Period
to 6 July 2020

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term NHS in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited NHS over the 6 months to 6 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
6 months to
6 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 180 274 359
Rank change year-on-year +94 +85 -82
Contract jobs citing NHS 586 901 750
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.41% 0.96% 0.72%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 4.27% 3.01% 2.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 295 523 447
Median daily rate £300 £338 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.11% - +3.85%
10th Percentile £135 £160 £167
90th Percentile £550 £540 £527
UK excluding London median daily rate £261 £300 £338
% change year-on-year -12.92% -11.11% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 113 151 90
Median hourly rate £19.00 £14.28 £14.02
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.05% +1.87% -3.33%
10th Percentile £12.42 £9.41 £10.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £31.25 £25.24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £14.28 £14.09
% change year-on-year +33.05% +1.38% -1.61%

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 with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 13,725 29,900 33,673
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.09% 31.92% 32.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,492 19,170 21,765
Median daily rate £475 £475 £455
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.40% +1.11%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £269
90th Percentile £706 £663 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £410
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 633 1,060 1,058
Median hourly rate £31.00 £20.86 £21.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.65% -4.51% +9.20%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.79 £11.71
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £50.57
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.94 £21.00
% change year-on-year +18.83% -9.83% +13.51%

NHS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing NHS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for NHS in the UK

NHS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing NHS.

Daily rate trend for NHS in the UK

NHS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing NHS over the 6 months to 6 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for NHS in the UK

NHS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing NHS.

Hourly rate trend for NHS in the UK

NHS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing NHS over the 6 months to 6 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for NHS in the UK

NHS
Top 16 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NHS within the UK over the 6 months to 6 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
England +104 537 £300 -11.76% 62
UK excluding London +83 405 £261 -12.92% 54
London +125 164 £350 -9.68% 11
North of England +51 122 £325 +12.07% 24
South East +125 92 £188 -29.58% 13
East of England +79 75 £225 -18.18% 2
Midlands +51 56 £265 -18.46% 9
Yorkshire +50 56 £445 +27.14% 10
North West +47 56 £313 +8.23% 13
Work from Home +19 40 £350 - 14
West Midlands +56 34 £270 -16.92% 8
Wales +6 30 £330 +20.00% 2
South West +5 27 £375 -16.67% 3
East Midlands +21 21 £265 -18.46% 1
North East +33 10 £155 -40.95% 1
Scotland +68 3 £310 -27.06%

For the 6 months to 6 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 with a requirement for NHS.

1 152 (25.94%) Windows
2 116 (19.80%) Public Sector
3 113 (19.28%) Windows 10
4 108 (18.43%) Microsoft
5 86 (14.68%) Business Intelligence
6 76 (12.97%) SQL
7 69 (11.77%) Agile Software Development
8 63 (10.75%) Active Directory
9 59 (10.07%) SQL Server
10 57 (9.73%) Windows 7
11 53 (9.04%) Analytical Skills
12 51 (8.70%) Microsoft Office
13 48 (8.19%) Finance
14 47 (8.02%) Migration
15 42 (7.17%) SCCM
16 41 (7.00%) Microsoft Excel
17 40 (6.83%) ITIL
17 40 (6.83%) Project Management
18 36 (6.14%) Office 365
19 34 (5.80%) Azure
20 33 (5.63%) Stakeholder Management
21 31 (5.29%) Data Warehouse
21 31 (5.29%) Scrum
21 31 (5.29%) Power Platform
22 29 (4.95%) Analytics
22 29 (4.95%) LAN
22 29 (4.95%) Local Government
23 27 (4.61%) Problem-Solving
24 26 (4.44%) Power BI
24 26 (4.44%) SharePoint

