Period
to 17 December 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 17 December 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
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 305 316 248
Rank change year-on-year +11 -68 -105
Contract jobs citing NHS 866 842 1,069
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.82% 1.05%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.49% 2.44% 3.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 522 558 763
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +4.84% +3.33%
10th Percentile £159 £160 £170
90th Percentile £575 £538 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £300
% change year-on-year +16.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 97 116
UK median hourly rate £16.86 £17.38 £18.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.96% -8.11% +35.05%
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.31 £11.63
90th Percentile £31.85 £31.50 £29.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.86 £17.78 £19.50
% change year-on-year -5.17% -8.82% +39.29%

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 34,740 34,487 33,598
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.11% 33.61% 33.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,906 22,926 21,893
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,044 1,003 1,185
UK median hourly rate £20.25 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.60% +5.00% +5.10%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.32 £11.32
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.14 £47.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.25 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.75% - +8.11%

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 December 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 17 December 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 17 December 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 +4 791 £364 +11.92% 232
UK excluding London +8 596 £350 +16.67% 169
North of England +51 267 £400 +8.11% 60
London -60 255 £370 - 76
North West +54 142 £300 - 33
Yorkshire +23 109 £440 -8.33% 25
Midlands -21 93 £370 +13.85% 29
South East -39 66 £381 +67.58% 37
East of England +14 63 £205 -14.77% 11
Wales -29 54 £300 +27.66% 7
South West +1 51 £325 -5.45% 19
East Midlands +21 48 £328 +19.09% 13
West Midlands -28 44 £400 +23.08% 16
North East -9 16 £473 +26.00% 2
Scotland -16 6 £381 +131.41% 2

For the 6 months to 17 December 2018, 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.

1 185 (21.36%) Business Intelligence
2 184 (21.25%) Microsoft
3 148 (17.09%) Windows
3 148 (17.09%) Agile Software Development
4 137 (15.82%) Project Management
5 132 (15.24%) SQL
6 111 (12.82%) Retail
7 99 (11.43%) Finance
8 88 (10.16%) Data Warehouse
9 87 (10.05%) Windows 10
10 86 (9.93%) PMO
11 85 (9.82%) SQL Server
11 85 (9.82%) Migration
12 83 (9.58%) Analytical Skills
13 66 (7.62%) PRINCE2
14 65 (7.51%) Active Directory
14 65 (7.51%) Security Cleared
14 65 (7.51%) Problem-Solving
15 63 (7.27%) Microsoft Excel
16 61 (7.04%) Windows 7
17 59 (6.81%) ITIL
18 58 (6.70%) Management Information System
19 53 (6.12%) Programme Management
20 51 (5.89%) SharePoint
21 49 (5.66%) Informatics
22 48 (5.54%) Microsoft Office
22 48 (5.54%) .NET
23 46 (5.31%) Stakeholder Management
24 45 (5.20%) SC Cleared
25 44 (5.08%) Telecoms

