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 9 February 2016 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Rank 575 560 539
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -21
Contract jobs citing HNC 49 56 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.095% 0.11% 0.095%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.45% 0.53% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 22 21
Average daily rate £275 £300 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £240 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £686 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £273 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
-16.15% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 9 6
Average hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £22.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% -1.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.40 £21.40 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £48.14 £30.71
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.02 £22.75
% change year-on-year
+2.79% +53.93%

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
10920 10497 9567
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.21% 20.32% 19.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6750 6072 5158
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £235 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 491 491 443
Average hourly rate £37.50 £20.00 £18.66
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+87.50% +7.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £46.50 £41.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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 9 February 2016.

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 9 February 2016.

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 9 February 2016. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -41 43 £280 -6.66% 23
South East -12 19 £270 +6.93% 2
South West +4 9 £500 - 2
East of England +6 8 £480 -0.51% 2
Berkshire +8 7 £225 -8.62%
Reading -4 7 £225 -6.25%
Surrey -11 7 £270 +12.50% 1
Cambridgeshire +15 5 £480 -20.00%
Wiltshire - 5 - -
Scotland -1 4 £140 -53.33% 2
Hampshire +5 3 £318 -
Guildford -2 3 - -
Dorset +4 2 - -
London -1 2 £450 +63.63% 3
West Midlands -15 2 - - 5
East Midlands - 2 - - 1
Coventry - 2 - -
Bedfordshire - 2 - -
Edinburgh - 2 £140 - 2
Southampton +13 1 - -
Buckinghamshire +8 1 - - 1
Milton Keynes +1 1 - - 1
Newport -5 1 £290 -
Wales -8 1 £290 -
South Wales -14 1 £290 -
City of London - 1 £450 -
Bristol - 1 £500 - 1
Gloucestershire - 1 - - 1
Yorkshire - 1 £275 - 5
Derby - 1 - -

HNC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 64 (54.24%) HND
2 40 (33.90%) Security Cleared
3 34 (28.81%) SC Cleared
4 32 (27.12%) Degree
5 29 (24.58%) Project Management
6 27 (22.88%) PRINCE2
7 26 (22.03%) Cisco Certification
8 25 (21.19%) Telecoms
9 24 (20.34%) ITIL
10 20 (16.95%) CCNA
11 19 (16.10%) Cisco
11 19 (16.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 18 (15.25%) Analytical Skills
13 16 (13.56%) Windows
14 14 (11.86%) Finance
15 13 (11.02%) Management Information System
15 13 (11.02%) Microsoft
16 12 (10.17%) SLA
16 12 (10.17%) MS Excel
16 12 (10.17%) Military
17 11 (9.32%) 2G
17 11 (9.32%) Configuration Management
17 11 (9.32%) 3G
17 11 (9.32%) Continuous Improvement
18 10 (8.47%) 4G
18 10 (8.47%) C
18 10 (8.47%) CCNP
18 10 (8.47%) Performance Management
19 9 (7.63%) DV Cleared
19 9 (7.63%) SQL

