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 3 months to 28 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 787 861 859
Rank change year-on-year +74 -2  
Permanent jobs citing HNC 71 93 119
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.083% 0.089% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.34% 0.32% 0.40%
Number of salaries quoted 39 79 76
Median salary £27,000 £35,000 £37,250
Median salary % change year-on-year -22.85% -6.04%  
90% offered a salary of more than £23,000 £26,523 £25,225
10% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £50,000 £47,750
UK excluding London median salary £26,500 £35,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year -24.28% -12.50%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in permanent job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 21097 28876 29768
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 24.76% 27.77% 27.55%
Number of salaries quoted 16613 23156 23363
Median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £68,500 £71,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing HNC as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Salary histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 30 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 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +83 64 £27,000 -22.85% 14
South East +44 18 £25,000 -35.06% 2
North West -7 18 £40,000 +14.28% 4
Manchester -9 17 £40,000 +29.03% 4
Oldham - 14 - - 2
Hampshire +28 12 £26,000 -16.12% 1
London +72 7 £33,500 -25.55%
West Midlands +39 7 £35,000 -7.89% 3
Yorkshire +32 6 £35,000 +12.00% 2
East Midlands +10 5 £43,750 -2.77%
Berkshire +42 4 £23,000 -48.88%
Surrey +36 4 £25,000 -35.06%
Reading - 4 £24,000 -
Buckinghamshire +14 3 £23,000 -51.57%
East of England +12 3 £35,000 - 1
Derby +11 3 £43,750 -2.77%
Derbyshire +10 3 £43,750 +12.90%
Basingstoke - 3 £23,000 -
Fareham - 3 £26,000 -
Coventry - 3 £29,000 - 1
Kent +26 2 £45,000 - 1
West Yorkshire +25 2 £35,000 -
South West +24 2 £28,750 -23.33% 2
Wales +8 2 £36,000 - 2
Woking +1 2 £23,000 -
North Yorkshire - 2 £36,750 - 2
South Yorkshire - 2 - -
Nottinghamshire - 2 - -
York - 2 £36,750 - 1
Sheffield - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT jobs citing HNC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for HNC.

1 110 (63.95%) HND
2 88 (51.16%) Degree
3 35 (20.35%) Computer Science
3 35 (20.35%) Electronics
4 34 (19.77%) Manufacturing
5 33 (19.19%) Software Engineering
6 30 (17.44%) Microsoft
7 29 (16.86%) C
7 29 (16.86%) Analytical Skills
8 28 (16.28%) Finance
9 27 (15.70%) SQL
10 24 (13.95%) CAD
11 23 (13.37%) Validation
12 22 (12.79%) C++
12 22 (12.79%) Driving Licence
13 21 (12.21%) PHP
13 21 (12.21%) Linux
14 20 (11.63%) Embedded C
15 18 (10.47%) Customer Requirements
16 17 (9.88%) SLA
17 16 (9.30%) SQL Server
17 16 (9.30%) Project Management
18 15 (8.72%) .NET
18 15 (8.72%) MySQL
18 15 (8.72%) HTML
18 15 (8.72%) ASP.NET
18 15 (8.72%) MS Excel
19 14 (8.14%) JavaScript
20 13 (7.56%) Agile Software Development
20 13 (7.56%) Telecoms

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 (0.58%) CMS
1 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2003
1 1 (0.58%) MS Exchange
1 1 (0.58%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 15 (8.72%) MS Excel
2 11 (6.40%) MS Office
3 6 (3.49%) AutoCAD
4 5 (2.91%) Siemens NX
4 5 (2.91%) SOLIDWORKS
5 4 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (1.74%) Autodesk Inventor
6 3 (1.74%) Solid Edge
7 2 (1.16%) Mathcad
8 1 (0.58%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.58%) Adobe Premiere
8 1 (0.58%) CATIA
8 1 (0.58%) FrameMaker
8 1 (0.58%) InDesign
8 1 (0.58%) MS Visio
8 1 (0.58%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.58%) PTC Creo
8 1 (0.58%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 3 (1.74%) SAP ERP
1 3 (1.74%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.58%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.58%) Maximo
2 1 (0.58%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.58%) Northgate Housing
