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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Rank 601 600 595
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -5
Contract jobs citing HNC 42 41 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.079% 0.073% 0.052%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 0.39% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 18 10
Median daily rate £352 £350 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% +12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £212 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £404 £486 £501
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £350 £288
% change year-on-year
-2.85% +21.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 6
Median hourly rate £30.06 £32.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.06% +88.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £24.64 £14.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £37.20 £20.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.06 £32.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-6.06% +88.23%

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
11608 10575 10550
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.87% 18.91% 19.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 7260 6166 6122
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £545 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 440 549 494
Median hourly rate £28.50 £24.23 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.62% +27.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £50.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.12 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+24.37% +26.94%

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 26 June 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 26 June 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 26 June 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 +13 39 £352 -1.81% 14
South East +16 17 - - 1
Berkshire +3 16 - -
North West -10 7 £330 -21.42% 2
Cheshire - 5 - - 1
Slough - 5 - -
Warrington - 5 - - 1
London +16 4 £365 +4.21% 3
East of England +15 3 £420 +5.00%
Reading -3 3 - -
West Midlands -18 3 £85 - 1
Cambridgeshire +20 2 £420 -6.66%
West Yorkshire +3 2 £225 - 2
Yorkshire -7 2 £225 - 2
Shropshire - 2 - -
Telford - 2 - -
City of London +41 1 £355 +1.28% 1
Bristol +9 1 £390 -
East Midlands +5 1 £325 -
Nottinghamshire +1 1 £325 -
Nottingham 0 1 £325 -
Newbury -4 1 - -
South West -8 1 £390 +4.00% 5
Leeds -10 1 £225 - 1
Manchester -14 1 - -
Scotland -15 1 - - 1
West Lothian - 1 - -
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
North East - 1 £350 -
Wakefield - 1 - -

HNC
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 42 (59.15%) HND
2 26 (36.62%) Telecoms
2 26 (36.62%) Degree
3 23 (32.39%) 3G
4 22 (30.99%) 4G
5 20 (28.17%) LTE
5 20 (28.17%) Project Management
6 19 (26.76%) Nokia
7 17 (23.94%) Back Office
8 16 (22.54%) ITIL
9 15 (21.13%) Service Delivery
10 13 (18.31%) 2G
10 13 (18.31%) Microsoft
11 12 (16.90%) Change Management
12 11 (15.49%) SLA
12 11 (15.49%) High Availability
13 10 (14.08%) SPML
13 10 (14.08%) Diameter Protocol
13 10 (14.08%) SIGTRAN
13 10 (14.08%) INAP
13 10 (14.08%) PRINCE2
13 10 (14.08%) SOAP
13 10 (14.08%) LDAP
14 9 (12.68%) MS Excel
14 9 (12.68%) MS Visio
14 9 (12.68%) C
14 9 (12.68%) Siemens
14 9 (12.68%) Alcatel-Lucent
14 9 (12.68%) Ericsson
14 9 (12.68%) Cisco Certification

