Period
to 2 December 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 December 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK > England
6 months to
2 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 725 645 880
Rank change year-on-year -80 +235 +27
Permanent jobs citing HNC 286 59 155
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 0.25% 0.12% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.19% 0.55% 0.55%
Number of salaries quoted 156 36 63
10th Percentile £30,583 £21,250 £28,500
25th Percentile £32,500 £28,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £41,000 £36,525 £40,500
Median % change year-on-year +12.25% -9.81% +15.71%
75th Percentile £46,563 £47,500 £50,000
90th Percentile £56,762 £54,375 £65,000
UK median annual salary £40,000 £36,525 £37,250
% change year-on-year +9.51% -1.95% +6.43%

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 23,991 10,636 28,141
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 21.29% 20.93% 22.68%
Number of salaries quoted 13,981 8,341 21,382
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £27,500
25th Percentile £41,000 £41,250 £36,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £73,000 £71,250 £67,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £83,750
UK median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +10.00% -

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 December 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 December 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
Midlands -62 57 £35,000 +55.56% 27
East of England -60 49 £31,990 +42.18% 22
North of England -87 49 £42,500 +88.89% 44
South West -49 48 £40,000 -6.71% 16
South East -122 46 £45,000 +17.61% 26
London -206 40 £52,500 -13.40% 15
East Midlands -22 32 £41,250 -8.33% 7
North East - 31 £42,500 - 8
West Midlands -88 25 £34,000 +51.11% 20
North West -86 11 £42,500 -13.27% 27
Yorkshire -77 7 £52,674 +134.10% 9
HNC
UK

For the 6 months to 2 December 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.

1 161 (56.29%) HND
2 147 (51.40%) Degree
3 103 (36.01%) Software Engineering
4 98 (34.27%) Microsoft
5 96 (33.57%) Computer Science
6 93 (32.52%) SQL Server
7 83 (29.02%) Windows
8 81 (28.32%) Social Skills
9 79 (27.62%) Retail
10 78 (27.27%) Marketing
11 77 (26.92%) Problem-Solving
12 71 (24.83%) Windows Server
13 70 (24.48%) Microsoft Office
14 63 (22.03%) SCADA
15 62 (21.68%) XML
16 61 (21.33%) Facilities Management
17 53 (18.53%) Continuous Improvement
18 49 (17.13%) Siemens
19 48 (16.78%) QA
20 47 (16.43%) Systems Analysis
20 47 (16.43%) XSLT
21 46 (16.08%) SQL
22 45 (15.73%) Management Information System
22 45 (15.73%) Security Cleared
23 43 (15.03%) C
24 41 (14.34%) Profibus
25 40 (13.99%) Analytical Skills
26 37 (12.94%) Systems Engineering
26 37 (12.94%) Azure
27 33 (11.54%) .NET

