Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 177 164 281
Rank change year-on-year -13 +117 +44
Contract jobs citing NHS 1,318 537 809
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.56% 1.69% 0.95%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 5.23% 5.37% 3.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 986 330 513
10th Percentile £153 £145 £130
25th Percentile £213 £208 £195
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £345 £318 £303
Median % change year-on-year +8.56% +4.88% -13.43%
75th Percentile £475 £438 £450
90th Percentile £575 £539 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £293 £289
% change year-on-year +2.56% +1.30% -17.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 46 140
10th Percentile £11.99 £10.83 £10.16
25th Percentile £14.13 £12.53 £12.44
Median hourly rate £19.25 £17.71 £14.61
Median % change year-on-year +8.70% +21.26% -2.63%
75th Percentile £25.38 £19.94 £20.78
90th Percentile £34.21 £27.73 £27.02
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £17.75 £14.70
% change year-on-year +7.04% +20.75% -6.03%

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 25,177 9,998 24,456
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.79% 31.55% 28.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,682 6,787 16,074
10th Percentile £305 £263 £264
25th Percentile £413 £369 £369
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £483 £475
Median % change year-on-year +8.81% +1.58% -
75th Percentile £625 £602 £581
90th Percentile £725 £717 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 695 332 870
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.02 £11.67
25th Percentile £15.04 £16.25 £14.28
Median hourly rate £24.30 £26.65 £20.50
Median % change year-on-year -8.83% +30.01% +2.50%
75th Percentile £49.38 £45.06 £46.00
90th Percentile £64.75 £58.63 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.19 £23.00 £19.03
% change year-on-year -12.24% +20.86% +0.16%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -1 1,156 £328 +0.77% 259
UK excluding London +19 910 £300 +2.56% 202
North of England +6 350 £400 +33.33% 77
London -130 260 £363 -0.68% 64
Work from Home -119 225 £413 +18.00% 53
North West -4 171 £350 +42.86% 32
East of England +20 165 £215 -7.03% 13
Yorkshire +7 165 £475 +9.83% 39
South East -4 158 £258 -3.74% 40
Midlands -8 104 £215 -21.82% 42
West Midlands -28 65 £224 -14.67% 29
Wales +2 60 £375 +39.53% 3
South West -33 50 £240 -49.53% 20
East Midlands -16 33 £205 -40.58% 13
Scotland -61 23 £240 -2.04% 5
North East 0 14 £289 -49.74% 6

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 329 (24.96%) Public Sector
2 252 (19.12%) Business Intelligence
3 201 (15.25%) SQL
4 195 (14.80%) Agile Software Development
5 194 (14.72%) Microsoft
6 166 (12.59%) Project Management
7 161 (12.22%) Social Skills
8 140 (10.62%) Windows
9 132 (10.02%) Finance
10 122 (9.26%) Azure
11 111 (8.42%) SQL Server
12 109 (8.27%) Power Platform
13 103 (7.81%) Power BI
13 103 (7.81%) Programme Management
14 96 (7.28%) ITIL
15 95 (7.21%) Electronic Patient Records
16 93 (7.06%) Stakeholder Management
17 90 (6.83%) Data Warehouse
17 90 (6.83%) Microsoft Office
18 87 (6.60%) Migration
18 87 (6.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 87 (6.60%) AWS
19 85 (6.45%) Microsoft 365
20 82 (6.22%) Telecoms
20 82 (6.22%) PRINCE2
21 79 (5.99%) Microsoft Excel
22 77 (5.84%) Analytics
