Period
to 18 January 2018

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 January 2018 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 303 245 139
Rank change year-on-year -58 -106 -23
Contract jobs citing NHS 824 1,026 1,879
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 1.06% 1.75%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.45% 3.23% 5.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 547 733 1,334
UK median daily rate £328 £303 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.26% +0.83% -
10th Percentile £165 £165 £163
90th Percentile £534 £488 £456
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £300 £300
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 118 197
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.74% +25.00% -6.67%
10th Percentile £10.16 £11.28 £10.50
90th Percentile £27.72 £28.75 £23.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £18.38 £14.25
% change year-on-year -10.20% +28.95% -5.00%

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 33,575 31,745 35,067
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.47% 32.67% 32.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,479 20,699 22,326
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £238
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £377
% change year-on-year +1.27% +4.91% +4.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 951 1,114 1,405
UK median hourly rate £21.70 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.85% +2.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.32 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.25 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.11 £20.00 £19.66
% change year-on-year +5.54% +1.73% +12.34%

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 January 2018.

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 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for NHS in the UK

NHS
Top 15 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 January 2018. 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 -57 740 £328 +3.97% 186
UK excluding London -57 482 £315 +5.00% 146
London -24 333 £353 +10.16% 58
North of England -25 139 £325 - 41
South East -51 103 £310 +30.53% 48
Midlands -1 95 £343 +4.02% 23
North West -6 75 £300 +9.09% 20
Wales +9 62 £365 +89.35% 7
West Midlands -9 51 £350 +7.69% 8
Yorkshire -34 51 £475 +40.12% 16
East of England -33 48 £262 +4.80% 8
East Midlands +10 39 £313 -18.30% 15
South West -18 28 £344 -9.24% 8
North East +30 13 £250 -33.33% 5
Scotland -2 13 £165 -40.09% 6

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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.

