The table below looks at the prevalence of the term PACS in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PACS over the 3 months to 23 June 2017 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.

Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS)
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 600 633 610
Rank change year-on-year +33 -23  
Contract jobs citing PACS 2 10 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.004% 0.019% 0.052%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.013% 0.056% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 22
Median daily rate £170 £268 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -36.54% -19.54%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £203 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £214 £369 £411
UK excluding London median daily rate £225 £210 £375
% change year-on-year +7.14% -44.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £35.00

PACS is in the generic IT skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 15514 17930 17779
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 33.14% 33.32% 31.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 10087 11763 11122
Median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 488 588 656
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.25 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +17.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.47 £12.50 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.39 £47.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year +9.89% +19.73%  

PACS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing PACS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

Job vacancy trend for PACS in the UK

PACS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing PACS.

Contractor daily rate trend for PACS in the UK

PACS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing PACS.

Contractor hourly rate trend for PACS in the UK

PACS
Top 5 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PACS within the UK over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +24 2 £170 -36.54% 1
London -1 1 £114 -64.77% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £225 -
North East - 1 £225 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £225 -

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing PACS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for PACS.

1 6 (46.15%) NHS
2 3 (23.08%) Project Management
3 2 (15.38%) Service Management
3 2 (15.38%) Change Management
3 2 (15.38%) Back Office
3 2 (15.38%) Murex
3 2 (15.38%) Electronic Patient Records
3 2 (15.38%) SWIFT
3 2 (15.38%) Change Control
3 2 (15.38%) Banking
3 2 (15.38%) HL7
4 1 (7.69%) DICOM
4 1 (7.69%) Cerner Millennium
4 1 (7.69%) Data Protection
4 1 (7.69%) Data Validation
4 1 (7.69%) InterSystems Cache
4 1 (7.69%) Project Planning
4 1 (7.69%) Retail
4 1 (7.69%) VB6
4 1 (7.69%) SDLC
4 1 (7.69%) DBS Check
4 1 (7.69%) SystmOne
4 1 (7.69%) Programme Governance
4 1 (7.69%) PMO
4 1 (7.69%) Cerner
4 1 (7.69%) LIMS
4 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
4 1 (7.69%) SQL
4 1 (7.69%) VB
4 1 (7.69%) Crystal Reports

PACS
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:

Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Cerner Millennium
1 1 (7.69%) SystmOne
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (15.38%) Electronic Patient Records
2 1 (7.69%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (7.69%) InterSystems Cache
2 1 (7.69%) MS Access
General
1 2 (15.38%) Back Office
1 2 (15.38%) Banking
2 1 (7.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (30.77%) Analyst
1 4 (30.77%) Project Manager
2 3 (23.08%) Support Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Applications Support
3 2 (15.38%) Applications Support Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Banking Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) PACS Project Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Integration Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) IT Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) IT Support
4 1 (7.69%) IT Support Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) IT Trainer
4 1 (7.69%) NHS Contracts Manager
4 1 (7.69%) NHS Programme Manager
4 1 (7.69%) NHS Project Manager
4 1 (7.69%) PMO Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) PMO Support Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Project Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) SystmOne Trainer
4 1 (7.69%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 6 (46.15%) NHS
2 2 (15.38%) SWIFT
3 1 (7.69%) LIMS
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (23.08%) Project Management
2 2 (15.38%) Change Control
2 2 (15.38%) Change Management
2 2 (15.38%) Service Management
3 1 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (7.69%) Data Protection
3 1 (7.69%) Data Validation
3 1 (7.69%) ITIL
3 1 (7.69%) Migration
3 1 (7.69%) Programme Governance
3 1 (7.69%) Programme Management
3 1 (7.69%) Project Planning
3 1 (7.69%) Scrum
3 1 (7.69%) SDLC
3 1 (7.69%) Validation
3 1 (7.69%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
1 1 (7.69%) SQL
1 1 (7.69%) VB
1 1 (7.69%) VB6
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) HL7
2 1 (7.69%) DICOM
2 1 (7.69%) PMO
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) Murex
2 1 (7.69%) Cerner
2 1 (7.69%) InterSystems
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft