Period
to 22 February 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for HNC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 22 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
6 months to
22 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 794 776 772
Rank change year-on-year -18 -4 -15
Contract jobs citing HNC 80 76 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.079% 0.079% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.42% 0.38% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 34 68
UK median daily rate £375 £334 £326
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.36% +2.30% +8.75%
10th Percentile £130 £190 £204
90th Percentile £473 £406 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £383 £288 £323
% change year-on-year +33.04% -10.92% +7.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 19 18
UK median hourly rate £32.25 £37.50 £36.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.00% +2.04% +63.33%
10th Percentile £14.13 £14.90 £16.51
90th Percentile £40.38 £54.30 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year -14.67% - +61.29%

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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 19,097 19,883 22,301
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.80% 20.71% 20.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,712 12,595 13,624
UK median daily rate £437 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 851 914 1,001
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% - +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £30.11
% change year-on-year -5.45% -8.65% +54.38%

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing HNC over the 6 months to 22 February 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing HNC over the 6 months to 22 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing HNC within the UK over the 6 months to 22 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
UK excluding London -5 65 £383 +33.04% 194
England -32 65 £395 +13.67% 191
South East -3 20 £425 +62.68% 39
London -55 12 £368 +1.38% 12
North of England +32 11 - - 35
South West +2 11 £425 +27.34% 19
East of England +2 8 - - 30
Yorkshire -4 8 - - 13
Scotland -5 7 £369 +71.51% 3
Wales +1 5 £363 +26.09% 9
Midlands 0 3 £400 +1.27% 56
West Midlands +2 2 £400 - 38
North West +1 2 - - 18
East Midlands -8 1 £400 +1.27% 18
North East - 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 22 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 with a requirement for HNC.

1 40 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 23 (28.75%) HND
2 23 (28.75%) Windows
3 21 (26.25%) Microsoft Office
4 19 (23.75%) Security Cleared
5 16 (20.00%) PRINCE2
6 15 (18.75%) Project Management
7 14 (17.50%) Active Directory
8 13 (16.25%) Microsoft Certification
8 13 (16.25%) ITIL
8 13 (16.25%) Degree
9 12 (15.00%) Windows 7
10 11 (13.75%) SC Cleared
10 11 (13.75%) Manufacturing
11 10 (12.50%) Unix
11 10 (12.50%) Microsoft Project
11 10 (12.50%) Driving Licence
12 9 (11.25%) DV Cleared
12 9 (11.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 9 (11.25%) Performance Management
12 9 (11.25%) Configuration Management
12 9 (11.25%) Change Management
12 9 (11.25%) Management Information System
12 9 (11.25%) Information Security
13 8 (10.00%) Firewall
13 8 (10.00%) Service Delivery
13 8 (10.00%) MCP
13 8 (10.00%) Windows 2000
13 8 (10.00%) Windows XP
13 8 (10.00%) LAN

