Period
to 13 December 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 13 December 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
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 806 803 798
Rank change year-on-year -3 -5 -38
Contract jobs citing HNC 66 59 72
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.068% 0.062% 0.075%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 0.33% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 21 29
England median daily rate £414 £390 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.09% +5.41% +0.68%
10th Percentile £263 £323 £202
90th Percentile £488 £460 £439
UK median daily rate £427 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +25.50% -2.79% +0.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 24 16
England median hourly rate £17.13 £27.19 £29.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.99% -7.06% -22.00%
10th Percentile £15.30 £14.10 £14.25
90th Percentile £44.88 £37.66 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £25.81 £27.19 £29.25
% change year-on-year -5.06% -7.06% -22.00%

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 18,455 17,997 19,549
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.14% 18.94% 20.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,982 11,079 12,236
England median daily rate £450 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £260 £230 £245
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 865 817 775
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -1.96% +5.24%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £49.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £26.10 £25.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year +2.36% -1.92% +4.00%

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 13 December 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 13 December 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 13 December 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
North of England +6 24 - - 38
South East -8 20 £429 +10.71% 61
Yorkshire 0 15 - - 13
South West -37 10 £425 - 37
North West - 9 - - 16
Midlands -10 8 - - 53
East Midlands +8 4 - - 20
West Midlands -23 4 - - 33
London +10 2 £375 +2.04% 23
East of England 0 2 £145 - 18
HNC
UK

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 32 (48.48%) Microsoft
2 29 (43.94%) HND
3 24 (36.36%) Windows
4 21 (31.82%) Degree
5 19 (28.79%) Security Cleared
6 18 (27.27%) Internet
7 17 (25.76%) Microsoft Office
8 16 (24.24%) Project Management
9 15 (22.73%) Microsoft Certification
9 15 (22.73%) MCSE
9 15 (22.73%) DV Cleared
10 14 (21.21%) Windows 7
10 14 (21.21%) Windows Vista
10 14 (21.21%) MCSA
10 14 (21.21%) MCP
10 14 (21.21%) Unix
10 14 (21.21%) Windows XP
10 14 (21.21%) Windows 2000
11 13 (19.70%) Problem-Solving
12 11 (16.67%) PRINCE2
12 11 (16.67%) Microsoft Project
13 9 (13.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 8 (12.12%) Continuous Improvement
15 7 (10.61%) SC Cleared
15 7 (10.61%) Quality Management
15 7 (10.61%) Telecoms
15 7 (10.61%) Finance
15 7 (10.61%) ITIL
15 7 (10.61%) Six Sigma
16 6 (9.09%) Remedy