NHS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 26 (4.44%) SharePoint
2 13 (2.22%) Confluence
3 6 (1.02%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (0.85%) MS Exchange
5 3 (0.51%) CMS
5 3 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.34%) ArcGIS
6 2 (0.34%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.34%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.17%) Apache
7 1 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.17%) IIS
7 1 (0.17%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Fuse
7 1 (0.17%) SAS
7 1 (0.17%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.17%) WordPress
Applications
1 51 (8.70%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (7.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.85%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.51%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (0.51%) SystmOne
2 2 (0.34%) HealthRoster
3 1 (0.17%) Lorenzo
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 36 (6.14%) Office 365
2 34 (5.80%) Azure
3 31 (5.29%) Power Platform
4 14 (2.39%) AWS
5 7 (1.19%) Slack
6 4 (0.68%) Trello
7 3 (0.51%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.51%) IaaS
8 2 (0.34%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 2 (0.34%) GCP
8 2 (0.34%) PaaS
8 2 (0.34%) PowerApps
8 2 (0.34%) SaaS
9 1 (0.17%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.17%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.17%) Amazon ELB
9 1 (0.17%) GitHub
9 1 (0.17%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.17%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 29 (4.95%) LAN
2 23 (3.92%) WAN
3 21 (3.58%) Firewall
4 12 (2.05%) VPN
5 10 (1.71%) Wi-Fi
6 9 (1.54%) Wireless
7 8 (1.37%) DNS
7 8 (1.37%) VoIP
8 5 (0.85%) Internet
8 5 (0.85%) SAN
8 5 (0.85%) Skype
9 4 (0.68%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (0.68%) TCP/IP
10 3 (0.51%) Intranet
10 3 (0.51%) Structured Cabling
11 2 (0.34%) DPNSS
11 2 (0.34%) MPLS
11 2 (0.34%) Network Security
11 2 (0.34%) Softphone
11 2 (0.34%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (10.07%) SQL Server
2 31 (5.29%) Data Warehouse
3 26 (4.44%) Power BI
4 21 (3.58%) Electronic Patient Records
5 20 (3.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 15 (2.56%) MySQL
7 13 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 8 (1.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (1.19%) QlikView
10 6 (1.02%) BusinessObjects
10 6 (1.02%) Relational Database
11 5 (0.85%) PostgreSQL
12 4 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
12 4 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
12 4 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
13 3 (0.51%) Data Mart
13 3 (0.51%) DTS
13 3 (0.51%) Oracle Database
13 3 (0.51%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 21 (3.58%) JIRA
2 8 (1.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 7 (1.19%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.85%) Selenium
4 5 (0.85%) Visual Studio
5 4 (0.68%) Hudson
6 3 (0.51%) Jasmine
6 3 (0.51%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.51%) Protractor
6 3 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.34%) Gradle
7 2 (0.34%) JUnit
7 2 (0.34%) Maven
7 2 (0.34%) Mockito
7 2 (0.34%) Zephyr
8 1 (0.17%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.17%) NUnit
8 1 (0.17%) Selenium IDE
8 1 (0.17%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.17%) Vagrant
General
1 116 (19.80%) Public Sector
2 48 (8.19%) Finance
3 29 (4.95%) Local Government
4 25 (4.27%) Telecoms
5 18 (3.07%) Manufacturing
6 13 (2.22%) Electronics
6 13 (2.22%) Marketing
7 10 (1.71%) Legal
7 10 (1.71%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.54%) Retail
9 7 (1.19%) Law
10 2 (0.34%) Billing
11 1 (0.17%) Back Office
11 1 (0.17%) Games
11 1 (0.17%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 106 (18.09%) Analyst
2 60 (10.24%) Developer
3 48 (8.19%) Windows Engineer
4 47 (8.02%) Project Manager
5 44 (7.51%) Desktop Engineer
5 44 (7.51%) Support Engineer
6 34 (5.80%) Desktop Support
7 32 (5.46%) Architect
8 28 (4.78%) Business Analyst
9 25 (4.27%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 23 (3.92%) Deployment Engineer
11 22 (3.75%) IT Support
11 22 (3.75%) Service Analyst
12 21 (3.58%) Information Analyst
12 21 (3.58%) Service Desk Analyst
13 19 (3.24%) IT Engineer
14 17 (2.90%) Data Analyst
14 17 (2.90%) Delivery Manager
15 16 (2.73%) Field Engineer
15 16 (2.73%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (3.75%) .NET
2 9 (1.54%) HTML
2 9 (1.54%) XML
3 7 (1.19%) .NET Framework
4 5 (0.85%) ASP.NET
4 5 (0.85%) REST
4 5 (0.85%) SOAP
4 5 (0.85%) Web Services
5 4 (0.68%) AngularJS
5 4 (0.68%) Entity Framework
6 3 (0.51%) HTML5
6 3 (0.51%) jQuery
6 3 (0.51%) LDAP
6 3 (0.51%) OAuth
6 3 (0.51%) React
6 3 (0.51%) RESTful
7 2 (0.34%) JSON
7 2 (0.34%) Spring
7 2 (0.34%) Spring MVC
