The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Rank 542 534 513
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -21
Contract jobs citing HNC 38 36 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.072% 0.072% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.38% 0.40% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 12 21
Average daily rate
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£303 £305 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.81% +8.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £263 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £361 £406
UK excluding London average daily rate £288 £310 £280
% change year-on-year
-7.25% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 8
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.58 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.11% -10.97%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £20.79 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-6.20% +3.95%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10088 8891 9640
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.15% 17.74% 16.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 5679 4763 4962
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £530 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 503 574
Average hourly rate £18.75 £22.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +4.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.02 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-16.27% -2.27%

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 11 July 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 11 July 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 -10 27 £325 - 36
London +2 9 £325 +8.33% 4
South East -16 6 - - 7
Scotland -3 5 - - 6
Milton Keynes +2 4 - -
North West -5 4 £200 -33.33% 5
Buckinghamshire -15 4 - -
Edinburgh - 4 - - 2
East of England -12 3 £400 - 4
East Midlands -1 2 £375 - 5
Reading -1 2 - -
Berkshire -5 2 - - 1
Cambridgeshire -8 2 £400 - 1
Gloucestershire -10 2 £500 - 1
South West -24 2 £500 - 6
City of London - 2 £406 - 1
Manchester - 2 £215 - 3
Cambridge - 2 £400 - 1
Leicestershire -2 1 £375 - 2
Coventry -13 1 - - 1
West Midlands -15 1 - - 2
Wales -24 1 £275 +9.34% 2
Leicester - 1 £375 - 2
Glasgow - 1 - - 1
Merseyside - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 £185 - 1
Norfolk - 1 - -
Northamptonshire - - - - 3
Oxfordshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -

HNC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 37 (45.68%) HND
1 37 (45.68%) Degree
2 28 (34.57%) Microsoft
3 19 (23.46%) Finance
4 18 (22.22%) Project Management
4 18 (22.22%) MS Excel
5 15 (18.52%) ITIL
6 13 (16.05%) MS Office
7 12 (14.81%) MS Project
8 11 (13.58%) Windows
8 11 (13.58%) Telecoms
9 10 (12.35%) Service Management
10 9 (11.11%) ITSM
10 9 (11.11%) Manufacturing
10 9 (11.11%) Security Cleared
11 8 (9.88%) PRINCE2
11 8 (9.88%) CAD
12 7 (8.64%) AutoCAD
12 7 (8.64%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (8.64%) Validation
12 7 (8.64%) Service Delivery
12 7 (8.64%) Data Analysis
12 7 (8.64%) Computer Science
12 7 (8.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 7 (8.64%) DV Cleared
13 6 (7.41%) SC Cleared
13 6 (7.41%) Remedy ITSM
13 6 (7.41%) User Acceptance Testing
13 6 (7.41%) Incident Management
13 6 (7.41%) Management Information System