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 51 (5.89%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.85%) Confluence
2 16 (1.85%) Elasticsearch
3 14 (1.62%) SAS
4 11 (1.27%) MS Exchange
5 9 (1.04%) CMS
6 7 (0.81%) IIS
7 5 (0.58%) Apache
7 5 (0.58%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (0.46%) Umbraco
9 3 (0.35%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.35%) Documentum
9 3 (0.35%) Liferay
10 2 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.23%) Alfresco
10 2 (0.23%) Drupal
10 2 (0.23%) FileNet
10 2 (0.23%) LiveCycle
10 2 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 63 (7.27%) Microsoft Excel
2 48 (5.54%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (1.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (1.62%) Microsoft Project
4 14 (1.62%) MS Visio
5 9 (1.04%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.35%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 7 (0.81%) Lorenzo
2 6 (0.69%) SystmOne
3 2 (0.23%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.12%) Cerner Millennium
4 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 41 (4.73%) Amazon AWS
2 39 (4.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (2.66%) GitHub
4 15 (1.73%) Amazon EC2
4 15 (1.73%) Office 365
5 7 (0.81%) IaaS
5 7 (0.81%) SaaS
5 7 (0.81%) Trello
6 6 (0.69%) PaaS
7 5 (0.58%) Amazon ELB
7 5 (0.58%) Amazon S3
7 5 (0.58%) npm
7 5 (0.58%) Route 53
7 5 (0.58%) Slack
8 3 (0.35%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.23%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (0.23%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.23%) Serverless
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 32 (3.70%) Firewall
2 23 (2.66%) Intranet
3 21 (2.42%) Internet
3 21 (2.42%) WAN
4 20 (2.31%) DNS
5 18 (2.08%) LAN
6 16 (1.85%) Wireless
7 15 (1.73%) DHCP
7 15 (1.73%) VPN
8 11 (1.27%) VoIP
9 9 (1.04%) Remote Desktop
9 9 (1.04%) TACACS
10 6 (0.69%) Skype
11 5 (0.58%) TCP/IP
12 4 (0.46%) Cisco IPT
12 4 (0.46%) Network Security
12 4 (0.46%) SSL
13 3 (0.35%) IP Telephony
13 3 (0.35%) IPsec
13 3 (0.35%) OpenVPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (10.16%) Data Warehouse
2 85 (9.82%) SQL Server
3 44 (5.08%) Electronic Patient Records
4 22 (2.54%) Power BI
5 21 (2.42%) Relational Database
5 21 (2.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 18 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 17 (1.96%) MySQL
8 14 (1.62%) RDBMS
9 12 (1.39%) Redis
10 11 (1.27%) Oracle Database
10 11 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
11 10 (1.15%) RavenDB
12 9 (1.04%) Amazon RDS
12 9 (1.04%) QlikView
13 8 (0.92%) SQL Server 2008
13 8 (0.92%) SQL Server 2016
13 8 (0.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 7 (0.81%) Big Data
14 7 (0.81%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 39 (4.50%) Jenkins
2 37 (4.27%) JIRA
3 31 (3.58%) Git (software)
4 24 (2.77%) JUnit
5 21 (2.42%) Maven
6 20 (2.31%) Cucumber
7 16 (1.85%) Selenium
7 16 (1.85%) SonarQube
8 14 (1.62%) Mockito
9 13 (1.50%) Visual Studio
10 12 (1.39%) Team Foundation Server
11 10 (1.15%) DbUnit
11 10 (1.15%) jMock
12 8 (0.92%) NUnit
12 8 (0.92%) SoapUI
13 7 (0.81%) JMeter
13 7 (0.81%) MSTest
13 7 (0.81%) Protractor
14 6 (0.69%) Gatling
14 6 (0.69%) JHipster
General
1 111 (12.82%) Retail
2 99 (11.43%) Finance
3 44 (5.08%) Telecoms
4 43 (4.97%) Marketing
5 33 (3.81%) Electronics
6 32 (3.70%) Manufacturing
7 13 (1.50%) Pharmaceutical
8 11 (1.27%) Law
8 11 (1.27%) Publishing
9 8 (0.92%) Legal
10 6 (0.69%) Local Government
11 2 (0.23%) Back Office
11 2 (0.23%) Military
12 1 (0.12%) Billing
12 1 (0.12%) French Language
12 1 (0.12%) Games
12 1 (0.12%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.12%) German Language
12 1 (0.12%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 164 (18.94%) Analyst
2 119 (13.74%) Developer
3 102 (11.78%) Project Manager
4 42 (4.85%) Support Engineer
5 40 (4.62%) Architect
6 36 (4.16%) Business Analyst
7 35 (4.04%) Information Analyst
8 34 (3.93%) NHS Project Manager
9 33 (3.81%) Service Analyst
10 31 (3.58%) Service Desk Analyst
11 29 (3.35%) Rollout Engineer
12 26 (3.00%) Windows Engineer
13 24 (2.77%) Data Analyst
13 24 (2.77%) Desktop Support
13 24 (2.77%) IT Manager
13 24 (2.77%) Network Engineer
14 22 (2.54%) Windows Rollout Engineer
15 21 (2.42%) Desktop Engineer
15 21 (2.42%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 19 (2.19%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (5.54%) .NET
2 43 (4.97%) Web Services
3 31 (3.58%) XML
4 30 (3.46%) CSS
5 28 (3.23%) HTML
6 26 (3.00%) AngularJS
6 26 (3.00%) SOAP
7 25 (2.89%) jQuery
7 25 (2.89%) Spring
8 23 (2.66%) ASP.NET
9 22 (2.54%) RESTful
9 22 (2.54%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 20 (2.31%) HTML5