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
1 1 (0.58%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.98%) TCP/IP
2 7 (4.07%) GSM
3 6 (3.49%) SS7
3 6 (3.49%) UMTS
3 6 (3.49%) Value-Added Service
4 5 (2.91%) LAN
4 5 (2.91%) WAN
5 3 (1.74%) Structured Cabling
6 2 (1.16%) ATM
6 2 (1.16%) GoToMeeting
6 2 (1.16%) Internet
6 2 (1.16%) Skype
6 2 (1.16%) SMS
6 2 (1.16%) VoIP
6 2 (1.16%) WebEx
6 2 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (1.16%) Wireless
7 1 (0.58%) Firewall
7 1 (0.58%) MPLS
7 1 (0.58%) TETRA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (9.30%) SQL Server
2 15 (8.72%) MySQL
3 3 (1.74%) Crystal Reports
3 3 (1.74%) Power BI
4 2 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.58%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.58%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.58%) QlikView
5 1 (0.58%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.58%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 11 (6.40%) Git (software)
2 8 (4.65%) JIRA
3 4 (2.33%) CruiseControl
3 4 (2.33%) NUnit
4 3 (1.74%) LabVIEW
5 2 (1.16%) Eclipse
5 2 (1.16%) Subversion
6 1 (0.58%) Dreamweaver
General
1 35 (20.35%) Electronics
2 34 (19.77%) Manufacturing
3 28 (16.28%) Finance
4 13 (7.56%) Marketing
4 13 (7.56%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.91%) Automotive
6 4 (2.33%) Avionics
6 4 (2.33%) Military
7 2 (1.16%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.58%) Advertising
8 1 (0.58%) Games
8 1 (0.58%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.58%) Retail
Job Titles
1 23 (13.37%) Design Engineer
2 21 (12.21%) Developer
3 20 (11.63%) Mechanical Engineer
4 17 (9.88%) Test Engineer
5 14 (8.14%) Mechanical Design Engineer
6 13 (7.56%) Embedded Developer
7 12 (6.98%) Analyst
7 12 (6.98%) Embedded Engineer
7 12 (6.98%) Field Engineer
8 11 (6.40%) Electronics Engineer
8 11 (6.40%) Linux Developer
9 10 (5.81%) Embedded Linux Engineer
9 10 (5.81%) Field Service Engineer
9 10 (5.81%) Linux Engineer
10 9 (5.23%) Project Engineer
10 9 (5.23%) Project Manager
11 8 (4.65%) Support Analyst
12 7 (4.07%) Applications Support
12 7 (4.07%) Applications Support Analyst
12 7 (4.07%) PCB Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (8.72%) .NET
1 15 (8.72%) ASP.NET
1 15 (8.72%) HTML
2 12 (6.98%) ASP.NET MVC
3 11 (6.40%) SOAP
4 10 (5.81%) jQuery
5 7 (4.07%) WCF
6 6 (3.49%) AngularJS
6 6 (3.49%) CSS
7 4 (2.33%) Web Services
8 3 (1.74%) JSON
8 3 (1.74%) WPF
9 2 (1.16%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.58%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 35 (20.35%) Computer Science
2 29 (16.86%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (12.79%) Driving Licence
4 11 (6.40%) Device Driver
5 7 (4.07%) Management Information System
6 6 (3.49%) EPoS
7 5 (2.91%) CCTV
8 3 (1.74%) Embedded Systems
9 2 (1.16%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 2 (1.16%) iPad
9 2 (1.16%) PMI
9 2 (1.16%) VHDL
9 2 (1.16%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.58%) AS400
10 1 (0.58%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.58%) Data Centre
10 1 (0.58%) iSeries
10 1 (0.58%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.58%) SCADA
10 1 (0.58%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 21 (12.21%) Linux
2 12 (6.98%) Windows
3 11 (6.40%) Embedded Linux
4 8 (4.65%) Unix
5 7 (4.07%) Windows Server
6 3 (1.74%) Android
6 3 (1.74%) Apple iOS
7 2 (1.16%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.58%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.58%) OS/390
8 1 (0.58%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.58%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.58%) Windows XP
8 1 (0.58%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (19.19%) Software Engineering
2 24 (13.95%) CAD
3 23 (13.37%) Validation
4 18 (10.47%) Customer Requirements
5 16 (9.30%) Project Management
6 13 (7.56%) Agile Software Development
7 12 (6.98%) MVC
7 12 (6.98%) Service Delivery
8 11 (6.40%) Creative Problem-Solving
8 11 (6.40%) Device Driver Development
8 11 (6.40%) Unit Testing
9 9 (5.23%) 3D Modelling