22 77 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
23 76 (5.77%) DevOps
24 75 (5.69%) SAP

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 23 (1.75%) SharePoint
2 12 (0.91%) MS Exchange
3 7 (0.53%) Confluence
4 4 (0.30%) SAS
4 4 (0.30%) Tomcat
5 3 (0.23%) Apache
5 3 (0.23%) Apache Airflow
5 3 (0.23%) CMS
5 3 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.23%) IIS
6 2 (0.15%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.15%) WordPress
7 1 (0.076%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.076%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.076%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.076%) Jupyter
7 1 (0.076%) Moodle
7 1 (0.076%) Totara
7 1 (0.076%) Umbraco
Applications
1 90 (6.83%) Microsoft Office
2 79 (5.99%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (0.99%) Microsoft Project
4 10 (0.76%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
6 6 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.15%) SPSS
7 2 (0.15%) Stata
8 1 (0.076%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.076%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.076%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 21 (1.59%) Cerner Millennium
2 17 (1.29%) SystmOne
3 9 (0.68%) Lorenzo
4 6 (0.46%) HealthRoster
5 1 (0.076%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.076%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 122 (9.26%) Azure
2 109 (8.27%) Power Platform
3 87 (6.60%) AWS
4 85 (6.45%) Microsoft 365
5 18 (1.37%) Serverless
6 13 (0.99%) GCP
7 10 (0.76%) Amazon S3
7 10 (0.76%) AWS Lambda
7 10 (0.76%) SaaS
8 9 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (0.61%) PaaS
10 7 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
11 6 (0.46%) GitHub
11 6 (0.46%) IaaS
12 4 (0.30%) Azure Event Grid
12 4 (0.30%) Azure Service Bus
12 4 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.23%) Azure Cosmos DB
13 3 (0.23%) Azure Pipelines
13 3 (0.23%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 24 (1.82%) VPN
2 22 (1.67%) Firewall
3 18 (1.37%) LAN
4 17 (1.29%) WAN
5 13 (0.99%) SAN
5 13 (0.99%) Wi-Fi
6 10 (0.76%) DNS
7 9 (0.68%) DHCP
7 9 (0.68%) Network Security
7 9 (0.68%) Wireless
8 7 (0.53%) HTTP
8 7 (0.53%) TCP/IP
9 4 (0.30%) FTP
9 4 (0.30%) Internet
9 4 (0.30%) Intranet
9 4 (0.30%) ISDN
9 4 (0.30%) PBX
10 3 (0.23%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (0.15%) ADSL
11 2 (0.15%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (8.42%) SQL Server
2 103 (7.81%) Power BI
3 95 (7.21%) Electronic Patient Records
4 90 (6.83%) Data Warehouse
5 87 (6.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 72 (5.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 36 (2.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 34 (2.58%) QlikView
9 27 (2.05%) Relational Database
10 25 (1.90%) Tableau
11 19 (1.44%) PostgreSQL
12 15 (1.14%) MySQL
13 13 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
13 13 (0.99%) SQL Server 2012
14 12 (0.91%) Qlik Sense
15 11 (0.83%) SQL Server 2016
16 10 (0.76%) Big Data
17 8 (0.61%) Metadata
17 8 (0.61%) MS Access
18 7 (0.53%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 41 (3.11%) Git (software)
2 25 (1.90%) JIRA
3 17 (1.29%) Jenkins
4 15 (1.14%) Visual Studio
5 10 (0.76%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 9 (0.68%) Cucumber
6 9 (0.68%) Maven
6 9 (0.68%) SonarQube
7 8 (0.61%) Selenium
8 5 (0.38%) JMeter
