Period
to 1 August 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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 160 195 282
Rank change year-on-year +35 +87 +88
Contract jobs citing NHS 1,163 495 875
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.62% 1.36% 0.96%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 5.42% 4.46% 3.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 847 289 547
10th Percentile £150 £135 £147
25th Percentile £213 £198 £220
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £350 £265 £325
Median % change year-on-year +32.08% -18.46% -7.14%
75th Percentile £475 £400 £456
90th Percentile £588 £525 £547
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £250 £300
% change year-on-year +20.00% -16.67% -17.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 76 147
10th Percentile £11.15 £11.80 £9.49
25th Percentile £14.00 £13.03 £11.80
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £14.28
Median % change year-on-year -5.26% +33.05% -1.52%
75th Percentile £25.19 £22.74 £19.02
90th Percentile £30.08 £31.50 £25.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.23 £19.00 £14.28
% change year-on-year -9.32% +33.05% -4.80%

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 21,440 11,089 26,681
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 29.84% 30.53% 29.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,633 7,363 17,537
10th Percentile £306 £263 £281
25th Percentile £406 £381 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £495 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.01% +4.21% -
75th Percentile £619 £600 £575
90th Percentile £712 £724 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £432 £425
% change year-on-year +4.17% +1.65% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 692 407 912
10th Percentile £11.86 £12.42 £11.75
25th Percentile £15.04 £16.88 £14.00
Median hourly rate £24.00 £25.06 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.23% +25.30% -11.11%
75th Percentile £48.26 £46.13 £45.00
90th Percentile £62.23 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £21.96 £18.33
% change year-on-year -6.63% +19.78% -15.24%

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 1 August 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 1 August 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 1 August 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 +33 1,022 £340 +27.10% 242
UK excluding London +56 785 £300 +20.00% 179
North of England +42 299 £400 +33.33% 52
Work from Home -96 259 £400 +23.08% 47
London -56 234 £380 +26.67% 69
East of England +31 182 £208 -12.32% 17
North West +29 151 £310 +3.33% 24
Yorkshire +31 139 £540 +44.00% 26
South East +10 132 £308 +57.69% 29
Midlands -14 77 £225 -14.29% 58
South West +8 48 £350 -3.45% 12
West Midlands -17 45 £269 -2.71% 36
Wales +2 31 £323 +59.26% 5
East Midlands -11 27 £213 -18.27% 21
Scotland -49 16 £240 -20.00% 4
North East +2 9 £340 +36.00% 2

For the 6 months to 1 August 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.

1 256 (22.01%) Public Sector
2 189 (16.25%) Agile Software Development
3 172 (14.79%) Business Intelligence
4 167 (14.36%) SQL
5 166 (14.27%) Microsoft
6 141 (12.12%) Social Skills
7 122 (10.49%) Project Management
8 112 (9.63%) ITIL
9 105 (9.03%) Azure
10 102 (8.77%) Finance
11 92 (7.91%) Migration
12 89 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
13 85 (7.31%) Electronic Patient Records
14 82 (7.05%) Windows
14 82 (7.05%) Analytical Skills
15 80 (6.88%) Analytics
16 78 (6.71%) AWS
17 77 (6.62%) Microsoft 365
