Period
to 20 October 2019

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 20 October 2019 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
20 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 273 323 315
Rank change year-on-year +50 -8 -69
Contract jobs citing NHS 801 824 812
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.95% 0.81% 0.82%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 3.03% 2.48% 2.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 430 474 556
UK median daily rate £311 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.07% +7.69% +4.00%
10th Percentile £125 £151 £159
90th Percentile £527 £549 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £350 £300
% change year-on-year -14.29% +16.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 146 72 75
UK median hourly rate £14.70 £15.64 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.03% -5.17% -9.31%
10th Percentile £10.16 £10.22 £10.44
90th Percentile £31.50 £31.67 £30.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.70 £16.61 £17.43
% change year-on-year -11.50% -4.70% -7.97%

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 26,394 33,237 32,894
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.27% 32.47% 33.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,746 21,555 21,555
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £274 £263
90th Percentile £669 £656 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,039 1,045 1,010
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.50% - -
10th Percentile £11.67 £12.24 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.89% -5.00% -

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 20 October 2019.

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 20 October 2019.

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 20 October 2019. 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 +46 729 £320 -8.57% 184
UK excluding London +67 604 £300 -14.29% 163
London +21 189 £388 +4.73% 36
North of England +11 178 £300 -25.00% 49
South East +77 117 £200 -28.57% 38
Midlands +64 110 £344 -8.33% 26
Yorkshire +32 91 £375 -16.67% 16
North West -18 71 £285 -5.00% 28
East of England +22 70 £250 +22.21% 19
South West +10 66 £360 +10.77% 14
West Midlands +38 55 £375 -4.76% 13
East Midlands +36 46 £204 -41.71% 12
Wales +42 44 £275 -21.43% 5
North East +22 16 £260 -44.68% 5
Scotland +42 15 £350 -3.45% 2
Northern Ireland - 5 £100 - 10

For the 6 months to 20 October 2019, 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.

1 196 (24.47%) Windows
2 171 (21.35%) Business Intelligence
3 170 (21.22%) Public Sector
4 160 (19.98%) Microsoft
5 133 (16.60%) Windows 10
6 127 (15.86%) Active Directory
7 120 (14.98%) Migration
8 117 (14.61%) SQL
9 116 (14.48%) Agile Software Development
10 86 (10.74%) ITIL
11 82 (10.24%) Retail
12 75 (9.36%) Electronic Patient Records
13 74 (9.24%) Microsoft Office
13 74 (9.24%) SQL Server
14 72 (8.99%) Windows 7
15 69 (8.61%) Analytics
15 69 (8.61%) Project Management
16 68 (8.49%) Finance
17 62 (7.74%) Stakeholder Management
18 58 (7.24%) Windows Server
19 57 (7.12%) SharePoint
20 56 (6.99%) Informatics
20 56 (6.99%) Data Migration
21 55 (6.87%) HL7
22 54 (6.74%) Security Cleared
23 52 (6.49%) Data Warehouse
23 52 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
23 52 (6.49%) ePrescribing
24 51 (6.37%) Health Informatics
25 50 (6.24%) Azure

