Period
to 8 April 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 8 April 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
8 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 606 791 811
Rank change year-on-year +185 +20 -34
Contract jobs citing HND 76 86 68
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.089% 0.067%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.57% 0.46% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 29 39
Median daily rate £320 £375 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.67% +25.00% +15.38%
10th Percentile £144 £291 £204
90th Percentile £439 £525 £430
UK excluding London median daily rate £314 £375 £275
% change year-on-year -16.33% +36.36% +5.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 22 8
Median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £33.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +18.52% +18.42%
10th Percentile £24.04 £20.12 £22.96
90th Percentile £47.68 £45.00 £41.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -25.00% +23.08% +14.04%

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 13,435 18,825 19,589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.03% 19.42% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,119 11,353 11,864
Median daily rate £475 £455 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.40% +1.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £255 £263 £235
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £430 £405
% change year-on-year +4.65% +6.17% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 653 863 868
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +36.84% -16.21%
10th Percentile £15.69 £12.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £57.00 £52.90 £50.08
Median hourly rate £34.77 £29.45 £25.00
% change year-on-year +18.06% +17.80% -13.79%

HND
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for HND in the UK

HND
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing HND.

Daily rate trend for HND in the UK

HND
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing HND over the 6 months to 8 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for HND in the UK

HND
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing HND.

Hourly rate trend for HND in the UK

HND
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing HND over the 6 months to 8 April 2020.

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 8 April 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
UK excluding London +120 67 £314 -16.33% 132
England +170 60 £395 +5.33% 124
South East +109 22 £400 -15.34% 35
North of England +73 12 £400 - 22
Midlands +42 11 £288 -23.19% 27
South West +41 9 £418 - 17
West Midlands +67 7 £288 - 15
Scotland +36 7 £199 - 10
London +138 6 £393 -4.15% 10
North West +37 6 £400 - 15
North East - 5 £300 - 4
Northern Ireland +15 4 £150 -25.00% 3
East Midlands +3 4 £279 -25.67% 12
Wales +31 2 £275 -31.25% 5
Yorkshire +51 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 8 April 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 52 (68.42%) Degree
2 31 (40.79%) HNC
3 24 (31.58%) Microsoft
4 20 (26.32%) Project Management
5 19 (25.00%) Security Cleared
5 19 (25.00%) Public Sector
6 16 (21.05%) PRINCE2
7 15 (19.74%) Microsoft Office
7 15 (19.74%) Telecoms
7 15 (19.74%) Problem-Solving
8 13 (17.11%) Project Delivery
8 13 (17.11%) Analytical Skills
8 13 (17.11%) Windows
8 13 (17.11%) SC Cleared
9 12 (15.79%) Oracle
10 11 (14.47%) SQL
11 10 (13.16%) Cisco
11 10 (13.16%) Wireless
12 8 (10.53%) Finance
12 8 (10.53%) Firewall
12 8 (10.53%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (10.53%) CCNP
12 8 (10.53%) CCNA
12 8 (10.53%) SQL Server
12 8 (10.53%) Military
12 8 (10.53%) Decision-Making
13 7 (9.21%) Mentoring
13 7 (9.21%) APMP
13 7 (9.21%) Migration
13 7 (9.21%) Aerospace

