Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 311 313 237
Rank change year-on-year +2 -76 -99
Contract jobs citing NHS 824 814 1,168
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.81% 0.82% 1.10%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.36% 2.38% 3.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 474 558 831
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +4.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £151 £160 £166
90th Percentile £549 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £300
% change year-on-year +16.57% +0.08% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 75 125
UK median hourly rate £15.64 £16.50 £18.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.17% -10.23% +31.25%
10th Percentile £10.22 £10.44 £11.68
90th Percentile £31.67 £30.78 £34.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.61 £17.43 £18.72
% change year-on-year -4.70% -6.89% +35.16%

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 34,968 34,176 36,458
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 34.17% 34.40% 34.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,893 22,520 23,792
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £250
90th Percentile £660 £650 £621
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,071 1,058 1,252
UK median hourly rate £21.18 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.90% - +7.99%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.25 £11.62
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.75 £47.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.09 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +0.43% - +11.11%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -2 770 £350 +3.70% 254
UK excluding London +4 540 £350 +16.57% 185
London -62 265 £370 -0.67% 87
North of England +40 225 £400 +6.67% 56
North West +48 118 £300 - 28
Yorkshire +6 96 £450 -4.26% 22
Midlands +3 89 £375 +7.14% 42
East of England +23 73 £205 -11.06% 13
South East -58 72 £280 +15.46% 38
West Midlands -7 49 £394 +12.50% 21
South West -11 48 £325 -10.34% 19
East Midlands +25 38 £350 - 19
Wales -46 28 £350 +12.90% 5
North East +1 11 £470 +32.39% 6
Scotland -29 7 £363 +61.11% 7

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 176 (21.36%) Business Intelligence
2 169 (20.51%) Microsoft
3 137 (16.63%) Windows
4 120 (14.56%) Project Management
5 117 (14.20%) Agile Software Development
6 115 (13.96%) Retail
7 102 (12.38%) Data Warehouse
8 96 (11.65%) PMO
9 92 (11.17%) Finance
10 89 (10.80%) SQL
11 77 (9.34%) Windows 10
12 71 (8.62%) Migration
13 68 (8.25%) Security Cleared
14 67 (8.13%) PRINCE2
15 62 (7.52%) Analytical Skills
16 61 (7.40%) SQL Server
17 59 (7.16%) ITIL
17 59 (7.16%) Active Directory
17 59 (7.16%) Problem-Solving
18 57 (6.92%) Microsoft Excel
19 54 (6.55%) Windows 7
20 52 (6.31%) SC Cleared
20 52 (6.31%) Microsoft Office
20 52 (6.31%) Programme Management
21 51 (6.19%) Java
22 49 (5.95%) Data Protection
23 48 (5.83%) Electronic Patient Records
24 47 (5.70%) GDPR
25 46 (5.58%) HL7
26 45 (5.46%) 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 42 (5.10%) SharePoint
2 11 (1.33%) MS Exchange
3 8 (0.97%) Liferay
3 8 (0.97%) SAS
3 8 (0.97%) Tomcat
4 7 (0.85%) CMS
5 6 (0.73%) Apache
5 6 (0.73%) Confluence
6 5 (0.61%) Documentum
6 5 (0.61%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 4 (0.49%) Alfresco
7 4 (0.49%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.49%) Drupal
7 4 (0.49%) FileNet
7 4 (0.49%) IIS
7 4 (0.49%) LiveCycle
7 4 (0.49%) LiveLink
8 2 (0.24%) nginx
Applications
1 57 (6.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 52 (6.31%) Microsoft Office
3 20 (2.43%) MS Visio
4 17 (2.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (1.46%) Microsoft Project
6 7 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 7 (0.85%) Lorenzo
2 5 (0.61%) SystmOne
3 3 (0.36%) Cerner Millennium
4 1 (0.12%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 42 (5.10%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (3.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (2.43%) Amazon EC2
4 9 (1.09%) Office 365
4 9 (1.09%) Trello
5 7 (0.85%) Amazon ELB
5 7 (0.85%) GitHub
6 6 (0.73%) Amazon S3