8 5 (0.38%) webpack
9 4 (0.30%) JUnit
9 4 (0.30%) Rational Rhapsody
9 4 (0.30%) RStudio
9 4 (0.30%) Subversion
10 3 (0.23%) Bitbucket
10 3 (0.23%) GitLab
10 3 (0.23%) Postman
10 3 (0.23%) Visual Studio Code
11 2 (0.15%) Serenity BDD
General
1 329 (24.96%) Public Sector
2 161 (12.22%) Social Skills
3 132 (10.02%) Finance
4 82 (6.22%) Telecoms
5 77 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
6 75 (5.69%) Marketing
7 74 (5.61%) Manufacturing
8 73 (5.54%) Electronics
9 26 (1.97%) Retail
10 24 (1.82%) Influencing Skills
11 23 (1.75%) Presentation Skills
12 20 (1.52%) Organisational Skills
13 18 (1.37%) Local Government
14 16 (1.21%) Documentation Skills
15 11 (0.83%) Law
16 8 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
17 6 (0.46%) Legal
18 4 (0.30%) Back Office
19 3 (0.23%) Games
19 3 (0.23%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 282 (21.40%) Analyst
2 195 (14.80%) Project Manager
3 130 (9.86%) Developer
4 71 (5.39%) Architect
5 60 (4.55%) Business Analyst
6 56 (4.25%) IT Manager
7 55 (4.17%) NHS Project Manager
8 53 (4.02%) Data Analyst
9 45 (3.41%) Service Analyst
10 44 (3.34%) IT Project Manager
11 43 (3.26%) Service Desk Analyst
12 42 (3.19%) Support Engineer
13 39 (2.96%) Consultant
14 38 (2.88%) Programme Manager
15 34 (2.58%) Desktop Support
16 33 (2.50%) Delivery Manager
17 30 (2.28%) Business Intelligence Analyst
18 29 (2.20%) Designer
19 28 (2.12%) Information Analyst
19 28 (2.12%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (2.66%) .NET
2 29 (2.20%) HTML
3 19 (1.44%) CSS
3 19 (1.44%) Web Services
3 19 (1.44%) XML
4 17 (1.29%) RESTful
5 14 (1.06%) .NET Core
5 14 (1.06%) ASP.NET
5 14 (1.06%) MDX
6 13 (0.99%) .NET Framework
6 13 (0.99%) React
7 12 (0.91%) REST
8 11 (0.83%) EDI
8 11 (0.83%) Node.js
9 10 (0.76%) AngularJS
9 10 (0.76%) jQuery
9 10 (0.76%) JSON
10 9 (0.68%) HTML5
11 8 (0.61%) OAuth
11 8 (0.61%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 55 (4.17%) Management Information System
2 30 (2.28%) LIMS
3 23 (1.75%) User Experience
4 18 (1.37%) Freedom of Information
5 17 (1.29%) PACS
6 16 (1.21%) Self-Motivation
7 13 (0.99%) Freedom of Information Act
8 12 (0.91%) Driving Licence
8 12 (0.91%) Legacy Systems
8 12 (0.91%) Virtual Team
9 11 (0.83%) Data Centre
9 11 (0.83%) Public Cloud
10 9 (0.68%) Data Protection Act
11 8 (0.61%) Greenfield Project
12 7 (0.53%) e-Health
13 6 (0.46%) SystemC
14 5 (0.38%) Cyberthreat
14 5 (0.38%) iPad
14 5 (0.38%) Video Conferencing
15 4 (0.30%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 140 (10.62%) Windows
2 55 (4.17%) Windows 10
3 31 (2.35%) Windows Server
4 22 (1.67%) Linux
5 13 (0.99%) Windows 7
6 10 (0.76%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (0.68%) Windows Server 2016
7 9 (0.68%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (0.38%) Android
8 5 (0.38%) Apple iOS
9 4 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.23%) Unix
11 2 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.076%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.076%) VMS
12 1 (0.076%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 252 (19.12%) Business Intelligence
2 195 (14.80%) Agile Software Development
3 166 (12.59%) Project Management
4 103 (7.81%) Programme Management
5 96 (7.28%) ITIL
6 93 (7.06%) Stakeholder Management
7 87 (6.60%) Migration
8 82 (6.22%) PRINCE2
9 77 (5.84%) Analytics
10 76 (5.77%) DevOps
11 73 (5.54%) Digital Marketing
