Period
to

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 17 May 2022 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
17 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 151 140 190
Rank change year-on-year -11 +50 +111
Contract jobs citing NHS 1,579 1,084 699
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.81% 1.90% 1.40%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 5.73% 6.24% 4.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,205 777 402
10th Percentile £155 £154 £140
25th Percentile £213 £213 £200
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £338 £325 £285
Median % change year-on-year +3.85% +14.04% -12.31%
75th Percentile £459 £450 £419
90th Percentile £559 £580 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £288 £250
% change year-on-year +4.35% +15.00% -21.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 126 129
10th Percentile £11.15 £10.76 £12.20
25th Percentile £14.68 £12.74 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.64 £17.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year +3.76% -10.53% +26.67%
75th Percentile £27.71 £23.75 £28.00
90th Percentile £36.67 £28.57 £31.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.53 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +6.24% -13.16% +26.67%

NHS is in the General and Transferable 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 Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 27,546 17,369 14,820
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.49% 30.46% 29.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,320 11,669 9,624
10th Percentile £313 £295 £240
25th Percentile £425 £400 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £650 £600 £588
90th Percentile £763 £700 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +11.76% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 716 649 638
10th Percentile £14.25 £12.25 £12.62
25th Percentile £17.00 £16.00 £16.20
Median hourly rate £27.50 £26.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +5.77% +15.56% +9.76%
75th Percentile £50.00 £47.75 £46.19
90th Percentile £66.00 £60.00 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £24.00 £20.11
% change year-on-year -12.50% +19.34% +6.57%

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 17 May 2022.

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 17 May 2022.

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 17 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -11 1,320 £325 +4.84% 230
UK excluding London -1 981 £300 +4.35% 186
Work from Home -12 768 £400 +15.11% 87
North of England -12 367 £300 - 61
London -52 365 £375 - 54
North West -19 167 £315 +23.53% 23
Yorkshire -10 165 £350 -27.98% 35
South East +5 161 £300 -5.51% 36
Midlands +36 159 £325 +14.04% 35
Wales +6 119 £420 +20.00% 2
South West +11 93 £246 -29.71% 20
West Midlands +14 88 £370 +29.82% 16
East of England -52 69 £198 -5.95% 22
East Midlands +19 67 £225 +4.65% 19
North East +22 39 £200 -41.18% 3
Scotland -8 16 £306 -25.30% 6

For the 6 months to 17 May 2022, 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.

1 428 (27.11%) Public Sector
2 246 (15.58%) Social Skills
3 215 (13.62%) Agile
4 214 (13.55%) Business Intelligence
5 211 (13.36%) Microsoft
6 202 (12.79%) Windows
7 191 (12.10%) SQL
8 183 (11.59%) Project Management
9 166 (10.51%) Finance
10 141 (8.93%) Migration
11 130 (8.23%) PRINCE2
12 126 (7.98%) Microsoft 365
13 122 (7.73%) Electronic Patient Records
14 120 (7.60%) Azure
15 115 (7.28%) Programme Management
16 110 (6.97%) ITIL
17 107 (6.78%) Active Directory
18 104 (6.59%) Stakeholder Management
19 94 (5.95%) Windows 10
20 93 (5.89%) Telecoms
21 92 (5.83%) Microsoft Office
22 85 (5.38%) Manufacturing
23 84 (5.32%) SQL Server
24 82 (5.19%) DevOps
25 80 (5.07%) Python
26 79 (5.00%) SAP
26 79 (5.00%) Change Management
27 78 (4.94%) Marketing
28 76 (4.81%) Power Platform
29 75 (4.75%) Digital Marketing

