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 3 months to 24 June 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)
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 559 600 602
Rank change year-on-year +41 +2  
Contract jobs citing HNC 42 44 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.091% 0.082% 0.078%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 0.37% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 10 16
Median daily rate £350 £352 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.63% +0.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £187 £211 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £404 £465
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +2.94% -2.85%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 6 10
Median hourly rate £33.25 £30.06 £29.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.61% +1.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.36 £17.50 £18.12
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £53.00 £36.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.25 £30.06 £29.72
% change year-on-year +10.61% +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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8902 11739 10644
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.24% 21.83% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5326 7337 6185
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 445 556
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.64 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 June 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
England +49 40 £350 -0.63% 19
South East +30 18 £350 - 2
South West +14 10 £425 +8.97% 1
Berkshire +14 9 £300 -
Hampshire - 7 £350 - 1
London +16 4 £283 -22.54% 5
Gloucestershire - 4 £425 -
North West +16 3 - - 2
Reading +13 3 £300 -
Basingstoke - 3 £350 -
Chippenham - 3 - -
Wiltshire - 3 - -
West Midlands +25 2 - - 3
Lancashire - 2 - -
Preston - 2 - -
Winchester - 2 £353 -
Gloucester - 2 £425 -
Cheshire +21 1 - -
Yorkshire +19 1 - - 2
Warrington +18 1 - -
Bristol -3 1 £425 +8.97% 1
East of England -6 1 - - 3
Greenford - 1 £283 -
Staffordshire - 1 - - 1
Devon - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Plymouth - 1 - -
Tewkesbury - 1 - -
Farnborough - 1 - -
Southampton - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 with a requirement for HNC.

1 40 (42.11%) Degree
2 38 (40.00%) HND
3 30 (31.58%) Security Cleared
4 26 (27.37%) Microsoft
5 19 (20.00%) Telecoms
6 18 (18.95%) ITIL
7 17 (17.89%) SQL
7 17 (17.89%) Microsoft Office
8 15 (15.79%) Project Management
8 15 (15.79%) C
9 13 (13.68%) .NET
9 13 (13.68%) Validation
9 13 (13.68%) Service Delivery
10 12 (12.63%) SC Cleared
10 12 (12.63%) Analytical Skills
11 11 (11.58%) Continuous Improvement
11 11 (11.58%) Change Management
11 11 (11.58%) Finance
11 11 (11.58%) SQL Server
12 10 (10.53%) C#
12 10 (10.53%) JavaScript
12 10 (10.53%) LTE
13 9 (9.47%) DV Cleared
13 9 (9.47%) 4G
13 9 (9.47%) Unix
13 9 (9.47%) Business Intelligence
13 9 (9.47%) Microsoft Excel
14 8 (8.42%) Windows
14 8 (8.42%) XML
14 8 (8.42%) ASP.NET

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 7 (7.37%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.11%) Confluence
3 1 (1.05%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 17 (17.89%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (9.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (4.21%) AutoCAD
3 4 (4.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (2.11%) Acrobat
4 2 (2.11%) FrameMaker
4 2 (2.11%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (2.11%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.05%) 3ds Max
5 1 (1.05%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (1.05%) Autodesk Inventor
5 1 (1.05%) CATIA
5 1 (1.05%) EPLAN
5 1 (1.05%) Notepad++
5 1 (1.05%) Photoshop
5 1 (1.05%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 4 (4.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.05%) Maximo
2 1 (1.05%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.05%) Primavera
2 1 (1.05%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.05%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.05%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (10.53%) LTE
2 9 (9.47%) 4G
3 6 (6.32%) 3G
4 4 (4.21%) Diameter Protocol
4 4 (4.21%) Internet
4 4 (4.21%) ISUP
4 4 (4.21%) LAN
4 4 (4.21%) Megaco
4 4 (4.21%) MGW
5 3 (3.16%) CDMA
5 3 (3.16%) GSM
5 3 (3.16%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (3.16%) TCP/IP
5 3 (3.16%) TETRA
5 3 (3.16%) VLAN
6 2 (2.11%) 2G
6 2 (2.11%) VoLTE
6 2 (2.11%) VoWiFi
7 1 (1.05%) Cisco Nexus
7 1 (1.05%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (11.58%) SQL Server
2 7 (7.37%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (5.26%) Relational Database
3 5 (5.26%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (4.21%) Data Mining
5 3 (3.16%) MS Access
5 3 (3.16%) Oracle Database
