Period
to 25 August 2019

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 25 August 2019 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
25 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 733 837 761
Rank change year-on-year +104 -76 +55
Contract jobs citing HND 105 81 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.079% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.61% 0.42% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 39 56
UK median daily rate £363 £375 £353
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.33% +6.31% +6.89%
10th Percentile £189 £208 £223
90th Percentile £495 £560 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £355
% change year-on-year - +5.63% +3.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 13 15
UK median hourly rate £33.50 £37.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.67% +10.29% +35.67%
10th Percentile £18.66 £15.10 £16.60
90th Percentile £43.68 £53.00 £41.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £37.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year -10.67% +10.29% +43.16%

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 17,209 19,214 18,724
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.22% 18.67% 19.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,404 11,377 11,373
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £249
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +6.02% +3.75% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 832 955 930
UK median hourly rate £35.50 £23.00 £29.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.35% -22.69% +8.18%
10th Percentile £13.75 £12.63 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £50.25 £50.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £23.65 £31.00
% change year-on-year +52.22% -23.71% +12.24%

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 25 August 2019.

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 25 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for HND in the UK

HND
Top 16 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 25 August 2019. 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 +104 86 £369 -3.28% 177
UK excluding London +49 85 £375 - 186
South East +48 26 £400 -6.76% 41
North of England +43 23 £400 +10.34% 32
Midlands +30 17 £300 -25.00% 42
London +72 14 £188 -51.92% 15
North West +24 12 - - 22
West Midlands +15 10 £300 +4.90% 22
Scotland +28 8 £113 -47.06% 14
East Midlands +27 7 £375 -9.09% 20
South West -27 7 £363 +18.85% 27
Yorkshire +32 6 £400 +6.67% 6
North East - 5 £275 - 4
Northern Ireland +6 4 £200 -20.00% 4
East of England +29 2 - - 20
Wales +8 2 £350 -50.00% 6

For the 6 months to 25 August 2019, 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 72 (68.57%) Degree
2 44 (41.90%) HNC
3 39 (37.14%) Microsoft
4 29 (27.62%) Windows
4 29 (27.62%) Security Cleared
5 26 (24.76%) Project Management
6 25 (23.81%) Analytical Skills
7 23 (21.90%) Finance
8 22 (20.95%) Microsoft Office
9 21 (20.00%) Public Sector
10 20 (19.05%) Driving Licence
10 20 (19.05%) SC Cleared
10 20 (19.05%) ITIL
11 16 (15.24%) Service Management
12 15 (14.29%) Management Information System
13 12 (11.43%) Agile Software Development
13 12 (11.43%) Data Management
13 12 (11.43%) Computer Science
13 12 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
14 11 (10.48%) ITSM
14 11 (10.48%) Manufacturing
14 11 (10.48%) Microsoft Excel
15 10 (9.52%) Oracle
15 10 (9.52%) Cisco Certification
15 10 (9.52%) VMware
15 10 (9.52%) Telecoms
15 10 (9.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
15 10 (9.52%) Self-Motivation
16 9 (8.57%) Decision-Making
16 9 (8.57%) Waterfall