HNC
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 (2.47%) SAS
Applications
1 18 (22.22%) MS Excel
2 13 (16.05%) MS Office
3 12 (14.81%) MS Project
4 7 (8.64%) AutoCAD
5 6 (7.41%) MS Visio
6 2 (2.47%) MS PowerPoint
7 1 (1.23%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 6 (7.41%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (4.94%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.23%) Teamcenter
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.47%) 3G
1 2 (2.47%) 4G
1 2 (2.47%) VoLTE
2 1 (1.23%) HSRP
2 1 (1.23%) MPLS
2 1 (1.23%) OSPF
2 1 (1.23%) BGP
2 1 (1.23%) Firewall
2 1 (1.23%) RNC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.70%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.47%) OLAP
2 2 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.47%) Star Schema
2 2 (2.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (2.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (2.47%) Oracle OLAP
2 2 (2.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (2.47%) Xcelsius
2 2 (2.47%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (1.23%) Dreamweaver
1 1 (1.23%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 19 (23.46%) Finance
2 11 (13.58%) Telecoms
3 9 (11.11%) Manufacturing
4 4 (4.94%) Banking
4 4 (4.94%) Retail
4 4 (4.94%) Retail Banking
5 2 (2.47%) Advertising
5 2 (2.47%) Back Office
6 1 (1.23%) Electronics
6 1 (1.23%) Law
6 1 (1.23%) Legal
6 1 (1.23%) Military
Job Titles
1 12 (14.81%) Project Manager
2 6 (7.41%) Analyst
3 5 (6.17%) Service Desk Analyst
3 5 (6.17%) Support Engineer
3 5 (6.17%) Service Analyst
4 4 (4.94%) UAT Tester
4 4 (4.94%) Electrical Engineer
4 4 (4.94%) Junior Tester
4 4 (4.94%) Tester
4 4 (4.94%) Junior
4 4 (4.94%) Test Leader
4 4 (4.94%) Test Engineer
5 3 (3.70%) Mechanical Engineer
5 3 (3.70%) PLC Engineer
5 3 (3.70%) Field Service Engineer
5 3 (3.70%) Field Engineer
5 3 (3.70%) Engineering Manager
5 3 (3.70%) Desktop Support
5 3 (3.70%) Systems Engineer
6 2 (2.47%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.70%) .NET
1 3 (3.70%) Software Packaging
2 2 (2.47%) ASP.NET
2 2 (2.47%) FIX Protocol
3 1 (1.23%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.64%) Computer Science
2 6 (7.41%) Management Information System
3 5 (6.17%) Replication
4 4 (4.94%) SCADA
5 2 (2.47%) Equities
5 2 (2.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (1.23%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (1.23%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 11 (13.58%) Windows
2 5 (6.17%) Windows XP
3 3 (3.70%) UNIX
3 3 (3.70%) Windows 7
4 2 (2.47%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (2.47%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (2.47%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (22.22%) Project Management
2 15 (18.52%) ITIL
3 10 (12.35%) Service Management
4 9 (11.11%) ITSM
5 8 (9.88%) PRINCE2
5 8 (9.88%) CAD
6 7 (8.64%) Validation
6 7 (8.64%) Service Delivery
6 7 (8.64%) Data Analysis
7 6 (7.41%) Incident Management
7 6 (7.41%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (6.17%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (6.17%) Change Management
9 4 (4.94%) Logistics
9 4 (4.94%) Problem Management
9 4 (4.94%) Root Cause Analysis
10 3 (3.70%) Business Development
10 3 (3.70%) Time Management
10 3 (3.70%) Performance Management
10 3 (3.70%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.70%) SQL
2 2 (2.47%) AWK
2 2 (2.47%) C-shell
2 2 (2.47%) C
2 2 (2.47%) Perl
2 2 (2.47%) PL/SQL
3 1 (1.23%) C++
3 1 (1.23%) Java
3 1 (1.23%) VB
Qualifications
1 37 (45.68%) HND
1 37 (45.68%) Degree
2 9 (11.11%) Security Cleared
3 7 (8.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 7 (8.64%) DV Cleared
3 7 (8.64%) ITIL Certification
4 6 (7.41%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.47%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (2.47%) MCSE
5 2 (2.47%) ISEB
6 1 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.23%) CCNP
6 1 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (1.23%) ISTQB
6 1 (1.23%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.94%) ISO 9001
1 4 (4.94%) QA
2 1 (1.23%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.47%) NDS
Systems Management
1 3 (3.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 28 (34.57%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.41%) Remedy
3 5 (6.17%) Siemens
4 3 (3.70%) Cisco
4 3 (3.70%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
4 3 (3.70%) Allen-Bradley
4 3 (3.70%) Oracle
5 2 (2.47%) Business Objects
5 2 (2.47%) NEC
5 2 (2.47%) Minitab
5 2 (2.47%) Altiris
6 1 (1.23%) Apple
6 1 (1.23%) PTC
6 1 (1.23%) Progress
6 1 (1.23%) Macromedia
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Posted: 12 days ago
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