The table below looks at the statistics for HNC in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited HNC over the 3 months to 27 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Rank 550 525 511
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -14
Contract jobs citing HNC 50 50 75
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.090% 0.094% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.48% 0.53% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 16 23
Average daily rate
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£300 £265 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.10% -18.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £229 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £325 £404
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £265 £338
% change year-on-year
+13.10% -21.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 11
Average hourly rate £22.00 £15.58 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+41.20% -56.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.40 £12.41 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.40 £21.60 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £15.79 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+39.32% -56.13%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10478 9373 10269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.85% 17.56% 17.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 5959 5127 5276
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 492 633
Average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.60 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%

HNC
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing HNC within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

HNC Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

HNC
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing HNC within the UK.

HNC Daily Rate Trend in the UK

HNC
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing HNC within the UK over the 3 months to 27 August 2014.

HNC Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

HNC
Hourly Rate Trend

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

HNC Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

HNC
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing HNC within the UK over the 3 months to 27 August 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -16 38 £300 - 56
South East -1 18 £300 -3.22% 4
Berkshire +12 9 £300 - 1
Buckinghamshire +7 9 £400 +29.03% 2
London 0 9 £80 -67.01% 2
Reading +13 8 £300 - 1
Scotland -17 6 - - 1
East Midlands - 4 £375 - 1
Edinburgh - 4 - -
East of England -23 3 £338 +12.31% 3
South West -37 3 - - 28
Leicestershire - 3 £375 -
Bristol -20 2 - - 5
Leicester - 2 £375 -
Norfolk - 2 £275 -
Cambridgeshire -2 1 £400 -
Dorset -2 1 - -
West Midlands -4 1 - - 2
Glasgow -9 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 £400 -
City of London - 1 £303 - 1
Weymouth - 1 - -
Winchester - - - -
Wirral - - - -
Woking - - - -
Bedfordshire - - - - 1
Lincolnshire - - - -
Northern Ireland - - - -
Merseyside - - - - 2
North West - - - - 11

HNC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing HNC also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited HNC.

1 40 (50.00%) HND
2 29 (36.25%) Degree
3 22 (27.50%) Project Management
4 20 (25.00%) Windows
5 18 (22.50%) Microsoft
6 17 (21.25%) Finance
7 15 (18.75%) Security Cleared
8 14 (17.50%) MS Project
9 12 (15.00%) PRINCE2
10 11 (13.75%) MS Office
10 11 (13.75%) SC Cleared
11 10 (12.50%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 10 (12.50%) MS Excel
11 10 (12.50%) Service Delivery
12 9 (11.25%) Linux
13 8 (10.00%) MCSE
13 8 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
13 8 (10.00%) Change Management
13 8 (10.00%) DV Cleared
13 8 (10.00%) Computer Science
14 7 (8.75%) Windows 7
14 7 (8.75%) Manufacturing
14 7 (8.75%) UNIX
15 6 (7.50%) Perl
15 6 (7.50%) VB
15 6 (7.50%) CCA
15 6 (7.50%) Citrix Certification
15 6 (7.50%) Windows Server 2003
15 6 (7.50%) Validation
15 6 (7.50%) Telecoms