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 8 (7.62%) MS Exchange
2 6 (5.71%) IIS
2 6 (5.71%) SharePoint
2 6 (5.71%) SharePoint Server
3 3 (2.86%) Confluence
4 2 (1.90%) Apache Spark
4 2 (1.90%) CMS
4 2 (1.90%) WordPress
5 1 (0.95%) Apache
5 1 (0.95%) Drupal
5 1 (0.95%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Application Server
5 1 (0.95%) SAS
5 1 (0.95%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.95%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.95%) WinCC
Applications
1 22 (20.95%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (10.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (9.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.95%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.95%) Autodesk Inventor
4 1 (0.95%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.95%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.95%) Stata
Business Applications
1 6 (5.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.95%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.95%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.95%) Magento
2 1 (0.95%) Primavera
2 1 (0.95%) SAP EHS
2 1 (0.95%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.81%) AWS
1 4 (3.81%) Azure
2 3 (2.86%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (1.90%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (8.57%) Firewall
2 6 (5.71%) Network Security
2 6 (5.71%) Wireless
3 5 (4.76%) TCP/IP
4 4 (3.81%) 3GPP
4 4 (3.81%) Cisco ASA
5 3 (2.86%) Cisco ISE
5 3 (2.86%) LAN
5 3 (2.86%) VPN
6 2 (1.90%) IP Telephony
6 2 (1.90%) LTE
6 2 (1.90%) Multicast
6 2 (1.90%) VoIP
6 2 (1.90%) WAN
7 1 (0.95%) Cisco Wireless
7 1 (0.95%) NAS
7 1 (0.95%) Radio Access Network
7 1 (0.95%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (0.95%) Skype
7 1 (0.95%) tcpdump
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.62%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.67%) MySQL
3 3 (2.86%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.90%) Apache Hive
4 2 (1.90%) Big Data
4 2 (1.90%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.95%) OLTP
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.95%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.95%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.95%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.95%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (7.62%) Visual Studio
2 6 (5.71%) Rational DOORS
3 4 (3.81%) JIRA
4 3 (2.86%) Bugzilla
4 3 (2.86%) Rational Quality Manager
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Forms
General
1 23 (21.90%) Finance
2 21 (20.00%) Public Sector
3 11 (10.48%) Manufacturing
4 10 (9.52%) Telecoms
5 5 (4.76%) Legal
5 5 (4.76%) Military
6 4 (3.81%) Electronics
7 2 (1.90%) Avionics
7 2 (1.90%) Marketing
7 2 (1.90%) Publishing
8 1 (0.95%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.95%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.95%) Local Government
8 1 (0.95%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 32 (30.48%) Analyst
2 7 (6.67%) Design Engineer
2 7 (6.67%) IT Support
2 7 (6.67%) Test Engineer
3 6 (5.71%) Data Analyst
4 5 (4.76%) Applications Packager
4 5 (4.76%) Network Engineer
4 5 (4.76%) PLC Engineer
4 5 (4.76%) Project Manager
4 5 (4.76%) Systems Engineer
5 4 (3.81%) Business Analyst
5 4 (3.81%) Desktop Analyst
5 4 (3.81%) Information Analyst
5 4 (3.81%) Information Systems Analyst
5 4 (3.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (3.81%) Logistics Analyst
5 4 (3.81%) Operations Analyst
5 4 (3.81%) Support Officer
5 4 (3.81%) Systems Analyst
5 4 (3.81%) Unix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (8.57%) .NET
2 8 (7.62%) HTML
3 7 (6.67%) XML
4 6 (5.71%) .NET Framework
4 6 (5.71%) WCF
4 6 (5.71%) Web Services
4 6 (5.71%) XSLT
5 3 (2.86%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (1.90%) CSS
7 1 (0.95%) COM
7 1 (0.95%) CSS3
7 1 (0.95%) HTML5
7 1 (0.95%) J2EE
7 1 (0.95%) jQuery
7 1 (0.95%) LAMP
7 1 (0.95%) LDAP
7 1 (0.95%) Middleware
7 1 (0.95%) Sass
7 1 (0.95%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 25 (23.81%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (19.05%) Driving Licence
3 15 (14.29%) Management Information System
4 10 (9.52%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (2.86%) Equities
5 3 (2.86%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 2 (1.90%) Analogue Electronics
7 1 (0.95%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.95%) Clustering
7 1 (0.95%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.95%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.95%) Life Science
7 1 (0.95%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.95%) NHS
7 1 (0.95%) SCADA
7 1 (0.95%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 29 (27.62%) Windows
2 9 (8.57%) Linux
3 7 (6.67%) Unix
3 7 (6.67%) Windows Server
4 5 (4.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (4.76%) Windows 10
4 5 (4.76%) Windows 7
4 5 (4.76%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (1.90%) Windows XP
6 1 (0.95%) VMS
6 1 (0.95%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.95%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (24.76%) Project Management
2 20 (19.05%) ITIL
3 16 (15.24%) Service Management
4 12 (11.43%) Agile Software Development
4 12 (11.43%) Computer Science
4 12 (11.43%) Data Management
4 12 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
5 11 (10.48%) ITSM
6 9 (8.57%) Decision-Making
6 9 (8.57%) Mathematics
6 9 (8.57%) PRINCE2
6 9 (8.57%) Waterfall
7 8 (7.62%) Logistics
7 8 (7.62%) SDLC
7 8 (7.62%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (6.67%) Web Development
9 6 (5.71%) B2B
9 6 (5.71%) Configuration Management
9 6 (5.71%) CRM
9 6 (5.71%) Infrastructure Engineering
Programming Languages
1 9 (8.57%) C
1 9 (8.57%) JavaScript
2 6 (5.71%) Python
2 6 (5.71%) SQL
3 4 (3.81%) Perl
4 3 (2.86%) AWK
4 3 (2.86%) C#
4 3 (2.86%) C-shell
4 3 (2.86%) PowerShell
4 3 (2.86%) R
5 2 (1.90%) C++
5 2 (1.90%) PHP
5 2 (1.90%) VB
6 1 (0.95%) Ada
6 1 (0.95%) Java
6 1 (0.95%) VB6
6 1 (0.95%) VC++
Qualifications
1 72 (68.57%) Degree
2 44 (41.90%) HNC
3 29 (27.62%) Security Cleared
4 20 (19.05%) SC Cleared
5 10 (9.52%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (7.62%) CCNA
7 7 (6.67%) Microsoft Certification
8 6 (5.71%) MCSE
9 5 (4.76%) MCSA
10 4 (3.81%) Chartered Engineer
11 3 (2.86%) CCNP
11 3 (2.86%) ISTQB
11 3 (2.86%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 3 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 2 (1.90%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (1.90%) PMP
13 1 (0.95%) A+ Certification
13 1 (0.95%) ISEB
13 1 (0.95%) PhD
13 1 (0.95%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.57%) QA
2 4 (3.81%) IEC 61131
3 3 (2.86%) GDPR
3 3 (2.86%) MiFID
4 2 (1.90%) SLA
5 1 (0.95%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.95%) HAZOP
5 1 (0.95%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.95%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 6 (5.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (4.76%) VMware ESXi
2 5 (4.76%) vSphere
2 5 (4.76%) XenApp
3 2 (1.90%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.95%) Samba
4 1 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (3.81%) Netcool
2 1 (0.95%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (0.95%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
2 1 (0.95%) IBM BigFix
2 1 (0.95%) MOM
2 1 (0.95%) Tivoli
2 1 (0.95%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
2 1 (0.95%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 39 (37.14%) Microsoft
2 10 (9.52%) Oracle
2 10 (9.52%) VMware
3 9 (8.57%) Cisco
4 6 (5.71%) Dell
4 6 (5.71%) HP
4 6 (5.71%) NetApp
4 6 (5.71%) SAP
5 5 (4.76%) Citrix
5 5 (4.76%) Red Hat
6 4 (3.81%) Remedy
7 3 (2.86%) CheckPoint
7 3 (2.86%) OpenText
7 3 (2.86%) SolarWinds
8 2 (1.90%) IBM
9 1 (0.95%) Apple
9 1 (0.95%) Cadence
9 1 (0.95%) Huawei
9 1 (0.95%) Motorola
9 1 (0.95%) Nokia