Period
to 26 February 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 26 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 814 935 1045
Rank change year-on-year +121 +110 -26
Permanent jobs citing HNC 192 202 156
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.13% 0.089%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.72% 0.55% 0.37%
Number of salaries quoted 91 124 121
UK median annual salary £37,500 £40,000 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.25% +23.08% +8.33%
10th Percentile £25,000 £22,000 £23,500
90th Percentile £56,250 £60,000 £52,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £40,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year -6.25% +23.08% +7.44%

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 26,725 36,865 42,034
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.71% 24.36% 23.97%
Number of salaries quoted 19,769 26,902 32,666
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.33% +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 26 February 2020.

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 26 February 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 +102 164 £40,500 +1.25% 188
UK excluding London +71 151 £37,500 -6.25% 199
Midlands +14 47 £47,000 +17.50% 44
West Midlands +23 46 £47,250 +14.55% 24
South East +26 35 £39,870 +10.10% 40
London +87 29 £45,000 +28.57% 16
South West +40 29 £35,000 -22.22% 44
North of England +67 18 £40,000 +33.33% 28
Scotland +40 14 £23,750 - 17
North West +67 12 £30,000 +36.36% 17
East of England +62 6 £33,250 +38.54% 16
Yorkshire +37 5 £42,614 +31.12% 6
East Midlands +13 1 £18,500 -43.08% 19
Wales -6 1 £21,651 -49.06% 8
North East - 1 £46,000 - 5
Northern Ireland - 1 £28,000 - 2

For the 6 months to 26 February 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.

1 115 (59.90%) Degree
2 113 (58.85%) HND
3 51 (26.56%) Management Information System
4 42 (21.88%) Windows
5 41 (21.35%) Telecoms
6 35 (18.23%) Electronics
7 31 (16.15%) Microsoft
8 30 (15.63%) C
9 28 (14.58%) Cisco
10 27 (14.06%) Problem-Solving
11 26 (13.54%) Time Management
12 25 (13.02%) Chartered Engineer
13 24 (12.50%) Active Directory
14 23 (11.98%) Wireless
15 21 (10.94%) Finance
15 21 (10.94%) Continuous Improvement
16 20 (10.42%) QA
16 20 (10.42%) CCTV
17 19 (9.90%) Validation
17 19 (9.90%) Microsoft Office
18 18 (9.38%) Juniper
18 18 (9.38%) Change Management
18 18 (9.38%) User Experience
18 18 (9.38%) Contract Management
19 17 (8.85%) Windows Server
19 17 (8.85%) Data Centre
19 17 (8.85%) Configuration Management
19 17 (8.85%) Microsoft Excel
19 17 (8.85%) Stakeholder Management
20 16 (8.33%) Computer Science

