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 29 September 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
29 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Rank 566 548 535
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -13
Contract jobs citing HNC 53 55 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.091% 0.10% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 0.60% 0.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 14 21
Average daily rate
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£300 £256 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.07% -8.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £153 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £318 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £256 £278
% change year-on-year
+17.07% -7.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 10
Average hourly rate £22.50 £13.75 £33.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+63.63% -58.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.02 £10.83 £12.83
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.20 £16.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £15.79 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+42.49% -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
11356 9114 10235
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.52% 17.26% 17.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 6258 5110 5335
Average daily rate £379 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 418 606
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.95% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 29 September 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 29 September 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 29 September 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 49 £300 +17.07% 45
South East +1 24 £300 +22.44% 9
Buckinghamshire - 11 £400 -
Berkshire -4 10 £300 +15.38% 3
Reading +16 9 £300 +15.38% 1
London +7 9 £80 -67.01% 2
South West -28 5 £125 -51.17% 5
East Midlands - 4 £375 - 2
North West -5 3 £188 -40.00% 11
Bristol -14 3 £125 -51.26% 1
East of England -29 3 £275 -8.48% 3
Leicestershire - 3 £375 - 1
West Midlands -8 2 - - 7
Scotland -10 2 - -
Norfolk - 2 £275 -
Coventry - 2 - - 1
Leicester - 2 £375 -
City of London +22 1 £303 - 1
Surrey -7 1 - -
Hampshire -12 1 £310 - 6
Glasgow -15 1 - -
Bedfordshire -20 1 - - 1
Luton -26 1 - -
Kent - 1 - -
Merseyside - 1 £125 -
North East - - - - 1
South Wales - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - -

HNC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 46 (53.49%) HND
2 29 (33.72%) Degree
3 24 (27.91%) Project Management
4 20 (23.26%) Windows
5 19 (22.09%) Finance
6 17 (19.77%) Security Cleared
7 15 (17.44%) Microsoft
8 14 (16.28%) PRINCE2
9 13 (15.12%) Service Delivery
9 13 (15.12%) SC Cleared
10 12 (13.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 11 (12.79%) Linux
11 11 (12.79%) MS Project
12 10 (11.63%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (10.47%) DV Cleared
13 9 (10.47%) Computer Science
14 8 (9.30%) UNIX
14 8 (9.30%) MCSE
14 8 (9.30%) CCA
14 8 (9.30%) Citrix Certification
14 8 (9.30%) Microsoft Certification
14 8 (9.30%) Windows 7
15 7 (8.14%) Six Sigma
15 7 (8.14%) VB
15 7 (8.14%) Change Management
15 7 (8.14%) Telecoms
16 6 (6.98%) Management Information System
16 6 (6.98%) MS Office
16 6 (6.98%) Perl
16 6 (6.98%) EMC

HNC
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 (2.33%) SAS
2 1 (1.16%) Drupal
2 1 (1.16%) WordPress
2 1 (1.16%) TeamSite
2 1 (1.16%) CMS
Applications
1 11 (12.79%) MS Project
2 6 (6.98%) MS Office
3 4 (4.65%) MS Excel
4 3 (3.49%) Windchill
5 2 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (1.16%) MS Visio
6 1 (1.16%) AutoCAD
6 1 (1.16%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 1 (1.16%) Teamcenter
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.81%) DNS
1 5 (5.81%) DHCP
2 3 (3.49%) 3G
3 2 (2.33%) VoLTE
3 2 (2.33%) 4G
4 1 (1.16%) LTE
4 1 (1.16%) RNC
4 1 (1.16%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (1.16%) GSM
4 1 (1.16%) UMTS
4 1 (1.16%) Internet
4 1 (1.16%) SS7
4 1 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.49%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.33%) OLAP
2 2 (2.33%) Star Schema
2 2 (2.33%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.33%) Oracle OLAP
2 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (2.33%) Xcelsius
