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 22 December 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Rank 541 530 506
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -24
Contract jobs citing HNC 45 46 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.083% 0.089% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.40% 0.50% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 20 24
Average daily rate
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£300 £280 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -16.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £184 £160 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £415 £350 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £278 £328
% change year-on-year
+8.10% -15.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 10 11
Average hourly rate £46.04 £17.05 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+170.02% -14.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.68 £10.22 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.51 £31.12 £30.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £46.04 £22.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+104.62% +12.50%

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
11172 9259 8839
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.49% 17.97% 17.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 6548 5156 4631
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 550 395 605
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.63 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £39.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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 22 December 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing HNC within the UK over the 3 months to 22 December 2014.

HNC Hourly Rate Histogram 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 22 December 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 -26 38 £300 +4.34% 36
South East -7 24 £305 +27.08% 8
Reading +16 7 £300 +20.00%
Berkshire +11 7 £300 +20.00% 3
Buckinghamshire -2 7 £390 +239.13% 1
West Midlands -4 6 £235 -32.85% 2
Surrey -4 5 - - 1
Milton Keynes -9 5 £300 +160.86% 1
Hampshire -14 4 £310 - 1
South West -31 4 - - 6
Scotland -1 2 £319 +6.25% 3
North West -7 2 - - 6
Cheshire - 2 - - 4
London +9 1 £300 -14.28% 1
Southampton -11 1 - -
Wiltshire -11 1 - -
East of England -12 1 - - 5
South Wales -21 1 - - 1
Wales -26 1 - - 1
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
Birmingham - 1 - - 1
Bridgend - - - -
Bristol - - - - 3
Cambridge - - - - 1
Coventry - - - - 1
Crawley - - - -
Dudley - - - -
Fareham - - - -
Halifax - - - - 1
Harrogate - - - -

HNC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 50 (49.50%) HND
2 27 (26.73%) Degree
3 26 (25.74%) Project Management
4 25 (24.75%) Windows
5 21 (20.79%) Security Cleared
6 20 (19.80%) Microsoft
7 18 (17.82%) PRINCE2
7 18 (17.82%) SC Cleared
7 18 (17.82%) Analytical Skills
8 16 (15.84%) Microsoft Certification
9 15 (14.85%) UNIX
9 15 (14.85%) Service Delivery
10 14 (13.86%) MS Project
10 14 (13.86%) ITIL
10 14 (13.86%) Linux
11 13 (12.87%) Telecoms
12 12 (11.88%) MS Office
12 12 (11.88%) MCSE
12 12 (11.88%) Finance
12 12 (11.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 11 (10.89%) Active Directory
13 11 (10.89%) Citrix
14 10 (9.90%) HP
14 10 (9.90%) DV Cleared
15 9 (8.91%) Perl
15 9 (8.91%) MS Excel
15 9 (8.91%) CCA
15 9 (8.91%) Citrix Certification
15 9 (8.91%) Cisco Certification
15 9 (8.91%) Red Hat

