Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 161 278 333
Rank change year-on-year +117 +55 -18
Contract jobs citing NHS 544 807 827
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.71% 0.96% 0.80%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 5.05% 3.06% 2.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 382 443 482
Median daily rate £314 £320 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.95% -8.57% +7.69%
10th Percentile £150 £128 £153
90th Percentile £573 £526 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £300 £350
% change year-on-year -8.33% -14.29% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 151 71
Median hourly rate £17.59 £14.70 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.63% -7.31% -3.85%
10th Percentile £11.09 £10.16 £10.20
90th Percentile £35.00 £31.50 £32.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.59 £14.70 £16.61
% change year-on-year +19.63% -11.50% -4.70%

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 10,770 26,409 33,590
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.83% 31.26% 32.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,864 16,795 21,834
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £253 £263 £273
90th Percentile £713 £669 £656
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £425 £420
% change year-on-year -2.94% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 1,050 1,053
Median hourly rate £34.00 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.55% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £12.63 £11.79 £12.23
90th Percentile £54.90 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £25.17 £20.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year +21.28% +9.21% -3.27%

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 24 October 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 24 October 2020.

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 24 October 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 +122 499 £325 - 141
UK excluding London +95 345 £275 -8.33% 119
London +183 175 £365 -5.81% 25
North of England +76 158 £300 - 44
Work from Home +1 107 £350 -15.15% 34
North West +93 89 £243 -19.17% 25
Yorkshire +49 66 £440 +17.33% 19
South East +122 55 £268 +33.75% 27
Midlands +29 42 £269 -17.31% 21
East of England +59 40 £210 -23.64% 16
West Midlands +41 26 £250 -28.57% 10
South West +70 24 £475 +31.94% 7
Wales +20 20 £223 -22.61% 4
East Midlands +20 15 £348 +70.34% 11
Scotland +72 6 £245 -30.00%
North East +23 3 £575 +121.15%

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 129 (23.71%) Public Sector
2 106 (19.49%) Business Intelligence
3 98 (18.01%) Microsoft
4 92 (16.91%) Windows
5 74 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
6 73 (13.42%) SQL
7 58 (10.66%) Windows 10
8 57 (10.48%) Active Directory
9 51 (9.38%) Finance
10 48 (8.82%) Office 365
11 46 (8.46%) Stakeholder Management
12 45 (8.27%) Programme Management
13 44 (8.09%) Project Management
13 44 (8.09%) Microsoft Office
14 42 (7.72%) Telecoms
14 42 (7.72%) Power Platform
15 41 (7.54%) Migration
16 40 (7.35%) Analytical Skills
17 39 (7.17%) Power BI
17 39 (7.17%) SQL Server
18 38 (6.99%) Azure
19 37 (6.80%) ITIL
20 35 (6.43%) Microsoft Excel
20 35 (6.43%) Data Warehouse
20 35 (6.43%) SCCM
20 35 (6.43%) Electronic Patient Records
21 34 (6.25%) Marketing
22 32 (5.88%) Digital Marketing
22 32 (5.88%) SAP
22 32 (5.88%) Electronics

