Period
to 17 November 2017

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 17 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1032 1016 958
Rank change year-on-year -16 -58 +38
Permanent jobs citing HNC 171 208 339
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.095% 0.11% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.39% 0.42% 0.56%
Number of salaries quoted 149 163 263
UK median annual salary £32,500 £32,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - -7.14% -6.67%
10th Percentile £22,950 £23,300 £19,250
90th Percentile £46,250 £53,750 £54,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £32,000 £33,000 £32,000
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% -14.67%

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 43333 49803 60178
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.05% 26.19% 27.44%
Number of salaries quoted 33316 39954 48070
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%

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 17 November 2017.

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 17 November 2017. 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 +36 162 £32,000 -3.03% 23
England +27 160 £31,500 -3.08% 26
North of England +16 50 £35,000 - 5
South East +18 35 £31,000 -6.06% 8
Midlands +46 28 £30,000 -10.11% 6
South West +10 26 £26,000 -20.92% 3
North West +6 25 £33,750 +3.85% 2
Yorkshire +29 21 £37,000 -1.33% 3
East of England +18 20 £27,000 -18.18% 1
West Midlands +14 15 £27,500 - 6
East Midlands +37 13 £38,750 +16.10%
London -17 5 £27,000 -14.29% 3
Northern Ireland -18 5 £35,000 -
North East +14 4 £29,750 -33.15%
Scotland -9 1 £26,000 -1.89%

