Period
to 23 February 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 February 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 782 752 744
Rank change year-on-year -30 -8 -24
Contract jobs citing HNC 65 74 108
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.070% 0.083% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.41% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 30 65
England median daily rate £395 £348 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.67% +0.72% +15.00%
10th Percentile £294 £199 £209
90th Percentile £492 £409 £480
UK median daily rate £375 £334 £328
% change year-on-year +12.36% +1.91% +9.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 20 16
England median hourly rate £32.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +6.67% +66.67%
10th Percentile £14.13 £15.25 £18.88
90th Percentile £40.05 £53.90 £43.25
UK median hourly rate £32.25 £40.00 £36.75
% change year-on-year -19.38% +8.84% +63.33%

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 17,514 18,193 20,744
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.80% 20.45% 20.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,719 11,452 12,814
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £231 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £578
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 794 852 923
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £26.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +2.14% +41.71%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.20 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £50.79
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% - +44.74%

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 February 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 February 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 February 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 -3 20 £425 +62.68% 39
London -42 12 £368 +1.38% 11
North of England +34 11 - - 34
South West +8 11 £425 +27.34% 17
Yorkshire +1 8 - - 13
East of England -3 8 - - 28
Midlands -4 3 £400 +1.27% 57
West Midlands +7 2 £400 - 38
North West +6 2 - - 17
East Midlands -7 1 £400 +1.27% 19
North East - 1 - - 4
HNC
UK

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 31 (47.69%) Microsoft
2 21 (32.31%) HND
3 20 (30.77%) Microsoft Office
4 14 (21.54%) Windows
5 13 (20.00%) Security Cleared
6 12 (18.46%) PRINCE2
6 12 (18.46%) Project Management
7 10 (15.38%) Unix
7 10 (15.38%) Microsoft Project
7 10 (15.38%) Manufacturing
7 10 (15.38%) Driving Licence
8 9 (13.85%) Performance Management
8 9 (13.85%) Change Management
8 9 (13.85%) Management Information System
8 9 (13.85%) Information Security
8 9 (13.85%) Configuration Management
8 9 (13.85%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (12.31%) MCP
9 8 (12.31%) Windows 2000
9 8 (12.31%) Windows XP
9 8 (12.31%) LAN
9 8 (12.31%) WAN
9 8 (12.31%) Service Delivery
9 8 (12.31%) Degree
9 8 (12.31%) Windows Vista
9 8 (12.31%) Data Protection
9 8 (12.31%) Windows 7
9 8 (12.31%) Feasibility Study
10 7 (10.77%) SC Cleared
10 7 (10.77%) DV Cleared

