Period
to 3 March 2021

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 3 March 2021 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
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 111 207 284
Rank change year-on-year +96 +77 +32
Contract jobs citing NHS 1,046 860 915
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 2.17% 1.28% 0.94%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.45% 4.07% 2.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 935 529 633
Median daily rate £313 £288 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.70% -17.86% +6.87%
10th Percentile £151 £150 £166
90th Percentile £588 £519 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £273 £338
% change year-on-year +0.92% -19.26% +3.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 169 107
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.75 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.23% +10.94% +6.67%
10th Percentile £10.68 £10.74 £9.41
90th Percentile £28.57 £31.50 £27.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £19.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year -13.16% +31.03% -12.11%

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 16,211 21,132 31,039
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.58% 31.57% 31.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,833 13,682 20,670
Median daily rate £475 £463 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% -2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £256 £230 £275
90th Percentile £688 £675 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -1.18% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 662 907 982
Median hourly rate £25.50 £22.50 £20.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +11.17% -3.62%
10th Percentile £12.46 £12.44 £11.85
90th Percentile £58.68 £53.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +14.63% +2.50% -

NHS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for NHS in the UK

NHS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing NHS.

Daily rate trend for NHS in the UK

NHS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing NHS over the 6 months to 3 March 2021.

Daily rate histogram for NHS in the UK

NHS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing NHS.

Hourly rate trend for NHS in the UK

NHS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing NHS over the 6 months to 3 March 2021.

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 3 March 2021. 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 +102 913 £307 +5.86% 174
UK excluding London +90 646 £275 +0.92% 125
London +121 296 £375 +21.75% 57
North of England +60 286 £288 -11.54% 43
Work from Home -22 262 £350 +21.74% 42
North West +83 164 £245 -7.11% 19
South East +75 118 £318 +76.39% 36
Yorkshire +29 116 £425 +13.33% 24
East of England +37 89 £175 -23.91% 12
Midlands +13 52 £275 -15.38% 14
Wales +25 47 £320 +4.07% 5
South West +72 37 £350 +38.27% 12
West Midlands +23 33 £275 -15.38% 10
Scotland +34 17 £375 +53.85% 3
East Midlands +6 16 £344 +20.61% 4
North East +9 6 £513 +13.89%

For the 6 months to 3 March 2021, 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.

1 218 (20.84%) Public Sector
2 177 (16.92%) Business Intelligence
3 158 (15.11%) SQL
4 151 (14.44%) Microsoft
5 135 (12.91%) Agile Software Development
6 99 (9.46%) Project Management
7 98 (9.37%) Windows
8 94 (8.99%) Finance
9 93 (8.89%) ITIL
10 86 (8.22%) Migration
11 84 (8.03%) Analytical Skills
12 81 (7.74%) Stakeholder Management
13 80 (7.65%) Power Platform
14 76 (7.27%) Microsoft Excel
15 75 (7.17%) Power BI
16 71 (6.79%) Microsoft 365
16 71 (6.79%) Active Directory
17 70 (6.69%) Programme Management
18 69 (6.60%) Azure
19 67 (6.41%) SQL Server
20 63 (6.02%) Electronic Patient Records
21 56 (5.35%) Telecoms
21 56 (5.35%) Service Management
22 55 (5.26%) PRINCE2
23 54 (5.16%) Windows 10
24 52 (4.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
25 51 (4.88%) Marketing
26 50 (4.78%) Microsoft Office
26 50 (4.78%) Management Information System
27 48 (4.59%) Service Delivery

