Period
to 2 July 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 2 July 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
2 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 180 290 345
Rank change year-on-year +110 +55 -75
Contract jobs citing NHS 537 792 689
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.46% 0.94% 0.74%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 4.35% 2.92% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 266 484 413
Median daily rate £300 £348 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.67% +3.73% +3.08%
10th Percentile £134 £159 £178
90th Percentile £563 £544 £531
UK median daily rate £300 £340 £338
% change year-on-year -11.76% +0.74% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 119 85
Median hourly rate £19.50 £14.46 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.85% +3.29% -1.03%
10th Percentile £12.42 £10.09 £10.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £31.25 £26.45
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £14.28 £14.04
% change year-on-year +33.05% +1.75% -0.78%

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 12,345 27,159 30,429
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 33.49% 32.19% 32.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,789 17,568 19,879
Median daily rate £495 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £263 £281 £275
90th Percentile £713 £675 £669
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £453
% change year-on-year - +4.97% +1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 538 939 976
Median hourly rate £31.00 £20.86 £21.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.65% -4.99% +11.52%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.84 £11.80
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £50.37
Median hourly rate £31.00 £20.86 £21.50
% change year-on-year +48.65% -3.00% +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 2 July 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 2 July 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 2 July 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 +131 164 £350 -11.11% 14
North of England +55 121 £325 +12.07% 25
South East +123 92 £188 -27.88% 13
East of England +74 74 £225 -21.74% 5
Midlands +54 56 £265 -18.46% 10
Yorkshire +45 56 £445 +27.14% 8
North West +47 55 £313 +8.23% 16
West Midlands +62 34 £270 -16.92% 7
South West +13 29 £363 -19.44% 2
East Midlands +24 21 £265 -21.48% 3
North East +31 10 £155 -40.95% 1
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 2 July 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.

1 142 (26.44%) Windows
2 108 (20.11%) Windows 10
3 106 (19.74%) Public Sector
4 99 (18.44%) Microsoft
5 85 (15.83%) Business Intelligence
6 72 (13.41%) SQL
7 65 (12.10%) Agile Software Development
8 58 (10.80%) Active Directory
9 56 (10.43%) SQL Server
10 53 (9.87%) Windows 7
11 51 (9.50%) Analytical Skills
12 47 (8.75%) Microsoft Office
13 44 (8.19%) Migration
14 39 (7.26%) Microsoft Excel
15 38 (7.08%) SCCM
16 37 (6.89%) Finance
17 35 (6.52%) ITIL
18 34 (6.33%) Project Management
19 33 (6.15%) Azure
20 32 (5.96%) Stakeholder Management
21 31 (5.77%) Data Warehouse
21 31 (5.77%) Power Platform
22 29 (5.40%) Office 365
23 28 (5.21%) LAN
23 28 (5.21%) Scrum
23 28 (5.21%) Local Government
24 27 (5.03%) Analytics
25 26 (4.84%) Power BI
25 26 (4.84%) Problem-Solving
26 25 (4.66%) Cisco

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 23 (4.28%) SharePoint
2 13 (2.42%) Confluence
3 6 (1.12%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (0.93%) MS Exchange
5 3 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.37%) ArcGIS
6 2 (0.37%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.37%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.19%) Apache
7 1 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.19%) CMS
7 1 (0.19%) IIS
7 1 (0.19%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.19%) Red Hat Fuse
7 1 (0.19%) SAS
7 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.19%) WordPress
Applications
1 47 (8.75%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (7.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.93%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.56%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (0.56%) SystmOne
2 2 (0.37%) HealthRoster
3 1 (0.19%) Lorenzo
