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 3 months to 23 June 2017 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 260 227 120
Rank change year-on-year -33 -107  
Contract jobs citing NHS 416 580 1050
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.89% 1.08% 1.87%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.68% 3.23% 5.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 289 396 764
Median daily rate £352 £318 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.79% +0.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £166 £175 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £509 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £309 £315
% change year-on-year +13.36% -1.98%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 61 63
Median hourly rate £14.50 £17.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.14% +16.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.49 £10.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £99.00 £34.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £17.75 £14.75
% change year-on-year -18.30% +20.33%  

NHS is in the generic IT skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 15514 17930 17779
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 33.14% 33.32% 31.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 10087 11763 11122
Median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 488 588 656
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.25 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +17.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.47 £12.50 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.39 £47.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year +9.89% +19.73%  

NHS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing NHS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

Job vacancy trend for NHS in the UK

NHS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing NHS.

Contractor daily rate trend for NHS in the UK

NHS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing NHS over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for NHS in the UK

NHS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing NHS.

Contractor hourly rate trend for NHS in the UK

NHS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing NHS over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for NHS in the UK

NHS
Top 30 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 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -35 382 £353 +8.46% 103
London -5 181 £375 +15.38% 38
South East -13 62 £275 -21.42% 17
City of London +24 57 £413 +37.50% 8
East of England 0 33 £250 +5.82%
Yorkshire +9 32 £545 +36.12% 12
Wales +13 23 £360 +30.90%
West Yorkshire +2 22 £545 +36.25% 9
North West -30 20 £231 +12.68% 7
South West -43 19 £400 +14.28% 3
Cardiff +12 18 £357 +24.26%
South Wales +10 18 £357 +24.26%
Leeds -3 18 £545 +30.02% 7
Kent +7 17 £182 -55.73% 1
Hertfordshire +3 13 £300 +39.53%
East Midlands -26 13 £413 +26.92% 11
North East +71 11 £335 -23.42% 2
Wiltshire -3 11 £450 -25.00%
Manchester -21 10 £215 +4.63% 3
Scotland +45 9 £328 +19.09% 1
West Midlands -1 8 £450 +60.71% 6
Surrey -1 8 £275 -36.04% 4
Corsham -5 8 £498 -14.59%
Westminster - 8 £525 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne +80 7 £350 -24.11% 1
Tyne and Wear +79 7 £350 -20.00% 1
Berkshire +26 7 £450 - 1
Hampshire +8 7 £388 -11.42% 8
Cambridgeshire +4 7 £192 +0.78%
Northampton +9 5 £350 -17.64% 7

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing NHS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for NHS.

1 173 (20.02%) Business Intelligence
2 156 (18.06%) SQL
3 109 (12.62%) Finance
4 106 (12.27%) Agile Software Development
5 93 (10.76%) Project Management
6 86 (9.95%) Microsoft
7 83 (9.61%) ITIL
7 83 (9.61%) PRINCE2
8 80 (9.26%) Degree
9 78 (9.03%) Windows
10 73 (8.45%) Analytical Skills
11 72 (8.33%) JavaScript
12 69 (7.99%) SQL Server
13 57 (6.60%) Microsoft Excel
14 54 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
15 53 (6.13%) Security Cleared
16 50 (5.79%) HTML
16 50 (5.79%) Active Directory
17 48 (5.56%) Migration
18 47 (5.44%) Change Management
19 45 (5.21%) CSS
19 45 (5.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 45 (5.21%) Information Governance
20 44 (5.09%) Service Management
20 44 (5.09%) Management Information System
21 43 (4.98%) Electronic Patient Records
22 41 (4.75%) Stakeholder Management
22 41 (4.75%) .NET
23 40 (4.63%) Data Analysis
23 40 (4.63%) Data Quality

