Period
to 16 January 2021

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 16 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
16 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 640 856 935
Rank change year-on-year +216 +79 +118
Permanent jobs citing HNC 110 185 192
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.15% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.88% 0.67% 0.53%
Number of salaries quoted 68 90 124
Median annual salary £32,500 £37,250 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -12.75% +6.43% +7.69%
10th Percentile £21,250 £26,125 £22,500
90th Percentile £57,985 £55,375 £59,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £30,523 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year -18.61% +7.14% +7.69%

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 12,567 27,751 36,503
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.19% 22.00% 24.16%
Number of salaries quoted 9,234 20,889 27,062
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,695 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +10.43% - +5.88%

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 16 January 2021.

Salary histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 16 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 16 January 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
UK excluding London +162 96 £30,523 -18.61% 96
England +223 93 £32,500 -18.75% 90
South West +108 53 £36,525 +0.81% 20
Midlands +54 15 £22,500 -50.00% 15
South East +141 13 £34,513 -18.29% 13
West Midlands +42 13 £22,500 -50.00% 6
North of England +87 11 £22,500 -25.00% 19
Work from Home -57 11 £22,500 -46.73% 4
Yorkshire +44 9 £22,500 -47.20% 5
London +191 6 £60,625 +49.69% 7
East of England +107 6 £22,500 -40.00% 16
Scotland +36 4 £32,762 +31.05% 3
Wales +45 3 - - 7
North West +75 2 £49,000 +63.33% 14
Northern Ireland +21 2 - - 3
East Midlands +60 1 £45,000 +143.24% 9

For the 6 months to 16 January 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 with a requirement for HNC.

1 84 (76.36%) Degree
2 72 (65.45%) HND
3 36 (32.73%) Customer Requirements
4 33 (30.00%) Aerospace
5 30 (27.27%) Security Cleared
6 27 (24.55%) Agile Software Development
7 25 (22.73%) Software Engineering
7 25 (22.73%) Test Automation
8 24 (21.82%) Microsoft
8 24 (21.82%) Systems Engineering
9 23 (20.91%) Problem-Solving
10 21 (19.09%) Windows
10 21 (19.09%) C#
11 20 (18.18%) Waterfall
11 20 (18.18%) Unit Testing
11 20 (18.18%) Issue Tracking
12 18 (16.36%) Business Development
12 18 (16.36%) Continuous Improvement
12 18 (16.36%) .NET
13 16 (14.55%) Logistics
14 15 (13.64%) SC Cleared
14 15 (13.64%) Azure
14 15 (13.64%) Management Information System
14 15 (13.64%) Risk Assessment
14 15 (13.64%) Self-Motivation
15 14 (12.73%) Analytical Skills
15 14 (12.73%) Project Management
15 14 (12.73%) Active Directory
16 13 (11.82%) Office 365
16 13 (11.82%) Windows Server

