 20 (1.75%) JIRA
3 17 (1.49%) Jenkins
4 13 (1.14%) Visual Studio
5 9 (0.79%) SonarQube
5 9 (0.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 8 (0.70%) Cucumber
6 8 (0.70%) Maven
6 8 (0.70%) Selenium
7 5 (0.44%) JMeter
7 5 (0.44%) webpack
8 4 (0.35%) JUnit
8 4 (0.35%) Rational Rhapsody
9 3 (0.26%) GitLab
9 3 (0.26%) Postman
10 2 (0.17%) Bitbucket Server
10 2 (0.17%) RStudio
10 2 (0.17%) Serenity BDD
10 2 (0.17%) SpecFlow
10 2 (0.17%) Visual Studio Code
General
1 277 (24.23%) Public Sector
2 128 (11.20%) Social Skills
3 116 (10.15%) Finance
4 81 (7.09%) Telecoms
5 73 (6.39%) Manufacturing
5 73 (6.39%) Marketing
6 72 (6.30%) Electronics
7 64 (5.60%) Analytical Skills
8 20 (1.75%) Retail
9 19 (1.66%) Organisational Skills
10 18 (1.57%) Presentation Skills
11 16 (1.40%) Documentation Skills
11 16 (1.40%) Local Government
12 15 (1.31%) Influencing Skills
13 11 (0.96%) Law
14 7 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
15 6 (0.52%) Legal
16 3 (0.26%) Humanities
16 3 (0.26%) Inclusion and Diversity
16 3 (0.26%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 242 (21.17%) Analyst
2 164 (14.35%) Project Manager
3 98 (8.57%) Developer
4 64 (5.60%) Architect
5 52 (4.55%) IT Manager
6 49 (4.29%) Data Analyst
7 44 (3.85%) NHS Project Manager
8 42 (3.67%) Business Analyst
9 40 (3.50%) IT Project Manager
9 40 (3.50%) Support Engineer
10 39 (3.41%) Service Analyst
10 39 (3.41%) Service Desk Analyst
11 37 (3.24%) Consultant
12 34 (2.97%) Desktop Support
13 30 (2.62%) Delivery Manager
14 27 (2.36%) Programme Manager
14 27 (2.36%) Technical Architect
15 25 (2.19%) Business Intelligence Analyst
15 25 (2.19%) Senior Analyst
15 25 (2.19%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (2.71%) HTML
2 30 (2.62%) .NET
3 20 (1.75%) XML
4 18 (1.57%) Web Services
5 16 (1.40%) CSS
5 16 (1.40%) RESTful
6 13 (1.14%) MDX
7 12 (1.05%) .NET Framework
8 11 (0.96%) ASP.NET
8 11 (0.96%) EDI
9 10 (0.87%) .NET Core
9 10 (0.87%) JSON
9 10 (0.87%) React
9 10 (0.87%) REST
10 8 (0.70%) Ajax
10 8 (0.70%) HTML5
10 8 (0.70%) Node.js
10 8 (0.70%) OAuth
10 8 (0.70%) OpenID
11 7 (0.61%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 51 (4.46%) Management Information System
2 25 (2.19%) LIMS
3 20 (1.75%) User Experience
4 18 (1.57%) Freedom of Information
5 14 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
6 13 (1.14%) Freedom of Information Act
7 12 (1.05%) PACS
8 11 (0.96%) Driving Licence
9 10 (0.87%) Data Centre
9 10 (0.87%) Public Cloud
10 9 (0.79%) Legacy Systems
11 8 (0.70%) Data Protection Act
12 7 (0.61%) Data Structures
12 7 (0.61%) Virtual Team
13 5 (0.44%) iPad
14 4 (0.35%) Cyberthreat
14 4 (0.35%) Greenfield Project
14 4 (0.35%) Smartcard
14 4 (0.35%) Video Conferencing
14 4 (0.35%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 121 (10.59%) Windows
2 48 (4.20%) Windows 10
3 24 (2.10%) Windows Server
4 20 (1.75%) Linux
5 14 (1.22%) Windows 7
6 8 (0.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (0.70%) Windows Server 2016
6 8 (0.70%) Windows Server 2019
7 5 (0.44%) Android
8 4 (0.35%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.26%) Unix
9 3 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.087%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.087%) VMS
11 1 (0.087%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.087%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (20.21%) Business Intelligence
2 164 (14.35%) Agile Software Development
3 137 (11.99%) Project Management
4 96 (8.40%) Programme Management
5 85 (7.44%) Migration
