Period
to 2 August 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for HNC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 2 August 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK > England
6 months to
2 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 770 686 873
Rank change year-on-year -84 +187 +129
Permanent jobs citing HNC 193 86 202
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.14% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.92% 0.62% 0.62%
Number of salaries quoted 77 48 111
10th Percentile £27,500 £28,200 £23,500
25th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £35,509
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,899 £40,625 £41,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.60% -2.11% +18.57%
75th Percentile £57,500 £49,063 £52,500
90th Percentile £64,750 £57,338 £66,250
UK median annual salary £42,899 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +7.25% - +23.08%

HNC is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 20,874 13,882 32,495
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 20.84% 22.21% 24.37%
Number of salaries quoted 12,578 10,449 24,025
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £26,750
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,750 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £67,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £86,050 £82,500
UK median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing HNC as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for HNC in England

HNC
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing HNC in England.

Salary trend for HNC in England

HNC
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing HNC in England over the 6 months to 2 August 2021.

Salary histogram for HNC in England

HNC
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing HNC within the England region over the 6 months to 2 August 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South West -47 54 £37,643 -4.94% 12
South East -75 40 £51,325 +28.31% 27
Midlands -53 37 £46,500 +6.90% 45
West Midlands -66 25 £55,000 +26.44% 28
London -114 23 £55,500 +37.04% 12
East of England -27 19 £31,990 - 24
North of England -63 18 £42,500 -17.68% 32
North West -37 13 - - 16
East Midlands - 12 £45,000 - 17
Yorkshire - 3 £42,500 - 10
North East -28 2 £38,750 -15.76% 6
HNC
UK

For the 6 months to 2 August 2021, IT jobs citing HNC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the England region with a requirement for HNC.

1 83 (43.01%) HND
2 73 (37.82%) Degree
3 68 (35.23%) Facilities Management
4 63 (32.64%) Retail
5 46 (23.83%) Service Delivery
6 42 (21.76%) Driving Licence
7 41 (21.24%) Line Management
7 41 (21.24%) Social Skills
8 36 (18.65%) C
9 34 (17.62%) Preventative Maintenance
9 34 (17.62%) COSHH
10 32 (16.58%) Coaching
10 32 (16.58%) Security Cleared
11 31 (16.06%) Microsoft
11 31 (16.06%) Problem-Solving
12 26 (13.47%) Windows
13 25 (12.95%) Systems Engineering
14 22 (11.40%) Continuous Improvement
15 21 (10.88%) Software Engineering
15 21 (10.88%) Management Information System
16 19 (9.84%) SQL
17 18 (9.33%) SQL Server
17 18 (9.33%) DNA
17 18 (9.33%) Electronics
17 18 (9.33%) SCADA
18 17 (8.81%) Information Security
18 17 (8.81%) Microsoft Office
18 17 (8.81%) Project Delivery
19 16 (8.29%) Validation
19 16 (8.29%) Project Management