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 13 (1.50%) Apache
2 12 (1.39%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.16%) MS Exchange
4 8 (0.93%) nginx
5 7 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (0.81%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.69%) CMS
7 5 (0.58%) Confluence
7 5 (0.58%) IIS
7 5 (0.58%) JCAPS
7 5 (0.58%) SAS
7 5 (0.58%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (0.46%) Drupal
9 3 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (0.35%) Skype for Business
9 3 (0.35%) WordPress
10 2 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 57 (6.60%) Microsoft Excel
2 36 (4.17%) Microsoft Office
3 20 (2.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 20 (2.31%) Spreadsheet
4 8 (0.93%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.58%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.35%) Stata
7 2 (0.23%) SPSS
8 1 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 20 (2.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 18 (2.08%) SystmOne
3 15 (1.74%) Lorenzo
4 8 (0.93%) Payment Gateway
5 5 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.58%) Magento
6 3 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.23%) Cerner Millennium
7 2 (0.23%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (1.97%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (1.50%) Office 365
3 11 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (0.81%) GitHub
5 4 (0.46%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (0.35%) Boomi
6 3 (0.35%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.35%) IaaS
7 2 (0.23%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.12%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 1 (0.12%) Google Drive
8 1 (0.12%) SaaS
8 1 (0.12%) Slack
8 1 (0.12%) Trello
8 1 (0.12%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 32 (3.70%) LAN
2 24 (2.78%) WAN
3 22 (2.55%) DNS
4 16 (1.85%) Wireless
5 15 (1.74%) Firewall
6 14 (1.62%) DHCP
6 14 (1.62%) Wi-Fi
7 11 (1.27%) TCP/IP
8 10 (1.16%) VLAN
9 8 (0.93%) WLAN
10 6 (0.69%) Cisco ASA
10 6 (0.69%) Internet
11 5 (0.58%) Cisco Nexus
11 5 (0.58%) SAN
11 5 (0.58%) SMTP
11 5 (0.58%) VoIP
12 4 (0.46%) MPLS
12 4 (0.46%) POP3
12 4 (0.46%) Skype
12 4 (0.46%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (7.99%) SQL Server
2 54 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
3 45 (5.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 43 (4.98%) Electronic Patient Records
5 39 (4.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 28 (3.24%) Relational Database
7 17 (1.97%) MySQL
8 16 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 13 (1.50%) Power BI
10 9 (1.04%) Oracle Database
10 9 (1.04%) QlikView
10 9 (1.04%) RDBMS
11 8 (0.93%) Big Data
11 8 (0.93%) SQL Server 2014
12 7 (0.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 7 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
12 7 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
13 6 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
13 6 (0.69%) Oracle9i Database
13 6 (0.69%) Riak
Development Applications
1 26 (3.01%) Git (software)
2 24 (2.78%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (2.43%) Visual Studio
4 8 (0.93%) JIRA
5 7 (0.81%) Rational Rhapsody
6 6 (0.69%) gulp
7 5 (0.58%) Grunt
7 5 (0.58%) Oracle Forms
8 4 (0.46%) Jasmine
8 4 (0.46%) Jenkins
8 4 (0.46%) Selenium
8 4 (0.46%) SpecFlow
9 3 (0.35%) Bower
9 3 (0.35%) Maven
9 3 (0.35%) Mocha
9 3 (0.35%) MSBuild
9 3 (0.35%) Rational DOORS
9 3 (0.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (0.35%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (0.23%) HP UFT
General
1 109 (12.62%) Finance
2 30 (3.47%) Marketing
3 29 (3.36%) Telecoms
4 24 (2.78%) Manufacturing
5 20 (2.31%) Electronics
6 17 (1.97%) Pharmaceutical
7 10 (1.16%) Banking
8 9 (1.04%) Legal
9 6 (0.69%) Front Office
9 6 (0.69%) Retail
10 5 (0.58%) Law
11 4 (0.46%) Local Government
11 4 (0.46%) Military
11 4 (0.46%) Publishing
12 3 (0.35%) Back Office
12 3 (0.35%) Interactive Media
13 2 (0.23%) Advertising
13 2 (0.23%) Billing
13 2 (0.23%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.23%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 186 (21.53%) Analyst
2 135 (15.63%) Developer