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 60 (3.80%) SharePoint
2 23 (1.46%) MS Exchange
3 11 (0.70%) IIS
4 8 (0.51%) Confluence
5 6 (0.38%) Apache Spark
5 6 (0.38%) CMS
5 6 (0.38%) SAS
6 5 (0.32%) Apache
6 5 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (0.25%) OpenStack
8 3 (0.19%) nginx
8 3 (0.19%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.13%) Oracle Self-Service HR
9 2 (0.13%) uWSGI
9 2 (0.13%) WebSphere
9 2 (0.13%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.063%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.063%) Jupyter
Applications
1 92 (5.83%) Microsoft Office
2 55 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (1.08%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (0.57%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (0.32%) SPSS
7 3 (0.19%) Stata
8 1 (0.063%) InVision
8 1 (0.063%) Marvel
8 1 (0.063%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 18 (1.14%) Cerner Millennium
2 13 (0.82%) SystmOne
3 9 (0.57%) Oracle SCM
4 7 (0.44%) Oracle Payables
4 7 (0.44%) Oracle Receivables
5 5 (0.32%) Oracle Assets
5 5 (0.32%) Oracle Cash Management
5 5 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.19%) Lorenzo
7 2 (0.13%) Oracle Payroll
7 2 (0.13%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 1 (0.063%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.063%) NetSuite
8 1 (0.063%) Oracle iSupplier
Cloud Services
1 126 (7.98%) Microsoft 365
2 120 (7.60%) Azure
3 76 (4.81%) Power Platform
4 69 (4.37%) AWS
5 19 (1.20%) Serverless
6 16 (1.01%) AWS Lambda
7 12 (0.76%) Slack
8 11 (0.70%) OneDrive
9 10 (0.63%) Amazon SQS
9 10 (0.63%) GCP
10 9 (0.57%) SaaS
10 9 (0.57%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 8 (0.51%) Amazon S3
12 7 (0.44%) GitHub
12 7 (0.44%) PaaS
13 6 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
13 6 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
13 6 (0.38%) IaaS
13 6 (0.38%) PowerApps
14 5 (0.32%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 51 (3.23%) LAN
2 40 (2.53%) WAN
3 27 (1.71%) Firewall
3 27 (1.71%) Wi-Fi
4 22 (1.39%) Wireless
5 18 (1.14%) TCP/IP
6 14 (0.89%) DHCP
6 14 (0.89%) VoIP
6 14 (0.89%) VPN
7 12 (0.76%) DNS
8 11 (0.70%) SAN
8 11 (0.70%) WLAN
9 10 (0.63%) Internet
10 8 (0.51%) Cisco Nexus
10 8 (0.51%) OSPF
11 7 (0.44%) Cisco Wireless
11 7 (0.44%) Network Security
11 7 (0.44%) Remote Desktop
11 7 (0.44%) Unified Communications
11 7 (0.44%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (7.73%) Electronic Patient Records
2 84 (5.32%) SQL Server
3 74 (4.69%) Power BI
4 44 (2.79%) Data Warehouse
5 41 (2.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 34 (2.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 20 (1.27%) Tableau
8 19 (1.20%) Relational Database
9 17 (1.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 11 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
10 11 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
11 10 (0.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 8 (0.51%) NoSQL
12 8 (0.51%) Riak
13 7 (0.44%) Amazon RDS
13 7 (0.44%) Metadata
13 7 (0.44%) MongoDB
13 7 (0.44%) QlikView
14 6 (0.38%) RDBMS
15 5 (0.32%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 20 (1.27%) Git (software)
2 18 (1.14%) JIRA
3 16 (1.01%) Selenium
4 14 (0.89%) Visual Studio
5 13 (0.82%) GitLab
6 11 (0.70%) Jenkins
7 9 (0.57%) JMeter
8 7 (0.44%) ERwin
8 7 (0.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 5 (0.32%) Cucumber
10 4 (0.25%) NeoLoad
10 4 (0.25%) Rational Rhapsody
11 3 (0.19%) Hudson
11 3 (0.19%) JUnit
