The table below looks at the statistics for HND in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited HND over the 3 months to 27 February 2015 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Higher National Diploma (HND)
Rank 452 502 471
Rank change year-on-year
+50 -31
Contract jobs citing HND 124 64 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.13% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.10% 0.65% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 26 20
Average daily rate
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£400 £300 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -13.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £130 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £635 £463 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £300 £340
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 20
Average hourly rate £21.50 £22.69 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.23% -26.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £15.36 £9.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.70 £34.00 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.69 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+54.26% -26.81%

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
11306 9847 8223
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.55% 19.59% 18.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6538 5305 4364
Average daily rate £400 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £353 £333
% change year-on-year
+9.14% +6.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 512 465 493
Average hourly rate £22.00 £18.66 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.93% -32.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.75
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -34.57%

HND
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing HND within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

HND Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

HND
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing HND within the UK.

HND Daily Rate Trend in the UK

HND
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing HND within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

HND Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

HND
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing HND within the UK.

HND Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

HND
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing HND within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

HND Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

HND
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 HND within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 2015. 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 +44 112 £400 +45.45% 50
South East +7 59 £375 +45.63% 16
Surrey +14 21 £260 +8.33% 1
Berkshire +13 21 £260 - 6
Guildford +10 20 £260 +8.33% 1
London -6 18 £375 +36.36% 7
North West +2 17 £400 - 7
Buckinghamshire +3 14 £400 +247.82% 2
Reading +7 11 £314 -
Lancashire - 10 £400 - 1
Milton Keynes -5 9 £400 +247.82% 1
Newbury - 9 £260 - 4
South West -18 8 £400 -20.00% 5
Merseyside -10 5 £688 -
Liverpool - 5 £688 -
Bristol - 5 £400 - 1
West Midlands -5 4 - - 4
Northern Ireland - 4 £215 -
County Antrim - 4 £215 -
Belfast - 4 £215 -
East of England +7 3 £600 - 7
Warwickshire 0 3 - - 1
Warwick +2 2 - -
Wiltshire -4 2 £413 -17.50%
Scotland -6 2 £325 +8.33% 5
Yorkshire - 2 £275 - 2
West Yorkshire - 2 £275 -
Middlesex - 2 £405 -
Edinburgh - 2 £325 - 2
Halifax - 2 £275 -

HND
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing HND 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 HND.

1 95 (52.20%) Degree
2 63 (34.62%) HNC
3 62 (34.07%) Telecoms
4 49 (26.92%) SQL
4 49 (26.92%) Project Management
5 35 (19.23%) Windows
6 34 (18.68%) Microsoft
7 33 (18.13%) Test Scripting
8 30 (16.48%) Linux
9 28 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
9 28 (15.38%) Java
9 28 (15.38%) V-Model
9 28 (15.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 27 (14.84%) Software Engineering
11 26 (14.29%) Security Cleared
12 25 (13.74%) Selenium
12 25 (13.74%) Waterfall
12 25 (13.74%) Analytical Skills
12 25 (13.74%) Software Testing
12 25 (13.74%) MS Excel
13 24 (13.19%) ISEB
13 24 (13.19%) Validation
14 23 (12.64%) Test Planning
14 23 (12.64%) Git (software)
15 22 (12.09%) Service Delivery
15 22 (12.09%) PRINCE2
15 22 (12.09%) ITIL
16 21 (11.54%) Oracle
16 21 (11.54%) Finance
16 21 (11.54%) Team Foundation Server