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 (3.03%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 17 (25.76%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (16.67%) Microsoft Project
3 5 (7.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (7.58%) MS Visio
4 4 (6.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (3.03%) AutoCAD
5 2 (3.03%) CATIA
6 1 (1.52%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.52%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.52%) Primavera
1 1 (1.52%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (1.52%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.03%) SuccessFactors
1 2 (3.03%) Taleo
2 1 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.52%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 18 (27.27%) Internet
2 4 (6.06%) VLAN
2 4 (6.06%) Wireless
3 3 (4.55%) Firewall
4 2 (3.03%) Ethernet
4 2 (3.03%) Network Security
4 2 (3.03%) WAN
5 1 (1.52%) ATM
5 1 (1.52%) HTTPS
5 1 (1.52%) LAN
5 1 (1.52%) Radio Access Network
5 1 (1.52%) SSH
5 1 (1.52%) SSL
5 1 (1.52%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.03%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.52%) Firebird
2 1 (1.52%) MySQL
2 1 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.52%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 4 (6.06%) Bugzilla
2 3 (4.55%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.52%) JIRA
3 1 (1.52%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.52%) Rational Statemate
General
1 7 (10.61%) Finance
1 7 (10.61%) Telecoms
2 4 (6.06%) Aerospace
3 3 (4.55%) Electronics
3 3 (4.55%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.03%) Military
5 1 (1.52%) Avionics
5 1 (1.52%) Billing
5 1 (1.52%) Law
Job Titles
1 22 (33.33%) Analyst
2 16 (24.24%) Service Analyst
3 15 (22.73%) Service Desk Analyst
4 9 (13.64%) Project Manager
5 6 (9.09%) Test Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Business Process Analyst
6 4 (6.06%) Process Analyst
6 4 (6.06%) Systems Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Systems Test Engineer
7 2 (3.03%) Developer
7 2 (3.03%) IT Manager
7 2 (3.03%) IT Project Manager
7 2 (3.03%) Junior
7 2 (3.03%) Network Specialist
7 2 (3.03%) Project Leader
7 2 (3.03%) Senior Network Specialist
7 2 (3.03%) Support Engineer
7 2 (3.03%) Systems Analyst
7 2 (3.03%) Systems Test Analyst
7 2 (3.03%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.03%) Oracle Fusion
2 1 (1.52%) .NET
2 1 (1.52%) RESTful
2 1 (1.52%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.58%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.55%) Data Centre
2 3 (4.55%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.52%) Driving Licence
3 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.52%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 1 (1.52%) NHS
3 1 (1.52%) Renewable Energy
3 1 (1.52%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 24 (36.36%) Windows
2 14 (21.21%) Unix
2 14 (21.21%) Windows 2000
2 14 (21.21%) Windows 7
2 14 (21.21%) Windows Vista
2 14 (21.21%) Windows XP
3 4 (6.06%) Windows Server
4 2 (3.03%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (24.24%) Project Management
2 13 (19.70%) Problem-Solving
3 11 (16.67%) PRINCE2
4 8 (12.12%) Continuous Improvement
5 7 (10.61%) ITIL
5 7 (10.61%) Quality Management
5 7 (10.61%) Six Sigma
6 6 (9.09%) Change Management
6 6 (9.09%) Root Cause Analysis
7 5 (7.58%) Computer Science
7 5 (7.58%) ERP
7 5 (7.58%) Lean Six Sigma
7 5 (7.58%) Software Testing
8 4 (6.06%) CAD
8 4 (6.06%) Migration
8 4 (6.06%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (6.06%) Test Management
8 4 (6.06%) Time Management
9 3 (4.55%) Line Management
9 3 (4.55%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (6.06%) C
2 2 (3.03%) SQL
3 1 (1.52%) C#
3 1 (1.52%) C++
3 1 (1.52%) PL/SQL
3 1 (1.52%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.52%) Shell Script
3 1 (1.52%) VB
Qualifications
1 29 (43.94%) HND
2 21 (31.82%) Degree
3 19 (28.79%) Security Cleared
4 15 (22.73%) DV Cleared
4 15 (22.73%) MCSE
4 15 (22.73%) Microsoft Certification
5 14 (21.21%) MCP
5 14 (21.21%) MCSA
6 9 (13.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 7 (10.61%) SC Cleared
8 5 (7.58%) ISTQB
9 4 (6.06%) APMP
10 3 (4.55%) CCNA
10 3 (4.55%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (1.52%) Computer Science Degree
11 1 (1.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 1 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (1.52%) NVQ Level 3
11 1 (1.52%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.58%) ISO 9001
2 4 (6.06%) ISO 14001
3 3 (4.55%) SLA
4 2 (3.03%) QA
5 1 (1.52%) COSHH
5 1 (1.52%) NEBOSH
5 1 (1.52%) PMO
5 1 (1.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 3 (4.55%) Firmware
2 2 (3.03%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.03%) Virtual Desktop
2 2 (3.03%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (3.03%) XenDesktop
3 1 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (6.06%) Netcool
2 3 (4.55%) SCCM
3 1 (1.52%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 32 (48.48%) Microsoft
2 6 (9.09%) Remedy
2 6 (9.09%) SolarWinds
3 5 (7.58%) SAP
4 4 (6.06%) Oracle
5 3 (4.55%) Cisco
6 2 (3.03%) Citrix
6 2 (3.03%) Juniper
6 2 (3.03%) VMware
7 1 (1.52%) Apple
7 1 (1.52%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.52%) EMC
7 1 (1.52%) NetApp
7 1 (1.52%) Workday