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 2 (0.70%) SharePoint
1 2 (0.70%) WinCC
2 1 (0.35%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 70 (24.48%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (2.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (1.40%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.70%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.35%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 8 (2.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.40%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 37 (12.94%) Azure
2 8 (2.80%) Dynamics 365
3 6 (2.10%) Microsoft 365
4 4 (1.40%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.70%) AWS
5 2 (0.70%) GCP
5 2 (0.70%) OneDrive
5 2 (0.70%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 41 (14.34%) Profibus
2 17 (5.94%) DNS
3 9 (3.15%) Firewall
4 8 (2.80%) DHCP
5 7 (2.45%) RS-232
6 6 (2.10%) Remote Desktop
6 6 (2.10%) VoIP
7 5 (1.75%) Ethernet
8 4 (1.40%) PABX
8 4 (1.40%) Wireless
9 3 (1.05%) Cisco ASA
9 3 (1.05%) Cisco Firepower
9 3 (1.05%) Modbus
9 3 (1.05%) RS-485
9 3 (1.05%) TCP/IP
9 3 (1.05%) Unified Communications
10 2 (0.70%) Internet
10 2 (0.70%) MPLS
10 2 (0.70%) VPN
10 2 (0.70%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (32.52%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.10%) MongoDB
2 6 (2.10%) MySQL
2 6 (2.10%) PostgreSQL
2 6 (2.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 6 (2.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 6 (2.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (0.70%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (0.70%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 9 (3.15%) JIRA
2 3 (1.05%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.70%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.35%) Selenium
General
1 81 (28.32%) Social Skills
2 79 (27.62%) Retail
3 78 (27.27%) Marketing
4 40 (13.99%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (6.99%) Telecoms
6 14 (4.90%) Finance
7 12 (4.20%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 12 (4.20%) Manufacturing
8 8 (2.80%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (2.45%) Local Government
9 7 (2.45%) Organisational Skills
10 6 (2.10%) Multimedia
11 5 (1.75%) Electronics
12 4 (1.40%) Aerospace
12 4 (1.40%) Environmental Health
12 4 (1.40%) Fire and Rescue
12 4 (1.40%) Military
13 3 (1.05%) Automotive
14 2 (0.70%) Public Sector
15 1 (0.35%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 53 (18.53%) Analyst
2 47 (16.43%) Customer Analyst
2 47 (16.43%) Systems Analyst
3 43 (15.03%) Systems Engineer
4 37 (12.94%) Support Engineer
5 31 (10.84%) Developer
6 30 (10.49%) Junior
6 30 (10.49%) Junior Analyst
6 30 (10.49%) Junior Systems Analyst
7 23 (8.04%) Software Engineer
8 21 (7.34%) PLC Engineer
9 20 (6.99%) Control Systems Engineer
10 16 (5.59%) .NET Developer
10 16 (5.59%) Mobile Engineer
11 15 (5.24%) Electrical Supervisor
11 15 (5.24%) Java Developer
11 15 (5.24%) PHP Developer
12 8 (2.80%) IT Engineer
12 8 (2.80%) Server Support
12 8 (2.80%) Windows Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 62 (21.68%) XML
2 47 (16.43%) XSLT
3 33 (11.54%) .NET
4 31 (10.84%) AngularJS
5 16 (5.59%) .NET Framework
5 16 (5.59%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 15 (5.24%) Angular 2
6 15 (5.24%) Kendo UI
6 15 (5.24%) NgRx
6 15 (5.24%) Spring
6 15 (5.24%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 63 (22.03%) SCADA
2 45 (15.73%) Management Information System
3 30 (10.49%) Driving Licence
4 27 (9.44%) CAN bus
4 27 (9.44%) FMCG
5 8 (2.80%) Data Centre
6 7 (2.45%) CCTV
6 7 (2.45%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (1.40%) NHS
8 3 (1.05%) Acoustics
8 3 (1.05%) Embedded Systems
9 2 (0.70%) Life Science
10 1 (0.35%) Analogue Electronics
10 1 (0.35%) Biotechnology
Operating Systems
1 83 (29.02%) Windows
2 71 (24.83%) Windows Server
3 13 (4.55%) Linux
4 7 (2.45%) Windows Server 2019
5 6 (2.10%) Unix
5 6 (2.10%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (1.75%) Ubuntu
6 5 (1.75%) Windows 10
6 5 (1.75%) Windows Server 2016
7 2 (0.70%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.35%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (36.01%) Software Engineering
2 96 (33.57%) Computer Science
3 77 (26.92%) Problem-Solving
4 61 (21.33%) Facilities Management
5 53 (18.53%) Continuous Improvement
6 47 (16.43%) Systems Analysis
7 37 (12.94%) Systems Engineering
8 32 (11.19%) DevOps
9 31 (10.84%) Information Management
9 31 (10.84%) Line Management
9 31 (10.84%) Quality Management
9 31 (10.84%) Unit Testing
9 31 (10.84%) Workflow
10 25 (8.74%) Preventative Maintenance
11 24 (8.39%) Agile Software Development
11 24 (8.39%) Service Delivery
12 23 (8.04%) Coaching
13 18 (6.29%) Mathematics
13 18 (6.29%) SDLC
14 17 (5.94%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 46 (16.08%) SQL
2 43 (15.03%) C
3 31 (10.84%) T-SQL
4 21 (7.34%) C#
5 18 (6.29%) JavaScript
6 16 (5.59%) Java
7 15 (5.24%) PHP
8 8 (2.80%) PowerShell
9 6 (2.10%) Shell Script
10 4 (1.40%) C++
10 4 (1.40%) Ladder Logic
11 1 (0.35%) Python
11 1 (0.35%) VBA
Qualifications
1 161 (56.29%) HND
2 147 (51.40%) Degree
3 45 (15.73%) Security Cleared
4 27 (9.44%) NVQ Level 3
5 23 (8.04%) SC Cleared
6 14 (4.90%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (4.20%) MCSA
8 10 (3.50%) Computer Science Degree
9 8 (2.80%) MCSE
10 7 (2.45%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.70%) A+ Certification
11 2 (0.70%) MCDST
12 1 (0.35%) Chartered Engineer
12 1 (0.35%) ISTQB
12 1 (0.35%) Numerate Degree
12 1 (0.35%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 48 (16.78%) QA
2 25 (8.74%) COSHH
3 12 (4.20%) NEBOSH
4 5 (1.75%) GMP
5 4 (1.40%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (1.05%) IEC 61508
6 3 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.70%) GLP
7 2 (0.70%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.70%) SLA
8 1 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.35%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.35%) IASME
8 1 (0.35%) NIST
8 1 (0.35%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 13 (4.55%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.05%) Firmware
3 2 (0.70%) DFS Replication
3 2 (0.70%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.35%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 3 (1.05%) SCCM
2 2 (0.70%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (0.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (0.35%) MOM
3 1 (0.35%) SCOM
Vendors
1 98 (34.27%) Microsoft
2 49 (17.13%) Siemens
3 6 (2.10%) CA
3 6 (2.10%) Oracle
4 5 (1.75%) Cisco
4 5 (1.75%) Rockwell
4 5 (1.75%) SAP
5 4 (1.40%) EMC
6 3 (1.05%) Verint
7 2 (0.70%) CrowdStrike
7 2 (0.70%) Dell
7 2 (0.70%) Lumension
7 2 (0.70%) Proofpoint
7 2 (0.70%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (0.70%) Synology