Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 755 805 796
Rank change year-on-year +50 -9 -3
Contract jobs citing HNC 94 86 101
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.095% 0.080% 0.089%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.51% 0.38% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 29 57
UK median daily rate £275 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.12% -2.86% +16.67%
10th Percentile £130 £173 £214
90th Percentile £425 £442 £502
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £328 £340
% change year-on-year +6.87% -3.68% +15.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 15 18
UK median hourly rate £31.50 £25.12 £32.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.40% -22.11% +69.74%
10th Percentile £14.10 £14.25 £15.53
90th Percentile £47.50 £51.10 £42.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £22.50 £32.25
% change year-on-year +40.00% -30.23% +49.41%

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 18564 22754 21811
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.80% 21.15% 19.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 11250 14145 12930
UK median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +3.90%
10th Percentile £235 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £569
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 908 824 1074
UK median hourly rate £28.65 £27.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.18% +22.22% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £51.33 £48.53 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £27.55 £24.06
% change year-on-year +12.52% +14.51% +17.37%

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 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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 +38 71 £350 +6.87% 30
England +31 71 £355 +1.43% 31
South East +23 26 £350 +14.75% 3
South West +5 16 £425 +6.25% 3
Midlands +26 9 £401 +23.46% 10
North of England +54 8 - - 9
West Midlands +42 7 £401 +264.77% 6
East of England 0 6 - - 5
Yorkshire +38 5 - - 2
Scotland +33 5 £110 -48.84%
London +22 5 £341 -3.74% 1
North West +23 3 - - 6
East Midlands -4 2 - - 4
Wales +7 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 33 (35.11%) Microsoft
2 32 (34.04%) HND
3 29 (30.85%) Windows
4 28 (29.79%) ITIL
4 28 (29.79%) Degree
5 23 (24.47%) Security Cleared
6 20 (21.28%) Service Management
7 18 (19.15%) Active Directory
8 15 (15.96%) Service Delivery
8 15 (15.96%) A+ Certification
8 15 (15.96%) C
9 14 (14.89%) Microsoft Office
9 14 (14.89%) Continuous Improvement
9 14 (14.89%) Statistics
10 13 (13.83%) Unix
11 12 (12.77%) Validation
12 11 (11.70%) Telecoms
12 11 (11.70%) Change Management
12 11 (11.70%) Project Management
13 10 (10.64%) Finance
13 10 (10.64%) SC Cleared
13 10 (10.64%) Analytical Skills
14 9 (9.57%) LTE
14 9 (9.57%) SQL
15 8 (8.51%) Linux
15 8 (8.51%) 4G
16 7 (7.45%) DV Cleared
16 7 (7.45%) Microsoft Certification
16 7 (7.45%) LAN
17 6 (6.38%) CCNA