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 8 (7.27%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.73%) CMS
3 2 (1.82%) IIS
4 1 (0.91%) Confluence
4 1 (0.91%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 12 (10.91%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (10.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (8.18%) AutoCAD
4 7 (6.36%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.91%) Autodesk Inventor
6 1 (0.91%) EPLAN
6 1 (0.91%) Mathcad
6 1 (0.91%) Revit
6 1 (0.91%) SOLIDWORKS
Cloud Services
1 15 (13.64%) Azure
2 13 (11.82%) Office 365
3 8 (7.27%) Azure Active Directory
3 8 (7.27%) OneDrive
4 2 (1.82%) AWS
4 2 (1.82%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 12 (10.91%) Wi-Fi
2 11 (10.00%) Wireless
3 5 (4.55%) Broadband
3 5 (4.55%) TCP/IP
4 4 (3.64%) Firewall
4 4 (3.64%) Intrusion Detection
4 4 (3.64%) LAN
4 4 (3.64%) Network Security
5 3 (2.73%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (2.73%) VoIP
6 2 (1.82%) DNS
6 2 (1.82%) HTTP
6 2 (1.82%) SDH
6 2 (1.82%) WAN
7 1 (0.91%) 4G
7 1 (0.91%) 5G
7 1 (0.91%) Internet
7 1 (0.91%) LTE
7 1 (0.91%) Modbus
7 1 (0.91%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.36%) SQL Server
2 6 (5.45%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.82%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.82%) Power BI
3 2 (1.82%) Tableau
4 1 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.91%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 6 (5.45%) Cypress.io
1 6 (5.45%) Maven
2 2 (1.82%) JMeter
2 2 (1.82%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (1.82%) Selenium
3 1 (0.91%) JIRA
3 1 (0.91%) TestDirector
3 1 (0.91%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (30.00%) Aerospace
2 12 (10.91%) Manufacturing
2 12 (10.91%) Military
3 11 (10.00%) Telecoms
4 7 (6.36%) Public Sector
5 5 (4.55%) Automotive
6 4 (3.64%) Police
7 3 (2.73%) Local Government
8 2 (1.82%) Electronics
8 2 (1.82%) Legal
9 1 (0.91%) Finance
9 1 (0.91%) Fire and Rescue
9 1 (0.91%) Law
9 1 (0.91%) Publishing
9 1 (0.91%) Retail
Job Titles
1 24 (21.82%) Systems Engineer
2 20 (18.18%) Software Engineer
3 11 (10.00%) Design Engineer
4 8 (7.27%) Deskside Support
4 8 (7.27%) Desktop Support
5 7 (6.36%) 2nd Line Support
5 7 (6.36%) Control Systems Engineer
5 7 (6.36%) Installations Engineer
5 7 (6.36%) Principal Engineer
5 7 (6.36%) Senior Software Engineer
6 6 (5.45%) 1st/2nd Line Support
6 6 (5.45%) Java Engineer
6 6 (5.45%) Java Software Engineer
6 6 (5.45%) Network Engineer
6 6 (5.45%) Project Engineer
7 5 (4.55%) Analyst
7 5 (4.55%) Associate Engineer
7 5 (4.55%) Integration Engineer
7 5 (4.55%) Principal Systems Engineer
7 5 (4.55%) Senior Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (16.36%) .NET
2 6 (5.45%) CSS
2 6 (5.45%) Hibernate
2 6 (5.45%) HTML
2 6 (5.45%) Spring
3 4 (3.64%) .NET Framework
4 2 (1.82%) .NET Core
4 2 (1.82%) Angular 2
4 2 (1.82%) AngularJS
4 2 (1.82%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.82%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (1.82%) ASP.NET Web Forms
4 2 (1.82%) Blazor
4 2 (1.82%) Classic ASP
4 2 (1.82%) Node.js
4 2 (1.82%) Razor View Engine
4 2 (1.82%) React
4 2 (1.82%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 15 (13.64%) Management Information System
1 15 (13.64%) Self-Motivation
2 14 (12.73%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (9.09%) Driving Licence
4 7 (6.36%) CCTV
4 7 (6.36%) Digital TV
5 6 (5.45%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.73%) Smartcard
7 2 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.82%) Smart City
8 1 (0.91%) Renewable Energy
8 1 (0.91%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 21 (19.09%) Windows
2 13 (11.82%) Windows Server
3 7 (6.36%) Windows 10
4 3 (2.73%) Windows Server 2016
5 2 (1.82%) Linux
6 1 (0.91%) Android
6 1 (0.91%) Solaris
6 1 (0.91%) SUSE
6 1 (0.91%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.91%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.91%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (32.73%) Customer Requirements
2 27 (24.55%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (22.73%) Software Engineering
3 25 (22.73%) Test Automation
4 24 (21.82%) Systems Engineering
5 23 (20.91%) Problem-Solving
6 20 (18.18%) Issue Tracking
6 20 (18.18%) Unit Testing
6 20 (18.18%) Waterfall
7 18 (16.36%) Business Development
7 18 (16.36%) Continuous Improvement
8 16 (14.55%) Logistics
9 15 (13.64%) Risk Assessment
10 14 (12.73%) Project Management
11 12 (10.91%) 3D Modelling
11 12 (10.91%) Stakeholder Management
12 10 (9.09%) Network Design
12 10 (9.09%) Work Breakdown Structure
13 9 (8.18%) Mentoring
14 7 (6.36%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 21 (19.09%) C#
2 8 (7.27%) JavaScript
3 6 (5.45%) Java
4 5 (4.55%) C++
5 4 (3.64%) SQL
6 2 (1.82%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 84 (76.36%) Degree
2 72 (65.45%) HND
3 30 (27.27%) Security Cleared
4 15 (13.64%) SC Cleared
5 12 (10.91%) Microsoft Certification
6 10 (9.09%) Chartered Engineer
7 8 (7.27%) A+ Certification
7 8 (7.27%) MCDST
8 5 (4.55%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (3.64%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (3.64%) MCSE
10 3 (2.73%) CCNA
10 3 (2.73%) MCTS
10 3 (2.73%) RHCSA
10 3 (2.73%) VCDX
11 2 (1.82%) CCNP
12 1 (0.91%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.91%) DV Cleared
12 1 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.91%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.18%) SLA
2 7 (6.36%) HAZOP
3 5 (4.55%) QA
4 3 (2.73%) Def Stans
4 3 (2.73%) JSP 440
5 2 (1.82%) GDPR
6 1 (0.91%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 14 (12.73%) Active Directory
2 8 (7.27%) Firmware
3 6 (5.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (2.73%) vSphere
5 2 (1.82%) Docker
6 1 (0.91%) DFS Replication
6 1 (0.91%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 9 (8.18%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (2.73%) McAfee ePO
2 3 (2.73%) vCenter Server
3 2 (1.82%) Amdocs OSS
3 2 (1.82%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.91%) SCSM
Vendors
1 24 (21.82%) Microsoft
2 10 (9.09%) Cisco
3 9 (8.18%) VMware
4 3 (2.73%) McAfee
4 3 (2.73%) NetApp
4 3 (2.73%) Palo Alto
4 3 (2.73%) Red Hat
4 3 (2.73%) Splunk
5 2 (1.82%) Capita
5 2 (1.82%) Cognos
5 2 (1.82%) Cramer
5 2 (1.82%) EMC
5 2 (1.82%) Google
5 2 (1.82%) Oracle
5 2 (1.82%) ServiceNow
5 2 (1.82%) SolarWinds
6 1 (0.91%) Autodesk
6 1 (0.91%) Citrix
6 1 (0.91%) Dell
6 1 (0.91%) Siemens