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 12 (2.21%) SharePoint
2 8 (1.47%) Confluence
2 8 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
3 7 (1.29%) MS Exchange
4 3 (0.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (0.55%) Skype for Business
5 2 (0.37%) ArcGIS
5 2 (0.37%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (0.37%) IIS
5 2 (0.37%) Totara
5 2 (0.37%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.18%) Apache
6 1 (0.18%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.18%) CMS
6 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.18%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.18%) SAS
6 1 (0.18%) Site Server
6 1 (0.18%) WebLogic
Applications
1 44 (8.09%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (6.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
3 3 (0.55%) SPSS
4 2 (0.37%) InVision
4 2 (0.37%) Marvel
4 2 (0.37%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.37%) Sketch
5 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (0.74%) SystmOne
2 1 (0.18%) Cerner Millennium
2 1 (0.18%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.18%) Maximo
2 1 (0.18%) Oracle HRMS
Cloud Services
1 48 (8.82%) Office 365
2 42 (7.72%) Power Platform
3 38 (6.99%) Azure
4 13 (2.39%) AWS
5 5 (0.92%) PowerApps
6 4 (0.74%) Amazon ElastiCache
6 4 (0.74%) IaaS
7 3 (0.55%) GCP
7 3 (0.55%) PaaS
7 3 (0.55%) Power Automate
7 3 (0.55%) Trello
7 3 (0.55%) WhatsApp
8 2 (0.37%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.37%) SaaS
8 2 (0.37%) Serverless
8 2 (0.37%) Slack
9 1 (0.18%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.18%) Azure Active Directory
9 1 (0.18%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.49%) LAN
2 16 (2.94%) WAN
3 13 (2.39%) Firewall
4 9 (1.65%) Skype
5 8 (1.47%) VPN
6 7 (1.29%) DNS
6 7 (1.29%) Wireless
7 6 (1.10%) VoIP
8 5 (0.92%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (0.74%) Network Security
10 3 (0.55%) MPLS
10 3 (0.55%) SAN
10 3 (0.55%) TCP/IP
11 2 (0.37%) DHCP
11 2 (0.37%) ISDN
11 2 (0.37%) Remote Desktop
11 2 (0.37%) Unified Communications
11 2 (0.37%) VSAN
12 1 (0.18%) Intranet
12 1 (0.18%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (7.17%) Power BI
1 39 (7.17%) SQL Server
2 35 (6.43%) Data Warehouse
2 35 (6.43%) Electronic Patient Records
3 20 (3.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 18 (3.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (2.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 11 (2.02%) Tableau
6 9 (1.65%) Qlik Sense
7 8 (1.47%) QlikView
7 8 (1.47%) Relational Database
8 5 (0.92%) Big Data
8 5 (0.92%) MS Access
8 5 (0.92%) MySQL
9 4 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
9 4 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (0.74%) PostgreSQL
10 3 (0.55%) GIS
10 3 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 13 (2.39%) JIRA
2 6 (1.10%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.92%) Selenium
3 5 (0.92%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 4 (0.74%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.55%) Cucumber
5 3 (0.55%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.55%) Hudson
5 3 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.37%) Dreamweaver
6 2 (0.37%) JMeter
6 2 (0.37%) Postman
6 2 (0.37%) RStudio
6 2 (0.37%) Selenium IDE
6 2 (0.37%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.18%) Ant
7 1 (0.18%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.18%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.18%) Maven
7 1 (0.18%) Toad
General
1 129 (23.71%) Public Sector
2 51 (9.38%) Finance
3 42 (7.72%) Telecoms
4 34 (6.25%) Marketing
5 32 (5.88%) Electronics
5 32 (5.88%) Manufacturing
6 13 (2.39%) Law
7 10 (1.84%) Local Government
8 6 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
9 5 (0.92%) Retail
10 3 (0.55%) Billing
10 3 (0.55%) Legal
11 2 (0.37%) Fire and Rescue
12 1 (0.18%) Back Office
12 1 (0.18%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 98 (18.01%) Analyst
2 74 (13.60%) Developer
3 56 (10.29%) Project Manager
4 37 (6.80%) Business Analyst
5 25 (4.60%) Architect
5 25 (4.60%) Support Engineer
6 24 (4.41%) Desktop Support
7 18 (3.31%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 17 (3.13%) IT Analyst
8 17 (3.13%) NHS Business Analyst
9 15 (2.76%) Desktop Engineer
9 15 (2.76%) IT Engineer
9 15 (2.76%) IT Support
10 14 (2.57%) NHS Project Manager
11 13 (2.39%) Administrator
11 13 (2.39%) Information Analyst
11 13 (2.39%) Programme Manager
12 12 (2.21%) Business IT Analyst
12 12 (2.21%) IT Manager
13 11 (2.02%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (3.68%) .NET
2 6 (1.10%) HTML
2 6 (1.10%) React
3 5 (0.92%) Django
3 5 (0.92%) Spring Boot
4 4 (0.74%) ASP.NET
4 4 (0.74%) OAuth
4 4 (0.74%) OAuth2
4 4 (0.74%) OpenID
4 4 (0.74%) Spring
4 4 (0.74%) XML
5 3 (0.55%) .NET Framework
5 3 (0.55%) HTML5
5 3 (0.55%) Node.js
6 2 (0.37%) D3.js
6 2 (0.37%) JSON
6 2 (0.37%) LDAP
6 2 (0.37%) MDX
6 2 (0.37%) RESTful