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 57 (7.12%) SharePoint
2 31 (3.87%) Confluence
3 28 (3.50%) MS Exchange
4 8 (1.00%) SAS
5 7 (0.87%) CMS
6 5 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (0.50%) WordPress
8 3 (0.37%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.37%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.25%) Apache
9 2 (0.25%) JCAPS
9 2 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.25%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.25%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.12%) IIS
10 1 (0.12%) MS Project Server
10 1 (0.12%) nginx
10 1 (0.12%) OpenStack
Applications
1 74 (9.24%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (4.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (0.87%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (0.75%) Photoshop
5 5 (0.62%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 3 (0.37%) GIMP
7 3 (0.37%) Sketch
8 1 (0.12%) InVision
8 1 (0.12%) S-PLUS
8 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (1.12%) Cerner Millennium
2 7 (0.87%) SystmOne
3 5 (0.62%) Lorenzo
4 3 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.12%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.12%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle Assets
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.12%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 50 (6.24%) Azure
2 32 (4.00%) Power Platform
3 31 (3.87%) Office 365
4 28 (3.50%) AWS
5 12 (1.50%) GitHub
6 10 (1.25%) Amazon EC2
7 6 (0.75%) Amazon SQS
7 6 (0.75%) npm
7 6 (0.75%) PaaS
8 5 (0.62%) Amazon EKS
8 5 (0.62%) IaaS
8 5 (0.62%) Slack
9 4 (0.50%) Amazon ELB
9 4 (0.50%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.37%) Adobe Analytics
10 3 (0.37%) Azure Data Factory
10 3 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.37%) Firebase
10 3 (0.37%) Heroku
10 3 (0.37%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.50%) DNS
1 28 (3.50%) Firewall
2 23 (2.87%) LAN
3 19 (2.37%) VPN
4 18 (2.25%) Wireless
5 16 (2.00%) DHCP
6 15 (1.87%) WAN
7 11 (1.37%) Internet
7 11 (1.37%) Intranet
8 9 (1.12%) MPLS
8 9 (1.12%) TCP/IP
8 9 (1.12%) VoIP
9 8 (1.00%) WLAN
10 7 (0.87%) Network Security
11 6 (0.75%) Cisco ASA
11 6 (0.75%) Cisco Wireless
11 6 (0.75%) Wi-Fi
12 5 (0.62%) OpenVPN
12 5 (0.62%) VLAN
13 4 (0.50%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (9.36%) Electronic Patient Records
2 74 (9.24%) SQL Server
3 52 (6.49%) Data Warehouse
4 35 (4.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 32 (4.00%) Power BI
6 23 (2.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 22 (2.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 17 (2.12%) Amazon RDS
9 14 (1.75%) MySQL
10 11 (1.37%) SQL Server 2016
11 8 (1.00%) Oracle Database
11 8 (1.00%) Relational Database
12 7 (0.87%) EDRMS
12 7 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
13 6 (0.75%) QlikView
14 5 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
15 4 (0.50%) Azure SQL Database
15 4 (0.50%) Big Data
16 3 (0.37%) Oracle ODI
16 3 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 45 (5.62%) JIRA
2 34 (4.24%) Git (software)
3 22 (2.75%) Jenkins
4 18 (2.25%) Maven
5 16 (2.00%) JUnit
6 14 (1.75%) Mockito
7 13 (1.62%) Cucumber
8 12 (1.50%) SonarQube
9 11 (1.37%) Karma Test Runner
9 11 (1.37%) Protractor
10 9 (1.12%) Jasmine
11 8 (1.00%) Visual Studio
12 7 (0.87%) DbUnit
12 7 (0.87%) jMock
13 6 (0.75%) gulp
13 6 (0.75%) Selenium
14 5 (0.62%) Sonatype Nexus
15 4 (0.50%) Grunt
15 4 (0.50%) WebDriver
16 3 (0.37%) GitLab
General
1 170 (21.22%) Public Sector
2 82 (10.24%) Retail
3 68 (8.49%) Finance
4 50 (6.24%) Telecoms
5 46 (5.74%) Marketing
6 42 (5.24%) Manufacturing
7 37 (4.62%) Electronics
8 26 (3.25%) Pharmaceutical
9 23 (2.87%) Local Government
10 7 (0.87%) Legal
11 4 (0.50%) Law
12 3 (0.37%) Back Office
13 2 (0.25%) Banking
14 1 (0.12%) Advertising
14 1 (0.12%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.12%) Military
14 1 (0.12%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 196 (24.47%) Analyst
2 98 (12.23%) Developer
3 81 (10.11%) Project Manager
4 54 (6.74%) Business Analyst
5 53 (6.62%) Support Engineer
6 50 (6.24%) Desktop Engineer
7 47 (5.87%) Service Analyst
7 47 (5.87%) Windows Engineer
8 40 (4.99%) Desktop Support
8 40 (4.99%) Service Desk Analyst
9 36 (4.49%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 36 (4.49%) IT Analyst
10 34 (4.24%) IT Support
11 30 (3.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 28 (3.50%) Data Analyst
13 26 (3.25%) Information Analyst
14 25 (3.12%) IT Engineer
15 23 (2.87%) Architect
16 22 (2.75%) Server Engineer
17 21 (2.62%) Field Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (3.37%) AngularJS
2 24 (3.00%) Web Services
3 20 (2.50%) RESTful
4 19 (2.37%) HTML
5 17 (2.12%) CSS
5 17 (2.12%) Spring
6 16 (2.00%) SOAP
7 15 (1.87%) .NET
8 14 (1.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 13 (1.62%) XML
10 12 (1.50%) REST
10 12 (1.50%) Sass
11 10 (1.25%) Hibernate
12 9 (1.12%) J2EE
12 9 (1.12%) Spring Boot
13 7 (0.87%) ASP.NET
13 7 (0.87%) JSON
