Period
to 14 August 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 14 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
14 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 691 900 1009
Rank change year-on-year +209 +109 +38
Permanent jobs citing HNC 87 210 170
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.15% 0.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.64% 0.62% 0.42%
Number of salaries quoted 57 112 121
Median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +23.08% -7.14%
10th Percentile £27,000 £25,135 £22,500
90th Percentile £56,250 £66,250 £50,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,750 £37,750 £32,500
% change year-on-year +7.95% +16.15% -7.14%

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 13,694 33,970 40,271
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.04% 23.89% 23.74%
Number of salaries quoted 9,906 24,608 29,908
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +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 14 August 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 14 August 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
UK excluding London +178 74 £40,750 +7.95% 74
England +207 72 £41,000 -2.01% 70
South West +105 25 £39,598 -6.12% 10
South East +164 13 £40,000 +6.67% 30
North of England +174 10 £46,000 +10.84% 12
Midlands +52 10 £41,000 -13.68% 8
West Midlands +36 10 £41,000 -13.68% 5
London +214 9 £36,500 -33.64% 2
North West +134 8 £51,625 +39.53% 9
Northern Ireland - 6 £40,000 - 1
East of England +119 5 - - 8
Scotland +87 5 £34,125 +11.19% 3
Work from Home - 3 £46,000 - 4
Yorkshire +135 1 - - 3
North East - 1 £46,000 -

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 65 (74.71%) Degree
2 44 (50.57%) HND
3 20 (22.99%) Management Information System
4 18 (20.69%) C
4 18 (20.69%) Computer Science
5 16 (18.39%) Test Automation
6 15 (17.24%) Security Cleared
7 13 (14.94%) SC Cleared
8 12 (13.79%) Finance
8 12 (13.79%) Electronics
8 12 (13.79%) Validation
8 12 (13.79%) Problem-Solving
9 11 (12.64%) Agile Software Development
9 11 (12.64%) Software Engineering
10 10 (11.49%) Mathematics
10 10 (11.49%) Performance Testing
10 10 (11.49%) Risk Management
10 10 (11.49%) Project Management
10 10 (11.49%) SQL
10 10 (11.49%) Microsoft Excel
10 10 (11.49%) Ethernet
10 10 (11.49%) Microsoft
10 10 (11.49%) Analytical Skills
11 9 (10.34%) Line Management
11 9 (10.34%) Computer Science Degree
11 9 (10.34%) HP
11 9 (10.34%) PRINCE2
11 9 (10.34%) ITIL
11 9 (10.34%) Configuration Management
11 9 (10.34%) Change Management