11 3 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
11 3 (0.19%) SonarQube
11 3 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
12 2 (0.13%) DbUnit
12 2 (0.13%) jMock
12 2 (0.13%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 428 (27.11%) Public Sector
2 246 (15.58%) Social Skills
3 166 (10.51%) Finance
4 93 (5.89%) Telecoms
5 85 (5.38%) Manufacturing
6 78 (4.94%) Marketing
7 75 (4.75%) Electronics
8 71 (4.50%) Analytical Skills
9 41 (2.60%) Organisational Skills
10 40 (2.53%) Influencing Skills
11 30 (1.90%) Presentation Skills
12 25 (1.58%) Retail
13 21 (1.33%) Local Government
14 18 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
15 14 (0.89%) Inclusion and Diversity
16 13 (0.82%) Documentation Skills
16 13 (0.82%) Legal
17 9 (0.57%) Law
17 9 (0.57%) Publishing
18 7 (0.44%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 276 (17.48%) Analyst
2 242 (15.33%) Project Manager
3 144 (9.12%) Developer
4 84 (5.32%) Business Analyst
5 65 (4.12%) IT Manager
6 64 (4.05%) NHS Project Manager
7 54 (3.42%) IT Support
8 53 (3.36%) Architect
9 51 (3.23%) Programme Manager
10 48 (3.04%) IT Technician
11 43 (2.72%) IT Project Manager
12 41 (2.60%) Service Analyst
13 39 (2.47%) Support Engineer
14 38 (2.41%) Support Technician
15 37 (2.34%) Service Desk Analyst
16 35 (2.22%) Data Analyst
17 34 (2.15%) IT Support Technician
18 32 (2.03%) Network Engineer
19 30 (1.90%) Senior Manager
20 29 (1.84%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (3.86%) .NET
2 28 (1.77%) React
3 24 (1.52%) CSS
4 23 (1.46%) HTML
5 22 (1.39%) Web Services
6 18 (1.14%) Node.js
7 17 (1.08%) AngularJS
8 16 (1.01%) FHIR
9 15 (0.95%) XML
10 13 (0.82%) .NET Framework
11 12 (0.76%) JSON
11 12 (0.76%) RESTful
12 10 (0.63%) ASP.NET
12 10 (0.63%) HTML5
12 10 (0.63%) REST
12 10 (0.63%) SOAP
13 9 (0.57%) ASP.NET Web API
13 9 (0.57%) Spring
13 9 (0.57%) Spring Boot
14 7 (0.44%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 65 (4.12%) Management Information System
2 53 (3.36%) LIMS
3 33 (2.09%) PACS
4 27 (1.71%) Legacy Systems
5 26 (1.65%) e-Health
6 25 (1.58%) User Experience
7 21 (1.33%) Data Centre
8 20 (1.27%) Freedom of Information
9 19 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
10 14 (0.89%) Freedom of Information Act
11 13 (0.82%) Data Structures
12 12 (0.76%) Mobile App
13 11 (0.70%) Greenfield Project
14 10 (0.63%) Data Protection Act
14 10 (0.63%) Graphic Design
15 9 (0.57%) Driving Licence
15 9 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
16 8 (0.51%) Clustering
16 8 (0.51%) Wiki
17 6 (0.38%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 202 (12.79%) Windows
2 94 (5.95%) Windows 10
3 45 (2.85%) Linux
4 40 (2.53%) Windows Server
5 17 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 17 (1.08%) Windows Server 2016
6 15 (0.95%) Apple iOS
7 14 (0.89%) Windows 7
8 10 (0.63%) Unix
9 9 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (0.44%) Windows Server 2019
11 6 (0.38%) Ubuntu
12 5 (0.32%) Android
12 5 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.19%) VMS
14 2 (0.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.063%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 215 (13.62%) Agile
2 214 (13.55%) Business Intelligence
3 183 (11.59%) Project Management
4 141 (8.93%) Migration
5 130 (8.23%) PRINCE2
6 115 (7.28%) Programme Management
7 110 (6.97%) ITIL
8 104 (6.59%) Stakeholder Management
9 82 (5.19%) DevOps
10 79 (5.00%) Change Management
11 75 (4.75%) Digital Marketing
12 69 (4.37%) Informatics
13 65 (4.12%) Data Migration
14 60 (3.80%) Business Case
