Period
to 19 February 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 19 February 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
19 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 199 288 324
Rank change year-on-year +89 +36 -66
Contract jobs citing NHS 804 827 712
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.29% 0.91% 0.77%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 4.06% 2.83% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 389 500 457
England median daily rate £300 £369 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.59% +13.38% +4.00%
10th Percentile £140 £159 £184
90th Percentile £516 £575 £525
UK median daily rate £300 £350 £325
% change year-on-year -14.29% +7.69% +7.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 167 96 93
England median hourly rate £19.00 £16.10 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.99% +11.05% -9.66%
10th Percentile £10.16 £10.30 £10.03
90th Percentile £32.10 £31.85 £27.66
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £16.21 £15.50
% change year-on-year +17.25% +4.57% -3.56%

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 19,826 29,258 30,559
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 31.77% 32.20% 33.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,616 19,271 20,484
England median daily rate £474 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.14% +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £250 £281 £263
90th Percentile £675 £663 £663
UK median daily rate £456 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -4.00% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 867 938 931
England median hourly rate £22.93 £21.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.19% -2.33% +8.83%
10th Percentile £12.44 £12.00 £11.44
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £23.85 £20.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year +16.34% -4.65% +9.95%

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 19 February 2020.

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 19 February 2020.

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 19 February 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
North of England +33 226 £300 -20.00% 51
London +45 190 £350 -6.67% 44
South East +133 137 £166 -57.16% 32
Yorkshire +50 121 £340 -15.00% 19
East of England +72 103 £251 +17.43% 27
Midlands +66 96 £350 +7.69% 40
North West -10 74 £250 -16.67% 29
West Midlands +66 51 £350 +7.69% 18
South West +8 44 £250 -42.20% 20
East Midlands +15 35 £316 -2.69% 22
North East +37 30 £425 -10.53% 3
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 19 February 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.

1 187 (23.26%) Windows
2 178 (22.14%) Public Sector
3 158 (19.65%) Microsoft
4 150 (18.66%) Business Intelligence
5 133 (16.54%) Windows 10
6 115 (14.30%) Agile Software Development
7 110 (13.68%) SQL
8 93 (11.57%) Active Directory
9 92 (11.44%) Migration
10 76 (9.45%) ITIL
11 75 (9.33%) SQL Server
12 66 (8.21%) Finance
13 65 (8.08%) Data Warehouse
14 64 (7.96%) Microsoft Office
15 63 (7.84%) Windows 7
16 62 (7.71%) Analytical Skills
17 61 (7.59%) Project Management
18 59 (7.34%) Stakeholder Management
19 57 (7.09%) Scrum
20 50 (6.22%) Analytics
21 46 (5.72%) Windows Server
22 45 (5.60%) Electronic Patient Records
23 44 (5.47%) SharePoint
23 44 (5.47%) Retail
24 43 (5.35%) SCCM
24 43 (5.35%) Azure
25 40 (4.98%) Microsoft Excel
26 38 (4.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
27 36 (4.48%) Problem-Solving
28 35 (4.35%) Security Cleared

