Period
to 18 November 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 18 November 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
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 306 242 139
Rank change year-on-year -64 -103 -24
Contract jobs citing NHS 851 1128 2005
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 1.07% 1.74%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.48% 3.23% 5.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 578 800 1422
UK median daily rate £325 £313 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +4.17% -
10th Percentile £159 £166 £173
90th Percentile £538 £488 £459
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £300
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 126 195
UK median hourly rate £17.38 £18.91 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.11% +35.05% -6.67%
10th Percentile £10.26 £11.66 £10.43
90th Percentile £31.50 £34.00 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.49 £19.56 £13.50
% change year-on-year -10.56% +44.85% -5.26%

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 34307 34966 37326
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.60% 33.09% 32.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 22763 22959 23716
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £240
90th Percentile £650 £625 £618
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1004 1201 1466
UK median hourly rate £20.92 £21.00 £19.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.37% +7.91% +8.11%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.06 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -4.48% +10.53% +8.57%

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 18 November 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 18 November 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 18 November 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 -68 761 £325 +1.56% 61
UK excluding London -38 506 £300 - 43
London -35 336 £360 +10.77% 18
North of England 0 140 £370 +13.85% 14
South East -38 103 £228 -9.00% 14
Midlands -4 85 £350 - 9
Yorkshire -6 69 £485 +29.33% 6
Wales +28 66 £280 +43.77%
North West -26 59 £300 +3.27% 5
East of England -41 58 £230 -8.00% 1
West Midlands +14 49 £350 -1.75% 4
South West -43 39 £350 -3.45% 5
East Midlands -5 32 £338 - 5
Scotland +1 14 £170 -38.36%
North East +61 12 £425 +6.25% 3
Channel Islands -2 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 November 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.

1 136 (15.98%) Microsoft
2 135 (15.86%) SQL
3 127 (14.92%) Business Intelligence
4 111 (13.04%) Finance
5 108 (12.69%) Project Management
5 108 (12.69%) Windows
6 104 (12.22%) ITIL
7 92 (10.81%) Agile Software Development
8 83 (9.75%) PRINCE2
9 81 (9.52%) Degree
10 74 (8.70%) Management Information System
11 73 (8.58%) SQL Server
12 69 (8.11%) Migration
13 66 (7.76%) Analytical Skills
14 64 (7.52%) Active Directory
15 62 (7.29%) Microsoft Office
16 54 (6.35%) Service Delivery
17 49 (5.76%) Service Management
18 48 (5.64%) Security Cleared
19 47 (5.52%) VMware
19 47 (5.52%) Microsoft Excel
20 46 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
21 45 (5.29%) Information Governance
22 43 (5.05%) Performance Management
22 43 (5.05%) Programme Management
23 42 (4.94%) JavaScript
24 41 (4.82%) Data Warehouse
25 40 (4.70%) HL7
25 40 (4.70%) Windows Server
26 39 (4.58%) LAN

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 30 (3.53%) MS Exchange
2 22 (2.59%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.18%) CMS
4 9 (1.06%) Confluence
5 7 (0.82%) IIS
6 6 (0.71%) Apache
6 6 (0.71%) SAS
7 5 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
7 5 (0.59%) JCAPS
7 5 (0.59%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.47%) Skype for Business
9 3 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
9 3 (0.35%) nginx
9 3 (0.35%) WordPress
10 2 (0.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.24%) Drupal
10 2 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2013
10 2 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 62 (7.29%) Microsoft Office
2 47 (5.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.29%) Microsoft Project
3 11 (1.29%) Spreadsheet
4 10 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.24%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.24%) SPSS
6 1 (0.12%) Flinto
6 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 16 (1.88%) SystmOne
2 6 (0.71%) SAP Retail
2 6 (0.71%) SAP S/4HANA
3 4 (0.47%) Cerner Millennium
4 3 (0.35%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.24%) Lorenzo
