Period
to 23 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for HNC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 23 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK > England
6 months to
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 793 781 801
Rank change year-on-year -12 +20 -13
Contract jobs citing HNC 62 70 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.067% 0.078% 0.081%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 0.41% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 25 27
England median daily rate £450 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.76% +1.43% -
10th Percentile £354 £275 £176
90th Percentile £530 £425 £444
UK median daily rate £450 £275 £340
% change year-on-year +63.64% -19.12% -2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 24 12
England median hourly rate £17.00 £31.50 £23.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -46.03% +32.30% -26.74%
10th Percentile £15.30 £14.10 £14.25
90th Percentile £43.20 £47.50 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £32.25 £31.50 £25.12
% change year-on-year +2.38% +25.40% -21.50%

HNC is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 17,124 17,189 20,990
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.53% 19.09% 21.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,115 10,446 13,142
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £598
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £406
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.79% +1.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 867 812 711
England median hourly rate £24.08 £28.08 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.25% +10.12% +13.33%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £51.93 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £24.53 £29.25 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.15% +6.36% +22.22%

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing HNC as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for HNC in England

HNC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing HNC in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for HNC in England

HNC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing HNC in England over the 6 months to 23 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for HNC in England

HNC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing HNC in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for HNC in England

HNC
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing HNC in England over the 6 months to 23 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for HNC in England

HNC
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing HNC within the England region over the 6 months to 23 September 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East -23 17 £429 +22.57% 50
North of England -12 15 - - 50
Midlands -10 13 £500 +24.61% 47
West Midlands -22 12 £500 +24.61% 24
Yorkshire -7 11 - - 18
South West -19 9 £425 - 55
East of England -3 5 - - 30
North West -5 4 - - 30
London -20 3 - - 19
East Midlands +2 1 - - 23
HNC
UK

For the 6 months to 23 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing HNC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for HNC.

1 33 (53.23%) Microsoft
2 26 (41.94%) HND
3 22 (35.48%) Windows
4 20 (32.26%) Security Cleared
5 19 (30.65%) Microsoft Office
6 18 (29.03%) Degree
7 15 (24.19%) Problem-Solving
8 13 (20.97%) Project Management
8 13 (20.97%) DV Cleared
9 12 (19.35%) Windows 7
10 11 (17.74%) MCSE
10 11 (17.74%) Microsoft Certification
11 10 (16.13%) Internet
11 10 (16.13%) Windows XP
11 10 (16.13%) MCSA
11 10 (16.13%) MCP
11 10 (16.13%) PRINCE2
11 10 (16.13%) Unix
11 10 (16.13%) Windows 2000
11 10 (16.13%) Microsoft Project
11 10 (16.13%) SC Cleared
11 10 (16.13%) Windows Vista
12 9 (14.52%) ITIL
12 9 (14.52%) Six Sigma
12 9 (14.52%) Telecoms
13 8 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
14 7 (11.29%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 7 (11.29%) Cisco
14 7 (11.29%) ERP
15 6 (9.68%) MS Visio