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 (5.32%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (1.06%) IIS
2 1 (1.06%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.06%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 14 (14.89%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (6.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (4.26%) AutoCAD
4 3 (3.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (3.19%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (2.13%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (1.06%) Acrobat
6 1 (1.06%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (1.06%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (1.06%) Autodesk Inventor
6 1 (1.06%) EPLAN
6 1 (1.06%) FrameMaker
6 1 (1.06%) MS Visio
6 1 (1.06%) Photoshop
6 1 (1.06%) Siemens NX
6 1 (1.06%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 2 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.06%) Maximo
2 1 (1.06%) Primavera
2 1 (1.06%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.06%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
1 1 (1.06%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.06%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (9.57%) LTE
2 8 (8.51%) 4G
3 7 (7.45%) LAN
4 6 (6.38%) VLAN
5 5 (5.32%) 3G
6 4 (4.26%) Diameter Protocol
6 4 (4.26%) ISUP
6 4 (4.26%) Megaco
6 4 (4.26%) MGW
6 4 (4.26%) TCP/IP
6 4 (4.26%) WAN
7 3 (3.19%) CDMA
7 3 (3.19%) GSM
7 3 (3.19%) TETRA
8 2 (2.13%) Internet
8 2 (2.13%) VoLTE
8 2 (2.13%) VoWiFi
9 1 (1.06%) Radio Access Network
9 1 (1.06%) Skype
9 1 (1.06%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.32%) Data Mining
1 5 (5.32%) Data Warehouse
1 5 (5.32%) Relational Database
2 4 (4.26%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.06%) MS Access
3 1 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.06%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (2.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 2 (2.13%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (2.13%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.06%) Protractor
2 1 (1.06%) Selenium
2 1 (1.06%) SpecFlow
2 1 (1.06%) WebDriver
General
1 11 (11.70%) Telecoms
2 10 (10.64%) Finance
3 6 (6.38%) Manufacturing
4 5 (5.32%) Aerospace
4 5 (5.32%) Banking
4 5 (5.32%) Investment Banking
5 4 (4.26%) Back Office
6 3 (3.19%) Electronics
7 2 (2.13%) Military
8 1 (1.06%) Automotive
8 1 (1.06%) Avionics
8 1 (1.06%) Marketing
8 1 (1.06%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (1.06%) Retail
Job Titles
1 16 (17.02%) Analyst
2 14 (14.89%) Service Analyst
2 14 (14.89%) Service Desk Analyst
3 8 (8.51%) Support Engineer
4 6 (6.38%) Developer
5 5 (5.32%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
6 4 (4.26%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (4.26%) 2nd Line Technical Support
6 4 (4.26%) Consultant
6 4 (4.26%) Design Engineer
6 4 (4.26%) Electrical Engineer
6 4 (4.26%) Operations Support Engineer
6 4 (4.26%) Service Desk Support
6 4 (4.26%) Systems Engineer
6 4 (4.26%) Technical Support
6 4 (4.26%) Test Engineer
7 3 (3.19%) Audio Visual Technician
7 3 (3.19%) Data Warehouse Developer
7 3 (3.19%) NOC Engineer
7 3 (3.19%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.19%) .NET
2 2 (2.13%) ASP.NET
2 2 (2.13%) Software Packaging
2 2 (2.13%) XML
3 1 (1.06%) AngularJS
3 1 (1.06%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.64%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.38%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.13%) Digital Signage
3 2 (2.13%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.06%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.06%) Graphic Design
4 1 (1.06%) Handset
4 1 (1.06%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 29 (30.85%) Windows
2 13 (13.83%) Unix
3 8 (8.51%) Linux
4 5 (5.32%) Windows 7
5 4 (4.26%) Windows 2000
5 4 (4.26%) Windows Vista
5 4 (4.26%) Windows XP
6 3 (3.19%) Windows Server
7 1 (1.06%) Windows 10
7 1 (1.06%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (29.79%) ITIL
2 20 (21.28%) Service Management
3 15 (15.96%) Service Delivery
4 14 (14.89%) Continuous Improvement
4 14 (14.89%) Statistics
5 12 (12.77%) Validation
6 11 (11.70%) Change Management
6 11 (11.70%) Project Management
7 6 (6.38%) PRINCE2
7 6 (6.38%) Proactive Monitoring
7 6 (6.38%) SDLC
8 5 (5.32%) Business Intelligence
8 5 (5.32%) Data Modelling
8 5 (5.32%) Dimensional Modelling
8 5 (5.32%) High Availability
8 5 (5.32%) Information Security
8 5 (5.32%) Integration Testing
8 5 (5.32%) Kimball Methodology
8 5 (5.32%) Migration
8 5 (5.32%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 15 (15.96%) C
2 9 (9.57%) SQL
3 3 (3.19%) JavaScript
4 2 (2.13%) C#
5 1 (1.06%) Java
5 1 (1.06%) Perl
5 1 (1.06%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 32 (34.04%) HND
2 28 (29.79%) Degree
3 23 (24.47%) Security Cleared
4 15 (15.96%) A+ Certification
5 10 (10.64%) SC Cleared
6 7 (7.45%) DV Cleared
6 7 (7.45%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (6.38%) CCNA
7 6 (6.38%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (4.26%) CCNP
8 4 (4.26%) MCP
9 3 (3.19%) APMP
9 3 (3.19%) MCSE
10 2 (2.13%) ISEB
10 2 (2.13%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (2.13%) Six Sigma Green Belt
11 1 (1.06%) Chartered Engineer
11 1 (1.06%) NVQ Level 3
11 1 (1.06%) PMI Certification
11 1 (1.06%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.32%) SLA
2 4 (4.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 3 (3.19%) ISO 9001
3 3 (3.19%) PMO
4 2 (2.13%) ISO 9000
5 1 (1.06%) Def Stans
5 1 (1.06%) QA
System Software
1 18 (19.15%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.13%) Virtual Desktop
2 2 (2.13%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (2.13%) vSphere
2 2 (2.13%) XenDesktop
3 1 (1.06%) Firmware
3 1 (1.06%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (1.06%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 3 (3.19%) SCCM
2 1 (1.06%) Backup Exec
2 1 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.06%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (1.06%) NetBackup
2 1 (1.06%) Norton AntiVirus
2 1 (1.06%) SCOM
2 1 (1.06%) vCenter Server
2 1 (1.06%) WSUS
Vendors
1 33 (35.11%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.32%) Cisco
2 5 (5.32%) Teradata
3 4 (4.26%) Nokia
3 4 (4.26%) Nokia Networks
4 3 (3.19%) Citrix
5 2 (2.13%) Adobe
5 2 (2.13%) HP
5 2 (2.13%) Serena
5 2 (2.13%) VMware
6 1 (1.06%) Apple
6 1 (1.06%) EMC
6 1 (1.06%) McAfee
6 1 (1.06%) Oracle
6 1 (1.06%) Remedy
6 1 (1.06%) SAP
6 1 (1.06%) Symantec