Period
to 4 December 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 4 December 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
4 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 121 249 320
Rank change year-on-year +128 +71 +9
Contract jobs citing NHS 653 810 781
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 2.06% 1.08% 0.82%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 5.97% 3.45% 2.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 488 454 468
Median daily rate £309 £320 £359
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.59% -10.80% +10.38%
10th Percentile £153 £140 £150
90th Percentile £588 £521 £575
UK median daily rate £300 £313 £350
% change year-on-year -4.00% -10.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 145 76
Median hourly rate £19.50 £15.50 £16.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.81% -7.77% -3.28%
10th Percentile £10.00 £10.16 £10.30
90th Percentile £34.30 £31.50 £31.15
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £15.08 £16.87
% change year-on-year +29.35% -10.64% -2.91%

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 10,938 23,457 30,974
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 34.44% 31.31% 32.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,975 15,042 20,481
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £256 £263 £281
90th Percentile £700 £675 £663
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £475
% change year-on-year +2.70% -2.63% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 484 957 979
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.25 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.54% +16.25% -
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.10
90th Percentile £57.13 £53.75 £49.38
Median hourly rate £34.13 £23.35 £20.00
% change year-on-year +46.15% +16.75% -

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 4 December 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 4 December 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 4 December 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 +70 231 £300 - 28
London +177 224 £375 -3.23% 26
North West +91 130 £245 -6.67% 17
Yorkshire +36 98 £450 +32.35% 7
South East +121 81 £255 +21.43% 20
Midlands +9 48 £261 -25.36% 21
East of England +30 37 £210 -16.00% 14
West Midlands +30 29 £250 -28.57% 7
South West +75 22 £455 +27.81% 12
East Midlands +12 17 £338 +3.85% 14
North East +9 3 £575 +52.32% 4
NHS
UK

For the 6 months to 4 December 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.

1 155 (23.74%) Public Sector
2 134 (20.52%) Business Intelligence
3 89 (13.63%) SQL
4 88 (13.48%) Agile Software Development
5 85 (13.02%) Microsoft
6 80 (12.25%) Windows
7 66 (10.11%) Stakeholder Management
8 59 (9.04%) Finance
9 56 (8.58%) Migration
10 53 (8.12%) SQL Server
11 51 (7.81%) Programme Management
11 51 (7.81%) Office 365
12 49 (7.50%) Windows 10
12 49 (7.50%) Project Management
12 49 (7.50%) Active Directory
12 49 (7.50%) Power Platform
13 47 (7.20%) Power BI
13 47 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
14 46 (7.04%) Electronic Patient Records
14 46 (7.04%) Telecoms
15 42 (6.43%) Data Warehouse
15 42 (6.43%) Azure
16 41 (6.28%) ITIL
17 40 (6.13%) Marketing
18 38 (5.82%) Digital Marketing
18 38 (5.82%) SAP
18 38 (5.82%) Electronics
18 38 (5.82%) Manufacturing
19 37 (5.67%) Microsoft Office
20 35 (5.36%) Microsoft Excel

