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 29 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Rank 548 521 497
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -24
Contract jobs citing HNC 41 42 72
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.075% 0.082% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.39% 0.47% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 14 20
Average daily rate
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£314 £300 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.58% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £256 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £353 £401
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £280
% change year-on-year
+4.16% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 8
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.98 £12.37 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.50 £15.83 £36.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.58 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+9.11% -41.75%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10438 9016 9842
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.11% 17.63% 16.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 5875 4833 5081
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £530 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 460 500 610
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.62% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%

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 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 29 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 -11 28 £350 +16.66% 55
London +3 10 £314 +4.58% 4
South East -11 6 - - 11
Scotland -21 6 - - 7
Buckinghamshire -5 4 - - 1
Milton Keynes -5 4 - -
Edinburgh - 4 - - 2
East Midlands - 4 £375 - 6
East of England -28 3 £338 - 3
Leicestershire - 3 £375 - 2
Reading +8 2 - - 2
Berkshire +4 2 - - 3
North West -5 2 £230 -26.40% 7
Gloucestershire -18 2 £500 - 3
South West -39 2 £500 +95.31% 11
City of London - 2 £406 - 1
Norfolk - 2 £275 - 1
Leicester - 2 £375 - 2
Glasgow -8 1 - - 1
Cambridgeshire -9 1 £400 -
Coventry -14 1 - - 1
West Midlands -14 1 - - 3
Wales -19 1 £275 +9.34% 1
Merseyside - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 £400 -
Manchester - 1 £230 - 3
Luton - - - -
Maidenhead - - - - 1
Northampton - - - -
Oxford - - - -

HNC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 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 39 (48.15%) HND
2 33 (40.74%) Degree
3 24 (29.63%) Microsoft
4 22 (27.16%) Project Management
5 19 (23.46%) Finance
6 15 (18.52%) MS Office
6 15 (18.52%) MS Excel
7 14 (17.28%) MS Project
8 13 (16.05%) Windows
9 11 (13.58%) Security Cleared
10 10 (12.35%) ITIL
10 10 (12.35%) PRINCE2
11 9 (11.11%) Telecoms
11 9 (11.11%) Manufacturing
12 8 (9.88%) Service Delivery
12 8 (9.88%) Management Information System
12 8 (9.88%) CAD
12 8 (9.88%) SC Cleared
12 8 (9.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 8 (9.88%) Computer Science
13 7 (8.64%) DV Cleared
13 7 (8.64%) Change Management
13 7 (8.64%) Service Management
13 7 (8.64%) Data Analysis
14 6 (7.41%) Logistics
14 6 (7.41%) Validation
14 6 (7.41%) AutoCAD
14 6 (7.41%) MS Visio
14 6 (7.41%) User Acceptance Testing
15 5 (6.17%) Continuous Improvement

HNC
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 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 15 (18.52%) MS Office
1 15 (18.52%) MS Excel
2 14 (17.28%) MS Project
3 6 (7.41%) MS Visio
3 6 (7.41%) AutoCAD
4 2 (2.47%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (1.23%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 4 (4.94%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (2.47%) Remedy ITSM
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 2 (2.47%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 19 (23.46%) Finance
2 9 (11.11%) Manufacturing
2 9 (11.11%) Telecoms
3 4 (4.94%) Banking
3 4 (4.94%) Retail
3 4 (4.94%) Retail Banking
4 2 (2.47%) Advertising
4 2 (2.47%) Back Office
5 1 (1.23%) Electronics
5 1 (1.23%) Law
5 1 (1.23%) Legal
Job Titles
1 14 (17.28%) Project Manager
2 6 (7.41%) Test Engineer
3 5 (6.17%) Support Engineer
4 4 (4.94%) Tester
4 4 (4.94%) Junior
4 4 (4.94%) Junior Tester
4 4 (4.94%) UAT Tester
4 4 (4.94%) Electrical Engineer
4 4 (4.94%) Test Leader
5 3 (3.70%) Mechanical Engineer
5 3 (3.70%) IT Project Manager
5 3 (3.70%) Field Engineer
5 3 (3.70%) Desktop Support
5 3 (3.70%) Field Service Engineer
5 3 (3.70%) Systems Engineer
6 2 (2.47%) Solutions Architect
6 2 (2.47%) Senior Manager
6 2 (2.47%) Coordinator
6 2 (2.47%) Architect
6 2 (2.47%) Engineering Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.94%) .NET
2 3 (3.70%) ASP.NET
2 3 (3.70%) Software Packaging
3 2 (2.47%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.88%) Management Information System
1 8 (9.88%) Computer Science
2 4 (4.94%) SCADA
3 2 (2.47%) Replication
3 2 (2.47%) Equities
3 2 (2.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.23%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 13 (16.05%) Windows
2 5 (6.17%) Windows XP
3 3 (3.70%) Linux
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
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (27.16%) Project Management
2 10 (12.35%) ITIL
2 10 (12.35%) PRINCE2
3 8 (9.88%) CAD
3 8 (9.88%) Service Delivery
4 7 (8.64%) Change Management
4 7 (8.64%) Service Management
4 7 (8.64%) Data Analysis
5 6 (7.41%) Logistics
5 6 (7.41%) Validation
5 6 (7.41%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (6.17%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (6.17%) Incident Management
7 4 (4.94%) ITSM
8 3 (3.70%) Configuration Management
8 3 (3.70%) Business Development
8 3 (3.70%) Software Testing
8 3 (3.70%) Problem Management
8 3 (3.70%) Time Management
8 3 (3.70%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.94%) 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%) VB
3 1 (1.23%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 39 (48.15%) HND
2 33 (40.74%) Degree
3 11 (13.58%) Security Cleared
4 8 (9.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 8 (9.88%) SC Cleared
5 7 (8.64%) DV Cleared
6 3 (3.70%) ISEB
7 2 (2.47%) MCSE
7 2 (2.47%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (2.47%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (2.47%) ISTQB
7 2 (2.47%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (2.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (1.23%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 1 (1.23%) Six Sigma Master Black Belt
8 1 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (1.23%) CCNP
8 1 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.17%) ISO 9001
2 4 (4.94%) QA
3 1 (1.23%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.47%) NDS
Systems Management
1 3 (3.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 24 (29.63%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.94%) Siemens
3 3 (3.70%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 3 (3.70%) Allen-Bradley
3 3 (3.70%) Oracle
4 2 (2.47%) Business Objects
4 2 (2.47%) Progress
4 2 (2.47%) Cisco
4 2 (2.47%) Remedy
4 2 (2.47%) NEC
4 2 (2.47%) Minitab
4 2 (2.47%) Altiris
5 1 (1.23%) Apple
5 1 (1.23%) PTC
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