Period
to 20 June 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 June 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 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 287 333 275
Rank change year-on-year +46 -58 -71
Contract jobs citing NHS 836 754 854
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.92% 0.76% 0.94%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.86% 2.34% 2.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 468 445 617
UK median daily rate £338 £338 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.85% +8.33%
10th Percentile £162 £176 £156
90th Percentile £538 £524 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £339 £320
% change year-on-year -7.75% +5.86% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 145 91 64
UK median hourly rate £14.46 £14.04 £14.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -0.73% -10.24%
10th Percentile £9.41 £10.00 £9.00
90th Percentile £31.25 £25.00 £29.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.28 £14.28 £14.13
% change year-on-year - +1.06% -12.18%

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 29,279 32,189 30,084
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 32.27% 32.24% 33.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 18,828 20,864 19,398
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £280 £268 £263
90th Percentile £666 £656 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,024 1,022 1,053
UK median hourly rate £20.86 £21.84 £19.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.51% +10.83% -6.17%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.80 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.72 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £20.53 £18.00
% change year-on-year -9.89% +14.06% -14.29%

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 June 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 June 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 June 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 +40 757 £338 - 116
UK excluding London +63 592 £313 -7.75% 89
London -5 227 £375 +7.14% 28
North of England +21 179 £300 -20.00% 33
South East +30 109 £260 -20.61% 18
South West +35 97 £450 +19.21% 5
Midlands +27 87 £325 -10.96% 18
Yorkshire +7 87 £338 -20.59% 11
North West +29 75 £290 -10.77% 21
East of England +3 58 £300 -12.15% 14
Wales +19 55 £275 -29.49% 1
East Midlands +28 47 £300 -9.09% 11
West Midlands +11 39 £325 -16.13% 7
North East +23 17 £313 -30.56% 1
Scotland +21 5 £500 +48.15%
Northern Ireland - 2 £388 -

For the 6 months to 20 June 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.

1 215 (25.72%) Business Intelligence
2 128 (15.31%) SQL
3 122 (14.59%) Microsoft
4 115 (13.76%) Windows
5 102 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
6 101 (12.08%) Active Directory
7 95 (11.36%) Migration
8 94 (11.24%) Project Management
8 94 (11.24%) Retail
9 83 (9.93%) Finance
10 80 (9.57%) Electronic Patient Records
11 79 (9.45%) Analytics
12 74 (8.85%) ITIL
12 74 (8.85%) SQL Server
13 72 (8.61%) Analytical Skills
14 66 (7.89%) HP
15 61 (7.30%) Programme Management
15 61 (7.30%) Informatics
16 60 (7.18%) Windows 10
17 58 (6.94%) Security Cleared
17 58 (6.94%) JIRA
18 56 (6.70%) PMO
19 55 (6.58%) Data Warehouse
20 54 (6.46%) HL7
21 53 (6.34%) Microsoft Office
22 50 (5.98%) Data Migration
23 48 (5.74%) PRINCE2
23 48 (5.74%) Problem-Solving
24 47 (5.62%) Amazon AWS
25 46 (5.50%) 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 46 (5.50%) SharePoint
2 37 (4.43%) Confluence
3 21 (2.51%) MS Exchange
4 12 (1.44%) Elasticsearch
4 12 (1.44%) SAS
5 10 (1.20%) CMS
6 7 (0.84%) WordPress
7 4 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.48%) Oracle Workflow
8 3 (0.36%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.36%) nginx
9 2 (0.24%) Apache
9 2 (0.24%) DNN
9 2 (0.24%) Drupal
9 2 (0.24%) IIS
9 2 (0.24%) JBoss
9 2 (0.24%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.12%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 53 (6.34%) Microsoft Office
2 41 (4.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (0.72%) Sketch
3 6 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (0.60%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (0.60%) SPSS
5 3 (0.36%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.24%) Adobe Captivate
6 2 (0.24%) InVision
6 2 (0.24%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.12%) Stata
Business Applications
1 12 (1.44%) SystmOne
2 5 (0.60%) Cerner Millennium