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.12%) Magento
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%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (0.82%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (0.82%) Office 365
3 6 (0.71%) GitHub
3 6 (0.71%) Trello
4 5 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
4 5 (0.59%) Slack
5 3 (0.35%) PaaS
6 2 (0.24%) SaaS
7 1 (0.12%) AdWords
7 1 (0.12%) Basecamp
7 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.12%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 39 (4.58%) LAN
2 35 (4.11%) WAN
3 19 (2.23%) Wireless
4 18 (2.12%) DNS
4 18 (2.12%) SMS
5 16 (1.88%) Firewall
6 12 (1.41%) DHCP
6 12 (1.41%) TCP/IP
7 11 (1.29%) VoIP
8 9 (1.06%) SMTP
8 9 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (0.94%) Internet
10 6 (0.71%) Network Security
10 6 (0.71%) Remote Desktop
10 6 (0.71%) SAN
10 6 (0.71%) WLAN
11 5 (0.59%) 3G
11 5 (0.59%) Intranet
12 4 (0.47%) POP3
12 4 (0.47%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (8.58%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.82%) Data Warehouse
3 37 (4.35%) Electronic Patient Records
3 37 (4.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 36 (4.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 18 (2.12%) Relational Database
6 15 (1.76%) SQL Server 2008
7 12 (1.41%) QlikView
8 11 (1.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 9 (1.06%) MS Access
10 8 (0.94%) MySQL
11 7 (0.82%) RDBMS
12 6 (0.71%) Power BI
13 5 (0.59%) SQL Server 2016
14 4 (0.47%) SQL Server 2014
15 3 (0.35%) Big Data
15 3 (0.35%) Oracle Database
15 3 (0.35%) Oracle Database 11g
15 3 (0.35%) Oracle9i Database
15 3 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 19 (2.23%) JIRA
2 14 (1.65%) Git (software)
3 8 (0.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 6 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (0.71%) Visual Studio
5 5 (0.59%) Selenium
6 4 (0.47%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.47%) Rational Rhapsody
6 4 (0.47%) SoapUI
7 3 (0.35%) JUnit
7 3 (0.35%) Oracle Forms
7 3 (0.35%) Rational DOORS
7 3 (0.35%) Spock
7 3 (0.35%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (0.24%) gulp
8 2 (0.24%) Hudson
8 2 (0.24%) Maven
8 2 (0.24%) MSTest
8 2 (0.24%) NUnit
8 2 (0.24%) webpack
General
1 111 (13.04%) Finance
2 34 (4.00%) Telecoms
3 32 (3.76%) Marketing
4 27 (3.17%) Electronics
4 27 (3.17%) Manufacturing
5 23 (2.70%) Legal
6 15 (1.76%) Back Office
7 13 (1.53%) Pharmaceutical
8 10 (1.18%) Publishing
9 9 (1.06%) Retail
10 5 (0.59%) Law
11 4 (0.47%) Military
12 3 (0.35%) Interactive Media
13 2 (0.24%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.12%) Advertising
14 1 (0.12%) Banking
14 1 (0.12%) Billing
14 1 (0.12%) Front Office
14 1 (0.12%) Games
14 1 (0.12%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 171 (20.09%) Analyst
2 104 (12.22%) Developer
3 95 (11.16%) Project Manager
4 63 (7.40%) Architect
5 33 (3.88%) NHS Project Manager
5 33 (3.88%) Service Analyst
6 32 (3.76%) Business Analyst
6 32 (3.76%) Service Desk Analyst
7 30 (3.53%) Consultant
8 29 (3.41%) Technical Architect
9 28 (3.29%) Information Analyst
10 26 (3.06%) IT Manager
11 24 (2.82%) Senior Analyst
11 24 (2.82%) Senior Manager
12 21 (2.47%) Network Engineer
13 20 (2.35%) Delivery Manager
13 20 (2.35%) SQL Developer
13 20 (2.35%) Support Engineer
14 19 (2.23%) .NET Developer
14 19 (2.23%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (4.11%) .NET
2 31 (3.64%) HTML
3 27 (3.17%) CSS
4 22 (2.59%) jQuery
5 18 (2.12%) Web Services
5 18 (2.12%) XML
6 16 (1.88%) HTML5
7 15 (1.76%) .NET Framework
8 13 (1.53%) ASP.NET
9 12 (1.41%) AngularJS
10 11 (1.29%) Entity Framework
10 11 (1.29%) RESTful
11 9 (1.06%) CSS3
11 9 (1.06%) SOAP
12 8 (0.94%) LINQ
12 8 (0.94%) Node.js
12 8 (0.94%) WCF
12 8 (0.94%) XSD
13 7 (0.82%) ASP.NET MVC
13 7 (0.82%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 74 (8.70%) Management Information System
2 66 (7.76%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (2.35%) Reference Data
4 16 (1.88%) Blackberry
5 15 (1.76%) User Experience
6 14 (1.65%) Computer Science
7 11 (1.29%) Data Centre
7 11 (1.29%) LIMS
8 9 (1.06%) Data Protection Act
8 9 (1.06%) Fintech
8 9 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
9 8 (0.94%) Data Structures
9 8 (0.94%) Driving Licence
9 8 (0.94%) PACS
10 7 (0.82%) e-Health
10 7 (0.82%) Freedom of Information
11 5 (0.59%) Smartcard
12 3 (0.35%) e-Learning
12 3 (0.35%) N-Tier
12 3 (0.35%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 108 (12.69%) Windows
2 40 (4.70%) Windows Server
