Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 1015 985 987
Rank change year-on-year -30 +2 -2
Permanent jobs citing HNC 152 195 296
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.088% 0.11% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.44% 0.51%
Number of salaries quoted 121 147 239
UK median annual salary £31,500 £32,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.08% -7.14% -12.50%
10th Percentile £23,500 £23,150 £19,650
90th Percentile £46,250 £45,400 £52,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £31,000 £33,000 £33,000
% change year-on-year -6.06% - -21.43%

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 40,827 44,777 57,845
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.54% 25.65% 27.73%
Number of salaries quoted 31,714 35,555 46,289
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 £78,616 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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
UK excluding London -12 144 £31,000 -6.06% 198
England -19 142 £30,000 -9.09% 193
North of England -8 40 £26,750 -10.83% 48
South East -2 29 £31,500 -5.97% 40
Midlands -1 27 £30,750 -8.04% 42
South West +7 25 £26,000 -20.00% 24
East of England +18 19 £27,250 -17.42% 28
North West -10 19 £26,000 -13.33% 26
Yorkshire +28 18 £28,682 +0.64% 16
West Midlands -5 15 £30,000 -12.41% 23
East Midlands +20 12 £35,000 +4.87% 19
London -32 6 £27,000 -16.92% 11
Northern Ireland -17 5 £35,000 - 1
North East -14 3 £24,000 -9.43% 6
Scotland -39 2 £29,250 +10.38% 4

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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 80 (52.63%) Degree
2 67 (44.08%) HND
3 34 (22.37%) Manufacturing
4 30 (19.74%) Microsoft
5 29 (19.08%) Electronics
6 24 (15.79%) SQL
7 22 (14.47%) SQL Server
7 22 (14.47%) Microsoft Office
8 21 (13.82%) .NET
8 21 (13.82%) Finance
9 20 (13.16%) C#
10 19 (12.50%) Computer Science
11 18 (11.84%) Project Management
12 17 (11.18%) JavaScript
12 17 (11.18%) ITIL
12 17 (11.18%) Driving Licence
13 16 (10.53%) Continuous Improvement
14 15 (9.87%) Analytical Skills
14 15 (9.87%) SharePoint
15 14 (9.21%) Windows
15 14 (9.21%) Cisco Certification
15 14 (9.21%) Cisco
15 14 (9.21%) Telecoms
15 14 (9.21%) Mathematics
16 13 (8.55%) Microsoft Certification
16 13 (8.55%) CAD
16 13 (8.55%) MCSE
16 13 (8.55%) CCNA
17 12 (7.89%) MVC
17 12 (7.89%) QA