12 67 (5.08%) Project Delivery
13 61 (4.63%) Change Management
14 51 (3.87%) ETL
15 49 (3.72%) Data Modelling
15 49 (3.72%) Informatics
16 48 (3.64%) Information Governance
16 48 (3.64%) Problem-Solving
17 45 (3.41%) Business Case
17 45 (3.41%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 201 (15.25%) SQL
2 64 (4.86%) Python
3 42 (3.19%) JavaScript
4 37 (2.81%) T-SQL
5 36 (2.73%) Java
6 34 (2.58%) C#
7 18 (1.37%) PowerShell
8 15 (1.14%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 14 (1.06%) VBA
10 10 (0.76%) R
11 9 (0.68%) C
11 9 (0.68%) VB
12 8 (0.61%) PHP
13 7 (0.53%) Bash Shell
13 7 (0.53%) Groovy
13 7 (0.53%) VB.NET
14 6 (0.46%) TypeScript
15 5 (0.38%) PL/SQL
16 4 (0.30%) Java 8
16 4 (0.30%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 48 (3.64%) Degree
2 44 (3.34%) Security Cleared
3 41 (3.11%) BPSS Clearance
4 31 (2.35%) DBS Check
5 25 (1.90%) SC Cleared
6 16 (1.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 13 (0.99%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (0.91%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
9 10 (0.76%) MCSE
10 8 (0.61%) CCNA
10 8 (0.61%) Master's Degree
11 7 (0.53%) AWS Certification
11 7 (0.53%) CISSP
11 7 (0.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.38%) CBAP
13 4 (0.30%) CCNP
13 4 (0.30%) ISEB
13 4 (0.30%) MCP
14 3 (0.23%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (3.11%) PMO
2 38 (2.88%) Data Quality
3 36 (2.73%) GDPR
4 34 (2.58%) HL7
5 33 (2.50%) Accessibility
6 28 (2.12%) QA
7 21 (1.59%) Disclosure Scotland
8 19 (1.44%) SLA
9 7 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 5 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
11 4 (0.30%) SNOMED CT
12 3 (0.23%) WCAG
13 2 (0.15%) DICOM
13 2 (0.15%) PMBOK
14 1 (0.076%) COBIT
14 1 (0.076%) COSHH
14 1 (0.076%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 1 (0.076%) NCSC
14 1 (0.076%) P3O
14 1 (0.076%) SOC 2
System Software
1 75 (5.69%) Active Directory
2 22 (1.67%) Docker
2 22 (1.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.83%) vSphere
4 5 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
5 4 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (0.15%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.15%) Postfix
6 2 (0.15%) Sendmail
6 2 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.076%) Squid
7 1 (0.076%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 20 (1.52%) Terraform
2 19 (1.44%) Kubernetes
2 19 (1.44%) SCCM
3 8 (0.61%) Cisco CUCM
4 7 (0.53%) Ansible
5 6 (0.46%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 5 (0.38%) Backup Exec
6 5 (0.38%) WMI
7 4 (0.30%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (0.30%) WSUS
8 3 (0.23%) Istio
8 3 (0.23%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.15%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.15%) Nagios
9 2 (0.15%) Puppet
9 2 (0.15%) SCOM
10 1 (0.076%) Kibana
10 1 (0.076%) logstash
10 1 (0.076%) SCDPM
10 1 (0.076%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 194 (14.72%) Microsoft
2 75 (5.69%) SAP
3 43 (3.26%) Cerner
4 41 (3.11%) Cisco
5 33 (2.50%) VMware
6 27 (2.05%) Brio
7 19 (1.44%) Oracle
8 17 (1.29%) HP
8 17 (1.29%) Splunk
9 14 (1.06%) Google
10 13 (0.99%) Databricks
11 10 (0.76%) Citrix
11 10 (0.76%) Dell
12 8 (0.61%) Fortinet
13 7 (0.53%) ServiceNow
13 7 (0.53%) SolarWinds
14 6 (0.46%) Sophos
15 5 (0.38%) Atlassian
15 5 (0.38%) Facebook
15 5 (0.38%) Veeam