Period
to 11 November 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 11 November 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
11 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 689 808 809
Rank change year-on-year +119 +1 +22
Contract jobs citing HND 112 75 94
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.074% 0.092%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.66% 0.40% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 33 46
UK median daily rate £392 £400 £353
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.13% +13.48% +8.46%
10th Percentile £208 £257 £206
90th Percentile £556 £700 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £355
% change year-on-year - +12.68% +9.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 18 10
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £40.63 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +16.07% +40.00%
10th Percentile £19.93 £15.35 £15.66
90th Percentile £42.30 £51.13 £44.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £40.63 £35.00
% change year-on-year -10.77% +16.07% +55.56%

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 16,874 18,970 19,222
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.24% 18.59% 18.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,348 11,211 11,752
UK median daily rate £464 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.11% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £225
90th Percentile £644 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 839 927 916
UK median hourly rate £35.07 £25.00 £26.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.26% -5.11% +1.33%
10th Percentile £14.85 £12.75 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.55 £51.00 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £28.73
% change year-on-year +40.00% -12.98% +6.41%

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 11 November 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 11 November 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 11 November 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 +121 94 £392 +2.89% 158
UK excluding London +56 80 £400 - 176
South East +46 32 £400 -0.62% 30
London +102 26 £365 -27.00% 11
North of England +43 17 £400 +4.92% 24
South West +4 11 £390 -2.50% 30
Midlands +35 10 £300 +0.25% 32
Scotland +28 10 £115 +4.55% 19
West Midlands +40 8 £300 +5.26% 21
Yorkshire +28 6 £400 - 5
North East - 6 £275 - 3
North West +11 5 £205 -46.23% 16
East of England +30 2 - - 31
East Midlands +11 2 £238 -40.63% 11
Northern Ireland +8 2 - - 2
Wales +21 1 £300 -57.14% 8

For the 6 months to 11 November 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 78 (69.64%) Degree
2 42 (37.50%) HNC
3 41 (36.61%) Microsoft
4 33 (29.46%) Finance
5 32 (28.57%) Project Management
6 28 (25.00%) Security Cleared
7 23 (20.54%) Public Sector
7 23 (20.54%) Microsoft Office
8 22 (19.64%) ITIL
9 21 (18.75%) SC Cleared
10 20 (17.86%) Analytical Skills
11 19 (16.96%) Windows
12 17 (15.18%) PRINCE2
13 16 (14.29%) Oracle
13 16 (14.29%) Data Management
14 14 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
14 14 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
14 14 (12.50%) Computer Science
14 14 (12.50%) Microsoft Excel
14 14 (12.50%) Driving Licence
15 13 (11.61%) Decision-Making
15 13 (11.61%) C
15 13 (11.61%) Service Management
15 13 (11.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
16 12 (10.71%) Migration
16 12 (10.71%) TOGAF
16 12 (10.71%) ITSM
16 12 (10.71%) Management Information System
17 11 (9.82%) SQL Server
17 11 (9.82%) Mathematics

