The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for HNC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 March 2017 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)
England / North West
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 127 - 148
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs citing HNC 5 0 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.19% - 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.04% - 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 6
Median daily rate £342 - £681
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 - £663
10% offered a daily rate of more than £368 - £713
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £275 £358
% change year-on-year +12.54% -23.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.75 £35.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +17.60% +115.15%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 482 801 747
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.67% 20.87% 20.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 281 398 340
Median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 50 70
Median hourly rate £42.48 £40.00 £46.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.18% -14.36%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £62.50 £59.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing HNC as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for HNC in the North West

HNC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for HNC in the North West

HNC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for HNC in the North West

HNC
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing HNC within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 March 2017. 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 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
Lancashire - 3 £342 -
Manchester - 1 - - 4
Cumbria - 1 - -
HNC
England

HNC
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, 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 across the North West region with a requirement for HNC.

1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft
1 3 (60.00%) Degree
2 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (40.00%) WCF
2 2 (40.00%) LINQ
2 2 (40.00%) ASP.NET MVC
2 2 (40.00%) Entity Framework
2 2 (40.00%) LINQ to SQL
2 2 (40.00%) ASP.NET MVC 3
2 2 (40.00%) Web Application Development
2 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (40.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 2 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (40.00%) .NET Framework
2 2 (40.00%) MVC
2 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (40.00%) C#
2 2 (40.00%) HTML
2 2 (40.00%) JavaScript
2 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 2 (40.00%) T-SQL
2 2 (40.00%) VB
2 2 (40.00%) VB.NET
2 2 (40.00%) .NET
2 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (40.00%) ADO.NET
2 2 (40.00%) Classic ASP
2 2 (40.00%) ASP.NET
2 2 (40.00%) CSS
2 2 (40.00%) Web Services

HNC
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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:

Applications
1 1 (20.00%) 3ds Max
1 1 (20.00%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2005
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (20.00%) MS Access
General
1 1 (20.00%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) .NET Developer
1 2 (40.00%) Developer
2 1 (20.00%) CAD Designer
2 1 (20.00%) Designer
2 1 (20.00%) Integration Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Risk Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Integration Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Support Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (40.00%) .NET
1 2 (40.00%) .NET Framework
1 2 (40.00%) ADO.NET
1 2 (40.00%) ASP.NET
1 2 (40.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 2 (40.00%) ASP.NET MVC 3
1 2 (40.00%) Classic ASP
1 2 (40.00%) CSS
1 2 (40.00%) Entity Framework
1 2 (40.00%) HTML
1 2 (40.00%) LINQ
1 2 (40.00%) LINQ to SQL
1 2 (40.00%) WCF
1 2 (40.00%) Web Services
1 2 (40.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (20.00%) Driving Licence
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) ITIL
1 2 (40.00%) MVC
1 2 (40.00%) Web Application Development
2 1 (20.00%) Business Development
2 1 (20.00%) CAD
2 1 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
2 1 (20.00%) Mentoring
2 1 (20.00%) Project Management
2 1 (20.00%) Risk Analysis
2 1 (20.00%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (40.00%) C#
1 2 (40.00%) JavaScript
1 2 (40.00%) SQL
1 2 (40.00%) T-SQL
1 2 (40.00%) VB
1 2 (40.00%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (60.00%) Degree
2 2 (40.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 1 (20.00%) HND
3 1 (20.00%) PMP
Vendors
1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft