Period
to 4 June 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for HNC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 4 June 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 736 879 1046
Rank change year-on-year +143 +167 +5
Permanent jobs citing HNC 138 215 135
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.15% 0.079%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.73% 0.61% 0.33%
Number of salaries quoted 81 129 99
Median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +14.29% +5.26%
10th Percentile £27,500 £23,400 £22,950
90th Percentile £56,250 £66,250 £52,881
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% +9.38%

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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18,796 35,320 40,563
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.58% 24.73% 23.69%
Number of salaries quoted 13,719 25,233 30,608
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £49,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +1.01% +10.00%
10th Percentile £28,772 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +7.14%

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing HNC over the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

Salary histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing HNC within the UK over the 6 months to 4 June 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +134 123 £40,500 -2.41% 45
UK excluding London +122 115 £40,000 +6.67% 41
South West +102 34 £39,598 -17.84% 7
Midlands +64 32 £46,000 +0.55% 6
West Midlands +49 32 £46,000 +4.55% 5
South East +67 21 £40,000 +6.67% 13
London +146 18 £40,500 -22.86% 6
North of England +136 9 £46,000 +10.84% 7
East of England +89 9 £33,250 +26.20% 6
North West +103 7 £51,625 +56.44% 3
Scotland +62 6 £22,500 -25.85% 2
Northern Ireland - 4 £40,000 -
Work from Home - 3 £46,000 - 1
Yorkshire +94 1 £41,000 -1.20% 4
North East - 1 £46,000 -

For the 6 months to 4 June 2020, 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 with a requirement for HNC.

1 96 (69.57%) Degree
2 79 (57.25%) HND
3 34 (24.64%) Management Information System
4 32 (23.19%) C
5 29 (21.01%) Telecoms
6 27 (19.57%) Problem-Solving
7 25 (18.12%) Electronics
8 21 (15.22%) Finance
9 20 (14.49%) Computer Science
10 19 (13.77%) Chartered Engineer
11 17 (12.32%) Continuous Improvement
11 17 (12.32%) Risk Management
12 16 (11.59%) Change Management
12 16 (11.59%) Security Cleared
12 16 (11.59%) QA
13 15 (10.87%) Validation
13 15 (10.87%) ITIL
13 15 (10.87%) People Management
14 14 (10.14%) Microsoft Office
14 14 (10.14%) Microsoft
15 13 (9.42%) Asset Management
15 13 (9.42%) Internet
16 12 (8.70%) HP
16 12 (8.70%) Cisco
16 12 (8.70%) Ethernet
16 12 (8.70%) Project Management
16 12 (8.70%) Test Automation
17 11 (7.97%) Performance Management
17 11 (7.97%) Mathematics
17 11 (7.97%) JIRA

