Period
to 24 November 2017

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 24 November 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
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 805 807 772
Rank change year-on-year +2 -35 +7
Contract jobs citing HNC 91 79 122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.088% 0.075% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 0.37% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 36 78
UK median daily rate £340 £350 £358
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.79% -2.10% +19.17%
10th Percentile £130 £202 £213
90th Percentile £434 £438 £485
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £340
% change year-on-year +6.06% -2.94% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 15 21
UK median hourly rate £25.12 £36.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.22% -4.00% +70.45%
10th Percentile £14.10 £14.25 £15.00
90th Percentile £37.13 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.12 £36.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -30.22% -4.00% +66.67%

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 19282 21637 22697
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.71% 20.61% 19.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 11828 13510 13678
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £244 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +4.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 874 1093
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £25.75 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.23% +3.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £25.06
% change year-on-year +1.85% +7.74% +31.89%

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 24 November 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 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 14 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 24 November 2017. 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 +35 67 £350 +6.06% 33
England -16 67 £390 +5.41% 35
South East +10 24 £350 +34.62% 6
South West -10 12 £425 +6.25% 3
North of England +57 8 - - 10
Midlands +28 8 £401 +21.13% 7
London -15 8 £368 -6.96% 6
Yorkshire +31 7 - - 5
East of England +1 7 - - 3
West Midlands +23 6 £401 +197.22% 6
Scotland +7 5 £110 -48.84% 4
Wales +13 3 £350 +21.74%
East Midlands -7 2 - - 1
North West +24 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 24 November 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 41 (45.05%) Microsoft
2 34 (37.36%) Windows
3 27 (29.67%) HND
4 23 (25.27%) ITIL
4 23 (25.27%) Security Cleared
5 22 (24.18%) Active Directory
6 21 (23.08%) Degree
7 19 (20.88%) Service Management
8 15 (16.48%) A+ Certification
9 14 (15.38%) Statistics
10 13 (14.29%) SC Cleared
10 13 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
10 13 (14.29%) Unix
10 13 (14.29%) Service Delivery
10 13 (14.29%) Project Management
11 12 (13.19%) Microsoft Certification
11 12 (13.19%) Telecoms
11 12 (13.19%) Microsoft Office
12 10 (10.99%) LAN
12 10 (10.99%) Windows 7
13 9 (9.89%) C
13 9 (9.89%) Finance
13 9 (9.89%) Validation
13 9 (9.89%) Management Information System
14 8 (8.79%) Change Management
14 8 (8.79%) Information Security
14 8 (8.79%) PRINCE2
14 8 (8.79%) Analytical Skills
15 7 (7.69%) Feasibility Study
15 7 (7.69%) Windows Vista