6 2 (2.11%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (2.11%) Oracle Database 11g
6 2 (2.11%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (2.11%) Oracle8/8i Database
6 2 (2.11%) Oracle9i Database
6 2 (2.11%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (2.11%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (2.11%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (1.05%) GIS
7 1 (1.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (7.37%) Visual Studio
2 5 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (4.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 3 (3.16%) Protractor
4 3 (3.16%) Selenium
4 3 (3.16%) SpecFlow
4 3 (3.16%) WebDriver
5 2 (2.11%) JIRA
6 1 (1.05%) Eclipse
6 1 (1.05%) MSTest
General
1 19 (20.00%) Telecoms
2 11 (11.58%) Finance
3 4 (4.21%) Aerospace
3 4 (4.21%) Back Office
3 4 (4.21%) Banking
3 4 (4.21%) Investment Banking
4 3 (3.16%) Avionics
4 3 (3.16%) Marketing
5 2 (2.11%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.05%) Automotive
6 1 (1.05%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 17 (17.89%) Developer
2 8 (8.42%) Project Manager
2 8 (8.42%) Support Engineer
2 8 (8.42%) Test Engineer
3 6 (6.32%) Systems Engineer
4 5 (5.26%) Data Warehouse Developer
5 4 (4.21%) Analyst
5 4 (4.21%) Architect
5 4 (4.21%) Operations Support Engineer
6 3 (3.16%) .NET Developer
6 3 (3.16%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 3 (3.16%) Consultant
6 3 (3.16%) Design Engineer
6 3 (3.16%) Designer
6 3 (3.16%) Developer in Test
6 3 (3.16%) NOC Engineer
6 3 (3.16%) Wintel Engineer
7 2 (2.11%) Lead Developer
7 2 (2.11%) Project Support Officer
7 2 (2.11%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (13.68%) .NET
2 8 (8.42%) ASP.NET
2 8 (8.42%) XML
3 4 (4.21%) .NET Framework
3 4 (4.21%) Software Packaging
4 3 (3.16%) AngularJS
4 3 (3.16%) Entity Framework
4 3 (3.16%) REST
4 3 (3.16%) WCF
4 3 (3.16%) Web Services
4 3 (3.16%) XSLT
5 2 (2.11%) ADO.NET
5 2 (2.11%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.11%) ASP.NET MVC 3
5 2 (2.11%) Classic ASP
5 2 (2.11%) CSS
5 2 (2.11%) HTML
5 2 (2.11%) LINQ
5 2 (2.11%) LINQ to SQL
Miscellaneous
1 12 (12.63%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.26%) Driving Licence
3 4 (4.21%) Computer Science
3 4 (4.21%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.05%) CESG
4 1 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.05%) Handset
4 1 (1.05%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 9 (9.47%) Unix
2 8 (8.42%) Windows
3 7 (7.37%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (18.95%) ITIL
2 15 (15.79%) Project Management
3 13 (13.68%) Service Delivery
3 13 (13.68%) Validation
4 11 (11.58%) Change Management
4 11 (11.58%) Continuous Improvement
5 9 (9.47%) Business Intelligence
6 8 (8.42%) Process Improvement
6 8 (8.42%) SDLC
7 7 (7.37%) Dimensional Modelling
8 6 (6.32%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (6.32%) Integration Testing
8 6 (6.32%) Mathematics
8 6 (6.32%) MVC
8 6 (6.32%) Quality Management
8 6 (6.32%) Root Cause Analysis
8 6 (6.32%) Test Strategy
9 5 (5.26%) Kimball Methodology
9 5 (5.26%) PRINCE2
9 5 (5.26%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (17.89%) SQL
2 15 (15.79%) C
3 10 (10.53%) C#
3 10 (10.53%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.16%) Java
4 3 (3.16%) VB
5 2 (2.11%) Perl
5 2 (2.11%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.11%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 40 (42.11%) Degree
2 38 (40.00%) HND
3 30 (31.58%) Security Cleared
4 12 (12.63%) SC Cleared
5 9 (9.47%) DV Cleared
6 7 (7.37%) CCNA
6 7 (7.37%) CCNP
6 7 (7.37%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (6.32%) Chartered Engineer
8 3 (3.16%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 3 (3.16%) PMP
9 2 (2.11%) A+ Certification
9 2 (2.11%) APMP
9 2 (2.11%) ISEB
9 2 (2.11%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (1.05%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (1.05%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (1.05%) PMI Certification
10 1 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (1.05%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.32%) SLA
2 3 (3.16%) Def Stans
2 3 (3.16%) ISO 9001
2 3 (3.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (2.11%) PMO
4 1 (1.05%) QA
System Software
1 5 (5.26%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.16%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (1.05%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (1.05%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (4.21%) SCCM
Vendors
1 26 (27.37%) Microsoft
2 4 (4.21%) Cisco
2 4 (4.21%) Citrix
2 4 (4.21%) HP
2 4 (4.21%) Nokia
2 4 (4.21%) Nokia Networks
2 4 (4.21%) Oracle
2 4 (4.21%) Serena
2 4 (4.21%) Teradata
3 2 (2.11%) Adobe
4 1 (1.05%) Blue Coat
4 1 (1.05%) McAfee
4 1 (1.05%) Remedy
4 1 (1.05%) Riverbed
4 1 (1.05%) Rockwell
4 1 (1.05%) Siemens
4 1 (1.05%) Unisys
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