17 77 (6.62%) Programme Management
18 74 (6.36%) SQL Server
19 72 (6.19%) Microsoft Excel
20 71 (6.10%) PRINCE2
21 70 (6.02%) Power Platform
22 69 (5.93%) Microsoft Office
23 67 (5.76%) Management Information System
23 67 (5.76%) Telecoms
24 66 (5.67%) Data Warehouse
25 64 (5.50%) Marketing
26 62 (5.33%) Power BI
27 61 (5.25%) Degree

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 16 (1.38%) SharePoint
2 9 (0.77%) MS Exchange
3 7 (0.60%) CMS
4 5 (0.43%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.34%) Confluence
6 3 (0.26%) Apache Airflow
6 3 (0.26%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.26%) IIS
6 3 (0.26%) SAS
7 2 (0.17%) Apache
7 2 (0.17%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.086%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.086%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.086%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.086%) WordPress
Applications
1 72 (6.19%) Microsoft Excel
2 69 (5.93%) Microsoft Office
3 14 (1.20%) Microsoft Project
4 13 (1.12%) MS Visio
5 11 (0.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 10 (0.86%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.26%) SPSS
8 2 (0.17%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.17%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.17%) Stata
9 1 (0.086%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.086%) InDesign
9 1 (0.086%) InVision
9 1 (0.086%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 18 (1.55%) Cerner Millennium
2 6 (0.52%) Lorenzo
2 6 (0.52%) SystmOne
3 4 (0.34%) HealthRoster
4 1 (0.086%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.086%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 105 (9.03%) Azure
2 78 (6.71%) AWS
3 77 (6.62%) Microsoft 365
4 70 (6.02%) Power Platform
5 18 (1.55%) GCP
6 11 (0.95%) Serverless
7 8 (0.69%) PaaS
8 7 (0.60%) IaaS
8 7 (0.60%) SaaS
9 6 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
9 6 (0.52%) Azure Event Grid
9 6 (0.52%) Azure Service Bus
9 6 (0.52%) OneDrive
10 5 (0.43%) Amazon S3
10 5 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (0.43%) Azure Data Factory
10 5 (0.43%) Azure Functions
10 5 (0.43%) Azure Storage
10 5 (0.43%) GitHub
10 5 (0.43%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.20%) VPN
2 13 (1.12%) WAN
3 12 (1.03%) LAN
4 11 (0.95%) Firewall
5 10 (0.86%) DNS
6 9 (0.77%) SAN
7 8 (0.69%) DHCP
8 7 (0.60%) HTTP
9 6 (0.52%) Internet
9 6 (0.52%) Network Security
9 6 (0.52%) Remote Desktop
9 6 (0.52%) TCP/IP
10 5 (0.43%) Wireless
11 4 (0.34%) ISDN
11 4 (0.34%) PBX
11 4 (0.34%) Wi-Fi
12 3 (0.26%) Unified Communications
12 3 (0.26%) VoIP
13 2 (0.17%) 5G
13 2 (0.17%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (7.31%) Electronic Patient Records
2 74 (6.36%) SQL Server
3 66 (5.67%) Data Warehouse
4 62 (5.33%) Power BI
5 52 (4.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 46 (3.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 23 (1.98%) Relational Database
8 18 (1.55%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (1.55%) Tableau
9 15 (1.29%) QlikView
10 11 (0.95%) Data Lake
10 11 (0.95%) MySQL
10 11 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 10 (0.86%) Big Data
12 9 (0.77%) Metadata
13 8 (0.69%) SQL Server 2016
14 7 (0.60%) BusinessObjects
15 6 (0.52%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
15 6 (0.52%) Azure SQL Database
16 5 (0.43%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 31 (2.67%) Git (software)
2 14 (1.20%) JIRA
3 11 (0.95%) Jenkins
4 9 (0.77%) Visual Studio
5 7 (0.60%) Maven
5 7 (0.60%) Rational Rhapsody
