Period
to 11 May 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 11 May 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
11 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 138 191 298
Rank change year-on-year +53 +107 +43
Contract jobs citing NHS 1,060 718 879
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.89% 1.39% 0.95%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.45% 4.90% 3.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 757 419 552
10th Percentile £153 £140 £171
25th Percentile £212 £200 £245
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £315 £288 £325
Median % change year-on-year +9.57% -11.54% -7.14%
75th Percentile £450 £412 £458
90th Percentile £580 £540 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £263 £320
% change year-on-year +9.52% -17.97% -2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 133 135
10th Percentile £10.68 £12.28 £9.41
25th Percentile £12.49 £13.50 £11.80
Median hourly rate £16.73 £19.00 £15.00
Median % change year-on-year -11.95% +26.67% +6.88%
75th Percentile £23.95 £28.20 £21.10
90th Percentile £29.20 £31.50 £27.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.35 £19.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -13.97% +26.67% +4.24%

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 16,430 14,659 26,407
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.37% 28.47% 28.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,033 9,515 17,474
10th Percentile £285 £231 £288
25th Percentile £394 £363 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £498 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.84% - +2.70%
75th Percentile £600 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £690 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 630 636 874
10th Percentile £12.23 £12.61 £11.80
25th Percentile £16.00 £16.20 £14.01
Median hourly rate £26.00 £21.93 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year +18.59% +6.95% -4.65%
75th Percentile £47.90 £46.06 £44.09
90th Percentile £60.00 £53.75 £50.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £20.11 £18.73
% change year-on-year +19.34% +7.40% -6.86%

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 11 May 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 11 May 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 11 May 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 +59 909 £303 +6.14% 264
UK excluding London +64 663 £288 +9.52% 206
North of England +57 272 £300 -7.69% 58
London +47 265 £375 +19.52% 73
Work from Home -68 264 £360 +22.55% 42
North West +74 154 £244 -2.60% 24
East of England +38 127 £210 -6.67% 29
Yorkshire +30 111 £500 +11.11% 33
South East +24 106 £317 +71.35% 52
Midlands +3 54 £270 -2.70% 36
Wales +19 50 £350 +6.06% 6
South West +51 42 £350 +6.28% 14
West Midlands -16 28 £285 -1.72% 19
East Midlands +15 23 £213 -5.56% 17
Scotland -3 12 £410 +29.64% 8
North East +13 7 £340 -24.44% 1

For the 6 months to 11 May 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.

1 194 (18.30%) Public Sector
2 162 (15.28%) SQL
3 144 (13.58%) Social Skills
4 140 (13.21%) Microsoft
5 139 (13.11%) Business Intelligence
6 136 (12.83%) Agile Software Development
7 99 (9.34%) Project Management
8 93 (8.77%) Finance
9 92 (8.68%) Migration
10 88 (8.30%) ITIL
11 83 (7.83%) Analytical Skills
12 82 (7.74%) Windows
13 79 (7.45%) Stakeholder Management
14 75 (7.08%) Microsoft Excel
15 74 (6.98%) Azure
15 74 (6.98%) Electronic Patient Records
16 70 (6.60%) Power Platform
17 66 (6.23%) Microsoft 365
17 66 (6.23%) Power BI
18 65 (6.13%) Programme Management
19 59 (5.57%) SQL Server
20 58 (5.47%) Analytics
21 57 (5.38%) PRINCE2
21 57 (5.38%) Management Information System
22 56 (5.28%) Active Directory
23 55 (5.19%) Data Warehouse
24 54 (5.09%) Telecoms
24 54 (5.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
25 53 (5.00%) Degree
26 49 (4.62%) Stakeholder Engagement