2 5 (0.60%) Lorenzo
3 4 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.12%) Magento
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Assets
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.12%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 47 (5.62%) Amazon AWS
2 43 (5.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 31 (3.71%) Power Platform
4 26 (3.11%) Office 365
5 14 (1.67%) GitHub
6 12 (1.44%) npm
6 12 (1.44%) Slack
7 9 (1.08%) Amazon EKS
8 8 (0.96%) Amazon EC2
9 6 (0.72%) Amazon S3
10 5 (0.60%) Amazon ELB
10 5 (0.60%) SaaS
11 4 (0.48%) Amazon SQS
11 4 (0.48%) PaaS
12 3 (0.36%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 3 (0.36%) IaaS
12 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Flow
12 3 (0.36%) PowerApps
12 3 (0.36%) Route 53
13 2 (0.24%) AWS CodePipeline
Communications & Networking
1 27 (3.23%) Firewall
2 23 (2.75%) LAN
2 23 (2.75%) WAN
3 22 (2.63%) Wireless
4 16 (1.91%) VPN
5 15 (1.79%) DNS
6 13 (1.56%) DHCP
7 12 (1.44%) Remote Desktop
8 11 (1.32%) Intranet
8 11 (1.32%) MPLS
9 10 (1.20%) Internet
9 10 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
10 9 (1.08%) OpenVPN
10 9 (1.08%) VLAN
11 7 (0.84%) TCP/IP
11 7 (0.84%) WLAN
12 6 (0.72%) Cisco Wireless
13 4 (0.48%) Cisco ASA
13 4 (0.48%) Skype
13 4 (0.48%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (9.57%) Electronic Patient Records
2 74 (8.85%) SQL Server
3 55 (6.58%) Data Warehouse
4 30 (3.59%) Power BI
5 29 (3.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 23 (2.75%) MySQL
7 20 (2.39%) Amazon RDS
8 17 (2.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 15 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
10 14 (1.67%) Relational Database
10 14 (1.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 8 (0.96%) Big Data
11 8 (0.96%) Oracle BI Publisher
12 7 (0.84%) GIS
12 7 (0.84%) Oracle BI EE
12 7 (0.84%) Oracle Database
12 7 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
13 6 (0.72%) BusinessObjects
13 6 (0.72%) QlikView
14 5 (0.60%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 58 (6.94%) JIRA
2 34 (4.07%) Jenkins
3 27 (3.23%) Cucumber
4 24 (2.87%) Git (software)
5 18 (2.15%) Maven
5 18 (2.15%) Selenium
6 16 (1.91%) JUnit
7 15 (1.79%) SonarQube
7 15 (1.79%) Visual Studio
8 13 (1.56%) Sonatype Nexus
9 12 (1.44%) Karma Test Runner
9 12 (1.44%) Protractor
10 11 (1.32%) Grunt
10 11 (1.32%) Jasmine
11 10 (1.20%) gulp
11 10 (1.20%) SoapUI
11 10 (1.20%) WebDriver
12 7 (0.84%) JMeter
12 7 (0.84%) Mockito
12 7 (0.84%) RStudio
General
1 94 (11.24%) Retail
2 83 (9.93%) Finance
3 41 (4.90%) Telecoms
4 37 (4.43%) Marketing
5 30 (3.59%) Manufacturing
6 28 (3.35%) Electronics
7 16 (1.91%) Pharmaceutical
8 12 (1.44%) Legal
9 11 (1.32%) Local Government
10 8 (0.96%) Law
11 5 (0.60%) Automotive
11 5 (0.60%) Banking
12 2 (0.24%) Back Office
13 1 (0.12%) General Ledger
13 1 (0.12%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 165 (19.74%) Analyst
2 106 (12.68%) Developer
3 86 (10.29%) Project Manager
4 34 (4.07%) Data Analyst
4 34 (4.07%) Support Engineer
5 30 (3.59%) Architect
6 29 (3.47%) IT Support
6 29 (3.47%) NHS Project Manager
7 28 (3.35%) IT Engineer
8 26 (3.11%) Business Analyst
8 26 (3.11%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
8 26 (3.11%) Service Analyst
9 22 (2.63%) IT Manager
9 22 (2.63%) Service Desk Analyst
10 21 (2.51%) Consultant
10 21 (2.51%) Delivery Manager
11 20 (2.39%) Business Intelligence Analyst
11 20 (2.39%) Information Analyst
12 19 (2.27%) Desktop Engineer
12 19 (2.27%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (2.99%) Web Services
2 24 (2.87%) CSS
3 23 (2.75%) .NET
4 21 (2.51%) AngularJS
4 21 (2.51%) HTML
5 18 (2.15%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 17 (2.03%) RESTful
7 16 (1.91%) SOAP
8 15 (1.79%) XML
9 13 (1.56%) Sass
10 10 (1.20%) ASP.NET
10 10 (1.20%) Gherkin
11 9 (1.08%) Hibernate
11 9 (1.08%) Node.js
11 9 (1.08%) Spring
12 8 (0.96%) REST
13 7 (0.84%) LDAP
13 7 (0.84%) OpenID
14 6 (0.72%) JSON
14 6 (0.72%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 72 (8.61%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (4.78%) PACS
3 38 (4.55%) e-Health
3 38 (4.55%) LIMS
3 38 (4.55%) Management Information System
4 31 (3.71%) User Experience
5 20 (2.39%) Driving Licence
6 14 (1.67%) Data Centre
7 12 (1.44%) Algorithms
7 12 (1.44%) Mobile App
8 10 (1.20%) Linked Data
8 10 (1.20%) Self-Motivation
9 7 (0.84%) Blackberry
10 5 (0.60%) Clustering
10 5 (0.60%) Freedom of Information
10 5 (0.60%) Life Science