HNC
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 (1.69%) SAS
Applications
1 12 (10.17%) MS Excel
2 8 (6.78%) MS Office
3 7 (5.93%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (5.08%) MS Visio
5 4 (3.39%) AutoCAD
6 2 (1.69%) MS Project
7 1 (0.85%) MicroStation
7 1 (0.85%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 1 (0.85%) ProjectWise
7 1 (0.85%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.85%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 4 (3.39%) Workday HCM
2 1 (0.85%) Teamcenter
Communications & Networking
1 11 (9.32%) 2G
1 11 (9.32%) 3G
2 10 (8.47%) 4G
3 8 (6.78%) LTE
3 8 (6.78%) Wi-Fi
4 7 (5.93%) Radio Access Network
5 5 (4.24%) ATM
5 5 (4.24%) LAN
6 4 (3.39%) Ethernet
6 4 (3.39%) VoIP
6 4 (3.39%) VoLTE
6 4 (3.39%) Wireless
7 3 (2.54%) Internet
7 3 (2.54%) MPLS
7 3 (2.54%) WAN
8 2 (1.69%) TCP/IP
8 2 (1.69%) VPN
9 1 (0.85%) FCAPS
9 1 (0.85%) Frame Relay
9 1 (0.85%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.63%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.24%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.54%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.69%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (1.69%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
4 2 (1.69%) BusinessObjects XI
5 1 (0.85%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 2 (1.69%) LabVIEW
2 1 (0.85%) Rational DOORS
General
1 25 (21.19%) Telecoms
2 14 (11.86%) Finance
3 12 (10.17%) Military
4 9 (7.63%) Electronics
5 8 (6.78%) Back Office
6 4 (3.39%) Aerospace
6 4 (3.39%) Banking
6 4 (3.39%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 25 (21.19%) Project Manager
2 13 (11.02%) Support Engineer
3 11 (9.32%) Design Engineer
3 11 (9.32%) Project Engineer
4 9 (7.63%) Developer
5 8 (6.78%) Applications Manager
5 8 (6.78%) Applications Project Manager
6 7 (5.93%) Network Engineer
7 6 (5.08%) Back Office Engineer
7 6 (5.08%) IT Manager
7 6 (5.08%) IT Project Manager
7 6 (5.08%) Linux Engineer
7 6 (5.08%) Linux Support
7 6 (5.08%) Linux Support Engineer
7 6 (5.08%) NOC Engineer
7 6 (5.08%) Transmission Engineer
8 5 (4.24%) Electronics Engineer
8 5 (4.24%) Firmware Engineer
8 5 (4.24%) IT Technician
8 5 (4.24%) RAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.63%) .NET
2 6 (5.08%) ASP.NET
3 4 (3.39%) ASP.NET MVC
4 3 (2.54%) WAP
5 1 (0.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 18 (15.25%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (11.02%) Management Information System
3 7 (5.93%) Computer Science
4 5 (4.24%) Data Protection Act
4 5 (4.24%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 5 (4.24%) VHDL
5 2 (1.69%) Driving Licence
5 2 (1.69%) Fat Client
5 2 (1.69%) Mathematics
5 2 (1.69%) PMI
5 2 (1.69%) Thin Client
5 2 (1.69%) User Experience
6 1 (0.85%) CESG
6 1 (0.85%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.85%) FMCG
6 1 (0.85%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 16 (13.56%) Windows
2 8 (6.78%) Windows XP
3 7 (5.93%) Unix
3 7 (5.93%) Windows 2000
3 7 (5.93%) Windows NT
3 7 (5.93%) Windows Server
3 7 (5.93%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (5.08%) Linux
5 5 (4.24%) Windows 7
5 5 (4.24%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (4.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (24.58%) Project Management
2 27 (22.88%) PRINCE2
3 24 (20.34%) ITIL
4 11 (9.32%) Configuration Management
4 11 (9.32%) Continuous Improvement
5 10 (8.47%) Performance Management
6 9 (7.63%) Validation
7 8 (6.78%) Risk Management
8 7 (5.93%) CMMI
8 7 (5.93%) SDLC
8 7 (5.93%) Six Sigma
8 7 (5.93%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 6 (5.08%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (5.08%) Incident Management
9 6 (5.08%) Service Delivery
10 5 (4.24%) Change Management
10 5 (4.24%) Data Protection
10 5 (4.24%) Schematic Capture
10 5 (4.24%) Stress Analysis
10 5 (4.24%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (8.47%) C
2 9 (7.63%) SQL
3 7 (5.93%) T-SQL
4 6 (5.08%) C#
5 5 (4.24%) VB.NET
6 4 (3.39%) Python
6 4 (3.39%) Shell Script
7 3 (2.54%) VB
7 3 (2.54%) VB6
7 3 (2.54%) VBA
8 2 (1.69%) AWK
8 2 (1.69%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.69%) Perl
8 2 (1.69%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.69%) sed
Qualifications
1 64 (54.24%) HND
2 40 (33.90%) Security Cleared
3 34 (28.81%) SC Cleared
4 32 (27.12%) Degree
5 26 (22.03%) Cisco Certification
6 20 (16.95%) CCNA
7 19 (16.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 10 (8.47%) CCNP
9 9 (7.63%) DV Cleared
10 6 (5.08%) MCSE
10 6 (5.08%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (5.08%) RHCSA
11 3 (2.54%) Chartered Engineer
12 2 (1.69%) APMP
12 2 (1.69%) CCVP
12 2 (1.69%) MAPM
12 2 (1.69%) MOS
12 2 (1.69%) NVQ Level 3
12 2 (1.69%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.85%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (10.17%) SLA
2 7 (5.93%) IEC 61508
3 6 (5.08%) QA
4 5 (4.24%) DO-254
4 5 (4.24%) ISO 9001
4 5 (4.24%) JTAG
5 3 (2.54%) Basel II
5 3 (2.54%) Def Stans
5 3 (2.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 7 (5.93%) Firmware
2 6 (5.08%) Active Directory
3 4 (3.39%) XenApp
4 3 (2.54%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (1.69%) VMware Workstation
5 2 (1.69%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 4 (3.39%) Nagios
1 4 (3.39%) NetBackup
2 2 (1.69%) Puppet
3 1 (0.85%) Cisco IPCC
3 1 (0.85%) CiscoWorks
3 1 (0.85%) Netcool
3 1 (0.85%) NSN NetAct
3 1 (0.85%) OpenView
Vendors
1 19 (16.10%) Cisco
2 13 (11.02%) Microsoft
3 8 (6.78%) Citrix
3 8 (6.78%) Ericsson
3 8 (6.78%) HP
4 6 (5.08%) Huawei
4 6 (5.08%) Remedy
5 5 (4.24%) EMC
5 5 (4.24%) Nokia
5 5 (4.24%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 4 (3.39%) Altiris
6 4 (3.39%) Cramer
6 4 (3.39%) Nortel
7 3 (2.54%) Apple
7 3 (2.54%) Aruba
7 3 (2.54%) VMware
8 2 (1.69%) Alcatel-Lucent
8 2 (1.69%) Blue Coat
8 2 (1.69%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.69%) Siemens
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