Period
to 19 October 2019

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 19 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
19 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 884 965 1044
Rank change year-on-year +81 +79 -5
Permanent jobs citing HNC 186 199 167
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.12% 0.096%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.59% 0.51% 0.39%
Number of salaries quoted 81 135 152
UK median annual salary £42,180 £35,000 £33,250
Median salary % change year-on-year +20.51% +5.26% +2.31%
10th Percentile £26,250 £22,500 £22,750
90th Percentile £66,250 £52,500 £46,175
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,180 £34,250 £32,500
% change year-on-year +23.15% +5.38% -2.62%

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 31,430 39,078 42,703
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.07% 23.72% 24.43%
Number of salaries quoted 22,946 28,970 32,778
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.38% +4.44%
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing HNC.

Salary trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing HNC over the 6 months to 19 October 2019.

Salary histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 14 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 19 October 2019. 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 +60 166 £42,240 +20.68% 220
UK excluding London +53 166 £42,180 +23.15% 220
Midlands +39 66 £47,500 +46.15% 39
West Midlands +48 63 £47,500 +35.71% 27
South West +46 40 £42,180 -6.27% 36
South East +9 28 £42,240 +20.68% 47
London +97 13 £50,000 +42.86% 27
Scotland +25 13 £25,000 -27.54% 13
North of England +24 10 £40,000 +66.67% 48
East of England +55 8 £42,500 +13.33% 23
North West +32 7 £36,500 +52.08% 28
East Midlands +18 3 £18,500 -43.08% 11
Yorkshire +7 3 £41,500 +30.71% 17
Wales +3 1 £21,651 -33.38% 8

For the 6 months to 19 October 2019, 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.

1 120 (64.52%) HND
2 102 (54.84%) Degree
3 64 (34.41%) Telecoms
4 50 (26.88%) User Experience
5 48 (25.81%) Wireless
5 48 (25.81%) Windows
6 42 (22.58%) CCTV
7 34 (18.28%) ITIL
8 30 (16.13%) Problem-Solving
9 27 (14.52%) Java
9 27 (14.52%) Agile Software Development
10 26 (13.98%) Aerospace
11 25 (13.44%) Ethernet
11 25 (13.44%) Cisco
11 25 (13.44%) Driving Licence
12 24 (12.90%) Linux
12 24 (12.90%) Management Information System
13 23 (12.37%) Juniper
13 23 (12.37%) Microsoft Excel
13 23 (12.37%) Microsoft
13 23 (12.37%) Continuous Improvement
14 22 (11.83%) Computer Science
14 22 (11.83%) Cisco Certification
14 22 (11.83%) C
15 20 (10.75%) Service Management
16 19 (10.22%) Electronics
17 18 (9.68%) Microsoft Office
17 18 (9.68%) Active Directory
17 18 (9.68%) Coaching
18 17 (9.14%) Waterfall