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 14 (1.34%) SharePoint
2 9 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
3 8 (0.76%) MS Exchange
4 6 (0.57%) Apache
4 6 (0.57%) CMS
4 6 (0.57%) Confluence
4 6 (0.57%) IIS
5 5 (0.48%) SAS
6 3 (0.29%) Drupal
6 3 (0.29%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.19%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.19%) ArcGIS
7 2 (0.19%) Joomla!
7 2 (0.19%) Jupyter
7 2 (0.19%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.19%) WordPress
8 1 (0.096%) Blackboard Learn
8 1 (0.096%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.096%) Moodle
8 1 (0.096%) WebLogic
Applications
1 76 (7.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 50 (4.78%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (1.05%) Microsoft Project
3 11 (1.05%) Spreadsheet
4 7 (0.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.57%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.48%) SPSS
7 3 (0.29%) InVision
8 2 (0.19%) Marvel
8 2 (0.19%) Sketch
8 2 (0.19%) Stata
9 1 (0.096%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 16 (1.53%) Cerner Millennium
2 9 (0.86%) SystmOne
3 3 (0.29%) Lorenzo
4 2 (0.19%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.096%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.096%) Maximo
5 1 (0.096%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 80 (7.65%) Power Platform
2 71 (6.79%) Microsoft 365
3 69 (6.60%) Azure
4 31 (2.96%) AWS
5 9 (0.86%) GitHub
6 7 (0.67%) GCP
6 7 (0.67%) OneDrive
6 7 (0.67%) PowerApps
7 6 (0.57%) IaaS
8 5 (0.48%) Amazon ElastiCache
9 4 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (0.38%) PaaS
9 4 (0.38%) SaaS
10 3 (0.29%) Power Automate
10 3 (0.29%) Serverless
10 3 (0.29%) Trello
10 3 (0.29%) WhatsApp
11 2 (0.19%) Azure Data Factory
11 2 (0.19%) BrowserStack
11 2 (0.19%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.82%) Firewall
2 17 (1.63%) LAN
3 16 (1.53%) WAN
4 11 (1.05%) DNS
5 9 (0.86%) Remote Desktop
6 7 (0.67%) DHCP
6 7 (0.67%) Wireless
7 6 (0.57%) Internet
7 6 (0.57%) VoIP
8 5 (0.48%) TCP/IP
8 5 (0.48%) VPN
9 4 (0.38%) Cisco Nexus
9 4 (0.38%) Intranet
9 4 (0.38%) Skype
9 4 (0.38%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (0.29%) IP Telephony
10 3 (0.29%) SAN
10 3 (0.29%) Structured Cabling
10 3 (0.29%) VLAN
10 3 (0.29%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (7.17%) Power BI
2 67 (6.41%) SQL Server
3 63 (6.02%) Electronic Patient Records
4 52 (4.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 46 (4.40%) Data Warehouse
6 34 (3.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 26 (2.49%) Tableau
8 17 (1.63%) QlikView
9 13 (1.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 8 (0.76%) Data Lake
10 8 (0.76%) Qlik Sense
10 8 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
11 7 (0.67%) BusinessObjects
11 7 (0.67%) Oracle Reports
11 7 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
11 7 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (0.57%) Big Data
12 6 (0.57%) Relational Database
12 6 (0.57%) SQL Server 2017
13 5 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 15 (1.43%) Selenium
2 14 (1.34%) JIRA
2 14 (1.34%) Visual Studio
3 6 (0.57%) Cucumber
3 6 (0.57%) GitLab
3 6 (0.57%) Jenkins
3 6 (0.57%) Postman
4 5 (0.48%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.48%) JMeter
4 5 (0.48%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (0.38%) Rational Rhapsody
5 4 (0.38%) RStudio
5 4 (0.38%) SoapUI
6 3 (0.29%) Maven
6 3 (0.29%) PyCharm
7 2 (0.19%) Hudson
7 2 (0.19%) NeoLoad
7 2 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.19%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (0.19%) webpack
General
1 218 (20.84%) Public Sector
2 94 (8.99%) Finance
3 56 (5.35%) Telecoms
4 51 (4.88%) Marketing
5 46 (4.40%) Electronics
5 46 (4.40%) Manufacturing
6 19 (1.82%) Law
7 15 (1.43%) Local Government
8 9 (0.86%) Back Office
9 8 (0.76%) Legal
9 8 (0.76%) Retail
10 5 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.29%) Fire and Rescue
12 2 (0.19%) Police
13 1 (0.096%) Billing
13 1 (0.096%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 205 (19.60%) Analyst
2 128 (12.24%) Project Manager
3 112 (10.71%) Developer
4 65 (6.21%) Architect
5 44 (4.21%) Business Analyst
6 41 (3.92%) Technical Architect
7 38 (3.63%) Data Analyst
8 37 (3.54%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 36 (3.44%) IT Manager
10 34 (3.25%) Information Analyst
10 34 (3.25%) NHS Project Manager
11 33 (3.15%) Support Engineer
12 29 (2.77%) IT Support
12 29 (2.77%) Service Analyst
13 28 (2.68%) Service Desk Analyst
14 26 (2.49%) Trainer
15 25 (2.39%) IT Analyst
16 22 (2.10%) IT Project Manager
17 21 (2.01%) Senior Analyst
17 21 (2.01%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (3.15%) .NET
2 15 (1.43%) HTML
3 14 (1.34%) .NET Framework
3 14 (1.34%) CSS
4 11 (1.05%) React
5 9 (0.86%) .NET Core
5 9 (0.86%) Node.js
6 8 (0.76%) Entity Framework
7 7 (0.67%) jQuery
7 7 (0.67%) JSON
7 7 (0.67%) Middleware
7 7 (0.67%) OAuth
7 7 (0.67%) OAuth2
7 7 (0.67%) OpenID
8 6 (0.57%) Django
8 6 (0.57%) RESTful
9 5 (0.48%) ASP.NET Web API
9 5 (0.48%) MDX
9 5 (0.48%) Razor View Engine
