Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 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
17 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 230 309 318
Rank change year-on-year +79 +9 -66
Contract jobs citing NHS 825 869 825
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.13% 0.87% 0.82%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 3.64% 2.71% 2.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 413 533 549
UK median daily rate £300 £350 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.29% +6.87% +7.73%
10th Percentile £140 £158 £166
90th Percentile £515 £588 £534
UK excluding London median daily rate £285 £350 £315
% change year-on-year -18.57% +11.11% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 162 90 92
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £17.69 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.54% +7.20% -7.90%
10th Percentile £10.16 £10.40 £10.16
90th Percentile £31.50 £31.72 £28.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.08 £17.69 £16.50
% change year-on-year -3.45% +7.20% -10.20%

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 22,696 32,040 33,092
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.16% 32.23% 32.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,317 20,859 21,953
UK median daily rate £455 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.21% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £250 £275 £260
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,013 1,009 970
UK median hourly rate £24.37 £20.50 £20.78
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.88% -1.36% +3.91%
10th Percentile £12.44 £12.00 £11.33
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £48.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +17.50% - +2.56%

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 17 January 2020.

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 17 January 2020.

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 17 January 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 +78 763 £300 -18.09% 191
UK excluding London +82 627 £285 -18.57% 142
North of England +10 217 £300 -25.00% 51
London +31 177 £340 -9.33% 53
South East +121 117 £166 -57.16% 32
Yorkshire +51 115 £345 -22.47% 17
Midlands +62 104 £350 - 23
East of England +64 97 £251 +22.46% 20
North West -34 71 £250 -16.67% 24
West Midlands +65 52 £384 -0.97% 18
South West +6 43 £263 -38.24% 12
East Midlands +14 42 £325 +9.24% 5
Wales +8 33 £308 -5.38% 3
North East +33 30 £450 -5.26% 10
Scotland +30 11 £155 -70.48% 1
Northern Ireland - 6 £100 -

For the 6 months to 17 January 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.

1 206 (24.97%) Windows
2 182 (22.06%) Public Sector
3 176 (21.33%) Microsoft
4 168 (20.36%) Business Intelligence
5 139 (16.85%) Windows 10
6 128 (15.52%) Agile Software Development
7 125 (15.15%) Migration
8 118 (14.30%) Active Directory
9 104 (12.61%) SQL
10 93 (11.27%) ITIL
11 80 (9.70%) SQL Server
12 74 (8.97%) Electronic Patient Records
12 74 (8.97%) Analytics
13 73 (8.85%) Finance
14 70 (8.48%) Stakeholder Management
15 68 (8.24%) SharePoint
16 66 (8.00%) Microsoft Office
17 64 (7.76%) Project Management
18 62 (7.52%) Informatics
18 62 (7.52%) HL7
19 61 (7.39%) Data Warehouse
19 61 (7.39%) ePrescribing
20 60 (7.27%) Data Migration
21 59 (7.15%) Windows 7
22 58 (7.03%) Health Informatics
22 58 (7.03%) Scrum
23 56 (6.79%) PACS
24 55 (6.67%) LIMS
25 54 (6.55%) Retail
26 53 (6.42%) e-Health