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 33 (6.15%) Azure
2 31 (5.77%) Power Platform
3 29 (5.40%) Office 365
4 14 (2.61%) AWS
5 6 (1.12%) Slack
6 4 (0.74%) Trello
7 3 (0.56%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.56%) IaaS
8 2 (0.37%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.37%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 2 (0.37%) GCP
8 2 (0.37%) PaaS
8 2 (0.37%) PowerApps
9 1 (0.19%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.19%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.19%) Amazon GuardDuty
9 1 (0.19%) GitHub
9 1 (0.19%) Power Automate
9 1 (0.19%) Route 53
9 1 (0.19%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (5.21%) LAN
2 22 (4.10%) WAN
3 19 (3.54%) Firewall
4 12 (2.23%) VPN
5 10 (1.86%) Wi-Fi
6 8 (1.49%) DNS
6 8 (1.49%) Wireless
7 7 (1.30%) VoIP
8 4 (0.74%) Internet
8 4 (0.74%) SAN
8 4 (0.74%) Skype
8 4 (0.74%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.56%) Intranet
9 3 (0.56%) Structured Cabling
10 2 (0.37%) DPNSS
10 2 (0.37%) ISDN
10 2 (0.37%) MPLS
10 2 (0.37%) Remote Desktop
10 2 (0.37%) Softphone
10 2 (0.37%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (10.43%) SQL Server
2 31 (5.77%) Data Warehouse
3 26 (4.84%) Power BI
4 19 (3.54%) Electronic Patient Records
4 19 (3.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (2.79%) MySQL
6 13 (2.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 8 (1.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 7 (1.30%) QlikView
9 6 (1.12%) BusinessObjects
9 6 (1.12%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.93%) PostgreSQL
11 4 (0.74%) Crystal Reports
11 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
11 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2016
12 3 (0.56%) Data Mart
12 3 (0.56%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.56%) RDBMS
12 3 (0.56%) SQL Server 2012
13 2 (0.37%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 21 (3.91%) JIRA
2 8 (1.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 5 (0.93%) Git (software)
3 5 (0.93%) Selenium
4 4 (0.74%) Hudson
5 3 (0.56%) Jasmine
5 3 (0.56%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.56%) Protractor
5 3 (0.56%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.37%) Gradle
6 2 (0.37%) JUnit
6 2 (0.37%) Maven
6 2 (0.37%) Mockito
6 2 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.37%) Zephyr
7 1 (0.19%) GitLab
7 1 (0.19%) Moq
7 1 (0.19%) RStudio
7 1 (0.19%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.19%) WebDriver
General
1 106 (19.74%) Public Sector
2 37 (6.89%) Finance
3 28 (5.21%) Local Government
4 24 (4.47%) Telecoms
5 18 (3.35%) Manufacturing
6 13 (2.42%) Electronics
6 13 (2.42%) Marketing
7 10 (1.86%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.68%) Retail
9 8 (1.49%) Legal
10 7 (1.30%) Law
11 2 (0.37%) Billing
12 1 (0.19%) Back Office
12 1 (0.19%) Games
12 1 (0.19%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 102 (18.99%) Analyst
2 54 (10.06%) Developer
3 46 (8.57%) Windows Engineer
4 42 (7.82%) Project Manager
5 41 (7.64%) Desktop Engineer
5 41 (7.64%) Support Engineer
6 32 (5.96%) Architect
7 31 (5.77%) Desktop Support
8 26 (4.84%) Business Analyst
9 23 (4.28%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 21 (3.91%) Deployment Engineer
10 21 (3.91%) Information Analyst
10 21 (3.91%) IT Support
11 20 (3.72%) Service Analyst
12 19 (3.54%) Service Desk Analyst
13 18 (3.35%) IT Engineer
14 17 (3.17%) Data Analyst
15 16 (2.98%) Field Engineer
16 14 (2.61%) IT Analyst
17 13 (2.42%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (3.35%) .NET
2 8 (1.49%) XML
3 7 (1.30%) HTML
4 6 (1.12%) .NET Framework
5 5 (0.93%) REST
5 5 (0.93%) SOAP
6 4 (0.74%) AngularJS
6 4 (0.74%) Web Services
7 3 (0.56%) Entity Framework
7 3 (0.56%) HTML5
7 3 (0.56%) jQuery
7 3 (0.56%) LDAP
7 3 (0.56%) OAuth
7 3 (0.56%) React
7 3 (0.56%) RESTful
8 2 (0.37%) JSON
8 2 (0.37%) OAuth2
8 2 (0.37%) OpenID
8 2 (0.37%) SailPoint
8 2 (0.37%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 51 (9.50%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (4.10%) Management Information System
3 13 (2.42%) Driving Licence
4 11 (2.05%) PACS
5 10 (1.86%) LIMS
5 10 (1.86%) User Experience
6 8 (1.49%) Data Centre
6 8 (1.49%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (0.93%) Blackberry
7 5 (0.93%) e-Health
8 4 (0.74%) Data Structures
9 2 (0.37%) Clustering
9 2 (0.37%) Freedom of Information