HNC
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 2 (3.23%) SAP Portal
2 1 (1.61%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 19 (30.65%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (16.13%) Microsoft Project
3 6 (9.68%) MS Visio
4 3 (4.84%) AutoCAD
4 3 (4.84%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (4.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (1.61%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.61%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.61%) Primavera
1 1 (1.61%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (1.61%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.23%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (3.23%) SuccessFactors
1 2 (3.23%) Taleo
2 1 (1.61%) Office 365
2 1 (1.61%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 10 (16.13%) Internet
2 6 (9.68%) VLAN
3 4 (6.45%) Firewall
4 3 (4.84%) Ethernet
4 3 (4.84%) Network Security
4 3 (4.84%) SSL
4 3 (4.84%) WAN
5 2 (3.23%) ATM
5 2 (3.23%) IPsec
5 2 (3.23%) IPv4
5 2 (3.23%) SNMP
5 2 (3.23%) Wireless
6 1 (1.61%) FTP
6 1 (1.61%) HTTP
6 1 (1.61%) HTTPS
6 1 (1.61%) LAN
6 1 (1.61%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (1.61%) SSH
6 1 (1.61%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.61%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.23%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.61%) EDMS
2 1 (1.61%) Firebird
2 1 (1.61%) MySQL
2 1 (1.61%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.61%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.61%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 1 (1.61%) Git (software)
1 1 (1.61%) JIRA
1 1 (1.61%) Oracle Forms
1 1 (1.61%) Rational DOORS
General
1 9 (14.52%) Telecoms
2 6 (9.68%) Electronics
2 6 (9.68%) Finance
3 4 (6.45%) Law
3 4 (6.45%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.23%) Aerospace
5 1 (1.61%) Billing
5 1 (1.61%) Military
Job Titles
1 20 (32.26%) Analyst
2 14 (22.58%) Service Analyst
3 13 (20.97%) Service Desk Analyst
4 7 (11.29%) Project Manager
5 6 (9.68%) Business Process Analyst
5 6 (9.68%) Network Engineer
5 6 (9.68%) Process Analyst
6 3 (4.84%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
6 3 (4.84%) Test Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) Developer
7 2 (3.23%) ERP Analyst
7 2 (3.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) Junior
7 2 (3.23%) Network Planner
7 2 (3.23%) Network Specialist
7 2 (3.23%) Oracle Analyst
7 2 (3.23%) SAP Analyst
7 2 (3.23%) SAP Business Process Analyst
7 2 (3.23%) Systems Engineer
8 1 (1.61%) Technical Services Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.23%) Oracle Fusion
2 1 (1.61%) .NET
2 1 (1.61%) JSON
2 1 (1.61%) RESTful
2 1 (1.61%) Software Packaging
2 1 (1.61%) XML
2 1 (1.61%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 8 (12.90%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (9.68%) Computer Science
2 6 (9.68%) Management Information System
3 4 (6.45%) Data Centre
4 3 (4.84%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.61%) CCTV
5 1 (1.61%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.61%) MPEG
5 1 (1.61%) Optoelectronics
5 1 (1.61%) Renewable Energy
5 1 (1.61%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 22 (35.48%) Windows
2 12 (19.35%) Windows 7
3 10 (16.13%) Unix
3 10 (16.13%) Windows 2000
3 10 (16.13%) Windows Vista
3 10 (16.13%) Windows XP
4 5 (8.06%) Linux
4 5 (8.06%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (24.19%) Problem-Solving
2 13 (20.97%) Project Management
3 10 (16.13%) PRINCE2
4 9 (14.52%) ITIL
4 9 (14.52%) Six Sigma
5 7 (11.29%) ERP
6 6 (9.68%) Lean Six Sigma
6 6 (9.68%) Mathematics
7 5 (8.06%) Change Management
7 5 (8.06%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (8.06%) Migration
7 5 (8.06%) Project Planning
8 4 (6.45%) ITSM
8 4 (6.45%) Network Management
8 4 (6.45%) Performance Monitoring
8 4 (6.45%) Quality Management
8 4 (6.45%) Reverse Engineering
8 4 (6.45%) Service Management
9 3 (4.84%) Risk Management
9 3 (4.84%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 3 (4.84%) C
1 3 (4.84%) SQL
2 1 (1.61%) Bash Shell
2 1 (1.61%) C#
2 1 (1.61%) C++
2 1 (1.61%) Java
2 1 (1.61%) Perl
2 1 (1.61%) PHP
2 1 (1.61%) PL/SQL
2 1 (1.61%) Python
2 1 (1.61%) Shell Script
2 1 (1.61%) VB
Qualifications
1 26 (41.94%) HND
2 20 (32.26%) Security Cleared
3 18 (29.03%) Degree
4 13 (20.97%) DV Cleared
5 11 (17.74%) MCSE
5 11 (17.74%) Microsoft Certification
6 10 (16.13%) MCP
6 10 (16.13%) MCSA
6 10 (16.13%) SC Cleared
7 7 (11.29%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 6 (9.68%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (6.45%) CCNA
10 3 (4.84%) APMP
11 2 (3.23%) A+ Certification
11 2 (3.23%) CCNP
11 2 (3.23%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (3.23%) NVQ Level 3
12 1 (1.61%) Chartered Engineer
12 1 (1.61%) ISTQB
12 1 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.68%) ISO 14001
1 6 (9.68%) ISO 9001
2 3 (4.84%) QA
2 3 (4.84%) SLA
3 1 (1.61%) PMO
3 1 (1.61%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (4.84%) Active Directory
1 3 (4.84%) Firmware
2 2 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.61%) Docker
3 1 (1.61%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (1.61%) Oracle RAC
3 1 (1.61%) Veritas Cluster Server
3 1 (1.61%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.61%) vSphere
3 1 (1.61%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 2 (3.23%) FortiGate
1 2 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (3.23%) SCCM
2 1 (1.61%) Ansible
2 1 (1.61%) Data Guard
2 1 (1.61%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 33 (53.23%) Microsoft
2 7 (11.29%) Cisco
3 5 (8.06%) Oracle
3 5 (8.06%) SAP
4 3 (4.84%) Juniper
4 3 (4.84%) SolarWinds
5 2 (3.23%) Extreme Networks
5 2 (3.23%) Remedy
5 2 (3.23%) VMware
6 1 (1.61%) Allen-Bradley
6 1 (1.61%) Apple
6 1 (1.61%) CheckPoint
6 1 (1.61%) Citrix
6 1 (1.61%) Huawei
6 1 (1.61%) NetApp
6 1 (1.61%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.61%) Siemens
6 1 (1.61%) Veritas
6 1 (1.61%) Workday