Period
to 10 August 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 10 August 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
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 519 752 824
Rank change year-on-year +233 +72 -71
Contract jobs citing HND 31 98 73
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.089% 0.11% 0.071%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 0.56% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 52 31
Median daily rate £305 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.67% - +6.31%
10th Percentile £116 £183 £205
90th Percentile £400 £509 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £375 £375
% change year-on-year -17.33% - +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 15 14
Median hourly rate £25.25 £34.50 £39.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.81% -12.38% +12.50%
10th Percentile £21.03 £19.14 £15.15
90th Percentile £29.68 £45.40 £52.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £34.50 £39.38
% change year-on-year -42.03% -12.38% +12.50%

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 8,707 17,525 19,361
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.87% 19.10% 18.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,203 10,651 11,470
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £240
90th Percentile £638 £641 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £445 £413
% change year-on-year +1.12% +7.88% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 848 942
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.75 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.10% +55.43% -23.13%
10th Percentile £17.00 £13.65 £12.63
90th Percentile £55.88 £60.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +53.19% -24.19%

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 10 August 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
Top 13 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 10 August 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 +182 28 £310 -17.33% 65
England +244 24 £320 -14.67% 59
South East +150 9 £391 +0.97% 23
Midlands +86 7 £305 -18.67% 11
Scotland +81 6 £205 +82.22% 2
North of England +102 4 £139 -65.38% 12
East Midlands +54 4 £300 -20.00% 5
West Midlands +69 3 £310 +55.00% 6
London +205 2 £110 -41.33%
South West +88 2 - - 5
North West +72 2 £102 - 7
North East +39 2 £175 -56.25% 2
Work from Home -19 1 £425 +93.18% 1

For the 6 months to 10 August 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 24 (77.42%) Degree
2 11 (35.48%) Microsoft
2 11 (35.48%) Project Management
3 9 (29.03%) Cisco
3 9 (29.03%) HNC
3 9 (29.03%) Windows
3 9 (29.03%) Problem-Solving
3 9 (29.03%) Public Sector
4 7 (22.58%) Microsoft Office
4 7 (22.58%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (19.35%) Active Directory
5 6 (19.35%) PRINCE2
5 6 (19.35%) Firewall
5 6 (19.35%) Wireless
5 6 (19.35%) Project Delivery
5 6 (19.35%) Security Cleared
6 5 (16.13%) Office 365
6 5 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (16.13%) Decision-Making
6 5 (16.13%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (16.13%) Finance
6 5 (16.13%) Configuration Management
6 5 (16.13%) CCNA
6 5 (16.13%) LAN
7 4 (12.90%) CCNP
7 4 (12.90%) Oracle
7 4 (12.90%) Telecoms
7 4 (12.90%) Validation
7 4 (12.90%) Management Information System
7 4 (12.90%) Military