9 2 (0.37%) Handset
9 2 (0.37%) Mobile App
9 2 (0.37%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.37%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.37%) W3C
10 1 (0.19%) Smartcard
10 1 (0.19%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 142 (26.44%) Windows
2 108 (20.11%) Windows 10
3 53 (9.87%) Windows 7
4 20 (3.72%) Windows Server
5 16 (2.98%) Windows Server 2016
6 12 (2.23%) Linux
7 9 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (1.68%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (1.30%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.93%) Android
9 5 (0.93%) Windows XP
10 4 (0.74%) Ubuntu
10 4 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.56%) CentOS
12 2 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.19%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 1 (0.19%) Unix
13 1 (0.19%) VMS
13 1 (0.19%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (15.83%) Business Intelligence
2 65 (12.10%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (8.19%) Migration
4 35 (6.52%) ITIL
5 34 (6.33%) Project Management
6 32 (5.96%) Stakeholder Management
7 28 (5.21%) Scrum
8 27 (5.03%) Analytics
9 26 (4.84%) Problem-Solving
10 23 (4.28%) Programme Management
11 20 (3.72%) PRINCE2
12 18 (3.35%) Information Governance
13 17 (3.17%) BDD
13 17 (3.17%) Data Analysis
14 16 (2.98%) Business Analysis
14 16 (2.98%) Service Delivery
15 15 (2.79%) Data Modelling
16 14 (2.61%) User Stories
17 13 (2.42%) Digital Marketing
17 13 (2.42%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 72 (13.41%) SQL
2 15 (2.79%) Python
3 13 (2.42%) T-SQL
4 11 (2.05%) Java
5 10 (1.86%) C#
6 8 (1.49%) JavaScript
7 7 (1.30%) C
8 6 (1.12%) PowerShell
9 5 (0.93%) R
9 5 (0.93%) VBA
10 4 (0.74%) Delphi
11 2 (0.37%) ANSI SQL
11 2 (0.37%) C++
11 2 (0.37%) Java 8
11 2 (0.37%) VB
11 2 (0.37%) XAML
12 1 (0.19%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.19%) PHP
12 1 (0.19%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.19%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 13 (2.42%) Degree
1 13 (2.42%) Security Cleared
2 10 (1.86%) SC Cleared
3 9 (1.68%) Microsoft Certification
4 7 (1.30%) MCP
5 6 (1.12%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 4 (0.74%) CCNA
6 4 (0.74%) DBS Check
7 3 (0.56%) A+ Certification
7 3 (0.56%) CCNP
7 3 (0.56%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (0.56%) MCSA
7 3 (0.56%) MCSE
8 2 (0.37%) ISEB
8 2 (0.37%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.19%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.19%) CISSP
9 1 (0.19%) IIBA
9 1 (0.19%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.79%) SLA
2 12 (2.23%) QA
3 10 (1.86%) PMO
4 9 (1.68%) HL7
5 7 (1.30%) Cyber Essentials
5 7 (1.30%) Data Quality
6 6 (1.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.19%) DICOM
8 1 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
8 1 (0.19%) NCSC
System Software
1 58 (10.80%) Active Directory
2 15 (2.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.86%) Docker
4 5 (0.93%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.74%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (0.74%) vSphere
6 2 (0.37%) NDS
6 2 (0.37%) NetIQ eDirectory
6 2 (0.37%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.19%) iptables
7 1 (0.19%) KVM
7 1 (0.19%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.19%) UAG
7 1 (0.19%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 38 (7.08%) SCCM
2 3 (0.56%) Kubernetes
2 3 (0.56%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
3 2 (0.37%) Nessus
3 2 (0.37%) NetIQ Identity Manager
3 2 (0.37%) Puppet
3 2 (0.37%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (0.37%) Terraform
4 1 (0.19%) AirWatch
4 1 (0.19%) Ansible
4 1 (0.19%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.19%) Jamf Pro
4 1 (0.19%) MIIS
4 1 (0.19%) Oracle RMAN
4 1 (0.19%) SCOM
4 1 (0.19%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.19%) yum
4 1 (0.19%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 99 (18.44%) Microsoft
2 25 (4.66%) Cisco
3 20 (3.72%) VMware
4 15 (2.79%) HP
5 13 (2.42%) SAP
5 13 (2.42%) Tableau
6 8 (1.49%) Oracle
6 8 (1.49%) Twitter
7 7 (1.30%) Citrix
8 5 (0.93%) Databricks
9 4 (0.74%) Civica
9 4 (0.74%) Facebook
9 4 (0.74%) Instagram
10 3 (0.56%) Avaya
10 3 (0.56%) Dell
10 3 (0.56%) Siemens
11 2 (0.37%) Cerner
11 2 (0.37%) CheckPoint
11 2 (0.37%) NetApp
11 2 (0.37%) Red Hat