1 127 (15.41%) Business Intelligence
1 127 (15.41%) Microsoft
2 116 (14.08%) SQL
3 101 (12.26%) Windows
4 99 (12.01%) Project Management
5 97 (11.77%) Finance
6 86 (10.44%) ITIL
7 83 (10.07%) Agile Software Development
8 78 (9.47%) SQL Server
9 75 (9.10%) Analytical Skills
10 66 (8.01%) PRINCE2
11 63 (7.65%) HL7
12 61 (7.40%) Active Directory
12 61 (7.40%) Migration
13 56 (6.80%) Microsoft Office
14 55 (6.67%) Degree
15 54 (6.55%) .NET
16 53 (6.43%) Management Information System
17 52 (6.31%) Data Warehouse
18 51 (6.19%) Service Delivery
19 50 (6.07%) Stakeholder Management
19 50 (6.07%) C#
20 47 (5.70%) Security Cleared
21 44 (5.34%) Information Governance
22 41 (4.98%) WAN
23 40 (4.85%) Telecoms
23 40 (4.85%) Programme Management
23 40 (4.85%) PMO
24 39 (4.73%) Change Management
24 39 (4.73%) 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 22 (2.67%) MS Exchange
2 17 (2.06%) SharePoint
3 9 (1.09%) CMS
4 7 (0.85%) JCAPS
5 6 (0.73%) SAS
6 5 (0.61%) Confluence
7 4 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (0.49%) IIS
7 4 (0.49%) Skype for Business
7 4 (0.49%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.36%) Apache
8 3 (0.36%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.36%) WordPress
9 2 (0.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.24%) Drupal
9 2 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (0.24%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.24%) Moodle
9 2 (0.24%) Umbraco
Applications
1 56 (6.80%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (3.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.33%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.12%) Flinto
6 1 (0.12%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 16 (1.94%) SystmOne
2 6 (0.73%) SAP Retail
2 6 (0.73%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.24%) Cerner Millennium
3 2 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.24%) Lorenzo
4 1 (0.12%) Magento
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.12%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 17 (2.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (1.33%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (0.61%) Office 365
3 5 (0.61%) Trello
4 4 (0.49%) PaaS
4 4 (0.49%) Slack
5 3 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
5 3 (0.36%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (0.36%) GitHub
5 3 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (0.36%) SaaS
6 2 (0.24%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.24%) Data Lake Analytics
7 1 (0.12%) Amazon ELB
7 1 (0.12%) Azure Data Factory
7 1 (0.12%) Azure Machine Learning
7 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.12%) IaaS
7 1 (0.12%) Route 53
7 1 (0.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 41 (4.98%) WAN
2 39 (4.73%) LAN
3 20 (2.43%) Firewall
4 17 (2.06%) Wireless
5 16 (1.94%) SMS
6 12 (1.46%) DNS
7 11 (1.33%) DHCP
8 10 (1.21%) VoIP
9 9 (1.09%) VPN
9 9 (1.09%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (0.73%) Internet
10 6 (0.73%) TCP/IP
11 5 (0.61%) 3G
11 5 (0.61%) Intranet
11 5 (0.61%) PBX
11 5 (0.61%) SAN
11 5 (0.61%) SMTP
12 4 (0.49%) Skype
13 3 (0.36%) VLAN
13 3 (0.36%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (9.47%) SQL Server
2 52 (6.31%) Data Warehouse
3 35 (4.25%) Electronic Patient Records
3 35 (4.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 30 (3.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 17 (2.06%) SQL Server 2008
6 13 (1.58%) QlikView
7 12 (1.46%) Power BI
8 11 (1.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 10 (1.21%) Relational Database
10 7 (0.85%) MS Access
11 6 (0.73%) Big Data
11 6 (0.73%) MySQL
12 4 (0.49%) SQL Server 2005
12 4 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
13 3 (0.36%) Data Mart
13 3 (0.36%) NoSQL
13 3 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
14 2 (0.24%) HDInsight
14 2 (0.24%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 15 (1.82%) NUnit
2 13 (1.58%) ReSharper
2 13 (1.58%) StyleCop
3 12 (1.46%) Git (software)
3 12 (1.46%) JIRA
4 8 (0.97%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 5 (0.61%) JUnit
5 5 (0.61%) Visual Studio
6 4 (0.49%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.49%) Spock
7 3 (0.36%) Rational Rhapsody
7 3 (0.36%) SoapUI
7 3 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.24%) Maven
8 2 (0.24%) Selenium
8 2 (0.24%) webpack
9 1 (0.12%) Appium
9 1 (0.12%) Eclipse
9 1 (0.12%) jMock
9 1 (0.12%) SonarQube
General
1 97 (11.77%) Finance
2 40 (4.85%) Telecoms
3 31 (3.76%) Marketing
4 24 (2.91%) Manufacturing
5 23 (2.79%) Electronics
6 20 (2.43%) Retail
7 15 (1.82%) Legal
8 12 (1.46%) Back Office
9 10 (1.21%) Law
9 10 (1.21%) Publishing
10 4 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.36%) Military
12 1 (0.12%) Advertising
12 1 (0.12%) Digital Economy
12 1 (0.12%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.12%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 178 (21.60%) Analyst
2 121 (14.68%) Developer
3 86 (10.44%) Project Manager
4 54 (6.55%) Architect
5 43 (5.22%) Business Analyst
6 37 (4.49%) Senior Analyst
7 34 (4.13%) Service Analyst
8 33 (4.00%) Service Desk Analyst
9 32 (3.88%) C# Developer
10 30 (3.64%) Network Engineer
11 29 (3.52%) Consultant
12 28 (3.40%) Technical Architect
13 26 (3.16%) Information Analyst
13 26 (3.16%) NHS Project Manager
14 22 (2.67%) IT Manager
14 22 (2.67%) Support Engineer
15 21 (2.55%) C# WCF Developer
15 21 (2.55%) WCF Developer