6 6 (0.73%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (0.73%) Route 53
7 4 (0.49%) IaaS
7 4 (0.49%) SaaS
7 4 (0.49%) Slack
8 3 (0.36%) PaaS
9 2 (0.24%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.24%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.24%) Serverless
10 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 1 (0.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 33 (4.00%) Firewall
2 26 (3.16%) LAN
2 26 (3.16%) WAN
3 24 (2.91%) Internet
4 20 (2.43%) Wireless
5 19 (2.31%) Intranet
6 18 (2.18%) DNS
7 15 (1.82%) DHCP
7 15 (1.82%) VPN
8 10 (1.21%) SMS
9 9 (1.09%) TCP/IP
10 8 (0.97%) TACACS
11 7 (0.85%) Skype
11 7 (0.85%) VoIP
12 6 (0.73%) Remote Desktop
13 5 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
14 4 (0.49%) Cisco IPT
14 4 (0.49%) IP Telephony
14 4 (0.49%) Network Security
14 4 (0.49%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 102 (12.38%) Data Warehouse
2 61 (7.40%) SQL Server
3 48 (5.83%) Electronic Patient Records
4 22 (2.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 19 (2.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 18 (2.18%) Relational Database
7 15 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
8 14 (1.70%) Power BI
8 14 (1.70%) QlikView
9 13 (1.58%) RDBMS
10 11 (1.33%) MySQL
11 10 (1.21%) Amazon RDS
11 10 (1.21%) Big Data
12 8 (0.97%) MS Access
13 7 (0.85%) NoSQL
13 7 (0.85%) Oracle Database
13 7 (0.85%) SQL Server 2008
14 5 (0.61%) Apache Cassandra
14 5 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
14 5 (0.61%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 34 (4.13%) Jenkins
2 30 (3.64%) Git (software)
3 21 (2.55%) JIRA
4 18 (2.18%) JUnit
5 16 (1.94%) SonarQube
6 15 (1.82%) Maven
7 13 (1.58%) Cucumber
7 13 (1.58%) Selenium
8 12 (1.46%) DbUnit
8 12 (1.46%) jMock
8 12 (1.46%) Mockito
9 11 (1.33%) JMeter
10 8 (0.97%) SoapUI
10 8 (0.97%) Team Foundation Server
11 7 (0.85%) MSTest
11 7 (0.85%) NUnit
12 6 (0.73%) GitLab
12 6 (0.73%) Subversion
13 5 (0.61%) Rational Rhapsody
13 5 (0.61%) WebDriver
General
1 115 (13.96%) Retail
2 92 (11.17%) Finance
3 45 (5.46%) Telecoms
4 38 (4.61%) Marketing
5 31 (3.76%) Electronics
5 31 (3.76%) Manufacturing
6 16 (1.94%) Publishing
7 12 (1.46%) Pharmaceutical
8 10 (1.21%) Law
8 10 (1.21%) Legal
9 6 (0.73%) Local Government
10 2 (0.24%) Banking
10 2 (0.24%) Games
10 2 (0.24%) Military
11 1 (0.12%) Back Office
11 1 (0.12%) Billing
11 1 (0.12%) French Language
11 1 (0.12%) German Language
Job Titles
1 169 (20.51%) Analyst
2 104 (12.62%) Project Manager
3 98 (11.89%) Developer
4 54 (6.55%) Architect
5 46 (5.58%) Business Analyst
6 33 (4.00%) Support Engineer
7 31 (3.76%) NHS Project Manager
7 31 (3.76%) Rollout Engineer
8 30 (3.64%) Desktop Support
8 30 (3.64%) Service Analyst
9 29 (3.52%) Data Analyst
9 29 (3.52%) Service Desk Analyst
9 29 (3.52%) Windows Engineer
10 26 (3.16%) Windows Rollout Engineer
11 25 (3.03%) Information Analyst
12 24 (2.91%) Desktop Engineer
12 24 (2.91%) Java Developer
13 23 (2.79%) Network Engineer
14 22 (2.67%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 19 (2.31%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (4.98%) Web Services
2 34 (4.13%) .NET
3 27 (3.28%) XML
4 25 (3.03%) RESTful
5 24 (2.91%) Spring
6 22 (2.67%) CSS
6 22 (2.67%) J2EE
7 20 (2.43%) AngularJS
8 19 (2.31%) jQuery
8 19 (2.31%) SOAP
9 17 (2.06%) HTML
10 15 (1.82%) Apache Camel
10 15 (1.82%) React
11 13 (1.58%) ASP.NET
12 12 (1.46%) CSS3
12 12 (1.46%) HTML5
12 12 (1.46%) PowerMock
13 11 (1.33%) Java EE
13 11 (1.33%) JSON
14 10 (1.21%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 62 (7.52%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (5.22%) Management Information System
3 29 (3.52%) Data Centre
4 25 (3.03%) PACS
5 24 (2.91%) LIMS
6 23 (2.79%) e-Health
7 17 (2.06%) User Experience
8 14 (1.70%) Computer Science
8 14 (1.70%) Driving Licence
9 12 (1.46%) Algorithms
10 11 (1.33%) Reference Data
11 10 (1.21%) Data Protection Act
11 10 (1.21%) Handset
12 7 (0.85%) Freedom of Information
12 7 (0.85%) Smartphone
13 6 (0.73%) Self-Motivation
13 6 (0.73%) Video Conferencing
14 5 (0.61%) Clustering
14 5 (0.61%) Mobile App
14 5 (0.61%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 137 (16.63%) Windows