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 6 (3.23%) CMS
1 6 (3.23%) WebLogic
2 5 (2.69%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.54%) MS Project Server
3 1 (0.54%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 23 (12.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (9.68%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (3.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (2.69%) AutoCAD
5 3 (1.61%) FrameMaker
5 3 (1.61%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (1.08%) MS Visio
6 2 (1.08%) PTC Creo
6 2 (1.08%) Siemens NX
7 1 (0.54%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.54%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.54%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.54%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.54%) CATIA
7 1 (0.54%) InDesign
7 1 (0.54%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.54%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 1 (0.54%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 5 (2.69%) Maximo
2 2 (1.08%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.54%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.54%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.54%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.54%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 9 (4.84%) Office 365
2 5 (2.69%) OneDrive
3 2 (1.08%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 48 (25.81%) Wireless
2 25 (13.44%) Ethernet
3 15 (8.06%) Firewall
3 15 (8.06%) MPLS
3 15 (8.06%) SMS
3 15 (8.06%) TCP/IP
4 14 (7.53%) BGP
4 14 (7.53%) OSPF
5 10 (5.38%) RSVP
5 10 (5.38%) Wi-Fi
6 9 (4.84%) LAN
6 9 (4.84%) VPN
6 9 (4.84%) WAN
7 6 (3.23%) DNS
8 5 (2.69%) DWDM
9 4 (2.15%) GSM
9 4 (2.15%) HSRP
9 4 (2.15%) L2TP
9 4 (2.15%) RIP
9 4 (2.15%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.99%) Relational Database
2 10 (5.38%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.61%) MySQL
4 2 (1.08%) DB2
4 2 (1.08%) GIS
4 2 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.08%) Power BI
4 2 (1.08%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.08%) SQLite
5 1 (0.54%) MS Access
5 1 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (3.23%) JIRA
2 5 (2.69%) MSI
2 5 (2.69%) Selenium
3 2 (1.08%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.08%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (1.08%) Subversion
4 1 (0.54%) TestDirector
General
1 64 (34.41%) Telecoms
2 26 (13.98%) Aerospace
3 19 (10.22%) Electronics
4 14 (7.53%) Legal
5 10 (5.38%) Manufacturing
6 8 (4.30%) Finance
7 7 (3.76%) Multimedia
8 6 (3.23%) Billing
9 5 (2.69%) Local Government
10 4 (2.15%) Police
10 4 (2.15%) Retail
11 3 (1.61%) Military
12 1 (0.54%) Advertising
12 1 (0.54%) Automotive
12 1 (0.54%) Avionics
12 1 (0.54%) Fire and Rescue
12 1 (0.54%) Games
12 1 (0.54%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 24 (12.90%) Support Engineer
2 23 (12.37%) Applications Engineer
3 18 (9.68%) Applications Support
3 18 (9.68%) Provisioning Engineer
4 16 (8.60%) Applications Support Engineer
5 11 (5.91%) Software Engineer
6 9 (4.84%) Electronics Engineer
7 8 (4.30%) Automation Engineer
7 8 (4.30%) Java Engineer
7 8 (4.30%) Java Software Engineer
7 8 (4.30%) PLC Engineer
7 8 (4.30%) Systems Engineer
8 7 (3.76%) Analyst
8 7 (3.76%) Design Engineer
8 7 (3.76%) Installations Engineer
8 7 (3.76%) IT Support
8 7 (3.76%) Telecoms Manager
9 5 (2.69%) Support Team Leader
9 5 (2.69%) Team Leader
9 5 (2.69%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (8.60%) AngularJS
2 12 (6.45%) Web Services
3 11 (5.91%) Spring
4 10 (5.38%) Hibernate
4 10 (5.38%) React
4 10 (5.38%) RESTful
4 10 (5.38%) Spring MVC
4 10 (5.38%) Vue.js
5 8 (4.30%) HTML
6 6 (3.23%) HTML5
6 6 (3.23%) jQuery
7 5 (2.69%) XML
