Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 324 273 184
Rank change year-on-year -51 -89 -81
Contract jobs citing NHS 749 846 1,507
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 0.94% 1.43%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.20% 2.78% 4.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 438 620 1,104
UK median daily rate £339 £323 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.96% +7.58% -2.44%
10th Percentile £180 £160 £158
90th Percentile £525 £531 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +1.54% +8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 69 131
UK median hourly rate £14.02 £14.15 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.90% -10.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £10.00 £8.73 £11.25
90th Percentile £24.88 £29.92 £24.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.14 £14.13 £16.05
% change year-on-year +0.04% -11.94% +6.97%

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 34,055 30,484 35,487
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.80% 33.75% 33.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,326 19,762 23,179
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £270 £263 £250
90th Percentile £650 £634 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +0.63% +6.67% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,065 1,070 1,186
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -4.76% +17.48%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.65 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +16.22% -11.90% +20.00%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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 -55 684 £340 +4.62% 228
UK excluding London -51 450 £330 +1.54% 148
London -65 278 £363 +13.28% 84
North of England -25 164 £350 +7.69% 42
South East -34 96 £328 +46.37% 26
Yorkshire -19 86 £400 -0.62% 27
Midlands -19 77 £365 +4.29% 26
North West -15 68 £325 +47.06% 10
East Midlands +25 48 £315 -18.04% 11
East of England -10 48 £359 +13.97% 31
Wales -13 40 £380 +28.27%
West Midlands -50 28 £406 +20.64% 15
South West 0 24 £394 +5.00% 19
North East -3 11 £450 +28.57% 5
Scotland -38 7 £254 -6.97% 3

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 146 (19.49%) Business Intelligence
2 116 (15.49%) Microsoft
3 106 (14.15%) SQL
4 103 (13.75%) Agile Software Development
5 98 (13.08%) Data Warehouse
6 95 (12.68%) Windows
7 91 (12.15%) PMO
8 85 (11.35%) Retail
9 82 (10.95%) Project Management
10 77 (10.28%) Finance
11 72 (9.61%) Active Directory
12 66 (8.81%) SQL Server
13 64 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
14 59 (7.88%) Security Cleared
14 59 (7.88%) ITIL
15 56 (7.48%) Web Services
15 56 (7.48%) Migration
16 53 (7.08%) PRINCE2
17 52 (6.94%) HL7
18 48 (6.41%) E-Commerce
18 48 (6.41%) .NET
18 48 (6.41%) Electronic Patient Records
19 46 (6.14%) C#
19 46 (6.14%) Microsoft Office
20 45 (6.01%) WAN
21 41 (5.47%) Change Management
22 40 (5.34%) Amazon AWS
22 40 (5.34%) Information Governance
23 39 (5.21%) Management Information System
23 39 (5.21%) TDD

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 24 (3.20%) SharePoint
2 23 (3.07%) MS Exchange
3 11 (1.47%) Apache
4 8 (1.07%) Apache Spark
5 7 (0.93%) SAS
6 6 (0.80%) CMS
6 6 (0.80%) Moodle
6 6 (0.80%) Skype for Business
7 5 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (0.67%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (0.53%) JBoss
8 4 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (0.53%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.40%) Confluence
9 3 (0.40%) JCAPS
10 2 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.27%) Liferay
10 2 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 2 (0.27%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 46 (6.14%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (4.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (1.60%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.93%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (0.67%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.13%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 13 (1.74%) SystmOne
2 2 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.13%) Cerner Millennium
3 1 (0.13%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.13%) iTrent