3 83 (9.61%) Project Manager
4 53 (6.13%) Architect
5 33 (3.82%) Business Analyst
6 28 (3.24%) NHS Project Manager
6 28 (3.24%) Test Analyst
7 27 (3.13%) Information Analyst
7 27 (3.13%) Programme Manager
8 23 (2.66%) IT Manager
9 22 (2.55%) Support Analyst
10 19 (2.20%) .NET Developer
11 18 (2.08%) Data Analyst
11 18 (2.08%) Service Analyst
11 18 (2.08%) SQL Developer
12 17 (1.97%) Consultant
12 17 (1.97%) Network Engineer
12 17 (1.97%) Service Desk Analyst
12 17 (1.97%) Support Engineer
13 16 (1.85%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (5.79%) HTML
2 45 (5.21%) CSS
3 41 (4.75%) .NET
4 25 (2.89%) AngularJS
5 24 (2.78%) Entity Framework
5 24 (2.78%) jQuery
6 22 (2.55%) .NET Framework
6 22 (2.55%) HTML5
7 17 (1.97%) ASP.NET
8 15 (1.74%) LINQ
8 15 (1.74%) Web Services
9 14 (1.62%) React
9 14 (1.62%) XML
10 13 (1.50%) REST
11 12 (1.39%) RESTful
12 11 (1.27%) ASP.NET Web API
12 11 (1.27%) CSS3
13 10 (1.16%) LAMP
13 10 (1.16%) Symfony
13 10 (1.16%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 73 (8.45%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (5.09%) Management Information System
3 19 (2.20%) Data Centre
4 14 (1.62%) User Experience
5 13 (1.50%) Data Protection Act
6 10 (1.16%) Computer Science
7 9 (1.04%) Freedom of Information
8 8 (0.93%) Driving Licence
8 8 (0.93%) e-Learning
9 7 (0.81%) Algorithms
9 7 (0.81%) Data Structures
9 7 (0.81%) Fintech
9 7 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
10 6 (0.69%) Blackberry
10 6 (0.69%) Client/Server
10 6 (0.69%) PACS
11 5 (0.58%) Reference Data
12 4 (0.46%) Freedom of Information Act
12 4 (0.46%) Hybrid Cloud
13 3 (0.35%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 78 (9.03%) Windows
2 24 (2.78%) Linux
3 23 (2.66%) Windows 7
3 23 (2.66%) Windows Server
4 12 (1.39%) Unix
5 9 (1.04%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (0.93%) Windows XP
7 7 (0.81%) Windows 2000
8 4 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (0.35%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.35%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.23%) AIX
10 2 (0.23%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.12%) Android
11 1 (0.12%) CentOS
11 1 (0.12%) NetWare
11 1 (0.12%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (20.02%) Business Intelligence
2 106 (12.27%) Agile Software Development
3 93 (10.76%) Project Management
4 83 (9.61%) ITIL
4 83 (9.61%) PRINCE2
5 48 (5.56%) Migration
6 47 (5.44%) Change Management
7 45 (5.21%) Information Governance
8 44 (5.09%) Service Management
9 41 (4.75%) Stakeholder Management
10 40 (4.63%) Data Analysis
10 40 (4.63%) Stakeholder Engagement
11 39 (4.51%) Programme Management
12 32 (3.70%) Performance Management
13 30 (3.47%) Validation
14 29 (3.36%) ITSM
14 29 (3.36%) Line Management
15 28 (3.24%) Informatics
15 28 (3.24%) Service Delivery
16 26 (3.01%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 156 (18.06%) SQL
2 72 (8.33%) JavaScript
3 39 (4.51%) C#
4 25 (2.89%) PHP
5 21 (2.43%) Java
6 20 (2.31%) T-SQL
7 14 (1.62%) Python
8 11 (1.27%) PL/SQL
9 10 (1.16%) C++
10 9 (1.04%) TypeScript
10 9 (1.04%) VBA
11 8 (0.93%) Scala
12 5 (0.58%) ES6
12 5 (0.58%) R
12 5 (0.58%) Ruby
13 4 (0.46%) C
13 4 (0.46%) F#
14 3 (0.35%) Apex Code
15 2 (0.23%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.23%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 80 (9.26%) Degree
2 53 (6.13%) Security Cleared
3 27 (3.13%) BPSS Clearance
4 22 (2.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 19 (2.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 18 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
7 17 (1.97%) ISEB
7 17 (1.97%) ISTQB
7 17 (1.97%) SC Cleared
8 15 (1.74%) CCNA
8 15 (1.74%) MCSA
9 14 (1.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 9 (1.04%) Master's Degree
11 8 (0.93%) CCNP
12 7 (0.81%) MCP
13 5 (0.58%) CCAA
13 5 (0.58%) Citrix Certification
13 5 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.58%) PMI Certification
13 5 (0.58%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (4.63%) Data Quality
2 37 (4.28%) Disclosure Scotland
2 37 (4.28%) HL7
3 21 (2.43%) PMO
4 16 (1.85%) QA
5 8 (0.93%) SLA
6 3 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.23%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.12%) BS7799