16 20 (2.43%) SQL Developer
17 18 (2.18%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (6.55%) .NET
2 38 (4.61%) Web Services
3 31 (3.76%) ASP.NET Web API
4 28 (3.40%) WCF
5 25 (3.03%) WPF
6 21 (2.55%) .NET Framework
7 18 (2.18%) HTML
8 16 (1.94%) CSS
9 14 (1.70%) XML
10 13 (1.58%) Caliburn.Micro
11 12 (1.46%) jQuery
12 9 (1.09%) HTML5
12 9 (1.09%) SOAP
13 8 (0.97%) AngularJS
13 8 (0.97%) ASP.NET
13 8 (0.97%) RESTful
14 6 (0.73%) ASP.NET MVC
14 6 (0.73%) CSS3
15 5 (0.61%) Entity Framework
15 5 (0.61%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 75 (9.10%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (6.43%) Management Information System
3 18 (2.18%) Reference Data
4 16 (1.94%) Blackberry
5 10 (1.21%) Computer Science
6 9 (1.09%) Freedom of Information
6 9 (1.09%) PACS
7 8 (0.97%) Data Protection Act
7 8 (0.97%) Smartcard
8 7 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
8 7 (0.85%) LIMS
8 7 (0.85%) User Experience
9 6 (0.73%) Data Structures
9 6 (0.73%) e-Health
10 5 (0.61%) Fintech
10 5 (0.61%) Smartphone
11 4 (0.49%) Data Centre
11 4 (0.49%) Driving Licence
11 4 (0.49%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (0.49%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 101 (12.26%) Windows
2 36 (4.37%) Windows 7
3 32 (3.88%) Windows Server
4 20 (2.43%) Windows 10
5 14 (1.70%) Windows XP
6 10 (1.21%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (0.97%) Linux
9 7 (0.85%) Apple iOS
9 7 (0.85%) Windows 2000
10 6 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (0.49%) MVS
12 3 (0.36%) Android
12 3 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.36%) Windows 8
12 3 (0.36%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.24%) CentOS
14 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.12%) Scientific Linux
14 1 (0.12%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 127 (15.41%) Business Intelligence
2 99 (12.01%) Project Management
3 86 (10.44%) ITIL
4 83 (10.07%) Agile Software Development
5 66 (8.01%) PRINCE2
6 61 (7.40%) Migration
7 51 (6.19%) Service Delivery
8 50 (6.07%) Stakeholder Management
9 44 (5.34%) Information Governance
10 40 (4.85%) Programme Management
11 39 (4.73%) Change Management
12 33 (4.00%) Analytics
13 32 (3.88%) Business Analysis
14 31 (3.76%) Service Management
15 29 (3.52%) Performance Management
16 27 (3.28%) Data Migration
16 27 (3.28%) ETL
16 27 (3.28%) Stakeholder Engagement
17 26 (3.16%) TOGAF
18 24 (2.91%) MVVM
Programming Languages
1 116 (14.08%) SQL
2 50 (6.07%) C#
3 33 (4.00%) T-SQL
4 27 (3.28%) JavaScript
5 20 (2.43%) Java
6 8 (0.97%) PHP
7 7 (0.85%) C
8 6 (0.73%) ABAP
8 6 (0.73%) C++
9 4 (0.49%) VBA
10 3 (0.36%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.24%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.24%) Python
11 2 (0.24%) R
11 2 (0.24%) TypeScript
11 2 (0.24%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.12%) Fortran
12 1 (0.12%) Objective-C
12 1 (0.12%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.12%) U-SQL
Qualifications
1 55 (6.67%) Degree
2 47 (5.70%) Security Cleared
3 25 (3.03%) BPSS Clearance
4 24 (2.91%) Microsoft Certification
5 21 (2.55%) Cisco Certification
6 17 (2.06%) CCNA
7 12 (1.46%) MCSE
7 12 (1.46%) SC Cleared
8 10 (1.21%) ISEB
8 10 (1.21%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 9 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
9 9 (1.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 9 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 8 (0.97%) MCP
11 7 (0.85%) CISSP
12 5 (0.61%) MCSA
13 4 (0.49%) CCNP
13 4 (0.49%) DBS Check
13 4 (0.49%) ECDL
13 4 (0.49%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (7.65%) HL7
2 40 (4.85%) PMO
3 30 (3.64%) Data Quality
4 28 (3.40%) Disclosure Scotland
5 18 (2.18%) QA
6 14 (1.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 14 (1.70%) SLA
7 10 (1.21%) GDPR
8 6 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (0.36%) GCP
10 2 (0.24%) PMBOK
11 1 (0.12%) Actionable Recommendations
11 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.12%) NEBOSH
11 1 (0.12%) RMADS
System Software
1 61 (7.40%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.33%) Hyper-V
3 10 (1.21%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.61%) Docker
5 4 (0.49%) Terminal Services
6 3 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.24%) XenApp
8 1 (0.12%) Firmware
8 1 (0.12%) NFS
8 1 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.12%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 16 (1.94%) SCCM
2 4 (0.49%) DameWare
2 4 (0.49%) ZENworks
3 3 (0.36%) Puppet
3 3 (0.36%) WSUS
4 2 (0.24%) AirWatch
4 2 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.24%) Rancher
4 2 (0.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (0.24%) Terraform
5 1 (0.12%) Ansible
5 1 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
5 1 (0.12%) Cobbler
5 1 (0.12%) Kibana
5 1 (0.12%) Kubernetes
5 1 (0.12%) logstash
5 1 (0.12%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.12%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (0.12%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 127 (15.41%) Microsoft
2 35 (4.25%) VMware
3 30 (3.64%) Cisco
3 30 (3.64%) SAP
4 21 (2.55%) HP
5 18 (2.18%) Tableau
6 15 (1.82%) Citrix
7 11 (1.33%) Oracle
8 9 (1.09%) Cerner
9 8 (0.97%) Dell
9 8 (0.97%) Sophos
10 7 (0.85%) Capita
10 7 (0.85%) Fiorano
11 5 (0.61%) IBM
11 5 (0.61%) Mitel
11 5 (0.61%) Progress
12 4 (0.49%) McAfee
13 3 (0.36%) InterSystems
13 3 (0.36%) Ivanti
13 3 (0.36%) RedGate