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 91 (53.22%) Degree
2 81 (47.37%) HND
3 38 (22.22%) Manufacturing
4 34 (19.88%) Electronics
5 26 (15.20%) Microsoft
6 25 (14.62%) Microsoft Office
6 25 (14.62%) Computer Science
7 24 (14.04%) Windows
8 22 (12.87%) SQL
8 22 (12.87%) Cisco Certification
9 21 (12.28%) C#
9 21 (12.28%) Cisco
9 21 (12.28%) Driving Licence
10 20 (11.70%) SQL Server
11 18 (10.53%) CCNA
12 17 (9.94%) Microsoft Certification
12 17 (9.94%) .NET
12 17 (9.94%) MCSE
13 16 (9.36%) JavaScript
13 16 (9.36%) Finance
13 16 (9.36%) Continuous Improvement
14 15 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
14 15 (8.77%) Mathematics
14 15 (8.77%) Software Engineering
14 15 (8.77%) Project Management
15 14 (8.19%) CAD
15 14 (8.19%) Telecoms
16 13 (7.60%) MVC
16 13 (7.60%) MCSA
17 12 (7.02%) 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 8 (4.68%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.34%) MS Exchange
2 4 (2.34%) WinCC
3 3 (1.75%) Confluence
3 3 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (1.75%) SAS
4 2 (1.17%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.58%) Documentum
Applications
1 25 (14.62%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (6.43%) SOLIDWORKS
3 9 (5.26%) AutoCAD
4 7 (4.09%) Photoshop
5 5 (2.92%) Autodesk Inventor
6 4 (2.34%) Microsoft Excel
7 3 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 3 (1.75%) SPSS
8 2 (1.17%) CATIA
8 2 (1.17%) Microsoft Project
8 2 (1.17%) MS Visio
8 2 (1.17%) Solid Edge
9 1 (0.58%) PTC Creo
9 1 (0.58%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 3 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.17%) SAP PM
3 1 (0.58%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.58%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (6.43%) Ethernet
2 9 (5.26%) LAN
2 9 (5.26%) Profibus
2 9 (5.26%) WAN
3 8 (4.68%) Modbus
4 7 (4.09%) TCP/IP
5 6 (3.51%) MPLS
5 6 (3.51%) Wireless
6 5 (2.92%) BGP
6 5 (2.92%) Firewall
6 5 (2.92%) OSPF
6 5 (2.92%) VoIP
7 4 (2.34%) Cisco Nexus
7 4 (2.34%) EIGRP
7 4 (2.34%) Network Security
7 4 (2.34%) RIP
7 4 (2.34%) Unified Communications
8 3 (1.75%) Cisco ASA
8 3 (1.75%) Internet
8 3 (1.75%) VSAT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (11.70%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.09%) GIS
3 4 (2.34%) RDBMS
3 4 (2.34%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.75%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.17%) MySQL
5 2 (1.17%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.58%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 6 (3.51%) JIRA
2 3 (1.75%) Bugzilla
2 3 (1.75%) JIRA Agile
2 3 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.17%) Zephyr
4 1 (0.58%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.58%) Subversion
4 1 (0.58%) Visual Studio
General
1 38 (22.22%) Manufacturing
2 34 (19.88%) Electronics
3 16 (9.36%) Finance
4 14 (8.19%) Telecoms
5 8 (4.68%) Automotive
6 5 (2.92%) Aerospace
7 4 (2.34%) Retail
8 3 (1.75%) Billing
8 3 (1.75%) Law
9 2 (1.17%) Legal
9 2 (1.17%) Military
9 2 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.58%) Avionics
10 1 (0.58%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 29 (16.96%) Analyst
2 14 (8.19%) Support Analyst
3 12 (7.02%) PLC Engineer
4 11 (6.43%) Design Engineer
4 11 (6.43%) Quality Engineer
5 10 (5.85%) Hardware Engineer
6 9 (5.26%) Field Engineer
7 8 (4.68%) Developer
7 8 (4.68%) PLC Software Engineer
7 8 (4.68%) Software Engineer
7 8 (4.68%) Support Engineer
7 8 (4.68%) Systems Engineer
7 8 (4.68%) Technical Support
8 7 (4.09%) Installations Engineer
8 7 (4.09%) Network Support
8 7 (4.09%) Senior Quality Engineer
8 7 (4.09%) Software Quality Engineer
8 7 (4.09%) Test Engineer
8 7 (4.09%) Tester
9 6 (3.51%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (9.94%) .NET
2 10 (5.85%) HTML
3 9 (5.26%) ASP.NET
4 7 (4.09%) CSS
5 6 (3.51%) Ajax
5 6 (3.51%) ASP.NET MVC
5 6 (3.51%) jQuery
6 4 (2.34%) Node.js
7 3 (1.75%) CSS3
7 3 (1.75%) HTML5
7 3 (1.75%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (1.75%) XML
7 3 (1.75%) XSL
8 1 (0.58%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.58%) Web Services
8 1 (0.58%) WPF
8 1 (0.58%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 25 (14.62%) Computer Science
2 21 (12.28%) Driving Licence
3 15 (8.77%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (4.09%) Graphic Design
5 6 (3.51%) Management Information System
5 6 (3.51%) Mobile App
5 6 (3.51%) SCADA
6 5 (2.92%) CMDB
6 5 (2.92%) Data Centre
6 5 (2.92%) Robotics
7 4 (2.34%) PKI
8 3 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 3 (1.75%) NHS
9 2 (1.17%) Embedded Systems
10 1 (0.58%) CCTV
10 1 (0.58%) EPoS
10 1 (0.58%) iPhone
10 1 (0.58%) User Experience
10 1 (0.58%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 24 (14.04%) Windows
2 11 (6.43%) Windows Server
3 4 (2.34%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (1.75%) Linux
4 3 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (1.75%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (1.17%) CentOS
5 2 (1.17%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.58%) Android
6 1 (0.58%) Solaris
6 1 (0.58%) Unix
6 1 (0.58%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.58%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (9.36%) Continuous Improvement
2 15 (8.77%) Mathematics
2 15 (8.77%) Project Management
2 15 (8.77%) Software Engineering
3 14 (8.19%) CAD
4 13 (7.60%) MVC
5 11 (6.43%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (5.85%) Line Management
6 10 (5.85%) Process Improvement
6 10 (5.85%) Quality Management
7 9 (5.26%) ITIL
7 9 (5.26%) Test Scripting
8 8 (4.68%) SDLC
8 8 (4.68%) Software Testing
9 7 (4.09%) QMS
9 7 (4.09%) Test Automation
9 7 (4.09%) Time Management
10 6 (3.51%) Finite Element Analysis
10 6 (3.51%) Network Management
10 6 (3.51%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (12.87%) SQL
2 21 (12.28%) C#
3 16 (9.36%) JavaScript
4 9 (5.26%) Java
4 9 (5.26%) T-SQL
5 7 (4.09%) VB
6 6 (3.51%) PL/SQL
7 5 (2.92%) C
7 5 (2.92%) PHP
7 5 (2.92%) Python
8 4 (2.34%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.58%) C++
9 1 (0.58%) Delphi
9 1 (0.58%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.58%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.58%) XAML
Qualifications
1 91 (53.22%) Degree
2 81 (47.37%) HND
3 22 (12.87%) Cisco Certification
4 18 (10.53%) CCNA
5 17 (9.94%) MCSE
5 17 (9.94%) Microsoft Certification
6 13 (7.60%) MCSA
7 9 (5.26%) CCNP
7 9 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (5.26%) Numerate Degree
8 6 (3.51%) Security Cleared
9 5 (2.92%) SC Cleared
10 4 (2.34%) A+ Certification
10 4 (2.34%) Network+ Certification
11 2 (1.17%) CCIE
11 2 (1.17%) Chartered Engineer
11 2 (1.17%) ISTQB
11 2 (1.17%) MCITP
11 2 (1.17%) MCP
11 2 (1.17%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (7.02%) QA
2 10 (5.85%) ISO 14001
3 9 (5.26%) ISO 9001
4 8 (4.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (4.09%) ISO 9000
6 6 (3.51%) ISO 22301
6 6 (3.51%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 4 (2.34%) SLA
8 3 (1.75%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.58%) ARP4754
9 1 (0.58%) DO-178B
9 1 (0.58%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.58%) TickIT
System Software
1 9 (5.26%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
2 3 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.58%) Firmware
Vendors
1 26 (15.20%) Microsoft
2 21 (12.28%) Cisco
3 10 (5.85%) Siemens
4 8 (4.68%) Allen-Bradley
4 8 (4.68%) Oracle
5 7 (4.09%) Adobe
6 4 (2.34%) Juniper
6 4 (2.34%) Nokia
6 4 (2.34%) Remedy
6 4 (2.34%) Rockwell
6 4 (2.34%) Virgin Media
7 3 (1.75%) Autodesk
7 3 (1.75%) Ciena
7 3 (1.75%) F5
7 3 (1.75%) SAP
7 3 (1.75%) VMware
8 2 (1.17%) Aruba
8 2 (1.17%) Avaya
8 2 (1.17%) CheckPoint
8 2 (1.17%) Palo Alto