8 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.12%) MiFID
8 1 (0.12%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 50 (5.79%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (1.27%) Docker
4 5 (0.58%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
5 4 (0.46%) XenApp
6 3 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.35%) Terminal Services
6 3 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.35%) XenServer
7 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (0.23%) Xen
8 1 (0.12%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 9 (1.04%) Ansible
2 5 (0.58%) SCCM
3 3 (0.35%) Cisco CUCM
3 3 (0.35%) DameWare
3 3 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (0.35%) SCOM
4 2 (0.23%) Cisco Prime
4 2 (0.23%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (0.23%) Nagios
4 2 (0.23%) Nessus
4 2 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.23%) Puppet
4 2 (0.23%) vCenter Server
4 2 (0.23%) WSUS
5 1 (0.12%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.12%) HP SiteScope
5 1 (0.12%) MobiControl
5 1 (0.12%) Terraform
Vendors
1 86 (9.95%) Microsoft
2 27 (3.13%) Cisco
3 24 (2.78%) Oracle
3 24 (2.78%) SAP
3 24 (2.78%) VMware
4 15 (1.74%) HP
5 13 (1.50%) Cerner
6 12 (1.39%) Citrix
7 9 (1.04%) LANDesk
8 7 (0.81%) CheckPoint
8 7 (0.81%) Fiorano
9 6 (0.69%) Dell
9 6 (0.69%) SolarWinds
10 5 (0.58%) IBM
10 5 (0.58%) Infoflex
10 5 (0.58%) InterSystems
10 5 (0.58%) Palo Alto
11 4 (0.46%) Splunk
11 4 (0.46%) Tableau
12 3 (0.35%) Veeam
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £0.00 per day + Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
South East
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £210 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £360.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Graham Matthews
Rate: From £400 to £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Computer People
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £10.00 - £13.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
London
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: £170 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Northampton, Northamptonshire
St Andrew's Healthcare
Rate: £22099 - £29329 per annum, Benefits benefits & package
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £15.10 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Graham Matthews
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South East
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: £27,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: £22,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
St Andrew's Healthcare
Rate: Competitive plus package and benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Digital Gurus
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
St Andrew's Healthcare
Rate: Competitive according to experience
Posted: 6 days ago
City of Westminster
Hays West And Wales
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
South West London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
St Andrew's Healthcare
Rate: Competitive plus package and benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Ideal Training
Rate: Excellent Daily Rate Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
South West London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £550.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of Westminster
Hays West And Wales
Rate: £550.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 6 days ago
London
IQ Public Sector
Rate: £350.00 - £390.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
ISR Recruitment Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
UK
Ideal Training
Rate: Excellent Daily Rate Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Aylesford, Kent
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
North London
Ideal Training
Rate: Excellent Daily Rate Negotiable
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: £280 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Durham, County Durham
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £13.27 - £16.00 per hour
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