The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for HNC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Higher National Certificate (HNC)
England / South East
Rank 223 251 219
Rank change year-on-year +28 -32  
Contract jobs citing HNC 17 14 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.22% 0.15% 0.42%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.78% 0.55% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 15
Median daily rate £345 £278 £265
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +24.32% +4.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £270 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £378 £376 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £316 £275 £358
% change year-on-year +14.90% -23.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 3
Median hourly rate £50.00 £36.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.88% +125.00%  
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 South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 2189 2536 2677
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 28.31% 27.50% 27.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1303 1562 1382
Median daily rate £409 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 138 107 105
Median hourly rate £27.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.13 £62.45 £50.44
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 South East

HNC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for HNC in the South East

HNC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing HNC in the South East over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for HNC in the South East

HNC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for HNC in the South East

HNC
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing HNC in the South East over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for HNC in the South East

HNC
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing HNC within the South East region over the 3 months to 26 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
Hampshire +12 6 £345 - 1
Berkshire +28 5 £223 -21.92%
West Sussex - 3 - -
Middlesex - 2 £375 -
Surrey +7 1 - -
HNC
England

HNC
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 26 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 South East region with a requirement for HNC.

1 11 (45.83%) HND
2 8 (33.33%) Degree
3 7 (29.17%) Mathematics
3 7 (29.17%) Telecoms
4 6 (25.00%) JavaScript
4 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 6 (25.00%) Process Improvement
5 5 (20.83%) Radio Access Network
5 5 (20.83%) .NET
5 5 (20.83%) C
5 5 (20.83%) Microsoft
5 5 (20.83%) Validation
6 4 (16.67%) Project Management
6 4 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (16.67%) Quality Management
6 4 (16.67%) CCNP
6 4 (16.67%) CCNA
6 4 (16.67%) MS Office
6 4 (16.67%) LTE
6 4 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (16.67%) SQL
7 3 (12.50%) Marketing
7 3 (12.50%) Computer Science
7 3 (12.50%) Selenium
7 3 (12.50%) SpecFlow
7 3 (12.50%) AngularJS
7 3 (12.50%) Driving Licence
7 3 (12.50%) Protractor
7 3 (12.50%) Test Strategy
7 3 (12.50%) BDD

HNC
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 (8.33%) Confluence
1 2 (8.33%) SharePoint
2 1 (4.17%) Apache
2 1 (4.17%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (16.67%) MS Office
2 3 (12.50%) MS Excel
3 2 (8.33%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (4.17%) CATIA
4 1 (4.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (4.17%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 5 (20.83%) Radio Access Network
2 4 (16.67%) LTE
3 3 (12.50%) 2G
3 3 (12.50%) 3G
3 3 (12.50%) 4G
3 3 (12.50%) Internet
4 1 (4.17%) ATM
4 1 (4.17%) Ethernet
4 1 (4.17%) HTTP
4 1 (4.17%) Network Security
4 1 (4.17%) TCP/IP
4 1 (4.17%) VLAN
4 1 (4.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.17%) MS Access
2 1 (4.17%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) Protractor
1 3 (12.50%) Selenium
1 3 (12.50%) SpecFlow
1 3 (12.50%) WebDriver
2 2 (8.33%) JIRA
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (8.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (29.17%) Telecoms
2 3 (12.50%) Marketing
3 2 (8.33%) Aerospace
3 2 (8.33%) Electronics
3 2 (8.33%) Finance
4 1 (4.17%) Automotive
4 1 (4.17%) Back Office
4 1 (4.17%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (20.83%) Developer
2 3 (12.50%) Developer in Test
2 3 (12.50%) Project Manager
3 2 (8.33%) Designer
3 2 (8.33%) Test Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) 4G Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Applications Developer
4 1 (4.17%) CATIA Designer
4 1 (4.17%) Electronics Technician
4 1 (4.17%) Lead Developer
4 1 (4.17%) LTE Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Senior Designer
4 1 (4.17%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Systems Test Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Telecoms Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Test and Validation Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Test Manager
4 1 (4.17%) Tester
4 1 (4.17%) Validation Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (20.83%) .NET
2 3 (12.50%) AngularJS
2 3 (12.50%) REST
3 2 (8.33%) ASP.NET
3 2 (8.33%) XML
4 1 (4.17%) HTML
4 1 (4.17%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Computer Science
1 3 (12.50%) Driving Licence
2 1 (4.17%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3 (12.50%) Unix
2 1 (4.17%) Android
2 1 (4.17%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (29.17%) Mathematics
2 6 (25.00%) Process Improvement
3 5 (20.83%) Validation
4 4 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (16.67%) Project Management
4 4 (16.67%) Quality Management
5 3 (12.50%) BDD
5 3 (12.50%) Exploratory Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Test Automation
5 3 (12.50%) Test Strategy
6 2 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (8.33%) CRM
6 2 (8.33%) Functional Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Line Management
6 2 (8.33%) Logistics
6 2 (8.33%) MVC
6 2 (8.33%) Service Delivery
6 2 (8.33%) Software Testing
6 2 (8.33%) System Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 6 (25.00%) JavaScript
2 5 (20.83%) C
3 4 (16.67%) SQL
4 3 (12.50%) Perl
5 2 (8.33%) C#
6 1 (4.17%) Java
6 1 (4.17%) PHP
Qualifications
1 11 (45.83%) HND
2 8 (33.33%) Degree
3 6 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 4 (16.67%) CCNA
4 4 (16.67%) CCNP
4 4 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (8.33%) Chartered Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) ISEB
5 2 (8.33%) SC Cleared
6 1 (4.17%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) ISO 9001
1 1 (4.17%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.17%) NSN NetAct
1 1 (4.17%) OpenView
1 1 (4.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 5 (20.83%) Microsoft
2 3 (12.50%) HP
3 2 (8.33%) Oracle
3 2 (8.33%) Serena
4 1 (4.17%) Juniper
4 1 (4.17%) SevOne
4 1 (4.17%) SolarWinds