Period
to 25 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for NVQ Level 4 qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 25 November 2017 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.

National Vocational Qualification Level 4 (NVQ Level 4)
UK
6 months to
25 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 857 883 908
Rank change year-on-year +26 +25 -46
Contract jobs citing NVQ Level 4 16 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.016% 0.003% 0.004%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.084% 0.014% 0.022%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 2 5
UK median daily rate £475 £263 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +80.95% +16.67% -20.42%
10th Percentile £422 £193 £213
90th Percentile £505 £333 £319
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £350 £225
% change year-on-year +35.71% +55.56% -34.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
UK median hourly rate £26.16 - £125.00
10th Percentile £17.58 - £112.50
90th Percentile £34.33 - £137.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 - £125.00

NVQ Level 4 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 19153 21545 22673
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.71% 20.58% 19.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 11747 13451 13660
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £243 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +4.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 892 875 1092
UK median hourly rate £25.60 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.15 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year +1.85% +7.48% +32.21%

NVQ Level 4
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing NVQ Level 4 as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for NVQ Level 4 in the UK

NVQ Level 4
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing NVQ Level 4.

Contractor daily rate trend for NVQ Level 4 in the UK

NVQ Level 4
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing NVQ Level 4 over the 6 months to 25 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for NVQ Level 4 in the UK

NVQ Level 4
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing NVQ Level 4.

Contractor hourly rate trend for NVQ Level 4 in the UK

NVQ Level 4
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing NVQ Level 4 over the 6 months to 25 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for NVQ Level 4 in the UK

NVQ Level 4
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing NVQ Level 4 within the UK over the 6 months to 25 November 2017. 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 +20 16 £475 +80.95% 1
UK excluding London +64 15 £475 +35.71% 1
South West - 12 £475 -
West Midlands +30 3 - -
Midlands +29 3 - -
London -15 1 - -

For the 6 months to 25 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing NVQ Level 4 also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for NVQ Level 4.

1 12 (75.00%) Windows
1 12 (75.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 11 (68.75%) Apple iOS
2 11 (68.75%) Linux
2 11 (68.75%) VPN
3 10 (62.50%) Windows Server
4 9 (56.25%) Windows 10
4 9 (56.25%) Linux Command Line
4 9 (56.25%) Windows 7
4 9 (56.25%) Active Directory
4 9 (56.25%) Ethernet
4 9 (56.25%) Finance
5 8 (50.00%) Manufacturing
5 8 (50.00%) DV Cleared
5 8 (50.00%) Security Cleared
6 7 (43.75%) Digital Marketing
6 7 (43.75%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (43.75%) Electronics
6 7 (43.75%) Telecoms
6 7 (43.75%) Programme Management
6 7 (43.75%) Marketing
6 7 (43.75%) Business Intelligence
6 7 (43.75%) SAP
7 5 (31.25%) Data Protection
8 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
8 4 (25.00%) Project Management
8 4 (25.00%) ITIL
8 4 (25.00%) Atlassian
8 4 (25.00%) Degree
8 4 (25.00%) Military

NVQ Level 4
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 1 (6.25%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 11 (68.75%) VPN
2 9 (56.25%) Ethernet
3 2 (12.50%) LAN
3 2 (12.50%) VLAN
3 2 (12.50%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (6.25%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (6.25%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (6.25%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (6.25%) JIRA
1 1 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (56.25%) Finance
2 8 (50.00%) Manufacturing
3 7 (43.75%) Electronics
3 7 (43.75%) Marketing
3 7 (43.75%) Telecoms
4 4 (25.00%) Military
Job Titles
1 8 (50.00%) Administrator
1 8 (50.00%) Systems Administrator
2 2 (12.50%) Architect
2 2 (12.50%) Technical Architect
3 1 (6.25%) Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) Applications Developer
3 1 (6.25%) Data Quality Officer
3 1 (6.25%) Developer
3 1 (6.25%) Performance Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) Performance Officer
3 1 (6.25%) Quality Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Systems Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) .NET
1 1 (6.25%) .NET Framework
1 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET
1 1 (6.25%) CSS
1 1 (6.25%) DOM
1 1 (6.25%) EDI
1 1 (6.25%) Entity Framework
1 1 (6.25%) HTML
1 1 (6.25%) HTML5
1 1 (6.25%) jQuery
1 1 (6.25%) JSON
1 1 (6.25%) LINQ
1 1 (6.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (56.25%) Linux Command Line
2 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (12.50%) Management Information System
3 1 (6.25%) Computer Science
3 1 (6.25%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (6.25%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 12 (75.00%) Windows
1 12 (75.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 11 (68.75%) Apple iOS
2 11 (68.75%) Linux
3 10 (62.50%) Windows Server
4 9 (56.25%) Windows 10
4 9 (56.25%) Windows 7
5 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (43.75%) Business Intelligence
1 7 (43.75%) Digital Marketing
1 7 (43.75%) Disaster Recovery
1 7 (43.75%) Programme Management
2 5 (31.25%) Data Protection
3 4 (25.00%) ITIL
3 4 (25.00%) Project Management
4 2 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (12.50%) Network Management
4 2 (12.50%) Software Licensing
5 1 (6.25%) Collaborative Working
5 1 (6.25%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (6.25%) Lean Manufacturing
5 1 (6.25%) Line Management
5 1 (6.25%) Mentoring
5 1 (6.25%) People Management
5 1 (6.25%) Performance Management
5 1 (6.25%) Performance Metrics
5 1 (6.25%) QMS
5 1 (6.25%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (12.50%) PowerShell
1 2 (12.50%) SQL
2 1 (6.25%) C
2 1 (6.25%) C#
2 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
2 1 (6.25%) T-SQL
2 1 (6.25%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 8 (50.00%) DV Cleared
1 8 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 4 (25.00%) Degree
3 1 (6.25%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (6.25%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) Data Quality
1 1 (6.25%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 9 (56.25%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 7 (43.75%) SAP
2 4 (25.00%) Atlassian
2 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (6.25%) Altova
3 1 (6.25%) DevExpress
3 1 (6.25%) NCR
3 1 (6.25%) Oracle
3 1 (6.25%) Xamarin