3 34 (4.00%) Windows 7
4 15 (1.76%) Windows 10
5 12 (1.41%) Windows XP
6 11 (1.29%) Linux
6 11 (1.29%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (1.29%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (0.94%) Windows 2000
8 5 (0.59%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.59%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (0.47%) MVS
9 4 (0.47%) Unix
10 2 (0.24%) Android
10 2 (0.24%) CentOS
11 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.12%) NetWare
11 1 (0.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.12%) Scientific Linux
11 1 (0.12%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (14.92%) Business Intelligence
2 108 (12.69%) Project Management
3 104 (12.22%) ITIL
4 92 (10.81%) Agile Software Development
5 83 (9.75%) PRINCE2
6 69 (8.11%) Migration
7 54 (6.35%) Service Delivery
8 49 (5.76%) Service Management
9 46 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
10 45 (5.29%) Information Governance
11 43 (5.05%) Performance Management
11 43 (5.05%) Programme Management
12 37 (4.35%) Change Management
13 35 (4.11%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 35 (4.11%) TOGAF
14 32 (3.76%) Data Analysis
14 32 (3.76%) Data Migration
14 32 (3.76%) Informatics
15 28 (3.29%) Analytics
16 26 (3.06%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 135 (15.86%) SQL
2 42 (4.94%) JavaScript
3 29 (3.41%) C#
4 26 (3.06%) T-SQL
5 15 (1.76%) Java
6 12 (1.41%) PHP
7 8 (0.94%) C
7 8 (0.94%) C++
7 8 (0.94%) VBA
8 6 (0.71%) ABAP
9 5 (0.59%) PowerShell
10 4 (0.47%) PL/SQL
10 4 (0.47%) R
10 4 (0.47%) TypeScript
11 2 (0.24%) F#
11 2 (0.24%) Python
11 2 (0.24%) Scala
12 1 (0.12%) Fortran
12 1 (0.12%) VB
12 1 (0.12%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 81 (9.52%) Degree
2 48 (5.64%) Security Cleared
3 28 (3.29%) Microsoft Certification
4 27 (3.17%) Cisco Certification
5 24 (2.82%) BPSS Clearance
6 22 (2.59%) CCNA
7 18 (2.12%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 16 (1.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 14 (1.65%) MCP
10 13 (1.53%) SC Cleared
11 11 (1.29%) MCSE
12 10 (1.18%) ISEB
13 9 (1.06%) CCNP
14 8 (0.94%) CISSP
14 8 (0.94%) Citrix Certification
14 8 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 6 (0.71%) CCA
15 6 (0.71%) CISM
15 6 (0.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 5 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (4.70%) HL7
2 34 (4.00%) Data Quality
3 31 (3.64%) Disclosure Scotland
4 21 (2.47%) PMO
5 20 (2.35%) QA
6 14 (1.65%) SLA
7 10 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 7 (0.82%) GDPR
9 4 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 3 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
10 3 (0.35%) GCP
10 3 (0.35%) PCI DSS
11 1 (0.12%) Actionable Recommendations
11 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.12%) ISO 14001
11 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.12%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 64 (7.52%) Active Directory
2 19 (2.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (2.00%) Hyper-V
4 11 (1.29%) XenApp
5 7 (0.82%) Docker
6 5 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
6 5 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.47%) Terminal Services
8 3 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (0.35%) XenServer
9 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (0.24%) Xen
10 1 (0.12%) Firmware
10 1 (0.12%) NFS
10 1 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 15 (1.76%) SCCM
2 7 (0.82%) DameWare
3 5 (0.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (0.47%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (0.47%) NetBackup
4 4 (0.47%) SCOM
4 4 (0.47%) ZENworks
5 3 (0.35%) Nessus
5 3 (0.35%) WSUS
6 2 (0.24%) Ansible
6 2 (0.24%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
6 2 (0.24%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (0.24%) Puppet
6 2 (0.24%) Rancher
6 2 (0.24%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 2 (0.24%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.12%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.12%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.12%) Terraform
Vendors
1 136 (15.98%) Microsoft
2 47 (5.52%) VMware
3 36 (4.23%) Cisco
4 34 (4.00%) SAP
5 26 (3.06%) Citrix
6 23 (2.70%) HP
7 18 (2.12%) Tableau
8 12 (1.41%) Cerner
9 10 (1.18%) Oracle
9 10 (1.18%) Sophos
10 8 (0.94%) Capita
10 8 (0.94%) McAfee
11 6 (0.71%) Dell
11 6 (0.71%) IBM
11 6 (0.71%) LANDesk
12 5 (0.59%) CheckPoint
12 5 (0.59%) Fiorano
13 4 (0.47%) Google
13 4 (0.47%) Progress
13 4 (0.47%) Veritas