Period
to 9 April 2020

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 9 April 2020 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
9 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 203 290 326
Rank change year-on-year +87 +36 -63
Contract jobs citing NHS 785 908 783
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.30% 0.94% 0.78%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 4.06% 2.95% 2.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 398 548 505
Median daily rate £300 £350 £329
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.29% +6.54% +5.12%
10th Percentile £140 £181 £186
90th Percentile £525 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £265 £325 £328
% change year-on-year -18.46% -0.76% +7.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 164 120 109
Median hourly rate £19.25 £16.00 £14.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.31% +13.11% -5.70%
10th Percentile £11.39 £9.41 £10.00
90th Percentile £33.46 £32.75 £24.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.11 £15.25 £14.50
% change year-on-year +31.87% +5.17% -4.46%

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 19,330 30,790 32,785
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.91% 31.81% 32.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,968 19,987 21,523
Median daily rate £471 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.79% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £231 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 947 997 1,015
Median hourly rate £26.48 £21.02 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.98% -2.23% +8.83%
10th Percentile £12.70 £11.85 £11.55
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £50.67
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +12.50% -4.76% +16.67%

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 9 April 2020.

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 9 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for NHS in the UK

NHS
Top 17 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 9 April 2020. 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 +98 724 £300 -14.29% 126
UK excluding London +84 581 £265 -18.46% 108
North of England +42 194 £300 -7.69% 42
London +54 175 £325 -11.80% 21
South East +167 134 £193 -49.51% 21
Yorkshire +53 104 £400 +14.29% 13
East of England +58 93 £251 +4.38% 12
Midlands +58 81 £325 - 21
North West +2 63 £254 -15.42% 17
West Midlands +76 40 £320 +1.59% 16
South West 0 38 £329 -26.82% 9
East Midlands +15 37 £325 -7.14% 5
Wales -1 30 £308 +2.50% 2
North East +40 26 £425 - 12
Work from Home +4 16 £275 -21.57% 7
Northern Ireland +22 6 £100 -74.19%
Scotland +23 5 £316 -51.35% 1

For the 6 months to 9 April 2020, 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.

1 188 (23.95%) Windows
2 180 (22.93%) Public Sector
3 148 (18.85%) Microsoft
4 139 (17.71%) Business Intelligence
5 136 (17.32%) Windows 10
6 111 (14.14%) SQL
7 106 (13.50%) Agile Software Development
8 92 (11.72%) Migration
9 86 (10.96%) SQL Server
10 82 (10.45%) Active Directory
11 73 (9.30%) ITIL
12 71 (9.04%) Analytical Skills
13 65 (8.28%) Finance
14 61 (7.77%) Microsoft Office
15 59 (7.52%) Project Management
15 59 (7.52%) Windows 7
16 55 (7.01%) Scrum
16 55 (7.01%) SharePoint
17 54 (6.88%) Data Warehouse
17 54 (6.88%) Analytics
18 53 (6.75%) Microsoft Excel
19 47 (5.99%) Electronic Patient Records
20 46 (5.86%) Stakeholder Management
21 43 (5.48%) SCCM
22 42 (5.35%) Azure
23 41 (5.22%) Informatics
24 40 (5.10%) Problem-Solving
25 38 (4.84%) Data Migration
25 38 (4.84%) HL7
25 38 (4.84%) PACS