HNC
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 3 (2.97%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.98%) MS Exchange
2 2 (1.98%) TeamSite
2 2 (1.98%) Drupal
2 2 (1.98%) WordPress
3 1 (0.99%) CMS
3 1 (0.99%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 14 (13.86%) MS Project
2 12 (11.88%) MS Office
3 9 (8.91%) MS Excel
4 3 (2.97%) MS Visio
4 3 (2.97%) Windchill
4 3 (2.97%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.99%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 1 (0.99%) Teamcenter
1 1 (0.99%) Oracle Cash Management
Communications & Networking
1 8 (7.92%) DHCP
1 8 (7.92%) DNS
2 6 (5.94%) 3G
3 5 (4.95%) LAN
4 4 (3.96%) LTE
4 4 (3.96%) 4G
4 4 (3.96%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (2.97%) HSRP
5 3 (2.97%) 2G
5 3 (2.97%) MPLS
5 3 (2.97%) OSPF
5 3 (2.97%) BGP
5 3 (2.97%) Internet
5 3 (2.97%) Firewall
6 2 (1.98%) WAN
6 2 (1.98%) FTP
6 2 (1.98%) TCP/IP
6 2 (1.98%) SSH
6 2 (1.98%) VoLTE
7 1 (0.99%) RNC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.98%) MS Access
2 1 (0.99%) Data Mining
2 1 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (0.99%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.99%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.99%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (0.99%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 13 (12.87%) Telecoms
2 12 (11.88%) Finance
3 6 (5.94%) Back Office
4 3 (2.97%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.98%) Marketing
6 1 (0.99%) Military
6 1 (0.99%) Banking
6 1 (0.99%) Retail
6 1 (0.99%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.99%) Electronics
6 1 (0.99%) Law
Job Titles
1 21 (20.79%) Project Manager
2 12 (11.88%) Support Engineer
2 12 (11.88%) Linux Engineer
3 9 (8.91%) Systems Engineer
4 8 (7.92%) Analyst
5 6 (5.94%) Developer
5 6 (5.94%) Linux Support
5 6 (5.94%) Linux Support Engineer
5 6 (5.94%) Windows Support Engineer
6 5 (4.95%) Test Engineer
7 4 (3.96%) Design Engineer
8 3 (2.97%) Data Analyst
8 3 (2.97%) Senior Project Manager
8 3 (2.97%) Systems Test Engineer
8 3 (2.97%) Senior Manager
8 3 (2.97%) Coordinator
8 3 (2.97%) Network Engineer
8 3 (2.97%) Support Analyst
8 3 (2.97%) IP Engineer
8 3 (2.97%) Configuration Controller
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.94%) XML
2 3 (2.97%) HTML
2 3 (2.97%) .NET
2 3 (2.97%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.98%) CSS
3 2 (1.98%) XSL
3 2 (1.98%) SAP Basis
3 2 (1.98%) HTML5
4 1 (0.99%) REST
4 1 (0.99%) CSS3
4 1 (0.99%) Android SDK
4 1 (0.99%) JSON
4 1 (0.99%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (0.99%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.99%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 18 (17.82%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (8.91%) Computer Science
3 8 (7.92%) Management Information System
4 6 (5.94%) Thin Client
4 6 (5.94%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.98%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.99%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.99%) GIS
6 1 (0.99%) PMI
6 1 (0.99%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.99%) Equities
6 1 (0.99%) CESG
6 1 (0.99%) STB
6 1 (0.99%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 25 (24.75%) Windows
2 15 (14.85%) UNIX
3 14 (13.86%) Linux
4 9 (8.91%) Windows Server 2003
4 9 (8.91%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (8.91%) Windows 7
5 3 (2.97%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (2.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.98%) Mac OS
6 2 (1.98%) Windows NT
6 2 (1.98%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.99%) Windows 2000
7 1 (0.99%) Windows Vista
7 1 (0.99%) Android
7 1 (0.99%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (25.74%) Project Management
2 18 (17.82%) PRINCE2
3 15 (14.85%) Service Delivery
4 14 (13.86%) ITIL
5 8 (7.92%) Change Management
5 8 (7.92%) Six Sigma
6 7 (6.93%) Incident Management
7 6 (5.94%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (4.95%) Time Management
8 5 (4.95%) Coaching
9 4 (3.96%) Mentoring
9 4 (3.96%) Requirements Management
9 4 (3.96%) Data Management
9 4 (3.96%) Resource Management
10 3 (2.97%) Problem Management
10 3 (2.97%) CAD
10 3 (2.97%) Configuration Management
10 3 (2.97%) Service Management
10 3 (2.97%) Data Entry
10 3 (2.97%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 9 (8.91%) Perl
2 8 (7.92%) VB
3 7 (6.93%) C
3 7 (6.93%) SQL
4 6 (5.94%) Korn
4 6 (5.94%) Bourne shell
5 3 (2.97%) C#
5 3 (2.97%) Java
5 3 (2.97%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.97%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.98%) PHP
7 1 (0.99%) C-shell
7 1 (0.99%) VBA
7 1 (0.99%) AWK
Qualifications
1 50 (49.50%) HND
2 27 (26.73%) Degree
3 21 (20.79%) Security Cleared
4 18 (17.82%) SC Cleared
5 16 (15.84%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (11.88%) MCSE
6 12 (11.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 10 (9.90%) DV Cleared
8 9 (8.91%) CCA
8 9 (8.91%) Citrix Certification
8 9 (8.91%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (6.93%) CCNA
10 5 (4.95%) CCNP
11 4 (3.96%) MCP
11 4 (3.96%) A+ Certification
12 3 (2.97%) RHCSA
13 2 (1.98%) ACSP
13 2 (1.98%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
13 2 (1.98%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (1.98%) Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.94%) SLA
2 3 (2.97%) QA
3 2 (1.98%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.99%) GCP
4 1 (0.99%) BS15000
4 1 (0.99%) Data Quality
System Software
1 11 (10.89%) Active Directory
2 6 (5.94%) NFS
3 3 (2.97%) NDS
4 2 (1.98%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 9 (8.91%) Nagios
1 9 (8.91%) NetBackup
2 2 (1.98%) Tivoli
2 2 (1.98%) NSN NetAct
3 1 (0.99%) SCCM
Vendors
1 20 (19.80%) Microsoft
2 11 (10.89%) Citrix
3 10 (9.90%) HP
4 9 (8.91%) Red Hat
5 8 (7.92%) Isilon
6 7 (6.93%) EMC
7 6 (5.94%) Oracle
7 6 (5.94%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 5 (4.95%) Cisco
8 5 (4.95%) SAP
9 4 (3.96%) PTC
10 3 (2.97%) Altiris
10 3 (2.97%) Remedy
10 3 (2.97%) NEC
10 3 (2.97%) F5
10 3 (2.97%) Nokia
10 3 (2.97%) Veritas
11 2 (1.98%) Ericsson
11 2 (1.98%) CheckPoint
11 2 (1.98%) Progress
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