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 (9.87%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.63%) MS Exchange
3 3 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (1.97%) SAS
4 1 (0.66%) Confluence
4 1 (0.66%) Documentum
4 1 (0.66%) IBM Notes
4 1 (0.66%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.66%) WinCC
Applications
1 22 (14.47%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (5.26%) Photoshop
2 8 (5.26%) SOLIDWORKS
3 7 (4.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (3.95%) AutoCAD
5 3 (1.97%) Autodesk Inventor
5 3 (1.97%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.97%) SPSS
6 2 (1.32%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.66%) CATIA
7 1 (0.66%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 8 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.32%) SAP PM
3 1 (0.66%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.95%) Office 365
2 5 (3.29%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (4.61%) LAN
1 7 (4.61%) WAN
2 5 (3.29%) TCP/IP
3 4 (2.63%) BGP
3 4 (2.63%) OSPF
3 4 (2.63%) Unified Communications
3 4 (2.63%) VoIP
4 3 (1.97%) EIGRP
4 3 (1.97%) Ethernet
4 3 (1.97%) Internet
4 3 (1.97%) MPLS
4 3 (1.97%) Network Security
4 3 (1.97%) Profibus
4 3 (1.97%) RIP
4 3 (1.97%) VSAT
5 2 (1.32%) Firewall
5 2 (1.32%) LTE
5 2 (1.32%) Modbus
5 2 (1.32%) TETRA
6 1 (0.66%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (14.47%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.26%) GIS
3 5 (3.29%) Power BI
4 3 (1.97%) RDBMS
4 3 (1.97%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.97%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (1.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.32%) MySQL
6 1 (0.66%) DTS
6 1 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (1.97%) LabVIEW
1 3 (1.97%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.32%) JIRA
3 1 (0.66%) Bugzilla
3 1 (0.66%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.66%) JIRA Agile
General
1 34 (22.37%) Manufacturing
2 29 (19.08%) Electronics
3 21 (13.82%) Finance
4 14 (9.21%) Telecoms
5 5 (3.29%) Aerospace
5 5 (3.29%) Retail
6 3 (1.97%) Automotive
6 3 (1.97%) Billing
6 3 (1.97%) Law
7 2 (1.32%) Multimedia
7 2 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.66%) Back Office
8 1 (0.66%) Games
8 1 (0.66%) Legal
8 1 (0.66%) Local Government
8 1 (0.66%) Marketing
8 1 (0.66%) Military
Job Titles
1 24 (15.79%) Analyst
2 13 (8.55%) Support Analyst
3 11 (7.24%) Applications Support
3 11 (7.24%) Support Engineer
4 10 (6.58%) Quality Engineer
4 10 (6.58%) Systems Engineer
5 9 (5.92%) Technical Support
5 9 (5.92%) Test Engineer
6 8 (5.26%) Developer
7 7 (4.61%) Design Engineer
7 7 (4.61%) Network Support
7 7 (4.61%) Technical Leader
8 6 (3.95%) Applications Manager
8 6 (3.95%) Applications Support Manager
8 6 (3.95%) Project Manager
8 6 (3.95%) Support Manager
9 5 (3.29%) Business Analyst
9 5 (3.29%) Electronics Engineer
9 5 (3.29%) Network Engineer
9 5 (3.29%) Senior Quality Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (13.82%) .NET
2 9 (5.92%) ASP.NET
3 6 (3.95%) Ajax
3 6 (3.95%) ASP.NET MVC
3 6 (3.95%) CSS
3 6 (3.95%) HTML
3 6 (3.95%) jQuery
4 5 (3.29%) .NET Framework
4 5 (3.29%) Web Services
5 3 (1.97%) CSS3
5 3 (1.97%) HTML5
5 3 (1.97%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (1.97%) XML
5 3 (1.97%) XSL
6 1 (0.66%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (12.50%) Computer Science
2 17 (11.18%) Driving Licence
3 15 (9.87%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (5.26%) Graphic Design
5 6 (3.95%) Management Information System
5 6 (3.95%) Mobile App
6 5 (3.29%) CMDB
6 5 (3.29%) SCADA
7 4 (2.63%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
8 3 (1.97%) NHS
8 3 (1.97%) PKI
8 3 (1.97%) Robotics
9 2 (1.32%) Data Centre
9 2 (1.32%) Handset
9 2 (1.32%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.66%) CCTV
10 1 (0.66%) Device Driver
10 1 (0.66%) e-Learning
10 1 (0.66%) Verilog
10 1 (0.66%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 14 (9.21%) Windows
2 10 (6.58%) Windows Server
3 5 (3.29%) Mac OS X
4 4 (2.63%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (2.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (1.97%) Linux
6 2 (1.32%) CentOS
6 2 (1.32%) Ubuntu
6 2 (1.32%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.66%) Android
7 1 (0.66%) Embedded Linux
7 1 (0.66%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.66%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (11.84%) Project Management
2 17 (11.18%) ITIL
3 16 (10.53%) Continuous Improvement
4 14 (9.21%) Mathematics
5 13 (8.55%) CAD
6 12 (7.89%) MVC
7 10 (6.58%) Quality Management
8 9 (5.92%) Logistics
9 8 (5.26%) CRM
9 8 (5.26%) Line Management
9 8 (5.26%) PRINCE2
9 8 (5.26%) Process Improvement
9 8 (5.26%) QMS
9 8 (5.26%) Software Engineering
10 7 (4.61%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (4.61%) Business Intelligence
11 6 (3.95%) Service Management
11 6 (3.95%) Six Sigma
11 6 (3.95%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (3.95%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (15.79%) SQL
2 20 (13.16%) C#
3 17 (11.18%) JavaScript
4 9 (5.92%) C
4 9 (5.92%) T-SQL
4 9 (5.92%) VB
5 7 (4.61%) PL/SQL
6 4 (2.63%) VB.NET
7 3 (1.97%) Java
7 3 (1.97%) PHP
8 1 (0.66%) C++
8 1 (0.66%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.66%) Python
8 1 (0.66%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.66%) VB6
8 1 (0.66%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 80 (52.63%) Degree
2 67 (44.08%) HND
3 14 (9.21%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (8.55%) CCNA
4 13 (8.55%) MCSE
4 13 (8.55%) Microsoft Certification
5 11 (7.24%) Numerate Degree
6 9 (5.92%) MCSA
7 8 (5.26%) Security Cleared
8 7 (4.61%) SC Cleared
9 6 (3.95%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (2.63%) CCNP
11 3 (1.97%) Chartered Engineer
12 2 (1.32%) A+ Certification
12 2 (1.32%) MCITP
12 2 (1.32%) MCP
12 2 (1.32%) Network+ Certification
12 2 (1.32%) NVQ Level 4
12 2 (1.32%) PMP
13 1 (0.66%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (7.89%) QA
2 8 (5.26%) ISO 14001
2 8 (5.26%) ISO 9001
3 5 (3.29%) ISO 9000
4 4 (2.63%) ISO 22301
4 4 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 4 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (1.97%) Data Quality
6 2 (1.32%) SLA
7 1 (0.66%) TickIT
System Software
1 7 (4.61%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 30 (19.74%) Microsoft
2 14 (9.21%) Cisco
3 9 (5.92%) Oracle
4 8 (5.26%) Adobe
5 5 (3.29%) Siemens
6 4 (2.63%) SAP
7 3 (1.97%) Allen-Bradley
7 3 (1.97%) Altera
7 3 (1.97%) Autodesk
7 3 (1.97%) Nokia
8 2 (1.32%) Samsung
9 1 (0.66%) Aruba
9 1 (0.66%) Ciena
9 1 (0.66%) F5
9 1 (0.66%) Palo Alto
9 1 (0.66%) Remedy
9 1 (0.66%) Rockwell
9 1 (0.66%) Tandberg
9 1 (0.66%) Virgin Media
9 1 (0.66%) Xilinx