15 59 (3.74%) Information Governance
16 57 (3.61%) Project Delivery
16 57 (3.61%) Service Delivery
17 51 (3.23%) Analytics
17 51 (3.23%) Business Analysis
18 50 (3.17%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 191 (12.10%) SQL
2 80 (5.07%) Python
3 54 (3.42%) C#
4 38 (2.41%) JavaScript
5 27 (1.71%) T-SQL
6 25 (1.58%) Java
7 20 (1.27%) PowerShell
8 13 (0.82%) R
9 12 (0.76%) Groovy
10 10 (0.63%) C
11 9 (0.57%) TypeScript
12 4 (0.25%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 4 (0.25%) Delphi
12 4 (0.25%) PHP
12 4 (0.25%) VBA
13 3 (0.19%) C++
13 3 (0.19%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.13%) Perl
14 2 (0.13%) Ruby
14 2 (0.13%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 66 (4.18%) Security Cleared
2 59 (3.74%) Degree
3 44 (2.79%) SC Cleared
4 29 (1.84%) ITIL Certification
5 22 (1.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 20 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
7 19 (1.20%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (0.76%) PMP
9 11 (0.70%) CISSP
10 10 (0.63%) AWS Certification
10 10 (0.63%) CISM
10 10 (0.63%) MCITP
11 9 (0.57%) CCNA
11 9 (0.57%) Master's Degree
12 8 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 7 (0.44%) Computer Science Degree
13 7 (0.44%) DBS Check
13 7 (0.44%) Postgraduate
14 6 (0.38%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (3.67%) Data Quality
2 44 (2.79%) HL7
3 36 (2.28%) PMO
4 30 (1.90%) GDPR
4 30 (1.90%) QA
5 22 (1.39%) Accessibility
5 22 (1.39%) SLA
6 13 (0.82%) Cyber Essentials
7 11 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 10 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 4 (0.25%) DICOM
9 4 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
9 4 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 3 (0.19%) ISO 9000
10 3 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 3 (0.19%) PCI DSS
11 2 (0.13%) COBIT
11 2 (0.13%) GxP
11 2 (0.13%) ISO 13485
11 2 (0.13%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 107 (6.78%) Active Directory
2 36 (2.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (2.09%) Docker
4 10 (0.63%) vSphere
5 9 (0.57%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (0.38%) vCloud
6 6 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (0.32%) BitLocker
8 3 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.13%) NFS
9 2 (0.13%) Postfix
9 2 (0.13%) XenApp
10 1 (0.063%) Firmware
10 1 (0.063%) LXC
10 1 (0.063%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.063%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 55 (3.48%) Terraform
2 48 (3.04%) SCCM
3 22 (1.39%) Kubernetes
4 17 (1.08%) Microsoft Intune
5 13 (0.82%) Ansible
6 6 (0.38%) Puppet
6 6 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (0.25%) AirWatch
7 4 (0.25%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.19%) Cisco CUCM
8 3 (0.19%) Cisco Prime
9 2 (0.13%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 2 (0.13%) DameWare
9 2 (0.13%) Grafana
9 2 (0.13%) HP ALM
9 2 (0.13%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.13%) OPNET
9 2 (0.13%) Simpana
9 2 (0.13%) SolarWinds Orion
9 2 (0.13%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 211 (13.36%) Microsoft
2 79 (5.00%) SAP
3 68 (4.31%) Cisco
4 58 (3.67%) VMware
5 45 (2.85%) Cerner
6 37 (2.34%) Oracle
7 23 (1.46%) Brio
8 22 (1.39%) HP
9 18 (1.14%) Databricks
10 15 (0.95%) Veeam
11 13 (0.82%) Infoflex
12 12 (0.76%) Google
13 11 (0.70%) Salesforce.com
14 10 (0.63%) Splunk
15 9 (0.57%) ServiceNow
16 8 (0.51%) Citrix
16 8 (0.51%) Dell
17 7 (0.44%) IBM
17 7 (0.44%) MuleSoft
18 6 (0.38%) Aruba