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 6 (6.59%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.30%) Exchange Server 2013
2 3 (3.30%) IIS
2 3 (3.30%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.10%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 12 (13.19%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (6.59%) Microsoft Project
3 5 (5.49%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (4.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (4.40%) SOLIDWORKS
5 2 (2.20%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (1.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (1.10%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.10%) Primavera
1 1 (1.10%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.10%) Azure Active Directory
1 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.10%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (10.99%) LAN
2 7 (7.69%) WAN
3 6 (6.59%) Firewall
3 6 (6.59%) TCP/IP
4 5 (5.49%) 4G
4 5 (5.49%) LTE
4 5 (5.49%) VLAN
5 4 (4.40%) Ethernet
5 4 (4.40%) RS-232
6 3 (3.30%) CDMA
6 3 (3.30%) DHCP
6 3 (3.30%) DNS
6 3 (3.30%) GSM
6 3 (3.30%) IPsec
6 3 (3.30%) Junos
6 3 (3.30%) Network Security
6 3 (3.30%) SSL
6 3 (3.30%) TETRA
6 3 (3.30%) VSAN
7 2 (2.20%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.40%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.30%) Data Mining
2 3 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.30%) Relational Database
2 3 (3.30%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (3.30%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.10%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (1.10%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 1 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (1.10%) Visual Studio
General
1 12 (13.19%) Telecoms
2 9 (9.89%) Finance
3 7 (7.69%) Manufacturing
4 4 (4.40%) Aerospace
5 3 (3.30%) Banking
5 3 (3.30%) Electronics
5 3 (3.30%) Investment Banking
6 2 (2.20%) Back Office
6 2 (2.20%) Military
7 1 (1.10%) Automotive
7 1 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (1.10%) Retail
Job Titles
1 16 (17.58%) Analyst
2 15 (16.48%) Service Analyst
2 15 (16.48%) Service Desk Analyst
3 8 (8.79%) Electrical Engineer
4 7 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support
4 7 (7.69%) Service Desk Support
5 6 (6.59%) Design Engineer
5 6 (6.59%) Project Manager
6 5 (5.49%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
6 5 (5.49%) 2nd Line Technical Support
6 5 (5.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 5 (5.49%) Technical Support
7 4 (4.40%) Electrical Design Engineer
7 4 (4.40%) Senior Manager
7 4 (4.40%) Senior Project Manager
7 4 (4.40%) Test Engineer
8 3 (3.30%) Audio Visual Technician
8 3 (3.30%) Consultant
8 3 (3.30%) Support Engineer
8 3 (3.30%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.10%) .NET
1 1 (1.10%) ASP.NET
1 1 (1.10%) Software Packaging
1 1 (1.10%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.89%) Management Information System
2 8 (8.79%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (4.40%) Driving Licence
4 3 (3.30%) Data Centre
5 2 (2.20%) Digital Signage
6 1 (1.10%) Graphic Design
Operating Systems
1 34 (37.36%) Windows
2 13 (14.29%) Unix
3 10 (10.99%) Windows 7
4 7 (7.69%) Windows 2000
4 7 (7.69%) Windows Vista
4 7 (7.69%) Windows XP
5 6 (6.59%) Linux
6 5 (5.49%) Windows Server
7 3 (3.30%) Windows 10
7 3 (3.30%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (25.27%) ITIL
2 19 (20.88%) Service Management
3 14 (15.38%) Statistics
4 13 (14.29%) Continuous Improvement
4 13 (14.29%) Project Management
4 13 (14.29%) Service Delivery
5 9 (9.89%) Validation
6 8 (8.79%) Change Management
6 8 (8.79%) Information Security
6 8 (8.79%) PRINCE2
7 7 (7.69%) Data Protection
7 7 (7.69%) Feasibility Study
7 7 (7.69%) Performance Management
8 5 (5.49%) High Availability
9 4 (4.40%) Capacity Planning
9 4 (4.40%) Data Entry
9 4 (4.40%) ITIL V3
9 4 (4.40%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (4.40%) SDLC
9 4 (4.40%) Six Sigma
Programming Languages
1 9 (9.89%) C
2 7 (7.69%) SQL
3 1 (1.10%) C#
3 1 (1.10%) Java
3 1 (1.10%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.10%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 27 (29.67%) HND
2 23 (25.27%) Security Cleared
3 21 (23.08%) Degree
4 15 (16.48%) A+ Certification
5 13 (14.29%) SC Cleared
6 12 (13.19%) Microsoft Certification
7 7 (7.69%) DV Cleared
7 7 (7.69%) MCP
8 6 (6.59%) APMP
8 6 (6.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 5 (5.49%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (5.49%) MCSE
10 3 (3.30%) CCNP
10 3 (3.30%) ISEB
11 2 (2.20%) CCNA
11 2 (2.20%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 1 (1.10%) MCITP
12 1 (1.10%) MCSA
12 1 (1.10%) NVQ Level 3
12 1 (1.10%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.20%) ISO 9000
1 2 (2.20%) ISO 9001
1 2 (2.20%) PMO
1 2 (2.20%) QA
2 1 (1.10%) Def Stans
2 1 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (1.10%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (24.18%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.40%) Firmware
2 4 (4.40%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (4.40%) vSphere
3 3 (3.30%) VMware Workstation
4 1 (1.10%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (1.10%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (1.10%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (4.40%) SCCM
2 3 (3.30%) Backup Exec
2 3 (3.30%) McAfee ePO
2 3 (3.30%) NetBackup
2 3 (3.30%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (3.30%) QRadar
2 3 (3.30%) SCOM
2 3 (3.30%) vCenter Server
2 3 (3.30%) WSUS
3 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 41 (45.05%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.49%) BT
3 4 (4.40%) EMC
3 4 (4.40%) VMware
4 3 (3.30%) Juniper
4 3 (3.30%) McAfee
4 3 (3.30%) SolarWinds
4 3 (3.30%) Symantec
4 3 (3.30%) Teradata
5 2 (2.20%) Cisco
5 2 (2.20%) Citrix
5 2 (2.20%) Nokia
5 2 (2.20%) Nokia Networks
6 1 (1.10%) Adobe
6 1 (1.10%) Apple
6 1 (1.10%) CheckPoint
6 1 (1.10%) HP
6 1 (1.10%) Oracle
6 1 (1.10%) Remedy
6 1 (1.10%) SAP