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 10 (0.94%) SharePoint
2 8 (0.75%) CMS
3 6 (0.57%) MS Exchange
4 4 (0.38%) Apache
4 4 (0.38%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (0.38%) IIS
5 3 (0.28%) Drupal
5 3 (0.28%) SAS
6 2 (0.19%) Confluence
6 2 (0.19%) Joomla!
6 2 (0.19%) Jupyter
6 2 (0.19%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.19%) WebSphere
6 2 (0.19%) WordPress
7 1 (0.094%) Anypoint
7 1 (0.094%) Apache Airflow
7 1 (0.094%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.094%) Blackboard Learn
7 1 (0.094%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.094%) Moodle
Applications
1 75 (7.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 47 (4.43%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (1.51%) Microsoft Project
4 11 (1.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (0.75%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.38%) SPSS
7 3 (0.28%) Stata
8 2 (0.19%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.19%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.094%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.094%) InDesign
9 1 (0.094%) InVision
Business Applications
1 23 (2.17%) Cerner Millennium
2 7 (0.66%) SystmOne
3 5 (0.47%) Lorenzo
4 2 (0.19%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.094%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.094%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 74 (6.98%) Azure
2 70 (6.60%) Power Platform
3 66 (6.23%) Microsoft 365
4 46 (4.34%) AWS
5 17 (1.60%) GCP
6 8 (0.75%) IaaS
7 7 (0.66%) Azure Data Factory
7 7 (0.66%) GitHub
7 7 (0.66%) PaaS
7 7 (0.66%) Serverless
8 6 (0.57%) OneDrive
8 6 (0.57%) PowerApps
9 5 (0.47%) Azure Functions
9 5 (0.47%) Azure Storage
9 5 (0.47%) SaaS
10 4 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
11 3 (0.28%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 3 (0.28%) Amazon S3
11 3 (0.28%) Power Automate
12 2 (0.19%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 16 (1.51%) LAN
1 16 (1.51%) WAN
2 14 (1.32%) Firewall
3 12 (1.13%) DNS
4 8 (0.75%) Remote Desktop
5 7 (0.66%) DHCP
5 7 (0.66%) VPN
5 7 (0.66%) Wireless
6 6 (0.57%) Internet
6 6 (0.57%) SAN
6 6 (0.57%) TCP/IP
7 5 (0.47%) Cisco Nexus
7 5 (0.47%) VoIP
7 5 (0.47%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (0.28%) Structured Cabling
8 3 (0.28%) Unified Communications
8 3 (0.28%) VLAN
9 2 (0.19%) Intrusion Detection
9 2 (0.19%) IP Telephony
9 2 (0.19%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (6.98%) Electronic Patient Records
2 66 (6.23%) Power BI
3 59 (5.57%) SQL Server
4 55 (5.19%) Data Warehouse
5 54 (5.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 41 (3.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 21 (1.98%) Tableau
8 14 (1.32%) QlikView
9 10 (0.94%) BusinessObjects
9 10 (0.94%) Data Lake
9 10 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
10 8 (0.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 7 (0.66%) Azure SQL Database
11 7 (0.66%) Relational Database
11 7 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
12 6 (0.57%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 6 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
13 5 (0.47%) MySQL
13 5 (0.47%) SQL Server 2012
14 4 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 14 (1.32%) Selenium
2 11 (1.04%) Git (software)
2 11 (1.04%) JIRA
3 8 (0.75%) Postman
3 8 (0.75%) Visual Studio
4 7 (0.66%) Jenkins
4 7 (0.66%) Rational Rhapsody
5 6 (0.57%) Cucumber
6 5 (0.47%) GitLab
6 5 (0.47%) Maven
6 5 (0.47%) SoapUI
7 3 (0.28%) JMeter
7 3 (0.28%) PyCharm
8 2 (0.19%) Oracle Forms
8 2 (0.19%) RStudio
8 2 (0.19%) SonarQube
8 2 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio Code
9 1 (0.094%) Cypress.io
9 1 (0.094%) TestNG
General
1 194 (18.30%) Public Sector
2 144 (13.58%) Social Skills
3 93 (8.77%) Finance
4 83 (7.83%) Analytical Skills
5 54 (5.09%) Telecoms
6 47 (4.43%) Marketing
7 41 (3.87%) Electronics
7 41 (3.87%) Manufacturing
8 20 (1.89%) Organisational Skills
9 17 (1.60%) Local Government
10 15 (1.42%) Law
11 11 (1.04%) Retail
12 10 (0.94%) Influencing Skills
13 9 (0.85%) Presentation Skills
14 8 (0.75%) Back Office
15 6 (0.57%) Legal
16 4 (0.38%) Documentation Skills
16 4 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.38%) Publishing
17 3 (0.28%) Police
Job Titles
1 217 (20.47%) Analyst
2 136 (12.83%) Project Manager
3 82 (7.74%) Architect
4 75 (7.08%) Developer
5 48 (4.53%) Data Analyst
6 46 (4.34%) Technical Architect
7 43 (4.06%) IT Manager
8 40 (3.77%) NHS Project Manager
9 37 (3.49%) Business Analyst
10 36 (3.40%) Designer
10 36 (3.40%) Service Analyst
11 35 (3.30%) Service Desk Analyst
12 34 (3.21%) Information Analyst
13 31 (2.92%) IT Project Manager
14 30 (2.83%) IT Support
14 30 (2.83%) Support Engineer
15 28 (2.64%) Team Leader
16 26 (2.45%) Trainer
17 24 (2.26%) IT Analyst
18 22 (2.08%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (1.89%) .NET
2 18 (1.70%) HTML
3 13 (1.23%) CSS
4 10 (0.94%) XML
5 9 (0.85%) .NET Framework
5 9 (0.85%) React
6 7 (0.66%) Node.js
7 6 (0.57%) Middleware
7 6 (0.57%) Spring
8 5 (0.47%) .NET Core
8 5 (0.47%) Entity Framework
8 5 (0.47%) jQuery
8 5 (0.47%) JSON
8 5 (0.47%) OAuth
8 5 (0.47%) OAuth2