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 11 (1.68%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.38%) Elasticsearch
3 8 (1.23%) Confluence
4 5 (0.77%) MS Exchange
5 4 (0.61%) Apache
5 4 (0.61%) SAS
6 3 (0.46%) CMS
6 3 (0.46%) IIS
6 3 (0.46%) Skype for Business
6 3 (0.46%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.31%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.31%) Totara
7 2 (0.31%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.15%) Anypoint
8 1 (0.15%) Drupal
8 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.15%) Site Server
8 1 (0.15%) WebLogic
Applications
1 37 (5.67%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (5.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (0.77%) SPSS
4 4 (0.61%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.15%) InVision
6 1 (0.15%) Marvel
6 1 (0.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.15%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 1 (0.15%) Cerner Millennium
1 1 (0.15%) Dynamics GP
1 1 (0.15%) Maximo
1 1 (0.15%) Oracle HRMS
1 1 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 1 (0.15%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 51 (7.81%) Office 365
2 49 (7.50%) Power Platform
3 42 (6.43%) Azure
4 21 (3.22%) AWS
5 5 (0.77%) Amazon ElastiCache
5 5 (0.77%) GCP
5 5 (0.77%) IaaS
6 4 (0.61%) GitHub
6 4 (0.61%) PowerApps
7 3 (0.46%) PaaS
7 3 (0.46%) Power Automate
7 3 (0.46%) Trello
7 3 (0.46%) WhatsApp
8 2 (0.31%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.31%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.31%) SaaS
8 2 (0.31%) Serverless
8 2 (0.31%) Slack
9 1 (0.15%) Apigee
9 1 (0.15%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.76%) LAN
2 16 (2.45%) Firewall
2 16 (2.45%) WAN
3 10 (1.53%) Skype
4 8 (1.23%) VPN
5 6 (0.92%) DNS
5 6 (0.92%) Wireless
6 5 (0.77%) Internet
6 5 (0.77%) VoIP
7 4 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.46%) MPLS
8 3 (0.46%) Network Security
8 3 (0.46%) Remote Desktop
9 2 (0.31%) Cisco ASA
9 2 (0.31%) Intranet
9 2 (0.31%) ISDN
9 2 (0.31%) TCP/IP
9 2 (0.31%) Unified Communications
10 1 (0.15%) DHCP
10 1 (0.15%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (8.12%) SQL Server
2 47 (7.20%) Power BI
3 46 (7.04%) Electronic Patient Records
4 42 (6.43%) Data Warehouse
5 33 (5.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 29 (4.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 18 (2.76%) Tableau
8 14 (2.14%) QlikView
9 10 (1.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 9 (1.38%) Qlik Sense
11 8 (1.23%) MySQL
11 8 (1.23%) Relational Database
12 7 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
13 5 (0.77%) Amazon RDS
13 5 (0.77%) Big Data
13 5 (0.77%) MS Access
13 5 (0.77%) SQL Server 2016
14 4 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
15 3 (0.46%) Crystal Reports
15 3 (0.46%) EDMS
Development Applications
1 11 (1.68%) JIRA
2 8 (1.23%) Selenium
3 7 (1.07%) Visual Studio
4 5 (0.77%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 4 (0.61%) JMeter
5 4 (0.61%) Postman
5 4 (0.61%) SoapUI
5 4 (0.61%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (0.46%) Cucumber
6 3 (0.46%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.46%) GitLab
6 3 (0.46%) Hudson
6 3 (0.46%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.46%) Rational Rhapsody
6 3 (0.46%) RStudio
7 2 (0.31%) Dreamweaver
7 2 (0.31%) NeoLoad
7 2 (0.31%) webpack
8 1 (0.15%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.15%) Toad
General
1 155 (23.74%) Public Sector
2 59 (9.04%) Finance
3 46 (7.04%) Telecoms
4 40 (6.13%) Marketing
5 38 (5.82%) Electronics
5 38 (5.82%) Manufacturing
6 19 (2.91%) Law
7 12 (1.84%) Local Government
8 7 (1.07%) Retail
9 6 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.61%) Back Office
10 4 (0.61%) Legal
11 3 (0.46%) Billing
11 3 (0.46%) Fire and Rescue
Job Titles
1 132 (20.21%) Analyst
2 84 (12.86%) Developer
3 72 (11.03%) Project Manager
4 49 (7.50%) Business Analyst
5 36 (5.51%) Architect
6 25 (3.83%) NHS Business Analyst
7 24 (3.68%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 22 (3.37%) IT Analyst
9 21 (3.22%) IT Manager
9 21 (3.22%) Technical Architect
10 18 (2.76%) Desktop Support
11 17 (2.60%) Information Analyst
11 17 (2.60%) NHS Project Manager
12 15 (2.30%) Business IT Analyst
12 15 (2.30%) Support Engineer
13 13 (1.99%) IT Support
13 13 (1.99%) Programme Manager
14 12 (1.84%) Administrator
14 12 (1.84%) IT Business Analyst
15 11 (1.68%) Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (3.83%) .NET
2 12 (1.84%) HTML
3 10 (1.53%) CSS
4 9 (1.38%) .NET Framework
5 8 (1.23%) .NET Core
5 8 (1.23%) OAuth
5 8 (1.23%) OAuth2
5 8 (1.23%) OpenID
6 6 (0.92%) ASP.NET
6 6 (0.92%) JSON
6 6 (0.92%) React
7 5 (0.77%) ASP.NET Web API
7 5 (0.77%) Django
7 5 (0.77%) jQuery
7 5 (0.77%) Middleware
7 5 (0.77%) RESTful
7 5 (0.77%) Spring
7 5 (0.77%) Spring Boot