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 68 (8.24%) SharePoint
2 23 (2.79%) MS Exchange
3 15 (1.82%) Confluence
4 5 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
5 4 (0.48%) Skype for Business
5 4 (0.48%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.36%) IIS
7 2 (0.24%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.24%) CMS
7 2 (0.24%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.24%) SAS
8 1 (0.12%) Anypoint
8 1 (0.12%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.12%) JCAPS
8 1 (0.12%) nginx
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.12%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 66 (8.00%) Microsoft Office
2 38 (4.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (1.58%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (1.21%) Photoshop
5 8 (0.97%) Microsoft Project
5 8 (0.97%) Sketch
5 8 (0.97%) Spreadsheet
6 6 (0.73%) Adobe Illustrator
6 6 (0.73%) InVision
7 3 (0.36%) GIMP
8 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.12%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 12 (1.45%) SystmOne
2 6 (0.73%) Lorenzo
3 4 (0.48%) Cerner Millennium
4 2 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.12%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.12%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 40 (4.85%) Azure
2 32 (3.88%) Office 365
3 25 (3.03%) Power Platform
4 23 (2.79%) AWS
5 11 (1.33%) Amazon EC2
6 9 (1.09%) Amazon SQS
7 6 (0.73%) IaaS
7 6 (0.73%) PaaS
8 5 (0.61%) SaaS
9 4 (0.48%) Azure Data Factory
9 4 (0.48%) Slack
10 3 (0.36%) Adobe Analytics
10 3 (0.36%) Amazon S3
10 3 (0.36%) Azure Functions
10 3 (0.36%) GitHub
10 3 (0.36%) Serverless
11 2 (0.24%) Amazon ELB
11 2 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.24%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.24%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 27 (3.27%) Firewall
2 21 (2.55%) DNS
3 20 (2.42%) LAN
4 14 (1.70%) WAN
5 13 (1.58%) VPN
6 11 (1.33%) DHCP
6 11 (1.33%) VoIP
7 10 (1.21%) Internet
8 9 (1.09%) Intranet
9 7 (0.85%) TCP/IP
9 7 (0.85%) Wireless
10 5 (0.61%) SAN
10 5 (0.61%) Skype
11 4 (0.48%) Remote Desktop
11 4 (0.48%) Softphone
11 4 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
12 3 (0.36%) IP Telephony
12 3 (0.36%) Unified Communications
12 3 (0.36%) VLAN
12 3 (0.36%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (9.70%) SQL Server
2 74 (8.97%) Electronic Patient Records
3 61 (7.39%) Data Warehouse
4 35 (4.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 25 (3.03%) Power BI
5 25 (3.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 17 (2.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 12 (1.45%) Amazon RDS
7 12 (1.45%) MySQL
7 12 (1.45%) SQL Server 2016
8 10 (1.21%) PostgreSQL
9 9 (1.09%) Relational Database
10 8 (0.97%) QlikView
11 6 (0.73%) SQL Server 2008
12 5 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
12 5 (0.61%) MongoDB
13 4 (0.48%) NoSQL
13 4 (0.48%) SQL Server 2012
14 3 (0.36%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
14 3 (0.36%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 24 (2.91%) Git (software)
2 19 (2.30%) JIRA
3 14 (1.70%) Jenkins
3 14 (1.70%) Maven
4 13 (1.58%) JUnit
4 13 (1.58%) Mockito
5 11 (1.33%) Visual Studio
6 9 (1.09%) DbUnit
6 9 (1.09%) jMock
6 9 (1.09%) SonarQube
7 8 (0.97%) Selenium
7 8 (0.97%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (0.73%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 4 (0.48%) Cucumber
9 4 (0.48%) NUnit
9 4 (0.48%) webpack
10 3 (0.36%) Jasmine
10 3 (0.36%) SoapUI
10 3 (0.36%) Subversion
10 3 (0.36%) Vagrant
General
1 182 (22.06%) Public Sector
2 73 (8.85%) Finance
3 54 (6.55%) Retail
4 44 (5.33%) Telecoms
5 37 (4.48%) Marketing
6 36 (4.36%) Manufacturing
7 31 (3.76%) Electronics
8 22 (2.67%) Local Government
9 16 (1.94%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.61%) Brand Awareness
11 4 (0.48%) Legal
12 3 (0.36%) Back Office
12 3 (0.36%) Law
12 3 (0.36%) Publishing
13 2 (0.24%) Military
13 2 (0.24%) Welsh Language
14 1 (0.12%) Advertising
14 1 (0.12%) Police
Job Titles
1 205 (24.85%) Analyst
2 88 (10.67%) Developer
3 78 (9.45%) Project Manager
4 67 (8.12%) Business Analyst
5 62 (7.52%) Windows Engineer
6 48 (5.82%) Support Engineer
7 47 (5.70%) Service Analyst
8 43 (5.21%) IT Analyst
9 41 (4.97%) Desktop Engineer
10 39 (4.73%) Service Desk Analyst
11 37 (4.48%) IT Support
12 31 (3.76%) Desktop Support
13 28 (3.39%) Architect
13 28 (3.39%) Field Engineer
14 25 (3.03%) IT Engineer
15 24 (2.91%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 23 (2.79%) Information Analyst
17 21 (2.55%) Clinical Coder
18 20 (2.42%) Server Engineer
19 19 (2.30%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (2.91%) Web Services
2 22 (2.67%) AngularJS
3 20 (2.42%) .NET
3 20 (2.42%) SOAP
4 19 (2.30%) RESTful
5 18 (2.18%) Spring
6 14 (1.70%) HTML
7 11 (1.33%) CSS
7 11 (1.33%) REST
7 11 (1.33%) XML
8 9 (1.09%) .NET Framework
8 9 (1.09%) ActiveMQ
8 9 (1.09%) Hibernate
8 9 (1.09%) JPA
8 9 (1.09%) PowerMock
9 8 (0.97%) J2EE
10 7 (0.85%) ASP.NET