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 3 (9.68%) MS Exchange
1 3 (9.68%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (3.23%) IBM Domino
2 1 (3.23%) IBM Notes
2 1 (3.23%) SAS
2 1 (3.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 7 (22.58%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (3.23%) AutoCAD
3 1 (3.23%) Autodesk Inventor
3 1 (3.23%) Revit
Cloud Services
1 5 (16.13%) Office 365
2 4 (12.90%) Azure
3 2 (6.45%) Power Platform
3 2 (6.45%) PowerApps
4 1 (3.23%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (3.23%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (3.23%) G Suite
4 1 (3.23%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 6 (19.35%) Firewall
1 6 (19.35%) Wireless
2 5 (16.13%) LAN
3 4 (12.90%) Cisco ASA
3 4 (12.90%) Cisco Wireless
4 3 (9.68%) SAN
4 3 (9.68%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (9.68%) WLAN
5 2 (6.45%) Internet
5 2 (6.45%) Network Security
5 2 (6.45%) WAN
6 1 (3.23%) 3G
6 1 (3.23%) 4G
6 1 (3.23%) 5G
6 1 (3.23%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 1 (3.23%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 1 (3.23%) MPLS
6 1 (3.23%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (3.23%) TACACS
6 1 (3.23%) UTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.68%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.45%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.23%) MS Access
3 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database
3 1 (3.23%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (3.23%) Power BI
General
1 9 (29.03%) Public Sector
2 5 (16.13%) Finance
3 4 (12.90%) Military
3 4 (12.90%) Telecoms
4 3 (9.68%) Manufacturing
5 2 (6.45%) Housing Association
6 1 (3.23%) Aerospace
6 1 (3.23%) Automotive
6 1 (3.23%) Electronics
6 1 (3.23%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 5 (16.13%) Project Manager
2 4 (12.90%) Administrator
2 4 (12.90%) Analyst
2 4 (12.90%) Network Engineer
3 3 (9.68%) Test Engineer
3 3 (9.68%) Verification Engineer
4 2 (6.45%) Desktop Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) IT Administrator
4 2 (6.45%) IT Systems Administrator
4 2 (6.45%) Resource Controller
4 2 (6.45%) Systems Administrator
5 1 (3.23%) Data Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) Design Engineer
5 1 (3.23%) IT Manager
5 1 (3.23%) IT Project Manager
5 1 (3.23%) Network Administrator
5 1 (3.23%) Network Security Engineer
5 1 (3.23%) Project Engineer
5 1 (3.23%) Support Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) Support Assistant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.45%) XML
2 1 (3.23%) .NET
2 1 (3.23%) CSS
2 1 (3.23%) Hibernate
2 1 (3.23%) HTML
2 1 (3.23%) JPA
2 1 (3.23%) jQuery
2 1 (3.23%) JSON
2 1 (3.23%) Middleware
2 1 (3.23%) ODBC
2 1 (3.23%) RESTful
2 1 (3.23%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (12.90%) Management Information System
3 3 (9.68%) Driving Licence
4 2 (6.45%) CCTV
4 2 (6.45%) NHS
4 2 (6.45%) User Experience
5 1 (3.23%) Clustering
5 1 (3.23%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (3.23%) Freedom of Information
5 1 (3.23%) Replication
5 1 (3.23%) RSA SecurID
5 1 (3.23%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (3.23%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 9 (29.03%) Windows
2 4 (12.90%) Windows 10
2 4 (12.90%) Windows Server
3 2 (6.45%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.23%) Linux
4 1 (3.23%) Windows 2000
4 1 (3.23%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (35.48%) Project Management
2 9 (29.03%) Problem-Solving
3 6 (19.35%) PRINCE2
3 6 (19.35%) Project Delivery
4 5 (16.13%) Configuration Management
4 5 (16.13%) Decision-Making
5 4 (12.90%) Validation
6 3 (9.68%) ITIL
6 3 (9.68%) Matrix Management
6 3 (9.68%) Mentoring
6 3 (9.68%) Resource Management
6 3 (9.68%) Risk Analysis
6 3 (9.68%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (9.68%) Test Planning
6 3 (9.68%) Test Scripting
7 2 (6.45%) Capacity Planning
7 2 (6.45%) Computer Science
7 2 (6.45%) Mathematics
7 2 (6.45%) Resource Allocation
7 2 (6.45%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.23%) Java
1 1 (3.23%) JavaScript
1 1 (3.23%) PowerShell
1 1 (3.23%) Python
1 1 (3.23%) R
1 1 (3.23%) SQL
1 1 (3.23%) VB
1 1 (3.23%) VBA
Qualifications
1 24 (77.42%) Degree
2 9 (29.03%) HNC
3 7 (22.58%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (19.35%) Security Cleared
5 5 (16.13%) CCNA
5 5 (16.13%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (12.90%) CCNP
7 3 (9.68%) DV Cleared
7 3 (9.68%) MCP
7 3 (9.68%) SC Cleared
8 2 (6.45%) APMP
8 2 (6.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (3.23%) A+ Certification
9 1 (3.23%) CCSA
9 1 (3.23%) CCSE
9 1 (3.23%) ECDL
9 1 (3.23%) MCSA
9 1 (3.23%) MCSE
9 1 (3.23%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.68%) PMO
2 2 (6.45%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (6.45%) P3O
3 1 (3.23%) Data Quality
3 1 (3.23%) QA
System Software
1 6 (19.35%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.45%) Hyper-V
2 2 (6.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (3.23%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (3.23%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (9.68%) Cisco Prime
1 3 (9.68%) WSUS
2 2 (6.45%) SCCM
3 1 (3.23%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 11 (35.48%) Microsoft
2 9 (29.03%) Cisco
3 4 (12.90%) Oracle
4 3 (9.68%) Apple
4 3 (9.68%) Blue Coat
4 3 (9.68%) NEC
4 3 (9.68%) Riverbed
4 3 (9.68%) Sophos
4 3 (9.68%) VMware
5 2 (6.45%) Dell
5 2 (6.45%) GFI Software
5 2 (6.45%) HP
5 2 (6.45%) SolarWinds
6 1 (3.23%) Brocade
6 1 (3.23%) Google
6 1 (3.23%) Huawei
6 1 (3.23%) Nokia
6 1 (3.23%) ProCurve
6 1 (3.23%) SAP
6 1 (3.23%) Veeam