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 (1.15%) Confluence
1 1 (1.15%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (11.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (6.90%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (5.75%) AutoCAD
4 4 (4.60%) EPLAN
4 4 (4.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (2.30%) Quantrix
5 2 (2.30%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (1.15%) Cognos TM1
1 1 (1.15%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.15%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.45%) Azure
2 2 (2.30%) Office 365
2 2 (2.30%) WhatsApp
3 1 (1.15%) BrowserStack
3 1 (1.15%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 10 (11.49%) Ethernet
2 7 (8.05%) Internet
2 7 (8.05%) TCP/IP
3 5 (5.75%) BGP
3 5 (5.75%) EIGRP
3 5 (5.75%) HSRP
3 5 (5.75%) IPv6
3 5 (5.75%) MPLS
3 5 (5.75%) OSPF
3 5 (5.75%) SDH
3 5 (5.75%) SONET
3 5 (5.75%) VLAN
3 5 (5.75%) VPLS
4 4 (4.60%) Modbus
4 4 (4.60%) RS-485
5 3 (3.45%) 2G
5 3 (3.45%) 4G
5 3 (3.45%) 5G
5 3 (3.45%) Intranet
5 3 (3.45%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.60%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.45%) MongoDB
3 3 (3.45%) MS Access
3 3 (3.45%) MySQL
3 3 (3.45%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (2.30%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.30%) Oracle Database 12c
4 2 (2.30%) QlikView
4 2 (2.30%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.15%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 9 (10.34%) JIRA
2 7 (8.05%) Selenium
3 3 (3.45%) Visual Studio
4 2 (2.30%) Cypress.io
4 2 (2.30%) Jenkins
4 2 (2.30%) JMeter
4 2 (2.30%) Maven
5 1 (1.15%) Postman
5 1 (1.15%) TestRail
General
1 12 (13.79%) Electronics
1 12 (13.79%) Finance
2 9 (10.34%) Manufacturing
2 9 (10.34%) Telecoms
3 5 (5.75%) Public Sector
4 4 (4.60%) Aerospace
4 4 (4.60%) Law
4 4 (4.60%) Legal
5 3 (3.45%) Police
6 2 (2.30%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 13 (14.94%) Design Engineer
2 8 (9.20%) Tester
3 6 (6.90%) Automation Tester
3 6 (6.90%) Junior
3 6 (6.90%) Software Engineer
3 6 (6.90%) Systems Engineer
4 5 (5.75%) Analyst
4 5 (5.75%) Electrical Design Engineer
4 5 (5.75%) Electrical Engineer
4 5 (5.75%) Electronics Design Engineer
4 5 (5.75%) Electronics Engineer
5 4 (4.60%) Data Analyst
5 4 (4.60%) Embedded Engineer
5 4 (4.60%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 4 (4.60%) Junior Embedded Engineer
5 4 (4.60%) Junior Software Engineer
5 4 (4.60%) Senior Automation Tester
5 4 (4.60%) Senior Tester
6 3 (3.45%) Applications Engineer
6 3 (3.45%) RAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.45%) Hibernate
1 3 (3.45%) ODBC
1 3 (3.45%) Spring
1 3 (3.45%) XML
2 2 (2.30%) CSS
2 2 (2.30%) HTML
3 1 (1.15%) RESTful
3 1 (1.15%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 20 (22.99%) Management Information System
2 10 (11.49%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (9.20%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (5.75%) SCADA
5 4 (4.60%) Embedded Systems
6 3 (3.45%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (2.30%) Analogue Electronics
7 2 (2.30%) Analytical Mindset
7 2 (2.30%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 2 (2.30%) VHDL
8 1 (1.15%) ASIC
8 1 (1.15%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.15%) e-Learning
8 1 (1.15%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (1.15%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (9.20%) Windows
2 2 (2.30%) Windows 10
2 2 (2.30%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.15%) Linux
3 1 (1.15%) Unix
3 1 (1.15%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.15%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.15%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (20.69%) Computer Science
2 16 (18.39%) Test Automation
3 12 (13.79%) Problem-Solving
3 12 (13.79%) Validation
4 11 (12.64%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (12.64%) Software Engineering
5 10 (11.49%) Mathematics
5 10 (11.49%) Performance Testing
5 10 (11.49%) Project Management
5 10 (11.49%) Risk Management
6 9 (10.34%) Change Management
6 9 (10.34%) Configuration Management
6 9 (10.34%) ITIL
6 9 (10.34%) Line Management
6 9 (10.34%) PRINCE2
7 8 (9.20%) People Management
8 7 (8.05%) Information Management
8 7 (8.05%) Stakeholder Management
8 7 (8.05%) System Integration Testing
8 7 (8.05%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (20.69%) C
2 10 (11.49%) SQL
3 6 (6.90%) C++
3 6 (6.90%) Embedded C
4 5 (5.75%) VBA
5 4 (4.60%) Java
6 3 (3.45%) VB
7 2 (2.30%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.15%) Embedded C++
8 1 (1.15%) Python
Qualifications
1 65 (74.71%) Degree
2 44 (50.57%) HND
3 15 (17.24%) Security Cleared
4 13 (14.94%) SC Cleared
5 9 (10.34%) Computer Science Degree
6 8 (9.20%) ISTQB
6 8 (9.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (8.05%) Chartered Engineer
8 5 (5.75%) CCNA
8 5 (5.75%) CCNP
8 5 (5.75%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (5.75%) DV Cleared
9 4 (4.60%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (3.45%) MCSA
10 3 (3.45%) Postgraduate
11 2 (2.30%) MCSE
12 1 (1.15%) CCA
12 1 (1.15%) Citrix Certification
12 1 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (1.15%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.34%) QA
2 6 (6.90%) SLA
3 4 (4.60%) Def Stans
4 3 (3.45%) HAZOP
4 3 (3.45%) IEC 61508
5 2 (2.30%) ISO 9001
6 1 (1.15%) COSHH
6 1 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 8 (9.20%) Firmware
2 3 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.30%) Active Directory
4 1 (1.15%) DFS Replication
4 1 (1.15%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 8 (9.20%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.15%) Netcool
2 1 (1.15%) OpenView
2 1 (1.15%) SCSM
Vendors
1 10 (11.49%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.34%) HP
3 7 (8.05%) Oracle
4 5 (5.75%) Alcatel-Lucent
4 5 (5.75%) Capita
4 5 (5.75%) Cisco
4 5 (5.75%) EMC
4 5 (5.75%) Juniper
5 3 (3.45%) BT
5 3 (3.45%) Huawei
5 3 (3.45%) Nokia
5 3 (3.45%) VMware
6 1 (1.15%) BMC
6 1 (1.15%) Cognos
6 1 (1.15%) Dell
6 1 (1.15%) NEC
6 1 (1.15%) Remedy
6 1 (1.15%) ServiceNow
6 1 (1.15%) Tableau
6 1 (1.15%) Xilinx