2 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (2.33%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 19 (22.09%) Finance
2 7 (8.14%) Telecoms
3 5 (5.81%) Manufacturing
4 4 (4.65%) Banking
4 4 (4.65%) Retail
4 4 (4.65%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.33%) Advertising
5 2 (2.33%) Back Office
6 1 (1.16%) Marketing
6 1 (1.16%) Electronics
6 1 (1.16%) Military
6 1 (1.16%) Law
Job Titles
1 19 (22.09%) Project Manager
2 9 (10.47%) Support Engineer
3 8 (9.30%) Linux Engineer
4 5 (5.81%) Developer
4 5 (5.81%) Test Engineer
5 4 (4.65%) Junior Tester
5 4 (4.65%) Junior
5 4 (4.65%) Tester
5 4 (4.65%) Mechanical Engineer
5 4 (4.65%) UAT Tester
6 3 (3.49%) Linux Support Engineer
6 3 (3.49%) Windows Support Engineer
6 3 (3.49%) Configuration Controller
6 3 (3.49%) Linux Support
6 3 (3.49%) Coordinator
6 3 (3.49%) Desktop Support
6 3 (3.49%) Field Engineer
6 3 (3.49%) Senior Manager
6 3 (3.49%) Field Service Engineer
6 3 (3.49%) Senior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.81%) .NET
1 5 (5.81%) ASP.NET
2 3 (3.49%) Software Packaging
3 2 (2.33%) XML
3 2 (2.33%) HTML
4 1 (1.16%) RESTful
4 1 (1.16%) JSON
4 1 (1.16%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (1.16%) REST
4 1 (1.16%) CSS3
4 1 (1.16%) HTML5
4 1 (1.16%) Android SDK
4 1 (1.16%) XSL
4 1 (1.16%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 10 (11.63%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (10.47%) Computer Science
3 6 (6.98%) Management Information System
4 5 (5.81%) Fat Client
4 5 (5.81%) Thin Client
5 1 (1.16%) SCADA
5 1 (1.16%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.16%) Equities
5 1 (1.16%) STB
Operating Systems
1 20 (23.26%) Windows
2 11 (12.79%) Linux
3 8 (9.30%) UNIX
3 8 (9.30%) Windows 7
4 5 (5.81%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (5.81%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (3.49%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.16%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (27.91%) Project Management
2 14 (16.28%) PRINCE2
3 13 (15.12%) Service Delivery
4 7 (8.14%) Six Sigma
4 7 (8.14%) Change Management
5 6 (6.98%) Time Management
6 5 (5.81%) Problem Management
7 4 (4.65%) Service Management
7 4 (4.65%) CAD
7 4 (4.65%) ITIL
7 4 (4.65%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (4.65%) User Acceptance Testing
8 3 (3.49%) Data Management
8 3 (3.49%) Root Cause Analysis
8 3 (3.49%) Resource Management
8 3 (3.49%) Software Deployment
8 3 (3.49%) Configuration Management
8 3 (3.49%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (2.33%) Workflow
9 2 (2.33%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (8.14%) VB
2 6 (6.98%) Perl
3 5 (5.81%) Korn
3 5 (5.81%) Bourne shell
3 5 (5.81%) SQL
3 5 (5.81%) C
4 3 (3.49%) VB.NET
4 3 (3.49%) C#
5 2 (2.33%) Java
5 2 (2.33%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.33%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.16%) C-shell
6 1 (1.16%) PHP
6 1 (1.16%) AWK
Qualifications
1 46 (53.49%) HND
2 29 (33.72%) Degree
3 17 (19.77%) Security Cleared
4 13 (15.12%) SC Cleared
5 12 (13.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 9 (10.47%) DV Cleared
7 8 (9.30%) MCSE
7 8 (9.30%) CCA
7 8 (9.30%) Citrix Certification
7 8 (9.30%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.33%) A+ Certification
8 2 (2.33%) ISEB
8 2 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (2.33%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
8 2 (2.33%) Six Sigma Master Black Belt
8 2 (2.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.49%) QA
2 2 (2.33%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.16%) GCP
3 1 (1.16%) BS15000
System Software
1 5 (5.81%) Active Directory
1 5 (5.81%) NFS
2 3 (3.49%) NDS
Systems Management
1 5 (5.81%) Nagios
1 5 (5.81%) NetBackup
2 3 (3.49%) SCCM
3 1 (1.16%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 15 (17.44%) Microsoft
2 6 (6.98%) EMC
3 5 (5.81%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 5 (5.81%) Isilon
3 5 (5.81%) HP
3 5 (5.81%) Red Hat
3 5 (5.81%) Citrix
4 4 (4.65%) PTC
4 4 (4.65%) Oracle
5 3 (3.49%) Progress
6 2 (2.33%) NEC
6 2 (2.33%) Business Objects
6 2 (2.33%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.16%) Cisco
7 1 (1.16%) Nokia
7 1 (1.16%) Apple
7 1 (1.16%) Mapinfo
7 1 (1.16%) TIBCO
7 1 (1.16%) SAP
7 1 (1.16%) Minitab
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