HND
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing HND 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 HND. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (2.20%) MS Exchange
2 3 (1.65%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.10%) TeamSite
3 2 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (1.10%) Drupal
3 2 (1.10%) WordPress
4 1 (0.55%) MS Project Server
4 1 (0.55%) CMS
4 1 (0.55%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 25 (13.74%) MS Excel
2 17 (9.34%) MS Office
3 13 (7.14%) MS Project
4 8 (4.40%) Adobe Illustrator
5 7 (3.85%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 7 (3.85%) Photoshop
6 5 (2.75%) MS PowerPoint
7 4 (2.20%) InDesign
8 3 (1.65%) MS Visio
9 2 (1.10%) AutoCAD
10 1 (0.55%) Simulink
10 1 (0.55%) Stateflow
10 1 (0.55%) FrameMaker
10 1 (0.55%) CorelDRAW
10 1 (0.55%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
10 1 (0.55%) MicroStation
10 1 (0.55%) Solid Edge
Business Applications
1 7 (3.85%) Oracle Cash Management
2 4 (2.20%) Exstream
3 2 (1.10%) SAP MDM
4 1 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.55%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (11.54%) Radio Access Network
2 17 (9.34%) 3G
3 16 (8.79%) 2G
3 16 (8.79%) LTE
4 9 (4.95%) 4G
5 7 (3.85%) TCP/IP
6 6 (3.30%) Wireshark
6 6 (3.30%) Firewall
7 4 (2.20%) HSRP
7 4 (2.20%) Structured Cabling
7 4 (2.20%) VPN
7 4 (2.20%) VoIP
7 4 (2.20%) MPLS
7 4 (2.20%) OSPF
7 4 (2.20%) BGP
8 3 (1.65%) WAN
8 3 (1.65%) SGSN
9 2 (1.10%) Network Security
9 2 (1.10%) Cisco ASA
9 2 (1.10%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.04%) MS Access
2 6 (3.30%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (2.20%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.10%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.55%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.55%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.55%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.55%) EDMS
5 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 25 (13.74%) Selenium
2 23 (12.64%) Git (software)
3 21 (11.54%) Team Foundation Server
4 19 (10.44%) Eclipse
5 8 (4.40%) WebDriver
6 3 (1.65%) SoapUI
6 3 (1.65%) JMeter
7 2 (1.10%) JIRA
7 2 (1.10%) WatiN
8 1 (0.55%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.55%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.55%) Behat
8 1 (0.55%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 62 (34.07%) Telecoms
2 21 (11.54%) Finance
3 11 (6.04%) Electronics
4 4 (2.20%) Back Office
4 4 (2.20%) Banking
5 3 (1.65%) Marketing
6 2 (1.10%) Legal
7 1 (0.55%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.55%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.55%) Automotive
7 1 (0.55%) Billing
Job Titles
1 29 (15.93%) Developer
2 21 (11.54%) Project Manager
3 14 (7.69%) Analyst
3 14 (7.69%) RAN Engineer
4 9 (4.95%) Designer
5 7 (3.85%) Configuration Engineer
5 7 (3.85%) RAN Configuration Engineer
5 7 (3.85%) Tester
5 7 (3.85%) Design Engineer
6 6 (3.30%) Data Analyst
6 6 (3.30%) Software Developer
7 5 (2.75%) Administrator
7 5 (2.75%) Report Analyst
7 5 (2.75%) Senior Tester
7 5 (2.75%) IP Engineer
7 5 (2.75%) Information Security Officer
7 5 (2.75%) Security Officer
7 5 (2.75%) Automation Tester
7 5 (2.75%) Senior Automation Tester
8 4 (2.20%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (9.34%) XML
2 6 (3.30%) .NET
3 5 (2.75%) CSS
3 5 (2.75%) HTML5
3 5 (2.75%) HTML
4 4 (2.20%) CSS3
5 2 (1.10%) WPF
5 2 (1.10%) Qt
5 2 (1.10%) SAP XI
5 2 (1.10%) XSL
6 1 (0.55%) JMS
6 1 (0.55%) Java RMI
6 1 (0.55%) Hibernate
6 1 (0.55%) SOAP
6 1 (0.55%) Web Services
6 1 (0.55%) SAP Basis
6 1 (0.55%) Spring
6 1 (0.55%) Application Packaging
6 1 (0.55%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 25 (13.74%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.49%) Computer Science
3 9 (4.95%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.75%) Data Protection Act
5 3 (1.65%) Economics
5 3 (1.65%) W3C
5 3 (1.65%) User Experience
6 2 (1.10%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.10%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.55%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.55%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.55%) Life Science