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 44 (5.47%) SharePoint
2 20 (2.49%) Confluence
3 18 (2.24%) MS Exchange
4 6 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (0.62%) Skype for Business
6 4 (0.50%) IIS
6 4 (0.50%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.37%) SAS
8 1 (0.12%) Anypoint
8 1 (0.12%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.12%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.12%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.12%) CMS
8 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.12%) JCAPS
8 1 (0.12%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.12%) Red Hat Fuse
8 1 (0.12%) WordPress
Applications
1 64 (7.96%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (4.98%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (1.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 13 (1.62%) MS Visio
4 11 (1.37%) Spreadsheet
5 9 (1.12%) Photoshop
6 8 (1.00%) Sketch
7 6 (0.75%) Adobe Illustrator
7 6 (0.75%) InVision
8 5 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
9 3 (0.37%) GIMP
10 2 (0.25%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.12%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 12 (1.49%) SystmOne
2 4 (0.50%) Cerner Millennium
2 4 (0.50%) Lorenzo
3 3 (0.37%) HealthRoster
4 2 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 43 (5.35%) Azure
2 34 (4.23%) Power Platform
3 22 (2.74%) AWS
4 17 (2.11%) Office 365
5 9 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
6 8 (1.00%) Slack
7 7 (0.87%) Amazon SQS
7 7 (0.87%) IaaS
8 6 (0.75%) PaaS
9 5 (0.62%) SaaS
9 5 (0.62%) Trello
10 4 (0.50%) Azure Data Factory
11 3 (0.37%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.37%) Azure Functions
11 3 (0.37%) Serverless
12 2 (0.25%) Amazon ELB
12 2 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.25%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.25%) GitHub
12 2 (0.25%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 23 (2.86%) Firewall
2 14 (1.74%) DNS
2 14 (1.74%) LAN
3 10 (1.24%) VoIP
3 10 (1.24%) WAN
4 9 (1.12%) Internet
4 9 (1.12%) Intranet
5 7 (0.87%) Skype
5 7 (0.87%) VPN
6 5 (0.62%) Softphone
6 5 (0.62%) Wireless
7 4 (0.50%) DHCP
7 4 (0.50%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.37%) Unified Communications
8 3 (0.37%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (0.25%) BGP
9 2 (0.25%) HTTP
9 2 (0.25%) Remote Desktop
9 2 (0.25%) SAN
9 2 (0.25%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (9.33%) SQL Server
2 65 (8.08%) Data Warehouse
3 45 (5.60%) Electronic Patient Records
4 38 (4.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 30 (3.73%) Power BI
6 27 (3.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 18 (2.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 14 (1.74%) MySQL
9 12 (1.49%) Relational Database
10 11 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
10 11 (1.37%) QlikView
11 10 (1.24%) Amazon RDS
12 9 (1.12%) SQL Server 2016
13 6 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
14 5 (0.62%) Azure SQL Database
14 5 (0.62%) Qlik Sense
15 4 (0.50%) RDBMS
15 4 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
16 3 (0.37%) DTS
16 3 (0.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 27 (3.36%) JIRA
2 20 (2.49%) Git (software)
3 13 (1.62%) Maven
4 12 (1.49%) JUnit
4 12 (1.49%) Mockito
5 11 (1.37%) Jenkins
6 9 (1.12%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 9 (1.12%) Visual Studio
7 8 (1.00%) Selenium
8 7 (0.87%) DbUnit
8 7 (0.87%) jMock
8 7 (0.87%) SonarQube
9 5 (0.62%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (0.50%) Cucumber
10 4 (0.50%) NUnit
10 4 (0.50%) Vagrant
10 4 (0.50%) webpack
11 3 (0.37%) gulp
11 3 (0.37%) Jasmine
11 3 (0.37%) Protractor
General
1 178 (22.14%) Public Sector
2 66 (8.21%) Finance
3 44 (5.47%) Retail
4 34 (4.23%) Telecoms
5 29 (3.61%) Local Government
6 27 (3.36%) Manufacturing
7 26 (3.23%) Marketing
8 22 (2.74%) Electronics
9 16 (1.99%) Pharmaceutical
10 6 (0.75%) Legal
11 5 (0.62%) Brand Awareness
12 3 (0.37%) Back Office
12 3 (0.37%) Law
12 3 (0.37%) Publishing
13 1 (0.12%) Advertising
13 1 (0.12%) Military
13 1 (0.12%) Police
Job Titles
1 201 (25.00%) Analyst
2 81 (10.07%) Developer
3 76 (9.45%) Windows Engineer
4 69 (8.58%) Project Manager
5 60 (7.46%) Business Analyst
6 46 (5.72%) Service Analyst
7 42 (5.22%) IT Analyst
8 38 (4.73%) Service Desk Analyst
9 36 (4.48%) IT Support
10 34 (4.23%) Support Engineer
11 33 (4.10%) Field Engineer
12 32 (3.98%) Architect
13 31 (3.86%) Desktop Engineer
14 28 (3.48%) Clinical Coder
15 25 (3.11%) IT Engineer
16 22 (2.74%) Data Analyst
16 22 (2.74%) Information Analyst
16 22 (2.74%) IT Manager
17 19 (2.36%) Server Engineer
17 19 (2.36%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.49%) Web Services
2 19 (2.36%) .NET
3 18 (2.24%) AngularJS
4 17 (2.11%) Spring
5 16 (1.99%) SOAP
6 15 (1.87%) RESTful
7 13 (1.62%) HTML
8 10 (1.24%) CSS
8 10 (1.24%) REST
8 10 (1.24%) XML
9 7 (0.87%) .NET Framework
9 7 (0.87%) ActiveMQ
9 7 (0.87%) ASP.NET
9 7 (0.87%) Hibernate
9 7 (0.87%) JPA