13 7 (0.87%) PowerMock
14 6 (0.75%) ActiveMQ
14 6 (0.75%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 52 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (5.62%) e-Health
2 45 (5.62%) LIMS
2 45 (5.62%) PACS
3 36 (4.49%) User Experience
4 34 (4.24%) Management Information System
5 21 (2.62%) Driving Licence
6 16 (2.00%) Data Centre
6 16 (2.00%) Self-Motivation
7 9 (1.12%) Algorithms
7 9 (1.12%) Blackberry
8 7 (0.87%) Linked Data
9 6 (0.75%) Freedom of Information
9 6 (0.75%) Mobile App
10 5 (0.62%) Clustering
11 3 (0.37%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (0.37%) Freedom of Information Act
11 3 (0.37%) Smartcard
12 2 (0.25%) Hybrid Cloud
12 2 (0.25%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 196 (24.47%) Windows
2 133 (16.60%) Windows 10
3 72 (8.99%) Windows 7
4 58 (7.24%) Windows Server
5 26 (3.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (1.87%) Linux
8 11 (1.37%) HPUX
9 8 (1.00%) Unix
10 7 (0.87%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (0.62%) Windows XP
12 4 (0.50%) Android
13 2 (0.25%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.25%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.25%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.12%) CentOS
14 1 (0.12%) Data ONTAP
14 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X Server
14 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (21.35%) Business Intelligence
2 120 (14.98%) Migration
3 116 (14.48%) Agile Software Development
4 86 (10.74%) ITIL
5 69 (8.61%) Analytics
5 69 (8.61%) Project Management
6 62 (7.74%) Stakeholder Management
7 56 (6.99%) Data Migration
7 56 (6.99%) Informatics
8 52 (6.49%) ePrescribing
9 51 (6.37%) Health Informatics
10 47 (5.87%) PRINCE2
10 47 (5.87%) Programme Management
11 44 (5.49%) Service Management
12 42 (5.24%) Digital Marketing
13 41 (5.12%) Scrum
14 40 (4.99%) Stakeholder Engagement
15 39 (4.87%) Problem-Solving
16 34 (4.24%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 28 (3.50%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 117 (14.61%) SQL
2 38 (4.74%) JavaScript
3 27 (3.37%) Java
4 19 (2.37%) Python
5 14 (1.75%) PL/SQL
6 13 (1.62%) C#
6 13 (1.62%) TypeScript
7 11 (1.37%) PowerShell
8 10 (1.25%) T-SQL
9 8 (1.00%) ES6
10 7 (0.87%) Java 8
11 5 (0.62%) R
12 4 (0.50%) VBA
13 3 (0.37%) Objective-C
14 2 (0.25%) C
14 2 (0.25%) Ruby
14 2 (0.25%) Rust
14 2 (0.25%) VB
14 2 (0.25%) XAML
15 1 (0.12%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 54 (6.74%) Security Cleared
2 40 (4.99%) Degree
3 26 (3.25%) Cisco Certification
3 26 (3.25%) SC Cleared
4 20 (2.50%) CCNA
5 15 (1.87%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (1.50%) BPSS Clearance
6 12 (1.50%) CCNP
7 11 (1.37%) ISEB
7 11 (1.37%) ITIL Certification
8 8 (1.00%) DBS Check
8 8 (1.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 7 (0.87%) MCSE
10 6 (0.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 5 (0.62%) ISTQB
11 5 (0.62%) MCP
11 5 (0.62%) PMI Certification
12 4 (0.50%) MCSA
12 4 (0.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 3 (0.37%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (6.87%) HL7
2 37 (4.62%) PMO
3 33 (4.12%) Data Quality
4 23 (2.87%) SLA
5 11 (1.37%) QA
6 6 (0.75%) GDPR
6 6 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 5 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 3 (0.37%) SNOMED CT
8 3 (0.37%) WCAG
9 2 (0.25%) EFQM
9 2 (0.25%) ISO 13485
9 2 (0.25%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.12%) ISO 22301
10 1 (0.12%) PA-DSS
10 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 127 (15.86%) Active Directory
2 22 (2.75%) Docker
3 21 (2.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (1.75%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.75%) Postfix
5 6 (0.75%) XenApp
6 5 (0.62%) VMware NSX
7 4 (0.50%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.50%) vSphere
8 3 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.25%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.25%) HDFS
9 2 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.25%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 32 (4.00%) SCCM
2 12 (1.50%) Kubernetes
3 10 (1.25%) Ansible
4 9 (1.12%) Terraform
5 5 (0.62%) FreeIPA
6 4 (0.50%) Cisco Prime
6 4 (0.50%) Rancher
7 3 (0.37%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (0.37%) Puppet
7 3 (0.37%) SCVMM
8 2 (0.25%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.25%) Control-M
8 2 (0.25%) Hadoop YARN
8 2 (0.25%) Nessus
8 2 (0.25%) RSA Archer
9 1 (0.12%) Consul
9 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.12%) Prometheus
9 1 (0.12%) SCOM
9 1 (0.12%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 160 (19.98%) Microsoft
2 40 (4.99%) SAP
2 40 (4.99%) VMware
3 36 (4.49%) Cisco
3 36 (4.49%) HP
4 20 (2.50%) Tableau
5 14 (1.75%) Apple
5 14 (1.75%) Cerner
5 14 (1.75%) Oracle
6 11 (1.37%) Citrix
7 8 (1.00%) ServiceNow
8 7 (0.87%) Google
8 7 (0.87%) Remedy
9 6 (0.75%) Ivanti
10 5 (0.62%) Black Duck
10 5 (0.62%) BMC
10 5 (0.62%) SolarWinds
10 5 (0.62%) Splunk
11 3 (0.37%) InterSystems
11 3 (0.37%) McAfee