Period
to 21 June 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 21 June 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 798 752 826
Rank change year-on-year -46 +74 -82
Contract jobs citing HNC 81 94 73
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.081% 0.10% 0.068%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.43% 0.51% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 39 21
UK median daily rate £385 £345 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.59% +6.15% -3.70%
10th Percentile £174 £213 £108
90th Percentile £544 £405 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £345 £325
% change year-on-year +11.59% +6.15% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 28 10
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
10th Percentile £16.14 £25.12 £18.40
90th Percentile £50.25 £54.00 £45.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.06
% change year-on-year - +16.43% +1.14%

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 18,956 18,412 22,930
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.95% 20.20% 21.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,335 11,371 14,304
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.23% +1.94%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £594 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 861 935 852
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £30.00 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.13% -6.25% +42.22%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £52.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -20.63% -10.00% +55.56%

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 21 June 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 21 June 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 21 June 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 -9 73 £385 +11.59% 160
England -79 62 £415 +20.29% 158
South East -34 16 £325 -5.80% 25
Scotland -25 12 £188 - 6
North of England -32 12 - - 31
East of England +11 11 - - 28
Midlands -9 10 £500 - 39
West Midlands -6 9 £500 - 18
London -39 8 £465 +44.19% 11
Wales +1 7 £450 +56.52% 8
North West -11 5 - - 20
South West -11 5 - - 24
Yorkshire -12 5 - - 4
North East - 2 - - 7
East Midlands -3 1 - - 21

For the 6 months to 21 June 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 32 (39.51%) Microsoft
2 29 (35.80%) HND
3 24 (29.63%) Windows
3 24 (29.63%) Microsoft Office
4 23 (28.40%) Security Cleared
5 18 (22.22%) Project Management
6 16 (19.75%) Manufacturing
6 16 (19.75%) SC Cleared
7 15 (18.52%) PRINCE2
7 15 (18.52%) Problem-Solving
8 12 (14.81%) ITIL
8 12 (14.81%) Degree
8 12 (14.81%) Windows Server
9 11 (13.58%) Six Sigma
10 10 (12.35%) Cisco
10 10 (12.35%) Telecoms
10 10 (12.35%) Migration
10 10 (12.35%) Cisco Certification
10 10 (12.35%) Driving Licence
11 9 (11.11%) Electronics
11 9 (11.11%) DV Cleared
11 9 (11.11%) VLAN
11 9 (11.11%) Computer Science
11 9 (11.11%) Microsoft Project
12 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Certification
12 8 (9.88%) CCNA
12 8 (9.88%) Active Directory
12 8 (9.88%) Decision-Making
13 7 (8.64%) SLA
13 7 (8.64%) MCP