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 7 (6.25%) MS Exchange
2 6 (5.36%) Confluence
2 6 (5.36%) IIS
2 6 (5.36%) SharePoint
2 6 (5.36%) SharePoint Server
3 2 (1.79%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.79%) CMS
3 2 (1.79%) Oracle Application Server
3 2 (1.79%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.79%) WordPress
4 1 (0.89%) Apache
4 1 (0.89%) Drupal
4 1 (0.89%) MQSeries
4 1 (0.89%) Oracle Service Bus
4 1 (0.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (0.89%) SAS
4 1 (0.89%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 23 (20.54%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (12.50%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (11.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (3.57%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.79%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.89%) Stata
Business Applications
1 6 (5.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.89%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.89%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.89%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.89%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.89%) SAP EHS
2 1 (0.89%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 9 (8.04%) AWS
2 6 (5.36%) Azure
3 3 (2.68%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (1.79%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.46%) Firewall
2 3 (2.68%) 3GPP
2 3 (2.68%) Cisco ASA
2 3 (2.68%) LAN
2 3 (2.68%) Network Security
2 3 (2.68%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.79%) Cisco ISE
3 2 (1.79%) Cisco Wireless
3 2 (1.79%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (1.79%) Wireless
3 2 (1.79%) WLAN
4 1 (0.89%) ADSL
4 1 (0.89%) Broadband
4 1 (0.89%) DMZ
4 1 (0.89%) FTP
4 1 (0.89%) HTTP
4 1 (0.89%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.89%) IPsec
4 1 (0.89%) VPN
4 1 (0.89%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (9.82%) SQL Server
2 8 (7.14%) MySQL
3 3 (2.68%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.79%) Apache Hive
4 2 (1.79%) Big Data
4 2 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.79%) OLTP
4 2 (1.79%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle BI EE
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (0.89%) TKPROF
Development Applications
1 7 (6.25%) JIRA
1 7 (6.25%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.68%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.79%) Oracle Forms
3 2 (1.79%) Rational DOORS
General
1 33 (29.46%) Finance
2 23 (20.54%) Public Sector
3 10 (8.93%) Military
4 9 (8.04%) Telecoms
5 7 (6.25%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.79%) Aerospace
6 2 (1.79%) Publishing
7 1 (0.89%) Avionics
7 1 (0.89%) Electronics
7 1 (0.89%) Legal
7 1 (0.89%) Local Government
7 1 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 35 (31.25%) Analyst
2 11 (9.82%) Data Analyst
3 10 (8.93%) Test Engineer
4 7 (6.25%) Applications Packager
5 6 (5.36%) Architect
5 6 (5.36%) Desktop Analyst
5 6 (5.36%) IP Engineer
5 6 (5.36%) Project Manager
5 6 (5.36%) Solutions Architect
6 5 (4.46%) Developer
6 5 (4.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 5 (4.46%) IT Support
6 5 (4.46%) Support Officer
7 4 (3.57%) Business Analyst
7 4 (3.57%) Information Analyst
7 4 (3.57%) Information Systems Analyst
7 4 (3.57%) Logistics Analyst
7 4 (3.57%) Network Engineer
7 4 (3.57%) Systems Analyst
7 4 (3.57%) Unix Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.14%) HTML
2 7 (6.25%) .NET
3 6 (5.36%) .NET Framework
3 6 (5.36%) WCF
3 6 (5.36%) Web Services
3 6 (5.36%) XML
3 6 (5.36%) XSLT
4 3 (2.68%) COM
4 3 (2.68%) FIX Protocol
5 2 (1.79%) HTML5
5 2 (1.79%) jQuery
6 1 (0.89%) CSS
6 1 (0.89%) CSS3
6 1 (0.89%) J2EE
6 1 (0.89%) LDAP
6 1 (0.89%) Middleware
6 1 (0.89%) Ruby on Rails
6 1 (0.89%) Sass
6 1 (0.89%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 20 (17.86%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (12.50%) Driving Licence
3 12 (10.71%) Management Information System
4 6 (5.36%) Frameworx
4 6 (5.36%) TM Forum
5 4 (3.57%) Video\Live Streaming
6 3 (2.68%) e-Learning
6 3 (2.68%) Equities
6 3 (2.68%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 2 (1.79%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.89%) Analogue Electronics
8 1 (0.89%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.89%) Clustering
8 1 (0.89%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.89%) Life Science
8 1 (0.89%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.89%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 19 (16.96%) Windows
2 7 (6.25%) Unix
3 6 (5.36%) Linux
3 6 (5.36%) Windows 10
4 3 (2.68%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (1.79%) Windows 7
5 2 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (1.79%) Windows XP
6 1 (0.89%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.89%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (28.57%) Project Management
2 22 (19.64%) ITIL
3 17 (15.18%) PRINCE2
4 16 (14.29%) Data Management
5 14 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (12.50%) Computer Science
5 14 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
6 13 (11.61%) Decision-Making
6 13 (11.61%) Service Management
7 12 (10.71%) ITSM
7 12 (10.71%) Migration
7 12 (10.71%) TOGAF
8 11 (9.82%) Mathematics
8 11 (9.82%) Project Delivery
9 10 (8.93%) CRM
9 10 (8.93%) Customer Requirements
9 10 (8.93%) Problem-Solving
10 9 (8.04%) Configuration Management
10 9 (8.04%) Workflow
11 8 (7.14%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 13 (11.61%) C
2 9 (8.04%) SQL
3 7 (6.25%) JavaScript
4 6 (5.36%) Python
5 4 (3.57%) Perl
5 4 (3.57%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.68%) AWK
6 3 (2.68%) C#
6 3 (2.68%) C-shell
6 3 (2.68%) R
7 2 (1.79%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.89%) Ada
8 1 (0.89%) C++
8 1 (0.89%) Java
8 1 (0.89%) PHP
8 1 (0.89%) Ruby
8 1 (0.89%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 78 (69.64%) Degree
2 42 (37.50%) HNC
3 28 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 21 (18.75%) SC Cleared
5 6 (5.36%) Chartered Engineer
6 5 (4.46%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (4.46%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (3.57%) CCNA
7 4 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (2.68%) CCNP
8 3 (2.68%) DV Cleared
8 3 (2.68%) MCSE
9 2 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.79%) MCSA
9 2 (1.79%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.89%) A+ Certification
10 1 (0.89%) ISEB
10 1 (0.89%) MCP
10 1 (0.89%) MCSD
10 1 (0.89%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.25%) GDPR
1 7 (6.25%) QA
2 3 (2.68%) MiFID
3 1 (0.89%) Def Stans
3 1 (0.89%) HAZOP
3 1 (0.89%) ISO 14001
3 1 (0.89%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 3 (2.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (1.79%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.79%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (1.79%) vSphere
2 2 (1.79%) XenApp
3 1 (0.89%) Oracle RAC
3 1 (0.89%) Samba
3 1 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (1.79%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (0.89%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
2 1 (0.89%) MOM
Vendors
1 41 (36.61%) Microsoft
2 16 (14.29%) Oracle
3 10 (8.93%) Cisco
4 9 (8.04%) VMware
5 5 (4.46%) Blue Coat
5 5 (4.46%) Riverbed
6 4 (3.57%) Dell
6 4 (3.57%) HP
6 4 (3.57%) NetApp
6 4 (3.57%) Salesforce.com
6 4 (3.57%) SAP
7 2 (1.79%) Apple
7 2 (1.79%) Citrix
7 2 (1.79%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.89%) Capita
8 1 (0.89%) CheckPoint
8 1 (0.89%) F5
8 1 (0.89%) Huawei
8 1 (0.89%) Nokia
8 1 (0.89%) Twitter