HNC
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 5 (6.25%) MS Exchange
2 4 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2013
2 4 (5.00%) IIS
2 4 (5.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.25%) Documentum
Applications
1 21 (26.25%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (12.50%) Microsoft Project
3 5 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (6.25%) SOLIDWORKS
3 5 (6.25%) Windchill
4 3 (3.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (2.50%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (1.25%) AutoCAD
6 1 (1.25%) CATIA
6 1 (1.25%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (6.25%) Teamcenter
2 1 (1.25%) Maximo
2 1 (1.25%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.75%) Office 365
2 1 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.00%) Firewall
1 8 (10.00%) LAN
1 8 (10.00%) VLAN
1 8 (10.00%) WAN
2 6 (7.50%) IP Telephony
3 5 (6.25%) Ethernet
3 5 (6.25%) RS-232
4 4 (5.00%) DHCP
4 4 (5.00%) DNS
4 4 (5.00%) FTP
4 4 (5.00%) TCP/IP
4 4 (5.00%) VSAN
5 3 (3.75%) IPsec
5 3 (3.75%) Junos
5 3 (3.75%) Network Security
5 3 (3.75%) SSL
5 3 (3.75%) Unified Communications
6 2 (2.50%) LTE
7 1 (1.25%) 3G
7 1 (1.25%) MGW
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.00%) SQL Server
1 4 (5.00%) SQL Server 2008
1 4 (5.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (1.25%) Data Mining
2 1 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.25%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (3.75%) Protractor
1 3 (3.75%) Selenium
1 3 (3.75%) SpecFlow
1 3 (3.75%) WebDriver
General
1 11 (13.75%) Manufacturing
2 7 (8.75%) Aerospace
3 6 (7.50%) Finance
3 6 (7.50%) Military
4 5 (6.25%) Electronics
5 4 (5.00%) Automotive
5 4 (5.00%) French Language
5 4 (5.00%) German Language
5 4 (5.00%) Telecoms
6 3 (3.75%) Marketing
7 1 (1.25%) Back Office
7 1 (1.25%) Banking
7 1 (1.25%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (13.75%) Project Manager
2 8 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support
2 8 (10.00%) Electrical Engineer
2 8 (10.00%) Service Desk Support
3 7 (8.75%) Design Engineer
4 6 (7.50%) Active Directory Support
4 6 (7.50%) Analyst
4 6 (7.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 6 (7.50%) Telephony Support
5 5 (6.25%) Electrical Design Engineer
5 5 (6.25%) Test Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) Configuration Manager
6 4 (5.00%) Network Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (5.00%) Service Analyst
6 4 (5.00%) Service Desk Analyst
7 3 (3.75%) Network Specialist
7 3 (3.75%) Security Specialist
7 3 (3.75%) Software Test Engineer
7 3 (3.75%) Validation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.75%) .NET
1 3 (3.75%) AngularJS
1 3 (3.75%) REST
2 1 (1.25%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.50%) Driving Licence
2 9 (11.25%) Management Information System
3 5 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (3.75%) Computer Science
4 3 (3.75%) Data Centre
4 3 (3.75%) Smartphone
4 3 (3.75%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (2.50%) CCTV
6 1 (1.25%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 23 (28.75%) Windows
2 12 (15.00%) Windows 7
3 10 (12.50%) Unix
4 8 (10.00%) Windows 2000
4 8 (10.00%) Windows Server
4 8 (10.00%) Windows Vista
4 8 (10.00%) Windows XP
5 4 (5.00%) Windows 10
5 4 (5.00%) Windows 8
6 2 (2.50%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (20.00%) PRINCE2
2 15 (18.75%) Project Management
3 13 (16.25%) ITIL
4 9 (11.25%) Change Management
4 9 (11.25%) Configuration Management
4 9 (11.25%) Information Security
4 9 (11.25%) Performance Management
5 8 (10.00%) Data Protection
5 8 (10.00%) Feasibility Study
5 8 (10.00%) Service Delivery
6 6 (7.50%) Validation
7 5 (6.25%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (6.25%) Data Entry
7 5 (6.25%) Six Sigma
8 4 (5.00%) Capacity Planning
8 4 (5.00%) High Availability
8 4 (5.00%) ITIL V3
8 4 (5.00%) Security Hardening
8 4 (5.00%) Test Strategy
8 4 (5.00%) Work Breakdown Structure
Programming Languages
1 7 (8.75%) C
2 5 (6.25%) SQL
3 3 (3.75%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.50%) PHP
Qualifications
1 23 (28.75%) HND
2 19 (23.75%) Security Cleared
3 13 (16.25%) Degree
3 13 (16.25%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (13.75%) SC Cleared
5 9 (11.25%) DV Cleared
5 9 (11.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 8 (10.00%) MCP
7 7 (8.75%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (6.25%) APMP
8 5 (6.25%) MCSE
9 4 (5.00%) CCNA
10 3 (3.75%) A+ Certification
10 3 (3.75%) CCNP
11 2 (2.50%) ISEB
12 1 (1.25%) IRCA
12 1 (1.25%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.50%) SLA
2 3 (3.75%) QA
3 2 (2.50%) ISO 9001
3 2 (2.50%) PMO
4 1 (1.25%) Def Stans
4 1 (1.25%) ISO 14001
4 1 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 14 (17.50%) Active Directory
2 6 (7.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (7.50%) vSphere
3 5 (6.25%) Firmware
4 4 (5.00%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 4 (5.00%) Backup Exec
1 4 (5.00%) McAfee ePO
1 4 (5.00%) NetBackup
1 4 (5.00%) Norton AntiVirus
1 4 (5.00%) SCCM
1 4 (5.00%) SCOM
1 4 (5.00%) vCenter Server
1 4 (5.00%) WSUS
2 3 (3.75%) QRadar
Vendors
1 40 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (7.50%) VMware
3 5 (6.25%) BT
3 5 (6.25%) EMC
4 4 (5.00%) Adobe
4 4 (5.00%) Cisco
4 4 (5.00%) McAfee
4 4 (5.00%) Symantec
5 3 (3.75%) Juniper
5 3 (3.75%) SolarWinds
6 2 (2.50%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.25%) Citrix
7 1 (1.25%) Nokia
7 1 (1.25%) Nokia Networks
7 1 (1.25%) Teradata