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 3 (3.70%) IBM Notes
2 2 (2.47%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.23%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 24 (29.63%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (11.11%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (4.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (4.94%) Windchill
4 3 (3.70%) MS Visio
5 2 (2.47%) AutoCAD
5 2 (2.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (1.23%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (1.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (7.41%) Teamcenter
2 1 (1.23%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.70%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.23%) Office 365
2 1 (1.23%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 9 (11.11%) VLAN
2 5 (6.17%) FTP
2 5 (6.17%) WAN
3 4 (4.94%) Firewall
4 3 (3.70%) Ethernet
4 3 (3.70%) IP Telephony
4 3 (3.70%) LAN
5 2 (2.47%) Internet
5 2 (2.47%) IPsec
5 2 (2.47%) IPv4
5 2 (2.47%) LTE
5 2 (2.47%) Network Security
5 2 (2.47%) SAN
5 2 (2.47%) SNMP
5 2 (2.47%) SSL
5 2 (2.47%) Wireless
6 1 (1.23%) 3G
6 1 (1.23%) DVB
6 1 (1.23%) ISUP
6 1 (1.23%) Megaco
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.47%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.23%) EDMS
2 1 (1.23%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.23%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (3.70%) MSI
2 2 (2.47%) Protractor
2 2 (2.47%) Selenium
2 2 (2.47%) SpecFlow
2 2 (2.47%) WebDriver
3 1 (1.23%) Git (software)
General
1 16 (19.75%) Manufacturing
2 10 (12.35%) Telecoms
3 9 (11.11%) Electronics
4 5 (6.17%) Military
5 4 (4.94%) Aerospace
5 4 (4.94%) Automotive
5 4 (4.94%) French Language
5 4 (4.94%) German Language
5 4 (4.94%) Law
6 2 (2.47%) Marketing
7 1 (1.23%) Back Office
7 1 (1.23%) Legal
Job Titles
1 11 (13.58%) Analyst
2 10 (12.35%) Network Engineer
3 9 (11.11%) Project Manager
4 6 (7.41%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
5 5 (6.17%) Service Analyst
5 5 (6.17%) Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (6.17%) Systems Engineer
6 4 (4.94%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (4.94%) Configuration Manager
7 3 (3.70%) Active Directory Support
7 3 (3.70%) Business Process Analyst
7 3 (3.70%) Field Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Field Service Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (3.70%) Process Analyst
7 3 (3.70%) Service Desk Support
7 3 (3.70%) Telephony Support
7 3 (3.70%) Test Engineer
8 2 (2.47%) Microsoft Engineer
8 2 (2.47%) Microsoft Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.47%) .NET
1 2 (2.47%) AngularJS
1 2 (2.47%) REST
2 1 (1.23%) JSON
2 1 (1.23%) XML
2 1 (1.23%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.35%) Driving Licence
2 9 (11.11%) Computer Science
3 6 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (7.41%) Management Information System
4 5 (6.17%) SCADA
4 5 (6.17%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (4.94%) Data Centre
6 3 (3.70%) CCTV
7 2 (2.47%) Data Structures
7 2 (2.47%) PKI
8 1 (1.23%) Handset
8 1 (1.23%) MPEG
8 1 (1.23%) Optoelectronics
8 1 (1.23%) Robotics
8 1 (1.23%) Smartphone
8 1 (1.23%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 24 (29.63%) Windows
2 12 (14.81%) Windows Server
3 7 (8.64%) Windows 7
4 6 (7.41%) Unix
5 5 (6.17%) Linux
5 5 (6.17%) Windows 2000
5 5 (6.17%) Windows Vista
5 5 (6.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (22.22%) Project Management
2 15 (18.52%) PRINCE2
2 15 (18.52%) Problem-Solving
3 12 (14.81%) ITIL
4 11 (13.58%) Six Sigma
5 10 (12.35%) Migration
6 8 (9.88%) Decision-Making
7 6 (7.41%) Change Management
7 6 (7.41%) QMS
8 5 (6.17%) Risk Management
9 4 (4.94%) Configuration Management
9 4 (4.94%) Continuous Improvement
9 4 (4.94%) Data Management
9 4 (4.94%) Mathematics
9 4 (4.94%) PDM
9 4 (4.94%) Performance Management
9 4 (4.94%) Performance Monitoring
9 4 (4.94%) Project Planning
9 4 (4.94%) Reverse Engineering
9 4 (4.94%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.94%) C
2 3 (3.70%) PHP
3 2 (2.47%) JavaScript
3 2 (2.47%) PowerShell
3 2 (2.47%) VB
3 2 (2.47%) VBScript
4 1 (1.23%) Bash Shell
4 1 (1.23%) Java
4 1 (1.23%) Perl
4 1 (1.23%) Python
4 1 (1.23%) SQL
Qualifications
1 29 (35.80%) HND
2 23 (28.40%) Security Cleared
3 16 (19.75%) SC Cleared
4 12 (14.81%) Degree
5 10 (12.35%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (11.11%) DV Cleared
7 8 (9.88%) CCNA
7 8 (9.88%) Microsoft Certification
8 7 (8.64%) MCP
9 6 (7.41%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 5 (6.17%) APMP
11 4 (4.94%) MCSE
12 3 (3.70%) A+ Certification
13 2 (2.47%) CCNP
13 2 (2.47%) MCSA
14 1 (1.23%) Chartered Engineer
14 1 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
14 1 (1.23%) IRCA
14 1 (1.23%) ISEB
14 1 (1.23%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.64%) SLA
2 3 (3.70%) ISO 14001
2 3 (3.70%) ISO 9001
2 3 (3.70%) QA
3 2 (2.47%) PMO
4 1 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 8 (9.88%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.70%) Firmware
3 2 (2.47%) Forefront TMG
3 2 (2.47%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.23%) Docker
4 1 (1.23%) Oracle RAC
4 1 (1.23%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 1 (1.23%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.23%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (3.70%) SCCM
2 2 (2.47%) FortiGate
3 1 (1.23%) Ansible
3 1 (1.23%) Data Guard
3 1 (1.23%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (1.23%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 32 (39.51%) Microsoft
2 10 (12.35%) Cisco
3 4 (4.94%) Adobe
4 3 (3.70%) Altiris
4 3 (3.70%) Lotus
4 3 (3.70%) Sophos
4 3 (3.70%) Symantec
5 2 (2.47%) Apple
5 2 (2.47%) Extreme Networks
5 2 (2.47%) Huawei
5 2 (2.47%) Juniper
5 2 (2.47%) SolarWinds
6 1 (1.23%) EMC
6 1 (1.23%) Nokia
6 1 (1.23%) Oracle
6 1 (1.23%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.23%) SAP
6 1 (1.23%) Siemens
6 1 (1.23%) Veritas
6 1 (1.23%) VMware