Period
to 23 September 2017

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 23 September 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
6 months to
23 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 298 238 129
Rank change year-on-year -60 -109 -23
Contract jobs citing NHS 811 1172 2065
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 1.09% 1.81%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.48% 3.27% 5.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 557 828 1495
UK median daily rate £350 £310 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.90% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £138 £163 £180
90th Percentile £575 £500 £459
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year +8.33% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 118 175
UK median hourly rate £16.32 £19.22 £13.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.11% +40.29% -12.32%
10th Percentile £10.40 £11.90 £10.25
90th Percentile £32.36 £34.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.29 £19.50 £13.00
% change year-on-year -16.46% +50.00% -13.33%

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 32721 35797 36793
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.42% 33.31% 32.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 21473 23509 23160
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £240
90th Percentile £650 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 970 1199 1428
UK median hourly rate £21.90 £20.50 £18.82
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.83% +8.96% -4.13%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.60 £11.17
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.75 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £21.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +16.67% -7.69%

NHS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 23 September 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 6 months to 23 September 2017.

Contractor 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 23 September 2017. 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 -70 735 £350 +9.38% 48
UK excluding London -61 484 £325 +8.33% 35
London -32 317 £366 +12.69% 13
North of England -7 143 £400 +25.00% 10
South East -6 126 £230 -23.33% 10
Yorkshire +21 83 £500 +38.41% 5
Midlands -40 59 £358 +10.00% 10
East of England -25 52 £250 - 2
Wales +6 48 £305 +48.78%
North West -50 43 £300 +29.03% 4
South West -69 36 £400 +14.29% 3
West Midlands -2 28 £350 +3.70% 4
East Midlands -32 26 £363 +11.54% 4
Scotland +30 19 £202 -26.55%
North East +73 17 £378 -16.11% 1
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 140 (17.26%) Business Intelligence
2 129 (15.91%) SQL
3 102 (12.58%) Microsoft
4 101 (12.45%) Finance
5 97 (11.96%) Project Management
6 94 (11.59%) Agile Software Development
7 90 (11.10%) Windows
8 87 (10.73%) ITIL
9 79 (9.74%) PRINCE2
10 73 (9.00%) Degree
11 68 (8.38%) JavaScript
12 59 (7.27%) SQL Server
13 57 (7.03%) Management Information System
14 54 (6.66%) Migration
15 52 (6.41%) Analytical Skills
16 51 (6.29%) Active Directory
17 50 (6.17%) HTML
17 50 (6.17%) Service Management
18 47 (5.80%) .NET
18 47 (5.80%) Microsoft Office
18 47 (5.80%) Microsoft Excel
19 43 (5.30%) CSS
19 43 (5.30%) Stakeholder Engagement
20 42 (5.18%) C#
20 42 (5.18%) Data Warehouse
21 41 (5.06%) Security Cleared
22 40 (4.93%) Service Delivery
22 40 (4.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
23 39 (4.81%) Data Quality
24 38 (4.69%) Electronic Patient Records

