Period
to 23 April 2018

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 23 April 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1055 1018 1083
Rank change year-on-year -37 +65 -60
Permanent jobs citing HNC 138 161 200
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.078% 0.094% 0.098%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.33% 0.37% 0.35%
Number of salaries quoted 95 132 161
UK median annual salary £35,000 £32,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14% -13.58%
10th Percentile £26,000 £22,100 £21,250
90th Percentile £53,750 £45,000 £50,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £32,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +9.38% -8.57% -17.65%

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 41,612 43,158 56,598
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.47% 25.20% 27.85%
Number of salaries quoted 31,841 34,005 45,426
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £42,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +4.76% -1.18% +6.25%

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 23 April 2018.

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 23 April 2018. 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 -58 122 £35,000 +6.48% 167
UK excluding London -45 121 £35,000 +9.38% 169
Midlands +3 33 £35,000 - 43
North of England -46 25 £27,500 -15.38% 27
South East -30 24 £35,000 +29.63% 42
East of England -2 18 £47,500 +75.93% 17
West Midlands +5 17 £30,000 -14.29% 20
East Midlands +13 15 £35,000 -17.65% 23
North West -26 15 £26,000 -17.46% 22
London -17 13 £45,000 +32.35% 11
Yorkshire +5 10 £31,250 -10.71% 3
South West -8 9 £30,000 -4.76% 27
Scotland -24 6 £31,000 +27.84% 8
Northern Ireland +1 5 £35,000 - 1
Wales +7 1 £26,000 -32.47% 5

For the 6 months to 23 April 2018, 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 66 (47.83%) HND
2 62 (44.93%) Degree
3 38 (27.54%) Microsoft
4 29 (21.01%) Driving Licence
5 28 (20.29%) Electronics
6 26 (18.84%) Finance
7 25 (18.12%) Windows
8 23 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
9 22 (15.94%) Manufacturing
10 21 (15.22%) Problem-Solving
11 20 (14.49%) Project Management
12 18 (13.04%) PRINCE2
12 18 (13.04%) ITIL
13 17 (12.32%) Self-Motivation
14 16 (11.59%) Oracle
14 16 (11.59%) Telecoms
14 16 (11.59%) Mathematics
15 15 (10.87%) QA
15 15 (10.87%) SharePoint
15 15 (10.87%) Continuous Improvement
16 14 (10.14%) SQL
16 14 (10.14%) Microsoft Excel
17 13 (9.42%) C
17 13 (9.42%) SQL Server
17 13 (9.42%) Change Management
17 13 (9.42%) CAD
17 13 (9.42%) IT Strategy
17 13 (9.42%) Numerate Degree
18 12 (8.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
18 12 (8.70%) Logistics