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 (5.26%) MS Exchange
1 4 (5.26%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.95%) Tomcat
2 3 (3.95%) WordPress
3 1 (1.32%) Drupal
3 1 (1.32%) IIS
3 1 (1.32%) Joomla!
3 1 (1.32%) Moodle
3 1 (1.32%) Oracle Application Server
3 1 (1.32%) Oracle Service Bus
3 1 (1.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (1.32%) SAS
3 1 (1.32%) WebLogic
Applications
1 15 (19.74%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (7.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (3.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (3.95%) Windchill
4 2 (2.63%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.32%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (1.32%) AutoCAD
5 1 (1.32%) Edge Animate
5 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.32%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.32%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (1.32%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.89%) Office 365
2 3 (3.95%) AWS
2 3 (3.95%) Azure
3 2 (2.63%) Power Platform
3 2 (2.63%) PowerApps
4 1 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.32%) G Suite
4 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 10 (13.16%) Wireless
2 8 (10.53%) Firewall
3 6 (7.89%) TCP/IP
4 5 (6.58%) MPLS
4 5 (6.58%) SAN
4 5 (6.58%) VPN
5 4 (5.26%) BGP
5 4 (5.26%) Cisco ASA
5 4 (5.26%) Cisco Wireless
5 4 (5.26%) Internet
5 4 (5.26%) IPv4
5 4 (5.26%) IPv6
5 4 (5.26%) LAN
5 4 (5.26%) OSPF
6 3 (3.95%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (3.95%) WLAN
7 2 (2.63%) Fibre Channel
7 2 (2.63%) NAS
7 2 (2.63%) Network Security
8 1 (1.32%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.26%) Oracle Database
3 3 (3.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (2.63%) Power BI
4 2 (2.63%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (2.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.32%) MS Access
5 1 (1.32%) OLTP
5 1 (1.32%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (1.32%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.32%) TKPROF
Development Applications
1 5 (6.58%) Git (software)
2 3 (3.95%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (1.32%) GCC
3 1 (1.32%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (1.32%) Rational Statemate
3 1 (1.32%) Subversion
3 1 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.32%) VectorCAST
General
1 19 (25.00%) Public Sector
2 15 (19.74%) Telecoms
3 8 (10.53%) Finance
3 8 (10.53%) Military
4 7 (9.21%) Aerospace
5 2 (2.63%) Back Office
5 2 (2.63%) Fire and Rescue
5 2 (2.63%) Housing Association
6 1 (1.32%) Automotive
6 1 (1.32%) Avionics
6 1 (1.32%) Electronics
6 1 (1.32%) Interactive Media
6 1 (1.32%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 8 (10.53%) Analyst
1 8 (10.53%) Developer
1 8 (10.53%) Project Manager
2 5 (6.58%) Systems Engineer
2 5 (6.58%) Test Engineer
3 4 (5.26%) Administrator
3 4 (5.26%) Facilities Manager
3 4 (5.26%) Network Engineer
3 4 (5.26%) SC Cleared Project Manager
4 3 (3.95%) Data Migration Developer
4 3 (3.95%) IT Support
4 3 (3.95%) Java Developer
4 3 (3.95%) NOC Engineer
4 3 (3.95%) Project Engineer
4 3 (3.95%) Team Leader
4 3 (3.95%) Test Leader
4 3 (3.95%) Test Team Leader
4 3 (3.95%) Verification Engineer
5 2 (2.63%) Change Manager
5 2 (2.63%) Process Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (7.89%) HTML
1 6 (7.89%) jQuery
2 5 (6.58%) CSS
3 4 (5.26%) JSON
3 4 (5.26%) Web Services
3 4 (5.26%) XML
4 3 (3.95%) .NET
4 3 (3.95%) Hibernate
4 3 (3.95%) JPA
4 3 (3.95%) RESTful
5 2 (2.63%) Angular 2
5 2 (2.63%) AngularJS
5 2 (2.63%) HTML5
5 2 (2.63%) Spring
6 1 (1.32%) Ajax
6 1 (1.32%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (1.32%) Flash
6 1 (1.32%) Middleware
6 1 (1.32%) Ruby on Rails
6 1 (1.32%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 13 (17.11%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.89%) CCTV
2 6 (7.89%) User Experience
3 4 (5.26%) Driving Licence
3 4 (5.26%) e-Learning
4 2 (2.63%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.63%) EMC VNX
4 2 (2.63%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.32%) Clustering
5 1 (1.32%) Replication
5 1 (1.32%) RSA SecurID
5 1 (1.32%) Video Editing
5 1 (1.32%) VLE
Operating Systems
1 13 (17.11%) Windows
2 5 (6.58%) Windows Server
3 2 (2.63%) Linux
3 2 (2.63%) Solaris
3 2 (2.63%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.32%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.32%) Unix
4 1 (1.32%) VMS
4 1 (1.32%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.32%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (26.32%) Project Management
2 16 (21.05%) PRINCE2
3 15 (19.74%) Problem-Solving
4 13 (17.11%) Project Delivery
5 8 (10.53%) Decision-Making
6 7 (9.21%) Mentoring
6 7 (9.21%) Migration
7 6 (7.89%) Capacity Planning
7 6 (7.89%) Change Control
8 5 (6.58%) Customer Requirements
8 5 (6.58%) Network Management
8 5 (6.58%) Validation
9 4 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (5.26%) Facilities Management
9 4 (5.26%) Risk Analysis
9 4 (5.26%) Risk Management
9 4 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
9 4 (5.26%) Test Management
9 4 (5.26%) Test Scripting
9 4 (5.26%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 11 (14.47%) SQL
2 5 (6.58%) JavaScript
3 4 (5.26%) C
3 4 (5.26%) C#
3 4 (5.26%) PL/SQL
4 3 (3.95%) Java
5 2 (2.63%) Ada
5 2 (2.63%) PHP
6 1 (1.32%) ActionScript
6 1 (1.32%) Python
6 1 (1.32%) R
6 1 (1.32%) Ruby
6 1 (1.32%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.32%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.32%) VBA
Qualifications
1 52 (68.42%) Degree
2 31 (40.79%) HNC
3 19 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 13 (17.11%) SC Cleared
5 8 (10.53%) CCNA
5 8 (10.53%) CCNP
5 8 (10.53%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (9.21%) APMP
7 5 (6.58%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.63%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (2.63%) DV Cleared
8 2 (2.63%) ISEB
8 2 (2.63%) MCSD
9 1 (1.32%) CCSA
9 1 (1.32%) CCSE
9 1 (1.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (1.32%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.89%) P3O
1 6 (7.89%) PMO
2 2 (2.63%) SLA
3 1 (1.32%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.32%) QA
System Software
1 6 (7.89%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.95%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (3.95%) vSphere
3 2 (2.63%) Firmware
3 2 (2.63%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.32%) Oracle RAC
4 1 (1.32%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 3 (3.95%) Cisco Prime
1 3 (3.95%) WSUS
2 2 (2.63%) HP Data Protector
2 2 (2.63%) NetBackup
2 2 (2.63%) SnapMirror
3 1 (1.32%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 24 (31.58%) Microsoft
2 12 (15.79%) Oracle
3 10 (13.16%) Cisco
4 4 (5.26%) Apple
4 4 (5.26%) Nokia
4 4 (5.26%) VMware
5 3 (3.95%) Brocade
5 3 (3.95%) HP
5 3 (3.95%) NetApp
5 3 (3.95%) Sophos
5 3 (3.95%) Virgin Media
6 2 (2.63%) 3PAR
6 2 (2.63%) Adobe
6 2 (2.63%) DataCore
6 2 (2.63%) EMC
6 2 (2.63%) Empirix
6 2 (2.63%) GFI Software
6 2 (2.63%) IBM
6 2 (2.63%) Riverbed
6 2 (2.63%) SolarWinds