9 5 (0.48%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 84 (8.03%) Analytical Skills
2 50 (4.78%) Management Information System
3 34 (3.25%) User Experience
4 21 (2.01%) PACS
5 17 (1.63%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (1.15%) Freedom of Information
7 10 (0.96%) Freedom of Information Act
8 9 (0.86%) Driving Licence
8 9 (0.86%) LIMS
9 8 (0.76%) Data Centre
9 8 (0.76%) SystemC
10 7 (0.67%) Blackberry
11 6 (0.57%) Smartcard
12 5 (0.48%) CMDB
12 5 (0.48%) Greenfield Project
13 4 (0.38%) Clustering
13 4 (0.38%) Cyberthreat
13 4 (0.38%) Data Structures
13 4 (0.38%) e-Learning
13 4 (0.38%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 98 (9.37%) Windows
2 54 (5.16%) Windows 10
3 23 (2.20%) Windows Server
4 21 (2.01%) Windows 7
5 14 (1.34%) Apple iOS
5 14 (1.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (1.15%) Linux
7 8 (0.76%) Windows Server 2016
8 5 (0.48%) Android
9 4 (0.38%) Windows Server 2019
10 3 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.19%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.19%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.19%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.096%) Unix
12 1 (0.096%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.096%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.096%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (16.92%) Business Intelligence
2 135 (12.91%) Agile Software Development
3 99 (9.46%) Project Management
4 93 (8.89%) ITIL
5 86 (8.22%) Migration
6 81 (7.74%) Stakeholder Management
7 70 (6.69%) Programme Management
8 56 (5.35%) Service Management
9 55 (5.26%) PRINCE2
10 48 (4.59%) Digital Marketing
10 48 (4.59%) Service Delivery
11 45 (4.30%) Problem-Solving
12 44 (4.21%) Analytics
13 43 (4.11%) Decision-Making
13 43 (4.11%) Information Governance
14 42 (4.02%) Stakeholder Engagement
15 39 (3.73%) DevOps
16 35 (3.35%) Project Delivery
17 33 (3.15%) Business Case
17 33 (3.15%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 158 (15.11%) SQL
2 47 (4.49%) Python
3 34 (3.25%) JavaScript
4 26 (2.49%) Java
5 24 (2.29%) C#
6 22 (2.10%) T-SQL
7 18 (1.72%) R
8 11 (1.05%) C
9 10 (0.96%) PowerShell
10 7 (0.67%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 7 (0.67%) PHP
10 7 (0.67%) VBA
11 6 (0.57%) Scala
12 4 (0.38%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.38%) Go
13 3 (0.29%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.29%) Ruby
14 2 (0.19%) Perl
14 2 (0.19%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.19%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 45 (4.30%) Degree
2 30 (2.87%) Security Cleared
3 17 (1.63%) BPSS Clearance
4 15 (1.43%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (1.34%) SC Cleared
6 13 (1.24%) Microsoft Certification
7 10 (0.96%) A+ Certification
7 10 (0.96%) MCP
8 9 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 8 (0.76%) CCNA
9 8 (0.76%) ISTQB
9 8 (0.76%) Master's Degree
9 8 (0.76%) Postgraduate
10 7 (0.67%) Network+ Certification
11 6 (0.57%) CCNP
11 6 (0.57%) ISEB
12 5 (0.48%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.48%) MCDST
12 5 (0.48%) MCSA
12 5 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (3.06%) PMO
1 32 (3.06%) SLA
2 24 (2.29%) Data Quality
3 23 (2.20%) HL7
4 19 (1.82%) GDPR
5 12 (1.15%) QA
6 7 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials
7 4 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.19%) DICOM
9 2 (0.19%) GMP
9 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.19%) SNOMED CT
10 1 (0.096%) COSHH
10 1 (0.096%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.096%) ISO 9000
10 1 (0.096%) NCSC
10 1 (0.096%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 71 (6.79%) Active Directory
2 12 (1.15%) Terminal Services
2 12 (1.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (0.86%) Docker
4 4 (0.38%) vSphere
5 2 (0.19%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.096%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.096%) NFS
6 1 (0.096%) vCloud
6 1 (0.096%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.096%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.096%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 22 (2.10%) SCCM
2 12 (1.15%) Terraform
3 10 (0.96%) Kubernetes
3 10 (0.96%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (0.57%) Ansible
5 5 (0.48%) DameWare
6 3 (0.29%) NetBackup
6 3 (0.29%) SCOM
6 3 (0.29%) vRealize
7 2 (0.19%) HP ALM
7 2 (0.19%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 2 (0.19%) WMI
8 1 (0.096%) CSIRT
8 1 (0.096%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.096%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.096%) Nessus
8 1 (0.096%) OpenVAS
8 1 (0.096%) ServiceCenter
8 1 (0.096%) TrustSec
8 1 (0.096%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 151 (14.44%) Microsoft
2 47 (4.49%) SAP
3 34 (3.25%) Cisco
4 29 (2.77%) Cerner
5 24 (2.29%) HP
5 24 (2.29%) Oracle
6 21 (2.01%) VMware
7 12 (1.15%) Databricks
8 10 (0.96%) Twitter
9 9 (0.86%) Citrix
10 8 (0.76%) Google
10 8 (0.76%) MuleSoft
11 6 (0.57%) Apple
11 6 (0.57%) Facebook
11 6 (0.57%) IBM
11 6 (0.57%) Instagram
12 4 (0.38%) Adobe
12 4 (0.38%) Atlassian
13 3 (0.29%) Dell
13 3 (0.29%) Talend