6 84 (7.35%) Stakeholder Management
7 79 (6.91%) ITIL
8 72 (6.30%) Digital Marketing
9 70 (6.12%) Analytics
10 64 (5.60%) DevOps
11 60 (5.25%) PRINCE2
12 52 (4.55%) Project Delivery
13 48 (4.20%) ETL
14 46 (4.02%) Information Governance
15 44 (3.85%) Data Modelling
16 43 (3.76%) Change Management
16 43 (3.76%) Informatics
17 41 (3.59%) Data Protection
18 39 (3.41%) Problem-Solving
19 37 (3.24%) Business Case
Programming Languages
1 172 (15.05%) SQL
2 55 (4.81%) Python
3 34 (2.97%) JavaScript
4 31 (2.71%) Java
5 28 (2.45%) T-SQL
6 24 (2.10%) C#
7 14 (1.22%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 12 (1.05%) PowerShell
8 12 (1.05%) VB
8 12 (1.05%) VBA
9 8 (0.70%) PHP
10 7 (0.61%) Groovy
10 7 (0.61%) VB.NET
11 6 (0.52%) R
12 5 (0.44%) Bash Shell
12 5 (0.44%) PL/SQL
13 4 (0.35%) C
13 4 (0.35%) Java 8
14 3 (0.26%) Ruby
15 2 (0.17%) Perl
Qualifications
1 41 (3.59%) Degree
2 40 (3.50%) Security Cleared
3 33 (2.89%) DBS Check
4 30 (2.62%) BPSS Clearance
5 23 (2.01%) SC Cleared
6 14 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
6 14 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 11 (0.96%) Microsoft Certification
8 9 (0.79%) CCNA
9 8 (0.70%) MCSE
10 7 (0.61%) CISSP
10 7 (0.61%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (0.52%) AWS Certification
11 6 (0.52%) Master's Degree
11 6 (0.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.44%) CCNP
13 3 (0.26%) CISM
13 3 (0.26%) ISEB
13 3 (0.26%) MCP
13 3 (0.26%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (3.06%) GDPR
2 34 (2.97%) Data Quality
3 32 (2.80%) Accessibility
4 31 (2.71%) HL7
5 29 (2.54%) PMO
6 27 (2.36%) QA
7 14 (1.22%) Disclosure Scotland
8 13 (1.14%) SLA
9 7 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 5 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
11 3 (0.26%) SNOMED CT
11 3 (0.26%) WCAG
12 2 (0.17%) DICOM
12 2 (0.17%) PMBOK
13 1 (0.087%) COBIT
13 1 (0.087%) COSHH
13 1 (0.087%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 1 (0.087%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.087%) P3O
13 1 (0.087%) SOC 2
System Software
1 64 (5.60%) Active Directory
2 21 (1.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (1.49%) Docker
4 9 (0.79%) vSphere
5 5 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.17%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.17%) Postfix
6 2 (0.17%) Sendmail
6 2 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.087%) Squid
7 1 (0.087%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 17 (1.49%) SCCM
2 16 (1.40%) Terraform
3 14 (1.22%) Kubernetes
4 8 (0.70%) Cisco CUCM
5 6 (0.52%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 5 (0.44%) Ansible
6 5 (0.44%) WMI
7 4 (0.35%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (0.35%) WSUS
8 3 (0.26%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.17%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.17%) Nagios
9 2 (0.17%) SCOM
10 1 (0.087%) Grafana
10 1 (0.087%) Kibana
10 1 (0.087%) logstash
10 1 (0.087%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 1 (0.087%) SCDPM
10 1 (0.087%) SCVMM
10 1 (0.087%) vRealize
Vendors
1 167 (14.61%) Microsoft
2 73 (6.39%) SAP
3 41 (3.59%) Cisco
4 38 (3.32%) Cerner
5 30 (2.62%) VMware
6 26 (2.27%) Brio
7 16 (1.40%) Oracle
8 15 (1.31%) HP
9 14 (1.22%) Splunk
10 13 (1.14%) Databricks
10 13 (1.14%) Google
11 10 (0.87%) Citrix
12 8 (0.70%) Fortinet
13 7 (0.61%) ServiceNow
14 6 (0.52%) Dell
14 6 (0.52%) Sophos
15 5 (0.44%) Atlassian
15 5 (0.44%) SolarWinds
16 4 (0.35%) IBM
17 3 (0.26%) Remedy