9 9 (5.23%) ITIL
10 8 (4.65%) Finite Element Analysis
10 8 (4.65%) TDD
11 7 (4.07%) Change Management
11 7 (4.07%) Continuous Improvement
11 7 (4.07%) PRINCE2
11 7 (4.07%) Schematic Capture
11 7 (4.07%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 29 (16.86%) C
2 27 (15.70%) SQL
3 22 (12.79%) C++
4 21 (12.21%) PHP
5 20 (11.63%) Embedded C
6 14 (8.14%) JavaScript
7 11 (6.40%) Embedded C++
8 7 (4.07%) C#
9 5 (2.91%) T-SQL
10 3 (1.74%) Java
11 2 (1.16%) Python
11 2 (1.16%) VB
12 1 (0.58%) Fortran
12 1 (0.58%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.58%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.58%) RPG
12 1 (0.58%) VBA
Qualifications
1 110 (63.95%) HND
2 88 (51.16%) Degree
3 12 (6.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (6.40%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (4.65%) Security Cleared
6 6 (3.49%) CCNA
6 6 (3.49%) MCSE
7 5 (2.91%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (2.91%) MCSA
8 4 (2.33%) A+ Certification
8 4 (2.33%) CCENT
8 4 (2.33%) DV Cleared
8 4 (2.33%) Network+ Certification
8 4 (2.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 4 (2.33%) SC Cleared
9 3 (1.74%) NVQ Level 4
10 2 (1.16%) Chartered Engineer
10 2 (1.16%) PMI Certification
10 2 (1.16%) Six Sigma Black Belt
10 2 (1.16%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (9.88%) SLA
2 12 (6.98%) QA
3 6 (3.49%) ISO 9000
4 5 (2.91%) RMADS
5 3 (1.74%) ISO 14001
5 3 (1.74%) ISO 9001
5 3 (1.74%) ISO 9002
5 3 (1.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (1.74%) ISO22301
5 3 (1.74%) PCI DSS
6 2 (1.16%) Def Stans
6 2 (1.16%) IEC 61508
6 2 (1.16%) MISRA
System Software
1 13 (7.56%) Firmware
2 7 (4.07%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.58%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.58%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 2 (1.16%) MOM
2 1 (0.58%) PaperCut
2 1 (0.58%) SCCM
2 1 (0.58%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 30 (17.44%) Microsoft
2 8 (4.65%) SAP
3 6 (3.49%) Alcatel-Lucent
3 6 (3.49%) Cisco
3 6 (3.49%) Nokia Networks
3 6 (3.49%) TIBCO
4 5 (2.91%) Siemens
5 2 (1.16%) ANSYS
5 2 (1.16%) EMC
5 2 (1.16%) Green Hills
5 2 (1.16%) Juniper
5 2 (1.16%) VMware
5 2 (1.16%) Xilinx
6 1 (0.58%) Aruba
6 1 (0.58%) Atmel
6 1 (0.58%) F5
6 1 (0.58%) Huawei
6 1 (0.58%) Infor
6 1 (0.58%) Ruckus Wireless
6 1 (0.58%) Tableau
North
Real Time Recruitment Solutions
Posted: Yesterday
South Wales
CPS Group UK
Salary: competitive salary
Posted: 4 days ago
Bath, Somerset
Wessex Water
Posted: 4 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Ashdown IT
Salary: £22000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Real Time Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 40,000 - 45,000
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Experis Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £28000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Webrecruit
Salary: From £18,000 to £19,000 per annum Plus Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Warwick, Warwickshire
Aximis (West) Limited
Salary: Up to £30K + Bonus + Excellent Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Aximis (West) Limited
Salary: Up to £30K + Bonus + Excellent Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Aximis (West) Limited
Salary: Up to £30K + Bonus + Excellent Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Portsmouth, Hampshire
ISL
Salary: £40000.00 - £47000.00 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Pembrokeshire
IntaPeople
Salary: £20000 - £23500 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Oldham, Manchester
Easy Web Recruitment
Salary: Highly Competitive
Posted: 13 days ago
Oldham, Manchester
Easy Web Recruitment
Salary: Highly Competitive and negotiable
Posted: 14 days ago
Antrim
Experian
Posted: 16 days ago
West Malling, Kent
Ampersand Consulting
Salary: £45000 per annum + Fantastic Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Kerfoot Group
Salary: From £24,000 to £28,000 per annum
Posted: 14 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Posted: 19 days ago