6 6 (0.52%) Cucumber
6 6 (0.52%) Selenium
6 6 (0.52%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 5 (0.43%) Postman
7 5 (0.43%) SonarQube
7 5 (0.43%) webpack
8 4 (0.34%) JUnit
9 3 (0.26%) GitLab
9 3 (0.26%) Subversion
10 2 (0.17%) DbUnit
10 2 (0.17%) Mockito
10 2 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
10 2 (0.17%) RStudio
10 2 (0.17%) SoapUI
General
1 256 (22.01%) Public Sector
2 141 (12.12%) Social Skills
3 102 (8.77%) Finance
4 82 (7.05%) Analytical Skills
5 67 (5.76%) Telecoms
6 64 (5.50%) Marketing
7 58 (4.99%) Manufacturing
8 57 (4.90%) Electronics
9 24 (2.06%) Organisational Skills
10 20 (1.72%) Local Government
10 20 (1.72%) Presentation Skills
11 18 (1.55%) Retail
12 16 (1.38%) Influencing Skills
13 13 (1.12%) Documentation Skills
14 12 (1.03%) Law
15 7 (0.60%) Legal
16 5 (0.43%) Publishing
17 4 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
18 3 (0.26%) Back Office
18 3 (0.26%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 272 (23.39%) Analyst
2 151 (12.98%) Project Manager
3 85 (7.31%) Developer
4 77 (6.62%) Architect
5 53 (4.56%) Service Analyst
6 52 (4.47%) Business Analyst
6 52 (4.47%) Service Desk Analyst
7 51 (4.39%) Data Analyst
8 48 (4.13%) Designer
9 46 (3.96%) NHS Project Manager
10 44 (3.78%) IT Manager
11 36 (3.10%) Programme Manager
12 34 (2.92%) IT Project Manager
12 34 (2.92%) Technical Architect
13 27 (2.32%) Information Analyst
13 27 (2.32%) Senior Analyst
13 27 (2.32%) Support Engineer
13 27 (2.32%) Team Leader
14 26 (2.24%) Report Analyst
14 26 (2.24%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (2.41%) HTML
2 26 (2.24%) .NET
3 20 (1.72%) XML
4 16 (1.38%) RESTful
5 13 (1.12%) ASP.NET
6 12 (1.03%) CSS
6 12 (1.03%) Web Services
7 11 (0.95%) EDI
7 11 (0.95%) JSON
7 11 (0.95%) React
8 10 (0.86%) .NET Core
8 10 (0.86%) REST
9 9 (0.77%) .NET Framework
9 9 (0.77%) Node.js
9 9 (0.77%) Spring
10 7 (0.60%) ASP.NET Core
11 6 (0.52%) AngularJS
11 6 (0.52%) ASP.NET Web API
11 6 (0.52%) pytest
11 6 (0.52%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 67 (5.76%) Management Information System
2 31 (2.67%) User Experience
3 21 (1.81%) LIMS
4 17 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (0.95%) Legacy Systems
6 10 (0.86%) Freedom of Information
6 10 (0.86%) Public Cloud
7 9 (0.77%) Data Centre
8 8 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
8 8 (0.69%) PACS
9 7 (0.60%) Freedom of Information Act
10 6 (0.52%) Data Protection Act
10 6 (0.52%) Data Structures
10 6 (0.52%) Social Media
11 5 (0.43%) Driving Licence
11 5 (0.43%) SystemC
12 4 (0.34%) Mobile App
12 4 (0.34%) Smartcard
12 4 (0.34%) Virtual Team
13 3 (0.26%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 82 (7.05%) Windows
2 25 (2.15%) Windows 10
3 19 (1.63%) Windows Server
4 16 (1.38%) Linux
5 7 (0.60%) Windows Server 2019
6 6 (0.52%) Apple iOS
7 5 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (0.43%) Windows Server 2016
8 4 (0.34%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.26%) Android
9 3 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.086%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.086%) Unix
11 1 (0.086%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 189 (16.25%) Agile Software Development
2 172 (14.79%) Business Intelligence
3 122 (10.49%) Project Management
4 112 (9.63%) ITIL
5 92 (7.91%) Migration
6 89 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
7 80 (6.88%) Analytics
8 77 (6.62%) Programme Management
9 71 (6.10%) PRINCE2
10 59 (5.07%) Digital Marketing
11 57 (4.90%) DevOps