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 (3.13%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (0.52%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 19 (9.90%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (8.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (2.08%) AutoCAD
5 2 (1.04%) FrameMaker
5 2 (1.04%) Siemens NX
6 1 (0.52%) Adobe After Effects
6 1 (0.52%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.52%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.52%) Adobe Premiere
6 1 (0.52%) ArcView
6 1 (0.52%) CATIA
6 1 (0.52%) InDesign
6 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.52%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.52%) Pro/ENGINEER
6 1 (0.52%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 5 (2.60%) Maximo
2 3 (1.56%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (1.04%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.52%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.52%) SAP EWM
4 1 (0.52%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.52%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.77%) Office 365
2 5 (2.60%) Azure
2 5 (2.60%) GitHub
2 5 (2.60%) OneDrive
3 1 (0.52%) Power Platform
3 1 (0.52%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (11.98%) Wireless
2 16 (8.33%) Ethernet
3 15 (7.81%) LAN
4 14 (7.29%) WAN
5 13 (6.77%) Internet
6 12 (6.25%) DNS
7 10 (5.21%) BGP
7 10 (5.21%) MPLS
7 10 (5.21%) OSPF
8 9 (4.69%) 2G
8 9 (4.69%) 3G
8 9 (4.69%) 4G
8 9 (4.69%) HSRP
8 9 (4.69%) IPsec
8 9 (4.69%) L2TP
8 9 (4.69%) RIP
8 9 (4.69%) TCP/IP
9 8 (4.17%) Wi-Fi
10 7 (3.65%) DWDM
11 5 (2.60%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.56%) MySQL
1 3 (1.56%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.04%) DB2
3 1 (0.52%) GIS
3 1 (0.52%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (0.52%) Power BI
3 1 (0.52%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 11 (5.73%) JIRA
2 8 (4.17%) Selenium
3 5 (2.60%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.60%) JMeter
3 5 (2.60%) Postman
3 5 (2.60%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.04%) LoadRunner
4 2 (1.04%) Maven
4 2 (1.04%) MSI
General
1 41 (21.35%) Telecoms
2 35 (18.23%) Electronics
3 21 (10.94%) Finance
4 15 (7.81%) Public Sector
5 13 (6.77%) Legal
6 7 (3.65%) Local Government
7 5 (2.60%) Manufacturing
8 4 (2.08%) Police
9 3 (1.56%) Aerospace
9 3 (1.56%) Retail
10 2 (1.04%) Fire and Rescue
11 1 (0.52%) Advertising
11 1 (0.52%) Avionics
11 1 (0.52%) Games
11 1 (0.52%) Marketing
11 1 (0.52%) Military
11 1 (0.52%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 14 (7.29%) Systems Engineer
2 13 (6.77%) Field Engineer
3 12 (6.25%) Field Service Engineer
3 12 (6.25%) Support Engineer
4 11 (5.73%) Commercial Officer
5 10 (5.21%) Commercial Manager
6 9 (4.69%) Communications Officer
6 9 (4.69%) IT Support
6 9 (4.69%) Network Engineer
6 9 (4.69%) Principal Engineer
6 9 (4.69%) Principal Network Engineer
7 8 (4.17%) Applications Engineer
7 8 (4.17%) Installations Engineer
8 7 (3.65%) Control Systems Engineer
9 6 (3.13%) Administrator
9 6 (3.13%) Electronics Engineer
9 6 (3.13%) Provisioning Engineer
9 6 (3.13%) Test Leader
10 5 (2.60%) Analyst
10 5 (2.60%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.08%) XML
2 3 (1.56%) Spring
3 2 (1.04%) REST
3 2 (1.04%) SGML
3 2 (1.04%) SOAP
4 1 (0.52%) SAP Fiori
Miscellaneous
1 51 (26.56%) Management Information System
2 20 (10.42%) CCTV
3 18 (9.38%) User Experience
4 17 (8.85%) Data Centre
5 16 (8.33%) Driving Licence
6 10 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
7 9 (4.69%) Fibre Optics
8 7 (3.65%) Robotics
8 7 (3.65%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (3.13%) e-Learning
10 5 (2.60%) Video Conferencing
11 4 (2.08%) SCADA
12 3 (1.56%) Enterprise Storage
12 3 (1.56%) IPTV
12 3 (1.56%) Life Science
12 3 (1.56%) NHS
13 2 (1.04%) Analogue Electronics
13 2 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
13 2 (1.04%) Smartphone
13 2 (1.04%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 42 (21.88%) Windows
2 17 (8.85%) Windows Server
3 10 (5.21%) Windows 7
4 9 (4.69%) Windows 10
5 7 (3.65%) Linux
6 4 (2.08%) Apple iOS
7 3 (1.56%) HPUX
7 3 (1.56%) Mac OS
7 3 (1.56%) Unix
8 2 (1.04%) Android
8 2 (1.04%) VMS
8 2 (1.04%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.52%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.52%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.52%) Solaris
9 1 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (14.06%) Problem-Solving
2 26 (13.54%) Time Management
3 21 (10.94%) Continuous Improvement
4 19 (9.90%) Validation
5 18 (9.38%) Change Management
5 18 (9.38%) Contract Management
6 17 (8.85%) Configuration Management
6 17 (8.85%) Stakeholder Management
7 16 (8.33%) Computer Science
8 15 (7.81%) Asset Management
8 15 (7.81%) ITIL
8 15 (7.81%) Mentoring
9 11 (5.73%) Mathematics
9 11 (5.73%) Performance Testing
10 10 (5.21%) People Management
10 10 (5.21%) Test Automation
11 9 (4.69%) Change Control
11 9 (4.69%) Coaching
11 9 (4.69%) Customer Requirements
11 9 (4.69%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 30 (15.63%) C
2 10 (5.21%) SQL
3 7 (3.65%) Java
3 7 (3.65%) Python
4 3 (1.56%) C++
5 2 (1.04%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 115 (59.90%) Degree
2 113 (58.85%) HND
3 25 (13.02%) Chartered Engineer
4 12 (6.25%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (5.73%) CCNP
5 11 (5.73%) ISTQB
5 11 (5.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 11 (5.73%) Security Cleared
6 9 (4.69%) JNCIP
7 6 (3.13%) DBS Check
7 6 (3.13%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.04%) MCTS
8 2 (1.04%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.52%) A+ Certification
9 1 (0.52%) CCNA
9 1 (0.52%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.52%) JNCIA
9 1 (0.52%) MCDST
9 1 (0.52%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (10.42%) QA
2 9 (4.69%) Def Stans
3 8 (4.17%) SLA
4 6 (3.13%) HAZOP
4 6 (3.13%) IEC 61508
5 5 (2.60%) ISO 9001
6 4 (2.08%) IEC 61131
7 1 (0.52%) P3O
7 1 (0.52%) PMO
System Software
1 24 (12.50%) Active Directory
2 13 (6.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (2.08%) Firmware
4 2 (1.04%) Terminal Services
5 1 (0.52%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (0.52%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (0.52%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (5.73%) BMC PATROL
1 11 (5.73%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (3.13%) SCCM
3 3 (1.56%) Jamf Pro
3 3 (1.56%) Netcool
3 3 (1.56%) OpenView
3 3 (1.56%) SCSM
4 1 (0.52%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (0.52%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 31 (16.15%) Microsoft
2 28 (14.58%) Cisco
3 18 (9.38%) Juniper
4 14 (7.29%) HP
4 14 (7.29%) VMware
5 10 (5.21%) BT
6 7 (3.65%) Virgin Media
7 5 (2.60%) Apple
8 4 (2.08%) Oracle
9 3 (1.56%) BMC
9 3 (1.56%) Remedy
10 2 (1.04%) Comptel
10 2 (1.04%) EMC
10 2 (1.04%) F5
10 2 (1.04%) Ivanti
10 2 (1.04%) SAP
10 2 (1.04%) Siemens
11 1 (0.52%) Canon
11 1 (0.52%) Kaspersky
11 1 (0.52%) WatchGuard