HNC
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 (2.07%) Skype for Business
2 3 (1.55%) IIS
3 1 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (0.52%) WinCC
Applications
1 17 (8.81%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (5.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (4.15%) AutoCAD
4 6 (3.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (2.07%) Simulink
6 1 (0.52%) ALPHACAM
6 1 (0.52%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.52%) SAP BPC
1 1 (0.52%) SAP GTS
1 1 (0.52%) SAP IBP
1 1 (0.52%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.18%) Azure
2 5 (2.59%) AWS
3 3 (1.55%) GitHub
4 1 (0.52%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 15 (7.77%) DNS
2 8 (4.15%) Wireless
3 7 (3.63%) Profibus
4 4 (2.07%) Bluetooth
4 4 (2.07%) DHCP
4 4 (2.07%) DMZ
4 4 (2.07%) Firewall
4 4 (2.07%) PBX
4 4 (2.07%) TCP/IP
4 4 (2.07%) TETRA
5 3 (1.55%) Broadband
5 3 (1.55%) HTTP
6 2 (1.04%) 3G
6 2 (1.04%) 4G
6 2 (1.04%) 5G
6 2 (1.04%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.52%) Network Security
7 1 (0.52%) PABX
7 1 (0.52%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (0.52%) RS-232
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (9.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.55%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.52%) Data Vault
3 1 (0.52%) DB2
3 1 (0.52%) Lumira
3 1 (0.52%) MySQL
3 1 (0.52%) SAP BW
3 1 (0.52%) SAP Data Services
3 1 (0.52%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 3 (1.55%) Jenkins
1 3 (1.55%) JIRA
1 3 (1.55%) JMeter
1 3 (1.55%) Oracle Forms
1 3 (1.55%) Postman
1 3 (1.55%) Visual Studio
General
1 63 (32.64%) Retail
2 41 (21.24%) Social Skills
3 18 (9.33%) Electronics
4 15 (7.77%) Manufacturing
5 13 (6.74%) Organisational Skills
5 13 (6.74%) Telecoms
6 12 (6.22%) Finance
7 10 (5.18%) Aerospace
7 10 (5.18%) Public Sector
8 9 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
8 9 (4.66%) Military
9 7 (3.63%) Automotive
9 7 (3.63%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 7 (3.63%) Marketing
10 4 (2.07%) Back Office
10 4 (2.07%) Local Government
10 4 (2.07%) Multimedia
11 3 (1.55%) Police
12 2 (1.04%) Public Speaking
13 1 (0.52%) Fire and Rescue
Job Titles
1 34 (17.62%) Systems Engineer
2 19 (9.84%) Electrical Supervisor
3 17 (8.81%) Mobile Engineer
4 15 (7.77%) Software Engineer
5 14 (7.25%) Principal Engineer
6 10 (5.18%) Principal Systems Engineer
7 9 (4.66%) Control Systems Engineer
8 8 (4.15%) Senior Build Engineer
8 8 (4.15%) Senior Technical Engineer
8 8 (4.15%) Technical Engineer
9 7 (3.63%) Developer
10 6 (3.11%) .NET Developer
10 6 (3.11%) Analyst
10 6 (3.11%) RF Engineer
11 5 (2.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 5 (2.59%) Project Manager
11 5 (2.59%) Senior Manager
11 5 (2.59%) Senior Project Manager
11 5 (2.59%) Support Engineer
11 5 (2.59%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.15%) .NET
2 6 (3.11%) XML
3 5 (2.59%) ASP.NET
3 5 (2.59%) ASP.NET MVC
4 4 (2.07%) .NET Framework
5 3 (1.55%) .NET Core
5 3 (1.55%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 3 (1.55%) Blazor
5 3 (1.55%) Classic ASP
5 3 (1.55%) Razor View Engine
5 3 (1.55%) RESTful
5 3 (1.55%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (1.55%) XSLT
6 2 (1.04%) Ajax
6 2 (1.04%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.04%) CSS
6 2 (1.04%) HTML
6 2 (1.04%) jQuery
6 2 (1.04%) NHibernate
6 2 (1.04%) React
Miscellaneous
1 42 (21.76%) Driving Licence
2 21 (10.88%) Management Information System
3 18 (9.33%) SCADA
4 11 (5.70%) Self-Motivation
5 6 (3.11%) Data Centre
6 5 (2.59%) Acoustics
7 4 (2.07%) PKI
7 4 (2.07%) Private Cloud
7 4 (2.07%) Wiki
8 2 (1.04%) Enterprise Storage
8 2 (1.04%) Robotics
9 1 (0.52%) ASIC
9 1 (0.52%) NHS
9 1 (0.52%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 26 (13.47%) Windows
2 7 (3.63%) Linux
2 7 (3.63%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (3.11%) Windows Server
4 5 (2.59%) Windows Server 2019
5 4 (2.07%) Android
5 4 (2.07%) Apple iOS
5 4 (2.07%) Unix
6 2 (1.04%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.04%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.52%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.52%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (35.23%) Facilities Management
2 46 (23.83%) Service Delivery
3 41 (21.24%) Line Management
4 34 (17.62%) Preventative Maintenance
5 32 (16.58%) Coaching
6 31 (16.06%) Problem-Solving
7 25 (12.95%) Systems Engineering
8 22 (11.40%) Continuous Improvement
9 21 (10.88%) Software Engineering
10 18 (9.33%) DNA
11 17 (8.81%) Information Security
11 17 (8.81%) Project Delivery
12 16 (8.29%) Project Management
12 16 (8.29%) Validation
13 15 (7.77%) Customer Requirements
14 12 (6.22%) Programme Management
14 12 (6.22%) Quality Management
14 12 (6.22%) Root Cause Analysis
14 12 (6.22%) Systems Thinking
15 11 (5.70%) Requirements Engineering
Programming Languages
1 36 (18.65%) C
2 19 (9.84%) SQL
3 7 (3.63%) C#
4 6 (3.11%) JavaScript
4 6 (3.11%) PowerShell
5 4 (2.07%) MATLAB
5 4 (2.07%) Perl
5 4 (2.07%) Python
6 3 (1.55%) C++
6 3 (1.55%) TypeScript
7 2 (1.04%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.52%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.52%) Java
8 1 (0.52%) PHP
Qualifications
1 83 (43.01%) HND
2 73 (37.82%) Degree
3 32 (16.58%) Security Cleared
4 13 (6.74%) SC Cleared
5 8 (4.15%) DV Cleared
6 4 (2.07%) CCNA
6 4 (2.07%) CCNP
6 4 (2.07%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (1.55%) ISTQB
7 3 (1.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (1.04%) Chartered Engineer
8 2 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.52%) MCP
9 1 (0.52%) MCSA
9 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Certification
9 1 (0.52%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (17.62%) COSHH
2 7 (3.63%) NEBOSH
2 7 (3.63%) QA
3 4 (2.07%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (2.07%) GDPR
3 4 (2.07%) MISRA
4 3 (1.55%) IEC 61508
5 1 (0.52%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.52%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.52%) IASME
5 1 (0.52%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.52%) NIST
5 1 (0.52%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 8 (4.15%) Active Directory
2 5 (2.59%) VMware ESXi
3 4 (2.07%) Forefront TMG
3 4 (2.07%) vSphere
4 2 (1.04%) Firmware
4 2 (1.04%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (3.11%) SCCM
2 4 (2.07%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 4 (2.07%) MOM
2 4 (2.07%) SCOM
2 4 (2.07%) vRealize
3 3 (1.55%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.52%) Ansible
4 1 (0.52%) FortiGate
4 1 (0.52%) Netcool
4 1 (0.52%) OpenView
4 1 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.52%) Puppet
4 1 (0.52%) Red Hat Satellite
4 1 (0.52%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 31 (16.06%) Microsoft
2 11 (5.70%) EMC
2 11 (5.70%) Siemens
3 10 (5.18%) CA
4 8 (4.15%) Cisco
5 6 (3.11%) VMware
6 4 (2.07%) Fortinet
6 4 (2.07%) HP
6 4 (2.07%) Juniper
6 4 (2.07%) Oracle
6 4 (2.07%) Palo Alto
7 3 (1.55%) SAP
8 2 (1.04%) BroadVision
8 2 (1.04%) Lumension
9 1 (0.52%) BMC
9 1 (0.52%) Comptel
9 1 (0.52%) CyberArk
9 1 (0.52%) F5
9 1 (0.52%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.52%) Remedy