3 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.13%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.13%) ResourceLink
3 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 40 (5.34%) Amazon AWS
2 37 (4.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (2.00%) Office 365
4 14 (1.87%) Amazon EC2
5 7 (0.93%) Amazon S3
6 5 (0.67%) Amazon ELB
6 5 (0.67%) Azure Active Directory
7 4 (0.53%) GitHub
7 4 (0.53%) Route 53
8 3 (0.40%) Amazon EMR
8 3 (0.40%) Amazon Kinesis
8 3 (0.40%) Data Lake Analytics
8 3 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.27%) IaaS
9 2 (0.27%) npm
9 2 (0.27%) PaaS
9 2 (0.27%) Trello
9 2 (0.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 45 (6.01%) WAN
2 38 (5.07%) LAN
3 29 (3.87%) Firewall
4 22 (2.94%) Wireless
5 15 (2.00%) VPN
6 14 (1.87%) Internet
6 14 (1.87%) Wi-Fi
7 13 (1.74%) SMS
8 12 (1.60%) DHCP
8 12 (1.60%) DNS
9 10 (1.34%) VoIP
10 9 (1.20%) TCP/IP
11 7 (0.93%) Skype
12 6 (0.80%) IPsec
12 6 (0.80%) Network Security
13 5 (0.67%) Cisco Wireless
14 4 (0.53%) BGP
14 4 (0.53%) Cisco ISE
14 4 (0.53%) Intranet
14 4 (0.53%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (13.08%) Data Warehouse
2 66 (8.81%) SQL Server
3 48 (6.41%) Electronic Patient Records
4 27 (3.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 24 (3.20%) Big Data
6 21 (2.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 19 (2.54%) Power BI
8 18 (2.40%) QlikView
9 14 (1.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 10 (1.34%) Hadoop
10 10 (1.34%) MySQL
10 10 (1.34%) Relational Database
10 10 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
11 9 (1.20%) PostgreSQL
12 8 (1.07%) Amazon RDS
12 8 (1.07%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.93%) NoSQL
13 7 (0.93%) Oracle Database
13 7 (0.93%) SQL Server 2012
14 6 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 24 (3.20%) Git (software)
2 16 (2.14%) NUnit
3 13 (1.74%) ReSharper
3 13 (1.74%) StyleCop
4 11 (1.47%) Jenkins
5 10 (1.34%) JIRA
6 8 (1.07%) Visual Studio
7 7 (0.93%) Maven
8 6 (0.80%) GitLab
8 6 (0.80%) Mockito
8 6 (0.80%) SonarQube
9 5 (0.67%) DbUnit
9 5 (0.67%) jMock
9 5 (0.67%) JUnit
9 5 (0.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 3 (0.40%) Capybara
10 3 (0.40%) MSTest
10 3 (0.40%) RSpec
10 3 (0.40%) Selenium
11 2 (0.27%) Cucumber
General
1 85 (11.35%) Retail
2 77 (10.28%) Finance
3 36 (4.81%) Telecoms
4 19 (2.54%) Marketing
5 15 (2.00%) Manufacturing
6 14 (1.87%) Electronics
7 10 (1.34%) Publishing
8 9 (1.20%) Legal
9 5 (0.67%) Law
9 5 (0.67%) Military
9 5 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.53%) Banking
11 3 (0.40%) Back Office
11 3 (0.40%) Local Government
12 1 (0.13%) Digital Economy
12 1 (0.13%) Games
Job Titles
1 151 (20.16%) Analyst
2 114 (15.22%) Developer
3 74 (9.88%) Project Manager
4 50 (6.68%) Business Analyst
5 49 (6.54%) Architect
6 39 (5.21%) Network Engineer
7 32 (4.27%) C# Developer
8 25 (3.34%) Service Analyst
9 24 (3.20%) Service Desk Analyst
9 24 (3.20%) Support Engineer
10 23 (3.07%) Consultant
10 23 (3.07%) IT Manager
10 23 (3.07%) Senior Analyst
11 20 (2.67%) IT Project Manager
11 20 (2.67%) NHS Project Manager
12 19 (2.54%) C# WCF Developer
12 19 (2.54%) WCF Developer
13 17 (2.27%) Solutions Architect
14 16 (2.14%) Service Desk Technician
14 16 (2.14%) WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (7.48%) Web Services
2 48 (6.41%) .NET
3 31 (4.14%) ASP.NET Web API
4 26 (3.47%) WCF
5 25 (3.34%) WPF
6 22 (2.94%) .NET Framework
7 20 (2.67%) HTML
7 20 (2.67%) jQuery
8 17 (2.27%) ASP.NET
9 15 (2.00%) CSS
10 14 (1.87%) RESTful
10 14 (1.87%) XML
11 13 (1.74%) Caliburn.Micro
12 11 (1.47%) AngularJS
12 11 (1.47%) J2EE
12 11 (1.47%) SOAP
13 10 (1.34%) CSS3
13 10 (1.34%) HTML5
14 9 (1.20%) ASP.NET MVC
15 8 (1.07%) Apache Camel
Miscellaneous
1 64 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (5.21%) Management Information System
3 15 (2.00%) Data Centre
4 13 (1.74%) PACS
5 11 (1.47%) Blackberry
5 11 (1.47%) e-Learning
5 11 (1.47%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (1.47%) Smartcard
5 11 (1.47%) User Experience
6 9 (1.20%) LIMS
6 9 (1.20%) Reference Data
7 8 (1.07%) Freedom of Information
8 7 (0.93%) e-Health
8 7 (0.93%) Smartphone
9 6 (0.80%) Computer Science
9 6 (0.80%) Driving Licence
9 6 (0.80%) iPad
9 6 (0.80%) iPhone