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 1 (1.54%) Documentum
Applications
1 20 (30.77%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (15.38%) Microsoft Project
3 5 (7.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (7.69%) SOLIDWORKS
3 5 (7.69%) Windchill
4 3 (4.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (3.08%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (1.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (7.69%) Teamcenter
2 1 (1.54%) Maximo
2 1 (1.54%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.54%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (12.31%) LAN
1 8 (12.31%) WAN
2 6 (9.23%) IP Telephony
3 5 (7.69%) Ethernet
3 5 (7.69%) RS-232
4 4 (6.15%) FTP
5 3 (4.62%) Firewall
5 3 (4.62%) IPsec
5 3 (4.62%) Junos
5 3 (4.62%) Network Security
5 3 (4.62%) SSL
5 3 (4.62%) VLAN
6 2 (3.08%) LTE
7 1 (1.54%) 3G
7 1 (1.54%) 4G
7 1 (1.54%) Diameter Protocol
7 1 (1.54%) ISUP
7 1 (1.54%) Megaco
7 1 (1.54%) MGW
7 1 (1.54%) TETRA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.54%) Data Mining
1 1 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.54%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (4.62%) Protractor
1 3 (4.62%) Selenium
1 3 (4.62%) SpecFlow
1 3 (4.62%) WebDriver
General
1 10 (15.38%) Manufacturing
2 7 (10.77%) Aerospace
3 6 (9.23%) Finance
4 5 (7.69%) Electronics
4 5 (7.69%) Military
5 4 (6.15%) Automotive
5 4 (6.15%) French Language
5 4 (6.15%) German Language
5 4 (6.15%) Telecoms
6 3 (4.62%) Marketing
7 1 (1.54%) Back Office
7 1 (1.54%) Banking
7 1 (1.54%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (12.31%) 2nd Line Support
1 8 (12.31%) Electrical Engineer
1 8 (12.31%) Project Manager
1 8 (12.31%) Service Desk Support
2 6 (9.23%) Active Directory Support
2 6 (9.23%) Design Engineer
2 6 (9.23%) Telephony Support
3 5 (7.69%) Electrical Design Engineer
3 5 (7.69%) Test Engineer
4 4 (6.15%) Configuration Manager
5 3 (4.62%) Network Engineer
5 3 (4.62%) Network Security Specialist
5 3 (4.62%) Network Specialist
5 3 (4.62%) Security Specialist
5 3 (4.62%) Software Test Engineer
5 3 (4.62%) Software Validation Engineer
5 3 (4.62%) Test and Validation Engineer
5 3 (4.62%) Validation Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
6 2 (3.08%) SC Cleared Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.62%) .NET
1 3 (4.62%) AngularJS
1 3 (4.62%) REST
2 1 (1.54%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 10 (15.38%) Driving Licence
2 9 (13.85%) Management Information System
3 5 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.62%) Computer Science
4 3 (4.62%) Data Centre
5 2 (3.08%) CCTV
6 1 (1.54%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 14 (21.54%) Windows
2 10 (15.38%) Unix
3 8 (12.31%) Windows 2000
3 8 (12.31%) Windows 7
3 8 (12.31%) Windows Vista
3 8 (12.31%) Windows XP
4 3 (4.62%) Windows Server
5 2 (3.08%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (18.46%) PRINCE2
1 12 (18.46%) Project Management
2 9 (13.85%) Change Management
2 9 (13.85%) Configuration Management
2 9 (13.85%) Information Security
2 9 (13.85%) Performance Management
3 8 (12.31%) Data Protection
3 8 (12.31%) Feasibility Study
3 8 (12.31%) Service Delivery
4 6 (9.23%) Validation
5 5 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
5 5 (7.69%) Data Entry
6 4 (6.15%) Capacity Planning
6 4 (6.15%) Data Management
6 4 (6.15%) ITIL
6 4 (6.15%) PDM
6 4 (6.15%) Six Sigma
6 4 (6.15%) Test Strategy
6 4 (6.15%) Workflow
7 3 (4.62%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 7 (10.77%) C
2 3 (4.62%) JavaScript
3 2 (3.08%) PHP
4 1 (1.54%) SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (32.31%) HND
2 13 (20.00%) Security Cleared
3 9 (13.85%) Microsoft Certification
4 8 (12.31%) Degree
4 8 (12.31%) MCP
5 7 (10.77%) DV Cleared
5 7 (10.77%) SC Cleared
6 6 (9.23%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (9.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 5 (7.69%) APMP
8 3 (4.62%) CCNA
8 3 (4.62%) CCNP
9 2 (3.08%) ISEB
10 1 (1.54%) IRCA
10 1 (1.54%) MCITP
10 1 (1.54%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.69%) SLA
2 3 (4.62%) QA
3 2 (3.08%) ISO 9001
3 2 (3.08%) PMO
4 1 (1.54%) Def Stans
4 1 (1.54%) ISO 14001
4 1 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 7 (10.77%) Active Directory
2 5 (7.69%) Firmware
3 1 (1.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.54%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (4.62%) QRadar
Vendors
1 31 (47.69%) Microsoft
2 5 (7.69%) BT
2 5 (7.69%) EMC
3 4 (6.15%) Adobe
4 3 (4.62%) Cisco
4 3 (4.62%) Juniper
4 3 (4.62%) SolarWinds
5 1 (1.54%) CheckPoint
5 1 (1.54%) Citrix
5 1 (1.54%) Nokia
5 1 (1.54%) Nokia Networks
5 1 (1.54%) Teradata
5 1 (1.54%) VMware