7 1 (0.55%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.55%) Smart Meter
7 1 (0.55%) Open Source
7 1 (0.55%) GIS
7 1 (0.55%) PMI
7 1 (0.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.55%) CCTV
7 1 (0.55%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 35 (19.23%) Windows
2 30 (16.48%) Linux
3 7 (3.85%) UNIX
4 4 (2.20%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (1.65%) Windows 7
5 3 (1.65%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (1.65%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.10%) Android
6 2 (1.10%) Windows XP
7 1 (0.55%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (26.92%) Project Management
2 33 (18.13%) Test Scripting
3 28 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (15.38%) V-Model
4 27 (14.84%) Software Engineering
5 25 (13.74%) Software Testing
5 25 (13.74%) Waterfall
6 24 (13.19%) Validation
7 23 (12.64%) Test Planning
8 22 (12.09%) Service Delivery
8 22 (12.09%) ITIL
8 22 (12.09%) PRINCE2
9 20 (10.99%) Change Management
10 18 (9.89%) TDD
11 17 (9.34%) BDD
12 11 (6.04%) Continuous Improvement
13 8 (4.40%) Workflow
13 8 (4.40%) Risk Assessment
13 8 (4.40%) Network Planning
14 7 (3.85%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 49 (26.92%) SQL
2 28 (15.38%) Java
3 14 (7.69%) Perl
4 9 (4.95%) VB
5 4 (2.20%) C
5 4 (2.20%) C#
6 3 (1.65%) Python
7 2 (1.10%) Ruby
7 2 (1.10%) C++
7 2 (1.10%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.10%) PHP
7 2 (1.10%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.10%) VBA
8 1 (0.55%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.55%) C-shell
8 1 (0.55%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.55%) Embedded C
8 1 (0.55%) MATLAB
8 1 (0.55%) AWK
Qualifications
1 95 (52.20%) Degree
2 63 (34.62%) HNC
3 28 (15.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 26 (14.29%) Security Cleared
5 24 (13.19%) ISEB
6 19 (10.44%) SC Cleared
7 17 (9.34%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (8.79%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 11 (6.04%) DV Cleared
9 11 (6.04%) CCNP
9 11 (6.04%) CCNA
10 7 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
11 6 (3.30%) CITP
11 6 (3.30%) MCP
12 5 (2.75%) ISTQB
12 5 (2.75%) APMP
12 5 (2.75%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
12 5 (2.75%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 3 (1.65%) VCP4
13 3 (1.65%) GNVQ
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.14%) QA
2 12 (6.59%) SLA
3 5 (2.75%) BS7799
4 2 (1.10%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.55%) BS15000
System Software
1 6 (3.30%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.10%) VMware Server
4 1 (0.55%) NDS
4 1 (0.55%) XenApp
4 1 (0.55%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.55%) vSphere
4 1 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (4.40%) NSN NetAct
2 1 (0.55%) WSUS
2 1 (0.55%) SCCM
Vendors
1 34 (18.68%) Microsoft
2 21 (11.54%) Oracle
3 19 (10.44%) Ericsson
4 10 (5.49%) Cisco
5 9 (4.95%) SAP
5 9 (4.95%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
6 8 (4.40%) Nokia
6 8 (4.40%) Adobe
7 7 (3.85%) Nortel
7 7 (3.85%) Primavera
7 7 (3.85%) VMware
8 4 (2.20%) F5
8 4 (2.20%) HP
9 2 (1.10%) IBM
9 2 (1.10%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.10%) McAfee
9 2 (1.10%) Telerik
9 2 (1.10%) Tandberg
10 1 (0.55%) AppSense
10 1 (0.55%) NEC
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Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Greater Manchester
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Rate: Market related
Posted: 3 days ago
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
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Rate: 40 - 45 / hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Cornwall
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Rate: £25 - £34 per hour + competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
Dorset
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Rate: £30 - £40 per hour + DOE
Posted: 23 days ago
Somerset
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Rate: competitive DOE
Posted: 24 days ago