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 1 (1.41%) CMS
Applications
1 9 (12.68%) MS Excel
1 9 (12.68%) MS Visio
2 7 (9.86%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (4.23%) AutoCAD
3 3 (4.23%) MS Office
4 2 (2.82%) MS Project
4 2 (2.82%) PTC Creo
4 2 (2.82%) Siemens NX
5 1 (1.41%) FrameMaker
5 1 (1.41%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (1.41%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (2.82%) Teamcenter
Communications & Networking
1 23 (32.39%) 3G
2 22 (30.99%) 4G
3 20 (28.17%) LTE
4 13 (18.31%) 2G
5 10 (14.08%) Diameter Protocol
5 10 (14.08%) INAP
5 10 (14.08%) LDAP
5 10 (14.08%) SIGTRAN
6 9 (12.68%) MGW
6 9 (12.68%) Wireless
7 7 (9.86%) Radio Access Network
8 4 (5.63%) VoLTE
9 2 (2.82%) Bluetooth
9 2 (2.82%) Nokia DX200
9 2 (2.82%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (1.41%) DHCP
10 1 (1.41%) LAN
10 1 (1.41%) TCP/IP
10 1 (1.41%) VPN
10 1 (1.41%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.04%) Data Warehouse
1 5 (7.04%) MS Access
2 1 (1.41%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.41%) MSTest
1 1 (1.41%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 26 (36.62%) Telecoms
2 17 (23.94%) Back Office
3 8 (11.27%) Front Office
4 6 (8.45%) Finance
5 3 (4.23%) Manufacturing
6 2 (2.82%) Aerospace
6 2 (2.82%) Electronics
6 2 (2.82%) Military
Job Titles
1 6 (8.45%) Project Manager
2 5 (7.04%) Back Office Engineer
2 5 (7.04%) Service Desk Engineer
2 5 (7.04%) Support Engineer
3 4 (5.63%) Telecoms Engineer
3 4 (5.63%) Transmission Engineer
3 4 (5.63%) Voice Engineer
4 3 (4.23%) Applications Engineer
4 3 (4.23%) Applications Support
4 3 (4.23%) Applications Support Engineer
4 3 (4.23%) Electrical Engineer
4 3 (4.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (4.23%) IT Technician
4 3 (4.23%) Mobile Engineer
4 3 (4.23%) Operations Engineer
4 3 (4.23%) Senior Manager
4 3 (4.23%) Senior Project Manager
4 3 (4.23%) Trainer
5 2 (2.82%) Analyst
5 2 (2.82%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (14.08%) SOAP
1 10 (14.08%) SPML
2 1 (1.41%) .NET
2 1 (1.41%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.41%) Entity Framework
2 1 (1.41%) HTML
2 1 (1.41%) Middleware
2 1 (1.41%) Software Packaging
2 1 (1.41%) WCF
2 1 (1.41%) Web Services
2 1 (1.41%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (8.45%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (7.04%) Computer Science
2 5 (7.04%) Management Information System
3 3 (4.23%) CESG
3 3 (4.23%) Mathematics
4 2 (2.82%) Fat Client
4 2 (2.82%) PMI
4 2 (2.82%) Thin Client
4 2 (2.82%) User Experience
5 1 (1.41%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.41%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.41%) Handset
5 1 (1.41%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 7 (9.86%) Windows
2 4 (5.63%) Linux
3 3 (4.23%) Windows Server
4 2 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.41%) Windows 2000
5 1 (1.41%) Windows NT
5 1 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.41%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.41%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (28.17%) Project Management
2 16 (22.54%) ITIL
3 15 (21.13%) Service Delivery
4 12 (16.90%) Change Management
5 11 (15.49%) High Availability
6 10 (14.08%) PRINCE2
7 9 (12.68%) Continuous Improvement
7 9 (12.68%) Root Cause Analysis
8 8 (11.27%) Integration Testing
8 8 (11.27%) Network Design
9 6 (8.45%) Business Intelligence
10 5 (7.04%) Configuration Management
10 5 (7.04%) Cybersecurity
10 5 (7.04%) Dashboard Development
11 4 (5.63%) Project Planning
11 4 (5.63%) Protective Monitoring
11 4 (5.63%) Security Operations
11 4 (5.63%) Time Management
12 3 (4.23%) Information Security
12 3 (4.23%) Workflow Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (12.68%) C
2 5 (7.04%) SQL
3 2 (2.82%) AWK
3 2 (2.82%) Bash Shell
3 2 (2.82%) Perl
3 2 (2.82%) Python
3 2 (2.82%) sed
3 2 (2.82%) Shell Script
4 1 (1.41%) C#
4 1 (1.41%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 42 (59.15%) HND
2 26 (36.62%) Degree
3 9 (12.68%) Cisco Certification
4 6 (8.45%) Security Cleared
5 5 (7.04%) CCNP
5 5 (7.04%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 5 (7.04%) SC Cleared
6 4 (5.63%) CCNA
7 3 (4.23%) PMI Certification
8 2 (2.82%) CESG Certified Professional
8 2 (2.82%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (2.82%) MCSE
8 2 (2.82%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.82%) NVQ Level 3
8 2 (2.82%) RHCSA
8 2 (2.82%) SANS
9 1 (1.41%) CCIE
9 1 (1.41%) CCIP
9 1 (1.41%) Chartered Engineer
9 1 (1.41%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (15.49%) SLA
2 2 (2.82%) Def Stans
2 2 (2.82%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (2.82%) ISO 9001
2 2 (2.82%) QA
3 1 (1.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.41%) ISO13485
System Software
1 9 (12.68%) Virtual Machines
2 3 (4.23%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.82%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (2.82%) VMware Workstation
3 2 (2.82%) XenServer
4 1 (1.41%) VMware Server
4 1 (1.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (7.04%) Amdocs OSS
2 2 (2.82%) Puppet
3 1 (1.41%) SCCM
Vendors
1 19 (26.76%) Nokia
2 13 (18.31%) Microsoft
3 9 (12.68%) Alcatel-Lucent
3 9 (12.68%) BT
3 9 (12.68%) Ericsson
3 9 (12.68%) Huawei
3 9 (12.68%) Nokia Networks
3 9 (12.68%) Siemens
4 7 (9.86%) Arqiva
4 7 (9.86%) Citrix
4 7 (9.86%) NetCracker
4 7 (9.86%) Remedy
4 7 (9.86%) Telindus
4 7 (9.86%) Virgin Media
4 7 (9.86%) ZTE
5 6 (8.45%) Cramer
5 6 (8.45%) Tellabs
6 5 (7.04%) Cisco
6 5 (7.04%) Nortel
7 3 (4.23%) VMware
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