9 7 (0.87%) JSON
9 7 (0.87%) PowerMock
10 6 (0.75%) HTML5
10 6 (0.75%) J2EE
10 6 (0.75%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 62 (7.71%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (3.98%) Management Information System
3 31 (3.86%) LIMS
3 31 (3.86%) PACS
4 30 (3.73%) Driving Licence
5 27 (3.36%) e-Health
6 26 (3.23%) User Experience
7 17 (2.11%) Self-Motivation
8 14 (1.74%) Data Centre
9 13 (1.62%) Blackberry
10 6 (0.75%) Data Structures
10 6 (0.75%) Smartcard
11 5 (0.62%) Freedom of Information
12 4 (0.50%) Freedom of Information Act
12 4 (0.50%) Hybrid Cloud
13 3 (0.37%) Data Protection Act
13 3 (0.37%) Public Cloud
14 2 (0.25%) Handset
14 2 (0.25%) Linked Data
14 2 (0.25%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 187 (23.26%) Windows
2 133 (16.54%) Windows 10
3 63 (7.84%) Windows 7
4 46 (5.72%) Windows Server
5 24 (2.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (2.86%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (1.37%) Linux
8 8 (1.00%) Apple iOS
8 8 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (0.62%) Android
9 5 (0.62%) Unix
10 4 (0.50%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.25%) CentOS
12 2 (0.25%) VMS
12 2 (0.25%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.12%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 150 (18.66%) Business Intelligence
2 115 (14.30%) Agile Software Development
3 92 (11.44%) Migration
4 76 (9.45%) ITIL
5 61 (7.59%) Project Management
6 59 (7.34%) Stakeholder Management
7 57 (7.09%) Scrum
8 50 (6.22%) Analytics
9 36 (4.48%) Problem-Solving
10 35 (4.35%) Informatics
11 34 (4.23%) ePrescribing
11 34 (4.23%) Programme Management
12 33 (4.10%) Business Analysis
12 33 (4.10%) Data Migration
12 33 (4.10%) Service Delivery
13 31 (3.86%) Health Informatics
14 30 (3.73%) Service Management
15 29 (3.61%) PRINCE2
16 28 (3.48%) Information Governance
17 24 (2.99%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 110 (13.68%) SQL
2 27 (3.36%) PowerShell
3 23 (2.86%) Java
4 22 (2.74%) T-SQL
5 19 (2.36%) JavaScript
6 14 (1.74%) C#
7 12 (1.49%) Python
8 11 (1.37%) C
9 8 (1.00%) VBA
10 5 (0.62%) PL/SQL
10 5 (0.62%) R
11 4 (0.50%) Bash Shell
11 4 (0.50%) VBScript
12 3 (0.37%) Java 8
12 3 (0.37%) TypeScript
12 3 (0.37%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.25%) Ruby
13 2 (0.25%) Rust
13 2 (0.25%) VB
14 1 (0.12%) Erlang
Qualifications
1 35 (4.35%) Security Cleared
2 30 (3.73%) Degree
3 23 (2.86%) SC Cleared
4 10 (1.24%) DBS Check
4 10 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
5 9 (1.12%) Cisco Certification
5 9 (1.12%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 8 (1.00%) ISEB
7 7 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (0.75%) CCNA
9 4 (0.50%) MCP
9 4 (0.50%) MCSE
10 3 (0.37%) A+ Certification
10 3 (0.37%) CCNP
10 3 (0.37%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.25%) CCIE
11 2 (0.25%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.25%) MCSA
11 2 (0.25%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (4.23%) HL7
2 25 (3.11%) PMO
3 24 (2.99%) SLA
4 23 (2.86%) Data Quality
5 13 (1.62%) QA
6 5 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
7 4 (0.50%) GDPR
7 4 (0.50%) SNOMED CT
8 3 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 3 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.25%) Good Clinical Practice
9 2 (0.25%) GxP
10 1 (0.12%) BS7799
10 1 (0.12%) DICOM
10 1 (0.12%) GMP
10 1 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
10 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.12%) NCSC
System Software
1 93 (11.57%) Active Directory
2 19 (2.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.49%) Docker
4 11 (1.37%) Hyper-V
5 7 (0.87%) Postfix
6 4 (0.50%) vSphere
6 4 (0.50%) XenApp
7 3 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.37%) VMware NSX
8 2 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.12%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.12%) iptables
9 1 (0.12%) KVM
9 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.12%) NDS
9 1 (0.12%) NetIQ eDirectory
9 1 (0.12%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 43 (5.35%) SCCM
2 8 (1.00%) Terraform
3 4 (0.50%) Ansible
4 3 (0.37%) Kubernetes
4 3 (0.37%) Prometheus
4 3 (0.37%) Puppet
4 3 (0.37%) Rancher
5 2 (0.25%) SCSM
5 2 (0.25%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.12%) Consul
6 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.12%) MIIS
6 1 (0.12%) Nessus
6 1 (0.12%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 1 (0.12%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.12%) WSUS
6 1 (0.12%) yum
6 1 (0.12%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 158 (19.65%) Microsoft
2 34 (4.23%) HP
3 29 (3.61%) VMware
4 22 (2.74%) SAP
5 19 (2.36%) Cisco
6 12 (1.49%) Oracle
6 12 (1.49%) Tableau
7 11 (1.37%) Apple
8 7 (0.87%) Citrix
9 6 (0.75%) Google
10 5 (0.62%) Cerner
10 5 (0.62%) ServiceNow
11 4 (0.50%) ForgeRock
11 4 (0.50%) NetIQ
11 4 (0.50%) Splunk
11 4 (0.50%) Twitter
12 3 (0.37%) Databricks
12 3 (0.37%) iSOFT
12 3 (0.37%) McAfee
13 2 (0.25%) Datix