HNC
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing HNC also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited HNC. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (2.50%) SAS
Applications
1 14 (17.50%) MS Project
2 11 (13.75%) MS Office
3 10 (12.50%) MS Excel
4 5 (6.25%) MS Visio
5 3 (3.75%) Windchill
6 2 (2.50%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (2.50%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (5.00%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.00%) DHCP
1 4 (5.00%) DNS
2 2 (2.50%) 3G
2 2 (2.50%) 4G
2 2 (2.50%) VoLTE
3 1 (1.25%) RNC
3 1 (1.25%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.75%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.50%) OLAP
2 2 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.50%) Star Schema
2 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (2.50%) Oracle OLAP
2 2 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (2.50%) Xcelsius
2 2 (2.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.50%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 17 (21.25%) Finance
2 7 (8.75%) Manufacturing
3 6 (7.50%) Telecoms
4 4 (5.00%) Banking
4 4 (5.00%) Retail
4 4 (5.00%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.50%) Advertising
5 2 (2.50%) Back Office
6 1 (1.25%) Electronics
6 1 (1.25%) Law
Job Titles
1 15 (18.75%) Project Manager
2 7 (8.75%) Support Engineer
3 6 (7.50%) Linux Engineer
4 4 (5.00%) Junior Tester
4 4 (5.00%) UAT Tester
4 4 (5.00%) Test Engineer
4 4 (5.00%) Tester
4 4 (5.00%) Junior
4 4 (5.00%) Developer
4 4 (5.00%) Test Leader
5 3 (3.75%) Coordinator
5 3 (3.75%) Desktop Support
5 3 (3.75%) Senior Manager
5 3 (3.75%) Field Service Engineer
5 3 (3.75%) Field Engineer
5 3 (3.75%) Senior Project Manager
5 3 (3.75%) Configuration Controller
5 3 (3.75%) Mechanical Engineer
6 2 (2.50%) Systems Programmer
6 2 (2.50%) Linux Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.25%) .NET
1 5 (6.25%) ASP.NET
2 3 (3.75%) Software Packaging
3 2 (2.50%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (1.25%) HTML
4 1 (1.25%) RESTful
4 1 (1.25%) REST
4 1 (1.25%) Android SDK
4 1 (1.25%) XML
4 1 (1.25%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 8 (10.00%) Computer Science
2 6 (7.50%) Management Information System
3 4 (5.00%) Thin Client
3 4 (5.00%) Fat Client
4 2 (2.50%) SCADA
4 2 (2.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 2 (2.50%) Equities
5 1 (1.25%) STB
Operating Systems
1 20 (25.00%) Windows
2 9 (11.25%) Linux
3 7 (8.75%) UNIX
3 7 (8.75%) Windows 7
4 6 (7.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (7.50%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (6.25%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.25%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (27.50%) Project Management
2 12 (15.00%) PRINCE2
3 10 (12.50%) Service Delivery
4 8 (10.00%) Change Management
5 6 (7.50%) Validation
5 6 (7.50%) Data Analysis
5 6 (7.50%) Logistics
6 5 (6.25%) Service Management
6 5 (6.25%) Time Management
6 5 (6.25%) Six Sigma
6 5 (6.25%) ITIL
6 5 (6.25%) Configuration Management
6 5 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (5.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (5.00%) CAD
7 4 (5.00%) Problem Management
8 3 (3.75%) Resource Management
8 3 (3.75%) Performance Management
8 3 (3.75%) Root Cause Analysis
8 3 (3.75%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (7.50%) Perl
1 6 (7.50%) VB
2 5 (6.25%) SQL
3 4 (5.00%) Korn
3 4 (5.00%) Bourne shell
3 4 (5.00%) C
4 3 (3.75%) C#
4 3 (3.75%) VB.NET
5 2 (2.50%) AWK
5 2 (2.50%) PL/SQL
5 2 (2.50%) C-shell
6 1 (1.25%) Java
6 1 (1.25%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 40 (50.00%) HND
2 29 (36.25%) Degree
3 15 (18.75%) Security Cleared
4 11 (13.75%) SC Cleared
5 10 (12.50%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 8 (10.00%) DV Cleared
6 8 (10.00%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (10.00%) MCSE
7 6 (7.50%) CCA
7 6 (7.50%) Citrix Certification
8 2 (2.50%) ISEB
8 2 (2.50%) ISTQB
8 2 (2.50%) Six Sigma Master Black Belt
8 2 (2.50%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.00%) QA
2 3 (3.75%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.25%) GCP
System Software
1 4 (5.00%) NFS
1 4 (5.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.50%) NDS
Systems Management
1 4 (5.00%) Nagios
1 4 (5.00%) NetBackup
2 3 (3.75%) SCCM
Vendors
1 18 (22.50%) Microsoft
2 5 (6.25%) EMC
3 4 (5.00%) Citrix
3 4 (5.00%) HP
3 4 (5.00%) Red Hat
3 4 (5.00%) Isilon
4 3 (3.75%) PTC
4 3 (3.75%) Progress
4 3 (3.75%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
5 2 (2.50%) Oracle
5 2 (2.50%) Business Objects
5 2 (2.50%) Altiris
5 2 (2.50%) NEC
6 1 (1.25%) Minitab
6 1 (1.25%) Apple
6 1 (1.25%) CheckPoint
6 1 (1.25%) Allen-Bradley
6 1 (1.25%) Cisco
6 1 (1.25%) Siemens
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