10 5 (0.60%) Reference Data
11 3 (0.36%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (0.36%) Data Structures
11 3 (0.36%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 115 (13.76%) Windows
2 60 (7.18%) Windows 10
3 39 (4.67%) Windows 7
4 32 (3.83%) Windows Server
5 20 (2.39%) HPUX
6 12 (1.44%) Linux
7 9 (1.08%) Windows XP
8 8 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (0.48%) Apple iOS
10 4 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (0.48%) Unix
10 4 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.36%) Android
11 3 (0.36%) CentOS
11 3 (0.36%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.24%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.12%) Data ONTAP
13 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X Server
13 1 (0.12%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 215 (25.72%) Business Intelligence
2 102 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
3 95 (11.36%) Migration
4 94 (11.24%) Project Management
5 79 (9.45%) Analytics
6 74 (8.85%) ITIL
7 61 (7.30%) Informatics
7 61 (7.30%) Programme Management
8 50 (5.98%) Data Migration
9 48 (5.74%) PRINCE2
9 48 (5.74%) Problem-Solving
10 45 (5.38%) Scrum
11 43 (5.14%) Stakeholder Management
12 42 (5.02%) ePrescribing
12 42 (5.02%) Health Informatics
13 36 (4.31%) Data Analysis
13 36 (4.31%) Digital Marketing
14 33 (3.95%) Data Science
15 31 (3.71%) Information Governance
16 30 (3.59%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 128 (15.31%) SQL
2 43 (5.14%) JavaScript
3 28 (3.35%) Python
4 26 (3.11%) Java
5 20 (2.39%) C#
6 13 (1.56%) R
7 11 (1.32%) PL/SQL
7 11 (1.32%) TypeScript
8 10 (1.20%) ES6
8 10 (1.20%) PHP
8 10 (1.20%) PowerShell
8 10 (1.20%) VB.NET
9 9 (1.08%) Java 8
10 8 (0.96%) T-SQL
11 5 (0.60%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 4 (0.48%) C
13 2 (0.24%) C++
13 2 (0.24%) Groovy
13 2 (0.24%) VB
13 2 (0.24%) VBA
Qualifications
1 58 (6.94%) Security Cleared
2 29 (3.47%) Degree
2 29 (3.47%) SC Cleared
3 20 (2.39%) Cisco Certification
4 19 (2.27%) BPSS Clearance
5 16 (1.91%) CCNA
6 13 (1.56%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (1.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 9 (1.08%) CCNP
9 7 (0.84%) BC Cleared
9 7 (0.84%) MCSE
9 7 (0.84%) NVQ Level 3
10 5 (0.60%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (0.48%) DBS Check
11 4 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (0.48%) PMI Certification
12 3 (0.36%) MCSA
13 2 (0.24%) HNC
13 2 (0.24%) MCP
13 2 (0.24%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (6.70%) PMO
2 54 (6.46%) HL7
3 45 (5.38%) Data Quality
4 18 (2.15%) SLA
5 16 (1.91%) QA
6 12 (1.44%) GDPR
7 10 (1.20%) Disclosure Scotland
8 7 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 6 (0.72%) Cyber Essentials
10 4 (0.48%) ISO 9000
11 3 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 2 (0.24%) EFQM
12 2 (0.24%) PCI DSS
12 2 (0.24%) WCAG
13 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 101 (12.08%) Active Directory
2 32 (3.83%) Docker
3 20 (2.39%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (1.20%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.72%) NDS
5 6 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.48%) NetIQ eDirectory
7 4 (0.48%) vSphere
8 3 (0.36%) Firmware
8 3 (0.36%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.24%) HDFS
9 2 (0.24%) Postfix
9 2 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (0.24%) XenApp
10 1 (0.12%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 30 (3.59%) SCCM
2 18 (2.15%) Kubernetes
3 14 (1.67%) Ansible
4 9 (1.08%) FreeIPA
5 8 (0.96%) Terraform
6 6 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (0.72%) Tivoli
6 6 (0.72%) Tivoli Identity Manager
7 5 (0.60%) Grafana
7 5 (0.60%) Prometheus
8 4 (0.48%) NetIQ Identity Manager
8 4 (0.48%) Oracle Identity Management
9 3 (0.36%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.36%) Puppet
9 3 (0.36%) SCVMM
9 3 (0.36%) ZENworks
10 2 (0.24%) CA Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.24%) Hadoop YARN
10 2 (0.24%) Nessus
10 2 (0.24%) WSUS
Vendors
1 122 (14.59%) Microsoft
2 66 (7.89%) HP
3 32 (3.83%) VMware
4 30 (3.59%) Cisco
5 29 (3.47%) SAP
6 23 (2.75%) Tableau
7 17 (2.03%) Oracle
8 12 (1.44%) Cerner
9 10 (1.20%) Splunk
10 9 (1.08%) Black Duck
11 8 (0.96%) Aerohive Networks
12 7 (0.84%) ESRI
12 7 (0.84%) ForgeRock
13 6 (0.72%) NetIQ
13 6 (0.72%) SolarWinds
14 5 (0.60%) CheckPoint
14 5 (0.60%) IBM
14 5 (0.60%) Infoblox
14 5 (0.60%) Zend
15 4 (0.48%) Apple