Period
to 26 May 2018

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 26 May 2018 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
26 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 823 764 771
Rank change year-on-year -59 +7 -85
Contract jobs citing HND 67 83 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.066% 0.091% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.35% 0.45% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 37 46
UK median daily rate £288 £260 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.58% -20.00% -13.33%
10th Percentile £174 £105 £241
90th Percentile £468 £425 £409
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £273 £325
% change year-on-year +5.50% -16.15% -18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 19 22
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +4.62% +34.30%
10th Percentile £24.35 £16.03 £10.35
90th Percentile £43.00 £43.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.75 £34.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -0.74% +51.11% -29.69%

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 19,344 18,474 22,798
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.06% 20.29% 21.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,595 11,562 14,174
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 863 930 850
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% -7.69% +47.73%
10th Percentile £12.46 £12.00 £12.02
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% -14.29% +55.56%

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 26 May 2018.

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 26 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for HND in the UK

HND
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 HND within the UK over the 6 months to 26 May 2018. 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 -36 58 £288 +5.50% 146
England -77 46 £300 - 142
Scotland -20 19 £240 +118.18% 5
Midlands -3 12 £450 - 35
South East -46 12 £300 -14.35% 27
West Midlands -10 11 £450 - 18
North of England -22 8 £315 +93.85% 32
London -47 7 £243 +102.08% 9
North West -20 6 £275 +101.83% 23
South West +4 4 £210 -37.78% 17
Yorkshire -18 2 £375 - 3
Northern Ireland - 2 £250 - 1
East Midlands -1 1 - - 17
East of England -2 1 - - 22

For the 6 months to 26 May 2018, 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 30 (44.78%) Degree
2 28 (41.79%) HNC
3 23 (34.33%) Microsoft
4 17 (25.37%) Security Cleared
5 14 (20.90%) SC Cleared
6 13 (19.40%) Microsoft Office
7 12 (17.91%) Problem-Solving
8 10 (14.93%) Windows
8 10 (14.93%) Electronics
8 10 (14.93%) Computer Science
9 9 (13.43%) ITIL
9 9 (13.43%) Microsoft Project
9 9 (13.43%) SLA
10 8 (11.94%) Risk Management
10 8 (11.94%) Firewall
10 8 (11.94%) Project Management
11 7 (10.45%) WAN
11 7 (10.45%) Linux
11 7 (10.45%) PRINCE2
11 7 (10.45%) Manufacturing
11 7 (10.45%) Stakeholder Management
12 6 (8.96%) vSphere
12 6 (8.96%) CRM
12 6 (8.96%) Cisco
12 6 (8.96%) Telecoms
12 6 (8.96%) Self-Motivation
12 6 (8.96%) Computer Science Degree
12 6 (8.96%) F5
12 6 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
13 5 (7.46%) Palo Alto