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 55 (7.01%) SharePoint
2 19 (2.42%) Confluence
3 10 (1.27%) MS Exchange
4 6 (0.76%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (0.64%) Skype for Business
6 4 (0.51%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.38%) CMS
7 3 (0.38%) IIS
8 2 (0.25%) ArcGIS
8 2 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.13%) Anypoint
9 1 (0.13%) Apache
9 1 (0.13%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.13%) JCAPS
9 1 (0.13%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.13%) Red Hat Fuse
9 1 (0.13%) SAS
9 1 (0.13%) WordPress
Applications
1 61 (7.77%) Microsoft Office
2 53 (6.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (2.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (1.78%) MS Visio
5 11 (1.40%) Spreadsheet
6 7 (0.89%) Photoshop
6 7 (0.89%) Sketch
7 6 (0.76%) Adobe Illustrator
7 6 (0.76%) InVision
7 6 (0.76%) Microsoft Project
8 3 (0.38%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.13%) GIMP
Business Applications
1 10 (1.27%) SystmOne
2 3 (0.38%) Lorenzo
3 2 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.25%) HealthRoster
4 1 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 42 (5.35%) Azure
2 32 (4.08%) Power Platform
3 23 (2.93%) AWS
3 23 (2.93%) Office 365
4 11 (1.40%) Slack
5 7 (0.89%) IaaS
6 6 (0.76%) PaaS
6 6 (0.76%) SaaS
6 6 (0.76%) Trello
7 5 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
8 4 (0.51%) Amazon SQS
9 3 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.25%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.25%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 2 (0.25%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.25%) GitHub
11 1 (0.13%) Amazon ELB
11 1 (0.13%) Amazon GuardDuty
11 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.13%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 20 (2.55%) LAN
2 18 (2.29%) Firewall
3 14 (1.78%) WAN
4 11 (1.40%) DNS
5 10 (1.27%) Internet
6 8 (1.02%) VPN
7 7 (0.89%) Intranet
7 7 (0.89%) Skype
7 7 (0.89%) VoIP
8 6 (0.76%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (0.51%) SAN
10 3 (0.38%) Structured Cabling
10 3 (0.38%) TCP/IP
10 3 (0.38%) Wireless
11 2 (0.25%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (0.25%) DHCP
11 2 (0.25%) HTTP
11 2 (0.25%) IP Telephony
11 2 (0.25%) Softphone
11 2 (0.25%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (10.96%) SQL Server
2 54 (6.88%) Data Warehouse
3 47 (5.99%) Electronic Patient Records
4 34 (4.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 28 (3.57%) Power BI
6 21 (2.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 14 (1.78%) MySQL
7 14 (1.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 12 (1.53%) PostgreSQL
8 12 (1.53%) Relational Database
9 11 (1.40%) QlikView
10 6 (0.76%) Amazon RDS
11 5 (0.64%) Qlik Sense
12 4 (0.51%) Crystal Reports
12 4 (0.51%) DTS
12 4 (0.51%) Oracle Database
12 4 (0.51%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.38%) Data Mart
13 3 (0.38%) SQL Server 2008
13 3 (0.38%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 26 (3.31%) JIRA
2 16 (2.04%) Git (software)
3 10 (1.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 9 (1.15%) Maven
5 8 (1.02%) JUnit
5 8 (1.02%) Mockito
5 8 (1.02%) Visual Studio
6 7 (0.89%) Jenkins
7 6 (0.76%) Selenium
8 5 (0.64%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (0.51%) DbUnit
9 4 (0.51%) jMock
9 4 (0.51%) SonarQube
10 3 (0.38%) Cucumber
10 3 (0.38%) Jasmine
10 3 (0.38%) NUnit
10 3 (0.38%) Protractor
11 2 (0.25%) Gradle
11 2 (0.25%) Vagrant
11 2 (0.25%) Zephyr
General
1 180 (22.93%) Public Sector
2 65 (8.28%) Finance
3 33 (4.20%) Local Government
4 28 (3.57%) Retail
5 23 (2.93%) Telecoms
6 20 (2.55%) Manufacturing
7 16 (2.04%) Marketing
8 14 (1.78%) Electronics
9 12 (1.53%) Pharmaceutical
10 10 (1.27%) Legal
11 5 (0.64%) Brand Awareness
12 4 (0.51%) Law
13 3 (0.38%) Back Office
14 2 (0.25%) Publishing
14 2 (0.25%) Welsh Language
15 1 (0.13%) Military
15 1 (0.13%) Police
Job Titles
1 166 (21.15%) Analyst
2 79 (10.06%) Developer
3 75 (9.55%) Windows Engineer
4 67 (8.54%) Project Manager
5 43 (5.48%) Support Engineer
6 42 (5.35%) Business Analyst
7 34 (4.33%) Architect
7 34 (4.33%) Desktop Engineer
8 33 (4.20%) Service Analyst
9 30 (3.82%) IT Analyst
10 29 (3.69%) IT Support
10 29 (3.69%) Service Desk Analyst
11 27 (3.44%) Clinical Coder
11 27 (3.44%) Field Engineer
11 27 (3.44%) Information Analyst
12 25 (3.18%) Data Analyst
13 24 (3.06%) Deployment Engineer
13 24 (3.06%) IT Engineer
14 22 (2.80%) IT Manager
15 20 (2.55%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (3.06%) .NET
2 15 (1.91%) Web Services
3 13 (1.66%) HTML
3 13 (1.66%) XML
4 12 (1.53%) AngularJS
4 12 (1.53%) SOAP
5 11 (1.40%) Spring
6 10 (1.27%) RESTful
7 9 (1.15%) ASP.NET
8 8 (1.02%) .NET Framework
8 8 (1.02%) REST
9 7 (0.89%) CSS
10 6 (0.76%) JSON
11 5 (0.64%) Entity Framework
11 5 (0.64%) HTML5
11 5 (0.64%) jQuery
12 4 (0.51%) ActiveMQ
12 4 (0.51%) Hibernate
12 4 (0.51%) JPA
12 4 (0.51%) PowerMock
