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 5 December 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.

3 months to
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Rank 595 565 603
Rank change year-on-year
-30 +38
Contract jobs citing HNC 32 72 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.064% 0.13% 0.080%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.64% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 41 23
Median daily rate £360 £365 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.36% +21.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £201 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £412 £480 £412
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £328 £300
% change year-on-year
-12.21% +9.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 11 9
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +66.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £17.48 £12.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.50 £48.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +66.66%

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
10279 11291 11931
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.48% 20.64% 20.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 6486 6815 6762
Median daily rate £410 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £391 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.26% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 554 564
Median hourly rate £27.50 £26.83 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.49% +53.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- +52.77%

HNC
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing HNC as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 5 December 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 5 December 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing HNC within the UK over the 3 months to 5 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -36 29 £375 -6.25% 21
South West -2 8 - -
London -4 7 £398 -11.66% 4
South East -1 6 £240 -9.43% 8
Berkshire +13 5 £240 -7.69% 1
East Midlands -3 4 £395 -
Wiltshire -8 4 - -
Reading +7 2 £240 -7.69%
Leicester +6 2 £395 -
South Wales +5 2 £288 -0.86% 2
East of England 0 2 £350 -27.08% 2
Leicestershire -1 2 £395 -
Wales -2 2 £288 -0.86% 2
Newport -4 2 £288 -0.86%
Nottinghamshire - 2 - -
Wakefield - 2 - -
West Yorkshire - 2 - -
Nottingham - 2 - -
Bath - 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 - -
Somerset - 2 - -
Edinburgh +17 1 £215 +53.57%
Hampshire +13 1 - - 1
Scotland +6 1 £215 +53.57% 1
Gloucestershire +1 1 - -
City of London +1 1 £395 -12.22% 1
Bristol -4 1 - -
Cambridgeshire -7 1 £350 -27.08%
Suffolk - 1 - -
Greenford - 1 £310 -

HNC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing HNC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for HNC.

1 37 (51.39%) Degree
2 25 (34.72%) HND
3 24 (33.33%) Security Cleared
4 19 (26.39%) DV Cleared
4 19 (26.39%) ITIL
5 16 (22.22%) Windows
5 16 (22.22%) SLA
5 16 (22.22%) Microsoft
6 14 (19.44%) CCNA
6 14 (19.44%) Cisco Certification
6 14 (19.44%) Service Delivery
7 13 (18.06%) Telecoms
7 13 (18.06%) Business Intelligence
7 13 (18.06%) SQL
8 12 (16.67%) Citrix
8 12 (16.67%) Cisco
9 10 (13.89%) Finance
9 10 (13.89%) MS Excel
9 10 (13.89%) Continuous Improvement
9 10 (13.89%) Analytical Skills
10 9 (12.50%) Virtual Desktop
10 9 (12.50%) Problem Management
10 9 (12.50%) Active Directory
10 9 (12.50%) Change Management
10 9 (12.50%) Project Management
11 8 (11.11%) 3G
11 8 (11.11%) Service Management
11 8 (11.11%) Management Information System
11 8 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
11 8 (11.11%) PRINCE2

