Period
to 16 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for HND qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 16 February 2020 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 Diploma (HND)
UK
6 months to
16 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 630 800 823
Rank change year-on-year +170 +23 -16
Contract jobs citing HND 94 79 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.080% 0.070%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.65% 0.41% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 31 35
UK median daily rate £395 £375 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.33% +17.19% +45.45%
10th Percentile £239 £256 £202
90th Percentile £556 £525 £411
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £300
% change year-on-year +6.67% +25.00% +60.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 18 10
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £40.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.93% +15.71% +29.63%
10th Percentile £24.03 £19.43 £25.68
90th Percentile £46.45 £45.00 £47.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -25.93% +15.71% +29.63%

HND 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 14,554 19,103 19,188
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.39% 19.41% 18.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,956 11,411 11,771
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £259 £258 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 670 914 862
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +16.46% -6.33%
10th Percentile £14.49 £12.55 £12.25
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.60 £50.23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £27.53 £27.00
% change year-on-year +19.87% +1.96% -1.82%

HND
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for HND in the UK

HND
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for HND in the UK

HND
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing HND over the 6 months to 16 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for HND in the UK

HND
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for HND in the UK

HND
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing HND over the 6 months to 16 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for HND in the UK

HND
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 HND within the UK over the 6 months to 16 February 2020. 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
England +160 78 £400 +6.67% 193
UK excluding London +100 75 £400 +6.67% 198
South East +91 30 £538 +19.44% 42
London +141 15 £383 -6.52% 19
North of England +58 12 £413 - 29
Midlands +36 12 £300 -20.00% 36
West Midlands +60 10 £300 +4.90% 23
South West +32 10 £418 - 38
Scotland +29 6 £199 +80.91% 11
North West +39 5 £400 - 20
North East - 5 £425 - 2
Northern Ireland +10 4 £150 - 3
Yorkshire +51 2 - - 7
Wales +26 2 £275 -54.17% 10
East Midlands +8 2 £344 -8.33% 12

For the 6 months to 16 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing HND 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 HND.

1 63 (67.02%) Degree
2 34 (36.17%) HNC
3 29 (30.85%) Microsoft
4 25 (26.60%) Project Management
5 22 (23.40%) Security Cleared
6 21 (22.34%) Microsoft Office
7 20 (21.28%) PRINCE2
8 17 (18.09%) Public Sector
9 16 (17.02%) Finance
9 16 (17.02%) Telecoms
10 15 (15.96%) SC Cleared
10 15 (15.96%) Project Delivery
10 15 (15.96%) Analytical Skills
11 14 (14.89%) Problem-Solving
12 13 (13.83%) Oracle
13 12 (12.77%) Migration
13 12 (12.77%) Stakeholder Management
14 11 (11.70%) Military
14 11 (11.70%) Agile Software Development
14 11 (11.70%) C
14 11 (11.70%) Customer Requirements
15 10 (10.64%) Decision-Making
15 10 (10.64%) Mentoring
15 10 (10.64%) SQL
15 10 (10.64%) Microsoft Excel
15 10 (10.64%) Workflow
16 9 (9.57%) Change Management
16 9 (9.57%) Cisco
16 9 (9.57%) Windows
17 8 (8.51%) TOGAF