Miscellaneous
1 71 (9.04%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (4.84%) LIMS
2 38 (4.84%) PACS
3 32 (4.08%) e-Health
4 29 (3.69%) Management Information System
5 25 (3.18%) Driving Licence
6 21 (2.68%) User Experience
7 15 (1.91%) Self-Motivation
8 12 (1.53%) Blackberry
8 12 (1.53%) Data Centre
9 6 (0.76%) Data Structures
9 6 (0.76%) Freedom of Information
10 4 (0.51%) Freedom of Information Act
11 3 (0.38%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (0.38%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.38%) Public Cloud
11 3 (0.38%) Smartcard
12 2 (0.25%) Linked Data
12 2 (0.25%) Linux Command Line
12 2 (0.25%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 188 (23.95%) Windows
2 136 (17.32%) Windows 10
3 59 (7.52%) Windows 7
4 35 (4.46%) Windows Server
5 22 (2.80%) Windows Server 2016
6 19 (2.42%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (1.40%) Linux
9 9 (1.15%) Apple iOS
10 6 (0.76%) Android
11 4 (0.51%) Unix
11 4 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.38%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.38%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.25%) Windows Server 2019
14 1 (0.13%) CentOS
14 1 (0.13%) VMS
14 1 (0.13%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (17.71%) Business Intelligence
2 106 (13.50%) Agile Software Development
3 92 (11.72%) Migration
4 73 (9.30%) ITIL
5 59 (7.52%) Project Management
6 55 (7.01%) Scrum
7 54 (6.88%) Analytics
8 46 (5.86%) Stakeholder Management
9 41 (5.22%) Informatics
10 40 (5.10%) Problem-Solving
11 38 (4.84%) Data Migration
12 37 (4.71%) Health Informatics
12 37 (4.71%) Information Governance
13 35 (4.46%) ePrescribing
14 34 (4.33%) Service Delivery
15 31 (3.95%) Business Analysis
15 31 (3.95%) PRINCE2
16 29 (3.69%) Programme Management
17 26 (3.31%) Data Analysis
18 24 (3.06%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 111 (14.14%) SQL
2 23 (2.93%) T-SQL
3 22 (2.80%) Java
3 22 (2.80%) PowerShell
4 19 (2.42%) JavaScript
5 14 (1.78%) Python
6 12 (1.53%) C#
7 9 (1.15%) C
7 9 (1.15%) VBA
8 5 (0.64%) PL/SQL
9 4 (0.51%) Bash Shell
9 4 (0.51%) Delphi
9 4 (0.51%) R
10 3 (0.38%) ANSI SQL
10 3 (0.38%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 3 (0.38%) Java 8
10 3 (0.38%) VB
10 3 (0.38%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.38%) VBScript
11 2 (0.25%) Scala
Qualifications
1 29 (3.69%) Security Cleared
2 24 (3.06%) Degree
3 19 (2.42%) SC Cleared
4 9 (1.15%) DBS Check
4 9 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (1.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 7 (0.89%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (0.64%) CCNA
6 5 (0.64%) ISEB
6 5 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (0.64%) MCP
7 4 (0.51%) A+ Certification
8 3 (0.38%) MCSA
8 3 (0.38%) MCSE
9 2 (0.25%) CCIE
9 2 (0.25%) CCNP
9 2 (0.25%) CISSP
9 2 (0.25%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.25%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (4.84%) HL7
2 23 (2.93%) SLA
3 19 (2.42%) PMO
4 16 (2.04%) QA
5 14 (1.78%) Data Quality
6 9 (1.15%) Cyber Essentials
7 6 (0.76%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 4 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (0.51%) GDPR
8 4 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 2 (0.25%) Good Clinical Practice
9 2 (0.25%) GxP
9 2 (0.25%) NCSC
9 2 (0.25%) SNOMED CT
10 1 (0.13%) BS7799
10 1 (0.13%) DICOM
10 1 (0.13%) GMP
10 1 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
10 1 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 82 (10.45%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.27%) Docker
4 7 (0.89%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.51%) Postfix
6 2 (0.25%) Terminal Services
6 2 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.25%) vSphere
7 1 (0.13%) iptables
7 1 (0.13%) KVM
7 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.13%) NDS
7 1 (0.13%) NetIQ eDirectory
7 1 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.13%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 43 (5.48%) SCCM
2 6 (0.76%) Terraform
3 4 (0.51%) Ansible
4 3 (0.38%) Kubernetes
4 3 (0.38%) Prometheus
4 3 (0.38%) Rancher
5 2 (0.25%) Jamf Pro
5 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (0.25%) Nessus
5 2 (0.25%) Puppet
5 2 (0.25%) SCSM
5 2 (0.25%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.13%) Consul
6 1 (0.13%) MIIS
6 1 (0.13%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.13%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle RMAN
6 1 (0.13%) WSUS
6 1 (0.13%) yum
6 1 (0.13%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 148 (18.85%) Microsoft
2 29 (3.69%) HP
3 21 (2.68%) VMware
4 18 (2.29%) Cisco
5 14 (1.78%) SAP
6 13 (1.66%) Oracle
7 12 (1.53%) Tableau
8 8 (1.02%) Apple
9 6 (0.76%) Databricks
10 4 (0.51%) Citrix
10 4 (0.51%) Civica
10 4 (0.51%) Dell
10 4 (0.51%) Google
10 4 (0.51%) Splunk
10 4 (0.51%) Twitter
11 3 (0.38%) ForgeRock
11 3 (0.38%) Fortinet
11 3 (0.38%) iSOFT
11 3 (0.38%) NetIQ
11 3 (0.38%) ServiceNow