2 77 (9.34%) Windows 10
3 54 (6.55%) Windows 7
4 32 (3.88%) Windows Server
5 18 (2.18%) Linux
6 14 (1.70%) Windows XP
7 12 (1.46%) Apple iOS
8 11 (1.33%) Android
8 11 (1.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 8 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 8 (0.97%) Unix
10 5 (0.61%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (0.36%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.36%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.24%) CentOS
13 1 (0.12%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 176 (21.36%) Business Intelligence
2 120 (14.56%) Project Management
3 117 (14.20%) Agile Software Development
4 71 (8.62%) Migration
5 67 (8.13%) PRINCE2
6 59 (7.16%) ITIL
6 59 (7.16%) Problem-Solving
7 52 (6.31%) Programme Management
8 49 (5.95%) Data Protection
9 43 (5.22%) Stakeholder Management
10 39 (4.73%) Information Governance
11 38 (4.61%) Analytics
12 35 (4.25%) Change Management
12 35 (4.25%) Service Management
13 34 (4.13%) Informatics
13 34 (4.13%) Scrum
14 33 (4.00%) DevOps
14 33 (4.00%) E-Commerce
15 32 (3.88%) Data Migration
16 31 (3.76%) Digital Marketing
Programming Languages
1 89 (10.80%) SQL
2 51 (6.19%) Java
3 33 (4.00%) JavaScript
4 22 (2.67%) Python
5 18 (2.18%) C#
6 16 (1.94%) T-SQL
7 12 (1.46%) PL/SQL
8 10 (1.21%) PowerShell
9 7 (0.85%) C
10 5 (0.61%) PHP
11 4 (0.49%) C++
11 4 (0.49%) Objective-C
11 4 (0.49%) Perl
11 4 (0.49%) TypeScript
12 3 (0.36%) Bash Shell
12 3 (0.36%) Groovy
12 3 (0.36%) Scala
12 3 (0.36%) VB
12 3 (0.36%) XAML
13 2 (0.24%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 68 (8.25%) Security Cleared
2 52 (6.31%) SC Cleared
3 39 (4.73%) Degree
4 18 (2.18%) Microsoft Certification
5 15 (1.82%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 14 (1.70%) Cisco Certification
7 13 (1.58%) BPSS Clearance
7 13 (1.58%) CCNA
8 12 (1.46%) CCNP
8 12 (1.46%) ISEB
9 11 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 9 (1.09%) DBS Check
10 9 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (0.73%) DV Cleared
11 6 (0.73%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 6 (0.73%) MCDST
11 6 (0.73%) MCSE
12 5 (0.61%) Computer Science Degree
12 5 (0.61%) Master's Degree
13 4 (0.49%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 96 (11.65%) PMO
2 47 (5.70%) GDPR
3 46 (5.58%) HL7
4 38 (4.61%) SLA
5 33 (4.00%) Data Quality
6 20 (2.43%) QA
7 8 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.24%) Def Stans
8 2 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.24%) DO-178B
8 2 (0.24%) IEC 61508
8 2 (0.24%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.24%) ISO 9002
8 2 (0.24%) SNOMED CT
8 2 (0.24%) TickIT
9 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.12%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 59 (7.16%) Active Directory
2 27 (3.28%) Docker
3 18 (2.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (1.70%) vSphere
5 10 (1.21%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.36%) XenApp
7 2 (0.24%) Dovecot
7 2 (0.24%) Postfix
8 1 (0.12%) KVM
8 1 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.12%) QEMU
8 1 (0.12%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 22 (2.67%) SCCM
2 14 (1.70%) Terraform
3 12 (1.46%) Kubernetes
4 11 (1.33%) Ansible
5 6 (0.73%) Puppet
6 4 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (0.36%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (0.36%) HAProxy
8 2 (0.24%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.24%) Cisco UCCX
8 2 (0.24%) FreeIPA
8 2 (0.24%) Grafana
8 2 (0.24%) NetIQ Identity Manager
8 2 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.24%) Prometheus
8 2 (0.24%) Sysdig
8 2 (0.24%) WSUS
9 1 (0.12%) Packer
9 1 (0.12%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 169 (20.51%) Microsoft
2 34 (4.13%) SAP
3 29 (3.52%) Cisco
4 28 (3.40%) HP
5 26 (3.16%) VMware
6 20 (2.43%) Oracle
7 14 (1.70%) Cerner
8 11 (1.33%) Tableau
9 7 (0.85%) Red Hat
10 6 (0.73%) Adobe
10 6 (0.73%) Dell
10 6 (0.73%) InterSystems
10 6 (0.73%) Juniper
10 6 (0.73%) Xamarin
11 5 (0.61%) Palo Alto
12 4 (0.49%) Sencha
12 4 (0.49%) Sitecore
12 4 (0.49%) Sophos
12 4 (0.49%) Talend
12 4 (0.49%) Xerox