11 18 (2.08%) CSS3
12 14 (1.62%) J2EE
12 14 (1.62%) Spring Boot
13 11 (1.27%) ASP.NET MVC
13 11 (1.27%) JSON
13 11 (1.27%) REST
14 10 (1.15%) PowerMock
Miscellaneous
1 83 (9.58%) Analytical Skills
2 58 (6.70%) Management Information System
3 31 (3.58%) PACS
4 30 (3.46%) e-Health
4 30 (3.46%) LIMS
5 19 (2.19%) Data Centre
6 14 (1.62%) Self-Motivation
6 14 (1.62%) User Experience
7 12 (1.39%) Algorithms
8 11 (1.27%) Handset
9 9 (1.04%) Data Protection Act
9 9 (1.04%) Driving Licence
9 9 (1.04%) Mobile App
9 9 (1.04%) Reference Data
10 6 (0.69%) Life Science
10 6 (0.69%) Semantic Web
10 6 (0.69%) Smartphone
11 5 (0.58%) Private Cloud
12 4 (0.46%) iPad
12 4 (0.46%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 148 (17.09%) Windows
2 87 (10.05%) Windows 10
3 61 (7.04%) Windows 7
4 43 (4.97%) Windows Server
5 14 (1.62%) Linux
6 13 (1.50%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (1.39%) Android
7 12 (1.39%) Apple iOS
7 12 (1.39%) Windows XP
8 8 (0.92%) Unix
8 8 (0.92%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (0.46%) Windows 8
10 3 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.35%) Ubuntu
10 3 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.12%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 185 (21.36%) Business Intelligence
2 148 (17.09%) Agile Software Development
3 137 (15.82%) Project Management
4 85 (9.82%) Migration
5 66 (7.62%) PRINCE2
6 65 (7.51%) Problem-Solving
7 59 (6.81%) ITIL
8 53 (6.12%) Programme Management
9 49 (5.66%) Informatics
10 46 (5.31%) Stakeholder Management
11 43 (4.97%) Data Migration
12 42 (4.85%) Analytics
12 42 (4.85%) Change Management
12 42 (4.85%) Scrum
13 41 (4.73%) Data Protection
14 40 (4.62%) Health Informatics
15 39 (4.50%) Service Management
16 35 (4.04%) DevOps
17 34 (3.93%) Service Delivery
18 32 (3.70%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 132 (15.24%) SQL
2 43 (4.97%) Java
3 29 (3.35%) C#
3 29 (3.35%) JavaScript
4 22 (2.54%) T-SQL
5 17 (1.96%) Python
6 15 (1.73%) PL/SQL
7 11 (1.27%) PowerShell
8 10 (1.15%) TypeScript
9 6 (0.69%) C++
9 6 (0.69%) ES6
9 6 (0.69%) Groovy
10 5 (0.58%) PHP
11 4 (0.46%) C
11 4 (0.46%) R
11 4 (0.46%) VB.NET
12 3 (0.35%) Apple Swift
12 3 (0.35%) Java 8
12 3 (0.35%) Perl
12 3 (0.35%) XAML
Qualifications
1 65 (7.51%) Security Cleared
2 45 (5.20%) SC Cleared
3 38 (4.39%) Degree
4 19 (2.19%) BPSS Clearance
5 17 (1.96%) Microsoft Certification
6 14 (1.62%) ISEB
6 14 (1.62%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 11 (1.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 8 (0.92%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 7 (0.81%) CCNA
9 7 (0.81%) DBS Check
10 6 (0.69%) CCNP
10 6 (0.69%) MCDST
11 5 (0.58%) CISSP
11 5 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (0.46%) ISTQB
12 4 (0.46%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.46%) MCSE
13 3 (0.35%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 86 (9.93%) PMO
2 40 (4.62%) HL7
3 38 (4.39%) GDPR
4 30 (3.46%) Data Quality
4 30 (3.46%) SLA
5 18 (2.08%) QA
6 11 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 8 (0.92%) ISO 9001
8 5 (0.58%) WAI
9 4 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
10 2 (0.23%) Def Stans
10 2 (0.23%) DO-178B
10 2 (0.23%) IEC 61508
10 2 (0.23%) ISO 9002
10 2 (0.23%) SNOMED CT
10 2 (0.23%) TickIT
11 1 (0.12%) COSHH
11 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.12%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 65 (7.51%) Active Directory
2 28 (3.23%) Docker
3 19 (2.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (1.50%) Hyper-V
4 13 (1.50%) vSphere
5 8 (0.92%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.35%) XenApp
7 2 (0.23%) Dovecot
7 2 (0.23%) Postfix
8 1 (0.12%) KVM
8 1 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.12%) NDS
8 1 (0.12%) QEMU
8 1 (0.12%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 23 (2.66%) SCCM
2 16 (1.85%) Ansible
3 12 (1.39%) Terraform
4 11 (1.27%) Kubernetes
5 5 (0.58%) Kibana
5 5 (0.58%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (0.46%) logstash
7 3 (0.35%) FreeIPA
7 3 (0.35%) Grafana
7 3 (0.35%) HAProxy
7 3 (0.35%) NetIQ Identity Manager
7 3 (0.35%) Prometheus
7 3 (0.35%) Puppet
7 3 (0.35%) Sysdig
8 2 (0.23%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.23%) Cisco UCCX
8 2 (0.23%) WSUS
9 1 (0.12%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 184 (21.25%) Microsoft
2 33 (3.81%) SAP
3 28 (3.23%) VMware
4 23 (2.66%) Cisco
5 21 (2.42%) Oracle
6 20 (2.31%) HP
7 13 (1.50%) Cerner
8 12 (1.39%) Tableau
9 6 (0.69%) Adobe
9 6 (0.69%) Sitecore
9 6 (0.69%) Xamarin
10 5 (0.58%) Infoflex
10 5 (0.58%) NetIQ
11 4 (0.46%) Citrix
11 4 (0.46%) Dell
11 4 (0.46%) IBM
11 4 (0.46%) Juniper
11 4 (0.46%) Red Hat
11 4 (0.46%) Splunk
11 4 (0.46%) Talend