HNC
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 (0.72%) Confluence
1 1 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2013
1 1 (0.72%) MS Exchange
1 1 (0.72%) SharePoint
Applications
1 14 (10.14%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (7.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (6.52%) AutoCAD
4 4 (2.90%) EPLAN
4 4 (2.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.72%) ArcView
Business Applications
1 2 (1.45%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.35%) Azure
2 5 (3.62%) GitHub
2 5 (3.62%) Office 365
3 1 (0.72%) BrowserStack
3 1 (0.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (9.42%) Internet
2 12 (8.70%) Ethernet
3 8 (5.80%) TCP/IP
4 7 (5.07%) Wi-Fi
4 7 (5.07%) Wireless
5 6 (4.35%) DWDM
6 5 (3.62%) BGP
6 5 (3.62%) EIGRP
6 5 (3.62%) HSRP
6 5 (3.62%) IPv6
6 5 (3.62%) LAN
6 5 (3.62%) MPLS
6 5 (3.62%) OSPF
6 5 (3.62%) SDH
6 5 (3.62%) SONET
6 5 (3.62%) VLAN
6 5 (3.62%) VPLS
7 4 (2.90%) 3G
7 4 (2.90%) GSM
7 4 (2.90%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.90%) MongoDB
1 4 (2.90%) MySQL
1 4 (2.90%) PostgreSQL
1 4 (2.90%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.17%) MS Access
3 2 (1.45%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.45%) Oracle Database 12c
3 2 (1.45%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.72%) GIS
Development Applications
1 11 (7.97%) JIRA
2 7 (5.07%) Selenium
3 6 (4.35%) Jenkins
3 6 (4.35%) JMeter
3 6 (4.35%) Visual Studio
4 5 (3.62%) Postman
5 2 (1.45%) Maven
6 1 (0.72%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.72%) TestRail
General
1 29 (21.01%) Telecoms
2 25 (18.12%) Electronics
3 21 (15.22%) Finance
4 11 (7.97%) Public Sector
5 10 (7.25%) Manufacturing
6 8 (5.80%) Legal
7 7 (5.07%) Police
8 6 (4.35%) Local Government
9 4 (2.90%) Law
10 2 (1.45%) Aerospace
10 2 (1.45%) Publishing
11 1 (0.72%) Games
11 1 (0.72%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 14 (10.14%) Design Engineer
2 11 (7.97%) Systems Engineer
3 8 (5.80%) Control Systems Engineer
4 7 (5.07%) Junior
5 6 (4.35%) Electronics Design Engineer
5 6 (4.35%) Electronics Engineer
5 6 (4.35%) Installations Engineer
5 6 (4.35%) Test Leader
6 5 (3.62%) Commercial Manager
6 5 (3.62%) Commercial Officer
6 5 (3.62%) Electrical Design Engineer
6 5 (3.62%) Electrical Engineer
6 5 (3.62%) Embedded Engineer
6 5 (3.62%) Embedded Software Engineer
6 5 (3.62%) Field Service Engineer
6 5 (3.62%) Junior Embedded Engineer
6 5 (3.62%) Junior Software Engineer
6 5 (3.62%) Performance Test Leader
6 5 (3.62%) Software Engineer
6 5 (3.62%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.17%) ODBC
1 3 (2.17%) XML
2 2 (1.45%) Spring
3 1 (0.72%) Hibernate
3 1 (0.72%) RESTful
3 1 (0.72%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 34 (24.64%) Management Information System
2 11 (7.97%) CCTV
3 10 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (6.52%) Driving Licence
4 9 (6.52%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (5.07%) User Experience
6 4 (2.90%) Analogue Electronics
6 4 (2.90%) e-Learning
7 3 (2.17%) Embedded Systems
7 3 (2.17%) SCADA
8 2 (1.45%) Enterprise Storage
8 2 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (1.45%) IPTV
9 1 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.72%) Fibre Optics
9 1 (0.72%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 1 (0.72%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 11 (7.97%) Windows
2 4 (2.90%) Windows 7
3 3 (2.17%) Windows 10
3 3 (2.17%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.45%) Linux
4 2 (1.45%) Unix
4 2 (1.45%) VMS
5 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (19.57%) Problem-Solving
2 20 (14.49%) Computer Science
3 17 (12.32%) Continuous Improvement
3 17 (12.32%) Risk Management
4 16 (11.59%) Change Management
5 15 (10.87%) ITIL
5 15 (10.87%) People Management
5 15 (10.87%) Validation
6 13 (9.42%) Asset Management
7 12 (8.70%) Project Management
7 12 (8.70%) Test Automation
8 11 (7.97%) Configuration Management
8 11 (7.97%) Mathematics
8 11 (7.97%) Performance Management
9 10 (7.25%) Fault Analysis
9 10 (7.25%) Performance Testing
9 10 (7.25%) Software Engineering
10 9 (6.52%) System Testing
10 9 (6.52%) Time Management
11 8 (5.80%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 32 (23.19%) C
2 10 (7.25%) SQL
3 7 (5.07%) Embedded C
4 6 (4.35%) C++
5 4 (2.90%) Java
6 3 (2.17%) Python
6 3 (2.17%) VB
6 3 (2.17%) VBA
7 1 (0.72%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 96 (69.57%) Degree
2 79 (57.25%) HND
3 19 (13.77%) Chartered Engineer
4 16 (11.59%) Security Cleared
5 10 (7.25%) ISTQB
5 10 (7.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 10 (7.25%) SC Cleared
6 7 (5.07%) Computer Science Degree
6 7 (5.07%) Microsoft Certification
7 5 (3.62%) CCNA
7 5 (3.62%) CCNP
7 5 (3.62%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (2.17%) DV Cleared
9 2 (1.45%) MCSA
9 2 (1.45%) MCSE
9 2 (1.45%) Postgraduate
10 1 (0.72%) A+ Certification
10 1 (0.72%) CCA
10 1 (0.72%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (0.72%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (11.59%) QA
2 11 (7.97%) Def Stans
3 7 (5.07%) HAZOP
3 7 (5.07%) IEC 61508
4 6 (4.35%) SLA
5 3 (2.17%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.72%) COSHH
6 1 (0.72%) P3O
6 1 (0.72%) PMO
System Software
1 7 (5.07%) Firmware
2 6 (4.35%) Active Directory
3 3 (2.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 10 (7.25%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.17%) SCSM
3 2 (1.45%) Netcool
3 2 (1.45%) OpenView
4 1 (0.72%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 14 (10.14%) Microsoft
2 12 (8.70%) Cisco
2 12 (8.70%) HP
3 11 (7.97%) Juniper
4 7 (5.07%) Oracle
5 6 (4.35%) EMC
6 5 (3.62%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 5 (3.62%) Capita
7 4 (2.90%) BT
7 4 (2.90%) Virgin Media
7 4 (2.90%) VMware
8 3 (2.17%) Huawei
8 3 (2.17%) Nokia
9 2 (1.45%) BMC
9 2 (1.45%) Remedy
10 1 (0.72%) Kaspersky
10 1 (0.72%) NEC
10 1 (0.72%) ServiceNow
10 1 (0.72%) WatchGuard