12 51 (4.39%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 48 (4.13%) Data Modelling
13 48 (4.13%) Project Delivery
14 45 (3.87%) User Research
15 40 (3.44%) Informatics
15 40 (3.44%) Service Delivery
16 39 (3.35%) Service Management
17 38 (3.27%) Information Governance
18 37 (3.18%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 167 (14.36%) SQL
2 50 (4.30%) Python
3 35 (3.01%) JavaScript
4 24 (2.06%) Java
4 24 (2.06%) T-SQL
5 23 (1.98%) C#
6 12 (1.03%) VBA
7 10 (0.86%) PowerShell
7 10 (0.86%) R
8 9 (0.77%) VB.NET
9 8 (0.69%) VB
10 7 (0.60%) C
11 6 (0.52%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.43%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 5 (0.43%) Java 8
13 4 (0.34%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.26%) Java 11
14 3 (0.26%) PHP
15 2 (0.17%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.17%) Perl
Qualifications
1 61 (5.25%) Degree
2 43 (3.70%) Security Cleared
3 37 (3.18%) BPSS Clearance
4 32 (2.75%) DBS Check
5 26 (2.24%) SC Cleared
6 16 (1.38%) Microsoft Certification
7 14 (1.20%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 10 (0.86%) CCNA
10 9 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 8 (0.69%) CISSP
11 8 (0.69%) Master's Degree
12 6 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
12 6 (0.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 5 (0.43%) CCNP
13 5 (0.43%) MCP
13 5 (0.43%) MCSE
14 4 (0.34%) CISM
14 4 (0.34%) ISTQB
14 4 (0.34%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (3.70%) Data Quality
2 37 (3.18%) HL7
3 34 (2.92%) Accessibility
4 32 (2.75%) PMO
5 29 (2.49%) GDPR
6 28 (2.41%) QA
7 20 (1.72%) Disclosure Scotland
8 19 (1.63%) SLA
9 8 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 7 (0.60%) Cyber Essentials
11 4 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 3 (0.26%) NCSC
12 3 (0.26%) SNOMED CT
13 2 (0.17%) COSHH
13 2 (0.17%) DICOM
14 1 (0.086%) COBIT
14 1 (0.086%) ISO 9000
14 1 (0.086%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 1 (0.086%) WCAG
System Software
1 50 (4.30%) Active Directory
2 20 (1.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (1.20%) Docker
4 7 (0.60%) vSphere
5 6 (0.52%) Terminal Services
5 6 (0.52%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.17%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.17%) Postfix
6 2 (0.17%) Sendmail
6 2 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.086%) Firmware
7 1 (0.086%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.086%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 11 (0.95%) Terraform
2 9 (0.77%) SCCM
3 8 (0.69%) Kubernetes
4 5 (0.43%) Ansible
5 4 (0.34%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 4 (0.34%) Cisco CUCM
5 4 (0.34%) WSUS
6 3 (0.26%) Istio
6 3 (0.26%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (0.17%) Failover Clustering
7 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 2 (0.17%) Nagios
7 2 (0.17%) Puppet
8 1 (0.086%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.086%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.086%) CSIRT
8 1 (0.086%) DameWare
8 1 (0.086%) Kibana
8 1 (0.086%) logstash
8 1 (0.086%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 166 (14.27%) Microsoft
2 59 (5.07%) SAP
3 41 (3.53%) Cerner
4 39 (3.35%) Cisco
5 27 (2.32%) VMware
6 25 (2.15%) Oracle
7 22 (1.89%) HP
8 20 (1.72%) Google
9 18 (1.55%) Databricks
10 15 (1.29%) Brio
11 10 (0.86%) Citrix
11 10 (0.86%) ServiceNow
12 9 (0.77%) Splunk
13 8 (0.69%) Fortinet
14 5 (0.43%) Atlassian
15 4 (0.34%) Adobe
15 4 (0.34%) IBM
15 4 (0.34%) MobileIron
15 4 (0.34%) Sophos
16 3 (0.26%) Remedy