10 5 (0.67%) Data Protection Act
10 5 (0.67%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 95 (12.68%) Windows
2 28 (3.74%) Windows Server
3 21 (2.80%) Windows 10
4 17 (2.27%) Windows 7
5 16 (2.14%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (1.47%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (1.34%) Apple iOS
7 10 (1.34%) Linux
7 10 (1.34%) Windows XP
8 7 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (0.80%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (0.67%) Windows 8
11 4 (0.53%) Android
12 2 (0.27%) CentOS
12 2 (0.27%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.27%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.27%) Unix
12 2 (0.27%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (19.49%) Business Intelligence
2 103 (13.75%) Agile Software Development
3 82 (10.95%) Project Management
4 59 (7.88%) ITIL
5 56 (7.48%) Migration
6 53 (7.08%) PRINCE2
7 48 (6.41%) E-Commerce
8 41 (5.47%) Change Management
9 40 (5.34%) Information Governance
10 39 (5.21%) TDD
11 37 (4.94%) Analytics
12 36 (4.81%) Stakeholder Management
13 33 (4.41%) Service Management
14 31 (4.14%) Problem-Solving
15 30 (4.01%) Business Analysis
16 29 (3.87%) Data Modelling
16 29 (3.87%) Service Delivery
17 28 (3.74%) Data Protection
17 28 (3.74%) DevOps
18 26 (3.47%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 106 (14.15%) SQL
2 46 (6.14%) C#
3 29 (3.87%) JavaScript
4 28 (3.74%) Java
5 18 (2.40%) T-SQL
6 17 (2.27%) Python
7 10 (1.34%) PowerShell
8 9 (1.20%) PHP
9 6 (0.80%) C
9 6 (0.80%) C++
9 6 (0.80%) R
10 5 (0.67%) PL/SQL
11 4 (0.53%) Ruby
12 3 (0.40%) Perl
12 3 (0.40%) Scala
12 3 (0.40%) VBA
13 2 (0.27%) Objective-C
13 2 (0.27%) VB
14 1 (0.13%) TypeScript
14 1 (0.13%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 59 (7.88%) Security Cleared
2 37 (4.94%) Degree
3 24 (3.20%) SC Cleared
4 19 (2.54%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (2.14%) BPSS Clearance
6 15 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
7 14 (1.87%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 12 (1.60%) CCNA
8 12 (1.60%) ISEB
9 11 (1.47%) MCSE
10 10 (1.34%) CCNP
10 10 (1.34%) DBS Check
11 9 (1.20%) MCSA
12 6 (0.80%) CISSP
12 6 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (0.53%) DV Cleared
13 4 (0.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 4 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 3 (0.40%) AWS Certification
14 3 (0.40%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 91 (12.15%) PMO
2 52 (6.94%) HL7
3 31 (4.14%) GDPR
4 29 (3.87%) Data Quality
5 23 (3.07%) SLA
6 13 (1.74%) QA
7 10 (1.34%) Disclosure Scotland
7 10 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.27%) PMBOK
8 2 (0.27%) SNOMED CT
8 2 (0.27%) WAI
9 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.13%) ISO 9002
9 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.13%) RMADS
9 1 (0.13%) TickIT
System Software
1 72 (9.61%) Active Directory
2 25 (3.34%) Docker
3 16 (2.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (1.47%) Hyper-V
5 7 (0.93%) vSphere
6 4 (0.53%) Terminal Services
7 3 (0.40%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.13%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.13%) IAG
8 1 (0.13%) Varnish
8 1 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.13%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 14 (1.87%) SCCM
2 9 (1.20%) Puppet
3 8 (1.07%) Ansible
3 8 (1.07%) Terraform
4 7 (0.93%) Kubernetes
5 6 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 4 (0.53%) AirWatch
6 4 (0.53%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (0.40%) Cisco Prime
7 3 (0.40%) DameWare
7 3 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.40%) TrustSec
8 2 (0.27%) ServiceCenter
8 2 (0.27%) ZABBIX
8 2 (0.27%) ZENworks
9 1 (0.13%) Data Guard
9 1 (0.13%) Kibana
9 1 (0.13%) Oozie
9 1 (0.13%) SCOM
9 1 (0.13%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 116 (15.49%) Microsoft
2 29 (3.87%) Cisco
2 29 (3.87%) HP
3 25 (3.34%) Oracle
4 20 (2.67%) VMware
5 18 (2.40%) SAP
6 10 (1.34%) Sophos
6 10 (1.34%) Tableau
7 9 (1.20%) Cerner
8 8 (1.07%) Adobe
8 8 (1.07%) Dell
9 5 (0.67%) Capita
9 5 (0.67%) Citrix
9 5 (0.67%) Mitel
9 5 (0.67%) Splunk
10 4 (0.53%) CheckPoint
10 4 (0.53%) Fortinet
11 3 (0.40%) Juniper
11 3 (0.40%) Novell
11 3 (0.40%) Red Hat