HND
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 4 (4.26%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.19%) Confluence
2 3 (3.19%) Tomcat
2 3 (3.19%) WordPress
3 2 (2.13%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.06%) Drupal
4 1 (1.06%) IIS
4 1 (1.06%) Joomla!
4 1 (1.06%) Moodle
4 1 (1.06%) Oracle Application Server
4 1 (1.06%) Oracle Service Bus
4 1 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (1.06%) WebLogic
Applications
1 21 (22.34%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (10.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (8.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (5.32%) MS Visio
5 3 (3.19%) Windchill
6 1 (1.06%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (1.06%) AutoCAD
6 1 (1.06%) Edge Animate
6 1 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.06%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.06%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (1.06%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.32%) AWS
2 3 (3.19%) Azure
2 3 (3.19%) Office 365
3 2 (2.13%) Power Platform
3 2 (2.13%) PowerApps
4 1 (1.06%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 7 (7.45%) TCP/IP
2 6 (6.38%) Wireless
3 4 (4.26%) BGP
3 4 (4.26%) IPv4
3 4 (4.26%) IPv6
3 4 (4.26%) MPLS
3 4 (4.26%) OSPF
3 4 (4.26%) VPN
4 3 (3.19%) Firewall
4 3 (3.19%) Internet
5 2 (2.13%) Fibre Channel
5 2 (2.13%) NAS
5 2 (2.13%) SAN
6 1 (1.06%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (1.06%) Cisco ISE
6 1 (1.06%) Cisco Wireless
6 1 (1.06%) HTTP
6 1 (1.06%) LAN
6 1 (1.06%) SMTP
6 1 (1.06%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (8.51%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.26%) Oracle Database
3 3 (3.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (2.13%) MySQL
4 2 (2.13%) Power BI
4 2 (2.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.06%) MS Access
5 1 (1.06%) OLTP
5 1 (1.06%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (1.06%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (1.06%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.06%) TKPROF
Development Applications
1 5 (5.32%) Git (software)
2 3 (3.19%) JIRA
2 3 (3.19%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.06%) GCC
3 1 (1.06%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.06%) Rational Statemate
3 1 (1.06%) Subversion
3 1 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.06%) VectorCAST
General
1 17 (18.09%) Public Sector
2 16 (17.02%) Finance
2 16 (17.02%) Telecoms
3 11 (11.70%) Military
4 6 (6.38%) Aerospace
5 2 (2.13%) Back Office
5 2 (2.13%) Fire and Rescue
6 1 (1.06%) Avionics
6 1 (1.06%) Electronics
6 1 (1.06%) Interactive Media
6 1 (1.06%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.06%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 16 (17.02%) Analyst
2 9 (9.57%) Data Analyst
3 8 (8.51%) Developer
3 8 (8.51%) Test Engineer
4 7 (7.45%) Project Manager
5 6 (6.38%) Architect
5 6 (6.38%) IP Engineer
5 6 (6.38%) Solutions Architect
5 6 (6.38%) Systems Engineer
6 5 (5.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (4.26%) Facilities Manager
7 4 (4.26%) Verification Engineer
8 3 (3.19%) Business Data Analyst
8 3 (3.19%) Data Migration Developer
8 3 (3.19%) Java Developer
8 3 (3.19%) NOC Engineer
8 3 (3.19%) SC Cleared Project Manager
8 3 (3.19%) Team Leader
8 3 (3.19%) Test Leader
8 3 (3.19%) Test Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.38%) HTML
1 6 (6.38%) jQuery
2 5 (5.32%) CSS
3 4 (4.26%) JSON
3 4 (4.26%) Web Services
3 4 (4.26%) XML
4 3 (3.19%) .NET
4 3 (3.19%) COM
4 3 (3.19%) Hibernate
4 3 (3.19%) JPA
4 3 (3.19%) RESTful
5 2 (2.13%) Angular 2
5 2 (2.13%) AngularJS
5 2 (2.13%) HTML5
5 2 (2.13%) Spring
6 1 (1.06%) Ajax
6 1 (1.06%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.06%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (1.06%) Ruby on Rails
6 1 (1.06%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 15 (15.96%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.38%) Frameworx
2 6 (6.38%) TM Forum
3 5 (5.32%) CCTV
3 5 (5.32%) e-Learning
3 5 (5.32%) User Experience
4 4 (4.26%) Driving Licence
4 4 (4.26%) Video\Live Streaming
5 2 (2.13%) Data Centre
5 2 (2.13%) EMC VNX
5 2 (2.13%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.06%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.06%) Video Editing
6 1 (1.06%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 9 (9.57%) Windows
2 2 (2.13%) Solaris
2 2 (2.13%) VMS
2 2 (2.13%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.06%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.06%) Linux
3 1 (1.06%) Unix
3 1 (1.06%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.06%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.06%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (26.60%) Project Management
2 20 (21.28%) PRINCE2
3 15 (15.96%) Project Delivery
4 14 (14.89%) Problem-Solving
5 12 (12.77%) Migration
5 12 (12.77%) Stakeholder Management
6 11 (11.70%) Agile Software Development
6 11 (11.70%) Customer Requirements
7 10 (10.64%) Decision-Making
7 10 (10.64%) Mentoring
7 10 (10.64%) Workflow
8 9 (9.57%) Change Management
9 8 (8.51%) Capacity Planning
9 8 (8.51%) TOGAF
9 8 (8.51%) Validation
9 8 (8.51%) Workflow Management
10 7 (7.45%) Configuration Management
10 7 (7.45%) eTOM
10 7 (7.45%) Risk Analysis
10 7 (7.45%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 11 (11.70%) C
2 10 (10.64%) SQL
3 5 (5.32%) JavaScript
4 4 (4.26%) C#
4 4 (4.26%) PL/SQL
5 3 (3.19%) Java
6 2 (2.13%) Ada
6 2 (2.13%) PHP
7 1 (1.06%) ActionScript
7 1 (1.06%) Ruby
7 1 (1.06%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.06%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.06%) VBA
Qualifications
1 63 (67.02%) Degree
2 34 (36.17%) HNC
3 22 (23.40%) Security Cleared
4 15 (15.96%) SC Cleared
5 6 (6.38%) APMP
6 5 (5.32%) CCNA
6 5 (5.32%) CCNP
6 5 (5.32%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (4.26%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (3.19%) DV Cleared
8 3 (3.19%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (2.13%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (2.13%) Chartered Engineer
9 2 (2.13%) ISEB
9 2 (2.13%) MCSD
10 1 (1.06%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (1.06%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.32%) P3O
1 5 (5.32%) PMO
2 4 (4.26%) GDPR
2 4 (4.26%) QA
3 2 (2.13%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (3.19%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.13%) Firmware
2 2 (2.13%) vSphere
3 1 (1.06%) Oracle RAC
3 1 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (2.13%) HP Data Protector
1 2 (2.13%) NetBackup
1 2 (2.13%) SnapMirror
2 1 (1.06%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 29 (30.85%) Microsoft
2 13 (13.83%) Oracle
3 9 (9.57%) Cisco
4 5 (5.32%) Blue Coat
4 5 (5.32%) Riverbed
5 4 (4.26%) Nokia
5 4 (4.26%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (4.26%) VMware
6 3 (3.19%) NetApp
6 3 (3.19%) Virgin Media
7 2 (2.13%) 3PAR
7 2 (2.13%) Adobe
7 2 (2.13%) Apple
7 2 (2.13%) Brocade
7 2 (2.13%) DataCore
7 2 (2.13%) EMC
7 2 (2.13%) Empirix
7 2 (2.13%) HP
7 2 (2.13%) IBM
8 1 (1.06%) Huawei