8 5 (0.47%) OpenID
8 5 (0.47%) RESTful
8 5 (0.47%) Spring Boot
8 5 (0.47%) Web Services
9 4 (0.38%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 57 (5.38%) Management Information System
2 28 (2.64%) User Experience
3 23 (2.17%) PACS
3 23 (2.17%) Self-Motivation
4 19 (1.79%) LIMS
5 13 (1.23%) Data Centre
6 8 (0.75%) Greenfield Project
6 8 (0.75%) SystemC
7 7 (0.66%) Freedom of Information
7 7 (0.66%) Public Cloud
8 5 (0.47%) Driving Licence
9 4 (0.38%) Clustering
9 4 (0.38%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.38%) e-Learning
9 4 (0.38%) Freedom of Information Act
9 4 (0.38%) Shadow IT
9 4 (0.38%) Smartcard
9 4 (0.38%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (0.28%) Digital Signage
10 3 (0.28%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 82 (7.74%) Windows
2 31 (2.92%) Windows 10
3 18 (1.70%) Windows Server
4 12 (1.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 11 (1.04%) Apple iOS
5 11 (1.04%) Linux
5 11 (1.04%) Windows 7
6 8 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
7 5 (0.47%) Android
7 5 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (0.47%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (0.19%) Mac OS X
8 2 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.19%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.094%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.094%) Unix
9 1 (0.094%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.094%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.094%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 139 (13.11%) Business Intelligence
2 136 (12.83%) Agile Software Development
3 99 (9.34%) Project Management
4 92 (8.68%) Migration
5 88 (8.30%) ITIL
6 79 (7.45%) Stakeholder Management
7 65 (6.13%) Programme Management
8 58 (5.47%) Analytics
9 57 (5.38%) PRINCE2
10 49 (4.62%) Stakeholder Engagement
11 47 (4.43%) Project Delivery
12 46 (4.34%) Service Management
13 43 (4.06%) Digital Marketing
14 41 (3.87%) DevOps
15 37 (3.49%) Problem-Solving
15 37 (3.49%) Service Delivery
16 36 (3.40%) Decision-Making
16 36 (3.40%) Information Governance
17 35 (3.30%) Business Case
17 35 (3.30%) Informatics
Programming Languages
1 162 (15.28%) SQL
2 43 (4.06%) Python
3 26 (2.45%) JavaScript
4 24 (2.26%) Java
5 21 (1.98%) C#
6 16 (1.51%) R
6 16 (1.51%) T-SQL
7 11 (1.04%) C
8 8 (0.75%) PowerShell
8 8 (0.75%) VBA
9 7 (0.66%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 4 (0.38%) PL/SQL
10 4 (0.38%) Scala
10 4 (0.38%) VB
11 3 (0.28%) PHP
11 3 (0.28%) Ruby
11 3 (0.28%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.19%) Perl
12 2 (0.19%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.19%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 53 (5.00%) Degree
2 30 (2.83%) Security Cleared
3 21 (1.98%) BPSS Clearance
4 17 (1.60%) SC Cleared
5 16 (1.51%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
7 11 (1.04%) DBS Check
8 10 (0.94%) MCP
9 9 (0.85%) CCNP
9 9 (0.85%) ISTQB
9 9 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 8 (0.75%) CCNA
11 7 (0.66%) MCSA
11 7 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 6 (0.57%) A+ Certification
12 6 (0.57%) CISSP
12 6 (0.57%) Master's Degree
13 5 (0.47%) MCDST
13 5 (0.47%) Network+ Certification
14 4 (0.38%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (3.49%) HL7
2 32 (3.02%) Data Quality
3 30 (2.83%) PMO
4 26 (2.45%) SLA
5 14 (1.32%) GDPR
6 11 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
7 8 (0.75%) Cyber Essentials
7 8 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 8 (0.75%) QA
8 4 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 3 (0.28%) NCSC
10 2 (0.19%) DICOM
11 1 (0.094%) COSHH
11 1 (0.094%) GMP
11 1 (0.094%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 56 (5.28%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.13%) Terminal Services
4 8 (0.75%) Docker
5 4 (0.38%) vSphere
6 3 (0.28%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.19%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.094%) Firmware
8 1 (0.094%) NFS
8 1 (0.094%) vCloud
8 1 (0.094%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.094%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 9 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
1 9 (0.85%) Terraform
2 8 (0.75%) SCCM
3 6 (0.57%) Kubernetes
4 5 (0.47%) DameWare
5 3 (0.28%) Ansible
6 2 (0.19%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (0.19%) Istio
6 2 (0.19%) NetBackup
6 2 (0.19%) SCOM
6 2 (0.19%) vRealize
6 2 (0.19%) WMI
7 1 (0.094%) CSIRT
7 1 (0.094%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (0.094%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.094%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (0.094%) Nagios
7 1 (0.094%) TrustSec
7 1 (0.094%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 140 (13.21%) Microsoft
2 43 (4.06%) SAP
3 39 (3.68%) Cerner
3 39 (3.68%) Cisco
4 25 (2.36%) Oracle
5 22 (2.08%) VMware
6 21 (1.98%) HP
7 17 (1.60%) Google
8 15 (1.42%) Databricks
9 11 (1.04%) Citrix
10 9 (0.85%) MuleSoft
10 9 (0.85%) ServiceNow
11 6 (0.57%) IBM
12 4 (0.38%) Adobe
12 4 (0.38%) Atlassian
12 4 (0.38%) MobileIron
13 3 (0.28%) Apple
13 3 (0.28%) InterSystems
13 3 (0.28%) Salesforce.com
14 2 (0.19%) BT