7 5 (0.77%) XML
8 4 (0.61%) Razor View Engine
Miscellaneous
1 47 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (5.05%) Management Information System
3 26 (3.98%) User Experience
4 16 (2.45%) Freedom of Information
5 12 (1.84%) PACS
6 11 (1.68%) Freedom of Information Act
7 7 (1.07%) Blackberry
7 7 (1.07%) Driving Licence
8 5 (0.77%) Data Centre
8 5 (0.77%) Data Structures
8 5 (0.77%) e-Learning
8 5 (0.77%) LIMS
9 4 (0.61%) CMDB
9 4 (0.61%) Cyberthreat
9 4 (0.61%) Greenfield Project
9 4 (0.61%) Self-Motivation
9 4 (0.61%) SystemC
9 4 (0.61%) W3C
10 3 (0.46%) Blog
10 3 (0.46%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 80 (12.25%) Windows
2 49 (7.50%) Windows 10
3 23 (3.52%) Windows 7
4 11 (1.68%) Windows Server
5 10 (1.53%) Linux
6 6 (0.92%) Apple iOS
6 6 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.46%) Windows 2000
8 3 (0.46%) Windows Server 2016
8 3 (0.46%) Windows Server 2019
9 2 (0.31%) Android
9 2 (0.31%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.31%) Unix
10 1 (0.15%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.15%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (20.52%) Business Intelligence
2 88 (13.48%) Agile Software Development
3 66 (10.11%) Stakeholder Management
4 56 (8.58%) Migration
5 51 (7.81%) Programme Management
6 49 (7.50%) Project Management
7 41 (6.28%) ITIL
8 38 (5.82%) Digital Marketing
9 32 (4.90%) Service Management
10 31 (4.75%) Service Delivery
11 30 (4.59%) Business Case
12 29 (4.44%) Information Governance
13 26 (3.98%) Analytics
14 25 (3.83%) Change Management
14 25 (3.83%) Data Protection
14 25 (3.83%) Decision-Making
14 25 (3.83%) DevOps
15 22 (3.37%) Workflow
16 21 (3.22%) Cybersecurity
16 21 (3.22%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 89 (13.63%) SQL
2 27 (4.13%) Python
3 20 (3.06%) Java
3 20 (3.06%) JavaScript
4 15 (2.30%) T-SQL
5 13 (1.99%) C#
6 11 (1.68%) R
7 6 (0.92%) PHP
8 5 (0.77%) C
8 5 (0.77%) Scala
9 4 (0.61%) Go
10 3 (0.46%) Bash Shell
10 3 (0.46%) PowerShell
10 3 (0.46%) VBA
11 2 (0.31%) Ruby
11 2 (0.31%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.31%) VB
11 2 (0.31%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.15%) C++
12 1 (0.15%) Perl
Qualifications
1 27 (4.13%) Security Cleared
2 23 (3.52%) Degree
3 11 (1.68%) BPSS Clearance
3 11 (1.68%) SC Cleared
4 7 (1.07%) Network+ Certification
4 7 (1.07%) Postgraduate
5 5 (0.77%) A+ Certification
5 5 (0.77%) CCNA
5 5 (0.77%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (0.77%) ISEB
5 5 (0.77%) ISTQB
5 5 (0.77%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (0.61%) CEH
6 4 (0.61%) CompTIA Security+
6 4 (0.61%) DBS Check
6 4 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 4 (0.61%) SANS
7 3 (0.46%) CISSP
7 3 (0.46%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 3 (0.46%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.45%) GDPR
1 16 (2.45%) PMO
2 14 (2.14%) Data Quality
3 11 (1.68%) SLA
4 8 (1.23%) HL7
4 8 (1.23%) QA
5 6 (0.92%) Cyber Essentials
6 4 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.46%) SNOMED CT
8 2 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.31%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.15%) DICOM
9 1 (0.15%) GMP
9 1 (0.15%) Good Clinical Practice
9 1 (0.15%) GxP
9 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 49 (7.50%) Active Directory
2 7 (1.07%) Docker
3 6 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.46%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.31%) vSphere
6 1 (0.15%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.15%) NDS
6 1 (0.15%) NetIQ eDirectory
6 1 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.15%) XenApp
6 1 (0.15%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 29 (4.44%) SCCM
2 11 (1.68%) Terraform
3 10 (1.53%) Kubernetes
4 4 (0.61%) Ansible
5 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (0.46%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (0.46%) Stealthwatch
6 2 (0.31%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.31%) SCOM
7 1 (0.15%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.15%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.15%) Nessus
7 1 (0.15%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.15%) NetIQ Identity Manager
7 1 (0.15%) OpenVAS
7 1 (0.15%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.15%) ServiceCenter
7 1 (0.15%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.15%) vRealize
7 1 (0.15%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 85 (13.02%) Microsoft
2 38 (5.82%) SAP
3 14 (2.14%) Cerner
4 13 (1.99%) VMware
5 12 (1.84%) Cisco
5 12 (1.84%) HP
6 11 (1.68%) Oracle
6 11 (1.68%) Twitter
7 9 (1.38%) Citrix
7 9 (1.38%) Facebook
7 9 (1.38%) Instagram
8 7 (1.07%) MuleSoft
9 6 (0.92%) Google
10 5 (0.77%) Databricks
11 4 (0.61%) Adobe
11 4 (0.61%) Avaya
11 4 (0.61%) Splunk
12 3 (0.46%) Apple
12 3 (0.46%) Dell
12 3 (0.46%) IBM