8 3 (1.61%) SGML
9 2 (1.08%) DHTML
9 2 (1.08%) REST
9 2 (1.08%) SOAP
9 2 (1.08%) WPF
10 1 (0.54%) .NET
10 1 (0.54%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 50 (26.88%) User Experience
2 42 (22.58%) CCTV
3 25 (13.44%) Driving Licence
4 24 (12.90%) Management Information System
5 16 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
6 15 (8.06%) Robotics
7 14 (7.53%) Data Centre
8 9 (4.84%) e-Learning
9 7 (3.76%) Self-Motivation
10 6 (3.23%) Fat Client
10 6 (3.23%) Thin Client
11 5 (2.69%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (1.61%) IPTV
12 3 (1.61%) SCADA
13 2 (1.08%) Digital TV
13 2 (1.08%) Enterprise Storage
13 2 (1.08%) Life Science
13 2 (1.08%) NHS
13 2 (1.08%) Smartphone
14 1 (0.54%) Animation
Operating Systems
1 48 (25.81%) Windows
2 24 (12.90%) Linux
3 17 (9.14%) Windows Server
4 16 (8.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 16 (8.60%) Windows 10
4 16 (8.60%) Windows 7
5 12 (6.45%) HPUX
6 11 (5.91%) Solaris
7 3 (1.61%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.08%) Android
8 2 (1.08%) Mac OS
8 2 (1.08%) Unix
8 2 (1.08%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.54%) CentOS
9 1 (0.54%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.54%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.54%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (18.28%) ITIL
2 30 (16.13%) Problem-Solving
3 27 (14.52%) Agile Software Development
4 23 (12.37%) Continuous Improvement
5 22 (11.83%) Computer Science
6 20 (10.75%) Service Management
7 18 (9.68%) Coaching
8 17 (9.14%) Waterfall
9 15 (8.06%) People Management
9 15 (8.06%) Software Engineering
10 14 (7.53%) Mentoring
11 12 (6.45%) Change Management
11 12 (6.45%) Project Management
11 12 (6.45%) Stakeholder Management
12 11 (5.91%) Prototyping
13 10 (5.38%) MVC
13 10 (5.38%) Project Delivery
13 10 (5.38%) Software Architecture
13 10 (5.38%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 10 (5.38%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 27 (14.52%) Java
2 22 (11.83%) C
3 15 (8.06%) Python
4 14 (7.53%) SQL
5 6 (3.23%) JavaScript
6 4 (2.15%) C++
7 3 (1.61%) C#
7 3 (1.61%) VB
8 2 (1.08%) Delphi
8 2 (1.08%) PHP
8 2 (1.08%) VB6
8 2 (1.08%) XAML
9 1 (0.54%) Lua
Qualifications
1 120 (64.52%) HND
2 102 (54.84%) Degree
3 22 (11.83%) Cisco Certification
4 12 (6.45%) CCNA
5 10 (5.38%) Computer Science Degree
6 9 (4.84%) CCNP
7 8 (4.30%) JNCIA
7 8 (4.30%) Security Cleared
8 7 (3.76%) Chartered Engineer
9 6 (3.23%) DBS Check
9 6 (3.23%) ISTQB
9 6 (3.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 4 (2.15%) JNCIP
10 4 (2.15%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (1.61%) SC Cleared
12 2 (1.08%) APMP
12 2 (1.08%) MCITP
12 2 (1.08%) MCSE
12 2 (1.08%) MCTS
12 2 (1.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (6.45%) IEC 61131
2 11 (5.91%) SLA
3 10 (5.38%) QA
4 1 (0.54%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.54%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 15288
4 1 (0.54%) P3O
4 1 (0.54%) PMO
System Software
1 18 (9.68%) Active Directory
2 6 (3.23%) Terminal Services
2 6 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.61%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 9 (4.84%) Netcool
2 7 (3.76%) BMC PATROL
3 5 (2.69%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (2.15%) SCCM
5 2 (1.08%) Jamf Pro
5 2 (1.08%) OpenView
6 1 (0.54%) SCSM
Vendors
1 25 (13.44%) Cisco
2 23 (12.37%) Juniper
2 23 (12.37%) Microsoft
3 17 (9.14%) Red Hat
4 12 (6.45%) Virgin Media
5 10 (5.38%) Nokia
5 10 (5.38%) Oracle
6 9 (4.84%) Remedy
7 8 (4.30%) VMware
8 7 (3.76%) Cadence
8 7 (3.76%) HP
9 6 (3.23%) Ericsson
9 6 (3.23%) Motorola
10 4 (2.15%) Apple
11 3 (1.61%) EMC
11 3 (1.61%) F5
11 3 (1.61%) Siemens
12 2 (1.08%) Comptel
12 2 (1.08%) Ivanti
12 2 (1.08%) PTC