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 20 (2.47%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.97%) MS Exchange
3 12 (1.48%) Apache
4 9 (1.11%) CMS
5 8 (0.99%) nginx
6 6 (0.74%) IIS
6 6 (0.74%) SAS
7 5 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (0.62%) JCAPS
7 5 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
7 5 (0.62%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.49%) Confluence
8 4 (0.49%) Drupal
9 3 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (0.25%) Skype for Business
11 1 (0.12%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.12%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.12%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.12%) Umbraco
Applications
1 47 (5.80%) Microsoft Excel
1 47 (5.80%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (1.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 10 (1.23%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (0.74%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.49%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.25%) SPSS
7 1 (0.12%) Flinto
7 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 20 (2.47%) SystmOne
2 10 (1.23%) Lorenzo
3 8 (0.99%) Payment Gateway
4 4 (0.49%) Magento
5 3 (0.37%) Cerner Millennium
5 3 (0.37%) SAP Retail
5 3 (0.37%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.23%) Amazon AWS
1 10 (1.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.99%) Office 365
3 7 (0.86%) GitHub
4 5 (0.62%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (0.37%) IaaS
6 2 (0.25%) Trello
7 1 (0.12%) AdWords
7 1 (0.12%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
7 1 (0.12%) Basecamp
7 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.12%) Google Drive
7 1 (0.12%) PaaS
7 1 (0.12%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 31 (3.82%) LAN
2 21 (2.59%) WAN
2 21 (2.59%) Wireless
3 18 (2.22%) DNS
4 17 (2.10%) SMS
5 13 (1.60%) Firewall
6 12 (1.48%) DHCP
7 10 (1.23%) TCP/IP
7 10 (1.23%) Wi-Fi
8 9 (1.11%) VoIP
9 8 (0.99%) Internet
10 7 (0.86%) WLAN
11 6 (0.74%) Cisco ASA
11 6 (0.74%) Network Security
11 6 (0.74%) Remote Desktop
12 5 (0.62%) SMTP
13 4 (0.49%) Cisco Nexus
13 4 (0.49%) POP3
14 3 (0.37%) Intrusion Detection
14 3 (0.37%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (7.27%) SQL Server
2 42 (5.18%) Data Warehouse
3 40 (4.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 38 (4.69%) Electronic Patient Records
5 34 (4.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 23 (2.84%) Relational Database
7 15 (1.85%) MySQL
8 12 (1.48%) RDBMS
9 10 (1.23%) SQL Server 2008
9 10 (1.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 9 (1.11%) Oracle Database
11 8 (0.99%) QlikView
12 7 (0.86%) SQL Server 2014
13 6 (0.74%) MS Access
13 6 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
13 6 (0.74%) Oracle9i Database
13 6 (0.74%) Riak
14 4 (0.49%) Big Data
14 4 (0.49%) Power BI
14 4 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 17 (2.10%) Git (software)
2 13 (1.60%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (1.48%) JIRA
4 10 (1.23%) Visual Studio
5 6 (0.74%) Rational Rhapsody
6 5 (0.62%) Jenkins
6 5 (0.62%) Oracle Forms
6 5 (0.62%) SoapUI
6 5 (0.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 4 (0.49%) Selenium
8 3 (0.37%) gulp
8 3 (0.37%) Jasmine
8 3 (0.37%) Maven
8 3 (0.37%) Mocha
8 3 (0.37%) MSBuild
8 3 (0.37%) Rational DOORS
8 3 (0.37%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.25%) Hudson
9 2 (0.25%) MSTest
9 2 (0.25%) NUnit
General
1 101 (12.45%) Finance
2 29 (3.58%) Marketing
3 25 (3.08%) Telecoms
4 21 (2.59%) Manufacturing
5 19 (2.34%) Electronics
6 18 (2.22%) Legal
7 17 (2.10%) Pharmaceutical
8 12 (1.48%) Back Office
9 10 (1.23%) Banking
10 7 (0.86%) Retail
11 6 (0.74%) Front Office
12 4 (0.49%) Law
12 4 (0.49%) Military
13 3 (0.37%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.37%) Interactive Media
13 3 (0.37%) Publishing
14 2 (0.25%) Billing
14 2 (0.25%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.25%) Games
14 2 (0.25%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 151 (18.62%) Analyst
2 126 (15.54%) Developer
3 89 (10.97%) Project Manager
4 58 (7.15%) Architect
5 31 (3.82%) NHS Project Manager
6 28 (3.45%) .NET Developer
7 27 (3.33%) Business Analyst
8 26 (3.21%) Information Analyst
9 25 (3.08%) Programme Manager
10 24 (2.96%) Consultant
10 24 (2.96%) Service Analyst
11 23 (2.84%) Senior Manager
12 22 (2.71%) Service Desk Analyst
13 21 (2.59%) Technical Architect
14 19 (2.34%) SQL Developer
15 18 (2.22%) Delivery Manager
16 17 (2.10%) Service Manager
16 17 (2.10%) Test Analyst
17 16 (1.97%) IT Manager
17 16 (1.97%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (6.17%) HTML
2 47 (5.80%) .NET
3 43 (5.30%) CSS
4 27 (3.33%) jQuery
5 25 (3.08%) HTML5
6 23 (2.84%) .NET Framework
7 22 (2.71%) Entity Framework
8 18 (2.22%) XML
9 17 (2.10%) AngularJS
9 17 (2.10%) Web Services
10 16 (1.97%) ASP.NET
10 16 (1.97%) LINQ
10 16 (1.97%) React
11 14 (1.73%) RESTful