10 7 (0.85%) JSON
11 6 (0.73%) Entity Framework
11 6 (0.73%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 56 (6.79%) PACS
2 55 (6.67%) LIMS
3 53 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
3 53 (6.42%) e-Health
4 29 (3.52%) Management Information System
5 26 (3.15%) Driving Licence
5 26 (3.15%) User Experience
6 17 (2.06%) Self-Motivation
7 16 (1.94%) Data Centre
8 12 (1.45%) Blackberry
9 5 (0.61%) Smartcard
10 4 (0.48%) Freedom of Information
10 4 (0.48%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (0.36%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (0.36%) Data Structures
11 3 (0.36%) Freedom of Information Act
11 3 (0.36%) Mobile App
11 3 (0.36%) Public Cloud
12 2 (0.24%) Handset
12 2 (0.24%) Linked Data
Operating Systems
1 206 (24.97%) Windows
2 139 (16.85%) Windows 10
3 59 (7.15%) Windows 7
4 50 (6.06%) Windows Server
5 26 (3.15%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (2.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 11 (1.33%) Linux
8 7 (0.85%) Unix
9 6 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (0.61%) Android
10 5 (0.61%) Apple iOS
10 5 (0.61%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.24%) CentOS
12 2 (0.24%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.12%) VMS
13 1 (0.12%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 168 (20.36%) Business Intelligence
2 128 (15.52%) Agile Software Development
3 125 (15.15%) Migration
4 93 (11.27%) ITIL
5 74 (8.97%) Analytics
6 70 (8.48%) Stakeholder Management
7 64 (7.76%) Project Management
8 62 (7.52%) Informatics
9 61 (7.39%) ePrescribing
10 60 (7.27%) Data Migration
11 58 (7.03%) Health Informatics
11 58 (7.03%) Scrum
12 42 (5.09%) Programme Management
13 40 (4.85%) Problem-Solving
13 40 (4.85%) Service Management
14 38 (4.61%) PRINCE2
15 36 (4.36%) Business Analysis
16 34 (4.12%) Service Delivery
17 32 (3.88%) Digital Marketing
17 32 (3.88%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 104 (12.61%) SQL
2 26 (3.15%) JavaScript
3 25 (3.03%) Java
4 22 (2.67%) PowerShell
4 22 (2.67%) T-SQL
5 16 (1.94%) C#
6 12 (1.45%) Python
7 6 (0.73%) PL/SQL
8 5 (0.61%) VBA
9 4 (0.48%) Bash Shell
9 4 (0.48%) C
9 4 (0.48%) R
9 4 (0.48%) VBScript
10 3 (0.36%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 3 (0.36%) TypeScript
10 3 (0.36%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.24%) Java 8
11 2 (0.24%) Rust
11 2 (0.24%) VB
12 1 (0.12%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 44 (5.33%) Security Cleared
2 27 (3.27%) Degree
2 27 (3.27%) SC Cleared
3 14 (1.70%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (1.58%) ITIL Certification
5 11 (1.33%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
6 9 (1.09%) CCNA
6 9 (1.09%) DBS Check
6 9 (1.09%) ISEB
6 9 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 5 (0.61%) CCNP
7 5 (0.61%) MCSE
8 4 (0.48%) MCP
8 4 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 3 (0.36%) CCIE
9 3 (0.36%) CISSP
9 3 (0.36%) ISTQB
9 3 (0.36%) MCSA
9 3 (0.36%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (7.52%) HL7
2 28 (3.39%) PMO
3 21 (2.55%) SLA
4 19 (2.30%) Data Quality
5 12 (1.45%) QA
6 5 (0.61%) Disclosure Scotland
7 4 (0.48%) GDPR
7 4 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.48%) SNOMED CT
8 2 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.24%) Good Clinical Practice
8 2 (0.24%) GxP
9 1 (0.12%) BS7799
9 1 (0.12%) GMP
9 1 (0.12%) Government Security Classifications
9 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.12%) NCSC
9 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 118 (14.30%) Active Directory
2 18 (2.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (1.33%) Docker
3 11 (1.33%) Hyper-V
4 9 (1.09%) Postfix
5 5 (0.61%) XenApp
6 4 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.48%) VMware NSX
7 3 (0.36%) vSphere
8 2 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.12%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.12%) iptables
9 1 (0.12%) KVM
9 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.12%) NDS
9 1 (0.12%) NetIQ eDirectory
9 1 (0.12%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 40 (4.85%) SCCM
2 9 (1.09%) Terraform
3 6 (0.73%) Ansible
4 5 (0.61%) Puppet
5 4 (0.48%) Kubernetes
5 4 (0.48%) Rancher
6 3 (0.36%) Prometheus
7 2 (0.24%) Cisco Prime
7 2 (0.24%) Consul
7 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.24%) NetIQ Identity Manager
7 2 (0.24%) RSA Archer
7 2 (0.24%) SCSM
7 2 (0.24%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.12%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.12%) SCOM
8 1 (0.12%) WSUS
8 1 (0.12%) yum
8 1 (0.12%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 176 (21.33%) Microsoft
2 34 (4.12%) HP
3 32 (3.88%) SAP
3 32 (3.88%) VMware
4 18 (2.18%) Cisco
5 13 (1.58%) Apple
6 11 (1.33%) Citrix
7 10 (1.21%) Oracle
8 9 (1.09%) Tableau
9 7 (0.85%) ServiceNow
10 6 (0.73%) Cerner
10 6 (0.73%) Google
11 5 (0.61%) ForgeRock
11 5 (0.61%) NetIQ
12 4 (0.48%) Infoflex
12 4 (0.48%) Ivanti
12 4 (0.48%) Splunk
13 3 (0.36%) McAfee
13 3 (0.36%) Tealium
13 3 (0.36%) Twitter