6 2 (0.37%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.35%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (4.78%) Management Information System
3 17 (3.13%) User Experience
4 11 (2.02%) Freedom of Information
5 6 (1.10%) Blackberry
5 6 (1.10%) Freedom of Information Act
6 5 (0.92%) Driving Licence
6 5 (0.92%) LIMS
6 5 (0.92%) Mobile App
7 4 (0.74%) CMDB
7 4 (0.74%) Cyberthreat
7 4 (0.74%) Data Centre
7 4 (0.74%) Data Protection Act
7 4 (0.74%) Data Structures
7 4 (0.74%) e-Learning
7 4 (0.74%) W3C
8 3 (0.55%) Clustering
8 3 (0.55%) Graphic Design
8 3 (0.55%) PACS
8 3 (0.55%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 92 (16.91%) Windows
2 58 (10.66%) Windows 10
3 28 (5.15%) Windows 7
4 11 (2.02%) Windows Server
5 9 (1.65%) Apple iOS
5 9 (1.65%) Linux
6 8 (1.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (1.10%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.74%) Android
8 4 (0.74%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.55%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (0.37%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.37%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.18%) CentOS
11 1 (0.18%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.18%) Unix
11 1 (0.18%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (19.49%) Business Intelligence
2 74 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (8.46%) Stakeholder Management
4 45 (8.27%) Programme Management
5 44 (8.09%) Project Management
6 41 (7.54%) Migration
7 37 (6.80%) ITIL
8 32 (5.88%) Digital Marketing
9 29 (5.33%) Analytics
10 25 (4.60%) Data Protection
11 24 (4.41%) Business Case
11 24 (4.41%) Service Delivery
12 22 (4.04%) Information Governance
13 21 (3.86%) Problem-Solving
14 20 (3.68%) Change Management
14 20 (3.68%) Scrum
14 20 (3.68%) Service Management
15 19 (3.49%) PRINCE2
16 18 (3.31%) Workflow
17 17 (3.13%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 73 (13.42%) SQL
2 25 (4.60%) Python
3 12 (2.21%) C#
4 10 (1.84%) Java
4 10 (1.84%) JavaScript
4 10 (1.84%) R
5 9 (1.65%) T-SQL
6 6 (1.10%) PowerShell
7 4 (0.74%) Go
7 4 (0.74%) Scala
8 3 (0.55%) Bash Shell
8 3 (0.55%) VBA
9 2 (0.37%) C++
9 2 (0.37%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 2 (0.37%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.37%) VB
9 2 (0.37%) XAML
10 1 (0.18%) PHP
10 1 (0.18%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 23 (4.23%) Security Cleared
2 17 (3.13%) Degree
3 13 (2.39%) SC Cleared
4 7 (1.29%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
5 6 (1.10%) Network+ Certification
5 6 (1.10%) Postgraduate
6 4 (0.74%) A+ Certification
6 4 (0.74%) CCNA
6 4 (0.74%) CEH
6 4 (0.74%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (0.74%) CompTIA Security+
6 4 (0.74%) ISEB
6 4 (0.74%) MCP
6 4 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 4 (0.74%) SANS
7 3 (0.55%) ISTQB
7 3 (0.55%) MCSE
7 3 (0.55%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (0.37%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (3.13%) PMO
2 10 (1.84%) GDPR
2 10 (1.84%) QA
3 9 (1.65%) Data Quality
4 7 (1.29%) SLA
5 4 (0.74%) Cyber Essentials
5 4 (0.74%) HL7
6 3 (0.55%) SNOMED CT
7 2 (0.37%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.18%) GMP
8 1 (0.18%) Good Clinical Practice
8 1 (0.18%) GxP
8 1 (0.18%) ISO 9000
8 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 57 (10.48%) Active Directory
2 9 (1.65%) Docker
3 7 (1.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
4 5 (0.92%) vSphere
5 3 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.37%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.37%) NDS
6 2 (0.37%) NetIQ eDirectory
6 2 (0.37%) XenApp
7 1 (0.18%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.18%) UAG
7 1 (0.18%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.18%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 35 (6.43%) SCCM
2 11 (2.02%) Kubernetes
3 10 (1.84%) Terraform
4 4 (0.74%) Ansible
4 4 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (0.55%) SCOM
5 3 (0.55%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (0.55%) Stealthwatch
6 2 (0.37%) HP ALM
6 2 (0.37%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (0.37%) NetIQ Identity Manager
6 2 (0.37%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.37%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.18%) Nessus
7 1 (0.18%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.18%) Puppet
7 1 (0.18%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.18%) ServiceCenter
7 1 (0.18%) WSUS
7 1 (0.18%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 98 (18.01%) Microsoft
2 32 (5.88%) SAP
3 15 (2.76%) HP
4 14 (2.57%) Cisco
5 13 (2.39%) VMware
6 12 (2.21%) Cerner
6 12 (2.21%) Twitter
7 11 (2.02%) Citrix
7 11 (2.02%) Facebook
7 11 (2.02%) Instagram
8 10 (1.84%) Oracle
9 5 (0.92%) Adobe
10 4 (0.74%) Dell
10 4 (0.74%) Splunk
11 3 (0.55%) Apple
11 3 (0.55%) Avaya
11 3 (0.55%) BT
11 3 (0.55%) Google
12 2 (0.37%) ESRI
12 2 (0.37%) InterSystems