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 19 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Rank 555 527 533
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +6
Contract jobs citing HNC 57 59 71
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.099% 0.11% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.51% 0.65% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 15 19
Average daily rate
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£300 £257 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.95% -8.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £164 £118
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £319 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £257 £278
% change year-on-year
+16.95% -7.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 13
Average hourly rate £22.50 £13.75 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+63.63% -61.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.02 £10.83 £13.40
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
11103 9108 10182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.28% 17.26% 17.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 6182 5090 5263
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 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 466 432 615
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -15.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £40.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 19 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 19 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 19 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 -8 50 £300 +16.95% 62
South East +13 24 £300 +15.38% 7
Berkshire +7 11 £300 +15.38% 4
Buckinghamshire +6 11 £400 +29.03%
Reading +14 10 £300 +15.38% 2
London +12 9 £80 -67.01% 7
South West -47 5 £125 -51.17% 15
Scotland -13 4 - - 1
East of England -21 4 £338 +12.31% 2
East Midlands - 4 £375 -
North West -8 3 £188 -40.00% 14
Bristol -11 3 £125 -51.26% 3
Leicestershire - 3 £375 -
West Midlands -17 2 - - 6
Norfolk - 2 £275 -
Leicester - 2 £375 -
Coventry - 2 - - 2
City of London +24 1 £303 - 1
Surrey -5 1 - -
Glasgow -12 1 - -
Bedfordshire -15 1 - - 1
Luton -19 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 £400 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £400 -
Kent - 1 - -
Merseyside - 1 £125 -
North East - - - - 1
Warwickshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 5

HNC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 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 45 (52.33%) HND
2 29 (33.72%) Degree
3 24 (27.91%) Project Management
4 21 (24.42%) Windows
5 20 (23.26%) Finance
6 17 (19.77%) Security Cleared
7 16 (18.60%) Microsoft
8 14 (16.28%) PRINCE2
9 13 (15.12%) SC Cleared
10 12 (13.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 12 (13.95%) MS Project
10 12 (13.95%) Service Delivery
11 11 (12.79%) Linux
12 10 (11.63%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (10.47%) DV Cleared
14 8 (9.30%) UNIX
14 8 (9.30%) MCSE
14 8 (9.30%) MS Office
14 8 (9.30%) CCA
14 8 (9.30%) Citrix Certification
14 8 (9.30%) Microsoft Certification
14 8 (9.30%) Windows 7
14 8 (9.30%) Computer Science
15 7 (8.14%) Six Sigma
15 7 (8.14%) Perl
15 7 (8.14%) VB
15 7 (8.14%) Telecoms
16 6 (6.98%) Change Management
16 6 (6.98%) Management Information System
16 6 (6.98%) Manufacturing

HNC
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 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
Applications
1 12 (13.95%) MS Project
2 8 (9.30%) MS Office
3 5 (5.81%) MS Excel
4 3 (3.49%) Windchill
5 2 (2.33%) MS Visio
5 2 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (1.16%) AutoCAD
6 1 (1.16%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 1 (1.16%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.16%) Teamcenter
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.81%) DHCP
1 5 (5.81%) DNS
2 3 (3.49%) 3G
3 2 (2.33%) 4G
3 2 (2.33%) VoLTE
4 1 (1.16%) LTE
4 1 (1.16%) Radio Access Network
4 1 (1.16%) Internet
4 1 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.16%) RNC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.49%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (2.33%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.33%) OLAP
2 2 (2.33%) Star Schema
2 2 (2.33%) Xcelsius
2 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (2.33%) Oracle OLAP
2 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (2.33%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (2.33%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 20 (23.26%) Finance
2 7 (8.14%) Telecoms
3 6 (6.98%) 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%) Electronics
6 1 (1.16%) Law
6 1 (1.16%) Military
Job Titles
1 19 (22.09%) Project Manager
2 9 (10.47%) Support Engineer
3 8 (9.30%) Linux Engineer
4 5 (5.81%) Test Engineer
5 4 (4.65%) Junior Tester
5 4 (4.65%) UAT Tester
5 4 (4.65%) Mechanical Engineer
5 4 (4.65%) Junior
5 4 (4.65%) Developer
5 4 (4.65%) Tester
6 3 (3.49%) Configuration Controller
6 3 (3.49%) Linux Support
6 3 (3.49%) Linux Support Engineer
6 3 (3.49%) Windows Support Engineer
6 3 (3.49%) Coordinator
6 3 (3.49%) Desktop Support
6 3 (3.49%) Senior Manager
6 3 (3.49%) Field Engineer
6 3 (3.49%) Field Service Engineer
6 3 (3.49%) Senior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.81%) ASP.NET
1 5 (5.81%) .NET
2 3 (3.49%) Software Packaging
3 2 (2.33%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (1.16%) JSON
4 1 (1.16%) REST
4 1 (1.16%) Android SDK
4 1 (1.16%) RESTful
4 1 (1.16%) XML
4 1 (1.16%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (11.63%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (9.30%) Computer Science
3 6 (6.98%) Management Information System
4 5 (5.81%) Fat Client
4 5 (5.81%) Thin Client
5 2 (2.33%) Equities
5 2 (2.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (1.16%) SCADA
6 1 (1.16%) STB
Operating Systems
1 21 (24.42%) 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 12 (13.95%) Service Delivery
4 7 (8.14%) Six Sigma
5 6 (6.98%) Change Management
5 6 (6.98%) Time Management
6 5 (5.81%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (5.81%) Problem Management
7 4 (4.65%) Service Management
7 4 (4.65%) ITIL
7 4 (4.65%) CAD
7 4 (4.65%) Continuous Improvement
8 3 (3.49%) Logistics
8 3 (3.49%) Resource Management
8 3 (3.49%) Root Cause Analysis
8 3 (3.49%) Software Deployment
8 3 (3.49%) Configuration Management
8 3 (3.49%) Validation
8 3 (3.49%) Data Analysis
8 3 (3.49%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 7 (8.14%) Perl
1 7 (8.14%) VB
2 5 (5.81%) Korn
2 5 (5.81%) Bourne shell
2 5 (5.81%) C
2 5 (5.81%) SQL
3 3 (3.49%) C#
3 3 (3.49%) VB.NET
4 2 (2.33%) AWK
4 2 (2.33%) PL/SQL
4 2 (2.33%) C-shell
5 1 (1.16%) Java
5 1 (1.16%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 45 (52.33%) 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%) ISEB
8 2 (2.33%) A+ Certification
8 2 (2.33%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
8 2 (2.33%) Six Sigma Master Black Belt
8 2 (2.33%) ISTQB
8 2 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
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 2 (2.33%) 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 16 (18.60%) Microsoft
2 6 (6.98%) EMC
3 5 (5.81%) Isilon
3 5 (5.81%) Citrix
3 5 (5.81%) HP
3 5 (5.81%) Red Hat
4 4 (4.65%) PTC
4 4 (4.65%) Oracle
4 4 (4.65%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
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%) Nokia
7 1 (1.16%) Cisco
7 1 (1.16%) Mapinfo
7 1 (1.16%) Apple
7 1 (1.16%) SAP
7 1 (1.16%) Minitab
East Riding
NES Global Talent
Rate: negotiable on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Yeovil, Somerset
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
NES Global Talent
Rate: £20
Posted: 2 days ago
Cumbria
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
Worcester
Huxley Associates
Rate: £30 - £34 per hour + overtime
Posted: 10 days ago
North West England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Bedfordshire
Huxley Associates
Rate: competitive
Posted: 22 days ago