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 15 (10.87%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.90%) MS Exchange
3 3 (2.17%) Skype for Business
4 2 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (1.45%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (0.72%) Documentum
5 1 (0.72%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 23 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (10.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (8.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (4.35%) AutoCAD
4 6 (4.35%) MS Visio
5 5 (3.62%) Photoshop
6 4 (2.90%) Microsoft Project
7 3 (2.17%) SOLIDWORKS
8 2 (1.45%) Windchill
9 1 (0.72%) Autodesk Inventor
9 1 (0.72%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 7 (5.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 9 (6.52%) Office 365
2 5 (3.62%) Dynamics 365
3 3 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (1.45%) IaaS
5 1 (0.72%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.72%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 5 (3.62%) Internet
1 5 (3.62%) LTE
2 4 (2.90%) 2G
2 4 (2.90%) 3G
2 4 (2.90%) 4G
2 4 (2.90%) Radio Access Network
2 4 (2.90%) TCP/IP
3 3 (2.17%) Firewall
3 3 (2.17%) Network Security
4 2 (1.45%) Broadband
4 2 (1.45%) Skype
4 2 (1.45%) TETRA
4 2 (1.45%) WiMAX
5 1 (0.72%) BGP
5 1 (0.72%) Cisco IPT
5 1 (0.72%) DSL
5 1 (0.72%) IP Telephony
5 1 (0.72%) MPLS
5 1 (0.72%) OSPF
5 1 (0.72%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (9.42%) SQL Server
2 9 (6.52%) GIS
3 5 (3.62%) Power BI
4 4 (2.90%) DTS
5 3 (2.17%) MySQL
5 3 (2.17%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (2.17%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 6 (4.35%) Bugzilla
1 6 (4.35%) Rational DOORS
2 4 (2.90%) LabVIEW
3 2 (1.45%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.72%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.72%) JUnit
4 1 (0.72%) Visual Studio
General
1 28 (20.29%) Electronics
2 26 (18.84%) Finance
3 22 (15.94%) Manufacturing
4 16 (11.59%) Telecoms
5 7 (5.07%) Aerospace
6 5 (3.62%) Legal
6 5 (3.62%) Retail
7 4 (2.90%) Multimedia
8 3 (2.17%) Local Government
8 3 (2.17%) Military
8 3 (2.17%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (1.45%) Games
10 1 (0.72%) Advertising
10 1 (0.72%) Automotive
10 1 (0.72%) Avionics
10 1 (0.72%) Back Office
10 1 (0.72%) Banking
10 1 (0.72%) Billing
10 1 (0.72%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 17 (12.32%) Project Manager
2 15 (10.87%) Support Engineer
3 12 (8.70%) Test Engineer
4 9 (6.52%) Analyst
5 8 (5.80%) ERP Manager
5 8 (5.80%) ERP Project Manager
5 8 (5.80%) Field Engineer
5 8 (5.80%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
5 8 (5.80%) Technical Support
6 7 (5.07%) Applications Support
7 6 (4.35%) Configuration Engineer
7 6 (4.35%) Hardware Engineer
8 5 (3.62%) Applications Manager
8 5 (3.62%) Applications Support Manager
8 5 (3.62%) CRM Manager
8 5 (3.62%) Customer Support Engineer
8 5 (3.62%) Office 365 Manager
8 5 (3.62%) Quality Engineer
8 5 (3.62%) Support Manager
8 5 (3.62%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (7.25%) .NET
2 5 (3.62%) .NET Framework
2 5 (3.62%) Web Services
3 2 (1.45%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.45%) ASP.NET MVC
3 2 (1.45%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.72%) Hibernate
4 1 (0.72%) HTML
4 1 (0.72%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 29 (21.01%) Driving Licence
2 17 (12.32%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (7.25%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (7.25%) Computer Science
4 6 (4.35%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 5 (3.62%) Graphic Design
6 4 (2.90%) Acoustics
6 4 (2.90%) Management Information System
7 3 (2.17%) SCADA
7 3 (2.17%) User Experience
8 2 (1.45%) Algorithms
8 2 (1.45%) Device Driver
8 2 (1.45%) Handset
8 2 (1.45%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.45%) Verilog
8 2 (1.45%) VHDL
8 2 (1.45%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.72%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.72%) Embedded Systems
9 1 (0.72%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 25 (18.12%) Windows
2 7 (5.07%) Windows Server
3 5 (3.62%) Mac OS X
4 4 (2.90%) Android
5 3 (2.17%) Linux
5 3 (2.17%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.45%) Embedded Linux
6 2 (1.45%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.72%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.72%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.72%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (15.22%) Problem-Solving
2 20 (14.49%) Project Management
3 18 (13.04%) ITIL
3 18 (13.04%) PRINCE2
4 16 (11.59%) Mathematics
5 15 (10.87%) Continuous Improvement
6 13 (9.42%) CAD
6 13 (9.42%) Change Management
6 13 (9.42%) IT Strategy
7 12 (8.70%) Logistics
8 11 (7.97%) Service Delivery
9 10 (7.25%) System Testing
10 9 (6.52%) ERP
10 9 (6.52%) Resource Allocation
11 8 (5.80%) Budgeting and Resource Allocation
11 8 (5.80%) Service Management
11 8 (5.80%) Supplier Management
12 7 (5.07%) Change Control
12 7 (5.07%) Quality Management
12 7 (5.07%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 14 (10.14%) SQL
2 13 (9.42%) C
3 10 (7.25%) C#
4 7 (5.07%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.90%) C++
5 4 (2.90%) Java
5 4 (2.90%) VB
6 3 (2.17%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.17%) VB.NET
6 3 (2.17%) VB6
7 2 (1.45%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.72%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.72%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 66 (47.83%) HND
2 62 (44.93%) Degree
3 13 (9.42%) Numerate Degree
4 10 (7.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 8 (5.80%) Security Cleared
6 7 (5.07%) SC Cleared
7 6 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (2.17%) MCSA
8 3 (2.17%) MCSE
9 2 (1.45%) CCNA
9 2 (1.45%) Chartered Engineer
9 2 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (1.45%) MCITP
9 2 (1.45%) PhD
9 2 (1.45%) PMP
10 1 (0.72%) A+ Certification
10 1 (0.72%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.72%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (0.72%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (10.87%) QA
2 8 (5.80%) SLA
3 4 (2.90%) ISO 9001
4 2 (1.45%) ISO 14001
4 2 (1.45%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.72%) ISO 22301
5 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.72%) TickIT
System Software
1 7 (5.07%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (0.72%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (2.17%) SCCM
2 2 (1.45%) SCVMM
3 1 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.72%) PaperCut
3 1 (0.72%) SafeCom
3 1 (0.72%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 38 (27.54%) Microsoft
2 16 (11.59%) Oracle
3 11 (7.97%) SAP
4 8 (5.80%) JD Edwards
4 8 (5.80%) Salesforce.com
5 6 (4.35%) OpenText
6 5 (3.62%) Adobe
7 4 (2.90%) Altera
7 4 (2.90%) Cisco
7 4 (2.90%) Ericsson
7 4 (2.90%) Nokia
7 4 (2.90%) Samsung
8 3 (2.17%) Siemens
9 2 (1.45%) EMC
9 2 (1.45%) Xilinx
10 1 (0.72%) Citrix
10 1 (0.72%) Dell
10 1 (0.72%) Fortinet
10 1 (0.72%) HP
10 1 (0.72%) Kaspersky