12 12 (1.48%) CSS3
13 11 (1.36%) ASP.NET Web API
13 11 (1.36%) LAMP
13 11 (1.36%) WCF
14 9 (1.11%) Redux
14 9 (1.11%) Symfony
Miscellaneous
1 57 (7.03%) Management Information System
2 52 (6.41%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (1.97%) Data Centre
3 16 (1.97%) User Experience
4 15 (1.85%) Reference Data
5 13 (1.60%) Computer Science
6 12 (1.48%) Data Structures
7 11 (1.36%) Data Protection Act
7 11 (1.36%) Fintech
8 10 (1.23%) Blackberry
9 8 (0.99%) Driving Licence
9 8 (0.99%) Greenfield Project
9 8 (0.99%) LIMS
10 7 (0.86%) Freedom of Information
11 6 (0.74%) PACS
12 5 (0.62%) e-Health
12 5 (0.62%) e-Learning
13 4 (0.49%) Algorithms
13 4 (0.49%) Hybrid Cloud
13 4 (0.49%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 90 (11.10%) Windows
2 31 (3.82%) Windows Server
3 21 (2.59%) Linux
4 16 (1.97%) Windows 7
5 10 (1.23%) Unix
5 10 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (0.86%) Windows XP
8 5 (0.62%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (0.49%) Windows 2000
10 3 (0.37%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.25%) AIX
11 2 (0.25%) CentOS
11 2 (0.25%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.12%) Android
12 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.12%) NetWare
12 1 (0.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.12%) Scientific Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 140 (17.26%) Business Intelligence
2 97 (11.96%) Project Management
3 94 (11.59%) Agile Software Development
4 87 (10.73%) ITIL
5 79 (9.74%) PRINCE2
6 54 (6.66%) Migration
7 50 (6.17%) Service Management
8 43 (5.30%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 40 (4.93%) Service Delivery
10 35 (4.32%) Information Governance
10 35 (4.32%) Performance Management
10 35 (4.32%) Programme Management
11 34 (4.19%) TOGAF
12 33 (4.07%) Change Management
12 33 (4.07%) Stakeholder Management
13 32 (3.95%) Data Migration
14 31 (3.82%) Data Analysis
15 30 (3.70%) Informatics
16 25 (3.08%) MVC
17 24 (2.96%) Contract Management
Programming Languages
1 129 (15.91%) SQL
2 68 (8.38%) JavaScript
3 42 (5.18%) C#
4 17 (2.10%) Java
4 17 (2.10%) PHP
5 15 (1.85%) T-SQL
6 12 (1.48%) C++
6 12 (1.48%) PL/SQL
7 10 (1.23%) Python
8 7 (0.86%) Scala
8 7 (0.86%) VBA
9 6 (0.74%) C
9 6 (0.74%) TypeScript
10 5 (0.62%) ES6
11 4 (0.49%) R
12 3 (0.37%) ABAP
12 3 (0.37%) PowerShell
12 3 (0.37%) Ruby
13 2 (0.25%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.25%) F#
Qualifications
1 73 (9.00%) Degree
2 41 (5.06%) Security Cleared
3 25 (3.08%) BPSS Clearance
4 22 (2.71%) Cisco Certification
5 20 (2.47%) CCNA
6 18 (2.22%) Microsoft Certification
7 17 (2.10%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 14 (1.73%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 11 (1.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 10 (1.23%) MCP
10 10 (1.23%) SC Cleared
11 8 (0.99%) CCNP
11 8 (0.99%) ISEB
11 8 (0.99%) MCSA
12 7 (0.86%) ISTQB
12 7 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 6 (0.74%) Citrix Certification
13 6 (0.74%) Master's Degree
14 5 (0.62%) CISSP
14 5 (0.62%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (4.81%) Data Quality
2 36 (4.44%) Disclosure Scotland
2 36 (4.44%) HL7
3 17 (2.10%) PMO
4 16 (1.97%) QA
5 11 (1.36%) SLA
6 9 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 3 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
8 3 (0.37%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.25%) GCP
10 1 (0.12%) BS7799
10 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.12%) MiFID
10 1 (0.12%) PMBOK
System Software
1 51 (6.29%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (1.11%) Docker
3 9 (1.11%) XenApp
4 8 (0.99%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.62%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 3 (0.37%) Virtual Servers
6 3 (0.37%) XenServer
7 2 (0.25%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.25%) Xen
8 1 (0.12%) NFS
Systems Management
1 10 (1.23%) Ansible
2 7 (0.86%) SCCM
2 7 (0.86%) SCOM
3 5 (0.62%) DameWare
4 4 (0.49%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (0.49%) NetBackup
4 4 (0.49%) Puppet
4 4 (0.49%) ZENworks
5 3 (0.37%) Kubernetes
5 3 (0.37%) Nessus
5 3 (0.37%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.37%) WSUS
6 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (0.25%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.25%) Rancher
6 2 (0.25%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 2 (0.25%) Terraform
6 2 (0.25%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.12%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 102 (12.58%) Microsoft
2 30 (3.70%) Cisco
3 29 (3.58%) VMware
4 23 (2.84%) SAP
5 17 (2.10%) Citrix
5 17 (2.10%) Oracle
6 14 (1.73%) Cerner
6 14 (1.73%) Tableau
7 11 (1.36%) HP
8 7 (0.86%) Sophos
9 6 (0.74%) IBM
9 6 (0.74%) LANDesk
9 6 (0.74%) SolarWinds
10 5 (0.62%) CheckPoint
10 5 (0.62%) Fiorano
10 5 (0.62%) Google
10 5 (0.62%) McAfee
10 5 (0.62%) Palo Alto
11 4 (0.49%) Symantec
11 4 (0.49%) Veritas