7 2 (0.34%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 53 (9.04%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (3.92%) Management Information System
3 13 (2.22%) Driving Licence
4 12 (2.05%) PACS
5 11 (1.88%) LIMS
6 10 (1.71%) User Experience
7 9 (1.54%) Self-Motivation
8 8 (1.37%) Data Centre
9 6 (1.02%) e-Health
10 5 (0.85%) Blackberry
11 4 (0.68%) Data Structures
12 3 (0.51%) Mobile App
13 2 (0.34%) Clustering
13 2 (0.34%) Freedom of Information
13 2 (0.34%) Handset
13 2 (0.34%) Public Cloud
13 2 (0.34%) Replication
13 2 (0.34%) Video Conferencing
13 2 (0.34%) Virtual Team
13 2 (0.34%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 152 (25.94%) Windows
2 113 (19.28%) Windows 10
3 57 (9.73%) Windows 7
4 25 (4.27%) Windows Server
5 16 (2.73%) Windows Server 2016
6 14 (2.39%) Linux
7 12 (2.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (1.71%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (1.19%) Apple iOS
10 5 (0.85%) Android
10 5 (0.85%) Windows XP
11 4 (0.68%) Ubuntu
11 4 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.51%) CentOS
13 2 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.17%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.17%) Unix
14 1 (0.17%) VMS
14 1 (0.17%) Windows 2000
14 1 (0.17%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (14.68%) Business Intelligence
2 69 (11.77%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (8.02%) Migration
4 40 (6.83%) ITIL
4 40 (6.83%) Project Management
5 33 (5.63%) Stakeholder Management
6 31 (5.29%) Scrum
7 29 (4.95%) Analytics
8 27 (4.61%) Problem-Solving
9 24 (4.10%) Programme Management
10 22 (3.75%) PRINCE2
11 19 (3.24%) Information Governance
12 18 (3.07%) Service Delivery
13 17 (2.90%) BDD
13 17 (2.90%) Data Analysis
14 16 (2.73%) Business Analysis
14 16 (2.73%) Data Modelling
15 15 (2.56%) Microservices
16 14 (2.39%) Informatics
16 14 (2.39%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 76 (12.97%) SQL
2 15 (2.56%) Python
3 13 (2.22%) T-SQL
4 12 (2.05%) C#
5 11 (1.88%) Java
6 10 (1.71%) JavaScript
7 7 (1.19%) C
8 6 (1.02%) PowerShell
9 5 (0.85%) R
9 5 (0.85%) VBA
10 4 (0.68%) Delphi
11 2 (0.34%) ANSI SQL
11 2 (0.34%) C++
11 2 (0.34%) Java 8
11 2 (0.34%) Scala
11 2 (0.34%) VB
11 2 (0.34%) XAML
12 1 (0.17%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.17%) Ruby
12 1 (0.17%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 15 (2.56%) Degree
2 13 (2.22%) Security Cleared
3 10 (1.71%) SC Cleared
4 9 (1.54%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (1.19%) MCP
6 6 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (1.02%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 4 (0.68%) CCNA
7 4 (0.68%) DBS Check
8 3 (0.51%) A+ Certification
8 3 (0.51%) CCNP
8 3 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (0.51%) MCSA
8 3 (0.51%) MCSE
9 2 (0.34%) ISEB
9 2 (0.34%) ISTQB
9 2 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.17%) CISSP
10 1 (0.17%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.17%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.73%) SLA
2 12 (2.05%) PMO
2 12 (2.05%) QA
3 10 (1.71%) HL7
4 8 (1.37%) Cyber Essentials
5 7 (1.19%) Data Quality
6 6 (1.02%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.34%) NCSC
8 1 (0.17%) DICOM
8 1 (0.17%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 63 (10.75%) Active Directory
2 16 (2.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.71%) Docker
4 6 (1.02%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (0.68%) vSphere
6 2 (0.34%) NDS
6 2 (0.34%) NetIQ eDirectory
6 2 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.34%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.17%) iptables
7 1 (0.17%) KVM
7 1 (0.17%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.17%) UAG
7 1 (0.17%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 42 (7.17%) SCCM
2 5 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
3 3 (0.51%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.34%) Jamf Pro
4 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (0.34%) Nessus
4 2 (0.34%) NetIQ Identity Manager
4 2 (0.34%) Puppet
4 2 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (0.34%) Terraform
5 1 (0.17%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.17%) Ansible
5 1 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.17%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.17%) MIIS
5 1 (0.17%) Oracle RMAN
5 1 (0.17%) SCOM
5 1 (0.17%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.17%) yum
5 1 (0.17%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 108 (18.43%) Microsoft
2 26 (4.44%) Cisco
3 21 (3.58%) VMware
4 16 (2.73%) HP
5 13 (2.22%) SAP
5 13 (2.22%) Tableau
6 8 (1.37%) Citrix
6 8 (1.37%) Oracle
7 6 (1.02%) Twitter
8 5 (0.85%) Databricks
9 4 (0.68%) Civica
9 4 (0.68%) Facebook
9 4 (0.68%) Instagram
10 3 (0.51%) Avaya
10 3 (0.51%) Dell
10 3 (0.51%) Siemens
11 2 (0.34%) Cerner
11 2 (0.34%) CheckPoint
11 2 (0.34%) NetApp
11 2 (0.34%) Red Hat