HNC
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (5.56%) SAS
2 2 (2.78%) CMS
2 2 (2.78%) Documentum
3 1 (1.39%) Apache
3 1 (1.39%) Drupal
3 1 (1.39%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.39%) WordPress
Applications
1 10 (13.89%) MS Excel
2 7 (9.72%) MS Visio
3 6 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (6.94%) MS Office
5 2 (2.78%) Adobe After Effects
5 2 (2.78%) Adobe Premiere
5 2 (2.78%) MS Project
5 2 (2.78%) Photoshop
5 2 (2.78%) PTC Creo
5 2 (2.78%) Siemens NX
5 2 (2.78%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (1.39%) CATIA
6 1 (1.39%) Edge Animate
6 1 (1.39%) FrameMaker
6 1 (1.39%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (1.39%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 2 (2.78%) Teamcenter
2 1 (1.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.78%) Adobe Creative Cloud
2 1 (1.39%) G Suite
2 1 (1.39%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (11.11%) 3G
1 8 (11.11%) LTE
2 7 (9.72%) 2G
2 7 (9.72%) Radio Access Network
3 6 (8.33%) 4G
3 6 (8.33%) Wireless
4 3 (4.17%) TCP/IP
4 3 (4.17%) VLAN
4 3 (4.17%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (2.78%) Bluetooth
5 2 (2.78%) Cisco Nexus
5 2 (2.78%) LAN
5 2 (2.78%) WAN
5 2 (2.78%) ZigBee
6 1 (1.39%) HTTP
6 1 (1.39%) Internet
6 1 (1.39%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
1 8 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.56%) BusinessObjects
2 4 (5.56%) BusinessObjects Dashboards
2 4 (5.56%) MS Access
2 4 (5.56%) OLAP
2 4 (5.56%) Oracle OLAP
2 4 (5.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 4 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (5.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (5.56%) Star Schema
3 3 (4.17%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.39%) MySQL
4 1 (1.39%) Oracle Discoverer
4 1 (1.39%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (5.56%) MSTest
1 4 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.39%) eggPlant
2 1 (1.39%) Rational DOORS
General
1 13 (18.06%) Telecoms
2 10 (13.89%) Finance
3 6 (8.33%) Manufacturing
4 5 (6.94%) Back Office
5 3 (4.17%) Aerospace
5 3 (4.17%) Electronics
6 2 (2.78%) Military
6 2 (2.78%) Multimedia
7 1 (1.39%) Automotive
7 1 (1.39%) Local Government
7 1 (1.39%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 11 (15.28%) Network Engineer
2 8 (11.11%) Telecoms Engineer
3 7 (9.72%) Analyst
4 5 (6.94%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 5 (6.94%) 2nd Line Network Engineer
4 5 (6.94%) Consultant
4 5 (6.94%) Developer
4 5 (6.94%) Network Support
4 5 (6.94%) Network Support Engineer
4 5 (6.94%) NOC Engineer
4 5 (6.94%) Project Manager
4 5 (6.94%) Service Desk Engineer
4 5 (6.94%) Support Engineer
5 4 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 4 (5.56%) Design Engineer
5 4 (5.56%) Network Operations Engineer
5 4 (5.56%) Operations Engineer
5 4 (5.56%) Operations Support Engineer
5 4 (5.56%) Telecoms Assistant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.11%) Software Packaging
2 4 (5.56%) .NET
2 4 (5.56%) ASP.NET
2 4 (5.56%) Entity Framework
2 4 (5.56%) WCF
2 4 (5.56%) Web Services
3 3 (4.17%) HTML
3 3 (4.17%) Middleware
4 2 (2.78%) XML
5 1 (1.39%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.39%) CSS
5 1 (1.39%) Django
5 1 (1.39%) Flash
5 1 (1.39%) Java RMI
5 1 (1.39%) jQuery
5 1 (1.39%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 1 (1.39%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (13.89%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (11.11%) Management Information System
3 4 (5.56%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.78%) CESG
4 2 (2.78%) Mathematics
4 2 (2.78%) Motion Graphics
5 1 (1.39%) e-Learning
5 1 (1.39%) Life Science
5 1 (1.39%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.39%) Performance Metrics
5 1 (1.39%) RIA
5 1 (1.39%) SCADA
5 1 (1.39%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 16 (22.22%) Windows
2 3 (4.17%) Windows 2000
2 3 (4.17%) Windows NT
2 3 (4.17%) Windows Server
2 3 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (4.17%) Windows XP
3 2 (2.78%) Unix
4 1 (1.39%) Android
4 1 (1.39%) Linux
4 1 (1.39%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (26.39%) ITIL
2 14 (19.44%) Service Delivery
3 13 (18.06%) Business Intelligence
4 10 (13.89%) Continuous Improvement
5 9 (12.50%) Change Management
5 9 (12.50%) Problem Management
5 9 (12.50%) Project Management
6 8 (11.11%) Data Analysis
6 8 (11.11%) PRINCE2
6 8 (11.11%) Service Management
7 7 (9.72%) Analytics
7 7 (9.72%) Root Cause Analysis
8 6 (8.33%) Six Sigma
9 5 (6.94%) Agile Software Development
9 5 (6.94%) Contact Management
9 5 (6.94%) Software Engineering
10 4 (5.56%) Asset Management
10 4 (5.56%) Automated Testing
10 4 (5.56%) Business Analysis
10 4 (5.56%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 13 (18.06%) SQL
2 6 (8.33%) C
2 6 (8.33%) JavaScript
3 4 (5.56%) C#
3 4 (5.56%) PL/SQL
4 3 (4.17%) Java
5 2 (2.78%) Perl
6 1 (1.39%) PHP
6 1 (1.39%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.39%) Python
Qualifications
1 37 (51.39%) Degree
2 25 (34.72%) HND
3 24 (33.33%) Security Cleared
4 19 (26.39%) DV Cleared
5 14 (19.44%) CCNA
5 14 (19.44%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (8.33%) SC Cleared
7 4 (5.56%) CCNP
8 2 (2.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (1.39%) APMP
9 1 (1.39%) Chartered Engineer
9 1 (1.39%) DBS Check
9 1 (1.39%) MCP
9 1 (1.39%) MCSE
9 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (1.39%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (22.22%) SLA
2 3 (4.17%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.39%) Def Stans
3 1 (1.39%) GAMP
3 1 (1.39%) GMP
3 1 (1.39%) QA
System Software
1 9 (12.50%) Active Directory
1 9 (12.50%) Virtual Desktop
2 8 (11.11%) XenDesktop
3 7 (9.72%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (5.56%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (2.78%) Firmware
5 2 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (1.39%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (11.11%) SCCM
2 4 (5.56%) Amdocs OSS
3 1 (1.39%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.39%) NSN NetAct
3 1 (1.39%) OpenView
3 1 (1.39%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 16 (22.22%) Microsoft
2 12 (16.67%) Cisco
2 12 (16.67%) Citrix
3 6 (8.33%) Oracle
4 5 (6.94%) Siemens
5 4 (5.56%) Alcatel-Lucent
5 4 (5.56%) Apple
5 4 (5.56%) BT
5 4 (5.56%) Cramer
5 4 (5.56%) Ericsson
5 4 (5.56%) Huawei
5 4 (5.56%) MicroStrategy
5 4 (5.56%) NetCracker
5 4 (5.56%) Nokia
5 4 (5.56%) Nokia Networks
5 4 (5.56%) Nortel
5 4 (5.56%) Remedy
5 4 (5.56%) Tellabs
5 4 (5.56%) Teradata
5 4 (5.56%) ZTE
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