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 (5.97%) MS Exchange
2 3 (4.48%) IBM Notes
3 1 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (1.49%) SharePoint
Applications
1 13 (19.40%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (13.43%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (5.97%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (4.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (4.48%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.49%) AutoCAD
5 1 (1.49%) CATIA
5 1 (1.49%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 1 (1.49%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.49%) LabWindows
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.99%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (2.99%) Office 365
2 1 (1.49%) OpenShift
2 1 (1.49%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (11.94%) Firewall
2 7 (10.45%) WAN
3 5 (7.46%) Internet
3 5 (7.46%) VLAN
4 4 (5.97%) DHCP
4 4 (5.97%) DNS
5 3 (4.48%) 4G
6 2 (2.99%) 3G
6 2 (2.99%) LAN
6 2 (2.99%) SAN
6 2 (2.99%) VPN
7 1 (1.49%) 2G
7 1 (1.49%) ADSL
7 1 (1.49%) ISUP
7 1 (1.49%) Kerberos
7 1 (1.49%) Megaco
7 1 (1.49%) Network Security
7 1 (1.49%) SSL
7 1 (1.49%) TCP/IP
7 1 (1.49%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.46%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.99%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.49%) EDMS
3 1 (1.49%) MySQL
3 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (5.97%) JIRA
1 4 (5.97%) Visual Studio
2 3 (4.48%) Git (software)
2 3 (4.48%) MSI
3 2 (2.99%) JUnit
3 2 (2.99%) Mercurial
3 2 (2.99%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (2.99%) Rational Statemate
3 2 (2.99%) Selenium
3 2 (2.99%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (2.99%) TestNG
4 1 (1.49%) GitLab
4 1 (1.49%) Jenkins
General
1 10 (14.93%) Electronics
2 7 (10.45%) Manufacturing
3 6 (8.96%) Telecoms
4 4 (5.97%) Finance
4 4 (5.97%) Law
5 3 (4.48%) Aerospace
6 2 (2.99%) Military
7 1 (1.49%) Advertising
7 1 (1.49%) Avionics
7 1 (1.49%) Back Office
7 1 (1.49%) Financial Institution
7 1 (1.49%) Legal
Job Titles
1 15 (22.39%) Analyst
2 7 (10.45%) Project Manager
3 5 (7.46%) Network Engineer
3 5 (7.46%) Support Analyst
4 4 (5.97%) Developer
4 4 (5.97%) Test Engineer
5 3 (4.48%) Business Process Analyst
5 3 (4.48%) CRM Analyst
5 3 (4.48%) Desktop Analyst
5 3 (4.48%) Desktop Support
5 3 (4.48%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
5 3 (4.48%) IT Trainer
5 3 (4.48%) Process Analyst
5 3 (4.48%) Software Engineer
5 3 (4.48%) Systems Engineer
5 3 (4.48%) Trainer
6 2 (2.99%) Development Manager
6 2 (2.99%) ERP Analyst
6 2 (2.99%) QA Test Engineer
6 2 (2.99%) SAN Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.46%) .NET
2 4 (5.97%) HTML
3 3 (4.48%) .NET Framework
3 3 (4.48%) Entity Framework
3 3 (4.48%) LINQ
4 2 (2.99%) COM
4 2 (2.99%) Hibernate
4 2 (2.99%) Java EE
4 2 (2.99%) jQuery
4 2 (2.99%) REST
4 2 (2.99%) SOAP
4 2 (2.99%) Spring
5 1 (1.49%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 10 (14.93%) Computer Science
2 6 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (8.96%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (5.97%) Data Centre
3 4 (5.97%) Management Information System
4 3 (4.48%) CCTV
5 2 (2.99%) Driving Licence
5 2 (2.99%) IBM XIV
5 2 (2.99%) Replication
5 2 (2.99%) W3C
6 1 (1.49%) Data Structures
6 1 (1.49%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.49%) Optoelectronics
6 1 (1.49%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.49%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 10 (14.93%) Windows
2 7 (10.45%) Linux
3 4 (5.97%) Windows Server
4 3 (4.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (2.99%) AIX
5 2 (2.99%) Solaris
5 2 (2.99%) SUSE
5 2 (2.99%) Unix
5 2 (2.99%) Windows 10
5 2 (2.99%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (2.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.49%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (17.91%) Problem-Solving
2 9 (13.43%) ITIL
3 8 (11.94%) Project Management
3 8 (11.94%) Risk Management
4 7 (10.45%) PRINCE2
4 7 (10.45%) Stakeholder Management
5 6 (8.96%) CRM
6 5 (7.46%) Cryptography
6 5 (7.46%) ITIL V3
6 5 (7.46%) Network Virtualisation
6 5 (7.46%) Service Delivery
6 5 (7.46%) Software Engineering
7 4 (5.97%) Capacity Management
7 4 (5.97%) Capacity Planning
7 4 (5.97%) Performance Monitoring
7 4 (5.97%) Project Planning
7 4 (5.97%) Reverse Engineering
7 4 (5.97%) Scenario Testing
7 4 (5.97%) Test Automation
7 4 (5.97%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 5 (7.46%) C
2 4 (5.97%) Java
2 4 (5.97%) JavaScript
2 4 (5.97%) SQL
3 3 (4.48%) C#
3 3 (4.48%) PHP
3 3 (4.48%) T-SQL
3 3 (4.48%) VB.NET
4 2 (2.99%) Ada
5 1 (1.49%) MATLAB
5 1 (1.49%) VB
Qualifications
1 30 (44.78%) Degree
2 28 (41.79%) HNC
3 17 (25.37%) Security Cleared
4 14 (20.90%) SC Cleared
5 6 (8.96%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (7.46%) APMP
6 5 (7.46%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 4 (5.97%) DV Cleared
8 3 (4.48%) ISEB
8 3 (4.48%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (2.99%) MCP
9 2 (2.99%) MCSE
9 2 (2.99%) Numerate Degree
10 1 (1.49%) CCNA
10 1 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (1.49%) GNVQ
10 1 (1.49%) IRCA
10 1 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (1.49%) MCSA
10 1 (1.49%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (13.43%) SLA
2 5 (7.46%) QA
3 3 (4.48%) ISO 14001
3 3 (4.48%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.49%) GDPR
4 1 (1.49%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 6 (8.96%) vSphere
2 4 (5.97%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (4.48%) Firmware
4 1 (1.49%) Docker
4 1 (1.49%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.49%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (5.97%) SCCM
2 1 (1.49%) Ansible
2 1 (1.49%) FreeIPA
2 1 (1.49%) Kubernetes
2 1 (1.49%) Puppet
2 1 (1.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 23 (34.33%) Microsoft
2 6 (8.96%) Cisco
2 6 (8.96%) F5
3 5 (7.46%) Palo Alto
3 5 (7.46%) Red Hat
4 4 (5.97%) Juniper
4 4 (5.97%) Sophos
4 4 (5.97%) VMware
5 3 (4.48%) Altiris
5 3 (4.48%) Lotus
5 3 (4.48%) Symantec
6 2 (2.99%) Apple
6 2 (2.99%) Brocade
6 2 (2.99%) CheckPoint
6 2 (2.99%) Citrix
6 2 (2.99%) IBM
6 2 (2.99%) Oracle
6 2 (2.99%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.49%) Barracuda Networks
7 1 (1.49%) Maconomy